30042022-ATR-01.qxd 4/30/2022 12:31 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE POWER CRISIS MAY HIT DRIVE TO PROMOTE DSR TECHNIQUE The govt recommends to start direct sowing of paddy on May 25. Power crisis in state may hit DSR drive. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF INCENTIVES FOR 8 INDUSTRIAL UNITS Amritsar: Deputy Commissioner Harpreet Singh Sudan has approved incentives for eight industrial units of the district. This was decided at a meeting of the district-level approval committee constituted under the Industrial and Business Development Policy, 2017, held under the chairmanship of the DC here on Friday. These units had applied for incentives on the online portal. Their production date was approved and incentives under the policy, such as electricity duty, exempted for 10 years and interest and policy subsidies were sanctioned. Those units that wish to start production in future would be extended exemption from 5 per cent stamp duty for the site to be developed for setting up manufacturing plants and EDC charges would also be waived for them. The DC asked the eight industrialists to inform the district administration of the need of skilled manpower. TNS BSF SHOOTS DOWN PAKISTANI DRONE Amritsar: The BSF on Friday shot down a drone that entered the Indian air space from the Pakistan side near Dhanoe Kalan village falling in the Amritsar sector here on the intervening night of April 28 and 29. During a combing operation in the morning, the BSF recovered the same. It was a China-made black coloured quadcopter (model DJI Matrice300), informed BSF official in a press note issued on Friday. The BSF authorities said around 1.15 am on Friday, BSF troops heard buzzing sound of suspected flying object/drone entering Dhanoe Kalan village from the Pakistan side to India near Dhanoe Kalan village. The troops tried to intercept the same by firing. As the buzzing sound stopped, the BSF jawans immediately cordoned off the entire area. During the search, the China-made quadcopter was found lying on agricultural land. TNS PAK NATIONAL HELD FROM INT’L BORDER Amritsar: The Border Security Force arrested a Pakistani intruder identified as Mohammad Shaukat when he crossed into Indian Territory. He was later handed over to the Lopoke police station here where a case under Sections 3, 34, 20 Indian Passport Act was registered against him. Further investigations were under progress. TNS PHOTOGRAPHERS ROBBED OF ~15K Amritsar: Two photographers returning from a function was robbed of ~15,000 in Sadar police station area. Amrit Singh, the victim, told that he, along with Aryan, was returning home and reached near Green Land Resort. Suddenly, two bike-borne persons came and hit their motorcycle. He said they snatched the cash from his pocket and fled away. TNS ~88K SNATCHED AT KNIFEPOINT Amritsar: Sanjay Mahajan, a resident of Majitha Road, was robbed of ~88,350 when he was going to hand over the amount to his aunt on his scooter. He said when he was going from SSSS School to Kashmir Avenue, unidentified persons stopped him and snatched the cash at knifepoint. A case has been registered. TNS PAGE 2 OFFICIAL TITLE OF TOM CRUISE’S MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 IS OUT PAGE 3 BHUMIKA TO MAKE WEB DEBUT WITH CRIME THRILLER CHINGARI The Hollywood star will be returning as Ethan Hunt in the 7th edition: Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part One. MAX 44°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 44°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:09 PM PAGE 4 Bhumika Gurung, best known for starring in Nimki Mukhiya, is set to make a web debut on WOW originals. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:45 AM SATURDAY | 30 APRIL 2022 | AMRITSAR 4 months on, suspect yet Chairmen of reinstated MC sub-panels to join on May 2 to be identified by police ❝ On Thursday, they were given a relief by the High Court Charanjit Singh Teja GOLDEN TEMPLE SACRILEGE WOMAN NABBED FROM GOLDEN TEMPLE COMPLEX Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 29 Despite making numerous efforts to ascertain the identity of the suspect in the Golden Temple sacrilege case four months ago, the police are still clueless about his identity. The police were trying to establish whether the sacrilege accused was from outside the country or the incident was a conspiracy to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in the country at the behest of some anti-national elements based in a foreign country. The SGPC had also announced ~5 lakh award for providing any clue regarding the identity of the suspect. “He has not been identified as A video grab of the suspect. A woman was arrested on the basis of suspicion at the Golden Temple complex this morning. Some devotees during the early morning rituals at the complex informed the SGPC management that she was insisting on sitting in the Palki where Guru Granth Sahib was enshrined. However, she was apprehended by SGPC staffers before the Palki procession could pass through. yet. We got no response from any state in the country about the suspect whose pictures were circulated pan India through various means, including social media and advertisements during this period,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Parminder Singh Bhandal, who was heading the SIT con- stituted to probe the case. Even during the Assembly elections, we circulated his picture to the states, where elections were recently held, to know if he had voted there but nothing came out of it so far, Bhandal added. His biometric record also failed to establish his identity. “Despite that we are leaving no stone unturned to identify him. We are also in touch with the Central Government and agencies for the same,” Bhandal said. A youth was killed by some angry devotees after he allegedly attempted sacrilege in the sanctum sanctorum on December 18 last year. The incident occurred during Rehras path (routine evening prayer). During investigations, the police checked the footage of CCTVs inside Darbar Sahib and its peripheral areas. The SIT found that the accused was in the area for four days before he committed the sacrilege. Bhandal said investigations were still in progress. The deceased was booked for hurting the religious sentiments of people. The viscera report of the deceased is still awaited. Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 29 After the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s stay order on the dissolving of the MC subcommittees, the Chairmen of sub-committees reclaimed their office rooms, which were earlier vacated by them. Mahesh Khanna, Chairman, Sub-Committee on Water and Sewerage, met the MC Commissioner and discussed the matter. “We met the MC Commissioner on the issue. He received the court orders and asked us to rejoin the offices. I have asked him to issue the official directions in this regard. We will get the written orders of restatement of subcommittees and then join the offices,” said Khanna. The Congress councillors are taking it as a major victo- We met the MC Commissioner on the issue. He received the court orders and asked us to rejoin the offices ❞ Mahesh Khanna, CHAIRMAN, SUB-COMMITTEE ON WATER AND SEWERAGE ry over the decisions made by Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu, after defecting from the Congress. They are hopeful that the Congress councillors, who had shifted or tilted towards the AAP during the past one month would vote in the favour of Congress during the expected floor test. The court hearing on the floor test issue is scheduled for May 4. Congress councillors, including Senior Deputy Mayor Raman Bakshi, are hopeful that the court would order Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu to conduct the floor test. It is worth mentioning here that after joining the Aam Aadmi Party, two days before the state Assembly elections, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu has been making effort to get a majority in the House to continue his term as Mayor. During the last one and a half months, around 35 councillors from the Congress, SAD and BJP has joined the AAP. In the House of 89, now Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu has the support of 40-35 councillors and five MLAs of urban constituencies. The Congress MP, Gurjit Singh Aujala, and former ministers and MLAs are trying to convince the Congress councillors to return to the party fold and vote against Rintu to remove him from the post of Mayor. Advocate, NRI Amid protest, no opening of 2 members of injured in clash Mannan toll plaza on first day robbers’ gang amritsar, April 29 A clash between two groups occurred in the office of a senior lawyer in Nehru Shopping Complex. Senior advocate Sandeep Gorsi alleged that a group of people barged into his office and attacked him and his wife. Gorsi who received injuries in the assault was admitted in a private hospital. The opposite group, an NRI family, alleged that the lawyer had assured to intervene to resolve a marital dispute but in vain. Satish Mehta, an NRI based in England, alleged that Gorsi couple attacked them when they asked him to return the money paid to them. “I too received head injuries,” he said. The police officials said the statements of both the parties were being recorded to initiate further action. Charanjit Kaur, Gorsi’s wife, said there was a matrimonial dispute between Mehta’s daughter and his client’s son who lives in Canada. She said today the accused along with around 15-20 persons, including women, entered their held from MP Our Correspondent office at Nehru Shopping complex and started shouting, thereby creating a scene. She alleged the accused pushed and thrashed her besides snatching her expensive mobile phone, Rs 50,000 cash from the counter and snatched her gold chain. When Gorsi intervened, he was also brutally thrashed. On the other hand Mehta alleged the Gorsi had taken Rs 5 lakh from them while assuring to settle their dispute by striking compromise. He said he was neither returning the money nor striking a compromise between the two parties. He said he has also filed a complaint against his son-in-law in the NRI police station for marrying his daughter fraudulently. Charanjit Kaur denied taking any money. — TNS Residents hold a protest at the toll plaza in Mannan village on National Highway No.354 on Friday. Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, April 29 On the first day of its start, the toll plaza set up at Mannan village on National Highway No.354 could not start functioning on Friday with residents of the area holding a protest against its opening before fulfilling their certain demands. Work on the toll plaza started three years ago and it was to start functioning from today. Officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) with the help of the district administration and a heavy police force came to the spot to start its functioning. The residents under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, bus operators’ union and other mass organizations staged a dharna at the toll plaza. Addressing the protesters, Harpreet Singh Sidhwan, Dhanna Singh Lalu Ghuman and Hardeep Singh Johal said work on the MannanKhemkaran road had been left midway for the last five years. The resident asked them to make water drainage gullies along the stretch for draining out rainwater, complete the road to Khemkaran and toll fee exemption for people residing within a 10-km radius of the toll plaza. SDM Rajnish Arora and DSP Sucha Singh Bal organised rounds of meetings with the protesters in the past, but all attempts bore no fruit. The administration had to face humiliation as the residents were adamant on their demands. Tarn Taran, April 29 Two of the seven-member robbers’ gang have been arrested by the district police from Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) with two revolvers and eight live cartridges. The arrested gang members were identified as Sukhraj Singh, a resident of Jallewal, and Harmanpreet Singh, alias Dana, of Gharka village. Sukhraj Singh had been putting posts on social media challenging the district police to arrest him for the last few days. Three members of the gang had already been arrested by the police while two are still absconding. Senior Superintendent of Police Ranjit Singh Dhillon informed mediapersons here on Friday that the district police continued on page 2 The two accused in custody of the Tarn Taran police on Friday. Noted author Dr Bedi shares his literary journey with GNDU students Neha Saini MY EARLY INITIATION My first poem was published in a children’s column in a vernacular. That was my early initiation towards literature. Later, I got hooked to reading Punjabi literary magazines that were published by eminent writers. Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 29 A literary career that began in the early 80s and continues till today, Padma Shri Dr Harmohinder Singh Bedi has drawn inspiration from many noted thinkers and revolutionary writers of Punjab. From choosing Pandit Sharda Ram Phillauri’s novel “Bhagyawati” as his first research project to Amrita Pritam and working under the guidance of eminent literary critic and literary scholar Dr Ramesh Kuntal Megh, Dr Bedi has credited his literary success to his mentors. His speeches quote Baba Farid to Surjit Patar, made relative to every generation. Sharing his literary journey and work with students at GNDU, Padma Shri Dr Bedi ❝ Dr Harmohinder Singh Bedi being felicitated in Amritsar. on Friday spoke at a special session hosted by the District Department of Languages in association with the School of Punjabi Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University. Dr Harmohinder Singh Bedi, who is currently serving as Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh Central University, Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), said research has always been one of the epicentres of his creative leanings. “My first poem was published in a children’s column in a vernacular. That was my c m y b ❞ Dr Harmohinder Singh Bedi early initiation towards literature. Later, I got hooked to reading Punjabi literary magazines that were published by eminent writers, including Preetlari, Nagmani and others. I worked on a research project on Pandit Sharda Ram Phillauri’s novel Bhagyawati, which was a big learning experience for me as the novel dealt with the theme of social reforms and women empowerment in an era when nobody was even bothered about such issues. So, I wanted to build a bridge between the Hindi and Punjabi languages and I still do, often using verses by Punjabi poets Baba Farid and Surjit Patar by translating them in Hindi,” he said. Pandit Sharda Ram Phillauri is considered as the father of modern Punjabi prose and is acknowledged to have written the first Hindi novel, Bhagyawati, in 1977, but it got published in 1988 after his death. Dr Bedi said the novel was considered so popular at the time that every parent, in every reli- gion, used to give their daughter Bhagyawati as a gift in her dowry. He also talked about his love for the Punjabi language in general. “Most of my research has been associated with Hindi, but as a Punjabi I have always made an effort to develop the language and make it connect at a national level, literary and generic context,” he shared. Dr Paramjit Singh Kalsi, Language Officer, Amritsar, said literary personalities working on the development of language, literature and culture must be significantly promoted and introduced to young generation to make them aware and connected. Dr Manjinder Singh, Head, School of Punjabi Studies, GNDU, said Dr Bedi is an internationally renowned scholar. “Dr Bedi’s research is of course related to Hindi, but as a Punjabi he has made a significant contribution to the development of the Punjabi language at the national level. The establishment of the Punjabi Department at Himachal Pradesh Central University was made possible by his efforts. His first poem Garam Loha won several acclaimed awards, including a national award.” On the occasion, the District Language Department also announced Gurmeet Bawa Memorial award that has been conferred on Ravinder Kaur, a state awardee and lecturer. The department will make the Gurmeet Bawa memorial award an annual feature.
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