05062021-JTR-01.qxd 6/4/2021 11:18 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE 7 STONE STUDS WORTH ~1.36 CR TO PREVENT FLOODS ALONG BEAS PAGE 2 Kapurthala admn has taken steps to save the Mand area of Bholath and Sultanpur Lodhi from floods in Beas. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY YAMI GAUTAM TIES THE KNOT WITH URI DIRECTOR ADITYA PAGE 3 JAGNOOR TO PLANT 50 SAPLINGS ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Actress Yami Gautam gave everyone a pleasant surprise as she shared the first picture from her wedding. MAX 36°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:29 PM PAGE 4 Jagnoor Aneja, who is known for MTV Love School Season 1&2, has taken a pledge to plant 50 saplings today. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:23 AM SATURDAY | 5 JUNE 2021 | JALANDHAR On the occasion of World Environment Day, Jalandhar Tribune collates the stories of some eco-warriors who are doing their bit to conserve nature and make the city more livable. These activists are of the view that the governments alone cannot make a difference and it is individuals who need to pitch in at small levels, work in synchronisation and take the lead to save our Mother Earth A dose of eco-optimism: Stories of hope & inspiration Promoting ‘green swap’ among residents I N an attempt to encourage residents to indulge in planting saplings, environmental activist, Meenal Verma, has started a new initiative called ‘green swap’. Under this plan, anyone can exchange his extra plant with a new variety option available in ‘swap crate’, which has been set up at an outlet of Mink Organics in Green Model Town. Verma has Environment activist Meenal Verma shows plants up for ‘green swap’ in Jalandhar set rules for the same: “Leave one plant and pick one plant. There are no bookings and plants will be swapped on first-come-first-served basis. Do not try to be oversmart and try to swap with wild plants or weeds.” Showing crates of asparagus, spider plants, snake plants, ferns, lilies, jades, caladiums, pothos and some ornamental plants available with her, she says that she believes that swapping would form a never ending loop and keep people involved. She has a plan for the beginners as well. “We even intend to involve those who are new to gardening and do not own any plants for swapping. They will have to wait till the monsoon arrives,” she said. The green swap also includes exchange of surplus seeds and bulbs. “Labels are a must for such swaps. We are in no way trying to hit the business of nurseries. Our intention is that people resort to gardening. The trigger that we will give will push them towards nurseries for more varieties of their choice,” said Verma. Her group ‘Going Zero Waste’ and FB page ‘Sense by Meenal Verma’ has been promoting the use of bioenzymes at home. INBRIEF 3 SNATCH CASH BAG FROM YOUTH Hoshiarpur: Three bike-borne miscreants snatched a bag containing cash from a youth, who was returning after daily collection. The Bullowal police have registered a case against unidentified persons. Sanjay Kumar, a resident of Vijay Nagar, told the police that around 4.40 pm, he was returning after collection from villages. When he reached near Tara Garh turn, three persons riding a bike snatched the cash bag from him and fled. By the time of filing the complaint, he was not sure about amount of cash. OC ‘Rukh’ app for increasing green cover in region A LMOST everyone across the region knows that the contribution of noted environmentalist Padma Shri Balbir Singh Seechewal’s contribution for conserving the enviornment remains unmatched. But very few people know that he has also turned the technology way for expediting his activities. These days, he’s promoting tree plantation through his app ‘Rukh’. The 59-year-old through his IT team has indexed all varieties of saplings available with him into aromatic plants, ornamental plants, medicinal plants, fruit trees and shady trees among others and listed their availability at various nurseries across A poster on need for plantation Jalandhar, Kapurthala and released by Balbir S Seechewal Sultanpur Lodhi for a free pick up. Even more interesting is the fact that Seechewal maintains a liaison with sapling buyers after their get the sapling and tells them to upload pictures of their trees after two years and at the time when they begin to bear flowers or fruits. His volunteers said around eight lakh saplings had been given to villages across Punjab during the 550th Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev. “Though our target was 5.5 lakh saplings, we went far beyond it. Another change that we have brought is that we are not giving small saplings for plantation as tree guards have to be used to prevent them from being trampled. So, we are giving slightly bigger plants and sometimes even fully grown trees with proper mechanism for transplanting,” said Gurvinder Singh Boparai, a volunteer. Hoshiarpur: The Central Jail administration found six mobile phones after a surprise check on Thursday. Assistant superintendent Des Raj in his complaint to the police said the jail authorities raided a bathroom of barrack number 19 and found five mobile phones, while one was found from the bathroom of barrack number 17. He said the investigation was being done how the mobile phones reached the jail premises. OC TWO ARRESTED WITH INTOXICANTS Hoshiarpur: The district police have arrested two persons, including a woman, and seized intoxicants from their possession. The Model Town police arrested Babli, alias Babbu, a resident of Bhagat Nagar and seized 10 gm of heroin from her. Similarly, the Hariana police seized 18,000 ml of liquor from Tinku, a resident of Pratap Nagar, and arrested him. Cases under the NDPS and the Excise Act have been registered. OC T HROUGH his NGO Dastak Welfare Council, Prof Sandeep Chahal of Doaba College had launched ‘Save butterflies campaign’ in 2009 to save the depleting population of butterflies. He has been organising awareness campaigns since then in different educational institutions. He has engaged students to send across a message to stop butterfly poaching and to Prof Sandeep Chahal during his campaign on motivate people ‘say no to real butterfly frames’ in Jalandhar not to buy real butterfly photo frames, real butterfly earrings, pendants and bracelets. The NGO has been distributing free of cost bonsai variety of citrus plants to the populace which promotes Lemon monarch butterflies species. The members have also motivated farmers to cultivate cabbage in their fields, which promotes the population of cabbage butterflies. Professor Chahal said: “Lemon monarch butterfly helps in the bumper production of kinnow, but it’s also poached, killed and sold for ~ 2,000 per piece and children of age group 10 to 14 years are used by butterfly poachers and smugglers to kill butterflies for ~150 per day.” “There are 24,000 known butterfly species in the world, 1,500 species in India and around 142 species of butterflies in Punjab. Nearly, 300 species of butterflies in India are under the endangered species category. The delicate, multi-colour hued wing creatures traverse upto 5000 km, promote life by pollinating plants, but sometimes get brutally poached and put inside a photoframe, which is a cause for concern,” he said. B EING a scientist himself and seen the use and impact of excessive use of chemical fertilisers, Lupinder Kumar, SubDivisional Soil Conservation Officer, said that he has set up his own kitchen garden on a 5 marla vacant plot of his friend. “I show this plot to all my acquaintances and tell them how they can grow their own veggies without the use of chemicals. I never go to the mandi for buying fruits and vegetables and most needs of my family is met through the produce from this area. I only use vermicompost for my plants and buy 50 kg of this compost at the start of every season. If Lupinder Kumar shows brinjal crop at all I need to buy vegeta- at his kitchen garden in Jalandhar bles, I only procure organically produced stuff from some known farmers.” He said he has hired a gardener who works under his supervision. Lupinder has been spearheading a campaign to set up rainwater harvesting plants in the government buildings for recharging of depleting groundwater table. He has got the plants set up in nearly 20 buildings with a terrace area of nearly 17,000 sqm. He elaborates, “Six new structures for rainwater harvesting are coming up at PAP We have 16 . more plants coming up at Nakodar, Shahkot and Phillaur, besides a tender of ~45 lakh has been floated in which 36 rainwater plants would soon be coming up in 18 government buildings and schools.” — Contributed by Deepkamal Kaur 5 lose life, 163 fresh cases in dist Tribune News Service HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS Jalandhar, June 4 The district has seen a considerable dip in number of deaths and positive cases reported on Friday. With 163 new cases reported today, the tally has increased to 60,901. Also, like Thursday, five Covid deaths were recorded in the district today. With this the toll in the district has risen to 1,399. A total of 57,197 persons have recovered from Covid so far, while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 2,305. woman of Talwandi Chaudhrian village and a 66-year-old man of Saido Bhalana village. 2 succumb to virus in K’thala SIX CELL PHONES FOUND IN JAIL ‘Join hands to say no to real Leading a drive to set up butterfly photoframes’ rainwater harvesting plants 20 test +ve in Nawanshahr Kapurthala district today saw considreable rise in number of Covid cases with 162 persons testing positive for the disease. The tally in the district is 16,953 and with two persons succumbing to the deadly virus, the toll has increased to 486. The deceased in Kapurthala today include a 62-year-old A total of 20 patients tested positive for Covid in the district today. With this, the tally has increased to 11,136. The district now has 316 active cases, of which 265 are under home isolation. The number of recovered cases is 10,494 (94.23 per cent). The maximum number ■ Ambulance helpline: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 163 60,901 5 1,399 57,197 2,305 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Dist Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ of cases had been reported from Balachaur block until last month, but today, the block reported only one case and Urban Banga did not report even a single case. Samples of various people are being collected everyday on basis. Out of the total samples collected today, report of 1,030 samples is awaited. As many as 27 patients are admitted in L-II and 12 in LIII Covid care facilities in local hospitals. 93 new cases in Hoshiarpur The district reported 93 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, lowest in the last two months, taking the infection tally to 27,095. With one more death, the fatality figure reached 926 on Friday. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra said with the acquisition of 3,701 new samples, the total number of samples taken in the district till date had reached 5,85,902. As per the reports received from the lab, 5,55,538 were negative, while 4,551 reports were still awaited and 538 were invalid. Of the 3,033 samples received on Friday, 87 new cases of Covid-19 were traced, while six were reported from other districts. The number of active cases is 1,086, while the number of patients who have recovered is 27,007. The patient who died today was a 68-year-old woman of Bhaliala village in Bhunga block. She died at a private hospital in Hoshiarpur. ADMISSIONS ARE ON Teachers at Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Nehru Garden, on duty for fresh admissions to Class XI in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH ‘No vacation’ for govt schoolteachers in city Tribune News Service Three arrested with Rana’s aide opposes 1-kg heroin, pistol Khaira’s re-induction Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 4 The Jalandhar Rural Police on Friday busted a gang of drug smugglers and seized 1-kg heroin from the possession of three accused at the Sutlej bridge in Shahkot. The accused have been identified as Hansraj Singh, alias Hans, Kulbir Singh, alias Lakha and Balwinder Singh, alias Gopi, all residents of Latianwala village in Kapurthala. Senior Superintendent of Police Naveen Singla said that a team, led by SP (D) Manpreet Singh Dhillon, DSP Shahkot Davinder Singh, on Friday nabbed the three accused while conducting checking at Sutlej bridge. He stated that the police team stopped a car bearing number PB09AG9419 and seized 1-kg heroin from the possession of the three accused adding during further checking the police party also found one pistol and a magazine from the dashboard of the car. The SP said accused Han Raj and Kulbir Singh were already booked under the NDPS Act, while Hans Raj was on bail in an attempt to murder case. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 4 A protégé of Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjit Singh, Amandeep Singh Gora Gill, on Friday outrightly opposed the re-induction of Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira into the Congress. Addressing a press conference, Gill said Khaira had back-stabbed everyone for his personal political gains. “He left Congress to join Aam Aadmi Party which had a strong wave. He left AAP to float his own party, Punjab Ekta Party, wherein he also supported Paramjit Kaur Khalra, wife of c m y b slain human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra. By rejoining Congress, he had ditched Khalra again”, he said. Gill touched Khaira’s family’s political background. “Khaira has been Akali in the past. His father Sukhjinder Singh was SAD minister but the party edged Khairas out after Jagir Kaur had occupied more importance from the constituency. He had no option but to join Congress even then. But the party workers are not happy with the move and many had decided to hold a protest demanding his ouster from the party”. Jalandhar, June 4 Even as it has been 12 days since summer vacation started in schools, teachers have not got a break for even a single day. Remaining busy with admission work, especially for Class XI, they say students from their own school as well as various private ones are making a beeline for admissions. Some city schools, including those at Nehru Garden, Model Town and Ladowali Road, have been getting a lot of queries for admissions and the schools have had to set up help desks deploying senior teachers right at the entrance of the gates. The teachers said this was the time when they were getting books from the department for distributing them free of cost to children. A LOT OF QUERIES FOR ADMISSIONS ■ Some city schools, including those at Nehru Garden, Model Town and Ladowali Road, have been getting a lot of queries for admissions and the schools have had to set up help desks deploying senior teachers right at the entrance of the gates. “We are sending messages daily to parents to collect the books of their children. Even the book supply has been erratic and the work is taking many days to get completed. We are not getting the whole lot of books in one go and the parents have to be called in again and again,” said staff. A bigger problem for staff is the task assigned to distribute ration under the midday meal scheme to all the stu- dents studying in Classes I to VIII. Even the allocation made to all schools as the cost of cooking meals has to be reimbursed in all the bank accounts of the students. “This is such a tedious job and even the bank staff does not like to cooperate with us. Going to every child’s home after making packs of ration after proper division is a Herculean task,” said teachers. They said they got fresh circulars for new assignments almost every day. “We also have directions to keep in touch with the students for studies on a daily basis. We also have directions to use all grants by this month for the purpose of renovation of school buildings and designing its walls with colourful, educational material,” they said, adding that vacation is in name only.
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