26112020-JTR-01.qxd 11/25/2020 10:40 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE FREIGHT TRAINS SET TO BRING 25L GUNNY BAGS FOR RICE With freight trains having resumed operations, the Food Department will get a supply of 25 lakh gunny bags. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 SONU AIRLIFTS HIS FAN WHO WAS CYCLING FROM BIHAR TO MUMBAI PAGE 3 MALAYALAM FILM JALLIKATTU IS INDIA’S ENTRY FOR OSCARS Cycling all the way, Sonu Sood’s fan from Bihar, Armaan, was on his way to Mumbai to meet Bollywood actor . MAX 22°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:25 PM PAGE 3 Jallikattu has been selected as the official Indian entry in the Best International Feature Film category. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:05 AM THURSDAY | 26 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR 24-yr-old shot dead in salon, 6 booked Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 25 The police have booked six persons for killing a 24year- old youth at a salon in Adampur and grievously injuring another person on Wednesday. Sagar Kataria (24), a resident of Reru, Jalandhar, and Sunil Kumar, a resident of Haripur, were at a salon situated on Truck Union road. Two men wearing masks entered the salon while one of their accomplices waited outside on a motorcycle. The duo started confirming names and as soon as Sagar revealed his identity, the duo fired at him. After the incident, the accused INBRIEF HEALTH CENTRE, PARK IN HARIPUR Jalandhar: Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, Punjab, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, dedicated a renovated subsidiary health centre and Guru Nanak Park at a cost of ~45 lakh in Haripur village, nearly 36 km from district headquarters, to people. Bajwa, accompanied by MLA Shahkot Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia, Additional Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Sarangal said the health centre had been renovated at a cost of ~20 lakh with the support of NRIs and the Guru Nanak Park had been developed worth ~25 lakh. The minister said Haripur had become a model village of the state. TNS POND WATER IRRIGATION PROJECT Kapurthala: To save the ground water from contamination, the state government has selected the Kapurthala Assembly constituency for the pilot project, under which the village ponds would be cleaned and realigned to further use their water for irrigation. The government has also sanctioned ~7.37 crore for the purpose, of which MLA Rana Gurjit Singh and Kapurthala DC Deepti Uppal has distributed grants worth ~1.49 crore to five village panchayats. MLA Rana Gurjit Singh said he had raised the issue with proper plan in the Punjab Assembly two years ago and Finance Minister Manpreet Badal had promised to implement it in Kapurthala. TNS Incident fallout of old rivalry between two groups, say police (From left) Cops carry out probe at the Adampur salon, where 24-year-old Sagar Kataria was shot dead on Wednesday; and the weapon used in the crime. fled from the spot with their accomplice. Revolver used by the accused to commit the crime fell on the road outside the salon as they tried Red flags amid 2nd wave: Experts warn of change in Covid pattern To protest at Ramlila Ground, Jantar Mantar in the national capital Aparna Banerji Ajay Joshi Jalandhar, November 25 With the city Covid numbers rising to 17,310 on Wednesday, and the second wave expected in a matter of days, expert warn citizens of a second wave, which might be mutated or more severe than the previous. A reduced oxygen retaining capacity in the new wave of serious Covid cases has left experts worried. So far, there have been 541 deaths in the district and the deceased include a sizeable number of young people. While the number of Covid patients has rapidly risen in the past few weeks, there is a dramatic rise in the number of deaths as well. However, one of the most bothersome aspects is the severity of symptoms and the death of people with no co-morbidities. The recent deaths of the CDPO’s office staff among others are the case in point. While one of the two assistants who died had only a 43 per cent oxygen saturation levels while being treated at the hospital, his family said he had mild sickness for months. Months after attending his office and weeks after he recuperated from cough, the 50-year-old patient, who finally got his Covid test done, died within 24 hours of getting tested. Mandeep Singh, the deceased’s relative, said: “He was 50-year-old and very active all through the lockdown. Subsequently, he had cough some time ago and saw a local doctor, after which he was diagnosed with typhoid. But when the symptoms died down, he kept going to office again. When I met him a few days ago, I could tell something was wrong with his health. While he kept attending office, disregarding his symptoms and considering these mild, eventually when he was taken to the hospital, he was diagnosed with thirdstage pneumonia. He reported of shortness of breath and died within a day of being hospitalised.” District nodal officer for Covid Dr TP Singh said: “While a majority of the cases are still asymptomatic, it is certain that the oxygen carrying capacity seems to be getting affected in the new wave. A sudden dip in oxygen saturation level of many serious ❝The protest by farmers went on peacefully on Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 25 Despite the Delhi Police denying permission to farmers’ organisations and the Haryana Government sealing the Haryana-Punjab borders to stop them from entering Delhi, hundreds of farmers from around the region commenced with their ‘Delhi Chalo Andolan’. A huge gathering of farmers (on tractor trailers) was witnessed at Phagwara on Wednesday, it later moved towards Delhi. An equal number of farmers under the banner of various farmer outfits from Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr, Kapurthala, Tarn Taran and Phillaur also assembled at Ladhowal toll plaza in Phillaur. Braving the chill, the elderly group of farmers also expressed anger against the controversial farm laws passed by the Centre. “We are aware that the Delhi Police have rejected our requests and threatened us of legal action against our protest in the national capital, but nothing can stop us now. It’s about our rights and we can’t allow the government agents to act as a barrier in safeguarding these,” said Lakhbir Singh (65), a Phillaur-based farmer. Nearly 300 farmers under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Doaba and Rajewal) marched from Wednesday. A posse of police was deployed to keep a check on any untoward incident. The highways were open and farmers were systematically sent to avoid any inconvenience to commuters. ❞ Sanjeev Kumar, SHO, PHILLAUR CONVOY LEAVES FROM LACHOWAL TOLL PLAZA ...ABANDON BEHRAM Hoshiarpur: Protests at the Lachowal toll plaza continued for the TOLL PLAZA AFTER 46th day on the call of 30 farmer organisations against the TWO MONTHS agricultural laws passed by the Central Government. A large convoy of tractor-trailers led by leaders Gurdeep Singh KhunKhun, Omkar Singh Dhami, Randhir Singh Asalpur, Parminder Singh Lachowal, Swarn Singh Dhugga, Parminder Singh Pannu and Harpreet Singh Lali, including a large number of farmers from the area left for Delhi on Wednesday. The farmer leaders in the convoy, Jasvir Singh Chakkowal, Akbar Singh Bure Jattan and Davinder Singh Kakkoan said farmers have prepared for a long struggle and they are taking along two months’ ration, medicines and other essentials for the ‘Delhi March’. He said the news related to the movement will be updated on social media regularly and they have also arranged for WiFi facility for it. A large number of area residents also joined hands together for financial assistance. The residents of Sherpur Katcha, Kothe Jattan, Muradpur Nariala, Dhugga village and Begumpur Jandiala collectively contributed ~1, 03,900 for farmers’ struggle. OC Phagwara to join other farm unions in Ludhiana. Satnam Singh Sunny, general secretary, BKU, said: “Along with ration and supplies for two months, farmers started with their ‘Delhi Chalo 1 coloniser carved out 18 illegal colonies on 105 acres Jalandhar, November 25 A scam has been unearthed by the Building and Roads ad hoc committee. Nirmal Singh Nimma, chairman of the ad-hoc committee, alleged that only one coloniser has carved out as many as 18 illegal colonies on 105 acres in Jalandhar Cantt constituency. Vicky Kalia, a member, said the coloniser only paid ~8 lakh for the same, while more than ~20 crore was due, which he has to pay to the MC’s Town Planning Department. Kalia said there was a possibility that many behind the incident. An FIR has been registered against Simar, a resident of Farmers adamant, head for New Delhi on tractor-trailers Ad-hoc panel unearths scam Tribune News Service to escape from the spot. The police have said gang rivalry may be the reason Haripur, Sheepa and Tanna, both residents of Jandu Saingha, and their three unidentified accomplices under Section 302 of the IPC at Adampur police station. Adampur Deputy Superintedent of Police Harinder Singh said, “A case had been lodged against Sagar in 2019 for thrashing Simar and his associates. This incident is a fallout of an old rivalry. Only two men entered the salon and their accomplices were waiting outside on two bikes. Another motorcycle can also been seen near the spot in in CCTV footage.” Adampur Station House Officer said, “Sagar was shot on head and he died on the continued on page 2 such other colonies were being developed without anyone’s knowledge. “We will go and check the 18 illegal colonies on Thursday and take measurements. Then, we will get to know the actual amount the coloniser has to pay to the MC,” he said. Earlier also, Nimma had raised an issue, in which 82 colonisers had approached the department for the regularisation of colonies from 2013 to 2018, of which 42 were regularised, while the remaining requests were rejected because these did not fulfil the terms and conditions set by the state government. Nimma said 40 colonies were established even after being denied permission by the MC. “This is a big scandal. The 40 colonisers didn’t pay even a penny to the MC during the five years, leading to a loss of around ~6.15 crore to the civic body. On the other hand, the 42 colonies that were regularised, paid only 10 per cent of the total amount and the remaining 90 per cent was still pending. They (42 colonisers who got approval) owe ~2.25 crore to the MC. The total outstanding amount, along with interest, is a whopping ~18 crore,” Nimma said. Andolan’ on around 150 tractor trolleys. If the government tried ceasing our movement, which would end at Ramlila ground and Jantar Mantar in Delhi, it will only bring inconvenience to the general public. No farmer was seen at Behram Toll Plaza, as protesters started with their journey towards New Delhi on Wednesday. Bharatiya Kisan Union (Doaba) along with other unions were protesting at toll plazas for the past two months. Ajaib Singh, one of the protesters at the toll plaza, said it was now or never like situation for them. “We have now started towards the capital and will hold dharnas there. No one can stop us. We are ready for the big fight now. No matter what, we are not going to stop and the Centre will see our strength,” he said. We won’t discontinue with our agitation and will block the national highways. Only the government will be held responsible in causing trouble to commuters.” continued on page 2 RAPE, MURDER OF 6-YEAR-OLD Court to consider accused’s bail plea Our Correspondent THE CASE Hoshiarpur, November 25 The case of rape-murder and burning of the dead body of a 6-year-old girl in a village of Tanda on October 21, was heard on Wednesday in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Neelam Arora through video conferencing. The court fixed December 7 as the next hearing date of the case. Meanwhile, the court heard the arguments over the bail application of the accused and fixed tomor- On October 21, a half-burnt body of a 6-year-old daughter of a migrant labourer, living in a village of Tanda, was recovered from the cattle shed of the accused. The police had arrested Surpreet Singh and his grandfather Surjit Singh after registering an FIR, charging them of rape, murder, criminal conspiracy and destroying the evidence. c m y b row’s date for considering the application. Advocate Naveen Jairath, continued on page 2 Dip in oxygen level, cases without co-morbidities a cause for concern Tribune News Service THREE DIE, 145 TEST POSITIVE IN DISTRICT Jalandhar: With 145 new cases surfacing in Jalandhar on Wednesday, the Covid tally reached the 17,310 mark. Three deaths were also reported, taking the toll to 541. Notably, while there were 17,071 cases in the district on Monday, the past three days alone have seen the district piling up 239 new cases. As many as 15,696 people have been discharged so far. There are 1,073 active cases in district. As many as 696 people are also under home isolation in Jalandhar. Meanwhile in Kapurthala, six people were tested positive for Covid-19. With the cases peaking yet again, the district administration has busied itself with preparations in the anticipation of a second wave. Following testing of staff members at the Gandhi Vanita Ashram after the demise of two CDPO staff assistants due to Covid, the inmates were also tested on Tuesday. While CWC members had raised concerns DISTRICT ROUND-UP Samples collected 3,61,574 Negative 3,24,691 Positive 17,310 Active 1,073 Discharged 15,696 Deceased 541 Sample inappropriate 3,045 Results awaited 3,489 Home isolated 696 over the testing of ashram and shelter home inmates putting up at the Children Home for Girls, Children Home and Observation Home as well as Widows’ Home, DC Ghanshyam Thori had assured their testing. Over 193 inmates of these homes were tested for Covid-19 on Tuesday morning. TNS DC ASKS PVT HOSPITALS TO INCREASE BEDS Jalandhar: DC Ghanshyam Thori on Wednesday exhorted three major private hospitals of the city to increase the bed capacity in their institutions for the level-II and level-III Covid patients at least by 50 per cent. To review the preparedness by the health institutions to deal with the fresh surge of infections, the Deputy Commissioner visited Capitol Hospital, Shrimann Hospital and NHS Hospital and took the stock of the arrangements. Thori said as per experts, the second wave of contagion would be more intense and that the district administration was duty-bound to ensure the availability of an adequate number of beds with ICU facilities and oxygen support to save each and every life. He said Jalandhar had 575 level-II and 253 level-III beds in 51 private hospitals out of which 467 level-II and 192 level-III beds were cases is being witnessed. So much so that ventilator support is sometimes unable to aid recuperation of stabilisation. While the number of still available in these institutions. The Deputy Commissioner said there was a need to increase the bed capacity to deal with the second wave by ensuring quality treatment to patients and reducing mortality. Dr Sandeep Goel from the NHS Hospital said, “We have now 16 level-III beds in the hospital.” He said, “We can scale up the capacity to 70 beds if the second wave of Covid hits in the coming days.” Dr Harnoor Singh Pruthi from Capitol Hospital and Dr VP Sharma from Shrimann Hospital said they would cooperate with the administration to double the level-II and level-III beds capacity in their hospitals. Deputy Medical Commissioner Dr Jyoti Sharma said the administration was constantly in touch with all private hospitals on the Covid-19 board and would tackle the fresh spike of infections effectively. TNS asymptomatic cases is as much as before, the new trend in symptomatic cases is certainly worrisome. It is for continued on page 2
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