15092022-ATR-01.qxd 9/15/2022 12:08 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES HIT AS SAND, BRICK PRICES SOAR A number of construction labourers have been without work and daily wages for the past nearly a month. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY PAGE 2 DILJIT DOSANJH-STARRER JOGI RELIVES THE TURBULENT TIMES PAGE 3 RAMYA KRISHNAN DEBUTS AS JUDGE ON OTT WITH DANCE IKON Diljit Dosanjh-starrer Jogi, which premieres on Netflix this Friday, brings out a story from 1984. MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:36 PM PAGE 4 OTT platform AHA is all set to launch its show Dance Ikon with diva Ramya Krishnan making her debut as a judge. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:14 AM THURSDAY | 15 SEPTEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR Property tax not paid, 8 shops sealed Of 13, six traders pay pending dues on spot | Dept collects ~30.30 lakh Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 14 The Property Tax Department of the Municipal Corporation (MC) cracked the whip on the defaulters of property tax and sealed eight shops here today. Municipal Corporation Commissioner Kumar Saurabh Raj and Joint Commissioner Hardeep Singh held a meeting with the officials of property tax wing yesterday and instructed them to take action against defaulters. Officials of the West and Central Zone of the MC started the sealing drive today. West Zone Superintendent Harbans Lal, Inspector Ravinder Pal, Inspector Tarsem Singh and Satinder Kumar along with their team visited 13 defaulters. Of these, six traders paid the pending tax on the spot. The team today sealed Good Luck Tailor, Modern Homes and 360 Nutrition at Drug peddler nabbed with 140-gm heroin Amritsar, September 14 The city police arrested a drug peddler from Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Maqbulpura today. The accused has been identified as Rajinder Singh alias Happy of Maqbulpura. Investigating officer ASI Harjit Singh stated that a police party on patrolling came across suspecious movement of a person heading towards Ganda nullah. On seeing the police he tried to flee from the spot. The cops on duty nabbed him and during search 140 gm of heroin and 13,580 drug money was recovered from him. The accused would be produced before the court in order to secure his remand to investigate the matter further and to ascertain his forward and backward links, claimed police officials. — TNS ‘SEAL WILL BE OPENED AFTER DUES ARE PAID’ Officials of the West and Central Zone of the MC started the drive and sealed Good Luck Tailor, Modern Homes and 360 Nutrition at Khandwala Chowk and Western Beauty, Royal Saloon, Medical Hall and Rahul Boot Shop in Sandhu Colony, Chheharta. Superintendent Harbans Lal said the seals of the shops would be opened after the tax was paid. Superintendent Jaswinder Singh said notices had been issued to the Waqf Board shops in Hall Bazar and the Machhi Mandi area. << Officials of the property tax wing seal a shop in Amritsar Khandwala Chowk and Western Beauty, Royal Saloon, Medical Hall and Rahul Boot Shop in Sandhu Colony, Chheharta. Superintendent Harbans Lal said the seals of the shops would be opened after the tax is paid. Similarly, Central Zone Superintendent Jaswinder Singh, Inspector Sitaram, Inspector Rajeev Tandon, Recovery clerk Lakhwinder Singh, Gurinder Singh and Rishi Kumar, along with their team, visited the Hyde Market area. Superintendent Jaswinder Singh said notices had been issued to the Waqf Board shops in Hall Bazar and the Machhi Mandi area. The department collected Rs 30.30 lakh of property tax today. A total of 625 property owners paid the tax. The department has collected Rs 12.55 crore in this financial year so far. Meanwhile, the property tax wing organised a camp at Mall Road and collected Rs 8.93 lakh tax from 36 property tax payers in the camp, stated Property Tax Nodal Officer Daljit Singh. The Chheharta police with the arrested persons and bikes seized from them in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Gang of bike thieves busted, 4 held Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 14 The city police busted a gang of motorcycle thieves. Four miscreants have been arrested and 20 stolen motorcycles from their possession have been recovered in the Chheharta area. The arrested accused have been identified as Vishal, alias Karan, Harjinder Singh, alias Laddu, Akashdeep Singh, alias 20 motorcycles seized from them Akash, and Gurbinder Singh, alias Gujar, residents of Panjwad Kalan village, near Jhabal in Tarn Taran. ASI Balwinder Singh said during a routine checking at Cheharta Chowk on September 10, Vishal and Harjinder were intercepted by a police team. During check- ing, the police found that the registration plate of their bike was fake. After arresting and interrogating them, the police got information about four more stolen motorcycles, which were recovered. They also named two of their accomplices — Akashdeep and Gurbinder Singh. Following which, they were also arrested with four motorcycles. After presenting the arrested continued on page 2 Agitation over electricity theft Culprits will be nabbed soon: ADGP Shukla cases in Jhabal enters Day 2 CHURCH VANDALISM Holds meeting with SIT members Our Correspondent Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, September 14 Farmers and officials of the Powercom have come at loggerhead over the power theft cases in which as many as 15 consumers were found stealing power by a team of the officials, led by SDO Jhabal, a few days back. Meanwhile, the farmers’ dharna entered the second day here today. They are demanding waiver of the penalty imposed by Powercom officials on consumers who were found stealing power. Today, they blocked the office of SDO Powercom, Jhabal. Jasbir Singh Gandiwind , district president, BKU (ED), said they would continue their protest till the penalty was not waived off. On the other hand, unions of the Powercom employees Powercom employees after holding a meeting over the issue. and officials in their meeting held on Wednesday in Tarn Taran decided to remain shut the official work in the Jhabal and Sarai Amanat Khan subdivision for indefinite period, as a result Powercom offices remained closed today. Gurpreet Singh Gandiwind, leader of the Powercom employees, said they would shut the office till the accused consumers booked by the Jhabal police for power theft were not arrested. In another report, more than 20 consumers of Dode, Chhapa and other villages had been booked by the antipower theft police, Verka, on Wednesday. An official of the Jhabal police said we were keeping a close watch on the activities of both the parties and no one would be allowed to take law in his hands. Tarn Taran, September 14 Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Law and Order Arpit Shukla on Wednesday held a meeting with Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the desecration and fire incident at a church in Tarn Taran which occurred about two weeks back. The ADGP along with SIT members also visited the crime spot to discuss the status of the investigation. A three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ferozepur Range comprising SSP Tarn Taran and SP Investigation Tarn Taran as its members, was constituted to ensure an effective and speedy investigation of the desecration and fire incident at a church in Thakarpura ADGP Arpit Shukla with members of the SIT in Patti. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI village of Tarn Taran. The ADGP addressing the media outside the church, showed satisfaction over the ongoing investigation by the SIT and said that the accused persons would be held soon. “The investigation is on a right track. Culprits will be behind the bars soon and strict punitive action against them will be ensured,” he reiterated. The Patti Sadar police had registered a case under Sections 295-A, 452, 427, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. ADGP Arpit Shukla has also visited the India-Pakistan border to hold a meeting with officers of the Border Security Force (BSF) to discuss strategies to counter the drone operations at Punjab borders, which have emerged as a new threat to the national security horizon. Giving a call for total synergy and teamwork between BSF and Punjab Police, the ADGP assured full support to the BSF and asked the its officials to share sector-wise inputs on movements of suspected persons with the Punjab Police so that they can keep a sharp vigil on their activities and ensure penal action against those found involved in any criminal activity. ADGP Arpit Shukla also directed the SSPs of the border districts to strengthen police checkpoints, especially at night, at the second line of defence in their respective jurisdictions and ensure checking of maximum vehicles at every naka, which will help in curtailing the terrorist and criminal activities. Protest against delay in relief Tribune News Service Members of BKU (Ugrahan) protest in Amritsar. VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar, September 14 Farmer activists under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta Ugrahan staged a protest outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Wednesday. They protested poor condition of roads and anomalies in payment of compensation for land acquisition for highways. The BKU leaders stated that the road from Garinda to Bir Baba Budha Sahib was in poor condition and farmers were facing a lot of inconvenience in transportation of agricultural produce. They said the work of road from Amritsar to Fatehgarh Churrian too had not been completed. Association’s general sec- Majha farmers to stage indefinite protest Tribune News Service DEMAND RELINING OF UPPAR BARI DOAB CANAL Amritsar, September 14 Farmers from four districts of Majha — Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot — have announced an indefinite protest outside the canal office here from September 19. The protest will be organised by Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, a farmers association. The association is demanding relining of Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) so that it could carry the full sanctioned discharge of 9000 cusecs. At present due to old and The protest will be organised by Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, a farmers’ association. The association is demanding relining of Uppar Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) so that it could carry the full sanctioned discharge of 9,000 cusecs. worn out infrastructure, the canal can carry only around 4000 cusecs of water. Built in 1853, UBDC is one of the oldest canal systems of the region and provides irrigation water to 1.35 million acres of land in all the four districts of Majha region. Dr Satnam Singh Ajnala president of Jamhoori Kisan Sabha said, “We demand the strengthening of the banks of the canal, all its distributaries and minor canals so that water reaches each and every field.” He complained that farmers were forced to draw ground water for irrigation, which had caused depletion of water table. With no canal water available in most of the areas, the farmers are over dependent on ground water, said Rattan Singh Randhawa, another farmer leader. He also highlighted the issue of releasing sewerage water in the canal and called the practice disturbing. “Not long ago, farmers relied on canal water only and used tubewells only in case of dire needs. Now most of the villages do not even get canal water,” he said adding that the government should take up the issue on priority as life and livelihood of people depends on agriculture. c m y b retary Palwinder Singh Mahal said they had been highlighting the issue of anomalies in the payment of compensation for land acquisition for long but the administration had failed to initiate any action. The association leaders also held a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner and presented a memorandum regarding their demands. 326 farmers to get machines on subsidy Amritsar, September 14 The District Agricultural Department has given a nod to 326 farmers for purchasing 392 machines under the Central scheme — Promotion of Agricultural Mechanisation for In-Situ Management of Crop Residue. Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Jatinder Singh Gill said the selected beneficiaries were required to buy the machines within the stipulated time and continued on page 2 Tourists at the Heritage Street near the Golden Temple in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR CII to rope in IIM-Amritsar to chalk out plan to boost tourism Vijay C Roy Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 14 To push the tourism sector, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) would rope in IIM-Amritsar to prepare a tourism development plan for Amritsar. The city’s share in the state’s tourist footfall was 73 per cent in 2021. With 1.98 crore tourists visiting Amritsar in 2021, the City’s share in state’s tourist footfall was 73% in 2021 city needs a comprehensive tourism plan to push the sector to trigger economic boom in the state. Also, the state is at number seven in all states in foreign tourist arrivals. “We are roping in IIM-Amritsar to prepare a tourism devel- opmental plan for Amritsar as there is a dire need to improve tourism infrastructure and marketing,” said CII chairman Amit Thapar. According to insiders, in addition to the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and Durgiana Temple, there were many heritage projects and places of tourist importance, which can further boost the sector. continued on page 2
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