01112023-ATR-01.qxd 11/1/2023 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar tribune FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY VISITORS THRONG BOOK STALLS AT MELA GADRI BABEYAN DA KIRTI DHIMAN SHINES ON MASTERCHEF INDIA DIRECTOR IMTIAZ ALI PREFERS SHOOTING AT NEW LOCALES Several interesting books were released during the 32nd edition of 3-day Mela Gadri Babeyan Da. P2 Kriti Dhiman from Gobindgarh, Punjab, is a talented 23-year-old baker with big dreams. P3 MAX 30°C | MIN 18°C YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 18°C Imtiaz Ali, who is known for his movies like Love Aaj Kal, Rockstar, said he always prefers shooting at newer locales.P3 » » SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.41 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.47 AM » WEDNESDAY | 1 NOVEMBER 2023 | AMRITSAR Computer teachers protest MP Sahney sanctions ~1 cr for upkeep of police ‘torture’ on colleagues Heritage Street paths Our Correspondent Computer teachers burn an effigy of the state government in Tarn Taran on Tuesday. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI pur Sahib on November 11 and to remind the state government of their promises made to them at the time of the assembly elections. He said merging them in the Education Department was one of their promises. He said the agitating teachers would participate in the political gatherings of the ruling party and would raise their demands to remind the government of the promises and the guaranties given to them. Sital Singh, district president, and Rakhi Mannan were among other leaders who con- demned the state government for its repressive attitude. He alleged the government was trying to suppress the voice of those who were demanding fulfilment of their demands. Prabhjot Singh Gohalwar of the B Ed Teachers’ Union; Gurpreet Singh Marimegha of the Government School Teachers’ Union; Partap Singh, district president of the DTF; Nachhattar Singh, district president of the Kirti Kisan Union, too spoke on the occasion and condemned the state government for its suppressing attitude. Amritsar, October 31 Dedicated to the Prakash Purb of Guru Ramdas, Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha Vikramjit Singh Sahney has announced a grant of Rs 1 crore from MPLAD funds for beautification and cleanliness of the Heritage Street leading to the Golden Temple. During his recent visit to the Golden Temple for the Punjab Government’s event of pledge of 40,000 youngsters against drugs, Sahney said he was pained to notice that the pathway leading to the shrine was not being maintained properly and there was a lot of dirt on the street of Heritage Walk. Sahney announced that half of the grant would be earmarked for providing a road sweeper machine truck which will deep clean the Heritage Street frequently. Besides, the rest will be spared for the beautification of the street, better lighting, greenery on both sides of the lane and facil- Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service The Heritage Street in Amritsar. FILE PHOTO ities for smooth movement of people with disabilities. “Being a people’s representative, it is our moral responsibility to ensure preservation and beautification of our culture and heritage. Darbar Sahib is not just a state heritage, but it is a global heritage site. It is the highest spiritual and temporal seat of the Sikhs which also serves as one of the most important tourist destinations of India. Preserving our heritage is like safeguarding the pages of our history books. I am deeply committed to cherishing and preserving treasures of Sikh heritage,” he added. Amritsar, October 31 On the occasion of Punjab Day, Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha today decided to soon launch ‘Mat Bhasha Jagrookta Mohim’, a mother tongue awareness campaign. The campaign will be launched with the support of local literary societies across the state. Members of the Sabha said it was shocking that the province which was established on the basis of language on November 1, 1966, has neither its own capital nor High Court, even after the passage of six decades. Darshan Buttar, president of the Sabha, said due to loopholes in the Official Languages Act, the officials avoid doing work in Punjabi, despite knowing that it violates government orders. Victim Manjit Singh said the accused was on good terms with him. The accused told Manjit that his family is settled in Canada and that he can manage visas for all his four family members. Accused Daljeet Singh >> Canada. Manjit Singh claimed that he demanded Rs 25 lakh per person. Initially, Manjeet gave Rs 29 lakh in cash to the accused and later transferred Rs 66 lakh to the various accounts of Daljeet Singh. The victim Manjit Singh got bank loan on his property, sold gold and other assets to pay Rs 95 lakh to the accused Daljeet Singh Bains. Gurjeet Kaur, wife of victim Manjeet Singh, said, “My husband works as cashier in a gas agency. I have been stitching women’s suits for the last 25 years and saving money for a better future. Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 31 Ward number 12 on Majitha Road consists of Guru Har Gobind Nagar, Guru Teg Bahadur Avenue, Prem Nagar, Tung Bala, Aman Avenue road, Tagore Avenue and areas of 88 feet road. Most of the localities in the ward have been developed in an unplanned manner with the result that residents regularly face issues of contaminated potable water supply and choked sewer. Irregular lifting of garbage by the solid waste management company and dumping garbage on vacant plots are some of issues plaguing residents of the area. The problem of choked sewers in underde- Happy Karva Chauth On the eve of Karva Chauth, women go on a shopping spree through various markets in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Tribune News Service Tribune News Service ACCUSED LIED ABOUT SENDING SOME ABROAD WARD WATCH Lekhak Sabha to start AAP assures entrants from other awareness campaign parties of getting their due in polls 'NO TICKET TO BE GIVEN ON RECOMMENDATIONS' to promote Punjabi PUNJAB DAY Amritsar, October 31 A travel agent from Jalandhar duped an Amritsarbased family of Rs 95 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad. The family sold all its assets and properties to raise the money paid to the agent who is absconding now. The accused travel agent has been identified as Daljeet Singh Bains, a resident of Gara Road, Jalandhar. His native village is Malli Nangal in Hoshiarpur district. In his complaint to Chheharta police, victim Manjit Singh stated that the accused Daljeet Singh met him at Gurdwara Tahala Sahib and was on good terms with him. Daljeet Singh told Manjit that his family is settled in Canada and that he can manage visas for all his four family members as he had already sent several persons to The accused used to wear religious attire and always recite the name of god. It was his tactic to win trust. We sold all our valuables to pay him off. The police have registered a case against the accused in September but not arrested him yet.” A senior police official of the rank of ACP has investigated the case and registered an FIR against Daljeet Singh Bains under Section 420 of IPC and Section 13 of Punjab Travel Professionals Act. Manjeet Singh demanded that the police arrest the accused and recover his hardearned money. Contaminated water supply, garbage heaps, choked sewers bane of residents Six libraries proposed for each assembly constituency Amritsar, October 31 Six libraries will be set up in each assembly constituency at a cost of Rs 64 lakh in the district. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori here on Tuesday. He said the decision was taken by Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann in a recently held meeting. Six libraries have been proposed in each assembly constituency and ~64 lakh will be spent per constituency. Funds for the libraries would be given from the Chief Minister’s discretionary fund. The DC held a meeting with officials of various departments and asked them to do planning regarding it. He said proposals should be prepared soon so that construction work could be started, he said. — TNS travel agent, loses ~95L Accused identified as Daljeet Singh of Jalandhar Tribune News Service Tarn Taran, October 31 The district unit of the Computer Teachers’ Union, Punjab, on Tuesday organised a protest against cane-charging and committing torture on them in Sangrur when they were lodging a peaceful demonstration demanding the fulfilment of their genuine demands. Other unions of teachers and employees too attended the demonstration and extended support to the teachers for their genuine demands. Gurvinder Singh Tarn Taran, state president of the union, while addressing on the occasion condemned the repressive attitude of the government. He said the teachers were protesting peacefully and on the alleged instructions of the government, policemen adopted repressive attitude and even women teachers too were maltreated and canecharged, besides subjecting them to brutality. The state president said the union had planned to organize a state-level rally in Sri Anand- Family runs into fake He said matters concerning Punjab like its river water, repatriation of Punjabispeaking areas and Chandigarh have been politicised. Instead of finding a meaningful solution to the challenges faced by the state, the political parties have paid more attention to their own interests instead of fulfilling responsibility towards Punjab, he said. Other members of the Sabha, including Sushil Dosanjh, Dr Harjinder Singh Atwal and Deep Devinder Singh demanded that the government should create a sound source of employment on the basis of Punjabi language in the education department to make the mother tongue employment-oriented, so that the present-day youth find better avenues here. They may not need to go abroad then in search of greener pastures, they said. Amritsar, October 31 AAP Punjab general secretary Harchand Singh Barsat today held a meeting with AAP leaders to discuss the upcoming MC polls. During this, former Congress councillors who had switched loyalty to AAP expressed resentment that they were not getting recognition within the party. However, the party’s Punjab unit secretary Barsat listened to their grievances and assured of giving them due respect in the party. Before and after the 2022 Assembly elections, more than 25 former MC councillors had joined the Aam Aadmi Party and did not receive full recognition within the party. During the meeting, former Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu, along with 60 other leaders, who had contested elections from various parties and wards, participated in the discussions. The former councillors including Avinash Jauli, An extensive discussion was held regarding the upcoming Municipal Corporation elections. Harcharan Singh Barsat assured all the former councillors that they would get respect and recognition within the Aam Aadmi Party. He stated that no ticket would be given based on recommendations from any leader, and candidates would be selected through a survey. Pramod Babla, Neetu Tangari, Jatinder Sonia, Priyanka Sharma, Moti Bhatia, Jeet Singh Bhatia, Jaswinder Pehlwan, Amar Gill, Kanchan Gulati, Gurjeet Kaur, Harnek Singh, Swaraj Dhillon, Bhola, Shinder Kaur, Pradeep Sharma, Sukhbir Sony, Savinder Singh Satt, Virat Devgan, Jagdish Kalia, Balwinder Singh Gill, Kajal, Jarnail Singh Dhot, Ranjit Kaur, Paraminder Kaur, Dalbir Kaur, Gurpratap Happy, Deepak Khanna, Gurnam Lahari, Rachpal Singh Lalli, Lakhwinder Lakha and Vaneet Gulati attended the meeting. An extensive discussion was held regarding the upcoming Municipal Corporation elections. Harcharan Singh Barsat assured all the former councillors that they c m y b would get respect and recognition within the Aam Aadmi Party. He stated that no ticket would be given based on recommendations from any leader, and candidates would be selected through a survey. Capable leaders are welcome and no one’s rights will be ignored. He encouraged the former councillors, who had joined the Aam Aadmi Party to participate in the upcoming municipal elections. Former Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu expressed satisfaction with the meeting and stated that all former councillors who joined Aam Aadmi Party are united. He assured that the concerns raised by the former councillors during the meeting would be addressed in the coming days. Garbage dumped on a vacant plot in Tungbala area on Majitha Road in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Gurdial Singh, a resident, said, “The area has been ignored for years. Now some localities have witnessed development. All areas are getting potable water supply and sewer facility. Sewers get choked frequently and MC workers take time to address the complaints. Some of the streets in the area are riddled with potholes and need urgent repairs.” “Sanitation is the major issue in the area as the lifting of garbage is irregular. The solid waste management company used to collect garbage daily, but for last few months, they often skip their job of collecting garbage. Some residents dump garbage on vacant plots. As a result, heaps of garbage can be seen on vacant plots, especially near 88 feet road,” said Shiv Kumar, a resident. veloped colonies on 88 feet road is quite common. Residents say that MC workers address the issue only after they file a complaint in this regard. A number of plots and vacant grounds in Tung Bala area have been turned into dump yards by residents. Heaps of garbage and cow dung can be seen strewn all over plots. The area near Bhapa High School also witness issues like poor sanitation and choked sewer. Retired cop attacked by case accused in court complex Wholesale onion rates crash as 20 truckloads arrive at Vallah mandi Our Correspondent Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Tarn Taran, October 31 Retired sub-inspector Sukhraj Singh was seriously injured in an attack by an accused against whom he had registered a case under the NDPS Act five years back. He was SHO, Chohla Sahib, at that time. The incident occurred in the District Court Complex on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Rachhpal Singh alias Ravinderpal Singh, a resident of Naurangabad village. The assailant Rachhpal Singh was nabbed by security personnel deputed in the court complex and SHO, Harike, Kewal Singh. The victim had come to attend court hearing in a case. The accused was handed over to Sadar police, Tarn Taran. A case under Section 307 of IPC has been registered against the accused. Amritsar, October 31 Arrival of 20 truckloads of onions from different parts of the country and Afghanistan today crashed its prices in the wholesale vegetable and fruit market at Vallah. A kilogram of onion was sold for Rs 25 to Rs 40, depending upon quality. However, retailers made the most out of panic prevailing among people by selling it between Rs 70 to Rs 100 a kilogram in the city. Gaurav Behal, a wholesale onion dealer, said against the demand of about eight truckloads, the Vallah Mandi received 20. About 15 trucks remained unsold and were lying in the Mandi. He added that about 30 per cent of the produce was supplied by the government. Onions on Tuesday arrived from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh besides Afghanistan. A vendor arranges onion in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Sarbjit Singh, a consumer, said it was blatant loot by retail vegetable sellers. They were pocketing undue profit by cashing in on panic sentiment among the people generated by media hype.
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