23112021-ATR-01.qxd 11/22/2021 11:36 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE POWERCOM STAFF CONTINUE WITH PROTEST, STAGE DHARNA PAGE 2 Powercom’s technical & clerical staff went on leave on Monday again which was also the 8th day of their protest. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MAN FOUND DEAD IN BHIKHIWIND Tarn Taran: A resident of the border township Bhikhiwind was found dead on Monday. The deceased had been identified as Gopi Ram (75), a cobbler. He was missing since Sunday evening. The family found his body on Monday from the township. The Bhikhiwind police had registered a case under Section 302 of the India Penal Code. OC GIRL MOLESTED BY NEIGHBOUR Tarn Taran: A teenage girl was molested on Saturday by a neighbour in the border area Thathi Jaimal Singh village. The victim had lodged a complaint against the accused with the Valtoha police on Sunday. The accused had been identified as Nek Singh. He entered the home of the victim by jumping over the wall when she was alone. The accused molested her and fled when she raised an alarm. The victim brought the matter into the notice of her parents when they returned home. SubInspector Sukhbir Kaur recorded the statement of the victim and registered a case under Sections 452, 354-A, 509 of the IPC, 12 of the POCSO Act. The accused was still out of police net. OC BAWA LEAVES A HUGE VOID IN THE HEARTS OF MUSIC LOVERS Amritsar: With two positive cases reported on Monday, the total count of Covid cases in the district has increased to 47,419. The district at present has a total of eight active cases. Meanwhile 13,798 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccine drive today. Of these 5,607 received first dose of the vaccine while 8,191 received second dose. TNS COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 2 47,419 0 1,598 0 45,811 8 NEIL BHATT & AISHWARYA SET TO TIE THE KNOT ON NOVEMBER 30 Known her long hek, which she could carry for 45 seconds, she was among the few singers who could do that. MAX 24°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 7°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:28 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:06 AM Amritsar, November 22 The District Planning Committee has called upon the Municipal Corporation officials to raise awareness about wet and dry garbage among people so that the safai karamcharis could carry out their jobs smoothly. Raj Kanwalpreet Pal Singh, chairman of the committee, during a meeting with MC officials, including Municipal Health Officer Yogesh Arora, asked them to expedite the process of raising awareness among people about wet and dry waste so that they do not throw it on roads. He said any citizen can lodge a complaint regarding garbage on 18001214662 and grievances would be settled within 24 hours. He asked them to ensure lifting of refuse from each house and separate dry and wet garbage, besides covering TUESDAY | 23 NOVEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Honoris Causa for Arpana Caur, Dr Tarlochan Kler Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 22 As many as 225 Ph D, seven M Phil, 99 post-graduate and 64 under-graduate degrees were awarded to students from various faculties at GNDU during its 47th annual convocation on Monday. Member Parliament Gurjit Singh Aujla awarded the degrees and also conferred two eminent personalities with Honoris Causa on Indian interventional cardiologist, medical administrator and writer Dr Tarlochan Singh Kler (Doctor of Science in the faculty of medical sciences) and contemporary painter and graphic artist Arpana Caur (Doctor of Philosophy in the faculty of visual arts and performing arts). Governor of Punjab and Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University Banwarilal Purohit attended the 47th annual convocation of GNDU online. In his address, he said: “What India needs (From left) Students upbeat after receiving their degrees; Arpana Caur; and Dr Tarlochan Kler being honoured with Honoris Causa, during Guru Nanak Dev University’s 47th annual (ANOTHER REPORT ON PAGE 2) convocation in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR today is incorruptible young men and women who will dedicate themselves to the service of larger society through individual pursuits. It is possible to rise above corrupt temptations when one develops frugal needs and sets self within the frame- work of dharma, which means way of good, cultured, sensible life, in which respect for others and elders and also for the country’s history and tradition are primary attributes. The young minds will ponder over this and mould their personalities in accor- dance with what Guru Nanak Dev preached,” he said. He said the National Education Policy 2020 has also taken a huge step by liberating education from the shackles of compartmentalisation into science versus arts/humanities, making learning flexible, humanistic and oriented towards making educated youth noble citizens and good human beings. While congratulating students, Aujla said we all need to encourage the culture of good health and better education Displaced shopkeepers to be rehabilitated after 38 long yrs for growth of Punjab while remembering the teachings and path shown by Guru Nanak Dev. Dr Tarlochan Singh Kler and Arpana Caur also shared their experiences of life with students. They inspired students to respect their parents and teachers and contribute for the development of the nation while keeping in mind the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev. Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu also honoured Dr Tarlochan Singh Kler and Arpana Caur with a coffee table book on behalf of the university. Cops on toes after attack in Pathankot ARMY ACTION DURING OP BLUESTARAllotment rates slashed for them to ~14,450/yard Manmeet Singh Gill Amritsar, November 22 Finally, after a long-drawn battle and 38 years’ wait, the 122 shopkeepers, whose properties were damaged in the Army action during Operation Bluestar, would be allotted shops at Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Mall Mandi. The victory has been made possible by the government’s decision to slash allotment rates from ~38,400 per yard to ~14,450 per yard. Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) Chairman Damandeep Singh said a meeting was held with the displaced shopkeepers on Monday and they have agreed to deposit ~14,400 per yard. A total of 133 shops along with goods stored in these were damaged in the action. All along, the shopkeepers ❝ AIT Chairman Damandeep Singh along with the shopkeepers who were displaced during Operation Bluestar, in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO had not accepted the offer to get the shops at higher price maintaining that their livelihood was destroyed and they cannot afford to pay the high price. Apart from shops damaged in 1984, more properties were acquired during the Operation Thunderstorm in 1988 to develop the Galiara project. However, the owners of these properties were rehabilitated and given alternate shops at a reserved price of ~1,000 per yard. The representatives of Bluestar Shopkeepers’ Sufferers’ Association and 1984 Bluestar (Tenants) Sufferers’ Association said they wanted the government to reduce the prices, but the long legal battle Over 70 per cent of the shopkeepers, who had suffered, are already dead and the remaining have grown too old. The government officials stated that they cannot reduce the rates below ~14,450 per yard, as it is the collector rate for registries. ❞ Parwinder Singh Arora, MEMBER, BLUESTAR SHOPKEEPERS SUFFERERS' ASSOCIATION has already exhausted them. Parwinder Singh Arora of Bluestar Shopkeepers Sufferers’ Association said: “Over 70 per cent of the shopkeepers, who had suffered, are already dead and the remaining have grown too old.” He said the government officials stated that they cannot reduce the rates below ~14,450 per yard, as it is the collector rate for registries. Jaspal Singh, president, 1984 Bluestar (Tenants) Sufferers’ Association said: “The government has now decided to allot 22 sq yard shops to each of them.” He said the shopkeepers belonged to three markets — Bazaar Muniaria, Shaheed Market and Thara Sahib Market — which existed prior to 1984. The shopkeepers added that the administration for this long had not helped them in any way except for a one-time payment of ~5,000 even as their livelihood was lost. Long ago, the administration had also planned to allot khokhas made of steel plates in front of Dharam Singh Market, but later the project was also shelved due electricity accidently running through these iron sheets and causing damage. Raise awareness about wet, Once a hot poll issue, Bhagtanwala garbage dry waste, MC officials told dump no more a part ofpolitical discourse Tribune News Service PAGE 4 They will take the vows in the presence of their family members and close friends in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. GNDU hosts 47th annual convocation Tribune News service TWO FRESH CASES IN AMRITSAR DIST PAGE 3 ❝Any citizen can lodge a complaint regarding garbage on 18001214662 and grievances will be settled within 24 hours. Officials should ensure that refuse is lifted from each house and dry and wet garbage is separated. ❞ Raj Kanwalpreet Pal Singh, CHAIRMAN, DISTRICT PLANNING COMMITTEE garbage trucks with tarpaulin, so that it does not litter on roads. During the meeting, Yogesh Arora said a private firm operates 254 garbage collection vehicles in 85 wards of the city. The MC also operates 40 vehicles and 22 compactors under the Smart City project. In addition, eight compactors are being procured under the Smart City project. He said about Continued on page 2 Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News service Amritsar, November 22 Even as the state Assembly elections are nearing and all political parties are going all out by making lofty promises to woo voters again, the issue of shifting of Bhagtanwala garbage dump in Amritsar South constituency does not seem a part of political discourse this time. The issue gained immense importance in politics in the run up to the 2017 Assembly elections prior to which SAD MLA Inderbir Singh Bolaria had cited it as one of the core reasons of his differences with the SAD leadership. By then, residents had already formed a Sangharsh Committee to run a prolonged protest creating much heat in the political circles. Bolaria, after shifting his allegiance to Congress, was Shifting of Bhagtanwala garbage dump has always remained a major poll issue, but not this time. again elected the MLA, but the problem still remains unresolved. c m y b “In the last few months, a few machines were seen segregating garbage from the dump, but the larger issue of shifting the dumping site to a Continued on page 2 Police conduct checks at Durgiana Temple in Amritsar. PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 22 Following the hand grenade blast outside an Army camp, the city police have also been on high alert. A search operation was carried out at different parts of the city that would continue for the coming days, the police authorities said. Two unidentified motorcycle-borne persons had lobbed a Pakistan-made low-intensity hand grenade towards an Army camp in the Pathankot area last midnight. The entire city was barricaded while nakas were set up at the city’s entry and exit points. The police checked vehicles and suspicious elements. The police presence has been increased at various roundabouts. The police carried out search operation at the railway station and the inter-state bus terminus and passengers’ baggage was also searched. Search with the help of sniffer dogs was also conducted at Durgiana Temple and near the Golden Temple. Police Commissioner Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said vehicles were checked and barricades were put up on the Court Chowk, Putilghar area, Ranjit Avenue, Majitha Road, Tarn Taran and Sultanwind Road besides other parts of ❝Vehicles were checked and barricades were put up on the Court Chowk, Putilghar area, Ranjit Avenue, Majitha Road, Tarn Taran and Sultanwind Road besides other parts of the city. This was done to check the movement of any unscrupulous elements that could create law and order problem in the city. ❞ Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, POLICE COMMISSIONER the city. This was done to check the movement of any unscrupulous elements that could create law and order problem in the city. Surprise checking was conducted at Posh Ranjit Avenue locality by the police force headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Jugraj Singh. During the operation, five jeeps were impounded. The police checked vehicles parked in the Ranjit Avenue market area. They recovered blunt weapons, including sluggers and black films among other things. The police also found persons with licenced weapons which were released following verification. Continued on page 2
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