01102023-ATR-01.qxd 10/1/2023 12:32 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar tribune FORECAST CLEAR SKY YAD HOLDS 'YOUTH MILNI' TO BOOST WORKERS’ MORALE BIG B’S MEMORABILIA ARE UP FOR AUCTION IN MUMBAI KARISHMA NOMINATED FOR SCOOP AT BUSAN FILM FESTIVAL The YAD succeeded in managing a large gathering in both assembly segments despite a defeat in the 2022 polls.P2 Several memorabilia of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan are up for auction in Mumbai. P3 Karishma Tanna has been nominated for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) this year. P4 » » » MAX 34°C | MIN 21°C YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6.16 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 6.24 AM SUNDAY | 1 OCTOBER 2023 | AMRITSAR Events related to 150 yrs of Singh Sabha Lehar begin Finance firm staffer robbed of cash, 1 held Amritsar, September 30 To mark the 150th centenary of Singh Sabha Lehar, twoday Gurmat programmes commenced at the Golden Temple here on Saturday. Students of Shaheed Sikh Missionary College performed gurbani kirtan and students from different schools narrated the glorious saga of Sikh history through gurbani kirtan, speeches and poetry. A photo and painting exhibition on the matter was also held. In the concluding event to be held here tomorrow (on October 1), jathedars of takhts, high priests of Sachkhand Harmandar Sahib, Sikh organizations, sects, Nihang Singh organisations and SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami will participate. Akal Purakh Ki Fauj (APKF) and Panthic Talmel Sangathan held a separate programme ‘Sikh Naujwan Vichar Sammelan’ to celebrate the occasion at Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School here today. — TNS Amritsar, September 30 A snatcher was nabbed while his accomplice escaped when they were running away after snatching ~21,000 cash and a motorcycle from a finance firm employee here on Friday. The victim was returning to his office to deposit the cash when the incident occurred near Sanghna village. The arrested miscreant was identified as Ambi of Railway Colony here and the other as Ritik of Beri Gate area here. A case under Section 379-B of the Indian Penal Code was registered against them. The victim, Manpreet Singh (21), a resident of Machari Mal in Faridkot, told the police that after collecting cash to the tune of ~21,000 from Bohru village, he was returning to his office at Chheharta via Sanghna village. He said near the Sanghna drain, two scooter-borne persons stopped abruptly in front of Tribune News Service MC collects over ~27 cr property tax till Sept 30 On the last day of availing a 10 per cent rebate, residents throng the MC office to pay tax in Amritsar on Saturday. SUNIL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 30 The property tax wing of the Municipal Corporation collected Rs 3 crore from the property owners as it was the last date to avail a 10 per cent rebate on paying the tax. Officials of the property tax wing claimed that it was a record collection of midterm as the MC collected over Rs 27 crore tax till September 30. MC Joint Commissioner Hardeep Singh said the MC had targeted to recover Rs 45 crore property tax target in this current financial year 2023-24 and they would definitely meet the targets this time. As compared to the previous financial year, the MC had collected around ~2 crore more. Last year, the MC had collected ~24.80 crore till September 30. The Joint Commissioner congratulated the team of officials and employees of the property tax wing for collecting more tax. Anganwari workers protest Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, September 30 Anganwari workers and helpers staged a dharna in front of the residence of MLA Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal here on Saturday. They were demanding the fulfilling of their current demands. Later, they submitted a charter of demands to the MLA. They also burnt an effigy of the state government. Anoop Kaur Baler, district president, Anganwari Mulazim Union (CITU), Punjab, led the demonstration. Beant Kaur, Narinder Kaur and Anoop Kaur were among others who addressed the gathering on the occasion. The leaders strongly condemned the Bhagwant Mann government for fixing time for a meeting to discuss their demands but later cancelling it at the eleventh hour without any reason. Farmers’ ‘rail roko’ protest ends Kapurthala man held for extortion bid Announce a plan to observe Kisan Dasehra on Oct 23 & 24 his bike. They took out a ‘datar’ (a sharp-edged weapon) and hit him. He narrowly escaped in the attack, though they snatched the cash from his pocket. The complainant said he got frightened after the attack and fled towards fields to save himself while the accused took away the cash and his bike towards the Fatehpur side. The incident occurred around 5pm. Victim Manpreet Singh said he took the help of a passerby and chased the robbers. He said when they reached near the Amritsar Central Jail in Fatehpur, one of the miscreants who was driving his bike crashed it into a heap of bricks and got injured. He was later identified as Ambi of Railway Colony. His accomplice who escaped on scooter was identified as Ritik. The Assistant Sub-Inspector, Angrej Singh, investigating officer in the case, said efforts were being made to nab Ritik and a case was registered against the accused. Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 30 The Jandiala police have arrested a Kapurthala man who allegedly made an extortion call to a local resident and threatened to kill him. The accused was identified as Rajinder Kumar of Jatpura in Kapurthala. On the complaint of Rajiv Kumar Mana of Jandiala, the police have registered a case under Sections 387 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code against him. The complainant, Rajiv Kumar, told the police that four days ago, he got a phone call around 2.34 am. The caller threatened to kill him and demanded ~70 lakh as extortion money. Lovepreet Singh, Station House Officer, Jandiala police station, said during the probe, the police identified the accused and arrested him. He said the accused faced several cases of fraud and of similar nature. He said he was in police custody for further interrogation. Amritsar, September 30 The three-day ‘rail roko ’ protest by farmer unions concluded with the protesters lifting their protest from the railways tracks at Devidaspura village here this evening. [Leading the protest, Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Committee general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher said, “Procorporate governments are trying to hand over begging bowls to farmers. We broke these bowls to show to the government that we would not become beggars and instead fight to get our rights.” Pandher said a legal guarantee for MSP was a long-pending demand of the agrarian community as prices of most crops was decided by private buyers. “The government announces the MSP for over two dozen crops, but practically in the state, it is available on only two crops — rice and wheat. If there is a legal guarantee for MSP we , would be able to get MSP on all crops on which it is announced,” said Pandher. Priest gets extortion threat, case registered Residents decry contaminated water supply, bad roads Amritsar, September 30 A priest (also head) of a temple at Kale Ghanupur village falling under the Chheharta police station got an extortion threat written in Punjabi on a Pakistani’s currency note here on Friday. A former cop, the victim, Ashnil Kumar of Bala Ji Dhama temple, lodged a complaint with the Chheharta police station in this regard. After registering an FIR, the police began a probe in this connection. Ashnil Kumar told the police that on Friday, members of the temple management committee were counting the collection when they found the currency note with an extortion threat written on it. He said the unidentified person had demanded ~5 crore extortion. In the threat note, the miscreant wrote that “Ashnil we had asked you a number of times, but you did not mend your ways. Keep ~5 crore ready otherwise you would be eliminated”. In the complaint, he stated that the temple management committee members counted the donations every week. He said the footage of the CCTVs were handed over to the police. There were five donation boxes in the temple. He said this was not the first time that he had received such a threat. He said the police had registered a case and launched further probe in the case. Nishan Singh, SHO, Chheharta police station, said investigations were on to identify the suspect. A case has been registered, added the SHO. — TNS On the third day of the farmers’ protest, a large number of women also participated in it in Amritsar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO A total of 19 farmer unions from the North had initiated the protest on the railway tracks on September 28 to demand a legal guarantee for MSP a special package for , the flood-affected farmers, cancellation of all FIRs registered against farmers during the agitation against the three farm laws and on various other issues. On the occasion, the protesters announced their next action plan as per which the farmers would observe Kisan WARD WATCH WARD NO. 68 AMRITSAR Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 30 Ward number 68 consists of Indira Colony, Bhagat Singh Colony, Labour Colony, Bangla Colony, Nivin Abadi, and Shaheed Udam Singh Nagar. Residents of the areas face the problem of choked sewer lines c m y b Heaps of garbage dot in Ward No.68, which is known as ‘Khajjane Wala Gate’, in Amritsar on Saturday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR which further leads to contamination of potable water. Residents of Indira Colony allege that they get a stinking water supply from the MC. Most of the streets in several localities are in urgent need of repairs, but no efforts are being made in this direction. Amarjit Kaur, a resident of Indira Colony, said, “We have been getting a contaminated Dasehra on October 23 and 24. The farmer leaders said effigies of the Union Government and corporate houses would be burnt on these days to express their dissatisfaction with the government policies. Meanwhile, a large number of trains were cancelled or diverted due to the protest on the rail tracks. With the conclusion of the farmers’ agitation, train services had resumed. Railway officials stated that train services would be streamlined on water supply since July. There is no other source of drinking water. We have to boil the water before consuming it. It seems that sewer water is getting mixed with potable water supply. We have raised the voice against it and complained to MC staff but to no avail. Heaps of garbage can been at every corner of streets in spite of the garbage collection vehicles collecting garbage from door to door in the area twice a week.” Bablu, another resident, said, “Most of the residents are from economically weaker sections of society, who reside in the localities, such as Nivin Abadi, Labour Colony and Indira Colony. They are deprived of Sunday as the tracks had just been vacated. Tarn Taran: On the last day of the three-day 'rail roko' agitation, activists of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, vacated the rail tracks here on Saturday. They had been staging a dharna since Thursday demanding the fulfilling of their current demands. On the concluding day, women also participated in the dharna in a big number. Passengers, some of whom had to travel daily by taxis or other modes of transport from as far as 100 km daily for service, heaved a sigh of relief. Harjinder Singh Shakri, Fateh Singh Piddi and other leaders said the farmers were demanding the fulfilment of the promises made to the farmers at the time of the protest on Delhi borders, a legal guarantee on the MSP on all the crops, etc. The leaders said the state government too was not sincere about protecting the interests of the farmers as the floods had caused a heavy loss to farmers, but compensation had not been given to most of the farmers so far. basic civic amenities. The choked sewer water accumulates in streets, roads and potholes. They say they get a contaminated potable water supply, facing the menace of stray animals and garbage lifting is irregular in their areas. These areas are being ignored by the MC and the government as residents are poor and unable to raise their voice.” Tahir Shah, former area councilor, said, “The problem of choked sewers has become a daily nuisance as main lines need to be de-silted. We address the complaints of residents and arrange workers to open the blockage. It has become a recurring problem. Some roads are yet to be revamped.”
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