08062022-ATR-01.qxd 07-06-2022 23:45 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE EX-SERVICEMAN GETS THREAT CALLS FROM BISHNOI’S ‘AIDE’ An ex-serviceman claimed he got threat calls from a person, identifying himself as Lawrence Bishnoi’s aide. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 2 HELD FOR RAISING ANTI-INDIA SLOGANS Amritsar: Kotwali police have arrested two persons for allegedly raising slogans in favour of ‘Referendum 2020’ and against India during Operation Bluestar anniversary inside the Golden Temple anniversary on Monday. They have been identified as Manjit Singh, alias Baba, of Jhaur village in Gurdaspur and Saudagar Singh of Virk village in Ludhiana. They were booked under Section 121 (waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against government of India), 121 A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable under Section 121) of the Indian Penal Code. Sub-Inspector Paramjit Singh, in charge, Galliara police chowki, said during patrolling, when they were present outside the Akal Takht secretariat gate, they made a video, which went viral on social media. The duo was seen giving a speech and raising slogans in favour of the referendum etc. and provoking people against the country. The video was shot near the Nishan Sahib located near Akal Takht. TNS GOVT BUSES TO REMAIN OFF ROAD Amritsar: The government buses will stay off roads in protest against the state government for three days starting Wednesday, said Punjab Roadways, PunBus and PRTC Contract Workers’ Union here. After a meeting of the employees’ leaders at the roadways workshop here, union leader Jodh Singh said they had given a notice to the government around a month ago, but it failed to accept any of their demands. Jodh Singh said the protest would begin at 12 am on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. Their demands include regularisation of contractual workers, equal pay for equal work and reinstatement of the sacked employees. TNS PAGE 2 SHRIYA PILGAONKAR COMPLETES THE SHOOT OF ISHQ-E-NADAAN PAGE 3 Directed by Avishek Ghosh, Ishq-eNadaan is a heart-warming romantic drama set in the lanes of Mumbai. MAX 44°C | MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 44°C | MIN 29°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:34 PM PAGE 4 MANINEE DE’S BEDIYAN IS ON WOMEN’S HEALTH & HYGIENE Maninee De, who has done shows like Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin, is currently seen in a YouTube series Ssup Ma. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:24 AM WEDNESDAY | 8 JUNE 2022 | AMRITSAR No respite: Blistering heatwave continues unabated Saplings planted along BRTS lane in utter neglect Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 7 The intense heatwave accompanied by loo has hugely affected the general life in the city, as is evident from deserted roads and market places. A mere look at public places such as the bus stand and the railway station is enough to reveal the impact of the blistering heat on the gen44°C eral public life. With schools and colleges already closed for the summer holidays, residents are preferring to stay indoors during the day. However, there are many others such as working people, traffic cops and daily wagers who cannot afford such luxury. Another visible indictor of the heatwave are the crowded BRTS buses. The same airconditioned buses which ran with nearly half of their capacity prior to the summer season are now packed to its full capacity. While the maximum day time temperature hovers around 44° C at noon, the loo forces people to stay indoors till late in the evening. As a result, the usual hustle and bustle at market places is missing. For the time being, the only solace is that the frequency of power cuts is low and people can stay comfortably in air-conditioners and fans. However, this happiness might be short-lived as paddy transplantation begins next week and the demand PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 7 Severe heat conditions prevailing in the region, notwithstanding the absence of proper upkeep by the authorities concerned, have dried up the saplings planted along the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS). All plant saplings planted alongside the BRTS lane on the Mall Road have either wilted or dried up as authorities have not even cared to water these in sweltering heat. The green islands created near the BRTS bus stations on the main GT Road, too, have lost the green cover. At several BRTS stations, trees were recently uprooted for the construction of toilet booths for the staff. ❝ BRTS has apparently become a baggage no authority wants to carry let alone maintaining its green space. When the project was launched, beautiful trees of Plumeria (Champa) were planted at that time. Several of these have now been uprooted for the construction of toilet booths, which is beyond logic. ❞ Rajesh Arora, A SHOPKEEPER During harsh summer season, plants need to be watered every third day, while over two-year-old grown up plants need water once a week or so, said noted envi- ronmentalist Parkash Singh Bhatti. It has been learnt that the maintenance of these saplings besides planting new ones were handed over to some private contractor, who hardly bothered to maintain the same. Rajesh Arora, a shopkeeper and local resident, said: “BRTS has apparently become a baggage no authority wants to carry let alone maintaining its green space. When the project was launched, beautiful trees of Plumeria (Champa) were planted at that time. Several of these have now been uprooted for the construction of toilet booths, which is beyond logic.” Another resident Dilbagh Singh pointed out: “Green belts in the holy city have Continued on page 2 Residents cover themselves to get some respite from intense heat in Amritsar on a hot Tuesday afternoon. PHOTO:SUNIL KUMAR should cover their head with a cap or a ❝Peoplegoing out. They should wear light-coloured cloth while clothes and carry a water bottle with them. Those with medical conditions should take extra caution, especially during the day. Dr Charanjit Singh , CIVIL SURGEON ❞ for power will increase. As there are no predictions for rain next week, residents have no respite in sight from the blistering heatwave. Meanwhile, medical experts have advised residents to increase water intake and eat a healthy diet with low proteins. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said people should cover their head with a cap or a cloth while going out. He said people should wear light coloured clothes and carry a water bottle with them. He also advised those with medical conditions to take extra caution during the day. Due to lack of maintenance amid intense heat, plants along the BRTS lane have either dried up or wilted in Amritsar. SUNIL KUMAR Mountain of waste at Bhagtanwala dump catches fire, yet again Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 7 It being an extremely hot day, a fire broke out at Bhagtanwala dumping ground yet again on Tuesday. The smoke started billowing out from the garbage and enveloped nearby localities by the evening. Fire at Bhagtanwala dump is a routine affair, but on Tuesday, area residents started facing respiratory issues. The office-bearers of Sanji Sangharsh committee have asked the Punjab Pollution Control ❝Residents of nearby localities hole up inside their apartments as the smoke billowing out from the dumpyard causes severe health issues. Earlier, a fire tender of the MC used to douse the flames, but now it is not possible for it to reach the 30-feet high mountain of waste, which lies in the middle of the dumping ground. ❞ Sanjay Kural, GENERAL SECRETARY OF SANJI SANGHARSH COMMITTEE Board to keep a check on the pollution level and take action against the departments concerned. Sanjay Kural, general secretary of Sanji Sangharsh committee, said: “Residents of nearby localities hole up inside their apartments as the smoke billowing out from the dumpyard causes severe health issues. Earlier, a fire tender of the MC used to douse the flames, but now it is not possible for it to reach the 30-feet high mountain of waste, which lies in the middle of the dumping ground.” Though the MC has deployed a fire tender at the Bhagtanwala dump to douse the flames, the fire spreads out to a huge area, where even these can’t reach. Smoke billows out from the Bhagtanwala garbage dump, that caught fire yet again, in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Ram Bagh’s fountain lying defunct for last Digging case: Residents return 5 years, authorities playing musical chairs back to their damaged homes Residents criticise govt for spending ~1cr on ‘such an unsuccessful project’ Tribune News Service Say authorities neither gave any compensation, nor fulfilled their promises system in India ❝Thework without any doesn’t Charanjit Singh Teja Amritsar, June 7 City’s first musical fountain at the Company Bagh has been lying defunct for the last five years. The SAD-BJP government had spent ~1 crore on the project and it was inaugurated on March 4, 2016, by then Cabinet minister Anil Joshi. Ironically, the fountain had stopped working soon after the SAD-BJP’s term got over. Congress leaders assured to repair it, but they, too, failed to do so during their term. The Municipal Corporation (MC) had no role in the installation of the musical fountain and the development of Children’s Park in the garden, as the then minister Joshi had bypassed the MC House and funds were used through the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT). After the end of BJP’s term, Tribune News Service The musical fountain lying defunct at Company Bagh in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR AIT stopped making payment to the contractor hired for its maintenance. Morning and evening walkers and visitors criticise the government for spending ~1crore on such an unsuccessful project. The water accumulated at the base of the fountain stinks. In 2019, the MC had allocated funds to revive the functioning of the fountain, but the repair was not carried out. Last year, the MC listed the repair work in the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) grant. The city received ~19 crore for various projects under NCAP an ini, tiative of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). “I am not aware of the current status of the musical fountain, but it will be repaired under the NCAP project,” said Sandeep Singh, MC Superintending Engineer. c m y b Amritsar, June 7 Residents affected due to the unauthorised digging work at the Guru Nanak Colony locality, who had earlier vacated their houses owing to the damage caused to it, came back on Tuesday saying that neither any compensation was provided nor promises met by the authorities. Five out of nine families left their homes and took a rented accommodation on the assurance of local politicians and builder of the upcoming hotel two weeks ago. Now, all five families have returned. However, they are putting their lives at risk as major damage has been caused to their homes. “The system in India doesn’t work without any major damage or causality. If the administration is waiting for major damage or causality. If the administration is waiting for any untoward incident, we are ready to become a victim to wake them up from deep slumber. Simran Singh, ❞ AN AFFECTED RESIDENT A family returns to their house, that was damaged due to the digging work of a hotel in Amritsar on Tuesday. VISHAL KUMAR any untoward incident, we are ready to become a victim in order to wake them up from deep slumber,” said Simran Singh, a resident. Everyone from the administration and politicians assured that our houses would be rebuilt and we would get the compensation. They asked us to leave the damaged house. We left, but none kept their promises. We lost everything due the fault of the authorities and builders. Even after one month, the administration failed to fix the responsibility of someone,” Singh said. Other residents claimed that due to harsh weather conditions, they were unable to stay in rented accommodations. Continued on page 2
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).