21042022-ATR-01.qxd 4/20/2022 11:44 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE NAGAR KIRTAN MARKS PARKASH PURB OF GURU TEGH BAHADUR A nagar kirtan was taken out from Akal Takht to Gurdwara Guru Ke Mahal — the birth place of Guru Tegh Bahadur. FORECAST RAIN OR THUNDERSHOWERS INBRIEF HEALTH MELA: 748 PATIENTS EXAMINED Amritsar: The health melas being organised by the Health Department are helping in restoring the faith of the public in the public health systems, stated Shri Hargobindpur MLA Advocate Amarpal Singh while attending such an event at CHC Bham. A total of 748 patients were examined during the check up camp in which doctors from different specialties were present. Senior Medical Officers; Dr Gurdial Singh and Dr JS Gill said patients were provided free of cost diagnostic facilities and medicines. Block extension education Surinder Kaur said apart from medical services, the visitors were informed about various health schemes as Ayushman Bharat Health Scheme, tele consultation services, services for care of mother and children and various disease control programmes. TNS WOMAN ROBBED OF HER EARRINGS Tarn Taran: Two persons snatched the gold earrings of a 65-year-old woman. The victim, Gurjit Kaur, after paying obeisance at the Darbar Sahib in Amritsar was coming back with her brotherin-law Iqbal Singh. Gurjit was riding pillion on the moped. When they reached near Gohalwar village, two persons came on a bike and snatched the earrings by pushing Iqbal and Gurjit. Both fell down and received injuries. Iqbal is critical and was admitted to the local Civil Hospital, from where he was referred to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. The local police have registered a case under Section 379-B (2) of the IPC on Tuesday. OC PAGE 2 SHAH RUKH ANNOUNCES HIS NEXT WITH RAJKUMAR HIRANI Shah Rukh Khan is set to collaborate with director Rajkumar Hirani for the first time and the movie is titled Dunki. MAX 37°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:03 PM ‘SAHAJ GUFA MAHI ASANU’ DISCUSSED Amritsar: The research forum of GNDU’s School of Punjabi Studies on Wednesday held a discussion of Dr Manmohan Singh’s novel, ‘Sahaj Gufa Mahi Asanu’. Among eminent writers and scholars of Punjabi language and a renowned novelist Dr Manmohan Singh (IPS, Special Director, IB, GoI) was also present. The keynote speakers were Prof Avtar Singh from Ramgarhia College, Phagwara, and Sarabjot Singh Behl, Dean Academic Affairs, GNDU, Amritsar and Dr Manjinder Singh from School of Punjabi Studies. Prof Avtar Singh presented an analysis of the novel from a literary point of view. He said Dr Manmohan has made a successful attempt to portray the ancient Indian tradition of knowledge through modern literary novels. TNS JULIA ROBERTS TALKS ABOUT HER LOOK IN WEB SERIES GASLIT PAGE 4 The Hollywood star has shared details about her transformation as Martha Mitchell with the help of prosthetics. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:54 AM THURSDAY | 21 APRIL 2022 | AMRITSAR Mock drills won’t suffice, fire equipment needed too! NAT’L FIRE SAFETY WEEK Many public institutions ill-equipped & don’t even have basic fire safety apparatus Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 20 Even as a number of mock fire safety drills and other events were organised in the city during the National Fire Safety week, which concluded on Wednesday, it is being felt that many public institutions are ill-equipped and do not even have basic fire safety equipment. Surely, mock drills have helped employees to learn the basics of using the fire safety equipment where it is present, but there is a need to equip all buildings with the required infrastructure. Apart from the new buildings, the condition of fire safety equipment at old ones is poor. Different public places including the bus stand and government hospitals have worn out fire safety equipment, which would not be able to help The fire wing of the MC and Punjab Police conduct a mock drill to observe National Fire Safety Week; and a defunct fire safety equipment at the Civil Hospital in Amritsar on Wednesday. VISHAL KUMAR in case of an emergency. The water hose and pipes installed at these places are either missing or broken. Even the glass panes of fire alarm systems which are required to be broken in case of a fire to raise an alarm are already broken. A visit to the Civil Hospital revealed that water hoses and other materials were rusting. The same was seen at Government Medical College. At the bus stand too, the boxes where fire safety equipment is kept were empty. Further, even as the fire wing of the Municipal Corporation claims to have all arrangements to deal with fire incidents, the fact that the old walled city area has narrow and congested lanes, where fire tenders cannot enter, is a big challenge. With a vast area, the fire wing of the city also caters to emergencies in the Tarn Taran district. The nearby towns are also dependent on it for help. Meanwhile, the district administration on Wednesday organised a mock drill at the Municipal Corporation office. Later, Deputy Commissioner Harpreet Singh Sudan said from now on, mock drills to impart training to deal with fire, earthquake and flood would be organised four times in a year. Tardy wheat lifting: Farmers, arthiyas rue shortage of space Gang of robbers busted, 3 held Nearly 90% procured grain not lifted | No space for new arrival Tarn Taran, April 20 The Goindwal Sahib police busted a seven-member gang of robbers from the Jamarai Canal side on Tuesday. Three of the gang members were arrested with a country-made pistol, three cartridges and two datars (sharp-edged weapons). Four members of the gang managed to flee from the spot in a Swift car. The police have also recovered an Innova (PB-02, AY-9789) from the robbers, which was snatched from Amritsar on April 11 at gunpoint by them. SSP Ranjit Singh Dhillon said those arrested have been identified as Karan- 3 PRISONERS ATTACK FELLOW INMATE Amritsar: The Islamabad police have booked three prisoners for allegedly assaulting another jail inmate at the Central Jail complex. Those booked are Sachin Gill of Lohgarh Gate; Shamsher Singh, alias Dani, of Meera Kot Kalan village; and Jugal Kishore of Majitha Road. Subheg Singh, Assistant Superintendent of Jail, said on Monday around 6.40pm, the accused attacked Jatin Arora leaving him seriously injured. The police have registered a case under Section 52 of the Prisons Act against them and launched further investigation. TNS PAGE 3 Unlifted wheat bags lying at a grain market in Tarn Taran district on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Our Correspondent The three robbers in the Goindwal police custody on Wednesday. deep Singh Karan of Ruriwala, Harmanjit Singh Harman of Tanda and Manpreet Singh of Chhola Sahib. Those who fled have been identified as Gurpreet Singh of Chhola Sahib, Sukhraj Singh, Jagroop Singh Joopa (both of Jallewal) and Harmanpreet Singh of Gharka, said the SSP . Harmanpreet, Jagroop and Sukhraj are history-sheeters and are facing a number of criminal cases at different police stations. The criminal antecedents of other accused, too, were being looked into, the SSP said. He said the robbers were planning some robbery when the police conducted a raid. Three robbers were arrested and four managed to flee, he said. The gang was also responsible for robbing chemists in Naushehra Pannuan and Dhotian villages a few days ago. Fresh case under Sections 399 and 402 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered against the accused by the Goindwal Sahib police on Tuesday. Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 20 The failure of the government procurement agencies and District Food and Civil Supplies Department to lift the procured crop from the grain markets in the border districts has caused shortage of space for unloading of more produce arriving from farms. With a total government procurement of 2,65,999 metric tonne (MT) of wheat crop in grain markets of Amritsar district, only around 31,000 MT has been lifted so far. In Tarn Taran district, with a total government purchase of 4,49,019 MT, only around 34,000 MT has been lifted from the markets. The arthiyas and farmers in both districts are facing a space crunch as the purchased grains filled in gunny bags are occupying a maximum of the land space in the grain markets. An arthiya from Tarn Taran said: “The government claims that the grains will be lifted from the market within 72 hours, but most of the bags are lying for over a week now.” He said the shortage of space at the grain markets would become more prominent in the coming days. In Amritsar district with a total arrival of 2,91,779-MT wheat, 2,65,999 MT has been procured by government agencies, while 12,172 MT has been purchased by private buyers. Pungrain with a purchase of 73,529 MT has lifted only 6,267 MT. FCI with pro- Miscreants open fire in Vallah cattle market Tribune News Service Farmers protest outside the PSPCL office in Ajnala demanding power supply for irrigation of crops on Wednesday. Ruing shortage of power, farmers stage protest outside PSPCL office Amritsar: Perturbed over not getting adequate power supply to use tubewells for irrigation, farmers staged a protest outside the office of Executive Engineer of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) at Ajnala, near here, on Wednesday. Kirti Kisan Union leader Jatinder Singh Chinna said: “While power cuts are applied daily during the day to check the risk of wheat fields catching fire, power to tubewells is being given at night.” He alleged that for the last five days, rural areas are witnessing power cuts even during the night. As a result, power supply to tubewells was being disrupted. Farmers complained that dairy farmers curement of 36,082 MT has lifted only 3,361 MT. Of the 66,438 MT purchased by Markfed, only 6,238 MT has been lifted. Of Punsup pur- have been greatly affected as fodder crops and vegetables are not getting enough water for irrigation. They said while fodder crops and vegetables were drying, they were unable to get required water for their animals, too. Farmers demanded that if the power corporation feels it can provide eight-hour power supply on alternate days instead of four hours daily, they must get the ensured supply at the stipulated time. The KKU leaders also submitted a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann demanding that a minimum power supply of 16 hours be ensured for tubewells during the paddy season. TNS chase of 55,305 MT, only 2,433 has been lifted, while of Punjab warehouse corporation’s purchase of 34,645 MT, only 2,523 MT has been lifted. c m y b Amritsar, April 20 A firing incident was reported at Vallah cattle market following a dispute between a cattle trader and some persons who came there to procure cattle. The market committee contractor alleged that one of the groups barged into his shop and decamped with ~1.5 lakh after firing a few shots. IN A NUTSHELL Three cattle traders came to the market to sell a buffalo. They had a dispute with some customers. Both groups were pacified and they left the scene. However, around 12 noon, the three came back with other armed persons. They fired several gunshots and created ruckus. Following the incident, the Vallah police reached the spot and started investigations. He said the claims were being verified. Market committee contractor Waseem Ahmad told the police that around 8 am, three cattle traders came to the market to sell a buffalo. He said they had a dispute with some customers. Both groups were pacified and continued on page 2 Govt’s biz plan for holy city Amritsar, April 20 The government has prepared a comprehensive business plan which will be executed soon. This reaction came from city’s MLAs — Jeevan Jyot Kaur, Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjer and Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, who took part in the interaction called by CII, Amritsar Council, here. Responding to the ideas shared by the business community to bolster trade and manufacturing sectors in the holy city, they assured them that the government would soon execute the business development plan. — TNS A creative discourse through performing arts Students enact a scene from the play ‘Kahani Wali Amrita’ during the three-day Rangmanch Utsav at the Dasmesh Auditorium of the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Amritsar: A three-day theatre festival ‘Rangmanch Utsav’ kicked off at GNDU from with inaugural play ‘Kahani Wali Amrita’ being staged at the Dasmesh Auditorium. The festival is organised by the drama club of the university in association with Punjabi Folk Art Centre, Gurdaspur, and Awaz Rangmanch Toli, Amritsar. Student-artistes of various departments are participating in this three-day event which will conclude on April 21. While the first play gave us a glimpse into the life and influences of Amrita Pritam through her short stories, the second day’s play ‘Jooth’ staged by Awaaz rangmanch Toli was a social drama. It was directed by Kanwal Randhey and written by Balram Bodhi. The festival is being presented by the university drama club, among 11 other student activity clubs at GNDU. It is an attempt to engage students as well as city audience with theatre and rediscover themselves. VC Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Prof Shweta Shanoy, eminent Punjabi playwright and director, Kewal Dhaliwal opened the festival with a hope that the creative discourse through performing arts will continue in the months to come. Dr Sunil Kumar, in-charge, drama club, said students will also get an opportunity to interact with the artistes and theatre persons in post-play dialogue. Play ‘Vismad’ by Emenual Singh from Khalsa College Rangmanch will be staged on the concluding day. TNS
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