23022021-ATR-01.qxd 2/22/2021 11:09 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE CM INAUGURATES 1ST PHASE OF NEW WATER SUPPLY PROJECT PAGE 2 Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh virtually inaugurated the first phase of the canal project worth ~722 crore. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF CIVIC BODY NOD TO ~30 CR DEV WORKS Amritsar: The Municipal Corporation approved development works worth Rs 30 crore in its budgetary meeting held on Monday. Chaired by Mayor Karamjeet Rintu and MC Commissioner Komal Mittal, members discussed 30 proposals for development works to be carried out at different wards. The MC gave nod to mark the 400th ‘Parkash Purb’ of Guru Tegh Bahadur and carrying out façade work at Guru Ka Mahal. Several projects to relay roads, sewerage pipes, interlocking tiles and installing tubewells at different areas were also approved. Rintu said development projects lying on the back burner will be taken up and fast tracked. TNS COUPLE ARRESTED WITH INTOXICANTS Amritsar: The Amritsar (rural) police have nabbed Jodh Singh, alias, Ballu, and his wife Heena, for allegedly possessing sedative pills. The police have confiscated around 13,000 intoxicant pills, 30-gm heroin and Rs 74, 300 of drug proceeds from their possession. Ajnala DSP Vipin Kumar said a case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the duo and further investigation was under progress. TNS DADASAHEB PHALKE INT’L FILM AWARDS FOR BOBBY, AKSHAY PAGE 3 The Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Awards 2021 were announced at a glittering ceremony in Mumbai. MAX 26°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:23 PM SWANAND KIRKIRE PENS ANTHEM FOR NEW CHANNEL ISHARA PAGE 4 The new channel’s anthem has been released and national award-winning lyricist Swanand has written this song. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:03 AM TUESDAY | 23 FEBRUARY 2021 | AMRITSAR 30% surge in +ve 5 schools closed for two days cases in 72 hours COVID HEATSeveral cases reported from a pvt, 4 govt schools Tribune News Service Of 392 cases in Feb, 117 reported in last 3 days Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 22 A sudden spurt has been witnessed in the Covid-19 positive cases in the district. The district health authorities reported a total of 117 fresh cases in the last three days, which is around 30 per cent of the 392 cases reported in February to date. Even the active case load, which hovered around 130 at the start of February, has now reached 276. The authorities reported a total of 392 positive cases and nine deaths due to the virus. On February 20, the health authorities reported 35 cases, including 20 members of a Congress MLA Sunil Dutti’s family who had come back from Delhi after attending a marriage. Forty cases surfaced on February 21 and on February 22, the health authorities reported a total of 37 cases, which include 26 influenza like illness cases and 11 contacts of positive patients. The district had witnessed a peak in September, when 5,939 cases and 203 deaths COVID REARING ITS UGLY HEAD AGAIN Month Till July 31 (2020) August September October November December January (2021) Feb (till Feb 22) Number of cases 1,859 2,183 5,939 1,831 1,243 1,393 533 398 were witnessed. Since then, the authorities managed to bring down the mortality rate, as only nine deaths took place in February. With surge in cases across Punjab, the authorities warned residents against any laxity. Civil surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said, “This is not Deaths 78 87 203 86 47 54 26 9 the time to be lax. The health authorities and the state government are taking a number of steps, but residents, too, are required to take precautions and act responsibly.” He said residents should practise social distancing, wear mask and wash hands regularly. Amritsar, February 22 The district Education Department has ordered to close for 48 hours (as per SOPs) five schools that reported fresh cases of Covid19 here on Sunday. The decision comes after several cases of Covid-19 were reported from a private school and four government schools. DEO Satinder Bir Singh said the department was following the required SOPs in the case. “We had received the detailed SOPs from the Civil Surgeon that states that in case of single Covid-19 positive case, individual quarantine and sampling of the contacts of the person, who tested positive, will be done. In case more than one case of Covid-19 is reported from a particular institution, then it must be closed for 48 hours. We will be observing the situation in the coming days and watching closely for any further cases,” he said. On Sunday, five teachers from Senior Study School and four teachers from government schools in Sultanwind, Chabba, Manawala and Jethuwal reportedly tested positive. The department has now begun the contact tracing and conduct- Govt Senior Secondary School in Gole Bagh, Amritsar, lies closed. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: TODAY’S COVID UPDATE NEW CASES: 37 TOTAL CASES: 15,441 NEW DEATHS: 1 TOTAL DEATHS: 590 NEW RECOVERY: 18 TOTAL RECOVERY 14,575 ACTIVE 276 ing tests on students and individuals who came in contact with positive cases. Meanwhile, Upasna Mehra, principal, Senior Secondary School, Putlighar, said the school had got tests done on 0183-2500398, 2500498, 2500598 ■ Health Department helpline: 0183-2535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) teachers reported positive in the Civil Surgeon’s report. “As soon as we received the information, we got the tests done for Covid-19 on the mentioned teachers from a private lab as well, that came out neg- ative. We do not know how they tested positive as all of them did not show any symptoms. But we will follow the instructions given by the District Education Department and follow the protocols. We have conveyed recent test reports of teachers to all parents and we are regularly carrying out sanitisation on premises besides following other safety protocols.” With a surge in the number of fresh cases across the state, the recent development has further raised concerns among parents. Most schools have already announced the schedule for offline examinations for all classes and some are in the middle of conducting examinations for pre-board classes. Property owner 3 hurt in attackover landdispute Youth nabbed for kidnapping, rape booked for theft Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 22 In order to evict tenant from his property, an owner burgled valuables from the former’s shop by breaking the wall. The police have booked Harbhajan Singh of Chanan Singh colony and his four accomplices for criminal trespass and theft. Complainant Rajinder Singh, alias Raju, alleged that around 8 pm on February 20, he closed his shop and went home. He said around one-a-and-half-hour later, he received a call that somebody was ransacking his shop. Raju said he immediately informed the police and reached his shop. As I opened the shutter, I found the count- er and CCTV cameras installed in the shop missing, he said. The complainant alleged that Harbhajan broke the wall and decamped with valuables and other goods from the shop. He said the owner also set his shop on fire to mislead the police. According to police, Harbhajan has shops in Tahli Wala chowk area and he was allegedly pressurising his tenants for vacating the same. Rajinder had taken a shop on rent around 15 years ago. The court had granted a stay on vacating the shop, said the police. On the basis of CCTV footage, a case under Sections 380, 457, 447, 511, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. Amritsar, February 22 A land dispute in Jabbowal village falling under jurisdiction of Beas police station turned ugly after several armed persons fired and injured three brothers today. The injured have been identified as Satwant Singh, Balwant Singh and Manjit Singh. The trio was rushed to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. The victims alleged that instead of taking action against the accused, the police was harassing them. However, the police said investigation was under way. Malkiat Singh, brother of the victims, said in 2018 they had purchased land from Gurpreet Singh and his wife Rajinder Kaur. However, they were not handing over the possession of the said land. He said a few days ago, they started constructing a boundary wall and a shed on Tribune News Service Injured persons under treatment at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO the property in question. Malkiat said Gurpreet along with around 20 armed persons came to the spot and started demolishing the wall. He said when they opposed, the accused started firing indiscriminately. Manjit, who suffered a bullet injury, was shifted to a private hospital and his condition was stated to be criticial. He alleged the accused also tried to attack them at the hospital. Amritsar, February 22 The police have arrested the prime suspect in a case of kidnapping and alleged gang rape of an 18-year-old girl. The case was registered in September last year. The suspect was identified as Akashpreet Singh of Sher Shah Suri Road, Chheharta. The Chheharta police had booked four persons, including a girl, for allegedly kidnapping and raping the girl. The complainant had alleged that the accused took her to a hotel in Chandigarh where Akashpreet forcibly made physical relations with her. Besides Akashpreet, the other accused booked in the case are Randhir Singh, Rana and Charanjit Kaur. A case under Sections 365, 376- D, 120-B and 506 of the IPC was registered against them. The victim told the police that she was a student of Class XII at a private school where the accused also used to study with her. She said Akashpreet proposed to her but she declined her proposal. She said on September 22, she was at her home when the accused knocked at the door in the night. She said when she opened the door, the accused bundled her into the car. She said the other accused were also in the car. She said the accused took her to a hotel and raped her. She said the next day, she saw her uncle in Chandigarh. She said she somehow managed to escape on seeing her uncle while the accused fled from the spot. GNDU nod to ~589-cr budget for next fiscal Post civic poll debacle, AAP prepares strategy for 2022 Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 22 The Senate and the Syndicate of Guru Nanak Dev University have approved the Budget estimates of around 589 crore for the year 2021-22. The university would spend 51.71 per cent of this amount on further improvement in teaching, allied teaching, research and education. Vice-Chancellor Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu said during the previous financial year, the university had spent Rs 2.45 crore on helping economically backward and meritorious students in the form of fee concessions. The fee claims of up to Rs 7.70 cr of 1,040 SC candidates under post-matric scholarships for SC students has been sent to Guru Nanak Dev University has set up an International Students Cell on the campus to encourage foreign students and it will be upgraded in the current year GNDU Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Sandhu addresses the Senate in Amritsar on Monday. the state government and online claim for 78 students under the National Scholarhip scheme has also been sent to the state government. For 2021-22, the university would largely spend on upgrading the teaching and allied teaching tools, while 12.25 per cent has been earmarked for non-teaching departments, 10.57 per cent on general administration, 3.70 per cent on the conduct of examinations, 14.75 per cent on miscellaneous (teaching, non-teaching and others) and 7.02 per cent would be spent on construction purposes. The Punjab Government has increased maintenance grant for 13 constituent colleges of the university to Rs 74.73 crore. Similarly, the university is also c m y b expected to receive a grant of 41.45 lakh for establishment of Jallianwala Bagh Chair at university campus. GNDU has also set up International Students Cell at the campus to encourage foreign students and it would be upgraded in the current year. As many as 500 research scholars are conducting research in various subjects with the grant received from various funding agencies under different schemes. The university had been given a grant of Rs 49.10 crore to celebrate the 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev University, out of which Rs 24.56 crore has been received. A grant of Rs 3.50 crore under RUSA 2.0 scheme and Rs 1 crore grant for School of Education has been received for the year 2020-21. Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 22 Post civic poll rout and eyeing the 2022 Assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab’s top leadership conducted meetings with all the stakeholders of the party in Amritsar to discuss the upcoming strategies. The purpose was to analyse the shortcomings and discuss a strategy to strengthen the party’s action plan ahead. In the recently held civic poll, AAP could not make its presence felt in Majha region. Except for a few wards in Gurdaspur district, it could not open its account anywhere in Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts. AAP state president Bhagwant Mann (centre) during a public meeting in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR In a statement issued by the party, it was stated that it was making all the efforts to build a stronger team for the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab. “The people of Punjab seek change and see AAP as a credible alternative. To meet the aspirations of the people, AAP is making strategies to build an continued on page 2
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