27042021-ATR-01.qxd 4/26/2021 11:13 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE SUVIDHA CENTRE ISSUES EXPIRY DATE LICENCE THEN SEEKS FINE Suvidha Centre issued an expiry date licence to resident and suggested him to pay a fine for correction. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF SOCIAL WORKER PASSES AWAY Tarn Taran: Mohinder Singh Prince (75) (in pic), a well-known social worker, who was sick for the last more than two months, died here on Monday. Prince was the patron of local citizen council and associated with other educational, religious and commercial organisations. He was also the members of one of the bench formed to hear cases taken up in the Lok Adalat held under the National Legal Services Authority. Local MLA Dr Dharambeer Agnihotri, former SAD MLA Harmeet Singh Sandhu were among others who offered condolences to the bereaved family. OC MAN SHOT DEAD AT NONE VILLAGE Tarn Taran: Two motorcycleborne men killed a person in None village on late Sunday night. The deceased has been identified as Surjit Singh (28), who was a worker at a nearby brick-kiln. Tarsem Singh, father of the deceased, in his statement to the local Sadar police said Surjit Singh was talking to his neighbour Ranjit Singh, when two armed men appeared at the spot. The man riding pillion fired at Surjit Singh leaving him seriously injured. Surjit was admitted to the district Civil Hospital, where doctors declared him dead. SHO Sadar police station said a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of th Arms Act was registered by the police. He said the police were examining the CCTV footage from cameras installed nearby to trace the accused. OC LABOURER TRIES TO END LIFE, BOOKED Amritsar: Sukhdev Singh of Jagdev Khurd village in Ajnala, who works as a labourer, tried to commit suicide at the District Food and Civil Supply office near Valmiki chowk two days ago. The police have booked him for trying to attempt suicide. When the staff saw him, they stopped him and he later fled away from the spot. Rishi Raj Mehra, controller, District Food and Civil Supply, filed a complaint with the police in this connection. Mehra said he had come to office on Sunday and saw Sukhdev, who tried to commit suicide. TNS PAGE 2 After wrapping the shooting for Dasvi in Agra, she has found time to be at home in Chandigarh to be with family. MAX 38°C | MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 17°C Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 26 As black marketing of essential medicines, especially Remdesivir, an anti-viral injection, goes on unabated, employees association of the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs Civil Hopsital has asked Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to act sternly against suppliers. Rakesh Sharma, chairman, Employees Welfare Association Civil Hospital, said, “One Remdesivir injection is being sold for Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. In order to save their loved ones, people are going to any extent to purchase this injection.” SUNSET TUESDAY 7:07 PM CHOUDHARY PLANS TO OPEN HOSPITALS IN PATNA, LUCKNOW PAGE 4 Actor Gurmeet Choudhary is doing everything possible to help everyone struggling to find beds in hospitals. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:48 AM TUESDAY | 27 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR Dist reports 11 more casualties, 415 new cases Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 26 With 11 deaths reported in the last 24-hours, the toll in the district increased to 896 on Monday. The Health Department has also reported 415 fresh Covid-19 cases, with which the total count of infections has increased to 30,580. The deceased have been identified as Surinder Singh (78), a resident of Dasonda Singh Road (Lawrence Road); Mandeep Kaur (32) of Ajnala; Rawan Kumar (60) of Moti Mahal; Acchari Devi (80) of Kot Khalsa; Balwinder Kaur (49) of Awan village (Ramdas); Amrit Kaur (62) of Shareefpura; Harsurinder Singh (72) of Pawan Nagar; Indermohan Kapoor (71) of Anand avenue; Indu (31) of Ram Bagh; Daya Dass (71) of Gilwali Gate and Jagir Kaur (65) of Putlighar area. The new cases include 288 influenza-like illness cases and 127 contacts of positive patients. Meanwhile, with the recovery of 400 patients, the recovery count has improved to 24,596. The district, at present, has a total of 5,088 active cases. Meanwhile, 6,801 persons received the Covid-19 vaccine, of which 2,451 received the second dose. The health authorities said 23,604 healthcare workers, 30,866 frontline workers and 1,65,303 residents above 45 years have been partially vaccinated so far, while 11,768 healthcare workers, 10970 frontline workers and 19,298 residents above 45 years have been completely vaccinated. 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 415 30,580 11 896 400 24,596 5,088 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) 2 SUCCUMB TO VIRUS, 252 TEST POSITIVE IN TARN TARAN DIST The DC and other officers inspect oxygen vents and Covid wing to check situation due to shortage of oxygen in Amritsar on Monday. Amritsar: Lok Sabha member from Amritsar Gurjeet Singh Aujla has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding to set up an oxygen corridor with Pakistan in view of the offer from neighboring country to provide relief to help the fight against the deadly second wave of Covid19. Aujla reasoned that the nearest oxygen plant of Panipat was 350 km away from the holy city, which was reeling under shortage of oxygen supply. He wrote that the distance from Lahore was just 50 km and oxygen from Pakistan could easily reach Amritsar and nearby districts. Aujla said the daily requirement of oxygen for Amritsar district was around 30 tonnes, whereas the total quota allocated for Punjab was far less and the supply erratic. Aujla said the offer for help from Pakistan and Edhi Foundation should be welcomed with open arms. In the letter, Aujla writes: “Sir, I am aware of the political and Amritsar, April 26 A young entrepreneur Sirjan Singh (27), dealing in the manufacturing of small weighing scales and weighbridges, a kind of scales used for weighing trucks, says he is using this crucial phase for the consolidation and expansion of his business. He has been successfully utilising the spare time due to Covidinduced restrictions to revamp his business. His father Harwinder Singh had established the unit here in 1992. To come in direct and instant contact with customers, he just launched a mobile app where customers can register their complaints and track them as well, besides posting any inquiry. He was instrumental in recently setting-up offices in Goa and Raipur in Chhattis- Tribune News Service About 50,000 uniforms are sold annually in Amritsar. SUNIL KUMAR Sharma said the government should monitor sale and usage of such essential medicines as fresh cases were on the rise and people were ready to pay any price to secure live saving drugs. “The injection as well as oxygen should be supplied free of cost to poor people at hospitals,” he said and added that the injection, which costs around Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,500 was being sold at exorbitant price. Sher Singh, a transporter from Delhi, who tested posi- tive during his visit to the city, said, “The first private hospital where I was admitted, asked my family to procure six injections. The market cost at that time (a fortnight ago) was Rs 7,000 per injection. Later, I was shifted to another hospital where I got cured in five days without being administered the injection.” An official of the Health Department said, “The state government has directed the district administrations to constitute committees to monitor sale and usage of the injection.” He said no sale or purchase can be done without an approval of the committee at district-level. majority of the school bus owners tried to sell their buses. Those who had taken loan to ply buses are desperate to sell these. He said their earnings had frozen but expenses on maintaining the buses kept increasing. An auto-driver Rajesh Kumar said after unlock, continued on page 1 am ❝Sir, Iand aware of the political diplomatic state of affairs, but during such pandemics and calamities, all nations must join hands and share resources to defeat this common enemy. Transportation of oxygen from Pakistan by rail road will ease the pressure on the existing stock of oxygen in the country. ❞ Lok Sabha member Gurjeet Singh Aujla’s letter to PM Deals in manufacturing of weighing scales, Sirjan uses spare time in expanding his firm Neeraj Bagga One injection being sold for ~15,000 to ~20,000 Tarn Taran: Six persons have been arrested from different places by the police for violating curfew norms, on Sunday. Those arrested have been identified as a resident from Bihar, who was nabbed by the BSF near the fencing installed on the Indo–Pak border. The accused, who was identified as Sanjeev Kumar, has been handed over to the Khalra police. The other five were the shopkeepers who had opened their establishments during the lockdown. The police said the accused were Kuldeep Singh of Jauhal Dhai Wala, Onkar Singh of Algon Kothi, Sukhpal Singh of Marimegha and Raj Kumar and Palwinder Singh, both from Pakhopur. The accused have been booked under Sections 188 and 269 of the IPC and Section 51-C of the Disaster Management Act-2005. OC Pandemic no deterrent for him Neeraj Bagga about 50,000 uniforms were sold annually in the district. The drivers of autos and buses, who used to earn a living by ferrying school children, are also a dejected lot. Baljit Singh, who owns a few units of school buses, said most of the drivers and workers went in search for jobs in other sectors. He said a 6 ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING LOCKDOWN NORMS diplomatic state of affairs, but during such pandemics and calamities, all nations must join hands and share resources to defeat this common enemy.” He said transport of oxygen from Pakistan by rail road will ease the pressure on the existing stock of oxygen in the country. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira conducted a surprise check of oxygen storage and distribution system and Covid control room. The DC also visited the premises of oxygen supply firm at New Amritsar to take stock of the situation. Khaira said the availability of oxygen at present was barely enough for the present needs at the hospitals. He said the non-availability of liquid oxygen from outside the state has caused the shortage. “We are also taking stock of the preparations, which are being made for the treatment of patients in case the caseload increases at GMC,” he said. TNS Drivers of autos, school vans also rue loss of livelihood Amritsar, April 26 There has been no end in sight to the misery of traders dealing in uniforms, stationery and other school items as they continue to suffer losses successively. As the current academic year is the second time in row when the schools have not opened owing to the surge in the positive cases due to the Covid19, they rue loss of livelihood amid current times. Unconfirmed reports said annual private school education business records hundreds of crores. Over 1,000 skilled artisans such as tailors, cutting masters, Kaj masters and others were rendered jobless. Ravinder Singh, proprietor of a leading uniform shop, situated inside the Hall gate, said, Tarn Taran: The district is witnessing a steep surge in Covid-19 positive cases as 252 persons tested positive and two persons succumbed to the virus on Monday. The number of active cases had reached 1,170, which was never seen in the last one year. Of these, 555 patients have been isolated in their respective homes. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said 87,571 persons have been give the jabs against Covid-19 so far. The DC has appealed to all residents to follow Covid-19 precautions to check the spread of the virus. OC Modi, Aujla suggests setting up oxygen corridor with Pak ...writes to PMfor helpsays we should welcome offer with open arms Uniform, stationery sellers out of biz as schools remain shut Desperate to save loved ones, people buying Remdesivir at excessive price Manmeet Gill PAGE 3 ACTRESS YAMI GAUTAM REACHES CHANDIGARH TO BE WITH FAMILY Tribune News Service BEATING COVID BLUES ■ His father Harwinder Singh had established the unit here in 1992 ■ To come in direct and instant contact with customers, he launched a mobile app, where customers can register their complaints and track these as well, besides posting any enquiry ■ He was instrumental in recently settingup offices in Goa and Raipur in Chhattisgarh ■ The unit has an in-house research and development set-up where expert team works six days a week and improves products, says entrepreneur Sirjan Singh garh. The unit has an inhouse research and development set-up where the expert team is working six days a week and improving the products, he remarked. Sounding hopeful, he stated that “No one has expected a second wave. We are hopeful that all above 18 years of age will be vaccinated. And then, we will overcome Covid-19. We are hopeful that the pandemic will be over and the business will resume as it used to be.” Weighing scales are the backbone of all industries as they are used in mining, agriculture, agri-products, rice industries, manufacturing logistics and others. They are selling these to pan India and also exporting to African countries such as Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda and others. Talking about the present state of affairs of the industry, he said: the second wave is more contagious and a halt has been experienced in ongoing projects. Orders are being delayed, service engineers are facing problems in travelling due to the pandemic. After severe slump in the trade following the introduction of the Covid-19 in March, the markets had opened up in November. However, the business again nosedived after intensification of the Covid-19 wave. Export orders have dried up as there is a slump in African countries also due to Covid19 and they were not freely placing orders. In addition, there is no direct flight to Africa owing to the second wave. In this scenario, we cannot send the installation team along with the material. Eating joints face brunt of second wave Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 26 As Covid-19 cases surge and the administration moves ahead with the curfew and weekend lockdown, staff and owners of eating joints stare at a bleak future. The authorities barred eating joints from dine-in services and allowed only home delivery or take away. Unlike the rest of the country, the holy city is known for its decadesold culture of eating out. Parminder Singh, a restaurant owner, said, “Losses are piling up and the second wave has dashed all our hopes.” “Undeniably, our investment has increased. Leaving aside cooks, our staff sits c m y b Unlike the rest of the country, Amritsar is known for its decades-old culture of eating out. SUNIL KUMAR idle and premises remain vacant while expenses keep on adding up.” According to him, volume of business has shrunk to a quarter of what used to be a month ago. Navdeep Singh Grover, pro- prietor of another restaurant, said, “Orders for curtailment of business came at a time when investment costs have shot up due to increase in prices of edible oils, spices, poultry and other products. Due to abnormal circumstances, we are unable to pass on the hike to customers.” He said their costs increased manifold as they were following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set up by the governments. He said, “We were using infrared thermometer to screen customers, provide sanitisers at all tables, masks and gloves to staff. All these measures, hiked our operational costs. However, such steps were not being taken by those selling cooked food on carts.” Varun, a cook, hailing from Hamirpur, said he fears reimposition of the lockdown and can lose his job.
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