16012021-JTR-01.qxd 1/15/2021 11:19 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE DIST ADMINISTRATION GEARS UP FOR A CATTLE-FREE CAMPAIGN The district administration has started a campaign to rid the city of the stray cattle menace haunting residents. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF VISUALLY IMPAIRED OPERATED UPON Hoshiarpur: Continuing the mission to light up lives of visually impaired, the Rotary Club, Hoshiarpur, arranged corneal implant of 16 corneal visually impaired patients in December 2020. Rotary Club chief Gopal Vasudeva told the members that out of 16 patients, 13 were from Punjab, one each from Haryana, Himachal and Uttar Pradesh. Secretary Parveen Palial said the patients were operated upon by Dr Rohit Gupta of Guru Ka Langar Eye Hospital, Chandigarh, and Dr Shakeen Singh of Amritsar. Project chairman Manoj Ohri said all the operations were done at the club’s expenditure and medicines were provided to the patients free of cost. Ohri said the operation was undertaken in collaboration with the Rotary Club Plano Metro, Texas, US. He appealed that if anyone comes across any person who’s visually impaired due to corneal blindness, they should contact the Rotary Club, Hoshiarpur (Mid Town). Assistant governor of club Satish Gupta said service to humanity was the main aim of the Rotary Club. OC ENSURE INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION: DEO Nawanshahr: District Education Officer Jagjit Singh exhorted teachers to ensure individual attention on each and every student to transform ‘Mission Shat Pratishat’ into reality. The Education Department has chalked out a meticulous plan for achieving ‘Mission Shat Pratishat’ through simplified learning material, question banks, model test papers as per the revised syllabus and structure of question papers are being provided to the students. Progress report of students on the basis of previous house examinations has been done and micro planning for preparing weak, average and meritorious students, for the ensuing board examinations has been formulated, he said. He was addressing the meet of district and block mentors of different subjects, zila sikhiya sudhar team to take stock of the progress report. The DEO asked them to ensure that learning material, question banks, model test papers and other latest guidelines should reach to the students. He asked them to mobilise teachers and students to download ‘Punjab Educare App’ for easy access to requisite material and latest information. TNS PAGE 2 RICHA’S STATEMENT ON MADAM CHIEF MINISTER POSTER ROW PAGE 3 CAST OF KYUN UTTHE DIL CHODD AAYE SHOOTS IN AMRITSAR CHILL The first poster of Madam Chief Minister was unveiled recently but it received criticism from netizens over casteism. MAX 16°C | MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 5°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:48 PM PAGE 4 Set in the backdrop of 1947 and pre-Partition India, Lahore, the show narrates the story of three women. SUNRISE SUNDAY 7:27 AM SATURDAY | 16 JANUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR 300 health workers to get first dose today COVID VACCINATION DAYDrive to be held at three health facilities; 500-600 vaccines sent to each centre Aparna Banerji ABOUT COVISHIELD Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 15 Ten months after the first Covid case was reported in the district last year, the first batch of health workers from the district are finally going to get the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine tomorrow (January 16). After a year of lockdown, gloom, uncertainty and health concerns, 300 health workers would be the first in the district to be vaccinated against the virus. After the arrival of 16,490 doses of the Covishield vaccine in the district on Friday, the vaccine was dispatched to the three centres where it would be administered. The Oxford-developed Covishield vaccine would be administered to health workers listed in Jalandhar. Notably, the first Covid case was reported at Virk village (where three persons contracted the virus) in the dis- ■ India has approved the AstraZeneca and Oxford University-developed vaccine which, in India, is manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (the world's largest manufacturer of the vaccine, by volume). Covishield is the Indian name of the Oxford vaccine. While Bharat Biotech-developed Covaxin is also approved for use in India, in Punjab the Covishield vaccine will be administered during the inoculation drives. The drive would begin after the PM's interaction with state CMs via videoconference on Saturday morning. Jalandhar Civil Hospital staff check the stock of Covid vaccines; and (right) special ward set up for those who will be inoculated. SARABJIT SINGH trict on March 24 last year. They were all relatives of Nawanshahr-based Baldev Singh who was then referred to as the super spreader. The vaccine would be administered to 300 health workers at three health facili- Dist has 16.21L registered voters 19,638 voters added to list Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 15 The district administration today handed over the final voter lists of nine legislative Assembly segments, prepared after a Special Summary Revision, to the representatives of the various political parties under Election Verification Programme (EVP). Handing over the lists to representatives of various political parties, Additional Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Sarangal said the lists had been prepared by the Election Commission of India after a thorough process was carried out minutely in the district under EVP . He added that there were 16,01,523 voters in Jalandhar when the draft electoral were published and now after the completion of EVP Jalandhar , has now 16,21,161 voters which show that a total of 19,638 new voters have been registered. Among a total of 16,21,161 voters, 8,44,619 are male, 7,76,516 are female and 26 belong to the third gender. He said these lists were available with the District Election Office, Office of EROs and even with the Booth Level Officers at the respective polling booths. He said these lists could also be seen on website ceopunjab.nic.in. In order to facilitate people to get them enrolled as voters for participating in the democratic process more enthusiastically, the Election Commission of India had announced the schedule for special summary revision of photo electoral roll under EVP . The claims and objections for the draft publication of rolls were received from November 16 to December 15 at the concerned polling booths or the offices of the Registration Officers/ Assistant Registration Officers. Likewise on January 5, the claims and objections were settled and as per the instructions of the ECI, the database was updated under the EVP . On the occasion, Election Kanungo Rakesh Kumar and others were present. ties — the Civil Hospital, Jalandhar; the Sub-Divisional Hospital, Nakodar, and the CHC, Basti Gujan. A team of health workers has been deployed at these centres which will administer the dose to 100 beneficiaries. Around 500 to 600 vaccines have been dispatched to each centre for the vaccination drive. About 400 health workers — doctors, nurses and paramedical staff — have been deputed at the Civil Hospital. Of them, 100 would be vaccinat- 28 fresh Covid cases reported in dist, no death CBSE schools begin offline classes Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 15 After the state government issued the guidelines last week, some schools affiliated with the CBSE have also resumed classes. Since the attendance remained quite low, school authorities were in a fix and stated that blended teaching would have to be followed in such circumstances. Around 20 per cent attendance was seen at Innocent Hearts School which reopened from Class V to XII on Friday. As the students came to the school after nine months, there was no morning assembly. Students went straight to their classrooms and attended classes for three hours (10 am to 1 pm). As transport facilities were not provided, parents dropped and picked up their wards. Prerna Sharma, a mother, said, “My daughter is in Class VIII. Though I was little reluctant to send her to school, I allowed her as she insisted. She told me that only 10 students came in her class, but she enjoyed wearing the uniform and sitting on her bench. I am not sure if I will allow her to continue as the school will in any case hold online classes for the remaining 80 per cent students.” Jalandhar, January 15 With 28 more cases, total number of Covid-19 positive cases in the district today reached 20,311. The number of deceased in Jalandhar remained 654. The active cases in district are 247 until today. 19,410 persons have been discharged while as many as 145 people are also under home isolation in Jalandhar currently. Kapurthala district saw nine persons testing positive for Covid-19 today. Two more deaths were also reported from Kapurthala. The deceased include a 77-yearold man from Baghana village in Phagwara who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar and a 49-year-old man from Hardaspur village in Phagwara who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar. 2 deaths, 13 new positive cases in Hoshiarpur The district tally reached 7,920 with 13 new positive patients today. With two Covid-19 deaths, the toll reached 325. — OC ed. Twentyeight days after the first dose, the second dose of the vaccine would be administered to the same set of health professionals. A total of 31 health teams would be administering the vaccines across all 29 session sites and each team has a target to vaccinate 100 beneficiaries per day, which would mean 2,900 persons to be vaccinated daily. District Immunisation Officer Dr Rakesh Chopra said, “All arrangements have been ready and the vaccines have been sent to the three centres. The vaccine will be administered to 300 health workers on Saturday and on subsequent dates, starting Monday, the number of centres where health workers are to be vaccinated would be increased.” Tribune News Service Kanwaljit Singh Randhawa, Principal, MGN Public School, Adarsh Nagar, said, “We will start school for Class VI onwards from January 18. We are not calling Class V students as of now. Of the total 800 students in Classes VI to VIII, only 97 parents have given their consent. We have a meeting tomorrow and will plan on how to go about it as we will have to follow hybrid teaching.” He said, “We have already been running Classes for students of IX to XII. While for Class X, the attendance is usually 65 per cent, it is around 40 per cent for Class XII.” The attendance remained quite low on the first day and school authorities were in a fix and stated that blended teaching would have to be followed in such circumstances. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Done with flashy music, he wants to sing a divine tune now IKGPTU sets the agenda Set to launch ‘Tera-Tera’ project this year where 1,008 youngsters will recite ‘Satnam Waheguru’ for its silver jubilee year Tribune News Service AGENDA 2021 Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 15 While most celebrities of his ilk would prefer to up their glamour quotient in 2021, ace music director Dharminder Kathak is a class apart. As the world went through a tough phase in 2020, Kathak is determined to devote this year to meditation and spirituality. “The year 2020 gave us lessons for life, showing us how we need to keep our air clean, have fresh soothing, music around and believe in the power of the Almighty. I have my plans ready for this year. The title of my project is ‘ Tera-Tera’ and I have finalised a composition which I will get recorded in the voice of 1008 youngsters. I will record all of them one by one. As they will all recite ‘Satnam waheguru’ for few minutes, it will spread good vibes all around,” he said. Kathak, who has been imparting training to budding musicians for the past 38 years, including the likes of Master Saleem, Sugandha Mishra, Navraj Hans and Jyotica Tangri adds, “It is perhaps with the blessings of the Almighty that I got this assignment. All our actions are governed by him. The planning too has happened ❝There have been enough of flashy songs and videos. My idea is now to motivate people towards meditation. I also intend to tell all budding singers of Punjab not to detach themselves from the roots and always stay connected. I want to motivate them to keep the culture of Punjab alive wherever they go. ❞ Dharminder Kathak, MUSIC DIRECTOR so quickly. The first youth to record for me is Mehneen Kaur of MGN Public School. We will begin it from next Sunday. The Sukhmani Sewa Society too has joined me in this project c m y b and they say that they will get me youth from the entire India. It has also been decided that training of the youth for the composition from far off places will be done via Zoom and then they will get their voice recorded at a studio around them and send it to me.” Kathak said, “I have another plan under the ‘Tera-Tera’ project. I intend to record voices of 13 male celebrities and 13 female celebrities for another devotional album. The male celebrities could be Master Saleem and Nachhatar Gill while female ones could be Jaspinder Narula or Rupinder Handa.” He added, “I also wish to organise a large religious and musical convention which could happen at a stadium. There have been enough of flashy songs and videos. My idea is now to motivate people towards meditation. Also, I intend to tell all budding singers of Punjab not to detach themselves from the roots and always stay connected. I want to motivate them to keep Punjabiyat alive wherever they go.” Kathak added, “In this new year, I have also somehow decided that I will train only 10 students at a time and not more. All these 10 students will have to show their commitment towards learning music and achieving new heights.” Kapurthala, January 15 IK Gujral Punjab Technical University (IKGPTU) has entered its 25th year of foundation, the university has prepared its year-long agenda for academic affairs and development. The university is focusing this year for academic competence, research and development and to support students with maximum user-friendly technology. Also, the authorities have set a target that this year the university will work on its subsistence parallel to the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. University ViceChancellor Prof Ajay Kumar Sharma shared these goals and agendas with the university team members during the beginning of silver jubilee year celebrations. Upliftment of the university and preparation of roadmap for holistic technical education as a large multidisciplinary university is top priority this year, the VC said. On the other important agenda, he said that skill enhancement of students as per market requirement, imparting vocational education with higher technical education, active involvement with industry to enhance employability, quality improvement, modernisation and capacity building will be continued as before.
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