09112020-JTR-01.qxd 11/8/2020 10:10 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE POLLUTED AIR WILL SPELL DOOM, MAKE SITUATION WORSE PAGE 2 Going for a sustainable Diwali and keeping a check on carbon emissions can go a long way, feel residents. MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF WORKERS SEEK REGULAR JOBS Jalandhar: Theka Mulazim Sangharsh Morcha held a state-level convention at the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall on Sunday asking the government to regularise contractual employees in every department. They said on the one hand, the government was making several promises to provide ‘Ghar Ghar Naukri’, while on the other, they haven’t regularised any contractual employee. “The protest will be intensified in the coming days,” the members said. TNS TWO KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENTS Hoshiarpur: Two persons died in seperate accidents in the district. Amarjeet Singh of Bhagowal village, in his complaint, said his nephew Kuldeep Singh of Jattpur village got seriously injured after his bike collided with a wrongly parked trolley. He died on his way to the hospital. In another case, Gurbaksh Kaur of Khabla village said her husband was going for work at Bhogpur on his bike. When he reached near Nandachor village, a bike coming from the opposite direction hit his bike. He was seriously injured and admitted to a hospital in Ludhiana, where he succumbed to his injuries. A case was registered. OC PAGE 3 MAX 29°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:32 PM PAGE 4 Gashmeer Mahajani is excited about his debut on the small screen with the upcoming TV show Imlie on Star Plus. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:51 AM MONDAY | 9 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR 2nd wave imminent but where’s Mission Fateh? COMPLACENCY CAN PROVE FATAL No action being taken against violators, challans issued last on Oct 11 Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service ABOUT THE MISSION Jalandhar, November 8 Even as the Covid-19 cases and its fatalities are witnessing a fall, compared to its ‘peak period’ over a month ago, infection threat still looms large and any complacency can prove detrimental. While people are still testing positive and succumbing to the virus on a daily basis, though the frequency is less, they are openly seen flouting norms with impunity. Considering the speculated coronavirus second wave in the worst-affected countries, experts believe that every Covid-19 affected region needs to be extra cautious. Apparently, with the decline in cases, cops have also stopped taking action against violators under ‘Mission Fateh’. The police apparently issued challans on October 11 last, when nearly 132 people were fined for not wearing masks. Following the directions of the Chief Minister, the intensified drive to issue challans against those who do not wear masks or violate Covid norms was started in June, after the launch of Mission Fateh. As per the official data, as many as 47,496 people have been fined (~2.30 crore) so far for not wearing masks The state government had launched Mission Fateh in June to motivate people to abide by the novel coronavirus safety rules and stop its spread. Discipline, cooperation and compassion were its three main themes. Discipline in observing all precautions, cooperation with the state government by faithfully abiding by the lockdown restrictions and compassion towards the poor by helping them and giving them aid. Later, cops were directed to issue fines against those not complying with the Covid-19 guidelines. Hefty fines were issued to locals in the drive launched by the city police against such offenders. NO MASKS, DISTANCING AT SOCIAL GATHERINGS since the lockdown was imposed. Though, the city police had started lodging FIRs against offenders since March, but post ease in the lockdown, particularly for 2 DIE, 39 POSITIVE Two people succumbed to the virus, while 39 people tested positive on Sunday. Similarly, 79 people tested positive on Saturday with one casualty. private events, people started avoiding wearing masks in public areas as well. Surprisingly, violators shunned safety guidelines in front of the police as well. Challan rate on the decline Although positive cases continued to pile up between June and September, the challan rate started decreasing since July. In July, the total Engineer dies in road accident Jalandhar, November 8 A 33-year-old chemical engineer was killed in a road accident here on Sunday. The accident took place at Pa t h a n ko t Chowk after a speeding truck hit his bike. His sister and wife, who were also sitting on the bike, suffered serious injuries. The deceased has been identified as Anurag Kumar Sharma, a resident of Punjabi Bagh. SHO police division-8 stated that the accident was reported around 1.15 pm, when Anurag was heading to the city bus stand with his wife and sister. Meanwhile, when continued on page 2 Commuters drive through a hazy Sunday evening in Jalandhar city. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Festive season has no meaning for us, say farmers Aakanksha N Bhardwaj everyone ❝Whilefestivals, else is enjoying Tribune News Service everything is bland for famers who have no time to think and take care of their families. Festivals are celebrated with happy hearts, not when one is suffering. ❞ Major Singh, A FARMER FROM PHILLAUR Angry farmers protest in front of the BJP district office in Jalandhar. FILE PHOTO Satnam Sahni, spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Doaba), who attended a meeting at Kisan Bhawan, Chandigarh, said, “Saade vaaste kehdi Diwali? Every festival has passed without bringing any joy to us. We strategise for next horrifying to see people giving two hoots to ❝It’snorms as the situation hasn’t normalised yet. Covid When there is a possibility of second wave of the coronavirus, people shouldn’t take the risk of removing masks. Social distancing, sanitisation and masks are the key essentials to keep the virus at bay. Even asymptomatic patients could be carriers of the virus in public areas. ❞ Dr Kashmiri Lal, SMO (MEDICAL) CIVIL HOSPITAL Masks not of Covid ❝also reduceonly cut the riskvirus thattransmission, but the amount of reaches a person, potentially leading to less severe illness if you get infected. In fact, wearing a mask could be the reason why we have seen so many cases of mild and asymptomatic illness. Dr Abhishek Sacchar, CIVIL HOSPITAL OFFICIALSPEAK Tribune News Service against the move of the Centre said festivities had no meaning for them. “Saddi Diwali road te hi manegi,” said farmers, adding that there was nothing to celebrate and they had been left to be on roads to hold dharnas. EXPERTSPEAK ❞ Apart from issuing challans for not wearing masks, cases against those flouting social distancing norms and breaking quarantine norms have also reduced drastically, despite increase in the number of social events. On Sunday also, residents, who participated in the wellness programme of the CT Group of Institutions, not only avoided social distancing, but also greeted everyone without wearing masks. The haze is back Jalandhar, November 8 Davinder Singh, a farmer from Nawanshahr, always bought sweets and clothes for his 10-year-old son during the festive season. However, this time, he had been protesting against the farm laws implemented by the Centre and fighting for his rights at Behram toll plaza for the last one month. Dashera has passed and Diwali is around the corner, but Davinder hasn’t purchased anything for his family. He said even his child has not sought any gift. “Children of his age ask for gifts. He must have understood by now that his father is busy somewhere. I reach home when he falls asleep,” he said. Numerous farmers like him who had been agitating GASHMEER MAHAJANI TALKS ABOUT SMALL SCREEN DEBUT Bobby Deol will be back as ‘Kashipur Waale’ Baba Nirala in the next part of the MX Original Series Aashram. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH FORECAST HERE IS A LIST OF THE BIG DIWALI RELEASES TO CATCH UP ONLINE move daily. Our only motive is to ensure that the Centre should listen to us.” Another farmer, Major Singh from Phillaur, said they had been protesting against the Central Government 24X7. “While everyone c m y b else is enjoying festivals, everything is bland for famers who have no time to think and take care of their families,” he said. “Festivals are celebrated with happy hearts, not when one is suffering,” said Major. number of challans issued were 12,291, followed by August with 11,055, September 8,849 and October 2, 372. Prior to the intensified drive, police action against violators the challan has and ❝Certainlyfestivities, notratelarge declinedof people are considering a number being challaned. However, we will resume the drive shortly, as wearing a mask is mandatory. ❞ Vatsal Gupta, ADCP CITY-1 has become dismally low. While in March around two people were held for not wearing masks, In April, it increased to 110 and later on 2,156 in May and 10,603 in June. At times, a large numbers of offenders were held on a single day. On July 31, nearly 271 people were fined ~1,35,000 for not wearing masks. Cops said ~500 was charged from each offender. This 47-yr-old is relentless in his efforts to make dist clean Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 8 Harjinder Hargharia, a man roaming around in Hoshiarpur district holding a flex, is almost a known face for a majority of the residents of the district now. A postgraduate in history, this 47year-old has been on a mission to make the district clean for the last 653 days. Not even a single day passes when he does not step out of his home to sensitise people to keep their surroundings clean. Hailing from Hargarh village in Hoshiarpur, Harjinder had started the mission on January 26 last year. Nearly two years have passed and Harjit has started witnessing the results of his efforts. But the journey has not been easy for him. Harjinder still remembers his first day. “I made a flex which reads ‘Aao Hoshiarpur nu banaye duniya da sabto sohna sthan, jiste hove desh nu maan’ and started my journey towards cleanliness,” he shared. On the first day, he sat on the stairs of a sports stadium holding a flex above his head. “That day everyone stared at me in shock. They were looking at me in a strange manner, but nobody came to me and asked about my mission. They must have found me a little unusual, but now after two years, people come and meet me, tell me that I am doing a good job,” he says proudly. He said he would often hear from his friends living abroad that one of the most important and attractive things on foreign land was cleanliness. “That was the time when it hit me that we must also do something for For the last 653 days, he is on a mission to see Hoshiarpur filth-free by making people aware ❝I made a flex which reads Aao Hoshiarpur nudesh banaye duniya da sabto sohna sthan, jiste hove nu maan and started my journey towards cleanliness. On the first day, I sat on the stairs of a sports stadium holding a flex above my head. That day everyone stared at me in shock. They were looking at me in a strange manner, but nobody came and asked about my mission. They must have found me a little unusual, but now, after two years, people come and meet me, and tell me that I am doing a good job. Harjinder Hargharia ❞ the district so that other people could give examples of Hoshiarpur too,” Harjinder stated. While giving an example of the change he witnessed after he started the movement, he shared that Ghanta Ghar in Hoshiarpur was a place where one would often see piles of garbage, but now people have started planting saplings there. “It feels great to see a positive change like this,” he said. Besides, Harjinder has also been donating blood for the last several years. He is also into writing and recently a collection of his poetry titled “Tere mithe bol” was released. His articles also appear in various vernacular dailies. Apart from this, to encourage the youth towards sports and culture, he keeps on organising various tournaments. I have also helped more than 50 needy families in marrying off their daughters. And I would not stop this no matter what the social worker shared.
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