11112020-JTR-01.qxd 11/10/2020 10:56 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE INSURANCE COMPANY FINED ~79K FOR DENYING CLAIM The Permanent Lok Adalat has directed New India Assurance Company Ltd to pay compensation to a city resident. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF CM GIVES ~1 LAKH AID TO BEBEJI Jalandhar: In a humanitarian gesture, the Punjab Government on Tuesday provided monetary assistance of ~1 lakh to 70-year-old Kamlesh Kumari, more popularly known as Paranthe Wale Bebeji. Kamlesh Kumari is running a small parantha shop in the Phagwara Gate market in the evening till midnight for about 35 years. Assistant Commissioner (General) Hardeep Singh today visited the house of Kamlesh Kumari in Parkash Nagar locality and handed over the cheque to her on behalf of the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said that following the directions of the Chief Minister, who had announced this financial assistance a few days ago, the district administration had handed over a cheque to her. He mentioned that earlier financial assistance worth ~50,000 was also provided to Kamlesh Kumari from the CSR fund to encourage this elderly entrepreneur. Kamlesh Kumari lauded the government for understanding her concerns and providing her this much-needed help, especially during these trying times. She said that this unforgettable help has come as a succour to her. TNS Hoshiarpur, November 10 The district reported one more Covid-19 fatality on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 224, while 21 new cases pushed the infection count in the district to 6,458. With 1,463 new samples of people with suspected flulike symptoms taken today, total number of samples taken in the district so far has reached to 1,70,324. According to the reports received from the lab, 1,63,406 are negative, while the reports of 1,637 samples are awaited and 133 samples are invalid. Dr Jasvir Singh, Civil Surgeon, informed that the num- LAXMII — A MASALA MIX THAT IS FAR TOO BLAND PAGE 3 As a man possessed by the spirit of a transgender, Akshay Kumar holds the film in the best possible way. MAX 29°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:31 PM AGE IS JUST A NUMBER FOR 57-YEAR-OLD RUPA DIVETIA Rupa Divetia is eagerly looking forward to performing some action in Zee TV's Brahmarakshas 2. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:52 AM WEDNESDAY | 11 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Fear second wave, say students may become carriers and infect others as they will share common facilities AUTHORITIESPEAK Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 10 Though the state government had given its nod on November 5 to reopen colleges and universities outside the containment zones from November 16, the authorities concerned were reluctant to take a call in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. While some universities had allowed post-graduate and PhD scholars to attend institutes, college managements were not keen on calling undergraduates. Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology (NIT) had reopened for MTech and research scholars, but has yet not taken any decision on holding regular classes for BTech students. Students returning to the campus were being screened for the virus. Dr LK Awasthi, Director, NIT, said, “We have already conducted 700 tests of students. We have also opened our hostels for students and are following all precautions.” Lovely Professional University, which has over 25,000 students enrolled, has not taken any call so far. “We do not want to reopen the campus in haste. The biggest chal- DIST+VE COUNT 6,458 DEATH TOLL 224 ACTIVE CASES 200 ber of active cases is 200, while the number of patients who have recovered is 6,034. Out of 21 positive cases reported today, four are related to Hoshiarpur city, 17 belong to various health blocks, while a 63-year-old resident of Lamin village died at CMC Ludhiana. A POSSIBLE WAY OUT... The authorities are hesitant to take the call of resuming colleges and universities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH lenge before us is whether students are ready to rejoin and are their parents willing to send them. Once students rejoin, we also have to open hostels, which itself will be a challenge. We need at least a week’s time to review the situation. Whenever we reopen the campus, we will follow all protocols,” said Aman Mittal, Additional Director, Public Relations (LPU). Managements of private colleges also shared the similar concern. Dr Atima Sharma Dwivedi, Principal, Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, said, “After the government allowed research scholars and post-graduate students to visit laboratories in midOctober, some of our students started coming. However, we are not prepared to call undergraduate students. Once we call students, we While some universities had allowed post-graduate and PhD scholars to attend institutes, college managements were not keen on calling undergraduates. Most colleges have devised a plan to call in a few students on daily basis for their clearing doubts. Aseem Bhardwaj, a BBA-I student, said, “We have been attending online classes since August. Our teachers have allowed us to visit them after taking prior appointment. Whenever we have a doubt related to any topic, we send a message to our teachers who call us to the college. This way, we feel safe and get all the help.” will have to open hostels where they will be using common facilities, including washrooms and mess.” “Day scholars will use public transport and may become Covid-19 carriers. Holding online and offline classes will be doubly taxing on teachers, ~1,850-cr development works approved: Chief Principal Secy Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 10 The Chief Principal Secretary, Suresh Kumar, said the state government had approved development projects worth Rs 1,850 crore of which works on Rs 900 crore were in progress. He said remaining works would also be started and tenders worth Rs 400 crore were in the pipeline. The Chief Principal Secretary was in the city to kickstart the development works at a cost of Rs 161 crore in the Cantonment Assembly segment. He also pointed out that all the projects would be ❝ Works worth ~161 crore have been initiated. These include two sewerage projects of ~68 crore each and two road projects worth ~26.31 crore. ❞ Pargat Singh, JALANDHAR CANTT MLA accomplished within the stipulated time frame, thus paving the way for a major facelift, besides ensuring basic facilities to residents. Jalandhar Cantt MLA Pargat Singh said the project works worth Rs 161 crore were initiated, including two sewerage projects of Rs 68 crore each and two road projects at a cost of Rs 26.31 crore. The MLA further mentioned that these projects would resolve major civic issues. He said installation of 100.66 km-long sewerage line has been started in 11 villages under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation, which would be completed at a cost of Rs 67 crore to provide modern civic amenities to 7,300 households in Subhani, Khambra, Alipur, Sofipind, Rehmanpur, Khusropur, Nangal Karar Khan, Alladinpur, Deep Nagar and Sansarpur. Apart from this, construction of 66-ft road leading towards Partappura from Urban Estate has begun, besides another road from Alipur to Khambra would be completed at a cost of Rs 2.13 crore, he said. Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Shahkot MLA Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowaia, Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja, Principal Secretary of Local Bodies Department Ajoy Sharma, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar and Commissioner MC Karnesh Sharma. Fortunes of handicraftsmen hang in balance, no time for celebrations Artisans feel the pinch as scant number of customers turn up to purchase their articles Ajay Joshi ❝Our preparations for Diwali sales start very Tribune News Service early and almost two months before the celebrations we start collecting artificial pearls, frills, colourful clothes and other raw material. It takes two-three hours to make one set of hanging frills. I am standing here (Rainak Bazaar) since 9.30 am and managed to sell only three in four hours. ❞ Sanjana, A RAJASTHAN-BASED ARTISAN 9.30 am and managed to sell only three in four hours,” says Sanjana, who’s been selling a variety of such pieces for the last five years, We tests of ❝havehave already conducted 700 studentsstudents. We also opened our hostels for and are following all precautions. ❞ the campus in haste. ❝We do not want to reopen whether students areThe biggest challenge before us is Dr LK Awasthi, DIRECTOR, NIT A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MIGRATED ARTISANS Jalandhar, November 10 At this point of the year, Sanjana would start rubbing her hands together, immersed in the thought of customers, buying and eventually emptying her stall of decorative items. Nowadays, the pleasant thought hasn’t crossed her mind, not even once. “Our preparations for Diwali sales kickstart very early and almost two months before the celebrations we start collecting artificial pearls, frills, colourful clothes and other raw materials. It takes two-three hours to make one set of hanging frills embedded with hand bells, anklet bells, shinning mirror pieces and small lanterns and the handiworks vary with creativity. “I am standing here (Rainak bazaar) since PAGE 4 Colleges, universities reluctant to reopen 1 dies, 21 test +ve in Hoshiarpur district Our Correspondent PAGE 2 and has never witnessed a lull as big before. Every year dozens of Rajasthan-based artisans come here during the festi- val season to sell their handicrafts at a better price. The high hopes of expanding their sales have dropped dead to the ground amid the c m y b pandemic. The footfall of customers has reduced greatly compared to previous years. They have had a minimal sale during Dasehra and Navratri. Moreover, the online platforms are threatening to runaway with the profits of the pavement hawkers. “We usually copy the traditional designs and add only the new trappings that change with time. To beautify different kinds of frills, we also fix the Ganesh-Laxmi idol in between,” the 17year-old tells. While she stands outside the shops with the decoratives, her brother persuades people to buy their stock. The whole family, comprising their parents and two more siblings, do the same job amid the festive season. Like them, a large number of the migrated artisans stand on different market areas of chowks to earn at least ~500 a day. Owing to the crowd, Rainak bazaar inside Jyoti chowk is one of the hotspots for the crafters. Native of various villages in Jaipur, these artists consider Jalandhar as their second home — most of them living in the slums of Mithu Basti. Gopali Devi, 40, could mostly be seen lounging about her stall at Tikki Wala chowk these days. She has enough time to revisit the beginning of her journey. “I was trained by my parents and have passed on the baton to my children as well. We have been indulged in the art for generations and when there is no festivity around we sell the traditional Rajasthani jewellery… the college girls love it!” she shares. ready to rejoin and are their parents willing to send them. Once students rejoin, we also have to open hostels, which itself will be a challenge. We need at least a week's time to review the situation. Whenever we reopen the campus, we will follow all protocols. ❞ Aman Mittal, ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS (LPU) scholars ❝After the government allowed researchin mid- and post-graduate students to visit laboratories October, some of our students started coming. However, we are not prepared to call undergraduate students. Once we call students, we will have to open hostels where they will be using common facilities, including washrooms and mess. Dr Atima Sharma Dwivedi, PRINCIPAL, KANYA MAHA VIDYALAYA ❞ which we cannot afford. As of now, we are not reopening our campuses for BTech students,” said Dr Dwivedi. The college principals said they were also wary of the fact that second wave of the Covid-19 was expected around November end. They said they do not want such a situation wherein colleges had to be shut again. They added that as regular Classes for IX to XII in schools were not getting good response, they were not sure if a similar experiment could work for college students. 6 gangsters arrested, eight pistols, ammunition seized Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, November 10 The district police have arrested six gangsters and seized eight pistols, ammunition, cars and motorcycles from them. Giving information during a press conference here on Tuesday, Navjot Singh Mahal, SSP Hoshiarpur, told , mediapersons that the team included Rakesh Kumar, DSP investigation, SHO Bullowal Inspector Pardeep Kumar, SHO Model Town Inspector Karnail Singh and in charge CIA Inspector Shiv Kumar for catching hold of gangsters and notorious snatchers. The SSP said CIA Inspector Shiv Kumar arrested Pranav Sehgal, alias Paru, a resident of Vikas Nagar, Rahon Road, SBS Nagar, and Rajat of Kirti Nagar, Hoshiarpur, from Bassi Maroof. The police recovered two illegal pistols, five live cartridges and a motorcycle from them. An FIR was registered against them under Sections 506 of the IPC and 25 of the Arms Act. The SSP said Pranav Sehgal, who is merely 20 years old, was wanted in a murder case of owner of Sodhi Car Bazaar, Dasuya, and in three cases of attempt to murder registered at SBS Nagar. “One of these cases was of firing on an NRI at SBS Nagar where the night show of Punjabi Singer Sidhu Mossewala was scheduled to be held during a kabaddi cup. However, after this firing incident his show was cancelled. Pranav Sehgal is working under the sinister influence of Rakesh Khatri, alias Sonu Khatri, a resident of Balachaur, who himself is a wanted criminal in many cases”, said the SSP . He said the SHO Bullowal arrested Lucky, a resident of Hoshiarpur, Sunil Kumar, alias Monu Gujjar, a resident of Hajipur village, and Inspector Shiv ❝CIAarrested Pranav Kumar Sehgal, alias Paru, a resident of Vikas Nagar, Rahon Road, SBS Nagar, and Rajat of Kirti Nagar, Hoshiarpur, from Bassi Maroof. The police recovered two illegal pistols, five live cartridges and a motorcycle from them. An FIR was registered against them under Sections 506 of the IPC and 25 of the Arms Act. Navjot Singh ❞ Mahal, SSP HOSHIARPUR Paramjit Singh, alias Pamma, a resident of Naru Nangal, who are close aides of notorius gangster Ravi Balachoria. The police recovered five illegal pistols, 22 live bullets, 50 gm of heroin and a Honda City car from them. An FIR under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act and Section 25 of the Arms Act has been registered against them. The SSP informed mediapersons that Lucky and Monu Gujjar were wanted in attempt to murder and under the NDPS Act case, besides cases of murder and other heinous crimes registered against them, while Pamma was on bail since September 28 in a murder case of a police officer’s son. In a similar operation, SHO Model Town arrested Varinderjeet Singh, alias Sabi, a resident of Bassi Jana police station and recovered an illegal pistol and four live bullets from him. “An FIR under Sections 336 and 506 of the IPC and 25 of the Arms Act has been registered against him. The arrest of the gangsters would also further helpful in tracking, tracing and arresting other big fishes”, said the SSP .
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