07102021-JTR-01.qxd 10/6/2021 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE STUBBLE BURNING: DC FLAGS OFF VANS TO SENSITISE FARMERS Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori flagged off three awareness vans to sensitise the farmers. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF SEVEN HELD FOR ILLEGAL MINING Hoshiarpur: The Hajipur police arrested seven accused on the charge of illegal mining and seized seven trolleys loaded with gravel. According to the information, mining officer Ajay Pandey said in his complaint that after stopping seven trolleys loaded with gravel, the drivers were asked for the documents but they could not submit anything in this regard. After this, the police registered cases against Surinder Kumar, a resident of Mehtabpur, Keshav, a resident of Amritsar, Anil Kumar, a resident of Mehtabpur, Lakhpreet Singh, Charanjit Singh, residents of Amritsar, Sarvjit Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Choodian, Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Dala and took their trolleys in possession. Action in this regard has been taken at the Hajipur police station, registering a case under the Mining Act. OC PROTEST AGAINST RISING CRIME IN CITY Jalandhar: A large number of people on Wednesday gathered outside the City Police Commissionerate office to protest against the rise in criminal activities in the city. The protest was led Kishan Lal Sharma, former president, BJP Cultural Cell. He, along with members of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Smriti Manch and youth leader Ashok Sarin, submitted a memorandum to Police Commissioner Naunihal Singh against rising robbery, theft, snatching and drug abuse cases. Kishanlal said, ”There is no check on the rising criminal activities in the city. Snatching incidents have rised manifold in the city and women are feeling unsafe on roads.” TNS ANUP SUICIDE: BAIL PLEA REJECTED Jalandhar: The court of Additional Sessions Judge on Wednesday dismissed the bail application of the accused in the Anup Pathak suicide case. The accused Amrik Singh Sandhu, Inderjit Choudhary and Ravinder Choudhary had filed the bail application on September 30. Anup Pathak (47) had reportedly committed suicide at his residence on September 28 after continuously receiving life threats from the accused, named in his four-page suicide note. TNS THREE DRUG SMUGGLERS HELD Hoshiarpur: The Mehtiana police arrested three smugglers and recovered narcotics from them. The police recovered 42 grams of heroin from different places and arrested Manjit Singh, alias Baba, a resident of Panjoda and Jaswinder Kumar Soond. Whereas, the police have also recovered 25 grams of intoxicating powder from Nimal Jassi, a resident of Khanoda. Cases under the NDPS Act have been registered against the accused. OC JEWELLER ALLEGES EXTORTION CALL Hoshiarpur: A city jeweller has complained to the police that he got an international call on his phone in which the caller demanded extortion money from him. The police have started investigation after registering a case under Sections 384, 506 and 511 of the IPC. An investigation has been initiated. OC PAGE 2 RANBIR & HRITHIK ROSHAN TO PLAY RAM & RAAVAN? PAGE 3 ERICA FERNANDES TO LEAVE KUCH RANG PYAAR KE AISE BHI ? As per the latest reports, both actors have been roped in for a cinematic version of the epic Ramayana. MAX 34°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:05 PM The show seems to be in troubled waters as rumour mills suggest the exit of Erica Fernandes from it. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:25 AM THURSDAY | 7 OCTOBER 2021 | JALANDHAR Night drive snuffs out two young lives in city, 2 hurt Woman, daughter hit survey team member with stick Their car went out of control, rammed into a tree at 10.30 pm Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 6 A night drive snuffed out lives of two friends and left two of their companions critically injured after their fourwheeler rammed into a tree on Gurbanta Singh Road around 10.30 pm on Tuesday. The victims were heading to their favourite snacks point in Sher Singh Colony when the accident took place. The deceased have been identified as Jaskaran Singh (20) and his friend Banke Khinder (28). The injured include Raj Kumar (25) and Sunil Kumar (30). All of them were residents of Basti Danishmanda. Baljit Singh, father of Jaskaran, said he was my only child and was just 20. “After completing his high school, he was assisting me in running swimming pool and other businesses. He was the sole reason of our happiness,” said Baljit after performing the last rites of his son. It took around 30 minutes for the passerbys to take out the youths from the ill-fated car. All four car occupants were rushed to a nearby private hospital where doctors declared Jaskaran and Banke brought dead. Raj and Sunil were admitted to the emergency ward. Narrating the tragic incident, Raj, who was discharged from the hospital Mangled remains of the car after it rammed into a tree on Gurbanta Singh Road in Jalandhar on Tuesday night; and victims Jaskaran Singh (left) and Banke Khinder. It took around 30 minutes for the passersby to take out the youths from the ill-fated car today evening, said they were heading towards Sher Singh Colony, when an overspeeding car hit them from the front, following which our car went out of control and rammed into a tree. Jaskaran, who was behind the wheel, and Banke, who was sitting in the front, died on the spot. Raj added that when he gained consciousness, he was lying in the hospital. Raj received internal injuries on his head and legs. Sunil was still undergoing treatment and doctors said he was out of danger. Sub-Inspector Sudesh Kumar (Investigating Officer) said we handed over the bodies to kin after the post- 30 dengue cases reported in Kapurthala in Oct so far Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 6 While Jalandhar and Kapurthala were initially among the districts with negligible dengue cases, October onwards, both the districts have witnessed rapid increase in cases. The number of dengue cases in Jalandhar district have reached 59, in Kapurthala, the tally increased to 138 with 30 cases being reported in October alone. In September, majority of the cases were reported from Bholath. Out of 30 cases reported in October, three to four were from urban areas while the rest were reported from Bholath. Kapurthala Epidemiologist Dr Nandika said, “We continue to get majority of the cases from rural areas and relatively lesser from urban areas. From January onward, a total of 138 dengue cases have been reported in Kapurthala. Majority are from Bholath.” “We are holding regular drives in the area. Residents in rural areas are being exhorted to keep neighbourhood clean and drain out excess water from utensils. We are also holding meetings with councillors in this regard.” On Tuesday, 19 dengue cases were reported in Jalandhar. Of these, 16 were from Jalandhar and remaining were from Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur. Out of the 16 cases, 12 were from urban areas and four from rural areas. Health teams in Kapurthala reported that residents were reluctant to let them in at their homes and colonies. During their visits the health teams found dengue larvae in coolers, tanks, broken utensils and pots at numerous places. PAGE 4 mortem. We are trying to identify the other vehicle and its driver involved in the accident. Eyewitnesses said they heard the sound of the collision from a distance of nearly one kilometer, said the Investigating Officer. The police have initiated the inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. Hoshiarpur, October 6 A woman and her daughter allegedly attacked a female member of a dengue survey team which was conducting a checking at their house after dengue larvae were found on the premises. The woman, claiming herself to be a doctor working in a private hospital, and her mother allegedly thrashed the victim with a stick. The victim, Ramanpreet, said their team was conducting checking and survey in a house opposite to Gautam Nagar Street No. 6. The house had a tea shop inside it too. During the checking, dengue larvae were found inside the house and the volunteers started making video of it. Infuriated over it, a woman in the house and her daughter, who claimed to be doctor, beat her with a stick and abused her. The volunteer had a narrow escape of being run over by a car after she was pushed out of the house by the duo. Other volunteers Naresh, Avtar Singh, Vikas Dadwal and Sohan Singh saved her. After the incident, Ramanpreet was admitted to the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital. A complaint was lodged at the city police station in this regard. Demanding justice from the district administration, Basant Kumar, incharge of anti-larva staff, said, “If the people of the city start Dengue larvae were found on the premises of the attackers unfortunate ❝It is anI have written to incident. the SSP, Hoshiarpur, in this regard to take strict action against the culprits. I also appeal to the people of the city to cooperate with the teams of the Health Dept so that the disease can be controlled. ❞ Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra, CIVIL SURGEON abusing volunteers and Health Department teams in this manner, how can we save the people from dengue. The administration should take a stern stance over it.” Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra said, “It is an unfortunate incident. I have written to SSP Hoshiarpur, in , this regard to take strict action against the culprits.” He appealed to the people of the city to cooperate with the teams of the Health Department so that the disease can be controlled. Two new cases reported in dist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 6 As many as two new Covid cases were reported on Wednesday from the district, taking the total district tally to 63,335 cases. In Jalandhar, with one Covid death reported yesterday, the district deceased tally reached 1,495. No new death from Covid was reported today. As many as 61,809 people have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 31. Of the 16,81248 samples collected in the district so far, 15,48012 samples have tested negative. Results of as many as 974 tests are yet awaited. There are 21 people in home isolation in the district currently. 2 cases, no death at K’thala Two cases of Covid were reported from Kapurthala on Wednesday, taking the Covid tally to 17,837. No death from Covid was reported at Kapurthala today. One positive in Hoshiarpur One new Covid case was reported on Wednesday from the district, taking the total district tally to 30,782 cases. No Covid death was recorded today. The deceased tally remained at 982. As many as 29,789 people have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 11. Guiding light FESTIVE SEASON BEGINS Devi Talab Mandir decked-up on the eve of Navratri in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Long-winding wait for disability certificates City activists seek completion of state’s only research centre Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 6 A delegation of disability activists from Jalandhar, led by Amarjit Singh Anand, expert member, State Advisory Board (SAB), Disabilities, today met Cabinet minister for Medical Education and Research, Raj Kumar Verka in Jalandhar with a demand to speed-up the process of completion of the Research & Development Centre for Autism and Neuro Development Disorders at Sector 79 in Mohali and inaugurate it as soon as possible. Members said the parents of persons with intellectuals disabilities have to follow a longwinding process for procuring certificates for intellectual disabilities as well as psychiatric help - which will be greatly eased when the centre opens. Members said the ministers assured them to do the needful within two months. They said District Early Intervention centres, which issue disability certificates, are present only in five districts which pose a grave problem. A letter submitted to the minister by Anand, stated, “The foundation of the centre was laid in 2016 with deposit of Rs 20 crores. The project was scheduled to be completed in one year’s time. The project is almost complete and is running late and is into the 5th year now. The project is the ❝ Parents who have special children face a GETTING DOCUMENT TOUGH TASK lot of inconvenience as they have to take ■ Members of the delegation said parents of the persons with intellectual disabilities have to run their special child to Amritsar. We also face from pillar to post to procure certificates for harassment as a specialised assessment of intellectual disabilities as well as psychiatric help, IQ is not available at the district level. The which will be greatly eased when the centre Mohali centre building is almost complete, opens. Members said the ministers assured them to do the needful within two months. They once it is operational, all districts having no said district early intervention centres, which psychiatriccan refer assessment cases to this issue disability certificates, are present only in umbrella institute. Amarjit Singh Anand, ACTIVIST five districts, which pose a grave problem. ❞ pride of Punjab, being the first state in the country to have autism and neuro-developmental disorder R&D. The alarming situation of autism and neurodevelopment disorders is revealed by the study done by AIIMS doctors. 12 per c m y b cent or one in eight children are suffering from autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.” The letter added, “Inspite of repeated reminders to the Punjab Government by parents seeking early detection and intervention through Umbrella Institution and Operational District Early Intervention Centres ((DEICs), we feel there has been no redressal of our grievances. As per provisions of RPwD Act, 2016, the state has to provide disability certificate to persons with intellectual disability at the district level but unfortunately, only five districts have DEIC and doctors’ team of psychiatrists refers cases to Amritsar or PGI. Hence, parents of PwIDs face harassment at their district head quarters and even Amritsar. Further at Amritsar, the disability evaluation is done only on fixed days and very few (3-4 cases get their evaluation or disability certificates) and rest of the parents coming from all over Punjab have to return without any assessment certificate. The DEIC centres and doctors where there is no DEIC, each time refer cases for assessment or IQ testing to Amritsar, PGI or Sec 32, Chandigarh.” Speaking to The Tribune, Amarjit Singh Anand who himself is a father of a special child, said, “Parents who have special children face a lot of inconvenience as they have to take their special child to Amritsar and also face harassment for a specialised assessment of IQ not available at the district level. The Mohali centre is almost complete, once it is operational, all districts having no psychiatric can refer assessment cases to this institute. Many children, especially in rural areas, aren’t getting certificates issued in time, which obstructs their grants, pensions, Aadhaar issuance etc. The minister has assured us that the project will be operational in 2 months.”
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