30122021-ATR-01.qxd 12/30/2021 12:06 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE HERITAGE STATUS: COLONIAL ART LOCKED IN A TIME WARP While the clock at Khalsa College has been restored, the one at the Hall Gate has been lying defunct for many years. FORECAST PARTLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ABDUCTION CASE FILED AFTER 2 MTHS Tarn Taran: A resident (a labourer) of Khemkaran had to move from pillar to post for two months to lodge a complaint against the accused responsible for abducting his teenage daughter. The accused had been nominated as Gurlal Singh of Mehmoodpur village. He abducted the victim on October 25. The victims’ parents, who worked as labourers, had gone to work when the incident occurred. When they returned home, they were informed by the minor son that Gurlal Singh had abducted the girl. The victim’s father approached Khemkaran police who were not ready to listen to him. ASI Sunil Dutt , investigating officer of the case, said the accused had been booked under Section 346 of the IPC on December 28 (Tuesday). The ASI said the victim delayed reporting the matter to the police while the victim’s father alleged that the police harassed him. OC TWO IMMIGRATION AGENTS BOOKED Amritsar: Two illegal immigration agents have been booked for duping a local resident of Rs 25 lakh on the pretext of providing him a work permit visa for Canada. The accused has been identified as Ajay Chopra and Rahul Chopra, both residents of Gopal Nagar in Jalandhar. The victim, Ashish Verma, stated in his complaint to C-Division police that the accused took Rs 25 lakh from him on the pretext of sending him abroad on a work permit visa. The accused neither arranged the visa for him nor returned his money. After an inquiry by ACP (South) Mangal Singh, the police have registered a case under Sections 420, IPC, and Section 13 of the Punjab Travel Professional Regulation Act. No arrest has been made so far. TNS YOUTH SHOT IN MIANPUR VILLAGE Tarn Taran: One person was shot dead over some dispute by his rival at Mianpur village here. The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Shamsher Singh. He was returning home from Adda village when Amritpal Singh, son of the village sarpanch, shot him dead. DSP Barjinder Singh said after committing the crime, the accused fled the spot. The DSP said the victim was willing to contest elections for the post of the village sarpanch while the accused being son of the sarpanch was taking it a challenge for him. A case under Section 302 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act had been registered by Sarai Ananat Khan police. OC 7 MORE CONTRACT COVID-19 IN DIST Amritsar: The district reported seven fresh cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday with which the total count of cases increased to 47,466. Of the seven cases, three were reported from Army Hospital and one from the air force station. The Health Department also reported the recovery of two patients taking the tally of those cured to 45,854. At present, the district has a total of 13 active cases. Meanwhile, 10,268 residents were inoculated during the vaccination drive on Wednesday. Of these, 4051 received the first dose of the vaccine and 6,217 the second dose. TNS PAGE 2 HOLLYWOOD STAR HUGH JACKMAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 PAGE 3 MASABA TAKES CENTRESTAGE IN THE SHOW EMILY IN PARIS Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman took to Twitter to inform his fans that he has tested positive for Covid-19. MAX 19°C | MIN 2°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 2°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:36 PM PAGE 4 Known for its perfect blend of traditional and contemporary values, the Indian brand has great international appeal. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:27 AM THURSDAY | 30 DECEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Protests galore: Nurses to ASHA workers all on strike Will resume work if demands are met; OPD patients are worst sufferers as medical services remain paralysed Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 Medical services at government hospitals have been severely hit as most of the employees are on strike and refused to resume the work until their demands are accepted. Health department employees such as nurses, laboratory technicians and junior resident doctors, and outsourced employees, ASHA workers and ministerial staff are on the warpath. Though the senior doctors are trying to fill the void in the services created by the protesting employees, the absence of support staff is a big hurdle in the delivery of medical services. The services were affected at the three major hospitals — Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs Memorial Civil Members of the Punjab Nursing Association along with employees of other departments during a protest at Government Medical College in Amritsar on Wednesday. Hospital and Employees State Insurance (ESI) Hospital — on Wednesday. At Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, the junior residents, nurses, laboratory techni- cians, outsourced employees from PWD and the Electricity Department boycotted all the services. The junior resident doctors who earlier had not boycotted Robbers loot ~3.5L from bank Tribune News Service Batala, December 29 In broad daylight, four unidentified persons looted Rs 3.5 lakh from the branch of Punjab and Sind Bank at Bahadur Hussian village here on Wednesday. SSP Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar and a team of senior officers reached the bank and were conducting inquiries. The entire incident has been captured on CCTVs installed on the bank premises. The SSP said an FIR had been registered at the Rangar Nangal police station. A police officer said initially two people entered the bank and snatched the rifle from the lone security guard stationed at the main gate. Within seconds, on receiving a hint from their accomplices who were already in the bank, two more robbers standing outside entered the premises. “The two robbers who entered first posed as customers and to ensure that nobody get even an inkling of their intentions they carried bank pass books with them. All the four had come in an i-20 car,” said SSP Bhullar. The robbers threatened to shoot anybody who moved. An officer said it was a wellplanned robbery. “We are checking the footage procured from the CCTVs cameras. We have come across some clues and would nab the robbers soon,” he said. Stay on auction of AIT properties Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 The Punjab and Haryana High court on Wednesday issued stay orders on the ongoing auction of three commercial and one residential properties by the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT). The the Amritsar Improvement Trust had rescheduled the auction as the auction was disrupted due to some technical issue on December 23. Advocate Ravi Mahajan, who was the highest bidder of four properties on December 23, had chal- lenged the auction in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court issued notices to the Local Bodies Department and the the Amritsar Improvement Trust in this regard. “Today, the court has issued a stay on the auction of these four properties. I have paid 16 per cent of the advance amount for these properties too,” said Ravi Mahajan. the emergency services went out on strike. The outsourced employees associated with the PWD and Electricity Departments have also announced to stop maintenance works. Employees at ESI Hospital took out a protest march. “We have been invited for a meeting on Thursday, but we want to make it clear that the strike would not be called off till the notification regarding demands is issued,” said Ashok Sharma, president, ESI Employees’ Federation. The nurses at the govern- ment hospitals had went out on strike around three weeks ago. The employees stated that they would not end the protest till the government accepts their demands. Meanwhile, ministerial staff held a rally outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The workers have been observing no pen day strike for the last eight days. As the official work related to the Health Department is also done by ministerial staff, it has greatly affected the system. A visitor to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital said, “It seems that everyone is on strike. The patients are suffering and the government is not pay attention to their demands.” He said the government should not let the services suffer and if the demands of the employees were unjustified it must take action against them and ask them to resume services. Omicron fear to cast a shadow on New Year celebrations in city Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 Given the rising number of Omicron cases in neighbouring states, the Punjab Government has also issued fresh guidelines and imposed restrictions, making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for all access to public places, several New Year events have been called off. The restrictions will be imposed from January 1 onwards. Anticipating an Omicron surge, several clubs and hotels are already following the double-vaccination policy mandatory on New Year eve. Among the oldest clubs in the city, the Amritsar Club has called off its New Year event due to health safety concerns. “We have decided not to hold any party, gathering or event on New Year’s as we do not want large gatherings posing health threat, when Omicron infections are being reported from elsewhere. We will only allow private gatherings with families with restricted number of people,” THROWING CAUTION TO THE WIND Despite a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases, people at Heritage Street roam about without a mask in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR informed Lalit Mohan Chandok, founding secretary, Amritsar Club. Other clubs, including Service Club, too are not organizing any New Year event. City hotels too are taking precautions while taking bookings and reservations for New Year. “We are asking for vaccination certificates to ensure double vaccination before we take any bookings for private parties and events at our hotel. As far as our inhouse event is concerned, we are keeping a tab on the number of guests and their vaccination status,” informed Manisha Singh Gupta, assistant marketing manager, Holiday Inn. Despite reports of a surge in Omicron surge and Covid19 cases still debatable, citizens seem to have avoided wearing masks in public places. The markets and commercial places working in full swing, no one can be seen wearing masks, despite health experts and doctors suggesting to wear one even if you are double-vaccinated. Call it ignorance or complete lack of regard for one’s own life, masks are off at a time when Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana have put in fresh covid restrictions and Punjab is about to follow. Regular traffic jams near Hall Gate a nuisance Missing safety railings on bridges a threat to commuters Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 The walled city has been facing heavy traffic congestions in the absence of proper parking space. Regular traffic jams also disrupt normal life and businesses of residents. The only major parking for visitors to the Golden Temple is the Saragarhi parking lot. It is a five-storey parking lot, which remains overcrowded at all times. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has provided a few small parking lots for two-wheelers near the Golden Temple and a major parking lot is near Gurdwara Shaheedan Sahib. Giving a large number of devotees visiting shrines in the city on a daily basis, these facilities seem to be inadequate. They have no option but to park on the roadside. The authorities concerned have failed to provide spacious Tribune News Service Commuters stuck in a long traffic jam near the Hall Gate in Amritsar on Wednesday. and more parking lots, leading to congestion or parking problems in most markets. Residents are perturbed as it takes quite a while to find a place for parking their vehicles. The 447-year-old city has narrow lanes in its interior markets. Some major commercial centres such as Hall Bazaar, Katra Jaimal Singh, Telephone Exchange, Karmo Deohri, Guru Bazaar Shastari Market, Raja Market, Katra Ahluwalia, Majith Mandi, Loon Mandi, Daal Mandi, etc, have only small parking lots at Kairon Market, Kesri Bagh and Telephone Exchange. Thousands of traders from c m y b Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the region visit these areas daily. Over 1 lakh tourists and devotees visit the city daily. There are more than 300 hotels, which do not have a parking lot inside the walled city. As per the building bylaws, continued on page 2 Amritsar, December 29 The safety railings on bridges constructed over the defence drain running alongside the international border with Pakistan are either rusted, broken or stolen as a result of which commuters run the risk of meeting with a mishap. Hundreds of villages across the defence drain, towards the border side, are connected by more than 40 bridges in the border belt. However, not even a single one could be found in perfect shape as far as safety of the commuters is concerned. Owing to the absence of safety railings, crossing bridges is fraught with A broken safety grill of a bridge near Serai Amanat Khan village. risks for commuters, especially at night and on foggy days or nights. Residents say that rusty railings on bridges can be a danger for people coming from outside. “Local residents know about the condition and as such take precautions but those coming from other places do not know this,” said Sukhwinder Singh of Attari.The defence drain was dug up decades ago to serve the twin purposes — a strategic military barrier continued on page 2
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