23052021-ATR-01.qxd 5/22/2021 11:21 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE CITY LOSING ITS BIODIVERSITY IN THE NAME OF DEVELOPMENT City had a variety of trees in Ram Bagh, planted by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, some of which are about to extinct. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 5 MOBILES SEIZED IN CENTRAL JAIL Amritsar: During a search operation, Amritsar Central Jail authorities seized five mobile phones on the premises on Saturday. One mobile was recovered from a prisoner, identified as Shamsher Singh alias Shera alias Giani of Sultanwind village, and the rest were found hidden or abandoned at different places. According to Davinder Singh, Assistant Superintendent, Central Jail, during checking in room number 2 of barrack number 7, two cell phones were found in the dustbin while two mobile phones were found hidden under washbasins. A complaint was lodged with Islamabad police that have registered a case under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisons Act against them. This is the third major seizure in the past three days. Earlier, the jail authorities had confiscated 11 cell phones and 80-gm opium on Thursday and Friday. TNS TWO NABBED WITH ILLEGAL WEAPONS Amritsar: The police arrested two persons for allegedly possessing illegal weapons and bullets here on Friday. They have been identified as Bhupinder Singh and Rajwinder Singh, both residents of Pandori Waraich village. Though the accused did not have any criminal background, investigation was underway to ascertain what their motive was behind possessing the weapons. Gurpartap Singh Sahota, DSP, Attari, said the accused were held at a check-point in Pandori Waraich village. He said they were travelling on a bike when a police party intercepted them. During search, the police recovered two .32 bore country-made weapons along with nine live cartridges from them. They could not give satisfactory answers to police queries. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered against them. TNS TWO ARRESTED FOR CHEATING Tarn Taran: The police have arrested two persons (brothers) who were on the run for the last two months. The accused have been identified as Lalit Kumar and Munish Kumar Prince. Mother of the accused was also nominated in the case and arrested three weeks ago. The accused had called Harshinder Singh, a resident of Ludhiana, to their home on the pretext of selling their SUV. They clicked obscene pictures of Harshinder and snatched Rs 6.45 lakh from him. Deputy Superintendent of Police Sucha Singh Bal Rs 6.45 lakh was yet to be recovered from the accused. The family was running a gang comprising 20 members, including women, which was facing 10 criminal cases. The Deputy Superintendent of Police said the duo was produced before the court on Saturday, which sent them to the two day-police remand. The accused had been booked under Sections 379-B, 384 and 34 of the IPC. 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Some local residents say that in the absence of any effort by the government to publicise the capping of charges, all private hospital are not aware of any such orders. The instances of overcharging by two private hospitals have officially been recorded with the committee constituted to check such cases. In the first instance, the attendants of a patient had filed a complaint regarding overcharging against Corporate Hospital. However, when the four-member committee reached the hospital for investigation, the hospital management did not provide any records. Meanwhile, the attendants of another patient filed a complaint on the spot. In another instance, Nayyar Hospital had charged Rs 5,500 for CT scan of a Covid19 positive patient though the charges for the same had FREE DIAGNOSTIC TESTS FOR PATIENTS Amritsar: In a gesture that has a potential to inspire other diagnostic centres in the city, KYB Diagnostics has announced to conduct free tests of Covid-19 patients at two of its branches on May 25. The initiative has been taken with the efforts of Jaswinder Singh of the Akal Purakh Ki Fauj. Covid-19 patients after testing positive have to undergo many tests for exact diagnostic of the condition. Advcoate Jaswinder Singh said, “The lab has agreed to conduct tests free of cost. The lab operators have said that if they are able to handle the rush, they may continue with the initiative.” He during difficult times, everyone should come forward for the welfare of humanity. The KYB Diagnostics has its branches in Bhagatawala and on Majitha road. TNS been capped at Rs 2,000 by the state government. These two cases have been recorded officially, but local residents say that some private hospitals are charging more than double the amount fixed by the state government. They say that as in most cases, the payment is made in cash, hospitals easily manipulate the records. The state government had earlier capped the charges for very severe sickness category at Rs 16,500 (ICU with ventilator) per day for National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) accredited hospitals. For non-NABH accredited hospitals, the per day charges for very severe sickness category patients had been capped at Rs 15,000 per day. The charges for both the category of hospitals include Rs 2,000 as PPE kit charges. Similarly, the charges for moderate sickness and severe sickness category patients have also been fixed. When contacted, Deputy Medical Commissioner Dr Harkamal Singh refused to divulge any details about the overcharging by private hospitals and the action being taken. The Deputy Medical Commissioner said, “The issue is being investigated.” He said if any hospital was found guilty of overcharging, action would be taken as per the law. Amritsar, May 22 With 19 more Covid-19 related deaths in the district on Saturday, the toll has reached 1,329. The district health authorities reported 400 new positive cases with which the total count has increased to 42,534. The new cases include 309 influenza-like illness cases and 91 contacts of positive patients. The Health Department reported recovery of 470 patients with which the recovery count has improved to 36,869. At present, the the district has 4,336 active cases. Those who succumbed to virus include Hardeep Singh (36) of Bhakna Kalan, Kashmir Singh (76) of Chheharta, Arjan Singh (76) of Bohru Village, Sudharshan Kumar (70) of Shareefpura, Satnam Singh (47) of Bohru village, Shanti Devi (75) of Khandwala, Sawinder Kaur (52) of Baba Bakala, Veena (52) of Majitha Road, Jagdish Chand (75) of Vijay Nagar, Jaswant Singh (56) of Rishi Vihar, Salwinder Kaur (57) of Jaspal Nagar, Roshan Lal Sharma (77) of New Greenfield, Simranjit Kaur (32) of Ganda Singh Colony, Harbhajan Social distancing goes for a toss at vaccination centre in Amritsar. HELPLINE FOR PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES 400 TOTAL CASES 42,534 NEW DEATHS 19 TOTAL DEATHS 1,329 NEW RECOVERY 470 TOTAL RECOVERY 36,869 ACTIVE 4,336 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) Singh (68) of Verka; Reena (45) of Ram Bagh, Jarnail Singh (60) of Maqboolpura, Jaspal Singh (49) of New Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, Harjinder Singh (50) of Adarsh Nagar and Remavati (97) of Kale Road, Chheharta. Meanwhile, a total of 5,511 residents were inoculated as part of the ongoing Covid-19 continued on page 2 Salon worker murder: Prime Third eye to keep tab on illegal mining suspect sent to police custody CCTV cameras to be installed on routes used by mafia, says Tarn Taran SSP PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 22 The Amritsar (rural) police have nabbed the prime suspect in the murder of 25-yearold Amanpreet Kaur of Ganda Singh Wala who was found shot dead at Pandori Waraich village on May 13. Amritpal Singh was produced before a court, which sent him to two-day police remand. The police had also recovered the car which was used in the crime. The accused had left the weapon used in the crime on the body of the deceased. Yaadwinder Singh, Station House Officer of Kamboh police station, said Amritpal was nabbed on late Friday evening. He had procured the illegal weapon from Uttar Amritpal Singh, the accused Pradesh. He said the victim used to work in a salon at Pandori village. She was married to an auto-rickshaw driver and the couple had a son. On the day of murder, she told her brother that she would arrive late as she was going to attend some customers after the saloon closes. However, she did not return till late evening. Efforts to locate her also remained unfruitful. Next morning her body was found in Pandori Waraich village. She was shot in the chest and she died on the spot. On the statement of her father Jasbir Singh, the Kamboh police have registered a murder case against unknown persons. The SHO said as per the police probe she had been working at a salon near Pandori village bus stand for the last three years. He said preliminary probe revealed that Amritpal had developed a relation with Amanpreet around three months ago. She had been calling him from different phones. “We are suspecting some blackmailing angle in the case. Amritpal will be brought on police remand for further interrogation,” he said. Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 22 In order to curb illegal mining activity, the Tarn Taran police have decided to install CCTV cameras, on routes where illegally excavated sand gets transported. Tarn Taran Senior Superintendent of Police Dhruman H Nimbale on Saturday visited various sites where illegal mining takes place. “We have identified 15 spots where high quality and night vision CCTV cameras will be installed,” he said. Nimbale said majority of these spots have checkpoints. He said they scrutinised the police records to identify spots where illegal mining cases were reported in the past five years and identified various routes used to transport sand. At present, illegal mining SSP Dhruman H Nimbale inspects an illegal mining site on Saturday. was rampant in Bhalojla, Gagrewal and Jalalabad falling under Verowal police station, Jaloke and Harike under jurisdiction of Sadar Patti police station and a couple of villages under Khemkaran police station, including Gazal village. “Rampant illegal mining in river beds and nearby areas has led to environmental degradation, thus resulting in anger among environmentalists. This has led to extensive damage to nearby villages,” said Nimbale. The Senior Superintendent of Police encouraged village panchayats to question sandladen vehicles passing through their areas in order to curb illegal mining. Nimbale also asked the SHOs to stay in touch with villagers falling under their jurisdiction. Meanwhile, the Tarn Taran police have come down heavily on illegal mining in Verowal, Goindwal Sahib, Sadar Patti, Harike, Valtoha, Chohla Sahib, Bhikhiwind and Khemkaran in May. As many as 59 cases were registered in which 70 persons were nabbed. The police confiscated 39 tractor-trailers, two tractors, three earth excavators (JCBs), five indigenous vehicles (gharooka), 15 tippers and a Bolero camper worth Rs 5.34 crore. Sand worth Rs 3.42 lakh was also seized. Addict stabs son, Ticking every attendance box for 16 years held for murder bid A student of GNDU, Avneet Kaur, has set a record of not missing classes even for a single day Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 22 Two days after a man allegedly stabbed his son, the police have booked the accused on the charge of attempt to murder. He was a drug addict and demanded money from the family for his daily dose. When restrained by his son, he stabbed him. The victim, identified as Sehajpreet Singh, was immediately rushed to hospital where he was under treatment. The police have arrested the accused, identified as Harpreet Singh, of New Paris Avenue in Chheharta. Tejinder Kaur, mother of the victim, told the police that Harpreet was a drug addict. On Thursday, they were in the house when the accused Tribune News Service Victim had injury marks on head, face demanded money for buying his daily dose of drugs. When refused, he started using abusive language and created a ruckus in the house. She said her son Sehajpreet tried to stop him from doing so. Infuriated, he brought a knife from the kitchen and stabbed him in the stomach. Later, he fled from the house. Sehajpreet was rushed to the hospital where his condition is stated to be serious. Sahil Singh, investigating officer, said Harpreet was arrested by the police and a case under Sections 307 and 506 of the IPC was registered against him. Amritsar, May 22 In 2019, she first set a record of having 100% attendance in her academics for 14 years straight. In 2021 again, Anveet Kaur continues her streak of regular attendance even in higher education as she received another honour for her record. She has been conferred with a doctorate degree by the World Record University, for setting a world record of Most Regular Attendance for Consecutive Years. The World Record University based in UK, is the only such university established by a conglomeration of different record books that honours selected individuals globally for their accomplishments in creating records. c m y b World Record University conferred doctorate degree on Avneet. Avneet, who is currently pursuing B Tech in Electronics and Communication from GNDU, has never missed a class in 16 years and eight months now. And she hopes to continue with this mean feat of hers. “I never really started this to make some record. I was just too dedicated towards my studies. But when I got my first recognition by India Book of Records, it motivated me to continue. It feels good to be acknowledged for my dedication,” she expressed. Avneet’s father Narinderpal Singh works as a vendor near the Golden Temple. in the aftermath of pandemic, Narinderpal ‘s income was hit bad. Even the shift towards online education made it difficult for Avneet to continue her feat. “My family had a difficult time throughout past one year and its also a challenge to manage studies through online mode as it requires smartphone, consistent internet connection and spend a lot of time on self-study. Whenever there was a problem with my phone or Internet, I used to make sure that I had my father’s phone to attend class. My elder brother Pawandeep was my biggest support,” she shares. There were instances when only two-five students attended class and she was always among them. The record includes her attendance from both school and university life. Apart from her academics, she also likes to paint. She wants to pursue a career in the IT industry and says that her devotion towards her education is the biggest way of saying thank you to her parents.
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