12052021-ATR-01.qxd 11-05-2021 23:06 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE NO CARE: HOLY CITY’S GREEN LUNGS CHOKED TO THE CORE PAGE 2 Almost every park and green belt paints a picture of neglect. The Tribune brings out what ails green lungs of the city. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF ~35,000 ROBBED AT GUNPOINT Amritsar: Two persons looted a junk dealer in Bagichi Bhagtan Wali on Tuesday. The victim has been identified as Bhupinder Singh. The victim told the police that the accused came on a scooter and snatched Rs 35,000 from him at gunpoint. The police have got a CCTV footage of the perpetrators. Sultanwind police station SHO Parneet Singh Dhillon said the accused would be arrested at the earliest. He said a case has been registered in this connection. The complainant said he has a junk shop at the ground floor of his house. He said around 9.30 am, a person came and asked for a tyre. He said he refused him as he had no tyre. Minutes later, he along with his another accomplice came on a scooter and the duo had pistols, said Bhupinder. Before I could understand, the pointed a pistol at me, he said and added that they accused snatched Rs 35,000 from him and fled away from the spot. TNS PATWARIS GO ON TW0-DAY LEAVE TOM CRUISE RETURNS THREE GOLDEN GLOBES IN PROTEST PAGE 3 The Hollywood superstar returned his awards to join the protest against the Hollywood Free Press Association. MAX 35°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:18 PM YOUTH SHOOTS HIMSELF DEAD Tarn Taran: A youth shot himself dead in Bhikhiwind on Monday after his parents reportedly did not agree to marry him with his friend. The deceased has been identified as Satnam Singh (22). Ranjit Singh, father of the deceased, told the police that Satnam was under mental stress as they were not ready to marry him with a girl with whom he was having an affair. The Bhikhiwind police have registered a case under Sections 309 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act. OC OBEROI DONATES DEEP FREEZER Amritsar: SPS Oberoi of the Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust on Tuesday donated a deep freezer and medicines to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital for treatment of Covid patients. The GNDH authorities had approached Oberoi and sought medicines for treatment of patients and a deep freezer to store vials. The Sarbat Da Bhala donated a 500-litre capacity deep freezer, medicines and injections worth Rs 5 lakh to the GNDH authorities. TNS PAGE 4 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s Babita aka Munmun Dutta recently made headlines for one of her videos. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:35 AM WEDNESDAY | 12 MAY 2021 | AMRITSAR Foodgrains get drenched at Bhagtanwala mandi TARDY LIFTING Out of 6,71,084 MT wheat procured in dist, less than half lifted so far Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 11 The district received moderate rain, which led to waterlogging at Bhagtanwala Grain Market on Tuesday. As employees of the market committee were on a strike, foodgrains got soaked in rainwater throughout the day. Due to tardy lifting, a large amount of wheat has been lying in the open in various grain markets of the district. Out of 6,71,084 MT procured to date, only 3,04,234 MT produce has been lifted from grain markets. As a result, 3,66,849 MT of procured foodgrains were still lying in the open in different mandis across the district. Wheat crop lying in the open was more vulnerable to weather vagaries. Despite tall claims of the state government, the district administration failed to lift procured foodgrains from mandis. Upset over non-lifting, labourers today staged the protest and boycotted the lifting. Kapoor Singh, chief, Grain Market Mazdoor Union, said, “Transport contractors do not have sufficient number of vehicles. They are not lifting foodgrains and market is filled to the brim. Due to incessant rain, foodgrains lying in the open are getting damaged.” In the absence of labourers, there was nobody to cover heaps of foodgrains and stocked gunny bags at the grain market. In the evening, arhtiyas at the Bhagtanwala Grain Market assured labourers that they would ensure lifting of foodgrains on their own. The mandi officials said only 1,128 MT produce has been purchased by private players, while remain has been procured by different procurement agencies. Officials said Pungrian purchased 1,94,666 MT wheat followed by PUNSUP 1,64,182 MT, Markfed 1,47,087 MT, Punjab Warehouse 85,546 MT and the Food Corporation of India purchased 78,474 MT. Due to incessant rain, crop lying in the open is getting damaged across the district. VISHAL KUMAR 17 succumb, 445 new cases in dist Covid-19 takes a toll on mental health of people Tribune News Service Tarn Taran: The revenue patwaris and kanungos will go on two-day mass casual leave from Wednesday. They are demanding the fulfilment of their demands. A delegation of the Revenue Patwar Union and the Kanungo Association presented their en masse leave applications to the local SDM, Rajnish Arora. Ramandeep Singh Pannu, tehsil president, Patwar Union, Prithipal Singh Mundapind, district president of the Kanungo Association, and Sarabjit Singh, district president of the Patwar Union, warned the state government that if their demands were not met till May 15, the organisations would have no option but to intensify their agitation. The patwaris were demanding the removal of pay anomalies, besides considering their posts as technical posts and increasing kanungo circles, etc. OC MUNMUN ISSUES APOLOGY FOR USING CASTEIST SLUR IN A VIDEO Amritsar, May 11 The district health authorities reported a total of 17 deaths on Tuesday. With this, the toll has increased to 1,139 in the district. The authorities also reported 445 new cases and the total count increased to 38,247. The new cases include 282 influenza like illness cases and 163 contacts of positive cases. The health authorities have also reported recovery of 220 cases and the recovery count has improved to 31,216. At present, the district has a total of 5,892 active cases. The deceased include Aarti, a 20-year-old from Ajnala; Surjit Walia of Nayyar Avenue; Harpreet Singh (32) of Bhalla Colony (Chhehharta); Gurmeet Singh (33) of Kapoor Nagar (Sultanwind road); Manoj Sondhi (40) of Hargobind Avenue; Tarsem Singh (47) of Jaura Fatak; Rajesh Kumar (45) of Putlighar; Dalbir Kaur (65) of Kathunangal; Veero (45) of 88-feet road; Vijay Kumar (74) of Beri Gate; Lakhwinder Singh (28) of Fatahpur; Lakhbir Singh (65) of New Greenfield; Kulwinder Singh (52) of Wadali road; Kamal Kishore (69) of Suraj Avenue; Kanta Mahajan (74) of B-block Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service A vaccination centre wears a deserted look as it ran out of stock in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO HELPLINE FOR PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES 445 TOTAL CASES 38,247 NEW DEATHS 17 TOTAL DEATHS 1,139 NEW RECOVERY 220 TOTAL RECOVERY 31,216 ACTIVE 5,892 0183-2500498, 0183-2500598, 0183-2500698, 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) Ranjit Avenue; Gurdit Singh (90) of Satowal Baba Bakala and Balwinder Kaur (50) of New Hargobind Avenue. Four die in Tarn Taran The district authorities reported four deaths on Tuesday. With this, the death toll reached 247. The Health Department reported 64 new Covid-19 positive cases in the district . The deceased include Sukhwinder Singh (60), Kirandeep Kaur (21), Ranbir Singh (38) and Sundar Lal (60). Amritsar, May 11 The Covid-induced pandemic has not only affected the physical aspects of life but has had a devastating effect on the mental health of people as they face a constant fear of falling sick and subsequent problems which they may have to face during hospitalisation. The recent spurt in Covid19 cases coupled with reports of shortage of oxygen and beds in hospitals has further added to their worries. Though the number of visits to mental health clinics has dropped during the pandemic, experts say that they receive numerous calls regarding various issues. A school teacher said, “My father is behaving strangely for the last few weeks. Though we take the required precautions and follow all Covid protocols while going outside, he worries a lot.” She said he did not even let them pick newspapers in the morning. “We have to wash vegetables and fruits in detergent,” she said. to stay positive even if ❝People needshortage of oxygen andthey test positive, but the beds in hospitals has left them panic-stricken. Most of them are worried that how will they manage if they or any of their family members falls sick. I receive many calls from my regular clients who either want consultation for them or their relatives or friends. ❞ Sunita Khanna, MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT ISTOCK Surjit Singh, another resident, said, “I am more worried about children. Every time I go outside, I remove my clothes at the entrance and directly go to washroom for a bath.” He said, “I fear how I would manage if anyone from the family falls sick and has to be hospitalised.” Satinder Kaur, a college teacher whose father-in-law, mother-in-law and husband have tested positive, said, “My three-year-old son is vulnerable. I cannot sleep at night. I have started taking sleeping pills.” She said the pandemic was affecting people mentally as they are under constant fear. Sunita Khanna, a mental health expert, said, “People need to stay positive even if they test positive but the shortage of oxygen and beds in hospitals has left them panic-stricken.” Most of them are worried that how would they manage if they or any of their family members falls sick. I receive many calls from my regular clients who either want consultation for them or their relatives or friends.” Agitating NHM staff Trade licence fee: ~100/day 1 held for cheating 4 back in Tarn Taran penalty upsets shopkeepers with SGPC job offer Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Tarn Taran, May 11 The agitating employees of the National Health Mission (NHM) working with the Health Department resumed their duties on Tuesday. Employees under the banner of the NHM Regularisation Sangharsh Committee were on an indefinite strike from May 5 over regularisation of their services. Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu had warned the agitating employees on Sunday to join their services till May 10 (5 pm), else, their services will be terminated immediately. Civil Surgeon Dr Rohit Mehta said as many as 185 employees reported back on Monday and 150 staffers went ahead with the strike. These employees were removed from their services by Civil Surgeon on Monday. Amritsar, May 11 Shopkeepers are a disturbed lot as the Local Bodies Department has started charging a fine of ~100 per day from those who did not pay the trade licence fee till March 31. From April 1, the government will charge penalty on delay depositing of fee. The trade licence fee consists of ~500 as trade fee and ~300 conservation charges. The government has not collected trade licence fee for the past many decades, said Surinder Duggal, a wholesale chemist. He said all of a sudden the MC had asked them to deposit annual trade license fee of ~800. “The government is trying to increase its income from traders when they are battling with the Covid-19 induced economic hardships”, he said. He recalled that he had paid the Amritsar, May 11 The city police have arrested a Tarn Taran youth for allegedly duping around four persons on the pretext of getting them recruited in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). According to police, the accused Navdeep Singh Gill was part of a gang who used to defraud innocent people. Gill used to pose as a close confidant of former Punjab minister and senior Akali leader Bikram Majithia and SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur. The police have also seized Rs 3.15 lakh from his possession. The police authorities said that further investigations were under progress to unearth the racket while a case had been registered in this regard. Staff waiting to resume duty. A delegation of the Sangharsh Committee met the Health Minister in Chandigarh and appealed to give them a day to resume their duties. Meanwhile, the terminated employees heaved a sigh of relief after the Civil Surgeon received a letter from the state government permitting them to join their duties on Tuesday. Sohawa Singh, a leader of the agitating employees, said the entire staff has joined their duties. c m y b From April 1, the government decided to penalise erring shop owners. trade licence fee at the time of procuring shop in 1994 and after that the Municipal Corporation had never asked for this fee. Sameer Jain, who owns a shop in the city, said he paid the trade licence fee last month after the MC released a notification for the same. He added that he had not paid the fee for the past many years. He said the MC should have issued a public notice every year to intimate traders regarding the same. He said it was extremely tedious to deposit the trade licence fee. “Instead the MC’s field staff must visit shops and collect the fee”, he opined. Piara Lal Seth, president of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, demanded waiving off the trade licence fee which was double whammy for the traders who have been paying property tax since 2014. He said that he brought this matter to the notice of the MC. “Instead of giving relief to the traders, the government is penalising them,” he added. Amarjit Singh, the victim, stated to the police that he met the accused several years back. He had claimed that he had close links with Bikram Majithia while he was nephew of an Akali leader from Amritsar South constituency. The accused said he was also close to SGPC president and added that he had got recruited several persons in the SGPC earlier also. He told the police that he wanted to get his relatives Amrinder Singh, Gursewak Singh, Jitender Singh and Inderjit Singh recruited and for this, Navdeep took Rs 8 lakh from them. However, the accused them neither got recruited nor returned the money. Later, they approached an Akali leader who took up the matter with the police and Gill was arrested during a raid in Tarn Taran.
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