22042021-ATR-01.qxd 4/21/2021 11:17 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PUDA REMOVES KIOSK HOURS AFTER SHOPKEEPERS’ PROTEST PAGE 2 PUDA removes a kiosk hours after protest by shopkeepers of Chowk Ghanta Ghar market on Wednesday. PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF ONE HELD WITH 32 BORE PISTOL Amritsar: The city police arrested a person with a pistol and cartridges from Company Garden Chowk here on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Gursewak Singh, alias Sewak, a resident of Chaugawan. ASI Shamsher Singh said they installed a check point near the Company Bagh Chowk after receiving a tip-off. The accused was coming from Civil Hospital fatak side and intercepted by the police. The cops recovered 32 bore UP-made pistol along with four cartridges of 32 bore without licence and a motorcycle from him. The Civil Lines police have registered a case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act in this regard. TNS BOY BOOKED UNDER POCSO, IT ACT Amritsar: A boy has been booked for recording and sharing a nude video of a 16year-old Class IX girl at Jandiala Guru on Tuesday. The victim in her complaint said she met the accused on Snapchat in February this year. The accused used to threaten him to remove clothes during video call. He recorded the videos and shared it with others. A case under Section 354 A, B of the IPC and Section 67 of the IT Act and Section 8 of the POCSO Act was registered at Jandiala police station. TNS 20 DEVOTEES HURT IN ROAD ACCIDENT Tarn Taran: As many as 20 devotees taking part in the nagar kirtan were injured when their vehicle collided with a roadside tree near Rampur Bhutwind village on Wednesday. The injured were admitted to the tehsil-level Civil Hospital Khadoor Sahib. Family members of the injured resented over non-availability of medical staff in the hospital. Later, all injured were shifted to the District Civil Hospital. SHO Inspector Balwinder Singh said the nagar kirtan dedicated to the 400th birth anniversary of ninth Sikh Guru was going to Baba Bakala from Vein Poin. When they reached near Rampur Bhutwind driver of the Mohindra vehicle lost his control over it and the vehicle collided with the roadside tree. The SHO said road traffic was blocked for some time but restored shortly. OC PAGE 3 MAX 28°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:04 PM PAGE 4 Soundarya Sharma loves running and has also taken up gymming, yoga as well as mixed-martial arts. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:53 AM THURSDAY | 22 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR Fearing lockdown, migrants pack their bags to go home again Guru’s 400th anniv: SGPC COVID BLUES Private bus operators milking the situation, plying buses to different places in UP & Bihar to telecast live Neeraj Bagga save operating cost of factoThey have installed display Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 21 Fearing another lockdown, migrants have started returning to their native places. However, unlike last year, there is no panic among them this time. Hasan, a mason, who was returning to his native town Purnia, said: “The surge in positive cases in the wake of Covid-19 second wave has compelled me to return to my parental home.” Raju, who works at a textile factory, said all of a sudden factories have reduced their work time from five to three and even two days a week. To Migrants from UP and Bihar wait for a private bus that will ferry them to their respective native places in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR ries, many units have shut down. He said they were paid on the basis of meters of cloth rolled out. Calculating all these factors, it was apparent that their income would drastically come down. Hence, it would not be economically viable to stay. To make the most out of the situation, some private public transporters have started plying buses to various destinations in UP and Bihar. The Railways runs only 12 pairs of trains on a daily average, of which only a couple of trains travel to UP and Bihar. So, booking a berth in these trains is an uphill task. Tougher curbs on unauthorised entry into Covid wing at GMCH Toll reaches 847 as 10 persons succumb to virus in dist | 290 new cases take tally to 28,097 Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 21 The toll in the district increased to 847 on Wednesday after 10 persons died due to Covid-19 in the last 24-hours. The health authorities have also reported 290 new cases, with which the count of positive cases increased to 28,097. The deceased have been identified as Baldev Singh (65), a resident Bandala village; Gurpinder Kaur (45) of Ekta Nagar; Lalit (50) of 88-Ft road; Rajpal Singh (50) of Baba Bakala; Veena Rani (55) of Chabhal Road; Hardeep Kaur (53) of Mooleh Chak village; Vasudev Behal (81) of Bank Colony; Gurmeet Kaur (67) of Jalal village; Tripta (72) of Albert Road; and Harbhajan Kaur (61) of Jawala Nagar. The new cases include 192 influenza-like illness cases and 98 contacts of positive patients. Meanwhile, with the recovery of 300 patients, the recovery count improved to 22,954. The district, at present, has a total of 4,226 active cases. As the spread of the coronavirus is increasing, the district administration has issued a new set of instructions for Covid-19 patients and their attendants. The administration has warned of strict action against violators for not following these instructions. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTALRECOVERY ACTIVE instructions, only one attendant will be allowed at the new Covid wing set up for patients ■ The attendants will be allowed inside the waiting room of the wing on the first floor of the building only ■ The administration has made Covid19 testing for the attendant mandatory considering him or her to be patient’s primary contact ■ In case the attendant tests positive, he or she, too, will be admitted to the isolation ward Amritsar: The city police booked four persons, including the owner of a computer centre at the court complex, for violating Covid-19 guidelines here today. Heera Singh from the Police Post Court Complex stated that Sunil Kumar, owner of a computer typing shop at the District Court Complex used to open his shop and people could be found flouting social distancing norm inside and outside the shop. A case under Section 188 of the IPC has been registered against Sunil for violating orders of the District Magistrate. building only. The administration has made Covid-19 testing for the attendant mandatory considering him or her to be patient’s primary contact. In case the attendant tests posi- ❝ Tribune News Service The government had approved the purchase of 4,403 bales (each containing 500 bags) for the wheat crop. Only those bags, which are in good shape, will be purchased. Commission agents have been asked to supply usable bags to the department, which will be distributed in different grain markets. Rishi Raj Mehra, ❞ DIST FOOD & CIVIL SUPPLIES CONTROLLER Though farmers in many other districts had faced problems due to the shortage of gunny bags, farmers here did not face much problem as harvesting in the district started only recently. The officials stated that the shortage could have created problems in the next few days when harvesting is expected to pick up pace. District Food and Civil Supplies Controller Rishi Raj 0183-2500398, 2500498, 2500598 ■ Health Department helpline: 0183-2535322, 01832535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) FOUR BOOKED FOR VIOLATING NORMS WHAT NEW RULES SAY ■ According to new set of The instructions state that only one attendant would be allowed at the new Covid wing set up for patients. The attendants would be allowed inside the waiting room of the wing on the first floor of the 290 28,097 10 847 300 22,954 4,226 Meanwhile, Maqboolpura police booked Gurnam Singh of Mehta Road and Prem Ram of Almoraha for opening New Lahore Dhaba on Mehta Road till late evening. ASI Bikram Singh stated that the accused were putting lives of people in danger by violating government orders. A case under Sections 188, 269 and 270 of the IPC has been registered. Similarly, cops of Ranjit Avenue police station booked Inderjit of Beauty Avenue for opening his restaurant IBM at Housing Board Colony, Ranjit Avenue, during the night curfew. TNS tive, he or she, too, would be admitted to the isolation ward. The district administration orders state that any violation including unauthorised entry into the waiting hall for attendants would attract Shortage of gunny bags: Dist gets nod to buy used bags Amritsar, April 21 Though intermittent rain during the last 24 hours slowed down the harvesting of wheat crop in the fields, a total of 78,507 metric tonne (MT) of produce arrived in the grain markets till Wednesday evening. Officials of the district mandi board stated that of the received produce, 64,482 MT wheat had been procured by different procurement agencies. Meanwhile, the district has also received the approval from the state government for purchasing used gunny bags which are in good condition and are usable. The permission has been given in view of the shortage of gunny bags. SOUNDARYA SHARMA ADHERES TO MULTIPLE FITNESS FORMS Salman Khan’s Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai will release this Eid in theatres as well as OTT platform. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR FORECAST SALMAN’S RADHE TO RELEASE IN THEATRES & OTT PLATFORM Mehra said the government had approved the purchase of 4,403 bales (each containing 500 bags) for the wheat crop. He said only those bags, which are in good shape, would be purchased. c m y b He said commission agents were asked to supply usable bags to the department which would be distributed in different grain markets of the district. Meanwhile, district mandi officer Amandeep Singh said they had made arrangements to save wheat crop from rain. He claimed that farmers were provided tarpaulin sheets to cover the grain mandis during rain. He said secretaries of all market committees had been asked to ensure that farmers do not face any trouble in case of rain. In the district, 25,079 MT wheat has, so far, been procured by Pungrain followed by 20,667 MT by Markfed, 11,062 MT by Punsup, 3,841 MT by the FCI and 3,833 MT by Punjab Warehousing Corporation. strict action. To make attendants and other visitors follow the required guidelines, the administration has deployed police and hospital security, which would keep a check on visitors. boards informing passengers that they are plying buses to Muradabad, Bareilly, Paliya, Nanpara, Muzzafarpur, Darbangha and Purnia. The charges per seat in these buses depend upon the number of passengers present at the time of departure. These buses depart for their destinations in the evening. Lockdowns in Maharashtra and Delhi have compelled a large number of local industrial units to either shut their units or slow down manufacturing as advance orders have been cancelled. After the Covid-19 lockdown last continued on page 2 GS PAUL Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 21 Following the surge in Covid19 cases, the SGPC has decided to curtail the grand function planned to mark the 400th Parkash Purb (birth anniversary) of Guru Tegh Bahadur. Besides, a series of events to mark the occasion would be telecast live. The 400th Parkash Purb centenary celebrations were scheduled to be celebrated at Bhai Gurdas Ji Nagar, New Amritsar. But due to rise in Covid cases, these ceremonies will now be held at continued on page 2 Admn to hospitals: Ensure judicious use of O2, check wastage Amritsar, April 21 In view of the shortage of medical oxygen at hospitals, the administration has instructed the hospitals to make judicious use of the gas and check any leakage at usage points. The administration has also asked them to postpone all elective surgeries till next orders. The industries department has also been asked to inform all oxygen supply vendors to halt supply to industrial units so that it could be made available for treatment of patients on priority. After a meeting with the officials at Government Medical College here on Wednesday, Medical Education and Research additional secretary-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner Dr Himanshu Aggarwal said amid the second wave of Covid-19 in the nation, supply of medical oxygen is limited as its usage has increased. He said all efforts would be made to ensure that no there is no wastage of the life saving gas. Aggarwal also asked the college authorities to constitute an Oxygen Audit Committee to monitor the usage and check wastage at the hospital. Aggarwal said the committee would inspect the wards and check that no leakage of oxygen takes place through the flow meters or pipes. He said the supply lines should be repaired for any leakage and accountability of the concerned staff should be ensured if any leakage is reported. He added that usage of high flow nasal oxygen (HFNO) should be made only as per the guidelines of the state government. The administration has also asked the general public to follow all Covid-19 related guidelines. The officials stated that negligence on part of many who are not wearing mask and following other safety guidelines could result in further aggravation of the situation. — TNS A health employee checks the oxygen flow at a Covid wing of Government Medical College in Amritsar on Wednesday. DC orders Covid test every 5th day: 45+ employees irked over decision Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 21 Office-goers are irked with the district administration for its latest direction making it mandatory for people above 45 years of age to undergo Covid test every fifth day. Mohit, a private bank employee, said it was tough for employees to stand in queues every fifth day to get tested. He said the move would also cause rush at testing sites. Another employee Amanpreet Singh said it would add to the pressure they already have by playing double role of a parent and a teacher to their children who are confined to home due to the ongoing sec- ond wave. He said all government issued restrictions were hitting middle and lower class families hard. Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira, in his latest orders, stated that those having Covid-negative report could travel to their offices. All employees whether government or hailing from private sector could attend their office only after getting vaccinated. Without getting the jab, they must remain inside their houses and work from home. He also ordered closure of bars, cinema halls, gyms, spas, coaching centres, swimming pool, sports complex and others. People need to take permission for a gathering of 10 persons and only 20 persons are allowed to attend a funeral. Though the duration of curfew is 8 pm to 5 am, factory workers, tourists and those returning home after work are exempted. Other restrictions include no public transport can board more than 50 per cent passengers of its total capacity. Malls, markets, shops and restaurants will remain closed on Sunday.
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