02062021-ATR-01.qxd 6/1/2021 11:17 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE MARTYRS’ GALLERY AT GOLDEN TEMPLE HANGS IN BALANCE PAGE 2 Kar sewa for gallery being set up in basement of Gurdwara Shaheedan was entrusted to Damdami Taksal. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF BODY OF MISSING MAN (54) FOUND MURDER & MYSTERY: THE WORLD ISN’T ALL SUNSHINE & RAINBOWS PAGE 3 Zee 5 announces a web series titled Sunflower, a thriller laced with dark humour, which is set to release soon. MAX 39°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 22°C On June 1, which happens to be the Global Day of Parents, Amitt K Singh looked back at his favourite memories. SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:31 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:25 AM Demand for O2, level-II & III beds dips Reason: Drop in number of Covid +ve cases Four fall prey to virus in dist, 122 test +ve Tribune News Service Deceased Sawinder Singh. Tarn Taran: The police have found a body of a person who went missing on May 31 from a link road leading to Pandori Gola village on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Sawinder Singh (54) of Bhail Dhai Wala village. Sawinder had left his home on Monday, but failed to return. Devinder Singh, son of the deceased, said he filed the complaint with the Goindwal Sahib police on Monday. The motorcycle of the deceased was found parked near the body, which bore no injury marks. Cash and other valuables were found in the pockets of the deceased. ASI Sawinder Singh (Investigating Officer) said inquest proceedings have been initiated under Section 174 of the CrPC. OC CARJACKING AT GUNPOINT The demand for oxygen, level-I and level-II beds has dipped in proportion to the fall in the number of positive cases. FILE PHOTO At GMC, Amritsar, Dr KD Singh said: "There is 40 per cent decline in the demand for oxygen. During the peak of Covid-19 here, in May, it was 15 metric tonne. Now, the demand has come down to 9 MT. Similarly, during the peak, the demand for level-II and level-III beds was 325. Now, it has come down to 153." Despite repeated attempts Dr Charanjit Singh, Civil Surgeon, and Dr Amarjit Singh, Assistant Civil Surgeon could not be contacted. continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 1 The demand for oxygen, level-II and level-III beds has gone down following the drop in the number of Covid-19 positive cases. Sources in the Health Department said the demand for oxygen, level-II and level-III beds dipped in proportion to the fall in the number of positive cases. They said the exact reason behind the dip in the demand of these equipment would be known in a couple of days. Amritsar, June 1 The recovery count well-surpassed the new positive cases reported on Tuesday. As many as 390 patients recovered, while 122 persons tested positive. Hence, the recovery count improved to 40,424. The total count of positive cases in the district reached 44,824. Four more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, taking the toll to 1,461. The 122 new cases include 82 influenza-like illness cases and 40 contacts of positive patients. The total count of active cases in the district came to 2,939 cases. Those who fell prey to the virus include Prem Chand, 45, of Verka; Bikramjeet Singh, 41, of Chogawan; Karan Kaur, 87, of Burari village in Baba Bakala and Sukhwinder Kaur, 63, of Navi Abadi. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 122 44,824 4 1,461 390 40,424 2,939 SIX DIE IN TARN TARAN Six persons succumbed to the virus in the district on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 315. The district also received 35 Covid-19 positive cases on Tuesday. There are total 503 active cases, of which 253 have been isolated in their 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) respective homes. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said 1,099 samples to be tested for Covid infection were collected by different teams of the Health Department. The district has vaccinated 1,30,337 citizens against the pandemic so far. — OC Rain, high-velocity winds lash city Amritsar: Several armed persons snatched a car from a trader in the Ranjit Avenue area here on Sunday. The victim, Mayank Nanda, a resident of the Lawrence Road area, had gone to give medicines to his cousin in the Ranjit Avenue area. Mayank (26) told the police that when he reached Ranjit Avenue Ajnala Road T-point, four persons travelling on two bikes intercepted his car PB02-DP-7194. He said pointing a pistol, they pulled him out of the car and sped away with his car and their bikes towards Ajnala Road. He said he had two mobile phones in the car. The Ranjit Avenue police have registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC and the Arms Act against unidentified persons, while the police were still groping in the dark. Robin Hans, SHO, Ranjit Avenue police station, said that investigations were on while CCTV cameras in the area were being scrutinised for get some clues. TNS Tribune News Service 5 MOBILES SEIZED FROM PRISONERS Investment cost of farmers, manufacturers also increasing manifold Amritsar: In yet another seizure, Amritsar Central Jail authorities confiscated five mobile phones from five prisoners during a search operation carried out on Monday. Mobiles were seized from Raja Singh, Dilbagh Singh, Gulshan Kumar, Gurpreet Singh and Rashpal Singh. Jaswinder Singh, assistant superintendent, Central Jail, said during checking of room number 4 of barrack number 4, the staff seized a smart mobile phone along with a SIM card from Raja Singh, while a keypad mobile was confiscated from Dilbagh Singh. Similarly, one mobile phone with SIM was seized from Gulshan Kumar and one from Gurpreet Singh. A Redmi mobile phone along with SIM was seized from Rashpal Singh. The Islamabad police have registered a case under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prison Act following a complaint by the jail authorities. TNS Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 1 Heavy rain accompanied by high-velocity winds lashed the city on Monday. With wind speed measuring 80 kmph, several electricity poles, wires and trees got uprooted. Some areas received hailstorms too. Power outages were reported for around 10 hours in the city and its periphery. Residents also complained about fluctuation in power supply. Avtar Singh, a carpenter said, “A power cut was scheduled on Monday, thus we didn’t go to work. As power cables snapped due to the thunderstorm, we came back without work.” Officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Residents caught unawares as high-velocity winds lashed Amritsar on Monday; and (right) an electric tower damaged during heavy rain and high-velocity winds near Patti. Limited said they had stopped transmission to feeders as a precautionary measure. “As soon as weather got normal, power supply was resumed,” said Gursha- ran Singh of the PSPCL. Residents got respite from hot weather and the city witnessed a dip of 15 degrees in temperature. The temperature was recorded at 38 degrees Celsius on Sunday and 23.4 degrees Celsius on Monday. Farmers were happy as rain irrigated their fields ahead of sowing kharif crops. Now, they don’t need to irrigate their fields with tubewells. Rain also proved favourable for vegetables as it took care of mites and other bugs. WEDNESDAY | 2 JUNE 2021 | AMRITSAR obituary The man who set up TB sanatorium in city D r Jagdish Lal Bhatia, 96, a pioneer in treatment of tuberculosis who dedicated his entire life to eradicate the dreaded disease, passed away in the wee hours on June 1 at his residence. He is survived by son Dr Deepak Bhatia and daughter Myna Kakkar. He was the younger brother of Congress stalwart and former External Affairs Minister Raghunandan Lal Bhatia, who also passed away a few weeks ago. He was born on November 1, 1924, into a wellestablished business family in Amritsar. After completing his early education at a local school here, Dr JL Bhatia joined Government Medical College for his MBBS. After his marriage in 1952 to Meera Bhatia, a Master’s in Zoology from Lucknow, he was offered scholarship to complete his higher medical education in Scotland in the UK where he qualified as Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) and returned to India to fulfil his passion to serve poor of the poorest. His first posting after completing his FRCP was at TB Sanatorium, being run at Dharampur near Solan (Himachal Pradesh), where he learnt to cure TB patients and opted to serve his city. Dr JL Bhatia was instrumental in setting up a specialised TB Sanatorium in Amritsar attached to the Government Medical College in 1958 designed to treat and cure TB, rampaging the country at the time due to unhygienic and poverty conditions. He continued to actively practise medicine till last year, offering free consultation and medicines to patients. Recalling several incidents, his son Dr Deepak Bhatia, who is a senior orthopaedic surgeon based in Dubai, said No respite: Constant rise in fuel prices Civic body razes burning a hole in residents’ pockets two illegal kiosks Neeraj Bagga ❝ People like me depend on two-wheelers to earn our livelihood. Fuel cost and maintenance of two-wheelers are their twin investment which are vital to our earning. On an average, a delivery boy has to shell out between ~4,000 and ~5,000 on fuel and maintenance cost. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Amritsar, June 1 The soaring prices of petrol and diesel have upset the budget of many families, effecting a hike in investment cost of farmers and manufacturers. On Tuesday, petrol was sold at ~96.32 per litre and diesel at ~88 per litre in the city. People from middle and lower income group families are upset by the soaring prices as they burn a hole in their pocket. According to them, a meaningful part of their earning goes into footing the fuel cost. Navpreet Singh, earning his livelihood by working with an on-demand fooddelivery platform, said people like him depend on twowheelers to earn their livelihood. Fuel cost and maintenance of two-wheelers are their twin investment which are vital to their earning. He said on an average, a delivery boy has to shell out between ~4,000 and ❞ Navpreet Singh, ~5,000 on fuel and maintenance cost. “Companies are pruning incentives to make up for the losses incurred during the lockdown and on the other hand, the government was hiking the fuel cost. Both are twin blows to delivery boys,” he said. Jaspreet Singh, a farmer, meanwhile said their input cost in farming was increasing day by day owing to soaring fuel prices. He blamed it on the political set up of the country. “It is entirely a political game as oil companies have stopped revising fuel prices before five states went to poll between March and May. Once the poll results were out, the oil companies started gradually increasing prices of oil and diesel,” he said. The Centre has brought the entire trade activity, barring petrol and diesel prices, under the ambit of the GST. c m y b PAGE 4 AMITT SINGH GIVES FULL CREDIT TO PARENTS FOR HIS SUCCESS A FOOD DELIVERY BOY Raman Gupta, an industry leader, said the petrol price was not too far from hitting the three-figure mark. Last month registered the steepest hike in fossil fuel prices effected this year, as their prices were revised upwards almost every alternate day. He cautioned the government that the soaring fossil fuel prices have the potential to further contract the economy. Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 1 The estate wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) demolished two illegal kiosks on the prime locations here on Tuesday. Some mischievous persons patronised by ruling party leaders are frequently attempting to set the illegal kiosks in main markets. An illegal kiosk was installed near the Grand Hotel on Sunday night. On Tuesday, a team of the estate wing reached along with a ditch machine and removed the kiosk completely. Meanwhile, another illegal kiosk was again set up out- side the D-Mart. The estate wing team had demolished the kiosk at the same place last week. But a person, who is reportedly backed by a senior politician of the ruling party, again set up the kiosk on Monday. Despite political pressure, the MC team led by Estate Officer Dharminder Jeet Singh demolished the kiosk. The person who set the kiosk opposed the move of MC officials. Dharminder Jeet Singh, Estate Officer, said, “We will not tolerate any illegal kiosk on government land. We will file a police complaint against the encroachers too.” PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Civic authorities remove an illegal kiosk in Amritsar on Tuesday. Dr Jagdish Lal Bhatia (Nov1,1924—June1,2021) Born into a well-established business family in Amritsar, he completed his early education at a local school. Bhatia then joined Government Medical College for his MBBS. After his marriage in 1952 to Meera Bhatia, a Master’s in Zoology from Lucknow, he was offered scholarship to complete his higher medical education in Scotland in the UK, where he qualified as Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and returned to India to fulfil his passion to serve poor of the poorest. He was instrumental in setting up a specialised TB Sanatorium in Amritsar attached to the GMC in 1958 designed to treat and cure TB porters at the railway station, taxi drivers and even ordinary people whom he had cured would recognise him and offer their services for free. A senior physician from the city and one of his students, Dr P C Arora said Dr Bhatia would detect TB signs with just one glance at the X-ray while his prescription was very precise. The current head of Department of TB and Chest Diseases, Government Medical College, Dr Naveen Pandey in a condolence message to family today said that Dr JL Bhatia’s foresight to set up TB Sanatorium with all facilities for complete treatment was a definitive service to community, especially the poor. — TNS Verbal spat over parking takes ugly turn, one booked Amritsar, June 1 A verbal spat over parking of a vehicle took an ugly turn when a person opened fire at Rajiv Kumar, a jeweller, in Ajnala on Monday. The victim had a narrow escape in the firing. The accused has been identified as Himmat Singh. Rajiv told the police that he has two shops in front of gurdwara Baba Jiwan Singh in Ajnala. Victim Rajiv Kumar, a jeweller, in Ajnala, had a narrow escape in the firing incident Rajiv said Himmat has a shuttering business and usually keeps his equipment in front of his two shops to which he objected. He said Himmat got a car of his known parked at the same spot on Monday. Rajiv said when he asked Himmat to remove the vehicle, the latter entered into a spat. Rajiv alleged that Himmat took out a pistol and fired at him. He said the accused fired another shot, which missed him again. The police have registered a case under Section 336 of the IPC and the Arms Act against Himmat in this connection. — TNS
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