26042021-ATR-01.qxd 25-04-2021 23:10 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE NIGHT CURFEW CAN HELP, BUT NORMS NEED TO BE FOLLOWED PAGE 2 The govt must show same passion to win this war against Covid-19 as shown to win the elections, feel residents. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF NATIONAL AWARD FOR MEHTA VILLAGE Amritsar: The Centre presented Deen Dayal Upadhyay Sashaktikaran Award to Mehta gram panchayat for providing quality basic amenities and overall development of the village. It provided solar lights, an efficient drainage, garbage collection and lifting in the village. Kashmir Singh, sarpanch, said the panchayat kept a check on the quality of material being used during the development works. He said there was no factionalism in the village. ADC (D) Ranbir Singh Mudhal said recently a Central team had visited the village to ascertain the quality of work. He said it was a proud moment that working of a border district panchayat was acknowledged at the national level. The PM released a grant of ~10 lakh for the gram panchayat through a virtual session on Saturday. TNS ‘DELAYED’ PAYMENT TO FARMERS Tarn Taran: A delegation of SAD leaders led by the district president Virsa Singh Valtoha presented a memorandum to DC Kulwant Singh in the name of the Punjab Governor regarding the problems being faced by farmers in the grain markets here on Saturday. Former MLA Harmeet Singh Sandhu, Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board former member Iqbal Singh Sandhu, SGPC members were among others who were part of the deputation. The SAD said there was acute shortage of gunny bags (bardana) in mandis which was affecting the procurement process. The deputation demanded a probe in the alleged embezzlement over hurriedly purchased gunny bags of poor quality. OC HIGH MAST LED LIGHTS IN CITY Amritsar: In the wake of the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Teg Bhadhur, the MC has installed high mast LED lights at all intersections and main buildings of the city. The MC spent ~24 lakh on this project. The MC had planned inauguration of the project, but following the rise in Covid-19 cases, the function has been cancelled. The LED lights got functional at Hathi Gate, Lohgarh Chowk, Man Singh Gate, Gurdwara Saheedan and Chatiwind Gate. These 190 watt high mast LED would not be removed even after the celebrations are over. Mayor Karmajit Singh Rintu said: “The lights are a symbol of celebrations and the city is being decked up for the celebration of 400th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Teg Bhadhur. We are making several other arrangements for sanitation and encroachmentfree paths to Gurdwara Guru Ka Mahal.” TNS AKASH SHETTY TO MENTOR SUPER DANCER CONTESTANT India is witnessing tough times due to the second wave of Covid as lockdowns have been announced in many parts. MAX 38°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:07 PM PAGE 4 Akash Shetty from Maharashtra is one of the mentors on the show and will train contestant Aneesh Tattikota. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:49 AM MONDAY | 26 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR 8-yr-old girl among nine succumb to virus Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 25 With nine more deaths, including that of an 8-yearold girl, due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the district toll increased to 885 on Sunday. The district health authorities have also reported 569 new cases with which the total count increased to 30,165. The deceased include Tarlok Singh (60), a resident of Loharaka; Gurmeet Kaur (75) of Bagga village; Krishna Sharma (41) of Khooh Suniaria; Dilraj Kaur (41) of Gate Hakeema; Rajwant Kaur (45) of Bhittaewadh village; Rajan Behal (45) of Jujhar Singh Avenue; Mandal Grover (65) of Jandiala Guru; Satbir Kaur (50) of Mata Ganga Ji Nagar; Veera (8) from Khalchian. The new cases include 426 influenza-like illness cases and 143 contacts of positive patients. The district has also reported recovery of 357 patients with which the recovery count has increased to 24,196. The district at present has a total of 5,084 active cases. The district Health Department reported that 2,994 persons were given injections for Covid-19 on Sunday. Out of continued on page 2 HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, DIST COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 569 30,165 9 885 357 24,196 5,084 COPS ON TOES, VIOLATORS CHALLANED Cops remained on their toes to ensure strict implementation of the lockdown on Sunday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Parminder Singh Bhandal said nakas were set up at major intersections. The police urged residents to wear masks and those found violating the health guidelines were challaned ~1,000. “We urge residents to follow the guidelines for their own safety,” said Bhandal. NO SHORTAGE OF O2 IN TARN TARAN: CIVIL SURGEON The border district is one of the few exceptional districts with no oxygen shortage whatsoever, if the authorities are to be believed. Civil Surgeon Dr Rohit Mehta said though the district was witnessing heavy increase in positive cases daily in the last 15 days, most of the patients were preferring staying in home isolation, which was a great help for district authorities. Dr Mehta revealed that there was no shortage of medical oxygen, too, and the district authorities were taking maximum advantage of the two oxygen concentrators installed at the local isolation ward for Covid-19 patients at the district Civil Hospital. Dr Mehta said 103 Covid-19 positive cases were reported in the district on Saturday, taking the tally of active cases to 957, but even then, the district administration was satisfied about the services being rendered by the district staff. He said the district had sufficient stock of medical oxygen, too, which the officials were using with utmost care. OC Phishing attack: City resident loses ~39K for buying iPhone Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 25 A local resident fell prey to phishing attack after he was duped by swindlers after making a deal on an online market platform. The alleged fraudster posed as an Army man. In his complaint to the police, Dharuvdeep Singh of the Basant Avenue area said he made a deal to buy iPhone 11, which was listed for sale on an online market platform for ~42,500. He said after finally bargaining with the seller, who identified himself as Sanjay Singh, an Army personnel through phone call and social media messages, the deal was finalised for ~39,000. He said he sought documentation regarding his identity and of the mobile phone from him. As he requested some advance payment he transferred an amount of ~5,000 and then ~1,000 in his account. The accused said he was posted in Jalandhar and could not come to Amritsar and would send the mobile through the parcel by the Army courier service, adding that he should pay the remaining amount at that time of delivery of the 0183-2500498, 01832500598, 0183-2500698, 0183-2500798 (Open 24*7) ■ 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) phone. He said later, he got a call from a courier boy who asked him to come at Maqbool road near Rattan Singh Chowk. He said as he went there, he took the parcel checked the phone and other accessories and then transferred the remaining amount through online payment mode. He said as the money was transferred, the courier boy snatched the parcel from him and fled away. He said he informed Sanjay Singh about this who assured to solve the problem within a week or return the money, but he did not. Similarly, another complainant Ramandeep Kaur told the police that she was also cheated by a person who identified himself as an Army man on the pretext of selling his scooter. Police authorities said the investigations in the case was on. On their complaints, the police have booked two Rajasthan residents among three persons under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 66-D of the IT Act in this connection. They were identified as Dev Raj of Alwar (Rajasthan), Intaaz Khan of Bharatpur (Rajasthan) and Aqib Ali of Mevat in Gurgaon. Bank manager sent to jail in fraud case Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 25 The bank manager, Simranjit Singh, who was arrested by the city police in connection with the alleged fraud of Rs 1.5 crore, was sent to judicial custody on Sunday. The police produced the suspect before the duty magistrate seeking the extension of remand by three days. However, after hearing the arguments, the duty magistrate sent him to judicial custody. Assistant Commissioner of Police (financial crimes) Sushil Kumar claimed that Simranjit Singh had confessed the crime during interrogation. He told the police that Gurmit Singh, who was arrested earlier, was the kingpin who used to swindle the banks by taking huge loans on the basis of fake documents. Simranjit Singh was branch manager of Bank of India. His name had figured during the interrogation of Gurmeet Singh and Jagdeep Singh who was a former sarpanch. As per the police officials Simranjit used to pass the loans after taking his commission. The police had registered around four FIRs continued on page 2 1,67 lakh MT wheat procured in dist so far Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 25 Of the total arrival of 1,81,953 metric tonne (MT) of wheat in different grain markets of the district, 1,67,328 MT has been purchased by various government procurement agencies. The district officials said the arrival of wheat produce in grain markets had increased after the recent rains. Deputy Commissioner Gur- PAGE 3 AKSHAY DONATES ~1 CRORE TO GAUTAM GAMBHIR FOUNDATION An amount of ~100 crore disbursed to farmers till date, says DC preet Singh Khaira said the procurement process was going on smoothly and a total of ~100.56 crore has been disbursed to farmers so far in lieu of their crop. The DC said Pungrain was leading in procurement with a purchase of 50,583 MT so far. Other agencies including Markfed had procured 50,299 MT, Punsup 38,253 MT, Punjab Warehouse 16,202 MT, and FCI 11,891 MT. The DC said Pungrain had disbursed ~31.22 crore, Mark- fed ~42.52 crore, Punsup ~15.66 crore, Punjab Warehouse ~10.82 crore, and FCI had disbursed ~34 lakh so far. The district administration has also appealed to farmers to bring fully-ripened crop with moisture content within the permissible limits, so that they do not have to face any problem. Khaira said farmers were being made payments of crop through their bank accounts within the stipulated time. c m y b Sunday lockdown a success in city Markets wore a deserted look as residents followed rules to minimise Covid spread Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 25 Residents fully supported the government’s call for the lockdown on Sunday to curtail the spiralling Covid-19 infections in the wake of the pandemic’s second wave. A majority of the roads and public places wore a deserted look as people avoided moving out of their homes. Similarly, there was minimum attendance at Shahid Madan Lal Dhingra Inter-State Bus Terminal. “There was complete silence on city roads. The day stands apart from daily noisy traffic, rush hours and traffic jams we come across in the city,” observed Anantdeep Singh. He said the lockdown revived the memories of last year’s lockdown, which had upset the economy and rendered many unemployed. At that time, initially there was panic among people, who had strictly complied with the norms such as moving out in case of only essential work and that, too, not without mask and sanitisers. Social distancing was also followed while buying essential commodities or EERIE SILENCE The bus stand lies deserted during the Sunday lockdown imposed by the state government as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19 in Amritsar. VISHAL KUMAR some other unavoidable work. After unlocking the lockdown people largely became complacent and even political activities picked up pace in the state. People freely mingled with one another and people became casual. Consequently, the positive cases are being found in almost all parts of the city, he said. The Police Department had made elaborate bandobast to keep a check on unnecessary movement of people. So, they laid nakas at many places and intersections and questioned the occasional movement of traffic. Already, moves such as curtailing the number of trains, restricting entry of people and ~50 charge of platform ticket per person for gaining access to the station have considerably curtailed the footfall at the Amritsar railway. About 14 pairs of trains are being operated. The passengers alighting from trains and heading towards the railway station to board trains to reach their destinations had to struggle to secure taxis, autos and rickshaws. IDH market, which opens on Sunday and closes on Monday, has already shifted its weekly off. It will remain open on Mondays. Many wholesale markets inside the walled city like Tahli Wala Bazaar and adjoining areas also remained closed. All continued on page 2
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