01022023-ATR-01.qxd 2/1/2023 12:05 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar tribune FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY ARTIFICIALLY RIPENED FRUITS RISK LOCALS’ HEALTH DIRECTOR TARSEM SINGH SHOOTS FIRST FILM IN INDIA NETFLIX TO CELEBRATE YASH CHOPRA'S LEGACY OF 50-YR In absence of adequate numbers of fruit-ripening plants in the district, fruits are being sold in markets. P2 Hollywood director Tarsem Singh recently shot his first feature film in India titled Dear Jassi. P3 MAX 21°C | MIN 6°C YESTERDAY MAX 20°C | MIN 7°C Netflix is set to celebrate filmmaker Yash Chopra’s cultural legacy in series titled The Romantics. P4 » SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.04 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:23 AM » » WEDNESDAY | 1 FEBRUARY 2023 | AMRITSAR INBRIEF PISTOL RECOVERED IN CANTT AREA Amritsar:Army jawans recovered an old pistol and magazine from the camp area in Ajnala. It was handed over to the police for further probe. According to Army officers, they did not have record of any missing weapon. The old rusted pistol was found during patrolling. A marking of GSF IN 2013 was embossed on the weapon. A case has been registered. TNS TWO BOOKED FOR FRAUD, FORGERY Amritsar: The Beas police have booked two persons, Jobanjit Singh and Surjit Singh of Jodha Nagri village, on charges of fraud and forgery. The police said they had prepared fake identities of Gulzar Singh of Panjgaryan and Kuldeep Singh Nambardar which they used to make forged property documents, Aadhaar card and other documents. TNS EX-AIT CHAIRMAN GETS BAIL Amritsar: Former Amritsar Improvement Trust chairman Dinesh Bassi, who faced charges of misappropriation of trust properties, has got bail from the high court. TNS Booster dose for tourism, thrust to trade & industry top wish-list Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 31 With the Union Budget all set to be presented today in Parliament, people in the city have come out with their expectations, hopes and apprehensions. Tourism-oriented projects and rebates for industries top the wish-list. Farmers and industrialists also want policies focused on border areas to aid in its development. Satnam Singh Kanda, a hotelier, said the Union government should declare a mega tourism project for the city of Golden Temple to bolster its prospects. “New hotels are being continuously constructed which is adding to the total room capacity. To prevent stagnation in the industry, it is necessary to add mega projects.” Bachan Singh, a farmer, said keeping in view trends in the past Budgets of the Modi government, they expect it to be pro-corporate and not much is being expected for agriculture. He said the government was withdrawing subsidies and the prices of agricultural equipment and appliances have UNION BUDGET DECLARE TOURISM PROJECT FOR CITY ❝The Union government should declare a mega tourism project for the city of Golden Temple to bolster its prospects. New hotels are being continuously constructed which is adding to the total room capacity. To prevent stagnation in the industry, it is necessary to add mega projects. ❞ Satnam Singh Kanda, A HOTELIER escalated during the past few years. All this has meant a hike in the cost of inputs for farmers. Despite the MS Swaminathan report and the BJP’s announcement to implement it after coming to power, nothing has come out of it. Raman Gupta, a leading pharmaceutical exporter, said over 6,500 items were exported out of the state. He anticipated a helping hand and encouragement to seasoned exporters to increase the quantum of their export. Gupta said the exporters were seeking revival of export promotion capital goods scheme. Issues like identification of products to be exported to various markets, challenges faced by exporters based in border towns, rising logistics cost and other issues must be taken up. Among the goods being exported from here, a major share is of basmati rice, Arab countries being a major customer of locally grown basmati variety. Chess and plant extracts for medicine are also being exported, especially to developed and European countries. Deepak Khanna, president of the Textile Merchants Association (TMA), sought immediate passage of the National Textile Policy as the country needs to replace 22 lakh power looms with shuttle-less looms but at the same time it is required that hand-looms be revived. In addition to this, 25 per cent capital subsidy and curtailment of GST from 18 per cent to 5 per cent for buying machinery for textile manufacturing were sought from the Union Budget. Schools of Eminence: Case of old wine in new bottle? Upgrade took place twice earlier; primary schools not in the list Neha Saini SCHOOLS SELECTED Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 31 To fulfill its poll promise, the AAP government in state recently announced that 117 government schools will be upgraded and turned into ‘Schools of Eminence’. Under the scheme, eight schools in Amritsar made it to the list in the first phase, four each in urban and rural areas. Development work defined under the project has already commenced in these schools. The fact though remains that all eight schools selected from Amritsar are senior secondary schools and had undergone infrastructure overhaul under the previous Congress government. Overhaul of government schools has happened twice earlier in the state. While the SAD-BJP government set up meritorious schools for students with merit, the Congress-led government brought in the smart school project, giving selected 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. GSS Smart School, Chheharta GGSS Smart School, Mall Road. GSS Smart School, Town Hall GSS Smart School, Karampura GSS Smart School (Boys), Ajnala GSS Smart School, Jandiala Guru GSS Smart School, Varpal Kalan Shaheed Gurmeet Singh GSSS School A view of one of the beneficiary schools. schools infrastructural upgrade with smart classrooms and smart playgrounds. Now, with the AAP government announcing Schools of Eminence, the focus again is on structural upgrade of government schools. DEO Jugraj Singh (Secondary) said the eight schools will get new buildings and amenities. “These schools primarily will be rebuilt, with expansion of space and facilities like toilets, new classrooms, libraries etc. The onus is on structural upgrade currently. We have sent an estimated budget of Rs 24 lakh for four schools, which is still to be approved by the department.” While there is no clear instructions on what kind of academic upgrade these Schools of Eminence will have, reportedly the senior secondary schools under the project will be for students from Class 8 to Class 12. No elementary/primary schools in the list Elementary schools have been kept out of the scheme, at least in the initial phase. There is not one primary school that has either been upgraded under the smart school scheme or considered under the Schools of Eminence project. The elementary schools in the district also need infrastructural support, especially those in remote areas. There is shortage of teachers and basic amenities. Some time back, the government had approved fresh appointments of ETT teachers to overcome the shortage but exclusion of primary and middle schools in the list has raised queries. Firing by fleeing armed robbers Lack of parking spaces for visitors leads to traffic jams PARKING ISSUE - I leaves passerby injured in city Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 31 Three unidentified armed robbers tried to loot a karyana store in Gali Katra Karam Singh area falling under the Gate Hakima police station here on Monday night. The owner of the shop, identified as Rakesh Kumar, resisted the attempt. However, while fleeing the accused fired several gunshots in which a passerby, Gopal Krishan, of Mastgarh in Namak Mandi area was injured. He was rushed to a private hospital. A police team reached the spot and started a probe. A case was registered against unidentified persons in this connection. Gurbinder Singh, SHO, Gate Hakima police station, said two teams were analysing the CCTV Amritsar, January 31 Inadequate parking space for vehicles is one of the major reasons for long traffic jams in the city. The holy city witnesses more than one lakh visitors from across the state and country every day. A large number of rural masses from Punjab and Haryana visit the city on tractor trolleys, carts and trucks. Apart from devotees at the Golden Temple, a number of traders from other cities and neighboring states visit the city. As compared to footfall of tourists and visitors, the parking space is inadequate in the city. The Amritsar Municipal Corporation operates 12 parking lots in the city. Only five parking lots, including Bhandri Bridge, DC office, Aman- ACP Surinder Singh along with other police officials investigate the robbery bid case in Amritsar on Monday night. cameras in the area to find some clues about the culprits. As per information, at around 10.30pm when Rakesh Kumar was closing the shop, the armed robbers entered. They pointed a pistol at him and asked to hand over valuables and cash. However, Rakesh raised an alarm and entered into a scuffle with them. The accused got frightened and tried to slip away. Rakesh tried to chase them, but the miscreants started firing in the air. A passerby suffered a bullet injury in the stomach while Rakesh escaped narrowly. He was rushed to a private hospital and is stated to be out of danger. Vehicles parked illegally at Heritage street in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR deep Hospital, Kairon Market and Machhi Mandi, are now functional under the supervision of the MC. The civic body has provided no parking lot around the Golden Temple. One of the major parking lots is Saragarhi Parking being operated by Amritsar Devel- opment Authority (ADA). The Saragarhi parking accommodates around 800 four-wheelers. A large number of traders and residents from Katra Jai Mal Singh, Shastri Market, Katra Sher Singh, Bagh Akalian, Cheel Mandi and Ghe Mandi park their vehicles at the Saragarhi parking lot. Devotees and visitors often face inconvenience while trying to find parking space around the Golden Temple. On weekends, visitors have to struggle for hours to find parking space. The civic body and the state government failed to provide a dedicated parking space to devotees and tourists at the Golden Temple. The non-availability of parking space led to traffic jams in the city. Trucks and tractor trolleys are being built at Gurdwara Buraj Akali Phoola Singh. Apart from this, there are several illegal private parking lots, where self-style contractors or parking lot owners overcharge for parking and other misbehave with visitors. The Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) provides for the twowheeler parking around Golden Temple. A dedicated parking on the back side of Akal Takht is reserved for VIPs and the clergy. “The number of visitors to the Golden Temple is increasing day by day. It is one of the most visited places in the country. But the government and the civic body failed to make continued on page 2 Man hurt in attack, 12 Cows roaming in fields keep farmers on toes Beharwal takes charge as Dist Planning panel prez booked for murder bid Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 31 A group of persons attacked a house and injured one person at Mandiala village falling under the Chatiwind police station here three days ago. An old enmity was cited as the reason behind the attack. They also indulged in firing following which the police booked around 12 persons on charges of murder bid and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Among those booked were identified as Amritpal Singh, Nishan Singh, Gopi and Kaka Singh, all residents of the same village. Further probe was on to identify the remaining attackers. The complainant, Kulwinder Singh, told the police that on Saturday night he along with his family was going to bed after dinner when the accused along with their unidentified accomplices started banging at their gate. He said he went upstairs and saw the accused. On seeing him, the accused fired at him. He said he saved himself by hiding behind the wall. He said they shot at the shutter of the adjoining shop. They also pelted stones and bricks which hit his brother Vijay. Later, they fled while threatening them with dire consequences. ASI Angrej Singh, investigating officer, said an old enmity was the reason behind the attack though further investigations were in progress. He said a case under Sections 307, 323, 427, 506, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act was registered against them. He said raids were on to nab the suspects. Amritsar, January 31 Stray cows roaming around in the city and causing inconvenience to motorists is well known, but now farmers are counting losses as herds of animals stray into agricultural fields, especially during night, and damage crops. In many areas of the district, especially alongside national highways and state highways, farmers have started using barbed fences to keep stray animals at bay. Sodhi Singh, a farmer of Baghiari village, said, “Stray cows keep sitting in vacant areas during the day as farmers keep a watch and shoo them away in case they enter the fields. However it is difficult to keep a watch at night.” Farmers say most of the stray cows are of hybrid breed reared by dairy farmers. “These cows develop diseases and stop breeding and giving milk in some years. Once they stop producing milk, these become unprof- Our Correspondent Farmers have started using barbed fences to keep stray animals at bay. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR itable for dairy farmers. Like every other venture, the business of dairy farming too is profit-oriented and as such cows are left to fend for themselves,” said Joginder Singh, a dairy farmer. They say the number of stray cows is increasing with each passing year and at present these can be seen roaming in herds. Even in the city, herds of cows can be c m y b spotted on many roads. In the city, over a dozen cows can be spotted grazing in the well-maintained green belts on the cantonment road every day. Residents say even though a large number of people offer chappatis and other food items, green fodder is essential for cows. “But at the same time, it is feared that a large population of animals would destroy green belts and continue to cause traffic problems,” said Bal Krishan Singh, a resident. Residents say as the government is collecting cow cess on liquor, electricity and other items, it’s the responsibility of the government to take measures to send stray animals to shelters or introduce a legislation to fix accountability of the farmers for such condition of stray animals. Tarn Taran, January 31 District AAP unit president Gurwinder Singh Beharwal assumed charge as the chairman of the District Planning Committee (DPC) at a function held at the local District Administrative Complex (DAC) here on Tuesday. Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Speaker, and Jai Krishan Singh Rouri, Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, besides Cabinet Ministers Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayar, Harbhajan Singh ETO, Laljit Singh Bhullar, MLAs Kulwant Singh Pandori, Manjit Singh Bilaspur, Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal, Manjinder Singh Lalpura, and Deputy Commissioner Rishi Pal Singh and party leaders from across the district were among those present on the occasion. Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar said the appointment of Gurwinder Singh Beharw- Gurwinder Singh Beharwal al as the Chairman was the policy of AAP to encourage honest and hardworking party workers to be part of the state government. Congratulating Beharwal, the AAP leaders expressed the hope that he would work for the welfare of the general public. They hoped he would work for the progress of the border area district. In his address, Beharwal said the District Planning Committee must give top priority to the all-round development of the district.
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