31082022-ATR-01.qxd 31-08-2022 00:07 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE FIGHT AGAINST COMMUNAL FORCES, SAY CPI LEADERS The CPI in its conference called all democratic and secular forces to be united to defeat the communal forces. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF DRONE MOVEMENT NOTICED IN AJNALA Amritsar: BSF personnel noticed the movement of a drone near the Bhainiyan border outpost at the India-Pakistan border in Ajnala subdivision on Monday evening. The movement was noticed twice, following which the BSF fired indiscriminately at the drone while used illumination bombs to light up the area. However, it returned to Pakistan. Following this, a search operation was carried out in the village adjoining to the border outpost, but nothing was found. The BSF personnel heard the sound of drone around 9.30 pm. The personnel used two illumination bombs to highlight the area to found drones. They fired around 25 rounds towards the drone, following which it returned. Again a humming sound of a drone was heard around 10.45 pm. The personnel again fired around 13 rounds towards the drone. TNS Jaspal Singh Randhawa RANDHAWA IS PSEB COUNCIL MEMBER Tarn Taran: Jaspal Singh Randhawa, Chairman of Guru Amar Dass Group of Schools, Goindwal Sahib, was appointed member of the academic council of the Punjab School Education Board by the state government on Tuesday. Randhawa retired from the education department. Sakattar Singh Sandhu, vicepresident of the Recognised and Affiliated School Association, Punjab, welcomed the state’s decision. OC PAGE 2 JLO SLAMS WEDDING ATTENDEE WHO ‘SOLD’ CEREMONY VIDEO PAGE 3 Jennifer Lopez has spoken out against a wedding attendee who she says ‘sold’ a video of her husband Ben Affleck. MAX 35°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:56 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:05 AM Visitors, attendants are seen squatting on unclean floors Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service People wait for their turn at a registration counter at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR CAN CAUSE INFECTIONS ■ Floors in hospitals are contaminated with bacteria and other pathogens and can result in passing on infections to those who squat on them ■ Besides giving physical discomfort and hitting dignity of those sitting on the ground, hospital floors are not cleaned and sanitised regularly ■ In the absence of a dedicated area for attendants, they can be seen having their meals while sitting on the floor outside patients’ wards. Patients’ attendants sit on << ground at the gynaecology department of the hospital. A visitor to the hospital suggested, “If more registration counters are set up, it will help expedite the registration work and people would have to spend half a day in merely getting the file ready.” Another place in the same institute where attendants accompanying patients can be seen squatting or lying on the ground is outside the gynaecology delivery rooms in the Bebe Nanki Mother and Child Care centre. In the absence of a dedicated area for attendants, they can be seen having their meals while sitting on the floor outside patients’ wards. Visitors to the hospital demand that dedicated waiting and meal areas should be created in the government hospitals so that they can spend their time in a dignified manner. Firefighters struggle to douse blaze at village cold storage PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Members of FICCI FLO honour former minister Harsimrat Badal (C) in Amritsar on Tuesday. VISHAL KUMAR Harsimrat: Need to safeguard women rights, opportunities Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 30 Former Union Cabinet Minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Badal today attended an event hosted by FICCI FLO chapter on women empowerment based on the theme of “Aatmanirbhar Betiyan” (self-reliant daughters). Talking about the transformation of Punjab from its infamous status of kudi maar suba (female foeticide state) towards the state that protects and nurtures its daughters, she said through her non-profit initiative “Nanhi Chhaan”, she has managed to make 13,000 girls across the state self-reliant through skill development. “When I started the initiative in 2008, my aim was kukh tey rukh di rakhi (protection of womb and trees). Through our Nanhi Chhaan centres, we have distributed around 30-35 lakh saplings as boota parshad and provide skill training and support to women and girls across rural areas in the state.” Taking a jab at the Bhagwant Mann run-AAP government, she said, “They have cheated the women of the state with a false promise of giving them Rs 1,000 per month. Not a single woman has received a single penny from the government in these five months. All money is being used for advertising and putting up huge hoardings of the AAP ministers.” She also questioned the purpose of mohalla clinics, saying these clinics were of no use without doctors to treat the patients. “The way the ministers of AAP are misbehaving with doctors and government officials in the state, soon they will be responsible for the system and law and order collapse in the state,” she added. She alleged that the AAP government had failed to perform in five months. Speaking on the need to address crime against women, Harsimrat said, “New Delhi, a seat of national and state governance, has the worst record in women safety. Delhi leads the nation in rape, violence, abuse against women and dowry deaths. The country has achieved just 72 per cent female literacy in 75 years of Independence and the conviction rate in crimes against women is dismal. These issue needs to be resolved with a sense of urgency if we are to become a country of equal gender opportunity,” she said. Members of the FICCI FLO chapter staged a play on gender discrimination and the event was dedicated to the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao mission. It was attended by schoolgirls. Amritsar, August 30 Even after two days, the fire brigade department is still fighting to completely douse the fire that erupted in a cold storage at Rampura village in Manawala here. The storage contained dry fruits, red chilli and other spices and its burning led to breathing difficulty among people in the adjoining areas, while around 250 patients were shifted from nearby Pingalwara institute to the older building near interstate bus stand or it’s another branch at Dhirekot village. Around 20 fire tenders were still at the spot and were sprinkling water continuously as the fire is still simmering. Nevertheless, fire officials said the fire was brought under control today. The district administration also remained on toes. The Municipal Corporation authorities visited the spot and remained there till late Monday evening. Attari AAP MLA Jaswinder Singh Ramdas, who visited the spot, said he would submit a report to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. The district administration also issued a warning and said if any resident feels burning sensation in eyes or nose they should immediately cover their eyes and nose with a wet cloth. There c m y b PAGE 4 The new chapter of Sony TV’s Superstar Singer 2 has got its top six finalists including Sayisha Gupta of Mohali. Lack of seating arrangement at govt hospital irks patients Amritsar, August 30 In the absence of adequate seating arrangements in government hospital, patients and their attendants can often be seen squatting on the floor while waiting for their turn. Besides giving physical discomfort and hitting dignity of those sitting on the ground, the hospital floors are not cleaned and sanitised so that one can sit on them without any fear of getting an infection. Floors in hospitals are contaminated with bacteria and other pathogens and can result in passing on infections to those who squat on them. While health officials blame it on the huge rush of patients caused by a number of government health schemes, it still is the responsibility of the government to provide comfortable and clean waiting areas to patients. As one enters the emergency block of Government Medical College, the only tertiary care medical facility in the Majha belt catering to the needs of patients from across the state, one finds helpless and desperate patients waiting for their turn at the registration counter set up for Ayushman Bharat Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana (AB-SSBY). The beneficiaries have to get their files prepared from the counter to be able to get the benefits under the government insurance scheme, which offers free medical treatment of up to Rs 5 lakh. SAYISHA OF MOHALI MAKES IT TO TOP SIX OF SUPERSTAR SINGER 2 Fire officials try to control fire at a cold storage in Daburji on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO was a danger of leakage of ammonia gas if the fire had reached the cold storage machinery, said SDM Harpreet Singh, who along with the Air Force authorities reached the spot to oversee the situation. The fire started in the national cold storage at Rampura village on Sunday evening. Soon after, the fire in engulfed the entire four-storeyed storage. The presence of spices made it difficult for the fire officials, while dense smoke engulfed the building due to presence of plastic and thermocol. “Though we managed to vacate the two adjoining godowns, dense smoke and burning sensation coupled with breathing issues made it difficult for fire officials to Continued on page 2 WEDNESDAY | 31 AUGUST 2022 | AMRITSAR Help desk set up at Golden Temple Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 30 SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami today inaugurated a special help desk at the Golden Temple after the ardas (prayer) here today. The dedicated desk, set up for providing information to the devotees arriving from all over the world, has been set up at the entrance plaza of the Golden Temple. The attendants deputed on the desk will give information to the arriving sangat about the history of Harmandir Sahib, besides other Sikh shrines, langar (community kitchen) and sarais (inns). Dhami said, “The Golden Temple is the centre of devotion for people from across the world. Those, especially belonging to Punjab, often face hesitation and problems due to lack of ‘Gurmaryada’ knowledge. Therefore, the desk has been set up with trained staff to guide them.” The SGPC president said although the information centre was already providing its services to the devotees, but a need was felt for an SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami (third from left) inaugurates a help desk at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR SGPC criticises restrictions on devotees’ movement during Chief Minister’s visit open desk in public spaces for easy approachability and visitors’ convenience. He said religious literature would also be provided to the devotees at these desks, which would include booklets having information about Sikh faith and history and maryada (conduct) of Harmandir Sahib. He added that the religious literature would be provided in mul- tiple languages. He said at present, only one help desk has been started and another one would be set up towards the langar hall soon. SGPC executive members Harjap Singh Sultanwind and Amarjit Singh Bandala, information official Jaswinder Singh Jassi and manager of Golden Temple Continued on page 2 Woman ends life, youth booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 30 Ritu Bala (20), a resident of Nangali Kalan village, ended her life by hanging herself from ceiling in a house located in Beauty Avenue area on Circular Road here on Monday. Following a complaint by her father, the police have booked a youth, identified as Ashu, of Karampura area in Navi Abadi locality here. Ranjit Singh, father of the victim, told the police that she Victim worked as domestic help in chemical trader’s house used to work as a domestic help in a house (in Beauty Avenue) owned by Sarvan Singh, a chemical trader. They had provided her a room to stay there. He said his daughter told him that Ashu used to allegedly harass and tease her. Ranjit said the owner of the house said his daughter Ritu hanged herself from the fanbox in the bathroom of the upper floor. He said he immediately rushed to the spot and found her daughter dead. The police said a case under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC was registered against him. Efforts are on to nab him. Wilson Masih, investigating officer in the case, said the body was handed over to the family after a postmortem. He said raids were on to nab the suspect, who is absconding.
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