03092022-ATR-01.qxd 9/3/2022 12:05 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE REDUCE USE OF GROUNDWATER FOR IRRIGATION: MINISTER NIJJAR PAGE 2 Minister Inderbir Singh Nijjar asks the farmers to adopt a far-sighted approach in farming to be future ready. PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF THREE GUEST HOUSE MANAGERS BOOKED Amritsar: Taking a serious view of violation of certain orders by hotels and guest houses near the Golden Temple, the police have booked managers of these hotels for allegedly violating orders issued by the Deputy Commissioner. The police said they were not maintaining a record of customers staying in their premises. Among those booked include Amritpal Singh, Inderpal Singh and Hardeep Singh. Separate cases under Section 188 of the IPC was registered against them. They were later released on bail. TNS 3 WOMEN ROBBED OF VALUABLES Amritsar: The city reported three snatching instances in which three women were robbed of mobiles, purse and gold chain. The police arrested two snatchers in one of the incidents. Unidentified miscreants snatched a purse from a woman identified as Rani of Kot Khalsa when she was returning home from a market. The purse contained ~2,500. In another case, three unidentified robbers snatched a gold chain from Parmilla of the Rattan Singh Chowk area when she was returning home in the wee hours of Thursday. When she reached near her house on scooter, the accused snatched her gold chain. In the third incident, two snatchers looted a mobile from Geeta Rani, who works as a supervisor in a private hospital. The police nabbed two snatchers, Akashdeep Singh and Gurdev Singh of Kaler village. TNS PAGE 3 SHILPA SHINDE RETURNS TO TELEVISION AFTER TWO YEARS Leonardo DiCaprio is said to have been seeing Gigi Hadid following his split from girlfriend Camila Morrone. MAX 36°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:52 PM PAGE 4 Bigg Boss 11 winner Shilpa Shinde has joined the much-awaited dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:07 AM SATURDAY | 3 SEPTEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR Crackdown on illegal mining, 16 held Out on bail, 23-yr-old killed over old enmity PK Jaiswar 10 ACCUSED RELEASED ON BAIL Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 2 The Punjab Police with the help of the Border Security Force arrested 16 persons from different areas falling under Ramdass, Bhindi Saida and Ajnala police stations in the rural belt here on Thursday. The police confiscated four tractor-trailers and two pickup vehicles laden with illegally excavated sand. Separate cases under the Mines and Minerals Act have been registered against them. Of the 16 arrested persons, 10 were later released on bail. Ramdass police booked Kuldeep Singh and Palwinder Singh, both residents of Chaharpur village, for illegal mining. The police got a tip-off that the accused were carrying out illegal mining in Kotli Barwala village. When a ■ The police with the help of Border Security Force personnel arrested 16 persons from different areas falling under Ramdass, Bhindi Saida and Ajnala police stations in the rural belt on Thursday ■ The police confiscated four tractor-trailers and two pick-up vehicles laden with illegally excavated sand. Of the 16 arrested persons, 10 were later released on bail. They all face cases under the Mining and Mineral Act FILE PHOTO FORECAST DICAPRIO ‘DATING’ GIGI HADID AFTER SPLIT FROM CAMILA team of the Mining Department reached the spot, the duo fled away leaving two tractor-trailers behind. Similarly, the Border Security Force apprehended 10 persons from Gulgarh village while digging sand illegally. It confiscated two pick-up vehicles from the spot which were later handed over to Bhindi Saida police. Those arrested have been identified as Sukhwant Singh of Dayal Rangar village, Nanta Singh of Awan Vasau village, Major Singh of Saidpur village, Bhola Singh of Dayal Rangar village and Lodha Singh, Manga Singh, Baljit Singh, Surajpal Singh, Yodha Singh, Amanjot Singh, all residents of Gulgarh village. All were later released on bail. In another instance, Bhindi Saida police booked Mintoo and Harchand Singh of Talle village for similar offence. The mining officials along with a police party raided the village following a tip-off. They found fresh signs of tyre of machinery from the spot. Following demarcation, they booked the duo as the land belonged to them. Similarly, Ajnala police arrested Sukhdev Singh of Raipur Kalan, Satnam Singh of Bhindi, Bhagol Singh, Gurnam Singh of Sarangdev village, Kulwant Singh of Raipur Kotli village and Lakhvir singh of Teda Rajputa village. Sukhdev was nabbed by BSF jawans while he was driving tractor-trailer carrying sand in Raipur Kalan village. Remaining accused were also held by the BSF for excavating sand and loading it in a tractor-trailer from agricultural land. The land belonged to Gulab Singh. Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 2 Shiv Kumar (23) of Khalsa Nagar on Tarn Taran Road was killed by several persons over an old enmity here on Friday. He had recently come out on bail from jail. Family members of the deceased alleged that he was earlier implicated in a false case of physical assault by Lucky of the same locality. They had brought him on bail around 20 days ago. Assistant Commissioner of Police Maninder Singh said on the statement of the family members, the police had booked around 12 persons, including Lucky, Ashu and Nishan, and raids were on to nab them. The ACP said efforts were also on to identify the remaining suspects. Victim Shiv Kumar Mannu of Khalsa Nagar said they belonged to a labour class family and his brother Shiv used to work as a delivery boy with an online food delivery company. He alleged that around two years ago, Lucky ran away with his sister on the pretext of marriage but later returned and refused to marry her. He said following this, his sister died by suicide. continued on page 2 Church vandalism: Cops tell religious shrines’ mgmt to install CCTV cameras PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 2 Following the vandalisation of religious statues in Patti subdivision of Tarn Taran recently, senior police officers, led by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Dr Naresh Arora, supervised security arrangements at various religious places here on Friday. He was accompanied by Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Parminder Singh Bhandal. He visited Mata Lal Devi Temple Rani Ka Bagh, ADGP supervises security arrangements Panch Rattan Mandir in Chheharta, St Mary Catholic Church located at Gumtala bypass, St Paul’s Cathedral Church, New Rialto, Jama Masjid at Hall Gate, etc, among other religious shrines here. The ADGP interacted with cops and managements of these religious shrines. While interacting with senior police authorities, he asked the managements of these shrines to install better quality CCTVs at shrines. He said on the directions of DGP Gaurav Yadav, senior police officers from the Punjab Police headquarters were checking security arrangements at various religious places across the state following the Tarn Taran incident. He said anti-social elements were trying to create a rift between different communities to disturb the peaceful situation in the state. While talking to senior police officers, he asked them to increase PCR teams and patrolling near vulnerable places. He also asked man- agements of religious places to install CCTVs at various routes to the shrines. Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh said there were 391 gurdwaras, 300 temples, 69 churches, 31 mosques and nine deras falling under the Amritsar city Police Commissionerate. He said the security scenario had been checked at all shrines. He said around 1,140 cops had been deputed on 41 special nakas in the city, which were being supervised by seven ADCP (Additional Deputy Commissioners of Police) and 12 ACP (Assistant Commissioners of Police) rank officers. ADGP Naresh Arora (2L) and other officers during a visit to a temple in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Owners of unauthorised buildings seek ‘When CM can attend regularisation, readyto pay ~25/sq ft fee functions with spouse, Amritsar, September 2 Over 400 unauthorised commercial buildings, most of them hotels, lodges, stay houses, inns, showrooms, shops, etc, raised in the vicinity of the Golden Temple are ready to shell out regularisation fee of Rs 25 per square foot. A delegation of the Federation of Hotels and Guest Houses Association recently met Local Bodies Minister Dr Inderjit Singh Nijjar to convey the same. The delegation members said they had taken up the matter with the previous SAD and Congress governments, but they insisted on paying Rs 500 per square foot (for constructed area), which was not economically viable. Therefore, they wanted to urge the new government to consider the matter, taking into account the financial Teachers’ front to observe Sept 5 as ‘black day’ Use cow cess to set up shelters in every constituency: Animal lovers Amritsar, September 2 Members of the district unit of the Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) raised the issue of regularisation of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) teachers and giving benefits of service as per norms to ODL teachers. DTF district president Ashwani Awasthi said: “While many ODL recruits have been regularised and promoted since 2019, over 125 of them are yet to be regularised. They have been left out due to discriminative attitude of the department. In 2019, in a case of Karamjit Kaur vs Punjab Government, the Punjab and Haryana High Court continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Tribune News Service condition of the small lodges and stays which had suffered losses on account of the Covid-19 pandemic. The government enacted the Amritsar Walled City (Recognition of Usage) Act, 2016, but it remains unimplemented as the matter is sub judice. Members of the association said the Bhagwant Mann-led government should take a cue from the Delhi Government that had authorised over 1,200 illegal hotels before conducting the Commonwealth Games. Environmentalists and heritage lovers are of the opinion that lodges create a lot of pollution and heat, which damage gold plates, besides filling the holy sarovar around the Golden Temple with silt. Over 400 hotels means an equal number of kitchens, over 2,000 rooms, a large number of air-conditioners and the same number of washrooms. Roadways workers stage a protest on Friday. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI Roadways workers demand regular jobs Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, September 2 Employees of the Punjab Roadways, Punbus and Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC) working on a contract basis organised a gate rally in front of the local roadway workshop here on Friday. They were seeking fulfilment of their current demands. A call to hold the protest was given by the Punjab Roadways, Punbus, PRTC Contract Workers’ Union. Addressing on the occasion, Satnam Singh Tur, president of the local depot branch of the union, and other leaders condemned the state government for not responding to their THREATEN TO INTENSIFY AGITATION IF DEMANDS ARE NOT MET demands being raised over past few years. The leaders warned of intensifying their agitation in case their genuine demands were not met soon. Their demands include regularisation of the services of the employees working on contract, reinstatement of the employees removed on one or another pretext, introducing new buses by the roadways department, recruitment of staff on a permanent basis, etc. The employees also organised a gate rally in the workshop of the roadways in Patti. Amritsar, September 2 Activists of animal welfare bodies today held a demonstration outside the office of the Municipal Corporation here on Friday. They demanded that funds collected in the name of cow cess should be utilised for setting up cow shelters in every district. They said the state government had collected a huge amount of money under the cess, but had not utilised it for the welfare of animals. Representatives of various organisations were led by AntiCrime and Animal Protection Association chairman Dr Rohan Mehra said due to the c m y b lumpy skin disease outbreak, the number of stray cows on roads had increased as people were abandoning their cattle. At present, there is only one cow shelter in the Chheharta area and it too is in a pitiable condition. As the number of animals in the shelter is already above its capacity, more cows are not brought to there, said Dr Mehra. “The state government has collected huge funds in the name of cow cess. But it hardly did anything for the welfare of stray cows in the city. Earlier, we had met the authorities requesting them for opening up new cow shelters in each constituency in the city. But when the authorities did not do anything, we were forced to raise our voice by holding a protest,” he said. Later, a meeting of their delegation was arranged with MC Joint Commissioner Deepjot Kaur. The MC authorities fixed September 9 as the next date of meeting for holding discussion on opening cow shelters in each constituency. Following this, the protest dharna was lifted by the activists. why can’t sarpanches?’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 2 With Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann attending official functions with his wife, MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla has questioned the moral stand of the AAP government in preventing husbands of elected women sarpanches from attending government organised events. During a visit to the underconstruction underpass at Jaura Phatak, to oversee development programmes, he said, “As the CM continues to attend official functions with his wife, they have no moral right to ask others not to follow suit.” Continuing his tirade against CM Mann, he said, “Ours being a border state, the CM needs full security cover. Yet there are some places like Gurughar where he does not require massive security cover.” On the construction of the underpass, he said it was a long-pending demand of the people of the area to have an uninterrupted connectivity over Joura Phatak. The Rs 25.50-crore underpass was inaugurated on March 2, 2021. He said the underpass would be thrown open to the public next month. Dispelling the fear of rainwater accumulation, he said the underpass would be covered and two recharge wells would be installed. He assured that the portion of the expressway highway passing through the district would be constructed to provide greater connectivity to the natives of the district. MP Gurjit Aujla (3L) in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR
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