27052021-ATR-01.qxd 5/26/2021 11:02 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE ADOPT DSR TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMING: EXPERT PAGE 2 An awareness programme on direct seeded rice (DSR) was organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Durgapur. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 26-YR-OLD KILLED, FOUR ARRESTED Amritsar: Khilchian police have arrested Daljit Kaur, Amarjit Kaur, Ajit Singh, all residents of Dhulka village and Dharminder Singh, in connection with the murder of Gurwinder Singh (26) in Dhulka village on Tuesday. The police have booked nine persons in this regard while remaining suspects including Angrej Singh, Amritpal Singh, Baljit Kaur of Bagriya village, Balraj Singh and Amritpal Singh of Dhulka were still absconding. The victim, identified as Gurwinder Singh, was brutally killed with the help of sharp weapon by the accused. The deceased allegedly had illicit relations with Daljit Kaur who allegedly called him to her house with an intention to kill said the police following statement of the victim’s cousin. The police said raids were on to nab the remaining suspects. TNS OVER 1LAKH-KG LAHAN SEIZED Amritsar: In yet another major illicit liquor haul, the Amritsar rural police confiscated over 1 lakh-kg lahan (raw material for preparing illicit liquor) from Nangal Vanjawala village falling under the Ajnala police station here. The police also bust three stills from the village. SSP (Amritsar Rural) Dhruv Dahiya said the fourhour raid led to the seizure. The police arrested Malkeet Singh, Sunny, Kabal Singh and Bindu from the village who were involved in manufacturing illicit liquor. The police also seized 50 litres of illicit liquor and three running stills besides 35 tarpaulin from the spot. Four cases under the Excise Act were registered against the accused. This is the eighth major operation conducted in the rural belt in past the three months. TNS TEEN ABDUCTED IN TARN TARAN Tarn Taran: A teenage girl was abducted from the town here on Tuesday when she was going to her college. The victim’s father in his complaint to the local police said his daughter had gone to her college on Tuesday but did not return. He said they were unable to contact her on her mobile phone too as it was switched off. A case under Section 363 of the IPC has been registered in this regard. oc NETIZENS UNHAPPY OVER LIKELY BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA GIANTS PAGE 3 SAYANTANI GIVES A SNEAK PEEK INTO HER DAILY FITNESS ROUTINE Social media giants such as Twitter, FB and Insta may face a ban in India if they fail to comply with new norms. MAX 42°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:28 PM PAGE 4 Having a fitness regime is extremely essential as it helps us stay physically and mentally active, says Sayantani. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:27 AM THURSDAY | 27 MAY 2021 | AMRITSAR ‘Will continue to fight till laws are repealed’ Farmers mark six months of stir with Black Day Of rallies, black flags & effigy burning Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 26 On the Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s call to observe Black Day, a huge response was received in rural areas with people hoisting black flags from the rooftops of their houses and vehicles to protest against the Central Government here on Wednesday. As the protest on Delhi borders completed six months on Wednesday, the farmers reiterated their commitment to continue their agitation till the three laws were repealed. Farmers from different areas burnt effigies of corporate houses and the Prime Minister to express their anguish. A bike rally from the Nangli area reached the Hall Gate and a protest was staged. The protests were also held at Vallah, Attari, Baba Bakala and many other places. Rattan Singh Randhawa of the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha said, “The village level units of our union burnt effigies in 172 villages of the district. Similarly, other unions had organised events in their areas also.” Randhawa said the response to the call was phenomenal as people voluntarily hoisted black flags to Tarn Taran, May 26 Farmers observed ‘Black Day’ here on Wednesday. They organised protest marches, rallies and burnt effigies of the Union Government. They also hoisted black flags on rooftops of their houses. They covered all major cities, towns and villages to lodge their protest against the three controversial agriculture laws. They were supported by people from other sections of society like labourers, employees, shopkeepers, etc. The outfits affiliated with the Samyukt Kisan Morcha organised a rally at the local Gandhi Municipal Park and marched with black flags in the town and burnt an effigy of the Union Government. Addressing on the occasion, Prithipal Singh Marimegha, Baldev Singh Pandori, Nirvail Singh Dalake and others condemned the alleged wrong policies of the Union Government. Baldev Singh Pandori of the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Nirvail Singh Daleke of the Azad Kisan Sangharsh Committee, Nachhatar Singh Pannu of the Kirti Kisan Union, Amritpal Singh Jaura of the Bharti Kisan Union (Rajewal) too addressed the farmers. The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, under the leadership of Harpreet Singh Sidhwan organised a motorcycle rally in a number of villages in the area and burnt an effigy of the Union Government at the local Chaunk Bohri. Kanwalpreet Singh Pannun, state president of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, said farmers held protests at Naushehra Pannuan, Chaudhriwala, Nandpur, Khabbe Dogran, Chohla Sahib, Warhian Punare and other villages. The farmer leaders criticised the Union Government for ignoring the farmers’ interest and demanded a repeal of the three contentious laws. They also burnt an effigy of the Union Government at the Usman Toll Plaza where a dharna launched by farmers entered the 233rd day on Wednesday. — OC Members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee raise slogans as they burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR express their solidarity. Balwinder Singh Mahal of the BKU Ugraha said, “The government had earlier labelled the protesters as terrorists, Khalistanis, Pakistanis and what not. Now they are labelling us as super spreaders of Covid-19.” He said all this was being done to defame the farmers. Not even a single farmer out of those died at Delhi borders was infected with the virus. Sarwan Singh Pandher of the Kisan Sangarsh Committee said, “Farmers have no other option but to continue with their protest as the three controversial laws would completely destroy the farming community.” He said the government was trying to turn the tide of public sentiments against farmers on Covid-19 issue to hide its failures. The farmer leaders stated that the protest would be intensified in the coming weeks and the SKM would chalk out new programmes for the participation of general public. Apart from residents in rural areas, many urban residents from nonagriculture background too hoisted black flags on their houses to express solidarity with the farming community. Farmers burn effigy of the Union Government at Usman Toll Plaza on Wednesday. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI Shortage of vaccines gives Dist clocks 14 deaths, 297 fresh cases people a harrowing time Tribune News Service HELPLINE FOR PATIENTS Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 26 A large number of beneficiaries are facing difficult times due to the shortage of vaccines. They go to the designated centres for inoculation but have to return disappointed due to non-availability of the doses. Many are being made to wander from place to place for vaccination. Raghav Bhardwaj, a resident of Putlighar area, has been searching online daily for availability of the vaccine for his parents and for himself for the past nearly a month, but success seems to elude him. Perturbed over this, he decided to visit some vaccination centres in the hope that he would find the vaccine but he had to return empty handed. He was to get the first dose of the vaccine. The same is the story of Baldev Singh who came for vaccination at the Radha Soami Satsang Beas centre on Mall Road. He said he had visited the centre several times for vaccination but failed to get the jab. Many people visiting different vaccination centres made by the district administration were returning empty handed. continued on page 2 Amritsar, May 26 With 14 more residents losing their lives to Covid-19, the toll in the district increased to 1,387 on Wednesday. The health authorities also reported 297 new cases with which the total count has increased to 43,823. The new cases include 232 influenza-like illness cases and 65 contacts of positive patients. The district Health Department has also reported 370 recoveries with which the total recovery count has increased to 38,522. The district at present has a total of 3,914 active cases. The deceased have been identified as Kuldeep Kaur (51) of Rajasansi; Jasbir Kaur (70) of Chhattiwind village; Jagjit Singh (58) of Neevi Abadi Nwakot; Ram Lubhaya (75) of Bhittaewad ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES 297 TOTAL CASES 43,823 NEW DEATHS 14 TOTAL DEATHS 1,387 NEW RECOVERY 370 TOTAL RECOVERY 38,522 ACTIVE 3,914 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) (Ajnala); Veero (60) of Urdhan; Mangat Ram (53) of New Focal Point (Mehta); Surinder Singh (76) of Ram Nagar Colony; Jaswant Rai (70) of Bhalla Colony; Sham Lal (63) of Chheharta; Parkash Singh (74) of Pawan Nagar (Batala Road); Jagjit Singh (81) of Kot Karnail Singh (Sultanwind Road); Rashpal Singh (57) of Khanay Rajputtan; Jagdish Singh (74) of Nawi Abadi and Rajinder Kumar (81) of Green Avenue. Meanwhile, a total of 2,064 residents were inoculated against Covid-19 on Wednesday. District health officials stated that 25,530 Healthcare Workers (HCW); 47,043 Frontline Workers (FLW), 2,02,589 residents above 45 years and 20,570 residents in the 18-44 age group have been partially vaccinated. Five succumb, 27 test positive in Tarn Taran The district reported five deaths due to Covid-19, taking the toll 297 on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said 27 positive cases were reported and the number of active cases had gone up to 622 and 419 were isolated in their respective homes. Teams of the Health Department collected 1,285 samples. Around 300 citizens were given the first and second doses of the jab. A total of 2,42,018 persons have been vaccinated so far. The DC said 116 patients were discharged after their treatment. Shopping mall deposits Procures bills through RTI, says civic body paid exorbitantly for several items, demands probe ~3.94L for outdoor ads MC implements advertisement Activist alleges irregularities in ~55-cr Chali Khoo project Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 26 The Rs 55-crore restoration work on Chali Khoo complex and other sites, taken up three years ago by the MC under the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), has raised eyebrows with an activist alleging grave financial irregularities. RTI activist Suresh Sharma says the MC spent four times of what the market price of the installed items is. Sharma, who procured the bills paid through an RTI query, has demanded a Vigilance inquiry into the alleged connivance of MC officials and local politicians. “The contractor was supposed to install cemented slabs around 205 trees as they charged Rs 4,341 per slab, but it was learnt during a visit that slabs were installed around only 60 trees. Rs 8.89 lakh had been paid in bills for that. Ironically, the MC officials paid an exorbitant amount of Rs 15.72 lakh to remove weeds from Chali Khoo complex. Moreover, weeds are still flourishing there,” he says. The bills show MC paid Rs 23.82 lakh to install 107 German lights, costing Rs 22,269 each, but the ones installed are locally made and the market price is not more than Rs 8,000 per light, he alleges. Lights worth over Rs 60 lakh have been fitted at Chali Khoo. Sharma further says the high security glass installed in the building costs Rs 1,830 per square foot on papers, but its actual cost is Rs 600 per square foot. “The MC is supposed to install 81 steel bins, costing Rs 14,140 each, and they paid Rs 11.45 lakh for READY FOR PROBE, SAYS SDO Refuting the allegations, SDO SS Malhi says, “All items were purchased as per the government rates. High quality material has been used. We are ready for an inquiry.” was ❝The contractortreessupposed to install cemented slabs around 205 as they charged ~4,341 per slab, but it was learnt during a visit that slabs were installed around only 60 trees. ~8.89 lakh had been paid in bills for that. Suresh Sharma, RTI ACTIVIST ❞ RTI activist Suresh Sharma shows bins installed in the Chali Khoo area in pitiable condition in Amritsar on Wednesday. c m y b this. But the bins used are of substandard material, which have been damaged without use as building is yet to open for public,” he added. Sharma also raised questions on the 15 water harvesting chambers in Gol Bagh. He claimed the borewells had inappropriate depth and the chambers were not functional. “The price of furniture installed at Chali Khoo is also high. The state government and the Central Government should conduct separate inquiries to find more misappropriations,” said the RTI activist. When contacted, SDO SS Malhi, who undertook the restoration work along with Sanjay Kanwar, then incharge of the project and XEN (Civil) of the MC, said, “We are ready for an inquiry.” policy to collect tax from third party Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 26 With the efforts of the advertisement wing, D-Mart, a shopping mall at Lawrence Road, deposited Rs 3.94 lakh for outdoor media display to the Municipal Corporation here. The MC implemented an advertisement policy for the third party advertisement for collecting tax from them. A few weeks back, the advertisement wing issued the notices to the local malls to submit their details of tax deposited for advertisements displayed outside the mall. The malls and stores, which were not paying the third party tax, have now been depositing the amount. Sushant Bhatia said, “We have sent the notices to all commercial establishments to show the details of tax paid for advertisement. Some of the malls and stores responded to our notices. We will take strict action against those ignoring the notices.” The advertisement wing has a good potential for the collection of revenue but in the absence of implementation of advertisement policy, the department was not fulfilling its targets. MC secretary Sushant Bhatia claimed that every clause of the policy would be implemented in the city to curb defacement and regularise the advertisement displays in the city.
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