30052021-ATR-01.qxd 29-05-2021 23:27 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE FOREST DEPT STOPS ROADSIDE PLANTATION OF EUCALYPTUS PAGE 2 The plantation of eucalyptus trees on roadsides has been stopped after a petition was filed with the NGT. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF THIEVES DECAMP WITH 150-GM GOLD Tarn Taran: Gold ornaments and cash worth lakhs were stolen from residence of Pargat Singh, who is a sarpanch of Dhiddiwal village (Padhri Kalan), on May 28. Pargat said he was sleeping on the first floor when the incident took place. He told the police that robbers decamped with 15 tola gold (150 gm), Rs 2.25 lakh and eight imported watches after breaking locks of an almirah. ASI Kuldep Singh (Investigating Officer) said a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered. He said loation mobile phones active around the crime spot were being scrutinised to identify the accused. OC CHADHA JOINS KCGC’S PANEL Amritsar: Charanjit Singh Chadha, former chief of Chief Khalsa Diwan and member of Khalsa College governing council (KCGC), has been nominated for managing committee of the KCGC. He has been appointed in place of his son Harjit Singh Chadha. The decision was taken during a meeting held by members of the KCGC. Recently, he was absolved of charges of immorality by the Akal Takht and received a clean chit. TNS TWO HELD WITH 60 LIQUOR BOTTLES Hoshiarpur: The Model Town police arrested two persons and seized 45,000 ml (60 bottles) of liquor from their car. The accused were arrested near Purheeran and had been identified as Jatinder Kumar of Bhagat Singh Nagar locality and Shashi Kumar of Sunder Nagar, Hoshiarpur. Both have been booked under the Excise Act. Meanwhile, the Dasuya police seized 10,000-litre illicit liquor (lahan) during a raid at Rajpur village in the Mand area, seized the lahan and destroyed it on the spot. An FIR under Sections 61,1, and 14 of Excise Act was registered. OC WOMAN NABBED UNDER NDPS ACT Hoshiarpur: The police seized intoxicating powder from a woman on Friday. A police party was patrolling near Jiwan Palace stopped a woman on suspicion. On checking, in presence of Inspector Ramandeep Kumar, 42-gm intoxicating powder was ecovered from her. An FIR under the NDPS Act has been registered. OC SUNSET SUNDAY 7:29 PM 12 die, 172 catch infection in district Tribune News Service A health worker inoculates a beneficiary in Amritsar on Saturday. Contestants and hosts will take you back to the '80s & '90s by performing on some classic retro dance numbers. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:26 AM 2 Covid deaths reported in Tarn Taran Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 29 Two patients succumbed to the virus in Tarn Taran district on Saturday. With this the tally reached 306. The District Health Department reported 15 positive cases in the district today. At present, the district has 598 active cases and out of these 349 patients have been isolated at their respective homes. A total of 1,288 beneficiaries were administered the shots today and the tally of those inoculated in the district has reached 1,27,680 so far, including 3,427 teachers of primary and secondary schools. The Health Department collected a total of 1,165 swab samples at various centres in the district. SUNDAY | 30 MAY 2021 | AMRITSAR Respite for patients as elective surgeries begin Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 29 The decision by the state government to allow elective surgeries in private and government hospitals has come as a big respite for patients. Earlier, elective surgeries in the state were stopped during the second week of April to ensure availability of medical resources for Covid patients as positivity rate had increased manifold. Experts said elective surgeries cannot be postponed for long as it aggravates condition of a patient. “Surgeries are elective only in the sense that a doctor and a patient have time to plan these. These cannot be delayed for months,” said a physician. Joginder Kaur, a resident, Attendants queue up at OPD counter of Government Medical College. said she was all set to get her eye operated for cataract when the government took the decision to defer surgeries. She said she would again consult his doctor. While the number of infections and casualties due to the Covid-19 have dropped signif- Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 29 City-based philanthropists, who played a key role in providing aid to the needy during the first wave of Covid-19, and the lockdown period last year, have once again taken it upon themselves to help the needy this year as well. Economic recession following the lockdown was no deterrent to hold them back from helping the needy in the hour of crisis. Gurinder Singh Rishi of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Welfare Club claimed that his NGO had distributed ration worth Rs 1 crore to icantly, officials of the Health Department said number of beds reserved for Covid patients would not be decreased. “Elective surgeries are allowed to the extent that it does not have any bearing on resources dedicated for Covid management,” said an official. HELPLINE FOR PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES 172 TOTAL CASES 44,386 NEW DEATHS 12 TOTAL DEATHS 1,431 NEW RECOVERY 280 TOTAL RECOVERY 39,494 ACTIVE 3,461 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) those vaccinated included 58 construction workers, 94 residents with comorbid condi- tions in the 18-44 age group and 143 family members of healthcare workers. Street vendors to be jabbed from June 1 Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 29 From June 1, street vendors, delivery boys, shopkeepers, hospitality sector workers and industrial workers will be inoculated in the district. The administration officials stated that bus and cab drivers, conductors and elected members of the local bodies will also be eligible to get injections. In the first phase of the vaccination earlier, the government had allowed vaccination for senior citizens only. In the second phase, persons above 45-years of age with comorbidities were allowed. At present all residents above 45-years are eligible for the vaccination. Additionally, residents with comorbid conditions in the age group of 18-44 years, workers registered with the Labour Department and family members of healthcare workers are also eligible. The officials stated that with the inclusion of new categories in the vaccination drive, vaccination would pick up pace. However, with limited supply of the vaccine, the residents are also complaining for long wait and rush at vaccination centres. While speaking during a vaccination camp at Rose Graden, MLA Sunil Dutti said the state government had ordered 30 lakh doses of vaccine to cover 18-44 age group residents. He added that of these only 4.29 lakh doses had been received while the efforts were on to procure the remaining vaccine. 2 men ‘sexually’ Batala police bust arms racket 2 robbed of ~4.22L assault salesgirl run from Central Jail, 5 booked in broad daylight Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 29 A salesgirl, working with a healthcare company, was allegedly injured by two persons at Pangota village, 35 km from here, in a bid to assault her sexually on Friday. The victim was a resident of Moga district, who was in the village to sell company products. The accused have been identified as Bagicha Singh and Harjit Singh Lal. Harike SHO Sub-Inspector Harwinder Singh Nagoke said the accused had been booked under Sections 307 and 34 of the IPC. The victim was on her job work in the village. The accused lured her to sell her products and took the victim to a palatial house in the middle of the village. When the salesgirl was going upstairs the accused hit her on head and she became unconscious. The SHO said the accused took her to a room of the house where they tried to assault her sexually. They half-naked the girl and stuffed a cloth into her mouth. In spite of her serious condition, the victim foiled all their attempts to sexually assault her. The accused fled the spot leaving the victim behind. The village elders saved the girl and admitted her to a private hospital in Amritsar. Batala, May 29 The Batala police have busted arms racket, which was being run from the Amritsar Central Jail, by a noted heroin smuggler on Saturday. Senior Superintendent of Police Rachpal Singh claimed that they had been working on a tip-off for the last few days in which the needle of suspicion pointed to heroin smuggler Joginder Singh Jagga, who had been lodged at the Central Jail. The Senior Superintendent of Police formed a team comprising DSP Gurinderbir Singh Sidhu, which nailed the offenders. Jagga ❝Joginder Singhdrug is one of the biggest smuggler in the region with his area of specialty being heroin trafficking. He already has 16 FIRs registered against him out of which 10 pertain to the NDPS Act. ❞ Rachpal Singh, SSP “Joginder Singh Jagga is one of the biggest drug smuggler in the region with his area of specialty being heroin trafficking. He already has 16 FIRs registered against him out of which 10 pertain to the NDPS Act,” said Rachpal. Cops recovered one .30 pistol, two country made .32 pistols, two locally manufactured .315 bore guns, two double-barrel guns and a single-barrel gun. The policemen seized 60 cartridges of .315 bore gun and 34 cartridges .32 bore pistol. A toolkit meant for repairing weapons was also recovered from the accused. “Apart from Jagga, others who have been booked are Sandeep Kumar, who repaired weapons at his father’s gun shop ‘Lahori Gun House’, Sarwan Singh, Amrinder Singh and Lukas Masih. Sarwan has been arrested while cops are on the lookout for others,” said Rachpal. Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 29 Two unknown armed persons robbed two employees of a finance company of Rs 4 lakh in Jandiala on Friday. Though the police have registered an FIR, there has been no breakthrough in the case so far. Sunil Kumar, a resident of Kangra (Himachal Pradesh), told the police that he along with Mukesh Kumar, assistant manager of Satin Credit Care, were going to deposit cash in the bank when the incident took place. Sunil said as they came out of their office, two bikeborne persons with their faces covered arrived on the spot and pointed a pistol at Unsung warriors who came forward to ease woes of the needy AGENDA 2021 PAGE 4 DANCE DEEWANE RECREATE THE GOLDEN ERA OF DANCE From serving tea to sweeping floor on sets, Amrish Puri’s grandson has done it all to climb the Bollywood ladder. MAX 42°C | MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 29°C Amritsar, May 29 The health authorities reported 12 Covid-19 related deaths in Amritsar district on Saturday. With this, the toll in the district has increased to 1,431. The authorities reported 172 new positive cases with which the total count has reached 44,386. The new cases include 110 influenza-like illness cases and 62 contacts of positive patients. With recovery of 280 cases, the recovery count has reached 39,494. At present, the district has a total of 3,461 active cases. Those who succumbed to the virus include Bishambar Kumar (48) of Judge Nagar, Nisha Chabra (37) of Chhatti Khooi Chowk, Chanchal Singh (80) of Preet Avenue (Majitha Road), Madhu Bhatia (69) of White Avenue, Kailash Sharma (68) of Fatehgarh Churrian Road, Parwinder Singh (65) of Chheharta, Amarjit Singh (46) of Majitha Road, Jeet Singh (80) of Chawinda Devi, Sucha Singh (80) of Marar Khurd, Chanchal (54) of Khandwala, Deepak Seth (72) of Bead and Kalawati (45). Meanwhile, 1,869 beneficiaries were inoculated on Sunday. Health officials said PAGE 3 HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: ACTING IS IN VARDHAN PURI’S DNA 9,837 families during the lockdown last year. He said this time, they procured 11 concentrators which concentrates oxygen from a gas supply by selectively removing nitrogen to supply oxygen enriched gas stream. A machine costs Rs 35,000 and it is very helpful in the initial phase of Covid-19 infection, he said. He added that this step was taken keeping in view the high number of patients exceeding the limited medical means for battling the virus. “Similarly, the population proportion was higher than medical means here. So we are focusing on medical aid.” Harsimran Singh, a practising advocate, has set a towering example of charity under ❝ We distributed ration worth ~1 crore to 9,837 families during the lockdown last year. We procured 11 concentrators for patients. One unit costs ~35,000 and it's very helpful in the initial phase of infection. ❞ Gurinder Singh Rishi, SHAHEED BHAGAT SINGH WELFARE loan to continue ❝I took atwo carts of fresh distributing vegetables every morning. I distribute vegetables twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday. I will continue with charity work if the lockdown extends. Bal Krishan Sharma ❞ the patronage of Just Sewa Society. Being funded by nearly 35 families on the prin- ciple of taking out Dasvand from their earnings, the society takes care of rickshaw c m y b ❝ We have distributed ration among 700 families during the lockdown. Around 200 members have donated as per their will. Despite economic crisis, we are planning to once again pool money to carry out charitable work. ❞ Harish Sharma, CHIEF, MANAV ADHIKAR SANGARSH COMMITTEE pullers, masks, sanitisers for frontline workers, vocational courses for the needy and many others. Volunteers of the society distribute twice a day meal to rickshaw pullers. Last year, they had distributed three lakh masks and one lakh face shields to the frontline workers, patients and impoverished people. Bal Krishan Sharma, who has been doing charity work for the past several decades, said he had to take out a loan to continue distributing two carts of fresh vegetables every morning as his both dhabas remained closed last year. He distributes vegetables twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday. He stated that he would continue his charity work in case the lockdown lasts longer this year. Ma Chintuprni Ji Sewa Mandal, Jagran Evam Langar Samiti, said, they had distributed cooked meals and ration valuing Rs 22.50 lakh to the needy for 10 months last year. Sonu Sharma, President of the Samiti, said, there were 140 members of the Samiti who contribute themselves. So they do not seek contribution from outside. “Last week, they held a meeting alerting members to be ready for pooling in money.” Harish Sharma, President of the Manav Adhikar Sangarsh Committee, distributed ration among 700 families during the lockdown. He said 200 members had contributed as per their will for the charitable work. “Despite the economic crisis, we are planning to once again pool money to carry out charitable work.” Two men snatched a bag containing money from outside the office of Satin Credit Care him. He said they snatched a bag containing Rs 4.22 lakh and fled away. The Jandiala police have registered a case under Section 379-B (2) of the IPC and Section 25/27/54 and 59 of the Arms Act against unidentified persons. The police said investigation was under progress and CCTV cameras located in the area were being scrutinised to find some clues. ‘Nod to use land adjoining Shivpuri’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 29 Finally, the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) has allowed the Durgiana Mandir Management Committee to construct a shed to store logs of wood meant for last rites in a plot adjoining the Shivpuri cremation ground, claimed the Durgiana temple committee here on Saturday. Ramesh Sharma, president, Durgiana Mandir Management Committee, said they got nod from Chandigarh to use the land. “The government will also give the ownership rights of plot to temple continued on page 2
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