22112017-ATR-01.qxd 11/22/2017 12:07 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 22 NOVEMBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Floodlights at Gandhi ground Scripting success ‘My mother is my inspiration’ Floodlights at the cricket ground are yet to be installed. An announcement in this regard was made in 2009. P2 Iranian director Majid Majidi’s Hindi film Beyond the Clouds impresses at IFFI. P3 Beautiful and talented Tejasswi Prakash is back with Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya... P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 23°C MIN 07°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C MIN 08°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.29 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.04 AM SNIPPETS Orientation camp on leprosy Amritsar: The District Health Department organised a training-cumorientation camp on leprosy for its employees at Urban Primary Health Centre, Chehharta, here on Tuesday. District Leprosy Officer Dr Jyotika Kalsi said the purpose of the camp was to make employees aware of medical needs of the leprosy patients. She said the employees were educated about the symptoms of the disease and they had been taught to identify such patients and send them to the Civil Hospital for further diagnosis. Health officials said early diagnosis of leprosy could save patients from permanent physical disability. TNS Couple booked for fraud A couple from the Sultanwind area has been booked on fraud charge. The accused has been identified as Gurdeep Singh and Ranjit Kaur, both residents of New Kot Atma Ram. In his complaint, Harpal Singh, who is a goldsmith, told the police that the accused bought 1.44 kg of gold from him. He said the cheques given by the couple for the payment of the gold were bounced. Harpal said the couple duped him of Rs 21,99, 850. A case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. TNS Six booked for deception The police have booked six persons for duping the owner of a chemical firm of Rs 26 Lakh. The accused have been identified as Suresh Garg, Rakesh Garg, Kaushal Garg, Vikas, Ajay Chaudary and Sunil Girdhar from Anand Tax India, Brahman Majra, Panipat. Complainant Sanjiv Vij, who is a supplier of chemicals, told the police that the accused duped him of Rs 26 Lakhs by not giving the payment of chemicals supplied to them. The police have registered a case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC. TNS Anti-AAP hoardings dot city Question Kejriwal’s silence over Khaira’s alleged involvement in drug trafficking GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 21 At a time when the AAP is all set to contest the coming civic polls for the first time, several hoardings in Punjabi language have come up overnight in the key areas of Amritsar questioning AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal’s silence over Leader of Opposition and AAP MLA Sukhpal Khaira’s alleged involvement in supporting drug traffickers. Interestingly, the hoardings on Lawrence Road and Majitha Road carry the slogan, ‘Ik vaar nahin hazaar vaar kahanga…Sukhpal Khaira nashe da vapaari ha.” —Aam Admi’. This slogan was identical to what the AAP had allegedly used during the Assembly poll campaign against SAD leader Bikram Majithia. Kejriwal and his aides have been facing a defamation case filed by Majithia in this regard in a local court. Hoardings surface in Amritsar’s key areas questioning Khaira’s support to drug traffickers. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Another lapse was that no name of a party or an individual was mentioned on whose behalf these hoardings were released, whereas it is a mandatory condition since some of these hoardings were spotted on the paid sites allotted by the Municipal Corpo- ration through private contractors, sources said. Pointing towards Kejriwal, the hoardings from ‘Aam Admi’ further say ‘KejriwalKejriwal, ki tera vi hissa Khaire naal’ and also ask Khaira to submit his resignation with the justification BRTS: Bridge, grills lead to chaos Tribune News Service Municipal Corporation employees burn an effigy of Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal during a protest in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR MC staff burn Manpreet Badal’s effigy over delayed salaries Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 21 The protest by Municipal Corporation employees over nonpayment of salaries entered the ninth day here today. The MC employees have been deprived of their salaries for the past two months. Today, the employees led by the Sanji Sangharsh Committee burnt an effigy of Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and raised slogans against the state government. Union leaders alleged that Manpreet Singh Badal was not releasing the salaries. Harjinder Singh Walia, president of the Sanji Sang- harsh Committee, said, “Navjot Singh Sidhu had assured us that the salaries would be released on time. But the Finance Minister is not releasing the funds to the Local Bodies Department. He released Rs 21 crore for development works but nothing for salaries. Sidhu made efforts but failed to get the salaries released”. “We will continue our protest still the government disburses our salaries for three months. Earlier, we were demanding salaries for September and October. Now, it’s November 21 and the government should release salaries for three months”, added walia. “If the government does not releases our salaries this week, we will intensify our struggle. The union will give a call to boycott work. Residents would suffer if the MC employees boycott work”, said another unionist. The leaders of the Sanji Sangharsh Committee avoided to criticize the Minister for Local Bodies, Navjot Singh Sidhu. They said, “Sidhu is an honest man and he made efforts to get our salaries released. Now that Manpreet Singh Badal is not releasing the salaries, why blame Sidhu?” said another union leader. Amritsar, November 21 The bridge as well the grills along the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor leading to Chheharta have failed to serve their purpose, as commuters have made their own way to cross the roads. Notably, the BRTS corridor has been constructed in the middle of the Grand Trunk road, making it difficult for pedestrians to reach the other side. As a result, a bridge over the BRTS corridor was constructed for the comfort of the pedestrians. Secondly, grills have been put on the sides of the roads to manage the traffic, but these have been uprooted to make an easy way out. Making the situation worse is the number of hoardings placed on this particular bridge questioning its real purpose. The bridge is more about hoardings rather than reaching the other side. This also raises a safety issue, as the entire bridge has been defaced badly. The broken grill on this particular stretch reflects the lack of traffic sense among residents as well as the chaos it adds to the heavy traffic on the busy GT road. Kamal, a commuter, said, “I guess people should use the corridor rather than putting posters on it. It was constructed for the comfort of the pedestrians, but the grills are broken. It becomes an easy way to cross over to the other side.” A view of the bridge over the BRTS lane in Amritsar. SUNIL KUMAR being ‘dujiyan ton istifa mangan wala, apni vari kyu drama kar reha?’ The AAP leaders say that following the court’s rejection of Khaira’s petition, seeking quashing of a Fazilka court summoning him as additional accused, he (Khaira) is yet to take a legal recourse, but these hoardings have declared him guilty. AAP state general secretary Harinder Singh said, “None, but Akalis are behind this. The language written on these hoardings has exposed them. Since we are making a comeback with the civic polls, more than the Congress, it’s the Akalis who are bewildered. They have launched a crusade which is fictitious and devoid of ethics and morality”, he said. Harinder Singh said for the past few days Akali leaders had been carrying out a false campaign against Khaira for political gains. He said since these hoardings were placed on paid sites, the accused would be traceable. “I was told that these hoardings were installed on paid sites. Those who had paid for these could be easily identified. We are going to lodge our protest with the Deputy Commissioner, seeking stern action in this regard”, he said. Meanwhile, Harinder Singh said the AAP was making its debut in civic polls in a big way. “In Amritsar, we have almost completed the candidates’ selection process. We will fight on all the 85 seats here. Only the grassroots volunteers will get the ticket. Some of the aspirants have already started work in their wards,” he said. On the other hand, MC’s Superintendent, Advertisement wing, Sher Singh, expressed total ignorance about any such hoarding. “The hoardings on unipoles are installed against payment, but the task is operated directly through private contractors who have their discretion in this regard”, he said. Tribune News Service Newly installed transformers under the elevated bridge on the GT road near the bus stand in Amritsar on Tuesday. VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar, November 21 A day after a mishap occurred in Ludhiana due to electric short-circuiting, it has been observed that many transformers in the city have been installed at highly congested and vulnerable points. A recent addition is the installation of two transformers under the elevated bridge near the bus stand. Experts say such inflammable equipment should not be installed under bridges as a fire accident can also cause damage to the concrete and steel structures. A retired Assistant Executive Engineer from the Power Corporation, Sawinder Singh, said, “A fire due to oil spill from the transformers could cause a major accident, especially if these are installed under an important construction such as a flyover.” He said use of dry transformers instead of oil-based transformers as is being c m y b done in the city should be encouraged. “The dry transformers are safer,” he said, adding that these should be used at places where transformers are installed under any kind of construction. A walk through the city revealed that people have used the space under transformers installed alongside roads to sell tea or even clothes. Inside the Hall Gate, near the famous Bharawan Da Dhaba, over a dozen cloth shops have Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 21 The peripheral wall of the Employees State Insurance (ESI) Hospital, Majitha Road, is broken at at least five different points to make illegal entrances. Though the hospital authorities claim that nearby residents have broken the wall, so as to gain illegal entry to the hospital premises, it has not filed a formal complaint with the local police. The absence of a peripheral wall and the presence of unauthorised entry points makes the hospital a vulnerable point for thefts. In the past, the hospital has reported many instances of theft. The most noteworthy include theft of computer panels from the pharmacy and of sanitary fittings from the official residence of the Medical Superintendent. continued on page 2 Theft of Basmati trucks: Gang of robbers busted Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 21 The Amritsar rural police claims to have busted a gang of robbers that had stolen two Basmati-loaded trucks in the past two weeks. The police arrest three accused here today. They have been identified as arhtiya (commission agent) Sartaj Singh, his munim (accountant) Jasbir Singh and chaudhry (head of labour) Gurlal Singh, all residents of Makhi Margind Pura. The investigation of these cases was carried out by a team led by Harpal Singh, Superintendent of Police (Investigation), Harpreet Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Investigation) and Inspector Ravinder Singh of the Crime Investigation Agency. Officials claimed that they investigated the matter thoroughly and nabbed the accused. The police also recovered the Basmati grains, loaded in the trucks. Parampal Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Amritsar rural, stated that the robbed truck was recovered from the house of an arhtiya Sartaj Singh, a resident of Makhi Margind Pura. His munim Jasbir Singh, a resident of the same village, helped him to hide the Bas- The police team along with the recovered truck in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO mati bags. Meanwhile, Chaudhry Gurlal Singh provided labour for unloading the trucks at Sartaj’s house. The police has arrested the three accused. The officials claimed that during interrogation, he revealed the names of Gurpreet Singh, Sandhu and Channa Singh, residents of Marhi Gorh Singh, who had perpetrated the crime. However, the main accused are still out of the reach of the police. “Police teams are conducting raids to nab the rest of the accused. With the busting of this gang and arrest of three Transformers, unsafe electricity wires threat to public safety Manmeet Singh Gill Illegal entry points at ESI hospital been set up on the footpath. The residents stated that the Power Corporation must ensure safety of the residents from loose hanging wires and oil-based transformers. In many areas of Guru Bazaar and the adjoining localities, the electricity wires can be seen running parallel to the windows of the first floor of the buildings. In the recent past, the city has reported many accidents in the past few years when persons stand- ing on the first floor of the buildings came into contact with electricity wires inadvertently and had to lose their limbs. In a recent instance, officials of the Power Corporation and local bodies were booked after a girl in Jandiala was electrocuted around two months ago. It had been a landmark development, as in the earlier instances, no cases for negligence were registered against the officials responsible officials. persons, we ensure that such incidents can be prevented in future”, said the SSP . The truck with 290 quintals of Basmati was stolen at gunpoint near Rajewala-Sukhewala T point on the Tarn Taran bypass. The accused intercepted the truck by posing as sales tax officials and stole the truck. Similarly, another truck loaded with Basmati was stolen near the Jheeta turn. 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