21042021-ATR-01.qxd 4/20/2021 10:32 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE INADEQUATE STAFF AT BUTALA’S PNB BRANCH IRK VILLAGERS PAGE 2 The branch is no ordinary branch as it has an annual turnover of ~130 crore and close to 34,000 account holders. GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF MAN LOSES MOBILE, CASH TO ROBBERS Tarn Taran: Two robbers on Monday looted a mobile phone and ~6,800 from a farmers’ leader when he was returning home from Chabal township. In his statement to the Sarai Amanat Khan police, the victim, identified as Hardeep Singh Raspulpur, stated that he was returning home from Chabal on his motorcycle when two robbers stopped him on the pretext of getting to know the way to a village. As soon as he stopped, they threatened him and robbed his mobile phone and the purse. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B and 34 of the IPC in this regard. OC MEDICAL, SPORTS KITS DISTRIBUTED Amritsar: Khanna Paper Mills handed over sports kits and medical equipment to district administration officials under their corporate social responsibility initiative. A team headed by Suneet Kochhar, director, Khanna Paper Mills Ltd, handed over the goods to Amritsar DC Gurpreet Singh Khaira and ADC Himanshu Agarwal. Suneet Kochhar, managing trustee, Madad Charitable Foundation, and director of Khanna Paper Mill, said the Madad Charitable Foundation was formed in 2011 with the objective to carry out social work. Kochhar said from time to time, the foundation has contributed to Jammu & Kashmir Relief Fund, helping the victims of Jaura fatak accident, distribution of twin bins under the Smart City project for Amritsar city, helping the police and the district administration during the pandemic and giving financial assistance to under privileged children at Nishkam School. TNS 2 ARRESTED WITH 1,450-LITRE ENA Amritsar: The rural police on Tuesday arrested two persons for allegedly pilfering extra neutral alcohol (ENA) from tankers attached with distilleries. They were identified as Shamsher Singh, alias Shera, of Sanghna village and Shubham Chopra, alias Sonu Mota, of Sultanwind Road. The police have confiscated 1,450-litre ENA from them, while raids were on to nab their accomplices identified as Raju of Sultanwind Road, Jugraj Singh and Satbir Singh of Khaparkheri. Amritsar (rural) SSP Dhruv Dahiya in a statement said the accused were involved in the interstate smuggling of illicit liquor. He said they used to pilfer ENA from tankers attached with Ambala and Shahbad distilleries in Haryana. He said following a tip-off, the police confiscated the ENA and an SUV pickup from them. He said their links were being investigated to unearth the entire racket. TNS LIQUOR SEIZED, WOMAN BOOKED Tarn Taran: The local Sadar police led by ASI Kuldeep Singh conducted a raid at the residence of a widow in Rasulpur village and seized 20 bottles of illicit liquor. The woman, however, managed to flee from the spot. The police said the accused has been identified as Jaspal Kaur. She was booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act. OC PAGE 3 Ajay Devgn’s first-ever crime-drama series Rudra — The Edge of Darkness, is coming soon on Disney+ Hotstar. MAX 28°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:03 PM LITERATURE HELPS US GROW, SAYS BHARGAVI CHIRMULEY PAGE 4 The popular Marathi actress is all set to join Sony TV’s show, Mere Sai. She talks about her role & more. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:54 AM WEDNESDAY | 21 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR Int’l tourism awards: Partition Museum wins Best Wider World Tourism Project Tribune News Service ❝The BGTW International Tourism Awards provide the Amritsar, April 20 The Partition Museum in Amritsar has won the Best Wider World Tourism Project award at the British Guild of Travel Writers International Tourism (BGTW) Awards 2020, held this Sunday in the UK, despite stiff competition from other international tourism projects. It was rated as “first class” and the “most innovative and important tourism project” with a positive impact on community, according to Simon Willmore, chair of BGTW. The Partition Museum launched by The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT) was nominated by TAKING THE LEAD The Partition Museum beat global tourism projects include the Macon Music Trail in Georgia, USA; the Michinoku Coastal Trail in Honshu, Japan; the Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum and Visitor Centre in Howick, South Africa; Remando por la Paz/Rafting for Peace in Colombia and the Soqotra Heritage Project in the Gulf of Aden. opportunity for members to nominate the most innovative and important tourism projects they have visited over the last year that they believe deserve wider recognition. The Partition Museum is a first-class example of a tourism project that is having a positive impact on the community and the environment.❞ Simon Willmore, BGTW CHAIRMAN BGTW member Meera Dattani and voted for by the 260 members of the BGTW. Winners were announced during ‘BGTW’s Really Big Reveal’, an online broadcast that took place on April 18 due to the pandemic restrictions. Initiated by a group of people led by Kishwar Desai, the Partition Museum called the ‘peo- ple’s museum’ was established under The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust. Dedicated to remember the largest mass migration in human history, the Partition Museum has 6 die, 372 +ve in district Kaur (62) of Gaggomahal. The health authorities also reported recovery of 315 patients with which the recovery count has reached 22,654 in the district. The district, at present, has a total of 4,246 active cases. Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 20 The health authorities reported six Covid-19 related deaths in the district on Tuesday. With this, the toll has increased to 837. The authorities also reported 372 new positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total count to 27,737. The new cases included 262 influenzalike illness cases and 112 contacts of positive cases. The deceased have been identified as Jaswinder Singh (46) of Ghannupur Kale; Joginder Kaur (75) of Chamiari village in Ajnala Tehsil; Simerjeet Kaur (52) of Kandowali village; Manjit Kaur (71) of Jassar village; Kirti Kumar Seth (66) of Professor Colony and Gurbachan Huge rush at Amritsar Civil Hospital’s swab collection centre. HELPLINE NUMBERS ■ City Control Room COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTALRECOVERY ACTIVE 372 27,737 6 837 315 22,654 4,246 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) 2,30,217 persons vaccinated so far The Health Department said 9,277 persons were vaccinated till 4 pm on Tuesday, taking the count of persons getting the jabs in the district to 2,30,217 (both first and second doses). As per the figures available with the Health Department, 28.41 per cent of healthcare workers have received both doses and 26.12 per cent of the registered frontline workers have received both doses. won six other awards, nationally and internationally. The BGTW award scheme, the results of which were postponed into 2021 because of the pandemic, gives Guild members the opportunity to propose new tourism projects that they feel deserve recognition for their outstanding contribution to tourism. Awards are split into three categories: ‘Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project’, ‘Best European Tourism Project’ and ‘Best Wider World Tourism Project’. Kishwar Desai, reacting to the win, said: “We are truly honoured and thrilled to receive this award and thank everyone who has supported it. This museum is dedicated to millions of those unremembered and unrecognised people, who lost their homes and homelands overnight due to the Partition of India. It draws thousands of visitors every month and has become an important part of the tourist itinerary. This award will further encourage others to visit the Partition Museum, learn about the world’s largest forced migration, the repercussions of which last till today, nearly 75 years later.” BGTW chairman Simon Willmore said: “The BGTW International Tourism Awards provide the opportunity for members to nominate the most innovative and important tourism projects they have visited over the last year that they believe deserve wider recognition. The Partition Museum is a first-class example of a tourism project that is having a positive impact on the community and the environment.” Bank manager held for fraud EO wing has detected embezzlement worth ~1.5 cr PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 20 The Economic Offences wing has nabbed a bank manager, who was allegedly a part of the racket of fraudsters, who used to swindle banks by taking huge loans on the basis of fake documents. He has been identified as Simranjit Singh, who was the manager with the Bank of India. He had been evading arrest since the racket was busted by the EO wing after the arrest of two persons Gurmeet Singh and Jagdeep Singh, who was a former sarpanch. He was arrested from near the interstate bus terminus on Tuesday. Simranjit was produced in court, which has granted five-day police remand for further interrogation, said Assistant Commissioner of Police (Financial Crimes), Sushil Kumar. He said the police have recovered some important documents from his possession, which were being analysed. He said he used to pass the loans after taking his commission. He said the police have sought some more documents from the bank, which he had signed in the past. He said Gurmeet and Jagdeep, who were sent to judicial custody after the expiry of their police remand, would also be brought on production warrant for further probe. Advocate Ravi Mahajan said the bank had provided several documents to him, which would be handed over to the police after going through it. He said the police had registered around four such FIRs and more would be registered against fraudsters. So far, the EO has established fraud worth ~1.5 crore. However, the figure may increase further as the investigations were still under progress. Among others who were booked include Kuldeep Singh of Sansara Kalan village and Dr Kulwant Singh of Delhi. Gurmeet was the mastermind and he used to forge documents for bank loans. As per the preliminary probe, the accused had got hundreds of loans passed from a bank through this modus operandi. They used to arrange registries and then change names by forging documents. In several cases, they managed to get the loan thrice on one registry. Deorhi in historic Ram Repeated delay in exams causing Bagh cries for attention stress among students, say experts Projecting balcony collapses, cracks on different sides PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 20 The historical structure known as Deorhi in the summer palace of legendary Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh, also known as Ram Bagh, is crying for attention. One of the projecting balconies decorated with ornamental floral designs in the lime plast has fallen, while cracks have appeared from different sides in the structure. The Deorhi was handed over to the Municipal Corporation by the British era ‘Service Club’ over a year ago. According to sources in the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the structure remained in the occupation of the club for nearly a century. Therefore, it could not be preserved. Sources said the said structure was a replica of ‘Deori Ram Bagh’ — one of the main entrance gates to the Summer Palace, which is conserved and currently under the occupation of the ASI, which runs its office from its premises. As per the ASI, the Deorhi (under its occupation) comprised fortified citadel having the Darbal Hall, two pavilions on the eastern and western sides, two gateways on the northern and southern sides. Besides the façade contains beautiful balconies. VISHAL KUMAR FORECAST AJAY DEVGN SET TO MAKE GRAND ENTRY INTO THE DIGITAL SPACE RESEMBLES SHALIMAR BAGH IN LAHORE ■ The legendry Sikh ruler used Mugal pattern in laying out gardens and got many buildings and forts constructed in the city ■ The Rambagh garden was constructed on the pattern of Shalimar Bagh in Lahore ■ It was named after the fourth Sikh master Guru Ram Das ■ After the annexation, the British renamed it as Company Bagh ■ The entire complex was declared a protected monument vide Punjab Government notification in October 1997, while it was also declared a monument of national importance by the Government of India in 2004 As far as the Deorhi (vacated by the Service Club) is concerned, its façade needed urgent repair, said sources in the ASI. They pointed out that a balcony has caved in, while cracks have appeared on different sides. An ASI official pointed out that the process of repair and conservation of the outer façade has already been approved and the department was in the process of floating tenders for the same. The entire process, which got delayed to the pandemic in the previous year, is likely to be completed by July this year. After this, they would again request the MC authorities to hand over the structure to them. Vijay Kumar, a frequent visitor to the historic garden, said it was very ‘painful’ to see the approach of different agencies towards theses heritage structures of immense importance. The government should conserve these structures on a priority, as it could add to most prominent tourist destination for tourists visiting the holy city. continued on page 2 c m y b Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 20 The National Testing Agency (NTA) postponed the April session JEE (Main) 2021 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic adding to the series of announcements of delay or cancellation of exams due to the virus. The UGC-National Eligibility Test (NET) scheduled to be held from May 2 to 17 has also been postponed in view of the pandemic, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced on Tuesday. While the move is being considered a necessary intervention under the given circumstances, the repeated delay in the conduct of competitive exams is causing stress among students, say experts. Dinesh Paneri, academic mentor and managing partner at FITJEE, said: “The situation is not new, as earlier, too, there had been a lot of uncertainty over the conduct of competitive exams such as JEE and NEET. Although, authorities concerned tried to consider all possible options under the given circumstances, the delay is already causing stress and anxiety among students. Not just the delay, but the ambiguity on the matter of conduct of multiple competitive exams has had a negative impact on a lot of students and this might affect their academic performance. The four-phase conduct STUDENTSPEAK has to efforts to start the ❝Oneprocessmake extraand preparing lessons entire of revision for exams. The delay is frustrating and if it continues, we might face a situation where we'll have to prepare for CBSE boards and competitive exams simultaneously.❞ Sparsh Goenka, A STUDENT FROM DAV SCHOOL, WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE JEE (MAIN) IN APRIL more worrying ❝The uncertainty in the matter is ends up than the exam re-scheduling. One waiting for another date despite all preparation. Also, we have to plan the entire academic year. With so many delays and postponement, it becomes difficult to consider all options.❞ Manav Goyal, WHO GOT 99.85 PERCENTILE IN JEE (MAIN) MARCH-PHASE EXPERTSPEAK not new, as earlier, ❝The situation isuncertainty over the too, thereof had been a lot of conduct competitive exams such as JEE and NEET. Although, authorities concerned tried to consider all possible options under the given circumstances, the delay is already causing stress and anxiety among students. Not just the delay, but the ambiguity on the matter of conduct of multiple competitive exams has had a negative impact on a lot of students and this might affect their academic performance.❞ Dinesh Paneri, ACADEMIC MENTOR AND MANAGING PARTNER AT FITJEE ❝A lot of students are giving up due to theof frustration of repeating the entire process preparing for competitive exams. It's not easy as it requires discipline and focus and exam re-scheduling has made this tenuous for students.❞ Uttamjit Singh, FROM WISDOM INSTITUTE of JEE Main by the NTA, I believe, was not a wise step. Instead, the exam should have been taken earlier, in offline mode, on a single date, following safety restrictions.” Uttamjit Singh from Wisdom Institute, which provides coaching for JEE and NEET, too, shared similar views. “A lot of students are giving up due to the frustration of repeating the entire process of preparing for competitive exams. It’s not easy as it requires discipline and focus and exam re-scheduling has made this tenuous for students,” he said. He said not just JEE (Main) but several other exams, including NEET and those conducted by state service commissions, too, had been re-scheduled. “For ambitious students, their entire academic year is being compromised and it becomes imperative to find plausible solutions,” he said. “One has to make extra efforts to start the entire process of revision, preparing lessons for exams. The delay is frustrating and if it continues, we might face a situation where we’ll have to prepare for CBSE boards and competitive exams simultaneously,” said Sparsh Goenka, a student from DAV Public School, who was supposed to take JEE (Main) in April. Manav Goyal, who got 99.85 percentile in JEE (Main) Marchphase, was due to take the exam again in April. He said the uncertainty over the matter was more worrying than the exam re-scheduling. “One ends up waiting for another date despite all preparation. Also, we have to plan the entire academic year. With so many delays and postponement, it becomes difficult to consider all options.”
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