22022021-ATR-01.qxd 2/21/2021 10:27 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE MC’S PLAINT REDRESSAL SYSTEM NEEDS A COMPLETE OVERHAUL Locals opine that staff needs to be more committed to its job and work out ways for a streamlined grievance cell. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF FIVE BOOKED FOR ABDUCTING TEEN Tarn Taran: The police on Saturday booked five members of a family for abducting a teenage girl on the pretext of marrying her. The incident happened on Friday. They were neighbours of the girl. The accused had been identified as Harpreet Singh, his father Tarsem Singh, mother Ninder Kaur, brother Yadwinder Singh and his wife Amandeep Kaur. In her complaint to the Khemkaran police, the victim’s mother stated that one of the accused, Ninder Kaur, came to their house on Friday evening and took her daughter for facemask work. Then Ninder in connivance with other members of the family abducted her daughter and took her to some unknown destination. The police said a case under Sections 363, 366-A and 120-B of the IPC had been registered against the accused. oc SEWA KENDRA BURGLED IN CITY Amritsar: Unknown burglars targeted a Sewa Kendra located on Mehta Chowk area on Friday night and decamped with cash and other items. The incident came to light when senior computer operator Mohanjit Kaur reached the office the next day. She stated to the police that on Friday, at 5 in the evening, she, along with her staff shutdown the office and went to their homes. She said on Saturday morning, when they reached the Sewa Kendra, they found the locks of the outer gate broken. The unknown persons decamped with an air conditioner, web cam, NVR and Rs 4,930 from the draw. The police have registered a case under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC against unidentified persons. TNS MOBILE SEIZED FROM GANGSTER Amritsar: Amritsar Central Jail staff seized a mobile phone from the possession of notorious gangster Jasbir Singh, alias Jasbir Angarhiya, on Saturday. He was recently brought on a production warrant by the counterintelligence in connection with alleged Khalistani module in which it had nabbed Jagdev Singh from Lucknow while his accomplice Jagroop Singh was nabbed from Rampur Jheete village. According to Balwinder Singh, Assistant Superintendent, Central Jail, during patrolling, staff found him hiding something in the bathroom of cell No. 10. During checking, a smart phone was found without SIM from his possession. The police have registered a case under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisons Act. TNS 27-YR-OLD KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT Tarn Taran: Harjit Singh (27), a resident of nearby Jhander village, died in a road accident when a bus hit their motorcycle on the National Highway 54 (Goindwal Sahib bypass) on Saturday. Harjit Singh along with his nephew Sona Singh was on the motorcycle when a bus of the Dashmesh Service hit their motorcycle. Harjit Singh received head injuries and died on the spot. The bus driver, identified as Kuldeep Singh of Dhadde village in Bathinda district, has been booked under Sections 302-A, 279, 427 and 337 of the IPC by the local Sadar police. OC PAGE 2 FARHAN AKHTAR COMES OUT IN SUPPORT OF ARJUN TENDULKAR PAGE 3 SALMAN LENDS HIS VOICE IN UPCOMING SHOW BAWARA DIL Arjun Tendulkar, son of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, has been picked up by Mumbai Indians at IPL auctions. MAX 25°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:22 PM PAGE 4 Salman Khan will be seen in a new avatar of a narrator in the opening episode of upcoming show Bawara Dil. SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:04 AM MONDAY | 22 FEBRUARY 2021 | AMRITSAR Struggling hoteliers fail to pay Civic body to put leash on stray dog menace in city property tax, MC revenue hit To sterilise 5K more canines, sanctions ~45 L for drive COVID EFFECTHotel biz yet to emerge from lockdown pangs Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 21 The Covid-19 induced lockdown has affected the city’s hotel industry, which further hit the tax recovery of Municipal Corporation Amritsar (MCA). The MC officials claimed that the hoteliers are reluctant to pay the tax due to slow revival of the industry. Tourism in the city is the backbone of several trades in the city but hotel industry is one of the major beneficiaries. Though other trades have been revived, the hotel industry has still not recovered properly. The influx of tourists has still not revived due to restriction on traveling. Moreover, a large number of hotels were closed for eight to nine months. The hoteliers were expecting a tax waiver for the current year. Hotels near the Golden Temple are not getting enough tourists. ❝A major amount of property tax comes from of commercial establishments. Undoubtedly, all kinds trades have been badly hit due to Covid-19 lockdown. ❞ Pardeep Rajput, NODAL OFFICER FOR PROPERTY TAX, MUNICIPAL CORPORATION Pardeep Rajput, a nodal officer for the property tax at the Municipal Corporation, said: “A major amount of property tax comes from commercial establishments. Undoubtedly, all kinds of trades have been badly hit due to Covid-19 lockdown. We also witnessed a loss of Rs 9 crore of property tax. The hotel industry is one of the major revenue sources. The hotels remained closed since March and are still facing low occupancy, so it also affected the tax collection of the MC. Jatinder Singh Bhatia, president, Federation of Hotel and Guest House, said: “Hoteliers are paying tax but it is true that the lockdown hit the industry most. The occupancy is still 15 to 20 per cent in the hotels. The rail service and international flights have not revived. We are dependent on tourists from other states or international tourists. Local tourists not stay in the hotels. We have written to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to wave off the taxes but not get any response. Now, we will meet him and ask to wave off the taxes as it is difficult to pay power bills and taxes from pocket.” Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 21 After the failure of the several dog sterilisation attempts, the MC is all set to initiate the drive for 5,000 dogs. The MC General House had sanctioned ~45 lakh at a meeting on December 31. Now, it is being expected that the Finance and Contract Committee meeting would give its nod on Monday. According to the official figure, the city has more than 30,000 stray dogs. In December 2018, the civic body had initiated a pilot project by spending ~18 lakh on sterilisation of 2,000 stray dogs. Due to poor infrastructure, the MC sterilised only 1,451 dogs in two years. MC had hired a firm but the infrastructure was not available. The doctors were able to sterilise 80 dogs per week. The project of 2,000 dogs is still underway. Mayor Karmajit Singh Rintu claimed that the new dog No salary, truck driver kills self Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 21 Gulzari Lal, a resident of Indira Colony, committed suicide by hanging with an iron rod in his truck here on Saturday. The police have booked the owner of the truck, Nirmal Kumar of Paris Town on Batala road, on the charge of abetting suicide following a complaint by deceased’s wife Kavita. She stated to the Mohkampura police that her husband used to work as a driver at transport truck owned by Nirmal Kumar. She said her hus- band borrowed ~50,000 in October 2019 from him for daughter’s marriage. She said the accused was not giving him salary for the past some time and he was perturbed over it. She said Gulzari Lal told her about this. She said when he demanded the same from his owner, he allegedly insulted him. On Saturday, his body was found hanging with an iron grill of the truck. The police have registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC against Nirmal Kumar in this regard. Further investigation was on, while the accused is on the run. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: DOG STERILISATION CENTRE UNDER CONSTRUCTION ■ Mayor Karmajit Singh Rintu said new dog sterilisation centre is under construction at Naraingarh. It will have a capacity to sterilise 200 dogs weekly. Now, the MC has decided to go for the sterilisation of 5,000 dogs. The expected amount for sterilisation is ~45 lakh. With the setting up of the new centre, the sterilisation process would speed up. sterilisation centre is under construction at Naraingarh, which will have a capacity to sterilise 200 dogs weekly. Now, the MC has decided to go for the sterilisation of 5,000 dogs. The expected amount for sterilisation is ~45 lakh. Such drives have been started in the past, but couldn’t succeed due to inadequate infrastructure and shortage of funds. Earlier, the civic body had started such a drive in March 2017, but failed to achieve success. Saka Nankana Sahib centenary observed Tribune News Service ■ AAP volunteers protest against continuous rise in fuel prices in Amritsar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO AAP protests fuel price hike Amritsar, February 21 A function to mark the centenary of the Nankana Sahib massacre was organised at the government school in Fatehpur Rajputtan village near here on Sunday. The event was organised by the Vegetable Growers’ Association under the aegis of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha. On the occasion, kavishars and dhadis sung ballads to pay tributes to the martyrs of Saka Nankana Sahib in which over 150 Sikhs were killed mercilessly by then Nankana Sahib Gurdwara mahant Narain Das and his goons. Speaking on the occasion, National Federation of Indian Women general secretary Annie Raja said the farmers’ agitation was also being held on the path shown by the great martyrs of the Nankana Sahib massacre. “A century ago too, the people of Punjab had shown a way to the country and fought against a tyrant government. At present also, Punjabis are the torch-bearers who have stood against The Nankana Sahib massacre refers to the grim episode during the Gurdwara Reform Movement in which a peaceful batch of reformist Sikhs were subjected to a murderous assault on February 20, 1921, at a gurdwara at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of first Sikh master Guru Nanak Dev. injustice,” she said. While paying tributes to the martyrs, the speakers discussed the ongoing farmers’ protest and asked people to stand united. They said the protest would continue until the three agriculture laws were repealed. Amarjit Singh Bandala, a member of the management committee of gurdwara built in memory of the martyrs, also urged the people to fight against the draconian laws. Others who addressed the gathering included Lakhbir Singh Nizampur, Rattan Singh Randhawa, Harjit Singh Shahzada, Kashmir Singh Ferozepur, Mahavir Singh Patti, Bhupinder Singh Tirath Pura, Raj Bir Singh, Avtar Singh Fatehpur, etc. Amritsar, February 21 AAP volunteers staged a protest against spiralling rise in prices of petrol, diesel, gas and other essential commodities on Sunday evening. Led by AAP district president Parminder Singh Sethi, they raised slogans against the government for com- pletely ignoring the masses. They held a demonstration against the union and state governments for not reducing taxes on fossil fuels to provide respite to people from the middle and lower income group families. Sethi said prices of petrol and diesel have risen for at least 12 days this month only. He alleged that the state gov- ernment was equally responsible as it had not attempted to reduce taxes on petrol and diesel in the state. The inflation in essential commodities is the most worrisome for those families who either lost their jobs or had their salaries cut following the Covid-19 lockdown and the resultant economic crises. ‘Link employment with mother tongue to ensure its survival’ Residents hold Parbhat Pheri against farm laws Couple lose ~80K to snatchers Punjabi writers call for revitalising Maa Boli Our Correspondent TODAY’S COVID UPDATE NEW CASES: 45 TOTAL CASES: 15,404 NEW DEATHS: 0 TOTAL DEATHS: 589 NEW RECOVERY: 18 TOTAL RECOVERY 14,558 ACTIVE 257 Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 21 A majority of Punjabi writers took part in the Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha and Amritsar Sahit Chintan Manch and organised ‘Maa Boli’ day on Sunday. They voiced a unanimous opinion that only those languages which remain in professional and daily usage tend to survive in the current times. They were speaking at a seminar held to mark the ‘Maa Boli’ day, which was dedicated to farmers’ agitation, seeking repeal of three farm laws, on Sunday. Deep Davinder Singh, 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) general secretary of Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, stated that the subject of the seminar was mother tongue and employment avenues. He said the development of a given geographical area was associated with the native language. Gathered at comrade Sohan Singh Josh district library, Malwinder, Dr Prabhjot Kaur Sandhu, Harpal Singh Nagra, Sarbjit Sandhu, Dr Mohan and Dr Bhupinder Singh stated that there was need to associate the mother tongue with employment to ensure its survival. Books for medical, legal, technical and other Tribune News Service subjects should be available in Punjabi. Permanent Punjabi teachers must be appointed in schools, colleges and other educational institutes in the state. It will ensure plenty of employment resources for those attaining higher qualification in the mother tongue. They stressed that the mother tongue must be given priority in homes and business establishments. On this occasion, Manmohan Singh Dhillon, Raj Pal Baath, Satinder, Surkhab, Baljinder Mangat, Chan Amrik, Jaswant, Rajwinder Raj and others read poems. c m y b Tarn Taran, February 21 Residents of Jatti Umra village organised a ‘Parbhat Pheri’ in protest against the three farm laws here on Sunday. The village was of the special historic importance as it was the ancestral village of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The protesters in large numbers, including men, women and youth, led by Dilbag Singh, sarpanch of the village, participated in the ‘Parbhat Pheri ’. The march after passing through various streets and bazars of village reached farm houses in the village where the participants were given warm welcome by the residents. Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 21 Two incidents of crime were reported in Amritsar rural area on Saturday. In the first incident, Sarkara Singh (76), a resident of Tong village, stated that at around 2.15 pm on Saturday, he, along with his wife, was returning home on his bike after withdrawing cash from a bank branch. He said they were going along the Rayya canal and when they reached near Nijjar village, two motorcycleborne persons came from the rear and snatched the purse of his wife who was riding pillion. He said the purse contained Rs 80,000. Sarkara said the accused sped away after the incident as he and his wife fell off the bike. The Beas police have registered a case. The second incident took place near the Majitha railway crossing when local resident Tarsem Lal of Vadda Haripura in Islamabad locality was returning to Amritsar on Saturday. The victim told the police that he had gone to Majitha for some personal work. When he was returning on his scooter (PB-02-DL-4673), he was pushed off his scooter near the Majitha railway crossing by three bike-borne persons. As soon as he fell off the scooter, the miscreants fled away with his scooter. The Majitha police have registered a case. 13-year-old killed in celebratory firing Tarn Taran: A 13-year-old boy, identified as Jashandeep Singh, was killed during celebratory gunshots being fired during a marriage function in the border village of Dubli village here on Saturday night. Joginder Singh of the same village was seriously injured. The injured was admitted to a private hospital in Amritsar. During the function of Sukhwant Singh’s son, his family members were dancing and celebratory gunshots were being fired. Both Jashandeep Singh and Joginder Singh, who were not among the invitees, were standing there and received bullet injuries. Both were admitted to Amritsar hospital where Jashandeep Singh died this morning. The Patti Sadar police had registered a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of Arms Act against Gurlal Singh of Narli and Harwinder Singh of Dubli who are on the run. — OC
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