16AT01A.qxd 9/15/2012 11:59 PM Page 1 AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Priyanka on a song SunDay | september 16 | 2012 | AMRITSAR ASSAULT CASE: FAMILY ACCUSES POLICE OF INACTION Þ PAGE 2 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY EXHIBITION: DIGITAL ART WORKS DISPLAYED Þ 32° PAGE 2 MAXIMUM RAIN BELIES MC’S PREPAREDNESS ■ City areas submerged in water; sewerage system gets choked ❝ We have carried out an intensive drive to clean the GS PAUL Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 15 Normal life in Amritsar was thrown out of gear after two days of rainfall, leaving all approach roads to the key destinations, including the Golden Temple, blocked. With the city submerged in rainwater and the sewer water drainage system getting choked, commuters had to face a tough time, as they had to wade through knee-deep water. The elevated road, connecting the Amritsar-Jalandhar GT Road, also witnessed waterlogging. MC men were spotted draining stagnant water at the entry point of the elevated road through motorised pumps. Ravleen Kaur, a student of the GNDU, said she had to face a tough situation while negotiating her way to the university. “I got stuck as my scooter did not move in knee-deep water on the drainage points on the sides of roads and streets. The situation on the roads or streets was still not that very bad. The water had settled down within a permissible limit of time-frame. Still, we would try to make it better.” Dharampal Gupta. ❞ — AMC COMMISSIONER A view of a road at Joshi Colony after rain in Amritsar on Saturday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR roads,” she said. The AMC’s special sewerage de-silting plan, worth Rs 10 lakh in June last, bore no results. The 51-day cleanliness drive, which had been initiated in the city to clear passage in all channels, road berms, water drains and sewerage sys- tem, had promised the residents a problem-free scenario, both in their houses and on the roads. It, however, turned out to be a farce exercise, with dirty water spilling over from drains along their houses or shops and roads inundated with water. This Food joints told to get registered Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service FOOD SAFETY ACT Amritsar, September 15 The Health Department has issued fresh instructions to all food joints in the city to get them registered and obtain licences under the Food Safety Act. The department convened a meeting of owners of hotels, restaurants, and representatives of the Halwai Union to pass on the message. The instructions were issued under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006, which became operational in the state after August 8, 2011. Civil Surgeon Dr Yash Mitra said it had been seen that not all food businesses had shown interest in getting these registered or obtaining licences as per the law. “Those who have still not followed the orders have been asked to do so at the earliest. If the businesses failed to respond now, strict action would be initiated.” District Health Officer Dr Shivkaran Singh Kahlon said all food businesses, including temporary stalls and karyana stores selling food ingredients, were required to register themselves. “The food businesses with an annual turnover of up to Rs 12 lakh are required to register, while those establishments with annual Seven arrested under NDPS Act GS PAUL Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 15 The rural anti-narcotics cell and its urban counterpart today nabbed seven persons in separate operations, while three persons absconded during special raids conducted by police teams at different locations. According to Balbir Singh and Ashwani Kumar, officials of the rural narcotics cell, three persons, Rajinder Singh, Bal Krishan and Varinder Kumar, have been arrested for possessing narcotics and intoxicant capsules. The police recovered 1,110 capsules “Parvan Spas” from Rajinder. From Bal Krishan and Varinder Kumar, the police recovered 7,000 capsules of “Parvan Spas” and 22,000 capsules of “Daksaavan”. Separate cases under Section 21-61-85 under the NDPS Act have been registered against the accused. In another raid conducted by the Jandiala police, Jaswinder Singh was arrested, while his accomplice managed to dodge the police. According to Gurnam Singh, in charge of the Bandala police station, the absconded one had been identified as Mahabir Singh. “We could recover only 150 gm of intoxicant powder from Gunam. We are sure to confiscate more narcotics after interrogating him,” he said. Similarly, Satnam Singh and Manjit Singh, allegedly dealing in illicit liquor, too, absconded but the two police parties of Tasrika and Lopoke could confiscate 30,000 ml of illicit liquor from Satnam Singh’s place and 7500 ml from Manjit Singh’s hideout. Meanwhile, the Chattiwind police arrested Dilbagh Singh and recovered 7500 ml of illicit liquor. Dilbagh was later released on bail. The urban police has arrested two persons in separate raids. Those arrested have been identified as Sitar Masih, alias Ghoni and Sashi Kumar. According to the police, 250 gm of intoxicant powder was recovered from Sitar and 120 gm from Sashi. Separate cases under the NDPS Act have been registered against the accused with the B-Division and Sadar police stations, respectively. turnover exceeding Rs 12 lakh are required to obtain a licence,” said Kahlon. The guidelines are also binding on those distributing foods at religious or social gatherings. Even those engaged in the activities related to manufacture, processing, packaging, storage, transportation, distribution, import, catering are required to get registered or obtain licences as per the procedure. Kahlon said, “The waiters and cooks working at all these eateries would also be asked to submit their medical examination reports. This is in view of several diseases that might be transmitted to the people eating at these places.” College girl raped; accused at large Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 15 In a shocking incident, a college girl was raped by a 19-year-old youth when she refused to accept his proposal. The accused was identified as Simarjit Singh and is at large. He was booked under Sections 363/366/376/506 at the Cantonment police station. The accused is pursuing B.Tech course from a local college and was reportedly known to the girl since their school days. According to information, the incident occurred on September 13 when the girl left for her home on her scooter after finishing her college class. Some distance away from her college, the accused intercepted her and forcibly took her to a house located on the Batala road to commit the crime. Confirming the incident, investigating officer Prabhjit Singh said the accused was a resident of Ranjit Avenue and was known to the victim. Continued on page 2 was the scene prevailing in posh areas like Ranjit Avenue, Crystal Chowk, Lawrence road, Mall road. Inside the walled city area at Katra Jaimal Singh and Katra Ahluwalia, traders rued that due to the collapse of the sewerage system, water remained stagnant Þ PAGE 3 opposite their shops, which hampered their business. They had affixed wooden blocks at the entrance of their shops to prevent the rainwater from entering their shops. Waterlogged passages could be seen in Lohgarh, Kot Atma Ram, Katra Alhuwalia area, Katra Baghian, Katra Bhai sant Singh, Bombay wala Khu, Chhati Khui, , Namak Mandi, Gali Chhajju and Guru Bazaar Pratap Bazaar, Cheel Mandi, Ghantagarh, Haveli Zamadara were almost identical. 24° MINIMUM When he faced legend called Amitabh Bachchan Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 15 He wanted to be the first one in the current season to sit on the hot seat, face a legend and his destiny. And he did that. Surprisingly on a show where your success is largely based on your knowledge, Surteg Singh Chahal, a student from Amritsar, who opened this season of the KBC by becoming the first contestant on the show, credits everything to his luck. “I believe KBC is all about your luck. I took my shot for the very first time, with just one SMS and got selected for the auditions. People have been trying for the last 10 years, not once but constantly and still have not made it. It’s about getting lucky at the right time,” says Surteg, who was the youngest among the initial lot of contestants on the show. A student of engineering Surteg Singh Chahal with Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of KBC. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH from the Beant College of Engineering and Technology, the Amritsar guy won Rs 6,40,000 on the show. But one could have all the luck in the world and still need the intellect to make it to Continued on page 2 Proposal to categorise city heritage buildings Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 15 Guru Ram Dass School of Planning’s head Balvinder Singh has proposed a heritage cell to the municipal corporation for the listing of heritage buildings and their conservation. MC Commissioner Dharam Pal Gupta has hailed the step and invited Dr Balvinder Singh for a thorough discussion of the proposal. “The earlier listing of the heritage buildings in the city, which are numerous, is very unprofessional. We have proposed to put the heritage buildings into primary, secondary and tertiary zones,” said Singh, adding that the primary zone would had buildings which have not yet been changed. In the secondary zone, we would have buildings which very much have a character of heritage buildings, but some changes have been made over the years, he said, adding that the proposed heritage cell would also have a conservation advisor, who would advise on matters of conservation. “All heritage buildings, including private ones, would have to consult the cell before initiating any renovation or construction,” he said. The old architectural A view of various heritage buildings in Amritsar. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR style of most of the buildings had already been damaged to much extent because of the mindless construction by non-experts in the field. He said the cell would sci- entifically document all buildings in the entire city. “The thing is that we do not have criteria for heritage buildings at present. The Delhi Master plan, on the other hand, does have it. We need to be more sensitive towards our heritage buildings,” said Singh. Dharam Pal Gupta said, “It is a great effort on part of Dr Balvinder Singh to have drafted such a wonderful proposal. The Municipal Corporation would certainly like to go for such a cell to conserve the heritage.”
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