07042021-JTR-01.qxd 4/6/2021 10:51 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE ASHA WORKERS, PENSIONERS COME DOWN HARD ON GOVT ASHA workers held a protest outside the District Administrative Complex on Tuesday against the government. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF NOCS WITHIN 30 DAYS, SAYS DC Jalandhar: Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Tuesday directed various government departments to expedite the process of issuing NOCs pertaining to applications of installing mobile towers in the district. While participating in a virtual meet chaired by Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan to review the progress made under the Punjab Telecom Infrastructure Policy 2020, the Deputy Commissioner said some applications were received from the telecom companies to instal mobile towers across the district and departments concerned were directed to act accordingly to clear applications at the earliest. The Deputy Commissioner said under this Act, all the NOCs related to install a telecom tower are to be completed within 30 days. TNS MISSING MAN FOUND DEAD Jalandhar: An elderly person who was reportedly missing from the last two days was found dead at Burlton Park. The deceased has been identified as Ashwini Sharma (68), a resident of Babu Labh Singh Nagar. The Police Division 1 received a message on Tuesday that a body was lying at Burlton Park. After visiting the spot, cops discovered that the deceased was missing from Sunday. Assistant SubInspector Heera Lal said, the body has been sent for the postmortem to establish the exact reason of his death. TNS PROCUREMENT FROM APRIL 10 Kapurthala: It’s estimated that 3.59 lakh metric tonnes of wheat would arrive in mandis in Kapurthala as the state government is going to start procurement of wheat from April 10. Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal said the district administration has made all necessary arrangements for smooth procurement of wheat, including cleanliness of mandis, drinking water, electricity and gunny bags. She said due to surge in Covid, passes would be issued to farmers to bring wheat in mandis. TNS EXECUTIVE BODY’S TERM EXTENDED Kapurthala: The meeting of executive body of the Punjab College Non-Teaching Employees’ Union (aided and un-aided) was held recently via Google meet under the chairmanship of Mandeep Singh Bedi. Members said they decided to extend the term of the executive body for one year or till the elections are held. Some vacant posts were filled and changes were made with consent of present members. Senior vice-president Dr Anil Kumar, among others, were also present. TNS PAGE 2 BETTER TOMORROW: CELEBS DO THEIR BIT TO STAY HEALTHY On World Health Day, we ask celebs on what healthy habits they have adopted post the Covid pandemic. MAX 30°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 16°C All over again! Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 6 Lessened stamina, no agility, dripping energy levels, weighty and loss of zeal, this is what the sports teachers noticed in the players as they joined their respective schools after remaining incarcerated at their homes for so long. The teachers said it takes months to make a player competition-ready, but the pandemic played a spoilsport. That when the mentors in the schools were finding it difficult to prepare the players, the schools were shuttered again owing to Covid’s onslaught in the form of second wave. This has again posed a challenge for the teachers. Sharandeep Kaur, physical education teacher at Government Senior Secondary School (Girls), Adarsh Nagar, PAGE 3 said, “It’s a big tension because no activities are happening for the students. I had made them do some activities when the schools were reopened, but now that the schools are closed again, it is a matter of concern.” She added that the students had become dull at their homes. “Flexibility and weight count a lot in a player. I noticed that there was no stamina and some had put on weight,” the teacher shared. She said that when a student plays a game, he/she also becomes active in studies too, but laziness has now taken a toll and the studies, too, are bearing its effects. Sudhir Kumar, physical education teacher from Government Senior Secondary School, Nehru Garden, also corroborated the statement. He said if a student will play, SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:51 PM PAGE 4 Loki, the original series by Marvel Studios, is set to release on June 11 on Disney+ Hotstar Premium. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:07 AM WEDNESDAY | 7 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR Closure of schools, prospect of online sessions in the wind 15-year-old have sports teachers sweating about players’ fitness... among 7 fall the immune system will become stronger, so they must be called to the schools. “They have been eating fast food, which affects endurance big time. I had already been easy on them when they had joined after being confined to their homes for so long, and was planning to increase the time of training, but then again, schools were closed. I really hope that schools are opened so that the students could continue with the practice,” he said. Former Assistant Education Officer (AEO) Sports, who’s now headmaster at Government High School, Puranpur, Harbinder Pal said students will need proper conditioning. “I had been preparing them to excel in sports, but since last year when Covid hit, it’s like ‘paneeri laati, paani nai de hoya’,” he said. prey to virus Our Correspondent No agility, dripping energy levels, weighty and loss of zeal, this is what the sports teachers noticed in the players as they joined their respective schools after remaining incarcerated at their homes for so long. Hoshiarpur, April 6 Out of 2,802 reports received in the district, 146 persons tested positive for Covid-19 while nine more persons from the district were reported postive from other districts, thus taking the tally to 14,599. The health authorities reported seven deaths, including 15-year-old boy. With this, the death toll reached 592. Of the new positive cases, 16 cases were related to Hoshiarpur city, while remaining were from different health blocks of the district. Two deaths each were reported from the Hoshiarpur Civil Hospital, Dasuya Civil Hospital and one each from Chandigarh, Amritsar and Jalandhar. Parents cry foul over No respite from Covid: 6 deaths, 307 new cases reported in dist ‘inflated’ tuition fee Administration seeks support from NGOs to fight fresh wave Allege pvt schools overcharging, threaten protest Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 6 Tension has brewed over charging of additional fees under the tuition fee category between parents and managements of private schools in the district. Irate parents on Tuesday said if schools continue to overcharge, then they would have to gherao residence of the Chief Minister and the Education Minister. Parents under the banner of “The Parents’ Association Jalandhar” alleged school managements were putting pressure on them to pay various charges in addition to the tuition fee. Upset over this malpractice, irked parents claimed that they were being harassed by school managements. “Despite the intervention of the Deputy Commisioner, schools have resorted to various means to put mental pressure on parents. Staff of private schools has even started stalking social media profiles of parents to check their activities. Children are also being harassed by school authorities,” said Chetan Verma, a member of the association. Parents hold a press conference in Jalandhar on Tuesday. Though partially directing schools to adhere to the guidelines of the Supreme Court, the administration has failed to initiate any action against such institutes, said parents. Upset over the attitude of school managements, Avni Kumar said some institutes have already refused to declare annual results of students who have not cleared their dues. Avni said they fear that students’ access to online education may also be suspended. Rakesh Singh, whose daughter studies in Class IX at a private school said, apart from the tuition fee, school has again asked to deposit all fee components except transportation. “Even the building fee is being demanded. Everything is being adjusted in the tuition fee category,” he said. Parents said, “Schools are not only demanding building fee, but also practical fee for the entire year. Practicals were held for just two weeks.” They said if school managements continue to blackmail them by stating that if fee would not be paid, they would neither declare results of their wards nor promote them, then they would protest at the state-level. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 6 The district on Tuesday reported deaths of six persons due to Covid-19, pushing the toll to 957. Besides, the district witnessed 307 fresh cases. As many as 219 patients lost their lives in March alone and in the first week of April, 43 fatalities were reported. In addition, the caseload of active cases has touched 3,124. As part of the intensified RT-PCR testing drive, over 7,87,960 samples were collected from the district, out of which 71,418 people have tested positive and 7,16,542 samples tested negative. This year, after the arrival of the second wave of Covid-19, maximum number of cases were reported in March. The case count reached 3,609 from 527 on March 31. As per the data received from the Civil Hospital, approximately 60 patients are admitted in the hospital. On Tuesday, active cases were majorly reported from areas like Maqsudan, Nakodar, Basti Gujan, Hargovind Nagar, Basti Danishmanda, Guru Govid Singh Avenue, A Covid vaccination camp in progress at the DC office in Jalandhar. 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 307 32,095 6 957 4,543 28,014 3,124 or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ District Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ Dilbag Nagar, Greater Kailash, Mota Singh Nagar and others. Intensifying the ongoing battle against the pandemic, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Tuesday solicited support from nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), community leaders, religious leaders, market associations and resident welfare societies of the district to efficiently tackle the new wave of the infection. While presiding over a meeting with over 40 such NGOs at the District Administrative Complex, the Deputy Commissioner accompanied by renowned environmentalist Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal said that in the present scenario, the vaccination of maximum people was the only key to diminish the rapid spread of the virus. He said the NGOs, being an integral part of our society, could play a constructive role to ensure maximum immunisation by transforming the vaccination drive into a mass movement in Jalandhar. Thori urged the NGOs to organize mobile vaccination camps in their respective fields — colonies, markets, religious places and industries. continued on page 2 Kashmir to Kanyakumari in 50 days: Armyman gets grand welcome in city Me first! Tribune News Service RELAXATION TO CBSE SCHOOLS Kapurthala: The Nawanshahr and Kapurthala administrations have released orders granting relaxation for conducting practical exams scheduled by the boards, on the condition that Covid-19 related guidelines will be followed. As per instructions of the state government, schools will remain closed till April 10. As practical exams are underway in CBSE schools, relaxation has been given. TNS LOKI IS HERE! MARVEL ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE OF ITS SERIES As bus services have been thrown free to women since the crack of April, women are thronging bus stands like never before. At some places, the scenes even turned rough with some trying to block others to get aboard. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH c m y b Jalandhar, April 6 In order to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records, an Indian Army soldier, Naik Velu P who started ultra, marathon from Srinagar to Kanyakumari reached Jalandhar on late Monday night. The Armyman is eyeing to complete 4,300-km run within 50 days. Naik Velu P was given a grand welcome by Brigadier V Anand and all ranks at the Jalandhar Military Hospital on his arrival from Srinagar via Pathankot. Velu P was born in Krishnagiri (Tamil Nadu) and joined the Indian Army in 2011. He started the ultra-marathon from Srinagar and has covered 480 km by covering an average distance of 80 km to Brigadier V Anand, Commandant, welcomes Naik Velu P in Jalandhar. 100 km daily. The Armyman is serving as a nursing assistant at the 60 Para Field Hospital. The ultra-marathoner said objective behind his run is ‘One Nation, One Spirit’. In June last year, Naik Velu P became the first Indian ultramarathon to complete 1,600 km in just 17 days. He has been representing the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) in long-distance runs for the last four years. In September, he will be representing the country at World Championship in Romania. All ranks of the Vajra Corps wished him success.
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