07062021-JTR-01.qxd 6/6/2021 11:06 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE AMID PANDEMIC BLUES, ONLINE COUNSELLING IS NEED OF HOUR Residents say decision will ensure that health of students, teachers and administration faculty is not jeopardised. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF THREE ARRESTED WITH LIQUOR Hoshiarpur: The district police arrested three persons and seized a large amount of liquor from them. The Dasuya police arrested two persons and seized 37,500 ml of liquor from them. The accused have been identified as Hrithik, alias Sonu, a resident of Umarpur, and Jaspal, alias Jassa, a resident of Aulian. Meanwhile, the Mukerian police conducted a raid at Koliyan village, near the Beas bank, and seized 1.20 lakh ml of liquor contained in three large plastic cans from the possession of Kulwant Singh, alias Kanta, a resident of Maujpur village. Cases have been registered cases under the Excise Act. OC PHONE SEIZED FROM NIGERIAN PRISONER Hoshiarpur: The Central Jail administration has seized a mobile phone from a Nigerian prisoner after raiding at a barrack. The police have registered a case in this regard under Section 52-A of the Prisons Act. According to information, assistant jail superintendent Desh Singh told in his complaint to the police that a mobile phone had been seized from prisoner Uhus Ugo, alias Chai Mizai, a resident of Lagos city, Nigeria, presently a resident of Uttam Nagar, Delhi, after a raid at barrack number 18 by the jail administration. OC TWO ARRESTED WITH INTOXICANTS Hoshiarpur: The district police arrested two persons from different places and seized a large quantity of intoxicants from them in the last 24 hours. According to information, the Chabbewal police arrested Dharampal, alias Dharma, a resident of Khanur village and seized 450 intoxicating pills and 32 injections from him. Meanwhile, the Garhshankar police during patrol in the area arrested a man near Pahlewal village and seized 50 gm of intoxicating powder from him. The accused has been identified as Jaswant Singh, a resident of Denowal Khurd. Separate FIRs under the NDPS Act have been registered. OC WATER BOTTLES DISTRIBUTED Garhshankar: Advocate Pankaj Kirpal, chairman of the Citizen’s Welfare Council, Garhshankar, distributed towels and thermos of drinking water to 11 rickshaw-pullers of the Anandpur Sahib Chowk Rickshaw Union. Kirpal said in the ongoing summer season the council had decided to distribute towels and thermos to rickshaw-pullers. He said soon towels and thermos of drinking water would also be distributed to rickshaw-pullers of Banga Chowk and Bus Stand Rickshaw Unions. OC ONE HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Jalandhar: The city police arrested one person and seized 250 gm of cannabis and four boxes of illicit liquor from him. The 48-year-old accused is a dhaba owner and has been smuggling illicit liquor and drugs for the last four years. The police nabbed him during a naka at Basti Bawa Khel. Cases under the NDPS Act and Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act have been registered against the accused. TNS PAGE 2 SINGER HIMESH RESHAMMIYA TO RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM PAGE 3 MEERA DEOSTHALE HOPES THE VACCINE CRISIS GETS OVER SOON The singer is all set to release Surroor 2021 and the first teaser of the album features artiste’s iconic cap & a mike. MAX 38°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:30 PM PAGE 4 Actor Meera Deosthale feels it was wise to get the frontline workers, health workers & the elderly vaccinated first. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:23 AM MONDAY | 7 JUNE 2021 | JALANDHAR earlier, Craze for foreign shores Doing Covid surveyponds now she is cleaning lands youths in trouble Tribune News Service DREAMS SHATTERED Travel agents dupe them of several lakhs Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, June 6 Cases under the Punjab Travel Professional Regularisation Act — 2014 are witnessing a rise in various police stations as people of Punjab have been falling prey to false promises made by travel agents. A case has been registered against two travel agents on the complaint of Amandeep Singh of Aur block in Nawanshahr recently. As per the information, Amandeep’s father reposed trust in travel agents after they convinced him that they had already sent several people to Canada and would help his son reach abroad too. For this, the family had already paid ~18 lakh and a visa was also issued in this case. “It was only after I reached Delhi airport that I got to know that the visa was fake. Baffled, I came back and asked the travel agents to give send your daughters ❝I appeal to everyone, neverlike Saudi Arabia. OnlytoI abroad, especially to a country know the pain which I went through. ❞ Gurbaksh Kaur, MOTHER OF A VICTIM my money back, but got nothing,” said Amandeep, in his complaint to the police. The police have now registered a case under Section 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and the Punjab Travel Protection Regulation Act 2014. Another similar case was registered recently from Nawanshahr. Jaswinder Ram (27) from Behram, in his complaint to the police, said he gave ~2.5 lakh to a travel agent with a promise that he would send him to Italy. Jaswinder, who belongs to an economically weaker family, said he had extreme difficulty in arranging the money. He took loans from various parties, but the travel agent failed to send him abroad. One of the most talked about cases was of Gurbaksh Kaur (43) and Reena Rani (23) of Garhi Fateh Khan village, in which the police have filed cases against the accused for allegedly sending them to Saudi Arabia instead of Malaysia. The case had grabbed headlines as Reena had also sent a video to her family, wherein she was seen crying and asking her brother to get them back home, else they would die. Angad Singh, an MLA, had written to the Minister of External Affairs (MEA), to intervene into the matter and rescue the woman-daughter duo. Jalandhar, June 6 ASHA workers have seen it all! From performing their duties, protesting for their rights to now working under MGNREGA to feed their families. One such worker is Amritpal from Nussi village. To make both ends meet, she has started working as a MGNREGA worker too. She started on May 2 and has been doing the work of cleaning the ponds since then. “When we don’t have much work, we switch to other jobs, because we want to run our families and thus earning is important,” she said. ASHA workers had recently completed the survey of Covid patients and have been preparing the data, Some of them have now started doing other jobs too. Amritpal claimed that as ASHA workers, they usually earn Rs 3,500 per month, and get paid according to the work they do. She also said since the beginning of the pandemic, they have been working as the frontline workers, but they were never given their dues. “Our demands are also not met. We are not given masks, sanitisers, even when we fall in one of the most vulnerable categories because we deal with people suffering from the virus,” she said. Amritpal married off her daughters with much difficulty and said she was the sole bread winner with her husband also not earning much. She shared how they people used to say all kind of things against them in the beginning of the pandemic. “Log saanu kehnde si ki etho jaao, tusi hi coronavirus Denied their rightful wages, ASHA workers turn to MGNREGA for livelihood Amritpal from Nussi village has started working as a MGNREGA worker to make both ends meet. laike aande ho’. It feels bad hearing all this while performing our duties that too for a meager income,” she said. Sikh bodies observe Now, jabs for 18+ after June 10 Dist logs 5 deaths, Op Bluestar anniv 115 new +ve cases Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 6 Various Sikh organisations observed the anniversary of the Operation Bluestar today. Several speakers shared their views on the need for equality among minorities and also spoke about the historical importance of the day and the lives lost to operation. Key speakers on the occasion were Ambedakar Sena president Harbhajan Suman, Imam of the Jama Masjid Phagwara Owais-UrRahman, Muslim leader Ghulam Sabba and historian and speaker on the incidents of June 1984 Alliance for Sikhs Coordinator Parmapal Singh Sabhran. The event was dedicated to the unity of minorities in the nation. A needy Sikh entrepreneur who lost his business during the lockdown and the Covid pandemic was given financial help on the occasion. Sikhs for Equality Foundation director Sukhdev Singh Phagwara also spoke on the occasion. Amarjit Singh Sandhu, Harpret Singh, Iqbal Singh, Sarabjt Singh were among others present on the occasion. Meanwhile, various Sikh groups also held a protest at the Guru Nanak Mission Chowk today on the anniversary of the Operation Bluestar. Jalandhar, June 6 After the state government scrapped the sale of Covaxin vaccination at higher prices to private hospitals in the district, the vaccination of the 18-44 age group has been suspended at all private hospitals in Jalandhar. Meanwhile, 10 private hospitals, which were to carry out vaccination, sent their vaccine doses back on Saturday. Those aged between 18 and 44 years would now have to wait for some more days before vaccine doses arrive in the district. The Health Department said the vaccination of above 45 beneficiaries continued at 80 session sites. Besides, the vaccination of health workers, frontline workers and govern- ment employees under 45 is also being carried out. However, the vaccination of above 18 remains suspended until at least June 10 after which the doses are expected to arrive in the district. Those who had applied for vaccination, they would have to re-register again. The vaccination of the 18-44 age group is now available only at three session sites - HMV, KMV and Lyallpur Khalsa College for Rs 543 as announced by the Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner. While nearly 3,000 people were vaccinated in Jalandhar on Saturday, as many as 6,000 were vaccinated on Friday. The session sites in the district are also flooded with queries about the 18 plus category. Sources said: “The majority of queries we receive at the Civil Hospital site is regarding 18 plus vaccines. But we have to turn people away because at present only 45 plus are being vaccinated there. There were only 90 beneficiaries reporting for the above 45 category jab on Saturday.” District Immunisation officer Dr Rakesh Chopra said, “At present, we have 6,390 doses of Covishield and 5,620 doses of Covaxin with us. The drive for above 18 plus has been suspended everywhere except the three session sites announced by the DC and one private hospital, which independently procured it. The 18 plus vaccination will begin after June 10 when the vaccination is expected to arrive. At present, jabs are being administered to above 45-plus at 80 session sites.” C VID-19 PANDEMIC Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 6 With 115 new Covid positive cases reported on Sunday, the total district tally reached 61,200. As many as five Covid deaths have been reported from the district. With this, the death toll in the district reached 1,409. As many as 58,017 persons have recovered from Covid in the district, while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 1,774. 3 deaths in Kapurthala to Dubai 1975 in teens, he Giving it back to his roots! Movedchanginginthe face hishis village is now of DIASPORA TALES Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 6 He was still a teenager when he moved out of his village to earn a living for himself and his family in Dubai. Even in the 1970s, Punjabis craved for greener pastures for a wellsettled career, says Amolakh Singh Gakhal (62), a native of Gakhal village here. Though he had migrated overseas, he never forgot his roots and consistently worked for the development of his village and the ones left behind here. Gakhal is no more a village, where the residents would face problems of overflowing sewerage emanating foul smell all day long. A large pond filled with foul water was treated and drained out of the village. With his donations, a beautiful park and a parking space were also constructed, replacing the pond. A slew of upgrades and choicest facilities are credited to him in his village. In the past two decades, he has developed a stadium in the village, con- A park developed by Amolakh Singh Gakhal in his village. TRANSFORMED INTO A ‘SMART VILLAGE’ Gakhal is no more a village where residents would face problems of overflowing sewerage emanating foul smell all day long. A large pond filled with foul water was treated and drained out of the village. With his donations, a beautiful park and a parking space were constructed, replacing the pond. A slew of upgrades and choicest facilities are credited to him in his village. In the past two decades, he has developed a stadium in the village, constructed a computer lab for senior secondary students at Government high school Gakhal, sponsored education of children from underprivileged families and funded marriage of girls from poor families. structed a computer lab for senior secondary students at Government high school Gakhal, sponsored education of children from underprivileged families and funded marriage of girls from poor families. Besides this, walking on the footprints of his father, Nasser Singh, who was also a c m y b wrestler, he also sponsors sports tournaments in his village and at the Surjit Hockey stadium. To motivate youngsters to opt sports, he keeps award prizes in lakhs. “In 1975, I was just 17 when I moved to Dubai to eke out a living. Few years later, I managed to get an American visa and shifted to America. Initially after doing some odd jobs, I opened my own transport company in 1994. Since then, there is no looking back. With sheer hard work, we also gave employment to Punjabis there. While I was working there, my hear always longed for the betterment of my motherland. It feels satisfying when I manage to do something good for my own people. After moving abroad, the one thing that I realised the most is the importance of education. While I could not complete my education, I made sure that the youth in my village doesn’t remain uneducated. I also urge NRI’s to come forward to adopt 2-4 kids for providing them education,” added Gakhal. Donning multiple hats, he has also opened his entertainment company and produced two Pollywood movies. He also visits his village twice a year. In Kapurthala, 41 persons were reported positive on Sunday, taking the total number of positive cases to 17,043. The total number of deaths reported was three. Those who succumbed to Covid include a 78-year-old man from Panchat city, a 60year-old man from Sahni village and an 80-year-old man from Sukhia Nangal. With this, the death toll in Kapurthala has reached 493. 148 test +ve in Hoshiarpur The district reported one more Coid-19 fatality on Sunday, taking the death toll to 930, while 148 new cases pushed the infection count in the district to 29,317. As many as 2,629 new samples of people with suspected flu-like symptoms taken on Sunday, total number of sam- ples taken in the district so far had reached to 5,91,751. According to the reports received from the lab, 5,62,306 are negative, while the reports of 3, 305 samples are awaited and 570 samples are invalid. Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra, Civil Surgeon, has informed that the number of active cases is 1,056, while the number of patients who have recovered is 27,331. The reports of 3,041 samples were received on Sunday, out of which148 positive cases were reported today. A 62-year-old woman of Bhim Nagar, in Hoshiarpur city, died at Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur. Nawanshahr reports 20 cases The district reported 20 more Covid-19 cases on Sunday, taking the inflectional count to 11,178. The district now has 252 active cases, of which 218 are under home isolation. The number of recovered cases is 10,579 (94.23 per cent). Urban Banga, Rahon and Mukandpur did not report even a single case on Sunday. As many as 26 patients are admitted to L-II and 11 in L-III Covid care facilities in local hospitals. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Ambulance helpline: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 115 61,200 5 1,409 58,017 1,774 ■ 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/
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