05012022-ATR-01.qxd 1/4/2022 11:48 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE WINTER BLUES: RESIDENTS COSY UP AS TEMPERATURE DIPS PAGE 2 FARHAN AKHTAR AND SHIBANI TO GET MARRIED IN MARCH? With snowfall in hilly areas and light showers in the region, the day temperature dropped to 12°C. FORECAST RAIN OR THUNDERSHOWERS The latest buzz suggests that the lovebirds Farhan and Shibani will be tying the knot in the month of March. MAX 13°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 15°C | MIN 12°C CURFEW RETURNS! Amritsar, January 4 Deputy Commissionercum-District Magistrate Gurpreet Singh Khaira, under Section 144, has imposed night curfew in the municipal limits from 10 pm to 5 am on non-essential traffic from Tuesday night. The decision was taken in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases during a meeting of the administration and police officials here on Tuesday. In view of the growing menace of Covid-19, it has became absolute necessary to impose restrictions in the district, he said, adding that necessary activities such as transportation of goods, government functions and others will be allowed. However, people will also be allowed to disembark by plane, train and bus during this time. Similarly, schools, colleges, universities, coaching institutes and other educational institutes have also been directed to remain closed while online education will continue. All bars, cinemas, multiplexes, spas, museums, malls, restaurants will be allowed to open at 50 per cent capacity that, too, only if the staff is fully vaccinated. Sports complexes, stadiums, swimming pools and gyms will also be closed but players preparing for national and international sports competitions cold continue with their daily regimen. There will also be restrictions on spectators as well. AC buses will ply at 50 per cent capacity only. Fully vaccinated staff will be INBRIEF TEACHERS’ MAHA RALLY IN BATHINDA Gurpreet Singh Khaira, DC ❞ SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:31 AM 16 cases reported in Tarn Taran: As many as 16 persons tested positive for Covid-19 in the district on Tuesday. After a gap of about oneand-a-half months, the district is seeing exponential increase in the number of positive cases. On January 1, the district reported three positive cases, while on January 2 five and on January 3 three cases came to light. The Health Department in a press release informed that 3,217 jabs against the pandemic were given to the citizens and total 9,14,949 jabs have been given to the eligible persons. OC Covid protocol. Police Commissioner Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said the police have been instructed to follow Covid instructions. He said for the first two-three days, people would be made aware of the instructions of Covid and after that, action would be taken against violators. Dr Gill appealed to the residents of the district to get vaccinated to prevent the third wave. These orders would remain in force till January 15 and strict action would be taken against those who violate the orders. The district administration called upon public to maintain social distance of at least 6 feet. To oppose PM Modi’s rally, farmers leave for Ferozepur Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 4 Farmers from Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC), Punjab, left to intercept PM Narendra Modi’s proposed rally in Ferozepur district on Wednesday. A large number of farmers gathered at Chabba village on the outskirts of Amritsar and left for Ferozepur to oppose PM Narendra Modi’s rally in the state. KMSC state general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher said a large convoy of Kisan Mazdoor Jathebandi left for the rally site to protest against the rally of the Prime Minister. The PM’s rally is being opposed by farm organisation to protest against the non-implementation of demands for justice, enactment of MSP Guarantee Act, withdrawal of cases against farmers and labourers in all states. “The convoy was stopped by the police administration at a distance from the rally site. The first convoy of farmers from Tarn Taran reached Kulgari village, near Ferozepur, at 4 pm. It was stopped by the police at Kulgari, 12 km away from Ferozepur. Our leaders are interacting with the police and asking them to allow farmers to stage a peaceful protest Continued on page 2 HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 33 47,552 0 1,599 1 45,860 93 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) Tarn Taran, January 4 Four armed miscreants robbed Rs 15 lakh from the branch of Bank of Baroda, Patti, here on Tuesday. The robbers came to the bank in a Polo car and managed to escape. This despite the district police’s tall claims of having made foolproof security arrangements. Kamaldeep Manaik, branch manager, said the four robbers under the guise of customers entered the bank around 1.55pm. They grabbed the service rifle of the security guard at gunpoint and then looted the Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 4 In view of increasing cases of Covid-19, Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Khaira issued special orders imposing new restrictions in line with the Punjab Government guidelines. While masks have been made mandatory to wear in public places and work places, all schools, colleges, universities, coaching institutes etc. have also been directed to remain closed while online education will continue till January 15. The announcement comes a day after the vaccination campaign for children aged between 15 and 18 years started off. The district Education Department had approached the Civil Surgeon to host vaccination camps at the school premises to ensure maximum vaccination for students, but Students had come to school on Tuesday as they were reopened after the winter break, but just as the orders were received, they were sent back. the closure of schools and educational institutions has now posed a challenge to convince parents to get their wards vaccinated. “Students had come to school on Tuesday as they were reopened after the winter break, but just as we received the orders, we sent them back. We had charted out a plan to engage primary and secondary schools to host vaccination camps to get their students vaccinated, but now with kids sitting at home, ensuring vaccination would be tough,” said Parminder Singh, district media coordinator, District Education Office. The district Education Department will be dispersing information on vaccination and its importance through social media and engaging teachers, who are double-vaccinated, to talk to parents, encouraging them to get their wards vaccinated. Continued on page 2 Prime suspect’s police remand extended by another six days VISHESH MURDER Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 4 The remaining three suspects in the Vishesh Gupta murder case are yet to be arrested but the police have secured sixday custody of prime suspect Karandeep Singh. Earlier, the police had conducted a raid in Srinagar, where the accused escaped following the murder. But they had already escaped from there. During investigation, the police nominated three accomplices including a Jammu and Kashmir resident Mohammad Sakib, son of a timber trader, Shelly and Gurmeet Singh of Gurdaspur. The latter two had shot Vishesh dead. The police said following expiry of their police remand, Karandeep was produced in court on Tuesday, which extended his police custody by six days. He was arrested by the police from Gurdaspur on December 26 and sent in police custody till December 30. The court again extended his remand till January 3. The police claimed that during interrogation of VARYING STATEMENTS ON CASH STOLEN Karandeep, it was found that the accused also stayed in Uttarakhand after the crime. Karandeep sold his mobile phone to a shopkeeper after formatting the phone and deleting the entire data. During preliminary probe, the police found that Gupta’s murder was a handiwork of ‘supari’ killers. He was shot at by two unidentified bike-borne persons on December 11 outside his shop, when he sat in his car after closing it down. He succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital in Noida. Cops collect evidence at the Patti bank branch. creants took away the rifle of the security guard, a network modem, DVDR and keys of the bank. The robbers also took away the personal bags of the bank c m y b employees while escaping. Maninderpal Singh, DSP , Patti, said the Rs 7 lakh was looted from the bank. He confirmed that the robbers were Continued on page 2 The police had booked Karandeep Singh of Khat Khokhar area in Gurdaspur and his unidentified accomplices at that time. The perpetrators’ actual target was Shivam Gupta, cousin of the deceased. Shivam was engaged to a girl in Pathankot area, who allegedly had an affair with the accused Karandeep Singh. Karandeep had approached Shivam’s family and asked them to reject the marriage proposal while issuing threats. The shooters reportedly, mistook Vishesh as Shivam and shot him. ~22L robbery: Victim trader’s driver arrested Tribune News Service The varying statements of the branch manager and the DSP regarding the cash stolen not only raised eyebrows but also left people surprised. While the former said the robbers looted ~15 lakh, the latter claimed the amount was ~7 lakh. money. The branch manager said all the robbers had pistols in their hands. They warned the customers and the bank staff against creating a hue and cry. The mis- Amritsar: Spurt in Covid cases and introduction of restrictions such as night curfew and others have shot up the demand for oxymeters (a device to check oxygen level), masks, sanitisers, vitamin-C, paracetamol, evermatyn, cough syrups, antibiotic medicines and others. Woollen and textile manufacturers are seeing a freeze in placement of fresh orders. Surinder Duggal, president of Punjab Chemist Association, said the demand for aforementioned commodities have all of a sudden spiked in the market. He said chemists have no other option but to replenish the stock of these to meet the rising demand. He ruled out any price hike of these commodities, as there was enough government check already in place. “An advisory to shopkeepers on behalf of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, Amritsar Chapter, has been issued, as per which they should entertain only those customers, who adhere to Covid-19 guidelines,” he said. Piara Lal Seth, an industrialist running a unit of woollen based industry, said they were not receiving any fresh orders as a fallout of Covid-19 restrictions being placed in different states. For example, weekend lockdown in Delhi and restriction on assembling of not more than 20 people at a place, including weddings, ended their immediate future prospect of business. Already, prolong rail roko agitation of farmers and less severe winter in UP, Bihar and Jharkhand did not elicit good demand of locally manufactures, shawls, blankets, stoles, tweed and blazer. TNS Online studies back! Schools, colleges closed again Robbers target Patti bank branch Our Correspondent WEDNESDAY | 5 JANUARY 2022 | AMRITSAR DEMAND FOR OXYMETERS, MASKS, SANITISERS UP AGAIN Amritsar: Positive cases continue to rise in the district with 33 fresh cases reported on Tuesday, taking the district tally to 47,552. The health authorities also reported the recovery of one patient, with which the total recovery count increased to 45,860. The district, at present, has a total of 93 active cases. No casualty attributed to Covid-19 was reported and the toll remains at 1,599. TNS allowed to visit government and private offices, industries and workplaces. The DC said people — more than 500 indoor and over 700 outdoor — would not be allowed to assemble and the boundary has been fixed at 50 per cent. He said only those who have received both doses of the vaccine would be allowed to visit public places. He directed that every person should possess hard or soft copy of the second dose certificate. Similarly, any service from government or private institutions will be given to those persons, who would be wearing masks. All other departments will also ensure strict compliance of PAGE 4 NOT LET-UPPolice Commissioner appeals to the residents of the district to get vaccinated to prevent third wave | Tells everyone to follow Covid instructions ALARM BELLS RINGING: DIST REPORTS 33 NEW CASES Charanjit Singh Teja Amritsar: A state-level rally was held in Bathinda on Tuesday by all units of PFUCTO and PCCTU. The district unit of PFUCTO and teachers of colleges and university too joined the maha rally in Bathinda with Prof GS Sekhon and Prof BB Yadav leading district delegation. It was attended by teachers from all nine colleges of Amritsar and Guru Nanak Dev University. Hundreds of teachers participated in a show of rage and dissent, against Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal for not implementing the 7th Pay Commission. A large number of teachers from different districts, including Jalandhar, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Taran Tarn and Amritsar, joined others in protest. Dr BB Yadav, area in charge, GNDU, said the Punjab Government has not yet implemented the 7th Pay Commission on college employees. This commission was running with a delay of four years by the Congress government of Punjab. Dr Yadav said they would continue with demonstration and dharna until the government gives them their right. TNS SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:40 PM Assembly of per cent would ❝allowed. Onlynot more than 50received both be those who have doses of the vaccine would be allowed to visit public places. Every person should possess a hard or soft copy of the second dose certificate. Similarly, any service from government or private institutions will be given to those, who would be wearing masks. All other departments will also ensure strict compliance of Covid protocol. ARCHANA SINGH RAJPUT: FROM MUSIC TO MURDER MYSTERY Archana Rajput says in the new series, she is playing role of girlfriend of the guy who gets involved in a murder. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service PAGE 3 Amritsar, January 4 With the arrest of a person, the police have cracked the ~22-lakh robbery case. During the investigation, it came to light that the driver of the trader had connived with the robbers to loot ~22 lakh from the trader near Jandiala Guru on December 25 last year. The accused has been identified as Ravinder Singh, alias Kala. Addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday, SP (D) Manoj Thakur said Ravinder Singh would tip off armed robbers about the locations of the victims. This came to light during analysing his call details. Those who robbed other traders were identified as Nirmal Singh of Kotli Surat Mallian village in Batala, Sukhpreet Singh of Waraich Ghuman Kalan in Gurdaspur and Gurwinder Singh, alias Sethi, of Bhullar village in Batala. He said besides them, there was another unidentified accomplice. He said their information was also shared with all the police stations in Punjab following which they Continued on page 2 Extortion racket: Third accused held Amritsar, January 4 The city police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested the mastermind behind the extortion racket, which had demanded a ransom of ~5 crore from a prominent industrialist on December 28. He was identified as Maninderpal Singh, alias Dimple, a resident of Diamond Avenue here. His father used to work at the victim’s factory in Industrial focal point on Maqboolpura Road. Earlier, the police had arrested Charanjt Singh Chan of Kharar and Gajinderjit Singh of RB Estate, Loharaka Road, here. The police had registered a case under Sections 384, 387 and 506 of the IPC and Sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act at Majitha Road police station here. Sukhwinder Singh, CIA staff in-charge, said Maninderpal confessed that he gave all information about Rohit Sabharwal. He said his father Tarsem Singh was working in the factory of Rohit Sabharwal for the last 20 years. However, he expelled him after insulting him. He said he wanted to teach him a lesson and knew that they were having a lot of money. He said he knew they had luxury cars and they can extort huge sums of money from them. He said as Rohit knew him, he involved the other two accused with him. Earlier, the police had recovered a car used in the crime, four mobile phones, a countrymade pistol with three live cartridges of .32 and folding spring knife from Charanjit Singh and Gajinderjit. — TNS
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