26102020-JTR-01.qxd 10/25/2020 10:24 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS MAY PUT STUDENTS AT COVID RISK Since children are susceptible to viral infection, online teaching should continue till cases subside, say parents FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 HRITHIK ROSHAN TO BUILD A ~97.5-CR MANSION-IN-THE-AIR PAGE 3 TV SHOW BHABIJI GHAR PAR HAIN COMPLETES 1,400 EPISODES Hrithik Roshan has purchased lavish apartments in Mumbai for building a ‘mansion-in-the-air’ by integrating them. MAX 32°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:44 PM PAGE 4 TV show Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain has achieved a new milestone. The show has completed 1,400 episodes. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:39 AM MONDAY | 26 OCTOBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Family back home celebrates Rachna’s poll triumph in Canada Father-son duo held for firing at woman, son PROUD MOMENT She has been re-elected MLA from Surrey-Green Timbers for a second term Our Correspondent Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Dasuya, October 25 The Dasuya police arrested a father-son duo for firing at a woman and her son and seriously injuring them at Mand Pandher village here on Saturday night. The police have lodged an FIR in this regard nominating three persons, including the two arrested, and two-three unidentified persons. According to information received, Rajwant Kaur (44), wife of Paramjit Singh, along with her son Harleen Singh Chahal (21), had come from Phagwara to attend the wedding of her brother’s daughter. On Saturday evening, when she was attending a phone call outside the house, Tarsem Singh, his son Lovepreet Singh, alias Raja, Amritpal Singh and two-three other persons came there with weapons and opened fire on them with a rifle. Jalandhar, October 25 “There could be no better day for the victory than Dasehra day as it marks the victory of good over evil,” says Rachna Singh’s Jalandhar-based brother-in-law Monty Sehgal. Rachna (47), who has roots here, has been re-elected as MLA from Surrey-Green Timbers for a second term. She is among the eight IndoCanadians; of which three hail from Jalandhar and its periphery, from the New Democratic Party (NDP) which has secured an absolute majority in the 87member Assembly of the British Columbia province in Canada with 55 seats. One of the three women NDP candidates to have won the elections, Rachna is also among the four who secured wins in the Indian-dominated city of Surrey. Labour Minister Harry Bains who has been re-elected from Surrey-Newton, hails from Hardaspur village in Phagwara. Jinny Sims, who has again won at SurreyPanorama, comes from Pabwan village in Jalandhar. Surinder Kaur, Rachna’s mother-in-law, celebrated the occasion by offering prayers at the local gurdwara this morning. On the auspicious day, the mood at her in-laws home here is overflowing with hurrahs. Brother-in-law Monty Sehgal, who is a spokesperson for Petrol Pump Dealers Association Punjab, said, “It is a very big moment for us. There could be no better day than Dasehra. Greetings and congratulations have poured ❝ She was born to serve society. Our entire family has been keen on philanthropy. She was chosen by the NDP as a candidate in Surrey-Green Timbers due to her popularity as she has been engaged in many social activities ❞ Monty Sehgal, RACHNA’S BROTHER-IN-LAW Rachna (right) along with her brother-in-law Monty Sehgal and other family members during her recent trip to Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO in from all the near and dear ones. My mother is beaming with pride. First thing she did in the morning was visiting the gurduwara to thank the heavens. We are looking forward that she will achieve even greater heights in her second terms.” Schooled at Government School in sector 35 in Chandigarh, Rachna pursued her MA in psychology from the Panjab University. While she was in India she Covid casts shadow on festivities Unlike others, Basti Sheikh Dasehra Club celebrated the festival with fervour Tribune News Service Sukhdeep Singh, a resident of Mand Pandher village, told the police that his sister’s marriage was scheduled to be solemnised on Tuesday and a DJ party was held on Friday night. As some village residents (who were invited to the party) were teasing girls, pushing them and hurling abuses during the party, the DJ was stopped which infuriated them to leave the party. The bangle ceremony was underway on Saturday evening when his maternal uncle called from abroad. His aunt Rajwant and her son Harleen went out of the house to attend the phone call. Four persons arrived there with weapons and fired indiscriminately at his aunt and her son and fled the spot. The injured were admitted to the Dasuya Civil Hospital. Both of them suffered bullet injuries on their legs. Dasuya DSP Munish Sharma said two of the accused, Tarsem Singh and his son Raja, had been arrested and the single barrel 12 bore rifle used in the crime recovered from them. Jalandhar, October 25 The Dasehra festivities remained a low-key affair as unlike every year only Ravana effigy was installed and put to flames in the city on Sunday. Obviously, owing to the spread of the virus, Meghnada and Kumbhkarana effigies were not installed by most committees this year. Days before the festival, the Mahkali Committee had sent a message, “As per the instructions imposed by the district administration, the Shri Mahakali Mandir Dasehra Committee is not celebrating the festival by burning the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarana and Meghnada.” The city, which organises the Dasehra festivities at around 20 places, witnessed only a couple of Dasehra celebrations this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Dasehra Club, Basti Sheikh, celebrated the festival with fervour. A majority of other committees observed a low-key festival with some burning little Ravana effigies and others just marking the day with pooja. A 40-foot tall Ravana effigy was burnt at Ghaas Mandi, Model The effigy of Ravana goes up in flames in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO House, to mark the festival. The lone Ravana effigy was not accompanied by Meghnada and Kumbhkarana effigies Though only 200 people were permitted to enter the Dasehra grounds by the administration, thousands flooded the spot to enjoy the festivities. The Shri Mahakali Mandir Committee burnt only a 6foot tall Ravana effigy with no effigies of Meghnada and Kumbhkarana being installed. The event was attended by 50 to 60 people with no outsiders invited except committee members. Tarsem Kapur, Life President, Shri Mahakali Mandir Committee, “Huge rallies in Bihar are being held, farmers converge in huge numbers. It seems only Dasehra celebrations can lead to the spread of the virus. Over 50,000 people converged on the place to watch the event each year. This year the administration had asked us to limit gatherings to 200. Since that was not possible, we did not hold a formal ceremony this year.” Kapur said it was a lusterless Dashera for artisans, effigy makers, cracker sellers, event organisers and vendors who converged around the Dasehra venues. “It’s a huge loss for cracker sellers in Amritsar. They sell the best firecrackers for Ravana effigies. Sucha Singh from Amritsar sells these. But this year no one had ordered firecrackers due to the Covid protocols.” continued on page 2 Cops had a tough time Jalandhar, October 25 Dasehra celebrations remained a low-key affair this year due to Covid-19 outbreak. The celebrations were restricted only to a few areas of the city. Dressed in their festive attires, people attended Ramlila functions across city where artistes enacted the scene of the Ramayana where Lord Ram kills Ravana. In some areas, artistes, who had performed in the Ramlilas for nine days also visited residential areas, where they were welcomed with garlands. This year, the Dasehra committee also refrained from setting the 10-headed effigy of the demon king on fire and instead only small and single headed effigy of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkaran burnt with crackers. Giving two hoots to social distancing and other Covid norms, devotees in large numbers were seen in various temples across the city. Shobha yatras were carried continued on page 2 Locals allege use of substandard material |Commuters suffer as accidents, long traffic jams a routine affair ROAD ROT Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, October 25 Shopkeepers as well as commuters are a harried lot as the recently repaired road near Darshan Singh Kaypee Chowk, Model Town, has developed cracks at several places. Local residents said the road was repaired nearly four months ago, but it started peeling off within a few days due to “substandard material” used in re-carpeting. They said the patchwork had been carried out a number of times to fill potholes EYESORE: A broken stretch near Darshan Singh Kaypee Chowk at Model Town in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH and repair the broken stretches, but it did not last even a month due to poor quality of work and lack of proper supervision. “Though it is one of the busiest roads in the town having a large number of commercial outlets and restaurants, a long stretch on either side of the roundabout is lying peeled off.Commuters on two-wheelers face a tough time crossing the uneven surface scattered with stones”, said Kavita, who works at a salon in the area. She said the road was the c m y b Pandemic dims Diwali sparkle for shopkeepers Tribune News Service Cracks appear within four months of repair main route to Gol Market, Green Model Town locality and other residential colonies, but the Municipal Corporation had failed to maintain it Commuters said despite repeated complaints regarding the poor condition of the road, nothing had been done so far. “Vehicles often get stuck leading to a traffic jam. Accidents, including fatal ones, have become common on this stretch. Even light showers lead to waterlogging in the area. The councillor has taken up the issue with the civic body on several occasions, but to no avail,” said Archana Singh, a commuter. She said people continued to pay taxes, but the government had failed to provide safe roads. Councillor Rohan Sehgal too complained of the “lackadaisi- worked with the Red Cross Society in India and also served as a counsellor at a drug de-addiction centre. She moved to Canada along with her husband and children in 2001 and worked with CUPE as a social worker before being nominated as candidate for Surrey-Green Timbers by NDP . Speaking about her social works, Sehgal added, “She was born to serve society. Our entire family has been keen on philanthropy. She was chosen by the NDP as a candidate in Surrey-Green Timbers due to her popularity as she had been engaged in many social activities.” Rachna’s husband, Gurpreet Singh, is a broadcaster and human rights activist in British Columbia. Her elder son is pursuing engineering in Bio tech and daughter is a Class VIII student. Every time she comes to India, she has never forgotten to pay a visit to her hometown. cal” attitude of the authorities concerned and said though the road was repaired just four months ago, it had peeled off at several places. Shopkeepers in the area had complained to him about the poor quality of material used. “I brought the matter to the notice of the XEN concerned, but no action was taken,” he added. Rajnish Dogra, Superintending Engineer (B&R), could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. However, Mayor Jagdish Raja said the civic body had carried out the re-carpeting work with the utmost sincerity and proper supervision. “There is no point of low quality material used. The road has been broken by the MC for laying the rain harvesting system. We will look into the issue,” he added. The city’s electronics market wears a deserted look. TRIBUNE PHOTO Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 25 This is the time of the year when the probable of raising profits is about to unfurl. On the contrary, due to the pandemic, the peak season of profit-making this year is apparently witnessing a huge loss. The financial slump triggered due to the virus has majorly hampered the festival spirits of shopkeepers ahead of Diwali, as the demand in the market has declined by 40-50 per cent. After having suffered losses during the lockdown, the shopkeepers were expecting to see a sizeable expansion of domestic consumption by the approaching Dasehra or Diwali, however, they are still awaiting some presence in their shops. Suresh Gupta, general secretary, Jalandhar Electricity Traders Welfare Association, who himself is a wholesale and retail dealer of electricity appliances, said, “The business is still on standstill. This time there is no excitement in the market and no investment. The retailers are very apprehensive before making any kind of purchase as they don’’t want the goods purchased in bulk for Diwali sale would remain stored in the shops. Presently, we are witnessing sluggish economic activity, and the investments have dipped to 20-30 percent.” Last year, by this time, the retailers and small shopkeepers would make their demands in advance. Payments also used to be made beforehand to ensure that the products reach in time. However, these days, they are very PERHAPS, ONE CAN SURELY EXPECT GIFTS While the sale of electrical and decorative goods is sluggish, the expectation of gifts from their loved ones is the same. Ajit Mandal, owner RCMP, said that though the income of people remained affected due to the Covid, the demand of gifts hasn’’t been much impacted. “The demand for gift items is slowly picking pace and we are hoping that the sale would gain normalcy by the time Diwali arrives,” added Mandal. careful before striking a deal for many had already gone through a cash-curtailing period during the lockdown, and recovery is still impending. Seems as if it is going to be a dark Diwali for most of the traders at Phagwara Gate Electricity Market; no glitters, no chandeliers to their content have been sold. As customers are happy to use last year’’s lights and lamps and they are estimating it to be lowest profit season ever. Amit Sehgal, president, Phagwara Gate Electricity Market Association, said, whether it’’s a customer or retailer, the main focus is on buying only the selective items. “While retailers are confused weather to place the demands or not and customers are only drawn to essential goods,” added Sehgal. Likewise, Suresh Kumar Mehmi, owner of Mehmi electricals, Nakodar road, stated that the sale is definitely slow as only 50 per cent of customers are there in the market. “Till last year people used to buy goods two-three months prior to Diwali but there was no such frenzy period this time around,” he said.
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