14012022-ATR-01.qxd 1/13/2022 11:50 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE IN PICS: LOHRI CELEBRATED WITH SAVOURIES, SONGS AND DANCE PAGE 2 Residents dance around the bonfire and relish on festive foods to mark the festival of happiness & warmth. PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF BSF SEIZES OVER 5-KG HEROIN Amritsar: The BSF seized 4.76-kg heroin smuggled from Pakistan near the Indo-Pak border in Amritsar here last night. It also seized 1.3-kg heroin from the Ferozepur sector. In a statement, BSF authorities said despite adverse climatic conditions, the BSF jawans were alert and foiled the smuggling bid by nefarious elements across the border fence. They said in Amritsar sector, the contraband was wrapped in five packets while in Ferozepur, it was wrapped in two packets. TNS MOBILE PHONES, SEDATIVES SEIZED Amritsar: Amritsar Central Jail authorities on Wednesday seized four mobile phones, 97 intoxicating tablets and 20 packs of cigarettes from the complex. Following complaints by the authorities, the police have booked five prisoners. They were identified as Gagandeep Singh of Begipura village, Manjinder Singh, alias Manna of Behak Kot Dharam Chand Kalan village, Vicky Kumar of Gha Mandi village in Jandiala Guru, Dilpreet Singh of Kheyala Kalan village and Ankit Bhatia of Vijay Nagar on Batala Road here. TNS WOMAN ROBBED OF SCOOTER Amritsar: Three unidentified armed persons robbed a woman of her scooter by brandishing a sharp-edged weapon here on Wednesday. Victim, Paramjit Kaur, told the police that the accused, who were on a bike, intercepted her near the Ranjit Avenue police station. They pointed a dagger at her and asked her to hand over the scooter (PB-02-DA4026) to them. They fled with her scooter. The police have registered a case. TNS ONE ARRESTED IN SNATCHING CASE Amritsar: Ranjit Avenue police arrested a snatcher, identified as Jaskaran Singh, alias Chan, of Shamsherapura village falling under Ghaniye Ke Bangar village in Gurdaspur on Wednesday. His accomplice Amritpal Singh of Majjupura village managed to abscond. The complainant, Jeevan Khanna, alleged that two unidentified bike-borne persons had snatched his bag at gunpoint. A case under Sections 379-B (2) and 34 of the IPC was registered in this regard. Probe led to arrest of one of the accused. TNS PAGE 3 MAX 15°C | MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C | MIN 6°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:48 PM Tribune News Service HELPLINE FOR COVID PATIENTS Amritsar, January 13 With one death and 731 positive cases reported in the last 24 hours in the district, the situation has become critical. The alarming rise in the number of cases has worried the administration and residents alike. The deceased has been identified as Gurdial Singh, a 68-year-old resident of Mallian village. He was admitted to a private hospital. With this, the toll due to the disease has increased to 1,601 in the district. The district has reported a total of 50,623 cases. Of the cases reported on Thursday, 671 are new cases, while 60 are contacts of positive patients. The district health officials said family members and close contacts of positive patients are being tested and they are advised to iso- ■ Control Room: 0183- COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 731 50,623 1 1,601 131 46,196 2,826 late themselves until their test reports are negative. The officials said all precautionary guidelines must be followed and residents must avoid crowded places. They said the infected person, including suspected cases, too, have a responsibility to get themselves tested and stay away from public places until their reports are negative. 2500398, 0183-2500498, 0183-2500598, 01832500698, 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) The district Health Department has also reported recovery of 131 patients with which the total recovery count has increased to 46,196. Meanwhile, the active caseload in the district is on the rise and has reached 2,826. The district health officials said the rise in the number of cases is alarming. They said at this rate, Covid cases 4 brought on production warrant from Gurdaspur Cops claim ~20L was robbed | ~16.57L recovered so far ~22-LAKH ROBBERY Tribune News Service Amritsar (rural) SSP Rakesh Kaushal addresses the media. looted from the victims. The driver Harwinder Singh had connived with the remaining suspects. He said ~3 lakh was recovered from the car. The arrest of the remaining accused led to the recovery of ~10.57 lakh and the car used in the crime was also seized. “The police managed to seize ~3 lakh more after their interrogation. Till now, the police have recovered total ~16.57 lakh,” he said, adding that one of their accomplice was yet to be arrested. His arrest would help in recovering the remaining amount, he said. Three unidentified armed persons had allegedly robbed ~22 lakh at gunpoint from an iron trader at Buttar village under Mehta police on December 25. Complainant Ravinder Singh and his partner Lakhwinder Singh, both residents of Batala, said they were going to Jalandhar to buy a school bus in their car. When they reached near Buttar, another car stopped ahead of their car and three occupants came out. He said they pointed a pistol at them and asked them to come out. He said they got afraid and came out. He said the accused took the bag containing the money and fled. PAGE 4 The actor is making heads turn with her role in Anbarivu, which is now out on Disney+ Hotstar. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:30 AM Situation grim: 1 dies, 731 +ve in last 24 hrs Amritsar, January 13 With the arrest of five persons, the Amritsar rural police have cracked the ~22lakh robbery case and out of the total amount, the police have recovered ~16.57 lakh. Following an initial probe, the police have arrested Harwinder Singh Kala, driver of the victim, and his interrogation has led to the identification of the remaining suspects, who were arrested by the Gurdaspur police in an operation. They were later arrested after bringing them on production warrant. They were identified as Gurwinder Singh, alias Sethi, of Bhullar village; Nirmal Singh Nimma of Kotli Surat Mallian village; Sukhpreet Singh of Waraich village and Amarjjit Singh or Amru of Bhullar village. SSP Rakesh Kaushal said as per the probe, ~20 lakh was ACTRESS KASHMIRA SAYS SHE IS IN LOVE WITH ACTING Ranjish Hi Sahi showcases the story of a man caught between devoted wife and a sizzling superstar. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR FORECAST THE RECENT SERIES OFFERS A WHIFF OF ’70S FASHION, LIFE would start stressing the healthcare system. Already, a large number of healthcare professionals, including doctors and paramedics, are testing positive for Covid daily. Meanwhile, 5,132 residents were inoculated during the vaccination drive on Thursday. Of these, 2,072 received the first dose, 2,814 received the second dose and 246 received the third dose on Thursday. FRIDAY | 14 JANUARY 2022 | AMRITSAR Dense fog envelopes city Motorists switch on their vehicles’ headlights as low visibility due to thick fog made commuting difficult in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR The reports of 98 samples came out positive on Thursday in the district. The number of active cases had gone up to 424. Health Department informed here that the toll stands at 381 so far. The department revealed that health teams collected 873 samples on Thursday. Meanwhile, 2,853 citizens were given injections against the pandemic on Thursday with which 9,56,429 doses have been administered so far. — OC Amritsar, January 13 Dense fog enveloped the region, making commuting a difficult task amid low visibility, here on Thursday. Residents missed the sun throughout the day, but the visibility, however, improved in the afternoon. Kite lovers, who made plans for Lohri competitions, were disappointed as the sky cleared in the afternoon only. The day temperature also dipped to 8°C, which affected routine life. Residents were seen sitting around bonfires. Fog, which engulfed the city and surrounding areas for last three days, troubled commuters. The low visibility on bypass and other roads on the outskirts lead to slow traffic movement and some minor accidents. Meanwhile, candidates contesting the Assembly elections and political activists were seen taking advantage to reach out to voters, who normally leave for their work during the day. Meanwhile, the air traffic at Shri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport is functioning normally even during dense fog. Officials claimed that with CAT-III equipment installed at the airport, the flight can be operated even in low visibility. A few trains were delayed due to low visibility. Railway officials said they had already adjusted their schedule in accordance with the weather. Agricultural experts said it was good for wheat, as it would help in better tillering, which will help increase the crop yield later. Search operation carried out in city Teachers burn photos of CM, Cong poll manifesto on Lohri Youth shot dead in Bhikhiwind, one injured Tribune News Service 98 positive in Tarn Taran Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 13 To ensure trouble-free elections, the police carried out search operations on the periphery of the city. The teams were headed by DCP (Law and Order) Parminder Singh Bhandal. Besides senior police officials, the teams were accompanied by paramilitary forces and Punjab Police commandos. The areas were divided into different zones and each zone was searched by a police team led by an ADCP-rank official. A team led by ADCP City-I Navjot Singh searched the Sultanwind area while ADCP City-II Prabhjot Singh Virk led team search the area in Ghanupur Kale. Similarly, ADCP (Traffic) Harwinder Singh led the team in search operation in Vallah and Verka. DCP Bhandal said the police got a tip-off that a number of people from outside Punjab and city had been staying in these areas. He said a number of suspicious youth were rounded up during these search operations. Teachers burn the photos of the CM and other ministers at Manochahal Kalan school on Thursday. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, January 13 Teachers of different government schools on Thursday lodged a protest against the state government. The protesting teachers burnt ‘ Lohri’ of the photos of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and other ministers and the Congress election manifesto for their alleged false promises. On the call of Punjab and UT Mulazim and Pensioners Joint Front, teachers under the banner of Democratic Teachers Front organised protests at Manochahal Kalan, Chohla Sahib, Jalalabad schools and other schools near Tarn Taran. Protesters said the CM did nothing to implement their accepted demands. The leaders said that due to the negligence adopted at the part of the state government and particularly the CM, the current demands such as regularising the services of teachers, removing the discrepancies in the sixth pay commission report, recruitment of teachers, reinstating the stopped allowances, restoring of the old pension scheme etc. had not been implemented till now. Tarn Taran, January 13 A person was shot dead and another injured in Bhikhiwind in a clash between rival groups on Wednesday night. The deceased has been identified as Harsimran Singh Sanni (28) of Dode village while the injured is Gopi of Bhikhiwind. The deceased had come to meet his friend Gopi in Bhikhiwind when the assailants attacked him. The deceased was admitted to a private hospital by his friend Varinder Singh. The doctors referred him to Amritsar, where he succumbed to his injuries. Gopi was injured in the incident. The police said eight persons had been booked under Sections 302, 323, 148,149 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act on the statement of Jatinder Singh, father of the deceased who is an employee in the SGPC, at Gurdwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib, Thatha. — OC Tribune Correspondent Ravi Dhaliwal captures the ground situation and the mood of voters in the constituency SAD-BSP & AAP moving ahead full throttle in Gurdaspur Tribune News Service SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal at a rally held recently in Gurdaspur. Gurdaspur, January 13 The SAD-BSP combine and AAP are moving full throttle as far as ground planning and campaigning is concerned even as the Congress, BJP and its allied party, the Punjab Lok Congress (PLC), are still struggling to find its feet. The Gurdaspur Vidhan Sabha constituency has nine Assembly seats. The SAD-BSP alliance has announced its candidates on all nine seats, while AAP has made public eight nominees. The Con- gress and the BJP-PLC are yet to announce their respective candidates. AAP spokesman and Sri Hargobindpur candidate Amarpal Singh Kishenkot says all his party’s candidates are regularly in touch with their New Delhi-based handlers and “take advice on almost day to day basis.” “Our detractors were misleading voters by saying that Arvind Kejriwal will be giving 300 units of electricity free per every billing cycle of two months. This is absolutely incorrect. The factual position is that we will be giving 300 units of c m y b free power per month. In Punjab, the billing cycle is of two months, which means our party, if voted to power, will give 600 units of free electricity. The SADBSP leaders are reaching out to villagers claiming Kejriwal had sold them a lie,” said Amarpal. Incidentally, Amarpal had bagged 29,000 votes in the 2017 poll from his seat. AAP satraps can often be seen in teams of 5-10 in villages telling locals that if they or any of their kin fall sick, their party will provide free treatment in government hospitals. SAD chief Sukhbir Badal has already toured five Assembly seats last month. “He will be touring the remaining seats soon,” said Guriqbal Singh Mahal, party candidate from Qadian. AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, too, has toured as many as four seats. Sources say that in the absence of rallies and gatherings, Kejriwal will be canvassing door to door with his candidates in tow. “We have chalked up elaborate plans for his next visit,” said Kishenkot. A senior Congress leader admitted that round one has been won by AAP and the SAD-BSP com- bine. “Both Congress and BJP-PLC are yet to announce their candidates and till that is done, we cannot move forward. If infighting among our leaders is proving to be an impediment in naming nominees, the BJP-PLC are still in talks over seat-sharing. There are certain urban seats which the BJP wants to contest but Amarinder Singh says he wants these seats. Everything is in a flux,” he said. An interesting feature being seen this time is that leaders are focusing on local issues rather than state or national-level issues. “If we touch issues which are close to voters, we are sure to connect with them in a better way. In any case, national issues hold no relevance in Assembly poll,” said a BJP leader. “This time the elections are going to be interesting with five parties in the fray. Consequently, the margins will be narrow,” said Manjinder Singh Dala, a law student and a first time voter. "I will cast my vote with utmost caution this time. In the last two Assembly elections, I did vote, but am feeling cheated because no party stood up to my expectations," said Upma Mahajan, Principal of a school in Dinanagar.
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