28052018-ATR-01.qxd 5/27/2018 11:57 PM Page 1 MONDAY | 28 MAY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Locked toilets Full of punches Jnana mudra Fearing encroachment, MC staff keep most of the toilet booths locked in the city. P2 When BN Sharma, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Karamjit Anmol and Binnu Dhillon meet, laughter erupts. P3 The practice of Jnana mudra reinforces one’s determination to overcome impediments in the path of spirituality. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 43°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.27 AM SNIPPETS 5 held, intoxicants seized Amritsar: The police have arrested five persons in separate instances for allegedly possessing intoxicants. Jatinder Singh Maqboolpura was nabbed with five gm of heroin. Jagdeep Singh of Patti Balol in Sultanwind village and Surinder Pal Singh, alias Sajan, were arrested with 60 intoxicant tablets, five gm of heroin and 40 tablets. Similarly, Gurpreet Singh, alias Judge, of New Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar was held with 110 habit-forming medicines. Balkar Singh, alias Balla, of Patti Behniwal of Sultanwind was caught with 100 gm of opium. All of them have been booked and further investigations are on, the police said. TNS Youth dies in mishap Tarn Taran: Gurtej Singh (26) of Bath village was killed in a road accident near Bhullar village, 10 km from here, on the Tarn TaranKhadur Sahib road on Sunday. The Sadar police have registered a case under Sections 304-A, 279 and 427 of the IPC against the unknown driver of a tractor-trolley. ASI Lakhwinder Singh, investigating officer, said Gurtej Singh was returning to his village on his motorcycle when it was hit by a tractor-trolley. Gurtej was taken to the Civil Hospital where doctors declared him dead. OC Garments worth lakhs gutted by fire Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 27 Fire erupted at a famous garment showroom located near the passport office at the Mall road here on Sunday evening. A team of the fire brigade had to break the glass to enter the showroom to bring the situation under control but, by then, garments worth lakhs of rupees had been gutted. Fire brigade officials said the fire engulfed the entire showroom as material, such as garments, polythene and cardboard, catch fire in no time. A short circuit may have resulted in the fire, they said. Over six fire engines were pressed into service and more were stationed nearby to deal with the fire in case it erupted again as smoke continued to billow out. The showroom had only one entry point so the fire staff had to shatter the windows for gaining entry. It took a considerable time for them to douse the flamesThe Civil Lines police said no loss of life was reported. It is said that goods worth lakhs of rupees have been gutted, but the owner is yeto to assess the exact loss. Partition Museum should connect past, present and future, says Prasoon Joshi Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 27 Calling the Partition Museum a beating heart full of history, Prasoon Joshi, the Padma Shree writer and chairperson of Censor Board of film Certification, has stressed on building it as a bridge connecting past, present and future generations. Speaking at a poetry session held by the Partition Museum under the aegis of the Arts and Literature Festival of Amritsar (ALFA), in collaboration with Phulkari (a social organisation) on Saturday, Joshi said he was quite amazed at the way the concept came about. “It’s connected to our collective conscience, emotions and the more people contribute towards it the more fleshed out it would be. It has to be left to the individual, what one achieves through it or feels when you visit. It is dedicated to hope.” A noted lyricist and a poet, Prasoon Joshi at the Partition Museum. SUNIL KUMAR Joshi also recited some of his popular songs and poetry, remembering fondly his experience of working on Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. “The film had to depict Milkha Singh’s struggle to overcome his experiences during the partition and building his life again. To bring that aspect of resilience and hope despite many chal- lenges people faced during the time, is what I intended to achieve,” he said. Talking about his role as the chief of the censor board, his trysts with controversies right from Padmavat to Veere Di Wedding, Joshi said that everything had to be viewed in perspective. “Padmavat was a learning experience in many ways. Creativity and responsibility go hand in hand. Today everyone has a platform and so an opinion to voice. When you have all these opinions, you have to consider them, irrespective of your own resonance with them.” He did mention that the society is changing, times are changing and there needs to be a discussion and debate on setting up some sort of guidelines that could prevent such conflicts in future. He shared some of his personal notes on working on films and how his poetry has changed from being subjective to being direct, over the years. Kishwer Desai, well known author and museum’s chairperson, said the museum is significant as it preserves our history through live documentation. “The museum is dedicated to the millions of refugees who were uprooted overnight, and to their spirit and resilience in rebuilding their lives.” Kids show dance 3 held with intoxicants talent at IAFA event Tarn Taran, May 27 The district police have arrested three persons and seized 20,520 intoxicating tablets from them. The team, led by SI Sukharj Singh, SHO, Chohla Sahib police station, seized 16,500 intoxicant tablets from Jaswant Galhotra of Harike and Satnam Singh of Booh village. In another case, ASI Ranjit Singh arrested Gurjit Singh of Rani Walah village and seized 900 tablets from him. Meanwhile, a team of the Valtoha police arrested Pinka of Assal Uttar village and recovered 3,120 intoxicating tablets from him. — OC BRTS buses continue to gather dust in city 80 buses unused; commuters depend upon autorickshaws Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 27 Amid scorching heat when the temperature has soared to 46 degree Celsius, residents are forced to travel in autorickshaws despite the availability of around 80 airconditioned buses which have been gather dust at the BRTS bus stand at Verka bypass. The metro bus service under the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) still appears to be a distant dream for residents. Tall claims of the state government to revive the BRTS project have fallen flat. The government has failed to increase the frequency of buses on any of the routes. The railway overbridge near Bhandari Bridge has been completed but the authorities have not opened it for traffic. Lifts for the BRTS bus stoppages have been under construction for two years but there is no clue when it will complete. Local Government ~80K snatched Amritsar, May 27 Two unknown motorcycleborne persons snatched Rs 80,000 from a person. The incident occurred near Khalsa College gate. The police have registered a case. Harpreet Singh, the victim, said, “I withdrew Rs 80,000 from Oriental Bank of Commerce in Putlighar. I had put in a polythene bag that was hung from the handle of the bike. The moment I reached the Khalsa College gate, the accused came from behind and snatched the bag before fleeing,” he said. In another incident, a pharmacist working in a government hospital in Chetanpura village was robbed by unidentified persons. The victim, Navdeep Kaur, was returning home from the hospital after finishing her duty hours. As soon as she alighted from the bus, two bike-borne youth came and snatched her purse containing mobile phone and other documents. The police are investigating the case. — TNS BRTS buses rot at the Vallah-Verka bypass in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has assured several times that the BRTS routes will be ready within three months. Amidst all this, residents are deprived of the public transport system. They have to depend on autorickshaws. Despite spending Rs 800 crore of the public money, separate BRTS lanes are of no use. These sometimes lead to traffic congestion in several areas. Mandeep Singh, a local resident, said, “It is sad that the city has around 100 air-conditioned buses, which have been gathering dust since 2016 due to poor planning. It is a sheer wastage of resources. The government should fix the responsibility of the officials concerned.” Baldev Singh, in-charge, Metro Bus Service, said, “The railway overbridge is ready but we have no intimation from the government about the start of new routes. We are operating nine buses, five on the Chheharta route and four on Verka.” Rapid fall in water table makes residents worried Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 27 The rapid fall in the water table has been causing frequent glitches in the supply of water from tube wells in the walled city. Surinder Singh Nagpal, a city resident, said, “We have to call the Municipal Corporation (MC) office frequently over water shortage. Most of the time, it has been found out that the pump ran dry as the water level goes down.” Prof Mohan Singh (retd), a local resident, said, “Groundwater is receding at a rate of 50 cm every year in the city. Water is commonly found at the depth of 180 feet or more. The excessive use of groundwater is mainly responsible for the constant drop in the water table.” Rising population has also contributed to the scarcity of ❝An artificial lake on around 200 acres should be constructed wherein waste water from the walled city should be drained. The same, after purifying, can be supplied to people. ❞ INDERBIR SINGH BOLARIA, MLA potable water, he added. Consequently, majority of the tube wells have gone dry and hand pumps have became defunct but people are still wasting water lavishly, he remarked. Builders are openly using groundwater in construction activities. Such things result in a rapid decline in the water table. With scarcity of space, the MC has no option but to install tube wells on narrow roads. Shivinder Mehra, another resident, said, there are many dilapidated houses lying unoccupied in the city, which could be used by the MC for installing tube wells. As installing them in the middle of road is not sustainable in the long run, he said. Inderbir Singh Bolaria, MLA, Amritsar (South), said, a large part of his constituency falls in the walled city where supplying potable water has become an uphill task. “There is a dearth of open space to install tube wells. In case, they get space, its life span is short as the water table goes down rapidly.” He suggested constructing an artificial lake on around 200 acres of the area and then draining out the waste water from the walled city into it. The same water after purifying could be re-supplied to houses, he added. From a marginal farmer to pioneer of cooperative group Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Kids perfom at the Dancing Starts event at the Indian Academy of Fine Arts in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 27 Around 100 students participated in an event — Dancing Stars — organised by Step in Rhythm Dance Academy at the Indian Academy of Fine Arts (IAFA) on Sunday. Dr Suraj Shoor, CMD, Shoor Hospital, was the chief guest. Kids from the age group of three to 12 years walked the ramp dressed in different attires. The kids also danced to the tunes of various Bollywood numbers. The show was choreographed by Raman and Poonam of Step in Rhythm Dance Academy. Raman, one of the choreographers, said, “We have organised such events in the past as well. We work hard to bring out the best from each and every child.” Bright Land School Director Ravinder Thukral and Principal Harsh Thukral, along with Harpreet Kaur, Principal, Rose Buds Public School; Nidhi Mehra, Principal, Rivels Public School; and parents were present. Amritsar, May 27 Farming may not be the first choice for a number of youth in the state who cite numerous instances of losses and debt-ridden farmers ending lives, but the story of Gurbinder Singh of Sarchur village, near Fathegarh Churian, has made people, especially those associated with him, believe that determination and hard work is all what a farmer needs to achieve success. An Army man, Gurbinder Singh Bajwa (45), left his job in 1997 to pursue his dream to be an agriculturist. In the following two decades, he has set himself as a successful farmer and established a cooperative group of farmers. Around two years ago, he floated a farming cooperative group to pass on the knowledge about organic farming. Farmers from villages of Batala and Quadian are associated with his cooperative. Initially, he started the cultivation of medicinal plants and weeds by signing a contract with a private company in 2000. He grew ‘safed musli’, ‘sativa’ and ‘anwla’ but was left heartbroken when the firm did not honour the contract. He did not relent and continued his efforts to market his produce. “I did not give up the idea of farming even after a major financial loss. A UK-based farmer Kewal Singh invited me for partnership at his fields in Noormehal in 2005. He had established a processing unit and I did several experiments with Who Gurbinder is ■ The 45-year-old resident of Sarchur village, near Fathegarh Churian, left his Army job in 1997 to take up agriculture. ■ He had a contract with a firm for organic products but the latter backed out, making him suffer losses. ■ In 2015, he established an Implement Bank with other farmers that lends farm tools to others. . Gurbinder receives honour from an official of the Agriculture Department in Gurdaspur. TRIBUNE PHOTO processing and packaging of organic pulses, turmeric, chilly, etc.,” he said. However, Bajwa had to abandon his dream for three years as he met with an accident while working in fields, sustaining severe leg injury. He feels that the government should have a support system for the accident victims in farming sector. After that, he returned to his native village and started encouraging the farmers to take up organic farming. He started meeting with agriculture officials in Gurdaspur to look for a platform. “In 2012, I gathered 15 likeminded marginal and medium farmers at a social media group formed by Dr Amrik Singh, Agriculture Officer, Gurdaspur. We shared our ideas and made investment for buying farm implements to form Implement Bank.” After starting production, processing and marketing of organic pulses, turmeric, chilly and jaggery, the group got registered under name of Young Progressive Farmers’ Producers Organisation in 2015. The group includes Avtar Singh Sandhu, Kuldeep Singh, Palwinder Singh, Gurdial Siingh, Harinder Singh and Dilbagh Singh. In 2017, the group started organising kisan bazaar in Pathankot and Gurdaspur. They offer organic agro-products every Sunday in these two towns. Bajwa said the group members are happy with the earnings and the operations.
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