06022021-JTR-01.qxd 2/5/2021 11:07 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE 291 CONSTABLES PASSOUT FROM JAHANKHELAN CENTRE A passing out parade of ‘Basic recruitment course’ of district cadre, intelligence, IT constables was held. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 STORIES OF GRIT, PASSION SET TO COME ALIVE ON CELLULOID PAGE 3 In these troubled times, what better than movies based on sports? A look at some of the films in the pipeline. MAX 21°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:06 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7:16 AM DOABA’S LIFELINEAdmn orders to form a panel to keep pollutants in check Tribune News Service PAGE 4 Shehnaaz and Badshah, along with their teams, are currently in Kashmir for the shooting of a music video. Soiled for decades, efforts begin to bring Bist-Doab Canal back to life Jalandhar, February 5 The district administration has ordered the constitution of a joint panel comprising officials from the Municipal Corporation, Irrigation and Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to deal with the waste in the distributaries of the Bist-Doab Canal crossing from the various parts of the city. Crystal clear once, people from the nearby areas used to take a dip in it. Also nicknamed as the ‘DAV nehar’, as the time passed and industries came in, the water and the clear space of the channel was reclaimed by industrial pollution coupled with tonnes of waste and garbage from residential and industrial areas. The administration’s declaration regarding the clearing of the canal of garbage has given a ray of light as the canal was riddled with filth for decades. Presiding over the meeting of the District Environment Committee in the District Administrative Complex, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) (Development) Vishesh Sarangal asked the officials of three departments to conduct the survey in the entire 10-km area around dis- SHEHNAAZ GILL ROCKS IN A KASHMIRI DRESS IN A VIDEO to also run an intensive awareness drive in the areas surrounding the distributary to sensitise the people for maintaining cleanliness. The ADC asked the officials to submit the inspection report to his office so that action would be taken to tackle the pollution in the distributary. Further, he told them to take strict action those who found burning the garbage which creates pollution in the environment. He said the Punjab Government was committed towards the holistic development of the city and prosperity of the people and no stone would be unturned for the cause. Sarangal also took stock of progress of Sewage Treatment Plant (STPs) projects and asked the officials to complete all works at the earliest. The ADC also asked the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department to make a strategy to ensure none of the farmers indulge in the stubble burning in the upcoming wheat harvesting season. He asked officials to give ‘top priority’ to the environment so that we can give a safe future to the coming generations. He said there was a need to give fillip to the overall development of the areas. SATURDAY | 6 FEBRUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR 11 ROs, five water ATMs to be set up in Phillaur villages Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 5 After the Water Supply and Sanitation Department surveys pointed to the presence of arsenic and heavy metals in the groundwater of 16 villages of Phillaur sub-division, it is now set to install 11 RO systems and five water ATMs to ensure potable drinking water to people. Chief Engineer KS Saini said all the ROs and water ATMs would be functional by the end of this month. “A project at an outlay of ~1.47 crore has been chalked out to tackle the problem.” Pointing out further, Nodal Officer of the project executive engineer Nitin Kalia, said two types of RO systems were being installed in the identified 16 villages that include RO systems dispensing 5001,000 litre water per hour and water ATMs dispensing water up to 250 litre per hour. He further mentioned that RO systems with the capacity of 500-1,000 litre water per hour are to be installed in Dolike Sunderpur, Khanke Fatehgarh, Chuheki, Bachhowal, Bhaini, Burj Pukhta, Cheema Khurd, Chaulla, Kala, Phillaur Killa and Dhesian villages whereas water ATMs would be installed in Chuheki, Batura, Bada Pind, Birk, and Amarjitpur. Both the RO systems and ATMs would cater to the population of 12,766 of 16 vil- Contaminated water in 16 villages, 15-20 paise/litre water to be charged An RO installed in one of the villages of Phillaur sub-division where heavy metals were found. Two types of RO systems were being installed in the identified 16 villages. lages. The RO water would be provided at a nominal price of about 15-20 paisa per litre. Kalia said tubewells at the depth of 400-ft have been installed along with the RO and ATM sites and the operating company would also offer door-to-door delivery of potable drinking water. He said that once the power connections were installed at all 16 sites, the ROs and water ATMs would be made functional immediately. Also, the RO system would have a multi-grade filter, activated carbon filter, polypropylene filter, and membrane UV system. Lauding the state government’s efforts, sarpanch of Dolike Sunderpur Ranjit Kaur said that this scheme would definitely change the scenario in villages as people would be able to access clean and hazardousfree water. She termed this scheme the need of the hour. especially in the wake of the groundwater contamination. 38th edition of Surjit PAP Commandant, 100 cops get the shot hockey from Oct 23 ‘Silent Letters’ — a confluence of many worlds Crystal clear once, people from the nearby areas used to take a dip in Bist-Doab Canal. Presiding over the meeting of the District Environment Committee in the District Administrative Complex, ADC (Development) Vishesh Sarangal (pic) asked the officials to conduct a survey in the entire 10-km area around distributary of the Bist-Doab Canal and give a comprehensive report over the menace. He also asked the officials to also start a challaning drive against responsible for dumping garbage here. tributary of the Bist-Doab Canal and give a comprehensive report over the menace. On being informed by PPCB that distributary has become a garbage dumping site, the Additional Deputy Commissioner asked the offi- cials to also start challaning those responsible for dumping garbage here. Besides, Vishesh Sarangal told them Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bhawna Bharti Former national boxer gets 9th rank in PCS (J) Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, February 5 Bhawna Bharti, a former boxer (national bronze medallist) from Hoshiarpur, ranked 9th in Punjab Civil Services (Judicial). She said, “Dedication and learning from mistakes makes one successful. One should keep on working until the target is achieved.” Bharti, who’s pursuing PhD at Panjab University, Chandigarh, dreamt of being an officer since childhood. She did her LLB and LLM from Panjab University, Chandigarh. It was her first attempt at judicial services. “Earlier, I appeared in judicial services examinations in Haryana and Rajasthan, but could not clear (Mains) because of language paper, which used to be Hindi. But unsuccessful attempts helped me in increasing concentration and learn from mistakes.” Bharti studied at PD Arya Kanya Vidyalya and Government College, Hoshiarpur. She won the bronze medal in national boxing championships in 2009. Her boxing coach, Harjang Singh, said, “She was a good player and has done us proud. She has changed the notion that players cannot progress in studies.” Jalandhar, February 5 Surjit Hockey Society has decided to hold the 38th edition of the Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament from October 23. Ghanshyam Thori, Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, who was recently made the president of Surjit Hockey Society, said in the meeting of the executive board of the Society that the decision was taken due to palpable improvement in the condition of Covid-19 and availability of vaccine. “The 38th Indian Oil Surjit hockey tournament will be held from October 23 to 31 here at the Surjit Hockey Stadium,” he said. Top ranking 16 teams of the country, including the champions Punjab and Sind Bank and the runners-up Indian Oil, Mumbai, will participate in this nine-day bonanza. Thori further said this year’s 38th edition will be dedicated to the 400th cente- nary of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur and during the tournament kits would be distributed to 400 budding players of district. In the last tournament on the 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev, kits were distributed to 550 players. Thori added that in view of the success of Surjit Hockey coaching camp being conducted for the last four months and the excellent performance of the Society for 37 years, giving the direct affiliation by Hockey India (HI) to the Surjit Hockey Academy are a great achievements of the Society. He said that the players of Surjit Hockey Academy are being coached by experienced coaches like Olympian Rajinder Singh, a Dronacharya Awardee, and are being given top-notch hockey equipment and good diet. The DC appealed parents to send their kids to the academy to learn more about the game and the training at the facility is absolutely free. Jalandhar, February 5 Harkamal Preet Singh Khakh, Commandant of 7th Battalion, PAP received the , Covishield vaccine on Friday along with 100 other cops at the PAP Community Health Centre. Khakh has the additional charge of AIG, Counter Intelligence, Jalandhar zone. “All of us are fine. This special vaccination camp is being held on the directions of DGP Dinkar Gupta. Under the drive, cops of the Punjab Police, being frontline workers during the pandemic, are being vaccinated,” said the officer. He said the Punjab Police had done exceptionally well during the Covid19 crisis by delivering essentials and medicines at people’s doorstep. He exhorted all police personnel and citizens to come forward and get vaccinated in a larger public interest. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 5 “Poetry is as essential as breathing for a poet and a good poetry should be able to stand the test of time,” says Seema Jain, a poet, during the online book launch event of her new collection of English poems, titled ‘Silent Letters’. The event was attended by many eminent personalities and stalwarts in the domain of English and Hindi literature, besides many other renowned people from other walks of life. Among the distinguished guests were Dr Maja Herman Sekulic, award winning Ser- AIG Counter Intelligence Harkamal Preet Singh Khakh gets inoculated during the second phase of the Covid vaccination drive at PAP Community Health Centre in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO 1 death, 26 fresh cases in Jalandhar Tribune News Service 9 test +ve in Kapurthala Jalandhar, February 5 With 26 more cases, total number of Covid-19 positive cases in the district on Friday reached 20,784. The number of deceased persons due to Covid in Jalandhar reached 678 with one more death. The active cas- es in district are 243 to date. As many as 19,863 persons have been discharged while as many as 158 people are also under home isolation in Jalandhar currently. Kapurthala district saw nine persons testing positive for Covid today. DIST ROUND-UP Samples collected 5,73,771 Negative 5,30,278 Positive 20,784 Active 243 Deceased 678 Discharged 19,863 Samples inappropriate 6,561 Results awaited 2,339 Home isolated 158 157 frontline workers inoculated Our Correspondent Top ranking 16 teams of the country, including the champions Punjab and Sind Bank and the runners-up Indian Oil, Mumbai, will participate in this nine-day sports extravaganza. TRIBUNE FILE Hoshiarpur, February 5 On the second day of the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive at the Police Lines, 157 frontline workers were given the dose. SSP Navjot Singh Mahal himself got vaccinated c m y b yesterday and said there was nothing to worry about. Mahal said constable Rajwinder Kaur, who felt a bit nervous while getting vacci- nated, was doing absolutely fine. Senior Medical Officer Dr Swati said the woman constable was feeling nervous and shivering during the vaccination. She was kept under observation at the Civil Hospital and discharged after all her tests came out normal. Five cases reported in Hoshiarpur Hoshiarpur, February 5 The health authorities reported five new Covid-19 positive cases in Hoshiarpur district on Friday. With this, the total number of positive cases reached 8,086. The authorities reported no death today. Civil Surgeon Ranjit Singh said out of five cases, one patient was from Hoshiarpur city while 4 were from various other health blocks of the district. At present, the district has 70 active cases and the recovery count reached 7,702. — OC Seema Jain’s book on short poems unveiled at an online event bian-American writer from New York and a global poetry icon, Prof (Dr) Atima Sharma Dwivedi, Principal, KMV College, Dr Jernail Singh Anand, acclaimed poet and critic and Professor Emeritus, European Institute of Roma Studies and Research Belgrade, Serbia; Dr Arindam Roy, renowned journalist and poet, founder and Editor-inChief, Different Truths, Dr Narendra Mohan, eminent Hindi poet, playwright and critic, Dr Ajay Sharma, renowned Hindi novelist, and Dr Prabhjot Parmar, Professor, Dept of English, University of Fraser Valley, Canada. Speaking on the occasion, Jain quoted Pablo Neruda and Louise Gluck, the 1971 and 2020 Nobel laureates in literature, respectively, to highlight the essence continued on page 2
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