08012022-ATR-01.qxd 1/7/2022 11:54 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE LET DOWN, IGNORED BADLY, SAY FATEH SINGH COLONY RESIDENTS PAGE 2 Residents say they have been forced to lead a miserable life due to the failure of authorities to provide basic amenities. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 73-YR-OLD WOMAN CRUSHED TO DEATH Tarn Taran: Surjit Kaur (73), a resident of Ghariala village, was run over by a Punjab Roadways bus of Ferozepur depot at Harike on Thursday. The victim was going to Ferozepur in the same bus (PB-05 4946), which crushed her to death. As soon as she got off the bus at Harike, the conductor blew the whistle for the driver to move the bus. She was still crossing the road when the driver, who did not look around, moved on the bus, running over her. As her legs were crushed under the wheels, she was admitted to the Primary Health Centre, Sarhali, where she succumbed to her injuries. ASI Kulwant Singh of the Harike police station said the driverconductor duo fled the spot leaving behind the bus. A case under Sections 304-A and 34 of the IPC has been registered against them. OC THREAT TO LAWYER, PROBE BEGINS Amritsar: Ravi Mahajan, a lawyer, on Thursday got a threat call in which the caller threatened him to eliminate him and his family. The incident came to light when he lodged a complaint with the police. A probe into the case has been started. Following a preliminary investigation, the police traced the caller from Moga while the number from which the call was made also hailed from a Moga resident. Assistant Commissioner of Police Manjit Singh said the probe was on to identify the accused. The call details of the number was also being analysed. He said Moga police were also contacted in this regard. He said an old dispute could be the reason behind this. Ravi Mahajan said the accused started abusive language and threatened to kill me and my family members. He said the accused called him twice. TNS TWO FINANCE FIRM STAFFERS ROBBED Tarn Taran: Four armed masked persons robbed cash from two employees of a Makhu-based (Ferozepur) private finance company from Dhigana village, falling in Patti Sadar police station, on Wednesday. ASI Gurmej Singh, Investigating Officer, said the employees — Nahar Singh and Lovepreet Singh — were in the area to collect loan instalments from customers. They were on a motorcycle, when four masked robbers stopped them under the rail underpass in Dhigana village and robbed the bag containing cash, mobiles and other belongings at gunpoint. A case under Section 379-B of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act by Patti Sadar police. OC JAWED HABIB APOLOGISES AFTER SPITTING CONTROVERSY PAGE 3 A video of celebrity hairstylist went viral on Thursday in which he is seen spitting on a woman’s head. MAX 13°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 13°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:43 PM Tarn Taran: Paramjit Kaur, who was promoted by the Social Security and Woman Welfare Department, Punjab, assumed the charge of Child Development and Programme Officer (CDPO), Naushehra Pannuan, on Friday. Paramjit Kaur was the Supervisor in Patti block office of the department. After taking over the charge, she presided over a meeting of her subordinates and instructed them to provide every possible facilities to beneficiaries in time. OC PAGE 4 Geeta Basra and Harbhajan have put their Lohri party on hold due to the increasing Covid cases in the country. SUNRISE SUNDAY 7:31 AM SATURDAY | 8 JANUARY 2022 | AMRITSAR Teachers chip in to promote vax drive among students 400 cell phones seized from Amritsar Central Jail in 2021 NSS volunteers apprise villagers of Covid-appropriate behaviour PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 7 With school students in the 15-18 age bracket confined to their homes after the closure of the schools, the district Education Department is making voluntary efforts to encourage them towards vaccination. Teachers from rural and urban areas are engaging parents, educating them and making them aware of the vaccination programme for their children, besides ensuring that the children get inoculated. Government schools have asked teachers to reach out to students and their parents through social media and pay a visit to them. “We were ready to host a vaccination camp for students in our school from the very first day of the campaign kicked off in the country. But due to the orders of school closure, we could not do so. We have identified the students for vaccination and are sending them messages to get the jab. Our teachers are also in touch with parents of children for their support in case they face any query or require any GNDU teams initiated the Covid-appropriate behaviour awareness campaign from the campus in Amritsar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO were to vaccination ❝Weschool readythehost afirst day of thecamp for students in our from very campaign kicked off in the country. But due to the orders of school closure, we could not do so. We have identified the students for vaccination and are sending them messages to get the jab. Our teachers are also in touch with parents of children for their support in case they face any query or require any information regarding vaccination ❞ Manpreet Kaur, PRINCIPAL, GOVERNMENT GIRLS SENIOR SECONDARY SMART SCHOOL information regarding vaccination,” said Manpreet Kaur, principal, Government Girls Senior Secondary Smart School, Mall Road. Deepika Dean, head- Fresh spike: District logs 276 new cases Amritsar, January 7 In a fresh spike in new Covid19 infections, the district registered 276 fresh cases during the past 24 hours on Friday, which has more than doubled from Thursday’s 131 cases. Now, the total count of cases in the district has increased to 48,064. The health authorities also reported the recovery of 16 patients, with which the total recovery count has increased to 45,879. The district, at present, has a total of 586 active cases. No death due to Covid-19 was reported. The alarming rise in the number of positive cases is likely to prompt the authorities to strictly implement the Covid-19 guidelines in public places. Despite the district and police administration releasing guidelines to public to adhere to Covid-19 protocols like maintaining physical distance, wearing masks and carrying sanitisers two days ago, most people were found flouting the norms in marketplaces today. Owing to intermittent rain and the overcast COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 276 48,064 0 1,599 16 45,879 586 sky on a cold Friday, the number of people out on roads and in public places was less. A large number of them covered their faces with either a cloth or woollen. Most people were not wearing the recommended masks. 28 test positive in Tarn Taran The district on Friday recorded 28 fresh cases of Covid-19 with the report of these persons coming back positive. Civil Surgeon Rohit Mehta said the number of active cases had reached to 89 and out of these 63 had been isolated at their respective homes. Teams of the Health Department had administered 9,25,510 doses to 6,40,655 persons till date. — TNS/OC mistress, Government High School, Abdal, too has been making efforts to ensure that every student who qualifies for vaccination is not left behind. “We have initiated an awareness campaign and visiting homes of children and talking to parents, organising focussed group discussions regarding the importance of vaccination. Also, our teachers will offer voluntary support to families of children whose parents are either illiterate or cannot accompany them to vaccination centres. They will accompany children to vaccination centres,” she said. GNDU, too, has initiated an awareness drive on Covidappropriate behaviour through its NSS volunteers in nearby villages, including Ranike in Attari and Katahania in Ajnala. Volunteers of NSS Unit–II of Guru Nanak Dev University in collaboration with SACH, a non-profit organisation, also visited two villages under the drive. NSS volunteers took out a procession and spread awareness among villagers about the Covid-appropriate behaviour and its importance. Many reluctant villagers were convinced and persuaded to join the vaccination drive in the village dispensary. continued on page 2 41 confiscated in first week of January alone Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 7 Even as the work on installing of mobile signal jammers is yet to see the light of the day in ‘high security’ Amritsar Central Jail, prohibited materials, including cell phones, continue to sneak in with impunity. The tall claims of the Punjab Government about taking several measures to stem the problem proved nothing but hollow claims, if the recent instances are anything to go by. As per the information, over 400 mobiles were seized from the jail in 2021, while 41 cell phones were reported to be seized in the first week of 2022. As many as 17 phones were recovered on Tuesday (January 4) and nine on Thursday (January 6). Besides, the police also seized a mobile charger, a set of earphones and five unclaimed bundles of cigarettes from the prisoners. Recently, Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa during a visit to Amritsar had revealed that the work of installing mobile jammers were already in progress and currently these were being Amritsar Central Jail houses cross-border smugglers, militants, gangsters and notorious criminals, who have been running their rackets from the jail complex through mobile phones installed in Patiala. He had told that the work for setting up the same in Amritsar Central Jail would start soon. Randhawa pointed out that the pilot project of mobile jammers at Bathinda jail has been a success. The unabated seizure of mobile cell phones from the high-security complex has been a cause for concern for intelligence and security agencies. Amritsar jail houses cross-border smugglers, militants, gangsters and notorious criminals, who have been running their rackets from the jail complex through mobile phones. Pandemic also casts shadow on literary events Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 7 Amid a fresh round of Covid-19 restrictions being imposed in the district and the surging number of cases being reported every passing day, the cultural centres in the city once again gear up for uncertainty. Among the hardest hit sectors during the one and half years of pandemic, both socially as well as economically, the cultural and performing art industry is now being cautious, many suspending or postponing scheduled live performances and theatre festivals indefinitely. Punjab Naatshala has announced suspension of all live performances and theatre activities indefinitely, till updated guidelines regarding Covid-19 are released by government. “All our live performances, including weekend theatre performances have been suspended keep- ing in mind the health safety of artistes as well as audiences. We have also postponed any theatre workshops that were scheduled during the period till January 15. We were in the process of preparing a new production but even its premiere now stands postponed,” said Jatinder Brar, founder, Punjab Naatshala. Similarly, Indian Academy of Fine Arts (IAFA) too has suspended the live art activities, including performances of three plays that were scheduled for the month of January. The last live art and cultural event that the gallery hosted was the New Year’s celebrations on January 1, 2022. “Although we have allowed rehearsals of the three theatre productions at our premises with not more than 10 artistes as a time, we will not stage them until the situation improves. We will continue to host solo art shows and exhibits but under Covid-19 regulations. It’s a tough call as the art activities in city had just started to pick up pace after such a long hiatus,” said Arvinder Chamak, senior artist and general secretary or (IAFA). Kewal Dhaliwal, president, Punjab Sangeet Nataka Akademi, too has decided to postpone theatre festival scheduled in the month of January. “We host the Punjabi theatre festival and National Theatre Festival in the beginning months of January and February. It’s our annual theatre event and some of the biggest names of national theatre and performing arts participate. But this time we will not be hosting any time soon under given circumstances. Let us wait and watch,” he shared. Virsa Vihar will host a restricted Lohri event with no invitations for public and most literary events lined up till March too are being re-considered. World Cup 2022 Sneh Rana, a TTE at Amritsar railway station, will play in the Women’s World Cup 2022 and ODI series against New Zealand. Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Farmers put off move to gherao ministers, MLAs’ houses Amritsar, January 7 The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee has postponed the move to gherao the residences of Punjab ministers and MLAs to January 11. Earlier, farmers’ unions gave a call to hold a protest on January 8. A meeting of the core committee of the KMSC was held here on Friday. Leaders of the union had given the call to gherao houses of ministers and MLAs of the Punjab Government on January 8 for implementing the poll promise made by the Congress with the farming community before the Assembly elections in 2017. Following the prediction of rain and bad weather conditions, the farm unions decided to gherao residences A jail official wishing not to be named said though the work was yet to take off, it would start soon. He said seizure of mobile phones shows no laxity on part of the jail staff. He said close proximity of jail with densely populated area is one of the major reasons why phones are sneaked in. Perneet Dhillon, SHO at Islamabad police station where these cases are registered, said the prisoners who were booked for seizure of mobiles would be brought on police remand for investigations and to know the source of mobile phones. Surge in Covid cases puts a Sneh Rana picked brake on live performances for ICC women’s Tribune News Service PARAMJIT TAKES OVER AS CDPO GEETA, BHAJJI CANCEL LOHRI PARTY AFTER COVID CASES RISE Members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee during a meeting in Amritsar. of ministers and MLAs on January 11. Sarwan Singh Pandher, state general secretary of the union, stated that as per the decisions taken in the meeting of the core committee chaired by state president Satnam Singh Pannu, the residences of Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, ministers and MLAs, including that of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, would be ghearoed to fulfil their demands accepted by the Punjab Government during a meeting held earlier. Satnam Singh Pannu alleged that the breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security was a deliberate c m y b attempt of the BJP to polarise the majority community in the country. He strongly condemned the BJP propaganda for endangering the lives of people and said the BJP was trying to create divisions in religions by misrepresenting the incident. “They will not be allowed to succeed at any cost. The cancellation of the rally may be due to the low turnout, bad weather and other reasons. There is a deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of Punjab,” said Pannu. “The farmer unions are protesting peacefully on the issue of forming a committee on the MSP withdrawal of , cases against farmers in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and UP punishing the , culprits of the Lakhimpur Khiri incident and releasing the arrested farmers in the case,” he added. Amritsar, January 7 Sneh Rana, a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at the Amritsar railway station, has been selected in the team India to play in the Women’s World Cup 2022 and One-Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand. The BCCI’s All Indian Women’s Selection Committee announced the squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 on Thursday. Team India will play their first World Cup fixture against Pakistan on March 6 at the Bay Oval, Tauranga. The same squad will feature in the 5-match ODI series against New Zealand starting from February 11. The 28-year allrounder has been a part of the national squad for the past so many years. She a right hander and an offbreak bowler. Coming from an agrarian family based at Sinaula village in Dehradun, she plays cricket since her childhood. Her dream and years of tiring practice bore fruit when she was drafted into the national team to play against Sri Lanka in 2014. However, a knee injury in 2016 put a break on her bright career as she was not drafted into the national squad for the next five years. It was only last year that the BCCI incorporated her into India’s Test squad against England, it was also her Test debut. In Tests, her batting average is 82 and in ODIs, it is 11.71. In Tests, her best bowling was four wickets for 131 runs and bowling average was 32.75. In ODIs, her bowling average stands at 40.10 and the best figure is three for 26 runs.
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