29052021-ATR-01.qxd 5/28/2021 11:15 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE UDAAN PLAN: 1 LAKH WOMEN TO GET SANITARY PADS FOR FREE Beneficiaries will be covered through 1,654 anganwadi centres. Fifty women will be covered through each centre. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ALLEGED GANGSTER TANISH NABBED Amritsar: The police have nabbed an alleged gangster Tanish Bedi, a resident of Fateh Singh colony in Gate Hakima. Bedi is wanted in half a dozen cases registered at different police stations. According to the police, he along with Sandeep Singh, alias Gattu of Indira colony, formed a gang, which was involved in different cases of attempt to murder, robberies and firing. Bedi has three cases of robberies and the Arms Act at Gate Hakima police station and two cases at Islamabad police station. One case has been registered with Division B police station. The police said Bedi was produced before the court, which sent him to three-day police remand. Cops hope to crack several criminal cases, besides Bedi’s arrest would also help in identifying his accomplices, including Gattu. TNS MAN ARRESTED WITH 4-KG GANJA Amritsar: Acting on a tip-off, the police have arrested Suresh Mahato, a native of Bihar, for allegedly possessing 4.3 kg of ganja. At present, Mahato resides in slums near the Civil Lines police station. Mahato was produced before the court, which sent him to police remand. As per preliminary probe, the accused brought drugs from Bihar and used to sell them to addicts in the city. Investigation was under progress to expose the entire nexus and source of the contraband. TNS FARMERS HEAD TO DELHI MORCHA Tarn Taran: Farmers and labourers from different parts of the district on Friday left for Delhi to take part in the ongoing farmers' protest on Delhi borders against the three farm laws of the Union Government. Women and youngsters too would be part of the agitation. Farmers under the leadership of Harpreet Singh Sidhwan, Dhanna Singh Lalughuman, Salwinder Singh and others led jathas, which departed from Chabal, Khadoor Sahib, Jeobala, Shahbazpur and other areas of the district. Residents of the villages performed ardas in gurdwaras for the success of the farmers’ struggle. They condemned the Union Government’s failure to redress their grievances. OC DRDO TO SET UP O2 PLANT AT GNDH Amritsar: With the help of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Punjab government is setting up an oxygen plant at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here. The plant would have a capacity of generating oxygen at a rate of 1,000-litre per minute which would help the hospital in meeting the demand of medical oxygen. Himanshu Agarwal, ADC, on Friday visited the site at GNDH where the plant was being established. He said the state government had already started its preparation for the setting up of the plant. This plant would reach Amritsar in coming few days. TNS PAGE 2 DEMI LOVATO OPENS UP ON HER INSECURITIES AND FEARS PAGE 3 The American singer has opened up on fears saying they cut their hair to be free from gender and sexuality norms. MAX 42°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:29 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:26 AM Gyms, spa centres, coaching centres, hotels to stay closed Tribune News Service Minister for Medical Education and Research Om Prakash Soni (L) along with DC Gurpreet Singh Khaira during a meeting with traders at the Circuit House in Amritsar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR appeal to the traders to allow only those customers ❝Iwear a mask. Shopkeepers themselves should wear who a mask. ❞ OP Soni, MINISTER FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION & RESEARCH allowed to open on one day and those on the left side would open on the next day, but now due to the fall in the number of cases, the shops on both sides would open from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday. He said gymnasiums, spa centres, coaching centres, hotels/restaurants would remain closed. Soni appealed to the traders to allow only those customers who wear a mask. Shopkeepers themselves should wear a mask. Addressing the traders, Soni said it was now our responsibility to ensure that shops were not crowded, follow the social distancing norms and other instructions passed by the government. PAGE 4 Singer Ankit Tiwari made his television debut with Zee TV’s singing reality show Indian Pro Music League recently. Big relief to traders as all shops to open till 5pm now Amritsar, May 28 Scrapping the earlier policy of opening left and right lane shops on alternate days, the panel headed by Cabinet minister OP Soni announced that all shops would open from 9 am to 5 pm during the five days a week, subject to the condition that the Covid-19 protocols would be followed sternly. Minister for Medical Education and Research Om Prakash Soni held a meeting with traders at the Circuit House here this afternoon. Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira and Commissioner of Police Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill were also present on the occasion. Soni announced that all shops would open from 9 am to 5 pm while the rest of the restrictions would remain in force till June 10. The minister said due to increasing Covid-19 cases, the shops on the right side were ANKIT TALKS ABOUT BEING PART OF INDIAN PRO MUSIC LEAGUE He said preparations had been made to deal with the third wave of Covid-19. He said special wards for children had been set up. Addressing a meeting, DC Gurpreet Singh Khaira said with the change in the rotation policy, the shops on both sides would now open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and the rest of the restrictions would continue till June 10. On the occasion, Commissioner of Police Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said action would be taken against the shops which would open after 5 pm as per the law. “If we continue to be negligent, the problem may escalate so the shopkeepers should use masks and not let a crowd to gather in their shops,” he said. Besides, Piara Lal Seth, Sameer Jain, Jatinder Singh Moti Bhatia, Wazir Chand, Surinder Duggal, among other traders, were present on the occasion. SATURDAY | 29 MAY 2021 | AMRITSAR 19 fall prey to virus, 192 new cases reported in district Tribune News Service HELPLINE FOR PATIENTS Amritsar, May 28 With 19 more Covid-19 related deaths reported in the district on Friday, the toll has increased to 1,419. The health authorities reported 192 new cases with which the total count has reached 44,214. The new cases include 138 influenza-like illness cases and 54 contacts of positive patients. With the recovery of 292 patients, the recovery count has improved to 39,214. The total count of active cases in the district stands at 3,581 cases. Meanwhile, the district administration today asked all government hospitals to utilise 108 ambulance service for ferrying Covid-19 patients. Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira said the decision was taken after reports of Covid patients being overcharged by private ambulances poured in at his office. Those who fell prey to the virus include Surinder Kaur (77) of Maqbool Pura, Baljinder Kaur (55) of Jaspal Nagar, Jagjit Singh of Chhidan village, Avtar Singh (70) of ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES 192 TOTAL CASES 44,214 NEW DEATHS 19 TOTAL DEATHS 1,419 NEW RECOVERY 292 TOTAL RECOVERY 39,214 ACTIVE 3,581 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) Rajasansi, Kanta Rani (55) of Chheharta, Sukhwant Kaur (80) of Tarn Taran road, Ajit Singh (61) of Krishna Nagar, Ram Ganesh (58) of Hari Singh Nagar, Shamsher Singh (22) of Mahal, Rekha (40) of Majitha road, Ganesh Kumar (45) of Mustafabad, Surinder Singh (68) of Krishna Nagar, Navtej Singh (45) of Guru Ramdas Nagar, Santokh Singh, (85) of East Mohan Nagar, Palwinder Singh (67) Seva Singh (81) of Baba Bkala, Renu (50) of Katra Khajana, Inderjit Joshi (72) of Majitha road and Mukhtar Singh (76) of Baba Bakala. Four die in Tarn Taran The district on Friday reported the death of four persons due to Covid-19, pushing the toll to 304. Besides, the district recorded 47 positive cases taking the tally to 637 out of which 376 were quarantined at their homes. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said 1,236 samples were collected by teams of the Health Department. The DC said a total of 7,401 citizens had contracted the virus so far and 6,460 patients had been discharged. A total of 1,26,388 persons had been inoculated so far. Now, Covid-related verified information just a click away Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 28 City-based Simrat Swani, who is an IT professional, has come up with a Covid-19 specific online portal which gives verified information for Covid-19 related resources in Amritsar. The website, https://covidrepository.in/, acts as a single platform containing information on oxygen suppliers, plasma donors, food deliveries for affected families, ambulance service, availability of hospital beds, etc. It’s a first such online platform and has been designed for the community, by the community. Swani has co-founded the online portal along with Markus E Schilter. “We have been running the platform since May 11, in our individual capacity and our aim is to make all valid, verified information accessible for people in need. The infor- mation uploaded on the website has been verified by us through various government agencies and private channels working in Covid-19 response,” said Simrat. Using her experience as a data planner, she has been working on data driven government projects and says that it can be used as an armour against challenges in planning immediate response to a crisis like Covid-19. Last year, she had City-based IT professional Simrat Swani comes up with a ‘one-stop solution’ for all queries been working with several government agencies from various cities, collecting data and using to find solutions to immediate Covid-19 response. “I applied the very same concept to create the website. This is the first platform in Amritsar, which makes collated information from varied sources available at a single point. The idea is that when an individual is in distress, they do not have the bandwidth to collect informa- tion from different places, verify it and then use it. Easy and timely access is also the key. I felt that amid the pandemic, the information was so scattered and having single digital platform will help streamline important information for public,” she says. Swani says that the website is still under upgrade. “In its current mode, it’s limited by and large to our personal network of sources. We regularly verify and update the infor- mation hosted on the page to keep it relevant and useful. Furthermore, the idea is to run it as a community platform for the people and by the people. We actively encourage individuals to come forth and share any Covid-19 relief resources they know of on our website. This will go a long way in expanding the database and keeping it valuable for the people of Amritsar.” Their community partner is Phulkari- women of Amritsar. When pandemic nudged people Jewellers urge Central Govt to to grow their own organic food extend deadline by one year HALLMARKING GOLD GoI fixed June 15 as last date Tribune News Service Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 28 Jewellers have urged the Centre to extend the deadline further for hallmarking gold ornaments. Earlier, the government had fixed June 1, 2021, as the deadline, but recently extended it till June 15, 2021, in the wake of the pandemic. However, the jewellers forum wants the deadline to be extended till June 2022. Pankaj Khurrana, vice president, Indian Jewellers’ Forum, said, “Under the changed rules, organised sector will not have much impact, but outlets situated in remote parts will suffer a huge blow.” Besides, Khurrana sought time to take up the matter with the government as jewellers could be punished in case, ornaments were found to be below mentioned quality. He said it would be gross injustice with retailers as they buy objects certified by the hallmark centre. The concept of hallmark and its centres were introduced to decipher the exact quality of gold being used in ornaments. On the sale of gold ornaments in the city, jewellers Customers shop for gold ornaments in Amritsar on Friday. RESTRICTIONS FAIL TO HAMPER GOLD SALES ■ Jewellers said there were enough customers in the market. Despite high gold prices and Covid-19 induced restrictions, trust of people in gold has increased. ■ Rahul Seth, a jeweller, said, “Parents who are about to marry their children now have sufficient funds to invest on gold ornaments. Lavish Punjabi marriages have been replaced by simple ceremonies in which one cannot have more than 20 attendees.” said there were enough customers in the market. Despite high gold prices and Covid-19 induced restrictions, trust of people in gold has increased. Rahul Seth, a jeweller, said, “Parents who are about to marry their children now have sufficient funds to invest on gold ornaments. Lavish Punjabi marriages have been replaced by simple ceremonies in which one cannot have more than 20 attendees.” Sandeep Gulati, who was purchasing gold ornaments for the marriage of his daughter, said, “Money I will be saving will go into asset making of his daughter.” He said as price of 24 carat gold was hovering around Rs 50,350 per tola (10 gm) and 22 carat at Rs 48,150 per tola, a lion’s share of wedding budget goes into buying gold. c m y b Amritsar, May 28 Back in 2019, Major Singh, 41, an electrical officer in Merchant Navy, was skeptical about the much-advertised organic food. One of his friends in Lucknow, who was into using organic products, used to coax him to switch to organic food. “I never really paid heed to it. But in early 2020, just when the lockdown was imposed, it was the first time I searched for organic food to build immunity,” he shares. A year later, Major and his family has created a small rooftop kitchen garden and turned an empty plot adjacent to his residence into a mini-organic farm. “We grow lady finger, eggplant, cucumber, bell peppers, chilies and lots of herbs. My wife and daughter help me in maintaining the garden,” he says. Ever since the pandemic struck, the demand for organic and naturallysourced food has increased in the country. In Punjab, where the movement to shift towards natural farming was already growing, the shift towards natural and ethical food habits has been tremendous. “There is a tremendous increase in the number of people asking for guidance in growing their own food and Major Singh working to grow herbs in his garden. TRIBUNE PHOTO BEGINNERS’ LESSON ■ For beginners, easily produced vegetables and plants in your kitchen garden can be medicinal plants such as giloy and ashwaganda, turmeric, neem, tulsi, wheat grass, mint and coriander. As for seasonal vegetables, bottlegourd, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, lady finger, mushroom, chilies and fruit trees such as mango and sapota (cheeku) can be easily grown. setting up kitchen gardens. It’s time people realise that medicines won’t fix their immunity, clean and healthy lifestyle can,” says Rohit Mehra, an IRS officer and the man behind introducing the concept of seed balls and vertical gardens in Punjab. Rohit and his team is now helping people train in growing vegetables and fruits organically. “Kitchen gardens are low maintenance and first step towards sustainable living. We promote the concept of zero waste, creating compost from kitchen waste, seasonal farming and growing medicinal herbs and plants at home,” he adds. Major Singh set up his kitchen garden at a total expenditure of ~3,000. “I have learnt a lot while working in my garden. All it needs is a bit of your time, which we all have now, thanks to the pandemic,” he says. Gunbir Singh, who has been at the forefront of promoting organic farmer’s market and natural farming practices in the city, has been mentoring many like Major to grow their own food and learn to make a lifestyle shift. After Covid 19 restrictions affected organic farmers’ market in the city, Gunbir and his team has been making home deliveries of organic produce sourced from local farmers through their label The Earth Store. “Earlier, we used to deliver thrice a week, but now the continued on page 2
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