28112020-JTR-01.qxd 11/27/2020 11:11 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE ‘DON’T DISCOURAGE CHILDREN FROM SPEAKING PUNJABI’ PAGE 2 Director Public Instructions (secondary education) issues circular highlighting complaints being received. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY 4 succumb to virus, 157 test positive in dist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 27 With 157 new cases, the Covid tally reached 17,628 in the district. Four deaths were also reported due to the virus, taking the toll to 548. The active cases in the district have climbed up to 1,260. As many as 817 people are also under home isolation in Jalandhar at present. Meanwhile in Kapurthala, 11 people tested positive for Covid-19. PAGE 3 RICHA CHADHA WINS PETA’S BEST VEGAN STYLE ICON AWARD WHAT’S GENDER GOT TO DO WITH LOVE, QUESTIONS NIKHITA GANDHI Richa has always worked towards green environment and bringing in the need for cruelty-free clothing. MAX 24°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:24 PM MTV Beats Love Duet’s new song, Khud Ko Hi Paake, is a poetic representation of self-discovery and the power of love. SUNRISE SUNDAY 7:07 AM Sultanpur Lodhi braces up to host 10 lakh devotees District admn ‘ready’, taking measures for strict adherence to Covid protocol 2 die, 14 test positive in Hoshiarpur The number of positive patients increased to 6,896 with 14 people testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday in the district. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasvir Singh said the samples of 1,670 people with suspected flu-like symptoms were also taken on Friday and the total number of samples taken till date of Covid-19 in the district has reached 1,91,941. According to reports received from the lab, 1,84,215 are negative, while the reports of 2,128 samples were still awaited and 133 samples were invalid. Dr Singh said with the death of two more patients, the toll increased to 250. He said the number of active cases is 168, while the number of patients who have recovered has increased to 6,478. Of today’s 14 cases, five are from the city, while the remaining are from different health blocks. — OC SATURDAY | 28 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR MY COVIDEXPERIENCE I ‘Have faith in God and your doctor’ N the month of August, I was having fever and despite medication it was not decreasing. Initially, it was diagnosed as viral fever and then it turned out to be typhoid. Though the treatment went on, the fever did not come down and then platelet count started falling. Despite all efforts of docI lost tors, neither fever was around 9 kg weight decreasing nor cough. Xray and scanning were got during this period. As I done and reports were was experiencing the sent to the PGI, Chandi- effects of Covid-19, I garh, where some spots were seen in the lungs and decided to share my then I got myself tested experience to create for the Covid-19 contagion awareness among the report of which came others over telephone. out positive. On September 1, I was With all my sufferings admitted to the PGI, and experience with Chandigarh, and the first the virus, I learnt that it three days were too diffiwas utmost important cult. I was almost unconscious and ate almost to have firm faith in the nothing and the weak- Almighty and in your ness was so immense doctor. The doctor's that I couldn't get up. Luckily, my oxygen level advice and the was normal and the doc- government tors attending to me were instructions must be too kind and caring and followed and one must performed their duty keep a positive diligently. Staying there for eight attitude. days and after much Avinash Rai Khanna, EX-BJP MP improvement in my condition, I returned home. My wife also tested positive for the virus and was in home isolation already. It took around a month for me to completely recover. During these days, we kept ourselves busy in reading holy scriptures. We read the Bhagavad Gita and recited Ramcharitmanas together. My diabetes had worsened and sugar levels were high and I was feeling extremely weak. I lost around 9 kg weight during this period. As I was experiencing the effects of Covid-19, I decided to share my experience to create awareness among others over telephone, so that they may save themselves from contracting the virus and also to those who were suffering from it. I used to talk over the phone to boost their morale. With all my sufferings and experience with the virus, I learnt that it was utmost important to have firm faith in the Almighty and in your doctor. The doctor's advice and the government instructions must be followed and one must keep a positive attitude. ❝ JALANDHAR ROUND-UP Samples collected 3,69,722 Negative 3,31,900 Positive 17,628 Active 1,260 Discharged 15,820 Deceased 548 Sample inappropriate 3,104 Results awaited 3,535 Home isolated 817 Devotees march from Seechewal to Sultanpur Lodhi during the nagar kirtan held to mark the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on Friday. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 27 With nearly 10 lakh devotees expected at Sultanpur Lodhi during the 551st Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev, ambitious preparation of the event have begun in the district. With the city bracing up for a huge inflow of devotees amid the pandemic, the district administration is also taking special measures to make sure Covid protocol is strictly adhered to. Six Smart City projects will be inaugurated by the CM at the holy city of Sultanpur Lodhi on November 30. Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal said: “Five of the projects are related to the Smart City project launched last year. Under the solar rooftop project, buildings of Government Boys School at Sultanpur Lodhi, Civil Hospital, Daman Mandi, BDPO office and three other buildings will be covered with solar power plants. We also plan to include the upcoming DAC complex into solar grid paneling in the next phase. The sew- HIGHLIGHTS ■ 10 lakh devotees to be expected at holy city ■ 6 parking spaces to be made available on all roads to Sultanpur Lodhi ■ Digital Health checks-ups at entrances ■ 50 hand-wash stations, sanitisers to be provided ■ Health check-posts to provide free Covid tests ■ 80 auto-rickshaws to ferry pilgrims to gurdwara from parking spaces ■ 50,000 masks to be distributed by administration. GURPURB: PROJECTS TO BE INAUGURATED BY CM ■ Conservation of Quila Serai Project under Smart Cities Mission ~6.52 Cr ■ Setting up of Grid Tied Rooftop Solar Power Plants at seven government ~125.37 lakh buildings in Sultanpur Lodhi ■ Construction of Smart Anganwadis at Govt Sr Secondary School (Boys), ~45 lakh Sultanpur Lodhi ■ Construction of Govt Sr Secondary School (Boys), Sultanpur Lodhi as Smart School ~950.90 lakh ~20 crore ~3 crore ■ Construction of two Sewage Treatment Plants (1 MLD and 4 MLD) ■ Construction of New Tehsil Complex in Sultanpur Lodhi erage treatment plants of 2 and 4 MLD shall improve the sewage disposal mechanism of the city, while work is also being done to renew sewage lines in Kapurthala city, which presently need work. Meanwhile, the Qila Serai project will see a total refurbishment of the outer building in the first phase. In the next phase, the inner building shall be worked upon. The idea is to develop it into a tourist hub.” On measures to be taken to keep Covid at bay amid the arrival of lakhs of devotes, the DC said: “We are expecting 3 to 5 lakh devotees on November 30, while 4 lakh more are expected to arrive on other days. So, in anticipation of about 10 lakh or so devotees, a detailed set up has been ensured to ensure strict adherence to Covid protocol. Hand-washing stations have been set up at key pandals and major stations, where celebrations shall take place. Masks and sanitisers shall be provided to the public at all stations. Devotees shall be screened at all entrances with digital thermometers and health check-posts. Free testing of devotees shall also be available at all health checkposts. A team of 100 volunteers has also be deputed to ensure all devotes are made to sit as per social distancing protocol at the pandal.” A provision of 50 hand-wash stations has been made and 50,000 masks shall be distributed among devotees. In addition, six parking lots have been set up on all roads to Sultanpur Lodhi, 80 auto-rickshaws shall ferry pilgrims to the gurdwara from the parking lots, temporary toilets have been made at many places and pandals have also been set up for devotees. The celebrations will begin from November 28 and go on till November 30. Akhand path will also be held at Sultanpur Lodhi from 10 am on Saturday. ❞ (As told to Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi) At 16, she is already an author of 2 books NIT prof among top ‘LOCKDOWN’ POEM... Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Kapurthala, November 27 She started penning short stories when she was barely 10. At 14, she authored a book ‘The best I can do is to write my heart out’ — a collection of 60 poems. Now 16, Harsimran Kaur, a student of Cambridge International School here, has two books to her credit; second one being a fiction book titled ‘I am perfectly imperfect’. Ask her how she could do it at such a small age, she responds, “I have been an avid reader since my childhood. I have enjoyed reading books authored by Mark Twain and Raold Dahl. At 10, when I wrote my first short story, I got a lot of encouragement from my parents and teachers to write more. Ever since then, I have developed a unique relationship with writing.” Harsimran says that her visit to the portal ‘Notionpress’ also nudged her interest. “I saw how young writers PAGE 4 Now that the libraries are locked, they can’t lock the freedom of my mind. Now that the whole city is locked, they can’t lock my whole body possessing my soul. Now, that the parks are locked; they can’t lock my lively spirit. Now that everything appears locked, relationships are not yet locked…my home is not locked. were encouraged to write more on the digital platform. In fact, my second book that got released in August 2019 had come out in the digital format. I also started using @harsimranwritesbooks on social media for reaching out to more readers,” says the budding writer, who also penned a poem named ‘ Lockdown’ in Covid days. Her father Jagtar Singh Mand, a government school teacher, and mother Davinder Kaur say, “Harsimran is writing most of the time and when she is not, you can find her buried beneath piles of books. Our daughter is indeed a gifted child. She is a very keen learner and expresses her love towards various subjects like literature and history. She loves to educate others about the importance of education and considers former First Lady of the US Michelle Obama as her idol.” About her aim, Harsimran shares, “I want to move abroad after my class XII. I wish to study more about American or British English. I wish to continue my passion in writing but I am still not sure if I will pursue it as my profession.” A student of humanities, she is also founder of “Pastlores” — an online history club where she connects with people and researchers across the globe and discusses about various elements of history. She has currently written two drafts which are yet to be published and is halfway through the draft of another book which she classifies as near eastern civilizations’ history. She is also researching about Mesopotamian civilization, under her unnamed new project and publishing of a research paper is on cards too. c m y b 2% scientists in world Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 27 Prof Balbir Singh Kaith of Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology has been ranked among top two per cent scientists in the world as per Stanford University of the US. The recognition has come on account of extensive research work he has pursued. Prof Kaith, who is head of chemistry department, has published 250 papers in various national and international journals of repute. Prof Kaith has been a recipient of the Indian Council Chemists Award 2018, Best Teacher Award 2018, HIM Science Congress Fellow of the year Award 2013-2014, NIT Hamirpur Commendation Award 2003 and ICASNew Delhi Chapter (IOC) Excellence in Science Award. In addition, his research Prof Balbir Singh Kaith, who is head of chemistry department, has published 250 papers in various national and international journals of repute group got the Golden Paper Award, Young Chemist Award, Young Scientist Award and Best Paper Award. Prof Kaith joined NIT, Jalandhar, in 2007. Before this, he served at NIT, Hamirpur, for around 16 years. He served at NIT, Jalandhar, in the capacity of Dean Planning and Development, Registrar, Dean Students Welfare and Dean Academic. Prof Kaith also served as the visitor’s nominee (President of India’s nominee) from March 2017 to March 2020 in Selection Boards for faculty positions in NITs. He has the honour of chairing sessions in many national and international conferences. He has guided 25 PhD students. At present, his research group has been working on ‘smart materials’ and their applications in biomedical and pharmaceutical fields. He is the life member of many national and international academic societies and Fellow of International Congress of Environmental Research. Cong leader Lucky faces flak for rowdy behaviour Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 27 Undue aggression and blame game ensued by Congress leader and Director Punjab Medium Industries Development Board Malwinder Singh Lucky may cost him dearly. Lucky had allegedly manhandled Municipal Town Planner Param Pal in the Municipal Corporation Office three days back, the photos of which had gone viral. Lucky had alleged that the MC officials were not furnishing him requisite documents for his building for long and were deliberately lingering it on. He had alleged that the MC officials had been working at the behest of Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh and thus delaying the construction work. He had reportedly also issued maligning statements continued on page 2
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