30122020-ATR-01.qxd 12/29/2020 10:26 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE AAP TO CONTEST ALL SEATS IN NEXT LOCAL BODY ELECTIONS The AAP would contest the next local body elections elections in Punjab on its election symbol, said party leaders. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MAN DIES AFTER HIT BY A SPEEDY BIKE Amritsar: A speedy bike hit a man on Madan Mohan Malviya road here on Sunday leaving him seriously injured. The victim succumbed to his injuries on Monday following which a case was registered at the Civil Lines police station here. Veera Kapoor, daughter of the victim and a resident of Katra Charat Singh, told the police that her father Naresh Kumar worked as a salesman at a garment shop located on Madan Mohal Malviya road. She said on Sunday evening after leaving his duty, he was crossing the road when a speedy bike being driven by an unknown youth hit him. The accused fled away from the spot while his father rushed to a private hospital where he succumbed. A case under Sections 304-A and 279 of the IPC was registered against an unknown youth. TNS MAN SHOT AT IN SHERON VILLAGE Tarn Taran: Three unidentified armed robbers shot and critically injured a man on the national highway near the District Administrative Complex in Sheron village on Tuesday. The injured has been identified as Balwinder Singh (45) of Dilawalpur village, who is a security guard of the State Bank of India, Chabal branch. Balwinder Singh after performing his night duty was returning home on motorcycle. Three robbers came on a bike and fired three shots at Balwinder Singh. They managed to escape from the spot when he raised the alarm. He was admitted to the Community Health Centre, Kairon. The Sarhali police have started investigation. OC FARMERS’ JATHA LEAVES FOR DELHI Tarn Taran: Farmers and members of other sections of the society under the banner of Punjab Istri Sabha left for Delhi from the border town of Bhikhiwind on Tuesday. Rupinder Kaur Marimegha, Kiranjit Kaur Valtoha and Harjinder Kaur Algon led the jatha. Prithipal Singh Marimegha, state CPI leader and other speakers, while addressing the protesters, condemned the privatisation policies of the BJP-led Union Government. They said the government was playing in the hands of corporate houses. The leaders demanded immediate rollback of the farms laws. OC PAGE 2 FLASHBACK 2020: THEY LIT UP THE SCREEN & LEFT AN IMPACT THE WAY Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 At the age of 23 years in 1997, an unfortunate road accident left Dawinder Singh paraplegic. But instead of resigning to the fate, he has set himself up as a successful entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Presently, he is the vice-president of Spinal Cord Injury Association (SCIA) and working to fast track the rehabilitation process for the victims of spinal cord injuries. Dawinder was going to Delhi to attend to his copper trading business when the tragedy befell him. “I along with my younger brother had set up the business. It was all going good and annual turnover ran into several REALITY SERIES STAR NICK MCGLASHAN PASSES AWAY As the year 2020 comes to a close, we look at the fresh faces who gave some powerful performances. MAX 13°C | MIN 2°C | YESTERDAY MAX 14°C | MIN 2°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:36 PM PAGE 4 No cause of death or further information has been released yet as his death is currently under investigation. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:29 AM WEDNESDAY | 30 DECEMBER 2020 | AMRITSAR GNDU increases hostel seats in wake of offline examination | Seats in girls’ hostels increased by 200, for boys by 100 | Regional campuses to also offer accommodation facility Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) has decided to increase the number of seats in the hostels for students in the wake of offline examinations. The varsity has been conducting offline examinations, but students, who live outside Amritsar, were facing problems due to the limited hostel allotment guidelines issued by the university due to Covid-19. Students had approached the authorities as they were facing difficulties in finding accommodation out of campus. “We received their request to consider possible solution to the accommodation problem for outstation students, especially girls. So, we have increased the number of seats to be allotted for hostel accommodation inside Students had approached the authorities as they were facing difficulties in finding accommodation out of campus. TRIBUNE FILE the campus. Seats in girls’ hostels have been increased by 200 and at boys’ hostel by 100. We will be looking to accommodate students safely, keeping in mind the one room per student rule,” said KS Kahlon, GNDU Registrar. The university has also set up examination centres at regional campuses in Jalandhar and Gurdaspur for students hailing from these areas. “Given the extreme cold weather conditions and looking at students’ convenience, we have asked them to sit for exams at these regional centres. Those students who got hostel accommodation in Amritsar will have to sit for examination at the GNDU main campus and students near Gurdaspur and Jalandhar, who couldn’t get a hostel accommodation, will have a choice either to choose their centre in Jalandhar or Gurdaspur campus or the main campus,” he said. The university has also made arrangement for hostel accommodation facility for students in Jalandhar and Gurdaspur centres with 30 seats each for boys and girls at Gurdaspur campus and 50 seats each at Jalandhar campus. Hostel accommodation criteria will be the same for both campus i.e. students who live far from Jalandhar and Gurdaspur will be preferred. Farmers protest outside Reliance petrol station at Jandiala Guru on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Youth protest outside Reliance petrol station, force its closure Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 A group of young farmers from the adjoining villages staged a protest outside the Reliance petrol station at Jandiala Guru and asked the operators to close the operations. The farmers stated that they would not allow it to function. The management succumbed to their demand after the agitators threatened that they would stage a continuous protest outside the pump. The agitators are protesting against the petrol stations of Reliance group as the corporate houses are behind the controversial agri-related laws. Meanwhile, a Nihang organisation has lent a support of ~5 lakh in cash, 500 blankets and 200-kg dry Youth shot at in Unsafe: Public safety goes for a Ranjit Avenue toss while executing road work fruits for the protesting farmers in Delhi. Budha Dal chief Baba Balbir Singh said the Centre is wrong in not accepting the demands of the general public and “the laws should be made for the benefit of general public than harassing them.” Baba Bidhi Chand Tarna Dal chief, too, sent a help of ~1.25 lakh and Baba Gajan Singh has donated ~51 thousand for the stir. Two deaths, 20 more infections reported in dist Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 Atul Kumar, alias Ghudda, a resident of New Golden Avenue was allegedly shot at by two motorcycle-borne persons here when he along with his friends was returning home after dining at eating joint in posh Ranjit Avenue locality. Though the incident occurred four days ago, a case was registered with the police on Monday. He was rushed to a hospital by his friends because of gunshot injury. The incident occurred near Beant Park where he had stopped for answering nature’s call. He suffered bullet injury on his left leg. The police have registered a case of murder bid against unknown bike-borne persons and launched further investigations. The victim stated to the police that on December 24 he along with his friend Jobanjit Singh of Gate Hakima, Varinder Singh, alias Raghu, of Majitha road had gone to Ranjit Avenue C-block for having dinner. They were travelling on an SUV He said . at around 10.45 pm while returning home they stopped their car near Beant Park road turn for answering nature’s call. Suddenly, two persons came on a motorcycle and shot twice at him. He suffered bullet injury on his leg and therefore fell down. They fled from the spot after threatening of dire consequences for quarrelling with Vippy. He said his friends who were in the car immediately took him to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. Continued on page 2 On the back of determination SHOWING PAGE 3 crores.” Dawinder was also pursuing his education in bachelors in agriculture sciences at the time. Having been bedridden for a year, Dawinder launched his e-commerce company in 1998. “Doctors suggested my family to provide me with a computer reasoning because it would help me kill time and keep depression at bay. The computer did open the doors of knowledge for me and I started learning again,” he said. Presently a successfully diamond and gold trader, Dawinder shared, “Financial independence is important for everyone but even more important for people with disabilities.” Talking about the rehabilitation process, he was confined to bed for five long years. “I did not use a wheelchair all those years.” Experts at the Indian spinal injury institute, however, Amritsar, December 29 Public safety is often ignored while executing public works, especially on roads. The stretch of Outer Circular Road near Beri Gate, where the sides of the road have been dug up to lay underground pipes, is a case in point. These 4-ft deep trenches are a constant threat to the lives of commuters, as no arrangements to warn drivers have been made. In the name of safety, a few sand bags have been placed alongside the edge of the dug up area. With fog reducing visibility during the evening and early morning hours, sand bags are hardly visible to drivers. “The construction work here is going on for the past several weeks. Luckily, no accident has happened so far, but there must be ample safety measures every time such works The Outer Circular Road has been dug 4-ft deep, but no barricades have been installed near Lahori Gate. are initiated,” said Gurnam Singh, an area resident. Nearby shopkeepers said as visibility during the fog is low, drivers cannot see trenches and it may result in an accident someday. Those having Overcoming a threatening spine injury, Dawinder has made a fortune in trading advocated the use of one. And he did so, this sped up recovery. Now, his association promotes the use of wheelchair as soon as possible. “Our association also gifts the wheelchairs to the spinal injury patients. What I had learned in five years, we want patients to learn that from my experience,” he said, adding that the association was formed in 2010 and now has around 500 members. The association regularly organises events for its members. He also got himself a special driving licence to drive vehicles. “Disability is in the mind. One should strive to come out of the depression which seeps in after such injuries and adapt according to the situation,” he suggests. He has also been featured in a book by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment titled ‘Yes, We Can’ – which has 100 inspiring stories of differently-abled entrepreneurs. shops along the stretch also said their businesses, too, have been hit as the work was going on at a slow pace. City residents said the safety of commuters was of least concern for contractors executing the works, as they never bothered to barricade the area. “Ideally, a temporary fence should be put up at the place and ample warning signs should be displayed,” another resident Harjit Singh said. Amritsar, December 29 The district reported two more Covid-19 fatalities on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 551. The deceased have been identified as Sarbjeet Singh (69) of Budha Theh village near Baba Bakala and Jagjeet Singh (78) of Green Avenue. The district health authorities reported 20 new cases on Tuesday, taking the infection count to 14,452. The new cases include 11 influenza-like illness cases and nine contacts of positive patients. Meanwhile, with discharge of 46 patients, the recovery count has reached 13,469. The district at present has a total of 432 active cases. 137 people cross over to Pak Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service AMRITSAR, DECEMBER 29 Shahin, a Pakistan national, was elated to return to her country after getting critical treatment for her legs in India. Stuck for a long time due to the Covid-induced lockdown and post regulatory guidelines, she was among the 137 Pakistani and Indian nationals who crossed over to Pakistan from the AttariWagah Joint Check Post (JCP) on Tuesday. She along with many of her stranded compatriots heaved a sigh upon returning to their country. She recalled that she had come here in July 2018 for getting an advance treatment for both her painful legs. Wife of a retired Pakistan government official, Mohammad Yunus, she thanked Indian doctors for their proficiency in the medical field besides acknowledging India c m y b Police officials verify documents of people before they cross over to Pakistan through the Attari-Wagah Joint Check Post on Tuesday. Stranded here due to the pandemic, they include both Pak & Indian nationals and Pakistan governments for facilitating travel of such patients. She, however, disliked the long period lived during the lockdown. An Indian national Muwasir Nabi said the pan- demic and its restrictions hampered his education. He is pursuing BTech degree from Peshawar. He could not return to Pakistan for his classes as he was at his home Continued on page 2
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