06112021-ATR-01.qxd 05-11-2021 23:40 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE SONI STRESSES UPON SOCIAL SECURITY COVER FOR LABOURERS PAGE 2 Deputy CM Om Prakash Soni said the government was running many schemes for the welfare of the working class. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ASI SUFFERS HEART ATTACK, DIES ANUSHKA TELLS US WHAT AN AMAZING MAN VIRAT KOHLI IS! PAGE 3 DIRECTOR HERUMB KHOT ON HOW TO MAKE A SHOW INTERESTING Anushka Sharma on Friday shared a heartfelt note to wish her husband and star cricketer on his 33rd birthday. MAX 30°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 15°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:37 PM PAGE 4 Herumb Khot says that the audiences love to see their favourite characters all dressed up in the festive spirit. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:51 AM SATURDAY | 6 NOVEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Diwali fireworks push noise, Twoshopsdestroyedinfire, 19incidents reported in city air pollution to alarming levels Tribune News Service AQI touches 303; noise level hits 84.5 decibels in residential areas Tribune News Service Tarn Taran: Assistant SubInspector Avtar Singh, who was posted at Motor Transport (MT) branch of the district police, died of cardiac arrest on Friday. The police have filed a complaint under Section 174 of the CrPC on the statement of Prabhjot Singh, son of the deceased. He told the police that his father woke up at 5 am and complained of chest pain. The post-mortem was conducted at the Civil Hospital. OC TWO NABBED WITH 950-GM HEROIN Tarn Taran: The 103rd Battalion of the Border Security Force nabbed two persons with 950 grams of heroin on Thursday. The accused have been identified as Gurlal Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, both residents of Thathi Jaimal Singh village. The duo was harvesting their paddy when the BSF nabbed them. The BSF team led by Company Commandant Sanjay Kumar also seized their tractor-trailer, a combine harvester and two mobile phones. The accused have been booked under Sections 21-C, 29, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. OC NO NEW COVID CASE REPORTED IN DIST Amritsar: No new Covid-19 positive case was reported on Friday. The count of cases stood at 47,388. The health authorities reported recovery of four patients with which the recovery count has increased to 45,776. At present, the district has a total of 12 active cases. The toll stands at 1,598 in the district. Meanwhile, 147 people were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive today. The total count of people inoculated in the district has increased to 17,17,922. In Tarn Taran, one positive case was reported today. The district has seven active cases and the toll stands at 380. Civil Surgeon Dr Rohit Mehta said they collected 667 samples today. TNS Amritsar, November 5 The district administration’s order restricting bursting of firecrackers from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali went up in smoke as residents didn’t care two hoots about the guidelines. As a result, air and noise pollution remained very high. On normal days, the air quality index (AQI), which remains below 120 (moderate) was recorded at 303 on the night of Diwali. During the lockdown in 2020, the AQI reached 65. The data was recorded from residential, hospitals and educational institutes, besides industrial areas. The average AQI stayed over 300 micro gross per metre (ug/m cubic) on Diwali night. Particulate matter (PM) 10 was 342.69 and PM 2.5 stood at 208.80 on Diwali. Both Trash strewn on a roadside in Amritsar on Friday. SUNIL KUMAR SILVER LINING ■ The air quality index (AQI) improved by 21.5 per cent on the night of Diwali in comparison to the 2020 Diwali ■ The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) recorded the AQI at 303 this Diwali. Last year, the AQI was 386 on the festival of lights ■ Harpal Singh, Environmental Engineer, Punjab Pollution Control Board, attributed this fall to less bursting of firecrackers on Diwali Youth shot dead, 3 booked for murder Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 5 A youth, identified as Amit Sharma, was allegedly shot at by three persons in the Lahori Gate area falling under Division D police station here on Monday. A case was registered only on Thursday after the victim died at a private hospital here on Wednesday. Those booked have been identified as Rajat, who lives near Medical Enclave area, Billa of Shekhan Wali Gali inside Lahori Gate and Gaurav Joshi. The police said investigation was under way and the accused have been absconding since the incident. A resident of Islamabad area, the victim’s mother Pinky told the police that the victim had gone to meet his friend Rajat. Amit told her that he was going to give scooter to him on November 1. However, he did not return till late evening. At around 1am, she got a call from Rajat that Amit had met with an accident and was admitted to a private hospital on GT Road. Pinky said she along with her husband and brother-inlaw immediately rushed to hospital where they came to know that he had suffered a bullet injury in the neck. She called Rajat again who told that Billa and Joshi had shot Amit with a revolver and fled away. Sub-Inspector Baldev Singh, investigating officer in the case, said a case under Sections 302 and 34, IPC, and Sections 25, 54 and 59-A of the Arms Act was registered against the three suspects and a hunt was on to nab them. He said the exact cause of the incident would be ascertained only after the arrest of the accused. Apparently, they had a quarrel during a get-together. PM10 and PM2.5 were found to be in the severe category. Ideally, PM10 should be around 100 and PM2.5 at 60. These particles cause health problems mostly in the respiratory tract as they are smaller than 2.5 micrometres (PM2.5), which carry toxic organic compounds and heavy metals. Amritpal Singh Chahal, SDO, Punjab Pollution Control Board, said, “Noise meters were installed on 100feet road, Ranjit Avenue and Circular Road. The peak was witnessed at 10 pm. It was 84.5 Leq dB (A) in the residential area, 81.5 in the sensitive area and 82 in the commercial area. At the start of the reading at 6 am, it was 74.1, 78.3 and 73.2, respectively. At midnight, it was 70.4, 73.9 and 68.2.” The noise pollution was certainly high from the daily level, he said. Amritsar, November 5 At a time when residents were busy celebrating Diwali, two shops, including a readymade garment shop in Putlighar was gutted. Even an adjoining shop and goods worth lakhs were destroyed in the incident. The eyewitnesses immediately informed the Fire Department. Around 10 fire engines and 40 firefighters were pressed into service to douse the flames. It took around three hours to extinguish the flames. Cops also reached the spot and said the matter would be probed to ascertain the actual reason behind the incident. The eyewitnesses said the fire suddenly erupted at Sai Creations. Within no time, it engulfed the first floor and also spread to the adjoining shop. As shutters of the shops were down, the firefighters had to break it gain entry in the shops. Fire officials said due to the A readymade garment shop perished in fire in Putlighar. presence of garments, cardboards and polythene, the fire spread rapidly. The city witnessed 19 incidents of fire on the night of Diwali. No loss of life was reported. Assistant Divisional Fire Officer Lovepreet Singh said we received calls till 3 am in the morning. He said firefighters were on their toes throughout the night. In majority of the cases, crackers were the main reason behind the incidents. The fire incidents were reported from Jahajgarh, Tarn Taran Road, Chheharta, Khasa, Golden Avenue, Sultanwind Road, Vrindavan Garden, Kabir Park and several other areas. Faith beckons Devotees light candles at the Golden Temple on Thursday; and (right) a Nihang displays martial arts skills on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas in Amritsar on Friday. VISHAL KUMAR Helping needy walk a mile by training them in shoe making 35-year-old woman raped, FICCI FLO’s project Sui Dhaga gets shortlisted for sustainable dev goal award for generating employment opportunities man booked Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 5 Taking a leap forward in the sustainability goals and engaging the community development through skill development, FICCI FLO’s pilot project Sui Dhaga has been shortlisted for the Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Action Awards-2021 announced by the Punjab Planning Department with the support of UNDP’s Sustainable Development Goals Coordination Centre (SDGCC). The project was conceived and implemented by team of FLO members led by Manjot Dhillon, chairperson, FICCI FLO chapter Amritsar, Sui Dhaga, undertook two initiatives for skill development, one with the women inmates of Guru Ram Dass Kusht Ashram and another with young girls from village Panjwar Kalan in Taran Tarn. “Sui Dhaga is an attempt to engage the local and the underdeveloped community in skill development exercise and creating an opportunity for generating employment and income for those involved. Our team members trained and provided resources for the completion of the initiatives, while keeping the dignity of labour in mind,” said Manjot Dhillon. The two initiatives under the Sui Dhaga were mentored by team members Geetu Khurana, Drishti Khurana, Samrina Dhillon Bajaj and Manjot Malhi. A step in the right direction Textile designer Samrina Dhillon Bajaj and Manjot Malhi, a teacher, took it upon themselves to train 15-20 young women from their native Panjwar Kalan village in the border district of Tarn Taran in making trendy, hand-painted footwear. Creating a range of colourfullycrafted canvas shoes using coloured dyes, Samrina and Samrina Dhillon with girls of Panjwar Kalan village during training workshops. TRIBUNE PHOTO Manjot raised enough money for the women to change their lives for better. “As a creatively-inclined per- son, I would say that it was a creative catharsis for all of us involved as these girls between 12-18 years of age, were mostly c m y b struggling to get an education let alone dream of a livelihood. Panjwar Kalan is my native village and my family is always closely connected with the village development activities. So, when the opportunity came to actually do something meaningful and provide skill to the women folk, we could not say no,” shared Samrina. “There are a total of 800 women in the village, and the young girls mostly have no prospects beyond getting married at a young age. With our training workshops in hand painting shoes, we educated them about creative and marketing details while creating our products,” said Samrina. With skill, comes acknowledgement and dignity of labour The second initiative under the Sui Dhaga was led by Drishti Khurana and Geetu Khurana, who created a range of décor products in Phulkari and traditional weaves with woman inmates of the Ksuht Ashram (a shelter home for patients of leprosy). Drishti shared that their initiative served two purposes; generat- ing employment at the local level and providing a life of dignity to one of the most neglected community. “Usually, such shelter homes depend largely on donations. But we wanted to make these people self-reliant, by training them in different weaving and stitching techniques.” Geetu, who is a designer herself, trained the inmates in traditional weaves to promote the local artisan and weaver community as well. “We created products such as table mats, table covers, cushion covers and other décor items with zero wastage and using organically sourced raw material. Also, it was about providing them a skill set, a market to sell their products and ensure that they get financial empowerment,” said Geetu, whose family has been associated with providing aid to Kusht Ashram for the past 30 years. The proceeds from selling the products went to the inmates. Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 5 The police have booked a person for allegedly raping and sexually harassing a woman. The FIR was registered with the Verka police in this regard on Thursday while a complaint was lodged with the police on September 1. The accused has been identified as Gulshan Sharma, who runs a clinic and is a resident of Indira Colony in Verka. The 35-year-old victim told the police that after divorce from her husband, she along with her 15-year-old daughter, lived in Verka. She said she was suffering from back pain and was getting treatment from the accused. She alleged on June 18, when she went to his clinic, the accused said the stock of medicine has ended and he took her to his house for taking medicine. She alleged the accused raped her. continued on page 2
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