05012018-ATR-01.qxd 1/4/2018 11:55 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 5 JANUARY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Narrow crossings Follow the heart’s calling Occupational therapy Residents have been demanding for long the widening of narrow railway crossings. P2 In January, the Hobby Month, here’s catching up with a few who live life to the fullest. P3 Actress Amanda Barrie says she decided to be a part of the reality TV show to take her mind off death. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 14°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.41 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.31 AM GNDU fiasco: Grammar mistakes in English paper Students fume; a number of last year’s questions repeated A number of errors can be seen in the question paper. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Sham goes to morning walk daily — should have had ‘for’ replacing ‘to’. Several students have expressed displeasure and a few of them vent their anger through social media. A student, seeking anonymity, said, “The repetition of questions is okay, but the grammatical errors are shocking. How silly it is that a paper meant to judge the ability of students is not up to the mark.” This is not for the first time that something like this has happened. Earlier, too, in M.Sc (Mathematics), Semester-1, a section of the question paper was missing. The matter was resolved. Also the students of BSc (Economics), Semester- V, were not provided with question papers in Hindi and Punjabi languages. Later, the question papers were provided through e-mail. When contacted, GNDU Vice-Chancellor Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu said, “These are simple printing errors. Around 1,100 papers are being printed. The university does not supervise printing. We will look into it.” NGO for SIT probe into Chadha’s suicide Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 4 After the surfacing of suicide note of Inderpreet Singh Chadha, the Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), an NGO, today urged Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to constitute a special investigating team (SIT) headed by a DGP rank officer to probe the circumstances that forced him to end his life. Chadha, son of disgraced Charanjit Singh Chadha, former chief of the Chief Khalsa Diwan Charitable Society, committed suicide by shooting himself in his vehicle on Ajnala road here yesterday. The suicide note was found from his bag during preliminary investigations, though it came before media through some undisclosed family source only today. Sarabjit Singh Verka, principal investigator, PHRO, said names of big businessmen, a charted accountant, cops and a local political leader had figured in the handwritten suicide note of the deceased. The state government should constitute an SIT headed by a DGP rank officer to ensure impartial probe, he said. He urged the CM to order the police officials to register an FIR on the basis of the suicide note. The police regis- tered an FIR on the statement of Prabhpreet Singh, son of Inderpreet Chadha, who was not aware of the entire facts, he pointed out. The police have registered an FIR against 11 persons for abetting him to commit suicide. Among those booked include Surjit Singh, Umat, (charted accountant), Kuljit Kaur, Mania, Davinder Sandhu, Gursewak Singh, Hari Singh Sandhu, Bhag Singh Ankhi, Nirmal Singh and the woman who had accused Charanjit Chadha of outraging her modesty and Inderpreet of criminal intimidation. They were charged under Sections 306 and 120-B of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The father-son duo was booked under Sections 354, 354-A, 506, 509 of the IPC and 67, 67-A of the Information Technology Act on December 28, 2017. Verka said both cases needed a thorough probe to ascertain the circumstances which forced Inderpreet to take the extreme step of ending his life. “There are three aspects. The first one is the registration of a case against the father-son duo, second is the Inderpreet’s suicide and the third one is the suicide note content which clearly states that they were being blackmailed and harassed,” he said. SNIPPETS Panghura officials with a baby girl. TRIBUNE PHOTO Panghura gets 154th child Amritsar: Panghura, the shelter home for abandoned children run by the Red Cross Society, received a newborn girl on Thursday. With this, the total tally of the children at the Panghura has reached 154. At present, there were about 133 girls and 21 boys. TNS Woman held for theft Tarn Taran: The police have arrested Rajwinder Kaur of Patti and recovered four gold rings from her possession. The accused worked as a domestic servant for Partap Singh, a goldsmith. ASI Gurmukh Singh said a case under Section 381 of the IPC was registered against the accused. Partap Singh, in his complaint to the police, alleged that the accused had stolen 13 gold rings from his house a few days back. OC Amritsar, January 4 In an ironic situation, a paper meant to test the English ability of students under Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) was found abuzz with grammatical errors. The Functional English paper, attempted by the stu- dents of BA and B.SC third semester on January 1, had not only grammatical mistakes, but also a repeat of a few questions from the last year question paper. The faults were in SectionA, meant to judge the grammar proficiency of the students. One such question, where- Four booked for assault Three robberies in rural belt GMC doctors not to meet medical Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 4 A minor altercation over parking of motorcycle took an ugly turn when four youths allegedly thrashed a man and “molested” his daughter. The Maqboolpura police have booked Maya, Ajay, Sonu and Radhe, all residents of Guru Teg Bahadur Colony on Mehta road. The victim, Gurdeep Singh, told the police that he along with his daughter had gone to attend a ‘jagran’ in Guru Teg Bahadur Colony when they thrashed him and assaulted his daughter. A case has been registered against the accused. No arrest has been made so far, the police said. — TNS in the change of narration has been sought, has a verb missing. It reads — Surkhab said, “Please to canteen.” Another question with an error reads — The philosopher discovered, “The earth revolves round the sun.” ‘Round’ in this sentence should have been ‘around’. One more question — Manager of a finance company robbed of ~1 lakh Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 4 The rural belt has witnessed three robberies in 24 hours. Two unknown persons attacked Mahavir Singh of Muktsar and his colleague and took away his bag containing around Rs 1 lakh in cash at San Sahib road here yesterday. Mahavir is manager of a financial firm. Mahavir Singh (28) told the police that he worked with Bharat Finance Ltd as a manager of its Chheharta branch. He said he along with his colleague Ankit Kumar was returning to Amritsar on a bike after collecting monthly installments from Kotli Naseer Khan, Sanghana, Mannan and Manna Kalonia village. When they reached near San Sahib road, two motorcycleborne youths with covered faces attacked them and snatched the bag containing around Rs 1 lakh. He said they tried to chase them, but the culprits fled. After preliminary probe, the Gharinda police registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC against unknown persons. In another such incident, Jatinder Singh (26) of New Golden Avenue in Amritsar lost Rs 20,000 to unidentified robbers. He was returning from Gulshan Book Depot on his scooter when he was targeted near Sunrise Palace near Jandiala. The robbers also took away his other valuables and documents. Meanwhile, two bike-borne snatchers took away a mobile phone from Narinderpal Kanda (50) of Jaspal Nagar while he was returning from Bhogpur. The incident took place near Mallian canal. Blue water bottles shoo away dogs? Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 4 Residents have come up with their own way to keep areas outside their houses clean, especially from dog faeces. People in certain areas of the city believe that by hanging plastic bottles filled with blue coloured water shall shoo away dogs from their doorsteps. Blue laundry pigment (known as ‘neel’) is added to water after which it is poured in a plastic bottle to hang at the main entrance of the house. Strangely, a number of people can be seen following it to prevent dogs pooping outside their residence. The sight is common in areas such as areas at Taran Taran Road, Majitha Road, a few areas of Sultanwind road among others. Manish Abrol, a resident, said, “I first saw this in Sultanwind and asked people about it. I just wanted to try this. It has worked for me. The area outside my house is Nothing scientific This trend picked up in a number of cities across the country, especially in West Bengal, a few years ago. Though no one knows where did it originate from, most of the people have got to know about it through internet. Vet experts have often said that there is no scientific explanation to it, but dogs may be scared of the blue reflection, or they don’t like the smell of the ‘neel’ water. Such plastic bottles with neel-mixed water can be seen hung at hundreds of houses in many areas, particulary Majitha Road, Sultanwind > Road and Tarn Taran Road. > clean. Dogs have not come near my house. So far, I can vouch for this popular arrangement.” He has been doing this for two weeks. Another city resident, Nirmal Singh of a colony at Taran Taran road, said, “I have a blue-coloured water in a bottle hung at the entrance of my house for the past two months. I saw bottles hanged continued on page 2 SGPC hails Sikh US pilot Amritsar: SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal has congratulated Arpinder Kaur for becoming the first turbaned woman Sikh commercial pilot in the US. He said the appointment of a turbaned female Sikh by a commercial airline was a laudable step. He said her appointment would give huge encouragement to all turbaned Sikhs living abroad. Longowal also congratulated Balraj Singh Deol, a turbaned Sikh for his selection in Canadian forces as second lieutenant artillery. TNS representatives in OPD hours Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 4 The Government Medical College (GMC) has banned the entry of medical representatives (salesmen) of private pharmaceutical companies to the outpatient department (OPD) chambers of doctors during duty hours. Medical representatives can be seen roaming in the hospital and meeting doctors during working hours every day. The salesmen of the private pharmaceutical companies cajole and also lure doctors into prescribing their brands. A source in the hospital said pharmaceutical companies gave hefty commission and lavish gifts to government doctors. “The practice has increased to such an extent that private persons keep on sitting next to doctors as the latter examine patients,” he said. It has also been seen that while patients in long queues are waiting outside, doctors carry on with their meet with medical representatives to know their brands. The medicines of private companies are not available at the government Sources say representatives of pharmaceutical companies lure doctors into prescribing their brands that are not available in the pharmacies of Government Medical College. TRIBUNE PHOTO pharmacies at the hospital. These are available only at private medical stores outside the hospital. The patients often complain of not getting medicines from government pharmacies and doctors prescribing medicines which are available only with a few chemists. The instances of private lab employees collecting samples from inside the wards have already been highlighted by the media. The patients hope that the new order would set the things in order. College Principal Dr Tejbir Singh said, “We hope that the practice will come to an end with the new orders. The duty hours of the doctors are meant only for patients. Meeting with a private salesman during OPD hours is unethical. Action will be taken if such a practice is seen.” PWD clerk arrested for embezzlement at one of the intersections in the city. It has worked.” However, there are many say such a trend shouldn’t be followed. Sandeep Kurl, a resident, said, “People these days blindly follow whatever they come across. Being educated, one should not promote any such belief.” This trend picked up in a number of cities across the country, especially in West Bengal, a few years ago. Though no one knows where did it originate from, most of the people have got to know about it through internet. Vet experts have often said that there is no scientific explanation to it, but dogs may be scared of the blue reflection, or they don’t like the smell of the neel water. c m y b Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 4 The police have arrested a clerk deputed in the accounts branch of the Public Works Department (PWD) for allegedly misappropriating government funds to the tune of Rs 9.86 lakh. He was arrested after a PWD official lodged a police complaint regarding it. Jasbir Singh Sodhi, Xen, PWD, said the department came across some anonymous financial transactions. A five-member committee was formed to check the bungling. The committee zeroed in on Gurbir Singh, an accounts clerk, who allegedly committed the fraud. Subsequently, a complaint was lodged with the police in this connection. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) JS Walia said the accused used to transfer the money to some private accounts. He said it appeared that the embezzlement amount was much higher even as the initial probe by the department pegged the embezzled funds at Rs 10 lakh. He said further investigations would reveal the exact figure of the embezzled money. He said the accused was brought on police remand for further interrogation.
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