21052022-ATR-01.qxd 21-05-2022 00:00 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE EDU DEPT ENGAGING STUDENTS IN SCIENCE-BASED PROGRAMMES PAGE 2 The Education Department has been implementing several science-based projects in all government schools. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 18-YEAR-OLD DIES IN ROAD MISHAP Tarn Taran: A youth died and two others were seriously injured when a Toyota vehicle collided with a motorcycle on the Harike-Patti road here on Thursday. The deceased had been identified as Amarjit Singh (18), a resident of Assal village. Mehakpreet Singh of Kirtowal Kalan and Rajpal Singh of Tung village were admitted to the local Civil Hospital from where they were referred to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, where their condition was improving. The trio were riding a Platina motorcycle. Mehakpreet and Rajpalwas were riding pillion and the three were going from Kirtowal Kalan to Tung village. On way to Tung, their motorcycle was collided with the Toyota vehicle (bearing registration No. PB 46 M 6000). Amarajit died on the spot. Subham Arora, a resident of Patti, was driving the car. He had been booked under Sections 304-A, 279, 337 and 338 of the IPC by the Harike police. The driver of the car managed to escape from the spot. OC PSPCL IMPOSES FINE OF ~64 LAKH Tarn Taran: Powercom in its drive against power theft launched on the instructions of the state government checked the connections of 306 consumers and imposed ~64.22 lakh as fine. Gursharan Singh Khehra, Superintendent Engineer (SE), said here on Friday that the drive had proved fruitful as the load had decreased by 40 per cent and the incidents of burning of transformers too had come down. Khehra said the consumers who were indulging in power theft had approached the department for new connections and as a result, the department had received 819 applications in the last three days. The SE said two petrol pumps too were found stealing power and action would be taken against the erring. The SE appealed to the consumers not to indulge in power theft. OC ROCKETRY: THE NAMBI EFFECT RECEIVES STANDING OVATION PAGE 3 PANKAJ TRIPATHI, SMRITI JOIN HANDS FOR NON-STOP CRICKET R Madhavan’s directorial debut is India's official selection for its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival. MAX 40°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:24 PM PAGE 4 Sony has launched first of the three films this week, which is a part of their campaign titled Non-Stop Cricket. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:30 AM SATURDAY | 21 MAY 2022 | AMRITSAR City tackling blaze incidents with just 4 fire stations FIREFIGHTING PREPARATIONS-I: Having over 12 lakh population, the city requires at least 24 fire stations to control fire incidents efficiently, as per recommendations of Centre’s Standing Fire Advisory Committee Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 20 Though the Standing Fire Advisory Committee (SFAC), constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Central Government, recommends that there should be a fire station for a population of 50,000, the city having over 12 lakh population requires at least 24 fire stations to tackle fire incidents efficiently. However, there are only four fire stations, including three within the walled city area, in Amritsar city. Soon after the Partition, the municipality of Amritsar set up its independent permanent fire station at Town Hall. Earlier, it was being operated from Lahore. Three more fire stations were established till 1970. During the past 50 years, the city progressed a lot but the number of fire stations did not increase. The MC jurisdictions were being expanded after every two decades but no one shown concern to expand the fire infrastructure. OFFICIALSPEAK We got ultra-modern equipment under the Smart City project and all these equipment are in use. We firefighters successfully doused several major fires in the past, which were challenging. The smart equipment made our job safe and efficient. We have placed order for 55meter high hydraulic platform to tackle fire in multi-level buildings, up to 150 feet tall. We have sufficient staff for the existing fire stations but we need more fire stations. A proposal has been sent to the government in this regard. ❝ A view of fire tenders at the Town Hall fire station in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO. SUNIL KUMAR Congested areas The fire stations of Town Hall, Beri Gate and Gilwali Gate are based in congested areas where fire tenders did not find enough space to pass swiftly and reach their destinations on time while attending fire calls from outer city areas. With the extension of the MC jurisdiction and the establishment of outer city areas, the Fire Department had proposed to set up four new fire stations to effectively tackle fire incidents around two years ago. 4 more were proposed in 2020 In 2020, the Fire Department had proposed the establishment of fire stations in Zone No. 6 to cover Batala Road and Majitha Road and MC Head office to cover the Ranjit Avenue and areas allocated around the bypass road. A fire station along GT Road would cover the area from Ram Talai to the JalandharPathankot bypass road. As per officials’ estimate, they need to outsource 48 firemen and 16 drivers to make four more fire stations functional. The MC already have sites NO FIRE STATIONS SET UP AFTER 1970 ■ However, there are only four fire stations, including three within the walled city area, in Amritsar city. ■ Soon after the Partition, the municipality of Amritsar set up its independent permanent fire station at Town Hall. Earlier, it was being operated from Lahore. Three more fire stations were established till 1970. During the past 50 years, the city progressed a lot but the number of fire stations did not increase. ❞ Lovepreet Singh, ADDITIONAL DIVISIONAL FIRE OFFICER and equipment for the same. The General House of the MC had unanimously passed the proposal and sent it to the Punjab Government but did not get any response in this regard. The nod of the government is still pending. Narrow streets in the walled city pose a major challenge to firefighters in the city. Most buildings lack clearance from the Fire Department and century-old structures usually collapse during monsoons. As there’s no provision of water hoses, firefighters collect water from sarovars and tanks of malls. Basic infra lacking before Smart City implementation Before the implementation of the Smart City project, the Fire Department lacked basic infrastructure to tackle normal fires. The department received ultramodern equipment worth Rs 4 crore during the past three years. Under this, the Fire department purchased ultra-modern equipment from the US, Japan and Italy. Now, the Fire Department has 15 fire tenders, four Jeep continued on page 2 - Mumbai man accused Man shot over land dispute Digging: Grand Hotel of rape, case registered owner’s clarification Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 20 A woman has accused a man of Maharashtra of raping her on the pretext of marriage. Maharashtra police have registered a zero FIR in this regard, which was forwarded to Amritsar city police for further necessary action. Following this, a case was registered against the accused, identified as Sanjay Maane, a resident of Brahm in Mumbai (Maharashtra). The victim, a resident of the Fatehgarh Churian road here, had earlier lodged a complaint with Borivali police. In the complaint, she stated that she had met a woman during a marriage function held at a resort on the Majitha road. The woman befriended her and got her mobile number. She said later she got a call from Sanjay Maane who represented himself as the manager of a bar in Dubai. She said the accused remained in touch with her on phone for a year and in 2016 came to meet her and her family. She alleged the accused made physical relations with her on the pretext of marriage. She alleged later the accused beat her up when she asked him to marry her and refused to do so. The police have booked Maane under Sections 376 (2) (N), 323, 504 and 506 of the IPC. — TNS Amritsar, May 20 A land dispute took an ugly turn in Kiralgarh village here when a group of armed persons fired at two persons, leaving one of them dead and other critically injured. The deceased was identified as Judgepal Singh (22). His brother Harjit Singh sustained a bullet injury in his stomach and was currently getting treatment at a private hospital. The police have booked 17 persons on charges of murder, attempt to murder and criminal trespass and under the Arms Act. The police have failed to make any arrest in the case so far. Those booked included Abnash Singh, Teja Singh, Dharminder Singh, Dilbagh Singh, Sunny, Mohan Singh, Nandu, Fuman Singh, Sandhu Singh, Rajwinder Singh, Sona Singh, Akash Singh, Amrit, Gurwinder Singh, Gursewak Singh, Baldev Singh and Gogi, all residents of same village. Jasbir Singh, the complainant and a brother of the deceased, told the police that on Tuesday evening, they had constructed a new house opposite the residence of Abnash, due to which there was a dispute among them. He said they had left open space on sides. He said his brother Surjit Singh and uncle Shinda Singh were standing in the street while Judgepal Singh was organising bricks on the roof. He said he had an argument with Abnash as the latter said he would teach him a lesson for occupying their land. He alleged that Teja shot at Judgepal with his .12 bore rifle which hit his head and he died on the spot. He again shot at his brother Harjit who suffered bullet injuries on his stomach. He said the accused also threw bricks and stones at their house and ransacked it. After getting information, the police reached the spot while the victims were rushed to the hospital where doctors declared Judgepal dead. Harjit was under treatment. The accused escaped from the spot. SI Harparkash Singh, investigating officer, said a case under Sections 302. 307, 323, 452, 427, 148, 149 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act was registered against the suspects. He said raids were on to nab the accused who were relatives of the victims. Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 20 Amidst complaints of seepage and flow of water from the Grand Hotel building, the owner submitted his clarification to the authorities here on Friday. A video of water seepage was being circulated on social media platforms that the seepage of water from the hotel led to the collapse of the building. Sanjay Kumar, owner of the hotel, stated that there was no seepage of water from water supply or sewerage system until the incident. However, due to the incident, the entire underground sewerage system and water supply system collapsed and on account of the same, the water may have been carried away to the debris lying on the spot. “Even the retaining walls, which were set up by the owner of the adjoining property to support the foundation of other properties, were of very inferior quality and lacked proper strength. They had developed major structural cracks, immediately after a few days when these were raised and as such, he had even installed iron guarders to support the abutting walls and prevent them from collapsing. The retaining wall failed to provide support to the adjoining buildings, which resulted in the major portion of Grand Hotel and surrounding buildings to collapse and got damaged on May 12,” added Sanjay Kumar. Pvt swimming pools give residents After 2-year hiatus, summer camps a big respite from sweltering heat set to make a comeback this year Civic body pool at Gol Bagh remains defunct since three years Dancing and indoor activities are most sought after by parents Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 20 Temperature has crossed an all-time high and the only respite provided by the scorching heat is the news of reopening of swimming pools. While the city has only one public swimming pool at Gol Bagh, which was the most crowded and frequented swimming pool, there are several pools at private clubs and hotels which are allowed to use by the public. Swimming pools were closed for general use due to the pandemic but keeping in mind the intense heat wave, pools are now open for eight hours for the public. After the Gol Bagh pool, the one at the Service Club is the most frequented pool in general. While the Gol Bagh pool has been closed for public use three years ago and it lacks any professional lifeguards and coaches, private pools at Children cool themselves in a swimming pool to get some respite from the hot weather in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR all prominent hotels and service club inside Company Bagh offer a well-kept pool, with safety and maintenance. “Since swimming is the only outdoor activity that children might involve themselves during peak summers, it’s a respite that the pool authorities are now allowing their usage by the public. Though private pools mean you have to shell out high charge for their use, in the absence of any other public pool and the Gol Bagh MC pool lying defunct, one doesn’t really have a choice,” said Aditi Khullar, who is a regular visitor to Service Club and Hyatt pools, along with her 10-yearold daughter Samaira. All major hotel chains have opened access to their swimming pools for the public and weekends are crowded. The pool at the university is also quite popular with children and grown-ups alike, given the state-of-the-art facilities. The Olympic-standard pools on the GNDU premises offer separate pool arena for diving, training and competition, under the watch of coaches. There are separate coaches to give professional training to swimmers to compete in the state, national and international swimming competitions. Beginners are allowed for a few hours and that too under the supervision of lifeguards. But that was before the pandemic. The swimming pool at the GNDU too is allowed for public use but the varsity is yet to take a decision in this regard. At present, it is restricted for only professional swimmers. c m y b Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 20 After a two-year hiatus, summer camps are set to make a comeback this year. Capitalising on the break from academics, summer camps are the perfect stop for some experiential learning and creative outlet for kids. As popular as they were before the pandemic hit globally and made learning confined to screens, some of the popular summer camps and workshops are back from June 1, giving children a chance for some offline fun and learning. Art Gallery’s famed summer art camp will begin from June 1 and continue till July. The summer art programme is usually offered to kids falling in the 5-16 age group. It comprises several art workshops, demonstrations and an exhibition. This year, though, to fill in the gap in creative discourse Art Gallery’s famed summer art camp will begin from June 1 and continue till July. TRIBUNE FILE due to the pandemic, the Indian Academy of Fine Arts (IAFA), which organizes summer camps, will engage senior artists from pan-Punjab to create more interesting and interactive art workshops. “Two years of suspended creative activities have really affected the skills of kids. We expect a good response from parents as well as kids for the summer art camp as there was literally no outlet for experiential learning. We are trying to revive it and bring in activities like a water colour workshop for children that had not been conducted for the last few years,” informed Arvinder Chamak, general secretary, IAFA. Right from open houses to creative writing, to dramatics, science and robotics, dance, singing, theatre, the city had multiple summer camps running privately as well as in schools. Owing to the Covid-19 disruption and heatwave, most schools have refrained from announcing any summer camps this year also. Some private institutions, including Punjab Natshala, will be hosting summer theatre workshops, but for selective age groups. A few schools continued on page 2
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