04062021-ATR-01.qxd 6/3/2021 11:07 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE OP BLUESTAR ANNIV: SECURITY BEEFED UP AHEAD OF JUNE 6 PAGE 2 TIGER’S MOM AYESHA DEFENDS HIM AFTER POLICE FILES FIR A flag march was conducted from the Hall Gate to Golden Temple ahead of the 37th anniversay of Op Bluestar. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF BABA SEWA SINGH IS UN’S FAITH OF EARTH Tarn Taran: The chairman of Kar Sewa Khadoor Sahib sect, Baba Sewa Singh (in pic), was appointed as the faith for earth counsellor by the United Nations Environment Programme. At a virtual meeting of the UN Religions Initiative, a frontal organisation of the UN Environment Programme, declared this on Thursday. The kar sewa sect plans to plant 25,000 saplings at public places and cover both sides of a 25-km stretch road in 2021. Baba Sewa Singh is known as an environmentalist who has been planting saplings since 1999. Bio-diversity, waste management and water conservation are the three major tasks stressed by the UN for action in 2021. oc 2 FOREIGN-MADE PISTOLS SEIZED Amritsar: The Border Security Force (BSF) confiscated two foreign-made pistols, which were sneaked into Indian territory by Pakistan-based elements on Tuesday. The weapons were found during a search operation near Panjgraian border outpost following a tip-off. The weapons were wrapped in polythene and hidden under soil. Later, the BSF informed the Ramdas police regarding the seizure. A complaint was registered with the Ramdass police by Bhagwan Singh Srivastva, SI, BSF. According to the police, the BSF seized a 7.63 mm pistol (made in China) along with 12 bullets and a Turkish made 9 mm pistol with one round. The police have detained several suspects from villages located near the international border for interrogation. The police have also questioned owner of the fields from where the weapons were seized. TNS 4MOBILES,CHARGER SEIZED IN ASR JAIL Amritsar: In yet another seizure, the authorities at Amritsar Central Jail confiscated four mobile phones from the de-addiction centre on its premises here on Wednesday. While a cell phone was recovered from a prisoner identified as Ravinder Singh, alias Bhinda, the remaining phones were found unclaimed and wrapped in a polythene bag. Avtar Singh, assistant superintendent, Central Jail, said during checking of deaddiction centre’s barrack number 2, a cell phone was seized from Ravinder Singh. Similarly, an unclaimed polythene bag was confiscated, which was concealed in a bathroom pipe. When opened, three mobile phones were found from it. The jail authorities also found a mobile charger from a notorious gangster Amanpreet, alias, Rinka. Two separate cases were registered with Islamabad police station here. TNS 14-YR-OLD TRACED TO DARBAR SAHIB Tarn Taran: A 14-year-old boy who went missing from his native Bharowal village on Wednesday was traced to Darbar Sahib on Thursday. SSP Dhruman H Nimbale said the boy Arunpreet Singh (14), son of Jarnail Singh, left home due to some domestic problem. He said the boy was handed over to his parents by Inspector Jaswant Singh, SHO Goindwal Sahib police. OC PAGE 3 MAHIRA SHARMA OPENS UP ABOUT HER PASSION FOR MUSIC Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani were booked for flouting Covid lockdown rules in Mumbai on Wednesday. MAX 38°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:32 PM PAGE 4 Mahira, who’s known for her roles in hit TV shows like Naagin and Bepanah Pyaarr, has starred in several hit songs. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:25 AM FRIDAY | 4 JUNE 2021 | AMRITSAR Young Samaritans out to help in whatever way they can FOR A CAUSE Kids using creative skills to raise funds and awareness regarding social causes to help the lesser privileged ones Neha Saini Tribune New Service Amritsar, June 3 Nothing defines creativity better than childhood and when it comes attached with some core values like compassion and responsibility, it needs to be lauded. Leading by example, a few kids from the city are using their creative skills to raise funds and awareness regarding social causes. While they do so, they are learning important life lessons and helping the lesser privileged. Diya Bubber, 14, has the soul of a true artiste. The young and upcoming musician has been singing since the age of four, but it’s only now that she realised the true potential of her art. Diya has been hosting online music concerts for Covid-19 relief, as a way of soothing the pain the pandemic has caused. “In my first attempt, I sang for an online prayer meet and realised the power put my It started ❝Ithroughcrafts on ❝inspired byafter I sale online got a ❝I feel that the times have been mode and whatever I earn is used to support the education of needy kids. We have already generated enough funds to sponsor the education of two kids for six months and are now looking forward to reaching out to more. Dishita Sareen, 15-YEAR-OLD BUDDING ARTIST tough for everyone, mentally and physically. We need to connect through tangible and intangible means to overcome it. Diya Bubber, ❞ ❞ 14-YEAR-OLD SINGER of music as a healer. Over 5,000 people connected through that online prayer meet. The purpose of live music concert is to engage people from all age groups to channel their grief, pain, loneliness and whatever pent-up feelings they are going through and express through music,” she says. Diya is a composer and has been writing songs as a therapeutic process throughout the pandemic. “I feel that the times have been tough for everyone, mentally and physically. We need to connect through tangible and intangible means to overcome it,” she says. Diya is also collaborating with her friend Devyani, who is the daughter of celebrated designer Raghvendra Rathore, to design masks and raise money for Covid relief. “The funding will go to different chari- ties working for Covid-19.” Another pair of young, socially responsible citizens are Saanvi (15) and Samika (11) Mehra. The siblings have started a fundraiser art sale through selling handmade paper, cards, tags, bags, envelopes, decoupage jars and coasters to raise funds to send ration to families that are unable to earn their dayto-day living due to Covid restrictions. Saanvi, who handles social media marketing for her sister’s creations, says: “It started after I got inspired by a friend, who was organising book sales online to raise funds for Covid-19 relief. We decided that we, too, can contribute through small efforts.” Samika, who is the artist behind the initiative says: “I spend seven to eight hours every day to make these crafts. We have already sold 40-50 orders and friend, who was organising book sales online to raise funds for Covid-19 relief. We decided that we, too, can contribute through small efforts. ❞ Samika (in yellow) & Saanvi Mehra, 11 & 15-YEAR-OLD SIBLINGS we just started 15 days back.” Both girls say it’s fulfilling to use your talent and skill for something good. “I feel that one should listen to their soul,” says Samika. Another budding artist Dishita Sareen, 15, has launched her initiative Kala, making hand-painted pots and planters to sponsor the education of two children. Dishita, who aspires to become an IAS officer, shares that it started as an effort to help two kids of a house help, who needed money for education. “I put my crafts on sale through an online mode and whatever I earn is used to support the education of needy kids. We have already generated enough funds to sponsor the education of the two kids for six months and are now looking forward to reaching out to more,” she said. Dist gears up for ‘3rd wave’ 7 persons succumb to Special unit set up for children at Govt Medical College Tribune News Service virus, 146 new infections Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 3 Amid fears that the third Covid-19 wave will be “dangerous for children”, the authorities at Government Medical College here have started preparations to deal with the situation. Special arrangements have been made at the paediatric department of the hospital for children below five years of age. The critical care unit of the department has 12 fully functional bed units. The authorities said in case of an emergency, eight new beds could be installed at the place within no time and for this, all modalities have already been completed. The authorities said all required equipment for use of small children has also been arranged. They said arrangements have also been made to conduct tests such as MRI, CT scan, ultrasound scan and blood tests inside the centre, so that children are not The Health Department has set up special wards for mildly-ill Covid patients at the Civil Hospital considering speculations around the third Covid wave in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR required to be taken out. The officials said the facility would be used to treat children below 5 years of age in case they are infected with the virus. The arrangements have been made in this regard in view of the health findings that the anticipated third wave of Covid-19 could result in more infections among small children. Medical Education and Research Minister Om Parkash Soni said special units are being created at medical colleges in the state. “Everyone knows that keep- ing children in hospital is difficult and we pray that such a situation does not arise,” he said, adding that arrangements were also being made at other government hospitals to increase the number of beds and infrastructure for patients. Amritsar, June 3 With seven more Covid-19 related deaths in the district on Thursday, the toll increased to 1,475. The health authorities reported 146 new cases. With this, the total count of positive cases has increased to 45,067. The new cases include 86 influenza-like-illness cases and 60 contacts of positive patients. The Health Department reported recovery of 330 patients with which the recovery count increased to 41,043. At present, the district has a total of 2,549 active cases. Those who succumbed to the virus include Balbir Kaur (50) of Udhoke Kalan village, Jasbir Kaur (55) of Chheharta, Mohinderpal Singh (53) of Chheharta Chungi, Bakhshish Singh (55) of Gumtala, Kulwant Rai (55) of Bhaini Baserke, Subhash Chandra (68) of Kale Ghanupur and Avinash Arora (75) of Chawal Mandi. Meanwhile, 1,926 beneficiar- HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 146 44,067 7 1,475 330 41,043 2,549 ies were inoculated on Thursday. A total of 207 healthcare workers, 1,088 frontline workers and 965 residents above 45 years of age were administered the first dose. Those who received the second dose included 13 healthcare, 24 frontline workers and 139 persons above 45 years of age. Four die, 50 test positive in Tarn Taran district The health authorities report- 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) ed four Covid-19 deaths in the district on Thursday. With this, the toll has reached 322. The authorities reported 50 positive cases in the district today. The district has 436 active cases of which 237 have been isolated at their homes. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said a total of 1,32,883 beneficiaries have been vaccinated in the district so far. — OC Teachers’ front takes out bike rally A day of protests in Tarn Taran district Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Amritsar, June 3 A large number of teachers from the district led by Ashwani Awasthi, district convenor, Joint Teachers’ Front, on Thursday staged protest and burnt an effigy of the Education Minsiter for moving ahead with antiteacher policies. Protesters took out a motorcycle march in the city and expressed anger over destruction of education system by implementing education disruptive decisions. They opposed the decison to impose move ahead with online education as an alternative to classroom education by the Education Secretary by involving teachers (vocation cadre) in zoom classes, meetings, trainings, distribution of food and books during summer vacations. Tarn Taran, June 3 Various unions protested against the state government for non-fulfilment of their demands in the district on Thursday. Teachers under the banner of the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha organised a motorcycle march and moved to the District Administrative Complex where they submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh. The protesting teachers burnt an effigy of the Education Minister and Secretary of the Education Department. The teachers organised a rally at Gandhi Municipal Park in which large number of women teachers also participated. Karaj Singh Kairon, Nachhattar Singh and Prabhjot Singh addressed members of Joint Teachers’ Front burns an effigy of Education Minister at a protest held in Amritsar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ❝The government is bullying teachers who raise their voice. There is a tendency to suspend teachers without investigation and unreasonable decisions are being made to give jobs to retired teachers. Misrepresentation of ‘Mission Shat Pratishat’ is being done and fee has not been refunded despite the cancellation of Class X exams. Rajesh Kumar Parashar, MEMBER, JOINT TEACHERS' FRONT ❞ The teachers have been protesting against the suspension of the report of the 6th Pay Commission and on the issue of transfers of pri- mary teachers for ninth time in a row. Slamming the Education Department for not considering Continued on page 2 c m y b Teachers raise slogans againt the Education Minister and Education Secretary in Tarn Taran on Thursday. GURBAXPURI the union. Kairon condemned the Education Department for victimising teachers, abolishing several posts of teaching and nonteaching staff. Nachhattar and Prabhjot alleged that the Secretary was forcing teachers to tell lies by submitting wrong information just to show good performance. Meanwhile, employees of the DC office, SDM and revenue tehsils, among others, protested at the District Administrative Complex and alleged that the government was not accepting their long pending demands. The employees have been on a mass leave on the call of the District DC Office Employees’ Association. Karwinder Singh Cheema, district chief, District DC Office Employees’ Association, condemned the state government for not implementing their accepted demands. Sukhwinder Singh Sandhu, Shivkaran Singh Cheema and Beant Kaur stressed for implementing the 6th Pay Commission report, expedite the process of the departmental promotion committee (DPC), releasing dearness allowance and restoration of the old-pension scheme. Indefinite strike of safai sewaks of the Tarn Taran Municipal Council entered 22nd day. Romesh Kumar Shergill of the Safai Sewaks Union said the government should be prepared to face resentment of employees during the 2022 Assembly poll.
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