03122020-JTR-01.qxd 12/2/2020 11:03 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE NEXT CONVOY OF FARMERS READY TO LEAVE FOR DELHI PAGE 2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Dist reports 3 Covid deaths Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 2 The district reported three more Covid-19 fatalities on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 568, while 45 new cases pushed the infection count in the district to 18,079. The active cases in the district are 1,233. As many as 16,278 patients have been discharged, while 782 people are also under home isolation in the district. In Kapurthala district, six persons tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. JALANDHAR ROUND-UP Samples collected 3,83,961 Negative 3,45,987 Positive 18,079 Active 1,233 Discharged 16,278 Deceased 568 Sample inappropriate 3,158 Results awaited 4,033 Home isolated 782 Covid tally crosses 7k mark in Hoshiarpur With the arrival of 20 new positive patients, the number of positive patients has crossed the 7,000 mark in Hoshiarpur district taking the total to 7021. However, no patient succumbed to the virus on Wednesday, keeping the toll to 258 in the district. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasvir Singh said the total number of samples taken in the district has increased to 1,98,004 with 1,612 new samples taken of the people with suspected flu-like symptoms on Wednesday. According to reports received from the laboratory, 1,89,962 are negative, while 2,365 reports are awaited and 149 samples are invalid. The number of active cases in the district is 171, while the number of patients who have recovered is 6,592. Of the reports of 834 samples received today, 20 new cases of positive patients were reported, of which seven cases are related to Hoshiarpur city, while 13 patients are from various health blocks in the district. — OC BANDISH BANDITS STAR SHARES HER LIFE’S MANTRA Says he takes a lot of time in becoming friends, so all friends that he have, have been 20-30 years with him. Equipping themselves with all essentials, the cultivators of Shahkot and Lohian will leave on December 11. SALMAN TALKS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP PAGE 3 AT VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH Hakuna Matata, a phrase meaning 'there are no troubles or worries', is exactly the mantra that keeps her going! MAX 25°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:27 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:11 AM THURSDAY | 3 DECEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS ‘Disabled being deprived of their rights’ Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 2 Though several announcements had been made by the respective governments to make the city disabledfriendly, nothing concrete has happened on the ground to date. A special campaign “#AskCM” will be launched on the occasion of the International Day of Disabled Persons on twitter, where people with different disabilities can interact with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh regarding solutions to the problems being faced by them. Amarjit Singh Anand, an expert member of the state advisery board for disabled persons, said, “According to the Right for People with Disability Act (2016), the state government had to ensure that disabled persons had accessibility to everything until March 2020, but nothing happened.” “They don’t reply to emails. We are going to expose on twitter how disabled persons are being deprived of their rights.” “There are no sports, cultural or transport policies for us. There is no social security and ~750 pension given to us per month is nothing,” Anand said. He said, “Disabled persons cannot access railway stations and going from one platform Dancing his way past incapacity! PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Advocate Ashok Sharma shows a locked bathroom for the disabled at the District Administration Complex in Jalandhar. to another is not possible.” Vivek Joshi, who suffers from cerebral palsy and runs an NGO “Madhav Sewa Society” said basic facilities were lacking in the city. Joshi said, “Vo hamare nazariye se nahi dekhte. Hamare lie toh ek seedhi bhi dikat deti hai.” He said ramps had been constructed at certain points, but were not properly maintained. There’s a ramp at the administrative complex, but it’s without railings, he said. He said the Madhav Sewa Society had got a survey done to check what facilities were there for disabled persons. Joshi said the footpath in Jalandhar cannot be accessed by those who use a wheelchair and Jalandhar railway station doesn’t has an elevator. At the Municipal Corporation building, ramps were not in the condition to be used and most of the banks were out of bounds of disabled persons, he said. Manish Aggarwal, secretary, Chaanan Association, said, said his son has been suffering from intellectual disability. “There is no clinical psychologist at the government hospital in the city. After his recommendation, intellectual disability certificate is issued. As a result, one has to visit either Amritsar or Chandigarh. The process is so hectic that several parents leave it mid way and they don’t even get the certificates,” he said. Jalandhar December 2 Generally children detected with ‘Down syndrome’ lose the ability to express themselves as it causes a distinct facial appearance, intellectual disability and developmental delays, however, Bhavnish Agarwal has rediscovered himself. Despite being diagnosed with it at a tender age, nothing has stopped him from chasing his dreams of becoming a dancer. The journey from developing potential for walking to shaking his legs to Bollywood numbers wasn’t a cakewalk for the 17-year-old. Right after his birth, his parents Manish Agarwal and Bindu Agarwal were told that their son wasn’t a normal child and needed special care. Since then, concerted efforts were made by his parents and medical treatment followed. But after struggling for nearly six years, they realised that there was no cure for this disability, instead the treatment consists of therapy and selfcare post detection. “Only parents can help their child by giving special education and basic mannerisms. It promotes early and easy development,” said the father. Bhavnish has been pursuing Diagnosed with Down syndrome, Bhavnish has excelled in the art and aims to become a dancer ❝Only parents can help their child by giving special education and basic mannerisms. It promotes early and easy development. It is important to understand the behavioural pattern of an intellectually disabled child to make them more socially inclusive. Acceptance and early detection is a must for the development for such children. ❞ Manish Agarwal, BHAVNISH’S FATHER his passion for past six years and his biggest support system is his family, who ensures that a meaningful trail is left to look back upon later in life. His trophy cabinet is nearing the brim; the Class XII student is a proud owner of over two dozen medals and trophies. Apart from this, he has showcased his talent in various platforms, including India Inter- national Down Syndrome Conferences, Rotary Club competitions, Special Olympics and various other dance festivals. He aims to open his own dance academic for children like him. Through his funny sketches, he also nurtures his acting skills and spreads happiness. However, Manish feels people should substi- tute the hustle of finding the best treatment by introducing their children to art and other such activities. “It is important to understand the behavioural pattern of an intellectually disabled child to make them more socially inclusive. Acceptance and early detection is must for the development for such children,” he suggests. A crusader stands out, says ‘much needs to be done’ Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi Hoshiarpur, December 2 Inderjit Kaur Nandan is unable to stand — she is a victim of muscular dystrophy, has been since her childhood. But when it comes to working for her likes, the differently-abled, there might be only a few out there who could match her. Dedicating many years of her life to the cause, she has been associated with various institutions for their betterment since 1997. And in 2018, she was conferred with the ‘National Award for The Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities’ (Self- Employed with Disabilities category). A role model for her kinds, she also has about half a dozen books to her credit. Inderjit still hasn’t run out of steam. She feels that mere observing a day won’t just solve problems but there are things that need to be done and adopted practically, however, no one heeds the challenges people with special needs face day in and day out. Inderjit voices the concern, “Every year on this day, the government, administration, NGOs and all sort of people could be seen pledging to empower us but practically there’s not much done and even the sensitivity is miss- ing. There’s no place where any wheelchair-using person can go on its own, no roads or streets where there are no ‘barriers’. Accessibilty is nowhere visible in the shopping complexes, public places and even at the government institutions. People like me are also divorced from the choice of choosing clothes because most of the times the stores and shops have staircases and no ramps are there to facilitate wheelchairs.” Inderjit, who had formed Divya Kala Sahitya Sabhyachar Manch Punjab and working with the NGOs; she had also been behind the district administration’s pro- gramme ‘Har Veervar Divyang Da Satkar’, feels that another major problem is lack of social acceptance. “People’s reaction towards the helplessness and pity causes mental agony. People need to change their outlook towards differently-abled.” She had presided over the national-level seventh edition of Akhil Bharati Divyaang Sahitya Sammelan in Nasik. Being the district coordinator for differentlyabled during 2019 general election and having conducted the accessibility audit at 443 booths of the district, she has been has been chosen again as the ‘icon’. Her NGO 12 booked for violating night curfew Two held with 1,350 intoxicating injections | SSP for strict implementation of health guidelines Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, December 2 Senior Superintendent of Police Navjot Singh Mahal on Wednesday directed all police officers, including SHOs, to solve the untraced cases at the earliest besides implementing night curfew in letter and spirit across the district amid Covid-19 restrictions. Holding a meeting here at the Police Lines, Mahal also appealed to people to ensure strict adherence to Covidrelated advisories and instructed police officers to act against those found violating night curfew. He said on December 1 night, as many as 12 cases under Section 188 of the IPC have been registered against curfew violators. He directed the PAGE 4 ❝I appeal to people toto ensure strict adherence Covid-related advisories. Police officers have been instructed to act against those found violating night curfew. Navjot Singh Mahal, ❞ SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE Cops check vehicles during night curfew in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH SHOs to maintain law and order besides launching crackdown against drugs. Mahal said the Garhshankar police under the supervision of ASP Tushar Gupta arrested two person with 1,350 intoxicat- ing injection from a secret compartment made in the car. SHO Garhshankar Iqbal Singh and Inspector Special Cell Surjit Singh, while patrolling at Chak Routan last night, tried to stop a car, but the driver instead fled by speeding up the car. The police party gave a chase and nabbed them from near a dry drain, where their car got struck. During search, the police recovered 1,350 intoxicating injections from a secret c m y b compartment. A case under Section 22 (c)/61/55 of the NDPS Act was registered at Garhshankar police station. Similar cases were registered against them in Nawanshahr Sadar police station as well. helped providing ration and other necessary items to the handicapped, with the help of other non-profits. She feels that despite the provisions of law much needs to be done. “Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016, is there to protect the rights and it aims to achieve equality between PWDs and others. It’s liability of the government to protect our rights and to ensure equal opportunities. This needs to be implemented in letter and spirit to promote equality and dignity in various aspects of life – be it educational, social, legal, economic, cultural or political,” she says. ❝Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016, is there to protect the rights and it aims to achieve equality between PWDs and others. It's the responsibility of the government to protect our rights and to ensure equal opportunities. This needs to be implemented in letter and spirit to promote equality and dignity in various aspects of life be it educational, social, legal, economic, cultural or political. Inderjit Kaur Nandan ❞ 2 illegal colonies razed by JDA Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 2 The Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) on Wednesday razed two illegal colonies in Jandu Singhan and Chuharwali localities. While one colony was coming up on 2 acre land, the other was being developed on 1 acre. Chief Administrator Babita Kler said the SDO of the regulatory wing of JDA Abhishek Dhall took the team at the site and razed plotting and boundary walls being raised around both the colonies. She said three illegal colonies had been razed in the past 10 days. While issuing warning to violators, she said FIRs would be lodged against the wrong doers. She said 40 FIRs against unauthorised colonisers had been already lodged in the past one month. A team of Jalandhar Development Authority razes the plotting and boundary walls being raised around two colonies coming up in Jalandhar, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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