28072022-ATR-01.qxd 7/27/2022 11:51 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 SANITATION WORKERS TO GET TWO MONTHS’ SALARY Bowing to organisational pressure, the Municipal Council has agreed to pay two months’ salary to sanitation workers. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF HEROIN SEIZED FROM SCHOOL Amritsar: The rural police recovered 5-kg heroin from a school at a village near the IndoPak border in the Gharinda area on Wednesday morning. A senior police official claimed that they got a tip-off in this regard and laid a trap last night but the dropping from a drone was made to some other coordinates. The police waited for someone to come and take the consignment. However, no one turned up. An early morning search operation led to the recovery of heroin from the school. The police are investigation the matter. TNS 2 ABDUCTORS HELD, CHILD RESCUED Amritsar: The city police arrested two members of a child abduction gang and recovered an abducted girl here on Wednesday. The accused have been identified as Harish Kumar, alias Karan, of Maha Singh Gate and Paramjit Kaur, alias Anju, of Gate Khajana. Dr Mahtab Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, City-1, said during a drive against anti-social elements, Inspector Parneet Singh, SHO Islamabad police station, got a huge success when the accused in the abduction case reported on June 14 were nabbed. Harish Kumar and his wife Lalita had abducted a fouryear-old girl from Islamabad Gali No. 5 and later left her outside her house. Harish Kumar was arrested two days ago and after thorough interrogation, his accomplice Paramjit Kaur, wife of Rinku, was also arrested. The police also recovered a girl from them, who was abducted near Rambagh Chitra Taki. The accused will be presented in the court for police remand. TNS New services at Suvidha Kendra Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 27 Deputy Commissioner Harpreet Singh Sudan said 122 more services have been added to the services provided by the state government to the people through Suvidha Kendras. He said these new services include services related to agriculture, local government, food and drug administration, Punjab Medical Council, Technical Education Continued on page 2 LEAD SINGER OF SAFRI BOYZ BALWINDER SAFRI PASSES AWAY PAGE 3 ACTORS SHAMITA SHETTY AND RAQESH BAPAT CALL IT QUITS The lovers of folk music were in for a rude shock as lead singer of Safri Boyz Balwinder passed away on Tuesday. MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:30 PM PAGE 4 Shamita Shetty and Raqesh Bapat, who had entered Bigg Boss OTT house last year, have decided to part ways. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:44 AM THURSDAY | 28 JULY 2022 | AMRITSAR State of public toilets in district — Unavailable, unusable or locked Manmeet Singh Gill ‘NO SUITABLE WASHROOM IN HERITAGE CITY’ Ours is a heritage city and now it has also been given the status of a Smart City. It seems very odd that the market places do not have suitable washrooms. Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 27 Ever wondered why walls of most public and private properties have derogatory messages written on them to dissuade people from relieving themselves there. Well one of the reasons is the absence of toilets at public places. In most of the city markets, the public urinals are either unavailable or too filthy and unhygienic to use. Many of them are even locked. While men can relieve themselves alongside the walls and turn a blind eye to abusive messages, the women literally do not have any place to go. For example take washrooms outside Hall Gate. While one of these blocks have been dismantled lately as foul smell emanating from the place troubled nearby shopkeepers and the cops guarding the nearby picket, the other one has a notice advising people to not use it. The notice states that the sewer line is choked and the urinals do not have any water ❝ Sumit Mahajan, A RESIDENT ❝ The Municipal to Corporation is committed STINKING TRUTH: A washroom near Hall Gate Chowk in Amritsar, where a notice has been put up advising people not to use it as the sewer line is choked and there’s no water supply. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR supply so the public must not use the toilet. “It is amusing that instead of getting the sewer line fixed and ensuring water supply, the local civic body has put up a non-functional notice to solve the problem,” quipped a resident, Balwant Singh. Most market places in the city do not have usable toilets. Fake WhatsApp account in MC Commissioner’s name Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 27 An unidentified person has been found using Municipal Corporation Commissioner Kumar Saurabh Raj’s WhatsApp’s profile picture to dupe people. A WhatsApp user, with number +91 74889-71729, used the profile picture of the MC Commissioner. When the matter came to the notice of the civic body official, he filed a complaint with the police in this regard. According to information, the accused had sent messages to several MC officials. The accused used the account to send messages to several MC officials. He sent them a message saying that “I am busy in a meeting. There is some urgent work. I will tell you later.” Some officials received a message from the same number regarding an “Amazon Swindler uses civic body official’s picture Gift Card app link”. On being asked by the officials, the swindler asked them to create this link. Later, the officials met the MC Commissioner in this regard. MC Secretary Vishal Wadhawan filed a complaint to the Police Commissioner. The police have started investigation in this regard. While searching on a prominent caller ID app, the number is found to be registered on the name of Pawan Kumar from Bihar. Meanwhile, the MC Commissioner cautioned all regarding the fraudulent user. “Someone has created a fake WhatsApp account using my photo and is asking for money. This person is fraud. Please don’t transfer any money to this person,” said Saurabh. In some places, the urinal pots are broken and sanitary fitting is missing. Similarly, a public urinal near the Circuit House is in a bad condition. While some have makeshift urinals for men, the needs of the fairer sex have been completely ignored by the local civic authorities. A resident, Sumit Mahajan, said, “Ours is a heritage city and now it has also been given the status of a Smart City. It seems very odd that the market places do not have suitable washrooms.” He added that the local authorities must come up with a plan to solve the issue. “Even if one has to pay a nominal fee, one should get ensure quality services to the general public. The issue of public toilets will be resolved soon. Earlier too, the civic body had installed toilet booths at various places. Karamjit Singh, MAYOR basic amenities at public places,” he added. Mayor Karamjit Singh said that municipal corporation was committed to ensure quality services to the general public. He said the issue would be resolved soon. He added that the steps have been taken earlier too and toilet booths have been installed at various places. Increase manpower in all police stations: DGP Yadav to officials Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 27 In order to make Punjab a crime-free and drug-free state, Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav has ordered all Commissioners of Police and SSPs to increase manpower in all police stations in their jurisdiction by withdrawing police personnel from non-core duties. The DGP covered Commissionerate and Amritsar Border Range during his field visit and held crime review meetings with CP IGPs of , Border Range, SSPs, gazetted officers and SHOs of the Border Range. He also proposed to deploy at least one Quick Reaction Team and two Armed Reserves per district having highly trained police personnel trained on the lines of Special Operations Group to deal with emergent situations. Director General of Police Gaurav Yadav (centre) holds a police officers’ meeting at GNDU in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO He also directed CPs/SSPs to divide police station areas in beats and said one beat officer be dedicated in each area so that accountability of a police officer for specific areas is fixed. He asked them to direct SHOs to open history sheets of bad characters and list them out to keep vigil on their activities. He asked SHOs to personally probe heinous crimes. With the Independence Day around the corner, the DGP also asked the CPs and SSPs to be alert and prepared to tackle any challenge besides keeping a vigil at sensitive places. He also directed district police chiefs to hold monthly crime review meetings at district level and regular Monday parade. He asked them to ensure citizen-friendly policing while keeping the channels of communication open with the civic society. He said any anti-social element should not be spared at any cost and asked officials to motivate people to install CCTV cameras outside their properties. Tricolour to be hoisted atop all houses on I-Day Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 27 Under the campaign “Har Ghar Tiranga” launched by the Government of India on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Independence, the district administration has started preparations to make the national flag accessible to everyone. The Centre has issued instructions that Tricolour will be hoisted in every household on Independence Day. Deputy Commissioner Harpreet Singh Sudan directed the District Development and Panchayat Department to work as a nodal agency to carry out this campaign and said that they should arrange national flags according to the number of houses in the district. “These flags will be placed within the reach of the said houses. If so, a framework should be prepared for this as well,” he directed. He said, “Our effort will be that the national flag is available in every village and people can hoist it at their homes and offices with respect, as per their wish.” The Deputy Commissioner said the Central government had fixed the rates according to the size of the flag. A large size flag (20x30 inches) is priced at Rs 25, a smaller one 75 YRS OF INDEPENDENCE ■ DC Harpreet Singh Sudan has directed the District Development and Panchayat Department to work as a nodal agency to carry out this campaign ■ He said national flags should be arranged according to the number of houses in the district ■ The Centre has fixed rates according to the size of the flag. A large flag (20x30 inches) is priced at ~25, a smaller one (16x24 inches) at ~18 and the smallest one (6x9 inches) is priced at ~9 ■ The District Development and Panchayat Department has been asked to rope in village and city officials, elected representatives, schools, colleges, technical institutions, cooperative societies, milk producer societies, anganwadi and Asha workers and traders (16x24 inches) at Rs 18 and the smallest one, which is 6x9 inches, is priced at Rs 9. According to the demand, the national flags will be provided by the government, but if need increases they can be made at the local level as well. He asked the District Development and Panchayat Department to rope in village and city officials, elected representatives, media workers, schools, colleges, technical institutions, cooperative societies, milk producer societies, anganwadi and Asha workers and traders in this regard. Actor Zeenat honours city women achievers Under-construction buildingsealed Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 27 Celebrating ageless women achievers from the district, FICCI FLO hosted an event to honour women, who contributed progressively in the city’s development and to the community. The special guest to honour these women was actress Zeenat Aman. The actor, who seemed to break every possible stereotype that leading ladies of the 70s and 80s Hindi film industry made to fit into, shared that she found women of Amritsar amazingly talented. “I feel happy meeting and interacting with such talented bunch of women, who are balancing careers and families with such grace. I believe that a woman can make all difference and these achievers who we honoured today Actor Zeenat Aman at an event in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR prove it,” she said. The event honoured women across different spheres, who have been working towards empowerment and community building whether through their business or philanthro- py. Among them were senior BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Dr Jasjit Chhachhi, a renowned gynaecologist, Dr Suprabha Arya, a noted danseuse, who had participated and represented the coun- try in an international folk dance competition in 1942, Shukla Seth, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who runs a handicraft school, Dr Saroj Sanan, who at 93 is an author and had been an educator, and c m y b Ambica Omprakash, a philanthropist who helped set up Om Prakash Eye Hospital in the city. Zeenat hailed these women achievers as game changers for the others to follow. Calling Amritsar a city of warmth, Zeenat shared how she would spent her two days shopping and visiting famous food hubs. “I loved the kulcha and lassi here,” she said. FLO chairperson Shikha Sareen said FLO Amritsar in association with the Green Couple of Punjab — Geetanjali Mehra and Rohit Mehra — had started the drive “Be a Baghaban”. Under this initiative, each FLO member has adopted a plant and has vowed to be a plant parent and nurture it. “It’s a conscious step to combat global warming and make our planet greener,” said Shikha. Amritsar, July 27 An under-construction illegal building has been sealed by the town and planning wing of the Municipal Corporation here. Last Thursday, a resident had filed a complaint during a public meeting organised by Municipal Commissioner Kumar Saurabh Raj that someone was illegally constructing commercial and residential building in Baba Deep Singh Colony on Ramsar Road near Chattiwind Gate in the south zone of the MC. The Commissioner ordered Building Inspector Angad Singh, who was present in the meeting, to investigate the claims of the complainant. After investigation, the building was sealed late last night by Municipal Town Planner (MTP) Meherban Singh, Assistant Town Planner Paramjit Dutta and Public meeting to be held tomorrow The illegal building that was sealed in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Building Inspector Angad Singh departmental staff. Meherban Singh said illegal constructions would not be tolerated in the city. During public meetings organised by the Commissioner, most of the complaints were related to the illegal constructions. — TNS Amritsar, July 27 The public meeting, which is organised every Thursday by the MC Commissioner to listen to public grievances, will be organised on Friday this week. Sunil Bhatia, Superintendent at Corporation Commissioner’s office, said the public meeting had been postponed due to another meeting of the MC on Thursday. Now, the public meeting would be held in the meeting hall of the corporation on Friday (July 29). Tokens will be issued to complainants as number of visitors has increased. Complaints will be heard according to the token number. People will get the token on Friday from the inquiry counter on the ground floor of the MC office. — TNS
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