13092021-ATR-01.qxd 12-09-2021 23:36 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE INCENTIVISE TECHNOLOGIES, RAISE AWARENESS: RESIDENTS PAGE 2 Want government to frame policies that don’t require farmers to spend more. Penalties are only adding to their woes. PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF DRONE SPOTTED IN KHALRA SECTOR Tarn Taran: The Border Security Force (BSF) jawans spotted a drone in Khalra sector on Saturday night. Sources said the drone was seen on the Indian side near Mangli border outpost. The patrolling party of the BSF fired at the drone, which went back to Pakistan. The BSF initiated a search operation in the area, but failed to recover anything from the spot. Three days ago, the BSF had observed drone movement in the area. Later, six packets of heroin were recovered during search operation. OC TOURIST AMONG TWO ROBBED Amritsar: Two bike-borne persons snatched a purse of a Delhi resident who along with her family had come to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple on Saturday. Neha Yatav, a resident of Delhi, told the police that they had taken a room in a hotel near the Hall Gate. She said when they reached near Lucky Dhaba on e-rickshaw after paying obeisance, two bike-borne persons snatched her purse. The victim said her purse contained Rs 7,000, two mobile phones and a gold ear ring, besides other documents. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B and 34 of the IPC in this regard. In another incident, two persons snatched a mobile phone from Rahul, when he was buying household goods in Rambagh area. One of the suspect was nabbed by locals. The accused has been identified as Kamal Kumar alias Prince of Islamabad area, while his accomplice has yet not been identified. TNS TWO BOOKED FOR RAPING 2 MINORS Tarn Taran: The Verowal police have booked persons for raping two minor girls (11 years and 17 years). The incident took place on the intervening night of Thursday – Friday. The accused have been identified as Yograj Singh Yoga of Hansawala and Jaskaran Singh Jassa of Pindian village. The duo had entered the house of minor girls by jumping the wall. A case under Sections 376 and 450 of the IPC and Section 4/6 of the POCSO Act has been registered against the accused. Sub-Inspector Amandeep Kaur (Investigating Officer) said medical examination of the victims was done at the Civil Hospital and their statement before the Judicial Magistrate has yet not been recorded. OC 4 COMMIT ~28L FRAUD, BOOKED Amritsar: Division B police station have booked four persons, including three Jalandhar residents, for allegedly duping a local of Rs 28.4 lakh. Those booked have been identified as Nitin Khera, his mother Manju Khera, Lakhan Gandhi, all residents of Basti Gujja in Jalandhar, and Amandeep Singh of Sultanwind Road. Charanjit Kaur had submitted a complaint to the police in May. The victim said the accused cheated her of Rs 28.44 lakh on the pretext of cancellation of an FIR, getting her son Lovepreet Singh released on bail. He was booked by the Division B police on charge of gang rape. The police said further investigation was under progress and raids were on to nab the accused. TNS PAGE 3 MAX 31°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:39 PM PAGE 4 AJAY DEVGN TO FEATURE IN AN EPISODE WITH BEAR GRYLLS Partap Brothers have been nothing short of an institution when it comes to classical music, especially Gurmat Sangeet. After PM Modi, actors Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth, now, Ajay Devgn is set to go on an adventure with Bear Grylls. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:13 AM MONDAY | 13 SEPTEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Hundreds of acres submerged under water in Ajnala Manmeet Singh Gill SPECIAL GIRDAWARI OF LOSS IN TARN TARAN Tribune News Service Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday had ordered the Deputy Commissioner to immediately conduct special girdawari to assess the damage caused to the crops and houses due to heavy rains which led to waterlogging in the nearby villages due to flooding of Kasur nullah. Meanwhile, the CM also directed the Principal Secretary, Water Resources, to rush a high-level team comprising senior officers of the department and its drainage wing to immediately swing into action by pressing into service requisite machinery and manpower for dewatering in few villages in Khemkaran area of Patti tehsil. He also instructed the team to further strengthen the flood protection works in vulnerable areas giving it a top priority, so as to prevent recurrence of such incidents in the coming days, in case of any possibility of incessant rains in the region. The CM also asked the district administration to keep its relief and rehabilitation teams ready to face any eventuality arising out of heavy rains. OC Amritsar, September 12 The reconstruction of a canal minor without taking into consideration the natural topography of the area for the flow of rainwater has resulted into trouble for farmers, as the walls of irrigation channel has created a barrier for rainwater and their crops have submerged in water. Former deputy director horticulture Dr Baaj Singh, who owns an orchard in the area, said the side walls are around 4-5 feet high above the Farmers in Ajnala area protest as the walls of irrigation channel have created a barrier for rainwater causing crops to submerge in water. ground. “The water from higher area has flowed towards this side following its natural course. But due to concrete walls, it is now trapped,” he said, adding that his orchard and around 400 acres of paddy crop would be destroyed if the water remained trapped. Farmers in the area said the Ajnala canal minor passing through Othian was first built in 1952-53. “It remained kucha for many years and then remained dry for many years, but was rebuilt with concrete walls. The mud banks would let the water pass if it rained heavily,” said another farmer Amrik Singh Chhinna. He said the Irrigation Department should have constructed underpasses under the canal minor to allow rain water to cross. The farmers in the area had apprised the Irrigation Department officials of the problem many days ago, he said. Jamhoori Kisan Sabha leader Satnam Singh Chak said: “The farmers have been sitting on protest on this issue for the last 36 days. If the department had taken timely action and built underpasses, farmers would not have suffered the losses which the stagnant water has caused to their crops.” He said senior administration officials should look into the matter and come to the help of farmers. Over 3K appear for NEET in city ~25L robbery: 3 suspects Dist logs one identified, yet to be nabbed positive case Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 12 Amid rain, over 3,000 candidates appeared for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET-2021) held at seven centres in the city on Sunday. A majority of the students felt relieved that the examination was not postponed again. Rihan Kaur, a student, said there were only two questions in chemistry that were tricky, while the rest in botany, zoology, and physics were from the syllabus. Anmol Bajwa, another student, said though they were wearing masks, the centre also had a provision of providing masks. Though the examination was held from 2 pm to 5 pm, they were asked to appear at the centre three hours before the start of the examination due to Covid-19 restrictions. Fifty PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR FORECAST A DOCU-SERIES SOON ON THE LEGACY OF PARTAP BROTHERS Students come out of an examination centre after appearing for NEET in Amritsar on Sunday. students were allowed entry in a staggered way in the half an hour gap, he said. Each student was asked to come with a bottle of at least 50 ml sanitiser, a transparent bottle of water. All examination centres were cleaned and surface, including furniture, sterilised with sodium hypochloride. Uttamjit Singh, a botany teacher, observed that unlike last year, when the examination was postponed for a record four times in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, this year it was postponed only twice. “So, students were saved from the undue harassment of waiting for a long period for the examina- tion,” he said, terming the paper as balanced, which contained questions drawn from the syllabi. NEET is generally held on the first Sunday of May. A notice was issued to conduct it in June but it did not happen. Later, another notice was issued to hold it in September. robbed a jeweller of gold ornaments worth Rs 25 lakh Amritsar, September 12 and cash to the tune of Rs The police have identified 1.25 lakh, at gunpoint. three out of five The robbers had their suspects who had faces covered and robbed a jeweller in escaped from the spot Rattan Singh Chowk on motorcycles. Cops two weeks ago. got the CCTV footage of Those identified the incident, which include Satnam Satnam Singh helped them to identify Singh, alias Sattu, of the suspects. Vishnu, Loharka village, the victim, said armed Karan Mann of persons entered his Chamrang Road and shop around 3.45 pm Dixit Kumar of Sanand pointed a pistol at jay Gandhi colony. him. He said they took Deputy Commission- Karan Mann jewellery boxes and fled er of Police (Investigaaway from the spot. tions) Mukhwinder While fleeing they forSingh Bhullar said get to take along the they were conducting digital video recorder raids to arrest them. (DVR) of the shop, Following the inciwhich they had located dent they had gone Dixit Kumar and pulled out. underground, but Bhullar said the arrest were recently seen in the of three suspects would city, he said. On Augsut 27, help in identifying their five armed persons had accomplices. Amritsar, September 12 With one positive case reported on Sunday, the total count of cases in the district increased to 47,262. The district health authorities have also reported the recovery of one patient with which the total recovery count increased to 45,662. The district at present has a total of 10 active cases. Meanwhile, total 2,419 residents were inoculated during the vaccination drive on Sunday. Of these, 1,196 persons received the first dose of the vaccine, while 1,223 received the second dose. — TNS COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 1 47,262 0 1,590 1 45,662 10 PRTC, Punbus contractual employees gherao Verka’s house Pay property tax & Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 12 Congress MLA Raj Kumar Verka announced that he would take up the issue of the Punjab Roadways Punbus Contractual Workers’ Union in the proposed meeting with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on September 14. Addressing the members of the union, who gathered outside his residence after carrying Continued on page 2 DHARNA STAGED IN TARN TARAN AS WELL Tarn Taran: The contractual employees working in the Roadways Department on the seventh day of their indefinite strike staged a district-level dharna at the local bus stand on Sunday. In spite of heavy rainfall, agitating employees attended the rally in large numbers. The employees were to gherao the local MLA’s residence for two hours, but they later protested at the bus stand. Dr Dharambeer Agnihotri, local Congress MLA, SGPC remembers Saragarhi martyrs 124TH ANNIVERSARY Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 12 The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) organised an event at Gurdwara Saragarhi Sahib to commemorate the martyrs of Battle of Saragarhi on its 124th anniversary. After the culmination of Akhand Path, raagi group of Bhai Harpinder Singh connected sangat with Gurbani kirtan. Additional head granthi of the Golden Temple Giani Jagtar Singh paid homage to the martyrs. Saragarhi was a small rocky outpost situated between Fort Gulistan (Cavagnari) and Fort Lockhart in North West Frontier Province, now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pak- istan. It was manned by just 21 Sikh soldiers who repelled a ferocious attack by tribals for many hours on this day in 1897. Recalling the 21 brave Sikhs who fought against 10,000 Pathan tribes, Giani Jagtar said there was a long list of martyrs belonging to the Sikh community from whom the present generation should take inspiration and connect to the faith. On this occasion, a few of the family members (Ranjit Singh and Taranpreet Singh) of the martyrs were also present who were honoured with the Siropas (robes of honour). Present on this occasion were manager Baghel Singh, granthi of Gurdwara Saragarhi Sahib Bhai Gagandeep Singh, Bhai Ranjit Singh and jathedar Ranyodh Singh. himself came to receive the memorandum of the agitating employees at the bus stand. The ...MLAs assure to take up issue with CM MLA expressed his solidarity with the demands of the agitating employees and assured them to send their demands’ charter to the state government. The leaders said they have been serving the department for the last more than 15 years with meagre salaries. They warned that they would fight till the last to get justice. They condemned the state government for issuing them notices to call the strike illegal and serving them warning in case they do not resume services soon. OC Now, cops to get leave on their birthday, marriage anniversary PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 12 In a novel gesture, Amritsar Police Commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal has decided to give leave to cops on their birthdays and anniversaries. The cops on the other hand hailed the move and said it would also boost their morale. “As frontline warriors and emergency service providers, policemen work round-the-clock in stress, thereby disturbing not only their family and personal lives, but it also take toll on their health. Therefore, the basic idea to give a leave on their special days like birthdays and anniversaries was to give them enough space to cherish their moments,” said Duggal. c m y b ❝ As frontline warriors and emergency service providers, policemen work round-the-clock under stressful situations, thereby disturbing not only their family and personal lives, but it also take toll on their health. Therefore, the basic idea to give a leave on their special days like birthdays and anniversaries was to give them enough space to cherish their moments ❞ Vikram Jeet Duggal, POLICE COMMISSIONER “As society has been passing through unprecedented health crisis and there is enormous challenges before policemen, cops have doubled as relief providers and in enforcing law and order. They need some personal space to be prepared for new challenges,” he pointed out. Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, investigations, said ground-level officers mostly remain on field and hardly find time for themselves. This sometimes leads to frustrations and mental stress. “It is a welcoming step and every cop appreciated the gesture,” he said. Not only this, other officials were also directed to extend wishes to cops on their birthdays and anniversaries. Earlier, too, Duggal had taken similar step when he was SSP Amritsar rural in 2019 and later as SSP Patiala last year. avail 10 pc rebate Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 12 The property tax wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) has prepared a database of tax payers and are sending SMS alerts to them to avail 10 per cent rebate on tax. The officials claimed that they have sent alert to tax payers five times on their mobile numbers. Residents and traders who have been paying their property tax regularly are now in touch with the MC. The MC sends flash message about any offer or discount and last date to deposit the property tax. Now, it is convenient for the property tax wing employees to track tax payers in case of any delay in depositing tax. Daljit Singh, nodal officer for property tax of the MC, said: “We are getting good response by adopting the SMS alert system. More residents are availing benefit of 10 per cent rebate on tax amount this time. The MC has already collected around ~7.50 crore so far. By the end of the fiscal, we will achieve the recovery target of ~42.5 crore. We are regularly sending alert to residents who have not paid the tax till date. There is a good opportunity to get 10 per cent discount on the current tax. The offer would end on September 30.” The nodal officer asked the property tax wing employees to make efforts for maximum recovery of tax till September Tax wing sending SMS alerts to residents telling them to make most of situation ❝We are getting good response by adopting the SMS alert system. More residents are availing benefit of 10 per cent rebate on tax amount this time. The MC has already collected around ~7.50 crore so far. By the end of the fiscal, we will achieve the recovery target of ~42.5 crore. Daljit Singh, NODAL OFFICER ❞ FOR PROPERTY TAX, MC 30. The employees would not get leave till September 30 so that residents don’t face any inconvenience. The property tax wing of the MC has issued 10,717 sealing notices to tax defaulters in the last two months.
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