18062022-ATR-01.qxd 17-06-2022 23:45 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PRE-MONSOON SHOWERS DELIGHT RESIDENTS, FARMERS Dip in temperature brought respite from scorching heat & transplantation process also became easier for farmers. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF PLACEMENT DRIVE: 40 OFFERED JOBS Amritsar: Private companies from diverse sectors offered jobs to 40 youngsters during a placement camp organised by the District Employment and Business Bureau here on Friday. As many as 149 candidates appeared in the camp, of which 82 were shortlisted. Eventually 40 candidates were selected on the spot. The camp was jointly inaugurated by Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, MLA North, and Jasbir Singh Sandhu, MLA West. Vikramjit, Deputy Director of the Employment Bureau, said ICICI Bank, SBI Insurance, Amandeep Hospital, Simba Quartz, NIIT and other companies came to hire qualified youth. He said one placement camp is organised every week by the Employment Bureau, in which the candidates are selected as per their qualifications. TNS TWO ARRESTED WITH STOLEN BIKE Tarn Taran: Jhabal police arrested two persons with a stolen motorcycle on Thursday from near Panjwar Kalan village. The accused were arrested by the police party led by ASI Sukhwinder Singh. They had installed a naka near Panjwar Kalan village. The accused have been identified as Ranjit Singh and Vishal Singh of Panjwar Kalan village. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. OC MAN, FATHER-IN-LAW BOOKED FOR DOWRY Tarn Taran: Charanjit Kaur (21), of Goindwal Sahib, lodged a complaint against her husband and father-inlaw for torturing her for dowry. The victim got married to Jujbir Singh, a resident of Amritsar, in January 2020. Charanjit in her complaint to the SSP, Tarn Taran, alleged that her husband Jujbir Singh and farther-in-law Harbhajan Singh started torturing her for dowry and threw her out of the house on March 19, 2021. The accused were booked under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC by the Goindwal Sahib police on Thursday. They are at large, the police said. OC PAGE 2 RANBIR AND ALIA BHATT TURN PRODUCERS WITH BRAHMASTRA PAGE 3 SUDHA CHANDRAN TURNS ANCHOR FOR CRIME ALERT Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have hopped on board as co-producers for Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra. MAX 31°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:37 PM The actor and dancer is seen in an all-new avatar. She is the anchor of Crime Alert, a show on Dangal TV. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:25 AM SATURDAY | 18 JUNE 2022 | AMRITSAR Cong’s half-an-hour protest chokes GT Road ‘Mini-sacred forests’ at CKD institutes Were protesting Modi government’s ‘ill-conceived policies’ | Commuters left high and dry Amritsar, June 17 soon Charanjit Singh Teja << Commuters Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 17 On the call given by the local unit of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, party workers organised a protest against the Union Government for its alleged ill-conceived policies, at Putlighar Chowk, here on Friday. The demonstrators led by District Congress Committee (Urban) president Ashwani Kumar Pappu raised slogans against the Modi government. Less than 100 Congress leaders and activists demonstrated for half an hour, but it choked the GT Road for around one and a half hours. Thousands of commuters were a harried lot as they got stuck and criticised the demonstrators. Ironically, the protesters blocked the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) lanes, which disrupted the frequency of Metro buses were a harried lot as the BRTS lanes were blocked leading to huge traffic snarls on GT Road during a protest (right) by Congress workers in Amritsar on Friday. SUNIL KUMAR RESIDENTSPEAK with the doctor A handful of ❝I had an appointmentprotest, I failed toand wasit supposed to reach by ❝Congress haspeople block any intersection whenever it suits them. If 11.50 am, but due to the make on time. There should the some issue with the government, then why are they be some dedicated space for demonstration, especially for political harassing the common public? The administration should provide them parties. Who gives them the right to close roads meant for common a space, where traffic is not affected. The police should book leaders for people for their own political interests? Sarabjeet Singh, A RESIDENT OF URBAN ESTATE choking roads and causing traffic jams. Kuljeet Singh, ANOTHER COMMUTER ❞ hence causing grave inconvenience to passengers. Long queues of vehicles were witnessed on GT Road. Commuters took half an hour to cross the Putlighar Chowk. Cops were seen trying to manage traffic, but ❞ failed as no alternative routes were suggested prior to the protest. Sarabjeet Singh, a resident of Urban Estate, said: “I had an appointment with the doctor and was supposed to reach by 11.50 am, but due to the demonstration, I failed to make it on time. There should be some dedicated space for demonstration, especially for political parties. Who gives them the right to close roads meant for common people for their own political interests?” Kuljeet Singh, another commuter, said: “A handful of people block any intersection whenever it suits them. If the Congress has some issue with the Modi government’s policies, then why are they harassing the common public? The administration should provide them a space, where traffic is not affected. The police should book leaders for choking roads and causing traffic jams.” Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) has decided to set up “Guru Nanak Sacred Forest” at all its educational and other institutions. At a meeting, the decision was taken to raise mini-forests (dedicated green spaces) that will have a variety of native trees, oxygenrich plants and plants with medicinal value. The concept of scared forest was initiated while celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak and to preserve region’s plant biodiversity. CKD office-bearers have also asked the managements to make special arrangements for rainwater harvesting in schools/colleges. These measures have been taken as damage control exercises for the environment due to falling water levels. CKD chief Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjer said the decision was taken to actively engage members as well as students in restoration of the green wealth and connect them with environment. — TNS 15 yrs on, residents await basic amenities MC poll: Delimitation survey ❝We are facing harassment as localities Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 17 Even after 15 years, residents of two localities — Roseland and Swiss City — situated on the Mahal Bypass in the city, are a harried lot. Reason: They are still waiting to get basic amenities despite the developer giving it in writing that the Amritsar Development Authority (ADA) could forfeit the guarantee amount in case it was unable to carry out the development. Occupants of about 25 houses situated in these colonies find themselves in lurch. They are crying for attention of the authorities. Anguished with the ADA for not providing them civic amenities in their areas, they said their routine life was affected due to the absence of regular water supply, street lights, proper roads and other amenities. They said the onus falls on the government to develop these two colonies situated next to each other as the developer had given it in writing that they were not in a under-construction are being denied power connections by the PSPCL as NOC was being denied. Most of the street lights are lying defunct and over the years, in the absence of repair work, almost all internal roads have developed potholes. Jasbir Singh, A RESIDENT position to carry out development works and the authorities could use their guarantee for development in these colonies. Besides, the licence of the developer lapsed in 2012 and was never renewed since then. After confirming the compliance of PUDA norms, the ADA had approved these localities in 2006 and 2007. Yet the development works in these colonies are incomplete so far. Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Swiss City locality staying here for the last 7-8 years, said inhabitants of these localities were suffering because nei- ❞ ther the ADA nor the MC were coming forward to complete the half-finished works. Residents are facing difficulties despite procuring plots in approved colonies and building houses with approved plans. The trauma of not getting amenities despite investing their hard-earned lifesaving was extremely damaging. Lovejit Kalsi, Additional Chief Administrator of ADA, said as per the records available with the department, Roseland was handed over to the MC in 2016 and Swiss City in 2019. The MC Commissioner had recommended registration of an FIR against the developer of the Swiss City to the Police Commissioner, which was further earmarked to Kamboh police. Investigating Officer ASI Ravinder Singh said the investigation was underway. Skattar Singh said he raised a dwelling over 200 square yard of land in Swiss City, but could not shift due to denial of regular connection by the PSPCL. PSPCL officials said the coloniser did not secure the NOC from their department so they cannot issue any power connection to these two localities. Dr Vinay Sukhija said over nine years ago, when his family shifted here, the development was in full swing and it was a matter of months for it to complete. He said now, the promised boundary wall around the locality was lying broken at many places. Consequently, addicts and thieves enter residential areas and the number of theft cases has shot up as well. Jasbir Singh, another Continued on page 2 on, board meeting on June 21 Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 17 The Municipal Corporation (MC) had constituted 10 teams and deployed 300 employees to conduct survey for the delimitation of wards in the city, which is expected to get over by June 21. Total 7,000 blocks have been constituted for the new demarcation of wards for the MC elections. MC Joint Commissioner Hardeep Singh constituted 10 teams under five Assistant Town Planners and five Municipal Corporation superintendents. These teams are expected to complete the work by June 21. According to the information, a meeting of delimitation board constituted by the Department of Local Government has been scheduled for June 21. The door-to-door survey started on Tuesday. There were around 70 employees of the MC, who didn’t join duty of the survey on Day 1. The Now, a docuseries on Guru Nanak’s travels in Punjabi ❝ Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 17 The Punjabi version of the docuseries on Guru Nanak Dev’s spiritual travels, across the distant lands of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Tibet, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, was launched at Khalsa College for Women here on Friday. The series has been produced and documented by Singapore-based Sikh couple Amardeep Singh and Vininder Kaur, who had previously compiled a book documenting the same. The docuseries was first released in English and now the Punjabi version has been launched. The English version was titled ‘An Allegory — A Tapestry of Guru Nanak’s Travels’, while the Punjabi docuseries has been named ‘Sainat-Guru Nanak Dey Paindeyan Di Roohani Chaap’ . PAGE 4 In a world that is so fragile and volatile, there has never been a better time to understand why Guru Nanak travelled for 22 years to share his experiential wisdom and propagate the oneness of humanity. Over 260 verses of Guru Nanak have been included, which are sung in traditional ragas (musical measure) by Muslim, Hindu and Sikh musicians, that are the foundation of this docuseries. Amardeep Singh, PRODUCER OF THE DOCU-SERIES ❞ << A session in progress with Amardeep on his docuseries at GNDU. “It chronicles the vast expanse of multi-faith sites visited by Guru Nanak for spiritual dialogues. The series is available on the website thegurunanak.com for free viewing. Anyone who is curious to know how Guru Nanak took this fascinating journey across vast lands and how his life was influenced by his experience can get access to the docuseries,” said Amardeep Singh. He said the English version of this docuseries was released in September 2021 and is also freely available on the website. In total, there are 24-episodes. The series is a joint production of Lost Heritage Productions, a Singapore-based production house and Sikh Lens Productions, a US-based nonprofit organisation. The couple filmed the tele-series in over 150 multi-faith sites in nine countries, where Guru Nanak had travelled in the 15th century during a 22year-long spiritual quest. Talking to Dr Inderjit Singh Gagoani, a noted Sikh histo- rian, during their interviews as part of the event, Amardeep and Vininder said the narratives of 14 saints from across the sub-continent, contemporaries and predecessors of Guru Nanak, whose verses are enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib have been presented in the docuseries. Amardeep said: “We travelled from the deserts of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to Mount Kailash in Tibet, explored remote regions of perilous Afghanistan, experienced the c m y b scorching heat in Iraq, scaled the arid Baluchi mountains in Pakistan and sailed across the waters of the Indian Ocean to disembark in Sri Lanka. Not only this, we also blended with the Persian culture in Iran, crossed the delta region of Bangladesh and mapped all four directions in India. Every moment in Guru Nanak’s footsteps was philosophically liberating. It encouraged us to challenge our own conditioning, unlearn, relearn and assimilate the beauty of unity in diversity. We are seeking community support for this non-commercial endeavour to also produce the Hindi, Shahmukhi and Urdu versions of the docuseries. We would love to collaborate with like-minded people to spread the message of positivity and harmony across the globe.” Gunbir Singh, member of Khalsa College Governing Council, said the documentary is the analytical study of the oldest ‘Janamsakhis’ (biographies of Guru Nanak) and supported by the allegorical messages in Guru Nanak’s verses. The team, he said, spent over three years in research and filming all multi-faith sites in the geographies visited by Guru Nanak. Thereafter, it took over two years to edit the data to create the 24-episode docuseries. Later, in the evening, Amardeep Singha also participated in a special session at Continued on page 2 MC employees work on delimitation of wards in Amritsar. MC Joint Commissioner took strict notice of such absentee employees. Assistant Town Planner (ATP) Varinder Mohan is conducting survey in 835 blocks along with 36 employees. ATP Parminderjeet Singh will conduct survey in 776 blocks with the help of 33 MC employees. The survey is being conducted in 1,300 blocks by ATP Parmjit Dutta and 56 employees. ATP Kulwant Singh is conducting survey in 367 blocks with 16 employees. ATP Sanjeev Devgan with 24 employees has been appointed for 581 blocks. Superintendent Pradeep Rajput and 29 employees are conducting survey in 680 blocks. Superintendent Davinder Babbar and 25 employees have been assigned for 590 blocks. Superintendent Gurpreet Singh Bhatia and 10 employees are working in 230 blocks. Superintendent Jaswinder Singh is conducting survey in 1,085 blocks with 47 employees. Roadways workers conduct gate rally in Tarn Taran, Patti Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, June 17 The contractual workers of the local roadways depot, under the banner of Punjab Roadways, Punbus / PRTC Contractual Workers’ Union, held a gate rally regarding their demands here on Friday. Satnam Singh Tur, depot president, and other leaders of the organisation stressed on the need to implement ‘equal work equal pay’ formula and regularise contractual employees in Punbus and PRTC. The leaders also stressed to fill up vacant posts of Punjab Roadways on a regular basis and to reinstate their blacklisted employees. They said it was a matter of grave concern that they were not being paid on time. The leaders stressed to chalk out policies to make roadways a profitable institution. The workers held a gate rally in Patti too. They warned that in case their demands were not met, the organisation would block the bus stand on June 21 for two hours.
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