26052021-JTR-01.qxd 5/25/2021 11:09 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 EX-BJP MLA PROTESTS ‘POLICE INACTION’ IN DRIVER ASSAULT CASE Former MLA KD Bhandari along with kin of a truck driver protested police inaction against two transporters. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 5,840 TRAMADOL TABLETS SEIZED Jalandhar: As part of its antidrugs drive, the Jalandhar Commissionerate Police on Tuesday arrested a drug peddler and seized as many as 5,840 Tramadol tablets, which is a commercial quantity. Jalandhar Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the police had received a tip-off that Varun Malik of Ladowali Road, who runs a medical shop Malik Medical Store in Diklusha Market was storing this drug in huge quantity. Subsequently, the police teams accompanied by Drug Inspector Anupam Kalia raided the shop and conducted the extensive checking of the medical store. Further investigation into the case is going on to trace all the linkages of the drug supply. TNS 2 HELD WITH LIQUOR, INTOXICANTS Hoshiarpur: The district police have arrested two smugglers in separate cases and seized intoxicating powder and liquor from them. The Chabbewal police have arrested Avtar Singh Tari of Bajrawar village and recovered 45 grams of intoxicating powder from him. An FIR under the NDPS Act has been registered against him. The Dasuya police have arrested Kashmir Singh of Galowal village recovering 8,500 ml illicit liquor in two plastic bottles and six plastic packets. An FIR under the Excise Act has been registered against him. OC ~3 LAKH FINE FOR POWER THEFT Jalandhar: The enforcement wing of the Punjab State Power Corppration Limited (PSPCL) on Tuesday issued a fine of ~3 lakh to a religious institution for power theft. An official of the enforcement wing stated that the action was taken on a tip-off by sources. Following this, an enforcement squad from Phagwara raided the religious place in Noormahal town. A direct kundi (illegal) connection was found installed at the site and the connected load was found to be of 4 KW. A fine worth ~3 lakh has imposed as a penalty on account of power theft. A case has been registered under the Indian Electricity Act, 2003. TNS DC EMPLOYEES TO CONTINUE STRIKE Jalandhar: After holding strike for two days, the Punjab State District (DC) Employees Union from May 24-25, the union members will go on protest on May 26 too. The union members have been demanding release of Dearness Allowance (DA) which they have not received since last two years. The union members are also demanding the promotions that have been on hold for long. Shishab, one of the members of the union from Jalandhar said that the government had agreed to the demands but no notification has been released yet. The members announced to continue the protest if their demands are not met. TNS MANOJ BAJPAYEE-STARRER THE FAMILY MAN IS IN TROUBLE PAGE 3 Season 2 of The Family Manhas landed in controversy as many have taken offense at portrayal of Tamilians in show. MAX 41°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:23 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:25 AM been reported this year have been witnessed in May only. Jalandhar, May 25 The district on Tuesday reported 536 fresh cases of Covid. It is after a gap of five days that the daily caseload crossed the 500-mark. Besides, a sudden jump in the daily death toll has also been reported after around six days. With 12 new deaths, the Covid fatalities in the district have increased to 1,326. With the cases reported today, the total number of cases in the district is now 58,160. However, the number of active cases has lowered to 4,420 from 4,487, the previous day. Under the intensified RTPCR testing drive, 10,51,720 samples have been collected from the district, out of which 58,160 people have tested positive. So far, the maximum number of cases have 3 die in Nawanshahr The number of Covid cases are decreasing in Nawanshahr district again. As many as 30 Covid cases were reported today and three persons succumbed to the virus. The deceased include a 61-yearold man from Urban Nawanshahr, a 67-year-old man from Balachaur and a 65-year-old woman from Saroya. The hearse van being launched in Jalandhar on Tuesday. 7 deaths in Kapurthala The district health authorities today reported 104 fresh cases and seven deaths. The total fatalities have now reached 452 and the total positive cases stand at 16,006. Civil Surgeon Dr Parminder Kaur said the district now has 1,036 positive cases, after the discharge of 183 patients. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 536 58,160 12 1,326 52,414 4,420 ■ 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/ Hearse van for victims Jalandhar, May 25 The district administration has today launched a mortuary van to provide free-of-cost hearse related services to Covid victims from Civil Hospital here. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said the funds for the van were released by the government under the Chief Minister Relief Funds. He stated that the van would provide freeof-cost hearse related services to the Covid deceased as per medical protocol. Notably, the kin of the deceased had to pay for the service till now. Civil Surgeon Dr Balwant Singh said the mortuary van O2 concentrator bank opens in Hoshiarpur Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, May 25 The district administration, with the help of Red Cross Society, has set up an oxygen concentrator bank in the city for Covid-19 patients who have been discharged from hospitals. The Red Cross will provide oxygen concentrators free of cost to the patients, who will have to return the equipment after recovering. “People are facing problems in arranging oxygen cylinders at home. Even the price of oxygen concentrators is too high, which everyone can’t afford. So, the administration has started this service to help them,” said an official. Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait said to get the oxygen concentrator machine, it would be necessary to have recommendation of Dr Sunil Ahir, member of the committee to supervise this bank. Riyait said, “To procure the 3 DIE, 229 FRESH INFECTIONS IN DISTRICT ■ The district reported three more Covid fatalities on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 893, while 229 new cases pushed the infection tally in the district to 25,848. ■ Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the report of 3,787 samples were received and of them, 219 new cases were from the district, while 10 patients were from other districts. The number of active cases is 2,090, while 24,713 patients have recovered. ■ The deceased have been identified as a 72-year-old man of Bassi Gulam Hussain village who died at the Hoshiarpur Civil Hospital, a 64-year-old woman of Talwandi Jattan village who died at a private hospital in Hoshiarpur, and a 46-year-old woman of Khanoura village, who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar. MACHINE CAN BE BORROWED FOR 10 DAYS An oxygen concentrator that normally costs around ~30,000 to ~40,000 is now being sold for ~70,000 to ~85,000. It is a life-saving instrument used for those whose oxygen saturation dips below 80mm of Hg. machine, a refundable security of Rs 5,000 will have to be deposited with the District Red Cross Society.” For further information, anyone can contact secretary Red Cross Naresh Gupta on mobile number 9855610345 and Agyapal Singh of Sun Foundation on mobile number 9855555285. “Normally, people need oxygen concentrators for a few days or a week or two, but they have to spend a lot to purchase a new one. The bank will ease the pain of such patients and their family members”, the Deputy Commissioner said. 1 ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING NORMS Hoshiarpur: The Bullowal police have arrested a person for violating night curfew on Monday night. Rajesh Kumar of Dhadde Fateh Singh village was arrested at 10 pm for standing outside a junk shop without wearing a mask. An FIR has been registered against him under Section 188 of the IPC. OC DC Apneet Riyait launches oxygen concentrator bank at Red Cross Complex in Hoshiarpur. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b PAGE 4 Sizzling chemistry of Pooja Gor and Arhaan Behl has helped the show in grabbing a lot of eyeballs recently. 12 succumb to Covid, 536 new cases surface in dist Tribune News Service MANN KI AWAAZ PRATIGYA 2 IS SET FOR A ONE-YEAR LEAP costing ~9.8 lakh had been deployed at the Jalandhar Civil Hospital to serve Covid victims. The van would take the body of the deceased to cremation ground, where last rites of the victim would be performed with full respects as per medical protocol. Prominent among others present on the occasion included District Immunisation Officer Dr Rakesh Chopra and Dr Rajiv Gupta. It is pertinent to mention here that the district administration earlier had issued a helpline 0181-2224417 to assist needy and poor people in the last rites of Covid victims. — TNS WEDNESDAY | 26 MAY 2021 | JALANDHAR Breather: Another hospital sets up O2 generation plant Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 25 In a move to make Jalandhar a self-reliant district in oxygen production, an oxygen generation plant based on pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology has been set up at New Ruby Hospital today. The plant can generate oxygen gas at the rate of 500 litres per minute. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori hailed the efforts of New Ruby Hospital to tackle its oxygen demand. He stated that the district administration had appealed to the hospitals and industries to install such plants so that they could become self-reliant in terms of oxygen generation. The DC urged other healthcare and industrial establishments to emulate the move by setting up such plants on their premises. Thori said installing such plants was a one-time investment aimed at enabling such establishments to be selfreliant in production, which is the need of the hour to combat the third wave of the pandemic. He said a multipronged strategy was adopted by the administration encompassing installation of oxygen plant at the Civil Hospital, deployment of oxygen concentrators in Covid care facilities, setting DC Ghanshyam Thori inaugurates an oxygen generation plant at a hospital in Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH At last, family cremates NRI’s body after arrest of accused Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, May 25 At last, the family members of an NRI, Darshan Singh who was allegedly murdered by five persons by running a tractor over him on May 19 in Banga here, cremated his mortal remains on Monday evening. The NRI, who had returned from Spain eight months ago, was living with his son Sarbjit Singh in his native village Gobindpur. The family members said the five accused, involved in up a post-Covid recovery ward in government hospitals, and an oxygen concentrator bank for patients requiring oxygen support at home. Throwing light on this project, New Ruby Hospital Director Dr SPS Grover said the oxygen generation plant can provide 80 cylinders daily, which would meet out 80 per cent of the daily requirement. He also mentioned that a storage tank with a capacity of 1,500 liters of liquid oxygen has also been set up along with the plant to further strengthen its operation. Notably, the hospital is also serving Covid patients with 40 beds at its Covid care ward. the murder, were their distant relatives. After the murder, the family refused to cremate the body until the accused were arrested. On May 24, the police arrested one of the accused and the family cremated the body after five days. Sarbjit Singh (35), son of the victim, said it was a property dispute over land that was sold to his father during an auction. “I want justice. I live with my family here and the police must arrest all the other accused who are still at large. I am worried for my life too,” he said, adding that he did not want to cremate the body till the arrests were made, but the body was getting decomposed and the police suggested to them not to delay the cremation and assured that the accused would be arrested soon. Naresh Kumari, SHO, Sadar Banga, said the accused was arrested on Monday and search was on to nab the absconding accused. “We are raiding at different places and will soon nab the accused,” she said. Youth hangs self to death Jalandhar, May 25 Four days before his marriage, a 20-year-old man ended his life by hanging himself from a tree outside his house in a vacant plot. The deceased was identified as Sameer Singh (20), who was about to tie nuptial knot on May 28. He was residing in Lamma Pind with his parents and siblings in a rented house. SHO Rama Mandi Sullakhan Singh said, on a statement of the deceased’s mother Shobha, inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC had been initiated. — TNS Women lawyers send Auto, taxi drivers seek notice to DGP, DC ~5,000 financial aid over lewd phone calls Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 25 As the matter pertaining to lewd phone calls being made to women lawyers of the city remains unresolved, they have now sent legal notice to Director General of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar and Commissioner of Police Jalandhar. Notices have also been sent to the Ministries of Home Affairs, Central and Punjab. In a complaint moved through lawyer Mandeep Singh Sachdev, the women lawyers have alleged that despite making repeated complaints to the city police regarding their alleged harassment at the hands of some mischievous elements, no action had been taken in the matter. The women lawyers said that the persons making telephonic calls were using internet phone or international call cards from various numbers. They alleged that the callers were not just making calls in the court time but also late night and using a very vulgar language. The complainants, who are practising licence holders and even members of the District Bar Association, have said, “The callers using Facebook or WhatsApp calling were even telling them what dress they were wearing and how they were looking while they are out even in the courts. Many among us have even given up legal practices or stopped coming to the courts unable to bear the harassment for so long”. Through the legal notice, they have mentioned, “We had got two FIRs lodged. No action has been taken by the police yet as they are either not ready to apprehend the culprit or are not wellequipped to go in for cyber crime investigation.” — TNS Jalandhar, May 25 Demanding Rs 5,000 financial assistance from the government, the auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers association on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner. Suffering from financial crisis due to coronavirus, the auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers’ association, along with leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) appealed to the state government to provide them with Rs 5,000 as a monthly subsistence allowance in line with their Delhi counterpart. Rajwindwr Kaur, president of the woman wing of AAP and district president Surinder Singh said for the past one year, the auto-rickshaw drivers suffered huge losses in their businesses, hence to save them and their family from starvation, we damand that immediate relief to be provided to both the auto-rickshaw drivers and the taxi drivers. Auto-rickshaw drivers and AAP leaders submit a memorandum to the DC.
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