01062021-JTR-01.qxd 5/31/2021 11:13 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE GREEN FINGERS: THIS WRITER’S GARDEN IS HER CREATIVE RETREAT PAGE 2 Rajinder Kaur is a nature lover and her garden, which boasts of 400 plants, bears testimony to her love for plants. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF CHEMICAL TANKER RAMS INTO TRUCK Juhi Chawla, who has been doing her bit for the environment, is concerned about the safety of the people. MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:27 PM FREE DIESEL FOR AMBULANCES Garhshankar: The Reliance Petroleum fuel station at Panam village has offered to help the government fight Covid-19 and help the people. Under its initiative, 50 ltrs of diesel will be filled in the ambulance from the company’s petrol pump near Panam village on the GarhshankarChandigarh road daily. The initiative was launched by petrol pump owner RS Pathania by filling free diesel into an ambulance today. He said the company had decided that 50 ltrs of diesel would be given free to the vehicles deputed on Covid duty by June 30 at all the petrol pumps. Garhshankar Civil Hospital SMO Charanjit Pal and Samundra police post incharge Paramjit Kaur were also present on the occasion. OC MAN BOOKED ON ASSAULT CHARGE Hoshiarpur: Mehtiana police have booked a person for allegedly assaulting his mother-in-law. According to information, Amandeep Kaur, wife of Pardeep Kumar, a resident of Mana village, lodged a complaint with the police. She said her mother Sukhwinder Kaur had come to meet her at her in-laws’ house. During the visit, her husband Pardeep Kumar allegedly assaulted her (mother), abused her and threw her out of the house. She got her mother admitted to a hospital in Mahilpur. The police have registered a case. OC DON’T BATHE IN SUTLEJ, SAYS SSP Nawanshahr: SSP Alka Meena has made an appeal to all residents of the district and said the DC has imposed a complete ban on bathing in the Sutlej and Bist Doab Canal because of high water flow. She said this carelessness could lead to loss of life and she also appealed to the parents to take care of their children so that they did not go for bathing in the river or canal. The police have been directed to carry out special checking and keep a strict vigil at such places. Four youths belonging to Balachaur had drowned when they had jumped into Sutlej to get respite from scorching heat. TNS TULSI KUMAR ACHIEVES ANOTHER FEAT WITH HER SONG IS QADAR SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:23 AM DEEP DIVIDERich 18+ book slots after paying at special session sites Jalandhar, May 31 While the 18-plus privileged class is able to book vaccine slots at special session sites for ~543 to ~1,200, no free vaccine is available at the government sites for others in the same age group, for the past four days. The eagerness with which the Covaxin for the 18 to 44 age group was awaited can be guaged from the fact that once online slots were announced by the DC a day ago, 1,000 doses of paid vaccines flew off the shelf within an hour. As per the district administration, until now, 1,100 more slots have been booked online for Covaxin in the age group of 18 to 44. The scenario clearly speaks volumes of the disparity which exists in vaccines Youngsters at a vaccination centre for Covaxin dose after having booked a slot after payment in Jalandhar on Monday. SARABJIT SINGH. between the poor and the rich. While the 18-plus vaccine trials got off to a fair start, in the initial phase 38,000 free vaccines were administered to people in the said age group. However, when the Health Department ran out of vaccines, the online booking for paid vaccines was started by the DC as a part of a pilot project. These paid vaccines are available for Rs 543 via online bookings for vaccination centres at HMV KMV and Lyallpur Khal, sa Colleges. Meanwhile, paid Covaxin drive has also been started for ~1,200 at the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences. However, if someone in the age group of 18 to 44 is unable to pay between Rs 543 to Rs 1,200 for the jab and they want to get vaccinated, they will just have to wait for the state supply to resume. District Immunisation Officer Dr Rakesh Chopra said, “We are currently awaiting vaccines. They haven’t been received for the past four days. Hence, 18 to 44 age group free vaccine drive currently remains stopped. But once the vaccine arrives, we expect to vaccinate a large number of people. As per instructions, 20 special sites have been created for the initial phase of the vaccine, which saw 38,000 people getting vaccine doses. But currently, we await the Covishield vaccine supply to resume free vaccine for the age group.” Chopra also confirmed that vaccines have also been bought by about 10 private hospitals, who will also start administering it on a paid basis soon. Deputy Commssioner Ghanshyam Thori said: “We have had an overwhelming response to the online bookings for 18 to 44 age group for Covaxin. Around 1,000 doses were booked in an hour and in the next 24 hours, 1,100 more doses have been booked. So, we extended doses to 5,000. Based on the response, the drive shall be expanded and more vaccines will be added. It is true that supply of vaccines for the free vaccines in the same age group remains halted but we hope for the vaccines to arrive soon.” Nawanshahr to get 7 deaths, 241 +ve cases in dist oxygen plant soon Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, May 31 Cases in Nawanshahr are on a decline again. The Health Department is getting ready to cope-up with any unseen problem in the future. Soon, there will be a well-established oxygen plant in the district that will help in meeting the requirement for oxygen in patients. Civil Surgeon Dr Gurdeep Singh Kapur said Sun Pharmaceutical would establish the plant and it will be functional within a week. “Until now, Nawanshahr has not reported even a single case where the patient was in dire need of oxygen, but we are still vigilant,” he said. Today, centrient pharmaceuticals India Pvt Ltd today donated 20 oxygen concentrators to the Civil Hospital for patients. These oxygen concentrators have a capacity of 5, 10 and 15 litres that will be provided to the needy patients. The Civil Surgeon said there has been a decline in cases. Centrient Pharmaceuticals Pvt Limited donated 20 oxygen concentrators on Monday. “We have largely focused on identifying people with symptoms and then getting them tested, this is paying off,” the Civil Surgeon said. Meanwhile, 791 persons in the district underwent Covid test who were roaming without masks. Apart from it, a case has been registered against Harwinder Singh of Ward No. 8, Balachaur for opening a grocery shop during lockdown. The SSP Alka Meena appealed to the people not to show indifference towards the Covid rules and not to go out of their houses during lockdown and night curfew. Jalandhar, May 31 With 241 new cases reported on Monday in the district, the total tally reached 60,085 cases. Of the new cases, 37 belong to other districts. Besides, as many as seven Covid deaths were reported. With this, the death tally in the district rose to 1,378. As many as 55,465 people have recovered from the disease in the district while the number of active cases stands at 3,242 in Jalandhar. Kapurthala logs 7 deaths In Kapurthala, 53 people tested positive in the district, taking the tally of positive cases to 16,591. On the other hand, three persons lost their lives to the virus in the district. The deceased have been identified as a 55-year-old woman from Nangal Khera village, a 54-year-old man from Parvez Nagar and an 85year-old man from Phagwara. The death toll has reached 476 in Kapurthala. 3 lives lost in Hoshiarpur The district on Monday reported three more deaths due to the PAGE 4 The singer collaborated with Darshan Raval for T-Series’ Is Qadar and it became an absolute hit with the fans. Jabs for privileged, wait for needy Tribune News Service Garhshankar: A chemicalladen tanker on Sunday night rammed into a stationary truck parked by the roadside here. Both vehicles were damaged in the accident. The truck overturned and fell on a nearby house, causing damages to it. The accident took place as the tanker driver fell asleep while driving resulting into the accident. However, the driver of the tanker escaped unhurt. Joga Singh, who resides nearby the accident site, said when he was going to sleep last night, he heard the sound of a vehicle thudding against his house and he ran out of the house to know what happened. Saila Khurd police post in-charge Mahinder Pal said the tanker driven by Chamkaur Singh, a resident of Upali village under the Dhanola police station in Sangrur, was going to Saila Khurd. OC PAGE 3 JUHI CHAWLA FILES SUIT AGAINST THE IMPLEMENTATION OF 5G JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 241 60,085 7 1,378 55,465 3,242 Covid-19 disease, taking the toll to 914. Besides, 110 new cases pushed the infection count to 26,578 in the district. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the reports of 1,802 samples were received and of them, 204 new cases were from the district while 21 patients were reported from other districts. The number of active cases is 1,328 while 26,235 patients have recovered. Hoshiarpur district reported 100 new cases, while 10 others were reported from other districts. The deceased have been identified as a 28-year-old woman of Nalian Chowk locality in a city village, a 34-year-old woman of Ranhawa Colony in Mukerian, and a 75-year-old patient of Uchi Bassi village. Meanwhile, the district administration on Monday declared Bora, Jassowal and Bihran villages in Posi block of Garhshankar subdivision 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 Ward No. 1. In addition, all positive cases will be shifted to health centres as per the protocol. 3 die in Nawanshahr The district on Monday reported three deaths due to Covid19. Besides, 23 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 11,042. The deceased have been identified as 75-year-old woman from Mukandpur, 83year-old woman from Sujjon block, 73-year-old man from Balachaur. There are 431 active cases in the district, out of which 362 are under home isolation. No cases were reported from Urban Banga and Saroya. TUESDAY | 1 JUNE 2021 | JALANDHAR Farmer’s timely help saves foot of four-year-old Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Kapurthala, May 31 Had it not been farmer Amrik Singh’s timely support and swift action, fouryear-old Diksha could have lost her foot forever. A daughter of a daily wager, she was on Saturday riding in an auto-rickshaw in Brindpur village near the RCF when she met with an accident in which her foot was severed. Amrik Singh, who happened to pass the road after working in his fields, saw a child’s shoe on the road and her severed foot just metres ahead. Vehicles were speeding down the busy Kapurthala-Sultanpur Lodhi road. He immediately picked up her foot and took it into his possession to save it from getting crushed by vehicles. He went home (which was just a few metres away), brought back his car, took along the girl and her two relatives and in 25 minutes reached a private hospital in Jalandhar for surgery. In the hospital, he made an advance payment of Rs 75,000 so that the medical procedure could be started at the earliest. While the accident took place at 11.25 am, the girl was rushed to hospital before noon. The surgery went on for six hours after which the doctors told the family that it went on well and the chances of a good recovery were bright. As her mother Sonia looks back at the two-dayold incident, she recalls, “Had it not been for the help of Amrik Singh, we would have been ruined.” She narrated the whole incident, “My uncle has expired. All my family members, including my mother-in-law and sistersin-law and their children, were riding in an auto-rick- Diksha, daughter of a daily wager, was riding in an auto-rickshaw in Brindpur village near the RCF on Saturday when she met with an accident in which her foot was severed shaw driven by my fatherin-law when a truck coming from the opposite side passed by. Diksha was in my lap. Maybe her foot was hanging outside the auto that it got snapped and Diksha fell off it. We stopped and saw her sitting on the road by herself and thought she was safe. Our effort was more on stopping the trucker and taking on him, not realising what had actually happened. At this stage, Amrik Singh approached us with her foot in his hand. He drove my daughter and my mother-in-law to Jalandhar hospital in his car. By the time we followed him in the auto, the surgery had already started and he had already paid half the expenses.” Sonia says: “The only thing that worries me now is that the doctors have said that the cost of surgery is Rs 2 lakh and we need to pay another Rs 1.25 lakh. We have been told that the Ayushman card cannot be used for this treatment. So, we really do not know how things will work out.” Differently-abled activist asked Covid-19 claims life of to join her duty at Pingla Ghar Paranthe Wale Bebeji TRIBUNE IMPACT Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 31 Differently-abled and an animal activist Raju (41), who had lost her job at Pingla Ghar in Jalandhar, heaved a sigh of relief after being asked to join back her duties. Sticking with their stance of not risking the lives of inmates by the entry of ‘outside staff’, the Pingla Ghar authorities have asked her to continue her duties from her home for now. While the matter was taken up by Deputy Commssioner Ghanshyam Thori with the Pingla Ghar authorities, they assured that Raju shall be continuing her duties at the shelter home for which she shall be paid her entire salary. Raju will be provided the material to sew clothes at her home from where she will do the work. Notably, Raju who had been sewing clothes and teaching ❝ I have been asked to join my duties at the Pingla Ghar from tomorrow onwards. I am very thankful to the DC and the chairman of the Pingla Ghar. I have been working here for the past 25 years and look forward to continue my service. I will be provided the material to sew clothes and will be working from my home. When the pandemic eases, I will be called back to work from the premises. Raju, DIFFERENTLY-ABLED ANIMAL ACTIVIST ❞ sewing to girls at the shelter home had been working at the Pingla Ghar for the past 25 years. The Tribune had highlighted her plight in these columns in a news item published on May 26. Speaking to The Tribune, Raju said, “I have been asked to join back at the Pingla Ghar from Tuesday onwards. I am very thankful to the Deputy Commissioner and the chairman of the Pingla Ghar. I have been working here for the past 25 years and look forward to continue my service. I will be provided the material to sew clothes and will be working from my home. When the pandemic eases, I will be called back to work on the premises.” Established in 1951, by Bawa Sarup Singh, a disciple and descendant of Guru Amar Dass, Pingla Ghar provides food, shelter, clothing, protection and medical treatment to 300 inmates. During the pandemic, the Pingla Ghar authorities have also started the drive to vaccinate their staff members. c m y b Disability activist Amarjit Singh Anand said, “It is a humanitarian step and will provide a huge relief for the activist who has done a lot of humanitarian work in the city and has been toiling hard to make ends meet. It is laudable step by the Pingla Ghar which has been delivering yeoman’s service for the destitute and underprivileged for the past many years.” Senior officials at the Pingla Ghar said the current arrangement (of working from her home) will continue till the pandemic persists, to avoid risking any of the inmates at the Pingla Ghar. However, the officials said when the situation eases, she shall be called back to her work as usual. DC Ghanshyam Thori said, “The issue was conveyed to the Pingla Ghar authorities. Since the cases are on a decline, we have been assured that the employee has been hired back. Henceforth, she will be working at Pingla Ghar. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 31 Having gained popularity through a viral video about six months ago, 70-year-old Paranthe Wale Bebeji who used to make paranthas and serve them to her customers till midnight at the Phagwara Gate market passed away here on Sunday. She died after a brief illness. Riding her cycle and carrying stuff, including wheat flour and boiled potatoes, along, she had become a popular face in the city. The district administration as well as the Punjab State Women Commission had come forward to offer Paranthe Wale Bebeji some financial support. Even CM Capt Amarinder Singh had offered her Rs 1 lakh aid on humanitarian grounds from the CSR funds. Kamlesh Kumari, popularly known as Bebeji, had been running her shop for the past over 30 years. For last 30 years, 70-year-old Paranthe Wale Bebeji continued to serve delicious paranthas to customers Women Commission chief Manisha Gulati paid a visit to her stall. She sat there and savoured her parantha. She had also gifted her a blanket and heard her personal issues for working despite being aged. Bebeji, however, said her children did not earn enough to meet the expenses of her medi- cines and other needs and hence, she always found it more convenient to work and make her own income. She had said she had no grudges against her son and daughter. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori had also presented her a cheque for Rs 50,000 at her residence in Parkash Nagar locality.
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