02092021-ATR-01.qxd 9/1/2021 11:20 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE IMPRESSION MATTERS: MC GETS 3 FLOOR-SCRUBBER MACHINES PAGE 2 RASHMIKA MANDANNA ON HER DEBUT FILM MISSION MAJNU The MC bought three state-of-the-art floor scrubber machines to make the cleaning system high-tech. FORECAST RAIN OR THUNDERSHOWERS INBRIEF BIKE SNATCHED Amritsar: Miscreants snatched a bike from a person in Gawal Mandi area on Tuesday. Balbir Singh said he was heading towards Gawal Mandi Chowk on his bike around 10.30 am. He said when he reached near Shimla market, three persons intercepted him and started thrashing him. They took his bike and fled. The Cantonment police have registered a case under Sections 379-B, 341 and 34 of the IPC. TNS HEROIN SEIZED Amritsar: The police nabbed a drug smuggler and recovered 50-gm heroin from him on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Parshant Bhatia, alias Harry, of Nagar Nigam Colony. ASI Mukhwinder Singh said the police had set up a naka to keep a vigil on antisocial elements. During search, they recovered heroin from his Activa. A case under the NDPS Act was registered. TNS Six challaned for violation of COTPA Tribune News Service MADHURI CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SAAJAN ON DANCE DEEWANE Rashmika Mandanna has been talk of the town ever since she started shooting for her Bollywood debut film. MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 25°C Dance Deewane has been witnessing some great performances, as well as multiple celebrations and milestones. SUNSET THURSDAY 6:53 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:07 AM THURSDAY | 2 SEPTEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR EVE-TEASING Very few incidents reported as most women ignore minor harassment & avoid going to cops Manmeet Singh Gill ONLY 26 CASES REPORTED IN 8 MONTHS Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 1 In light of two incidents reported in the city on Tuesday, in which drunk hooligans misbehaved with women at public places, women expressed that reported incidents are a tip of an iceberg and most of them try to ignore such incidents as filing a report with the police, confronting perpetrators or even reporting the incident to the family means trouble or restrictions on the complainant. In the first case, two men harassed a medical student and tried touching her inappropriately. In the second case, three drunk miscreants smashed the windows of a woman’s car after an altercation following a minor traffic accident. The women in the city As per the figures procured from the police officials, only three cases under Section 509 (insulting by taunting, commenting, gestures) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and only 23 cases under Section 354 (molestation) of the IPC has been registered this year in the areas under the Police Commissionerate deep disrespect or disregard for women as equals and deeply entrenched patriarchy with widespread misogyny that needs urgent attention. To make women feel more accepted and secure, deep-rooted changes in social attitudes should A Women Cell has been created at all police stations be aimed at by partnering with policy makers, that deals with such complaints. All complaints received law-enforcement agencies, non-profit are taken seriously and women are encouraged to report organisations and institutions. Dr Simarpreet Sandhu, PROFESSOR, ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL PATHOLOGY such incidents. Parminder Bhandal, DCP LAW AND ORDER ❝ ❞ ❞ expressed that lack of evidence to support the complaint in most cases and ‘what-would-people-say’ attitude and being blamed for attracting attention of mis- creants are a few of the reasons why most women prefer staying silent. The girls said in most cases reporting an eve-teasing case even to parents, would result Farmers sit on chain hunger strike, seek compensation Tarn Taran, September 1 An 11-member jatha of the Zamhoori Kisan Sabha sat on a chain hunger strike in front of the local SDM office on Wednesday demanding compensation and other benefits for the family of a farmer who lost his life the ❝Without doubt, atlies heart of harassment while participating in farmers’ protest in Delhi. Addressing farmers, Daljit Singh Dialpura, district president, condemned the district administration and particularly local SDM, Rajnish Arora, who was harassing Sarabjit Kaur, widow of farmer Surjit Singh (32) of Cheema Khurad, for denying the compensation and other benefits announced by the state government. Daljit Singh said representatives had met the Deputy Commissioner in this regard, but the SDM was ignoring all instruction issued by higher ups. Leaders of the organisation said the hunger strike would continue till justice was not met to the aggrieved family. in restrictions on their mobility and family tension. “Most of the time, women ignore staring, stalking and passing of comments, as it is not worth confronting but places respect privacy but still there are many who don’t. Apart from stricter laws, there is a need for change in societal behaviour. Women tend to ignore minor harassment and file complaints only if it becomes unbearable. ❞ Rupinder Kaur, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MEDICAL AND SURGICAL NURSING AT SGRD COLLEGE sometimes, it emboldens the perpetrator and things escalate,” said Deepti Sharma. She said apart from teaching girls how to defend them, parents and schools should also teach boys about appropriate and acceptable behaviour. Rupinder Kaur, Associate Professor of medical and surgical nursing at SGRD College, said: “Most men at pub- Three test +ve in dist Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 1 With three positive cases on Wednesday, the district tally increased to 47,235. The new cases are influenza-like illness cases. The district Health Department has also reported recovery of seven patients, with which the recovery count increased to 45,628. The district, at present, has a total of 18 active cases. In the ongoing vaccination drive for Covid-19, total 12,989 residents were inoculated on Wednesday. The district health authorities said of these, 9,768 received the first dose of the vaccine and 3,221 received the second dose. All well in Tarn Taran The 11-member jatha of the Zamhoori Kisan Sabha stage a protest in front of the SDM office in Tarn Taran on Wednesday. The widow of farmer Surjit Singh, too, can be seen. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI ❝Most men at public Neither any positive case nor any death due to Covid was reported from the district on Wednesday. As many as 377 persons have lost their lives to the pandemic so far. The Health Department teams collected 1,339 samples to be HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, 3 47,235 0 1,589 7 45,628 18 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) tested for Covid infection and the report of 1,042 were yet to be received. A total number of 3,39,514 persons have been given 4,21,845 jabs so far. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said 3,828 persons were vaccinated at different centres on Wednesday. — OC COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE Tribune News Service Members of Mini-Bus Operators’ Union protest at Airport Road, Amritsar, on Wednesday. Amritsar, September 1 Members of the Mini-Bus Operators’ Association had threatened to set a bus on fire in front of the house of MP Gurjit Singh Aujla here on Wednesday in case their demands were not met, but after the intervention of the MP they suspended the stir. , A Metro bus was started between Gheo Mandi to the Sri Guru Ramdas Jee International Airport which miffed them and they held a protest on August 20, which was later lifted on the assur- ance of the district administration, who said their problems would be resolved. For now, the MP has also suspended the Metro bus from Thursday. He has assured the association that he will arrange their meeting with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh so that their demand for the renewal of permit of their vehicles can be resolved. Baldev Singh Babbu, president of the association, said they were constrained to hold the protest as the income of 60 mini-buses plying on the 24-km stretch VISHAL KUMAR between Amritsar and Guru Ka Bagh was affected. He said the government was violating its own law that the transportation means — buses and autos — for urban areas could not be plied beyond Meerankot Chowk, where the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation (MC) ends. Earlier, the road blockade impeded the traffic flow on the Airport Road and commuters felt harassed as it was quite warm and humid on Wednesday. They were forced to take alternate, long and arduous routes. Amritsar, September 1 Over the last few days, members of the Joint Teachers’ Front have been holding multiple protests against the Education Department and Education Secretary, per say, calling out the latter for his dictatorial attitude towards teachers and disrupting classroom learning through the National Achievement Survey (NAS) preparations. On Wednesday, teachers of government schools, on the call of Joint Teachers’ Front, burnt the effigy of Education Secretary in front of the office of the District Education Officer (DEO). The Education Department in the district has been running training workshops with a teams of mentors to prepare students for NAS, which will be conducted in November. Recently, the Education Department had also constituted various committees at district, block, cluster and school level to ensure smooth preparation for NAS. Meanwhile, teachers are raising concerns over the hype being given to c m y b Members of the Joint Teachers’ Front burn an effigy of Education Secretary in Amritsar on Wednesday. NAS over classroom learning. “For the last few days, the only word being uttered by the authorities is NAS. The National Achievement Survey, which estimates the level of education in states, through evaluating learning outcome of students, is being used as a tool to sideline classroom learning. Education Secretary is weaving a net of false statistics through an unconstitutional framework, taking into account the essence of real school education and the curriculum. However, the education of the children for oneand-a-half years has already lic places respect privacy but still there are many who don’t. Apart from stricter laws, there is a need for change in societal behaviour.” She, too, added that women tend to ignore minor harassment and file complaints only if it becomes unbearable. Dr Simarpreet Sandhu, Professor, oral and maxillofacial pathology, said: “Without doubt at the heart of the harassment lies deep disrespect or disregard for women as equals and deeply entrenched patriarchy with widespread misogyny that needs urgent attention.” She said to make women feel more accepted and secure, deep-rooted changes in social attitudes should be aimed at by partnering with policy makers, law-enforcement agencies, non-profit organisations and institutions. Five booked for attempt to murder Tribune News Service Mini-bus operators suspend Teachers ‘overworked’ due to NAS protest after Aujla’s assurance SLAM EDU DEPT POLICIES Tribune News Service PAGE 4 Are women safe in public places? Well, they say — NO! Our Correspondent Amritsar, September 1 A team of the Health Department issued challans to six cigarette shops in the Lawrence road area for violations of norms under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003. The Nodal Officer for National Tobacco Control Programme, Dr Jagan Jot, said shopkeepers have been warned against selling loose cigarettes as it has been prohibited under the law. The deputy mass media officer, who led the team, said selling tobacco products to minors, smoking at public places and selling cigarette packets which do not have pictorial warnings as specified by the government are punishable offences. PAGE 3 Tarn Taran: Government schoolteachers under the banner of Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha organised a protest in Tarn Taran on Wednesday against the policies of the Education Department. The protesting teachers burnt an effigy of the department and sought the removal of the Education Secretary. The protesters said the teachers would hold parallel functions on Teacher’s Day (September 5) to expose the department. The leaders said the officials were forcing teachers to present report based on lies. They also condemned the antiteacher recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission report. OC lagged far behind due to the lockdown and schools remaining shut. To prepare for this survey, teachers are being harassed and overburdened, while students, too, are feeling the pressure,” said Vikram Dev Singh, state president, Democratic Teachers’ Front. Several teachers, who were part of different teachers’ unions, have openly spoken against the lapses in online education throughout the pandemic. “There were huge shortcomings in accessing all students through online classes. Despite the state government distributing smart- phones to students of Class XII, many students from junior classes and middle classes failed to have access to uninterrupted education. We are not against NAS, but it should not be made the only parameter to judge the performance of a student,” said Ashwini Awasthi, a teacher and district convenor, Joint Teachers’ Front. The protesters said teachers were being pressured to perform academic and non-academic duties as well. “Online education cannot be a compulsory alternative to real school education. Online papers of Continued on page 2 Amritsar, September 1 The police have booked five persons for attempt to murder and opening fire in Maqboolpura. The accused have been identified as Bikram Singh, alias Bhao, a resident of Baba Sangat Singh Nagar Mehta Road; Rashpal Singh, alias Tida, of Baba Sangat Singh Nagar Mehta Road; Ranjit Singh, alias Jimmy, a resident of Maqboolpura; Ramandeep Singh, alias Romi, and Akash, alias Mour, both residents of Maqboolpura Mehta Road. The victim, Rahul Singh, told the police that on August 30 he went to pay obeisance at Gau Shala Mandir around 10 pm. The victim said as he was heading home he met his friends Dharamvir Singh, alias Haddi, and Shamsher Singh, alias Shera, on the way. He said a white car driven by Bikram reached the spot and he asked his accomplices to get hold of Dharamvir. The victim said the accused attacked me and my friends and fired shots in the air. Rahul said a bullet hit Shamsher on the head and then they attacked Dharamvir with an intention to kill him, but he received bullet injury on his right leg. The victim said the accused attacked Dharamvir with sharp-edged weapons. As Rahul raised an alarm, all the accused fled away from the spot. The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital. Cops said a few days ago, Dharamvir had a spat with accused Ramandeep. A case under Sections 307, 324, 323,148 and 149 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the accused at Maqboolpura police station. Assistant Sub-Inspector Baldev Singh (Investigating Officer) said the accused were on the run and would be nabbed soon.
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