23112017-ATR-01.qxd 11/22/2017 11:17 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 23 NOVEMBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Pune girls in city Child’s play All about looks A group of 150 architecture students from Pune is in city to study heritage architecture of walled city. P2 Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari shares how making films for kids needs a different mindset. P3 Asthaa Agrawal aka Prathana takes almost two hours to get dressed for her character. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 22°C MIN 06°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23°C MIN 07°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.29 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.04 AM GLORY OF GURU TEG BAHADUR Procession held on eve of martyrdom day Tribune News Service Dr Ravneet Singh Grover (centre) who was conferred a fellowship by the National College of Chest Physicians. TRIBUNE PHOTO Chest specialist gets fellowship Amritsar: A local chest specialist has been honoured with a fellowship by the National College of Chest Physicians during its national conference held at Kolkatta this week. Dr Ravneet Singh Grover, MD Chest at Medicaid Hospital, said the conference was held from November 17 to November 19. The college had selected only five doctors from the country for their contribution to the field of pulmonary medicine during this year. Training for Health Dept staff Amritsar: The district Health Department organised a training programme for its employees to take care of swine flu patients in the upcoming season here on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Civil Surgeon Dr Narinder Kaur said the department had made all arrangements to deal with swine flu. She said an ample number of testing kits and medicines had been arranged. The Civil Surgeon said the medical staff at all centers in the district were required to keep an eye on the visiting patients and refer them to higher centers for diagnosis if any of the symptoms of swine flu was found in them. Officials said isolated wards for the patients had been set up at the Civil Hospital and sub-divisional Ajnala, besides Government Medical College. Political parties not satisfied with division of wards Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 22 Though the state government has announced that elections to civics bodies will be conducted in December, but political parties are not satisfied with the fresh demarcation of wards and want redress of their objections on priority. Local leaders of the BJP the SAD and the AAP , alleged that the Local Bodies Department did not address the objections in a hurry to conduct the elections. Moreover, politicians of opposition parties alleged that Congress leaders managed to change the areas on the map as per their will. The local unit of the BJP opposed the delimitation of the wards and alleged that several errors and inaccuracies were left in the final draft of the delimitation. The BJP leaders alleged that the Local Bodies Department had assured the parties during the delimitation process that the wards would be constituted on the basis of number of voters. As per the plan, the average number of voters was fixed 10,000 in each ward. But when the final draft was released, ward no. 36 had 23,798 voters while ward no. 85 had only 2,029 voters. Rajesh Honey, district president, BJP alleged that the , Congress converted several wards from SC to General and General to SC to derive political benefits. Earlier, some of the areas were reserved for women but now they were reserved for men. There are several errors in the final list. The BJP will not allow such ‘Congress leaders managed to change the areas on the map as per their will’ wrongdoing”, he added. Surinder Singh, a senior leader of the AAP said, “Most , of the aspirants for “councillor seat” have failed to understand the new map of demarcation. The new map is quite complex, as the Congress has shuffled the area to get benefits. We have submitted our objections, but the local bodies did not address these. Some wards have only 5,000 votes and some have more than 20,000. I don’t know why they are in a hurry to conduct elections”. The Congress leaders refuted the allegations of opposition parties. Amritsar, November 22 The SGPC today conducted a grand nagar kirtan on the eve of martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur. Led by panj piyaras, the procession comprising devotees from various places, schoolchildren and gatka organisations, started from Akal Takht in the presence of Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh. Passing through Chowk Pragdas, Chowk Baba Sahib, Baba Deep Singh Colony, Chowk Jai Singh, Chowk Lachhmansar, Dal Mandi, Chowk Chhatti Khui, Bazar Paparan, Guru Bazaar before culminating at Gurdwara Sahib Guru ke Mahal. As per the original Nanakshahi calendar, the day has been fixed for November 24 this year, whereas the SGPC that follows Bikrami calendar will observe it on November 23. On the other hand, the Dal Khalsa has urged the Sikh diaspora to observe the martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur as the ‘Human Rights and Religious Freedom’ day as the Guru attained martyrdom to protect the oppressed class irrespective of their religion and caste. The organisation reaffirmed that Guru Teg Bahadur was in fact “dharam di chadar” (a cover for religion), and not “Hind-dichadar” (a cover for Hindus) as was being propagated. “Guru Teg Bahadur undoubtedly was the first martyr for human rights. His martyrdom was unparalleled in world history as never before had somebody laid down his life to defend the right of followers of another faith to practise their faith,” said Kanwar Pal Singh, Paramjit Singh and Ranbir Singh, office-bearers of the pro-freedom Sikh group. “The government should correct all errors and misgivings about the Sikh Gurus from the books published by the NCERT,” they demanded, adding that the Sikh thinkers, intellectuals and historians should re-write the Sikh history, freeing it from outside influences and biases. Sikh youths perfom gatka during a nagar kirtan held on the eve of the martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Companies sign MoUs worth ~30,000 cr Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 22 Various companies have signed MoUs worth Rs 30,000 crore with the state government since the Industrial Policy 2017 was unveiled, said Commerce and Industries Director DPS Kharbanda. Addressing the city-based industrialists during an interactive session organized by the Focal Point Industries Association (FPIA) in association with the Federation of Indian Exporter Organization (FIEO) here today, he called upon entrepreneurs to thoroughly go through the incentives being offered by the government for the existing and the new industries. He said the policy envisaged rebate from property tax, revenue fee, GST and other taxes for industry. “The Union Government is Commerce and Industries Director DPS Kharbanda (third from right ) shows a copy of the Industrial Policy 2017 to entrepreneurs during an interactive session in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO SUNIL KUMAR offering a cluster scheme under which a group of at least 20 entrepreneurs could get a support of Rs 13.50 crore in case they collectively invest Rs 1.50 crore to set up an industry. They could also be released a piece of land on lease for 15 years.” He said 5 per cent subsidy would be provided to the industries of the border and the Kandi areas. In order to address the grievances and disputes of traders, a district-level committee under the Deputy Commissioner has been formed to resolve these issues locally. He asked officials of his department to prepare a report of the proposed necessary facilities for ESI dispensary, fire brigade, power substation and others at the old Focal Point, as plots were already earmarked there. He said the government constituted the Punjab Skill Development Mission Nodal Agency, which will open multi-skill centres in all districts to provide the latest knowhow to students to make them employable. He was accompanied by heads of various other departments who briefed entrepreneurs on new schemes. They said businessmen following norms of these schemes, which envisage environment-friendly industries could enjoy benefits and subsidies promised under these. Among others, host FPIA office-bearers Kamal Dalmia, Darshan Singh Goraya, a Congress and business leader Ranjan Aggarwal, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal president PL Seth and others also addressed the gathering. Amritsar, November 22 In a bid to make the Punjabi literature written in Shahmukhi script in Pakistan’s Punjab available to a wide spectrum of readers, a transliteration of ‘Gwachian Gallan’, an autobiographical account of events preceding the 1947 Partition in Ludhiana by Pakistan’s renowned cartoonist Anwar Ali was released here today. Paramjit Singh Misha along with Anwar Ali’s book. Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 22 The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) in collaboration with the state government will host the five-day 12th edition of the Punjab International Trade Exhibition (PITEX) here from December 7. State Industries and Commerce Director DPS Kharbanda said Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh would formally inaugurate the PITEX on December 8. Jaideep Singh, Amritsar zone convener of the PHDCCI, said the mega event invariably attracts a large number of visitors and the last edition had witnessed footfall of 2.5 lakh visitors and generated business queries worth over Rs 250 crore. He anticipated that the exhibition would open new avenues of networking and scale up the business in the state as entrepreneurs from all over the country and seven other nations would take part in it. He said a good number of participants from neighboring SAARC countries would participate this year. Jaideep added that the ministries of MSME and Textile and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) confirmed their support to the event. Besides food processing, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Shawl Club, Textiles Manufacturers Association (TMA) will support the mega exhibition. Ludhiana fire officer from city cremated Garbage collection sites sans trash bags Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 22 The body of fire officer Rajinder Sharma, who died in Ludhiana while controlling fire in a factory that later collapsed, was cremated here today. The family of Rajinder Sharma resides in the Mohni Park area while he was posted in Ludhiana. A large num- ber of area residents, including relatives and social workers, participated in the cremation ceremony. Officials and staff members of the Fire Department were also present on the occasion. Earlier, Rajinder was deputed in the city. He was transferred to Ludhiana a few years ago. Sadiq Masih, senior fire official, said, “The death of our fire officials in Ludhiana is great grief to our department. We used to raise the demands for safety equipment and social security schemes. The government should show some concern for the demands of fire department employees.” As many as 13 persons were killed and several injured in the fire incident. Tribune News Service Rajinder Sharma Renowned Pak cartoonist Anwar Ali’s book released Tribune News Service PITEX to be organised from December 7 The book in the Shahmukhi script has been transliterated in Gurmukhi script by Paramjit Singh Misha. Ali was born in Ludhiana in 1922 and stayed there till 1947. The famous cartoonist’s earlier two story books were also transliterated in Gurmukhi script. In the present book, Ali narrates an account when the inmates of a shelter for leprosy patients waited for days for their Muslim brethren to take them to Pakistan. However, due to the social stigma associated with leprosy patients, nobody came to take them to their new found home. They start fearing that a group of Hindus and Sikhs would soon come to slaughter them. But this too did not happen as leprosy patients were taboo for them too. Finally, after a long and traumatized wait, the leader of the leprosy patients walks them into a Hindu hamlet c m y b while shouting slogans of “Jai Shri Ram”. Ali, whose cartoons appeared in the Pakistan Times on a daily basis was known for exposing the hypocrisy of the high-class society. In his cartoons, he had spared no one from this hypocrisy-minded lot. The high- headed bureaucrats, feudal lords, stuck in the old mentality and self-obsessed politicians, were frequently his target. Misha associated with the present venture said, “Anwar Ali represents the composite culture of the two Punjabs. In this autobiographical account, he has revealed how the seeds of the differences were sown.” Sandeep Singh of Sachal Publication which has published the book said, “The aim of our publication is to make literature written in Shahmukhi to Gurmukhi readers and vice-versa.” Amritsar, November 22 The local administration’s experiment to install plastic trash bags seems to have come to an end, as residents of many areas in which these bags were installed reported that trash bags were not being replaced daily. A shopkeeper on Majitha Road, near ENT hospital, said, “I have not seen anyone replacing the bag for the past three months. Earlier, the bags were replaced daily and workers used to come to collect the waste-filled bags every morning.” Presently as the iron structures on which these bags were hung are lying empty. The residents stated that in the absence of the trash bags, people have no other option and they usually throw waste on the roadsides. The scheme had initially helped in solving the problems faced in garbage collection as workers could easily A trash bag site on Majitha Road where a trash bag has not been fixed for the past three months in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR remove the bag and put it in their vehicles. At present, such bags are seen hanging in areas around Golden Temple and on the Heritage Street. In other city areas, the company engaged by the MC has stopped hanging the new bags. Another resident, Satwant Singh, said changing a trash bag is easier as compared to emptying a metalled trash Continued on page 2
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