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GIFT FOR A JAB: CHANDIGARH ADMIN ASKS PEOPLE TO COME FORWARD FOR INOCULATION

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There are more than 75000 people from Chandigarh and other states who got 1st dose from Chandigarh but after completing the requisite gap, they are yet to get the second dose. In an order to make people come forward, Chandigarh Administration has come up with an appealing idea that people who will get themselves inoculated between 18 Nov to 30 Nov, theirs’ names would be included in Lucky draw and they will be given gift coupon of Rs 1000/- in December.

UT Chandigarh in its latest order stated that Many of the NGOs, Associations, and Corporates have come forward to encourage the vaccination in UT Chandigarh with the aim of 100% vaccination of the targeted population with both doses. Following have offered to provide gift hampers/ coupons etc to those persons who come forward for vaccination: M/s Trident Group, Chandigarh, M/s Kandhari Beverages Pvt Ltd, Chandigarh, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Chandigarh. The UT Chandigarh further stated that any of the organization/association/Society who wants to contribute atleast 25 gift hampers/coupons of Rs. 1,000/ – each may contact Rakesh Popli, Director Hospitality, UT Administration, Chandigarh, Rajiv Tiwari, Director Public Relations, UT Administration, Chandigarh.

UT Chandigarh is having a targeted population of above 18 years of 8, 43, 000 for COVID Vaccination. The first done vaccination has already been given to 110 % of the targeted population which indicates that many of the residents of other states/ UT have gotten their vaccination done in UT Chandigarh.

Health Secretary Yashpal Garg while releasing this order stated that all the Market Associations /Trade Associations/ Resident Welfare Associations/ Vyapar Mandal/NGOs and Corporates etc are requested to ensure that all eligible persons in the families of their staff/ members have taken both the doses of the COVID vaccination and also to ensure that their friends/relative/known persons are also covered.

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29.1% men, 2.6% women in Haryana consume tobacco products

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The use of tobacco products swallows around 80 lakh people’s lives across the world and according to statistics, India is the largest country in terms of production and consumption of tobacco products. Haryana also emerges among those states making the maximum use of tobacco products. The National Family Health Survey-5 revealed that 29.1% males use tobacco products to be followed by 2.6% which continues to result in the untimely deaths of thousands of people. The survey included the people falling into the 15 years or above age group. The survey also revealed that the people residing in rural areas consume more tobacco as compared to the people residing in urban areas. Among the male, 32.2% males use tobacco while 23.3% urban people used tobacco in any form. If you look at the female tobacco users the scenario remains almost the same as out of total 2.6%, 3% rural women consume tobacco products followed by 1.7% urban women who consume tobacco. 

In this series, it is pertinent to mention that the Haryana government had extended the ban on the sale and manufacture of gutkha and pan masala for one year. The state Food and Drugs Administration has issued a notification in this regard, under which the sale and purchase of tobacco products have been prohibited for a year from 7 September 2021. Now, the sale of tobacco and nicotine products like pan masala and gutkha in Haryana will be considered illegal till September 2022. The order said legal action will be taken against those who violate the rule. Despite that, tobacco products are being sold and purchased openly violating the rules which is a matter of serious concern.

 The survey also revealed that at the National level, 39% of men and 4% of women (15-49 years age group) use some form of tobacco. The most common form of tobacco consumption among men is chewing gutka and pan masala (15%) to be followed by smoking (13percent), using khaini (12%) and bidis (7%). Among those who use cigarettes or bidis, 46% smoke more than five cigarettes or bidis each day on average. Among women, the most form of tobacco used is chewing pan masala and gutka, chewing pan with gutka and khaini. The trend which came to the surface is that the use of any kind of tobacco decreased from 45% and 7% among men and women from 2015 to 2016 to 39% and 4% among men and women in 2019-21 respectively.

Pertaining to the issue, Prof. Sonu, an expert from PGI said that the use of off tobacco products is a matter of serious concern as it causes health hazards. It not only affects the life and health of a person using tobacco but also creates problems for the family members. Apart from this, an active smoker puts the lives of other people around them. In the wake of the increasing trend of tobacco among youth. Check holders namely the government, non-government organisations, social organisations, education and health departments should come up with full-proof strategy to curb the menace.

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CORRUPTION IN FIRE BRIGADE APPOINTMENT, SUSPENSION ORDER BY KOLKATA HIGH COURT

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Allegations of corruption in the recruitment of teachers and non-teaching staff in the state’s primary and higher education departments had been raised earlier. This time there were allegations of corruption in the appointment of the fire department. Based on this allegation, the Calcutta High Court issued an interim stay on the appointment of 1500 posts in the fire department.

In 2018, the state issued a notification for the recruitment of one and a half thousand fire operators in the fire department. The written test was done in 2019. The problem arose when the result was published. The complaint was that the test had the wrong questions. Even if there was a player quota or firefighting training certificate that matched the extra number or reserve, it was not given. It is even alleged that the job seekers have been given jobs in the scheduled quota.

Initially, the job seekers approached the SAT with all these allegations. There that the appeal was dismissed. Then they approached the Calcutta High Court. The case was heard on Monday in the division bench of Justice Harish Tandon and Justice Shampa Dutt Pal of the Calcutta High Court. Following the hearing, the Calcutta High Court issued a one-week interim stay on the appointment. The suspension will continue till next Tuesday. The next hearing of the case is on Monday. The court’s decision to fill the 1,500 vacancies in the fire department is currently uncertain.

It is to be noted that recently there have been allegations of corruption in the appointment of the state’s primary and higher education departments. The CBI is investigating the court order. The court is keeping a close eye on that investigation. A moratorium has also been issued on recruitment. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had spoken about this a few days ago. His regret, ‘How do I recruit? It is not possible to make an appointment without the permission of the court. I have always said that the decision of the court must be followed in all cases’. This time the appointment in the fire department was also stopped by the court order.

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Women’s under-17 assistant football coach Alex Ambrose sacked for alleged sexual misconduct

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Former India international Alex Ambrose who has been charged with allegations of sexual misconduct was sacked from his position as assistant coach of the Indian Under-17 women’s football team.  The allegations were labelled by an unnamed player of the youth team during the squad’s preparation stint in Italy and Norway for the upcoming Under-17 World Cup which will be played in India in October across three different venues namely Bhubaneshwar, Margao & Navi Mumbai. 

Ambrose who plied his trade in the I-League for Mumbai FC who returned to India midway through the preparatory camp on AIFF’s diktat was placed under provisional suspension by the governing body of football in India. 

Without naming the coach, AIFF Acknowledged the incident and made it public through a media release. While the governing body of football in the country refrained from revealing the identity of the player, speculations were ripe and the murmurs grew loud that the unnamed person was indeed Ambrose.

  “An event of misconduct has been reported in the U-17 women’s team, currently on an exposure tour to Europe. The AIFF follows a zero-tolerance policy on indiscipline. As an initial action, the Federation has provisionally suspended the individual pending further investigation,” the statement read. But now as it stands, he has been sacked by the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Arbitrators (COA) tasked with running the daily affairs of AIFF till the federation conducts fresh elections and elect new office bearers. COA had earlier placed him under provisional suspension. 

“Alex Ambrose, Assistant head coach of Under 17 women’s team has been sacked for sexual misconduct. Further action under process,” Dr. S.Y Quraishi, a key member of the COA said on microblogging site Twitter.

Talking to the Daily Guardian, Dr Quraishi said that apart from the disciplinary action, legal action will also be taken against Ambrose. “Yes, definitely we will be taking legal action against him. We are still in the process of finalising the process and understanding the pros and cons of the situation. Once we have ironed few things, that is by tonight or tomorrow morning we will soon be filing an FIR with the police,” Dr. Quraishi told this newspaper over telephone.

Talking about the internal committee which will be conducting a probe on it own as well, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India said, “We already have a committee in place and have requested some other expert as well to join us on this as it will make the committee more strong.”

When quizzed if any special counselling session has been arranged for the members of the squad as the incident could be harrowing for them, Dr. Quraishi said, “No we have not done that yet. The players are still training abroad and once they are back, we will have a proper and thorough discussion with the players.”

The trouble for Ambrose meanwhile does not end here as the All India Federation of Coaches has decided to strip him of core team membership and all associated posts. 

“In light of the recent condemnable incident that happened in the IndiaU-17 Women›s National Team, The Association of Indian Football Coaches (AIFC)has come to a unanimous decision to strip Alex Ambrose of the core team membership and all associated posts,” AIFC announced through a social media statement.

The Members Associations (AIFF) also took condemned the incident and has requested the COA and AIFF administrators to conduct an independent inquiry as well file an FIR.

“State associations would like to recommend stringent action including legal and exemplary punishment with a life ban from football and even cancelling his coaching licenses,” Members Associations’ said in a statement.

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NEW INDIA SHOULD BE OF DREAMS OF FREEDOM FIGHTERS: PM MODI

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the new India should be an India of the dreams of fighters who gave their lives for the freedom of the country.

PM Modi also called on youths to work toward building New India with new opportunities, growth avenues and dreams. He was addressing the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Alluri Sitarama Raju in Andhra Pradesh’s Bhimavaram. “Our new India should be an India of the dreams of fighters who gave their lives for our freedom. In past eight years, we have worked with full devotion, walking on principles of Alluri Sitarama Raju, we’ve worked towards the welfare of tribals,” he said.The Prime Minister said when the poor, marginalized, women, youth, and all citizens of the country come together, nothing can come in the way of New India.

“During India’s freedom struggle, the youth played a pivotal role. Today, as we are building a New India, the youth needs to come forward and contribute to this vision,” he said.

He further said that for the first time after Independence, to create awareness about Adivasi Gaurav and Viraasat the government is building museums to tell the story of the great tribal leaders of India.

“For the first time since independence, tribal museums are being set up to showcase the tribal pride and heritage in the country. ‘Alluri Sitarama Raju Memorial Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum’ is also being built in Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh,” said PM Modi.

In his speech, PM Modi further said that it is the responsibility of everyone in New India to fulfill the dreams of heroes.

“Today, it is the responsibility of all of us countrymen to fulfill the dreams of these fighters in Amrit Kaal. Our new India should be the India of their dreams. An India in which poor, farmers, labourers, backward, tribals have equal opportunities,” added PM Modi.

He also remembered that once, Alluri Sitarama Raju dared the Britishers to stop him.

“Alluri Sitarama Raju once said – “Dum Hai Toh Mujhe Rok Lo!” Today, 133 crore citizens are saying to every hurdle in the path of the country’s development – “Dum Hai Toh Hamein Rok Lo!” said PM.

PM Modi also unveiled the 30-feet tall bronze statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju on the occasion.

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Siddaramaiah’s big birthday bash plan leaves party red faced

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Barely a few days after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had a ‘peace meeting’ with senior state leaders in Delhi, the Siddu camp has put a grand plan in motion to mark his 75th birthday on 12 August outside the party fold, leaving the party high command red faced. The Siddu camp has eponymously called the celebration, the Siddaramaiah, 75 Amrutmahotsav.

The Congress leader had called KPCC President D.K. Shivakumar and Congress Legislative Party Leader in Karnataka state Assembly Siddaramaiah last week on 28 June to bring truce between the warring leaders and discuss party preparations for coming Assembly elections in the state. Elections to the state Assembly are due sometime around May next year. The meeting was held in the presence of Karnataka in-charge Randeep Surjewala and AICC General Secretary K.C. Venugopal. The meeting followed after Siddaramaiah tried to push his name as chief ministerial face in the next elections through the party high command a week before, when Siddaramaiah was in Delhi along with other state leaders to participate in the Congress ‘Satyagraha’ at Jantar Mantar.

However, it looks like that Siddu, as Siddaramaiah

is popularly known, has given the party high command’s peace efforts a snub as his camp made a big plan to mark his 75th birthday on 12 August outside the party fold.

During last week’s meeting, it was brought to the notice of party leaders about how Siddaramaiah was making efforts to project himself as chief ministerial face for coming elections and also organising ‘Ahinda’ (acronym for minorities/SC/ST and OBC) programmes outside the party banner and such initiatives would not benefit the party. According to sources, Siddu had been told in clear terms that nobody was above the party and all programmes must happen under the party banner. Yet, he is going ahead with organising a big birthday bash in his name in the state, sources said.

A committee comprising his loyalists – former Industries Minister RV Deshpande, ‘motor mouth’ KN Rajanna and former PWD Minister HC Mahadevappa – has also been put together for ‘Siddaramaiah – 75 Amrutmahotsav’ celebrations. Rajanna had raised some hackles when he said that Deve Gowda would soon be carried by four persons.

The troika is holding a press conference on Tuesday at a star hotel to make the announcement for ‘Siddaramaiah – 75 Amrutmahotsav’ celebrations.

Sources in KPCC told The Daily Guardian Review that the party is unaware of this press briefing and this issue is now being escalated to the party high command in Delhi. “When BS Yediyurappa turned 77 last year, he was the sitting CM then and the programme took place under the banner of the party. But here time and again Siddaramaiah is holding events to project and position himself as though he is indispensable. He hardly does any activity in the party ever since DK was given the charge of the party and now he has resorted to blackmail tactics,” sources said. 

While the press release has already been circulated by the Siddaramaiah’s office about Tuesday’s press conference, it remains to be seen if the party high command would rein in Siddu before it is too late.

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BLACK BALLOONS RELEASED NEAR PM’S CHOPPER, 4 CONGRESSMEN ARRESTED

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Four Congress workers were arrested for releasing black balloons after PM Modi’s chopper took off from Gannavaram Airport near Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. Police said there was no security breach on his arrival amid Congress protest and balloons were released five minutes after the Prime Minister’s helicopter left and arrests have been made.

The Prime Minister reached the airport after launching a year-long 125th birth anniversary celebration of legendary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju in Bhimavaram in the state. Police officials said that a strict security cordon was laid around the airport.

Vijay Pal, DSP, Krishna District said four Congress workers have been arrested in the case and a few more are yet to be arrested.

“The four arrested Congress workers will be produced before the court,” he said.

Police said there was no security breach during PM Modi’s arrival at Gannavaram Airport. Balloons were released five minutes after PM’s departure from the airport via chopper. However, the state BJP came down heavily on the government and said the PM’s security was compromised.

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