28092023-ATR-01.qxd 9/28/2023 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar tribune FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR MAX 34°C | MIN 21°C YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 23°C SCHOOLTEACHER ‘ANHAD’ A UNIQUE PERSONALITY EMMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS FOR THREE INDIAN ACTORS ACTRESS HINA KHAN BACK IN KKK 13 AS A CHALLENGER Gurpreet Singh, a Punjabi Master working in a government school is blessed with a melodious voice. P2 Actors Shefali Shah, Vir Das and Jim Sarbh have bagged nominations at the International Emmy Awards. P3 Hina Khan, renowned for acing most of the stunts, will challenge contestants in Khatron Ke Khiladi 13. P4 » » SUNSET THURSDAY 6.20 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.22 AM » THURSDAY | 28 SEPTEMBER 2023 | AMRITSAR Lawyers strike work in solidarity Collection agents easy with Muktsar colleague in city targets for robbers Have also decided to observe no work day today Members of the Amritsar Bar Association during a protest at the District Courts Complex in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Amritsar, September 27 On the call given by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, lawyers at the district courts here boycotted work to protest against alleged inhuman treatment meted out to a lawyer of Muktsar Sahib here on Wednesday. The Amritsar Bar Association (ABA) termed the police action against lawyer Varinder Singh as inhuman and barbarous. Amritsar Bar Association president Pardeep Kumar Saini said the entire legal fraternity had expressed solidarity with the lawyer who had to face humiliation and torture at the hands of Muktsar police. Saini said the legal fraternity had decided to follow the programme given by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana to get justice for the aggrieved lawyer and punishment for the erring police officials. He said the executive of the Amritsar Bar Association had also decided to observe no work day on Thursday as per the call given by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana. The protest by the legal fraternity caused inconvenience to litigants as they could not appear in courts in the absence of their legal counsels. As most of the litigants who visited the district courts did not have any information regarding the protest by the legal fraternity, they had to return disappointed. — TNS PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 27 Employees of micro finance companies collecting installments from their clients in villages have become easy targets for robbers who loot them at gunpoint. Six such incidents had occurred in Amritsar rural belt in September alone while the police were yet to make any breakthrough in these cases. As per their modus operandi, three to four bike-borne persons armed with pistols or sharp edged weapons intercept victims at some secluded road and snatch their kit bag containing cash or other equipment by threatening to kill them. Earlier, certain incidents had occurred when armed looters thrashed finance firm employees and left them injured. A week ago, two motorcycleborne armed persons looted Neerajdeep Singh of Dalechak village in Gurdaspur. He works for Bharat Finance Inclusion Limited as a recovery agent. They took away Rs 1.15 from him at gunpoint. Neerajdeep told the police that he took instalements from Mudhal village and was going to deposit the same in the bank at Jethuwal village. He said he stopped on the way for urinating when the accused came to him and snatched cash, tab, biometric machine, etc, from him at gunpoint. Though the police had registered a case on September 20, there has been no progress in the case. Similarly, armed persons robbed Manish Kumar, a collection agent of Muthoot micro finance limited, of Rs 1.39 lakh on September 14. He told the police that he was going from Balsaran village to Beas when three unidentified persons on motorcycle stopped him near Waraich village and snatched his bag containing cash, tab, mobile and other documents. On September 13, two such instances were reported in Kathunangal and Mehta police station area. Three bike-borne armed persons looted Sakatar Singh of Talwandi Ghuman village and Naresh Kumar of Dharamkot. They were robbed of Rs 10,000 and Rs 69,400, respectively, from them. Though separate cases were registered in this connection, the police were yet to continued on page 2 Finance firm agent killed; three booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 27 The collection agent of a finance firm was killed when he was attacked by several persons in Mulechak village for trying to collect loan installments on Tuesday evening. The deceased was identified as Harman Singh (29) of Gill village in Batala. The police have booked the accused, identified as Raman Kumar, his wife Kajal and his mother in this connection. They were at large and raids were on to nab them, said police. As per details, Harman Singh used to work for MG Finance Company. He along with his colleagues Sandeep Singh and Rajvir Kaur had gone to Mulechak village to collect installments from clients. The police said when they demanded the money from Raman Kumar, he started making excuses. He and his wife Kajal entered into arguments with Harman Singh following which they WAS HIT BY A BRICK THROWN BY CLIENTS Harman Singh, a recovery agent, was killed in Amritsar. started throwing bricks and stones at him. A brick hit Harman in his face leaving him critically injured. He fell on the ground and was rushed to Guru Ram Dass Hospital near Gurudwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh where doctors declared him dead. Sandeep Singh said that Harman was the only son of his parents. He was married about four months back. He alleged that when Harman asked Raman Kumar to pay the pending installments, they started making excuses and refused to pay which led A brick, thrown by a couple whom he had come to recover an instalment, hit Harman in his face leaving him critically injured. He fell on the ground and was rushed to Guru Ram Dass Hospital near Gurudwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh where doctors declared him dead. to arguments. He said Raman threw stones and bricks which hit Harman. He started bleeding profusely from his nose and ears and fell on the ground. He was rushed to Guru Ram Das Hospital from where he was taken to another private hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival. Harsandeep Singh, SHO, Gate Hakima police station, said the police have registered a murder case against the suspects who have been absconding after the incident. Raids were on to arrest them. Chabal residents troubled Iconic Mall Road grapples with its own set of problems by waterlogging, drainage WARD WATCH WARD NO.9 Gurbaxpuri Tarn Taran, September 27 People in the Chabal area have flayed the administration for its indifferent attitude in not making arrangements to drain out overflowing village ponds and rainwater from the drain passing through the area. As a result, waste water from the houses has been accumulating on roads and village streets for the last many years. It is worth mentioning here that Chabal is not just a village but the central place among six villages with a population of more than 20,000. The six villages include Adda Chabal, Chabal Kham, Chabal Pukhta, Mannan Chabal, Swargapuri and Baba Langah. It is because of this that the Local Government Department was thinking in terms of replacing the SGPC executive member calls for checking printing errors Residents of Chabal village point at a waterlogged road in Tarn Taran on Wednesday. panchayats of these villages with a Nagar Panchayat. Devinder Sohal, Satpal Singh, Jaspal Singh, Pinder Pal Singh and other residents of the area said they have been regularly demanding making of arrangements to drain out waste water from the area into the drain pass- ing through the area. The residents expressed their resentment when waterlogging took place on the Tarn Taran-Chabal road near their village on Saturday after a mild spell of rain. The road is the main thoroughfare and remains busy. It is the lifeline of the area but waterlogging disturbs traffic on the road for days together. People from the area said that as the village ponds were overflowing, the foul smell emanating from it had made normal life miserable. Despite requests to the officials to make arrangement to drain out waste water, the complaint remained unaddressed. Gurpreet Singh Gill, District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO), when informed that the whole of Chabal area had turned into a pool, pleaded ignorance saying he was not aware of the situation. AMRITSAR Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 27 Ward number 9 contains posh localities like Rose Avenue, Brahm Nagar, left side of Police Line, Tagore Colony, Anand Avenue, Green Avenue and White Avenue besides prime commercial areas from Kitchlew Chowk to Novelty Chowk, then left side of Bhai Veer Singh road, which is popularly known as Lawrence road, then up to Maqbool road, left side of Income Tax Chowk to Rattan Singh Chowk. A portion of the British-era locality, the Mall road also comes in the ward. Residents and store owners in this com- mercial pocket want more parking space. They are grappling with problems concerning civic amenities, traffic bottlenecks, inadequate parking space, safety and security, among others. Once a popular residential area that stood out for its lush green surroundings, the Mall has now developed into an upscale shopping centre with several leading stores and brands opening their outlets. Today it dons a completely different look with multi-storied buildings and a rather chaotic traffic. The government changed its land use laws years ago but it never bothered to create sufficient parking space to accommodate the high rush of traffic in future. Kamal Dalmia who runs the Dalmia Charitable Society on the iconic road said belonging to any department must be laid underground as these eclipse the beautiful façade of commercial buildings. Keeping in view the prime location of the road, cleanliness, lifting of garbage, painting of berms, footpaths and other installations must be ensured promptly. He said the ample wide footpaths are often under encroachments. It has been noticed that migrants put up their families and event install hearths to cook food here. They are seen performing household chores by the roadside. Following them are groups of beggars who squat on the walkways and beg at traffic intersections. Former councillor of ward number 9 Vijay Umat said some roads were to be metalled in Janta Avenue, parts of Green Avenue and Tagore Colony. He said replacement of faulty street lights, lifting of garbage and problems related to other civic amenities were resolved swiftly during his tenure. World Tourism Day observed Medal haul for dist shooters at Asian Games Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 27 The executive body of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has pointed out errors in the printing of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ‘saroops’ and urged the authorities to take preventive steps in this direction. Gurpreet Singh Randhawa, a member of the Opposition in the SGPC executive, has written a letter to the SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami while highlighting the shortcomings in the affairs of the apex Sikh body. He said that several mistakes were detected in some of the copies of the ‘saroop’ continued on page 2 ENCROACHING ON PEDESTRIANS’ SPACE: Iron bars stored illegally on the Mall Road in Amritsar on Wednesday. SUNIL KUMAR regular desilting of the sewer lines was not taking place. The authorities must ensure that this vital job gets done apart from maintenance of green belt on the stretch. He demanded that the British-era road which now flaunts a good number of shopping malls and high-end retail stores should be developed as a sightseeing place in the holy city. Regular pruning of bushes and trees should be carried out at regular intervals so that they do not hinder the flow of traffic and view of commuters while driving on the road. Kamaljeet Singh Dhingra, a resident of the area, said theft of two-wheelers was common and needs to be checked. Police need to ensure regular patrolling, even the CCTV cameras installed under the Smart City project have not been made operational. The authorities must move forward swiftly in the matter to nab the violators, he said. Another local resident, Prince Narula, demanded that all hanging cables Students attend an event held on the occasion at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Wednesday. Amritsar, September 27 The district administration organised an event at Jallianwala Bagh here on Wednesday to mark the World Tourism Day. The celebration was organised by Punjab Tourism under the aegis of Union Ministry of Tourism in which students of various schools and college along with NCC cadets participated. Industry expert Gurinder Singh Johal, Managing Director, Discover Punjab Tours and Travels, addressed the students about the importance of tourism, culture and Swachhta Pakhwara. Piyush Kapoor, general secretary, Amritsar Hotel and Restaurant Association, informed the students regarding the opportunities and potential of India as a sustainable tourism destination. Meanwhile, the Department of Travel and Tourism of DAV College, Amritsar, is also organising a week-long programme to commemorate the World Tourism Day, which is observed on September 27. Addressing the students, Principal Dr Amardeep Gupta said the joy of exploring the world is like nothing else. Experiencing different cultures, heritage, traditions and people of various countries helps us to broaden our perspective, he said. — TNS c m y b Amritsar, September 27 Sports persons from Amritsar have won medals in shooting at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Exceptional performance of the shooters has brought immense pride to the institution and the nation. It is pertinent to recall here that in the Indian hockey teams, both men and women that had played in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, five players were from Amritsar district — four men and a woman. Sift Kaur Samra, a student of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), achieved a remarkable feat by winning the gold medal in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Position individual event. Her outstanding performance, marked by a score of 469.6, not only secured a gold medal but also set a new world record. Divyansh Singh Panwar The achievement marks India’s fifth gold medal in the ongoing Asian Games. In all, shooters from Guru Nanak Dev University clinched two gold and an equal number of silver besides a bronze medal at the Asian Games. The university’s Ashi Chouksey and Sift Kaur Samra clinched the silver medal in the 50 metre rifle 3-position team event. Additionally, Ashi Chouksey secured a welldeserved bronze medal in the 50 metre 3-position rifle individual event. Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Vice-Chancellor of GNDU, along with Prof Karanjeet Singh Kahlon, Registrar, Prof Sarabjot Singh Behl, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Dr Kanwar Mandeep Singh, Director of Sports, congratulated the talented shooters who had made the university proud on the world stage. Khalsa College student Divyansh Singh Panwar made the college, state and nation proud by being part of the gold medal winning team at the Asian Games 2023. He is a student of BA (Honours). He was part of India’s team along with Rudrankksh Patil and Aishwary Pratap Singh who won gold in the 10m air rifle shooting event with a score of 1893.7. He had recently been on the campus and then went ahead with his training session, before going to China, said his teacher and head, Department of Physical Education, Dr Daljit Singh. Originally from Rajasthan, Panwar had been a champion in the World University Games, inter-university and many national events. College principal Dr Mahal Singh, who recently honoured Panwar by presenting a cash award of Rs one lakh as a token of encouragement for winning gold and silver medals in various high-level competitions, said they were proud of his achievement. Khalsa College Governing Council honorary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina congratulated Panwar for his outstanding performance in rifle shooting. He hoped that two more students of the college contesting in various events would also bring laurels to the institution.
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