07022021-JTR-01.qxd 2/6/2021 10:46 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE KAPURTHALA READY FOR ITS FIRST CIVIC BODY ELECTION As many as 196 candidates in the fray from 49 wards, one goes to Congress uncontested. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ MOVES TO PEECEE’S FORMER HOUSE PAGE 3 THE PROCESS IS BEAUTIFUL, SAYS ANIRUDH KAUSHAL Jacqueline was looking for a change since quite some time and finally, she seems to have found her new neighbourhood. MAX 22°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 7°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:07 PM PAGE 4 He made his debut with Sach Manu Ya Fareb song. Composed by Vipin Patwa, it has crossed million mark already. SUNRISE MONDAY 7:15 AM SUNDAY | 7 FEBRUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR Critical patients’ endless wait for a burns unit NO CHOICESerious patients being referred to DMCH; inauguration cancelled thrice as unit yet to be readied Aparna Banerji WHAT’S IN STORE Tribune News Service Members of various farmers’ organisations blocked the Amritsar-Delhi National Highway during a protest call at PAP, Jalandhar, on Saturday; and (right) commuters blow horn in support of the movement. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH Chakka jam: Farmers block roads for 3 hrs, commuters support by honking Ajay Joshi COMMUTERS AT RECEIVING END Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 6 The ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation by farmers on the outskirts of the national capital entered its the 73rd day on Saturday. On the call given by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha for a nationwide ‘chakka jam’, farmers protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws blocked roads and highways at several places in the district. Holding banners and placards, the young generation of farmers took the centre stage. Women and children, too provided equal support at the protest sites. Interestingly, while concluding the three-long hour protest observed between 12 PM and 3 PM, locals and farmers resorted to honk- One death, 20 new cases in district Tribune News Service Amid the road blockade by farmers and political groups, the passengers, be it those travelling by bus or train, were forced to take the road on Saturday. Vehicles and trucks entering and exiting the city remain stranded on the highways. Tractors were parked on roads to curb the movement of commuters. Karandeep Singh, who had come from Tarn Taran to visit his relatives in Jalandhar, said: “I was aware of the protest, but I thought I will make it before noon, and later board a bus back home. However, the bus arrived around 11.15 am in Kartarpur and I got off a few kilometres away near Vidhipur. The police didn’t allow the bus to move ahead. I ultimately got down and covered 5 kilometres on foot.” Vikar Kumar, a student, who had come from Hoshiarpur, and was looking for a bus to reach Amritsar, remained stranded till 3 pm. All national and state highways across the district were blocked by farmers. The biggest show was seen at PAP Chowk. The intersection is crucial as all traffic from Jalandhar towards Amritsar, Phagwara and Ludhiana gets stuck here. ing cars reportedly to oppose the farm laws. Farm leaders said through mass honking, they were trying to wake up the government. Makhwinder Singh (28), preferred supporting farmers by holding placards that read ‘73 days of protest’, ‘ Leher Kisan Di’ and ‘ Long live farmers’. While the police and antiriot team were deployed on the highways in large numbers to avert any untoward incident, leaders of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress were also present at the protest sites to stand with farmers. Around 1.5L people sign petition to get Kangana’s Twitter handle suspended fighting ❝Farmers arejustice forfor their rights and Ajay Joshi Jalandhar, February 6 The health authorities reported 20 cases in Jalandhar district on Saturday. With this, the total number of positive cases reached 20,804 in the district. The health authorities reported one death in the district. The death toll increased to 679. At present, the district has 244 active cases and 19,881 people had been discharged while as many as 162 people were under home isolation in thr district. Meanwhile in Kapurthala, 14 persons tested Covid-19 positive on Saturday. JAL ROUND-UP Samples collected 5,76,295 Negative 5,32,478 Positive 20,784 Active 244 Deceased 679 Discharged 19,881 Sample inappropriate 6,561 Results awaited 2,290 Home isolated 162 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 6 A petition is being circulated on social media platforms to ban Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter account for spreading hatred and calling farmers as ‘terrorists’. As the deadlock continues between the Centre and farmers over the three agri laws, Kangana often takes to Twitter to malign farmers. While forwarding the petition, Gurpreet Singh Atwal, a Bhogpur-based farmer said the petition has been launched by Manjinder Singh Sirsa, chief, Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee. Earlier, this week, the micro-blogging site withheld around 250 accounts for supporting famers’ stir, which were later reinstated. The petition against Kangana reads that her recent tweets were harming farmers, who were protesting peacefully for their rights and were only asking for revoking the agri laws passed by the Central Government. “Kangana keeps calling the farmers ‘terrorists’ and is promoting rage. Her recent tweet called the Sikh farmers ‘cancer in the body of the nation’ and mentions how the ‘process of eradication will start’,” mentions the petition. While twitter blocked the around six months. They have been protesting peacefully and received nothing but brutality, violence and terrorist remarks from the police and Centre. Hence, we appeal that Kangana's twitter account be suspended. ❞ Gurpreet S Atwal, BHOGPUR-BASED FARMER accounts for posting provocative hashtags, including #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide, farmers said, “Kangana was clearly talking about ethnic cleansing in short genocide. She is trying to recreate 1984 Sikh genocide and is promoting hatred, harm and violence against farmers.” “Farmers are fighting for their rights and justice for around six months. They have been protesting peacefully and received nothing but brutality, violence and terrorist remarks from the police and the Centre. Hence, we appeal that Kangana’s twitter account should be suspended,” said Atwal. As many as 1,47,566 people have already signed the petition. Notably, Twitter had earlier blocked a large number of accounts, including those belonging to Kisan Ekta Morcha, tractor2twitter and a private publication house. Kulwant Singh Mannan, district SAD president, urban, who was present at the Maqsudan-Amritsar highway, said: “The PM Modi-led government is inattentive to the plight of farmers. Instead of fields, peasants are on roads, struggling to restore their rights, however, the AGENDA 2021 Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 6 Last Friday, holding her brush and palette, artist Kimi Juneja remained standing for 14 hours straight to complete her painting — a painting, which so far is closest to her heart and has not been readied for the purpose of sale. Having actively participated in pro-farmer protests locally, the idea of brushing the farmers’ theme bulged while she was completing some pending portrait orders of her clients, and did not settle till it was finally completed. In the painting she shows a farmer ploughing his fields while looking up at the dark clouds over his head. The painting carries words from gurbani ‘nishchay kar apni jeet karo’. “The moment I completed it, I shared it with my friends and well wishers on social media and got a huge, unexpected response. People shared it adding videos and shabad as the tune to it. There were calls even from Canada with people asking me for its price and I told them that I had no plans to sell it as of now. My husband remained a big support while I completed this work,” Juneja quipped. The 43-year-old (looks pretty young) shot into limelight a few months back when she made painting related to coronavirus and frontline warriors. “My painting of a doctor with lines ‘sarbat da bhala’ was appreciated a lot at that time,” she shared, c m y b Central Government was unmoved by their agitation. We also condemn the internet ban on the Delhi-Haryana borders. The arrests of farmers and activists have raised questions on human rights violations in the largest democratic country. We will continue to support farmers till their demands are accepted.” From city-based youth icon Balraj Singh Khera, a TV reality show winner and Pollywood actor, to school going kids, every one raised slogans against the Modi government at the PAP National Highway. Khera said instead of banning the social media accounts of farm activists and farm leaders, the government needs to take action against rumourmongers spreading false information. Jalandhar, February 6 An 11-year-old boy suffered 90 per cent burn injuries when his kite got entangled in high-tension wires overhead on Thursday. Initially bought to the Civil Hospital, the family decided to shift their son to the DMCH. While anyone can imagine what implications the nearly two-hour journey between Jalandhar and Ludhiana can have for a patient, who suffers critical burns, the family had no choice but to travel this distance because a wellequipped Civil Hospital in Jalandhar is still waiting for the state-of-the-art ICU to be inaugurated. While it has been three years since the Civil Hospital purchased the equipment, the slow pace of the construction of the ICU at the top floor of the trauma unit has prevented its use so far. While funds worth ~60 lakh for the equipment were donated by Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Gujral in March 2018, the equipment was purchased in November 2018. The construction work of the burns unit began on the second floor of the trauma ward a year later — in November 2019. A press note of the district administration (July 2018) had declared that the project’s first phase would be completed in two months (from July 2018). However, two years hence, the unit still awaits completion. With a total cost of ~1.20 ■ The state-of-the-art burns unit that will come up at the trauma centre of the Civil Hospital finally will be equipped with dermatome growth factor devices, hand surgery trolleys, monitors and oxygen pipelines. ■ It shall also have central sterilisation dressing rooms and provisions for dressing under anaesthesia. crore (~58 lakh from the MP and the rest with Central and state’s contribution on a 40:60 ratio) the project was finally cleared for an upgrade to provide a state-of-the-art ICU for the people of the district. The finally cleared eight-bed burns unit included an intensive care unit (ICU) and an exclusive operation theatre (OT) for the treatment of burns patients on the top floor of the trauma centre. However, initial delays along with the pandemic set the pace back by at least two years. The inaugural event was cancelled at least three times with the unit still awaiting completion. Sources said since building a ramp for the unit would need evacuation of the trauma centre, it was deemed unfeasible amid the pandemic. Additionally, with the retirement of the Civil Hospital’s only plastic surgeon on December 31, 2020, this proved another setback. While the hospital has more than four surgeons and veterans, none of them are plastic surgeons. Dr Chanjiv, the last serving plastic surgeon at the Civil Hospital, who devised the ONLY A MATTER OF TIME Artist Kimi Juneja, who recently earned fame with her farmer piece, looks to open an art gallery project and plan for the burns unit, said: “The inaugurations of the burns ICU was stalled at least three times. We have the state-of-the-art equipment worth ~60 lakh, which shall be functional as soon as the ICU gets operational. However, the biggest problem is manpower. Plastic surgeons and surgeons trained in burn care are needed at the unit. There should also be an option of hiring external consultants if the internal staff is not trained. I had written to the state government that all general surgeons should be trained in burn care.” Medical Superintendent, Jalandhar, Dr Parminder Kaur said: “It was the choice of the family to go to the DMCH. They chose to go there themselves due to the intensity of the injury. Meanwhile, we are also planning to inaugurate the burns trauma centre soon. We have four competent surgeons to handle severe cases. I have just joined and we are working for ways to make the burns unit functional as soon as possible. Although it would be difficult to provide a timeline for the same as of now.” Union Minister Som Prakash gheraoed for two hours Our Correspondent The moment completed ❝shared it with Imy friends it, I and well wishers on social media and got a huge, unexpected response. People shared it adding videos and shabad as the tune to it. There were calls even from Canada with people asking me for its price and I told them that I had no plans to sell it as of now. My husband remained a big support while I completed this work. Kimi Juneja, ARTIST ❞ before replaying past times, “even though I was inclined towards painting from the very beginning but I could share more time towards it after my kids grew up and were much on their own.” About her plans for 2021, she came out, “If everything goes well, I will be seeing my dream coming true. Soon, I may open my art gallery in a posh area and will display all my work there. It will lend a professional touch to my work.” Juneja’s mother and younger sister, too, are artists based in Ludhiana. A social activist as well, she said, “My gallery will also exhibit the artwork of the kids of Prayaas, an NGO for special kids. I had been organising display of their work earlier in a gurdwara, which I will now shift to my gallery.” Hoshiarpur, February 6 Union Minister of State Som Prakash on Saturday faced the outrage of farmers, when he went out to campaign for the BJP candidates of Ward Number 18 and 19 for the municipal elections in Hoshiarpur. Som Prakash, former BJP state president Rajinder Bhandari, former minister Tikshan Sood and other BJP leaders were at a private school run by the family of state BJP NGO cell chairman Nipun Sharma in Purhiran. They remained stuck for more than two hours as farmers surrounded them and raised slogans against the BJP Learning . about it, BJP workers too reached and started raising slogans against protesters. Later, the SSP reached and persuaded the farmers to give them way. Meanwhile, hundreds of farmers sat on a dharna at Purhiran Chowk during the three-hour ‘chakka jam’ organised by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha. Around 2 pm, farmers came to know that the Union Minister of State and other BJP leaders had reached to campaign for the BJP candidate in Ward Number 19. They surrounded the leaders and raised slogans against the BJP.
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