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SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:57 AM MONDAY | 16 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Air quality worsens post-Diwali Residents burst crackers all day and late into night violating 2-hour time limit Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service FOUR INJURED IN BUS-CAR MISHAP Garhshankar: Four persons, including a couple and their son, were injured in a road accident that occurred near Badesaron village on the HoshiarpurChandigarh road as the car they were travelling in collided with a bus. The bus driver also suffered minor injuries. The Chandigarh bound CTU bus hit a car near Badesaron village as the car driver had suddenly turned the vehicle towards the village. The bus driver turned the bus sharply and it stopped hitting a tree and in the process he also suffered minor injuries. All passengers had a narrow escape. The injured have been identified as car driver Pawan Kumar, his wife Preeti Kumari, and son Rihan. They have been admitted to the Civil Hospital. OC THREE BOOKED IN FIRING INCIDENT Jalandhar: A firing incident was allegedly reported at Sangat Singh Nagar on late Friday Night. The incident took place outside the house of gangster Kalu, who was arrested for Jassa Murder Case. Kalu’s parents reportedly had a minor escape after the bullets were fired by 2-3 assailants at their house. On the statement of Kalu's mother, the police have registered a case against Prince, alias Billa, a resident of Tilak Nagar, Gurpreet Gopi and Prince Randhawa. The police informed that the incident took place around 11.30 pm. As per statements of the family members, the assailants first knocked on the door of their house and when they didn't open it, they opened fire on the gate. However, none was hurt in the incident. TNS Jalandhar, November 15 The air quality index deteriorated this Diwali in the city as compared to the previous year. Unlike the air quality index levels of 282 last Diwali, the air quality index this year reached 328, which is marked as very poor air quality posing several health risks. The city witnessed the violation of time limit with residents bursting crackers all day and late into night much past the time limit of 8 pm to 10 pm fixed for bursting crackers. Stubble fires coupled with vehicular and cracker pollution made it one of the most polluted Diwalis witnessed in recent times. Simultaneously, the air quality in the district also took a turn for the worse with haze enveloping the city on Saturday and Sunday. Showers in the afternoon brought some respite from the choking pollution. Unlike last year, a huge rush was witnessed at the Burlton Park around the Diwali festival this year. People in large numbers converged on the park to burst Thick smog engulfed the city affecting visibility on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH 14 FIRS REGISTERED FOR DEFYING CRACKER BAN IN DISTRICT ■ As many as 14 FIRs were filed in the district against people defying the cracker timelines in the district. While hundreds of people defied the SC guidelines on the issue, police teams remained on toes to keep a check on violators. ■ While similar restrictions have also been placed on bursting crackers on Gurpurb, Christmas and New Year, the police said they would be preventing firecrackers. Streets, thoroughfares, housing societies, etc, were found littered with cracker waste. At many places, crackers like used violations with awareness and enforcement. ■ Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, "On Diwali, 14 FIRs were registered. As many people burst firecrackers, on future festivals the police will be keeping a watch on violators and enforcing the SC guidelines punishing offenders wherever needed. Challans for not wearing masks were also issued." shells of rockets and anaar, bomb and chakri stubs lay in the middle of streets. Crackers were also burst on Sunday by many after it stopped raining in the evening. The ambient air quality also worsened this Diwali. From 282 ug/m3 last Diwali, PM 2.5 (fine particulate matter) rose to 328 ug/m3 this year; PM 10 (minute particulate matter) rose from 236 ug/m3 last Diwali to 304 ug/m3 this year, NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) rose from 19 ug/m3 last Diwali to 30 ug/m3 yesterday and O3 (troprospheric or bad ozone) rose from 10 ug/m3 last year to 22 ug/m3 this year. Kuldeep Singh, Environmental Engineer, Jalandhar, said, “The air quality in Jalandhar has indeed worsened this year. Both firecrackers and stubble burning is responsible for the scenario. Unfortunately, from Delhi to Lahore, the AQI index is very bad. Stubble fires from Pakistan also impact air quality here. A sources apportionment study of six cities in the state is also being conducted to nail the specific cause for the air quality going bad. It will point to the primary causes resulting in bad air – be it stubble fires, firecrackers, vehicular pollution or industries. IIT Delhi will submit a report on the issue by December 31. We will be in a better position then, to ascertain why the air quality has gone so bad.” Covid norms thrown to the wind, cases spike Jalandhar, November 15 There has been a consistent rise in the Covid-19 positive cases in the last few days. For nearly a month, cases were reported between 70 and 100, however, 113 cases were reported in Jalandhar on November 13 (a day before Diwali) and 111 positive cases on Sunday. With these 111 cases, the district tally reached 16,253, which stood at 14,517 on October 16. On November 14, 66 cases were reported. In the last one month, 1,736 cases had been added to the district tally. The toll was 458 till October 16, which reached 5 deaths, 111 fresh cases reported 503 on November 15. The death tally was 498 on November 13, which increased to 503 on November 15. Crowded markets, people roaming without masks and defying social distancing norms became common during the festive season. The police drive against violators failed to deter people from staying indoors. Around Diwali, markets, malls and religious places witnessed massive rush. At some places, crowd surpassed even previous years. Jams were witnessed on almost every stretch as shoppers thronged markets. Crowd, pollution and winter led to surge in the virus as it was warned about by experts. As positive cases have increased drastically in Delhi, similar fear persists in Jalandhar as well. TP Singh, Nodal Officer, Covid (Jalandhar), said, “There has been increase in cases in the last few days. But one can’t say that a peak will be witnessed imme- diately after Diwali. We will have to wait a week or so to see whether festive crowd leads to increase in cases. At present, we have witnessed some increase in cases. However, it is too early to predict whether there will be a peak in winter.” “It is true that many people threw caution to the winds during the festive season. An unprecedented amount of people thronged markets. It is important that people abide by the protocol with due care. Many don’t even pay attention and roam around without masks. An intelligent citizenry plays pivotal role in keeping the virus at bay,” he said. — TNS The ill-fated car that caught fire after colliding with a tree in Hoshiarpur. 2 lawyers burnt alive as their car catches fire after hitting a tree Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, November 15 A senior advocate and former BJP district president, Bhagwant Kishore Gupta and his junior advocate Geetu Khullar, alias Sia Khullar, were burnt alive in a road accident last night when their car caught fire after colliding with a tree. Since the central locking system of the car failed so they could not come out and escape and were burnt alive. Gupta had earlier served as Deputy Advocate General, Punjab. People living near the accident site told the police that they had come out of their houses after hearing the horn of a car blowing continuously for long and saw the car in flames. SP RPS Sandhu, Model Town SHO Karnail Singh, along with police party, reached the spot and informed the fire brigade. The team reached the spot and extinguished fire with much difficulty. Later, two badly charred bodies were found in the car. SP RPS Sandhu told the MY COVIDEXPERIENCE Life isn’t all sunshine & rainbows ‘I wielded pen to share Gruelling schedules for anaesthetists as they handle critical cases my encounter with virus’ NEW N RMAL P Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 15 While the Civil Hospital here is among the best-equipped district government facilities with 18 ventilators, it has also been one of the busiest. In the scenario, the anaesthetists have been the most important frontliners involved in tackling the Covid. In the nine months of the pandemic wave a team of 12 has been involved in handling the most critical of patients — those who require ventilators. As many as 150 to 200 patients have required a ventilator, of whom, majority were put on non-invasive ventilators. Amidst the pandemic, a life marked by extreme protocols and isolation from family and a hectic schedule, has left little breathing space for these doctors. Dr Paramjit, anesthetist, Civil Hospital Jalandhar, said, “At the hospital, we have been providing level-3 Covid care since day one. Our medical care is on par with the medical college facilities in the state. Since the first patient who died taking treatment on Anaesthetists have been the most important frontliners involved in tackling the Covid. TRIBUNE PHOTO invasive ventilator, there has been no looking back.” Of the 12 anaesthetists, majority suffered from fever, cough or minor illnesses during the peak time of Covid. One of them also had bronchial asthma. Having braved all the odds, they stayed put amidst gruelling schedules. The facility at present has 18 ventilators, four HFNCOs (High Flow Non-Invasive Cannula Oxygen Therapy) and six BiPap machines (used for facilitating breathing), Jalandhar has had a steady stream of critical patients needing ventilator care. As of now, five of the patients need invasive and non-invasive ventilators. The doctor added, “Earlier, we had ten. But the district administration provided us equipment whenever need arose. We are the best equipped district government facility in the state.” Dr Neelkant, another anesthetist, sanitises even keys before he enters his home. “Both my father and mother have respiratory problems. Our lives have totally changed from March 22 onwards as we are doing duties continuously. In the beginning it felt very tricky but now we are used to it.” He doesn’t even meet his young daughter until he has sanitised each and everything, taken a bath and changed clothes. As many as 70 per cent of the Covid patients were diabetics, 10 per cent had kidney diseases and many were already suffering from lung diseases or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). This doesn’t stop here. “We got at least 25 to 40 snake bite cases as well and grappled with Covid cases side by side. With the approaching peak, we are on our guard. The most gruelling time was between September 10 and 30 when the district saw as many as 45 cases,” Dr Paramjit said. c m y b ROF AJAY SHARMA (60) is a renowned Hindi novelist. A BAMS by qualification, he is also a playwright. He contracted Covid-19 in mid-September. Sharing his experience, he said, “I got fever, which lasted 10 days. I undertook a typhoid test, which came out negative. It was on September 26 that I felt some trouble in my chest and I got admitted to a private hospital. They immediately tested me for Covid and positive report came out the next day.” Four of my six family members came out to be positive. My two sons and their wives also tested positive while my wife and my grandson tested negative. My sons and their wives only got mild fever, which got over soon, but they remained isolated at home for 16 days in their respective rooms. I was taken care of quite well in the hospital and returned after seven days. My medical care cost me around ~1.75 lakh. Even after I came back, I was told to stay quarantined at home for 10-12 days in my room and did not step out of the house for more than 40 days. Ever since March, I was a little conscious of not contracting the disease. So, I confined myself to my home and went out rarely, may be just four-five times. It was my wife who being a pharmacist at the ESI Hospital was going out everyday and was at the risk of contracting the disease. But ironically, she remained safe and I contracted the virus. It was perhaps because of the fact that she was very particular about following the health guidelines, removing shoes outside and taking bath immediately after reaching home. During all this while, it was my wife who came under a lot of work pressure, but she Prof Ajay Sharma has started working on a Hindi novel, the title of which will be Covid-19 positive, kamra number 909 handled it very boldly. Since all our helpers were gone for a good time, it was she who was keeping the house clean, doing all the dishes, cooking food and even washing clothes. While doing all this, she also had to take care of our grandson. Having written three plays during the lockdown, I have started working on a Hindi novel, the title of which will be ‘Covid-19 positive, kamra number 909’. I am still in the process of conceiving the complete plot of the story to give it the most interesting narration. (As told to Deepkamal Kaur) media at around 10.30 pm, it was reported that a car had caught fire at the said place. The police reached the spot and informed the fire brigade. It took around two hours to extinguish the fire. The bodies were completely charred and could not be identified. Later, the car’s ownership was traced from its chassis and engine numbers. Based on this information, the identity of the woman advocate was confirmed and later the advocate Gupta’s identity was also confirmed. SP Sandhu said Advocate Bhagwant Kishore Gupta, along with his Assistant Advocate Sia, was returning after sharing gifts on the night of Diwali. As they turned towards Chandigarh from the bypass, the car rammed into a roadside tree and caught fire. He said investigation into the accident was currently going on. SHO Model Town, Karnail Singh said the case is being investigated after recording the proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. Come Nov 25, fly for Mumbai from Adampur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 15 While Adampur-Delhi air service would resume from November 20 after a halt of around eight months, Spice Jet has announced to operate a direct flight (90-seater plane) to Mumbai from November 25. The flight would take around three hours to reach its destination. The airfare for an economy class would be Rs 4,197, which would depend on route, booking time and availability. An official of the Spice Jet said, “All the norms of the Ministry of Civil Aviation will be followed in the flight to avoid the spread of the Covid19. The online booking for the flight has been initiated.” “The Mumbai-bound flight (SG 2402) will take off from Mumbai around 10.05 am and will land at Adampur airport at 1.35 pm. After a halt of 30 minutes, the flight will commence its journey at 2.05 pm and reach Mumbai at 5.25 pm.” While the flight will operate throughout the week, the schedule of the Delhi-bound flight has been reduced to three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The authorities announced that AdampurJaipur air services, which were scheduled to commence in March, would remain cancelled for the time being.
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