27092022-ATR-01.qxd 9/26/2022 11:57 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE LANGOOR MELA BEGINS AT BADA HUMAN MANDIR The nine-day Langoor Mela commenced at Bada Hanuman Mandir inside the Durgiana Temple here on Monday. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF SACKED COP HELD WITH STOLEN BIKES PAGE 2 ALI ABBAS ZAFAR, WIFE ALICIA BLESSED WITH A BABY GIRL PAGE 3 The filmmaker took to Instagram a day after embracing fatherhood and shared the good news with fans. MAX 31°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:22 PM 1,485 COMPLAINTS DISPOSED OF Amritsar: As many as 1,485 complaints were disposed of at a special camp organised by the city police. The camp was organised at police stations and different offices here on Sunday. Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh said the police also did counselling of the complainants and settled many cases on the spot after mutual understanding. He said such camps would be organised in the future also. TNS 3 SHOPS BURGLED IN ONE NIGHT TUESDAY | 27 SEPTEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR Monsoon mischief: Paddy on 4,000 acres damaged Manmeet Singh Gill Amritsar, September 26 Over 4,000 acres of paddy crop has been damaged in different parts of the district due to the recent spell of rain in the region. As per a field report prepared by the Agriculture Department, the paddy crop has been completely flattened in 2,000 acres while partial flattening has been witnessed in the remaining area. A Central Government team also visited the fields and the grain markets in the district. The team found that the grains lying at the markets have germinated/sprouted as they were soaked in the rainwater for hours. However, the Agriculture Department officials claimed that damage caused by the rains in the district is much less as compared to many districts of Malwa region where the showers were comparatively intense. Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Jatinder Singh Gill said, “Our field officials are advising farmers to drain Govt staff asked not to burn cop residue in fields Two smugglers in custody of the Bhikhiwind police. GURBAXPURI 528-gm heroin worth ~2.64 cr seized, 2 held Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Agriculture officials inspect a partially flatted paddy field near Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO field to ❝Ourwaterofficials are advising farmersanddrain out the excess standing in the paddy fields other crops. Further damage to the crop could be reduced if the farmers drain out the standing water. Dr Jatinder Gill, CHIEF AGRICULTURE OFFICER ❞ out the excess water in the paddy fields and other crops.” He said the further damage to the standing crop could be reduced if the farmers drain out the water. Talking about the damage caused by flattening, Dr Gill said, “There is not only a loss in terms of the yield but terms of quality of the grain. It would cause discoloration of grains and lead to problems in marketing of such produce.” Flattening of crop has been reported from the villages in Majitha, Mehta, Chogawan and Lopoke. Apart from causing damage to the paddy crop, the showers have also delayed the sowing of vegetable crops by at least ten days. The farmers stated that provided there are no more showers in the coming days, the moisture content in the soil would take 8 to 10 days to fall to the optimum level. PAGE 4 Singer Neha Kakkar has been receiving flak on social media for remaking a song by dandiya queen Falguni. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:22 AM Central Govt team visits fields, grain markets to take stock of loss Amritsar: The Chheharta police arrested a robber with two stolen bikes on Monday. The accused was identified as Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, of Vairowal village in Tarn Taran. Before being dismissed from job, he was deputed at the Amritsar Central Jail. He was a warden in the jail and held on the charge of corruption. He was involved in a snatching case in which four unidentified persons had snatched a bike from Gurpal Singh of Naraingarh area in Chheharta on July 16. He was arrested two days ago with a snatched motorcycle. His interrogation led to the seizure of another bike. His accomplice, identified as Rohit Kumar, was arrested on July 20. TNS NEHA KAKKAR WELCOMES FALGUNI ON INDIAN IDOL 13 Tarn Taran, September 26 Two of a five-member gang of smugglers were arrested with 528 grams of heroin, which was valued at Rs 2.64 crore in the international market, by the Bhikhiwind police here on Sunday. Drones were their main source of receiving drugs and weapons from across the border. SSP Ranjit Singh Dhillon said the arrested smugglers were identified as Harjinder Singh Thauri and Jora Singh, both of Van Tara Singh village. Their other associates, identified as Gurlal Singh of Van Tara Singh, Balraj Singh of Rajoke and Bikramjit Singh Gora of Kakkar Manj (under the Lopoke police station), are absconding. Balraj Singh is lodged in Faridkot jail in connection MODUS OPERANDI ■ The accused smuggled drugs, weapons, etc, from across the border by establishing their contact through WhatsApp messages to smugglers across the border. ■ They used to supply the contraband and weapons to other parts of the state smuggled from Pak using drones. with the recovery of drugs. The SSP said the accused smuggled drugs, weapons, etc, from across the border by establishing their contact through WhatsApp messages to smugglers across the border. They used to supply drugs and weapons to other parts of the state smuggled from Pakistan brought through drones. Dhillion said the police were conducting raids to nab other smugglers, who are absconding. Amritsar, September 26 The district administration has asked the government employees to set an example for the farming community by not burning crop residue in the fields owned by them. Deputy Commissioner Harpreet Singh Sudan said avoiding residue burning by government employees would send across a positive message to society to follow suit. The Deputy Commissioner has also asked the SDMs to inspect the areas from where stubble burning is reported. Officials have also been asked to ensure that a red entry is marked in the revenue record of such farmers. The violators would not get benefit of any government scheme, warned the Deputy Commissioner. Sudan said a campaign to encourage farmers to adopt alternate management of crop residue would be started in the next few days. He exhorted the government employees to be part of the campaign and help the government in checking the practice. The DC said individual farmers and farmer groups had been provided machines for the management of the crop residue on subsidy. He said the farmers could use these machines instead of burning paddy residue. —TNS 5-day police remand for Billboards along roads a threat to commuters gangster Mundi, 2 others RANA KANDOWALIA MURDER CASE Were brought on production warrant Tribune News Service Amritsar: Unidentified thieves burgled three shops in the Bhai Ghaniya market falling under the Kotwali police station and decamped with Rs 80,000 and a huge quantity of cloths from the shops. The police have registered a case. The miscreants also damaged the CCTV cameras or turned their faces before committing the crime. Investigating officer ASI Surinder Kumar said investigations were on to identify the accused. Sandeep Kumar, owner of a shop, when he reached the shop this morning he found his shop burgled. The thieves had entered the shop from the rooftop. They also burgled two adjoining shops. TNS Amritsar, September 26 The city police have arrested Deepak Mundi along with Kapil Pandit and Rajinder Jocker in connection with the murder of gangster Ranbir Singh, alias Rana Kandowalia. They were brought on production warrant from Mansa jail. Earlier, they were arrested in connection with the broad daylight murder of Punjabi singer Shubhdeep Singh alias Sidhu Moosewala in May this year. Kandowalia was gunned down by four armed persons at a private hospital on Circular road in August last year. Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh said they were produced in the court which has sent them to five-day police remand for further interrogation in the case. Big digital billboards have come up on Queen’s Road, Cooper Road, Bhandari railway overbridge, GT Road, etc, in Amritsar. VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Kapil Pandit and others being produced in the court. VISHAL KUMAR Earlier, the police had arrested notorious gangster Lawrence Bishnoi and Jaggu Bhagwanpuria in the case. It was alleged that Kandowalia was gunned down in August 2021 at the behest of Bhagwanpuria. Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (investigations) said that Mundi and two others had conducted recee of Kandowalia. At first Mundi was assigned with the job to kill Kandowali. He had come to Ranjit Avenue area in order to shoot him five days before he was gunned down. “Rana used to go to a gym in Ranjit Avenue. However, due to presence of PCR team he could not execute his plan. Later, Bhagwanpuria allegedly assigned some other work while asking his other associates to eliminate Kandowalia,” said Bhullar. He said further investigations were on to know their role behind his murder. Amritsar, September 26 The mushrooming of electronic or digital billboards along roadsides in the city are posing a threat to commuters. These electronic advertising boards are a new fad. Most of these can be found on the Mall Road, Malviya Road, Queen’s Road, Cooper Road, Bhandari railway overbridge, GT road and other commercial prime locations. What intrigues vigilant city residents is that most of these have come up along ❝Huge digital boards are installed along high-density traffic intersections and roads. These divert people’s attention away from driving. Most of the roads have become vulnerable due to these screens Sumit, A RESIDENT ❞ those roads which experience never-ending flow of traffic. However, experts are of the view that electronic billboards have an effect on gaze behaviour as they attract more glances than regular traffic signs. Anil Vinayak, a resident of Race Course Road, said mushrooming of digital boards along the intersections and stretches was permissible under the law. “Obviously, these are violations of traffic rules and the Amritsar Municipal Corporation (AMC) was permitting these without taking into account its traffic hazard, which can cause accidents.” Sumit Singh, another city resident, said big day and night digital screens grab eyeball attention swiftly and for a longer duration. Moreover, these boards are installed along high density traffic intersections and roads. So these easily take people’s attention away from driving. Already, traffic-related accidents are high in the city. Most of the city roads and crossings have become vulnerable owing to these big screens. People are concerned that roadside digital advertising compromise road safety. Hockey stars reach city to encourage budding players Teachers’ union slams mandatory Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 26 To encourage budding players, five top players of the Indian hockey team — vice captain Harmanpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Simranjit Singh, Dilpreet Singh and Shamsher Singh — visited the holy city. Young hockey players were on cloud nine to meet the players. The players, who hail from the district, were part of the Indian team that played in the final of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and won the bronze medal in the Olympics. Four of these players Cabinet minister Harbhajan Singh ETO (3rd from R) with hockey players in Amritsar on Monday. Shamsher, Dilpreet, Gurjant and Harmanpreet have been bestowed with prestigious Arjuna awards. With a view to encourage hockey, Harbhajan Singh ETO, Minister of Electricity, today met them. The minister reiterated that c m y b the government was committed to help players in every possible way. He said apart from cash prizes to the winning athletes in the Olympics, government jobs are also being provided to them. He said sportsmen earn laurels for the country, so we also have a duty to do something for them. He said sports tournaments were conducted from the block level to the district level under the flagship programme ‘Khedan Watan Punjab Dean’ to raise the level of sports. He said nearly five lakh players participated in these tournaments and the government also kept Rs 6 crore as prizes. departmental tests for promotions Amritsar, September 26 Members of the district unit of the Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) expressed their dissent over the regulation by the Department of Public Instructions (school education) to make inter-departmental test a mandatory procedure for candidates seeking promotions for the post of head teacher and centre head teachers. “The Education Department has issued a dictatorial order to stop the promotion of head teachers, centre head teachers and block primary education officers and other promoted teachers recruited in 2019 through direct recruitment under the garb of the Service Rules of 2018. Under the rules, the direct recruitment and promotion of primary and secondary teachers, school principals and non-teaching employees will now be decided after taking departmental examination. The concerned employees are already appointed after clearing various competitive exams and have quality experience, then what is the need for another test to prove their credibili- ty?” asked Ashwani Awasthi, district head of the DTF . Several teachers have expressed this move as a ‘roadblock’ in promotions. “In such a case, imposition of departmental examination is an unjustified decision. There is a huge shortage of teachers in schools due to reduction in the posts of teachers and in many primary schools, a single teacher is responsible for all the seven classes of the school alone. How does this help the cause of education in state,” said Germanjit Singh, member of the union. — TNS
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