05042021-ATR-01.qxd 04-04-2021 22:55 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE GOVT SHOULD TAKE A HARD LINE AGAINST VIOLATORS PAGE 2 BHUMI PEDNEKAR JOINS HANDS WITH CLIMATE WARRIOR AMAN Despite challans & roadside testing, locals aren’t satisfied with authorities’ efforts of keeping offenders on a firm leash. PARTLY CLOUDY SKY MITTI SATYAGRAH: SOIL COLLECTED Amritsar: Members of the Folklore Research Academy (FRA) and Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangh collected soil from Kaliyan Wala Shaheedi Khoo (martyrs’ well) and gurdwara Guru Ka Bagh, both in Ajnala, on Sunday. The soil will form part of the ‘Mitti Satyagraha Yatra’ being organised by farmer unions at Kundli border. Ramesh Yadav, chief, FRA, said activists led by senior leader Harjit Singh Sarkaria and Gurbaz Singh Tolla Nangal of the Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangh collected soil from the martyrs’ well and historic gurdwara Guru Ka Bagh. He said ‘Mitti Satyagraha Yatra’, which commenced on March 12, will conclude on April 6, seeking roll back of three agri laws. TNS WOMEN MOTIVATED TO JOIN AGRI STIR Tarn Taran: Women farmers held an event at Sheron village and asked the Centre to repeal the three contentious agri laws. They also urged their counterparts to play an active role in the ongoing farmers’ stir in Delhi. Sarabjit Kaur Warhian and Baljit Kaur, among others, of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee, presided over the meet. Dr Surinderpal Singh Mand, Rajwant Kaur and Kanoopuria asked women to play an active role in the stir. Warhian said there was possibility of lingering of agitation, thus women should form groups in each village. Baljit said the Centre was hell-bent on handing over all profitable institutions in the hands of corporates. She said farmers have to fight to save their land. Women leaders said no politician from the BJP would be allowed to enter villages. OC ~36K LOOTED FROM COLLECTION AGENT Amritsar: A collection agent was robbed by unidentified bike-borne persons at a petrol pump in Ajaibwali village under the Kathunangal police here on Friday. The victim was identified as James Masih (28) of Ugar Khera village in Gurdaspur. The armed persons snatched ~36,000 from him. He told the police that he worked in Satin Credit Care Network Limited. He said around 1pm, he stopped at a petrol pump in Ajaibwali village to answer the call of nature. He said two unidentified persons, whose faces were covered, came to him and took out a datar (sickle) and threatened to kill him. They snatched his bag containing the collection and fled from the spot. The police have registered a case and started investigation. TNS SEWERMEN SEEK REGULAR JOBS Amritsar: As many as 195 sewermen and 130 street light workers, working under the Mohalla Sudhar Committees for the last several years, met Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu on Sunday and demanded regularisation of their services. Deepak Gill, an employee, said 195 sewermen and 130 street light workers have been working at locality- level and get salaries from the MC. The Mayor assured employees to address their issues. to He said in December 2018, a proposal was sent to the government to regularise 195 sewermen. Rintu said once now again they will try to regularise them. TNS MAX 33°C | MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:52 PM Urvashi Rautela shared a de-glam look of hers in a simple saree on social media which has gone viral. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:12 AM MONDAY | 5 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR All India Radio resumes Urdu service from dist Wheat procurement: DC reviews preparations PANDEMIC BLUES Service got disrupted as content generation was not possible during lockdown ❝ Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 4 All India Radio (AIR) has resumed the relay of Urdu service from Amritsar’s Gharinda village, near Attari, to cater to its audience in the area and also across the International Border (IB) in Pakistan from Sunday. The service had got disrupted due to the Covid-19. Though different activities were resumed following relaxations, but Urdu service remained a non-starter. Santosh Rishi, Senior Director, AIR (Jalandhar), confirmed resumption of Urdu service and said all programmes will be broadcast from today. AIR officials said Urdu service could not be started earlier as content generation was being done at New Delhibased office. PAGE 4 However, after the Covid-19 pandemic and its induced lockdown, content generation became an onerous task. Unable to garner enough programmes with skeletal staff, Urdu service was temporarily discontinued from Amritsar station (FM 103.6). Harjap Singh Aujla, a veteran engineer, said people were dismayed with the government for snapping 12hour long Urdu service. “Urdu service of AIR, which started after the 1965 IndoPakistan War, has been gaining popularity since its inception. Commencing on shortwave 25 and 31 metre bands and now it has spread its wings on medium wave too,” he said and added that it was an effective tool to beat false propaganda of the Pakistan Government in border areas. People were dismayed with the government for snapping the 12-hour long Urdu service. Urdu service of the AIR, which started after the 1965 Indo-Pak War, has been gaining popularity since its inception. Commencing on shortwave 25 and 31 metre bands and now, it has spread its wings on medium wave too. It is an effective tool to beat false propaganda of Pakistan Government in border areas. Harjap Singh Aujla, A VETERAN ENGINEER 10 die, 271 +ve in district Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 4 As the procurement of wheat is scheduled to start from April 10, the district administration has set up 57 procurement centres in the district. Officials said eight main procurement yards, 11 subyards and 38 procurement centres have been set up. Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira said all arrangements were being made while keeping in view the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. He said farmers would not face any hassle and procurement would be completed in time. In a meeting with officials to review the preparations for procurement, he asked them to raise awareness among farmers and workers at the grain markets regard- Sniffing out threat ing precautions needed to avoid infection. District Mandi Officer Amandeep Singh said adequate arrangements were being made under the guidelines for procurement in the mandis from April 10. He said every person, including farmers and laborers, would be required to wear a mask while entering and working in mandis. He said facilities such as drinking water and sanitation would also be made as per the guidelines. He said only those farmers should bring their wheat to the mandi who have been given the slip. “Without the slip (pass) the trailers would not be allowed to enter the mandis,” he said, adding that no other person except the driver of the tractor would be allowed inside the mandis. No breakthrough in carjacking, robbery cases 3,691 beneficiaries vaccinated on Sunday |1,05,893 jabbed so far Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 4 The health authorities reported 10 Covid-19 related deaths in the district on Sunday. With this, the toll has increased to 710. The authorities also reported 271 new positive cases in the last 24 hours and the total count reached 22,213. The new cases include 210 influenza-like illness cases and 61 contacts of positive cases. The deceased have been identified as Jasbir Kaur (67) of Judge Nagar, Manish Kumar (32) of Bal Kalan village, Baldev Singh (74) of Vallah, Bakhshish Singh (73) of Tarn Taran Road, Madhu Bala (59) of Partap Bazaar, Parveen Soni (62) of Kucha Jhurian, Surjit Singh (51) of Tarpai (Majitha road), Gurmeet Kaur (51) of Boparai village, Gurdeep Singh (75) of Guru Nanakpura (Kot Khalsa) and Harjinder Kaur (45) of HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 271 22,213 10 710 290 18,225 3,278 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) Bal Sikandar village. The health authorities also reported recovery of 290 patients with which the recovery count in the district has reached 18,225. The district, at present, has a total of 3,278 active cases. Meanwhile, after the government announced that the Covid-19 vaccination will be administered on all seven days of the week, a total of 3,691 persons were inoculated on Sunday. These include 1,682 persons in the age group of 45 years to 59 years and 1,312 senior citizens. The Health Department said 1,05,893 persons have been partially vaccinated while 16,235 persons have been completely vaccinated to date. As per figures available with the Health Department, 58.32 per cent of the registered healthcare workers and 89.67 per cent of the registered frontline workers have received their first dose. The anti-sabotage teams of the Punjab Police carry out a search operation in Amritsar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO SEARCH OPERATION CARRIED OUT IN CITY Amritsar: The anti-sabotage teams of the Punjab Police carried out search operations at vital locations, including near Golden Temple, Durgiana Temple, inter-state bus terminus and railway station here, as a security measure on Sunday. DCP (Law & Order) Parminder Singh Bhandal said the search operation was part of a special drive to maintain law and order and check anti-social elements. Special checkpoints were installed and patrolling was also done in different parts of the city. Sniffer dogs were pressed to service, while deep search metal detectors, inspection mirrors, non-linear ground detector (NLGD) and hand held metal detector (HHMD) were also being used. The search operation was also carried out at Sri Mata Lal Dev Temple at Rani Ka Bagh, Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji International Airport, shopping malls and famous markets which witness heavy rush. The DCP appealed to people to remain alert and inform the police in case they find any abandoned thing. “The people should help the police in maintaining law and order by informing about anti-social elements active in their areas. We assure that their names and identity will be kept secret,” he said. Amritsar, April 4 Even as hunt was launched against the five-member robber gang that snatched a car from a woman in Vrindanvan Enclave and committed robberies in the city and Batala, there has been no breakthrough in the case so far. Three police districts, including Amritsar (city), Amritsar (rural) and Batala, have been holding investigations to nab the miscreants, but did not succeed. The car was found abandoned in Akash Avenue on Saturday. Harpreet Singh, SHO, Kamboh police station, said after snatching the car, the gang committed three robberies in Bajjuman village, near Batala, Chogwana and Verka. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B (2), 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59-A of the Arms Act against unidentified robbers. MC mulls recarpeting of city roads under PWD, ready to spend ~4 cr Attack on party worker: Cong leader booked Migrant labourers protest Centre’s false propaganda Charanjit Singh Teja Tarn Taran, April 4 The Sarai Amanat Khan police on Saturday booked Congress leader Avan Kumar, alias Sonu Cheema, who is also sarpanch of Adda Chabal gram panchayat, and his younger brother Munish Kumar, member zila parishad, along with 20 supporters for attack on another Congress worker. Sonu was at loggerheads with local MLA Dr Dharambeer Agnihotri for the last more than six months. It was the second criminal case registered against Sonu and his supporters in the last one-anda-half month. Shamsher Singh of Naushehra village in his complaint said the accused attacked him when he was returning home after watching a kabaddi match from Chahal village, where the accused were also present. Tussle occurred over the announcement of Shamsher Sijngh’s name when he awarded cash prize to the players for showing good performance. — OC Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 4 Evincing poor response from the Public Works Department (PWD) to recarpet roads under its jurisdiction in the city, the Municipal Corporation has decided to spend ~4 crore on roads under it. The MC will spend approximately ~50 crore on all city roads. A major project was approved in the recently held General House meeting. The project would include widening and strengthening of roads, street furniture, painting of central verges, kerb stones and installation of cat eyes (blinking lights) on roads. MC officials said some major roads were under the PWD and it was their prerogative to recarpet and repair these. But Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said these PWD roads were not being maintained properly. “Lakhs of devotees visit the holy city every day. The damaged roads give a bad impres- Poor condition of the road at Sadar Chowk, Amritsar. SUNIL KUMAR sion to visitors in the city. Residents also suffer due to bumpy ride on potholed roads. People are not aware as to which body is responsible for repair. They blame the Municipal Corporation and incumbent Mayor and councillors. So, we have decided to recarpet those roads, too, which are under the jurisdiction of the PWD,” the Mayor said. The total amount to be spent on roads under the PWD is ~4.03 crore. Now, the MC will get NOC from the PWD to recarpet these roads. The MC has ~48.42 crore from various grants and funds, which includes ~9.42 crore from the Sewerage Board for water supply south east project, ~19 crore from the Finance Commission, ~10 crore, which is the loan of Amritsar Improvement Trust, and ~10 crore, which was collected from road cutting charges. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu claimed that all roads would be recarpeted in the summer season. c m y b Amritsar, April 4 Irate migrant labourers on Sunday held a protest against the Central Government for labelling them as bonded labourers hooked to drugs on the outskirts of the city. Raising slogans, they burnt an effigy of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and called upon the government not to issue mindless statements creating division in society. They reiterated their pledge in favour of farmers. Rani, a migrant from near Lucknow, said her family had been residing here for the past two decades. She said no member of her family was hooked to drugs. Another protester, Sangeeta of Bihar, said the government failed to generate enough employment. A migrant leader, Mahesh Verma said: “We condemn the Union Government’s statement that farmers of the state got their agricul- PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR INBRIEF URVASHI GOES PLAIN JANE, PIC GOES VIRAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA Bhumi Pednekar has teamed up with climate crusader Aman Sharma on his initiative ‘Local Weather Warrior’. FILE PHOTO FORECAST PAGE 3 We ❝theircondemn the Centre’s statement that farmersin got agriculture-related work done from migrants exchange for drugs. So far, no such incident has come to the fore. We come here for a livelihood so that we can take care of our families back home. Mahesh Verma, A MIGRANT LEADER ❞ ture-related work done from migrants in exchange for drugs. So far, no such incident has come to the fore. We come here for a livelihood so that we can rear our families and children back home.” “Clearly, there is a face-off between the Centre and farmers over the three agriculture laws. The government should not try to weaken the relations of farmers and labourers,” said the migrant leader.
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