18102020-ATR-01.qxd 10/17/2020 11:35 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE FOUR JAIL INMATES BOOKED FOR POSSESSING NARCOTICS PAGE 2 Officials seized around eight grams of narcotics powder and three mobile phones from the accused. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF NRI THREATENED, JAIL INMATE BOOKED Amritsar: The city police have booked a Tarn Taran resident for threatening the family of a NRI living in Canada. In a complaint emailed to the police, Damanpreet Singh, presently living in Toronto, Canada, had complained that Prabhjit Singh, a resident of Hanswal village near Goindwal in Tarn Taran had threatened to kill his family living in Amritsar. The complainant alleged that the accused, who is lodged at the jail, had demanded money from him and threatened that failure to pay money would cost the lives of his family members. The complainant had also received messages on his social media platforms in this regard. Meanwhile, the Islamabad police station have registered a case against Prabhjit Singh under Sections 383, 385, 386, 506 and 507of the IPC and Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisons Act. TNS SACHAR IS SENATE MEMBER OF GNDU Amritsar: Senior leader and district Congress committee Amritsar rural president Bhagwant Pal Singh Sachar has been appointed senate member of Guru Nanak Dev University for two years by the Governor and Chancellor of the university. Sachar said that he would leave no stone unturned to take the university to the pinnacle and strengthen the higher education sector in Punjab. "Guru Nanak Dev University has been ranked among the reputed universities in the country for its outstanding contribution in the field of higher education as well as in research and skill development. The Punjab Government would extend all possible support to make it the best regional university," he said. Bhagwant Pal Sachar is a member of the governing council of Khalsa College, member of the Chief Khalsa Diwan, president of Guru Khalsa High School, Shamnagar, vice- president of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Hidayatpur (Dhade). He is also member in-charge of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Majwind. Sachar, a civil engineering graduate, is associated with the political arena as well as religious and social organisations.. TNS EFFIGY OF PRIME MINISTER BURNT Amritsar: Activists of the Lok Bhalai Insaf Welfare Society burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his stubborn stance on the three legislations on farming recently passed by Parliament here on Saturday. They held a sit-in outside a shopping mall where stores of Reliance company were operational. As a precautionary measure the management of the shopping mall closed the entire unit. Baldev Singh Sirsa, president of the Lok Bhalai Insaf Welfare Society, said ignoring the stir of farmers by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed his priority. He preferred to please the corporate sector at the cost of annoying the hard working farmers who form the bulwark of all sections of the entire country and toil hard in the fields for the rest of the people. He demanded that the Union government should immediately withdraw the three legislations on farming recently passed by the Parliament. TNS MOVIE REVIEW OF SCAM 1992: YOU CAN BID ON THIS BULL PAGE 3 I WANT TO SPREAD SMILES, SAYS PRATEEK RANA Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story is a fascinating journey on financial scam set in the world of stock market. MAX 33°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5:55 PM PAGE 4 Just two words can describe my journey, 'being consistent’, says influencer and YouTuber. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:37 AM SUNDAY | 18 OCTOBER 2020 | AMRITSAR Decades on, poor road infra It’s celebration time for toppers bane of Khemkaran residents Condition of 50-km-long Khemkaran-Asr National Highway is also deplorable ROAD ROT Gurbaxpuri Tarn Taran, October 17 Over 70 years have elapsed since the country gained Independence but residents of Khemkaran border area are still waiting for civic amenities. Their area still cries for proper road connectivity. The condition of link roads in the area always remains in bad shape. Besides, the condition of the 50-km-long KhemkaranAmritsar National Highway is also deplorable, adding to the residents’ worries. Earlier, it was known as the Khemkaran-Amritsar state highway. Eight years ago, the highway was upgraded as the national highway with its width being increased from 22 feet to 33 feet. This highway project is still far from completion. The road has become a lifeline for border area resi- A truck stops midway due to dilapidated state of a road in Khemkaran area. dents. Thousands of residents travel daily from the area to Amritsar and vice-versa. These include students, employees, farmers, traders, etc. Sahib Singh, a resident of the area, said people welcomed the project of the national highway as the road has been given divider facility which was to make the highway an accident-free zone. He said the part of the highway from Bhikhiwind to Khemkaran, which has been completed, was neither prop- MY COVIDEXPERIENCE ‘Staying positive key to defeat virus' B ikramjit Singh, a constable posted at the Faizpura police chowki, said it was family support and the Almighty's grace that helped him recover from Covid-19. “Staying in a positive frame of mind is the mantra to defeat the deadly virus. We should All not let the negative thoughts creep in," he things suddenly said. changed after my Bikramjit contracted the disease on duty. One of his colleague died of the colleagues in the Faizpura virus and I tested Chowki lost his battle to positive. I knew it was the virus while chowki ingoing to be difficult charge was also hospitalised due to severe chest times, but I was infection, though he had mentally prepared. You not contracted the disease. know Punjab Police "I had cough problem. But when my colleague personnel were at the collapsed and chowki in- forefront during the charge was hospitalised unprecedented health the entire staff was medcrisis we are facing. ically examined. I tested positive on the third day of Bikramjit Singh, A CONSTABLE the test conducted by health authorities," he said. Initially, I was worried for my family and for my minor daughter. I was repeatedly getting calls from health authorities from here and Chandigarh which was causing anxiety. Later, I was allowed home quarantine for 17 days. “All things suddenly changed after my colleague died of the virus and I tested positive. I know it was going to be difficult times, but I was mentally prepared. You know Punjab Police personnel were at the forefront during the unprecedented health crisis we are facing," Bikramjit said. “It was very depressing when you cannot talk to your family members and you are contained in one room for a long time. I am a religious person, therefore it was my daily routine to pray to the Almighty," he said. “Besides I used to do exercises daily to keep myself mentally and physically strong to fight the virus. My family used to talk to me from a distance which also helped me in diverting my mind and remain in a positive frame of mind,” he said. ❝ ❞ (As told to PK Jaiswar) erly designed nor built as sewerage water of villages could be seen accumulated in the Bhikhiwind, Amarkot and Cheema parts of the highway. This defect was raised during the district-level officials’ meeting presided over by then Deputy Commissioner many times last year but the highways authorities paid no heed as a result of which residents are facing troubles. Arsal Singh Sandhu, state president of the Border Area Kisan Sangharsh Committee, 1 death, 33 new cases in district Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 17 The death toll in the district mounted to 429 after one more person succumbed to the disease on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Tarsem Singh, a 65-year-old from Dhardeo village. The district health authorities have also reported 33 new cases. The new cases include 21 influenza-like illness cases and 12 contacts of positive patients. With this the total count of infections in the district has reached 11,399. Meanwhile, with recovery of 81 more patients, the recovery count has also increased to 10,550. The district, at present, has a total of 420 active cases. Development works at court complex begin Amritsar, October 17 Dinesh Bassi, Chairman, Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT), inaugurated the development works at court complex. Bassi was also honoured by the Bar Association. Bassi said that there was a big problem of parking, toilets and seating arrangements at the complex. Keeping all these in view, all works have been commenced by the AIT. The work of repairing the Bar Association office has also been started. This will provide relief to lawyers and people coming to the court. Bassi said that development works would be done in the first phase at a cost of Rs 8 lakh. Vipan Dhand, head of the Bar Association, thanked Bassi and honoured him. — TNS c m y b said there was hardly any link road which was in good shape and smooth. He said that the link roads — Bhagwanpur to Makhi Kalan, Makhi Kalan to Dialpur, Algon Kalan to Kalsian with MargindpurBhagwanpur, Mehmoodpur to Maddar, Maddar to Van, Assal to Machhike-Rattoke, Tahli Chaunk to Manawan, Bhura Kona to Noorwala, Bhuram Kona to Bhura Karimpura, Valtoha to Bahadur Nagar, Khemkaran to Mehindipur, etc — had not been repaired over the years. Daljit Singh of Dialpur village said it was the routine work of the PWD that it took years to lay bitumen after the first layer of stoning on the link roads in the area which forced the residents to change their route to reach their destinations by covering miles. He said it was this due to the bad condition of link roads that private bus operators were unwilling to ply their buses along these routes. As a result, residents faced conveyance problem and found it difficult to go to nearby townships for shopping and other works. ALL SMILES: NEET toppers Satyam Wahi, Hardik Vyas and Nipun Aggarwal (in the front row) with their mentors in Amritsar on Saturday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR NEET RESULTS Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 17 It was a day of contentment and excitement for the successful candidates of the NEET-2020 as they celebrated with their families after results were declared here on Friday. Satyam Wahi secured first rank in the district, while Nipun Aggarwal became the first candidate from Batala to score maximum marks ever in NEET. Nipun scored 670 out of 720 and his AIR stands at 130. He is third in Amritsar district. His father owns a rice sheller and his elder sister, who is studying BDS from Manipal University, is his inspiration. “I want to pursue cardiology as I have always been curious about it. I think that my result was quite satisfactory as the lockdown and uncertainty over competitive exams this year was quite taxing for students,” Nipun said. A student of Sidana International School, Amritsar, he attributes his success to his family. “They sacrificed a lot to ensure that I got enough study time and my focus never shifted because of any other distractions. I had stayed away from social media completely and my parents limited their social interactions as well as they provided me with all resources to pursue my goals,” he said. His father Rohit Aggarwal was evidently proud of his son’s academic success. “I am happy that both my kids will become doctors and pursue noble profession. This pandemic has made us all realise the importance of doctors and healthcare professionals. It’s a proud moment for me as a father,” he said. Hardik Vyas, who scored 665 marks out of 720 and stood fourth in the district, said: “I dedicated the lockdown completely to my studies.”
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