02082017-ATR-01.qxd 8/2/2017 12:40 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 2 AUGUST 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Alberta MLA visits college Instant recognition I’m Back Alberta MLA Prabh Gill presides over a cultural function at the Khalsa College of Education. P2 A new breed of poets finds an outlet to showcase their creations on social media. Mohit Raina is all set to make a comeback on the small screen. P4 FORECAST P3 RAINY | MAX 30°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.27 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.47 AM Kapurthala jail inmate escapes from hospital Accused was an undertrial convicted under the NDPS Act Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 1 An undertrial convicted under the NDPS Act escaped from Guru Nanak Dev Hospital while dodging the policemen yesterday in the morning. The accused has been identified as Shiv Kumar alias Shanky, a resident of Avtar Nagar in Jalandhar. On the basis of a complaint by the Superintendent of Central Jail, Kapurthala, the Civil Lines police registered a case against head constable Pargat Singh and constable Harpreet Singh for negligence while on duty. ASI Baldev Singh, incharge Majitha Road police post, said Shiv Kumar Case registered against constables ■ On the basis of a complaint by the Superintendent of Central Jail, Kapurthala, the Civil Lines police registered a case against head constable Pargat Singh and constable Harpreet Singh for negligence while on duty. ■ According to the information available, accused Shiv Kumar was lodged in Central Jail, Kapurthala, for 10 years in a case of drug smuggling. He complained of pain in his chest and was rushed to the GND Hospital. ■ Early in the morning, he requested the cops to open his handcuff as he wanted to go to the washroom. Following a request from Shiv Kumar, the policemen opened his handcuff. He went to the washroom and managed to flee from the hospital premises. . Shanky was convicted for 10 years in a case of drug smuggling. On the intervening night of July 29 and 30, he was taken to the GNDH for treatment. Pargat Singh and Hapreet Singh were deployed to keep a watch on the convict. The convict slipped away from the hospital early in the morning. According to the information available, Shiv Kumar was lodged in Central Jail, Kapurthala, for 10 years in a case of drug smuggling. He complained of pain in his chest and was rushed to the GND Hospital. Raining fun Early in the morning, he requested the cops to open his handcuff as he wanted to go to the washroom. Following a request from Shiv Kumar, the policemen opened his handcuff. He went to the washroom and managed to flee from the hospital premises. The cops tried to search for him but in vain. Finally, they informed the senior jail officials and the local police. The city police have registered a case under section 224, 223 and 222 of the IPC in this regard. It is worth mentioning that this is not the lone case. Earlier also, the jail inmates had escaped in a similar manner from the hospital. Several are still absconding after escaping from the hospital. Amritsar: A 35-year-old woman was raped at Chak Dogran village near Ajanala here. The accused has been identified as Binder Singh, a resident of Chak Dogaran village. In a complaint to the police, the victim said that she had gone to the field around 7 pm to bring a fodder for cattle. The woman said she was chopping the fodder when Binder Singh came and raped her. On the basis of a complaint filed by the victim, the Ajanala Police have registered a case under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the accused. The police said no arrest had been made so far. TNS Tree plantation drive in schools on August 5 Amritsar: The district education department has asked all private and government schools to conduct a tree plantation drive on their respective campus on August 5. The education department has asked the schools to plant at least ten saplings on their premises. The decision to plant saplings has been taken to increase the green cover. TNS DAV College prof awarded Amritsar: The photograph sent by city resident Sandeep Sharma, who is a professor at DAV College here, has been declared the best entry award of the competition organised by the German embassy in New Delhi recently. The German embassy had asked all of them who visited the country to submit historic and nature-based photographs to the embassy. Sandeep Sharma had clicked a photograph of a mountain site, which bagged the best entry award. TNS Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 1 The work of laying the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pipeline on the AmritsarMehta road between Fatehpur Rajputan and Chhapa Ram Singh villages is damaging tahli, kikar, neem and many trees. The work of laying the network of CNG pipelines is a part of the ambitious Smart City project. Rainwater is accumulated on the roadsides in the lowlying areas. As a result, trees are falling on the roads. The construction work is also contributing to the falling of the trees. A city-based NGO, Amritsar Vikas Manch, members Kulwant Singh Ankhi, Prof Mohan Singh, Manmohan Singh Brar, historian Pritpal Singh Tuli, Lakhbir Singh Ghuman and others demanded that the company must use cranes, JCB machines or other machinery to remove the fallen trees. They also demanded that the company should stop their work on the roadside till ■ CNG pipelines are being laid at Trees got uprooted due to the laying of the CNG pipe on the outskirts of Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO a cost of Rs 500 crore. Initially, the pipelines will be laid from Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) at the Vallah bypass to Rattan Singh Chowk in the city. ■ The city will receive CNG from the main supply coming via Bathinda, Ludhiana and Jalandhar pipeline and is expected to be completed in the next two years. the end of the monsoon. The company should also compensate the farmers whose crops got damaged as the trees fell on their crops. They said the district administration, Municipal Corporation, Improvement Trust, NGO’s, schools, colleges, universities, panchayats, many religious bodies besides, environmentalists and organisations were busy with planting trees at the vacant places during the monsoon. They added that various organisations were spreading expected to be finished in the next two years. In the first phase, domestic connections will be provided to 25,000 households. Besides, 10 CNG fuel stations will also be established in the city to refuel CNG-run vehicles. It will pave the way for CNG vehicles, which will help in reducing pollution. MC Commissioner Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu said since the problem had been brought to his notice, now he would direct the officials of the company to carry out their work carefully. awareness among the masses to plant trees and working to protect and look after the trees so that the depleted green cover could be restored. Their efforts should not go waste, they added. CNG pipelines are being laid at a cost of Rs 500 crore. Initially, the pipelines will be laid from Upper Barri Doab Canal (UBDC) at the Vallah bypass to Rattan Singh Chowk in the city. The city will receive CNG from the main supply coming via Bathinda, Ludhiana and Jalandhar pipeline and is . BSNL trying hard to tackle nationwide external virus attack on its broadband internet service A man rides a bicycle on a rainy Tuesday in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Woman raped near Ajnala Pipelines being laid at a cost of ~500 cr Neeraj Bagga Malware cripples broadband services in tricity, 6,000 hit Tribune News Service SNIPPETS Laying of gas pipeline damages trees Chandigarh, August 1 The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the lone state-owned telecommunications company, is grappling hard to fix the nationwide external virus attack on its broadband internet service for the past one week. Since July 25, the malware attack has snapped the internet service of over 6,000 subscribers, of which the BSNL claims to have restored the service to almost 3,000 in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula so far. However, hundreds of fresh complaints are pouring in on a daily basis. The tricity region has almost 45,000 BSNL broadband subscribers, according to official records. Advising its broadband Man applies for death certificate of brother, gets his own Amritsar, August 1 It took the Municipal Corporation four days to certify that a man was alive for whom officials had wrongly issued a death certificate. After running from pillar to post, Amritpal Singh got the certificate corrected but he wants to know what action authorities have taken for causing him harassment. Amritpal Singh said, “I got the death certificate of my deceased brother after three months of struggle. As per the right to Service Act, the MC has to deliver the death certificate within 21 days. They issued wrong certificate with my name and details on it instead of my brother’s. After repeated complaints to the Service Commission, I got it corrected. However, the MC did not take any action for this negligence.” “I met an official and demanded action but he advised me to leave the issue as the certificate has been delivered. But it is a matter of providing proper service. Now, I have filed an application under the Right to Information Act to know what action has been taken in this regard. I will claim compensation as there is a provision under the Act,” he added. On July 21, the Municipal Corporation (MC) had issued a death certificate to Amritpal Singh, who had applied for it for his deceased brother Harneet Bajwa, who died in March this year. Amritpal Singh, a city resident, had applied for the death certificate of his brother Harneet Bajwa in March this year. MC employees delayed the process and when they were pulled up by higher authorities, they prepared the death certificate in haste, resulting in the blunder, Amritpal said. — TNS c m y b users to change the default system password, BSNL claims: “Not all but only specific models of modems have been hit by the virus attack and a majority are of those subscribers who had not changed the default password “admin”. While the BSNL has claimed that “the situation has been addressed to a great extent and the malware has not impacted the BSNL’s core network, billing or any other system”, the affected subscribers have alleged great harassment and inconvenience in getting the problem fixed. “We have been made to wait in long queues at BSNL centres, waiting for our turn to get our defunct modems reset,” complained a housewife, Aakriti. Another harassed sub- BSNL customers get their modem problem fixed at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN scriber Dilsher Singh, a trader, said: “This is not done. In the age of competition, who has the time for facing such hardships. Why don’t they (BSNL) send engineers to our place to fix the problem.” “We are suffering due to the insecure system of the BSNL and now we are asked to visit their office for getting our service restored,” rued a retired teacher, Sharda Sharma. Several inconvenienced BSNL subscribers across the tricity to whom The Tribune spoke today said they had decided to switch over to some other service provider following what they termed as “bad experience” and “poor service”. Taking note of the increasing complaints, BSNL Principal General Manager Telecom (PGMT), Chandigarh, JS Sahota, told The Tribune that “to meet the current crisis, we have taken certain preventive measures”. Besides launching online support to customers, BSNL, disclosed Sahota, had opened a centralised control room for the Chandigarh SSA, including Panchkula and Mohali. “Customers who can configure their modems with necessary security setting with online help can contact our control room from 9 am to 8 pm on our customer care numbers,” the BSNL official said. Continued on page 2
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