26102020-ATR-01.qxd 10/25/2020 10:24 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE ENSURING SOCIAL DISTANCING AMONG STUDENTS TOUGH TASK PAGE 2 Parents opine wait & watch approach, rotation system should be put to use before calling students to schools. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF VIRUS CLAIMS TWO LIVES, DIST TOLL 445 Amritsar: The district reported two deaths due to the Covid-19 contagion, taking the toll to 445 in the district on Sunday. The deceased were identified as 72year-old Kulwinder Kaur, a resident of Adliwal village, and 78-year-old Roshan Lal Sharma, a resident of Rayya. The district also reported 32 new positive cases with which the count of infections has reached 11,701. The new cases include 21 influenza-like illness cases and 11 contacts of positive patients. At present, the district has a total of 290 active cases. TNS BEOPAR MANDAL WRITES TO CENTRE Amritsar: After the Union Government sought suggestions for the Budget 2021-2022, the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) shot off a communique in this regard. The PPBM cautioned that free import of textile readymade and made-ups from nations under SAARC in general and Bangladesh in particular crippled the domestic industry. So, amendments were required to stitch the gaps. It sought an end to discrimination in income tax slab between corporate sector, MSME and traders should be removed. The letter says that textile must be covered under Section 80 1(B) of IT Act-1961 in the Atamnirbhar Programme. It also demanded GST exemption on shawls which fall in handloom and the cottage industry. TNS HRITHIK ROSHAN TO BUILD A ~97.5-CR MANSION-IN-THE-AIR PAGE 3 Hrithik Roshan has purchased lavish apartments in Mumbai for building a ‘mansion-in-the-air’ by integrating them. MAX 31°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:47 PM PAGE 4 TV show Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain has achieved a new milestone. The show has completed 1,400 episodes. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:43 AM MONDAY | 26 OCTOBER 2020 | AMRITSAR Covid beats the soul out of dholis Pandemic curtails income during Navratri festival, when it should be soaring Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 25 The pandemic has dented the dholis’ income during this Navratri festival. The comical sight of wallet buzzing with flies, only a couple of banknotes lying, is really not hard to imagine. Sonu, a dholi, castigated its management for issuing dictatorial edict which halved the income of his likes. “At any given time of the day during the Navratri, there were three queues of devotees with less than 1ft of distance,” he claimed, adding, “the management did not bother about implementing the social distancing then.” His comment comes after the Durgiana temple management committee did not allow them to accompany langoors inside the temple due to distancing norms. Shaila, another dholi, said that making matters worse police personnel standing outside the main gate of the temple did not allow them to Dholis perform outside the Bara Hanuman temple in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR let rip one on the instrument. And it really hit their earning opportunity. “It was almost a ritual with parents of langoors and their relatives to give money to dholis when they danced inside and in front of the main gate of temple,” he added. Despite repeated requests, he said the management’s office-bearers did not bat an eye to the income-depleting decision. “Ours is a seasonal profession. Earlier, marriage season was consumed during the lockdown and later due to the restrictions of not more than 50 persons and now this.” He added that hopes of improving their financial condition after the lifting of the lockdown were dashed by the stubborn and short sightedness of the temple’s management. The festive season offers them a good business which starts from Navratri and extends up to Diwali. Subse- Dasehra festivities a low-key affair THREE BOOKED FOR FRAUD, CORRUPTION Amritsar: Three persons have been booked for allegedly duping a local resident Attarpreet Singh of Rs 4.85 lakh. Those booked are Amritpal Singh, Yashpreet Singh and Sarabjit Singh, all residents of Sultanwind road area here. Attarpreet, in his statement, alleged that the trio took the money from him for getting a bail for him and got an FIR registered against him and his father cancelled. However, none of the above promises were kept by them. A case under Sections 420, 120-B of the IPC and Section 7-A of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against them. TNS TV SHOW BHABIJI GHAR PAR HAIN COMPLETES 1,400 EPISODES Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 25 Amid the Covid threat, the Dasehra celebrations remained a low-key affair this year. A 15-ft effigy of Ravana was put to flames. Sanjay Mehra, executive member of the Durgiana Committee, said no big function was organised in any part of the city today. The Covid guidelines, including social distancing, were strictly followed. He said as per the age-old tradition, ‘mannat’ (vows) of the langoor was considered complete after they bowed before the effigy of Ravana on Dasehra. Otherwise, they pay obeisance at the Bara Hanuman temple everyday during Navratras. TRIUMPH OVER EVIL: (top left): A boy holds a bow and arrow near an effigy of Ravana; and (above) onlookers disperse as the effigy goes up in flames in Amritsar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR quently, it opens into marriage season, locally called ‘saye’, which lasts for some months. All these occasions together offer a soaring business to about 2,000 Dholis in this border district. Billa, another victim, said this season offered a regular income unlike the rest of the year when they remain unemployed. Apart from conventional sources of engagement, now they are also hired by schools as trainers to students in the art and are also in demand across different parts of the country and even abroad. Harish Taneja of Durgiana Committee said their decision was inspired to contain the spread of the virus. “The playing of dhol inside the temple would have only added to the congestion,” he told. He also stated that the committee had introduced several Covid safety regulations during the Navratri festivities in the temple complex. “But that many people still did not abide by the norm of wearing face masks,” he expressed. Farmers burn govt’s effigies Amritsar, October 25 Farmers blocked the Amritsar-Tarn Taran road and burnt effigies of the Central Government as part of its protest against the three farm Acts. Farmer leaders said effigies of the Union Government would be burnt at the village level in the coming days. KMSC general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher said the protest against BJP leaders would further be intensified in all cities. The farmer activists said they were burning effigies of the BJP government and corporate houses on Dasehra as both were evil and working against the welfare of the general public. Meanwhile, the rail roko protest at the Buttari railway station near Beas, outside the residence of Rajya Sabha member Shwait Malik, at toll plazas and petrol pumps of Reliance Industries also continued. — TNS Her gentle touch enriched lives Roopinder Singh A wry sense of humour, a hearty laugh, and a gentle presence — Karuna Goswamy, who passed away on Sunday after a prolonged period of illness, had it all. She was a scholar, teacher and philanthropist. She was born and raised in Amritsar, but Chandigarh would lay a claim on her — it was in this city that she studied art, became a member of the Faculty of Arts at Panjab University, married the art historian, BN Goswamy, raised two children, Apurva and Malavika, and looked after her grandchildren, Damini and Madhav. Karuna’s father, Dr Shiv Kumar, was a distinguished physician at the Medical College and she was the eldest of four sisters and a brother. Theatre personality Neelam Mansingh Chowdhary, whose father Dr Man Singh was also at the same institution, has many memories of Karuna, who studied at Sacred Heart School in Amritsar. The pursuit of higher education brought Karuna to Chandigarh. She earned her MA degree in history. It was here that she was to marry the love of her life, Prof BN Goswamy, in 1964 and settle Karuna Goswamy Nov 21, 1940 — Oct 25, 2020 down. They had children, who were to choose their own paths, and excel in them. Karuna Goswamy’s 1968 PhD thesis: “Vaishnavism in the Punjab Hills and Pahari Painting” at Panjab University laid the foundation of her academic credentials, and more books followed, including ‘The Glory of the Great Goddess: An Illustrated Manuscript from Kashmir in the Alice Boner Collection’; ‘Kashmiri Paintings: Assimilation and Diffusion; Production and Patronage’, and ‘Sacred Tree and Indian Life’. Here she provided the text to pictures taken by her friend Susanne Hawkes. continued on page 2 This stretch in city is a His passion for theatrefailed to fade away mix of dust, potholes WHERE ARE THEY NOW PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service ROAD ROT Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 25 Even as the holy city was included under the Centre’s flagship programme, the Smart City Project four years ago, potholed roads still remain the bane of the residents, including those in posh localities of the city. The roads in many areas of Ranjit Avenue are no exception and commuters often complain of bad roads offering bumpy rides. A case in point being the stretch leading to Sardar Beant Singh Park from the link road connecting Kacheri chowk with Ranjit Avenue. The residents complained A broken stretch at Ranjit Avenue in Amritsar. VISHAL KUMAR that the stretch of the road has been lying unattended for the past many days and needs immediate re-carpeting. “The situation is so bad that if a vehicle passes through the stretch, it dispels the dust in the air. If the road is carpeted properly, it would be less inconvenient for the commuters,” said Sahil Sharma, a resident. The commuters also complain that the dilapidated road is resulting in wear and tear of the vehicles. “Those riding on twowheelers are more at risk as the tyres skid on pebbles scattered on the road while applying brakes,” said a commuter. continued on page 2 Amritsar, October 25 Before the advent of cable TV, when Doordarshan was the only entertainment channel, there were few artistes who became memorable with their stellar performances in Punjabi plays telecast on DD Jalandhar or Jalandhar Doordarshan. Vijay Sharma is one of them. Some of his plays, such as ‘Mr Galad’, ‘Pehredar’, ‘Adjustment’, ‘Juttian Da Jora’, ‘Apna Apna Hissa’ etc still find space on the channel. He has also performed plays in Pakistan, UK and various other parts of the country. Sharma retired as general manager (sales) from a soft drink company here. He is still active in theatre and has also played some important roles in Punjabi movies. Sharma started theatre in 1977 and since then, he has c m y b Vijay Sharma started theatre in 1977 and since then, he has not looked back. Initially, he took it as his hobby, but later it became a passion. He is still active in theatre and has also played some important roles in Punjabi movies. TRIBUNE PHOTOS not looked back. Initially, he took it as his hobby, but later it became a passion. “I gave 35 years to the soft drink industry but I continued with my passion also. My job never came in way of my passion,” he said with pride. Recently, he was seen in Punjabi movie Ikko Mikke in which Satinder Sartaj and Aditi Sharma played the lead. Unfortunately, two days after the release, the government imposed lockdown restrictions. The Covid induced lockdown hit everybody hard and artistes were no different. In fact, the artist com- munity was completely and conveniently ignored by the government. Those who were fully dependent on theatre were the worst hit during the pandemic, Sharma pointed out. “As Virsa Vihar, Punjab Naatshala and Thakur Singh Art Gallary remained closed during the lockdown, I worked on several scripts of short films being made under the banner of GSK productions. I used to discuss the scripts with my team and other artistes through video conferences. After the relaxation in the Covid restrictions, we have started rehearsals for the same,” he said. “We have made some short movies, such as ‘Fathers’ Day’, ‘The Seeds’, ‘Shak’ etc which are slated for release soon while more such projects are in the pipeline,” Sharma maintained. Besides being a part of Punjabi movie Ikko Mikke, he also worked in ‘Ashke’, ‘Tara Mira’ and ‘Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe’, based on the life of Bhagat Puran Singh. Bollywood actor Pawan Malhotra had played the role of Bhagat Puran Singh while he had played the role of his father in the movie. “I have a couple of Punjabi movies in my hand, but shooting is yet to start due to the pandemic,” Sharma added.
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