10012022-ATR-01.qxd 09-01-2022 23:44 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE STAYING VIGILANT THE KEY AS MORE PAGE 2 ATTACKS CAN’T BE RULED OUT JACQUELINE BREAKS SILENCE ON VIRAL PICTURE WITH SUKESH Politicians must exercise restraint in word & deed as divisive forces may exploit volatile situation, say residents. Jacqueline has finally broken her silence on Sukesh Chandrashekhar case and her viral pictures with him. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF TWO ARRESTED UNDER ARMS ACT Amritsar: The Division A police arrested two persons — Shubhdeep Singh and Sumit Kumar — of Akali Market for allegedly firing. Complainant Kuljit Singh said he runs an electronics goods shop at Baba Deep Singh Market on Ravidass Road here. He said two persons came to his shop and asked for a watch. They had an argument and the duo went away. He said in the evening, they came again and started arguing with him over procuring the watch. He said he refused to sell the watch, following which one of the accused took out a revolver and pointed at him. He said a shop owner nearby nabbed them and they were later handed over to the police. The police have registered a case under Sections 336 and 506 of the IPC and Sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act. Further probe is on. TNS 26 BOOKED FOR OPENING FIRE Amritsar: Messaging a girl led to firing in Kadrabad village, under Kathunangal police, here on Saturday. The police have booked 26 persons on the charges of murder bid and firing. Among those booked are Neeta, Arsh, Amritpal Singh, Sukh, Lovepreet Singh and Jashanpreet Singh, all of Kadrabad Khurd village. Arshdeep Singh (20) of the same village said on Friday, he was standing outside his shop and the accused caught hold of him and pulled him into the street and thrashed him. He said when people started gathering, they fled. He said two hours later, he heard gunshot sounds in the street. He said as he came out, the accused who were armed with pistol, sticks and weapons shouted to catch him and teach him a lesson for sending a message on the phone of his niece. He said they fired two gunshots, in which he escaped narrowly. The accused tried to catch him, but he ran away. Raids are on to nab them. TNS MAX 17°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:44 PM PAGE 3 SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:31 AM MONDAY | 10 JANUARY 2022 | AMRITSAR Defacement to go as poll code comes into force Mass drive to begin today, in which all civic body employees will participate and try to remove hoardings, posters in a day Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 9 After the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct, the Municipal Corporation removed the hoardings of political parties and their leaders from across the city. The employees of the advertisement wing were seen removing the hoardings even during the weekend. However, a mass drive will commence from Monday to make city defacement-free. The Election Commission has issued instructions to political parties contesting the election to remove hoardings and other election publicity material soon. The Election Commission staff in the state said failure to remove the publicity material within the stipulated time by political parties will result in action as per Section 3 of the Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1997. Otherwise the administration would remove it at its own level. Any costs incurred regarding removal will be credited to the account of the party concerned. The Election Commission instructed the MC that it was strictly forbidden to deface any government building and government property during elections. Therefore, (Left) Municipal Corporation staff removes illegal hoardings of political parties in Amritsar; and (right) an employee of the municipal council removes posters from a wall in Tarn Taran. TRIBUNE PHOTO/GURBAXPURI all district heads would ensure that no political hoardings, banners, flags, posters are displayed on their office building and government property. The Forest Department and the MC will be responsible for trees and poles. Other similar departments will also ensure strict implementation of the code of conduct. The staff of advertisement wing of the Municipal Corporation found that it would take several days to remove all hoarding from the jurisdiction of the MC. Following this, Sandip Rishi, Commissioner MC, said a mass drive would be initiated on Monday. All MC employees would participate in it and remove defacements within one day. Hoardings being removed in Tarn Taran too In reverence two teams led by Maninder Singh and Rajiv Kumar had been formed to remove the hoardings. The EO said each team comprises eight safai sewaks and a clerk. The political parties had defaced the town by pasting posters, etc. on a large scale. The town has been divided Smart phone for ~1L & keypad for ~20K in jail Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, January 9 After the Punjab Vidhan Sabha election dates were declared, the local Municipal Council started removing posters, hoardings, buntings and banners displayed by different political parties from public places in the town. More than 70 per cent posters and banners were of AAP leaders. Sharanjit Kaur, Executive Officer (EO) of the local Municipal Council informed here on Sunday that under the supervision of Kuljit Singh, Chief Sanitary Inspector, Chohla Sahib gold jewellery robbery solved Our Correspondent PK Jaiswar into two parts each part under one team. The team members started with the work as the Election Commission issued strict instructions to make sure the model code of conduct is implemented. The process was yet to start in villages. Tribune News Service Tarn Taran, January 9 The district police have solved a two-month-old robbery case in which three robbers had targeted a trader and looted 8-kg gold ornaments worth over ~3.5 crore and ~60 lakh cash from his shop-cum-residence at Chohla Sahib village here. THE INCIDENT Two months ago, three miscreants had looted 8-kg gold jewellery worth over ~3.5 crore and ~60 lakh cash from Chohla Sahib village trader by entering his shop on the pretext of buying some turbans and holding the victim and his family members hostage A devotee lights a diya on the premises of Golden Temple to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR In the incident, three robbers armed with sharp-edged weapons came to the shop of Chohla Sahib village-based Jaimal Singh dealing in garment in the garb of Continued on page 2 Big fat wedding plans go awry, surge in Covid cases to blame Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 9 For Punjabis, winter is also the ‘marriage season’ and the recent surge in Covid cases across the country has affected their plans of hosting big fat weddings scheduled in the coming weeks. With marriage palaces and banquet halls reporting 100 per cent occupancy in the last few weeks, the marriage season in the state was at its peak this year after the restrictions were eased. However, the fear of another lockdown or at least the anticipation of a cap on gatherings at marriage palaces has troubled families, who PAGE 4 Aarti Chabria, known for her stints in TV shows like Fear Factor, has now become a motivation architect. ‘VEER BAAL DIWAS’: DECISION HAILED Amritsar: Punjab Lok Congress party welcomed the decision to mark December 26 as ‘Veer Baal Diwas’. Advocate MK Sharrma, state spokesperson, Punjab Lok Congress party, said the courage portrayed by Sahibzades under enormous oppression is unparalleled and everyone across the globe must know about their supreme sacrifice. This is a commendable step in that direction, he said. TNS AARTI STARTS ONLINE PLATFORM CALLED VICTORIOUS MIND POWER HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS DIST REPORTS 305 +VE CASES is tricky ❝Ittheainvites situation. We have alreadyto sent and the party is expected be attended by 1,000 guests. We are also making arrangements, but if the government announces restrictions on gatherings at the last moment, we will be in a tight spot. Harjinder Singh, A GROOM-TO-BE’S FATHER ❞ had functions scheduled in the coming days. “It is a tricky situation. We have already sent the invites and the party is expected to be attended by 1,000 guests. Amritsar: With 305 persons testing positive for Covid in the district on Sunday, the number of active cases have surged to 1,208. The district has reported a total of 48,715 cases so far. The district Health Department has reported recovery of 19 patients in the last 24 hours with which the total recovery count has increased to 45,907. Meanwhile, 1,973 residents were inoculated during the vaccination drive on Sunday. The officials said so far, 1,613 children in the age group of 15 to 17 years have been given first dose of the vaccine. Of the residents inoculated on Sunday, 1,082 received the first dose, while 891 received the second dose. TNS We are also making arrangements, but if the government announces restrictions on gatherings at the last moment, we will be in a tight spot,” said Harjinder Singh, whose son is scheduled to marry on January 27. Many families had postponed or avoided big marriage parties last year due to restrictions and lockdown. It had also c m y b ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 305 48,715 0 1,600 19 45,907 1,208 resulted in losses for those deployed in the industry. Charanjit Singh Sandhu, owner of a marriage palace, said: “The profitable season for marriage industry is of merely three 0183-2500498, 01832500598, 0183-2500698, 0183-2500798 (Open 24*7) ■ Health Dept helpline: 01832535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) months. For later part of the year, we are almost idle.” He said they had hoped that the business would continue but increasing number of cases indicate otherwise. Amritsar, January 9 Continuous seizure of mobile phones from the high-security Amritsar Central Jail has raised a question mark over the functioning of the jail administration. In the last two days, a search operation led to the confiscation of the 19 mobile phones from 16 prisoners, indicating that how easily the prohibited material was available in the complex. A total of 60 mobile sets were seized in the first eight days. The interrogation of several prisoners held with cell phones also points to the connivance of jail staff though close proximity of the Central Jail with a densely-populated area is another factor in sneaking of mobile phones inside the high-security jail premises. The absence of stringent laws is also to blame for the menace. An official, wishing not to be named, privy to the interrogation of prisoners held with mobiles said a smart mobile phone was being sold for Rs 1 lakh in the complex while a keypad phone was available at Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000. “Possessing a mobile phone in the jail is a bailable offence. Hence, notorious criminals hardly think twice before procuring mobile phones by hook or crook,” said the official, adding that installing the mobile signal jammer was the only solution to end this menace. A search operation on Friday evening led to the seizure of eight mobile phones and three mobile chargers. These were recovered from the possession of Sukhraj Singh of Chak Pandori village, Nishan Singh of Bundala in Ferozepur, Sahil Kumar Sharma of Greenfield area here, EASY ACCESS 19 mobiles seized in Central Jail in last 2 days Jobanjit Singh of Bandala village Jang Bahadur Singh, aka Jagga Singh of Chohla Sahib in Tarn Taran, Rasal Singh of Randhel ke village in Tarn Taran and Sandeep Saini of Taragarh in Pathankot. Another search operation on Saturday led to the recovery of 11 mobile phones, two mobile chargers and a headphone set. These were confiscated from Jagroop Singh of Vaironwal, Tarn Taran, Rahul Singh of Kirpal Colony, Abhinesh of Gopal Nagar, Manpreet Singh of Muradpura in Tarn Taran, Dhalwinder Singh of Jamari village in Goindwal Sahib, Gurjit Singh of Sultanwind Road, Yodhbir Singh of Ranike village, Gurpreet Singh, alias Gurpartap Singh, of Patti and Ravinder Singh of Algo Kalan village in Valtoha. Two separate cases under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisons Act was registered against them. The police said they would be brought on production warrant to ascertain how they managed to get the prohibited material. A jail official said continuous search operations were being conducted to nail the perpetrators. Those who were found in possession of prohibited material, including mobiles, appropriate action would be taken against them.
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