01052021-ATR-01.qxd 4/30/2021 11:07 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 SIKH ACTIVISTS BURN COPIES OF HIGH COURT VERDICT The call to burn the copies of Kotkapura judgment was given by panthic groups led by the former Akal Takht jathedar. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF ONE BOOKED FOR RAPING WOMAN Amritsar: The police have booked Jaswant Singh of Talwanid Bhagat village in Batala for allegedly raping a married woman. The accused was residing at LIG flats in the Housing Board Colony in Ranjit Avenue. The victim who also lived in the same locality alleged that the accused raped and clicked her pictures. She said the accused also uploaded her pictures on social media. The vicitm alleged that the accused blackmailed her and demanded money. The police have arrested a case under Section of 376 the Indian Penal Code against Jaswant while further investigation was under progress. The police said the accused was on run and would be nabbed soon. TNS PATWARIS GIVE MEMO TO MLA Tarn Taran: A delegation of the district unit of the Revenue Patwar Union, Punjab, on Friday presented a memorandum to local MLA Dr Dharambeer Agnihotri of their demands addressed to the state government. Sarabjit Singh Sandhu, district president, and Ramandeep Singh Pannu, tehsil president of the union, led the delegation. The leaders demanded implementation of the already accepted demands, besides removal of pay anomalies, lowering of the probation period from three to two years for the newlyappointed patwaris. The union demanded that the post of patwari should be included in the technical category. OC 3 SCIENCE CLUBS MAKE IT TO VIPNET Amritsar: Three science clubs run by government teachers have made it to the the Vigyan Prasar Network of Science Clubs (VIPNET) under the Ministry of Science and Technology. The VIPNET selected 305 science clubs at community-level from throughout the country. The three science clubs are being run at Bhoewali village in Amritsar by Pankaj Sharma, Exponents Club by Ritika at Sri Guru Ramdas Public High School and Infinity Club run by Sanjeev Kumar at Government Senior Secondary School, Jabbowal. Overall, 18 science clubs from Punjab have made it to the national list this time. The VIPNET programme supports these science clubs in encouraging students and local community to build and promote a scientific temperament. TNS 6,000 MASKS DISTRIBUTED Tarn Taran: A businessman family belonging to the area running Crystal Textile United Kingdom in UK had been distributing masks to people through Kar Sewa sect Khadoor Sahib. The sect had distributed more than 6,000 masks to residents since April 25. The students of Nishan-ESikhi Institute(religious studies), Khadoor Sahib, are distributing the masks to people. Prof Parminder Singh of the institute said that the NRI family had initiated the step through Jagdev Singh Rai of the area. OC HUMA SHARES FIRST LOOK OF HER HOLLYWOOD PROJECT PAGE 3 TUJHSE HAI RAABTA’S SEHBAN AZIM TALKS ABOUT THE SHOW Huma Qureshi took to her social media and unveiled her character poster from Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead. MAX 42°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:10 PM Sehban Azim says it has been a wonderful journey and cakewalk is the term that's actually appropriate. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:44 AM SATURDAY | 1 MAY 2021 | AMRITSAR No respite: 17 succumb, 518 test +ve in dist Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 30 The district recorded 17 more deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 962. The health authorities reported 518 new cases, pushing the tally to 32,508. The new cases include 387 influenza-like illness cases and 131 contacts of positive patients. ADC Dr Himanshu Aggarwal, District Nodal Officer for Covid-19, said: “The death rate certainly increased today. But we are monitoring each fatality and most of these occurred due to late reporting. We are putting in more efforts in five containment zones and 28 microcontainment zones to check the spread of the virus.” The deceased have been identified as Rajbir (63) of Majitha; Mohinder Kaur (65) of Raniya village in Ajnala sub-division; Rajinder Kumar (64) of Hindustani Basti area; Usha (62) of Fateh Singh Nagar; Kailash Kumar (65) of Chowk Baba Sahib; Bakhshish Singh (68) of Chheharta; Sheela Rani (81) of Islamabad; Ram Prasad (60) of Abadi Sundar Nagar; Kanta Devi (69) of Lahori Gate; Vishvanaath Sharma (67) of Chheharta area; Dyal Singh (55) of Lopoke area; Guljar Singh (50); Vipan Khanna (74) of Varindavan garden; Narinder Singh (37) of Majitha area; Jagmohan (72) of Sultanwind Road; Sanjogita Sharma (58) of Goyal Nagar; and Bimla (55) of Krishna Nagar. With the recovery of 345 patients, the recovery tally reached 26,356. There were 5,190 active cases in the border district. Meanwhile, during the ongoing vaccination drive, 3,727 people were vaccinated on Friday, taking the tally of those vaccinated to 2,80,201 (both first and second doses). The vaccination drive is being carried out from 356 health installations — 235 government, 76 private and 45 empanelled. Those who were given both the jabs included 12,674 healthcare workers (HCWs) who form 34.58 per cent; 12,025 frontline workers (FLWs) who form 29.25 per cent; and 23,892 people above 45 years of age, who form 12.94 per cent. 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 518 32,508 17 962 345 26,356 5,190 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) SMO held taking bribe from doctor Was caught red-handed while accepting ~4K from a fellow doc PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 30 The Vigilance Bureau on Friday caught Dr Raju Chohan, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Primary Health Centre, Thariyewal village here, redhanded while accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from a fellow doctor. The Vigilance Bureau alleged that the accused had demanded a monthly bribe of Rs 4,000 from community health officers working in Primary Health Centres threatening that he would make their adverse report which could lead to the termination of their services. He was booked following a complaint by Dr Gurbakshish Singh, Community Health Officer at Health and Wellness Centre in Abdal village. He was working there under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Considered close to a local MLA and senior Congress leader, Chohan earlier remained posted as health officer in the Municipal Corporation Amritsar and as district epidemiologist at the Civil Surgeon’s office here. He was recently promoted to the rank of SMO and this was his first posting. In his complaint, Dr Gurbakshish Singh said Dr Chohan had convened a meeting on April wherein he had threatened all CHOs working under him that their PAGE 4 The accused SMO being escorted by the police personnel in Amritsar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ❝ Dr Raju Chohan was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of ~4,000 from the complainant by the Investigating Officer in the presence of official independent witnesses on Friday. Subsequently, a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act is registered against him. ❞ Parampal Singh, SSP, VIGILANCE annual audit was forthcoming and it was in his hands to terminate or save their jobs and whether to pay them an incentive of Rs 15,000 or not. He said Dr Raju threatened them that if they wanted to continue with their jobs and get Rs 15,000 per month, they would have to pay him a monthly bribe of Rs 4,000 otherwise he would make their lives hell. If anyone dared open his mouth, he would be terminated. Thereafter Dr Raju Chohan stopped the incentive of Rs 15,000 for the month of March of all CHOs working under him, which has not been released till date. He said many of them paid Rs 2,000 as monthly bribe to the SMO while a doctor paid a bribe of Rs 4,000 to Dr Chohan. He said when the accused demanded Rs 4,000 from him, he lodged a complaint with the Vigilance Bureau. Parampal Singh, SSP Vigi, lance, said Dr Chohan was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from the complainant by the investigating officer in the presence of the official independent witnesses on Friday. Subsequently, a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against him. Rural police offer free 24X7 cab service to vax centres Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 30 The Amritsar rural police have launched a free cab service to Covid vaccination centres and RT-PCR testing. Police authorities in a statement issued here on Friday stated that those who could not go own their own for the testing or vaccination they can contact at control room number 9780003387 or 8054104837. They said the cab would be available 24X7 in a week. The police officials urged the people to get them vaccinated and also tested whenever they found the symptoms in their body. SSP Dhruv Dahiya today flagged off the service from his office. Meanwhile, Rural police have registered 32 FIRs and booked 35 persons here today regarding violation of Covid appropriate behaviour and guidelines issued by the government. Among those booked including dhaba owner and a liquor vend owner. SSP distributes masks in Tarn Taran SSP Dhruman H Nimbale after finishing his office work kept masks in his official vehicle and left for distribution to the needy. In the evening he saw a man standing near a chemist shop and gave him 10 masks. He then moved to a local park where he gave masks to children and appealed them to wear masks as it was the only way to tackle the pandemic. Who cares about weekend lockdown norms? Prices of oxygen Though imposed at 5 pm, residents and vendors were seen flouting guidelines Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 30 The weekend lockdown, announced by the state government, was imposed in the district from 5 pm on Friday and it would remain in force till 5 am on Monday. Even as there was scorching heat outside, residents were seen purchasing goods at the marketplaces in the afternoon. There was a huge rush outside grocery shops, medical stores and flour mills. The wholesale markets of pulses and daily needs, such as Rambagh and Dhab Khatikan, witnessed traffic jams. Besides city residents, people from periphery towns and villages were seen buying items in the city. Though the police announced the closing of shops at 5 pm in all major Street vendors were found selling vegetables till 7 pm in Amritsar on Friday. markets, shops in inner streets and outer areas were seen open after 5 pm. There were crowds of people on roads till 7 pm. Every person on the street was in hurry to TRIBUNE PHOTO collect items of daily use. The government has allowed some essential serv- ices during the lockdown, including chemist shops and sale of other essential items such as milk and vegetables. Farmers involved in wheat procurement and animal husbandry are also exempt. The police only seemed vigilant to enforce the weekend lockdown orders, but did not take any strict action against violators. Vendors selling perishable commodities were present on streets till 7 pm as they would return to marketplaces on Monday. As the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and other religious organisations are celebrating the 400th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Tegh Bahadur at Guru Ka Mehal in the walled city area, a large number of residents were seen attending the function. cylinders escalate Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 30 After demand of oxygen shot up in healthcare sector due to the surge in the Covid-19 cases in the district, its prices have also increased manifold in the district. A cylinder containing seven cubic meter of oxygen, which used to cost around Rs 150 a month ago, now costs between Rs 400 and Rs 500. There are five units producing oxygen in the city. Proprietor of one of these establishments, Pankaj Kohli, said, “Supply of oxygen to industrial units has been stopped. So, factory output in steel and iron industry is badly hit.” He said price of a cylinder was hovering around Rs 400 after touching Rs 600. He elaborated that oxygen was required at every step of manufacturing and maintainance of machines. Besides goldsmiths also require oxygen. Ajit Singh Bhullar, who supplies oxygen to industry and healthcare sector, said between 2,000 and 2,500 cylinders were being produced before the second wave hit. “The demand from healthcare sector used to stay between 1,100 and 1,700 cylinders daily and the rest were for industrial purpose. Now, all these cylinders have been diverted to hospitals. Besides 200 to 300 cylinders are daily arriving from outside, yet the demand is not being fully met,” said Bhullar. He said scarcity of liquid oxygen needed to be addressed at the earliest. Rumours trigger panic buying of essential items in city Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 30 Fearing imposition of the lockdown following continuous surge in the Covid-19 cases, residents have resorted to panic buying of essentials, including grocery and medicines. Confirming the trend, Kuldeep Rai Gupta, former chief of the Amritsar Retail Karyana Association, said, “Sale of cereals, pulses, spices, edible oils and other grocery items more than dou- bled from normal days today.” He said rumours related to extension of the weekend lockdown were such that locals bought in huge quantity of essentials. People rushed to grocery stores and grain market to hoard food items and other daily-used material. Sabzi mandi also witnessed increased turnout of people who were seen buying vegetables in bulk. Serpentine queues of people outside consumer stores, ❝ The administration appeals to the public not to panic as essential services, including chemists, grocery and vegetable shops, LPG and petrol pumps will continue to work as usual. Rumour-mongers will be dealt with sternly. ❞ Himanshu Aggarwal, ADC including DMart, Metro, Best Price and Big Bazaar amog c m y b others were visible. In the walled city, people were flock- ing grocery stores. Dimple, who is a teacher and a mother of two kids, said “People are expecting the lockdown since positive cases are daily hovering around 500 and death toll is also high in the district.” Bikram Singh, a chemist, said there was a spurt in sale of medicines as people already on medication preferred to stock medicines for a month, expecting imposition of the lockdown. Additional Deputy Commissioner Himanshu Aggarwal said, “The district administra- tion appeals to the public not to panic as essential services, including chemist, grocery and vegetable shops, LPG and petrol pumps will continue to work as usual. In any case, their functioning will not be affected.” He said each citizen should practise social distancing at public places and markets. “The administration has warned rumour-mongers not to spread disinformation on social media. Cases will be registered against such persons,” he said.
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