18072017-ATR-01.qxd 7/18/2017 12:35 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 18 JULY 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Exporters’ demand Notes of a poet Fresh start Bhupinder S Bhalla, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, meets importers and exporters. P2 Charan Likhari, Punjabi writer, poet and lyricist is rooted to the soil. P3 Supergirl’s actress Brit Morgan is all set to be seen in the second season of the series Riverdale. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 31.1°C MIN 26.1°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.22 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.33 AM SNIPPETS GNDU exams: City students secure top spots Amritsar: City students performed well in final results declared by Guru Nanak Dev University. Most of the students made their colleges proud. From Hindu College, Chandan Chadha of BCom II semester, Shelly Kumari of BCom IV and Mehak Kapoor of B Com VI won laurels to their institution by bagging top spots. Simran Jaura, Kiran Gupta and Narinder Kaur and Diksha Grover of the Sri Guru Teg Bahadur (SGTB) College for Women in BA and BSc (Economics) courses and Ravneet Kaur of BCom IV semester and Kamalpreet Kaur of BSc (ECO) sixth semester, students of SSSS College of Commerce for Women, bagged top positions in the university exams. The management as well as academic staff of these colleges appreciated the hard work of their students and wished them luck. Meanwhile, five students of DAV Public School, Lawrence Road , Amritsar, excelled in National Science Olympiad.TNS Dr Nijjar is AAP disciplinary panel chief, Punjab unit Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar has been appointed chairman of the disciplinary committee of the Aam Aadmi Party, Punjab unit. Inderbir, along with party workers, celebrated the new responsibility on Monday. He said: “I will fulfill all responsibility given to me by the party and work towards the benefit of people.” TNS ASI, head constable found consuming drugs, arrested Tribune News Service On social media Amritsar, July 17 If the arrest of Inspector Inderjit Singh for his alleged connections with drug smugglers brought embarrassment to the Police Department, two cops posted with the Amritsar rural police have been arrested for drug consumption. They were found by a Nihang Sikh youth while consuming heroin reportedly near a gurdwara. A video uploaded on social networking website immediately went viral. A day after this, an FIR was registered against them. They were charged under Sections 27, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act besides Section 201 of the IPC. The accused were found by a Nihang Sikh youth while consuming heroin reportedly near a gurdwara. A video uploaded on social networking website immediately went viral. Police officials said a report had been sent to higher authorities and further process to place them under suspension had been initiated. The two cops were identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector Tarlochan Singh and head constable Gurwinder Singh, both posted with the traffic wing of the Amritsar rural police. A video went viral on social media yesterday in which a Nihang youth caught two cops allegedly consuming smack in a red-coloured Maruti car, parked under a tree reportedly near a shrine. The Nihang youth was seen objecting to their action and when he asked the two cops to show their turban or the socks etc beneath their trousers, the accused cops sped away from the spot. Earlier, they tried to convince the Nihang youth that they were cops and were taking rest. The case was registered following the orders of SP (quarters), Amritsar rural police. He asked the police to get their medical examination and dope test conducted at Swami Vivekanand De-addiction Centre at Government Medical College here. Their blood samples would also be sent for a chemical examina- tion. The reports received from Swami Vivekanand Deaddiction Centre confirmed the traces of morphine. Later, the two cops admitted that they had become victims of drug abuse and were consuming drugs at that time when the youth made the video. SSP Parampal Singh said such a gross violation of law was unacceptable. The police were supposed to nail drug smugglers and such black sheep brought bad repute to the disciplined force. He said the process had been initiated to place them under suspension and reports had been sent to higher authorities. “We will also investigate how and when they started consuming drugs,” he added. Sathiala petrol pump employee robbed Tribune News Service GENERAL WAITING HALL Roof, passage at railway station yet to be overhauled Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 17 Even after about three years, the Railways has not repaired the roof of a block at the entrance of the general waiting hall at the railway station. Consequently, it is causing scores of problems. The public has to pass through an unsafe narrow passage to reach platform number 1A and this results in huge rush during the arrival and departure of trains. In order to temporarily secure the area and discourage public movement, railway officials raised a nearly threefoot wall, which leaves a less than five-foot passage for commuters. In addition, raising of the wall provided an enclosure, which is being used as a space for dumping garbage by the public. A daily passenger, Pardeep Arora, said it had created an unhygienic environment at the entry and the exit gate, which is frequently used by the passengers. He said generally departments dealing with high public footfall prefer to facilitate early exit, so that more and more people could come in to The fallen portion of the roof of the railway station, which was declared unsafe in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Garbage dumped adjoining the narrow passage to platform 1A . benefit from the mass transport service. However, railway authorities here seem to have learnt no lesson. Northern Railway divisional engineer, in a letter dated September 9, 2014, had declared the roof around the erstwhile current-booking office and its adjoining offices, near the general waiting hall, unsafe. The letter also stated, “Some portion of the roof of the said building has fallen during the heavy rains in the past few days. The roof is made of battens and tiles which were eaten up and weakened its strength. Walls and arches show cracks at various points.” It also admitted that “passengers stand in a queue round the clock to buy tickets under the said structure.” In order to avert any untoward incident, the currentticket booking windows were shifted to another location in the general waiting hall in November 2015. Officials at the railway station stated that the repair of the block was in the pipeline besides other development projects. GST: Pingalwara for exemption Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 17 The All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society has urged the government to exempt the goods purchased by the charitable organisation for treatment and housing of the homeless, diseased and PWD inmates. In a media briefing today, the society’s co-ordi- nator, Darshan Bawa, informed that the organisation had several branches functioning across Punjab and the expenditure on buying medicines, food, clothes and other goods needed by its inmates, on average per day, comes out to Rs 6.50 lakh. “Since our services are provided free of cost to the needy, we had been exempt- ed from paying VAT before June 30, 2017. The GST between 5 per cent to 28 per cent will definitely hit us hard, as our costs would run high, putting an additional burden of Rs 2 crore on us. We run on donations given by our generous volunteers and thereby request the Centre and the state government to Continued on page 2 Jugaad! 8-year-old kidnapped, case registered Not giving a thought to his safety, a young man tows an auto-rickshaw with his foot through force applied by another auto from behind in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar Bird Club roots for avian tourism Gives platform to wildlife photographers, plumed lovers, holds trips to Harike marsh lands Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 17 Exploring the avian species in the region and actively engaging volunteers to save them from increasing environmental dangers, the Amritsar Bird Club (ABC) was constituted last year. Since then, the nine-month old association of volunteers and wildlife conservators, it has been able to document and capture the avian life and its challenges, due to absence of any conservatories or eco trails through community-initiated programmes. Focussed not just on birdwatching excursions, the club activities also include rescuing bird species and Amritsar, July 17 Two unidentified miscreants robed a petrol pump employee at Sathiala village here last evening. The accused were travelling in a car and got fuel filled in it. Later, they took out a pistol and took away Rs 6,000 cash from the petrol pump employee while threatening to shoot him dead. The victim, identified as Paramjit Singh of Sathiala village, With the onset of the birding season, the Amritsar Bird Club has launched a series of eco programmes. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b informed the petrol pump owner, Naveen Arora, about the incident. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B (2) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code against unknown robbers in this connection. In the complaint lodged with the police, he said he along with his colleague Jagat Ram was present at the petrol pump when two persons, travelling in a whitecoloured Maruti car, got filled Continued on page 2 providing them a natural habitat in forests or marshlands. “Our on season activities include profiling and documenting bird species that migrate to Harike marshlands as well as organising avian excursions for bird lovers. The off-season activities include spreading awareness regarding those species, through wildlife photography exhibitions, rescue and rehabilitation of bird species and plantation. Our teams had carried out extensive research, capturing bird species at Harike marshlands and other parts of the state,” said Gunbir Singh, chairman, WWF-India, Punjab chapter, and a member of the bird club. The club has formed a net- work with prominent and aspiring wildlife photographers from the region and has already carried out some excursions at Harike. “Much has been accomplished during the offsets on along the banks of the Beas by our volunteer member, Sandeep, in the Hoshiarpur zone by Arvie Vaid and some local interesting action by a young lad, Nikhil, who is also the youngest of our members,” says Gunbir Singh. “There are approximately 450 bird species across the state and 250 in our region. Engaging wildlife photographers and birders for the research has created quite an impact,” says Puneet Watts, one of the members of Continued on page 2 Amritsar, July 17 The Sadar police have booked one person for allegedly kidnapping a minor, identified as Bikram Singh (8). Swarn Singh, a rickshaw-puller and the father of the victim, stated to the police that he had dropped his son at home from his school on Thursday. In the evening, when he returned, he found his son missing. He said he searched for him here and there, but failed to find him. He suspected Deva, a resident of Mata Chintpurni Temple at Laxmi Vihar, of having kidnapped his son. A case has been registered. Interstate gang of vehicle thieves busted Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 17 With the arrest of one person, the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit, Beas police, today claimed to have busted an interstate gang of vehicle lifters, involving Haryana residents, who used to sell these vehicles after tempering with the chassis and the engine number and forging documents. The arrested accused was identified as Ravinder Kumar, a resident of Kaithal. Among others who were booked in the case, including a dealer identified Gaurav Makkar, Surinder Singh of Karnal, Kala, Bhupinder Singh of Shahabad of Haryana, and Javed, a junk dealer of Meerut. According to information, the Punjab Police received a tip-off that the accused had formed a gang that used to steal cars and luxury vehicles from different states and later sold them after tempering with the chassis and the engine number. They used to procure documents of old vehicles from junk dealers to sell the vehicles further. The informer told the police that the accused were standing near German Dhaba near Baba Bakala with a car and waiting for a customer. The police raided the spot and arrested Ravinder Kumar and seized an i-20 car without any registration number plate from him. Police sources said senior police authorities were personally supervising the probe. A case has been registered.
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