12072018-ATR-01.qxd 7/11/2018 11:46 PM Page 1 THURSDAY | 12 JULY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Surprise check Up and away Anushqa croons song Rotten food items found during health officials' surprise check at food clubs. P2 Avkash Mann is set to make a debut with an English pop single. P3 Anushqa is set to debut internationally with a single under the label VIRGIN EMI. FORECAST P4 SHOWERS LIKELY | MAX 33°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.38 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.35 AM As population continues to increase in district, so do problems WORLD POPULATION DAY Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Population has increased congestion, unemployment and pressure on limited resources. SUNIL KUMAR Amritsar, July 11 As the globe celebrates the World Population Day, the city has a reason to worry about — rising population. Experts say it has been resulting in high unemployment, large demand of housing, congestion on roads, inflation, etc. The district’s population rose from 13.67 lakh in 1951 to about 30 lakh in 2011. An economist, Dr Varinder Bhatia, says the rising population has become a global concern as never before the Earth was populated with 7.5 billion people. “Given this scenario, the holy city is no exception. So there is a tremendous stress on limited natural resources.” The government has failed to provide planned housing so there 450 illegal colonies have come up in the city. Like the old city, congestion would perpetuate with its mixed use area and small width of roads. Majority of the houses in these colonies are compelled to set up septic tanks on their own to discharge waste. Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal president PL Seth Headcount Year 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011 Population 13,67,040 15,34,916 18,35,500 21,88,490 25,05,034 30,96,077 24,90,656 (Plunge in population in 2011 due to formation of Tarn Taran district in 2006) says, “High population results in a spurt in demand for land. The border district has been facing this problem. It has made setting up of industrial units here costly.” “We did not learn from the success of China which has managed to progress at a higher speed by limiting its population growth,” he observed. Seth said the government failed to turn such a vast human population into a source of progress. “There is a mismatch in courses being offered in ITIs and other training centres, whereas the requirement of industries is different. So a majority of youth do not find jobs locally.” A private medical practitioner, Dr Gurpreet Singh, said increasing population is the reason behind setting up of high number of private hospitals, laboratories and allied facilities here. Government medical institutes are insufficient to cater to a high number of patients so there are plenty of private and society-run medical institutes. Deputy Commissioner (DC) KS Sangha said the government was trying to make people aware of the affects of high population. Meanwhile, the district administration on Wednesday kicked off a fortnight long programme under which camps would be held to provide choice of family planning service to people. To be held, man drinks poison Fatehpur Sugga granthi held for molestation Our Correspondent Accused of drug trade, Wadala village man under treatment Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 11 A youth allegedly attempted suicide by consuming some poisonous substance after a police team tried to arrest him for drug peddling at his shop here late on Tuesday evening. The cops ran away from the spot after his condition deteriorated. Identified as Supinder Singh of Wadala village in Rayya, he was rushed to a hospital by his family members. His condition is stated to be stable. The family members have urged Chief Minister Capt Amarinder singh, DGP Suresh Arora and Amritsar (Rural) SSP Parampal Singh to ensure action against the cops. They alleged that they had already met the SSP and informed him about the harassment being meted out to the family. SNIPPETS 2 mobiles found from jail inmate Amritsar: The Amritsar Central Jail staff recovered two mobile phones from an inmate, identified as Bikramjit Singh, alias Kulla, a resident of Tej Nagar on Sultanwind road. Assistant Superintendent Mangal Singh said two smart phones and SIM cards along with a battery were found from the barrack of the accused. A complaint was submitted to the Gate Hakima police where a case under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisoners’ Act was registered. The police said the accused would be brought on production warrant to ascertain how did he manage to sneak in the mobile phone. TNS Held with heroin Tarn Taran: A team of the Sadar police, led by Sub-Inspector Amritpal Singh, has arrested Gurjant Singh of Deo village with 10 gm of heroin from outskirts of the village. The police said a case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against the accused. OC Tablets seized Tarn Taran: Gurmej Singh and his wife Veena Kaur of Sohal village, 20 km from here, were arrested by the Chabal police with 2,700 intoxicating tablets on Tuesday. Inspector Manoj Kumar, SHO, said villagers had been complaining against the “illegal” activities of the couple for long. A case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered. OC Supinder Singh under treatment at a hospital after suicide attemp in Rayya on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Balwinder Singh, father of the victim, said his son Supinder was once a drug addict. The police arrested him but was released by the court. He said his son underwent treatment and shunned the drugs. After that, he opened a welding shop to make a living. How- ever, during the recent drive, the police started harassing and threatening him, he alleged. “Supinder was in his shop on Tuesday when a police team from the Khilchian police station came to arrest him. Perturbed over this, he consumed some poisonous substance. We got to know about it from the owners of neighbouring shops, following which we took him to a private hospital,” he said. However, Avtar Singh, SHO, Khilchian police station, said there was a specific input that Supinder was indulged in drug trade. “He has spent some time in jail on similar charges. The matter is being investigated,” he said. SSP Parampal Singh said he was not aware about the incident as he was in Chandigarh. He said he would look into the matter. Tarn Taran, July 11 A granthi along with two persons have been arrested for allegedly molesting a woman on the premises of a gurdwara in Fatehpur Sugga village, 20 km from here. The incident occurred on June 27 and the case was registered on July 10 (Tuesday). ASI Jassa Singh, investigating officer, said the accused had been identified as Gurjit Singh, granthi of a local gurdwara, Arshdeep Singh and Sahib Singh Sabu of the same 25-year-old woman molested on gurdwara premises in Fatehpur Sugga village village. The 25-year-old victim is married. She said that she was sitting in Baba Jeewan Singh Gurdwara when Arshdeep Singh came and sat near her. She said when she raised objection over some objectionable remarks passed by Arshdeep, Gurjit Singh and Sahib Singh took her photographs with the youth. The photos were cap- tured in Sahib’s mobile. She claimed that the accused threatened her to upload the photographs on social media, which they did in no time. Jassa Singh said the three accused were arrested and presented before a court in Patti on Wednesday. The court sent them to judicial lock-up for 14 days. Sections 354 and 34 of the IPC have been slapped on them. Teenager molested In another case, Gurjinder Singh of Bhalaipur Dogran village, 30 km from here, has been booked for allegedly molesting a teenage girl of the same village. The victim, in her complaint to the Verowal police, alleged that the accused molested her on July 2 when she had gone to the village market for shopping. ASI Heera Singh, investigating officer, said the accused was at large and raids were being conducted to nab him. The case was registered under Section 354 of the IPC, and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO)2012 on Tuesday.
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