20022021-ATR-01.qxd 2/19/2021 11:22 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE EMOTIONS, LIFE EXPERIENCES DEFINE POETRY, SAYS PATAR Dr Surjit Patar said the process of creating poetry required intensity, craft and understanding of the language. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF Balraj Kumar, Regional Passport Officer, addresses mediapersons in Amritsar. PAGE 2 AMAZON PRIME ANNOUNCES SHAHID’S DIGITAL DEBUT Amritsar: The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, has integrated Passport Sewa Portal (PSP) application with Digilocker to enable sharing of e-documents with passport sewa via a mechanism for verification of documents online. Now applicants can share their documents issued by the government agencies from their Digilocker account to passport sewa system while filling the passport application form and it can be done at self-declaration screen and upload supporting documents screen. The department has issued directions to upload the Digilocker documents to passport sewa system on its website. TNS JAIL INMATE HELD WITH INTOXICANTS Amritsar: Amritsar jail authorities on Thursday arrested a jail inmate who was found sneaking sedative pills inside the jail premises by hiding it in his private parts. He was identified as Mahal Singh, a resident of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar area here. He had gone for hearing in the court and on his return, the jail staff confiscated the contraband. Ravel Singh, Assistant Superintendent, Central Jail, said the staff recovered 75 intoxicating tablets from his possession. A case has been registered against him. TNS RAJEEV SIDDHARTHA ON BEING A PART OF TELEPLAY ADHE ADHURE Amazon Prime Video announced its upcoming yet-to-be-titled series featuring Shahid Kapoor in the lead. MAX 23°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:21 PM PAGE 4 One of the most significant plays in the history of Indian theatre, Adhe Adhure was published in 1968. SUNRISE SUNDAY 7:06 AM Eight years after murder of 9-yr-old, police stay clueless SATURDAY | 20 FEBRUARY 2021 | AMRITSAR Putlighar blast: Residents protest over compensation File closure report; court fixes Feb 22 as next date for consideration PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service NOW, PASSPORT CHECK MADE EASY PAGE 3 Amritsar, February 19 Eight years after the brutal murder of a nine-year-old boy, Gurkirat Singh of Verka, the police have filed a closure report as it failed to crack the case despite formation of several Special Investigation Teams (SITs). The closure report was submitted in the Court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Meenakshi Mahajan a week ago. The court fixed February 22 as the next date for consideration of the closure report. Gurkirat’s family members expressed dissatisfaction over the investigation carried out by the police. They had been demanding a CBI probe for the last three years and had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this connection. Ironically, the police had prepared the closure report in 2016, but it filed the same in the court only a few days ago keeping the family in the dark. Gurkirat (inset) went missing from outside his house in November 2012. Later, his body was found dumped in a secluded building, a few metres away from his residence. TRIBUNE FILE Angrej Singh, father of Gurkirat, said, “The police had been repeatedly telling us that that investigation was underway.” He said the state government should hand over the case to the CBI. Sarabjit Singh, principal investigator, Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), who had been closely moni- toring the case, said though the police had been telling the aggrieved family that they were probing the case, but in the last four years, they had not made any proceedings in the case, which indicated nonseriousness on their part. The closure report submitted in the court was prepared in 2016. It’s also a matter of investigation that if the police had not made any proceedings in the case for four years, then why it had not submitted it earlier. Gurkirat went missing from outside his house in November 2012. Later, his body was found dumped in a secluded building, a few metres away from his residence. After the police failed to crack the case, the victim’s father approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court for handing over the probe to the CBI in 2013. In January 2015, the then Commissioner of Police, Jatinder Singh Aulakh, filed an affidavit in the court stating that the SIT constituted to solve the case did not intend to hand over the case to the CBI. He had further claimed that the case would be solved. In December 2015, the police filed an affidavit in the High Court seeking six more months as officials claimed that they were on the verge of cracking the case. Residents of Luv Kush Nagar area hold a demonstration at Putlighar Chowk in Amritsar on Friday. Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 19 Angered over the failure of the Punjab Government and the district administration to provide justice to the family members of the Putlighar bomb blast victims, residents of the Luv Kush Nagar area, led by the Bhartiya Moolnivasi Mukti Morcha, the Democratic Party of India and the Manav Adhikar Sangharsh Committee, held a demonstration at Putlighar Chowk here on Friday. The residents alleged that even after a lapse of nearly one and a half years, the government failed to provide compensation or government job to kin of the victim. On September 23, 2019, a blast at the residence of a scrap dealer in the Luv Kush Nagar area had claimed the lives of two persons — Rattan Lal and Rajinder Singh — while around six persons were injured. They had blamed the police Bhandal takes charge as DCP (Law & Order) Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 19 Parminder Singh Bhandal on Friday joined as the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) of Amritsar (City) after his promotion. He was earlier posted as the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) here. He took over the charge after DCP Jagmohan Singh was transferred to Jalandhar. While taking over the charge, he said maintaining law and order would be his top priority. An Arjuna awardee, Bhandal was an international basket ball player and represented India. He was awarded with Maharaja Ranjit Singh award in 1987. He was conferred Arjuna award in 2001. He joined the Punjab Police as an Assistant Sub-Inspector in 1990. Earlier, he was deployed at Sports Centre Jalandhar from 1990 to 2005. He remained at different positions, including Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Jalandhar, ADCP (Traffic) Jalandhar, Superintendent of Police Phagwara, Superintendent of Police (City) Mohali, Superintendent of Police Ropar, Superintendent of Police (D) Jalandhar, and ADCP (Traffic Amritsar. Bhandal’s father was an ex-serviceman while his two daughters were also national-level tennis players. administration for the blast. They had claimed that the police had got the Cantonment police station cleaned and the scrap was sold to the scrap dealer by the police. The dealer brought the same to his residence in the congested Luv Kush colony. The residents said it was sheer negligence on the part of the police which failed to locate the hand grenades while cleaning the scrap that blasted leaving two persons, continued on page 2 HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: TODAY’S COVID UPDATE NEW CASES: 16 TOTAL CASES: 15,325 NEW DEATHS: 1 TOTAL DEATHS: 589 NEW RECOVERY: 13 TOTAL RECOVERY 14,525 ACTIVE 211 0183-2500398, 2500498, 2500598 ■ Health Department helpline: 0183-2535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) Now, grow your food the hydroponic way Batala man, his mother-in-law Soil-less farming gaining momentum in state, say experts attacked in Neha Saini Ranjit Avenue Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 19 While the state government has been encouraging the shift towards organic farming and research in agronomical sciences, city institutes of higher learning too are doing their bit to encourage agrientreprenuers, introducing science-backed techniques of natural farming as part of the curriculum. Bringing in concepts of vertical farming, hydroponics/aquaponic farming and shifting to lesser water consuming crops, the focus seems to be on growing yield in a sustainable manner. Sharing more such concepts of natural farming at the Friday Organic Market, a team of agricultural experts and students interacted with the consumers to promote the practice of growing your own food. “Keeping an eye on the future of farming in India and at global scale, it becomes important to move beyond the gardening and understand the process behind growing food. We have been introducing weekly courses in creating kitchen gardens, rooftop gardens, hydroponics for general public apart from running specific workshops to encourage a community movement towards natural farming,” said Ragini Sharma, director (finance), Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology. Running multiple natural farming learning programme Tribune News Service Experts from Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology at Friday Organic Market in Amritsar. KNOW THE TECHNIQUE ■ Hydroponics is a technique now used across the world to create compact, temperature controlled, terrace farms, that does not require soil to grow leafy crops. It includes growing potted plants arranged in stacks vertically, using drip irrigation system. One can grow leafy vegetables, cherry tomatoes, strawberries etc using this technique at home at its agro farms, the college has recently created a mini forest, with an aim to promote garden learning programme for school students. The recent additions to the organic farm is a hydroponic vertical and ayurvedic medicinal farm. “Hydroponics is a technique now used across the world to create compact, temperature controlled, terrace farms, that does not require soil to grow leafy crops. It includes growing potted plants arranged in stacks vertically, using drip irrigation system. One can grow leafy vegetables, cherry tomatoes, strawberries etc using this technique at home. Also, the concept of liquid manure is being promoted by us, where we use water from fish pond for irrigation. The water has high nitrogen content and other nutrients required for boosting soil fertility,” said SM Bhatt, Associate Professor, Department of Agriculture, ACET. The college has been getting a lot of foreign students for its organic farming course, especially from Nepal. “There is a great potential for employment in the field of natural and organic farming and this field also offers opportunity for selfemployment. A lot of organisations worldwide have been promoting the shift toward sustainable food habits, including growing and consuming crops that do not exploit natural resources. We are promoting millets, and variety of black rice and wheat,” he informed. The team has already conducted workshops for local farmers, especially the ones with small land holding to encourage them to grow millets and reduce the paddy /wheat crop cycle. c m y b Amritsar, February 19 Several armed persons attacked a man and his mother-in-law near a reputed hotel in the Ranjit Avenue area here on Friday. The victim was identified as Ravinderpal and his motherin-law Vijaya, both residents of Dhupsadi village in Batala. They were rushed to a private hospital where they were under treatment. An old enmity is stated to be the reason behind the assault. Robin Hans, SHO, Ranjit Avenue police station, said Ravinderpal had come to attend the ring ceremony of his brother-in-law in Best Western Marrian hotel in Ranjit Avenue. He was standing near the hotel when unknown persons led by Ajaypal Singh of Dhupsadi village came on the scene in a car and assaulted Ravinderpal with sharp weapons leaving him seriously injured. When his mother-in-law Vijaya tried to intervene, they also assaulted her. They were immediately rushed to a private hospital for treatment. He said investigations were under progress and a case would be registered against Ajaypal and his unknown accomplices after recording the statement of the victims. He said an old enmity was the cause behind the attack. CHANDIGARH SCO: 1,2,3, SECTOR 17D, +91 172 - 478 4799 +91 172 - 473 4799 THE RAAS sale DELHI | CHANDIGARH | LONDON + 9 1 1 1 40708899 | + 9 1 9 81 0558000 | w w w. f rontier raas.co m
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