P&H High Court Reviews COVID Situation In Haryana, Punjab & Chandigarh UT

first_imgNews UpdatesP&H High Court Reviews COVID Situation In Haryana, Punjab & Chandigarh UT LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 May 2021 8:04 AMShare This – xThe Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday asked the States of Punjab, Haryana and UT of Chandigarh alongwith representative of Central Govt. regarding various issues arising due to Covid 19 pandemic.Beside other things relevant health issues like shortage of ventilators in Govt Hospital Chandigarh, wastage of vials of vaccine, over burdened ambulance facilities shortage of medical staff, allocation of oxygen were also taken up by the division bench comprising of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh.The bench reviewed the availability of ventilators in Govt. Hospital, Sector 16 Chandigarh and noted that only 6 ventilators are functional in the hospital and despite large number of patients pouring in for medical help. The counsel of Punjab brought to the notice of Court that out of 82 ventilators supplied only 71 are faulty. It was highlighted by Punjab that there is an urgent need of Remdsivir Injections and 4 lacs of vials of covishield vaccine immediately. The Advocate General Haryana submitted that medical officers as well as final year medical students have been taken in the loop for providing tele-consultation. The Bench also raised query about the wastage of vaccine in the State of Haryana, on which the response has been prayed to be submitted on next date of hearing. It has been also submitted that a cap has been put on the rates/charges of treatment by private hospitals and they are being closely monitored. About the spread of disease in the rural areas, it has been submitted that a plan has been drawn up and Senior Administrative Officer has been deputed for every District in Haryana to monitor the situation. That apart, Physical inspection in all rural areas/Districts is being carried out.The Bench has directed submission of detailed report of the work done at ground level. It has been further submitted by Senior Standing Counsel U.T that in view of the order passed by Hon’ble Bench dated 7.5.2021, a common strategy has been drawn up by the Administration of all the three Districts alongwith Directorate Health Services of all the 3 Districts i.e. Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. It has been decided to hold meetings twice a week to review the situation and to take measures accordingly.A meeting in this regard has already been undertaken on 11.05.2021 and it has been decided that In case of emergency anywhere in the tricity, the concerned authorities would provide oxygen, medicines and medical equipment like ventilators etc. to each other to avoid any untoward incident. That apart a request has also been made that a separate quota of 5 MT of liquid oxygen be exclusively kept for PGIMER. Steps had also been taken to ensure rational use of oxygen. A senior PCS officer has been deputed to see supply of oxygen to private hospitals as per daily quota, is made in time.Additional Solicitor General of India submitted that after the order dated 7.5.2021 passed by Hon’ble Bench, Government of India has increased the oxygen supply to Punjab from 227 MT to 247 MT and to Haryana from 267 MT to 307 MT. He further submitted that the request made by the State of Punjab for supply of six more containers and release of pending quantity of Remdesivir injections and vaccine shall be looked into forthwith. As regards 71 faulty ventilators to the State of Punjab, he submits that the matter shall be examined immediately and necessary steps taken for rectifying the fault, if any, at the earliest. He further submits that sufficient number of PSA Generators have been supplied to various Government Hospitals in UT, Chandigarh which all are functional now. The request of 5 MT of oxygen for PGIMER exclusively, would also be processed expeditiously. The Bench while addressing the issues directed that Nodal Agencies of all the Districts may monitor ambulance facilities being provided by private operators and voluntary agencies, NGOs etc. may be roped in for the service. It has also been directed to examine the possibility of providing more ventilators to GMSH-16, Chandigarh hospital as the same is centrally located and patients normally approach the said hospital in the first instance. As regards the need for supporting staff, the issue may be examined by the Secretary, Health. If it is found that more staff is required in this emergency situation, he is at liberty to recruit the same on contract basis, in case a provision to this effect exists in the rules. It has been directed by Hon’ble Bench that PGIMER be provided full co-operation in every respect for its smooth and efficient functioning. It has been desired by the Bench that all the three States may impress upon the private diagnostic centres to reasonably slash their rates for CT Scan for Covid patients.Lastly, the bench also mentioned that since under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) incorporated in Section 135 of the Companies Act, it is obligatory for the Companies to contribute at least 2% of their profit as social responsibility to the society in this period of crisis generated due to pandemic. The bench has left it to the three States to ask the corporate houses to participate in fighting the crisis by providing ambulances, oxygen beds, ventilators, CT Scan machines etc. to Government Hospitals so that economically weaker strata of the society has easy access to such facilities. Click here to read/download the orderTags#Punjab and Haryana High Court Punjab Justice Rajan Gupta Next Storylast_img read more

US Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus Met with Georgia’s Main Power-Wielding Ministers

first_img US Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus Met with Georgia’s Main Power-Wielding Ministers November 22, 2011 Share this article View post tag: Ministers View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Georgia’s View post tag: main Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: US Back to overview,Home naval-today US Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus Met with Georgia’s Main Power-Wielding Ministers View post tag: Navy View post tag: Power-Wielding View post tag: met View post tag: Ray Paying a 2-day visit to Tbilisi, US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with Georgia’s main power-wielding ministers.He discussed military reforms and bilateral cooperation issues with Georgian defense minister Bachana Akhalaia. According to national defense ministry, the agenda included Georgia’s participation in peace-keeping operation in Afghanistan and prospects of integration to NATO.Secretary of US Navy also met with Georgian interior minister Vano Merabishvili and talked over issues of bilateral cooperation and security. During the visit, Ray Mabus attended the Krtsanisi National Training Centre and watched demonstration drill of Georgian servicemen. The US official met with Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili as well. Ray Mabus left Georgia on Nov 19 for Baku, Azerbaijan.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , November 22, 2011; Image: navy View post tag: Mabus View post tag: with View post tag: Secretarylast_img read more

PREPARING FOR THE WORST

first_imgBob Englehart / Hartford CourantBy Tom PurcellAfter the wild stock market downs and ups last week, I crawled out from under my desk and began Googling plans for a backyard survival bunker.You see, not being an economist or expert about government debt and spending, I have trouble grasping what is going on in the world and when the next economic collapse will occur.All I know is that our Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan federal agency within the legislative branch of our government, keeps warning the country, as it did again last week, that we are on an unsustainable financial path.Simply put, the CBO says our debt is growing too fast. Whereas the historical average level of publicly held debt over the last 50 years was 38 percent of America’s gross domestic product, our debt-to-GDP ratio is now 74 percent and will hit 103 percent in 2040.To get back to historical debt levels, the CBO says, we’ll have to increase revenue by 14 percent or cut spending by 13 percent. If we don’t, we will eventually face a real crisis.Once creditors doubt our ability to repay our debt, interest rates on the debt will have to increase to entice them to buy it, and it will be “game on.”Some doomsayers predict this will ignite the next economic collapse, which will make the 2008 collapse look like a day at a government-funded amusement park. So I’m wondering about a bunker in the countryside on the edge of the suburbs, where my home is located.Unlike big, sophisticated, wired cities where people couldn’t survive a day if their Internet service went down, the people who live in the country can function just dandy without modern conveniences.My neighbors know how to grow, trap and shoot their own food. They make their own bullets and are proficient with rifles.They can boil water from the creek and grow their own food. They can hand-fell trees and build houses that they make cozy with an abundance of firewood — and keep their bunkers warm as they protect themselves from all the suburbanites flooding to the countryside, looking for some grub.Most importantly, they know how to make moonshine, one of America’s most valuable products. For years, moonshine helped settlers convert their corn harvests into a valuable commodity that was as good as gold — and might be again if the doomsayers’ predictions come true.If all heck breaks loose, my country village would be fine. I’d still be able to amble down to the local watering hole and sing Willie Nelson tunes on karaoke night.We’ll never run out of food. Wild turkey and deer pass through my yard daily. All of my neighbors have deer meat stashed somewhere within their houses and ingenious methods for powering electrical generators to keep their freezers cold.Some analysts say worry about a big economic collapse is overblown. They say the government can inflate its way out of the situation, which could significantly reduce the value of the amount our government owes — and punish people whose savings would also be significantly reduced. But that one sounds fishy to me.In any event, I hope the big one never happens — I hope the experts who keep meddling with our economy through zero interest-rate policies and expansion of the money supply don’t unwittingly thrust us into the mother of all breakdowns.Still, when the stock market soars up and down as it did last week, I find comfort in smoking and storing large batches of beef jerky, just in case.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

‘Status quo not an option’: PEPP rapporteur sets out views

first_imgThe proposal for a pan-European personal pension product (PEPP) is “timely and appropriate”, according to the European Parliament’s lead on the project.In a working document prepared for the parliamentary Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) ahead of it discussing the PEPP on Thursday, Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld said a well-developed third pillar must contribute substantially to improving the adequacy and sustainability of existing pension systems.However, she also said further development, strengthening and reform of first and second pillar pensions must be prioritised.The European Commission proposed a regulation on a PEPP in June. In ‘t Veld is the European Parliament’s rapporteur, and will therefore lead and coordinate ECON’s work on the proposal. The working document reflects her initial views – or, as she told IPE, “the policy options and dilemmas we have to respond to”. Source: Sebastiaan ter Burg Sophie in ‘t Veld, ECON rapporteur on PEPPIn the ECON working document In ‘t Veld described the situation: “There is broad support for the idea of PEPP, but the context is extremely complex and politically sensitive. The differences between [the] 28 member states of the EU are huge and intricate.”“However, the status quo is not an option,” she said. The proposal for a PEPP was timely and appropriate, she added.In ‘t Veld has previously said lawmakers needed to take care not to undermine well-functioning national pension systems where these exist. Sticking pointsThe working document set out In ‘t Veld’s thoughts on some of the main issues and dilemmas arising from the Commission’s proposal and how these might be resolved. The Commission’s proposed regulation foresaw pension funds as one of six PEPP providers, alongside insurers, banks and other entities.However, In ‘t Veld noted that, in some EU countries, institutions for occupational retirement provision (IORPs) had exclusive rights to provide occupational pensions, meaning that the PEPP regulation “should not in any way jeopardise well-developed second-pillar systems”.“That would be defeating the very purpose of PEPP,” she said.IORPs with exclusive rights would have a competitive advantage over other providers, the ECON paper said. However, categorical exclusion of IORPs from providing PEPPs would reduce competition and choice, and exclude institutions that have extensive experience in retirement provision. “PEPP will be as strong as the weakest link in the chain.”Sophie in ‘t Veld, ECON rapporteur on the PEPP proposalAccording to In ‘t Veld, this dilemma could be addressed by redrafting the regulation so that only IORPs with a legal statute that allowed them to engage in commercial activities could be eligible as a PEPP provider. The regulation could also be amended to allow the activities of IORPs implementing mandatory auto-enrolment to be ringfenced from PEPP activities.Policy officials at Dutch pension manager APG have previously questioned how allowing pension funds to be eligible PEPP providers was compatible with the EU’s new IORP Directive, and said it might not be possible for Dutch IORPs to offer PEPPs.Tax treatmentUnanimity on “any kind of tax harmonisation” among EU countries was highly unlikely, but there may be alternative routes, according to In ‘t Veld. For example, a group of member states could advance on the basis of a voluntary multilateral approach, or agree on a separate, “29th regime” approach that would allow for a specific tax treatment of the PEPP.She said that, while the PEPP would have to come with tax incentives on contributions in order for it to be successful, this would bring complexity and the risk of tax avoidance or evasion.It was crucial that this be resolved, possibly via a multilateral tax agreement between participating member states or with EU instruments for information exchange and coordination, said In ‘t Veld.Just 3.7% of Europeans work across country borders, the ECON paper said, and not all were likely to take out a PEPP.The Commission has so far issued a recommendation to encourage member states to apply the necessary tax relief.  Capital protectionThe Commission has proposed that PEPP providers offer up to five investment options, including a default option. This, and whether a default option should ensure capital protection, is disputed – some have argued a default option should not be required, and that a capital guarantee would eat into returns and reduce competition.The Commission’s proposed text refers to a default investment operation needing to ensure capital protection but, In ‘t Veld said, it was still unclear if the proposal required a default option with a capital guarantee. She argued for the regulation to specify the risk-mitigation techniques, including the definition of ‘capital protection’ for a default option.Authorisation and supervisionA European authorisation procedure and uniform, high standards of enforcement and supervision throughout the EU were a prerequisite for the PEPP to be a truly European product and a success, according to the ECON working document.“This should be achieved through common standards, and coordination of national supervisors by EIOPA [the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority],” it said. “PEPP will be as strong as the weakest link in the chain.”Although national supervisors would supervise PEPP providers, EIOPA should give authorisation its “stamp of approval … so as to create a brand known and trusted throughout the EU”.The liability of national supervisors and EIOPA in case of problems with a PEPP still needed to be clarified, In ‘t Veld said.The full ECON working document can be found here. Some in the European pension fund industry are unhappy about the PEPP. The German occupational pension fund association, for example, has opposed its introduction, saying the focus should be on expanding workplace pension provision rather than on private pension products. A German corporate pensions executive has criticised the PEPP as “the answer to a question nobody asked”.Many others have welcomed the idea of a PEPP in general, but have been quick to raise questions and doubts about its design and feasibility. Sticking points include tax treatment, whether or not there should be a default option with capital protection, and supervision.last_img read more

Ministry of Trade observing oil prices

first_imgLocalNews Ministry of Trade observing oil prices by: – March 28, 2011 24 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share The ministry of trade said Monday it is monitoring the price of oil on the world market.Oil costs have been increasing in the past weeks, blamed by continued unrest in the Middle East and the North African region of Libya, a major oil producer.“We are in fact watching and observing the trend, an upward trend, and of course if that trend continues, certainly it will impact on domestic prices in Dominica,” said Trade officer, Ronnie Guiste.“Whatever happens on the world market is passed on to the consumer so of course if prices continue to increase then you see prices [locally] continuing to move in that direction as well,” he added.Since the start of March, several countries of the Caribbean Community including Dominica, announced a hike in fuel prices.A gallon of gas at the pump here is now EC$13.19, up by 11 cents; Dominicans are paying 62 cents more per gallon of diesel with the price now at EC$13.12.Guiste highlighted however, Dominicans are paying less for fuel than several others in the sub region.“In comparison to the prices in the other OECS countries, we are way below. For example in Grenada, the prices are as high as EC$16.00. St. Lucia is now EC$13.90 a gallon.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Three ways to check Indiana roads before traveling

first_imgStatewide—INDOT reminds you to “know before you go” when heading out after a weather event, check travel conditions for your area and allow extra time to reach your destination. There are three different ways to check on road conditions through INDOT:INDOT Mobile Apphttp://indot.carsprogram.orghttps://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisoryThere are currently no travel advisories out for southeastern Indiana though Rush and Bartholomew Counties are under yellow travel advisories today.last_img

Number of people seeking asylum in Canada at levels not seen since

first_imgOTTAWA – The number of people seeking asylum in Canada is now the highest it’s been since 2009, driven in part by a surge in asylum seekers showing up at the Canada-U.S. border.New statistics released Tuesday by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada show that as of August, 27,440 claims for asylum have been filed in Canada, a peak since record highs of between 36,000 and 33,000 in 2008 and 2009.And the numbers are expected to continue to rise.During a briefing Monday with immigration organizations in New York City, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said based on current trends, Canada could see 40,000 claimants by the end of the year, according to Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel, who was in the room. Hussen’s office confirmed her account.“Given the global forced displacement and forced migration, this is now a public policy concern,” Rempel said.“Nobody is saying that this is going to stop.”At current levels, the federal and provincial governments are looking at a bill of at least $353.9 million to $548.8 million to process claims and provide the required services — the cost per claim ranges from $12,900 to $20,000, the Immigration Department says.Those numbers don’t take into account the cost of deporting failed claimants, nor the special measures rolled out to manage the sudden summer spike in border arrivals — it’s too early to know that price tag, the department says.Those measures were deployed in July and early August as upwards of 200 people were crossing into Quebec from New York state each day. Officials say the number of arrivals have since come back down.“The numbers fluctuate,” said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.“That’s one of the very obvious lessons that the statistics have demonstrated over the last seven or eight months while the situation has developed at the Canadian border.”The full scope of the situation over the summer was reflected in the data released Tuesday — the RCMP intercepted 5,530 people crossing illegally into Quebec in August, up from 2,996 in July.As of August, 13,211 people have been intercepted trying to make a similar journey and while the numbers are highest in Quebec, British Columbia registered a spike of its own last month. There, 102 people were stopped, up from 51 the month before.A dedicated Immigration and Refugee Board team has been seconded to deal with large groups of arrivals claiming asylum from the same countries. The vast majority in Quebec are of Haitian descent; in Manitoba earlier this year, most were Somalian.In B.C., settlement organizations say they saw refugee seekers from dozens of different countries last month, with Afghanistan, Iraq, Colombia, Mexico and Turkey leading the list.The board has been warning for months, however, that they are ill-equipped to manage the ongoing rise in claims without creating lengthy backlogs, given existing budgets and staffing levels.A briefing note obtained by The Canadian Press earlier this year said that without system improvements or additional resources, steadily rising numbers of claims would mean wait times of as long as 11 years by the end of 2021.The head of the IRB said on Twitter Tuesday that the current wait time is 16 months.Even before the surge, the number of claims being added to the board’s backlog was growing by the month, said NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan.The fact the Liberal government did nothing then — and is doing little now beyond calling for greater efficiency at the board — is a serious issue, Kwan said.“This Liberal government is putting in jeopardy our immigration system.”last_img read more

Vancouver group tackles loneliness language barriers through conversation

first_imgVANCOUVER – Amie Peacock describes her mother as “a social butterfly,” but when she came to visit her in Vancouver from the Philippines a lack of friends and a language barrier left her miserable and lonely.“I couldn’t imagine there are more people like her in our city and, sure enough, when I started looking at the cause and effects of social isolation, I realized that the problem is so much greater than what I had imagined,” Peacock said.Although her mother ended up leaving six months after arriving in 2001, Peacock resolved to tackle the issue.“To me, social isolation can affect rich, poor, young or old,” she said.The problem of social isolation, which can have serious consequences on a person’s mental health and mortality, gained international awareness when the United Kingdom appointing a minister of loneliness in January. Vancouver’s Seniors Advisory Committee has developed a report on the issue and delivered its recommendations to city council last month.In 2016, with help from Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, Peacock launched Beyond the Conversation, a volunteer organization that helps people practice their English skills and foster relationships.Groups meet on a weekly basis in community centres, churches and coffee shops to discuss anything that’s pertinent to them at the time, from Christmas traditions to current events. The subject matter is determined by the group and even touches on basic social interactions, like how to create small talk with neighbours.At Victoria Drive Community Hall, up to 30 seniors whose first language is predominately Mandarin or Cantonese, meet every Wednesday morning.Theresa Gee, a retired elementary school teacher, writes English phrases on a board related to celebrating Chinese New Year, the main focus of a recent discussion.The English skill level varies among the members. Some can carry on a conversation while others, particularly those in their 70s and 80s, speak only a few words, Gee said. People with stronger language skills help translate for others who might get stuck throughout the discussions.Silinia Law, 69, grew up in Hong Kong and is among those who already spoke some English. She joined the group when it was first designed exclusively as a social gathering, but said she suggested to Gee that she teach English as well.“A lot of people, they want to communicate with the other people but then they don’t know how to speak some simple words. We are living in an English-speaking society, we need to communicate with local people,” she said.While Gee sees people making significant gains, it’s not just better language skills that mark the success of the meetings.“Really in the guise of learning more English, they are actually benefiting socially and connecting with each other and making new friends,” Gee said.Law, who comes to the group with her husband, agrees that it’s made a huge difference in her social life after feeling she had no friends or relatives to connect with.“When I (was) first coming here, I feel very lonely and my husband asked me, ‘What is wrong with you,’ ” she said. “Then (we) come here and we meet some friends and we’re talking together and then we feel happy.”There are 11 similar groups that meet across the city and its membership is not exclusively seniors, Peacock said. A number of younger immigrants and refugees have joined the groups.“We really need to foster their sense of belonging,” Peacock said of the younger members.While language classes and seniors programming exist throughout the city, cost barriers keep people on limited incomes away, said Don Morrow, president of Victoria Drive Community Hall.“These are senior people who basically brought up their kid’s kids, so … this is the first chance they’ve had to actually learn English,” he said.“Most of these people don’t have much disposable income, so for them to come here for basically nothing is a big thing for them.”Peacock said she’s exploring the idea of setting up groups in highrise apartment buildings. She also plans to set up 10 more groups throughout Metro Vancouver this year.last_img read more

Tears 4 Justice Walk in BC rolls into Smithers

first_img(Tears 4 Justice walkers leave Moricetown, B.C. and head south towards Smithers where the MMIWG Inquiry starts up Tuesday. Photo: John Murray/APTN)John Murray APTN National News Surrounded by autumn colours and mountain-side mist, people gathered for the Tears 4 Justice Walk to honour and recognize those who are missed and gone, and make the journey from Moricetown, B.C. south to Smithers where the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is holding three days of hearings.Gladys Radek, whose niece Tamara Chipman, 22, vanished in 2005 along Hwy 16, continues a walk that she has done for the last seven years.“We all walked for this national public inquiry,” she told the gathered crowd. “We would not stop walking until we got our national public inquiry.”Following a ceremony and reflection, walkers left Moricetown, B.C, accompanied by commissioner Michele Audette.The walkers split the seven-hour walking journey into sections – different groups covered the walk along Hwy 16, also known as the Highway of Tears because of the number of Indigenous women who have gone missing or have been murdered, to Smithers.“There are many families that will be in Smithers this week and we need to pray for them, we need to send them love, send them strength, and give them all the energy they need because they are making history this week,” said Audette.“They are writing a new chapter for Canada.”(Rhonda Lee McIsaac came from Haida Gwaii to join the walk. Photo: John Murray/APTN)People from across Canada travelled to join the walk.Rhonda Lee McIsaac, an Anishinaabe woman living in Haida Gwaii, felt her presence was necessary.She also felt strongly about wearing her jingle dress.“My teachings simply say that when the dress is needed, when this medicine is needed, this is why I am walking,” she said. “There are other people who cannot walk so I am walking for them.“It is an honour to be responsible to carry those teachings and to actually live those teachings, and infuse this dress with the power of other people.”Chief Commissioner Marion Buller joined the walkers for the last hour of the walk into Smithers.Radek warned those gathered that the inquiry won’t satisfy everyone.“It might not be the answer for everybody, but it is the answer for somebody,” she said. “All of our families need answers.”The hearings in Smithers starts Tuesday.Contact John here: [email protected]last_img read more