11052017-ATR-01.qxd 5/11/2017 12:17 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 11 MAY 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Beri Gate park neglected Bonhomie in the Valley No talk, please Damaged swings, overgrown grass, stray cattle a common sight at the park. Director Imran Khan attempts to redeem Kashmir's bad reputation in his film Sargoshiyan. P3 Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has banned reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner from her show. P4 FORECAST P2 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 38.3°C MIN 22.8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38.3°C MIN 23.3°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.17 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.36 AM SNIPPETS Traffic awareness programme Amritsar: On the third day of the United Nations Global Road Safety Week, the traffic police held a seminar at DAV Police Public School here on Wednesday. During the seminar, the cops apprised the students of traffic rules. Every third fatal road mishap is the result of speeding, the students were told. Reflectors were installed on vehicles and pamphlets were also distributed. TNS Policemen paste reflectors on an auto-rickshaw during an awareness drive in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Fake ornaments seized, 2 held The Sultanwind police have nabbed two persons for allegedly selling fake gold ornaments with hallmarks. The accused have been identified as Onkar Singh of Gobind Nagar, Tarn Taran Road, and Khushwant Singh of Jaspal Nagar on Sultanwind road here. Two fake gold karas have been seized. TNS Purse stolen A woman’s purse was stolen from the Golden Temple Complex here on Wednesday. The victim, Sukhjit Kaur, was taking a holy dip near Dukhbhanjni Beri when someone stole her purse containing two mobile phones, including an I-phone, a power bank, ATM cards, a credit card, a gold chain, a diamond set, earrings and rings. The police have registered a case. TNS Drug trade: No major seizure or arrest of big fish in 2 months ❝We are not planting anything to improve our PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 10 Even after two months since launching a statewide crusade against the rampant drug abuse in Punjab, the Police Department has failed to make any major seizure of drugs or arrested big fishes of the illegal trade during the period, if the seizures made in the holy city in the past one month is anything to go by. Since its formation, the Punjab Government has vowed to end drug abuse all over the state, which has assumed alarming proportions and was a major issue in the poll manifesto of various political parties. Even England has offered a helping hand to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to enforce drug- control measures. According to the information gathered by this correspondent, the police have registered as many as 37 cases under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and arrested 61 persons in record, but take care to ensure that no innocent persons are falsely implicated in the drive. We have managed to tighten the noose around the drug peddlers, who had gone underground. ❞ AMARJIT SINGH BAJWA, DCP this connection. In these cases, the police have seized merely 107 gm of heroin, 4.600 kg of opium, 10 kg of poppy husk, 225 gm of charas, 133 kg ‘bhang’ and 2 gm of narcotic powder. It also confiscated over 5,200 intoxicant tablets and capsules. Interestingly, border smuggling of heroin has seen a sharp decline. However, this fall is due to the heightened security measures adopted at the international border by the Border Security Force due to a standoff between Indian and Pakistan forces in Jam- For a livelihood mu and Kashmir. Terrorist attacks in the past were also responsible for such enhanced security measures at the Indo-Pak border. This has discouraged the smugglers to be active at the border to carry out smuggling activity. Otherwise, the standing crops used to give a good cover to the Pakstani smugglers, who used to enter the Indian territory for smuggling. In the past month or so, the BSF has confiscated just 4 kg of heroin in the Amritsar sector while it has seized over 67 kg of heroin at the Punjab fron- ‘Resume train to Katra’ Amritsar, May 10 Former Health Minister and senior BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla has criticised the Railways for stopping the Amirtsar-Jammu-Katra train “without any justification”. She said the train was used by a large number of pilgrims going to the Vaishno Devi temple. “The Railways has not Recruitment rally of IAF ends A potter busy making earthen pots in summer in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Job aspirants at the recruitment rally. FILE PHOTO Staff for early hiring of Construction at bypass GMCsuperintendent chowk irks commuters Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 10 Official work at Government Medical College here is suffering for the past two weeks, as the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare is still undecided about the appointment of an administrative superintendent. The previous superintendent of the college, Rakesh Kumar, had retired last month. Flaying the government for not taking a decision pertaining to the appointment of a superintendent at the college, the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Clerical Association stated that the promotion channels for the ministerial staff had been blocked due to such dilly-dallying policies of the government. Association leader Balbir Singh said, “The posts of superintendents in many departments in the district including the one at the GMC are lying vacant at present.” He said the government should make a policy that after the retirement of a person, the next employee in merit was automatically promoted. Tajinder Singh Dhillon, president of the association, said, “Many employees in the stenographer cadre are waiting for their promotion for the past as many as 30 years.” Association general secretary Jagdish Thakur said, “The delay in making promotions is unnecessary and unjustified. We would take a tough stand if the government failed to resolve this problem.” He said vacant positions of superintendents and senior assistants in all departments should be filled immediately. The association has also demanded release of installment of dearness allowance besides removal of the condition of English and Punjabi typing test for promotions. tier since January. Besides, they have tightened the noose around bootleggers. They have registered over 90 cases, leading to the arrest of as many as 103 bootleggers including women. They have recovered 800 litre of illicit liquor, 1,983 litres of illegal whisky and 11 litres of industrial alcohol in the past one month. The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Amarjit Singh Bajwa, said that during the campaign, the Police Department had not gone on an overdrive and only those involved in drug peddling were being taken to task. “We are not planting anything to improve our record, but take care to ensure no innocent persons are falsely implicated in the drive,” he said. We have managed to tighten the noose around the drug peddlers, who had gone underground. He said a huge quantity of traditional drugs like ‘bhang’ and poppy husk also shows that the addicts were not finding synthetic drugs such as heroin. Amritsar, May 10 The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is allegedly ignoring norms while constructing an overbridge on the AmritsarMajitha bypass chowk. Commuters are facing harassment, as the construction company has not demarcated any alternative road for their use. In the absence of any alternative road or a diversion, it is tough for the commuters to cross one of the busiest NH-1. Moreover, the construction work is going on at a snail’s pace. Arvind Kumar, a resident of Majitha Road, said, “It is good that the NHAI is constructing an overbridge, as it is the need of the hour due to increasing traffic, but on the other hand, the construction company failed to provide a suitable road for the commuters. Improper diversions have been leading to heavy traffic jams. Hardev Singh, a resident of Pandori said, “I prefer this route while going to duty in the morning and traffic congestion is common these days. He said if the NHAI provided us some proper diversion or an alternative way to cross the bypass, then such a problem would not take place. Gurpreet Singh, resident of Majitha town, said it was pathetic that the government authorities were not taking this seriously. He said the NHAI was inviting some untoward incident to happen due to its negligence. Vignesh Kumar, site in charge of VIL, the construction company, said, “There were several electric poles along the road. We have written to the departments concerned to relocate the poles. There is no space for an alternative due to the poles. We are waiting for the removal of poles to make a separate road for the traffic”. c m y b Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 10 As many as 130 youths from 10 districts of Punjab managed to join the Indian Air force (IAF) after its six-day recruitment drive concluded today at Air Force Station, Rajasansi. Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha congratulated the successful candidates. He said after a long time, the IAF carried out a recruitment rally here, adding that in all 6,519 candidates took part in it. Earlier, 1,567 youths managed to pass various physical tests. Later, 130 of them managed to clear the written examination. He suggested that unsuccessful candidates need not to be dejected. Instead, they must learn their shortcomings and improve themselves to prepare for the next recruitment rally. Candidates from Amritsar, Muktsar, Hoshiarpur, Firozepur, Moga, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Jalandhar and Faridkot took part in the recruitment rally. made it clear so far as to what was the reason behind taking this decision and whether the train will be resumed in the near future,” she said. She demanded from the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu that the train should be restarted in view of the problems faced by the general public. — TNS Four drug peddlers held in search ops Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 10 Continuing its drive against drug peddlers and bootleggers, the city police today arrested four persons in this connection. The Special Task Force in a joint operation with the city police carried out simultaneous search operations in Sultanwind village, Housing Board Colony, Faizpura, Kot Khalsa and the Anngarh area. During the search operation, it arrested Yuvraj Singh, son of Didar Singh of Patti Behniwal, Sultanwind village, with 4.5 kg of opium. The police teams also arrested Hardev Singh, son of Inder Singh of Dera Bhai Sangal Singh, Sanjay Gandhi Colony in Faizpura, with 110 kg of ‘bhang’. Similarly, it arrested Tarsem Singh, son of Nirmal Singh of Kot Khalsa, and Nand Singh, son of Mukhtiar Singh of Sultanwind, with 20 bottles of illicit liquor and six bottles of Cash whisky, respectively. Meanwhile, it also arrested Hitesh Kumar, son of Rajinder Kumar of Faizpura, with a country-made .315- bore pistol. The accused originally hail form Ram Nagar, Amethi, in Uttar Pradesh and had brought the weapon from there only. DCP Amarjit Singh Bajwa said the police was ascertaining the motive behind his possessing a weapon.
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