05072017-ATR-01.qxd 7/5/2017 12:00 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 5 JULY 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Patients at risk Game of royalty Clear take Heaps of waste are mounting at GND Hospital, posing a serious health threat to the patients. P2 After the movie The Black Prince on Maharaja Duleep Singh, now there is an X-box digital game on him. P3 Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar has requested authorities to ban reality TV shows that have the little ones as participants. P4 FORECAST THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 36°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.39 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.31 AM SNIPPETS Rivalry leads to 50-yr-old’s murder at Gharindi village Tribune News Service Cloth markets were closed during a protest against GST at Karmo Deorhi in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Textile dealers meet Manpreet Amritsar: Wholesale textile dealers continue to strike against the NDA government for imposing GST on cloth and yarn. Today, they held a sit-in at Karmo Deorhi, a famous trading centre in the walled city. They raised slogans against the NDA government and sought roll back of taxes on cloth. A delegation of the Federation of Textile Traders of Amritsar (FTTA) led by its president Jatinder Singh Moti Bhatia, today met Cabinet Minister Manpreet Singh Badal at Chandigarh and handed over a memorandum to him. Bhatia said the newly introduced tax would severely hit the micro and small traders. He said it would not be surprising in case they vanish gradually. He said the Finance Minister assured them that he would take up their demand with the Union Government. All wholesale cloth markets like the Shastri market, the Cash Dhara bazaar and the areas around them were closed. TNS Handbag snatched Two unidentified persons snatched a handbag from a woman in the Sultanwind area on Tuesday. Narinder Singh, husband of the victim, stated in his complaint at Sultanwind police station that he, along with his wife, was going to the market on an Activa scooter when two youth came on a motorcycle from the rear side and snatched her purse. The handbag contained Rs 5,000 and a mobile phone. The police have booked unidentified persons under Section 379-B of the IPC. TNS Amritsar, July 4 Following old rivalry, a 50year-old man was murdered with a sharp-edged weapon while two others received severe injuries during a clash at Gharindi village last evening. The deceased has been identified as Amrik Singh. The police has booked five persons of a family in the murder case. The accused have been identified as Mohinder Singh, Pargat Singh, Gursahib Singh, all sons of Ajit Singh, Khajan Singh and Sarabjit Singh, residents of Gharindi. Rasal Singh, nephew of the deceased, stated that around 9 pm when he was at his home, he heard some noise outside. He went out and found that all five accused were abusing them. We requested them not to hurl abuses and tried to pacify them. Meanwhile, one of the accused attacked my nephew, Baljinder Singh. “The accused, Pargat Singh, called others to "teach Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service A view of the Loharka road which was dug up for laying pipes in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Commuters oppose work on Loharka road Ornaments stolen Miscreants struck at a home and decamped with gold and other valuables at the D-Division area on Monday. Deepak Chouhar, owner of the house, stated in his complaint that he had gone to his in-laws’ house along with his family to attend a marriage. On July 3, when he came back, he found that the main gate of his house was lying opened and the accused had stolen gold ornaments and an LCD TV from his home. The police have registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC in this regard. TNS Amritsar, July 4 The approach road to localities on the Loharka road here is dug up for the purpose of laying sewerage pipes, which is resulting in trouble for the residents, as they have to commute through streets to reach the main road. The residents complained that the construction work was initiated without any warning or putting up any signs to divert the flow of traffic. “Ideally, before starting any such work, the agency concerned must prepare an continued on page 2 Regular power cuts irk residents AJNALA ROAD Tribune News Service Tangled wires and overgrown trees cause regular outages of electricity across major areas in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR every day, especially during the night, when you want to have a sound sleep. Short circuits and entangled wires are responsible for regular power outages while maintenance work only begins after repeated calls to the department or the officials concerned. Even the stretch leading to the highway and the Majitha road bypass doesn’t have street lights or fog lights working,” say Indu Aurora, a resident of the area. Many residents feel that the problem needs redressal at the earliest, as the real problem is lack of accountability from officials. “The street lights are not manually operated these days and so their management and repair become easy. Also, the power cuts are attributed to maintenance by the department. Why not use quality material for wires or have helpers employed 24/7 for a long-lasting solution?" says another resident, Ashok Gupta. Meanwhile, department officials including the Xen and the SDO of the area concerned claim that work is going on to get Dee Off wires with high resistance for a smooth power supply and for avoiding regular short circuits. Amritsar, July 4 The parents of a youth who had undergone kidney transplant at a leading private hospital here and died later during his stay at hospital accused the hospital of misguiding patients with kidney ailments. The Health Department has already served a notice on the hospital taking into account the complaint filed by the victim’s family and asked it for the record of the case. At a press conference here today, the father of the deceased, Pardeep Kaur Sahdev, said, “The hospital had acquired the licence to transplant kid- Two booked for misconduct Amritsar, July 4 A man and his son have been booked for misbehaving with Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in the Ramdas area here today. The accused have been identified as Gagandeep Singh and his father Joginder Singh, both residents of Pashian of Ramdas. According to police officials, the accused father and son were heading towards the Ravi for catching fish. The BSF personnel told them to show their licence for fishing. Eyewitnesses Ajit Singh and Gurmail Singh of Tarn Taran stated to the police that the accused misbehaved with the BSF personnel. A case has been registered. — TNS ‘I rest in Nature’ project to greenify graveyards Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 4 A noble project to ensure a natural resting places for those who have passed on has been launched as a collaborative venture between the Diocese of Amritsar, WWF volunteers and Dilbir Foundation (DF). Presently into its ambit are three graveyards of the holy city, namely European cemetery at Putligarh, Missionary cemetery, Islamabad, and the Fort cemetery, Gobindgarh. Work on the first graveyard, the European cemetery, has been launched over the weekend and shall Dilbir Foundation has taken up the task to greenify graveyards in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO continue till the project is completed within this plantation season. During this start-up ses- from the spot. The family members of the victims rushed them to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. Doctors at the hospital declared Amrik Singh dead. Sukhraj Singh, SHO, police station Gharinda, said, “Both the families reside in the same street of Gharindi village. They entered into a clash following a heated argument a day before yesterday. We have booked five persons for murder. The accused are missing. We are conucting raids to arrest them”. Parents of kidney transplant patient for speedy probe into his death Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 4 Residents of Ajnala road, including colonies like Green Acres and DR enclave, have been long waiting for a solution to their power-supply woes. The area has become famous for its erratic power cuts, mostly blamed on long hours of maintenance work, and every monsoon brings with itself a long list of added woes like tangled wires and short circuits. Despite attempts by the administration to smoothen the power supply in the area, the situation remains the same. “Power cuts happen a lesson to our family". Pargat Singh picked a brick from the street and hit me. I was injured in my right eyebrow. Meanwhile, my father Bageecha Singh and uncle Charan Singh came out from the house. Another accused, Sarbajit Singh, hit my father with a brick. He was injured on his forehead and fell unconscious. Then they overpowered my uncle Amrik Singh and Mohinder Singh attacked him with a knife,” said Rasal Singh. After injuring three persons, the accused fled sion, stones and pebbles, as well as garbage and plastic were cleared from around the graves of this four-acre rest- ing place. The faithful drawn from the churches, St Pauls Church, Rialto, Christ Cathedral Church, Ram Bagh, and Chheharta Church, as well as WWF and DF volunteers cleared up the area with bagfuls of litter removed from the site. These graveyards are a part of the city’s history as some of the graves date back to the 1800s while many of them are narratives of interest that form a part of the heritage of Amritsar, and some even shared legacies with the United Kingdom. In deference to the wishes of the Church of North India, the graveyard is c m y b being divided into four blocks and 40 rows to ensure orderly burials as also maintaining of dignity of the resting place. Gunbir Singh, Chairman, WWF (Punjab), as well as head of DF stated, “Ultimate , resting places must have the sanctity of natural solace. In our endeavour to assist the community, our volunteers shall work shoulder to shoulder with the church to provide a pristine environment. We shall ensure native species for shade, as also have some flowering varieties in place so that the visitors can offer floral tributes.” Pardeep Kumar Sahdev (centre), the father of Sahil, addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR neys in January. My son, Sahil, was the first patient whose kidney was transplanted. Of the five patients who have undergone kidney transplants, three have died so far.” He alleged that the hospital did not have a proper system for post-operative care. Sahil had undergone kidney transplant at the hospital on February 8 this year. Two months after he faced a health issue, he was again admitted to the hospital on April 18. The family had alleged that as the hospital maintenance staff had not cared for the patient’s medical condition and started repairing an air-conditioner in his presence, it had caused him trouble, which later aggravated to a fungal infection and resulted in his death. Sahdev also demanded from the Health Department officials to expedite action in the case. “My concern is that if the hospital does not have proper means of care for such patients, it should avoid kidney transplants. My son would not come back but at least I can help others save theirs.” He said the authorities should conduct a speedy investigation.
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