30042021-JTR-01.qxd 4/29/2021 10:59 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE CITY STUDENTS GO ONLINE TO SHOWCASE THEIR TALENT PAGE 2 The International Dance Day was observed virtually by holding online dance contests and other activities. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF F&CC MEETING ON MAY 5 Jalandhar: The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meeting of the MC will be held on May 5. The meeting will be attended by senior deputy mayor Surinder Kaur, deputy mayor Harsimranjit Singh Bunty and members of the committee councillors Gian Chand and Gurwinderpal Singh Bunty Nilkanth. In one of the agendas, there is a mention of provision of children's games, physical games in Uppal Park, Adarsh Nagar, Dussehra Ground and Tagore Nagar Park. TNS CAO HOLDS MEET WITH AGRI OFFICERS Jalandhar: Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO) Dr Surinder Singh held a special meeting with the agriculture officers and asked them to encourage the farmers in various blocks to not burn the wheat stubble and instead cultivate green manure. He said that 570 quintals of seeds of green manure had already reached every block which would be available for the farmers on subsidy. TNS EDU DEPT: DISCARD UNUSED MATERIAL Jalandhar: The Education Department has asked the District Education Officers (Secondary and Primary) to dispose of unused material in the school such as old furniture, question papers and answer sheets of house tests. In a circular, the department has asked the school principals to ensure that the material is discarded and no rooms are filled with these. TNS CSIR AWARD FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN Jalandhar: The Ministry of Education, Department of School Education and Literacy, will be organising CSIR Innovation Award for schoolchildren. Students studying in Class XII can take part. Schools have been asked to send entries of the children till April 30 on www.csir.res.in. The awardswill be given on September 26, the CSIR Foundation Day. TNS PRIYANKA PLEDGES SUPPORT AS INDIA SUFFERS COVID CRISIS POOJA BELIEVES IN LONG-TERM PLANS IN THESE TESTING TIMES Priyanka Chopra also revealed that she along with her husband Nick Jonas have contributed their bit. MAX 40°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:06 PM PAGE 4 Actress Pooja Banerjee shares some suggestions for fans to follow, as we stay indoors during these testing times. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:42 AM FRIDAY | 30 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR Only 10,000 vaccine doses ~25K reward for providing info on black marketeers left, 18+ drive may take a hit Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 29 With merely 10,000 vaccine left in stock, health staff said those above 18 years of age will be vaccinated only if additional vaccination stocks arrive. The health staff also said confusion prevailed regarding the next phase of the Covid drive as they did not know when the stocks would arrive again. Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu had also said today that the 18-plus vaccination drive in the state may get delayed as Punjab did not have adequate doses. District Immunisation Officer Dr Rakesh Chopra said, “Currently, we don’t have vaccine for the 18-plus immunisation drive. We have stock only until tomorrow. There are 10,000 doses available which will be used in a single day given the rate of vaccination. On an average, 10,000 to 11,000 people are getting vaccinated every day. However, we will be able to vaccinate 18-plus people only if more vaccines arrive by May 1.” MP Santokh Chaudhary, while urging those above 18 A CRPF jawan is being inoculated at Jalandhar Civil Hospital. DISTRICT IMMUNISATION OFFICER FLAGS SHORTAGE for ❝Currently, we don't have vaccineonlythe 18-plus30. immunisation drive. We have stock until April There are 10,000 doses available which will be used in a single day given the rate of vaccination. ❞ Dr Rakesh Chopra, DISTRICT IMMUNISATION OFFICER years of age to get vaccinated in the next phase of the Covid vaccine on May 1, had said the vaccination was the only solution to tide over this current health crisis prevailing out of the second wave of virus. Notably, in all over 3 lakh 80,000 people have been vaccinated in Jalandhar until now. MP Santokh Chaudhary said, “We were not aware of the shortage of the vaccines earlier. We got to know about it later. The state government has been requesting to replenish the stock but people can only get vaccinated when the stock arrives. As per the recent statement of the 7 deaths, 479 new cases in dist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 29 The district reported 479 new cases of Covid on Thursday, taking the infection tally to 42,373. Of these 57 belong to other districts. Seven people succumbed in the district, thus taking the death toll to 1,075. At present, the district has 4,278 active cases and 37,046 people have recovered so far. In Kapurthala, 142 new cases tested positive today. The district tally has reached 13,211. No new deaths in the district were officially reported today. Meanwhile, the state on 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 479 42,373 7 1,075 498 37,046 4,252 Thursday reported 138 Covid19 deaths, which pushed the toll to 8,909, while 6,812 fresh 19K litres of lahan destroyed Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 29 Continuing its drive against bootleggers and smugglers of liquor, specific teams of Jalandhar excise department raided various hideouts alongside river Sutlej on Thursday under Operation Red Rose. The teams destroyed 19,000 litres of lahan, besides recovery of 180 bottles of illicit liquor along with recovery of four iron drums, two rubber tubes, 19 plastic tarpaulin sheets, big iron drums and other utensils. The department has got an FIR registered at police station Mehatpur under the Excise Act. On the direction of Assistant Commissioner Excise Jalandhar-II, a raid was conducted under Operation Red Rose in the Mand Area of Mehatpur village Veran, Dharme Dian Chhanna. Excise Officer Jalandhar West Harjot Singh Bedi said that adopting a tough stance under zero tolerance policy against the illicit liquor trade, a raid was conducted in the enclaves of river Satluj falling in the Mand areas. Excise Inspector Resham Mahi and Excise Inspector Ram Murti along with excise police staff and local police car- PAGE 3 ■ 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/ cases took the tally to 3,64,910 in the state, according to a medical bulletin. Health Minister, vaccines will be administered if there are in stock. So, the drive depends on the stock in the state.” While reviewing the administration’s preparedness to tackle the second wave of Covid-19 in the district, the MP , accompanied by Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja, MLAs Rajinder Beri, Avtar Singh Bawa Henry, Surinder Chaudhry, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, SSP Dr Sandeep Garg, and DCP Gurmeet Singh took stock of various steps being taken to win this war against the virus. While Member of Parliament Chaudhary Santokh Singh on Thursday urged all people above 18 years of age to register for the mega vaccination drive being rolled out from May 1, the health staff is the district said they were left with stock only for a day. The MP made comments while chairing a district-level review meeting at the district administrative complex, Jalandhar. However, hours later, he retracted his statement after statewide reports that the 18-plus vaccine drive might get delayed. 6 fall prey to virus, 308 +ve in Hoshiarpur Hoshiarpur, April 29 The district health authorities on Thursday reported six deaths due to the Covid-19, thus taking the toll to 722. The authorities reported 308 fresh cases today. With this, the tally increased to 18,684. Hoshiarpur Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said active cases stood at 1,848 and 17,616 patients recovered so far. Hoshiarpur city reported 26 new cases while the remaining ones were reported from various health blocks of the district. — OC Jalandhar, April 29 The district administration has announced a cash reward of Rs 25,000 for anyone giving information related to black marketing of oxygen and essential medicines in Jalandhar. The Deputy Commissioner said Rs 25,000 cash award will be given by the district administration to any sting operation/concrete information that leads to registration of an FIR with respect to black marketing of oxygen cylinders, Remdesivir, Tocilizumab, RT-PCR overcharging or any other activity related to the Covid management. He said information can be forwarded on WhatsApp (98889-81881, 95017-99068). The decision comes a day after owner of an agency was arrested for balck marketing an oxygen cylinder for Rs 18,600. Several days ago, a doctor and his aide were also arrested for black marketing two Remdesivir vials for Rs 10,000 and 12 vials were found from the doctor’s clinic, which were without purchase bills. Around 2,200 to 2,400 oxygen cylinders are refilled at two plants in Jalandhar and 1,900 are left for disbursal in the district. Of them, 1,884 cylinders have been rationed for distribution across 60 private hospitals and the Civil Hospital. However, hospitals have repeatedly said that the current supply was bare minimum. Meanwhile, the district also faces an acute shortage of Remdesivir. A top administrative official himself could not secure Tocilizumab a few days ago. Thori said, “We have tried to plug leaks, have deputed officials outside plants, made nodal officers to check supply and receipt of cylinders. Yet there are rumours regarding continuing pilferage or black marketing. Since demand is expected to rise in the coming days, the step has been taken to nip the activity in the bud. We are also going to reward those who informed about oxygen being black marketed yesterday with Rs 25,000.” Oxygen cylinders, Remdesivir is in high demand as Covid surges A technician refills an empty oxygen cylinder at the Civil Hospital. O2 audit: Curtail misuse, wastage Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 29 To ensure optimum utilisation of oxygen in healthcare institutions, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Vishesh Sarangal on Thursday directed audit teams to frequently visit all private hospitals and complete oxygen-audit at the earliest. While participating in a virtual review meeting chaired by state-level oxygen monitoring group, the ADC apprised the group members of the steps taken by Jalandhar administration to ensure optimum and rationalised utilisation of oxygen. Sarangal stated that on the directions of Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Ghanshyam Thori, an audit was conducted in the Civil Hospital, Jalandhar. The ADC added that similar audits were ordered in all private hospitals to check wastage and ensure its adequate demand and supply.The ADC said the whole exercise would aim at reducing consumption of oxygen by rationing its usage. He mentioned that every single drop of this gas was worth saving amid this pandemic, especially during these trying times. He also asked the members of audit teams to create a sensible approach in the hospitals so that wastage and misuse of O2 could be curtailed in the larger public interest. While the DC had declared that audits shall be conducted ever since the audit at the Jalandhar Civil Hospital brought down the number of cylinders being used there, two teams have already been conducted to carry out the audits. While currently 1,884 cylinders are being distributed across private hospitals and the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar, there is meagre vailability of liquid oxygen gas via transport which is being sought by the district administration. An audit of private hospitals might help generate additional oxygen if more leakages are plugged. 17-yr-old lights up lives of slum dwellers A student in California, Anoushka makes her vacation count in Hoshiarpur DIASPORA TALES HOW IT ALL STARTED ■ One day, during a conversation Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi Excise Department officials with seized liquor from Mehatpur village. 48,000 litres lahan in ❝Recently, we had destroyedcontinuation ofofthat raid. a joint raid with Ludhiana team. It is in Operation Red Rose has been going on since last year ❞ Dr Harsimrat Grewal, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER, EXCISE, JALANDHAR-II ried out the recovery process. Dr Harsimrat Grewal, Assistant Commissioner Excise Jalandhar-II, said that the drive would be carried out in future too. “Recently, we had destroyed 48,000 litres of lahan in a joint raid with Ludhiana team. It is in continuation of that raid. The Operation Red Rose has been going on since last year,” she said. Last year too, officials of the Excise and Taxation Department had explained why such malpractices existed the most along the Sutlej. They had said the villages were situated far away from residential areas and there was an easy and free availability of water as well. Hoshiarpur, April 29 At a tender age of 17, when most of the girls of her age are considering and pursuing the options for their future and career, Anoushka Mohindra, a final year high school student in Granite Bay city in California in the USA, is thinking and doing her bit to help the economically weaker, downtrodden and slum dwellers. She was here in Hoshiarpur for a vacation to meet her grandparents. During her stay here, she saw some slum dwellers and was shocked to see their plight and the conditions under which they were staying. She decided to do something for them. In the USA then, she raised an organisation ‘Ray of Change’ to help them. In these two years, she has contributed for a positive change in the life of more than 600 slum-dwelling families of Hoshiarpur in the form of solar lights. Her father c m y b DOING HER BIT Anoushka Mohindra distributes solar lamps among slum dwellers. TRIBUNE PHOTO Vikas Mohindra is an IT professional and owns an IT Company. He is in the USA since 1989 and her mother Jyotna is a physiotherapist. Talking to The Tribune, Anoushka said: “My family and I live in California. My both parents grew up in India. My mother is a physiotherapist and my father owns a small IT company – providing data and analytics solutions. I was born in the USA and I visited India often to meet my grandparents. So during these trips, I was able to see slum communities first hand. I used to play with the children of my grandparent’s maid. They were such wonderful and kind people, but living in such poor conditions. I wanted to extend the kindness they had given me, but I wasn’t sure how for the longest time”. One day, during a conversation with her father regarding an article about the lack of electricity in India, she learnt that even though PM Narendra Modi promised to electrify all of India, 31 million homes were still in the dark. That stuck with her until one day, on a grocery run, something shiny caught her eye. It was a pack of solar powered lights, which she realised was with her father regarding an article about the lack of electricity in India, she learnt that around 31 million homes were still in the dark. So, she decided to do her bit for the Hoshiarpur city. The idea of providing solar lights to slum dwellers came to her mind and she talked about it to her parents and friends. She, with the help of a facilitator here, found some needy people and decided to light up their lives. Last summer, she was able to form a small team with some other high school students back in her school to continue her fund-raising efforts. a sustainable and cost-efficient solution. The idea of providing the solar lights to slum dwellers came to her mind and she talked about it to her parents and friends. She, with the help of a facilitator here, found a community interested in receiving lighting and communicated with their leader to determine when and how they could help them. continued on page 2
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