25052023-ATR-01.qxd 5/25/2023 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar tribune FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TALWAR TAKES CHARGE AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ACTRESS VAIBHAVI UPADHYAYA KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT KIM CATTRALL JOINS COMEDY FEATURE ABOUT MY FATHER Says it is a matter of pride for me that the government offered me an opportunity to serve the city of Golden Temple. P2 Actor Vaibhavi Upadhyaya dies in a road accident in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district on Monday. P3 MAX 34°C | MIN 22°C YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C Kim Cattrall is set to be a part of Lionsgate’s upcoming comedy feature, About My Father. P4 » » SUNSET THURSDAY 7:26 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:28 AM » THURSDAY | 25 MAY 2023 | AMRITSAR INBRIEF SIX ARRESTED WITH HEROIN Arshpreet tops district with 99% PSEB CLASS XII RESULTS 29 from Amritsar make it to the state merit list in producing good students,” said Sudarshan. She wants to pursue computer science engineering and her favourite subject is maths. Manavjot also wants to pursue computer engineering and has already secured a seat in Thapar University, Patiala. Neha Saini Tribune News Service Dairy owner shot at, three booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 Three persons shot at a dairy owner in Kohala village falling under the Lopoke police station area here yesterday. The victim, identified as Kirpal Singh, suffered bullet injuries on his leg. The suspects, identified as Balraj Singh, Gindu and Bunty, all residents of the same village, managed to flee from the spot. The victim alleged that after he closed the dairy, Balraj Singh called him near the village pond. When he reached there, the suspects started abusing him. He said Balraj took out a pistol and fired at him. Three bullets hit his left leg. He ran away from the spot to save himself. The police have registered a case of murder bid and under the Arms Act against three suspects. Further investigations have been initiated into the matter. Scrap dealer’s son shines PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar: The CIA staff of the Amritsar Rural police arrested Sukhwinder Singh of Rangarh village and recovered 100 grams of heroin from his possession. In another case, the Jandiala police nabbed Gurjit Singh of Hawaas village, Ajay Kumar of Khawajke village and Sajan Masih of Ludhiana and confiscated 100 grams of heroin from them. The police team intercepted them when the suspects were coming towards Amritsar in a car. During the search of the vehicle, the police seized the drug. In yet another incident, the Lopoke police arrested Sardool Singh of Pandori and Sawinder Singh of Chak Allah Baksh with 43-gm heroin. They were travelling in a goods carrier (Chhota Hathi). Cases under the NDPS Act have been registered against the suspects. TNS Amritsar, May 24 The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) declared Class XII results today. Arshpreet Kaur, a non-medical student from Shaheed Harpal Singh GSSS, Jethuwal, bagged top position in the district with 99% marks (495/500). Arshpreet stood fifth in the state. Manavjot Singh, another non-medical student of the same school, bagged second position in the district by scoring 98.4% marks (492/500). He shares the second position with Kanwalnain Kaur (98.4%), a non-medical student from Guru Arjan Dev School, Dyallpur, and Jatin Kumar (98.4%), a non-medical student from School of Eminence, Town Hall, Mall Mandi. Manavjot’s state rank is eight. Ajaydeep Singh from Amber Public Senior Secondary School and Jaskaran Singh from GSSS, Attari, shared the third position in the district with 98.2% marks. They both bagged 9th rank in the state merit list. A total of 29 students from Amritsar made it to the state merit list, with 11 finding place among top 10. The overall result of Amritsar remained Arshpreet Kaur and Manavjot Singh (2nd in district) being offered sweets on Wednesday. NAME Arshpreet Kaur (non-medical) AIM Wants to pursue career as a software developer MARKS 99% FAMILY Father Maninder Singh a businessman, while mother Gurpreet Kaur a homemaker 96.46%, with the district bagging third place in the state. The result of government schools vis-a-vis private/aided schools remained on a par with both bagging 11 merit positions. The meritorious school produced seven merit holders in the state, in a first. STUDENTS PASS WITH FLYING COLOURS Other merit holders from the district include Geetika (98%); Sukhwindr Singh (98%); Harmanpreet Kaur (98%), Rubalpreet Kaur (98%) and Krish Kumar (97.8%) AMRITSAR OVERALL 3RD IN STATE Total merits Govt schools 29 11 Determined, disciplined student: Teachers Arshpreet Kaur, described as a ‘determined and disciplined’ student by her teachers, wants to pursue her career as a software developer. Arshpreet celebrated her success with schoolmate Manavjot Residential school Private/Aided Schools 7 11 and principal Sudarshan Kumar. “Arshpreet and Manavjot have cleared JEE (Mains) as well, securing seats in good engineering colleges. It’s a matter of pride for our school and they have proven that government schools do not lag behind private schools Jatin Kumar, a student of School of Eminence (GSSSS), Town Hall, Mall Mandi, celebrated his success with his family on the school premises. Jatin’s father Narinder Kumar is a scrap dealer and never had any formal education. “My father could not go to the school due to poor financial condition. My mother Mamta, a housewife, is also not educated. Still, my parents made sure that I and my brother never missed the school,” shared Jatin. “He never missed a single day of school. He never took any tuition or extra coaching. He achieved success due to his hard work and dedication,” said Vikas, principal, School Of Eminence, Town Hall, Mall Mandi. Jatin now wants to prepare for engineering and wants to pursue mechanical engineering. The suspect in police custody in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 A loader at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport duped an elderly woman passenger of her gold bangles. The victim boarded a flight for the UK two days ago. The incident came to light when the victim’s daughter, Jasbir Kaur, lodged a complaint with the Airport police on Tuesday in this connection. The complainant said her mother, Sewa Kaur, was a patient of arthritis. A loader took her to the terminal on a wheelchair. She said he asked them to put the gold chain and bangles in a tray on the pretext of checking. After checking, the suspect handed over the gold chain and told her mother that he had put the remaining jewellery in the purse. When her mother checked the purse after boarding the flight, she found two gold bangles missing. The police authorities said they initiated investigations and zeroed in on loader Gurpreet Sing, alias Gopi, of Umarpura village in Ajnala. During interrogation, the police recovered a gold bangle from his two-wheeler and another one from his residence. The suspect was arrested and a case under Sections 406, 409 and 420 of the IPC was registered against him. As mercury soars, health Travel agent, accomplice among 3 booked experts advise precautions 2 YOUTHS IN INDONESIAN JAIL PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 Days after the two Amritsar youths landed in the Indonesia jail after they boarded a flight for the USA, the Amritsar rural police have booked Delhibased travel agent Charanjit Singh Sodhi, his accomplice Sunny Kumar and an unknown person on the charges of cheating and human trafficking. A case under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 13 of the Punjab Travel Professional Regulation Act, 2014, was against them at the Gharinda police sta- tion here. The FIR was registered on the complaint of Sukhchain Singh, a resident of Maude village, and father of Ajaypal Singh, one of the victims. Ajaypal (20) and his cousin Gurmail Singh (21) of Gaggomahal village in Ajnala were arrested by the Indonesian police allegedly on the charges of murder this month. The incident came to light when the news of their arrest circulated on the social media. The family members of the victims left devastated as they mortgaged their properties to realise the dreams Wheat procurement to end today 7.35 lakh MT crop procured; less produce coming as harvesting over Amritsar, May 24 With the harvesting season complete and only a day left for the procurement season to end, a total of 7.35 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of wheat crop has arrived in the markets. The wheat procurement season would end on May 25. District Mandi Board officials stated that less produce was coming to the markets these days as farmers had already completed the harvesting. Only 350 MT of crop arrived in the grain markets of the district on Wednesday. With harvesting over, only those farmers who had kept the crop at their homes and could not bring it to the grain markets earlier are bringing the produce, said an official, adding that the farmers have only one day left after which the government procurement would end. Mandi Board officials stated that of the total wheat procurement so far, 6.86 lakh MT has been procured by government agencies while the pri- Woman duped of gold bangles at airport, 1 held of their son. The duo left for the USA from the New Delhi airport on May 9. They hardly had any inkling that they had fallen in the trap of fake travel agents. They reached Indonesia as ‘guided’ by Sodhi whose accomplices received them at the Indonesian airport from where they were taken into a room, said Gurmail’s father Sahib Singh. He said they came to know that they were tortured and forced to make calls to their family claiming they have reached safely. He said Sodhi demanded ~35 lakh for each child. He Sujanpur MC: Jolt for Cong as councillors cross over to AAP Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Labourers load sacks of wheat on a tractor-trailer at the Bhagtanwala grain market in Amritsar. FILE vate buyers have purchased only 49,167 MT of wheat. Meanwhile, the lifting of the procured grains from the markets is still going on at a slow pace as 44 per cent of the stock is still waiting to be lifted. Mandi Board officials stated that so far, 4.11 lakh MT of procured wheat stock has been lifted from the grain markets. District officials stated that of the five government procurement agencies, Pungrain has purchased a maximum of 2.03 lakh MT of wheat, followed by Punsup with 1.68 lakh MT, Markfed 1.48 lakh MT and Punjab Warehouse Corporation 1.34 lakh MT. The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has also purchased 30,712 MT of wheat. Chief Agriculture Officer Jatinder Singh Gill said harvesting of wheat was over. Now, farmers were preparing fields for the next crop. The farmers had started growing nurseries of paddy varieties. Paddy transplantation in the district was allowed from June 19. — TNS asked them to keep 5,000US$ with them during the journey. The amount was forcibly taken away by Sodhi’s accomplices in Indonesia who also thrashed them. Sahib Singh, who runs a flour mill in the village, said he mortgaged his house and property to arrange money to send his son abroad. He said he barely anticipated that his son would land in such a trouble. NRI Affair Minister Kuldeep Singh said the Punjab Government was taking up their cases at the appropriate platforms to get them released. Sujanpur (Pathankot), May 24 The Congress suffered a massive blow in the Sujanpur Municipal Council (MC) when seven of its nine councillors, including the president and vice-president, crossed over to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). There were rumours in the last few days that the Congress was in for a “high-voltage shock” as was being termed by some councillors. However, no clarity emerged till today morning when the defec- tions officially took place. In the erstwhile Municipal Council, nine of the 15 wards were represented by Congress councillors. It is learnt that Cabinet minister Lal Chand Kataruchak played a crucial role in the defections. He is an MLA from the neighbouring assembly seat of Bhoa. Interestingly, one of Sujanpur’s 15 wards falls in the assembly segment of the minister. By virtue of this, he has a vote in the MC. This, for all practical purposes, means AAP has eight votes in the MC. “That is Continued on page 2 New AAP councillors with Cabinet minister Lal Chand Kataruchak. c m y b People cover their faces with clothes to protect themselves from the scorching heat at the Heritage Street in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 Amid soaring mercury and heat wave, the district Health Department has issued an advisory for people to save themselves from hot and dry winds during the day time. It has asked people to take necessary precautions to protect themselves from the potential dangers of heat wave. Health experts have advised people to stay indoors and avoid venturing out under the blazing sun. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said it was also important for residents to be aware of heat stroke symptoms and methods to cope with it. “Residents should stay hydrated to battle the blazing heat wave. They should increase the intake of fluids such as lassi, water and lemonade and avoid carbonated drinks. People should eat fruits and vegetables with high SYMPTOMS OF HEAT STRESS Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said symptoms of heat stress include skin rashes, confusion, profuse sweating, tiredness, headache, vomiting and dry and redcoloured skin. In all these conditions, a person should sit in shade and take rest. WHAT ADVISORY SAYS ■ Avoid direct exposure to heat or sun, stay indoors ■ Wear light-coloured clothes and cover head with a cloth or a cap ■ Drink plenty of fluids at frequent intervals ■ Eat fruits and vegetables with high water content water content such as watermelon, muskmelon, cucumber, etc.,” he said. The Civil Surgeon said as the prevailing weather conditions were expected to continue, residents should take ample precautions. They should wear light-coloured clothes and cover their head with a cloth or a cap to reduce the chances of heat stroke. The health experts stated that children, elderly and pregnant women should take more precautions as they could be affected more by the hot weather conditions. The Civil Surgeon said symptoms of heat stress include skin rashes, confusion, profuse sweating, tiredness, headache, vomiting and dry and redcoloured skin. In all these conditions, a person should sit in shade and take rest. The blistering heat wave has also impacted life in the city as city roads become deserted at noon. Residents stated that as compared to last week, the temperature has suddenly increased during the past few days and it is becoming unbearable.
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