01052021-JTR-01.qxd 4/30/2021 11:12 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 NAWANSHAHR DIARY: ‘GURU KI RASOI’ FOR THE NEEDY A selfless tiffin initiative ‘Guru Ki Rasoi’ has been started in Nawanshahr for the poverty-stricken and destitute. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF MAN (40) RAPES HIS 70-YR-OLD MOTHER Kapurthala: In a brutal incident, a 40-year-old man reportedly raped his 70-yearold mother at their place in a village of Bholath area. The police have nabbed the alleged rapist and booked him under Section 376 of the IPC. SHO Bholath Jasbir Singh said he had received a complaint from the victim. “She told us that she has two sons. While the younger one works in a factory in Jalandhar, the elder one, who is a divorcee, sits idle. He entered my room and assaulted me sexually,” said the SHO. The medical examination of the victim was done at the Civil Hospital. TNS ASHA WORKERS DISAPPOINTED Jalandhar: ASHA workers have approached the Deputy Commissioner and the District Programme Officer to give them Rs 200 per vaccination. They said they have been entrusted with several tasks, but they don’t get their dues. Last week, ASHA workers had again raised their demands, but to no avail. “When it comes to us nobody bothers,” rued a worker. TNS MAN BOOKED FOR RAPING WOMAN Nawanshahr: A case has been registered against a person in Sadar Banga for making physical relations with a woman on the pretext of marrying her. The FIR has been lodged under Sections 376 and 120- B of the IPC against the accused. The victim said the accused promised her to marry twice, but he never showed up. TNS NO SMARTPHONES FOR STUDENTS Jalandhar: Government schoolteachers have been facing problem in teaching students online as there are no or limited smartphones with students in villages. Kulwinder Singh, a teacher in Lohian block, said, “Nothing can be done in this situation, but, our only concern is that students are losing interest in studies,” he said. TNS HUMA SHARES FIRST LOOK OF HER HOLLYWOOD PROJECT PAGE 3 TUJHSE HAI RAABTA’S SEHBAN AZIM TALKS ABOUT THE SHOW Huma Qureshi took to her social media and unveiled her character poster from Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead. MAX 41°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:07 PM PAGE 4 Sehban Azim says it has been a wonderful journey and cakewalk is the term that's actually appropriate. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:41 AM SATURDAY | 1 MAY 2021 | JALANDHAR Chemistry prof takes lecture in bus, booked Holds doubt-clearing session in presence of media | Says why suspend classes when buses can run at 50% capacity Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 30 Prof MP Singh, who runs a renowned coaching centre in the city and teaches chemistry to the Class XI and XII students, was today booked by the city police after he organised a coaching class for around 10 students in a bus near Jalandhar bus stand. Prof Singh organised a doubt-clearing session for his students in the presence of the media as he said these students had been repeatedly calling him for doubt-clearing sessions of certain topics but he felt that the students were facing a setback academically by not attending regular classes. So, he decided to run classes for them in a bus for the next few days. The chemistry teacher asked why were the coaching centres asked to suspend offline classes while the buses had been allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity. He said he found a way out to teach his students in buses in an offline mode. “This way, I will be able to achieve my purpose as the children will have a better understanding of concepts. Also, since we will be legally correct in doing this, we will also not be defying any government orders,” he said. Prof MP Singh takes a class inside a bus parked near the bus stand in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO But hours after his videos went viral, the professor was booked by the city police. Deputy Commissioner of Police Jagmohan Singh said, “The professor had committed violations under the Epidemic Diseases Act and Disaster Management Act and hence we have lodged an FIR against him at New Baradari Police Station. It was wrong on his part to call students and provide coaching, be it in a bus. We also checked videos and found that the professor was not wearing his mask properly, which again is a violation.” Meanwhile, students who had come on the call of the professor maintained that they felt that they were able to understand concepts better through offline teaching rather than using gadgets from home. Some of them also complained that their internet services were not working properly. Prof MP Singh had been in news a few days back as well when he sold vegetables in a cart, trying to mock the government for making teachers like him lose their bread and butter. “What else can we do to feed our families? I believe selling vegetables is a more profitable business these days,” he said, while posting his video on Facebook. Nawanshahr sees 10 deaths, Violations: Owners of IELTS centre, theme park booked 174 new cases in last 3 days Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 30 The district witnessed 174 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 10 deaths in the last three days. The recovery rate in the district is 91 per cent while the death rate is 2.76 per cent. At present, there are a total of 569 cases and there are four containment zones where rapid samplings are being done so that the chain could be broken. The number of positive cases stands at 8,775 in the district. Civil Surgeon Gurdeep Singh Kapur said samplings had been increased in the district. On a daily basis, 1,600 samples are being taken. Along with RT-PCR, rapid antigen test (RAT) had also been increased. Vaccination had also been increased in the district. “Both Covaxin and Covishield are beneficial. We are doing well in the vaccination process and soon the number of people getting the jab will touch the 1 lakh mark,” he 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 42,917 7 1,082 498 37,530 4,205 ■ 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/ these, 47 belong to other districts. Besides, seven persons succumbed in the district, taking the toll to 1,082. At present, the district has 4,305 active cases and 37,484 people have recovered so far. In Kapurthala, 82 persons tested positive. The district tally reached 12,349 cases. Three deaths were officially reported in the district. The deceased were identified as a 65-year-old woman and a 63year-old woman. 5 succumb in Hoshiarpur said, adding that Covid-19 was here and people should follow the guidelines. “We must not be scared of the virus rather we should fight it,” he said. People are still not following the norms. The Covid-19 tests of 592 people moving without masks were conducted by health teams. Even now, police teams are making announcements in villages asking people to wear masks and save themselves from contracting the virus. The distribution of food kits to needy patients, who are in home isolation at Jadla village in the district, was also started. The food kits would contain 10kg atta, 2-kg chana and 2-kg sugar. Senior Medical Officer Dr Geetanjali Singh said as many as 28 food kits were distributed to various houses. 7 die, 544 test positive in Jal The district on Friday recorded 544 new cases of Covid-19 pushing the tally to 42,917. Of The district reported five more deaths due to Covid-19, taking the toll to 727 on Friday. Besides, the district also witnessed 214 fresh cases taking the tally to 18,898. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 1,869 and 17,822 patients had recovered from the virus. Of the 214 positive cases, 14 were reported from Hoshiarpur city and the remaining from other health blocks of the district. Jalandhar, April 30 The city police on Friday took action against all those violating the restrictions imposed by the state government in view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases. The owner of an IELTS centre was booked for allegedly running coaching classes. Classes were reportedly being held with the doors locked from outside to give an impression that the centre was not working. However, after a complaint was lodged with the police that the centre, having its building near the bus stand, was calling students for offline classes, the nearby bus stand police post raided the centre and got it immediately vacated. Manvir Singh, owner of the centre, was booked under Section 188 of the IPC and under relevant sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act and the Disaster Management Act. While schools and colleges had been shut since March 20, the state government had earlier this month ordered the closure of all coaching centres too. In another incident, the owner of Wonderland theme park, Nakodar Road, was allegedly booked for violating the norms imposed keeping in view the rising number of Covid19. As per the norms, all clubs, gyms, pools and stadium had been ordered to remain closed on April 19. Today, as the news pertaining to the func- Students who were taking classes at an IELTS coaching centre being brought down by the police in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO tioning of a swimming pool in Wonderland went viral, Kashmir Singh, SHO, Lambra police station, reached the site and took action. Since the owner of the theme park was not present, he was booked for violating the Epidemic Diseases Act, but could not be arrested. Kin abandon Covid patients in hospitals 18-plus drive deferred, district HUMANITY LOST? Fear struck and ‘frustrated’, they are reluctant to even attend last rites of their loved ones Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 30 While on one hand, visuals of people crying for their relatives are going viral in the country, the city has been witnessing a worrisome resurgence in the number of Covid positive patients being abandoned by their kin at hospitals. A few days ago, a man dropped his mother with low saturation level at a local government hospital and went away only to be found some time later by doctors and the staff. On being asked why he abandoned his ailing mother in the hospital, he said he was highly ‘frustrated’ and thus wanted to run away from this misery. A doctor reminisces this incident while putting light on the gravity of the situation these days. “This is another face of the pandemic, where one gets to know that there is hardly any humanity left in people. The virus has exposed the real side of people,” the health Medical staff in protective gear prepare to cremate a person, who died of Covid, at a crematorium in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE FILE We were died of Covid. ❝waiting forto cremate a man whoto perform theWe kept on his daughter to come last rites. But to our surprise, she came after making us wait for her for so long and didn’t even step out of her car while we performed his last rites A Block Extension Educator ❞ workers said. While many of them are going all-out to save their loved ones by seeking help on the social media, there are some people who have been running away from their responsibilities. A Block Extension Educator (BEE), who cremates patients dying of Covid said several such incidents have been coming to the fore off-late. “We were to cremate a man who died of Covid. We kept on waiting for his daughter to come to carry out the last rites. But to our surprise, she came after making us wait for her for so long and didn’t even step out of her car,” he said. The BEE added that these days, people who are not related even related to the patients are more forthcoming to help them in the hour of need. “Such cases and incidents have made us wonder whether the humanity is completely lost. He also said he, along with other health officials, hgave no qualms continued on page 2 c m y b flags acute shortage of vaccine 8,000 immunised on Friday; left with only 6,000 more doses Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 30 The vaccination drive for those above 18 years has been deferred in the state as there has been an acute shortage of the Covid vaccine in the district. The district is left with merely 6,000 doses of the Covid vaccine. While a little over 8,000 people were administered vaccines in the district today, only 3,000 more vaccines came to the district leading to an acute shortage. Notably, while 10,000 doses were left on Thursday, of these 8,000 doses were administered today. Left with 3,000 remaining after yesterday’s drive and 3,000 more received today – the district doesn’t even have enough vaccines to meet its average per-day inflow of vaccine beneficiaries. District Immunisation officer, Dr Rakesh Chopra said, “We have 6,000 to 6,500 vaccines remaining with us. The A city resident being inoculated at the Jalandhar Civil Hospital. vaccination for over 18 persons have been deferred but a steady flow of those over 45 have been coming in to get vaccinated. We will make do until tomorrow but beyond that we will need more vaccines. An average of 10,000 beneficiaries are getting vaccinated across our Covid cen- tres each day.” Rationing of Remdesivir, oxygen still on Meanwhile, the rationing and disbursal of both Remdesivir and oxygen goes on in the district as both the commodities are still short in the market. The district administra- tion today supplied 485 Remdesivir vaccines to various private hospitals based on their need. The district drug department has been giving meagre Remdesivir supplies to various private hospitals based on stocks being received. There have been occasions – including today – when merely four to five injections have been disbursed to some of the hospitals. Amidst acute shortage many hospitals have also repeatedly been complaining of delayed supply and preference of other hospitals. DC Ghanshyam Thori said, “Remdesivir injections have been disbursed across over 40 hospitals today. The injections are being disbursed as soon as we receive stocks as per demand to the hospitals which require them.” Meanwhile, 1,884 oxygen cylinders are also continuing to be rationed across 60 private hospitals and the civil and military hospitals.
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