Shades of grey have began showing up amidst the fast depleting green cover over the historic Company Gardens that houses the legacy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the legendary ruler of Punjab, as a major chunk of the park has been covered by concrete in the name of its beautification.
Leaving behind the devastating floods that claimed over 200 lives and uprooted many families in Jammu and Kashmir, as many as 125 tourists struck in the flood landed at Sree Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport here on Saturday afternoon.
As Kashmir continues to battle floodwaters, the langar or community kitchen facilities of the Golden Temple and other shrines here are putting in all the efforts to cook as much food as possible for the tragedy-hit people.
The only operational park in the town - Fish Park - is in bad shape due to lack of its proper maintenance. Spread over eight-acre premises, it is situated between residences of district and sessions judge and deputy commissioner.
The district administration on Saturday airlifted a consignment of relief material comprising cooked food, blankets, rations and water to the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir by two Indian Air Force (IAF) planes.
The philanthropic spirit of Amritsar residents came to the fore yet again when a truck loaded with blankets was dispatched for the flood-affected Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
Following a phone call from the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister to his Punjab counterpart, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Friday sent langar (food prepared in community kitchens of gurdwaras) for around 50,000 flood-affected people of Srinagar.
The deadly dengue, which has struck the city residents several times in the past, has begun to raise its ugly head again. Amritsar has received three suspected cases of the disease, which have put the district health authorities on their toes.
After the mysterious death of a Pathankot resident in Faridkot jail, the parents of the deceased and local residents kept the body on the road and blocked the Pathankot-Jalandhar national highway for more than three hours on Friday.
Amid all the chants of 'Go Green, Go Clean' by the local civic authorities, the green belts in district shopping complex at Ranjit Avenue here depict a contrary picture, as they have just turned out to be garbage dumping grounds, a happy playground for beggars and a hangout for anti-social elements, posing security risk to woman employees working in the complex.
The cities of Amritsar and Ludhiana meet the criterion for being developed as smart cities. At a meeting called by the union urban development ministry on Friday, seeking suggestions from various states, Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi said the two cities fell in the category of 10-lakh-plus population.
In Ajnala sub-division one must be cautious while approaching the block development and panchayat office (BDPO) for seeking information on funds spent on developmental works in various villages under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. If information leaks out to the cops, you may find yourself behind the bars the Ajnala police station with several cases slapped on you.
Taking a strong exception to overloading by school vans, the Amritsar traffic police authorities on Thursday summoned principals of various city schools for a meeting on Friday to take up the issue with them.
A decade may have passed but the words of a Punjab Police inspector still haunt him and remind him how difficult it is to get justice in the state. The inspector had told him: "Comrade, tu ki karenga, naare maar levenga, dharne layenga, mere upar koye asar nahi hona.
The dispute over the possession of various historical sites at the ancient Ram Tirath temple was amicably resolved on Wednesday following the intervention of the Punjab government.