27082021-ATR-01.qxd 8/26/2021 11:38 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE SLICE OF HISTORY: TRACING THE FOOTPRINTS OF TRAVELLERS The 2,600-km-long Sadak-e-Azam passed through Serai Amanat Khan and Serai Noordin (Nurdi) in Tarn Taran. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF D SUDARVIZI IS NEW JOINT CP Amritsar: D Sudarvizhi on Thursday took over the charge of Joint Commissioner of Police. She was earlier posted as Mukatsar Sahib SSP. After taking the charge, she said a special emphasis would be given on curbing crime against women, adding that her endeavour would be to provide justice to the women facing domestic violence. She said with the help of technology, efforts would be made to nail snatchers besides keeping an eye on criminals. Extra measures would also be taken to keep cyber crimes and online frauds in check. TNS PHOTO EXHIBITION CONCLUDES Amritsar: A three-day photo exhibition organised in Town Hall by the Field Outreach Bureau under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, as part of the "Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav" concluded on Thursday. Colonel Rajneesh Sinha of NCC First battalion said such programmes helped youngsters to know about the freedom struggle of the country. The NCC cadets presented patriotic songs on the occasion. Gurmeet Singh, Field Publicity Officer of the bureau, thanked all participants. TNS GNDU SUSPENDS HEAD OF THE DEPT Amritsar: In a follow up to the GNDU Syndicate handing over enquiry into the case of tampering with answer sheets of the in-house exams conducted by Department of Physiotherapy in 2019, the university authorities on Thursday suspended Dr Shyamal Koley, head of the department. GNDU Registrar KS Kahlon said the university had suspected Dr Koley's involvement in the matter and therefore, acted upon it. "We had our suspicion once we began our inquiry." University had found manipulations, use of white fluid, cutting and other discrepancies in a few answer sheets of the final semester examinations of the department in 2019. TNS 80 GET JABBED AT COURT COMPLEX Tarn Taran: As many as 80 persons, including judges, staff of different courts, advocates and clerks were vaccinated at the fourth vaccination camp organised in the local District Courts Complex on Thursday. Gurbir Singh, civil judge and the secretary of the Legal Services Authority, said District and Sessions Judge Priya Sood presided over the vaccination campaign. Bagicha Singh, Civil Judge (Senior Division), was among the others who were vaccinated on Thursday. oc GRANTHI SINGHS APPOINTED Amritsar: Three newlyappointed Granthi Singhs of the Golden Temple on Thursday took charge of their service as per 'panthic maryada' (conduct) at a special ceremony organised at Akal Takht. Officiating Jathedar of the Akal Takht Giani Harpreet Singh announced the new appointments, namely Giani Rajdeep Singh, Giani Sultan Singh and Giani Baljit Singh. SGPC chief secretary Advocate Harjinder Singh shared information about the historical background, tradition and service of the Granthi Singh Sahibs. TNS PAGE 2 SOHA ALI KHAN & KUNAL KEMMU PEN CHILDREN’S BOOK SERIES PAGE 3 Penguin Random House India is set to publish a series of three picture books from actor duo and partners. MAX 37°C | MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:01 PM SHOTGUN TALKS ABOUT HIS 1ST ENCOUNTER WITH DHARMENDRA PAGE 4 The upcoming weekend episode of The Kapil Sharma Show will extend a welcome to evergreen veteran actors. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:04 AM FRIDAY | 27 AUGUST 2021 | AMRITSAR razes illegal structures Wheat scam: Govt shifts probe MCnear Shaheedan gurdwara demolished Pillars to Punjab Vigilance Bureau Tribune News Service Sleuths ask Amritsar rural police to hand over the records to them PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 26 Weeks after the pilferage of over 87,000 quintals of government wheat, the Punjab Government has marked a probe into the scam to the Punjab Vigilance Bureau from the Amritsar rural police. SSP Vigilance, Parampal , Singh has confirmed the development adding that the rural police have been asked to hand over the records to the VB in this connection. Following the complaint of District Food and Civil Supply Controller Rishi Raj Mehra, the Amritsar rural police have booked custodian inspector Jasdev Singh on charges of fraud (420, IPC) and criminal breach of trust (409, IPC) and other relevant sections of IPC on August 6. Jasdev Singh had already mysteriously disappeared from his house around a week before a case in this regard was registered on August 6. Following this, the head of the vigilance committee of the department had ordered the physical verification of the eight godowns, which were looked after by him. The incident came to light when the Food Corporation of India was to upload wheat in a Food Department officials inspect a godown in Jandiala Guru. FILE PHOTO HOW THE PILFERAGE CAME TO LIGHT The incident came to light when the Food Corporation of India was to upload wheat in a special train from the Gehri Mandi railway station and as per norms, it was mandatory for the custodian inspector to remain present with the record. However, he was not present there. When officials called Jasdev, his mobile was switched off. Then the department got the physical verification of the wheat stock done and got to know of the pilferage. special train from the Gehri Mandi railway station and as per norms, it was mandatory for the custodian inspector to remain present with the record. However, he was not present there. When officials called Jasdev, his mobile was switched off. Jasdev and his family members mysteriously disappeared from the house last month. Jasdev was the custodian of eight godowns located at Jandiala, Gehri Mandi and Dhire Kot villages. Following this, the department decided to get a physical verification done by its Vigilance Department. The physical verification continued for two days and the department found as many as 87,160 quintals of wheat worth Rs 20 crore missing. According to the complaint submitted to the police, the DFSC said as many as 1,45,787 bags of 50 kg wheat each belonging to Pungrain and 47,556 bags containing 30 kg wheat each (total 1,93,343 bags) were found bungled from the eight godowns. The Food and Civil Supply Department on behalf of Pungrain and the Punjab Government had procured the grains from the grain market. Investigation later revealed that the accused also siphoned off crores of rupees given as the minimum support price on wheat as he allegedly made fake entries for the purchase of 1.84 lakh of bags of wheat which was shown to be transported to godowns in Jandiala Guru. The roles of commission agents, sellers, auction recorders of the mandi board, agency inspectors and transporters were also under the scanner. The department chargesheeted 10 officials, including deputy directors, Jalandhar division, and allege district food and supply controllers posted in Amritsar from 2018 till now. Two officials — Assistant Food and Supply Officer Cherry Bhatia and Inspector Rajinder Bains — have been placed under suspension. Amritsar, August 26 Officials of the estate wing of the municipal corporation demolished pillars constructed alongside the building of Sri Guru Ram Das Hospital near Shaheedan gurdwara here on Thursday. Estate Officer Dharminderjit Singh stated that some persons erected pillars on government land near Sri Guru Ram Das Hospital. A team of the MC reached the spot with a ditch machine and some of the pillars were removed. Meanwhile, as some persons associated with a religious body intervened and claimed that the land belonged to them, all pillars could not be removed. The estate wing officials stated that the demarcation of the property would be conducted first and then action taken. Apart from this, the estate wing removed the illegal encroachments from the Heritage Street, Ramtalai Chowk, Sultanwind Gate and Chatiwind Chowk areas and confiscated the goods of the occupants and deposited them in the MC store. The Estate Officer said on the directions of the Mayor and the Commissioner, action was being taken against those persons in the city who were trying to occupy the government land illegally. Inspectors Raj Kumar, Davinder Bhatti, department staff and police Officials during a crackdown on encroachments near Sultanwind Road. FIVE PARKING LOTS TO BE UP FOR GRABS SOON Amritsar: After opening the financial bid for the parking lots, the Municipal Corporation has invited five bidders for allotment of parking lots in the city. The parking lots, including those at Amandeep Hospital, Bhandari Bridge, Guru Nanak Bhawan, Macchi Mandi and Kairon Market got successful bidders during the recently completed bidding process. Dharminderjeet Singh, Estate Officer, said, after opening the financial bid, the names of five contractors have been finalised. We have written to the successful bidders to deposit 50 percent contract money, bank guarantee of 25 per cent amount and cheque for the remaining 25 per cent in advance. As soon they will deposit personnel were present on the spot. Meanwhile, a team of the estate wing reached Doaba Chowk to remove an illegal pollution checking kiosk Dist reports six +ve CM to open state law varsity today cases, no casualty Govt College, Shahbazpur, industrial training institute will also be inaugurated Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 26 With six positive cases reported on Thursday, the total count of cases in the district has increased to 47,214. The new cases include three influenza like illness cases and three contacts of positive patients. The health authorities also reported recovery of three patients with which the recovery count has increased to 45,586. The district has a total of 39 active cases. In the ongoing vaccination drive for Covid-19, a total of 21,213 residents were inoculated on Thursday. Tarn Taran logs two cases Two more positive cases were reported with no causality in the district on Thursday. The death toll stands at 376. DC Kulwant Singh said 11,916 persons were given jabs at different places today. As many as 3,21,765 persons had been given 3,99,360 doses till today. — TNS/OC Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, August 26 CM Amarinder Singh will inaugurate Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur State University of Law at Kairon, a Government College at Shahbazpur, and an Industrial Training Institute at Mannan, (Tarn Taran) virtually on Friday. Residents had been looking forward to it as it is going to be a ground breaking development in the field of higher education. The district is known for rural campuses such as SGAD Col- Work on the building of Government College, Shahbazpur, underway. lege, Khadoor Sahib, Baba Buddha College Bir Sahib (Thatha), SGGS Khalsa College Sirhali and GNDU College, Chungh. The urban campuses have been facing neglect. District’s only women’s College (aided) Mata Ganga Girls Col- lege, Tarn Taran, has been facing the threat of closure due to the lack of staff and grants-inaid. The vast playground of the local SGAD Government College is facing the threat of encroachment. Dr Amanpreet Singh Gill, an educationist, said higher education in the district suffered immensely during the militancy. Drug menace was another problem. Study visa exodus was the latest and the hardest blow to already weakened institutions of higher education in the area. A writer’s take on Sufism CBI takes records, seized Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 26 Prof Dharam Singh, former head of Punjabi School of Education at the GNDU, who is a recipient of the state award for his contribution to Punjabi language, has come up with his 15th book. Titled ‘Sadda Sufi Virsa’, it is an extensive compilation of the history of Sufism and its impact on the contemporary literature. Dharam Singh, who has a 34-year long career as an educationist and has been at the forefront of research regarding the Punjabi language, says that the book has a special segment dedicated to the lesser known concepts of Sufism such as wilayat, tariqat. “My book has four segments that feature different subjects under the history of Sufism. I talk about the legacy of Sufi scholars that are known as minor poets, often ignored in history but, play a significant role in building Author Prof Dharam Singh brings lesser known facets of Sufism to the fore. Titled 'Sadda Sufi Virsa', it is a compilation of history of Sufism and promotion of Sufi tradition in Punjab. Many people know about Baba Bulleh Shah, Baba Farid, but not many know about Syed Akbar Shah or Baba Vajeed, Jaan Mohamad, who were all significant proponents of Sufi literature throughout the history,” he says. Using his research skills, he has dedicated an entire seg- ment to mention Sufi source books, usually written in Urdu or Persian but translated to Punjabi. “There were many noted poets in early 12th century, who brought Sufi literature to this region and introduced many concepts. This literature was later translated in Punjabi. These books were mostly about Sufi mystics,” explains Prof Singh. c m y b tablets into possession Tribune News Service 12.5 LAKH CAPSULES OF TRAMADOL SEIZED Amritsar, August 26 After taking over the probe into the seizure of 12.5 lakh tramadol tablets seized by the drug department, CBI officials took the custody of the banned drugs and the records pertaining to the seizure here on Thursday. The CBI team had been camping in the city for the past two days. On Tuesday, they reached the Civil Surgeon’s office without any intimation regarding the inspection of the record. On Wednesday, they reached the old civil surgeon’s office where the boxes of the seized tramadol were kept. They counted every tablet till late in the evening before taking it into its custody, said an official of the drug department of the health wing. Earlier on August 3, the In one of the biggest seizures of tramadol from the state, around 12.5 lakh capsules were seized from Ravenbhel Pharmaceuticals, a drug manufacturer in Baba Budha Avenue opposite New Amritsar. The firm had no permission to stock tramadol tablets, which is mandatory as per government instructions. The firm had been involved in the unauthorised sale and purchase of the banned medicine for the last around five months. Following the seizure, action was initiated under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act while no case was registered under the NDPS Act. Punjab and Haryana High Court had handed over the probe into the seizure to the CBI after it felt that “everything was not normal with investigation of NDPS cases in the state”. The CBI sleuths refused to talk to mediapersons or to disclose any details pertaining to the case. In one of the biggest seizures of tramadol from the state, around 12.5 lakh capsules were seized from Ravenbhel Pharmaceuticals, a drug manufacturer in Baba Budha Avenue opposite New Amritsar. The firm had no permission to stock tramadol tablets, which is mandatory as per government instructions. The firm had been involved in the unauthorised sale and purchase of the banned medicine for the last around five months, an official stated after making the seizure. Following the seizure, action was initiated under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act while no case was registered under the NDPS Act. the money, bank guarantee and cheques we will allot the contract. It is the first time that the MC is allotting the parking lots with these conditions. According to MC officials, the parking contractors used to deposit 20 per cent amount in advance and after that they didn't deposit the installments. It is being expected that the parking contractor may not fulfill the conditions of MC as no one willing to pay 50 per cent amount in advance. Meanwhile, the parking lots of the MC are now providing free service to the visitors. The MC is not charging any fee from the parking lots. The MC has marked 24 parking lots in the city, but had invited bids for 12 main parking lots. TNS on the premises of a petrol pump, but they were forced to return without taking action by a politician associated with the ruling party. Man kills self, seven booked for abetment to suicide Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 26 A man, identified as Amit Kumar of Subhash Colony on Batala Road here, committed suicide allegedly by consuming some poisonous substance here on Tuesday and a case was registered on Wednesday. They got a suicide note from his possession following which the police booked seven persons on the charge of abetment to suicide. Those booked were identified as Prabhjot Singh and Gopi and Surinder, both construction material dealers, Sanjiv Kumar, Parej, Ashu and Vikram. A case under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against them. Sonia, wife of the victim, told the police on Tuesday evening that her husband reached home under the influence of liquor. He told her that he had consumed liquor with Vikram. After this, he got unconscious and was rushed to a private hospital where the doctors declared him dead. Sonia said when she checked the pockets of her husband, she found a suicide note in which he had held the accused responsible for taking the extreme step. She alleged her husband had some monetary dispute with the accused and they subjected him to harassment following which he ended his life. The police said the body was handed over to the family members after an autopsy and further investigation was under progress.
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