23042021-ATR-01.qxd 4/22/2021 11:11 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE HOME DELIVERIES A CHALLENGE FOR STANDALONE RESTAURANTS PAGE 2 Restaurants have again been put in a tight spot as fresh Covid-19 curbs only allow takeaways & home deliveries. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF 5 HELD WITH LAHAN, ILLICIT LIQUOR Tarn Taran: A joint team of district police and excise department on Wednesday raided at eight places in the district and arrested five persons, including a woman, with 747 kg of lahan and 33,000 ml of illicit liquor. Two working stills were also seized by the raiding teams. District Excise Officer Navjot Bharti said the operation was launched in Bhai Ladhu, Dhunn, Marimegha, Jodhpur and Karmunwala village. The officer said the arrested accused were Nirmal Singh, Jaspal Singh of Bhai Ladhu, Shamsher Singh of Dhunn, Karamjit Kaur of Jodhpur and Gurdev Singh of Karmunwala (Chohla Sahib), while three of their accomplices Gursewak Singh, Balwinder Singh of Dhunn village and Gurdev Singh of Marimegha village were absconding. Working stills were seized from the residence of Shamsher Singh and Karamjit Kaur of Jodhpur. OC Amritsar: Unidentified persons decamped with gold and silver ornaments worth lakhs from a house in Ramdass area when the family had gone to attend funeral of a relative here. Virvarshal (70), a resident of Ramdas, told the police that when they returned they found the CCTV cameras switched off and locks of almirahs broken. He said he along with his wife had gone to the funeral of a relative at Vallah village around 10.30 am and returned around 3.30 pm on Monday. When they returned, they found the entire house ransacked, he added. When checked, they found seven gold rings, two ear studs, two gold chains, two gold ear rings, two gold bangles worth Rs 5 lakh, silver ornaments worth around Rs 1 lakh, including 20 silver coins of British era, besides Rs 15,000 cash missing. A case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC has been registered. TNS SUNSET FRIDAY 7:05 PM MAN BOOKED FOR RAPE Amritsar: The Bhindi Saidan police have booked Manjit Singh of Bhindi Saidan for allegedly raping a married woman five days ago. A complaint was, however, lodged with the police on Wednesday, after which a case under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC was registered against him. No arrest has been made so far. The victim told the police that she was sleeping, when the accused entered her house by jumping over the wall. She alleged that when she resisted his move, he threatened to kill her or face dire consequences. TNS PAGE 4 Zee Theatre’s new teleplay is a layered, psychological thriller that blurs the line between moral and legal justice. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:52 AM FRIDAY | 23 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR Dist logs 10 more deaths, 462 cases Around 150 jail PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 22 With 10 more deaths due to Covid-19 in the last 24-hours, the toll increased to 857 in the district. The health authorities also reported 462 new cases, with which the count increased to 28,489 on Thursday. The deceased have been identified Gurmej Singh (30), a resident of Bhindi Saidan village; Gurmeet Kaur (70) of Khairewala Chak village; Asha (53) of Gilwali gate area; Kamala Rani (62) of Sultanwind Road; Kiran (62) of Chhehharta; Sukhwant Kaur (56) of Baba Deen Dyal Colony (Verka); Savinder Kaur (60) of New Amritsar; Kulwant Kaur (68) of Muchhal village; Sandeep Kumar (50) of BR Mohan School area and Harbhajan Singh (53) of Hundhpura. The new cases include 342 influenza-like illness cases and 120 contacts of positive patients. With the recovery of 295 patients, the recovery count has increased to 23,249. VACCINATION DRIVE: STOCK ARRIVES Amritsar: At a time when the shortage of Covid-19 injections had started affecting the ongoing vaccination drive, the district Health Department has received 24,000 doses from the state government. A team of the department had received the injections in Chandigarh on Thursday. “The state had received around 4 lakh doses from the Centre. The districts are given their share of injections on the basis of their case load and vaccine usage,” said Dr Sukhpal Singh, district immunisation officer. Dr Singh said the state government has assured them regular supply in future and people need not panic. “There is enough vaccine for everyone and government is committed for the same,” he said adding that ample arrangements for safe keeping of the vaccines have been made at the Civil Surgeon’s office. In the ongoing vaccination drive, the health department has given first dose of vaccine to 2,02,271 persons while 33,978 have been completely vaccinated till date. Apart from 23,232 HCWs and 28,750 FLWs, a total of 1,50,279 residents above 45 years of age have been partially vaccinated. Further, 10,607 HCWs, 9,929 FLWs and 13,442 residents above 45 years have been completely vaccinated. With general public reporting shortage of vaccines mostly at private facilities, the number of persons vaccinated daily had gone down in the past two days. On Thursday, the district had reported vaccination of 1,347 persons only. These included 18 HCWs, 121 FLWs, 782 residents above 45 years who received first dose and 106 HCWs, 53 FLWs and 307 residents above 45 years who received second dose. TNS Amritsar, April 22 With rapid surge in the novel corona infection cases, the Punjab Police have tightened the noose around the offenders violating curfew and other government guidelines, including maintaining physical distancing and not wearing masks. The Amritsar rural police have registered 28 FIRs in past two days and booked 37 persons so far. The city police have also cracked down on the violators. Ironically, the people are apparently continuing with the lax attitude. On Wednesday, the police booked a shopkeeper who was corona positive and still he opened his grocery shop in Boparai village falling under Mattewal police station here. He was booked under the Epidemic Diseases and Disaster Management Act. “We have registered 16 FIRs on Thursday while yesterday we have registered 12 cases of violations of government guidelines,” said SSP Amritsar rural Dhurv Dahiya. We are requesting to the people for wearing masks and maintain social distancing in order to break the chain of the infection among the people, he added. As there has been a speedy increase in cases, the government has ordered to implement the guidelines in letter and spirit, which is the only way to tackle the virus at present, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Parminder Singh Bhandal. We have ordered registration of cases against the violators besides issuing challans against them. “There would be no laxity against offenders,” said Bhandal. Bhandal today supervised the arrangements at various checkpoints installed by the inmates test +ve PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service A covid vaccination centre wears a deserted look after shortage of vaccines at Civil hospital, Amritsar, on Thursday. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTALRECOVERY ACTIVE 462 28,489 10 857 295 23,249 4,383 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) Police tighten noose around offenders police to implement curfew restrictions. He visited nakas (checkpoints) at railway station, Lawrence Road, Novelty Chowk, Circular Road near Trillium Shopping Mall and Ranjit Avenue besides other areas in the Civil Lines. He said the main focus was to check people travelling in cars and not wearing masks, triple riding, vehicles without numbers and pasting black films etc. He said cops were asked to challan offenders who are negligent in following the guidelines. Meanwhile, the city police also registered 10 FIRs against offenders. Amritsar, April 22 The fear of jails becoming a hotspot again looms large in view of rapid surge in the novel coronavirus after around 150 inmates in Amritsar Central Jail tested positive in the last two days. Out of these, over 100 women inmates were found infected with the virus and they were immediately shifted to Malerkotla jail. The remaining patients, who are male, were quarantined on the jail premises here. The jail authorities have blamed resumption of court hearings as the reason behind these cases. Nevertheless, they said the situation was under control, as massive testing of prisoners was conducted on Thursday. Recently, the court resumed its functioning after the lockdown induced by the along with the ❝Weteams immediately health swung into action and got around 70 per cent prisoners tested in the last two days. Around 150 inmates came positive during testing and they were put in isolation, while female inmates were shifted to Malerkotla jail. ❞ Amritsar Central Jail official Covid pandemic. However, the court again stopped court hearings after many staff members and a couple of judicial officers contracted the virus. COVID SURGE Rural police register 28 FIRs in two days & city police 10 DCP Parminder Singh Bhandal reviews arrangements at checkpoints in Amritsar on Thursday. would be left unturned in government schools of the district regarding new admissions and other educational activities. He said no teacher, officer or office-bearer would face any difficulty. Tribune News Service NOT SO WELCOMING SPLASH! A labourer tries to protect wheat from rainwater accumulated at the Bhagtanwala grain market in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar, April 22 Sushil Kumar Tuli, who has been posted as the District Education Officer (elementary) at Amritsar by the Punjab Education Department, took charge on Thursday. He was welcomed by the officials of the department. Earlier, Tuli was serving as DEO (elementary) Tarn Taran. Rajesh Sharma, Deputy District Education Officer, Amritsar, has been posted as District Education Officer (elementary), Tarn Taran. Taking charge, Tuli said under the leadership of Punjab Education Secretary Krishan Kumar, the policy of the department would be disseminated at the grassroots level to raise the standard of education in schools and connect more students with government Rajesh Kumar is DEO(E) Tarn Taran Sushil Kumar Tuli, DEO (elementary), takes charge at the district education office in Amritsar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO schools under the campaign ‘Each One Bring One’. He clarified that no stone Running at a loss, pvt bus operators lay off staff Badly affected by government’s free travel scheme for women, hike in fuel prices Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Despite recent government directions restricting 50 per cent occupancy in buses, a large number of women were seen boarding buses at the ISBT in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Women inmates shifted to Malerkotla jail, which is specially dedicated for this situation Tuli assumes charge as DEO (elementary) Rain-rain go away! ONE HELD WITH 5 GM OF HEROIN Tarn Taran: A police party from Sarai Amanat Khan police station, headed by SubInspector Hardeep Singh, arrested Sandeep Singh, alias Suraj of Naushehra Dhala, with five gm of heroin on Wednesday. The police party stopped a motorcycle and during search five gm of heroin was seized from the person riding the bike. The police have registered a case under Sections 21-A, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. OC VARUN OPENS UP ABOUT HIS NEW TELEPLAY WRONG TURN Actress Manushi Chhillar has been roped in by PETA India to encourage everyone to adopt vegetarianism. MAX 27°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 16°C Tribune News Service HOUSE BURGLED IN RAMDASS AREA PAGE 3 MANUSHI ENCOURAGES ALL TO GIVE VEGETARIANISM A TRY! Amritsar, April 22 Private public transporters have stopped plying a large number of their buses and laid off drivers, conductors and other staff after the government’s offer of free bus travel to women passengers hit their business. The number of buses running daily has dropped from 1,500 to just 600 at the Shahid Madan Lal Dhingra InterState Bus Terminal (ISBT). Private public transporters are already at economic dis- c m y b not seen such ❝I havethe business a slump in earlier, and out of 35, only 10 buses are being plied. Around 75 per cent of passengers are women. The government's offer of free ride has weaned away our passengers. ❞ Makhan Singh, A PUBLIC TRANSPORTER advantage after a spike in fuel prices and taxes such as special road tax of ~2.7 per km, EMI of at least ~50,000 which they had bought on loan and high insurance cost on a bus which is between ~75,000 to ~80,000 per year. Makhan Singh, whose family has been in public transport profession for the past four decades, said he had not seen such slump in the business earlier, and out of 35 only 10 buses were being plied. “Around 75 per cent of passengers in buses are women. The government’s offer of free ride has weaned away our passengers.” “The government offered continued on page 2 Newly appointed District Education Officer (elementary), Tarn Taran, Rajesh Sharma, said all district teams would function to strengthen the educational system in the district. Officials from the district education office, including Rekha Mahajan, deputy DEO, Amritsar, were present to welcome the newly appointed officers. ASI fires at his neighbour in Police Lines, SSP takes note Tarn Taran, April 22 An ASI residing at the residential quarters at Police Lines here fired at his neighbour late on Tuesday night. ASI Lakhwinder Singh and his two unidentified associates fired three shots at the house of his neighbour ASI Jaimal Singh and used his service revolver for the same. SSP Dhruman H Nimbale has taken serious note of the incident. He said the two were at loggerheads over dumping of garbage and parking of vehicles in front of their quarters, which created tension in the colony. The SSP has ordered both ASIs to vacate their residential quarters and also suggested the department to take back the revolver from ASI Lakhwinder Singh. The SSP has also written to the higher authorities to transfer both ASIs out of the district immediately. ASI Gajjan Singh, Investigating Officer, said a case under Sections 336 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against ASI Lakhwinder Singh and his associates. No arrest had been made so far. — OC
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