23122021-ATR-01.qxd 12/22/2021 11:35 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE SMART CLASSROOMS FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Pehal Resource Centre has 127 pupils in its current session & runs academic as well as vocational courses. FORECAST SHALLOW FOG INBRIEF ONE HELD WITH 4 STOLEN BIKES Amritsar: No Covid positive case was reported from the district on Wednesday. The health authorities have reported the recovery of two patients with which the recovery count increased to 45,846. The district at present has a total of five active cases. TNS COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 0 47,451 0 1,599 2 45,846 5 ‘EWS quota seats being sold’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 22 Satnam Singh Gill, president, Minorities Welfare Organisation, has written to Santokh Singh Bhalaipura, Baba Bakala MLA, regarding the demand of waiving the fee charged by private, unaided schools from parents and restoring the quota seats for EWS students. SHEHNAAZ POSTS EDITED POSTER OF LUCIFER? FANS CONFUSED James Bond film No Time To Dieleads the mentions in the first round of movies picked for the 94th Academy Awards. SUNSET THURSDAY 5:32 PM PAGE 4 Shehnaaz Gill’s new social media post has raised some eyebrows, as her fans asked whether she is gonna debut on Netflix. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:27 AM THURSDAY | 23 DECEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR MPHW protest completes seven days at Kathunangal toll plaza Amritsar, December 22 It’s been the toughest seven days of life for around 250 female contractual multipurpose health workers (MPHWs) protesting at the toll plaza near Kathunangal on the Amritsar-Pathankot road for better wages and working conditions. The ‘do-or-die’ spirit, the pain of being not recognised for their services and the success of farmers, who have recently returned from Delhi borders after a year of agitation, has helped these workers in continuing with their protest despite the harsh weather conditions. Some of them are accom- panied by their husbands and even children. Local farmers have been helping them with logistics, but even then it is not easy to stay out in the open. For protection against the harsh weather, they only have the shed over the toll booths. Amarjit, an agitator, said: “The local farmers and unions have been of immense help. They treat us like we are their family. At least they are not indifferent like other officials and politicians.” She said the local units of farmers’ associations had provided them with quilts and mattresses. The requirement for food and tea are also being taken care of by them. Another protester Suman said: “We will fight till our last breath. We have no other option.” She said she was not ready to return home until her dignity was restored. She said it was unbearable for the first two-three days, but now she feels she was becoming accustomed to the cold and harsh conditions. Sukhbir Kaur, vicepresident of the Contractual Multipurpose Health Workers’ Union, said: “The department already has enough regular posts vacant, where contractual workers can be adjusted. Moreover, the 50 per cent financial burden has to be shared by the Central government.” Farmers’ rail-roko stir enters Day 3 She said the government was just indifferent. The union had a meeting with the Health Minister on Tuesday. “They only have assurances. We have held many such meetings, but nothing comes out of these,” said Sukhbir Kaur, adding that now they have made up their mind and decided to fight to the finish. DO OR DIE Be it ANMs, farmers or female contractual multipurpose health workers, no one is leaving any stone unturned in making themselves heard. (Right) Protesters are seen sitting in harsh cold weather at the Kathunangal toll plaza near Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ...24 trains cancelled, passengers a harried lot Asr-Delhi & Asr-Tarn Taran routes blocked | Some trains ply on Asr-Jammu track Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 22 Farmers under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) continued with their ‘rail roko’ stir near Devidaspura on the third consecutive day on Wednesday. The agitators observed the martyrdom day of two eldest Sahibzadas of 10th Sikh Master — Guru Gobind Singh. KMSC leaders Satnam Singh Pannu and Sarwan Singh Pandher said apart from the ongoing protest sites in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur and Hoshiarpur, the road block was also set up at Moga and Fazilka railway stations on Wednesday. The KMSC leaders also held a meeting with IG border range, DC Amritsar and SP Amritsar Rural. The farmer leaders said the meeting did not yield any result Tourists from Maharashtra walk out of the railway station in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR Tribune News Service Farmers under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee block railway line at Devidaspura village, near Amritsar, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO due to the adamant attitude of the officials. They said the state government under Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi was running away from providing jobs and compensations to the kin of farmers, who have died during the agitation at Delhi borders. They also sought ensuring payment of sugarcane dues, increase of sugarcane prices to ~360 per quintal and complete loan waiver of agriculture sector. Continued on page 2 Amritsar, December 22 As both Amritsar-Delhi and Amritsar-Tarn Taran routes were blocked by farmers, the railway authorities plied some trains on the AmritsarJammu railway line track. On this route, trains were plied from Amritsar to Qadian, Batala, Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Kathua and Jammu. Officials of the Ferozepur division said in all, 128 trains suffered on account of the agitation. Of these, 35 mail/express and 24 passenger trains were cancelled and others were either diverted, short-terminated or short-originated. At the local railway station, too, passengers faced harassment due to the cancellation of most trains. Among them was a group of tourists from Maharashtra. A tourist Ramakant said there were 55 persons in the group. After touring Jam- mu and Kashmir, they had come to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. However, on returning to the station, they were shocked to find that the trains were not plying. Shila Buhir, another member of the group, said: “Most of the group members were women and children. It’s a long journey and we will undergo tremendous difficulty if we do not get a train from Jalandhar, where we are headed to by road.” ❝ Most of the group members were women and children. It's a long journey and we will undergo tremendous difficulty if we do not get a train from Jalandhar, where we are headed to by road. Shila Buhir, A MEMBER OF THE GROUP FROM MAHARASHTRA Missing grills along city’s BRTS Bidding on, ~46-cr road repair works likely to begin from April corridor a cause for concern Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Minorities Welfare Organisation writes to MLA, seeks 25 per cent reservation for EWS students in pvt schools He brought to the attention, the schools who were violating the guidelines under Right to Education Act, 2009. “Director of education had given directions in accordance with the RTE Act that 25 per cent seats in private, un-aided recognised schools will be reserved for students from economically weaker sections (EWS). But there are several schools, who are filling up reserved seats through paid admissions, Continued on page 2 PAGE 3 Fight to the finish: Sitting out in cold, they are anticipating cozy days ahead Tribune News service NO COVID +VE CASE REPORTED IN DIST OSCAR NOMINATIONS: NO TIME TO DIE, DUNE LEAD MENTIONS MAX 19°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C | MIN 6°C Manmeet Singh Gill Tarn Taran: The local police have arrested a person with four stolen motorcycles on Tuesday. SHO Inspector Upkar Singh said the accused has been identified as Shamsher Singh Shera of Jaura village. He said the accused was arrested from a local marriage palace on Tuesday with a stolen bike and on further interrogation, he told that he had kept three more stolen bikes at his house. The police took all four bikes in its custody. The SHO said a case under Section 379 of the IPC had been registered. The accused was produced in court, which sent him on twoday police remand. OC PAGE 2 INFRA-BOTTLENECKS The iron grills along the BRTS lane and GT Road are broken at several places in the city posing threat to commuters’ lives, especially during the winter season when visibility is low. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 22 The Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor along the GT Road was developed to ease traffic flow and provide easy commute. Five years after its development, the stretch along GT Road remains as chaotic and prone to accidents as ever. One of the many reasons for this is the broken iron grills along the demarcation of BRTS lane hence paving way for trespassing, inter-lane driving and accidents. The bus service here has been restored after the lifting of the lockdown, but with it, the trespassers and misuse of BRTS lane by vehicles other than Metro buses has become a major cause for accidents. The open space left by broken or missing iron grills give freeway to traffic rule violators, who drive inside the BRTS lane at high speed. The probability of accidents increases during the winter season, when visibility is compromised due to fog. Encroachments along the BRTS route and dysfunctional streetlights at several points, too, adds to the problem. The stretch from Chheharta to Pultighar has earlier, too, seen several cases of freak accidents due to missing iron grills and inter-lane driving. An RTI activist from the city had alleged that iron c m y b grills worth ~30 lakh were stolen along the BRTS corridor on this route due to negligence of authorities in the past four years. Yet, the missing grills have not been re-installed. With heavy fog now becoming an everyday occurrence, commuters along the BRTS corridor on GT Road remain vulnerable to more such accidents, in the absence of any check on inter-lane driving. Amritsar, December 22 After two unsuccessful tendering efforts, the Municipal Corporation again initiated the e-tendering process of the Rs 46-crore road recarpeting project, for the third time. The senior officials of MC stated that the technical examination is going on and the tendering committee would send the case to the Local Bodies Department for vetting. Earlier, the Local Bodies Department had rejected the case as some conditions of bidding were not followed. With this delay in the announced project the residents have to wait for more than six months, if the Department of Local Bodies give nod to the tendering process after vetting. The Municipal Corporation, Amritsar, (MCA) had initiated the e-tendering process in April this year. The case had sent to the Department of Local Bodies twice but failed to succeed. Sandeep Singh, Executive Engineer, Civil Wing, said, The e-tendering process of the ~46-crore road recarpeting project was initiated for the third time. TRIBUNE PHOTO “The bidding process is going on. We will complete the technical examination of bids within week. Then it would be sent for the vetting. The construction of roads may start in April next year”. The MC is spending this amount from its own sources. The residents were expecting that roads would be recarpeted before the elections as the incumbent Congress government would get its credit in the elections. However, it would not be possible to start the road carpeting before the elections. Some of these roads are in a poor condition and some have not been built for the last several years. The roads, including New Kot Mit Singh Road, Temple Colony road , Dairy Complex road, Continued on page 2
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