15062022-ATR-01.qxd 6/14/2022 11:20 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER TO INDIA TALKS WITH GNDU STUDENTS PAGE 2 A delegation led by Alexender Ellis, British High Commissioner to India, visited Guru Nanak Dev University. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF FIRING AT KHAKH VILLAGE, 6 BOOKED Tarn Taran: Situation remained tense in Khakh village here on Monday night, when some armed men opened fire at the house of Dilsher Singh. No causality has been reported. Dilsher and Jugraj Singh of the same village engaged in a verbal spat at a swimming pool in the nearby township of Jandiala Guru. Jugraj along with his friend Hamesh Singh and four other unidentified armed men opened fire at Dilsher’s house. The bike-borne accused slipped from the vehicle and fled the spot leaving behind the bike. The Verowal police recovered two empty rounds and one live cartridge from the spot. A case under Sections 336, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC and 24, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered. OC ANOTHER AWARD FOR DR GROVER Amritsar: Rashtrapati Awardee and distinguished philanthropist Dr Swaraj Grover was felicitated with Super Mother India Award for her social welfare works at national and international levels by Youth Group Publications, Om Shakti Peeth, Shri Mahadev Sansthan and Akhil Bharatiya Kala Sahitya Sanskriti Akademi. Grover, who has been part of many NGOs and supported several humanitarian initiatives across China, Demark, US, Mauritius, South America, Australia and Sri Lanka, has been decorated with various honours. Since 1968, Grover aided in resettlement of over 6,000 broken/disputed families, ran campaigns against domestic violence and carried out rehabilitation drives and ran campaigns against drug addiction, stopped child marriages and spread environmental awareness. TNS GURBALIHAAR IS MAX LITTLE ICON Amritsar: Gurbalihaar from Amritsar was declared the winner under the nine to 12 years category of a singing competition during the grand finale of the 10th edition of Max Little Icon-2022 at Nexus Mall here. Aadhira and Aarin won under the three to five years and six to eight years categories, respectively. In the fancy dress competition, Riyom, Pihu and Arshiya were declared the winners in the three to five years, six to eight and nine to 12 years categories respectively. While, in drawing competition, Laghima, Samaira and Mehul got the top prizes in three to five years, six to eight and nine to 12 years categories respectively. The event saw over 15,000 contestants. TNS BIRTH ANNIV OF BHAGAT KABIR Amritsar: The SGPC celebrated the birth anniversary of Bhagat Kabir with devotion and respect. After the bhog (concluding ceremony) of Akhand Path held in this regard at Gurdwara Manji Sahib Diwan Hall in the Golden Temple complex, hazuri raagi jathas connected the gathering with Gurbani Kirtan and the ardas (prayer) was offered by Bhai Salwinder Singh. Sharing his views, kathawachak (narrator) Bhai Harmittar Singh apprised the sangat about the life of Bhagat Kabir and encouraged them to follow his teachings. TNS RHEA SHARES UNSEEN PICS OF SSR ON HIS DEATH ANNIVERSARY PAGE 3 Rhea Chakraborty took to social media on June 14 & dropped a few unseen photos with Sushant Singh Rajput. MAX 42°C | MIN 30°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C | MIN 29°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:37 PM SHAKTI ARORA RETURNS TO TELEVISION AFTER THREE YEARS Post the five-year leap in Kundali Bhagya, we will see introduction of a strong character with shades of grey. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:25 AM Paddy transplantation begins on slow note, labour cost up Erratic power supply & labour shortage discourage farmers WEDNESDAY | 15 JUNE 2022 | AMRITSAR Accused stole his uncle’s weapon for murder of NRI PK Jaiswar Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 14 The prime accused in the Dubai-based NRI murder case, Arshdeep Singh, the alleged paramour of the victim’s wife, had stolen the licensed weapon of his uncle from his wardrobe and kept it there after committing the crime. This came to light during the interrogation of Arshdeep Singh, who along with his accomplice Varinder Singh was being quizzed by the police. The police have recovered the weapon and the bike used in the crime. Both were present on the spot during police investigations and were helping the family members. A police official wishing not to be named said the police got suspicious of deceased NRI Harinder Singh’s wife as her behaviour was not normal for a woman who lost her husband. Her call details report pointed out that she was regularly conversing with someone on a mobile number which stopped after her husband returned from Dubai. When investigated it turned out that calls were being made to Arshdeep Singh, who lives in front of her house. Arshdeep struck a deal for Harinder’s murder with Varinder Singh for ~2,70,000 and gave just ~3,000 in advance. Harinder came to know about the illicit relations Amritsar, June 14 Owing to the lack of sufficient labour and erratic power supply, farmers in the district did not show much enthusiasm for starting paddy transplantation from Tuesday even though they were officially allowed for the same from today. The farmers stated that they were still waiting for the things to streamline before they start paddy transplantation. The farmers in the district were allowed to start transplantation from June 14. Earlier last month when the state government had announced different dates for starting transplantation in different zones of the state, farmer organisations had opposed the decision and asked the government to allow early transplantation. Now as the farmers are yet to start transplantation, they listed two reasons for the delay — shortage of power and shortage of labour. The farmers in rural areas stated that local labour is still bargaining over the price. They further added that the promised eight-hour power supply for tubewells was yet to become a reality. The paddy transplantation is expected to pick up pace after the labour and power supply issues are resolved. The farm- PAGE 4 The farmers in the district were allowed to start transplantation from June 14. TRIBUNE PHOTO As per the estimates of the Agriculture Department, paddy would be cultivated on an area of approximately 1.80 lakh hectares in the district. Of this, around 5,000 hectares have already come under DSR technique Call details, CCTV cameras helped police reach perpetrators Dubai-based NRI Harinder Singh was shot dead by armed assailants on Sunday. FILE of his wife and he was keeping an eye on her movements. The police said she had been in relationship with Arshdeep for over the last one year. The police analysed CCTV cameras in the locality to find clues about the suspects. Deputy Commissioner of Police Parminder Singh Bhandal refused to share the investigations, but confirmed that the killer used his uncle’s licensed weapon in the crime. His uncle did not know about this. It came to light during the interrogation of the accused. They stole a mobile phone and a purse of the victim to give it a shape of robbery. Doctor gets extortion call, case registered Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 14 A week after an ex-serviceman got an extortion call from an unidentified person, a doctor has now received an extortion call. The complainant, identified as Dr Love Kumar, works in a private hospital here. He originally hails from Jammu and Kashmir. He has lodged a complaint with the Civil Lines police station that has registered a case under Section 384 of the IPC against the unidentified person. Amolakdeep Singh, SHO, Civil Lines police station, said the matter was being investigated. The unidentified caller demanded ~2 lakh from the doctor though no death threat was given to him. He said they were taking help of the cybercrime wing to trace the number from where he received the extortion call. On June 7, an ex-serviceman, identified as Harjit Singh, had approached the local police claiming that he got threat calls from a person who identified himself as an aide of notorious gangster Lawrence Bishnoi. Harjit runs a furniture showroom in Chheharta area. He told the police that the accused forwarded a video of loading of bullets in a pistol magazine while threatening him of dire consequences. He alleged he threatened to kill him or harm his family. Harjit said he got calls from different numbers on WhatsApp and the caller threatened to kill him. ers stated that labour cost this season is expected to go higher. In many areas adjoining the city, where local labour is already engaged in industrial units, farmers had paid up to ~4,500-5,000 per acre. In remote areas, the agreed per acre transplantation charges ranged from ~2,500 to ~3,500 per acre last year. “The transplantation would begin only after the promised eight-hour power supply is started. It was the first day of paddy transplantation today and the adequate supply was not available,” said Sukhdev Singh, a farmer from Attari. As per the estimates of the Agriculture Department, paddy would be cultivated on an area of approximately 1.80 lakh hectares in the district. Of this, around 5,000 hectares have already come under the DSR technique. The sharp fall in the availability of migrant labour from UP and Bihar over the last few years has forced farmers to adopt newer and alternate techniques such as direct seeding of rice (DSR) and mechanical transplantation, still 95 per cent of the total area under paddy is sown using traditional manual transplantation technique. One more held in grocer murder case Extortion racket busted in city, three arrested Facing flak over rising crime, police launch spl drive to check offenders Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 14 The city police have arrested Dharminder Singh of East Mohan Nagar area in connection with the murder of grocer Gurpreet Singh Raja on 100 foot road here. This was the second arrest after prime accused Charandeep Singh, alias Babba, of Azad Nagar area. The police had earlier seized the weapon used in the crime. A property dispute was stated to be the reason behind the murder. Following the incident, the police had booked eight persons, including two brothers of the deceased. Besides Babba, the police also booked his two brothers Rimpy and Happy, all residents of Azad Nagar area, Dharminder Singh Bhollu, a Nihang Sikh, identified as Nona, and three unidentified persons on charges of murder, attempt to murder and under the Arms Act following the statement of the victim’s wife Rajbir Kaur. The police also recovered the pistol used in the crime. The police had placed six cops, including SHO Lovedeep Singh, under suspension following the broad daylight incident which brought widespread criticism for the Punjab police. Rajbir Kaur told the police that her husband Gurpartap Singh Raja had rented his shop situated in the main bazaar in Azad Nagar to Gurnam Singh Pithi Wala. He was fitting iron grills for installing ice candy outside the shop when the accused came on the spot and objected to this. A verbal argument followed which turned ugly when Rimpy handed over a pistol to Babba asking him to kill Raja for settling the issue permanently. Harsandeep Singh, SHO, Division B police station, said raids were on to nab the absconding culprits. Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 14 Busting an extortion racket, the city police have arrested three persons and nominated a youth from Cyprus. They had demanded extortion money from a jeweller in Vallah on his WhatsApp call on May 18. Those arrested have been identified as Simple Sharma, aka Golu, of Khemkaran, Jatinder Singh, alias Goldy, of Kot Atma Ram and Janak Lal of Ghanupur, Chheharta. They were currently lodged in Amritsar Central Jail from where they were brought on production warrant. The Cyprus youth, who was also booked under Sections 387 and 506 of the IPC, was identified as Sanjiv Kumar. He originally hails from Khemkaran. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhimanyu Rana said Harbhajan Singh lodged a complaint continued on page 2 Amritsar, June 14 Facing flak over the recent spurt in crime, the city police on Tuesday organised a special drive to check suspicious elements. Police teams headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Parminder Singh Bhandal and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhimanyu Rana supervised checkpoints and briefed the police teams about the drive. The police teams emphasised on offenders travelling in car with some kind of weapons, Bullet bikes and indulging in ‘Bullet pataka’ (creating bursting sound) and vehicles without numbers and documents. The drive commenced around 6 pm which would continue till late in the evening. Till the filing of the report, the police had impounded around 35 bikes without registration plates and documents. DCP Parminder Bhandal along with ADCP Abhimanyu Rana check vehicles during a special drive. “The police called the parents of the youths who were travelling in cars having kind of weapons like baseballs or sharp-edged weapons,” informed DCP Bhandal. The noose was also tightened around the vehicles with tainted glasses. The offenders were challaned and warned of heavy penalties in case of repeated violations. Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh said the drive was continued on page 2 Dry fruit importers hail move to resume flights from Afghanistan Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 14 The Taliban Government’s announcement to resume flights with India was welcomed by citybased dry fruit importers. The holy city has been trading with Afghanistan for centuries. Even after being taken over by the Taliban, there is no hitch in getting import from Afghanistan as the city traders are getting supplies of fresh fruits and medicinal plants from Afghanistan. Welcoming the announcement of resumption of flights by Ariana airline, BK Bajaj, president of the Indo Foreign Chamber of Commerce, said the move would boost the bilateral trade between the two countries. He said at present fresh fruits like sharda (a kind of melon), pomegranate, apple and grapes were being imported through the Integrated Check Post (ICP). He said local importers of the Afghanistan dry fruit were concerned about the Indian Government’s denial of importing materi- c m y b als fumigated with aluminium phosphide. He said developed countries also permit its usage. The Indian Government, he said, insisted that methyl bromide should be used instead. However, it is not allowed in Afghanistan. Local importers continue to face trouble in banking transactions with their counterparts in Afghanistan as the banking system continues to remain in limbo there. Anil Mehra, a dry fruit importer, said the resumption of flights between Amritsar and Kabul should also be taken up. He recalled that there used to be a flight between the two cities years ago. It would be a win-win situation for both the countries. The holy city is a hub of medicines for which Afghans are totally dependent on other countries. Here they can easily get a supply of medicines and supply their fresh fruit and dry fruit here. For example, qualities of fresh fruit like sharda and grapes deteriorate due to the blistering heat and long transit period by road.
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