10112017-ATR-01.qxd 11/9/2017 11:29 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 10 NOVEMBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Traffic at snail's pace A complex date Of crime & thrill The work on overbridges on the bypass ring road is resulting in harassment to commuters. P2 In this era of online dating apps, relationships have sure gone complex. P3 &Privé HD is all set to bring the Indian television premiere of the critically acclaimed movie Hell or High Water. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 27°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C MIN 12°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.28 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.46 AM Gangster’s mother booked for sheltering criminals Misty mood PK jaiswar Tribune news Service Amritsar, November 9 In order to tighten the noose around the prime suspect of Vipin Sharma's murder and notorious gangster Saraj Singh alias Mintoo, the police today booked Mintoo's mother, Sukhraj Kaur, for allegedly sheltering gangsters while they were on the run. She was booked following a specific input, says the police. As per information, Sukhraj Kaur used to provide shelter to notorious gangsters such as Parminder Singh Goli, Shubham Singh, Arun Shuri for money and her son, Saraj Singh Mintoo. According to police sources, after killing the Hindu leader, Vipin Sharma, Mintoo and his accom- Residents wake up to a cold and a foggy morning in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR BRIEFLY 2 snatching s reported Amritsar: An unknown youth snatched two mobile phones in separate incidents from near Khalsa College for Women and the Sultanwind area. Prabhsimranpreet Kaur stated to the Cantonment police that two youths snatched her mobile phone when she was returning home and reached near the Khalsa College for Women. She said the accused were travelling on a motorcycle. Similarly, Surinderpal Mohindru told the Sultanwind police that he was standing outside his house when the accused snatched his mobile phone. Separate cases under Section 379-B, IPC, were registered in this regard. TNS Man held with 125 gm heroin Tarn Taran: The Chola Sahib police led by Sukhraj Singh, SHO, have arrested Rachhpal Singh of Purane Vrianh village and confiscated 125 gm of heroin from his possession. The SHO said a case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act had been registered against the accused who was arrested from nearby his own village. In another report, the Sarhali police have arrested Kala Singh of Chaudhriwala village with 200 habit- forming tablets from the nearby Usman village. The accused has been booked under the relevant sections of the NDPS Act. OC Maid booked for burglary Amritsar: The Civil Lines police have booked a maid, identified as Raj Kumari, in connection with a burglary case. Complainant Kawaljit Kaur alleged the she lived alone and had engaged the accused for household work. She said on October 29, she had gone outside for some work but on return she found Rs 2 lakh and 70 gm of gold jewellery stolen from her almirah. A case has been registered. TNS Three arrested with stolen bike The Islamabad police have arrested Amandeep Singh and Ravinder Singh of Chhota Haripura and Jagdev Singh of Guru Ki Wadali with a stolen motorcycle. The police authorities said the accused were held at a naka. The investigation is under way. More recovery is likely to be made from them. TNS Man booked for fraud The police have booked Nachattar Singh, a resident of Chheharta, for allegedly duping a man on the pretext of arranging a job for him in the Railways. Hardeep Singh, the complainant, stated to the police that the accused took Rs 3.5 lakh from him but failed to return it after failing to arrange the job. A case has been registered. TNS INSIDE llegal buildings flourish in city On the one hand, the Municipal Town Planning wing has been issuing notices to demolish illegal buildings in the city, on the other hand, construction work in several such buildings has been going on. Minister for Local Bodies Navjot Singh Sidhu and MC Commissioner Amit Kumar made tall claims about taking strict actions against the violators, but no such action has been taken till date. The Town Planning wing recently issued notices to several building owners that it will demolish their illegal structures. Page 2 plices had taken shelter in Mintoo is the prime sushis mother’s house, who pect in the brutal murder of lives alone in a colony on Sharma. He was identified the Sultanwind road. How- following a CCTV grab of the ever, by the time the police incident. He had a striking reached there, the accused resemblance with the sushad fled. pect who pumped Sukhraj Kaur several bullets into lives in Gali No. 8 Sharma. Earlier, of Galal Avenue on the police was saythe Sultanwind ing that they were road. Initially, the trying to arrest the police had the accused. They information that were yet to confirm Mintoo belonged whether the shootto Bhikhiwind and er in the picture raiding parties had was Mintoo. HowVipin Sharma gone there to ever, with the regarrest him. Howistration of a case, ever, they later came to it has now become clear that know that his mother lived gangsters had killed Sharon the Sultanwind road and ma. Police officials said they by the time the police were yet to confirm the reached there, they had motive behind the murder. fled. Intelligence officials have Special package for small, medium industries sought Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 9 The Laghu Udyog Bharti, an all-India organisation for small industries, organised a programme to create awareness about various schemes of the National Small Industries Corporation here today. The event was organised under the aegis of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Laghu Udyog Bharti president Dr JP Singh said the government should allow all units to file the GST quarterly and scrap the limit of turnover. He said due to the turnover condition, many units had been forced to file the GST on a monthly basis. Owners of industrial units said the MSME policy had not been revised since 2006 and it was the time to help the small and medium industry. They also demanded a special package to give a boost to the industry in the border areas. Vice-president Amit Kapoor said earlier the ministry used to give a subsidy of 15 per cent to units for installing new machines, which had been stopped from April 2017. He said the scheme should be continued and pending arrears should be released at the earliest. They also demanded an office of the ministry in Amritsar to address their problems. Dr JP Singh joint committees of all government departments dealing with the industry should be constituted for better coordination. They also submitted a memorandum to Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik. Speaking on the occasion, Malik said being a member of the MSME committee of Parliament, he would raise their issues. Stone of state cancer institute laid Govt is set to open 5 medical colleges in the state, including Mohali Tribune News Service Amritsar, November The Minister for Medical Education and Research, Brahm Mohindra, laid the foundation stone of the State Cancer Institute at Government Medical College here today. The institute is to be built at a cost of Rs 115 crore and would be a 150-bedded facility. The minister also inaugurated the administrative building of the college and an auditorium. He said the government is all set to open five new medical colleges in the state and the foundation ❝All vacant posts of the teaching faculty would be filled soon. He said the government is not averse to re-employment after retirement of deserving candidates. ❞ BRAHM MOHINDRA, Minister for Medical Edu & Research stone of the first one at Mohali would be laid soon. Mohindra, who held an interaction with students and employees at the auditorium, said all vacant posts of the teaching faculty would be filled soon. He said the government is not averse to reemployment after retirement of deserving candidates. He said the remuneration of various posts would be revised to attract fresh talent. Talking about the upgrade of the college, Mohindra said a budget of Rs 70 crore has been earmarked. He said Rs 32 crore would be released in this financial year. The students of the college, in this open discussion, aired their concerns freely and apprised the minister of the various infrastructural facilities. Mohindra said the gen- uine concerns of all stakeholders would be addressed. At the same time, the minister talked about fixing the accountability for improving the working of the institute. “At present, there is no political interference in the working of the institute and there won’t be any ever,” he said. Lok Sabha member Gurjit Singh Aujla and other MLAs were also present. Aujla, who had conducted a surprise inspection of the hospital a few days ago, said the minister had been apprised of the problems and all shortcomings would be removed. pointed out that the incident was the outcome of gang rivalry between notorious gangsters Simarjit Singh and Shubham Singh. Both had killed each other’s father out of rivalry. Sharma's was the fourth such killing in the rivalry as Simarjit was close to a person who was sheltered by the deceased Hindu leader. Neeraj Kumar, SHO, Sultanwind police station, said raids were on to arrest Sukhraj Kaur while a case under Sections 212 (harbouring an offender) and 216 (harbouring an offender who had escaped from police custody or whose apprehension has been ordered) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against her. INTERNATIONAL AIR CONNECTIVITY ‘Allow carriers from Dubai to fly to Asr’ A view of Sri Guru Ram Das ji International Airport in Amritsar Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 9 The Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM), an NGO working for the betterment of the city in general and increased air connectivity with other international destinations in particular, has appealed to the Ministry of Civil Aviation to allow carriers from the UAE, Oman, Turkey and other countries to fly to Amritsar. The request follows correspondence between the AVM and Fly Dubai, an international airlines. AVM patron Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala said, "Fly Dubai is willing to launch flights to Amritsar if the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, allows Amritsar to be added as a point of call for the carriers from Dubai.” He said the AVM’s oversees secretary Sameep Singh had made a written request to the airlines in this regard. Gumtala said according to the airlines, Amritsar is a very important and key market that they would like to serve. However, the city is not a designated point of call in the bilateral air services agreement between Dubai and India. The agreement does not allow carriers from Dubai to fly to Amritsar. Furthermore, the capacity between India and Dubai stands exhausted and the bilateral discussions need to be conducted once again. At present, carriers from the UAE -- Emirates, FlyDubai, Etihad can’t operate flights to Amritsar, whereas Indian carriers can fly to these cities. Gumtala said starting of flights will not only take flyers to Dubai, Muscat or Istanbul, but it would also connect them further to Europe, the US and Canada, which have a large Punjabi population. Such connectivity is missing in the current flights operating on the Amritsar-Dubai route by Air India Express and SpiceJet. Digging up of footpath at Majitha Road irks commuters Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 9 Commuters on Majitha Road have been facing inconvenience, as Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is again digging up the footpath to lay wires from Guru Gobind Singh Chowk to the Scared Heart School side. The contractor has installed barricades on Guru Gobind Singh Road and stopped the traffic. Now, the commuters have to take a turn from the next diversion. Meanwhile, work is being carried out at a slow pace, much to the chagrin of the residents. The contractor hasn’t mentioned the project title and the time it will take on the information board. Earlier, the PSPCL had dug up the same footpath to lay the wire six months back. The commuters and the shopkeepers had faced inconvenience due to the digging work. After the completion of work, the residents and the visitors had respite from traffic jams. But now again the PSPCL has dug up the foot- path and put mud on the road. The one-way road is already narrow and half of it is occupied by workers who have been assigned the job. Moreover, roadside vendors, who sell vegetables, fruits and eatables on footpath, have now set up their stalls on the road. The situation worsens in the evening hours when the traffic moves at a snail’s pace. The residents of various localities on Majitha Road want the contractor to complete the work at the earliest. Yogesh Kumar, a resident of Majitha Road, said, “A few c m y b months back, they dug up the road to lay the wire. Now, again they have started digging. There is a lack of coordination among the various departments of the government. First, they laid interlocking tiles on the footpath and then dug these up again to lay wire. After laying the wire, they did not repair the footpath properly. "The chowk is barricaded and the road is congested. Now, the commuters are at the receiving end, especially in the evening hours due to traffic congestion.” A footpath is dug up at Majitha Road in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR
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