30072022-ATR-01.qxd 7/30/2022 12:11 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE SSP LAYS EMPHASIS ON ZERO TOLERANCE TO DRUG OFFENCES SSP Ranjit Singh Dhillon held a meeting with district officials and discussed the law and order situation in the district. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF TWO BOOKED FOR ABDUCTING TEEN Tarn Taran: A teen girl was abducted from Patti when she was returning home after school on Wednesday. On the statement of the victim’s father, the accused had been identified as Major Singh Bittu Kavaria and his friend Sawinder Singh, residents of Jhugian Kallu. The accused took away the girl on a motorcycle. A case under Sections 363, 366-A and 34 of the IPC has been registered against them. OC 1 ARRESTED WITH 285 GM OF HEROIN Tarn Taran: The Sarhali police arrested a man with 285-gm of heroin from Sarhali village here on Thursday. ASI Dilbag Singh, who arrested the accused with the consignment, said the accused had been identified as Sukhdev Singh, alias Rangdev Ranga, of Kaler village. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act had been registered against the accused. The market value of the consignment was estimated at Rs 1.42 crore in the international market. OC U-16: AMRITSAR IN QUARTER FINAL Amritsar: The Amritsar cricket team reached the quarter final of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) U-16 interdistrict tournament here on Thursday. The Amritsar Games Association organised the match between Amritsar and Jalandhar teams. After winning the toss, the host batted first and amassed 373 runs at a loss of eight wickets. Rishab Gupta and Rahul batted brilliantly and scored 159 and 129 runs, respectively. In return, Jalandhar could score only 150 runs. In the second innings, the host team declared at 90 for four and set a target of 313 runs for Jalandhar which could not be achieved. TNS MARSHALS TO HELP REGULATE TRAFFIC Amritsar: To streamline traffic, the city police will depute traffic marshals at various chowks and bazaars here. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Amandeep Kaur said exservicemen, retired cops, bank officials, teachers and professionals would be recruited as traffic marshals. She said desired persons could file their applications at the ADCP traffic office near Rani Ka Bagh area. She said these traffic marshals would educate the people about traffic rules and regulations and would also check the vehicles along with traffic cops. She said these would be volunteers and their services could be terminated any time. TNS PAGE 2 RAPPER DRAKE DONS T-SHIRT WITH MOOSEWALA’S NAME PAGE 3 Rapper Drake paid a tribute to late Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala by wearing a T-shirt with his name. MAX 31°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:28 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:45 AM Tribune News Service Officials during a public meeting at the MC office in Amritsar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO MC COMMISSIONER HONOURED A complainant honoured Commissioner Kumar Saurabh Raj here on Friday. The complainant said illegal construction was going on in Baba Deep Singh Colony for a long time, but no action was taken despite repeated complaints by him. The building was sealed by the MTP Department as soon as the complaint was lodged in the public meeting last Thursday. Planner Meharban Singh to make a list of all their complaints and resolve them. A complaint was also made about the under-construction building near Farid Chowk. The Corporation Commissioner directed the MTP to resolve the complaints within seven days. MAX PLAINTS AGAINST MTP DEPT ■ Maximum complaints (eight) were regarding the Municipal Town Planning Department ■ The Commissioner instructed the officers to dispose of all complaints received from the public within specific time period Some complaints were regarding sewer blockage for the O&M cell. A complaint came from the civil wing that a contractor has not completed the re-carpeting of the Tarn Taran road. The corporation Commissioner directed the SE, Civil, to complete the work and asked the DCFA not to pay the contractor till the construction is completed. Saurabh Raj instructed the corporation officers to dispose of all complaints received from the public within the specific time period. Amritsar, July 29 The SGPC has served legal notice to Dr Vivek Bindra, a motivator on social media, for allegedly animating the personality of Guru Gobind Singh and presenting the Sikh history in a distorted manner. Dr Bindra has also disobeyed the Akal Takht directives, which prohibits filming or animating Sikh Gurus. SGPC assistant secretary Kulwinder Singh Ramdas said the SGPC was also mulling to get a case registered against Dr Bindra for hurting the religious sentiments of Sikhs. “The police administration has been approached in this direction,” he said. Giving information about the issue, he said Dr Bindra had uploaded an animation video of Guru Gobind Singh and Diwan Todar Mal on the social media. This video was examined by the SGPC’s Sikh Itihas MULLING FIR TOO The SGPC has sent a notice to Dr Vivek Bindra, a motivator on social media, for allegedly animating the personality of Guru Gobind Singh and presenting the Sikh history in a distorted manner. It has also approached the police in this regard. Research Board when various objections from the Sikh community were received. The examination revealed that Dr Bindra distorted the facts of the Sikh history by linking Diwan Todar Mal with the Jain community. “Moreover, in the video he also displayed the conversation between Diwan Todar Mal and Guru Gobind Singh, which is historically unfounded,” he said. Ramdas said SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami ordered action while taking strict note of the matter, following which, legal notice was sent to Dr Bindra. Amritsar, July 29 Waiting for their fellowship stipend for the last eight months, over 100 research scholars of GNDU have now approached the UGC and Union Ministry of Education, demanding the release of the stipend at the earliest. The delay in release of their monthly fellowship stipend under the Maulana Azad National Fellowship awarded by the UGC to minority students, the research scholars are being forced to suspend their thesis work. “The scholars used to receive a monthly stipend of Rs 31,000- SATURDAY | 30 JULY 2022 | AMRITSAR 2 nabbed with illegal arms Amritsar, July 29 The Punjab Police have arrested two persons for allegedly possessing illegal arms in two different instances in the past 24 hours. The Ramdass police have arrested Gurjot Singh, a resident of Dhanoe Kalan village, and recovered two countrymade pistols of .32-bore calibre with a magazine. Investigating officer SI Gopal Singh said he along with his police party was present at Avaan village when they saw a youth on foot. He said he tried to evade the police party and moved towards fields on the pretext of answering nature’s call. He said they got suspicious and caught him. During search, the police found two country-made pistols. Gopal Singh said further investigations were under progress to find the source of the weapons besides checking the antecedents of the accused. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered against him. Similarly, the city police have arrested Satnam Singh, alias Sattu, of the Vadda Haripura locality and seized a single barrel .12-bore gun along with five live bullets from his possession. He could not give satisfactory answers to the police queries and therefore a case under Section 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered against him. Both accused were brought on police remand for further investigations. — TNS SGPC legal notice to No stipend for 8 months, GNDU social media motivator research scholars approach UGC Tribune News Service PAGE 4 Superstar Singer 2 will host Swapan Sett, a painter, sculptor and violinist who helped his wife tide over cancer with his talent. MC’s public grievances meet receives 24 plaints Amritsar, July 29 Municipal Corporation Commissioner Kumar Saurabh Raj received 24 complaints during the weekly public meeting organised at the MC office here today. Most of the complaints were regarding the Municipal Town Planning (MTP) Department. There were eight complaints of the MTP Department, four related to Joint Commissioner’s office, four for the civil wing, six for the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) cell and one each related to the Estate Department and Deputy Comptroller office. In a complaint against the coloniser, who developed colony on the GT Road bypass, the complainants stated that the MTP Department issued a completion certificate to the coloniser, but he had not completed the colony work so far. “How was the completion certificate issued to him?” they asked. Another complainant said many a times he had complained about the illegal constructions in the walled city, but his complaints were not resolved. The Commissioner directed Municipal Town SWAPAN SETT GRACES THE STAGE OF SUPERSTAR SINGER 2 Rs 35,000, which has been delayed for the last eight months. Owing to lack of funds, the research work on thesis submission is getting affected. If someone has to attend any conference, they cannot afford to go,” said Jatinder Veer Singh, a research scholar. — TNS Solid waste mgmt firm employees call off strike Amritsar, July 29 The employees of a solid waste management company, Averda, called off their strike after they received their salary here today. However, garbage lifting could not be restored as most of the garbage-collecting vehicles were not in the field. After a meeting of MC officials with the protesting workers, a few vehicles resumed their work, but most of the employees refused to work unless the company released their pending salaries. The salary has been disbursed to 720 employees of the company after the meeting of the company employees with the MC Commissioner. Municipal Health Officer Dr Kiran Kumar said door-to-door collection of garbage would be resumed tomorrow. The Chief Sanitary Inspector and the Sanitary Inspector have been deployed for the removal of garbage lying along roadsides and collection points. More than 1,500 metric tonnes of garbage got accumulated in the city during Garbage scattered on a road on Friday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Salary disbursed to 720 employees of the firm the last three days. Amit Vajpayee, Director of Avarda Company, met MC Commissioner Kumar Saurabh Raj with regard to the issue. The Commissioner told company officials that the sanitation system of the city and bioremediation work at the dump was not satisfactory. The number of vehicles carrying garbage should be increased as well as machinery at the dump. The company employees should be paid at the earliest. — TNS Finance firm employee among three robbed in city Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 29 Two unidentified armed persons robbed a Bathinda resident from Mohan Bhandaria village falling under the Jhander police station here on Thursday. Gurcharan Singh, the complainant, alleged that two youths surrounded him when he was on the way to Ajnala from Fategarh Churian. He said the accused pointed a pistol at him and snatched Rs 1.11 lakh and a phone from him. They also injured him by attacking with an axe. Assistant Sub-Inspector Jaswant Singh, investigating officer, said the victim worked with a finance firm having its branch at Fatehgarh Churian town. He said the victim sustained injuries on his arms, waist and leg and was under treatment at a private hospital. He said the police teams analysed the CCTV cameras in the area, but didn’t find any clue. The incident happened at a very secluded place. He said investigations were under progress, while a case under Section 379-B (2) of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered in this regard. Meanwhile, a marble trader was looted by three unidentified armed persons at Bakha Tara Singh village falling under the Ajnala police station here yesterday. The robbers decamped with a polythene bag that contained Rs 75,000. Suresh Kumar, trader and resident of Ajnala, told the police that he has a marble shop at Bhakha Tara Singh. He said when he was standing on the road after closing his shop, three persons with covered faces came to him. They pointed a pistol at him and threatened to kill him. They snatched the polythene bag and fled towards Amritsar side, he said. The police have registered a case under Section 379-B (2) of the IPC against unidentified miscreants. In another instance, unidentified car-borne miscreants looted a wine shop in the Vallah area. Suresh Kumar, a salesman at the shop, said on Wednesday evening two unidentified persons forcibly entered the shop and took Rs 12,000 from the cash counter. They also took away his purse, besides damaging the LCD. A case has been registered. Pollution in Tung Dhab: Residents want Ludhiana-like action against MC Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 29 A day after the NGT asked the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to deposit Rs 100 crore as interim compensation for creating pollution, city residents have demanded that the tribunal should also take a similar action against the Amritsar Municipal Corporation for its failure to contain pollution in the Tung Dhab drain. “The monitoring committee constituted by the NGT to control pollution in the drain had recommended several measures to check air and water pollution, but compliance is missing,” said Rajpreet Singh, a local resident. The committee suggested various measures to control pollution in the drain, including plugging of the MC’s discharge outlet on the Majitha road, at the intermediate pumping station on the Batala road, release of 150-200 cusec water from the Jethuwal canal to the drain and dredging of sludge (cleaning) of the drain. It recommended a regular cleaning of floating material in the drain, such as plastic bags, household waste and stopping the discharge of waste water being released by diaries into it. Say NGT should demand ~100-cr compensation for MC’s failure ❝ The NGT’s monitoring committee with regard to control of pollution in the drain had recommended several measures to check air and water pollution, but compliance is missing. Rajpreet Singh, LOCAL RESIDENT The Tung Dhab drain. FILE PHOTO The committee had also advised long-term measures to control pollution in the drain like shifting of dairies situated along it, installation of an effluent treatment plant (ETP) and a bio-gas plant in a designated area, stopping of effluent of villages situated in the drain’s catchment area, such as Verka, Pandori Waraich, Pandori Lubana, c m y b Nag Kalan, Bal Kalan, etc, and installation of CETP for the industries situated along the catchment area of the drain. Nirmal Singh, another citizen, said most of these recommen- dations remained on paper. The NGT must take note of it. The committee had held meetings with district officials on October 11, 2019, and October 10, 2020. They held a meeting with them on June 8, 2020, for compliance of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, and Biomedical Waste Management Rules, 2016. For the city’s treatment of sewage, they held a video-conference on January 13 last year. The drain, which originates from Talwandi Bharat village that falls in adjoining Gurdaspur district, is about 38 km long. It enters the district from Pandori Lubana village and merges into the Hudiara drain at Khiala Kalan village near Ramtirath area. The drain carries water discharged by the MC from its disposal points situated on Majitha Road (near ESI Hospital) as well as by residential areas and villages which fall outside the MC limits at Fatehgarh Churian Road, Majitha Road, Loharka Roads and Ajnala Roads. The report stated that untreated effluent and solid waste coming from nearly 107 diaries located on the Dera Baba Darshan SinghMajitha Road stretch was also being discharged into it. The drain also carried the treated effluent of industries located on Verka Road, Batala Road, Majitha Road and Ajnala Road. The drain water merges into the Hudiara drain, which ultimately enters Pakistan. After the intervention of MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla, the monitoring committee comprising officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, an NGO and representatives of the Amritsar Textile Processors’ Association was formed. Aujla said the findings of the committee were with the CM’s office. Besides, he also gave a memorandum to CM Bhagwant Mann in this regard a few days ago.
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