05062021-ATR-01.qxd 6/4/2021 11:17 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 TWINKLE'S MESSAGE TO ALL WOMEN — JUST BE YOURSELF The actress says her vision of a modern woman is someone who is financially independent and confident FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY YAMI GAUTAM TIES THE KNOT WITH URI DIRECTOR ADITYA PAGE 3 JAGNOOR TO PLANT 50 SAPLINGS ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Actress Yami Gautam gave everyone a pleasant surprise as she shared the first picture from her wedding. MAX 36°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:32 PM PAGE 4 Jagnoor Aneja, who is known for MTV Love School Season 1&2, has taken a pledge to plant 50 saplings today. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:25 AM SATURDAY | 5 JUNE 2021 | AMRITSAR The city and its residents urgently need green breathing spaces. As this year’s theme for World Environment Dayis ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore’, we need to remind ourselves that nature holds the key to our existence and not vice versa. The city’s nature-friendly report card has always been below par, says Tribune correspondent Neha Walia Let’s take pledge to adopt green & clean lifestyle All is not well here I T’S 2021 and we are in the middle of a pandemic, which refuses to let go, and stuck us with a realisation that we need to adopt a green and clean lifestyle. A city that has an average population of 14 lakh, generates over 600 metric tonnes of garbage everyday and used to host more than one million tourists in a month before the pandmeic began, the systematic failure to protect its ecology not just threatens the quality of life of residents, but also flora and fauna in the region. Response towards environment conservation and regulation has been staggered and always too little, too late. Earlier, Amritsar’s ranking in the Ease of Living Index assessment, a citizen perception survey released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, placed it at 45th spot among 49 cities assessed in the category. The city’s rankings in several surveys conducted under Swachh Bharat and Smart City projects has consistently been poor, placing it among the low ranking cities, in the last five years. The recent report on air quality assessment conducted under the CITIIS programme by the Union Min- istry of Housing and Urban Development and funded by the French Development Agency and European Union, recorded the average amount of PM 10 and 2.5 particles in the air at several areas to be much higher than normal. Other air pollutants, including sulphur-dioxide, nitrogendioxide, carbon-monoxide, ozone as well as noise pollution levels were monitored and found to be just around the minimum mark. Environmentalists have rued about depleting green spaces, including Ram Bagh. Gole Bagh and Chali Khuh are the only remaining reservoirs of the city’s green wealth. A few years ago, a large number of trees were cut for the BRTS corridor. Since then, only a portion of the green cover lost has been revived. Recently, around 80 trees on the the banks of Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) that were supposed to be chopped for a project were saved after residents and activists raised concerns. The city has struggled with the implementation of a systematic waste management programme. Bhagtanwala garbage dump has turned into the Achilles heel for civic body. A ray of hope T Ganda Nullah has extreme level of water pollutants; and (below) picture says that chopping trees is going at a large scale in the city. 4 succumb, 144 test +ve in dist C VID-19 HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS PANDEMIC ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 4 With four more persons losing their lives to Covid-19 in the district on Friday, the toll increased to 1,479. The health authorities reported 144 new cases today. With the new cases, the total count of positive cases increased to 45,211 in the district. The new cases include 94 influenza-like illness cases and 50 contacts of positive patients. The Health Department reported the recovery of 345 patients with which the recovery count increased to 41,388. At present, the district has a total of 2,344 active cases. COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 144 45,211 4 1,479 345 41,388 2,344 Those who fell prey to the virus include Jasbir Kaur (67) of Chowk Paragdass, Balwinder Kaur (47) of Mehta, Ranjit Kumar (68) of Kot Khalsa and Mukhtar 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) Singh (58) of Jasroar village in Ajnala. Meanwhile, 4,261 beneficiaries were inoculated in the district today. It took the total number of people fully inoculated to 3,92,155. So far, a total of 15,122 healthcare workers, 17,745 frontline workers, 40,390 residents above 45 years of age were administered both doses. Four die in Tarn Taran The district health authorities on Friday reported four deaths due to Covid-19, pushing the toll to 326. The health authorities reported 33 fresh positive cases today. With this, the tally of active cases increased to 421 in the district and out of these, 225 patients have been isolated at their respective homes. So far, 2,124 citizens have been vaccinated and a total number of 1,35,007 had been vaccinated against Covid-19. Tarn Taran Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said teams of the Health Department had collected 1,118 samples on Friday. HE MC has stepped up its proposed implementation of projects to improve the city’s green cover. Recently, the MC has drafted a proposal to instal mass air purifier wind augmentation and air purifying units ‘WAYU’ at major traffic junctions under the Smart City project. It would also create green belts along roads, pace up work on afforestation and collaborate with non-profit organisations to carry out plantation drives. Following the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the MC would spend Rs 85 lakh on the installation of ‘WAYU’ units. Several NGOs have also initiated steps to promote green spaces. Rohit Mehra, IRS and an environmental activist, has collaborated with the administration to build vertical gardens and also start first green ambulance service to recover dying or uprooted trees. “It takes time to bring about the change we desire. Education is as important as implementation for recovering the lost natural wealth and moving towards sustainability,” said Rohit. Dilbir Foundation, another major contributor towards afforestation campaigns in the city, has started 5Tree project, which aims to encourage people to plant five fruit saplings, especially native varieties. “As a premonsoon activity, we are motivating people to plant saplings in order to increase fruit bearing tree cover in the city. Traditional varieties, which are being encouraged are mulberry, jamun, mango, jujube, moringa, tamarind and gooseberry. These enable food production and atmospheric oxygenation for the needy. The tree species shall be made available to all who come forward. Ace tree planters are being given incentives up to 30 per cent on organic produce by us,” said Gunbir Singh, president, Dilbir Foundation. The district administration has begun the process of creating mini forests at Chali Khuh and another mini forest will be created and adopted by the FICCI FLO. Guru Nanak Dev University has already started work on turning six acres of its land into a mini forest. Concepts of multi-plantation, including seed bomb dispersal were being adopted to ensure maximum plantation before the monsoon arrives. Man ends life, wife among five booked Op Bluestar anniv: Security up around Golden Temple Tarn Taran, June 4 A 23-year-old resident of Goindwal Sahib allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. The police have registered a case of abetment to suicide against his wife and four of her relatives. The deceased has been identified as Karamjit Singh. Parveen Kaur, mother of the deceased, told the police that deceased’s wife Manpreet Kaur and her four relatives thrashed Karamjit mercilessly over a family conflict. Perturbed over this, on May 25 he consumed poison. He was admitted to local hospital and died on June 3. The police have registered a case against Manpreet, Gurmeet Singh, Palwinder Singh, Paramjit Singh and Jasbir Kaur. — OC Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 4 A heavy police force has been deployed around the Golden Temple in view of the 37th anniversary of Operation Bluestar on June 6 here. Senior police officials held meetings to ensure that the event passes off peacefully. According to senior police authorities, over 1,000 cops were deployed near the Golden Temple and a close watch is being kept on suspicious elements. Contingents of police forces from adjoining police districts, including Amritsar rural and Tarn Taran, were also summoned for maintaining law and order in the city. Cops in civil dress were also deputed Civic body employees plant saplings; and (below) an organic garden set up by NGO Phulkari at Ram Bagh. VISHAL KUMAR inside the shrine. Senior police officials, including Police Commissioner Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Parminder Singh Bhandal, supervised the security arrangements. The Police Commissioner warned anti-social elements against creating law and order problems on the day. He said police officials were asked to take suspicious elements under preventive arrest if the need arises. Police officials revealed that senior police officials from the city and Amritsar rural police led by Dr Gill and SSP (Amritsar Rural) Dhruv Dahiya held meetings in the police lines and chalk out plans and issued necessary instructions to the police officials. A close watch is being kept in the places which remained a hotbed of militancy in Punjab during heydays of terrorism. These included Mehta, Majitha and Attari. The entire city, especially areas surrounding Darbar Sahib, had turned into a fortress with intensive barricading. Meanwhile, Tarn Taran police also installed checkpoints at the entry and exit points of the city in view of Ghallughara divas. Tarn Taran SSP Dhruman H Nimbale visited these nakas. Those who were found running away after seeing the cops were nabbed and their antecedents were being looked into. Medical students seek stipend on a par with peers Soni inaugurates 1,000 litre/minute oxygen generation plant at Govt Medical College Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 4 Medical students who were shifted from Mata Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, and Gian Sagar Medical College, Patiala, to the Government Medical College, Amritsar, confronted Cabinet minister OP Soni on Friday for not being paid stipend for performing duties during the pandemic. Soni visited the GMC to inaugurate oxygen generation plant and a building for students. Agitating students Students confront Cabinet Minister OP Soni for not being paid stipend at GMC in Amritsar on Friday. c m y b gheraoed Soni and sought a monthly stipend of Rs 15,000, which their counterparts were being paid. They said their college fee was three times higher than the GMCs, yet they were not being paid stipend. Protesting students claimed that they have been performing Covid duty for the last two months. The minister told the students that they had had given in writing that they would not charge any fee in return for the government duty. continued on page 2 Police Commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill (3rd from left) takes stock of security arrangements.
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