19042021-ATR-01.qxd 18-04-2021 23:04 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE POLICE, PUBLIC BOTH NEED TO BE VIGILANT IN CHECKING CRIME While some demand installation of CCTVs at most places, others want cops to be removed from VVIP duties. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF COVIDVIOLATION:SAD LEADER BOOKED Tarn Taran: The city police on Saturday booked SAD leader Deepak Sharma for violating prohibitory orders issued by the District Magistrate in wake of Covid-19 pandemic. ASI Gajjan Singh said the police during patrolling found hotel Sun Star situated on Amritsar Road open after 9 pm and registered a case against its owner under Sections 188 and 269 of the IPC. OC THREE MEN SNATCH COP’S BIKE, BOOKED Amritsar: Three unidentified persons robbed a motorcycle from a constable of Punjab Police at Bhani Gillan village here on Saturday. Prabjot Singh of Manga Sarai village in his complaint to the police said that he was returning from duty on his motorcycle. Around 7.15 pm, when he reached near Bhani Gillan village three unidentified persons intercepted him and forcefully snatched his motorcycle and fled the spot. A case was registered under Section 379 of the IPC at the Kambo police station. ASI Tarsem Singh said further probe was on. TNS TUBEWELL IN GREEN LAND AREA Amritsar: Mayor Karamjit Singh inaugurated the newly installed tubewell under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) project at the Green Land area of Ward No. 19 in North Assembly constituency here on Sunday. The project is worth ~20 lakh and will address problems of water shortage and provide clean water to residents of Green Land and adjoining areas. He said no work in any part of the city would be left unfinished, adding that parks in every area of the city were being renovated and those that remained would be renovated soon. Meanwhile, LED lights have also been installed in every ward of the city. He said new drinking water pipes and tubewells had been installed to solve problems related to drinking water. TNS 3 GIRLS ABDUCTED IN TARN TARAN Tarn Taran: Two teenage girls were abducted from grain market Chohla Sahib under mysterious circumstances on Friday, while a 20-year-old girl was abducted from Chandigarh locality in Fatehabad village on Thursday. The victim’s father said in his complaint to the Chohla Sahib police that his 15-year-old daughter and 13year-old niece went to Gurdwara Sri Guru Arjun Dev on Friday to wash clothes, but did not return. He alleged that the girls were lured and abducted on the promise of marriage. The family of labourers had come to the town from Zira for wheat harvesting. The police have registered a case under Sections 363 and 366-A of the IPC against unidentified persons. Meanwhile, the Goindwal Sahib police have booked Gora Singh of Fatehabad on the charge of abducting a 20-year-old girl from Chandigarh locality of Fatehabad. The mother of the victim told the police that the accused abducted the girl on the pretext of marriage. The police have registered a case under Section 346 of the IPC against the accused. OC PAGE 2 RADHIKA APTE: IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT EMOTIONAL HANGOVER PAGE 3 The actress recently opened up about her roles dealing with mental health and more in a live session. MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:02 PM PRASHANT BAJAJ WANTS TO DO A CRIME THRILLER LIKE MIRZAPUR PAGE 4 The digital boom is undeniable, but the fact that OTT is only creating stars these days is not correct, says Bajaj. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:56 AM MONDAY | 19 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR Talking of 2nd wave? Well, here’s how it escalates Few trains, buses plying, but occupancy rate extremely high | Not all wearing masks & observing social distancing Neeraj Bagga District sees highest-ever one-day spike of 742 cases Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 18 Even as very few trains and buses are being plied locally due to the fresh surge in daily infections amid the second wave of the pandemic, the occupancy rate in both forms of transport is extremely high, throwing all Covid-19 norms to the wind. A visit to the Shahid Madan Lal Dhingra ISBT laid bare the shocking fact of jampacked buses being plied and extremely high passenger footfall at the terminal. Since free of cost travel was offered to women by the government, an upsurge in the number of women passengers has been recorded. Despite strict warnings, passengers are not heeding to the directions to comply with the Covid-19 norms. Instead, they were complaining against local officials for not operating all buses. Sources at the ISBT said 600 buses, including all 250 stateowned buses, are plying daily from the ISBT. They said passengers en masse have shifted to government-run buses, depriving private-run buses an opportunity to earn. As a result, a large number of private players have exited the profession. So, the total Tribune News Service Women passengers wait for their buses at the ISBT in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR number of buses being plied from the ISBT, which used to be 1,500 daily before the lockdown, has come down to about 600 . Caring two hoots for the surge in Covid cases, most of the passengers were seen without masks. They did not even bother to maintain social distancing and were freely mingling with each other. Not only this, as soon as the buses for their destinations arrived, there was a competition to board first. Notably, most of the passengers were women and a large number of them were with their kids. Suman, a passenger, said she was going to travel to the Dinanagar area of Gurdaspur, where her parents reside. Accompanying her two kids, she said she would naturally avail the free travel facility as the scheme was recently introduced by the government. She said she normally visits her parents after two to three months. Otherwise, she praised the move of the government, adding that it was for the first time that a scheme for all sections of women was offered. Swaranjit Kaur, another passenger, said she was travelling to meet the family of her brother at Dera Baba Nanak. “A housewife neither has time nor enough money to spend on herself and free travel in buses offered her an opportunity to revive links with distant relatives.” Similarly, there is no visible hustle and bustle at the railway station platforms as the Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and railway authorities are strictly enforcing the lockdown norms by not allowing any person without a ticket and valid reason. However, adhering to Covid-19 norms inside the train is almost impossible. Reason: Cent percent occupancy in 12 pairs of trains being plied from the local railway station on a daily average. Before the lockdown, 65 pairs of trains used to operate on an average. Amritsar, April 18 In the largest single-day spike since the outbreak of Covid-19, the district reported 742 positive cases on Sunday. With this, the tally of infections has increased to 27,023. The district reported 11 more casualties in the last 24 hours, with which the toll reached 819. The fresh cases reported on Sunday included 596 influenza-like illness cases and 146 contacts of positive patients. The deceased have been identified as Paramjit Singh (75) of Mahilanwala village, Narinder Kaur (73) of Inderpuri (Kot Khalsa), Pyara Singh (75) of New Partap Nagar, Seema (53) of New Amritsar, Amrik Singh (63) of New Azad Nagar, Parminder Singh (69) of Medical Enclave, Harbhajan Kaur (80) of Mahilanwala village, Kuldeep Kaur (55) of Maqboolpura, Milkha Singh (68) of New Amritsar, HELPLINE NUMBERS COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTALRECOVERY ACTIVE Anayat (65) of Jassarwal village and Joginder Singh (60) of Baserke Gillan village. District health officials also reported the recovery of 305 patients with which the recovery count increased to 22,039. At present, the district has a total of 4,165 active cases. It was in September last year that the district had reported highest number of 400 cases in a single day. The number of positive cases and casualties due to the disease has seen a Shopkeepers told to follow advt policy Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 18 The advertisement wing of the MC has called market associations of the city to adopt uniform display boards outside their shops to give a smart look to markets. MC officials claim that the advertisement policy of the state does not allow installing large boards outside shops. “No one can install boards wider than 3 feet. It is a viola- tion of the advertisement policy. Some firms even hang 20-feet wide and lengthy boards on buildings. It is not only a violation of law, but also looks ugly and defaces city,” said Sushant Bhatia, in-charge advertisement wing of the MC. Bhatia would convene a meeting of all prominent market representatives, especially in the Ranjit Avenue, Lawrence Road and Civil Lines area, to install uniform boards outside shops. “Now, when the MC is spending crores of rupees to lift the face of the city under Smart City projects, traders and residents should also contribute to make it beautiful. The uniform size of boards will change the face of markets. We will ask traders to do it voluntarily but in case of major violation, we will write to senior officials of the MC to take appropriate action,” Bhatia said. Amritsar, April 18 Stricter procurement norms like reducing the upper limit for presence of broken and shrivelled grains in wheat produce imposed by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) from the current season has started giving trouble to farmers as well as procurement agencies. Farmers’ associations had earlier, too, protested against the new norms, which include reducing reduction of permissible moisture limit from 14 per cent to 12 per cent and reduction of limit for broken grains from 4 per cent to 2 per cent. Sources in the Agriculture Department said a committee of the district heads of state procurement agencies — Pungrain, Markfed, Punsup, Punjab warehouse and central agency FCI, which was constituted to assess the quality parameters of wheat grains in market, has also recommended purchase under relaxed norms. The committee had collected samples from grain markets in Amritsar and Tarn Taran, which were later analysed The grains were analysed for the parameters as lustre loss, damage, slightly damaged, Panj Pyaras lead the nagar kirtan procession in Tarn Taran while leaving from Gurdwara Guru Ka Mahal, Amritsar, on Sunday. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI TARN TARAN DEPUTY COMMISSIONER WRITES TO DFSC Tarn Taran: Keeping in view acute problems in procuring wheat produce in the district, Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh had written a letter to the Director Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Punjab, to take up the matter with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) immediately. The DC in the letter said inspectors of different procurement agencies had brought the matter to the notice of the district procurement committee regarding the arrival of broken and shrivelled grain and the percentage of lustre loss. The DC office wrote a letter to Amritsarbased Assistant General Manager (AGM), FCI, to know the exact position. The FCI official in response to the letter said as wheat arrived in mandis, the percentage of lustre loss ranging from 2 per cent to 5 per cent had been observed in different lots. “Rain and heavy windstorm also affected the produce slightly from 4 er cent to 5 per cent,” said AIG FCI in the letter. The DC said as the arrival of the wheat crop coming to the grain markets was not up to the mark, the procurement work was being affected badly. The DC demanded to take the matter with the FCI officials at the Union-level seeking relaxation in the specifications for the smooth procurement of wheat crop. The Saturday rain and hailstorm worsened the situation and farmers’ shrivelled and broken grains. The committee report (a copy with The Tribune) stated that lustre loss ranging from 2 to 5 per cent, slightly damage (due to rain and heavy winds) ranging from 4 to 5 per cent, shrivelled grains (caused by heavy rain causing water-logging in fields) from 4.5 per cent to 11 per cent were observed. Labourers clean grains at Bhagtanwala grain market in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR organisations have started demanding relief for the loss to the crop due to rain. OC Sources said as 60 per cent of the wheat crop is expected to arrive in the markets during the next two weeks, the office of the Tarn Taran Deputy Commissioner has also written to the Department of Food and Civil Supplies about the situation, so that the issue could be taken up with Central government authorities. c m y b sudden spurt since the second fortnight of March. In this month, the district reported 6,013 positive cases and 143 deaths. Even in September last year, when Covid was at its peak, the district reported 5,939 positive cases and 203 deaths. The increase in infections has worried health officials and residents. The number of cases and casualties started declining towards the end of September and rising in the middle of March. NAGAR KIRTAN ON NINTH SIKH GURU’S BIRTH ANNIV Wheat grain analysis: Strict norms by FCI fail to match ground reality Tribune News Service 742 27,023 11 819 305 22,039 4,165 ■ City Control Room 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) A field officer of a procurement agency said: “If the norms are not relaxed, farmers will have to face harassment and value cut. Harvesting in the district will pick up pace in the coming days, which will cause inconvenience to the procurement agencies as well as farmers in case the norms are not relaxed. Tarn Taran: A nagar kirtan procession to mark the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur was organised by various religious organisations of the area under the assistance of Dharwinder Singh, manager, local Sri Darbar Sahib. The procession commenced from Gurdwara Guru Ka Mahal here. Under the patronage of Guru Granth Sahib, Panj Pyaras led the procession which was largely attended by Sikhs of the area villages. The procession was welcomed by devotees at each point and people had made arrangements for langar etc. on the way for participants. The organisers were honoured with ‘siropa’ by the manager at the time of departure of the procession OC Army officer booked for duping people of ~47L ❝My daughter was He married to him in 2016. Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 18 The Kathunagal police on Sunday booked a serving Lieutenant Colonel on the charge of fraud after he allegedly duped his close relatives on the pretext of getting them recruited in the Army. The accused has been identified as Baljit Singh, a resident of Ram Tirath Road. According to information, Baljit Singh reportedly duped a number of people and most of them were his relatives. Balwinder Singh, complainant and father-inlaw of the accused from Kaironangal village, said, “He took money from around 20 persons on the pretext of providing them jobs in the Army. My daughter was married to him in 2016. He started promising to provide our relatives jobs and collected around 47 lakh from more than 20 persons in 2017. He took Rs 2.5 lakh from one of our cousin brothers’ son at our home. So, I had lodged a complaint in this regard and the police booked him after holding an inquiry.” Earlier on the complaint of Sanjiv Singh of Kaironangal village, the police had booked Baljit Singh in January for duping Sanjiv Singh of Rs 3 lakh after promising him a started promising to provide our relatives jobs and collected around ~47 lakh from more than 20 persons in 2017. He took ~2.5 lakh from one of our cousin brother's son at our home. So, I had lodged a complaint in this regard and the police booked him after holding an inquiry. ❞ Balwinder Singh, COMPLAINANT job in the Army. Cases were registered following an investigation by the Superintendent of Police (Punjab Bureau of Investigation). According to Balwinder Singh, three police complaints were still pending against Baljit. A separate investigation is also being carried out by the Army battalion concerned. Sub-Inspector Harparkash Singh (investigating officer in the case), posted at the Kathunagal police station, said, “We will write to him to join the investigation. As the case is related to the recruitment fraud, the Army authorities are carrying out a separate investigation.” 3 armed men loot café owner of ~16K Amritsar, April 18 Three unidentified armed assailants robbed ~16,500 at gunpoint from the owner of Barista café near the toll plaza on Amritsar-Jalandhar highway on Saturday. Damanjit Singh said he owns a café and restaurant on the highway at Bandala village. Around 9.30 pm, when he was about to leave and counting the cash, two motorcycle-borne men entered the café and one of them pointed a gun at him. Damanjit said the accused threatened to kill him and asked him to give the cash. Daman opened the cash counter for them and they took ~16,500 from it. They again threatened him and asked him to stay calm. When Damanjit went out from the café to chase them, another armed accomplice, who was standing outside, pointed a gun at him. All accused had covered their faces. The complaint said the accused crossed the central verge of the road and took the motorcycle parked on the other side. They fled towards Tarn Taran. ASI Tajinder Singh, IO in the case at Jandiala Guru police station, said: “A case under Sections 379-B, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered. The CCTV footage is being examined. The accused will be arrested soon.” — TNS
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