24052021-JTR-01.qxd 5/23/2021 10:59 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE HOSPITALS MAKING COVID HIT TO PAY THROUGH THEIR NOSE PAGE 2 City residents say it is easier to recover from Covid than from the shattering blow of heavy bills of private hospitals. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF TWO HELD WITH 50-GM HEROIN Garhshankar: The police arrested two persons riding a motorcycle with 50 grams of heroin at a checkpoint here. According to information, a police party signalled to stop a motorcyclist on Saturday night at a naka near the truck union on Nangal Road. As the biker panicked on seeing the policemen, he lost control of it and both fell down on the road. Both tried to escape, but the police party nabbed them. On search, the policemen found the heroin from an envelope kept in the bike. The police have registered a case under the NDPS Act against biker rider Avtar Singh, alias Sabi, a resident of Road Majra, and Harbans Singh, alias Bittu, a resident of Dugri. OC EVENT TO BOOST KIDS’ CONFIDENCE Jalandhar: Under the aegis of English Booster Clubs, an innovative activity — “Show and Tell” virtual competition — is being organised for students of Class VI to XII in government schools. The event that began on May 20, will end on Tuesday. Under the event, students are making videos on various topics such as their favourite outfit, food, season of the year, plant or a book. They could also post a picture of someone special to them or an object that can be recycled and give its explanation in English. The students are allowed to speak on the topic of their choice for one to three minutes. The event is aimed at boosting confidence among students so that they can confidently comprehend and communicate in English language. TNS Nawanshahr: In view of the upcoming rainy season, MLA Angad Singh, accompanied by drainage officials, visited the villages along the river here. He reviewed the arrangements made for the prevention of possible floods in the respective villages. He directed the officials of the Drainage Department to take all possible measures in view of the possibility of damage to the nearby villages due to rising water level in the river during the monsoon season. He directed the officers not to tolerate any negligence in the arrangements made for the prevention of possible floods and to keep a constant watch on these arrangements in a coordinated manner. He said special vigilance should be exercised especially in sensitive areas and protection of life and property of the people should be ensured in case of any emergency. Meanwhile, officials said adequate arrangements have been made for the prevention of floods and there will be no negligence in ensuring the safety of citizens and monitoring of the dam. TNS PAGE 3 URVASHI RAUTELA SPOTTED DISTRIBUTING FOOD AT JUHU Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal were all set to exchange vows last year but it had to be postponed due to pandemic. MAX 38°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:22 PM PAGE 4 Urvashi recently did her bit to help the Covid- affected people by donating 27 oxygen concentrators in Uttarakhand. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:26 AM MONDAY | 24 MAY 2021 | JALANDHAR 7 fall prey to virus, 459 Agri Dept cancels dealer’s licence catch infection in dist for selling unauthorised pesticides Tribune News Service HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS C VID-19 PANDEMIC Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 23 As many as 459 people tested positive for Covid in the district today, taking the district tally to 57,290. Of these, 62 are from other districts. With seven more deaths reported today, the death toll in the district has increased to 1,306. As many as 51,310 people have recovered from the disease in the district, while the number of active cases is 4,674. ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 459 57,290 7 1,306 51,310 4,674 ■ 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/ from Sujjon block, a 56-yearold woman from Saroya, and a 72-year-old man from Rahon. Active cases in Nawanshahr now stand at 742, out of which, 652 are under home isolation. The recovery rate in the district is 90.37 per cent. 4 die in Nawanshahr As many as 86 Covid cases and four deaths have been reported in the district today. With the cases reported on Sunday, the total number to date has increased to 10,735 and the positivity rate is 4.99 per cent. Maximum number of cases have again been reported from Balachaur at 26. Meanwhile, with the death of four persons on Sunday and the death toll in Nawanshahr now stands at 309. The victims include a 50-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man 5 succumb in Kapurthala As many as 116 persons tested positive for the virus in Kapurthala today pushing the tally to 15,897. Meanwhile, five persons succumbed to the virus on Sunday. The deceased persons include a 42-year-old man from Raiour Arayan village, a 55-year-old woman from Khukrain village, a 62-yearold man from Kapurthala, a 75-year-old woman from Phagwara and a 72-year-old woman from Kapurthala. Hoshiarpur reports 6 deaths The district reported six more Covid fatalities on Sunday, taking the death toll to 882, while 264 fresh cases were reported. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 2,208 and 24,151 patients had recovered from the virus. Of the cases reported today, 13 patients were reported from other districts and the remaining patients were from various health blocks of the district. Three patients had died at Hoshiarpur hospitals, while as many died at Jalandhar hospitals. Meanwhile, with 172 more Covid-related fatalities, the toll in the state has reached 13,281, while 5,094 fresh cases took the tally to 5,38,994 in the state on Sunday. Jalandhar, May 23 The Agriculture Department has started taking strict action against those dealers who dupe gullible farmers. Recently, the department had issued a warning to the dealers indulging in malpractices that their licences would be cancelled. Now, the department has cancelled the licence of a dealer selling unauthorised stock of pesticides in the Nurmehal area. Officials of the department said the dealer had violated the Insecticides Act, 1969, and 1971. As per information, the dealer had not got the map of the centre approved from where he was selling the pesticides. Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO) Dr Surinder Singh said during investigation, he got suspicious of the stock being sold by him. “Moreover, instead of opening the godown, the dealer started giving excuses to avoid opening it and hence it was sealed. Also, he took time to produce records,” he said. The CAO said the Agriculture Officer, Nurmehal, was asked to dispose of the unauthorised stock in the next 30 days. Also, the samples would be sent to the laboratory for Agriculture Department officials inspect a shop of a pesticide dealer in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO further investigation. “I appeal to all the seed, pesticides and insecticides dealers to sell according to the act. I have asked my Agriculture Officers from every block to keep on paying surprise visits to the dealers and stern action will be taken against those found indulging in wrongdoings,” he said. Earlier, on a tip-off, the department had busted a gang involved in supplying spurious pesticides to farmers by seizing eight quintals of spurious Imdeclopreed 0.3 GR medicine. The pesticide by the name of Indian Crop Science Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, was being sold to farmers. Farmers were being duped in the name of cheap medicine which was, in reality, a spurious one. The company was not recognised by the Agriculture Directorate, Punjab, for its operations in the state. After seizing the pesticides, it was sent to the Pesticides Testing Laboratory in Chandigarh, where the samples had failed. Subsequently, cases under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonesty inducing delivery of property), 274 (adulteration of drugs) and 120-B (whoever is a party to a criminal conspiracy to commit an offence) of the IPC and Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act were registered against suppliers. Fresh exemptions, Now, dial 104 to report fleecing by pvt hospitals curbs in Hoshiarpur Nawanshahr admn acts tough against those reaping profits over patients Our Correspondent STEPS TO TACKLE FLOODS REVIEWED MOHABBAT? ALI FAZAL’S POST SPARKS WEDDING RUMOURS Hoshiarpur, May 23 District Magistrate-cumDeputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait on Sunday evening issued fresh orders of additional restrictions and exemptions in the district with effect from May 24 till further orders. As per the orders, bars, cinema halls, gyms and spas, swimming pools and other sports complexes, all educational institutions, including schools and colleges, will remain closed on all days of the week. Shops selling milk, fruits, vegetables markets, grocery shops, sweet shops, bakeries, wheat flour mills, eggs, poultry, meat, fish shops and animal fodder will remain open from 5 am to 4 pm all days, including Saturday and Sunday. Chemists, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centres, medical laboratories, veterinary clinics, industrial units, LPG and petrol pumps will remain open on all days, with no time restrictions. Hotels, dhabas, cafetarias, restaurants and eateries, retail and wholesale liquor vends will function from Monday to Friday from 11 am to 9 pm for home deliveries and takeaway. Banks will work from Monday to Friday with 50 per cent staff from 11 am to 4 pm. Private offices and all other shops selling non-essential goods will open from 11 am to 4 pm from Monday to Friday. ECommerce and home delivery will be allowed all days including Saturday and Sunday between 9 am to 9 pm. All the medical and nursing colleges will remain open. Tribune News Service Nawanshar, May 23 The cases of private hospitals fleecing patients have increased in Nawanshahr too. The district administration has announced that if any private hospital charges extra from Covid-19 patients, strict action will be taken against them. Complaint in this regard could be lodged on the 104 helpline of the Health Department and at the office of the Deputy Commissioner. Deputy Commissioner Dr Shena Aggarwal said if any hospital or doctor exploits patients suffering from Covid, action will be taken under the Epidemic Diseases Act. She said the government has the right to close or take control of such hospitals. “No private hospital would be allowed to take advantage of the patient’s compulsion. Our government and private doctors and para-medical staff have Health offcials take Covid samples of the offenders near toll plaza in Nawanshahr. set a good example by serving the people diligently during these difficult times but there are some people in the system which are taking unfair advantage of the situation and deceiving the people. It was unfortunate that such people were tarnishing the Having a bad day at work image of the entire profession,” she said. The state and district-level committee would soon conduct a detailed audit of the treatment of Covid-19 patients by the private hospitals. Meanwhile, the DC, Dr Shena Aggarwal, said service centres in the district have been providing uninterrupted services to the citizens in a better and safer environment even during the pandemic. She said the centers have provided services to 9,11,246 persons in a period of one year during Covid. He said that during the period from May 21 to May 20 this year, as many as 93,326 applications were received for various services in the service centres out of which 91,246 have been disposed of while the rest are under consideration. The DC said at present 17 Seva Kendras were providing services in the district. She cleared that in order to avail any service from the service centers, it was now mandatory to get prior approval and no service was being provided to any applicant without prior approval and advance approval can be obtained by contacting the mobile app ‘M-Seva’, ‘Cova’, or by contacting the mobile numbers 8968593812 and 8968593813. Man who made the most of white canvas is no more 29-YR-OLD HANGS SELF TO DEATH Garhshankar: A person on Sunday ended his life by hanging himself from the girder of the roof in his room due to some domestic problem at Boda village. According to information, the victim, identified as Mani Kumar (29), was disturbed over some domestic problem. He was taken to the Civil Hospital, Garhshankar, where doctors declared him dead. The police handed over the body to the family members after a post-mortem. OC A watermelon vendor is seen taking a nap on a lazy afternoon in Jalandhar as he waits for the buyers. SARABJIT SINGH c m y b Jalandhar, May 23 The evenings of the Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan used to be incomplete without his easel, canvas and a sterling portrait of the performing artists, such was his aura. City-based painter Amit Zurff (51) breathed his last on Sunday. He succumbed to Covid. Prof Sarita Tiwari, actor, writer and academicican whose memoirs of her academician husband Dr VK Tiwari bore a portrait made by Amit, said, “It is shocking and sad. The untimely death of such a painter and a fine human being has left me numb. His mother had read my memoir and he had promised to bring her to my house. He left without fulfilling his promise. There was Amit Zurff, a famous city-based painter, succumbs to Covid kindness in his art and aptness in his portraits. The art scene in Jalandhar will not be the same ever. Amit will be sorely missed.” Amit religiously painted artists, vocalists, instrumentalists who performed at Harivallabh. A few years ago, an exhibition of his portraits was also held on the sidelines of the Harival- labh Sangeet Sammelan. He held workshops for students and taught them the craft of painting and papier mache . He famously vented his ire on the huge press club wall often questioning the government with his huge graffitis or banner-sized portraits on stinging issues. He also famously collaborated with many theatre productions and lent stage. Theatrist Gurvinder said, “I met him day before yesterday and thought that his condition would improve. He was a documenter of our times. His grief flowed out in portraits on the demise of painter MF Hussain and ace actor Om Puri. He painted countless classical music stalwarts creating a collection of sorts.” — TNS
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