03062021-JTR-01.qxd 6/2/2021 11:09 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE GYM OWNERS THREATEN TO INTENSIFY THEIR PROTEST PAGE 2 People working in the gym and fitness industry again hit the road to highlight collapse of their business in the city. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF MAN HELD FOR KILLING FATHER Garhshankar: The Mahilpur police claimed to have solved the murder case of an elderly farmer, who sleeping in the cattle shed on the night of May 26. According to the police, he was murdered by one of his sons over a property dispute. The police arrested the accused and produced him in a Garhshankar court, which sent him to two-day police remand. Inspector Satwinder Singh, in-charge, Mahilpur police station, said on May 26, Harbhajan Singh (79), a resident of Tutomjara village, had gone to sleep in a room built in his fields on the katcha road of Dandewal. On the morning of May 27, he was found dead. During the investigation, it came to light that in the property dispute, it was Harbhajan’s son Bhupinder who had killed his father by hitting him on the head with a thick wooden stick. The police had seen blood stains on the accused’s clothes. Bhupinder confessed of murdering his father for property. The police have also recovered the log used in the murder. OC TWO MISSING BOYS FOUND Hoshiarpur: The two boys, who went missing from the Children's Home at Ram Colony Camp, Hoshiarpur, on May 31, were traced by the district police and handed over to the Children's Home management. SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said superintendent, Children’s Home for Boys at Ram Colony Camp, Reena Uppal had lodged a complaint with the Sadar Police Station on May 31 that two boys Karan and Sachin had gone missing from the Children’s Home. A police team, led by SP (Investigation) Ravinder Pal Singh Sandhu, was formed under DSP Jagdish Raj Attri and Sadar police station SHO Bhushan Sekhri. The team found both of them in 24 hours and handed them over to the Children's Home authorities. The police team found Sachin from Hoshiarpur bus stand and Karan from bus stand in Amritsar. OC THERE IS NO OTHER FEELING AS BEAUTIFUL AS LOVE: ASEES PAGE 3 ASHA NEGI TO STAR IN THE WEB SERIES KHWABON KE PARINDEY A total romantic at heart, singer Asees Kaur’s Pyar Diyan Rahan is enjoying a good run with youngsters. MAX 37°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:28 PM Asha Negi is returning on screen with VootOriginal show Khwabon Ke Parindey, which also stars Mrinal Dutt. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:23 AM Jalandhar, June 2 Adopting a tough stance against another laboratory allegedly fleecing patients for Covid testing, the district administration on Wednesday asked the police authorities to probe a complaint received by it in the form of a video made during a sting operation. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori also directed to lodge an FIR, if allegations were found to be true after their investigation. The DC said a complaint against Rattan Labs at Maqsoodan Chowk was received. A decoy patient had visited the laboratory and paid ~900 for RT-PCR test, which is around double the fee fixed by the government for the same. She also recorded a video of the whole incident while taking feedback from other patients who were present there for the test. THURSDAY | 3 JUNE 2021 | JALANDHAR Here fruits & veggies are grown in dirty water HEALTH HAZARD Villages along Kala Sanghian drain are using smelly, chemical-laced water for irrigation Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Kapurthala, June 2 If you happen to visit any of the 125 villages along the 45km-long Kala Sanghian drain in the district, you will be surprised to see how irrigation is being done in agricultural farms falling along the 1-km stretch on either side of the drain. Maybe you will never want to consume any vegetable or fruit grown here. There are no tubewells along the entire belt of agricultural fields. The source of water for irrigation here is the dark, smelly, chemical-laced industrial waste water flowing through the drain. The stench pervasive all around in the environment makes it difficult for anyone to stand near the drain and the fields that are irrigated with this water. Channels have been dug up all along the drain to use its water for irrigating the fields. In all those villages which are on a low gradient from the channel, the flow of water into the fields is not a problem. Water gushes through the short, underground pipes laid along the drain towards the handmade channels going to the fields. The channels of the Activist HS Walia shows contaminated water of the Kala Sanghian drain in Kapurthala being used by farmers for irrigation purposes; and (above) chemical-laced discharge from the drain makes its way into maize fields through channels. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH are taking our entire produce in ❝WeFor our ownand sellingwe buy vegetables fromthe mandi. kitchen, the market. We do not even feed the fodder grown here to our buffaloes for milk and buy their feed from the market. ❞ Sonu, A FARMER OF KALA SANGHIAN VILLAGE fields which are to be irrigated are opened while those where irrigation has been done are plugged using sacks or any other plastic sheets available. In fields which are at a little higher gradient from the drain, pumps have been installed along the channels so that the water could be col- lected in low chambers and then directed towards the fields. These pumps are portable and can be taken to the next fields as and when required. To save power and avoid the use of pumps, many villagers give their fields on contract so that the earth can be dug as deep as one foot or more and the ground level of the fields falls for them to make it easy to use the drain water through simple channels. As of now, most of these villages have been sowing maize. Pumpkins and water melons too are in abundance here. Many villagers who are keeping dairy animals are also growing fodder in these villages. Interestingly, the villagers who are using this water for irrigation know very well the ill-effects of using this contaminated water and hence avoid the vegetables that they grow themselves. Sonu, a farmer of Kala 3 die, 229 catch infection in dist Days after MLA’s plaint, Kapurthala SSP transferred Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 2 With 229 new cases reported today, the district tally has increased to 60,493 and three persons have succumbed to Covid. With the casualties reported on Wednesday, the death toll in the district now stands at 1,389. As many as 56,295 persons have recovered from Covid in the district, while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 2,809. Hoshiarpur reports 4 deaths The district reported four more Covid fatalities on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 922, while 148 new cases pushed the infection count in the district to 28,772. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 229 60,493 3 1,389 56,295 2,809 Singh said reports of 3,420 samples were received and of them, 143 were of persons belonging to the district, while five patients were from other districts. The number of active cases is 1,346, while 26,504 patients have recovered from the disease in the district. Of the four deaths, two patients had died at Hoshiarpur hospitals and one died at a Jalandhar hospital and another in Mukerian. Meanwhile, the district administration on Wednesday declared Kattowal village in Chakkowal block and Lakkhar Patti village of Hajipur block in Mukerian block 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 there. In addition, all positive cases will be shifted to health centres as per the protocol. The official said the areas had been declared microcontainment zones for 10 days. She said legal action under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, would be taken against the violators. 4 deaths in Kapurthala As many as 64 persons tested positive for Covid in Kapurthala today, taking the total number of positive cases to 16,728 and four patients succumbed to the deadly virus. The deceased include a 59-year-old woman from RCF , Kapurthala, a 68-year-old woman from Nangal Lubana village, a 44-year-old man from Phagwara and a 65year-old woman from Chachocki village. The number of total deaths in Kapurthala has increased to 482. Kapurthala, June 2 Just 10 days after Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh went public with his grouse against SSP Kanwardeep Kaur for not being able to control drug mafia in the district, the IPS officer was today transferred to the new district of Malerkotla. She has been replaced with Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh. Rana had told the mediapersons that the SSP had not taken any action against two ASIs who were reportedly involved in drug peddling. He had also alleged that the IPS officer had got reinstated an SI whom he had got removed from the Subhanpur police post. — TNS Another lab found Cancelling Class XII exams fails to ‘fleecing’ patients go down well with academicians Tribune News Service PAGE 4 In a letter to the Jalandhar Commissioner of Police, the administration has asked that the matter should be probed by a senior police officer, besides registering an FIR against the laboratory if the allegations are found to be true. Notably, the district administration in earlier such stances had ordered an FIR against the erring labs and hospitals for fleecing patients amid this unprecedented health crisis. The DC stated that the state government had fixed ~450 for RT-PCR test and no one was allowed to charge beyond this price adding that if anyone is found indulged in malpractices and overcharging would have to face legal action. He also appealed to citizens to file their complaints concerning overcharging and malpractices in Covid treatment at helpline number 0181-2224417 so that severe action could be taken against the erring persons. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 2 Even as the majority of Plus Two students across the city were on Tuesday a happy lot as their board exams for this year were cancelled. But the decision has not gone down well with the academicians who feel that it would have a negative impact on the education system. Teachers and principals of almost all schools here said that the decision had not just impacted the outgoing Plus Two batch but also those who had just entered this class now. The students would become least serious about their studies and would start expecting that this might happen to them as well in the coming year and hence no need to be regular with the subjects. Jatinder Singh, Principal, MGN Public School, Urban Estate, says, “The entire system has gone hotchpotch with the government’s decision. JATINDER SINGH Principal, MGN Public School RACHNA MONGA Principal, Sanskriti KMV School The government has not trusted the school authorities who had assured that they would be able to make all arrangements for the students’ safety. We had already geared up ourselves for conducting 90 marks paper on OMR sheets. Judging the students on the past performance will not bring fair results at least for those whom we inspired to work very hard this year to get enrolled in a better college.” The schools are also worried that many of the children who were aspiring to go in for higher education abroad may get stuck. Rachna Monga, Principal, Sanskriti KMV School, too gave her opinion, “I respect the government’s decision. But as the principal of a school I can say with full conviction that I was capable of safely conducting the examination c m y b of 200 Plus Two students of my school. I have 60 rooms and 120 teachers and I could have adjusted them all well with the strictest of the SOPs. Even an online exam system could have been evolved. It will definitely have a longterm impact on their basic knowledge. The students of medical and non-medical streams are still okay with examination not being conducted for they will be going to colleges on the basis of entrance systems. The worst sufferers will be the students of commerce and humanities stream who aspired to take admission in DU colleges and now might not be able to make it if the evaluation system is not in their favour.” She said, “Now everyone is waiting for the modalities to come out for finalising the assessment system of these students. We are expecting these to come to us in another 15 days or so.” Sanghian village, said, “We are selling our entire produce in the mandi. For our own kitchen, we buy vegetables from the market. We do not even feed the fodder grown here to our buffaloes for milk consumption and buy their feed from the market.” Akali leader HS Walia said, “Just standing near Kala Sanghian drain makes anyone feel giddy, you can imagine the harm that it would be doing to the body when we consume the vegetables grown here. It is high time that the government do something concrete in this regard and ensure that this untreated industrial water is not used for irrigation. Even if the government is to allow this water to be used for agricultural purposes, the quality of the water must be tested on a daily basis by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).” Environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal has taken up the matter with the authorities concerned not release industrial waste into the Kala Sanghian. On his request, even officials, including the Chairman, of the National Green Tribunal have visited the site and passed instructions to the PPCB authorities from time to time but to no avail. The untreated industrial waste continues to flow into the drain. The STP at Basti Peer Daad still works at half the required capacity, thus allowing even the MC sullage to flow into it. Harbir Singh, Senior Environment Engineer, Jalandhar, refused to comment on the issue. WORLD BICYCLE DAY TODAY This septuagenarian cycles for 5 hrs daily Sports bizman Baljit Mahajan (75) had started riding bicycle in 2010 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 2 One of the Jalandharites alltime inspiration 75-year-old sports businessman Baljit Mahajan had started riding bicycle in 2010 and began using Strava App in 2016. Since then, he has recorded 1.55 lakh-km cycling, which has made him the top position holder across the world under the veteran category and overall fourth rank holder in the general pool to have done such long rides. Even on Wednesday, when he was in Gurugram to be with his daughter, he said he had got along his bicycle so that his routine of pedaling 100-km a day does not break. On the eve of the World Bicycle Day, declared by the United Nations General Assembly on June 3 in April 2018, he said: “On my cycle, I have explored almost every nook and corner of the city in the past nearly a month. For almost five hours, including three in the morning and two in the evening, I have been cycling daily for the past many years. My fitness level remains better than most youth despite being a vegetarian.” The day recognises the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transport. At 49, this gynaecologist completes 100-km solo ride ■ At 49, Reena Malhotra (pic), a gynaecologist from the city has completed a 100-km solo ride. She said she became a member of a city women’s cycling club — Ride to Road — last year and has been enjoying her cycle rides every morning since then. ■ Recently, I went for a solo 100-km ride and it was like my dream come true, she says. Dr Malhotra says that she has lost 10 kg since the day she started riding bicycle.
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