04052021-JTR-01.qxd 03-05-2021 22:54 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE BLOOMS IN HER GARDEN TAKE THE EDGE OFF COVID GLOOM PAGE 2 Green fingers: Lockdown gave ample time to people to explore their creativity & give wings to their hobbies. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY TULSI KUMAR JOINS HANDS WITH MISSION JOSH TO SAVE 5K LIVES PAGE 3 ACTOR MRINAL DUTT LIKES DEEP-SEA DIVING, CHOCOLATES Through their partner NGOs, the campaign will be providing free oxygen concentrators to patients at home. MAX 38°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:09 PM PAGE 4 Mrinal Dutt, who was recently seen opposite Richa Chadda in Arati Kadav’s 55 Km/Sec, is working on next project. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:39 AM TUESDAY | 4 MAY 2021 | JALANDHAR MINI LOCKDOWN: SCENES FROM THE CITY ON DAY 1 (From left) Panic buying was witnessed as shoppers stood in serpentine queues outside grocery stores in Jalandhar on Monday; a traffic jam on the Old GT Road; and huge rush seen at the Maqsudan sabzi mandi. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH INBRIEF 32-YEAR-OLD KILLED IN US Jalandhar: Jagdip Singh 32, who was the US citizen, was murdered on Monday. Jagdip was born in the US and his parents were from Heon village in Banga, Nawanshahr. The villagers said a few unidentified persons murdered Jagdip in the US. A pall of gloom descended on the village. Ex- sarpanch Tarsem Lal said the family used to help villagers. “The family used to marry poor girls and was always ready to help the needy,” he said. “We cannot believe that Jagdip is no more. My nephew who resides in the US also confirmed the incident,” said Lal. TNS YOUTH HELD WITH 120-GM HEROIN Jalandhar: The police have recovered 120 gm of heroin from possession of a 26-yearold person on Sunday. The accused have been identified as Navjot Singh, alias Mani (26), a resident of Aman Nagar Vishwakarma Colony, Jalandhar. Mani has several cases registered against him at Division number 8 police station. The police had set up a naka and signalled a persons driving an Activa to stop. During his search, cops recovered 120gm heroin. A case under Sections 21 B, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him. During interrogation, it came to the fore that an attempt-to-murder case has been registered against him. Police said at least six more cases were filed against in 2019 and 2020. TNS REGISTER PLAINTS ON E-MAIL, SAYS MC Jalandhar: The Municipal Corporation on Monday released instructions that because of the surge in Covid cases, the residents don't need to visit the office for getting signatures of any official, or to lodge any complaint with the department. Instead they should send the document on email@example.com. The phone numbers have also been released by the MC where the residents could register their complaints (01812242587, 0181-2242588 and 2242411). TNS 7 fall prey to virus, 696 cases in dist Jalandhar, May 3 With 696 new cases on Monday, Jalandhar tally increased to 44,905 cases. Of these, 64 belong to other districts. The health authorities reported seven deaths in the district, thus taking the death toll to 1,105. At present, the district has 4,921 active cases and 38,979 persons recovered so far. Nine die in Hoshiarpur The district reported nine Covid-19 related deaths on Monday. With this, the death toll increased to 749 on today. The district witnessed 223 fresh cases, thus taking the tally to 21,128. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 1,925 and 18,454 patients recovered from the virus. Of 223 positive cases, 24 were reported from other districts, 19 from Hoshiarpur city and remaining from other health blocks of the district. 105 new cases in K’thala Witnessing the lowest positivity rate of 4.38 per cent on Monday, Kapurthala district reported 105 new positive cases. With this, the total number of cases so far in the district stand at 12,687. A total of three persons succumbed to the virus 38, 40 and 47 years. Around 341 patients have lost battle against the Covid-19. The number of active cases in the district as of today were 1,070. The district reported maximum cases from Guru Harkrishan Nagar and Bhagatpura locality in Phagwara, Kala Sanghian and Ranjit Avenue in Kapurthala city. 2 succumb in Nawanshahr As many as 64 persons tested positive in Nawanshahr on Monday. The authorities reported two deaths in the district, thus taking the death toll to 245. The deceased include a 47-year-old woman from Mukandpur and a 56-yearold-man from Nawanshahr. Thirteen cases each were reported from Balachaur and Banga. From Rahon, Sujjon and Saroya, five cases each were reported. Nawanshahr DC Dr Shena Aggarwal said cases have surged again. “The administration will act tough against those who do not comply with the health guidelines,” she said. — TNS/OC 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 696 44,905 7 1,105 598 38,979 4,921 ■ 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/ Residents resort to panic buying SERPENTINE QUEUESFrequent changes in restrictions confusing locals Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 3 On the first day of the ‘mini lockdown’, the city witnessed residents thronging markets. Panic buying was seen from early morning as shoppers stood in serpentine queues outside grocery stores and sabzi mandi. Apart from vendors and shopkeepers, a large number of visitors were seen without face masks. Social distancing norms also went for a toss. Afraid of restrictions faced in 2020, locals went on buying spree through out the day while shops dealing in non-essential goods remained closed. Suraj Kumar, a resident of GROCERY STORES OPEN AT 6 AM ■ Taking advantage of panic buying, most grocery opened as early as 6 am. Store owners said most customers are aware of the new timings. “As we close early at 5 pm, we are not able to cater to consumers. Staying open for 11 hours somehow helps us stagger customers. Those who come early can comfortably make purchases,” said a staffer at Metro supermarket. Likewise, D-Mart, which sees a very high footfall, has started opening at 6 am. Bhagat Singh Colony, who had reached Maqsudan sabzi mandi around 11 am to stock up ration, said, “The government is issuing fresh orders every day. The lockdown like restrictions forced me to purchase staple goods. I fear that the government may soon order complete lockdown, considering the surge in Covid cases.” Similarly, gro- cery store owners reported higher sales today and till 5 pm, most goods were sold out. Traders unhappy Having suffered huge losses last year, traders were unhappy with the mini lockdown. Members of The Opticians’ Association, Jalandhar, submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner to 46 face music for violating lockdown in Hoshiarpur Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, May 3 As Covid-19 surges, Senior Superintendent of Police Navjot Singh Mahal has appealed to people to support police personnel and the district administration by staying indoors and obeying the health guidelines issued by the government. The SSP said rather than enforcing the norms, residents should follow the rules to tackle the pandemic. Taking stern action against violators, 46 FIRs were registered during the weekend lockdown in Hoshiarpur, said the SSP . Nakas were set up through- THREE BOOKED FOR PARTYING AT NIGHT The police have booked three persons, who were holding a party at office of a property advisor near Tanda bypass chowk in Hoshiarpur. The police team led by DSP Madhvi Sharma was checking shops in the area, where the property advisor’s office was found open. Some people were found partying without mask and consuming alcohol said the DSP. A case under Section 188 of the IPC, the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemics Act has been registered against them. out the city and those found wandering without any reason booked. He said people should follow the guideluines, else all the efforts of the administration would go in vain. The SSP said all non-essential shops, including salons, jewellery and clothes shops, would remain closed till May 15. He said except essential shops (grocery and medicines) everything would stay close. The SSP pointed out that there’s complete night curfew from 6 pm to 5 am and people should not violate the same. As per directions of the government, dine-in has been prohibited in hotels/ restaurants. Only two passengers can travel in a four-wheeler and one person on a two-wheeler. 19 parakeets found from Nawanshahr farm Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, May 3 Efforts of vigilant wildlife activists on Monday led to exposing of a farm owner in Nawanshahr during a raid where as many as 19 parakeets were found along with the meat/flesh of birds. It is being alleged that illegal trading of birds was going on here. Parbhat Bhatti, a Nangalbased bird watcher and wildlife enthusiast, said he, along with Nikhil Sengar, Wildlife Warden, Nawanshahr, had got information that the ❝ Two types of meat have been recovered from the farm; their samples will be sent to the Wildlife Institute of Dehradun to identify the animal. We will call the owner and interrogate him. He has already been booked under the Wildlife Protection Act. We will nab him and will also find out his address and phone number. ❞ Gursharan Singh, DIVISIONAL FOREST OFFICER farm owner might be involved in illegal trading of birds. “After getting the information, we got in contact with the state Wildlife Department and a team was formed to conduct a raid today,” he said. Bhatti added that when the team reached the farm, the owner was not there. “We got to know that he had sold two eagles yesterday,” he said. Nikhil Sengar said, “We will request the Wildlife Department to take cognisance of such persons who take permits c m y b and then get involved in the illegal trading. The CM should also look into these matters.” The activists also claimed to have found a diary from the spot where the owner has allegedly written about the number of animals and birds he has sold to date. Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Wildlife, Hoshiarpur, Gursharan Singh, however, said he had no information about the diary that was seized. He said if there is any diary, it will be a part of the investigation. He said he received information from the Ropar team, and he also sent his team to the spot. Sharing the preliminary information, the DFO said, “Two types of meat have been recovered; their samples will be sent to Wildlife Institute of Dehradun to identify the animal. We will call the owner and interrogate him on the issue. He has already been booked under the Wildlife Protection Act. We will nab him and will also find out his address and phone number,” he said. Whether he was involved in illegal trading of birds or not will be cleared after investigation, officials said. include optical shops under essential items. Jasjit Singh, a member of the association, said, like mobile and motor repair shops, opticians should also be granted permission to open their stores as spectacles and vision glasses were basic necessity for students, computer professionals and those above 40 years of age. Anil Kumar, a shopkeeper at Rainak Bazaar, said garment stores should also be allowed to open as it’s a wedding season and people come to purchase clothes and jewellery. He said all the norms were being followed by shopkeepers. Sampling of visitors Taking cognisance of hoard- ing at Maqsudan sabzi mandi (largest mandi in the region), Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori today ordered daily sampling of visitors at the vegetable market. Two samplings team will remain deployed at the entry and exit point of the mandi, where screening of visitors would be conducted. “An influx of people, including sellers, buyers, commission agents and retailers, gather daily at the mandi. Later, they go to different localities and interact with people to sell their items, thus their testing is quite necessary. The sampling will happen from 5 am to 11 am daily,” said Thori. 20 challaned for defying guidelines in Kapurthala Tribune News Service Kapurthala, May 3 As many as 20 challans were issued to shopkeepers and other violators by the Kapurthala police and the district administration for defying the health guidelines. Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal and Senior Superintendent of Police Kanwardeep Kaur visited various areas of the city. The duo along with other senior officials, visited Sadar Bazaar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk, old and new sabzi mandi. The SSP issued instructions and said farmers, arhtiyas, shopkeepers and shoppers should wear masks, practise social distancing and wash hands regularly. Officials of the Health Department also conducted RTPCR tests of shopkeepers. They said as per the orders of the state government, a weekend lockdown has been imposed to protect people, and arrangements have been made to keep essential services running smoothly. The duo made it clear that under the prescribed rules, traders would not face any inconvenience while those who spread the pandemic by violating the norms would be dealt with sternly. Kapurthala SDM Virender Pal Singh Bajwa and DSP Surinder Singh were also present on the occasion. Could be a case of illegal trading of birds, say officials Two types of meat were seized during raid and their samples will be sent to the Wildlife Institute of Dehradun to identify the animals.
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