29062022-ATR-01.qxd 6/28/2022 11:35 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE 38 SCHOOLS FELICITATED WITH SWACHH VIDYALAYA AWARDS PAGE 2 Eight schools get overall recognition, while 30 have been honoured for best performance under six categories. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF DIST SEES EIGHT NEW INFECTIONS Amritsar: With eight new positive cases reported on Tuesday, the total count of Covid-19 cases increased to 59,561 in the district. The district has reported a total of 87 positive cases and two deaths in the month of June so far. June witnessed more cases than reported in the months of March, April and May. The district health authorities stated that all positive cases reported on Tuesday are new cases. The District Health Department has also reported recovery of six patients with which the number of those cured has increased to 57,832. At present, the district has a total of 45 active cases. TNS ONE HELD WITH 5-GM HEROIN Amritsar: Gate Hakima police have nabbed a person and recovered 5-gm heroin from him here on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Hrithik, a resident of Waryam Singh Colony, Khazanan Gate, Amritsar. Station House Officer (SHO) at Gate Hakima police station, Inspector Gurmeet Singh, said he along with his team installed a checkpoint at Gate Hakima to keep a check on anti-social elements in the area. The accused was coming from Mata Kali Mandir. Finding his activities suspicious, the cops intercepted him. During checking, 5-gm heroin was recovered from him. A case under relevent sections of the NDPS Act was registered. TNS 5 SGPC STAFFERS GET PROMOTED Amritsar: To improve the working of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), five of its employees were promoted to the rank of deputy secretary, recently. The five employees were working in various departments. They are Lakhbir Singh, who will look after the entire property, buildings and procurement department; Paramjit Singh, in-charge of Sikh Mission Haryana, Kurukshetra to dharam prachar committee; Kuldeep Singh of the dharam prachar committee. Besides, Paramjit Singh and Kuldeep Singh will work in the dharam prachar committee. TNS KABIR BEDI BAGS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN ITALY PAGE 3 The veteran actor was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 5th ‘Filming Italy Sardegna Festival’. MAX 40°C | MIN 30°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 31°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:39 PM Star Bharat is bringing us the journey of singer Mika Singh’s life where he is on a mission to find his life partner. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:28 AM WEDNESDAY | 29 JUNE 2022 | AMRITSAR City girl bags 2nd position in state PSEB CLASS XII RESULTS Top two ranks in the district bagged by girls, all from government schools | Has 12 students in state merit holders’ tally Man detained for making extortion call to former MLA Tribune News Service Neha Saini TOPPERSPEAK Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 28 After much delay, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) announced the results for Class XII examination late on Tuesday evening. The top two positions in the district were bagged by girls, with Samreen Kaur from Government Senior Secondary School, Attari, securing the second rank in the state and first in the district by scoring 99.6 per cent marks. Samreen, who is from science stream got 496 marks out of 500. She was followed by Prabhdeep Kaur, a science stream student of Government girls Senior Secondary Smart School, Mall Road, and Jaspreet Kaur, a science stream student of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Mahna Singh Road, both of them scoring 493 marks with second position in district. Both of them also stood fifth in the state with 98.60 per cent marks. The district had a total of 12 students in the state merit holders’ tally. Other merit holders included Sanchit Kumar of commerce stream from DAV Senior Secondary School, Hathi Gate; Mehakpreet Kaur of commerce stream of Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Choong; Mehakpreet Kaur of science stream of the same school, all of them jointly securing 491 marks. The pass percentage of these three students is 98.20 per cent and they stood seventh in the state and third in the district. Raman Kumar from science stream of Prabhakar Senior Secondary School and Manvi from commerce stream of Sant Singh Sukha Singh (SSSS) School secured 490 marks, with both securing eighth rank in the state and fourth Regarded as a solution to traffic jams, the scheme to set up rehri markets has been put on the back burner DIST TOPPER SAMREEN WANTS TO BE A TEACHER Samreen Kaur, who came second in the state and is the district topper, aspires to become a teacher. Samreen said she considers her father, Harjinder Singh, who is a lecturer in the same school that she studies in, as her role model. “I used to watch him teach students with such dedication and efforts that I want to now do the same by becoming a teacher,” she shared. A studious child, Samreen used to dedicatedly study for 15 hours to cover up the gaps that were left by the pandemic. She credited her academic success to her parents and teachers, who cooperated with her to ensure that she doesn’t have any doubts. Her mother Gurbir Kaur is a house wife. The happiest person for her, she shared was her grandfather Mahant Singh, who called her his ‘ladli’ and celebrated her success with ladoos. 99.6% State rank 2nd Dist rank 1st PRABHDEEP — A COMPUTER ENGINEER IN THE MAKING State Dist rank 98.60% rank 5th DISTRICT STATS 26,764 students took the exam in Amritsar district 25,920 students passed out of 26,764 96.85% The pass percentage of district ■ Sanchit Kumar, commerce 98.20% JASPREET WANTS TO BE A PART OF INDIA INC. Jaspreet Kaur, a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Mahna Singh Gate, who got the second position in the district, wants to become an entrepreneur. Her inspiration is popular Ted speaker and CEO of Images Bazaar Sandeep Maheswari and Tesla owner Elon Musk. Like them, she also wants to pursue her dream of becoming a corporate honcho. Jaspreet’s mother Amanpreet Kaur is a housewife and father Jasbir Singh a daily wager. Coming from a limited income family, Jaspreet was provided all the help by her teachers, who got her books and other school material. She credits her academic achievement to her teachers. in the district with 98 per cent marks. Sukhwinder Kaur of from Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School Choong and Manmeet Kaur from SSSS School, Sharanpreet Kaur from Guru Nanak Public School, Adda Nath Di Khui and Keshavi Mehta from BBK DAV Collegiate Girls Senior Secondary Amritsar, June 28 The city police reportedly detained a person on Monday evening for demanding extortion from former MLA Amarpal Singh Bony. The suspect has been identified a resident of Jalandhar. It is learned that ~2.5 lakh extortion money was demanded to be deposited in the suspect’s bank account. Some unidentified suspect had demanded ~5 lakh from former Akali MLA Amarpal Singh Bony by threatening to kill him on a WhatsApp call a few days ago. The accused had given a bank account to the former MLA while threatening him of dire consequences. When the police checked the bank account, it turned out to be a resident of Jalandhar. Now, the police are trying to find out what was the role of the detained suspect. It is also being ascertained that how many bank transactions were made from that particu- IN A NUTSHELL Some unidentified suspect had demanded ~5 lakh from former Akali MLA Amarpal Singh Bony by threatening to kill him on a WhatsApp call a few days ago. The accused had given a bank account to the former MLA while threatening him of dire consequences. lar account. It is also possible that the said account may have been opened in the name of a detained person without his knowledge. The police officials said the matter was being investigated and did not confirm any arrest. It is worth mentioning here that on June 17, some unidentified persons called the former MLA and identified himself as Bhinda. The accused said he was associated with the notorious gangster — Lawrence Bishnoi. OTHER MERIT HOLDERS FROM AMRITSAR 2nd Dist State stream, DAV Senior Secondary rank rank School, Hathi Gate 3rd 7th ■ Mehakpreet Kaur, commerce stream, Sahib Shri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Choong ■ Mehakpreet Kaur of science stream, Sahib Shri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Choong ■ Raman Kumar, science stream, 98% Prabhakar Senior Secondary School ■ Manvi, commerce stream, Sant Singh Sukha Singh (SSSS) School State rank Dist rank 8th 4th ■ Sukhwinder Kaur, Sahib Shri 98% Dist State Guru Gobind Singh Senior rank rank Secondary School Choong 5th 9th ■ Manmeet Kaur, SSSS School ■ Sharanpreet Kaur from Guru Nanak Public School, Adda Nath Di Khui ■ Keshavi Mehta from BBK DAV Collegiate Girls Senior Secondary School School secured 489 marks with a combined score of 97.80 per cent marks. All these students secured the ninth rank in the state and fifth in the district. Total 26,764 students took the exam in Amritsar district, of which 25,920 students passed. The pass percentage of Amritsar district was 96.85%. IRIA urges authorities to quash FIR against docs Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 28 After the recent action against a private ultrasound centre, the state body of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association has requested the health authorities to use Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act with utmost caution without showing any haste. In the recent action, the police had booked four persons, including two radiologists for violation under the PC-PNDT Act. The IRIA said all of them abide by the guidelines of the PC-PNDT Act and other guidelines issued by the Health Department and government from time to time. While requesting the authorities to quash the FIR registered against the doctors in the case, the IRIA said it seems the case was registered in haste without taking into view the clarification issued by the doctors. IRIA president Dr Mukesh Gupta said: “As per the version given by doctors, the ultrasound was conducted in a professional manner and it was done after completing all formalities.” He said the association does not support any wrongdoing by the members, but at the same time, it has a responsibility to safeguard the interests of professionals. He said all relevant facts should be taken into consideration before taking action under the PC-PNDT Act which is a stringent law. Setting up street vending zones a distant dream Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service OUTSIDE AMRITSAR BUS STAND Prabhdeep Kaur, a student of GGSSS School, Mall Road, wants to become a computer engineer. Prabhdeep said her favourite subject is computer science. A student of non-medical stream, her father Jaswinder Singh is in a private job and mother Maninder Kaur a housewife. She dedicates 10-12 hours to her studies and is an avid reader as well. PAGE 4 RAVEENA TANDON TO BE BEST WOMAN AT MIKA’S WEDDING Amritsar, June 28 Once regarded a solution to solve traffic congestion on city roads, the need to set up street vending zones (rehri markets) has been forgotten, it seems. Blame it on political and financial compulsion that compelled the civic authorities to put the scheme on the back burner. The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs had launched PM Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme to empower street vendors by not only extending loans to them, but also for their holistic development and economic uplift. The scheme intends to facilitate collateral free working capital loans of up to ~10,000 of one-year tenure, to approximately 50 lakh street vendors, to help resume their businesses in urban areas, including surrounding peri-urban/rural areas. Following the Centre’s scheme, a survey was carried out to identify vendors. Their UNDER A FLYOVER AT ISLAMABAD AREA ABOUT THE SCHEME The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs had launched PM Street Vendor's Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme to empower street vendors by not only extending loans to them, but also for their holistic development and economic uplift. The scheme intends to facilitate collateral free working capital loans of up to ~10,000 of one-year tenure, to approximately 50 lakh street vendors, to help resume their businesses in urban areas, including surrounding periurban/rural areas. Following the Centre's scheme, a survey was carried out to identify vendors. Their number was found to be 15,000 in 2016 in the city. Half of them were static vendors and the remaining half were mobile. number was found to be 15,000 in 2016. Half of them were static vendors and the remaining half were mobile. To decongest continuous increasing rush of vehicles on roads in the city, setting up rehri markets (street vending zones) could be a long time solution. Over 30 vending c m y b zones were earmarked, but they remained only on paper. Notably, as a result of fastpaced urbanisation, more such markets would be required. Sources said one of the prime reasons for not establishing vending zones was that the civic authority did not have enough funds to invest. Sachin, a vendor, said his family has been earning livelihood through a cart situated outside Lohgarh Gate for the past three decades. Any attempt to shift its location would cause a loss to their business. “We prepare chhole, salad and aachaar at home and bring it to the vend, where we dish out puri and bhatture in front of customers.” The father-son duo run the vend and have also employed a helper. They know a majority of customers by face. His father Harbans Lal said the quantity of their material and profit was fixed. Any imbalance would upset the routine and they would not be able to foot the fixed expenditure. Ishita, a youngster, said: “To grab the attention of commuters to sell their merchandise, vendors look for a vantage point on the road. Soon their competitors join in and together they often transform the space into a traffic bottleneck.” This was evident from rehri markets that sprang up different areas of the city including at Katra Bhai Sant Singh Chowk, Hukam Singh Road and at many places on the Majitha road and Batala road and even posh Ranjeet Avenue area. Jaswinder Singh, secretary, MC’s Vending Zone, said: “The objective of the Central government scheme was to shift vendors to 37 designated places. The notification was also issued. The plan was to be implemented by the estate wing on the directions of the government. But static vendors resisted the move with full vigour fearing that they will lose their livelihood by shifting to a new place.”
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