23032021-ATR-01.qxd 3/22/2021 11:16 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE HANSLI, SOURCE OF WATER TO 5 SAROVARS, TO BE CLEANED UP PAGE 2 Sewa will be performed by Baba Amrik Singh. Hansli provides water to five holy sarovars, including Golden Temple. FORECAST RAIN INBRIEF ROBBERS TARGET PETROL PUMP Amritsar: Three armed persons robbed a petrol pump at Sangatpura village here on Sunday. A resident of Sangatpura village, Roop Singh, who works as salesman told the police that at 6pm on Sunday, he was working in the petrol pump when three youths travelling on a bike came for filling petrol. He said they had covered their faces while the number plate had a layer of soil on it. He said they filled fuel worth ~150 and went away. They again took a U-turn from the road and pointed a pistol at him and other salesmen Lovepreet Singh and Sukhdeep Singh. He said the accused fired in the air and demanded all cash from him. He alleged they snatched ~5,000 from then and fled towards Amritsar. SubInspector Kuldeep Singh, IO, said a case under Sections 379B (2) of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered. TNS BID TO STEAL CASH FROM GURDWARA Tarn Taran: The Patti Sadar police arrested two persons for allegedly attempting to steal cash and other valuables from Gurdwara Baba Gajjan Singh in Chuslewar village on Saturday. The accused had been identified as Mandip Singh of Doburji and Devinder Singh Rattoke, while two of their accomplices fled the spot. Gurlal Singh, a resident of the village, said the accused came to the gurdwara in a Mohindra Bolero. The accused, Mandip Singh and Devinder Singh, entered the gurdwara and tried to break open the golak with an iron road and made a bid to take away the inverter when Gurlal Singh raised the alarm. Village residents caught two of the four accused. A case was registered. OC KARAN JOHAR ANNOUNCES SHANAYA KAPOOR’S LAUNCH As per Karan Johar, Sanjay Kapoor and Maheep’s daughter Shanaya will be launched under Dharma banner. MAX 23°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:44 PM AMRITSAR, MARCH 22 Union Minister Smriti Irani’s assurance of subsidies for reviving textile mills and appointment of Textile Commissioner for the holy city has raised hopes of local industrialists. Responding to the demand of Amritsar Lok Sabha MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla in Parliament, she announced that various steps were in pipeline to revive the textile industry of the city. She informed that a Textile Commissioner would be appointed and subsidy would be given for its revival. Earlier, Aujla had raised the matter of ignoring the textile industry of the border city, which used to be hailed as Manchester of India. He said it used to offer employment to a large number of people. Textile Merchants Association (TMA) stated that the Union Government had not announced the textile policy which has been pending since 2016. Its members demanded that the New National Textile Policy should be framed to meet its requirements and redressal of shortcomings. There are two components of textile sector – organised and unorganised sector. Most AJAY SINGH TALKS ABOUT HIS FIRST VISIT TO THE TAJ MAHAL PAGE 4 Ajay Singh says, “This was my first visit to the Taj Mahal and it will be embedded in my memory forever.” SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:29 AM TUESDAY | 23 MARCH 2021 | AMRITSAR Over 4,000 violators tested, 14 turn out +ve PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 22 Over 4,000 persons were tested for coronavirus by joint teams of police and medical staff during past four days in Amritsar district as well as city areas, out of which 14 persons tested positive. The police teams along with mobile health teams have been conducting tests of those who were found violating government guidelines from not wearing masks. Amid the second surge that the medical experts believe would be severe than the first wave, the police administration has tightened the noose around the offenders. The district administration has imposed night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am following the orders from the Punjab Government in order to contain the spread. Neverthe- A youth, who was not wearing a mask, being tested for the coronavirus in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR less, the people have adopted a lax attitude towards the pandemic. AIIMS experts had pointed out that lack of precautions leading to the surge. Parminder Singh Bhandal, DCP (Law and Order) said 775 persons were tested during the drive to check those who spare no thought for wearing masks. He said that out of them 11 tested positive who were immediately quarantined and their contacts were being tracked down by the health officials. The police have issued challans to 850 persons for not wearing masks and has collected ~7.80 lakh as fine. Similarly, Amritsar rural police tested over 3,300 persons in the last three days and out of them three persons were positive. Rural police authorities informed that the police challaned over 300 persons and collected over ~3 lakh as fine from them. Four deaths, 209 fresh infections in district Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 22 With the Covid-19 claiming four more lives in the district in the last 24 hours, the toll has reached 644 on Monday. The health authorities also reported 209 new cases pushing the total count to 18,304. The deceased have been identified as Pinder Kaur (40), a resident of New Amritsar, Poonam (25), a resident of Jandiala, Rajinder Puri (68) of Sundar Nagar and Jawahar Lal Kapoor (80) of Kishan Kot area in Islamabad. The new cases include 134 influenza-like illness cases and 75 contacts of positive patients. With a total of 2,572 cases in the month of March so far, the district has reported an On an average, 116 cases reported daily in March HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 209 18,304 4 644 112 15,995 1,665 Ray of hope for revival of textile mills in dist Tribune News Service PAGE 3 Smriti Irani’s assurance of subsidies has raised hopes of local industrialists textile ❝Free import ofmadereadymade and ups under SSARC from Bangladesh in particular has crippled the domestic industry. So amendments are required. Export promotion bodies should organise international seminars, conferences during winters in the holy city, which boasts of international airport and the best of road and rail connectivity. ❞ SK Wadhwa, A TEXTILE MANUFACTURER of the units here fall in unorganised sector which come under the MSME category. The problems gripping this sector are very much different from other. Basic raw material for textile sector in India is polyester and woollen and worsted yarn. Woollen yarn, which is also called, greasy wool, is being imported from Australia and other countries. It said these raw materials should be made available at international price and particularly at the rate prevalent in Chinese market which could increase the textile export manifold. Improvement in the quality of wool in India either by importing merino goats from Australia or its sperm be arranged. SK Wadhwa, a textile manufacturer, said, free import of textile readymade and madeups under SSARC from Bangladesh in particular has crippled the domestic industry. So amendments are required. “Export Promotion bodies should organise international seminars, conferences during winters in the holy city, which boasts of international airport and the best of road and rail connectivity,” he said. He demanded upgradation in the syllabi of IITs and polytechnics and direction to export promotion councils to arrange study and promotional tours overseas for textiles particularly shawls, Wool Research Center in Jodhpur may also improve research and development for innovation. “Setting up of a ‘wool technology centre’ at GNDU where courses can be offered to train students for wool exclusively,” he added. 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) average of 116 cases per day. With 49 deaths, around 2.2 per cent deaths have been reported on a daily average. While the cases are increasing, the active caseload in the district has gone up to 1,665. The health officials have reported recovery of 112 patients taking the count to 15,995. Meanwhile, in the ongoing vaccination drive, a total of 62,700 persons have received the shot. These include 17,059 healthcare workers, 17,115 frontliners and 28,526 persons above 45 years of age. Of the total, 11,410 health and frontline workers have been fully vaccinated and received the second dose. On Monday, a total of 3,636 persons were incoulated. Consider teachers as frontline warriors, inoculate them: RASA Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 22 Demanding that teachers be treated as frontline warriors, the Amritsar unit of the Recognised and Affiliated Schools’ Association (RASA) has urged the government to carry out vaccination of teachers, non-teaching staff in all schools. Considering the current situation and keeping in mind the decision of the government to shut schools till March 31, Kamaljot Singh, president, Amritsar unit of RASA, said the schools could not be kept shut forever. “The government has to consider that teaching process is being hindered as the closure of schools is affecting students as well as educational institutions. A more viable solution is to vaccinate teachers by sending health teams to each school and considering them as frontline warriors. After vaccination, the schools should be reopened so that examinations can be conducted smoothly,” he said. Post reopening of schools in February, most schools had started with the examination process that got halted after several Covid-19 cases were reported from schools. Fearing that schools would become hot spots of second wave of Covid-19, the state government ordered the closure of all educational institutions, abruptly halting the offline examinations of nonboard classes. He, along with other members, demanded that the government machinery might Closure of institutes: Protest on Students protest against the closure of colleges and university in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 22 Students of Khalsa College and Guru Nanak Dev University on Monday blocked the road in front of Khalsa College to protest against the government’s order to close the universities and colleges till March 31. While the government order comes in wake of rising number of Covid cases in state, the students alleged that the decision has nothing to do with pandemic situation. Members of Punjab Students Union (Lalkar), Ravinder and Gagandeep Kaur while addressing the protesters said underneath the veneer of the pandemic, the government is trying to shut down civil protests against anti-people policies. “By ensure that the schools receive the fee remittances that had been pending for the duration of lockdown as per SC order. “Still a lot of par- Rain bane implementing restrictions of social gatherings and other activities under pretext of pandemic, the government wants to keep people locked inside their homes and pass anti-people bills and policies,” said Gagandeep. She said the government has also accelerated the privatisation and commercialisation of educational institutions. “By keeping students away from institutions is the very ground for shaping young minds, the government wants to take away our right to protest and mobilise against such policies,” she added. The students pledged to remember the martyrs and in this regard, a candlelight march would be organised tomorrow and the struggle would be intensified. ents have not cleared the dues during the period of lockdown, putting financial burden on school managements,” he said. INTERMITTENT SHOWERS BRING RESPITE TO RESIDENTS A brief spell of rain that lashed the city left several roads waterlogged in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar: Intermittent showers in the city and its surrounding areas on Monday gave a respite to residents from rising mercury. “If it had not rained, people might have been forced to use air conditioners at night,” said Sukhbir Singh, a shopkeeper. He said demand for cold drinks has also started picking up. Another resident, Kewal Kumar said, “As it had not rained for quite a long time, dust particles were there in the air. Now, rain has settled down dust particles and trees look greener.” As far as wheat crop is concerned, farmers heaved a sigh of relief as rain did not damage the crop. An agriculture official said, “Harvesting of crop will begin after April 15. In most areas, the crop is still green.” “In fact, cool weather at the time of ripening of grains helps in increasing yield. In extreme cold, grains dry up fast and shrink, which impacts yield,” he said. Those farmers who grew vegetable said weeds would grow in their fields due to rain and they need to spend extra to remove wild plants. TNS Heritage well of Bhai Veer Singh at risk of encroachment Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 22 Some persons are trying to encroach upon a heritage well near the ancestral house of Padma Vibhushan awardee and eminent poet Bhai Veer Singh at Kucha Devi Wala, Jaure Pipal in Gilwali Gate. The heritage well is a property of Bhai Veer Singh’s family. “The well should be covered as someone can fall in it. Grills should be installed,” said a local resident. A few persons who claim to be relatives of Bhai Veer Singh said some locals want c m y b Padma Vibhushan awardee’s family urges Commission er of Police to protect property to encroach upon the land, thus their intention behind covering the well is to demolish the original structure. Gunbir Singh, an office-bearer at Bhai Veer Singh Resi- dence Committee, urged the Commissioner of Police to protect the well from encroachers. He said, “Bhai Veer Singh was born at Kucha Devi Wala and the well belongs to his family. It is heritage of the city and it should be preserved under the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY). We will also discuss the issue with the MC Commissioner and other officials concerned to protect the heritage well.” Bhai Veer Singh, who is known as a father of modern Punjabi poetry, was born on December 5, 1872, at Kucha Devi Wala. Family and neighbours of Bhai Ver Singh used to get water from the well, which is in a shambles. Bhai Veer Singh also mentioned about the well in some of his writings. Dr Balwinder Singh, former head of Guru Ramdas Planning Department, Guru Nanak Dev University, demanded that the well of Bhai Veer Singh should be preserved. “Lakhs of devotees visit the city. Bhai Veer Singh contributed to Punjabi and Sikh literature. If administration preserves the well, it will be a tribute to the great poet,” he said. Bhai Veer Singh shifted from Devi Wali Gali to Lawrence road in 1930. The Lawrence Road has been named after Bahi Veer Singh and his house has also been converted into a museum.
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