30012018-ATR-01.qxd 1/29/2018 11:25 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 30 JANUARY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Stray dogs bite Mars in 7th heaven Love is in the air Stray dogs bite five residents in Gol Bagh, ex-minister wants MC to solve the canine menace. P2 The 60th Grammy Awards stood for diversity; with Bruno Mars winning seven Grammys. P3 Actress Mahima Makwana is apparently in love with her co-star, Ankit Siwach. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 18°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C MIN 7°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.03 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.24 AM 15 councillors apologise for boycotting oath ceremony Said to be Sidhu supporters, they took oath on Jan 25 in Jalandhar Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Schoolkids make their way through fog in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Fog disrupts rail, road traffic Several trains run way behind schedule, low visibility troubles commuters Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 29 The low visibility due to the intense fog in the region for the last four days has caused hardships to local residents as well as railway passengers. The train schedule is affected as over 20 trains have been running behind schedule. Some of the trains whose arrival was delayed included Akal Takht Express (a half and six hours), SaharsaAmritsar Jansadharsan Express (over eight hours), Nanded-Amritsar Sachkhand Express (over three hours), Kiratpur-Amritsar Express (11 hours) and Amritsar Express (a half and seven hours). The delayed arrival also affected the departure of several trains. A few of the trains whose departure was delayed were Amritsar-Chattisgarh Express (eight hours), Tata Muri Express (five hours), Amritsar-Saharsa Jansadharan Express (a half and seven hours) and Amritsar-Howrah Express (six hours). Meanwhile, the passengers Amritsar, January 29 The 15 newly-elected councillors, said to be the supporters of Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu who hadn’t taken part in the swearing-in ceremony, today submitted a written apology to the District Congress Committee, apologising for their conduct. They stated that their action was a result of some misunderstanding. It suggests that Sidhu has buried the hatchet with senior Congress leaders and has been putting in efforts to revive the old ties, besides trying to adjust his close supporters. As many as 17 councillors were absent from the first House meeting on January 23. Of them, 15 were upset with the Congress for allegedly not inviting Navjot Singh Sidhu to the oath-taking ceremony. District Congress Committee president Jugal Kishore Sharma confirmed receiving apology letters from 15 coun- Mayor holds first meeting Amritsar: Newly-appointed Mayor Karamjit Singh Sandhu Rintu conducted his first meeting with MC Commissioner Sonali Giri and heads of several departments (HoDs) of the civic body on Monday. The HoDs were told to submit details of the development works being carried out by their wings. Rintu asked the employees to initiate work to provide civic amenities to the 20 new wards brought recently under the Municipal Corporation. He said sewerage, water supply and street lights must be provided cillors. He said there was no mention of the local bodies minister in the letters. He informed that he would forward these to PPCC president Sunil Jakhar. When asked about action against the councillors, he said it would depend upon the PPCC head. The councillors include Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu (right) and MC Commissioner Sonali Giri with officials at a meeting on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO at the earliest. He also directed the MC officials to Navdeep Singh, Parminder Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Rajinder Singh, Mandeep Kaur, Damandeep Singh, Monica, Jatinder Singh, Vijay Madan, Jeet Singh Bhatia, Rajesh Madan, Jarnail Singh, Dalbir Kaur, Salinder Singh Shelly and Sukhdev Singh had abstained from the House by frame rules to curb the menace of stray dogs. TNS not taking oath with other councillors on January 23. It brought forth the tussle between Sidhu and senior Congress leaders over the selection of the holy city’s Mayor. After two days, the 15 councillors went to take oath before Divisional Commissioner Rajkamal Chaudhary in Jalandhar on January 25. Bar association opposes FIR against lawyers in assault case Child beggars rescued ‘Thrashed’ an auto driver, association rubbishes claim Amritsar, January 29 The district child protection office rescued six child beggars here today. Officials of the department said the children had been sent to a child protection home after their medical examination. District Child Protection Officer Manpreet Kaur said the district had got five child protection homes registered and these would be used to house the kids involved in begging or doing labour work. She said proper care of the children would be taken. “We will inspect schools to ensure that they follow the child safety norms,” she added. Tribune News Service Passengers wait for trains at the railway station in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR were a harried lot as they had to wait for hours for trains. A passenger, Kewal Singh, said, “Most of the people who have come from far off areas have to wait at the railway station which is not an easy thing to do in this cold weather. More rest houses should be created at the station.” SNIPPETS Pistol seized near border Amritsar: Jawans of the 32 Battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF) confiscated a 7.65 mm pistol with a magazine and six live cartridges from old Sundergarh border outpost in Ajnala on Monday. The BSF, in a press release, stated that its jawans noticed suspicious movements near the international border. During the search operation in the morning, they recovered the weapon and ammunition. They said that there had been around three Pakistanbased smugglers, who managed to escape back, taking the advantage of the dense fog. TNS Jail inmate held with mobile A jail inmate, identified as Sanjan Malhotra, alias Sajan, alias Katta, a resident of Gilwali Gate, has been caught with a double SIM mobile. He is behind bars in connection with a murder case. Gurjant Singh, Assistant Superintendent of the Central Jail, in his complaint to the Gate Hakima police, said the jail staff during a search operation found the mobile phone from back pocket of Malhotra’s pants. A case under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisoners Act has been registered. TNS Man duped, two booked The Chheharta police have booked a Delhi couple for allegedly duping a local resident on the pretext of sending his children abroad. Patras Nahar, the complainant, stated to the police that Sarabjit Kaur and her husband Tarun Malhotra, both residents of Pahar Ganj in Central Delhi, took Rs 7.50 lakh from him to send his son and daughter abroad but they didn’t keep their promise. The police have registered a case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC, and 13 of the Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act. The investigation has been marked to Assistant Commissioner of Police (West) Vishaljit Singh. TNS The fog has also affected the road traffic as the visibility has been considerably reduced. The visibility in the morning hours is very low. The absence of proper road infrastructure, such as white markings and road dividers, especially on the approach roads to the city from vil- lages, is a cause of concern for commuters. “The level of berms alongside link roads is below the surface of the roads, troubling commuters during low visibility. White markings, too, are must for driving in fog,” said a resident, Satpal Singh. Meet Jeevan Jyoti, city’s Padwoman Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 29 Meet Jeevan Jyoti, the holy city’s Padwoman, who is creating awareness among women about the harmful effects of the sanitary pads made of plastic. She is the chairperson of the S.H.E Society which provides reusable sanitary pads to women. It all started a year ago, when as part of a humanitarian work carried out by her society, she came across women living in slums using unhygienic and harmful methods during their menstrual days. The thought of possible adverse repercussions on their health gave birth to her initiative, EcoShe project. Through her project, she is providing ECOShe Saafkin pads made from living guard technology. Jyoti has tied up with a Swiss-based company to provide her these reusable pads. She is distributing them to women free of cost through a self-financed model created by her. She is also visiting various government and private schools, slum areas and rural areas to promote the idea of eco-friendly EcoSheSaafkin pads. During her visits, she also educates women about alternative methods such as tampons, menstrual cups and cotton cloths. “The ones which are available in markets are made of plastic which is hygienically dangerous in long run. I also have a team of doctors with me vouching for the same. Moreover, there is no commercial motive behind this step, it is just to ensure that women are adopting correct methods,” said Jyoti, a post graduate in English and a mother of two. “We are a self-financed group. I have about 50 brand ambassadors worldwide. We can finance the requirement of sanitary pads. For instance, one just needs to pay Rs 200 to finance a single girl for a year. Rest there are many people helping us,” she added. continued on page 2 c m y b Amritsar, January 29 A delegation of the Amritsar Bar Association today met Police Commissioner SS Srivastav, demanding an impartial probe into the registration of a case against some lawyers. The case was registered on January 25 over a complaint submitted by Tarsem Singh, an auto-rickshaw driver. He alleged that on January 20 when he reached at Ravi Dass temple in Mustafabad, a car of an advocate hit his auto and those travelling in the car got him booked in a case at the Sadar police station. He said that he was arrested by a police party and produced in a court on Wednesday. “At 4 pm, when the police party was taking me back from the court, the accused along with some lawyers started using abusive language and even beat me up. The cops rescued me from them,” he stated. Acting on his complaint, the police have booked over 20 persons, including a couple of lawyers. A case under Sec- tions 341, 232, 506 and 149 of the IPC has been registered. Amritsar Bar Association secretary Rajan Kataria and joint secretary Nirmaljit Singh said the lawyers named in the FIR were not even present at the spot and that they were falsely named in the case. The association urged the police commissioner to hold an impartial probe. Srivastav assured them that an impartial probe would be conducted and only those found guilty during the probe in the case would be arrested. Tribune News Service
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