Call it an outcome of the failure of the civic authorities to keep Amritsar filth-free and the resultant unsanitary conditions prevailing in the city, particularly in the slum areas; or inability of the health authorities to effectively pursue their own campaigns or attribute it to the decreasing immunity among the residents for pulmonary ailments - the constantly increasing instances of tuberculosis (TB) continue to pose a major challenge to the district health authorities.
Overcrowded area, filthy toilets, garbage strewn at every nook and corner, encroachments by venders and haphazardly parked rickshaws, taxis and public vehicles are common sight at the local bus stand, which represent a dismal picture of the Batala municipal council's apathy.
In a breakthrough, the Batala police claimed to have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of two of its members, who were involved in about half a dozen incidents of crime in and around the city and recovered two 7.65 bore pistols and four live cartridges from them.
Scuffle outside the Golden Temple on Wednesday morning scared devotees, as police tried to stop radicals' march to SAS Nagar to press for the release of six Sikh militants held beyond the term.
Members of seven trade chambers from Pakistan will participate in the PITEX trade fair being organized in Amritsar from December 5 to 9. The trade fair is also likely to witness the participation of traders and businessmen from Egypt, Thailand, Taiwan, Ghana, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
With events and functions to mark the World AIDS Day on December 1 fresh in memory, it will perhaps be instructive to remember that Amritsar tops the state in number of AIDS cases with more than 10,000 reported so far this year of the 2,85,664 tested. Last year, more than 9,735 cases were reported.
Take any wall of the city, be it in the walled-area or in the new, posh areas or even a slum, posters of all kinds stare at you. Public places such as bus stand and railway station posters are swamped with posters of various kinds. The municipal corporation never seems to have taken the issue of walls getting defaced by posters seriously.
Partap Singh Bajwa, MP, and President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), on Wednesday flagged off the Pathankot-Delhi Express train (Dn 14038) at the Dhariwal railway station where the train has been given a halt from Wednesday with the efforts of Bajwa.
A day after the Border Security Force (BSF) seized 14 kg of heroin following an encounter with Pakistani smugglers, the Samjhauta Express from Lahore arrived with 22 kg of heroin worth R110 crore.
The Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) goes online on Wednesday to make the collection of property tax viable, both for the officials and residents, by stashing details of the taxpayers' data online.
Amritsar-kidney-racket convict Dr Arjinder Singh Bains on Tuesday moved into judicial custody after the expiry of police remand. On November 29, he was brought on production warrant to the district where more than a year ago, police had given him clean chit in a similar case.
A day after four pilgrims were hospitalised after consuming 'parsad', which was suspected to have been laced with some poisonous substance, banners have come up inside the Golden Temple complex appealing the public not to accept any form of (eatable) offering from unknown persons inside the shrine.
At a time when the Punjab government is busy spending crores on Kabaddi World Cup leaving no stone unturned to make it a world-class event, there are basic issues where it has turned a blind eye.
Every year, December 3 is observed as World Disability Day. The day commemorates the spirit of those people, who have battled disability with undefeated determination. Even as several seminars and conferences are organised to raise awareness on the physically-challenged, the ground reality does not portray Amritsar as a disabled-friendly city.
Even as the Amritsar Municipal Corporation was scheduled to initiate the process of hearing the claims of owners of more than 100 illegal hotels in the vicinity of the Golden Temple on December 2 -- as per the orders of the high court -- the civic body again missed its deadline citing 'absence of a strategy.'