17022021-ATR-01.qxd 2/16/2021 11:21 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE IDP HAS TURNED KHASA RAILWAY STATION INTO A TOTAL DUMP YARD PAGE 2 International Dry Port (IDP), opened few months ago, at the Khasa railway station has become an eyesore. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF BOOKED FOR THEFT IN HIS OWN SHOP Amritsar: A chemist was booked for theft in his own medical store, which was sealed by the Health Department following a complaint of selling banned medicines in Jandiala area. The accused has been identified as Tajinder Singh of Fathegarh Rajputan. Dr Sumit Singh, Senior Medical Officer, Community Health Centre (CHC), stated in his complaint that a medical team had sealed the shop on February 5. They got information that on February 14, someone broke the wall of the shop and stole the medicines. The Health Department officials conducted an independent probe in this regard and found that Tajinder Singh stole the medicines. Tajinder Singh, works as a chemist at Jhand village, and someone had filed a complaint against him for selling banned medicines. The Jandiala police registered a case under Sections 457, 380,201 of the IPC and 15 of Indian Medical Council Act on the complaint of health officials. TNS BIBI BHANI’S BIRTH ANNIV CELEBRATED Amritsar: The SGPC marked the birth anniversary of Bibi Bhani, wife of fourth Sikh master Guru Ram Das, at the Gurdwara Sri Manji Sahib Diwan Hall in Golden Temple complex on Tuesday. On the occasion, after the bhog (conclusion) of Sri Akhand Path, Gurbani kirtan was performed by the shrine’s jatha of hazuri raagi Bhai Gurdev Singh and ardas (prayer) was offered by Bhai Prem Singh. Kathawachak Bhai Harmitar Singh informed the sangat about the life of Bibi Bhani and encouraged them to take guidance from her life. He said Bibi Bhani’s whole life was dedicated to the teachings of Guru Sahib and it was full of virtues like sewa (service), simran (remembrance of God), sanjam (temperance). Bhai Harmitar Singh appealed to the Sikh women to strive to connect their children with Gursikhi in accordance with the life teachings of Bibi Bhani. TNS DIA MIRZA & VAIBHAV REKHI’S WEDDING WAS INTIMATE AFFAIR PAGE 3 Actress Dia Mirza tied the knot with bizman Vaibhav Rekhi on Monday in presence of close friends and family. MAX 20°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:18 PM OPRAH TO INTERVIEW PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE Winfrey will first speak with Markle about stepping into royal life and how she handles life under the public eye. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:09 AM WEDNESDAY | 17 FEBRUARY 2021 | AMRITSAR All arrangements in place for counting today Tight security on day of decision Patti & Bhikhiwind ready for vote count Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Amritsar, February 16 The rural police claimed to make foolproof arrangements for counting of votes scheduled for tomorrow. Dhruv Dahiya, Senior Superintendent of Police, Amritsar (Rural), stated that counting of votes would be been carried out in a peaceful manner. “Strict security arrangements have been made at the counting centres so the process can be carried out peacefully. The district administration has set five counting centres in Amritsar where counting of votes would take place. Five SP rank senior police officers have been deployed for the supervision. In addition, 11 DSP-rank officers and more than 1200 police personnel have been deployed at the counting centre for security.” Dahiya said reserve force has also been deployed in the sensitive areas of the constituencies to prevent any untoward incident. Apart from this, flag marches are being carried out by SSP Amritsar Rural in five constituencies keeping in view the counting of votes. The SSP has checked all the strongrooms. The force has been deployed in rural Amritsar district. Dahiya sternly warned that if any one tried to disrupt the law and order situation, strict legal action would be taken against the offender. Meanwhile, the district administration has issued orders to close schools and colleges where counting centres have been established. Additional District Election Officer-cum-ADC (Development) Ranbir Singh Mudhal said the counting centre for continued on page 2 Tarn Taran, February 16 The district administration has made foolproof arrangements for counting of votes on Wednesday for the civic body poll held in Patti and Bhikhiwind on February 14. Patti witnessed 62.82 per cent polling in 19 wards and 63.42 per cent voting took place in Bhikhiwind. Deputy Commissionercum-District Electoral Officer (DEO) Kulwant Singh said the counting will commence at 9 am today. He said counting will be held at Guru Nanak Dev University College, Patti, and at Inder Kumar Gujral Punjab Technical University (Campus), Bhikhiwind. Sub-Divisonal Magistrate Rajesh Sharma and Tarn Taran SDM Rajnish Arora had been appointed Returning Officers for Patti and Bhikhiwind, respectively, said the Deputy Commissioner. He said supervisors and assistant counting supervisors have been appointed in both the civic bodies. Fate of 100 candidates from the Patti Municpal Council (54) and Bhikhwind nagar panchayat (46) will be decid- CIVIC BODY POLLResults will show political mood of voters: Observers Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 16 Though results of the civic body poll and bypoll in Ward No. 37 of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation will not change scenario at the statelevel, but political observers believe that the results will be an indication of which way the wind is blowing. Counting of votes will be held on Wednesday for the civic bodies of Majitha, Jandiala Guru, Ramdas, Ajnala, Rayya and Ward No. 37 (bypoll), which went to polls on February 14 . Ward No. 37 bypoll In 85-member Amritsar Municipal Corporation, winning or losing Ward No.37 would not dent Congress’s fortunes as the party already has 64 councillors and enjoys the support of eight Independent councillors. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have seven and six coucillors, respectively. Defeat of Congress candidate would mean rejection of the state government’s policies by masses. However, chances of defeat of Congress nominee were negligible. Majitha, Jandiala Guru In Majitha, which had emerged as a parallel-power centre during the 10-year tenure of SAD and BJP government, Akalis were likely to lose its majority. Earlier, SAD had a majority in the civic body comprising 13 wards. With Bikram Singh Majitha emerging as a powerful political figure, getting a majority would further strengthen his position. Moreover, it was already a moral victory for Akalis as their estranged partner, BJP failed to even , field a single candidate. Jandiala Guru, a historic town, 15 km away from here may have voted in favour of the Opposition, especially Cops guard a strongroom (Ward No. 37) at Mai Bhago Government Polytechnic College in Amritsar on Tuesday. COUNTING OF VOTES TO BEGIN AT 9 AM FATE OF 295 CANDIDATES TO BE DECIDED Counting of votes will start at 9 am at all five counting centres. With three rounds of counting and a maximum of 15 wards for any local body, the results will be out by noon. As a precaution measure, the district administration has announced holiday at all the educational institutions where counting will be held. CONSTITUENCY RAMDAS MAJITHA RAYYA AJNALA JANDIALA GURU MC WARD 37 (BYPOLL) Of 68 wards, including Ward No. 37 in the city for which the elections were held, the Congress is the only party, which had fielded candidates from all wards. Akalis contested on 66 wards as it had not fielded any candidates from two wards of Jandiala Guru. AAP fielded candidates from 66 wards as it had no candidate for one seat each in Ajnala and Jandiala. However, BJP fielded its candidates on 22 seats only. With one BSP nominee, a total of 72 Independents were in the fray. WARDS CANDIDATES 11 13 13 15 15 1 SAD, said political observers. SAD leader Malkiat Singh AR, who had been MLA from the Jandiala Guru segment from 2007 to 2012, said no development works were undertaken in the constituency since Congress formed the 58 43 55 66 68 5 government in 2017. Ramdas, Ajnala, Rayya Ramdas and Ajnala, which had witnessed 82 per cent and 79 per cent voting, respectively, has become a prestige issue for an incumbent Congress MLA Harpartap Singh Ajnala. Political pundits believe that the voting pattern in both the towns indicates that these were likely to go in the ruling party’s kitty. In Rayya, too, the results were expected to come in favour of Congress. New courses, changes in syllabi get nod at academic council meet Tribune News Service KEY DECISIONS ■ Master of Computer Application degree done under distance education mode from Kurukshetra University will now be equivalent to MCA degree of this university ■ Now, the degree of BCom (business studies) done through distance education mode from Annamalai University to seek admission in LLB of GNDU has also been approved ■The nutrition-related subjects studied in Bachelor of Food Science & Tech (Hons) degree from GNDU will now be recognised as equivalent to the subject of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics (vocational) studied in BA/BSc ties/institutions (within its territorial jurisdiction) in conformity with the UGC specification of degrees, 2014, and approval given by the UGCDEB/erstwhile DEC for the particular session will be recognised as equivalent to the corresponding degrees and postgraduate diplomas offered through conventional mode of the varsity. The council also approved the degree of B Com (business studies) done through distance education mode from Annamalai University to seek admission in LLB of this university. The nutrition-related subjects studied in Bachelor of Food Science & Technology (hons) degree from GNDU will now be recognised as equivalent to the subject of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics (vocational) studied in BA/BSc degree. Similarly, B Lib and Information Science and M Lib and Information Science degrees passed under Distance Education Mode from Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, will be recognised as equivalent to B Lib and Info Science and M Lib and Information Science degree of GNDU. The meeting also recommended the LLB (five-year integrated course) passed under regular mode from the varsity be recognised as equivalent to LLB (threeyear course) of the university. The meet recommended that the candidate concerned is eligible to take admission in MBA on the basis of having passed B Com through Directorate of Distance Education mode (ODL) from University of Jammu, Jammu. BSc degree passed along with subjects of English, Punjabi, computer science, economics, mathematics/ quantitative techniquies or any other subjects as per combination prescribed by the university be recognised at par with BA of this university. c m y b Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 16 Some unidentified persons attempted to set mosque afire in the Chheharta area last night. Panic gripped Muslim community after the incident. According to information, someone used petrol or kerosene filled bottle to burn the main entrance of Masjid Deen Mohammad. A small portion along with gate had caught fire. No loss of human life was reported. Mohammad Maqbool, a Namaji (devotee) at mosque, said, “I reached here around 5 am and found that someone tried to set afire main gate of the mosque. We informed the police. A police team reached the spot and assured to take appropriate action. There was no witness to the incident as the mosque was closed at night. The accused have used beer bottle to carry the fuel”. The Chheharta police have recovered some CCTV footage and are investigating the matter. Dev Dutt Sharma, ed today. Five nominees of Congress will be elected unopposed from Patti as nobody filed their nomination papers against them. The BJP contested on only three wards in Patti and failed to field even a single candidate in Bhikhiwind. Three Independents were also in the fray. The Shiromani Akali Dal and Aam Aadmi Party leaders had levelled allegations of booth capturing and other irregularities in both the towns. A firing incident also took place in Patti and a case against the Congressmen was registered by the police on Monday. Amarjit Singh Dhillon, former chief of Bhikhiwind nagar panchayat, who contested as a SAD candidate from Ward No. 6 said though Congress had misused official machinery during the polls, but Akalis would win all the wards as voters were with them. Ranbir Singh, AAP candidate from Ward No. 1 of Bhikhiwind, said they would win a couple of wards despite pressure tactics applied by Congress. He said the police and the administration remained mute spectators when Congress workers captured booths in Bhikhiwind. All security arrangements are complete at Bhikhiwind counting centre. Now, GNDU to recognise equivalent Attempt to set mosque afire degrees, courses from other varsities in Chheharta, case registered Amritsar, February 16 Approval to new courses in colleges, discontinuation of a few and changes in syllabi were the key decisions taken during academic council meeting held on Tuesday at Guru Nanak Dev University. Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Vice-Chancellor, GNDU, cleared the process of recognition of equivalent degrees and courses from the new session onwards. Master of Computer Application degree passed under Distance Education Mode from Kurukshetra University will now be equivalent to Master of Computer Application degree of this university. Class XII examinations passed from various countries, which has been received through ICCR under scholarship scheme for admission to higher courses, have also been approved at the meeting. Degrees at undergraduate, postgraduate levels and postgraduate diplomas awarded through Open and Distance Learning mode (ODL) by the various statutory universi- PAGE 4 Assistant Commissioner of Police, reached the spot and stated that scattered parts of beer bottle had been seized. The statements of locals have been recorded. The police would arrest the accused soon, he said. A case has been registered in this regard. Manik Ali, president, mosque committee, said, “All community members are in deep shock. We have visited the police station and demanded immediate arrest of accused responsible for the incident”. A devotee points to a wall bearing burn marks at the entrance of Masjid Deen Mohammad. Events organised to celebrate birth anniv of Sir Chhotu Ram Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 16 As part of the ongoing agitation against the three controversial agriculture related laws, farmers held events at different towns and villages of the district to celebrate the birth anniversary of Sir Chhotu Ram. The events were organised as part of the nationwide call given by the Samyukat Kisan Morcha. The farmers also organised an event at Bhandari bridge. Speaking on the occasion, Rattan Singh Randhawa, a prominent farmer leader, said: “Sir Chhotu Ram was a nationallevel farmer leader who dedicated his entire life for the welfare of the farmers.” Randhawa lamented that his contribution towards nation building were immense but not remembered by farmers and governments. He was instrumental in decisions as complete debt waiver, arrangement of mandis for sale of food grains and helping farmers get credit facilities from the government. Sir Chhotu Ram was the Minister of Agriculture in 1938-1939.
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