20032021-JTR-01.qxd 19-03-2021 23:53 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 WORK IS WORSHIP FOR THIS BLOCK EXTENSION EDUCATOR Organising camps and doing extra duty as a BLO, is what Tarsem Lal is doing since the pandemic started. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF POLICE ARREST 50 POS IN 2 MONTHS Kapurthala: Following a crackdown on proclaimed offenders/ bail jumpers, the district police have arrested 50 proclaimed offenders wanted in several cases registered under the NDPS, excise and other criminal acts in the past two months. Kanwardeep Kaur, SSP Kapurthala, said, “The district police have adopted a comprehensive plan to not only arrest the POs on the run from years but also to attach their properties which they earn with illegal means.” She said that special teams were formed to arrest the POs under Vishaljit Singh, SP (Investigation), and Sarabjit Rai, DSP. A total of 50 POs were arrested, besides attaching property worth Rs 1 crore of three POs. TNS ~1.5 LAKH LOOTED FROM SALESMAN Amritsar: Two armed persons looted Rs 1.5 lakh from a petrol pump near Jahajgarh here on Thursday late evening. Sunny, the complainant and owner of the petrol pump, said that he was at home when he got the phone from his salesman Udhan Pandey that he was looking after the cash, when two bike-borne persons came and snatched Rs1.5 lakh at gunpoint. The police registered a case under Sections 379-B (2) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code against unknown persons while further investigations were under progress. The police authorities said that they were analysing the CCTV grabs of the petrol pump and the nearby areas to find clues in the case. TNS AAHANA SEEKS UNION HEALTH MINISTER’S HELP FOR PARENTS PAGE 3 KARAN VEER MEHRA ON BEING PART OF TELEPLAY LIGHTS OUT Actress Aahana Kumra has sought the Union Health Minister’s help to get Covid certificates for her parents. MAX 30°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 15°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:34PM PAGE 4 Zee Theatre will air Manjula Padmanabhan’s acclaimed work Lights Out on March 21 at 2 & 6 pm. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:25 AM SATURDAY | 20 MARCH 2021 | JALANDHAR Back to square one for educational institutions Schools, colleges directed to remain shut till March 31 Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 19 On March 16, 2020, all schools and colleges had been ordered to remain shut owing to the fear of spread of coronavirus. All school boards and universities had cancelled their ongoing examination. Hostellers had been sent back home. Exactly after one year, it is the same situation as of today. After a sudden spurt of cases in Punjab, the state government on Friday ordered all schools and colleges to remain shut till March 31. All ongoing examinations which were being conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) and IK Gujral Punjab Technical University have been postponed till further orders. Even the state government has ordered that all ongoing examination at government schools to be postponed. “We will decide the fresh date sheet seeing the situation after March 31,” said Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla. The attendance at schools and colleges had just begun to normalise by January-end or February when the spurt in cases started. Even nursery schools had opened. Almost all schools had planned to hold examinations on campus. But by the time the exam dates neared, the cases saw a spike and it was announced that examination for only Classes IX and XI would be and the remaining students would take examination digitally. The govern- Wear mask or undergo test & pay fine, says DC Tribune News Service Students of a government school come out of an examination centre in Jalandhar on Friday. ment schools, however, were holding offline examination for even the non-board classes till today but these got cancelled all of a sudden after an announcement by the Punjab CM this afternoon. All local colleges today announced to cancel their ongoing examination. All offline classes have been suspended. GS Samra, Principal of Lyallpur Khalsa College, said, “Since today we have got instructions from the government to cancel all offline classes and ongoing examination, we will surely abide by them. We will have online classes from tomorrow. Students have been asked not to come to campus. Teachers, however, have been called. We will hold a meeting and decide to how to proceed further. If teachers insist that they should also be allowed to operate from home, we may allow that as well after some days.” Regarding hostellers, he said, “We need to plan about their stay as well. We will take the final call tomorrow.” Anjali, a first year collegiate, recalled, “Last year, at this time, I was taking my Class XII CBSE examination, which got cancelled midway. A year thereafter, I was taking my first semester examinations now in the college, which have once again got cancelled midway. It had been just two months since I had begun to attend college and I am again at home now as things again seem to have taken a wicked turn.” Interestingly, Lovely Professional University, which has had students from almost all the states of India and abroad, could not hold offline classes even for a single day for the whole last academic year. Aman Mittal, LPU director, said, “Since things were beginning to look better, we were planning to hold regular classes from March but the plan had to be shelved again. In any case, the pandemic gave us a very good chance to develop our online mode of teaching and take it to a new level. We have invested very heavily into it. We have a single application where the students mark their attendance, attend classes, get assignments and take examination. They do not have to open multiple accounts for anything. Another good thing that we managed to handle is that our sessions are running as per the 1-year-old schedule and we did not have to wait for months to hold examination or prepare results. We were prompt with our decisions and developed hi-tech mechanisms to ensure that the students were being closely monitored while attempting exams online.” Jalandhar, March 19 Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Friday directed police and health authorities to integrate challaning and Covid testing drives together. Now, those who will not wear masks have to undergo a Covid-19 test along with a penalty of Rs 1,000. The Deputy Commissioner said keeping in view the spike in Covid cases, it had become even more important to adopt Covid appropriate behaviour strictly. In order to check violation of these norms, especially wearing masks, the joint nakas of police and health teams would be formed across the district. He mentioned that those not wearing masks would have to undergo a Covid-19 test besides paying a penalty for their act. The Deputy Commissioner categorically mentioned that the implementation of Covid appropriate behavior was a key to stem the spread of the virus and those not adhering to these guidelines would be dealt with a heavy hand. TheDeputy Commissioner stated that the district administration had already appointed monitors and nodal officers to check A policeman makes an announcement in Jalandhar on Friday. 415 NEW CASES, 10 DEATHS IN HOSHIARPUR The district reported 10 more Covid-19 fatalities on Friday, taking the death toll to 439, while 415 new cases pushed the infection count in the district to 11,228. Giving the latest information about the status of Covid in the district, Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said reports of 4,088 samples were received on Friday, out of which 356 new positive patients were found. Of these 56 are from Hoshiarpur city and the rest from other health blocks in the district. Also 59 Hoshiarpur residents were reported positive from other districts. The number of active cases in the district is 1,571 while 9,877 patients have recovered. gatherings at marriage palaces and banquet halls. Further, the district had already enforced all protocols strictly and heavy penalties were imposed on the violators. The Deputy Commissioner further appealed to people to follow all guidelines so that the virus could be kept at bay. Vaccine being administered at 94 sites Family members plan to welcome Around 5,000 samples collected daily in dist, says Deputy Commissioner Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 19 To intensify the inoculation drive, the district administration has started vaccination at all 49 government healthcare institutions with immediate effect. Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said a total of 94 sites (49 government and 45 private-run centres) have been made functional having a capacity to administer 9,400 doses daily. The government facilities include nine rural community health centers, two sub-divisional health centres, 28 primary and miniprimary health centres, and 10 urban sites. The Deputy Commissioner HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS RESULT AWAITED TOTAL DISCHARGED ACTIVE 244 25,191 7 798 4,087 22,370 2,023 added that as many as 5,000 samples were being collected every day and 5,300 samples were taken on Thursday. “A total of 24,992 samples have been taken in the last seven days. Jalandhar has done maximum sampling in the state (at a rate of 3,06,680 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or oth- er medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Distt Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ tests per million population). Thori further mentioned that the contact tracing ratio of the district stood at 18.6 with 100 per cent sampling in micro-containment zones. The Deputy Commissioner said spike in the caseload was due to high positive percentage in the Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT), which stands at 13 percent of the total tests conducted. Sharing details regarding the vaccination drive, the Deputy Commissioner said 10,619 healthcare workers, 12,393 frontline workers, 3,696 beneficiaries between the age group 45 and 59 with co-morbidities, and 16,090 senior citizens have been inoculated in the district, so far. As per information, as many as 2,372 people have been challaned for not wearing masks and a penalty of Rs 23,72,000 was imposed on violators in the last one week. A strict vigil was being maintained over social gatherings to keep it under check. Ranjeet by organising ‘Gatka’ Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 19 Nawanshahr-based farmer activist Ranjeet Singh, who was among the youths accused of attacking the police during the Singhu border violence, was released on Wednesday evening after he was granted bail on Tuesday. Back in Kajampur village, the happiness of parents Rawal Singh and Sarabjeet Kaur knew no bounds. “Main gatka khidaake swagat Krna munde da (I will welcome my son with gatka events),” said an elated Sarabjeet Kaur, mother of Ranjeet. Ranjeet Singh She said Ranjeet would often ask her why he was not granted bail yet. “I would always give him assurance that we all were with him and he would get it soon. “Saareya di duava laggiya hain” (Everyone’s blessings worked in his favour’),” Sarabjeet Kaur expressed her feelings. Videos and still images of police ‘assault’ on the 22year-old had gone viral on social media. Ranjeet’s video grabs of being beaten up with lathis and picked up seemingly unconscious too had gone viral. The mother shared his son’s sadness during the entire time. “Although he is very calm, the incident made him very low. But my son is brave and is in high spirits now,” she said. Sarabjeet added that when she had seen the videos and pictures of her son being thrashed by the police, it made her cry. Rawal Singh, father of Ranjeetm, said, “Bura time si, nikal gaya. Now we are just waiting for him to come back.” The father also said that no matter what happened, they would always support the farmers’ movement. “The farmer unions remained with us. Everyone was there for help. We felt strong,” he said. Rawal Singh also shared that Sarabjeet Kaur had been planning functions on the return of their beloved son who remained away from them for three months. Pardeep Singh, brother of Ranjeet, said they would come back to the village on Saturday. HIGH CHEMICAL PRICES ‘Arrangements in place for coming paddy season’ Tradersthreatentoclosedownunits Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 19 Director Distribution PSPCL DPS Grewal convened a meeting of Jalandhar and Kapurthala circles officers of north zone here on Friday and directed distribution officers to put in their level best efforts and focus on result-oriented arrangements for reliable and uninterrupted power supply to the consumers in the coming paddy season. Grewal said regular maintenance of the distribution transformers and feeders were being carried out by the distribution officials for reducing outages time. He said that regular monitoring of the maintenance activities was being done through WhatsApp groups wherein officials from different field offices get to learn from each other and healthy competition motivated them to perform even better. Customer care services are being strengthened for prompt disposal of complaints, he added. Grewal said for the improvement of power supply in Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr under PSPCL, various system strengthening works like de-loading of overloaded feeders and distribution transformers, replacement of worn out conductor etc were being carried out. He said 30,184 distribution transformers and 480 overload 11 KV feeders have been deloaded this year. He said that transmission works of 66 KV grid substations and 66 KV lines in the region which were stalled for several years due to one or the other reason had been resolved through active intervention and as a result a new 66 KV Kartarpur corridor line to de-load existing 66 KV Tanda Road line and a new 66 KV grid substations at Paragpur in Jalandhar were commissioned in December 2020 and January 2021, respectively. “Another such 66 KV grid substation at Focal Point-2 will be commissioned by April 15, which will be a big relief for consumers of the region,” he said. c m y b He said PSPCL had adopted analytical approach for finding out the suspected power theft and unauthorised load cases based on the data mining reports of information technology cell, so that only the culprits were targeted and the honest genuine consumers were not harassed unnecessarily. He said that to bring more improvement in working and for accurate feedback, PSPCL has formed WhatsApp groups for industrial and for prominent consumers in the state. The director said capacity of 1912 call centre was doubled from 60 to 120 seats. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 19 Rubber industrial unit owners have expressed their concern that they were facing big slump because of sky-rocketing prices of chemicals used in the manufacturing of products. Neeraj Arora, president of Rubber Footwear Manufacturer Association, said this happened first time in the history where the prices of the chemicals have got doubled. The members of the association have announced that if the government doesn’t help them in this problem, they will lock their units. The industry is already going through several problems, and this new issue has only proved double whammy for the manufacturers. Punjab’s rubber industry is concentrated in Jalandhar which had over 300 units of rubber footwear industry. These have now been reduced to around 100, as per members of the Rubber Footwear Manufacturer Association. Arora, while earlier high- lighting issues of the industry, had said non-refund of VAT and GST on rubber have jeopardised the future of industrialists as they were facing a huge shortage of working capital. The members had been writing to every minister and officials of the Industry Department at local, state and central level, but to no avail. The major problem which has come with the GST for the manufacturers is the difference in rate of the GST on various raw material and finished goods.
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