08112021-ATR-01.qxd 07-11-2021 23:34 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE BOOST HEALTH INFRA, ENSURE FOGGING IN VULNERABLE AREAS PAGE 2 Control breeding of mosquitoes by preventing stagnation of water in pits, flower pots & coolers, say residents. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ‘CM MUST ADDRESS PUBLIC ISSUES’ Amritsar: Taking a jibe at the Punjab government, especially Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, former Health Minister and senior BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla on Sunday stated that it seems that except two issues; sacrilege and drugs, there was no other problem ailing the state. In a press release issued here, Chawla stated that despite a large number of dengue cases, the state government had not declared it as an epidemic and no visible efforts are being made to contain its spread. “People are failing to get treatment due to shortage of doctors at government hospitals, inflation is at all times high, law and order situation is pitiable and there are many other issues but it seems that government is not aware of these problems,” she said. The former health minister stated that the state government should also focus on other issues so that people can get a respite from other problems faced by them. TNS OBEROI LAUNCHES DIAGNOSTIC LAB Tarn Taran: Dr SPS Oberoi, a well-known philanthropist and managing trustee of Sarbat Da Bhala Trust was here on Sunday to inaugurate a lab and diagnostic centre established by his trust here. Tarn Taran MLA Dr Dharambeer Agnihotri, Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh, SSP Harvinder Singh Virk and other were among the other who attended the function organised on the occasion. Dr Oberoi, while addressing on the occasion, said, the trust had the proposal to establish 50 labs dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and out of these 45 labs had been establishes. These labs are to provide medical services on cheaper rates. He said in the coming days, six labs are to be established in Haryana. OC 4TH ZONAL YOUTH FEST COMMENCES Amritsar: The fourth zonal youth festival ‘D’ zone of Guru Nanak Dev University commenced at Dashmesh Auditorium on Sunday. Students from affiliated colleges of Kapurthala and Nawanshahr will be participating in 35 items of music, theatre, dance, literary and fine arts. Professor TS Banipal, Dean College Development, Guru Nanak Dev University, inaugurated the event in the presence of Professor Anish Dua, Dean Students’ Welfare and advisor Baljit Singh Sekhon. Students particiapted in bhangra, group shabad, group song, classical instrumental (percussion), classical instrumental (nonpercussion) classical vocal, poster-making, collage, clay modeling and on the spot photography contests. TNS TWO MORE TEST POSITIVE IN DIST Amritsar: With two positive cases reported on Sunday, the total count of cases in the district has increased to 47,390. The Health Department has also reported recovery of four patients with which the recovery count has reached 45,784. The district has a total of six active cases. Meanwhile, 391 people were inoculated during the drive on Sunday. Of these, 174 received their first dose of the vaccine, while 217 received their second jab. OC PAGE 3 JANHVI THROWS A BIRTHDAY BASH FOR SIS KHUSHI KAPOOR ACTOR MRUNAL JAIN PLAYS THE ANTAGONIST IN SOORYAVANSHI The actress shared a string of pictures giving fans a glimpse into Khushi’s bash and wishing her ‘laddoo baby’. MAX 28°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:35 PM PAGE 4 Mrunal, who rose to fame with TV show Uttaran, considers Sooryavanshi as the biggest break of his Bollywood career. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:53 AM MONDAY | 8 NOVEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR 15 shanties gutted in Mohkampura Dog breeder (22) No loss of life reported in incident | Goods worth ~12 lakh destroyed in fire hit by stone, dies Tribune News Service A slum dweller tries to douse the flames; and (right) a two-wheeler, which caught fire in Mohkampura area, in Amritsar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 7 At least 15 shanties were gutted after fire broke out in New Preet Nagar area under Mohkampura police station on Sunday. Though no loss of life was reported, a cracker explosion led to the fire, which spread within seconds due to the presence of plastic waste collected by ragpickers living in the slums. Absence of roads and narrow lanes firecracker led to incident. Huge ❝As per preliminary probe, alocals enabled firethespread fast. The quantity of plastic collected by to Avtar Singh, SHO MOHKAMPURA delayed the arrival of fire engine near the spot. Munna Ram, a local, said goods worth Rs 12 lakh were destroyed in the fire. He said around Rs 70,000 and his mobile phones also fell in flames as he Robbery bid: Two booked for murder Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 7 A week after a youth was shot at by two unknown persons in a robbery bid; the police have booked unidentified assailants on charges of murder bid. The victim has been identified as Ashish Kumar, who originally hailed from Ward No. 3 in the Khemkaran area in Tarn Taran. He had come from Chandigarh to meet his grandparents in the Bullewal village in Batala. He stated to the police that on October 29, he was to return to Chandigarh and therefore came to interstate bus terminus in Amritsar. He said he went to use washroom near the Sangam Cinema and on returning found two unknown persons on a bike asking him to handover whatever he was possessing. He said he tried to resist but entered into an argument with them. He said before he could comprehend, one of the assailants took out a pistol and fired at him which hit him near his stomach. He said during the treatment, doctors removed two bullets from his body. ❞ flames were brought under control and no loss of life has taken place. along with other residents was trying to extinguish fire. “Fire engines reached very late due to which many shanties were gutted,” he said. Mandeep Singh, who was accompanying a fire engine, said due to low hanging wires and narrow lanes, it became very difficult for the fire engine to reach near the spot. He said the situation was under control now. Avtar Singh, SHO, Mohkampura police station, said as per preliminary probe, a firecracker led to the incident. Huge quantity of plastic collected by locals enabled fire to spread fast. He said the fire was brought under control and no life was lost in the incident. Amritsar, November 7 A youngster was murdered by several persons over an old enmity in Naushehra Kalan village, which falls under the jurisdiction of Kamboh police station. The deceased has been identified as Rajinder Singh (22). Though the incident took palce on November 5, Rajinder succumbed to his injuries on November 6. Following preliminary probe, the Amritsar rural police have booked Simarjit Singh, Manga Singh, Sagar Singh, Deepak, Happy, Gurpreet Singh, Bagga Singh and Vishal Singh, all residents of same village. No arrest has been made till now as all the suspects were absconding. Gurpinder Singh, brother of the deceased, told the police that on November 5, he along his brother Rajinder and father Gurmej Singh and other relatives were standing near main gate of their house. He said 10 panels to figure out record arrival of paddy in dist mandis 4.74 lakh MT arrives this year |4.56 lakh MT procured during 2020-21 Manmeet Gill Tribune News Service Following his statement, the police registered a case under Sections 307, 34 IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54, 59 Arms Act against unknown persons. The police said they were trying to analyse the CCTV cameras in the area to find some clues in the case. Further investigations were under progress. 40-yr-old held for raping minor A 5-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a man in Rorawala Kalan village. The accused has been identified as Ranjit Singh (40), a resident of Rorawala Kalan. The victim’s mother told the police that on November 5 her daughter had gone to the market for buying new clothes for her children. She said after returning from the market, her 5-year-old daughter started playing in the street. continued on page 2 Amritsar, November 7 Perplexed with record arrival of paddy in the district, the Deputy Commissioner has constituted 10 committees comprising officials from different departments to investigate the reason behind increase in crop arrival in the grain markets. The arrival of paddy this season has already crossed 4.74 lakh metric tonne (MT). In comparison, the district had recorded a procurement of 4.56 lakh MT during 202021. The crop arrival has been even higher than the procurement in 2019-20. Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira said officials from revenue, food supply, agriculture, mandi board, market committee and procurement agencies have been appointed in these committees. Each committee would investigate the increased crop arrival in the grain markets of Rajasansi, Harsha Chinna, Sudhar, Ajnala, Chamiari, Bacchiwind, Tahli Sahib, Chak Sikandar, Gagomahal and Bhagatawal. The investigators would talk to farmers to know if there’s increase in the crop yield. They would also try to understand if the area under paddy cultivation had increased, he said. “If the increase in arrival is not due to rise in area under paddy or crop yield, the administration will be able to zero in on other reasons (sale of paddy in mandis procured from outside Punjab),” said an official. During the paddy procurement season last year, farmers had caught trucks which were smuggling paddy from Uttar Pradesh (UP). Paddy procured at low prices from UP and other states (which do not offer MSP) was reportedly sold in the grain markets in the state. Paddy lifting at a snail’s pace Tarn Taran: Paddy from grain markets in the district has been going on a snail’s pace. The position in the local grain market was worse and there was no space to unload paddy to be procured. According to the official information, 10,08,993 MT paddy has been procured in the district and 9,05,730 MT had been lifted till November 5 from the grain markets. The remaining part of 1,03,263 MT paddy was yet to be lifted and there was huge quantity of local grain market. Kulwant Singh, DC, said the payment of Rs 1,577 cr had been released to the farmers against their procured paddy. The DC had instructed the officials to make early arrangement for the lifting of the procured paddy from the mandis. In the local grain market, there was no space to unload the paddy to the farmers who come with their crop. — OC Simarjit along with his accomplices reached there and started abusing. As they allegedly in drunken state, they started pelting stones and bricks on us, said Gurpinder. A brick hit Rajinder on his head, which left him profusely bleeding. Rajinder was immediately rushed to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital where he succumbed. Harsimrat Kaur, SHO, Kamboh police station, said the body was handed over to the family after autopsy and raids were on to nab the suspects. She said an old enmity was stated to be the reason behind the incident. According to information, Rajinder had ventured into dog breeding and became a competitor for the accused who were already in this trade. Earlier, too they had a quarrel. The police said they were still ascertaining the cause behind the incident. The police have registered a case under Sections 302, 452, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC against seven suspects. Cong leader shot at in Patti Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, November 7 Kuldeep Singh, a senior Congress leader and former chairman of Punsup, was shot at by three assailants on Sunday. Kuldeep, a resident of Pangota village, was attacked on Sarhali road. The victim has been admitted to the Patti Civil Hospital where his condition is stated to be stable. Patti Deputy Superintendent of Police Kuljinder Singh said Kuldeep was on his way to the grain market on his car when SUV-borne assailants stopped and opened fire on him. The miscreants fired three shots and one of the bullets brushed past his forehead. The Deputy Superintendent of Police said a case under Sections 307 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 the Arms Act has been registered. Luring voters? Mixed reactions on VAT cut on petrol, diesel in state Tribune News Service Amritsar November 7 With the state government slashing petrol rates by ~10 and diesel by ~5, The Tribune sought the feedback of people on this much-needed relief. Though, the residents welcomed the move of slashing fuel prices but also criticised the decisions, which they say was mooted to lure the voters in upcoming assembly elections. The petrol pump dealers claimed that the move of the government led to their huge loss. Advocate MK Sharma said, “The festive slash in petrol and diesel excise duty and VAT is a welcome. The common man was expecting the 10% VAT slash on diesel too like petrol as our agriculture and inflation both are direct- ly linked with the diesel pricing. Still something is better than nothing in the shadow of upcoming State elections.” GS Bedi, an industrialist, said, “It should be welcomed though they have reduced it because of elections and not for the betterment of the people. Both the governments (Centre and state) have made good profits from petrol and diesel during the Covid-19 outbreak, when people were under immense pressure of losing jobs and business during lockdown. Now-a-days, governments are made by the people, but not of the people and for the people.” Principal Kulwant Singh said, “This relief will benefit the whole society as inflation will be controlled, as inflation is directly related to transportation. Besides, it will be a respite GS Bedi Kulwant Singh to the common man’s Budget, also the peasants, businessmen, industrialists and transporters will be directly benefitted. Tourist industry of the holy c m y b Jatinder Pal Singh Gunbir Singh City Àmritsar will get a new fillip, as the tourists are supposed to be encouraged to travel with slash in fuel prices. Business, trade and hotels see a ray of Kuljit Singh hope with this development. New employment opportunities in various sectors will also be created. Also, job losses will be contained. Jatinder Pal Singh, a student said, “This is a much-needed move by the Punjab Government as the common people were greatly affected by the rising fuel prices. It was a good move that the Central government reduced the excise duty in the first place which prompted the state governments to follow suit. Many people are dependent on fuel for their daily activities, so this decision will provide the much needed relief to them and help to manage their budgets adequately.” Jaskaran Singh, a petrol pump dealer said, “The government used to increase Rs 1 or 2 every time but slashed Rs 10. Now, I witnessed a loss of Rs 9 lakh as the fuel in my stock would get not today’s price after 12 midnight.” Gunbir Singh, an entrepre- neur said, “Whereas the cascading increase in fuel energy costs have severely affected home economies across the board, as well as logistic cost of businesses, subsidising the same with tax cuts is indeed a relief. However, with a challenged financial situation, Punjab is bound to struggle with every electoral sop that dents its revenues.” Kuljit Singh a Farmer said, “The Centre and the state governments only think of their profit as these governments are no more the welfare states. The Prime Minister had claimed that nothing in his hand as fuel price is linked with the international market. As the elections are round-the-corner, the fuel prices reduced. It is unethical to make false statements.”
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