20042021-ATR-01.qxd 4/19/2021 11:29 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE WEAPON SUPPLIER MODULE: POLICE REMAND OF 3 EXTENDED PAGE 2 The police had seized 30 illegal weapons, 32 magazines, one car and a scooter from their possession. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF CAR STOLEN FROM OUTSIDE HOUSE Tarn Taran: A car parked outside the house was stolen by thieves on the intervening night of April 17-18 from Janta Palace. Hardev Singh, owner of car (PB-04, S-7333), in his statement to the local city police said that he had parked the car outside his residence. When he woke up in the morning the car was not there. ASI Baldeep Singh said a case under Section 379 of the IPC had been registered in this regard. OC MAN HELD WITH 7 STOLEN BIKES Tarn Taran: The Patti police on Sunday arrested one person and seized seven stolen motorcycles from his possession. The accused had been identified as Nishan Singh of Sabhra who was nabbed by the police on April 16 from outskirts of town with a stolen motorcycle. The accused failed to produce registration certificate of the bike he was riding on. The accused was produced in a court, which sent him to threeday police remand. The police seized six more stolen motorcycles after the information was given by him during interrogation on Sunday. SSP Dhruman H Nimbale said a case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC had been registered by the police. OC 28K LITRE LAHAN SEIZED FROM MAND Tarn Taran: A joint team of the Excise Department, Tarn Taran police and Ferozpur police on Sunday in a day-long search operation in the Mand area of Kirian village seized 28,000 litres of lahan. SSP Dhruman H Nimbale said that DSP Iqbal Singh of the district police and officials of the Excise Department led the search operation and searched every inch of the Mand area. The lahan was stored in plastic sheets, plastic drums and other utensils which were seized by the police from the spot. The SSP said that the accused tried to destroy the residue of the lahan after distillation of Illicit liquor in the Beas which caused the river water polluted and also damaged the fish species. The police have booked Nishan Singh, Soni, Gora, Ladi and Hardev Singh of Kirian village under Sections 61,1 and14 of the Excise Act and under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 . The accused were absconding, said the police. OC I STAYED FOCUSED IN TESTING TIMES, SAYS RANVEER SINGH PAGE 3 RAKHI THANKS SALMAN KHAN FOR FUNDING HER MOM’S OPERATION Ranveer’s success as a celebrity lies in his ability to balance two different aspects of being a new-age star. MAX 33°C | MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:03 PM The operation took place on Sunday and in a recent social media video, Rakhi revealed that it was successful. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:55 AM Rising cases a cause for concern COVID BLUES Residents, traders growing anxious, fear imposition of lockdown Dist logs 12 deaths, 342 new cases Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 19 Amid the increase in number of Covid cases in the district, residents, especially traders, feel the government might announce restrictions on the movement and working hours to deal with the situation. As the fear of the lockdown is growing, residents are anxious. The recent development in Delhi, where the state government announced a sevenday lockdown and in Rajasthan, where a 15-day lockdown has been announced, has given rise to such speculations among residents in the city. No doubt, ever since the start of pandemic, the Covid situation at present is at its worst as the number of daily cases has seen an exponential rise. Residents said a continued on page 2 HELPLINE NUMBERS ■ City Control Room COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTALRECOVERY ACTIVE 342 27,365 12 831 300 22,339 4,195 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) Amritsar: The district health authorities on Monday reported 12 deaths due to Covid-19, pushing the toll to 831. Moreover, the district also reported 342 new cases taking the total to 27,365. The deceased have been identified as Narinder Singh (48) of East Gobind Nagar on Sultanwind Road, Paramjit Kaur (60) of Kale Ghannupur village, Chand Rani (70) of Vikas Nagar, Baldev Raj (50) of Pakharpura village, Sukhjit Kaur (55) of Harar village, Gurmej Singh (50) of Ajnala, Surakhsha Gupta (50) of Ram Bagh, Satnam Singh (72) of Ashok Vihar (Ram Tirath), Harjit Kaur (59) of Mehma village, Manjit Kaur (69) of Baba Bakala and Manjit Kaur (71) of Wajir Bhullar village. The new cases include 243 influenza-like illness cases and 99 contacts of positive patients. With the recovery of 300 patients, the recovery count has increased to 22,339 in the district. At present, the district has a total of 4,195 active cases. The district has reported a total of 155 deaths in the month of April so far. It is the second highest number of deaths reported in a single month. The district had reported the highest number of 203 deaths due to Covid in September last year when the first wave of the virus was at its peak. Though the number of positive cases has surpassed the peak of the previous year, the number of casualties is comparatively low. Medical experts stated that in the changed scenario, residents and medical experts are experienced and are well aware of the situation than they were last year. The shortage of oxygen cylinders has been reported from different places. Even Guru Nanak Dev Hospital has started using its buffer stock kept for emergency situations, leading to speculations on social media that the hospital has exhausted its stock of oxygen. However, the hospital authorities later clarified that buffer stock is kept for such situations so that orders for replenishing stock could be made in time. Even the Medical Education Minister clarified that there was no shortage of oxygen. TNS 2 suicides in a day rock city 55-yr-old shoots self with revolver Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 19 A Patiala resident identified as Harwinder Singh (40) ended his life by consuming some poisonous substance at a hotel located near the Kesari Bagh area here on Sunday. On the basis of a suicide note recovered from the spot, the police have booked two persons, including a woman on the charges of abetting suicide. Those booked were identified as Manpreet Kaur and her son Kamaljit Singh of Khanpur Warring village in Rajpura area. According to the police, he took the extreme step owing to a property dispute. Pakhar Singh, father of the deceased, told the police that his son went away from home without telling anybody. On Sunday, he got a call from a hotel that Harwinder had taken a room on rent in the hotel where he consumed some poisonous substance. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, where he died. Gurminder Singh, SHO division B police station, said in the suicide note, he said IN A NUTSHELL ■ CASE I: A Patiala resident identified as Harwinder Singh (40) ended his life by consuming some poisonous substance at a hotel located near the Kesari Bagh area here on Sunday. On the basis of a suicide note recovered from the spot, the police have booked two persons, including a woman on the charges of abetting suicide. According to the police, he took the extreme step owing to a property dispute. ■ CASE II:A married woman identified as Paramjit Kaur committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling fan in Bhilowal village here on Sunday. Following the complaint of her father Bansa Singh, a resident of Mardi Kalan village, the police have booked her husband Judge Singh for abetting suicide. Judge Singh was an acute alcoholic and used to thrash Paramjit after consuming liquor. the accused had been harassing him by lodged false complaints against him. He said a case under Section 306 of the IPC was registered against the duo and raids were on to nab him. Meanwhile, a married woman identified as Paramjit Kaur committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling fan in Bhilowal village here on Sunday. Following the complaint of her father Bansa Singh, a resident of Mardi Kalan village, the police have booked her husband Judge Singh for abetting suicide. Bansa Singh told the police that Paramjit Kaur (33) was married to the accused around four years ago and Mystery shrouds death of 25-year-old youth Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 19 Mystery shrouds the death of a youth identified as Nirmal Singh (25), a resident of Kathunangal village, falling under Kamboh police station here. He was found dead on late Saturday evening. According to the police, he had sharp weapon injury marks. Yaadwinder Singh, SHO, Kamboh police station, said a case of murder was registered, while further investigations were underway. Gurmit Singh, father of the deceased, told the police that Nirmal Singh was a carpenter and was working at Loharaka road. On Saturday, he went to work but did not return. He said in the evening, he got a call from unidentified persons that Nirmal Singh was found badly injured near Jethuwal village. He had sharp weapon ❝ My son Nirmal Singh was a carpenter and was working at Loharaka road. On Saturday, he went to work but did not return. In the evening, I got a call that Nirmal Singh was found badly injured near Jethuwal village. ❞ Gurmit Singh, FATHER OF THE DECEASED injury marks and was rushed to a private hospital in Amritsar city. He said he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday. Yaadwinder said earlier the police registered an attempt to murder case and later the murder section was added in the FIR. He said robbery did not seem the reason, as his bike, purse and mobile was at the spot. The police suspect some personal enmity behind the incident. the couple had a son from the marriage. He said Judge Singh was an acute alcoholic and used to thrash Paramjit after consuming liquor. He said his daughter used to obstruct him from consuming liquor. This had become a common cause for quarrel between the couple. He said she had told them a number to times about this and they had also asked him to desist. He said on Sunday, he got a call from her in-laws that she had ended her life by hanging with the ceiling fan. The police have registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC in this regard and efforts were on to arrest him, the police said. PAGE 4 Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, April 19 A man living with his wife in the residential quarters of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), Goindwal Sahib, 25 km from here, committed suicide by shooting himself from a close range with his licenced revolver last night. The deceased has been identified as Dr Surinder Singh (55), whose wife Vijaypal Kaur is working as sewing teacher at JNV, Goindwal Sahib, for the last 30 years. The deceased was a manager at Nijjar Agro, Jandiala Guru, and used to travel from Goindwal Sahib daily in his car. He was under depression for the past one week. He fired from a close range when his wife was sleeping in the room. On hearing the gunshot, she woke up and saw her husband dead. She immediately informed the police and SHO Inspector Jaswant Singh reached the spot immediately with the police force. The deceased belonged to WAS UNDER DEPRESSION ■ The deceased Dr Surinder Singh (55), whose wife Vijaypal Kaur works as sewing teacher at JNV, Goindwal Sahib, was under depression for the last 1 week ■ He was a manager at Nijjar Agro, Jandiala Guru, and used to travel from Goindwal Sahib daily in his car ■ He fired from a close range when his wife was sleeping ■ His elder daughter was married and in Canada and son was also well-settled Dhupsari (Batala) village and was living here with his wife. His elder daughter was married and settled in Canada and son was also wellsettled. Inspector Jaswant Singh, SHO Goindwal Sahib police station, said on the statement of Vijaypal Kaur, wife of the deceased, a report under Section 174 of the CrPC was registered. The postmortem was conducted at the Civil Hospital. TUESDAY | 20 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR High freight charges, demand and supply gap affect fruit prices Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 19 High freight cost and change of season have upset the supply and demand equilibrium of fruit in the local market, resulting in the exceptional hike in fruit prices. Ritu, a housewife, said a majority of seasonal fruits were being sold at ~100 per kilogram in the market. She said the government had been disseminating the message of boosting immunity to fight Covid-19. However, it has failed in providing enough jobs and halt the trend in cutting salaries of those who are even in the organised sector as a fallout of Covid-19. Manjit Singh, an employee, said escalation in fruit prices was another financial burden passed on to the people. He said offering wholesome food to a family became an onerous task as prices of groceries were increasing frequently. Two varieties of mango — Safeda and Sandoori — are available in the market and are being sold at ~100 and ~120 per kg, respectively, in the retail market. Apple is being sold at ~200 and above per kilogram. No variety of grapes is available below ~100 per kg. A kg of pomegranate is being sold between ~80 and ~100 per kg. Even melon is being ❝A majority of fruitsparts comes from different of the country. Ours is a border district, situated at the tail end of the country. Hence, freight cost invariably remains high. So, it pricked us the most as the freight cost was increased between 30 to 40 per cent after the diesel rate was exceptionally hiked. ❞ Kanwaljit Singh Pahwa, A WHOLESALE FRUIT TRADER sold between ~40 and ~50 per kg. The summer season has just started and most of the crop is coming from states like Andhra Pradesh. Apple available in the market is coming from cold storages as its season was already over in February. Similarly, the season of pomegranate was already over and the new crop would start coming after a month from Maharashtra, followed by Gujarat. As the season of grapes is concluding there is a short supply of it. He added that since the Rozas were underway the overall supply of fruit was short from its originating regions as the demand of fruit was extremely high from those states where Muslim population was concentrated. A customer buys fruit from a vendor in Amritsar. SUNIL KUMAR Amid crisis, only hope keeps him afloat Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 19 In 2019, Sanjay Mishra, 55, lost his job after a career spanning over decades in the pharmaceutical business. Undeterred, Mishra turned into a food entrepreneur by opening a small café inside Khalsa College that gradually became a hotspot for students as well as staff on the heritage campus. With just a few months into his new business, 2020 brought the biggest challenge the world could ever face — the Covid-19 pandemic. The lockdown that followed had unexpected outcomes, especially for Mishra’s new venture that was proving to be a success. But proving his nerves, Sanjay not only survived the hit, but was also joined by his daughter Purti in reviving his small café. “For most beginning something new professionally is c m y b 55-yr-old Sanjay Mishra lost his job in the pharmaceutical business but turned into a food entrepreneur by opening a small café inside Khalsa College. Now, he is hopeful that things will normalise soon tough at the age where people retire. But my father kept his spirits high, even when the lockdown drained most of our savings and whatever profits we had made with our café business. After reopening, we had to let go of our helpers, due to financial restraint. But business came back to usual at a slow pace,” said Purti, 20, Sanjay’s daughter, who is studying. In adversity, the Mishra family came together to save their small venture. “I help my father mostly with his café and when I am busy, my mother joins him. Though we still do not make much in the name of profit from our business now, the earnings are enough to keep the business afloat,” she says. They run the café for restricted time every day, following the new normal and as per guidelines of the district administration. As for Sanjay, his café remains his ‘baby’. “I have survived many obstacles, professionally. Just when most did not think that I could re-invent myself after losing my job, I decided to open my café. Now, I hope the situation improves and my café buzzes again with the usual laughter and stories of students, who I have come to share my life with,” he shares. As for the cost of running his small venture, he is hopeful that his small investment will eventually pay big once the situation normalises.
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