07112017-ATR-01.qxd 11/7/2017 12:33 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 7 NOVEMBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Delay in payment of fee Age is just a number Dance Champions District officials visited Shri Ram Ashram Public School over alleged harassment of wards. P2 Tired of daily work schedule? Gainfully employed senior citizens provide tips. P3 Madhuri to judge contestants. FORECAST P4 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 27.8°C MIN 17.8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C MIN 17°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.36 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.52 AM Thick blanket of smog envelopes city; eye ailments follow in wake Traffic norms go for a toss Tribune News Service Residents drive in the BRTS bus lane forcing a bus to stop in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR SNIPPETS Two arrested for snatching mobile phone FINAL DRAFT OF WARDS MC elections may get further delayed Amritsar November 6 A thick blanket of smog enveloped the city across the day. Due to a hazy weather, residents have been complaining of irritation in the eyes and other respiratory diseases. The weather condition may prevail for the next some days, as there is no sign of rain in the near future. The dry weather and air pollution continue to remain the biggest cause of respiratory diseases and irritation in eyes among city residents after the harvesting season. Despite the efforts of the Pollution Control Board (PCB) and the National Green Tribunal, there is no change in the situation. People with symptoms of respiratory diseases, burning eyes and skin allergy have increased in number, as most of them are exposed to smog. Doctors are having busy days. Dr Gurpreet Singh said the cases of respi- Low visibility due to smog on roads in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR ratory diseases have increased due to poor quality of air. Children and the elderly are at a high risk. “Demand for eye drops has increased,” said Vipin Kumar, a chemist. Low visibility due to smog has also caused inconvenience to commuters. The smog got thick in the evening hours. Ravi, a local resident, said, “I visit Jandiala in the morn- ing to collect milk. The city is equally hit by smog. The visibility was too low in the morning. Even in the evening hours, the thick smog cover was posing a threat to commuters”. Tribune News Service Amritsar: The Kamboh police have arrested two persons for allegedly snatching a mobile phone and later selling it to another person who was also arrested in the case. Those arrested were identified as Sonu Singh, his brother Akashdeep Singh, both residents of Roriwal, and Mithun of Kherabad village. Mithun runs a cloth shop at Kherabad village. Ram Chander, the complainant, told the police that he runs a kiosk selling pan and cigarettes in the Kamboh area. He said on Sunday, the two accused snatched his mobile phone at sharp-edged weapon point and later sold it to Mithun. A case under Sections 379-B and 411 of the IPC has been registered against them in this regard. TNS SAD councillor’s son, 6 others held for gambling Tarn Taran: Rajesh Singh Rinku, son of a local SAD municipal councillor, along with six others, were arrested by the city police under the gambling Act from the Noordi Adda locality here. The police said the other six accused have been identified as Ranjit Singh, Bobby, Balwinder Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Harwinder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, all residents of the town. The police said Rajesh was running a gambling racket and had been arrested with Rs 11,900 in cash and playing cards. Acase has been registered. OC Two arrested with 220 gm of heroin, ~25,000 Tarn Taran: Tarsem Singh of Amarkot and Harjinder Singh of Sursingh village were arrested by the Khemkaran police with 220 gm of heroin at a naka in Duhal Kona village, 45 km from here, late on Sunday evening. ASI, who is the investigating officer (IO), said the accused were travelling in an Alto car (bearing registration No. PB46 T 4206). He said 25,000 in cash, an electronic weighing scale were also recovered from their possession. The car had also been taken in the custody by the police. OC Amritsar November 6 Though the Local Bodies Minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu, had announced that elections to the civic bodies would be conducted in December, but it seems these would be further delayed. The Local Bodies Department had issued the draft of wards last month and invited objections. Local residents and politicians had submitted 197 objections and suggestions on the new demarcation of wards. According to political experts, the local bodies department will now issue the final draft of wards after redressal of objections. Then new votes and voter lists would be prepared. The whole process would take one month or more. “The number of wards has been increased from 65 to 85 in the city. The new voters would be registered. Then the administration would invite objections. New voter lists and booth details would be prepared. How the election would be conducted in December?” questioned Gurpreet Singh, an aspirant for a councillor seat. However, senior Congress Woman dies in mishap Our Correspondent leaders claimed that the elections would be held in December. Avtar Singh Truckanwala, former Deputy Mayor and senior Congress leader, said, “The draft has been issued in all cities and objections on new demarcation of wards have also been submitted. We hope the government will issue the notification of elections on November 15. The elections would be conducted in the second week of December.” The Municipal Corporation House had been dissolved on September 18 after the term of the House had ended. Following the delimitation of wards, the elections to the municipal corporations have been delayed this time. The opposition parties have been blaming the Congress for the delay in the elections. However, Congress leaders alleged that the former government had started the delimitation of wards and did not complete the task on time. Tarn Taran, November 6 Rupinder Kaur (22) was died on the spot and her husband Lakhbir Singh, a resident of the border town of Khalra, was seriously injured when a truck hit their vehicle near Veeram village. They were going to the nearby Bhikhiwind town on a motorcycle late last evening. The Khalra police have registered a case under Sections 3-4-A, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC against the driver of the truck. The police said the truck hit them from the front when they had reached near Veeram village. The accused managed to escape from the spot after the accident, the police said. A truck hit the vehicle of Lakhbir Singh, a resident of the border town of Khalra near Veeram village. Lakhbir Singh’s wife Rupinder Kaur died on the spot while Lakhbir Singh was seriously injured. Ex-serviceman shoots son dead Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 6 An ex-serviceman today shot his son, a head constable with the Punjab Police, dead over a dispute in the family in Abdal village, falling under the Kathunangal police station here last night. The deceased was identified as Satnam Singh who was posted at the Vallah police chowki in the city Commissionerate. His father, the accused Sukhdev Singh, fled from the scene and raids were on to arrest him. The incident occurred at around 1.30 am. Amritsar rural police chief Parampal Singh reached the spot and started investigations. Following the statement of his wife Sandeep Kaur, the police have booked Sukhdev Singh. Sandeep Kaur also sustained a minor injury when she tried to intervene and pacify the quarrelling father and son. She stated to the police that Satnam Singh wanted to live separately from his father. As he was the only son, Sukhdev Singh did not want this. This became a cause of quarrel between them often. Yesterday also, when Satnam Singh returned from his job, an argument took place between the two. The verbal duel soon turned into a scuffle. When Sandeep Kaur tried to intervene, she was pushed away. In the meantime, Sukhdev Singh took out his pistol and fired at Satnam Singh. The bullet hit his forehead and he died on the spot. A police official said people also said that Satnam Singh was a drug addict and this was the basic cause of quarrel. However, this was yet to be verified. SSP Parampal Singh said further investigations were underway while a case had been registered against Sukhdev Singh. BEAS AREA 3 held, four missing in firing incident Amritsar, November 6 The Beas police have arrested three persons on charges of attempt to murder while four of their accomplices are missing. The accused were identified as Ranjit Singh of Shakiawali village, Kunan Singh of Khilchian and Surjit Singh of Pheruman while those who are yet to be nabbed include Yuvraj Singh of Madh village, Ajay Masih of Raipur Ghariya village, Ranjit Singh of Sherobagha and Jermanjit Singh of Jaspal village and two unknown persons. Puran Singh, the complainant, stated to the police that he along with his companions was going towards his fields last evening when the accused intercepted them and attacked them. During the scuffle, Surjit Singh took out his revolver and fired at him. He had a narrow escape, as the gunshot hit the tractor-trailer. — TNS 3 held with heroin, ~67 lakh Oil spill from servicing of vehicles endangers lives of drug money, weapon Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 6 In a major success, the Counter-Intelligence have arrested two smugglers and confiscated 1kg of heroin and Rs 61.60 lakh of drug money besides a weapon from their possession. Those arrested were identified as Sukhbir Singh alias Goldy, son of Lakha Singh of Muhawa village, and Pargat Singh, son of Budh Singh of Daoke village. Pargat Singh is now residing in the Rajinder Nagar area. In a press note issued here today, Counter-Intelligence authorities said the accused were nabbed from Kot Dosandha Mal village on the Amritsar- Tarn Taran road following a tip-off. During search, the police recovered 500 gm of heroin from each of the two and Rs 61.60 lakh of Indian currency, which they had collected after selling drugs. The police also recovered a.32-bore pistol along with 103 cartridges. They were produced in the court and brought on police remand for further interrogation. He said more recoveries were likely to be made during their interrogation. A case under Sections 21, 25, 29, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act and Section 25 of the Arms Act was registered against them at the State Special Operation Cell (SSOC). During a preliminary probe, it was found that the accused, Sukhbir Singh Goldy, was in touch with Pakistani smugglers. He would receive the consignment from across the border fence and deliver it to his associates from different areas of Punjab. Meanwhile, the CounterIntelligence also nabbed Sukhbir Singh alias Dodhi, son of Najjar Singh, a resident of Kamaske village in Ajnala. He was held from outside Guru Nanak Bhawan car parking near the bus stand. The police confiscated around 270 gm of heroin from his possession and a case under Sections 21, 25, 29, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered at the SSOC. More arrests are likely in the both cases, Counter-Intelligence authorities added. Amritsar, November 6 It was a lucky day for Pawan Kumar, a local resident who fell off his bike on Tailor Road here today, as his bike skidded at a point where mobile oil had spilled during servicing of a vehicle by mechanics of the nearby motor mechanic market. Pawan Kumar was lucky as he was wearing a helmet and even though his head hit the ground, he could easily walk away. Had he been a collegegoer, who often do not wear helmets, so as not to upset their hair styles, Kumar could have sustained serious injuries. The stretch of Tailor Road especially alongside Aanam cinema has over 20 motor mechanic shops. As they do not have proper workshops to repair and service vehicles, most of them do this on the road. c m y b The mechanics service vehicles on Tailor Road in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR All through the day, the activity of motor mechanics results in trouble for the commuters, as they have to find their way through vehi- cles parked here and there. And this is not the only road in the city, where mechanics are running their workshops on road. Even on the nearby Court Road, vehicles parked on roadsides and mechanics working on them can be seen on a regular basis. The situation is same at Gol Bagh, the other cluster where motor mechanics’ shops are located. Even in areas such as Jahajgarh and its approach road, one can see vehicles, including trucks, being serviced on roads. A local resident, Sharanjit Singh, said, “Motor mechanics in these areas often ignore all safety norms. Ideally, these mechanics should have their own workshops and they should not be allowed to use the road for commercial purposes.” He said apart from encroachments, the oil spill during servicing is a danger for twowheeler riders. The residents stated that the administration needed to check illegal usage of roads, including by that of motor mechanics, for personal use to free these for commuters and ensure their safety.
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