01092021-ATR-01.qxd 8/31/2021 11:49 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 8,500 GET CHEQUES UNDER DOUBLE PENSION SCHEME On Tuesday, the District Social Services Office distributed cheques to 8,500 beneficiaries in the district. FORECAST RAIN OR THUNDERSHOWERS INBRIEF THREE TEST +VE IN DIST, 8 RECOVER Amritsar: With three positive cases reported on Tuesday, the total count of cases in the district has increased to 47,232. The Health Department has reported recovery of eight patients with which the recovery count has increased to 45,621. The district has 22 active cases. A total of 6,259 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive on Tuesday. Of these, 4,045 received their first dose, and 2,214 beneficiaries received their second shot. TNS DIST COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 3 47,232 0 1,589 8 45,621 22 HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, 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) DEVOTEE ROBBED, TWO BOOKED Amritsar: A devotee was robbed by two unknown persons near Gole Bagh on August 28. The victim has been identified as Deepak, a resident of Muktsar. He said after appearing for a jail warden exam in Jalandhar on August 27, he came to pay obeisance, at the Golden Temple. He said next day as he was walking towards the railway station and reached near Gole Bagh, two unidentified persons came on a scooter, and snatched Rs 5,000 from him. The Division D police have registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC against unknown persons. TNS TWO ARRESTED FOR MOLESTATION Amritsar: The city police have arrested two youngsters for allegedly molesting a Government Medical College student on the college campus on late Monday evening. They have been identified as Bhupan Kapur of NRI Colony on Loharka Road and Kunal Seth of the Gopal Nagar area. They were booked under Sections 354 and 34 of the IPC, the police said. The victim told the police that she was an MBBS student and around 9 pm, she along with her friends went to the market on the Circular Road to buy fruits on a scooter. She said while returning, the accused who were in a car PB-02-CV-6556 came and stopped them. She alleged that the accused caught her arm and tried to push her. She alleged that the accused touched her inappropriately. She said she and her friend confronted the accused, following which they fled leaving their car behind. During investigation, the accused were identified and nabbed, the police said. TNS PAGE 3 DEEPIKA TURNS CO-PRODUCER FOR HOLLYWOOD ROMCOM Deepika Padukone is all set to produce as well as act in an upcoming cross-cultural romantic comedy. MAX 32°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 21°C NIA SHARMA ALL SET TO ENTER BIGG BOSS OTT HOUSE TODAY PAGE 4 Nia shared a video clip on Instagram announcing that she will enter the Bigg Boss OTT house on September 1. SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:54 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:06 AM WEDNESDAY | 1 SEPTEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Karnal lathicharge: Farmers to head for Delhi in hordes Fallout of recent action on farmers by Haryana Police |KSC to send 2 large groups to Singhu border on Sept 5, 15 AAP BURNS EFFIGIES OF PM MODI & HARYANA CM Tribune News Service Amritsar: Members of Aam Aadmi Party burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday to protest against the lathicharge of peacefully protesting farmers at Karnal. AAP city president Jeevan Jot Kaur said citizens have the right to protest peacefully and the Haryana Government’s action is clear violation of the rights of citizens. She said Haryana CM and Prime Minister are directly responsible for the violence on fathers, after which a farmer had succumbed to his injuries and died. Lok Sabha constituency in-charge Iqbal Singh Bhullar said the government’s attitude was dictatorial and it was using unfair means to muzzle the voices of dissent. He said AAP supports farmers’ cause and would stand with them in every situation. He said action should be taken against officials who tried to please their political bosses by unleashing violence on farmers, so that such incidents do not arise in future. Party workers gathered outside the Hall Gate also and raised slogans against the Centre and demanded that three agriculture laws be repealed. Party leaders also demanded that the SDM and police officials Amritsar, August 31 In an apparent reaction to the recent incident of lathicharge on farmers in Haryana, the farmers’ associations have now announced to increase the participation of farmers in the ongoing protest at the Delhi borders. Taking the lead, Kisan Sangharsh Committee (KSC) has announced to send two large groups to the Delhi border on September 5 and September 15. KSC general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher said: “During the last few days, we have held meetings in around 300 villages of the district to mobilise farmers for the Delhi protest. We will be covering the remaining villages in the next few days.” He said Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and other BJP leaders were making politically motivated statements by holding Punjab farmers responsible for the protests in Haryana. “Haryana CM is accusing the Punjab Government and the Punjab Government is blaming the Haryana Continued on page 2 responsible for the violence on farmers should be dismissed and strict action should be initiated against them. District general secretary Prabhbir Singh Brar, Amritsar Rural president Harwant Singh Umranangal, Seema Sodhi, state joint secretary Ashok Talwar and others also addressed the protesters. Protest held in Tarn Taran too Hundreds of Aam Admi Party volunteers (pic below) lodged their strong protest against the brutal canecharging on farmers by the Haryana Police. The protesting AAP volunteers burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar. Party’s district president Gurwinder Singh Baharwal led the protesters, while leaders of the party from different parts of the district addressed on the occasion. The leaders condemned the Union Government for not resolving farmers’ issue. The leaders called the police and the Haryana Government a dictatorial act and demanded apology from CM Khattar and adequate compensation to the families of the deceased families. OC Aam Aadmi Party workers burn effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Haryana Police, during a protest against the lathicharge on farmers in Karnal two day ago, in Amritsar; and (right) in Tarn Taran on Tuesday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR/ GURBAXPURI Two more held from J&K in Civic body sterilising 15 dogs a day 16.87-kg heroin seizure case Over 500 dogs sterilised after the inauguration of the centre on August 10 Charanjit Singh Teja PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 31 In a major breakthrough in the 16.87-kg heroin seizure case, the Amritsar rural police have reportedly nabbed two more persons from Jammu and Kashmir. Though police officials were tight-lipped about their arrest, sources confirmed the development. Those arrested have been identified as Jafar and Sikander. They are likely to be brought to Amritsar tomorrow. The sources said their links with Pakistanbased terrorist groups or ISI could not be ruled out, though investigation was still under progress. Their names had figured On August 26, 16-kg of heroin was seized from a cabbie by the Amritsar rural police. FILE during investigation in the case. Their contact numbers were found in the mobile phone recovered from Ranjit Singh, alias Rana, who was lodged in Faridkot jail and had ordered the contraband. It turned out to be a narcogangster racket as the police also nominated Malkeet Singh, a gangster, arrested in the Tarn Taran double murder case in which a gangster was killed recently. It may be recalled that the Amritsar rural police had arrested Ranjit Singh, alias Sonu, a cabbie from Madhopur in Pathankot area, on Thursday. During the search of his vehicle, the police had confiscated 16.87kg heroin hidden in special cavities created beneath the vehicle (Innova). Continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 31 The Animal Birth Control (ABC) Centre has finally become operational and 15 dogs are being sterilised every day. Veterinary officers of the Municipal Corporation (MC) said over 500 dogs have been sterilised after the inauguration of the ABC Centre. The MC inaugurated the ABC Centre at Gumanpura Gaushala in the Chheharta area on August 10. The civic body has spent ~28.42 lakh on the centre and a private veterinary firm has been hired to sterilise 5,000 stray dogs. Continued on page 2 The Animal Birth Control Centre which became operational from August 10. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR STERILISATION DRIVE STARTED IN FEB THIS YEAR ■ The Amritsar Municipal Corporation had initiated the drive for 5,000 dogs in February and sanctioned ~45 lakh in this regard ■ The project, however, did not become operational in the absence of required infrastructure ■ Last month, the MC completed the building of the Animal Birth Control Centre and started its functioning on August 10 Expressing their mind, breaking shackles For the love of books, all Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 31 Talking about what it means to be a woman author in India and freedom of expression, a panel of eminent writers, including Mani Rao, Jahnavi Barua, Madhavi Mahadevan and Shinie Antony, spoke at the Majha House’s last virtual event of August. The session was moderated by Anupama Bijur and centred around the reader responses and writing conditions as experienced by these women. Talking about the role and play of gender in the process of writing, Barua, author of critically acclaimed book, ‘Next Door’, said gender does not really enter her mind while she’s writing. “I do not necessarily or consciously think of myself as a woman, but you cannot escape the gender you are born with. People label you as a woman just as things are Continued on page 2 4 women writers share their opinion on role of gender in the field of literature ❝ ❝ Women are traditionally Gender does not really brought up to look after enter my mind while I am family. Somehow, writing is writing. I do not not considered a serious necessarily or consciously profession for women. If a think of myself as a man writes, he is given woman, but you cannot respect and the space he needs, but with escape the gender you are born with. women, it is like a hobby or pastime. People label you as a woman just as However, things are changing now. things are flower pots for them ❞ ❞ Jahnavi Barua, AUTHOR OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BOOK, 'NEXT DOOR' Madhavi Mahadevan, AUTHOR OF 'DOPPLEGANGER' AND 'THE KAUNTEYAS' form their ❝People dependingopinions and comments upon the ❝I have to be completely name and religion of a writer. In India, the reader response is not objective, but extremely subjective. Given that my surname is Antony, I guess I am allowed a certain leeway in what and how I write, which might not be extended to others with more Indian names. Unintentionally, I am conforming to a western stereotype isolated when I am writing. I cannot function as a writer if someone is hovering around me and looking at the screen. I lock my door and shut myself in order to write satisfactorily Shinie Antony, A SHORT-FICTION WRITER Mani Rao, A POET ❞ c m y b ❞ they want is a library Literati want Library Bill to be introduced in next session Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 31 Local academicians and literary personalities demanded to enact the Punjab Library Act in the next Assembly session to promote book culture. Punjabi Writers’ Cooperative Society Limited president Bikram Singh Ghumman and managing director Charanjit Singh Gumtala have written letters to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Higher Education Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa in this regard. The writers said all states have passed the Library Act and opened libraries in villages, towns and cities, but Punjab is the only state which has no law in this regard. “The state of Madras passed a bill in this regard in 1948 make a valuable contribution in making ❝Libraries canand creating intellectual consciousness in Punjab drug-free Punjabis. The Act will be very useful for youngsters, besides encouraging writers to continue their passion. ❞ Charanjit Singh Gumtala, MD, PUNJABI WRITERS' COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD and our neighboring Haryana in 1989 and opened libraries in villages and cities. The SAD-BJP government drafted the ‘Shabad Prakash Punjab Public Library and Information Services Bill-2011’ to lay the ground network for libraries in Punjab, which could not take legal form even after 10 years,” said Gumtala. “In reply to the letters written by the Punjabi Writers’ Cooperative Society, the assistant director (colleges) on July 6, 2018, had informed that the draft of the Library Act was sent to the Punjab Govern- ment on June 4, 2018. Therefore, the matter was under consideration. The activists of the society urged the government to present the draft in the forthcoming Assembly session and pass it. “It will help to set 12,282 village-level libraries in the state,” said Ghumman “Libraries can make a valuable contribution in making Punjab drug-free and creating intellectual consciousness in Punjabis. The Act will be very useful for youngsters, besides encouraging writers to continue their passion for writing,” said Gumtala.
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