01102022-ATR-01.qxd 10/1/2022 12:06 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE GNDU EVENTS TO PROMOTE IN SITU, EX SITU STRAW MGMT STEPS Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) started a farmers’ awareness campaign as instructed by the state government. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MOBILE SEIZED FROM INMATES Tarn Taran: A team of officials of Central Jail, Goindwal Sahib, led by Assistant Superintendent Harish Kumar, seized three keypads and a cell phone with SIMs from four jail inmates on Thursday night. Jail Superintendent Lalit Kohli said the recovered material included three keypads and a cell phone from the possession of Harash Kumar, Akashdeep Singh Happy, Harpreet Singh Happy and Gurpreet Singh, alias Gurpartap Singh, lodged in the jail under different cases. The accused were booked under Section 52-A of the Prisons Act by Goindwal Sahib police. OC ASSN HAILS NEW NAME OF AIRPORT Amritsar: The Global Punjabi Association has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for naming the Chandigarh-Mohali International Airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Association president Dr Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal said the country, which remembers its martyrs, had a bright future. Iqbal Singh Lalpura, senior BJP leader and patron of the association, said the move had brought pride to Punjabis and Sikhs all over the world. He said, “Bhagat Singh is respected not only in India but all over the world where members of the Punjabi community live. The revolutionary thinking, enthusiasm and martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh will continue to be a source of inspiration for the generations to come,” he said. He also called the celebrations of Veer Bal Diwas on the martyrdom of young sahibzadas one of the many pro-Sikh initiatives being taken by PM Modi. TNS PAGE 2 MUGDHA RECREATES ALIA’S WEDDING LOOK WITH ELEGANCE In Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus you can use all possible synonyms to describe cinematic quality of the multilingual film. MAX 33°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:15 PM PAGE 4 Inspired by Alia Bhatt, Mugdha Chaphekar, who is a part of show Kumkum Bhagya, appeared in a stunning avatar recently. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:24 AM SATURDAY | 1 OCTOBER 2022 | AMRITSAR ‘Fraud’ worth crores in bank Gurbaxpuri Tarn Taran, September 30 A case of embezzlement worth crores has been unearthed by the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC), Punjab, in the working of Tarn Taran Central Cooperative Bank, at its Doburji branch which has put the bank officials in a spot. The Baba Deep Singh zone branch of the KMSC had been fighting to get justice for the farmers, victims of the embezzlement, for the last two years but the bank officials and the district administration did not appear to be quite serious in redressing the grievances. The zonal branch of the KMSC sat on a dharna for an indefinite period (Pakka Morcha) in front of the bank’s branch which entered its fourth day on Friday. Ramanjit Singh Eima Kalan, Manjinder Singh Gohalwar, Angrej Singh and other leaders of the KMSC said the embezzlement had been going on for over 20 years. The committee leaders said that the bank accounts of those farmers were Farmers under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee stage a dharna in Doburji village. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI 250 FARMERS VICTIMS OF ‘EMBEZZLEMENT’ Farmer leaders said embezzlement worth Rs 2.5 crore had been detected among the farmers of Gohalwar village alone while the cases in Pandori Sidhwan, Pandori Ran Singh, Bala Chack, Kot Dausandi Mal etc were being verified. A total of 250 farmers were the victims of bank embezzlement, said the farmer leaders. still functioning but those in whose name the accounts were had died during the last two decades. The families of the dead farmers had even met the bank officials. The leaders said the ‘deceased’ farmers had been getting facilities like loan waiver and others. The farmer leaders said there were a number of bank accounts and the antecedents of those in whose name they were was not known and transaction in these accounts had been going on. “There were certain cases where the loan taken was lying in their accounts with interest while bank officials had issued them no-objection certificate (NOC) given at the time of clearing the loan,” farmer leaders said. The farmers leaders said the fraud got highlighted only when the farmers were served notices as defaulters. The leaders said embezzlement worth Rs 2.5 crore had been detected among the farmers of Gohalwar village alone while the cases in Pandori Sidhwan, Pandori Ran Singh, Bala Chack, Kot Dausandi Mal etc were being verified. A total of 250 farmers were the victims of bank embezzlement, said the farmer leaders. Jasperjit Singh, Deputy Registrar (DR) of the Cooperative Societies, said the bank officials too had detected the embezzlement and the case along with the evidence is being handed over to the police. Deputy Registrar Jasperjit Singh said the embezzlement had become a headache for the bank as the matter was years old and at certain point, the records were not available with the bank. The Deputy Registrar said the exact amount embezzled would be ascertained soon. According to the Deputy Registrar, the department would be able to satisfy the agitating farmers after the inquiry conducted into the fraud is completed. The accused — Prabjeet, Gurdeep, both of Jandya village, and Pritpal of Varowal — in Amritsar police custody. The fourth gang member, Sunny of Jandiala, surrendered before a judicial court. 4 of Happy Jatt gang nabbed Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 30 In a special operation led by teams of the crime branch and Jandiala Police, four members of the Happy Jatt gang were arrested here on Friday. Three pistols of .32 bore, one pistols of .30 bore and a vehicle were recovered from them. Those arrested have been identified as Prabjeet, alias Praba, Gurdeep, alias Geeta, both of Jandya village, Pritpal, alias Pappu, of Varowal have been arrested. Meanwhile, the fourth gang member, identified as Sunny, alias Daddi, of Jandiala surrendered before a judicial court. Swapan Sharma, SSP Amrit, sar Rural, said, “Sixteen criminal cases were registered against the accused. They were involved in organised extortion, armed dacoity, murder and arms and contraband smuggling. The seized weapons have their origin in Indore (MP)”. The police have identified the source and the route from where the accused brought arms to the state. The persons involved in the supply of weapons would be arrested soon, said the SSP . Sources said all four accused had planned to eliminate two members of the Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang. They had already conducted a recce and planned the logistics to execute the killing. During the investigation, the police identified the remaining members of the gang in the district, who would be nabbed soon, said the SSP . Move to hire retd faculty flayed MinoritiespanelseeksreportfromChiefSecy Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 30 The GNDU Scholars’ Union has objected to the recent notification by the Department of Higher Education, Punjab, to allow government colleges to hire retired faculty as visiting or resource person. The move is aimed at addressing the acute shortage of faculty in higher education institutes in the state, but members of the research scholars’ union say this will DEPT OF HIGHER EDU NOTIFICATION The GNDU Scholars’ Union has objected to the recent notification by the Department of Higher Education, Punjab, to allow government colleges to hire retired faculty as visiting or resource person. snatch job opportunities from young, qualified candidates, who are looking for a career in teaching. Lodging their protest, Jatin- der Vir Singh, president, GNDU Scholars’ Union, said, “The state Cabinet gave the goahead to the re-employment of retired faculty in colleges and universities. If they are facing a shortage of teachers, they should hire candidates who have cleared the UGC NET, PPSC and other competitive exams. By appointing superannuated faculty, they are diminishing jobs for youth of the state, falling back on their poll promise.” continued on page 2 Last date to deposit tax ends, MC collects ~24 crore this fiscal Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 30 With the last day of depositing property tax with 10 per cent rebate, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has collected a total of Rs 24.80 lakh so far. MC officials had set a target to collect Rs 25 crore till September 30 but due to technical snag in a software, they failed to achieve it. “The servers of the Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC) have not been working properly during the last few days which affected the collection of property tax in the city. If the server worked well, then we would have collected over Rs 25 crore. We have to issue a computer generated receipt to the tax payer by depositing the tax online. We had written to the PMIDC to fix it but to no avail,” said an officer of the property tax wing. Today, 1,900 property owners paid Rs 3.5 crore in which, some big commercial establishments contributed a major share. The Trillium Mall paid Rs 1.70 crore, Metro Mall paid Rs 25 lakh, Guru Nanak Dev University paid Rs 5.5 cr lakh and Cinepolies paid Rs 13.5 lakh. Overall, 74,010 property owners in the city have paid Rs 24.80 crore tax in the current year. Last year, 66,519 tax PAGE 3 RATNAM’S PONNIYIN SELVAN IS A TREAT FOR THE SENSES 1,900 property owners paid ~3.5-cr tax on Friday payers paid only Rs 19.6 crore till September 30. Around 7,491 residents paid Rs 5.74 crore tax more than last year. This year, property tax wing officials had started the process early and visited the field. The officials of the MC, especially Joint Commissioner Hardeep Singh, regularly followed up the recovery teams. Nodal Officer Daljit Singh said: “All teams worked hard and achieved the midterm target. Some tax payers faced inconvenience due to technical snag. The residents also paid the tax through online portal. Now, the offer of 10 per cent rebate has ended. We have issued notices to 125 property owners for scrutiny of their tax. Apart from this, we have served sealing notices to defaulters. Now we will start sealing drive.” c m y b Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 30 Taking cognisance of a representation of Dr Jagmohan Singh Raju, a retired Additional Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu, against the liquor policy of the AAP government in Punjab, the National Minorities’ Commission issued a statutory notice to the Punjab Government and called for an action taken report from the Chief Secretary, Punjab, on or SET OCT 18 AS DEADLINE ■ Dr Jagmohan Singh Raju, a retired Additional Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu, had submitted a representation against the liquor policy of the AAP government in Punjab before October 18. In his representation submitted to the National Commission for Minorities, Dr Raju had pointed out that the government, ignoring the religious feelings of Sikhs, who ■ The National Minorities’ Commission has issued a statutory notice to the state and called for an action taken report from the Chief Secretary on or before October 18 constitute the majority population of Punjab, is pro-actively inducing people of the state to consume more liquor through its excise policy. According to Dr Raju, the liquor policy infringes on the Fundamental Rights of the Sikhs guaranteed under Article 29 (1) and 25 of the Constitution. Sikhs are not able to conserve their culture and freely profess their religion in face of a hostile liquor policy as it undermines the anti-intoxicant culture of the religion. Dr Raju said AAP government’s policy was not only anti-Sikhism but also antiConstitution as Article 47 of the Constitution considers it to be the primary duty of the continued on page 2
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