11052022-ATR-01.qxd 5/10/2022 11:55 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PRESERVING DR GURNAM SINGH TIR'S LEGACY ON GNDU’S MIND PAGE 2 SHARMILA RETURNS TO FILMS AFTER 11 YRS WITH GULMOHAR GNDU will also institute an annual award in the name of late legendary Punjabi novelist Dr Gurnam Singh Tir. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Cops thrash Sikh youth, toss his turban Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 10 A youth was thrashed by cops and his turban was tossed reportedly at Vijay Nagar police chowki here. A video grab of the incident went viral on social media, inviting widespread condemnation. The same was shared by SAD president Sukhbir Singh on his social media platform. He wrote: “Disgraceful to the max! The video coming from Amritsar has reaffirmed that the Punjab Police is out of control. Appeal to CM Bhagwant Singh Mann to immediately give strict punishment to this policeman so that someone thinks 100 times before touching any Sikh’s dastar.” The incident occurred when two groups allegedly quarrelled at the police chowki. The youth, reportedly a mediaperson, was capturing the video, when a cop pulled him inside the police chowki by his hair after tossing his turban. ACP Palwinder Singh said the matter was being investigated and appropriate action would be taken. PAGE 3 The movie revolves around the multigeneration Batra family, who are set to move out of their 34-yr-old family home. MAX 42°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:17 PM MUOHIT JOUSHI OPENS UP ON QUITTING JOB FOR ACTING Muohit, who quit his airline job, is currently seen as the parallel lead on the Dangal TV show Shubh Shagun. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:36 AM WEDNESDAY |11 MAY 2022 | AMRITSAR High alert sounded in border districts Security up following RPG attack at Punjab Police’s intelligence wing headquarters in Mohali Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 10 Following a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack at the headquarters of the Punjab Police’s intelligence wing in Mohali, a high alert has been sounded in the border district here. Senior Punjab Police officials held a meeting and carried out search operations at different places besides enhancing security cover at vulnerable places, including government buildings. The Amritsar city as well rural police have already been on alert in view of the upcoming Ghallughara Diwas to be observed on June 6 at the Golden Temple. Also, the Punjab Police have arrested two persons with an IED in the Tarn Taran area, who were hired for retrieving the explosives and delivering it somewhere else. Recently, there has been a spurt in drone activities from across the international border, in smuggling heroin, arms and explosives by antinational elements from neighbouring country, who TARN TARAN: SHOs TOLD TO REMAIN IN FIELD Tarn Taran: Keeping in view the high alert sounded by the Director General Of Police (DGP), Punjab, the district police, too, have intensified security in the district. The high alert was sounded due to the RPG explosion that occurred at the headquarters of the Punjab Police’s intelligence wing in Mohali on Monday night. DSP, city, Barjinder Singh said all officers and Station House Officers (SHOs) have been instructed to remain in the field. The DSP said security at all entry points to the district at Harike, Beas river bridge, Goindwal Sahib, Khabbe Dogra on Tarn Taran-Jandiala Guru Road, Mannan on the Amritsar-Khemkaran Road among other places has been tightened. The activities of suspected persons is also under scanner. The DSP said special checking of vehicles was being conducted. The police will remain deployed at the nakas in the district at night too. OC A dog squad pressed into service during checking at a busy market in Amritsar on Tuesday. want to disrupt peaceful atmosphere here. “Though we are already on high alert in view of Ghallughara Diwas, security around the police offices and headquarters has been enhanced following Monday’s Mohali incident,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Parminder Singh Bhandal. He said checkpoints at the entry and exit points have been set up, while search operations were being carried out in different areas. Following the RPG attack in PAGE 4 Mohali, the police teams headed by ACP-rank officials held search around religious places, including Golden Temple, Durgiana Temple and government buildings, including the railway station and bus stand, said another police official. Police Commissioner Arun Cops check a vehicle in Jhabal on Tuesday. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI Pal Singh said the entire Punjab Police was on alert. Being a border city, having a number of places of importance, senior police officials were asked to remain on toes and ensure appropriate security arrangements at the places falling under their jurisdiction. Swarndeep Singh, SSP Amritsar (rural), said security had been beefed up and search operations were on at different areas. A close eye was also being kept at the suspicious elements in order to thwart any untoward incident. Two booked for murder attempt Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 10 A youth identified as Sukhchain Singh, alias Bobby, of Guru Ki Wadali area was shot at and attacked with sharp weapons over a minor dispute here late on Monday evening. The police have booked two persons on the charge of attempt to murder. They were identified as Kamal Masih of Chand Avenue and Gagandeep Singh of Baba Jeevan Singh Colony located in the Guru Ki Wadali area. Sukhchain told the police that he was going to Gurdwara Baba Jeewan Singh, when he saw two persons standing near a vegetable shop opposite a petrol pump in the area. He said before he could understand, they attacked him with a dagger inflicting grievous injury on his hand and later Kamal Masih fired three gunshots, of which one hit him on his foot. He said as he raised an alarm, the accused fled. ASI Sahib Singh, Investigating Officer, said the victim had an altercation with the accused over some issue a couple of days ago. He said the accused were absconding from their houses, while further investigations were on. Contractual roadways employees hold protest Modern machines to solve sewerage problems Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 10 Contractual employees of the Punjab Roadways and Punbus organised a gate rally in front of the workshop of the depot here on Tuesday. They were demanding fulfilment of their longpending demands. Conductors, drivers and other clerical staff of the department participated in the rally. The protesting employees organised the gate rally under the Contractual employees protest in Tarn Taran. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI banner of Punjab Roadways/Punbus Contract Workers’ Union. Addressing on the occasion, Rajwant Singh, chairman, and Baljit Singh, pres- Hopes high to rid Ram Bagh of illegal encroachments ident, of the depot union, demanded the stopping of the process initiated for the recruitment of new staff. They laid stress on reinstatement of the staff removed from their jobs. The leaders batted for ‘equal work, equal pay’ and demanded regularisation of all employees working on a contract basis. The protesting employees raised slogans against the indifferent attitude of the state government towards their genuine demands. Amritsar, May 10 Now that the government’s drive to free the panchayat lands from illegal encroachments is meeting with some success in rural areas, it has given hopes that a similar exercise would be undertaken in the city and perhaps the historical Ram Bagh, which would also be freed from all illegal occupants. More than half of the area of the 84-acre garden, which once used to be the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is under the illegal occupation of the three private clubs. The clubs have also constructed large tennis courts, lawn tennis courts apart from the spacious catering and banquet areas. As per an agreement reached between the Municipal Corporation and Archaeological Survey of India, the three clubs were to be shifted from the bagh premises. The clubs initially meant for the recreation of British officers before Independence have continued to operate illegally till date. Advocate Kuljeet Singh Malawali, patron, Maharaja Continued on page 2 Illegal encroachments at the historical Company Bagh. Amritsar, May 10 Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu on Tuesday launched five sewerage suction-cum-jetting machines and two suctioncum-jetting machines and one truck-mounted super sucker machine under the Smart City project. Rintu claimed that the city has found solutions to sewerage system problems as new ultramodern machines will improve the system of the city. The sewerage suction Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 10 To incorporate suggestions of two major stakeholders — entrepreneurs and people — Finance Minister Harpal Cheema interacted with traders and industrialists, belonging to the holy city and Tarn Taran, here on Tuesday. He asked people to send their suggestions in writing at the portal punjab.gov.in or email@example.com issued by the Punjab Government. Besides, they can also submit their suggestions to the MLA of their constituency or Deputy Commissioner. In addition, ministers were also undertaking tours across the state to seek suggestions of people so that a pro-people Budget could be prepared through first-hand contact. Cheema said the government was of the view that CONTACT HERE ■ Residents can send their suggestions in writing at the portal punjab.gov.in or firstname.lastname@example.org issued by the Punjab Government. ■ Besides, they can also submit their suggestions to the MLA of their constituency or Deputy Commissioner. development of the state was not possible without promoting industry and trade. So, CM Bhagwant Mann wanted to give impetus to industries to get the economy back on track. Piara Lal Seth, president, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM), said previous industrial policies failed in the past due to insufficient fund allocation. This was the reason that Invest Punjab did not elicit desired results. Continued on page 2 previous governments have failed take any ❝All against private elite clubs. We hopetothat now the action bagh will be freed of illegal encroachments and common man will have access to all areas of the bagh. Kuljeet Singh Malawali, PATRON, MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH VIRASAT MANCH ❞ Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu inaugurates the new sanitation machines under the Smart City project in Amritsar on Tuesday. machines with a capacity of 8,000 ltrs, jetting machines with a capacity of 4,000 ltrs and the truck-laden machine have been procured at a cost of about ~4 crore. “With these sewerage cleaning machines, the complaints related to the sewerage blockage in the city will be dealt with promptly and effectively, said the Mayor. On the occasion, Mayor Karamjit Singh said the apex court has imposed a ban on manual scavenging, which is making it difficult to settle the grievances related to the sewerage system. The Amritsar Municipal Corporation has taken the initiative to deploy modern machines worth crores of rupees for the Continued on page 2 Entrepreneurs’ suggestions Work on canal-based 24x7 water sought for drafting Budget project going on at a snail’s pace PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Finance Minister Harpal Cheema (centre) and other MLAs talk to industrialists in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 10 Even two years after inauguration, there is not much development in the surface-based 24x7 water supply projects. The ongoing construction of the water treatment plant is also going on at a snail’s pace and is expected to complete after a long delay. The authorities concerned claim that there was no scarcity of funds, but the works proposed to complete in the first phase started with delay due to formalities and NOCs. As per the proposal, the construction of the water treatment plant and distribution lines would be installed in the first phase. These distribution lines would be connected with the existing overhead water tanks and tubewell points. Then, the further door to door connectivity lines would be installed in the second phase. Mahesh Khanna, chairman, subcommittee on water and sewerage of MC, said: “I have written several letters to Secretary, Local Bodies, to deploy a project officer in the city. Everything is between the private construction company and the government THE PROPOSAL ■ As per the proposal, 24x7 surface water supply would be provided in the city to help get clean and safe drinking water in the holy city, while it would reduce dependence on underground water which had been leading to the degradation of the environment in the area. ■ The canal-based water project had been the long-pending demand of residents as the city has been facing a serious water crisis for the past few decades. ■ Moreover, water depletion and groundwater contamination has made it tough for the civic body to meet the routine potable water demand from the residents. ■ The Municipal Corporation spends a good amount on sinking tube wells every year. and both are in Chandigarh. We are paying for this project, but can’t monitor its development. The project started with a delay and there is still nothing visible on the ground even after two years. It should be a time-bound project and tender authority should be in Amritsar to keep a close eye on the project.” Satinder Kumar, Superintending Engineer, Operation and Maintenance of MC, said: “The construction of the Water Treatment Plant at Vallah is going on. The surveys have been conducted. There is delay in implementation, but it is not due to funding. It is a World Bank project and Continued on page 2
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