30042019-ATR-01.qxd 4/29/2019 11:54 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE GNDU OUTSOURCED STAFF PROTEST FOR REGULAR JOBS Seek removal of outsourcing system of employment, demand job security and hike in wages. FORECAST CLOUDY, RAIN LIKELY PAGE 2 AVENGERS: ENDGAME CROSSES ~150-CRORE... MAX 39°C | MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 18°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:09 PM Residents feel the contest is mainly between Aujla and Puri Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Bhavya Gandhi recently cooked a Gujju meal for entire cast and crew of his show Shaadi Ke Siyape. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:46 AM Child ‘murderer’ gets 5-day police custody Amritsar, April 29 A local court on Monday sent Jatinder Kumar, alias Bitta, to five-day police custody. A resident of Pandori Waraich village on the outskirts of the city, he has been accused of kidnapping and murdering a three-year-old child Tejpal Singh of the same village. The kid had gone missing on Saturday afternoon and his body was recovered on Sunday from an under-construction residential building near the village. Jatinder was nabbed from Katra in Jammu within 24-hours of the incident. The police zeroed in on him after it stumbles upon a CCTV footage in which he was seen with the child before the murder. The police suspected it to be case of sacrificial killing. The victim’s father, Surjit Singh, informed the police that Tejpal was playing outside the house. When he didn’t return, the villagers started searching for him. The police found the body bearing facial injury marks. Initially, the accused remained in the village and also helped the family search the boy. By the time the police spotted him in a CCTV grab, Jatinder had fled. The police got a tip-off and sent teams which arrested him in Katra. — TNS Tribune News Service AAP candidate Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal submits his nomination papers on Monday. VISHAL KUMAR have an upper hand in campaigning as he had started reaching out to people very early while Puri, so far, is busy meeting party workers and leaders as his name has been announced recently. The BJP candidate tries to counter the “outsider” tag bestowed upon him by the opposite parties, stating that he was born in Amritsar. Besides, lack of enthusiasm among the local rank and file is obvious. Congress candi- date Aujla too initially faced trouble as a section within the party was against his nomination. The intervention of senior leaders has apparently solved his problem as all Congress leaders, including MLAs who opposed his candidature, are actively canvassing for him. The credentials, such as higher education and experience of being a diplomat and senior government functionary, surely goes in Puri’s favour and he is expected to make good contact with city voters. However, Aujla, who hails from a farmer family, has more support in rural areas. “People as of now are more familiar with the face of Aujla than that of Puri. It matters a lot. In the last elections too, though Arun Jaitely was a national-level leader, people here were not much familiar with him,” said Jagtar Singh, a private schoolteacher. Amritsar, April 29 Farmers of Rajjian and Bhoewali villages in Ajnala have reported a bumper yield of wheat in their fields where Happy Seeder machines were used for sowing without burning crop residue. The two villages, along with third Quaimpura, have been adopted under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) project to promote alternatives to burning of crop residue to check pollution. A team of agricultural offi- cials on Monday visited Bhoewali and Rajjian villages to interact with farmers to know about the success of the project. The farmers were provided machines and technical knowhow by the officials of the Department of Agriculture and Punjab Agriculture and Management Extension Training Institute. Ranjit Singh of Rajjian says the produce from three acres which he has harvested till now has recorded an average of 26quintal produce per acre. Another farmer, Balwinder Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 29 A youth has been arrested for allegedly attempting rape on a minor girl in Chheharta. The victim, along with her family, had gone to pay obeisance at the historical Chheharta Sahib Gurdwara when the incident took place. The accused has been identified as Deepak Singh, a resident of Nabha, Patiala. The police have registered a case under Sections 376, 511 IPC and also relevant sections under the POCSO Act against him. Further investigation is under way. Additional Deputy Com- Tribune News Service Star cast of Blackia in in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR ing and trade were a norm. Produced by Vivek Ohri, the man behind films like Shareek, Jindua, Mel Karade Rabba, Jihne Mera Dil Luteya, the film has been directed by Sukhminder Dhanjal. The story, screenplay and dialogues have been written by Inderpal Singh. The film stars Ihana Dhillon in the lead, who also accompanied her co-star for promotions. Dev supports the film’s serious undertones. “It’s a lifetime role for me as the story of the film is based on a very unique subject related to Indian history and something that most of our youth today may have not been even be aware of. It’s amazing to work in such a film. Of course, as film it is a complete package, but it’s more of a serious drama.” Producer Vivek Ohri said, “It was a challenge in itself to make a movie on a subject like the one we have, in Blackia. It’s based on the times when there was open border between India and Pakistan and lots of illegal trading happened across the border.” Ihana Dhillon said, “I feel blessed to work in a film that offers plenty of opportunity to learn and express your talent. The entire team was supportive to me and working with such talented team helped me grow as an actor too.” The film will release worldwide on May 3. Singh, reported an average yield of 23.40 quintal. Many others also reported yield ranging between 23 and 26 quintal. Agriculture Engineer Ranbir Singh Randhawa, who has been honoured with Dr GS Khush award for promoting alternatives to burning of crop residue and has been associated with the project, said, “The farmers who used Happy Seeder have reported same yield and in cases even more yield than those who had burnt residue before sowing wheat.” He said that Nabha youth arrested for rape attempt missioner of Police (ADCP) Sandeep Kumar Malik said the victim’s mother stated in her complaint that she had been a regular visitor to the shrine for months and the the accused befriended her children. On Sunday, she along with her son went inside the gurdwara while her daughter stayed with Deepak Singh. She found her daughter missing after returning and immediately raised the alarm following which people gathered and started searching for her. She was found later and informed that the accused forcibly tried develop physical relations with her. Malik said Amritsar, April 29 The two-day dance festival to mark the International Dance Day concluded with performance by students of several schools. While ‘Dance and Spirituality’ is the global theme for this year’s observation, the Indian edition of the event focuses on ‘Highlighting the culture of India’. As many as 160 school students gave different folk dance performances to create awareness regarding folk performing arts of Punjab, while some performed western dance and classical dance forms, including Kathak. The Virsa Vihar Society runs Nritya Natraj Sadan, headed by renowned danseuse Rashmi Nanda, who was the convener of the festival. She addressed the issue of promoting classical c m y b and folk dance forms among the younger generation to let the genre breathe life once again. Kewal Dhaliwal, president, Virsa Vihar Society and Punjab Sangeet Natak Academy, felicitated the performers. Spring Dale event Spring Dale students also marked the day with the message of love, and common brotherhood of mankind, besides urging the masses to take up the art of dancing to be able to discover and unleash their creative abilities to the fullest. Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School, Amritsar, said the International Dance Day is dedicated to Jean-Georges Noverre, who is credited with giving ballet dance the form it possesses today. “April 29 is Noverre’s birthday, hence dedicated to cele- Happy Seeder users even saved money which others spent on tilling of land. The happy seeder technique enables farmers sow wheat without burning crop residue and tilllage. Agriculture officials said direct sowing of wheat was being done in around 26,000 hectares of land in the district. “On an average, a farmer saves around Rs 2,000 per acre as input cost, primarily on diesel,” said Randhawa, adding that the success of such farmers would motivate others too. INBRIEF JEWELLERY STOLEN Tarn Taran: Gold ornaments weighing 350 gm have been stolen from the residence of a goldsmith in Patti. The incident occurred three days ago and the case was registered on Sunday. Complainant Jaideep Singh said he had gone to his shop and the other members of his family too were out for some work when the theft took place at his house. The police have begun investigation into the case. OC The accused in police custody on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR the victim’s medical examination would be conducted 160 participate in dance fest Amritsar, April 29 Unlike many of his contemporaries who go for a romcom for a debut, actor Dev Kharoud was introduced to Punjabi movie audience with a serious, social drama — Rupinder Gandhi. Dev Kharoud also came with the actor-only tag when most of the leading men were already known faces thanks to their singing talent. But he considers it as an advantage. “I prefer to do intense roles, stories that have meaning to them,” he said while interacting with media to promote his upcoming film — Blackia. The film is set in a time when borders between India and Pakistan were open and illegal traffick- TUESDAY | 30 APRIL 2019 | AMRITSAR High yield in fields sans stubble burning Dev: Blackiareopens history chapters Tribune News Service PAGE 4 TV ACTOR BHAVYA GANDHI’S LOVE FOR COOKING Avengers: Endgame is unstoppable at Indian box-office, where it surpassed ~157 crore in opening weekend. 38 aspirants in fray for Amritsar Lok Sabha seat Amritsar, April 29 Even as a total of 38 aspirants are in the fray for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, the contest appears to be primarily between Congress candidate and incumbent LS member Gurjeet Singh Aujla and BJP’s Hardeep Singh Puri. Most of the the other candidates, mostly independents and those contesting on tickets of lesser known political parties, are unlikely to pose any major challenge, say local residents. Even the candidate of Sukhpal Singh Khaira-led group’s candidate Daswinder Kaur (leader of the Communist Party of India) and Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal are yet to strike a chord with voters. Though Dhaliwal’s candidature was announced much in advance, AAP has failed to project him as a candidate of prominence. On the other, voters are not even familiar with CPI’s Daswinder Kaur. Most of the voters see the contest between Aujla and Puri. A group of residents, while talking to this correspondent, said Aujla might PAGE 3 brating his contribution to the field of dance,” said Sharma. He added that the celebration aims at making people aware of the myriad benefits of dance. Students at the dance fest on Monday. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR following which appropriate action would be taken. 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