27052021-JTR-01.qxd 5/26/2021 11:02 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE VERTICAL GARDENS ALONG FLYOVER PILLARS COMING UP A project is coming up at a cost of ~50L under the Smart City Mission wherein three green belts are being developed. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF AUTO DRIVERS HOLD PROTEST Jalandhar: Following the call of Samyukta Kisan Morcha, autorickshaw drivers under the banner of Bhagat Singh Autorickshaw Drivers Union on Wednesday took out a protest march at Company Bagh Chowk and Municipal Corporation office. Holding placards against the anti-labour laws and the three controversial agricultural laws, the auto-rickshaw drivers said the protest was carried out to mark the ‘Black Day’. They also demanded financial help amid the Covid crisis. Ranjit Kumar, president of the union, said: “Due to the pandemic, all our savings have exhausted. It is becoming difficult for the poor auto-rickshaw drivers to arrange two-square meals. The daily earnings have also reduced to ~100-200. Hence, in line with the Delhi Government, we also demand from the government to provide sustenance allowance of ~5,000, to cope with the financial crisis. TNS ONE BOOKED FOR ABETTING SUICIDE Hoshiarpur: The Mahilpur police have booked a woman under the charge of abetment of suicide. Deepak Kumar (24), son of Ajay Kumar, a resident of Bharowal village, had committed suicide by swallowing some poisonous substance. The deceased’s father, Ajay Kumar, had complained to the police that a married woman Kamaljit Kaur of the same village was having an extramarital affair with Deepak. She used to blackmail him and had forcibly taken his new mobile phone too. He said Deepak committed suicide for being harassed by her. The police have booked the woman under Section 306 of the IPC. oc SHANTIES GUTTED, 1K SHELTERLESS PAGE 2 PAGE 3 NETIZENS UNHAPPY OVER LIKELY BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA GIANTS Social media giants such as Twitter, FB and Insta may face a ban in India if they fail to comply with new norms. MAX 41°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:24 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:25 AM Hoshiarpur: The Tanda police have booked Harjit Kumar of New Deep Nagar here for allegedly duping a man of ~8.27 lakh on the pretext of sending his son abroad. Satinder Pal Singh of Mohalla Lahoriyan, Tanda, had complained to the police that Harjit had taken ~8.27 lakh from him for sending his son Lovepreet to Canada, but neither he sent him to Canada nor returned the money. The police have booked the accused under Section 420 and 406 of the IPC. oc THURSDAY | 27 MAY 2021 | JALANDHAR It’s black flags, slogans & marches across city Farmers mark six months of stir with Black Day | Burn effigies of Union Government to protest farm laws Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 26 To mark six months of “farmers’ protest” (against the three controversial agricultural laws), being observed on the outskirts of the national capital, hundreds of farmers gathered here to burn effigies of the Central Government here on Wednesday. Farmers under the banner of various farm outfits, including the Bharti Kisan Union (Doaba, Kadiyan, Rajewal), Kirti Kisan Union, Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Committee, Mazdoor Ekta Sangh and others held protests at various sites in the district. Nearly 200 farmers under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Rajewal also assembled outside the District Administration Office to burn effigies of Prime Minister and Home Minister Amit Shah. District president of the BKU Rajewal Amarjot Singh Jandiala said, “To observe Black Day, we took out a protest march in JandialaSamrai, Nakodar, Jandusingha, Jamshedpur and outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office. This is not just a protest but an indication to the Central Government that like other states, the BJP will be wiped out from Punjab. Farmers have been staying put at the Singhu and Tikri borders for nearly 190 days and the government is still not ready to revoke the three farm laws. We Members of the Bharti Kisan Union burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jalandhar on Wednesday; and (right) city residents carry black flags and hold a bike and car rally. SARABJIT SINGH SUPPORT POURS IN ON SOCIAL MEDIA ■ From hoisting black flags on their rooftops to running a hashtag Black Day campaign, residents and supporters of the farmers' protest marked the day digitally too. #BlackDay started trending on social media since morning. People posted their pictures on social media holding black flags and donning black attires. will continue our agitation.” Besides, leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress also participated in the protest and supported farmers. Advocates also come out on the roads to observe Black Day and raised slogans against the Central Government near the court complex. Despite the deployment of anti-riot teams and police personnel on roads, two hoots were given to Covid norms. Following a call given by the Sanmukt Kisan Morch (SKM), a large number of farmers and labourers assembled at the Adampur T-point under the leadership of BKU, block general secretary, Gurbachan Singh Binpalke. Farmers raised slogans and threatened to intensify their protest in the coming days. Kulwinder Singh Mashiana, a farmer, said, this was not just the protest against the farm- ers’ protest but also to condemn the shaking democratic structure of the country. Kapurthala: Claiming that the black flag movement across the region today was a reflection of anger of the masses against the Centre, SAD leader Paramjit Singh Pamma led the agitation here over the completion of the six months of kisan morcha. Party leaders, farmers and local residents erected black flags atop their houses. SAD leader Pamma said everyone, including farmers, were aware of the fact that the BJP was attempting to hand over the agriculture sector across the country in the hands of big corporates. A GROOM ALSO LENDS SUPPORT TO FARM STIR Hoshiarpur: Supporting the farmer organisations on Wednesday, a groom, named Jaskaran Singh, of Marnaian village took out the wedding procession with the wedding car having a black flag fixed in front of it. Nambardar Sohan Singh Sahri said now people of villages and cities had woken up and black flags were visible on the houses of people. He said the day was not far when the Modi government would have to kneel down. The groom said this struggle was not of farmers only but it had become the struggle of every common man to safeguard his interests. Groom Jaskaran Singh stands beside his wedding car having the black flag fixed on it. TRIBUNE PHOTO Free concentrators 11 fall victim to Covid, Differently abled for needy, courtesy 337 test positive in dist loses job, Pingla Apahaj Ashram Ghar faces flak Tribune News Service TRAVEL AGENT BOOKED PAGE 4 Having a fitness regime is extremely essential as it helps us stay physically and mentally active, says Sayantani. Tribune News Service Kapurthala: As many as 1,000 people were left shelterless after 250 shanties near Rail Coach Factory caught fire on Wednesday afternoon. The flames of the emanating fire and smoke could be seen from a distance of over 2 km. Four fire extinguishers and 25 firemen were pressed for rescue operation and fire was finally doused after two hours. SDM Sultanpur Lodhi Charumita confirmed that no loss of life took place and an arrangement of food and relief for affected families was being made through various organisations. DSP Sarwan S Bal said the cause of fire could not be ascertained. TNS SAYANTANI GIVES A SNEAK PEEK INTO HER DAILY FITNESS ROUTINE Jalandhar, May 26 To ease the burden of arranging oxygen for sick family members during the Covid pandemic, the Jalandharbased Apahaj Ashram is providing oxygen concentrators for free to needy people. The Apahaj Ashram is providing as many as five oxygen concentrators to those needing them for their Covid positive patients. With six more concentrators to be donated to the ashram tomorrow, in total the Apahaj Ashram will have 11 oxygen contrators at its disposal to help needy patients amidst Covid pandemic. Tarsem Kapoor, Chairman, Apahaj Ashram, said, “We have received five contrators from donors interested in people getting oxygen sewa during the pandemic. We take a refundable security of Rs 10,000, which can be lowered to Rs 5,000 for families who can’t pay that much. Upon submission of doctor’s recommendation and a Covid positive report, the concentrator is issued after deposition of the refundable amount. The security is also for the purpose of safety because these are very costly equipments. While we have five concentrators as yet, we have been promised six more concentrators tomorrow.” While the concentrators are both transported and installed by Apahaj Ashram staff, once out of use, the patients can then return the concentrator back. Kapoor added, “It is a very hassle free procedure and is installation is being done by our in house pharmcaist who is adept at the job.” He said the service has only been started yesterday, so far only one patient has availed the service on the first day but once word is spread, we expect many more to opt for continued on page 2 Oxygen concentrators donated to the Apahaj Ashram by Good Samaritans are being provided to the needy free of cost. TRIBUNE PHOTO Jalandhar, May 26 The district reported 11 deaths due to Covid-19 on Wednesday. As many as 337 people tested positive for the virus in the district, taking the tally to 57,624. Of the new cases, 65 were from other districts. With this, the death toll has risen to 1,337. As many as 52,925 people have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 4,235. 15-yr-old dies in Kapurthala A 15-year-old girl is among the five persons who died of the virus in Kapurthala on Wednesday. While a number of young people are already being reported dead from Corona amidst the second wave, the 15 year old is the second youngest person whose life has been claimed by Covid so far in the district. The first was a six year old. Epidemiologist Dr Rajiv Bhagat said, “The 15 year old was a diabetic and she had high blood sugar. She is the second person from such a young age to die of Covid in the district. The first Covid death in Kapurthala was also of a six to seven year old girl with a heart condition. So far we known only her to be Covid positive from her family. No other family member of hers who has tested positive.” At Kapurthala, today 70 people were reported positive in the district, taking total number of positive cases to 16127. Five people died in the district today. The deceased at Kapurthala today include c m y b HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 337 58,497 11 1,337 52,925 4,235 Aparna Banerji ■ Emergency helpline: 104 Tribune News Service ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other Jalandhar, May 26 Amidst the Covid pandemic, a 41-year-old differently abled and animal activist has been ousted from her Pingla Ghar job of 25 years. Battling 75% disability in her legs due to polio, Raju says she is the sole breadwinner for her home. Sacked on March 10 this year, she says she hasn’t received her salary for the past one year (since April 2020). “I was teaching sewing to kids and had been sewing clothes for inmates at the shelter home. I had been asked not to come to the PIngla Ghar during the lockdown last year. I kept sewing masks for the Pingla Ghar as and when directed. In March this year, the manager, Capt Jagdish, told me that my services were no more needed. I have begged the authorities to allow me to continue. They said I speak to media a lot. medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Distt Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ the 15-year-old girl from village Khalwara at Phagwara, a 59 year old man from Shorian village, a 49 year old man from Kadupur village, a 65 year old man from Sujo Kalia village and an 82 year old woman from village Nangal. So far, 457 people have died of Covid at Kapurthala. Nawanshahr logs 60 cases The health authorities on Wednesday reported 60 new cases of coronavirus, including 14 from Saroya block and 11 each from Muzaffarpur and Balachaur blocks. Coming as a major relief, no casualty was reported today. The district has already reported 315 deaths and 10,872 persons have contracted the virus since March last year. The active cases in the district now stand at 634. The L3 bed occupancy in the district stands at 15 with 63 patients in L2 bed facility. A total of 1.36 people in the district have been vaccinated against Covid-19 so far. 6 fatalities in Hoshiarpur The district reported six more Covid fatalities on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 899, while with 167 fresh cases, the infection tally crossed the 26,000-mark in the district. Giving information about the Covid cases in the district, Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 2,082 and 24,882 patients had recovered from the virus. Out of 167 positive cases reported today, 15 patients were from other districts and the remaining patients were from various health blocks of the district. Among the six fatalities, five patients had died at various Hoshiarpur hospitals, while a 34-year-old patient from Mukerian died at a private hospital in Pathankot. Meanwhile the district administration on Wednesday also declared Ghasipur, Ajjowal and Fatehpur villages in Chakkowal block of Hoshiarpur sub-division as micro-containment zones. DC Apneet Riyait issued orders under Section 144 of the CrPC. She said only medical emergency and essential services would be allowed in the micro-containment zones. Teams of the Health Department would conduct door-to-door survey and contact tracing in these villages. The mangement had decided that I am not to serve there anymore,” said Raju, who had been earning Rs 8,000. She said her mother had a brain haemhorrage earlier this year and up to Rs 7,000 per month is spent on her mediicnes. Disability activist and CWC, Jalandhar, member Amarjit Anand termed it unfortunate. “Pingla Ghar needs to stand for the disabled. If they have Covid doubts they could get her tested. I have taken up the issue with the manager but to no avail. There are other issues regarding Pingla Ghar which have also been brought to the notice of the DC and the District Social Security Officer. Instead of 50 special children to be ideally kept there, they currently have only 29 and are not taking in any special children during pandemic.” Capt Jagdish Chand, administrator, Pingla Ghar, continued on page 2 Animal and disability activist Raju at her home with her mother.
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