03052021-JTR-01.qxd 5/2/2021 10:35 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE VACCINE EQUITY A CHALLENGE TO ENSURE IMMUNISATION FOR ALL PAGE 2 Inoculation is emerging as the only way to curb the raging virus, but erratic supplies may hit drive, say residents. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF DC THORI CALLS FOR DONATIONS Jalandhar: DC Ghanshyam Thori on Sunday called upon philanthropists to come forward to help the needy and underprivileged people in society during the prevailing crisis in wake of pandemic. The DC said that in wake of the prevailing health crisis, all philanthropic societies and people must come forward and join hands to help the needy. He said the philanthropists must donate generously in the district relief fund and assured that strenuous efforts were afoot to ensure that people did not face any sort of problem. He said that the district Red Cross Society had raised a Covid-19 relief fund and people could contribute in this fund in the bank account number 50100033127430, IFSC code HDFC 0001391, MICR code 144240009, HDFC Bank, through various online payment modes from their homes. The contribution in the district relief funds is exempted from Income Tax, he added. TNS GIRL (18) HANGS HERSELF TO DEATH Jalandhar: An 18-year-old girl of Bast Sheikh reportedly hanged herself to death on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Shivani, a Class XII student. She was residing with her parents and two siblings. Her mother first spotted her and rushed her to the Tagore Hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. Assistant SubInspector Nirmal Singh said they have sent the body to conduct the post-mortem. The ASI said family members of the girl stated that she was depressed from the four days. Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC have been initiated by the police. TNS KMV STUDENTS EXCEL IN EXAMS Jalandhar: The result of MSc Fashion Designing semester III was outstanding for the students of KMV. Kanika Sharma bagged the first position by securing 453/525 marks, Simarjeet Kaur stood second with 441/525 marks and Anjali bagged third position with 431/525 marks. Principal Atima Sharma Dwivedi congratulated the students and the faculty of PG Department of Fashion Designing on this remarkable success and appreciated them for their hard work. She expressed confidence that the students ably guided and mentored by the extremely qualified and dedicated faculty will continue their journey of success in the future as well. TNS EXPERT DWELLS ON LIVER HEALTH Hoshiarpur: “Amidst Covid pandemic, there has been a steep rise in liver diseases. Covid patients can face hepatitis and in some rare sick patients, the virus can even lead to liver failure which requires timely management.” Dr Sumeet Kainth, a consultant of hepatologist and gastroenterologis, said due to pandemic related movement restrictions, there has also been a rise in cases of obesity which leads to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. He said: “The liver is the most important organ of our body and it is our lifestyle and the way we treat our body that affect the health of our liver”. OC AAMIR IN LADAKH TO SHOOT FOR LAAL SINGH CHADDHA PAGE 3 MADHURI DIXIT LAUNCHES #UNITEDBYDANCE INITIATIVE Aamir Khan reached Ladakh on Sunday to shoot the action sequences of his upcoming film Laal Singh Chaddha. MAX 38°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:08 PM PAGE 4 Madhuri’s online dance academy has come up with a unique idea to keep audiences occupied and entertained. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:40 AM MONDAY | 3 MAY 2021 | JALANDHAR Tough month: April sees 166 K’thala man held for selling oxygen, injections in black deaths, 13,361 cases in dist Tribune News Service DUPING PEOPLE ON VARIOUS PRETEXTS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 2 In April alone, the health authorities reported 13,361 cases and 166 deaths in the district. While 30,123 cases were reported till April 1 since the pandemic began, the district tally reached 43,484 cases on May 1. Interestingly, as per government figures, lesser deaths were reported in April even amid the peak. A total of 195 deaths were witnessed in March, the health authorities reported 166 deaths in April. Till April 1, there were 924 deaths in the district, which reached 1090 by May 1. On May 1, 2020 – exactly this time the last year – the city had reported 105 Covid cases and four deaths. This year, Jalandhar has reported 44,209 cases till May 2, and the death toll increased to 1,098. Dr Kashmiri Lal, retired SMO, Jalandhar, said, “In the middle of second wave, there has been a phenomenal rise 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 725 44,209 8 1,098 448 38,381 4,730 in positive cases. New restrictions imposed by the state government might go a long way in tackling pandemic if they are implemented strictly. However, a major rise in positive cases is expected in May. The health mechanism in Jalandhar needs to be prepared accordingly.” Record 725 cases, eight deaths reported in dist On May 1, 2020, Jalandhar city had reported 100 Covid cases. It was the first city in ‘Make defence hospitals dedicated Covid facilities’ Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 2 Considering the spiraling Covid cases in the district, president of District Youth Congress (urban), Angad Dutta has appealed to the Centre and the district administration to make beds available for civilians too. Amid the crisis, opening doors of the defence forces hospitals for the civilians would not only help immediate treatment of Covid patients, but would also save them from paying exorbitant bills at private hospitals. “As per the reports, at present, there are a total of 270 level-II oxygen beds and 16 levelIII ICU beds in the Military Hospital and 50 level-II oxygen beds at the BSF Hospital. Owing to the resurgence of daily cases due to the second wave of the virus, hospitals are already overburdened and non-availability of medical colleges in the city has made it an uphill task for the administration. Hence, the defence hospitals will help reduce heavy load of patients and locals can avail the treatment at the prices set by the government,” said Dutta. es. The authorities reported two death today. The deceased include a 49- year-old woman from Dhilwan, Kapurthala, and a 62-year- old-woman from Lakhan ke Padde village. ■ Emergency helpline: 104 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or 7 die, 266 cases in Hoshiarpur other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Dist Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ The health authorities on Sunday reported seven deaths, thus pushing the death toll to 740. The district witnessed 266 fresh cases, with which the tally increased to 20,905. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said reports of 3,683 samples were received and out of them, 251 new cases were reported while 15 more patients were reported from other districts. The number of active cases stood at 1,912 while 18,253 patients recovered. Hoshiarpur city reported 21 new cases while the remaining ones were reported from various health blocks of the district. Of the seven deaths, five patients succumbed at hospitals in Hoshiarpur while two patients died at private hospitals in Jalandhar. the state to surpass 100 mark. With 725 positive cases reported on Sunday, the tally has reached 44,209. This is the highest single-day spike in the district so far. The health authorities reported eight Covid-19 deaths in the district, thus taking the death toll to 1,098. At present, the district has 4,730 active cases and 38,381 persons have recovered so far. In Kapurthala, 107 persons tested positive today and the district tally reached 12,585 cas- across different states at ~10,000 per cylinder and injections of Covidrelated drugs for ~4,500 per injection ■ The police said he was promising to provide the vaccines or cylinders to those in need, via social media or WhatsApp, asking them to deposit money to his account ■ He was also promising modeling, shooting, make-up or costume assignments to many and asking them to deposit money in his account and asking them to deposit money in his account. The police said previously also, a case was registered against him under Section 420 of the IPC, he was also declared a PO at the Kapurthala city police station after which he fled to Delhi. The 40-year-old has been booked under Sections 420 of the IPC and Section 66 D of the Information and Technology Act. The police said the accused was using Jalandhar and Mohali-based music company’s functionary’s name to dupe many on the pretext of modeling and shoot assignments. The company’s functionary himself made a complaint to the police after the frauds came to light. Police Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, May 2 Even when the virus has surged and people are losing their lives, there exist careless ones who pose threat to everyone. On Sunday, eight cases were registered against the violators for not following the lockdown norms. The cases were registered in Pojewal, Balachaur, Mukandpur, Sadar Nawanshahr, Kathgarh, Behram and Nawanshahr city. The cases have been registered under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and the Disaster Management Act 2005. In Pojewal, the police have registered a case against a shopkeeper who was selling grocery items during the lockdown. A case was registered under Sections 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 269 (Whoever unlawfully or negligently does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life) of the IPC, the Disaster Management Act 2005 and the Epi- This architect makes bio-enzymes out of household waste Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Eco-warrior Meenal Verma shows bio-enzyme bottles and bags that she has made out of waste plastic wrappers in Jalandhar. and another popular page among residents ‘NoticeBoard – Jalandhar by Tinu Luthra’, she keeps on enlightening the residents about environmental issues. Last month, she also got picked as ‘Recyling Hero’ by the Swachh Bharat Mission of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. She is already the winner of the Water Hero Award by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, GOI, ■ Sachin Grover (40) had been promising to arrange oxygen for people sources expressed astonishment at the fraud the man has been able to get away with without even delivering the promised goods or services in return to those he duped. SHO Kapurthala Raghbir Singh said: “He had been asking people to pay ~15,000 (10,500 for an O2 cylinder and Rs 4,500 for an injection). People even from Maharashtra, Lucknow and UP were in his loop. We don’t know how many there might be. In addition, he has also duped many in the name of promising modeling, shoot etc. assignments by using the name of the music company. He moved to Delhi after he was declared a PO here. He is currently in custody and will be presented in the court tomorrow.” 8 violate lockdown norms No dearth of Remdesivir, in Nawanshahr, booked oxygen in state, says Arora Green crusader shows the way forward in zero-waste lifestyle Jalandhar, May 2 Architect Meenal Verma organised a puja at her place few days. She chose not to dump fresh marigold flowers and instead chose to make a bio-enzyme out of it! She plans to use it as an insecticide. “I put all flowers in two disposable bottles, added some jaggery, water and concentrate from a previous bio-enzyme bottle and used it after few weeks,” she said, while showing the bottles, says Verma. “My aim is to create a zerowaste environment. I try not to bring any plastic bag in my home and even if I happen to use them by chanvce, I make it a point not to throw them in the dustbin. Instead, I store them till I am able to collect enough of them with which I can weave a smart, usable handbag.” She has been educating people by way of videos, photographs, webinars Facebook Lives etc, which she keeps on organising through her FB page ‘Sense by Meenal Verma’ Jalandhar, May 2 The Kapurthala police arrested a 40-year-old man on Sunday who had been duping people by carrying out the black marketing of oxygen cylinders and vaccines. The man had also been duping the young in the name of promising them shooting and modeling contracts. Sachin Grover (40), originally a Kapurthala resident, but currently living at Shivaji Enclave, Delhi, was nabbed by the Kapurthala police in Kapurthala city. The police express apprehensions that he might be involved in even bigger crimes. The man had been promising cylinders to people across different states at Rs 10,000 per cylinder and injections of Covid related drugs for Rs 4,500 per injection. The police said he was promising people to provide the vaccines or cylinders via social media or WhatsApp, asking them to deposit money to his account. He was also promising modeling, shooting, make-up or costume assignments to many last year. In fact, Verma has been a crusader of water conservation for the past many years. “I had begun going door-to-door, telling people not to use water unscrupulously for washing cars or porch areas and verandahs. I have been telling people not to go in for RO filters as these are not required here and lead to a lot of wastage of water. I keep drums on my rooftop to har- c m y b ness the rainwater and reuse it for watering plants, sweeping floors and other purposes for which we must not use potable water. I even do not let the water used for washing fruits and vegetables to drain and reuse it for some other purpose. I tell people constructing their houses to get tanks of treated water from the Pholariwal plant for the purpose,” says the 41-year-old who says that she had developed her love for nature since her school days in Chandigarh. Even as an architect, she says that she keeps advising her clients not to indulge in designs such as using huge glasses for windows. “We only end up creating tandoors as these are not fit for the kind of climate that we have here in the region. Ideally, we need to ensure that there is proper cross-ventilation in the house. I also suggest my client to have a well-ventilated kitchen. I tell them not to keep the drain area in the kitchen covered with wooden cabinets as it will only invite pests. demic Diseases Act 1897. A similar case was also registered in Balachaur. In Mukandpur, a sweet shop owner was booked under the same sections. He failed to show permission to open his shop. In Kathgarh, a case was registered against unidentified persopns who gathered outside a factory to unfurl a flag during the lockdown. In Balachaur, a man carrying 12 bottles of liquor and commuting without any mask was confronted by the police and a case was registered against him. Hoshiarpur, May 2 Reiterating the state government’s commitment for best healthcare services to Covid positive patients, Industries and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora, who visited the Civil Hospital on Sunday, said there was no dearth of oxygen, Remdesivir and other medicines. Arora said the Civil Hospital has a back up of 300 oxygen cylinders to tackle any sort of exigency. Besides oxygen, essential medicines and other healthcare facilities Traders want VAT cases till Dec 31 to be taken under OTS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 2 One-Time Settlement (OTS) scheme for VAT dues was unveiled recently, and active Jalandhar traders were the reason behind the success as it was after scores of meetings and plethora of requests, that one-time settlement (OTS) scheme had come. Now that the government has extended the last date for filing of application for settlement of unpaid taxes till June 30, the traders said only the cases from 2013-2014 have been covered under the scheme, which is not justified. They have demanded that the cases till December 31, 2020 to be taken under the scheme. Ravinder Dhir, convener of the Khel Udyog Sangh, who had been going to Chandigarh and holding meetings with the ministers to convince them to release notification of the policy also demanded increase in the slab of tax from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh so that it could benefit maximum number of traders and industrialists. “With this policy, the traders having tax demand of up to Rs 1 lakh will only have to pay 10 per cent of the tax demand and thus the policy is good for them. But those above it, i.e., those who have tax demand above Rs 1 lakh will just be relieved from paying interest penalty, but will have to pay full tax,” he said, adding, that there is a demand from the government that they increase the slab as above 90% of the traders will get relief. “It will definitely be beneficial for most of the traders, but those who have tax demand above Rs 1 lakh will not be benefited much,” he said. The traders had also thanked MLA Rajinder Beri who was the only one to always visit along with the traders and put pressure on the government to unveil the policy. Industry Minister Sham Sunder Arora had termed it as a ‘historic step’ to give muchneeded relief to the industrialists. He said the scheme would benefit almost 10,000 small and medium scale businessmen of the Doaba region. have been ensured so that no patient suffers. As many as 94 patients, including five level-II were undergoing treatment at Covid ward having a capacity of 100 beds, said the minister. Arora said apart from the Civil Hospital, special beds for Covid patients have been arranged in private hospitals, so that these could be utilised to tackle any untoward situation. He said the treatment and medicines were being provided free of cost to patients at the Covid ward. He also urged residents to strictly adhere to the health guidelines. Cop ends life, five booked Jalandhar, May 2 A Head Constable posted at the Batallion Seven at the PAP Complex commited suicide by consuming poisonous substance on Friday. Before taking the extreme step, Shresth Gill, a native of Gurdaspur, blamed two women and three men of harassment in his suicide note. His wife Urwashi told the police that she was informed on April 30 that her husband has consumed poison. Following which, she rushed him to a nearby private hospital. During his treatment, Gill reportedly told his wife that advocate Dipika, Trilochan Sharma and three others were blackmailing him. Unfortunately, after trying their best to revive him, doctors could not save Gill and he breathed his last on Saturday. Cantonment police station SHO Ajaib Singh Aujla said based on the statement of the deceased’ wife and the suicide note recovered from his house, a case under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against advocate Dipika, Trilochan Sharma, Narinder, Sheetal and Indra Prakash. Gill is survived by his wife and two sons. — TNS
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