14102021-ATR-01.qxd 10/13/2021 11:40 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE RISING FUEL PRICES TAKING TOLL ON MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES PAGE 2 With prices of petrol & diesel touching a new high everyday, common people cry for relief from the government. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY SINGER SHAAN BAGS A ROLE IN ILAIYARAAJA’S MUSIC SCHOOL PAGE 3 AANCHAL’S DREAM OF BEING A BENGALI BRIDE COMES TRUE Shaan has stepped aboard for Papa Rao’s Hindi directorial debut Music School in the capacity of an actor. MAX 33°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:59 PM PAGE 4 The actress also revealed that how Bipasha Basu was one of the biggest inspirations behind the new look. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:33 AM THURSDAY | 14 OCTOBER 2021 | AMRITSAR ~5-lakh robbery case Philately losing its charm to digitisation solved, three arrested NO MORE TAKERS Low-key programme marks day in the city Neeraj Bagga WHAT MAKES PHILATELY A SPECIAL HOBBY? Tribune News Service Remanded in police custody; have no criminal record Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 13 The city police have arrested three persons, who robbed a cloth trader of Rs 5 lakh in Vakila Wali Gali in Katra Jaimal Singh inside the walled city on Sunday, from Anandpur Sahib. The suspects have been identified as Simarpreet Singh (22), alias Gughi, a resident of Ganda Singh Colony on Tarn Taran Road, Dinesh Kyshap (30), alias Kali, of Rambagh area, and Yogesh Kumar (21), alias Jeesu, a resident of Husainpura. The police have recovered Rs 3.67 lakh from the accused persons. The victim, Jagjiven Singh, had visited Gali Vakila Wali, a famous cloth market in the Katra Jaimal Singh area, on Sunday when a youth snatched his bag containing Rs 5 lakh Arjan Singh, SHO, E-Division police station, stated that after the robbery they had procured the CCTV footage of the incident, in which a youth was seen running away after snatching the bag from the victim. We have initiated the technical investigation and identified the main accused, Simarpreet Singh Ghughi. His accomplices were also identified and the INBRIEF Three accused, who robbed a cloth trader at Bazar Tahli Wala, in the custody of the Amritsar police on Wednesday. VISHAL KUMAR ❝ All three accused work at different cloth shops in the same market. They were aware that the trader from Anandpur Sahib visited the market on Sundays. They kept an eye on the victim and targeted him last Sunday. Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ❞ WOMAN HELD IN GREEN AVENUE ROBBERY CASE P2 police nabbed them. The police have also recovered Rs 3.67 lakh from them. The police produced them in court which remanded them in police custody. The police said during the preliminary investigation, the accused confessed to their crime, but the police suspected that they might be involved in other crime incidents too. The police will investigate the total number of gang members and their involvement in other crimes. The accused do not have a criminal record before this robbery. Amritsar, October 13 Once a popular hobby, stamp collection is no longer a fad among the youth. It is clear from the Amritsar Philately Club (APC), which has less than 20 members. Formed in 1974-75, it initially used to have 80 to 100 members. Till a few years ago, Philately Day used to be celebrated by holding a day-long exhibition at the General Post Office (GPO). Members of the ASC had painstakingly procured steel frames fixed with glasses to showcase their collections in style to visitors. Pradeep Thacker, president of the APC, recalled that he was among the founder members of the APC. People from the industry, employees, service class, besides students used to be the members of the club. The 67-year-old had started collecting stamps when he was in the high school. He said there was a time when a keen collector would assemble used and discarded stamps. Gradually, the government started printing and releasing costly and commemorative stamps. He held digitisation responsible for fading interest in philately. Post office staff finds it convenient to issue digital receipts on speed post and courier, instead of pasting Getting ready for Dasehra Amritsar: The NSUI state president, Akshay Sharma, on Wednesday asserted that youngsters would form Punjab government next year. Addressing a gathering at Nawan Punjab Naujwanan Naal Rally here this afternoon, Akshay said the Congress in the last four and half years had fulfilled aspirations of youngsters with several initiatives. “Youth power is at the core of Punjab’s future trajectory and they will decide our state’s upward rise,” Akshay said while adding that the opposition, including SAD would be wiped off, in the forthcoming polls. The NSUI national president, Neeraj Kundan, also addressed the rally. TNS 1 47,333 0 1,595 0 45,734 4 stamps for which they have to maintain a separate register. An avid philatelist Another member of the APC, Neeraj Jain, 55, said he had invested Rs five lakh on his hobby of collecting stamps during the past four decades. About its road. His great grandson Jasbir Singh Bhakna also took part in the release of the special current market value, he said, it was zero but he steadfastly stored these in a full-fledged almirah. “The member of the APC hardly hold any meetings. Around three years ago, meetings of the APC used to meet twice a month, he recalled. “Youngsters are no longer in Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 13 Reeling under the effects of pandemic since last year, artists, who earned their living by making effigies of ‘Ravana’, ‘Meghnad’ and ‘Kumbhkarana’ stare at another disappointing season as the demand for effigies has gone down drastically. An otherwise busy Dasehra season used to begin for these artists a month before the festivities as bulk orders were received for making effigies. Since no-show last year and impact of inflation and restricted festivities families of these artists are now work as daily wagers to earn their livelihood. Rama, whose family has been making Dasehra effigies from the past 30 years, says they had received only three orders this year. “We used to make at least 20 to 30 effigies during this time earlier, but this year only three A child has a look at the effigies of Ravana put up in a street for sale ahead of Dasehra in Amritsar on Wednesday; and (right) an artisan is busy in giving the final touches to an effigy of Ravana. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR cover. The cover mentions in Hindi and English that Baba Bhakna, January 22, 1870December 21, 1968, was an Indian revolutionary who struggled against slavery and injustice. He was the founding President of the Ghadar Party and participated in the ‘Ghadar Movement’ of 1915. He was in jail for a long time during the freedom struggle of India. The price of a special cover with cancellation is ~30 and without cancellation is ~25. touch with any such hobby. They hardly know the price of a single postcard.”Once ubiquitous red coloured-letter boxes on roads are now a rare sight. He recalled that there used to be close to 100 members of the APC nearly 35 years ago. After the release of a stamp, no dis- THE TALLEST EFFIGY IS OF 130-FT RAVANA ■ This year, the Dasehra festivities will be held at three locations only. The tallest Ravana effigy with a height of 130 ft will be erected at Trillium Mall while 125 ft Ravana will be burnt at Dasehra ground in Ranjit Avenue. Third venue for celebrations will be at Dasehra Ground, near Bada Hanuman Temple. orders have been completed. There are 15 members in our family, who are in this business of making effigies. With no work, our income has taken a big hit. We have not earned enough to properly feed our family,” he shared. Rama works with 10 other artists in his team, who have similar woes to share. “Most artists, who used to make Ravana effigies, have become vegetable vendors or work as labourers. The ones, who have been issued permit by the authorities concerned, can make effigies and sell them. The rest are looking for other employment opportunities,” Rama added. Inflation has also affected the effigy making business. The prices of raw materials used to make effigies have almost doubled in the past three years. The price of wood and bamboo used in the effigy has increased from ~120 per kg to ~180 per kg. The paper, which artists used to get at ~10 per kg, is now available at ~35 per kg today. In such a situation, making Ravana effigy has become twice expensive as compared to the previous years. Ravana effigy used to be ready for ~500 per foot, but today it is selling at ~1,000 per foot. The families in Shekhan Da Karkhana, near Lahori Gate, have been making Ravana effigies both big and small since many decades. While the smaller ones are made continued on page 1 Revisiting prolific life of Indian theatre's doyenne Tribune News Service NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE A low-key programme was held to mark the Philately Day at the General Post Office on Wednesday. Dr Rajiv Devgan, Principal, Government Medical College, released a special cover on unsung heroes of different regions. Freedom fighter Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna, founder of the Ghadar Party, was prominently mentioned in the cover along with his photograph. He was the native of the Bhakna village situated on the Amritsar-Attari Rising raw material prices add to their woes ONE TESTS +VE IN ASR DISTRICT COVID UPDATE UNSUNG HEROES REMEMBERED Restricted celebrations, low demand hit effigy makers ‘YOUTH WILL FORM NEXT STATE GOVT’ Amritsar: One person tested positive for Covid on Wednesday. Now, the total count of Covid cases in the district has reached 47,333. There are four active cases in district. Meanwhile, 2,006 residents were inoculated against Covid here on Wednesday. Of these beneficiaries, 1,077 received their first dose and 929 second dose of the vaccine. TNS Dr Rajiv Devgan, Principal, Government Medical College, releases a special cover on unsung heroes of different regions on Philately Day in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Amritsar, October 13 Ritu Menon, writer and publisher, discussed her book Zohra - a biography that traces the journey of an exceptional woman and artist - the doyenne of the Indian Theatre - Zohra Sehgal. The event took place at the ongoing Sanjha Punjab festival by the Majha House. Menon, who is the co-founder of Kali for women, a publishing house dedicated to publish works of women in India, was in conversation with writer Jerry Pinto and Aamer Hussein. Ritu, who is a Padma Shree recipient, said she was immediately drawn towards penning a biography of Zohra, as she always found her to be exceptional. And not just as a subject, but as a subject for a feminist book. "Biography is a neglected genre in India and Zohra was the only person, who was well-versed in all performing arts except music. Writer Ritu Menon traces life of Zohra Sehgal She managed to do all this at a very particular time junc- c m y b Philately is a delightful hobby that sharpens and satisfies one’s aesthetic tastes. While expanding knowledge of and interaction with the world, one gets to know interesting details of politics, history, prominent personalities, national and international events, geography, flora and fauna, agriculture, science, monuments, soldiers, warriors, scientists, arms and ammunition, modes of transport etc. This process of learning becomes more delightful through visuals and brief writeups. In addition, philately cultivates a meticulous and focused attention to detail. It also helps in making friends across boundaries and age-barriers tion. She happened to be at the right place at the right time. She was with Uday Shankar, with Prithviraj Kapoor when they were breaking the mould. She was in London when multiculturalism was just beginning. And to me that is simply extraordinary. As a woman and a publisher, I simply had to document this," she said. When asked about how she had chronicled Zohra's life, Ritu said Zohra had spent most of her acting years in England and very little in India. "It is interesting that her acting career consists of only small, character roles because she was already in her fifties. But she did such a wonderful job performing these character roles that she got noticed and roles began to be written for her. And that is the period I am more interested in," she said. The book has a chapter titled 'Intermission', which according to Ritu explains Zohra Sehgal's time in Delhi when she was not performing at all and worked as an administrator. "Her life just happened to be very like a play with all its divisions. So, I called that particular period of her life intermission," she said. Ritu says, "When she was 18, she decided to go to Europe not to become a pilot but a dancer. And that is as exceptional a decision as she was a woman and not many people might know about it." trict-level seminars have been organised to discuss the subject highlighted on the stamp and associate youth in it. Varun Aggarwal, general secretary of the APC, said due to Covid protocol, the programme was organised with limited gathering. Getting rotten wheat, complain residents of Palasaur village Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, October 13 Residents of Palasaur village here, beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, on Wednesday resented the delivery of rotten and unconsumable wheat to them by the Food and Civil Supply Department. The wheat was given to the depot holders on Monday and most of the stock had been distributed among the beneficiaries till date. Village resident Gurpreet Singh and his wife Mandeep Kaur said the wheat given to them was rotten and dust was mixed in it. The couple said a foul smell was emanating from it, besides looking discoloured. Gurpreet said when they served the wheat to their animal even it too did not eat it. Tarlochan Singh, owner of the house where the stock is stored, said many residents had visited the house since they were delivered the wheat and they were complaining of the poor quality of the wheat supplied to them. Gurbhej Singh, former sarpanch of the village, said, “Water is sprinkled on wheat bags to make these heavy, that’s why the foul smell was emanating from it. The former sarpanch demanded a high-level inquiry into the matter.” When contacted, District Food and Supplies Controller (DFSC) Sukhjinder Singh said, “Sometimes some of the rotten gunny bags are loaded mistakenly by labourers on to trucks.” He said the rotten wheat could be returned to the department and the new stock taken.
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