18092020-JTR-01.qxd 9/17/2020 11:32 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 IN PICS: A HEART-WRENCHING EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF INDIA The Jallianwala Bagh, enclosed within an area of 7-acre, is site of one of the most brutal massacres in world history. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF 193 CANDIDATES GET JOB LETTERS Hoshiarpur: In association with the IMA, under the Ghar Ghar Rozgar Scheme of the state government, 193 candidates were selected in healthcare ventures on Thursday. Renowned hospital of Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts selected doctors, staff nurses, lab technicians and ward attendants. Over 300 candidates appeared for the interview-cum-placement at the District Bureau of Employment and Enterprises here. Good salary was offered to the selected candidates. Nineteen hospitals like Ivy, Shivam, RRM Central, Aman Hospital, Universal Hospital and Trauma Centre, JJ Children Hospital, Ravindra Nursing Home, Narad Hospital, Gulati Hospital, Capitol Hospital Jalandhar, Patel Hospital, Sarvodaya Hospital, NHS, Johal Hospital, Tagore Hospital, Oxford Hospital, Vassal Hospital and Altis Hospital Jalandhar selected the candidates of their choice. Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait handed over the appointment letters to some of the selected candidates. OC DANIEL CRAIG TAKES AIM FOR A FINAL BOX OFFICE SHOT PAGE 3 A MILLION LITTLE THINGS-2 TO PREMIERE ON SEPTEMBER 21 The new poster of No Time To Die declares the latest mission of James Bond will change everything forever. MAX 37°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:29 PM PAGE 4 Season 2 of A Million Little Things is all set to premiere on Sept 21 and will be aired on weeknights at 10 pm. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:14 AM FRIDAY | 18 SEPTEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Visually impaired int’l cricketer to finally get his dues THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, September 17 A day after The Tribune published the report “Govt apathy forced this visually impaired cricketer to quit game” in these columns, the authorities concerned swung into action and paid a visit to Tejinder Pal Singh’s house at Guru Nanak Pura, here on Thursday, to verify his credentials and get an application signed from him. Reportedly, the Sports Department has decided to release his long pending cash prize as per the Sports Policy 2018, the formalities of which have been initiated. Tejinder was selected for 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. In conversation with The Tribune on Tuesday, he had informed this corre- The Sports Dept has decided to release Tejinder’s long pending cash prize as per the 2018 Sports Policy It is nothing less than a miracle, as today I finally received ❝call that I have been waiting for years. I can’t express my the happiness in words. I made a lot of attempts earlier to awaken the Sports Department from their deep slumber, but to no avail. But today, with the help of The Tribune, I am about to get my dues finally. Tejinder Pal Singh, VISUALLY IMPAIRED INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER spondent as to how the government apathy made him quit the game and at present he was forced to do a menial job to make both ends meet. An elated Tejinder on Thursday, however, expressed gratitude towards The Tribune and said the day was nothing less than a mira- 9 lose Covid battle, 355 new infections in district Tribune News Service Samples collected 132,401 Negative 117,626 Positive 10,664 Active 2,404 Discharged 7,970 Deceased 90 Repeat samples 1,588 Results awaited 775 Home isolation 1,724 cle for him, as he finally received the call that he was anticipating for years today. “I can’t express my happiness in words. I made a lot of attempts earlier to awaken the Sports Department from their deep slumber, but to no avail. But today, with the help of The Tribune, I am about to get my long pending dues,” he said. Meanwhile, Sports Department Director, DPS Kharbanda asked the District Sports Officer (DSO) Gurpreet Singh to visit Tejinder at his residence and fulfil all formalities been a general hike in the number of cases this month. However, the rise in the number of deaths is mostly due to delayed reportage and many due to co-morbidities. We are successfully conducting contact tracing of 50 to 60 per cent of contacts of positive persons with focus on the comorbid people also. Increased testing also results in increased reportage of cas- es. All these factors contribute to increased reportage of cases in Jalandhar.” Meanwhile, one person died of Covid-19 and 118 people tested positive in Kapurthala on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as a 57-year-old man of Nadala village. He died at the isolation ward in Kapurthala. The death toll has now eeached 110 in the district. players preparing for the upcoming international tournaments. The department has recently got a grant of ~15 crore, the money is solely meant to uplift players. Therefore, we will ensure all those who deserve government’s help will get it at the earliest,” he said. AjayJoshi Tribune News Service ‘MISSING’ POSTERS OF BADALS PASTED ON CITY WALLS TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Sports Officers on Thursday, informing that sportspersons were the pride of the state and they must check and help out all those sportspersons in their respective districts, who had not received their dues so far. “I have asked the officials concerned to offer grants to to post to get their passports back Members of the Youth Congress put up ‘missing posters’ of MPs Sukhbir Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal in Jalandhar. Health officials instruct people to stay at home during quarantine period at a village in Nawanshahr. related to his cash prize. Kharbanda also asked the DSO to ensure that the international blind cricketer receives his due at the earliest and without any inconvenience. Besides, the Director Sports also said that he had released a notification to all District ‘Hunt’ for representatives Dubai returnees run from pillar JALANDHAR ROUND-UP Jalandhar, September 17 The district reported a record 355 cases of Covid-19, taking the tally to 10,664 on Thursday. Besides, with nine more deaths, the toll has climbed to 290. On an average 16 people are dying of the Covid-19 pandemic in Jalandhar every day in September and an average 218 people have been found positive in the month of September so far. From September 1 until now, 3,719 fresh cases and 113 deaths have been reported. On September 1, the number of cases in Jalandhar was 6,945 and that of deceased 177. But the Covid tally rose to 10,664 and that of deceased to 290 on Thursday. An average of 16 people have died of Covid-19 in Jalandhar every day in September and an average 218 people have tested positive in the month of September. Dr TP Singh, Nodal Officer, Jalandhar, said, “There has ❞ AT LAST: District Sports Officer Gurpreet Singh paid a visit to visually impaired international cricket player Tejinder Singh (centre) at his residence in Guru Nanak Pura on Thursday to verify his credentials and get an application signed from him in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Jalandhar: Following the clearance of one of the farm ordinances, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020, members of the Youth Congress pasted ‘missing’ posters of Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal here on Thursday. Congress leaders also demanded that the SAD should break all ties with the BJP. Leaders of the Youth Congress, including Jagdish Singh and Angrej Singh, placed the posters with the captions ‘Parliament ton Lapata’ (missing from Parliament) at Avtar Nagar, Wadala Chowk and Patel Chowk. Jagdish said though SAD had always contested the elections on farm issues and the people of Punjab, it failed to raise the voice of Punjabi farmers in the Lok Sabha. “After the passing of one of the farm ordinances in the lower house of Parliament, Sukhbir stated that the BJP did not consult the SAD leaders before pushing it for clearance through voice vote, hence if its ally can’t consult it before taking any decision about the people of Punjab then it should break all ties with it. Nothing should be considered above the interests of the farmers,” he further added. Vish Karam Singh Dhiman, another Congress member, said with the help of the posters they wanted to highlight that the SAD MP was incapable of taking any opinion for the benefit of farmers. Similarly, Harsimrat Kaur Badal being a Union Minister from Punjab could not raise her voice in favour of farmers.” Notably, the agriculture community in the state is against the ordinances tabled by the Centre. Jalandhar, September 17 On August 6, Manpreet Singh (45) landed from Dubai to spend time with his family in Lohara village on Nakodar Road. But before coming to Jalandhar, he was stopped at the Mohali airport and was sent to institutional quarantine. He said before he was quarantined, his passport was collected by the Mohali administration and since then, he hasn’t got it back. Like him, there are eight others in the district, who have been left in the lurch for over a month now. Manpreet said on completing the sevenday quarantine, he checked for his passport from the Mohali DC office and was given the contact number of an officer from the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation (MC). “When I contacted the officer, I was told that my passport had not been dispatched from Mohali. When I contacted the Mohali airport authorities again, I was asked to dial a travel helpline number. The person on this number failed to trace my passport, which made The Dubai returnees at the DC Office in Jalandhar on Thursday. us more anxious,” he said. Notably, after he contacted other Dubai returnees, who were known to him to check whether they’ve got their passport or not, he was surprised to know that none of the eight youths he knew had received their passports. Therefore, we approached the district administration officials here on Thursday, who have asked us to visit MC Joint Commisioner Harcharan Singh, as he was supervising the documentation of foreign returnees, but to no avail. He didn’t meet us. Deepak Kumar, who is reportedly managing the passport collection work, also told them to wait till Monday, as the passports would still be there in Mohali. “Deepak told us to go to Mohali, if we fail to get our passports by Monday. But why should we go there when we were assured that we would receive our passports in our districts? The flight had youths from other districts, including Amritsar and Gurdaspur as well. I might have to go back anytime. We returned as we were temporarily relieved. The employers of three other youths are also asking them to report back,” Manpreet said. While Deepak and the officials concerned in Mohali couldn’t be contacted despite several attempts, MC Joint Commissioner, who is dealing with the matter here, said: “We will get the passports as soon as possible, as a person is sent to Mohali every week to collect the passports.” At PTMs, worried parents want to Meet postponed again, chairman know when will schools resume finds it hard to get back MC dues Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 17 Parents ask us when will the school reopen, says Ravinder Kang, head master at Government Primary School, Uggi, after he conducted the parents teachers’ meeting (PTM). Amid the pandemic, a proper PTM is being held for the first time in government schools after the online classes started. The meetings are either taking place online or at schools. It is reported that most of the parents want schools to open. “It is strange that earlier we used to request them to send their children to school. Now, parents want their kids go to school and study,” Sans smartphones, parents worried about future of their wards. a teacher said. Kang said: “Every week learning outcome tests are being held and the performance of students is being monitored. That is why, the meetings are being held so that the same could be shared with parents, too! Teachers have been telling parents that the state-level review tests will be started from September 21, so that the results of online classes can be checked.” “Parents, however, have been sharing their concerns with teachers that they, along with their children, were facing several problems because of non-availability of smartphones and children weren’t able to study in the absence of that. Some parents also told the teachers that they were labourers and come late at night from work. So, the child has to wait for them to get back from work, after which he complete his homework,” he said. “There are several problems that they shared with us. Some parents complain about their wards not studying properly despite having a cell phone,” said a government primary school teacher in Phillaur. Also, for the assessment survey that will start from September 21, parents were asked to ensure that their ward studies properly, so that he/she could score well. c m y b Tribune News Service THE ISSUE Jalandhar, September 17 The delay in carrying out public works by the MC is not a new thing. But the lackadaisical attitude of the MC to get its own dues from colonisers is something that has amazed everyone. After the Building and Roads Ad hoc Committee chairman raised several questions in this regard, a meeting was scheduled for Thursday, where the chairman was to discuss the issue, but the meeting as usual got postponed. The chairman, Nirmal Singh Nimma, said as staff of the Town Planning wing was From 2013 to 2018, 82 colonisers had approached the department for regularisation of colonies and of them, 42 colonies were regularised, while the remaining requests were rejected because these did not fulfil the terms and conditions set by the state government. The chairman had informed that even after getting refusal from the MC, 40 colonies were established. “This is a big scandal. The 40 colonisers did not pay even a single penny to the MC during the last five years, leading to losses of around ~6.15 crore to the civic body. On the other hand, the 42 colonies that were regularised paid only 10 per cent of the total amount and the remaining 90 per cent was still pending. They (42 colonisers who got approval) owe ~2.25 crore to the MC. The total amount due to be paid to the civic body, along with interest, is a whopping ~18 crore. busy in some other work, the meeting was postponed. Notably, it was revealed in a report on the regularisation of colonies submitted by the MC’s Town Planning Department to the ad-hoc committee that colonisers owed crores of rupees to the Municipal Corporation, but until now, there is no solution to the issue. Ten days ago, Nimma had held a meeting with the Town Planning Department and the Joint Commissioner and said that they should have recovered the dues by now and that he was amazed to see the work going on at a snail’s pace. In the meeting, the chairman along with the members of the ad-hoc committee had also highlighted that a special meeting, which the Joint Commissioner holds with branch officials and other staff, should have happened by now, after which they would be able to take their dues from the colonisers. Nimma said, “Now I believe that it is extremely difficult for us to get our money back because of such delays that are happening.”
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