01062021-ATR-01.qxd 5/31/2021 11:14 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE GREEN FINGERS: A PORCH TURNED INTO AN OUTDOOR PARADISE City-based entrepreneur Vanu Ahuja used her time to soak in nature and reinvent the ‘green’ activist in her. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY PAGE 2 JUHI CHAWLA FILES SUIT AGAINST THE IMPLEMENTATION OF 5G PAGE 3 Juhi Chawla, who has been doing her bit for the environment, is concerned about the safety of the people. MAX 37°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:30 PM TULSI KUMAR ACHIEVES ANOTHER FEAT WITH HER SONG IS QADAR PAGE 4 The singer collaborated with Darshan Raval for T-Series’ Is Qadar and it became an absolute hit with the fans. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:26 AM TUESDAY | 1 JUNE 2021 | AMRITSAR Deadly May! 7 die, 164 test +ve in dist AIN’T NO PANDEMIC? Residents Monthsaw highest deaths,cases ever since the pandemic began Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 31 The district reported the highest number of 488 deaths and 12,030 positive cases in a month during May ever since the start of the pandemic last year. However, the spread of the infection seems to have slowed down during the last few days, as the number of cases and casualties has decreased. In April, the district reported a total of 11,498 positive cases and 286 deaths. Of the total 44,538 positive cases reported since the start of the pandemic 15 months ago, around 52 per cent cases and 53 per cent deaths due to the disease have been reported in the last two months. In April and May, the district reported a total of 23,528 cases and 774 deaths due to the disease. However, in the last few days, the number of positive cases reported daily has started decreasing. In the last one week, the number of daily reported cases has gone below 200. Even the number INBRIEF 2 WOMEN ROBBED OF ~4K, MOBILES Month January February March April May Cases 533 644 5,278 11,498 12,030 Casualties 26 12 81 286 488 of casualties due to the disease has decreased. However, the corresponding decrease in casualties is much less than the decrease in cases. The district health officials said with decrease in cases, the active caseload on hospitals has also decreased. At peak, the active caseload had crossed the 6,000-mark. However, it has gradually come down to 3,211. The officials said as the number of patients recovering was more than the number of patients testing positive, the caseload would decrease further. Tribune News Service PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 31 With seven Covid-19 related deaths reported in the district on Monday, the toll has increased to 1,457. The health authorities also reported 164 new cases with which the total count has reached 44,702. The new cases include 112 influenza-like illness cases and 52 contacts of positive patients. With the recovery of 240 patients, the recovery count has improved to 40,034. At present, the district has a total of 3,211 active cases. The deceased have been identified as Meena Aggarwal (60) Varindavan Avenue (Batala road), Prabhjot Kaur (36) of Paradise Enclave, Kulwant Singh (85) of Verka, Jagmohan Singh (68) of Ram Tirath, Satnam Singh (53) of Makowal (Ajnala), Gurbachan Kaur (80) of Vallah and Gulzar Singh (77) of Kot Khalsa. Meanwhile, a total of 3,351 residents were inoculated today. Those who received the first dose included 164 healthcare workers (HCWs), 1,209 frontline workers (FLWs), 1,773 residents above 45 years and 110 residents in the age group of 18-44 years. Those who received the sec- drop their guard as markets open A medical worker inoculates a woman in Amritsar on Monday. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 164 44,702 7 1,457 240 40,034 3,211 0183-2500498, 01832500598, 0183-2500698, 0183-2500798 (Open 24*7) ■ Health Dept helpline: 01832535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) ond dose included seven HCWs, 28 FLWs and 60 residents above 45 years. 1 dies, 46 +ve in Tarn Taran The health authorities reported one death in Tarn Taran district on Monday. With this, the toll increased to 309. The authorities reported 46 fresh cases today. The number of active patients increased to 531. Out of these, 285 patients have been isolated at their homes. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said the authorities collected 1,094 swab samples today. A total of 1,29,390 beneficiaries have been inoculated so far. Amritsar, May 31 The district administration allowed opening of all categories of shops from Monday, but residents hardly observed Covid-appropriate behaviour. Locals were seen jostling with each other and law enforcing officials were finding it difficult to enforce the norms. After observing a fall in fresh cases, shops on both sides of the roads were given a nod to open. Traders and manufacturers had been lobbying with the government to commence business activity. They had complained of massive losses as finished goods were piling up in godowns. Parminder Singh, a shopkeeper, said opening of shops on alternate days resulted in pile up of inventory. He said they were offering sanitisers to customers at their shops, but wearing masks was their personal choice. Anil Vinayak, a resident said, pople were defying the health norms and exposing themselves, besides others to the virus. People should not forget that when guidelines continued on page 2 SHOPS TO REMAIN OPEN TILL 5 PM IN TARN TARAN District Magistrate Kulwant Singh has given some relaxation in the timing of closing of shops and other commercial establishments from Monday. The shops will remain open till 5 pm from Monday in the district. The weekend lockdown would start from 5 pm till 5am on Monday. The vegetable market will work till 9 am and the rehri pullers would be allowed to sell their eatables till 5pm according to their pass system. Home delivery from restaurants would be permitted till 9 pm. OC PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Covid norms go for a toss on the first day of regular opening of shops at Ram Bagh Bazaar, Amritsar. DC office staff go on GNDU announces revised FIU to probe suspicious mass casual leave schedule for fee submission transactions of Anthony PK Jaiswar Our Correspondent Amritsar: Two unknown bikeborne persons robbed two women who were returning home after paying obeisance at a shrine in the Ramdass area. Though the police registered a case, there was no breakthrough in the robbery so far. Daljit Kaur, a resident of Awan village in Ajnala, stated to the police that on Sunday she along with her sister Gagandeep Kaur of Gurala village had gone to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Baba Budda Sahib. They were returning home when two bike-borne armed persons stopped them. She alleged that the accused snatched two mobiles, gold earrings, one ring and a purse containing Rs 4,000, besides two ATM cards from them. The police registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC while further investigations were under progress to identify the suspects, said ASI Tukwinder Singh, investigating officer in the case. TNS Tarn Taran, May 31 On the call of state employees’ association, members of the District DC Office Employees’ Association organised a protest against the state government at the District Administration Complex (DAC) here on Monday. The employees of the DC, SDM, and tehsil offices on Monday went on a mass casual leave for an indefinite period. The employees were on protest for the last 10 days. Karwinder Singh Cheema, district president; Sukhwinder Singh, The employees of the Deputy Commissioner’s office protest in favour of their demands in Tarn Taran on Monday. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI Amritsar: Five UPS systems were stolen from various offices of the district court complex last night. Complaint Rajinder Kumar in his statement said an unidentified person decamped with five UPS systems from different offices of the district court complex. The police have registered a case against an unidentified person under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC. ASI Lakhwinder Kumar, in charge, court complex police post, said the police were investigating the matter and the thief would be nabbed soon. TNS Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 31 Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) has rescheduled submission of online examination forms and fee (May to June 2021) for undergraduate semester II,IV,VI,VIII and X and postgraduate semester II and IV for private/regular students at online portal collegeadmissions.gndu.ac.in. Prof Manoj Kumar, in charge, Examinations, said the revised schedule for submitting online forms (full subjects/reappear/special chance/additional subject and improvement) and examination fee through online application for private candidates and manual form submission (special chance/additional subject) for annual supplementary draft/cash at university cash counter will commence from June 10 without late fee. He said the last date for private students for printing fee slip/to select subjects on portal The last date for private students for printing fee slip/to select subjects on portal and generate challan by colleges is June 10. and generate the challan by colleges is June 10 without late fee. He said the last date with late fee of Rs 250 is June 16; Rs 500 late fee is June 20, Rs 1,000 late fee is June 23, Rs 2,000 late fee is June 26 and Rs 1,000 per day (maximum up to Rs 25,000) late fee will be charged 10 days before the commencement of examinations. Similarly, the last date to deposit examination fee in bank (for private candidates) and to submit cash/draft at university cash counter by colleges is June 15 without late fee. He said the last date with late fee of Rs 250 is June 18, Rs 500 late fee is June 22, Rs 1,000 late fee June 25, Rs 2,000 late fee June 28 and Rs 1,000 per day (maximum up to Rs 25,000) late fee will be charged 10 days before the commencement of exams. The grace period of three days has already been added in above dates so no extra time would be given. Amritsar, May 31 Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) will probe into the details of hawala and other bank transactions of Manohar Lal, alias Anthony Pehalwan. SSP Tarn Taran, Dhruman Nimbale, said the agency was requested to submit the report within two weeks. According to the police, there were several complaints against Pehalwan regarding his involvement in the illegal trade. He was produced in the Patti Court after expiry of police remand on Monday. The court has sent him to judicial custody now. He was arrested by the Tarn Taran police on May 25 in connection with hawala payments of drugs seized from a drug peddler Nishan Singh of Bandala village on April 5. Nishan was held with 3 kg of heroin valued at ~15 crore in the international market. Pehalwan was booked under Sections 27 (A) and 29 of the NDPS Act. A police team, led by ASI Nirmal Singh of the anti-nar- Anthony Pehalwan was arrested byTarn Taran cops in connection with hawala payments on May 25 cotic cell, produced Pehalwan in the Patti court. The police had made elaborate security arrangement around the court complex when he was present in the court. “We will bring him on production warrant once we get the report from the FIU which would analyse suspicious financial transactions. The investigations would help in tracing his contacts and nailing them in case they were found part of the alleged hawala racket,” said Nimbale. Investigations carried out so far revealed that the contacts Anthony had in Pakistan were not wrestlers. The SSP said he had made alleged hawala transactions worth Rs 89.50 lakh. The police were looking his contacts in Haryana, Delhi and in Canada, besides other parts of the country. Abandoned by in-laws 3 yrs ago, woman finally manages to get heard Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service 5 UPS STOLEN FROM COURT COMPLEX Rajwinder Singh, Beant Kaur, Harjit Kaur, Kiran Bala and other leaders of the employees, while addressing on the occasion, condemned the state government for not implementing the accepted demands of the employees. The leaders demanded implementation of the pay commission report, departmental promotions and early release of DA allowance. The leaders alleged that the indifferent attitude of Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister, was the main hindrance in the implementation of the demands. Gurdaspur, May 31 FIR No. 55 dated May 29 registered at the Dhariwal police station on a complaint filed by Gurdeep Kaur (50) against her ‘wayward’ husband has become the talk of the town. These days, conversation in the non-descript township of Dhariwal often veers around Kaur’s fight against the system. Her struggle also speaks volumes about how she stayed composed and dignified even after being abandoned by her husband following a skin disease, which threatened to devour her body, and still continues to do so. After braving taunts and FIR registered against her ‘wayward’ husband as SSP gives her a patient hearing; he is still at large THE CASE IN A NUTSHELL NOW, A TORCHBEARER FOR THOSE IN DISTRESS In 1988, Gurdeep was married to an Air Force officer Sukhjinder Pal Singh. The couple had two daughters — Sukhdeep Kaur and Navdeep Kaur. In 2005, her husband passed away and two years later she was virtually arm-twisted by her in-laws to tie the knot with her brother-in-law Rajwinder. In 2018, Gurdeep caught a skin infection, which defaced her body. Kaler and his mother then ‘committed the cardinal sin of abandoning’ a helpless Kaur. After forcing her out of his house, Kaler got involved with another woman. The alibi that he took was that “the woman was her mother’s caretaker.” Kaur’s fight against the insensitive system had now commenced in full vigour. Her visits to police stations to get justice became common. People started mocking her. She would be ridiculed anywhere and everywhere she went. She needed justice, which was not forthcoming. She would be waived away by cops whenever she complained to them. She found herself isolated from the system and became a forlorn figure of her former self. Finally, last week, she mustered enough courage to visit the office of the SSP. He gave her a patient hearing and ordered the SP (Investigation) to inquire into the exact Rajwinder Kaler and Gurdeep Kaur in sequence of events leading to the woman’s plight. Later, on the recommendations of the SP, a case was made good times; and (right) Gurdeep now. out against Kaler. “Justice was a bit delayed in this case but we ensured it was not denied,” said the SSP. an insensitive police system which refused to listen to her pleas just because her husband was politically well-connected, Kaur approached SSP Nanak Singh last week. Finally, it was the police chief who turned out to be her saviour but not before he assigned an SP-rank officer to conduct a thorough c m y b probe. As a result of the inquiry, FIR No. 55 carrying sections 493 (cohabitation by a man after deceitfully inducing of belief of lawful marriage), 420 (cheating), 509 (intending to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC was registered again her husband Gurdeep Kaur now gets regular calls from distressed women on how to fight the system both from within and outside. “I urge women who are often at the receiving end of their inlaws’ tantrums to stand up and be counted. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. After all the trials and tribulations I had to go through, the long arm of the law has finally caught up with my errant husband,” she said. ❝ Rajwinder Pal Singh Kaler. Dhariwal SHO Amandeep Singh Randhawa said several police teams were in the process of raiding Kaler’s hideouts. The accused has been at large ever since the news reached him that “his time was over and that the police had booked him on various charges.”
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