09092021-ATR-01.qxd 9/8/2021 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE CONTRACTUAL EMPLOYEES’ STIR PUTS BRAKES ON BUS SERVICE PAGE 2 The Contractual Workers’ Union will hold a four-hour protest at all bus stands from 10 am to 2 pm on Thursday. RAIN OR THUNDERSHOWERS INBRIEF ANGANWARI STAFF THREATEN STIR Tarn Taran: Resentment prevails among Anganwari workers and helpers as they had not been paid their remuneration for the last four months. A deputation of the local district unit of Anganwari Mulazam Union (CITU), Punjab, led by Anoop Kaur Balehar president and Veer Kaur Assal presented a memorandum to the District Programme Officer (DPO) here on Wednesday. The leaders of the union warned the administration that in case the remuneration is not paid timely the organisation would go on agitation path from September 30. The leaders said that the Anganwari workers and the helpers who were already given meager contribution were facing hardships. The leaders said the other demands of the organisation include releasing appointment orders to the deserving on compassionate ground, issue smart phones to all the Anganwari workers, presence be made compulsory by the CDPO in their offices definitely. OC Mallika Sherawat is all set to make a comeback on screen after nearly two years & it happens to be her OTT debut. MAX 30°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:44 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:11 AM THURSDAY | 9 SEPTEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Tribune News Service DOs Tribune News Service Always keep overhead tanks properly covered Drain out water from coolers and scrub these dry once a week In case of fever, get your blood examined at the earliest Take full treatment if infected Amritsar, September 8 The Municipal Corporation (MC) has increased fogging in the city considering the rising number of dengue cases, claimed health officials here on Wednesday. MC health officer Dr Rama met the district malaria officer and the ‘Eat Right’ team of the Smart City regarding the issue. The officials discussed about dengue-prone areas and decided to increase fogging in the city to eliminate the larvae. The health wing officials of the Municipal Corporation have revised the roster of fogging in the wards. Now, fogging teams start working at 6 in the morning till 6 in the evening, claimed Dr Rama. The officials said that fogging would curb the breeding of dengue larvae and mosquitoes. There are several slums and villages on the periphery that witnesses more dengue SYMPTOMS Amritsar, September 8 With 88 dengue cases reported in the last seven days, the total count increased to 190 in the district. Except three cases that were reported in March, other were reported in the months of June, July and August. The cases have witnessed a sudden surge in the last fortnight. The health officials said maximum cases have been reported from Sultanwind Road, Tarn Taran Road, Kot Baba Deep Singh and Antaryami Colony. The officials said they were continuously conducting fogging around the houses of positive patients. The Health Department conducts fogging in roughly 50 houses in the vicinity of a positive patient. The officials said the Municipal Corporation, which is responsible for fogging in the city, has also been asked to conduct fogging in at least 12 wards of the MC. “If only the MC covers 12 ❙ ❙ The symptoms of the disease include high grade fever above 102°F, headache, pain in the eyes, general body aches, vomiting, skin rashes which must be monitored for 7 to 10 days by medical experts ❙ ❙ DON’Ts ❙ ❙ wards a day, it would be able to cover 85 wards in a week. Fogging is required after every seven days in an area,” an official said. The district Health Department has also doubled the number of anti-larvae teams for collecting samples from the city to 30. The officials said there were negligible number of dengue cases from rural areas and city residents due to high population density were more affected. Do not allow water to stagnate in and around your house Do not throw discarded containers, tyres, pitchers and pots on the rooftop The department has also asked residents to take proper precautions to avoid mosquito bites especially during the day to avoid dengue. The department has also asked residents to consult a qualified physician in case of appearance of any symptoms associated with the disease and avoid treatment from quacks or relying on home remedies. PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 8 It has been over three years since the Service Club handed over the possession of the ‘deorhi’ located at the entrance of the historic Ram Bagh (garden) to the Municipal Corporation, but its restoration work is yet to see the light of day. Earlier, it was the Covidinduced lockdown and now its restoration work is stuck for want of necessary approval from higher authorities of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in New Delhi. The historical structure — deorhi or entrance gate — is situated in the northern end of the summer palace of legendary Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Also known as Ram Bagh deorhi or Compa- Deputy Mayor Yunas Kumar (in yellow shirt) discusses various proposals during the F&CC meeting on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO violations of rules ❝Some ofofthe proposals wereThere are three and regulations the government. contractors that are favourites of officials and they again get works. I have objected on 25 proposals, while others were not discussed Younas Kumar, DEPUTY MAYOR According to sources, Younas objected to the proposals on technical ground and also questioned officials about the faulty bidding process benefiting only three ❞ contractors, which were defaulters allegedly. “Some of the proposals were violations of rules and regulations of the government. Continued on page 2 Vax drive resumes, district admn receives 80K doses Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 8 The administration received 80,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday evening. Officials of the Health Department said the district received 1.40 lakh doses in the last one week. A total of 10,706 residents were inoculated on Wednesday in comparison to 2,380 on Tuesday. The department deliberately kept the drive slow today as it was a weekly immunisation of children at the government hospitals. In the next two days, the Health Department has planned to conduct megavaccination drives to inoculate maximum residents. Earlier, the department had set a sort of record by vaccinating 57,800 beneficiaries. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said, “We are getting maximum number of doses in the state. The quota is allocated as per usage, so we try to inoculate maximum number of people.” He said they HELPLINE FOR PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 21 47,257 0 1,589 6 45,658 10 would again be getting their quota in next two days. The Civil Surgeon said there’s no need for residents to feel anxious. He said, “A total of 2.61 lakh residents in the district have been completely vaccinated while more than 6 lakh beneficiaries have received their first dose.” Meanwhile, the health authorities reported two positive cases today, with which the total number of cases increased to 47,257. The Health Department reported recovery of six patients. With this, the recovery count The MC responsible ❝fogging inisthe city. It has for been asked to conduct fogging in at least 12 wards of the MC. If only they cover 12 wards a day, they would be able to cover 85 wards in a week. It is required after every seven days in an area. An official ❞ have revised ❝The health wing officials start workingthe6fogging roster in wards. Now, teams at in the morning and continue till 6 pm. ❞ Dr Rama, MC HEALTH OFFICER cases than posh areas. Residents of several colonies on the periphery areas claimed that no fogging had been conducted in their areas so far. Meanwhile, stagnant water can be seen in potholes and open plots in a lots of localities. A large pool of rainwater can be seen behind the MC’s auto workshop opposite Durgiana Temple. This year, the MC was reluctant to conduct fogging but after the rise in dengue cases, the health wing woke up from its slumber. Now, the MC is using jeeps, auto-rickshaws and scooters to conduct fogging in the city. Heritage structures in a shambles Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 8 The direct flight from Amritsar to Rome took off on Wednesday. As many as 183 passengers boarded the Amritsar — Rome direct flight from Shri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport and 130 passengers are expected to arrive from Rome, day after tomorrow on arrival flight. Air India’s Dreamliner has a total of 256 seats of which 238 are economy class and 18 are business class seats. Seven business class and 176 economy class seats were booked by passengers on this flight. Gurjit Singh Aujla, chairman of the advisory committee of Shri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport, Amritsar, congratulated the passengers of the flight and said this flight connects Amritsar to Europe, which is the hub of Punjabi community. “It was a long-standing demand of the people living in Italy and it was my duty to raise their demand,” he said. Amazon Studios will release filmmaker Michael D Ratner’s Justin Bieber: Our World globally on October 8. claims MC’s health wing Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service PAGE 4 WORRISOME Dist reported 88 dengue cases in last 7 days Of 248 proposals for discussion, Deputy Mayor objects to 25 Maiden flight to Rome takes off from city AMAZON REVEALS RELEASE DATE OF JUSTIN BIEBER: OUR WORLD Dengue rearing its ugly head Fogging increased in city, F&CC meeting a stormy affair Amritsar, September 8 The meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation was a stormy affair as Deputy Mayor Younas Kumar raised objection on a lot of proposals presented in the meeting here on Wednesday. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu, MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi, senior deputy mayor Raman Bakshi, deputy mayor Younas Kumar, councillor Damanjit Singh, councillor Gurjeet Kaur and MC officials were present in the meeting. There were total 248 proposals for discussion, but only 25 proposals were discussed while responding to the queries of Younas Kumar. PAGE 3 0183-2500498, 01832500598, 0183-2500698, 0183-2500798 (Open 24*7) ■ Health Dept helpline: 01832535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doc: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) reached 45,658. The district has a total of 10 active cases. No case, death in Tarn Taran The district authorities reported no positive case and Covid-19 related death in Tarn Taran on Wednesday. The toll stands at 378 to date. Civil Surgeon Dr Rohit Mehta said 18,466 persons were vaccinated at 94 camps today. The Health Department said the district administration received 30,000 doses today. Earlier, the district was facing severe shortage of vaccine. c m y b WHAT A NEGLECT ■ The historical structure — deorhi or entrance gate — is situated in the northern end of the summer palace of legendary Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh ■ Also known as Ram Bagh deorhi or Company Bagh deorhi, it is now crying for attention ■ One of the projecting balconies decorated with ornamental floral designs in lime plaster has fallen, while cracks have appeared from different sides in the structure. ■ The structure remained in the occupation of the Service Club for nearly a century. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR FORECAST MALLIKA SHERAWAT TO MAKE A COMEBACK WITH NAKAAB ern sides, two gateways on the northern and southern sides. Besides the façade contains beautiful balconies. Nevertheless, the façade of the deorhi (vacated by the Service Club) needs urgent repair. An outer balcony has caved in, while cracks have appeared on different sides. Sources in the ASI revealed that they have already written for the approval to senior officials in Delhi and the officials here were likely to get it within a couple of weeks. An ASI official wishing not to be quoted said after getting the approval, tenders would be floated for supply of material required for the repair and restoration of outer façade that has been in a dilapidated condition at present. It is likely to take oneContinued on page 2 ny Bagh deorhi, it is now crying for attention. One of the projecting balconies decorated with ornamental floral designs in lime plaster has fallen, while cracks have appeared from different sides in the structure. The structure remained in the occupation of the Service Club for nearly a century. Meanwhile, similar deorhi at the southern end of Ram Bagh deori is properly con- Cop dismissed for breach of discipline Price rise burning hole in consumers’ pockets Amritsar, September 8 Police Commissioner Vikramjeet Duggal has dismissed a constable for breach of discipline on Wednesday. Constable Manjinder Singh of EO Wing-2 went abroad without getting ex-India leave sanctioned on May 19, 2020. After reaching Canada, Manjinder sent an e-mail stating that he could not inform the department, due to time constraints. A departmental inquiry had been launched against the employee for committing serious misconduct by not getting leave as per the rules before going abroad. He was found guilty and a showcause notice was also issued, but the department didn’t get any response. On the basis of the inquiry report, action was taken and constable Manjinder was dismissed. “Cops at the Amritsar Commissionerate of Police are a disciplinary force. Some personnel do not follow the discipline and take such decision without bringing it to the notice of their senior officers. Stern actions will be taken against violation of rules,” said the CP — TNS . served and is currently under the occupation of the ASI, which runs its office from its premises. This deorhi comprises fortified citadel having the Darbar Hall, two pavilions on the eastern and west- Basic commodities such as LPG, sugar, bread hitting north Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 8 Soaring inflation on basic essential commodities such as LPG, sugar and even bread is burning a hole in the pocket of consumers. However, much to the discomfort of the common public, this trend neither shakes the Central nor the state governments from its slumber, feel residents. Rajesh Gupta, a trader, said: “The governments have squarely failed to rein in inflation on essential commodities such as LPG, fossil fuel, cooking oil and other items. They neither have time, nor the will to address the issue of soaring inflation.” He accused the delivery men of a gas agency of charging extra cost that was written on the receipt during the delivery of LPG cylinder. He pointed out that he received the receipt of LPG cylinder mentioning ~925 as its cost and the delivery man insisted on asking for ~35 over that amount. A vendor delivers LPG cylinders in Amritsar. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR When he approached the gas dealer, he flatly asked him not to give anything above the receipt. When he told this thing to the delivery man, he simply asked him to pick up his cylinder from the agency itself. Hargun Kaur, a house wife, said not only LPG refill, but the prices of bread and sugar, too, have increased in the past one week. “Hike in prices of LPG refill was noticed by all, but the rise in the price of bread by ~5 per packet and sugar in retail stretched the monthly kitchen budget. Government seems to be non-existent for retail shops who charge as per their own will. Famous ice-cream sellers in the city also hiked softy price by ~10 per piece recently. Sandeep Gupta, general secretary of the Amritsar Retail Karyana Association, said the trend of soaring prices on groceries have shocked them and the reasons were inexplicable. It was high time the government intervened to take stock of the situation, he said.
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