02052021-JTR-01.qxd 5/1/2021 11:07 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 IN PICTURES: RESTORING THE PAST GLORY OF THE HOLY CITY Tribune takes you down memory lane and steps taken to infuse fresh lease of life into glorious structures in Amritsar. FORECAST RAIN OR THUNDERSHOWERS INBRIEF MAN HELD FOR RAPING TEEN Hoshiarpur: The Dasuya police have arrested a 43year-old man Pargat Singh, alias Ronny, of Ratda village in Dasuya Sub-division for raping a 16-year-old girl. Victim’s mother complained to the police that last evening, at around 7:30 pm, her daughter had gone to the farms where the accused raped her. The police have booked accused Pargat Singh under Section 376 of the IPC and the POCSO Act. SHO Dausya Sub Inspector Gurpreet said the accused was produced in the court and his remand has been sought. OC FIRING: COPIES OF HC VERDICT BURNT Jalandhar: Holding a protest against the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s verdict on SIT report relating to Kotkapura firing incident, the members of Sri Guru Granth Satkar Committee and Sikh Action Committee burnt the copies of the court orders on Friday. The activists gathered outside the DC office and called the orders ‘political and flawed’. Gurinder Singh Jamsher, who led the protest, said the Sikh community was feeling betrayed for not getting justice on the issue. Representatives of the groups also levelled allegations against Punjab CM Amarinder Singh for not fulfilling his poll promise of ensuring action against all accused and providing justice to the families of the two youth who lost their lives. The members said the cancellation orders had been issued just when exIG Kunwar Vijay Pratap was set to submit the 10th challan in the case. Others present included IS Bagga, Harwinder Singh, Parminder Singh, Paramjit Singh and Narinder Pal Singh. TNS DC CONDOLES SCRIBE’S DEATH Jalandhar: Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar on Saturday condoled the sad demise of senior journaliat SK Vyas (78) who passed away at Tagore Hospital after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, and two sons. In a condolence message, the DC described late Vyas as an upright journalist committed to his profession. He said that he was a fine journalist and discharged his duties fearlessly in the time of pandemic. He also assured fulsome support to the family of Vyas in the future. TNS SAD LEADER’S SON BOOKED Hoshiarpur: The city police have booked Bablu Josh, son of former CPS and senior SAD leader Mohinder Kaur Josh, and two others for beating a medical store owner and his parents while they were sitting in their car parked outside their medical store on Railway Road. Ayush Aggarwal said on April 29 his father was sitting in their car parked outside their shop. In the meanwhile, Bablu Josh and two others came in an SUV and started abusing his father. When he tried to stop them, Bablu took out his revolver and threatened to kill him. All three started beating him and his father. Seeing this, his (Ayush’s) mother came out and the accused beat her too. The police have booked Bablu and two others under various sections of the IPC. OC PAGE 3 ANIRUDDH IN ICU, INFECTION MORE THAN NORMAL Aniruddh Dave, known for his role in Patiala Babes, had tested positive for Coronavirus a few days back. MAX 38°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:08 PM SID HITS A SIX! SET TO FEATURE IN NEW THRILLER WEB SERIES PAGE 4 Disney+ Hotstar has roped in Sid Makkar for an upcoming thriller titled Six, where he’ll play a wealthy bizman. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:40 AM SUNDAY | 2 MAY 2021 | JALANDHAR Good Samaritans feeding those in home isolation Kunwar Sartaj Singh’s NGO is providing free meals to those infected with Covid-19 in the city Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 1 The country has been badly hit by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Lives have been disrupted in ways many could not even have imagined. However, in these challenging times, good Samaritans are coming forward to help those in distress. And one of many ways they are doing so is by providing free food to those in home isolation. Kunwar Sartaj Singh, a resident of Urban Estate Phase-1, has come up with the initiative of providing free meals to Covid-19 infected residents. “It’s been three days since we are reaching out to Covid patients in the district, who are in isolation and couldn’t have access to cooked meals. Before actively delivering the meals at the doorstep of Covid victims, we started reaching out to locals through our social media pages and circulated our contact details. So far, we have delivered food to nearly 60-70 patients. We are receiving positive response from people,” said Sartaj. A few months after the outbreak last year, Kunwar along with his friends started their NGO ‘EduYouth Foundation’ to lend a helping hand to the underprivileged children by providing them stationery and books. Afterwards, as a member of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, they made a group of volunteers to help farmers in the ongoing farmers’ protest “The meals are being sought majorly by families where women members are also sick and are recovering from the virus. Those who are living away from their families and are alone in the self-isolation period also ring up for meals. We ourselves deliver food at their doorstep. As we have hired a dhaba to prepare and pack food, it takes us 30-45 minutes to reach at the patient’s house. In addition, to follow social distancing, either a non-infected member of the family comes at the door to pick up the food packets or it is kept in a container to avoid any contact with the infected person,” said Gurkirat Singh, another member of the NGO. Due to his job and wife’s illness, Kamaljit wasn’t able to afford cooked meals, however, after knowing about the NGO, his problem was resolved and he managed to provide two-square meals to his family of four. Working as a delivery boy, Kamaljit appreciated the NGO for its compassionate efforts. 8 fall prey to virus, 567+ve in dist HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 1 The health authorities reported 567 positive cases in Jalandhar on Saturday. With this, the tally reached 43,484 cases in the district. The authorities reported eight deaths in the district, thus taking the death toll to 1,090. At present, the district has 4,451 active cases and 37,933 people recovered. In Kapurthala, 129 persons tested positive today. The district tally reached 12,478 cases. Four Covid-19 related deaths were reported in the district. The ceceased include a 45-year-old man from Kapurthala, 77-year-old man from Fattowal, 65- ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 567 43,484 8 1,090 403 37,933 4,451 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Distt Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ year-old woman from Mundi village and a 65-year-old man from Palahi. 6 die, 221 test +ve in Hoshiarpur The district recorded six more deaths due to Covid-19, taking the toll to 733 on Saturday. Besides, the district also witnessed 221 fresh cases taking the tally to 19,113. Giving this information, Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 1,933 and 17,973 patients had recovered from the virus. Of today’s 221 positive 290 VENTILATORS NOT BEING PUT TO USE: KALIA ❝ Punjab Government is yet to Jalandhar: Ex-BJP minister recruit a trained staff Manoranjan Kalia The Centre had sent or train the available has written to Punjab CM Capt 290 ventilators worth staff which can put the said ventilators to Amarinder Singh ~30 cr last year. The use. It shows the expressing his concern over the Health Department is callous and casual Covid-related issues. yet to unpack these. The behavior of the Congress In his communiqué, reason for not using government which he mentioned, “The second Covid wave these is that the Punjab failed to prepare itself the second wave is more severe than Government is yet to forCovid. The capacity of that of the previous recruit a trained staff or of the both one. The Covid patients requiring train the available staff government as well as private hospitals Level-III care are which can put the said providing level-III care increasing day-byday.” He said, “The ventilators to use. is bursting to its seams. There are Centre had sent 290 Manoranjan Kalia, many government ventilators worth Rs EX-BJP MINISTER hospitals in Punjab 30 crores last year. where the ventilators The Health are either out of order or the trained Department is yet to unpack them staff which can put the ventilators for use. The reason for not using to use is not available.” TNS the said ventilators is that the cases, 20 patients were from Hoshiarpur city while six were reported from other districts and the remaining ones were from other health blocks of the district. Five patients of the district died in Hoshiarpur hospitals while one person died at a hospital in Patiala. Admn fixes ambulance charges for Covid patients Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 1 Two days after The Tribune highlighted the issue related to overcharging by private ambulance operators, the district administration has swung into action and capped ambulance charges for the Covid-19 patients. Taking cognisance of the report, Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Saturday fixed rates of private ambulances in the district. From now onwards, Rs 1,200 have been fixed for the first 15 km and an additional Rs 12 per km for additional distance in BLS ambulance up to 2,000 cc with basic life support. Similarly, for an ambu- THE TRIBUNE IMPACT lance above 2,000 cc, a minimum of Rs 1,500 for the first 15 km and an additional Rs 15 per km for extra distance. An ambulance equipped with advanced cardiac life-support, fare has been fixed at Rs 2,000 for the first 15 km and Rs 20 per km for additional travel. In addition, if an ambulance drops a Covid-19 patient within the city up to 10 km, Rs 1,000 would be charged followed by Rs 600 and Rs 800 up to 10 km for ambulances below and above 2,000 cc, respectively. Thori said, the administration has also issued another set of instructions for ambulances, including availability of masks, gloves and PPE kits for attendants at customers’ expense. Hospitals have been allowed to charge Rs 1,500 in case of sending paramedics in ventilator enabled ambulances. He said ambulances would not claim additional charges for oxygen gas and plant owners have been directed to fill oxygen cylinders in ambulances on a priority basis and at controlled prices. Stern action would be taken against those who charge more than the fixed rates from patients and case would be registred under the Epidemic Act, said the DC. Helpline numbers (01812224417, 5073123) have been issued to complain against overcharging by ambulance operators. PRIVATE HOSPITALS RECEIVE ADDITIONAL 388 OXYGEN CYLINDERS VACCINATION IN K’THALA CROSSES 1 LAKH MARK Jalandhar: Based on a consensus-based mechanism to allocate oxygen supplies among healthcare institutions in the district, the quota of oxygen cylinders for private hospitals in Jalandhar was increased which has come as a huge relief. From the previous allocation of 1,997 cylinders to hospitals, it has now been revised to 2,385. As many as 388 more cylinders shall now be disbursed among hospitals. Notably, 60 private hospitals and two public healthcare facilities (civil hospital and military hospital) began tackling Covid with allocation of 1,884 oxygen cylinders per day, which was increased to 1,997 and now to 2,385 – in view of the rising Covid cases. While two Jalandhar plants generate 2,200 to 2,400 cylinders per The quota of cylinders for private hospitals in Jalandhar has been increased. From previous allocation of 1,997 cylinders, it has now been revised to 2,385. TRIBUNE FILE day, additional oxygen is being transported from Panipat or plants in other districts – on one occasion even from Bokaro. DC Ghanshyam Thori said, “We expect these 388 cylinders will address the current crunch the hospitals were reporting.” TNS Kapurthala: The Kapurthala district has crossed 1 lakh Covid vaccination mark which includes more than 70,000 senior citizens falling under the high-risk category. Till today, a total of 1,02,876 persons have been vaccinated in the district. Two major towns of the district, Bholath and Sultanpur Lodhi lead the vaccination drive along with many villages which have above 90 per cent coverage of vaccination. They are Hasuwal,Tandi Ibrahimwal and Chauganwan and Nangal Lubana. In Bholath, out of the total population, the ones above 45 years of age are 2,354, out of which 2,188 have been vaccinated, which makes it 92 per cent, while the population of Sultanpur Lodhi over 45 years of age is 3,431, out of which 3,286 have been vaccinated, making it 95.7 per cent. TNS Frequent changes in lockdown norms confuse locals, officials Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 1 Regular changes in the lockdown norms and their untimely release has often confused residents. Not just locals, but even the administrative officials remain puzzled regarding the orders, which keep on varying from day to day. While previous orders on the lockdown were prevalent till April 30, no fresh detailed orders regarding those to be implemented from May 1 were released publicly till today evening, thus leaving everyone in a quandary over certain issues. Cops from Division Number 6 police station today visited a few construction sites Residents at receiving end, cops detain builders for ‘breaking’ guidelines FRESH ORDERS ISSUED NO MARRIAGES ON WEEKEND Even today, a number of families who had fixed marriages for the weekend had to do last minute cancellation as the Deputy Commissioner in a video released late evening said marriages will not be allowed on Saturday and Sunday. In a previous order which was valid till April 30, he had said only 20 persons would be allowed and marriage function would have to be concluded before 9 pm. Most people thought that the same orders would continue, but a video for clarification of orders issued by the DC at the last minute made many families postpone the events. While point number 4 in the orders issued on April 27 to be implemented till April 30 listed construction work in the list of exempted activities. On Saturday, again as fresh orders were issued in the evening, the same point has been mentioned as point no 5. at Model Town and detained around four persons including contractors and owners for getting the construction work done during the weekend lockdown. They were made to sit at police station for more than two hours where they kept on pleading that they had received the Deputy Commissioner’s orders on WhatsApp, which mentioned that construction related work was permissible c m y b during the lockdown. Amarjit Singh of Model Town, who was detained by the police, said he told the SHO, Surjit Singh, that during the last year’s lockdown, construction work was not allowed, but this time the government had not imposed any such restriction. “Cops refused to budge saying that it was a weekend lockdown and no such work can be allowed. The SHO did not let any of us go back,” said Amarjit. Gurnek Singh, who was getting his house constructed in Model Town, said he even managed to get fresh orders of May 1 from the administration and showed it to the SHO where it had been mentioned that construction work was allowed. “I made the SHO talk to a senior PCD official for clarity,” said Gurnek and adding that he had to give a surety to get his builder released. The SHO said, “Since construction is not allowed, we made builders, contractors and owners sit and make them understand that they cannot continue their work during the lockdown. I had sought clarification from the SDM before taking action. We have not booked anyone, but just warned them.” Asked why surety bonds were made to be filled by their acquaintances before setting them free, he said, “I am busy in a meeting.”
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