15092021-ATR-01.qxd 9/14/2021 11:35 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 GNDU STUDENTS SAY NO TO PAYING MANDATORY DIET BILL Students handed over a memorandum to Dean Academic Affairs against the mandatory billing at the hostel mess. FORECAST RAIN OR THUNDERSHOWERS MET GALA BACK AT NEW YORK’S METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART PAGE 3 The looks and attire pulled off by celebs at this event become a conversation topic for years in the fashion world. MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:36 PM Siddhartha Basu was quick to respond to a netizen who tweeted that a ‘wrong’ question was asked in KBC episode. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:14 AM WEDNESDAY | 15 SEPTEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Shakti teams to act as decoys to ensure safety of women INBRIEF ‘EAT RIGHT SMART CITY’ TRAININGS Police Commissionerate deputes 80 personnel for purpose; launches helpline Amritsar: The district Health Department has announced to start training of workers associated with all kinds of food businesses to apprise them of the food safety norms from September 16. District health officer Dr Bharti Dhawan said the trainings are a part of the ‘Eat Right Smart City’ project, so that residents get quality food. She said hotels, restaurants, dhabas would be covered under the project. She said the general public, too, must be aware of the food safety norms, so that they buy food which is safe for their health. TNS PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 14 In order to ensure the safety and security of women and girls in society, Amritsar city police on Tuesday launched Shakti teams, which would work as decoy teams in public places, besides launching Women Safety Officers’ teams. Though instances of eve-teasing and harassment have taken place in society, only a fraction of the actual number of cases is reported to the police. “The main objective of the formation of Shakti teams is DIST & SESSIONS JUDGE AT PATTI JAIL to address this problem,” said Police Commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal while talking to this correspondent. As per the figures procured from the police department, only three cases under Section 509 (insulting by taunting, commenting, gestures) of the IPC and only 23 cases under Section 354 (molestation) of the IPC have been registered so far this year in the city. “We have formed 20 Shakti teams under as many police stations under the jurisdiction of Amritsar city Commissionerate,” he said, adding that these would be stationed at various public places, including outside educational institutes, which were designated as hotspots while observing the instances occurred in the past, besides in public transports. Each team would include two women cops and a policeman. They would be in civvies and equipped with spy cams to collect evidence against the offenders. Depending upon the crime, Shakti teams could register an FIR or take preventive action or if the need be, coun- teams ❝Weashave formed 20 Shaktiunder under many police stations sel the offenders by involving their family members. Joint Police Commissioner D Sudarvizhi and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Cybercrime and Forensics, Manpreet Shinhmar would be the nodal officers. He said each complaint would be documented and followed up in the future. The police also launched Women Safety Officers’ teams and a dedicated WhatsApp helpline number (9781101091) wherein the women in distress could call continued on page 2 Police Commissioner Vikram Jit Duggal launches Shakti teams for women’s safety in Amritsar. the jurisdiction of Amritsar city Commissionerate. These would be stationed at various public places, including outside educational institutes, which were designated as hotspots while observing the instances occurred in the past, besides in public transport. Each team would include two women cops and a policeman. They would be in civvies and equipped with spy cams to collect evidence against the offenders. Vikram Jeet Duggal, POLICE COMMISSIONER Increasing dengue count rings alarm Dist count reaches 251 | 134 cases in Sept so far | People told to observe every Friday as dry day Residents debunk MC’s claim of regular fogging Charanjit Singh Teja TWO NABBED FOR STALKING GIRL Amritsar: The Golden Temple authorities today handed over two youths to the police for allegedly stalking a girl who had come to pay obeisance at Darbar Sahib. In a statement issued here today, Gurinder Singh, manager, Golden Temple, said a complaint has been lodged with the police in this regard. He told that when employees observed the suspicious act of the accused and tried to enquire, they were attacked by the duo with sharp weapon. He urged the Galliara police authorities to take appropriate action against the duo. TNS Tribune News Service PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Tarn Taran: District and Sessions Judge-cum chairperson, District Legal Services Authority, Priya Sood visited Sub-Jail Patti on Tuesday and inspected the conditions of the civic amenities being given to the inmates. Interacting with the inmates, she apprised them of their rights. She also visited the barracks and inspected the sanitary conditions and the standard of food given to inmates. The judge also instructed officials to provide proper medical facilities, including sanitised barracks. The judge advised inmates to read books. OC PAGE 4 PRODUCER REACTS TO CLAIMS OF WRONG QUESTION ON KBC Manmeet Singh Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 14 The increasing number of dengue cases in the district has set alarm bells ringing and the Health Department is taking measures to contain the spread of the disease. The district has reported a total of 61 dengue cases in last seven days. With this, total 251 cases have been reported in the district during the current season. Dengue cases had witnessed a sudden spurt in the last week of August. The Health Department has already reported 134 cases in September so far. While the department has asked the Municipal Corporation to conduct regular fogging in all 85 wards, it has also initiated extensive inspections in residential areas to detect dengue larvae. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said residents must observe every Friday as a dry day to prevent breeding of dengue mosquitoes. “The general public must empty their air coolers, water pots and other items, especially kept in the open, once a week on Friday to prevent mosquitoes from breeding,” he said, adding that a meeting of the district dengue taskforce was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner to tackle the situation. District epidemiologist Dr Madan Mohan said 503 challans have been issued after dengue larvae were found at various buildings in the city. He said in case a patient is diagnosed as a dengue case, he must increase his fluid intake and ensure proper rest to avoid complications. He said dengue-causing mosquito usually bites during the day and proper precautions as mosquito coils, sprays, mosquito repellent creams, full sleeve clothes should be used to avoid mosquito bites. He said the Education Department has been roped in to create awareness about the disease, its causes and prevention among school students, so that they can pass on the information to their parents. Amritsar, September 14 Though the Municipal Corporation (MC) has insufficient infrastructure for fogging, teams have started working in two shifts and are covering 12 wards daily, the MC officials claimed. They also claimed that now each MC ward gets fogging done after seven days. However, contrary to the claims of the MC, residents of several localities said they haven’t witnessed fogging in their respective areas. Vikrant Kumar, a resident of Indira Colony said: "The Municipal Corporation conducts fogging on the main road. Dengue patients are increasing in densely populated areas. Most of the times, the MC vehicles ignore streets." The MC health wing has only six jeepmounted fogging machines for 85 wards in the city. Apart from this, they have six hand-held machines, which they mount ❝ After the rise in dengue cases, we have been conducting fogging in every ward after seven days. Now, employees are working in double shifts and conducting fogging in the same locality after seven days. The infrastructure is sufficient. We require more hand-held machines and the number of jeep-mounted machines is adequate. We will regulate it soon. ❞ Sandip Rishi, ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONER, MC on the scooter to make the process fast. Sandip Rishi, Additional Commissioner, MC, said: “After the rise in dengue cases, we have been conducting fogging in every ward after seven days. Now, employees are working in double shifts and conducting fogging in the same locality after seven days. The infrastructure is sufficient. We require more hand-held machines and the number of jeep-mounted machines is adequate. We will regulate it soon.” Experts claimed that fogging should be conducted every week to curb the breeding of dengue larvae and mosquitoes. There are several slums and villages on the periphery, which witnesses more dengue cases than posh areas. Residents of Indira Colony, Majitha Road, Ghanupur Kalle, Mustfabaad, Islamabad, Gumtala and several colonies on the Batala road claim that no fogging has been conducted in their areas so far. Even the localities on the outer bypass area are deprived of fogging. “The Health Department has been identifying hotspots and they are in touch with our health wing officials. We have spared a machine to conduct fogging at hotspots on a priority. Residents can contact us on the toll free numbers of the MC,” said Sandip Rishi. NGO LEADS FROM THE FRONT In the absence of proper fogging by the Municipal Corporation (MC), a local NGO has been conducting fogging in slums and periphery areas of the city. NGO Jai Ho Club, led by Vicky Dutta, has been conducting fogging for the last four years in slums. Dutta claimed that the NGO conducts fogging in those areas where dengue cases were reported. “Generally, the MC conducts fogging on main roads, but we visit the interior streets with small machines. Dengue prone areas, especially slums, are our priority. We have conducted fogging in the walled city areas,” said Dutta. ❞ District reports seven +ve cases Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 14 The district reported seven positive cases on Tuesday with which the district tally increased to 47,271. The new cases include five influenzalike illness cases and two contacts of positive patients. The district health officials have also reported the recovery of two patients, with which the total recovery count improved to 45,665. The district at present has a total of 16 active cases. Meanwhile, in the ongoing vaccination drive, 16,487 residents were inoculated on Tuesday. Of these, 9,440 received the first dose of the vaccine, while 7,047 received the second dose. COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 7 47,271 0 1,590 2 45,665 16 HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, 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) Decades-old ties help city importers in getting dry fruits from Kabul on credit Shopkeeper shot at in Patti town, injured ❝ Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 14 Even though no fund transfer is taking place through the Bank of Kabul, a few importers, who have been into the trade for decades, are getting supplies of dry fruits from Afghanistan on credit due to their connections. The trade between the holy city and Afghanistan goes back to centuries. Most of the business houses in Majith Mandi, which is a hub of dry fruits and spices in the walled city, are involved in this trade. Anil Mehra, a city-based importer, said: “The entire business is taking place on credit now. No new import house is getting supplies as the employees of the Bank of Kabul have not joined duties after the change of guard.” Meanwhile, importers are Rainwater accumulates at the ICP godown in Amritsar. Instead of covering costly eatables with tarpaulin sheets, some buckets were placed under the leaking roofs. Obviously, these are not adequate to prevent the seeping rainwater from reaching the bags. The authorities at ICP failed to protect the costly eatables from rainwater. A city-based importer ❞ Most of the traders in Majith Mandi (right), a hub of dry fruits and spices in Amritsar, are involved in trade with Kabul. busy assessing losses incurred after the imported Afghan dry fruit got drenched in the downpour from leaking roofs recently while being stored in warehouses at the Integrated Check Post (ICP), AttariWagah, 36 km from here. He said assessing the total loss would be an onerous task as the stored material was despatched to different parts of the country. He, however, made it clear that they would not get good returns on drenched imported eatables. He said: “Proper care is not being taken despite paying heavy maintenance and demurrage (charges).” Importers pay nearly ~22,000 per truck as maintenance charges on the very first day, when the material is unloaded in godowns. In addition, ~4 per tonne demurrage is given for the next two to three days. This is raised to ~50 per tonne for the next five days and then it is increased to ~150 per tonne. Importers said instead of c m y b covering costly eatables with tarpaulin sheets, some buckets were placed under the leaking roofs. Obviously, these were not adequate to prevent the seeping rainwater from reaching the bags. They are irked at the authorities at the Integrated Check Post (ICP) for failing to protect the costly eat- ables from rainwater. Though no official of the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) came forward to clarify, sources said holes were made in the godown roofs to install solar panels. Work for the same is under way. However, the rainwater managed to make its way inside the godowns through these holes. BK Bajaj, a city-based dry fruit importer, said: “Though the Bank of Kabul is lying closed for want of staff, the Afghan exporters are dispatching material in good faith and on credit to clear their stock of freshly harvested crop. So, over 30 trucks are arriving at the ICP daily.” Recently, his counterparts in Afghanistan conveyed to him to pay for the imported material through third country. Most of the Afghan exporters have chosen the UAE for payments. Tarn Taran, September 14 A shopkeeper was shot at and injured in Patti town by two unidentified car-borne assailants here on Tuesday. The injured shopkeeper has been identified as Balwinder Singh Billa (50) of Patti. He was attacked when he had just reached outside his shop to open it. The injured shopkeeper was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Patti, where his condition was stated to be out of danger. SI Parwinder Singh, SHO, Patti city, said a case under Sec- tions 307 and 34, IPC, and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act had been registered. He said the police had recovered three empty rounds of 9 mm revolver from the spot. The SHO said the shopkeeper, who was running a furniture shop on the Lahore road in Patti, had come on his moped when Swift car-borne assailants appeared on the spot the same moment. One of the assailants came out of the car and opened firing on Balwinder Singh who received injuries on his lower parts of the legs. The assailants managed to escape Continued on page 2
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