09062021-ATR-01.qxd 6/8/2021 11:13 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE 6 MONTHS ON, NO PROGRESS IN DOG STERILISATION DRIVE The MC has failed to start the dog sterilisation project in the city even after nod of the MC General House. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF TWO STUDENTS CLEAR NMMS Amritsar: Two students of Government Middle School, Bhoewali, cleared the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship (NMMS) exam, results of which were declared recently. Lucky, a student of Class IX, had secured over 90 per cent marks in internal examinations conducted for Class VIII this march. Coming from an impoverished family he overcame shortcomings at home while pursuing education. His parents work at a brick kiln to earn livelihood. His two other sisters are also good at studies. Arshdeep Singh is son of a driver working at a combine harvest machine. Their teacher Pankaj Sharma said both of them had put combined efforts to win the Inspire Award of Rs 10,000 last year. The NMMS is a centralised scheme, which provides 2,210 students with scholarships worth Rs 12,000 per annum in the state. The students get this scholarship from Class IX till XII. TNS SEWA KENDRAS TO OPEN 9 AM TO 5 PM Tarn Taran: The Sewa Kendras in the district will be operational from 9 am to 5 pm, including Saturday. District Magistrate Kulwant Singh said the people would be free to visit the Sewa Kender without prior permission. The DM said the aspirants to visit Sewa Kendra with advance permission would contact website https://esewa .punjab.gov.in/CenterSlotBook ing or on mobile no. 8968593812-13. OC PO ARRESTED WITH 280-GM HEROIN Tarn Taran: A team of the Chohla Sahib police, led by Sub-Inspector Navdeep Singh, arrested a criminal with 280 gm of heroin from the link road leading to Chohla Sahib from Sarhali village on tuesday. SSP Dhruman H Nimbale said the accused had been identified as Sukhchain Singh Sonu of Mohanpur village. The SSP said the accused was facing 14 criminal cases under different category of offences. The court had declared him proclaimed offender in two cases. The accused has been booked under Sections 21,61 and 85 of NDPS Act. Dharam Kaur, mother of the accused, too was facing five criminal cases under different offences. OC PAGE 2 BOLLYWOOD MOURNS DEMISE OF CASTING DIRECTOR SEHER Casting director-turned-producer Seher Aly Latif passed away on Monday (June 7) following a cardiac arrest. MAX 45°C | MIN 30°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C | MIN 29°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:34 PM Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 8 The Covid-19 induced slump has resulted in accumulation of power tariff default to the tune of ~575 crore for the PSPCL thereby prompting it to launch an ambitious onetime-settlement (OTS) scheme. Powercom has to recover ~575 crore from 6,720 defaulters of the Border range. The border range comprises Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, besides Amritsar. The matter of concern for Powercom officials is that so far only 240 defaulters —12 government and 228 non-government — have come forward to deposit ~10.46 crore. The collected AMYRA DASTUR TURNS PUNJABI VILLAGE GIRL FOR MUSIC VIDEO PAGE 4 Amyra has always impressed the audience with her performances and inspired fashionistas with her style. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:25 AM WEDNESDAY | 9 JUNE 2021 | AMRITSAR Fatality rate 3.29%, no improvement even as cases dip CAUSE FOR CONCERN District’s death rate much higher than the national average of 1.2 per cent Honoured for giving the dead a decent burial Dist reports six deaths, 102 +ve cases Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 8 The Coviud-19 infection has started to recede but the fatality rate of patients still continues to be on the higher side as the district’s death rate is much higher than the national average. With 45,671 positive cases and 1,505 deaths till date, the district has a fatality rate of 3.29 per cent. The district’s fatality rate is much higher than the national average of 1.2 per cent. The number of positive cases in the district has increased by almost 117 per cent in the last around two months starting April 1. The district has reported a total of 24,661 positive cases since April 1. The number of deaths after April 1 has also increased by almost 122 per cent with the district reporting a total of 829 deaths in the last two months. The fatality rate of continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Amritsar: The district administration on Tuesday honoured employees who have been helping in cremation of Covid-19 patients. DC Gurpreet Singh Khaira said though every officer and employee has done a great job since March 2020, the most difficult and important task was to cremate bodies, which poses variety of physical and mental challenges. He said a team working under the leadership of SDM Vikas Hira has so far cremated more than 2,000 persons. “Whenever a person dies, the team takes care of the body and performs rituals according to his/her religion,” he said. He said during the initial days of the pandemic, there were many cases when family members refused to go to the crematorium. In such cases, these men ensured that the deceased were cremated with dignity. Khaira said 17 persons include employees of the Health Department, Tehsil Office and Municpal Corporation. The DC honoured each team member. Those who were felicitated included Tarjit Singh, Dilbag Singh, Baljit Singh, Iqbal Singh, Mangal Singh, Charanjit Singh, Bhupinder Singh (all drivers), Kuldeep Singh and Arun (sewadars), Lucky, Harpreet Singh, Sandeep Singh, Kirpal Singh, Shiva, Ankit, Sahil Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Harpil Singh (all cleanliness workers). TNS Amritsar, June 8 With six deaths reported on Tuesday, the toll increased to 1,505 in the district. The district health authorities have also reported 102 new cases, with which the tally increased to 45,671. The deceased have been identified as Mahinder Kaur (65) of Kot Khalsa; Sushil Goyal (71) of Gali Vakeel Wali (Mall Road); Ranjit Kaur (66) of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar; Sita Devi (51) of Islamabad; Sukhchain Kaur (50) of Chattiwind and Mohinder Singh (70) of Rajasansi. The new cases include 46 influenza-like illness cases and 56 contacts of positive patients. The Health Department has also reported the recovery of 172 patients with which the recovery count has improved to 42,249. The dis- HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 102 45,671 6 1,505 172 42,249 1,917 trict at present has a total of 1,917 active cases. 2 die, 18 +ve in Tarn Taran The Health Department collected 1,134 samples on Tuesday and reported two Covid19 related deaths in Tarn Taran district. With this, the toll reached 332. The authorities reported 18 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) new positive cases today. At present, the district has 326 active cases and of these, 181 patients have been isolated at their homes. DC Kulwant Singh said 2,583 beneficiaries were administered the jab at different health centres in the district today. He said 1,44,253 have been inoculated in the district so far. — OC Carjacking case solved, 4 prisoners held for killing fellow inmate 3 held, one still at large Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 8 The Ranjit Avenue police have nabbed three persons in connection with a case, in which a trader’s car was snatched in Ranjit Avenue area on May 29. Those arrested were identified as Gurpreet Singh, Jatinder Singh and Kunal Kohli, all residents of the Sultanwind area here. However, their fourth accomplice Raja was yet to be arrested. The police authorities said raids were on to nab him. The police recovered the car and a mobile phone from them. Mayank Nanda (26), a resident of Lawrence Road area, told the police that he had gone to give medicines to his cousin in Ranjit Avenue. He said as he reached near Ajnala road T-point, four persons on two bikes intercepted his car (PB-02-DP-7194). While pointing a gun, they pulled him out and sped away with the car. He had two mobile phones in the car one of which was recovered by the police with the car. Sarabjit Singh Bajwa, Assistant Commissioner of Police (North), said the accused changed the colour The accused carjackers in the Amritsar police custody on Tuesday; and (below) the snatched car, which was painted black by the accused. TRIBUNE PHOTOS of the car to black and fixed a fake number plate to hoodwink the police. Following initial probe and with the help of CCTV cameras, the police zeroed in on the suspects. He said Raja was the mastermind behind the carjacking and he had used a country-made pistol in the crime. He said raids were on to nab him. He said as per the probe, they snatched the car for their lavish lifestyle and would have dismantled it later. Talking to the media Jatinder Singh, one of the accused said it was Raja who had planned the robbery. Herculean task: Recovery of ~575 cr from defaulters Neeraj Bagga PAGE 3 PSPCL mulls launching one-time settlement scheme, where penalty will be curtailed to 12 per cent amount is meagre in the face of a whopping ~575 crore. Skatter Singh Dhillon, Chief Engineer, PSPCL (Border Range), said the scheme was only for those defaulters, who had failed to pay the tariff prior to December 31, 2020. He said the impact of Covid19 induced restrictions creating an economic crisis cannot be ruled out in some cases. He said OTS committees of Powercom officials would be constituted to reach out to defaulters and encourage them to pay the defaulting amount. For this, penalty interest of 18 per cent has been curtailed to 12 per cent. A defaulter on the condition of anonymity said he had set up a cottage unit at home after taking advances from a bank and relatives at the fag end of 2019. Some months after this novel coronavirus struck and all his dreams of becoming self-employed were shattered. “During the last 14 months, his earning remained in doldrums but expenditure rather increased in terms of power tariff, school fee of two kids, increase in the cost of raw material and on other heads. c m y b Amritsar, June 8 The police have arrested three prisoners who allegedly killed another jail inmate while having dinner on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Lakhwinder Singh, alias Lakha Baba. Baba (48) was lodged at the Central Jail in a murder case while the accused were languishing on charges of robberies and snatchings. Those arrested included Avtar Singh, alias Tari of Jhitte Khurd village, Sultan Singh of Eshapur village, Gurjant Singh of Mehindipur village Tarn Taran and Harpreet Singh of Amritsar. All of them were lodged in room number 6 of barrack number 5. According to jail authorities, the incident occurred in the same barrack, following a verbal spat. Baba along with Sajandeep of Manawala Kalan and Lovepreet Singh of 3 held for gang rape of minor SAD WANTS CM TO DISMISS JAILS MINISTER SUKHJINDER RANDHAWA Amritsar: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday asked Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to dismiss Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa for allegedly patronising gangsters in Punjab jails, which has led to a total breakdown in jail administration as witnessed by the murder of an inmate in the Central Jail here. In a statement, SAD spokesman Virsa Singh Valtoha alleged that the minister was in the forefront of providing five star facilities to underworld dons and gangsters as witnessed by the VVIP treatment extended to Mukhtiar Ansari and Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, respectively. Sabhran were having dinner in the barrack when the accused attacked Baba with sharpened-iron strip. Baba suffered 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 as they SAD spokesman Virsa Singh Valtoha alleged that the minister was in the forefront of providing five star facilities to underworld dons and gangsters as witnessed by the VVIP treatment extended to Mukhtiar Ansari & Jaggu Bhagwanpuria Due to the failure of the Punjab Government, jails have become a den for planning kidnappings, extortions and even target killings. Gangsters have easy access to mobile phones and luxuries. “Gangsters now feel safe in jail and are carrying out their criminal activities from inside the jail premises,” the SAD leader asserted. He asked the Chief Minister to divest Sukhjinder Randhawa of the Jails portfolio immediately and order a probe into all cases of violation of the jails manual and book those guilty of the same to clean up the jails in the state. TNS tried to save Baba. The victims were sent to the Civil Hospital for medico- legal reports. Suddenly, health of Baba deteriorated and he died apparently due to cardiac arrest. The post-mortem of the deceased was conducted today, which would ascer- tain the cause of his death. Jatinder Singh, in charge, Fatahpur police chowki, said the accused were arrested and investigation was under progress to ascertain the reason behind the assault. The police took an iron strip used in the crime into possession. 7 impounded vehicles gutted Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 8 Three days after a shocking incident of a gang rape of a minor girl was reported, the police have nabbed three suspects identified as Gurpreet Singh, Jaspal and Akash. A girl (14) had accused the three of allegedly gang raping her in Bhagtupura village, on the intervening night of June 3-4. A case under various Sections of the IPC and the POCSO Act was registered against them. The victim’s mother had said that her family went to sleep on Thursday (June 3) around 9 pm and she heard frantic knocking at the door around 2 am and found her daughter crying. She said the accused called her around 11 pm and took her to Bhagtupura, where he along with his friends committed the crime. The victim said the accused used to come to the village for playing during which she came in contact with her. Following medical examination, further investigations were launched. Firefighters try to control the blaze outside the bus stand police chowki in Amritsar. Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 8 Several case property vehicles stashed outside bus stand police chowki caught fire on Monday. This is the second such incident, which took place at the same chowki in the last two months. It took a couple of hours for the firefighters to douse the flames. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Harpal Singh has been probing the case to ascertain the reason behind the incident. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) said the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police was holding a probe in the matter. Bus stand chowki is located inside Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra Inter State Bus terminus. A number of vehicles were stashed outside the police, which were seized or impounded by the police in different cases, however, owners of the vehi- VISHAL KUMAR cles did not show any interest in getting these back or released by the court. Over a dozen case property vehicles were destroyed two months ago while seven vehicles were gutted in fire on Monday. Rambagh police station officials said it was an accidental fire. Cops said passengers at the bus stand informed them about fire. The Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police said the investigation was under way.
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