24042021-ATR-01.qxd 4/23/2021 11:20 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE DUPED BY TRAVEL AGENTS, SIX REPATRIATED FROM DUBAI Six persons, including two women, who were duped by travel agents returned home from Dubai. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF WOMAN ENDS LIFE AT IN-LAWS’ HOUSE Tarn Taran: A woman, who was perturbed over her married life, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her in-laws’ house in Kang village here on Thursday. ASI Nirmal Singh, investigating officer in the case, said the deceased had been identified as Puja (24) who was married to Jangjit Singh just six months ago. The ASI said when the parents of the victim came to see their daughter, they found her dead. The victim’s father Sarabjit Singh, a resident of Timmowal (Baba Bakala), said her daughter was being harassed by her husband Jangjit Singh and mother-in-law Sawinder Kaur over dowry soon after the marriage. Perturbed over her harassment, she hanged herself from a ceiling fan in the house. The ASI said Jangjit Singh and Sawinder Kaur had been booked under Sections 304-A and 34 of the IPC by the Goindwal Sahib police. The accused were absconding , said the ASI. OC WORKERS SEEK REGULAR JOBS Tarn Taran: On the call given by the Punjab Roadways/ Punbus Contract Workers Union, Punbus workers organised a gate rally in Tarn Taran and Patti in support of their demands. Addressing the protesters, employees’ leader Avtar Singh said the poor condition of roadways and PRTC buses was causing inconvenience to beneficiaries of free bus service. The leaders demanded the regularisation of the services of contractual conductors and drivers who had been serving for the last about two decades on low salaries. The leaders warned the government that in case their demands were not accepted they would close the bus stands on April 27. They condemned the state government for not fulfilling the poll promises made to the public in the 2017 Assembly election, including whole debt waiver of farmers, ghar ghar rozgar, regularisation of services of contractual workers. The protesting employees raised slogans against the state government for its antiemployee policies. OC 1 KG OF HEROIN SEIZED AT IB Amritsar: Acting on a tip-off, the Amritsar rural police have confiscated 1.02 kg of heroin from near the International Border near Panjgaraiya border out post here on Friday. The police have registered a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and Indian Passport and Foreign Act against unidentified persons for now while further investigation were under progress to identify the smugglers who got the contraband smuggled from across the border. 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SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:51 AM SATURDAY | 24 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR Pvt hospitals struggle to 8 die, 722 test +ve in dist replenish O2 supply in city IMA delegation wants uninterrupted supply to hospitals Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 23 Private hospitals have expressed their concern over the delay in replenishing oxygen cyllinders in their hospitals. Under the aegis of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Amritsar, they submitted a memorandum to the district administration regarding the shortage of oxygen. They stated that the administration should ensure an adequate supply of oxygen to the hospitals so that they did not have to run from pillar to post for oxygen refill. There are about 800 beds for Covid-19 patients in the district and 40 per cent of them are occupied. Officials of the district administration maintain that it was not possible to give the exact figure of oxygen cylinders in the district as fresh supplies of liquid medical oxygen from 20 tonne to 25 tonne keep arriving from three manufacturing plants at Baddi, Dehradun and Panipat. However, the matter of concern is that 10 to 12 tonne is required mainly for Government Medical College only where the highest number of beds for Covid patients is installed. Similarly, the exact number of vaccines in the inventory kept increasing as 15,000 to 20,000 vials arrive on alternate days while 8,000 to 10,000 are administered daily. A delegation of the IMA, comprising Dr Amandeep Kaur, president, Dr KS Arora, state IMA president, Dr JS Grover, secretary and Dr Ashok Mahajan, met Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira and told him about the worsening condition of Covid-19 in the city and also apprised him of the dwindling supply of oxygen to private hospitals. In a memorandum submitted to the DC, it was stated that the administration should ensure an uninterrupted supply of oxygen to private hospitals dealing with Covid patients. It was also requested to ensure supply of Unseasonal rain hits Tarn Taran farmers Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, April 23 Heavy rain lashed the district causing a heavy loss to the standing wheat crop on Friday. The rain, which started at around 1 pm at night, continued to lash the district till 8 am. Rain lashed parts of the district in the day also. Moreover, unseasonal rain has added to the worries of farmers. It has not only caused a heavy loss of the crop to farmers but has also delayed the harvesting of the crop. The combine operators too faced problems due to unfavourable weather conditions as the majority of them were from the Malwa area. They were here to harvest wheat crop but were waiting for weather conditions to improve. Tejindpal Singh, a farmer of Raspulpur village, said it started raining in the midnight which lasted till this morning. He said a large number of farmers were already waiting for their turn for procurement of their wheat crop lying in grain markets of the district. As per reports received from Gohalwar, Pandori Sidhwana, Pandori Ran Singh, Chabal, Sarai Amanat Khan, Naushehra Dhala, Gandiwind, Sursing, Bhikhiwind, Khalra, Khemkaran, Valtoha, Patti, Harike, Chohla Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, heavy rain lashed the areas from the midnight till this morning. Baljit Singh, Dhanna Singh, Dilbag Singh and other farmers from Lalughuman village said heavy rain along with strong winds flattened wheat crop and it was impossible to harvest with combine machines. Farmers said more than 40 per cent of the crop must be lost causing a heavy loss to farmers. However, Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh denied any loss to the wheat crop due to rain. He said there was no need to order a special girdawari to assess the loss caused to the wheat crop. life-saving drugs otherwise private hospitals would be forced to refuse admission of serious Covid patients. “Medical practitioners of Amritsar stand by the public and will leave no stone unturned to relieve the miseries to the best of their abilities and resources.” The IMA delegates went to hand over the memorandum three days after holding its urgent meeting in which its members had flagged concern over the deteriorating situation in the entire country in general and Amritsar in particular. They had reiterated their stand of serving the people in this hour of crisis but at the same time drew the attention of people to the fact that they were facing the shortage of oxygen supply in their hospitals. The Deputy Commissioner assured the delegation of immediate action to ensure an uninterrupted oxygen supply for the treatment of patients. He, however, cautioned them to utilize oxygen judiciously as the supply was limited. If there was any leakage then it should be stopped on priority, he said. He appealed to people not to panic as the Central Government was ensuring the supply of oxygen to all parts of the country through rationing. He asked all private hospitals to provide data of oxygen requirements so that in case of need enough supply could be provided to them. He said elective surgeries had been postponed in all hospitals and only critical cases should be operated. He directed the officials concerned to act against those who were resorting to black marketing of oxygen cylinders. Meanwhile, the delegation also handed over a memorandum to the Police Commissioner for the safety measures as they fear that the family members of patients would become uncontrollable in case of emergency situation due to the shortage of oxygen supply and other materials. Deputy Commissioner of Police along with other police officials visit Heritage Street asking people and shopkeepers to follow Covid guidelines in Amritsar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO REPORT ON PAGE 2 Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 23 The district health authorities recorded 722 fresh cases of Covid-19 taking the tally to 29,211 on Friday. The new cases include 577 influenza-like illness cases and 145 contacts of positive patients. With eight more deaths due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the toll increased to 865 in the district. The deceased have been identified as 63-year-old Bhagyawak Jain, a resident of Swiss city, 78-year-old Gurchsran Singh, a resident of Chatiwind Gate, 87-year-old Roop Mehra of Basant Avenue, 88year-old Nirmal Rani of Majitha Road, 40-year-old Kamaljit of Kot Sant Singh Road, 65-year-old Pushpa HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTALRECOVERY ACTIVE 722 29,211 8 865 290 23,539 4,807 Chadha, 48-year-old Bharat of Khanna Paper Mill, 43-year-old Rekha Kumara of Chehratta area. With the recovery of 290 patients, the recovery count has increased to 23,539. At present, there are 4,807 active Rain pain: Poor arrangements of govt exposed, say farmers Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 23 Heavy rain accompanied by high velocity winds on Thursday night damaged wheat crop in the area. The grains lying in the open at grain markets got drenched due to shortage of gunny bags (bardana) and inappropriate arrangements by the administration. Though the farmers were making efforts for timely harvest of the crop but untimely rain delayed the harvesting in the area. The late sown wheat crop, especially in vegetable growers’ belt, was standing in the fields and suffered major loss. The agricultural experts claimed that the grain may witness luster loss due to rain. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, Block Development Officer, Majitha, said, “The farmers were in hurry to harvest the crop but the rain futile their efforts. Those, who sown the Wheat lies in the open during rain at Bhagtanwala Grain market in Amritsar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR crop after harvesting peas, were yet to harvest the crop”. While contrary to claims of the district administration, the grain markets in the district witnessed poor arrangements to tackle weather conditions. In the absence of gunny bags and tarpaulin sheets to cover the grains, the heaps were lying in open. The water accumulated under grain heaps. Following this, Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira called a meeting of the officials concerned and representatives of the procurement agencies to review the wheat procurement process in the district. Khaira said that as per the instructions of the government, the commission agents have been asked to use BClass bags in the mandis. Instructing the arhtiyas, he said the B-Class bags should be used only after inspection. Addressing the concerns raised by some arhtiyas regarding the payment of bardana, Khaira said the arhtiyas would get bardana as per instructions of the government. The DC directed all SDMs to personally visit the mandis to review the wheat procurement arrangements and expedite the lifting of wheat under their supervision and ensure payment to the farmers within 48 hours. The DC said all procurement inspectors had been instructed not to delay the procurement on the pretext of rain but to immediately procure and lift the wheat lying under the sheds. Amandeep Singh, District Mandi Officer, said if any farmer has any difficulty in selling his crop, he should bring it to the notice of the concerned Market Committee Office or District Mandi Officer. They also flashed District Control Room No. 0172-5101647. SGPC to set up academy to prepare Sikh youth for competitive exams Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 23 The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has announced to set up a preparatory academy for ‘gursikh’ youth who aspire to take the civil services examination or any other competitive exams. This was decided by the SGPC executive body during its meeting chaired by SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur on Thursday. Dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the academy would be named Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Competitive Studies. It would be operated from the premises of the Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra Institute of Advanced Studies in Sikhism, Bahadurgarh, in Patiala. The students would be prepared to take IAS, IPS, NDA and grade-A central or state service examinations. The SGPC president said the students would have to be ‘sabat soorat’ (with unshorn hair and beard). “Only Sikh graduate or postgraduate students who have attained the age of 20 years would be given free of cost coaching at this centre,” she said. She said an inn at Gurdwara Ber Sahib in Sultanpur Lodhi too had been trans- c m y b formed into a hostel to accommodate the girls who were selected in the recently held trials in various disciplines for the sports academy. “The selected girls for the sports academy would be provided good coaching, sports equipment, diet and education, as well,” she said. About another important decision of the SGPC executive, it was decided that free deliveries would be per- formed at Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College and Hospital. “In addition, a shagun of Rs 1,100 would be given on the birth of a girl child,” she said. During the meeting, a condolence resolution was passed, offering condolences on the demise of SGPC members Dalwar Singh Chhiniwal, former member S Kuldeep Singh Dhos and SGPC member Gurpreet Singh Jhabbar’s mother Bibi Jarnail Kaur. Gurinderveer Singh, a student of Khalsa College, Jalandhar, who recently broke national record in athletics, was also honoured by the SGPC president and was givcn a cash award of Rs 2 lakh. Gurinderveer had set a record of 100 meters in 10.5 seconds in U18 and U-20 categories. Bibi Jagir Kaur announced that the expenses for Gurinderveer’s education would also be borne by the SGPC. 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) cases in the border district. In the ongoing vaccination drive, 7,483 people were vaccinated pushing the tally of those vaccinated persons to 2,43,692 (both first and second dose beneficiaries). Youth shot at, two booked Amritsar, April 23 A youth, identified as Navdeep Dimple, a resident of the Power Colony area on Majitha Road, was shot at by two armed persons here late Thursday evening. The victim was rushed to a private hospital where his condition was serious. An old enmity is stated to be the reason behind the incident. The armed accused later went to the residence of Navdeep’s friend but the family did not open the gate after seeing the accused on CCTV cameras installed outside the house. The police reached the spot and started investigations. On the statement of the victim’s family, the police have booked two persons— Sandeep Singh, alias Gattu, and his unknown accomplice— on charges of attempt to murder and under the Arms Act for allegedly attacking and firing. The mother of the victim told that Gattu along with Vaneet, alias Pandit of Jastarwal village, had shot at Navdeep two years ago over an old enmity. In the firing he had narrowly escaped while his friend Honey had sustained injury. She alleged even after elapsing of two years, the police failed to arrest him. Now, he had again shot her son, who is fighting for life in the hospital. Dimple’s brother Arshdeep Singh told the police that he (Dimple) was strolling in the nearby park when the two persons including Gattu came on a bike and started firing. Dimple suffered two bullet injuries in his stomach area and he was rushed to hospital. — TNS
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