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SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:51 AM WEDNESDAY | 21 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR Not even a single student is enrolled in this school REASON: Government Primary School at Heran Boop Singh in Lohian block has no permanent teacher Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service DISTRICT LEADS IN BUYING WHEAT Jalandhar: As far as purchasing and lifting of wheat crop of farmers during the current procurement season is concerned, Jalandhar district has, so far, held the first position in the state. Divulging the details, DC Ghanshyam Thori on Tuesday said the procurement agencies in the district had lifted 40.96 per cent of wheat out of the total produce brought to the 137 mandis by farmers. He said the average percentage of the district was more than that of the state's average. The DC directed officials tasked with procurement to ensure the lifting of crops within the stipulated time frame, besides assisting farmers at every phase of procurement. TNS WIFE DIES, MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF Jalandhar: A 44-year-old man on Monday midnight shot himself to death after he could not come to terms with his wife’s sudden demise. The incident was reported at around 1.30 am. The deceased has been identified as Mohan Pal Singh, a resident of Mitthapur area. ACP, Model Town, Harinder Singh said the victim used his licensed revolver to kill himself. His wife, Kirandeep Kaur (35), had reportedly gone to her parents’ house in Model Town a few days ago. However, on Monday, Mohan's brother-in-law told him that Kiran was no more. After seeing her body, Mohan could not control himself and committed suicide. TNS NO ROZGAR MELA FOR NEXT 45 DAYS Jalandhar: Rozgar melas, which were being held in the district on a daily basis, will not be held for the next 45 days in view of increase in Covid cases in Jalandhar. However, the last mela was held on Tuesday at the employment office. Notably, several unemployed students had received jobs in various companies after they attended the rozgar mela. Appointment letters were also being given to them. TNS Jalandhar, April 20 Amid the pandemic, a school in Lohian block in Jalandhar district had not even a single student last year. The situation is still the same after a year. There is not even a single student in Government Primary School (GPS) Heran Boop Singh. Reason: there is no permanent teacher in the school. The school is lying closed and officially it is still on paper. Officials of the Education Department are awaiting transfers and recruitment of teachers so that this school could get one. There were as many as eight students in the school in the session before the outbreak of the pandemic. But in the absence of a regular teacher, the strength kept on decreasing, and last year, not even a single student was admitted to the school. As per information, a letter was written in this regard to the Lohian Khas Block Primary Education Officer (BPEO) in which it was mentioned that because teachers used to come on deputation in the school, the parents of students this session decided to admit their wards in a nearby school. A request to appoint a permanent teacher was also made in the letter so that students could SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS: Officials of the Education Department are awaiting transfers and recruitment of teachers so that this school could get one. be brought back to school. It is reported that until 2019 there was a permanent teacher in the school who was transferred and then every teacher came on deputation. District Education Officer (Primary) Rampal had earlier said that the matter was in his knowledge. “The parents have shifted their wards to other nearby government schools,” he had said. The District Education Officer on Tuesday said every information regarding the schools remained available on the e-Punjab portal and thus the matter might be in the notice of higher officials. “Now, we are waiting for the recruitment and transfer process of teachers which is going on and thus my priority will be to depute a permanent teacher in such teacher-less schools,” he said. The officials hope that once the school gets a permanent teacher, students will definitely come. Notably, there are several schools in the district where there are no permanent teachers and education providers are teaching instead. And there are schools where teachers come on a deputation basis (on rosters). The teachers teach for 1015 days, and then another teacher joins, which creates problems for the students. Hospitals finding it difficult to 4 die, 454 new handle rising Covid-19 waste cases in district Tribune News Service Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 20 In the wake of the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases, it has become difficult for hospitals to manage garbage contaminated with bodily fluids or other infectious materials. Medical supplies and disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) kits used by health-care workers and patients could be seen piled up on the premises of hospitals. At present, the medical waste generation in hospitals is three times the amount the hospitals would have before the outbreak of the pandemic. The daily output has reached 4.50-5 metric tonnes. Sarabjit Singh, an official of Rainbow Environments Pvt Ltd that treats bio-medical waste (BMW), stated that Covid waste generation had increased manifold in Jalandhar district, which is considered the hub of hospitals, in the last two months. “In February, the accumulated amount of Covid waste from the hospitals was around 10,520 kg (375 kg per day), which shot up to 18,198 kg in March (587 kg per day). The waste amount was 19,242 kg up to April 18, which means the daily waste generation rose to 1,012 kg,” said Sarabjit. It is pertinent to mention Covid waste dumped by patients at the Jalandhar Civil Hospital. COLOUR CODING: CLASSIFICATION OF WASTE ■ Red waste: It includes all syringes (without needles), soiled gloves, IV tubes, etc. With the autoclave technology, the red waste is disinfected before being sent for treatment ■ Blue waste: All such waste consists of glass, broken or intact ■ White waste: Metal wastes, needles, guide wires, etc, are put under the category ■ Yellow waste: The waste is incinerated at high temperature here that this is not the only company working for the treatment of Covid waste in the city. Though the Covid waste is being generated in large numbers, the regular medical waste generation has reduced. Owing to the highly infectious nature of the coronavirus, a more sophisticated method of managing the gen- erated waste is being adopted by the hospitals. Apart from establishing testing centres, treatment centres and isolation facilities, the establishment of safe disposal facilities for infectious waste has put extra burden on hospital administrations. Dr Monika Aggarwal, microbiologist at Patel Hospital, said, “Before disposing the BMW and Covid waste, the hospital staff segregates it into four following categories — red, blue, yellow and white. A large sum was being spent on cleaning and sanitising the waste produced in the hospital.” Similarly, Dr Manpreet Singh Ghuman, who handles the disposal of waste generated at the Civil Hospital, said, “The production of Covid waste in the hospital has almost doubled. In the months of January, February and March, the wastegenerated at the Civil Hospital was 1,000 kg, 1,100 kg and 1,600 kg, respectively. At present, nearly 60-70 kg waste is being produced on a daily basis in the month of April.” “Considering the spike in waste generation, the hospital is shortly going to install a separate portion for keeping all bio-medical waste and its treatment. The company lifting the waste from the hospital has also increased the rate by 30 to 40 per cent,” added Ghuman. Dr Baljit Singh Johal at Johal Hospital said the hospital was paying Rs 1,500 extra for treating Covid waste. “While 1,081.68 kg bio-medical waste was generated in the month of January, it rose to 1,334.63 in February and 1,796.49 in March,” added Dr Johal. Three deaths, 112 new cases in Hoshiarpur Jalandhar, April 20 With 454 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the district on Tuesday, the district tally has reached 37,560. Of these 454 cases, as many as 40 belong to other districts. Four Covid patients also succumbed to the virus today taking the death toll to 1,024. While 33,162 persons have so far been discharged, there are 3,374 active cases in the district. Among the deceased were two persons were below the age of 40. In Kapurthala, 63 positive cases were reported today. Three patients lost their lives — two women and a 66-yearold man. To date, a total of 11,088 positive cases have been reported, of which 707 are active. Samples of as many as 1,647 were collected today. The health authorities reported 3 Covid-19 related deaths on Tuesday. As a result, the deaths reached 672. The deceased include a 72-year-old resident of Pajjo Ditta village, who died at the Civil Hospital Hoshiarpur, a 73- year-old man of Fatehgarh road died at a private hospital in Jalandhar while a 70-year-old woman of Sunder Nagar died at Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 1,428 while the count of recovered patients reached 16,000. Today, 112 new positive patients were reported, including 18 from Hoshiarpur, 14 reported from other districts and 80 from various blocks of the district. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 454 37,560 4 1,024 33,162 3,374 ■ 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/ DC flags liquid O2 shortage Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 20 Taking a cue from Delhi and other big states facing rising demand for oxygen, the district administration on Tuesday said that there was a requirement of liquid oxygen here. In a letter released by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ghanshyam Thori to the Managing Director of Punjab Health System Corporation, it is mentioned that the district has a total requirement of 3,000-3,500 cylinders on a daily basis as cylinders are also being supplied to the neighbouring districts of Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur. The letter reads, “Jalandhar district has a daily requirement of 3,000-3,500 cylinders. Of them, 400-500 cylinders are being supplied to Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr districts. Thus, the district has a total requirement of approximately 4,000 cylinders per day. The district can now produce only 2,400 cylinders daily from atmospheric oxygen at two of its plants — Shakti Cryogenics and Indian Air Products, Jalandhar.” The letter further mentions that the remaining requirement is met from the liquid oxygen which is supplied through vendors from Panipat, Sonipat, Rajpura and Bathinda districts. “Therefore, we need approximately one liquid oxygen tanker (16MT) per day to meet our daily demand,” reads the letter. City boy Balraj Khehra to solve murder mystery in Punjabi web series Lazeez 2020 rerun? Tribune News Service Fearing lockdown, a huge rush of passengers is witnessed at the Jalandhar railway station on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH c m y b Jalandhar, April 20 City boy Balraj Singh Khehra, Roadie’s winner (2016) and former Mr Punjab runner-up, is now going to step up into new shoes as he will now be seen in a Punjabi web series Lazeez. It’s a murder mystery and Balraj will be playing a ‘cop’ in the series, releasing on April 22. Sharing about preparation for the role, he said his habit of observing people has always helped him. “I observe a lot and being an actor, this has been a strong point,” he said. Balraj also shared that mostly comedy movies are being produced in Punjabi cinema. “But this is a completely different genre and people will get to watch a complete new cinema,” he said. Balraj Khehra is also a trained fitness trainer and has a team called ‘fitness freaks’ that gives training to celebrities and businessmen. Balraj, who has already worked in Bollywood, has just started his stint in Punjabi cinema and with ‘Lazeez’ , he is confident that chances will be given to new faces too as there is a lot of talent in Punjab. While growing up in a small village, a dream of becoming an actor was always nurturing in his mind. To achieve them, he took part in Mr Punjab in 2014 and finished second in the competition. Thereafter, he set sail and gave auditions in the Punjabi film industry. Balraj had then developed a grouse that people from the Punjabi film industry would say that he was not a ‘known face’ so he could not get a chance to appear in the films. Later, he took it as a challenge and headed to accomplish his ultimate dream. Then Roadies happened and he won the show. Balraj is a trained fitness trainer and has a team called ‘fitness freaks’ that gives training to celebrities and businessmen. He has also played the role of Boota Singh in a show based on Battle of Saragarhi.
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