25032021-JTR-01.qxd 3/24/2021 10:52 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE POLICE FOIL MURDER BID IN HOSHIARPUR, FOUR ARRESTED PAGE 2 The police claimed to have foiled a murder bid and arrested four persons, besides recovering a .32 bore pistol and a car. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ‘SOON, OLYMPIAN AS HOCKEY COACH’ Jalandhar: Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi on Wednesday announced that an Olympics level player would soon be appointed as the chief hockey coach to promote the game at the grassroots level. Sodhi made this revelation while meeting the office-bearers of the Surjit Hockey Society, Jalandhar, saying the state government was working hard for further honing the game of budding hockey players. Thus, decided to take the services of a renowned Olympian, who has made remarkable feats at global level. “Soon an Olympics level player would be seen imparting training to the hockey players of the state," he categorically mentioned. He also lauded the achievements and efforts of the Surjit Hockey Stadium teaching game tactics to 14 to 19-year-old hockey players under the patronage of Surjit Hockey Society. He also announced to provide 36 seats (18 boys and 18 girls) day-scholar hockey wing to the academy for the year 202122 besides providing 200 hockey, 200 ball and two goalkeeper kits to the academy. TNS WEBINAR ON NEW EDUCATION POLICY Jalandhar: The NITI Aayog along with the Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal (BSM) organised a webinar on 'Teacher's role in National Education Policy (NEP) Implementation', where Lovely Professional University (LPU) collaborated for its massive impact and projection. Vice Chancellor of Central University of Punjab (Bathinda) Prof R P Tiwari was a chief guest. Mukul Kanitkar was a keynote speaker. Executive Dean at LPU's Faculty of Business and Arts Dr Sanjay Modi presided over the event. The programme was coordinated by Prof Davinder Singh Thakur. TNS Jalandhar: The DD Pant Botanical Society of post graduate department of botany at Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya organised a plantation drive on the occasion of World Forest Day 2021. Saplings of mango, arjun, neem and amla were planted. Principal Prof Ajay Sareen stressed upon the need of conservation and saving floral diversity. Dr Nitika Kapoor, in charge of the society, highlighted the mission ‘Go Green’. TNS SUNSET THURSDAY 6:42 PM 11 deaths, 351 new infections in district Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 24 The district reported the deaths of 11 persons due to Covid-19 on Wednesday, taking the toll to 849. Besides, 351 more people tested positive for the virus. Experts stated that both fatality and infection rates have increased since the beginning of this month and the numbers are likely to double by March 31. With the emergence of UK strain, panic has gripped residents. In the last 24 days, as many as 149 people have lost their lives due to the virus. While 26,956 is the confirmed number of Covid cases here, at present the total number of active cases is 2,587 in the district. Expressing concern over the emerging situation, the doctors stressed the need for vaccination among the beneficiaries and adherence to the Covid safety protocols, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Deputy Commisioner Ghanshyam Thori has also appealed to beneficiaries to get the jab without any delay. The Covidshield is reportedly equally effective against the UK variant. Having originated in the UK, the variant is called B.1.1.7. It is substantially more deadly than the original strain or SARS-CoV-2. It is becoming more dominant virus as it is more infectious than the original strain. PAGE 3 OPRAH WITH MEGHAN, HARRY TO AIR IN INDIA ON MARCH 28 Citing the reason behind it, Eros Now, the producer of the film has said it is due to the current Covid-19 situation. MAX 29°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 12°C Health Department employees take a swab sample of a passerby who was not wearing a mask in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambu- lance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS RESULT AWAITED TOTAL DISCHARGED ACTIVE 351 26,956 11 849 2,587 23,520 2,687 or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ District Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ The two-hour primetime special, Oprah with Meghan and Harry premiered in the US on March 7 and made headlines. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:24 AM RDDL TO CONDUCT RT-PCR TESTS To reduce reporting time of positive cases, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Wednesday directed health authority to conduct RT-PCR tests for samples belonging to district at local RDDL viral testing lab, which is on Ladowali road. He said the local lab delivers results within 24 hours, however samples sent out of district takes a few days. He said the health authorities can start treatment of positive cases if they get the report in minimal time paving a way for contact tracing and isolation procedures of those reported positive. He asked the authorities to send local samples at RDDL lab to ensure reporting of results within 24 hours. The RDDL lab has the capacity to test as many as 1,000 samples daily, which will be upgraded to 1,500. 71K RESIDENTS INOCULATED: DC Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Wednesday asked officials of various departments to adopt a multipronged strategy to keep the case fatality rate (CFR) under check. Thori laid stress on early detection and treatment formula to prevent casualties. He also directed officials to continue with maximum vaccination to boost immunity level in vulnerable groups. He said as many as 71,751 eligible beneficiaries have been inoculated in the district, which includes 24,703 senior citizens and 6,525 those above 45 with comorbidities. THURSDAY | 25 MARCH 2021 | JALANDHAR Stone laid 14 yrs ago, work on community centre yet to begin Though around 14 years have passed since the foundation stone was laid for setting up a community centre by the then Congress government, no work has started at the site yet. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 24 Even as the foundation stone of community centre at Urban Estate, Phase-I, was laid over 14 years ago, work on the PUDA project has yet to see the light of day. The stone stands amidst wild growth and garbage dump near Sabzi Mandi close to Police Station Division No.7. It seemed that the authorities concerned have ignored the project. The stone was laid on November 26, 2006, during the previous Congress regime. Residents of the area say that even as four years of the Congress government’s second term have passed, no one bothered about completing the project started around 15 years ago. The stone was laid by then Social Welfare and IT Minister Mahinder Singh Kaypee. Maj Gen Sarabjit Singh Pawar Ajay Joshi Jalandhar, March 24 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on Sunday suffered a loss of Rs 51 lakh after some miscreants stole its underground cables. The miscreants stole 1,000 metres of copper wires from the 10-foot-deep manhole opposite Apeejay College, Guru Nanak Mission Chowk and Nakodar Chowk. The underground cables were slashed and stolen by some unidentified persons on the intervening night of March 20 and March 21 during the curfew. While the cost of the As the scrap value of copper is high, miscreants raid BSNL duct in market areas. Though BSNL officials lodged complaints in the past, the police failed to trace the culprits. Each and every connection needs to be glued and joined together for the restoration of service but it is a tedious job. A BSNL officer ❞ cable — stolen from Apeejay College to Guru Nanak Mission — was estimated to be around Rs 30 lakh, the cost of other cable was put at around Rs 11 lakh. Surprisingly, considering the centrally located areas, these chowks are barricaded by the police and PCR vehicles throughout the day. BSNL consumers in the main market of the areas suffered because its services were badly affected after the theft of the copper cables. A BSNL offi- cer said about 700-800 landline and internet connections of banks and residential areas went out of order. The cables were reportedly pulled out and cut roughly from the ducts. Sunil Kumar, Principal General Manager of BSNL, said, the theft was carried out with planning as the thieves must have hired an excavator for the task. “It takes six to seven hours to take out the heavy wires and load them on to vehicles. After inspecting the spot, it was found to be the work of those persons who had technical knowledge. As it is very difficult to pull out wires from the chamber ducts, around 10-15 persons seemed to have been involved in the theft. After the theft, we were flooded with complaints from consumers that their landline and broadband connections were not working after which they came to know that the wires were stolen by some miscreants,” said Sunil Kumar. SHO, police division number 6, Inspector Surjit Singh said they had received a complaint from the BSNL office regarding the incident following which they had registered a theft case against the miscreants. The police are also analyzing the footage of CCTV cameras to identify the accused. 10 yrs on, no development in Surya Enclave Extension No water supply, power connections |Residents demand action or refund from Improvement Trust Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 24 Residents of Surya Enclave Extension developed by the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) are a harassed lot as they allege that their locality has not been developed even after 10 years. Expressing their grievances at a press conference on Wednesday, residents led by ML Sehgal, chief, Surya Enclave Extension Welfare Society, said, “In 2011, the JIT launched freehold residential plots for which final payments were given in 2014. The JIT did not do any development work and the scheme almost failed. The scheme was re-launched in 2016 and several new applicants came, PAGE 4 This is ❝the partsheer negligence on of the PWD. The civic authorities must honour the commitments about development that they make to the allottees. Community centres are of much aid to residents for organising small functions, welfare programmes, meetings and get-togethers at low charges. ❞ Maj Gen Sarabjit Singh Pawar (retd), EX-DISTRICT HEAD OF GUARDIANS OF GOVERNANCE (retd), former district head of Guardians of Governance, Jalandhar, said, “This is sheer negligence on the part of the PWD. The civic authorities must honour the commitments about development that they make to the allottees. Community centres are of much aid to residents for organising small functions, welfare programmes, meetings and gettogethers at low charges.” Himmat Singh, a resident of Urban Estate, said, “We have taken up the matter with the area councillor, PUDA officials and other authorities a number of times but no one has bothered about completing the work allocated long ago.” Mintu Juneja, Congress councillor of the area, said, “The work of setting up community centre was started by the Congress at the fag-end of its previous tenure. Even the SAD-BJP government failed to take it ahead. When the Congress government came to power in the state, we began moving the files again. As we were about to get the clearance, the pandemic started and the work got stuck up again. We are going to start the construction work soon.” 800 BSNL phones out of order after cable theft Meet the seasoned strawberry cultivator ❝ Tribune News Service WORLD FOREST DAY OBSERVED HAATHI MERE SAATHI WILL NOT RELEASE THIS FRIDAY Members of the Surya Enclave Extension Welfare Society during a press meet in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b but nothing happened. Illegal encroachments have marred the scheme, especially in C block. Parks, too, have been encroached upon.” Sehgal rued, “At the time of the launch, a 120-ft road was announced, which had to connect Domoria bridge to Jalandhar-Amritsar highway, but the passage has been encroached upon by an industrial unit. Drains have not been laid. There is no provision of water and electricity supply. Allottees have been running after the JIT and met top officials of the Local Bodies Department and Chairman of the JIT, but to no avail.” Members said the JIT had launched the scheme on a disputed land, which led to harassment of allottees. “High-tension wires are hanging on the proposed plots. The 45-ft road connecting C block with railway station has been encroached upon. The JIT should develop the area on a war footing. Else, refund our money with interest,” they said. Daljit Singh Ahluwalia, Chairman, JIT, said, “We are not getting adequate police force to remove encroachments. We will act as soon as we get the required police personnel. Road work has been done in C block and will soon commence in D block. The proposal of providing power connections has been forwarded to Punjab State Power Corporation Limited and it may take another month. All other development works will be executed at the earliest.” Sukhjinder has drifted from usual crop cycle; getting a price of ~130 per kg Agriculture officials visit a strawberry farm at Swal village. Tribune News Service Sultanpur Lodhi, March 24 Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department officials on Wednesday visited the farm of Sukhjinder Singh, a successful farmer of Swal village here, who has cultivated strawberries instead of the traditional crop cycle. The search for a viable alternative to wheat-paddy in agriculture and the desire to do something unique led Sukhjinder to cultivate strawberries in 2012, in which he achieved success despite initially facing many difficulties in marketing. He is proud to be the first strawberry farmer in Kapurthala district. He has cultivated strawberry in five kanals, which he is now selling at a good price of ~130 per kg. He has also planted a guava orchard on half acre land, where cabbage and carrots were also grown. He said his father Balkar Singh, who received the State Award for Agriculture in 2016, has made a great contribution in the cultivation of strawberries. Agriculture Officer Jasbir Singh said Sukhjinder has set an example for small farmers. Agriculture Development Officer Dr Jaspal Singh said that strawberry is a crop of hilly areas but it is now being cultivated in Punjab also. Sukhjinder father said he has been associated with the Department of Agriculture for a long time and on the advice of the department, he had branded the products of his farm under the name ‘Green Gold’ so that all his goods could be related to the farm.
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