29032021-JTR-01.qxd 3/28/2021 10:21 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE IF WATER SAVES PRECIOUS LIFE, IT CAN ALSO SNUFF OUT ONE PAGE 2 Owing to inferior quality of drinking water, nothing but a gush of diseases reaches homes, complain residents. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF FARMERS BURN AGRI LAW COPIES Jalandhar: A day after Abohar MLA Arun Narang of the BJP was manhandled by protesting farmers in Malout, farmers on Sunday protested against the Central Government and burnt copies of the three contentious agri laws. Shunning social distancing, over 100 farmers under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) gathered at Guru Nanak Mission Chowk to protest. After taking out a march, farmers squatted at the centre of the chowk. As the district BJP leaders had also organised a protest to condemn the attack on their MLA, farmers tried to march towards them. A heavy police force and anti-riot team was called on the spot to stop farmers from proceeding ahead. Traffic remain affected on the road for around an hour. TNS GOODS WORTH ~4 LAKH STOLEN Phagwara: Loot and theft incidents have been going on unabated in Phagwara. The latest incident came to light on Sunday after thieves targeted a flat at GI Flats on Dosanjh Kala Road here and fled with goods worth ~4 lakh. Flat owner Ajay Jain said he lives in his GI flats at Block 401, Block B. He was in Chandigarh with his family for the past 15 days and when he returned this evening, he found the locks of his flat broken. Things were scattered and all valuables were missing. He said the miscreants fled with jewelery and other belongings. He suffered a loss of ~4 lakh. Surprisingly, the watchman and the security staff were on their duty when the incident took place. TNS STUDENT WINS INT’L MUSIC E-CONTEST Jalandhar: Arvinder Singh of Lyallpur Khalsa College ranked first in classical non percussion (Sarangi) event in international music e-competition held at Guru Angad Dev College, Khadur Sahib, Taran Taran. College Principal Dr Gurpinder Singh Samra said the ecompetition was dedicated to the 400th Parkash Purb of Guru Teg Bahadur. He said artists from countries ranging from Canada to Sri Lanka participated in the event. TNS GOOD SAMARITANS TO BE HONOURED Jalandhar: The Education Department has asked school principals to write names of people or the NGOs who have contributed towards the development of their institutes on display boards. The decision was taken after holding review meeting. Notably, several NRIs, Good Samaritans and NGOs come forward to improve infrastructure of the government schools. TNS Jalandhar: Property tax wing of the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation remained open till 2.30 pm on Sunday. On Saturday, the department officials recovered Rs 30 lakh in taxes. Officials decided to meet the target of the property tax till March 31. As a result, they worked on weekend. Properties of defaulters were sealed on Saturday. TNS 10-EPISODE SERIES BIG SHOT TO PREMIERE ON OTT PLATFORM Varun is all set to play the role of a handicapped cop in a movie, which is based on Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru. MAX 35°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:45 PM 8 deaths, 497 positive cases reported in dist 70% samples collected in Doaba have UK strain Jalandhar, March 28 As the district is witnessing surge in the Covid-19 cases, data obtained from RT-PCR tests conducted recently revealed that more than 70 per cent samples collected in Doaba have UK variant B.1.1.7. In addition, doctors of the Civil Hospital said most of these RT-PCR samples were from Jalandhar district. The health authorities reported 497 new cases and eight Covid-19 related deaths on Sunday. At present, 56 patients (level two) and 34 persons (level three) were admitted to the hospital. A total of 12 critical patients were on ventilator support. Indicating on the spike, officials said even during the first peak, not more than 10 patients were on ventilators. District Covid in-charge Paramjit Singh said the new variant was more lethal, thus raising the need of non-invasive ventilation for oxygen support. Examining the current trend of the caseload, Paramjit said the second peak can be expected after April 7. Expressing concern over the emerging situation, doctors stressed upon the need to vaccinate beneficiaries and adherence to the Covid safety protocols, including wearing masks and practising social distancing. At present, there were around 100 vaccination centres and 200 more may come up after April 1. Deputy Com- 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 497 28,702 8 886 3,491 24,500 3,316 or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ District Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ Having originated in the UK, the variant is called B.1.1.7. It’s substantially more deadly than the original strain or SARS-CoV-2 VACCINATION DRIVE FOR ARHTIYAS, LABOURERS Kapurthala: The district administration has launched a massive campaign to ensure vaccination for arhtiyas, hoteliers, labourers in grain markets and shopkeepers from Tuesday onwards. The shots will be at administered more than 100 spots. Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal and SSP Kanwardeep Kaur held meetings with the Shopkeepers' Association, Arhtiya Association and hotel owners, to discuss the vaccination process, besides seeking cooperation from them. Due to the surge in Covid-19 cases, the administration has expedited the vaccination process. ADC ENSURES VACCINATION OF HIS STAFF Jalandhar: Additional Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Sarangal on Sunday took the lead by ensuring vaccination to all his staff at the Civil Hospital. Sarangal said the move aimed at encouraging other departments to come forward in line with the government guidelines. He said the vaccination was the only key to combat this pandemic as it would not only develop antibodies in people, but also infuse a sense of confidence among them. He exhorted beneficiaries to get vaccinated as soon as possible to ensure their safety from ill-effects of virus. misioner Ghanshyam Thori appealed beneficiaries to get inoculated without any delay. The Covid vaccines are reportedly equally effective against the UK variant. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:18 AM MONDAY | 29 MARCH 2021 | JALANDHAR Experts rush to Hoshiarpur, review Covid preparedness at Civil Hospital Appeal to people to get tested whenever they develop symptoms demic,” he said. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra said the process to vaccinate beneficiaries was going on smoothly and more than 71,000 people have been inoculated. “ I appeal the eligible beneficiaries to ensure that they get inoculated. From April 1, anyone above the age of 45 years can get the vaccine administered,” he said. Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Pawan Kumar, SMO Dr Jaswinder Singh and District Epidemiologist Dr Shailesh, were also present. Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, March 28 Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait on Sunday said the administration and the Health Department was taking essential steps to tackle the pandemic in the district. “Along with increasing the Covid-19 testing in the district, vaccination process has also been expedited,” said the Deputy Commissioner. She met a team of specialist doctors sent by the Punjab Government at the District Administrative Complex. The experts comprised Dr Vishwa Mohan, Dr RPS Sibia, Dr Amar and Dr Parminder Kumar. Additional Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar Panchal was also present. The Deputy Commissioner apprised the experts of the latest situation in the district. She said a team of the Health Department was working round-the-clock to check the spread of the Covid-19. Later, the team of doctors visited the Covid Care Centre at the Hoshiarpur Civil Hospital and took stock of the health facilities being provided to patients. Expressing satisfaction, the experts said all necessary arrangements have been made by the district administration and the Health Department to treat patients. Dr Mohan said the purpose of their visit was to improve the treatment process by discussing it with the local health teams. He said facilities and medicines for treat- District admn gets a step closer to improving quality of life of citizens Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 28 The district administration, Jalandhar, has established a Public Policy and Good Governance Lab, in partnership with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), to promote government and academia linkages that can facilitate and address the pressing social, economic, and governance challenges of the district. It is the first such initiative in the state where a platform is being created to facilitate and support government-academia linkages to address districtlevel public policy and public administration challenges. The lab would support the Public Policy Lab established with TISS to improve public service delivery system work of the existing policy cell established within the office of the Deputy Commissioner; Jalandhar, that facilitates evidence driven public administration by integrating technology into governance practices. “The Public Policy and Good Governance Lab would provide a unique platform for the youth across Punjab to gain guidance from renowned experts in the field of public policy and governance in India and contribute effectively to the socio-economic development of the district,” said Ghanshyam Thori, Deputy Commissioner. He further added, “Covid19 pandemic has shown that there is also a need to undertake research to support policy design feedback mechanisms from the grassroots to counter niche or regional challenges in governance.” Dr Aseem Prakash, Professor at School of Public Policy and Governance, who has conceptualised this initiative, added, “The new discourse of the public policy in India is district-oriented. Since the restructuring of the Planning Commission into the NITI Aayog, we have seen more freedom being given to federal states and districts to undertake innovative policy measures to increase efficiency in the public service delivery and to improve the quality of life of the citizens.” All projects and activities developed under the Public Policy and Good Governance Lab will be anchored at the School of Public Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, off-campus. External expertise, technology collaborations, and human resources will be drawn from across schools and centres of TISS and other external organisations as and when required. Vaccination drive starts for kin of cops District Health Officer Dr Lakhvir Singh administers vaccine to a resident at Police Lines Hospital in Hoshiarpur on Sunday. 8 FALL PREY, 289 NEW CASES IN HOSHIARPUR ■ With 289 new Covid positive cases reported from Hoshiarpur district, the total number of cases has increased to 13,117. As many as eight deaths were reported in the district. With this, the death toll has reached 515 ■ Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said out of 289 positive cases reported today, 27 were from Hoshiarpur city and remaining were from other blocks of the district. At present, the district has 1,872 active cases, while 11,641 patients recovered ment were available in Hoshiarpur and staff was diligently fulfilling their responsibilities as per the protocol. Dr Sibia appealed people to get tested whenever they develop symptoms and contact the nearest health centre in case of any problem. He said in case a patient reaches late at the hospital, sometimes it’s not possible to recover. He asked residents to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the Health Department from time to time to contain the pandemic. He urged people to make the mask a part of their daily life and always wear it whenever stepping out of their house. “If we all follow these rules properly, we can largely tackle the pan- Maiden flight to Jaipur takes off from Adampur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 28 After a hiatus of over two months, the Adampur-Mumbai flight services from the Adampur airport resumed on Sunday. Taking a step further, the airport authorities also launched their maiden air service to Jaipur. On the first day of the flight to Jaipur, a total of 21 passengers availed the service. While 15 passengers boarded the flight to Jaipur, seven passengers returned on the same flight. For the last two years, several announcements have been made to start the flight from Adampur to Jaipur. MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary, had also assured last year that from November 20, flights for three major cities, including Mumbai, KNOW THE SCHEDULE The flight taking off from Mumbai to Adampur has been given a connecting route for JaipurAdampur route. The flight will first leave for Adampur from Mumbai Airport at 5.55 am and land here at 9.20 am. The same flight will leave from Adampur at 9.40 am and will land at Jaipur Airport at 10.55 am. After a halt of 30 minutes, the flight will leave Jaipur at 11.25 am and will reach here 12.50 am. After taking a break of 20 minutes, it will take off for Mumbai at 1.10 pm and reach Mumbai Airport at 4.35 pm. Jaipur and New Delhi, would be operational but they could take off after a delay of 4 months. Similarly, the Spicejet service to Mumbai also resumed today. It was suspended on January 12, this year. Flower show is spreading fragrance at Virsa Vihar Move to sensitise people to global warming, enhance green cover Jalandhar, March 28 Deputy Commissioner (Income Tax) Gagan Kundra Thori on Sunday inaugurated a maiden flower show at the local Virsa Vihar. The DC, accompanied by Major General Balwinder (retd) and Capt Inderjeet Singh Dhami (retd), said this was a path breaking initiative aimed at sprucing up activities at this socio-cultural hub of the district. She said the flower show would bring the city residents closer to the nature. Lauding the organisers for hold- ing this mega event, the Deputy Commissioner said it was need of the hour to sensitise people on the grave issue of environment and making them equal partners in the process of enhancing the green cover. She said though the state and the Centre were already making strenuous efforts in this regard, public participation was must for this noble cause. The official asked the organisers to hold more such events so that it becomes a mass movement. Meanwhile, Major General (Retd) Balwinder Singh and Captain (Retd) Inderjeet Singh Dhami said this endeavour of Virsa Vihar was aimed at spreading positivity in the present environment and bring happiness. They said flower show was organised with the motive to ensure that people were sensitised on the issue of global warming and enhancing green cover. They said that Virsa Vihar would organise more such events in coming days for larger public participation. They said keeping in view the prevailing situation due to Covid-19, the gathering has been kept below 20. City residents at the flower show at Virsa Vihar in Jalandhar on Sunday. c m y b PAGE 4 Disney+Hotstar announces release date of Big Shot as April 16, which features Korn, who is ousted from NCAA. Tribune News Service Tribune News Service ~30 LAKH PROPERTY TAX COLLECTED PAGE 3 ACTOR VARUN DHAWAN TO PLAY A HANDICAPPED COP Vaccination drive for family members of the police personnel started on Sunday at the Police Lines Hospital. As many as 333 beneficiaries, including 156 family members of the frontline workers were inoculated. Senior Superintendent of Police Navjot Singh Mahal said the drive would continue to ensure their family members could be vaccinated. Mahal said the vaccine was being administered to eligible beneficiaries at the Police Lines Hospital from the very beginning with daily count of more than 300 doses. The District Health Officer and Senior Medical Officer, Police Lines Hospital, Dr Lakhveer Singh, said a total of 333 eligible beneficiaries received shots at the Police Lines and around 5,900 beneficiaries have been vaccinated, so far. 3 sewer jetting, 16 grab bucket de-siltingmachines put to use in city Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 28 Member of Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary today launched three sewer jetting and 16 grab bucket desilting machines at a special function held here in the industrial estate area. He was accompanied by MLA Jalandhar North Bawa Henry, MLA Jalandhar West Sushil Kumar Rinku and MLA Jalandhar Central Rajinder Beri along with Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja. The machines have been procured at a cost of Rs 3 crore under the Smart City Mission. MP Santokh Chaudhary said in a bid to end the practice of manual scavenging, the Jalandhar MC has collaborated with Smart City Mission and adopted technological solutions. “These machines will make the process of cleaning the clogged sewage lines easier and help us achieve the goal of a swachh Jalandhar faster,” he said. The MP said these de-silting machines were smaller and could be used in narrow lanes also. The Smart City Mission will operate and maintain sewer jetting machines for four years, while the grab bucket desilting machines will be maintained by the Municipal Corporation. Senior Deputy Mayor Surinder Kaur and XEN Surinder Singh were also present on the occasion.
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