15052022-JTR-01.qxd 5/15/2022 12:03 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE STUDENTS TOLD TO BE SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE TOWARDS NATURE A workshop, ‘Saada Sohna Punjab’, was organised by The Eco Navigators’ Club at Lyallpur Khalsa College. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 PAGE 2 ‘CONSERVE WETLANDS TO PROTECT MIGRATORY BIRDS’ Around 100 students and teachers participated in a webinar organised by Pushpa Gujral Science City. MAX 42°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:16 PM TWO BOOKED FOR ASSAULTING MAN Phillaur: The Bilga police have booked two persons on the charges of assault, criminal intimidation and committing crime with common intention. Investigating officer (IO) Anwar Masih said the accused had been identified as Tej Pal, a resident of Bhainni village, and his brother Harpal. Paramjit Singh, a resident of Akkal Pur village, complained to the police that while returning home from Bilga village on May 7, he stopped at Partab Pura village where the accused assaulted and threatened him. Masih said a case under Sections 323, 341, 506 and 34 of the IPC had been registered against the accused. OC Authorities allow schools to continue with offline classes till May 30 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 14 After the state government flip-flopped on its orders, allowing schools to continue with offline classes till May 30, many schools that had either postponed their examinations to July or had put them on online mode have again asked students to gear up for the exams from the next week through offline mode. This shift of the school orders, which got necessitated after the revised government orders passed late last night, has upset plans of many students and their parents. Since some schools had ordered online classes or exams from Monday onwards, the students had started taking it easy. The sudden announcement of preponing of exams and that too on offline mode came as a big shocker for them as they got the message from schools in their WhatsApp group this morning. St Joseph’s Convent School, Cantt Road, which had shifted the examination to July and had announced to hold online classes from May 16 to 30, today announced that the examinations would start through offline mode from May 17, giving Monday a preparatory holiday. Likewise, Rajeev Paliwal, principal of Innocent Hearts School, said: “We had not postponed the examinations and had instead told students that these would now be held from Monday through online ONE BOOKED FOR RASH DRIVING Shahkot: The Shahkot police have booked an unidentified man on the charge of causing death by negligence and rash driving. Karan Kumar, a resident of Begumpur village in Kapurthala, complained to the police that the accused was driving fast and rashly his tractor-trailer (bearing registration no. RJ 07 GE 0643) on May 13 on a national highway and hit a Mahindra Bolero jeep killing an unidentified person near Bajwa Kalan village. Investigating officer Kashmir Singh said a case under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving on a public way) 337, 338 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 427 (mischief) of the IPC had been registered against the driver. OC JEWELLERY STOLEN FROM HOUSE Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, May 14 State Information Commissioner Khushwant Singh on Friday directed officials of all government departments to proactively disclose information under Section 4 of the Right to Information Act, 2005. Accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa, State Information Commissioner said under Section 4 of the Right to Information Act, 2005, the public authorities have to publish the information on websites of departments for the public at regular intervals SUNDAY | 15 MAY 2022 | JALANDHAR PHSC official visits Kapurthala, Sultanpur Lodhi Civil Hospitals Tribune News Service REVIEWS ARRANGEMENTS Jalandhar, May 14 Managing Director (MD) of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) Neelima during her ongoing visits to various hospitals with the aim of upgrading and modernising existing health institutions in the state visited the Civil Hospitals at Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi. She said her aim was to provide modern health facilities to the common man. She also discussed provision of quality health services with Civil Surgeon Gurinderbir Kaur, SDM Anu, Senior Medical Officer Sandeep Dhawan and DFSPO Ashok Kumar among others. The MD reviewed arrangements for the smooth running of mother and child facilities, emergency services, OOAT services, de-addiction centre, ICU ward, blood bank, Covid isolation ward, Punjab Health Systems Corporation MD Neelima reviewed arrangements for the smooth running of mother and child facilities, emergency services, OOAT services, de-addiction centre, ICU ward, blood bank, Covid isolation ward, oxygen plant and other services. She also interacted with pregnant women, new mothers and other patients at the hospitals. She enquired about the state of health services being received by them. oxygen plant and other services. She also visited and interacted with pregnant women, new mothers and other patients getting treatment at the hospitals. She enquired about the state of health services being received by them. She expressed satisfaction over the health services being provided in Kapurthala. She also called upon better services for common people in the health sector and lauded the services they were receiving. She also lauded the OPD, IPD, lab test services already being provided. She said the state government was working to upgrade hospitals to provide better health services to people. Existing difficulties in the health sector would soon be resolved by the government. Civil Surgeon Gurinderbir Kaur apprised her about the health services at the hospital and its achievements. Later, a tour of the Civil Hospital, Sultanpur Lodhi, was made where Senior Medical Officer Ravinder Pal Shubh provided information about health services. Assistant Civil Surgeon Anu Sharma, DFSPO Ashok Sharma, DHO Kukjit Singh, SMO Sandeep Dhawan were among those others present. Students of Government Primary School use leaves to cover their heads to save themselves from scorching heat while returning home on a sunny day in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH PLANS OF STUDENTS, PARENTS UPSET The shift of the school orders, which got necessitated after the revised government orders passed late last night, has upset plans of many students and their parents. Since some schools had ordered online classes or exams from Monday onwards, the students had started taking it easy. mode. But after the government relaxation again, the students will have to come to the school to appear for their exams. We have, however, made some changes in the date sheet.” Students of Sanskriti KMV School, who too had got a bit relaxed, got a simi- lar shocker. Principal Rachna Monga said the examinations would start as per the previous schedule through offline mode and students had been duly informed. Principal Girish Kumar of Apeejay School said the examinations which were scheduled to start from May 19 through Put annual reports, beneficiaries’ list on portals, dept officials told Shahkot: The Shahkot police have booked unidentified persons on the charge of stealing cash and jewellery from a house. Shivani Shahi, a resident of Model Town, Shahkot, complained to the police that thieves entered her house on May 12 evening and stolen 850 British Pounds and Indian currency notes, electronic parts, watch and golden jewellery. Investigating officer Kashmir Singh said a case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC had been registered against the miscreants. Meanwhile, the Lohian Khas police have registered two cases of thefts in Kara Ram Singh and Badali villages. OC PAGE 2 A football match between BSF team & United Punjab Football Club was held at Frontier Headquarters, BSF, Jalandhar. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:31 AM After govt flip-flop, most schools prepone exams INBRIEF UNITED PUNJAB DEFEAT BSF 4-1 IN FRIENDLY FOOTBALL MATCH voluntarily and not on the demand of the people. He said the information, including annual reports, directory of public information officers, information of schemes, list of beneficiaries and others, should be put on websites of the departments. He asked the heads of various departments to develop a mechanism to disclose such details to the public to ensure transparent functioning. Singh said the commission would carry out the transparency record in the coming days to find out proactive disclosure of the information by the public authorities.| The Commissioner also said all applications should be disposed of within the prescribed time limit of 30 days, and if there is any delay in giving the information on genuine ground, the applicant must be intimated by the department. He also reviewed the status of applications received under the RTI Act by various departments. Additional Deputy Commissioner (G) Jasbir Singh, Assistant Commissioner Deepankar Garg and DRO Ajitpal Singh were among those others present. online mode had been changed to offline mode now. “Till then, students will have to attend offline classes from Monday onwards”, he said. Ivy World School, however, has not made any change in the examination schedule. Principal S Chauhan said offline classes would be held from Monday. “We have chosen to hold the examinations in July as we did not find it conducive to first postpone and then prepone the examinations,” she said. Neelima, MD, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, at the Civil Hospital in Kapurthala on Saturday. 3,648 cases disposed of at Lok Adalat Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 14 As per the directions of the National Legal Services Authority, a Lok Adalat was held on Saturday at the judicial court complexes of Jalandhar, Phillaur and Nakodar. All type of civil cases, matrimonial cases, compoundable cases, traffic challans and pre-litigative cases of the PSPCL, bank cases, BSNL, etc, were taken up at the Lok Adalat. Rupinderjit Chahal, District and Sessions Judgecum-Chairperson, DLSA, Jalandhar, said 20 Benches had been constituted in Jalandhar, two at Phillaur A Lok Adalat in progress at Kapurthala on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO and two at Nakodar. A total of 10,957 number of cases were taken up during the Lok Adalat, of which 3,648 have been disposed of on the basis of compromise. The awards of Rs 25.15 crore have been passed in the Lok Adalat. Rupinderjit Chahal inspected all Benches constituted at Jalandhar. Dr Gagandeep Kaur, CJM-cum-Secretary, DLSA, Jalandhar, also accompanied her along with Amit Kumar Garg, CJM, Jalandhar. In this Lok Adalat, in three execution applications for contempt proceedings filed by the parties concerned, the matter was amicably settled. A case of maintenance filed by an old woman against her daughterin-law and son was taken up and after counselling, son of the applicant agreed to pay Rs 3,000 per month as maintenance to his mother. Rupinderjit Chahal said the court fees paid by applicants had also been refunded. She said the next Lok Adalat would be held on August 13 continued on page 2 Fertilisers, weeds making wetlands unfit for winged guests, say ecologists WORLD MIGRATORY BIRDS DAYAs the birds give a miss to Kanjli Wetland due to water hyacinth infestation, other water bodies also face similar threat Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service ❝Birds are turning up in decent numbers at Harike and Keshopur wetlands. But with natural habitats and water bodies under threat from pollution and development, other wetlands might also be threatened in the future. Birding and sensitivity towards migratory birds should be encouraged. Bageshwar Singh, NATURE ENTHUSIAST PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Jalandhar, May 14 As Kanjli Wetland did not see any migratory bird this year due to water hyacinth infestation, ecologists warn that other wetlands might face the same problem if the government and populace do not pay attention. Rampant use of fertilisers and pesticides, dramatic decrease in water bodies and farm fires have all contributed to the a loss of ecosystem conducive to the thriving of insect, fish and in turn bird populations in the state. While ❞ Bageshwar Singh, an nature enthusiast, who has been studying the Kanjli habitat for over a decade says, “Kanjli didn’t get migratory birds this year due to rampant growth of water hyacinth. If birds don’t spot water, they won’t stop over. The administration and society need to work together to make the habitats conducive for birds. The rampant use of fertilisers also pollute waters, causing a dip in fish population in water bodies and in turn algae thrive. This turns away birds which shy away from such c m y b water bodies.” “Birds are turning up in decent numbers at Harike and Keshopur Wetlands. However, with natural habitats and water bodies under threat from pollution and development, in future, other wetlands might also be threatened. Birding and sensitivity towards migratory birds should be encouraged. Aware- ness regarding bird watching should be spread among local populace,” he added. Bird species, which frequently visit Kanjli, include Bar Headed Geese, Northern Pintails, Northern Shoveler, Common Porchard, Purple Swamphen among and the commonly found Common Moorhen, among others. Nikhil Senger, Nawanshahr-based conservator and honouraray wildlife warden, said, “In the forests and water bodies near Ropar, even at Nawanshahr at villages like Tonsa, a large number of migratory birds used to turn up in winters every year. But now hardly any birds can be seen. Use of fertilisers has caused a huge dwindling in insect populations. While water bodies have vanished in huge numbers, insect populations which sustain birds, has also dramatically decreased. Populations of local birds like Shikra (Accipiter badius) - also called Little Banded Goshawk, vultures and owls have also decreased. Water bodies need to be revived and waters need to be rid of pesticides and fertilisers to encourage huge numbers of birds in the region.”
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