20102020-ATR-01.qxd 10/19/2020 10:53 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE WILL WITHDRAW PROTEST ONLY IF CENTRE REVOKES ACTS: FARMERS Farmer leaders said they would withdraw their protest only after the Union Government revokes the three laws. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF PAGE 2 PAGE 3 TIMELESS DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE TURNS 25 TODAY POPULAR SHOW BHABIJI GHAR PAR HAI SET TO BE BACK SOON To celebrate the occasion, a bronze statue of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol will be unveiled in London on Tuesday. MAX 33°C | MIN 16.°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:46 PM PAGE 4 In this festive season, popular shows Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai & Gudiya Humari Sabhi Pe Bhari are set to spread cheer. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:29 AM TUESDAY | 20 OCTOBER 2020 | AMRITSAR Attendance card on Day 1: 2,000/61,000 BACK TO SCHOOL Morning assembly & activities that require students to gather remain suspended Neha Saini Tribune News Service SIKKA: NO WASTE SEGREGATION IN CITY Amritsar: Leader of opposition Sandhya Sikka, during the Municipal Corporation general house meeting, raised voice over inadequate arrangements of segregation of waste in the holy city. She alleged that Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu was making a mockery of residents by issuing statements to segregate the garbage on the domestic level. “It is strange that the Mayor is promoting the segregation of waste into four different bins and asking the public to follow this. He should be aware that MC is not even equipped to segregate the waste into four different categories. In fact, the vehicles, which collect waste from door to door do not have any such division to segregate the wet and the dry waste,” said Sikka. “Moreover, even when the residents make an effort to segregate the waste on a domestic level, the garbage gets mixed in the collection vehicle and ultimately ends up together as one in the Bhagtan Wala garbage dump. This may be election-based propaganda,” she added. TNS FIRING: 5 WOMEN AMONG 15 BOOKED Tarn Taran: As many as 15 persons, including five women of Boparai village falling under the Patti Sadar police station, have been booked for firing at the family of Barkha Singh and damaging their household articles. The incident happened five days ago. The police said seven of the accused had been identified as Lakhwinder Singh, his mother Samittari, sister Goro, Satnam Singh, Jasbir Kaur, Sharanjit Kaur and Jagjit Singh while 10 others were yet to be identified. The police said on October 15, relatives of Barkha Singh had come to the village to see him when a verbal duel took place between both the families. The accused in a fit of anger committed house trespass and damaged the household articles and fired at them. Basakha Singh had a narrow escape. A case was registered against the accused on Sunday. OC One dies, daily count continues to dip in district Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 19 A 50-year-old woman from Bashmesh Nagar lost her battle to Covid-19 while 35 new cases were reported in the district today. The tally of the infected persons stands at 11,465 while the death toll has mounted to 432. A total of 87 recoveries were also reported. The active caseload is 314. In a major respite for the health authorities, the number of daily average cases has decreased significantly. The district is reporting less than 40 cases every day for the last one week. The number of deaths has also gone down. Meanwhile, government hospitals have resumed daily OPD services and elective surgeries. Amritsar, October 19 Very few students chose to attend schools which reopened today for Classes IX to XII after a gap of seven months following the Covid19 outbreak. Out of a total of 61,000 senior students in government schools of the district, only 2,000 attended regular classes on Day 1. Morning assembly and activities that require students to gather in large numbers continue to remain suspended. Abiding by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the authorities, students brought their own food and water bottles, along with consent letters from parents or guardians. Despite thin attendance, students seemed happy to be back to classroom teaching. “It’s good to be back to school after seven months. Although online classes were also satisfactory as teachers guided us thoroughly, coming to the school and meeting friends and teachers is altogether a different experience,” said Jaspinder Kaur, a student of Class XII at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Mall Road. Susheel, another student, said the resumption of regular classroom teaching would boost their morale. “Coming to the school and one-on-one interaction with teachers is very important as you get to NEW NORMAL: Students undergo thermal scanning before entering the school; and (right) a class in progress at a government girls school in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR learn many things and clear doubts. It’s sometimes difficult to understand certain lessons in digital classes due to disturbance in network.” A teacher attributed the thin attendance to fear among parents as Covid cases are on the rise in the district. As part of the guidelines, all teachers and staff of government schools are to be tested for Covid. All schools have made elaborate arrangements for thermal screening and sanitisation at the entrance. Classrooms were thoroughly sanitised. Benches were arranged at an adequate NEW IS NOT NORMAL FOR STUDENTS Even as students were happy to attend live classes after such a long gap, they did face psychological stress due to social distancing and masks. Lakshay Verma, a Class IX student, said, “It feels sad that they cannot shake hands with their friends. They have been seated separately at a distance of five metre. “Wearing masks all the time is tiring and without the entire classroom strength, the lectures won’t be interesting” said Satnam, another student distance from each other. “All safety norms have been put in place to ensure the safety of students, teachers and other staff members. Normal- good to be are ❝It’safter sevenback to ❝All SOPs are in place and weout to parents school months. encouraging teachers to reach Although online classes were also satisfactory as teachers guided us thoroughly, coming to the school and meeting friends and teachers is altogether a different experience, ❞ to inform them about safety measures being taken. Online classes will continue for those who are choosing to stay at home. The thin attendance issue is temporary. Teachers were tested for Covid before joining the duty and those found infected have been quarantined. We are following all safety guidelines. Jaspinder Kaur, A STUDENT OF CLASS XII ly, 40 students sit in one classroom, but we have made arrangements for only 20 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be allowed to attend classes only after parental consent. The school canteen continues to remain shut. Students have been asked to wear mask, bring ❞ Satinderbir Singh, DEO (SECONDARY) their own food and water and abstain from close contact with each other. Sanitisers have been placed at every point of contact,” said Mandeep Kaur, Principal, Govt Girls Sr Sec School, Mall Road. DEO (Secondary) Satinderbir Singh said schools were being sanitised twice daily. “All SOPs are in place and we are encouraging teachers to reach out to parents to inform them about safety measures being taken. Online classes will continue for those who are choosing to stay at home.” He said the thin attendance issue was temporary. “Teachers were tested for Covid before joining the duty and those found infected have been quarantined. We are following all safety guidelines,” he added. Police not verifying British Smart City is a dream & false hope Entrance road to New Amritsar locality, like many others, in a shambles national’s claims, allege kin HARASSMENT CASE Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 19 The family members of the accused in the British national harassment case on Monday accused the local police of acting in a biased manner. They alleged that the police did not hear them or hold any investigation before lodging an FIR against their kin. Addressing mediapersons, Vishakha Sharma, Rubina Sharma, Sargun Khurana and Rupneet Sandhu, residents of Rani Ka Bagh, said the police did not verify the claims of harassment by the victim with the CCTV camera footage of the restaurant. They claimed that on October 10, all the family members also accompanied the accused to the restaurant for dinner when the NRI woman ROAD ROT Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Kin of the six suspects address the media. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR allegedly entered into a verbal duel with their men. After listening to their grievance, Police Commissioner Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill has ordered Deputy Commissioner of Police Jagmohan Singh to probe the matter. The police have also reportedly suspended a head constable in the case. The police had booked Sahil Sharma, Saurabh, Sahil Arora, Shikhan Khurana, Ritu Khurana and Gurpartap Sandhu for allegedly passing objectionable comments and assaulting the British woman. She had also accused the police of not arresting the suspects. AMRITSAR, OCTOBER 19 The dreams of turning the centuries old city into a Smart City are all but far-fetched. The belief is solidified even more upon seeing the entrance road to the Bhai Gurdas Ji Nagar, known as the New Amritsar locality, which is teeming with craters. About 2 km of stretch joining the locality — housing over 10,000 homes — with the GT road is in dire need of mending. This is the only way in and out of the locality which is amply wide. Rashpal Singh Chauhan, president of the New Amritsar Residents Welfare Association A damaged stretch of the New Amritsar main road make driving a risky affair. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR and a resident, blamed a private contractor for damaging the road. “About five years ago, the contractor had gained entry for his equipment and vehicles on the premises for a year,” he recalls. Five years on, his equipment is still there and heavy vehicles containing construction material plied, which allegedly have been the protagonist in the decaying of the said road. “Even numerous complaints to the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) had not brought desired results,” he says. continued on page 2 Grooming his garden is a meditative exercise for this artist GREEN FINGERS Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 19 Being an artist, Arvinder Chamak has always appreciated simple things in life. His garden too is an example that simplicity can be creative and therapeutic. Adorning his garden are two stone sculptures that serve an aesthetic purpose and reflect upon his attention to details. “A senior artist from Amritsar, OP Verma made the love bird sculpture that has been carved out of a single sheet of stone. Another sculpture in stone has been made by an artist from Orissa. These stone sculptures represent the element of earth in my garden,” said Arvinder Chamak. A poet and a writer, Chamak spends an hour everyday in morning and in the evening in his garden that he has groomed himself. His garden has a small sec- Arvinder Chamak has created a simple yet aesthetic garden. VISHAL KUMAR c m y b tion where he grows micro greens including mint, tulsi and mixed herbs. In another segment, he has created a small kitchen garden where he grows vegetables such as lady finger, egg plants, gourd and other seasonal produce. “The vegetables from our garden are also a favorite pick for many of our friends. My garden is a therapeutic space for me as I relieve my stress by grooming and weeding, sometimes meditating in nature’s abun continued on page 2
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