24022021-ATR-01.qxd 2/23/2021 11:20 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE RAILWAY PASSENGERS CONDEMN HIKE IN FARE From now, passengers need to pay ~55 instead of ~25 for travelling from Amritsar city to Pathankot FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF FARMER DIES OF HEART ATTACK Tarn Taran: A farmer of Nadohar (Harike) village died during the protest in Delhi on Monday. The body of the victim, identified as Mangal Singh (45) of Nadohar (Harike) village, was sent to Government Hospital, Karnal (Haryana), for a postmortem. The tally of farmers (hailing from the district) who died during the farmers’ stir in Delhi has risen to six. He joined the farmers’ dharna on February 10 and complained of chest pain on Monday and was given treatment but died soon after. A divorcee, he was a landless farmer. As his parents had expired already, he had been living with his first uncle in the village. His sister Jasbir Kaur is married in nearby Marhana village. He was a worker of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee (Kot Buddha). OC ROBBERY PLAINT FALSE, SAY POLICE Amritsar: Within 24 hours of a burglary compliant filed by a tea trader of Shashtri Nagar area, the police termed it false after preliminary probe. Assistant Commissioner of Police Sarabjit Singh said, “The investigation is under way and appropriate action will be taken against the complainant after completion of probe.” On Monday, Jyoti Parkash, a tea trader, told the police that thieves decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 60 lakh from his house, said the Assistant Commissioner of Police. The trader told that he had gone to his office, while his famil members had left for shopping around 1pm. When they returned an hour later, they found cash and jewellery missing as empty boxes found on beds. Sarabjit said when the police reached the spot, they found the matter suspicious, but continued investigation. “The preliminary investigation revealed that the complainant had financial liabilities. Therefore, Parkash enacted a drama,” he claimed. TNS CITY BOY BAGS 104TH RANK IN JRF Amritsar: Abhishek Bedi, MSc physics student of DAV College, has cleared the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) examination. Abhishek has secured 104th position in this examination conducted at national level. Sharing details, Rajesh Sharma, Principal of DAV College, said that Abhishek would receive Rs 31,000 every month as scholarship to carry out research in his choice of field and this scholarship will continue throughout the tenure of his research. Anhishek has also been offered an opportunity to do PhD in Inter- university Consortium, Department of Atomic Energy, which will help him explore employment and research opportunities. TNS ONE HELD WITH ILLEGAL WEAPON Amritsar: The rural police have arrested one Lovepreet Singh, alias Mangu, of Chung village, for allegedly possessing a country-made weapon on Tuesday. He was arrested at a special checkpoint in Mehta chowk area. During probe, he could not produce any document regarding the weapon and therefore a case under the Arms Act was registered against him. The police said the police was investigating into his links to ascertain the source of the weapon. TNS PAGE 2 PARINEETI’S MOTHER DRAWS A SPECIAL PAINTING FOR HER PAGE 3 NOT AFFECTED BY REJECTIONS, SAYS KRISHNA KAURAV Noted artist Reena Chopra has made a special painting to commemorate Parineeti's forthcoming release. MAX 27°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:24 PM Krishna talks about his acting career so far, how he handles rejection and shares details of his upcoming movies. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:02 AM WEDNESDAY | 24 FEBRUARY 2021 | AMRITSAR JEE (Main) begins amid precautions 98 of 126 appear for exam on Day 1 | On Feb 24 & 25, exam to be held in 2 shifts Neha Saini ❝According to the SOPs, supervisors of Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 23 The JEE (Main) 2021 conducted by National Testing Agency began on Tuesday with a single session held in the evening. The JEE (Main) is scheduled to be held from February 23 to 26 across the country and the first day of exam saw students taking BArch, BPlanning, while exam for various undergraduate engineering courses will be held on February 24 and 25. The examination is held in two sessions in its usual format, but only one session was conducted in city on Tuesday. Out of 126 candidates, who were scheduled to take the exam today, only 98 were present and 28 remained absent. Regional Coordinator and City coordinator for JEE, Anjana Gupta, said that according to the SOPs by NTA, supervisors of exam centres had been asked to thoroughly sanitise the seating area before and after each shift. “The first day only had one evening shift while the consecutive days will see more students taking the exam. As far as conducting the exam keeping in mind Covid 19 health instructions go, there were no problems and things were conducted smoothly,” EXAM WARRIORS Students who appeared for the JEE (main) come out of an examination centre in Amritsar on Tuesday. SUNIL KUMAR Anjana said. She said in city, the JEE Mains 2021 exam schedule will be held till February 25. Approximately 1,136 students are expected to take the JEE Mains for remaining days in Amritsar. Due to Covid 19 situation, aspiring for JEE had a tough ❝The fact that thoseonline studies and pandemic has been academic year due to considered by the NTA. The performance pressure is much less, given that paper was moderate. ❞ Tashvi, A CLASS XII STUDENT, WHO TOOK THE EXAM FOR BARCH JEE Main will be conducted four times this year, in the months of February, March, April and May. Meanwhile, for students, the four-times a year move has come as a respite in an otherwise stressful academic year. Tashvi, a Class XII student, who took the exam for BArch, said that the move is considerate. “The fact that those aspiring for JEE had a tough academic year due to online studies and pandemic has been considered by the exam centres have been asked to thoroughly sanitise the seating area before and after each shift. The first day only had one evening shift while the consecutive days will see more students taking the exam. As far as conducting the exam keeping Covid 19 health instructions in mind, there were no problems and things were conducted smoothly. In city, the JEE Mains 2021 exam schedule will be held till February 25. CP: Police to act against violators Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 23 Alarmed over the surge in the Covid-19 positive cases, the state government issued directions to the Police Department to act sternly against the ones who violate health guidelines. Police Commissioner Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill urged residents to wear mask and practise social distancing or be prepared to face the music. The Police Commissioner said there has been a sharp rise in positive cases in the city. It has been observed that people were not wearing mask or maintaining social distancing thereby not only increasing the risk of contract- ❞ NTA. The performance pressure is much less, given that paper was moderate.” Similarly, Pankaj Sharma, another Class XII student, who took the exam, said that apart from mathematics part, the paper was moderate. Had set a target of ~35 crore for this fiscal; ~14 crore collected last year Amritsar, February 23 Despite ~35 crore set as a target to achieve as water and sewerage bills, the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) wing of the MC has collected only ~11.53 crore so far. Only a few weeks are left for the fiscal year to end but it seems that the Operations and Maintenance wing would not be able to touch the previous year’s collection figure till March 31. Last year, the Operations and Maintenance wing had collected ~14 crore as water and sewerage bills. The department witnessed a shortfall of ~2.5 crore as compared to last year. Ironically, the department has ~27 crore to collect as pending arrears of previous years. Officials of the department claimed that the recovery of revenue collection dipped during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are several other major flaws in the water sewerage bill recovery system as there were only 65,000 con- sumers in the record of the MC but the actual number of consumers was around four times higher. A large number of connection holders are using the services without any consent and without fulfilling the legal provisions which are required for using the services. At present, the MC is sending water and sewerage bills to around 30,000 connection holders out of the total 2.30 lakh consumers. During the current financial year, the MC has set a target of collecting around Survival of the fittest ~35 crore as dues from consumers. According to information, there is high potential in water and sewerage bills to enhance the revenue of MC but the mismanagement on the department level poses a major hurdle to bill recovery. Mahesh Khanna, Chairman, Committee on water and Sewerage of MC, said, “We are making efforts to collect at least ~14 crore this year too. Hopefully, we will collect this amount till March 31. I have written to the Commis- COVID UPDATE NEW CASES: 51 TOTAL CASES: 15,492 NEW DEATHS: 0 TOTAL DEATHS: 590 NEW RECOVERY: 16 TOTAL RECOVERY 14,591 ACTIVE 311 A team of property tax wing, led by East Zone Superintendent Dharminder Jeet Singh and Inspector Chandar Mohan, sealed six commercial establishments on Sultanwind Road, Jahajgarh Market and Vallah Road to press the defaulters to pay property tax. Superintendent Dharminderjit Singh said despite sending notices, the property owners were not paying pending amount. The shops would be allowed to open only after the payment of tax. IELTS centres look to hold on as student strength continues to nosedive ❝ The students are not coming for coaching due to two reasons. Firstly as IELTS score is valid for two years only, they do not want it to get wasted. Secondly, due to the ongoing farmer protest most students from rural areas are busy filling in for the elders. Kanwar AGENDA 2021 Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 23 After remaining closed for nearly seven months due to the pandemic, the IELTS coaching centres, though were permitted by the government to open in the last week of October, the operators rue that students are not turning up. They said the student strength was down by almost 50 per cent. With a spurt in Covid cases in Punjab recently, the operators are worried that another lockdown would finish the industry. In 2021, the agenda for these centres is to stay afloat and survive till the countries as Australia and New Zealand start offering visas to students. Kanwar Bikram Chabal, president of the IELTS Centres Owners Association who runs KBC International Centre near Khalsa College said, “The students are not coming for coaching due to two reasons. Firstly as PROPERTY TAX WING SEALED PROPERTIES sioner and the Mayor to investigate illegal water and sewerage connections and ❞ Bikram Chabal, PRESIDENT, IELTS CENTRE OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION With a spurt in Covid cases in Punjab recently, the operators are worried that another lockdown would finish the industry. IELTS score is valid for two years only, they do not want it to get wasted. Secondly, due to the ongoing farmer protest most students from rural areas are busy filling in for the elders.” The students from rural areas who are comparatively less versed in English than their urban counterparts and need tuitions to clear the examination constitute a large proportion of the total students. A booming industry before the start of the pandemic, the owners stated that the biggest concern is the high rents that most of them are paying to the landlords. Sumit Sharma of Ixora Academy, said, “Staying in business is the biggest chal- c m y b lenge for the IELTS institutions. People had hoped that number of students who eventually grow but as yet it has not happened. With the present student strength, most centres are not even managing to recover their running costs.” He has hinged hopes on the vaccination, now that the drive has begun for common people, the situation might just improve. Another operator, Danish of Prime Academy Batala, said, “In rural areas, students choose to study in a country in which they have close relative or family member. With many countries not allowing foreign students, the students also have postponed their plans.” Unfortunately, people ❝not taking it seriously. are Therefore, stern action will be taken against those who do not wear mask and practise social distancing. ❞ Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, POLICE COMMISSIONER lives of others in danger. “Unfortunately, people are not taking it seriously. Therefore, stern action will be taken against those who do not wear mask and practise social distancing,” he said and that instructions were passed on to police personnel. ■ City Control Room Numbers: Anjana Gupta, REGIONAL COORDINATOR AND CITY COORDINATOR FOR JEE ingCOVID GUIDELINES the virus, but also putting HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS FY nears end, MC’s collection — only ~11 cr Tribune News Service PAGE 4 take measures to regularise illegal connections to enhance the revenue.” 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) Scanning of passengers begins at airport Amritsar, February 23 In the wake of spurt in Covid19 cases, the health teams were deputed at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport to scan passengers. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said, “Separate teams have been deployed at the airport for scanning passengers. We will take samples for RT-PCR for international passengers. All other precautionary measures are being adopted as per the guidelines”. The standard measures and SoP has been resumed at the airport. — TNS ASSAULT ON PANCHAYAT SECRETARY Cong leader, aides booked SAD-BJP government. After seeing a decline in popularity Tarn Taran, February 23 of the ruling alliance, they The Sarai Amanat Khan police joined the Congress and on Monday booked Avan managed to hold key role in Kumar, alias Sonu Cheema, a the local politics. senior Congress leader and According to sources, Sonu sarpanch of Adda Chabal vil- had a support of more than a lage, along with his 14 support- dozen sarpanches in the borers, for allegedly attacking der area. They developed difpanchayat secreferences with tary of Block area MLA Dr Victim, Panchayat Secretary Dharambeer Development and Panchayat Parmeet Singh, in his complaint Agnihotri about to the police alleged that the one-and-a halfOffice (BDPO), accused attacked him when he Gandiwind, 10 was on duty in the office and year ago. days ago. Inspector tossed his turban. The accused Harpreet Singh, Sonu Cheema along with his SHO, Sarai Amanat Khan supporters staged a dharna in police station, said that Sonu front of the BDPO Gandi- Cheema and his aide had been wind on Monday. Cheema booked under Sections 186, had condemned local MLA 295-A, 353 and 506 of the IPC, Dr Dharambeer Agnihotri on but no one has been arrested. many occasions. His brother The victim, Panchayat Secreis a Congress Zila Parishad tary Parmeet Singh, in his member from Gaggobua complaint to the police alleged zone. Both brothers too had that the accused attacked him remained active in politics when he was on duty in the during the 10-year regime of office and removed his turban. Our Correspondent THE ALLEGATION
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