31102017-ATR-01.qxd 10/30/2017 11:39 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 31 OCTOBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Gobindgarh Fort lures These kids are booked Health is wealth Flyover Punjab, holographic shows will be intoduced at the fort soon. They will highlight various aspects. P2 Kids now love to spend their free time in the library. P3 Popular television personalities share their favourite health dishes. FORECAST P4 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 28.9°C MIN 16.1°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C MIN 16°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.42 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.46 AM Woman robbed of ~20,000 Amritsar: Two women were allegedly robbed by unknown persons in the Jandiala Guru area. They were returning home after withdrawing Rs 20,000 from a bank. The police have registered a case in this connection. Harbhajan Kaur, the victim, told the police that she along with her relative withdrew Rs 20,000 from the bank and was returning home when two motorcycle-borne youth stopped her and asked for some address. She said before she could understand anything, the accused snatched her money and ear-rings. Police officials said a case had been registered while further investigations were under progress. TNS Looters’ gang busted, 2 held Tarn Taran: The local police claims to have busted a five-member gang of robbers by arresting two of its members. All the gang members belong to Kajikot village, near the town. SHO Inspector Harit Sharma said the arrested gang members had been identified as Ravi and Jobanjeet Singh Joban while the missing gang members are Gurpreet Singh Ghoda, Ankush and Bahala. The SHO added that 500 intoxicant tablets, two ‘datars’ and a stolen motorcycle have been recovered from the arrested robbers. The SHO said the gang members were holding a meeting at the under construction Holy City, a colony on the outskirts of the town. The three gang members managed to escape from the spot under the cover of darkness. OC Schoolgirl molested, 3 booked Jatinderpal Singh, his father Jaswant Singh and mother Devinder Kaur, residents of the local Goindwal Sahib bypass locality, have been booked under Sections 354-A, 506, 120-B, IPC, in connection with a molestation case of a school going girl that took place a month ago.The case was registered only last evening as the elders of the area were trying for a compromise between the two parties. The victim, a student of plus one of the local Majha Public School, in her complaint to the police alleged that the accused, Jatinderpal Singh, came to her school and forced her to sit on his moped. The accused fled the spot when other students of the school appeared there. The victim alleged that the accused had been harassing her on her way to the school on his mobile for months in connivance with his parents. The accused were missing, the police said. OC Dist improves status of dengue cases to 85 so far Figure in corresponding period last year stood at 1,250 Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 30 From being second in the state while reporting the highest number of dengue cases last year, the proactive efforts of the District Health Department have helped it improve its status to the 18th position this year with only 85 positive cases so far. As per data procured from the department, the district had reported around 1,250 cases in the corresponding period (till October 30) last year. The district had reported a total of 1,358 cases last year. District epidemiologist Dr Madan Mohan said, “With only 15 days left of the dengue season and the virus becoming weak with the fall in temperature, we believe the total number of positive cases would be less than 100.” Health officials believe that an increased level of awareness among the general public and efforts made by the department after learning a lesson last year has helped in improving conditions. “First, anti-mosquito fogging was started in time and it helped in checking mosquito breeding. Second, the residents, too, have become more aware and they are readily working to check mosquito breeding on their building premises. Third, the intensive drive to issue challans to building owners on detection of dengue, too, has worked,” said Dr Madan Mohan. The department this year issued a maximum of 149 challans on detecting dengue larvae, as compared to only seven last year. “The idea of issuing challans is not to generate money, but to create awareness.” Sex-determination centre busted, 1 held Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 30 A joint team of the health departments of Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts today detected a sex- determination and abortion centre in the Beri gate area here today. The team managed to catch hold of a midwife, identified as Jasbir Kaur from Tarn Taran, while the doctor who conducted the ultrasound scan, Dr Madan Arora, managed to flee. The department has sealed the machine used in the scan and seized records of MP Arora Hospital, Beri Gate, stated officials. A couple from Tarn Taran had volunteered to act as decoy patients in this operation. The district family welfare officer, Dr Sukhpal Singh, said, “The midwife runs a ‘clinic’ for pregnant women in Tarn Taran and acted as an agent for centres which conduct illegal sexdetermination tests.” Dr Sukhpal Singh said a pregnant woman (name withheld) was lured by Jasbir Kaur to get the sex- determi- Civil Surgeon, Amritsar, Dr Narinder Kaur (left) and Civil Surgeon, Tarn Taran, Dr Shamsher Singh (centre) during a raid at MP Arora hospital, Beri Gate, in Amritsar on Monday. VISHAL KUMAR Midwife Jasbir Kaur who acted as an agent in the sex-determination racket in police custody in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR nation test conducted and get an abortion done for Rs 15000, if the foetus happened to be female. “However, the pregnant woman and her husband were reluctant to Home at last get involved. But as they are very religious, they wanted to expose the inhuman crime and filed an application in this regard with the Civil Surgeon, Tarn Taran,” said Dr Sukhpal Singh. The Civil Surgeon, Dr Narinder Kaur, said, “When we received the information from the Civil Surgeon, Tarn Taran, a team of senior officials was constituted to conduct the decoy operation.” She said any ultrasound centre before conducting a scan has to complete a number of formalities, which included making an entry in the PNDT register, filling of Form F and acquiring an identity proof of the patient. “By the time the team reached the centre, the scan had already been conducted and data from the machine was deleted. The centre had made no entries in record books,” said Dr Narinder Kaur. She said the decoy patient confirmed that the scan had been conducted. As the matter was reported to the Police Commissioner, a police team arrested Jasbir Kaur and is on the look out for Dr Arora. Hindu leader’s murder sends shock waves in Preet Nagar PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Sixty-eight fishermen arrive at the Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar on Monday after they were released by Pakistan. PHOTO: THE TRIBUNE Student dies in road mishap Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, October 30 One student of plus two died on the spot while two of his two companions were seriously injured in a road accident near Chola Sahib, 25 km from here, on a foggy morning today. The motorcycle of the victims collided with the back of an MSM Public School bus of the same township. The school bus was standing on the roadside. The Chola Sahib police have initiated further proceedings in the accident. The police said the deceased had been identified as Sarwan Singh while Jobanpreet Singh and Amarjit Singh were seriously injured in the accident. The three were the residents of Kauda Vidhana village and were astride a single motorcycle. The victims were students of New Life Public School, Chola Sahib. They were going to their school when they failed to see the bus standing on the roadside due to dense fog. The injured students have been admitted to an Amritsar hospital where their condition is stated to be serious. Amritsar, October 30 The death of Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader Vipin Sharma has sent shock waves among residents of the Preet Nagar area on Batala road here. Sharma was shot dead by an unknown armed Sikh youth in the Bharat Nagar area in broad daylight here today. He was killed just a few metres away from the spot where he used to organise langar for the people. He is survived by his mother, wife and two children. A relative of the family said Sharma along with his family had gone of the Dhayanpur dera to pay obeisance and had returned just an hour before the incident. “Sharma was repeatedly getting phone calls from a number when he had gone to the Dhayanpur dera to pay obeisance. Someone was calling for a meeting with him whom he had asked to meet at the shop of Monu, it is learnt. Immediately on reaching home, he went to the place where he organises Police personnel at the spot where a Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader, Vipin Sharma, was shot dead at Batala road in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR langar for people on Batala road and met Ramesh Kumar alias Monu, his associate,” he said. It’s a mystery as to who was calling him repeatedly over the phone. The police have started investigations into this. At around 3.10 pm, he was shot dead by armed assailants when he was going to sit pillion on a bike to return home. Heart-rendering scenes were witnessed at the residence of Sharma where his family members were inconsolable. Besides, one his two brothers was in the Punjab Police and currently attached with the CM Security at Chandigarh. His father was also in the Police Department. The people who had gathered near his residence said Sharma was more into social service. He was president of the Jai Shankar Welfare Society, which used to organise religious programmes and langar for the people on Batala road. He also used to solemnise marriage of poor girls. Organic farmers market Fire Brigade office in dilapidated building celebrates first anniversary Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 30 The Amritsar Organic Farmers Market (OFM) today celebrated its first anniversary. Started in October 2016 by the Dilbir Foundation (DF), the market encouraged all progressive natural growers and provided a platform to customers to utilise it to buy organic produce. This was the culmination of years of effort to motivate farmers to shun chemical cultivation and turn organic. A parallel endeavour created awareness among citizens about the ill effects of chemi- cals in our food chain. This was done with the support of print, visual and social media. The farmers marketplace became a meeting point for families to enjoy and shop for their poison-free vegetables and fruit. Music programmes, workshops on kitchen gardening, children’s participation through schools, green events of festivals have provided joy to visitors. Gur (jaggery), cold-pressed oils, whole-wheat flours, pulses and much more induced the formation of the Earth store, a sustainable products initiative to provide a bou- quet of merchandise from far and near. A farmer, Avtar Singh, now a food processor as well, said here preservative free, pesticide free, chemical free — unadulterated food products were showcased. He said fruit without carbide ripening also was brought from time to time. On this occasion, the chief guest, Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, inaugurated the twice-aweek OFM at the District Shopping Centre. Now, it shall be put up every Wednesday and Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm in the main B-Block Market at Ranjit Avenue. Amritsar, October 30 The Fire Brigade office without an entrance gate surprises all passersby in the Town Hall area of the city. The building is in a dilapidated state. The colour of the building is enough to convey to the onlookers that it is a government office. Though no display board is installed to state that it is the Fire brigade office, parked fire tenders outside confirm this. As one goes inside the building, lack of maintenance and a rickety structure give it a shabby look. Plaster has come off at various places while iron bars in the ceiling are visible from c m y b The dilapidated building of the Fire Brigade office in Amritsar. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR many places. Even the office of the head of the Fire Brigade is no exception. The plaster was missing from walls at many places while a long time has lapsed since whitewash was done. The cemented floor has come off, making it uneven. Against a sanctioned strength of about 120 posts, nearly 80 employees are working here. The fire brigade here is equipped with 14 fire tenders, each having a capacity of 5,000 litres and five small tenders, each having 500-litre water capacity. Assistant Divisional Fire Officer Kashmir Singh said requests had been made to the government to carry out the required maintainance.
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