04092017-ATR-01.qxd 9/3/2017 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 4 SEPTEMBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Philately Bollywood di flight New stars of the season! Collecting stamps based on journalism is the hobby of Varun Aggarwal. Some of the popular Pollywood actors and singers are now gaining hold in Bollywood also. P3 Reality show Dancing With The Stars has found three more contestants for season 25. P4 FORECAST P2 THUNDERSTORM | MAX 31.1°C MIN 24.4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.51 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.08 AM Check at five govt wheat godowns for irregularities Food supply staff accused of wetting wheat for bungling Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 3 An eight-member team, constituted by the managing director of the Punjab Warehousing Corporation to look into the allegations of drenching government wheat, conducted a check at several godowns here today. The team remained in the city till late evening for investigation. Though several discrepancies are said to have been spotted, officials said they were yet to finalise their report that would be submitted to the managing direction in a couple of days. The team included Rakesh Kumar, Surinder Singh and Karundeep Singh, district managers of Gurdaspur, Dhariwal and Amritsar, respectively. They visited five godowns in the city. Complaint received from local leader ■ Former Congress leader Mandeep Singh Manna had recently accused godown staff of wetting the wheat meant for beneficiaries under the public distribution system. ■ An official had turned up after receiving the complaint but the staff had fled by then after locking the godown. The lock was broken and wheat bags were found wet. ■ The managing director of Punjab Warehousing Corporation had ordered constitution of a committee to look into the issue. ■ An eight-member team visited give godowns in the city on Sunday. Discrepancies are said to have surfaced, but officials are yet to finalise their report. . The Punjab Warehousing Corporation had recently received a complaint from Mandeep Singh Manna, former Congress leader, who had alleged that the staff deputed in the godowns in Chheharta had been wetting the government wheat meant for beneficiaries under the public distribution system. Wetting makes wheat bags heavier and gives the staff a chance to give less grains to beneficiaries and bungle remaining quantity. Upon receiving the complaint, Karundeep Singh, district manager of Amritsar, had reached the spot but the entire staff had fled by then after locking the godown. Even the food inspectors deputed there had fled the scene. This raised eyebrows. Karundeep had brought the matter into the knowledge of the managing director of Punjab Warehousing Corporation and godowns were opened after breaking the locks. He along with his other team members found the wheat bag drenched. It was then the managing director had asked to form a committee to investigate the issue. The probe conducted by the team suggested the involvement of the staff otherwise the wheat could not have been drenched. The involvement of food inspectors could not be ruled out. Meanwhile, former Congress leader Mandeep Singh Manna urged Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to have the matter investigated and take action against the culprits. In warrior’s memory Devotees perfom gatka (Sikh martial art) during a nagar kirtan to mark the birth anniversary of legendary warrior Shaheed Baba Jiwan Singh in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Family booked for attacking cops Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 3 The Division B police have booked five persons of a family for allegedly attacking a police party that had gone to arrest a person for drinking alcohol on a roadside. A patrolling party found Mandeep Singh and his brother Gurpreet Singh consuming liquor outside a joint serving non-vegetarian food on a roadside. When the police confronted them, the accused entered in a brawl with them and later tried to run away. Gurpreet was nabbed but Mandeep manage to give the police the slip. He was later released on bail. Meanwhile, the policemen, who were searching for Mandeep Singh, were attacked by his family members, including brother Rajbir Singh, father Joginder Singh, wife Harpreet Kaur and mother Ranjit Kaur. The police also booked an unknown person who was capturing video on his mobile. The incident Autistic kid gets certificate Tribune News Service Roadside drinking Two persons were consuming liquor alongside a road near a food joint. Police arrested one of them, but the other fled. When cops went to nab him, his family allegedly attacked them and reportedly tore their uniform. have ❝The accused Police been on the run. teams are conducting raids to arrest them. MANGAL SINGH, SHO, Division B police station ❞ occurred at Kot Atma Ram area on Sultanwind road. Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Avtar Singh, who was heading the party, alleged that the accused attacked them with sticks and also “tore” their uniform. The police have registered a case under Section 353, 323, 186, 506 and 149 of the IPC. Mangal Singh, SHO, Division B police station, said the accused were at large and raids were on to arrest them. Amritsar, September 3 The district health authorities have issued a certificate to an autistic child. Civil Surgeon Dr Narinder Kaur said, “It is for the first time that such a certificate has been issued after making a board to determine the condition of the child.” Dr Kaur said mental health was an important part of the overall health of a person and this aspect should not be ignored. She stated that many times people don’t understand mental issues and they end up being exploited by tantriks and babas. She said mental health patients should be taken to trained psychologists and psychiatrists. Meanwhile, a mental health programme was also launched on the occasion. Under this programme, health officials will make arrangements to carry out awareness drives to make people aware about mental health and not to fall prey to tantriks. Attack on PSPCL team, eight booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 3 Eight persons have been booked for attacking a team of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). The incident occurred on August 22 but the case was registered yesterday evening. According to information, the PSPCL team, headed by Junior Engineer Satpal Singh, conducted a surprise check at a house in Sandhu Colony. The house occupants were found stealing power so a theft case was slapped, but the accused got infuriated and “assaulted” them. The PSPCL employees said the accused were politically influential. The case was registered only after the Power Corporation Employees Union stood by the victims and lodged a complaint with the police commissioner. Among those booked are Raja, his brother Sunny, Vikas and Sukhwinder Singh, all residents of Sandhu Colony, and four unidentified persons. They were charged with obstructing government servant from discharging his duty (Section 353 of the IPC), causing hurt to public servant (Section 332 of the IPC) and other relevant sections. Martyrs’ statues being used as bunting pillars, residents fume Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 3 In an utter disrespect, the statues and busts of martyrs in the city are nowadays being used to tie ropes or strings to hang decorative material during religious and political functions. The government is often accused of not taking care of statues of martyrs who have laid their lives for the sake of the country. The statue of Shaheed Udham Singh outside Hall gate is often subjected to such disrespect. He was a witness to the infamous Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919 and had avenged it by killing Michael Francis O’ Dwyer, the then governor of Punjab, in England. Even the statue of Subhas Chandra Bose, the founder of Indian National Army, at Bhandari bridge is given the same treatment. The statues of freedom fighter Saifuddin Kitchlew and prominent BJP leader Dr Baldev Prakash installed on separate roundabouts are meted out the same treatment when it Decorative strings tied to Shaheed Udham Singh’s statue at the Hall gate on Sunday. VISHAL KUMAR comes to any political or religious occasion. A resident, Kirpal Singh, said, “Freedom fighters are often disrespected as people paste posters and use them to fix glittering plastic papers as a mark of celebra- tion for religious events. The people and the administration must understand that these statues are not pillars for decoration.” Residents said the administration must take stern notice of such acts. “We as a society are outraged over minor issues but we do not take cognisance when it comes to disrespect of martyrs,” said Navjeevan Singh, a shopkeeper. Residents said there should be a strict action for defacing the statues. City girl Shezali elated over SNIPPETS Three snatchings reported her Bollywood debut Her film ‘The Rally’ hits the screens on September 8 Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 3 City girl Shezali Sharma is all set to make her Bollywood debut with film ‘The Rally’ that is scheduled to be released on September 8. The film is directed by Deepak Anand and produced by Rohit Kumar Xiphias Studios Pvt Ltd. Twenty-four-year old Shezali will be playing one of the lead roles in the racebased movie. Describing more, she says, “The movie focuses on the Himalayan rally in Manali. The story revolves around four friends and what happens in the rally taking place in Manali.” A fashion graduate and an alumni of DAV Public School, she is happy with the opportunity. “I have done my studies in fashion designing and has always been fascinated with this industry. I wanted to associate myself with c m y b Amritsar: Snatchers have targeted three persons in the city in the past 24 hours. Arshdeep Singh, a resident of Mohkampura, has complained to the police that three unknown persons snatched his iPhone when he was returning home. Similarly, two persons on a bike snatched a smart phone of Ram Narayan, a city resident, yesterday. In the third incident, two bike-borne youths snatched a schoolteacher’s purse when she was returning home. Vijay Arora said her purse contained Rs 2,000 in cash and a mobile phone, school keys and an ATM card. Investigations are on, said the police. TNS Youth arrested with heroin The Islamabad police have arrested Rajbir Singh alias Jhona of Sheeron village, now residing at Sultanwind road, and confiscated 30 gm of heroin from his possession. The police also impounded his motorcycle. Meanwhile, another person, identified as Manjit Singh, was arrested with 20 bottles of illicit liquor. Similarly, Kuldeep Singh of Bhootanpura was nabbed with 12 bottles of whisky. He could not produce any documents. The police said they were investigating the case. TNS Teachers’ protest on Sept 5 Film industry has always fascinated Shezali. this glamour industry. I still remember the time when I came to Mumbai without having any clue about acting and how to start my career without any godfather connection,” she says. Sharma has acted in Punjabi videos and few TV shows. “I had an amazing experience working on this project. It is an honour to work under director Deepak N Anand who has launched stars such as Suniel Shetty, Aditya Pancholi, Divya Bharti, Arti Chhabria and Kim Sharma,” she adds. The District Computer Teachers’ Union will hold a protest against the state government for job regularisation on September 5. They said their services hadn’t been regularised for six years. The government is planning to come up with new service rules, they said. TNS Job regularisation sought The schoolteachers union on Sunday sought regularisation of teachers of primary and secondary schools under the RMSA and SSA. The union stated this would be the celebration of Teacher’s Day in true spirit if employees are given their rights. TNS
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