02062021-JTR-01.qxd 6/1/2021 11:18 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE RCF ROLLS OUT 15 COACHES OF 3-TIER AC ECONOMY CLASS PAGE 2 The AC 3-tier economy class is expected to offer AC convenience and pleasant travel while keeping it affordable. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 70-GM INTOXICATING POWDER SEIZED Hoshiarpur: The city police have arrested a youth and seized 70 gm of intoxicating powder from him. The police had set up a checkpoint at Khullar Chowk on Monday. Seeing police party, he threw a plastic packet and tried to flee but in vain. On search, the plastic packet thrown by him was recovered and 70 gm of intoxicating powder was found in it. An FIR under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against him, identified as Pankaj Mehra, a resident of Bassi Khwaju in Hoshiarpur. OC AUTOMATED DRIVING TEST TRACK OPENS Hoshiarpur: District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait has issued orders to reopen all liquor vends falling within the district limits from 9 am to 6 pm daily under the restrictions and exemptions imposed in the district due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, she has directed to open the automated driving track run by the Transport Department in the district. She said that this order would be implemented in the district with immediate effect. OC LABOUR PARTY’S MEMO OF DEMANDS Hoshiarpur: A delegation of the Labour Party, led by party leaders Jai Gopal Dhiman and Balvir Chand, handed over a memorandum of demands addressed to Labour Commissioner, Punjab, to Assistant Commissioner Kirpalveer Singh on Tuesday. The delegation demanded to improve the schemes of the Construction Workers Welfare Board and implement them in a timely manner, prevent the neglect of the interests of the workers and appoint the required staff in the offices. They demanded to set up offices at the tehsil level to solve the labour related problems in each tehsil and to set up labour courts in all districts of Punjab. The delegation also sought scholarships for the children of construction workers. OC INTERVIEWS FOR MR CLEAN BEGIN Hoshiarpur: Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait said interviews to fill vacant posts of car washing under the project ‘Mr Clean’ will be conducted from June 2 to 4 at the District Bureau for Business and Employment, MSDC Building, 1st Floor, Government ITI Complex at Jalandhar Road from 10 am to 1 pm. She said the candidates, from various wards of Hoshiarpur city, could take part in the interview by reaching the DBBE. For more information, candidates can get information through the helpline number 62801-97708 of the concerned office. OC RAHON-PHILLAUR ROAD REPAIR BEGINS Nawanshahr: The longpending repair work of RahonPhillaur road was inaugurated on Tuesday by Angad Singh, MLA. The repair work of this 25.6 km long road will cost around Rs 21 crore. He said the issue of repair of RahonPhillaur road had also been raised by him in the Vidhan Sabha and he had met the top officials of the department several times. TNS MURDER & MYSTERY: THE WORLD ISN’T ALL SUNSHINE & RAINBOWS PAGE 3 Zee 5 announces a web series titled Sunflower, a thriller laced with dark humour, which is set to release soon. MAX 39°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:27 PM AMITT SINGH GIVES FULL CREDIT TO PARENTS FOR HIS SUCCESS PAGE 4 On June 1, which happens to be the Global Day of Parents, Amitt K Singh looked back at his favourite memories. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:23 AM WEDNESDAY | 2 JUNE 2021 | JALANDHAR leader dies ~7 crore goes down the drain? Farmbrief illness after PAP Chowk beautification plan fails as bushes planted at site wilted Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 1 Months after the district administration along with the NHAI set up an improvised PAP Chowk at a cost of Rs 7 crore for the smooth traffic flow and beautification, the plan seems to have largely failed. While traffic movement has not got eased much, almost all bushes that were planted here have completely wilted with little chances of their survival even after the onset of monsoon. A city-based activist Gurcharan Singh Channi said, “I have been repeatedly telling the administration that the PAP Chowk plan was a failed one as every evening I get caught up in traffic snarls. Though this problem is not emerging much these days because of less traffic due to lockdown restrictions, the movement will again get hindered once the traffic volume increases.” He said, “It breaks my heart when I see such expensive fully grown bushes planted in hundreds dying. The authorities should have set up a tubewell at Bushes planted at the city’s PAP Chowk recently are crying for attention. SARABJIT SINGH the site for watering these plants. The expensive ficus, ferns, palms, etc, planted here after spending lakhs of rupees did not get the required maintenance from the local authorities.” The beautification of the chowk included works like setting up concrete structures of dancing peacocks and a modular rainwater harvesting system. “But even before the onset of the first monsoon, the entire beautification plan has gone haywire,” remarked Ramanpreet Kaur, a resident of adjoining Ladhewali area. Deputy Mayor Harsimranjit Banti too has demanded the fixing of the responsibility of the huge loss because of the project failure. “The Jalandhar Municipal Corporation must make an XEN or SDO of the Horticulture Department accountable. Anyone who enters the city from the PAP Chowk side gets such a bad impression about the MC for not being able to maintain the entry point. Instead of getting green, the entire chowk now wears a completely wornout look. Why have the officials not paid a heed to ensure proper watering of the plants? Why have the tubewells not been set up right at the site? Even if the water tankers were to be sent twice a day, why was this not done for proper maintenance? If there was a lapse on the part of the contractor on setting up a water source, even he needs to be taken into account. I have already brought the matter to the knowledge of the Commissioner. I hope he acts in the days to come.” Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, June 1 Farm leader Lakhwinder Singh Lakhi, who had been constantly protesting against the three agri laws at Sutehri, died at a hospital in Jalandhar. Lakkhi had fallen ill while sitting on a dharna a few days ago. Harbans Singh Sangha, chief, Azad Kisan Committee Doaba, said those present at the dharna in front of Reliance’s showroom took Lakhi to a local hospital where doctor advised him to get him admitted to a super speciality hospital. Sangha said his family admitted him to a hospital in Jalandhar on May 23 where he breathed his last on May 31. He said Lakhi’s death was irreparable loss both to his family and the Azad Kisan Committee Doaba. “Due to the stubbornness of the Central Government, Lakhwinder Singh Lakhi many farmers are getting martyred. We will return from the borders of Delhi only after getting our demands fulfilled,” said Sangha. He said, “Lakhi had contributed a lot to this dharna and also gave financial assistance. His contribution will be written in the history of this dharna.” Tributes will be paid to Lakhi on June 2 at 12.30 pm at the protest site. Admn comes to Cases dip, so does demand for oxygen 4-yr-old girl’s aid Occupancy of Level-2, Level-3 beds also decreasing gradually in dist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 1 In a relief to the family of a four-year-old girl whose foot was severed in a road accident in Kapurthala on Monday, DC Ghanshyam Thori on Tuesday assured complete financial assistance for her treatment by paying Rs 1 lakh to the hospital along with sponsoring medicinal expenditure from the Red Cross Society. However, treatment worth Rs 50,000 has been insured through the Ayushman Bharat Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana. Jalandhar Tribune on Monday carried a story on the 4year-old accident victim, Diksha, and highlighted the problems that her family was facing. Her foot was reattached by doctors after six hours of surgery. Thori said the family members had also approached the administration for assistance as the victim’s father was a daily wager and could not afford treatment expenses. The DC said some relatives of the victim approached him seeking help as the cost of plastic surgery to reattach her severed foot was Rs 2 lakh, which her family could not afford. He said the District Red Cross Society was asked to pay Rs 1 lakh to Joshi Hospital, where treatment of the girl was under way. He assured the family of bearing any additional expenditure so that the family did not face any problem. Hailing the efforts of the Jalandhar administration, Raj Kumar Chaudhary, a social activist, stated that he had brought the incident to the knowledge of the Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, through a WhatsApp group, which the administration had formed to connect with the NGOs. He added that acting swiftly on their request, the DC immediately approved financial assistance for the affected family, besides ensuring treatment worth Rs 50,000 under the Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana. Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 1 With a dip in the number of Covid-19 cases in the district, demand for Level-2, Level-3 (with or without ventilator) beds is also falling gradually. There is also a dip in inflow of patients visiting government and private hospitals. In addition, the requirement of oxygen has also dropped to 100200 cylinders against the demand for over 300 cylinders in a day, nearly a week ago. Dr Sandeep Ahuja, Nodal Officer for isolation facilities at the Civil Hospital, said a number of L-2 and L-3 beds were now vacant in the hospital that otherwise remained occupied during the peak period of the second wave of Covid. “For the last two days, out of 284 L-2 oxygen beds, around 200-220 remained unoccupied. Earlier, the availability of beds used to fluctuate between 120 and 150. Similarly, only 10 L-3 beds out of 38 are at present occupied. This Elated youngsters after receiving the jab at a vaccination centre in Jalandhar on Tuesday. SARABJIT SINGH is the first time in the last two months that the occupancy rate has come down to this extent. However, the beds with ventilator support continue to be occupied by patients,” said Ahuja. The Nodal Officer further said, “Bringing some relief to doctors, a slump in demand for oxygen cylinders has also been recorded since Sunday. The demand at the Civil Hospital has also dropped to nearly 200 cylinders. Likewise, out of 108 L-2 beds with oxygen, about 83 are available at Military Hospital. And out of 16 L- 3 beds, 12 are occupied.” There has been a significant drop in the daily count of Covid cases. Around 500-650 positive cases were being reported daily a fortnight ago, but the number has not crossed the 250 mark in the last three days. Meanwhile, private hospitals treating Covid patients also reported that no new Covid patients were being admitted in hospitals. Dr Baljit Singh Johal of Johal Hospital said for the first time since the surge in Covid cases, only two L-3 beds with ventilator support were booked and the rest remained vacant. Besides, out of 36 L-2 beds with oxygen support, 18 were unoccupied. “It’s been over a week since a dip in the number of Covid patients started and beds are unoccupied. The demand for oxygen too has reduced,” added Johal. Jees Maria, nodal officer at Sacred Heart Hospital, said, “We had to arrange extra oxygen cylinders from outside a few days ago, though we have a plant inside the hospital. Now, the consumption has suddenly gone down. Moreover, the bed occupancy has reduced in most hospitals. The beds with ventilator support have been unoccupied since last week.” Nothing more tragic than losing District reports 179 fresh parents to Covid at young age cases, lowest in 3 months Tribune News Service Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 1 Speak to anyone and you only get to hear stories of loss and despair. People have lost their loved ones to this global catastrophe and are going through a lot. In all this melee, children are the worst affected, as they are losing their parents at such young age. One such family from Chhokra village in Jalandhar is coping with the loss of their beloved family member due to Covid. Baljeet Kaur, a housewife, succumbed to the virus and left behind a 12year-old son and 18-year-old daughter. Kaur was their strength and the family’s backbone. Jaspal Singh, Kaur’s husband, who works in an agriculture workshop and repairs machines, said life is not the same anymore, Navjot Singh (right) takes guidance from his sister. TRIBUNE PHOTO especially for his 12-year-old son Navjot Singh, who comes under the ‘intellectual disability’ category, after his mother’s death. Singh said his son doesn’t have major problems, but still is ‘slow’ compared to others. “Ever since his mother died, he keeps remembering her. He was also dependent on her for studies and other works. His mother used to sit with him during online classes because he would face difficulty while understanding online,” he c m y b said, adding that both shared a special bond. Now, his elder daughter does the job. She sits with him and teaches and guides him in his studies. Jaspal said after his wife’s death, he realised that a mother’s void can never be filled. He said Baljeet died 17 days after she was admitted to a hospital in Ludhiana. “Her health deteriorated and doctors couldn’t save her life,” he said, adding that people must take care of themselves because those who lose their family members understand the pain deeply. In another heart-wrenching incident from Ladra village, two children — aged 7 and 3 — lost their father to Covid. As per the information, the father had some trouble finding a job amid the pandemic and this was troubling him. He died in the month of March. Jalandhar, June 1 The district on Tuesday recorded the lowest Covid fresh cases in the past three months, with 179 persons testing positive for the virus in the past 24-hours. Among these, 40 cases belong to other districts. The daily caseload also didn’t cross 250-mark. With this, as per the Health Department, the number of active cases has also dropped to 2,922 from 3,242, the previous day. The number of deaths reported has also been in single digit off late, with seven casualties. The district toll has increased to 1,385 today. At present, total number of confirmed cases in the district is 60,264. Meanwhile, Guran Dass, executive engineer, building and roads department of the MC, died due to Covid on Tuesday. Dass was admitted JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 179 60,264 7 1,385 55,957 2,922 to the hospital on Saturday but his health deteriorated on Tuesday and he lost his battle against Covid. Three die in Hoshiarpur With 146 fresh Covid cases reported in Hoshiarpur district on Tuesday, the tally has increased to 26,717. Also, three new deaths pushed the toll to 918. Out of which, two of them died in Hoshiarpur while the third victim died at GMC- Amritsar. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said samples of 3,824 persons with suspected flu-like symptoms were collected on Tuesday, taking the total number of samples taken in the district to 5,74,872. Nawanshahr reports 2 deaths The district on Tuesday reported two deaths due to Covid, pushing the toll to 330 and the death rate stood at 2.98 per cent. Besides, the district recorded 24 new cases, taking the tally to 11,066. The positivity rate in the district is 4.95%. The deceased have been identified as a 65-year-old woman from Muzaffarpur block and a 38-year-old woman from Saroya. The number of active cases stands at 366, out of which 358 are from Nawanshahr and the remaining 8 are from outside the district. A total of 309 patients are under home isolation.
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