30082022-ATR-01.qxd 8/30/2022 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE INCREASE IN RATES OF SAND UPSETS PEOPLE’S BUDGET The spike in rates of sand has upset the budget of people who are constructing commercial and residential buildings. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY PAGE 2 PAGE 3 SAJID KHAN’S 100% TO STAR BIG BOSS FAME SHEHNAAZ GILL Shehnaaz Gill, who rose to fame with reality show Bigg Boss 13, will be seen in Sajid Khan’s next film 100% MAX 35°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:57 PM BADE ACHHLE LAGTE HAI 2 NOT GOING OFF AIR, SAYS DISHA PAGE 4 Actor Disha Parmar has rubbished the rumours about the show, Bade Achhle Lagte Hai 2, going off air. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:05 AM TUESDAY | 30 AUGUST 2022 | AMRITSAR Mosquito-breeding grounds at GMC a cause for concern INBRIEF VENDOR ROBBED OF ~18,000, PHONE ‘Norm violators being challaned with exception of govt buildings’ Manmeet Singh Gill Amritsar: A vegetable shopkeeper was robbed of Rs 18,000 and a mobile phone by four armed persons at Tahli Wala Chowk on the Mehta Road in the wee hours on Sunday. He was going to his shop in Vallah when the accused snatched Rs 18,000 from him. The victim, Kulwant Rai of Mahindra Colony, told the police that he runs a vegetable shop in the Vallah vegetable market. He said around 4 am on Sunday, he was going to the market on his scooter. When he reached near Tahliwala Chowk, four unidentified persons came on two scooters and stopped him. He said they pointed a dagger at him and snatched Rs 18,000 cash, his mobile phone and fled the spot. Investigating Officer Sub-Inspector Satnam Singh said a case under Sections 34, 379-B and 34 of the IPC had been registered against the snatchers and investigations were in progress to identify them. He said CCTV footages in the area were being analysed to identify the accused. TNS MINOR RAPED, ONE BOOKED Tarn Taran: A 12-year-old girl was raped by a person of her own village. The incident that occurred about two weeks ago was reported to the police on Sunday and a case has been registered. The victim’s mother, in her statement to the police, said her daughter had gone to the village market on August 16 when the accused, Joban, lured her and took her to the nearby fields to commit the crime. The victim disclosed the matter to her mother on Sunday and the duo reported the matter to the police. The statement of the victim’s mother was recorded by Sub-Inspector Sunita Rani and a case under Sections 376 (A and B) and 6 of the POCSO Act has been registered against the accused. OC BODY OF MISSING YOUTH FOUND Amritsar: The body of a youth, identified as Sukhchain Singh, of Hargobindpura locality in the Guru Ki Wadali area was found in Doraha canal of Ludhiana. He had been missing since August 19. Kulwinder Singh, father of the victim, said he left the house on his bike, but did not return. He said the family tried to locate him, but in vain. ASI Gurpartap Singh said inquest proceedings were launched after the family approached the police. He said he apparently committed suicide. TNS 1 NABBED WITH INTOXICANTS Amritsar: The police arrested Ajay of Muradpura area in Tarn Taran. A total of 860 intoxicating tablets were allegedly seized from his possession. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him and further investigations were in progress. TNS Tribune News Service The arrested persons in police custody on Monday. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI Gang involved in illegal sand mining busted in Tarn Taran District police arrest four while as many fled spot DEEP NEXUS Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, August 29 In a major operation conducted in the Mand area of the Sutlej here on Sunday, the district police unearthed a gang involved in illegal sand mining on a large scale. The police arrested four persons while as many managed to escape from the spot. In a raid at Kalake Uttaar near Sabhra village, a team of officials of the Patti Sadar police station led by SubInspector Kewal Singh not only arrested four persons but also impounded a poclain machine, three sand-filled tractor trolleys and three tippers. One of the arrested accused, identified as Waryan Singh, is a resident of Kot Budha (Tarn Taran district) and the remaining — Sukhdev Singh, Chamkaur Singh and Kala Singh Kalu — are of Ajnala tehsil in Amritsar district. The whereabouts of those absconding are not known yet. As a poclain machine and three tippers were used for large-scale mining, police sources said the gang was having links with higher-ups. Residents of the area informed the police of illegal mining going on a very large scale at night. The Patti Sadar police had registered a case under Section 21(1) of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act and Section 379 of the IPC. The accused were on Monday produced in a court, which sent them to two-day police custody. Amritsar, August 29 Despite tall claims of having taken steps to check the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, there are many mosquito-breeding sites in Government Medical College, which have become a cause for concern. Apart from the ditches dug as part of the ongoing construction works and other sites where rainwater can accumulate, the old physiotherapy centre at the medical college here is one such spot. The centre adjacent to the OPD (Outpatient Department) registration counter is inundated for the last many days. The broken water supply pipes have resulted in flooding in the centre, which now lies locked. However, as no efforts are being made to fix the problem, visitors to the place fear for their safety as such places are a potential mosquito-breeding ground. A hospital official said, “The matter has been reported to the repair and maintenance wing of the government and they are looking into the problem.” Every year a large number of dengue cases and even deaths due to the disease are reported from the city. Officials of the Health Depart- The old physiotherapy centre at Government Medical College in Amritsar on Monday. VISHAL KUMAR been ❝The matter has been ❝As many as 1,452 challans had, so far,larvae reported to the repair and issued to various buildings after mosquito maintenance wing of the government and they are looking into the problem. were detected from their premises. The department teams do not discriminate between government and private buildings. A hospital official Dr Madan Mohan, DISTRICT EPIDEMIOLOGIST ment usually issues challans to private residences and buildings, but government buildings often fail to comply with the guidelines. District Epidemiologist Dr Madan Mohan said 1,452 challans had, so far, been issued to various buildings after mosquito larvae were detected from their premises. He said the department teams did not discriminate between government and private buildings. “Our mandate is to check the premises and report the matter to the MC team if mosquito larva is found. It is the MC team which issues challans.” Health Department officials stated that the proac- tive approach of the department in conducting inspections and organising awareness programmes had helped in keeping the count of dengue patients low. “The district has reported merely six dengue cases this year. Last year, over 100 cases were reported till date,” said Dr Madan Mohan. Potable canal water for all villages 3-member panel to probe soon,15 projects underway: Jimpa explosion at GNDU lab Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 29 Minister for Revenue and Water Supply Brahm Shankar Jimpa has said all villages and cities of the state would be provided with clean drinking water from canals. While inspecting a canal water project being constructed at Majupura village near here on Monday, he said at present, 15 projects were underway to make canal water potable. He said around 1,700 villages of Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka and Ferozepur districts would get potable canal water through these projects. The minister said Rs 1,100 crore was being invested to provide improved quality water in the entire state. “Four canal water-based schemes worth Rs 378 crore will provide potable water to Inspects canal water project at Majupura village Minister Brahm Shankar in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO 369 villages here. The private companies engaged in this work have been given a period of 10 years for water supply. This will ensure uninterrupted water supply,” said the minister. Arrangements for water sampling and testing have been made from time to time. He said in the areas of the state where water is not drinkable, RO systems should be installed immediately. He said in many arsenic-affected areas, with the assistance of IIT-Chennai, arsenic-cum-iron removal plants were being installed to provide clean drinking water. Earlier, while inspecting the work of the Regional Water Testing Laboratory, Jimpa said one state-level, six regional, 17 district-level and seven block-level laboratories were working in Punjab to test the purity of water. He appealed to people to take advantage of these laboratories. Among others, MLAs Jaswinder Singh and Jeevan Jyot Kaur and Principal Secretary of the department DK Tiwari were also present. Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 29 A departmental committee has been constituted by Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) authorities to look into the recent incident of an explosion that occurred at a chemistry lab in the university. A student was critically injured in the incident. The three-member committee will consist of Head of Department of Chemistry Dr Sukhpreet Singh; senior professor of chemistry Prof Kamaljeet Singh and a retired professor, Manoj Kumar. The HoD said: “Terms of reference include probing the cause of incident and give specific reasons behind the mishap; to design a standard operating procedure for such experiments so that such cases can be prevented in future and to give suggestions for further safety of students. The Will submit report in 2-3 days to earlier ❝Contrarylaboratory is a reports, the medicinal chemistry research lab. Raw material was being used for research in medicinal chemistry and during preparations, the experiment turned aggressive and an explosion was caused. Dr Sukhpreet Singh, HOD enquiry report will be submitted within two or three days.” He said contrary to earlier reports, the laboratory was a medicinal chemistry research lab. “Raw material was being used for research in medicinal chemistry and during preparations, the experiment turned aggressive and an explosion was caused. The damage to the laboratory is minimal and we will be further assessing the damages during the enquiry,” he said. He also gave an update on the treatment and recovery of the student, who got serious injuries in her eyes due to the explosion. “The surgery on her left eye has been performed and the one on the right eye will be done. She is recovering,” he said. Anganwari union chief ‘murdered’ Court frames charges against 9 suspects Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 29 Anganwari Union president Paramjit Kaur was hacked to death here on Sunday late evening. A resident of Baharwal village, she was alone at her home when the incident took place. The police are yet to identify the perpetrators and the motive behind the killing. Investigating Officer Mantej Singh said the police were working on different theories, while CCTV Police yet to identify accused & motive behind killing cameras in the area were being analysed to find clues about the suspects. Kuldeep Singh, the complainant and son of the deceased, stated to the police that her two sisters were married and he was in the Army. He said few days ago, he came on a leave and had gone for some work on Sunday evening. He said his mother, Paramjit Kaur, who was the president of the Anganwari Union, was alone at home. He said when he returned home, he found her lying in a pool of blood. He said he immediately informed his relatives and called the police. Police officers said the body was handed over to the family after autopsy and a murder case was registered against unknown persons in this regard. c m y b Tribune News Service 194-KG HEROIN SEIZURE Amritsar, August 29 The court of Additional Sessions Judge on Monday framed charges against nine suspects, including an Afghanistan national, in connection with the seizure of 194-kg heroin by the Special Task Force in February 2020. According to information, charges were framed in the FIR (number 20) registered with the STF police station in Mohali under Sections 21, 25, 27-A, 29, 61 and 85 of ■ According to information, charges were framed in the FIR (number 20) registered with the STF police station in Mohali under Sections 21, 25, 27-A, 29, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act ■ The STF had registered two FIRs (numbers 20 and 23) regarding the seizure of 194kg heroin from the house of SAD leader Anwar Masih in February 2020. The seizure was made following the disclosure by Sukhbir Singh Happy who was arrested with 6-kg heroin the NDPS Act. The charges were framed against Sukhbir Singh, alias Happy, garment trader Ankush Kapoor, Sukhwinder Singh, Major Singh, Punjabi film actor Mantej Singh, Afghanistan national Arman Basharmal, Kuldeep Singh, alias Sonu, Malkeet Singh and a woman, Tammana Gupta. The STF had registered two FIRs (numbers 20 and 23) regarding the seizure of 194-kg heroin from the house of SAD leader Anwar Masih in February 2020. The seizure was made following the disclosure by Sukhbir Singh Happy who was arrested with 6-kg heroin. Advocate Vinod Marwaha said the charges could not be framed in FIR number 23 as two accused had filed a discharge application in the court. The court has fixed continued on page 2
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