29052021-JTR-01.qxd 28-05-2021 23:13 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE FREE SANITARY PADS TO NEEDY WOMEN UNDER UDAAN SCHEME PAGE 2 ‘Udaan’, a scheme for distribution of sanitary pads free of cost every month, was launched in the district on Friday. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ‘I AM VACCINATED’ STICKERS LAUNCHED Jalandhar: Member Parliament Chaudhary Santokh Singh on Thursday urged youths to spread the slogan of 3T — test, trace and treat to the farthest corners of the Jalandhar after the state government on Friday promulgated this slogan in a virtual event aimed at interacting with the youths to engage them in the war against this pandemic. Meanwhile, ‘I am vaccinated’ stickers and batches were launched during the event, which would be displayed on the vehicles of persons who have got themselves vaccinated to further promote the vaccination drive in the district. The MP said with active participation of youngsters the spread of this virus could be stemmed in the rural areas. TNS JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH IN BANKS Hoshiarpur: Youth will be provided better employment opportunities in big banks and financial institutions in the district. Addressing a meeting of cluster heads and branch managers of private banks and financial institutions at the District Administrative Complex on Friday, DC Apneet Riyat said the main objective of this meeting was to provide more than 100 jobs in the banking sector to wellqualified and fresh pass out youths in the district. She said there was a lot of employment potential in banks and next month the focus would be on getting employment for them in major private banks. OC MP TEWARI OPENS DEV PROJECTS Nawanshahr: MP Manish Tewari inaugurated the Banga power house of the Power Corporation, which has been upgraded from 132 MW to 220 MW at a cost of Rs 16 crore. He said with the increase in the capacity of this power house, smooth and uninterrupted power supply will be ensured in the Banga area. He also inaugurated a water supply project at a cost of Rs 42.53 lakh at Bisla village which would provide clean drinking water to people of the area. Apart from this, he also handed over ownership letters of 36 plots of 5 marla each to the homeless people of Banga constituency. TNS F&CC MEET TO BE HELD ON MAY 31 Jalandhar: A meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation will be held on May 31. The meeting will be attended by Senior Deputy Mayor Surinder Kaur, Deputy Mayor Harsimranjit Singh Bunty and members of the committee councillors Gian Chand and Gurwinderpal Singh Bunty Nilkanth. The agendas include laying of sewer lines at various areas, development of infrastructure, and construction of streets. TNS ONE ARRESTED WITH INTOXICANTS Hoshiarpur: The district police arrested a man and seized narcotics from his possession. The accused has been identified as Gurpreet Singh, alias Kali, a resident of Dihana village. On seeing police party, he tried to flee but was apprehended by the cops. During search, the police found 20 gm of intoxicating powder from him. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered. OC DEMI LOVATO OPENS UP ON HER INSECURITIES AND FEARS PAGE 3 ANKIT TALKS ABOUT BEING PART OF INDIAN PRO MUSIC LEAGUE The American singer has opened up on fears saying they cut their hair to be free from gender and sexuality norms. MAX 42°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:25 PM PAGE 4 Singer Ankit Tiwari made his television debut with Zee TV’s singing reality show Indian Pro Music League recently. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:24 AM SATURDAY | 29 MAY 2021 | JALANDHAR 10 succumb to virus, Now, NGO Aakhri Umeed to 497 new cases in dist ferry Covid patients at just ~11 Toll 1,359 with 3,937 active cases for now Starts ambulance service for those who can’t afford exorbitant rates Tribune News Service C VID-19 HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS PANDEMIC Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 28 With 497 new cases reported on Friday, the district tally increased to 59,395. The health authorities reported 10 Covid-19 related deaths today. With this, the toll reached 1,359. As many as 54,099 patients have recovered from the virus in the district. At present, the district has 3,937 active cases. The district today again witnessed a spike in cases as they reached near 500. During the last few days, positive cases hovered between 350 and 400. In the last three days, the district witnessed 33 deaths. Eleven people fell prey to the virus on May 26, 12 on May 27 and 10 today. ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 497 59,395 10 1,359 54,099 3,937 ■ 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/ and of them, 111 new cases were reported from the district, while 16 patients were reported from other districts. The number of active cases is 1,787, while 25,414 patients have recovered. The deceased have been identified as 50-year-old woman of Tihara village and a 38-year-old man of Samundra village, who died at Jalandhar hospitals. A 42year-old patient of Garhdiwala died at Medical College, Amritsar. Hoshiarpur reports 3 deaths The district reported three more Covid-19 fatalities on Friday, taking the death toll to 904, while 117 new cases pushed the infection count in the district to 26,232. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the reports of 3,813 samples were received 4 die, 84 test +ve in K’thala In Kapurthala, the health authorities reported 84 positive cases today, thus taking the tall to 16,392. The authorities reported four deaths in the district today. The deceased include a 50-yearold woman from Talwansi Chaudrian village, a 58-yearold man from Sabuwal village, a 60-year-old woman from Jatike village and an 85year-old woman from Fattu Dhunga village. Nawanshahr: Dip in cases The district is witnessing a steady decline in number of daily Covid cases. On Friday, as many as 27 persons were found Covid positive. Two blocks — Urban Nawanshahr and Urban Rahon reported zero cases. Two persons from Sujjon block succumbed to the virus. The deceased were identified as 70 and 59 yearold-men. The recovery rate in the district is 92%, while the total number of cases in Nawanshahr are 10,937, and active cases stands at 560 (540 from Nawanshahr and 20 from other districts). Jalandhar, May 28 NGO Aakhri Umeed on Friday launched an ambulance service equipped with oxygen facility which would be available to poor patients at just Rs 11 from now onwards. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori along with eminent environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal performed the formal launching. Since the onset of the second wave of the coronavirus, there had been an increasing demand of ambulances to ferry patients to the hospitals safely. An unreasonable amount being charged by private ambulance operators had left people hanging in balance. Also, the free ambulance service to ferry patients to hospitals remained occupied forever. “With an alarming rate of increase in Covid cases, it was hard to see people pleading ambulance drivers to cut their cost. Hence, we decided to provide ambulance service to the needy,” said Jatinder Pal Singh, the president of the NGO, also its founder. He said the service will not only be restricted within the district, but will expand to other districts and states as well. Jatinder Pal Singh added that to begin with just one Environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal along with DC Ghanshyam Thori launch ambulance sewa @ Rs 11 for the needy and underprivileged sections of society in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO ambulance had been started and depending on the response and demand, another ambulance would be brought into service. Lauding the efforts of the NGO, the DC described it as a real service of the masses. He said that any needy person desirous of availing the benefits of this ambulance service could call at 9115560161. He said that in the present Covid crisis when the healthcare system was under acute pressure, the efforts of NGOs like Aakhri Umeed was a ray of hope for the masses. He also said that the work of these NGOs was acting as an inspiration for the other masses to serve the needy and underprivileged people in this hour of grave crisis. Jatinder Pal Singh apprised the DC and Baba Seechewal about the efforts being made by the NGO for the welfare of the people. He said that the NGO had till now cremated more than 500 dead bodies of Covid infected patients besides providing relief to the family members of needy patients. Jatinder Pal Singh said that the NGO had also been providing food, medicines, and clothes to the needy people at Rs 11. Notably, the NGO is already helping people to cremate those who succumbed to Covid-19. From bearing the cost of the PPE kits to bringing the bodies to the cremation ground, the NGO has been providing all its services for free. On an average, the volunteers of Aakhri Umeed cremate 7 to 9 bodies in a day. The NGO operates from Babreek Chowk, near the Football Chowk and the volunteers do not draw any salary. 2 brothers killed Nurse commits suicide in her Admissions via in road accident apartment, leaves no note online portal not feasible: Colleges Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 28 Two brothers were killed in a road accident on the JandialaPhagwara Road here on Friday. The brothers, identified as Harkanwal Singh (41) and Jatinder Singh (38), residents of Talhan village in Jalandhar, were killed on the spot after a tempo hit the Alto car in which they were travelling. They were going from Jandiala to Dadowal when their car collided with a pick-up coming from the other side. The driver of the tempo was seriously injured in the accident and was admitted to the Nakodar Civil Hospital. A case under Sections 279, 304-A, 427 of the IPC has been registered against the tempo driver at the Jandiala police station. Police station in-charge Gurvinder Singh said, “Both the persons were real brothers who hailed from Talhan village. Their family came to the police station and took their bodies. As per information, they were going to meet relatives from their village.” Jalandhar, May 28 A nurse working with a private hospital on Friday committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in the apartment where she was staying. The victim, identified as Razia Sultana, hailed from Pasla village in Phillaur, but was putting up in an apartment at Makhdoompura locality. SHO, Division No.4, Rashpal Singh said he got the information of the suicide at around 4pm. “By the time we reached the spot, the victim’s body had already been brought down. Since the nurse did not reach the hospital (Caremax Hospital) where she worked today as per the duty roster, the authorities kept on calling her on her phone but to no avail. Since she lived near the hospital, they sent a staffer to her apartment to check why she was not picking up the phone. He kept knocking at her door but there was no response. An inquiry was made from neighbourers in the presence of whom the door was forced open. They found the body hanging and brought it down,” said the SHO. The SHO said since the door was bolted from inside and there was no sign of anyone forcing in, it seemed to be a clear case of suicide. “The family of the victim too reached here from Phillaur and we are probing the case all angles to ascertain the reason why she took the extreme step. No suicide note was found. Her neighbourers said a person had visited her in the morning, but no one has any clue of his identity. We have sent the body for a postmortem and started inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC,” said the SHO. 4-yr-old makes waves in modelling world Has done ads for Goon Diapers, Zara, Partykles, Reliance Trends & Ajio brands Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 28 He was just a six-month-old baby when he first appeared in an advertisement. Now at 4, he is already the brand ambassador of at least half a dozen brands. Doe-eyed, Pratyaksh Bhalla is a blueeyed boy from Jalandhar who has grabbed the attention of kid brands bagging a number of endorsements even amidst the pandemic. While he served as a model for Sri Lanka-based Goon Diapers when he was just 6month-old, he strutted in designer brand PartyklesLittle Tag’s assortment of niche party wear at one and a half years. At the age of 2, he was modelling for Ajio and this March his dapper pictures for First Cry’s summer collection did the rounds. Huge posters and banners of various Jalandhar brands also flashed huge posters of the four-year-old in an array of clothes. While his long golden tresses grabbed eye balls when he was one year old, even with the now much shorter hair, is still the favourite little brand amabssador of a number of brands. Shelly Kapoor Bhalla, a former lecturer and a doting mother to Pratyaksh, says, “He first caught the fancy of Sri Lankan brand Goon Diapers when he was just a baby. I took home to Delhi for the shoot then. Soon after, an array of other endorsements followed. many have Pratyaksh Bhalla searched him out through Facebook. There are others who picked him out at random events. At a ramp walk for Raunak events, where he stood first, a firm took fancy c m y b to him. Days later he was the face of a fertility hospital.” She adds, “I have been to Delhi and Bangalore among other places for Pratyaksh’s endorsement shoots. He is faired and golden haired, and immensely camera friendly. Everyone seems to love him. He has modelled for Partykles, Zara, Reliance Trends, Ajio, Horlicks and First Cry. There are others with whom projects are in the pipeline.” While Pratyaksh’s father is a businessman, his mother quit her job to tend to her son. She takes him to all the places where they are called for brand shoots. When talking about why a Jalandhar-based boy has captured the fancy of the biggest brands, Shelly says, “While he is lovely to look at, he is also brilliant at modelling. He makes poses, squats, stands, leans on walls, and strikes different poses for a photograph. He never throws a tantrum and loves all the attention he gets, himself posing with varied postures for shoots. His amiability and willingness makes him a favoured choice of many brands.” Shelly says while Pratyaksh is just a kid and has now idea of the magnitude of the attention he gets, he is also oblivious to the meaning of all this. “He does not know the meaning of these shoots. For him, it’s just good fun. He just jumps around and poses and for him it is just like an outing. We are happy that our son is helping smiles on people’s faces.” Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 28 Even as the state government has taken a decision to hold online admissions for all colleges falling under Panjab University, Punjabi University and Guru Nanak Dev University through the Saanjh Online Admission Portal in view of the Covid situation this time, the college authorities have termed it “irrational and inappropriate”. While a majority of students and parents are satisfied with the decision as they do not want to travel in the pandemic time and want the entire process to get completed sitting at home, the college managements and principals are of the view that it would be an unsuccessful plan with already low admissions last year. President of Principals’ Association and Principal of Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, Dr Gurpinder Samra said: “We have already seen that the common online admission counselling for BEd and BTech has been almost a failure. Most students prefer to take admission directly by approaching the colleges of their choice. People in Punjab, especially in rural areas, are not yet fully prepared for the online system of admission. Many of them are not used to making digital payments. Students in general have a very casual approach towards admission and do not check the facts well. In such a scenario, the colleges which have an attractive portal instead of a more qualified While a majority of students and the parents are satisfied with the decision, the college managements and principals are of the view that itwillbeanunsuccessfulplan with already low admissions last year staff will have an edge.” He said, “I will suggest the government to keep both online and offline options open. The students who want to visit the colleges, see the infrastructure, check out the prospectus, take manual counselling, explore more and take the help of our dedicated staff at the already established counselling centres should be allowed the offline option as well.” While the Centre is yet to decide about conduct of board examination for Class XII, most colleges, it is learnt, have already started provisional admissions. The college authorities said: “We cannot refuse anyone approaching us directly, so we are doing provisional admissions as well. Already most students in Punjab are looking to go abroad for higher studies. We need to keep them engaged with us.” Dr Kawaljit Kaur, Principal, Mata Gujri Khalsa College, Kartarpur, also condemned the state government’s decision of common online counselling. “Educational institutions are already battling with a fall in students’ strength. The government’s plan to centralise the admissions for various courses in all its colleges is a bad decision.”
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