15102020-ATR-01.qxd 10/14/2020 10:28 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE CONVENTIONAL EDUCATION HAS NO MATCH: NANAK SINGH PAGE 2 Digital class is just a stop-gap arrangement, feels the Principal of Guru Teg Bahadur College. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF CHAINED WOMAN RESCUED BY COPS Amritsar: The police rescued a woman, who was chained by her husband at Amar Kot in the Krishna Nagar area, here on Wednesday. The accused, identified as Sonu, was arrested. Bharati, the victim, said she had a dispute with her first husband as he was suspicious about her character. Both have a 6-yearold-daughter. Bharti had divorced her first Husband Rajinder Kumar and was living with her parents. She said she met Sonu seven years ago, who was also divorced. They started living togetger. After sometimes, Sonu’s first wife returned and also started living in the same house. Bharti said Sonu used to harass her mentally and physically. On Tuesday, he tied her with chain and locked her in a room and went away. Bharti managed to call her relatives and informed the police. TNS 1-KG HEROIN SEIZED, 2 HELD Tarn Taran: The Valtoha police led by SHO Balwinder Singh arrested two motorcyclists from Assal Uttar village and recovered 1-kg heroin from them. SSP Dhruman H Nimbale said two of the accused have been identified as Gursewak Singh Sonu of Rattoke village and Gurdeep Singh Gopi of Kalanjar Uttar. Their third accomplice Sukhwinder Singh of Khemkaran was absconding. The SSP said Sukhwinder Singh introduced Gursewak Singh and Gurpreet Singh to the smugglers on the mobile phone who threw the consignment from over the fence. The accused were on a motorcycle and when they were stopped by the naka party headed by the SHO, they fell down as they lost control over the motorcycle. The police recovered one kilogram of heroin from the suspects. They have been booked under Sections 21-C, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. The consignment valued at around ~5 crore in the international market. OC PAGE 3 PAYAL GHOSH FINALLY TENDERS APOLOGY TO RICHA CHADHA Payal withdrew her statement against Richa and tendered an unconditional apology at the Bombay High Court. MAX 34°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:58 PM PAGE 4 Ranveer’s Simmba aka Sangram Bhalerao will now have a new show on Pogo called Smaashhing Simmba. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:34 AM THURSDAY | 15 OCTOBER 2020 | AMRITSAR Authorities stretched as progress of Batala roads hit OFFICIALSPEAK VOXPOP Not much is cr Khajuri ❝tall claims ofbeing done despite ❝We received ~2.94andfor thefor the the the MC. Just take a Gate-Pahari Gate road also ROAD ROT look at the stretch of road from Jassa Singh Ramgharia Chowk till the cinema hall. Accidents occur every now and then. I have been hearing for the past several months that work is about to start, but nothing concrete has happened so far. Jyotika Mahajan, A TEACHER Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Batala, October 14 The construction work of new roads and recarpeting of the existing ones here has been cut short. The roads within the city’s limits are looked after by the Municipal Corporation (MC), while those on the outskirts are the responsibility of the PWD, whose officials, are under tremendous pressure to complete the pending works but are facing difficulties – the available staff is proving to be inadequate considering the large-scale works that have to be carried out in and around the city. The outbreak is at the heart of the issue. After the previous MC House was dissolved, the ❞ onus fell on the MC Commissioner Balwinder Singh’s shoulder. The first road that caught his attention was the 500 metre stretch running from Khajuri Gate till Pahari Gate. This passage was simply unmotorable and highly prone to accidents. Balwinder said the road was completed under the funds sanctioned from the Urban Environmental Programme (phase-1) of the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB). “We received a grant of ~2.94 crore for the Khajuri Gate-Pahari Gate road and also for the thoroughfare running in front of the RR Bawa DAV College for Girls. The pandemic meant we had to do with a skeletal staff. We also had to face various other problems but we could not stop work because residents were regularly complaining that area had turned into haven for accidents,” said the SDM-cum-MC Com- missioner. RK Bhatia, Municipal Engineer, was assigned the task to complete the twin projects within a stipulated time frame of two months, which he did. He added that the MC had recently received another grant of ~12 crore under phase-2 of the programme. “This money is being spent on improving the condition of the two service roads under the Dera Baba Nanak railway overbridge thoroughfare running in front of the RR Bawa DAV College for Girls. The pandemic meant we had to do with a skeletal staff. We also had to face other problems but could not stop work because residents were regularly complaining that the area had become highly accident prone. Balwinder Singh, SDM-CUM-MC COMMISSIONER and also on some roads running through the walled city,” he told. However, it is likely a demanding task — or so the residents claim — as scores of rehris dot the twin passages under the overbridge. “Rehriwalas are voters and no politician worth his salt will like to deprive them of their livelihood. The MC is headed by a bureaucrat but he will not commence work till the politicians direct him. Hence, ❞ the condition of these roads, which are widely used ones, will remain the same as it is now. The project is sure to be consigned to the back-burner,” said Rajinder Singh, a former municipal councillor. However, Balwinder was at variance with the views and added that the vendors will be moved to a suitable place before work commences. Jyotika Mahajan, a school teacher, has been keeping tabs from the get-go. Accord- ing to her, not much is being done despite all the tall claims voiced by the MC. “Just take a look at the stretch of road running from the Jassa Singh Ramgharia chowk till cinema hall. Accidents occur every now and then. I have been hearing for last several months that work is about to start but till now nothing concrete has happened,” she said. Yet another passage that is suffering and in dire need of mending is the one running from Hansli bridge till Gopal Nagar. The MC Commissioner added that residents will not have to wait for long because tenders had already been floated. A senior PWD officer claimed that work will commence soon on the Amritsar bypass-Gurdwara Kandh Sahib road. “This stretch is used by devotees. Funds have been sanctioned and work will commence soon,” he said. Woman dies of virus, Despite govt guidelines, single screen 25 new positive cases owners, multiplexes unsure of opening Neha Saini Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 14 One more person lost his life to the contagion, taking the death toll to 423 in the district on Wednesday. The victim has been identified as 65-year-old Balkar Kaur, a resident of Kotli village near Ajnala. Meanwhile, the district health authorities reported 25 new positive cases. Of the new positive cases, 16 are persons who had symptoms of influenza-like illness and nine are contacts of positive patients. With the new cases, the total count of infections in the district has reached 11,285. With 121 recoveries reported on Wednesday, the total recovery count reached 10,298. At present, the district has a total of 564 active cases. Amritsar, October 14 After the Centre’s guidelines to reopen cinemas, schools and other entertainment parks, the multiplexes and single screens in the city are yet to make up their mind. The Punjab Government has already issued guidelines in accordance with the Centre’s decision on reopening. But a majority of multiplex chains and single screens will refrain from opening immediately for reasons best known to them. “To reopen after a gap of several months is not easy as several maintenance issues have to be sorted out. Fifty per cent of the staff has been allowed to work but it will take us a few days to set things in order. We are yet to take a decision,” said a DISTRICT ROUND-UP POSITIVECOUNT ACTIVE CASES DEATH TOLL RECOVERIES 11,285 423 564 10,298 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATOR He has his hands full amid the pandemic Amardeep dons different hats each day to ensure clear picture of Covid scenario Manmeet Singh Gill ❝ ❞ Amardeep Singh, DEPUTY MASS EDUCATION, INFO OFFICER WITH HEALTH DEPT authorities goes smoothly.” Once the meetings are over, it is time to catch up with three mobile sample collection teams. In between are the visits to private hospitals where serious patients are undergoing treatment or from where casualties have been reported. This is not it, visits to a few of the 68 sample collection centres in the district is another addition apart from data compilation and sending it to the state authorities. With the Health Department planning to rope in private hospitals for taking samples of suspected patients in order to increase testing, the training of hospital employees is also being organised under his supervision. “My day ends at around 9 pm daily; a little early as compared to the initial days of the pandemic when everybody was working till late night,” he shares. Being out for most of the c m y b spokesperson for INOX cinemas at Trillium Mall. Similarly, Vijay Kumar, manager, PVR cinemas, too, said they were considering every possible option for reopening keeping in mind safety aspects post the Covid-19 lockdown. “We are in talks with our head office and we will abide by the guidelines. We cannot say anything with clarity about any specific date for reopening as of now.” Cinepolis chain of cinemas at Alpha day, he is extremely vulnerable to the virus as the persons he meet could be infected. Amardeep reveals he would worry a lot about his family. “Now, we all have got accustomed to the new routine. I take ample precautions on reaching home but inside I seldom worry,” he tells. One Mall, too, have considered reopening after a few days. Meanwhile, single screen owners are clear that they will not reopen until audience response across the country becomes clear. “There are no movies up for release and health concern, too, is there since Covid-19 is very much there. We will watch how things take shape once other cinemas reopen. Since reopening requires a lot of investment, we need to be very sure that we will get quite a number of viewers. People are still in no mood to go out for movies as the lockdown has had an impact on people’s jobs and families,” said Pramod Mehra, co-owner, Sangam Cinemas. A few single screen owners like Raj cinema will reopen with old prints to see if the audience is interested in watching movies. “Business will pick up near Diwali, as a few films are lined up for release,” said Pramod. The DC has already said cinema halls and multiplexes are allowed to reopen with 50 per cent staff and 50 per cent occupancy with adequate physical distancing while seating. Seats which are not to be occupied will be marked and several steps like digital payment of tickets and online advance booking ensured to avoid unnecessary crowding. This Romanian student won’t let Ollie go astray Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service After I reach office in the morning, I work to ensure that the day's video-conferencing of the district officials with the state authorities goes smoothly. My day ends around 9 pm daily; a little early as compared to the initial days of the pandemic, when everybody was working till late night. Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 14 Extended working hours, no weekly offs and switching between his different roles has become a routine for Amardeep Singh, deputy mass education and information officer with the district’s Health Department. Starting early by answering phone calls to addressing queries from the data (regarding positive cases and casualties) sent to the state authorities the previous day, Amardeep’s day also ends with feeding information regarding the day’s update to journalists till late in the evening. “A little confusion or a discrepancy in data means trouble,” he quips. Talking about his role ever since the pandemic struck, Amardeep says, “After I reach office in the morning, I work to ensure that the day’s video-conferencing of the district officials with the state AFTER SINGHAM AND GOLMAAL, SIMMBA GETS ANIMATED AVATAR Amritsar, October 14 Even though she is in the country on a student visa, her love of dogs forced her to legally adopt a stray dog as a pet. Francesca Filip, aka Franny, a student of social sciences, is at present keeping the animal with her at faculty hostel of the university. A Romanian national, Franny has named the pet, Ollie. Franny said she had spotted an injured dog on the street a few days ago. As she wanted to provide the animal medical help, she started searching for local organisations working for such animals. Franny said finally she found help from People for Animals (PFA) shelter home in the Rani Ka Bagh area. At the shelter home she fell in love with a cute puppy, which the PFA team had taken under its care. She said she would take Ollie with her to Romania after completing her study. Franny said, “I feel very bad very bad when see the ❝I feelstray animals inIthe holy plight of city, especially when these animals are injured or sick. We should not buy pets. Instead we should adopt them. After all, we cannot buy love. ❞ Francesca Filip aka Franny, A ROMANIAN NATIONAL dog Franny of an Indian breed. ❝Thepeople adopthas adopted isor exotic breeds. We Mostly cross-breeds all have to learn a lesson from Franny, who despite being a foreigner has adopted a desi dog. Nidhi Adlakha, PRESIDENT, PEOPLE FOR ANIMAL when I see the plight of stray animals in the holy city, especially when these animals are injured or sick.” People for Animal president Nidhi Adlakha said, “The dog Franny has adopted is an Indian breed. Mostly people adopt cross-breeds or exotic breeds. We all have to learn a lesson from Franny who despite being a foreigner has adopted a desi dog,” she said. ❞ Adlakha said most of the dogs seen abandoned on the streets were of Indian breeds. “Contrary to foreign breeds, the desi breeds have more tolerance for local weather conditions and thus have a better chance of survival,” she said. In a message to dog lovers, Franny said, “We should not buy pets. Instead we should adopt them. After all, we cannot buy love.”
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