24042021-JTR-01.qxd 4/23/2021 11:27 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE COUNCILLORS FOR DALIT LEADER AS DISTRICT CONGRESS CHIEF Congress councillors united against their own party demanding a Dalit president of the district committee. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ARMY RECRUITMENT EXAM POSTPONED Jalandhar: The common entrance exam (CEE) which was scheduled on April 25 at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium here for candidates hailing from Kapurthala, Nawanshahr, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Tarn Taran districts has been postponed due to the pandemic. They were already declared medically fit after the Army Recruitment Rally from January 4 to 31 at APS (Primary Wing) ground, Major General Rajinder Singh Sparrow Road, Jalandhar Cantt. Along with this, the CEE for women MP candidates from the above districts, who had participated in the recruitment rally at Kharga Stadium, Ambala, and found medically fit is also postponed. Fresh dates will be intimated later. Candidates will be informed accordingly to collect fresh admit cards for the CEE from RO (HQ) Jalandhar and RO (HQ) Ambala. Candidates have also been requested to keep them updated on latest information through www.joinindianarmy.nic.in. TNS DEATH OF ‘SPIRITUAL LEADER’ CONDOLED Jalandhar: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh condoled the demise of Sant Baba Dilawar Singh (56), head of the Dera Sant Baba Bhag Singh, who passed away after a brief illness at Manko Jabbar village in Jalandhar district on Thursday evening. In his message, the Chief Minister described Sant Baba Dilawar Singh as a great spiritual leader, social reformer and philanthropist, who played a frontal role for the welfare of disadvantaged sections of the society. Being the Chancellor of Sant Baba Bhag Singh University, he had made an enormous contribution towards quality higher education in the rural areas of the Doaba region. TNS BANK EMPLOYEES GET THE COVID JAB Jalandhar: The State Bank of India took an initiative, under which 100 bank employees of various branches under their regional business office here and their family members took the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and many employees took the second dose as well, within the premises of their business office. On the occasion, Regional Manager Pradeep Kumar encouraged the employees that everyone should take the jab and go one step ahead in the battle of this pandemic. The employees said the Government of India had given them the title of Corona warriors and many came in the grip of the disease while working in this phase but did not back down from their work. TNS ‘AD HOC PANEL CHIEF SHOULD RESIGN’ Jalandhar: Former Senior Deputy Mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia attacked MC Building and Roads (B&R) ad hoc committee Chairman Jagdish Gag and said he must resign from the post after allegations of indulging in malpractices related to tenders of roads. Bhatia said the Mayor must remove Gag from his post following the allegations. He also said it was like a one man show in the adhoc committee where only the chairman was doing everything without even informing other members. TNS PAGE 2 AADAR JAIN WISHES TO BE PART OF SUPERHERO UNIVERSE PAGE 3 DISCOVERY PARTNERS WITH ELLEN DEGENERES IN A DEAL Actor Aadar Jain, who was recently seen in Hello Charlie, wishes to be a part of a superhero franchise. MAX 29°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C | MIN 15°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:02 PM PAGE 4 Multiple Emmy Award winner and renowned talk show host DeGeneres has joined the Discovery family. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:48 AM SATURDAY | 24 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR Admn begins rationing of O2 Wrong info by Covid OXYGEN SHORTAGEProvides 11 concentrators to Civil Hospital Aparna Banerji Five deaths, 465 new cases In view of the severe shortage of oxygen in Jalandhar, the district administration has reported in dist begun rationing of oxygen in Tribune News Service test takers irks officials Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 23 the district. The administration has also provided 11 oxygen concentrators to the Jalandhar Civil Hospital after the hospital ran out of oxygen late last night. There are 60 private hospitals in the district, which are providing Covid facilties, and have 376 level-3 beds of which 261 are occupied. These hospitals have 147 ventilators of which 15 are currently in use. Of the 2,200 oxygen cylinders being generated in the district, 1,884 have been allocated to the Civil Hospital and other private hospitals in Jalandhar. While of the 60 private hospitals, only three of them have their own plants, and thus face shortage of the gas with the number of symptomatic patients increasing. As many as 254 oxygen cylinders have been allocated to the Civil Hospital, Mann Medicity (153), Shriman Super Speciality Hospital (135), Sarvodaya Hospital (123) and 100 each to Joshi Tribune News Service There are 60 private hospitals in the district, which are providing Covid facilties, and have 376 level-3 beds of which 261 are occupied. These hospitals have 147 ventilators of which 15 are currently in use Hospital, NHS Hospital, Johal Hospital and SGL Hospital. A tug of war between the Civil Hospital and private hospitals amid the pandemic had become a cause for concern following which the oxygen supply to every hospital was fixed by the DC today. Various private doctors said the Civil Hospital was being prioritised over private hospitals for the supply. However, Dr Neelkanth Bhagat, anesthetist, Civil Hospital, Jalandhar, said, “Though we used to have a steady oxygen supply of six to seven hours earlier, last night, there was a crunch at the hospital. The supply reduced in April as the vehicles supplied cylinders here for just two hours and went to private hospitals. We have 130 to 150 cylinders from our own plant and need 250 to 300 more cylinders to meet the demand at the 56-bedded level-3 ICU.” continued on page 2 Jalandhar, April 23 With 465 new cases of Covid reported in Jalandhar today, the district tally reached 38,865. Of these 465, as many as 33 belong to other districts. Five persons also died of Covid the district today taking the death toll to 1,039. While 34,272 people have so far been discharged, there are 3,554 active cases in the district. 3 die, 72 infections in K’thala In Kapurthala , 72 people tested positive for Covid today taking the district tally to 11,395 cases. Three deaths were also reported. The deceased include a 78-year-old woman, a resident of Kala Sanghian, a 78-year-old resident of Bahwanipur and a 51-year-old man from Kapurthala city. Nawanshahr, April 23 Giving a wrong address and a fake telephone number, switching off mobile phones after giving Covid samples, etc, are some of the incidents which have been causing trouble to the Health Department since the outbreak of the pandemic. The Health Department is still dealing with cases where health workers first take samples and then they start ‘tracking’ the person whose test report comes back positive. It seems strange that a year has passed and people are still staying away from getting their Covid-19 tests done. An official of the Nawanshahr Health Department, who remains active on field, said tracing the patient becomes a herculean task. “There are so many people who provide us their samples but give wrong information regarding their address and phone numbers. But we cannot reconfirm the contact information of each and everyone. In such cases if someone turns out to be positive, then only we get to know that the phone number was A heatlh team member collects swab sample of a person in Nawanshahr. ❝There are so many people who provide us their samples but give wrong info regarding their address and phone numbers. In such cases if someone turns out to be positive, then only we get to know that the phone number was wrong. So, we send ASHA workers to look for them and find them. ❞ An official of Nawanshahr Health Dept wrong. So, we send ASHA workers to look for them and find them. It is a challenging work,” he said. Strangely, in some cases, when a person gets to know that he is positive, he switches off the phone so that no one could contact him. Some instances have also come to the fore where persons in home isolation also switch their mobiles off. Nawanshahr Civil Surgeon Gurdeep Singh Kapur said the department was motivating people not to indulge in such activities. “The number of cases is less than before but they are still there which is not right. People must know that if they won’t take this seriously, there will be problems,” he said. A Health Department official said people did not even specify their addresses and they fill only the name of society or the area. “Now you tell us, if the report of that person is positive, and the contact information given is wrong, how we are supposed to find that one person in the entire society complex. So, even today, there are people who do not want to come forward and it is such a painstaking task for us,” he said. Five die, 243 test Eateries rue losses owing to ban on dining facilities +ve in Hoshiarpur Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, April 23 The district reported four more deaths due to Covid-19, taking the toll to 686 on Friday. Besides, the district also witnessed 243 fresh cases taking the tally to 17,339. Giving information about the cases, Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 1,744 and 16,340 patients had recovered from the virus. Out of the total number of cases reported today, 28 patients were from Hoshiarpur city, 21 were from other districts and the remaining 194 were from other health blocks of the district and of the five deaths reported, one each was from a Jalandhar hospital and Amritsar Medical College while three died at Hoshiarpur hospitals. Jalandhar, April 23 Various dhabas, clubs, restaurants and other eateries rue that they are incurring huge losses on account of the ban on dining facilities on their premises on the orders of the state government since this week. As the Chandigarh Administration lifted the weekend lockdown orders at the insistence of the shopkeepers and traders, even the Jalandhar-based eatery owners are demanding that a ban on dining facilities be lifted as it had been adversely affecting their business. Janak Raj, who owns a popular Punjabi dhaba on Ladowali Road, says: "We have had a very little demand for packing as our entire clientele, which primarily includes visitors to the District Administrative Complex, need a place to sit and have their meals. Eatery owners say that the curfew being imposed at 8 pm too had been denting their biz. Since we cannot provide them seating facilities as per the new norms of the state government, we have lost almost all of our business. We were providing very clean and hygienic food maintaining proper Covid norms. If the Chandigarh Administration has bowed down to the demand of its businessmen, even the state government should pay a heed to our grievances and let us restore our business normally like them." The eatery owners are saying that the curfew being imposed at 8 pm too had been denting their business. “Even if the state government wants to disallow dining facilities, it should at least permit the customers to take away their food at least till 10 pm. It will be a big relief to all of us. Most people think about their dinner order around 8.30 pm but we are already closed by then”. “So, 60 per cent of our food business has got affected due to the prevailing pandemic and the strict guidelines being issued by the government. A health disorder can be overcome after some days but a financial turmoil is even harder to recover from,” said Major Singh, who runs an eatery at Model House locality here. IKGPTU staff oppose decision to set up skill varsity at Chamkaur Sahib Allege state Technical Education Minister Channi using his influence to use varsity funds in his Assembly seat Tribune News Service Kapurthala, April 23 The staff of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University (IKGPTU) here is sore over the fact that the state government, without any prior recommendation of the varsity’s Board of Governors, has okayed the upgradation of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Institute of Skills at Chamkaur Sahib into a skill university from the 2021-22 session. Notably, the Sri Guru Gobind Singh Skill Institute was to come up as IKGPTU’s constituent campus. The IKGPTU staff has alleged that the NOC for change of land use (CLU) was yet to be granted for the site and not even a single brick had been laid yet for setting up of the constituent campus when the government had even announced the upgradation of the proposed institute as a university. Dr Dinesh Kumar, president of the University Teacher Welfare Association, said the IKGPTU had not granted any approval for it to be turned to a Skill University and the state government had no power to take any decision of its upgradation. “The Board of Governors is the sole decision-making body of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University,” he maintains. Pawan Kumar Khichy, president, PTU Non-Teaching Employees Association, recalled: “The state government had planned to develop Skill University at Chamkaur Sahib as per the initial announcement made by the Punjab Chief Minister in 2017. But due to financial crisis, the state government could not fund the project and eventually put the financial burden on IKGPTU to establish its campus there with a plan to later convert it into Skill University.” He added: “In 2016 also, the then SAD-BJP government bifurcated IKGPTU into two universities and created Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University for which they demanded Rs 550 crore POLITICS BEHIND MOVE? ■ The site for skill university is located in Chamkaur Sahib Assembly constituency represented by Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi ■ The union leaders have alleged that the minister is using his influence to pressurise the BoG of IKGPTU to put aside all norms and expedite the establishment of skill campus at Chamkaur Sahib, which has now been upgraded to skill university ■ Channi, they said, was doing all this to promote his political interests keeping in view the upcoming 2022 elections. They further alleged that the technical education under Channi had taken a downward trend with a large number of colleges closed and also admissions coming down significantly IKGPTU staff hold a protest against the state government in Kapurthala on Friday. from IKGPTU. A civil writ petition was filed by employees of IKGPTU against this decision of the Punjab government in the Punjab and Haryana High c m y b Court on which verdict came against the state government and its decision was held unconstitutional. The High Court further went on to state that ‘it is an outrageous and arbitrary provision which permits one separate statutory entity to make forays into the financial autonomy of another statutory entity created under a separate Act without there being a provision in it enabling such an outflow’. But by then, Rs 150 crore had already trans- ferred. Going on the same lines, the current Punjab government is using the financial resources of IKGPTU to establish yet another university.” Pre-empting such a move, the employee association leaders said they had already raised an alarm and had written to the Board of Governors not to establish any campus at Chamkaur Sahib via an email sent on October 18, 2018, but the BoG had then ignored the concerns of its employees. They further alleged: “It is clear that the Punjab Government has very cleverly chose this time for the announcement as strict curbs have been imposed in Punjab regarding holding any protest. If the available financial resources of IKGPTU are diverted, then there shall be no funds left for the development of the university and to pay salary to employees”. The employee associations have planned to meet Governor of Punjab and Chancellor IKGPTU and Chairman BoG, IKGPTU, to register their grievance.
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