06092017-ATR-01.qxd 9/6/2017 12:16 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 6 SEPTEMBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Traffic goes haywire Tune of a master Will Hrithik say yes? Residents sought assistance of cops after downpour as long traffic jams were witnessed on roads. P2 Gurdas Maan has added another feather to his cap. P3 The actor has been approached for the opening act of the show Champion of Champions. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 31°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.40 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.03 AM Pak girl appeals to PM for repatriation Cops ‘toss’ dhaba owner’s turban, video goes viral SAD (A) demands action against police cops involved in the incident Tribune News Service Pak national Heena with her lawyer Navjot Kaur Chabba in the Amritsar central jail. FILE PHOTO GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 5 Pakistani national Heena (11), lodged in Amritsar Central Jail with her mother Fatima Bibi and aunt Mumtaj, has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to facilitate their repatriation to their country at the earliest. Her lawyer Navjot Kaur Chabba has told this to The Tribune. She has been fighting their case free of cost and wrote to the PM on Heena’s behalf. Navjot recently met her clients in the jail. “Heena requested me to approach India’s ‘vazeer-e-azam’ to set them free, as it would be unjustified to detain them for a long period,” she said. She was born in the jail in 2006 when Fatima Bibi, expectant then, and Mumtaj were caught in a drug smuggling case by the customs authorities at the Attari railway station. They were awarded 10 years’ imprisonment and fined Rs 2 lakh each. The sentence awarded to Fatima and Mumtaj completed in November 2015. Heena’s nationality issue was resolved recently when Pakistan’s High Commission counsellor Fauzia Manzoor accepted her officially. Still, their repatriation was put on hold for want of a noobjection certificate from the Centre. Navjot, who runs the Society for Women’s Empowerment and Green Cause, used her contacts and arranged the penalty amounting to Rs 4 lakh through Batala-based NGO Sarbat Da Bhala Humanity Club. “We deposited the amount with the SBI and submitted the receipts with the jail authorities on April 7. Heena’s nationality issue has been also solved. The documents have been submitted with the Centre, but the file is shuttling between the ministries of External Affairs and Home. I brought the facts to PM’s notice so that the matter can be expedited,” she added. Amritsar August 5 The city police have been facing strong criticism on social media after a video of manhandling a dhaba owner went viral in which cops can be seen tossing the turban of a Sikh dhaba owner. The cops from the Civil Lines police station visited Joginder Dhaba outside the railway station late yesterday evening and allegedly manhandled the owner of the dhaba, Mohan Singh, and his son Daman. Daman claimed that they were closing the dhaba as per their routine. Two customers were sitting at one table and they had put all other tables aside. Almost 14 police personnel, including senior officials from the Civil Lines police station, turned up there around 11:10 pm and asked the owner to close the dhaba. “My father told them that they did not allow any customer after 11 pm, but those who were already taking food would leave only after finishing their meal. But the senior cops started abusing my father and manhandled him. Then a police official ‘removed’ my brother’s turban from his head and manhandled him,” said Raman, brother of the victim. The whole incident was recorded on a CCTV camera, installed in the dhaba. After the video went viral Policemen manhandle the dhaba owner on Monday night in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Scholarships for soldiers’ kin ‘Free lunches’ for policemen ■ There are several dhabas near the railway station and almost all are open till midnight. The dhaba owners claim that most of the policemen never pay a penny for their meals. “We never ask any person, who wears the khaki, to pay the bill for food. It is their own wish if they want to pay. But it is very rare when someone pay for the food. We offer then chicken dishes free of the cost”, said a dhaba owner. ■ Meanwhile, in another case, the city police booked a restaurant owner for attempt to murder on Sunday. Cops alleged that the accused, Happy, who owns a restaurant, Chicken on social media, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader Jarnail Singh Sakheer and Harbeer Singh Sandhu alleged that the police officials removed the turban of the dhaba owner. They have SNIPPETS Corner, used to allow people to consume liquor. When a police team visited the restaurant, the accused and his workers attacked the police team. ■ ASI Kuldeep Singh from the Circiut House police post stated that they had received information that the accused used to illegally allow people to consume liquor. When he went there and asked the owner about the permit, the accused and his accomplices became violent and attacked him with empty bottles. The accused also tried to hit the cops with his car. The accused is missing after the incident. demanded strict action against the police officials involved in the incident. SS Srivastava, Commissioner of Police, denied that the cops deliberately removed the turban of the victim. He said, “I have ordered an inquiry into the case. We will take action as per the inquiry report. The video depicts that the cops manhandled the owner of the dhaba, but they did not remove his turban.” Amritsar: Col Amarbir Singh Chahal (retd) has asked former Army personnel, their widows and guardians of physically challenged wards of former soldiers to collect their scholarships and other financial aid. He said the government had released the grant for the same. He asked them to bring all relevant documents to avail the grant. TNS Army recruitment camp The Army will hold a fortnight-long army recruitment camp at its Khasa cantonment from October 3. Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said interested candidates could register online at the Army’s website and they would receive the admit card on their email ID by September 21. Candidates would be recruited for the posts of soldier general duty, soldier technical and soldier clerk. TNS Three vehicles stolen Some unidentified miscreants stole two scooters and a motorcycle from various markets of the city during the past 24 hours. In the first incident, Sukhmandeep Kaur said she had parked her Activa scooter outside Daisies Restaurant at Kabir Park from where it was stolen. TNS Sharifpura govt school Educational institutes Teachers who celebrate Teacher’s Day shaped our lives runs from unsafe building Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 4 A number of educational institutes on Tuesday celebrated Teacher’s Day with great fervour. Every year, the birth anniversary of the first Vice-President of the nation, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan is marked as Teacher’s Day across the country. The school and colleges in the city too hailed the day with colorful functions. The role of a teacher in building a civilised society was hailed during the Teacher’s Day celebrations at various Khalsa College educational institutions. The colorful functions were organised at Khalsa College of Education (KCE), Ranjit Avenue, Khalsa College, Chawinda Devi, Khalsa Paeans to Teachers Poems on greatness of the teachers were recited by students of DAV International School at a special function. The students put in great efforts and ensured that the teachers enjoyed every minute. . College Public School, Khalsa College International Public School and others, where the occasion was used to honour teachers. Poems on greatness of the teachers were recited by students of DAV International School at a special function. The students put in great efforts and ensured that the teachers enjoyed every minute. All students expressed their thankfulness for their teachers. Students of Stalwart World School thanked their teachers and showcased their skills by participating in a short play, cultural dances and by reciting verses from the holy Bhagvadgita. Verses from the scripture were discussed and a talk on the importance of the Gurkul system was held by the school authorities. Students of St Soldier Elite Convent School, Jandiala Guru, were seen dressed in colorful dresses to mark the occasion. A colorful function was also held at DAV Public School. A special function was organised by students of Hindu College. The programme included bhangra and giddha, singing and other cultural activities to entertain the administration and the staff. Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, Sept 5 Every year, September 5 is celebrated as Teacher’s Day to remember the contribution of teachers in our lives and the impact they make in the journey of our lives. On this occasion, we interacted with a few prominent personalities in the city to talk to them about their teachers and the message they gave to their students. Jatinder Brar, eminent theatre personality Theater itself teaches you a lot in life but as an engineering student, Prof Hari Singh made a great impression on me. His teachings went beyond books. He gave me life lessons to be precise. Students aspiring to work in theatre should keep in mind theatre is just about being an actor, it goes beyond that. It is a journey of life that artistes traverse on stage. You should join theatre with an open mind. Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu, V-C, GNDU Students of DAV Public School welcome their teachers on Teacher’s Day in Amritsar on Tuesday. Though there were a number of teachers in my life, as with everybody, the late SP Kanwal, Professor c m y b of Botany in DAV College helped me a lot to give shape to my career and as an individual. I cannot limit his contribution to my life to my education only. He was a great source of inspiration. All students should work hard. Neera Sharma, Principal, DAV Public School The way a child should be treated was learnt by me in school from my biology teacher, Vishwalata. I was a student in Kendriya Vidyalaya School, Sector 45, Chandigarh. I cherish my memories of her. Today, drawing inspiration from her, I tell my students to learn as much as possible and devote themselves fully to all things undertaken by them. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, political leader Students these days must learn how to be connected with their roots, their culture and their country. They should learn to devote themselves to their country. My teachers in post-graduation days, namely Ramdhan Shastri and CL Sharma played a major role in my life, as they gave direction to my life with the values they used to uphold. The dilapidated building of Government Elementary School, Sharifpura, in Amritsar on Tuesday. Neeraj Bagga Amritsar, September 5 Even as Teacher’s Day was celebrated with fervour all over the city, students of Government Elementary School, Sharifpura in the heart of the city, continue to attend classes from a pre-Partition ramshackle building. Four teachers here are teaching nearly 100 students, who come from different parts of the city. When an Amritsar Tribune team visited the school, recess was in progress and the students were getting mid-day meals. Holding their plates while sitting in a row, they were patiently waiting for their turn to be served meals. Happiness was visi- ble on their faces, as they were also getting a ‘samosa’ each to celebrate Teacher’s Day. A brick courtyard was the only space available to them apart from three rooms and a kitchen, which was all they had in the name of their school. The rest of the school building was out of bounds for being unsafe. Some of these rooms do not even have roofs. Apparently, rain is the most worrisome event for teachers and students alike because water enters all parts of the building, which is characterised by its Mohammedan architecture. Moreover, the Education Department has been running the school from a rented building. Hence, the issue of its reconstruction is caught in the rigmarole of rules. According to the rules of the Education Department, the development fund cannot be allocated to a school for the construction of a rented building. In this situation, a teacher of the school and her husband set an example by contributing Rs 35,000 from their pocket to carry out some necessary repair work. Reluctant to publish their names, the teacher, a baptised woman, said it was part of their Dasvand (10 per cent share) out of their total income. With this amount, the roof was repaired and seepage stopped. Besides, debris of roofs of three rooms, which had collapsed long ago, were also removed.
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