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SUNSET THURSDAY 7:31 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:25 AM THURSDAY | 3 JUNE 2021 | AMRITSAR Cancellation of Class XII exams: Decision evinces mixed response INBRIEF 4 MOBILE PHONES SEIZED FROM JAIL also have an impact on those planning to take competitive exams or applying for foreign universities.” Anjana Gupta, principal, DAV International School, too, feels that this was the most plausible solution under given situation. “The health of students had to be kept as a priority and so, despite whatever challenges that might arise in future, a decision had to be made. We can understand that this might create unfair advantage for some, but it’s a small price to pay under the given circumstances.” Students, too, were divided over the decision, as they hoped the admission process for colleges, too, would be considered. “I think it was a fair decision to not go ahead with the exams given the risk it will bring along. I am glad this Tribune News Service Amritsar: The Central Jail administration in Amritsar seized four mobile phones from inmates during an inspection on Wednesday. Gurbachan Singh, Assistant Superintendent, Central Jail, said while routine checking of barrack no. 4, room no. 4, the jail staff recovered a mobile phone from an inmate Satinderpal Singh of Malak Nangal village. Another phone was recovered from Sajan of Chhota Haripura. During checking, a smart phone was recovered from Jobanpreet Singh from Narri Kalan as well. Meanwhile, an unclaimed keypad mobile phone was recovered from a dustbin. ASI Gurvail Singh from Fatehpur police post said a case under Sections 42, 52-A of the Prison Act has been registered at Islamabad police station. TNS Amritsar, June 2 The decision to cancel the Class XII board exams has evinced mixed response from both teachers and students. Parents, however, have heaved a sigh of relief that health has been given a priority. Meanwhile, everyone’s eyes are now on the evaluation criteria, which is yet to be decided. The academicians feel this decision was the only option left during unprecedented times, but it would definitely give a free pass to those who did not study at all during the year. Upasana Mehra, principal, Senior Study II, said: “I don’t think it’s the best decision to scrap exams altogether. Students who had prepared well throughout the year despite the challenge of the pandemic and online classes definitely will be disappointed. It will decision was made. The next important thing to look out for will be the evaluation criteria because that essentially decides how we will go about with our admissions,” said Pushti Seth, a student of Spring Dale Senior School. Mannat Dashmesh, a student of Dalhousie Public School, Badhani, said she had to change her entire plan for higher education due to the pandemic. “It has been difficult to cope with academics during the pandemic. According to the situation, the decision might seem best, but for me, it means that now I will have to apply overseas to pursue the course of my choice. I had earlier planned to apply in DU colleges that already have very high cut-offs. With scrapping of exams, whether a good student or not, everyone has been put on the same pedestal.” MAN NABBED WITH ILLEGAL PISTOL TEACHERSPEAK health of ❝Thebe kept asstudents had to a priority ❝I don't think it's the best decision to scrap exams and so, despite whatever altogether. Students who had challenges that might arise in prepared well throughout the future, a decision had to be made. We year despite the challenge of the pandemic and online classes definitely will can understand that this might create unfair advantage for some. be disappointed. was fair ❝I think itnot goaahead with decision to has been to ❝Itacademicsdifficultthecope with during the exams given the risk it will bring along. I am glad this decision was made. The next important thing to look out for will be the evaluation criteria because that essentially decides how we will go about with our admissions. Pushti Seth, SPRING DALE SR SCHOOL pandemic. The decision might seem best, but for me, it means that now I will have to apply overseas to pursue the course of my choice. I had earlier planned to apply in DU colleges that already have very high cut-offs. PARENTSPEAK It is a serious concern as well as respite among parents that the Class XII exams have been called off during the surge in Covid cases. As for children, I think various competitive exams and colleges acknowledge the fact that unusual times like these need some flexible solutions. Anupama Sood, Mannat Dashmesh, DALHOUSIE PUBLIC SCHOOL, BADHANI A PARENT OF A CLASS XII STUDENT ❞ ❞ Anjana Gupta, principal, PRINCIPAL, DAV INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Upasana Mehra, PRINCIPAL, SENIOR STUDY II STUDENTSPEAK ❞ After 2 months, cases drop below 100 mark Amritsar: The city police arrested a person with country made illegal 315 bore pistol and cartridge here on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Sajan Singh, alias Mathi, of Indira Colony, Majitha Road. ASI Kulwant Singh, in charge Mai Bhaggo College police post, said a police team was present at Dutta Enclave near bypass road. The accused came from Gurudwara Shri Chand side. The cops found his activities suspicious and intercepted him. During search, the police recovered country made 315 bore pistol and a cartridge of 315 bore. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered. “We will get the police remand of the accused and investigate his links from where he got the illegal weapon,” said ASI Kulwant Singh. TNS SOME RESPITEDistrict reports 97 positive cases & 7 deaths on Wednesday Tribune News Service Amritsar: Two person running a travel agency illegally have been booked for duping a resident of ~13.30 lakh on the pretext of sending her abroad. The accused have been identified as Puneet Kumar of Ram Nagar, Kangra Colony at Batala Road and Shefali Modgill of Gopal Nagar Majitha Road. Victim Bhagwant Kaur, in her complaint said the accused cheated her of ~13.30 lakh on the pretext of sending her to England. After an inquiry conducted by Sarbjit Singh, Assistant Commissioner of Police (North), a case under Section 420 of the IPC and Section 13 of the Punjab Travel Professional Regulation Act2014 has been registered at Ranjit Avenue police station. No arrest has been made so far. TNS HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE FILE PHOTO Amritsar, June 2 In what could be termed as a little respite from Covid-19 infections, the district reported only 97 positive cases on Wednesday. The health authorities have also reported seven deaths due to the disease. The number of Covid-19 positive cases had started increasing in mid-February. At its peak, the daily positive case count had even crossed the 600 mark. The cases, however, have seen a decline in the last two weeks. It was in the second week of April, that the daily cases crossed the 100 mark and started increasing daily. The new cases reported on Wednesday include 69 influenza-like illness cases and 28 contacts of positive patients. So far, the district has reported a total of 44,921 RESIDENT DUPED OF ~13L, 2 BOOKED positive cases and 1,468 deaths due to the disease. The health authorities said with the recovery of 289 cases on Wednesday, the total recovery count also improved to 40,713. The district, at present has a total of 2,740 active cases. Meanwhile, the deceased have been identified as Peter Masih (32) of Jagdev Khurd village; Randhir Singh (72) of Gheri Mandi village; Kewal Kapoor (88) of Mall Road; Parkash Singh (54) of Nangal; Kulwinder Singh (56) of Sohian Kalan; Channo Devi of Subhash Nagar (Sultanwind Road) and Gurdev Singh (58) of Batala Road. 97 44,921 7 1,468 289 40,713 2,740 Three die, 10 test positive in Tarn Taran Three persons succumbed to the virus on Wednesday, taking the toll to 318 in the district. The Health Department teams collected 1,085 samples on Wednesday from different places. As many as 10 persons tested positive. Deputy Commissioner Kul- 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) want Singh said 1,31,623 citizens have been vaccinated against Covid-19 till date. There were 432 active cases in the district and 219 patients have been isolated at their respective homes. The district has gradually started recording less fatalities and positive cases now. — OC ❞ Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 2 The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on people’s work, business, jobs, etc, throughout the world. Even individuals who make a living through their skills have not been spared by it. Even people connected to the wedding industry are also counting losses. Dholis are one of them who are demanding financial help from the government as they have earned not even a single pen- ny in the current wedding season due to the Covidinduced restrictions. They rue the entire wedding season has been lost to the restrictions enforced amid rising cases of Covid-19 in this summer season. “Our services are sought during the days of wedding, navratras and some other days of celebrations. On top of it, our limited earning opportunities round the year have been further wasted by Covid-induced restrictions,” said Amrik Singh, a 65-year-old dholi. This is the only source of earning for his family. His grandson Sonu also joined him after learning nuances of the instrument from him. Keeping this in view the government must give them a monthly allowance to sustain during this bad phase, he demands. Apart from the conventional sources of engagement, now they are also hired by schools as trainers to train students in the art and are called in different parts of the continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 2 With a view to provide succor to children aged under 10 years who have been orphaned by Covid, Dr Ashok Uppal, Punjab Medical Council member and former president, IMA-Amritsar, has announced financial relief to the tune of ~1 lakh. The initiative is a part of the ‘Mission Rahat’ launched by Uppal Neuro Hospital earlier. Under the initiative, the hospital has been providing free consultation and medicines to the needy Covid patients. Dr Uppal said people could contact them through Mission Rahat helpline 8872962555 if they come across a child who has been orphaned by the deadly virus. “Though it is not possible to fill the void caused in their lives by the pandemic, it is our duty to provide fiscal and social assistance to them in their time of need,” he said. He also lauded the initiatives taken by the Centre Gym owners and trainers hold placards as they stage a protest demanding the government to reopen fitness centres during the Covid-induced lockdown in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Gym owners protest, demand opening of fitness centres Amritsar, June 2 Gym owners held a protest against the government for not allowing them to open their centres here on Wednesday. They said the government had permitted all businesses, including liquor vends to function but gyms were not allowed to function even with restrictions. Raising slogans against the government’s restric- PHOTO. SUNIL KUMAR ❞ Doc announces financial assistance for children orphaned by the pandemic ❝It’s the duty of every responsible citizen to come forward to the aid of children bereaved on account of Covid. Dr Ashok Uppal, ❞ FORMER PRESIDENT, IMA-AMRITSAR and state government for the wellbeing of such children. “Children are the future of our nation. It is the duty of every responsible citizen to come forward to the aid of the children bereaved on account of Covid, in every possible way that they can,” said Dr Uppal. In an appeal to the general public, Dr Uppal said people should help families affected by the pandemic, especially children, in any way it is possible for them. “We can take care of each other,” he said. Teen gang-raped in Sarhali, 4 booked Tribune News Service c m y b ❝ A messiah for Covid orphans Dholis count losses, seek financial help from govt 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL KIDNAPPED Amritsar: A 15-year-old girl was kidnapped after being threatened with a sharp-edged weapon at Sra village in Mattewal area here, on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Germanjit Singh, a resident of the village. Mother of the victim in her complaint said the accused entered her house along with his brother on the intervening night of May 28 and 29. They had sharp-edged weapons in their hands. The accused forcefully took her daughter along with them. The police have registered a case under Sections 363 and 366-A of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far. TNS PAGE 3 THERE IS NO OTHER FEELING AS BEAUTIFUL AS LOVE: ASEES tions they sought immediate lifting of the restrictions. Some of them even took out their upper clothes to show their six-pack body to convey their resentment at the government’s insensitive attitude toward gyms. They complain that it was the second closure for the gyms during the past 14 months. “Gyms have been closed for the past nearly three months and their establishments were closed for near- ly seven months last year, said a gym owner Deepak. He hit out at the government that the guidelines were only for gyms while all other sections of trade and industry were allowed. A majority of gym owners have to pay rent of their premises, salaries to employees, power tariff, maintenance cost of machineries and other unseen expenditures, besides they have to feed their families too. Tarn Taran, June 2 The Sarhali police have booked four persons, including two women, in a gangrape case with a 13-year-old resident of Usman village. The incident occurred on the intervening night of May 30 and 31, but the police registered the case on Tuesday. The accused include Manu and her sister Pooja of Usman village and two unidentified persons from Thathian Mahanta village. IO SubInspector Geeta from Sarhali police station said the accused Manu and her sister Pooja abducted the girl from her house at night and took her to Thathia Mahantan village, where the accused committed the crime with the victim. Meanwhile, victim’s parents started inquiring about her whereabouts from Manu and Pooja after which they immediately informed the accused, who then dropped the girl at her village. The family then lodged a complaint with the police. Police officer Geeta said a case under Sections 363, 376D and 506 of the IPC and Section 4 of the POCSO Act had been registered in this regard. Manu has been arrested and was produced in court. — OC
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