17062022-ATR-01.qxd 6/17/2022 12:06 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE AWE-INSPIRING STORIES OF REAL-LIFE HEROES IN OUR LIVES PAGE 2 They may not express their feelings openly, but can go the extra mile when it comes to helping out their children. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF DELHI-ASR-KATRA EXPRESS HIGHWAY Amritsar: After the completion of review of the report of a probe into alleged wrongdoing in awarding land acquisition amount for the Delhi-AmritsarKatra express Highway will be tabled soon, it is anticipated that the report, which was prepared by ADC (General), would bring out the discrepancies, if any, in the process of awarding acquisition amount. At present, the review report, consisting of seven files, was undergoing. Deputy Commissioner Harpreet Singh Sudan had already assured a delegation of farmers that the final report would be out soon and the relevant action would be taken as per the law. TNS FILL VACANT POSTS OF PATWARIS: ASSN Tarn Taran: A delegation of the coordination committee of the Revenue Patwari Union and the Revenue Kanungo Association presented a memorandum of demands to Deputy Commissioner Monish Kumar to be further submitted to the Punjab Chief Minister on Thursday. They appealed to the state government to fulfil their demands without delay. They warned that in case their demands were not met till June 19, they would go to the Lok Sabha bypoll-bound Sangrur constituency to lodge their protest on June 20. Sukhpreet Singh Pannu, state leader of the union, said besides other demands of patwaris and the Kanungos had been stressing to initiate police and Vigilance Bureau (VB) proceedings only after conducting departmental investigation according to the orders of the Home Department, Punjab. The other demands included the removal of anomalies in the pay scales, filling the vacant posts of patwaris, etc. OC TWO-WEEK DAIRY TRAINING COURSE Amritsar: The District Dairy Development Department has announced to organise a twoweek dairy training course from June 20. Deputy Director, Dairy, Waryam Singh said candidates within the age group of 18 years to 50 years can apply for the course. The candidates should have passed Class five. Singh said on completion of the course the candidates would be eligible for bank financial assistance for setting up a dairy shed from two to 20 animals. The candidates from general category would get a subsidy of 25 per cent on the load. The subsidy amount for scheduled caste candidates is 33 per cent. TNS BUY OTHERS CROPS ON MSP TOO: SKM Amritsar: Demanding canal irrigation water and purchase of different crops at MSP, the farmers under the banner of SKM staged a protest outside the office of Ajnala SDM here on Thursday. The farmers also submitted a memorandum with the SDM office. Farmer leaders Dr Satnam Singh Ajnala of Jamhoori Kisan Sabha and Jatinder Singh Chinna of Kirti Kisan Union alleged that moong has been purchased at ~7,275 per quintal. They claimed that the MSP for moong is ~7,775 per quintal but farmers were paid less. They also demanded the government to ensure purchase of other crops at MSP. TNS PAGE 3 ROYAL TOUCH: ANKUR RATHEE MARRIES ANUJA IN ENGLAND The two lovebirds, who got engaged in 2020, chose the English countryside around British Isles for their wedding. MAX 38°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 29°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:37 PM Damaged houses would be constructed within six months DIGGING CASE Tribune News Service The affected residents and the owner with the agreement in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO ❝There are five houses which will be reconstructed. I will reconstruct the same number of rooms, kitchens and washrooms which are in the existing houses. Other houses would be repaired. I will try to complete the houses before the stipulated time. Vijay Sharma, UNDER-CONSTRUCTION HOTEL’S OWNER ❞ made to keep a record of the existing accommodation. “There are five houses which would be reconstructed. I will reconstruct the same number of rooms, kitchens, and washrooms which are in the existing houses. Other houses would be repaired. I will try to complete the hous- es before the stipulated time,” said Vijay Sharma, owner of the under-construction hotel. Vishal Devraj, one of the committee members, said, “On behalf of the area MLA, we intervened in the matter and resolved it. It is the first time in history when someone, who suffered damage, Canal water not available for paddy, farmers annoyed gurbaxpuri Tarn Taran, June 16 Though paddy transplantation is in full swing in the district, the non-availability of canal water for paddy fields has become a cause for concern for farmers. The problem seems to persist for many days hence. Paddy sowing was started in the district, falling in Majha sector, from June 14. In the district, Kasur Branch Lower (KBL) canal is the lifeline of farmers of more than 100 villages. It fulfils the irrigation purpose from Pakhoke to Khemkaran village, a stretch of 100 km. The cleaning and de-silting of KBL canal and the other distribution system of canal water is at full blast. According to the Irrigation Department, cleaning work cannot be completed in the next 10 days and till that there is no possibility of releasing water into the KBL. Pargat Singh Jamarai of Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Satnam Singh Manochahal of the Kisan Majdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, Harjit Singh Ravi, Devinder Sohal, Arsal Singh Sandhu and Surjit Singh Bhura, leaders of different farmer organisations, said here on Thursday that they had approached The cleaning and de-silting of KBL canal being done. PHOTO BY WRITER KBL LIFELINE OF FARMERS OF OVER 100 VILLAGES In the district, Kasur Branch Lower (KBL) canal is the lifeline of farmers of more than 100 villages. It fulfils the irrigation purpose from Pakhoke to Khemkaran village, a stretch of 100 km. officials of the department many times to clean the distribution system before the start of the paddy sowing season in the last two months, but all requests fell on deaf ears. As a result, a critical situation has arisen. The farmer leaders said due to the negligence of the department thousands of farmers of around 100 villages, mostly dependent on the KBL distribution system, were facing hardships due to non-availability of canal water. They said as the work of cleaning the distribution system was going on at a snail’s pace, there was no possibility of water to be released into the canal in the next few days and it would cause a heavy loss to farmers of the area. Rashminder Singh, SDO of the department, said water would reach the fields just after one day as the repair work was going to be completed on Thursday (today). The leaders said power supply too was not satisfactory in the area as farmers were given just four-hour power supply against the promised eight hours. The farmer leaders were in no mood to believe the SDO’s claim. Uncertainty looms over patients Amritsar, June 16 As many private hospitals rue that their dues have not been cleared by the government and are denying admissions under the scheme, uncertainty looms over patients who are unable to decide if they should avail benefits of free treatment under the Ayushman BharatSarbat Sehat Bima Yojana (AB-SSBY). The beneficiaries of the health insurance scheme for the poor are a harried lot for the past many months, as the flagship programme of the Centre had hit the rocks. The state government, apart from the eligibility criteria announced by Dues under AB-SSBY yet to be cleared by govt the Centre, too had extended the benefits to many other categories. Private hospitals had earlier announced to boycott all services and admissions under the scheme in May. However, later started treatment of the card holders. IMA Amritsar Chapter president Dr RS Sethi said: “We had given a representation to three MLAs. They promised that the matter will be resolved soon.” — TNS c m y b got compensation. Both the parties signed the agreement. The construction work would be started soon and completed within six months. The owner of the hotel would also pay ~15,000 per month as rent to the affected residents. The residents would vacate the houses within one or two days and get the rented accommodations. The rent would be paid by Vijay Sharma. The committee members Aman Sharma, Sukhraj Singh and Ajay Sareen were also present on the occasion. PAGE 4 Zee TV’s fiction show, Meet, presents the story of Meet Hooda, who mirrors several women across the nation. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:25 AM Finally, affected residents, hotel owner sign agreement Amritsar, June 16 The affected residents (in digging case) and the under-construction hotel proprietor have entered into an agreement wherein hotel owner Vijay Sharma has agreed to reconstruct their damaged houses, which was allegedly the result of over-digging of his hotel site located adjacent to their houses in Guru Nanak Colony here on Wednesday. The area MLA, Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, had constituted a committee to sort out the matter. The committee members had intervened in the matter and arranged several meetings between residents of the affected houses and the hotel owner. There were some terms and conditions, which were being objected to by the affected residents. With the efforts of the committee members the upcoming hotel owner agreed to reconstruct the houses within six months. A video of the damaged houses has been ALMOST REAL: ASHI SINGH ON SHOOTING WITH A BABY BUMP FRIDAY | 17 JUNE 2022 | AMRITSAR Agri officials encourage farmers to use DSR tech Amritsar, June 16 The District Agriculture Department organised a programme in Khalchian near here to encourage farmers to adopt direct seeding of rice (DSR) technique and to provide technical know-how to them in this regard. Agriculture Extension Officer Satwant Kaur said farmers in Khalchian village have shown a great interest in sowing rice using DSR technique. She said 260 acre of land in the area was sown with the new water conserving technique. “With manual or mechanical transplanting, a farmer has to spend around ~6,000 to ~7,000 per acre. With DSR, a farmer hardly has to spend anything from his pocket as the state government is providing a financial aid of ~1,500 per acre,” she said. Kaur added that with DSR technique, farmers also need to keep in mind few technical issues. Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Paramjit Singh and Agriculture Officer Dr Balwinder Singh said those farmers who could not use DSR technique in their fields this year should keep a watch of the DSR fields near them so that they can know that the technique is better than manual or mechanical transplanting. — TNS A major fire broke out in a timber factory in Amritsar on Thursday. Fire in timber factory, no loss oflife reported Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 16 A fire broke out in a timber factory on Sultanwind Road here this afternoon. However, no loss of life was reported in the incident. Timber worth lakhs of rupees was destroyed in the fire. A fire tender reached the spot and doused the fire. The firemen prevented the spread of the fire. Meanwhile, a fire also broke out at the Bhagtanwala garbage dump. Owing to the scorching heat, the Bhagtanwala garbage dump often catches fire. The solid waste management compa- ny claimed that methane gas, emitted from the garbage dump, leads to fire in this hot weather. Generally, a fire tender is often parked alongside the garbage dump by the MC’s fire department. This morning the fire tender was not available. Fire officials claimed that the fire tenders were sent to other sites, where a fire broke out in residential areas. As soon as the information about the fire in the dump was received, the fire tender was sent to the dumping ground immediately and it succeeded in controlling the fire.
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