14012022-JTR-01.qxd 1/13/2022 11:53 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE OMICRON FEAR CASTS SHADOW ON LOHRI CELEBRATIONS PAGE 2 Most of the festivities go virtual. Students vow to stay away from social evils and sing folk renditions. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 6 SMUGGLERS HELD WITH INTOXICANTS MAN KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT Hoshiarpur: One person died in a road accident in the area. The Talwara police have registered a case against the unidentified driver of a car. According to the information, Vikas Kumar, a resident of Bhargo Camp Jalandhar, told the police that they were returning from Beh Choohad village after finishing their work. When he reached near Nangal, a car hit his companion Om Prakash. He took him to the hospital in Kamahi Devi, in an injured condition, from where he was referred to Dasuya and then to Jalandhar where Om Prakash died. OC BETTING: 1 HELD WITH ~4,510 SUNSET FRIDAY 5:46 PM NEWBORN FOUND NEAR IELTS CENTRE Hoshiarpur: A one-year-old girl was found abandoned outside an IELTS centre. The Model Town police have registered a case in this regard on the basis of a letter written to police, by Chairperson Child Welfare Committee Harpreet Kaur. She said on December 1, last year, a one-year-old girl was found abandoned from outside an IELTS centre. She has now been sent to the Unique home in Jalandhar. On the said complaint, the police have registered a case under Section 317 of the IPC and section 75 of Juvenile Justice Act 2015. OC ACTRESS KASHMIRA SAYS SHE IS IN LOVE WITH ACTING PAGE 4 The actor is making heads turn with her role in Anbarivu, which is now out on Disney+ Hotstar. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:27 AM FRIDAY | 14 JANUARY 2022 | JALANDHAR Dhiyan Di Lohri: Teachers celebrate birth of newborn girls Aparna Banerji Jalandhar, January 13 A milk bottle, a rattle (called jhunjhuna in Punjabi and Hindi) and a teether are among the gifts that Ajmer Singh includes in a carefully wrapped package — one of the many he is going to distribute among various homes which have had newborn baby girls in his village this year. A similar package of goodies is also being wrapped at Rurka Kalan village by school master Boota Ram to give these away to newborn girls at his village. In the 21st century when there are still homes where gloom prevails after the birth of a baby girl, several school teachers are changing things, celebrating the birth of girls and opening the way for their emancipation. The celebration of the birth of little girls in their village through annual “Dhiyan Di Lohri” events is marking a change both in society and education. Incidentally, the change has been led by several free thinking men. “Only until a few years ago, women at Rurka Kalan used to wear only salwarkameez, several homes felt sad over the birth of baby girls and schooling girls was still a radical idea. Things have changed now. Girls in pants and T-shirts stroll happily. That’s how much the village has changed. The football academy YFC and our school have both been instrumental in changing mindsets,” says Boota Ram, a teacher at Government Girls Primary School for Girls, Rurka Kalan. ❝ A few years ago we celebrated the birth of 10 to 12 girls. Last year, it was seven to eight girls. This year it is five. Families know we will visit. They look forward to it. Gifting mothers with moongfali, revaris and gifts for girls is an annual tradition. We have 53 students in the school, of whom 30 are girls. Previously some girls were forced by their parents to leave studies when they turned 12. Ajmer Singh ❞ While a Lohri function to celebrate the birth of 21 newborn baby girls was celebrated at Rurka Kalan on January 3, at Natthewal, Ajmer Singh, a teacher of the Government Primary School, Natthewal, went door to door in five village families to greet them on the birth of their girls on Lohri. Both the schools celebrate Dhiyan Di Lohri with aplomb every year. Ajmer Singh says, “A few years ago we celebrated the birth of 10 to 12 girls. Last year it was seven to eight girls. This year it is five. Families know we will visit them. They look forward to it. Gifting mothers with moongfali, revaris and gifts for the girls is an annual tradition. We have 53 students in the school, of whom 30 are girls. Previously some girls were forced by their parents to leave studies when they turned 12 years. We started visiting such families and persuaded them to keep educating them till Dist reports 470 fresh cases Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 13 As many as 470 new cases of Covid were reported from Jalandhar on Thursday. With this, the Covid tally in the district has reached 66,839 cases. As many as 62,914 people have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases have reached 2,421 today. The deceased tally in Jalandhar remained at 1,504. Of the 19,32,129 samples collected in the district, so far, 17,88, 126 samples have tested negative. 195 cases reported in Kapurthala As many as 195 new cases of Covid were reported from the district today, taking the district tally to 18,753 cases. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambu- COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE SAINIK SCHOOL DECLARED CONTAINMENT ZONE Kapurthala: Sainik School, Kapurthala, was declared a containment zone as there are 23 active cases here. Kapurthala DC Deepti Uppal ordered the school being declared a containment zone after a spate of cases from there. Notably, this is the second school in Kapurthala to be formally declared a containment zone. Before this, the Army Public School, Dhilwan, has also been declared a containment zone after over 40 cases were reported from there. However, the Dhilwan school is no more containment zone as cases after completion of mandatory quarantine period. Those include tested positive residents of Kapurthala, Phagwara, Begowal among other places. 470 66,839 0 1,504 62,914 2,421 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 13 Directing all Returning Officers to ensure timely transmission of postal ballots to service voters, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Thursday said there were 1,881 service voters in the district and their participation in the elections would be ensured through electronically transmitted postal ballot system (ETPBS). In a meeting held with all Returning Officers and Infotech officials entrusted with the task, the DC ordered that the service voters of the district posted at various locations would get their postal ballot electronically and they would dispatch the same through post. He said the Returning Officers and their teams had already made necessary preparations in this regard to accomplish the task without any glitch. He said the ETPBS would be used by the service voters Jalandhar: Deputy Commissioner, Excise, Jalandhar Zone, Jaskaran Singh Brar has directed the liquor vendors in the district to strictly follow the guidelines of the Election Commission of India (ECI) during electioneering otherwise the requisite action would be initiated against them in case of any violation. Brar said immediately after the imposition of the Model Code of Conduct, 48 enforcement teams led by Excise and Taxation officers had been constituted in all districts falling in Jalandhar Zone to keep a close watch on suspicious activities in the region. Besides, 14 nodal officers had also been deployed under special vigil to check the smuggling of liquor from other states, he added The DC also said Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori had already held a meeting with liquor vendors and traders to apprise them of the guidelines. He said they had been directed to comply with the said directions without any fail otherwise the requisite action would be initiated. He said the hotels, restaurants and bars falling in Jalandhar Range-2 were being checked by the excise teams. The teams seized unauthorized liquor from three restaurants/ bars in Amritsar and one in Jalandhar recently and took action under the Excise Act. Pertinently, the Excise Department teams also recovered lahan in a large quantity in Jalandhar, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur in December and destroyed it. He said in December, 19,39,042 kg of lahan, 3,694.93 litre of illicit liquor and 11,480 litre of smuggled liquor were seized. TNS to enable them to use their franchise after receiving postal ballot electronically. He said the service voters could download the postal ballot to cast their vote and then send the same through post to the RO through post. The DC also informed that the postal ballot paper to the service voters would be sent by the Returning Officer through record office. Meanwhile, after the meeting Additional Deputy Commissioner (D)-cum-Additional District Election Officer Jaspreet Singh along with the Return- c m y b lance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Distt Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ HOSHIARPUR DISTRICT REPORTS 115 NEW CASES, 1 DEATH Hoshiarpur: As many as 115 new cases of Covid-19 were reported from Hoshiarpur on Thursday, taking the total number of cases to 32,551. The number of active cases in the district now stands at 1,410. The death of a 73-year-old male resident of Tanda block was also reported today, taking the death toll to 1,003. OC Meanwhile, no new death was reported in Kapurthala Ensure service voters receive & dispatch postal ballot on time: DC 48 TEAMS TO CHECK EXCISE VIOLATIONS Hoshiarpur: The Mehtiana police arrested an accused while betting and recovered cash put on bet and betting slips worth Rs 4,510 from him. The accused has been identified as Naresh Kumar, a resident of Mustapur. He has been booked under the Gambling Act. OC PAGE 3 Ranjish Hi Sahi showcases the story of a man caught between devoted wife and a sizzling superstar. MAX 16°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 15°C | MIN 8°C Tribune News Service Hoshiarpur: The district police have arrested six smugglers recovering huge quantity of narcotics from them from different places during the last 24 hours. According to the information, the Hariana police arrested two smugglers and recovered 65 grams of intoxicating powder from them. The accused were identified as Avtar Singh alias Vicky, a resident of Bhatolia and Pradeep Kumar alias Deepa, a resident of Kahlwan. The Bullowal police have arrested Gurjinder Singh alias Rana, a resident of Pandori Mayal village and recovered 4,500 grams of poppy husk from him. The Model Town police arrested Manish Kumar, alias Harish Kumar, a resident of slums, located in Bhangi Choe and recovered 25 grams of intoxicating powder from him during a naka in the area. Also, the police arrested Surjeet Singh, a resident of Purhiran and Balwinder Heer alias Vicky, a resident of Sundar Nagar recovering 155 grams of intoxicant powder from them. They have been booked under the NDPS Act. OC THE RECENT SERIES OFFERS A WHIFF OF ’70S FASHION, LIFE ing Officers took a round of the EVM dispersal/collection centre, the EVM strongroom and the site of counting centre earmarked for the Vidhan Sabha polls 2022 in the nine constituencies of Jalandhar. The ADC stated that after voting on February 14 the counting of votes would take place in the district on March 10 at State Patwar School, Director Land Records, Gymnasium Hall and Sports College. He said votes of Phillaur and Nakodar constituencies would be counted at State Patwar School. Votes of Shahkot and Kartarpur will be counted at Director Land Records, Kapurthala Road, while Gymnasium Hall of Sports College will witness counting for Jalandhar West constituency. Similarly, the counting for Jalandhar Central will be held at 5th Floor, New Building in Director Land Records, whereas for Jalandhar North will take place in the hall of the Sports College Hostel while votes of Jalandhar Cantt and Adampur will be counted at 7th floor, New Building Director Land Records, and Masavi Hall, 3rd Floor New Building, Director Land Record, Kapurthala Road, respectively. today. The total deceased tally remains at 556. Class XII. Now the difference is evident. Most families educate girls till the class they want. Acceptance of girls has increased. Gloom has turned into positivity.” Rurka Kalan resident Boota Ram began distributing rewaris in the village after his own girl was born in 2012. Since 2013 onwards, he has been celebrating the birth of girls in his school too. In 2017, the school ushered in 51 girls in the block with Dhiyan Di Lohri. This year, the birth of 21 girls was celebrated. Last year, the school also distributed Rs 5,000 cycles to five girl achievers from nearby schools. This time Boota Ram happily posed with mothers of the newborn girls. The cultural event was itself a celebration of little boys and girls doing bhangra and giddha, dressed in traditional cultural attire. GPS Girls Rurka Kalan has 275 students, out of whom 170 are girls. Both Boota Ram’s daughter and his colleague’s own children are students of the same school. Boota says, “Asi tan kuriyan da shagun karna hi hunda. (We have to celebrate the girls’ birth). Be it 30, 40 or 50. Girls are gifted a package of baby suit, blanket, school bag, groundnuts and rewaris. Their mothers are also honoured. Our girls also played in the state championship bagging bronze in kho kho and football. We go to people’s homes and welcome them for the event. Many private students are leaving those schools and coming to our government school. They feel it is better.” Case against 2 for assaulting woman Our Correspondent Shahkot, January 13 The Shahkot police have booked two persons, including a woman on the charge of assaulting a woman. Investigating officer (IO) Lakbir Singh said the accused have been identified as Charanjit Kaur, wife of Sandip and Amandip Singh, son of Mukhtiar Singh, all residents of Kotla Suraj Mall. Manjit Kaur, wife of Mandip Singh, a resident of the same village complained to the police that the accused attacked her with sharp weapons on January 4 which left her seriously injured. He threatened her of dire consequences. A case has been registered under Sections 323, 325 (voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapons) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. No arrests have been made and raids are on to nab the accused. 1 booked in cheating case Nakodar: The Nakodar city police have booked a Jalandhar resident on the charges of cheating and breach of trust. Investigating officer (IO) Balwindar Singh said the accused has been identified as Rakesh Kumar’ a resident of Gurdev Nagar, Jalandhar. Jaswant Singh, a resident of Mehsam Pur village, under Mehat Pur police station complained to the police that the accused reached an agreement with him to sell his house in Mohalla Purewal colony, Nakodar. It was mortgaged with a bank. He received Rs 3 lakh as earnest money, but did not return it. The IO said a case has been registered against the accused and further investigations are on. Nawanshahr DC inspects election arrangements at counting centres Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, January 13 Deputy Commissioner-cumDistrict Election Officer Vishesh Sarangal on Thursday inspected the election arrangements in the proposed three counting centres in the district. The Deputy Commissioner (DC), who was accompanied by Additional Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh, visited counting centres — Banga’s GN College, Doaba College Chhokran (Rahon) in Nawanshahr and Baba Balraj Panjab University Constituent College in Balachaur. Sarangal said polling parties would be dispatched from these places and EVM/VVPAT machines would be received also here. During the inspection, Deputy Commissioner said foolproof security arrangements would be made by the district administration at these places during the polling process and all these centres would be set up as per the guidelines of the Election Commission. He said guidelines of Punjab Government regarding Covid-19 safety VIOLATION OF MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT Phagwara: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has implemented the code of conduct for the Punjab Assembly elections but in the rural areas of Phagwara subdivision, it is still common to find flags and posters of various political parties hanging on the walls, without the permission of the Election Commission. Neither the political parties concerned nor the staff of the Election Commission seems to be serious about it. When Phagwara BDPO Rampaul protocols would be strictly followed in these places. He added that keeping in view the Covid-19 protocols, two counting halls would be set up in each constituency instead of one big size room with 7-7 counting tables. He said these steps have been taken to reduce the crowd in the counting centres and maintaining social distancing as per the guidelines of the Election Singh Rana was contacted, he said the Block Development and Panchayat Department had been entrusted with the responsibility of unloading campaign materials from dharamshalas, schools, panchayat houses, anganwari, dispensaries and government poles and various teams were sending daily reports of rural areas. He said if any person or political party was found to be violating the code of conduct, the senior officials of the Election Commission would be informed to take appropriate action. OC Commission. He told that strong rooms would be set up at these three places and CCTV cameras would also be installed for round the clock vigil. Reiterating the firm commitment of the district administration to ensure free and fair general elections, he checked the centres and gave necessary directions to the officers. He said no stone would be left unturned for ensuring that the Assembly polls are held in the peaceful and transparent manner.
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