09092021-JTR-01.qxd 9/8/2021 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE SCIENTIFIC LITERACY PROVED CRUCIAL DURING PANDEMIC PAGE 2 More than 100 students and teachers attended a webinar organised by Science City to observe International Literacy Day. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF ~40K CASH, PHONE LOOTEDATGUNPOINT Jalandhar: Panic gripped Succhi Pind area, near Laddhewali, after six armed assailaints robbed a factory owner at gunpoint. The incident was reported on Tuesday night after six unidentified miscreants robbed Deepak Kumar (35), owner of Vardman Medal Industries, at gunpoint and fled with ~40,000 cash and a smartphone. Investigation Officer (IO), Head Constable, Satnam Singh, said the bikeborne armed assailants fired a bullet near his legs to threaten him. An illegal weapon was reportedly used in the incident and a bullet shell was also recovered from the spot. ACP Balwinder Iqbal Singh Kahlon reached also reached the spot. The ACP said an alert has been sounded to arrest the robbers. A case under Section 392 of the IPC has been registered at the Rama Mandi police station. TNS IELTS COACHING FOR DEFENCE WARDS Jalandhar: The District Defence Services Welfare Officer, Colonel Dalwinder Singh, said the Punjab Government had started admission in the coaching center of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) at the District Defence Services Welfare Office, Jalandhar. IELTS coaching in the centre would be imparted to the trainees by a qualified and experienced subject instructor. Veterans, their widows and dependents will be admitted to the IELTS course at the center on priority basis, the colonel informed. Singh further said the course was being conducted at very low fee. TNS ADC INSPECTS WATER PROJECT Jalandhar: Himanshu Jain, ADC (D), Jalandhar, on Wednesday inspected the ongoing works of 275 MLD surface water supply project at Jagrawan village, WTP site, Adampur. The project is alloted to M/s L&T Chennai. A total of 54 acre land was acquired for project at Jagrawan village. The project is designed to cater to the population within the MC limit of Jalandhar and to shift source of potable water from ground water to surface water to counter depleting groundwater-tables across state. At the water treatment plant site primary sedimentation tanks excavation and boundary wall construction is in progress. The date of completion of the project is September 2023. TNS MALLIKA SHERAWAT TO MAKE A COMEBACK WITH NAKAAB Mallika Sherawat is all set to make a comeback on screen after nearly two years & it happens to be her OTT debut. MAX 32°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:41 PM Jalandhar: On the second and the final day of the hearing, the District and Sessions Court refused to grant anticipatory bail to Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan. Now, the singer has to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court to avoid his arrest in a case related to hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community. Mann had made objectionable remarks during a fair at Dera Baba Murad Shah in Nakodar, last month, in which he had described Ladi Shah, who was the ruler of the dera, as a descendant of Guru Amardas. After which Sikh organisations filed a case against him. The sessions court on Tuesday had adjourned the matter for Wednesday. TNS AMAZON REVEALS RELEASE DATE OF JUSTIN BIEBER: OUR WORLD PAGE 4 Amazon Studios will release filmmaker Michael D Ratner’s Justin Bieber: Our World globally on October 8. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:08 AM THURSDAY | 9 SEPTEMBER 2021 | JALANDHAR 6 dengue cases in Sept, admn on alert All patients went to DMC for treatment; 18 to 22 fever cases being tested in dist everyday Tribune News Service DOs SYMPTOMS Jalandhar, September 8 As many as six cases of dengue have been reported in the district in the current monsoon season. All six cases were treated at DMC, Ludhiana. The Health Department has been carrying out Friday Dry Day campaign for the past over a month to check the spread of dengue in the district. All these cases were reported after September 2 to the district. Health sources said: “In Jalandhar, around 18 to 22 cases of fever were being tested for dengue everyday. What is surprising is that while six fever cases have tested positive from the DMC alone, no dengue case has been reported in Jalandhar. While a couple of these cases were reported in August, they were referred to the DMC after ❙ ❙ The symptoms of the disease include high grade fever above 102°F, headache, pain in eyes, general body pains, vomiting, skin rashes, which must be monitored for 7 to 10 days by medical experts ❙ ❙ WATER-LOGGED FOUNTAIN NEAR MC OFFICE Always keep overhead tanks properly covered Drain out water from coolers and scrub these dry once a week In case of fever, get your blood examined at the earliest Take full treatment if infected DON’Ts ❙ ❙ persistent fever and the Health Department said while referring the patients, they were not even aware that they had dengue as their tests were conducted at the DMC. The six cases reported in Jalandhar are from Kar- Do not allow water to stagnate in and around your house Do not throw discarded containers, tyres, pitchers and pots on the rooftop tarpur, Nakodar, Chogawan village, Bhargo Nagar, Sodal Chowk and Phillaur. Meanwhile, with many bustling slums and congested localities in the city, the Health Department has intensified hectic drives to clear residential and other areas of dengue larvae. The Health Department has also begun receiving weekly reports from the private hospitals for both dengue and malaria cases. Epidemiologist, Dr Aditya Paul, said: “The Jalandhar Civ- ■ Despite the intensive Friday dry day and other health inspection drives, a fountain at the Company Bagh premises right next to the Municipal Corporation in Jalandhar is acting as a haven for dengue breeding ■ The MC office is ironically right down the road where the Civil Hospital is located. The site was found to be waterlogged today due to the fountain being out of order for the past few days ■ Water accumulated at the site poses a threat right under the nose of the MC employees who are supposed to carry out fogging in the city to ensure citizens remain protected from dengue. The epidemiologist said the fountain site will be inspected and sanitised on Thursday. il Hospital has the capacity to test at least 240 samples per day but currently much lesser fever cases are being reported. We have three kits with 82 to 84 sample testing capability per kit. So far, none of the patients tested from own kits have tested positive.” When asked why all six cases were only from DMC and none from Jalandhar, Dr Paul said, “All we know is that six dengue cases were notified to us from Chandigarh. We are testing samplers regularly in Jalandhar. District logs two cases, no death Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 8 Two new Covid cases were reported in the district on Wednesday, taking the total district tally to 63,248 cases. No Covid death was reported in the district. The deceased tally remained 1,494. As many as 61,727 people have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 27. 1 tests +ve in Kapurthala One case of Covid was reported in Kapurthala. The Tally reached 17,812. No death was reported in Kapurthala today. Meanwhile, no new case was reported from Nawanshahr on Wednesday. Infusing fresh lease of life into scrap Strike continues, Roadways suffering ~18-lakh loss daily Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 8 Stir your garden to life! ‘Gardens speak louder than words’, says a tag line to the invitation to sculptor-cumpainter Basudeb Biswas’ newest exhibition. One of the renowned contemporary Indian sculptors, Biswas has collaborated with Virsa Vihar, to exhibit his sculptures between September 8 and 10. Biswas in his ‘Harano Sur’ (lost melody) series explores how scrap material can be brought back to life. The exhibiton displaying sculptures of the national award winning artist developed during the pandemic was inaugurated by Gagan Kundra Thori, Deputy Commissioner, Income Tax Department. Biswas said: “This exhibition is about materials that had once lost their 'melody' because they were discarded as ‘scrap’. They have now been resurrected, with a new purpose, identity and a melody. These sculptures feel as if they are talking and infusing life into the surroundings. It's all about Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 8 On the third day of their strike, contractual and outsourced workers under the banner of the Punbus and PRTC Theka Mulazim Union, held a rally in the city on Wednesday. Agitating workers today announced to keep the bus stand closed for passengers and private buses for two hours from Thursday onwards. As per estimates, JalandharI depot and Jalandhar-II depot, which has a fleet of over 200 buses, have been suffering a financial loss of nine lakh (each) daily. The protesters remained adamant as the state government refused to accept their demands. The most affected include women passengers, who had been been commuting for free in the state-owned buses for the last six months as they now need to travel on private buses. Gurpreet Singh, who is a contractual worker, said, “Subsequent meetings with the department concerned have proved futile. Instead, the gov- An exhibition of sculptor-cumpainter Basudeb Biswas (right) will stay open till September 10 at Virsa Vihar, in Jalandhar, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH finding a new melody for your garden.” The exhibition unveils the musings and artistic processes Biswas went through during the pandemic. The Virsa Vihar features scultpures right from the entrance to the art gallery. Contractual workers to close bus stand for two hours from today Contractual and outsourced workers under the banner of the Punbus and PRTC Theka Mulazim Union hold a protest march in Jalandhar. ernment has issued notice to remove us. We will intensify our protest and block highways.” Members of the union announced to hold chakka jam on Monday morning. Both Punbus and PRTC buses remained off road throughout the day today. The protesters said buses would not be allowed to move as long as their pending demands were not accepted. Vikramjit Singh, a contrac- tual staff worker, said it’s been months since we began protesting and sought regularisation. “Most drivers, conductors and workers, include contractual workers who are not paid decent salaries. Hence, we will not end protest unless our demands are met,” he said. The key demands of the contractual workers include immediate regularisation, and a fleet of at least 10,000 buses. This road connects 4 villages, but hasn’t been repaired even once Constructed seven years ago, potholed Talhan Road is now a nightmare for commuters visiting gurdwara from the start, the on the ❝Rightexperience to drivepotholesit. Thereroad make it a hellish through isn't an inch Aparna Banerji MAAN FAILS TO GET RELIEF FROM COURT PAGE 3 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 8 Commuters are having a tough time while driving through the Talhan Road which leads to the historic Talhan Sahib Gurdwara in Jalandhar. The road crosses through four Jalandhar villages. Constructed seven years ago, the dilapidated road sees heavy traffic due to the substantial footfall at the gurdwara and has not been repaired even once till date. The main connecting road from the Jalandhar-Phagwara highway to the Talhan Sahib Gurdwara the four villages which fall on both sides of the road are Talhan, Salempur Masandan, Pargapur and Dhannowali. “Gram panchayat Talhan sadde pind aun te tuhada swagat kardi hai” reads a sign on the road with Sarpanch Sunita Kumari’s name on it. However, commuters are welcomed on the road where you can drive through without facing potholes. You can’t even stop as there are chances you might get trapped. Vehicles also undergo a lot of wear and tear. With no streetlights on either side of the road it becomes dangerous during the monsoons. ❞ Neelam, A FREQUENT VISITOR TO THE TALHAN SAHIB GURDWARA working on it. repair ❝We are alreadyroad till TalhanThe tender for thehas been work on the 14-km Sahib Gurdwara passed. The financial tender was opened on September 6. We expect the process to be cleared within a week. The work on the road will begin by September end. ❞ Jatinder Kumar, ASSISTANT ENGINEER, PWD, B&R, JALANDHAR CANTT with heavily potholed roads filled with water, a sight any visitor would not want to see. The situation becomes worse during the monsoons as deep potholes filled with rainwater pose an invitation to accidents. Jaskaran Singh Johal, president, Cooperative Society, Salempur Masandan, said, “The road was built during the time of Akalis, seven years ago. Since then, no one has bothered to get it repaired. People not just from Punjab but from across other states come to visit Talhan Gudwara only to be greeted c m y b by this road. In the monsoons the potholes get filled with water and pose danger to commuters. There is also a nursing institute and a dera up ahead on the road. It is a huge nightmare to these hundreds of commuters.” Residents also said while some locals filled up some potholes with mud and rubble from construction sites to fill up the potholes these have been washed off in the rains making these stretches all the more uneven. Area councillor Sunita Rani said, “The work on interlocking tiles was started near the gurdwara but couldn’t be completed due to some reasons. The road is under PWD and not directly under the village panchayat. Hence, the works will be started by the PWD. We have take up the issue repeatedly and have been told the work on the road will be started in November.” BUMPY WELCOME? Commuters are welcomed with a potholed road, a sight any visitor won’t like to see.
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