15012022-JTR-01.qxd 1/15/2022 12:10 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE CITY BOY MAKES ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE FOR DIGI CURRENCY PAGE 2 Arnav Bathla has been declared as the youngest Indian to build accounting software for digital currency in the US. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF STAFF CRUNCH AT PSPCL IN NAKODAR Nakodar: Punjab State Power Corporation Limited’s (PSPCL), Nakodar city division, has been facing an acute shortage of staff, which has hampered the routine functioning at the office. There are 619 sanctioned posts of employees in the division, out of which 468 posts are lying vacant and the workforce has been reduced to only 25%. Of the four sanctioned posts of subdivisional officers, three have been lying vacant. There are 23 posts of junior engineers in the division, of which 12 are vacant. Of the 159 posts of linemen and 292 posts of assistant linemen, 116 and 242 are lying vacant, respectively. Additional Superintendent Engineer Indarjit Singh said due to the shortage of linemen and assistant linemen complaints, redressal of complaints has taken a hit. OC 1 HELD FOR SELLING ILLICIT LIQUOR Nakodar: The Lohian Khas police have arrested a woman on the charge of selling illicit liquor. Investigating Officer Avtar Singh said nine bottles of hooch were seized from accused Kulvir Kaur, wife of Satpal, a resident of Harchowal village. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Punjab Excise Act has been registered against the accused that was released on bail. The Nurmahal police arrested Akash of Shadi Pur village with nine bottles of hooch, said IO Mohan Lal. The Nakodar sadar police booked Gurpit Singh of Chak Kalan village for brewing illicit liquor and recovered 50 kg of lahan from his possession, said IO Gurdev Singh. OC NANDITA REMEMBERS HER TAMIL HIT AS IT COMPLETES 20 YEARS ELDERLY DIES IN ROAD MISHAP Hoshiarpur: An elderly person died after being hit by an unidentified vehicle. The Garhshankar police have registered a case against the driver. Hardeep Singh, a resident of Jeevanpur village, had lodged a complaint with the police in this regard. The complainant said his father Balwinder Kumar (62) was hit by an unidentified vehicle near Kitna village and died on the spot. The police have registered a case against the driver. OC FAYSAL READS SAADAT HASAN MANTO’S STORY GHUSAL KHANA Nandita Das, who won the admiration for Tamil hit Azhagi, recollects sweet memories of working on the film. MAX 16°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C | MIN 6°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:46 PM PAGE 4 Zee Theatre’s Yaar Julahay, a series of dramatic readings, features his witty and insightful tale Ghusal Khana. SUNRISE SUNDAY 7:27 AM SATURDAY | 15 JANUARY 2022 | JALANDHAR GNDU shifts to online mode London returnee, 5 contacts To take practical exams from Jan 20, theory from Jan 27 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 14 With the entire schedule of examination getting delayed by nearly five weeks owing to a recently concluded strike by the college teachers, Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to shift to the online mode. As per the schedule announced today, practical examination of all first, third and fifth semester students studying in undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma courses will be held from January 20 to 25 in online mode. All written online examination will be conducted from January 27 onwards. The practical examinations of the students as per the previous pre-strike schedule were slated to be held from December 15 onwards. Since the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union had gone on strike against the state government from December first week onwards demanding implementation of the While IKGPTU and Panjab University had announced to shift to online mode last month, the GNDU authorities kept insisting for long that they would be taking offline examination only 7th Pay Commission of the UGC, the examination had to be postponed. The exams at that time were scheduled to be held in offline mode. Since the strike kept on getting extended, the students remained in a dilemma about the mode and the new schedule of examination for over a month. Even the principals’ association had joined the teachers in their protest. The demand of the teachers was not fulfilled by the government till the implementation of the poll code on January 8. After that, the teachers finally chose to end their strike and the GNDU officials took a week’s time to decide about the final examination schedule. While IKGPTU and Panjab Blurry is beautiful University had announced to shift to online mode last month itself, the GNDU authorities kept insisting for long that they would be taking offline examination only. But since it could not somehow be possible as the campuses are lying shut due to steep rise in the Covid cases, the GNDU officials, too, today settled to announce that the mode of examination would be online. Dr GS Samra, Principal, Lyallpur Khalsa College, said he had received the examination schedule today from the university. “The university officials will upload the datesheet for all courses in a day or two on the GNDU portal. We will also communicate the students all the details on their WhatsApp groups,” he said. The college authorities are expecting the even semester classes for the next semester to start from the last week of February or the first week of March, which would imply a delay of five weeks or so. Rana Gurjeet’s aide joins PLC 7 GM OF HEROIN SEIZED, TWO HELD Nurmahal: The Bilga police have arrested two drug peddlers on the charge of selling heroin. Station House Officer (SHO) Mohindar Pal said 7 gm of heroin was recovered from the possession of the accused identified as Manjit Singh, alias Rinku, son of Satpal, a resident of Talwann village and Resham Lal, son of Mohindar Pal, a resident of Dhagara village. The SHO said a case under Sections 21-B, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. OC PAGE 3 Commuters go down a lit-up flyover on a hazy Friday evening in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH Jalandhar, January 14 Amandeep Singh Gora Gill from Bholath, a close aide of Punjab minister Rana Gurjeet Singh, has joined the Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) floated by former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Gora Gill is seeking the Congress ticket for the seat, but is not hopeful of getting it. He perhaps decided to join the PLC to become a candidate of its combine with the BJP He was roped in by Capt . Amarinder’s son Raninder Singh since the ex-CM is in quarantine after being tested positive for Covid-19. — TNS new Omicron cases in district Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 14 Six new cases of the Omicron variant were reported here on Friday. Besides, the district reported a surge of 682 cases of Covid-19. The new cases of Omicron included a 32year-old man, who returned from London, along with five of his contacts. A total of 12 persons have tested positive for the Omicron variant in Jalandhar so far. Of them only one is currently active and the rest have tested negative, including the London-returned man and his five contacts. The 32-year-old man who returned from London on December 24 had tested negative in the testing conducted in Delhi. However, he got tested again when he noticed some symptoms a few days after coming to Jalandhar. Upon testing again, he tested positive for Covid-19. His genome sequencing also come out positive. Five of his contacts also tested positive for Omicron. They are all residents of Saraswati Vihar locality in Jalandhar and have tested negative for the virus following testing conducted on January 6. The contacts of the 32-year-old man are: a 34-year-old man, a 61-year-old woman, a 32-yearold man, a 66-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman. 12 in Jalandhar tested positive so far for Omicron So far, a total of 12 people have tested positive for the Omicron variant in Jalandhar. These include an 85-year-old man who returned from the UK, a resident of Pandori Khas in Nakodar; a 47-year-old man who returned from the UK, a resident of Ramewal village in Phillaur; a 52-year-old man who returned from the UK, a resident of Gobinwal village (after SEVERAL MICRO-CONTAINMENT ZONES IN K’THALA With 259 Covid positive patients in Kapurthala on Friday, the district got several micro-containment zones. Sainik School Kapurthala, two hostels of the Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, and the Thapar Colony have been declared as microcontainment zones. Meanwhile, 26 Covid positive cases were also reported at the SSP office in Kapurthala. All of them are also asymptomatic. Dr Rajiv Bhagat, Epidemiologist, Kapurthala, said, “All these cases were reported positive during random sampling. Almost all are asymptomatic. The LPU students have been isolated at a well equipped in house Covid care centre where the students are under proper care of doctors.” 682 NEW CASES, 4 DEATHS IN JAL DISTRICT The district witnessed as many as 682 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday. With this, the Covid-19 tally in Jalandhar has reached 67,521. As many as 63,277 people have recovered from the disease in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar reached 2,736. The district reported four deaths due to Covid-19 on Friday, taking the death toll to 1,508. being discharged from the isolation centre, he also returned to the UK on January 7); a 26year-old man who returned from Brazil, a resident of Mohalla Kalian; and the 32year-old London-returned man along with his five contacts. Barring these cases, the very first three cases of Omicron in Jalandhar included a 42-yearold woman who returned from Tanzania; a man who returned from Italy and another who returned from France. So far, in the Jalandhar region, as many as 2005 people have returned from abroad out of whom 23 have tested positive. Of the 23, 12 people have tested positive for the Omicron variant. Meanwhile, the results of 60 more international travellers are still awaited. Mayhem among baffled passengers Health authorities are having a tough time tracking and testing many of the passengers due to their gruelling ordeals. Sources in the Health Department said, “Many are livid at being test- ed positive in India as their tests in other countries come back negative hours ago. Passengers from Italy, the UK and other countries have been repeatedly complaining about this. A doctor said, “We are listening to name calling from them every day. Some have had bad ordeals in Delhi where they have also had to pay hefty sums of money during isolation. Majority skip institutional quarantine Due to clashing test reports, many fear a delay in meeting loved ones. Though the protocols call for 14-day institutional quarantine for those tested positive at airports, many of the passengers refuse to be placed in institutional quarantine and are heading straight to their homes. After they return to their homes in Jalandhar, health teams track them for genome sequencing. Passengers on the Italy-Amritsar flights had also complained of similar inconvenience. Omicron: Less severe, but still dangerous PAGE 2 POLL 2022 Tribune reporter Avneet Kaurpresents a seat-wise analysis of 3 Nawanshahr constituencies Tough fight expected in Punjab’s NRI hub Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, January 14 Nawanshahr district, which was carved out of Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar districts of Punjab in 1995, was renamed Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (SBS) in 2018. There are three Assembly constituencies in the district and both the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress have a stronghold on these seats. Meanwhile, the Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) strong presence in support of SAD, too, can’t be overlooked. This time, the electoral battle in the constituency has turned interesting with the ruling Congress, which was already facing a tough challenge from rivals – AAP and SAD-BSP has another com, petitor in line – the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Thus all three Assembly seats are set for a four-cornered contest. In the 2017 Assembly elections, the Congress won two of the three Assembly seats here — Nawanshahr and Balachaur, while the SAD emerged victorious from Banga. Notably, the Sainis, Gujjars and Ravidassia/Adi Dharmis dominate the district. Nawanshahr In this general category seat, where there are around 1.76 lakh voters, the electoral battle till 2012 remained between the families of late Congress stalwart Dilbagh Singh and SAD stalwart Jatinder Singh Kariha. In 2017, SAD fielded Jarnail Singh Wahid against Angad Saini (present MLA) and the latter won even as the family of late Dilbagh Singh contested as a divided house. Angad is Dilbagh Singh’s grandson and his paternal uncle Charanjit Channi had contested against him as an AAP candidate. Parkash Singh (Angad Saini’s father) and Guriqbal Kaur (Saini’s mother) both have served as MLAs here. Dilbagh Singh has served as a five-time MLA from this district. Dilbagh Singh remained the most powerful leader and was instrumental in establishing Nawanshahr as a district. In the 2017 elections, Congress’ Angad Singh Saini emerged victorious with 38,197 votes against Jarnail Singh Wahid (SAD), who got 34,874 votes, and Charanjit Singh Channi (AAP) polled 32,341 votes. This time, the SAD has ced- c m y b ed the seat to its new ally, the BSP The BSP has positioned . Nachhtar Pal, who is the party’s state general secretary. The AAP has nominated Lalit Mohan Pathak, a sitting councillor and former president of the Nawanshahr municipal council. Pathak has a firm grip on the city as he played a vital role in ensuring the city’s best performance in the Swachh Bharat Survekshan. However, this move of AAP hasn’t gone down very well within the party as a large number of AAP workers filed mass resignation objecting fielding of new comer Pathak over its old volunteer Satnam Singh Jalwaha. Meanwhile, the Congress hasn’t announced the name of its candidate from the seat yet, but if sources are to be believed, the party will once again give ticket to someone from the late Dilbagh Singh’s family, and it’s either Angad Saini or his mother Guriqbal Kaur, the most probable candidates to get the ticket. Banga Banga (Reserved) includes martyr Bhagat Singh’s ancestral village, Khatkar Kalan. This constituency, which has 1.64 lakh voters, was bouncing between the Congress and SAD in the previous five elections. SAD’s Dr Sukhwinder Sukhi, an ENT specialistturned-politician, is the current MLA of the constituency. In 2017, Dr Sukhwinder won after getting 45,256 votes, while Harjot of the AAP was runner-up with 43,363 votes. Despite a close contest, continued on page 2 Nawanshahr was renamed Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar in 2018 as Khatkar Kalan, ancestral village of the martyr, is located in district.
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