28052021-ATR-01.qxd 5/27/2021 11:17 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE IN PICS: TREADING ON FIFTH SIKH GURU’S FOOTSTEPS PAGE 2 The Tribune takes you to the holy land of Tarn Taran, which was chosen by the Guru due to its proximity to the GT Road. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF JAGGI IS NEW MC COMMISSIONER Amritsar: Malwinder Singh Jaggi is the new MC Commissioner after Komal Mittal, Municipal Corporation Commissioner-cum-CEO of Amritsar Smart City Limited, was transferred to SAS Nagar. Jaggi was serving as Chief Administrator, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, SAS Nagar. Mittal took charge as the officiating Commissioner of the MC on September 26, 2019. Mittal ensured that relief material reached the needy, sanitation and vaccination drive during the during lockdown in the wake of the pandemic. Additional Deputy Commissioner Dr Himanshu Aggarwal, who is husband of Komal Mittal, has also been transferred to SAS Nagar. TNS PSEB CONSTITUTES ACADEMIC COUNCIL Amritsar: The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has constituted a 17-member academic council comprising five principals and five teachers of affiliated educational institutions. The 17 members of academic council include chairman, deputy chairman and director-general of school education, secretary of the Board of Education, SCERT, Department of Languages, and director of the Punjab State University Text Book Board. Jagatpal Singh, Sakattar Singh Sandhu and Kamaljot Singh, president, Amritsar unit of Recognised and Affiliated Schools Association (RASA) are members of the 17-member council. Kamaljot Singh said inclusion of RASA members in the academic council will help bring in the views of the private schools on table. TNS MAN KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT Amritsar: A 35-year-old unidentified man died in a road accident near Khanna Paper Mill on Bypass road here on Wednesday. Baldev Singh, head constable at Mai Bhago College police post, said no ID card was found from his possession. The body has been kept in the mortuary of the Civil Hospital for the next 72 hours for identification. The police officials said the deceased was wearing blue jeans, yellow T-shirt and blue colour sports shoes. The height of the deceased is 5’4”. The police appealed to the resident that if anyone knows about this person, he can contact at mobile number 99142-94679. TNS MP MALIK TAKES STOCK OF PROJECTS Amritsar: Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik held a meeting with the MC Commissioner and other officials to take stock of the ongoing projects under the Smart City scheme. He said cost of this project in Amritsar was ~1,000 crore, which would be utilised to provide adequate water supply, fixed power supply, sanitation, including solid-waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, affordable housing, especially for the poor, strengthened IT connectivity and digitisation among other things. TNS BRAD PITT WINS JOINT CUSTODY OF KIDS WITH EX-WIFE ANGELINA PAGE 3 DEBINA’S SPECIAL INITIATIVE FOR THE FASHION INDUSTRY Hollywood star Brad Pitt has been granted joint custody of his kids with his former wife following a court battle. MAX 42°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:28 PM PAGE 4 Actress Debina Bonnerjee has always been applauded for her path-breaking content on social media platforms. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:27 AM FRIDAY | 28 MAY 2021 | AMRITSAR 13 die, 199 test +ve in dist Now, get first copy Three booked for ~17L fraud Amritsar, May 27 With 13 more Covid-19 related deaths reported in the district on Thursday, the toll has increased to 1,400. The health authorities reported 199 new cases with which the total count has reached 44,022. The new cases include 153 influenza-like illness cases and 46 contacts of positive patients. With recovery of 400 patients, the recovery count has improved to 38,922. At present, the district has a total of 3,700 active cases. Those who fell prey to the virus include Balbir Singh Sandhu (66) of Shareefpura; Swaran Kaur (68) of Jandiala; Kailash Wanti (72) of Nwakot; Veena (65) of Katra Karam Singh; Tejinder Kaur (58) of Dhardeo (Baba Bakala); Rinku (41) of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony; Jaswant Singh (75) of Fateh Singh Nagar; Surinder Kaur (88) of Bahadur Nagar; Chaman Lal (89) of Beauty Avenue; Surinder Kaur (68) of Bhindi Saidan (Ajnala); Surinder Kumar (72) Amritsar, May 27 The district police on Thursday booked three persons for duping a man of Rs 17,45,000 on the pretext of sending him abroad. The accused have been identified as Vikramjit Singh, his wife Navneet Kaur, residents of Mohali, and Maninder Kaur, a resident of Anmol Enclave, Ram Tirath Road. Jasbir Singh, in his complaint to the police, said the accused took Rs 17,45,000 from him on the pretext of sending him to Canada, besides they also cheated one of his relatives, Harpal Singh, of Rs 9 lakh. The accused also took possession of the 13 kanal land on the pretext of sending Harpal Singh and his family to Canada. After conducting an inquiry, the police registered a case under Sections 420 and120-B of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 13 of the Punjab Travel Professional Regulation Act. BIRTH, DEATH CERTIFICATES of Jawahar Nagar; Teg Bahadur (58) of Batala Road and a 60-year-old unknown man who was admitted to Government Medical College. Meanwhile, a total of 2,426 persons were inoculated on Thursday. Those administered the shots included 143 persons in the age group of 1844 years while remaining were above 45 years. Tribune News Service AAP LAUNCHES HELPLINE ■ The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday COVID UPDATE NEW CASES 199 TOTAL CASES 44,022 NEW DEATHS 13 TOTAL DEATHS 1,400 NEW RECOVERY 400 TOTAL RECOVERY 38,922 ACTIVE 3,700 launched a campaign ‘Aap da doctor’ to provide assistance to Covid-19 patients. Joint secretary Ashok Talwari said people can get help on 78272-75743. Talwar said a team of 18 doctors in Amritsar will address queries of patients. ■ The AAP leaders said the Centre and the state government are not serious about vaccination as they have done nothing to overcome the shortage of vaccines. Smart junctions a bane of commuters, shopkeepers Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 27 Smart junctions designed to ease traffic congestion in the city have become a bane of commuters. The Amritsar Smart City Limited has planned to construct 22 smart junctions in the city. The contractors have started construction at Majitha Road, Ratan Singh Chowk and Court Road. Resident alleged that the construction work was going on at snail’s pace. Frequent jams, rise in air and noise pollution has further irked commuters and shopkeepers on these stretches. Shop owners of nearby areas urged the district administration to speed up the work. Ashok Kumar, a resident of Navi Abadi said, “The construction is going on for the last few weeks. It’s tough to cross the road as the authori- Amritsar Smart City Ltd plans to construct 22 junctions in the city. ties didn’t provide any alternative route. The work should be completed within the proposed time to ensure residents do not face inconvenience.” According to information, the work had commenced two months ago at Ratan Singh Chowk and was yet to be completed. Similarly, commuters have been facing inconvenience at Majitha Road, where tiles have been unloaded on the road, which leads to traffic snarls. A worker of the contractor claimed that they were not getting sufficient labour due to the virus. The smart junctions would also come up at Cantonment Chowk, Maqboolura Chowk, Husianpura Chowk, Khandwala Chowk, Ghala Mala Chowk, Green Field on Majitha Road and Naina Wala Morh. Tribune News Service on the same day.” Earlier, hospitals used to send intimation to the zonal office concerned about every death and birth. Generally, hospitals send records related to birth and death once a week or twice a month. The MC manually checks record and issues the first copy to the applicant. Later, an applicant can get hologram copies from Suvidha Kendras. This practice provided space to middlemen who took money to expedite the entire process. The MC officials often face allegation of corruption due to this dillydallying system. “It’s a major reform undertaken by the government. After a one-week trial, we will make it compulsory for all the hospitals. Staff at government hospitals is also being trained to provide facility to applicants,” said Wadhawan. The health authorities reported three Covid-19 related deaths in Tarn Taran district on Thursday. The death toll has reached 300. The authorities reported 61 positive cases today. With this, active cases increased to 655. A total of 407 patients have been isolated at their homes in the district. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said 1,122 samples were collected at different health centres. So far, 1,26,178 beneficiaries comprising different age groups have been inoculated in the district. Amritsar, May 27 From now onwards, hospitals will be providing the first copy of birth and death certificates on the same day. The Amritsar Municipal Corporation had initiated an online approval of the first copy of the certificate on may 26. Initially, the online system has commenced at 29 private hospitals of the city. Vishal Wadhawan, in charge, Death and Birth certification wing (MC) said, “It’s a hassle-free process. Hospitals can now issue the first copy of certificate on the same day when birth or death is reported. The hospital will forward required details of the applicant online and we will approve it after verifying the record. It will take only a few hours. We will assure that hospitals issue the first copy Three tobacco shops raided Civil Judge inspects Central Jail Amritsar, May 27 The Excise Department conducted raids at shops selling tobacco illegally in different parts of the city on Thursday. They penalised three shops under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). Sharanjit Kaur Sidhu, Deputy Director health-cumnodal officer of National Tobacco Control, said Adarsh Karyana store near Rattan Singh Chownk was found selling expired and banned tobacco products. She said many cigarette boxes did not carry pictorial warnings. So, the shopkeeper was charged ~7,000 as fine. Another kiosk near an educational institute in Ranjit Avenue was found selling tobacco. As per the COTPA, no tobacco shop can operate within a 100-metre radius of any educational institution. This third shop was raided at Ranjit Avenue’s C-block market. She called upon shopkeepers to not sell tobacco products at their shops. — TNS Amritsar, May 27 Civil Judge Pushpinder Singh visited the Amritsar Central Jail at Fatahpur on Thursday. During the visit, newly appointed judicial officers Charanpreet Kaur, Civil Judge, (Junior Division) and Ramanpreet Kaur, Civil Judge, (Jr Division), who are under training with the Civil Judge and panel lawyer Amandeep Singh. The judicial officials inspected barracks, kitchen, hospital, legal aid clinic and video conference room. Inmates were informed about various legal aids being provided by the Punjab State Legal Services Authority, including ADR mechanism (legal aid, lok adalats, victim compensation schemes, para legal volunteer services, legal aid clinic and legal literacy clubs in schools and colleges). They were also made aware about free legal aid provided by the Punjab State Legal Services Authority and were apprised that any inmate whether convict or under trial was entitled to free legal aid under the Legal Services Authority Act, 1987. Similarly, in case a person gets convicted by the court and intends to file appeal/revision against the order, he/she can also file an application in the office of the District Legal Services Authority. Inmates were informed about legal aid clinic established at the Amritsar Central Jail, where trained para legal volunteers have been deputed by the District Legal Services Authority. — TNS Three fall prey to virus in Tarn Taran A beneficiary gets inoculated at a vaccination centre in Amritsar. from pvt hospitals Tribune News Service District and Sessions Judge at Patti sub jail. District and Sessions Judge visits Patti sub jail District and Sessions Judge Priya Sood visited Patti sub jail on Thursday and apprised inmates of their legal rights. She urged inmates to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. She supervised sanitation and meal arrangements. She instructed jail officials to organise medical camps to provide better medical services to inmates. — OC ‘Periods don’t stop for pandemic, neither will our efforts’ MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY TODAY Muskurahatraises ~21K for sanitary pad kits that will be distributed among needy Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 27 Doing their bit towards menstrual equity and hygiene, Muskurahat, a small volunteer group founded by Manan Sharma, a year back, is now leading the menstrual hygiene campaign in the city. Partnering with Project Baala, under Girl Up India initiative, that aims to organise pan-India fundraiser and awareness campaign for menstrual hygiene, Muskurahat’s volunteers have been carrying out various awareness and fund raising activities to ensure gender equity and stop unhealthy practices. An MBBS student at SGRD, Manan (21), said the data shows that poor menstrual health practices in India have resulted in many diseases. “Over 23 million girls drop out of school at the onset of menarche because of lack of access to safe menstrual products. Only WHY CELEBRATE THIS DAY? Every woman in the world deals with the monthly mensuration cycle; however, the need for hygiene is met with silence and neglect even today. To create awareness among people regarding menstrual hygiene, every year, May 28 is observed as World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021. The main aim to mark this day is to change the social stigma and taboo associated with menstruation. To create adequate awareness and education among girls and women regarding hygiene, World Mensuration Hygiene Day was introduced. REASON BEHIND OPTING MAY 28 This special day was initiated by a German-based NGO WASH United in 2014. Not many know the reason behind opting for May 28 as Menstrual Hygiene Day. Since on average, the menstrual cycle for most women is 28 days and the period lasts for five days. This is how the date of this special day was decided. THEME THIS YEAR Project Muskurahat aims to create awareness for menstrual hygiene and voluntary distribution of sanitary napkins for the needy women. TRIBUNE PHOTO 36% of menstruating women have access to safe and sanitary products while the remaining use a variety of unsafe methods such as ash, husk, old rags, banana peels, etc. Using such unhygienic methods to manage menstru- c m y b ation can have serious health consequences such as reproductive tract infection, urinary tract infection, vaginal infec- This year’s theme for the Menstrual Hygiene Day is ‘Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health.’ The objective behind this day is to create awareness among every individual regarding the challenges and hardships girls and women face during menstruation. It highlights the innovative and positive approach taken to address this challenge. tions, etc. but also lead to other psycho-socio- economic consequences. The situation in menstrual health has wors- ened in the pandemic as several women did not get access to sanitary pads. Till now, we have managed to raise Rs 21,000 for sanitary pads that will be distributed among needy women for free,” she informed. Girl Up Muskurahat started on July 20, 2020, has been working for several causes, including gender equality, women rights, and healthcare awareness, advocacy, and fundraising. Girl Up Muskurahat is raising funds to donate reusable pads to teenage girls of Government Senior Secondary School For Girls, Kathu Nangal, along with the slum areas of Fatehgarh Churian Road. “We will bear the cost of each kit, which is around Rs 190 per kit. It contains three reusable pads and a bag for a soiled pad. One kit can support a girl’s menstrual cycle for at least two years. The volunteers will distribute the pads across these localities once the Covid situation gets better,” she said. Muskurahat has 25 members.
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