In a major haul of narcotics, the Border Security Force (BSF) seized 10 kg heroin worth Rs 50 crore in the international market along the Amritsar sector of the India-Pakistan border on Tuesday. The BSF personnel also exchanged fire with the Pakistani smugglers.
Tourists visiting the holy city will now have to shell out extra bucks. The Amritsar Municipal Corporation (AMC), in its latest decision, has proposed to levy a 'beautification fund' on the hotel industry. This fund will cover all categories of hotels.
CHILL INTENSIFIES Docs say prevailing weather conditions can have disastrous effects on people's health. With the chill intensifying, residents of Amritsar woke up on Tuesday to find the city engulfed in dense fog for the second consecutive day.
In the wake of Suwidha centre employees going on a pen-down strike on December 16, denizens faced grave inconvenience in getting their pending works completed on Tuesday. Upon reaching the Suwidha centres, people were greeted by notices that read: "Due to the strike, we cannot provide facilities. The centre is closed."
To protest the alleged registration of false cases at the behest of the state government, a large number of Congress workers barged into the SSP office complex here on Monday. Raising slogans against the government and police, the Congress workers led by former irrigation minister Gurchet Singh Bhullar marched through the main bazaar of the town.
Statistics that could come as a shocker, the state has the highest incidence of cancer in the country, with the deadly disease claiming more than 33,000 lives in the past five years. The official statistics may be far less as many cases go unreported. The figures have been derived from a survey conducted by the state health department.
The Amritsar municipal corporation on Monday initiated the process to hear the claims of proprietors of illegal hotels situated in the periphery of the Golden Temple. However, due to the lukewarm response received by the owners of these establishments, the civic body issued notices to them to reappear on December 23.
Denizens woke up on Monday morning to find a thick blanket of fog engulfing the city, the first of the season. Life was thrown out of gear as the dense fog disrupted flights and train schedules, besides public transport.
An 11-year-old boy of Ladha Munda village under the Ghoman police station was allegedly sodomised by a youth of the same village on Sunday. Family members of the victim alleged that the accused, who was their neighbour, took the boy with him on his motorcycle to deliver meal to his relative admitted at a hospital in Ghoman.
While the countdown for Christmas has already begun and there are just 10 days to go, Mithun, a teenage waiter-turned-teacher, has donned the mantle of Santa Claus for children of Ram Nagar Colony, an area largely inhabited by families of rag pickers, by bestowing on them the gift of education.
Following Pakistan Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif's visit to ancestral village Jati Umra on Sunday, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal announced a school in memory of Mian Mohammad Sharif, father of Shahbaz Sharif.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) sought an active role in the 'samb and sambal' (management and preservation) of Sikh shrines and monuments in Pakistan.
In the absence of a proper garbage dump and garbage disposal plant, beds of the Ravi tributaries and canals in and around Pathankot are being used to dump city garbage. The Ravi tributaries are further polluted by the untreated sewage of the town and its neighbouring villages that flow all year round into it.
Keeping up with its tradition, Mahindra and Mahindra on Saturday gave in 'offering' its latest Rexton SUV at the Harmandir Sahib. Keys of the fully automatic Rexton were handed over by company chairman, Anandji Mahindra to SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar in the Golden Temple complex here.
The fast deteriorating traffic system in the city owing to uncontrolled movement of condemned vehicles like buses, auto rickshaws, taxis, school buses, etc without permit and mushrooming numbers of drivers having no bona fide licence and basic driving training poses a threat to the safety of commuters and required concerted efforts to do away with. Moreover, the district transport authorities are yet to initiate steps to check drunken driving. Shaheen P Parshad reports.