17092020-JTR-01.qxd 9/16/2020 10:41 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE 656 YOUNGSTERS GET JOB OFFER AT PLACEMENT DRIVE PAGE 2 Around 39 private companies provided placements to over 650 unemployed youth in the district. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ONE HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Jalandhar:The CIA staff-1 in a joint operation with the Excise Department recovered 28 cartons of illicit liquor on Monday. Acting swiftly on a tip-off, the officials chased two liquor suppliers and arrested one of them, while another managed to run away. The arrested accused has been identified as Achint Kumar, a resident of Jain Colony, while his accomplice, who fled the spot, has been identified as Gora, a resident of Abadpura. TNS 2 HELD WITH 20-KG POPPY HUSK Hoshiarpur: The Mehtiana police have recovered 29-kg poppy husk from Amir Khan of Chamba and Fateh Muhammad of Baghana in Kapurthala district. They have been arrested and booked under the NDPS Act. Balwinder Singh, SHO in charge of the Mehtiana police station, said after a tipoff, a truck loaded with apples was stopped near the police station. During search, 20 kg of poppy husk was found hidden in the cabin. OC PAGE 3 NAWAZUDDIN’S SERIOUS MEN TO RELEASE ON OCTOBER 2 The movie is based on the novel by Manu Joseph and directed by awardwinning director Sudhir Mishra. MAX 38°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:30 PM C VID-19 SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:13 AM JALANDHAR ROUND-UP Samples collected Negative Positive Active Positive results of repeat samples Discharged Deceased Sample inappropriate Results awaited PANDEMIC Tribune News Service 1,29,415 1,14,665 10,319 2,252 105 7,762 281 1,566 982 HOSHIARPUR REPORTS HIGHEST SINGLE-DAY SPIKE OF 206 CASES Hoshiarpur: The district on Wednesday recorded the highest single-day spike of 206 Covid-19 cases. With the death of four Covid patients, the death toll reached 101. The total number of patients in the district has increased to 3,305. The Health Department on Wednesday took 1,691 new samples of persons with suspected flu-like symptoms, taking the total number of samples in the district to 81,618. According to reports received from the laboratory, 77,364 samples were found negative, while the reports of 1,286 samples were still awaited and 109 were invalid. There are 1,098 active cases, while 2,106 patients have recovered. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasvir Singh said out of today’s 206 positive cases, 65 were related to Hoshiarpur city, while 141 cases were related to other parts of the district. Dr Singh said 64-year-old Saroj Rani of Ghukarwal died at Mohan Devi Hospital in Jalandhar, while 82-year-old Vijay Kumar of Jagatpura, 54-year-old Raj Kumar and 74year-old Tehal Singh died at private hospitals in Jalandhar. OC Tinu flays registration of case against SAD leaders Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 16 On Tuesday, after the release of four SAD leaders on bail in a Covid protocol violation case, the SAD leaders on Wednesday while holding a press conference here said the registration of FIRs against Akali leaders was an act which defied political and democratic values. Shiromani Akali Dal leader and MLA Pawan Tinu along with Akali Dal urban president Kulwant Singh Mannan, while holding a press conference here on Wednesday, said rather than maintaining cordial terms and solidarity with Akali leaders, the filing of an FIR against them was a violation of democratic and political values. Leaders said under the Congress government, political leaders holding protests are being targeted. Tinu said we were only registering a protest against discrepancies in the post-matric scholarship scheme. The cases were registered against former mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia, deputy mayor Parvesh Tangri, Gurdev Singh Goldy and HS Walia. Leaders said they held a very peaceful dharna outside the residence of MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary, but due to sudden rain four senior leaders — former mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia, deputy mayor PAGE 4 Chang will explore the Rivona caves in Goa in the first episode of this 4-part series on Discovery channel. 10 die, 210 test +ve in dist Jalandhar, September 16 The district reported 10 deaths, while 210 patients tested positive for Covid on Wednesday. With this, the district’s Covid death toll reached 281, while the tally of positive patients reached 10,319. From 6,770 cases on September 1, there has been a pile up of 3,549 cases in the month of September so far. Meanwhile, 89 persons tested positive in Kapurthala, while two persons died of Covid on Wednesday. The deceased include a 68year-old woman of Mehli Gate, who died at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar and 73-year-old resident from Subhanpur village, who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar. The total Covid tally of Kapurthala district has reached 2,422 so far, of which 666 cases are active and 1,494 have recovered. SINGER-ACTOR MEIYANG CHANG TO HOST LOST ESSENCE OF INDIA Parvesh Tangri, Gurdev Singh Goldy and HS Walia— barged into Chaudhary’s house to take cover amidst heavy rains. They said on the insistence of the gunman they promptly left the premises. “We are all responsible people. But the FIR against senior leaders for merely entering the premises is condemnable.” THURSDAY | 17 SEPTEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Proud parents on cloud nine as son selected in British army Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, September 16 It was a proud moment for the parents of Harminder Pal Singh (33), who was recruited in the British army. “I am on cloud nine. Three years of my son’s hard work and focused preparation has finally yielded results,” an elated Salukhan Singh, Harminder’s father, told The Tribune, adding that he was filled with pride and honour, as his son was now a part of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, commonly known as ‘The Gunners’, which is the frontline fighting force of the British Army. Born and brought up in Jalandhar, Harminder, a resident of Ramneek Avenue here, is an electronics and communication engineer, who passed out from Lord Krishna College, Kapurthala. His father said his son always wanted to join the Army, as he was fascinated by the lives of officers, but his dream only got a push when he visited England on a visitor visa in 2017 and met his brother-in-law, who, too, is serving as an officer in the British army, and who gave wings to the dreams of Harminder by motivating him to at least give it a try. His father said Harminder after completing his studies moved to Australia in 2008 and after working there for nearly eight years, he came back to Jalandhar in 2016. “My son came back because he wanted to do some reputed job. In the meantime, we fixed his marriage, too! Thereafter, when he visited England, his brother-in-law, Nishan Singh, asked him to join the British army. Inspired by his words, he immediately started his preparation as well as physical training. Eventually, in February 2020, he got selected and just a few months ago he joined the Royal Artillery,” he said. “It’s really a proud moment for everyone in the family, as getting a reputed job in a foreign country is not easy. People are losing jobs already due to Covid and employment has become a serious issue. Thus, I am very much thankful to God for showing us this An alumni of Kapurthala’s Lord Krishna College, Harminder has now been selected in the Royal Regiment of Artillery OVER 150 SIKHS IN BRITISH ARMY In a telephonic conversation with The Tribune, Harminder Pal Singh said there were about 150 Sikhs in the British army. There are 205 Sikhs in the British air force and navy combined. Also, one of his companions is Amritdhari (baptised) Sikh, and they have been allotted separate rooms to do the paath. day. There is no bigger happiness for a father than to see his son live his dream,” said Salukhan, who performs kirtan here, adding that Harminder’s two younger brothers Maninderpal Singh and Jagwinderpal Singh, were also living in Australia at present. While one was still studying, the other one was working. Meanwhile, Ranjit Kaur, wife of Harminder Singh, said her son, who is just 3-yearold, was very fond of wearing military uniform. She said he also wants to be a soldier like his father when he grows up. Pandemic hits love Relief for passengers as bus service resumes to UT for Urdu language Tribune News Service Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 16 While the district Language Department used to receive 50-60 applications for learning Urdu every year, this year only 18 students (out of 40 enrolled) are taking online training for the language amid the pandemic. The department has been conducting Urdu classes for the past several years now. All students this time are mostly above 40 years of age and learning the language has become a challenge for both — students and the teacher as well. Professor Arinder Singh, who has been teaching Urdu for the past 15 years here, said it was for the first time that he was teaching the language online. He said he had taught the language to students up to 80 years of age as well. Arinder Singh, while sharing the challenges, said: “When I teach face to Very few students turned up for online classes being conducted by the Language Dept this time face, I can gauge from the facial expression of students as to who has understood the concept or who has not. And, if they face any problem in writing, I can check and correct them. Also, there is no coordination in the online medium. Sometimes it gets difficult to listen to students’ problems.” He said this language requires a lot of practise, as it’s difficult like mathematics, so there is a need to study it on a daily basis. Giving an example, the professor said: “In English language, there is one Z, but in Urdu, there were six. Similarly, there are three S with different sounds, but what type will be used where only comes with proper practise.” continued pn page 2 Urdu classes being held at the Language Department’s office. FILE Passengers queue up at the Jalandhar bus stand. MALKIAT SINGH Jalandhar, September 16 Passengers waiting for the resumption of public bus service to Chandigarh heaved a sigh of relief after the Punjab Roadways and other transport services started plying to the Union Territory (UT) on Wednesday. The development came a day after the state government gave a green signal to the movement of buses to and from Chandigarh. Over 100 buses from the district left for the UT from the city bus stand, including 52 government buses. While the buses to Chandigarh started plying early in the day, the rush of passengers was limited. As per the first seven routes of the Jalandhar depot-1 buses, around 71 passengers were ferried to UT. Kuldeepak, an official at the city bus stand, who manages the permit and routes of Roadways buses, said the buses operated with earlier guidelines only with not more than 50 per cent capacity. He said in the absence of passengers, buses operated as per limited schedule. “On the first day of the reopening of the Chandigarh route, around 110 buses of various depots, including Jalandhar, Nawanshahr, Ropar, CTU and the PRTC among other private buses left the city bus stand with passengers. The count of passengers is expected to rise in the com- ing days, as many enquires were earlier received regarding the bus services to Chandigarh,” Kuldeepak said. Meanwhile, drivers ferrying passengers said, social distancing norms were followed and it was ensured that passengers wore masks and their hands were sanitised, before boarding the buses. “There was no rush at most bus stands in the morning hours, but many people expressed relief at the continued on page 2 Age is just a number for this 52-year-old fitness buff When it comes to fitness, Sarb Raj Kumar, a civil engineer, says excuses have no place if you want a good physique WAY TO GO! STORIES THAT INSPIRE Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 16 Nothing inspires you to hit the gym quite like a 52-yearold, who has proved that if you work hard, age is just a number. When it comes to fitness, Sarb Raj Kumar, a civil engineer, says excuses have no place if you want a good physique. Sarb started his fitness journey around 10 years ago. After a few years, he started developing interest for fitness and chose to jump another level by participating in marathons. After participating in local events, he tried his calibre in international races, where he managed to match the standards. Having clinched the emi- nent fitness title of ‘Ironman’ (Triathlon), last year, Sarb is now gearing up for Boston Fitness Challenge. He won the ‘ Triathlon’ title by completing 225-km fitness challenge, including continuous 3.86-km swimming, 180.25-km bicycle ride and 42.20-km run in 16 hours and 16 seconds. With this, he becomes the second ‘Ironman’ from the state. The triathlon, considered as one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world, was organised in Malaysia. Around 1,400 participants from 17 countries had taken part in the fitness event and only 970 participants managed to qualify the triathlon. The event was hosted by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). In November 2018, he also participated in the Olympian patron event, which was based on the similar parameters but the distance was reduced to 52 km. c m y b ‘ONE CAN STAY IN SHAPE AT ANY AGE’ I got into fitness, my lifestyle ❝Ever sinceand compared to the people has changed of my age, I never faced any health issues and didn't take medicines. I make sure that I follow my running schedule and do strength training 3-4 days a week. I take special care of my diet, too, which includes natural sweet sources, fibre, fruits among other things.... HOW HE BEGINS HIS DAY... ...I begin my day at 3 am, followed by three hours of fitness activities. Without hampering my demanding job, I train myself extra on weekends, that includes, four hours’ training on Saturdays and 7-8 hours on Sundays. Sarb Raj Kumar, A CIVIL ENGINEER He says, one can stay in good shape at any age. “Ever since I got into fitness, my lifestyle has changed and compared to ❞ people of my age, I never faced any health issues and didn’t take medicines. I make sure that I follow my running schedule and do strength training 3-4 days a week. As I started preparing for the next marathon, I bought a tread- mill and an exercising bicycle to remain on the track. I’m right now only focused about clearing the qualifying round of the Boston Marathon. I take special care of my diet, too, which includes natural sweet sources, fibres, fruits among other things,” said Sarb, who is presently working in the Public Works Department (PWD), Kapurthala. He begins his day at 3 am followed by three hours of fitness activities. “Without hampering my demanding job, I used to train myself extra on weekends, that included, four hours training on Saturdays and 7-8 hours’ training on Sundays,” he said. Before the lockdown, he participated in IDBI Marathon, Hoshiyarpur Marathon and Republic Day marathon, which was organised in Chandigarh. With the help of the social media, he also encourages people to stay fit.
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