12022019-ATR-01.qxd 2/11/2019 11:46 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE EMPLOYEES SANS SALARY FOR TWO MONTHS, HOLD PROTEST Employees of the Municipal Council begin their indefinite strike in Tarn Taran. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MOTHER TONGUE TO BE CELEBRATED Amritsar: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked its schools to celebrate the International Mother Tongue Day on February 21. The board has asked the schools to hold activities, like elocution, debate, singing, essay writing and painting competitions. The day is meant to celebrate and promote mother tongue. TNS GIRL ENDS LIFE OVER IELTS FAILURE Tarn Taran: Upset over failure in bagging a good IELTS score, an 18-year-old girl has committed suicide in Kairon village, 20 km from here. The Patti City police have lodged a report under Section 174 of the CrPC. The deceased has been identified as Sukhjeewanjit Kaur. She was desirous to go abroad for which she had appeared for IELTS. She could get only five bands. The deceased consumed some poisonous substance on Sunday evening in her house. Finding her in a very critical condition, her parents immediately rushed her to a hospital nearby in Sheron. Later, she was shifted to a local private hospital. She breathed her last on Monday. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~75.97 DIESEL ~66.14 PAGE 2 WOMEN TAKE CENTRE STAGE IN 61ST EDITION OF GRAMMYS PAGE 3 A year after Grammy Awards were criticised, women shine in 61st edition of annual gala in Los Angeles. MAX 23°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 7°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:14 PM Malik tears into Cong over ‘unkept’ promises Amit Shah to address BJP workers in Amritsar on Feb 24 Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 11 Ahead of the Parliamentary elections, BJP’s national president Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Amritsar on February 24 to boost up the morale of party workers. BJP state head Shwait Malik said Amit Shah would address the Shakti Kendras where the dedicated workers look after the polling booths for Lok Sabha elections. He said the “dismal” report card of the two-year term of the Congress would be witnessed in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. Launching a scathing attack on Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in the state, he said, “The two-year working of the Congress government has an apt slogan — Luttange, te je bologe tan kuttange (Will loot, and thrash those opposing us). The latest example is the teachers who raised their voice to protest against the state government’s regularisation policy in Patiala.” Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Terming the state government a bundle of lies, Malik said that prior to the Vidhan Sabha elections 2017, the Congress had released a “misleading” manifesto under the tutelage of Dr Manmohan Singh. He said the government had announced to waive off Rs 90,000 crore loan of farm- ers, but it ended up as a political stunt resulting in mass suicides by marginal farmers. “Capt Amarinder Singh had vowed on ‘gutka’ sahib to eradicate the drug menace within four weeks, but it turned out to be farce as after the lapse of 100 weeks, drug abuse has grown manifold,” he said. He alleged that the Congress government had broken the backbone of the BPL strata by discontinuing the oldage pension, widows’ pension and shagun schemes. He claimed that during the tenure of SAD-BJP around 18 , lakh beneficiaries were there under these schemes. “Similarly, the government had promised jobs to one member of every family, Rs 2,500 unemployment allowance and free smartphones which hasn’t been fulfilled. Industrialists too feel deceived as the hike in power tariff has put their businesses on ventilator. Same is the fate of BPL families who were falsely promised free medical insurance up to Rs 5 lakh. Government employees’ DA instalments are still unpaid,” he said. He alleged that the Centre had already released its share of funds for the smart city project in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana, but the state government has not yet spared a thought to contribute its share. Amritsar, February 11 The Amritsar rural police have nabbed three persons, including a woman, for allegedly possessing a huge quantity of intoxicating drugs. The Beas police arrested Khajanchi Das and his wife Ritu, both residents of Kuhatwad Hindua village, from Sathiala and recovered 500 intoxicating capsules and 700 tablets from them. According to the police, they were travelling on a bike when they were intercepted at Sathiala. Similarly, Makhajit Singh of Kartarpur was held by the Khilchian police with 600 intoxicating capsules and 420 tablets. Meawnwhile, the police arrested Sukhjinder Singh of Dayal Bharang village, Ajay Singh of Mulechak village, Akashdeep Singh of Kallewal village and Lovejit Singh of Fatehgarh Sukarchak village for allegedly possessing intoxicating tablets. Separate cases under the NDPS Act have been registered against them. Police authorities said that they were trying to ascertain whom did Khajanchi Das and Makhanjit procure the contraband from. Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 11 BJP leader Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina on Monday slammed the Congress government for cane-charging the protesting teachers in Patiala on Sunday. He called the use of the force as highly “unjustified” as the teachers were protesting peacefully in support of their demands. “The teachers are not being regularised and their demands are being subjugated with force. Earlier, the teachers were getting good ❝ The Congress government in the state has been trying to suppress the voice of the common man with lathicharge and water cannons. ❞ Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, BJP LEADER salaries, but now those had been reduced,” said Chhina in a statement issued here. He said the protesting teachers were brutally beaten up by the police. “The Congress government in the state has been trying to suppress the voice of the common man with lathicharge and water cannons,” he said. He urged the state government to review the Cabinet decision keeping in view the financial difficulty which these employees are going to face. “These teachers have been serving in SSA, RMSA, Model and Adarsh schools for a long time. They were drawing a regular salary of Rs 40,000 to 45,000 per month. Keeping in view their length of service, they are supposed to be regularised with protection of their last drawn salary,” he added. ‘Sufism transcends from music to self-awareness’ Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 11 Believing in the healing power of Sufi kalaam, two of the stalwarts of Sufi music in the country performed at the ongoing Sufi Music Festival at the heritage Gobindgarh Fort on Monday. The first performer of the day, Chandigarh-based singer Dr Mamta Joshi set the mood with her renditions on Sufi poems of Saint Kabir and Meera Bai. “For me, Sufism is all about knowing myself. When I started my journey learning about various Sufi mystics and popular poets, it was like a spiritual awakening for me and ever since I have only been a vessel to spread the message that our peers and faqirs wrote,” says Dr Joshi. Performing in Punjab, she says is always special for one reason alone, “the land where Sufism was born is losing touch with its heritage. Every time I perform here, I feel like its my responsibility to make people aware of the Dr Jaspinder Narula and Mamta Joshi (right) perform at Gobindgarh Fort on Monday. PHOTOS VISHAL KUMAR power of Sufi music.” For someone who sings in Hindi, Urdu and Bhojpuri, Dr Joshi says that whenever she performs outside Punjab, people are aware of their classical music heritage. “People ask me to perform a thumri or a particular raag because they are familiar with the Hindustani music traditions.” Sufi is not just music, but a voice The powerful performer that she is, Dr Jaspinder Narula needs no introduction when speaking about Sufi and folk music. Someone, who tasted success in Bollywood with her melodious numbers, deliberately chose a life away from spotlight as she wanted to serve a purpose with her music. Performing a soulful mix of Gurbani and Sufi kalaam, Dr Narula shared that Sufi or Sufism is not just a musical form. “It is the voice of our peers and gurus, who used to spread their message wearing an ‘asmani chola’. Their language was musical and so what we hear today as Sufi music is not Sufi in purest form but amalgamation of different forms.” In the backdrop of the heritage Gobindgarh Fort, she said that her performance gets elevated at a place with such history. “When you perform at a place that has a history, stories of the era when kings used to endorse Sufi mystics, it gives a c m y b different energy to me. I just get lost in my performance.” Feeling responsible towards preserving the Sufi values and traditions, she said that until artists come forward and make people aware of them, the audience is going to listen to whatever is being served to them. “The temperament is different and it needs a collaborative effort to make people once again familiar to the Sufi traditions, its rich legacy.” PAGE 4 Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s RadhaKrishn reaches its final journey with the end of Vyomasura. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:15 AM Seven arrested with Chhina flays state government intoxicating tablets for ‘manhandling’ teachers Tribune News Service MEGHAN EXITS SIDDHARTH TEWARY’S RADHAKRISHN TUESDAY | 12 FEBRUARY 2019 | AMRITSAR Peddler arrested for bid to supply heroin to jail inmate Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 11 Acting on a tip-off, the special task force nabbed Amarinderpal Singh of Batala for allegedly possessing over 200 gm of heroin on Monday. He was arrested from the court complex area where he had come to hand over the contraband to a jail inmate. The jail inmate had been brought from the Amritsar Central Jail for a hearing. Rashpal Singh Ghuman, AIG, STF, confirmed the development. He said search was on and the police were expecting more 2 held with illicit liquor Amritsar, February 11 Excise officials are trying to figure out the quantity of country-made liquor which has been sold under big brand names by two persons, who were arrested on Sunday. The accused have been identified as Ravi and Kalu. They were arrested from Ramdas on a tip-off. Apart from 25 boxes of illicit liquor, the police also seized apparatus used for packing country-made liquor as a branded one. District Excise and Taxation Commissioner (DETC) Harinder Pal said it was suspected that the accused might have tried to sell the same as original ones and an investigation was under way to ascertain the same. On the complaint of excise Inspector Rajwinder Kaur, a case has been filed against the accused. — TNS seizure from him. According to sources in the STF, there was a specific input that he was involved in drug peddling and used to supply drugs to jail inmates. He had arrived in a luxury car which was also taken into custody for further investigation. The police also found passports in the car. The investigation is being carried out keeping different angles in mind to unearth the nexus. It has been learnt that the accused, initially, tried to escape from the complex after he got wind of the presence of an STF team for his arrest. However, the STF team managed to nab him. Ghuman said his interrogation could lead to exposure of the drug cartel involved in supplying drugs inside the high security jail. The police have also prepared a list of prisoners and undertrials who had come for hearing in the court complex. Meanwhile, the STF also arrested Rahul Kumar, alias Pinku, of Guru Nanak Colony and Shiva of Lahori Gate for allegedly possessing 70 gm of heroin. A case has been registered against them and further interrogation is under way. 1 held for running betting racket Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 11 Officials of the CIA staff nabbed a person for allegedly running a betting racket on T20 cricket matches between India and New Zealand that ended on Sunday. The accused has been identified as Ravish Kumar, alias Happy, of Tandon Nagar. However, his accomplice, Amit Arora, managed to escape. Though no major recovery was made, the police authorities said the accused used to contact their clients through mobile phones. A case under Section 420 of the IPC and Section 13-A of the Gambling Act has been registered against Ravish Kumar. ASI Sushil Kumar, investi- gating officer, said he was nabbed following a specific input. “We got information that the two accused used to cheat innocent people on the pretext of making good returns through betting on the match between India and New Zealand. They were operating from Vijay Nagar. Following this, a raid was conducted at the designated spot. Ravish was caught by the police while Amit managed to flee,” he said. The police seized a copy and a mobile phone for further investigation. The accused was produced in a court, which sent him to oneday police remand for further interrogation. The police expect more information from the accused.
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