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As govt fails dope test, it's up to people

July 09, 2018 07:36 AM

chandigarh , 8 July ( Panjabi Tmes News) Instead of challenging each other on dope tests, the ruling as well as Opposition MLAs need to go out among their electorate, ask what is needed for community action against drugs, and ensure the required people and resources are mobilised; and stay at it till the job is done
 

Punjab’s war against drugs is baffling. Just when we were made to believe things were taking a turn for the better, we are back in a state of panic. Was the rising hope based on falsehoods handed out by the government, or is the present alarm caused by a media in overdrive? Either way, the picture turning out right now is a horrendous tragedy – young men doubling over on roadsides, mothers wailing, and families destroyed. For this apparent turn of events, the state government has a lot to answer. There are contradictions in police claims that make it impossible to make sense of what is going on. The Special Task Force (STF) against drugs says the main supply lines have been snapped, yet the common refrain in de-addiction centres is drugs are available freely, which makes it difficult for drug-dependent people to quit. The STF says it’s just the small-time peddlers. But then where do the peddlers get it? There are a large number of arrests under the NDPS Act, and this year has seen a record haul of heroin. Then how does the easy availability continue? It just doesn’t add up. Of course, it does no good to public confidence when every other day a policeman is arrested for drugs. The recent shock realisation of the mess seemed to have taken even the police by surprise, when they should have been the ones alerting us. The top brass held an emergency meeting to take stock, and passed orders for “strict action”. What were they doing since the government promised “strict action” last year? Is the state now going to witness a rerun of 2014 and 2017, when jails were filled with half-dead youth for petty possession of drugs, with no outcome? What is even more disheartening is the reaction of the government, which has responded piecemeal to news reports on a daily basis, with no semblance of a comprehensive strategy. It has ordered dope tests as if it is not known whether there is a drug problem or not. Will naming and shaming individuals solve the problem, or just push them deeper into the mess? A clerk hooked to drugs needs as much help as any youth in a village. Syringes have been banned without any deliberation over its health fallout. The US launched its first vending machines for free syringes for addicts in Las Vegas last year for health reasons. The Punjab Government may want to consider an old adage, look before you leap. A crucial missing link (or perhaps yet another missing link) in the government’s efforts is the Health Department, which seems clueless about what is going on all around. For one, it has no data on drug-related cases, deaths, or the type of addictions, that may help it devise relevant de-addiction strategies, treatments or emergency response protocols. And all of this planning has to be dynamic to be able to respond to changing scenarios. The police say addicts are injecting adulterated heroin as the ‘pure stuff’ has become difficult to procure owing to supply being interrupted, and this is causing instant deaths. The Health Department did not see this coming. The syringe ban too perhaps came without reference to Health. Rather than wasting time and resources on the Twitter-fuelled dope-test drive, the department would do more good by setting up helplines and emergency response cells in every subdivision. Having seen the rollercoaster of police action against drugs over the past four years, it is clear that depending on khaki alone is going to get the state nowhere. It is perhaps not even fair to expect them to solve a problem that has roots in health, economy and education, as much as the shaken moral compass of society. Instead of challenging each other on dope tests, the ruling as well as Opposition MLAs need to go out among their electorate, ask what is needed for community action against drugs, and ensure the required people and resources are mobilised; and stay at it till the job is done. The state’s people too have to reach out to the vulnerable youth around them, engage them in productive activities, and show them affection instead of disdain. As for the Capt Amarinder Singh government, the least that can be said is, it has let the people down.

 

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HCV DAA Curative Therapy Associated With Liver Fibrosis Regression

New Delhi:, 21 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News)  Curing hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with direct-acting antiretrovirals (DAAs) is associated with regression of liver fibrosis for most patients, according to results published in AIDS. The results also indicated that liver fibrosis regression may not be influenced by HIV

A State level ‘Khel Mahakumbh’ from October 23 to October 25, 2018 in Haryana

Chandigarh, 21 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News)  Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Mr. Anil Vij said that a State level ‘Khel Mahakumbh’ will be organized from October 23 to October 25, 2018, to encourage sports in the State. Before this, these games will be organized from October 11 to October 13 at the district level.
   

8th All India Triennial Conference

Chandigarh, 21 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News)  Canara Bank Worker’s Organisation an affiliate of National Organization of Bank Worker’s and Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh 8th All India Triennial Conference inaugurated by Humble Chief Minister of Haryana Sh. Manohar Lal Khatter with lighting the lamp. Member of Parliament Smt. Kiron Kher was the Chief Guest. Canada Bank Executive Director Sh. Debashish Mukherjee, and NOBW Gen Secretary Sh. Upender Kumar was guest of honor. Smt Asha Jaiswal Ex-Meyer welcomed the delegates as Chairperson of Reception Committee.

Wearing a Helmet is Mandatory for Women in Haryana

Chandigarh, 21 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News) With a view to ensuring the safety of women while driving, wearing a helmet is mandatory for women also riding two-wheelers in Haryana.

535 Different Colonies Uplifted in Haryana Soon!

Chandigarh, 21 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News)  Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has approved notification of 535 different colonies under the Haryana Management of Civic Amenities and Infrastructure Municipal Areas (Special Provisions) Act, 2016 paving the way for provisioning of major essential services in these colonies. Out of these 535 colonies, 254 falls in the Municipal Corporations, 100 colonies in Municipal Councils and 181 in Municipal Committees.

Dibrugarh University NSS Units launch Pledge for Life Campaign

New Delhi, 21 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News) A Pledge for Life Campaign, which aims at saving children from tobacco, was launched in Dibrugarh University, all its colleges and communities. The Pledge for Life campaign aims at preventing children from initiating the use of tobacco.  The National Service Scheme (NSS) in Assam has more than 2 lakh volunteers.

Rsjs Thousands thronged Aadi Mahotsava at Panchayat Bhavan on day 5

CHANDIGARH, 21 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News) The ongoing 15-day Aadi Mahotsava (Tribal Festival), being organized by the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED), Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, attracted huge footfalls on the 5th day here today. Those, who have an eye for the ancient art and craft, thronged in their thousands from distant corners of the tricity and elsewhere to be a part of this cultural fusion.

PUCA expressed deep sorrow on demise of Renowned Educationist Hakam Singh Jawandha

Chandigarh, 21 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News) Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) expressed deep sorrow on the sudden demise of Chairman, Bhai Gurdas Group of Institutions, Sangrur, S. Hakam Singh Jawandha.

India, Pak foreign ministers to meet in New York next week

New Delhi, 20 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News)  The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has confirmed that Sushma Swaraj will hold a meeting with her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in New York next week.

2 killed in UP encounter on camera in full public view, video goes viral

Lucknow, 20 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News) In violation of human rights, the Aligarh Police encountered two alleged criminals accused of murder and robbery in full public view where the killing has been captured on camera and is going viral.The video footage shows armed the Aligarh Police taking aim and firing at the two alleged criminals who are hiding in what looks like an abandoned building.

Swaraj to discuss Kartarpur corridor with Pak foreign minister

New Delhi, 20 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News) Amid a political row over the Kartarpur Sahib corridor opening issue, India has announced that it will raise the matter formally with Pakistan once again next week.The issue will be flagged by India when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj travels to New York for UNGA (United Nations General Assembly). Swaraj will hold a meeting with her Pakistani counterpart Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi along the UNGA sidelines, announced India today. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar clarified that no formal proposal for opening up of the nearly 4-km long corridor revered by Sikh pilgrims has been received from Islamabad.

Nun's rape: Pope temporarily relieves Bishop Franco of pastoral duties

Chandigarh, 20 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News) A new administrator was on Thursday appointed from Mumbai, instead of Father Mathew Kokkandum, whom Bishop Franco Mulakkal had assigned responsibilities before "stepping aside temporarily" as Bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese.

BSP chief Mayawati allies with Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress ahead of Chhattisgarh polls

New Delhi , 20 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News) In a blow to the Congress in Chhattisgarh, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Thursday announced that her party will contest the upcoming state elections in alliance with Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress. According to the seat-sharing agreement, Mayawati said, the BSP will contest 35 seats and Janata Congress 55 seats.

Why cabin pressure matters

 New Delhi , 20 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News) A Jet Airways flight on a Boeing 737 en route to Jaipur from Mumbai had to turn back Thursday morning, shortly after takeoff. The reason: an error in maintaining the cabin air pressure beyond 10,000 ft, due to which oxygen masks were deployed and some passengers began bleeding from the nose and ears. A look at the reasons, and norms, for maintaining cabin air pressure at higher altitudes:

Sachin Tendulkar refuses Doctorate Degree from Jadavpur University

Delhi , 20 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News)  Jadavpur University authorities have decided to confer honorary D Lit to Olympian boxer Mary Kom, after former Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar refused to accept on ‘ethical grounds’. The honorary D. Lit will be conferred to Mary Kom at the 63rd Annual Convocation of Jadavpur University (JU) scheduled on December 24. “We had decided to confer the honorary D. Lit to Mr Sachin Tendulkar. We approached him but recently he has sent us a mail mentioning that he will not be able to accept the honour citing Nitigoto (ethical) reasons.” said Suranjan Das, Jadavpur University, Vice-Chancellor speaking to media persons.

Kim Jong Un wants another Trump summit to speed denuclearisation: South Korean President Moon Jae

Seoul , 20 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News) South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Samjiyon guesthouse in North Korea, Thursday, September 20, 2018. (Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP)North Korea’s Kim Jong Un wants a second summit with US President Donald Trump soon to hasten denuclearisation, but a key goal is declaring an end this year to the 1950-53 Korean War, the South’s President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday.Moon said he and Kim spent most of a three-day summit discussing how to break an impasse and restart nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, which are at odds over which should come first, denuclearisation or ending the war. Thousands of North Koreans holding floral bouquets lined the streets of Pyongyang to greet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The leaders are holding their third summit.

DGP HONOURED TWO PERSONS ON NABBING SNATCHER

CHANDIGARH , 19 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News)  DGP Sh. Sanjay Baniwal, IPS, Director General of Police, UT, Chandigarh awarded commendation certificate of first class along with cash components to the two persons namely Mr. Kapil Behal S/o Sh. S.L Behal R/o # 703/12, BDC Sec-26, Chandigarh and 2) Rajat Choudhary S/o Raj Choudhary S/o Raj Kumar Choudhary R/o # 750/1, EWS Flat BDC Sec-26 who showed their promptness and nabbed/ apprehended one snatcher who snatched away mobile phone from a lady near dividing road, Sector 7/8, Chandigarh on 18.09.2018.

CHANDIGARH POLICE ARRESTED TWO ON MURDERING DHANAS YOUTH

CHANDIGARH , 19 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News) Chandigarh Police achieved a major success with the arrest of murder’s accused Gulshan S/o Sh. Hari Singh R/o # 1222-B, EWS Colony Dhanas Chandigarh age 26 years and Jiyander @ Ajay S/o Sh. Gopal R/o # 1557-B, EWS Colony Dhanas Chandigarh age 22 years by the team led by Insp./SHO Lakhvir Singh comprising SI Rohitash Kumar IC PP-24, SI Sukhchain Singh under the close supervision of Sh. KrWQishan Kumar, CPS, SDPO Central Division.

DR BALI CONDUCTS FIRST NON-SURGICAL VALVE REPLACEMENT IN REGION

Chandigarh, 19 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News)  In another first to his credit, Dr HK Bali, Director Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, has become the first surgeon in north India to conduct a non-surgical valve replacement. A team of doctors led by Dr. Bali performed this exclusive Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement [TAVR] surgery which till date hasn’t been carried out even at the PGIMER, Chandigarh, itself.  Dr. Bali also did the stenting of a narrowed vessel of the heart. The procedure lasted 2.5 hours and was completely successful. Patient has made complete recovery and has become mobile from the second day after the procedure.

CENTERS FOR INNOVATION, INVENTION & INCUBATION DEDICATED TO GURU NANAK DEV JI & GURU GOBIND SINGH JI TO BE SET UP AT SULTANPUR LODHI & CHAMKAUR SAHIB: CHANNI

Chandigarh , 19 September  ( Panjabi Tmes News)  The Technical Education & Industrial Training and Employment Generation Minister, Punjab, Mr. Charanjit Singh Channi disclosed today that Tata Technologies in collaboration with IKPTU to setup 5 Centers for Innovation, Invention & Incubation (CIIITs) in the state to promote technical education and Skill development. He said that CIIITs dedicated to Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji would be set up at Sultanpur Lodhi & IKG PTU Main Campus, Kapurthala and those dedicated to Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji would be set up at Chamkaur Sahib and IKGPTU Campus Ladowali, Jalandhar.

 
 

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