03012021-JTR-01.qxd 1/2/2021 11:15 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE FORMER HEADMASTER HITS A CENTURY IN BLOOD DONATION PAGE 2 MULTI-STARRER MUMBAI SAGA TO RELEASE ON OTT PLATFORM? Starting the New Year with a noble act, former headmaster Sanjivan Dadhwal donated blood for the 100th time. FORECAST THUNDERSTORM TWO ARRESTED FOR GAMBLING Hoshiarpur: The Model Town police nabbed two persons while gambling and recovered cash from them. The accused have been identified as Sunny Kumar, a resident of Purheeran, and Hardeep Singh, a resident of Sunder Nagar. The duo was booked under the Gambling Act. OC 6 PEDDLERS HELD WITH INTOXICANTS Hoshiarpur: The police have arrested six peddlers, including a woman and recovered intoxicants from them. The Garhdiwala police arrested Paramjeet Kaur, a resident of Jauhla village, and recovered 6,570 ml liquor from her. The Garhshankar police recovered intoxicating pills from the possession of Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Dallewal village. The Chabbewal police arrested Jai, a resident of Jalandhar, and recovered 15,000 ml liquor from him. The police recovered 13 grams of intoxicating powder from Luv Kumar, a resident of Bassi Kalan. The Hariana police nabbed Jasvir Singh and recovered 70 grams of intoxicating powder from him. The Mukerian police held Jaspal Masih, a resident of Dhanoa village, and recovered 30,000 ml liquor from him.The accused have been booked under the NDPS Act and the Excise Act. OC ONE NABBED WITH JEWELLERY, ~1.5L Hoshiarpur: The CIA staff arrested a man, allegedly involved in several cases of burglaries, and recovered ~ 1.5 lakh, jewellery and a bike from him. ASI Buta Singh said they set up a naka near Sikri village. The accused, Rajiv Kumar, of Benchan village, was stopped and during his search 10 gold rings, one bracelet and one mangal sutra, besides ~1.5 lakh was recovered from him. The accused has been booked under Sections 454, 380 and 411 of the IPC. OC SHOWING THE WAY Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 2 September 19, 2002, can never be forgotten by ASI Parvinder Singh, a Punjab Police para powerlifter. It still haunts him as on this day he lost his ability to stand on his feet. However, this did not deter him from realising his dream and even after becoming 100 per cent disabled, he continued to follow his passion of powerlifting. The 45-year-old player says an accident can cripple a sportsman, but not his sportsmanship. “I was 27year-old when a road accident left me paraplegic. I was heading to my home ACTOR SONU SOOD LAUNCHES I AM NO MESSIAH ON KBC Mumbai Saga, which has John Abraham & Emraan Hashmi will show transition from Bombay to Mumbai. MAX 17°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 9°C INBRIEF PAGE 3 SUNSET SUNDAY 5:37 PM Sonu was on the hot seat of KBC, accompanied by Prashant Gade and ambulance driver Dada Karimul Hak. SUNRISE MONDAY 7:27 AM SUNDAY | 3 JANUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR Powerlifting passion despite disability A 45-year-old player said accident failed to cripple his sportsmanship 27-year-old when road ❝I wasleft me paraplegic.aI slipped into accident depression, which slowed down my recovery process. For three years, I remained bed-ridden and later became dependent on wheelchair. While I was struggling to come out of depression, my friend and coach Rajinder Singh Rahelu, an Arjuna Awardee para powerlifter, motivated me to get into sport again. With an unsound body and mind, I decided to take up the sport again. ❞ ASI Parvinder Singh after the practice session when a vehicle hit my bike shattering my dream. When I was being taken to a hospital, the only thing running in my mind was that I would not be able play anymore. “I slipped into depression which slowed down my recovery process. For three years, I remained bed-ridden and later became dependent on wheelchair. While I was struggling to come out of depression, my friend and coach Rajinder Singh Rahelu, an Arjuna Awardee para powerlifter, motivated me to get into sport again. With an unsound body and mind, I decided to take up the sport again. In his first National Para Powerlifting Championship (2006), held in Jaipur, he won a gold medal and became a national champion. Since then there has been no looking back and after representing Punjab in national events, I got opportunities to represent India in 38 fresh cases Woman attempts suicide, reported in dist suffers spinal code injury Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 2 With 38 new cases of Covid reported in Jalandhar on Saturday, the total number of positive cases in the district reached 19,982. The health authorities reported no casualty today. With this, the toll remains at 643. At present, the district has 326 active cases and 19,013 people had been discharged while as many as 200 people have been under home isolation. In Kapurthala district, 11 people tested positive for the Covid-19 today. Jalandhar, January 2 A 25-year-old woman sustained major injuries on her spinal cord, hip bone and legs after she attempted to commit suicide on January 1. The victim has been identified as Jyoti Sharma, a resident of Aman Nagar, Sodal road. The woman reportedly jumped from a flyover at 5.45 pm and was admitted to the District Civil Hospital by the traffic police. Ravinder Singh, Station House Officer, Navi Baradari police station, said the woman suffered fracture on her legs, spinal cord and hip bone. “Around six in the evening on January 1, we received information that a woman has jumped from the BMC flyover, following which we reached the spot 1 death, 22 new cases reported in Hoshiarpur The authorities reported 22 new positive cases in the district on Saturday. With this, the number of positive patients reached 7,770. The authorities reported one death and the toll reached 312. The deceased woman belonged to Rajwal in Hajipur block of the district. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra said total number of samples taken so far in the district has increased to 2,37,719 to date. At present, the district has 113 active cases and 7345 recovery cases. Dr Ghotra said out of 22 positive cases, nine were reported from the city while remaining patients were from other blocks of the district. A cop records statement of the victim in Jalandhar on Saturday. and rushed the victim to the hospital. In her statement to the police, the victim told that she took the extreme step due to financial issues. She was under depression due to her relationship,” said the SHO. A native of Nawanshahr, the woman was residing in the city with her father, mother and brother. Jalandhar, January 2 “Life should be satvic and has to be spent for a good cause,” believes Dr Satish K Kapoor. Academician, British Council scholar, historian and an encyclopedia of Hinduism, he is one of those eminent academicians with a keen sense of history. The 70-year-old, an authority of Hinduism and spirituality, has been propagating his wisdom in the country as well as abroad. A British Council scholar, he studied and wrote on Hinduism in the West at a time when it was extremely rare and unheard of for a Punjabi bagging a British Council scholarship. A Swami Vivekananda scholar, his insights are equally valued by the Advaita Ashram in Kolkata and the Warkari community of Maharashtra. He’s been invited by both to share his expertise and to honour him. Documenting the historical traditions and culture of the Vaishnavite Hindus to penning a treatise on the Khalsa, he has penned seven books institutions, until 2012. From thereon, he came back to Jalandhar and joined DAV University as the founder registrar. He lives in Jalandhar with his wife, academic Usha Kapoor, with whom he has three children and six children who are settled abroad. ❝ At the British Council something inside me stirred. My quest for knowledge was fuelled by the August Company I was in. I was among people who go through every single aspect of a thing. I used to visit library from 9 am to 9 pm. At home, I sat over my desk all day penning and reading tomes. Tribune News Service ❞ Awards Dr Satish K Kapoor, A BRITISH COUNCIL SCHOLAR Dr Kapoor shows a manuscript; and (right) he with Khushwant Singh. and nearly a thousand articles for leading English dailies of the country. He chose to come back to this native city despite having toured the world and having had opportunities to stay abroad. Coming from an affluent family, his grandfather, a politician, and father a timber merchant, encouraged him to study and excel in academia. “I was always encouraged to study and have spent my life in scholarly pursuits. During the pandemic I was busy writing,” he says. He is currently working on his upcoming book titled ‘Know Yourself – The Essentials of Yog and Spirituality’. His latest book ‘Hinduism – the Faith Eternal’ was published by Advai- ta Ashrama, Kolkata. He was also associate subject editor and substance editor of encyclopedia of Hinduism, a project of India Heritage Research Foundation (USA), and contributed 50 entries. In 1974, he became the only north Indian to be selected as British Council scholar at the University of London. Studying there for a year, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, he says a flame was lit inside of him; to research and study. During his over a year-long stint in the UK, he worked with the British Museum frequenting the Indian Office Library and Indian-British libraries. Tutored under Prof Kenneth A Ballhatchet – his supervisor at the time – Dr Kapoor studied amongst scholars ZH Zaidi, Prof BN Pandey, KN Chaudhari among others who were all his teachers. “At the British Council something inside me stirred. My quest for knowledge was fuelled by the August Company I was in. I was among people who go through every single aspect of a thing before writing about it. I used to visit library from 9 am to 9 pm. At home, I sat over my desk all day penning and reading tomes. My landlord, a very kind man, asked me to pay my rent for two months then didn’t charge a penny because he said I was a scholar. He saw me study day and night,” says Dr Kapoor. c m y b lifting team that won the 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019 national championships. His 12 players have also been honoured with the State Award for Disabled Sports by the Punjab Government. His major achievements Bronze medal in IWAS World Games, Bengaluru (2009); 5th rank in APC Asia Paralympics Powerlifting Cup, Malaysia (2007); 4th rank in British Para Powerlifting Championship, Coventry, UK (2018); 5th rank in IPC Athletics Games, Prix, Dubai (2014); and gold medal in National Paralympic Powerlifting Championship, Nagpur (2019). MY COVIDEXPERIENCE ‘Played harmonium, wrote poems’ HEN Covid scare had gripped everyone in the starting, Narinder Kumar (61), a city resident, developed fever. He went to a doctor who prescribed some medicines. Even after taking them for a week, the fever continued. Kumar then got himself tested for Covid and the report was positive. During his isolation, he learnt and I played played harmonium; composed new tunes, read a lot harmonium, read a lot, and wrote poems. He shares wrote poems. In short, I his experience. met with myself during “It was normal in the beginning but when the the isolation. I was fever continued for more always inclined towards than two weeks, it was then arts but because of when my children asked me daily routine of working, to go for the test. Although I was reluctant but got tested I never got time for and the result was positive,” myself. I got so busy in he said. these little things, that I “But I would say that, although it was such a big forgot that I had deal in the beginning and Covid!. everyone was scared of the Narinder Kumar virus, but, it didn’’t make me feel anything. I remained calm and decided to look after my health properly. I consulted a doctor and was given home isolation because I was having a mild fever and didn’’t have any other symptoms.” During that period, his daughter and wife were the pillars of strength. “They made sure that I ate on time and ate well. I kept on checking my fever and oxygen levels twice a day. Everything remained normal,” Kumar added. He looks back on those 14 days as a blessing in disguise, he discovered himself. “I played harmonium, read a lot, wrote poems. In short, I met with myself during the isolation. I was always inclined towards arts but because of daily routine of working, I never got time for myself. I got so busy in these little things, that I forgot that I had Covid!” “I want to say that we all should take precautions but if one contracts the virus, just take it normally. Take good care of yourself, eat properly, maintain good immunity, do pranayam and spend some time with yourself,” Kumar signed off. ❝ A 70-year-old, who happens to be a former academic, is an authority on Hinduism and spirituality THEY NOW international championships,” added Parvinder. A resident of Phillaur, he joined the Punjab Armed Police in 1994 due to his excellent achievements in powerlifting. After participating in paralympics, he created history by clinching a bronze medal in the 2009 IWAS World Games. This is the only medal in the Indian history of para powerlifting won by a disabled player with spinal cord injury. To encourage men and women with disabilities to join sports, he is running Para Sports Academy at his home and is training budding para powerlifters free of cost. He also formed Punjab State Para Power- W Swami Vivekananda scholar spreads word of wisdom WHERE ARE PAGE 4 After a much fruitful stay in the UK and a dissertation of Swami Vivekananda, Dr Kapoor returned with three trunks of research papers and material back to India. His dissertation in the UK was turned into a doctoral thesis at the Panjab University, Chandigarh. Eventually it took shape as one of his noted books titled ‘Swami Vivekanand – Sojourns and Impact on the West’. Having started as a lecturer of history at Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, in 1970, he spent over four decades in academia. He became viceprincipal and later principal of the same college in 2005. In 2008 he joined DAV Sholapur as the local secretary of nine He has been honoured for his contribution to education (2005) at state-level Republic Day function, with the Shaheed Rajpal DAV Literary Award (2009) by ex-Governor Karnataka and Soham Smarkam Award (2010) for best contribution in prose to Bhavan’s Journal, Mumbai. He was adjudged ‘Star of the Week’ by Punjab Star, a Canadian weekly in 2004, and awarded Certificate of Recognition by Mississauga, Brampton Member Parliament, on behalf of House of Commons (2004). He was given Ambassador of Peace Award by Universal Peace Foundation in association with Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, and a Certificate of Appreciation from Elain Moore, Regional Councillor, Corporation of the City of Brampton. ❞ (As told to Aakanksha N Bhardwaj) MLA grants ~3L for Valmiki dharamshala Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, January 2 Chabbewal MLA Dr Raj Kumar on Saturday released a grant of Rs 3 lakh for the completion of Valmiki Dharamshala in Patti village of the Chabbewal Assembly constituency. Recently a demand letter was given by the Valmiki committee to him demanding completion of the unfin- ished work of the dharamshala, after which the MLA arranged a development grant of Rs 3 lakh to be credited into the account of the panchayat to complete the work. He told the panchayat members that there should be no compromise with the quality of the construction work. Capt. Sohan Lal Sahota thanked the MLA for the new year gift to Valmiki brotherhood.
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