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City all set to get Mayor as councillors take oath todaySonali Girir

City all set to get Mayor as councillors take oath today

Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa is observer, Sidhu not to attend unless invited23 Jan 2018 | 1:38 AM

AMRITSAR: With the oath-taking ceremony for the 85 newly-elected councillors slated for tomorrow, the heart pulsation among the local leaders has quickened as the name of the successful mayoral candidate is also likely to be announced during the ceremony.

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Neeraj Bagga

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 22

With the oath-taking ceremony for the 85 newly-elected councillors slated for tomorrow, the heart pulsation among the local leaders has quickened as the name of the successful mayoral candidate is also likely to be announced during the ceremony. Karamjit Singh Sandhu Rintu, Mamta Dutta, Rajkanwal Preet Pal Singh Lucky and Yunus are among the probables who can be the Congress pick for the Mayor’s position.

The Capt Amarinder Singh government has appointed Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, as the observer of the ceremony, a move that has sparked conjectures and rumours in the political circles regarding “sidelining” of Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.

When mediapersons questioned Sidhu, who was in the city today, he replied, “I will abide by the decision of the Chief Minister whosoever he recommends as the Mayor of the holy city.”

He, however, added that he would not attend the oath-taking ceremony without invitation.

His bête noire, SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia, in a release issued here today, stated Sidhu would soon loose his adopted party Congress. He added that keeping the Local Bodies Minister in the dark over the name of the mayoral candidate spoke volumes about it.

Meanwhile, MC Commissioner Sonali Giri said that as per the procedure, invitations were being sent to all ministers and officials.

The civic body elections were held about a month back but the oath was not administered to the councillors. The delay in the oath ceremony and announcement of the mayoral face apparently suggested towards intensive lobby for senior positions.

In order to tone down lobbying and division in the ranks, the Congress government is likely to announce Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor and other eye-catching positions to adjust the maximum number of leaders.

The Congress had managed to gain majority in the polls but unanimity over the plum positions is not visible in its camp.

According to information, the MC office in Ranjit Avenue will conduct the ceremony and it will be administrated in the presence of Jalandhar Division Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhary.

Sources informed that the MC office in Amritsar had received a letter from the Jalandhar division about conducting the oath ceremony so the office had informed the newly-elected councillors about the event.

Meanwhile, MC Commissioner Sonali Giri, in a statement released to the press fraternity on social media, stated that no unauthorised person from the general public would be allowed at the ceremony. Besides, no mediaperson would be allowed inside the hall during the proceedings. Once the meeting gets over, a press briefing would be held so mediapersons may wait at the ground floor waiting hall, she stated.

“Kindly support us in upholding the law,” the MCCommissioner added.

3 held as family assaulted over minor mishap

23 Jan 2018 | 1:38 AM

AMRITSAR: The police have arrested three persons for assaulting a family and damaging a car after a minor accident.

Woman dies in road mishap

23 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

AMRITSAR: A woman lost her life in a road mishap when a goods carrier hit a two-wheeler she was riding pillion near Dashmesh Nagar.

SAD leaders being implicated, alleges Valtoha

SAD leaders being implicated, alleges Valtoha

23 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

AMRITSAR: Former MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha, who is the spokesperson for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), today accused Congress leaders in the Valtoha constituency in Tarn Taran of getting false cases registered against SAD workers.

Dal Khalsa’s protest rally

23 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

AMRITSAR:Dal Khalsa will organise a convention on January 28 in the city.

Efforts on to give new look to GNDU

Efforts on to give new look to GNDU

23 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

AMRITSAR: The authorities have initiated steps to give a new look to the Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) campus.

City girl Alisha bags gold in national school tennis c’ship

City girl Alisha bags gold in national school tennis c’ship

23 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

AMRITSAR:Alisha Menon, a Class X student of DAV Public School, made the city proud by winning a gold medal in the U-17 girls’ category during the recently concluded National School Games Tennis Championship in Hyderabad.

Special calendar with symbols of faith in Sikhism released

Special calendar with symbols of faith in Sikhism released

23 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

AMRITSAR: As a mark of respect to the symbols of faith in the Sikhism, a Ludhiana resident, Harpreet Singh Sandhu, has come up with an idea of capturing the visuals in the form of a calendar.

Protest as drug addict dies

23 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

TARN TARAN:A 22-year-old youth died of “drug overdose” here last night.

Chhina hails proposal on simultaneous elections

23 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

AMRITSAR: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Punjab executive member, Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, today hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal to hold simultaneous elections to the Parliament and state assemblies.

Actor Mohit Raina promotes TV show on Battle of Saragarhi

Actor Mohit Raina promotes TV show on Battle of Saragarhi

23 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

AMRITSAR: Actor Mohit Raina today visited the city to promote his upcoming TV show ‘21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897’.

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Battery-operated car

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: A retired railway official, BM Singh, with assistance of a team of local technicians has designed a battery-operated car that looks like a vintage one.

Teenager raped, two booked

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

TARN TARAN: A teenager has accused two persons of rape. The accused have identified as Jodha Singh and Jasbir Singh of Mundapind village, 35 km from here. The incident occurred five days ago, but the case was reported on Saturday.

Organic market amid Basant Panchami celebrations

Organic market amid Basant Panchami celebrations

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: The festival of Basant Panchami was celebrated at Shahzada Nand College with great fervour. Students and teachers wore yellow coloured clothes to mark the festival.

Chit fund scam victims for reimbursement

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: Victims of chit fund scams gathered here today and demanded government’s intervention to nail the offenders so that they can get back their money.

Revision of capital investment limit for MSME units sought

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: City-based industrialists have sought upward revision in the capital investment limit for the Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) units, which was last revised in 2006.

Canteen at mental health institute shut for 8 months

Canteen at mental health institute shut for 8 months

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: The canteen-cum-mess at the government-run Dr Vidya Sagar Institute of Mental Health is lying closed for the last eight months even though the previous contractor had lost an eviction case filed by the institute authorities.

Rehabilitated tenants, traders seek facilities

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: The tenants, shopkeepers and residents, who have been rehabilitated to pave way for the beautification project of Durgiana Temple, are a harried lot in the absence of basic facilities.

MC begins Bhandari bridge wall paintings

MC begins Bhandari bridge wall paintings

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: Finally after a year, the MC has once again started the process of paintings of walls of the Bhandari bridge under its beautification programme.

Punjabi play ‘Ishq Remix’ staged

Punjabi play ‘Ishq Remix’ staged

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: The Srijana Kala Manch, in association with Virsa Vihar, today staged a Punjabi comedy play ‘Ishq Remix’ at the Kartar Singh Duggal Auditorium of Virsa Vihar.

AAP to strengthen Majha base

AAP to strengthen Majha base

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, in-charge, Majha zone, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), today announced that the volunteer base of the party would be strengthened in the region through a drive — Majha Strengthening Mission-2019.

Garbage along airport road gives city a shabby look

Garbage along airport road gives city a shabby look

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: Heaps of garbage can be seen alongside a road near Meerakot Chowk that leads to the airport. Residents say it should be taken care of immediately.

Teachers’ union holds protest, demands regular jobs

Teachers’ union holds protest, demands regular jobs

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: Members of the 5178 Master Cadre Union (Punjab) held a protest and burnt an effigy of the state government at Novelty Chowk over non-fulfillment of their demands.

UPSC second ranker to get Prez honour

UPSC second ranker to get Prez honour

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: Anmol Sher Singh Bedi, who stood second in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam, has been invited by President Ram Nath Kovind to honour him for his achievement at Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 26.

Preparations in full swing for councillors’ oath ceremony

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: Officials of the Municipal Corporation (MC) are busy making arrangements to accommodate the 85 newly-elected councillors in the meeting hall of the Ranjit Avenue office during the oath-taking ceremony, slated for January 23.

Gangster on police remand

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: Two days after arresting gangster Varun Kumar, the CIA staff finally confirmed his arrest. Varun is said to be associated with notorious gangsters Shubham and Jaggu Bhagwanpuria.

Sidhu meets snatching victim’s kin, assures installation of CCTVs

Sidhu meets snatching victim’s kin, assures installation of CCTVs

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu visited the snatching vicitm’s kin in Green Avenue here today. He said the government was serious over the issue and every possible measure would be taken to curb the menace.

Gang of robbers busted, three held

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: With the arrest of three persons, the city police today claimed to have busted a gang that used to rob people in their autorickshaw.

Cop thrashes man, ‘robs’ petrol pump of Rs 70,000

Cop thrashes man, ‘robs’ petrol pump of Rs 70,000

22 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

AMRITSAR: Sukhcharan Singh, a retired assistant labour commissioner, today accused a cop of allegedly thrashing his employee and taking away Rs 70,000 from his petrol pump in Lopoke yesterday. The incident has been captured in a CCTV camera.He said though a complaint was filed with the Lopoke police, no case had been registered so far.

Khalsa College ropes in Delhi firm for solar energy

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR:The Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) has entered into an agreement with a Delhi-based firm to generate 700-MW solar energy in a bid to become self-sufficient for its energy needs.

Naib Tehsildar booked for ‘corruption’

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

TARN TARAN:Jagmohan Singh, Naib Tehsildar of Chabal sub-tehsil, and his driver Gurwinder Singh of Meerankot village has been booked under Sections 8 and 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Rising Harike water level leaves farm land nearby inundated

Rising Harike water level leaves farm land nearby inundated

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

The farmers having agricultural land alongside rivers in and around Harike are in a trouble these days as they say the closing of gates of headworks has lead to a rise in the water level, submerging their fields.

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Flute recital organised

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: Mount Litera Zee School in collaboration with Spic Macay organised a flute recital by siblings Suchismita Acharya and Debopriya Chatterji on Saturday. Shubh Maharaj, a renowned tabla player, accompanied them.

City expert to join German publisher

City expert to join German publisher

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: City-based heritage conservationist Dr Balvinder Singh has been appointed as the reviewer of Journal of Religion and Health by Germany-based Springer Nature Journals, a research publishing house.

Candidate removes her posters pasted before polls

Candidate removes her posters pasted before polls

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: Manmeet Pal Kaur, a social worker from Khajana Gate, who unsuccessfully contested the Municipal Corporation (MC) elections last month, got her posters removed here today.

Misuse of tramadol by addicts rampant

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: The recent seizure of tramadol in huge quantity by health authorities has brought the focus back on the rampant misuse of the medicine by the drug abusers.

Contractual workers protest for regular jobs

Contractual workers protest for regular jobs

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: The Class IV workers from various health institutions staged a protest at Dr Vidya Sagar Institute of Mental Health here today.

Eight arrested for gambling

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested eight persons involved in gambling at a hotel located near Hussainpura Chowk here yesterday evening.

700 examined at medical camp in Dera Baba Nanak

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: The Health Department organised its fourth free medical camp in Dera Baba Nanak of Gurdaspur district yesterday.

Entry for visitors barred for 10 days at city airport

Entry for visitors barred for 10 days at city airport

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: In the wake of heightened threat perception to the civil aviation sector ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, entry for the visitors, except passengers, at the Sri Guru Ramdas Jee International Airport (SGRJIA) was banned from today.

No G-8 receipt sans govt seal

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: MC Commissioner Sonali Giri has ordered the authorities concerned not to issue G-8 property tax receipts without government seal and signatures of clerks or inspectors.

Councillors to take oath on Tuesday

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: Finally a month after the civic body elections, the elected councillors of the Municipal Corporation (MC) will take oath on Tuesday.

Theft at medical college, loss yet to be assessed

Theft at medical college, loss yet to be assessed

21 Jan 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: Thieves broke open the locks of three rooms at the Physiology Department of Government Medical College and took away an LCD monitor from a lab last night.

Youth ‘rapes’ teen, uploads video on internet, at large

21 Jan 2018 | 1:28 AM

AMRITSAR: A youth allegedly raped a girl on the pretext of marriage, filmed their intimate moments and uploaded it online. He is at large.

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