17102020-ATR-01.qxd 10/16/2020 10:56 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE FOR EXHIBITORS, RELAXATIONS ARE TOO LATE, TOO LITTLE PAGE 2 Relief provided in Unlock 5 guidelines have failed to cheer exhibitors and independent retail collaborators. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PURI BAATEIN TO BE LAUNCHED ON 70TH BIRTH ANNIV OF OM PURI PAGE 3 ASMITA TALKS ABOUT POISON 2 WHERE SHE PLAYS THE LEAD Om Puri Foundation will celebrate the late actor’s 70th birthday by launching YouTube channel named Puri Baatein. MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:56 PM Former Miss India finalist Asmita Sood plays the lead role in Poison 2, which premiered on October 16. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:36 AM SATURDAY | 17 OCTOBER 2020 | AMRITSAR 2,800 apply for just 10 The road ahead is still foggy for bus operators cracker retail counters NNEW RMAL Site for market and date of its inception yet to be decided Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 16 The district administration has received 2,800 applications for setting up 10 retail counters of firecrackers during this festival season. Amritsar Fireworks Association president Harish Dhawan submitted a communiqué to Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira, seeking to complete the formalities in advance to provide adequate time to traders to set up their kiosks. Following which, the district administration issued an advertisement seeking applications from interested persons to take part in the draw of lots to be held on October 19. In response, 2,800 people from diverse professions applied for these posts. The site for setting up the retail market and the date of its inception are yet to be decided. As per the norms, 70 metres space around each temporary stall should be open to sky and generators should be placed 30 metres away from the radius. Each stall should be nine feet by 25 feet, besides first aid, fire brigade and adequate police personnel must be deployed at the place. INBRIEF 2 HELD; WEAPON, BULLETS SEIZED Amritsar: The rural police have arrested two youths for allegedly possessing countrymade weapon. They were identified as Sarabjit Singh and Jujbir Singh, both residents of Shahbazpur village falling under the Sadar police station in Tarn Taran. In a statement issued here on Friday, the police said they were travelling on a bike when they were intercepted at a checkpoint near Pandori Waraich village. The police recovered a country-made weapon with three live bullets. A case under the Arms Act has been registered against them while further investigations are on to ascertain their antecedents. TNS DRAW OF LOTS ON OCTOBER 19 ■ Amritsar Fireworks Association president Harish Dhawan submitted a communiqué to DC Gurpreet Singh Khaira, seeking to complete the formalities in advance to provide adequate time to traders to set up their kiosks. The district administration issued an advertisement seeking applications from interested persons to take part in a draw of lots to be held on October 19. ■ Earlier, the cracker market used to be situated at the IDH Market near the ISBT and at the congested Pappar Wala Bazar near the Golden Temple. However, these markets had to be shifted to Jahajgarh in 2000 after a massive fire broke out at the IDH Market. Later, the market at Jahajgarh was also ruled out for holding the cracker market as it did not comply with the norms. The allotted licence will specify the total weight of firecrackers to be placed in a stall. No material should be kept outside the stall and no overstocking of firecrackers will be tolerated. Dhawan reiterated the longpending demand of his association that only those should be allowed to file applications who possessed either licences under the Explosives Act or the Union Governmentissued licences under the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Act, which is necessary for the storage of firecrackers. He said in the past few years, traders had suffered losses on account of a delay in setting up the market. He said there were 32 licence holders in the city who were dealing in manufacturing, storage and possession of crackers. There are two Union Government licenced firecracker manufacturing units and over 30 storages, with each of them having a capacity to maintain nearly 1,500 kg of stock of crackers in the city. The Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, allocates licences to those traders who want to sell and store firecrackers above 600 kg. Two major cracker-manufacturing units in the district are situated at Ibban Kala village on the Chabal road and another at Rajewal village on the Amritsar-Jalandhar GT road. These are allowed to manufacture “phuljhadi” (sparkle) and “anar” (flower pot). In addition, there are 15 godowns for sale and stock at Rajewal village. These traders are irked as their sale would be affected due to poor preparation for Dasehra this time. Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 16 Though the government has allowed the inter-state movement of buses in Punjab but for the operators there isn’t much to cheer. The restriction lifted on Thursday saw the Punjab Roadways buses cross the inter-state borders for Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan for first time since the outbreak. The Punjab Roadways officials have been following all the instructions issued by the State for functioning of public transport after the lockdown but low footfall of passengers has been a niggling pain in the neck. Amarjit Singh, a conductor for a private bus which operates between Amritsar and Jalandhar, said, “We have clubbed two timings to get more passengers but it is rare when we get 52 passengers for a journey. Around 50 per cent private buses are off the road. The virus badly hit the transport sector.” Though the situation is gradually normalising in other sectors, but transport sector continues to off the hinges as before the unlocking PAGE 4 Even as all routes are initiated but low footfall of passengers paints a bleak picture of future phase. Despite the fact that there are no curbs on carrying the number of passengers, the operators are finding it hard to get required number of passengers to make the tour financially viable. Though, Punjab Roadways and PRTC resumed the services but the decline in number of passengers is making the survival hard. “The buses are being sanitised. The passengers are asked to check temperature in case of any illness. Well, the numbers are increasing but hardly acceptable to make the trip viable,” said an employee of the Punjab Roadways. Inderjeet Singh, general manager Punjab Roadways, feels that the suspension of trains has scratched the wound deeper as both are interlinked. “The buses witnessed low footfall due to suspension of trains in the region. We have reciprocal arrangements with the railway. We feed to the railway by collecting passengers from rural areas. Similarly, railway returns the favour to bus operators by providing passengers for small towns,” Singh explained. Apart from this, education institutes, including colleges and schools, provide bulk of passengers and unless they resume fully the way out of mire seems far off. Satyam Wahi secures AIR 243; is city NEET topper Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 16 Satyam Wahi, a student of Springdales Senior School, excelled in the NEET Mains exams, the results of which were declared on Friday. Satyam secured an AIR of 243 with a score of 690 out of 720. An aspiring neuro surgeon, Satyam shared that he spent five straight hours in front of computer, checking and refreshing his results as the NTA official website crashed due to technical snag after posting the results. “It was quite draining as I was excited about my rank. My result was on expected lines but I could have got a better All India Rank as this year the exam was relatively easier given special circumstances,” he shared. He is also excited to become the first doctor in his family. “My elder brother is studying architecture and my father runs his own business. My inspiration to become a doctor was my uncle who is a noted doctor in the city,” he said. Satyam wants to pursue medical studies from Safadarjung Hospital in New Delhi. GNDU announces SI Sandeep Kaur still at large Two succumb to virus, results of exit classes 2 more cops who extorted money from victim ‘identified’ 40 new positive cases Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 16 GNDU declared the results of various exit classes that were held online, on Friday evening. In the first phase, results of seven different classes were announced here today, which are available on the university website. Dr Manoj Kumar, Professor in-charge, Controller of Examinations, said students could check their results on the university website. He said the results of the remaining classes of university would be declared shortly. The results of the classes that have been announced include — Bachelors Voca- tional (Entertainment Technology) Semester – VI, Bachelor of Vocation (Nutrition Exercise and Health) Semester-VI, Vocational Bachelor (contemporary form of Dance), Semester-VI, Bachelor of Vocation (Management and Secretarial Practice) Semester-VI, Bachelor of Vocation (Photography and Journalism) Semester - VI, MA Business Economics and IT Semester-IV, Bachelor of Vocation (Retail Management) Semester-VI. Amritsar, October 16 Even as the city and the rural police have failed to arrest prime suspect SI Sandeep Kaur in a double suicide case, the police investigations have reportedly identified two more cops and her accomplices who extorted money from deceased Vikramjit Singh. They were identified as Navneet Sandhu and Kammy Malara. Malara is posted with the Ludhiana police while Sandhu is with rural police, it is learnt. However, both city and rural police have yet to nominate them. Though police officials were tight-lipped over the case, a police official wishing not to DOUBLE SUICIDE CASE Two cases of abetment to suicide were registered at the city & rural police against Sandeep Kaur. be named said the names of two suspects were given in the suicide note. It was also learnt that the family of the prime suspect also met senior police officials for holding a probe into the case. However, the police officials had asked them to make her surrender before the police. Harchand Singh, SHO, Jandiala police station, said they had taken all evidence from the city police regarding the death of Vikramjit Singh. Vikramjit, who was a jeweller, had committed suicide at a hotel room in Amritsar on Saturday. On Sunday, his wife also ended her life at her residence. Two separate cases of abetment to suicide were registered at the city and rural police against Sandeep Kaur and her unknown accomplices. She has been at large since the death of Vikramjit who had named her and her accomplices in a suicide note while holding her responsible for his death. C VID-19 PANDEMIC Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 16 As two more persons lost life to Covid-19, the toll in the district reached 428 on Friday. The deceased have been identified Kirandeep Kaur (20), a resident of Sundar Nagar in Kot Khalsa area, and Babbi Mattu (64) of the Lahori Gate. The district health authorities have also reported 40 new positive cases with which the total count has increased to 11,366. The new cases include 24 influenzalike illness cases and 16 contacts of positive patients. Meanwhile, with the recovery of 99 patients, a total of 10,469 patients have been cured till date. At present, the district has a total of 469 active cases. GT Road, service lane are paths that open to horrible experience for commuters While the former is potholed, the service lane from Putligharintersection to Kabir park has worn out for want of repairs & neglect ❝ I admit that the road had been damaged at certain places and the service lane is in a deplorable condition and needed immediate attention. I will write to the authorities concerned to draw their attention to the infrastructure lapses and the need of timely repairs and maintenance. ROAD ROT ❞ Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 16 The failure on the part of the authorities concerned to repair the GT road and the service lane — from the Putlighar intersection to the Kabir park — has led to the upper surface of the road to come off at places. The road and service lanes were laid after the construction of the BRTS corridor about four years ago. Moreover, major educational institutes like Guru Nanak Dev Surinder Chowdhury, AREA COUNCILLOR ENCROACHMENTS ARE CHOKING LIFE A potholed stretch on the road near Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar; and (right) entirely broken service lane on the GT road. SUNIL KUMAR University, Khalsa College, Khalsa College for Women and Polytechnic are situated along it. Besides, the stretch connects the city to Attari village on the international border. In addition, service lanes were provided on either side of the stretch to provide safe passage to small vehicles, pedestrians and people coming out of residential areas. Owing to the impact of massive movement of vehicles, the top layer of the service c m y b lane has worn out completely and a lot many potholes have emerged making driving along the stretch a risky affair. Manjit Singh, a shop- People have encroached upon the service lane as per their convenience. Some have installed their carts selling fruit and vegetables, construction material like gravel, sand, bricks and many other things. Many plants have withered away for want of their upkeep and due to the indifferent attitude of people working and living around these. keeper, said no official ever bothered about taking stock of the road after it was laid about four years ago. People have encroached upon the service lane as per their convenience. Some have installed their carts selling fruit and vegetables, construction material like gravel, sand, bricks and many other things. Many plants have withered away for want of their upkeep and due to the indifferent attitude of people working and living around these. The condition of the service lane is deplorable as the upper layer has come off and pebbles can be seen strewn all over the stretch posing a threat to the safety of motorists. Parminder Singh, a chemist, said potholes appeared at certain spots on the main road sometime ago. In the absence of timely repair, more and more potholes started emerging. He said there were more chances of fatal accidents taking place. A majority of the vehicles on the highway continued on page 2
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