08082017-ATR-01.qxd 8/8/2017 12:07 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 8 AUGUST 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Encroachments Of the strength within Soon, Aniston as judge... Most of the green belts in the city are being encroached upon for parking vehicles. P2 As a 16-year-old boy, architect Shiv Dutt Sharma had crossed the border to safety. In the dark clouds of Partition, today he can see a silver lining. P3 Jennifer Aniston is set to appear as the guest judge on The Gong Show this month. P4 FORECAST THUNDERSTORM | MAX 30.6°C MIN 26.1°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 27.2°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.21 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.52 AM Sibling love to the fore in Raksha Bandhan revelries Ex-minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla, schoolkids celebrate the day with jawans Tribune News Service Customers purchase gift packs in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Packed gifts gain edge over traditional sweets Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 7 Packed gifts have overtaken traditional sweets this Rakhri festival. Food items like salted snacks, chocolates and dry fruit were lapped up by customers, said a confectioner, Rajesh Ahuja. He said these items offered a stiff competition to traditional sweets. Moreover, he said children love chocolates, biscuits and cakes over traditional sweets. Traders feel these products are not only cornering their market share, but also encroaching upon the share of traditional sweets. Many city-based sweetmeat businessmen are venturing into manufacturing other products like ‘namkeen’ and selling dry fruit to attract customers ahead of Diwali. A resident of Green Avenue, Sushma Mahajan, said she bought chocolates, cakes and pastries rather than traditional sweets this Rakhri besides dry fruit and ‘namkeen’ for her brother and his family. A wholesale dry fruit merchant, Raman Mehra, said undoubtedly the sale of dry fruit had shown an upward trend before the festival in SNIPPETS the past some years. It even forced big traders to float their own brands to sell cooked and salted dry fruit and ‘namkeens’ in beautiful gift packs, he added. Raman Kumar, a sweetmaker, said the demand of ‘petha’ goes up during the festival season, as there is little chance of adulteration in it. Made from white pumpkin, also called ‘chitta petha’, in common parlance, expert sweet-makers down the generations have been making ‘petha’ in the narrow lanes of the centuries-old Pethewala Bazaar in the walled city. Amritsar, August 7 The festival of Rakhri, symbolising love between brothers and sisters, was celebrated with fervour in the holy city. Former Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla along with schoolchildren visited the Attari-Wagah joint check-post and celebrated Rakhri with BSF jawans. Chawla has been following the practice since 1969. Children of various schools and college students presented a cultural programme at the joint checkpost to mark the occasion. While addressing the jawans and the students, Chawla said these brave soldiers were guarding the boundaries of the nation, so that their fellow countrymen could sleep in peace. She said they were far away from their sisters who would have tied rakhis to them on this festival. It was an honour for them to tie rakhis on the wrists of these jawans who did not think twice before laying down their lives for the nation. BSF officials while speaking on the occasion said they were always ready to make sacrifices for the country, adding that they ❝ It is an honour to tie rakhis on the wrists of jawans who don't think twice before laying down their lives for the nation. ❞ LAXMI KANTA CHAWLA, former Health Minister of Punjab A woman in traditional attire and BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla (right) celebrate the Raksha Bandhan festival with BSF personnel at the Wagah-Attari border in Amritsar on Monday. Kids (below) too celebrated the day with zeal. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR were proud of their sisters and mothers who came to tie rakhis to them every year at the border. Meanwhile, students and staff members of Patanjali Yog Peeth University held a ‘yajna’ at the border. Former DIG of the BSF and Director of the university Sumer Singh along with 50 students, three teachers, one warden and another Director, Ramesh Shastri, Close shave Woman finds sister-in-law, brother in pool of blood Airport’s no to visitors’ entry Amritsar: The Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport has banned the entry of visitors due to heightened security threat. In a press release issued on Monday, airport director said the step was taken due to heightened threat perception to the civil aviation sector. The order would remain in force till August 20. Meanwhile, the airport authorities yesterday detained Gurdhiyan Singh of Baba Bakala for possessing fake documents while trying to board a SpiceJet flight to Dubai. He was handed over to the airport police station. A case has been registered against him. TNS The ban order on visitors will be in force till August 20. FILE PHOTO Two booked for ‘rape’ A married woman has accused two persons of allegedly raping her in the Miandi Kalan village falling under the Bhindi Saida police station in Amritsar. Mukha Singh and his unidentified accomplice, both residents of Dayal Bharang village in Ajnala, have been booked. The complainant stated to the police that on Saturday evening, when she was alone at her home, the accused sneaked in and took turns to rape her. She said when she raised the alarm they fled the scene. Balwinder Kaur, the investigating officer, said a case under Section 376, IPC, had been registered against them while raids were on to arrest them. TNS Three snatchings reported Three snatching incidents have been reported in the city in 24 hours. Komal complained the Division B police that her purse containing cash and a mobile phone was snatched near Jaspal Nagar. She was on a rickshaw. Meanwhile, Amit Bhardwaj complained that his wife, while going to Golden Temple, was targeted by two bike-borne snatchers near Shera wala Gate. Her purse contained two mobile phones, cash and some documents. The Jandiala police booked three youth for snatching. They have been identified as Bikram Singh, Varinder Singh and Satnam Singh, all residents of Gunowal village. He allegedly robbed Amardeep Singh of Dharad village of Rs 1,500 and a mobile phone. TNS took part in the ‘yajna’. Sumer Singh said the objective of the ‘yajna’ was to pray to the Almighty to impart a positive outlook to Pakistan, her politicians and administration. Later in the evening, Chawla, veteran BJP leader, along with other leaders and residents tied rakhis to police officials, including Police Commissioner SS Srivastava and others. Tribune News Service A crane lifts an SUV that slipped into fields accidentally near Baba Bakala on Monday. No one was injured in the incident. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Illegal sand mining in Ajnala goes on Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 7 Seizure of a truck and the arrest of its driver has brought the focus back to rampant illegal mining in the Ravi bed in Ajnala and the Ramdass area here. The Amritsar rural police arrested Kala Singh, son of Nirmal Singh of Awan Vasau village, while he was driving a truck carrying sand excavated from the Ravi bed, it is alleged. A case of theft and under section 21 (1) of the Mining and Minerals Act was regis- tered against him in this connection. Rampant illegal sand mining has degraded the environment in many parts of the area. The residents are perturbed over the menace. However, the sand mafia, in collusion with politicians and the police, is running the illegal excavation racket without any fear of law. Dr Satnam Singh Ajnala, a prominent farmer leader, said the Congress government took over power while promising to the people to end the mafia raj from the state. continued on page 2 c m y b Amritsar, August 7 Sushma, a resident of the Durgiana Temple area, was left shell-shocked when she saw the body of her brother, Subhash Arora, and his wife, Kamlesh Arora. She had come to tie a rakhi on her brother’s hand, but found him instead lying in a pool of blood. Narrating the incident, she said when she arrived, she found the entrance gate open. As she entered the house and reached near a room, she found her brother lying in a pool of blood. She ran out of the house crying. People of the area went inside the house and found the cou- ple murdered. They informed the police. Subhash Arora and his wife Kamlesh were brutally murdered by unidentified persons in the Islamabad area here today. Subhash, a retired government school principal, was the eldest among six siblings. His father, Parmanand Arora, who was a cop was shot dead by terrorists in 1984, said a close friend of the family, preferring not to be named. He said Subhash’s two brothers were also cops who were posted at different places while one of his brothers was settled in Delhi. Sushma was the youngest in the family. A brother, who was also a cop, was no more. The double murder jolted the residents. The Arora couple had gone for a walk in the morning and later paid obeisance at a temple in the area. The couple’s two sons live in the US and Australia and they were informed about the incident by the police and relatives. They would be coming to the city. The police was looking into different aspects of the case while hinting towards the involvement of an insider. They added that robbery could be the reason behind the incident. The deceased might have identified the suspects and therefore they had killed them. Jallianwala Bagh: Worn out sandbags of makeshift bunkers an eyesore Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 7 Even as the central government is harping on implementation of the Swachh Bharat campaign, the entrance gate of Jallianwala Bagh, which comes under the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Trust headed by the Prime Minister, is littered with discarded sand-filled bags, which are used by the police for security reasons. This is not only giving a shabby look to the monument, but also hampering visitors’ passage. The sand bags were used to construct a makeshift bunker for security personnel. However, with time, as the bags have become worn, the sand has been scattered on the road. The entire passage to Golden Temple starting from Townhall had earlier been given a facelift under the beautification project. The entire path is dotted with facades, giving a historical look to the buildings and the interlocked tiles. Many statues of cultural and historical importance also mesmerise the visitors. continued on page 2 Sand bags at the entrance of Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR
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