30082021-ATR-01.qxd 8/29/2021 11:48 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE RIGHT TO PROTEST SHOULDN’T ENCROACH ON OTHERS' RIGHTS Farmers’ cause is genuine, but commuters should not bear the brunt of govt policies, feel residents. FORECAST RAIN OR THUNDERSHOWERS INBRIEF TEEN HELD WITH ILLEGAL WEAPON Amritsar: The Ramdass police have arrested a teenager for allegedly possessing a country-made weapon with 14 live cartridges. The police were ascertaining the source of the weapon following his arrest. A resident of Mansoor village, under Dera Baba Nanak police station in Batala, he was earlier arrested for murder. Last year, he shot a youth in Ghaniye Ke Bangar area. He was arrested by the police in the case. Being a minor, he got bail. The police authorities said after his release, the deceased’s brother was threatening to kill him to avenge his brother’s death. Following this, he started living in a rented accommodation in Ramdass area. The police got a tip-off that he was in possession of an illegal weapon. He was intercepted at a naka and the weapon was recovered from him. A case under the Arms Act was registered against him. TNS SIKH MILITANCY: AID SOUGHT Amritsar: Members of the Punjab Terrorist Victims (migrants) Sangharsh Samiti held a protest at Company Bagh on Sunday demanding financial assistance for the families affected by the Sikh militancy. BR Hastir, chairman of the samiti, demanded that the affected families be given a financial assistance of ~3.5 lakh each. He said those who were forced to migrate should be given an assistance of ~2 lakh. Hastir said the pension of the dependents of those killed should be increased from ~5,000 to ~10,000 per month. TNS ONE HELD FROM BORDER AREA Tarn Taran: An Oridda resident was taken in custody by the patrolling party of the 52nd BSF Battalion Khemkaran on Saturday for moving in the prohibited area near the Indo-Pak border. The accused has been identified as Husain (45), who was handed over to the Khemkaran police. ASI Major Singh said Husain seemed mentally unstable. A case under Section 188 of the IPC was registered, cops said. OC PAGE 2 THE FINAL SEASON OF MONEY HEIST AND SOME THRILLERS PAGE 3 First five episodes of the new season will drop on September 3 and the other five on December 3 this year. MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 27°C KAVERI PRIYAM OPENS UP ON PLAYING DR MONAMI IN NEXT The show revolves around a bunch of trained civil cadets, who meet at the Parakram Action Force Base Camp. SUNSET MONDAY 6:57 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:05 AM MONDAY | 30 AUGUST 2021 | AMRITSAR Farmers block roads against cane-charge in Haryana Tribune News Service BURN EFFIGIES OF KHATTAR GOVERNMENT IN TARN TARAN Amritsar, August 29 Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) on Saturday blocked vehicular traffic on the elevated road and the Bhandari railway overbridge (ROB) in the city to protest against cane charging of protesting farmers in Haryana. They squatted on the ROB and burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Holding flags of the BKU, they raised slogans against Khattar for using power against the peaceful protesting farmers. The sit-in, which commenced at 10 am, concluded at 2.30 pm. They also raised slogans of unity between farmers of Punjab and Haryana. Karnail Singh Nangali, a farmer leader, said the farm- Tarn Taran: Farmers and labourers organised protests at different places in the area on Sunday against the brutal cane-charging by the Haryana Police on agitating farmers. The protesting farmers blocked roads, staged dharnas and burnt the effigies of the Union and the Khattar governments. The workers of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committees, Punjab, staged dharnas on the National Highway 54 near Rasulpur, Thathia Mahantan, Shakri, Doburji and at the crossing of Chabal village. The agitated farmers blocked traffic for hours together. Harpreet Singh Sidhwan, Dhanna Singh Lalughuman were among others who addressed on the occasion. The leaders alleged that the Union and the BJP-led state governments were adopting all types of tactics to defame and destabilise the farmers’ agitation, which was going on with great enthusiasm at the Delhi borders even ers of two neighbouring states had been staging a peaceful protest for the past over nine months. However, the government was resorting to violent measures to suppress the movement. However, blocking of the two vital roads passing through the city caused traffic chaos. It resulted in traffic jam and commuters were greatly inconvenienced. A large proportion among the commuters was of young candidates who were heading to attempt writ- ten tests for recruitment in cooperative bank and in jail as warden. The examination centres for these jobs were opened at various government schools. They were harassed while on the way to their examination centres. Jatinder Singh, a resident of the GT Road, said his examination centre was at Government Senior Secondary School, Bhaiyan Da Shivala. “Though being a local on the way I had to face traffic jams and bottlenecks. I Minor thrashed for ‘Smart Bazaars’ a distant dream? eating fallen mango 4 yrs on, MC fails to implement street-vending zone project Charanjit Singh Teja Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Tarn Taran, August 29 Gurdev Singh of nearby Doburji village was booked by the police for severely beating up a minor boy of the village who had eaten a mango that fell naturally from the tree planted on the common land a month ago. SSP Opinderjit Singh Ghuman on Sunday confirmed the accused had been booked under Sections 323 and 34 of the IPC, Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act and under relevant sections of the SC/ST Act, 1989, by the city police on Saturday. The accused had not only beaten up the victim, who belonged to the Scheduled Caste, but also passed casteist remarks against him. The accused made a video of the incident and put that on social media to defame the family. Parwinder Singh, a local social activist, brought the matter to the notice of the District Child Protection Officer (DCPO). The officer called the victim child and his parents to his office and Amritsar, August 29 After tall claims to set up ‘Smart Bazaars’ under street-vending projects, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has failed to implement it even after four years. Recently, the state government approved the proposals of the MC about the locations of street-vending zones and non-vending zones. However, the MC officials have not made any effort to implement the plan so far. According to the information, the state government had approved 37 locations to set up street-vending zones, where the MC would develop Smart Bazaars and provide all other facilities such as toilets, washrooms and drinking water. Moreover, the government has considered 115 nonvending zones in the city. Most of the roundabouts, which are highly crowded and hubs of vendors, are considered non-vending zones. The MC has to remove vendors from these zones, which is a challenging task for them. With the Assembly elec- The farmer who thrashed the boy for eating fallen mango has been booked by the police. recorded their statement. The officer also sent the case to the office of the SSP for further action. Local DSP Sucha Singh Bal was deputed as the investigating officer to collect all the relevant facts. The DSP sent the investigation report to the SSP who ordered to register a case. The police said the victim had just eaten the mango that fell on the earth and farmer Gurdev Singh whose land was near the tree planted on the common land severely thrashed the boy. The police were trying to identify the involvement of other accused in the case. after nine months. The members of the Bharti Kisan Union (Rajewal), Jamhoori Kisan Sabha and other organisations, too, lodged their protest in different villages of the district and burnt effigies of the Union and the Haryana governments. OC hardly managed to reach the centre.” He claimed that many candidates, especially those coming from remote areas and villages, did not make it to the centre or reached quite late. Being a weekend, the pro- Tribune News Service Fruit vends on a road near Company Bagh, Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO tions being just round the corner, political representatives in the House will not opt to annoy vendors. Earlier in January 2019, the MC had inaugurated the Smart Bazaars under the street-vending zone project near the bus stand with pomp and show, but failed to implement it on even a single location in the city. The MC had hired a private firm in 2016 for the implementation of the project. The private firm left the project mid-way. It had conducted a survey in 2016- Mandeep Singh Randhawa has set up an AC farm for uninterrupted supply After installing an AC plant, now ❝produce mushrooms round-thewe SHOWING THE WAY year. Mushrooms are a perishable commodity and we can't store these for long. So, a cold storage has also been prepared. When we don't get a good price in the market, we process it. Mushroom pickles are so much in demand that we are unable to meet it at times. Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service 17 and found that there were 16,253 vendors in the city. Dharminderjeet Singh, MC Estate Officer, said: “The General House of the MC had sent the proposal about the locations of street-vending zones last year. The government approved the plan recently. We have conducted meetings to chalk out the plan to implement the project. Initially, we will make vendors aware of the benefits of Smart Bazaar in streetvending zones and non-vending zones.” Amritsar, August 29 After extending the route from Golden Temple and revising the fare, the Metro bus being run under the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) witnessed an increase in the footfall of passengers. Officials claimed that the ridership has increased from 29,000 per day to 37,000 within a month after the revision of fare. Harpreet Singh Gill, CEO, Punjab Bus Metro Society, Amritsar, said: “The number of passengers increased after slashing the fare. Earlier, around 30,000 passengers used the service daily and it further dipped to 25,000 on weekends. Now, we recorded 39,000 rides in a day last week. On an average, 37,000 passengers ride the Metro bus daily and the number is increasing.” The BRTS authorities have ❞ Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 29 With six positive cases reported on Sunday, the total count of cases in the district has increased to 47,227. The new cases include four influenzalike illness cases and two contacts of positive patients. The district health authorities have also reported recovery of seven patients, with which the total recovery count has increased to 45,602. The district has 37 active cases at present. In the ongoing vaccination drive, only 274 residents were inoculated on Sunday. Of these, 104 received the first dose, while 170 got their second dose. Tarn Taran reports one Covid death A Covid-infected patient succumbed to the virus in the district on Sunday taking the Continued on page 2 Mandeep Singh Randhawa, A MUSHROOM HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS FARMER FROM DHARDEO VILLAGE IN TARSIKA BLOCK Research Solan (HP). Then, I adopted high-tech techniques of mushroom growing, set up a processing unit and established our own mushroom sale counter,” said Randhawa. After getting training from Solan, Randhawa set up his own compost plant by taking subsidy from the state government. Then, he set up a high-tech Randhawa Mushroom Farm on the main Bata- la-Jalandhar Highway, near Buttar Seviyan. Madeep constructed an air-conditioned growing section with 12 chambers and steel racks. “After installing an AC plant, now we produce mushrooms round the year. Mushrooms are a perishable commodity and we can’t store these for long. So, a cold storage has also been prepared. When we don’t get a good price in the market, we process it. Mushroom pickles are so much in demand that we are unable to meet it at times,” said Mandeep. “Before the Covid-19 outbreak, we used to sell our 70 per cent produce on the sale counter, but now, the demand has reduced to 40 per cent. The pandemic hit agribusiness too. Value addition of the product has saved us otherwise it was hard to meet the expenses,” he said. c m y b portion of local people was less in traffic, but the number of floating population like tourists and candidates was highest. They found it extremely tough to move from one part to another in the city. Metro ridership increases after slashing fare Farmers like him provide mushrooms round the year 6 test +ve in dist Amritsar, August 29 Mandeep Singh Randhawa, a farmer from Dhardeo village in Tarsika block, has set an example by setting up an air-conditioned mushroom farm for all season supply at his village. There are only a few farmers in the state who have set up such high-tech farms and mushroom-processing units. For this achievement, Mandeep shares credit with his mother Harjinder Kaur who started mushroom farming in 1989 to meet her daily household expenses. “My mother took training from the Punjab Agricultural University and started a small farm at home. It was my first training school. Later, I took professional training from the Directorate of Mushroom PAGE 4 Mandeep had been awarded by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research for growing maximum types of mushrooms in his fields. Being a member of the State Mushroom Development Board, Randhawa arranged visits of experts from the Netherlands in 2018. “I have explored a lot in this business and want fellow farmers to adopt mushroom farming at a small level,” he said. ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 6 47,227 0 1,589 7 45,602 37 0183-2500498, 01832500598, 0183-2500698, 0183-2500798 (Open 24*7) ■ Health Dept helpline: 01832535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) Ridership increased from 29,000 per day to 37,000 within a month after the revision of fare been planning to display the new fare slabs of ~5 and ~10 on the Metro station to make the common man aware of it. Continued on page 2 Fraud: Powercom JE,2othersbooked Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 29 The Beas police have booked a Powercom Junior Engineer among three persons for allegedly installing a tubewell on fake documents. They have been identified as Madan Lal (JE); Dalbir Singh, son of Balkar Singh; and Dalbir Singh son of Saroop Singh, both residents of Wazir Bhullar village. Though the tubewell connection was issued around 15 years ago, a complaint was lodged with the police recently, after the Powercom authorities failed to take any action in this regard, alleged complainant Baljit Singh, a resident of Baba Sawan Singh Nagar, Dolenangal village. He told the police that Dalbir Singh, son of Balkar Singh, did not have any land on his name. Therefore, Dalbir Singh, son of Saroop Singh, allegedly forged documents on the former’s name Continued on page 2
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