26082021-ATR-01.qxd 8/25/2021 11:18 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PLANTS BREATHE LIFE INTO NOOK & CRANNY OF HER HOUSE PAGE 2 Divjot Kaur Sandhu, an educationist, has an array of plants, shrubs and vines in her front and rooftop garden. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF PNEUMOCOCCAL VAX INTRODUCED Amritsar: The Health Department introduced pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) for children at the Satellite Hospital in Ranjit Avenue on Wednesday. Earlier, the department had provided the PCV in the immunisation programme to protect kids from pneumococcal infection. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said, “The vaccine is sold for Rs 5,000 in the market, but the same is being provided free of cost by the government.” He said many people get infected by pneumococcal bacteria and in most cases it leads to death. District Immunization Officer Dr Renu Bhatia said, “First dose of the vaccine is given at one month, second at three-and-ahalf months and a booster dose at nine months. She said the vaccine would be made available at all the government hospitals and dispensaries free of cost. TNS DEWORMING DRIVE INITIATED Amritsar: The Health Department on Wednesday distributed albendazole tablets in schools and anganwadi centres as a part of its deworming drive. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh gave tablets to students at Government School, Karampura. The medicine would be made available to around 2.10 lakh students at 1,313 government schools and anganwadi centres and three lakh children at 830 private schools in the district. Children aged between 1 and 19 years would be provided the medicine. The health officials said those kids who were unable to get the medicine today would be given the medicine on September 1. The Civil Surgeon said, “Deworming of children is necessary to ensure their better physical growth.” He said schools had asked to educate kids about personal hygiene. TNS DR DHAWAN IS NEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR Tarn Taran: Dr Sandeep Dhawan assumed the charge as a Deputy Director (Animal Husbandry) on Wednesday. Earlier, Dr Dhawan was working as the Senior Veterinary Officer, at the Patti Veterinary Hospital. Dr Dhawan was greeted by employees and officials of the department. Dr Dhawan held a meeting with his colleagues and instructed them to provide better services to residents of the district. OC FREEDOM RUN FLAGGED OFF Amritsar: On the second day of photo exhibition organised at the Town Hall by under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, as a part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, painting and song competitions were held on Wednesday in which school children participated in a large number. Commissioner Municipal Corporation Malwinder Singh Jaggi was the chief guest. In his address, he said that in freedom struggle Punjabis have made sacrifices for which we have to be proud. The NCC cadets from 1st Battalion performed their routine at the event. Earlier in the morning a “Fit India Freedom Run” was also organised. Sandeep Rishi, Assistant Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, flagged off this run from GNDU. TNS ACTOR NEHA DHUPIA PLAYS A PREGNANT COP IN A THURSDAY PAGE 3 Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP has finally unveiled the much-awaited look of Neha from their upcoming thriller. MAX 37°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:02 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:03 AM Accused sought ~3L ransom |Cops crack case in 24 hrs Tribune News Service Six more catch virus in district Amritsar, August 25 With six positive cases reported on Wednesday in the district, the tally of cases reached 47,208. The new cases include five-influenza like illness cases and one contact of a positive case. The Health Department reported recovery of eight patients. With this, the recovery count, has increased to 45,583. The district has 36 active cases. Meanwhile, a total of 10,616 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive on Wednesday. Of them, 6,350 received beneficiaries received their first dose, while 4,266 received their second dose. No case, death reported in Tarn Taran district Police officials address mediapersons in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO caller asked to pay Rs 3 lakh as ransom to release his brother. Commissioner of Police Vikramjeet Duggal said they received a complaint around 11 am and constituted separate teams to track the miscreants. He said footage of CCTV cameras and analysing dump data of mobile calls proved helpful in tracing the boy. Duggal said all the accused were from the same locality and they hatched a conspiracy to kidnap a child of a welloff family. He said they took an accommodation on a rent and got a large bed with box (diwan) to hide the child. He said cops traced Pintu and recovered him from the bed box. A country-made pis- PAGE 4 The mythological show will see the story of Mira Bai and portraying the pivotal role will be Lavina Tandon. 14-year-old boy rescued from bed box, four held Amritsar, August 25 The police have rescued a 14year-old boy from a bed box and nabbed four kidnappers and on Wednesday. The victim has been identified Pintu (14), a resident of New Preet Nagar. The accused have been identified as Raj Kumar alias Chotu (22), Amit (21), Suraj (20) and Krishna (19), all natives of Bihar who resided at Gali Kullu Mill Wali on Batala road. Kailash Chaudhary, elder brother of the victim, said he sells vegetable near Union Bank situated on Batala road. He said on August 23, Pintu had left to join him at his shop on a bicycle around 6 pm, but failed to reach the destination. Kailash and his relatives searched for Pintu the entire night. Kailash told the Mohkampura police that he got a call on August 24 at 9 am and the VIGNAHARTA GANESH TO BRING ALIVE THE TALES OF MIRA BAI tol was also seized from the possession of the accused. Pintu said three-motorcycle borne men intercepted him near his house and asked him to go along with them. When I refused, the kidnappers put a rope around my neck and took me forcefully, he said and added that they hid him in the bed box. The health authorities reported no positive case and Covid-19 related death in the district on Wednesday. The toll stood at 376. The district has eight active cases and of them, seven persons, had been isolated at their homes. The authorities jabbed 3,909 residents at different health centres today. A total of 3,12,219 beneficiaries had been inoculated so far. The Health Department collected 1,407 samples today in the district. — TNS/OC THURSDAY | 26 AUGUST 2021 | AMRITSAR Only one swine flu case reported so far Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 25 While cases of common flu and influenza are being reported frequently, the district reported only one case of swine flu this month. The patient, a 13-year-old child, have recovered and discharged from the hospital. The health authorities said they took four samples (swine flu) of suspected patients in the last two weeks and one of them tested positive. The authorities failed to establish the source of infection, but gave flu medicine to 23 family members and relatives of the patient. District Epidemiologist Dr Navdeep Kaur said, “The department is monitoring the situation, which is under control. There is no need for general public to panic, but in case of any symptoms, one should consult a physician and get tested.” She said swine flu lab at the Government Medical College was conducting tests. As per the state government orders, it’s mandatory for private hospitals to notify the Health Department about SYMPTOMS ■ The symptoms include headache, cough, fever, loss of appetite, aches, fatigue, running nose, sneezing, watery eyes, throat irritation, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and pneumonia in people with chronic conditions ❝The department is monitoring the situation, which is under control. There is no need for general public to panic, but in case of any symptoms, one should consult a physician and get tested at the earliest. ❞ Dr Navdeep Kaur, DISTRICT EPIDEMIOLOGIST a suspected swine-flu patient at their medical institute. The hospital needs to get the test conducted from a recognised lab and a patient can be declared positive case if he/she tested positive for both H1 and N1. In 2019, the authorities had reported at least three deaths and nine swine flu cases. Not a single case was reported in 2020. Contractual workers up the Back on track: 10 trains chug out of city ante, demand regular jobs the railway line at 7.30 pm on August 24 and the Railways received the security clearance at 7.50 pm. Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 25 Members of the PUNBUS Contractual Workers’ Union held a two-hour strike and blocked entry and exit gates of the Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra Inter-State Bus Terminal on Wednesday. The protesters accused Capt Amarinder Singh-led government for being antiemployee and not fulfilling its promises. Kuljit Singh, chief, PUNBUS Contractual Workers’ Union, said it was high time to increase the number of buses and regularise around 7,500 contractual workers in the PUNBUS and PRTC. Even after repeated assur- Protesters raise slogans against the state government in Amritsar. ances by the government, the staff has not been regularised, he said. The protesters said they would go on strike on September 6 and would gherao the residence of the Chief Minister on September 7. During the protest, private buses plied. There was negligible impact on the movement of passengers. — TNS Amritsar, August 25 Restoration of train services gave fresh lease of life to the Amritsar railway station. Vendors, hawkers and porters who were sitting idle for the last couple of days were seen selling articles and negotiating with passengers. A queue of passengers was witnessed outside the enquiry window and tickets booking counters. On August 24, the protesting farmers had lifted their blocklade, from the AmritsarDelhi railway track. As a result, the Railways restored movement of trains to some extent today. As many as 10 pairs of trains plied today, but six trains remained cancelled. Officials said it would take a Divisional Railway Manager inspects railway station Passengers wait to board trains at the Amritsar railway station. couple of days to normalise the entire operation. Trains which headed for their respective destinations include 04688 ASRSHC Garib Rath, 04666 ASR-New Delhi Inter City, 02053 ASR-Howrah Jan Shatabdi, 01058 ASR- Dadar Mail, 04650 ASR-JYG Express, 04562 ASRChandigarh Express, 03006 ASR-Howrah Mail, 02904 ASR-MMCT Golden Temple Mail, 04664 ASR-Dehradun Express and 02030 Amritsar-New Delhi Shatabdi. It’s pertinent to mention that the agitating farmers had lifted their protest from During her maiden visit to the city after taking over as the Divisional Railway Manager of the Ferozepur division, Seema Sharma, inspected the Amritsar railway station and railway yard on Wednesday. She stayed for nearly four hours at the railway station and observed working at reservation and booking windows, power cabin, signals, waiting hall, parcel office and other set ups. She interacted with officials at the station and asked for ideas to run the services. ~50 cr in MCkitty, yet road infra in a shambles ‘Expedite work on Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 25 Residents have been complaining about poor condition of roads for long, but the Amritsar Municipal Corporation usually gives them false assurance everytime. Recently, the state government approved Rs 50 crore to the MC for recarpeting main roads and internal stretches. However, residents believe that the development works would not get implemented as the 2022 Assembly polls were around the corner. Condition of roads deteriorated further, especially during monsoon. The MC and the Public Works Department preferred to do the patch work due to rain. Residents said civic body might not be able to complete the recarpeting work. Kuljit Singh, a resident of Malanwali (under MC jurisdiction), has been trying to get the outer road of the village recarpeted. “The ten- A huge pothole outside Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR ❝ ❝ We have already spent crores on Tendering process will take time and recarpeting of main roads in the city and after issuing the work order, contractors will all internal streets will be recarpeted not work in winter. The project will get within next few months. stretched to next summer. ❞ Karamjit Singh Rintu, MAYOR, AMRITSAR dering process will take time and after issuing the work order, contractors will not work in winter. The proj- ect will get stretched to next summer,” he said. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu claimed that tenders of c m y b ❞ Kuljit Singh, A RESIDENT OF MALANWALI most roads were already floated and it would be materialised soon. “We have already spent crores on main roads in the city and all internal streets will be recarpeted within next few months,” said the Mayor. It’s worth mentioning that after the visit of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on August 15, senior officials of the state government held a meet with local authorities last week and sanctioned Rs 100 crore for the city. The MC officials said around half of the amount would be spent on road infrastructure. Roads would be recarpeted, central verges and green belts would be developed with this amount, said an official. Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Majitha road, said, “The MC announced recarpeting of roads before monsoon. No doubt some of the main roads have been recarpeted, but there is no significant improvement on the ground. Even GT Road near Khalsa College is in a pathetic condition. A number of roads have not been recarpeted for the last few years.” 7.4-km Smart Road’ Smart City CEO Malwinder Jaggi (centre) interacts with officials. Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 25 The Chief Executive Officer Smart City, along with senior MC Councillors and officials, inspected the ongoing work of the Smart Road around the wall city here on Tuesday. Observing slow pace of work, Smart City CEO Malwinder Singh Jaggi asked the officials of the construction firm to develop one kilometre of the Smart Road within a month so that the city residents visualise what facilities would be provided in the 7.4 kilometer Smart Road. During inspection, MC Councillors Vikas Soni and Mahesh Khanna raised the issue of slow pace of work which leads to inconvenience to the residents. Jaggi instructed the officials and company executives to continued on page 2
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