06052017-ATR-01.qxd 5/5/2017 11:39 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 6 MAY 2017 | amritsar AMRITSARTRIBUNE CIVIC ISSUE: INTERLOCKING TILES DUG UP ACHIEVEMENT: CITY LAD GETS GLOBAL ON FOOTPATH, IRK PEDESTRIANS Þ PAGE 2 RECOGNITION Þ PAGE 2 PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 3 39° MAXIMUM PROBE INTO PREPARATION OF FAKE BLUE CARDS Food & Civil Supplies doing it for namesake only RTI activist Varun Sareen approaches DC, seeks speedy investigation Tribune News Service amritsar, May 5 The Food and Civil Supplies Department is conducting an inquiry into the preparation of blue cards for fake beneficiaries just for “namesake” only. This was alleged by Varun Sareen, an RTI activist, who had filed a complaint in this connection. He has now approached Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha to depute administrative officials to probe the matter in an impartial manner. Sareen had alleged that a large number of blue cards of fake beneficiaries were prepared in Ward No.14-B of the Old Cantonment area and this was done to in order 4 held for drug peddling amritsar, May 5 The city police have arrested four persons for drug peddling and bootlegging. The accused have been identified as Vinod Kumar of Sharifpura, Narinder Kaur of Subhash Colony, Manoj Kumar of Guru Nanak Pura and Vicky Khanna of Katra Safaid. According to the police, 225 gm of charas was seized from Vinod while Narinder was held with 6 kg of cannabis. Manoj and Vicky were arrested with 20 and 50 bottles of whisky, respectively. Manoj was later released on bail. The police are trying to ascertain where did Vinod got the charas from. — TNS What the issue is ■ A probe by the Food and Civil Supplies Department into the preparation of blue cards for fake beneficiaries is underway ■ RTI activist Varun Sareen says the investigation is nothing more than a formality ■ Sareen had alleged that a large number of fake blue cards were prepared in Ward No. 14-B of Old Cantonment area to siphon off a huge quantity of government wheat to siphon off a huge quantity of government wheat. A resident of the Sadar Bazaar area, falling under the Old Cantonment, had alleged that over 60 per cent names of beneficiaries that figure in the list of ration depot holders of the ward, are suspected to be fake. “There are only a few families belonging to the Sikh community that live in the Old Cantonment area. But the list taken out from a website named a large number of Sikh families in the list of beneficiaries. Ironically, there is no address of the beneficiaries given in the list. I live in the Old Cantonment area and I don’t know the people whose names are given in the list,” he said. The ration allocated to the beneficiaries was also disbursed to another depot holder in the Putlighar area. This has raised suspicions. He claimed that this is beyond doubt that there was some hanky panky going on. He alleged the officials of the department were going in the area and said whether they had got any wheat. But my question was who had prepared those cards and what are the residential addresses of the beneficiaries in the list which was given online. Food and Civil Supplies Department officials said the probe was on and anything in concrete could be said only after the completion of the inquiry. Colours of India Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela was at the Wagah border to witness the Retreat Ceremony. She was the centre of attraction throughout her presence here. TRIBUNE PHOTO amritsar, May 5 After staying off the roads for eight days, the services of Metro Buses running under Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) is expected to resume from tomorrow. Office-bearers of the Metro Bus service claimed that they have received the budget to pay the fuel bill to Punjab Roadways Depot. The buses went off the roads on April 28 due to non-payment of fuel bills. Harbans Singh, in charge, Metro Bus services, said, “We have received the budget from Chandigarh and the pending bill amount has been paid to Punjab Roadways. Diesel would be filled in the buses this evening and the service would be restored tomorrow”. The BRTS Operating Company used to get diesel for the Metro Buses from Punjab Roadways Depot—2 in the city. Company officials did not get the budget for fuel from Chandigarh and Punjab Roadways stopped the supply of the fuel. According to information, Metro Bus officials have paid Rs 30 lakh against pending bills. “We have received the budget for the next few months and it would be sufficient to run the buses for the next couple of months. The company will keep releasing the budget in future. We assure the residents that buses would not go off the roads in future”, added Harbans Singh. The officials stated that a separate fuel station was being constructed at the Metro Bus terminal at the Verka-Vallha bypass and it would be functional soon. There are 14 buses running on the two routes — from the railway station to India Gate and from the railway station to Verka. Tribune News Service amritsar, May 5 High drama was witnessed at the Ranjit Avenue police chowki here today after a man caught her wife “cheating” on her at the nearby Amrit Anand Park. He took both his wife and her alleged lover to the police chowki. He also allegedly thrashed his wife’s lover in front of the police while it has also been alleged that the police also beat him up. In the meanwhile, the girl’s brother also reached the spot. He was allegedly beaten up by the man. However, the drama reached its pinnacle when the issue reached to the Congress (urban) president, Jugal Kishore Sharma, who along with others came there and sought action against the accused cops who had thrashed the boy. He started demanding immediate sus- pension of the policemen who had beat up the boy and the woman’s brother. He also reproached the matter to the Civil Lines SHO, Parvesh Chopra, who had reached there by that time, it is learnt. Police officials later pacified them by assuring them of taking appropriate action against the accused cops. A Chheharta resident and the brother of the woman, who works as a nurse in a hospital, said that his sister was married to Nikhil, a resident of the Rattan Singh Chowk area, around four years ago. He said the couple did not enjoy cordial relations. He said today he received information that Nikhil had brought his sister to the Ranjit Avenue police chowki following a dispute. He said when he reached there, Nikhil started a quarrel and physically assaulted him. Tribune News Service amritsar, May 5 Road accidents have claimed three lives in the past two days. A cycle-borne youth was run over by a bus near Ram Talai chowk here today afternoon. He died on the spot. The identity of the deceased is yet to be established. The police have registered a case against the unknown bus driver. On Wednesday night, two motorcycle-borne persons had died after they were hit by an unknown vehicle in Rayya. Malkeet Singh and amritsar, May 5 A delegation of members of the Parents’ Association and the Civil Society met ADC Ravinder Pal Singh, seeking implementation of the Fee Regulatory Act of the state government. The team led by Harjit Singh, president of Navi Soch Society, who has been on a hunger strike against the fee hike by private schools, gave a memorandum to the ADC and discussed the effective implementation of the Act for bringing respite to parents in the current session. “We have been assured cooperation and the author- ities are under process to review the fee structure of private schools. Soon, a dialogue between the Parents’ Association and representatives of 12 prominent private schools will be called to find a solution,” Harjit said. Meanwhile, the district education officials have set up a regulatory body to check “irregularities” in the fee structure of private schools. Since the notification issued by the Punjab government to restrict the fee hike by private schools to 8%, parents want speedy implementation as some schools have already started the session and charged re-admission fee. “There are several discrepan- c m y b 22° MINIMUM his son Balbir Singh of Mehta area died on the spot, while another person, Harpreet Singh, of Shahkot village was severely injured. Malkeet’s brother Surinder Singh, a resident of Mehta Chowk, stated to the police that both, along with Harpreet, were going to Rayya from Mehta on a bike when the mishap took place near Chhapiyawali village. Harpreet was rushed to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. The Beas police have registered a case under Sections 304-A, 279, 337 and 338 of the IPC. Congress leaders have a narrow escape Tribune News Service amritsar, May 5 Congress leaders had a narrow escape when they were burning effigies of Prime Minister Narendara Modi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan at Bhandari Bridge here today. The burning effigies accidentally fell down on them. Senior Congress leaders Jugal Kishore, District president of the Congress (Urban), and Parmod Babala fell down while tying to escape from the fire. Meanwhile, Om Parkash Soni, MLA, and other senior leaders were also seen stepping behind while trying to escape from the burring effigies. Party activists doused the fire from the effigy to save the leaders. No injury has been reported in the incident. Earlier, the activists of the District Congress Committee led by Jugal Kishore gathered at Bhandari Bridge and condemned the role of Modi in tackling the violence in On the other hand, Nikhil said a few days ago, he had brought his wife back from her parents’ home where she had gone after a dispute with him. He said this afternoon, he received a call from his brother who told him that his wife was sitting with some other person in the park. He said he went to the hospital where she worked. He came to know that she had left the hospital for some work and would return in the evening. He said he immediately came to the park and found her with her lover. However, she alleged that her husband physically assaulted her while the boy works in the same hospital where she was employed. Chopra said he had received the complaint from both the parties and further investigations were under progress. He said the role of cops in thrashing the boy was being looked into. Parents demand curbs on fee hike by schools Tribune News Service Þ Three road mishap deaths in two days Metro Bus service under High drama at police chowki BRTS to resume today as man catches wife with ‘lover’ Tribune News Service MRS, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL! At an age when most women choose to lie back comfortably and enjoy a blissful family life, meet a few who entered the lanes of beauty with elan cies in the way schools show their expenditure, justifying the exorbitant fees. We want the administration to review the functioning of the schools and also find a ground for parents and the school management to come to common terms on the issue,” said Deepak Babbar from Mission Aghaaz. Congress leaders Jugal Kishore and Parmod Babala try to escape from the fire while burning an effigy of Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Kashmir and attacks of the Pakistan army on Indian soldiers. They staged a protest against Pakistan’s inhuman act of killing and beheading two Indian soldiers during the ceasefire violation in the Poonch area. Speaking on the occasion, Jugal Kishore, the district president stated that Modi used to claim that he has a 56-inch chest and will teach a lesson to Pakistan. “Now, he has to show courage as crores of the Indians are behind him. The stone pelters are slapping our soldiers and the Pakistan army has been beheading them. Modi should take strict action to teach a lesson to Pakistan”, said Jugal Kishore. Om Parkash Soni, MLA, stated that Pakistan habitually violates the ceasefire. The Indian Army is powerful enough to behead several Pakistani soldiers, but we follow ethics. MLA Sunil Dutti advocated that the Indian Army be given a free hand against Pakistan. Prominent Congress leaders including Rajkawal Singh Lucky, Harjinder Singh Thekedar, Om Parkash Gabbar and Ashwani Pappu were present on the occasion.
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