06042021-ATR-01.qxd 05-04-2021 22:30 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE GOVT’S INDIFFERENCE TOWARDS RISING PRICES RECEIVES FLAK Merchant association condemns the govt for its indifference towards rising prices of essential commodities. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY One held with heroin worth ~15 cr in Patti PAGE 2 VIRAT, ANUSHKA SHARMA COME FORWARD FOR A SOCIAL CAUSE PAGE 3 The couple has never shied away from taking a stand for the safety of animals, especially the stray ones. MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 18°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:53 PM PAGE 4 Sung by Deep Money and AK, the new single De Daru on Bullman Records is gaining a lot of popularity. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:11 AM TUESDAY | 6 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR Centre imposing strict norms Dist logs 5 deaths, 202 new cases through FCI, allege farmers Tribune News Service Say reduction of moisture content in wheat done to harass them FCI BACHAO DIVAS Tribune News Service Tarn Taran: A team of the local narcotics cell led by SubInspector Satnam Singh arrested one person with 3 kg of heroin near Patti town here on Sunday evening. The value of the heroin was estimated at around ~15 crore in the international market. SSP Dhruman H Nimbale said the accused had been identified as Nishan Singh, a resident of Bandala (Ferozepur district). The SSP said the police had set up a naka at a T-point at the Cheema village crossing. The police team signalled the car (CH-01 BS-2036) driven by Nishan Singh to stop and started searching it and recovered the consignment. The police also seized ~2,540 cash from the pocket of the accused and impounded the car. The SSP said the accused was coming from the border area village of Dubli. The accused had been booked under Sections 21 and 25 of the NDPS Act by the Patti Sadar police. OC DEEP MONEY, AK ARE WINNING HEARTS WITH HIS LATEST TRACK Amritsar, April 5 On the call given by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, farmers protested at three different places in the district to mark ‘FCI bachao divas’. In one of the agitations outside the office of the District Food and Civil Supplies Controller farm leaders accused the Centre of trying to impose stricter norms for procurement of crop through the Food Corporation of India (FCI). Protesters said reduction of permissible moisture content in wheat from 14 per cent to 12 per cent has been done to harass farmers so that the FCI can deny procurement of crops. They also lashed at the FCI for reducing limit of broken grains from 4 per cent to 2 per cent, stating that the available technology of harvesting of wheat in the country was such that bringing down the percentage of broken grains was impossible. “The FCI is just trying to impose strict conditions so UP IN ARMS Farmers protest outside the office of District Food and Civil Supplies Controller as part of the all-India call given by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR that when it’s asked about non-procurement of grains, it can simply say that the produce was not as per its prescribed norms. The guidelines set by it are not possible to achieve,” said Gurdev Singh Jheeta, a farm leader. Agitators said only guaranteed minimum support price (MSP) for crops can ensure economic safety of farmers. Rattan Singh Randhawa, another farm leader, said, “When the country was food deficient, the then Chief Minister Partap Singh Kairon and other national leaders had exhorted farmers to grow more food. Now, when the country is food sufficient, the government is trying to benefit corporates at the expense of farmers.” Randhawa said many states in the country get royalty for their mineral resources. “Crops and water are natural resources in Punjab. If the MSP is withdrawn, livelihood of a majority of farmers will be at stake,” he said. Farmers c m y b also staged protests outside the FCI’s office and godowns. Widespread dharnas in Tarn Taran Farmers’ unions on Monday lodged their protest by holding dharnas in different parts of the district against the terms imposed by the Union Government in procuring wheat crops. The farmers’ unions, affiliated with the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, the All-India Kisan continued on page 2 Amritsar, April 5 The district reported five deaths in the last 24-hours with which the toll increased to 715 on Monday. The health authorities have also reported 202 new positive cases with which the total count increased to 22,415. The deceased have been identified as Ravi Singh (35), a resident of Gujjarpura; Raj Rani (75) of Hathi gate; Sawinder Kaur (65) of Kot Khalsa; Krishna Arora, a 78year-old resident; and Subhash Chandar (68) of Rajasansi. The new cases include 157 influenza-like illness cases and 45 contacts of positive cases. Meanwhile, with the recovery of 297 patients, the recovery count in the district has reached 18,522. The district at present has a total of 3,178 active cases. In the ongoing vaccination drive against the viral disease, the participation of people was increasing as a total of 3,713 persons in the age group of 45-59 years were inoculated on Monday. Of the total 6,244 first dose receivers today, the remaining included 2,387 senior citizens, 30 healthcare workers and 114 frontline workers. As many as 921 persons received the second dose in the district on Monday. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 202 22,415 5 715 297 18,522 3,178 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) ‘PREVENT HOLDING OF PROTEST RALLIES’ Amritsar: Irrespective of the high number of Covid-19 cases being reported from the district every day, social and political organisations are not evincing much interest in maintaining social distance and playing their role it seems. Balram Sharma, a senior citizen, said the entire onus was being fixed on common people, as they were being challaned for violating Covid-19 norms. He said many social organisations were violating norms but it hardly attracted the attention of authorities. Former health minister Lakshmi Kanta Chawla said the SAD was holding political rallies at Jalalabad, Amritsar, Ajnala, Attari, Tarn Taran and now, it had announced to hold another rally at Bholath. She asked the Capt Amarinder Singh government to prevent holding of such rallies in the face of rising Covid cases. TNS VIOLATION OF COVID NORMS Residents say authorities challaning people but social organisations having a field day INSIDE RURAL PHARMACISTS TO BOYCOTT COVID DUTIES Amritsar: Rural pharmacists staged a protest outside the Zila Parishad office on Monday and announced to boycott Covid-19 related duties till they were regularised. Kamaljit Chohan, chief, Rural Health Pharmacy Officers’ Association, said, “For the last one year, we have been regularly performing the Covid-19 related duties. From now onwards, we will boycott all such duties in rural areas.” Page 2
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