15042021-ATR-01.qxd 4/14/2021 11:17 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE WARP KNITTING INDUSTRY BATTLING FOR SURVIVAL PAGE 2 Double challenge from Bangladesh and Gujarat has put the local warp knitting industry in existential crisis. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF FIRE SERVICE DAY OBSERVED Amritsar: Employees of Fire Brigade Department observed National Fire Service Day at Civil Lines fire office here on Wednesday. Lovepreet Singh, Divisional Fire Officer, said, “While observing the day, a 2minute silence was observed in remembrance of our martyred firefighters. Fire Safety Week also started from today. Awareness will be spread through mock drills at various places like schools, colleges, hospitals, hotels, factories and other public places.” The day is observed on April 14 every year to pay homage to the incredible commitment and sacrifice by 71 fire service personnel during a mishap in 1944 on this day. “Several firefighters were seriously injured in an explosion at a factory in Ludhiana on May 11, 2017. The building collapsed due to an explosion during a fire at a factory in Ludhiana on November 20, 2017, in which 9 fire service firefighters were killed. We remembered them all,” said Lovepreet Singh. TNS AS CELEBRITIES WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE: SONAKSHI SINHA PAGE 3 She is often seen raising her voice for causes she believes in, be it donating money or taking a stand against trolls. MAX 39°C | MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:59 PM Tarn Taran: Various social organisations and political parties paid floral tributes to Dr BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary on Wednesday. In the virtual district-level function chaired by Capt Amarinder Singh, MLA Dr Dharamber Agnihotri and Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh, among others, paid tributes to Dr Ambedkar . The MLA highlighted pro-poor policies of the state government on the occasion. Prithipal Singh Marimegha of the CPI while addressing a rally organised by the All India Kisan Sabha and the FCI Workers Palledar Union in Harike Pattan condemned the Centre, which was trying its best efforts to change fundamental spirit of the Constitution, which gives special rights to the Scheduled Caste in the form of reservation in jobs. The Safai Sewak Union led by Romesh Kumar Shergill remembered Dr Ambedkar and demanded better job avenues for weaker sections. OC PAGE 4 Veteran actor Govind Namdev will be seen playing a historical role in period drama The Battle Of Bhima Koregaon. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:00 AM THURSDAY | 15 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR Cancellation of Class X exams a ‘sensible’ move by CBSE Prominent educators in city feel multiple aspects of everybody — be it students or teachers — involved in the process a priority seems ❝Health wise, itgiven thearise good decision as Amritsar, April 14 Considering the second Covid-19 wave in the country, the CBSE on Wednesday finally decided to cancel the Class X exams. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting attended by the PM and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. While the CBSE Class XII exams have been postponed further, Class X students will be promoted and graded on the basis of ‘objective criterion’. With the decision finally putting to rest the anticipation of teachers, students and parents across the country, ❝It is a sensible believe for parents and students, exams might be a priority, but for the CBSE, multiple aspects of health of students, teachers and everybody involved in the process remains a priority. Also, this will give benefit of doubt to those students, who had trouble coping with the online mode of learning as not all students could access online classes in equity. decision under given circumstances. It was the need of the hour to come up with a decision that considers health of students rather than academic performance. Rajiv Sharma, Anita Bhalla, PRINCIPAL, BHAVAN'S SL PUBLIC SCHOOL Tribune news service a sensible decision ❝It'sgiven circumstances. I under in number of Covid-19 cases, it will be a challenge to conduct exams. But as an educator, I feel examinations must have been conducted, as it might appear unfair to students who have been working hard throughout this challenging year. The criterion by the CBSE to keep the option of taking exam for students who wish to do so later comes as a respite Neha Saini Vinodita Sankhyan, PRINCIPAL, SHRI RAM ASHRAM SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, SPRINGDALES PUBLIC SCHOOL ❞ prominent educators from city shared their views on the new development and whether it’s going to have any impact on students or not. "It comes across as the best and most sensible decision under such unprecedented circumstances. As such, most schools had already conducted internal assessment for Class X as a backup process and grading in Class X does not hold much importance as Class XII results," said Rajiv Sharma, principal, Spring- ❞ dales Public School. Dipanshu Sharma, a Class X student from Senior Study II, said: “The fact that the 11 die, toll mounts to 785 Vehicle thieves 316 fresh Covid cases take tally of infections to 25,147 in dist Tribune News Service TRIBUTES PAID TO DR BR AMBEDKAR GOVIND TO PLAY FADNAVIS IN THE BATTLE OF BHIMA KOREGAON have a field day Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 14 The district health authorities reported 11 deaths on Wednesday, taking the toll to 785. The Health Department also reported 316 new cases with which the tally of infections reached 25,147. The deceased have been identified as Amrit Singh, 84, of Bhai Manjh Singh Nagar; Moti Khurana, 73, of the Mall Road; Sewa Singh, 76, of Jandiala Guru; Prabhjot Singh, 25, of Dhendel Mehta Chowk; Manjit Kaur, 40, of Dheriwal village; Upkar Singh, 70, of Gurnaam Nagar on the Sultanwind Road; Deepak Kumar, 45, of Bharat Nagar on Batala Road; Sneh, 60, of New Golden Avenue; Santosh Sharma, 80, of Majitha House; Amarjit Kaur, 70; Adarsh, 75, of Loharka Road. Of 316 positive cases, 229 are influenza-like illness (ILI) cases and 87 are contacts of positive cases. As many as 250 patients have successfully recovered. A joint team of police and health employees collected Covid samples of those who were seen without a mask at Hakeema Wala during checking in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR HELPLINE NUMBERS ■ City Control Room COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 316 25,147 11 785 250 21,084 3,278 Numbers: 0183-2500398, 2500498, 2500598 ■ Health Dept helpline: 01832535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) Meanwhile, 5,494 persons were vaccinated on Wednesday. Figures reveal that till date 1,91,508 persons have been vaccinated. Health officials and police personnel checked the compliance of masks among people. They asked violators to abide by the Covid-19 norms to secure their health. They visited various parts of the city such as localities inside the Hakima, Khazana and Lohgarh gates. Amritsar, April 14 Thieves stole five motorcycles and one scooter during the last 24 hours in the city. In the first incident, Sankhlap Sharma in his complaint lodged with the Ranjit Avenue police station stated that his motorcycle was parked outside IELTS Centre Western Overseas in Ranjit Avenue which was stolen by some unidentified person. ASI Gurdeyal Singh, investigating officer in the case, said a case under Section 379 of the IPC had been registered in this regard. In the second incident, victim Amritpal Singh in his complaint to the police stated that he had parked his motorcycle outside his house in the street which was stolen by some unidentified person. The Sadar police have registered a case in this regard. In the third case, Ashu said his Splendor motorcycle was stolen by some unknown person from outside JJ Enterprises on Madan Mohan Malviya Road. The Civil Lines police have booked an unidentified person in this regard. In another case of Civil lines area, Davinder Singh in his complaint to the police stated that his Activa scooter, which was parked outside Adlakha Hospital Race Course Road, was stolen. ASI Vinod Kumar posted at the Lawrence Road Police Post stated that a case had been registered against an unidentified person. In another case of theft, some unidentified persons stole a bike, which was parked outside the house of Vishal Kumar in the B-division area. On the complaint of Vishal, the police have registered a case. The Gate Hakima police booked an unidentified person on the complaint of Saurav Mahajan for stealing his motorcycle. Mahajan stated that he parked his bike outside his house which was stolen by some unknown person. No culprit has been arrested in any case. ❞ exams have been scrapped due to Covid-19 situation feels like a respite, but it is continued on page 2 Non-payment of dues: 3 shops sealed in city Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 14 The Municipal Corporation of Amritsar (MCA) sealed three shops at Deendayal Upadhyay market and in Hathi Gate area here. The shop owners had not paid dues. The MCA had sold the shops through an open bid and the buyers had to pay the pending amount in instalments. The MC has a large number of such properties where occupants have not paid the pending amount. On the orders of MC Commissioner Komal Mittal, Estate Officer Dharminder Jeet Singh along with his team and police force sealed two shops at Deendayal Upadhyay shopping complex and one shop in the Hathi Gate area. Dharmendra Jeet Singh said a list of properties sold by the Municipal Corporation was being prepared and the shops of those occupants, who did not pay the dues, would be sealed and the initial amount deposited by them seized by the MC. Civic body yet to make effort A tribute to Jallianwala Bagh’s avenger for Water Plus certification Majha House ❝ Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 14 Though the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs had introduced the Water Plus (+) component under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2019, the Municipal Corporation of Amritsar (MCA) is yet to adopt the protocols in the city. Several cities of the state have already applied for the certification after providing the required infrastructure but here most of the officials of departments concerned in the MCA are not aware of the Water Plus (+) component of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu and MCA officials are hoping for improvement in its rankings under Swachh Survekshan 2021 but the infrastructure for one of the major components is missing in the city. The certification would help the city to improve its rank in the survey. Moving beyond Open Defecation Free (ODF), ODF+ and ODF++, the Water Plus (+) THE CONCEPT A city can be declared as Water Plus provided all wastewater released from households, commercial establishments, drains and nullahs is treated to a satisfactory level (as per the Central Pollution Control Board norms), before releasing the treated wastewater to the environment protocol aims to provide guidelines for cities to ensure that no untreated waste water is discharged into the open environment. The Municipal Corporation (MC) is releasing sewer water in Tung Dhab drain and Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs) are also insufficient as compared to water discharge. There are some areas on the outskirts where toilets and waste water is not being discharged in sanitary outlet in the absence of sewer line. Dr Yogesh Arora, Municipal Health Officer (MHO), said, “The Water Plus component is not under our preview as the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) wing takes care of it.” Despite repeated attempts, Anurag Mahajan, Superintending Engineer, O&M, did not respond to the phone calls. Other officials of the department were not aware of the Water Plus certification. Manjit Singh, Executive Engineer (O&M), said, “We have three sewerage treatment plants functional in the city. The capacity of STPs at Bharariwala and Gaunsanbad is 95 MLD each. Another STP at Chatiwind with a capacity of 27 MLD is also functional. Over 90% area of the city is covered with sewer line.” Amritsar, April 14 Author Anita Anand, whose new book ‘The Patient Assassin’ is based on Shaheed Udham Singh, participated in a web session hosted by Majha House to mark the anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The book is a winner of the Pen HessellTiltman 2020 award and is already into its second edition as Anita shared her personal connection with the most significant incident in India’s nationalist history. “I have a strong personal connect to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre as my grandfather was a survivor and all his life he lived with the survivor’s guilt that he lived while all his friends who were there on that fateful day died,” shared the BBC journalist and noted writer. “My book traces the life of the legendary Punjabi hero and martyr Udham Singh. We must remember and appreciate that Udham Singh was just 20, when he witnessed the massacre and swore to himself that one day c m y b hosts session to observe massacre’s anniversary, wherein author Anita Anand speaks about her book ‘The Patient Assassin’ based on Shaheed Udham Singh he would avenge the thousands of innocents who died at the hands of Gen Dyer. To stick to that one abiding lifelong aim, day by day for more than 20 years is not an easy thing,” she stressed. Her book talks about the significant details in the life of Udham Singh, as he pursued his path, like the hand- My book traces the life of legendary Punjabi hero and martyr Udham Singh. We must remember and appreciate that Udham Singh was just 20, when he witnessed the massacre and swore to himself that one day he would avenge the thousands of innocents who died at the hands of Gen Dyer. To stick to that one abiding life-long aim, day by day for more than 20 years is not an easy thing. I felt compelled to tell his story not only because of the personal link, but also because his life and passion hasn't received as much attention as it deserves. ❞ Anita Anand, AUTHOR OF 'THE PATIENT ASSASSIN', BASED ON SHAHEED UDHAM SINGH ful of the soil rendered red by the flowing blood from Jallianwala Bagh that he kept with himself as a constant reminder of his pledge and the sacrifice of innocent and unarmed men and women and children. “I felt compelled to tell his story not only because of the personal link, but also because his life and passion hasn’t received as much attention as it deserves. His inexorable move towards his goal is singular and inspiring because of his lasting devotion to his oath,” she said. Her book shows that Udham Singh first moved to Africa where he worked at what was known as the lunatic line — called so because of poor living conditions, pitiful wages and rampant wild lions and thus death — to stay alive. From there, he moved to the US, where he learned the art of blending in with locals by donning western clothes. “His last move was to England and he spent years there cultivating contacts and connections that would somehow bring him close to his target, who moved in high security. Off and on, he would go to Russia to get the weapons he required,” she said. Anita said most of her research was sourced from Udham Singh’s diary, which accounts his days spent in prison, leading to his execution. Talking about his personal life, she said he might have married while in Africa, as there are some records of some woman, but it’s not quite confirmed. She accompanied all this information with some rare photos collected over the years of painstaking research, which was her humble way of paying attention to Punjab’s martyr hero Udham Singh.
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