19052017-ATR-01.qxd 5/19/2017 12:28 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 19 MAY 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Allegation The show gets better Doing things differently Municipal Corporation’s action against encroachments biased, say social activists P2 Tagore theatre, the favourite jaunt of the creative souls in tricity, will no longer be the same. P3 Parvati Vaze is making a comeback on television with Sony SAB’s show ‘Sajjan Re PhirJhooth Mat Bolo’. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 38.3°C MIN 23.3°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37.8°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.23 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.31 AM SNIPPETS Man held for assaulting woman Amritsar: The Cantonment police have booked Gurlal Singh of Behka village in Bhikhiwind of Tarn Taran for allegedly outraging the modesty of a woman and physically assaulting her. The victim told the police that she was married and became a friend with the accused over mobile phone. She alleged that the accused started forcing her to marry him. She said on Sunday, he came to her house and started quarrelling with her. He outraged her modesty and while leaving the place, took away two mobile phones, a laptop and a gold chain of the victim. Initially, she did not inform her husband about the incident. Later, she told her family about the same. However, no arrest has been made so far. 2 pickpockets arrested In yet another incident, two pickpockets were nabbed from the Golden Temple premises while stealing wallets of devotees. The accused were identified as Sukhdeep Singh of Gurdaspur and Amarjit Singh of Bal Saran village in Beas. They were held with the help of devotees and later handed over to the police where a case has been registered. Youth arrested with stolen bike The Civil Lines police have arrested Karam Singh of Bua Nangli village for allegedly possessing a stolen motorcycle. The accused used to steal vehicles from various parts of the city and later sell the same after forging documents. He was arrested from near Passport Office. A case has been registered. Man held with gold at airport An Indian immigrant, who was returning from Dubai, was nabbed with 240 gm of gold foil paper, worth over 6,91,000 from Sri Guru Ramdas Jee International Airport here on Thursday. The accused has been identified as Mohammad Akram, a resident of Manglour in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Customs officials nabbed Akram when he alighted at the Amritsar airport from a SpiceJet flight. An official said the accused was hiding the gold foil paper in a box of date palm. Further investigation in the case was going on, said the official. TNS Execution hurdle hits Safe School Vahan Policy PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 18 The Safe School Vahan Policy seems to have hit the implementation hurdle with the high and mighty school managements refusing to abide by law and continuing to violate norms with impunity. Though the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued several norms for the safety of schoolchildren, nothing in concrete has been done. A large number of schools still do not care two hoots about obeying these instructions. Officials in the Education Department and the traffic police have expressed their helplessness when it comes to enforcing the law to school transport vehicles. “The highly influential school managements use their political connections and cause an obstruction when we try to enforce law,” said a traffic police official, talking on condition of anonymity. For example, as per the Safe School Vahan Policy, it is mandatory to ply school vans Local resident dies of illness in Dubai Ignoring safety norms, an overloaded school van ferries schoolchildren in Amritsar on Thursday. or buses from inside the school premises and the children should board these vehicles from the school complex, but it is a common sight to see these school buses parked outside on the main roads. During peak hours, at the end of the school time, a huge rush of children could be seen on the road. This not only causes chaos on the roads but also poses a great risk to the lives of the schoolchildren. “The rich school managements have the resources, but while they prefer to construct buildings, they do not create parking spaces,” said a local resident, Raman Sharma. It is an irony that while they would preach to the children, they are involved in Teenage girl raped, youth booked Traffic cones damaged under wheels of vehicles within 10 days Tribune News Service PK Jaiswar The wailing family members of Lakhbir Singh at their native village Galib. TRIBUNE PHOTO fell ill and his friends admitGurjit Singh Aujla, MP in a , ted him to a private hospital letter written to the Union there where he Minister said that died yesterday. Lakhbir had a They said the hostourist visa and pital authorities the family was had refused to too poor to pay hand over the body. the hospital bills They urged Union and transportaMinister of Extertion expenses of nal Affairs Sushma the deceased’s Swaraj to intervene Lakhbir. FILE PHOTO body. He urged and help in bringthe minister to ing the body back to Punjab, personally intervene and so that he could be cremated facilitate the transportation in his native village. of the body of the deceased. Six mobiles recovered from Asr Central Jail Tribune News Service Amritsar , May 18 There is no let-up in the sneaking of mobile phones and other objectionable material in the Amritsar Central Jail premises. In the past two days, the jail staff recovered six mobile phones and intoxicant tablets from four inmates. Out of the six phones, two were found abandoned. Two separate complaints were lodged with the Gate Hakima police by the jail superintendent, Ashish Kapoor. According to information, such irresponsible acts, he added. The Safe School Vahan Scheme was notified by the Punjab Government in November 2013, following the high court orders to ensure the safe transportation of schoolchildren. However, for the past over three years, it was yet to be Continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 18 Water supply has been suspended at Nehru Shopping Complex, as the tube well got dysfunctional again after three weeks of repair. Shopkeepers and owners of various offices in the complex have been deprived of water supply for the past three days. The shopkeepers in the Improvement Trust’s shopping complex are a harried lot, as they complained that the tube well goes out of order every now and then. Ironically, the officials concerned of the Improvement Trust were not aware about Continued on page 2 Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 18 Dreams of earning quick bucks and provide a respectable life to his family turned sour after a youth, identified as Lakhbir Singh, a resident of Galib village in Ajnala, died in Dubai following an ailment. He had gone to the Arabian country around two months ago. Wailing family members of the youth were inconsolable. The hospital where he was admitted for treatment has refused to hand over his body, as the family members had failed to pay the medical bill amounting to Rs 15 lakh. The family members, who were in deep shock, today urged the Indian Government to help them. They have also requested a philanthropist and an NGO, Sarbat Da Bhala Trust. The family members said that Lakhbir had gone to Dubai to earn a livelihood for the poor family. They said on May 10, he suddenly Water supply suspended at Nehru Shopping Complex the jail staff recovered two mobile phones from undertrials Sukhdev Singh and Daljit Singh during a search operation in barrack number 2, room number 4 of the central jail on Tuesday. Two mobile phones were found abandoned. The staff also seized an abandoned box containing 50 intoxicant tablets and Rs 640. Similarly, in another search operation yesterday, the jail staff confiscated two mobile phones from undertrials Amritpal Singh and Major Singh. They were lodged in an isolation barrack number 24. Amritsar, May 18 A 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth. Though the incident occurred on May 5, the family of the girl lodged a complaint with the police only yesterday. The accused has been identified as Ballu, son of Gurdip Singh, a resident of Bille Wali Chowk , Mohkampura. He is yet to be arrested by the police. A case under Section 376, IPC, and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has been registered in this regard. The mother of the victim stated to the police that her younger daughter had gone missing on May 5 evening and returned only next morning and was not well. She said earlier the victim did not tell anything to the family out of fear of insult and stigma. She had now told her that Ballu had forcibly taken her away and made physical relations with her. The police authorities said raids were being conducted to arrest the suspect. Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 18 Within 10 days of installation of traffic cones at traffic signals at many important intersections to demarcate slip roads to facilitate right hand turns, unruly drivers have broken many of these. The traffic cones made of plastic easily get damaged under the wheels and drivers trying to get ahead of each other or to hurriedly cross the traffic signal before it turns red often run their vehicles over these cones. Though the traffic cops are available at most of these traffic intersections and few even have CCTV cameras, the damage caused to the public property seems unstoppable. “Even if a vehicle runs over these cones in front of a traffic cop, he or she cannot run after the vehicles. At places, where CCTV cameras are available, the violators could be easily identified,” said Joginder Singh, a resident. The residents complained Within 10 days of installation of traffic cones at the SSSS chowk, unruly drivers have broken these cones in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR that if 10 to 20 per cent of the cones have been run over merely in 10 days, it is not long that the entire money spent on these cones gets wasted. “The protection of public property is the duty of the administration as well as the citizens. Whenever the citizens are lax in their duty, it becomes necessary for the government to intervene and take punitive action,” said another resident, Kashmir Singh. The residents stated that while the administration had not yet finished the work of installing the cones, the damage caused to these raises questions about their safety. A traffic police official, pleading anonymity, said, Continued on page 2 ‘Don’t let libraries become boring and outdated’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 18 The state of public libraries in the city can be defined in simple words — stocked yet shunned. Despite having a rich collection of books and space inviting readers, public libraries have been waiting for readers, with dwindling number of members and government apathy adding to their woes. The series featuring public library spaces in the city reflects upon the negligent attitude of authorities and lack pf reading culture in the city. A city that bred and was home to legends like Manto, Gursharan Singh and A view of Pandit Moti Lal Nehru Municipal Library in Amritsar. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR writers par excellence, seems to be moving over books and the some prominent wellread citizens help us understand the reason behind it. c m y b Ajaib Singh Hundal, poet and advocate In earlier times, a library was a place where we were introduced to the world of Waris Shah and Bulleh Shah. Reading their works inspired the poet in us, but unfortunately the times have changed. The sudden information explosion through mix media had a deep impact on libraries and instead of picking up a book, people now prefer to read on their phones or computers. There is not a lack of reading culture but only lack of takers for books. Youth is divided among digital formats of information. The solution lies in inspiring them to become friends with books again. Gunbir Singh, philanthropist and president, Dilbir Foundation While nothing can beat the feeling of holding a hard copy and imbibing knowledge, the present times have nurtured a Google generation. Everything is about quick copy pasting, Internet searches and kindle reading. Without being judgemental, book reading and narration needs to be inculcated at school levels more aggressively because books, classics or nouveau literature, and hardcore reliable information is still in the libraries. They need to be nurtured and visited. Kewal Dhaliwal, theatre person and writer We need to channelise the rich literature and library cul- ture through promotions among the young generation. While the older generation still finds some connection and comfort in books, the youngsters do not have that kind of awareness regarding the literature available in city libraries. That’s where administration should step in and promote public libraries through development. Schools and colleges should also motivate students to pick up books and read instead of becoming the digital generation. Harvinder Kaur, principal, Shahzadanand College The youth has devoted all Continued on page 2
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