23092021-ATR-01.qxd 9/23/2021 12:07 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE FARMER ESTABLISHES AGRO BRAND TERMED ‘MAJHA FOODS’ PAGE 2 Yadwinder Singh of Tarsika block establishes own agro brand ‘Majha Foods’ at Chogawan Sadhpur village. FORECAST THUNDERSTORMS INBRIEF SUKHCHAIN TAKES CHARGE AS CP Amritsar: Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill took charge as the Commissioner of Police (CP) here on Wednesday. After joining the office, he said his priority would be to maintain law and order and smooth flow of traffic in the Commissionerate of Police, Amritsar. In addition, a special focus on cyber crime will be launched against online scammers so that the general public does not fall prey to such scams and such applications will be disposed of giving priority to public complaints. Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill is a 2003-batch IPS officer. Before assuming the post of Commissioner of Police, Amritsar, he served as SSP Hoshiarpur, SSP Ludhiana, SSP Bathinda, SSP Chandigarh and DIG Ferozepur Range, DIG Patiala Range and Commissioner of Police Ludhiana, Commissioner of Police, Amritsar, and Commissioner of Police, Jalandhar. TNS WOMAN DIES IN ROAD ACCIDENT Tarn Taran: An 85-year-old woman who was injured in a road accident on the Tarn Taran — Patti road near Jandoke Sarhali village on Monday succumbed to injuries on Tuesday night. The deceased has been identified as Joginder Kaur of Jaura village. She, along with her son, Narinderjit Singh, had come to Jandoke Sarhali village to withdraw her old-age pension from the State Bank of India. After withdrawing her pension, the mother-son duo was waiting for the bus standing on the road side to go back to their village when a speedy motorcyclist hit her. She received serious injuries on her head. She was admitted to Amritsar hospital for treatment where she succumbed to injuries the next day. The Sarhali police registered a case against the motorcyclist who has been identified as Satnam Singh of Sakhira village. The accused fled from the spot. OC RANVEER APPEALS TO YOUTH ON INT'L DAY OF SIGN LANGUAGES PAGE 3 SHILPA SET TO JOIN INDIA’S GOT TALENT AS ONE OF THE JUDGES Ranveer Singh is constantly working towards raising the issues faced by the hearing impaired community. MAX 27°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:26 PM Shilpa said, “130 crore ke Bharat mein, koi pooche ke talent kitna hai? Javab milega, Anek! Aur yeh sab...” SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:20 AM THURSDAY | 23 SEPTEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Kos Minars, a victim of clash between heritage & urbanisation A MONUMENTAL DANGER Built during the era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the structures now face defacement Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 22 Two Kos Minars, which are remnants of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s era and stand right in the middle of GT Road (near railway station), are a classic example of clash between heritage and urbanisation. Kos Minar, were a concept of building milestones by Pashtun emperor Sher Shah Suri, on his journey through the original Grand Trunk Road in north India. Several Kos Minars present in parts of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, IN A STATE OF NEGLECT ■ Kos Minars were introduced in A Kos Minar on the GT road in Amritsar. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR the 16th century by Sher Shah Suri. There are several Kos Minars remaining in Agra, Ajmer, Delhi, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Lahore in Pakistan, ■ The administration had never taken up the conservation of Kos Minars. The only work done on the two-heritage structures was carried out around 2 years ago. ■ During the development of the BRTS corridor, it was decided to remove these minars. It was only after the protests by conservationists that the decision was taken back. were being maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The ones in the holy city were built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and present a bleak picture. Built in the early 18th century as markers from Ajnala to Gobindgarh Fort, only two among several Kos Minars survived the test of time and urbanisation. The administration had never taken up the conservation of Kos Minars. The only work done on the two-heritage structures was carried out around two years ago. It involved building a concrete ‘Unofficial bus stops’ choke city roads Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 22 In addition to the government established ISBT, three more unofficial ‘bus stands’ have sprung up in different parts of the city. Air-conditioned, video coach and ordinary buses by private transporters remain parked in these bus stands where passengers are seen boarding and deboarding. These unofficial bus stands are situated at the old vegetable market outside the Hall Gate, on the Railway link road (outside the Railway station) and on the roads outside the Guru Nanak auditorium. Several buses remain parked on these roads and open spaces. Most of these buses are owned by influential private transporters. By not parking their passenger transport units in the Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra Inter-state Bus Terminal (ISBT) they deny the government its dues. The ISBT charges Rs 94 per AC coach for an entry and exit and Rs 50 from a mini bus. While extra money is charged for the night parking. A number of private buses are being parked on the prime land of old Sabji Mandi Buses of private operators stay lined-up across the roads, thus causing huge traffic congestion Buses parked outside the Hall Gate in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Private bus operators pick up passengers from their designated spots and charge at will. Moreover, they also drop them in the middle of roads, thus leading to traffic jams. Buses being run by influential transporters can also be seen parked at Old Sabzi Mandi. belonging to the PMIDC. As per the norms, the Municipal Corporation cannot levy any fee so these remain parked over there for a relatively long time during day and night. Most of these buses ply to destinations such as Chandi- garh, Delhi and Jammu. Sources in the state run transport Punjab Roadways say that these private transporters deny government buses equal business opportunities. For instance, passengers do not come to the ISBT, they can charge any amount of tariff while the state-run buses have fixed tariffs. Besides, the boarding and de-boarding of passengers on the roadside causes huge congestion on the road, thus causing huge traffic bottleneck. The roads become messy when the passengers alight and board buses. While autos and rickshaw pullers further accentuate the problem as they compete among themselves to get the passengers. Rajinder Kumar, in charge at the ISBT, said there were about 100 such buses, which had been parked outside the ISBT for the past many years. He accepted that they do send a departmental report to their head office to bring it to their notice. Jyoti Bala, Regional Transport Authority (RTA), said, she would write to the traffic police to remove buses from the roadsides and they must be parked inside the ISBT. She said a meeting with General Manager Punjab Roadways and ADCP Traffic will be called over the matter. Jaswant Kaur, ADCP Traffic, said these buses had been parked at these places for the past many years. Even before she joined here. If concerted efforts are made to remove these, then the traffic police would also contribute its bit. She said already she made it a point that no bus resorts to pick up and drop off passengers on the main roads outside the Hall Gate. support structure around the Kos Minars to ensure strength and stability. During the development of the Bus Rapid Transit System corridor, it was decided to remove these minars in order to widen the road. It was only after the protests by conservationists that the decision was taken back. Former head of Sri Guru Ram Das School of Planning at Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr Balwinder Singh, had once shared his views on relocation of the Kos Minars for their preservation. He had said from the heritage point Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 22 The estate wing of the Municipal Corporation, Amritsar, nabbed a person for collecting parking fee illegally at a space outside Amandeep Hospital. Estate Officer Dharminderjit Singh received the information from the area councillor on phone that the parking fee was being illegally collected by unidentified persons by allowing people to park the vehicles on MC’s parking lot outside the Amandeep Hospital. A team led by Estate Officer visited the spot and nabbed a man, while two of them managed to flee. The person operating parking has been identified as Nikhal Jain, a resident of Sultanwind. The MCA officials handed over him to the custody of Rani Ka Bagh Police Station. The MC had received tenders for allotment of total 12 parking stands of the city through e-tendering and out of these 5 parking stands have been allotted through etendering last week. A resolution was passed by the Municipal Corporation of Sidhu loyalist Damandeep CM's surprise halt ‘Take stern action appointed as AIT Chairman at Giani Tea Stall against accused’ Replaces Capt Amarinder’s aide Dinesh Bassi GS Paul Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service AAP leader Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh addresses mediapersons. before the last assembly election, which could not be fulfilled during the past four and a half years. The former IG questioned the Congress high command about acting against Capt Amarinder Singh too late. He held it responsible for playing divisive politics in a state like Punjab which is a land of Sikh masters. On the AAP party’s stand for appointing a Sikh as its Chief Minister face, he said since his party was new, it just wanted to continue with the tradition. Amritsar, September 22 Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu’s loyalist Damandeep Singh as the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) Chairman by replacing Dinesh Bassi. This decision was taken during the CM’s visit to the city on Wednesday. Dinesh Bassi is active in the politics since 2000 and was elected as District president of Youth Congress in 2008. He remained district president till 2011. Newly appointed AIT Chairman Damandeep was also the youth Congress leader and Bassi defeated him in the president elections. Bassi was an aspirant for the party ticket from Amritsar East constituency in 2012 and then in 2017. Meanwhile, Navjot Singh Sidhu joined the Congress and party high command asked Bassi to support Sidhu in 2017. Bassi claimed that he made efforts for Sidhu’s victory in 2017. But in December 2017, when CM Charanjit Singh Channi and PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu hand over a letter to Damandeep Singh Daman in Amritsar. Bassi asked to contest for the election of ward councillor, the party denied. This caused differences between Sidhu and Bassi on the ticket. However, in June 2019, Sidhu resigned from the Punjab Cabinet after being sidelined by then CM Captain Amarinder Singh and Bassi being close to former CM Amarinder Singh, Bassi had appointed as AIT Chairman on July 8, 2019. “I don’t have any issues with my removal but it is an unhealthy practice in the par- c m y b ty. We are associated with the Congress for the past three generations. I am loyal to the party and will work for it with same zeal,” said Bassi. Damandeep had left the Congress and joined the BJP in 2012 when Navjot Kaur Sidhu had contested from the East constituency. He later became close to Sidhu and when Navjot joined the Congress in 2017, he also changed his loyalty. He contested election from ward number 26 and won. Amritsar, September 22 Famous Giani Tea Stall on Cooper Road here had an unexpected guest this morning when the cavalcade of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi took a brief halt at the spot. Projecting the 'aam admi' (common man) image, the Channi interacted with early morning walkers already present there. He also obliged the passers-by to click 'selfies'. Sitting on an ordinary wooden stool outside the tea stall along the road, Channi and his team were offered tea in glasses. His colleagues, including PPCC president Navjot Singh Sidhu, Deputy CMs Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni and Cabinet Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, were sitting beside him. Over a cup of special 'masala tea' served in ordinary glasses, along with the 'kachori' session, visibly joyous Channi could not resist from mesmerising the audience by reciting 'sheroshayri' (poetry) as “Chalte firte hue mehtab of view, the two Kos Minars of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s era, were very important. He had suggested that the best option was to relocate these two Kos Minars to the side of the road and install a plaque explaining their importance to make people aware. Meanwhile, the two Kos Minars can be seen defaced by posters. While their history and heritage has been reduced to suit the rapid urbanisation, the Kos Minars still stand tall, with a faded pride and reminder of the glorious past. Man held for operating MC parking lot illegally BARGARI-BEHBAL KALAN FIRING Amritsar, September 22 AAP leader Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, who took premature retirement from the post of IG, asserted that if the Charanjit Singh Channi government failed to take action against the accused in the 2017 Bargari-Behbal Kalan firing, then it would be clear that not only former CM Capt Amarinder Singh but also the Congress was hand in glove with the Akalis. He asserted that the new SIT formed to probe the Bargari-Behbal Kalan firing would not find anything new. He stated that if the new CM was sincere to deliver justice in the firing incident, he should pick up the report he had submitted to the Sessions Judge at the Faridkot court. Congratulating Channi on becoming Chief Minister of Punjab, he hoped that he would fulfil all those promises, made to electorate PAGE 4 CM Charanjit Singh Channi and PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu enjoy a cuppa at Giani Tea Stall in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO dikhaenge tumhen, humse milna kabhi, ye Punjab dikhaenge tumhen. Chand har chhat pe hai, suraj hai har aangan me, neend se jaago, naye khwab dikhaenge tumhen (Walking around, we will show you the moonlight, meet us sometimes… will show you the real Punjab where the moon is at every terrace and sun in every yard…wake up... will show your new dreams)." Channi too complimented tea stall owner Gurmeet Singh. TWO ACCOMPLICES MANAGE TO FLEE Estate Officer Dharminderjit Singh received the information from the area councillor on phone that the parking fee was being illegally collected by unidentified persons by allowing them to park the vehicle on MC's parking lot outside the Amandeep Hospital on Tuesday. A team led by Estate Officer visited the spot and nabbed a person, while two of them managed to flee. Amritsar through the meeting of Finance and Contract Committee on September 18 to issue allotment letters to the successful bidders of these 5 parking stands. It has been passed in the meeting and as per the decision of the meeting the process of issuance of allotment letter to the successful bidders by the estate department is in progress. Estate Officer Dharminderjit stated that if any parking lot of the MC is found to be operated by anyone else than the MC, workers should immediately inform the Estate Wing, so that legal action can be taken against the person concerned. 1 death, four cases reported Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 22 With one death reported in the district due to Covid-19, the toll has increased to 1,591 on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Vijay Kumar, a 62-year-old resident of New Jawahar Nagar. The Health Department has also reported four positive cases on Wednesday, with which the total count has increased to 47,293. With the recovery of one patient, the recovery count has also increased to 45,683. The district at present has a total of 19 active cases. Meanwhile, 2,357 residents were inoculated for Covid-19 during the vaccination drive on Wednesday. Of these 1,273 received the first dose of the vaccine while 1,084 received the second. COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 4 47,293 1 1,591 1 45,683 16
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