02012023-ATR-01.qxd 1/2/2023 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE TIME TO SET UP FAST-TRACK CHANNELS TO END NRIS’ WOES Interactions with NRIs, a round-theclock helpline and a dedicated department are needed, say readers. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF ONE HELD DRIVING CAR WITH FAKE RC Tarn Taran: One person was arrested by the Harike police on Saturday while driving a Verna car with fake registration certificate (RC) from the naka point on Booh bridge. ASI Balbir Singh who was heading the naka party said the police signalled the car driver to stop. The car had the number plate bearing the registration number PB- 29 K-0971. The ASI said the number of the car was checked on the vehicle information app. On checking, it was found that the number was of a motorcycle in the name of Atma Singh. A case under Section 420 and 473 of the IPC has been registered against the accused on Saturday. ASI Balbir Singh said the accused was produced in court on Sunday and the court sent him to three days of police remand. OC FOUR CELLPHONES SEIZED FROM JAIL Amritsar: Amritsar Central Jail authorities confiscated four mobile phones during surprise checking in the premises on Saturday. Three cell phones were seized from three prisoners while one was found unclaimed. The police booked three prisoners, identified as Sunil, alias Noni, of Pal Avenue, Nishan Singh of Rayya and Gursewak Singh of Bhindi Saida area, and registered three separate cases in this regard. TNS ONE NABBED FOR STEALING MOBILE Amritsar: The Verka police have arrested Suraj Singh of Mudhal village for allegedly stealing a mobile phone from a house. He was working as a labourer in the house of the victim identified as Vipan Kumar. He told the police that he had put his mobile on charging and went to a nearby room for having meal. He said when he returned he found his mobile missing. Suraj was also not there following which a complaint was lodged and the accused was arrested. TNS ‘INSPECT FIELDS DAILY FOR PESTS’ Amritsar: Agriculture experts have advised farmers to inspect their crops, especially vegetables and mustard, for any signs of a disease or a pest so that remedial action could be taken in time. The experts said intense cold could damage their crops. They said the delay in spraying a chemical would result in worsening of the problem and further irreparable loss, said Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Jatinder Singh Gill. TNS PAGE 2 PUNJABI SINGLE PLAYBOY, SUNG BY MR BEAST, RELEASED Miley Cyrus has a New Year gift for her fans. The singer-actress will release a new single, Flowers, on January 13. MAX 15°C | MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 2°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:34 PM PAGE 4 Kumma Records has launched a Punjabi peppy number, Playboy, sung by Mr Beast (Charanjit Singh Chahal). SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:19 AM MONDAY | 2 JANUARY 2023 | AMRITSAR Thousands pay obeisance at Golden Temple Bishop urges masses to Braving the severe cold, people from all walks of life started thronging Darbar Sahib at night follow path of righteousness Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 1 A large number of tourists from India and abroad, including politicians, commenced their new year by paying obeisance at the Golden Temple here on Sunday. There was such a great rush of visitors between 10 pm to 1 am last night that there was no place to even set foot anywhere in the holy premises. Devotees were seen everywhere in the ‘Parikrama’ (circumambulation). People sat wherever they got space while waiting for clocks to strike 12, signalling the start of New Year. While waiting they had been chanting the name of the Almighty. As soon as the clock struck 12, devotees started raising religious slogans. Many of them started distributing sweets. People outside the Golden Temple Devotees pay their respects at the Golden Temple on the occasion of New Year; (right) SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal was also seen in Amritsar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR had also put up langar of tea and snacks for devotees. After the closure of the doors of the sanctum sanctorum, the crowd proceeded towards Guru Ramdas Langar Hall. To accommodate the crowd, the SGPC officials had to open the new rooms built behind the langar hall. SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal along with his wife former union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal paid obeisance at the Golden Temple. Wishing a happy new year to all Punjabis, he said the gone-by year was Cops attacked in Patti, 4 held Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, January 1 A team of Patti police station personnel was attacked by members of a family, wanted in a case of smuggling of drugs and illegal weapons in Patti town on Saturday when the team had gone to arrest the accused. Four of the accused had been arrested while the rest fled the spot. Satnam Singh, DSP Patti, , said here on Sunday that the accused had been identified as Paras, his wife Mehak, brother Sanni, Sanni’s wife Ramandeep Kaur, mother Komal, alias Kulwant Kaur, and their another relative Gurmilap Singh, a resident of Sangal Basti, Patti, were booked in a case of smuggling of drugs and arms Man robbed of scooter by miscreants Amritsar, January 1 Three unidentified persons robbed a person of his scooter here on Friday. A local resident, the victim, identified as Ankur Ahuja, told the police that he was returning home when the incident took place on the Sultanwind road. The police have registered a case under Section 379-B, IPC. — TNS Amritsar, January 1 Extending heartiest greetings of prosperity and joy in 2023 to the masses, the Rev Dr P K Bishop Dr PK SamanSamantaroy taroy, Bishop, Diocese of Amritsar (DoA), Church of North India (CNI), urged them to follow the path of righteousness and peace in the new year for their own good as well as that of their fellow human beings. He also condoled the demise of Pope Benedict XVI. Terming righteousness and peace as integral to the dispensation of justice, continued on page 2 extremely painful for Punjab as several precious lives were lost due to deteriorating law and order. He hoped that the New Year would see progress and peace in the state. Meanwhile, members of the Bharatiya Yog Sansthan started the first day of the New Year with yog asana this morning. A collective sadhana ceremony was held under the leadership of the local head of the organization Virender Dhawan and meditation practices were conducted. F&CC to discuss dev projects in meeting today KMSC marks New Year with cleanliness drive at protest site Tribune News Service The programme commenced with a group exercise as per the tradition of the organization, which is running more than 50 free centres in the city where people are encouraged to stay healthy by doing yoga and pranayama every morning. Tribune News Service The accused in custody of the police in Tarn Taran. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI across the border were by the police more than a month ago and had been absconding since. The police party headed by Sub-Inspector Hardial Singh raided their house on Saturday to arrest them. The accused attacked the police party leaving head constable Jagroop Singh and constable Jobanjit injured. The accused tore the uniforms of the policemen. The DSP said four accused Paras, Sanni, Ramandeep Kaur and Komal had been arrested and others managed to escape from the spot. The arrested accused were produced in a court on Sunday and were sent to twoday police custody. The police had registered a case under Sections 353, 224, 225, 332, 323, 186, 148 and 149 of the IPC. Amritsar, January 1 The meeting of the Municipal Corporation Finance and Contract Committee is going to be held on Monday. Several development projects worth crores of rupees are expected to get the nod of the F&CC. The extension of the dog sterilisation project will be discussed in the meeting. There are more than 50,000 stray dogs in the city, out of which only 7,000 dogs were sterilised in the past. The extension of the project would be proposed, with the goal of sterilising 20,000 more dogs would be proposed. The Punjab government has continued on page 2 Amritsar, january 1 The farmers protesting outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here conducted a cleanliness drive at the protest site to mark the first day of the new year on Sunday. The farm leaders rued that even through a new year has arrived, not much has changed for the masses. Farm leaders flayed the Punjab Government for failing to take cognisance of the spread of the Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) among cattle in Gumtala area. “The dairy farmers have still not recovered from the setback caused by the Activists of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee protest outside DC’s office in Amritsar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Lumpy Skin Disease as hundreds of cows had died,” said KMSC general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher. Pandher said cases of FMD have been reported from the district, but the state government or its department had not yet reached out to the affected dairy farms. He warned that if the authorities remained indifferent to the issue, the disease might spread to other areas. Many new groups of farmers also reached the site of the protest to step up the pressure. Residents expect work on horticulture institute to begin soon Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 1 The dawn of New Year always brings with its new hopes and resolutions. A cross-section of the city residents expressed hope that in the New Year the groundwork would be laid for starting construction work on the proposed Post Graduate Institute of Horticulture Research and Educa- tion (PGIHRE). About six months ago, the state government had issued a notification to purchase 32 acres of land in Chhiddan village for the PGIHRE project on the Amritsar-Attari road. Kuljit Singh, a progressive farmer, said a chunk of 100 acres was transferred in the name of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) at Attari village way Hotel owner among five held for immoral trafficking Amritsar, January 1 The Mohkampura police have booked six persons, including the owner of a hotel located on the Batala road, on charges of immoral trafficking. The police have arrested five of them. Those arrested were identified as Paramjit Singh, alias Raj of Bhawani Nagar located on the Majitha road, Sarabjit Singh of Mandir wala bazaar on the Sultanwind road, Balkar Singh of Brahmpura village in Tarn Taran, Amit Gupta of the Majitha road and Jobanpreet Singh of Kahalwan village in Tarn Taran. Binderjit Singh, SHO, PAGE 3 MILEY CYRUS IS COMING OUT WITH NEW SINGLE FLOWERS Mohkampura police station, said the police got a tip-off that Paramjit Singh and Sarabjit Singh were allegedly running the prostitution business under the guise of a spa centre on the second floor of a hotel. The police also nominated hotel owner Bhupinder Singh in the FIR. The spa centre was being run for the past two months while the hotel and spa centre did not have the mandatory licence to operate these. He said a raid was conducted by the police and the accused were arrested. Two local girls were also recovered from the spot. — TNS c m y b back in 2015. Despite the fact that the Central Government would provide all budgetary provisions on the expenses incurred on the construction of the buildings, salary of faculty and research works along with other contingencies, which is estimated to be over Rs 1,700 crore in the initial stages, the project has yet to see the light of day. Thereafter, only meaning- ful progress was made on the matter in June last year when the state government issued a notification to purchase the land on the Attari road. Once established, the institute would scientifically and technically guide farmers to come out of stagnation in farming and diversify, he said. Balbir Singh, a retired agriculture scientist, said where they would get more than 100 horticulture scientists of international fame to carry on research in the field of fruit and vegetable and other streams of agriculture. Only this institute offers all these R&D assistance which would help increase the income of the farming community many of whom are under debt. Jagtar Singh, Deputy Director, Horticulture Department, said firstly SDM Lopoke, who is also Land Acquisition Officer, would hand over the award to the owner of 32 acres of land after getting it sanctioned. Once acquired, the construction work would be initiated to raise administration block, classrooms and a hostel at the site for the PGIHRE here. Around 100 acres of land at Attari village would be used for research work, he added.
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