30052021-JTR-01.qxd 5/29/2021 11:26 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE 54-YEAR-OLD SECURITY GUARD MURDERED IN THE CITY A 54-yr-old security guard was brutally murdered in Adarsh Colony near Kapurthala Chowk in the wee hours. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF TWO HELD WITH 60 LIQUOR BOTTLES Hoshiarpur: The Model Town police arrested two persons and seized 45,000 ml (60 bottles) of liquor from their car. The accused were arrested near Purheeran and had been identified as Jatinder Kumar of Bhagat Singh Nagar locality and Shashi Kumar of Sunder Nagar, Hoshiarpur. Both have been booked under the Excise Act. Meanwhile, the Dasuya police seized 10,000-litre illicit liquor (lahan) and seven tarpaulins used to store it. Acting on a tipoff, the police conducted a raid at Rajpur village in the Mand area, seized the lahan and destroyed it on the spot. An FIR under Sections 61,1, and 14 of Excise Act was registered. OC 84 LIQUOR BOTTLES SEIZED, 2 ARRESTED Hoshiarpur: The district police have arrested two persons and seized 84 bottles of smuggled liquor from their possession. The Dasuya police arrested Jorawar Singh, a resident of Tajewal village under Chabbewal police station, and seized 66 bottles of liquor from him. Also, the Hariana police arrested Gurinder Pal, alias Giddu, a resident of Bhagowal village under Sadar police station and seized 18 bottles of liquor from him. Cases under Sections 61,1 and14 of the Excise Act have been registered against the accused. OC BJP’S OBC FRONT DONATES BLOOD Hoshiarpur: A blood donation camp was organised on Saturday at Bhai Ghanaiya ji Blood Bank by BJP’s OBC Morcha led by district president Ashwani Vig . On this occasion former minister Tikshan Sood, Suresh Bhatia, in charge of Seva Hi Sangathan and other leaders were also present. A total of 20 units of blood were donated. Ashwani Vig said that under the BJP’s ‘Sewa Hi Sangathan’ campaign in Punjab, the activists of the OBC Morcha made their contribution by donating blood in the battle against Corona. Tikshan Sood said that this blood donation will prove helpful to save the lives of many patients in this hour of crisis. He said that BJP workers consider politics as a medium of service. OC WOMAN NABBED UNDER NDPS ACT Hoshiarpur: The Tanda police seized intoxicating powder from a woman on Friday and arrested her. A police party was patrolling near Jiwan Palace stopped a woman on suspicion. On checking, in presence of Inspector Ramandeep Kumar, 42-gm intoxicating powder was recovered from her. An FIR under the NDPS Act has been registered against her by the police. OC MASKS, FRUITS DISTRIBUTED Jalandhar: To mark the death anniversary of the first Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the members of women wing of the District Congress Committee on Thursday distributed masks, biscuits and fruits to children of slum areas near Chuggiti flyover. Jasleen Sethi, chief of Mahila Congress in Jalandhar, said Pandit Nehru was very fond of children and the best way to pay tributes to the leader was to present goodies to the underprivileged children. TNS PAGE 2 PAGE 3 HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: ACTING IS IN VARDHAN PURI’S DNA DANCE DEEWANE RECREATE THE GOLDEN ERA OF DANCE From serving tea to sweeping floor on sets, Amrish Puri’s grandson has done it all to climb the Bollywood ladder. MAX 42°C | MIN 30°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C | MIN 29°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:26 PM PAGE 4 Contestants and hosts will take you back to the '80s & '90s by performing on some classic retro dance numbers. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:24 AM SUNDAY | 30 MAY 2021 | JALANDHAR Class XII students carry Hamlet’s dilemma over board exams TO BE OR NOT TO BE? All eyes on May 31 SC verdict and June 1 announcement of Education Minister Deepkamal Kaur EXPERTSPEAK Those who have toiled very hard, became good self-learners and held online group discussions, are in favour of holding the exams for they are striving for top colleges in the country. But those who adopted a laidback attitude are the ones who want these to be cancelled. I have been attending webinars of the CBSE and guess it will be a 90-minute exam based on MCQs for all major subjects. Exams may be held in two rounds one starting around July 15 and the second by August 1 - so as to give a second chance to any student affected due to Covid in the first round. Dr Rashmi Vij, PRINCIPAL, POLICE DAV PUBLIC SCHOOL ❝ Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 29 The dilemma facing students of Class XII over whether the board exams will be held or not is much worse than what Hamlet faced (to be or not to be) in the Shakespearean play. Holed up inside their homes since March last year, without any outing with friends, recreation, a completely disrupted routine and above all an unending quandary over how their board examination and pending entrance examination would be, the Class XII batch of 2020-21 students are going through a lot so to say. The prevailing situation has only made it more difficult to handle the mental stress that students are going through. Kavya Sharma, a commerce student, said: “You just cannot imagine the level of boredom that has set in. I have stopped studying since the board examination got postponed. I just cannot pull on. It was getting beyond I could bear. I will restart only when the CBSE announces the new datesheet. My life only revolves around checking news updates on the CBSE’s latest planning or ❞ any likely change in the pattern now.” Rishita Handa, a non-medical stream student, says: “I am in favour of cancellation of board examination like those of Class X and giving average marks on the basis of our practical examination, viva and assignments for these were our live performances. I am not for giving marks on the basis of unit tests, as these were held online and most students had indulged in cheating. I do not think holding examination in this situation will be possible anytime soon and soon a way out will have to be decided.” Students said they were now impatiently waiting for the Supreme Court verdict on the plea for cancellation of the board examination, which is expected on May 31. If the court allows the conduct of exams, an announcement on finer modalities and other issues is likely to be made by the Union Education Minister on June 1. Teachers feel the situation has led to a majority of students praying for cancellation. Having had no regular classes throughout the year, remaining completely independent with respect to studies and having had no regularity, the situation has led to Dist sees 8 Covid deaths, 254 new cases HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 29 With 254 persons testing positive on Saturday, the district tally reached 59,649. Not only this, eight Covid deaths were also reported, taking the toll in the district to 1,367. As many as 54,521 persons have recovered from Covid in the district, while the number of active cases is 3,761. ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE ■ 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/ Health staff collect Covid-19 samples from offenders at a naka at a village in Nawanshahr. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH 3 die, 72 +ve in Kapurthala Kapurthala reported 72 positive cases, taking the tally of positive cases to 16,462. Three people also succumbed to the virus in the district, taking the toll to 471. The deceased include a 57year-old woman from Ibrahimwal village, a 60-year- 254 59,649 8 1,367 54,521 3,761 old woman and a 42-year-old man from Phagwara. 3 fall prey to virus, 47 +ve in Nawanshahr The district health authorities reported 47 positive cases on Saturday and three fatali- ties due to the infection. Balachaur and Muzaffarpur areas reported 14 cases each. Rahon and Banga had no case. Just one positive case was reported from Nawanshahr town. Among those who lost their lives on Satur- day are two persons aged 38 and 55 from Muzaffarpur block and a 65-year-old from Saroya block. The total number of positive cases in the district now stands at 10,984 and 322 residents have lost their lives to the infection in the last 14 months. The total number of active cases of the district stands at 484. 2 succumb to virus, 122 +ve in Hoshiarpur With 122 persons testing positive for Covid, the district tal- HOW SEWA KENDRAS LEAD FROM THE FRONT VOLUNTEERS TO CONTAIN VIRUS SPREAD IN VILLAGES Since May 1, Sewa Kendras have provided services to 23,000 persons Hoshiarpur: Calling upon the youth to disseminate the message of Covid-apt behaviour, importance of vaccination and early testing on the first symptom of Covid in their villages, Industry and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora on Thursday said the administration would form a group of seven rural corona volunteers in every village to curb the spread on the directions of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Speaking to media persons after participating in the virtual launch of ‘Mission Fateh 2’ by the Chief Minister, accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait, the minister said the indomitable spirit of the youth can help to wipe out the infectious disease completely by turning the awareness drive into a mass movement in the village. He said these volunteers would work on the golden principle of triple ‘Ts’ formula testing, tracing and treating in the villages besides sensitising the rural folks, paying special attention towards poor and elderly, ease access to Covid control room and helplines, holding thikri pehras and others. He said every volunteer would be honoured with a sports kit and appreciation certificate on August 12 on the eve of International Youth Day. On black fungus cases, he said the district had witnessed only two cases so far and with proper awareness and following guidelines, we can save ourselves from this disease. He appealed to the people to avoid taking unnecessary steroid and contact doctors immediately in case of symptoms. On the occasion, he also released stickers and badges made by the Department of Sports and Youth Services in the district. He said these badges and stickers would be given to the beneficiaries of vaccination to motivate others for taking a jab. Former MLA Love Kumar Goldy also attended the event. OC Hoshiarpur: The district administration through 25 Sewa Kendras have delivered more than 23,000 services till Saturday evening since May 1. All Sewa Kendras in the district, including one in the District Administrative Complex, are working zealously to facilitate and provide services without any glitch amid Covid crisis. These citizen services mainly pertaining to some key departments viz, social security, agriculture, health, home affairs, local governments, rural development, revenue, labour, transport, sanjh kendra and services related to Aadhaar card. The major services, which had been provided in this tough time, are affidavits, certificate of residence, birth, old-age pensions and Aadhaar card updation. Buoyed over the smooth functioning of Sewa Kendras across the district, Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait said there was 0.05 per cent pendency of applications in Sewa Kendras as total 2,30,374 applications had been received of which 2,21,209 were approved, while 2,938 were under process besides 5,524 rejected due to incomplete forms and information. Out of these applications received in last one year, 473 were under objections, informed Riyait, adding that the applications were being processed on fast track with a task to ensure delivery of services well before the stipulated time frame in compliance with the Transparency Act-2018. The district administration has also started the courier service to deliver the services at the doorsteps of applicants. She informed that under this initiative, nearly 6,000 documents had already been dispatched to homes of the applicants during last three months. As per the decision of state government, appointment system has also been rolled out, which received a overwhelming response especially amid Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the District Governance Coordinator Ranjit Singh stated that all Covid safety measures were being ensured in Sewa Kendras besides helping general public with tents outside Sewa Kendras, where needed. He reiterated that the district administration was delivering citizen services to people without any delay in a transparent manner. In case of any grievance, citizen can call on 1905 state helpline number for registering any complaint with respect to service delivery, he added. OC ly reached 26,348 on Saturday. Two deaths were also reported, taking the toll to 406 in the district. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra said the number of active cases is 1,620, while the number of patients who have recovered is 25,701. On Saturday, six patients were reported from other districts, while 116 were from other health blocks. The total number of Covid-19 samples taken till date is 5,64,354, of which, 5,34,386 tested negative, while 4,994 reports were still awaited and 446 samples were invalid. Among the dead were a 67-year-old New Nangal village resident and a 68-year-old Sahri village resident, who died at a private hospital in Hoshiarpur. — OC PILOT PROJECT TO PROVIDE COVAXIN AT AFFORDABLE RATES Jalandhar: In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the state, the district administration led by DC Ghanshyam Thori on Saturday came up with a pilot project to provide Covaxin vaccination facilities to citizens at affordable prices in the city. The DC said the district relief society had procured 1,000 doses of Covaxin, which were being administered at three-session sites — HMV, KMV and Lyallpur Khalsa College. Anyone above 18 years can book vaccination slot by visiting the link www.citywoofer.com/event/vaccinationdrive. He said the booking would have to be done via the site as no spot registration and payment would be accepted. He said the administration through the district relief society was providing this vaccine at a price that is less than half the amount being charged by private hospitals. He said the registered beneficiaries could visit the session sites concerned between 10 am and 2 pm daily. All citizens must carry their Aadhaar card, confirmed booking slip, and other necessary documents at the time of their visit to three-session sites. TNS a huge divide. Dr Rashmi Vij, Principal, Police DAV Public School, believes: “Those students who have toiled very hard, became good self-learners and held online group discussions, are in favour of holding examination for they are striving for top colleges in the country. But those who adopted a laidback attitude and believed that the situation will not normalise are the ones who want cancellation of exams. I have been attending webinars of the CBSE and my guess is that it will be a 90-minute examination based on MCQs for all major subjects. Examination may be held in two rounds – one starting around July 15 and the second by August 1 – so as to give a second chance to any student affected due to Covid in the first round.” Post Covid ICU, O2 plant set up in city Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 29 To augment healthcare infrastructure amid pandemic, DC Ghanshyam Thori on Friday launched the city’s first post Covid ICU along with a PSAbased oxygen generation plant at Shrimann Super Specialty Hospital situated at Pathankot Road, Jalandhar. While inaugurating the plant, the DC said this plant would ensure production of medical oxygen at the rate of 750 liters per minute. He further added that this plant would help tackling the third wave if it hits Jalandhar. He said the district had become selfreliant in terms of oxygen generation. The DC also added that the district administration had appealed to all private healthcare institutions and industries to install their own oxygen plants to become self-reliant following which NHS Hospital, Patel Hospital and New Ruby Hospitals had started their own oxygen generation plants. While interacting with the hospital Directors Dr VP Sharma, Dr Harmeet Paul Singh, Dr Rajiv Bhatia and Dr Ajay Marwaha, Deputy Commissioner also reviewed the Covid-19 facilities in the hospital. Thori also inaugurated 10bed Post Covid ICU in the hospital for the care of Covid-19 patients. Medical Director Dr VP Sharma briefed that even after getting Covid-19 negative reports, patients who had lung damage due to viral pneumonia required intensive care support. Honey trap: ASI among four arrested in extortion case Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 29 The police on Saturday arrested four persons — an ASI, two women and a man — for implicating gullible people in fake honey-trap cases. The fifth accused is absconding. The police arrested them after a resident, who was also being implicated in such a false case, lodged a complaint with the police. Besides, they would also extort money from innocent people by implicating them in such false cases. After registering FIRs against those who would fall prey to their trap, they used to demand money from them for withdrawing cases. Following a complaint by Harjinder Singh, a resident of Khive village in Nakodar area of the district, the Jalandhar Commissionerate Police arrested five persons, including ASI Kashmir Lal and constable Paramjit Singh, both posted at the Jandiala police sub-station. In his complaint, Harjinder Singh said a few days ago he had come to Jalandhar when a woman called him and asked for financial help on the pretext that her mother was unwell. When the woman met Harjinder Singh near the c m y b A policemen told the victim that if he did not pay them ~10 lakh, they would file a case against him for molesting a woman Lambra police station to collect the money, she sat on the front seat of his car. According to Harjinder, he gave some money to the woman as help but as soon as the woman got out of the car, two cops in uniform reached there and minutes later another woman reached there on an Activa scooter. The policemen told Harjinder Singh that if he did not pay them ~10 lakh, they would file a case against him for molesting a woman. After this, Harjinder Singh, considering his respect in the area, gave them a cheque for ~2.5 lakh. Harjinder further stated that the next day they called him asking to withdraw the cheque and make the payment in cash otherwise a case would be registered against him. Then Harjinder made the payment in cash to them. Harjinder also stated that he suspected that he was being blackmailed after which he lodged a complaint with the Jalandhar Commissioner of Police. The police arrested ASI Kashmir Lal, Ravi Nahar, Prabhjot Kaur and Gurwinder while Paramjit Singh is absconding. A case has been registered against them for illegally extorting money from innocent people. Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said after the complaint was received, a preliminary inquiry was instituted and the accused were subsequently held.
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