29102021-ATR-01.qxd 10/28/2021 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE BJP LEADERS TRYING TO DISTURB FARMERS’ PEACEFUL PROTESTS PAGE 2 NIMRAT KAUR SPOTTED AT AIRPORT WITH INJURED LEG Farmers' association term the protest by Hind Mazdoor Kisan Samiti a ploy by BJP leaders to defame protest. MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MAN FILES PLAINT AGAINST WIFE Tarn Taran: A man has filed a complaint against his wife for committing a fraud of ~22 lakh and settling abroad after snapping ties with him. The victim, Sandeep Singh, a resident of Booh Havelian, said he got married to Arshdeep Kaur, three years ago. He said he spent ~22 lakh to send his wife to England two years ago. He said after reaching England, Arshdeep snapped ties with him. The police have registered a case under Sections 420, 406 and 34 of the IPC against Arshdeep and her father Beera Singh. OC ACCIDENT AT TIKRI: GRIEF EXPRESSED Amritsar: SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur expressed grief over the death of three women participating in the farmers’ protest and injuries to others after they were crushed by a speeding tipper at Delhi’s Tikri border. She said farmers have been sitting on the Delhi borders for a long time for their legitimate demands, but the Centre was not resolving their issues. She said so far hundreds of farmers have lost their lives, which cannot be compensated by any means. “The PM should understand why people are sitting on streets leaving their homes. It was the duty of the Union Government to address their issues,” she said. TNS 4 TEST POSITIVE, NO DEATH IN DIST Amritsar: With four positive cases reported on Thursday, the total count of cases in the district has increased to 47,368. The health authorities reported recovery of four patients with which the recovery count has reached 45,753. At present, the district has a total of 15 active cases. Meanwhile, 8,567 residents were inoculated today. of these, 4,670 received their first dose, while 3,897 received their second jab. TNS MAX 28°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 14°C SHOWING THE WAY Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 28 A matric pass farmer, who learnt through his own life experiences, encourages several farmers in the region to adopt apiculture in his own unique ways. Sadhu Singh, a marginal farmer from Roopowali village in Majitha Block, is well-known far and wide for giving motivational speeches, helping farmers to diversify into honey farming. While sharing his story, Sadhu Singh said he owns 3.5 acres of ancestral land. Like other farmers, his family used to grow wheat and paddy. In 1980, one of the persons at his village got a job at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). He shared some ideas This is Aly Goni and Mouni Roy’s first video together and their chemistry is something to watch out for. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:45 AM FRIDAY | 29 OCTOBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Sadhu Singh’s funny demeanour is enough to pull farmers towards beekeeping I had set up ❝Oncelocal college. a stall at a Some girls came and I asked them to buy honey. One of them said we get it from Roopowali village, as it is the best honey ever. It was then that I realised that I am already famous. So, I gave the name of my village to my honey. ❞ Sadhu Singh, A MARGINAL FARMER with Sadhu Singh and asked him to visit the university. “I visited PAU and saw exhibitions of progressive farming techniques. I have subscribed to ‘Changi Kheti’, a farm journal of PAU at ~50 paisa per month. I did a correspondence course on apiculture and decided to start honey farming. I met District Training Officer Balwant Singh Gill at Khalsa College Amritsar, and on his advice, I did a short training at Gurdaspur. I started honey farming with two boxes in February 1985,” said Singh. After getting honey from bees, he went to a fair at Janam Asthan Baba Budha Kathunagal. “I set up a stall there and spent the day. We used to sell honey at ~20 per kg. Meanwhile, a balloon seller standing next to me earned five-times higher than me. My friends mocked and said it was better to sell balloons than agro products. But it didn’t discourage me,” he said. In the late ’80s, someone asked Sadhu Singh what was the benefit of consuming honey? Singh responded that it was good for health. But the person didn’t get convinced. Sadhu searched for literature on honey, but couldn’t find much. During his visit to Delhi to sell honey, he visited the third book fair at Pragati Maidan. He collected some Urdu, English and Hindi books. Then, he made a note of 42 points. He also got help from an old handwritten Hikmat book from hakeems to know the benefits of honey. He printed a pamphlet, which he gives along with each packing. “I have been selling honey at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi, for more than 10 years now. We used to go there every weekend by train. Good packaging and branding was a requirement in Delhi, so I adopted it. I started setting up stalls in local fairs with the help of then DC Kahan Singh Pannu. In the first fair at Kathunangal, I was unable to earn ~ 80 for a day, but now, I earn ~25,000 per day at fairs,” he said. Talking about ‘Roopowali’ his brand name, Sadhu said: “Once I had set up a stall at a local college. Some girls came and I asked them to buy honey. One of them said we get it from Roopowali village, as it is the best honey ever. It was then that I realised that I am already famous. So, I gave the name of my village to my honey. Dr Ramandeep Singh Accused of rape, granthi commits suicide Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 28 Jugraj Singh, a granthi who was booked by the Mattewal police for blackmailing and raping a girl, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. The police, however, said the exact cause of death was yet to be ascertained. A police official said they were awaiting for the autopsy report for further action. For now, inquest proceedings under the Criminal Procedure Code was initiated, he said. Jugraj was booked by the Mattewal police on Sunday following a complaint by a 23-year-old girl of Kalerbala village, where he used to work at a gurdwara as a granthi (priest). The victim had accused him of blackmailing her after capturing her objectionable video while bathing last year. ~495.47 crore disbursed to farmers Cops start inquest proceedings THE CASE Jugraj was booked by the Mattewal police on Sunday following a complaint by a 23year-old girl of Kalerbala village, where he used to work at a gurdwara as a granthi (priest). The victim had accused him of blackmailing her after capturing her objectionable video while bathing last year. She alleged that the accused forced her to make physical relations with him and threatened to post the same on social media if she refused. She said the accused started meeting her on one pretext or the other but she always tried avoiding him. She alleged that the accused forced her to make physical 8,300-tonne DAP distributed among farmers Our Correspondent Labourers at the Bhagtanwala grain market in Amritsar. SUNIL KUMAR Amritsar, October 28 As the harvesting of paddy has picked up pace in the district, different grain markets here have witnessed an arrival of 3,76,938 metric tonne of agricultural produce. The district Mandi Board officials stated that of the total arrival, 3,76,188 MT of paddy has already been SUNSET FRIDAY 6:43 PM PAGE 4 Just like flowers entice bees, so does this apiculturist’s one speech Paddy procurement picks up pace in dist Tribune News Service ALY GONI & MOUNI ROY’S JODAA GARNERS 20 MILLION VIEWS The actress injured her leg while shooting for Dasvi, which also stars Abhishek Bachchan & Yami Gautam. procured by the government procurement agencies. Rishi Raj Mehra, district Food and Civil Supplies Controller (DFSC) said Rs 495.47 crore has already been disbursed to farmers in lieu of the procured paddy. He added that as reported in a section of media, the district grain markets have no shortage of gunny bags and the Continued on page 2 Tarn Taran, October 28 Farmers heaved a sigh of relief after DAP was distributed to them on Thursday. Agriculture Officer Ramandeep Singh said they received 8,300-tonne DAP on Wednesday and it was distributed among farmers on Thursday. He said 50 per cent of the quota will be distributed to farmers through the Cooperative Societies and the remaining part will be sold in the open market at a fixed price. Major Singh, secretary, Dhotian Cooperative Society, said 300 bags of DAP have been distributed to farmers of Dhotian, Warana and Dugri. Ravinder Singh Gill, chairman, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Samaj Bhalai, said DAP is required at the time of sowing wheat crop. relations with him and threatened to post the same on social media if she refused. She said the accused started meeting her on one pretext or the other but she always tried avoiding him. She said in April this year, she had gone to pay obeisance at the gurdwara, when the accused threatened her again saying he would post her pictures on social media and later forcibly raped her. Following her complaint, the police registered a case against Jugraj under Sections 376, 295 and 506 of the IPC and Sections 67 and 67-A of the IT Act. The police said it was yet to be ascertained whether Jugraj died of poisoning or heart attack. His body was taken into possession and sent for autopsy. “Appropriate action will be taken after getting the post-mortem report,” the official said. Minor girl raped, brother-in-law booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 28 The Amritsar (rural) police have booked a youth for allegedly raping a minor girl. The accused has been identified as Joban Singh, a resident of Babowal village, which falls under the jurisdiction of Kathunangal police station. The victim was his sister-in-law. The police have registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC and Section 4 of the POCSO Act against him following the statement of victim’s mother while no arrest has been made till now. The complainant, a resident of Delhi, told the police that her elder daughter got married with accused against the wishes of her family around a year ago. She said around two War against climate change IN A NUTSHELL The complainant said her elder daughter got married with accused against the wishes of her family a year ago. She said around two weeks ago, she had come to Amritsar along with her younger daughter to attend a marriage ceremony. She said she left her daughter with her maternal uncle Nirmal Singh at Babe Di Khui village and returned to Delhi. The complainant said four days ago, Joban took the victim from Nirmal's residence. She said next day he was to leave her back to his (Nirmal's) house. She said while returning the accused took her to some secluded place and raped her. weeks ago, she had come to Amritsar along with her younger daughter to attend a marriage ceremony. She said she left her daughter with her maternal uncle Nirmal Singh at Babe Di Khui village and returned to Delhi. The complainant said four days ago, Joban took the victim from Nirmal’s residence. She said next day he was to leave her back to his (Nir- Tribune News Service ‘STRICTER LAWS, ACCOUNTABILITY MUST’ Amritsar: A talented actor and now a climate warrior, Bhumi Pednekar (in pic right) has spent last one year crusading for adopting environment-friendly lifestyle. The Saand Ki Aankh actor, who has been promoting her social media initiative Climate Warrior, has collaborated with several NGOs and civil society initiatives to promote healthy, clean and planet-friendly habits. Bhumi was in Amritsar on Thursday to speak at an event ‘We are all climate warriors’ by FICCI FLO city chapter. Apart from sharing her bits about the change that we desire and can bring about for saving the further deterioration of the planet, Bhumi acknowledged the efforts of local climate warriors. “It’s a subject very close to my heart and about a few years ago, I c m y b consciously decided to adopt a cleaner, greener lifestyle by bringing about small changes in my own habits and daily routine. Like carrying my own water bottle or cutlery to avoid using single-use plastic or being mindful of my surroundings and animal habitat. The efforts towards sustainable lifestyle can be small yet significant, as every bit counts,” she said. She also spoke about extreme weather conditions that the world has witnessed over the year. “These reports and studies being conducted by environment researchers must raise our concerns. We need stricter laws and treat every aspect of our planet literally as a living being. People must fear the consequences of their actions that involve the abuse of any of our natural resources,” she said. — TNS mal’s) house. She said while returning the accused took her to some secluded place and raped her. He threatened to kill ker if she told anyone about this. She alleged the victim told the entire incident to her over the phone. The police said medical examination of the victim has been conducted and raids were on to nab the accused who was still at large. Sharry, an agri business expert at PAU, gave insights to promote the brand. I got Agmark logo around 16 years ago,” Singh said. Now, he has around 550 boxes, his own processing plant, storage and packaging unit. He travels 900 km from his village in search of flowers for good honey. Sharing his memorable experience, Sadhu Singh said: “Once a French tourist bought honey from me in Delhi. After six months, I received his letter. He wrote ‘ Your Honey is delicious, we enjoyed it. I will visit your village and meet you whenever I visit India’.” Sadhu has several awards and certificates during this journey. Now, colleges and educational institutes often invite him as a motivational speaker and he is seen cracking jokes and doing “shero shayari” during the interaction. Six snatchers targeting hotel employees held Amritsar, October 28 The Mohkampura police have arrested six snatchers and recovered sharp weapons from them. They used to target hotel and restaurant employees who used to return home late. Those arrested are Bittu, Sukhdip Singh, Manpreet Singh, Nishan Singh, Salman and Rohit. ACP Gurinderbir Singh Sidhu said Bittu was earlier arrested in a vehicle-lifting case and he returned from Gurdaspur jail on bail on June 29. He said the police got a tipoff that the accused were hiding at a school’s playground and were armed with sharp weapons and planning some dacoity. He said a police team raided the spot and nabbed them. Area residents were upset as the accused were targeting hotel and restaurant employees. — TNS e-auction postponed for 3rd time, applicants smell a rat Charanjit Singh Teja PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR FORECAST PAGE 3 Amritsar, October 28 After postponing the auction of commercial and residential properties of Amritsar Improvement Trust twice, the authorities again suspended the process at the last minute here on Thursday. The AIT had issued an eauction notice of 113 commercial and residential properties on 24 different locations on September 1. The online bid was scheduled to be held on October 5. Meanwhile, AIT chairman Dinesh Bassi was removed on September 23, after the reshuffling of power within the Congress party. The bid was postponed for October 18. Damandeep Singh, the newly appointed AIT chairman, claimed that residents were not aware of the e-auction and we wanted to break the nexus of real-estate agents, who pool properties. “So, we postponed the auction and it was scheduled on October 28 so that more residents get registered and AIT gets more revenue,” Singh said. is some nexus of property dealers, who ❝Theremake efforts to cancel this auction. They want regularly to buy properties at a low price and it is only possible with low participation of residents in the bidding. After my appointment, I have extended the date of auction now so that more applicants come forward. The nexus of self-styled politicians, activists and property dealers are now complaining to the higher authorities to cancel the auction. I am committed to conducting a fair auction and I will. Damandeep Singh, AIT CHAIRMAN ❞ Today, the e-auction did not start at 9 am, which was the scheduled time. When applicants found that there was no auction on the website, they called AIT officials and got information that it had been suspended. Applicants said something was wrong as the auction was being postponed every time. “I have been waiting for the auction of a property in Ranjit Avenue for the last one year. AIT advertised it in September, but has failed to conduct an auction till date. The nexus of politicians and property dealers has turned ugly. They don’t want to buy these properties in open competition but through some backchannel,” said an applicant, requesting anonymity. AIT Chairman Damandeep Singh said: “There is some nexus of property dealers, who regularly make efforts to cancel this auction. They want to buy properties at a low price and it is only possible with low participation of residents in the bidding. After my appointment, I have extended the date of auction now so that more applicants come forward. The nexus of self-styled politicians, activists and property dealers are now complaining to the higher authorities to cancel the auction. I am committed to conducting a fair auction and I will.”
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