18112021-ATR-01.qxd 11/17/2021 11:35 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE FUTURE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC LIES WITH AUDIENCE: PT PARTHA BOSE PAGE 2 Says need to reach out to masses but people in Amritsar were already passionate & well-aware of this genre. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF DISTRICT REPORTS FOUR NEW CASES Amritsar: With four positive cases reported on Wednesday, the district tally of Covid cases increased to 47,413. The district at present has a total of six active cases. Meanwhile, a total of 11, 576 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive. Of these, 3,656 received the first dose, while 5,585 received the second dose. TNS ASI DIES IN ROAD ACCIDENT Tarn Taran: An ASI with the Punjab Police, Nachhattar Singh (47), died in a road accident on the Tarn Taran-Amritsar road, near Balachak village, on Wednesday. Barjinder Singh, Sub-Division DSP, said Nachhattar Singh was in the security staff with Lok Sabha Member Jasbir Singh Dimpa and was going to Amritsar from his Tarn Taran residence in his car for duty. When he crossed Balachak village, a bus of Chhola Sahib company hit his car from behind. Nachhattar lost control over his car and it collided with a roadside tree. He received head injury and died on the spot. The DSP said the driver of the bus fled from the spot and the bus has been taken in custody by the city police. A case under Sections 304-A, 279 and 427 of the IPC was registered in this regard, the DSP said. OC CM TO OPEN TRADE FAIR ON DEC 2 Amritsar: Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi will inaugurate trade exhibition PITEX here on December 2. To be held in collaboration with the state government, the PHD Chamber of Industry and Commerce will organise the international-level trade fair at Ranjit Avenue. A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Ruhi Dugg with the heads of various departments and representatives of PHD Chamber on Wednesday. Instructions were issued to the chamber to provide necessary assistance. Exhibitors from Thailand, Egypt, Turkey and other countries will participate in the fair. During the meeting, Manavpreet Singh, general manager, District Industries Centre-cum-nodal officer appealed to all residents and business community to participate in the trade fair to their full potential, so that the industry and trade could flourish. TNS CELEBRATIONS AS CORRIDOR OPENS Tarn Taran: On the occasion of opening of the Katrarpur Sahib corridor, the local BJP district unit organised a gathering at the grain market and distributed laddoos. Ram Lal Hans, district president of the BJP, presided over the gathering. Amarjit Sharma, Harinder Aggarwal and other leaders of the BJP and its sister organisations appreciated the state unit of the party for its efforts to reopen the corridor. Meanwhile, Chief Khalsa Diwan office-bearers also expressed happiness over the reopening of the Kartarpur corridor on Gurpurb. OC GUNEET, RATNA JOIN BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH IN INDIA PAGE 3 EKTA GETS CANDID, REVEALS HER BOLLYWOOD CRUSH As credible experts, Guneet & Ratna will offer their professional expertise to participants in the programme. MAX 25°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:30 PM PAGE 4 On Ranveer Singh’s show The Big Picture, Ekta Kapoor confessed that she had a big crush on the actor. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:02 AM THURSDAY | 18 NOVEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Kucha Korian — a tangible heritage fading away with time Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 17 Kucha Korian, also Khoo Korian, is a neighbourhood near the historic Jallianwala Bagh memorial that reminds of the brutality the British unleashed on Indians in 1919. Once home to Duggal community and called Duggallan Wali Gali, it got its infamous name when General Dyer had issued the ‘crawling order’, punishing the residents to crawl and flog in the aftermath of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The history of Khoo Korian (Crawling Street) is known to every resident in the neighbourhood. Those who have grown up hearing stories of horror and cruelty, demanded some kind of heritage status or WHEN THE KHOO WAS REPLACED BY SHIVALA A TRYST WITH HISTORY On April 10, 1919, a European missionary woman, Marcella Sherwood, who ran the Mission Day School for Girls, was assaulted by a mob while she was cycling through this narrow passage. Following the incident, the British administration ordered every Indian passerby to crawl on the street, while they were tied and flogged near the well. The ‘khoo’ (well) was replaced with a ‘Shivala’ (Shiv Temple) in the 1980s. Some residents, who were aware of their locality’s history, demanded that a memorial be erected to keep the black chapter alive. Kewal, who runs a tailor shop in the street, said: “Not many tourists or outsiders know about the history of the neighbourhood. A few persons doing research on Jallianwala Bagh come and ask us about the history and the 1919 incident. I have been running my shop here for the last 40 years and used to hear a lot of stories from my father and others who lived in the neighbourhood.” Even the heritage walk offered by the Tourism Department does not mention the historic site in its route map. The only tours undertaken here are those offered by citybased private guides. The residents last year installed a plaque (in pic right) explaining the history of the street. memorial at the site. Rapid urbanisation and development has made the << A Shiva temple has come up at the site of Korian Wala Khoo (well) in Amritsar. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR street lose its original character. Mostly a residential area, old houses have made way for new structures. This tangible reminder of heritage has neither caught the attention of the Heritage Tourism Board nor the Tourism Department. A few years ago, Navjot Singh Sidhu, had raised the demand to rename Khoo Korian to Freedom Street, but nothing substantial happened. Pedestrian-friendly city Fire breaks out at Tarn Taran store roads? Only on papers! Goods worth crores of rupees gutted Manmeet Singh Gill Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 17 The very purpose of having footpaths is being defeated in the city. Reason: It is being used for everything else but for walking! The lack of will to ensure the implementation of basic law that footpaths alongside roads are meant for pedestrians and not for parking vehicles or displaying goods is resulting in the misuse of infrastructure created for the use of walkers. Be it any footpath alongside any road in the city, it primarily is being used by shopkeepers to display their products or to park their vehicles — two-wheelers and even fourwheelers. Pedestrians can often be seen using the road instead of footpaths thereby resulting in traffic jams. “City roads are not pedestrian-friendly. Even if someone wants to avoid use of a vehicle, one cannot walk on a footpath as it is under encroachment,” said Jasleen Kaur, a homemaker. While walking between vehicles, pedestrians not only risk their own lives, but also hinder the flow of traffic resulting in huge snarls. Long queues of vehicles are often witnessed in the mar- The footpaths are hardly available for pedestrians in the city as these remain encroached upon most of the times. VISHAL KUMAR even City roads ❝Leave pedestrians,have any ❝pedestrian-are cyclists don't seem to not right on city roads. Sufficient infrastructure must be made available to pedestrians and cyclists, so that pollution can be checked. The city administration must free the footpaths from unauthorised use. Shamsher Singh, A CITY RESIDENT ❞ kets, including Hall Bazaar and others, near the Golden Temple, which are thronged by thousands of tourists, who prefer to walk. Shopkeepers apart from using footpaths sometimes also use portions of the roads to display their goods. It further narrows the space for the flow friendly. Even if someone wants to avoid using his/her vehicle, one cannot walk on a footpath as it is under encroachment. ❞ Jasleen Kaur, A HOMEMAKER of traffic. In the recent years, especially during the tenure of previous government, most of the footpaths were paved nicely with interlocking tiles. However, even after the government spending huge amounts, these are still not available to those for whom these were made available. Tarn Taran, November 17 A fire broke out at a doublestorey building in Tarn Taran early on Wednesday morning resulting in the loss of goods worth crores of rupees. Four fire tenders — two from Amritsar and one from Patti and one from Tarn Taran — took more than six hours to douse the flames. Bhagwan Singh, owner of ‘Khalsa Stores’ claimed that he suffered loss to the tune of more than ~40 crore as it housed karyana, grocery, clothing goods which was totally gutted in the incident and the building, too, was damaged. He claimed that shot-circuit was the reason behind the incident. He said he witnessed sparking in the wires a few days ago and had even lodged a complaint at the Powercom Complaint Centre, but it had not been looked into till date. The victim said he will fight in court against the Powercom and other officials. The residents, too, held the administration responsible for the lapse. Bhagwan Singh said area chaukidar informed them about the incident around 5 am and he immediately called his two sons and neigh- on ❝Serious lapse wasthe part ofasthe local municipal council noticed there was no provision of 4" water pipe required to fetch water in case of such incidents. As a result, quite a lot of time was wasted in filling the fire tenders. Atul Luthra, STATION FIRE OFFICER, AMRITSAR ❞ bours for help. He called the Fire Department but the tenders had insufficient water to control the flames. He said till the fire tenders returned with more water, the fire had already spread to the entire complex including the upper storey as well. Two fire tenders were called from Amritsar and one from Patti besides one from Tarn Taran. The flames could be controlled only after six hours but the smoke was still LACKS TRAINED FIREMAN, SFO It is pertinent to mention that except having one fire tender, there is not even a single trained fireman in Tarn Taran, nor a Station Fire Officer (SFO). Those hired are on daily wage basis and have not been given proper training. Sharanjit Kaur, Executive Officer (EO) of the Municipal Council, refused to comment. billowing out till late evening. Atul Luthra, Station Fire Officer (SFO), Amritsar, said serious lapse on the part of the local municipal council was noticed as there was no provision of 4” water pipe required to fetch water in case of such incidents. As a result, quite a lot of time was wasted in filling the fire tenders. Luthra said all four fire tenders were filled with water six times each having minimum 5,000-litre capacity, adding that more than 1-lakh litre water was consumed in the rescue operation. Bhagwan Singh said had the defect been removed on time, the mishap could have been averted. Rajnish Arora, SDM-cumadministrator of the local Municipal Council, said experts have been assigned to detect the cause of the fire. He said he was yet to collect information regarding the lapse. Farmer organisations gearing up for Nov 26 call Handbag containing ~1.3 lakh snatched Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 17 Farmer organisations have started preparations to mobilise support for the November 26 call given by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha leaders to mark one year anniversary of the ongoing agitation at the Delhi borders. A meeting of the Vegetable Growers’ Organisation was held on Wednesday stewarding the anniversary of the agitation and the subsequent march towards the parliament as announced by the SKM. Farmer leader Bhupinder Singh Tirathpura said: “Farmers have almost completed sowing of wheat crop and are comparatively free. UP IN ARMS Farmers burn the effigy of the Centre during a protest against the three controversial agri laws in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO The participation in the agitation will increase in the next few days.” Farmer leader Lakhbir Singh Nizampura said: “A group of 500 farmers will c m y b march towards the parliament daily starting November 29.” Nizampura, who is leaving for Singhu border on November 25, when asked about when he would be returning back, said: “I have sown my wheat and there are no pressing appointments. If nothing untoward happens, I will stay there till April 2022 when I will come back to harvest wheat.” Participation in the ongoing agitation is expected to increase in the coming days. Tirathpura said: “Only a war or a celebration could hold Punjabis during winter months. This time it is no celebration but a war with our own elected government and we are fighting to make this government realise what wrong they have done.” Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 17 Two unidentified miscreants snatched the handbag from a woman at the Gheo Mandi area last night. Tajinderpal Singh, complainant in the case, said he along with his family came to visit the Golden Temple and took a room at Gheo Mandi. After paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, they were returning towards the hotel and when they reached outside the hotel at 10.25 pm, two motorcycle-borne youth came and snatched his wife’s handbag containing ~1,30,000 cash and an iPhone and fled from the spot. ASI Parminder Singh, investigating officer in the case at B division police station, said a case under Sections 379 B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered.
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