31032021-JTR-01.qxd 3/30/2021 11:19 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE A DASH OF COLOUR & SPLASH OF JOY MARKS HOLI IN CITY The festival of colours was celebrated through virtual mode by most schools and colleges in city amid pandemic. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY 20 lose life in 2 days in dist astoll crosses 900-mark PAGE 2 I FEEL LIKE A NEWCOMER WITH EVERY FILM: ADITI RAO HYDARI PAGE 3 She has been acting in films for over a decade, but she admits she still feels like a newcomer at start of every film. MAX 31°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 18°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:46 PM SOMY ALI BELIEVES IMITATION IS THE BEST FORM OF FLATTERY PAGE 4 Somy Ali’s journey from the US to Mumbai to meet the love of her life, Salman Khan, is a known story. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:16 AM WEDNESDAY | 31 MARCH 2021 | JALANDHAR Parents protest ‘overcharging’ by pvt schools Say they were asked to pay even the building fee |School authorities hold back result of students Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 30 Showing an escalating trend, the fatality rate in the district continued to rise. While 20 persons succumbed to the virus in two days, the death toll crossed 900-mark. In the last 30 days as many as 201 people lost their lives. In addition, the caseload of active cases has also crossed 3,000-mark taking the count to 3,079. Whereas 360 people tested positive on the occasion of Holi, 302 fresh cases were reported on Tuesday. With this the total number of confirmed cases reported in the district has reached to 29,364. Also, seven patients couldn’t respond to the treatment and died on Tuesday. Even as the testing process reported to have intensified in the month of March, maximum number of cases has been reported this month only. The count reached to 3,079 from 527. 10 deaths in Hoshiarpur Our Correspondent Jalandhar, March 30 Three days after gheraoing a private school here, parents in large numbers intensified their protest against the private schools on Tuesday and took out a protest march in the city. Up in arms against the district administration’s failure to initiate action against the alleged high-handedness of the private schools, the agitators raised slogans against the private schools at the DC office. They also took out a bike rally from the Company Bagh Chowk to the District Administration Complex. Parents alleged that the schools were putting pressure on them to pay the fee in addition to the tuition fee. Upset over the practice of overcharging of fee, the parents claimed that they were being harassed by the school managements and the administration has failed to initiate any action against them. Angered over the monopoly of the school authorities, the parents said while the schools have already refused to release FLAYING ‘HIGH-HANDEDNESS’: Parents hold a protest march in large numbers; and (right) a bike rally was also taken out to protest against the alleged fleecing by private schools, on Tuesday. SARABJIT SINGH the results of the children who haven’t cleared their dues, the parents feared that their children’s access to online education might be suspended. Holding placards, Kamaljit Singh, whose son studies in Class VIII at a private school said, apart from the tuition fee, the school has also been asking for all fee components except transportation. Even the building fee was demanded from them. Everything is being adjusted in the tuition fee without any concession, he added. Similarly, Parghat Singh, whose son studies in Class XI said, “Contrary to the directions of the Supreme Court, the school management is not Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 30 Parents of Jaanvi, who has been recently promoted to Class V in a CBSE-affiliated school in Jalandhar, have not bought her new books for the forthcoming session. Jaanvi is contended on getting books donated by her seniors. The books are quite clean, without much scribbling. Sonia, a mother of a child studying in an ICSE school, too, is looking for secondhand books for her daughter, a Class VIII student. She has been using a WhatsApp group of parents for a possible donor. The financial condition of the family is not good, due to losses incurred during the lockdown. The pandemic has made people aware of the practice of recycle and reuse. As most families are reusing every discard- CONTENT NOT REVISED books were not put to last ❝The as children hardly wentproper use in thefew session to school. Very publishers have revised the content this time and most kids are happy to use old books. Jasmine, A PARENT AND ACTIVIST ❞ ed material, including old tyres, plasticware, cane sticks and wraps, same is the case with books. It is common to see parents arranging for books for the new session via social media platforms. Many have also announced they want to donate their schoolbooks of their children of the last year and undersize uniforms, and are seeking responses from takers. Some schools and teachers have also begun assisting the needy parents in arranging books for their wards. As schools are holding parents’ meet, they have been sending messages to parents asking for voluntary donation of books of the previous session. Jasmine, a parent and an activist, said: “It is indeed a good trend to donate books. The books were not put to proper use in the last session as children hardly went to school and we really don’t know what is in store for the next session. Very few publishers have revised the content this time and most kids are happy to use old books as all their friends are doing it.” Phagwara, March 30 Solving a blind murder case that took place on March 22 at the Phagwara highway, the Kapurthala police on Tuesday held three accused and recovered an illegal weapon from their possession. IG Jalandhar Range Ran- SKELETAL REMAINS FOUND DUMPED Jalandhar: Panic gripped the residential locality of Mai Hiran Gate after a polythene bag was recovered with skeletal remains. The bag was found abandoned near a garbage dump point. After spotting the polybag, the locals informed the police. ASI Binder Singh of police division number three said the police have taken the bag in their possession and have sent the skeletal parts for lab testing. It was hard to ascertain whether it was a human skeleton or an animal's, as it was broken into pieces. The police are tracing the CCTV footage. TNS Residents take leapof faith as vax fears dissipate Nawanshahr locals have finally begun trusting drive, approaching dept for vaccination Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, March 30 In Nawanshahr, the health officials said the apprehensions and fear regarding the Covid vaccines have now started to disappear. The vaccination centres have gone up to 53 in the district, 47 of which are government-run and remaining are private centres. Residents in the district have now started developing confidence to get vaccinated. The health officials had to adopt various measures, approach the eligible residents and so on. Now, people have started coming on their own for the jab. Gurdeep Singh Kapur, the Civil Surgeon, said, “We are seeing that people are trusting vaccination. This is what them on the pretext that if the fee wouldn’t be submitted, they would neither release the results of their wards nor promote them. “This is against the right to education and the Juvenile Justice Act. The schools can not harass children and affect their studies,” stated the protesters under the banner of the Parents Association, Jalandhar, which has over a thousand members on the social media. Pandemic makes students 3 held for killing truck driver, cleaner turn to second-hand books Tribune News Service Hoshiarpur, March 30 The district on Tuesday reported 10 deaths due to Covid-19, taking the toll to 535. Meanwhile, the district witnessed 188 fresh cases of infections, taking the tally to 13,449. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said, on Sunday, the reports of 1,547 samples were received and out of them, 166 new cases were reported while 22 more patients were reported from other districts. The number of active cases stood at 1,665 while 12,206 patients recovered. Hoshiarpur reported 16 new cases while the remaining ones were reported from various health blocks of the district. Of the 10 deaths reported due to the virus on Tuesday, six patients died at private hospitals in Jalandhar, while one each died at different hospitals in Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Mohali and Amritsar. only demanding the building fee but also the practical fee for the whole year, whereas practicals were conducted for just two weeks.” Parents reported that the schools were blackmailing we wanted, the cases are on rise and deaths are increasing. People should get themselves inoculated to avoid contracting the virus.” On Tuesday, a total of 78 cases were reported in the district, of which 17 were reported from block Muzaffarpur, 15 from Urban Nawanshahr, and Sujjon each. At present, the total number of active cases is 716. Seven deaths were also reported in the district. A 70year-old woman from Balachaur, an 80-year-old man from Urban Nawanshahr, another 65-year-old from Sujjon, Nawanshahr, and Muzzafarpur each died. With 194 deaths to date, the death rate in the district is 2.68 per cent. In the district, the officials had been ensuring to release all information regarding those who have received the jab just to motivate others who are still afraid of inoculation. Every day, nearly four to five press releases are circulated by the department officials wherein the details of those who were injected are given. The idea is to inculcate positivity among the people of the district so that they don’t avoid inoculation. In the press release, a special line is always mentioned ie ‘Covid-19 vaccine poori tarah surakshit hai, koi side effect nahi hai’. Mobile vaccination camps at Maqsudan mandi, Focal Point Jalandhar, March 30 Strengthening the vaccination drive in the district, DC Ghanshyam Thori on Tuesday inaugurated two new mobile vaccination camps in the city at Maqsudan Sabji Mandi and Focal Point. While kickstarting these camps, the DC stated that the camp at Sabji Mandi would provide on-the-spot vaccination facilities to masses visiting this place while the second camp held at Victor Forging industry would ensure participation of the industrial workforce in this mega vaccination drive. The DC mentioned that c m y b more mobile vaccination camps would be planned in the coming days to provide inoculation facilities at the doorstep of eligible beneficiaries. He ordered health officials to start new mobile camps for Industry besides integrating nearby session sites with it. Meanwhile, the DC held a virtual meeting with the local industry, in which as many as 50 prominent industrialists participated. Thori solicited industries’ support for the vaccination drive and urged them to encourage their eligible workforce to come forward for the inoculation. — TNS bir Singh Khatra and SSP Kapurthala Kanwardeep said an unidentified man was shot dead by some unknown persons on March 22 and his body was recovered from Satnampura police station. Following this, a case was registered at the Satnampura Phagwara police station. Keeping in view the serious- ness of the matter, various police teams were formed to trace the case. After investigation, the culprits were identified as Harjot Singh, a resident of Jandiala Guru, Amandeep, alias Aman Dana, a resident of Ghanupur Kale village Police Station, Chheharta, Amritsar and Fateh Singh alias Fata, a resident of Ghariala village, Tarn Taran district. The investigation revealed that the accused killed two persons on the highway. On March 14, the deceased (a truck driver and cleaner) had left for Radha Swami Dera Beas from Ludhiana on their truck loaded with iron pipes. continued on page 2
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