04082022-ATR-01.qxd 8/4/2022 12:24 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE MARDANI DEPICTS QUEEN OF JHANSI IN ALL HER GLORY PAGE 2 A dance drama based on the life of Rani Lakshmibai was staged during the Bharat Rang Mahotsav at the art gallery. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 2 ARRESTED WITH 160-LITRE LAHAN Tarn Taran: The police seized 80 litres of lahan each from two persons in two separate villages of the district on Tuesday. Both the accused from whose houses the contraband was seized had been arrested from the spot. The police informed here on Wednesday that Jhabal police led by ASI Darbara Singh recovered 80 litres of lahan from the residence of Gurjant Singh of Kot Dharam Chand Kalan village. In the second incident, Goindwal Sahib police seized 80 litres of lahan from the residence of Nishan Singh, a resident of Kallha village. Cases under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act had been registered against both accused. OC DRUG PEDDLER HELD WITH OPIUM Amritsar: The police nabbed a drug peddler and recovered 2.550 kg of opium and drug money from his possession here on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Satnam Singh, alias Satta, a resident of Bhai Manj Road. Amandeep Singh, in-charge, Crime Investigating Agency (CIA), stated that a police team was on patrol to keep check on antisocial elements on Bhai Manj Road. The cops intercepted a bike and searched the person. Besides recovering the opium, 1.45 lakh drug money and the bike were seized from accused Satnam Singh. The police have registered a case under Sections 25, 29, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act and initiated further investigation. TNS STAKES GET HIGHER AS CRIMINAL JUSTICE RETURNS WITH SEASON 3 PAGE 3 Lawyer Madhav Mishra (Pankaj Tripathi) is back with his wit as Disney+Hotstar announces 3rd season of Criminal Justice. MAX 33°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 28°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:24 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:48 AM Tribune News Service Aam Aadmi Party workers and leaders during a protest against the Union Government over the imposition of 12 per cent GST on serais in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR MODI GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO LEVY GST IS ANTI-PUNJAB, ANTI-SIKH anti-Sikh BJP on ❝The Modi government’sGST on and ❝Theand italways does politicsnow. anti-Punjab decision to levy religion is doing the same ‘serais’ is an unfortunate move. These ‘serais’ have been built only for the convenience of pilgrims who come to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. No personal benefit is involved here. Mixing religion and politics is wrong. Religious places should be kept out of the ambit of GST. The Central Government had always taken antipeople decisions. Gurdev Singh Lakhana, AAP STATE SECRETARY Prabhabir Singh Brar, DISTRICT AAP PRESIDENT ❞ ❞ THURSDAY | 4 AUGUST 2022 | AMRITSAR Hotel digging case: MC sets up inquiry panel to check violations Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 3 Municipal Corporation Commissioner Kumar Saurabh Raj constituted an inquiry committee in the hotel digging case, where Grand Hotel and some residential accommodations got damaged due to digging by an under-construction hotel on Railway Link Road on May 12. Joint Commissioner, Corporation, Deepjot Kaur has been appointed chairperson of the committee, while Superintending Engineers (Civil) Sandeep Singh, Dapinder Singh Sandhu and Municipal Town Planner (MTP) Meherban Singh have been appointed as members. The MC Commissioner asked the committee to visit the spot, check the approved plan of the under-construction hotel along with all other documents and submit a report to him at the earliest. The committee members have started investigation and visited the spot. The committee members visited the basement of the underconstruction hotel here yesterday. The scrutiny of documents will be started by the committee members from tomorrow. The report in this regard is likely to be submitted within a week. However, a detailed report has been submitted by the SDM-2 to the district administration and the Deputy Commissioner had suspended five Municipal Town Planning (MTP) wing officials Members of the inquiry committee during a visit to the site at Railway Link Road in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO REPORT TO BE SUBMITTED IN A WEEK ■ Joint Commissioner, Corporation, Deepjot Kaur has been appointed chairperson of the committee, while Superintending Engineers (Civil) Sandeep Singh, Dapinder Singh Sandhu and Municipal Town Planner Meherban Singh are the members ■ The inquiry committee members visited the basement of the underconstruction hotel. The scrutiny of documents will start on Thursday. The report in this regard is likely to be submitted within a week ■ The MC’s inquiry committee will check the violations and suggest how damage can be compensated and what amendments are required in the building plan of the upcoming hotel while taking action on the report. Deputy Commissioner Harpreet Singh Sudan had suspended Municipal Town Planners (MTP) Iqbal Preet Singh Randhawa and Narendra Sharma, Assistant Town Planner (ATP) Parminderjit Singh, ATP Sajeev Devgan and building inspectors Varinder Mohan for negligence during the construction of the hotel and for endangering the life of the public on July 7. After the collapse of a major portion of Grand Hotel and other buildings around the under-construction hotel from far-off places to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. No personal benefit was involved here and he condemned this decision of the Centre. Talking to mediapersons, district AAP president Prabhabir Singh Brar said the BJP had always been doing politics on religion and even now the same was being done by imposing GST on inns. He said mixing religion and politics was wrong. Religious places should be kept out of the ambit of GST. He said the Central Govern- Man kills younger brother over rent Sikligar Sikhs from MP visit Darbar Sahib Students’ delegation demands transparent polls, fee scale equivalent to Punjabi varsity Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 3 A jatha of Sikligar and Vanjara Sikhs from Madhya Pradesh led by Dalip Singh paid obeisance at Sri Harmandar Sahib here on Wednesday. On a pilgrimage to historic gurdwaras across the country, they visited Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Sri Anandpur Sahib, Sri Fatehgarh Sahib and different historical gurdwaras before coming to the holy city. On their arrival at the Golden Temple, they were welcomed by SGPC officials, led by its president Harjinder Singh Dhami. He said the SGPC took several initiatives for the welfare of Sikligar and Vanjara Sikhs under which the education fees of their children, pilgrimage to historic Sikh shrines were arranged to acquaint them with the Sikh history. — TNS After staging sit-in, submits memorandum to the Dean, Registrar Amritsar, August 3 A man murdered his younger brother over rent of a shop at Bhindi Saidan village here on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Malook Singh and the accused as Bagicha Singh, a resident of Bhindi Saidan. Sarabjit Kaur, wife of Malook Singh, in her complaint lodged with the Bhindi Saidan police station stated that on Monday morning his husband demanded rent of a shop in their property from his elder brother Bagicha Singh. According to the complainant, the family owns a shop and Bagicha Singh used to collect rent of the shop every month. Malook Singh asked him that it should be divided in both of us or we have to collect the rent by turn. Bagicha Singh got hyper with the demand of Malook Singh and after heated argument he took a brick and threw it at the head of Malook Singh. After the incident, Bagicha Singh fled from the spot and Malook was rushed to a private hospital in Amritsar. On Tuesday evening, Malook Singh died while undergoing treatment. On the complaint of the victim’s wife Sarabjit Kaur, the Rural Police have registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against Bagicha Singh. Yadwinder Singh, investigating officer in the case, stated that the accused was still at large and police were raiding his probable hideouts. ment had always taken antipeople decisions. Jaspreet Singh, secretary, Amritsar, district event incharge Jagdeep Singh, Anil Mahajan, district media incharge Vikramjit Vicky and SC wing district president Dr Inderpal were present. Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 3 A delegation of representatives of seven student organisations created a commotion outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office on the campus of Guru Nanak Dev University here today. The delegation wanted to hand over a memorandum of their demands to VC Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu. When the delegation was prevented from entering the VC office by the campus security staff, they engaged in a verbal duel, following which the students sat on dharna outside the office. It was only after the intervention of the campus authorities that the delegation was later allowed to meet the Dean, Academic Affairs, Amritsar, August 3 Ask Rajit Kapoor if he prefers films over theatre and he will gladly choose the latter without thinking twice. A name to reckon with in the Indian theatre scene, Rajit Kapoor had an emotional performance on stage as he presented his play Siddhus of the Upper Juhu at Punjab Naatshala in collaboration with Phulkari-WOA’s theatre company, Theatrewallahs. While the performance received rousing reception, for Rajit what was overwhelm- ing was his homecoming. “I have been planning to do a theatre performance in Amritsar, my birthplace, for the last 15 years. I had once (long back) performed a play here at Guru Nanak Stadium near the bus stand when there were no proper theatre spaces in the city. After watching shows at Punjab Naatshala, I thought that I have to do something here,” he shared. Rooted to Amritsar, he shared his memories of spending every summer holiday with his family here. “My daadka was in Dhab Students stage a dharna outside the VC office in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR and Registrar, who listened to their demands. Revival of student body idea is not just promote ❝Thethroughtoperformances, but also theatre train the next generation of writers, set designers and actors in theatre to sustain future of the industry. There are no dedicated spaces left for theatre, as most of them have perished or transitioned into big auditoriums and concert halls Rajit Kapoor, ACTOR SUNIL KUMAR Tribune News Service ❞ Khatika and my naanka was near Lohgarh gate. So, all my childhood spent amid the family, friends here though most of them have now flown away from the nest. From doing the basic thing like going to Darbar Sahib and c m y b on the railway link road on May 12, a probe panel was constituted by the Amritsar Deputy Commissioner. A detailed inquiry was conducted by Harpreet Singh, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Amritsar-2, in which prima facie gross negligence, connivance and dereliction of duty have been found on part of the MTPs and ATPs. Now, the MC’s inquiry committee will check the violations and suggest how damage can be compensated and what amendments are required in the building plan of the upcoming hotel. 14 booked for freeing drug case accused from custody Amritsar, August 3 The rural police have arrested 14 persons, who allegedly got a youth released from police custody forcibly on August 1. The accused have been identified as Jagdish Singh, Bunty alias Tunda, Rajinder Kumar alias Jindi, Kamal Kumar, Rinku, Lovely alias Phila Saba, Happy, Akashdeep Singh and Biro, all residents of Chawinda Devi, Nirvel Singh alias Nahila, Balwinder Kaur and Harpinder Kaur, residents of Variam Nangal. The main accused, Akashdeep Singh, is still absconding. elections in the university and fee regulation on par with Punjabi University, Patiala, were the key issues raised by the student representatives. Continued on Page 2 Rajit Kapoor gets candid on his love for city, theatre Neha Saini PAGE 4 After success of first season of show Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls, the producers have green-lit 2 more seasons. AAP protests 12% GST on ‘serais’ in Golden Temple Amritsar, August 3 Activists of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged a protest against the Central Government’s decision to impose GST on “serais” situated in the Golden Temple complex here on Wednesday. A large number of AAP workers and Sikh sangat participated in the protest march taken out from the Bhandari railway overbridge to the Hall Gate. It was against the Centre Government’s move to levy 12 per cent GST on “serais” (inns). Demanding immediate rollback of the decision, the protesters stated that the BJP had hurt the religious sentiments of devotees. During the protest, the protesters raised slogans against the tax calling it “zajiya tax” imposed on Sikhs and Punjabis by the Central Government. The protest was led by state secretary Gurdev Singh Lakhana, Amritsar city president Prabhbir Singh Brar and other AAP workers. Addressing party workers, Lakhana said the Modi government’s anti-Sikh and anti-Punjab decision to levy the GST on “serais” was an unfortunate move. He termed the GST on religious places as unfortunate. He said these “serais” were built only for the convenience of pilgrims coming RANVEER SET FOR DEATH-DEFYING ADVENTURES IN SEPTEMBER catching up with family every time I am here, I would now love to perform more plays here,” he said. Rajit, who has been part of the celebrated trio of actor Shernaz Patel and Rahul Dacunha, giving acclaimed plays like Love Letters (India’s longest running theatre play) and The Siddhus of Upper Juhu, has also been deftly expanding theatre scene with quality productions. “The idea is to not just promote theatre through performances, but also train the next generation of writers, set designers, actors and so many artistes in theatre to sustain future of the industry.” A true-blue theatre wallah, Rajit is big on the idea of preserving theatre spaces, as he calls the revamping of Tagore theatre a ‘destruction of the original structure’. “There are no dedicated spaces left for theatre, as most of them have perished or transitioned into big auditoriums and concert halls. Such spaces are not suited for theatre, a music concert maybe, because they lack intimacy with audience.” Happy on the gradual revival of audience for theatre plays, he shared that it would still need another six Continued on Page 2 Youth was arrested with 9-gm heroin Jaswinder Singh, SHO at the Kathunangal police station, said, “No culprit, who takes the law into his hands will be spared. The police officers are being accused of keeping Akashdeep Singh in the police station for five hours. If police have recovered drug from him, he should be arrested and sent to the police station.” Residents of Chavinda Devi village falling under the Kathunangal Police Station barged into the Chavinda Devi Police Chowki and got a youth released from the police custody on Monday. The youth, Akashdeep Singh, was detained by the police for allegedly possessing 9-gm heroin. Later, a case was registered against him under the NDPS Act. — TNS
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