25042021-JTR-01.qxd 4/24/2021 11:11 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE RELIGIOUS LEGACY STANDS THE TEST OF TIME IN THE CITY PAGE 2 Jalandhar’s oldest Golaknath Memorial Church is a rare feat in architecture modelled after a church in Jerusalem. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MAN SHOT DEAD IN BROAD DAYLIGHT Jalandhar: A 41-year-old man was shot dead on Saturday at Ramgarh village in Phagwara. The incident took place in a broad daylight. The vicitm, Ram Lubhaya, was sitting outside his house when two motorcycle-borne men fired at him. The accused have been identified as Kamaljit Singh and Minda Singh, both resident of Ramgarh. Family members of the victim rushed him to the Phagwara Civil Hospital where doctors referred him to a private hospital in Jalandhar. The vicitim who suffered two bullet injuries on his abdomen and chest could not survive. Inspector Manjit Singh of Rawalpindi police station said during preliminary probe they found out that the victim had an enmity with the accused. A case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC and under Sections 25/27 and 54 of the Arms Act has been registered against the accused at Rawalpindi police station. TNS COUSINS KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT Jalandhar: Two persons died after the car they were travelling in crashed into a parked truck on the JalandharPhagwara highway late on Friday night. The deceased have been identified as Abhishek Kumar (29) and Rohit Kumar (24). They were related to each other and were residents of Ludhiana. The fatal incident unfolded around 1 am near Bon mill, when the deceased were heading towards Amritsar. Investigating Officer ASI Major Singh, Chahedu police station, said the police were intimated about the accident by a commuter and the cops reached the spot around 1.15 am. Both succumbed to their injuries on the spot and doctors, too, declared them brought dead when they were rushed to a nearby hospital. The ASI said the truck was full of iron rods and scared of the accident, the truck driver fled from the spot. The police also established that the car was running at a speed of 130-140 km/hr and it got completely damaged after the accident. TNS FREE COACHING FOR JOB SEEKERS Jalandhar: To impart free online coaching for various competitive exams, the district administration will be organising coaching classes for deserving candidates soon. Divulging details, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said special coaching camps would be held to prepare candidates for various government jobs under the Ghar Ghar Rozgar Mission. He stated that eligible candidates could apply online at https://tinyuri.com/coachingjal or at the District Bureau of Employment and Enterprises (DBEE), besides contacting 90569-20100 for any assistance. The Deputy Commissioner called upon aspirants to take optimum benefit of this course which would help them to achieve new feats in future and they would play a constructive role in the society. DBEE Deputy Director Jaswant Rai said aspirants who have passed Class X, XII, ITI or graduation could apply for these online classes and their selection would be made after examining their applications. He said groups of students would be formed among all selected applicants. TNS JANHVI ISSUES CLARIFICATION OVER HER BRIDAL PHOTOS PAGE 3 YOUR LOVE KEEPS ME GOING, MADALSA TELLS HER FANS Janhvi took to Instagram to share a series of photos that featured her as a Gen Z bride on a magazine cover. MAX 35°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:03 PM PAGE 4 Madalsa, who is making all the right noise for her role in Anupamaa, gets candid about her journey in telly world. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:47 AM SUNDAY | 25 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR O2 supplies run short, hospitals scrape bottom of barrel DC asks Indian Oil Corporation for 50 MT oxygen, 20 more oxygen concentrators Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 24 A day after Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori ensured rationing of oxygen cylinders in the district, some private hospitals on Saturday again received less than promised cylinders and others barely enough to make do. The number of Covid cases in the nation is expected to peak in May and there’s a persistent shortage of oxygen in most of the district hospitals. Despite the efforts being made by the district administration, there is no respite from the gas scarcity. Several hospitals have also expressed their concern over the administration’s plans. Thori wrote to the Executive Director of the Indian Oil Corporation for an urgent requirement of 50 MT oxygen and 20 more oxygen concentrators for the Civil Hospital. While 1,884 cylinders of oxygen have been rationed across 60 hospitals, including the A cop deputed at Jalandhar Civil Hospital to safeguard oxygen cylinders on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Civil Hospital, some hospitals rued that the cylinders promised were only about 25 per cent of the capacity that they require and others said they would be unable to tackle level-3 Covid inflow with a slight hike in such cases. Dr Navjot Dahiya, president, IMA Punjab Chapter and Managing Director, Global Hospital, said “I had been promised 40 cylinders but have received only 20. Due to this, we are unable to take in level-3 patients. Despite several attempts, we have been unable to contact the nodal officers. It is just April-end and the situation is so bad. What would happen when we near the peak? The scenario could be worse in May. There is a need of a permanent crisis management station where at least 15 ambulances are on standby to ferry patients. The district needs at least 4,000 cylinders to safely tide over the crisis.” Dr BS Johal from Johal Hospital here said, “I have received my supply of 100 cylinders as promised. With the demise of one patient and another patient’s recovery, we admitted two new patients in their place but are not in a position to accept around 20 distress call that we received in the past 24 hours. The reason behind this is the shortage of oxygen and with the current supply, we won’t be able to handle more patients in bulk.” Dr Jasbir Mann, Managing Director, Mann Medicity here said, “As many as 153 cylinders have been allocated to us, but our requirement is 300 per day. Patient inflow can only be managed in proportion to the cylinders that we are getting.” The DC said, “We have sought 50 MT of oxygen. We are also expecting 16 MT of liquid oxygen to arrive by today night. An additional 20 oxygen concentrators for the Civil Hospital have also been ordered. If the Civil Hospital still faces a crisis, the patients can be referred to Amritsar. All efforts are being made to ensure oxygen supply in the district.” Doc, aide held for black marketing Remdesivir Jalandhar, April 24 An FIR was registered against Dr Gurpreet and his employee Raman Kumar for black marketing of Remdesivir injections. During a raid by the Drug Department, several empty vials of Remdesivir were found at a medical centre, for which no bill of purchase or receipt of patients was produced. A decoy patient of the Drug Department approached Raman for buying Remdesivir injections. Called at the MGK Medical Centre in Jalandhar, the two vials of the drug were sold to the decoy for ~10,000. A case under Section 420 of the IPC, Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act, Section 57 of the Disaster Management Act and the Drug (Prices Control) Order, 2013, has been registered against the duo. While a vial of Remdesivir costs between ~962 and ~3,050 in the mar- ket; they was selling two vials for ~10,000 (one for ~5,000). Drug Inspector Anupama Kalia said: “A decoy was sold Remdesivir vials for ~10,000 in violation of the government notification regulating its price. During the inspection of the centre, 12 empty vials of Remdesvir were also found, for which the doctor could not produce any bill of purchase or patients’ records.” SHO Ramandeep Singh said: “Raman Kumar was selling Remdesivir at exorbitant prices. Vials of Remdesivir were also found with Dr Gurpreet. They were arrested.” The arrest comes hours after the doctors in the district were clamouring about a shortage of Remdesivir vaccines. Across hospitals, teams are falling short of different doses of the injection, which they said were only available in black and that too at exorbitant prices. — TNS 6 fall prey to virus, 544 fresh Farmers forced to stock wheat : SAD cases reported in district Shortage of gunny bags Akalis seek resignation of Bharat Bhushan Ashu Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 24 As many as 544 new cases of Covid were reported in Jalandhar district on Saturday. With this, the tally reached 39,409. Of these 544, as many as 32 belong to other districts. Six people succumbed in the district, thus taking the death toll to 1,045. At present, the district has 3,682 active cases and 34,682 people have recovered so far. In Kapurthala, 131 people tested positive today. The district tally reached 11,526 cases. The health authorities reported three deaths in the district. Five die in Hoshiarpur dist The district health authorities reported five Covid-19 related deaths on Satruday. With this, the death toll increased to 691 in the district. The authorities reported 218 fresh cases, thus taking the tally to 17,548. 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 544 39,409 6 1,045 410 34,682 3,682 Markets to remain shut today Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori today issued orders with regards to lockdown to be imposed in the district on Sunday. The orders specified that all markets, malls, weekly markets, restaurants, ■ 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/ hotels, shops (other than those for essential services) would remain closed on Sunday. All shops for sale of items such as cooked food, fruits, vegetables, milk and animal fodder too would remain close and the supplies would be allowed only for home deliveries. — TNS Jalandhar, April 24 The Shiromani Akali Dal’s activists staged protest against the state government for its alleged failure to arrange gunny bags for smooth procurement of wheat crop. Led by MLA and Jalandhar chief (rural) Gurpartap Singh Wadala, party leaders, including MLAs Pawan Tinu and Baldev Khaira, today submitted a memorandum to Governor through Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori. The leaders alleged that the issue was not being resolved despite repeated reminders to the government. Wadala said as wheat crop was not being procured and lifted from mandis, farmers were unable to bring more harvested crop. The Akalis alleged that farmers were being forced to keep their Akali leaders show a memorandum before submitting it to the Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner. wheat in tractor-trailers or stock at homes as there was no space left in grain markets. They said due to non-availability of gunny bags, even used bags were being black marketed. They demanded an immediate relief for affected farmers and asked the government to ensure hassle- free procurement of crop. The SAD leaders also demanded resignation of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu. Nurpur Lubana, Sangojla villages bag nat’l awards 35 buses challaned Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauds both panchayats for development works during pandemic Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 24 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday presented national awards to Nurpur Lubana and Sangojla village in Kapurthala for their outstanding performance in a virtual event. Each year, Prime Minister presents the awards personally to panchayats, but in the wake of the pandemic, the event was held online this time. Sangojla village was selected for “ Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Empowerment Award” and Nurpur Lubana was selected for “Bal Mitartai Purskar”. Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal along with panchayat members concerned participated in the event at the District Administrative Complex. NATIONAL PANCHAYAT AWARDS 2021 Kapurthala DC Deepti Uppal hands over an award to panchayat members of Sangojla village . The Prime Minister lauded the panchayats and the district administration for their outstanding contribution towards development works and reforms in edu- cation sector. The first instalment of the cash prize (Rs 5 lakh) was received as it was sent directly to the accounts of the panchayats by the Prime Minister. c m y b The Deputy Commissioner honoured the panchayats with a letter of appreciation sent by the Union Ministry of Rural Development. She said this was made pos- sible by the work being done by the Punjab Government for an overall development of villages under the ‘Smart Village’ scheme. Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) SP Angra said interlocking tiles were laid at a cost of more than Rs 10 lakhs at Sangojla village, besides providing sewerage. Apart from this Rs 4 lakh had been spent on construction of a panchayat house, playground under the MGNREGA and Rs 4 lakh had been spent on roads leading to dhanis. Lakhwinder Singh Randhawam, DDPO, said Nurpur Lubana panchayat developed a smart school, thus creating conducive environment for educating children. Jarnail Singh, sarpanch, Nurpur Lubana and Sukhjit Singh, sarpanch, Sangojla, along with others were also present. for plying illegally Jalandhar, April 24 The Secretary, Regional Transport Authority (RTA), on Saturday issued challans to the owners of nearly 35 buses plying illegally to the national capital and other states. Among the 35 buses, 15 were tourist buses. Barjinder Singh, Zonal Secretary, RTA, stated that on the instructions of State Transport Commissioner, a challan drive was initiated against the illegal bused plying without permits. Following which, after conducting the drive for four days between 3 am to 11 am, as many as 300 buses were checked and around 75 were issued challans. Around 7 lakh fine was also recovered from the bus operators. “The transport buses, tourist buses and other vehicles were illegally moving to Delhi, Rajasthan and UP . ❝Tourist buses and other vehicles were illegally moving to Delhi, Rajasthan and UP. They were also found evading taxes. During the last four days, the documents of about 300 tourist buses, trucks, tippers and other vehicles were checked. ❞ Barjinder Singhe, ZONAL SECRETARY, RTA They were also found evading taxes. During the last four days, the documents of about 300 tourist buses, trucks, tippers and other vehicles were checked. In which challans were issued to 75 tourist buses, trucks, tippers and other vehicles”, added the Secretary. Barjinder also appealed to the bus, tipper and truck drivers to follow Covid norms. — TNS
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