27022021-JTR-01.qxd 2/26/2021 11:04 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE BOTANICAL GARDEN AT KMV TO PROMOTE OUTDOOR LEARNING PAGE 2 LADY GAGA OFFERS $500,000 REWARD FOR HER STOLEN DOGS KMV has developed a botanical garden in order to provide practical knowledge of plants to students. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 3 NARAYANI SHASTRI BELIEVES IN SPONTANEITY AS AN ACTOR Lady Gaga is offering big reward for the return of her French bulldogs Koji and Gustav that were stolen in Hollywood. MAX 27°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:24 PM PAGE 4 Narayani Shastri will soon be seen on small screen with Star Plus’ upcoming show Aapki Nazron Ne Samjha. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:56 AM SATURDAY | 27 FEBRUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR ~30 cr to be spent on Over 40 students hospitalised after 3-laning of PAP flyover ‘food poisoning’ Tender allotted to pvt firm, work to be completed in 1 year Tribune News Service The PAP flyover was inaugurated in February 2019, but it had to be closed within a day as four accidents took place on the first day. No land will be acquired for widening the flyover. TRIBUNE FILE Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 26 Commuters heading towards Amritsar or Pathankot from the city are likely to face traffic snarls for another one year. The tender related to threelaning of PAP flyover has been cleared after financial and technical bids were opened by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The work has been allotted to a private firm (KRC) for an amount of Rs 30 crore. It would take around one-and-a-half-month to commence the work as the administration first needs to get the electricity lines removed from outside the office of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). No land would be acquired for the purpose of three-laning of the flyover. At present, commuters heading from city to Amritsar/Pathankot need to take a treacherous detour of 3.5 km via Rama Mandi. Those coming from Ludhiana need to take a U-turn, which gets risky due to heavy movement of traffic throughout the day. Inaugurated in Feb 2019 The PAP flyover was inaugurated in February 2019, but it had to be closed within a day as four accidents had taken place on the first day itself. It was witnessed that three lanes of traffic, including one from Jalandhar and two from Ludhiana were merging into two (towards Amritsar). This was the point where vehicles were colliding. The technical defect could not be visualised by experts of the NHAI before its launch and discussion went on during meetings and the site visits by experts and the district administration. Various alternate methods were planned, but three-laning of the flyover from the site where Jalandhar lane merged seemed to be the only workable option. Yashpal, Project Director, NHAI, “The work is expected to be completed within a year. There is a section where the Indian Railways come into the play and slowing down of railway traffic is expected. Thus, it will take a little longer.” Jalandhar, February 26 As many as 42 students of Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala, were admitted to Civil Hospital here late last night after they were taken ill due to suspected food poisoning. All of them were discharged by this evening. They were rushed to the Kapurthala Civil Hospital after they reported abdominal cramps and discomfort. Health authorities said four more students were reported to the Kapurthala Civil Hospital this morning; they were all discharged by today evening. Health teams also visited the PTU mess as well as premises today and took food and water samples. The students were pursuing studies in various disciplines of technical education. Civil Surgeon, Kapurthala, Dr Seema said, “Students reportedly had karhi and mixed vegetable in the hostel mess on Thursday morning. As many as 42 students were reported to us with abdominal cramps last night. Many also had dehydration and bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea. Abdominal cramps was the most common symptom reported by the students. They were under observation until this evening. All the students were discharged by late evening after they started feeling better.” “We have taken five water Food samples at hostel mess collected, report awaited Devotees participate in the shobha yatra taken out on the eve of Guru Ravidas Jayanti in Jalandhar. and five food samples from the PTU which have been sent to the state laboratory for testing. The actual cause of infection will be clear only after we receive the sample report. During inspection, the kitchen was also found to be in poor hygienic condition,” she added. Sandeep Kumar Kazal, Registrar, PTU, said: “The Incident is very unfortunate. We had some students complaining of stomachache last night after which they were given the first aid at the campus dispensary. But, when the problem still persisted, they were then rushed to Civil Hospital, Kapurthala. The hostel authorities also accompanied them and extended full cooperation. Almost all of them got discharged later. The cause of the infection has not been ascertained. A committee has been constituted which will examine the cause of the incident. It might even be possible that the students had their meals from outside. It would be too early to say anything. While the PTU hostel has 400 to 500 student residents – the discomfort was reported among 42 students.” Shobha yatra taken out on eve of Ravidas Jayanti Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 26 On the eve of Guru Ravidas Jayanti, a shobha yatra was taken out in the city on Friday afternoon. It was attended by a large number of devotees and several political leaders from the city and outside. The procession, which started from Guru Ravidas Dham in Bootan Mandi, passed through various parts of the city, including Nakodar Chowk, Valmiki Chowk, Mahavir Marg and Ram Chowk. Shabad Bani composed by Guru Ravidas was played using DJ systems all through the journey. Leader of Opposition and Aam Aadmi Party leader Harpal Cheema said Guru Ravidas had raised his voice to uplift the downtrodden. He said there was need for rais- 4th micro-containment zone declared in Hoshiarpur Hoshiarpur, February 26 The district administration on Friday declared Ward No.1 of Garhshankar town a microcontainment zone after eight persons tested positive in the last few days. Additional District Magistrate-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Amit Kumar Panchal issued an order under Section 144 of the CrPC in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said only medical emergency and essential services would be allowed in the micro-containment zone. He said teams of the Health Department would conduct a door-to-door survey and contact tracing in Ward No.1. In addition, all positive cases will be shifted to health centres as per the protocol. The Additional District Magistrate said the area had been declared a micro-containment zone for 10 days. He said legal action under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, would be taken against violators. Earlier this week, Dhamai and Alawalpur villages in Garhshankar subdivision and Bhattan Mohalla in HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 JAL COVID UPDATE NEW CASES: 63 TOTAL CASES: 21,519 NEW DEATHS: 1 TOTAL DEATHS: 703 RESULT AWAITED: 3,169 TOTAL DISCHARGED: 20,359 ACTIVE 457 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Dist Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ Garhshankar were too declared a micro-containment zone. The district reported the deaths of two persons, pushing the total to 366 on Friday. Besides, as many as 66 more persons tested positive for the virus, taking the tally to 8,492. Civil Surgeon Dr Tanjir Singh Ghotra said today’s 66 new patients included 10 cases from the city and the remaining 56 are from various health blocks of the district. Of the two deceased, one has been identified as a 72year-old person of Alampur village and the other as a 76year-old woman of Bassi Kalan village, who died at a private hospital in Ludhiana. There are 244 active cases while 7,928 have recovered. At Soli village in Posi block, six patients are from the same household; two teachers of Govt Middle School, Tahliwal; one teacher of Government Middle School, Bagpur; and one teacher of MR International School, Panam. Besides, four children of Government Senior Secondary School, Garhshankar, tested positive. — OC ing voice against the oppression of the downtrodden. Member of Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary also attended a function held at Sri Guru Ravidass Senior Secondary School. Addressing a gathering, he said it was the ideas and principles of Guru Ravidas on which the Constitution, drafted by Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, is founded. “It is Guru Ravidas’ thoughts on equality and welfare that can guide us in realising the dream of an ideal society,” said the MP . Later, accompanied by Sant Nirmal Dass Jaure Wale, Sant Nirmal Dass Abadan Wale, MLA Rajinder Beri, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori and Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, he led the nagar kirtan. Phagwara: The shobha yatra at Phagwara also received a very huge response. It had a special attraction this time — a tableau by farmers which depicted the use of farm animals in the fields. Residents of the city said they saw this trend for the first time as never before had members of the Ravidasia community bothered about the interests of the zamindars. Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Doaba) led by Satnam Singh Sahni, general secretary, also organised a langar of kinnows and mineral water bottles at the site. The youngsters present at the stall said, “The Ravidassia community had stood with us during our protests. They had participated in large numbers in our agitations at Delhi borders and in our tractor rallies taken out in the city. So definitely, it was time for us to reciprocate with our gesture.” Enjoy your drink! Councillor Davinder Rony (black jacket) inaugurates the work on direct pipeline to Mohalla Karar Khan. TRIBUNE PHOTO KNOW YOUR COUNCILLORS In the municipal council poll held recently, several new faces have emerged, who will lead the people in their respective areas. Some of them have struggled very hard to make a mark. Jalandhar Tribunecatches up with some councillors who are gearing up to serve the masses and stand for their voters for the next 5 years... She is running a boutique for past two decades and ready to serve people Ekta Jain (44), Congress, Nakodar some ❝There are stillwhere areas in my ward getting clean drinking water is an issue. Sometimes, residents get muddy water. This certainly will be my top priority. Low hanging electricity wires can be very risky and this issue also needs to be resolved in my ward. Having graduated from Delhi University, Ekta Jain has been passionately running her boutique in Nakodar for the last two decades. Alongside, she is actively involved in the activities undertaken by her husband, Gaurav Jain, over issues of sewage and dumping of garbage in the town. As Gaurav would visit Chandigarh and New Delhi to appear for his Public Interest Litigations in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the National Green Tribunal, Ekta would also accompany him to assist him in legal matters. The Congress picked me for the civic body election and made me contest from Ward No.15. As my kids are grown up, I felt that it was time that I can use my social links to pursue my political dreams," she said. Jain said: “Owing to the fact that the Congress had spent ~61 lakh recently on the development works, it helped me to win with a margin of over 500 votes.” DONNING MANY HATS:A mechanical engineer, bizman and now a councillor Surinder Pal Singh (42), Independent, Ward No. 13, Chandan Nagar, Kartarpur ❝I contested theaselections on basic issues such education, jobs, development work, health and public utilities. I have assured residents that they wouldn’t be facing any corruption in government departments while getting their works done. c m y b It's been six years since Surinder Pal Singh started his journey into politics. Before joining the Congress in 2017, he was a member of the Aam Aadmi Party. However, unable to project the issues according to his ideas, he decided to contest elections as an Independent this time. To his surprise, in the recently concluded municipal council elections, he made his mark by polling maximum votes. After polling 511/1027 votes, he was elected the councillor of Ward No. 13, Chandan Nagar, Kartarpur. The 42-year-old councillor presented a 13-point manifesto to the people in his ward. He said: "I contested the elections on basic issues such as education, jobs, development work, health and public utilities. I have assured residents that they wouldn''t be facing any corruption in government departments while getting their works done. Based on the qualification of the youth, they will be told about self-employment schemes. Before entering into politics, I was already engaged in social service and being a councillor, residents will be able to approach me directly. A ward-level committee will also be formed to help people in need, weather it is health, education or marriage of daughters." While Surinder is a mechanical engineer and also handling his family business, his wife is a government schoolteacher. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 26 Residents of Mohalla Karar Khan have heaved a sigh of relief as they won’t have to drink contaminated water anymore. The work on direct pipeline towards the mohalla started on Wednesday, and thus the residents will get direct supply of water. The councillor along with the residents inaugurated the project. Notably, for the last many years the residents of Mohalla Karar Khan, Ward No. 66, had been facing the problem. Around 25 houses were the worst affected and the residents were compelled to fetch water for their daily needs from a nearby gurdwara. Leaky old sewerage and water pipes had not been changed for years together and residents were unable to get out of the problem even after several complaints. Sonia, one of the residents, informed that since the last two years, she along with other women of the area had been going to the gurdwara for clean water. “Had the gurdwara been not there, what would we have done in that case? Nobody is listening to our problems,” she had earlier complaint to the MC officials. “I am now relieved that at least we will get clean drinking water,” she added. Davinder Rony, Independent councillor from Ward no. 66, had been approaching both the Mayor and Commissioner but without success. He had estimated expenditure of around ~1.50 lakh had been passed for the laying of new pipelines in the area. But even after facing several problems, he didn’t stop and kept on fighting for his ward residents. “I feel that the efforts have finally paid off,” Rony said. After 2 years, residents of Mohalla Karar Khan are to get clean drinking water
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