29042018-ATR-01.qxd 4/28/2018 11:52 PM Page 1 SUNDAY | 29 APRIL 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Teachers’ demands Suit yourself, lady! A little wonder Education Minister OP Soni says the ‘genuine’ demands of teachers will be looked into. P2 Carry the blazer-trouser duo well into the middle of summer with styling tricks. P3 Deshna is excited about her first show as lead protagonist. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 39°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.09 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.47 AM Field day 7 booked for duping farmer of ~30 lakh Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 28 The Ajnala police have booked seven persons, including a woman, for allegedly duping a farmer of Rs 30 lakh. Identified as Jaswinder Singh of Moga, his wife, Raj Kumar of Guloke village, Subash Chandar of Panje K Uttar, Mehar Singh Bhullar of Sahwala village, Gurnam Singh of Bajeke and Gurbachan Singh Bhullar of Dineke, (all villages in Ferozepur district), the accused had taken the money from the victim with a promise to double it. In his complaint, victim Samsher Singh of Baba Pigeons feed on wheat at a grain market in Amritsar on Saturday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR SNIPPETS Deep Singh Avenue Ajanala stated that the accused were swindlers and had been active in the area. “I had sold my agriculture land in 2011 and the accused got to know about it through their sources. Jaswinder Singh met me and told that he along with others had a real estate business. He promised to double the money in two years. I gave them Rs 30 lakh but they never returned it,” he said. The police conducted an inquiry and registered a case against the accused. Police officials said no arrest has been made so far and further investigation into the case was on. Tall claims on plantation turn out to be hollow Man booked for encroachment MP Gurjeet Aujla announced ~10 lakh for plantation last year but admn has received no funds Amritsar: A resident of Danial village, near Khalchiyan, was on Friday booked for constructing a boundary wall allegedly on the street outside his house. The accused has been identified as Jagdish Singh. The case has been registered on the complaint of Amarjit Singh, Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO). Harpal Singh, investigating officer, said the gram panchayat of the village complained to the BDPO that Jagdish Singh had encroached upon the street. Acting on the orders of the naib tehsildar of the Baba Bakala region, the panchayat officials got the wall demolished in presence of police on April 24 and warned the accused of refraining from such activities. However, the accused got it reconstructed on Friday, the complaint reads. Acting on the complaint of the BDPO, the police have registered a case against the accused. No arrest has been made so far. TNS Teenager killed in mishap Amritsar: A 17-year-old boy died in a road accident in Jandiala on Friday. The mishap took place when a goods carrier (Chhota Hathi) collided with a road divider. The deceased has been identified as Paramveer Singh of Muradpura village. Jaspal Singh, father of the victim, said Paramveer was going towards Tangara. He boarded a Chhota Hathi and sat along with driver. Jaspal and his wife were following the vehicle on a scooter. The driver rammed the vehicle into the road divider near the drain bridge of Thothian village. Finding Paramveer Singh in a pool of blood, the driver fled. Paramveer was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Eyewitnesses said the vehicle was being driven rashly. A case has been registered against the driver. TNS Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 28 Member of Parliament (MP) Gurjeet Singh Aujla had last year announced to plant trees by spending Rs 10 lakh but the plan hasn’t been initiated so far. According to norms, an MP can’t release grant from his MPLAD funds for noninfrastructural development. The district planning committee had sent a proposal for plantation to the Central Government, demanding Rs 10 lakh but the Centre refused to issue grant. Sandeep Sharma, Assistant Research Officer at the Deputy Commissioner’s office, said, “We had sent a proposal of Rs 10 lakh for the plantation from MPLAD funds. The government refused as MPLAD funds are meant for the infrastructural development and to fill the laps in development works. MP Gurjit Singh Aujla may not be aware about it.” It is worth mentioning here that MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla, in collaboration with local MLAs, had announced to spare funds to the tune of Rs 50 lakh to plant trees on the key roads in the holy city last year. The aim was to plant at least 1 million trees in the city. A special panel had been constituted for the same under Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kamaldeep Singh Sangha. Officials of the district administration, Municipal Corporation and local politicians make large claims on Van Mahotsav, annual treeplanting movement, every year. But the city has witnessed no change. After the execution of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and other develop- The GT road sans trees in Amritsar. Several stretches in the city are without greenery. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR ment projects, most of the roads in the city are without trees. Commuters, especially cyclists and two-wheeler riders, are facing a tough time amid scorching heat as they find no shade on the road to take a halt for taking a rest. There were a large number of fully grown shady trees on Mall Road, Court Road, GT Road and Circular Road a few years ago. Most of the trees were planted during the British era while developing the new area outside the walled city. With the execution of these projects, hundreds of tress were axed in the last couple of years. Biometric machines to be Nine thieves arrested Asr-Bangkok flight from May 14 installed at Civil Hospital in separate cases Tribune News Service To nail latecomers at hospital and civil surgeon’s office Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 28 The city police have arrested nine persons in three separate cases and recovered stolen goods and drugs. In the first case, the Civil Lines police arrested four thieves and recovered a stolen scooter, mobile phones, charas (hashish) and cash from their possession. The accused have been identified as Dalbir Singh, Amarik Singh, Amit Kumar and Amit Garga. The police recovered a scooter and phones from Dalbir and Amrik while the recovery of 13 kg of charas and Rs 40,000 was made from Amit Kumar and Amit Garg. Similarly, the A division police nabbed five persons in two separate case and recovered two wheelers. The vehicle thieves have been identified as Nikhil Sharma and Vikas Sahrma. Two motorcycles have been seized. In another case, the police arrested Samsher Singh, Mandeep Singh, alias Sabi, and Niraj Kumar and recovered a stolen motorcycle and three bundles of telephone wires. Further investigation is on, the police said. Mohali, April 28 Air India’s direct international flight from Chandigarh to Bangkok will operate from Amritsar from May 14 to 30. Sources said the Chandigarh-Bangkok flight, which was inaugurated in Chandigarh on December 11, 2017, will fly from Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar from May 14 to May 30 since the Chandigarh airport would be nonoperational for 20 days to carry out the second phase of runway repair work. The AI-366 flight would depart from Amritsar at 1 pm and reach Bangkok at 8.15 pm (Bangkok local time) on Why so? The Chandigarh airport is all set to undergo runway repair work for around 20 days, so Air India has decided to operate its Chandigarh-Bangkok flight (AI366) from Amritsar from May 14 to 30. It will depart from Amritsar at 1 pm and reach Bangkok at 8.15 pm (Bangkok local time) on Monday. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, the flight would take off from Amritsar at 1 pm and reach Bangkok at 8.05 pm. Monday. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, the flight would take off from Amritsar at 1 pm and reach Bangkok at 8.05 pm. The return flight would depart from Bangkok at 5.45 am (Bangkok local time) and arrive in Amritsar at 10 am. Confirming the development, Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL) PRO Deepesh Joshi, said, that the flight had been diverted temporarily and it would operate from Chandigarh once the airport reopens. Air India local station manager MP Jindal could not be reached for comments. Airport officials had earlier announced that the Chandigarh airport would remain closed for operations from May 12 to 31 to lay down the remaining layers on the runway. The first phase was completed between February 12 and 26. According to Civil Surgeon Dr Hardeep Singh Ghai, such machines will be a deterrent for the employees who are not punctual. FILE PHOTO Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 28 The Health Department is planning to install biometric attendance machines for employees at the Civil Hospital and the civil surgeon’s office. Officials said they had received the instruction to check lack of punctuality among a section of employees. At first, the machines would be installed at the Civil Hospital and the civil surgeon’s office. Later, it would be introduced at subdivisions and other levels. Government employ- ees arriving late and leaving early is common so the biometric machines will ensure their attendance on time. Insiders say the attendance record will be monitored by the state-level officers and the latecomers would be taken to task. In the absence of staff at their work stations, people have to wait for long hours. Sometimes they have to return without getting their work done due to such problems. An employee, who didn’t wish to be named, said the department should also ensure that employees were available at their respective work stations. “Even if someone comes on time and leaves late, it cannot guarantee that people are being served. There is a need to develop work culture among employees and they should be made accountable,” he said. Civil Surgeon, Dr Hardeep Singh Ghai said the machines would be a deterrent for those who were punctual. “We check attendance and conduct surprise inspections frequently. Biometric machines will be an added advantage,” he said. City lad’s unique ‘chalk art’ finds no takers Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 28 Gurjeet Singh, a student of Khalsa College of Engineering and Technology, has a unique talent of creating miniature versions of various things using chalk and calls it ‘chalk art’. The 20-year old, who belongs to Tur Village in Tarn Taran, said, “One day I was sitting idle. I looked at a piece of chalk and started Gurjeet Singh shows his creations. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR carving it.” Though he didn’t receive much encour- agement initially, he later found a ray of hope when he took admission in the Government Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students. Singh belonged to the first batch (2014-16) of the school. He said, “I developed an interest when I was in Class IX but thought of leaving it as I was not encouraged. However, the staff and teachers of the school motivated me to continue with this skill.” Gurjeet’s father Sukha Singh is a mason and mother a housewife. He has made models as small as 2 cm, including a car, doll, chess players among others. However, he says it is difficult to maintain a collection. He said, “These things are really delicate. They can break as soon as one holds them. I have lost a lot of them like this. This is a unique art that has no taker as there is no specific cate- gory for such art forms when it comes to competition. But, I will continue to do so. It takes four to five hours to develop such a small miniature.” Daljit Kaur, officiating principal of the Government Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students, said, “Gurjeet has this unique talent, which he has learnt on his own. He had even created a model of the school by using chalks.”
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