27042021-JTR-01.qxd 4/26/2021 11:15 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE NEED 15 LAKH VACCINE DOSES A WEEK, MINISTER TELLS CENTRE Punjab Health Minister said we would provide treatment to Covid patients coming from any part of the country. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF IPL: 2 ARRESTED FOR BETTING Jalandhar: A team of CIA staff-1 of the city police commissionerate on Monday arrested two bookies for illegal betting on IPL matches. On receiving a tip-off, the CIA team held the accused from JP Nagar in Basti Bawa Khel area. The accused have been identified as Naresh Kumar, a resident of Harnamdaspura, and Sumit Bawa, a resident of New Gobind Nagar. Both were caught redhanded while betting on matches. A case under Sections 420 and 120-B, IPC, and Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered against the accused at the Basti Bawa Khel police station. A briefcase containing eight mobile phones, six smart phones and ~5,000 cash was recovered from their possession. Sumit also has a criminal history and was previously held in an attempt to murder case. TNS HELPLINE FOR COVID PATIENTS Jalandhar: The Punjab Youth Congress (YC) on Sunday released a Corona Helpline number to help Covid patients. The helpline number (7717250708) can be called throughout the day. It is available on the official Facebook page and Twitter handle of the Punjab Youth Congress @IYCPunjab. Youth Congress president Brinder Dhillon said the YC had issued Corona Helpline numbers so that any problem faced by patients could be resolved on a priority. People who are in home quarantine and facing any problem can also call on the number and all arrangements regarding ration and medical supplies would be done within the shortest possible time, Dhillon said. Over a 100 YC members would be in constant service of Covid patients and would take care of their basic needs. TNS MLA REVIEWS DEV PROJECTS Sultanpur Lodhi: Sultanpur Lodhi MLA Navtej Singh Cheema along with Kapurthala DC Deepti Uppal on Monday reviewed various development projects under the Smart City mission at the PWD Rest House. The status report of development works of ~134.18 crore launched by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was also discussed. MLA Cheema said ~40 crore was sanctioned for the development of the Sultanpur Lodhi railway station as a model railway station. Under the Smart City project, the KapurthalaSultanpur Lodhi road via Fatudhinga would be four-laned at a cost of ~77.1 crore. TNS MP TAKES STOCK OF COVID SITUATION Jalandhar: Member of Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary held a meeting with Jalandhar Cantonment Board president Brig HS Sohi and Chief Executive Officer Jyoti Kumar to review the Covid-19 situation in the cantonment area here on Monday. After the review meeting, MP Chaudhary said various vaccination centres had been set up in the area and appealed to everyone to get vaccinated. Brigadier HS Sohisaid Jalandhar Cantt had scored 3,670 points with strict implementation of eco-friendly initiatives like segregation of waste at source, use of compost, rainwater harvesting and plastic ban. TNS PAGE 2 ACTRESS YAMI GAUTAM REACHES CHANDIGARH TO BE WITH FAMILY PAGE 3 CHOUDHARY PLANS TO OPEN HOSPITALS IN PATNA, LUCKNOW After wrapping the shooting for Dasvi in Agra, she has found time to be at home in Chandigarh to be with family. MAX 38°C | MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:04 PM PAGE 4 Actor Gurmeet Choudhary is doing everything possible to help everyone struggling to find beds in hospitals. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:45 AM TUESDAY | 27 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR Consumption down by 196 cylinders at Civil Hospital OXYGEN AUDIT Usage reduced to 214 cylinders from 410; pilferage, low pressure, leakages fixed Aparna Banerji AUDIT FOR PRIVATE HOSPITALS TOO Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 26 As per an audit conducted at the Civil Hospital, Jalandhar, the demand for oxygen has reduced at the hospital by a whopping 196 cylinders. Earlier, the hospital was using a total of 410 cylinders, but now it would use only 214. An oxygen audit was conducted at the Civil Hospital by Additional Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Sarangal on the directions of the Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori here on Monday. The audit has resulted in the reduction of oxygen consumption by 47.8 per cent. In last three days, on an average 410 cylinders were being used by the hospital on a daily basis. The dramatic reduction in oxygen consumption was due to the fixing of various pilferages, leakages and the plugging of gaps in the supply. Besides, the hospital’s oxygen plant, which was also hitherto catering to only level 2 patients, would now be catering to level 3 patients. The audit was conducted by a team of officials, including ADC Dr ■ Two teams have been constituted to carry out an audit of the private hospitals as well. ADC Vishesh Sarangal said the teams would receive clearance from the DC and shortly similar audits of private hospitals would be conducted to ensure that no oxygen is wasted and the lifesaving gas is reached to every patient in need ■ The ADC said a surplus of 196 cylinders would now be supplied to civil hospitals in neighbouring districts OXYGEN SUPPLY TO INDUSTRIES PROHIBITED ■ DC Ghanshyam Thori on Monday prohibited the supply of oxygen gas to A worker refills oxygen cylinders at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar. Gurmeet and SDO (Soil Conservation) Lupinder Kumar. This has also come as a huge relief to the district where hospitals are already using much less than the amount required. ADC Vishesh Sarangal said, “There is a reduction of 196 cylinders. We have plugged leakages and fixed gaps to ensure optimum utilisation of the life-saving gas. Apprehensions of pilferage have also been addressed. While the pressure of the oxy- gen cylinders was not being checked, the audit would ensure checking of every filled oxygen cylinder before use. The audit would also ensure improving of service delivery. Besides, the oxygen from the plant, which was primarily being routed to level 2 patients who do not consume that much, has now been directed to level 3 patients for optimum use.” The ADC said, “There will now be log books at every place where cylinders are being used. any non-medical institution in the district to ensure sufficient availability of the life-saving gas for the Covid-19 patients. While orders had been issued days ago, to give clearance to nine industries for oxygen after clearance, that will no more be the case now. He asked the police to keep a check on oxygen supply to non-medical establishments and take stern action against those resorting to corrupt practices. CCTV cameras will monitor the space where oxygen is arriving. Barring this, leakages have been fixed – some ventilators had no compression pumps and some oxygen pipelines had a leak. The oxygen, saved from going waste through leakages, would now be used for level 2 patients. The captive oxygen plant would cater to level 3 patients. The level 2 patients from the ground floor have been shifted to the first floor for this purpose.” Soil Conservation Officer Lupinder Kumar said, “The routing of oxygen to the level 3 patients will ensure a smooth supply to serious patients while ensuring that level 2 patients are also properly taken care of.” The Civil Hospital’s ICU beds are divided in three ICUs – 26 beds at the trauma ICU, 15 at the medical ICU and 15 for the female surgical ward ICU. There are 18 ventilators for level 3 ICU beds. Of them, 16 are functional. Thirtytwo out of the 56 beds at the ICU were seen occupied today. 6 die, 658 new cases reported in district Jalandhar, April 26 There is a continued dramatic rise in Covid cases with as many as 658 new cases on Monday pushed the district tally to 40,715 cases. Of these 658, as many as 61 belong to other districts. Six persons succumbed in the district taking the death toll to 1,054. At present, the district has 4,044 active cases and 35,617 people have recovered so far. In Kapurthala, 166 persons tested positive today. The district tally reached 11,894 cases. No death was reported in the district on Monday. 7 die, 251 +ve in Hoshiarpur The district reported seven more deaths due to Covid-19, taking the toll to 704 on Monday. Besides, the district also witnessed 251 fresh cases taking the tally to 18,004. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 658 40,715 6 1,054 532 35,617 4,044 1,656 and 17,108 patients had recovered from the virus. Of 251 positive cases, 16 were reported from other districts, 35 from Hoshiarpur city and the remaining from other health blocks of the district. Five patients of the district died in Jalandhar hospitals while two patients, one each from Bhunga and Tanda, died on way to hospital in the district. — TNS Eleven booked for No masks: 663 undergo Harassed for dowry, violating Sunday Covid test in Nawanshahr 22-yr-old dies just a day after wedding lockdown norms Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 26 Taking strict action against those flouting curbs announced for Sunday lockdown, the Jalandhar Commissionerate of Police have booked 11 violators and registered eight FIRs against them in different police stations. Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said of eight cases, two FIRs were registered for violating curfew norms, two for violating norms related to public gatherings, two regarding marriage palaces/hotels, and two FIRs against the opening of shops, dhabas and other prohibited outlets. As per the figures provided by the police, a total of 136 FIRs and 157 arrests have been made in the last two weeks from April 11 to 25 for violating various Covid norms announced by the state government. Thirtyseven FIRs and 43 arrests were made for violating night curfew norms. Likewise, 38 FIRs and 46 arrests were made for not wearing masks; five and 16 for violating social distancing norms; four and five for breaching public gathering guidelines; two cases and two arrests regarding marriage palaces or hotels; and 50 FIRs and 51 arrests were made for opening shops, dhabas and other prohibited outlets. Nawanshahr, April 26 The vaccination drive has picked up pace in the district, but a large number of people are still not following the guidelines and can be seen roaming streets without masks. As many as 663 persons had to undergo the RTPCR test when they were caught roaming without wearing masks here on Monday. While on April 24, 865 persons were tested for the virus on the spot for not covering their nose and mouth and a day before that, a total of 517 people were confronted by teams for moving without following the precautions. A health care worker said, “It is strange that even after a year and knowing the gravity of the situation this time, people commute and walk in public places without taking precautions. Even today, teams visit various areas just to make announcements to tell people Tribune News Service A person without a mask undergoes RT-PCR test in Nawanshahr. to wear masks, observe social distancing and wash their hands. But still, people’s attitude disturbs us a lot,” he said. Recently, Civil Surgeon, Nawanshahr, Gurdeep Singh Kapur had pointed out the concern that it was still difficult to make people adopt Covid-19 appropriate behaviour. Even though the district is doing good in vaccinating people, the concern remains the behaviour of its residents. Even cases are decreasing on a daily basis. As compared to Jalandhar where the number of daily cases has crossed the 500 mark, Nawanshahr is doing better. On Monday, Jalandhar again saw the maximum number of cases while 69 people tested positive in Nawanshahr. On Sunday also, the same number of patients tested positive and on April 24, 50 patients were diagnosed with the deadly disease. In three days, two deaths were reported. Raising third line of corona warriors is his mission AGENDA 2021 Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi Hoshiarpur, April 26 From being active seven days a week to planning to assign new roles and responsibilities to the cadets of the Jalandhar group of the world’s largest uniformed volunteer organisation — NCC — during the unprecedented health crisis, Brig Advitya Madan is busy preparing the cadets from Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Phagwara as third line of corona warriors to join hands with the administration and the government to help contain the virus. During the lockdown last year, when most of the activities, particularly commercial, came to a halt, he was busy working all seven days to facilitate things for the cadets to adopt new roles to help society and he still remains busy in that work. When people did not step out of their house threshold during the lockdown, the NCC group, led by its commander Brigadier Madan, was out to help people in need. Luckily, none of its volunteer cadets and officers was infected with the virus. “We, at the Jalandhar NCC group, were able to beat the virus. The virus forced all the schools and colleges to shut, but the NCC cadets were out to extend their helping hand. We quickly took stock when the pandemic was at its peak in the month of May last year. When the residents remained confined in their houses, it were the brave NCC cadets who reached out to the civil administration to support Brig Advitya Madan is busy preparing the cadets from Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Phagwara as third line of corona warriors. them by ensuring physical distancing at mandis or at various public places. Many of the innovative cadets spent their free time making masks and cooking food for c m y b poor migrant labourers who were cycling back to Bihar and Jharkhand,” shared Brigadier Madan. “The agenda for 2021 is very clear — we will not allow the pandemic to get the better of us. Cadets are being trained online in how to handle the situation at hospitals arising due to the shortage of oxygen and how to perform duties as third line corona warriors. While dodging this deadly virus, we are preparing ourselves for the Inter Directorate Thal Sena Competition also. We have already selected our under-17 hockey team to represent the NCC at the Nehru Cup scheduled for October this year,” says Brigadier Madan, adding that awareness campaigns are being held to motivate masses towards vaccination. “Over the next eight months, we aim to keep our NCC cadets safe while simultaneously deploying the majority of cadets at the district Covid-19 centres for the primary job of contact tracing as the third line of Covid warriors. There are several Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat webinars which are on the anvil and raring to perform at the national level in which the Jalandhar group has been selected to act as the host group. We also have a series of events lined up to celebrate 75 years of Independence culminating on August 2021 with a wellplanned mega event. One of them was recently organised to honour the sacrifice of Shaheed Bhagat Singh wherein scores of cadets were motivated by fiery speeches of a select panel of speakers,” added the Brigadier. Jalandhar, April 26 A day after tying the knot, a 22-year-old woman died at the threshold of her inlaws’ house. Parampal died as her health deteriorated after her in-laws’ turned her out of their house demanding dowry. Family members of the victim alleged that harassment of their daughter began the moment after marriage. Five persons, including Parampal’s husband Supreet Singh, father-in-law Jarnail Singh, mother-in-law Jaswinder Kaur, sister-in-law Navjot Kaur and father-inlaw’s brother Jaswant Singh have been arrested. While the couple got married on April 25, the police said Parampal’s family began receiving calls from her inlaws to take their daughter back today morning. Unable to bear the shock, the newly-married woman fell unconscious. She was admitted to a hospital in Kartarpur where she breathed her last. The deceased hailed from Jalandhar and used to reside with her grandmother and younger brother. Joga Singh, Parampal’s grandfather (grandmother’s brother) said: “The moment she entered her inlaws’ house, they began demanding a car and more jewellery from her. They taunted her for not bringing good quality blankets. Today they called us and asked us to take her back. We rushed to their house in Kartarpur. The girl did not eat anything and cried the entire night. She kept folding her hands and asked them what went wrong, but they kept on insisting that we take her back. The entire market committee gathered but they did not budge.” Joga added that Parampal’s in-laws were Parampal Kaur Five persons, including Parampal’s husband Supreet Singh, fatherin-law Jarnail Singh, mother-in-law Jaswinder, sister-in-law Navjot and father-in-law’s brother Jaswant Singh have been arrested and a case under Sections 304 B, 498 A, 406 and 149 B of the IPC has been registered told in advance about her financial condition and they had met plenty of times with the girl before the wedding. Joga said, “We spent a lot on wedding. We wanted the ceremony to be held in Jalandhar, but we had to change the venue to Nadala, so that groom’s family could call more guests. The girl suffered a deep shock and fell unconscious. She was admitted to hospitals in Kartarpur and Maqsudan, but could not be saved.” The SHO, Kartarpur police station, said the boy was a carpenter by profession. The SHO said: “The groom’s family harassed the girl for dowry due to which she suffered shock.” An FIR under Sections 304 B, 498 A, 406 and 149 B of the IPC has been registered against the accused.
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