11082022-ATR-01.qxd 8/11/2022 12:13 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE AAP LEADER SOKHI APPOINTED AS GNDU SENATE MEMBER Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, has appointed AAP leader Satpal Singh Sokhi as member of the Senate for two years. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 55-YR-OLD SHOOTS HIMSELF DEAD Tarn Taran: A resident of Patti town committed suicide by shooting himself in the forehead with his licensed revolver on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Harjinder Singh (55), who was running an electronics shop in Patti. The police said the victim was under depression caused by his kidney problem and some family problem. He was at home when he fired in his forehead. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital where the doctors declared him dead. The police took the body into their custody and kept it in the mortuary of the Civil Hospital. A case under Section 174 of the CrPC had been registered by the city police. OC MAN BOOKED FOR MOLESTATION Tarn Taran: The police have booked a person for allegedly molesting his friend’s wife at their house in Bhagwanpur village. The incident occurred on July 21, but a case was registered on Tuesday (August 9) by Bhikhiwind police. The accused had been identified as Chanan Singh Chanoo of the same village. In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that she was alone in the house when the accused, who often visited the house, came there and started molesting her. As she raised the alarm, the accused fled the spot. ASI Kulwinder Kaur, investigating officer in the case, recorded the statement of the victim and a case under Sections 354-A and 509 of the IPC had been registered against the accused, said the Bhikhiwind police. OC 7 LAKH KIDS TO GET DEWORMING PILLS Amritsar: An event to mark National Deworming Day was organised at the Community Health Centre, Mannawala, here on Wednesday. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said the district had set a target of seven lakh children who would be given albendazole tablets. He said the department had constituted school health teams which would visit all schools. Senior Medical Officer Dr Sumit Singh said worms could lead to blood deficiency in a child and give rise to a number of health problems. He said the health teams would also raise awareness on the causes, prevention and treatment of different diseases. TNS PAGE 2 SONI LEADS TIRANGA YATRA FROM HALL GATE TO JALLIANWALA BAGH On a call given by the Congress, senior leaders took out a Tiranga Yatra from Hall Gate to Jallianwala Bagh. MAX 31°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:18 PM Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 10 While tales of horror and despair of those who had suffered during the Partition of the country in 1947 are being recounted, it would be unfair not to remember the 450 differently abled Hindu and Sikh patients who were repatriated to India three years later. As per the patient exchange programme, they were brought to the then criminal tribes’ settlement building where the present Dr Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health is situated. Though tales of experiences of general population have been recounted repeatedly from time to time since the Partition, not many know about the despair, anguish and mental state of these CHETNA PANDE GETS EVICTED FROM KHATRON KE KHILADI PAGE 4 Chetna Pande’s journey came to an end in Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 after a fierce fight and competition between two teams. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:53 AM Ahead of I-Day, cops step up vigil, hold flag marches THURSDAY | 11 AUGUST 2022 | AMRITSAR Star attraction Conduct search operations to avoid any untoward incident Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 10 Ahead of the Independence Day celebrations, foolproof security arrangements have been made in the city to maintain law and order, instill a sense of security among the public and keep a check on the anti-social elements, claim Commissioner of Police here Arun Pal Singh. Flag marches are being conducted in different parts of the city with teams of police led by Parminder Singh Bhandal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (law and order), ADCP City-1, ADCP City-2 and ADCP City-3. Besides police personal, jawans of the BSF and SWAT also participated in flag marches. A flag march and search operation was conducted at Hall Gate and Railway Station area by the police force led by ADCP City-1. Another flag march was conducted in Actors Aamir Khan and Mona Singh offer prayers at the Golden Temple before the release of their upcoming movie Laal Singh Chaddha, in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Police and paramilitary forces take out a flag march in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO the bus stand area and a search operation at the Mall was conducted by the force led by ADCP City-3, Amritsar. Vehicles and suspicious persons are being checked by the police at special nakas set up on inner and outer roads of the city. Police parties are also conducting patrolling in the city. Due to the festival of Raksha Bandhan, special foot patrols have been organised, besides checking of malls and bazaars by sniffer dogs and anti-sabotage teams. The police teams also questioned the persons staying in hotels and inns and paying guest accommodations. “The general public is Civic body launches awareness campaign on property tax rebate Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 10 The Municipal Corporation has initiated an awareness campaign to make public aware about the 10 per cent rebate on current property tax. Aiming at maximising collection, the MC has installed flex boards in the city and is using other publicity modes to reach to the public. The MC has collected around Rs 7 crore property tax, which is 3.5 crore more than the last year’s collection till the second week of August. Daljit Singh, nodal officer for property tax at the MC said, “We are making efforts to collect maximum tax from the residents. The awareness drive has been initiated to make the public aware about the 10 per cent rebate on the property tax being offered by the state government. The residents should make the most of it.” The MC officials claimed that the Local Government Residents pay property tax at the MC office in Amritsar. VISHAL KUMAR Department had set a target of collection at Rs 29.46 crore for 2022-23. However, the MC Commissioner asked the property tax wing to collect at least Rs 50 crore from the city. The city has potential to pay Rs 50 crore as property tax and it is the main source of income of the MC. As per the government rules, the filling of property tax return is compulsory for every proper- ty owner in the city. Even if the government gives exemption or waive off tax, the residents should file the tax return. Now, property owners in the city can get benefit of 10 per cent rebate on paying current tax before September 30. The residents can visit out citizen facilitation centres or pay the tax online. After December 31, the residents will have to pay 10 per cent penalty on the current tax. Remembering the institute that came to the rescue of repatriated patients Manmeet Singh Gill PAGE 2 MentalHospital, Lahore, when he was being repatriated to India. In Manto’s iconic story, Bishen Singh died at ‘no man’s land’ as he was shifted to India. The Sikh patients’ despair was because PA N RTITIO of the fact that his birthplace Toba Tek Singh was left behind in Pakistan. Dr Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health in Amritsar. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR In the first three years following the August 15, 1947, helpless patients, who did not which was felt by the likes of only 317 out of the total 650 even have a choice when the Mountbatten even before housed at the mental asylum history’s largest population India attained freedom. managed to survive. While the displacement was going on. Even history books do not Sikh and Hindu employees of Of these, 317 were repatriat- have much details to offer. Per- the Lahore hospital left in ed from Mental Hospital, haps there is no more accurate 1947 as per the new political Lahore, and 133 from Sindh account of the experiences of boundaries, the sick patients and Peshawar. Of the total these patients than Saadat had no such choice. As per 450, 282 Punjabi patients were Hasan Manto’s Toba Tek reports, 210 of these patients admitted to Amritsar Mental Singh, an account of what went died due to various diseases in Hospital, the necessity of inside the head of an inmate at the year 1947 itself. c m y b requested to cooperate with the police if they see any suspicious object or suspicious person and immediately report it to the police so that any untoward incident can be prevented as soon as possible. The name and address of the informant will be kept strictly confidential,” said Bhandal. Drone spotted in Lopoke area; weapons seized Amritsar, August 10 The rural police witnessed the movement of a Pakistani drone. As soon as the police received information about it, the Amritsar rural police launched a search operation and recovered four pistols, eight magazines and 140 cartridges. The drone was sighted in the Lopoke area on Tuesday night. A search operation was conducted this morning during which weapons, dropped by the drone, were found. One US-made Beretta pistol, Turkish-made Zigana pistol and two other pistols were recovered. — TNS 3 snatchers held; 20 cell phones recovered Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 10 On the interrogation of a thief, who had been arrested last week, the police claimed to have recovered 18 mobiles with the arrest of two snatchers on the information of a thief, who was arrested last week. The police arrested Akash, alias Maan, a resident of Preet Nagar, Batala Road, and Jageshwar Kumar, a native of Nepal, and currently residing at Batala Road, Amritsar. Civil Lines police revealed that they had arrested Rahul Kapoor, alias Kanda of Batala Road, on August 5 and recovered two mobile phones and a motorcycle from him. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP City-2) Prabhjot Singh Virk stated that a team led by SHO, Civil Lines police station, Amolkdeep Singh arrested accused Rahul Kapoor and during interrogation he informed about his accomplice Akash, who used to snatch bags and mobile phones from religious places, Company Bagh and the railway station in the city. On Rahul’s tip-off, the police nabbed Akash and recovered two mobile phones. During interrogation, Akash confessed that they used to sell the stolen mobile phones to Jageshwar Kumar of their locality at cheap prices. Their third accomplice Jageshwar Kumar was also arrested and 16 more mobile phones were seized from his possession. The police stated that the arrested accused would be interrogated thoroughly. The investigation is underway. Till now, 20 snatched mobile phones of different companies have been recovered from the trio. The police have registered a case in this regard. Petrol pump owner shot Amritsar, August 10 A petrol pump owner, identified as Mohan Singh, was shot dead by armed assailants in the city on late Wednesday evening. Senior police officials, including Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh and Deputy Commissioner of Police Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, reached the spot. The incident raised a question mark over the law and order situation in the city. This despite the fact that the city police carried out a flag march in view of the Independence Day celebrations. Mohan Singh runs a filling station on Fatehgarh Churian Road here. An eyewitness said the victim had just reached near his house when Innovaborne persons came and shot him leaving him dead. The eyewitness said nobody in the neighbourhood heard the gunshot. The accused had apparently put some kind of silencers on the weapons. The DCP said the investigation was under progress and CCTV cameras were being analysed near the spot to find some clues in the case. — TNS Support slain Sikh political prisoner’s family: Ramoowalia Watch out for LSD symptoms, experts warn dairy farmers Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 10 Amid the ongoing spread of lumpy skin disease among the animals, especially cows, the district veterinary department has advised the dairy farmers to watch for swollen lymph nodes in their animals. The department has advised the farmers to immediately report the matter to the veterinary officer of their area. The experts have further asked the farmers to isolate the diseased animals from the healthy animals so that the viral disease does not spread to other healthy animals. The experts further stated that there was no scientific proof so far that lumpy skin disease is a zoonotic disease. A zoonotic disease is a disease which can spread from animals to humans or vice versa. The officials added that the milk of such animals was not harmful for humans. The department has also asked the dairy farmers to not to believe in the unscientific videos being circulated on social media and instead consult a trained veterinary expert. Amritsar, August 10 Former Cabinet minister in the UP government Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, who has claimed to have made concerted efforts to facilitate the release of TADA convict Bhai Waryam Singh from UP jail, has raised voice to support his family’s survival. With the recommendations of then UP government led by Akhilesh Yadav, 70-year-old Sikh political prisoner Bhai Waryam Singh, a resident of Bari Bara village of Shahjahanpur constituency (UP), was released in 2015. He served 25 years and eight months in jail after he was held guilty in a case under TADA. Five years later, he died. Though the SGPC, Sikh Federation, UK, and Guru Nanak Langar Sewa Society, Canada, had extended monetary help to the family, Ramoowalia said the family of Waryam Singh’s family lived in penury. “His family has schoolgoing grandchildren who have miniscule sources of income. I appeal to the Sikh community to help them out,” he said. Former minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia (C) addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR SGPC member Kiranjot Kaur, who also supported the cause and attended the press conference along with the deceased Waryam Singh’s daughter-in-law Sukhbir Kaur and granddaughter Simarjeet Kaur. She assured that she would take up the issue with the SGPC to help the family, especially the children’s education and their future prospects. Amidst the politicallycharged debate in Punjab about the release of Sikh political prisoners, Ramoowalia accused the SAD (Badal) of not raising the issue with its ally BJP ruling the Centre on the issue. “Badals rather discouraged me from taking up the case of Waryam Singh’s release saying that it could not be matured till Home Ministry’s approval, yet I did not give up and made it possible through the UP government,” he said. He urged the present state government led by Bhagwant Singh Mann to procure the file prepared by him from the UP government on the basis of which other political prisoners too could be released. “I will also take up the issue of another Sikh political prisoner Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar whose release case was also in limbo,” he said. Tribune News Service
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