16092020-JTR-01.qxd 15-09-2020 22:51 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE WAY TO GO: FATHER SWIFTLY PASSING ON THE BATON TO SON Like father, like son. The wildlife photographing duo has been turning heads around for a while now. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 THE WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN KANGANA AND JAYA BACHCHAN PAGE 3 PUNJABIS ARE VERY RELIABLE, SAYS SINGER GUR CHAHAL Kangana Ranaut asked Jaya if she’d maintain her stance if her children were the ones affected instead. MAX 37°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:31 PM The singer says they believe in God and are soft-hearted. They feel the pain of others and stand by them. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:12 AM WEDNESDAY | 16 SEPTEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Govt apathy forced this visually impaired cricketer to quit game Was part of the team that won the Blind Cricket World Cup in 2014 | Now, he’s doing a menial job to make ends meet Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, September 15 Every time his cell phone rings, Tejinder Pal Singh (35), a tailor’s son at Guru Nanak Pura here, answers at the first beep. Reason: He’s expecting an important call from the Punjab Sports Department, but each time he is disappointed. Tejinder was the only player from Punjab, who got selected in India’s blind cricket team in 2014 that won the Blind Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2014 and the England World Cup in 2015, but despite this, his achievements and efforts never got recognised. At present, he does not even have money to buy a bat of his own. He said though his counterparts in states such as Haryana and Delhi got ~25 lakh to ~50 lakh each along with government jobs, he was still awaiting help from the NO HELP FROM GOVT SO FAR On being asked whether he tried approaching the Punjab Government, Tejinder said, he approached the officials of the Sports Departments many times in the past, but to no avail. “I urged them to at least provide me a job, if not any monetary benefit so that I can keep on promoting blind cricket in the state, but leave alone a job, I didn’t even get a reply,” he said. Punjab Government. Besides, it’s been five years now that he has quit the game. Reason: lack of rewards and recognition from the state Sports Department. “I belong to a poor family and after losing my eyesight, making a career in sports was the only option left with me to support my fami- ly and make them proud, but it seems even after proving my mettle in the world of cricket, I failed as a son and I’m not able to financially help my father.” Tejinder said unlike other cricketers, it was never a run for name, fame, recognition, glittering award ceremonies and loads of financial oppor- tunities. For him, it was a lone struggle to fight for his existence in this world and not be a burden on his family. “I always thought that if I win the World Cup one day, I will be offered a government job and then I would finally retire my father from his tailoring job, but unfortunately, my dreams are still dreams and I am now working as a Class III employee in PAP here to make both ends meet,” he said. Down memory lane... On being asked how he lost his vision and what all challenges he faced as a blind cricketer, Tejinder said he lost his eyesight at the age of six, when a medicine given to him by a doctor at Nawanshahr had an adverse reaction. “My family after that took me to a number of hospitals. I even got a lot of surgeries done, but doctors said my vein in the retina has been blocked and my eyesight could never be restored now,” he said. Sharing his cricket journey, he said since his childhood, he was interested in cricket and had this aim to make a career in cricket only. “After I lost my vision, someone suggested that I take admission to a blind school in Dehradun. And, it was there, my game found a vision, and I started playing district, state and national-level cricket tournaments. Also, while studying at DAV College in Chandigarh, I represented the state twice in various tournaments. Besides, I also had the opportunity to play from Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.” Talking about challengers, Tejinder said, the biggest challenge for him was to carry forward the game, when there was no governing body for the blind in the state. “During every international tournament, instead of concentrating on my practise sessions, I had to spend time knocking at the doors of various industrialists and politicians to sponsor my kits and my air tickets. It was only due to the NRIs, among other persons, who sponsored my air tickets that I could play in the Cricket World Cup,” he said. Day 2: Farmers block Delhi-Amritsar NH Seven lose Covid Vehicular traffic remained suspended, cops deployed on roads divert traffic battle, 141 +ve Tribune News Service ❝Theusgovernment has forced to hit the roads. in Hoshiarpur Jalandhar, September 15 Around 15,000-20,000 farmers Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, September 15 On Tuesday, 141 people tested positive for Covid-19, taking the total number of positive patients to 3,099 in the district. With the death of seven patients, the toll also reached 97. With 1,648 samples of persons with suspected flu-like symptoms taken in the district today, the total number of samples reached 79,927 in Hoshiarpur. According to reports received from the laboratory, 75,715 samples were negative, while 1,448 reports were awaited and 109 samples were invalid. The number of active cases in the district is 1,050 and 1,952 patients have recovered so far. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasbir Singh said seven people belonging to Hoshiarpur district died on Tuesday. of 11 different farm unions on Tuesday blocked the DelhiAmritsar National Highway for over two hours here. Demanding immediate withdrawal of the three agricultural ordinances introduced by the Central Government, they assembled on the national highway in Phagwara. Vehicular traffic remained suspended till the protest was lifted. A large number of policemen were deployed on the road. They diverted the traffic. Farmers from the Doaba region had arrived on the highway at 12 noon and concluded the protest around 3 pm. Worried over the possibility of discontinuation of the minimum support price (MSP) system, farmers, farm labourers, including women, under the Doaba Kisan Union, Bharatiya Doaba It is trying to destroy the agriculture sector which is already plagued by anti-farmer policies. If the ordinances are passed, we will also ban the entry of local ministers to our villages and boycott the elections ❞ Manjit Singh, PRESIDENT, DOABA KISAN UNION Farmers of different unions blocked the Delhi-Amritsar NH in Phagwara (Kapurthala) for over two hours demanding withdrawal of the three agri ordinances. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Kisan Union, Bharatiya Kisan Union, Kadiyan, Dandewal, Janduri Kisan Union and other farm outfits raised anti-government slogans and expressed their resentment against the ordinances passed by the Modi government concerning the agriculture sector. The farmers demanded the rollback of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facil- PAGE 4 itation) Ordinance, 2020; the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Page 2 Farmers block Beas bridge throughout night in Hoshiarpur Ordinance, 2020. Apparently, the passing of a resolution to reject these ordinances in the Punjab Assembly on August 28 and Capt Amarinder Singh declaring continued on page 2 MY COVIDEXPERIENCE ‘Testing early key to protecting yourself’ D R Sat Pal Gojra, Deputy Medical Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, woke up to high-grade fever on July 26, after which he got himself tested for Covid-19. When his report came out positive, he decided to isolate himself at the hospital. He goes on to share his experience… “It was on July 26, when I It is woke up feverish. I fetched a important to be thermometer and checked my temperature. It was mentally prepared for 102°F Not only this, I had an your stay in isolation if . upset stomach, too. I you are tested positive. thought of getting tested for Corona and I went for it. My A positive attitude is a test was done at Hoshiarpur must. So, stay positive Civil Hospital on a TrueNat if you are tested Covid machine and lo, I was found positive because it's Covid positive. Since I have my elderly parents and going to help you a lot. daughter at home, I opted Another thing that is for institutional isolation at extremely important is the Civil Hospital, that early testing can Hoshiarpur, for their safety and prevention of spread of help stay safe and the infection. keep your family and “I went through a different friends safe, too! kind of an experience and my books, especially some Dr Sat Pal Gojra, DEPUTY MEDICAL COMMISSIONER, HOSHIARPUR religious ones, were my companions during my 18-day stay at the hospital. For the first 3-4 days, I had high fever - 102°F - with severe bodyache, headache and infection. Then, for the next four days, it was around 100°F and then it remained 99°F for a couple of more days and I finally recovered from it. “The stay at the hospital was quite comfortable as the Health Department provided almost all required facilities. The food was nice, the care, medical facilities including regular check-ups by doctors and medicines, too, were provided at regular intervals. I had a pulse oxymeter with me and I regularly monitored my oxygen level thrice a day. Luckily, it was around 96-97 per cent always, so I didn't need artificial oxygen. After staying at the hospital for 18 days, I tested negative and returned home. My books gave me the requisite strength, boosted my morale and helped me in staying focused towards getting out of it with a healthy mind along with a healthy body. It is important to be mentally prepared for your stay in isolation if you are tested positive. A positive attitude is a must. So, stay positive if you are tested positive because it's going to help you a lot. Another thing that is extremely important is that early testing can help stay safe and keep your family and friends safe, too! Most of the deaths are being reported just because people don't come out for testing at an earlier stage. Please keep in mind that in most of the serious cases, there were almost no symptoms except a fall in oxygen level and if tested on time, oxygen may be given to patients to save their precious lives. So, the key to secure yourself is gettign testing at the earliest.” ❝ ❞ (As told to Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi) A testimony to Partition, Bhargo Camp still awaits development to be fields, ❝There usedCamp was built. where Bhargo CHANGING WITH TIMES Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 15 Bhargo camp came into existence during the Partition in 1947 to provide relief to those, who were hurt, bruised, terrified and depressed because of it. The air here is still dense and heavy with thousands of stories replete with the pain of Partition. When future was hazy and every hope of living was dying, when people after going through various tragedies, suffering tragic losses came here without having any knowledge of where to go and what to do, Bhargo Camp not only provided them shelter, but they also found solace here. The area was made after the name of Dr Gopi Chand Bhargava, the then Chief Minister of Punjab. Before 1949, some barracks of 12 quarters each were set Darshan Singh Kapyee visited Bhargo Camp when he become an MLA. PICTURE COURTESY: SARDARI LAL We used to wake up with sand all over us because initially, we used to sleep on the ground. Initially, there was no water, electricity and toilet and people used to go outside to answer a call of nature. After some years, two dispensaries - one of the Municipal Corporation and another Civil Hospital's dispensary - and two schools were opened and when I became the councillor for the first time, the sewerage was laid. ❞ Sardari Lal, A NONAGENARIAN WHO WAS BHARGO CAMP COUNCILLOR THRICE QUARTERS BECAME HOMES, BUT DEVELOPMENT STILL ELUSIVE An overview of Bhargo Camp which came into existence during the Partition to provide shelter to the people in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH up here in the camp, one quarter was 10 ft wide and 35 ft long. Sardari Lal, 90, the former three-time councillor of Bhargo Camp and who was one of the members of the allotment committee that would provide survivors with ‘atta’ and food is the eldest c m y b As time passed, people started working and with their hard-earned money, they made their homes. The families of a few survivors went to other places in the country or abroad, but some families here still seem to be in need of help. Due to the closure of hundreds of micro and small-scale manufacturing sports and surgical units in the recent years, thousands of workers, primarily migrants, have suffered. Bhargo Camp in the Jalandhar West constituency has the highest vote bank, but the area is without development, as when one walks in streets, one hardly sees any sign of development. Sardari Lal, said the sewerage lines that were laid decades ago were still the same and hadn’t changed. There’s a problem of limited water supply in some areas of Bhargo Camp, roads are in a bad shape and sometimes people also deal with water contamination problems. Residents said the other infrastructural development was also amiss. They said Bhargo Camp was seen as an opportunity to gain votes by leaders, who come here during elections and then forget about the place. Vishal Kumar, one of the residents, said as per his knowledge there used to be around eight parks for children as told by the elderly in his family. “But I have seen only one park,” he said. one in the area, who has seen it all. Even today he remembers everything, although, he forgets years and dates. He was 17, when he came here after the Partition from Sialkot. After living in camps in Burlton Park for some time, Lal recalls how all peo- ple got shifted to quarters in Bhargo Camp that were continued on page 2
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