Next: Tourist promotion board for holy city
Ashok Sethi

Amritsar, July 17
In a bid to develop Amritsar as a tourist hub of the country, preserving its heritage and comprehensive development of the city, a tourist promotion board is being set up by the government, stated BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Cashing upon popularity of the Golden Temple, which is termed as the sixth most visited religious place in the world according to the BBC reports, Sidhu said he has plans of taking tourism on the international level so that more people visit the city to pay obeisance and to visit other important historical and religious sites.

Talking to the Tribune, Sidhu said the ministry of tourism and cultural affairs has already given its approval in principle to offer one time grant of Rs 200 crore to preserve and resurrect all the old monuments and historical sites in and around the 
walled city.

“The ministry has earmarked special funds to develop historical Gobindgarh Fort, which was under the occupation of Army for many decades,” he added.

“Special funds have also been allocated for the development of historic Ram Bagh, once a summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, which is presently housing three clubs”.

“The plan also includes the development of certain rural areas, which have connection with the Sikh history. These include Pul Kanjri on the Indo Pak Border, Serai Amanat Khan and Preet Lari, which was once a hub of composite Indian writers including the famous dramatist Nanak Singh and Balraj Sahni,” said Sidhu.

Sidhu has directed the Deputy Commissioner K.S. Pannu to prepare a draft framework for the promotion board on the lines of Kerala tourist board, which is the nodal authority to monitor tourist infrastructure besides managing the preservation of monuments and historical sites.

Pannu, while sharing details of the framework under the proposed draft, said the flow of the funds have to be properly monitored through the board with total transparency and accountability so that the every penny received from the state government is spent to its full utilisation.

“Public participation would be accorded top most priority and in its absence it won’t possible to execute this huge investment to make the city a major international tourist hub of the country,” he added.

“The city was well connected by air, rail and road mode. It is also an international transit point for export and import of goods to Pakistan and other CIS countries including Afghanistan. The major requirement of the city was to build quality infrastructure to attract tourists from the country and abroad,” said Pannu.

He said the board would invite top experts and architects to restore the old buildings and give a fresh lease of life to the monuments, which were in state of neglect and decay. 



Ram Bagh upkeep: INTACH offers helping hand to govt
P .K. Jaiswar

Amritsar, July 17
Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has offered its help to the government for conserving Ram Bagh.

Welcoming the decision of the Centre and state governments to preserve the original character and glory of Ram Bagh, said Dr Sukhdev Singh, Punjab state convener of INTACH said we can provide the technical advice or undertake the work of conservation if the government asks for it.

Dr Sukhdev Singh, Punjab state convener of INTACH, said it was heartening for the heritage lovers and the people in general to know that the central government has sanctioned a special grant for the proper upkeep of the garden and the state government of Punjab is reciprocating the move. He said the old buildings may be converted into art centres, museums, art galleries, conference halls etc. “The garden is not only a reminiscence of the days of Maharaja Ranjit Singh but also the only green belt available to Amritsar now,” he said.

He said, “Although nobody has any objection to the 
clubs but they should not make it a place for personal use and must vacate this 
site willingly.”

He pointed out that it was important that the clubs cater to the needs of their members and to have a common agenda for society as well. He also held the clubs responsible for harming the old structures and total environment of the bagh, popularly known as Company Bagh.The clubs had done more harm than good by shabby and ill matching extensions, raising new structures which do not correspond to the old buildings, cutting trees as per their requirement, modifying the interiors of the buildings as per their needs without taking in to account the basic principles of heritage conservation and preservation.

Dr Sukhdev Singh said the clubs were financially and socially affluent enough to develop a new site as per their needs.



Custodial death: Finally, probe begins

Amritsar, July 17
After a prolonged delay, Superintendent of Police (City-I) Kaustubh Sharma has started an investigation into the death of an under trial Harinder Singh who died under mysterious circumstances on October 27 last year.It is pertinent to mention here that a case was registered against the medical officer of Amritsar Central Jail and four other jail officers after suo motu notice taken by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on a petition filed by the father of the victim.

The high court has ordered for the detailed investigations in the matter and asked the authorities concerned to ensure free and fare investigations. A case was registered at local Sadar police station here a few days back in this regard.

The accused include Ram Asis Ram, the then assistant superintendent of jail, head warder Gurdip Singh, Kulwinder Singh and Paramjit Singh, both warders and Dr Karmbir Singh, medical officer of the jail.

Earlier, the department had initiated action against them after departmental enquires for negligence in performing their duties and rewarded punishments ranging from stoppage of two annual increments to forfeiture of five years of service besides sending case for charge sheeting of medical officer to civil surgeon under Punjab civil services rules. — OC



Rape of minor girl
Facts doctored by cops: Villagers
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, July 17
A large number of residents of village Jahangir here protested against the alleged distortion of facts by police in a rape case. Led by sarpanch Dildar Singh, the residents, belonging to Dalit families, held a demonstration and shouted slogans in front of the Sadar police station.

According to the FIR, two boys, Ranjit Singh and Shamsher Singh alias Shera allegedly raped a minor Dalit girl by forcibly entering victim’s house when her parents were away. A case under sections 376, 452, 34 of IPC was registered.

The protesting residents alleged that the police had fiddled with the facts. They feared that the rape might not be confirmed in the medical report.

It will directly benefit the accused, said the sarpanch. The villagers said they would not allow the landlords to play with the dignity of Dalit community. Later, the villagers ended their protest after cops assured them of fair action.



Extreme makeover for cricket ground
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 17
The Gandhi cricket ground is being given an all-new spruced-up look with relaid grass, fast pitches and state-of-the-art facilities.

To help upcoming batsmen hone their stroke-playing skills, an automatic bowling machine has already been ordered for the ground and it would be installed in the open net-practice area next to the ground.

Besides, a world-class sprinkling system is being set up, which would lead to controlled watering of the entire ground and would further improve the quality of grass on the field.

Made by an international company “Toro”, the irrigation system for the ground comes at a cost of Rs 12 lakh. A similar system is installed at Lords and other major cricket grounds.

The new team of the Amritsar Games Association (AGA) has taken over on an enthusiastic note and is already working towards developing the ground as the 28th test cricket venue of the world.

“We recently received a telephonic message from the BCCI officials that the ground has been selected as prospective venue for international matches,” says Mohit Khanna, working honorary secretary of the association.

“The automatic bowling machine would soon be set up to provide better practice to the players. The wicket is also been relaid so that the players get to play on faster wickets for the forthcoming Duleep Trophy matches in November,” he said.

The railing along the boundary of the ground would soon be replaced by a low wall, which would have a deep drain right next to it so that spectator can have full view of the match without creating mischief by entering the ground.

“The credit for developing the ground goes to sports minister Gulzar Singh Ranike’s son, Gurinder Pal Singh Ranike, who has taken personal interest in the proper upkeep of the ground and has been instrumental in pushing our case for offering better facilities to the players,” he says.

No wonder, the players coming to the ground are excited about the activity going on around them. Ravinder, a player at the ground, says, “The whole attitude of a player changes when he plays on a fast pitch on a well-maintained ground. We are looking forward to the authorities organising some big international matches, which would give us a chance to learn a lot.”

The state government has recently sanctioned over Rs 2.5 crore for making available sports equipment at various grounds in the state. The AGA continues to be at loggerheads with the AGA Heritage Club, which it claims has thrown the association out of its own premises. The issue was also taken up during the recent visit of the sports minister to the ground and the deputy commissioner is looking into the matter.

The latest issue is the demolition of a spectator stand by the club for the construction of a swimming pool for its members.

The pool is nowhere in sight and the area has now become a haven for stray animals and is no less than an eyesore. “The club has made its own constitution, keeping the AGA out of its affairs. As per the lease deed, the club is supposed to pay Rs 1 Lakh per year, half of which is to be spent on the maintenance of the ground. But this is not being followed,” alleges Khanna.

The pavilion of the ground was constructed during the India-New Zealand one-dayer in 1995 at a cost of Rs 54 lakh. After the match, it was thought to put the area to use by setting up the club on the lines of the Cricket Club of India.

Helicopter stand

One of the stands in the ground is bound to leave the spectators guessing as it does not have an attached staircase to it. All these years, the authorities have not cared to put the stand to use by adding stairs to it.

“We call it “helicopter stand” and often ask new players to figure out how spectators climb there during big matches when the ground is full,” says a regular player.



MC Poll
BSP to battle it out all alone
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 17
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided not to go for any tie-ups in the forthcoming civic body poll in Punjab.

This was disclosed by state party chief Avatar Singh Karimpuri while addressing a ‘Jan Sampark and Chetna Rally’ here. He said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) - BJP combine government in the state has deceived poor by making false promises. “The Akalis gave slogans like cheap Atta Dal for all. But now they have laid conditions,” said the BSP. He also accused both Congress and Akalis of using religious platforms to garner votes.



Service road delay: Sidhu takes officials to task
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 17
Taking officials of Amritsar municipal corporation and Gammons India Ltd to the task for failing to provide service roads on both sides of the ambitious elevated road project, BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu instructed them to complete the same before July 31.

Lashing out at the officers for lack of coordination, he instructed them to take personal interest in the completion of the road as people were facing lot of inconvenience. The BJP MP said the hindrances, be it trees or electricity poles, should be removed immediately. To compensate for the loss of green cover, forest department should plant more trees in the area.

He said the shopkeepers in the area are also facing huge losses as they have no customers due to the digging work. He said a deadline is a must for completion of any project and the officers responsible should be made accountable. Later, the BJP leader also visited the workshop of Gammons Company and checked the quality of material being used in construction of the project.



Rajjo ki kahani.......
P. K. Jaiswar

Amritsar, July 17
Rajjo, a 12-year-old female character in the play Main padhna chahundi haan..., spends time waiting for a day when her father, hooked to drugs, wouldn’t beat her mother for money. Portraying real life characters, living in Maqboolpura area in the outskirts of the holy city, known as locality of widows, the character dreams of a day when her brother would not disobey and abuse her mother for his addiction to brown powder, when her mother would not sing death song ‘Rudali’ after giving birth to another boy, fearing another addict was born, but the day never comes. The play based on the book Nashiyan di Kahani, Bachian di Jubani, a compilation of true stories of students of Citizen Forum Vidya Mandir, in Maqboolpura was presented by ‘Punarjyot - centre for preservation and promotion of heritage of Punjab’ in association with Naatshala, where it was staged at Naatshala.

Mental agony of the teenager, watching her father snatch few rupees her mother earned after a day’s hard work for one square meal, speaks for story of thousands of her ilk in the play.

A story of lost childhoods the play explores the trauma of children of families where men folk fall prey to drugs and die early, leaving their families to a life full of miseries.

Master Ajit Singh, who runs Punarjyot Citizen Forum Vidya Mandir said the idea came when he got a letter from a girl Rajjo who wanted to study, live a respectable life with her family and celebrate her new born brother. “She looks toward the society for answers to her questions and seeks help to fulfil her aspirations. But will the society be able to answer these questions or it remains the big question,” he adds.

Manveen Sandhu, Dr Shavinder Singh Sandhu, SSP Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, member SGPC were among those present on the occasion. 



‘Dera row triggered to shift people’s focus from real issues’
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 17
Dr Joginder Dayal, member national executive, Communist Party of India (CPI), has alleged that both the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress were raising the dera issue to divert attention of the people from real issues. Dayal also called upon the government to call a meeting of all political parities, social and non-governmental organisations to find a solution to the dera issue. He said CPI would hold its two-day state council meeting at Chandigarh to be held from August 11 and would be presided over by the CPI general secretary A. B. Bardhan.

He alleged that the SAD and Congress were using religious platforms to garner votes. Appreciating the postponing of a panthic conclave at Ratiya by Joginder Singh Vedanti, jathedar Akal Takht, Dr Dayal said people from the Malwa belt had been divided vertically and horizontally due to the boycott call giving by various panthic forces. He urged Sikh clergy to withdraw the call as it was against the philosophy of the first Sikh guru Nanak who had visualised a casteless society.

He said reciprocal steps must be taken by the dera chief Sant Ram Rahim Singh for defusing the situation in the state.Commenting on the controversy over the President’s election he said it was unfortunate that political parties were defaming the august office.



Pvt sector’s role vital in creating jobs, says Majithia

Amritsar, July 17
“Private sector has to play an important role in eliminating unemployment and providing job opportunities to the youth,” said minister for information and public relations Bikramjit Singh Mijithia while inaugurating a centre of Air Hostess Academy (AHA) at Amritsar.

Encouraging the students to grab opportunities in the private sector, Majithia said, “The jobs are limited in the government sector. In comparision, the hospitality and aviation industry is witnessing an unprecedented growth.” Disclosing government’s plans for aviation sector, the minister said there was proposal to acquire 44 acres of land for expansion of Amritsar International airport. There’s also plan to accommodate 21 new flights, he said.— OC



Right turns
Right turning lane

When a car has to make a right turn, the correct way to do so is to move to the area on the right and then enter the right turning lane.

‘Use headlights to see and let others see too!’

Turning right at uncontrolled crossroads In this situation when two cars arrive at an uncontrolled crossroad and each wants to turn right, both drivers have to apply ‘road courtesy’. As a general guideline, the car which arrives at the crossing earlier should be allowed to move first, while the other stays stationary. However, no one should take these for granted. Uncontrolled crossing should be crossed with great care, giving proper signals and keeping a sharp watch on the mirrors. ‘Seat belts have saved many a limb and life - belt up!’

Give way to traffic on a major road

In a situation where the horizontal road is the major road and the vertical road is a minor one. In this case the car on the horizontal road has the right of way over the car coming on the vertical road. This is because of the basic rule that traffic on major roads have the right of way over those coming from minor roads at a junction.
‘Don’t try and teach others a lesson on the road’

Courtesy: Safe Driving, compiled by Cdr Swarup J. Sarma



Second white revolution in the offing
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, July 17
In order to give a boost to the milk production, the district administration in association with dairy development board and Oriental Bank of Commerce have initiated a venture in the city.

Addressing a large gathering of farmers, Deputy Commissioner K.S. Pannu said the farmers must make use of the advanced technology to enhance their income by taking loan from the bank at a nominal rate of interest. He said with the cooperation from the bank, the hi-tech dairy projects would increase milk production from 10 to 21 lakh litres within a short time frame.

Pannu suggested the formation of dairy clubs in different villages.



Perfect pattern
Vandana Bansal

There are various beautiful patterns which need your special attention. It’s really fun to learn such type of magnificent results. You need not to remember such results, rather read it and enjoy fun in looking at its pattern. Let us learn today one such pattern.
Whenever we multiply some number ‘starting from one and succeeding with consecutive natural number’, by 8 and then add the digit in the unit’s place of the number, it will lead to a very splendid pattern .

If you multiply 1 by 8 and add 1 to it, it’ll give answer 9 but when two digit number 12 is multiplied by 8, we get. 12 × 8 = 96 and after that add the last digit in ‘12’ which is ‘2’ to this result, it will become 98 i.e. 96 + 2 = 98 Next , if we take three digits ‘123’ , it’s multiplication with 8 will bring result 984 i.e. 123 × 8 = 984 Now add 3 (which is the digit in the unit’s place of the number 123) to this outcome i.e. 984 + 3 = 987

Similarly, when four digit number 1234 is multiplied by 8 and if it is added to 4, it’ll bring the result 9876. Continuing this procedure till the nine digit number i.e. 123456789, you’ll get the result as under:

1 × 8 + 1 = 9
12 × 8 + 2 = 98

123 × 8 + 3 = 987
1234 × 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 × 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 × 8 + 6 = 987654 
1234567 × 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 × 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 × 8 + 9 = 987654321

Observe this result carefully and you’ll find that the number of digits of the number on the left hand side which are to be multiplied by 8 is the same as the number of digits appearing on the right hand side.

Also notice that the quantity to be added on the left hand side is the same as that of the number of digits. To write numbers on the left hand side, start writing with 1 and then write its consecutive succeeding natural numbers till the required number of digits.

For answer on the right hand side, start writing with 9 and keep decreasing the number by 1 till you get the required number of digits. Have a close look at it and you’ll find this result to be marvellous. Did you have fun in learning it?




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