27122020-JTR-01.qxd 12/26/2020 11:20 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE SURJIT HOCKEY STADIUM TO GET A NEW ASTROTURF SOON The government on Saturday floated tenders for the installation of new AstroTurf at Surjit Hockey Stadium. FORECAST SHOWERS PAGE 2 FLASHBACK 2020: THERE’S NO DEARTH OF CONTROVERSIES PAGE 3 The year 2020 might have gone through an unprecedented lockdown, but there is no dearth of controversies. MAX 19°C | MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 4°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5:32 PM DISCOVERY+ LAUNCHES AERIAL INDIA AND TALES OF VALOUR PAGE 4 For all travel buffs, who have missed boarding a flight to their favourite destinations, comes a refreshing show. SUNRISE MONDAY 7:25 AM SUNDAY | 27 DECEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Two killed in road accidents Ravaged by floods, villagers now struggle for their rights Our Correspondent The 2019 floods sent us back by years, the three farm laws will impact generations, say farmers Hoshiarpur, December 26 Two persons were killed in separate road accidents in the district during the last 24 hours. According to information, Lakhvir Singh (25), a resident of Tanuli village, was going on a motorcycle when he suddenly hit a tree and died on the spot. On the information of the victim’s brother, the police recorded proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC and handed over the body to the family members. In another case, Abdul Mabood, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, told the police that his cousin, Aas Muhammad, a resident of Muzaffarpur district of Uttar Pradesh, was standing near his truck near Garna Sahib when a car hit him killing him on the spot. The police have registered a case against the accused driver, Avtar Singh, a resident of Jhanda Lubana village in Gurdaspur district. Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 26 “Haraan ton baad, utthan di aas si, ennan kanoonan ton baad tan sabh kujh chal jana (we had hope to rise up after the floods. But these laws will leave us with nothing),” believes a Shahkot-based farmer. While several villages in the Shahkot and Lohian belts were devastated due to the floods last year, villagers from the same stretch are at the forefront for participating in the protests at the Delhi borders. While many farmers are still coping with the losses they incurred in 2019, forgetting the pain of the past year, they are now extending enthusiastic support to the farmers’ protests. Thousands of farmers from flood-hit villages including Janian, Janian Chahal, Chak Wadala, Gatta Mundi, Mundi Shehrian, Mundi While several villages in the Shahkot and Lohian belts were devastated due to the floods last year, villagers from the same stretch are at the forefront now participating in the protests at the Delhi borders. TRIBUNE PHOTO Chohlian, Madhala Channa, Nal, Manak, Gidderpindi and Naseerpur among others, have reached the Delhi borders in hordes to lend support to the ongoing protest. Among the first huge con- gregations of farmers of about 300 tractor-trailers, trucks and jeeps, which headed out to the Singhu border from Jalandhar recently, a majority were from Shahkot and Lohian blocks. While subsequently huge jathas from other areas began going to Delhi, both residents and citizens from floodaffected areas have been unfazed by the losses they incurred only last year. Salwinder Singh Jania, dis- Now, Patanjali stores face farmers’ wrath Tribune News Service ANGRY TO THE HILT Jalandhar, December 26 After Jio and Reliance stores, farm unions in the district vent out their anger on Patanjali stores on Saturday. Around two dozen farmers along with local residents reached the Doaba Chowk located Patanjali store and raised slogans against the Centre. The owner immediately locked the shutters. From holding meetings in villages asking people to boycott Jio and shift to other networks, farm bodies are now appealing to people to boycott Patanjali products. Wearing green turbans, agitators moved towards the Patanjali stores near Devi Talab Mandir, but before they could take any step, the owner closed the ■ While scores of farmers are already fighting for the cause by staying at Singhu and Tikri borders for nearly one month, farmers who are here have already held the baton of making people shun Jio and Reliance group. ■ Farmers are advising people not to buy anything from Reliance and Patanjali stores. ■ Earlier, too, they had forced shut several stores of Reliance. After Jio and Reliance stores, farmers’ unions vent out their anger towards Patanjali stores in Jalandhar district on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO store. Demanding immediate withdrawal of farm laws, the protesters said they won’t support any firm having links with the Central Government. Patanjali storeowners panicked after the information of the incident was circulated. While scores of farmers are already fighting for the cause by staying at Singhu Couldn’t wait for tractors, so cousins decide to reach Singhu border by Activa FARMERS’ STIR and Tikri borders for the past more than 29 days, farmers who are here have already held the baton of making people shun Jio and Reliance group. Farm- ers are advising people not to buy anything from Reliance and Patanjali stores. Earlier, too, they had forced shut several stores of Reliance. trict president of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, said: “Har vich taan kheti, karobar thapp ho gaye, par asi sochde haan sadi zamin na rahi tan asi ki karange (floods claimed our crops and trades, but we think what will we do if our lands our lost)?” The floods set us back by two to four years. But the ordinances will set us back by generations. It will impact our kids and the coming generations. In villages that were hit by floods, unsurpassed enthusiasm has been witnessed to participate in protests. The Lohian and Shahkot belts, which were impacted by floods, have been among the most active belts where many people are headed for protests in Doaba. Twotwo tractor-trailers full of farmers headed out for the border from the flood hit villages where one was expected. Vehicles still continue to join in with rations and help.” Kabal Singh, a resident of flood-hit Gatta Mundi Kasu village who incurred loses worth ~8 lakh during the 2019 floods, tends to the fields of his associates away Regional cold storage facilities reviewed in Hoshiarpur district Health teams, frontline workers to be covered in 1st phase Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, December 26 Reviewing the preparedness of Covid vaccination to be received in future and storage facilities in the district, Principal Secretary (Health) Hussan Lal said that the regional vaccine store in the Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur, would supply vaccine to Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, SBS Nagar, Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts. Accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait and SSP Navjot Singh Mahal, the Principal Secretary, who presided over a continued on page 2 36 COVID VACCINATION SITES IDENTIFIED ■ Principal Secretary takes stock of RVS, reviews vaccination drive preparations ■ He ordered sampling of the UK returnees immediately in view of the new Covid strain ■ 8,000 health workers registered for vaccination in Hoshiarpur ■ Administration identifies 36 vaccination sites and 264 vaccinators to administer vaccine Govt school gets new washrooms, kitchen, courtesy former alumnus Aparna Banerji Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Singhu, December 26 Tejinder Singh stands beneath an Airtel umbrella at the Singhu border to get his SIM ported out. A while later, his cousin Manpreet, all drenched in sweat as he was helping out at a langar nearby, also joins him. Jalandhar cousins Tejinder Singh and Manpreet Singh drove 348 km from Jalandhar to Singhu border on their Activa to join farmers’ protests. Hailing from Kandola village at Nurmahal, a spur of the moment plan led the duo to undertake a day-long journey to Singhu to express solidarity to farm protests. While tractor-trailers have been leaving for Singhu from their village, the duo said they made an instinctive decision to head out to the protest site as they wanted to join farmers in their struggle. Tejinder said: “We felt an emotional connect with protests. We are from farming families and hearing the elderly men slug it out in the winter chill on the Delhi border stirred us from within. We wanted to put in our bit in the movement. Although tractor-trailers have been Jalandhar, December 26 A US-based NRI has changed the picture of Government Primary Smart School, Village Virk, as he has got nine washrooms and one modular kitchen built in the school. Gurmail Singh, a native of the same village and former student of the school, has been helping the school by donating various items which students need the most. So far, nearly 254 students of the primary classes of the school, situated in Phillaur tehsil, used to share only two washrooms — one each for girls and boys. As per information, the existing washrooms were in a deplorable state and students mostly preferred not to use them. However, with the help of the NRI, the school now has nine washrooms, four each for girls and boys and one for five staff members of the school. The school was established in 1976 and the building was wearing out with time. The poor condition of the school was also taking a toll on the results of school and its strength was decreasing rapidly. Therefore, the NRI kept on providing funds to the Cousins Tejinder Singh and Manpreet Singh, who drove all the way to Singhu on an Activa from Nurmahal to join the protests. going out from our village, we didn’t want to wait that long. So, we picked our Activa and headed for Singhu.” While Tejinder heads to an Airtel stall to get his number ported out, Manpreet, too, joins him. Tejinder adds: “We are with farmers. It is hard for them already, they are doing this to secure the future of coming generations. Since there are many Airtel stalls here, I decided to get my number ported out too!” While the duo headed to Delhi with little belongings, they camped with farmers and did sewa on langars at the border. Manpreet said: “We have fields back home. Our families are into farming. We know how high the stakes are. We feel it is important for young people like us to do our bit and be a part of protests. We are glad we made the decision to come here. It is a happy occasion for us. The energy of the elderly farmers and the congregation of men here is infectious.” c m y b in Delhi. From his village, 10 to 12 men have headed to the Singhu border. He says: “It is a unanimous sentiment among farmers of the belt that the ordinances will be more detrimental to the farming community than floods have ever been. We farmers prepared this land which used to be a hostile jungle into a crop producing fertile belt by working hard for years. We have battled many floods. But we have always stood up because subsequent yields would pay dividends. But this law will hamper the very system that paid us. I incurred ~8 lakh loss in my destroyed wheat crop during floods and my recent cauliflower farm paid me nothing. But after these laws, we will have no hope to get a fair price for our yield. No one knows this better than farmers of this belt.” 3 fall prey to virus in dist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 26 The health authorities reported 37 new Covid-19 cases in Jalandhar on Saturday. As a result, the total number of positive cases in the district reached 19,732. The health authorities reported three deaths today. With this, the toll reached 634. As many as 18,670 people have been discharged while 260 people are under home isolation in Jalandhar. At present, there are 428 active cases in the district. In Kapurthala, nine people tested positive for Covid. DIST ROUND-UP Teachers of the Government Primary Smart School, Virk village, at the newly constructed washrooms. school for its development. He had earlier donated a 20kW generator for the school, for which he also provides 200 litre fuel every month. During the inauguration of the washrooms and the kitchen, school principal Surinder Pal said: “Gurmail and his family are in contact with the school for the past few years. Being the alumnus of the school, he considers it his responsibility to provide better atmosphere to students at the school. During extreme weather conditions, students used to face difficulties, but ever since the NRI has come in contact, the scenario has changed.” While Gurmail donated ~30 lakh for the construction of the new washrooms and kitchen, the members of ‘Shaheed Bhagat Singh Young Sports and Lok Bhalai Club’, a village-based social welfare club, lent support in the construction work. Within four months, all construction work was completed. Ashok Bangar, chairman of the school management committee, appealed to all NRIs to donate more for the development of schools in villages. Laadi Basra, of the welfare club, has promised to install one LED TV at the school. Samples collected 4,61,360 Negative 4,22,229 Positive 19,732 Active 428 Discharged 18,670 Deceased 634 Sample inappropriate 98 Results awaited 1,657 Home isolated 260 Page 2: 16 test positive in Hoshiarpur, no death
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