12062021-JTR-01.qxd 6/11/2021 11:21 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE TRACE 9TH GURU’S JOURNEY WITH THIS COFFEE TABLE BOOK A coffee table book, ‘Spiritual Journey of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib’, authored by lawyer Harpreet Sandhu was released. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF SDM TOLD TO PROBE ‘ATTA-DAL’ SUPPLY Kapurthala: DC Deepti Uppal has directed the Sultanpur Lodhi SDM to inspect the ‘attadal’ distribution under the National Food Security Act in villages falling under Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision. She has directed the SDM to inquire into the complaints received from Kamalpur village and some other places regarding irregularities in the distribution of ‘atta dal’ in the area. The SDM has been directed to conduct inquiry in person in the villages of Sultanpur Lodhi constituency and submit the investigation report within 7 days. TNS ‘BHIWANIPUR TO BE MODEL VILLAGE’ Garhshankar: Pankaj Kripal, member of Guru Ravidas Memorial Foundation, formed by the Government of Punjab and co-chairman of PPCC legal cell, while addressing the villagers in Bhiwanipur on Friday said no shortfall would be allowed in the development of Bhiwanipur village. He said the village would be developed as a model village. He said a grant of ~5 lakh would be sent from MP Shamsher Singh Dulo’s MPLAD fund for development works like solar lights, gym kits and pipelines in agricultural fields for irrigation, besides the temple of Mata Hari Devi located in the village would also be renovated soon. OC 2 HONOURED FOR TIMELY O2 SUPPLY PAGE 2 AYUSHMANN’S MESSAGE ON DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR PAGE 3 Ayushmann Khurrana was recently appointed as UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for their global campaign. MAX 36°C | MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 31°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:32 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:22 AM Tanda Urmar: The police arrested two persons with country-made pistol and bullets and recovered from them a stolen revolver, 13 cartridges, vehicles and gold jewellery. DSP Tanda Gurpreet Singh Gill said a police party recovered a country-made pistol and eight live cartridges from an Innova car near Rada Mod and arrested Sarpragatjit Singh, alias Japan, and Charanjit Singh, alias Happy, both residents of Kadial Colony, Civil Lines Batala, Gurdaspur. During interrogation the accused confessed that on April 26, they had stolen a .32 bore revolver and 13 live cartridges from the house of Amrik Singh, a resident of Shahbazpur. The DSP said the revolver and gold ornaments stolen by them had been recovered. He said with their arrest the Tanda police had solved three theft cases. OC SATURDAY | 12 JUNE 2021 | JALANDHAR AAP protest leads to traffic 5 deaths, 101 cases in dist snarls, commuters suffer Tribune News Service Many ambulances remained stuck for hours; cops mull FIR Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 11 Workers and leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday held a protest at one of the busiest places, Dr BR Ambedkar Chowk, around noon leading to a chaos on roads here. The leaders blocked all exits of the roundabout with commuters continuing to honk their vehicles and urging politicians to leave the road for their movement. Many ambulances got stuck in traffic snarl-ups, but the politicians did not pay heed and continued making their speeches against the state government and the Centre over the SC Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme issue. It became unbearable for the motorists to bear the scorching heat and wait helplessly for the agitating politicians to leave the dharna site. The AAP leaders included Saravjit Kaur Manuke, Baljinder Kaur, Amarjit Singh Sandoa and Jagtar Singh Jagga Hissowal kept on taking turns on the mike to deliver their 5to 10-minute speeches while the rest squatted on the mats put up at the site. Jalandhar, June 11 With 101 fresh Covid positive cases reported today, the district tally has increased to 61,793. Of these, 25 cases are from other districts. As many as five persons succumbed to the deadly virus today, taking the toll to 1,435. A total of 59,052 persons have recovered from the disease in the district so far, while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 1,306. An official of Health Dept collects samples in a Kapurthala market. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS 3 deaths in Kapurthala Huge traffic jam was witnessed at Nakodar chowk as AAP leaders and workers staged a dharna over non-implementation of post-matric scholarship scheme in Jalandhar on Friday. SARABJIT SINGH Even local leaders, including Rajwinder Kaur, Dr Sanjeev Sharma, Dr Shiv Dyal Maali and others, did not urge the party leaders to wind up quickly and leave. Many residents vented their ire against the party workers on social media. More importantly, even the cops on duty allowed the protesters to continue with their agitation. No attempt was made to disperse them. Clearly, the protesters violated a number of rules. Firstly, holding a protest and that too with a huge gathering and not following the norms of social distancing is not permissible under the Epidemics Act and Disaster Management Act. Secondly, a majority of the leaders were not wearing any mask. Thirdly, there are fixed sites for holding demonstrations in the city, including some grounds, and most popular being open spaces in the PUDA market in front of the District Administrative Complex. The authorities had not given any permission to hold the protest in the centre of the busy roundabout. Tarandeep Sunny, one of the organisers of the event, said, “We had organised the protest leaving a larger part of the road. Many AAP workers and the cops remained on toes to ensure that minimum traffic hindrance occurred during the dharna.” continued on page 2 Kapurthala today recorded 37 fresh cases. With these, the district tally has increased to 17,259. Three persons died of Covid in the district today. The deceased include a 46year-old woman from Randhawa village, a 71-year-old man from Dograwal village and a 77-year-old man from Narur village. The toll in the district now stands at 506. 3 die, 74 +ve in Hoshiarpur The district reported three more Covid fatalities on Friday, taking the death toll to 940, while 74 new cases pushed the infection tally in the district to 29,750. Health department officials said report of 2,925 samples was received and of them, 70 fresh cases were from the district, while four patients were reported from other districts. The number of active cases in ■ Ambulance helpline: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 101 61,793 5 1,435 49,052 1,306 the district now is 765, while 28,045 patients have recovered so far. The persons who succumbed today have been identified as a 56-year-old woman of Alampur village, a 83-year-old woman of Mahal Kurd village, and a 51-yearold woman of Hukran. 12 test +ve in Nawanshahr Nawanshahr district reported 12 Covid cases on Friday, with which the district tally ■ 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/ has gone up to 11,262. No death was reported from the district today. The district now has 188 active cases, of which 154 are under home isolation. The number of recovered cases is 10,736 (95.32 per cent). Urban Rahon, Sujjon and Saroya blocks did not report any case. As many as 24 patients are admitted to L-II and seven in L-III Covid care facilities in local hospitals. No vaccines for 18+ yet, Gang of robbers busted, 4 arrested 2 drug peddlers held with dedicated jab sites shut 50-gm opium, intoxicants Tribune News Service STOLEN REVOLVER RECOVERED, 2 HELD PAGE 4 Singer Shabbir Kumar will be seen on Indian Idol stage this weekend and the episode is themed as India Ki Farmaish. Tribune News Service Hoshiarpur: DC Apneet Riyait on Friday felicitated general manager district industrial centre and drug inspector for their appreciable services in the tough time of Covid-19 pandemic. Both received appreciation letters for ensuring smooth supply of oxygen during severe crisis of life-saving gas. Lauding the services of GM Arun Kumar and drug inspector Parminder Singh, the Deputy Commissioner said that both officials played a significant role in providing the continuous supply of oxygen and there would no shortage of this gas, which was highly necessitated in that crisis time. She also wished that they would perform their duties with utmost dedication and professional commitment in future too. OC VETERAN SINGER SHABBIR IS ALL PRAISE FOR DANISH KHAN Jalandhar, June 11 Though vaccination for 18-44 age group was expected to commence on June 10 in the district, there is still no word on when the drive would begin. As many as 21,500 vaccine doses arrived in the district for the 45-plus category on Thursday and over 5,000 persons were inoculated in the district on the same day. Until Thursday, 5.64 lakh persons had been vaccinated in the district. Meanwhile, of the three dedicated sites at Lyallpur Khalsa College, Garha and Maqsoodan, Covaxin is being administered to those above 18 only at Lyallpur Khalsa College. District Immunisation Officer Dr Rakesh Chopra said: “The jabs for the 18 plus category haven’t arrived as yet. They are expected to arrive soon. Presently, people under the 45-plus category are being vaccinated across 60 As many as 21,500 doses arrived in district for the 45-plus category. sites. Beneficiaries above the age of 18 can only be vaccinated after the doses arrive. Also, some of the dedicated jab sites have been closed in the past two days.” Sources said the Health Department had a bank of 1,000 to 2,000 doses of Covaxin (recalled from private session sites) and those too should be used to inoculate youth under a programme to vaccinate all above the age of 18 in the district. Notably, 38,000 persons had been administered Covaxin in the district. The Health Department has 6,000 to 7,000 Covaxin doses with it which are being administered at some of the vaccination session sites. Sources said the vaccination scenario will be clearer after June 21 when the Centre undertakes the process of distribution of vaccines. Jalandhar, June 11 The Kapurthala police have busted a gang of robbers and nabbed for of its members who were involved in stealing transformers in the district. The accused have been identified as Mukhtiar Singh, alias Mota, Kulwant Singh, alias Kallu, Kala Singh and Gurmeet Singh, alias Laddoo, all residents of Kapurthala. Senior Superintendent of Police Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh said the gang was active in the district for the last few months and with their arrest, the police have solved various cases. The SSP said the police party received a tip-off that the accused armed with sharpedged weapons had gathered at Government Elementary School, Bhila. He said the policemen raided the spot and recovered two weapons and a motorcycle from their possession. During preliminary investigation, accused Gurmeet revealed that he along with his associates Kulwant, Roll back fuel price hike: Cong Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 11 Hitting out at the Central Government over the steep hike in fuel prices, Member of Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary on Friday said the government was insensitive to the plight of common people and was putting more financial burden on them, though they had already been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Accompanied by MLA Rajinder Beri, he was leading a protest by Indian National Congress workers near BSF Chowk. The party held protests against the rise in fuel prices across the country and demanded immediate rollback of the hikes. MP Chaudhary said the prices of petrol had crossed Rs 100 in several parts of the country, which further had domino effect on the cost of other essential commodities. “This year, the fuel prices have risen many times. When the NDA government came to power in 2014, the cost of crude oil was $109 per barrel and the prices of petrol and diesel were Rs 72 per litre and Rs 57 per litre, respectively. But now when the crude oil price is at $70, the people are forced to pay almost Rs 100 for both petrol and diesel,” he said. Chaudhary Santokh Singh further stated that the Modi government first tanked the economy and then turned fuel into a revenue generating machine, adding that the government’s tax collections on petrol and diesel alone had increased over 300 per cent in the last six years. “The share of taxes collected on petrol, diesel and natural gas as a percentage of the government’s total revenue has risen from 5.4 per cent in 2014-15 to 12.2 per cent in 2020-21,” he said. Terming the Modi government anti-people and antipoor, MP Chaudhary said the c m y b government was only interested in increasing the wealth of billionaires and not thinking about the common people’s welfare. Jalandhar Urban Congress president Baldev Singh Dev, Municipal Corporation Councillors Manmohan Raju and Jagjeet Jeeta, Jalandhar Youth Congress president Angad Datta, Bhupinder Singh Jolly, Surinder Chaudhary, Harpreet and Sudhir Ghuggi were among those present. Congress MP, along with party workers, protests against the rising fuel prices in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO >>> Mukhtiar, Sukhjinder and Puran, alias Mattar, stole copper and oil from transformers installed at Mansoorwal Dona village, Pir Chaudary, Saroopwal Tanda, Model Town, Araianwal, Industrial Area Sheikhupur, Jaggi Market, Narangpur, Mundi Mor, Awan Bhike Shah, Bariar, Bhila, Jail Road and Khassan village. The SSP said they accused revealed that they were drug addicts and used to sell copper and oil to buy drugs. Cops also recovered 445 intoxicant tablets from Gurmeet and Mukhtiar. The accused used to sell copper and oil to a scrap dealer Bagga, resident of Jaggan Subhanpur village. The SSP said Kala had already been booked in five separate cases of the IPC and the NDPS Act while Kulwant was involved in three cases of theft. The police said they would soon nab remaining members, including Sukhjinder and Puran. The SSP said the accused will be produced before the court and they will seek their police remand. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 11 The Kapurthala police have recovered 50-gm opium and intoxicant tablets from the possession of two peddlers. The accused have been identified as Rajwant Singh, alias Raju, a resident of Khassan, Bholath, and Sameer Mohamad, a resident of Palahi village, Phagwara. Senior Superintendent of Polilce Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh said Rajwant was arrested for smuggling drugs into the jail while on his way back after being discharged from the hospital. Security guards got suspicious as Raju was using a walker. He said guards called the police from Kotwali police station and during his search, cops recovered 515 intoxicants, 150-gm tobacco and Rs 800. An FIR was resgistered under Section 22 of the NDPS Act against Raju at Kotwali police station. In another case, the police intercepted drug smuggler Sameer Mohamad on TPoint Bhogpur. Cops said the accused threw a packet and tried to run from the spot after watching the police, but he was apprehended. The police said they recovered 50 grams of opium from the packet. An FIR has been registered under Section 18 of the NDPS Act at Rawalpindi police station in Phagwara. The accused will be produced before the court today.
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