23042021-JTR-01.qxd 4/22/2021 11:09 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE CITY STUDENTS TAKE GREEN PLEDGE ON WORLD EARTH DAY PAGE 2 Various activities ranging from compost making to slogan writing were organised by schools and colleges in the city. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF UPSET OVER ILLNESS, MAN KILLS SELF Jalandhar: A 29-year-old man, who was upset over his illness, committed suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling fan of his room on Wednesday night. The victim was identified as Narayan Singh, a resident of New Model House. “Narayan was under depression for the past few years due to his illness. He was suffering from Hepatitis C. His family had consulted many doctors but he could not get any relief”, SHO Bhargo Camp said. His father Harpal Singh told the police about the incident after seeing his son hanging with a rope. Narayan was jobless due to his illness that further pushed him to such an extreme step. The police have started inquest proceedings under Section 174 of CrPC. TNS FARMERS RECEIVE ~100 CR VIA DBT Kapurthala: The direct benefit transfer (DBT) payment to the farmers bank accounts against the wheat procurement has touched Rs 100 crore. District Food and Supply Controller Geeta Bishambhu said that special staff had been deployed for the registration of the farmers on a portal to ensure the payment made to farmers towards the procured wheat within 48 hours. Apart from this, the arhtiyas have also been informed about the registration of the seller so that there is no delay in payment. She said that 1,93,352 metric tonnes of wheat had arrived in mandis of the district till Wednesday, out of which 1,88,077 metric tonnes have been procured so far. TNS UNION DEMANDS REGULAR JOBS Jalandhar: ‘Samuh Punjab Wasia Lai Pun Kamaun Da Mauka’, this is a tagline released by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Mid-Day Meal union, in yet another attack on the Chief Minister. The union has been saying sarcastically that if any of the Congress leaders can get success in arranging the union members meeting with the CM, the union members will hold ‘Ardaas’ in the gurdwara and temple for that leader so that he gets ‘blessings’ from the Almighty. The union members have been demanding regularisation of their jobs for the last several years, but to no avail. TNS MANUSHI ENCOURAGES ALL TO GIVE VEGETARIANISM A TRY! VARUN OPENS UP ABOUT HIS NEW TELEPLAY WRONG TURN Actress Manushi Chhillar has been roped in by PETA India to encourage everyone to adopt vegetarianism. MAX 27°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:01 PM PAGE 4 Zee Theatre’s new teleplay is a layered, psychological thriller that blurs the line between moral and legal justice. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:49 AM FRIDAY | 23 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR Hospitals feel the heat AkalirebelKarwalelected Adampur MC president OXYGEN SHORTAGE Some health facilities say will have to discontinue level-3 services if situationcontinues topersist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 22 With around 400 Covid cases being recorded in the district almost daily, hospitals have started facing the shortage of oxygen supply. Some experts have already begun predicting a collapse of health services within a month if the shortage of oxygen supply is not addressed. A majority of private hospitals said with the current inflow of patients and the oxygen supply in proportion to that, they were on the brink of discontinuing their level 3 services. On the other hand, the district administration said a slew of measures had been taken, officials deputed and appeals to the state government made to ensure oxygen supply in the district. Dr RPS Chabra, Director, Armaan Hospital, said, “There is a severe shortage of oxygen. We have referred three serious patients on Wednesday night because we did not have the requisite amount of cylinders to treat them. We are falling short of ❝ There is a huge scarcity of oxygen due to which we have stopped taking patients who need high flow oxygen. Of the required 150 to 180 cylinders per day, we are getting merely 80 to 100 cylinders. We don't know where the supply is drying up but oxygen is critical for the Covid level-3 patients. Dr Chander Bowry, MEDICAL DIRECTOR, BOWRY MEMORIAL EDUCATION TRUST ❞ 10 to 20 cylinders per day. We have a plant which generates 60 cylinders per day. And we need about 70 to 80 more. Last night we had left only 10 cylinders. Instead of 70 to 80 extra cylinders we need, we are getting only 20 or 30. That’s not enough. We have 18 level 3 beds of which 14 are occupied. Level 3 patients can’t be treated without ample oxygen. To prevent deaths, we will have to refer critical patients if we keep falling short.” Dr Chander Bowry, Medical Director, Bowry Memorial Education Trust, said, “There is a huge scarcity of oxygen due to which we have stopped taking patients who need high flow oxygen. Of the required 150 to 180 cylinders per day we are getting merely 80 to 100 cylinders. We don’t know where the supply is drying up but oxygen is critical for the Covid level 3 patients. Without ample oxy- 5 deaths, 419 new cases in dist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 22 The district reported five Covid-19 fatalities on Thursday, taking the death toll to 1043, while 419 new cases pushed the infection tally to 38,400. Of the 419 cases, as many as 33 belong to other districts, while 33,958 people have so far been discharged, there are 3,408 active cases in the district. In Kapurthala, 73 people tested positive for Covid on Thursday, taking the district infection tally to 11,323. Three deaths were reported at Kapurthala today. The deceased include a 69-yearold woman of Kapurthala, who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar, a 49-year-old resident of Kapurthala, who died at GMC Amritsar, and a 30-year-old woman from block Dhilwan, who died at GMC Amritsar. 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 419 38,400 5 1,034 424 33,958 3,408 Case filed against marriage palace manager in Banga There seems to be no end to issuing challans and filing FIRs against those holding big weddings in the city. It means people are still not following the Covid rules and are breaking the protocols by inviting hundreds of guests to their weddings. One such case happened in Banga. ■ 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 Banga police registered cases against four persons, including the manager of the palace and the father of the groom. They had not taken any prior permission from the administration to hold the wedding. As per rules, a gathering of more than 20 persons in a wedding function will not be allowed, but nearly 100 guests were present. Giving wings to his musical notes SETTING TRENDS Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 22 Having lost his job in Delhi during Covid-19 outbreak last year, Sumit Sharma, an ardent music enthusiast from the city, is now creating waves through his music on social media platforms. After completing his education, he preferred to move to Delhi to give wings to his dreams of becoming a musician. But the Covid-induced lockdown certainly turned things differently for him. With no projects in hand, he came back to the city that had sown the seed of music in him. However, compelled to play with tunes and chords of guitar never let him sit idle and he switched to the virtual mode to make a living out of his passion. PAGE 3 One of Sumit Sharma’s songs touched nearly 1.50 lakh views on YouTube. It was also shared by Bollywood singer Jubin Nautiyal. One of his songs with religious fervour even touched nearly 1.50 lakh views on YouTube. It was also shared by Bollywood singer Jubin Nautiyal. “If you are into any creative field or following your passion, then be ready to expose yourself to the unending struggles. Even if you are successful in one creation, be ready to fail in the other. Hence only consistency, patience, zeal and devotion towards your creativity will give you success eventually,” says the 26-year-old musician, who resides here at Kabir Nagar. While all his peers chose to make a career in the subjects they studied in the college, Sumit, a postgraduate in mass communications, dared to follow his dreams. “From graduation to postgraduation, there wasn’t any occasion when I didn’t perform. Standing on the stage and performing in front of the audience boosted my confidence. The stage performances only pushed me to accept music as a career. While I was juggling to take up music production as full time, I also got the opportunity to teach the subject to my alma matter. It gave me a clarity on choosing a right career path,” added Sumit, who is popular on Instagram and YouTube as ‘That aghori’. Along with making waves on the social media, he also runs a music studio with his partner near Nakodar Chowk here. He collaborates with artistes from the region and playback singers to further polish his skills. c m y b gen, we cannot risk lives by taking in serious patients. The fear is that in coming weeks the situation might get more serious.” Sources said another dilemma faced was that it took at least four to six weeks to set up a new oxygen plant. Also an oxygen contractor could provide four to five litres of oxygen but high flow oxygen patients require at least 10 to 50 litres. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said, “For the past 10 days, hospitals are being instructed to set up plants by the administration preempting the oxygen crisis. They have also been asked to set up concentrators. We have 50 different officers deputed at various places to make sure that no oxygen goes to unauthorised agencies. Yesterday also, we strongly raised the issue during the VC. And the state government has told us they are in turn raising the issue with the Centre. Jalandhar is in a much better stage compared to many other states. We are even keeping a strict check on no unauhtorised cylinders should be routed to industries.” Four die, 206 fresh cases in Hoshiarpur Our Correspondent Garhshankar, April 22 The district reported four more deaths due to Covid19, taking the toll to 681 on Thursday. Besides, the district also witnessed 206 fresh cases taking the tally to 17,117. Giving information, Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 1,571 and 16,275 patients had recovered from the virus. Out of the total number of cases reported, 21 patients each were from Hoshiarpur city and other districts and the remaining 164 were from other health blocks of the district. The fatalities were reported from various Jalandhar hospitals and Medical College, Amritsar. Congress leader Mohinder Singh Kaypee with elected office-bearers of the Adampur MC in Jalandhar. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 22 The Congress leadership picked Shiromani Akali Dal rebel Darshan Singh Karwal (55) for the post of Adampur municipal council chief in the unanimously held elections here on Thursday. While Bhupinder Singh Bhinda was picked as senior vice-president, Krishna Devi got elected as the vice-president. While the name of the president was proposed by councillor Amrik Singh, the other two names were proposed by councillors Veena Chodha and Bhupinder Singh. The elections were held in the presence of SDM-1 Jai Inder Singh. A prominent leader from Adampur, Karwal had contested from Ward No.6. He had created his own group for the 13-member council in the town that managed to get 12 seats. Darshan Karwal is a three-time councillor. His younger brother Harjinder Singh Karwal too has been re-elected from Ward No.8. The Karwals had switched to the Congress owing to his differences with sitting Akali MLA Pawan Tinu but he chose not to contest on the party symbol ‘Hand’. The group had instead fought on the symbol ‘tractor’. Senior Congress leaders, including ex-minister Mahinder Singh Kaypee and ex-MLA Kanwaljit S Lally, attended the oath-taking ceremony today. Presenting his agenda, the new MC chief said: “We will ensure an overall development of the town with projects, such as high-mast lights, CCTV cameras, implementation of PM Awas Yojna and the MC’s own shopping complex as the first few projects to start with.” Airy elected chief of Garhshankar MC Our Correspondent Garhshankar, April 22 Tribhank Dutt Airy of the Congress, Som Nath Bangar of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bimla Devi of the BSP were unanimously elected as president, senior vice-president and vice-president of the Garhshankar Municipal Council (MC), respectively. During this, AAP MLA Jai Krishna Rody also gave his consent. The councillors were elected under the supervision of SDM Garhshankar Harbans Singh. Deepak Kumar proposed the name of Tribhank Dutt Airy for the post of president which was seconded by Karnail Singh. Deepak Kumar also proposed Som Nath Bangar for the post of senior vice- president and Karnail Singh seconded his name, while Sumit Soni proposed the name of Bimla Devi for the post of vice-president, which was endorsed by Som Nath Bangar. Newly-elected president Tribhank Dutt Airy said the development of the city would be his priority. Airy also expressed gratitude towards all councillors for peaceful election. Som Nath Bangar said his first priority would be development and clean administration. BJP draws a blank It was for the first time in the Municipal Council election that the BJP could not muster a single win. The Akali Dal supported candidate had won as an independent and since there was no option left, she also found it better to agree for consensus. Aam Aadmi Party’s senior leader Som Nath Bangar, who won as councillor for the sixth time, managed to become senior vice-president. The Bahujan Samaj Party’s first-time councillor Bimla Devi got the post of vice-president. Two sarpanches lose wallets Somebody picked the wallets of two sanpanches, who had come to congratulate the newly-elected president and other office-bearers. The wallets of Garhshankar block committee chairperson’s husband Kuldeep Singh Dhillon, who is sarpanch of Chakk Singha village, and Rajinder Singh, sarpanch of Bhajjlan village, were picked in the ceremony. They came to know about it as soon as they left the venue. Sarpanch Kuldeep Dhillon told that he had to go to Chandigarh in connection with some family work. The wallet contained Rs 35,000 and some important documents. Sarpanch Rajinder Singh Bhajjalan said that he had only Rs 250 in his wallet, besides PAN card, Aadhaar, ATMs and other important documents. SHO Iqbal Singh said that culprits would be apprehended with help of CCTV footage. Woman’s body with 8 gunshot wounds in head found in fields AAP demands action against drug mafia Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Hoshiarpur, April 22 The body of a woman of Khadiala Sainian village was found near the fields at Boore Rajputan village near Adda Sikri on Tanda Road here on Thursday. The police reached the spot and sent the body to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem and started investigation. According to information received, the woman was brutally murdered as eight gunshot wounds were found in her head. The deceased, identified as Manpreet Kaur, is said to be a mother to two children and her husband lives in Kuwait. It is said that their divorce proceedings were on and she was in live-in relationship with another man. According to the sources, about two months ago, Manpreet had given a written The deceased, identified as Manpreet Kaur, is said to be a mother to two children and her husband lives in Kuwait. It is said that their divorce proceedings were on and she was in a live-in relationship with another man complaint to the SSP in which she had accused a police head constable of sexually abusing her for three years by making a false promise of marriage, which is still under investigation. DSP Gurpreet Singh, who was present on the spot, said unidentified persons killed the victim by shooting eight times in her head. He said the woman’s divorce case was under way and she was in a live-in relationship with a man and she was now having a dispute with that man. He said investigation was being done from all aspects and would be able to ascertain the reasons behind the murder only after the completion of the probe. SP RPS Sandhu said investigation was being done in the case. He said the police had found four shells of .32 bore from the spot. In response to a question, he said the complaint lodged by Manpreet Kaur against the policeman was being looked into. He said she was shot from a close range and the police had registered an FIR against unidentified persons. The police have registered a case of murder against unidentified persons in the case. Jalandhar, April 22 Demanding action against drug mafia allegedly thriving in Sansarpur village, workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday held a dharna at the hockey stadium here. Vice-president of the state’s youth wing of the party, Gurinder S Shergill, said thepolice were attempting to “hush up” a case wherein it had come to notice that at least 20 village boys had contracted HIV as they had been using a common syringe to take their drug dose. SHO Cantt Amritpal Singh said: “We have been interrogating all those who had been involved in the drug trade here for five-six years to check their involvement. We have so far not found any major drug mafia thriving in the village.”
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