11022021-ATR-01.qxd 2/10/2021 11:11 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE DON’T BELIEVE IN RUMOURS, VACCINE SAFE: NODAL OFFICER A lecture on Covid awareness, its causes and vaccine was conducted on the third day of NCC training camp. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF PROMOTING ALLIED AGRI ACTIVITIES: DC Amritsar: A meeting of the District Production Committee was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh, during which guidelines were issued regarding development works related to agriculture. Officials of the Horticulture Department informed the Deputy Commissioner about the progress of various schemes being run in the district. They said in order to promote cultivation, farmers were being motivated and assisted in getting credit facilities. The DC said allied and subsidiary occupations were being promoted, including selfemployment training in bee keeping, fruits, flowers, vegetables and mushrooms under the National Horticulture Mission Scheme. The government has been providing subsidy in purchase of horticulture tools and machines (weeder, power spray pump). Farmers interested in beekeeping were given 40 per cent subsidy on a box, which costs around ~1,600. TNS LEADERS OF LEFT PARTIES HOLD MEET Tarn Taran: Leaders under the United Front of Left parties organised a joint meeting here on Tuesday. They chalked out a plan for the success of the proposed district-level joint conference (in support of the farmers’ agitation on February 22) in Tarn Taran. Daljit Singh Dialpur chaired the meeting. Prithipal Singh Marimegha, state leader of the CPI, was among others who addressed the meeting said that the Union Government was adamant on suppressing the farmers’ agitation. The leaders called upon people to be united to fight against the Union Government’s dictatorial attitude. OC ‘PULSES SOURCE OF HEALTHY DIET’ Tarn Taran: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Booh in Tarn Taran, celebrated ‘World Pulses Day 2021’ on Wednesday under the theme “Nutritious seeds for a sustainable future”. Dr Balwinder Kumar, Associate Director (Training), KVK, said legume and pulses were source of healthy diet for humans and livestock as these have been considered as super food due to good source of protein, micronutrients, minerals and vitamin B. He said pulses replenish urea and minerals in soil and helps in avoiding climate change. Inter-cropping with pulses increases farm biodiversity, he said. Vikram Sood, project directorate, ATMA, said pulses were important for weight loss and their fiber, protein, and other nutritious contents ensure healthy heart. OC 12 FRESH CASES REPORTED IN DIST Amritsar: The health authorities reported 12 fresh positive cases in Amritsar district on Wednesday. With this, the total count has increased to 15,141. The new cases include seven influenza-likeillness cases and five contacts of positive patients. No death has been reported in the last 24 hours and the toll stands at 585. With recovery of nine patients, the total recovery count has improved to 14,429. At present, the district has a total of 157 active cases. TNS PAGE 2 IRA SHARES A NEW VIDEO ON HER FIGHT WITH DEPRESSION SUNSET THURSDAY 6:13 PM DISCOVERING SCIENTISTS Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 10 Albert Einstein had once said, “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” Pushing for developing scientific temperament and building a future generation of innovators, keeping in mind the advancement in science, a few city-based teachers are running network of small science clubs that are proving to be hotspot for budding scientists. These community science clubs have been established in rural belt by the government schoolteachers and are affiliated to the VIPNET programme (Vigyan Prasar NETwork) started in 1998 by the Central Govern- DIGANGANA BAGS ‘BEST DIGITAL MEDIA INFLUENCER AWARD’ Aamir Khan and Reena Dutta’s daughter Ira Khan has been sharing her videos on battling depression. MAX 24°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23°C | MIN 8°C Neha Saini PAGE 3 ment with an objective of providing a fillip to the science clubs movement in India. Under the programme, any individual with a scientific bent of mind can form a network to weave all science clubs, societies, organisations to promote scientific activities. Sanjeev Sharma, a science teacher from Government Senior Secondary School, Jabbowal, has been running Infinity Science Club at his school, working with a group of 20-30 students to develop ideas that have won accolades at the National Science Congress. Leading their project of turning agricultural waste into biofuel, he and his team of students have developed a solid biofuel using parthenium plants (better known as congress grass). He said the project also provides us opportunity to recycle the waste paper and Ex-Bigg Boss contestant Digangana Suryavanshi has won an award for the ‘Best Influencer on Digital Media’. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:15 AM THURSDAY | 11 FEBRUARY 2021 | AMRITSAR A handful of city-based teachers are at the task of brewing attuned-to-science breed of future innovators in the rural belt Pankaj Sharma with his students during a science club workshop; and (right) Sanjeev Sharma with his prototype of a biofuel generator using agricultural waste, made in 2015. TRIBUNE PHOTOS filthy water from RO filters. He had earlier worked on a project to turn agricultural waste into ethanol. “The motive behind our science club is to encourage and engage students as well as local community to adapt to a scientific way of life. We mostly do projects in the field of agricul- PAGE 4 ture science,” says Sanjeev. Another teacher, Pankaj Sharma, who runs a village science club at Bhoewali, too, has been encouraging kids to think out of the box. Recently, Arshdeep Singh, one his students and a son of a daily wager, won the Inspire Award from the Department of Science and Technology for developing a prototype of a low-cost air purifying system. Pankaj says that it’s important to build scientific temperament not just in youth, but also local communities. “If we have to move towards an inclusive sustainable society, then we have to understand the basic concepts of science and implement them in our lifestyle,” he says. Pankaj has been running the club for past 10 years. He is helped by the local village community to generate resources for his club. While Sanjeev and Pankaj work with senior kids, Ritu Gagan, a science teacher from Government Elementary School, Patalpuri, Majitha, is running the only primary science club of the district in her school. Her students fall in the age bracket of 4-7 years. “I start with basic concepts of science like magnetism, evaporation and other simple techniques that I make them learn through various activities. I have made a small kitchen garden in my school to teach kids about organic farming. I often engage their parents in the process of learning as well,” she shares. Ritu has been running VIPNET approved science programmes in her club. “I have 40-50 students and they all come to my class eager to learn. I believe we need to build scientific minds, not political ones for the country to progress,” she adds. All of these science clubs are self-funded yet they prove a point. “There are lot of judgements and misconceptions about government school teachers and education. But, the reality is very different. We work with kids who come from such backgrounds where education is not a priority. The drive we see in them to rise above their means…is incredible. Our effort is to turn them into thinkers, innovators and not just degree holders,” Sanjeev resolves. City’s firefighting system set for overhaul 2 immigration MC to purchase victim locator camera, breathing apparatus sets, piercing nozzle Charnajit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 10 The Amritsar Municipal Corporation would soon upgrade its fire brigade wing under the Smart City project. The MC would purchase ultramodern equipment from the US, Japan and Italy. A pre-dispatch inspection of the equipment was held at the MC’s office in Ranjit Avenue on Tuesday. Five companies showcased their equipment. The MC selected victim locator camera and breathing apparatus sets, air compressor, piercing nozzle and handheld nozzle apparatus. Chief Fire Officer Lovpreet Singh said inspection was done to thoroughly check the equipment before purchasing it. He said, “Victim locator camera is used to search for people buried under debris after a structure or building collapses. Breathing apparatus sets and breathing air MC officials check advanced fire equipment at the civic body office in Amritsar on Wednesday. compressor are useful to fill empty cylinders on the field. Piercing nozzle is used to drill a hole in a wall. The handheld nozzle apparatus helps in controlling fire.” The MC would also look to strike a deal for smoke exhauster, which assists in clearing smoke from a build- ing. It’s quite challenging for firefighters to douse flames in a smoke-filled building, he said. “Such ultra-modern equipment is being used by devel- oped nations. Amritsar will be the first city in the state, which is going to purchase hi-tech equipment under the Smart City project. We conducted a pre-dispatch inspection on Tuesday and order will be placed soon,” said Lovepreet. Earlier, the MC had purchased fire suits, nozzles, pumps and vehicles in the first phase of the Smart City project. Narrow streets in the walled city pose a major challenge to firefighters in the city. Most buildings lack clearance from the Fire Department and century-old structures usually collapse during monsoons. As there’s no provision of water hoses, firefighters collect water from sarovars and tanks of malls. The new equipment would help firefighters to rescue victims and douse flames at the earliest. Additional Commissioner Sandeep Rishi, among others, were present during the pre-dispatch inspection. agents booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 10 The police have booked two immigration agents for duping a person on the pretext of sending him abroad. The accused have been identified as Sukhjinder Singh Gill of Ranjit Avenue and Kuljit Singh, a resident of Gumtala bypass. Complainant Lovepreet Singh told the police that the accused cheated him of Rs 1.98 lakh. The police said Kuljit also kept passports of Harmanpreet Singh and Malkiat Singh on the pretext of sending them to Italy. After preliminary investigation by Assistant Commissioner of Police Sarbjit Singh, a case under Section 420 of the IPC and 13 of the Punjab Travel Regulation Professional Act 2014 has been registered against the accused. 2 hurt, 30 booked in clash over drainage Tarn Taran: The Sarai Amanat Khan police have booked around 30 persons at Chheena Bidhi Chand village after two groups clashed over drainage of water. The injured have been identified as Harwinder Singh and his elder brother Chamkaur Singh. The accused have been identified as Gursewak Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, among others. Station House Officer Inspector Harpreet Singh said cops and elders of the village were holding a meeting to resolve the matter when the accused armed with weapons, trespassed into the house of Harwinder. The accused have been booked under Sections 323, 324 and 452 of the IPC, said the SHO. — OC Dak to Lahore fame Amy Singh Amritsar, Patiala book semis berth talks about her poetic sinews AGA GOLD CUP Interacting from ‘Akhar’ platform, she relives the coming together of the peace initiative Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 10 Majha House and the Prabha Khaitan Foundation literary programme ‘Akhar’ brings together writers and poets of regional languages of different states to showcase their talent. After its launch in 2019, where the first participant was Padma Shri poet Surjit Patar, continuous series of events featuring many upcoming and eminent poets were organised. The latest edition, held in virtual mode, featured young poet and activist Amy Singh. Amy is known for her unique and much-acclaimed literary initiative Dak to Lahore, where she wrote letters addressed to General Post Office Lahore, as a peace initiative. Talking to Prof Gurupratap Khairah, an academician and writer, Amy said she wrote her first poem at a tender age of six. “Later, I encouraged the poet inside me and continued to write and PEACENIK: Amy Singh wrote letters addressed to General Post Office, Lahore, as a peace initiative between two nations. read to mother and grandmother and take suggestions from them,” she added. But things changed for good with ‘Dak to Lahore’. The simplest of trigger for the initiative, Amy shared, was when a popular eatery in Chandigarh changed its name from Lahori Dhaba to Lucknawi Dhaba amidst Indo-Pak tensions in the December of 2016. “This move made me think about the reason and emotions behind such hostility when most of our generation does not even know people from across the border. So, I decided to write an open letter addressed to General Post Office Lahore and later when I uploaded it on social media, it became viral. That’s when more people joined in from across the border and it became a movement,” she shared during interaction. Her second attempt to build literary temperament has been cross-connection poetry in which she wants to bring poetry out of books and rooms. She has been reading poetry at several public spaces in Chandigarh, including Sector 17 plaza, gardens, at intersections and many have joined her. “I never cared much for criticism and will continue to write fearlessly,” she said. c m y b Tribune News Service AMRITSAR, FEBRUARY 10 Hosts Amritsar along with Patiala booked their semifinals berth on the fifth day of the AGA Gold Cup U-19 cricket tournament on Wednesday. After winning the toss at Gandhi Ground, Majha Heroes chose to bat first. However, the team caved in earlier than expected as they were bowled out in 26.5 overs for 85. In reply, Patiala got the job done by scoring 87 runs in 22.1 over’s for the loss of three wickets. Patiala’s Aryaman was adjudged the ‘Man of the Match” for his five scalps in seven overs. The 10th match of the tournament was played at the Amandeep Cricket Ground between Amritsar and Malwa Heroes. Winning the toss, hosts decided to go with the bat and scored an impressive 285 giving away six wickets in 40 overs. Chasing the target, Malwa Heroes faded out at 156 in 33.5 overs. Amritsar’s Manroop, who scalped six in 6.5 overs, was declared the ‘Man of the Match’ as hosts won by 129 runs. A cricket match in progress at Gandhi Ground in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Sports Day in memory of Balbir Singh Sr lauded Sports lovers and enthusiasts are happy for declaring forthcoming National Sports Day in memory of late hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior. Gurinder Singh Mattoo, president, Sarhad-e-Punjab Sports Club, which has been promoting various sports in the district for the last 18 years, said representative hockey matches will be held in every district of the state. He claimed that the government took the decision after members of the club, led by chief patron Harmanbir Singh Gill, had forwarded a letter in this regard to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Director Sports on June 10, demanding that hockey Olympian Balbir Singh Sr (Padma Shri and Arjuna awardee), who passed away on May 25 last year, should be remembered for posterity. Mattoo said the government accepted the demand and the National Sports Day on August 29 will be observed in memory of Balbir Singh Sr.
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