24112017-ATR-01.qxd 11/24/2017 12:06 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 24 NOVEMBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Name controversy Voice of conviction Miracle workers Former Deputy Speaker describes the move to change the name of Dyal Singh College as illogical. P2 At IFFI in Goa, Madhur Bhandarkar talks about Padmavati. P3 Comedy series casts Sasha Compère in a regular role. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 24.0°C MIN 09.0°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C MIN 06°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.27 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.07 AM GURU TEG BAHADUR Martyrdom day observed ‘Beti Bachao’ fake forms being sold on payment in Tarsikka Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 23 The Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) today observed the martyrdom day of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur. Divine kirtan was followed by bhog of akhand path conducted in Gurdwara Sri Kalgidhar Sahib on the pious occasion of the 342th martyrdom day of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur. An aura of mysticism and spirituality filled the entire CKD campus by a mesmerizing rendition of religious hymns by students of Central Khalsa Orphanage and various CKD schools and teachers. President, CKD, Charanjit Singh Chadha urged the students to get lessons from the life of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur who sacrificed his life for Kashmiri Pandits and gave the message of oneness of humanity, selfless service and righteousness. He said, “CKD principals are to organize religious activities from time to time in order to associate children with their religious values, beliefs and roots.” A prize distribution ceremony was held by the CKD management to award the winners of Gurbani Kanth Competition held recently by the Dharam Parchar Committee. Amritsar, November 23 Fake forms of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao’ are being sold on payment in the Tarsikka block. The accused are cheating people by claiming that the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development will credit Rs 2 lakh each into the accounts of those filling the forms. For the past few days, the forms, each costing Rs 100, are being sold in various villages of Tarsikka block. People have been flocking to the post offices to dispatch the forms to the ministry through registered post. All registered mails are being sent to the Ministry of Women and Child Amritsar, November 23 A nursing student of the International College of Nursing has filed a complaint with the Tarn Taran Deputy Commissioner against the college authorities for manhandling her on Tuesday as she refused to pay her fee. The complaint was filed by advocate Sandeep Gorsi on behalf of Sumeesh Sharma on Wednesday. Talking to The Tribune, Sumeesh said, “The college had asked me to submit Rs 40,000 or otherwise I would not be allowed to sit in exams.” The complainant said she had already deposited Rs 15,000 with the college after which she was allowed to take two exams. Sumeesh added that she had third exam yesterday, but the college authorities asked her to first deposit the fee. Sumeesh said she requested the staff to allow her to Sikh devotees pay obeisance at Golden Temple on the occasion of the martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur in Amritsar on Thursday. General Secretary of the Chief Khalsa Diwan Committee, Kanpur, Bhajanbeer Singh and Harkrishan Singh Bhatti from Chicago were also honored by the Chief Khalsa Diwan management. CKD President S Charanjit Singh Chadha, vice-president Dhanraj Singh, resident president Nirmal Singh, honorary secretary Dr Dharam Veer Singh and CKD principals were present on the occasion. NON-PAYMENT OF FEE Nursing student accuses college of manhandling, mgmt refutes allegations take the exam as her absence would ruin her future. She alleged that a staff member slapped her. As Sumeesh’s father lives in a foreign country and he could not pay the fee, she had borrowed money from Gorsi for the purpose. Gorsi said, “I have no relations with the family. The girl and her family lives in our street and she has asked for help. Even I asked the college management to allow her to take the exam. I had promised them to pay the dues from my pocket.” It was unlawful to manhandle any student for not pay- ‘Arms-free zone’ certificates must Tribune News Service Students of Central Khalsa Orphanage and various CKD schools present religious hymns in Amritsar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ing the fee, he added. “On one hand our government has initiated the Beti Bachao, Beti Padao campaign while on the other, a poor student is manhandled just because she is requesting the college management to let her sit in the exams,” Gorsi said while adding that he would fight a legal battle for the student free of cost and ensure that she gets justice. He said, “She has already missed her one exam. The college should have supported her when I had promised to pay the fee. But instead, they were adamant.” “I have also forwarded a complaint to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh,” he added. Gorsi said a case should be registered against the administration and staff of the college. The college chairman, RP Singh, said, “The college had issued roll number to the student and as such nobody could refrain her from taking the exam.” Amritsar, November 23 The police administration has asked the marriage palace owners and the hoteliers to file an immediate complaint at the police station concerned if someone enters their premises carrying arms. Parvinder Kaur, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Licencing), has conducted a meeting with the owners of Two killed in mishaps while returning home Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, November 23 Two persons were killed in two road accidents at different places in the area late last evening. One accident took place on the link road of Bagrain-Bath village while the second accident occurred on the Sarhali-Patti road. The deceased have been identified as Gurbinder Singh (35) of nearby Malia village and Charanjit Singh (25) of Ghariala village, 35 km from here. The deceased, Gurbinder Singh, was coming back to his village from Bagrian village on his Splendor motor cycle when a Honda car hit him from the front near the Continued on page 2 Weaving a livelihood Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 23 Despite the fact that the local administration had stopped the registration of new autorickshaws, following a Punjab and Haryana High Court order in 2009, their number is increasing as the administration has failed to check the use of rickshaws registered outside the MC limits in the holy city. Most of the auto-rickshaws plying on the city roads have registration plates from towns outside the MC limits or even from other districts. As per norms, an auto-rickshaw can be allowed to operate within the limits of the Municipal Corporation in which it was registered. It was in July 2009 that the Punjab and Haryana High court while pronouncing its verdict on a Civil Writ Petition had banned the new registration of auto-rickshaws within the limits of the municipal corporations of Amritsar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar. However the increasing number of auto-rickshaws is visible on the city roads, as most of them have registration numbers from outside the city. The growing number of these rickshaws is further tificate, but the hoteliers did not show any concern. Those who did not get the certificates, they should fill the forms at the licence office and get the certificate. The ACP stated that those marriage palaces, resorts and hotels which have an armsfree zone certificate should file a complaint if anyone entered their premises carrying weapons. The police would register a case immediately. 2 held with habit-forming drugs Tarn Taran: The police have arrested two persons and recovered 590 habit forming drugs from their possession in separate cases. The Chola Sahib police, led by ASI Prem Singh, nabbed Gurjit Singh of Harike and recovered 500 habit forming tablets from his possession. In the second case, the police from Patti arrested Navjot Singh Jimmi and recovered 90 habit forming tablets from him. Separate cases were registered. OC 4-gm heroin recovered The Patti city police have arrested Sukhbir Singh of the same township, 25 km from here, and recovered 4 gm of heroin from his possession. ASI Panna Lal who was heading the police party, stated that a case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against the accused in this connection. The accused was arrested from the DAV School road on Wednesday evening. OC MC begins efforts to improve city’s ranking Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service A man makes baskets on a roadside in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Despite a ban on the registration of new auto-rickshaws, their increasing number on the city roads causes frequent traffic chaos in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR noticeable as they ignore safety and road rules to pick marriage palaces, resorts and hotels and instructed them to get “firearm-free zone” certificates. The licence office of the city police issues the certificates to the marriage palaces, the resorts and the hotels to prevent the incidents of firing in marriages. The ACP stated that the Commissioner of Police had already asked the marriage palaces and the hotel owners to get the arms-free zone cer- SWACHH SURVEKSHAN LIST 2018 Autos not registered for years, their number in city up Manmeet Singh Gill “We request the police authorities to keep a tab on such elements who are looting the public”. Earlier, similar cases of fake forms had been reported in Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Tarn Taran areas. The police had booked some stationery shop owners for selling fake forms. Meanwhile, the sarpanches of villages are also making the most of the situation, as panchayat elections are round the corner. Instead of making the public aware, they are stamping and attesting the forms to facilitate the residents. The Joint Platform of Mass Organizations found several fake forms which were undersigned by sarpanches. HOTELS AND MARRIAGE PALACES Complaint filed with Tarn Taran DC against college mgmt Tribune News Service Development, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi. The Joint Platform of Mass Organizations led by Jaramnjit Singh Bath today met the Child Development Project Officer, Dr Tanuja Goyal, and submitted the fake forms filed by the girls of Akalgarh Dhapain village. Bath stated that some of the shopkeepers in the area were fleecing innocent villagers by selling them fake forms of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao’ scheme. Activists of the Joint Platform of Mass Organizations have been making the public aware about this fraudulent act by using public announcement systems at gurdwaras. up a passenger before another driver does. c m y b As the increasing number of auto-rickshaws has become a cause of concern due to their pollution emission levels and the traffic chaos caused by them, the city residents feel that rules in this regard should be strictly implemented. A local mechanic revealed, “Most auto drivers mix kerosene and diesel to cut their fuel costs. As kerosene burnt in diesel engines causes more pollution, this needs to be checked.” Recently, as rising pollution levels in the city had been a widely debated issue, as farmers were burning crop residue in the fields, the farmers stated that the responsibility for pollution should not be fixed on any one particular trade or community. “A person burning a garbage heap is as much responsible as a farmer burning stubble or an autorickshaw driver earning his livelihood illegally. The idea should be to check every pollution-causing agent, instead of focusing on any one trade or community,” said a noted farmer leader, Rattan Singh Randhawa. Amritsar, November 23 The Municipal Corporation has initiated efforts to improve the ranking of the city in the Swachh Survekshan ranking list 2018 of the central government. Teams of the central government will visit the city on January 4 in this connection. Government officials would observe various components by conducting a survey. The teams will get officials records and a self-declaration by the MC. They will visit the city to observe cleanliness and take feedback of residents. There are several components of Swachh Survekshan ranking, including the solid waste management system, free of open defecation, doorto-door collection of garbage, segregation of garbage and general cleanliness. The city has been placed at the 258th position in the Swachh Survekshan 2017 (cleanest cities of India list). Dr Raju Chown, Municipal Health Officer, said, “We are making efforts to improve the ranking of the city. All the MC staff is working round the clock. Several new schemes have been implemented in the city. Apart from upgrading the infrastructure, we are making the public aware about keeping their city neat and clean”. Talking about the challenges, the MHO stated that the city was deprived of a garbage processing plant. Following a dispute over land for the dumping ground and solid waste management plant, the MC is collecting the garbage, but is not able to process it. The officials are worried that the central government teams will not be satisfied with the status of the solid waste management in the city. Moreover, the door-to-door collection is not being conducted in the inner city areas. Due to narrow streets, the infrastructure for garbage collection is also insufficient. The officials are satisfied with the feedback of city youth. “We have visited several colleges in the city and found that youngsters in the city are keen to make the city neat and clean,” they added
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