29032021-ATR-01.qxd 3/28/2021 10:22 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE COMPLETE OVERHAUL OF OLD PIPELINES IS THE ONLY ANSWER PAGE 2 Pencilling in a solution, citizens underline restructure of old lines as best option to solve this problem. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 230-KG LAHAN SEIZED, 1 HELD Tarn Taran: The Chabal police on Saturday raided the residences of two women of the area and seized 230 kg of lahan. While one woman was arrested, the other managed to flee from the spot. The police on Sunday said that they seized 150 kg of lahan from the residence of Ranjit Kaur of Kot Dharam Chand Kalan. She is absconding. The police seized 80 kg of lahan from the residence of Devinder Kaur of Gaggobua village who was arrested on the spot. Cases under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act had been registered by Chabal police. OC 2 HELD WITH PISTOL, STOLEN BIKE Tarn Taran: A police team led by ASI Kartar Singh of the local antinarcotics cell arrested two persons and recovered a country-made pistol and a stolen Bullet motorcycle (without registration number) at a naka set up at Booh village near Harike. The accused have been identified as Parminder Singh of Makhu and Gurbaj Singh of Karnal (Haryana). The accused were in the area to sell the stolen motorcycle. Both have been booked under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act by the Harike police. OC ROBBERY BID AT PETROL PUMP Amritsar: Two unknown persons tried to rob a petrol pump in Sohian Khurd village falling under the Kamboh police station here on late Thursday evening. However, as the salesman scuffled with the robbers, they fled the spot. Anil Kumar said he was filling petrol in vehicles when two Sikh youth came on a bike and got petrol worth ~500 filled in the bike. He said when he demanded money the accused took out a pistol and demanded the cash. He said he resisted their attempt and entered into a scuffle. Following this, the accused fled the spot. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B of the IPC and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. TNS WORLD THEATRE DAY CELEBRATED Amritsar: GSK Production celebrated World Theatre Day at Rani Ka Bagh. Senior theatre artiste Vijay Sharma said life was the biggest theatre and each person comes here to enact a role. He said: “The International Theatre Institute initiated the World Theatre Day in 1962. One of the foremost messages of the day is theme of theatre and a culture of peace.” Poet Dev Dard read some poems. Short story writer Deep Davinder said story and theatre had a strong link. Narration of a story becomes effective with strong presentation in theatre, he said. Theater artistes Kajal and Meenu said this medium offered a platform to women to rise above societal thinking. TNS PRIVATE SECURITY AGENCIES FLAYED Tarn Taran: The local unit of the Sabak Sainik Sangharsh Committee in its meeting organised here on Sunday condemned managements of private security agencies for giving meagre salaries to exservicemen. Harbhal Singh and Pargat Singh among others addressed the meeting. They alleged such agencies, which are mostly managed by retired Army officers, were not giving decent salaries to the ex-servicemen. OC PAGE 3 ACTOR VARUN DHAWAN TO PLAY A HANDICAPPED COP 10-EPISODE SERIES BIG SHOT TO PREMIERE ON OTT PLATFORM Varun is all set to play the role of a handicapped cop in a movie, which is based on Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru. MAX 34°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:48 PM PAGE 4 Disney+Hotstar announces release date of Big Shot as April 16, which features Korn, who is ousted from NCAA. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:21 AM MONDAY | 29 MARCH 2021 | AMRITSAR At 372, dist records second highest 1-day spike in cases 4,292 fresh infections, 67 deaths reported in March so far Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 28 In the second highest singleday spike of 372 cases of Covid19 since September last year, the district reported a total of 372 new cases here on Sunday. With these fresh cases, the district has crossed the 20,000 mark and reached 20,026. Besides, the district reported four deaths due to Covid-19. The deceased have been identified as 10-year-old Satnam Singh, a resident of Ajnala, 76year-old Usha Honda, 63-yearold Manju, a resident of Islamabad locality and 78-year-old Jasveer Kaur, a resident of HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 372 20,026 4 662 115 16,693 2,675 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) Muchhal village. The new cases include 273 influenza-like illness cases and 99 contacts of positive cases. In March, the district has reported a total of 4,292 cases and 67 deaths. In comparison, the district had reported a total Man thrashed to death Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 28 A man was thrashed to death over domestic dispute in Bhindi Saida village on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Piara Singh. The accused have been identified as Hardip Singh and Gian Singh. Satnam Singh, son of the deceased, told the police that Gian Singh was his maternal uncle and he had a dispute with his son Hardip Singh. He said on Friday, Gian came to his father and asked for his intervention and urge Hardip not to quarrel with their family. He said when his father did not return till late evening, he went to Gian’s house. He Asr civic body denotifies 63 slums in city Amritsar, March 28 The Amritsar Municipal Corporation has denotified 63 slums stating that these have been provided basic amenities. These localities were notified as slums over a period of time. Earliler, basic amenities, including potable water supply, sewerage, streets and electricity supply were not properly available in these areas. A survey regarding common amenities in these slums was conducted by the Civil Wing. They reported that these slums were almost developed and basic amenities were made available to residents. The denotified slums include Haripura, Chhota Haripura, Kishan Kot, outside Lahori Gate, outside Lohgarh Gate, Gujjarpura, outside Gilwall gate, outside Bhagtanwala Gate, Guru Nanakpura, Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, Ranjhe Di Haveli, among others. However, people residing in these slums said a lot needs to be done. They said roads were extremely small and serpentine. Drainage system needs upgrade as rainwater accumulates easily. Locals said streetlights were non-operational and its repair work was happening at a snail’s pace. They said slums do not have primary health centres and the MC never bothered to open schools in these areas where school dropout rate was very high among kids. — TNS said when he reached there, he saw Hardip beating his father with sticks, while Gian remained a mute spectator. He said when he raised an alarm, both the accused fled away from the spot. Satnam said his father was seriously injured and he died on the spot. Sub Inspector Harpal Singh said Hardip was arrested by the police, while Gian was on the run. The accused were booked under charges of murder. 2 booked for assaulting woman The Gharinda police have booked two persons for allegedly assaulting a woman with intent to outrage her modesty. No arrest has been made till now while further investigation is under progress. The victim told the police that she had a monetary dispute with Vazir Singh and Achhar Singh, both residents of Dhodiwind village. She said on March 17, she met the accused and demanded her money. She said the accused started dilly-dallying over the issue. She said when she strongly demanded her money back from them, the accused manhandled her. She alleged that Achhar Singh slapped her face and duo torn her clothes making her half-naked. She alleged that they insulted her in full public view. The incident occurred on March 17 while a complaint was lodged with the police only on Saturday. On her statement, the police have registered a case under Sections 354, 341, 323 and 34 of the IPC against Vazir and Achhar Singh. of 644 cases and 12 deaths in the month of February. The spurt in cases had started in the last week of February. The health authorities stated that the testing had also been increased. Officials stated that residents should immediately get themselves tested in case they experience any symptoms associated with the disease. Meanwhile, with recovery of 115 patients, the recovery count has also increased to 16,693. At present, the district has a total of 2,675 active cases. The officials stated that most of the patients are home quarantined. 16 arrested for gambling, ~3.3L seized Amritsar, March 28 The police have arrested as many as 16 persons on the charge of gambling and recovered Rs 3.30 lakh from their possession. All those arrested belonged to the Galti gang. According to the police, following specific inputs a search operation was carried out in the Gujjarpura area. This led to the arrest of these persons. Those arrested were identified as Jogesh Kumar, Surinder, Baldev Parkash, Jasdeep alias Galti, Surjit, Rajesh Soni, Amandeep Sareen, Raj Kumar, Baljinder Kumar, Chetan Khanna, Varun Sharma, Deepak, Gaganpreet, Manish Kumar, Ashutosh and Akashdeep. — TNS Devotees play Holi at the Durgiana Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Covid pours cold water on Holi celebrations yet again Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 28 Before the outbreak of Covid19, Holi celebrations would be at peak during Holika Dahan at the Durgiana Temple here. People from all walks of life came to the temple premises, making a beeline for Laxmi Narayan temple at the Durgiana Temple complex to play Holi with Lord Krishna. Then there was the grand flower Holi celebrations that were held with hundreds in attendance. Many tourists from foreign countries used to visit several temples, including Bijli Pehalwan Mandir, Maha Kali Temple, Gopal Mandir and others to watch the celebrations. Of course, all these events were seen before the outbreak of Covid-19 which has changed the world as we know it. Casting a shadow on the grand Holi celebrations this year, the pandemic restricted festivities to bare minimum as most of the people chose not to venture out on the day. A handful of devotees were allowed to play Holi inside the Durgiana temple premises and the Rath Yatra that the Durgiana Temple Committee take out every year on the occasion, was also cancelled in the wake of the pandemic. “The otherwise elaborate celebrations this year were restricted to only a few devotees coming to the temple and playing Holi. We had asked devotees to come and not halt for a long time on the temple premises to avoid any crowding. The flower Holi too will be celebrated on March 29 with restrictions,” informed Pinkraj, superintendent at the Durgiana Tem- Farmers burn copies of farm laws on Holi eve Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 28 Farmers under the banner of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha burned copies of the three controversial farm laws at Rayya and many other places on the eve of Holi here on Sunday. They said the festival of colours did not hold any meaning for them as their livelihood was at stake. Raising slogans against the Union Government, they demanded a repeal of the three controversial farm laws and a law to guarantee the MSP for different crops. Speaking on the occasion, Gurnam Singh Daud, general secretary of the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha, said the three laws would not only affect farmers but farm labourers, people living in cities, especially those belonging to lower income groups as things of daily use would become costlier and affordable for them. He appealed to all sections of society to join hands with the farmers in their fight against corporatisation of agriculture. To increase the participation of maximum farmers in the ongoing protests on Delhi borders, farmer organizations have divided Rayya block in four zones. The farmer leaders stated that a group from each of the zones would leave for the Singhu border every fortnight and stay there for 15 days. ANGREJ SINGH BAKIPUR REMEMBERED Farmers burn copies of agriculture laws at Rayya on Holi eve on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tarn Taran: On his 18th death anniversary, farmer Angrej Singh Bakipur was paid rich tributes at a congregation organised by the Kisan Sangharsh Committee, Punjab (Kot Budha), at Talwandi village here on Sunday. Angrej Singh was killed on the Mananwala village rail track on March 29, 2004, during a movement launched by farmers against the privatisation of the power sector. Inderjit Singh Kot Budha, president of the committee, and other leaders from different organisations called upon the farmers and other sections of society to come forward to protect their rights as the Union Government was just working in favour of the corporate lobby. ‘1,232 farmers ended life in 4 years in state’ Amritsar, March 28 A total of 1,232 farmers committed suicide in the last four years of the current term of the Congress in the state, but no compensation or job has been given to kin of victims. This was stated by Avinash Rai Khanna, national vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Khanna Samarak here on Saturday. He was here to review the performance of Amarinder Singh-led Congress government during the last four years. Speaking on the occasion, Khanna said Capt Amarinder Singh took an oath to put an end to the drugs menace after taking the holy Gutka Sahib in his hands but more than 120 persons died after consuming illicit liquor in Taran Tarn last c m y b year. “The incumbent government failed on every front. Actually, there is no government in the state. The law and order situation is worse. The government is sheltering gangsters from UP in its jails and the Supreme Court has intervened to shift Ansari from Ropar to UP . Incidents of robbery, snatching and loot have become daily routine. Two Dalit sisters were murdered in board daylight, but the government failed to take any action. The Haryana Government set an example by convicting the culprits of Nikita within five months,” said Khanna. The BJP leader claimed that the Congress government did not fulfill even a single promise mentioned in its poll manifesto during the last four years. Owing to law and order problem, development is not happening in Punjab. “The Congress had imposed Emergency in the country to suppress the voice of the public. During recent the Municipal Council elections, the Congress government murdered democracy. BJP candidates were tortured and implicated in false cases,” said Khanna. “Before the Assembly elections, the Congress announced that they would provide jobs to unemployed youth. Unemployed persons were asked to fill the forms. Not a single job was given during the last four years. Punjab should get rid of the Congress,” he added. Several senior leaders of the BJP were also present on the occasion. — TNS ple Committee office. Devotees too refrained from indulging in prolonged festivities. Aditya Sharma, a small business owner from Hathi Gate, who comes to celebrate Holi at the Durgiana temple every year with his friends, said, “This year, a lot of people have lost their loved ones to Covid-19. So, the mood to celebrate the festival remains low. Also, with masks on and following guidelines do not make it possible to enjoy Holi as it is.” Meanwhile, with no other events or Holi parties being organised as most hotels and resorts are following Covid-19 SOPs on social distancing, people are left to enjoy the festival with their families and loved ones in a sombre mood. Even the sale of material related to the festival of colours like water guns and colours too remained low. Two booked for abetment to suicide Amritsar, March 28 A married woman died under mysterious circumstances in Ishwar Nagar located on Tarn Taran road. The deceased have been identified as Gaganpreet Kaur. The police have registered a case of abetment to suicide against her two brother-inlaws Rajwinder Singh, alias Raju and Harwinder Singh. Dimple Kumari, sister of the deceased, told the police that Gaganpreet tied knot with Shamsher Singh eight years ago and the couple had a daughter. She alleged that Gaganpreet told her that her brother-in-laws used to harass her. She said on Saturday, she got a call from her sister that the duo assaulted and harassed her and did not let her step out of the house. She said around 4 pm, Shamsher called her and informed that Gaganpreet fell down and they taking her to a hospital. She alleged that Gaganpreet committed suicide due to the harassment. Sultanwind police station SHO Perneet Singh Dhillon said the post-mortem of the deceased was conducted by a medical board and the body was handed over to the family. He said a case under Section 306 of the IPC has been registered against brother-in-laws of Gaganpreet and they were investigating the matter. — TNS
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