19112021-JTR-01.qxd 11/18/2021 11:22 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE IN PICS: HISTORICAL & SACRED SITES AT SULTANPUR LODHI PAGE 2 THE BEATLES: GET BACK: SPECIAL SCREENING OF HELD IN LONDON On 552nd Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak, Tribune captures various historical and sacred sites in holy town. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF HIT BY PASSENGER TRAIN, MAN DIES Jalandhar: An unidentified youth in his late 20s was killed today after being hit by a passenger train. The train was heading from Jalandhar City towards Ferozepur when the incident took place near the Nagra railway gate. The deceased lost one arm, one leg and suffered a severe head injury. According to information, two trains had already passed over body of the deceased before the Government Railway Police (GRP) reached the spot. Sub-Inspector Rajveer Singh of the GRP police reached the spot and took the body in his possession. No ID was obtained from the deceased to establish his identity, said Rajveer. The body had been kept in the Civil Hospital mortuary for 72 hours, Rajveer added. Meanwhile, a railway official urged people to avoid walking along the railway tracks to avoid any mishap. TNS PLANTATION DRIVE AT POLICE LINES Jalandhar: Commissioner of Police (CP) Naunihal Singh launched a plantation and cleanliness drive at the Police Lines here on Thursday. The CP said the drive would continue for a week in which extensive cleaning of the Police Lines surroundings would be undertaken, besides ensuring maximum plantation on the campus. Clean and green environment was the key to a healthy and prosperous society, the CP added. He also asked cops to take care of saplings. “We all must adopt a positive approach towards nature to sensitise our future generations for the preservation of the environment,” the CP said. TNS YOUTH HELD WITH STOLEN BIKE Garhshankar: The police arrested a youth and recovered a stolen bike from his possession on Thursday. Earlier, the police received a tip-off about a youth identified as Harvinder Singh, alias Bobby, a resident of Dogarpur village, who was waiting at the main gate of the Garhshankar Civil Hospital with a stolen bike for someone. The police reached the spot and arrested Harvinder. A case has been registered. OC TWO HELD WITH 15-KG POPPY HUSK Hoshiarpur: The Mehtiana police arrested two smugglers after intercepting their car at a naka and recovered 15 kg of poppy husk from them on Wednesday. The accused have been identified as Baldev Singh, alias Billa, a resident of Harkhowal, and Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Gagowal, Amritsar district. The police also seized the car of the accused and registered and FIR against them under the NDPS Act. OC STAMP VENDORS’ EXAM ON NOV 21 Hoshiarpur: DC Apneet Riyait has said candidates, who applied for the stamp vendors’ licence, would have to appear for the written test on Sunday (November 21) at DAV College. She said: “Candidates should report at the centre at 9:30 am. Those candidates, who have not received their admit card/roll number can get it from Room No. 202, second floor, DC office, on November 20 from 11 am to 1 pm.” OC PAGE 4 AMAZON MINI TV ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM GUPT GYAAN It showcases Beatles’ creative process as they attempt to write 14 new songs for their first live concert in over 2 years. MAX 26°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:27 PM PAGE 4 Amazon miniTV launched a short film, Gupt Gyaan, on Nov 18. It is produced by Guneet Monga and Achin Jain. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:59 AM FRIDAY | 19 NOVEMBER 2021 | JALANDHAR Parkash Purb: Artist donates 3 art pieces for holy town Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Sultanpur Lodhi, November 18 As devotees have started converging in the holy town of Guru Nanak for the 552nd Parkash Purb celebrations, there is something new and amazing for them to watch. The site is the Guru Nanak Art Gallery in Nirmal Kutiya, the dera of environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal. Just at the entrance of the gallery, famous artist Arpana Caur has brought in three pieces of art associated with Guru Nanak – replicas of his musical instrument ‘rabab’ which the guru’s follower Mardana used to play as he used to recite the bani, a hand holding a ‘mala’ used in prayers which is symbolic with the guru and the guru’s wooden footwear ‘Khadawan’. The three pieces of fine art Famous artist Arpana Caur has brought in three pieces of art associated with Guru Nanak — replicas of his musical instrument rabab, which the guru’s follower Mardana used to play as he used to recite the bani, the guru’s wooden footwear khadawan and a hand holding a mala used in prayers which is symbolic with the guru. These are kept at Guru Nanak Art Gallery in Nirmal Kutiya. PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH Fire safety not a priority for private hospitals in district Many have latest tech for dousing flames, but they never hold mock drills Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 18 The district has 800 private hospitals and is known as Asia’s biggest medicare hub, but fire safety arrangements at most healthcare facilities have not been checked for ages altogether. Besides, majority of hospitals in Jalandhar district don’t have designated fire safety officers despite the 2020 Supreme Court guidelines calling for a nodal officer for each establishment. Lack of space, including that for parking vehicles, is a problem faced by most hospitals, but many have found shortcut solutions for the same. At some establishments, basement parking runs side by side with labs. Sensitive wards are housed in many commericalised basements closed from all sides. A few hospitals renovated recently have latest, state-ofthe-art facilities and sprinklers for dousing flames. Many hospitals have dangerous towering buildings with some floors marked by a network of heavy-duty cables and wires for complicated medical equipment. Even hospitals with proper fire safety equipment don’t hold regular mock drills or undertake maintenance. This The exact number hospitals fire incidents ❝district, which haveofobtained in ❝Keeping in view the recentvarious parts of the at medical establishments in NOCs, will be clear after we receive lists. Instructions have been issued to hospitals to get fire safety audits conducted. ❞ the country, directions for fire safety audits have been issued to hospitals recently. A nodal officer has also instructed hospitals to review their fire safety arrangements. Jaswant Singh, ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL FIRE OFFICER, JALANDHAR increases chances of equipment malfunctioning when the need actually arises. Sources in the Fire and Health Departments told The Tribune that politicians and key officials at times called when big hospitals were denied NOCs (No Objection Certificates). “The ‘sifarish culture’ is a regular for a hospital to obtain an NOC despite inadequate fire fighting arrangements,” ❞ Ghashyam Thori, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, JALANDHAR the sources added. Many hospitals also have PROs, security personnel or even clerks or accountants doubling up as fire safety personnel. Most of them are untrained in fire safety protocol. The two city private hospitals, Vedanta Hospital and Sigma Hospital, which The Tribune visited, had basic fire safety arrangements. The basement parking area of the Vedanta Hospital, which also houses a lab, had three oxygen cylinders while all floors had two or more cylinders barring the ground floor OPD, which had only one. Besides, an oxygen cylinder is stored outside the Vedanta Hospital gallery. There is one fire extinguisher in the oxygen storage area of the hospital. Meanwhile, the upper floors of the hospital have two or more fire extinguishers. The hospital, however, has no fire hydrants. Meanwhile, at Sigma Hospital, which also specialises in paediatrics and childcare, has fire hydrants hoses on every floor. Fire extinguishing cylinders at the hospital were found to be valid till this month (November). Almost all cylinders, except a few, bore expiry date as November 2021. Barring the congested hospital ground floor, which also houses the neo-natal care unit, has a network of pipes, wires etc in some sections. The upper two floors of the hospital are better ventilated. The Vedanta Hospital authorities also shared the NOC with The Tribune, which was renewed recently. The Assistant Divisional Fire Officer, Jalandhar, Jaswant Singh said, “The exact number of hospitals in the district, which have obtained NOCs, will be clear after we receive lists. Instructions have been issued to hospitals to get fire safety audits conducted.” “Only 15 to 20 per cent big hospitals in Jalandhar have latest sprinkler systems. Rest of the hospitals have only basic fire safety arrangements. However, most hospitals are fit to tackle fire exigencies. Basements are also being used in many hospitals in which sprinkler systems have been installed,” he added. have been made by chiselling pure white marble. The work has been done so perfectly that on touching the khadawan one can actually feel the contours of the feet. All three pieces have been decked up by placing marigold flowers around them. Says Gurwinder Boparai from Baba Seechewal’s team: “These solid pieces of art have been donated by the artist. She said she had got them designed from craftsmen of Rajasthan. She had planned to donate them at the time of the 550th Parkash Purb programme, but it took a lot of time to achieve that perfection level. So few days back, these art pieces were delivered to us”. The Seechewal team had two years back set up Gurdwara Gurparkash Sahib in the Nirmal Kutiya compound Admn fixes sand retail rates for municipal areas Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 18 The Jalandhar district administration on Thursday fixed retail prices of sand for various municipal areas in consultation with all stakeholders, including contractors, transporters and retailers at a meeting held today at the district administrative complex. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said it was unanimously decided that the sand would be made available at retail outlets at Rs 15/cubic ft in the municipal area of Jalandhar city, likewise at Rs 11.5 in Phillaur, Nakodar, Noormahal, at Rs 11 in Mehatpur and Shahkot, Rs 12 in Bilga, Lohian, Rs 13 in Goraya and Kartarpur (from Beas), and Rs 15 in Adampur and Alawalpur municipal areas. These rates include transportation charges. Since, these new retail rates have been agreed upon by all the stakeholders, any kind of violation of them would be met with strict legal action, including FIR against the violators, said the DC. The new rates shall also come into effect immediately. Thori further clarified that these rates only entail availability of sand at retailers’ outlets and its further delivery at customer’s location may include additional transportation charges. The DC also asked the contractors to ensure that all mining sites Intoxicants, drugs: STFraid at garment showroom ‘Cong making false promises to farmers’ Jalandhar, November 18 The Special Task Force (STF), on Thursday, conducted a raid at a garment showroom, located near Adarsh Nagar. According to the information, the STF has received a tip-off that intoxicants and drugs were hidden inside the showroom (London Wear Men and Women Garment Showroom). Following this, a checking was conducted inside the store. The owner of the showroom was also taken into police custody for further investigation. The raid lasted for about an hour. Sig- Jalandhar, November 18 Members of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today sought the waiving off of the entire debt of farmers and farm labourers in the state before the election code of conduct comes into place. Taking potshots at the state Congress government, AAP leaders said the state government had always misled farmers and continues to do so. In a press conference addressed by the Punjab Mahila Wing President Rajwinder Kaur, District Lok Sabha incharge, Ramneek Randhawa and District President and Halka in-charge Jalandhar Cantt Surinder Singh Sodhi; AAP leaders sought answers from the state CM whether he would waive all farm debts of farmers in the state ahead nificantly, the state government has already given instructions to the police to take strict action against drugs. As soon as the Channi government took over, the police have been active since the past few days to prevent the incident of drugs and robberies in the state. Recently, the police raided many shops and malls in the city. — TNS Tribune News Service c m y b AAP workers at a press conference in city. of the election code of conduct or not. Sodhi said the Congress, on January 19, 2017, had committed to provide complete debt waiver to farmer and labourers, which included government, cooperative and private banks as well as debts associated with the unorganised sector. He said the entire sum of this debt amounted to at the basement of which the art gallery was planned to be set up. While the gurdwara, the seminar hall and a screen for showing documentaries has been ready for two years, the art gallery is slowly getting more pieces. “All the pieces that we require to be kept in the gallery are a bit expensive. So it is taking little time to set up. We are setting up various items here which are connected with the history of the first Guru. Various sculptures, paintings, scripts etc which depict his teachings including those based on his lines Pawan guru pani pita and So kyon manda aakhiye, jitt jamme raajan. We are also partly using this gallery to exhibit the works being done by Baba Seechewal for the upliftment of environment of this holy town,” said Boparai. nearly Rs 1.5 lakh crore. He also added many forms had been filled with this promise but unfortunately the Congress showed its true face to people the moment the governemnt was formed. Rajwinder Kaur, while targeting CM Charanjit Singh Channi, said the CM was again trying to mislead farmers and labourers. Our question is to the CM is whether he will waive the entire debt. If he will, then he should declare a time limit for the same and waive the debt before election code of conduct comes into place. If you can’t fuflill the promise, then all the other assurances have no meaning, she said. She said debts and finacial crisis are the key reasons for farmers’ distress. They are the prime reasons for farmers’ suicides and entire farming community was reeling under gloom due to same reasons. The DC has urged the people to inform the administration about overcharging through WhatsApp No. 9501799068 for swift action on such instances. were operational in the district so that there was no scarcity of sand adding he urged all transporters, contractors and retailers to feel free to contact him if they had any kind of problem and shared his personal mobile number with all stakeholders. Notably, the state government had already rolled out the Punjab State Sand and Gravel Mining Policy, 2021 to provide sand and gravel at Rs 5.50/cubic ft at pit-heads (excluding transportation charges). However, the administration was receiving complaints of overcharging in spite of relief given by the government, thereby making it necessary for the administration to fix the retail prices to resolve this issue. The DC has urged the people to inform the administration about overcharging through WhatsApp No. 9501799068 for swift action on such instances. He said after fixation of the retail prices, any kind of overcharging and fleecing by sellers would be highly unwarranted and attract strict legal action. Officers from the civil and police administration besides contractors, retailers and transporters were present at the meeting. Dist reports 11 cases, 1 death Jalandhar, November 18 There has been a dramatic rise in the number of Covid cases today. As many as 11 new cases have been reported in the district on Thursday. With this, the total Covid tally in the district has reached 63,457 cases. One person also died of Covid in Jalandhar today. With this, the district deceased tally has reached 1,497 today. Meanwhile, one new case of Covid was reported positive in Kapurthala on Thursday as the Covid tally reached 17,864. No death from Covid was reported in Kapurthala. — TNS
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