08062021-ATR-01.qxd 6/7/2021 11:13 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE COFFEE TABLE BOOK CAPTURES HISTORIC JOURNEY OF CITY PAGE 2 A pictorial coffee table book depicting all aspects of holy city’s rich cultural life was unveiled at a function here. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 48-YR-OLD FARMER COMMITS SUICIDE Tarn Taran: Surjit Singh (48), a resident of Mohanpur Winning village, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance after being harassed by his neighbours on Monday. The accused have been identified as Gajjan Singh and Amrik Singh. Paramjit Singh, elder brother of the deceased, told the the Cholha Sahib police that Gajjan and Amrik used to threaten Surjit that they would take possession of six kanal land. He said Surjit consumed some poisonous substance and was rushed to a private hospital in Chohla Sahib where he breathed his last. Inspector Paramjit Singh said the accused have been booked under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC and the duo was absconding. OC TOSSING TURBAN: PANELSEEKSREPORT Amritsar: The SC Commission (Punjab) has sought a report from the Amritsar (rural) police regarding an incident in which several persons allegedly hurt religious sentiments of a person by tossing his turban. The victim had submitted a complaint to the SC Commission, member, Dr Tarsem Singh Sialka. Sarpanch Jasbir Kaur of Raipur Khurd village falling under the jurisdiction of Tarsikka police station alleged several persons assaulted her husband Amrik Singh, who was supervising the development works under way in the village. She said as a concrete stretch was being laid, a family started objecting to it. She alleged the accused obstructed the government work and thrashed her husband, besides tossing his turban. Jasbir said the accused passed objectionable remarks against her husband. She alleged that the police did not take necessary action. Dr Sialka said the SC Commission has sought the status report from Amritsar (rural) SSP Dhruv Dahiya. TNS EMPLOYEES WANT REGULAR JOBS PAUL MARSHAL TALKS ABOUT HIS BONDING WITH DHARMESH Back in July 2018, the actress was diagnosed with metastatic cancer and spent months in the US for treatment. MAX 43°C | MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 28°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:34 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:25 AM TUESDAY | 8 JUNE 2021 | AMRITSAR Those afflicted being administered injections as and when required, says Soni Tribune News Service DIST REPORTS 9 DEATHS, 133 COVID CASES Amritsar, June 7 A review meeting was held by Minister for Medical Education and Research Om Parkash Soni at the local Circuit House regarding the current situation of Covid-19 here on Monday. Among others present on the occasion were Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu, Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira, Commissioner of Police Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, MC Commissioner Komal Mittal, Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh and Government Medical College Principal Dr Rajiv Devgan. Speaking on the occasion, Soni said all arrangements had been made by the administration and separate wards for children set up expecting the third wave of Covid-19. He said these wards were fully equipped with medical equipment. Talking about the present situation, Soni said Covid19 cases had dropped by more than 50 per cent and the death rate had also come down significantly. The minister stated that about 1,100 patients were admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital during the peak of the second wave of the contagion, but now the number Amritsar: With nine more deaths on Monday, the district toll increased to 1,499. The health authorities have also reported 133 new cases, with which the tally increased to 45,569. The new cases include 82 influenza-like illness cases and 51 contacts of positive patients. The health authorities have also reported the recovery of 192 patients, with which the recovery count increased to 42,077. The district at present has a total of 1,993 active cases. The deceased have been identified as Bakhshish Singh (85) of Chawinda; Shashi (61) of Majitha Road; Baldev Singh (74) of Rambagh; Pritam Singh (56) of Nijjarpura; Rohit (38) of Bhalla Colony; Om Parkash (82) of Guru Nagar (Railway Link Road); Tarsam Singh (44) of Indira Colony; Jaswinder Kaur (69) of Kot Khalsa and Supinder Kaur (52) of Darshan Singh Avenue. TNS Minister for Medical Education and Research OP Soni during a review meeting about the Covid situation in Amritsar on Monday. ❝All arrangements have been made by the children administration and separate wards set up for expecting the third wave of Covid-19. These wards are fully equipped. OP Soni, MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH MINISTER ❞ had come down to 325. He said at present 11 patients of black fungus were under treatment at Guru Nanak Dev (GND) Hospital. He directed the Civil Surgeon to increase the testing for the virus in the district. The Medical Education and Research Minister said 72,60,286 tests had been conducted so far in three medical colleges and four government laboratories all over the state out of which 20,33,178 had been conducted at the local Government Medical College. Talking about the district, he said over 8 per cent of the reports of the samples being collected from the district were coming back positive. He said with further drop in Covid-19 cases, more relaxations would be given to the shopkeepers. Soni said the persons afflicted with black fungus were being administered injections as and when required. He said the vaccines given to private hospitals by the government had been withdrawn. “We can win the battle against the virus only if we ensure that the instructions issued by the Health Department are strictly followed,” added Soni. Where are jobs for common man? PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR One dies, 21 +ve in Tarn Taran A person succumbed to the virus in the district on Monday, taking the toll to 330 in the district. The Health Department teams collected 1,188 samples on Monday. With 21 positive cases, the number of active cases reached 350. As many as 192 of the active cases have been isolated at their respective homes. Meanwhile, 2,347 citizens were vaccinated on Monday, taking the total number of persons to receive the jab to 1,41,670. OC HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 133 45,569 9 1,499 192 42,077 1,993 Father of 2 booked for raping girl on pretext of marriage Tribune News Service Members of the AAP youth wing protest against the state government for its move to give jobs to MLAs’ kin on ‘compassionate grounds’, outside MLA Dr Raj Kumar Verka’s house in Amritsar. SEE PAGE 2 Not paid for 3 yrs, say those teaching kids of labourers Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 7 Teachers working under the National Child Labour Project (NCLP), who educate children at brick kilns in remote areas, have not received their salaries for the last three years. They alleged that the government stopped the stipend for students after the Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020. There are 39 schools in the district, in which 300 persons work under the NCLP Teach. ers claimed that more than 2,000 students were enrolled with them in the district. Jaswant Singh, one of the teachers, said they used to protest for their salaries before the Covid-19 restrictions. But now, they are not able to even hold a demonstration. The Deputy Commissioner had assured to write to the department con- to our salaries before Covid-19 ❝We usedButprotest forare not even able to hold a restrictions. now, we demonstration. The DC had assured that he will write to the department concerned in this regard. Teachers hope that one day the government will release their pending salaries. Jaswant Singh, ONE OF THE TEACHERS ❞ The Centre provides teaching faculty at places where the practice of child labour or school dropouts are reported on a mass level under the NCLP. The district administration establishes schools to provide education to children at their doorstep. The schools under the NCLP help students in their rehabilitation as well. The administration sets up such schools for children of those labourers who work at brick kilns, industrial areas or are employed as domestic helps. cerned in this regard. Teachers hope that one day the government will release their pending salaries. “The political parties in the state are issuing statements to uplift the Dalits in the state politics. Almost 100 per cent students in the NCLP schools are from Dalit background. If the Congress Amritsar, June 7 A girl from Haryana was allegedly raped by a man on the pretext of marrying her. The accused made physical relations with her several times after taking her to a hotel near the Golden Temple and various other parts of Punjab. The incident occurred in February this year. The incident came to light when the victim filed a complaint with the women’s police station in Ambala Cantonment. She later learnt that the accused, identified as Gurpreet Bajwa of Bazigar Colony in Ambala Cantonment, was married and had two children. The Ambala police registered a ‘zero’ FIR and forwarded it to Amritsar city police for further action. The victim alleged that Bajwa was threatening to kill her and leak her objectionable continued on page 2 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) government in the state and the BJP government at the Centre are concerned about the Dalits, they have to release the salaries of teachers and stipend of students,” Singh said. Teachers are now planning to stage a protest at the DC office to press the government to release their salaries. c m y b Doc: Brain tumours are less-understood entities Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 7 Brain tumours are feared and less-understood entities. It’s a misconception that all brain tumours are cancerous and once you suffer from brain tumour, you are doomed, said Dr Dushyant Thaman, a neurosurgery specialist, while raising awareness on World Brain Tumour Day, which falls on June 8 every year. Medical experts come forward to shed light on the myths and rumours associated with the disease every year on this day. Dr Dushyant said brain tumour may arise principally from two structures — the covering of the brain tissue, which is called the dura mater and the brain tissues itself. He said the tumours arising from dura mater called meningiomas are usually benign and non-cancerous. “They grow slowly and compress the brain, rather than invade it. Most symptoms are caused by compression. Meningiomas may reach a size of 7 cm to 10 cm before detection, making surgery very difficult,” he said, adding that most of meningiomas are curable. He said tumors arising from the brain parenchyma are called gliomas. “Symptoms such as morning headache, BRAIN TUMOUR DAY ❝Brain tumours are feared and lessunderstood entities. It’s a misconception that all brain tumours are cancerous and once you suffer from brain tumour, you are doomed. It is time to recognise, raise awareness and motivate patients with brain tumours and their caregivers. Dushyant ❞ Thaman, A NEUROSURGERY SPECIALIST vomiting, visual disturbances, first-time epilepsy in any adult should be evaluated by MRI scan and treatment should be started,” he said. Dr Thaman said early diagnosis and treatment can help in saving a patient from many complications. “It is time to recognise, create awareness and motivate patients with brain tumours and their caregivers,” he said. Verbal duel takes ugly turn at Central Jail, inmate dies Four prisoners booked for murder of fellow inmate PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 7 A jail inmate died while two others were injured, when a group of prisoners assaulted them in the high-security Amritsar Central Jail here on Sunday. The victim identified as Lakhwinder Singh, alias Lakha Baba (48), was lodged in the jail in a murder case, while the suspects were languishing on the charges of robberies and snatchings. Those booked were Avtar Singh, alias Tari of Jhitte Khurd village; Sultan Singh of Eshapur village; Gurjant Singh of Mehndipur village, Tarn Taran; and Harpreet Singh of Amritsar. All of them were lodged in room number 6 of barrack number 5. A jail official wishing not to be named said the incident occurred in the same barrack in the heat of the moment following some minor verbal duel. Lakha Baba along with Sajandeep of Manawala Kalan and Lovepreet Singh of Sabhran in Patti in Tarn Taran were having dinner in the barrack, when the accused attacked Baba with some sharp iron strip. Lakha suffered deep injuries on his arms and legs while there was no visible head injuries as the deceased was wearing a turban. Sajandeep and Lovepreet also suffered injures while they tried to save Lakha. The victims were sent to the Civil Hospital for the medico legal report (MLR). However, his condition suddenly deteriorated in the hospital and he died apparently of cardiac arrest. The postmortem of the deceased was conducted on Monday, which would ascertain the exact cause of his death. Jatinder Singh, in-charge Fatahpur police chowki, said initially a case under Sections 307, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC and Section 52 of the Prisons Act was registered against the suspects. Later, it was amended and section of murder (302 of the IPC) was added to the FIR. He said the accused would be arrested after bringing them from jail to ascertain what prompted them to fight and the circumstances that led to Lakha’s death. Spat over damage to electric pole turns fatal Our Correspondent ABOUT NATIONAL CHILD LABOUR PROJECT PAGE 4 Dancer and choreographer Paul has always impressed the judges with his choreography and dance moves. City has 11 patients of black fungus NCLP draws a blank when it comes to paying teachers Tarn Taran: Employees of different departments of the state government held a protest here on Monday. They were demanding the fulfilment of their demands. The employees under the banner of the Punjab and UT Mulazam and Pensioners’ Sanjha Front took out a march and burnt an effigy of the state government. Addressing on the occasion, Baljinder Singh Doblian, Nachhattar Singh and other leaders of the morcha demanded the regularisation of the services of the employees working on a contractual, outsource and daily basis over the years. The leaders said the indifferent attitude of the government would cost it dear in the 2022 assembly elections. They said their other demands included implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission and releasing the due DA instalments. OC PAGE 3 SONALI BENDRE RECALLS HER JOURNEY OF BATTLING CANCER Tarn Taran, June 7 A 25-year-old youth of Lalpur village and his cousin were attacked by a group of youths, leading to the death of one of them here on Sunday night. The deceased has been identified as Jagdip Singh Jagga (25) and his cousin, Harjot Singh, escaped unhurt. The accused have been identified as Shubhkaranjit Singh, Gurpartap Singh, Dilbag Singh and Khanddi, all of Lalpur village, and Love of Tur village. There was a dispute between Harjot Singh and Khanddi Deceased Jagdip Jagga There was a dispute between Jagdip’s cousin Harjot Singh and Khanddi over the payment of an electric pole which was damaged by Harjot while learning to drive a tractor on Saturday. The tractor belonged to Khanddi, who was helping him how to drive it. over the payment of an electric pole which was damaged by Harjot Singh while learning to drive a tractor on Saturday. The tractor belonged to Khanddi, who was helping him how to drive it. Officials of Powercom were asking Khanddi to pay for the damage caused to the pole. He called the victim and his cousin Harjot Singh to resolve the issue at the youth club in Lalpur village on Sunday night. There was a verbal duel between them as Khanddi was pressuring Harjot Singh to pay the amount, but Harjot not only refused to pay the amount but asked Khanddi to pay it as he was the tractor owner. The accused persons, led by Khanddi, in a fit of anger attacked them near the club with an iron rod and other sharp-edged weapons. Jagdip Singh, who was hit on the head, was seriously injured and was admitted to the local Guru Nanak Dev Super Specialty Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The accused, who have been absconding since the incident, were booked under Sections 302, 148 and 149 of the IPC by Goindwal Sahib police.
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