15092020-JTR-01.qxd 9/14/2020 11:32 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 IN PICS: EXPERIENCE THE LEGACY OF SHER-E-PUNJAB Maharaja Ranjit Singh often visited the Golden Temple and had built a summer palace in Amritsar for a long stay. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF MC’S CLEANLINESS DRIVE FROM TODAY Jalandhar: The Municipal Corporation will launch the ‘My Waste, My Responsibility’ campaign based on 3Rs — reduce, reuse and recycle — under the Swachh Survekshan 2021 on Tuesday. The campaign will start at 11 am and people have been asked to view it on the MC’s Facebook page. They have also been asked to manage their waste at homes and post pictures with the hashtag ‘My waste, my responsibility’. It is a month-long campaign that will run till October 15. The programme aims at making residents part of the efforts to make the city clean. Jalandhar has recently secured the 119th rank in Swachh Survekshan 2020. But the city had scored below 50 per cent marks in categories of ODF, door-to-door collection and segregation of garbage. TNS MAN DUPED OF ~42L, 1 BOOKED Hoshiarpur: The Tanda police have registered an FIR against a person for allegedly cheating Jagtar Singh, a resident of Jakkewal village, of ~42 lakh on the pretext of facilitating a government job. According to information, Jagtar has complained to the SSP that Gurwinder Singh Manupur of Fatehgarh Sahib took ~42 lakh from him on the pretext of helping his ward get a government job. However, Gurwinder neither provided the job nor returned the money. On the order of the SSP, the police have registered a case against the suspect. OC AGENT BOOKED FOR ~25L FRAUD Hoshiarpur: The police have booked a person for duping a Kahirwali village resident of ~25 lakh on the pretext of sending him to the US. Sukhmanpreet Singh, in his complaint to the police, said travel agent Nanak Singh alias Jangi, a resident of Mehatpur, took Rs 25 lakh from him. But the suspect neither sent him abroad nor returned the money. The complaint was investigated by the Economic Offences Wing of the police and then an FIR was registered. OC PRO PANJA LEAGUE PROVIDES A GOOD PLATFORM TO WRESTLERS PAGE 3 SALMAN KHAN ANNOUNCES BIGG BOSS PREMIERE DATE Love for boxing and arm wrestling led actor-director Parvin Dabas to the idea of launching Pro Panja League. MAX 36°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:33 PM PAGE 4 Bigg Boss is set to premiere on Oct 3 at 9 pm. The Instagram page of the channel airing the show unveiled a new promo. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:12 AM TUESDAY | 15 SEPTEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR No one’s listening: Common man’s anger spills on to roads SEASON OF PROTESTS Amid Covid, at least a dozen demonstrations have taken place in the dist last week alone Aparna Banerji SUPPORT EXTENDED TO HARIKE STIR AGAINST FARM ORDINANCES Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 14 Congress workers staged a dharna outside the Municipal Corporation on Saturday to protest the exclusion of Punjabi among the list of official languages in Kashmir, while previous consecutive days saw a series of dharnas by the Akali Dal against minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot on the post-matric scholarship scheme (one of these, held by MLA Pawan Tinu even saw him being booked along with 25 of his supporters); the AAP party, too, held protests and separate press meets announcing its Oximetre drive in the state. In turn, the BJP held its set of protests against the post-matric scholarship scheme. Simultaneously, various labour, health workers, ASHA workers, women groups, farm unions and employee unions have been holding repeated dharnas at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall, DC office and countless other spots in the district for the constantly precarious position they find themselves in during the pandemic. Ever since restrictions were relaxed, dharnas and protests have become a regular thing and lately, it seems the intensity of protests and dharnas has risen as sharply Jalandhar: A huge congregation of farmers, under the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, on Monday extended their support to the protest at the Harike Head Works against the three farm ordinances passed by the Centre. Over 500 farmers from Jalandhar alone reached there in big numbers to register their protest. Farmers said their livelihood was under threat due to ordinances. They said they were forced to hold dharnas in scorching heat because their demands went unheard. While the same farmers also held protests in all district headquarters from September 7 to 12, they submitted demand letters to DCs and held ‘Jail Bharo’ morchas. Farmers said if any minister voted in favour of the bill in the Parliament in the coming days, they shall ban the entry of such a minister in the villages. They said the ministers should make their up minds about whether they wanted to support the ordinance or not. They said ordinances should be immediately ❝ ‘ANTI-EMPLOYEE’ POLICIES OF GOVERNMENT FLAYED withdrawn. Salwinder Singh Jania, district president of the union, said, “We are not getting up from here until our demands are met. The ordinances will destroy the farming community. The dharna will continue as long as the government does not relent.” TNS ❝ Women are being denied loans, poor labourers and workers are being laid off. Protest is the only means by which we can air these concerns. While the officials couldn't control the pandemic early, workers need to convey the problems they are facing amid the pandemic. The administration and cops seem more interested in challaning the hapless. Protests are a mark of anger among the populace, which is angry, jobless & troubled. On top of it, hefty hospital bills are a huge concern. Dissent is the only way by which a common man can register his anger. Kashmir Singh Ghugshore, PENDU MAZDOOR UNION ACTIVIST Gurmeet Singh, SECRETARY, DESH BHAGAT YADGAAR COMMITTEE as the numbers of the cases in the pandemic. Amid Covid, at least a dozen protests have taken place in the district last week alone. On one single day last week the district saw as many as five dharnas in a single day. ❞ Activists (of both political and non-political outfits) are regularly flouting norms – holding dharnas without masks. However, there is also a rising sentiment especially among the underprivileged groups that Covid-19 is being used to ❞ snub dissent and deny the poor a platform, where they might raise their voices in support of genuine demands and issues. While MLA Pawan Tinu termed the case against him as selective targeting of Akali 4 die, 248 test positive in dist Jalandhar, September 14 With 248 new cases, the district tally reached 9,864 on Monday. With four more deaths, the death toll also reached 259. The Sewa Kendra at the District Administrative Complex, has also been shut for two-days after one of the employees tested positive on Monday. It will be closed for public dealing on September 15 and 16. Meanwhile, 53 people tested positive while four people died of Covid in Kapurthala. The deceased include a woman JALANDHAR ROUND-UP 2 SUCCUMB TO VIRUS, 129 +VE IN HOSHIARPUR Samples collected 1,23,488 Negative 1,10,439 Positive 9,864 Active 2,370 Discharged 7,235 Deceased 259 Sample inappropriate 1,547 Results awaited 340 Home isolation 1,849 (50) of Phagwara, who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar; a woman (65) of Reports of 360 samples were received in the district on Monday, of which 129 patients tested positive, taking the tally to 2,958. With two more deaths, the toll reached 90. The number of samples taken so far has reached 78,279, with 1,869 new samples taken from individuals with suspected flu-like symptoms. According to reports received from the laboratory, 72,985 tested negative, while 2,555 reports were still awaited and 109 samples are invalid. The number of active cases in the district is 1,011 and 1,934 patients have recovered so far. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasbir Singh said of 129 new positive cases, 45 were related to Hoshiarpur city and the rest were from different health blocks of the district. The two deceased include a 56-year-old resident of Malkowal, who was reported from Nawanshahar, and an 80-year-old woman of Keshav Nagar in the city, who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar. OC Jattpura in Kapurthala, who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar; and a man (58) of Bhago Arrain village, who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar. — TNS Jalandhar: Members of the Punjab and UT Employees Sangharsh Morcha held a rally at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall on Monday condemning the ‘antiemployee policies’ of the state and Central governments. District convener Kanwaljit Sanghowal said in the name of restructuring various public establishments, the state and Central governments were selling them off at throwaway prices to private buyers, speeding up the process of privatisation in the country, when Covid was at its peak. ASHA workers and mid-day meal employees said they have not been paid a steady wage as per the Minimum Wages Act and State Salary Commission has also been stalled until December 31. They said the DA had been stalled since January 2018 and dues for 158 months also remained with the government. Thousands of temporary, contractual and society employees haven’t been regularised, they said. NPS implementation has also hit ❝ There is equal provision of action against anyone who violates the law. All are treated equally. We are not going to spare anyone who violates norms. However, we request people to abide by the protocol and not take law in their hands. Our concern is to prevent risk. All action is aimed at ensuring citizens' better health. If people refuse to listen, we have no choice but to book them. Gurpreet Bhullar, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ❞ workers, none of the Congress workers flouting similar norms were booked; last week, Pendu Mazdoor activists were also prevented by the police from marching to the DC office from the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall to lodge their protest. BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia also similarly termed it “classic case of political and police vendetta” on Monday. As the protests have risen so has politics over them. While AAP and SAD activists pensions and the meagre mobile allowances have been halved. They condemned dispensing away with 3,400 posts in Water Supply and Sanitation Department and 8,635 posts at the Water Resources Corporation. TNS ❝ Given the scenario, people should abstain from such kind of politics. Law is equal for everyone and there is no vendetta against any particular section. ❞ Santokh Singh Chaudhary, JALANDHAR MP have been alleging that the law enforcement agencies target them, the administration in turn says those gathering in huge numbers shall be acted against if they violate norms and hold gatherings of more than five people. Migrant held for raping minor Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 14 The Kapurthala police have arrested a migrant labour, who allegedly raped a 6-yearold girl on the pretext of buying her a toy. The incident was reported on Saturday when the girl was playing outside her house in Bholath. As per the family members’ statements, the accused took the victim to an isolated place around 3 pm on his bicycle after offering her Rs 20. After over an hour, the accused left her outside her house. She reportedly fainted while narrating the ordeal to her brother and sister, who later rushed her to the Bholath Civil hospital with the help of their neighbours and their grandmother. Considering the victim’s critical condition, the doctors referred her to the Kapurthala Civil Hospital, where the doctors confirmed the sexual assault on the minor. DSP Bholath subdivision, , Jatinderjit Singh said immediately after the incident was reported, a police team was formed to nab the accused. “All CCTV cameras were checked to trace the accused who took the girl around 1 km away from her house,” said the DSP . The accused was later nabbed from the Nadala bus stand in Bholath on Sunday evening. He was on Monday presented before a court which sent him to 3-day police custody. Meanwhile, Bholath SHO Amandeep Kaur briefed that the accused was identified as Tafreez Alam (35), who was working at a tailor’s shop here. A case under Section 376-A of the IPC and Section 6 of the POCSO Act has been registered against him. Earlier in May 2008, he had served two years for rape attempt. Garden of wellness: 55-year-old grows his own herbal remedies GREEN FINGERS Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, September 14 Amanjit Singh Bakshi (55) discovered his green thumb as a child. He further honed this hobby over the period of time. Tending to his home garden for six—seven hours and seeing his plants bloom keeps him thriving. He believes that surroundings have a great impact on one’s personality, so he made the plants his companion. “They are just like living creatures, which demand all the care, love and regular cossetting. A proud owner of a large variety of fruit plants, ranging from peach, plum, guvava, imported guvava, apple, mango, grapefruit, sapodilla (chikoo), mitha fruits (Citrus limettioides which fights against viral fevers) to vegetable plants, almost each variety of plants are planted at Bakshi’s garden here in ‘IF YOU FEEL DEPRESSED, SPEND TIME WITH PLANTS’ The feeling of seeing plants grow makes me feel happy from inside. I and my wife do morning workout in the company of plants. The chirpings of birds early in the morning fills us with a different energy, which in itself is an inexplicable feeling. Also, a lot of tailorbirds (in pic) have built their nests on a tree in the backyard, Amanjit Singh Bakshi ❝ GRAPEFRUIT PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH With a variety of medicinal plants, such as insulin, tulsi, giloy, amla, aloevera, shatavar and ashwagandha and vegetables such as bitter gourd, ridge gourd (tori), brinjal, chillies, mint, coriander, drumstick, and many more in his garden, Amanjit Singh Bakshi said he has got remedy to every ailment in his garden only and that he never took any antibiotics. Pholriwal. He says he used to live in the Urban Estate Phase I, but the house did not have much space for the garden, so three years back, he decided to shift to a place where he could dedicate a good portion of land towards gardening. “I now have my garden set up on an area of 1,400 sq ft,” he said. He shared, “My daughter is married and my son lives in Gurugram, I live here with my wife. I carry out my business activities from home ❞ ANJEER A BIRD HOUSE only so that I can work amid nature. Besides, Amanjit said his garden was also home to two hens. “As we are now used to eating only home-grown fruits and vegetables, we have kept two hens too, so that we do not have to buy eggs from c m y b outside.” Amanjit first said he had no gardeners to tend to his garden and he alone managed to take care of each plant. “It’s been a decade that I bought fruits from outside. We eat fruits that are grown in our garden,” he said. With a variety of medicinal plants such as insulin, tulsi, gilloy, amla, aloevera, shatavar and ashwagandha and vegetables, including bitter gourd, ridge gourd (tori), brinjal, chillies, mint, coriander, drum stick, and many more in his garden, Bakshi said, he has got remedy to every ailment and that he never took any antibiotics. “My wife is diabetic, so I make sure she eats the leaf of an insulin plant, which is good for maintaining blood sugar. Besides, we are very fond of ‘Mitha’ plants and we eat that every day, this fruit is not commonly found outside, so even my neighbours too visit me to have this fruit from me,” he added.
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