07092021-JTR-01.qxd 9/6/2021 11:43 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE SONU WALIA’S LOVE FOR PLANTS MAKES HER KIDS FEEL JEALOUS PAGE 2 There is a sprawling garden where a plethora of plants are kept giving a mesmerising look at the entrance. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY KIM MAKES HER RELATIONSHIP WITH LEANDER PAES OFFICIAL PAGE 3 Kim Sharma was making headlines for her rumoured relationship with former tennis player Leander Paes. MAX 32°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:44 PM KAVITA KAUSHIK SET TO MAKE A RETURN TO THE SMALL SCREEN PAGE 4 Last seen in Bigg Boss 14, Kavita Kaushik will be entering the Star Bharat show Lakshmi Ghar Aayi. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:07 AM TUESDAY | 7 SEPTEMBER 2021 | JALANDHAR INBRIEF JOB FAIRS TO START FROM SEPTEMBER 9 Kapurthala: To address issues of jobless youth and raise awareness on job fairs, the District Employment Officer, Neelam Mahey, will come live from 12-1 pm on bureau’s Facebook and Instagram pages on September 8. She will address employmentrelated matters of unemployed youth ahead of job fairs which will start from September 9 to 17, followed by a state-level mega job fair on September 23. Talking about the initiative, Mahey said she will come live on Bureau’s Facebook and Instagram page as well to directly converse with the unemployed youth of Kapurthala during the session. During the live session, youth can directly communicate with the officials and clear their doubts. For more information, the youngsters may visit on Instagram page i.e. ‘dbeekpt’ besides reaching the help desk mobile no 98882-19247. TNS FREE COACHING FOR JOBLESS YOUTH Nawanshahr: The Punjab Government is going to provide free coaching to the educated unemployed candidates to prepare them for the competitive examinations under the ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar Mission’. A special seminar was conducted at KC Group of Colleges, Nawanshahr, in which about 200 students participated. Harmandeep Singh, Career Counsellor, registered the candidates on the spot under this scheme and gave detailed information about the services being provided by the Bureau. The District Employment Officer Sanjeev Kumar said that for registration in these coaching classes, candidates can contact the bureau on any working day. TNS DALIT SAMMELAN ON SEPTEMBER 11 Hoshiarpur: Pankaj Kipal, member, Shri Guru Ravidas Foundation, said that a Dalit Sammelan will be organised on September 11 at 10 am at Posi village in which eminent saints, intellectuals, social activists, etc. will participate. In the function, the teachings of Lord Balmiki Maharaj and Satguru Shri Ravidas Maharaj, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, and dalit issues will be discussed. He said MP Shamsher Singh Dullo would be present in the function. He said family members of BSP founder Babu Kanshi Ram and Aad Dharam Mandal founder, Babu Mangu Ram, would also be honoured at the function. OC MAN ARRESTED WITH 1-KG GANJA Jalandhar: A man was arrested with 1-kg ganja by the Kapurthala police here today. The accused, identified as Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Sasi Colony, Factory Area, Kapurthala, was nabbed near the Aujla crossing. During the checking of vehicles at the crossing, a man was seen coming from a factory who abruptly hid in bushes near the factory after noticing the police. He was nabbed by the police on suspicion. Upon investigation, he revealed his name and address and 1-kg ganja was seized from his posession. A case under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him at the city police station. TNS Members of the Punjab Government Nurses’ Association protest in front of the emergency ward of the Jalandhar Civil Hospital on Monday; and (right) a huge rush of patients at the hospital can be witnessed due to strike. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Nurses on strike; seek better pay, regular jobs To go on two-day mass leave from today if not allowed to meet higher officials Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 6 The Punjab Government Nurses’ Association on Monday boycotted all medical duties in protest against nonfulfilment of their major demands, including regularisation of their services and rise in salaries. On a call given as part of a statewide strike by the nurses, the district witnessed a protest by 250 nurses at the Civil Hospital, Jalandhar. All medical emergencies as well as other services remained suspended for 24 hours as part of their protest. Nurses have threatened to go on mass leave on September 7 and 8 if they are not given the chance to meet the functionaries of the state government. The key demands of the association include the regularisation of the services of all nursing staff, changing the name of the post — staff nurse to nursing officer. They demanded that while they were recently placed in the pay grade C as per the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, they should be provided grade B. They also demanded ~7,200 as nursing care allowance for nursing staff. Additionally, they also demanded ~2,010 as travel allowance and ~1,800 as dress allowance as per the Central pay grade. They threatened that if the govern- Nursing students of different colleges at the helm of affairs at Civil Hospital ward. UNDER-TRAINING STAFF COME TO THE AID ■ With both regular and contractual nurses giving a miss to their duties due to the strike on Monday, Medical Superintendent (MS), Civil Hospital, Dr Seema, wrote to the Civil Surgeon seeking additional staff under the NHM for attending to patients. As many as 24 staff nurses were sought by the MS from the Civil Surgeon ■ Dr Seema said: “We have applied for more NHM nurses and have been promised that we will get more staff by Tuesday. There are 108 nurses at the Civil Hopistal - 83 regular and 25 on contract. While nurses remained on strike, under-training staff worked efficiently under the guidance of doctors.” ment did not give time to the joint action committee of nurses for a meeting soon, then the nurses would proceed on leave on September 7 and 8. The district has 250 nurses working across the trauma centre, Civil Hospital PHCs and CHCs. All of them remained on strike today. At least 25 of these contractual nurses are posted at the trauma centre. The Civil Hospital has 108 nurses, of whom 83 are regular and the rest are on contract. Kanta Kumari, district president of the union, said, “We have been demanding pay parity for the past many years and have met several ministers in this regard, but to no avail. On January 1, 2006, we had a pay grade of Rs 4,600, in 2011 it was reduced to Rs 3,200 and now after the Sixth Pay Commission, it has been further reduced to Rs 2,800 in 2021. We have been told that it is an anomaly. We demand that we should be put back in pay grade B and our services regularised. We are working on a meagre salary, making it difficult for us to make ends meet. “In addition, despite the high risk work we discharged our duties during the pandemic, we do not receive any special allowances either. We get no risk or Covid allowances. We are expecting a meeting with senior functionaries tomorrow failing which, we will protest for joint leave tomorrow.” As for the inconvenience caused due to their absence from duties, nurses stated that the government and the department had been given prior notice of their strike, hence the government would be responsible for any inconvenience caused to patients. They said the nurses association had repeatedly sought a meeting with the CM and Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, but had not been accorded the same. Hence, they were left with no choice but to head for a 24-hour strike. In Hoshiarpur, nurses submit memo to CMO In protest against the incomplete report of the Pay Commission issued by the Punjab Government, on the call of the Nursing Staff Joint Action Committee of the state, nurses of the Civil Hospital boycotted work and sent a memorandum to the Punjab Government through the Civil Surgeon here on Monday. They also staged a protest demonstration outside the Civil Hospital. Association vice-president Sharanjit Kaur said the cadre had giv- Two with ~25L illegal Punbus contractual workers go money let off by cops on indefinite strike, buses off road 4 ASIs booked on ~4-lakh bribe charge Jalandhar, September 6 Four policemen have been booked for extorting money at a high tech naka, equipped with CCTV cameras, set up by the Phillaur police here last night. The accused policemen have been identified as ASI Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Rawalpindi, Kapurthala; ASI Hussan Lal, a resident of Goraya Jalandhar; ASI Kuldeep Singh and ASI Pramod Singh, both residents of Jalandhar. While Hussan Lal and Sukhwinder Singh have been arrested, their aides are still on the run. The four policemen have been booked for extorting ~4 lakh from two persons at a naka late last night. SHO Sanjeev Kapoor said the four cops stopped Vishal Bajaj, a resident of Abohar, and Jasvir Singh, a resident of Tarn Taran, who were riding in an Alto car (PB08 CZ 6671). During the search, Rs 25 lakh cash was found from the duo. Rather than informing the Phillaur police about the seizure, they extorted Rs 4 lakh from the duo and let them off, the SHO said. The police said a case under Section 384 of the IPC and Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been lodged against the four cops at the Phillaur police station. Amidst 24x7 police surveillance, the act of extortion by cops has raised doubts on the functioning of the police. Meanwhile, the police have so far recovered Rs 3.97 lakh. — TNS ACID ATTACK VICTIM GETS ~1 LAKH COMPENSATION ■ As per the directions of Rupinderjit Chahal, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Jalandhar, Dr Gagandeep Kaur, CJM-cum-Secretary, DLSA, Jalandhar, met Rajrani, an acid attack victim undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital. An interim compensation of ~1 lakh was deposited in the bank account of the victim on Monday. ■ Rupinderjit Chahal said the acid attack victims were entitled to get compensation under the NALSA’s Compensation Scheme for Women Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault/Other Crimes, 2018. ■ On August 30, acid was thrown on the victim by her co-worker in the factory she was working. The victim was then admitted at Civil Hospital. An FIR in this regard had already been lodged. TNS Bus stand remained closed for passengers; only pvt buses operate Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 6 Contractual and outsourced workers under the banner of the Punbus and PRTC Theka Mulazim Union on Monday announced their indefinite ‘chakka jam’ protest. Both the Punbus and PRTC buses remained off the roads throughout the day. The union members said the buses were not allowed to move since morning. Some of the buses were parked inside the depots since midnight. Consequently, bus passengers had to suffer a lot of inconvenience. Passengers, including women, who were stranded on highways and roads had to go on foot to reach their destination The bus stand also remained closed for passengers. However, private buses operated from outside the bus stand. Neither any passenger nor any bus was allowed to move inside the bus stand. The strike was held in protest against non-fulfilment of the demands of the workers. Vikramjit Singh, a contractual worker, who is working in roadways depot-1 said, “It has been many months since we started our protest, demand- c m y b en priority to their duty irrespective of their health risk to self and their family members during the pandemic. The nurses were forced to take to the streets to make their voice heard by the government. She said as per the joint decision of the joint action committee, all the nursing staff boycotted their work today. On September 7 and 8, all nursing staff will go on mass leave and strike and hold a protest outside the office of the Civil Surgeon. — OC One fresh case, no death in dist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 6 One new Covid case was reported on Monday from the district, taking the total district tally to 63,244 cases. No Covid death was reported today. The toll remained at 1,494. As many as 61,724 people have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar stands at 26. 4 positive in Kapurthala As many as four fresh cases of Covid were reported from Kapurthala on Monday, taking the Covid tally to 17,811. No death from Covid was reported in Kapurthala today. 1 fresh case in Hoshiarpur Members of the Punbus and PRTC Theka Mulazim Union protest in Jalandhar on Monday. SARABJIT SINGH ing a regularisation policy of the Transport Department, but to no avail. “Most of the drivers, contractors and other staff working in the field include contractual workers, yet they are not paid decent salaries. Hence we won’t lift our strike unless our demands are met,” added Vikramjit. Chairman Jasbir Singh of the district union, further stated, neither any passenger nor any bus was allowed to move inside the bus stand. The strike was observed against the non-fulfilment of the demands of the workers. Women, who enjoy free travel facility frequently on roadways buses, had to either take private buses or returned disappointed to their houses. Gurjit Kaur, a resident of Basti Bawa Khel, said she kept waiting for a bus to Mohali for two hours, but could not get any. She preferred to return to her house as private buses were fully occupied. Similarly, stranded passengers complained of overcharging by private buses. Passengers who were strand- ed near Rama Mandi, said they paid extra to private buses in the absence of roadways or PRTC buses. Some passengers, unaware of the strike, kept on waiting for buses at the PAP bus stand. The protesters said they had been seeking the regularisation of jobs for the past several years, but to no avail. They would gherao the farmhouse of the CM on Wednesday to pressurise the government to fulfil their demands otherwise they would continue their protest. continued on page 2 One new Covid case was reported from the district on Monday. No Covid death was reported today. The toll remains at 981. As many as 29,744 persons have recovered from Covid in the district, while the number of active cases is 18 in the district. 1 infected in Nawanshahr After several days, one case was reported from Nawanshahr on Monday. The case was reported from Urban Nawanshahr block. There are seven active cases and all of them under home isolation. The tally now stands at 11,451.
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