07012021-ATR-01.qxd 1/6/2021 11:45 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE ACTIVISTS GHERAO RESIDENCE OF CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER Contesting the disappearance of 328 missing saroops, Sikh activists gheraoed official residence of Sukhchain S Gill. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF SCHOOLS REOPEN FOR CLASSES V-XII Amritsar: Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla on Wednesday issued orders to reopen schools from Class V to Class XII from January 7. The timings of the schools will be from 10 am to 3 pm as students will be allowed to attend regular classes. Meanwhile, the District Education Officer has been waiting for the official notification in this regard from the Education Department. “We are yet to receive official letter regarding standard operating procedures and instructions for reopening of schools from Class V to Class XII. However, we have informed all school heads regarding the decision,” said Satinderbir Singh, DEO (Secondary). TNS 2 COVID DEATHS, 23 +VE REPORTED Amritsar: Two persons succumbed to Covid-19 contagion on Wednesday. The deceased were Ravinder Singh, 50, of Jujhar Singh Avenue and Lakhbir Kaur,60, of Sohian kalan village. In addition, the district health authorities reported 23 new positive cases, taking the number of positive cases to 14,625. Of these, 11 were contacts of positive cases and 12 were of influenza-like Illness. On the other side, 32 patients recovered which took the total tally to 13,832, while the number of active cases in the district is 232. TNS Tarn Taran: Five robbers stole a double barrel gun and other valuable articles from the house of Nishan Singh on Sunday night when he was away to his relatives. Nishan Singh in his complaint to the police said that he had gone to his relative with his wife, while his mother and a sick relative was at the house. The robbers with covered faces entered the house searched almirah and took away his double barrel gun, 25 cartridges, ~2.54 lakh and gold ornaments . The Sadar police have registered a case in this regard. OC SUDHIR MISHRA REMEMBERS OM PURI ON DEATH ANNIVERSARY PAGE 3 The filmmaker remembered Puri on his death anniversary, saying the late actor was one the heroes of his youth. MAX 18°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C | MIN 6°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:43 PM To come up at Bhagtanwala dump yard; will be completed in 2 yrs Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News service Amritsar, January 6 Amritsar is all set to become the first city in the state to convert its dump yard into an energy plant. The Municipal Corporation of Amritsar in collaboration with Averda, a solid waste management firm, has set into motion a process to bioremediate and recycle an estimated 10 lakh metric tonnes of waste to reclaim the land and set up a state-of-theart waste-to-energy plant. The project would be completed in two years, said the company officials. Amit Bajpai, director, Averda, said, “So far, 38,000 metric tonnes of waste has been biomined at Bhagtanwala site. With this speed, we shall be able to operationalise the waste-to-energy plant in around two years. This plant HOW THE PROCESS WORKS ■ Averda is using trimble machines and a ballistic separator for segregation of waste. The company will install a plant to process the waste. ■ Pyrolysis is a process of chemically decomposing organic materials at elevated temperatures in the absence of oxygen. ■ The process typically occurs at temperatures above 430 °C and under pressure. Later, biomass will be converted into green coal. will extinguish an estimated 650 tonnes of fresh waste every day.” This new plant would consume the entire waste generated in the city and nearby local urban bodies. With participation of the MCA, Averda started munici- pal solid waste management in July last year and has made considerable progress not only in effective handling of waste, but also in behaviour change. He said, “We have added 50 additional vehicles for door-to-door col- DEBATTAMA SAHA THRILLED TO SHOOT FOR WEDDING SEQUENCE lection of waste and increased coverage. All vehicles have dual compartments for collection of wet and dry waste separately and are fitted with GPS to enable monitoring of the operations.” Anil Mahajan, manager, Averda, said, “We have been spearheading awareness campaigns, including door-to-door outreach, urging citizens for segregating wet and dry waste at the source itself, organising programmes in markets to sensitise shopkeepers, educate vendors in fruit and vegetable markets and training garbage collectors.” Municipal Health Officer Dr Ajay Kawar said, “This has resulted in substantial awareness. Students are actively participating and so does masses from all strata of society. Shopkeepers are themselves installing bins.” THURSDAY | 7 JANUARY 2021 | AMRITSAR Poultry sales dip by 10% as avian flu scare looms large Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 6 Cases of avian flu in the region have created a scare among consumers who have started avoiding poultry products. Poultry farmers say there’s nearly 10 per cent decline in the sale of eggs and broilers. Amritsar Poultry Farmers’ Association chief GS Bedi said consumers were scared but did not panic. Covid-19 taught them to include eggs in their diet for protein intake, he said. Apart from the dip in the sale of poultry products, there was some decline in their prices as well. The wholesale price of a broiler fell down from ~90 to ~85. Similarly, there was a decline in the price of an egg from ~5.50 to ~5.25. Despite it being the peak season for the poultry products, Amritsar-based poultry farmers have been incurring losses on account of the decline in the sales. Poultry farmers blame it on Poultry farmers blame it on a ‘misplaced, negative sentiment’ generated among people after a swine flu death was reported in the city a ‘misplaced, negative sentiment’ generated among people after a swine flu death was reported in the city. However, a section of poultry farmers fear that the sales could decline if the cases of avian flu rise in the near future. Decline in sales is also visible on the prices of broilers and eggs in the wholesale and the retail markets. Another poultry farmer, Navdeep Singh, brushed away all rumours and cate- gorically stated that there was no fear of infection among commercially and scientifically raised broilers and eggs. He said poultry farmers were taking all precautions against the virus as well as other infections as regular fumigation of potassium permanganate is being carried out, besides using various other disinfectants. After the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic, this exercise has been intensified, they said. Soaked in blood, letters continue to stir the ‘unstirred’ Ludhiana-based Bhai Ghanaiya Ji Mission Sewa Society collecting blood units, penning letters from it since Dec 20 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 6 Revolutions can’t succeed without shedding blood, it is said. At Singhu, it’s being done literally! For the 15th day on Wednesday, 48-year-old Taranjit Singh Nimana sits with a thin wooden straw in his hand; its tip soaked in red. He is penning a letter to the leaders of the country. On a nearby table lies 10 more letters — red on white — in Punjabi. But in place of ink, what he writes with is the blood of farmers! Since December 20, the Bhai Ghanaiya Ji Mission Sewa Society, a Ludhiana-based NGO, has been penning let- ters in blood of farmers exhorting the top leaders of the country to withdraw the three farm laws. Everyday an array of blood-soaked letters are handed over to farm leaders. This blood is donated at the NGO’s blood donation camps being held behind the main stage of the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha at the Singhu border. The NGO, which has won the state award nine times for its contribution in the field on blood donation, is headed by its president Taranjit Singh Nimana. Nearly 1,000 farmers have donated blood across the 15 blood donation camps held so far. Letters have so far been sent to the Prime Minister, Home Minister, President, Taranjit Singh Nimana pens a letter soaked in blood to the leaders at Singhu border. Vice President and the Chief Justice of India, but to no avail. Nimana now plans to send a letter written in his blood to the UNO on his birthday tomorrow (January 7) in honour of those, who died at the Delhi protests. Environmentalist Seechewal also called upon Nimana, his old acquaintance, after Seechewal’s speech on stage. Such is the spirit that after a storm uprooted the backstage tent and damaged the mattresses and equipment at the camp, it has been shifted to a safer shed, where the camp resumed today. Nimana, says: “Ehnan chitthiyan vich kisanan da khoon raleya hai. Asi bhejde rahange jad tak kale kanoon vapas nahi hunde. Singhan de hausle chikkar vich vi buland ne. (These letters are soaked in farmers’ blood. We will keep writing these until the black laws are withdrawn. Singhs are full of courage even in mud).” Nimana adds: “We sent back doctors yesterday. Our backstage tent lost its roof. It was Life isn’t all sunshine & rainbows Now, specialised academic SHOWING Mannat Wahi, a visually impaired, wishes to be programmes for disabled THE WAY self-reliant but feels it is a ‘life-long process for PwDs’ Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 6 Having been unsighted since birth, 19-year-old Mannat Wahi never really considered life any different in terms of living it to the fullest. With his parents support, he completed studies till Class XII from mainstream schools, without much difficulty. Last year, he was excited to begin college, wanting to experience campus life. But we all know now, the year had something else in store for everyone. A student of Hindu College, Mannat didn’t even get to attend a single day of his college life due to the lockdown. “We had hoped for a different routine to begin, instead Mannat had to spend his first year of college home-bound, struggling to study through digital classroom,” said his mother Ritu, who assisted him all along. Mannat shared that despite every possible means adopted by him to enable him to study without missing out lessons, online education was PAGE 4 Newly launched show Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani is focused on a marriage ceremony as of now. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:31 AM City to have state’s first waste-to-energy plant Aparna Banerji ROBBERS DECAMP WITH GUN, ~2.54L PAGE 2 Mannat Wahi with his parents at his home in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO a challenge. “Without any specific software support to facilitate learning, which mostly happens by listening to my mother dictate the notes to me, studying is not an engaging process rather exhaustive,” he said. Pursuing BA with subjects, including computer application and history, he’s also finding it hard to find a helper for his upcoming exams. “I have made several requests to many people in this regard as Mannat needs helper to write his exam for him but we have not found anyone so far. This is one of the biggest challenges faced by parents of kids with visual disability. People are not sensitised regarding the needs of visually impaired and this comes in way of them getting proper education,” said Ritu. A believer though, Mannat feels that becoming selfreliant is a life-long process for people with disabilities. “I am learning new skills and making myself self-reliant one step at a time.” But his mother feels that until our government and civil society changes their attitude towards his likes, not much will change. “We need to make people with disabilities independent in every way. But in our country, we have zero facilities or accessible infrastructure specially suited for the needs of PwDs. Especially, in terms of giving them right to education,” she loathed. c m y b Amritsar, January 6 Working towards implementing inclusive academic practices and giving equal opportunity to students with disabilities, GNDU had organised a three-day national workshop on addressing issues faced by students with sensory disabilities. The workshop was organised by the School of Education of Guru Nanak Dev University under the aegis of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching, Department of Higher Education, and the Ministry of Education and had representation from the National Institute for Open Schooling (NIOS). Keeping in mind the challenges of inclusive education as envisaged by the NEP2020, voiced in the 2030 Millennium Development Goals and Convention on Rights of persons with disability (CRPD), a UNO forum to include people with disabilities into the mainstream education, GNDU, will work on Three-day workshop on students with sensory disabilities at GNDU capacity building among teachers educators and preservice educators in the key strategies for supporting the development and learning of children with multiple disabilities and sensory loss. Prof Amit Kauts, project coordinator for the workshop, said the university was moving ahead with its plans of inclusive education by starting three courses specifically designed to facilitate education for the disabled. “When talking about inclusive education for the disabled, we need to address not just issues with accessibility but also attitudinal barriers and building integrating assistive technologies in the classroom. The university has identified these lacunae and we have also received approval from the Punjab Government to begin with a BEd programme to train special educators. We will soon be applying to the Rehabilitation Council of India for approval and commence two more short term courses for people with intellectual disabilities.” The workshop had Prof Saroj Sharma, Chairperson, NIOS, New Delhi addressing the concerns from framing of the educational policies, outreach programmes and skill development programmes for self-sustainability and talk about innovative initiatives undertaken by NIOS under Pradhan Mantri schemes and sign language programme. The university engaged eminent resource persons representing leading special education institutions to lead the technical sessions on facilitating inclusive education of students with hearing impairment, need-based learning system. very windy and the tent ended up dripping in rain. We resumed at another place today. It’s my birthday on January 7. In memory of lives lost at Singhu, I shall donate blood and write in blood to the UNO to get the laws withdrawn.” Blood collected from the camp has been donated to blood banks at Ludhiana, Patiala and now to UP Delhi , and Haryana (Faridabad, Rohtak, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Delhi (Mayur Vihar). While Nimana planned to send blood-soaked letters to the PM from Ludhiana, he shifted to Singhu border when the idea was discussed with morcha leaders, who asked the NGO to shift base to Singhu. Farmers warn of tractor parade at Rajpath Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, January 6 To intensify the ongoing agitation against the farm laws framed by the Central government, farmers, mazdoors and other sections of the society on Wednesday organised a wellattended meeting under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, at Gurdwara Baba Kahan Singh in Piddi village. Sukhwinder Singh Sabhra, district president of the committee, presided over the meeting while Harpreet Singh Sidhwan was among the others who addressed on the occasion. The speakers said thousands of men, women, farmers and people from other sections of society would depart for Delhi on January 20 on tractors, trucks etc. to take part in the proposed tractor parade at Rajpath to be held on January 26 against the farm laws. The speakers said the farmers would burn the copies of farm laws at every place in the state on January 13 and would also organise meetings, flag marches from Thursday to January 18 as part of the agitation.
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