10102021-ATR-01.qxd 10/9/2021 11:38 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE NGO SETS UP TWO LIBRARIES FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS PAGE 2 These libraries will have academic and general knowledge books, which can be accessed by needy students. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF FIRE: MAN DIES OF SUFFOCATION MAX 34°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:04 PM Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 9 Continuing with the investigations in the seizure of nearly 2 lakh intoxicants from two medical store owners, the Amritsar rural police have arrested yet another chemist from the Katra Sher Singh area, which is known as medicine market. He was identified as Munna, owner of Khanna Medical Store. With his arrest, the police have now nabbed total six persons, while two more suspects including one Sunny Tarzen and Zango were still at large. Raids were on to nab them, said SSP , Amritsar rural, Gulneet Singh Khurana on Saturday. According to information, a police team headed by Assistant Superintendent of Police Abhimanyu Rana was heading the operation and more arrests are likely to be made in the near future. A police officer, privy to the investigations, revealed that the intoxicants were now coming illegally from Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh side, while it was earlier used to be supplied by certain notorious pharmaceutical companies from Himachal Pradesh. “It was found that the seized drugs were imported from Dehradun in Uttarakhand besides Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh,” said the offi- Probe reveals sedatives coming from Uttarakhand ■ Police team headed by Assistant Superintendent of Police Abhimanyu Rana is heading the operation. More arrests are expected in the near future. ■ A police officer, privy to the investigations, revealed that the intoxicants were now coming illegally from Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh side, while earlier it used to be supplied by certain notorious pharmaceutical companies from Himachal Pradesh cial. The police teams were likely to conduct raid in Dehradun and Bhopal factories in the coming days to expose the entire nexus. Besides Munna, the police had earlier nabbed two medial store owners Manish, alias Manu Mahajan; Naveen Gutpa; a quack Kirpal Singh; medical representative Rohit Kumar and Karamjit Singh. From Naveen, the police had confiscated 13,500 intoxicants, while 1.8 lakh sedative pills were recovered on the information provided by Manu. Meanwhile, following the seizures, the drug wing of the Health Department has also become active and was likely to raid the Katra Sher Singh area. Amritsar, October 9 Majha House dedicated third session of ‘Sanjha Punjab Festival’ to warriors who fought World War I. Speakers included Dublin-based Punjabi critic Mahmood Awan, whose research on WWI, has been extensively quoted by historians and Major General Hemant Kumar Singh, who is working on a book on commemoration and war memorials, in India. As the fest aims to bringing three Punjabs – East, West and Diaspora – together on one platform, the ses- FARMER DIES IN ROAD ACCIDENT Amritsar: A farmer, who was heading home following protest outside Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik, died in a road accident near Rajasansi on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as exserviceman Kabal Singh (50) of Lashkari Nangal village. Heera Singh, who is a former Army man, was also injured in the accident. Kirti Kisan Union leader Jatinder Singh Chinna said the duo was going home on a scooter when an overspeeding car hit them. He said Kabal died on the spot. Jagbir Singh, son of the deceased, said his father was a marginal farmer. TNS Actress Vaishnavi Macdonald, who is a part of Zee TV's show Meet, talks about her role of a mother. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:30 AM SUNDAY | 10 OCTOBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Over 45% recruits in the British army during 1919 were from Punjab WWI a million Indians ❝More thanWWI and half of them ❝My great grandfather served inWWII. while my grandfather served in the served during were Punjabis. Sadly, there is little documentation on how the war affected lives of Punjabis and how it wreaked havoc on social and cultural fabric of Punjab. I was shocked that there were hardly any records documenting the details of number of recruits, why they joined and how they fared. So, for me this is a deeply personal work. Maj Gen HK Singh, CURATOR OF CHANDIGARH MILITARY FEST Mahmood Awan, DUBLIN-BASED PUNJABI CRITIC ❞ sion had participants from across the world. Maj General HK Singh, who is a curator of Chandigarh Military Festival, said, “More than a million Indians served Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 9 An RTI activist alleged that commercial sites at Purani Kanak Mandi were developed after submitting forged documents with the Amritsar Municipal Corporation. Suresh Sharma, an RTI activist, procured details of stamped papers from the District Treasury Office which were used to get the no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the MC. Sharma said the government had regularised illegal colonies planned before March 2018 under its regularisation policy. ❝ I have urged to cancel all 70 NOCs issued by the MC. An FIR should be registered against the applicants who purchased stamp papers in 2021 and mentioned March 2018. The fee deposited for the NOCs should be seized and water and sewer connection of these properties should be disconnected. Suresh Sharma, AN RTI ACTIVIST ❞ “To take advantage of this policy, colonisers who were aides of a local politician, prepared forged documents. They constructed commercial sites at Purani Kanak Mandi (Naraingarh) in 2021, but managed to get the NOCs of 70 commercial sites on back date with connivance of ric of Punjab. My book will be a remarkable and important work on Punjab’s contribution to World War I.” Awan, who has researched on WW I extensively, said he the MTP wing officials. Stamp papers purchased in 2021 were attached with affidavits stating these were bought in March 2018,” alleged Sharma. He claimed that instead of paying the regularisation fee for illegal commercial sites, colonisers obtained the NOCs by depositing forged documents. Sharma met MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi and submitted his complaint. “I have urged to cancel all the 70 NOCs issued by the MC. An FIR should be registered against the applicants who purchased stamp papers in 2021 and mentioned March 2018. The fee deposited for the NOCs should be seized and water and sewer connection of these properties should be disconnected,” said Sharma. Jaggi has assured to inquire into the matter and take appropriate action. Health staff for common cadre Tribune News Service An illegal colony opposite CKD Nursing College being razed by the Municipal Town Planning wing on Chabbal Road. The staff also dug a large pit on the entrance with an earth mover. Dist reports 1 death, 3 cases Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 9 With one death reported due to Covid-19 on Saturday, the district toll increased to 1,595. The deceased has been identified as Balwinder Kaur, a 58-yearold resident of Ghanshampur village, near Baba Bakala. The district Health Department has also reported three new cases, with which the total count increased to 47,329. The district at present has a total of six active cases. Meanwhile, 17,033 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive on Saturday. Of these, 10,009 received the first dose of the vaccine, while 7,024 received the second dose. during WW I and half of them were Punjabis. Sadly, there is little documentation on how the war affected lives of Punjabis and how it wreaked havoc on social and cultural fab- ❞ Colonisers obtained NOCs through forged documents: RTI activist Acting tough Amritsar: Cabinet Minister Raj Kumar Verka on Saturday paid obeisance at Ram Tirth, the site of worship of Lord Valmiki. He briefed about the upcoming projects being undertaken at Ram Tirth by the state government. “The state government is developing the Ram Tirth at the cost of ~1 crore. A centre of excellence for competitive exams coaching, including UPSC, will be set up that will also offer hostel facility to students from humble background. Apart from the centre, a 200-bed sarai and a panorama will also be set up at the cost of Rs 23 crores,” he said. He also informed that a project to construct a dharamshala and an old age home has also been approved at the site. Verka also announced that he has given Rs 25 lakh to the Ram Tirth management for the upcoming birth anniversary celebrations of Lord Valmiki that will be celebrated on October 20. TNS PAGE 4 Another chemist Forgotten Punjabi warriors of World War I lands in police net Tribune News Service RAJ KUMAR VERKA VISITS RAM TIRTH ‘STAY FOCUSED, WORK WITH CONVICTION AND HONESTY’ Mehta and Pratik Gandhi celebrate first anniversary of hit series, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. PK Jaiswar Amritsar: A man, identified as Rajinder Kumar (61) (in pic), died of suffocation after an iron material shop caught fire in the Tunda Talab area in the walled city here in the wee hours on Saturday. The incident came to light when the fire started billowing out of the shop and people informed the Fire Department around 3.15am. It took around three hours for the fire team to douse the flames. Though the exact cause of fire was yet to be ascertained, short-circuit is apparently the reason behind the incident. Rajinder was sleeping inside the shop when the fire engulfed the shop. He apparently went up to a room but could not come out and died due to suffocation, as per preliminary probe. TNS PAGE 3 HANSAL MEHTA TAKES A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 3 47,329 1 1,596 0 45,728 6 c m y b Amritsar, October 9 The employees have initiated efforts for a common cadre of employees from the Health Department and the Department of Medical Education and Research reasoning that spilt in the cadre has affected the working and their promotion chances. The state government in January this year took the decision to prepare separate seniority lists of employees of the Health Department and medical education department. The employees said ever since the inception of Department of Medical Education and Research in 1973 The employees said ever since the inception of Department of Medical Education and Research in 1973 and the bifurcation of Health Department, a common seniority list of employees was being prepared. and the bifurcation of Health Department, a common seniority list of employees was being prepared. The employees said the decision taken by the government to make separate seniority lists of two departments would not only affect the promotion chances of employees but also affect the working of the two departments. A delegation of the Punjab State Pharmacy Officers’ Association, Health Inspectors’ Association and Medical Lab Technicians’ Association had apprised the Medical Education and Research Minister Raj Kumar Verka of the problems faced by employees due to separate seniority lists. Ashok Sharma, an employees’ leader, said: “In the recent times, after the separate seniority lists were prepared, many posts have been termed surplus and the employees working on those positions have been transferred to other districts. As a result, they are facing trouble.” He said the minister has assured to hold a meeting with senior officials and employees to discuss the issue. had personal connections with army and World War I. “My great grandfather served in the First World War while my grandfather served in the Continued on page 2 CARJACKING Youth shot dead by robbers in Khalchian Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 9 A youth, identified as Arshdeep Singh, was shot dead by unidentified bikeborne robbers in a carjacking incident that occurred in the Khalchian police station area here late last evening. He, along with his friends, was urinating on the roadside on the national highway when the robbers attacked him and took away the car. Arshdeep tried to stop them, but one of the robbers shot him. Sukhdev Singh, SHO, Khilchian police station, said a case under Sections 397, 302, 34 of the IPC has been registered against the accused while further investigations were under progress. The SHO said Arshdeep, along with Amritpal Singh and Germanjit, was returning to their village after having food. He said the car engine was on when the three came out of the car for urinating. Taking the advantage of this, one of the bike-borne armed robbers entered the car and tried to flee. Arshdeep, however, managed to grab the car door and resisted their attempt to steal the car. However, the armed accused shot him, which hit him near his shoulder, and fled away with the car. Sukhdev Singh said further probe was underway and message regarding car snatching was flashed all over the state.
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