15042021-JTR-01.qxd 4/14/2021 11:19 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE AMARINDER TO LAY STONE OF HOSHIARPUR MEDICAL COLLEGE PAGE 2 Minister OP Soni said the CM would lay foundation stone of ~375-crore college in the first week of July. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF AS CELEBRITIES WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE: SONAKSHI SINHA PAGE 3 GOVIND TO PLAY FADNAVIS IN THE BATTLE OF BHIMA KOREGAON She is often seen raising her voice for causes she believes in, be it donating money or taking a stand against trolls. MAX 35°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 18°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:56 PM PAGE 4 Veteran actor Govind Namdev will be seen playing a historical role in period drama The Battle Of Bhima Koregaon. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:58 AM THURSDAY | 15 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR Pandemic brings another unwanted surprise for students Class X pupils heave a sigh of relief while those in Class XII say postponement will hit their future study plans Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service TRIBUTES PAID TO DR AMBEDKAR Jalandhar: Member of Parliament Chaudhry Santokh Singh, MLA Avtar Singh Bawa Henry and Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Wednesday called upon youngsters to strengthen the ethos of democracy as a real tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar. Participating in a state-level virtual event to mark the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, the MP said the chief architect of the Indian Constitution had ensured the right to franchise for everybody, so that they could participate in the democratic system with full zeal. He said this move aimed at ensuring social and political equality among people, thereby enabling them to be an active partner in socio-economic growth of the country. He said aspirations of Dr BR Ambedkar could only become a reality if all of us use our voting right judiciously. TNS DRONES TO CHECK ILLEGAL MINING Nawanshahr: In order to stop illegal mining in the state, drone will be used by the police and the Mining Department. RN Dhoke of the Mining Dept has directed to study the extent of illegal mining done in Rahon. The Khanna police have arrested Gurinder Singh, alias Ginda, who found to be involved in illegal sand mining in Rahon. His accomplice Karanvir Singh was nabbed by the police on Wednesday. During probe, names of Raju Gujjar, Dharamjit Singh, Dalvir Singh and Pawan Singh, also popped up for carrying out sand mining in Sutlej river near Shamshpur and Hadiwal villages. The joint team led by Gurtej Singh Garcha, XEN-cumDistrict Mining Officer, Nawanshahr, and Samrala DSP Jaswinder Singh visited Shamshpur and Hadiwal and used drones to know the extent of illegal mining. TNS K’THALA DC VISITS GRAIN MARKETS Kapurthala: DC Deepti Uppal visited grain markets in Kapurthala, Sultanpur Lodhi, Talwandi Chaudhary and Fatudhinga to review procurement process. The district witnessed smooth procurement as arhtiyas across the state withdrew their agitation. The authorities would purchase 3.59 Lakh MT wheat during the ongoing season and on Tuesday, 2,280 MT wheat arrived in various mandis , out of which 1,860 MT was purchased by the government agencies. The district has 42 permanent grain markets and more than 23 temporary mandis have been set up. Provision of handwash stations, 30×30 feet boxes to ensure social distancing and introduction of e- pass system has been commenced to avoid rush in grain markets. Urging farmers to bring only dry wheat in mandis for hassle-free procurement , the DC said the government was committed to purchase every grain of wheat. TNS Jalandhar, April 14 Aishwarya Sharma, a student of Class X, was up till 3 am on Tuesday. Reason: She was preparing for her board exams, which she thought would happen in May. On Wednesday, after she heard the news of cancellation of the CBSE board exams, she didn’t know how to react. She’s among lakhs of students who were awaiting the announcement related to their board exams. Aishwarya remained glued to the TV the entire day. Students made frantic phone calls to each other, posted messages in their school groups, just to confirm it was true or not. The pandemic has been bring- ing unwanted surprises for students, but this was the strangest of them. As for now, according to the announcement, result of Class X student will be prepared on the basis of ‘objective criterion’. Aishwarya said: “Suddenly, my relatives started sending me congratulatory messages as we will be promoted to the next class without appearing for exams. I don’t know what criteria will be followed, but I had been studying a lot, thus I am a bit disappointed.” Those excellent in studies said there would be no difference between them and their counterparts. Another student, Dhwani Sharma of Class X, also felt the same. Although she’s a bit glad that they The CBSE’s decision evoked mixed reactions from school principals and educationists who demanded there should be a fair criteria for grading Class X students and a schedule be announced soon for Class XII examinees. Oxygen cylinders: Hospitals first, then industry, orders DC Demand rises to 3,000 per day from 1,500 to 2,000 per day Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 14 Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Wednesday ordered that the supply of oxygen cylinders would first be provided to hospitals and then to industry. The oxygen supply in the district comes from three plants. As per the order, if any oxygen supplier (from the three plants) tries to supply oxygen cylinders first to industry over hospitals in need would be liable to action under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897. The orders come at a time when the district’s oxygen supply needs have almost doubled. As per suppliers, while 1,500 to 2,000 cylinders were required per day during the peak last year, this year the demand has risen to 3,000 per day. However, suppliers and hospitals admit that the oxygen supply this year was smooth and no shortages were felt. While the Civil Hospital faced 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 276 35,027 8 1001 361 31,009 3,017 ■ 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/ DEATH TOLL CROSSES 1,000 MARK IN DISTRICT ■ Jalandhar reported eight more Covid-19 fatalities on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 1,001, while 276 new cases pushed the infection count in the district to 35,027. While 31,009 people have so far been discharged, there are 3,017 active cases in the district ■ While the Covid cases in Jalandhar and Kapurthala has witnessed a downward swing, the toll has either risen or stayed put in both districts. In Kapurthala, two of the people who died on Wednesday were under the age of 50 ■ In Kapurthala, 43 people tested positive for Covid on Wednesday, taking the infection tally to 10,499 cases. Three deaths were reported in Kapurthala on Wednesday no problem of supplies after it got its own oxygen plant this year, other hospitals also claimed a relative smooth sail- ing compared to last year. However, sources said the DC’s orders came as some suppliers were used to routing gas supplies to industries. But after this order, they would not be able to supply cylinders to industry first. Udit Bhandari, one of the proprietors of Shakti Cryogenics (which are also the chief suppliers to the Civil Hospital, Jalandhar), said, “The majority of cases this year are asymptomatic. However, the caseload is certainly much. While we needed 1,500 to 2,000 cylinders per day during the peak last year, this year we needed almost double the amount. For the Jalandhar area, the current demand is 3,000 cylinders per day. Unlike this year, there was a shortage of cylinders last year. As we made all arrangements beforehand, we did not face any shortage.” Dr BS Johal of Johal Hospital said, “Demand for cylinders has obviously doubled this continued on page 2 won’t have to wait for another month for the exams to start, but she said the charm of appearing for exams cannot be replaced. Meanwhile, postponement of Class XII exams has further confused students. They were hoping for some good news related to their date sheet, but they have been on tenterhooks. Yuvraj Trikha, a Class XII student, said the delay was like torture for him. “I am a student of commerce stream. It’s very important that exams are held at the earliest and I get admission in a good college,” he said. Jatinder Singh, Principal, MGN School Urban Estate, said parents of students studying in Class X used to ask him to conduct classes for XI. “Parents were worried that if exams are held in May, then classes will start in June. They were concerned about completion of syllabus,” he said. Jatinder said he has been in the education field for the past 33 years and such a thing has never happened before. “As an educationist, I feel that proper evaluation is always important for students to grow, but as a human being, I think that the decision is definitely in favour of students because the situation is worrisome,” he added. Rachna Monga, Principal of Sanskriti KMV School, said: “CBSE should have organised a survey where we could have expressed our views on the decision. It is a confused state now, both for the students and the teachers.” Contact tracing ‘breaks the chain’ in Nawanshahr dist 101 new cases, 2 deaths reported in last 3 days Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, April 14 It seems that the health authorities in Nawanshahr district have been able to break the chain. On Wednesday, 46 cases were reported in the district. Whereas on April 13, only six new cases were reported and a 66-year-old patient from Muzaffarpur block died in the district. On April 12, as many as 49 patients tested positive and one person fell prey to the virus. The situation in the district is under control for now and the administration and the Health Department were working day and night to tackle the pandemic. At present, recovery rate in the district stands at 92.94 per cent and death rate at 2.70 per cent. Nawanshahr Civil Surgeon Dr Gurdeep Singh Kapur said active contact tracing since last few days has made it possible to bring situation under control in the district. “We have largely focused on contact tracing. If a person is positive, we try to trace his 20 A health team member collects swab sample at Mukandpur. contacts. We get successful in tracing at least 14 contacts and then we isolate them at their homes. This is how we are breaking the chain,” said the Civil Surgeon and added that vaccination of beneficiaries has also picked up pace. The administration has been helping us at every step. We refer patient to higher institutes at the earliest,. Muzzafarpur Senior Medical officer Geetanjali Singh said they have started ‘vaccination at doorstep’ drive and beneficiaries will be inoculated nearby their homes. The health teams have been visiting factories, villages and residential societies, said the SMO. At present, the district has 360 active cases and fourcontainment zones. Low wages driving brick kiln workers to other states 1 dead, three injured in LPG Since the outbreak of Covid pandemic last year, earnings of labourers have taken a big dip cylinder blast Aparna Banerji ❝ The fear of another lockdown is unfounded because we are not going to impose it. As far as prices are concerned, they are market controlled and we do not have a say in them. As far as fear of another lockdown is concerned, I can assure you that it is baseless. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 14 Pushpinder and his brothers Yash Kumar and Dimple Kumar have been working at brick kilns in Jalandhar for the past 20 years. But this year, he is keen on returning to his native village in another state. There are over 80 brick kilns in the district with each having between 100 and 250 employees. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, labourers have been getting low wages. Some of them have already returned to their native places. Hailing from Muzaffarnagar in UP Pushpinder works at a , kiln at Shekhupur in Jalandhar and has been trying to go back to home since April 6. He says five to six families working with him at the same brick kiln have already returned to their places, adding to his unease. Brick kiln labourers complain that they are not being paid proper wages this year. This coupled with fear of exorbitant bus fares, being charged since the lockdown was imposed last year, has left labourers on edge. ❞ Ghanshyam Thori, JALANDHAR DC Migrants board a bus from Jalandhar to leave for their home states amid rise in Covid cases across the country. SARABJIT SINGH Pushpinder says: Je enni dihari ghare mil jave enni door aun da ki fayeda (If we were to get this much wages back at our native places, what is the point of coming to far-off districts like here.” We are six members here — me, my two brothers and our wives. We were paid only Rs 600 for making 1,000 bricks last year. This year we are getting Rs 730. But this is not enough. If we were to be paid as much near our native states, why should we come here. I went to the Jalandhar railway station on April 6 and 9, but there was no seat in the train. Not wanting to pay for being put on the waiting list, I came back. I will go to the station again on Friday. We can’t afford that much money for the waiting ticket nor can we afford expensive bus travel. c m y b We poor people cannot pay as much as Rs 10,000 for travelling in a bus. So, it would be better if we leave now.” Sukhdev, who also hails from Muzzafarnagar and works at the same brick kiln, says, “Bahut aukha hai ji, sade vaste kujh nahi bachda. (Now it has become very difficult to survive and spare any money for ourselves). There are 10 members in our family. As the wages are very low, we think going back to home is a better option. Many of our fellow labourers have already left. If we try to travel by bus later, they would charge exorbitant fare.” Sunil Kumar, a contractor who oversees four brick kilns where 200 labourers work, says, “This year will also prove to be a very tough one for labourers. I have had many requests from my labourers who are keen on returning but I am somehow holding them back. While brick kilns in Jammu are paying from Rs 900 to 950 for the same work, here they are getting Rs 730 or less. So, they want to go back and take jobs in states near their homes. Meanwhile, with partial lockdowns in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, labourers are getting edgy. A bus carrying 40 to 50 labourers charges around Rs 1 lakh. We have been imploring brick kiln owners to increase their wages otherwise it would be difficult for them to stay here.” Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said, “The fear of another lockdown is unfounded because we are not going to impose it. As far as prices are concerned, they are market controlled and we do not have a say in them. As far as fear of another lockdown is concerned, I can assure you that it is baseless.” On the other hand, Northern Railway in its official statements has time and again stated that there has been “no unprecedented rush of passengers at railway stations”. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 14 Mohan Thakur (56) was killed and three persons were left injured after a gas cylinder exploded on Wednesday. Those who suffered injuries include Pintu, his wife Pinky and their five-year-old son. Both Pinky and Pintu are said to be out of danger. Rama Mandi police station SHO Sulakhan Singh said “Mohan Thakur was a deliveryman. While delivering a cyclinder in Qazi Mandi, a gas cylinder exploded. Three persons standing nearby suffered injuries. Things will get clear after we record statements of injured persons. So far, it seems an accident. Thakur was employed with a gas agency situated in Basti Gujan.” The body of the vicitm has been sent for the postmortem, said the police. The SHO said no FIR has been registered in the case so far and it seems that the blast occurred while unloading the gas cylinder. He said all four persons were native of Uttar Pradesh.
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