25052021-ATR-01.qxd 5/24/2021 11:06 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE ‘FOOD AS MEDICINE’ CALENDAR HELPS US TO CHOOSE RIGHT DIET PAGE 2 A thematic luni-solar calendar was presented to GND U Vice Chancellor Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu on Monday. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MAN HELD WITH ILLEGAL WEAPON Amritsar: Acting on a tip-off, the Tarsikka police have arrested an alleged robber Mandeep Singh of Tarsikka. Cops recovered a country-made pistol with a live bullet from his possession. A case of the Arms Act has been registered against Mandeep and further investigations were under progress. Assistant SubInspector Sarabjit Singh was patrolling near Dehriwal village along with his team when he got specific information that Mandeep had an illegal pistol and was waiting for someone on the outer ring road of the village. The police confiscated .32 bore country-made pistol and a bullet from him. The police said Mandeep was involved in a number of snatchings incidents. The accused was produced before the court, which sent him to one-day police remand. The police said investigation was under way to identify his accomplices. TNS TWO HELD WITH 260-GM HEROIN Tarn Taran: A team of the local CIA staff, led by Sub-Inspector Sukhdev Singh, on Sunday arrested two persons and seized 260 gm of heroin from their possession. The accused had been identified as Baljit Singh of Jandiala Guru and Gulzar Singh of Nawan Pind. The accused were on a moped when the police party signalled to stop near Kad Gill village. The accused had been booked under Sections 21-B, 29,61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. OC MAN ROBBED OF CASH AT GUNPOINT Tarn Taran: Two armed robbers robbed a man of cash at gunpoint on Sunday in broad daylight. The accused snatched a cash bag of the victim, Sukhdev Singh of Manawala village here, from Vein Poin village in Tarn Taran. The victim was going to Fatehbad on his bike when the robbers took his bag at gunpoint. Sukhdev Singh told the police that the bag contained ~2,600. A complaint has been registered in this regard. OC STONE LAID FOR CLASSROOM Tarn Taran: Deputy District Education Officer (Elementary) Paramjit Singh laid the foundation stone of a classroom of Government Elementary School, Palasaur Khurad (Kasurnala) on Monday. A function was organised under the chairmanship of Manjinder Singh, sarpanch of the village. Villagers announced to donate for the construction of two more classrooms. The sarpanch also announced to donate ~1 lakh. The education officer said grants worth ~13.3 lakh had been released by the department under a NABARD scheme in the past two years. OC TWO-DAY NAT’L HACKATHON Amritsar: Under the aegis of ISTE, Amritsar Group of Colleges (AGC), Department of Computer Science and Engineering in collaboration with the HackerEarth, organised a two-day national-level hackathon “Code to Innovate – 2021’, in which teams from various colleges across the nation participated. More than 150 participating teams from various institutes such as GNDU, IIT-Kharagpur, Haldia Institute, Baba Ambedkar College of Engineering and other colleges participated in the event. TNS PRIYANKA, NICK JONAS’ PDA AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS PAGE 3 Priyanka, who had been shooting in London, flew down to LA to be with her hubby as they walked the red carpet. MAX 39°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:26 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:28 AM TUESDAY | 25 MAY 2021 | AMRITSAR Testing capacity to be increased : Soni 28 healthcare workers, 21 frontline workers and 93 residents above 45 years. Tribune News Service 8 succumb to virus, 42 new cases surface in Tarn Taran DC FLAGS OFF ‘SANJIVANI’ FOR RURAL AREAS Amritsar: The district administration on Monday despatched ‘Sanjivani’— a vehicle containing detailed information regarding the pandemic— to rural areas. Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira flagged off the vehicle, which would travel through 35 villages. He said misunderstanding about Covid-19 has developed among a large number of people in rural areas. He said the vehicle was originally flagged off by Sonu Sood on April 7 to visit the most affected five districts of the country, which were in severe grip of the virus. These districts include Amritsar, Nasik, Guntoor, South Kannad and Indore. HELPLINE FOR PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES 340 TOTAL CASES 43,174 NEW DEATHS 13 TOTAL DEATHS 1,357 NEW RECOVERY 398 TOTAL RECOVERY 37,767 ACTIVE 4,050 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) above 45 years, 72 workers registered with the Labour Department, 715 residents with comorbid conditions in the 18-44 years age group and 555 family members of healthcare workers. Those given second dose included PAGE 4 Zee Theatre is set to air Jaywant Dalvi’s teleplay, Chanda Hai Tu, a poignant tribute to motherhood and parenting. 13 fatalities, 340 fresh cases reported in dist Amritsar, May 24 With 13 Covid-19 casualties reported in district on Monday, the toll has increased to 1,357. The district health authorities reported 340 new cases with which the total count has increased to 43,174. The new cases include 242 influenza-like illness cases and 98 contacts of positive patients. The Health Department has reported recovery of 398 patients with which the recovery count has improved to 37,767. At present, the district has a total of 4,050 active cases. The deceased have been identified as Champa Rani (50) of Ajnala; Surjit Kaur (65) of Vallah; Nirmal Gulati (73) of Batala Road; Baldev Singh (68) of Malakpur (Ajnala); Nirmal Singh (58) of Jaspal Nagar; Ravi (37) of Ram Tirath Road; Rafal (65) of Anngarh; Neelam (57) of Brahampuri; Sardaro (72) of Khajala (Baba Bakala); Raj Kumar (37) of Ishwar Nagar; Santosh Kumari (71) of Rani ka Bagh; Ravinder Kaur (37) of Jawala Nagar and Varun Chandok (37) of Dayanand Nagar. Meanwhile, a total of 3,067 residents were administered the shots today. The health authorities said those given the first dose included 58 healthcare workers, 301 frontline workers, 1,212 residents SMITA BANSAL TO FEATURE IN TELEPLAY CHANDA HAI TU The district reported eight more Covid-19 fatalities on Monday, taking the death toll to 289, while 42 persons tested positive for Covid on Monday. The deceased have been identified as Amarjit Singh (60), Jagir Kaur (75), Dalbir Singh (70),Dial Singh (75), Darshan Singh (55), Amarjeet Kaur (50), Barbir Singh (65) and Randhir Singh, all residents of the district. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said the active cases stood at 653, while 405 patients are isolated at their homes. He said 1,23,499 persons had been vaccinated in the district. Markfed roped in to speed up oxygen procurement To supplement the state government’s effort to provide oxygen to Covid-19 patients, Markfed is supplying oxygen through special trains. Gurpreet Singh, General Manager, Markfed, said in order to curtail delivery time of medial oxygen in the state, it was being brought by trains which took hardly one-day. Earlier, it was being transported via trucks which used to take four to five days. He informed that so far the Markfed had paid for 35 metric tonnes of oxygen. Om Parkash Soni addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Monday. Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 After a review meet with officials of the Health Deapartment and the district administration at Government Medical College on Monday, Medical Education and Research Minister Om Parkash Soni asked officials to increase testing capacity. Soni said around 12,000 tests were being conducted at the GMC daily and the capacity would be increased to 15,000 tests. He said sample collection process would also be expedited for this purpose. He said the state government was making all efforts to secure vaccination for residents. “Shortage of vaccination is throughout the country. We are trying to procure it from within India and abroad as well,” said Soni. The minister said of 29 lakh residents of Amritsar district, around 3.5 lakh have been inoculated so far. He also issued instructions to officials to ensure proper arrangements at vaccination centres so that beneficiaries spend less time for their turn. He said 147 health wellness centres, anganwadi workers, block development officials and rural panchayats were working in coordination. He said these centres would monitor health of residents closely and ensure that they get required medical help. The medical college authorities raised the issue of problem faced by family members of healthcare workers who were being vaccinated on priority as the vaccination centre at the GMC had been closed. Soni asked officials concerned to come out with a solution. He said number of Level-3 category patients at the GMC has gone down, which was a sign that severity of the virus was decreasing. He said as number of cases in rural areas were increasing, the government has shifted its focus towards rural belts. Five booked for murder bid Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 A firing incident over an old enmity left three persons injured in Bhindar colony falling under the jurisdiction of Chatiwind police station on Sunday. Following preliminary probe, the police have booked five persons on charges of murder bid and the Arms Act. Those booked have been identified as Gurdev Singh, Sharanbir Singh, both residents of Bhinder colony, Amritpal Singh Kahlon of Tarn Taran road, Bharpoor Singh of Kot Mit Singh and Joban Singh of Naushehra Dhalla village in Tarn Taran. The complainant, Lovejit Singh, told the police that they had nabbed a thief, which led to an altercation with Gurdev. He said his family already had a dispute with Gurdev. He said owing to this, the accused intercepted him near gurdwara in the village and started a brawl. On seeing this Jaskaran, Rajbir Kaur of Gurwali and Gursewak Singh Kasel village intervened and tried to rescue. He said before anybody could understand, Sharanbir started firing at them, thus leading to injuries to Jaskaran, Rajbir and Gursewak. Sub-Inspector Harmit Singh said a case of attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and the Arms Act has been registered against the accused. The Sub-Inspector said the victims were still unfit for the statement. He said raids were on to nab the accused. NGT orders, effluents drain into Tung Dhab Man shot at after Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 Despite directions from the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Amritsar Municipal Corporation continues to discharge effluents into Tung Dhab drain. The civic body in its reply to the NGT had stated that they would plug all sewage release points. Daljit Singh Kohli, patron, Amritsar Vikas Manch said, “It’s surprising that despite the NGT’s orders and meeting of the taskforce headed by MP Gurjit Singh Aujla, the issue has not been addressed to date. More than 40 million litres per day (MLD) sewage is still being openly released from Batala road (12MLD) and Majitha road (18 MLD) Will get release points plugged at the earliest, says MC Commissioner. sewerage points directly into the drain.” The polluted water has caused dangerous levels of heavy metals absorption into underground water and has adversely affected air quality of the area. Massive urbanisation took place around the drain during the past two decades. Numerous colonies, including Holy City, Ranjit Avenue, Defence Enclave and Gobind Avenue, have come up in the area. Various studies conducted on the impact of the drain suggested that sulphur dioxide turns into sulphuric acid that erodes copper surfaces of ACs, refrigerators and circuits of electronic devices leading to their malfunction within a few months. Yogesh Kamra, a resident, said, “Children and elderly are suffering the most as they develop breathing, skin and eye related problems due to toxic fumes, which get released from the drain. Guru Nanak Dev University had done a detailed study and found dangerous levels of heavy metals in subsoil, crops, vegetables and in aquifers, which resulted in DNA alteration of those residing along the drain.” Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala, patron, Amritsar Vikas Manch, said despite investing crores on the underground sewerage project funded by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), the civic body continues to flout the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, as well as the National Green Tribunal order, which clearly directed to immediately stop release of all forms of sewage into storm water drains. Komal Mittal, Commissioner, Amritsar Municipal Corporation, said she would continued on page 2 scuffle, 4 booked Amritsar, May 24 Yet another firing incident was reported in Fatahpur on Saturday in which one person was injured. The police have booked four suspects in this regard on charges of attempt to murder while no arrest has been made so far. Those booked have been identified as Deepu Lofar, Deepu Dans, Heera Singh and Bagga, all residents of Fatapur area. The police recovered two empty shells of .32 bore pistols from the spot. The injured has been identified as Gurwinder Singh. Victim’s brother Manpreet Singh, alias Manu, of Bhindu colony, told the police that he was returning home after procuring flour from mill in the village. He said when he reached near his house, he saw the accused arguing with Gurwinder. Soon, the arguments turned into a scuffle. He said in order to rescue his brother, he threw a brick at the accused. Following this, Lofar took out a pistol and opened fire at Gurwinder, leaving him injured. He said the accused fled away from the spot while firing. ASI Sushil Kumar said a case under Sections 307 and 506 of the IPC and 25/ 27/54/59 of the Arms Act has been registered. — TNS Financial row leads ‘Should have vaccinated students, teachers first’ to firing in Ramdass IN A FIX Class XII students speak their minds on appearing for board exams amid Covid Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 A monetary dispute led to firing at Awan village in Ramdass on Sunday. The police have booked eight persons, but nobody has been arrested so far. Those booked include Lakhbir Singh, Sarwan Singh of Nurpur Padri village and their six unknown accomplices. Sukhdev Singh told the police that at around 11 am, the accused barged into his house and asked about whereabouts of his brother Sandeep Singh. He said in the meantime, he came out Amritsar, May 24 As the Centre and the state governments deliberate on conducting Class XII exams admid the pandemic, the issue has left thousands of students and teachers in a fix. Already a two-month delay has caused several students to replan their academic future and the possibility of sitting for exams in the middle of deadly second wave has increased pressure on them. Rakshit Sawhney, a student of Shri Ram Ashram School, said, “Conducting exams at this stage is very risky. Whether we sit for 40 minutes from his room. He said while shouting, Lakhbir took out a pistol and started firing into the air. Sukhdev said he along with his family rushed inside the house to save themselves. Later, the trio fled away from the spot, said Sukhdev. The police have registered a case under Section 336, 148 and 149 of the IPC and relevant sections of the Arms Act. c m y b Rakshit Sawhney Shivam Chopra Manav Goyal or for three hours, things will remain the same. The CBSE knew in March that exams will be held offline. Keeping this in mind, the government should have vaccinated teachers and students first. From May 1 onwards, vaccination opened for 18 plus, but in Punjab, no slots are available. If exams are a priority, all these points should have been considered way back.” Another student, Shivam Chopra, who was planning to pursue BTech in computer engineering from aborad, said, “A student who has not prepared for any competitive exam, the idea of conducting MCQ-based exam will defi- nitely affect his/her performance. Appearing for exams without getting vaccinated is quite risky. The best option is to delay exams and take a call in July.” His plans to study overseas has taken a hit. Manav Goyal, a JEE aspirant and a topper in JEE Mains 2021, who has taken two JEE exams in March and April said, “Class XII boards are very important for higher education, thus cancellation of exams is not a solution. When we are reporting high number of infections with crumbling medical infrastructure, conducting exams in any format exposes us to the virus. It is a continued on page 2
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