10012018-ATR-01.qxd 1/10/2018 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 10 JANUARY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Audit of development works Haryana Hurricane strikes again Huge transformation A forensic audit team, along with Vigilance officials, starts audit of development works. P2 At 59, Kapil Dev walks down his memory lanes of Chandigarh, trailing fond recollections. P3 Shweta Rohira has had quite a makeover recently. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 20°C MIN 1°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 3°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.45 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.31 AM VB raids former PTU V-C’s residence Anil Joshi, Lakshmi Kanta Chawla among BJP leaders who support Dr Arora ❝ Charanjit Singh Teja Amritsar, January 9 A team of the Vigilance Bureau (VB) from Kapurthala today raided the residence of former Vice-Chancellor of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University Dr Rajneesh Arora at the D Block of Ranjit Avenue here. VB officials, however, did not disclose any information after raiding the house. Local BJP leaders, including former Cabinet ministers Anil Joshi and Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, were present during the raid. Anil Joshi talked to the media after the VB officials left the house. He said the family of Dr Rajneesh Arora had only Rs 20,000 in cash, 35 gm of gold and 100 gm of silver. “The family members have shown all documents to the VB team. There was nothing objectionable,” added Joshi. The family called Anil Joshi when the VB team reached to conduct a search at the house. Joshi asked the team to show the search warrant. As the officials came without the warrant, they returned. Joshi said he had offered ❞ ANIL JOSHI, former Cabinet minister Vigilance team members come out of the residence of former PTU V-C Dr Rajneesh Arora at Ranjit Avenue; and (below) former minister Anil Joshi (2nd from left), along with others, outside the former V-C’s residence in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR the officials to conduct the search without the warrant but they left. Around 5 pm, the VB team reached the house again with the search warrant. The officials carried out the raid for around one hour. Joshi said the “corrupt lobby of distance education was behind the incident”. “He is a simple man who has served 12 years in tribal areas. During his term as the V-C, he reined in the mafia of distance Unknown person booked for stealing moped Passengers’ footfall crosses 2-lakh mark at airport in Dec Tarn Taran, January 9 The Khemkaran police yesterday booked an unidentified person for stealing a moped. Though the vehicle was stolen a month ago, the police registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC yesterday. Pardeep Kumar, the owner of the Moped, told the police that he had parked his moped (PB-46V-0957) outside his shop and in the evening, he saw that it was not at the spot. — OC Amritsar, January 9 For the second consecutive month, footfall of passengers crossed the 2-lakh mark at Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport in December 2017. A total of 2, 13, 615 passengers visited the airport in the month. The airport has witnessed an increase of 52.4 per cent in passengers’ footfall as compared to December 2016. A total of 1, 40, 124 passengers had visited the airport in December 2016. Sameep Singh Gumtala, secretary of overseas affairs, Amritsar Vikas Manch, said, “The data provided by the Airport Authority of India shows that footfall of domestic air passengers has increase from 91,185 to 1, 60, 150 in November 2017 as compared to the corresponding month in 2016. The airport has witnessed an increase of 75.6 per cent in footfall.” After Srinagar, it is the second highest domestic passengers’ footfall among all international airports in the country. A total of 1, 12, 816 passengers travelled by air between Amritsar and Delhi. Mumbai comes second with 29,341 passengers. International passengers’ footfall has also grown by 9.2 per cent with 53,465 passengers. Gumtala said, “The numbers are encouraging for the airport as India’s domestic air passenger traffic has increased by 16.99 per cent. The domestic air passengers Continued on page 2 Thespians divided over playing National Anthem in cinema halls Inquiry marked into property tax’s fake receipt case Jatinder Brar Neeta Mohindra Kewal Dhaliwal Divya Sharma been playing the National Anthem at our theatre for the past 20 years. It has been a tradition. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong if it is played before the screening of any movie. It feels good. I support the decision to play the National Anthem.” On November 30, 2016, the Supreme Court had made playing of the National Anthem in cinema halls before screening of films mandatory. The top court has asked the government to look into the detail of changes needed in laws. The Ministry of Home Affairs has told the Apex court that it was looking into the matter and would take six months to frame new guidelines on the same. Following which, the new directions have come up from the Apex court. Neeta Mohindra, senior film actress, said, “No one can force any one to show patriotism and nationalism. It is an individual choice. I welcome the decision that it is not mandatory now.” Kewal Dhaliwal, founder of the Manch Rangmach, a theatre group, said, “Such things are a part of the education system. These values must be cultivated at a young age. Forcing it at any cost will not give any kind of results.” Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 9 The decision of the Supreme Court in which it has said playing the National Anthem in cinema halls before the screening of films is no longer mandatory has evoked a mixed reaction from the theatre community in the city. The Tribune interacted with some prominent theatre faces to know their take on the issue. Founder of the Punjab Naathshala Jatinder Brar said there was nothing wrong in playing the National Anthem before the screening of any film. He said, “We have Tribune News Service He is a simple man who has served 12 years in tribal areas. During his term as the V-C, he reined in the mafia of distance education. After the formation of the new government, he was falsely implicated in a corruption case Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 9 After the arrest of a Class IV employee, the MC Commissioner has marked an inquiry into a property tax’s fake receipt case. Joint MC Commissioner Sourabh Arora will probe the case. According to information, a Class IV employee of the property tax wing had allegedly issued a fake receipt of Rs 23,600 to a property owner in 2014. He had also allegedly deposited Rs 50 on the original receipt. The employee is accused of amending the amount on the owners receipt. With the help of a beldar of the MC’s building branch, he also arranged a NOC for the property owner. When the owner applied for the registration of property at the Tehsildar office, he was nabbed for preparing fake documents. During the police inquiry, the involvement of MC employees came to the fore. Saurab Arora said, “We will conduct an inquiry. We will find out that whether only an individual is involved or some others are also a part of the practice.” — TNS c m y b Gurdwaras open to all but leave affairs to panels: Akal Takht jathedar education. After the formation of the new government, he was falsely implicated in a corruption case,” said Joshi. The VB yesterday arrested Dr Rajneesh for his alleged involved in financial irregularities, questionable appointments and administrative lapses during his tenure under the previous SAD-BJP government. The VB has booked Dr Arora under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Joshi said, “Dr Arora resides in 100 square yard house and his children used to study in a RSS’s school. He is known for taking bold steps for the betterment of technical education.” Amritsar, January 9 Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has said no one can be barred from paying obeisance at gurdwaras and no one has the right to interfere in the affairs of the gurdwara management. He was reacting to the ban imposed on Indian officials from entering gurdwaras in the US, the UK and Canada. On the other hand, supporting the decision wholeheartedly, the Dal Khalsa termed it a part of Sikh resistance against the New Delhi’s “onslaught”. Clarifying the stance of the Akal Takht on the issue, Bhupinder Singh, who is personal secretary to the jathedar said, “The doors of the gurdwaras are open to anyone, irrespective of nationality, caste, creed or race. But the administrative and religious activities solely come under the jurisdiction of the respective gurdwara committees and no one should interfere in their working.” Dal Khalsa leaders — HS Cheema, HS Dhami and Kanwar Pal Singh — said the gurdwara committees and organisations in their collective wisdom had taken the right decision to ban all types of activities in gurdwaras carried out by Indian diplomats posted in these countries. They said the practice of Indian diplomats indulging in socio-religious activities to penetrate into the Sikh rank and file was an open secret. “Going against the ethics of diplomacy, these officials in consulates use a huge amount from their unaccounted funds in gurdwara elections to ensure that “their men” get elected. The decision of the gurdwaras will curtail the unwarranted interference and sinister designs of the Indian diplomats to some extent.” Advancedmachinesdonated to GMC wait for installation Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 9 The two machines donated by Samsung to Government Medical College are waiting for their installation for the past one week. The Rs 3-crore machines have not been installed as the room for them is yet to be readied. The room that will house the machines is to be readied by the PWD (B and R). The cost of furnishings is around Rs 3 lakh. The latest technology equipment — radiodiagnosis machine and 3D-4D X-ray machine — reached the college on January 1. While five of the machine part boxes have been kept under lock and key, a large box is still kept outside the room. As per college officials, the box could not be placed in the room as the gate is narrow. The delay in installation has increased the worries of Continued on page 2
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).