14102021-JTR-01.qxd 10/13/2021 11:43 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE MOST OF COUNTRY AT RISK OF NATURAL DISASTERS: EXPERT Pushpa Gujral Science City celebrated International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction by organising a webinar. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ILLICIT LIQUOR SEIZED, 3 HELD Jalandhar: In a drive against liquor smugglers, held on the directions of Commissioner of Police, Jalandhar, Naunihal Singh, a CIA Staff-1 team of Jalandhar police on Wednesday arrested a person with 10 cartons of illicit liquor. While on patrol at a petrol pump near Ravidas Chowk, they received a tip-off that Davinderpal, alias Bhupa, a resident of Abadpura, had sent his cousin Ravi Kumar, a resident of Abadpura, to bring liquor in an auto-rickshaw (PB-08 CX 4519). Following which, a check-post was set up near the petrol pump and the accused was held. During the search of the auto-rickshaw, the liquor cartons were recovered. The accused have been identified as Ravi Kumar and Davinderpal Singh, both residents of Abadpura, and Gaurav Chaddha, a resident of Nakodar. TNS THREE BOOKED FOR BURNING SHANTIES Hoshiarpur: Chabbewal police on Tuesday booked three persons under Sections 436, 427, 506 and 120-B for burning shanties of migrant labourers, breaking the lock of the tubewell room, encroaching upon land and cutting trees. Jaswinder Singh of Muggopatti village had complained that three brothers — Surinder Singh, Karnail Singh and Jeet Ram — of the same village had burnt shanties of migrant labourers, broken the lock of the tubewell room, encroached upon land and cut trees from their land. The complaint was probed by DSP Prem Singh and based upon the its report, an FIR was registered. OC PAGE 2 SINGER SHAAN BAGS A ROLE IN ILAIYARAAJA’S MUSIC SCHOOL MAX 33°C | MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 19°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:56 PM Garhshankar: A category-B match of the 35th JCT Punjab State Super Football League, organised by the Punjab Football Association, was played at Babbar Akali Memorial Khalsa College’s Olympian Jarnail Singh Football Stadium. During this match, Olympian Jarnail Singh Football Club, Garhshankar, defeated United Football Club, Amritsar, 6-2 to take the lead in the league. OC PROTEST AGAINST FARMER KILLINGS Garhshankar: On the call given by the Kendriya Likhari Sabha (Sekhon), a protest was held against the killing of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri by literary activists of the Doaba Sahitya Sabha, Garhshankar, and Darpan Sahitya Sabha, Saila Khurd. Writers gathered in the local Gandhi Park and expressed their anger and strongly condemned the incident. Master Sham Sunder said the writers would continue to play an important role in the farmers’ movement. OC PAGE 4 The actress also revealed that how Bipasha Basu was one of the biggest inspirations behind the new look. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:30 AM THURSDAY | 14 OCTOBER 2021 | JALANDHAR These bizmen don a different role for 10 days RAMLILA ACT Taking leave from work, they ready their costumes, rehearse to give their best on stage Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 13 Annually around this time, a bunch of nearly 15 businessmen from the city shun their work for nearly a month so as to don a different role. As members of the Jai Mahabir Club, they all can be seen on stage of Dussehra ground of Basti Sheikh these days performing in Ramlila. While Gulshan Bajaj, who plays the role of Rama, is a trader of mustard oil, Sunil Shoor, who is seen as Dashrath, is a goldsmith at the local Sarafa Bazaar. Vicky Sharma, who dons the role of Sita, works in a saree shop. Sanjeev Sondhi, who is the director and plays the role of Ravana, runs a box factory. Taking leave from work or deputing another family member for these days, they work day and night readying their costumes, learning dialogues, doing rehearsals and getting proper makeup so as to give their best on stage and pull maximum crowds. Fifty-year-old Sanjeev Sondhi, says: “I was just eight when I got into it. My tayaji used to organise Ramlilas and I used to assist him with Gulshan Bajaj (centre) plays the role of Lord Rama various works. For the past 25 years or so, I have played the roles of Ravana, Angad, Laxman and Bharat on various occasions. Now, my primary role in the club is direction. I along with my friend Romy Dhanjal, who designs antique wood pieces, are together getting all the role play done.” He added: “We have done a lot of innovation with the change of time. We telecast the Ram Leela live on our FB page, which gets 60,500-plus views daily. Since today is the day of Laxman Morcha, the viewership will be all-time high. We have added several new scenes in the enactment. We have also readied a Pushpak Viman welding various iron railings and covering it with wooden planks.” A multi-talented artiste, Sondhi also does make-up of some artistes every evening. Almost all members have an association of more than 20 years with the Ramlila group. Says Gulshan Bajaj: “I have been participating in Ramlila for the past nearly 28 years. I used to perform the role of Laxman earlier but for the last two years, I am playing the role of Lord Rama. It is out of sheer passion and devotion that we Factory owner Sanjeev Sondhi plays the role of Ravana are all working to give our best on stage every night. It is not just a 10-days or work that goes into it. Despite performing for so many years, we need to practice for at least a month ahead of the Ramlila for hours to make the show good.” Sunil Shoor adds: “For 21 years, I have been playing the role of Mahavir but this time I am doing the act of Goldsmith Sunil Shoor in action during Ramlila Dashrath. It all started in my childhood days. I was a regular visitor to the temple since 1987 and never missed Ramlila. Watching it with so much passion, I eventually got a desire of role play. Since then, it has been an annual mega event for me which I have never missed, not even in corona days last year. Unlike other Ramlila groups, we do not take costumes on rent, we get them all tailor-made to get the best look.” Another trend noted is that more than one person from a family is engaged in Ramlila. Sanjeev Sondhi’s younger brother Harsh Sondhi plays the role of Laxman. Gulshan Bajaj’s brother Harsh Bajaj helps the team with dialogue writing. No doubt passion runs in these families. Road construction work takes a toll on city’s air quality index Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Members of the Health Department celebrate the success in Jalandhar on Wednesday. MALKIAT SINGH 20L vaccinated in district 13 lakh received first dose and 6 lakh second Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service JARNAIL FOOTBALL CLUB BEAT ASR AANCHAL’S DREAM OF BEING A BENGALI BRIDE COMES TRUE Shaan has stepped aboard for Papa Rao’s Hindi directorial debut Music School in the capacity of an actor. TWO HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Hoshiarpur: Mukerian police arrested Shamsher Singh, owner of Shiv Shakti Dhaba, Badal Market, Mukerian, and recovered 12 bottles of liquor from his dhaba. The police got a tip-off that the accused was selling liquor under the garb of dhaba business. In another case, Hajipur police arrested Mani Singh of Kullian Lubana village and seized 6,750 ml of illicit liquor from him near Dhadekatwal village. Separate FIRs were registered under the Excise Act against the culprits by respective police stations. OC PAGE 3 Jalandhar, October 13 Nine months after the vaccination programme took off in the district, Covid vaccine has been administered to over 20 lakh people. The administration today said more than 90 per cent of the population had been covered under the vaccination drive in the district. However, the gap between the first and second doses continues to persist. The administration today exhorted people to get their second jab to complete their vaccination course. Of the over 20 lakh people vaccinated in district, over six lakh have received the second dose of the Covid vaccine. In all, 20,00,560 beneficiaries have been administered vaccine in the district of which 13,82,978 have received the first doze and 6,17,582 the second dose. Releasing vaccine numbers today, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori exhorted people to come forward for the second dose of the vaccine to complete their course and ensure their safety from the virus. Notably, of the total 20,00,560 people, who were administered vaccine, 1,70,000 TWO NEW CASES IN JALANDHAR Two new Covid cases were reported in Jalandhar district on Wednesday. The total tally of cases in district stands at 63,345. No new Covid death was reported in the district today. The death toll remains at 1,495. The number of patients, who recovered from Covid is 61,832 while there are 18 active cases in Jalandhar district. Of the 1,69,6782 samples collected in the district so far, 1,56,3239 have tested negative. One +ve in Kapurthala: One person tested positive for Covid in Kapurthala district on Wednesday. The tally of Covid cases remains at 17,842 in the district. No Covid death was reported in the district today. One fresh case in Hoshiarpur: One person contracted virus in the district taking the Covid tally to 30,794 cases on Wednesday. However, no death was reported in the district today. The death toll stands at 982 in the district. There are 12 active cases in the district while 29,800 have recovered from Covid. Jalandhar, October 13 With 239 mark in the Air Quality Index (AQI), the air quality of Jalandhar, which recently got the tag of the most polluted Punjab district in an AQI survey, has taken a hit. At present, as per the AQI figures, the air quality in the city falls under the ‘unhealthiest state’. This has raised the concern on the factors behind the air dilution. As per the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) zonal head, despite the fall in stubble burning cases, the air quality is in a poor state as compared to last year. Throughout the day, the AQI ranges between the 160 and 250 mark. The highest mark is recorded in the day- Road repair work in progress in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE FILE on roads is a major reason ❝Dusttriggered various respiratorybehind air pollution. This has problems. Motor vehicle emissions, stubble burning and industrial activities are the other common factors behind air pollution ❞ Tejinder Kumar, PPCB ZONAL HEAD time and it drops by the evening. On Tuesday, the AQI in most parts of the town was recorded 239. At 3 pm, on Wednesday, the highest AQI mark was 221. By the Dr Ranjit Ghotra assumes Forbes list: Sonalika head charge as new Civil Surgeon 71st wealthiest Indian Tribune News Service received Covaxin while the rest got the Covishield jab. Notably, vaccination drive is on at 100 sites in the district depending on demand. Covaxin is being regularly administered at two sites, including Garha and Maqsoodan. “Vaccine drive is getting a rousing response in the city. Many people are turning up at designated sites to get jabbed against virus. On an average 10,000 to 20,000 beneficiaries are getting vaccinated every day. The number of people receiving their second dose is expected to increase as the supply of vaccine has been streamlined,” said Thori. The District Immunisation Officer, Dr Rakesh Chopra said, “Majority of population in the district has been covered under the vaccination drive. Most people are now coming for their second jab against virus.” “Today, 8,036 people were vaccinated. Of these, first dose was administered to 5,000 beneficiaries and second to 3,000. Sixty per cent beneficiaries are coming for the second jab and 40 per cent for the first dose,” Dr Chopra added. “Majority of those turning up at the two vaccination sites are coming for their second dose of Covaxin,” said Dr Chopra. Notably, in an impressive vaccination drive elderly and physically challenged were vaccinated on the doorstep in the district. c m y b evening, with Particulate Matter 2.5, it dropped to 163. PPCB zonal head Tejinder Kumar said around 20 stubble burning cases had been reported in the last 10 days. The smoke emanating from farm fires has certainly downgraded the air quality. Besides, the dust on roads is also a major reason behind pollution. In most of the city areas, the civic authorities and the administration have started constructing roads. Roads even in a motorable state have been dug for recarpeting, adding to the city’s woes. MC councillors say the government is trying to complete the pending Smart City projects as Assembly elections are around the corner. continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 13 Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra took charge as Civil Surgeon of Jalandhar on Wednesday. Dr Ghotra is a child specialist. While he started his service from the CHC, Kalnaur, Gurdaspur district, he also worked at the CHC, Tanda, as a medical officer for a long time. He was deputed as a senior medical officer at the Civil Hospital, Bham, Gurdaspur district, and the CHC, Dunga, Hoshiarpur district. He worked as a Civil Surgeon in Hoshiarpur. After he took charge as CS today, he was welcomed by all programme officers. Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, District Hoshiarpur, October 13 The chairman of Hoshiarpurbased Sonalika Group, LD Mittal, remains the 71st wealthiest Indian having a net worth of $2.92 billion as per the Forbes list released recently. The 90-year-old industrialist has been named among the top 75 wealthiest in the country for the 10th year in a row since 2012. When asked about the list Mittal’s reaction was humble, He said, “Farmers are our customers. They are our strength. All credit goes to the loyalty of farmers towards our innovative and efficient agri-implements.” Mittal started his business in 1990 after retiring from the Life Insurance Corporation Family Welfare Officer Dr Raman Gupta, District Health Officer Dr Arun Verma, District Immunisation Officer Dr Rakesh Chopra, Dr Jaswinder Singh, Dr Ravleen Singh, and Ranbir Kaur, among others, were present on the occasion. Dr Ghotra held a meeting with officials and was apprised of Covid-related programmes and welfare and health schemes and projects in Jalandhar. LD Mittal of India. Today, Sonalika Group is India’s third-largest tractor maker, which has world’s largest manufacturing capacity of three lakh tractors per annum under one roof at Hoshiarpur. Earlier, there was a total drought of industrial pursuits in Hoshiarpur, one of the most backward districts of the state, but Mittal decided to go against the trend.
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