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Aroma business struggles to stay afloat
Septuagenarian Santosh Singh sits behinds small bottles of Indian perfumes (Ittar) and almond oil in a narrow dingy lane of the walled city of Amritsar. He is the third generation of his family to carry on the trade in perfumes and aromatic oils. The shop in which he sits was established by his great grandfather in 1908.
Santosh Singh sits behind perfumes and aromas in his over 98-year-old shop in narrow lanes near Sri Harmandar Sahib. — Photo by Lalit Mohan 
Santosh Singh sits behind perfumes and aromas in his over 98-year-old shop in narrow lanes near Sri Harmandar Sahib.



EARLIER EDITION


My City
Living was simple & city green
I consider myself a complete Amritsari having been brought up and educated in this city. I was born in the remote Kakkar village in the then Layallpur district of Pakistan a few months before Independence but I have a fair recollection of the tranquil and green environment of the holy city.

Deputy Commissioner, Tarn Taran, Mr Jaspal Singh along with police officials awarding the winning team Tarn Taran win border zone meet
Tarn Taran district won the overall trophy while ASI Gurinder Pal Singh was declared the best sportsman at the three-day 12th Border Zone (police) Sports and Athletics Meet held at Tarn Taran. As many as 400 sportspersons from the districts of Tarn Taran, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Majitha and Batala took part in the meet.
Deputy Commissioner, Tarn Taran, Mr Jaspal Singh along with police officials awarding the winning team of Punjab Police at 12 Border Zone sports and athletics meat at Tarn Taran.

Inter-zonal final youth festival opens
The Inter-Zonal Final Youth Festival of Guru Nanak Dev University was inaugurated by Punjabi folk singer Sarabjit Cheema on Friday.

Pak artistes happy to visit Holy City
Peace is the undying word of the soul. Music is a word that brings togetherness in a world full of hatred and chaos. The four-day Saanjh Amritsar-Lahore Festival 2006 started on this note here on Friday when 19 artistes came here from across the border to participate in the festival organised by Punarjyot and Rafi Peer Theatre workshop.

School children participate in ‘jan chetna rally’ organised by Arya Samaj and the DAV management in Amritsar. Workshop held on AIDS
A one-day district-level workshop on AIDS/HIV was organised under the School Adolescence Education Programme at Government Secondary School, Tarn Taran, jointly by the Punjab State AIDS Control Society (PSACS), Education Department and the State Council of Education and Research Training (SCERT).

School children participate in ‘jan chetna rally’ organised by Arya Samaj and the DAV management in Amritsar. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

New technique for safe blood transfusion
Escorts Heart and Super Specialty Institute has introduced a new technique, Autologous Blood Transfusion, for blood transfusion in Amritsar to mark World AIDS Day. With the help of this technique the patient can use their own safe blood for their personal surgeries, eliminating the chances of any infection which could be caused by another donor.


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