13092020-JTR-01.qxd 9/12/2020 11:23 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE AROUND 2.5L FAMILIES TO GET SMART RATION CARDS IN DIST PAGE 2 MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary starts the Smart Ration Card Scheme by handing over smart cards to 10 beneficiaries. MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF HEAD CONSTABLE STABBED TO DEATH Jalandhar: In a shocking incident, a city-based cop was stabbed to death in a busy locality in Nakahn Wale Bagh of Basti Bawa Khel here on Saturday. The deceased, identified as Dara, was posted as head constable in the women cell of the Basti Bawa Khel police station. The incident took place around 6 pm when the victim was returning home on a bike. He was stabbed in his stomach for two-three times before he lost consciousness. The attackers left the knife in his stomach. Though the police are yet to trace the suspect, sources revealed that Dara was allegedly killed by his son-in-law who had been on bad terms with him. They had recently exchanged heated arguments. TNS PAGE 3 Star cast of Bunty Aur Babli 2 — Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji and Siddhant Chaturvedi — has wrapped up shooting. MAX 37°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:35 PM 2020 Avneet Kaur/Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 12 Ujjwal Mehta, a student of Apollo Public School in Patiala and the resident of Jalandhar, has topped the state and district in the JEE (Main), the results of which were declared by the National Testing Agency (NTA) late Friday evening. Though he didn’t appear for the exam held in September first week, his last score (exam held in January) helped him fetch the first spot. Ujjwal scored 99.995 percentile and All-India Rank (AIR) 27, followed by Avval Amil of Apeejay School, who became the district second topper by securing 99.998 percentile and AIR 43. The third and fourth spot in the district was achieved by Tanish Gupta of Woodland Overseas School securing 99.98 percentile (AIR 247) and Sarthak Arora of Innocent Hearts School, securing 99.95 percentile (666 AIR), respectively. Talking to The Tribune, Ujjwal, said he was aspiring to join IIT Bombay after SUNDAY | 13 SEPTEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Former comedian having fun through poems, sketching these days WHERE ARE Balwinder Singh Vicky, popular among masses as ‘Chacha Raunki Ram’, shares his memories with Doordarshan THEY NOW ❝ Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 12 Balwinder Singh Vicky, better known as ‘Chacha Raunki Ram’, a Doordarshan Punjabi comedy character, is currently keeping his art alive by writing poetries and sketches. His profession basically was that of spreading love and laughter in the early ’90s. Already a known face, working for seven years as announcer in Akashwani, he joined the channel in 1988 as programme executive; his comedy sketch made him an overnight star. People who are aware of the show are sure to recall his satirical display in which he would raise several social issues and connect with the locals. Even Balwinder Singh Vicky, COMEDIAN today, many from the industry and viewers fondly address him as his famed role. He says, “Though I performed several characters in professional career, ‘Chacha Raunki Ram’, a rustic character evoked humour and is something I remember even now.” He had written over 6,000 scripts before finalising the character and more work was put in to make the character realistic. “Owing to its popularity, people thought the character was real and used to send their problems related to civic issues to my house so that I could highlight them,” he adds. After voluntarily retiring from Doordarshan in 2006, Avval bags second spot in dist, Tanish third TOPPERSPEAK on social media throughout my ❝I avoidedIbeingavoided using smartphones and preparation. also AIR 27 99.99%ile UJJWAL MEHTA, a student of Apollo Public School, Patiala AIR 43 99.99%ile AVVAL AMIL, a student of APJ School. clearing the JEE Advance. Having scored good marks in all three subjects (maths 100, physics 99.99 and chemistry 99.99) in JEE exam held in January 2020, he said he didn’t appear for the exam that was held recently. “I was preparing for JEE (Mains) from a private coaching institute in Patiala since lege cricket team. Under his captaincy, the team also lifted the district championship trophy during 1970s. Recalling his college days, he shares, “I started acting when I was 22 and mostly played the characters of old men. However, the turning point happened when I was mimicking my college principal, who after catching me red-handed making fun of his dialect, declared me as his tape recorder!” Instead of scolding him, the principal supported and asked to mimic him in front of the whole college in a play called ‘Tai Da Sudhaar’. “Since then there has been no looking back and I continued my stage journey with several plays and skits. With the motivation of my teachers Dr DB Rai and Gulshan, I was adjudged as the best Though I performed several characters in professional career, ‘Chacha Raunki Ram’, a rustic character, evoked humour and is something I remember even now. Owing to its popularity, people thought the character was real and used to send their problems related to civic issues to my house so that I could highlight them. he continued getting fame through Punjabi cinema. In his second innings, he acted in films like Haani (2013), Young Malang (2013), Ishq Garrari (2013) etc. He remained the most versatile artist of Punjab for years and his comedy plays, skits, features have been a huge hit. To add more sparkle, he studied for a minimum of six hours a day. I focused on my mistakes and made sure that I never repeated the same mistakes again. Regular mock tests helped me in scoring well. While others usually solve one mock test a day, I would solve two. I enjoy solving mock test papers which prepared me for every kind of question in the exam. ❞ AIR 247 TANISH GUPTA, 99.98%ile of Woodland Overseas School Class IX and have been staying in a hostel for the past three years for constant preparations,” he said. Not an internet-savvy person, Ujjwal said he avoided being on the social media throughout his preparation. He also avoided smartphones and studied for a minimum of six hours a day. He said he AIR 666 SARTHAK 99.95%ile ARORA, Innocent Hearts School focused on his mistakes and made sure that he never repeated the same mistake ever again. A resident of Kartar Nagar here, Ujjwal said, though the Covid outbreak put a break on his studies for a few days after he got stuck in Jalandhar due to the lockdown, he continued with his preparations by mostly solving mock tests. He said the lockdown made him stay here for over 100 days, which was the longest period he stayed at his home after he started his engineering preparations. “I only prefer studying at my own space and surrounded by family sometimes is a big distraction. So, I mainly focused on solving practical errors. Thereafter, when I reached my hostel, I took help of online coaching to stay connected with my teachers,” Ujjwal, son of Naveen Kumar Mehta, a financial manager in a private company, said. Avval Amil, the second topper, said he was now preparing hard for the JEE Advance and aims to take admission to one of the top IITs in India. “My score of the January exam wasn’t that good, so I appeared for the exam again this time, as the lockdown gave me enough time to improve my rank. I kept a very easy schedule and after going through the lessons, I made it a point to revise it thoroughly the very same day,” he said. The district third rank topper, continued on page 2 ❞ has mentored noted comedy king Kapil Sharma during his college days among other artists. His comedy sketches and plays have kept audience entertained for almost four decades, but only a handful know that he was a singer and a cricket player as well and was the captain of his col- Aparna Banerji JALANDHAR ROUND-UP Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 12 A day after Jalandhar registered a record single-day spike of 365 cases, the number of Covid cases rose to 9,409 on Saturday with 313 more people testing positive for the disease in the district. It’s the second consecutive day that the district has reported over 300 cases in a day. From 9,096 cases, the district crossed the 9,400 mark in a single day. In the past two days, (365 cases on Friday and 313 on Saturday) the district numbers have had an addition of 678 cases. While 6,462 people have been discharged in the district so far, the deceased tally increased to 248 with nine more deaths on Saturday. Health teams survey colony Three days after a member of a family died of a heart attack at a Jalandhar-based colony, health teams on Saturday sampled 35 people (rapid tests) in the area of whom one person came out positive. Notably, the deceased who was more than 50-year-old had complained of breathlessness and also Samples collected 76,971 Positive 9,409 Negative 68,010 Active 2,699 Positive results of repeat samples 105 Discharged 6,462 Deceased 248 Sample inappropriate 888 Results awaited 1,350 had fever a week ago, which resulted in a sampling drive being held at the colony. Although as per the family, since the man was tested negative for Covid, none got the Covid test done on Saturday. His demise and last rites were heavily attended and over 300 people went to visit the family. While his family has 25 members, none got a Covid test done when the health teams visited. The victim’s brother told The Tribune: “My brother was taken to the hospital after he complained of BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS: Started with donation of his father's eyes in 1999, has helped enlighten over 1,000 lives meeting ❝The warmth felt after new life, the person, who was given a motivated GO! STORIES THAT INSPIRE me to continue to volunteer as a blood donor — the only aim of my life. My own family members, my aunts, my uncles all opposed my decision and I was upbraided for it. I took my true inspiration from Bhai Ghanaiya Ji's selfless services. It motivates me for dogged working in these social activities which is the need of the hour to eradicate the prevailing evils in our society. Bahadar Singh Sunet Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi Tribune News Service Hoshiarpur, September 12 Bahadar Singh Sunet was a student of B Pharmacy in Panjab University in 1982, when a teacher known to him met with an accident and blood was needed to save his life. He stepped up effort for the cause. It was his very first humane act. “The warmth felt after meeting the person, who was given a new life, motivated me to continue to volunteer as a blood donor — the only aim of my life,” Singh says. But he didn’t stop there. After his father departed in 1999, the retired professor from Pandit Jagat Ram Government Polytechnic, ❞ Prof Bahadar Singh and his son Karmanveer Singh donate blood to celebrate Karman’s birthday. Hoshiarpur, donated his eyes. He received a lot of stick for this decision from his close ones. “My own family members, my aunts, my uncles all opposed my decision and I was upbraided for it,” he recalls. However, this didn’t bring him down and only motivated him to continue with such charitable work. He did the same in 2008 when his mother, Gurmeet Kaur, passed away in 2008. He donated her eyes to an eye bank in Ludhiana which helped four corneal blinds to see the world. The number of times he has donated blood surpasses his age, he is 60. He has organised more than 100 blood donation camps motivating thousands for blood c m y b and eye donations. “I took my true inspiration from Bhai Ghanaiya Ji’s selfless services. It motivates me for dogged working in these social activities which is the need of the hour to eradicate the prevailing evils actor for three years and consequently lifted national and state-level trophies,” the 60year-old tells. After his graduation he would work in oil mills, rubber industries and as reception officer in Punjab Tourism Development Corporation. In 1979, when Akashwani was launched here, he auditioned and was selected. “I also remained a commentator for several cricket matches, including international clashes. At Akashwani, I used to cover rural sports and created awareness regarding it,” he tells. “I am grateful to my parents, Jaswant Kaur and Suchet Singh, who gave me freedom to choose my own path,” the ‘Chacha’ adds. He is a resident of Master Tara Singh Nagar. Another spike: District reports 313 cases, tally reaches 9,409 Former professor continues charitable work with same fervour as before WAY TO PAGE 4 Nia, who was approached for Salman Khan’s show, has now confirmed that she has walked out of Bigg Boss 14. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:11 AM City’s Ujjwal tops state with 99.99 %ile JEE (Main) NIA SHARMA CLEARS THE AIR, SAYS WALKED OUT OF BIG BOSS TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH FORECAST BUNTY AUR BABLI 2 STAR CAST WRAPS UP SHOOT IN A STYLE in our society,” the former professor says. Inspired by services of Bhai Ghanayia Ji, Red Cross and Bhagat Puran Singh (founder of Pingalwara, Amritsar), he established a social organisation named ‘Bhai Ghanayia Ji Mission’ in 1987 at Ludhiana for service of the humanity, equality and strengthening the brotherhood. He is the founder member Of Bhai Ghanayia JI Charitable Blood Bank, Hoshiarpur, is associated with Blood Donor Council blood bank, Nawanshahr, and blood bank civil hospital, Hoshiarpur. He also helped in establishment of Sant Rangi Ram Charitable Blood Bank, Jaja (Tanda). Apart from being the president of Eye Donation Association, Hoshiarpur, in his eighteen years of work more than 1000 corneal blinds have been able to see the light. On the occasion of Blood Donation Day 1989, he was honoured by Dist Red Cross for valuable contribution in the field at Ludhiana. He was honoured on the occasion of World Red Cross Day in 1998 at a state-level function by BKN Chibber, then Governer of Punjab for his evergreen dedication towards helping people. On June 25 this year, his son Karmanveer Singh celebrated his birthday by donating blood and Bahadar contributed to the cause for 67th time. “In today’s busy life if you spare some time for the cause of service to humanity, it will definitely colour the life of people around you and theirs,” he feels. breathlessness. He was treated by doctors and died around 9 pm. His test was conducted, but it came out negative. Our family is big, but we are all fine. So, we did not get our test conducted.” The one person in the area who tested positive is a labourer who lives near the colony. Four die, 65 test positive in Kapurthala As many as 54 people tested positive for Covid in Kapurthala on Saturday and four people died of Corona. continued on page 2 Over 5,000 aspirants to sit for NEET today Jalandhar, September 12 Despite much hue and cry by the non-BJP-ruled states, the National Testing Agency (NTA), which is tasked with conducting various entrance examinations, would finally conduct the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on Sunday across the country. Approximately 5,000 students from the city are expected to appear for the exam at five centres and over 500 teachers (two teachers continued on page 2 NO CURFEW To ensure that students appearing for NEET do not face any problem while reaching their respective centres, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said there would be no curfew in the state on Sunday. However, non-essential shops will remain closed.
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