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CM’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON LUDHIANA TRADE CENTRE

Traders sulk, demand exhibition centre in city

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: City-based traders and industrialists have been sulking since the announcement of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to construct a business-cum-exhibition centre worth Rs 450 crore in Ludhiana in a record time.

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 19

City-based traders and industrialists have been sulking since the announcement of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to construct a business-cum-exhibition centre worth Rs 450 crore in Ludhiana in a record time.

The international trade, exhibition-cum-convention centre, announced for the holy city years ago, is yet to see the light of day. The then SAD-BJP government had about eight years ago announced the international trade and exhibition centre in Amritsar to promote indigenous industries and a budgetary announcement regarding the same was also made in the 2013 budget.

As per the plan, an integrated trade centre-cum-commercial-cum-recreational complex at the Central Jail venue, spread over 109 acres, was unveiled. Its building was pulled down and the jail was shifted to Fatahpur village on the city outskirts.

Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) president Piara Lal Seth said, “It is injustice with the city where a large number of tourists visit daily. There is no medium to showcase locally-manufactured goods, such as shawls, brass utensils, tweeds, blazers, suiting shirting, handicraft items like phulkari, carpets and others under one roof.”

The holy city has all the essentials to elevate it to a global city with international airport, international bus stand, international road connectivity via Attari road to Pakistan and countries beyond. “Every year some international exhibitions are held here. Famous among them is PITEX with exhibitors from SAARC countries and many more exhibiting their products. A massive exhibition centre is erected and then dismantled to host the programme.”

Another trader, Sumit Jain, citing examples of cities like Frankfurt and Dubai, said these were thriving only on the basis of being major centres for trade exhibitions. He added that the city has got excellent range of luxury hotels to accommodate the footfall of exhibitors and participants.

Announcements

  • CM Capt Amarinder Singh announced to construct a business-cum-exhibition centre worth Rs 450 cr in Ludhiana. 
  • The international trade, exhibition-cum-convention centre in Amritsar is yet to see the light of day. 
  • The then SAD-BJP govt had announced the international trade and exhibition centre for the city eight years ago.

Man booked for rape attempt

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: A youth has been booked for allegedly trying to rape a girl. The accused has been identified as Deepak Kumar of Kot Harnam Dass, located at the Tarn Taran road.

Four nabbed with heroin, intoxicants

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: The police have nabbed four persons for allegedly possessing 20 gm of heroin and 1,500 intoxicating tablets. They were travelling in a car when they were intercepted by a police team, headed by Sub-Inspector Sarwan Singh.

Firearms missing, Chheharta police on toes

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: Several cops are likely to face the music in connection with the case of missing weapons from the Chheharta police station. The weapons were seized by the police in a number of cases.

BSF, Narcotics Bureau seize 2-kg heroin

BSF, Narcotics Bureau seize 2-kg heroin

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, in a joint operation with Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials, confiscated 2 kg of heroin stuffed in a plastic pipe in an agricultural field across the barbed fence on Sunday.

Abducted boy found

Abducted boy found

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

TARN TARAN: The police have recovered the four-year-old child who was abducted from Verowal Bawian village, 30 km from here, on Friday.

Encroachment removed

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: The Municipal Town Planning wing of the MC removed the shutter of a residential building, constructed “illegally”, here on Saturday. The action was taken on the directions of MC Commissioner Sonali Giri.

GND University set to have School of Education soon

GND University set to have School of Education soon

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: The Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) is all set to have School of Education on its premises. The school will focus on honing teaching skills for pre-school and special education.

Unemployed teachers’ union stages demonstration for jobs

Unemployed teachers’ union stages demonstration for jobs

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: Teachers under the banner of Unemployed BPEd MPEd Union held a protest against the state government outside Hall Gate on Sunday.

Plantation drive at ENT hospital

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: Students and faculty members of Government Medical College, in association with NGO Voice of Amritsar (VOA), organised a tree plantation drive behind the ENT hospital on Majitha Road here on Sunday.

Olympian named brand ambassador

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: Olympian Khushbir Kaur has become the brand ambassador of ‘Maan Dhian Te’, an NGO. Her endeavour is likely to inspire more girls to join sports in the region.

I never disappeared, says veteran pop star

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20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: Veteran pop star Sharon Prabhakar, who had touched new heights in the 1980s, left the audience in the city spellbound with her maiden show — That’s life — on Sunday.

Tarn Taran Diary

Primary school turns smart

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

A primary school in Thathian Mahantan, Chohla Sahib block, has been turned into a smart institution with the efforts of the school staff and social activists.

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Spice factory sealed

20 Aug 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: A spice factory in Bal Kalan village, Majitha Road, was sealed here on Sunday. Accompanied by cops and led by Duty Magistrate Archna Sharma, a team of officials raided the factory.

Website launched by Damdami Taksal

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: The Damdami Taksal on Saturday launched a website containing pictures and information about persons killed in the Operation Blue Star. Taksaal president Harnam Singh Khalsa said the website had names of around 894 persons.

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Seven booked for firing

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

TARN TARAN: Seven persons were booked in connection with a firing incident that took place at Bhojian village, 15 km from here, last month.

Mother, daughter held with 10-gm heroin

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

MACHHIWARA: The police arrested a woman and her daughter, both residents of Manewal village, and recovered 10-gm heroin from their possession.

One booked on molestation charge

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

TARN TARAN: Rajbir Singh Raju of Sito-Meh-Jhugian village has been booked under Sections 354-A, 354-D and 506 of the IPC by the police for molesting and threatening a woman in Patti town, 25 km from here. The incident had happened three or four days ago.

Preparations afoot for Rakhar Puniya mela

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: Keeping in view the Rakhar Puniya mela at Baba Bakala on August 26, the district administration has started making efforts to repair roads and clear the by-lanes so as to facilitate a large number of devotees visiting the holy city.

One booked on molestation charge

One booked on molestation charge

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: The Vijay Nagar police have arrested two persons for allegedly stealing bikes from different parts of the city. The accused have been identified as Dilbagh Singh of Bhangupur village in Patti and Suraj Parkash of the Mustafabad area.

‘Cong men’ demolish SAD worker’s cowshed

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

BATALA: An 80-year-old SAD worker, Buta Singh, claimed that his political rivals had demolished a portion of his house out of vengeance because he and his supporters did not join the Congress in the run up to the 2017 Assembly polls.

Illegal hotels: HC notice to state over SIT functioning

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the state government to file a report on a special investigation team (SIT), constituted in 2014, to monitor illegal constructionm around the Golden Temple.

Commuters troubled as road flooded with sewage

Commuters troubled as road flooded with sewage

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: The overflowing sewage on Batala road near Verka chowk has become a nightmare for the commuters as they have to wade through the water emitting a foul smel.

Criminal Rupa, aides booked for threatening sarpanch

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: Days after former Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia accused the Congress government of using criminal elements to threaten SAD leaders aspiring to contest the coming panchayat elections, the Amritsar rural police booked an alleged gangster Harmanjit Singh alias Rupa and four of his accomplices for threatening SAD sarpanch Sandeep Singh.

Govt teacher booked for locking up village school

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: Beas police have booked a government teacher from among a dozen village residents for allegedly locking up the government school at Cheema Bath village after his transfer on July 23.

‘Migration a great word, gave me mental peace’

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: The dilemma and ordeals of migration, exile and its concomitant effect on the psyche of communities came up for discussion at an event organised in the city today.

Mobile, intoxicants seized from prisoners

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: Four jail inmates were booked for allegedly possessing intoxicant tablets, a mobile phone and substance abuse here today.

Vishavkarma Nagar residents seek meeting with Sidhu

Vishavkarma Nagar residents seek meeting with Sidhu

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: Residents of Vishavkarma Nagar, located near Jahajgarh, today reached the house of Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and sought an appointment to air their grievances.

MC auctions 10 commercial properties

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: The Municipal Corporation (MC) conducted an auction of its commercial properties located in various areas here today. In the presence of Municipal Commissioner Sonali Giri, the civic body sold 10 commercial plots worth Rs 3,91,41,340.

Khankot youth murder

Victim was thrown into canal after injecting drug in arm

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: Harpreet Singh, a youth of Khankot village, whose body was found from the village canal, had allegedly died of drug overdose. The police have booked four youth for allegedly killing him.

Youth freed from ‘illegal detention’, reaches home

Youth freed from ‘illegal detention’, reaches home

19 Aug 2018 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: Gurpreet Singh, who was allegedly kept in illegal detention at Jandiala Guru police station, reached home today. He was kept at the residence of a policeman near Chhajjalwadi village, he said.

IPPB launch deferred

18 Aug 2018 | 12:51 AM

AMRITSAR: The India Post Payment Bank (IPPB) facility, which was to be launched on August 21, has been cancelled due to the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

‘India gave new life to Tibetan migrants’

‘India gave new life to Tibetan migrants’

18 Aug 2018 | 12:51 AM

AMRITSAR: At the age of 63, Thubten Samphel feels migration from Tibet to India has given his community a new life, and a certain bond has been fostered with the countrymen over the years.

Four arrested for stealing vehicles

Four arrested for stealing vehicles

18 Aug 2018 | 12:51 AM

TARN TARAN: The district police on Friday claimed to have busted two gangs of vehicle lifters by arresting four persons.

Students’ command of Punjabi to get better

18 Aug 2018 | 12:51 AM

AMRITSAR: The reading and speaking skills of students studying Punjabi is all set to be improved under the ‘Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab’ project of the state government.

‘Win at any cost’ remark of legislator triggers row

‘Win at any cost’ remark of legislator triggers row

18 Aug 2018 | 12:51 AM

AMRITSAR: Activists of the Lok Insaaf Party, the Aam Adami Party’s Punjab unit, Shiromani Akali Dal and Left parties from the Baba Bakala constituency have condemned MLA Santokh Singh Bhalaipur over his video in which “he is seen motivating Congress workers for taking up vendetta politics” to ensure victories of sarpanches, block samiti and zila parishad members of the party.

Khankot man found dead, kin accuse four villagers of murder

18 Aug 2018 | 12:51 AM

AMRITSAR: A youth, identified as Harpreet Singh, a resident of Khankot village, falling under the Jandiala Guru police station, was found murdered on Friday.

2 booked for accidental death

18 Aug 2018 | 12:51 AM

AMRITSAR: The police have booked a woman among two persons in connection with the death of her mother.

Youth ‘abducts’ minor; hunt on

18 Aug 2018 | 12:51 AM

AMRITSAR: The Ajnala police booked a youth for allegedly kidnapping a minor girl in Sarangdev Chhanna village here on Thursday.

Maintenance affects train schedule in city

Maintenance affects train schedule in city

18 Aug 2018 | 12:51 AM

AMRITSAR: Many trains have been once again temporarily diverted, short terminated and short originated for varying period with immediate effect at the local railway station to facilitate the maintenance work at the railway workshop in the city.

Local leaders pay homage to Vajpayee, Dhingra

Local leaders pay homage to Vajpayee, Dhingra

18 Aug 2018 | 12:51 AM

AMRITSAR: The martyrdom day of Madan Lal Dhingra was observed at Town Hall on Friday morning.

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