01082017-ATR-01.qxd 7/31/2017 11:28 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 1 AUGUST 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE GST exemption Health cafes Show-makers All India Pingalwara Charitable Society urges Centre for exemption from GST . Eating joints that give you an exact breakdown of how many calories you have consumed. P3 Lopamudra, Bani back in Bigg Boss. FORECAST P2 P4 THUNDERSTORM | MAX 30°C MIN 25.6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.27 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.47 AM Sand prices slip but not enough for common man Priced at Rs 2,300-2,800 per 100 cubic feet in city; not reduced in rural areas Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 31 Though a little decrease in the sand prices in the district has been witnessed in the past few days, the prices are still too high for the common man, planning construction or renovation of his home. The sand is priced at Rs 2,300-2,800 per 100 cubic feet in the city. In rural areas, construction-material sellers have still not reduced the price of sand. However, the non-fine quality (moti ret) used in the construction of walls and roofs is priced at Rs 2,850 per 1,000 cubic feet. This price is for a requirement of at least 10,000 cubic feet. For lower quantities, the price is still above Rs 3,000 per 100 cubic feet. The difference in the prices of fine sand and the non-fine sand is baffling as till now, the fine sand had been priced higher than non-fine qualities, as it is used in wall plaster. People engaged in the business stated that as the fine-quality sand from queries near Ajnala had started arriving, it was priced low, as compared to the non-fine sand which was transported from Pathankot. A month ago, the sand was priced at Rs 3,200-4,000 per 100 cubic feet, as most of the queries had not started production yet. The city residents feel that high-sand SGPC chief secretary quits Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 31 SGPC Chief Secretary Harcharan Singh, who had tendered his resignation from the post recently, bid adieu to the SGPC today. Singh said he quit due to domestic exigency. As he had put in his papers during the executive body meeting at Fatehgarh Sahib on July 28, he was asked to continue till July 31. SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar said the temporary charge of the post would be handed over to a senior official in a day or two. Harcharan Singh was appointed in August 2015. He served for 23 months, though his contract was valid for 3 years. — TNS Rich tributes paid to Shaheed Udham Singh A heap of sand lies alongside a road in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR For the months, the people ❝prices topast threethe government had are waitingit.for the drop, as promised Presently, people come up with queries but they are still hoping for the price to go down further. JAGVEL SINGH, construction-material dealer prices were a big issue before the elections, but the government has not done much to reduce the prices. “The government can fix ❞ the prices of sand to ensure that contractors do not exploit consumers,” suggested a resident, Kirpal Singh. The high price of sand in the district has affected the construction business, as is evident from the decrease in the cost of bricks. Due to high sand prices, the cost of per thousand bricks has slipped to Rs 4,100. However, these priced at around Rs 4800-5200 at the peak season last year. While a little construction activity can be spotted in city areas, it is negligible in rural areas. “For the past three months, the people are waiting for the prices to drop, as the government had promised it. Presently, people come up with queries but they are still hoping for the price to go down further,” said Jagvel Singh, a constructionmaterial dealer in the Chehharta area. SNIPPETS 6 held for possessing heroin DLSA secretary inspects jail Tribune News Service Amritsar: District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Secretary-cum-CJM Monika Sharma inspected the Central Jail in Amritsar on Monday. She apprised the inmates about free legal aid services available for them. She also inspected barracks, including those of women inmates. She questioned the officials concerned about the issues she came to know about. She talked to inmates and listened to their grievances. The jail authorities were asked to come up with a solution to the problems being faced by them. Earlier, the DLSA organised training of para-legal volunteers at the Alternate Disputes Redressal Centre. TNS Amritsar, July 31 The city police have arrested six persons in separate instances on charges of drug peddling in the past 24 hours. The CIA staff arrested four youths travelling in a car and recovered 200 gm heroin from their possession. They were intercepted at a naka put up on San Sahib road in Chheharta area. Those arrested were identified as Sunny and his brother Bobby, Jatinder Singh and his bother Rana Singh, all residents of Dhattal village falling under ❝ Sunny, who sat adjoining the driver’s seat in a Zen car, was having 200 gm of heroin. ❞ TEJBIR SINGH, ACP, Investigations the Gharinda police station near the Indo-Pak border. Assistant Commissioner of Police (investigation) Tejbir Singh said the cops intercepted a Zen car last evening. Sunny, who was sitting adjoining the driver’s seat, was having a polythene pouch containing 200 gm of heroin. The accused were produced in the court and brought on police remand and further investigations were on to ascertain the source of the contraband and where they were going to deliver it. A case under Sections 21, 25, 29, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against them. In another instance, the police arrested Rajan, son of Raja of the Chamrang Road area, with 10 gm of heroin. Similarly, Sukhmanjit Singh alias Sukh of Tirathpura was held with 5 gm of heroin. Separate cases under the NDPS Act have been registered against them. Soaring high BJP workers clean the statute of martyr Udham Singh and raise patriotic slogans on the occasion of his 77th martyrdom day at the Hall gate in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 31 Members of various organisations paid tributes to Shaheed Udham Singh on his martyrdom day today. The members of these organisations garlanded the statue of the martyr outside the Hall gate and spoke about the need to instil patriotism among the young generation. BJP leaders Rajesh Kandarim, Sanjay Sharma and Manva Taneja led a team of party workers who washed Udham Singh’s statue with milk and garlanded it. The leaders said Udham Singh had restored national pride by avenging the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. They said the martyrs would be remembered for centuries to come. The Rani Jhansi Society also organised an event in Shiv Nagar here today to pay tributes to the martyr. Former Health Minister and senior BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla said society should learn to respect its heroes and martyrs, as they were the ones because of whom people were enjoying freedom today. Delay in opening Cath lab affects poor GOVT MEDICAL COLLEGE Tribune News Service DLSA Secretary-cum-CJM Monica Sharma at Central Jail in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Shivpreet Pannu represents India in Singapore Shivpreet Pannu from Spring Dale Senior School competed with sport climbers from different Asian countries in the Asian Youth Championship of Sport Climbing held at Singapore, recently. Giving details, Rajiv Kumar Sharma, principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said Shivpreet Pannu represented India in this championship. “In the past too, she has participated in various district, state, and national level sport climbing events and has won laurels,” he said. Kirat Sandhu Cheema, director, Spring Dale Senior School, and Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, president, Spring Dale Educational Society, said the school was proud of her achievement. TNS A flock of pigeons takes flight amid cloudy weather in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR c m y b Students of DAV Public School also paid homage to Shaheed Udham Singh. The stories of his life and achievements were read during the event to create awareness among students. Udham Singh had killed Michael O’Dwyer, a former Lieutenant General of Punjab in British rule. Regional Director, DAV, Punjab Zone, Dr Neelam Kamra and other officials from DAV institutes exhorted the students to remember the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters. Amritsar, July 31 Even as a team of six members had returned after completing their training at the PGI, Chandigarh, to conduct operations at Cath Lab, the project at Government Medical College here is getting delayed and forcing people to look for treatment at private hospitals at much higher cost. The team had returned around a month and half ago about getting hands on training at similar facility in PGI. Medical experts believe that if the Cath lab at the col- lege becomes operational, it will decrease the cost of treatment and poor people will be benefited. “In the present scenario, heart ailments are not acquired only by the rich and those leading luxurious lives, as was perceived earlier. Presently, a hard-working man such as a rickshawpuller, too, can suffer such a problem. If the lab is opened, it will be a beneficial step for the poor,” said a senior faculty member on condition of anonymity. The project of setting up the Cath lab, which was first conceptualised around seven years ago, has been delayed at each and every stage. continued on page 2
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