20092022-ATR-01.qxd 9/19/2022 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE TEACHERS’ UNION SEEK RELEASE OF MID-DAY MEAL GRANT Members of the Democratic Teachers’ Union expressed concern over the delay in payment of mid-day meal funds. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 2 ARRESTED WITH 4 STOLEN MOBIKES Tarn Taran: Valtoha police arrested two vehicle lifters with four stolen bikes in the village on Sunday. Sub-Inspector Charan Singh, in-charge of the Algo Kothi police post, said the arrested vehicle lifters had been identified as Mehakpreet Singh of Singhpura and Avtar Singh Kala of Dholan village. The Sub-Inspector (SI) said the accused had been lifting vehicles from busy areas and used to sell these at cheap rates to innocent customers. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC had been registered in this regard. The accused were on Monday produced in a court, which sent them to police custody for two days. The SI said more stolen vehicles were expected to be recovered during the interrogation of the accused. OC YOUTH THRASHED, SEVEN BOOKED Amritsar: A youth identified as Robindeep Singh of Meharbanpura was brutally thrashed by several persons in Mehrabanpura village here on Sunday. Following a complaint by his friend Manpreet Singh, the police have booked seven persons for bid murder and causing grievous injuries. Those booked include Sunny Singh, Raja, Akashdeep Singh, Maan Singh, Kahan Singh, Manna and Partap Singh, all residents of the same village. Manpreet stated to the police that he got a call from Robindeep that the accused had surrounded him near Meharbanpur bus stop. He said when he went there, the accused were brutally thrashing him and left him seriously injured. The police said raids were on to nab the suspects. TNS TWO NABBED FOR STEALING TREES Tarn Taran: The city police arrested two persons for axing and stealing three fully-grown safeda trees in front of Harpreet auto mobile workshop along the Jhabal bypass road here on Sunday. The trees were planted by the Forest Department. Besides, 10 accomplices of those arrested fled the spot. The police said the accused had been identified as Harpreet Singh Mannu and Sonu of Tarn Taran. The accused used to axe trees and took these to some undisclosed location. The police had registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC and Section 33 of the Forest Act, 1927. oc YOUTH ARRESTED FOR RAPING TEEN Amritsar: The Ajnala police have arrested a youth, Rahul Masih, for allegedly raping a teenage girl, while his accomplice, Suraj Masih of Umarpura village, is still at large. The 17-year-old victim stated to the police that the incident occurred on Saturday night when she was sleeping in her room. She alleged that Rahul Masih entered her room and raped her. He also threatened her of dire consequences for reporting the crime. She said Suraj was standing outside her house during the incident and later, the duo escaped the spot. On her statement, the police have registered a case under Sections 376, 506 and 120-B of the IPC against the accused. Investigating officer Sneh Lata said Rahul had been nabbed while Suraj was absconding. She said medical examination of the victim had been conducted and investigations were on. TNS PAGE 2 EMBATTLED DIRECTOR WOODY ALLEN TO RETIRE AFTER WASP 22 PAGE 3 Embattled director Woody Allen has announced that he will hang his boots after the release of his next film, Wasp 22. MAX 35°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:30 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:17 AM Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Farmers from four districts of the Majha region protest in Amritsar on Monday. VISHAL KUMAR WAS BUILT BY SHAH JAHAN IN 1693 The Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) was first built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1693 for carrying water from the Ravi from Madhopur to Lahore. Improvements in the canals were made by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. A weir type headworks, with a properly designed distributaries system was constructed by the Britishers in 1879. At the time of Partition, full supply discharge of the UBDC during kharif season was 6,900 cusecs. The canal system collapsed in the 1990s and despite efforts, the government failed to revive it till date. sanctioned limit of 9,000 cusecs of water, the agricultural sector has become over dependent on groundwater. A veteran farmer leader, Rattan Singh Randhawa, said: “Until 90s, there were very less tubewells and irrigation was dependent on canals. Presently most of the canal minor and even distributaries have been encroached upon.” He said there was a dire need for the farmers and govern- PAGE 4 India’s popular cooking reality show MasterChef is all set to start with auditions kick-stating from Kolkata. Upper Bari canal in shambles, Majha farmers stage protest Amritsar, September 19 Hundreds of farmers from all four districts of the Majha region staged a protest outside the canal department office here on Monday demanding restoration and strengthening of the Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC). The farmers also demanded a check on industrial units throwing chemical-mixed water in the canal and its distributaries. Holding the protest under the banner of Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, the farmers admitted that one of the reasons for the depleting water table in the state was excessive exploitation of ground reserve. They complained that nearly two-century old canal irrigation system was in a deplorable condition due to the apathy and indifference of successive state and Center governments. The UBDC system, in its prime, with seven main branches and 247 distributaries, irrigated 13.5 lakh acres of agricultural land in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts. Presently, as it is able to carry only 40 per cent of its MASTERCHEF INDIA AUDITIONS TO KICK-START FROM KOLKATA ment to understand that there would be no agriculture and life without water. Jamhoori Kisan Sabha president Dr Satnam Singh Ajnala, who is a retried Agriculture Department official, said: “We demand that the sanctioned water capacity of the UBDC be increased to 12,000 cusecs so that people do not have to draw groundwater for irrigation.” He said social, religious and political organisations must come forward to save Punjab by saving its ground reserves of water. TUESDAY | 20 SEPTEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR Post MMS scandal, GNDU tells faculty, hostel staff to stay alert Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 19 In the wake of the Chandigarh University incident, Guru Nanak Dev University has issued instructions to all departments and hostel staff to ensure that the rules pertaining to safety and security of students, especially girls, are enforced strictly. Anish Dua, Dean (Student Welfare), GNDU, on Monday issued directions to hostel wardens and staff regarding preventive measure and keeping a strict vigil regarding any untoward incident. “We have our rule book in place that has guidelines and punishment under any violations of the defined rules and regulations by any student or otherwise. I have asked the hostel wardens to ensure that all comply with the rules. Our security and hostel staff have been instructed to keep more vigil and make sure that no one faces any problem. We have briefed everyone should conduct themselves as per the guidelines as per university rules book at the time of the admission. We gave them a reminder again today,” he said. Dean (Academic Affairs) Dr SS Behal had earlier mentioned that the university had STUDENTS PROTEST ON CAMPUS A group of students on Monday held a demonstration on the GNDU campus demanding justice in the Chandigarh University incident. They appealed to the Punjab Government to arrest the culprits and punish them strictly without any delay. Calling the incident shameful, they said it could happen in any university or educational institution until the government takes strict steps. a zero-tolerance policy towards any incident that compromised student safety and security. The university had got high resolution CCTV cameras installed at strategic spots on the campus. Besides, free access to outsiders was restricted on two gates with 24-hour security provided there. The university also had an internal disciplinary committee to check for any reported violation of its constitution. It is to be mentioned that last month a case was reported where a student, earlier accused of molesting some students on the campus, had been given admission in the university. The campus disciplinary committee had reviewed the case when reported and cancelled his admission. BSF seizes 2.5-kg heroin, pistol ANM dies, husband, three aides booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 19 Thwarting another bid of smuggling narcotics and arms by Pakistan-based cross border smugglers through unmanned aerial vehicle (drone), vigilant Border Security Force jawans confiscated around 2.5-kg heroin and a pistol from Dhanoe Kalan village here last night. The BSF jawans opened fire at the drone after hearing the buzzing sound but it returned to Pakistan. The seized consignment in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO The jawans heard a thumping sound after a bag was dropped in the fields by the drone. During search operation, they found a black polythene bag containing three packets of heroin weighing around 2.5kg along with a pistol, a magazine and eight bullets. The BSF and Punjab Police have been on alert following repeated smuggling of narcotics, arms and explosives through drones. The Punjab Police have also increased patrolling and set up special night nakas near border villages. Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 19 Following the death of an Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM) under mysterious circumstances in Saidpur Kalan village three days ago, the police have booked her husband and three others on the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The victim was identified as Amarjit Kaur. Though no arrest has been made so far, they were booked after a video of the victim surfaced. In a video message, she accused her husband Satnam Singh, his lover Ravinder Kaur and two others for killing her by allegedly giving her poisonous tablets. The police said raids were on to nab the suspects and a case under Sections 304 and 34 of the IPC had been registered. The deceased’s brother, Sarvan Singh, in his complaint to the police, said his sister was married to prime accused Satnam Singh around 11 years ago. He said she was an ANM and was running a clinic in Ballarwal village. He said Ravinder Kaur used to work in her clinic and allegedly developed a relationship with Satnam and married her. He said due to this, he was harassing and physically assaulting her. The complainant said his sister moved to their house in Saidpur Kalan village and fell ill five days ago. She died on Friday. He said when they checked her mobile phone, they found a video of her in which she alleged that Satnam Singh, Ravinder Kaur, Bau Singh and Hardeep Singh gave her poisonous medicines due to which her kidneys were damaged. Investigating officer ASI Kuldeep Singh said investigations were on and facts were being verified. He said the body was handed over to the family after autopsy. The cause of death would be ascertained after the post-mortem examination report is received. Panic grips Hamidpura area after firing Anurag Thakur, Meet Hayer to felicitate GNDU players today 2 persons open fire Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 19 Panic gripped Hamidpura area in Chheharta after two bike-borne persons started firing outside the residence of Karamjit Singh here on Sunday night. The police recovered five empty shells of bullets from the spot. Gurvinder Singh, SHO, Chheharta police station, said CCTV cameras in the area were being analysed to identify the suspects and the reason behind the incident. outside local’s house; police recover five empty shells The complainant, Manjit Kaur, told the police that after dinner she along with her husband was alone in the house when around 11pm they saw a bike stopping outside their house. She said before they could understand, the accused started abusive language and threatening to kill her husband. She said later they fired gunshots at the gate and fled the spot. They immediately informed the police in this regard. Meanwhile, two groups fired at each other outside Residents catch ‘addict’, hand him over to cops Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 19 Perturbed over the rampant drug abuse by youngsters, including women, in their area, residents of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar on Monday held a youth who allegedly consumed drugs in the open near the railway tracks passing the locality. He was later handed over to the police for further necessary action. The police recovered a syringe and a bundle 2 HELD WITH HEROIN The Maqboolpura police have arrested Shankar of Mehta Road and Baljit Singh, alias Monu, of Maqboolpura with 100-gm and 10-gm heroin, respectively. Separate cases under the NDPS Act was registered against them. Neeraj Kumar, SHO, Maqboolpura police station, said investigation was on to find their backward and forward links to know the source of the contraband. of bidis from his possession. Dinesh Singh along with his wife Rajinder Kaur said many people came near the railway tracks for drug peddling and consumption. He said though the police had conducted raids in the area recently, the situation remained unchanged. He said these traffickers not only consumed drugs openly, but also defecated near their houses. ASI Raghubir Singh of Kot continued on page 2 c m y b the club house located on the Ajnala road here on late Sunday night. After firing, both the groups fled the spot. A team of personnel from the airport police station reached the spot. After a preliminary probe, the police registered a case under Section 336 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against unidentified persons for endangering other people’s lives by indulging in firing. Investigations were on to identify the suspects, said the police. 3 ADDICTS’ DEATH 14 peddlers booked Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, September 19 Patti Sadar police have booked 14 drug peddlers, all residents of different villages in the district, in connection with the death of three addicts who died of overdose. All three victims were involved in different cases of continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 19 Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Sports and Youth Affairs Anurag Thakur and Cabinet Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer will felicitate the players, who brought laurels to Guru Nanak Dev University in various sports disciplines at international, Khelo India and All-India Inter-Varsity levels, during the university’s 52nd annual sports prize distribution function on September 20. The players will also be given cash rewards for overall best performance. More than 300 sportspersons (included 25 international players, position holders of Khelo India University Games, All-India Inter-University Championships and Khelo India Youth Games) will be awarded with cash prizes worth over Rs 2 crore. Dr Kanwar Mandeep Singh, in charge, Department of Physical Education (AT), Office of Director PRIZE DISTRIBUTION EVENT Sports, said Anurag Thakur will be the chief guest and Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer would give remarks on the occasion. Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh Sandhu said GNDU had made phenomenal progress in the field of sports and won India’s prestigious Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy for a record 23 times. It has produced 35 Arjuna awardees, six Padma Shri awardees and two Dronacharya awardees. Each year, the Department of Physical Education (Allied Teaching) organises over 90 Guru Nanak Dev University Inter-College (men and women) championships and sends more than 70 university teams (men and women) for participation in All-India Inter-University Championships. The Sports Authority of India has set up Khelo India Centres in sports disciplines such as hockey and handball and Khelo India Academies in sports disciplines such as fencing and archery in the university campus.
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