08042021-JTR-01.qxd 4/7/2021 11:03 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE DR MITRA TREATS HIS ‘GREEN CHILDREN’ WITH RESPECT PAGE 2 He and his wife has dedicated their terrace to lush foliage and various pretty gardening aesthetics. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF DC TAKES NOTE ON DELAY OF WORKS Kapurthala: Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal took serious note of delays in the work under solid waste management and directed the officials to personally monitor them for speedy completion. She also reviewed the ongoing development works under MGNREGA, sports stadiums and parks in villages. Talking about the Jal Jeevan Mission, the officials said the target for the financial year 2021-22 had been fixed at 35,000 tabs against 23,300 last year. The DC also inquired about the community sanitary complexes under which 17 out of 38 works have been completed so far. Uppal asked the officials of Rural Development and Panchayat Department, Education Department, Panchayati Raj, Water Supply and Sanitation Department, to ensure that the development works in the district are completed in time. TNS MANDIS READY FOR PROCUREMENT Kapurthala: Before procurement in the district, 42 permanent mandis and submandis are ready for procurement besides setting up temporary mandis to facilitate the farmers and labourers in view of Covid. Sodium hypochlorite is being sprayed in all mandis to control the spread of corona. Arrangements have been made for cleaning of mandis, while hand-free washing stations would also be set up at each mandi to save the farmers, artisans and labourers from corona. District Mandi Officer Arvinder Singh said that Mandi Board, Punjab, would provide sanitisers and masks to the farmers and labourers. TNS SPORTS EVENT FOR FARMERS AT TIKRI Jalandhar: To celebrate Baisakhi with farmers, the Five Rivers Heart Association in collaboration with Punjab Wrestling Association are organising a sports event on April 13 at Tikri border. Sikh martial arts, cricket, wrestling (mud), kabbadi, body building, horse racing, athletics, turban tying competition, volleyball and various games will be held. Free medical assistance camps will also be available all the time. TNS SHEFALI'S DIRECTORIAL PROJECT SELECTED FOR USA FILM FEST ANUPAMA REMINISCES HER INITIAL DAYS IN THE INDUSTRY Shah's debut directorial venture Someday has been selected for the 51st Annual USA Film Festival. MAX 33°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 15°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:51 PM PAGE 4 From appearing in Punjabi music videos to acting in a web series, Anupama goes down memory lane. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:06 AM THURSDAY | 8 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR heart District reports four more Covid patients reportExpert issues post-recovery: deaths, 345 fresh cases ❝ Our Correspondent Toll mounts to 961, tally of positive patients reaches 32,440 who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 7 The district witnessed four casualties due to Covid-19, pushing the toll to 961 on Wednesday. Besides, the district reported 345 fresh cases, taking the tally to 32,440. Of the fresh cases, as many as 62 patients belong to other districts. While 28,393 people have been discharged so far, there are 3,086 active cases in the district. In Kapurthala, 154 people tested positive for Covid-19, pushing the tally to 9,750. Three deaths were also reported in Kapurthala. The victims are: a 76-year-old woman, who was a resident of Kapurthala and died at a private hospital in Jalandhar; a 77-year-old man, a resident of Shiekhpur village who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar; a 51year-old woman, a resident of Marripur village, Tibba, Hoshiarpur district sees 7 deaths, 132 new cases HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 345 32,440 4 961 379 28,393 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Dist Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ Heads for reopening schools, colleges in a graded manner Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 7 Wary of students’ health and mounting Covid-19 cases, the state government on Wednesday announced to extend the closure of educational institutions till April 30. However, the decision hasn’t gone down well with private school and college heads. Students who have been preparing for examinations also apparently expressed their resentment to the decision. While principals demanded reopening of colleges and schools in a graded manner, students who have got accustomed to attending online classes at home also want to attend classes offline. Post the announcement to continue with the virtual classes, Manhar Arora, Principal, St Soldier College, said this was the most crucial time for students to attend regular classes. “Owing to the shutdown of ❞ Dr Rajneesh, PUNJAB RATTAN AWARDEE tions months after resolution of Covid infection. One rare presentation of complete heart block (slow heart rate) requiring pacemaker encountered in two patients almost two months post Covid,” Dr Kapoor further informed. The virus involvement is seen in blood clot formation, known as thrombosis. It also leads to endothelium (innermost layer of arteries) dysfunction. Patients who suffer such issues are disposed to a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, he opined. “We are getting cases of heavy breathing, palpitation, fastening of heart breath. Many of them (around 40%) are having a history of different levels of Covid-19 infection — mild, moderate, or severe. Even those who didn’t have any pro-cardiac issues can develop heart complications post corona. “Post-recovery when these people face breathing complications, it is the lungs which are checked. An ECG test reveals heart conditions later. In context to resuming exercise regime post-Covid, one should avoid for 6-8 weeks after Covid and then gradually restart it, starting with walks,” he said. We are finding many cases with abnormalities in patients. We are, therefore, conducting a study to understand the effect on the heart of those recovered. There are a lot of eco-cardiology things that can be picked up to understand if there can be complications in the future. If we can identify, then we can be more vigilant,” Dr Kapoor maintained. Patients can lower their risk of cardiovascular disease-related mortality by being careful on recognising the signs and symptoms. A simple ECG test can reveal if the symptoms are heartrelated or not. Most of the heart-related diseases are completely treatable, provided medical attention is given on time, he added. Nawanshahr sees surge again, reports 187 cases in last 2 days Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service While principals demanded reopening of colleges and schools in a graded manner, students also want to attend classes offline. colleges, the examination process has already been delayed. Even before the imposition of restrictions last month, exams were being undertaken in colleges. Now, students, who are left with one or two exams are at the receiving end. Students coming from distant cities will have to make arrangements for their stay. Therefore, the state government needs to opt for a systematic approach for educational institutions. Considering all precaution- Tribune News Service The accused in police custody on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Ankush, alias Honey Kumar, a resident of Ali Mohalla. The police have also arrested his accomplice Sunil Kumar. The gold chain has also been recov- The district reported seven more deaths due to Covid-19, taking the toll to 599 on Wednesday. Besides, the district also witnessed 132 fresh cases, pushing the tally to 14,713. Giving information about Covid cases in the district, Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 1,379 and 13,878 patients had recovered from the virus. Out of today’s 132 positive cases, 10 patients were from Hoshiarpur city, 18 were reported from other districts and the others were from various health blocks of the district. Four patients of the district died at Jalandhar hospitals, two at Nawanshahr hospitals and one at a Amritsar hospital. — OC Hoshiarpur, April 7 Cardiac issues are being noticed in patients even after three-month of recovery from the coronavirus infection. Difficulty in breathing, body fatigue and sweating are more pronounced persistent symptoms even after months among Covid recovered patients. Attributing these symptoms always to sequalae of Covid infection may actually be misleading and patients should always be evaluated for detailed cardiac check-up, Punjab Rattan awardee and vice-chairman at the department of interventional cardiology at Medanta Hospital, Dr Rajneesh Kapoor, said this during a virtual press conference on Tuesday. Dr Kapoor said coronavirus was predominantly a respiratory infection but has been also noted to cause inflammation in different parts of the cardiovascular system, from muscles of the heart to blood supplying arteries. In another spectrum, many Covid treated patients also manifest cardiac complica- In our large experience of treating Covid patients at Medanta, 10 per cent of Covid treated patients were found out to be harbouring serious heart dysfunctions. Civil Surgeon wants people to get the jab to reduce number of +ve cases Cops crack jewellery theft case, 2 arrested Jalandhar, April 7 The division number 3 police station on Wednesday solved a jewellery theft case that was reported on Tuesday in Lal Bazar. A man and a woman had reportedly fled with a gold chain from the store. The man introduced himself as a cop deployed at PAP . Shop owner Harwinder Singh told the police that the accused fled with the gold chain and left their artificial chain at the store. They came to know about the incident after checking the CCTV footage. The accused had come on bike. SHO, Inspector Mukesh Kumar, said the arrested accused was identified as PAGE 3 ered from their possession. A case under Sections 379B and 411 of the IPC has been registered against them at the police station. ary measures being adopted, schools and colleges can be reopened with 50 per cent capacity,” said Manhar, who further mentioned that his college suffered a loss of nearly ~3-4 crore during the pandemic. Amid a slew of protests against private schools, school authorities also claimed to have gone out of funds. Shortage of funds has led them to put more cuts on salaries of the staff and teaches. continued on page 2 Nawanshahr, April 7 After a week’s rest, the district again saw a surge in Covid cases. In the last two days, 187 cases were reported. While on Tuesday, 101 persons tested positive, Wednesday saw 86 persons testing positive. Last week, less than 50 cases were being reported on a daily basis. Not only this, four persons succumbed to the virus. Civil Surgeon Dr Gurdeep Singh Kapur said studies have shown that those who are getting vaccinated are developing antibodies, which was a very positive sign. “This is a sign that everything is going right. The vaccination is safe and effective. Already, I have been seeing great enthusiasm among ❝ Studies have shown that those who are getting vaccinated are developing antibodies, which is a very positive sign. This signifies that everything is going right.The vaccination is safe and effective. Already, I have been seeing great enthusiasm among people for vaccination and people are coming themselves. I want that everyone who comes under the category gets covered. There is a decrease in the death rate in Nawanshahr, which will eventually become nil if people get vaccinated. Dr Gurdeep Singh Kapur, CIVIL SURGEON ❞ people for vaccination and people are coming themselves. I want that everyone who comes under the category gets covered,” he said. The Civil Surgeon said there was a decrease in the death rate in Nawanshahr, which would eventually become nil if people get vaccinated. There are a total of 7,661 positive cases in Nawanshahr so far, and 7,032 persons have recovered so far (recovery rate 91.78 per cent). There are total 43 active cases and the results of 1,076 persons are awaited. A total of 1,227 samples were taken on Wednesday. As per the information, a proper roster is being prepared by the Health Department at sites, where the vaccination camp would be held. On Wednesday, the vaccination camp was held at the gaushala too. The Health Department has been asking institutes to let them know if they want the vaccination camp to be held on their premises. 90 persons fined for not wearing mask If on the one hand residents in the district are coming forward to get vaccinated in large numbers, carelessness is also increasing among people. On Wednesday, as many as 535 people were stopped by the police for not wearing mask and they had to undergo Covid tests as well. Not only this, 90 others were imposed fines as well. The health experts have been saying that even if one has received a jab, doesn’t mean they can roam around without wearing masks. Precautions must be taken at every step. Eyeing greener pastures, youth falling prey to scams Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 7 Youth in Punjab dream of shifting abroad but reports of several of them being duped by travel agents are becoming common with each passing day. Also, youngsters, it seems, aren’t ready to learn their lesson and keep falling prey to such fraudsters every now and then. Jaswinder Ram (27) in his complainant to the police said he gave ~2.5 lakh to a travel agent with a promise that he would send him to Italy. Jaswinder, who belongs to an economically weaker family, said he had extreme difficulty in arranging the money. He took loans from various parties, but the travel agent failed to send him abroad. “My financial condition is in a mess. Neither have I c m y b FOREIGN DREAMS DASHED, NOT THE FIRST TIME ■ Jaswinder Ram (27) in his complaint at Behram police station said he gave ~2.5 a travel a ❝I gave ~2.5 lakh to send meagent withbelong to promise that he would to Italy. I an economically weak family and had extreme difficulty in arranging the money. I took loans from various parties, but the travel agent failed to send me abroad. My financial condition is in a mess. Neither have I received my money back, nor am I able to pay it back to my lenders, who are also harassing me. Jaswinder Ram, VICTIM ❞ received my money back, nor I am able to pay it back to my lenders, who are also harassing me,” he said. The Behram police have filed an FIR against the travel lakh to a travel agent with a promise that he would send him to Italy. Jaswinder, who belongs to an economically weaker family, said he had extreme difficulty in arranging the money. He took loans from various parties, but the travel agent failed to send him abroad. ■ Gurpreet Singh (22) of Nurmahal had a dream to go to Canada and earn well for his family. For this, he took the IELTS exam a number of times and finally managed to clear it two years ago. The family took the help of a Ludhiana-based travel agent, but the latter duped the victim of ~5.6 lakh. A case was reported from Nurmahal. ■ Similarly, Rajinder Singh (26), a youth from Bilga, was also been duped by a travel agent from Uttar Pradesh, who had allegedly taken more than ~3.5 lakh from the victim on the pretext of sending him to Italy. ■ The Nawanshahr police also registered a case against the agents who allegedly duped Gurbaksh Kaur (43) and Reena Rani (23) of Garhi Fateh Khan village by sending them to Saudi Arab instead of Malaysia. The case had grabbed headlines as Reena had also sent a video to her family, wherein she was seen crying and asking her brother to get them back home, else they would die. Angad Singh, MLA, had written to the Minister of External Affairs (MEA), to intervene in the matter and rescue the woman-daughter duo. agent under Section 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the IPC and Punjab Travel Professionals (Reg- ulation) Act, 2014. As per the information, there are nearly 15 cases pending at Behram police station alone, wherein youths have been duped by travel agents. The police said an FIR was registered, but no arrest has been made in the case so far. Further investigations, however, are on in these cases.
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