09102021-ATR-01.qxd 10/8/2021 11:36 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE CITY SHUTTLER QUALIFIES FOR WORLD BADMINTON C’SHIP Mayank Behal has done the city proud by winning a gold medal in 35+badminton national singles and silver in the doubles. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST KHATTAR Amritsar: A city-based advocate Navjot Kaur Chabba approached the Director General of Police and filed a complaint against Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar over his controversial statement. Khattar had reportedly asked the BJP Kisan Morcha to create teams of volunteers against agitating farmers and that their ‘jail tenure will make them big leaders’. Chabba said the Haryana CM was provoking a group to attack agitating farmers with lathis. She urged the DGP to register an FIR under relevant sections against Khattar. TNS PO NABBED FROM MANAKPUR VILLAGE Tarn Taran: The Sarai Amanat Khan police have arrested a proclaimed offender (PO) Malkiat Singh, a resident of Sarai Amanat Khan from Manakpur village, on Thursday. The accused was booked in a criminal case six years ago and had stopped attending court proceedings. He was declared the PO by the court last year. Sub-Inspector Dilbag Singh said a case under Section 174-A of the IPC had been registered against Malkiat in this regard. OC PHISHING ATTACK: MAN LOSES ~5L Amritsar: Yet another victim fell prey to phishing attack and lost Rs 5 lakh following which the police have booked a West Bengal resident for the same. The accused has been identified as Jummatun Bibi of Murshidabad in West Bengal. The victim, Madan Mohan Mittal, a resident of Kamla Devi Avenue, said the accused took out Rs 5.09 lakh from his account. The case was registered following a probe conducted by cyber crime wing of the city police. A case under Section 420 of the IPC and Sections 66-C and 66D of the IT Act has been registered against Bibi. TNS NO FRESH COVID CASE IN DISTRICT Amritsar: A total of 13,357 persons, including 13,319 at government-run centres and 38 at private facilities, were inoculated on Friday, taking the total number of people vaccinated to 15,55,233. The health authorities did not report any positive case today. The total number of positive patients in the district are 47,326 in the district. The Health Department reported the recovery of three patients. With this, the recovery count reached 45,728. The district has a total of four active cases. TNS DRUG MENACE: SEMINAR HELD Tarn Taran: The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) organised a seminar against drugs in Mehindipur dedicated to the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations on Friday. Gurbir Singh, Chief Judicial Magistratecum-District Secretary, DLSA, said District and Sessions Judge Priya Sood, while addressing on the occasion, urged the citizens to keep themselves away from drugs .The judge also apprised people about the services being provided to the woman, children, senior citizens, schedule castes members and other victim sections of the society by the DLSA in case of need. OC PAGE 2 FACE IT: ACTRESS CLAIRE FOY TO PLAY FACEBOOK COO SHERYL PAGE 3 SHAAN & SUGANDHA TO MIMIC SINGERS ON ZEE COMEDY SHOW The drama titled Doomsday Machine comes from Anonymous Content, who recently closed a deal with Foy. MAX 35°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:05 PM PAGE 4 Shaan along with Sugandha Mishra Bhosle will entertain the viewers by mimicking well-known singers. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:30 AM SATURDAY | 9 OCTOBER 2021 | AMRITSAR it’s Admn wakes up to dengue challenge After tramadol, on alprazolam pills Govt labs to stay open from 8 am to 8 pm | Pvt hospitals accused of overcharging Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 8 Keeping in view the spurt in dengue cases, the health authorities have extended the timings of two laboratories situated at the Medical College and the Civil Hospital from Friday. Earlier, labs used to stay open from 8 am to 2 pm. Now, they would stay open from 8 am to 8 pm. The test report would be delivered within five hours after the collection of a sample. The government has been conducting dengue tests free of cost. A visit to the Civil Hospital, where top floor has been reserved for dengue patients, revealed that over 120 patients were admitted. Harjit Singh, a resident of Jodda Phatak, whose wife Baljit Kaur, has been admitted to the dengue ward, complained that there was a serious shortage of staff. He said a nurse visited his wife after three hours and added that he was waiting for a doctor to examine his 50-year-old wife. It’s learnt that many pri- Tribune News Service ‘Jai Ho Club’ carries out fogging in slums; and (right) patients undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital in Amritsar. SUNIL KUMAR vate hospitals were charging around Rs 30,000 for transfusion of platelets. Citing space constraints and limited staff, various hospitals have been refusing to admit dengue patients. A medical expert associated with three leading hospitals in the city said the hospitals were refusing around 10 patients daily. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said more than 600 people had been afflicted with dengue in the city while no person succumbed to it. A disease surveillance project has been launched under which two kinds of tests were being conducted on patients. “A patient reporting within five days of getting afflicted is put through NSI and those reporting thereafter are to undergo IGM,” he said. Regarding overcharging for platelet transfusion at private labs, the Civil Surgeon said if a complaint is filed, then the department would certainly take action against the erring persons. He said the treatment was being offered between Rs 8,000 and Rs 9,000 at the Civil Hospital. He said a preventive programme has been launched to create awareness among residents. The Civil Surgeon said two teams comprising 16 workers who would distribute pamphlets in Punjabi related to symptoms and prevention of dengue among locals. 7 of ‘illegal truck union’ held for attack Five cell phones seized from jail Demand ‘gunda tax’ from goods carrier firms, allege truck drivers Amritsar, October 8 Amritsar Central Jail authorities confiscated five mobile phones, a head phone, a modified charger and a data cable from different parts of room number 2 of barrack number 1 on Thursday. The jail authorities said the prohibited material was recovered from dustbin, exhaust fan and bed. — TNS work just as family members and assist each other at the time of help. As the truck union had backing of ruling party leaders, the administration is unable to act against them. The union keeps creating hurdles in the smooth functioning of entrepreneurs of the Focal Point at Goindwal Sahib. Nerolac Paints had established its unit here. Members of this illegal union, who were armed with weapons, injured two of a Goods Transporter Carrier (company) in Goindwal Sahib on Thursday when they were coming out of the factory with the truck loaded with paint cases. Besides the truck, they also took away Rs 95,000 cash kept in the truck. It was the second violent incident committed by the union members during the last one month. Injured Avtar Singh and his driver Manjinder Singh of the Goods Transport Carrier were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Khadoor Sahib. They alleged that the accused had been collecting ‘gunda tax’ from goods carrier companies without any authority for the last four years. Goindwal Sahib police had booked 24 persons for the attack under Sections 307, 379-B, 341, 506, 148, 149 and 384 of the IPC. Twelve of them have been identified and the rest are yet to be recognised. Those identified are Sukhdev Singh, Harjit Singh, Amanpreet Singh, Jaspal Singh, Ranjit Singh, Avtar Singh, Harwinder Singh, Har- jinder Singh (son of Waryam Singh), Harjinder Singh (son of Dial Singh), Amarjit Singh, Jaswant Singh of Fatehbad and Jaswant Singh Dogar of Dhunda. The other 12 nominated in the case are yet to be identified. Inspector Navdeep Singh, SHO, Goindwal Sahib, said Sukhdev Singh, Harjit Singh, Amanpreet Singh, Jaspal Singh, Avtar Singh, Ranjit Singh and Harwinder Singh had been arrested and the truck too recovered from their possession. Entrepreneurs of Goindwal Sahib say the nuisance created by members of the illegal union has created terror among them as they had already faced heavy losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 248 farm fires in dist so far Prisoner flees, 3 wardens booked PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, October 8 An illegal truck union, being run from Goindwal Sahib here, has become a headache for other goods carrier companies as its members allegedly demand “goonda tax” (illegal tax) from drivers of heavy vehicles loaded with goods. According to reports, the illegal truck union has around 100 members, who have backing of leaders of the ruling Congress party. Despite the fact that the state government had imposed a ban on forming truck unions, members of this union hold meetings with officials and leaders of the ruling party under the cover of ‘association’. They claim that they Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 8 Even as the Agriculture Department has been organising awareness camps at village and district levels, urging farmers not to burn crop residue, Amritsar district has witnessed as many as 248 farm fires to date. Chief Agriculture Officer Kuljit Singh Saini said cases related to stubble burning were less as compared to the last year, but they were likely to rise in the coming days. Today the department organised district level awareness camp at Manawala Kalan. “The main motive behind the camp is that Jandiala belt is first where farm fire is started. We want to create awareness about the disadvantages of burning crop residue and benefits of ploughing the same in the soil,” he said. Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Gurdeep Singh Khaira, who presided over the camp, urged farmers not to set the paddy stubble on fire as it not only pollutes the environment, but also destroys the sale in city market ‘GOVT TO PROCURE 170L METRIC TONNES OF PADDY’ Amritsar: Mandi Board Secretary Ravi Bhagat reviewed the ongoing paddy procurement in Amritsar district on Friday. He expressed satisfaction over the procurement arrangements and said their target was to procure 170 lakh metric tonnes of paddy. He said 3.52 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has arrived in grain markets and a large quantity was yet to arrive. Bhagat said the procurement would continue till the end of November and farmers should bring their crop with proper moisture content to the grain markets. During his visit to Jandiala Guru and Bhagatwala, he interacted with arhtiyas and mandi officers. He also got feedback from farmers present on the occasion. TNS fertility of the soil. He said ploughing crop residue in the soil would reduce dependency on fertilisers and increase the production of foodgrains. Saini said the Agriculture Department provided 2,336 machines to farmers on sub- sidy for straw management last year. He said the Cooperative Societies were also giving subsidy to farmers to procure other equipment. As many as 45 farmers were honoured for not burning crop residue. c m y b Amritsar, October 8 Three jail wardens were booked after a prisoner escaped from orthopaedic ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here on Thursday. They were charged with dereliction of duty. Those booked have been identified as Harmandeep Singh, Robinpreet Singh and Daljit Singh, while the absconder has been identified as Tarsem Singh alias Karion Pehalwan of Tarn Taran. Manjit Singh, jail warden, in his complaint to the Majitha road police said Tarsem got ill around a week ago and the Medical Officer referred him to GNDH. He was shifted to orthopaedic ward. He said during inspection on Thursday, the accused was found missing from his bed while the team of jail guards were also found missing from the spot. Later, Harmandeep told him that Tarsem had slipped away on the pretext of going to washroon. A case under Sections 223 and 224 of the IPC has been registered against the trio. Amritsar, October 8 The Health Department has miserably failed to monitor the illegal supply of sedative pills in the market. This has come to light yet again with the seizure of 1.8 lakh of intoxicants during the interrogation of a chemist, Naveen Gupta, by the Amritsar rural police. Earlier, it was unchecked supply of tramadol tablets in the market that has raised many eyebrows. However, following the busting of an illegal tramadol manufacturing unit near Paonta Sahib by the rural police curtailed the supply of tramadol to some extent. According to SSP Amritsar , rural, Gulneet Singh Khurana, the seizure of 1.8 lakh alprazolam tablets was made from Manish, aka Manu Mahajan, of MS Pharmaceutical located in Fateh Singh Colony. The police had arrested five persons in the racket involved in supplying intoxicants in the rural belt while one of their accomplices, Sunny Tarzen, was yet to be arrested. “The huge supply of alprazolam has stunned us. This is the duty of the Health Department to look into it. When there was not a huge legal demand, why Health Department officials were not monitoring the illegal supply of the drug, which is being misused for drug addiction,” said an official privy to investigation. The prices of boxes of tramadol and other sedative pills have shot up to double in ❝The huge supply of alprazolam has stunned us. This is the duty of the Health Department to look into it. When there was not a huge legal demand, why Health Dept officials were not monitoring the illegal supply of the drug. ❞ Official privy to probe the black market, which was earlier easily available at Rs 500 to Rs 600, he added. However, officials of the Health Department say that they face a shortage of staff and therefore, faces problems in keeping a regular check. A drug inspector preferring not to be named said that the police have adequate staff and resources to nail the perpetrators and they helped. “Tramadol has almost vanished from the market and soon alprazolam would also come under the radar. After raiding tramadol dealers, addicts have started misusing alprazolam, which is antidepressant,” he said. “We have only five drug inspectors who are managing court cases, sampling, replying and defending the cases in courts,” he said, adding that there was no clerk attached with them. Alprazolam is used by a large number of patients as it is used by patients of high blood pressure. Now that its misuse has increased, it should be strictly sold on prescription and the government should formulate a policy similar to one for tramadol tablets and ban it, he added.
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