01052023-ATR-01.qxd 5/1/2023 12:11 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar tribune OPEN HOUSE: SHOW DOOR TO CORRUPT OFFICIALS SALMAN KHAN ADMITS HE HAS BEEN UNLUCKY IN LOVE Bollywood superstar Salman Khan recently admitted that he has been ‘unlucky in love’. P3 GENERALLY CLOUDY MAX 27°C | MIN 21°C YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 20°C ADELE SUPPORTS ‘FIANCE’ AT LAKERS BASKETBALL GAME Engage youth in meaningful activities, spread awareness and make efforts to end menace, say residents. P2 FORECAST Adele recently supported her alleged ‘fiance’ Rich Paul at an NBA game in Los Angeles. P4 » » SUNSET MONDAY 7.10 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:44 AM » MONDAY | 1 MAY 2023 | AMRITSAR INBRIEF WOMAN DIES BY SUICIDE, SON HELD Amritsar: Perturbed over the repeated harassment by her son, a woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan on Saturday. The police have booked her son Vishal Kumar, alias Sunny, a resident of Chowk Manna Singh, on the charge of abetment to suicide. He was arrested by the police later on. Santosh Kumar, complainant and husband of the victim, said the accused used to often demand money from his mother. She was disturbed over his habit and told him that she would end her life if he did not stop this, but the accused did not care, forcing her to take the extreme step. TNS MAN LOSES ~1.28L IN ONLINE FRAUD Amritsar: Unknown online fraudsters duped a local resident, identified as Sudhir Sehgal, by fraudulently withdrawing ~1.28 lakh from his bank account. The police have registered a case under Sections 420 and 120- B, IPC, against unknown persons. TNS ‘Take steps to revive canal irrigation system in district’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 30 With the area under canal irrigation decreasing drastically over the years and the agrarian community depending on ground water for their irrigation needs, farmers have put forth a demand to the government to initiate efforts to rejuvenate the canal irrigation system in the district. Even as the Irrigation Department has initiated efforts to reclaim the land under irrigation channels and canal minors recently, farmers in many areas claim that they are still not getting the canal water. The farmers say that if the canal water is made available for irrigation, they would not have to use ground water excessively. Dr Satnam Singh Ajnala, president, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, said in the year FARMERS TO HOLD PROTEST ON MAY 25 ■ Even as the Irrigation Department has initiated efforts to reclaim the land under irrigation channels and canal minors recently, farmers in many areas claim that they are still not getting the canal water. The farmers say that if the canal water is made available for irrigation, they would not have to use ground water excessively. ■ The Jamhoori Kisan Sabha has also announced that it would organise a protest outside the irrigation department here on May 25 to press upon the officials to provide canal water to fields. 1970-71, 43 per cent of the agricultural land in Punjab was fed by the canal irrigation system. At present, the area under canal irrigation has decreased to 27 seven per cent, he added. Dr Ajnala said at present over 15 lakh tubewells were drawing water for agricultural purposes. “The depth of the borewells is increasing every year. Moreover, a new tubewell bore costs a minimum of Rs 2 lakh, which a marginal farmer cannot afford,” he said, adding that canal irrigation water on the other hand comes at a very economical price. The Jamhoori Kisan Sabha has also announced that it would organise a protest outside the irrigation department here on May 25 to press upon the officials to provide canal water to fields. The union leaders stated that farmers from four districts — Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot — would participate in the protest. The farmers also stated that the department should also stop releasing the water from Uppar Bari Doab Canal into the Beas river and instead it should be provided to the fields. Police chase gang of robbers, nab one Recover two pistols, one stolen car and canter from their possession Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 30 Two armed looters snatched a bike, a car and a truck from posh Ranjit Avenue and Jandiala area here on Sunday. During a chase, the Amritsar Rural Police nabbed one of the suspects, identified as Harmandeep Singh alias Harry of Dugri village (now Guru Ramdas Avenue in Tarn Taran), while his accomplice Akashdeep Singh of Tarn Taran managed to dodge the police teams. The police recovered two country-made pistols, besides the robbed car and truck from the accused. The police said raids were on to nab his accomplice. According to information, the duo snatched a bike from near Amrit Anand Park located in Ranjit Avenue park in the wee hours at gunpoint. They also tried to loot a car from Ranjit Avenue, but failed as the car occupants accelerated the car on seeing the armed robbers. Their car later crashed into a wall near the Ranjit Avenue police station. The armed miscreants later fled towards the main GT road side. They left the bike at Manawala and looted a Toyota Urban Cruiser from Jasbir Singh and his father Sher Singh who were coming from Una (Himachal Pradesh). When they tried to Action against 9 firms for overweighing gunny bags Conman’s bank accounts frozen, police launch hunt to nab accomplices Tarn Taran, April 30 The Punjab Mandi Board has taken a serious note of the over-weighing the farmers’ crop arriving at different mandis of the district for procurement by the firms of the Commission agents. The district administration stated here on Sunday that action had been taken against nine firms so far and some of the firms had been served notices for the suspension of their licenses over the malpractice. Instructions were issued in this regard by Sarwan Singh Dhunn Khemkaran MLA. The MLA said he had received a complaint by the farmers, stating that some commission agents had overweighed their crop. The MLA ordered the officials of the Punjab Mandi Board to conduct checking of the stock procured by the commission agents. The MLA served a warning to the commission agents. — OC PK Jaiswar DSP Harkrishan Singh addresses mediamen in Amritsar on Sunday. Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 30 A day after the arrest of conman Jasmit Singh, who had allegedly duped multiple persons of crores of rupees while luring them with handsome returns while investing in e-commerce sites, the economic offence (EO) wing of Punjab Police have got the bank accounts of the prime suspect frozen. The police also launched a manhunt for the arrest of his accomplices who were booked by the Ranjit Avenue police with Jasmit Singh on April 12. They were identified as CG, Pranav Tayagi and Sharmin Ansari, all residents of Amritsar. They used to work with Jasmit in his office in the posh Ranjit avenue locality here. “We have got the bank accounts of Jasmit frozen and further investigation to find his accomplices is resist the attempt, the accused fired at them but they escaped unhurt. They snatched a car and fled towards the Beas side. The Amritsar Rural Police got information about the carjacking on control room following which the police laid a nakas at Jandiala Guru, Rayya and Baba Bakala turn to intercept them. The miscreants who were travelling in the car later snatched a Canter from under way,” said Parneet Dhillon, in-charge of the Economic Offence Wing, who is the investigating officer in the case. The EO wing of the Amritsar city police arrested Jasmit Singh of Gaziabad from the Delhi Airport when he tried to flee the country. He had duped multiple persons in different parts of the country on the pretext of investing in e-commerce companies against handsome returns. In Amritsar, as per the FIR, he had duped a large number of people of Rs 50 crore. Following a preliminary probe, the police issued a Look out Circular (LOC) against him which led to his arrest. A preliminary probe revealed that he was wanted by the Noida, the Kerala, the Uttar Pradesh, the Gujarat and the Maharashtra police. He had set up offices in different places and abruptly continued on page 2 Road mishap snuffs out 3 young lives in Tarn Taran Victims were hit by a rashly driven trailer near Vein Poin village Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, April 30 In a terrible road accident, three persons were killed on the spot and as many seriously injured on the Tarn Taran-Sri Goindwal Sahib road near Vein Poin village on early Sunday morning. The victims were returning home after paying obeisance at Sri Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar. The victim were identified as Mani Singh (18), Amritpal Singh (17) and Arashdeep Singh (18) of Fatehbad in Tarn Taran. They belonging to weaker sections of society. The injured were identified as Nirmal Singh (35), his nephew Gurmit Singh (20) and niece Muskanpreet Kaur (8), a resident of Khawaspur near Fatehbad. They were admitted to the local Civil Hospital where their condition was stated to be stable. DSP Goindwal Sahib, Arun , Kumar said the accident occurred when a speeding trailer coming from the Goindwal Sahib side first hit a three Moped-born persons. The Deputy Superintendent of Police added that the truck-trailer hit the oncoming motorcycle killing all three riders on the spot. Power cut hits students during exam Residents open Phatak No.22 ROB without formal function Arashdeep Singh Amritpal Singh Mani Singh An injured person at a hospital. Tarsem Singh, father of Amritpal Singh, said the trailer was being driven rashly and its driver did not care about the safety of other motorists and fled the spot after the accident. He said as the trailer crushed Mani Singh, Amritpal Singh and Arashdeep Singh, it became difficult for them to identify the bodies. Some of nearby residents reached the spot within no time and launched a rescue operation and then the Goindwal Sahib police reached the spot. Tarsem Singh, father of Amritpal Singh, and Balwinder Singh, father of Arashdeep Singh, said the ambulance reached the spot late. The postmortem on the bodies was conducted at the local Civil Hospital and these were cremated at the cremation ground in Fatehbad village. the Vairowal road. DSP Harkrishan Singh said the canter driver was strolling on the road when they looted the truck at gunpoint. The duo took the car and the canter towards the Rayya side. When the police signalled them to stop, the car driver crashed it into the barricades at Rayya, tried to run over the cops and fled the spot. The police teams chased the car. The accused again tried to run over the cops by ramming into the barricades at the second naka. However, this time his car turned over leading to the arrest of Harmandeep from the spot while Akashdeep escaped. Investigations revealed that they had parked the Canter on a roadside at some other place which was also recovered. He said raids were on to nab Akashdeep Singh. Both have several criminal cases registered against them. Amritsar, April 30 A section of candidates who had come to take the PSTET exam faced problems due to a long power cut during the exam here on Sunday. Candidates taking the exam at the Government Senior Secondary School for Girls examination centre on the Mall Road complained of a long power cut. They said the rooms at the centre were plunged into near-darkness. Jugraj Singh, District Education Officer, said the school had a spacious campus so there was no problem of visibility in the examination rooms. Adequate doors and windows provided enough visibility in each classroom. As the exam was being conducted in the daytime, there could be no question of poor visibility in the rooms. Moreover, owing to pleasant weather, there was no need of fans in the rooms. — TNS Miscreants rob farm labourer of tractor BJP workers hail 100th episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Nagar kirtan in remembrance of Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Tarn Taran, April 30 Car-borne unidentified robbers took away the tractor and a maize sowing machine from a farm labourer from Machhike village in the border area on Saturday. The farm labourer Resham Singh of Kotli Wasava Singh village was returning after sowing maize on contract. When he reached the outskirts of Machhike village, the Swift car-borne robbers appeared on the spot and stopped him. Four of the robbers came out of the car and beat him up while one of the robbers sat in the driver’s seat of the tractor and took it to an undisclosed destination. The remaining four robbers packed him in their car and took him to Khemkaran side. The robbed dropped him on the outskirts of Khemkaran and fled. The robbers also returned continued on page 2 Amritsar, April 30 BJP workers, led by their Amritsar Urban president Harvinder Singh Sandhu, listened to the live telecast of the hundredth episode of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme across more than 150 centers set up in five assembly constituencies of the city on Sunday. The main programme was organised at Damganj area of the city in which former Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna and BJP National Spokesperson Shahzad Poonawala took part. After the programme, Khanna, who is currently the in-charge of party affairs of Himachal Pradesh, said the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, that was initiated by the Prime Minister on October 3, 2014, has reached a milestone with its hundredth episode. “PM Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister of India Tarn Taran, April 30 A nagar kirtan procession dedicated to the 300th birth anniversary of Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia was taken out from Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran, to historic Sursing village here on Sunday. Under the patronage of Guru Granth Sahib, the procession was led by Panj Piaras. The religious societies of Tarn Taran town and the area extended their cooperation for the smooth movement of the procession. Singh Sahib Bhai Satpal Singh, head granthi of Darbar Sahib (Tarn Taran), performed ardas before the start of the procession for Sursingh. Dharwinder Singh, manager, Darbar Sahib, said the procession reached Sursing in the evening after passing through various villages. Residents of the village served langar and other eatables to the devotees participating in the nagar kirtan. — OC c m y b Motorists pass the Phatak No.22 in Amritsar on Sunday. SUNIL KUMAR Amritsar, April 30 After jumping several deadlines, the construction of railway overbridge (ROB) at 22 number phatak (railway crossing) completed recently. While political parties are trying to take credit by inaugurating it, residents opened it on their own. Traffic has started moving on the new ROB. As Chief Minister Bhag- want Mann and other political leaders are busy in activities related to the Jalandhar bypoll, the inauguration of the ROB was getting delayed. Member Parliament Gurjeet Singh Aujla of the Congress had visited the bridge a few days ago to inaugurate it, but a small portion of the bridge was incomplete. Social activists Mandeep BJP workers listen to the 100th episode of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ in Amritsar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO who started a direct discussion on the issues related to the people of the country by speaking directly to the people. All the things said by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Mann Ki Baat programme are inspiring and heart touching,” he said. He added, “The PM listens to the problems faced by the common man, while also giving information about the schemes being run by the Central Government.” Poonawala said, “The Mann Ki Baat programme was an extremely useful platform to reach out to the residents of remote areas of the country. Be it the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Abhiyan’, the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, promotion of women through self-help groups, sportspersons or great campaigns like organ donation, Modi spoke on all these matters to the masses. Singh Manna also called officials at the CM office to inaugurate the bridge so the public could get respite from traffic jams around the bridge. Irked over inconvenience being faced over the last three years, the residents themselves opened the bridge without waiting for the formal inauguration function. — TNS
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