01112022-JTR-01.qxd 11/1/2022 12:14 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PEOPLE THRONG BOOK STALLS AT MELA GHADRI BABEYA DA PAGE 2 Avid readers are stopping by book stalls at Mela Ghadri Babeya Da that has started at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY ANNE HATHAWAY IS ‘PICKIER’ ABOUT HER ROLES NOW PAGE 3 AKHIL SACHDEVA MAKES IT TO PUNJABI MUSIC INDUSTRY Actress Anne Hathaway, 39, has become “pickier” when it comes to work since she had children. MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:36 PM PAGE 4 Singer Akhil Sachdeva recently made his debut in the Punjabi music industry with Main Pyar Suneya Si. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:37 AM TUESDAY | 1 NOVEMBER 2022 | JALANDHAR Respiratory illnesses double as thick smog blankets region Post Diwali, Civil Hospital witnessing four to five emergency cases daily Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Dashing cars lie non-operational at Nikku Park in the Model Town area. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Buzz missing at amusement park, courtesy poor upkeep Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 31 Nikku Park at Model Town, which used to be children’s favourite amusement destination in the city, is crying for attention. Local residents complain that there is no proper system in place for the upkeep of the park, and most of the rides are in dire need of repair. They said earlier they had to wait in the queues to get a ticket for the rides but now there are hardly any visitors. Besides, the rubbish and fallen leaves could be found scattered here and there. “Ever since the management of the Nikku Park came into the hands of the government, its maintenance took a back seat. Last year when the park was opened after Covid-19, the administration promised a complete facelift and addition of new rides. However, hardly anything was done, except few portraits painted on the walls,” says Rajiv Anand, a resident. He adds even as the condi- Visitors are greeted by damaged equipment at the park. DAMAGED RIDES WILL BE REPLACED the ❝The administration has already orderedof the replacement of old and broken rides. None broken rides is operational. Damaged parts are kept as scrap and will be lifted soon. Jaspreet Singh, DC ❞ tion of the park is deteriorating, charges for a few rides have been slightly raised. Besides, the parking area, which was earlier free, charges Rs 20 for car parking, while Rs 10 for a two-wheeler. “The parking is with the Municipal Corporation now, and when you tell the person concerned that parking was earlier free, they simply ask us to park the vehicle outside”, he added. The residents also complained that though the ‘ Kangaroo ride’ is open, Kangaroos are damaged and had no safety handles on it. The slide swings for kids, too, are found lying broken and Continued on page 2 Jalandhar, October 31 Even as the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) pats its back for improved Air Quality Index (AQI) compared to last Diwali in Jalandhar, doctors are reporting an alarming increase in respiratory illness emergencies being reported to hospitals. Respiratory illnesses and cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the district have doubled after Diwali, setting the alarm bells ringing. While Environment Minister Gurmeet Meet Hayer took to Twitter on improved AQI across cities, the air quality in the district has only worsened since Diwali. The AQI was 225 in Jalandhar on Diwali, but it reached 303 on October 27 and 307 on October 29 in district. The AQI was recorded at 296 today. Vehicular pollution, stubble burning, the practice to set garbage or piles of leaves on fire, bursting of firecrackers on Diwali and the increased dust on unkempt roads have created a toxic cocktail in the air, which is wrecking people’s health, especially lungs, say doctors. At the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar, the cases of asthmatics and those suffering from COPD have doubled. Doctors said at least four to five emergency cases of respiratory illnesses are being reported to the hospital daily. (Pre-Diwali emergencies were limited to one, two or FARM FIRES DOUBLE TOO 778 STUBBLE-BURNING INCIDENTS AFTER OCT 27; 102 ALONE ON MONDAY 340 WORSENING AIR FARM FIRES REPORTED BEFORE OCT 27; 101 ON DIWALI Date October 31 October 30 October 29 October 28 October 27 AQI 296 238 307 258 303 AQI in Jalandhar is between poor and very poor after Diwali A farm labourer burns paddy stubble in a field at a village on the Jalandhar-Nawanshahr highway. PHOTO : MALKIAT SINGH CHILDREN, ELDERLY FACE GREATER RISKS ❝ The situation poses grave risks for children and the elderly. People with COPD and asthma also have co-morbidities which make them susceptible to cardiac problems, stroke, etc. Dr HJ Singh, CHEST SPECIALIST & BRONCHSCOPIST ❞ none). The same is the scenario in the private sector. Doctors say there has been a 50 per cent rise in respiratory illnesses and seizures and attacks have suddenly been triggered among asthmatics and COPD patients. Dr Ritu Dadra, District TB Officer, Jalandhar, say: “Smog and pollution after Diwali has caused a spike in respiratory illnesses. The cases have doubled. Earlier, I was getting 20 to 25 patients in my OPD daily. However, Continued on page 2 STRENGTHEN IMMUNITY, AVIOD ALLERGENS strengthen their immunity, stick ❝People should and avoid allergens and cold air to Covid precautions blasts. Those with chronic conditions should keep inhalers handy. Dr Ritu Dadra, DISTRICT TB OFFICER, JALANDHAR ❞ Report farm fires, namberdars told Nawanshahar, October 31 Taking a serious note of the offenders setting crop residues on fire, Deputy Commissioner Nawanshahr NPS Randhawa has asked the namberdars of the district to inform the stubble-burning incidents immediately to the administration. The Deputy Commissioner saw three incidents of stubble-burning in the district during his field visit today. NAWANSHAHR DC SEES STUBBLE-BURNING DURING FIELD VISIT He said despite repeated appeals to the farmers for not to set crop residue on fire, satellite imaging is reporting such incidents. “We will now use the services of nambardars who are associated with the Revenue Department,” said Randhawa. He added the offenders would have to face the difficulties like renewing of arms licence, Passport and of driving license. Apart from that, they would be deprived of the benefits of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi or other schemes. Red entry would also be made in land records of such farmers that further cause problems in renewal of crop limits with banks and the sale of land, added the Deputy Commissioner. — TNS Chhath ends with offerings to rising sun Rural cops nab three Our Correspondent BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia with victim Vipan Kumar Singh. 21 days after UP man thrown off bus, no FIR Jalandhar, October 31 Coming to the aid of a 35year-old UP-based migrant who recently suffered injuries after being thrown off the roof of a bus, former BJP minister Manoranjan Kalia on Monday demanded action against the accused. Kalia along with Subedar Yadav, the employer of victim Vipan Kumar Singh, and parents of the victim, levelled allegations of lackadiasical attitude of police officials. Kalia said the incident occurred on October 10, and an MLR report had been submitted to the police the next day, still no FIR had been lodged on the matter. Vipan Kumar has undergone two surgeries and is still not in a position to speak. Vipan’s father Peshkar Singh, who arrived here from UP after getting the information, said he too had submitted a complaint with Surya Enclave Police Post officials, but to no avail. Employer of the victim, Subedar Yadav, said that on the night of October 10 he got a call that Vipan had been thrown off the roof of a parked bus near JC Resorts and was badly injured. He said when he reached the site, Vipan was conscious and had shared that the owner of the UP-based private bus, its driver and three others had called him for a booze party and later threw him off the bus. Yadav said he along with the father of the victim had met the Police Commissioner on October 27. After which the matter was marked to the DCP “To date, there hasn't . been any headway in the case,” he rued. ACP Central Nirmal Singh said, "I have no information regarding the incident. They should have approached me. I would have surely helped them. I will talk to officials concerned." — TNS Phagwara,October 31 Thousands of devotees worshipped the sun on the banks of river Sutlej and other water bodies in Phagwara, Goraya, Phillaur, Bilga, Noormahal and Nakodar areas on Sunday morning. The ‘puja’ concluded after offering ‘arghya’ to the rising sun, ending the four-day Chhath festival. People started rushing to nearby water bodies from early morning. Devotees observed fast and prepared with 60-gm heroin traditional offerings like coconut, banana and seasonal fruits in ‘soop’ (bamboo trays). Union Minister of State Som Parkash, Phagwara MLA Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, former minister Joginder Singh Maan, Congress MP Santokh Chaudhary and Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary greeted the people. They described the ‘Chhath Puja’ as a festival of prosperity and joy. Jalandhar, October 31 The Jalandhar (rural) police nabbed three drug peddlers in two separate cases and seized 60 gm of heroin and drug money from them. In the first incident, two drug smugglers were nabbed with 50-gm heroin by a team of the Jalandhar (rural) police in the Kartarpur area. On the way to Dayalpur village from Kartarpur, the police saw a white Swift car parked at the service road near a petrol pump. Devotees worship the sun on the concluding day of Chhath Puja. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Kapur hockey tournament back after two years Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 31 There is a reason for celebrations this year. Sardar Balwant Singh Kapur Memorial Hockey Tournament is going to be held after a lull of two years. The tournament starts on December 25 and will conclude on January 1. The tournament attracts teams from across the country and this time teams from Orissa among other states are contacting the organisers too. The tournament and Mata Parkash Kaur Cup are symbolic of togetherness of a family and a story of six brothers, all between the age of 62 and 80, who are keeping alive the memory of their parents for last several years. Kapur brothers, all between the age of 62 and 80, are keeping alive the memory of their parents by holding Sardar Balwant Singh Kapur Memorial Hockey Tournament every year. MALKIAT SINGH The brothers have grown older, but their zeal to make the names of their parents shine has increased with c m y b each passing year. When in today’s time, togetherness in a family seems like a dream, this fam- ily that is united by their parents’ memory. The brothers who are residing in various parts of the world find ways to gather at their ancestral home in Jalandhar at this time of the year. Gursaran Singh Kapur, Harbhajan Singh, Manjit Singh, Manmohan Singh Kapur, Tirath Singh, and Hardeep Singh, are the brothers who have held the baton of the values and morals that were given by their parents to them to always stay connected. Unfortunately, Manmohan Singh Kapur passed away a year ago, leaving a void in the family. Harbhajan Singh, while talking to The Tribune said his brother’’s presence would always be there and this year the tournament would be different because of his absence. Continued on page 2 The two men siting in the car were nabbed by the police on the basis of suspicion. During search, 50 gm of heroin was found from their possession. A case under Sections 21-B, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against the duo at the Kartapur police station on Saturday. In other incident, a peddler was arrested with 10 gm of heroin. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against the accused in Adampur. — TNS INBRIEF TWO ARRESTED UNDER NDPS ACT Phagwara: The Mehatpur police have arrested a drug peddler, Jasvir Singh of Dharme Dain Chhana village, with 10 gm of heroin. In another case, the Bilga police have arrested a drug peddler, Jogindar Singh of Burj Kela, with 5 gm of heroin. OC MAN HELD WITH 20-GM HEROIN Jalandhar: The city police on Monday nabbed a man and seized 20-gm heroin from his possession. The accused, Raj Kumar, of Babu Labh Singh Nagar has been booked under the relevant sections of the NDPS Act. TNS
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