06062021-ATR-01.qxd 6/5/2021 11:13 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE MAJHA HOUSE: DAPPER ACTOR OPENS UP ON REEL, REAL LIFE When you close one door behind you, others open, each with a different destiny, believes actor Kabir Bedi. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF BSF ASI DIES OF CARDIAC ARREST PAGE 2 TWO BURGLARS NABBED Amritsar: The police have nabbed two thieves who had decamped with aluminium doors, four ceiling fans, a table fan, electric wiring and other appliances from the Horticulture Department’s office in Manawala Kalan. The accused have been identified as Jashandeep Singh and Lovejit Singh, both residents of Manawala Kalan. The police said they were interrogating the duo to make recoveries. Khushal Singh of Khajala village, an employee of the department, said the incident took place between May 28 and 31 when the office was closed. Khushal said he closed the office on May 28 evening and when he opened it on May 31, he found a window broken and articles missing. A case under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC was registered against the duo. TNS GANG-RAPE: THREE PERSONS BOOKED Amritsar: A 14year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by three youth in Bhagtupura village falling under Chatiwind police station here in the intervening night of June 3 and June 4. The police have booked the suspects identified as Akash, Jaspal and Akash. A complaint was filed with the police yesterday following which a case under Sections 376-D, 365 and 506 of the IPC and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act against them while no arrest has been made so far. The victim’s mother told the police that after having dinner, the family went to sleep on Thursday night around 9pm. She said around 2am, she heard frantic knocking on the door. She said when she opened the door, she found her daughter crying. She said around 11pm, Akash, son of Ginder, called her outside and took her to Bhagtupura village, where he along with his friends took turns to rape her. Sub-Inspector Rajinder Kaur said the medical examination of the girl was conducted on Saturday. She said the whereabouts of the accused were yet to be ascertained. The victim knew them by name and face but did not know about their native places. She said the accused used to come to the village to play when she came in contact with her. She said further investigations were on. TNS SAUMYA RUBBISHES REPORTS OF USING FAKE ID TO GET JAB The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil actor has reportedly been roped in for upcoming TV series Ms Marvel. MAX 39°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:33 PM PAGE 4 Saumya Tandon was accused of using a fake identity card to get her first jab of Covid-19 vaccine. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:25 AM SUNDAY | 6 JUNE 2021 | AMRITSAR Angry, farmers burn copies of three agriculture laws Say will keep protesting until government repeals these laws Tribune News Service Tarn Taran: A Border Security Force (BSF) ASI, Kuldeep Singh (57) (in pic) who had come on a leave to his native village, died of cardiac arrest on Friday at Kot Muhammad Khan village. The Goindwal Sahib police have lodged a report under the CrPC. Wife of the deceased, Nirmaljit Kaur, in her statement to the police said Singh had complained of chest pain and died on the way to a hospital. The deceased was posted in Tripura and was supposed to return to duty on Saturday. OC PAGE 3 FAWAD MCU'S 1ST ON-SCREEN MUSLIM-AMERICAN SUPERHERO? Amritsar, June 5 Farmers burnt copies of the three controversial agriculture laws at different places in the district on Saturday and demanded that the laws be repealed. The protests were held outside the residence of BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Shwait Malik, outside the BJP’s district headquarters, Roadways workshop and at Golden Gate on GT Road. Farmers said the protest against the three laws would continue till their demands were accepted. Farmers in large numbers participated in the call earlier given by Sanyukt Kisan Morcha to burn the copies of the laws. Protesting outside the residence of Shwait Malik, Rattan Singh Randhawa, Harjit Singh Jheeta, Davinder Singh Chattiwind, Bachittar Singh Kotla and other leaders said the BJP government had used every trick to defame and discredit farmers’ unions, but the farming community knows that the three laws would be detrimental for their livelihood. Rattan Singh Randhawa said high prices of diesel which is used for preparation of fields was troubling farmers. “The paddy transplantation season has begun and consumption of diesel in tractors is high. In such times, on ❝It wasthat June 5 last year the three contentious farm laws were brought in by the Central Government. Today’s protest marks one year of these antifarmer laws. ❞ Lakhwinder Singh, MEMBER, KISAN MAZDOOR SANGHARSH COMMITTEE Members of different farm unions raise slogans during a demonstration against the Centre outside the Bharatiya Janata Party’s office in Amritsar on Saturday. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR Members of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha protest against the farm laws in Tarn Taran. GURBAXPURI Unions lodge protest in Tarn Taran Our Correspondent the government is allowing increase in prices every other day,” he said, adding that the Central Government was Govt selling vax to earn revenue, says Malik Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 5 Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik has criticised the state government for its failure to make Covid vaccine available to the public and for allegedly selling it to private hospitals. He claimed the Centre was making the vaccine available to the states, but the state government had made it a source to earn revenue. Malik said that instead of pro- viding free vaccination to the citizens to prevent the Covid epidemic, the Punjab Government was trying to fill the impoverished state treasury by selling the vaccine purchased at Rs 400 to the private hospitals of the state at wholesale price of Rs 1,060. He said the private hospitals in turn were giving these injections at Rs 1,560 and were openly robbing the public. He alleged recently the state government had sold continued on page 2 anti-farmer and anti-poor. Lakhwinder Singh Wariamnagal of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee said: “It was on June 5 last year that the three contentious farm laws were brought in by continued on page 2 Tarn Taran, June 5 Farmers and people from other sections of society organised protests at different places in the district and burnt copies of the three farm laws here on Saturday. The farmer organisations associated with the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) staged a dharna in front of the ‘Joshi Fashion Mall’ owned by family members of BJP leader Anil Joshi, a former Punjab minister. Pritihipal Singh Marimegha, Jaspal Singh Jhabal and other leaders of the organisation, while addressing the protesters, said the three farms laws Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 5 With seven more deaths in the district due to Covid-19 on Saturday, the toll increased to 1,486. The health authorities have also reported 114 new cases, with which the count increased to 45,325. The new cases include 61 influenza-like illness cases and 53 contacts of positive patients. With the recovery of 297 patients, the total recovery count has increased to 41,685. The district at present has a total of 2,154 active cases. Neeraj Bagga ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, 114 45,325 7 1,486 297 41,685 2,154 0183-2500498, 0183-2500598, 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) The deceased have been identified as Vijay Kumar (43) of Islamabad; Hari Shankar (67) of Chheharta; Sampuran Kaur (75) of Rokhae village (Ajnala); Parmod Sethi (68) of Jagdambay Colony (Batala Road); Kawalbir Kaur (68) of COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE ❝ ❞ Surjit Singh, A RETIRED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE The Covid-19 restrictions have once again brought customers to neighbourhood grocery stores. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR items in bulk and, that too, direct from companies excluding dealers. So they offer discounts to their customers. On the other hand, Nukkar karyana stores buy commodities in some hundred kilos.” Surjit Singh, a retired government employee, said, “His family is buying ration from mega stores as they offer dif- c m y b 2 die, 13 +ve in Tarn Taran HELPLINE NUMBERS My family is buying ration from mega stores as they offer different schemes, besides offering buy-one-get-one-free on certain items. However, for the past two months we have been procuring ration from the store in our area. As there are long queues outside those mega stores, it is very difficult to stand in the scorching summer. Tribune News Service and complying with the Covid19 guidelines had to allow entry of a limited number of customers, he said. Buta Ram, who has been the proud owner of a grocery store for the past over four decades, said, “Kirana stores cannot compete with these department stores being run by corporate groups. As they procure grocery and FMCG Union Government for its anti-people policies. The leaders said the three farm laws were against the interests of society. Meanwhile, farmers of the area lodged a protest in Noordi village and burnt copies of the farm laws. Dhanna Singh Lalughuman and other leaders condemned the BJP-led Central Government for its failure to protect the interest of farmers. Workers of the CITU held a protest against the new labour laws in Rataul village. Another union leader Sukhdev Singh Gohalwar said, “The new labour laws represent a death warrant for workers.” Dist reports 7 deaths, 114 new cases Amid restrictions people prefer neighbourhood grocery stores Amritsar, June 5 The Covid-induced restrictions have changed customers’ preferences with a majority of them visiting neighbourhood and smalltime grocery stores opened in every corner and mohalla of the city. Earlier, they would go to department stores being run by multinational companies, which offer discount on cereals, pulses, packed eatables and electronic goods to their customers. Buta Ram, who runs a grocery store on the Sultanwind road, said: “A large number of people from the area had stopped buying goods from his shop after the opening of mega stores in the city by national and international chains.” He said last year there was a curfew and these chains had offered free home delivery to maintain their customer base. However, this time, the restrictions were not as strict as they were last year. This time, these mega stores remained opened were anti-farmer and ruin the farming sector. The protesters burnt copies of the farm laws and raised slogans against the Central Government. The workers of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, under the leadership of Sukhwinder Singh Dugalwala protested at the Usman toll plaza. The leaders invited farmers to reach Delhi in big number to make the farmer struggle a success. The dharna at the toll plaza had entered 244th day. Similarly, activists of the Bharti Kisan Union (Rajewal) lodged a protest in front of the SDM court complex here. Ajaib Singh Aladinpur and other leaders condemned the ferent schemes, besides offering buy-one-get-one-free on certain items. However, for the past two months they have been procuring ration from the store in their area. As there were long queues outside those mega stores, it was very difficult to stand in the scorching summer.” Sandeep Gupta, general secretary of the Amritsar Retail Karyana Merchants’ Association, said there was nearly a 20 per cent hike in the quantum of the customers who bought monthly ration in one go. He said for these customers, the stores of multi-national companies were the first choices as they offered a buy-one-getone-free scheme on nonbranded items, discount on certain popular branded items. C-Block Ranjit Avenue; Parkash Kaur (85) of Jagdev Colony and Sarbjit Kaur (44) of Mehta Chowk. Two persons succumbed to the virus on Saturday taking the toll to 328 in the district. The district received 13 more positive cases and the number of active cases reached 400 on Saturday. As many as 197 patients have been isolated at their homes. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said 2,775 citizens were vaccinated against the pandemic on Saturday and total 1,37,782 persons have received the jab against the virus in the district so far. The DC appealed to citizens to abide by Covid protocol. RENEWAL OF TRADE LICENCES MC imposes heavy fine, traders irked Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 5 Those traders who failed to renew their trade licences from the Amritsar Municipal Corporation (MC) till March 31, now have to pay heavy penalties along with the licence fee and conservancy charges. The Municipal Corporation charged Rs 500 for renewal of trade licence till March 31. After the due date, one has to pay Rs 300 conservancy charges alowing with renewal fee. Apart from this, traders also need to pay a fine of Rs 100 per day. One has to pay around Rs 7,500 for the trade licence renewal till this week. The MC has 17,000 registered traders who need a trade licence to run their business in the city. According to report, 40 per cent traders got their trade licences renewed. Around 6,600 traders paid conservancy charges between March and April. The Municipal Corporation officials claimed that traders were depositing the fee. Meanwhile, traders were irked over the MC levying heavy penalties. They urged the government to exempt them from trade licence renewal fee following the Covid-19 induced curfew and lockdown. “Shopkeepers are facing economic hardships due to the pandemic and the government is minting money. Provision of heavy penalty should be done away with,” said Gopal Mahajan, a trader. Mayor Kamrajit Singh Rintu asked traders to pay trade renewal fee.
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