22032021-ATR-01.qxd 21-03-2021 22:55 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE IF NOT A COVID WARRIOR...AT LEAST DON’T BE A CARRIER PAGE 2 In the crucible of prospective second wave, city residents drum the need of adhering to government guidelines. FORECAST SCATTERED RAIN INBRIEF ONE ARRESTED FOR THEFT BID Tarn Taran: Two thieves made a bid to steal articles from the residence of Tejpreet Singh Peter, senior Congress leader and senior vice-president of the Punjab Mandi Board. One of the thieves was nabbed by a local resident, Inderjit Singh, and handed over to the police, while his accomplice managed to escape. The police said that the nabbed accused had been identified as Gurbhej Singh Bheja of Mari Udhoke (Khalra) village. The Bhikhiwind police have booked the accused under Sections 454, 380 and 511 of the IPC. OC NCC CADETS VISIT ARMY UNIT Amritsar: NCC cadets gained exposure of defence lifestyle while staying with an Army unit. NCC cadets of the 24 Punjab Battalion got the opportunity to live with army unit. Commanding officer of the battalion, Col AS Chauhan, said they enjoyed the infantry life. They even drove in military tanks and saw other sophisticated weapons. Colonel Chauhan said this lifetime experience in the growing age would encourage them to carve out their career in the armed forces. TNS PAGE 3 NATASHA JOINS HUSBAND VARUN DHAWAN ON SHOOT Varun is shooting for his upcoming movie Bhediya in Arunachal and he has now been joined by his wife. MAX 25°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 15°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:43 PM Rubina Dilaik, winner of Bigg Boss 14, is now set to return to the popular show on Colors as it takes a new turn. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:30 AM Armed robbers hold goldsmith’s family hostage, loot ~25L gold Also took away ~50,000 cash; third such incident reported in city in recent past PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 21 In yet another incident, several armed persons robbed a goldsmith after holding his family hostage at gunpoint in the posh Mall Road area near Kitchlew Chowk here on Sunday. Police officials reached the spot and started investigation. This is third such incident in the holy city in the recent past though the police had solved the earlier two cases. Assistant Commissioner of Police Harminder Singh Sandhu said the armed persons with covered faces entered the house at around 11 am and remained there for at least an hour. They were five in number. The victim, Ashish Arora (goldsmith), along with his father SK Arora, mother and grandmother, was present in the house when the accused entered the house. They pointed guns at the family members, held them hostage and later took along Ashish Arora. They decamped with a box Cops carry out investigation at the house of the goldsmith on Mall Road in Amritsar. SUNIL KUMAR ACP Harminder Singh Sandhu said the armed persons with covered faces entered the house around 11 am and remained there for at least an hour. They were five in number containing over 700 gm of gold ornaments worth around Rs 25 lakh. They also took away Rs 50,000 cash from the family. Before escaping, they locked the family in the bathroom so that they could not call the police immediately. The ACP said Ashish some- how broke open the bathroom door and informed the police. The house has two entry points — one from the main Mall Road and other from the Kennedy avenue side. However, there was no CCTV camera installed at the entrance points or in the house. The police have registered a case and launched further investigation. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Jugraj Singh said different teams had been formed to conduct raids. He said the police were working on different theories to crack the case. He said the role of an insider could not be ruled out. A preliminary probe found that the house has four servants, including two maids. A servant had recently left his job. Being Sunday, these servants had not come to house. Police officials said they were summoned by the police for interrogation. Earlier, similar incidents had rocked the city when unknown armed persons robbed a trader’s and a doctor’s family after holding their families hostage. The police had cracked the cases while claiming the involvement of a single person behind these two lootings. MONDAY | 22 MARCH 2021 | AMRITSAR Minor girl alleges rape, one booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 21 The police have booked a ‘social media star’ for allegedly making physical relations with a minor girl of Ludhiana on the pretext of marriage. The accused has been identified as Sagar Sidoria of Amritsar. The police have booked the accused under Section 376 of the IPC and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on Saturday. The victim told the police that her friend had introduced her to the accused as a ‘ TikTok’ star and model. She said on February 27, she met the accused when he proposed to her and she accepted his marriage proposal. She alleged on the pretext of marriage, the accused took her to Chandigarh where they stayed for around four days and Sagar made physical relations with her. She said later the accused called her at Amritsar on March 7 and he took her in a car (PB-18-U6007) near the bus stand. She said due to darkness she could not identify the place. She alleged the 5 deaths, 184 fresh casesreported in dist Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 21 The district on Sunday witnessed five more deaths due to the Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the toll to 640. Besides, the district also reported 184 new cases, taking the total count to 18,095. The deceased have been identified as Baljit Kaur (53) of Friends Avenue, Subhash (58) of Sundar Nagar, Sukhwinder Kaur (49) of New Amritsar, Parampreet Singh (24) of Othian village and Sudesh Kumar (80) of Garden Enclave. The health authorities stated that new cases included 124 influenza-like illness (ILI) cases and 60 contacts of positive patients. Officials also reported the recovery of 80 patients with which the recovery count had increased to 15,883. The active cases stood at 1,572 in the district. Meanwhile, the district administration has started getting tough with those do not wear masks in public places. The administration on Sunday started a drive to check violations and collected samples of 240 persons who were stopped at check PAGE 4 RUBINA BACK ON THE SETS OF SHAKTI… ASTITVA KE EHSAAS KII HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Num- COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 184 18,095 5 640 80 15,883 1,572 bers: 0183-2500398, 2500498, 2500598 ■ Health Department helpline: 0183-2535322, 01832535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) points for not wearing masks. Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira said all 240 samples tested negative. “The drive would help as people would wear mask to save them from the hassle.” He said testing would be further increased to check the spread of the disease. The DC said policemen had been asked to work in association with the Health Department and stop people who were not wearing masks. “The samples of such persons would be collected on the spot and sent for testing,” he said. The victim told the police that her friend had introduced her to the accused as a ‘TikTok’ star and model. She said on February 27, she met the accused when he proposed to her and she accepted his marriage proposal accused raped her there. She said now the accused had refused to marry her. Assistant Commissioner of Police Dev Dutt Sharma said the matter was under investigation following a complaint lodged with the police by the victim. He said Rani Ka Bagh police chowki in-charge Khushbu Sharma had been deputed to probe the case. The medical examination of the girl would be conducted soon and raids were on to nab the suspect. MC plans budget meet on March 26 Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 21 The General House meeting of the Municipal Corporation will be held on March 26. It will be held in the conference hall of Ranjit Avenue office of the MC. The agenda for the budget meeting has been prepared. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu will chair the meeting. Agenda branch superintendent Daljit Singh said the process of distributing the budget agenda to all House members would be started on Monday. The proposal for the general house meeting is yet to prepare. Gauravdeep Singh, member of a dattar gang, in the police custody. Dattargang member rearrested after 2 days Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 21 The Verka police have rearrested a member of the dattar gang who escaped from their lock-up two days ago. The accused has been identified as Gauravdeep Singh, a resident of Jahangir village. Verka police station SHO Nishan Singh said Gauravdeep was heading from Mudhal village to Fatehgarh Shukarchak village when they got hold of him. Earlier, the police had arrested three snatchers, including Sukhpal Singh, alias Sukha, Randeep Singh, alias Mota, both residents of Sohian Khurd village, and Gauravdeep. The trio was on two-day police remand and Gauravdeep somehow managed to escape from the police lock-up. Constable Charanamatbir Singh said he took Sukhpal out of the lock-up at around 9.45 am to answer the call of nature. He said Gauravdeep suddenly came out and tried to escape. Charanamatbir said he along with ASI Swarndeep Singh caught Gauravdeep, but the latter pushed them and fled from the spot. A fresh case has been registered under Section 224 of the IPC against Gauravdeep. Dattar gang used to rob people with sharp-edged weapons, especially sickle. Man booked for fraud The Division B police have booked Mandeep Singh, alias Mattu, of Ganda Singh Colony for allegedly duping a local resident on the pretext of getting him recruited in the Army. Satnam Singh, a resident of Patti, stated to the police that the accused took Rs 4.2 lakh from him for getting his son Gurwinderjit Singh a job in the Army. However, the accused neither got his son a job nor returned the money. The police have registered a case under Section 420 IPC against Mandeep. Man killed in road accident An unknown person died in a road accident after a speedy vehicle hit him near Majitha road on the Amritsar-Attari bypass here. The police have registered a case under Sections 304-A, 337 and 338 of the IPC against unknown persons. Tung Dhab — a bane for city residents Drain contains heavy metal, which causes breathing, skin issues year, which becomes unbearable during summer. Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 21 Despite the issue of Tung Dhab’s (drain) toxic industrial effluents adversely impacting lives of thousands of people living around it being raised in Parliament, residents do not expect any positive outcome. Recently, Amritsar MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla raised the matter in the Lower House. Locals rued that the matter hogged limelight at various levels, but no solution has been found to date. After passing through the city, the drain crosses Radcliffe Line and falls into Lahore’s Hudiara drain, which merges in Ravi river. Years ago, Pakistan had lodged a complaint against India in the United Nations against polluting their rainwater drain. Avtar Singh, a resident of Anmol Enclave, situated near Tung Dhab drain, said they had contacted the district authorities numerous times, but to no avail. He said,“Drain releases stench throughout the year. The problem gets intensified in summer as toxic gases lead to Highly-contaminated groundwater Dug up in 1955 to prevent floods, Tung Dhab originates from Gurdaspur. After passing through the city, the drain crosses Radcliffe Line and falls into Lahore's Hudiara drain. TRIBUNE FILE malfunctioning of electronic gadgets, including refrigerators, air-conditioners (ACs) and televisions, which need frequent servicing.” Balwinder Singh of Amardas Colony said smell emanating from the drain makes it impossible to breathe. We have been hearing announcements of the government from decades, but nothing has been done to fix the problem. c m y b Earlier, former cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, had approached the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). However, the NEERI backed out of the ambitious project of cleaning the drain citing high-toxic elements. Dharminder Singh, a resident of Swiss City, said the drain emanates strong pungent smell throughout the Dug up in 1955 to prevent floods, the drain originates from Gurdaspur. Its toxic effluents made it a fit case to study, which has been done by multiple agencies. All these studies pointed out that persistently toxic industrial effluents were being released into the drain, which resulted in highly-contaminated groundwater and poor air quality around it. Heavy metals, chemicals and industrial effluents have percolated into sub-soil and aquifers, which adversely affect human health. The studies were conducted by PGIMER, Chandigarh, Chemistry Department of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in collaboration with Aquatic Biology Laboratory of GNDU. These studies found evidence of eye and skin ailments, endocrine disruptions, cancer and congenital defects among people, besides damaging children’s DNA. GST clauses affecting biz: Beopar Mandal Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 21 The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) raised concern over major clauses of the GST upsetting their businesses during a meeting held here on Sunday. Piara Lal Seth, president of the PPBM, said over 1,000 amendments took place in the GST which deflected it from its objective of unification and simplification in law. He said the government had not been giving heed to their persistent efforts to flag trouble points in the new tax regime. As per the changes, traders will receive input tax credit (ITC) only on those items details of which were uploaded on portal by the seller one month in advance. The claims of ITC are not likely to be released soon as registered dealers file either monthly or quarterly returns. Consequently, huge sums of the traders are entangled with the government and the traders will be forced to pay more in terms of taxes. The business houses with Rs 50 lakh monthly turnover cannot claim 100% ITC. Those houses with less than Rs 5 crore turnover have the advantage of filing quarterly returns but they have to deposit 35% tax on the basis of their previously filed return. The process of getting GST number has been made more cumbersome as officials will carry out physical verification and biometric inspection. Distance limit of e-way bill has been increased from present 100 km per day to 200 km per day. It was causing e great inconvenience to merchandise while on their way to delivery. Officials have been given the power to cancel the GST number of the traders without assigning any reason and offering any opportunity for appeal. A provision for demand has been added in the GST as per which the property of GST registered traders can be confiscated. On the line of 22 per cent income tax for the corporate houses, partnership and proprietor companies must be given the same facility as they are paying 30 per cent. They demanded onetime settlement scheme for VAT returns before July 2017.
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