20072022-ATR-01.qxd 7/20/2022 12:18 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 Teachers of SGPC-run educational institutions protest changes made in rules regarding their appointment. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF EIGHT MOBILES SEIZED FROM JAIL Amritsar: The Amritsar Central jail authorities have confiscated eight mobile phones along with 87 packets of cigarettes and three packets of tobacco during checking on Monday. In four separate cases, the police booked six prisoners in this regard. Among those booked were identified as Vinod Kumar of Kot Khalsa, Sharif Mohammad of Dhianpur, Yodhvir Singh of Ranike, Manpreet Singh of Tarn Taran Road, Gurbaksh Singh of Ghanupur Kale and Vir Singh of Sathiala. The jail staff recovered one mobile phone each of them. Two mobiles, cigarettes and tobacco were found abandoned which were apparently thrown out of the jail complex. TNS TWO NABBED WITH PISTOL, BULLETS Amritsar: The anti-gangster staff of the Amritsar city police arrested two persons identified as Jobanpreet Singh of Mahal village and Sahib Singh of Sharifpura here on Monday. The police recovered a countrymade pistol, a magazine and four bullets from their possession. A case under the Arms Act was registered against them. They were produced in the court and brought on police remand for further interrogation. The police are verifying their antecedents and source of weapon. TNS GANG OF VEHICLE THIEVES BUSTED Tarn Taran: The Sarhali police busted a five-member gang of vehicle thieves from Naushehra Pannuan village on Monday. Four of the gang members have been arrested with four stolen motorcycles. One of the gang members absconded from the spot. Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Gajjan Singh, Investigation Officer (IO), said the arrested gang members were Komaljit Singh of Dhotian, Paramjit Singh Prabh of Dugri, Gulshan Singh of Kot Ise Khan and Angrej Singh of Kotkapura. Sikandar Singh of Nihalgarh absconded from the spot. Police officer Gajjan Singh said the accused used to steal vehicles from busy areas like religious places and sell those to innocent people at low prices. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC was registered against the gang. The arrested were produced in the court on Tuesday that sent them to twoday police remand. OC A girl during a fashion show organised by a jewellery brand in Amritsar. VISHAL KUMAR CELEBS PAY TRIBUTES TO BELOVED BHUPI DA OF MUSIC INDUSTRY PAGE 3 Born in Amritsar, Bhupinder Singh found a guru in his father, Prof Natha Singh, who was a trained vocalist. MAX 34°C | MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 30°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:34 PM SAYS ISSUE NOTICES, SEAL BUILDINGS Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 19 In a review meeting of property tax, Municipal Corporation (MC) Commissioner Kumar Saurabh Raj asked the staff to prepare a list of defaulters, issue notices and seal property. The MC Commissioner held a meeting with Joint Commissioner Deepjot Kaur, Nodal Officer of the property tax department Daljit Singh, zonal superintendents and zonal inspectors of the MC. The Commissioner said the target of house tax and property tax in this financial year was Rs 50 crore, whereas in this current financial year only Rs 5.92 crore had been collected so far. He said the MC needed to increase its revenue to meet the expenses. Issuing instructions to the ■ Municipal Corporation Commissioner Kumar Saurabh Raj says the target of house tax and property tax in this financial year is ~50 crore, of which only ~5.92 crore has been collected so far ■ He said after the implementation of the onetime settlement scheme to file property tax, the list of all defaulters should be prepared and notices should be issued to them ■ Each zonal superintendent should seal at least 10 big commercial and industrial properties, whose owners have not yet paid the tax of previous years MC staff, the Commissioner stated that every officer and employee of the property tax wing should not take any laxity to meet the target. He said after the implementation of the one-time settlement (OTS) scheme to file property tax issued by the Punjab Government, the list of all defaulters, who have not yet paid the tax, should be prepared and notices should be issued to them. Each zonal superintendent should seal at least 10 big commercial and industrial properties in their respective zones, whose owners have not yet paid the tax of previous years. The process of sealing those properties should be started. The lists of big com- Objective is to produce honest leaders at the grassroots: Brar Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 19 The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) appointed Prabhbir Brar (31) as the district president of the party. He is perhaps the youngest district president appointed by any political party in the state. In an interaction with The Tribune, Brar said, “By forming the government in the state we have just won a battle. The war is still on.” He added that for complete overhaul of the political system, the traditional corrupt leaders and their mohallalevel supporters need to be sidelined. “Our objective is to produce honest and dedicated leaders at the grassroots level. Only then we can hope of a corruption-free and just WILL STRIVE TO BRING MORE YOUTH POWER TO PARTY ❝ By forming the government in the state we have just won a battle. The war is still on. As a young leader, I will strive to bring in more youth power to the party. Prabhbir Brar, AAP DISTRICT PRESIDENT society,” he said, adding that as a young leader he would strive to bring in more youth power to the party. Talking about his political journey, Brar said, “It was few days before the 2014 General Election in the country that I along with a few friends decided to join the party.” Brar said he did not know a single person in the party and directly went to a roadside kiosk set by the party on the Sultanwind road. ❞ “The old person managing the kiosk told me about the party office on the Mall road,” he said. Brar added that at the time he had just completed his diploma and was getting ready to pursue his degree course from abroad. “Such was the passion that I refused to go to a foreign country even as my admission was confirmed,” Brar said, adding that his parents wanted him to go, but he had decided to stay back and join the political movement. PAGE 4 The temperature continues to rise as the Koffee With Karan couch is set to sizzle with Akshay Kumar and Samantha Prabhu. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:39 AM MC Commissioner: Prepare list of property tax defaulters Charanjit Singh Teja AKSHAY KUMAR & SAMANTHA TO APPEAR ON KOFFEE WITH KARAN mercial and industrial establishments in each zone should be prepared in descending order. The MC officials were directed to get details of commercial and industrial buildings built in their respective areas from the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Sales Tax Department and Industrial Department. The Commissioner also instructed to publicise the information of 10% rebate on the property tax if paid by September 30. He said 10 per cent rebate is available for filing property tax for 2022-23 by September 30. He said the department should take every appropriate step to make the residents of the city aware of it. For this, advertisements should also be displayed in the city, said Kumar Saurabh. SC/ST status sought for Sikligar, Vanjara, Gujjar communities Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 19 During a meeting with National Minorities Commissioner Chairman Iqbal Singh Lalpura, BJP leader Sarchand Singh has demanded SC/ST status for Sikligar, Vanjara and Gujjar communities. Sarchand requested Lalpura to take up the issue with the Centre so that the social, political and economic status of these communities could be bettered. He said in Punjab, the SC/STs and BCs were being provided benefits by the government. He, however, complained that in many other states, Sikhs from these communities were considered as the general and were not provided any benefits of the social schemes to which they are entitled. WEDNESDAY | 20 JULY 2022 | AMRITSAR Sarpanch among four booked for youth’s murder Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 19 A 16-year-old youth identified as Pawanjit Singh was killed in a murderous assault at Galowali village in Majitha here late last evening. On the complaint filed by the family members, the police have booked village sarpanch Deepak, Ajay, Suraj and Sanjay for the murder. According to information, one of the suspects was arrested by the police. However, there was no official confirmation about his arrest till the filing of the report. Karanjit Singh, elder brother of the deceased, told the police that they were three brothers. Amritpal Singh is the eldest brother, while Pawanjit Singh is the youngest. He said all of them worked as construction mason. He said yesterday there was a birthday party of Karan’s daughter, who lives in the village. He said Amritpal Singh had gone to attend the party. He said as he got late, he along with his brother Pawanjit and father Harjit Singh went to take him. He said Pawanjit Singh when they reached the spot they saw the accused having an arguments with Amritpal. He said when they intervened, the accused got enraged. He alleged that the accused attacked them with sharp weapons. A sickle hit Pawanjit, who started bleeding profusely and got critically injured. His father Harjit Singh also got injured in the attack. He was immediately rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared Pawanjit dead. The police registered a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC against the accused, said Himanshu Bhagat, SHO of the Majitha police station, while adding that raids were on to nab the suspects who were at large since the incident. ‘SVANidhi Mahotsav’ on July 28 Amritsar, July 19 On the directions of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Municipal Corporation is going to organise ‘SVANidhi Mahotsav’, a cultural festival to celebrate the success of PM SVANidhi Scheme and the beneficiary street vendors and their families on July 28. The city is one of the 75 cities across the country where SVANidhi Mahotsav would be celebrated to recognise the beneficiary street vendor’s growth story and their contribution towards economy. The festival aims to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence with these nano-entrepreneurs, honoring their journey under PM SVANidhi scheme for demonstrating credit discipline, digital behavior and displaying their smart business expertise”, said Jaswinder Singh, Incharge Street Vending Zones of MC. PM SVANidhi scheme was launched on June 1, 2020 to facilitate working capital loans to the street vendors to help them restart their businesses which were adversely impacted due to the lockdowns imposed during COVID-19 pandemic. A large number of loans were disbursed to the street venders in the city. — TNS PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR TEACHERS FROM SGPC-RUN INSTITUTIONS HOLD PROTEST TAKING LAW FOR A RIDE: Two persons stand on an autorickshaw in Amritsar. In a first, trees at GNDU get QR-coded nameplates Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 19 As global voices of concern grow over the dire need for enhancing vegetation cover in order to combat threatening challenges of climate change, GNDU took another step towards sustainable campus. The university has more than 45,000 trees and shrubs on its campus as a result of rigorous plantation drives during the last six years. Now, the university’s Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences has come up with QR coded nameplates for all trees and shrubs inside the campus that can be scanned to access information regarding a particular plant species. The university has also developed an e-learning platform for information regarding all species of plants found inside the campus. The trees have been tagged to digitise information regarding the green wealth on the campus. The information on trees and shrubs have been documented by the students of MSc Botany. The entire exercise has been conducted under a team of experts, including Prof E-LEARNING PLATFORM FOR INFO ON ALL SPECIES ■ The Guru Nanak Dev University Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University Prof Jaspal Sandhu and experts with a QR-coded nameplate for a plant on the university campus in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Avinash Kaur Nagpal, Prof Saroj Arora, Dr Astha Bhatia, Jyoti Kalayani, Dr JS Bilga, Gurwinder Singh and Akanksha Bakshi. Dr Avinash Kur Nagpal informed, “Each student was asked to contribute one nameplate with botanical and common names, family, economic importance and a QR code. Each QR code is linked to a file in the database providing detailed information of the plant species with its flowering and fruiting times, gardening notes, economic importance, detailed morphological information, etc. She said the purpose of the exercise was to create an awareness regarding native plant species among general people. “In recent times, most of us are ignorant about trees and shrubs growing in our vicinity. Many of us can identify a maximum of five to six plant species, a few can identify 10-12. Only a botanist, who is working on trees and shrubs, can identify many but c m y b not all. The identification of a tree or shrub is not enough, we need to know more about its morphological details, flowering and fruiting times, economic importance, gardening notes, etc,” she said. The information linked to QR codes is the outcome of “Electronic Database of Plants (eDOPS)”, which is freely available on the GNDU website. Developed by Bhupinder Pal Singh and Dr Gurveen Kaur, eDOPS includes images/pictures of has more than 45,000 trees and shrubs on its campus ■ The varsity has also developed e-learning platform for information on all species of plants found inside campus ■ The trees have been tagged to digitise information regarding the green wealth inside the campus ■ The information linked to QR codes is the outcome of Electronic Database of Plants (eDOPS), which is freely available on GNDU website ■ The purpose of the exercise is to create an awareness regarding native plant species different parts of plants which is an invaluable resource for correct identification of plants. The database contains information of about 145 plant species of trees and shrubs, mostly from the GNDU campus and Amritsar. Prof Jatinder Kaur, Head, Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, said eDOPS would be enriched further with information on more species of trees and shrubs and other groups of plants. The bus that overturned near Ajanala on Tuesday. PHOTO VISHAL KUMAR Bus skids off road, overturns; 4 injured Amritsar, July 19 Four passengers were injured while others escaped with minor injuries when a bus overturned on an under-construction road near Kukkrawala village on the Ajnala road here on Tuesday. The bus was on the way to Ajnala from Dhariwal village. According to information, the bus overturned while trying to save a scooterist. One of the injured, who sustained a head injury, was referred to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. The doctors attending the injured at Ajnala Civil Hospital said the passen- gers had minor injuries. They were released after treatment. They said a couple of patients were still under observation, but they were out of danger. Eyewitnesses said a scooter came in front of the bus. In order to save him, the bus driver applied brakes, but it skidded off the road due to the presence of gravels on the road, which is being widened, and overturned. People immediately rushed towards the bus and pulled out the passengers. There were around 20 passengers in the bus. — TNS
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