30092022-ATR-01.qxd 9/29/2022 11:52 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE IN PICS: MEMORIES OF PUNJABI FOLK MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Punjabi music has not only become a thriving industry but also promoted Punjabi culture, ethos and way of life. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MISCREANT TARGETS JEWELLERY SHOP Amritsar: An unidentified person decamped with a gold ring from a jewellery showroom in Krori Chowk area falling under the Division C police station on Wednesday. Hardeep Singh, owner of the jewellery house, said the robber tried to snatch a box of gold rings, but he threw the box on the floor and raised an alarm. The accused fled away with only one ring which he wore while checking. They said the accused was armed with a pistol. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B and 450 of the IPC in this regard and a probe was on to identify and nab him. TNS 2,000 CRACKERS SEIZED, 1 HELD Amritsar: The Gate Hakima police have confiscated over 2,000 firecrackers from Ajaysher Gill, a resident of Baba Jeewan Singh Colony. This was the fifth seizure made by the police in the past fortnight regarding illegally collecting and selling firecrackers. A case under Section 9-B of the Explosives Act was registered against him in this regard. TNS ONE ARRESTED ON CHARGE OF FRAUD Amritsar: The Sadar police have arrested Jeewan Lal Arora of Mustafabad area on the charge of fraud after the local police along with an official of the International Corporate Vigilance Alliance (ICVA) group raided a grocery store. Sanjiv Kumar, manager of the group, told the police that the accused, who runs a grocery store in Mustafabad, was selling fake Tata salt. The police recovered 50 packets of 1-kg salt, besides loose salt around 150 kg. They also seized a bundle of packets with Tata salt written on it, besides a packaging machine from the spot. The police have registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC and Sections 63 and 65 of the Copyright Act against him. TNS TWO BOOKED FOR ABDUCTING TEEN Tarn Taran: The Tarn Taran Sadar police booked two persons for abducting a teenage girl on Wednesday when the victim had gone to the village market. The accused have been identified as Kali and his friend Nikku, both natives of Bhaini Sidhvan village. The mother of the victim in her complaint to the Sadar police alleged that the accused Kali in connivance with his friend Nikku kidnapped the girl on the pretext of marrying her. The accused have been booked under Sections 363 and 366-B of the IPC. OC MILL’S MACHINERY STOLEN, 4 BOOKED Tarn Taran: Arwinderpal Singh, general manager of a Cooperative Sugar Mill at Sheron, in a complaint to the Sarhali police said four persons of Sheron village trespassed on the mill’s premises about two months ago and stole parts of machines and some machinery. The mill has been lying closed for the past 16 years. The accused had been identified as Jassa Singh, Gopi, Pappu Singh and his son Babu of Sheron village and they were at large, said the police. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered. OC PAGE 2 PAGE 3 GRAMMY-WINNING RAPPER AND PRODUCER DIES AT 59 Coolio, best known for his 1995 hit song Gangsta’s Paradise, passed away at 59 on Wednesday afternoon. MAX 33°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:17 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:24 AM Took elderly woman hostage before committing crime Tribune News Service Police officials interact with the victim’s family in Amritsar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO thrashed her and demanded cash. The accused removed her gold jewellery and said they wanted cash as they wanted to consume ‘chitta’ (drugs). Later, they asked the children where their mother kept money. They opened the wardrobe and decamped with gold jewellery and lakhs of rupees. She said they had jewellery worth Rs 14 lakh. Senior police officers, including ACP Varinder Singh Khosla, reached the spot for investigation. Gurbinder Singh, SHO, Majitha Road police station, said the incident occurred in the afternoon. He said a case was being registered while CCTV cameras in the locality were being analysed to find clues about the perpetrators. He said the probe was underway and accused would be arrested soon. He said the victim’s family would give details about the jewellery and cash robbed later on. FRIDAY | 30 SEPTEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR Cyber criminals on prowl, man duped of ~20 lakh PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 29 In yet another instance, a local resident was duped of over Rs 20 lakh by online fraudsters. Following a preliminary probe, the police have booked seven persons of Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Maharashtra. The amount was transferred to their bank accounts on different occasions. The incident occurred in May, while a case was registered following a probe by the cyber crime cell here. The victim was identified as Jaswinder Singh of Basarke Bhaini village. He used to work as a driver at Sri Guru Ramdas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research at Vallah. He had borrowed the amount after he was tricked by the online fraudsters. According to the police, Jaswinder Singh got a call from an Internet-generated number and the caller identi- 7 from Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jharkhand, M’rashtra booked fied himself as his nephew Varinder Singh who was living in Canada. The caller said his friend had a dispute with a Canadian national, who had hit him with a bottle. He was admitted to a hospital in serious condition. Varinder (the caller) asked him to help him and deposit Rs 1.5 lakh in his bank account. The victim did not realise about the fraud and transferred the amount in his bank account for getting his release from the police. Later, 3 pose as gangsters to Man ends life, FIR lodged against wife, paramour extort money, booked Hangs himself after his wife eloped Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 29 The Jandiala police have booked three persons who allegedly used to extort money from people after posing as gangsters. They were identified as Prabhjit Singh of Jotisar Colony, Jandiala Guru, Pritpal Singh of Rampur Bhootwind in Vairowal and Gurdeep Singh of Gehri Mandi village. The police said they had a specific input that the accused threatened people at gunpoint. The police got a tip-off that they were present in the Jandiala Guru area and were waiting for an opportunity to commit a crime. The informer told the police to raid in the area of Dharad village or at the Gehrimandi railway phatak to nab the suspects. The police said a case has been registered and raids were on to nab them. — TNS Amritsar, September 29 A man, identified as Sonu, a resident of Ram Diwali Hindua village, on Wednesday ended his life by hanging himself after his wife eloped with her paramour over three weeks ago. The accused were identified as Manjit Kaur of Ram Diwali Hindua village and her paramour Gurjit Singh of Sheikhpura Mohalla in Jandiala. They were booked PAGE 4 Arjun Bijlani and Sunny Leone recently shared a slew of pictures as they reached Goa for shooting. In daylight robbery, armed men take away gold, cash from house Amritsar, September 29 In yet another case of loot committed by taking family members hostage, two unidentified armed persons robbed a woman after holding her hostage at her house here on Thursday. The incident occurred in Rishi Vihar area falling under the Majitha Road police station. The victim, identified as Sangeeta Malhotra, told the police that the two accused gained entry to the house after posing as RO mechanics. They told her that her son Sandeep Malhotra had sent them for service. She said they demanded a screw driver from her and when she went to bring the same, the accused followed her. She along with her grandson was alone at home at that time. She said the accused ARJUN AND SUNNY LEONE START SHOOTING FOR SPLITSVILLA X4 with her paramour three weeks ago on the charge of abetment to suicide. Sonu Singh, a resident of Aliwal village and relative of the victim, told the police that the victim was his cousin who used to work as a truck driver. He said two days ago, he had gone to meet him. He said he was perturbed over alleged illicit relations of his wife with Gurjit Singh who works as a collection agent. He said the duo threatened to kill Sonu and his children. He told him that around 20 days ago she went out of the house on the pretext of paying obeisance at Baba Budha Sahib Gurd- wara, but did not return. He said he tried to trace her as he was facing social insult and his children were very upset. Perturbed, he told him that he would end his life. On Wednesday, he got a call from his village that Sonu had committed suicide by hanging himself. Investigating officer Angrej Singh said a case under Section 306 of the IPC had been registered in this regard and raids were on to nab the suspects. he said he got a number of calls from the suspect who tricked him to transfer more amount on different occasion. He said he transferred around Rs 20 lakh in different bank accounts. Assistant Commissioner of Police (East) Gurpartap Singh Sahota said following investigations by cyber crime unit, a case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 66-D of the Information Technology Act was registered against the suspects. They were identified as Kaleevaran and Merina Cindrella of Tamil Nadu; Sanjiwani Sharma of Bihar; Abhishek Chaurey of Madhya Pradesh; Meghan Mahato of Jharkhand, Sarfraj Alam of Amritsar and Madan Sada of Maharashtra. They were identified through the bank accounts where money was transferred. He said further investigations were on to verify the details of these bank account holders. 3 teak trees axed in city Amritsar, September 29 Around three fully grown teak (sagwan) trees in the park of A block in New Amritsar locality here, were axed by gardeners on Thursday. A few residents, who had helped in their plantation, raised concern over it and asked the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) to investigate the matter. The AIT had planted a large number of teak trees alongside roads and parks. — TNS PWD contract workers sit on 2-day dharna Civic body collects ~60L against recovery target of ~7.5 crore Tarn Taran, September 29 Contractual employees of the Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Department lodged a protest against a letter issued by the Head of Department (HOD) recently, in Tarn Taran on Thursday. Members of the district unit of the Jal Supply Contract Workers’ Union, Punjab, initiated a two-day dharna in front of the office of the department XEN here. Family members of the agitating contract workers too participated in the dharna. The union has been protesting a letter issued recently by the Head of the Department (HOD) to deprive the workers of the benefits of their yearslong services tendered with the department. The union is demanding the release of their three-month salary withheld by the department. Union leaders Gurwinder Employees stage a dharna along with their family members in Tarn Taran on Thursday. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI Singh and Kuldeep Singh Virk addressed the protesters on the occasion. The leaders said according to the letter issued recently by the HOD, all new and old employees would only be given the initial pay and the old employ- ees would be deprived of their service benefit. The leaders said previously, the enlisted/outsourced employees were getting salary under three categories — with zero to five years, five to 10 years and over 15 years of service. The leaders stressed to restore the old structure of their salary. The agitating workers would remain at the dharna site at night too and have made arrangement for their meal at the site. — OC Amritsar, September 29 The licence wing of the Municipal Corporation is far away from its recovery target. During the current financial year, the wing has collected only Rs 60 lakh against the recovery target of Rs 7.5 crore. It is failing to collect the target income for the last several years and the senior officers of the MC are not paying attention. The Local Bodies Department had set a target to collect Rs 7.5 crore from the licence wing this financial year. However, the wing collected only Rs 60.25 lakh licence fee and conservancy tax during the last six months. Only 1,523 licences, including renewal and new licences have been issued. There are over 50,000 small and big commercial shops in the city, whose WILL PREPARE REPORT: MC OFFICER The MC Health Officer said they were to issue a show-cause notice by calling a meeting of the staff of the licence wing. In case of any further negligence, a report will be sent to the Joint Commissioner for taking departmental action against the staff concerned. licences should be made. The MC has deployed a large number of officials and staff in the licencing wing. The wing is being headed by the Joint Commissioner. MC Health Officer Dr Kiran Kumar is deployed as the Sectional Head. Superintendent inspector clerks, chief sanitary inspectors, sanitary inspectors and other staff are working for the wing. Besides, there is no check on major hotels, clubs, resorts, shopping malls, government and non-government institutions, banks, schools, colleges and institutes. The MC can collect a good amount from conservancy tax. The MC Health Officer said in a recently held meeting, Joint Commissioner Deepjot Kaur had warned the staff and asked to increase the income. Besides, the licence fee is not being collected. Dr Kumar said they were to issue a show-cause notice by calling a meeting of the staff of the licence wing. In case of any further negligence, he will send a report to the Joint Commissioner for taking departmental action against the employees concerned. — TNS Don’t burn stubble, make it a source of income: Expert Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 29 Lending support to the state government’s initiatives on checking stubble burning and air pollution, Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) today announced a series of farmer awareness programmes on the issue. In a seminar held today at its campus, university experts from the field of environment and agriculture sciences sent a strong message on how to turn paddy straw and farm waste into a source of income rather than burning it, causing air pollution. Academic Affairs Dean Prof Sarbjot Singh Bahl said the issue of stubble burning had been taken lightly for a long time due to which it had become a crisis today. “Along with the pollution created after stubble burning, that poses health risk through respiratory diseases, Punjab’s water and fertile land are also becoming unfit for agricultur- GNDU announces series of awareness programmes for farmers al purposes. We need to take this message to the villages where the new generation of young farmers and students are our hope,” he said. “We have devised methods to organically turn paddy straw into biofuel, ethanol, industrial fuel, fodder, fertilizer and turn it into a source of income. All it requires is training of farmers, c m y b but creating awareness to change their attitude is the first step,” he said. He also announced that GNDU will be carrying out a series of workshops with farmers and also encourage students to visit villages to spread the message. The university will also hold demonstrations of methods to dispose farm waste. A documentary showing the harms of stubble burning and benefits derived from stubble made by GNDU was also screened. Stress was also laid to reduce dependency on pesticides and use sustainable practices to retain fertility of soil. Punjab Pollution Control Board chairman Dr Adarsh Pal Vig said the initiative taken by GNDU is commendable and now it is the responsibility of the students to take the message to every corner of Punjab and make the state-pollution free. Prof Sarbjot Singh Behl, Dean (Academic Affairs), GNDU, in Amritsar.
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