12042017-ATR-01.qxd 4/11/2017 11:15 PM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 12 APRIL 2017| amritsar TERRIFIC TATTOO Selena Gomez will forever live with a black semicolon on her forearms. AMRITSARTRIBUNE ENCROACHMENT: 60 SCHOOLS ON WAKF LAND, DEO SEEKS REPORT PAGE 4 Þ SUNNY DISEASE: SCABIES-FREE DRIVE AT Þ PAGE 2 CENTRAL JAIL SUCCESSFUL Þ PAGE 2 36° MAXIMUM 15° MINIMUM Fund crunch hits GMC development works Four hostels, a sports complex, a multi-storeyed parking, new laboratories and classrooms under construction Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 11 Government Medical College here has failed to meet the deadline for the completion of various development projects on the campus for want of funds, as with the change of government in the state, the new regime wants to review the progress of works before releasing more funds. The college is constructing four hostels for students, a sports complex, a multi-storeyed parking, new laboratories and classrooms for the students. The college had earlier set up a target to complete the works by March 31. The sanctioned projects for which the ministers of the previous government had laid foundation stones were estimated to cost Rs 104 crore. The college at present is facing a shortage of hostels, especially for girl students, because the number of girl students in the col- The Government Medical College in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO lege has increased during the recent times. The college had proposed to construct four new hos- tels with a capacity to accommodate around 700 students. With the increase of 50 Amritsar, April 11 Acting on the complaint of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the Estate Department of the Municipal Corporation removed illegal vends and encroachments near the Golden Temple. SGPC officials complained that due to a large number of illegal vends and encroachments on the roads leading to Golden Temple, the visitors commuting on Free Bus Service from the railway station to the shrine, face inconvenience. A team from the estate wing of the MC led by Inspectors Janak Raj Singh and Girish Kumar removed the encroachments from the ghee mandi, Jallianwala Bagh and the Hall Bazaar area. It was the first time, when a police team was accompanying the MC officials. HEAVY TRAFFIC JAM ❝ The shopkeepers exhibit their goods on the roads near Golden Temple. We have seized theses good and removed the vends. ❞ Jaswinder Singh, ESTATE OFFICER “The vendors often resist and get violent when we remove vends. We took the help of the Police Department to avoid any untoward incident. We have seized the goods of shopkeepers who put these outside the shops. The team also removed vendors, who instal vends in narrow streets”, said an Inspector of the estate wing. Jaswinder Singh, Estate Officer, said, “We got a complaint from the SGPC that the SGPC buses that are run for the visitors face heavy jams on the way to Golden Temple. The shopkeepers exhibit their goods on the roads near Golden Youth dies in mishap Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 11 Vishal Arora, son of Bodh Raj, a resident of Fatehgarh Churian, died after the car in which he was travelling crashed into a tree near Chetanpura village here late last evening. According to information, he was returning to his native village after closing his shop. The police authorities said that the incident occurred when the tyre of his car burst and Vishal lost control over the vehicle and it crashed into the tree. He died on the spot. Temple. We have seized theses good and removed the vends. Several other vendors run away, leaving their goods behind when we raid the area. We will continue taking action.” Encroachments are the major hurdle in the flow of traffic in the walled city. The visitors to Golden Temple face sheer inconvenience due to long jams in the area. Meanwhile, the visitors to Golden Temple are relieved at the action of the MC. The residents appreciated the action of the MC officials and demanded that a regular should be kept on encroachments. seats for the MBBS, the college would need to accommodate around 250 students after five years, as 50 students would be added every year. Further, as the college has applied for increase in post-gradu- ~3.30 lakh, licensed revolver stolen from car MC removes trespasses near Golden Temple Tribune News Service ate seats, the need for new accommodation would be even more imminent. With the increase in students’ strength, the college would also need more classrooms and laboratories. Even the Medical Council of India can cancel the additional seats allotted to the institute if it feels that adequate infrastructure to house and teach new students has not been created. The development works at the college are being executed by the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) and the Public Works Department (PWD). A senior college official said, “The government wants to review the progress of the development projects. It would take some time and the funds would be issued as long as the progress report is satisfactory.” The senior official stated that the development works at the college are funded by the government, as the college has negligible resources to fund these. Loose and hanging wires over wheat fields worry farmers Amritsar, April 11 Two youths stole a briefcase containing cash and a licensed weapon of a gas agency owner in a dramatic way. The miscreants signalled to him that the fuel of his car was leaking and when he stopped his car on the roadside, the youths stole his briefcase kept on the rear seat of the car. The Division D police station has registered a case under Sections 379 and 34, IPC, in this connection. Davinder Kumar, owner of Wassan Gas Agency at Jhabal (Tarn Taran) stated to the police that yesterday, he was going to his agency in this Bolero SUV as a routine. He said he had kept his briefcase containing Rs 3.30 lakh in cash and a licensed .32 bore revolver besides the agency’s letter pad on the rear seat. Tribune News Service continued on page 2 Prowess in Sikh martial art Manmeet Singh Gill Amritsar, April 11 Loose and hanging electricity wires are a major threat to the standing wheat crop in the fields, as a spark produced by them after coming into contact with each other can prove disastrous and burn the wheat crop. The threat has proved right during the past many years when a large number of wheat fields were burnt due to short-circuiting of loose and hanging electricity wires. Apprehensive farmers have requested the Power Corporation to tighten these wires on various occasions. However, the Power Corporation claims that the action is taken every time a complaint in this regard is received. Officials said that the metallic electricity wires get expanded due to heat and are automatically restored to their original size in the winter. But still the threat these loose wires pose to the standing crops, for which farmers have toiled day and night for the past six months cannot be ignored. “If the Power Corporation carries out time to time repair work to tighten these wires, the farmers will be saved from fire accidents and the corporation from the compensation it has to pay to the farmers for its negligence,” said a farmer activist, Rajinder Wires dangle over ready-to-harvest wheat fields in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Singh. However, to get compensation from the Power Corporation is a tedious process and a farmer without legal know how and resources often ends up getting nothing. Sham Singh, a resident of Bal village, said, “The Power Department had installed an electricity transformer near my field and my crop is under a major risk of fire incidents.” He said now the department says that he should not plant any crop near the periphery of the transformer. “Earlier they used my land to instal the transformer for which no compensation was paid and now they want that I should leave the surrounding area without a crop to reduce the chances of accidental fires,” he complained. A visit to the villages surrounding the city would reveal that most of the wires are hanging loose and in case of fast winds, they can come in touch with each other to produce sparks. The Power Corporation officials prefer to cut off the power supply to villages and fields during the wheat harvesting season, so that no sparks are produced. “Instead of tightening the wires, the families and small children who need fans are punished by disconnecting the power supply during day time. It would be better if the wires are tightened and the power supply is continued for the entire day and night, as the government claims that the state has become power surplus,” said another farmer, Harpreet Singh of Nawanpind village. Meanwhile a Power Corporation official said, “To execute repair works every year to tighten these wires means that the department would require a huge manpower. We usually focus on power lines which are extremely loose and as a precaution adopt measures such as disconnecting power supply during the day or advising the farmers to take precautions.” Police identify kingpin of swindlers in Delhi Tribune News Service Youngsters perform Gatka during Baisakhi celebrations at Khalsa College in Amritsar on Tuesday. Several events were organised and participants drew applause from the audience. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR SEE P2 Amritsar, April 11 A day after the arrest of a woman and her accomplices for allegedly swindling money from a local resident on the pretext of providing a maid, the police today claimed that the kingpin of the gang was identified as Sham Verma, a resident of Delhi. The Civil Lines police have arrested Kapil Gautam alias Deepak and Nisha, both res- idents of New Delhi, after a complaint lodged by a local resident, Dr Ravneet Grover. He laid a trap in order to nab the suspects after he was defrauded twice by a domestic help providing agency. Rakesh Kumar, in charge of the Lawrence Road police chowki and investigating officer in the case, said that Grover contacted Neha Domestic Help Bureau, Najjafgarh, New Delhi, online where Verma dealt with him. They sent the girl, Nisha, with Kapil Gautam who took Rs 39,000 after leaving Nisha at his home. However, after half an hour, Nisha also slipped away from the house. He said the accused were produced in the local court which sent the two on twoday police remand for further investigations. A preliminary probe revealed that the accused had duped around 50 local residents in a similar way and they had been operating the gang for the past five years. They had duped people not only in various districts of Punjab, but also Haryana and Delhi. They continuously used to change the name of the agency in order to avoid catching the eye of the law. Rakesh Kumar said a police team would be sent to Delhi for arresting Verma. They used to trap the residents through advertisements in print media and on internet.
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