26082023-ATR-01.qxd 8/26/2023 12:35 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar tribune FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY POTHOLES, STINKING TOILETS IRK PASSENGERS AT ISBT ABHISHEK MAKES AMITABH BACHCHAN LAUGH ON KBC NEETI MOHAN PRAISES SINGER AAKARSHIT FROM AMRITSAR Passengers coming to the ISBT are irked at its shabby condition, especially the stinking toilets. P2 Abhishek Garg from Haryana brought a touch of humour with his quirky answers on the hot seat of KBC. P4 Neeti Mohan said Aakarshit was one such contestant whose rendition of Dil Haara mesmerised all. P4 » » » MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7.02 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6.02 AM SATURDAY | 26 AUGUST 2023 | AMRITSAR Century-old city orphanage basks in glow of film Sardar Udham’s success Portraying its most famous inmate, the film bags five national awards Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 25 As the 69th National Film Awards were announced, a great sense of elation ran across the members and staff of the Central Khalsa Orphanage as one of the their most famous and celebrated inmates, Shaheed Sardar Udham Singh, once again came into limelight. Shoojit Sircar’s acclaimed biographical film Sardar Udham starring the talented Vicky Kaushal, won five national awards in different categories. The film bagged the award for Best Hindi Film, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Audiography (Re-recording) Final Mixing. As Vicky Kaushal and Shoojit Sircar took to their social media handles to thank the audience and their team, the staff at Central Khalsa Orphanage once again paid tribute to the martyr, who took revenge for the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre on the British Army. Estab- Man ends life, woman booked Tribune News Service The room where young Udham Singh used to live has been turned into a museum by the orphanage management in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR AMRITSAR CONNECTION ■ Established in 1904 in Amritsar, the Central Khalsa Orphanage is one of the oldest in the region. ■ The orphanage, which is currently home to 350 lished way back in 1904 in Amritsar, the Central Khalsa Orphanage is one of the oldest in the region. The orphanage, which is currently home to 350 children, once housed the martyr over a children, once housed the martyr over a century ago. ■ Actor Vicky Kaushal who portrays the martyr in the film, visited Central Khalsa Orphanage for information. century ago. A young Udham Singh, along with his elder brother, was brought to the orphanage when he was a kid in 1907. Both received new names with Sher Singh becoming Udham Singh and Mukta Singh becoming Sadhu Singh. He stayed at the orphanage and completed his matriculation. Later, he got associated with the Ghadar continuned on page 2 Encroachments removed from old Sabji Mandi land Amritsar, August 25 The Estate Wing of the municipal corporation removed illegal encroachments from vacant land of the old Sabji Mandi outside the Hall Gate here on Friday. The Estate Officer, Sushant Bhatia, said a number of illegal encroachments had emerged on old Sabji Mandi land. Some persons had been running their businesses from here for the past few months. The MC had asked them to leave the spot, but they didn’t comply with the order. On the orders of MC Commissioner Rahul, a team of the estate department, including Inspector Aman Kumar, Junior Assistant Arun Sahjpal and field staff along with the corporation Police, removed the encroachments from the government land. The MC team confiscated goods of vendors and vends. Sushant Bhatia said after the completion of the investigation, legal action would be taken against those encroaching on the land. The estate department team removed encroachments from different areas of the city and confiscated the goods too. — TNS 5 SHOs shifted after party video goes viral Three of them shifted to Malerkotla, 2 to Mansa PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 25 A controversy erupted on Friday after a video of police officials went viral in which they were seen singing and partying at a function where an alleged bookie with several criminal cases against him was also present and seen mingling with them. Two DSP rank officials of the Amritsar rural police district were also present at the function. Following this, five Station House Officers (SHOs) of the city police were shifted out. Three of them were shifted to Malerkotla while the remaining two were sent to Mansa. Among those transferred were Inspector Gurwinder Singh, Inspector Neeraj Kumar, Inspector Gagandeep Singh, Inspector Dharminder Kalyan and Inspector Harinder Singh. Nevertheless, senior police officials remained tight- motivated. The video which they had uploaded on the social media was made viral by rival groups after twisting the facts. Following the controversy over the video, Kumar Darshan held a press conference here today to clear the air. He said the party was organised by him and he had invited the police officials with whom he had good relations. He said Kamal Bori lives in his area and therefore the committee members have good relations with him also. He said he had invited Bori also to the programme while insisting that he was not a criminal element as was being made out by a section of the media. Kumar Darshan said he was planning legal action against those private media channels. The Amritsar Police Commissioner, Naunihal Singh, could not be reached for his comments despite repeated attempts. After farmer leaders set free, Man throws grandson into canal, held Was angry over his daughter’s decision to live with her husband again dharnas lifted at toll plazas Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 25 Perturbed over alleged harassment by a woman, a local resident, identified as Shamsher Singh of Lopoke, ended his life by consuming some poisonous substance on Wednesday evening. The police have booked the accused woman, Seema, a resident of Majitha road on charges of abetment to suicide while further probe was on. No arrest was made by the police till now. Gurmeet Kaur, deceased’s wife in her statement to the police told that she was married to Shamsher Singh in 2008 and they had two daughters from the marriage. She said Shamsher had been continued on page 2 lipped over the incident. The action was taken after the video became viral on social media and the matter reached the higher-ups. Interestingly, a day before the video went viral, Amritsar Police Commissioner Naunihal Singh had shuffled the SHOs and incharges of 18 police stations and police chowkis. The video is said to be a few days old but went viral only yesterday. As per the information, Paavan Valmiki Tirath Sangharsh Committee Chairman Kumar Darshan had invited the policemen on his birthday to a restaurant. Kamal Bori was also present in the programme. Bori reportedly has several criminal cases against him and was currently on bail. He was detained by the Special Task Force (STF) for his alleged links with gangsters over five years ago. Bori alleged that the controversy was politically Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 25 The farmers, who were arrested on August 22 to prevent ‘gherao’ of Chandigarh, were released this morning. Later, farmers lifted their dharnas at the Manawala (Amritsar) and Usman and Mannan (both in Tarn Taran) toll plazas. More than 17 leaders of various farmer unions, including those of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, were detained on August 22 as the farmer unions had given a call to lay seige to Chandigarh. The arrested leaders, including Sarwan Singh Pandher, Savinder Singh The farmers who were released in Amritsar on Friday. Chutala, Rana Ranbir Singh and Harvinder Singh Masani, were released by the police only after they assured them of suspending their protest. However, the leaders said the struggle would continue and if the upcoming meetings failed to yield meaningful results, then 16 farmer organisations would hold a meeting and decide further action. After being released from the Central Jail, Amritsar, Sarwan Singh Pandher, general secretary, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, said the state government had decided to consider their demands, so they were suspending the protests at the toll plazas in the state. “There were 300 farmer leaders detained across the state. Our 85 leaders and activists had been in jail for the last four days. The 16 unions will meet on September 4 in Chandigarh and decide the next course of action,” said Pandher. Amritsar, August 25 In a shocking incident, a man killed his 8-year-old grandson, Guranshpreet Singh, by throwing him into a canal at Jagdev Kalan village falling under the Rajasansi police station here on Thursday. The accused identified as Amarjit Singh, a resident of Meerakot Kalan village, was arrested and a murder case registered against him. Harchand Singh, SHO, Rajasansi police station, said the incident came to light after the police got information from the victim’s parents. He said he was upset with his daughter’s decision to reach a compromise with Gursharan Singh (victim). her husband and start living with him after over a year of dispute. He said as per investigations, Amarjit’s daughter Baljinder Kaur and her husband Sukhdev Singh, both residents of Bal Sachander village, had a dispute. She along with her son Guranshpreet Singh had been living with her father Amarjit Singh at Meerakot Kalan. The case was sub judice which gave them a chance to sort it out amicably. However, this did not go down well with Amarjit Singh. In his statement to the police, Sukhdev Singh said he was married to Baljinder Kaur in 2014 and they had an eight-year-old son Guranshpreet Singh. He said he had a dispute with his wife and the matter was in an Amritsar court. Since July last year, she along with Guranshpreet was living at her parents’ house at Meerakot Kalan. He said during the hearing in the court on August 21, they reached a compro- mise. He said on Wednesday after completing paperwork in the court, he along with his wife Baljinder went to Meerakot Kalan for taking their son. He said as they reached there they were told that Amarjit took Guranshpreet towards the Jagdev Kalan canal. He said they also went there to collect the boy. “We were shocked to see Amarjit throwing the boy into the canal. Though we shouted and asked him not to do so, but he did not listen to us and threw Guranshpreet into the canal leading to his death,” he said. Harchand said the police on Friday arrested the accused and efforts were on to fish out the body of the boy. Collector rates: Property dealers, Man shot at, 2 booked Indian envoy to US Sandhu visits colonisers’ stir enters third day for murder attempt Golden Temple, Pingalwara Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Tarn Taran, August 25 Property dealers and colonisers staged a demonstration on the third consecutive day in front of the office of the SDM here on Friday. The efforts of the administration to pacify the demonstrators remained fruitless. The property dealers and the colonisers are on the agitation path under the banner of Tarn Taran Property Dealers and Colonizers’ Association and members from across the district are participating in the demonstration. Daler Singh Pannu, district president of the association, was among others who addressed on the occasion. Pannu said the association was demonstrating against the hike in the collector rates by 70-85 per cent, which was unaffordable for the both parties — sellers and purchasers — of landed property. He said the administration and local officials of the Rev- Amritsar, August 25 A man was shot at in a firing incident occurred at Rajewal village falling under the Chatiwind police station here on Wednesday night. The injured, identified as Jaimal Singh, was admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital for treatment. The police have booked two persons, identified as Gurwinder Singh of Rajewal village and his unidentified accomplice, on the charge of attempt to murder. The accused are absconding. Fateh Singh, a resident of Rakh Jhite village and brother of the victim, in his complaint to the police stated that around 8.30pm on Wednesday night, he along with his nephew Arwinder Singh had gone to a grocery shop in Rajewal village for buying grocery items. He said when they reached near the shop, Gurwinder and his unidentified accomplice came there on their Mahindra Thar (PB-02-CW-0098). He alleged Members of the Tarn Taran Property Dealers and Colonisers’ Association during a protest in Tarn Taran on Friday. GURBAXPURI enue Department were not aware of the ground reality and imposing unbearable burden on the public. He said the other demands being raised by them were: not to make the noobjection certificate (NOC) compulsory for sale-purchase of the closed plots; consider the NOC valid to sell part of the property; give permission to install electric meters and sewerage and water supply connections on the plots which had the proper documents. Rajnish Arora, SDM, Tarn Taran, came to the demonstration site and appealed to them to end the agitation. He assured them that their demands would be considered and even Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar who had just assumed the charge recently met the leaders of the association, but all the efforts of the administration failed to bear fruit. c m y b without any provocation the accused stopped and started abusing them. He said hearing the shouts, his elder brother Jaimal Singh of Rajewal village also reached there. He said on seeing this, Gurwinder took out his revolver and fired a shot in the air. He said he later entered Sonu’s house and climbed on their rooftop. He started firing from the rooftop during which a gunshot hit Jaimal Singh on his back. The bullet hit near his backbone and he fell down on the ground. He said the accused fled the spot and they rushed Jaimal Singh to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. Sub-Inspector Tarlok Singh said Chatiwind police had registered a case under Sections 307, 341 and 506 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against the duo. He said investigations were in progress to ascertain the cause behind the incident. He said raids were on to arrest Gurwinder and his accomplice. Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 25 India’s ambassador to the USA Taranjit Singh Sandhu observed the working of the Pingalwara Charitable Society for nearly three hours on Friday besides paying obeisance at the Golden Temple and Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh Shahid. He interacted with Pingalwara wards, Mohammad Nisar, Sita and Renu, who had bagged four medals in rollerskating events at the Special Olympics World Games held in Berlin, Germany, in June. He visited each ward of the Pingalwara situated at its centre in Manawala. He interacted with inmates of the disabled ward, deaf school, special school, physiotherapy and others. He also visited the bakery being run at the centre. Earlier, Dr Inderjit Kaur, president of the Society, welcomed him upon his arrival at the centre. She showed him the photo gallery dis- Indian Ambassador to US Taranjit Singh Sandhu dances with inmates of Pingalwara (Manawala branch) in Amritsar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO playing the life of Bhagat Puran Singh who had founded the Society. Sandhu paid obeisance at the Golden Temple. During the visit, he went to Teja Singh Samundri hall, named after his grandfather. The hall is situated in the head office of the Shiromani Committee. Sandhu said the Golden Temple was a centre of faith for the entire humanity where humans get spiritual power. He said his grandfather had participated in several morchas for setting up the SGPC. The ambassador said that the present time was the era of technology and the Sikh community should also make more efforts to make students experts in technical education. SGPC members and officials felicitated Sandhu on the occasion.
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