08092023-ATR-01.qxd 9/8/2023 12:40 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar tribune FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PADDY STARTS ARRIVING IN MANDIS AT TARN TARAN KING KHAN HAS SOMETHING THAT IS EVER-SO-ENCHANTING SHUBHANGI ATRE INSPIRED BY MADHURI TO LEARN DANCING With the arrival of PR-1509, the early variety of paddy, procurement has started in the grain market. P2 The Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Jawan saw audiences streaming into theatres across the country. P3 Shubhangi Atre shared how Madhuri Dixit played a huge role in inspiring her to learn how to dance. P4 » » » MAX 36°C | MIN 26°C YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6.46 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:10 AM FRIDAY | 8 SEPTEMBER 2023 | AMRITSAR Panel to keep tab on drugs at Dalam village Amritsar, September 7 The residents of Dalam village today formed a 33-member committee that would work with My Bhago Charity to prevent the sale of drugs in their area. The villagers have promised to support the police to weed out drugs from the village. Rajasansi SHO Harchand Singh, sarpanch Karamjit Singh and Hira Singh, Baldev Singh, Nirmal Singh, Jaswant Singh, Sharanjit Singh, Harjinder Singh Nambardar, Gurdeep Singh, Resham Singh Waraich, Jagjit Singh and other village elders were present on the occasion. Sarpanch Hira Singh said, “Our village has formed a 33member committee to prevent supply of drugs. It would take action against drug smugglers in the village and ensure that they don’t get bail.” — TNS Two arrested with pistol, four live cartridges Tribune News Service 2 held with heroin worth ~1.29 crore Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, September 7 The Chabal police arrested two motorcycle-borne miscreants at the Baba Budha Sahib Chowk on the Attari road and recovered 258 grams of heroin from their possesion on Wednesday. The value of the consignment was estimated to be Rs 1.29 crore in the international market, the police said. Vishaljit Singh, Superintendent of Police (Investigation), said that SHO Chabal, Inspector Rajinder Singh was leading a police party when they saw two motorcycle-borne persons moving suspiciously on the Attari road. During search, the police recovered heroin from their possession. The two suspects in custody of the Chabal police. TRIBUNE PHOTO “The suspects have been identified as Karandeep Singh of Mianpur village and Kanwaljit Singh of Kasel village,” said Inspector Rajinder Singh. “A case under Sections 21C, 29, 61 and 85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered against the two suspects,” he said. The suspects in custody of the CIA in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO The suspects would be produced in a court for seeking their police remand for further investigation. In another incident, the Civil Lines police nabbed two persons on the charge of robbing people. The arrested suspects were identified as Sonu, alias Baba, and Vishal Kumar, alias Shalu, both residents of Lohgarh Chowk. Mushtaq Ahmed, a resident of Dayanand Nagar, Lawrence Road, complained to the police that on the intervening night of September 5 and 6 he was going home at 11 pm after finishing his work. When he reached Joshi Colony, two bike-borne youths followed him. They hit him with a sharp weapon and snatched his mobile phone. The police control room also received a similar complaint from Shiv Kumar, another city resident. The police recovered snatched mobile phones, a sharp weapon and the bike used in the crime from Sonu and Vishal. The duo were produced in a court today which sent them to two-day police remand. Admn agrees to release impounded vehicles, stop drive against diesel autos Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 7 The auto-rickshaw union today called off its protest after a meeting with officials of the district administration. The administration agreed to release the impounded auto-rickshaws and stop the drive against the old diesel vehicles. Following the assurance, the auto-rickshaw drivers called off their strike and resumed service. The municipal corporation (MC) also suspended its action against illegal auto-rickshaws. Local leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had intervened in the matter and organised a meeting between district officials and leaders of the auto-rickshaw union. Deputy Commissioner Amit Talwar, Regional Transport Officer Arshdeep Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Auto-rickshaw union members at a meeting with officials in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Order) Parminder Singh Bhandal, Lok Sabha AAP in-charge Iqbal Singh Bhullar, AAP district president Manish Agarwal and Chairman, Planning Board, Jaspreet Singh, were present at the meeting today. After the meeting, AAP district president Manish Agarwal said that the auto-rickshaw owners were told that the state government stood with them and if there were difficulties in replacing the diesel auto-rickshaws with eautos, a solution could be found. A meeting of the auto union leaders would be held soon with the engineers of the authorised companies, including Mahindra, Atul and Piaggio, and their problems would be resolved, he said. The AAP leaders claimed that EV recharging stations would also be set up in the city soon. Agarwal said all AAP leaders, including Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, were ordinary people hailing from humble families. The state government would make sure that auto-rickshaw owners did not face any problem, he addedd. Frescoes at Veer Bhan Da Oz MP pays obeisance at Golden Temple Shivala fading into oblivion Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 7 The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) staff have nabbed two persons with one 32 bore pistol and four live cartridges. Those arrested were identified as Sahil Singh, alias Gardela, and Sandeep Kumar, alias Sanju, both residents of Bawe Wala Chowk, Gujarpura, Amritsar. Abhimanyu Rana, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-III), said a police team under the supervision of Inspector Amandeep Singh, CIA staff incharge, got a tip-off about two miscreants. The team raided the hideout of Sahil and Sandeep and recovered one 32 bore pistol and four live cartridges from them. A case was registered against the two suspects. Auto-rickshaw union calls off protest Amritsar, September 7 A good number of rare frescoes, including one depicting Maharaja Ranjit Singh holding his court, on the walls of 182-year-old Veer Bhan Da Shivala are fast fading into oblivion. Situated in the vicinity of the Golden Temple, the management of the private temple has not carried out restoration work. Instead, at places where plaster is coming off, caretakers have found it convenient to white wash it. Former Guru Ramdas School of Planning head Prof Balvinder Singh, who studied at the Centre for Conservation Studies Institute of Advanced Architectural studies, University of York, UK, said a number of old buildings situated in the periphery of the Golden Temple had frescos, beautifully carved wooden windows and doors besides the specimen of architecture prevalent in the 18th and 19th centuries here. The influence of colonial and Islamic architectures was perceptible in old buildings of the city. Regrettably, a large number of these buildings were razed to build new ones. Those buildings, which Whitewashed fresco at Veer Bhan Da Shivala in Amritsar. SUNIL KUMAR survived, may not be able to keep wall paintings due to the lack of conservation facility. He held that the situation had arisen due to indifferent approach of caretakers and absence of government policy to preserve art in privately owned buildings. He said there was still hope of revival of those paintings which had turned hazy. It was possible if caretakers still had frescos in their buildings, expert artisans could be engaged to repaint them with natural colours, which were used during those times. The Shivala’s record suggested that Veer Bhan, a renowned vaid (a practitioner of ayurvedic medicine) had got the Shivala constructed. Maharaja Sher Singh, son of the legendary Maharaja Ranjit Singh, had given him a the title of ‘Misr’. Apart from frescoes depicting Hindu gods and goddesses, the painting of a woman wearing traditional clothes, especially circle shaped big nose pin is cynosure of visitors. Amit Sharma, a descendent of Veer Bhan, said the temple was jointly owned by the family and they had been maintaining it without seeking any donation. Sharma said he had been contacting experts to preserve wall paintings made in the Kangra style with original colours obtained from natural ingredients. However, he had limited success till date. Amritsar, September 7 Australian Member of Parliament Brad Battin said, “I admire the Sikh community for helping the needy during the hour of crisis.” He was in the holy city to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple on Thursday. He also visited Guru Ramdas Langar Hall to see the process of cooking and serving langar (community kitchen) to a record number of sangat (devotees) three times a day. Addressing mediapersons here on Thursday, Brad said he was impressed by the hospitality of Punjabis and the willingness of the Sikhs to help people in need. He recalled that when forests were on fire in Australia, firefighters were extended facilities like langar by the Mann to dedicate edu services for students on Sept 13 Amritsar, September 7 Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann would dedicate security staff equipped transport vehicles for students, School of Eminence and other education-related services to people here on September 13. Continued on page 2 InsanitationaggravatesWardNo.14residents’woes WARD WATCH WARD NO 14 AMRITSAR Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 7 The residents of various localities on 88-feet-road and in the Tung area are facing several civic issues as Ward No. 14 is deprived of basic amenities. Although, sewer and potable water supply lines have been installed in the area, these remain choked as the municipal corporation Plots at Sandhu Colony in Ward No. 14 have turned into dumping ground. (MC) has not started desilting process. The irregular lifting of garbage is another major problem in the ward. Residents are forced to dump garbage on vacant plots. Some vacant plots have turned into garbage dump. Kala, an area resident said, “The door-to-door lifting of garbage has failed. The garbage collection vehicles c m y b come to the ward once or twice a week. No one keeps garbage for three to four days inside house. Stink emanates from the garbage in small houses of the area. So, people dump waste in streets or on vacant plots. The MC should streamline door-to-door garbage collection to save residents from diseases.” “Some areas in wards are still deprived of concrete streets. Main road leading to Mustafabad also needs repair. The authorities should remove encroachments in the ward. Almost all localities on 88-feet-road are unauthorised. Due to unplanned development, the MC is also struggling to provide basic amenities. Drug addiction and street crime is a major problem in the area,” said another resident Gurdev Singh. Australian MP Brad Battin (centre) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Sikhs. Even during the Covid pandemic, langar was distributed by the Sikh community among people, he said. Australians were influenced by this practice of Sikhism, he said. During visit to the holy city, Brad was accompanied by his colleagues. He said they had come to experience Punjabi culture and learn about the Sikh religion, people’s life style and eating habits. He said a large number of Punjabis in general and Sikhs in particular were living in Australia. Later, the MP was honoured by the Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Fatehpurgovernmentschoolwins U-14 girls’ kabaddi competition Students participate in an event held under the Khedan Watan Punjab Diyan in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 7 Block, district and state-level games are being held by the Department of Sports under the Khedan Watan Punjab Diyan, season 2. Sukhchain Singh, District Sports Officer, said competitions in eight games, including football, kabaddi national and circle style, kho-kho, athletics, volleyball smashing and suiting and tug-of-war were held today. The tournament was inaugurated by Balwinder Singh Shami, an Olympic hockey player. In kabaddi circle style U-14 girls’ competition, Government High School, Fatehpur, bagged the first place, while in the boys category, Dhan Baba Sobha Singh Club got the first spot. In kabaddi national style U14 girls’ competition, Government High School, Kalan, won the first place. In khokho U-14 boys’ competition, Government High School, Wadala Khurd, got the first place and Government Middle School, Budhatheh, bagged the second spot. In girls’ competition, Sacred Heart Public School, Beas, got the first place and Shaheed Darsan Singh Feruman Public School, Butala, got the second spot in kho-kho competition. In Majitha block, around 468 players participated in games. St Soldier Elite Convent School, Majitha, won the first place and Satya Bharathi Adarsh ?? School, Fattu Bhila, came second in the U-14 girls’ kho-kho competition. In U-14 boys’ kho-kho competition, Darshan Academy, Sohian Kalan, won the first place. In Tarsikka block, at least 560 players participated in sports competition. Baba Gobind Singh School won the first place in U-14 boys’ volleyball competition. In kho-kho U -14 boys’ competition, Government Senior Secondary School, Dehriwal, got the first place while Noble Vision Convent School, Saidolehal, came second. In girls’ competition, Government Senior Secondary School, Dehriwal, got the first position and Government Senior Secondary School, Tarsikka, bagged the second spot. Jabbowal’s team came first and Dips Mehta’s team got the second place in the U-14 girls’ football competition.
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