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SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:59 AM FRIDAY | 16 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR Not easy to give Covid sample here Congress takes control Long wait, heavy rush test people’s patience Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 15 People who turn up for Covid testing were a harried lot as they had to wait for long for their turn at the sample collection centre in Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs Memorial Civil Hospital on Thursday. According to the Covid-19 protocol, apart from residents who either are contacts of positive patients or have any symptoms, patients coming to the Civil Hospital OPD, including pregnant women, are required to give their samples for testing. Rajni Sharma, a resident of New Amritsar, complained, “We had reached the centre at 11 am but nobody collected our samples till 1.30 pm. The general public was waiting helplessly at the centre but no health employee was available for the task.” Karanveer Kaur, attendant of a pregnant woman, said, “We reached the centre around 10 am but till 2 pm our sample was not collected.” She blamed the administration for making poor arrangements at the centre. They complained that though a few fans had been installed at the waiting shed, most of the time they remain switched off. “There also are no arrangements to ensure socialdistancing and lives of many INBRIEF 1 BOOKED FOR RAPING MINOR Amritsar: The Gate Hakima police have booked a youth, identified as Vashu, for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 14-yearold girl. No arrest has been made till now while further investigations are under progress. The victim’s brother stated to the police that his younger sister went to Mata Bhadar Kali temple but did not return home. He said that his family tried to locate her, but could not find her. He said next morning she returned home and was very afraid. She told that she was befriended with Vashu in the temple complex. She said on Wednesday the accused took her to a room at unknown place where they allegedly raped her. The police have registered a case under Sections 363 and 376 of the IPC and Section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The police said raids were on to nab the suspect. TNS WOMAN ROBBED OF EARRINGS Tarn Taran: Two snatching incidents were reported in the district on Wednesday. In Akbarpur village, Joginder Kaur was at her grocery store when two motorcycle-borne snatchers entered the shop and snatched her earrings. After the victim raised an alarm, villagers came to her rescue and held one of the snatchers. The accused have been identified as Inderjit Singh and Gurjant Singh, both residents of Makhi Kalan. The accused have been booked under Section 379-B of the IPC. In the second incident, motorcyclists snatched Rs 81,000 from Sanjeev Kumar of Cholha Sahib on Wednesday near Billianwala village. The complaint said after snatching money, the accused managed to escape from the spot. A case under Section 379-B of the IPC has been registered against the accused, said the Investigating Officer, Sarwan Kumar. OC Huge rush of people is witnessed at Covid testing centre of the Civil Hospital in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR people are at risk as many of those who wait at the centre for a test might be Covid-positive,” rued another visitor. The visitors demanded that in view of the summer season, proper arrangements should be made at the centre and also more sample collection booths be set up. “It is the duty of the administration to ensure the safety and comfort of the employees and the staff must ensure that no patient suffers due to any laxity,” said a visitor Balbir Singh. Meanwhile, officials of the Health Department stated that a problem was reported from the hospital and they would look into it. “If needed, more employees would be deployed to collect samples,” said a senior functionary. Open Jallianwala in 15 days: Martyrs' kin GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 15 Kin of Jallianwala Bagh martyrs have given an ultimatum to the Centre and the state government to reopen the historic site within a span of 15 days. Amid the Covid -19 restrictions, the proposal to reopen the ‘facelifted’ Jallianwala Bagh for the public was put on back burner. After skipping many deadlines, the Bagh was proposed to be dedicated to the public on April 13 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is also chairman of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust, was supposed to unveil the renovated historic site virtually from New Delhi. At the eleventh hour, the programme was deferred as the state government had imposed ban on public gathering till April 31. Mahesh Behl, who had lost his grandfather advocate Lala Hari Ram Behl in the 1919 massacre, said that if the governments did not open Jallianwala Bagh within a fortnight, they, along with their families, would have no option but to stage sit-in outside the historic Bagh. “We will stage dharna at the gate of Bagh where our ancestors had laid down their lives to lay the foundation of freedom struggle”, he said. He said that every year martyrs’ families pay homage to the departed souls on April 13, but this time they were not allowed by taking an ‘excuse’ of Covid threat. “In 2020 during the lockdown, it was justified to close it and we accepted that. But now when the religious places like the Golden Temple, the Durgiana Mandir and other public places could be thrown open, what was the hitch to open Jallianwala Bagh?”,he asked. Due to renovation work, the memorial has been lying closed since February 15, 2020. 10 deaths, 365 new cases surface in dist Amritsar, April 15 With 10 more Covid-19 related deaths in the district during the last 24 hours, the toll has increased to 795 on Thursday. The health authorities reported 365 new cases. With this, the total count has increased to 25,512. The deceased have been identified as Davinder Kaur (48), a resident of Mallian village; Shobhna (49) of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar; Tejinder Singh (49) of Vijay Nagar; Gopal Kaur (81) of Jujhar Singh Avenue; Paramjit Singh (67) of New Pawan Nagar; Bakhshish Kaur (75) of Sathiala village; Sonia (50) of Jaura Fatak; Raj Kumar (82),of Baba Deep Singh Avenue; Lakhwinder Singh (48) of Ajnala; and Tripta Arora (75) of MM Malviya road. The new cases include 271 influenzalike-illness cases and 94 contacts of positive patients. Meanwhile, with recovery of 185 patients, the recovery count has increased to 21,269. The district, at present, has a total of 3,448 active cases. In the ongoing vaccination drive, a total of 5,921 persons were inoculated on Thursday. Of these, 4,921 persons were administered the first dose COVID UPDATE NEW CASES: TOTAL CASES: NEW DEATHS: TOTAL DEATHS: NEW RECOVERY: TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 365 25,512 10 795 185 21,269 3,448 HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: 0183-2500398, 2500498, 2500598 ■ Health Department helpline: 0183-2535322, 01832535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 while 1,060 were given the second shot. Health officials said 4,725 persons above 45 years of age, 75 healthcare workers (HCW) and 121 frontline workers (FLW) were given first dose today. — TNS Amritsar, April 15 As government schools across the district have been consistently running campaigns to highlight infrastructural development during the pandemic, ‘ Pehal’, the only governmentrun school for children with disabilities in the city, has been making efforts to connect digitally with students, despite several limitations. Dharminder Gill, coordinator, Pehal Resource Centre, said awareness programmes being run by schoolteachers focus on providing education to children with disabilities and impart them skill devel- opment training under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan. “Unlike mainstream schools, we have to focus on convincing parents of special children to not deny them basic learning and skill education. The programmes have been made child specific. We are encouraging a home-based learning set up, where special educator and one family member work together to make the child learn without any gaping holes. It’s a challenging task,” he said. Pehal has already enrolled 127 students in the current session, which is a slight dip from previous years. Gill said they were limiting number of students Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 15 Two months after results of civic body elections (three municipal councils and two nagar panchayats) were declared in the district, presidents and vice-presidents of four local bodies were elected on Thursday. Putting aside all the speculations, Deepak Arora of the Congress was elected president of Ajnala nagar panchayat unanimously. Raminder Kaur Mahal, who contested on the Shiromani Akali Dal ticket, and later joined the Congress has been elected senior vice-president. The Congress had suffered a setback in Ajnala where Akalis won eight wards out of 15, but managed to elect their office-bearers after Mahal joined Congress. MLA Harpartap Singh Ajnala and Youth Congress leader Kanwar Partap Singh Ajnala congratulated the elected office-bearers. Sanjeev Kumar Lovely has been elected president of Jandiala Guru municipal council, while Randhir Singh Malhotra has been elected vice-president. MLA Sukhwinder Singh Danny Bandala and members of the municipal council were also present on the occasion. The Election suspended in Majitha as 11 of 13 members remain absent Deepak Arora (red t-shirt), president of the Ajnala nagar panchayat, and Gurpreet Singh (green turban), president of the Ramdas civic body being honoured by Congress activists at Ajnala on Thursday. Congress had won 10 wards out of 15 in Jandiala Guru. Gurpal Singh Sindhi has been unanimously elected president of Ramdas municipal council. It’s for the first time that the Congress won civic polls in Ramdas. The Congress won eight wards while SAD registered victory on three wards. The election was suspended in Majitha as 11 elected members out of 13 were not present. In Majitha, Akalis had managed victory in 10 wards. Congress got only two wards, while an Independent also won from Majitha. Only two members associated with the Congress were present and both took the oath. In Rayya, Aman Sharma has been elected president, Sarabjit Kaur senior vicepresident and Amarjit Kaur, vice-president. The Congress had swept 12 wards out of 13 in Rayya. The elections were held for three municipal councils (Jandiala Guru, Ramdas and Majitha) and two nagar panchayats (Ajnala and Rayya) on February 14 and results were announced on February 17. Firing case: Hindu leader 42 villages pass pact alleges threats by gangsters not to back peddlers Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 15 Controversial Hindu leader Sudhir Suri on Thursday alleged that he was receiving threats from alleged gangsters for reaching a compromise in an instance in which a car was collided with his bus around nine days ago. He had alleged that the occupants of the car indulged in firing and the incident had led to the injuries to the passengers of bus owned by him. He said he along with his security personal handed over four suspects to the local police at that time. He said a revolver, car and keys of the car used by the accused were also handed over to the police. A case of murder bid and under different Sections of the Arms Act was registered by the police in this connection. However, the police let off a youth who later turned to Sudhir Suri alleged that he was getting threat calls from gangsters lodged in jail and outside on bail for reaching on compromise or be prepared for the dire consequences be a close associate of PA of a local political leader. Later, his videos with weapons went viral and local BJP leadership was trying to save him. Suri alleged that he was also getting threat calls from gangsters lodged in jail and outside on bail for reaching on compromise or be prepared for the dire consequences. Suri alleged since the incident, he was getting threats from radicals from different mobile numbers of foreign origin. He said links of these gangsters with foreignbased Khalistani organisations should be looked into. Another ‘Pehal’ for special children Tribune News Service of 4 civic bodies in dist due to the changed scenario. “As our teachers have to adopt a different strategy to impart education, we are not aiming for high number of enrolments. Teachers have to coach family members of wards as well. Those who do not have means or family support to get through digital transformation of learning are being reached out individually.” While most parents were familiarising to the new concept, the school has been imparting virtual physiotherapy classes for students with physical disabilities and online training for athletes. “We have several students who take part in Special c m y b Olympics. So, making up for the lost time due to pandemic, we are giving them counselling and online practice sessions. Our dance team has been selected to participate in Indo-Nepal Dance Sports Championship scheduled to be held in June,” said Gill. Meanwhile, to cope up with dearth of special educators in the district, Pehal has tied up with GNDU’s Department of Education to provide teachers and infrastructural support to the school. Government teachers from ‘Pehal’ enact a street play to increase enrolment drive for special children in Amritsar. In a letter shot to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, national chairman Shiv Sena Taksali said that after the registration of an FIR in the case he was constantly getting threats from notorious gangsters of Punjab. He urged the Chief Minister for ‘quick security review’ including deployment of additional security at the earliest. He also demanded an FIR against the cops who let off one of the suspects at the behest of his political bosses. Parminder Singh Bhandal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), said that the police had already registered an FIR in the incident and raids were on to nab the remaining suspects. He said he had asked Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Harpal Singh to submit a report regarding the allegations of Sudhir Suri of letting off of a youth. Amritsar, April 15 As many as 42 villages have come forward and passed resolutions not to support any person who has been arrested or booked by the police for peddling drugs. The effort has been made to nail drug peddlers in rural belt. The police have been encouraging village panchayats to pass such resolutions with the hope that it would act as deterrent. “Once panchayats and people stop cooperating with drug traffickers, it will definitely discourage peddlers from indulging in such acts,” said a senior police official. He said passing a resolution means, village panchayats or people from that particular village would not help a drug peddler in getting bail. These 42 villages fall under the jurisdiction of eight police stations, including Lopoke, The effort has been made to nail drug peddlers in rural belt. The police have been encouraging village panchayats to pass such resolutions with the hope that it would act as deterrent Kathunangal, Jandiala, Rajasansi, Majitha, Kamboh, Ramdass and Chatiwind. The resolution read, “The village panchayats will not help any person involved in selling drugs. If anyone is booked by the police, the panchayat will not help in getting bail.” Senior Superintendent of Police Dhruv Dahiya said the police have been holding meetings with village panchayats for quite some time now. “Once people come forward and refuse to help peddlers, it will act as deterrent. People will think twice before indulging in illegal drug trade,” he said.
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