14102020-ATR-01.qxd 10/13/2020 10:55 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PANDEMIC BLUES: CHILD BEGGING MENACE HITS A NEW HIGH IN CITY One can spot groups of children begging at every traffic light point, marketplace and outside big shops. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 GHAR PE BATAAO IS INDIA’S 1ST SINGLE TAKE FEATURE FILM PAGE 3 JUHI PARMAR WILL SOON BE SEEN IN ZEE TV’S NEW SHOW On record: Upcoming feature film Ghar Pe Bataao has become India’s first film to be shot in a single take. MAX 35°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 20°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:59 PM PAGE 4 Like all her fans, who are excited to see her on TV once again, her daughter, too, is eager to see her on small screen. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:33 AM WEDNESDAY | 14 OCTOBER 2020 | AMRITSAR Potholed & ignored — tale of stretch from Golden Gate to Bhandari bridge ROAD ROT PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 13 Considered as the lifeline of Amritsar, the main entrance road of holy city further leading to elevated road has been left in hands of fate, ignored by the MC and leads only to people’s woes. While the road is dotted with some big potholes near the Mall of Amritsar, it is also a bumpy ride for the twowheelers due to its uneven surface. Fortunately, the condition of elevated road is somewhat better but if someone travels from beneath it, one has to face pounds of dust because of new under construction road dividers. A visit to the 5 km stretch reflects MC’s negligence as patch work at particular point can be seen. “The authorities have done patch work here but you can see another big pothole just a few meters INBRIEF RIFLE, JEWELLERY AND CASH STOLEN Tarn Taran: A rifle and some other valuables were stolen from the house of Jagroop Singh, a resident of local Master Colony, when he along with family members had gone to Chandigarh on October 8. Jagroop Singh, in his complaint to the police, said that when he returned home on October 10 he found his house opened and locks of the rooms were broken. One licensed 12 bore rifle, Rs 8,000 and gold ornaments were found missing. The city police have registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC. OC POLICE MARTYRS WEEK FROM OCT 15 Amritsar: In order to mark the police martyrs week starting from October 15, the local police will organise online competitions, including debate/quiz contests, writing and poster making competitions in view of Covid19 pandemic. Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, Police Commissioner, said that 120 cops had attained martyrdom while fighting with terrorists during heydays of militancy in Punjab. He said October 21 is observed as martyrdom day by state police, army and paramilitary forces. During the day they pay rich tributes to the martyrs. TNS MAN ESCAPES UNHURT IN FIRING Tarn Taran: Ranjit Singh, a resident of Pindian village, was allegedly shot at by a resident of the same village on Monday. However, he escaped unhurt. Ranjit, in his complaint to the police, said that Arwinder Singh fired at him when he was at his shop and fled. The Verowal police have registered a case under Sections 307, 506 and 427 of the IPC, 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. OC OFFICIALSPEAK As far as the concerned, it falls under ❝jurisdiction ofelevated road isCorporation. The stretch the the Municipal would have patch work done whenever the pothole is there. The road was laid in 2016 when BRTS project was executed. It is recarpeted after every five years and therefore recarpeting would be done after one year. The road near New Amritsar area on main GT Road in a dilapidated condition. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR before the elevated road near the Mall of Amritsar. It is ironical that they could not see this,” said Munish Kumar, a resident of nearby Partap Nagar area, who frequently uses the road to reach old walled city for work. “The entrance of flyover at Taran Wala Pull was also in bad shape,” he added. A shopkeeper near commencing point of the elevated road said that a couple of months ago there was a big depression. The point can be called a major road engineering defect as water gets accumulated here every year during monsoons. The standing rain water damages the road thereby creating big potholes. Hunt on to nab absconding SI DOUBLE SUICIDE CASE Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 13 The Jandiala police on Tuesday took the video and audio recordings and chat recordings of Vikramjit Singh into possession from the city police for further investigation into the double suicide case in which Vikramjit and his wife ended their lives after being blackmailed and harassed by Sub-Inspector Sandeep Kaur and her unidentified accomplices. The police have registered an abetment to suicide case against her and her accomplices. She has been suspended and the department has written for her dismissal from service to the higher police authorities. Harchand Singh, SHO, Jandiala police station, said that DSP Sukhwinder Pal The police have registered an abetment to suicide case against Sub-Inspector Sandeep Kaur and her unidentified accomplices Singh visited the spot and verified the details of the case. He said police teams had been raiding the suspected hideouts of the SI who has been evading arrest since the incident. Vikramjit Singh, a jeweller and resident of Nawa Pind village, had committed suicide in a hotel room in Amritsar on Saturday while his wife Sukhbir Kaur ended her life in the house on Sunday. Vikramjit in his video message and suicide notes recovered from the spot had accused the SI of blackmailing and harassing him. He had alleged that the accused extorted Rs 18 lakh from him. JS Sodhi, XEN, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ❞ Dishonoured cheques: Eight MC staffers chargesheeted Amritsar, October 13 Amritsar Municipal Corporation (MC) Commissioner Komal Mittal today chargesheeted eight employees of property tax wing for not recovering charges after cheques got dishonoured. A large number of cheques deposited by residents to pay house and property tax during 2013-14 to 2017-18 were dishonoured. There were around 150 cheques amounting to Rs 50 lakh, which were dishonoured. During an audit in 2019, the MC officials found that these cheques were in record, but the amount was not recovered. The then MC Commissioner Sonali Giri ordered to charegsheet employees concerned, who failed to recover the charges. Pardeep Rajput, Nodal Officer for property tax said, “Some of the employees have retired. Now, eight of them are working with us. The Commissioner chargsheeted them and asked to visit the tax payers and recover the dues.” — TNS Saktar Singh, another resident of the area, said that during the lockdown they would travel from beneath the elevated road. “Due to no traffic or rush it was a pleasant drive. But since the unlocking phase, traffic resumed, pounds of dust could be seen at the 3 km stretch beneath the elevated road. New road dividers were being constructed under Smart City project due to which a lot of dust gathered on the road. The experience of commuting was close to hell,” he added. Arwinder Singh, a resident of Golden Avenue, pointed out that apart from fissures, the road is a bumpy ride due to uneven surface indicating authorities’ uncaring quality One succumbs to Covid, 52 new infections Farmers prepare for long haul Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 13 After 31 farmer unions agreed to hold talks with the Centre on Wednesday related to the farm laws, most farmers at the grassroots-level were preparing for a long haul as they felt that the meeting would not address the core issues. The farmers’ agitation being held at Buttari railway station on Amritsar-Jalandhar route entered the 13th day on Tuesday. Agitators said farm laws brought by the Centre would exploit farmers by purchasing their produce at lower rates and on the contrary, consumers would be forced to pay more due to monopoly of certain corporate firms. Farmers complained that at a time when they were demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report, which could have helped augment their income, the Central Government has brought in the draconian farm laws. Amritsar, October 13 One more person succumbed to the contagion, taking the tally to 422 in the district on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Kulbir Singh, a 74-year-old resident of Salempur village. The deceased was admitted to a private hospital as he was suffering from pneumonia. The district also reported 52 new positive cases. With new case, the total count of infections here has increased to 11,260. The new cases include 26 persons having influenzalike illness cases and 26 contacts of positive patients. Meanwhile, with 129 recoveries, the total recovery count has reached 10,177. At present, the district has a total of 661 active cases. of work done while laying roads. “Commuting on the stretch from Golden Gate to the inter-state bus terminus on main GT Road is a terrible experience,” he said. The new road was laid following construction of Bus Rapid Transit System, an ambitious project of previous SAD-BJP government three years ago. Tribune News Service Farmers protest at a Reliance petrol station on the outskirts of Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Farmers protesting outside the Bharatiya Janata Party MP Shwait Malik’s residence were in no mood to relent. Meanwhile, the protest at Devi Daspura village has entered the 20th day. Numer- ous farmers have been protesting at toll plazas on the national highways and at petrol pumps of Reliance. Farm leaders, including Daljit Singh Dayalpur, Dharminder Singh Qila, Yudhvir Singh Sarja, Baba Mahinder Singh Weinpuin and Ratan Singh Madhar led the protest. Farmers also paid homage to Nazir Singh Saidhpur, a leader of the peasant movement. Riding on the wings of dream, he is sure of reaching destination Rahul was to open a food joint but the pandemic had him lost, now he’s at it again by vending vegetables WAY TO GO! STORIES THAT INSPIRE Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 13 There is no doubt that life works in its own strange ways. Some find it sooner, some later. For Rahul, the revelation came during the lockdown period. His dream of opening an eatery was locked away as a result. The 20-year-old had been looking to set up his own business as he had a considerable experience in cooking. But the restrictive times knocked this option out of his life. He had been working with a local library-cum-book cafe, managing their kitchen. “I had been in that job for almost over a year before the lockdown and I was planning to begin my own tuck-in eating joint when it was announced. I had to sit without a job, with no salary for the entire period. It was really difficult to support my family,” he shares. But dreamers are dreamers. And he just won’t give in that easily. Eventually, he decided to change tracks and started vegetable vending business by renting a small spot in the posh Civil Lines area. “I had a friend who was already working as a vegetable vendor,” he says. The person told him that he could get a spot, without much hassle, in that locality as there were not many vendors available in that area after the lockdown. “Now, I run my own vegetable vending business along with my brother, who helps in sometimes,” he tells. Rahul also takes rounds of nearby localities like White Avenue to earn extra. Youngest of three siblings, his brother works as a delivery boy with a leading pizza c m y b chain and another one is out of work. With such meagre earnings it is hard to support a family for sure, but that never choked his yearning of a small-time eatery. “I used to earn a salary of ~7500 per month in my last job. Currently, I get somewhere between ~5000-6000 per month by selling vegetables. My focus now is to keep working as a vendor and open my own shop within a few months. I don’t want to go back to working for someone else. At least there is a possibility of growing my own small business,” he is relentless.
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