16102020-ATR-01.qxd 10/15/2020 10:28 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE IN PICS: TICKLE YOUR TASTE BUDS THIS WORLD FOOD DAY The Tribune takes you through the busy streets of Amritsar, charting the city’s sumptuous & traditional dishes. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF PAGE 2 PAGE 3 POST MALONE WINS BIG AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS KNOW YOUR LIMITS AND DEFY THEM: HIMANSHU BHARDWAJ The socially distanced music awards saw Post Malone as the top winner who took home nine trophies. MAX 34°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:57 PM PAGE 4 Jalandhar lad Himanshu has been in the entertainment industry for over 8 years, having worked in various TV shows. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:34 AM FRIDAY | 16 OCTOBER 2020 | AMRITSAR Schools, social and religious activities allowed to function Cinemas, theatres, multiplexes to remain shut till fresh SOPs Neha Saini Tribune News Service BJYM ACTIVISTS HOLD PROTEST Amritsar: Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) staged a protest here on Thursday, demanding arrest of persons behind attacking state BJP president Ashwani Sharma. The BJYM activists alleged that the Congress was behind the attack. They claimed that Congress was trying to defame farmers by alleging that the attack was planned by them. The BJYM leaders said they would not allow Congress to destroy the law and order situation of Punjab. District BJYM president Gautam Arora said they demand that all persons involved in executing the attack and planning it are identified and thrown behind the bars. TNS BSF SEIZES HEROIN WORTH ~25 CRORE Tarn Taran: A patrolling party of the 14th battalion of the BSF on Thursday recovered five packets of heroin near Pillar No.151 in the Khemkaran sector. Officials of the BSF said the consignment was recovered from the Indian side across the fencing in Kals village. The value of seized heroin in the international market is around Rs 25 crore, the BSF said. Just two days ago, four packets of heroin were recovered by the BSF from across the fencing. OC PALLIATIVE CARE COURSE BEGINS Amritsar: Sri Guru Ram Das (SGRD)University of Health Sciences in collaboration with National Association of Palliative Care for Ayush and Integrative Medicine (NAPCAIM) and Cancer Aid Society has launched the Punjab Chapter of NAPCAIM. A virtual inaugural ceremony of the event was held on the university campus. Dr Moe Abdo, chief operating officer of Fight Cancer Global, USA, was present on the occasion. Dr Daljit Singh, VC, SGRD University, said the aim of the course was to alleviate the sufferings of chronically ill patients as well as cancer patients through the integration of modern medicine with Ayush. “The university will train and offer certificate courses in palliative care to all doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff including Ayush practitioners,” he said. Dr Moe Abdo attended the event through videoconferencing. TNS Amritsar, October 15 Issuing fresh guidelines under Unlock 5, the district administration has allowed the reopening of certain activities outside containment zones. The order, issued by the DC, does not include cinemas/theatres/multiplexes to reopen in accordance with the Punjab Government’s directive considering the Covid-19 situation in the state. While social, cultural and religious spaces and activities will be allowed to resume, the capping on the number of people and gatherings have been done to ensure social distancing. Under the Unlock 5 guidelines, cultural spaces, entertainment centres and parks and social clubs have been allowed to reopen. Swimming pools for sportsperson too will reopen as per the SOPs issued by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. Business-to-business exhibitions too have been allowed, along with A worker readies an art gallery in Amritsar on Thursday. VISHAL KUMAR NO TO REOPENING OF TOURIST PLACES ■ Given the Covid-19 situation, the cinemas and multiplexes have not been allowed to reopen in the state despite the Unlock 5 guidelines issued by the Centre. Tourist places, too, have not been allowed to reopen and a decision to open these will depend on the number of cases to be reported in the coming days. An open-air auditorium and theatre spaces for plays too remain shut until the fresh SOPs are issued. social/political/religious/ cultural events but capping the number of people attending MC demolishes vends, vendors hold protest Amritsar, October 15 Vendors staged a protest and blocked the road after the Municipal Corporation demolished their vends at Rehri Market, Crystal Chowk, here this evening. A team of more than 100 MC employees, along with ditch machine, reached the rehri market this afternoon and demolished the years-old vends based on a private land. MC officials claimed that the rehri market did not have any approval and they were running it illegally. The vendors resisted the move and reportedly manhandled with employees of the health wing. Meanwhile, the vendors claimed that six vendors were injured while resisting the demolition move. Vijay, a vendor, said, “More has been put in place. In closed space, the number of people allowed is 50 per cent Farmers raise slogans during a protest at Devidas Pura near Amritsar on Thursday PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Angry farmers refuse to relent Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 15 The farmers’ protest against three agriculture related acts brought by the Union Government has entered the 15th day at Buttari railway station near Beas. The protest being held under the collective leadership of 30 farmers associations had began on October 1. The farmers stated that they were upbeat and would see to it that the protest reach- Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 15 A British national on Thursday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for early arrest of those who allegedly sexually harassed her when she had gone to a restaurant for having dinner with family friends. The incident occurred around on Saturday and the police had booked around six persons for molestation and sexual assault on the victim. However, no arrest has been made till now.The victim also demanded murder bid charge against the accused who had assaulted her and her fiance. She fractured her finger in the attack. Giving details, she said she, along with her fiancé and other family friends, had gone to a restaurant located on Airport Road. She said she was going to washroom when the accused, identified as Sahil Sharma, Saurabh Arora, Sahil Arora, Shikhan Khurana, Ritu Khurana and Gurpartap Sandhu, passed objectionable comments and touched her inappropriately. She said when she objected and called her fiancé, the accused assaulted and injured them. The police have registered a case under Sections 354, 323, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC against the six suspects in this regard while no arrest has been made even after a lapse of four days. The victim said she would get a complaint lodged with the British Embassy if the police failed to arrest the culprits who were roaming freely in the city. She said she would not leave the city until the accused were arrested. The police said that Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Sandeep Malik was investigating the case. The victim alleged that the restaurant authorities and the security personnel also did not help them when they were assaulted by the accused rich brats. She alleged they were also not giving CCTV footage of the incident occurred on Saturday. Deputy Commissioner of Police Jagmohan Singh said investigation was underway in the incident. Appropriate action would be taken once the probe was complete, he added. Tarn Taran: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kulwant Singh at a blood donation camp organised jointly by the District Red Cross Society and the Health Department donated blood here on Wednesday. While addressing the present the DC stressed on the need to donate blood as it was the most precious thing in the universe and it might save the lives of many at the time of need. He said that he had donated the blood for the 20th time till now. OC The protests are also being held outside the residence of BJP leader Shawait Malik’s residence and Devi Dass Pura village apart from toll plazas and petrol pumps of a private group. The volunteers from various villages are helping agitators with langar at protest sites. However, with each passing day, the restlessness in farmers, especially the youth is growing and they feel that there is a need to intensify the protest. The material and lahan seized from the Mand area. GURBAXPURI Over 1-lakh litre lahan seized Tarn Taran, October 15 The district police, in an operation launched against illicit liquor in the Mand area alongside the Sutlej and Beas, recovered 1.02 lakh litre lahan, 10 iron drums and 500-kg wood among other things on Wednesday. SSP Tarn Taran Dhruman H Nimbale said the police and excise staff and the staff of the Forest and the Wildlife departments, too, were involved in the operation. The SSP said DSP (Operation) Iqbal Singh led the oper- ation. He said Kulbir Singh and Kuldeep Singh, both of Kirian village; Kaptan Singh of Harike; Ranjit Singh Rana and Rana of Marrar village were booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act, Water Prevention and Control of Pollution Act, 1974, was registered against the accused. The police have recovered more than 6 lakh litre lahan with other materials from the Mand area in seven operations launched during the past one month. — OC List of works to be done on BRTS lanes is a long one Traffic experts claimed lack of proper signages, reflectors and other safety infrastructure led to accidents on the BRTS corridor. Even a study by them at Guru Nanak Dev University found nine black spots on the 31-km-long BRTS corridor, where more than 24 persons have lost their lives ROAD ROT Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service DONATE BLOOD FOR A CAUSE: DC es its logical end. The farmers also accused the state government and the Centre of being indifferent towards the plight of agrarian sector. They alleged that the political parties had been trying to manoeuvre the agrarian society while their foremost priority remains to get mileage in the next Assembly elections in the state. Meanwhile, farmers and farm women are participating in large numbers in all protests being held across the state. British national sexually harassed in city; 6 booked PK Jaiswar than 150 persons are earning their livelihood in the rehri market. Nothing was illegal. We will stage a protest until the MC does not reconstruct our kiosks.” According to information, some of the vendors of the rehri market were misbehaved with sanitary officers of the sMC, who were there to issue challans for unhygienic surroundings on Wednesday. The sanitary inspectors gave a written complaint to the MC Commissioner to take action against the vendors. The vendors kept demonstrating on the road till late in the evening. — TNS of the total capacity of the hall with a ceiling of 200 people. In open space, permission from the DC is required to host an event with a ceiling of 100 people. Schools and colleges have been allowed to reopen in a graded manner. For Classes IX to XII, schools require parental consent and online and distance education will continue as the preferred mode of teaching. A majority of private schools in the city are awaiting parental consent to reopen, some already announcing that they will reopen in the first week of November. Government schools will reopen from October 19, with the SOPs yet to be issued by the Department of Education. Coaching centres too have been allowed to reopen with 50 per cent staff and student capacity. Several community clubs in the city have to reopen, though not for visitors. Meanwhile, SG Thakar Singh Art Gallery reopened after a gap of seven months. Amritsar, October 15 The multi-crore Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project will complete its four years in December. Astonishingly, what started in 2016 still remains undone, is lacking maintenance and totally neglected. The project is worth ~600 crore, but the lanes don’t seem to reflect the colossal amount invested in construction as they are in pathetic condition at many points. However, no concerned department made any efforts to revive them. Moreover, the metro bus service was operationalised in 2016 without the completion of works — two of Potholes are a common sight on the BRTS lane near the Amritsar railway station. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR its stations at elevated road are still under construction. The bricks, gravels and other material can be seen lying on the elevated road. Meanwhile, poor planning and substandard material used has done most of the damage already to its infrastructure. The road witnessed major potholes near the railway station and Alpha Mall in the past. Apart from this, recarpeting on various points is a heavy need of the hour. During rainy season, the BRTS lanes c m y b often get flooded. The MC officials had claimed that the construction agency installed storm sewerage alongside lanes, but it is choked. As a result, two years back a major stretch of the mall had caved in due to alleged blockage and the authorities were compelled to divert the metro bus for several months. This is not it. The grillwork is also missing from several locations and for officials the drug addicts are the usual suspects. But, residents are also at fault as they have removed grills at some points for their own convenience because allegedly the lanes create a hindrance in crossing the road. Some broken grills, too, are lying on the road leading to accidents. The list seems to be neverending. Traffic experts claimed lack of proper signage, reflectors and other safety infrastructure led to accidents on the BRTS corridor. Even a study by them at Guru Nanak Dev University found nine black spots on the 31-km-long BRTS corridor, where more than 24 persons have died. These spots have been identified as Bhandari bridge, BRTS station outside the railway station, Valmiki chowk, Putaligarh chowk, Civil Hospital, Ramtalai chowk, Husainpura chowk, Mall Mandi chowk and outside Alpha Mall. Inderjeet Singh Chawla, Chief Executive Officer BRTS, said, “The urban transport is prerogative of local governments. Recently, on September 30, the state government transferred it to the local bodies department. Now, the maintenance and repair would begin soon. It was very much required.”
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