12012022-ATR-01.qxd 12-01-2022 00:09 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 ‘KILLER PLASTIC THREAD’ TAKES OVER TRADITIONAL INDUSTRY The ‘plastic dor’ or ‘dragon dor’ is so popular that it has eaten up the business of traditional dor makers. FORECAST MODERATE FOG INBRIEF 6 MOBILE PHONES SEIZED FROM JAIL Amritsar: Amritsar Central Jail authorities have seized six more mobile phones from some inmates during a search operation. According to jail officials, three mobile phones were found from Ranjodh Singh Jodha of Buraj Phulla in Harike, Jaspreet Singh of Pat Rai Khurd in Jhander and Smana of Basarke village in Khalra, while three cell phones were found unclaimed. TNS TWO NABBED WITH 7 STOLEN BIKES Amritsar: The Kotwali police have arrested two vehicle lifters and recovered seven bikes and a chassis of a motorcycle from them. They have been identified as Bikram Singh of Madan Lal Dhingra Colony and Jaspal Singh Kotla Duma village located on Ram Tirath Road here. According to the police, they used steal bikes from different parts of the city and later sold them after forging documents. A case has been registered against them and more recoveries are likely to be made during further investigations, the police said. TNS PAGE 3 LATA MANGESHKAR, SUSSANNE & VIR DAS TEST +VE FOR COVID ALKA YAGNIK ON SUBHASH GHAI’S DEBUT AS MUSIC COMPOSER The legendary singer has tested positive and has been admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital. MAX 17°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C | MIN 7°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:46 PM With his upcoming debut OTT film on ZEE5, 36 Farmhouse, Ghai has made his debut as a music composer. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:30 AM MC’s negligence comes to fore Bobby was not even on payroll and was working on behalf of some permanent employee SANITATION WORKER’S DEATH Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 11 The death of a 24-year-old sanitation worker while removing illegal hoardings exposes gross violations by the Municipal Corporation (MC). The deceased, Bobby, was not even a contractual employee of the MC as it was reported on Monday. He was working on behalf of some permanent employees in connivance with health wing officials. The police on Tuesday booked sanitary inspector Rakesh Gill for this violation. The incident again exposed the practice of arranging makeshift employees on behalf of permanent employees of the corporation. “The permanent safai karamcharis are getting handsome salaries. They don’t want to do such jobs, so arrange some poor person to perform their duties,” said a senior MC official. Now, safai karmachari unions of the MC are also in a dilemma as to how will they demand justice for the deceased. Vinod Kumar Bitta, state president of one of the safai karamchari unions, confessed: “The practice of arranging employees is common, but wrong. The FIR against sanitary inspector is also wrong. We assure to arrange a job for one of the family members of the SANITARY INSPECTOR BOOKED Amritsar: A day after a youth was electrocuted to death near Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh, the Division B police have booked sanitary inspector Rakesh Kumar Gill on the charge of death by negligence. Bobby (in pic) lost his life while removing illegal hoardings of political leaders after imposition of the Model Code of Conduct in view of the ensuing Assembly poll. His family members alleged that sanitary inspector took him along for removing the hoardings even though it was not his duty. When he along with three others were removing the hoardings, they got electrocuted as the board was touching the electric wire and due to rain current passed through it. Bobby suffered a fatal electric shock, while two others identified as Ashok Kumar and Major were also injured. They were rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared Bobby dead, while the other two are under treatment. TNS NO TRAINED STAFF FOR REMOVING HOARDINGS ❝ WEDNESDAY | 12 JANUARY 2022 | AMRITSAR Panel to monitor candidates’ expenses in ensuing elections The advertisement wing of the MC has only four ‘beldar’ (Class-IV employees) to remove defacements. They are not able to climb a pole or building where hoardings are being displayed. The department has arranged a young man named ‘Chango’ to climb the poles and multilevel buildings without any safety gear. Chango is not on payroll but is earning his livelihood by risking his life on behalf of permanent employees for the last several years. The Tribune had highlighted the risk of electrocution in the job of removing hoarding from electricity poles. The advertisement wing officials are also aware about the risk, especially in rainy season. “Safai karmacharis are to sweep the roads. They should not be deployed on such tasks, where risk of life is involved. There should be trained staff for this task,” said Vinod Kumar Bitta. OFFICIALSPEAK NO POLITICAL PARTY OR POLITICIAN LIABLE? The hoardings are being displayed by all four major political parties — the Congress, SAD, BJP and AAP. Sole breadwinner of family Bobby died while removing their defacement. The MC has its own reasons to not send notices to the political parties concerned. “Death of Bobby is not just an accident. It is negligence of the MC. The political parties, who displayed the illegal hoardings should be responsible for this,” said advocate Kuljit Singh, a social activist. directions of the Election ❝As per thewe have to remove Commission, hoardings within 72 hours. Following the shortage of staff in advertisement wing, the sanitation workers were deployed on duty. As all boards were illegally displayed, we didn’t send notice to any particular political party. Sandip Rishi, MC COMMISSIONER ❞ ■ As per the Punjab Prevention of Defacement The permanent safai karamcharis are getting handsome salaries. They don’t want to do such jobs, so they arrange some poor person to perform their duties. PAGE 4 ❝ The practice of arranging employees is common, but wrong. The FIR against sanitary inspector is also wrong. We assure to arrange job for one of the family members of the deceased in the MC. A senior MC official ❞ deceased in the MC.” As far as compensation is concerned, the family of Bobby would not get anything from the government. However, local AAP unit demanded ~50 lakh compensation and job to one of the family members of deceased. Apart from this, the death of ‘arranged’ worker raised several questions on anti-defacement drive after the Election Commission orders. As per the Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, politi- ❞ Vinod Kumar Bitta, STATE PRESIDENT OF SAFAI KARAMCHARI UNION of Property Act, politicians, who displayed hoardings are bound to remove it themselves. ■ Almost all hoardings were illegal, so MC didn't write to any particular political party. ■ To implement the ECI orders, District Nodal Officer Sandip Rishi deployed the sanitation staff at zonal-level to remove the hoardings and defacement on January 9 cians, who displayed hoardings are bound to remove it. Almost all hording were illegal, so MC didn’t write to any political party as these boards and hoarding were not supposed to be displayed. In a hurry to implement the orders of the Election Commission, the MC Commissioner-cum-District Nodal Officer (MC) Sandip Rishi deployed the sanitation staff on zonal-level to remove the hoardings and defacement on January 9. DC Gurpreet Singh Khaira inspects the work of Media Certification and Monitoring Committee in Amritsar on Tuesday. Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 11 The district administration has constituted a media certification and monitoring committee (MCMC) to monitor the expenses of candidates in the ensuing elections. District Election Officer-cumDeputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira said the district-level committee would monitor the expenditure incurred on media by the candidates contesting from 11 Assembly constituencies in the district. Khaira, who is chairman of the committee, visited the MCMC centre and inspected the work being done. SDM Rajesh Sharma was also present. He directed all members of the MCMC to keep a close watch on the media, including newspapers, radio, TV, e-papers and social media. Appearing of any advertisement should be included in the election expenses of the candidate. The Returning Officer concerned should be informed immediately, so that this expenditure can be included in his election expenses. For the advertisement in electronic media including epaper and social media, it was necessary to get the approval of MCMC and for this purpose, room number 218 of the district administrative complex has been kept reserved. Khaira said candidates must pay their entire expenses through cheques. He said if any organisation puts up advertisement without the written permission of the candidate and without the approval of the committee, then a case would be registered against it under Section 171H Indian Penal Code. Apart from this, the advertisements in the print media must be approved by the said committee two days before its appearance. Rising cases, SOPs hit tourist footfall in city Poll: Illegal weapons a Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 11 The rising cases of Covid19 coupled with the introduction of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to check its spread have made a dent in the number of tourists, especially outsiders, visiting the holy city. Satnam Singh Kanda, who is running a hotel near the Golden Temple, said room occupancy in hotels, lodges, inns and stay houses in the walled city had come down considerably after the introduction of night curfew and the SOPs. On January 6, the Border Security Force (BSF) suspended entry of the visitors to the spectators’ gallery to watch the Beating the Retreat ceremony held every evening at the Attari-Wagah joint Check Post. This ban has also led to a dip in tourist and visitor arrivals, especially those coming from outside the state. Kanda said the BSF took the decision following the latest Covid-19 guidelines issued by the office of the District Magistrate, Amritsar. Tourists from other states big challenge for police occupancy in ❝Roomthe walled cityhotels, lodges, inns and stay houses in has come down considerably after the introduction of night curfew and SOPs. Tourists from other states tend to stay here for two nights while those from within the state return to their native places the same day. PK Jaiswar ❞ Satnam Singh Kanda, HOTEL OWNER daily ❝The number of downpassengers, especiallyof the tourists, has come after the introduction Covid-19 guidelines. ❞ Jagga Singh, AUTO DRIVER DIST REPORTS 455 POSITIVE CASES Amritsar: In a single-day spike, since the recent spike in cases, the district reported total 455 positive cases on Tuesday. With this, the tally of infections from the district increased to 49,412. Of the cases reported on Tuesday, 400 are new cases and 55 are contacts of positive patients. The district Health Department has also reported the recovery of 33 patients with which the recovery count increased to 45,960. However, the active caseload in the district is continuously on the rise and reached 1,852 on Tuesday. The district health authorities said testing has been increased to contain the spread of the disease. Meanwhile, 17,223 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive. Of the 8,348 received the first dose, 8,875 received the second dose and 437 received the third dose of the vaccine. TNS TARN TARAN LOGS 76 CASES As many as 76 persons tested positive for Covid on Tuesday taking the active cases to 272 in the district. The positive cases were being noticed since the arrival of the New Year. District authorities of the Health Department in a press statement on Tuesday appealed to residents to get vaccinated. The department also appealed to citizens who have been vaccinated with both dozes to take the booster doze after nine months of taking both doses. OC tend to stay here for two nights while those from within the state return to their native places the same day. Auto driver Jagga Singh at the railway station states The Punjab ❝prepared to Police are meet Tribune News Service HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183- COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 455 49,412 0 1,600 33 45,960 1,852 that the number of daily passengers, especially tourists, has come down c m y b 2500398, 01832500498, 01832500598, 0183-2500698, 01832500798 (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) significanty after the introduction of the Covid19 guidelines. Amritsar, January 11 Even as the district administration and the Police Commissioner have directed the arms licence holders to deposit their weapons with their respective police stations or gun houses, illegal weapons will still be a big challenge for the law-enforcing agency during the Assembly polls. In the past, a number of incidents of sneaking of hand grenades, explosives and weapons by ISI-backed antinational forces from across the Indo-Pak border have been reported. Even the Punjab Police also busted illegal weapon supply rackets from Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. Following inputs from intelligence and security agencies, the Punjab Police have been on alert as anti-national and anti-social elements would try to create law and order problems which would prove to be a hurdle in the peaceful conduct of the elections scheduled to be held on February 14. any eventuality and thwart any untoward incident. Nobody will be allowed to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere. Besides, we have started checking suspicious vehicles and asked police officials to remain alert. ❞ Parminder Singh Bhandal, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE (LAW & ORDER) Keeping this in mind, there would be many companies of paramilitary forces in the border district this time. In the first phase, 50 companies of paramilitary forces have been allotted to Punjab and of these four have arrived in Amritsar city and two companies would assist the Amritsar rural police. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Parminder Singh Bhandal said the Punjab Police were prepared to meet any eventuali- ty and thwart any untoward incident. He said nobody would be allowed to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere. “Besides, we have started checking suspicious vehicles and asked the police officials to remain alert by activating their information network. We will also hold search operations in outskirts areas and conduct patrolling from time to time. 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