05042018-ATR-01.qxd 4/5/2018 12:08 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 5 APRIL 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Protest for pay hike Manch of believers Meet Ankit, the shayar The ministerial staff of the Health Department hold protest, demand hike in salary. P2 Rangmanch offers a helping hand to those suffering in silent pain. P3 Ankit Raj, the flamboyant star on Sony TV’s Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai, is mesmerising audiences. P4 FORECAST THUNDERSTORM | MAX 34°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 20°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.52 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.13 AM Robbers open fire at police team, one held Were going to commit robbery, three at large Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 4 The CIA staff police arrested a man after an exchange of fire here on Tuesday evening. The accused has been identified as Jobanpreet Singh, alias Joba, of Nangali village. Three others managed to flee. His accomplices have been identified as Sikander, Ajmer Singh and Dhillu, all resident of Nangali village located in Fatehgarh Churian village. Youths perfom ‘gatka’ during a ‘nagar kirtan’ on the eve of the 397th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Nagar kirtan draws devotees Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 4 On the eve of Parkash Purb of Guru Tegh Bahadur, a nagar kirtan was carried out on Wednesday. Organised by the SGPC in association with Sikh religious organisations, the nagar kirtan began after performing ‘ardas’ at the Akal Takht. Under the patronage of Guru Granth Sahib and led by Panj Piaras, the nagar kirtan passed through different areas of the city, such as Chowk Parag Das, Chowk Baba Sahib, Chowk Karori, Baba Deep Singh Colony, Chowk Moni, Haveli Abalwaiya, Chowk Lachmansar, Chowk Bhai Mati Das, Darshani Deorhi, Guru Bazaar and Gurdwara Guru Ke Mahal. School bands, Singh Sabhas, Taksals, Nihang Singh SNIPPETS organisations, gatka parties and students participated in the nagar kirtan. Langar stalls were installed on the procession route. Farmer training camp held Tarn Taran: A district-level farmer training camp was organised by the Agriculture Department under the ATMA scheme on Wednesday. Thousands of farmers attended the camp. They were informed about different technical techniques regarding the Kharif (Sauni) crops by various agriculture specialists and were advised not to burn the crop stubble. Dr Jasbir Singh Bains, director of the department, presided over the camp. MLA Dr Dharambeer Agnihotri was the chief guest. Dr Bains stressed on soil testing to use fertilisers in a balanced way for kharif crops. OC Two booked for fraud Raj Kaur of Kalha village and Kuldeep Singh of Dalake village have been booked for allegedly defrauding a resident of Kalha village of Rs 4.5 lakh. Complainant Sawinder Singh of Kalha village said the accused took the money from him three years ago to get a job for his son. They neither kept their promise nor returned the money. The SP (Investigations) investigated the matter following which a case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC was registered. OC Youth attacked by miscreants Phagwara: A youth was attacked near a branch of Co-operative Bank at the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur Road here on Wednesday. He has been identified as Sahil, a Patiala resident. He has sustained severe injuries. The assailants managed to flee. The injured was admitted to the Civil Hospital. The police have registered a case. A CCTV footage is being scrutinised to identify the assailants. OC GNDU VC accused of ‘sexual harassment’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 4 A professor of the Music Department at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDH) has accused Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh Sandhu of sexual harassment. She has filed a complaint to the Chancellor, Governor VP Singh Bandore, CM Capt Amarinder Singh and Police Commissioner, Amritsar, SS Srivastava. It is worth mentioning here that she was removed as the head of the department a few months ago owing to students’ complaints. She said, “The issue dates back to 2011. I did not like his behaviour towards me. I had also complained to authorities in 2013 and was assured of action.” In her complaint, she alleged that the VC victimised her as she thwarted his “advances”. “I let the matter die down after he moved for his higher assignment. After returning as the Vice-Chancellor last year, he started levelling false allegations against me,” she added. GNDU spokesperson and Director, Public Relations, Praveen Puri, said, “The allegations against the VC are false. An inquiry against her has been going on in the university as students had complained against her. There is no truth in her complaint.” Police Commissioner SS Srivastava could not be contacted for comments. Jagjit Singh, in charge of the Majitha road bypass police post, and investigating officer in the case, said raids were on to nab his accomplices. He said the accused was arrested following specific input provided by the rural police. He said preliminary probe indicated that they were going to commit a robbery. A case under Sections 379, 411 and 120-B of the IPC and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered. CPI leaders call for unity against ‘divisive’ politics AITUC leader Amarjit Kaur addresses a rally in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Tribune News Service Biometric machines dysfunctional Our Correspondent Officials at a farmers' camp in Tarn Taran. TRIBUNE PHOTO The CIA staff had received a tip-off that the armed accused were roaming in a car to commit robbery. The cops chased them during which both sides fired at one another. Around 10 bullets were fired. Before entering the city limits, Jobanjit Singh alighted from the car near Nangli village. He was later spotted by the police team with a stolen bike. He was trying to dodge the police party but arrested. Tarn Taran, April 4 Even after the passage of four days, the machines for biometric attendance installed at the government schools are not functional. The biometric attendance system was imposed on April 1. The Education Department has supplied biometric machines to all 35 government schools in the district. Manjinder Singh Dhillon, district president of the Master Cadre Union, Punjab, and Nachhattar Singh of the Democratic Teachers’ Front Biometric machines have been installed at 35 government schools in the district (DTF) said, “Even today, the server of the biometric machines failed to respond.” Leaders of the teachers’ unions said the system would turn out to be a complete failure as thousands of teachers at the government schools were expected to use the biometric server simultaneously, so the server wouldn’t respond. Reeta Gill, head of the local Government Senior Secondary School, said the bio- metric machine at the school responded on the first day and a few teachers marked their attendance through it. “Since then, the machine has been non-functional as the server hasn’t been responding. Leaders of teachers union say price of the machine, as marked on the envelope, reads Rs 4,200 whereas it is available in the market for less than Rs 1,000. They said the government should carry out an investigation into it. District Education Officer (Secondary) Nirmal Singh confirmed that none of the machine was functional. Amritsar, April 4 The Communist Party of India (CPI) organised a protest rally against the economic policies of the Central Government and the “rising communal tension” in the country at Kabir Park on Wednesday. Several leaders of the communist party addressed the workers. Comrade S Sudhakar Reddy, general secretary, CPI, urged the people to be vigilant and fight against the “nefarious designs” to divide the people on communal lines. Addressing the rally, he said not only secularism but democracy and democratic institutions were also under threat. The world, including India, is facing an ever-deepening crisis and a definite rightward shift in their political environment. The economic policy pursued by the NDA governemnt has resulted in great disparities of distribution of wealth, he said, adding that the corporate sector is getting bigger everday and nearly 90 per cent of population is facing economic stress, he added. The government is vigorously going on neo-liberalism, resulting in unemployment, rising prices and poverty. In such situation, the CPI and the Left as a whole have to fight back the retrograde economic policies and danger of fascist communal forces. Comrade Amarrjit Kaur, general secretary, All India Trade Union Congress, condemned the government for “diluting” labour rights and called the working class to come forward to fight for their own cause and for the cause of people as whole, so that democratic rights of the people are saved. Comrade Atul Kumar Anjan, general secretary, All India Kisan Sabha, said, “Pro-corporate and anti-peasant policies of the government are further deepening the crisis of agriculture and pushing the peasants and agricultural workers to commit suicides.” Ahead of CM’s visit, Mukerian road repaired in three days Elaborate preparations afoot to make today’s function a success Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Gurdaspur, April 4 Ahead of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s visit to Gurdaspur for the loan waiver function to be held on Thursday, the PWD authorities have done in three days what they failed to do in the last five years — re-carpeting of the 22-km Mukerian-Gurdaspur road - giving respite to commuters. Before work started last Thursday, a motorist counted as many as 90 potholes. Just ahead of the Gurdaspur parliamentary polls, Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, in an election speech, had claimed that “there were no potholes on the road, but the road in itself was located in a big pothole”. Now, the CM’s impending visit has jolted the PWD officials. Officials reveal that Rs 10 lakh was sanctioned in double-quick time to ensure that thousands of farmers arriving for the function from Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr don’t face any inconvenience. Farmers from five neighbouring districts have been invited to attend the function. The road, despite its strate- Repair work under way on the Mukerian-Gurdaspur road. TRIBUNE PHOTO gic significance, has never been on the priority list of the authorities concerned. Hun- dreds of farmers use this stretch to ferry their sugarcane produce to the Muker- ian sugar mill from various parts of Gurdaspur district. The Army has one of its largest cantonments located on this road and it is the only thoroughfare to connect Gurdaspur with Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr districts. It connects this border district with the rest of state. Meanwhile, two Cabinet ministers, several sitting Congress MLAs of the area, the entire district administration and the police have been put on notice to make the function a success. Deputy Commissioner Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu and SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar daily visit the PUDA ground on the GurdaspurBatala road - the venue of the function. On Tuesday, OSD to CM Capt Sandeep Sandhu held a meeting with officials.
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