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COVID-19: BEREAVED FAMILIES OF PUNJAB AND CHANDIGARH DISILLUSIONED WITH GOVT

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Chandigarh has seen 819 deaths, Punjab has encountered 16520. In an RTI report, Chandigarh has allegedly undercounted its Covid-19 deaths by 45 percent. Data from crematoriums showed a total of 1,695 city residents Covid and non-Covid — died during April and May, 59% more than the pre-Covid times. Those prophylactic Covid Deaths are on Chandigarh Administration, all those families are calling on the Shraadh of their lost ones.

Many of them still seeking justice from the administration. Some died while shifting to another government facility in lack of oxygen supply in ambulances and some died in lack of bed availability and some died of excess private hospital fees. Some strived hard for oxygen concentrators and some died in wait of ventilator bed. All these families are worshipping Shraadh asking for peace for their lost loved ones.

Talking about Patiala Rajindra Hospital, a daughter Sarakshi Jindal recalling her mother’s death said, “ I kept crying before doctors to please put my mom on oxygen, her saturation was falling drastically. She was put on oxygen by 7:30 PM and she died at 10:59 PM but doctors of Rajindra Hospital told me that my mom died in the Morning. One of my friends was in Nursing staff, she told me that my mom was put on that oxygen cylinder that finished after half an hour of usage.” Jindal inconsolably exhorted further, “My mom died on 18 Sep 2020 when there was no such deprivation of Oxygen or medicines, even then, my mom died of lackadaisical approach of doctors of Rajindra Hospital. I am doing her Shraadh and praying for her peace”.

Bharti Bisht Sood of Chandigarh whose Brother Rajesh 46 years died due to non supply of oxygen in the ambulance while shifting to GMCH 32. His wife Manju, who kept his chest for 90 minutes didn’t get any medical support in an emergency of GMCH 32. Bharti while recalling the nightmare said, “I lost my brother, my nephew who is just 7 years old lost his world. The Administration is giving Rs 5000 to my nephew till he ages 18 under the scheme Parvarish, and we received only one receipt of it in September. But does it give justice to my family? Would just Rs 5000 run a family, secures future of my Bhabhi and nephew?”.

Karan Thapar, a 12-year-old child while recalling the day when his mom demised due to the unavailability of a Ventilator Bed in the Government and non-government hospital of Ludhiana, said, “I wish mom checks my tiffin again, wake me again up in the morning for School. This year when Dad and I all worshipped for her shraadh, I got to know what shraadh means. She dies last year in December, we all were positive but only mom got serious and within some hours she passed away due to lack of ventilator bed”.

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PM Modi to interact with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awardees on 24 Jan

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP) awardees on 24 January 2022, via video conferencing. Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani and Minister of State Munjpara Mahendrabhai will also be present on the occasion.

The event will be a webcast on https://pmindiawebcast.nic.in from 11:30 am onwards, said a press release by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar is given as recognition to children residing in India, above the age of 5 years and not exceeding 18 years (as on 31 August of respective year) with exceptional abilities and outstanding achievement in six fields of Innovation, Scholastic achievements, Sports, Arts & Culture, Social Service and Bravery, which deserve recognition. Each awardee is given a medal, a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000 and a certificate, added the press release.

These awards are conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind in a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Prime Minister also interacts with these awardees every year. The awardees of PMRBP also take part in the Republic Day parade every year, as per the statement.

However, in view of the Covid-19 situation in the country, it has not been possible to organise the award ceremony in New Delhi this year. On the occasion of National Girl Child Day on 24 January and as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would interact virtually with the winners of PMRBP-2022, according to the statement.

The children along with their parents and concerned District Magistrate of their respective district would join the event from their district Head Quarters.

During the function, the Prime Minister would give digital certificates to winners of PMRBP 2022 using Blockchain Technology. The certificates would also be given to winners of PMRBP-2021, who could not be given the certificates last year due to the Covid situation. Blockchain Technology is being used for the first time for giving certificates to awardees of PMRBP.

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BASIC INCOME TAX EXEMPTION LIMIT OF RS 2.5 LAKH MAY BE RAISED IN BUDGET

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NEW DELHI: Basic income tax exemption limit, which currently stands at Rs 2.5 lakh, is likely to be raise in the Union Budget 2022-23, according to a pre-budget survey conducted by KPMG.

“On the individual tax front, most respondents i.e. 64 per cent expect an enhancement in the basic income tax exemption limit of Rs 2.5 lakh,” KPMG said in the survey report. When asked about the most anticipated change for individual taxpayers, 29 per cent wanted that the government to enhance the income limit of Rs 10 lakh at which the maximum marginal rate of 30 per cent tax is triggered, while 36 per cent hoped for an increase in the 80C deduction limit of Rs 1.5 lakh.

A small number of respondents i.e. 19 per cent are expecting an increase in standard deduction limit of Rs 50,000 for the salaried class, while 16 per cent expect tax-free allowances/ perquisites for salaried individuals keeping in mind work from home arrangement – provision of internet connection/ furniture/ ear-phones, etc.

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SC refuses to censor Kangana’s social media posts

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The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea filed against actor Kangana Ranaut seeking censoring of all her future social media posts in order to maintain law and order in the country.

A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud declined to pass an order on the plea. The plea was filed by advocate Charanjeet Singh Chanderpal who also sought direction to transfer all FIRs against the actor across India to Khar police station in Mumbai, and a charge sheet should be filed in a period of six months along with an expeditious trial within a period of two years.

The advocate said that Ranaut’s remarks and posts on social media “are not only outrageous and blasphemous but also intend to cause riots”.

“The remarks are not only outrageous and blasphemous but also intend to cause riots, hurt religious sentiments, they are defamatory as well as portray Sikhs in a totally anti-National manner. It also justifies the innocent killing of Sikhs. The remarks are totally against the unity of our country and the actress deserves a serious punishment in law. They cannot be brushed aside or excused,” the plea read.

The plea filed through advocate Anil Kumar stated that the Union Home Ministry and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India should be directed by the Court to take certain prohibitions and preventive measures regarding social media posts of Ranaut.

None of her posts on social media should be allowed without amendment, deletion, modification or censoring in order to maintain law and order in the Country, advocate Chanderpal stated in the plea.

In terms of the recent comments made by Ranaut regarding farmers’ agitation vis a vis its irrelevant reference as a ‘Khalistani Arm twisting tactic’, all complaints received and FIRs registered all over India may be sent to the Khar Police Station at Mumbai, it added.

Referring to Ranaut’s social media posts, the plea said that her posts infer that all Sikh farmers are separatist and are aspirants of a separatist state of Khalistan and that the farmer issue was nothing but a Khalistan versus State.

“Such kind of irresponsible statements can spread hatred amongst the Indians resulting in the disunity of the Country,” plea further stated.

“Khalistan issue not at all related to the farmer’s issue and racking up this issue in association with an unrelated topic is only intended to not only gain cheap publicity but also to misrepresent a good number of Sikh Farmer as separatist Khalistani,” said the advocate.

It also stated, “The farmers who had objected to the three Farm Laws and the farmer policy were from all faiths, various states of India and not only from Punjab or only from the Sikh Community.”

Ranaut further attacked directly on the worshipers of the Sikh faith by saying that the Sikh must acknowledge Indira Gandhi as their Guru, lawyer added.

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PM stresses on development of Northeast

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended his greetings to the three Northeast states on their statehood day. “Greetings to the people of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura on their Statehood Days. These states are making vibrant contributions to India’s development. Praying for their constant progress,” the Prime Minister tweeted. Virtually addressing the poll-bound state of Manipur on the occasion of their 50th statehood day, he said that development is reaching every corner of Manipur.

The Prime Minister said that Manipur youth was doing great work in the field of start-ups. “Manipur deserves peace and freedom from closures and blockades. I am happy to know that they earned it after years of struggle. Development is reaching every corner of Manipur. Not just sports, Manipur youth are doing great work in the field of start-ups,” the Prime Minister said.

“Under the ‘double-engine’ government, Manipur is getting long-awaited facilities like Railways. Thousands of crore rupees worth of connectivity projects are underway in the state including the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway line. Similarly, with Imphal airport getting international status, connectivity of North-Eastern states with Delhi, Kolkata and Bengaluru has improved. Manipur will also benefit from India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway and upcoming 9 thousand crore natural gas pipeline in the region.”

“The government is committed to make Manipur the sports powerhouse of the country. Sons and daughters of Manipur have brought laurels in the sports field and in the light of their passion and potential India’s first sports university was established in the state,” he added.

PM Modi also said that Meghalaya was becoming an attractive destination for the country and the world. “Over the past 50 years, the people of Meghalaya have cemented their identity of being close to nature. To see the beautiful waterfalls, to experience the clean and serene environment, to connect with your unique tradition, Meghalaya is becoming an attractive destination for the country and the world.” “Meghalaya is full of talent. In the last seven years, the Central Government has sincerely tried to accelerate the development journey of Meghalaya. The central government is fully committed specially to ensure better road, rail and air connectivity in the state,” he said.

He further said that Meghalaya has achieved a lot, but it still has a lot to achieve.

Talking of Tripura, the Prime Minister said, “Today Tripura is becoming a land of opportunities. The double engine government is working continuously to meet the small needs of the common people of Tripura. That is why Tripura is performing well today on many parameters of development.” PM Modi said that Tripura is also one of the six states in the country where new technology is being used in housing construction.

Under the North-Eastern Areas (Re-organisation) Act, 1971, Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya attained statehood on 21 January 1972.

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Cases dip in Delhi, but weekend curfew to continue

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Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal government on Friday recommended the lifting of weekend curfews in the national capital in view of declining COVID-19 cases. Delhi reported 10,756 new cases of the disease during the last 24 hours, said the state government on Friday.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sent a recommendation to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to end the weekend curfew. In the proposal, the CM also sought the removal of the odd-even system in the markets and to allow private offices to operate at 50% capacity, the sources added. However, sources say that Baijal rejected the government’s proposal to lift the weekend curfew and ease COVID-19 restrictions. According to the sources, Baijal agreed to a 50% attendance in private offices but said that the status quo be maintained with regards to weekend curfew and opening of markets. A decision will be taken on the subject once the COVID situation improves further, the sources said.

Later on Friday, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority allowed all private offices in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, outside of containment zones, to function with up to 50% attendance with immediate effect. The DDMA has, however, advised private offices to stagger office timing, presence and quantum of staff. “They’re further advised to follow work from home, as far as possible,” it said in its order. Notably, the DDMA clarified that the night curfew and weekend lockdown will continue to in the national capital. “It is also clarified that Night Curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM every day and Weekend Curfew from 10 PM of Friday till 5 AM of subsequent Monday, on the movement of individuals in NCT of Delhi shall also remain in force till further order,” said the DDMA in its order.

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In a recent update on the CoWIN portal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that up to six members can now register using a single mobile number. The Ministry, in a press release said, “Instead of the existing limit of 4 members, now 6 members can be registered using one mobile number on Co-WIN.”

As per the update, a new utility feature has been introduced to raise an issue in Co-WIN account through which a beneficiary can revoke its current vaccination status from fully vaccinated to partially vaccinated or unvaccinated status and also partially vaccinated to unvaccinated status.

“The vaccination status can be corrected by the beneficiaries, where in occasional isolated cases, the vaccination certificates are generated due to inadvertent data entry errors by the vaccinator in the updation of vaccination data of beneficiaries,” the release said.

The Ministry also said that the changes may take three to seven days after submitting the online request through raising an issue utility.

“Such beneficiaries can get their due vaccine dose, maybe at nearest vaccination centre, as per the existent standard guidelines once new vaccination status is successfully updated in the system,” the Ministry appraised.

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Netaji statue at India Gate; hologram to be unveiled on 23 January

The statue will be 28 feet in height and 6 feet in width.

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A grand granite statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be installed at India Gate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday. “At a time when the entire nation is marking the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, I am glad to share that his grand statue, made of granite, will be installed at India Gate. This would be a symbol of India’s indebtedness to him,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet today. The Prime Minister said that till the time the grand statue of Netaji Bose is completed, a hologram statue will occupy the place.

“Till the grand statue of Netaji Bose is completed, a hologram statue of his would be present at the same place. I will unveil the hologram statue on 23rd January, Netaji’s birth anniversary,” tweeted PM Modi.

Republic Day celebrations will start on 23 January this year, the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It will end on 30 January, the day Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.

Official sources said that the dimensions of the Netaji statue would be 28 feet in height and 6 feet in width.

Acknowledging Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision, Netaji’s daughter Anita Bose Pfaff, on Friday said that honouring Netaji by setting up his statue is “very remarkable”. “Honouring him by setting up his statue is very remarkable. Very happy that Netaji’s statue would be put up in a prominent place in Delhi. This is a great tribute to a man who has suffered so much for the wellbeing of his country”, she said.

Anita Bose also found it gratifying to see young people still knew Netaji and respected him. “125 years is a long time and 75 years since Indian Independence. More than one generation has passed away… It is gratifying to see that young people still know who Netaji is, still respect him and many love him. This is a great tribute to him.”

“What I find more important is having a revival and strengthening Netaji’s values and ideas into today’s lives and politics not only of high-level politicians but of every single man and woman. Let that be the guideline for action. Jai Hind”, said Netaji’s daughter.

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