Middle class will be a New Poor – Rahul Gandhi

Middle class will be a New Poor – Rahul Gandhi

Congress criticised Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi: Congress’ former President and senior leader Rahul Gandhi, stated if the Government of India doesn’t inject cash to start the economy now, then the middle class will become the new poor. Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and said, “If the GOI (Government of India) doesn`t inject cash to start the economy now, the poor will be decimated and the middle class will become the new poor.” Gandhi  added, “Crony capitalists will own the entire country”.  Congress’ Twitter account also attacked the PM Modi-led Government and said ‘Numbers don’t lie, only the BJP does’ while sharing the estimated size of India’s Aatmanirbhar package (as % of GDP). The economy has gone from bad to worse under Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. They said the unemployment was soaring earlier and the Corona virus crisis has only made it worse. Does the FM have any plans to bring the rising unemployment under control? Congress also said the Aatmanirbhar Bharat package announced by the FM was ‘more about PR’ and ‘distributing loans’ than about actually helping people and industries. Rahul Gandhi today also shared a picture of the lockdown phases in India on his Twitter account and captioned, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Criticising the way Centre has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, Rahul has also said earlier, “India is firmly on it’s way to winning the wrong race. A horrific tragedy, resulting from a lethal blend of arrogance and incompetence.

Fitness center should be opened before they shut permanently -Inderjeet Singh Khokhar

Gym owners in the state seek relaxation in lockdown for Gym’s and Fitness centers

Mohali:  Nearly after 80 days of lockdown, now the life has started to be back on gear, as most of the businesses are back on track to resume their services and are being re-opened nationwide. But for the last two and a half months, all the Gym’s, Fitness Centers in the city have been closed due to the lockdown and the Gym enthusiasts are unable to take advantage of it and taking care of their health while working out on indoor exercises.  As the gyms are closed fitness enthusiasts are constantly working out at their home to keep them fit, but are not being benefited as they used to while at Gym, Fitness Center stated Inderjeet Singh Khokhar. Gyms may shut down for good if they don’t resume business next month added Khokhar. The manager of Amar Gold Gym, Mohali  said that due to the lockdown, Gyms and wellness centers in the city have been closed for over 80 days due to the corona virus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.  Khokhar has appealed to the central and the state governments to allow these facilities to restart operations so the industry can survive. There are around 220 gyms across the city, including small, medium and branded ones.  Mohali Bodybuilding Association Chairman, Amandeep Saroya, Pradha Hardeep Singh Malhi (Vice Principal) Maninder Pal Singh and Pradeep Kumar Bunty and Baljit Kumar Sharma (General Secretary) told that their gyms were completely closed during the lockdown period due to which they have to face a huge financial loss in their business. The association members told that they are receiving calls from their customers and employees’ every day about when the gym will be open and we have no answers to their question as we are still clueless and uncertain about the resumption. In such a situation, the biggest problem is for those gym centers, which are in rented buildings as they have faced the huge loss during the pandemic.

Happiness is Key to Success: Dr. Sudesh K. Arya

Chandigarh: A webinar was organised for the residents of Panjab University hostels on the topic, Happiness in distress, so that they can confront the multiple challenges with the outbreak of COVID-19, here today. During the webinar Dr. Sudesh K. Arya, Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Government Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh stated that the people in modern world are living with lot of anxiety, fear and uncertainty. Everyone wants to be happy as happiness is key to success but no one knows how to be happy specially in testing situations like Corona times now-a-days. Everyone seems to be scared of future. He elaborated that the Indian culture and ancient scriptures especially Bhagavad Gita gives permanent solutions for such temporary problems. Unfortunately, we have forgotten our culture and we are trying to remain happy by embracing western culture.
Dr. Arya, briefed that most advanced countries in the world are also finding it difficult to come out of such situations. We are trying for physical, mental or intellectual happiness thinking it to be the eternal happiness. But it is flickering happiness. By regulating our life style, good eating habits and following meditation especially mantra meditation, we can control our mind. Thereby, we can rise above bodily platform and by connecting our soul to the Supreme God; we can attain eternal happiness even in distress. The session was very informative and engaging and was followed by the question-answer session. There was an overwhelming response from the participants, said Dr. Shipra Gupta, Warden. 

Covid-19 Pandemic time, Best time to Own Property : Jarnail Singh Bajwa

10 to 12 percent discount in apartments   

Mohali: The COVID-19 pandemic has put all the types of businesses to a standstill, and the situation may take a long time to revive. One thing is clear during the pandemic that people has realised, especially who were living on rented homes that it is best to have own property stated Jarnail Singh Bajwa. Bajwa stated that after the opening of the lockdown people are now coming to buy their own houses.
 Jarnail Singh Bajwa, MD, Bajwa Developers Private Limited , owner of Sunny Enclave, who is on the top list of famous builders in Tricity and has played a very important role in fulfilling the dreams of people with the projects made for the public. Bajwa stated his goodwill and fair dealing a key, for whatever and   whenever he starts a residential or commercial project, residents and people show interest in his projects and class related with property, businesses rush to buy/ book it. While responding to the reporters, Jarnail Singh Bajwa stated that during the period of lockdown people realised the importance and value of their own homes. The pandemic hit the hard most, who don’t have their homes- faced huge financial challenges and a house rent is one of them.  He added that, now this is the reason that people had started  to  buy small flats and houses located in their Sunny Enclave and New Sunny Enclave area.

Neighbours seem to be Posing a Combined Threat to India

New Delhi: India is now in the list of top 4, countries of the world that are the worst-hit countries due to the Wuhan virus and at a time like this, it is being distracted by its neighbours. 3 neighbours seem to be posing a combined threat to India. Pakistan, Nepal and their guide and creditor China. 3 border brothers  joining hands against India from the West, North, & East, India is feeling the heat on all 3 sides.
Pakistan, in the west has always remained a challenge. For decades, it has provoked India in collusion with China and now, Pakistan is at it again since Sunday, the Pakistan army has been violating the ceasefire daily. Pakistan troops shelled villages in the Rajouri and Poonch districts. An Indian army personnel was martyred.
China, in the north has been reinforcing its border defences for over a month. It may have retreated from the frontline in some parts but the military buildup hasn’t stopped.
A country which has always enjoyed excellent bilateral ties with India is spoiling for a flight. Nepal is throwing a fit, first, it approved a new political map showing disputed lands as Nepalese territory. Limpiyadhura Lipulekh and Kala Pani Kathmandu didn’t even bother with exploring a diplomatic solution today something unusual happened.
There was indiscriminate firing by the Nepal police, near the border with the Indian state of Bihar. Indian has been killed, 4 others were injured it’s being called an unrelated issue. But the timing couldn’t have been worse comes at a time of increased border tensions.

PM Modi To Discuss Corona situation with Chief Ministers on June 16, 17

Almost 10,000 new confirmed cases every day this week

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair an interaction with Chief Ministers of various states next week to discuss the corona virus situation in India which has seen an alarming surge in recent days amid relaxations being rolled out following the two-month nationwide lockdown. The online meeting will be held on June 16 and 17. The meeting will be the sixth one between the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers on the corona virus crisis. The last meeting was held on May 12. While 21 states and union territories have been given time on June 16, the 15 worst-hit ones will meet on June 17. India reported a record daily increase of novel corona virus cases, almost 10,000 new ones logged every day this week. Declared infections are now at over 3 lakh – the fourth highest in the world. Officially there have been nearly 8,500 corona virus deaths, although the true number is widely believed to far higher. Anxious to revive the economy after a nearly 70-days lockdown, the government  earlier this week opened most public transport, offices and malls, even though health officials said the country was weeks away from flattening the curve of infections. The health ministry said the number of cases had increased by 10,956 from the previous day, with new infections rife in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, stretching hospitals to breaking point. Mumbai is officially India’s worst affected city with almost 2,000 fatalities while Maharashtra crossed the 1 lakh-mark in cases and over 3,700 deaths. Despite the surge in cases nationally, reports of patients dying after being denied care and crematoriums struggling to cope, the central government has declared the lockdown a success, saying that the spike would have been far higher without the restrictions.

India Become Fourth Worst Hit By Corona virus

New Delhi: The numbers are progressively shooting up as the Centre started a phased relaxation from April, though the lockdown has been extended four times and is now in its fifth phase that is about to end on June 30. But buses, trains and domestic flights have started functioning and most offices, markets, malls and even religious places are open, though they are allowed to function only with the strictest security measures. The virus which had reached India in January. The first case was detected in Kerala on January 30, the patient was a student who was studying at the Wuhan University. The numbers started shooting up in March, pushing state by state to announce restrictions days before the Centre announced the countrywide lockdown on March 25.  India has now taken the fourth spot in the list of nations worst hit by Corona virus. The country logged 2,95,772 cases, overtaking the UK, which was in the fourth spot so far, with 2,91,588 cases. India is now preceded only by Russia, Brazil and the US.  Russia currently has 4.93 lakh cases and Brazil 7.72 lakh. The US has the maximum number — more than 20 lakh. The corona virus numbers have been increasing exponentially since the May 24, when India entered the list of top 10. It has just 18 days to reach the fourth slot. On the way it has left behind Italy and Spain, two of the nations badly hit by the highly contagious virus, which surfaced in China’s Wuhan in December and became a global pandemic by March. The surge of cases in the country came amid the world’s biggest lockdown. On March 25, when the lockdown was declared, the country had a little over 500 cases. Over the last weeks, the virus has been increasing exponentially, logging more than 9000 cases. The last 24 hours’ increase, 9,996, was the highest ever. The number of fatalities also saw a record single-day increase of over 350 to move closer to the 8,500-mark. A majority of the deaths, 3.483, were reported from Maharashtra. More than one-third of the countrywide figure has been recorded in June, when the phased exit from some of the most rigorous lockdown restrictions, on malls, restaurants and religious places, took effect.

Struggling to unite country, Trump reopens re-election campaign

Texus: US President Donald Trump, to address a searing anger over racism and police brutality during a trip to Texas, but his main focus is rapidly shifting to a more personal problem — his troubled reelection campaign. The Republican has struggled to find the right tone to address the explosion of protests against years of police abuses and what many African-American leaders, and others, say is systemic racism. That crisis, coupled with the economic devastation of the COVID-19 shutdown, and the fact that the pandemic continues to kill about 1,000 people a day has left the country crying out for healing. Trump, whose political style is built largely on fierce division and exciting his right-wing base, is due to address those national anxieties when he holds a roundtable meeting in Dallas. The theme announced by the White House. Transition to Greatness: Restoring, Rebuilding, and Renewing,  promotes the image of Trump as an optimistic, can-do businessman president. But with anger in the streets, nervousness across the economic landscape, and fear of the corona virus lingering everywhere, living up to it will be a tall order. For weeks we’ve seen President Trump run away from a meaningful conversation on systemic racism and police brutality. Instead, he’s further divided our country, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said. Trip to Texas won’t change any of that. President Trump is more interested in photo-ops than offering a healing voice as our nation mourns. With his poll numbers underwater five months ahead of election day, Trump seems unlikely to be changed.
Despite the extraordinary turmoil, his base remains loyal and he has made clear his priority is getting back on the campaign trail. Immediately after his remarks in Dallas, the president heads to his first campaign fundraiser since the COVID-19 lockdown began a $580,600 per couple event. Then he flies to his golf course resort in New Jersey for the weekend, another post-COVID first. Soon, Trump will restart his mothballed series of rallies, raucous, often two-hour love fests between Trump the entertainer-in-chief and thousands of his most loyal supporters, with an event in Oklahoma. The choice of Texas trip is notable because this has been a Republican state for decades but things are changing. Trump won narrowly in 2016 and a Quinnipiac poll last week put him only one percentage point ahead of Biden.

British Council Seeks 60 Million Pound Government Bailout

London: The British Council, which promotes UK cultural and language relations overseas, is seeking a multi-million-pound bailout to stave off insolvency because of the impact of COVID-19, the government said. Junior foreign minister Nigel Adams told parliament the organisation was seeking a 60-million pond ($75-million, 66-million-euro) “advance” from the Government’s Emergency Contingencies Fund. The British Council’s commercial income has been heavily hit by COVID-19, leading to significant losses and the risk of insolvency,” Adams told MPs in a written statement. Despite cost-cutting measures, such as furloughing staff, the council’s financial situation was dire, he added. Without additional support from Government the British Council will shortly become insolvent, he said.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is therefore seeking a Contingencies Fund advance to provide an initial loan of up to £60m to the British Council.
The British Council is a key part of UK soft power overseas, and works in more than 100 countries, with over 7,000 staff worldwide. It was found in 1934 to promote British culture and fight the rise of fascism. A British Council spokeswoman said, we are grateful to the UK Government for this generous loan to help us stabilize. 

Memorandum will be submitted to the SSP & DC, Mohali against the discreation of Private Hospitals: Advocate Rahul Marwaha

Mohali:  The Government hospitals are relentlessly serving round the clock during the Corona pandemic doctors and staff servings as corona warriors. At the same time during the need of the hour, private hospitals had closed their hospitals earlier and now after unlock 0.1 many complaints are coming. Advocate Rahul stated that in these complaints, the victims said that after bringing a patient to the hospital, sometimes private hospital management initially makes an excuse of no vacant bed and tries this or the other ways to force them to deposit hefty amount to get the patient treated. In such a situation, the relatives, of the patients are left with only two options, either to shell out a heavy amount for the patients’ treatment or take patient some where else due to the shortage or non availability of bed in the hospital. Advocate Rahul Marwaha, Secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal, Punjab Legal Cell discussed the concern with the reporters. An Akali Youth Leader, Advocate Rahul Marwaha underlined that the private hospital arbitrariness is increasing day by day. He said that he has been receiving many complaints from the victims that hospital management takes advantage of the hapless patients while seeing the party first. Once the hospital’s management found that the patients are well off to shell out an extra amount they provide a bed to patients. Advocate further said that if a patient can’t afford the money, then the hospital management makes an excuse of a shortage of beds and referred a patient to other hospitals after charging a treatment fee. Advocate Marwaha said that by making a record of the complaints of the case, soon the memorandum will be submitted to the SSP and DC of Mohali. Advocate Rahul demanded that the Mohali Administration should pay attention to this issue with the utmost concern and take strict action against the arbitrariness of the Private Hospitals and illegal trade practice. He further stated that he has demanded to the Mohali Administration, an order should be issued by DC, Mohali to all the private hospitals that a compiled list of a total number of beds, isolated wards and the number of admitted patients should be made public on the notice boards during the corona pandemic. 

Social Distancing a Big Dream in Sector-38 Chandigarh

Chandigarh: A large number of people have flouted norms of social-distancing, during account opening announcement in front of UCO Bank in Sector 38, Chandigarh. It was witnessed that a crowd gathered to get account opened after they came to know that the bank is opening a Zero balance Account. It is being witnessed that people are not maintaining social distancing at several places in the city.

Stay vigilant from frauds in the name of voter registration: CEO Punjab

Chandigarh: Cautioning the voters from frauds on the pretext of voter registration or any amendment, Punjab Chief Electoral Officer Dr. S. Karuna Raju, appealed to all the eligible voters of the state that if any eligible person wants to become voter or any amendment in electoral roll, he/she can be obtained the information from website of CEO Punjab http://ceopunjab.nic.in/ in this regard.
 Dr. Raju, further stated, that it has come to his notice that some miscreants are indulging to loot the people in the name of amendment in electoral rolls by initiating fake websites and taking Rs.500 for amendment in names and registration. He appealed to the voters of the state that if any eligible voter wants to avail any amendment in electoral rolls or other services related to electoral rolls he can avail it through Common Service Centers set up by the government. Rates for these services range from Rs. 1 to Rs. 30 with GST ranging between 12 to 18 per cent.  Details of rates fixed for each service are available on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab. He also said that BLOs services in this regard are free of cost. Any citizens can go to the Election Commission of India portal http //:NVSP.in to register himself as new voter or any amendment in his existing credentials as voter, You can get this service free of cost by filling up an online form in this regard. 

India and China agree for ‘early resolution’ of LAC row, says MEA

New Delhi: India and China have agreed for “early resolution” of the ongoing face-off at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) said. Speaking at the weekly MEA presser, spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “It was agreed that an early resolution of the situation would be in keeping with the guidance of the leaders.”  Srivastava explained, “The two sides are, therefore, maintaining their military and diplomatic engagements to peacefully resolve the situation at the earliest as also to ensure peace and tranquillity in the border areas. This is essential for the further development of Indian-China bilateral relations.”

Both sides have had discussions at military and diplomatic levels on the LAC face off. At the level of militaries, Corps Commanders of India and China met at Chushul-Moldo region on 6th June and again on 10th June talks happened at Major General level in Galwan. More talks are expected to happen at divisional and brigade commander level.  China has already reacted to the latest development saying both sides have reached a “positive consensus” over border row. Spokesperson of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying said,” Recently China and India conducted effective communication through diplomatic and military channels on properly resolving the relevant situation of the western China-India border, and reached positive consensus.

Petition Filed in Lok Adalat Against High Water Charges

Ex MC’s of Sector 66-69, 76-80 filed the petition

Mohali: Seven Ex Councillors of Mohali have filed a petition against in the Lok Adalat Mohali, against Gmada, Municipal Council Mohali and Director Local Bodies Department for taking 5.5 times more  money for water bills in Sector 66 to 69 and Sector 76 to 80. The water supply of these sectors is under Gmada. Ex Councillors Shinder Pal Singh (Bobby Kamboj) Sector-68, Satbir Singh Dhanoa of Sector-69, Rajinder Kaur Kumbra Sector-69, Jasbir Kaur Atli Sector-68, Parminder Singh Tasimbli Sector-67, Rajni Goyal Sector-66, Surinder Singh Roda Sector-77 have filed this case against Commissioner-cum-Administrator Nagar Nigam, S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali), Chief Administrator, GMADA, S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali) and Director Local Bodies Punjab, Sector-35, Chandigarh. In the case the Ex Councillors have urged that the residents of their area are  facing hardship as water rates being charged by GMADA are 5 times higher than the other parts of the city which is totally against the law.

The conuncillors stated that  Mohali Municipal Corporation is providing water to the Mohali residents at the rate of Rs. 1.80 per cubic liter while in the same city, Gmada is providing water to  residents of their sectors at the rate of Rs. 9.90 per cubic liter. The people protested against the increased rates, dharnas, hunger strikes, demonstrations and memorandums were given to the authorities but no relief was given.  The councillors said that the house meeting of MC unanimously passed  a resolution No.510, Dated: 24/06/2019 in which Corporation agreed to take over the supply of water  from Gmada so that one rate could be made applicable in the whole city giving relief to the residents of Sector 66 to 69 and Sector 76 to 80 but one year has passed and the resolution is still pending in the Director Local Bodies Deptt. for approval. The councillors prayed in their petition to the Lok Adalat to pass an order to take over water supply from GMADA to Corporation Mohali, to refund the additional rates collected by GMADA Mohali from 2017 to GMADA, Mohali and to take departmental action against the officers who caused mental harassment and financial loss to the people due to delay in handover / takeover process.

Senior Advocate Tejinder Pal Singh, joines BJP

Mohali: Tejinder Pal Singh, Senior Advocate and Member of State Narcotic Cell of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, quitted the Congress Party and joined BJP. On joining BJP, senior party worker and leader of Mohali District BJP, Punjab in-Charge and Punjab Pardesh General Secretary, Dr. Subhash Sharma welcomed Advocate Tejinder Pal in BJP Team, Mohali. Adv Tejinder Pal Singh said that his father, was the RSS Chief, Patiala in back 1960-62. On this occasion, Senior BJP leaders,  Arvind Mittal, District In charge Mohali and District President Sushil Rana, Arun Sharma, Sukhwinder Singh Goldie, Ashok Jha, Abhishek Thakur were present. All those who welcomed Tejinder Pal Singh on coming to the party had assured him of all kind cooperation and working together on BJP policy.

L-G’s orders will be implemented, no time for politics- Kejriwal

This is not the time for politics or differences

New Delhi: Taking a U-turn on his administration’s announcements to reserve beds in private and government hospitals only for the Delhi residents, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, said that the AAP government will implement Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s order to keep hospitals in the national capital open for non-residents of Delhi.

Addressing a press conference, CM Kejriwal said that this is not the time for politics or differences. This is not the time to differ from each other or argue. Whatever the Lt Governor and the Central government said, will be implemented. This is not the time to do politics. If we keep on fighting, corona virus will win,” CM added. Kejriwal’s remarks came two days after Baijal issued an order striking down key announcements made by the Delhi government to reserve beds in private and Delhi government hospitals for city residents only.

Clarifying the decision, the L-G said that he was forced to do so as it violated constitutional right to equality and right to life which includes right to health.

He further assured that as the chairperson of Delhi Disaster Management Authority, he has been periodically reviewing Delhi’s plans to fight the pandemic. The minister also called the COVID-19 crisis the “biggest tragedy in 100 years.

Residents of Mohali City disturbed by stray animals-Booby Kamboj

Stray cattle on the roads in Mohali, traffic affected, Municipal Corporation  sleeps

Mohali June 11 : Stray cattle can be witnessed on major streets of Mohali , there is a glut of stray cattle in the areas falling under the Jurisdiction of the Mohali Municipal Corporation. These stary cattle/animals appear on the streets in flocks. The problem is acute for residents of Mohali including the areas of  Kumbra, Mataur, Madanpur, Mohali Village, Phase 1 and the surrounding areas in Sectors 71 and 72. Due to which traffic is also affected, these animals are seen near the dustbins/ dumping points situated at various locations.  Not only this, such stray animals also throw garbage on the road, and adding to road accidents, stated Booby Kamboj Ex-MC Mohali. Local residents and former councilors, including Bobby Kamboj, a resident of Sector-68, stated that now an Administrator has been appointed in the City of Mohali, hence these stray animals should be caught and strict action must be taken against the owners of all such stray cattle. Ex MC, Booby Kamboj said there are a large number of stray animals in the area of Sector 68. Bobby Kamboj has appealed to the Administrator of Municipal Corporation, Mohali to take appropriate steps to capture these animals. Ex MC, Kamboj stated that hundred of stray cattle roam on the city roads freely. All the vacant plots of sector 68 are occupied by the cattle which are owned by the residents of Kumbra village and is lot of trouble for the residents of Sector 68  for the last many years. The Ex MC, Sector 68, Ward No 36, has raised his voice against this problem many times in the Corporation house meetings but no steps have been taken till date. Booby Kamboj added that few month ago a company was given the contract to catch the stray cattle but the work could not been started because of some political pressure. Now the situation is that the area has become a Mini Gaushala in Sector 68. Booby Kambol, also stated that The Municipal Corporation Commissioner has been reminded many times about the un- hygienic conditions in the area but to no avail till date. MC , Commissioner Kamal Garg, stated that the main issue at present is the lack of space at present Gaushala and new area has been identified by the Government , soon the problem will be resolved as the matter is being discussed at the Directorate level.

Delhi HC rejects plea to bring PM CARES Fund under RTI Act

The petition stated that PM CARES is a ‘public authority’ within the ambit of Section 2(h) of the RTI and prayed for a direction to the trust to display the details of the fund collected and the purpose it is being utilised for, on its website.

New Delhi: Delhi High Court, rejected a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking directions to bring the PM CARES Fund under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act for more transparency. A plea in this regard was filed in the high court last week. Rejecting the petition, the Delhi HC said that a plea in this matter is already pending in Karnataka and this is the reason the court does not want to hear the petition at this stage. The petition had said that PM CARES is a ‘public authority’ within the ambit of Section 2(h) of the RTI and prayed for a direction to the trust to display the details of the fund collected and the purpose it is being utilized for, on its website. The PIL referred to media reports that the  Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) has refused to divulge information under the RTI Act, 2005 by claiming that the fund is not a “public authority  within the ambit of Act. The petition submitted that any entity that is “owned”, “controlled” or “substantially financed” by the government qualifies for a public authority under the RTI Act..The petition insisted that the patients who have been victim to COVID-19 have the right to know about the fund collected for the very purpose of fighting the virus. It also submitted that the patients, who need immediate financial assistance to fight the virus, are not in a position to enforce their fundamental right of being treated and financially supported, by the use of funds collected in the PM CARES fund. 

The petitioner alleged that if the details are not divulged or reluctantly not disclosed, gives the reasons for apprehensions. Petitioner also raised concern as to why should there be any secrecy, as the website also states that persons who manage PM CARES Fund shall have no personal interest. The petition further said that in two months the amount collected in PM-Cares Fund stands somewhere around Rs 10,000 crore. These donations have largely come from the Public Sector Undertakings, Central Ministries, salaries of armed forces personnel, civil servants and members of the judicial entities. These funds have been compulsorily donated into the fund, the PIL claimed. 


Ethiopia records corona virus cases in refugee camps

(The Aman Sandesh Times Network)

Ethopia: Ethiopia has recorded the first corona virus case among its vast refugee population, prompting fears of rapid spread among a “very high-risk” group, a regional health official stated. The first refugee case is a 16-year-old Eritrean girl from the northern Adi-Harush camp who travelled to an Orthodox Christian monastery in late May and fell ill shortly after her return, said Samuel Aregay, a public health emergency response officer in the Tigray region. The girl’s positive test results came back on Friday, while two more refugees are reported to be tested positive, Samuel said. There are three cases identified in the refugee camp, Samuel said. The risk is very high to other people who are living in the camp. They are living closely together, with five or six people in very small rooms. It’s a very high-risk area. Adi-Harush, with a registered population of 33,928, is one of four camps in Tigray that together house nearly 100,000 people from Eritrea, according to the UN refugee. 

There are more than 170,000 Eritrean refugees nationwide, out of more than 760,000 total in Ethiopia. Officials at Ethiopia’s health ministry in Addis Ababa said they could not confirm the refugee cases, which have not been detailed in its daily reports. 

Ethiopia recorded its first case of COVID-19 in mid-March, and so far its official figures are relatively low with 2,336 cases and 32 deaths. However more than half of those cases have been recorded in the past 10 days, and the health ministry said last week that cases were increasing rapidly due to the presence of community transmission. The health ministry last week began sending COVID-19 patients in the capital, Addis Ababa, to Millennium Hall, a conference centre that has been turned into a makeshift hospital, after the original facility receiving patients in the city neared capacity. Several reported COVID-19 deaths, including two announced Tuesday, are cases in which samples were taken from corpses, suggesting that at least some patients are not receiving medical treatment. In a statement Monday, Health Minister Lia Tadesse noted that officials were “seeing efforts by family members of the deceased to avoid bringing the deceased to hospitals for examination”. “We understand the anxiety and difficult circumstances, but this examination is important in terms of controlling the disease and ascertaining the status of family members who are dead,” she said.

Decision to revoke Article-370 by Modi Government, a biggest Achievement- Dr Subash Sharma

With the Modi Government completion of 2.0 term, in office Dr Subash Sharma said that the decision
to revoke Article-370 by Modi Government was a biggest achivement and to make Jammu, Kashmir
and Ladakh Union Territories is not just historic but correction of a historic wrong. As a uniform and
seamlessly integrated part of India, this will bring equitable growth and progress of the region that had
only been used for political gains. The biggest achievement of the Modi governments has been to instill
hope, pride and ambition in the National psyche. After the unanimous decision of the five-judge bench
of the Supreme Court, the way for the construction of Shri Ram Temple was paved and the trust for the
temple construction was established by the Modi Government as per the order of the court. Owning to
the commitment and efforts of the Modi Government, the construction work has commenced. Prime
Minister Modi, the Central government has solved the long-standing issue for Sikh devotees by ensuring
access to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. A robust DBT ecosystem was built around the Jan Dhan, Aadhar,
Mobile trinity for ensuring direct and transparent transfer of benefits into the accounts of crores of
beneficiaries. This weeded out the middlemen and corruption, ensuring betterment of the
people. Today, this has proved to be a blessing in getting money across to the needy during lockdown
situation added Dr Subash Sharma, Secretary, State BJP. Among other dignitaries present on the occasion
included the District President Sushil Rana, Ramesh Verma, Arun Sharma, Kushwant Rai Giga,and many other BJP
leaders.

Resident flaunting Govt orders regarding COVID 19, should be strictly dealt with : Adv Rahul Marwaha

Life is Precious and cannot be brought back

The Aman Sandesh Times Network Chandigarh : Despite the  State Government has ordered, strict enforcement of the wearing of masks at public places, people are seen faulting the government orders by roaming at public places without wearing masks. By this no meaning of Govt. order is left. Hefty fine should be imposed on those who flaunt the orders passed by Government stated Advocate Rahul Marwaha, while talking to the team of  The Aman Sandesh Times.  He further said that life is precious and cannot be brought back. So people should understand as a part of their duty, as not wearing mask doesn’t endangers one’s own life but endangers  the lives of others.  Adv Rahul stated that even the UT administration, had made it mandatory for people to wear masks in public places to check the spread of corona virus. According to the order issued by the UT administration, anybody found violating the instructions will be punishable under Section 188 of the IPC and the police authorities are empowered to immediately arrest the violators. According to the order, even those travelling in personal or office vehicles will have wear a face mask. It is mandatory to wear masks while working at a site, office or workplace, the order said, adding that no person will attend any meeting or gathering without wearing these masks. ADC Yash Pal Sharma, stated that the process of Challaning the violators for non wearing of masks is in full swing in the district, by the District Administration, more than 4000 were fined yesterday for non adherence to Govt orders.

Delhi COVID-19 Cases Estimated to 56,000 In 2 Weeks- Minister Satyendar Jain

The biggest single-day jump in cases, the country recorded over 9,000 cases
New Delhi (The Aman Sandesh Times Network): The current doubling rate of COVID-19 in
the national capital is 14 days, so as per that estimation it will see over 56,000 cases
by the end of next two weeks, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on
Monday. The number of corona virus cases in the national capital crossed the
28,000-mark with 1,282 fresh infections, while the number of deaths climbed to 812
on Sunday. “The expert committee, which was set up by us earlier, has said that the
doubling rate is 14-15 days and currently the city has recorded 28,936 cases in total
so by the end of two weeks, it is estimated to rise to 56,000, the minister told
reporters. Barring June 1, when Delhi saw a spike of 990 cases, it has been
recording over 1,000 fresh cases every day from May 28 to June 7, the highest
being 1,513 on June 3. Corona virus cases in India crossed 2.56 lakh cases on
Monday amid increasing relaxations allowed by the government following an over
two-month nationwide lockdown. Over 7,135 people have died so far in the country.
This is the biggest single-day jump in cases as the country recorded over 9,000
cases for the sixth consecutive day. India is the also the fifth worst-hit nation by the
deadly virus in the world. Shopping malls, religious places, hotels and restaurants
are re-opening in most states today as part of what it called “Unlock1”, more than
two months after they were closed to check the spread of the corona virus. he Home
Ministry had last month said “Unlock1” will roll out across the country from today
under which the nationwide lockdown which came into effect from March 25 will be
relaxed to a great extent, including opening of shopping malls, restaurants and
religious places, though strict restrictions will remain in place till June 30 in the
worst-hit areas.

Delhi CM takes COVID-19 test

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind
Kejriwal underwent Corona virus test on Tuesday after he developed COVID-19 like symptoms. He had complained
of sore throat and mild fever after which all meetings scheduled since Sunday were cancelled and gone into self-
isolation.

HC notice to Chandigarh admin on schools uploading balance sheets

Chandigarh (The Aman Sandesh Times Network): The Chandigarh Administration was issued a notice by the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday to respond to a plea filed by private schools in the city challenging its order to upload balance sheets on their websites. The high court bench of Justice RK Jain and Justice Ashok Kumar Verma, has sought the Administration’s response by June 16. The petition was filed by the Independent Schools’ Association, a body of 78 private schools in the city after 51 schools on May 22 were issued show cause notices for not uploading their balance sheets for the last financial year, which the administration said in violation of laws. The schools have also challenged the constitution of a fee regulatory authority under the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Act extended to Chandigarh Administration. The law was adopted by the administration in 2018. The schools have argued that asking them to upload their balance sheets online violate their rights. It has also been argued that the fee regulatory body, constituted under the law, does not provide representation to private schools.

Aarogya Setu, COVA apps must to enter malls in Mohali

Mohali (The Aman Sandesh Times Network): As malls in the district started to open from today, managements were seen ensuring follow of SOP’s and were on their toes to ensure the safety of all visitors including their staff too in managing visitors, besides sanitising the mall. The management was also seen providing training to its staff in allowing only those visitors wearing face masks and checking their cell phones for COVA and Aarogya Setu apps. Restaurants or food courts in the mall were not open to operate except for takeaway/home delivery till 8 pm. Lifts were only being used by disabled persons or in medical emergency stated Sushil Ahuja, AVP Bestech Mall. The number of visitors was very less today being the first day of unlock of all malls nationwide. It is pertinent to mention here that large gatherings or congregations, gaming arcades and Children Play areas along with cinema halls inside the malls have been discouraged.

Persons above 65 years of age, with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.

Libyan commander backed by Russia says he’s ready for talks to end war

Cairo (The Aman Sandesh times Network): The Libyan commander backed by Russia, whose forces suffered a string of battlefield losses in recent days, declared on Saturday that he was ready to stop fighting and enter talks to end his oil-rich country’s grinding civil war.

The announcement was unlikely to bring an immediate end to the fighting. But it offered new evidence of the decisive clout of Turkey, on the other side of Libya’s war, whose intervention on the side of the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli has thwarted Russia’s ambitions and shifted the course of the conflict. The Libyan commander, Khalifa Hifter, made the cease-fire offer in Cairo as he stood alongside his Egyptian ally, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Egypt, along with Russia and the United Arab Emirates, have invested heavily in supporting Hifter and are now scrambling to limit his losses after the dramatic collapse of his 14-month campaign to capture Tripoli. The scale and speed of Hifter’s losses have stunned Libyans, and analysts say the retreat not only marks the end of his assault on Tripoli but also is likely to reshape the broader military and political landscape in the country. All of our bearing points are changing, said Tarek Megerisi, an analyst with the European Council on Foreign Relations. “It’s very unclear what things will look like once the dust settles. But this is Hifter on the ropes. It’s the first time we’ve seen him make any compromise or concession since he returned to Libya in 2014.”

Libya, which has Africa’s largest oil reserves, has been mired in chaos since the ouster of its longtime dictator, Moammar Gadhafi, by an American-backed coalition during the Arab Spring in 2011. An eruption of fight between Libyan factions in 2014 quickly escalated into a regional proxy war fueled by foreign powers that poured arms, money and mercenaries into the fight. Over the years, the country became divided between east and west, with Hifter based in his eastern stronghold in the city of Benghazi. The U.N.-backed government is based in Tripoli, in the west. President Recep Tayyib Erdogan of Turkey deployed a warship, armed drones and thousands of Turkish-funded Syrian fighters in January to push back Hifter’s assault on Tripoli. The Turkish-backed forces have scored a string of major victories in recent days, routing Hifter’s forces entirely from western Libya and driving them hundreds of miles to the east. After capturing Tripoli’s international airport earlier in the week, government fighters captured Tarhuna, Hifter’s last stronghold in western Libya, on Friday. Fleeing fighters left behind helicopters, expensive Russian-built weapons systems and large stores of ammunition.  Government forces, reached the edge of the city of Sirte, 230 miles east of Tripoli, where heavy fighting erupted. Government fighters were hit by airstrikes from drones and warplanes. At least 19 government fighters were killed, according to source reports.

International Flights to resume Once Countries Ease Restrictions: Minister

Japan and Singapore. have significant restrictions on entry of foreigners

New Delhi (THE AMAN SANDESH TIMES NETWORK): India will take a decision on resumption of international
passenger flights as soon as countries ease restrictions on entry of foreign nationals, Civil Aviation
Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated. Countries like Japan and Singapore have put significant
restrictions on entry of foreigners amid the corona virus pandemic. A decision to resume regular
international operations will be taken as soon as countries ease restrictions on entry of foreign
nationals. Destination countries have to be ready to allow incoming flights,” Mr Puri said on Twitter.
India resumed its domestic passenger flights on May 25 after a gap of two months due to the corona
virus lockdown. Most countries have less than 10 per cent international operations because they are
allowing entry only to their own citizens and have placed restrictions on foreign nationals, the minister
stated. Many countries are allowing inbound flights from a few nations, but have placed restrictions
like quarantine or isolation, he said. Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain
suspended in India. However, special repatriation flights are being operated by Air India and other
airlines to countries across the world under the Vande Bharat Mission. On June 1, Mr Puri said several
factors like the lockdown in metro cities and the ban imposed by various countries on the entry of
foreigners need to be addressed before resuming international passenger flights in India. Airports in
West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have been allowed to handle a
restricted number of daily domestic flights as these states do not want a huge influx of flyers amid the
rising number of COVID-19 cases.

No Prasad at Religious Places, Tokens for Mall Entry in Punjab

Mall visitors are required to have COVA app on their mobile phones.

Mohali (The Aman Sandesh Times Network): Malls and religious places, have been closed for almost two months now and are all set to re-open, but one thing is clear that whether it is a temple, mosque and gurudwara sahib people / devotees visiting all these places will not get the same culture as it used to be in earlier days prior to Corona Lockdown. The state Governments with consultations from MHA has now allowed the re-opening of all such places but with strict follow of guidelines. Religious places to remain open between 5 am and 8 pm.      There shall be no distribution of ‘prasad’, food or serving ‘langar’ at the places of worship.  Token system for entry will be introduced and there will be a provision for maximum time limit for which a visitor can stay inside a shopping mall, it said.   In case of religious places, the maximum number of persons at the time of worship shall not exceed 20 with due distancing.      “The worship time should stagger in smaller groups,” according to the guidelines.   “The maximum capacity of persons allowed in each shop in the mall shall be fixed on the basis of maintenance of six-feet distance,” it added.      With the management being responsible for ensuring maximum capacity of the mall, not more than 50 per cent of the maximum capacity shall, at any point of time, enter the mall, the guidelines said.      Each shop shall have markers to indicate social distancing while lift shall not be used except in case of differently-abled person or medical emergency.  Trial of clothing/accessories shall not be permitted, according to the guidelines for shopping malls. At restaurants, there will be no dine-in facility till further orders, as per the guidelines. The situation shall be reviewed on June 15.

Brazil threatens to quit WHO over ‘ideological bias’

Brazial (The Aman Sandesh Times Network): Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to pull out of the WHO over “ideological bias,” and criticized the World Health Organization for suspending clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 — a decision it reversed this week — and threatened to follow in Trump’s footsteps by quitting. Latin America is battered by the epidemic, especially Brazil which now has the world’s third-highest number of virus deaths. I’m telling you right now, the United States left the WHO, and we’re studying that, in the future. Either the WHO works without ideological bias, or we leave, too,” the far-right leader, stated to the journalists. Dubbed the “Tropical Trump,” Bolsonaro has followed the US president in his handling of the pandemic, downplaying its severity, attacking stay-at-home measures and touting the purported effects of hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19. The WHO had suspended trials of hydroxychloroquine after major studies raised concerns about its safety and effectiveness — irking Trump, who even took the drug himself as a preventive measure.

Delhi Medical Body Slams CM Arvind Kejriwal for Warning Amid COVID-19 Crisis

The Delhi Medical Association, condemned the police case filed against authorities of Sir Ganga
Ram Hospital, that has been charged with violating rules for registering corona virus tests

New Delhi (The Aman Sandesh Times Network): The Delhi Medical Association, hit out at Chief Minister Arvind
Kejriwal after he warned hospitals of stern action, if they refuse COVID-19 patients or indulge in “black-
marketing” of beds amid growing concerns over a surge in corona virus cases in the capital. Delhi Medical
Association strongly condemns the way Delhi Chief Minister, is warning the doctors and threatening the
hospitals about COVID-19 patients admissions and tests, the body said in a statement. Doctors who are
serving the people of Delhi tirelessly from last two months in this pandemic crisis risking their lives feel insulted
by the way they are being treated, it added. Hospitals are backbone of healthcare and are serving the patients
COVID or Non-COVID. They are being penalised and government instead of praising their efforts is issuing
new diktats daily, the statement said. The medical body also condemned the police case filed against
authorities of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, a leading private facility that has been charged with violating rules for
registering corona virus tests. Doctors of Delhi are already overworked and overstressed in this hour of
pandemic crisis and the state government is unnecessarily putting pressure on healthcare systems,” the
statement said, claiming the support of its 15,000 members. The medical body demanded a coordination
committee for medical professionals and the Delhi government, adequate testing facilities, smoother patient
transfers and cremations, and designated authorities for coordinating COVID-19 care. The strong response
from the medical body came as Delhi recorded 1,320 new corona virus cases on Saturday, taking the total to
27,654 including 761 deaths multiple complaints of patients being refused admission in recent days and reports
that that medical centers in the capital were swamped. Addressing an online media briefing amid concerns of
patients being turned away by hospitals, CM Kejriwal said the Delhi Government will depute medical
professionals in each private hospital to ensure patients are aware of beds available and they are admitted
without any hassle. False refusal cannot be tolerated and admitting corona virus patients is non-negotiable…
There are some private hospitals which are resorting to such means. First they say they don’t have bed and
when patients insist, they demand a huge amount. Isn’t this black-marketing of beds?” CM added.

No New Scheme For A Year- Finance Ministry

Schemes that are already approved for the current financial year will remain suspended till March 31 next year or until further orders

New-Delhi (The Aman Sandesh Times Network) : The finance ministry of India, has asked all ministries and
departments not to initiate any new scheme in the current financial year and said that there is a need
to use resources prudently in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. However, funds for schemes under
the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan package and any other
special package or announcement would be allocated, according to an office memorandum by the
Department of Expenditure, which comes under the finance ministry. Schemes that are already
approved for the current financial year will remain suspended till March 31 next year or until further
orders. This would also include those schemes for which in-principle approval has been given by the
department. “It may be appreciated that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an
unprecedented demand on public financial resources and a need to use resources prudently in
accordance with emerging and changing priorities,” the expenditure department said adding that it
has been receiving many new proposals for in-principle approval from various ministries or
departments. “No new proposals for a scheme/sub-scheme should be initiated this year (2020-21)
except the proposals announced under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, the Aatmanirbhar
Bharat Abhiyan package and any other special package/announcement,” it said. With regard to the
existing ongoing schemes, the department said it has already given an interim extension till March
31, 2021, or till the date the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission come into effect,
whichever is earlier. “No funds may be released for schemes that are not in strict conformity to the
instructions…nor should budgetary provisions be made available by re-appropriation to such
schemes,” it said adding any exceptions to these guidelines would require approval of the
expenditure department.

Black Lives Matter’ giant yellow mural painted on street near White House

Washington (The Aman Sandesh Times Network): A massive Black Lives Matter mural was painted in yellow letters on a street near the White House on Friday, ahead of expected large demonstrations on Saturday to protest racism and police brutality in the United States. The huge mural occupies two blocks on the capital’s 16th Street. The city of Washington D.C. cleared the street so muralists could complete the work. Using rollers and buckets of yellow paint, with brushes to finesse the edges of the letters, dozens of men and women, of different races and ages – some wearing roller blades, some work boots – painted the street. Many were sweating under the warm Washington sun. Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Friday that the section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially “Black Lives Matter Plaza. The death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck, has convulsed the country. As well as massive demonstrations and violent clashes with police in the biggest cities, hundreds of spontaneous demonstrations have popped up in little towns and rural areas across the nation in recent days.