02122020-JTR-01.qxd 12/1/2020 11:06 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE ‘STUDENTS, PARENTS NOT READY FOR REGULAR CLASSES’ Even as several colleges have started classes, Dr VK Rattan, GNA varsity VC, is taking no risks regarding safety of wards. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 CREATIVE FREEDOM IS A MUST, FEELS VANI TRIPATHI TIKOO PAGE 3 NORMALISING IVF WITH MY CHARACTER: SUKRITI KANDPAL Member of the CBFC, Tikoo says knowing the norms of the entertainment industry is a must. MAX 26°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:24 PM PAGE 4 Sony Entertainment TV's show Story 9 Months Ki has Sukriti as the female lead. She talks about the show & more. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:10 AM WEDNESDAY | 2 DECEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR INBRIEF THIEVES STRIKE AT 3 GURDWARAS Tarn Taran: Miscreants struck at three local gurdwaras in Bhaini Gurmukh Singh village on late Monday night and decamped with cash worth ~30,000 by breaking the ‘golaks’. Bhai Inderjit Singh, Granthi of Gurdwara Baba Bidhi Chand, told the police the thieves stole ~15, 000 cash (approx) and also took the CCTV cameras with the LCD installed in the gurdwara. “The thieves took ~7,000 cash (approx) from the ‘golak’ of Dhariwal locality Gurdwara,” said Resham Singh, Granthi of the gurdwara. Granthi Hardev Singh of Gurdwara Baba Brahamdas of the village said: “Thieves stole ~8,000 cash (approx) by breaking the ‘golak’ of the gurdwara last night.” Inspector Tarsem Masih, SHO Kacha Pakka police station, said the police have started screening all CCTVs. A case under Sections 457, 380 and 34 of the IPC was registered. OC WOMAN ALLEGES RAPE, 2 BOOKED Amritsar: A married woman accused two persons for allegedly raping her in Gillwali village under Ramdass police station area here. Though the incident occurred on November 23, a complaint was lodged yesterday. The police have registered a case under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC against Hardev Singh of Teda Rajputa village and Rana Singh of Gilwali village. No arrest has been made so far. The victim said she was alone at home and her husband had gone outside. She said the accused had a motor repairing shop near her residence. She alleged Rana Singh caught her arms and dragged her in a room and raped her. She said when she tried to raise an alarm, the accused stuffed a cloth in her mouth. She said later Hardev Singh also raped her. Raids were on to nab the suspects who were on run. TNS (Clockwise from left) Congress and SAD councillors show solidarity with protesting farmers; Cong councillor Des Raj Jassal shares his issues with Mayor Jagdish Raja; and Akali councillor Jaspal Kaur argues with the Mayor after snatching the copy of the agenda during the MC House meeting at the Red Cross Bhawan in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH House passes agenda amid BJP councillors’ boycott Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 1 The MC General House meeting took place at the Red Cross Bhawan here on Tuesday. At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Jagdish Raja insisted on first clearing the agendas while some councillors pursued him to hold zero hour first. In the middle of the zero hour, the agenda branch officials started passing the agendas, an enraged Jaspal Kaur, councillor from Ward Number 45, came on stage and stopped the official to continue speaking and even snatched the agenda documents from him. This created a drama and she said that she would first want answers to the problems of her ward from the Mayor. The latter calmed her down and said that he would listen to her afterwards. BJP councillors also walked out of the hall by boycotting the meeting. When Viresh Kumar, BJP councillor, kept on asking questions from the Mayor, the latter told him that he was crossing the limit. After that Viresh left the hall. During the meeting, it was also suggested that an elevated road from PAP Chowk to Work- shop Chowk via Kapurthala Chowk will be constructed in the city which will resolve the decades old traffic problem. The project will be carried out under the Smart City Project. Officials present during zero hour Zero hour went for nearly three hours. Interestingly, almost every official was present during the meeting. Notably, in the last meeting, the Mayor had said strictly that every officer must be present during the meeting and no one should remain absent. Councillor Des Raj Jassal was the first one to raise the issue regarding a private hospital which he had been raising for long. He said that replies given by the officials on the same were not satisfactory and there was nothing concrete. Des Raj asked how much property tax was recovered from the hospital. A senior official of the MC replied that the notice had been served and 15 days were given to submit the documents. “When the documents come, the exact property tax will be calculated,” the officer said. But Jassal said that the answer was not proper. “It is the fourth time that I have asked this, that too without any proper answer,” he said. He also questioned Tehbazari Department officials saying that they were recovering Rs 1,000 from poor vendors every month but they cannot recover the remaining due from the private hospital. The Mayor said that a committee would be formed to look into the matter of private hospital dues. Neerja Jain, chairman of advertisement ad hoc committee, targeted the advertisement department official. She said, “He has removed 80-100 poles from the city, did he ask us? I have been raising the issue of illegal poles in the city. And they act without even asking us.” Resignation from ad hoc committees Councillor Anjali Bhagat, also a member of two ad hoc committees (landscape and property tax ad hoc committee) also resigned as a member from both the committees saying that being a member, she wasn’t ever invited to the meetings and there was no use of such committees. Safai karamcharis’ issues raised Issues related to contaminated water, sewerage problems were also raised. Councillor from ward number 5 said that since the last three years, she did not even have a single safai karamchari in the ward. Jaspal Kaur, councilor, ward number 45 and wife of former deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia, said four safai karamcharis who used to work in her ward had died and no new appointment had come in their place. Illegal colonies Vicky Kalia, councilor, ward number 64 and member of buildings and roads ad hoc committee, said, “ As many as 19 new colonies are being carved out but no action is being taken”. ~1,000 penalty for not wearing 3,906 healthcare workers to mask not fair, say city residents get first dose of Covid vaccine Question leaders who themselves forget to wear masks and maintain 5-mtr distance The district admn has started making a strategy for distribution of vaccine Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 1 The police intensified the challan drive following the directions of the state government to hike the penalty from ~500 to ~1000 for not wearing masks. Total ~73,000 was collected as fine from 73 violators by the city police on Tuesday. While the state has been struggling to contain the surge in Covid cases, the decision to raise the penalty amount has not gone down well with residents it seems. After the announcement by the Chief Minister to double the penalty amount for not wearing masks, and imposition of night curfew, last week, locals have already started voicing their opinion on social media citing various reasons. Roshandeep Singh, a shopkeeper at sports market, said: “How can the government expect residents to pay ~1,000 for not wearing masks and following social distancing? In several rallies and protests, even political leaders forget to wear masks and maintain a 5-metre distance. Tribune News Service Increasing the fine will only lead to unnecessary confusion among residents. It’s better to raise awareness and sensitise people for Covid threat by adopting other means.” Likewise, Akash, a student said, most people are not in a position to pay the heavy fine and the government move would lead to corruption as violators would be let off by officials after taking bribes. Meanwhile, ACP headquarters Bimal Kant said: “The police appeals to residents to always wear a mask before entering any public space, as it will not only save them from paying the fine, but also limit their chances of contacting the virus. ~73,000 was collected as fine till 5 pm on Tuesday.” As per the official data, as many as 47,496 people were fined ~2.30 crore till mid of October for not wearing masks since the lockdown was imposed. Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar on Tuesday ordered field officers to take strict action against those violating the night curfew imposed by the state government to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. Bhullar issued stringent instructions for all field officers to ensure that there must not be any movement of individuals and non-essential activities between 10 pm and 5 am on roads. He said all hotels, restaurants, marriage palaces and other hospitality units must close by 9:30 pm. However, it has also created confusion among people, who had booked hotels and marriage palaces prior to the night curfew was announced. Finding themselves at the receiving end, the affected individuals said it was difficult to shift marriage dates, considering it was the peak marriage season. c m y b Jalandhar, December 1 To ensure an effective roadmap for the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine and all frontline health workers of the district receive the first shot of the vaccine whenever it is available, the district administration has started making a strategy for the distribution of the vaccine. Presiding over a meeting of the task force set up to prepare the plan and oversee the operations, health officers and IMA officer-bearers, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Vishesh Sarangal, who is also in-charge of tertiary hospitals of level-III, on Tuesday said as per the directions of the government, the first dose of the vaccine would be administered to all frontline health workers, including doctors, nursing and lab staff, ward attendants and all anganwari workers along with helpers. He said the Health Department had 3,906 healthcare workers in all government ❝ All Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) and Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) have been asked to ensure that the data of healthcare employees in private hospitals, nursing homes and clinics falling in their areas, must reach by tomorrow (on Wednesday) evening. The support of the IMA and other associations has also been sought so that the entire data can be sent to the state government timely Vishesh Sarangal, ADC (DEVELOPMENT) ❞ 4 DIE, 89 TEST +VE IN DISTRICT With 89 new cases, the district Covid tally reached 18,034 on Tuesday. Four deaths were also reported from Covid, taking the number of deceased persons to 565. The active cases in the district stands at 1,271. So far, 16,198 people have been discharged, while 793 people were under home isolation in the district. health institutions and anganwari centres. Sarangal said as per the records, Jalandhar had 156 private health institutions under the jurisdiction of the city and these hospitals have a large workforce. Besides, the city has a huge number of private clinics/nursing homes. DISTRICT ROUND-UP Samples collected 3,79,357 Positive 18,034 Negative 3,44,188 Active cases 1,271 Discharged 16,198 Deaths 565 He urged all hospitals, private clinics and nursing homes to submit the data of the health staff employed in their institutes by December 2. He also directed the Health Department to lay a special focus on the required infrastructure for the storage of vaccines in Jalandhar. The ADC further asked all Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) and Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) to ensure that the data of healthcare employees in private hospitals, nursing homes and clinics falling in their areas, must reach by tomorrow (on Wednesday) evening. He solicited the support of the IMA and other associations so that the entire data could be sent to the state government timely. Calling the doctors, nursing and lab staff, ward attendants and other health workers as ‘soldiers without uniform’, the Additional Deputy Commissioner said the administration would leave no stone unturned to give topmost priority to the immunisation of frontline workers who had been fighting the pandemic for the last eight months. Prominent among those present included Civil Surgeon Dr Gurinder Kaur Chawla, District Immunisation Officer Dr Seema, DMC, and Dr Jyoti Sharma.
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