05082017-ATR-01.qxd 8/4/2017 11:39 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 5 AUGUST 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Swine menace On the road much travelled TV better than films for women Pigs make Inderpuri residents a harried lot. MC’s bid to catch them leads to protest. P2 Ever wondered about the life of vendors, who are often scorned at various traffic light-points in tricity? P3 Nicole Kidman feels that the diversity and complexity of roles for women in TV are making the small screen more appealing. FORECAST P4 THUNDERSTORM | MAX 33.3°C MIN 26.1°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.24 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.50 AM SNIPPETS DC honours social activists Amritsar: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kamaldeep Singh Sangha honoured organisations and individuals for their dedication towards serving special children in the city on Friday. The event was organised at Government Special Resource Centre, Karampura. Sangha, while lauding the role of activists, said, “I am very thankful to them for helping out children with special needs. People often get ready to donate money, but there are very few people who work at the groundlevel to serve the needy”. He said the volunteers should contact him anytime for any help. He gave away gold medals to Harmanpreet Singh, Sukhraj Singh and Akashdeep Singh, winners of Floor Hockey Competition in World Winter Olympic. Special children came up with a presentation on the occasion. TNS DC Kamaldeep Singh Sangha honours activists in Amritsar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO More services at Sewa Kendras The district administration has expanded the sphere of Sewa Kendras by including 11 more people- oriented services. There are eight services related to the Punjab Mandi Board and three other services are associated with the Transport Department. Some of the newly introduced services include NOCs, duplicate allotment and reallotment papers, conveyance deed, no-due certificates, re-transfer of property for sale and others. Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said the Sewa Kendras were convenient options for residents to seek various services at their doorstep, as most of them were situated in their areas. He said a total of 102 services were being offered at 77 Sewa Kendras in the district. TNS AIT wins legal battle over landhad notified Ranjit Avenue Scheme in 1972 worth ~200 crore The Trust Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 4 The Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) has won the legal battle for its chunk of land opposite Red Cross Bhawan at Ranjit Avenue. The AIT fought a long legal battle to get back its land worth Rs 200 crore. According to information, the AIT had notified the Ranjit Avenue Scheme on January 21, 1972, and had acquired the land in August 1973. Around 9,500 squareyard chunk of land was under the ownership of Brahm Boota Akhara, a religious sect. The AIT gave Rs 2.05 crore to the akahara as compensation for the acquisition of land. But the AIT failed to get the possession of the land as the akhara had given the land on lease for 99 years to five different persons. They declined to give up their possession of the land. The tenants have tried to get a stay order from the court. The case has gone through several phases. The leaseholders further signed the power of attorney to a private firm. The firm reportedly managed to get a Memories on camera The Amritsar Improvement Trust had acquired the 9,500 square yard chunk of land in Ranji Avenue in August 1973. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR ❝ A long battle has been fought to get the land, so everyone has been celebrating the moment. SANDIP SINGH, Law officer of the AIT Change of Land Use (CLU) certificate with the involvement of AIT officials. A major controversy erupted when the private firm managed to get the CLU. However, the local court gave the verdict in the favour of the AIT, but the Trust did not take any action against any of the officials or employees for their involvement in forgery. The land is located on a prime area of the city and the land mafia was keen to grab Migrant labourer electrocuted Tribune News Service Foreign tourists check out the photos they clicked at Golden Temple on Friday. VISHAL KUMAR ❞ Amritsar, August 4 A migrant labourer, identified as Gogoi (42), a resident of the Inderpuri locality, was electrocuted to death while working in a textile factory near 22-number level crossing here today. He was working in the factory alone when the incident took place. The deceased originally hailed from Uttar Pradesh. It has been learnt that the ground of the factory was wet due to rains, which led to the incident. However, police authorities said that due to some reason, electric current came in the machine which Gogoi was operating. He suffered a massive electric shock and died on the spot. Davinder Singh, the investigating officer, said that police had initiated action under Section 174 of the CrPC. Further investigations were under progress. The incident came to light this morning when another labourer reached the spot. Ravi Kumar, a relative of the deceased, told that police that he called the PSPCL authorities who said that current was running in the textile machines. The people gathered outside the factory and alleged that the ground of the factory got wet after the rain water entered the factory. They said the PSPCL employees had asked them to stop the work till the land got dry and they repaired the snag. Commuters have a bumpy ride due to potholes Dilapidated roads haven’t been taken care of in the walled city areas, say residents Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 4 Commuters are peeved over potholed roads in the walled city. Most of the narrow winding roads are in a dilapidated condition, forcing people to have a bumpy ride. Residents say the Municipal Corporation (MC) hasn’t been paying attention towards such roads. Among the bad roads are stretches from the telephone exchange square to Golden Temple, Hathi Gate to Lohgarh Gurdwara, Katra Ahluwalia, Shastri Market, Guru Bazar, Baba Sahib Chowk, Majitha Mandi, Swank Mandi, Katra Bhagian and numerous other places. A resident of Chatti Khuhi Chowk, Shamsher Singh, said most of the roads in the walled city were in a deplorable condition. He wondered why the authorities concerned were not even bothered to carry out patchwork, which were posing a grave risk to commuters’ lives. Hari Om Malhotra, another resident, said vehicles break down frequently as most of the roads in the city were dilapidated. “These roads, apart from inflicting damages on vehicles, are giving people, especially patients, a nightmare. The government pompously announced to turn the city smart, but it has done nothing to repair roads,” he added. Om Prakash Chopra, a resident of Katra Moti Ram, said, “Roads inside the walled city are full of potholes. Besides, several roads are narrow and commuters find it a Herculean task to drive through these. A slight loss of balance for two-wheeler riders can result in a severe injury.” When contacted, Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said he would direct the officials concerned of the Municipal Corporation to carry out the patchwork. A dilapidated road in the walled city on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR c m y b the chunk. The private firm had passed the plan for the construction of a Mall by submitting invalid registered papers and the CLU. Meanwhile, AIT officials are happy after getting the possession of the land worth Rs 200 crore. Sandip Singh, law officer of the AIT, stated that a long battle had been fought to get the land, so everyone had been celebrating the moment. NGO celebrates Rakhi with jailbirds Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 4 The Jan Kalyan Sangathan and the free-family counselling cell, a non-government organisation (NGO), today organised a Raksha Bandhan programme inside the Amritsar Central Jail wherein women tied Rakhis to prisoners and encouraged them to return to the mainstream by leaving the criminal path behind. Swaraj Grover, chairperson of both the organisations, was heading the delegation that visited the jail while Anjana Seth was the chief guest on the occasion. All participating prisoners took an oath that they would completely shun drugs and give respect to every woman besides leading a healthy and a religious life. The organisation also distributed sweets, fruits, chocolates and biscuits among the inmates. continued on page 2 ADGP HOLDS POLICE-PUBLIC MEETING Cops work under political pressure, say people ADGP (law and order) Rohit Chaudhary addresses people at Sakatari Bagh on Friday. SUNIL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 4 Additional Director-General Police (law and order) Rohit Chaudhary held police-public meetings in the Sakatri Bagh area while he also held an interaction with students of Guru Nanak Dev University here today. During a meeting at Sakatari Bagh, people raised the issue of a “discriminatory” attitude of the police towards the common man. They alleged the police favour the well-off and influential people while ignoring the plight of poor people who approach them for help, especially in police stations. They also alleged that the police functioned under political pressure. They also raised the issue of robberies and snatchings in the city. They pointed out that unscrupulous elements riding auto-rickshaws also indulge in loot- should ❝Peoplewith the police cooperate and inform about the antisocial elements operating in their areas. ❞ ROHIT CHAUDHARY, ADGP ing people. They said the police should check the credentials of the auto-rickshaw drivers in order to curb such instances. Chaudhry while addressing the people said the police had launched the beat system in order to nail the criminal elements in society. He said people should cooperate with the police and inform the authorities concerned about the anti-social elements operating in their areas. “They should also inform the police about the drug peddlers operating in their areas,” he said while assuring them that the name of the informer would be kept a secret. Meanwhile, interacting with the students during a seminar at the GNDU, he said in the age of social media, miscreants made fake Identities, spread misinformation and unleashed false propaganda besides spreading communal disharmony. He said this would give a wrong message to society. He said the youth should ignore such elements. He said the youth should play a positive role in building a healthy society for the coming generations. He said the youth should participate in such programmes and raise issues concerning the youth. He opined that educational institutes should form a social media cell and appoint a liaison officer. The cyber crime problems of the city should be solved on a priority basis. Among others Police Commissioner SS Srivastav, Deputy Commissioner of Police Amrik Singh Pawar and ADCP Lakhbir Singh were also present on the occasion.
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