22092022-ATR-01.qxd 9/22/2022 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE 6 YEARS ON, METRO BUS SERVICE FAR FROM BEING PROFITABLE Six years after the inauguration of the Metro bus service being run under the BRTS it has not been streamlined. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY PAGE 2 FAMOUS STAND-UP COMEDIAN RAJU SRIVASTAVA IS NO MORE PAGE 3 SEERAT KAPOOR COMPLETES EIGHT YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY Spreading laughter wherever he went, the news of Raju Srivastava’s death has brought many to tears. MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:27 PM PAGE 4 Seerat Kapoor, who will appear on big screen with Maarrich, has completed eight years in entertainment industry. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:19 AM THURSDAY | 22 SEPTEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR Mini-bus operators protest, commuters suffer Tribune News Service Members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee burn an effigy of the government in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Centre’s effigy burnt Amritsar, September 21 Members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Committee burnt an effigy of the Centre here on Wednesday to express their resentment against the Electricity Amendment Bill. Committee’s general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher said the Centre was trying to usurp the powers of the state government by bringing legislations on the subjects listed in the state list. The committee members staged protests at various places, including Sathiala, Jan- INBRIEF PEDDLER NABBED WITH OPIUM Amritsar: The city police nabbed a drug peddler with 40-gm opium here on Wednesday. The suspect has been identified as Gaurav of Sheranwala Gate. SHO Gurmeet Singh said the accused had been nabbed during routine patrolling. A case under Sections 18/61/85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. TNS POLICE GET REMAND OF GANGSTER Amritsar: The city police produced gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria in a court and took police remand of the gangster in a pending case. The officials stated that he was nominated in a case of extortion call to a local doctor. On the statement of the doctor, the police had registered a case against Jaggu. TNS MEDICAL COLLEGE GETS PRINCIPAL Amritsar: More than a month after three senior officials of Government Medical College here submitted their resignation from their respective posts, the Medical Education and Research Department has announced new postings. As per the orders issued by the department late last evening, Dr Veena Chatrath, professor, Department of Anesthesia, has been given the charge of Director-Principal of the GMC. Dr Joginder Pal, anesthesia professor, has been given the charge of Vice-Principal, while Dr Karamjit Singh, professor, Department of Eye, has been given the charge of Medical Superintendent of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. Notably, Dr Rajiv Devgan, Dr JS Kular and Dr KD Singh had resigned from their respective postings of Principal, Vice-Principal and Medical Superintendent, on July 30. Though all three officials had cited personal reasons for their resignation, these had came on the day when Dr Raj Bahadur, Baba Farid University of Health and Medical Sciences VC, had resigned following an incident with Health Minister Chetan Singh Jauramajra. Though the resignations were seen as an act to express solidarity with Dr Raj Bahadur, the state government had not take any decision on these and all three officials had continued to work on their respective posts. TNS Farmers’ resentment against Electricity Amendment Bill diala, Tarsikka, Chowk Mehta, Ajnala and Majitha. Farmer leaders said the Centre had issued a notification related to rules of distribution of electricity which was a backdoor attempt to bring in laws under the Electricity Amendment Bill. Pandher said the state government, by staying silent on the issue, had given a mute consent to the Centre. — TNS Amritsar, September 21 Commuters were a harassed lot as members of the Mini-Bus Operators’ Union squatted on the road in front of the busy Hall Gate here this afternoon. They were holding a protest against the government. The protest led to a jam on the road with commuters unable to find a way ahead. They used other adjoining streets. Traffic jams were also witnessed on the Bhandari railway overbridge, Rambagh Road, Pink Plaza and other roads. Hot and humid weather further added to their woes. The union members were protesting against the government for not fulfilling their demands like renewal of permit of their vehicles; to extend free of cost travel RENEWAL OF PERMITS SOUGHT Members of the Mini-Bus Operators’ Union were protesting against the government for not fulfilling their demands like renewal of permit of their vehicles; to extend free of cost travel facility for women passengers in private buses, etc. facility for women passengers in private buses, etc. Baldev Singh Babbu, president of the union, said if the government did not listen to their demands, they would be forced to set a bus afire at the Bhandari ROB on September 29. Earlier, union members gathered at Shahid Madan Lal Dhingra ISBT and took out a march up to the Hall Gate. On the way, they also raised slogans against the government. Members of the Mini-Bus Operators’ Union stage a protest at the bus stand in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Cop, 5 others thrash PRTC bus conductor Police solve murder mystery Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, September 21 A policeman along with five others severely thrashed a conductor of a PRTC bus bound for Faridkot (from Amritsar) at the Naushehra Pannuan village bus stand here on Wednesday. The bus conductor had asked the policeman to show the departmental voucher meant for free travel. The policeman took it as his insult and called his A policeman thrashes a conductor of a PRTC bus. acquaintances to the bus stand to teach him a lesson. As soon as the bus stopped at the Naushehra Pannuan bus stand, the policeman and his associates caught hold of the conductor and started beating him severely. Soon a video of the incident went viral on social media and the police and civil administration visited the spot. Sarhali SHO SubInspector Parkash Singh visited the spot to take stock of the situation and collect the information. He said on the statement of bus conductor Ravinder Singh, a case under Sections 353, 186, 323, 506, 427, and 149 of the IPC had been registered against the accused. The SHO said the accused policeman had been identified as Harprincepal Singh, who is posted in Amritsar, and his supporters were yet to be identified. Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, September 21 The Sarai Amanat Khan police have solved the murder of an unidentified man, whose decomposed body was found at Rakh Bhuse (a forest-like area) on September 5. The police have not only identified the victim, but also the killer, who has been arrested. Illicit relations are said to be the main reason behind the crime. Decomposed body was found at Rakh Bhuse on Sept 5 The body was that of Rajbir Singh of Mahal village under the Kambo police station (Amritsar). The killer had been identified as Laddi of the same village. The police said Laddi had illicit relations with the victim’s wife. Laddi visited his house and asked to accompany him on September 4 on his motorcycle. After killing him, Laddi hid his body in the Rakh Bhuse area. The body was found by the police the next day. As the body remained unclaimed, it was cremated on September 8 after a postmortem conducted at the local Civil Hospital. Sub-Inspector Baljinder Singh, SHO, said on Wednesday that the police had registered a case under Sections continued on page 2 HFMD a common disease; no need to panic: Experts Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 21 Reports of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) among children has worried the parents and in absence of enough information about the seriousness of the disease, some of them have become panicky and are not sending their kids to school, fearing that they may contract the disease there. Lack of information along with social media posts and unsubstantial reports being circulated KNOW THE SYMPTOMS Hand, foot and mouth disease usually starts with fever, poor appetite, a vague feeling of being unwell and a sore throat. After one or two days, symptoms such as fever and painful sores in mouth also appear. The sores appear at the back of the mouth as small red spots which may become ulcers later. Skin rashes, usually on the palms and soles, develop over one to two days. They may also appear on knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area. Persons infected with the viruses that cause hand, foot and mouth disease may not get all these symptoms. They may only get mouth sores or skin rash. are adding to their worries. Health experts say that HFMD is not a new viral disease, as being claimed in social media messages. Dr Suneet, who is the incharge of the School Health Programme of the District Health Department, said: “It is a common viral disease. Though one has to take precautions, there is no DOs AND DON’Ts ■ Sharing of clothes, towels among siblings should be avoided ■ Proper hygiene, including washing of hands, should be maintained ■ Items such as spoons, cups and utensils should not be shared and be washed with detergent after use ■ Disinfect articles that have been in the infected kid’s contact need to panic.” She said in most cases, children develop rashes which disappear in two to three days. Dr Suneet said the symptoms are generally mild. Health experts stated that post Covid, a new kind of behaviour seems to have developed where every disease is perceived to be more serious than it actually is. “People should not believe in social media messages without crosschecking the facts from verified sources,” said a health official. While the parents are worried, many private schools too have advised parents to not send their children to school if they are sick, including having symptoms such as cough or common cold. MTP wing razes illegal colony Tribune News Service A team of the MTP wing demolishes a colony on the Jhabal Road. Amritsar, September 21 The Municipal Town Planning (MTP) wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) demolished an illegal colony here today. On the directions of MC Commissioner Kumar Saurabh Raj, the team constituted by Municipal Town Planner Meherban Singh, which includes ATP Wazir Raj, ATP Paramjit Dutta, ATP Arun Khanna, Building Inspector Nirmaljit Verma, Building Inspector Angad Singh, Building Inspector Dheeraj Kumar and demolition staff, demolished an illegal colony near the Sadda Pind Chheharta bypass in the West Zone area. The streets of the colony were removed using ditch machines. continued on page 2 Cabinet Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal distributes cheques to self-help groups in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ‘Ban on sarpanch proxies will boost women empowerment’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 21 The Department of Rural Development organised a seminar on Wednesday to ensure women empowerment in Panchayati Raj Institutions. The event, attended by women sarpanches, was also joined by Cabinet Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal. Dhaliwal said the govern- ment had earlier imposed a ban on male kin of women sarpanches from attending official meetings. He said the objective behind the move was to empower women panchayat members. He said the government had increased reservation of women sarpanches to 50 per cent. “If women sarpanches become a head of the village continued on page 2 Old-timers recall loss of innocent lives in air strike by PAF planes Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 21 On the 57th anniversary of the bombing of Partap Bazar tomorrow (which falls on September 22), a residential area in the then suburb of the holy city (Chheharta) by the Pakistan Air Force, old timers recall the memories and impact of the 1965 war. Naresh Johar, a senior citizen, said no attempt has ever been made to remember the 55 persons, including seven women and four children, who had per- ished while being in the safe environs of their houses. The bombing had taken place minutes before the announcement of the ceasefire. For this, he quoted famous historian VN Datta’s book ‘Amritsar Past and Present’, which was published by the then Amritsar Municipal Committee in 1967. A paragraph in it clearly mentioned that “this happened at a time when President Ayub Khan was speaking on the Pakistan radio of the ceasefire and acceptance of the UN Security Council 1965 PARTAP BAZAR BOMBING ANNIV TODAY A view of the Partap Nagar Area in Amritsar on Wednesday. SUNIL KUMAR c m y b resolution calling on India and Pakistan to stop fighting.” The material loss was equally immense as 100 houses and shops were damaged. At least, 77 of these were reduced to rubble. The relay of news from the Lahore radio station that the Pakistan army had entered Amritsar and took down the clock from the Hall Gate elicited guffaws from the residents. Another city resident Kamal Dalmia recalled that his late father Gaja Nand Dalmia was general manager of Satluj Cotton Mill, Okara, which is a small town, 80 km from Lahore. The pre-Partition mill belonged to the famous Birla family. “My father got a sense of a war from his sources in the Pakistan government. He returned to India about a week before the war broke out. After his return, he met then famous industrialist GD Birla, who was the owner of the mill, in New Delhi and conveyed him the entire position. Birla then alerted the government,” said Dalmia. He said the results of the war between India and Pakistan were disastrous. Bilateral relations of the two neighbouring nations were scarred. The Pakistan government under its law Enemy Property Act took over the cotton mill and in return handed over Rs 25 lakh to the Birla family for a unit whose then market value was above Rs 25 crore. Dalmia said the destroyed Pattan tanks in Khemkaran sector were a treat to watch for local residents.
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