26112021-ATR-01.qxd 11/25/2021 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE AAP STATE CHIEF BHAGWANT MANN WOOS MAJHA VOTERS PAGE 2 Terms Chief Minister Charanjit Channi as ‘Ailaan Mantri’; accuses Badals of looting Punjab. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF COUNTRY-MADE PISTOLS SEIZED PAGE 3 SUSHMITA SEN TO DON ROLE OF AN UNWILLING GANGSTER AMITABH WELCOMES SHWETA BACHCHAN AND NAVYA NAVELI After emerging as one of the most gripping thrillers from India, Aarya is set to hit digital space with season 2. MAX 25°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:27 PM PAGE 4 Amitabh Bachchan welcomed his daughter and his granddaughter on the sets of Kaun Banega Crorepati 13. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:09 AM FRIDAY | 26 NOVEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Residents to get relief from Local court rejects bail plea of Cong MLA’s PA threat dangling overhead Another relative of prime suspect also nominated Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar: The Khalchian police have arrested two persons for allegedly possessing two country-made pistols along with four bullets. They were identified as Santokh Singh of Husanpur village and Sukhraj Singh of Padiana Road in Rayya. DSP Harkrishan Singh, in a statement issued here on Thursday, said they were arrested from a checkpoint near Bhorsi Rajputan village. He said the two were travelling on a bike and on seeing the police checkpoint, they tried to reverse the bike. On suspicion, they were nabbed and during search, the police team recovered two illegal weapons with four live cartridges. He said the accused were produced in court after registering an FIR under Sections 25(8)-54-59 of the Arms Act against them. The court sent them in police remand and their forward and backward links were being ascertained, the DSP said. TNS NO FRESH CASE REPORTED IN DIST Amritsar, November 25 Even as the district administration has decided to remove electricity wires alongside the wall of the old city and replace these with underground wiring, residents of many localities where hightension wires are running parallel to the houses are still waiting for the good news. The Deputy Commissioner, in a meeting with the officials on Wednesday, had asked the MC to expedite the work. In a press release issued by the administration, it was stated that all wires running above the houses would also be shifted and an amount of ~13 crore would be spent. The work would be undertaken in the walled city area, a substantial part of which is represented by Deputy CM OP Soni. A senior official of Power Corporation on being asked if there was any plan to shift the high-tension wires running overhead in New Dashmesh Nagar, Indira Colony, Mohakampura, Mustafabad and Azad Nagar among others said there was Admn to shift electricity wires along walled city area but localities on Majitha, Batala Road left out NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 0 47,421 0 1,598 0 45,813 8 Amritsar: No Covid positive cases were reported on Thursday. The district at present has a total of eight active cases. Meanwhile, 13,465 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive on Thursday. Of these, 5,436 residents received the first dose of the vaccine, while 8,029 received the second dose. TNS CATARACT-FREE PUNJAB DRIVE Amritsar: The District Health Department would initiate Cataract-free Punjab campaign from Friday during which eye check camps would be organised at various places. The health officials stated that camps would be organised as per the directions received from the state government and people would be checked for symptoms of cataract. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said a person who is found suffering from cataract would be operated within 15 days. He added that apart from refreshment for the patients coming for check-up, the department would be provided transportation facility. He added that the patients would be treated free-of-cost. The campaign would continue till December 31. TNS Tribune News Service High-tension wires pass over a residential area in Majitha Road, Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR no such proposal as yet. In the past, many accidents have occurred resulting in loss of life and limb and promises have been made during elections, but the wires have not been shifted. Understandably, the electricity poles and wires were fixed before the areas were habituated by humans, but none of the local departments stopped people from buying plots or constructing houses on these. In some areas, hightension wires are only a few feet above the rooftops. A resident of Indira colony, Rattan Kumar said: “We live in constant fear. We had ear- lier heard that the lines can be shifted if residents pay for it. We had purchased plots here as these were cheap. Now, we cannot afford to pay for shifting of the lines.” Residents said like in other areas, the government should also fund shifting of wires in these areas. Amritsar, November 25 The local court rejected the bail plea of Paramjit Singh, the personal assistant of a Congress MLA who along with a cop and three others were booked for abetment to suicide after a goldsmith Sukhwinder Singh ended his life around two weeks ago. The police had arrested one person Harbhajan Singh, a jeweller, in this regard while remaining suspects, including Paramjit Singh and ASI Narinder Singh, were yet to be arrested. Paramjit’s bail was rejected on Wednesday. Sukhwinder had committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance at a hotel room. In a suicide note, he had accused Paramjit, ASI Narinder Singh, Harbhajan Singh and his two sons in the case. The police said the accused and their family members were absconding since the incident and raids were on at their suspected hideouts to arrest them. “The police teams had con- GOLDSMITH SUICIDE CASE Sukhwinder Singh (in pic) had committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance at a hotel room. In the suicide note, he had accused Paramjit, ASI Narinder Singh, Harbhajan Singh and his two sons in the case. The police said the accused and their family members were absconding since the incident and raids were on at their suspected hideouts to arrest them. ducted raids at Tarn Taran and Chandigarh besides several other places in Punjab, but they were still evading arrest,” said Prabhjot Singh, SHO Division B police station here. “The police were investigating the case on merit and no political influence is there. We have also nominated Sukhwinder Singh, a relative of the accused Harbhajan Singh, who was opening his shop. He was booked for helping and sheltering suspects,” he said. He said the role of ASI Narinder Singh was still being verified. The incident has evoked sharp criticism and protest by the opposition as SAD leader held dharna demanding their immediate arrest. Though the police were yet to arrest them, another local resident had accused Paramjit and several other residents of the area of harassment and even threatening to commit suicide. Prabhjot Singh had a property dispute with his relatives. In the videos circulated on social media, he said Paramjit Singh along with his relatives were threatening and harassing him over his property. However, the police authorities said the police team immediately swung into action and reached his house. He was counselled and warned against taking such an action as the matter was in court. “It was an old video which he circulated following a verbal duel over a minor issue,” the SHO said. He said we have recorded his statement. No end to parking woes at Nehru Shopping Complex Same stretch gets Notorious for chaotic, haphazard parking as authorities turn a blind eye to violations funds thrice in 5 yrs is that ❝The ironybuilt to the to building was cater Tribune News Service COVID UPDATE PK Jaiswar Amritsar, November 25 The Nehru Shopping Complex, which houses several shops and showrooms, was built by the Amritsar Improvement Trust as a first of its kind strictly commercial complex in the city. The complex had double basement and terrace parking to accommodate 300 vehicles on approximately 1 lakh square feet of the built area. Despite the design and the parking facility offered by one of the busiest commercial areas, the Nehru Shopping Complex is among the worst parking areas in the city. Located at Lawrence Road, which is among the busiest commercial centres in the city, the complex houses several businesses and eateries. In addition to the basement parking, the complex also has RECARPETING AAP seeks vigilance inquiry the parking needs of the area. For people who have to come to Nehru Shopping Complex for even the minutest of jobs, it's a Herculean task to find a proper space and even if they do, the haphazard parking that most commuters have now become used to due to no check, makes it difficult to take the vehicle out safely. Vehicles parked haphazardly at Nehru Shopping Complex in Amritsar on Thursday. VISHAL KUMAR a designed ground-level parking. Yet it has become notorious for chaotic and haphazard parking as the authorities concerned turn a blind eye to parking violations. The multi- level basement parking remains defunct, out of use, due to poor maintenance and awareness. “The irony is that the building was built to cater to the ❞ Prakash Singh, A LOCAL SHOPKEEPER parking needs of the area. For people who have to come to Nehru Shopping Complex for even the minutest of jobs, it’s a Herculean task to find a proper space and even if they do, the haphazard parking that most commuters have now become used to due to no check, makes it difficult to take the vehicle out safely,” Continued on page 2 AAP leader Suresh Sharma highlights the issue of Chheharta Dhand Road in Amritsar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Six booked for Include computer teachers in embezzlement Education Department: DTF Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, November 25 Six persons, including a local scribe, has been booked for fraud worth ~1.07 lakh in a land related deal. The accused have been identified as scribe Baldev Singh Pannun, Surjit Singh of Piddi village, Manjit Kaur, Amarjit Kaur, Kiranjit Kaur and Devinder Singh of Karnal (Haryana). The dispute arose regarding the distribution of ~1.61 crore compensation released by the state government against acquiring the land of the old Roadways workshop situated at the prime land in the heart of Tarn Taran town. Three sisters — Manjit Kaur, Amarjit Kaur and Kiranjit Kaur — were the proprietor of this land. The state government had acquired the land to establish a multi-storey complex at the site, for which all formalities had been cleared. The three sisters struck a deal with Surjit Singh (nominated as accused), Dr Jatinderpal Singh and Jaimal Singh on the term that they would return the amount sent to them by the government released as compensation, as they had not competed the final registry formality to their name. They had received the price of the land already through cheques. About four years ago, the compensation was released and the sisters returned the Continued on page 2 Amritsar, November 25 Democratic Teachers’ Front, Punjab state president, Vikram Dev Singh along with other members of the organisation raised the demand to bring computer teachers working in government schools under the Education Department. Secretary, DTF Ashwani , Awasthi said the Punjab Government should include computer teachers in the Education Department and release all kinds of departmental benefits to them. DTF leaders expressed solidarity with the struggle of computer teachers and supported the demands. “The leaders said computer teachers have been working c m y b ❝Computer teachers are working in government schools for last 15 years. Their services were regularised in 2011 and the Civil Services Rules were implemented. Orders were also given to pay salaries as per the 5th Pay Commission, but later they were not given ACP. Now, that the Punjab Government has given the benefits of the 6th Pay Commission to the department employees, it has not been made clear to give these benefits to computer teachers. Ashwani Awasthi, SECRETARY, DEMOCRATIC TEACHERS' FRONT ❞ in government schools for the last 15 years. The services of these teachers were regu- larised through the notification issued by the Punjab Continued on page 2 Amritsar, November 25 Though a large number of roads are in a pathetic condition due to scarcity of government funds, a stretch of 11 kilometre road from Chheharta Chowk to Dhand has received funds thrice in last five years. Aam Aadmi Party leader and RTI activist Suresh Sharma got information through RTI and alleged that politicians and officials were recarpeting the road again and again to get commission from contractors. The road from Chheharta Chowk to Dhand was recarpeted by the PWD in 2016-17. The total cost of work was ~5.54 crore and ~32.47 lakh were reserved for the maintenance of the road for the next five years. The work was undertaken by a private firm of Gole Bagh Amritsar under Pradhan Mantri Grameen Yojana. However, the maintenance guarantee of the road would end in 2022, but in 2020, the Municipal Corporation recarpeted a stretch of the same road from Chheharta Chowk to railway crossing costing ~1.99 crore. Sharma claimed that if the stretch needed maintenance, then it should be conducted by the private firm which was paid for maintenance. Sharma alleged that the MC didn’t take NoC from PWD to conduct the recarpeting of the stretch. Sharma said it was surprising that PWD minister Vijay Inder Singla, Cabinet Minister Rajkumar Verka and MLA Tarn Taran Dr Dharamvir Agnihotri inaugurated the maintenance work of the 11 km road from Chheharta Chowk to Dhand village on November 15, 2021. The government would spend ~1.50 crore on the same road. “The maintenance agreement with the private firm, which recarpeted the road in 2017 would end in 2022. Why is the government spending crores for maintenance? There should be a Vigilance inquiry in this regard. The public money is being wasted to get commissions from contractors,” Sharma said.
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