11012018-JTR-01.qxd 1/11/2018 12:39 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 11 JANUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Street plays staged No greenhorns The balancing act Under government’s campaign against tobacco consumption, street plays were staged. P2 There is probably no other sport that gives amateurs such status and privilege as golf. P3 Many actors are returning to the small screen after failed attempts at movies in Bollywood. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 21°C MIN 05°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 04°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.39 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.21 AM Unease at PTU after Vigilance sleuths seize more documents VB says it is preparing a dossier on former V-C Dr Arora Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 10 Employees and senior officials of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University (IKGPTU) are in a state of panic as Vigilance Bureau officials have been visiting the campus daily and confiscating documents in connection with the case pertaining to corruption charges against former ViceChancellor Dr Rajneesh Arora and nine others. Officials of the varsity said the VB sleuths had been seeking all documents related to the advertisements issued for appointments, tenders and bill receipts of various payments made during Arora’s tenure dating back to 2011. Varsity officials said since some old record had been found to be missing in certain Registrar appeals to unions ■ A day after teaching and non-teaching staff unions of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University staged a protest, officiating Registrar Dr Amanpreet Singh on Wednesday appealed to them to cooperate and unite for the betterment of the university. ■ In his appeal, he said, “Today, I felt extreme discomfort because of irresponsible statements. It is wrongly manipulated that I, as Registrar, served legal notice on union presidents, but yes I served legal notice as Dr Amanpreet Singh personally because on December 5, a note has been emailed to the media without any fact by which my image was tarnished.” ■ He added, “As Registrar, I am serving to the best of ability to improve the system and to establish the system in a transparent manner. All demands of the employees are in the pipeline and in process. So, I appeal that please have patience and trust in the university’s system.” . departments, the VB officials had even threaten to nominate them in the case. Arora has served as the PTU V-C for two consecutive tenures. His term ended in December 2014. The nine other accused on the run are currently trying to procure bail. Meanwhile, VB officials said they were preparing a dossier on Arora by stacking all documents wherever he had been a signatory to questionable payments worth Rs 25 crore made to his ex-classmate and contractor Praveen Arora. The officials said they were even showing this to him for further queries. With the four-day remand of the two coming to an end, the officials are still not sure if they would go ahead and seek more remand from the Kapurthala court. “It all depends on further progress in the next two days and the kind of cooperation we get from Arora. As of now, we are also looking for the likely involvement of more persons on the campus. We may book some more employees in the case, if we get something against them,” said DSP Vigilance Karamveer Singh. So far, the cops have not apprehended the other nine persons booked in the case. The four varsity employees, who have been booked in the case, are on leave and have been trying to get bail. ~17 cr sanctioned for Phagwara link roads: Cong leader Our Correspondent Phagwara, January 10 Congress leader from Kapurthala Joginder Singh Mann today said the state government had sanctioned Rs 17.44 crore for widening and recarpeting 174-kmlong 70 link roads in the Phagwara subdivision. ‘Move will boost link road infrastructure in Phagwara subdivision’ He said it was a New Year gift for local residents. Talking to the media here today, the Congress leader said with the move, infrastructure of link roads would get a boost. Mann added that by upgrade the link roads, people could move easily from their villages to the town and vice versa. District Congress leaders Daljeet Singh Raju, Sanjeev Bugga, Avtar Singh Pandwa and Manish Bhardwaj were also present here on the occasion. Four members of gang arrested with arms, heroin Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 10 The Jalandhar Rural police today claimed to have busted a gang involved in loot and snatching cases with the arrest of its four members. The accused have been identified as Ranjit Singh, alias Sonu (30); Paramjit Singh (26); Vanit Kumar (38); and Gurjit Singh, alias Kaka (23). Four other members of the gang are still on the run. The police also seized a .32 bore revolver with three live cartridges, a country-made .315 bore pistol with two live cartridges; 5 gm of heroin; Alto car; a bike without number plant and old currency worth Rs 37,500 from the accused. Gurjit and Paramjit were already declared proclaimed offenders by the court in various cases. Ranjit Singh, along with his associates, revealed that they had loot- The accused in police custody in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH ed Rs 2, 70, 000 at gunpoint in Adarman village. He told the police that in 2016, they looted Rs 60,000 from a biker in Mehma village. Ranjit told the police that along with his associate Rohit Jharian, he had looted Rs 1, 50, 000 from Gurdial Singh, an employee of Jan Lakshmi Finance Company in Jalandhar, near Shanker village. SSP Gurpreet Singh Bullar said, “Ranjit was in contact with terrorist Rashpal Singh and the latter is his step father. He constituted a gang which is involved in murder and snatchings incidents. A total of 15 cases have been registered against him at various police stations.” Gurjit Singh’s mother Gurbax Kaur is serving a jail term in connection with a NDPS Act case. SNIPPETS Crusade to be launched for bridging gap in sex ratio at birth: DC PJJawahartakesovercommand Golden Moments Card scheme for newborn girl child kicks off during a function organised at HMV College Air Commodore Pudiapura Jawahar Mohamed at the Adampur Air Force Station in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Jalandhar: Air Commodore Pudiapura Jawahar Mohamed took over the command of the Adampur Air Force Station on Wednesday. The officer was commissioned in the Air Force in December 1989. He has commanded a premier fighter Squadron and Aircrew Examination Board. Besides, he has had staff tenures at the Air Force Headquarters as well as Command Headquarters. The officer is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College and Naval War College. He has en experience of approximately 3,000 hours of flying various aircrafts. TNS Teenaged girl commits suicide Phagwara: A 17-year-old girl reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Thapar Colony here on Tuesday night. The deceased has been identified as Monika. The reason behind alleged suicide was said to be stress, the police said. A case has been registered in this regard. After postmortem, the body has been handed over to the deceased’s family. OC Purse snatched Phagwara: Two unidentified bike-borne persons snatched a purse from a college student in front of the Kamla Nehru College for Women on the Phagwara-Palahai road on Tuesday. The accused had covered their faces while snatching the purse, which contained Rs 300 and a cell phone. The victim has been identified as Swati. The police have registered a case in this regard. OC House burgled Phagwara: Thieves struck at a house in Chahal Nagar on Tuesday and decamped with Rs 1 lakh, a gold chain and IPhone-6S. House owner Parminder Singh told the police that the thieves entered the house after breaking open the locks. Parminder said he was not present at house at the time of the incident. The police have registered a case under Sections 454 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). OC Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 10 Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma today announced to launch a crusade for bridging the gap in the sex ratio at birth (SRB) in the district. Addressing a gathering at a function organised to launch the Golden Memories Card scheme for the newborn girl child at HMV College here today, the DC said as per figures, the SRB in 2016-2017 was 897/1000 but due to the concerted efforts of the district administration, it rose to 915/1,000 in November last year. He said though the results were slightly encouraging, a lot more needs to be done to bridge the gap further. Sharma said for this purpose, concerted efforts would be made this year too. The DC said the entire machinery of the district administration would be mobilised to ensure that the gap in the SRB was further reduced. He said it was the need of the hour as girls had already proved their mettle across DC Varinder Sharma, along with others, gives a card of the ‘Golden Memories Scheme’ to a newborn girl child; and (right) mothers of newborn babies show their cards during a function in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH the globe by excelling in almost every field from academics, bureaucracy, sports and others. Sharma said on giving a chance, girls had proved that they could overcome any hurdle in life to bring laurels for the country, state and society. The DC said the district administration was dutybound to wipe out the menace of female foeticide and provide equal opportunities to the girl child for growth and development. Soliciting the support of the public in the cause, he said the gigantic task could not be accomplished without their active support and cooperation. Sharma asked the people to come forward and support the initiatives of the state government and district administration for education, growth and empowerment of the girls. Congratulating Shahkot Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Navneet Kaur Bal for launching the Golden Memo- ries Card scheme, he said these cards would preserve the cherished moments of girl child’s life, besides ensuring her overall growth through a planned and healthy life. In her address, the SDM said the primary motive of introducing the card was to ensure the proper upkeep of the record of every girl child taking birth in the sub-division and proper upbringing of every girl child. She said the card to be issued on the pattern of ‘Baby book’ and it would have the first photo of the baby. Bal added the card would also have the details of the family in the form of the family tree. Besides the card would have the complete immunisation and nutritional schedule for initial years of the baby to ensure the comprehensive development of the girl child, the SDM added. Earlier, HMV College principal Dr Ajay Sareen wel- comed the dignitaries. On the occasion, the DC also handed over cards to parents of newborn babies. He also felicitated the bright girl students who have excelled in the field of academics and sports. District Programme Officer Amarjeet Singh Bhullar, District Guidance Counsellor Surjit Lal, Deputy District Education Officer Gurpreet Kaur, Director RUDSET Jagdish Kumar and Principal of Meritorious School Raman were present on the occasion. Parties protest Health conscious attacks on Dalits Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 10 The Bharatiya Republican Party and Shiromani Akali Dal today condemned the alleged atrocities on Dalits. They staged a protest and condemned the recent incident of Bhima Koregaon in Maharashtra where Dalits had to suffer. The Bharatiya Republican Party announced to hold such protests in future if the attacks against Dalits would not stop. The Shiromani Akali Dal submitted a letter to the Deputy Commissioner addressed to the President. In the letter, it has been stated that the farmers are working hard but are not getting Letter submitted to DC ■ The Bharatiya Republican Party announced to hold such protests in future if the attacks against Dalits did not stop. ■ The Shiromani Akali Dal submitted a letter to the Deputy Commissioner addressed to the President. In the letter, it has been stated that the farmers are working hard but are not getting the proper amount for their produce. . the proper amount for their produce. They said the state and Central government policies were anti-farmer. The party also raised the matter of the poor condition of farmers. c m y b Youngsters enjoy the open gym facilities at Jawahar Garden in Jalandhar Cantonment on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH
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