11092021-ATR-01.qxd 9/10/2021 11:34 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE GURU NANAK VARSITY IMPROVES NIRF RANKINGS, IIM-ASR DEBUTS PAGE 2 Ranking of Guru Nanak Dev University scaled up to 13 in 2021 as compared to the 14th position the previous year. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY KANGANA RANAUT ORGANISES SCREENING OF HER THALAIVII PAGE 3 AASHIKA TO MEET KARAN JOHAR AT THE BIGG BOSS OTT HOUSE Kangana Ranaut opened up on how working in this movie changed her perception about politics & politicians. MAX 32°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:41 PM PAGE 4 MX TakaTak sensation Aashika will get a chance to share the stage with Karan Johar and meet the contestants. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:12 AM SATURDAY | 11 SEPTEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR INBRIEF 4 CELL PHONES FOUND IN JAIL Amritsar: The Amritsar Central Jail authorities confiscated four mobile phones during checking here on Wednesday. While three mobiles were seized from three prisoners, a cell phone was found abandoned in the bathroom’s exhaust fan of barrack number 6 of room number 6. The police have booked three jail inmates including Savan, alias Dhuti; Amritpal Singh, alias Kala, and Tarsem Singh, alias Kairon. Najjar Singh, Assistant Superintendent, Central Jail, said during checking barrack number 6 of room number 6, the jail staff found two mobile phones from Savan and Tarsem, while a third phone was recovered from the bathroom. Similarly, a search operation was conducted in the isolation cell and a smart phone was recovered from Amritpal Singh, alias Kaka. The Islamabad police have registered a case under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisons Act against them. Further probe is on to ascertain how they managed to sneak in the prohibited material inside the high-security jail. TNS NO VAX TO INVITE ACTION, SAYS DEO Tarn Taran: Satnam Singh, District Education Officer (Secondary Education), has issued instructions to all the heads of government schools to take stern action against teachers and other staff members who had not vaccinated themselves against Covid. The DEO said in case the staff members had not been vaccinated, stop them to mark their attendance and their salary too be stopped. The DEO had sent a list of 250 staff members who had not taken vaccination till date. The officer warned that if these staff members were vaccinated and data not updated on e-Punjab portal then strict action be taken immediately and in case of staff who exempted from vaccination their reason and certificate on e-Punjab portal to be uploaded. OC FIVE SNATCHERS NABBED BY COPS Amritsar: The police have arrested five snatchers who used to rob people at knife point. Cops recovered a motorcycle, five mobile phones and a sharp-edged weapon from their possession. Those arrested have been identified as Raunak Singh, Akash alias Kali, Abhimanyu Thapa, Sanjay and Bir Singh, all residents of Chheharta. During interrogation they had confessed to six snatching. According to police, the accused were held near Naraiangarh cremation ground. TNS BONDED WORKERS RESCUED, 1 HELD Tarn Taran: The Chabal police on Thursday rescued two bonded labourers from the custody of a farmer from Majjupur village. The labourers have been identified as Uppal (35) of Assam and Narayan Paswan (37) of Bihar. According to the police, the accused, Gurdev Singh of the village, had brought them from the railway station, Amritsar, and chained them at his farm house. The accused had been arrested from the spot and the victims were released. The accused had been booked under Section 16 of the Bounded Labour (Abolition Act), 1976 and 365 , 341, 342 of the IPC. OC DELUGED Commuters navigate through a waterlogged Heritage Street; and (right) an inundated road outside the Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra Inter-State Bus Terminal in Amritsar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Heavy rain floods city, throws life out of gear Civic body’s monsoon-ready claims fall flat; no provision of storm water drains makes matters worse Charanjit Singh Teja EARLY SOWN PADDY AT RISK Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 10 Rain for around six hours on Friday not just left the entire holy city flooded, but also exposed monsoon-ready claims of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation. Irked residents raised questions on crores of rupees spent in the name of desilting. Not just low-lying areas, the Heritage Street, Katra Jaimal Singh, Katra Ahluwalia, Outer Ring Road, GT Road, BRTS lanes, bus stand, Mall Road, MM Malvia Road, Majitha Road, Batala Road, Mall Road, Putlighar, Khalsa Collage lane, SSSS Chowk and several areas of the walled city remained inundated. The rainwater entered houses in low lying areas in Inderpuri, Islambaad and Kot Khalsa. As all major sewers remained choked, the rainwater remained stagnant on roads throughout the day. Apart from this, the rain also exposed the true picture Heritage Street. The rainwater entered shops around the Golden Temple and devotees could be seen navigating through stagnant water. Commuters, especially Heavy rain accompanied with high-velocity winds flattenend early grown varieties of paddy in parts of the district. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, Block Agriculture Development Officer said, “Heavy rain in the area has partially damaged all early sown varieties. Rain pain: In Tarn Taran, storm water drains give way Gurbaxpuri A car stuck in an open manhole on the Outer Circular road. OFFICIALSPEAK It was an extremely heavy downpour. It was beyond the capacity of our existing system. As there is no storm water sewer in the city, so it takes a few hours to drain rainwater. We operated disposal pumps without any disruption. Rainwater was drained out within two hours because of desilting. ❝ ❞ Malwinder Singh Jaggi, MC COMMISSIONER motorcyclists and pedestrians, had a tough time. Several vehicles got stuck due to waterlogging, which further led to massive snarls in the city. Supply of milk and vegetables, too, got affected. ‘No desilting by civic body’ Suresh Sharma, an RTI Lawyer among nine booked for forging property papers Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 10 The Vigilance Bureau (VB) has booked nine persons, including a lawyer, a deed writer and a stamp vendor for allegedly forging property documents and selling the same. They were booked following a complaint filed by Rajinder Kaur, a resident of Gurnam Nagar, on Sultanwind Road. Those booked have been identified as Malkeet Singh of Jaspal Nagar, Manpreet Singh of Kot Mit Singh, Advocate Mangat Ram Silli, a resident of New Golden Avenue, Bikramjit Singh alias Happy, Raobarinder Singh alias Lucky of Patti Mansoor ki, Sultanwind village, Jagsharan Singh of New Janta Colony, Deepak Sharma of Tehsil Complex and Ashwani Kumar (deed writer), a resident of Guru Nanak Pura in Kot Khalsa. The VB arrested Deepak Sharma while the remaining accused were still on the run. The complainant said It will affect the colour of grain, which is on a maturing stage. The late sown varities such as 1121 are safe. The risk of bacterial leaf blight of rice plant is also there as water accumulates in fields, which results in spreading of bacterial diseases. she owned 3 kanal and 3 marlas. She said she sold 3 marlas to Bikramjit Happy, Raobarinder Singh, Malkeet Singh and Manpreet Singh. In December 2018, she came to know that the accused had fraudulently sold her 63 marlas to Jarnail Singh of Sultanwind village, Amandeep Singh of Deen Dayal Colony, Verka and Davinder Singh of Sultanwind village. The VB sleuths revealed that that the accused fraudulently changed the figure 3 marlas to 63 marlas in the documents by prefixing 6. A case under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC was registered against the accused. Six booked for murder bid The Khalchian police have booked six persons on charges of firing and murder bid. The incident took place three days ago, but a complaint was lodged on Thursday. Those booked have been identified as Harjinder Singh, Gurnam Singh, German Singh, Joban Singh, all residents of Sidhwan village, Gurjant Singh and Balraj Singh, both residents of Kammoke village, Beas. Rajwinder Kaur, a resident of Wadala Kalan village, told the police that on July 31, Harjinder had a quarrel with her father-in-law following which her husband (Jasbir Singh) pushed him out of the house. She said on the same day, the accused gathered outside their house, and started hurling abuses. She said the accused also pelted stones at their house, besides firing several gun shots in the air. She said three days ago, her husband was present at his shop when six unknown persons with their faces covered thrashed him brutally and fled away on two motorcycles. A case under Sections 307, 336, 148, 149, 120-B of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the accused. c m y b RESIDENTSPEAK Waterlogging is a regular problem. The rainwater enters our shops everytime and damages our goods. Today, rainwater damaged my goods worth ~1 lakh. Similar situation was witnessed last year. Insurance companies do not cover such damage and nobody listens to us. It is a curse to have a shop on the Heritage Street. Rahul, A SHOPKEEPER AT HERITAGE STREET ❝ ❞ activist, alleged that the Amritsar Municipal Corporation claimed to spend Rs 12.10 crore in 2018-19 on desilting of sewers. Then Rs 40 lakh was sanctioned for each Assembly segment. Later, Rs 1 lakh was sanctioned for several areas in the city. There is no public continued on page 2 Tarn Taran, September 10 Heavy rain in Tarn Taran district on Friday disrupted the normal life and caused damage to early growing varieties of paddy. As power supply was suspended early in the morning, residents faced difficulty in sourcing potable water. More than 70 per cent of the town, including Adda Bazaar, Chauki Bohri, Tehsil Bazaar, Noordi Adda and slums in Muradpur were in knee-deep water. The storm water drains choked as they were not desilted. The camp office of MLA Dr Dharambeer Agnihotri and the road passing nearby remained waterlogged the entire day. Chief Agriculture Officer Kuljit Singh Saini said 89 mm rainfall was recorded in Tarn Taran subdivision, 10 mm in Khadoor Sahib and 90 mm in Patti subdivision. The CAO said early growing paddy varieties— PR1509, PR-126 — were badly damaged today. Former municipal councillor Dr Sukhdev Singh Lauhuka said most of the shopkeepers could not open their shops till 12 noon due to stagnant water in the town. Top cop leads from the front One death, two positive cases reported in dist Wades through waterlogged Heritage Street Tribune News Service barefoot to take stock of the ground situation Amritsar, September 10 The health authorities reported two positive cases in the district today with which the total number of cases increased to 47,260. The authorities reported one Covid-19 related death today. With this, the toll has increased to 1,590. The deceased has been identified as Kamala Devi (89), a resident of Basant Avenue. The Health Department reported recovery of one patient and the recovery count reached 45,660. The district has a total of 10 active cases. The authorities vaccinated 23,849 people today. PK Jaiswar COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 2 47,260 1 1,590 1 45,660 10 Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 10 At a time when people preferred to remain indoors, Police Commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal ventured out along with Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Jaswant Kaur and several other officials of the traffic wing on Friday. He waded through the rainwater accumulated on the roads barefoot in order to encourage the traffic cops and to oversee the problems faced by commuters due to the jam because of heavy rain. “It is appreciable how the traffic cops were performing their duties during heavy rain and ensured to streamline the traffic,” he said, adding that his prime motive now was to oversee what problems the commuters face in holy city during heavy rain showers. From the Hall Gate area, he went barefoot to the Heritage Street near Golden Temple where heavy rainwater got accumulated like after every downpour. He interacted with the shopkeepers about the problems they faced due to traffic bottlenecks during rains or normal days. “The water might have got accumulated near the Heritage Street due to chocking of drains. This must have led to traffic chaos near the area,” he said, while adding that he would talk to the civic authorities about this as the area witnesses a huge rush of devotees and tourists to pay obeisance at the holy Sikh shrine. The other major problem was of parking on the road leading from Hall Gate to Darbar Sahib. In the absence of any parking lot, shopkeepers and people park their vehicles in a haphazard manner on the road. “Wrongly-parked vehicles lead to traffic jams. People should think of the problems which arise due to their negligent attitude,” he said. He said the traffic cops were deputed at main chowks, including the bus stand, railway station, Heritage Street and other adjoining areas for streamlining the traffic.
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