13112020-JTR-01.qxd 11/12/2020 10:45 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE IN PICS: REMEMBERING VISIONARY MEN OF YORE PAGE 2 Situated in the middle of the bustling city are the statues of intellectual giants & freedom fighters of an era gone by. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Dist sees 74 new cases, 2 deaths SUNSET FRIDAY 5:32 PM ACTIVE FIRE INCIDENTS District 2018 Jalandhar 1,081 Kapurthala 652 Hoshiarpur 168 Nawanshahr 207 Tribune News Service 2019 1,512 1,333 295 265 2020 1,749 1,616 399 190 #last 3 yrs’ satellite data from Sep 21 to Nov 11 PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Watery, itchy eyes? Blame it on farm fires JALANDHAR +VE COUNT 15,963 DEATH TOLL 493 ACTIVE CASES 698 12 infected in Kapurthala In Kapurthala, 12 people tested positive for the Covid-19 disease. The district also reported two deaths due to the virus. 30 test +ve in Hoshiarpur The number of positive patients increased to 6507 after 30 new people tested positive in Hoshiarpur district. They include nine cases from Hoshiarpur and 21 from various health blocks of the district. No death due to Covid was reported on Thursday. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasvir Singh said after 1563 new samples taken today, the number of samples taken in the district has reached 1,73,228 so far. Of these, 1,66,190 were negative, while the reports of 1,716 were awaited and 133 were invalid. So far, there have been 226 deaths due to Covid. The number of active cases is 189, while the number of patients who have recovered is 6,092. — OC Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 12 It’s been quite a few days when city residents are waking up to a thick blanket of smog. Driving, especially for two-wheeler riders, has become a task. Two-wheeler riders were the worst hit on Thursday, as most of them said they faced a burning sensation in their eyes. Some said their eyes had become watery after sitting out in the open for a short while. Divya Sethi, a young city woman, said: “I was out with my two friends for some work on my scooter. We went around the city just for 30 minutes in the afternoon. When we reached home, all of us felt a lot of discomfort, with our eyes getting watery for good 5-10 minutes. We got relief only after we washed our eyes.” Experts blame it largely on allergens and pollutants. As per the data of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, farm fires have been on the rise since the past three years from September 21 to November 11 (Kharif season). As per the satellite data, there were only 1,081 farm fires in 2018 in Jalandhar district. The figure jumped to 1,512 in 2019 and 1,749 this year. The data clearly shows that the attempts of the Agriculture Department and the PPCB to raise aware- POSTCARDS FROM PUNJAB CHRONICLES BEST FROM STATE Sonu Sood had earlier said he was writing a book recounting his experience of helping migrants during lockdown. MAX 28°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 12°C Jalandhar, November 12 The district on Thursday witnessed 74 fresh cases of Covid-19. With the new cases, the district tally has risen to 15,963. The district also reported two deaths due to the contagion. As many as 14,772 patients have been discharged in the district so far. Now, there are 698 active cases while 401 patients are under home isolation in the district. PAGE 3 SONU’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY I AM NO MESSIAH TO RELEASE IN DEC RESIDENTSPEAK I was out with my two friends for some work on my scooter. We went around the city just for 30 minutes in the afternoon. When we reached home, all of us felt a lot of discomfort, with our eyes getting watery for good 5-10 minutes. We got relief only after we washed our eyes. Divya Sethi, A CITY RESIDENT ❝ ❞ DOCTORSPEAK burning the eyes largely ❝Theallergens sensation caused innumber ofiseye due to and pollutants. The allergy cases was very low during the lockdown as compared to these days. The best home remedy for this is to use cold sponges or some coolants on the eyes. If it persists for long and is unbearable, the patient should consult a doctor. Dr Balbir Singh Bhaura, AN EYE SPECIALIST ❞ ness against stubble burning have fallen flat so far. In Kapurthala, there were 652 farm fires in 2018, which rose to 1,333 in 2019 and further up to 1,616 this year. Even Hoshiarpur saw a steady rise from 168 incidents in 2018 to 295 in 2019 and 399 cases this year. Nawanshahr has so far been the only district of Doaba, which has seen a fall in the number of farm fire cases. There were 207 fire incidents in 2018 in Nawanshahr, which increased to 265 in 2019 and have remained low at 190 this year. Environmentalist Balbir S Seechewal said: “I fail to understand why farmers are hell bent on destroying the soil of their own fields, killing farmer friendly organisms and affecting the health of their own family and children by continuing to set their fields on fire. I also fail to understand why families are still buying crackers from the market when our whole atmosphere is getting suffocated due to smog. Why can’t people, who think they have surplus money to waste on crackers, use it for planting trees and for the welfare of needy? We have lived in a confinement for months owing to Covid. Why do farmers and others want to go into a yet another self-inflicted confinement due to pollution that, too, in the times of a pandemic?” PAGE 4 National Geographic will telecast a documentary series titled Postcards from Punjab on Nov 14 and 15 at 8 pm. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:58 AM FRIDAY | 13 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR 83 food samples seized during drive FOOD ADULTERATION Health team destroys 75-kg coloured sweets in Kapurthala Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 12 A Health Department team, led by Harjot Pal Singh, Assistant Commissioner, Food, and Food Safety Officers Satnam Singh and Mukul Gill, has seized 83 food samples during the checking drive which is on for the last over a month. The samples mainly included sweets and dairy products from different parts of the district to check adulteration in food items. The team has also destroyed about 75 kg of coloured sweets (prepared using unpermitted food colours). They have also Police recover ~3.78 L looted from bank Hoshiarpur, November 12 The police have recovered ~3.78 looted from the Punjab & Sind Bank branch at Bhagowal here on September 4. The police recovered the money after they extracted this information from two accused involved in bank robberies in the district by bringing them on production warrant from Tihar Jail in Delhi. Also, the case of robbery of ~80,000 from Gram Suvidha Kendra (money changer) at Rehana Jattan village has also been solved. SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said the team recovered the amount from accused Satpal Singh, alias Satta, and Gurinder Singh, alias Ginda, both residents of Ludiyani. Both were also involved in UCO bank branch robbery case, in which they and three others had looted ~5.97 lakh from a bank branch based at Kalra village in Adampur (Jalandhar) on October 15. In this robbery, the bank guard was shot dead. They were arrested on November 3 by the Crime Branch, Delhi. Mahal said the district police brought the duo from Tihar Jail and after their interrogation, they recovered ~3.78 lakh and scooters used in the crime. — OC DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN ALUMINUM & SILVER LEAF As the Food Department has been checking the use of aluminum leaf instead of silver leaf on sweets, they have also given a useful tip to residents to detect it by themselves. When kept on the palm of a hand and rubbed with a finger of the other hand, the silver leaf gradually vanishes away, but the aluminum leaf turns into a ball. checked cold stores and other such places that are likely to be used to store sweets and has also checked railway stations to check the arrival of khoya or other such items likely to be transported from other states. All food business operators, particularly those dealing in milk, sweets and milk products, were directed to ensure the usage of quality raw material and prepare food items under hygienic condition. The Assistant Commissioner, Food, sought cooperation from all Food Business Operators so that safe, pure and healthy sweets and other food items were made available to the general public during the festive season and festivals were celebrated in its true spirit. The team said the drive was being carried out under the directions of state Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu and Commissioner Food and Drug Administration, Kumar Rahul. Meetings have been held with the representatives of sweet shops, dairies and other food business operators at various places of the district, in Phagwara, Kapurthala city, Kala Sanghian, Sidhwan Dona, Sultanpur Lodhi and Subhanpur. There’s no stopping them even during a pandemic! Heavy rush at a market on the occasion of Dhanteras in Jalandhar on Thursday. SARABJIT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 12 The ongoing pandemic seemed to have had no impact on people flocking to buy utensils, gold and automobiles on Dhanteras. The city markets remained chock-a-block as people came out in large numbers to buy stuff for home for the festive season. All markets, including Rainik Bazaar, Sheikhan Bazaar, Atari Bazaar, Bartan Bazaar, Phagwara Gate market and Model Town, remained jam-packed with two-wheeler riders finding it hard to maneuver ahead. Amit Mittal of Lovely Autos said Covid has had absolutely no impact on the sales of vehicles. “Our sales were even better than the last year. In 2019, we sold 150 cars and 200 bikes, but this year the sales jumped to 200 cars and 300 motorbikes. Most orders were for Brezza and Bajaj Platina.” Even as the gold price were on the higher side on Thursday, compared to the past few days touching ~51,000, it did not have much impact on buyers, who turned up in large numbers at jewellery shops. In utensils, coppercoated kitchenware and grills remained the hot selling items. Grappling with challenges, her school saw a dramatic rise in admissions Gurinderjit Kaur, Principal, Nehru Garden Girls Sr Sec School, shares how crisis-hit time couldn’t curtail the enrolments ACADEMICS IN PANDEMIC I N 2010 when she became the Principal of the Nehru Garden Girls Senior Secondary School, it had only 1,394 students. Today, the number has risen to 2,835. Gurinderjit Kaur heads one of the most progressive government schools in the district. Grappling with the same challenges as all other institutions did during the pandemic, her school saw a dramatic hike of over 1,100 students even then. However, the Covid comes with its own set of troubles for education sector as many students refrained from coming to school, dwindling economies especially in the middle and lower middle class, and the tedious shift to digital education. Even amid Covid, the school has continued striving for quality education. Teachers began mobilising efforts for admissions as early as January. Online classes are being held regularly. No doubt it has an illustrious list of Alumni, including Arjuna Awardee athlete Manjeet Kaur, IAS officer Kanishka Sharma and Indian Postal Services officer Disha Pannu. In conversation with Aparna Banerji, she divulges about the milestone achieved and problems being faced nowadays. THE TRIBUNE INTERVIEW very dedicated. Every year they ❝Our teachers are January for admissions. During visit students right in the crisis, teachers have been in touch with parents and have been mobilising them to ensure wards' education and now to send them to school. We are also helping many even after passing out. The school mobilised money for a former student who made it to NIT Jalandhar recently. ❞ The fact that it is a government school, how have you managed such a big number? I have always believed the student strength of any school depends a lot on goodwill. It was 2,559 last year, increased to 2,835 this year despite 850 outgoing students of Class XII. In fact we have been consistently working on admissions each year because every year a sizeable number of Class XII students go out. We have consistently been producing state toppers every year. At least two to three merit positions and Gurinderjit Kaur, PRINCIPAL, NEHRU GARDEN GIRLS’ SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL many students scoring above 80 per cent marks. Our teachers are diligent and students have bagged amazing placements not to mention a list of illustrious Alumni. So, naturally when hefty fee caused many to opt out of private education, ours was the first choice. What are the major challenges Covid posed? While digital classes had been started early on, staff and stu- dents have been apprehensive about schools opening. Our prime concern was their health. The pandemic indeed caused a great set back. With general reports of some students opting out of education due to digital classes, we did a lot of brainstorming to ensure we retain our students and how to start classes again in the smoothest fashion. We commenced with caution and all proper protocol; attendance at first was thin but grad- c m y b ually picked up pace with the school even seeing 100 students attending some days ago. However, it has dipped again. On Tuesday, only 19 students came. Hopefully things will get better with time. How are online sessions faring amidst regular classes? Our teachers continue online classes as usual. There has not been any break as majority of the students are attending classes from home. There is also an attitude among some that they don't need to come to school provided online lessons are there. However, teachers make sure they diligently lend sessions to those who are unable to make it, especially those who have no means to come. Side by side physical classes are also being held separately regardless of the number of students. Given most of the government school students are from underprivileged sections. Does this pose problems in the pandemic? A majority of our students are financially weak as is the case with any government school. We have to counsel many to come. Teachers keep checking with them. It is true that digital classes are difficult for some. Another problem is the fares they have to pay for auto-rickshaws since many students come from far, the prices pose a problem. Amid the pandemic, the charges have been hiked to ~20. So, their fami- lies can't afford to pay ~40 per day for transportation. Some even stay farther in the land and have to pay over ~40 on a daily basis. So, how is the school managing equal education amid these troubles? Our teachers are very dedicated. Every year they visit students right in January for admissions. During the crisis, teachers have been in touch with parents and have been mobilising them to ensure wards' education and now to send them to school. We are also helping many even after passing out. The school mobilised money for a former student who made it to NIT Jalandhar recently. While she couldn't pay college admission fee, teachers pitched in with money from their own pockets and some NGOs also provided help after the school hit hard times. We have an illustrious list of doctors, engineers, UPSC and IAS candidates among students who made it big.
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