31032021-ATR-01.qxd 3/30/2021 11:17 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE STUDENT ORGANISATIONS FOR REOPENING OF INSTITUTIONS PAGE 2 With new guidelines on extension of curbs till April 10 in state, nine student organisations staged big protests. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 3 HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR,LAHAN Tarn Taran: The Sarhali police on Monday arrested three persons with 60,000 ml of illicit liquor and 100 kg of lahan. The police said that 100 kg of lahan and 30,000 ml of illicit liquor was seized from the residence of Gurmeet Singh of Jatta village, while Satnam Singh and Gurpreet Singh of Shakri village were arrested with 30,000 ml of illicit liquor on outskirts of village. The accused were on a motorcycle when the police party nabbed them. Cases under Sections 61,1 and14 of the Excise Act had been registered against the accused, the police said. OC YOUTH’S BODY TO REACH TODAY Tarn Taran: The body of Prabhnoor Singh (20), son of Ajit Singh of Pandori Rehmana, 15 km from here, who died in Southall (UK), would reach here on Wednesday. Prabhnoor had committed suicide in the UK as he was under depression. He had gone to UK in the last week of February on study visa. Akwinder Kaur, sister of the deceased and Gursahib Singh her husband, said the Gurdwara Managing Committee Southall helped bri ng body back home. OC DC INAUGURATES SCHOOL BUILDING Tarn Taran: Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh has appealed people to admit their kids at government schools which are providing quality education to children. The Deputy Commissioner made the appeal while addressing a rural gathering on the occasion of inaugurating the newly built double-storey building of Government Primary Smart School, Pakhoke, on Tuesday. He said with the best efforts free education was being given to the students of government schools with midday meal and free uniform for children. Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke, former SGPC president; Harjinder Singh Sarpanch; Sushil Kumar Tulli; Paramjit Singh DEO and Deputy DEO (Elementary) too addressed on the occasion. OC I FEEL LIKE A NEWCOMER WITH EVERY FILM: ADITI RAO HYDARI PAGE 3 She has been acting in films for over a decade, but she admits she still feels like a newcomer at start of every film. MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:49 PM SOMY ALI BELIEVES IMITATION IS THE BEST FORM OF FLATTERY Somy Ali’s journey from the US to Mumbai to meet the love of her life, Salman Khan, is a known story. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:19 AM Tribune News Service Gurdaspur, March 30 When SSP Nanak Singh ordered his cops to blow a siren, akin to the one normally heard during air raids of the yore, to usher in the one-hour silence on Saturday, little did he know that he would be taking old-timers on a passionate trip down memory lane. At precisely 10.55 am on Saturday, a five-minute-long siren went off from Jahaz Chowk signalling the start of the drive to remember those who lost their lives in the ongoing pandemic. At 11.55 am, a second siren was heard, this time informing local residents that the hour-long silence was about to end. The Covid martyrs were surely remembered. And so were the 1965 and 1971 wars against Pakistan. The hooter WEDNESDAY | 31 MARCH 2021 | AMRITSAR Covid claims four lives, 331 new cases surface Caseload springs to 20,714 of which 2,972 are active cases received the first dose and 345 got the second dose on Tuesday. The health authorities stated that 269 health workers, 929 frontliners, 651 persons above 45 years and 1,366 persons above 60 years received the first dose on Tuesday. In district, till date, a total of 84,578 persons have received the first dose and 13,615 have been completely vaccinated. Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 30 With four more casualties due to Covid-19 on Tuesday, the toll in the district has increased to 673. The health authorities also reported 331 new cases in the last 24-hours, taking the total count to 20,714. The deceased have been identified as Madhu (60) from Sandhu Colony, Sheela (57) from Wadala village, Suman (59) of Ajnala and Rajinder Kaur (45) of Baba Bakala. The new cases include 241 influenza-like illness cases and 90 contacts of positive patients. The officials also reported recovery of 195 patients, with which the count has increased to 17,069. The district at present has a total of 2,972 active cases. Meanwhile, the district had reported a total of seven deaths and 357 new cases on Monday. The deceased included Vijay Kumari (72) of Ranjit Avenue, Baljinder Singh (61) of Kohali village, Sukhraj Kaur (68) of Airport Road, Sukhwinder Kaur (46) of Majitha Road, Baljinder Ram ‘Reconsider Saturdays’ one-hour silence’: Chawla A garbage heap lies unattended due to strike by the MC employees in Amritsar on Tuesday. VISHAL KUMAR MC employees end strike after assurance from MLA (50) of Chhehharta, Sucha Singh (55) of Baba Bakala, and Bimla Sharma (80) of Pawan Nagar (Batala Road). In the ongoing vaccination drive, a total of 3,215 persons Citing inconvenience to the general public, former Health Minister and senior BJP leader, Laxmi Kanta Chawla has demanded from the CM to review his decision for weekly one-hour silence on every Saturday in the state. As per the earlier announcement by the CM, one-hour silence would be observed every Saturday in remembrance of those who have succumbed to the Covid. During this time, no vehicles are to ply on roads. She said most of the people who were out on the roads were working people and did not have any information about the government’s programme. Gunshots fired in Kale village, 2 hurt 45-year-old kills self at Durgiana Temple sarovar Results of non-board classes to be out today Prince lives in the neighborhood and has an old rivalry with them. On Monday, the children were playing Holi on their terrace when Prince started abusing them. She said that he was looking for a chance to quarrel with her. Late evening, Prince and his family members came outside his house and started threatening. When they responded, Prince called some other persons and fired five gunshots towards them. On the other hand, Prince alleged that Sukhwinder and his son Gurallal Singh, Gurbakhsh Singh had a feud with him. On Monday, her family members opened fire and lodged a false police complaint against his. Prince alleged that the attackers injured his uncle Pargat Masih and his relatives by pelting stones. Amritsar, March 30 Holy celebrations turned tragic when a man identified as Sunil Mehra (45), a resident of Jagdambay Colony located on Majitha road committed suicide by jumping into the sarovar at the Durgiana Temple here on Monday. According to the police, the deceased was suffering from depression. The police have started inquest proceedings and sent the body for the postmortem. As per information, the people immediately raised an alarm when Sunil jumped. By the time he was fished out, he had died. Sanjay Mehra, brother of the deceased, told the police that Sunil was suffering from depression and had been receiving treatment. — TNS Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 30 Following an old rivalry, two groups clashed at Kale village last night. One of them alleged on other that a youngster identified as Prince fired several gunshots at their house. Sukhwinder Kaur, a resident, alleged that Prince fired gunshots and his other family members pelted stones on her house. Meanwhile, Prince alleged that Sukhwinder's kin pelted stones in which Pargat Masih and Younis Masih were severely injured and had to be admitted to a hospital. Sukhbir Singh, SHO Chheharta police station, said, complaints have been received from both sides and an investigation is underway. Sukhwinder stated that HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 331 20,714 4 673 195 17,069 2,972 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) Amritsar, March 30 The new academic session of government schools will resume from April 1 and will continue till April 10 through online mode until further instructions by the state government. The results of the non-board classes will also be out on March 31, said DEO Secondary. As per the demand and suggestions of the education officials, teachers and parents, the district Education Department has announced that the annual results of the students of nonboard classes have been prepared and directed to be announced on March 31. Satinder Bir Singh, District Education Officer (Sec), and Kanwaljit Singh, District Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 30 After getting an assurance from MLA (South) Inderbir Singh Bolaria, the MC employees called off their fiveday old strike here on Tuesday. Bolaria reached at auto workshop and pacified the union leaders, who were demonstrating against Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu and MC officials, for their demands. The MLA assured the employees that all their demands would be fulfilled. He talked with Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu on New academic session of govt schools to begin from April 1 Education Officer (elementary) jointly said due to the Covid-19, the annual results of the students will be announced on the basis of the assessment examinations and the examinations held under the Punjab Achievement Survey. In addition, in the annual results, as per the departmental instructions, the experimental and Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) points will also be added. Satinder Bir said the new session at government schools would start from April 1. Siren takes old-timers on a trip down memory lane Ravi Dhaliwal PAGE 4 was enough to spark off a flood of war-driven memories in a flashback. It is pertinent to mention here that Gurdaspur district shares a long border with Pakistan. Prof Raj Kumar Sharma, a noted historian, reminisced that in 1965 he was based in Amritsar. “The sirens would be succeeded by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets flying low over the city in a V-formation. With the sirens came the blackouts during which we had to switch off electric bulbs,” he said. In 1971, Professor Sharma recalled that he was a student of Government College in Zira perilously close to the border. “I was in-charge of the NCC wing. I requested my Principal to put on hold the daily parades because the chances of enemy planes mistaking us for soldiers were high. On one IT MARKED BEGINNING & END OF ONE-HOUR SILENCE ■ At precisely 10.55 am on Saturday, a five-minute-long siren went off from Jahaz Chowk signalling the start of the drive to remember those who lost their lives to the ongoing pandemic. At 11.55 am, a second siren was heard, this time informing local residents that the hour-long silence was about to end. occasion, a jet took a recce of our college but fortunately it spared our building. Just as we thought we had escaped the threat, the same fighter plane bombarded the FCI godown nearby virtually razing it to rubbles,” he said. Prof Kirpal Singh Yogi (88) said once a siren was heard, it c m y b was imperative that something dangerous was going to happen. “During blackouts, clothes, curtains, cardboards and paint were used to prevent light escaping from houses. A house whose lights remained on would be ostracised the next day by livid neighbours. A siren inevitably meant an air raid would follow within minutes. The technical name for these hooters was Air Raid Precaution (APR) system sirens. “I still remember how Englishmen would take refuge in London’s underground railway stations when a siren would go off during World War II. Initially, the British government had refused to let these underground stations be used as shelters. However, later it relented, saving hundreds of lives,” he said. Yogi said, “Yesterday’s siren and those used in 1971 are vastly different. The one that was used yesterday was a manual contraption. The sirens used in the 1971 War were electric ones. They must be gathering dust now.” He added that after the wail of sirens and subsequent air raids, it was a common sight to see pieces of broken furniture and limbs of dead buffaloes laying scattered in villages. Harbans Singh of Dala village, which is barely 8 km from the wire meshing, said during the two wars with Pakistan, the last thing the villagers wanted was to hear a siren. “The sound emanating from a hooter virtually meant death. Bombs suddenly dropped out of the night. Many of the bombs had the United States markings which only added to our conviction that Pakistan was indeed supported by the US,” he remarked. phone in front of the employees. The Mayor told the MLA that the employees’ civic body level demands would be fulfilled on Tuesday and for the redressal of the remaining demands he would meet Brahm Mohindra, Minister for Local Government. On the assurance of Inderbir Singh Bolaria and Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu, the union leaders ended the strike. “We have called off the strike on the assurance of MLA Inderbir Singh Bolaria as we trust in him. The attitude of Mayor towards employee unions is not good,” said Ashu Nahar, president, Municipal Youth Employees Federation. Earlier, Mayor Karamjit Singh had met the employees and assured to fulfil the demands. But the union leaders rejected to withdraw the strike. Due to the strike of sanitation workers garbage piled up on the streets of the city. The employees were demanding to take action against the sanitary inspectors, who took bribe from sanitation workers. They were also demanding to recruit 800 more safai karamcharis to streamline the sanitation works in the walled city. Woman of wonders Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 30 Hailing from Korba, in Chhattisgarh, also known as the industrial capital of the state, Gurneet Kaur had seen a lot of women and young girls around her denied equal opportunity, their educational status notwithstanding. The IIM Amritsar student, and an aspiring entrepreneur, she noticed this discrimination closely while spending time back home during the lockdown. That’s when she and her younger sister, Simran decided to do something about it. Launching ‘Girl Up-Chhattisgarh’, a wing of the global ‘Girl Up’ initiative founded by United Nation Foundation, Gurneet has been reaching out to women and young girls in Chhattisgarh with several community education and aid programmes. “Girl Up is an international community development programme aimed at girls and has 3,300 clubs in 126 countries. In 2020, right in the middle of the lockdown, I partnered with the initiative’s India chapter and since then, we have launched several workshops and awareness programmes for women like menstrual hygiene, general knowledge workshops, advocacy of equal rights and nutrition guide programmes,” shares Gurneet. A finance undergrad at IIM, Gurneet has expanded the outreach activities of ‘Girl Up-Chhattisgarh’ to three cities, including Korba, Raipur and Bhilai. “We have developed a network of 30 volunteers, collaborated with Robin Hood Army to distribute 101 food kits to the underprivileged women in Raipur. In the Gurneet Kaur launched ‘Girl Up-Chhattisgarh’, a part of global initiative, to empower women in state menstrual hygiene campaign we garnered over ~50,000 and distributed menstrual kits to 100 women to cover their year-long menstrual needs in 2020 and distributed reusable pads to 70 more women in Raipur. STEM campaign in which we reached out to some of the most amazing women in STEM career for a short interview such as Dr Stephanie Ambrose, who’s a medical professional based in Singapore, Dheryta Jaisinghani, assistant professor at the University of Northern Iowa, Aparna J Ramani who works as a senior consultant in IQVIA for Asia pacific region, who further motivated young women to pursue career in research and technology. As part of campaign, we organised STEM competition for kids, to instill in them confidence about their abilities that would lead them to pursue a career in STEM if they so wish to do,” shared Gurneet. Her father Surinder Singh is a businessman and mother Prabhjeet Kaur is a homemaker. She wishes to expand the activities of ‘Girl Up’ while she plans her career in corporate world.
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