09022018-ATR-01.qxd 2/8/2018 11:45 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 9 FEBRUARY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Digitisation Snowy climes Double the fun Academics with digital touch need of the hour, say experts at a seminar on digitisation. P2 There is an abiding charm about snow-clad mountains. P3 Surbhi Chandna has always been the talk of the town, for all the right reasons. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 22°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.12 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.17 AM GMC doctors up in arms over frequent checks by Aujla Four held for bid to SNIPPETS free criminal from Man held for rape attempt police custody Instead of finding faults, deal with staff shortage, say protesters 2 of their accomplices manage to flee Tribune News Service Doctors strike work at Government Medical College in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 8 The recent surprise checks by Lok Sabha MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital (GNDH), associated with Government Medical College (GMC), has not gone down well with the medical fraternity as they held a protest here today. They boycotted the medical services as well as the classes. Members of the Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers’ Association, which spearheaded the protest, said the staff were left demoralised over the way the surprise checks were conducted as they were shown in bad light. Association secretary Dr Karamjit Singh said, “The hospital is facing a shortage of manpower, medicines and Grant pending Jalandhar, February 8 The pending arrears amounting to Rs 5 lakh, meant for the ration money of the animal squad of the city police, have not been released since August. The district treasury has not released the money despite requests, said sources. The animals are surviving on the leftover chapattis brought from the police mess. — TNS is facing a shortage of manpower, ❝The hospitalchemical regents for laboratories. We medicines and request the Lok Sabha member to use his position to end such problems as he is from the ruling party in the state. Blaming doctors for the faults of the government cannot be justified. ❞ Dr KARAMJIT SINGH, secretary, Punjab Medical and Dental Teachers’ Association chemical regents for laboratories. We request the Lok Sabha member to use his position to end such problems as he is from the ruling party in the state. Blaming doctors for the faults of the government cannot be justified.” The issue of lack of cleanliness has been prominently highlighted during such surprise checks but the fact is that 300 positions out of 370 sanctioned posts of safai sevaks are lying vacant, he said. Postgraduate Students- cum-Resident Doctors’ Association and students’ body also supported the protest. They said due to the shortage of chemicals and medicines, staff often asked patients to get the same from the market. “Afterwards the hospital employees are accused of being hand in glove with private chemists and labs,” they said. The protest ended after GMC Principal Dr Tejbir Singh told them that Health Minister Brahm Mohindra had assured that he would look into the manner. The faculty members stated that the MP often levelled allegations that he had received many complaints against doctors. “Instead of using his position to defame and demoralise the medical faculty, the MP should forward such complaints to the competent authority and get these investigated,” said a senior faculty member, who didn’t wish to be named. Meanwhile, some of the speakers said the MP shouldn’t come to the hospital unless accompanied by the Health Minister or some senior official of the department. Barring emergency services, other facilities at the hospital were affected due to the protest. OPD patients in large numbers had to return empty handed. Farmers booked for blocking roads Our Correspondent Tarn Taran , February 8 As many as 100 farmers, including Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu and Harjinder Singh Tanda, state leaders of Kisan Sangharsh Committee and Azad Kisan Sangharash Committee, respectively, have been booked for block- ing roads during protests here yesterday. Several farmer organisations had blocked roads in Harike, Bhikhiwind and Vein Poin villages. Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu had led the protest in Bhikhwind and Harjinder Singh Tanda in Vein Poin. As many as 25 farmers have been booked by name while others are yet to be identified. The farmers have been demanding complete waiver of loans. Meanwhile, farmers under the banner Kisan Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, led by Satnam Singh Pannu, blocked the National Highway 54 at Piddi village and burnt an effigy of the government. Amritsar, February 8 The rural police today foiled a bid to get a notorious criminal freed from its custody. Four persons were arrested while two managed to flee. The accused wanted to free Mukhwinder Singh, a resident of Mandrawala village in Ramdas. Those arrested include Karamjit Singh, a resident of Lammia Di Patti in Khadoor Sahib, Anokh Singh of Darapur village in Vairowal (Tarn Taran), Gurjant Singh and Baljit Singh of Khadoor Sahib while Buta and Jagga of Khadoor Sahib managed to escape. The police are conducting raids to arrest them. Parampal Singh, SSP , Amritsar rural, said, “Mukhwinder is a notorious smuggler who has been involved in many cases of crime, including murder. He has been lodged in the Amritsar Central Jail. He was being taken to his native village for Who's Mukhwinder? Mukhwinder Singh is said to be a notorious smuggler who has been facing a number of cases of crime, including murder. Currently, he is lodged in the Amritsar Central Jail. the bhog ceremony of his mother when the police got a tip-off that six armed men were hiding in the Nomini Nallah area in Ramdas with a plan to get Mukhwinder free from the police custody.” A raid was conducted by a police team, headed by SHO Vipin Kumar. The suspects had a scuffle with the police party but were overpowered. Two of them fled somehow. A .32 bore and a .12 bore pistol, two live cartridges along with two sharp edged weapons have been seized from their possession. A case under Sections 399, 402, 223, 511, 353, 332 and 186 of the IPC and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them. Amritsar: The Khilchian police have arrested a man for allegedly trying to rape a minor girl in Butari village. The incident occurred on February 3 but the complaint was lodged on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Ravinder Singh of the same village. The mother of 13-year-old victim said the girl was not well so she was at home. “On February 3, Ravinder came to the house and finding her alone, tried to rape her. My daughter raised the alarm following which neighbours came to her rescue. The accused fled the spot,” she said. The police have registered a case under Sections 450, 376 and 511 of the IPC and 4 and 5 of the POCSO Act. TNS Three arrested with heroin Tarn Taran: A team of the Special Task Force (STF) arrested two persons and seized 255-gm of heroin at a checkpoint in Bhuse village, 35 km from here, on Wednesday. The accused have been identified Pardeep Singh of Cheema Kalan and Sukhandeep Singh of Cheema Khurd. Meanwhile, their accomplice Malkiat Singh of Cheema Kalan managed to flee. A case under Sections 21, 25, 29, 6 and185 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the Sarai Amanat Khan police station. Meanwhile, the Verowal police arrested Amandeep Singh Vicky of Ekal Gadda village and seized 10-gm heroin. A case has been registered against him. OC Sidhu flayed over bus service Amritsar: The local unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has criticised Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for the government’s failure to start metro bus service in the BRTS corridor in the city even one year after it assumed power. AAP district president Suresh Sharma said the minister lacked will to run the service. “The government has no money to pay to drivers and conductors. The government has failed to issue tenders for advertisements at the BRTS bus stands and the buses as a result of which the government is losing money. Out of the fleet of 83 buses, only 10 are running on roads,” he said. Sharma said that instead of issuing statements to grab media headlines, the minister should focus on his department and the problems being faced by the people. TNS Suicide victim’s relatives hold protest Seek arrest of those who ‘forced’ him to do so and ~25 lakh as compensation Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 8 Kin of a man, who committed suicide a day before yesterday, staged a protest at the main chowk, demanding arrest of some persons who allegedly forced the victim to take the extreme step. The Ajnala police have booked eight persons for abetment to suicide. The victim, Balwant Singh (30), hanged himself from a ceiling fan here on Tuesday evening. His brother found a suicide note in his socks, on the basis of which the case was registered. The accused have been identified as Rinka, Kala, Deepu, Laddo, Babbu, Chhina, Lucky and Bunti, all residents of Ajnala. Mukhtar Singh, brother of the deceased, told the police that he along with his brother had been running a vegetable shop near a cooperative bank A protest on a road in Ajnala on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO in Ajnala. “On Tuesday evening, I went to my house while he slept in the shop. Palwinder Singh, who owns a neighbouring shop, called me yesterday to inform that Balwant had committed suicide,” he said. In his suicide note, Balwant stated that he had borrowed money from the accused at 10 per cent interest rate and they had been harassing him to return the same. The protesters were led by a former official, Dr Sawarn Singh. They kept the body of the deceased in the middle of the road and raised slogans against the police. They demanded Rs 25 lakh as compensation besides a government job for the kin of the deceased. Ajnala DSP Ravinder Pal Singh reached the spot and assured full support from the police and the arrest of the accused. The dharna ended after he assured that the administration would be apprised of their demands. A case under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC has been registered against the accused. Civic body councillors to Challenges in digital era discuss nine proposals today Sanitation is the priority of the MC. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 8 As many as nine proposals will be discussed at the first General House meeting for the newly-elected councillors of the Municipal Corporation (MC) here tomorrow. The MC has delivered copies of the agenda to all 85 councillors a day before the meeting. Though the number of Opposition councillors in the House is quite low, the meeting is expected to be a stormy affair as the agenda has no major civil work. There are three proposals for the sanitation works, including desilting of the Ganda Nullah (drain) from the Maqboolpura railway line to Chabbal Road in Zone 1, 1 A and 3A. There is a proposal to buy equipment for street lights. There is a proposal to construct toilets at 41 places under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. More than 250 toilet seats will be installed. The House has a plan to penalise the owners of unregistered dogs. The health wing of the MC seeks safety kits for its employees. Among the nine proposals, there is one to buy 100 rickshaw carts and 30 main carts to collect garbage door-to-door garbage in the walled city. Councillor Jaranil Singh Dhot, a BJP leader, said there was no development proposal in the agenda. School heads listen to RS Bawa (right), VC, Chandigarh University, at a seminar in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR c m y b REPORT ON PAGE 2
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