30102021-ATR-01.qxd 10/29/2021 11:38 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE EARLY DIAGNOSIS MUST TO FIGHT BRAIN STROKE: EXPERTS PAGE 2 Stroke is a major global public health problem and still remains the second leading cause of death worldwide. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF EIGHT LOOT ~6.46L AT GUNPOINT Tarn Taran: Eight motorcycleborne men robbed Rs 6.46 lakh at gunpoint from the office of Bharti Finance Limited situated on Goindwal Sahib bypass on Thursday. Robbers also took a bike of an employee parked outside the office. Sushil Kumar, who is a cashier at Bharti Finance Limited, said the miscreants threatened those present in the office at gunpoint. He said robbers decamped with cash and also took way the bike of an employee. Sub-Inspector Baljit Kaur (investigating officer) said they were analysing CCTV footage. The police have a registered a case under Sections 392 and 342 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. OC TRADERS HAIL GOVT’S DECISION Amritsar: The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) expressed gratitude to the government for accepting their various demands. PPBM chief Piara Lal Seth and general secretary Sameer Jain today thanked Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Deputy Chief Minister OP Soni for accepting their demands which included cancellation of 40,000 VAT cases (financial year 2014-15;2015-16 and 2016-17). The remaining eight thousand cases will be settled by taking 30 per cent tax. Of this 20 per cent will have to be deposited and 80 per cent by the next financial year. Moreover, land for PattiMakhu railway track will be acquired and handed over to the Indian Railways immediately. The duo hailed the decision to provide fixed electricity charges to industrialist, nod to exhibition centre to be set up in the holy city, approval to strengthen infrastructure at focal points for industries at a cost of 150 crores and abolition of institutional tax. TNS ‘FOLLOW TEACHINGS OF GURUS, SAINTS’ Amritsar: Bharatiya Janata Party state chief Ashwani Sharma today paid obeisance at Valmiki Tirth. He said, “Following chaos, unrest and deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab, I prayed for peace and harmony of the state.” Sharma said Punjab is the land of gurus and saints. He said all of them have shown us the path of love, brotherhood and peace. Lord Valmiki taught everyone to live in harmony, religion and dignity, he said. He appealed to the people to follow the path shown by Lord Valmiki and create a strong and nondiscriminatory society. He said for the upliftment of the country and society, we have to come together by rising above caste, religion and race. TNS FOUR MORE TEST +VE IN DISTRICT Amritsar: With four Covid-19 positive cases reported on Friday, the total count of cases in the district has increased to 47,372. The health authorities reported recovery of only one patient with which the recovery count has increased to 45,754. At present, the district has a total of 18 active cases. Meanwhile, 6,430 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive today. The total count of people inoculated in the district has increased to 17,04,373. TNS PAGE 3 CELEBS MOURN DEMISE OF KANNADA STAR P RAJKUMAR SHE OVERCAME EACH HURDLE AND EMERGED VICTORIOUS Superstar of Kannada industry Puneeth Rajkumar passed away on Friday after suffering a massive heart attack. MAX 29°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 13°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:42 PM PAGE 3 Shree Saini, the first Indian-American to win the Miss World America title, has had a very challenging life. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:45 AM SATURDAY | 30 OCTOBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Crackers set to burn Nehru Shopping Complex’s rooftop turns into a dump yard a hole in your pocket Charanjit Singh Teja Rise in fuel prices leads to hike in shipping costs Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 29 Residents have to pay 20 per cent more for purchasing firecrackers this Diwali as compared to the last year. Traders selling firecrackers attribute the price rise to escalation in fuel prices, which has lead to massive increase in transportation cost. Around 90 per cent firecrackers come from Tamil Nadu’s Sivakasi and the transportation cost of a truck stands at Rs 1.30 lakh, which used to be Rs one lakh, a year ago. Similarly, the cost of all kinds of raw material, including chemicals, wire, cardboard and printing, has also gone up. In addition, rumours are rife that temporary stalls have been allotted for Rs two lakh. Harish Dhawan, a trader, said the administration recently allotted 10 retail stalls ahead of Diwali. He pointed out that an open draw of lots was held in which people from varied fields had taken part. He said only the Locals need to shell out 20 per cent more than last year. FILE PHOTO government approved cracker stockists and traders should have been allowed to take part in the draw of lots. Dhawan said only approved stockists know about all kinds of precautions need to be taken while selling fissile material at public places. A stockist gets a licence after obtaining no-objection certificate (NOCs) from 11 departments, including, Firebrigade, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), SDM, Police, District Town Planner, Department of Industries and Commerce, District Revenue Officer, DDPO, Agriculture Department and Forest Office. The final NOC is issued by the Deputy Commissioner. Office of the Commissioner of Police gives licence for stocking crackers up to 500 kg and the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation issues licence for stocking crackers up to 1,500 kg. Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 29 Contrary to the claims of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation, rooftop of Nehru Shopping Complex on Lawrence Road, has turned into a dump yard. Even defecation is a common practice on the rooftop. Due to the absence of washrooms in the multi-storey building, watchmen and workers who perform night duty, answer the nature’s call on the rooftop. It’s worth mentioning that the city had achieved open-defecation free status three years ago. The Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) had promised to install a lift and provide other CULTURAL ACTIVITIES TO MARK YOUTH FEST P2 Tribune News Service Dhadis take out a protest march in the walled city of Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR to the pandemic last year. He alleged that the SGPC, instead of supporting them, has withdrawn renumeration of Rs 7,500 to each jatha that was earlier being paid on every occasion of ‘san- grandh’ and ‘masya’. Similarly, performance timing has been cut by three hours, he said and added that in case any member of the jatha remains absent due to domestic or medical reasons, the entire jatha cannot perform. Earlier, Akal Takht had constituted a three-member panel of the Dharam Parchar Committee to resolve the issue, but to no avail. Five dist players on cloud nine after Arjuna Award nomination ‘Avail benefit of welfare schemes’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 29 Five sportspersons, including four hockey players, hailing from the district, are on cloud nine after being selected for the prestigious Arjuna Awards. All members of the men’s hockey team that won a historic bronze in the Olympics have already been picked for the Arjuna Award this year. Four among them hail from the holy city. These players are Shamsher Singh of Attari village, Dilpreet Singh of Butala, Gurjant Singh of Khaliara village and Harmanpreet Singh of Timmowal village. The fifth player, Arpinder Singh, a track and field athlete, is a triple jumper. Arpinder (athlete), who CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Gurjant Singh Dilpreet Singh Harmanpreet Singh Shamsher Singh Arpinder Singh hails from Amritsar’s Harsha Chhina village, says the nomination for the prestigious award is an acknowledgement of his prolonged efforts. It was his father Jagbir Singh, a kabaddi player in the Army, who motivated him to join sports, but he had a predilection for track and field events as he dabbled into triple jump. Arpinder’s first noticeable continued on page 2 c m y b facilities in the building, but it never happened. Moreover, shop owners of the top floor also dump debris and garbage on the rooftop. Traders alleged that rooftop Amritsar, October 29 After inaugurating a suvidha camp at Government Polytechnic College today under ‘Sarkar Tuhade Duar’ programme, Deputy Chief Minister OP Soni, said their main objective is to facilitate common people to avail benefit of welfare schemes run by the government without facing any inconvenience. Soni said the state government has already given property rights to people living within ‘Lal dora’. “Further, we are also providing assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh to city dwellers who do not have their own houses so that they can build one,” he said. Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira directed officials to ensure visitors do not face any inconvenience and take only necessary documents. — TNS of the building has become a safe haven for anti-social elements. Some shopkeepers claimed that their water tanks were stolen in the past. Damandeep Singh, Chair- man, AIT, said, “I am not aware of the situation. We will check and address all the issues being faced by shopkeepers at Nehru Shopping Complex.” Interstate drug nexus busted, four held with 17 kg of opium Tribune News Service Dhadis seek better remuneration, protest Amritsar, October 29 A row between Dhadis (balladeers) and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) over remuneration and hours of performance at Akal Takht refuses to die down. Dhadis protested in support of their demands and offered a bowl of blood on Friday. The march passed through Heritage Street, Jallianwala Bagh and culminated at new jora ghar. The protesters didn’t raise slogans, but recited ‘satnam waheguru’. The agitators announced that from November 1 they would sit on a chain hunger strike after paying obeisance at Akal Takht. Dhadis stage traditional ‘diwan’ and sing ballads at Akal Takht. Baldev Singh MA, a member of Sri Guru Hargobind Dhadi Group, said the ‘diwan’ was suspended due Rubble dumped on the rooftop of Nehru Shopping Complex on Lawrence Road in Amritsar. VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar, October 29 A team of the Counter Intelligence wing of Amritsar police on Friday claimed to have busted an interstate drug nexus with the arrest of four drug smugglers and recovery of 17 kg of opium along with one pistol (32 bore) and Rs 1.10 lakh Indian currency. Those arrested have been identified as Jobandeep Singh, a resident of Wadala, Sukhjinder Singh, a resident of Chainpur, Ranjit Singh and Jaspal Singh of Bhittewad village in Amritsar district. Acting on a tip-off, the team set up a naka on Ram Tirath Road, Amritsar. The accused were travelling in Hyundai Verna and Honda Amaze cars. The search of the vehicles resulted in the recovery of the opium along with one pistol and cash. During preliminary investigation, it came to light that Jobandeep Singh was earlier involved in a case pertaining to the recovery of 7-kg opium registered at the PS Beas in 2021. It was revealed that the accused came in touch with Jharkhand-based suppliers through their contact, who are at present lodged in Kapurthala jail. It is learnt that the Jharkhand-based party is a leading supplier of opium in different parts of Punjab. Further investigation is being carried out to unearth the whole network of drug suppliers, dealers and their buyers. Efforts are being made to identify the complete procurement and supply chain across different states. The accused will be produced before the court. A case under Sections 18, 25 and 29 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.
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