31052021-ATR-01.qxd 5/30/2021 10:23 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE RAISING VACCINE PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION NEED OF HOUR Residents say the government must begin door-to-door inoculation of beneficiaries to avoid rush at centres. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF SAFAI SEWAKS LODGE PROTEST Tarn Taran: Safai sewaks of the local self government institutions in the district took serious note of the alleged threats by sanitation contractors to the safai sewaks of the Nagar Panchayat, Bhikhiwind. Romesh Kumar Shergill, state leader of the Safai Sewak Union, Punjab, said the union was on strike for an indefinite period stressing on the current demands which was their constitutional right. The union leader said the demand include regularisation of their services, implementation of the pay panel report, giving details of the deduction being made from the salaries of the employees, restoration of the old pension scheme, etc. oc CENTRAL JAIL INMATE BOOKED Amritsar: A prisoner lodged at the Amritsar Central Jail has been booked for attacking another inmate on Saturday. The accused has been identified as Talwinder Singh, alias Jassi, a resident Kazi Kot road, Tarn Taran. Ajmer Singh, Assistant Superintendent, Amritsar Central Jail, said Talwinder attacked another prisoner Sahil Kumar, alias Sunny, at Barrack No. 1, with a sharp-edged weapon. He said Talwinder had old enmity with Sahil, who was rushed to the Jail Hospital, from where he was referred to the Civil Hospital. Assistant SubInspector Gurpinder Singh of Fatahpur police post said a case under Section 52 of the Prisons Act has been registered against Talwinder. TNS 4,500 TRAMADOL PILLS SEIZED Amritsar: The Ajnala police nabbed a person and seized 4,500 tramadol tablets from his possession here on Saturday. The accused has been identified as Shubam Kumar of Sant Singh Nagar. Investigating Officer ASI Gagandeep Singh said a police team was on patrol duty near Sai Mandi. On seeing the police, the accused tried to escape the spot and on finding his move suspicious, the police chased him. On being nabbed, the police seized 4,500 tablets of Tramadol Hydrochloride from his scooter. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered. TNS BJP CELEBRATES 7 YRS AT CENTRE PAGE 2 PAGE 3 SONG TO HEAL: CELEBRITIES UNITE FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Ahead of World Environment Day, celebrities have decided to come together for UN’s special music video. MAX 41°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C | MIN 29°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:30 PM PAGE 4 In an interaction, the Taarak Mehta Ka... actor said: “Absolutely rubbish. Who cooks up all these false stories?” SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:26 AM MONDAY | 31 MAY 2021 | AMRITSAR Residents flout lockdown norms 19 succumb, 152 new cases in dist as dist admnlooks the other way Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 30 As the district administration provided some relaxations in the weekend lockdown and night curfew on weekdays, after observing a fall in Covid19 cases, residents have started violating the guidelines on weekend curfew. They can be seen assembling in grounds to play cricket, football and volleyball games on weekends. After having fun, they assemble near the nearby vendors selling kulchas. Not only this, even the residents of walled city areas, especially the elderly, have been assembling at parks and gardens to play cards. Though, the police have closed the entry for the public in Company Bagh on weekends, residents manage to enter the garden and several of them have been found to be playing cards on weekends. The footfall in religious places also revived after the report of dip in the Covid-19 positive cases. With the rise in temperature, the youngsters can be seen swimming in canals and some swimming pools are also functional. On weekdays, no one takes care of the recommendations in markets especially in sabji mandis and wholesale markets of the walled city. A large number of people can be seen Putlighar Bazaar brims with rush on Sunday evening despite weekend lockdown in Amritsar; and (right) youngsters play volleyball. TRIBUNE PHOTOS carrying face masks but wear it only while driving to avoid the interception by police. Harvinder Singh, a cop on the patrolling duty on the bypass road, stated that the residents, who get vaccinated, are violating the restrictions and often argue that they have been safely vaccinated and hence pose no danger to anybody. Meanwhile, the city police registered two cases of violation. Gate Hakima police booked 20 persons, who had assembled at a swimming pool at Mulechak Village. The pool owner was identified as Parminder Singh of Mulle Chak village. Ranjit Avenue police booked Kanav, a native of Tamil Nadu for opening his shop “South Indian Madrasi Dosa” in A Block of the Ranjit Avenue. Amritsar Rural police booked two shopkeepers in Majitha and Jandiala under Section 188 of the IPC, Section 3 of the Epidemic Act 1897, 51 of the Disaster Management Act-2005 for opening their shops. All shops open from today A day ahead of the lifting of restrictions, all traders geared up for opening of their outlets from Monday. Jagdish Arora, President of Shastri Market Cloth and Dealers Association, welcoming the move, said doing away with alternate day opening of shops would bring regularity in their trade. He said traders would be in a position to sort out their stocks and update their accounts on a regular basis, which had been missing earlier. A large section of dealers is of the view that introduction of the GST has increased the amount of paperwork and filing of frequent returns. Delay in jotting down details will only complicate the situation. People associated with the wedding industry rue apathy of the government for the industry which gives impetus to the economy. — TNS Amritsar, May 30 With 19 Covid deaths reported in Amritsar district on Sunday, the toll has increased to 1,450. The health authorities reported 152 new cases with which the total count has increased to 44,538. The new cases include 86 influenza-like illness cases and 66 contacts of positive patients. The health authorities reported recovery of 300 patients with which the recovery count has increased to 39,794. At present, the district has a total of 3,294 active cases. Those who fell prey to the virus include Kiran Sethi (58) of Batala Road, Santosh Mehra (74) of Green Avenue, Surdeep Singh (42) of Basant Avenue, Manjit Singh (74) of Sudarshan Nagar, Kuldeep Singh (61) of Dharar Village, Baljit Kaur (52) of Baba Bakala, Gurdial Singh (88) of Chheharta, Mangal Singh (65) of Kohali, Niranjan Singh (65) of Dolo Nangal Village, Harpal Kaur (72) of Rajasansi, Pawan Kumar (68) of Ram Nagar, Bhinder Kaur (60) of New Amritsar, Gajadhar (57) of Railway Colony, Jagir Chand (50) of Sultanwind village, Mohinder Pal (50) of Chowk Laxmansar, Lakhbir Singh (75) of Dashmesh Nagar, Vidhya Devi (71) of Tilak Nagar, Krishan Gopal (70) of Mohini Park and Mukhtar Singh (50) Chogawan village. Stigma still a hurdle in undertaking Covid tests “I stopped going out for a stroll and confined myself within the precincts of the house. I would cook for myself and idle away my time watching television or talking to my children who live abroad,” she said, adding that for supplies she called her friend who visits her routinely. “She used to come and drop supplies at the entrance. I did not allow even her to enter the home,” she said. She said she would extensively search online search engines to know more about the disease. Asked why she had not passed on the information to her neighbours, she said, “When the pandemic had just begun, I heard about a young couple living on rent in the nearby area. I still remember how people had blamed them and feared that they would spread the disease.” She said that the couple had moved to their native place but even when they returned, the behaviour of nearby residents was strange. She said though she did not tell her neighbours, she stayed Stimulus package out of bounds for these construction workers Content on SGPC’s new website stirs controversy Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 30 Though it has been around 15 months since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March last year, people are still afraid of revealing their condition to their neighbours fearing that they might have to face problems. Such is the stigma associated with the disease. Baljit Kaur (name changed), a senior citizen, when contracted Covid-19 earlier last month thought it better to keep the information to herself. State govt announced to provide ~3K each 2 weeks ago Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 30 Confusion prevailed among construction workers as they were unable to receive the relief provided to them by the state government in their respective bank accounts as these were not linked with Aadhaar. The issue was discussed during the meet of the Punjab Nirman Mazdoor Union at Pahuwind village on Sunday. Dharam Singh Patti, convener, Punjab Nirman Mazdoor Union, said the state government had provided a compensation of Rs 3,000 to each construction worker two weeks ago due to the Covid19 restrictions. The workers had received messages on their mobile phones regarding the amount being sent to their bank accounts by the Labour Department. Nirmal Kaur and Narinder Singh said whenev- Tribune News Service Labourers raise slogans in Tarn Taran on Sunday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO er they approach their bank officials concerned, they were told that their bank accounts were not linked with Aadhaar number and as a result, the amount was not deposited in their accounts. Gurmeet Kaur and Balkar Singh said they had already completed the entire process of linking their Aadhaar cards with their bank accounts, but it has been delinked. Inspector Rajbir Singh of the Labour Department said the list of rejected beneficiaries has not been received at the local office so far. c m y b away from them. She said she had developed fever a few days after taking the first dose of the vaccine. “I consulted my doctor and so I gave a sample. The first report was positive. Then I again gave my sample after 17 days and the report was negative,” she said. In such a situation where society is still to learn to act compassionately, a large number of people avoid going for tests as they feel that if they tested positive it would create unnecessary trouble for them and their families. ‘Puratan katha kirtan’ missing from upgraded version GS Paul Amritsar: Commemorating seven years of the BJP government at the Centre, the local unit distributed ration, masks and sanitisers among 101 families. BJP SC Morcha president Sanjeev Kumar handed over the ration kits to the needy at the BJP office on Sunday. Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha district president Gautam Arora organised a blood donation camp. BJP district unit president Suresh Mahajan said party members distributed face masks, sanitisers and ration. Blood donation camps and safai campaigns were organised in various parts of the city. On the other hand, Congress MLA Raj Kumar Verka flayed the seven years of BJP rule at the Centre and termed it as a perfect example of misrule. TNS DILIP RESPONDS TO REPORTS OF TIFF WITH CO-STAR RAJ ANADKAT Amritsar, May 30 The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s move to remove religious and informative content from its upgrade website has invited criticism from devotees. A complaint reached Akal Takht alleging that files of ‘puratan katha kirtan’ (ancient ballads) have been removed in the upgraded version. Activist Prof Sarchand Singh of the Sikh Federation said ‘Rashbhinna kirtan’ and stories related to ‘Hukumnama’ command immense importance as devotees keenly listen and download them, but now these have been deleted. He also objected the decision to convert format of the website into English by replacing Gurmukhi. “Nowhere is any information about the Sikh philosophy, ideology, history or doctrines of is any ❝Nowhereabout the information Sikh philosophy, ideology, history or doctrines of Sikh Gurus. Ironically, photographs of celebrities visiting the Golden Temple feature on its opening page. Why PDF files of books on the Sikh history, Gurbani and philosophy have been removed? ❞ Prof Sarchand Singh Sikh Gurus. Ironically, photographs of celebrities visiting the Golden Temple feature on its opening page. Why PDF files of books on the Sikh history, Gurbani and philosophy have been removed. Even telephone numbers of Singh Sahibs, members and officebearers of the SGPC are miss- ing. Similarly, details of important days and festivals, too, have been reoved,” he said. Countering the allegations, Sukhminder Singh, additional secretary, SGPC, said as work on the website was still on, the entire data of old website, including Sikh principles, Sikh rehat maryada, recorded kirtan, katha, mukhwak and books would be made available on a new format. He said SGPC chief Jagir Kaur had constituted a committee of experts comprising Dr Balwant Singh Dhillon, Dr Paramvir Singh, Principal Prabhjot Kaur, Dr Inderjit Singh Gogoani, Dr Amarjit Singh and Dr Jogeshwar Singh, who have been supervising the content. “Numerous books related to the Sikhism will also be uploaded on new website,” he said. He said the new portal would centralise all institutions, departments and trusts of the SGPC. COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 152 44,538 19 1,450 300 39,794 3,294 Meanwhile, 1,877 persons were inoculated on Sunday as part of the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive. Health officials said 25,961 healthcare workers (HCWs), 49,369 frontline workers (FLWs), 2,07,887 residents above 45 years and 21,418 residents in the age group of 18-44 years have been partially vaccinated. 2 deaths in Tarn Taran The district reported 21 positive cases and two deaths due to Covid on Sunday. With this, the death toll has increased to 308. There are 537 active cases in the district, out of which 320 are under home isolation. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said the teams of the Health Department had collected 808 samples on Sunday and total 2,54,638 samples had been collected so far. As many as 7,440 patients have recovered from the disease so far. IIM Amritsar students get MBA degree Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 30 IIM-Amritsar awarded MBA degree to students (2018-2020 and 2019-21 batches) virtually on May 29. Chief Guest Shrikant Vaidya, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, called upon students to contribute meaningfully during the course of their professional career so as to brighten the name of their alma mater. Sanjay Gupta, Chairman, Board of Governors (IIM Amritsar), appreciated the faculty headed by Prof Nagarajan Ramamoorthy, Director, IIM Amritsar, for efficiently switching over to online mode of instructions. He said new generation must take care of elders at home and in their immediate environment to help create a just society. Professor Ramamoorthy said the IIM, Amritsar, was rapidly growing among third generation IIMs, which could be judged from the constant rise in number of students getting enrolled. There were 254 students in 2019, 358 in 2020 and in the current academic year the strength rose to 500. He added that 60 per cent of students come from professional backgrounds and geographical diversity was taken care of during the time of admission. Despite the pandemic hitting economy, 88 companies came for final placement IIM, Amritsar, recorded 100 per cent placement during the 2020-21 session. Keshav Gupta from batch 4 and Puneet Kakkar from batch 5 were awarded gold medals for academic excellence.
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