19042021-JTR-01.qxd 18-04-2021 23:06 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE FREE POLICE FROM POLITICAL SHACKLES TO ENSURE FAIR PROBE PAGE 2 Residents say there is a need to use technology to prevent petty crimes and install CCTV cameras at crowded places. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF NRICOUPLEDONATES FUNDS TO SCHOOL Garhshankar: Canada-based NRI couple, Rominder Randhawa and Sukhchainjeet Randhawa, inaugurated a "Multimedia WiFi lab" at the Government High School of their native village, Simbli. Rominder, who is an alumnus of the school and had been conferred the "Best Principal Award" in Canada, had donated funds for setting up the lab to enable the students to have an access to digital education so that they could face the challenges of the present era. He also donated 50 rims of papers, an inverter, ~21,000 for CCTV cameras and ~25,000 for the school library. School Headmistress Minakshi Bhalla lauded the gesture of the couple. The school management committee, staff and block mentors were present on the occasion. OC HOSHIARPUR DAV 9TH IN NAT’L LIST Hoshiarpur: DAV College of Education, Hoshiarpur, secured ninth rank in the N-List eResources Programme at national-level among 3,240 colleges across the nation. Under the programme, faculty members, students and alumni can refer to more than 31,35,000 e-books and 6,000 e-journals through online mode. College librarian Dr Harvinder Kaur said the college library had been subscribing N-List databases regularly since 2012. The college library, besides printed books and periodicals, provided digital content to the users through college website during the lockdown. Top ten users of the programme this year were also awarded by the college library. OC SECY TAKES STOCK OF PROCUREMENT Nawanshahr: The Mandi Board Secretary on Sunday visited the mandis of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district to take a stock of the ongoing procurement. Interacting with various stakeholders in the Rahon, Nawanshahr and Balachaur mandis, the secretary clarified that the state had sufficient stock of gunny bags. Divulging details about the preventive measures being taken in view of the pandemic, the secretary said the Punjab Mandi Board had also made elaborate arrangements to strictly observe health protocol by providing 10,000 masks (N-95) and 10,000 bottles of sanitisers to its 5,600 officials/staff so as to ensure smooth and hassle-free procurement of wheat. The Mandi Board had also arranged another 1,00,000 masks and 35,000 liter sanitiser for the farmers during their arrival at purchase centres. TNS ‘SYMPHONIC-2021’ ON TECH CAMPUS Jalandhar: In order to channelise the efforts of students towards positivity and ensure good mental health, an inter-college/school fest ‘e-Tech Symphonic-2021’ was organised at LKC Technical Campus here in which 650 students from 60 colleges and schools participated and showcased their talent. The event was dedicated to Covid-19 fighters - doctors, paramedical staff, police and media etc. Events such as solo singing, online games, solo dance, Indo vs Exotic look challenge, code debug, quiz on incredible India, circuit mania and best out of waste thereby manifesting unity, healthy competition and harmony among students. TNS PAGE 3 RADHIKA APTE: IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT EMOTIONAL HANGOVER PRASHANT BAJAJ WANTS TO DO A CRIME THRILLER LIKE MIRZAPUR The actress recently opened up about her roles dealing with mental health and more in a live session. MAX 34°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:59 PM PAGE 4 The digital boom is undeniable, but the fact that OTT is only creating stars these days is not correct, says Bajaj. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:53 AM MONDAY | 19 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR No respite: Dist sees four Nawanshahr district doing better, no death in last 4 days deaths, 445 fresh cases 35 new cases on Sunday; 3,195 vaccinated Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service four deaths, the death toll rose to 1,014. While 32,518 people have been discharged so far, there are 3,193 active cases in the district. Meanwhile, 36 persons tested positive in Kapurthala, taking the tally to 10,888. Three deaths were reported in the district. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 18 The district on Sunday reported the deaths of four persons. Besides, the district recorded 445 fresh cases with a large number of people walking along the streets without wearing a mask. A huge rush of residents was witnessed at the Sunday market. A Jalandhar resident, who just recovered from the infection, said, “Those who tested positive and had been on oxygen can understand the seriousness of the situation. The fact that many people still do not even wear a mask is very worrisome. It’s like an open invitation to Covid. There are funeral grounds which are running out of space and irresponsible crowds at a single place points to lack of seriousness of the problem among people.” With 445 new cases, the district tally reached 36,725. Of them, as many as 44 people belong to other districts. With Two die in Hoshiarpur dist Corona pandemic is no deterrent for the residents of Jalandhar who continue to flock in large numbers to the Sunday market. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 445 36,725 4 1,014 442 32,518 3,193 ■ 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/ The district reported two more fatalities on Sunday, taking the death toll to 667, while 268 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 16,454. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 1,355 and 15,788 patients had recovered from the virus. Of 268 positive cases, 16 were reported from other districts, 22 from Hoshiarpur city and the remaining from other health blocks of the district. A 50-yearold patient of Bhunga died at Jalandhar hospital, while a 42year- old woman of Bank Colony in Hoshiarpur city died at Amritsar Medical College. Nawanshahr, April 18 When the number of cases and Covid-related deaths in Jalandhar are rising at an alarming rate, the situation seems to be under control in its neighbouring district Nawanshahr. In the last four days, no death related to the virus has been reported in the district. Also, the number of cases has reduced. The district reported 35 cases on Sunday. Also, Sujjon block that reported a maximum number of positive cases last week and was declared a containment zone, reported no new case today and only two cases were reported from the block on Saturday. Civil Surgeon Gurdeep Singh Kapur said with the efforts of the district administration and the Health Department, the recovery rate too was more than 93 per cent there. “The ignorant behaviour of people is still a concern. They can be found roaming around without masks and practising As many as 68,108 persons have been vaccinated in district so far. social distancing,” he said. The Civil Surgeon added that health teams had been going to every village and inspecting vaccination centres. “The teams motivate people in the villages to come forward and get inoculated for their own good,” he said. So far, a total of 68,108 persons in the district have been vaccinated and 3,195 people were administered the vaccine on Sunday. On this, the Civil Surgeon said they had largely focused on contact tracing. “If a person is found Covid-positive, they try to trace his 20 contacts and home isolate them,” he said. In Nawanshahr and Balachaur block, 114 and 410 persons received the jab, respectively. As many as 805 persons in Muzaffarpur and 670 in Mukandpur received the shots. In Sujjon block, 737 people got inoculated. In Saroya and Banga, 390 and 69 persons turned up for vaccination respectively. The death rate of the district is 2.67 per cent. Man booked for harassing wife on Fb 22-yr-old hangs self in police lock-up Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 18 The cops at the police division No. five on Sunday registered a case against a man who used to send indecent messages and images to his wife on social media sites. The incident was reported after the victim approached the police and complained about being intimidated and harassed from an unknown ID. She also filed a complaint against the same with the cyber crime cell. Following which the cyber crime cops found that the The incident was reported after the victim approached the police and complained about being intimidated from an unknown ID accused was her husband, who was using various fake ID’s to harass his wife. The accused was identified as Jairaz, alias Babbu, a resident of Manjit Nagar. The investigation by the police further revealed that Jairaj and his wife were not in good terms and the victim had also lodged a complaint against him. When the police questioned her husband, he refused to tell anything. Tracing Facebook accounts of the couple disclosed the matter. It was found out that the woman’s husband was harassing her by sending vulgar messages. According to the police, the accused had maintained several Facebook accounts with different phone numbers. The police have registered a case under the IT Act against the accused. While he is absconding, the police have launched the search operation to trace him. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 18 A 22-year-old man, who was arrested in a snatching incident on Saturday, committed suicide in the police custody. Jatinder Singh, alias Kala, of Muddowal village in Subhanpur, was in Kartarpur police station lock-up when the incident took place. He was found dead by police officials. He was arrested on Saturday for snatching a mobile phone under Section 379-B of the IPC. The 22-year-old was found hanging from upper grills of Deceased Jatinder Singh his cell by police officials. A three-member board of doctors has also been constituted by the court to look into his death. As per the police, brother of the victim is also currently lodged in jail, the deceased himself had two previous cases registered against him. The board investigating the death took the statements of police officials on duty last night and the postmortem of the deceased was also conducted Inspector Ram Singh said: “The man was produced in court on Saturday, after which he was kept in custody. He was suffering from Hepatitis C and his Covid test was also conducted. He was lodged in his cell last night wherein he was found hang- ing in the wee hours. He hanged himself by creating a noose out of a sheet which had been provided to him. He tore it and tied it from the upper grills of his cell to commit suicide.” SSP (Rural) Sandeep Kumar Garg said: “An inquiry has been ordered into the death by the judicial magistrate. He had two previous cases against him. This was the third case. He was presented in the court and all his medical tests were done before being kept in custody. His postmortem report is yet to arrive.” Auto drivers, rickshaw-pullers being roped Edu Secy visits Bet in to boost door-to-door enrolment drive area to encourage Teachers trying innovative methods to give a push to drive in government schools Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 18 The Education Department is apparently leaving no stone unturned to accelerate the enrolment drive in government schools. While teachers are afraid of conducting doorto-door enrolment campaigning amid the surge in Covid19 cases, the district Education Department has innovated various means to not only prevent teachers from contracting the virus but only to continue with it. To motivate teachers to bring more students to government schools, now autorickshaw drivers and rickshaw pullers have been roped in to intensify door-to-door campaigning to improve enrolment in the district. The three-wheelers move from villages to villages making local residents aware of the changed picture of government schools. Government school teachers sitting in auto-rickshaws approach villagers and persuade them to send their wards to government smart schools. Pre-recorded announcements through rickshaw- Auto-rickshaws being used to increase enrolment in government schools. TRIBUNE PHOTO pullers and religious institutions are also helping teachers to bring in more students for enrolment in their schools. Though the bottom line is to increase student strength in government schools, the drive is helping change the perception of education in government schools. Amandeep Kondal, a physi- cal education lecturer at Government Senior Secondary School, Punia, Shahkot, said, “It has been nearly a month since he and other staff members of his school were conducting door-to-door campaigning for enrolment. “Considering the surge in Covid cases, students and their parents are not advised c m y b to visit schools and the admission process is being completed on their doors only. Only a copy of Aadhaar card of the student and consent from the parents is required for admission. Those parents who cannot afford hefty fees of private schools also enquire about the prospectus of our school,” added Kondal. Rajwinder Kaur, a teacher from Government Elementary School, Dhakwala, Tarn Taran, says parents are now sending their wards to government schools as teachers assure them of imparting quality education to their children. Besides, we inform them about the latest techniques being used in schools, including audio-visual aids, projectors, online wed, Punjab Educare app, etc. “Furnished rooms, colourful school walls, perfectly designed school gates impress both teachers and students. We show them through flexes and posters,” added Rajwinder Kaur. District Education Officer Harinderpal Singh said the innovations in enrolment campaign were being introduced to highlight teaching techniques, activity based learning, sports and others. We try that the virus does not hamper the enrolment drive. Till last month, announcements at bus stands, nukkad nataks, skits and flexes installed at public places were used to encourage local residents to send their children to government schools. admission drive Our Correspondent Garhshankar, April 18 The Education Secretary, Krishan Kumar, on Saturday visited villages of remote bet area falling in Hoshiarpur and Ropar districts to boost enrolment drive, currently underway in the state. Starting from Government Senior Secondary School, Garhshankar, Krishan Kumar also visited government schools situated at villages Mehandwani, Binewal, Gurubishanpuri, Haibowal, Seehwan, Khurali and Bhangal. He interacted with the school heads, staff and took stock of the progress of the extension, augmentation of infrastructural facilities and enhancement in enrolment, besides potentialities of starting pre-primary classes in high and senior secondary schools. He also went door-to-door at some villages to make the people aware about the various infrastructural as well as quality education facilities to mobilise them to get their wards admitted in government schools. Having seen the Education Secretary on the enrolment drive at Binewal village, Sanjay Kumar, hus- Gives approval to reopen primary school at Pipliwal village band of Amandeep, sarpanch of village Pipliwal, stopped there and apprised him of the initiative taken by the village panchayat to register as many as 45 students for getting Government Primary School, Pipliwal, reopened. “The school was closed due to deficient strength of students in 2017. The village panchayat made efforts to spruce up school building and enroll students to get it restarted in public interest. After registering as many as 45 students, a case for restarting the school was submitted with the department,” Sanjay told the Education Secretary. Secy takes meeting with school heads, mentors The Education Secretary exhorted school heads to keep a vigil on board exam preparation in their schools to accomplish ‘Mission Shat Pratishat’ while addressing the meeting of school heads, block nodal officers, DMs, BMs, DSM and Zila Shikhiya Sudhar team.
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