28042021-ATR-01.qxd 27-04-2021 23:08 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 RESCUING THE LAST QUEEN FROM OBSCURITY: AUTHOR Author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni profiles the lesser-known events from Queen Jinda's life as a royal. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY AYUSHMANN, TAHIRA CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS COVID-19 RELIEF PAGE 3 MAKING A RETURN: WAGLE KI... IS BACK WITH FRESH EPISODES Ayushmann and his wife Tahira Kashyap have come forward to contribute to the Maharashtra CM’s Relief Fund. MAX 40°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 20°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:08 PM PAGE 4 The show will continue to bring the quintessential day-to-day life stories with an essence of nostalgia. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:47 AM WEDNESDAY | 28 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR 17 dead! District’s highest single-day toll so far 431 new cases reported | 237 have succumbed to virus in April till date, maximum in a month since March 2020 Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 27 With 17 deaths, the highest in a single day since the start of the pandemic, the district toll reached 913 on Tuesday. The health authorities have also reported 431 new cases with which the total count increased to 31,011. The new cases include 301 influenza-like illness cases and 130 contacts of positive patients. The health authorities have also reported recovery of 350 persons with which the recovery count increased to 24,946. The district, at present, has a total of 5,152 active cases. The district in the ongoing month has reported a total of 237 deaths till date. It is the highest number of deaths reported by the district in a month since March last year. It was on September 10 last year that the district reported highest deaths (16) in a single day. In the same month, the district reported 203 deaths, the highest in a month till the present count surpassed it. Meanwhile, the district health authorities said a total of 6,899 persons were inoculated on Tuesday. Till date, 23,687 healthcare workers, 31,350 frontline workers and 1,69,254 residents above 45 years have been partially vaccinated, while 12,047 healthcare workers, 11,422 frontline workers and 20,948 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 431 31,011 17 913 350 24,946 5,152 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) MOURNING THOSE WHO DIED FIGHTING VIRUS Those who succumbed to the virus on Tuesday have been identified as Inderjit Singh (65) of Kachhe Pakke village; Ranjna (49) of Ajnala; Rajinder Kumar (69) of Ghannupur Kale; Ajit Singh (74) of Ram Tirath Road; Jaswinder Singh (61) of Dashmesh Nagar; Sagar Yadhav (35) of Guru Bazaar; Inderjit Singh (66) of Indira Colony; Satpal (53) of Mohinderpal Gali; Manmohan Singh (58) of holy city; Kuldeep Singh (32) of Malliaan village; Joginder Singh Chawla (64) of New Amritsar; Harbhajan Kaur (80) of East Mohan Nagar; Poonam (42) of Preet Nagar; Pushpa Rani (72) of Pawan Nagar; Padam Lal (91) of Shiv Nagar Colony (Islamabad); Ramesh Jain (74) of Shiv Nagar Colony (Islamabad) and Avtar Singh (66) of B-block Ranjit Avenue. Residents scared, fretting about ‘complete’ lockdown Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 27 With the government announcing the weekend lockdown, residents are expecting that a complete lockdown would also be imposed soon. This has worried them as to how will they earn their livelihood during the shutdown. A number of major industries and trades, including tourism and hospitality, were yet to recover from the last lockdown and situation is again getting unfavourable for revival. It is also tough for middle class people but more panic is among people from lowincome groups. Small businessmen, road- Over 1,600 vendors earn their livelihood on the roadsides in the city. side vendors and labourers are already facing the brunt due to last year’s lockdown. Most of them were unable to repay loans and money they borrowed from others. The second wave would be more prob- lematic for them as their savings had already exhausted. There are more than 16,000 street vendors in the city, who earn livelihood from roadside. Ninder Masih, a daily wager, said: “The government has announced weekend lockdown and also extended the timing of night curfew. It seems a complete lockdown will be imposed soon. But this time, it will be fatal for the poor. They have spent their savings and there is no hope from government as well.” Narinder Singh, a tailor, said: “We were facing slowdown in business as marriage functions have got limited. But the lockdown will completely ruin us.” Jagjitpal Singh, a bakery owner in Garden Avenue, said: “When people don’t have money for their basic needs, will they pay for dining out? Everything gets crippled with a lockdown and everyone suffers.” “Instead of providing medical facilities, vaccination and strengthening the public health system, the government has only one shield against corona i.e. lockdown. The Covid-19 in 2020 derailed the film and music industry as well. Several projects were already ruined due to the lockdown. The government will again impose it and the industry will not recover for the next two years from this loss,” said Gurshabad, a singer and actor. ESSENTIAL TO REGULATE SALE OF REMDESIVIR: NGO O2 SHORTAGE IN PVT HOSPITALS: IMA GIVES MEMORANDUM TO DC 3 DIE, 3 TEST +VE IN TARN TARAN Amritsar: The Amritsar Vikas Manch (an NGO), has asked the state government to regulate sale and prices of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab injections alleging that these were being black marketed and sold at exorbitant prices. Principal Kulwant Singh Ankhi, patron, Amritsar Vikas Manch, said, “Patients are running from pillar to post to purchase these injections. It is high time that the administration steps in and regulates their sale and purchase.” He said a patient admitted to the Tarn Taran: Three more persons succumbed to the virus in Tarn Taran on Tuesday, taking the toll to 207 in the district. Not only this, three positive cases were also reported in the district. There are 1,037 active cases in the district and most are isolated at their homes. Meanwhile, 913 persons were vaccinated on Tuesday taking the total tally of those vaccinated to 88,484 in the district. OC Government Medical College was waiting for Remdesivir injections for the last three days. “The hospital authorities said they do not have the injection. Four injections are being black marketed for Rs one lakh,” he said. Ankhi demanded that the administration should daily inform masses about availability of beds and stock of essential medicines. He claimed that phone numbers made public by the administration were of not much help and people were feeling helpless. TNS Tarn Taran: A delegation of the local unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) presented a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh against the acute shortage of oxygen being facing by the privately run hospitals in the district. According to one estimate, there were more than 70 such hospitals that require oxygen daily for one or the other purpose including for delivery and paediatric care. Dr Haripal Dhaliwal, district president of the IMA, and Dr Dinesh Gupta, general secretary, said the supply to these hospital was stopped for more than a week. These hospitals /nursing centres need oxygen for non-Covid services such as maternity, paediatric emergencies etc. The owner of the sole supplier Hanspal Oxygens said they had been allotting oxygen through Bhullar Oxygens in Amritsar, who had denied them oxygen for the last one week. The IMA demanded for the early restoration of oxygen to private hospitals of the border district immediately. OC Evening curfew: Chaos witnessed on roads, markets Delhi lockdown weighs heavily on local business Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 27 There was chaos on roads on the first day of the curfew being clamped at 6 pm in the city. The police swooped down at commercial markets to close down establishments, shops, carts and all kinds of activities an hour in advance from the curfew timing. Police personnel were seen moving their sticks and banging these on carts and counters of shops to exert pressure on owners to start closing their operations. This move fueled stress among people, who frantically drove back. This caused traffic blues as snarls were visible on roads and the blaring sound of vehicles created noise. Anil Vinayak, a senior citizen, said: “Any delay in tak- INBRIEF NHM WORKERS PROTEST FOR JOBS Tarn Taran: NHM workers on Tuesday observed strike against their pending demands. Protesters, including medical officers, staff nurses, homoeopathic, ayurveda medical officers and ministerial staff staged a dharna in front of the Civil Surgeon’s office. Sukhbir Kaur, district president of the union, led the protesters, demanding regularisation of services in the department. The strike call was given by the NHM Employees’ Union, Punjab. The Covid-19 services like sampling, testing and vaccination were badly due to the strike. OC Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Heavy traffic witnessed before the night curfew near the railway station in Amritsar; and cops swoop down at commercial markets to close down establishments. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR ing prompt action may invite catastrophic situation vis a vis healthcare facilities such as ventilator, ICU beds etc.” The virus spread is far ahead as compared to the vaccination drive speed. Social distancing is not visible even at bank branches, insurance offices, Suvidha centres while dealing with customers. Another citizen GS Bedi said strict action was unwar- ranted. He said such moves would not control Covid. All shops should be opened from 5 am to 7 pm. But the movement of people or customers should be reduced by implementing odd-even formulas. Eating joints, offices, public transports and other sections should be run at half of their capacities. It would save job losses and allow uninterrupted business, he said. Amritsar, April 27 Lockdown in Delhi and Maharashtra has adversely impacted several local businesses, which are dependent for getting raw materials and selling their finished products there. Akshit Seth, a shawl manufacturer, said the development ruined their trade of unstitched cotton women suits. He said about 500 shuttle-less looms were engaged in manufacturing this garment, which is sold to dealers in Delhi, who further sell these in the rest of the country. He said the surge in positive cases in the second wave of Covid-19 has changed the priority of people, who were more focused in spending on essential commodities and healthcare. Ajay Mehra, a warp-knitting manufacturer, said nearly 90 per cent units engaged in rolling out warp knitting fabric, have temporarily closed their operations in the wake of lockdown in Maharashtra and Delhi, besides, elections in West Bengal. The warp knitting industry of the holy city has nearly ~2,000 crore annual turnover and it receives yarn from Gujarat and Rajasthan and then sell their finished product mainly to West Bengal followed by Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Hyderabad. Restrictions trigger panic, especially among migrants Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 27 Extension of the curfew timings and weekend lockdown in the state has triggered panic among migrants. In a hurry to go back to their native states, migrants were neither getting themselves tested for the Covid-19 nor taking vaccination. As limited trains ply from the Amritsar railway station, a large number of migrants were relying on private buses to reach their destinations. A transporter said migrants heading back to UP and Bihar saved them from financial loss- es. Around a fortnight ago, private transporters pressed into service a couple of buses to earn a living. Now, the number of these buses has crossed 20. Staff of these buses said migrant workers want to return after extension of the weekend lockdown and clamping of curfew by 6 pm. Ram Bhaj, a powerloom worker, said he was getting work for only four days a week, which reduced his income to below Rs 10,000. “I am not being paid a fixed salary and wages are being paid per piece. With shrinking earning, it’s very difficult to feed a five-member family, bear education and medical expenses, besides paying room rent,” he said. Sham (34) a mason, said he was heading back with his family as the contractor under whom he worked told him that the onging work may be stopped. “I do not want to face the kind of problems I had experienced last year,” he said. Traders at wholesale vegetable and fruit market at Vallah said labourers who used to sell fresh produce on carts in the city have left for their native places. As per the Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Parishad (UPKP), around 70,000 migrants did not return after restrictions were c m y b eased last year. Its functionaries said around 2.5 lakh migrant workers were engaged in various professions in the city. Ram Bhawan Goswami, general secretary, Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Parishad, said, “Around 70 per cent migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar live here in rented accommodations. All of them were eager to return as they fear that intensification of the lockdown may render them unemployed.” Piara Lal Seth, chief, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM), said there was no shortage of labour as the production has already declined. THE FEAR RETURNS Migrants seen heading back to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in hordes fearing complete lockdown, like the one witnessed last year, in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR
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