02012021-JTR-01.qxd 1/1/2021 10:50 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE COVID WARRIOR FELICITATED FOR SELFLESS SERVICES Dr Kashmiri Lal, ex-SMO, was among the frontline workers who set up the initial mechanism to fight Covid in the district. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 DEEPIKA RETURNS TO SOCIAL MEDIA WITH ‘AUDIO DIARY’ PAGE 3 The actress, who had deleted all her posts on social media, has made a comeback with an audio diary. MAX 17°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C | MIN 5°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:37 PM SHAILENDRA SINGH TO FUND BIZ DREAMS OF YOUNGSTERS PAGE 4 The entrepreneur and producer spent 2020 thinking about new business ideas and how he can mentor youth. SUNRISE SUNDAY 7:27 AM SATURDAY | 2 JANUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR A slew of projects to infuse a fresh lease of life into dist WELCOME 2021 State govt is expected to give nod to various schemes as Assembly polls are only year away Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 1 As we step into 2021, Jalandhar residents can expect a slew of projects, which the state government will be pushing as the Assembly polls are just a year away. 55-km ring road Ring road would be one of the most prestigious project, which had been under planning for the last couple of years. The 55-km road would circumference the city starting from Nakodar to 66-ft road and towards Jandu Singha to the GT Road. Jalandhar DC Ghanshyam Thori said, “For ring road, the 3 (A) notification has been issued for starting the land acquisition process in 38 villages of the district. The 3(D) notification will be issued within next 20 days, and later the 3 (G) notification will be issued by March 2021 for distributing awards.” Second entry to city railway station from Qazi Mandi Punjab Urban Environment Improvement Programme Another important project expected to see some development would be opening a second entry to Jalandhar city railway station from Qazi Mandi. Jalandhar Central MLA Rajinder Beri said, “Our plans and designs are ready. We expect the work to begin on the site shortly.” Following are the details issued by the authorities for projects under the PUEIP scheme. In phase-I, the district received Rs 35 crore comprising Rs 21 crore for the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) and Rs 14 for Deputy Director, Local Government. A total of 320 developmental works were carried out in the MCJ and rural jurisdiction, out of which work on 24 projects has been underway and other projects completed. In phase-II, the district received Rs 126 crore comprising Rs 95 crore for the MCJ and Rs 32 crore for Deputy Director, Local Government. The funds would be utilised for 450 developmental works, which would be carried out in 2021. Tenders worth Rs 112 crore have been floated. Dhogri industrial road project The Punjab Government has already approved the estimates for Dhogri road to Industrial Area. A 4.72-km stretch would come up at a cost of ~3.25 crore and the work would begin soon. Smart City project As per the administrative and MC officials, projects worth Rs 1,200 crore will be carried out under the Smart City project. Out of these, development works worth Rs 350 crore are under execution and tenders As Assembly polls are just a year away, Congress leaders are pushing for development works in the district. of Rs 500 crore have already been floated. The projects include integrated command and control centre, surface water project (water to be extracted from Beas), face-lifting of city railway station, beautification of intersections and roundabouts, rooftop solar panels on government buildings and development of green belts. Smart village campaign A total of 3,201 development projects worth Rs 149.21 crore have commenced in 106 villages of Jalandhar district. The works include upgradation of road infrastructure, street lighting system, laying of new sewage lines, setting up of Thapar model ponds, interlocking tiles, sheds in cremation grounds, solid waste management, disposal of sewage waste, construction of panchayat ghars, new playgrounds, and community centres, among others. ~25 lakh for Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana Jalandhar is the first district, which has received second installment of ~25 lakh under the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana. The district administration had carried out several activities, including providing competitive exam coaching to 150 girls, celebrating birth of 300 baby girls, planting 1,400 saplings and organising graffiti competitions. ‘Special’ gems lost in oblivion! Health workers skeptical A disadvantaged trio after making a mark in sporting events internationally have disappeared into the mist Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi Hoshiarpur, January 1 This trio of students’ talent is veiled behind the word disabled. They are rather special. But as destiny would have it, not many people know them nor do they get the deserved credit for their feats. And those who see them look through the eye of judgment, divagating from the other ‘special’ possibility. So, for those who are don’t know them, Sukhwinder Singh, Jasveer Singh and Rohit Kumar, are students of Jagjit Singh Sachdeva Asha Kiran Special School (for intellectually disabled) who have achieved at the international level in sports. The three have made quite a few waves in the past. Sukhwinder Singh had won a silver in the floor hockey at the 2013 World Winter Special Olympics held in Pyongyang in South Korea at the age of 20, while Jasveer had won a gold in the 2017 edition in Vienna and Rohit Kumar was fourth in the ‘unified football event’ at the World Summer Special Olympics held in Abu Dhabi last year. Special Olympians Jasveer, Sukhwinder and Rohit are forgotten heroes of the city. TRIBUNE PHOTO Sukhwinder, is a resident of Sotla village and his father Hansraj has retired as a police Sub-Inspector. He is the maiden name to qualify from Punjab to qualify for Special Olympics and his success was a source of inspiration for many parents, who earlier had drained all the hopes from their ‘special kids’. His story inspired many but it brought nothing to him. He was prom- ised financial help, rewards and a lot more but that never happened. Staying at JSS Asha Kiran hostel, he’s now helping train the new brigade of incapacitated sportsmen sharing his hard earned experience and motivating them to perform. Due to the pandemic, however, he’s at his village as of now where he helps his family in agriculture. Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna wrote to the Government of India to provide assistance and reward money to the Special Olympics medallists on par with the Olympics medallists but the government reverted that there was no such policy but assured of one that will be floated soon and all will rewarded. Finally in 2015, the policy was floated according continued on page 2 about efficacy of Covaxin Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 1 While 12,500 health workers in the district have already been registered to be vaccinated for the first phase of the Covid vaccine programme in the district, there are some who remain skeptical about the affects of the vaccine which they will shortly get a shot of. While the pan card linked database of all the health workers in the district – private and government – was registered for those to be vaccinated in the first phase. Sources in the Health Department say the news trickling in from across the works and the rumour mongering around Covid is not helping matters due to which many staff members are apprehensive. While some also see the vaccine as a ticket to flee the gloom of 2020, others argue they must be wary of the side effects reported elsewhere in the world following trials. Dr Kashmiri Lal, a frontline worker and in-charge of the Covid centre in Jalandhar during the peak of the pandemic, said, “I do not believe we have any reason to doubt the efficacy of the vaccine. It shall after all be implemented and intro- 18 +VE IN HOSHIARPUR DIST, NO DEATH REPORTED Hoshiarpur: The district reported 18 more Covid-19 cases on Friday, taking the infection tally to 7,748, while the total number of Covid deaths remained 311 with no death reported on Friday. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra said with the receipt of 1,740 new samples from people with suspected flu-like symptoms, the total number of samples taken so far in the district till date has reached to 2,36,159. JALANDHAR ROUND-UP Samples collected 4,77,926 Negative 4,37,568 Positive 19,944 Deceased 643 Active 336 Discharged 18,965 Sample inappropriate 3,912 Results awaited 2,439 duced after due checking. The government knows what it is doing. The vaccine will be introduced after much deliberations and trials. I think it’s in our best interests to get vaccinated. I also think it shall go a long way in protecting us from the new strain.” Dr Raman Gupta, in-charge PNDT, Jalandhar, said, “I for 1 SUCCUMBS, 18 NEW CASES IN DISTRICT Jalandhar: The district reported the death of a person due to Covid-19 taking the toll to 643 on Friday. With 18 new positive cases, the total count of positive cases reached 19,944 in the district. The total number of active cases stands at 336 so far. one am skeptical about the vaccine in it very first phase. The side effects of the new vaccine are still not known. While I am among people who still haven’t got the shot of the swine flu vaccine so far, despite being a frontline health worker. The new Covid vaccine shall have to be observed for some time.” Navroz and Komalpreet with farmers at Singhu border. Sisters donate money from piggy banks to farmers Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 1 Navroz Kaur (19) and Komalpreet (15), daughters of former District Science Supervisor Baljinder Singh, recently not only convinced their father to visit the Singhu border but also donated money from piggy banks to the protesting farmers. The girls spent two days at the border and met farmers. They also carried placards with them which read, “Sarkar ne kaale kanoon likhe ne dosto, enna nu rad krvake asi itihas likhange”. Baljinder shared that it was a one-day visit, but his daughters were so moved by the environment there that they urged him to stay there for one more day. Navroz and Komalpreet not only spent time with farmers of Punjab but also interacted with their counterparts from Haryana and tried to understand every aspect of their protest. They also observed unity and different cultures at the Singhu and Tikri borders. Baljinder Singh had earlier shared that his daughters asked him to go there and support the farmers. He said his daughters had motivated him to go earlier too and show solidarity with the farmers. “It is because of their persuasion that I visited the border. Now again, I will take them along just because they insisted and told me that they wanted to see the situation there,” he said. “As my daughters saw children and elderly persons going there, they also expressed their wish to go there. Apart from the protest, I have seen an amalgamation of every culture. There is no discrimination among people there. Children belonging to poor families in Delhi have been coming and are partaking of langar which farmers are organising,” Baljinder said. Homeschooling hits a home run NEW N RMAL Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 1 With mutations of the virus surfacing and fears on the boil again, schools in the state are expected to run on online mode for another six months or so and parents are mulling homeschooling, especially for the tiny tots. Many parents of 3-year-olds did not get them admitted in the playway schools last year as coronavirus struck right at the time admissions were to start. The parents said that they were happy with their decision as they got ample of time to spend with their child and make them learn all the basic things expected of their age at home, including counting, doodling, singing rhymes, identification of colours, alphabets, numbers, fruits, vegetables and common things around. Supreet Uppal, who opted for homeschooling for her 3year-old daughter, said, “I had all the plans to send my little one to school from April onwards but the lockdown happened and I put off the plans. But in the meantime, I started homeschooling her, spending an hour daily. Now, she is able to even write a few letters and make some drawings. I even used downloaded some activities from the net on daily basis for her to work on. Since it was just the beginning year of her education, I do not think that she has missed much. If things go the same way, she may not get admission till July as I do not want onscreen education for her at this stage”. Even those who got them admitted rued that the online classes did not solve their purpose, which was to train them in sitting properly and attentively, learning early lessons of discipline and getting along with kids of their age groups. Ridhima, mother of a pre-nursery kid, said, “I had thought that I would reserve three-four hours for myself as my child would go out to school. But this did not happen. Instead, I also got tied with him as his playway school insisted that at least one parent should attend class at a time. There were so many activities that we had to perform with him which ideally the teachers were to do. I felt it would have been better had I gone into homeschooling.” Even the school authorities are wary that the increasing c m y b trend of homeschooling could affect their admission in preprimary classes. “Yes, we are expecting a fall in admission for nursery and kindergarten as most parents can foresee that the classes would run online for this age group for at least next six months or so. We cannot predict the efficacy of the vaccination and its availability. Most parents want their kids to remain safe and at home”, said Ritu Kaul, Principal of Delhi Public School. Likewise, Principal of Innocent Hearts School Rajeev Palival, too, hinted that there could be a decline in admissions at pre-nursery and nursery levels. Parents prefer to instil early bits of education into their tiny tots at home.
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