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The rise and the fall
The wanton destruction of Sikh heritage in the name of kar seva is a recent phenomenon. Some pseudo-babas have converted the great institution of kar seva into a big industry. The case of Amrik Singh, follower of Baba Jagtar Singh, has stirred a fresh controversy in this regard. Varinder Walia reports
The construction of historical and other Sikh shrines has been done through voluntary contributions of money, material and physical labour. The concept of kar seva dates back to the times of the great Gurus who took keen interest in founding and developing new towns, and construction activities.

A view of the kar seva of the sarovar at the Golden Temple in Amritsar

A view of the kar seva of the sarovar at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma




EARLIER EDITION


Police clueless about hotel murder case
Even eight days after the murder of a person named Anurag Kumar, who was killed in one of the reputed hotels in Amritsar, the police is clueless about the killer and the motive behind the murder. Meanwhile, the police has made the sketch of the suspected killer that has been sent to the police stations and hospitals all over the state.

Private hospital encroaches upon greenbelt

The green space (earmarked as greenbelt by the Improvement Trust) in Ranjit Avenue residential area of the Old Circular Road has been “encroached upon” by a private hospital. Residents of the area have lodged a protest with the civic authorities, urging them to immediately stop the encroachment of the green area by the hospital.
A private hospital has encroached upon the greenbelt around Ranjit Avenue, a residential colony, in Amritsar. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

A private hospital has encroached upon the greenbelt around Ranjit Avenue, a residential colony, in Amritsar

Amritsar to get its passport office soon
There’s good news for residents of Amritsar. The much-awaited and the long-pending demand of the people of the Holy City would soon be fulfilled with the setting up of a passport office here. According to information, the passport office would start functioning from the Improvement Trust’s Nehru Shopping Complex situated on the posh Lawrence Road area possibly in the last week of November or the first week of December.

My City
‘Resilience is the hallmark of Amritsaris’
The Holy City of the Golden Temple is the nerve centre and focal point of the Sikh faith, which by its simplicity of beliefs, its exalting moral and spiritual principles and sustained heroism, has etched an honoured place in the annals of the history of India. The city of Amritsar enshrines a liberal tradition, consecrated by noble deeds of piety and sacrifice.

Polytechnic teachers protest against ‘privatisation’ move
Members of the local chapter of the Punjab Polytechnic Teachers’ Association, along with students of four colleges, organised a protest against the state government for the transfer of management of polytechnics to societies. The protesters burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and blocked the traffic for an hour, resulting in traffic chaos at Bhandari Bridge.

Bridging ‘Faasle’ through theatre
History of sorts was created in the field of Punjabi theatre when Punjabi Naat Shala organised the performance of the 150th show of the Punjabi play “Faasle” on September 10 here. The play is the story of a woman snake charmer who is talented, self-respecting, yet poor.

A scene from Punjabi play ‘Faasle’ presented at the Punjab Naat Shala in Amritsar.
— A Tribune photograph

A scene from Punjabi play ‘Faasle’ presented at the Punjab Naat Shala in Amritsar

Murals that motivate
What inspires a person to work towards his goal? Self-help books? Celebrities? Murals? Yes, murals do work as a motivating factor. To prove this The Guidance Resource Centre of the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, Chandigarh, has engaged nine city-based fine art teachers from various government model schools to create four wall murals, which are to quote Dr. Harsh Batra, the Director of the institute, ‘educational, inspirational, ethical and esthetic’.

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