28042018-ATR-01.qxd 4/27/2018 11:27 PM Page 1 SATURDAY | 28 APRIL 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Misguiding boards Big screen These are fun times Khalsa College asked to remove billboards which project it as a university. P2 Filmmakers and actors share some pearls of wisdom for enthusiastic students. P3 TV actor Samir Shah says he loves to laugh and also make others laugh. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 38°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.08 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.47 AM MC comes up with help desk A traffic jam on Bhandari Bridge amid the procession of newly-appointed minister Sukh Sarkaria in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Now, Sarkaria’s rally blocks traffic A few days ago, OP Soni’s arrival had halted traffic on Bhandari Bridge Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 27 A few days after the procession of OP Soni, who has been inducted into the state Cabinet, choked the traffic on the Bhandari Bridge, commuters were in for another harrowing time on Friday when MLA Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, who has got the charge of Ministry of Revenue, Water Resources and Mines, was welcomed by the Congress workers and his supporters in the city. Supporters of the revenue minister had installed gates on the congested Bhandari Bridge to welcome him. The gates and flexes installed at the chowk caused inconvenience to commuters. Ironically, the flags and welcome banners were tied to the statue of Subhash Chandra Bose, installed at the Bhandari Bridge chowk. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria’s procession under way in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Instead of providing proper diversion plan for the traffic, the police stopped the traffic on the elevated road. A major jam was witnessed near the bus stand and Ram Bagh. SNIPPETS Supporters defaced the roads with banners from Jandiala to Circuit House. Inderbir Singh Bularia, MLA, Amritsar South, had made the arrangements for the pomp and show. Tribune News Service Traffic awareness rally Amritsar: As part of the road safety week, a number of city students took out an awareness rally to create awareness among people about traffic rules. A number of NCC cadets along with school students participated in the rally to propagate the message of safe driving and importance of traffic rules. TNS Youth caught with rifle, cartridges Said to be associated with gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria Arshdeep Mithu in police custody on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 27 The city police nabbed a 20year-old youth with a rifle here on Thursday. The accused has been identified as Arshdeep Singh Mithu, a resident of Bhalaipur Dogra village. Police officials said Mithu had been associated with infamous gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria’s gang. However, he doesn’t have any criminal record as no case has been registered against him. Jagjit Singh Walia, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP), said, “We got a tip-off that Arshdeep Singh Mithu was going to meet Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, an associate of Jaggu Bhagwanpuria. Several teams were constituted to nab him. A checkpoint was installed at Lohgarh to keep a vigil on the movement of miscreants. After seeing the police checkpoint, a pedestrian tried to escape from the spot. The cops chased him down and seized a .12 bore rifle and three cartridges.” According to Walia, Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, has already been arrested by the Mehta police two days ago. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against Mithu. No disbursal of enhanced compensation PSPCL employee caught taking bribe for kin of victims of police ‘atrocities’ PK Jaiswar Students take out a rally on traffic awareness in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Sarkaria was welcomed at the guesthouse in Rayya. After that, his cavalcade proceeded towards the city. Congress’ rural workers welcomed him at Tangra, Jandiala and other villages. While addressing mediapersons, Sarkaria assured the people that he would implement the welfare policies of the state government on ground level. “Capt Amarinder Singh has given me important ministries which are directly concerned with people. I will make best efforts to bring transparency and ensure corruption-free services. Development works will continue,” he said. A welcome function was organised at the Circuit House. Attari MLA Tarsem Singh DC, Baba Bakala MLA Santokah Singh Bhalipur, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu, Senior Deputy Mayor Raman Bakshi, and Jugal Kishore, president, District Congress Urban, among others were present. A police team gave him guard of honour at the Circuit House. Amritsar, April 27 Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu and MC Commissioner Sonali Giri inaugurated a help desk at the head office of the Municipal Corporation on Friday. According to MC officials, residents can file their complaints at the desk and get the status report. The receptionists will also respond to the queries of visitors. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said, “Residents had been complaining that they had to search for the official concerned to file complaints at the MC head office so we have established a help desk.” The enquiries about departments of public dealing will be welcomed at the desk, he added. — TNS Amritsar, April 27 Even after the elapsing of nine months, the Punjab government has failed to disburse the enhanced compensation granted to the next of kin of those who were allegedly kidnapped and killed by the police and later cremated as unclaimed in Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Majitha during the heydays of terrorism. The compensation was enhanced to Rs 4 lakh by the apex court from Rs 2.5 lakh announced by the National Human Rights Commission in July last year. Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), an NGO, has written to the state government in this regard. In a letter to the Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Home Affairs, with copies to Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha and NHRC Registrar, the PHRO pointed out that the apex court, in a criminal appeal filed by Paramjit Kaur Khalra versus the state of Punjab and others, announced payment and disbursal of enhanced amount of compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased. Sarabjit Singh of the PHRO said, “As many as 2,097 victims were cremated as unclaimed in the cremation grounds of Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Majitha by the police personnel and security forces between 1984 and 1995. In November 2004, the NHRC had awarded monetary relief to the extent of Rs 2.50 lakh which was subsequently enhanced to Rs 4 lakh by Supreme Court in July 2017. The NHRC has made Amritsar DC the nodal officer for making payments to the victims’ kin.” As per Supreme Court orders, half of the amount would be deposited as fixed deposit for five years while the remaining amount would be disbursed to the next of the kin by cash or by cheque within two months from the date of receipt of amount from the state government. It also asked the state government to deposit the requisite amount with District Magistrate within two months of the decision. Sarabjit said that even after elapsing of around nine months, the government was yet to disburse the same. The government has not submitted its final status report of disbursal of the compensation to the court or the commission. When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said he was unaware of any any such file pending with his office. He assured the he would look into the matter. Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 27 The Vigilance Bureau caught an assistant lineman of the PSPCL red-handed while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 23,000. Identified as Prabhjot Singh, the accused has been posted at the Jhabal subdivision in Tarn Taran. A spokesman of the Vigilance Bureau said Prabhjot Singh was arrested while accepting the bribe from Balveer Kaur of Jhabal in Tarn Taran for for not registering complaint against her for tempering with her domestic electricity meter and power theft. She also informed the VB that the Caught red-handed while accepting ~23K from a woman accused had already taken Rs 2,000 from her as the first instalment as the deal was struck at Rs 25,000. Giving details, he said after verifying her complaint, the VB team laid a trap and the accused was arrested on the spot and Rs 23,000 was recovered from him in the presence of two official witnesses. He said that a case under Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against him at the VB police station, Amritsar. Further investigation is under progress, he added. Mobile found in jail Amritsar: Staff of the Central Jail have seized a mobile phone from an inmate during a checking drive. The police have registered a case against unidentified jail inmate. Simratpal Singh, Assistant Jail Superintendent, stated in his complaint to the Gate Hakima Police station that the jail staff conducted a routine check on Thursday and found a mobile phone. A case under Sections 42 and 52-A of Prison Act was registered. TNS Teenager abducted, 4 booked Tarn Taran: Four persons, including three members of a family, have been booked for allegedly abducting a teenage girl from Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar nine days ago. The case was registered on Thursday. The accused have been identified as Sandeep Kumar Sonu, his brother Varinder Kumar Happy, mother Raj Rani of Chander Colony and Sarup Singh Bhupi of Jaura village and an accomplice of them. The mother of the victim stated in her complaint that Sandeep connived with others to abduct her daughter on night intervening April 18 and 19 when the other members of the family were sleeping. Sections 363, 366 and 120-B of the IPC have been slapped on them, the police said. OC Four junior residents leave medical college midway Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 27 As many as four postgraduate students from the gynecology department of Government Medical College (GMC) have left their course midway. It is said that long working hours due to shortage of adequate staff besides senior faculty members avoiding their duties sometimes are the reasons behind students leaving their courses midway. Postgraduate students also double up as junior resident doctors and they are the ones who are in direct contact with patients and their attendants. The instances of people manhandling junior residents or senior residents are also reported frequently. “As they are the only category of doctors available at all times, they are often at the receiving end. For all shortcomings on the part of government and senior officials, junior residents are held responsible,” said a faculty member. The juniors say that the MCI norms stipulate a maxi- Heavy workload is said to be the reason behind it but GMC has rubbished such claims. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR mum of 48-hour work a week and no shift extending beyond 12 hours is allowed. “The problem is very much genuine. First year, the PG students remain at duty stations round the clock. There are no holiday and no leave for them,” said Dr Gagandeep Shergill, president, Resident Doctors’ Association, Punjab. He said many times cases of suicide by junior residents have been reported. “In extended duty hours, no person can concentrate on his or her work. Junior doctors are highly stressed. That is why people often complain of rude behavior. They cannot afford to say no to their senior officials as they have to get the degree,” said another faculty member, who didn’t wish to be named. Meanwhile, Principal Dr Sujata Sharma said, “The students who left their courses had their own personal issues. The rules followed at the college are the same which are being followed by other colleges.” She denied that junior residents were made to work overtime. The staff are adequate and there is no need for more manpower, she added.
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