07032017-ATR-01.qxd 3/6/2017 11:58 PM Page 1 c m y b tuesDAY | 7 march 2017 | amritsar AMRITSARTRIBUNE WHEAT CROP: ROAMING CATTLE GIVE VALLAH GRAIN MARKET: CONVENTION SLEEPLESS NIGHTS TO FARMERS Þ PAGE 2 TAKES UP VEGGIE PRICES CRISIS Þ PAGE 2 Tribune News Service India’s largest flag (350 feet/110m) hoisted at Attari International Border near Amritsar. PTI Petrol pump employee shot at, robbed in Ramdass area Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 6 In yet another incident of its kind, a petrol pump employee was shot at by two unidentified Sikhs at Awan village in the Ramdass area here late last evening. The victim, Anil, suffered a bullet injury in his right knee while the accused fled with cash snatched from his possession. He was taken to Guru Ram Das Hospital. The Ramdass police under the Amritsar rural police have registered a case under Sections 379-B, 307 and 506, IPC, and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against the suspects while there was no breakthrough in the case so far. Ashok Kumar, manager of Chawla filling station, stated to the police that two Sikh youths who had covered their faces came on a motorcycle and got filled fuel in their bike worth Rs 50. They asked Anil who was sitting near the counter to make a bill for Rs 300. Later, they took out a pistol and took all the employees into a room and snatched their mobile phone. Then they pointed the pistol at Anil and demanded all the cash from him. However, he refused and enraged over this, the miscreants fired a gun shot at his leg. Anil fell down and they took all the cash from his possession and fled on their bike. Investigating officer, Pargat Singh, said the petrol pump owner was yet to give CCTV footage of the incident. The CCTV footage may help in finding some clues in the case. He, however, added that preliminary investigations had raised some suspicion over the incident. He added that the investigations were in preliminary stages. This is second such incident in the past two weeks. Earlier, two motorcycleborne persons had shot a petrol pump employee dead at Shamnagar village in Majitha on February 23. The victim was identified as Anil Pal (45) who originally hailed from Bihar. The police was still clueless about the incident in which the accused had snatched the bag containing cash from the victim. Amritsar, March 6 Director General School Education (DGSE) Pardeep Sabharwal today conducted checking at the DEO office besides holding a meeting with officials. The DGSE also issued instructions regarding the ongoing school examinations. In a warning to the examination observers, he stated that strict action would be taken against them if any instance of copying during exams is reported and they fail to check it. Sabharwal also directed the school heads to upload data pertaining to their projects online at the earliest. He also took stock of the various ongoing projects and instructed officials to file a report before March 31. 22° Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 6 Three unidentified armed persons snatched the purse of a BEd student at Khalsa College when she was returning to her PG in the Mohni Park area after giving an interview at Tarn Taran here last evening. Her purse contained her original educational certificates besides Rs 8,000 in cash and a mobile phone. The Cantonment police have registered a case A pack of dogs in a city market, as the Municipal Corporation has neglected to revive its dog sterilisation campaign in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR programme. Earlier, in January last year, too, the administration had allocated a fund of only Rs 50,000. Officials had, however, claimed that more funds would be issued after the amount is used. A veterinary expert stated that it costs around Rs 13° MINIMUM Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 6 Residents have been paying scant attention to the magisterial orders issued from time to time by the Police Commissioner or the district administration. One of these is getting the antecedents of maids and tenants verified before renting out their accommodation in the latter case. Though repeated instances have been occurring in which maids or servants decamp with valuables and cash from residents, people are yet to learn a lesson. In the latest incident, a maid decamped with gold ornaments worth lakhs from a house besides cash and passports from a residence in the Mohini Park area. Davinderpal Singh, the owner of the house, lodged a complaint with the Cantonment police station in this connection. He stated to the police that they had hired a new maid around 15 days ago. On March 3, his entire family had gone to the bazaar leaving the accused home. Ironically, he did not even know where the accused lived. He said when they returned, they found the things ransacked. His electrician told him that the suspect, identified as Raman, was going with a bag. Davinderpal said the woman who had brought Raman to his house was also missing. He said the accused decamped with six passports, air tickets, 1,200 dollars, Rs 20,000, two gold sets, ear-rings (weighing 60 gm), three tops (weighing 10 gm), three chains (weighing 30 gm), a gold Khanda (weighing 10 gm), two rings, two bangles (weighing 33 gm) from the almirah. The police had registered a case under Sections 381 and 454, IPC, in this regard. The Police Commissioner using his magisterial powers has ordered that people should verify the antecedents of tenants, employees and domestic helps before renting out their property or recruiting them. However, only a negligible number of residents approach the police for verification. In December, a proclaimed offender was arrested by the city police who had been evading arrest for the past over a year. The accused was living on rent at the home of a cop with a different identity. Deputy Commissioner of Police Daljinder Singh said the people must understand that such instructions were for their safety only, as many instances have been reported in the past in which domestic helps or tenants had committed serious crimes, such as murder, and fled. He pointed out that the people should follow the orders in letter and in spirit. Three snatching incidents reported in city Tribune News Service Only two years ago, an adult male was mauled to death by stray dogs in a village near Majitha. Sources in the MC revealed that shortage of funds to fund the sterilisation campaign is the main reason behind the non-revival of the Þ Few approach police for verification of maids, tenants under Section 379-B, IPC, in this regard. Shanu, the victim, stated to the police that she is a student of BEd at Khalsa College and lives as a paying guest in the Mohni Park area. She said she was returning after appearing for an Interview at Tarn Taran. She said when she was going towards Mohini Park and reached near the unemployment allowance office, three youths came on a bike and snatched her purse having her MC fails to revive dog sterilisation campaign Amritsar, March 6 Even as the recent incidents of mauling of children by dogs in nearby Tarn Taran district are an indicator of the rising stray dog population in the area, the Municipal Corporation is yet to revive its dog sterilisation programme in the city. The programme was scrapped in February last year after dog lovers and SPCA members had accused the MC of violating animal rights, reasoning that winters were not conducive for performing such surgeries. However, more than a year has passed but the scrapped programme to control the birth rate of stray dogs has not been revived. The incidents of attacks by dogs on humans in the city have been reported frequently. PAGE 3 CLOUDY MAXIMUM DGSE visits education office NAVINA TIES THE KNOT! TV actress Navina Bole who is seen in Ishqbaaaz has finally tied the knot recently with her long time beau Karan Jeet. 900 to sterilise a dog, which includes post-surgery and recovery costs. The rising number of canines in the city is visible from their packs roaming in the city. “We fear sending our children outside the house. The death of a child in Tarn Taran has created panic. Either the government should allow people to find a solution or the government should do something,” said Sarita Rani, a resident of Kot Khalsa where ferocious dogs can be seen roaming near the railway crossing. The residents stated that even if the dog sterilisation programme is started immediately, it would take time before any difference would be seen on ground due to the high birth rate among the canines. The MC officials on the other hand claimed that a proposal to start registration of pet dogs is being discussed. “The idea of the registration of pets is to generate money for the sterilisation of stray dogs,” said an official, admitting that fund crunch is the major reason for the non-revival of the campaign. matriculation, plus two, BA, BEd original certificates, Rs 8,000 and her Aaadhaar card, voter card and ran away. Meanwhile, in another incident, unknown persons snatched a local resident’s purse when he along with his wife was returning from the railway station on a rickshaw last night. Rajnish Kumar, the husband of the victim, told the police that when they reached near Manav Public School, two youths, one with shorn hair and another a Sikh, armed with sticks came and surrounded them. They snatched his wallet containing Rs 8000, plastic money and other valuables besides ear-rings of his wife forcibly. Civil Lines police have registered a case under section 379-B, 34 IPC in this connection while police was still clueless in the both the cases. Yet another snatching incident was reported in the Sewa Nagar area on Ram Tirath Road here today. Rajrani, a government employee, was robbed when she was returning home from her job in the Child Development Department. Manjit Singh, her husband, said that three motorcycle-borne youths intercepted his wife near the house. Initially she resisted the attempt. However one of the accused attacked her with a sharp-edged weapon due to which they managed to snatch the purse. It contained around Rs 1,000 in cash and other valuables. Special athletes leave for preparatory camp Special athletes from the District Resource Centre and Pingalwara were sent off on a celebratory note for the Winter World Special Olympics at Austria in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Amritsar, March 6 The five special athletes from the city selected to participate in Winter Special World Olympics left for a preparatory camp in New Delhi. The two athletes, Harman Preet Singh and Akash Deep Singh, from the District Resource Centre have been shortlisted for floor hockey. Informing about the two, Dharminder Gill, coordinator, District Resource Centre, said, “The two boys have intellectual disability and have been extensively trained by professionals at two preparatory camps in Solan and Ludhiana.” Meanwhile, three special athletes from Pingalwara too left for New Delhi. The Winter Special World Olympics will be held in Austria from March 14-25. — TNS TURNING TO FAITH TO SAVE THE PLANET Sikh Environment Day on March 14 gradually turns into a crusade Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 6 Applying the term cleanliness is godliness, literally, into the real world and combining the concept of religion with environment and managing to get convincing results, Sikh Environment Day (SED), which is celebrated every year on March 14, has gradually turned into a crusade. The idea of SED was conceived in 2010 by EcoSikh, a global nonprofit organisation, to celebrate the Gurta Gaddi Diwas of the seventh Sikh Guru Har Rai, as a day of celebrating nature and being in harmony with the environment. So, every year, for the past six years, volunteers, Sikh organisations and NGOs join hands in carrying out a series of eco-activities leading up to the SED. This year, green activities have already begun with pan Punjab focus and participation. “We have started with flower shows, cycle rallies for awareness across several districts in Punjab and we are collaborating with a team of Basis of Sikhi, a global NGO, for more eco-awareness activities in five states. The aim is to get as many people involved in our efforts to save the environment and heritage and through religion, the message becomes all the more accessible and convincing,” says Ravneet Singh, South Asia project manager, EcoSikh. The organisation’s city chapter, EcoAmritsar, is collaborating with several schools and colleges for seminars and green activities while cleanliness and plantation drives are also on the cards. Gurdwaras, educational institutions and communities will organise a host of awareness events including seminars, katha, processions, assem- Last edition of Sikh Environment Day had volunteers distributing cloth bags in Amritsar. blies, tree plantation and cleanliness drives in solidarity with environmental c m y b concerns on the day. Manmeet Kaur, a student of psychology at GNDU and a volunteer spearheading the activities for Basis of Sikhi, says that in Amrit- sar, emphasis will be on engaging young people. “Schools and colleges will be covered under our awareness programmes and we will be looking to find more volunteers, who would spread the message.” The purpose, says Ravneet, for having a single day dedicated to community-eco programmes, is that it connects faith with sustainable living. “Over the years, through SED, we have managed to initiate projects like the serving of organic langar at Golden Temple, organising green nagar kirtans that shun use of Styro- foam or plastic products, carrying out cleanliness programmes in villages across Punjab and most importantly, revival of Guru ka Bagh or sacred gardens at Nabha Saheb, Patta Heera Singh near Moga and Naulakha Garden, at the birth place of Sri Guru Har Rai, Gurdwara Sheeshmehal Sahib in Kiratpur Sahib. In Amritsar, we managed to begin with organic farmer’s market, which is gradually picking up.” Apart from these ecoactivities, the volunteers will also distribute buta prasad or saplings as holy food to people.
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