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P4 » » SUNSET SATURDAY 5.30 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.01 AM » SATURDAY | 18 NOVEMBER 2023 | AMRITSAR Civic body Dispute over desilting turns ugly starts scrutiny s of property tax as AAP leader’ brother shot at Accuses ex-Cong councillor, supporters of attack, instigation returns filed Tribune News Service PK Jaiswar Around 603 patients have been diagnosed with dengue till date Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 17 The Amritsar Municipal Corporation issued 100 notices to prominent commercial establishments for scrutiny of property tax return filed during current fiscal 2023-24 recently. Traders and residents pay tax as per selfassessment of their properties. Then MC staff verify the amount and sometimes physical verification is also conducted when they suspect that the tax has not been deposited as per the size, use and location of the property. MC officials stated that the Property Tax Wing is issuing notices of 112B to those who pay less tax than actual amount of tax. Vishal Vadhawan, Nodal Officer for property tax, stated that after issuing the notice, the property owners concerned would be called for scrutiny of their continued on page 2 Amritsar, November 17 A dispute over the de-silting of sewage pipes in Tower Wali Gali, Azad Nagar area, turned ugly when AAP leader Dimple Arora’s brother Aman alias Rinku Arora (48) was allegedly shot at by several persons. Arora accused former Congress councillor Surinder Chaudhry and his son Pawan Chaudhry along with Harman Hundal, Bedi, Karman Sareen and others of shooting at his brother. Aman was rushed to a private hospital with bullet injuries in his thigh. Dimple Arora, an AAP leader, told the police that he had arranged for a de-silting machine to clean the sewage pipes in street number 3 in Azad Nagar area, falling in ward number 65 of the Municipal Corporation. He said when the MC workers were de-silting the pipes, former Vegetable trader’s death due to ‘dengue’ creates panic Tribune News Service Police officials investigate the firing incident in Putlighar area in Amritsar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Congress councillor Surinder Chaudhry and his son Pawan Chaudhry arrived on the scene and tried to forcibly take away the de-silting machine from the spot to get the work done in their area. However, he resisted their attempt which led to a scuffle. He said Chaudhry called his accomplices while his brother Aman Arora also reached the spot. He alleged that they opened two gunshot fires. One hit his brother in his thigh and he started bleeding profusely. He was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Pawan Chaudhry refuted the allegations and said that it was Dimple Arora and his brother who attacked his supporters who were getting the de-silting work done in Azad Nagar area. He said they got the machine from Zone number 5. He said Dimple and his men tried to intercept the machine and stopped his continued on page 2 Amritsar, November 17 Even as the frequency of daily dengue cases has subsided, Deepak Singh, 44, a wholesale vegetable trader at Vallah Sabzi Mandi, reportedly died of dengue recently. In case the disease is medically confirmed, it would be the first death from dengue in the city this year. This has led to panic among people working in the mandi. As per the Civil Surgeon’s office, 603 patients have been diagnosed with dengue till date. As many as six patients were detected today. Charanjit Singh Batra, president, Fruit and Vegetable Merchants Union, said the deceased was his nephew and had two daughters. He added that no doubt he was suffering from fatty liver but it was dengue which cost him his life. Amritsar traditionally a BJP seat, says Jakhar Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 17 The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which came to power promising good governance has failed in providing the state with even the fundamental safety of life as law and order has collapsed, stated Sunil Jakhar, state president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here today. Jakhar held a meeting with party workers and motivated them to gear up for parliamentary and the upcoming MC elections. He said that the AAP-led government in Punjab is worried over State BJP president Sunil Jakhar addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR its poor performance and delaying the MC elections. Addressing a meeting of party leaders and workers at the BJP office, Jakhar said that the state is going through a difficult time as the only people safe today are gangsters sitting in jails plotting murders, kidnappings and even addressing the media. “Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has only one obsession that is publicity. He is even circumventing the Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana scheme of the Centre just to paste his photo on atta (flour) packets. The poor can go hungry but the Chief Minister’s hunger for publicity is insatiable,” said Jakhar. Claiming that Amritsar is traditionally a BJP seat, he urged party men to work with zeal to usher in the “real change” which Punjab needs. “We might be small in num- bers but zest, valour and hard work is the hallmark of Punjabis. Our contribution in guarding the borders, our role in making the nation sufficient in food grains and immense sacrifices in the freedom movement cannot be overlooked, let’s work towards ushering in the change which Punjab needs,” said Jakhar. District president of the party Harvinder Singh Sandhu, former state president Shwait Malik, state general secretary Rakesh Rathore and state OBC cell president Bonny Ajnala were present. Fashion has power to tell stories, Potholes, work on says Bollywood actor Karishma overbridge hit road Show presents rich tapestry of India’s artistic heritage traffic near Vallah Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 17 An ode to the craftsmanship and talent of weavers in the country, the annual extravaganza of FICCI FLO’s Amritsar chapter, Glitterati 5.0, was a star-studded affair as actor and fashion icon Karishma Kapoor walked the ramp in chic Amit Aggarwal creation. Hosted under the leadership of chairperson Himani Arora, the evening was an immersive experience, blending style, vogue and the rich tapestry of India’s artistic heritage. The illustrious line-up of guests included the maestro of design, Amit Aggarwal, who has not just created a niche for himself on the global fashion map, but also become the most sought after brand by marrying innovation and technique with heritage. The stylish Karisma Kapoor was the showstopper for Aggarwal’s collection as she sashayed down the ramp, looking graceful as ever. The evening began with the influential trailblazer, Harpreet Suri, known as ‘Mom wears Prada’ on social media platforms, addressing the discussion on women entrepreneurs and the need for creating more space in business world for women leaders. Harpreet Suri emphasised the power of social media in shaping the fashion landscape. “Social media has transformed the way we engage with fashion. It’s not Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Actor and fashion icon Karishma Kapoor (centre) walks the ramp during an event in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR just about trends, it’s about creating a narrative and influencing change.” The evening progressed with a performance by Lakhwinder Wadali. The fashion show was curated by Vahbiz Mehta. Himani Arora said that the Gobindgarh Fort was chosen as the venue to symbolise the warp and weft of tradition. “Weavers stand as the unsung pillars of our nation, threading the needle of time to create a fabric that embodies the essence of our cultural legacy. Glitterati 5.0 is not just an event, it’s a celebration of the convergence of tradition and modernity. Our commitment to supporting talented craftsmen led us to partner with Amaana, a platform dedicated to uplifting artisans and providing sustainable avenues for them to earn their livelihoods.” A ramp walk by FLO women, draped in Chanderi sarees, symbolised their solidarity with the artisans. Amit Aggarwal, the maestro of design, expressed his delight in being part of the event. “Today, we proudly showcased our latest couture at this historical venue. I am thrilled to witness the evolution of fashion, and being a part of this momentous event in Amritsar is exceptionally special for our team and me. The endeavour is more than a fashion statement, it’s a movement of empowerment,” he said. Karishma Kapoor shared her thoughts on the evolution of fashion, stating, “Fashion has the power to tell stories and evolve. Glitterati 5.0 showcases the richness of our cultural identity. Also, I always feel blessed to visit Amritsar, especially paying obeisance at the Golden Temple.” Amritsar, November 17 Major potholes on the stretch near Vallah Chowk on National Highway-1 (bypass road) have irked commuters as the poor condition of road leads to long traffic jams throughout the day. The ongoing work to construct an over-bridge over the intersection is going on at a snail’s pace and it may take another year to complete it. Residents and commuters in the area, meanwhile, have demanded that the alternative road be recarpeted. The main road has been blocked for the last one year as pillars are being installed on the main bypass road which causes inconvenience to the commuters. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) diverted the traffic on to the side-lane which has a single lane and is too narrow to tackle heavy traffic. Due to heavy traffic, the side-lanes have developed major potholes which create a hurdle in the movement of traffic. Due to these potholes, traffic has slowed down in these lanes which witness long traffic jams throughout the day. The passengers heading for international airport and persons being brought to the Guru Ramdas Medical Institute in an ambulance are among those who get affected by these regular traffic jams. The construction of the flyover had started in October 2022. However, work is going on at a slow pace and it could take several more months to complete. Narinder Singh, a local continued on page 2 Major potholes on the bypass road near Vallah Chowk lead to long traffic jams in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR c m y b The presence of garbage at the Vallah vegetable market makes it a perfect mosquito-breeding place in Amritsar on Friday. VISHAL KUMAR It was on November 11 that he contracted dengue and was declared dead on November 14. He added that a large number of people trading and working in the mandi were afflicted with dengue this time. “Over a week ago, my son Prabhjot Singh was down with the mosquito-borne disease,” he said, adding that there is no shop in the mandi where people have not been afflicted with the disease. At a time when the threat of dengue looms large over city, the constant dumping of rotten vegetables and fruits and their slack lifting poses danger to people in the mandi. Shopkeepers said lack of hygiene and cleanliness were a major cause of worry. The shopkeepers said men and machines engaged in lifting refuse are inadequate. In the past, they had written to the authorities concerned many times for cleanliness at the mandi but to no avail. Heaps of rotten vegetables and puddles can be seen at different spots in the entire market. Now, re-carpeting of some roads has created a difference between the road and ground level but a shower is enough to leave behind puddles of water. Civil Surgeon Dr Vijay Kumar said as per the norms, a patient can be said to be suffering from dengue only after the Mac-Elisa test. It is a qualitative test for detection of the dengue virus. Whether those who died had undergone this test or not is required to be known to confirm them as dengue cases. Collection agent robbed of ~4.5L Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 17 A collection agent of a finance firm was looted by two armed persons in Jawahar Nagar area in Chheharta here on Friday. The accused also fired a gunshot during the incident leading to panic in the area. The armed miscreants took away the bag containing ~4.50 lakh cash. The victim, identified as Deepak, was going to deposit the amount in the bank when the accused targeted him. A police team reached the spot and started investigations. Nishan Singh, Station House Officer, Chheharta police station, said closed-circuit televsion cameras were scanned in the area to find clues about the perpetrators. The victim told the police that the two accused with covered faces came on a scooter. He said he was going to deposit the amount in the Punjab National Bank branch. He said he resisted the attempt, but the accused fired gunshots and snatched the bag. Navdeep Singh, owner of the private finance firm, said Deepak has been employed with the firm for the past several years. Nishan Singh, Station House Officer, Chheharta police station, said the matter was being investigated. He said the police got the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of the suspects and they would be arrested soon. He said every aspect of the incident was being probed. He said a case has been registered in this regard.
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