02052021-ATR-01.qxd 5/1/2021 11:04 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE IN PICTURES: RESTORING THE PAST GLORY OF THE HOLY CITY PAGE 2 Tribune takes you down memory lane and steps taken to infuse fresh lease of life into glorious structures in city. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF MAN SUCCUMBS TO ACCIDENT INJURIES Tarn Taran: Mangat Singh (43), of Kahlwan village, succumbed to injuries that he suffered in an accident that took place on Goindwal Sahib bypass on Thursday. The victim was coming to the local vegetable market in a tractortrailer when a truck hit it. He received head injuries and was admitted to a private hospital in Amritsar, where he died on Friday. The truck driver was booked. OC TEXTILE MATERIAL DESTROYED IN FIRE Amritsar: Textile material worth lakhs was gutted in the fire that broke out at Shanker Printing Mills in Pandori Waraich village here on Friday. It took several hours for the firefighters to douse the fire. Short-circuit is said to be the reason behind the incident. The fire first broke out at the finished goods godown where goods was kept after processing. TNS BODY FOUND ON RAILWAY TRACK Tarn Taran: A team of the Government Railway Police (GRP) found a body from the Tarn Taran-Goindwal Sahib railway track here on Saturday. ASI Pal Kumar, incharge of the police post, said the victim was clean-shaven and in his late 20s. He said the body was found from the outskirts of the town near Green Fields Public School. It has been kept in the mortuary of the Civil Hospital. OC TIMINGS OF SEWA KENDRAS CHANGED Amritsar: DC Gurpreet Singh Khaira said the timing of sewa kendras have been rescheduled from 9 am to 4 pm. He said this was done keeping in view the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the district. He said no service would be provided to applicants at these centres without securing appointment. He said all kinds of fee would now be digitally paid. “No staff member can join without vaccination certificate.” TNS PHOTOGRAPHER IN CANADIAN BOOK Amritsar: City-based photographer Raminder Pal Singh has featured in a book ‘Ramgarhia Virasat’ by IndoCanadian writer and scholar Jaiteg Singh. The book is a coffee-table documentation on the legacy of prominent personalities from the Ramgarhia Sikh community, who have contributed immensely to society. From the historical legendary warriors to the great artists and to the famous sports personalities, the author has extensively compiled data and presented it in the form of this coffee-table book. Raminder Pal Singh has a career spanning over 18 years as a photographer. TNS MISSING SAROOPS: PETITION FILED Amritsar: Seven leaders of the SAD (Amritsar) filed a petition in the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission here on Saturday, seeking intervention in disappearance of 328 ‘saroops’ of Guru Granth Sahib from the SGPC. The petition has been filed against 17 persons seeking action against former SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal, former Chief Secretary Dr Roop Singh. TNS ANIRUDDH IN ICU, INFECTION MORE THAN NORMAL PAGE 3 Aniruddh Dave, known for his role in Patiala Babes, had tested positive for Coronavirus a few days back. MAX 38°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:11 PM SID HITS A SIX! SET TO FEATURE IN NEW THRILLER WEB SERIES PAGE 4 Disney+ Hotstar has roped in Sid Makkar for an upcoming thriller titled Six, where he’ll play a wealthy bizman. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:43 AM SUNDAY | 2 MAY 2021 | AMRITSAR Of total, 30 pc deaths seen in April alone District witnessed 35% of the total cases — biggest-ever spike in a month since the outbreak so far Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 1 The district witnessed 35 per cent of the total cases — the biggest-ever spike in a month since the outbreak of the pandemic — reported so far in the month of April. Of the 32,508 cases reported till Friday (the first case was recorded on March 22 last year), a whopping 11,498 cases were reported in April alone this year. The number of cases, reported till the peak of the first wave in September last year, has almost doubled in this month. In September last year, the district had reported 5,939 positive cases and 203 deaths. In April, there was an alarm- ing rise in the number of casualties which account for nearly 30 per cent of the total deaths. Of the 962 deaths reported till April 30 in the district, 286 alone were recorded in the month of April. The district saw the spurt in positive cases during the second wave which was first noticed in the month of March this year. With 383 cases and 9.5 deaths recorded on a daily basis in April, things seem difficult for health staff to handle as the number of active cases has crossed the 5000 mark. “The number of daily cases is still growing. For the last few days, more than 500 positive cases are reported daily. The situation is worsening with each Eight deaths, 229 new cases surface in district passing day and it is time for those who are not taking the disease seriously to introspect,” said a health official, adding that people should follow the Covid protocols religiously. A market wears a deserted look during the weekend lockdown in Amritsar on Saturday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR ...yet distancing a distant thought Admn constitutes panel to check hoarding, black marketing of essentials Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 1 With eight more deaths due to Covid-19 reported on Saturday, the death toll increased to 970. The district health authorities reported 229 fresh cases in the last 24 hours with which the total count reached 32,737. The deceased have been identified as Parminder Singh (64) of Islamabad, Malkit Singh (87) of White Avenue, Manjit Kaur (62) of Aanngarh, Manjit Kaur (65) of Rajataal village, Pooja (54) of Katra Ahluwalia, Raj Kumar (55) of Gheo Mandi, Ashwani (60) of Shri Guru Ramdas Avenu and Manju Sharma HELPLINE FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, 0183- COVID UPDATE NEW CASES 229 TOTAL CASES 32,737 NEW DEATHS 8 TOTAL DEATHS 970 NEW RECOVERY 270 TOTAL RECOVERY 26,626 ACTIVE 4,041 2500498, 0183-2500598, 01832500698, 0183-2500798 (Open 24*7) ■ Health Dept helpline: 0183-2535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) (45) of Moole Chak village. The new cases include 155 influenza like illness cases and 74 contacts of positive patients. The district has also reported recovery of 270 patients, with which the total count increased to 26,626. At present, the district has 5,041 active cases. The district administration has constituted a committee to check hoarding and black marketing of essential items, including medicines and food. The committee includes representatives of the Commissionerate of Police, Civil Surgeon, Legal Meteorology and Department of Food and Civil Supplies. The health authorities said a total of 9,391 residents were inoculated on Saturday. Out of them, 5,904 received their first dose and 3,487 were administered the second shot. The first dose receivers included 131 healthcare workers, 1,072 frontline workers and 4,701 beneficiaries above 45 years. A total of 484 healthcare workers, 464 frontline workers and 2,534 residents above 45 years were jabbed for the second time. Devotees partake of langar at Gurdwara Guru Ka Mahal on the occasion of the 400th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Tegh Bahadur in Amritsar on Saturday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Property dispute claims ASI nabbed for taking ~10K bribe 30-yr-old’s life,10 booked 3 women accomplices of the accused on the run Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 1 Hardeep Singh (30) of Chhiddan village was shot dead by armed persons here on Saturday. A dispute over property is stated to be the reason. Karam Singh, his father, said accused Nirvail Singh used to forcibly pass through their land. He said this had led to a quarrel a few days ago. He said on Saturday the accused and several armed persons barged into his house and started quarrelling while abusing them. He said hearing the noise, his son Hardeep came out. On seeing him, they shot at him leaving him critically injured. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors declared him dead. Gurpartap Singh Sahota, DSP Attari, said Nirvail shot at his son with his 12 bore double barrel gun. Manjit Singh, brother of the deceased, also fired gun shots. He told the police that he fired shot in self-defence after the armed assailants led by Nirvail attacked them. Besides Nirvail, the police have booked Paramjit Singh, Parvej Singh, Robinpreet Singh, Jobanpreet Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Sarabjit Singh, Sajjan Singh and two unknown persons. They were booked for murder and under the Arms Act. Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 1 The Vigilance Bureau (VB) on Friday arrested an Assistant Sub-Inspector while taking a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Mangal Singh, a social worker, in Bhikhiwind. The accused has been identified as Lakhwinder Singh, who was deputed as a driver at the CIA Staff. Three women associates of the accused were on the run. The VB officials said the complainant, Mangal Singh, had approached Raj Kaur Prabh and sought her support to resolve property dispute with his neighbour. After receiving repeated WHAT HAPPENED Complainant Mangal Singh approached Raj Kaur Prabh and sought her support to resolve a property dispute with his neighbour. After receiving repeated calls from Raj, Mangal went to her residence and the former forced him to hug her. The incident was recorded in a camera. Later, she threatened to book him under rape charges. calls from Raj, Mangal went to her residence on Thursday and the former forced him to hug her. The incident was recorded in a camera. Later, Raj called Lakhwinder on the spot who threatened to book Mangal under rape charges. The ASI who was accompanied with another woman demanded Rs 1 lakh to settle the issue. The ASI snatched his purse, which contained more than Rs 8,000 and also took his Aadhaar Card, registration card of his motorcycle and other documents. The ASI asked Mangal to pay remaining amount on Friday at the residence of Raj. Mangal approached the VB that laid a trap and nabbed the ASI red-handed while taking ~10,000 as bribe from the complainant. A case under Section 7 of the PCA 1988 and Sections 389 and 120-B of the IPC was registered. The ASI was produced before the court today, which sent him to three-day police remand. 4.38 lakh MT wheat purchased in district Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 1 With the arrival of 4.63 lakh metric tonne of wheat crop in the grain markets, nearly 80 per cent of harvesting is complete. The district administration officials said the remaining produce would arrive in the markets within a week. The mandi board officials said 4,38,864 MT of the crop has been purchased by the government agencies, while merely 442 MT has been purchased by private players. Of the government agencies, Pungrain has procured a maximum of 1,20,807 MT, Punsup 1,08,301 MT, Markfed 1,00,849 MT, Punjab warehouse 54,484 MT and FCI has purchased 54,423 MT. The mandi board officials said in Tarn Taran district, a total of 5,78,845 MT crop has arrived in the market of which 5,55,365 MT has been procured. Deputy Commissioner Tarn Taran Kulwant Singh said around ~729 crore has been disbursed to farmers for the purchase of their crop. He said the government was committed to buy each and every grain, which is brought to the market. He also appealed to farmers to not burn wheat stubble in fields in view of the health hazards and soil health. Acting tough on those who deface city Tributes paid to Chicago martyrs Stop defacement or be prepared to face music, says in-charge, advt wing AGENDA 2021 Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 1 The advertisement wing of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation (MC) has become quite active right from the beginning of the new fiscal. Reason: Shortfall in revenue generation during previous financial year. The MC has been facing criticism over the defacement of the holy city from residents. MC Commissioner Komal Mittal appointed Sushant Bhatia as the in-charge of the advertisement wing who came with an agenda to enhance revenue and come down hard upon those who deface the city. Bhatia said, “There was total violation of the advertisement policy. Everyone freely displayed their adver- Workers of the advertisement wing remove flex boards in Amritsar. tisements on roads and buildings, which led to defacement. The MC was witnessing massive financial losses from this sector, which actually has good potential of revenue. Implementation of the advertisement policy is our agenda for 2021.” Last year, the MC had a tar- get of ~12 crore for the advertisement wing, but only ~1.45 crore could be collected. Focusing on the third party advertisement, the advertisement wing has issued notices to mobile and telecommunication firms, IELTS centres, travel agents, beverage companies and shopping malls to c m y b provide details of their advertisements displayed in the city. Bhatia said all these entities have to pay tax for displaying billboards in the city. Otherwise, there’s a provision to register an FIR under the Public Property Act, he said. A large number of quacks and astrologers were spreading irrational and superstitious thoughts among masses through advertisements on walls. Recently, the MC had blackened a large number of such advertisements and asked violators to stop this nuisance or be ready to to face the music. “There was no penalty for defacement in the city. We are making efforts to fix the accountability (painters, printers along with owners) for defacing the city. We will also implement rules for display boards outside shops. Similar rule of 3-ft width will be implemented for third party advertisement,” he said. Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 1 Despite the weekend lockdown, the Left parties observed Labour Day at three different areas in the city. Red flags were hoisted at party offices in Chheharta, Haripura and Batala Road. The leaders paid tributes to the Chicago martyrs and threw light on the struggle of labourers. Com Amrajit Singh Ansal said the labourers were now more united against the antilabour policies of the Centre. “The BJP-led Central government has eliminated the labour laws, which were enacted with a long struggle. Now, the government proposed to implement four labour codes. In the wake of pandemic, the government is giving the control of the nation to corporate house. Lakhs of workers will lose their employment,” said Ansal. Other speakers criticised the Central government for agri-laws and other policies. Meanwhile, activists of Workers of different organisations gather to honour the Chicago martyrs on International Labour Day. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from the West constituency led by Punjab Trade Wing secretary Rajinder Palah distributed masks to workers in different areas. Palah said the entire world was suffering from the coronavirus. “Aam Aadmi Party team distributed masks in different chowks and provided sanitisers,” said Palah. Block president Moti Lal, youth secretary Varun Rana, Circle president Pritpal Singh, senior leader Raghu Raj, Raghar Dayal, Arvinder Singh, Karan Kumar Vansh, Sajan were also present. Labour Day in Tarn Taran Various employees, farmers, labourers and other sections of society paid rich tributes to Chicago martyrs during different functions held on International Labour Day in Tarn Taran on Saturday. Workers condemned the three farm laws. The CPI and Punjab Istri Sabha activists organised a joint function at Chabal where men women workers participated in large numbers. — OC
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