18052017-ATR-01.qxd 5/17/2017 11:22 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 18 MAY 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Wheel clamps Keeping heritage alive Katy to judge American Idol Police barely use wheel clamps as they prefer towing away the haphazardly parked venicles. P2 These are the places that house relics of our rich past. They need upkeep at all costs. P3 Singer Katy Perry has joined American Idol reboot as a judge, and she is thrilled. FORECAST P4 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 36.7°C MIN 22.8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.1°C MIN 22.8°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.22 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.32 AM 40 kiosks removed from Majitha road Vendors say they didn’t get notices, MC claims encroachers have been informed many times Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 17 The Municipal Corporation (MC) got 40 kiosks razed on the Majitha road in the early morning hours here today. A ditch machine was used to demolish the illegal structures constructed on footpaths near the postmortem facility and Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. The encroachments had been inconveniencing the commuters as they had occupied the footpaths. A large number of illegal kiosks had come up on the stretch during the run up to the Assembly elections in the state. The issue had also rocked the general House meeting of the MC before the elections as some councillors were against the illegal structures. Meanwhile, the encroachers said they hadn’t received warning from the MC. “MC employees started demolishing the kiosks early in the morning without giving us time to vacate,” said a woman. She said her physically-challenged son had started running an eatery stall. “We have no other means of livelihood. The government should help unem- A woman weeps after her son’s vend was demolished during MC’s anti-encroachment drive (right) on Majitha road in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR ❝Though most of the kiosks were locked, the structures were empty. The government has issued clear instructions against illegal structures. ❞ JASWINDER SINGH, Estate Officer ployed youngsters,” she said. Meanwhile, MC officials said notices were issued repeatedly. The drive was conducted without any bias, they said. Estate Officer Jaswinder Singh said, “Though most of the kiosks were locked, the structures were empty. The government has issued clear instructions against illegal structures.” Duty Magistrate JP Salwan and officials of the Majitha road police station were also present. Residents hope that now the encroachments by bigwigs too will be demolished in the city. “Though people were trying to earn their livelihood respectfully, but MC action cannot be criticised. The MC should continue removal of encroachments, be it big or small, with the same vigour,” said Baltej Singh, a resident of Majitha road. Man booked for rape Amritsar, May 17 The Division B police booked a Ferozepur resident, Sant Ram, for allegedly trying to rape a minor on Monday evening. The victim’s father complained to the police yesterday that his four-year-old daughter was playing outside the house, but did not return. Thereafter he went to the house of the accused in SNIPPETS Youth shot at, injured 12-yr jail for drug smugglers Tribune News Service Amritsar: A local court sentenced four drug smugglers, including two Pakistani nationals, to 12 years of imprisonment here on Wednesday. They were arrested by the state special operation cell in June 2015 from New Amritsar area with 2.50 kg of heroin. The Pakistani nationals are Mohammad Akbar and Rajif Mohammad, while their local accomplices are Sukhdev Singh and Surmukh Singh, residents of Kathunangal. The Pakistani citizens had entered India illegally. TNS Man duped of Rs 9 lakh The Kamboh police have booked Kuldeep Singh of Rattan Singh Chowk area for allegedly duping Simranjit Singh of Thoba village. Simranjit alleged that the accused took Rs 9.5 lakh for sending him to Canada in July last year. He had submitted a complaint to the Amritsar rural police. J Elanchezian, SSP, Amritsar rural, ordered the registration of the case after a DSP rank official conducted a thorough probe. TNS Ornaments, cash stolen The city police have booked Suraj, a resident of Ekta Nagar, Jhabal road, for allegedly burgling a house of Pritam Chand, a local resident. Chand, along with his family, had gone to Himachal. He was informed by his neighbours that the locks of his house were broken. Upon returning, he found gold and silver ornaments as well as Rs 80,000 in cash missing. A case has been registered. He is yet to be arrested. TNS Amritsar, May 17 A youth sustained a bullet injury after he was attacked by some persons here today. The injured, Vishal Soni, is a resident of Khuh Wali Gali in Jandiala. He, along with his two friends Harjit Singh and Jagpreet Singh, was returning home after dining at a shopping mall near the elevated road on GT road when the incident took place. He has sustained injury on his leg. An old enmity is stated to be the reason behind the incident. The police have booked Babbal of Gehri Mandi, Kalu of Bazaar Kashmirian, Jandiala, Bholu of Thathia village and two unidentified persons on the complaint of Soni. According to Soni, when he reached near Nijjarpura toll plaza, the accused came on two bikes and opened fire at him. Later, they fled the his ❝Soni andhad shot accomplices Gurjant Singh of the rival group last month. A case was registered against them. Raids are being conducted to nab the accused. ❞ HARMIT SINGH, Sub-Inspector scene while threatening the victim. A case under Sections 307, 148 and 149 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54, 59 under the Arms Act has been registered against them. Sub-Inspector (SI) Harmit Singh said last month Soni and his accomplices had allegedly shot Gurjant Singh of the rival group. A case was registered against Soni and his accomplices. He said raids were being conducted to nab the accused, who are on the run. Suspended for bribery Amritsar, May 17 The Department of Medical Education and Research suspended an employee of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital after he was nabbed by the Vigilance while allegedly accepting a bribe from another employee. The accused, Paramjit Singh, was caught on Friday on a complaint filed by another employee, Kawaljit Singh. The Vigilance has registered a case against him. As per the complaint, the accused was demanding kickbacks to issue receipts for the money the complainant had deposited after collecting it from visitors at the OPD of the hospital. Dr Ram Sarup Sharma, Medical Superintendent, said the accused had been suspended. The government has issued clear instructions for curbing corruption, he added. — TNS Parents discuss their concerns on high fee being charged by private schools with District Education Officer, Secondary, Amardeep Singh Saini (right) in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR 9 schools yet to respond on fee hike, says DEO Tribune News Service Over 5 lakh books attraction of Bhai Gurdas Library STATE OF LIBRARIES Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 17 Established one year after the formation of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) in 1970, Bhai Gurdas Library, with over five lakh books in its fivestoreyed inverted-pyramid shaped magnificent building, has come a long way in shaping career, besides being a guiding force in research. Situated right in the middle of the university premises, its location accentuates the role it plays in higher education. Students from nearly 38 departments of the university and their teachers are among the regular visitors. In order to maximise its reach, it remains open from 9 am to 9 pm from Monday to Friday and its shuts at 5 pm Students at the GNDU library on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR on weekend. However, the library has been without a full time professional head for the past two years. Its charge has been delegated to another university official. The library has its own computer section and all its operations such as housekeeping, bibliographic services, cataloguing of new books, preparation of data base of books with complete bibliographical details of all books and serial control are carried out by computer section. Bar-coding of books was done in order to make the circulation work fully computerised. It has prepared a number of databases of books, periodicals, manuscripts and others. The library has prepared a database of books in English, Hindi and Punjabi languages in which newly procured books are immediately processed and their bibliographic description is added in the Ontime Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). It has spared two terminals for the readers to use OPAC for their search of books. Microfilming facilities are available for academic and research purpose only. Microfilming of rare books and manuscripts is in process and so far 600 manuscripts has c m y b search of the girl. He alleged that the accused was performing objectionable acts on his daughter. On seeing him, the accused fled. The police said the accused was on the run and would be arrested soon. A case under Sections 376 and 511 of the IPC and Section 5 of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has been registered. — TNS been covered under it. Lamination of brittle manuscripts is carried out from time to time and fumigation chamber is available for chemical treatment of infected manuscripts. Bhai Gurdas Library has a repository of about 3,000 rare manuscripts relating to Punjab History, Culture, Sikh religion and other faiths. These manuscripts are in Punjabi (Gurmukhi Script), Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Persian and Arabic languages. Besides, it has more than 5,500 rare books. One of its important features is library orientation programme, which is arranged for the new students in the beginning of the session to familiarise them with library functioning. In addition, almost all its departments have dedicated libraries to provide in-depth information to its students. Amritsar, May 17 The ultimatum given to 40 private schools to reduce fee that was hiked more than 8 per cent ended on Tuesday, but nine schools, which are yet to respond, were given two more days. District Education Officer Amardeep Singh Saini informed this to a delegation of the Punjab Parents Association (PPA) here today. Members of the association, led by president MK Sharma, urged him to raise the standards of the government schools. These schools were found violating the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Education Institutions Bill, 2016. Failure to abide by the direction will compel the education officials to forward the names of the erring schools to the higher authority for further action, he said. Sharma said according to the norms, unaided private Parents' demands ■ Action against private schools which have raised their fee more than 8 per cent in violation of the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Education Institutions Bill, 2016. ■ Abolition of re-admission and annual fee. ■ More powers for DCs and DEOs to act against erring schools. ■ Upper ceiling for fee and other funds, like Gujarat did by introducing a fee regulatory Act. ■ Forty private schools were issued notices over fee hike. ■ They had to reply till Tuesday, but nine schools are yet to do so. schools can’t increase their fee more than 8 per cent annually. PPA sought amendments in the Act, seeking 30 per cent plunge in the existing fee structure of all private schools, besides ensuring the implementation of Right to Education (RTE). “Legal experts must be added to the regulatory body. In addition to parents, NGOs and social organisations must also be allowed to lodge complaints to the regulatory body,” Sharma said. “Funds like re-admission and annual fee must be abol- ished. The Deputy Commissioners and the District Education Officers must be empowered to take the action against the schools violating the guidelines of the Act,” said the members of the association. According to MK Sharma, president of the Punjab Parents Association, there should be an upper ceiling of fee and funds, just like Gujarat did by introducing a fee regulatory Act. Meanwhile, Kamal Dalmia, president, Mall Road Welfare Association, praised the PPA for its long struggle in the interest of parents.
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