29122020-ATR-01.qxd 12/28/2020 10:55 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE OPEN MIC EVENT LENDS STAGE TO YOUNG, UPCOMING ARTISTES A number of budding poets, artistes and thinkers came together to share their views at an open mic event here. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 27 FRESH CASES REPORTED IN DIST Amritsar: The district health authorities reported 27 new Covid-19 cases on Monday. With this, the count has reached 14,432 in the district. The new cases include 12 influenza like illness cases and 15 contacts of positive patients. The health authorities reported no new deaths today. The authorities reported a total of 549 deaths to date. Meanwhile, with recovery of 41 patients, the recovery count has increased to 13,423. At present, there are 460 active cases. TNS JAIL INMATE HELD WITH CELLPHONE Amritsar: The Amritsar Central Jail authorities have confiscated a smart phone from the possession of a jail inmate, identified as Arshdeep Singh of New Gurnam Nagar area. A murder accused, he was arrested by the city police in July 2018 and since then he is in jail. Gurbachan Singh, Assistant Superintendent, Jails, said during checking, the jail authorities got suspicious over his movements. He was searched and a mobile phone was recovered from him. A complaint was lodged with the police, which has registered a case under Section 42, 52-A of the Prisons Act against him. The police are investigating how he managed to sneak the mobile phone into the jail. The role of some jail staff cannot be ruled out, said the police authorities. TNS 775 APPEAR FOR ENGLISH EXAM Amritsar: As many as 775 candidates appeared for master cadre recruitment test held for English teacher on Monday. The test was held at three exam centres, including Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Mall road; Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Nawa Kot; and Government Senior Secondary School, Chheherta. On December 27, exam for Punjabi and Hindi subject teachers was held. While 1,951 candidates appeared for the post of Punjabi teachers, 861 appeared for recruitment of Hindi teachers. Elaborate arrangements were made to smoothly conduct exams and check the malpractice of impersonation. TNS 1 ARRESTED WITH 65-GM HEROIN Tarn Taran: A team of the Narcotic Cell led by Assistant Sub-Inspector Narinderpal Singh recovered 65 grams of heroin from the possession of Tejinderpal Singh Moni, a resident of Jandiala Guru, near Ekal Gadda village, on December 27. The accused had been booked under Sections 21-B, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act by Verowal police. OC DRUG PEDDLER’S PROPERTY FREEZED Tarn Taran: SeniorSuperintendent of Police Dhruman H Nimbale said the district police have freezed property worth Rs 66 lakh of drug peddler Bikramjit Singh, a resident of Muglani village. He said the police had freezed property worth Rs 115 crore of 90 drug smugglers in the last one-and-a-half years. The Union Government had given the permission to freeze the property of peddlers. OC PAGE 2 SONAM KAPOOR-STARRER FILM BLIND GOES ON THE FLOOR PAGE 3 SHAHEER, RUCHIKAA SHARE PICS OF THEIR HONEYMOON The action-thriller, directed by Shome Makhija, narrates the story of a blind police officer in search of a serial killer. MAX 14°C | MIN 2°C | YESTERDAY MAX 12°C | MIN 4°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:36 PM PAGE 4 The couple had opted for a court marriage because of the pandemic and plan to get married traditionally next year. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:30 AM TUESDAY | 29 DECEMBER 2020 | AMRITSAR Chinese string makes inroads into market Eight booked for murder bid Despite ban, illegal sale of synthetic string increases manifold during Lohri, Basant Panchami Tribune News Service PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 28 As Lohri and Basant are approaching near, so does fear of banned Chinese string reaching the market loom large. These festivals cannot be celebrated without flying kites, which is one of the least expensive source of entertainment. Despite the ban imposed by the district administration, the synthetic kite string (Chinese dor) has reached local markets and people use code words to sell it. On December 25, the Rambagh police confiscated 20 rolls of plastic string at a check point near Shivala railway crossing. The person riding on a scooter, however, managed to flee from the spot, but Chinese string fell down. Similarly, the Maqboolpura police had seized eight rolls of Chinese string A file photo of an owl rescued by environmentalist PS Bhatty, which got entangled in Chinese string; and (right) a pigeon being rescued by members of an NGO in Amritsar. The police confiscated 20 rolls of string last week. from Pawan Kumar, a resident of Mehta road, who was later released on bail. On December 24, the rural police had nabbed Paramjit Singh, a resident of Adliwal village, with five rolls of the banned thread. He was also released on bail. The district Victim’s family may record their statement tomorrow ‘FAKE’ ENCOUNTER Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 28 Family members of Inderjit Singh, a resident of Hoshiarpur, who was gunned down by the police under mysterious circumstances are likely to record their statements on December 30. A magisterial probe was ordered in the incident in which Inderjit was shot dead in an encounter near Jandiala Guru toll plaza on December 8. Sub-Divisional Magistrate Vikas Heera had been entrusted with the investigations. Maninderpal Singh, brother of the deceased said the SDM has given them time for recording statement on December 30. However, we asked them to provide us with evidence, which the police had collected to date. We also asked for the autopsy report of Inderjit, he said. “Though the police have shown CCTV footage of the encounter, but we are unsatisfied as the video is blur. We have asked for some more angles of the incident,” said Maninderpal while adding that the family would also consult its lawyer before recording the statement. On December 8, the CIA staff was holding a naka at Jandiala Guru toll plaza following snatching of a car from a DSP rank officer in the Putlighar area when they received the information from the Ambala police that a person had snatched an SUV from there and was heading towards Amritsar via Ludhiana and Jalandhar. Fingers were raised over the police theory. administration form teams during Lohri to ensure residents don’t use Chinese string. A number of birds, including owls, pigeons and eagles got entangled in the Chinese strings in the past. These strings proved deadly for human beings, especially commuters on two-wheelers. “We are aghast by the fact that people don’t understand the repercussions of using killer string. People know this thread is banned and that its use invites legal action, but they don’t bother at all,” said environmentalist PS Bhatty. FINGERS Tribune News Service Letter written in blood sent to Prime Minister Amritsar, December 28 The ongoing farmer agitation against the agriculture laws in Delhi is receiving tremendous support from different quarters. A team of doctors sent by the Pingalwara Charitable Society is continuously providing medical services to farmers in Delhi, said society's president Dr Inderjit Kaur and vice-president Dr Jagdeepak Singh during an interaction with the media on Monday. The society has also distributed medicines, pinnis, woollen clothing among farmers in view of the prevailing cold weather conditions. Dr Inderjit Kaur said the society whole-heartedly supports the ongoing agitation and would continue to provide items as required by the farmers. A local organisation, Baba Deep Singh Lok Sewa Society, has sent a letter written in blood to the Prime Minister through postal service demanding that the government repeal the laws. Anil Vashisht of the society said a blood donation camp was also organised at Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh Shaheedan Sahib to express solidarity with the agitating farmers. Around a 100 units of blood were collected during the camp, which would help save lives at hospitals in the city, he said. ‘Jaago’ to wake up the govt Residents of the holy city Chain hunger strike by Verka residents Women and family members of farmers sing songs in favour of farmers as they take out a ‘Jaago’ procession in support of protesting farmers in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR locality also took out a 'jaago' in the evening, where a large number of families, A sculpture artist’s terrace is an abode to the usually less-fancied plants — the cacti Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 28 Big on aesthetics and versatile in their being, cactus adds an interesting element to indoor and outdoor gardens. Sculpture artist Narinder Singh seems to be in love with these dessert dwellers and has created a mini cacti terrace garden with 250 varieties and counting. Known for creating masterful pieces of art carved from wood, Narinder has been creating a potted garden on for the last 20 years, picking up plants that not only exude aesthetic values but also come with natural homely benefits. “Cactuses are usually considered gloomy plants not suitable for home, thanks to some prevalent misconceptions about them. In fact, it is one of the most self-sustaining plants in nature and help in purifying the indoor and outdoor air,” he says. He has 450 of them, out of which 250 are varieties of sev- tection Association. Police Commissioner Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said, “I have asked officials concerned to take stern action against those found using the banned string. No one will be allowed to use the same in a clandestine manner.” Doing their bit in solidarity with farmers Finding beauty in thorns GREEN He said he rescued a number of birds, including owls who were found entangled in Chinese string. “In the last 15 days, we have rescued an eagle and two owls from the Police Commissioner office,” said Dr Rohan Mehra, chief, Anti-crime and Animal Pro- including the elderly and children, participated. Residents said it was time the government woke up from its slumber and address farmers’ issues. Narinder Singh and his daughter take care of 450 potted plants at his terrace garden in Amritsar. have flowering ones as well as few others. Many of these species I had to source from friends as they are not native to this region.” His holidays c m y b and day off work are spent with his cacti friends. “Cactus are great mood elevators, they can infuse positive energy continued on page 2 Meanwhile, residents of Verka area have initiated a chain hunger strike in support of farmers. At least five residents of the area observed hunger strike on Monday. Of the people, by the people, for the people WHERE ARE At 77, former Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora doesn’t want to miss any opportunity to serve society THEY NOW eral cactus species from mammillaria, including golden barrel cactus, moon cactus, dwarf snake cactus, fishhook cactus and more. “I Amritsar, December 28 The Division C police have booked eight persons for murder bid after they allegedly indulged in firing following which three persons were injured. The incident occurred in Chowk Chabutra. Those booked have been identified as Bimalpreet Singh alias, Cheema of New Partap Nagar, German Singh of Chabba village, Tejpreet Singh, Mani, Raja, Vishal, Deep Singh of Murabbe Wali Gali and Harpreet Singh. A case under Sections 307, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59A of the Arms Act has been registered on the complaint of Bhupinder Singh alias, Dollar, of Chowk Chabutra. The complainant stated that he worked with his father at a shop in the area. He said he along with his friend Gagandeep Singh, continued on page 2 Amritsar, December 28 Bakshi Ram Arora, former Mayor of the city and chairman of Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) is serving two separate posts for BJP at 77, but , prefers to stay inside the house following the outbreak of Covid-19. He is keenly taking part in the political discussions being organised on the farmers’ issue. “I am sympathetic toward the demands of farmers and government should fulfill it,” advocates Arora. He was active in local politics till 2017 serving as a Mayor between 2012 and 2017. Now, he is district in-charge of Gurdaspur and executive member of state BJP“The party gave responsibil. ities and I am doing the service. I have no expectations for any big post, save desire to serve the society. I never demanded for any post or ticket for elections. I am satisfied of my political life as I got opportunities to work for people’s welfare.” Born in 1943, Arora joined the Jan Sangh (which later merged into BJP) in 1957 and started leading his block. “I didn’t have any political aspirations, only society-related goods. I joined the Officer Training Station (OTS) of RSS in 1960 and participated in all political and social movements,” he said. He was copped by then Indira Gandhi-led government for opposing the ‘Emergency’, imposed in 1975, and jailed for one year. In 2000, he was appointed as chairman of Amritsar Improvement Trust. From 1997 to 2017, Arora was a councillor for a period of 20 years. He is known for his peculiar clam and polite nature. “I took part in every movement or call of my party aggressively but never did any wrongs throughout my career. I don’t have any expectations for the future but ready to offer my services whenever party shall ask.” Graduate in Arts, Arora is fond of reading literature and newspapers but enthusiastic about attending religious gatherings and public meetings. — TNS
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