02052018-ATR-01.qxd 5/2/2018 12:29 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 2 MAY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE GND varsity inks MoU What a show! Work-out theory To boost tourism, GND University and Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board ink pact. P2 No sale of eatable items above MRP will be allowed in cinema halls from now on. P3 Fitness is of prime importance for actors. Some of them share tips on how to keep fit in highly competitive telly industry. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 37°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.10 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.45 AM DC orders probe against principal for ‘misbehaviour’ Tarn Taran, May 1 The district administration has taken a serious note of an incident in which a team of the Health Department was allegedly misbehaved by the principal of Government Senior Secondary School Sursingh (Boys), 20 km from here, on Tuesday. The team had gone to the school to vaccinate school students against measles and rubella (M&R).DC Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal has asked Surinder Singh, SDM, Patti, to submit a report in this regard. The DC said Dr Rajinderpal, acting Civil Surgeon, told him that the school principal had misbehaved the team of the Health Department and when it took village’s elders along with it to vaccinate the students, the principal provoked the students against the team. The principal said she was not informed about the drive by the department. Nirmal Singh, District Education Officer (Secondary), refuted the school principal’s claim and said all heads were informed about it through an official letter. Meanwhile, SSP Darshan Singh Mann said the DSP Bhikhiwind had been assigned the inquiry to identify the accused, who made an announcement through the public address system of the village’s gurdwara against measles and rubella vaccination at Poolha village. — OC Labourers and members of various trade unions at a rally in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Labourers demand better VB inquiry demanded against MC officials wages, working conditions ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Labour Day:Say they are not getting benefits of govt schemes Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 1 To highlight the issues of labourers, members of the Central Trade Union (CTU) organised a protest rally on Tuesday at Company Bagh. On the occasion of Labour Day, leaders of the union said the issues such as increase in minimum wages and better working condition for workers were still unresolved. Jagtar Singh Karampura, a member of the CTU, said apart from the private sector, anganwadi workers, ASHA workers, helpers and mid-day meal workers in the public sector were being paid very less. He said the government should try to improve the conditions of workers in the private and unorganised sector. Members of the migratory workers’ wing of the SAD raise slogans during a rally in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: VISHSAL KUMAR Balwinder Singh Dudala, a member of the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), said that Union and state government had failed to protect the interests of the working class. SNIPPETS Bike taken away at gunpoint Amritsar: Unidentified miscreants forcibly took away a bike from a youth at gunpoint in the Ranjit Avenue area here on Monday. Morish, the owner of the bike, told the police that on Monday at 4:30 pm, he, along with his friend Manav Malhotra, was standing in front of Hotel Holiday Inn in Ranjit Avenue. Morish said he was on his bike when besides a Swift car that was parked near Beant Park, another Swift car came and around eight persons came out of these cars. He said later, they came towards him and entered into a brawl. He said the accused took away his bike at gunpoint. The Civil Lines police have registered a case under Section 379-B (2) of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. No arrest has been made so far. TNS Two houses burgled Amritsar: Theft incidents were reported from two houses here on Monday night. In the first incident, Naresh Kumar of Majitha Road area said he, along with his family members, had gone outside to attend a marriage function. He said when they came back, they found cash and gold ornaments missing. The Sadar police have registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC. Similarly, Inderjit Singh, a resident of the Fatehgarh Churian road area, said his family had gone some for work. He said when his wife came from the school, she found that three gold rings, mobile phone and Rs 5,200 in cash missing. A case under Section 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered at the Sadar police station. TNS Man booked for ransacking BDPO’s office Amritsar: A man has been booked for allegedly ransacking the Block Development and Panchayats Officer’s (BDPO) office in Jandiala. The accused has been identified as Parminder Singh of Gehri Mandi. Sukhwinder Singh, superintendent of BDPO’s office, told the police that the elections to the panch for Gehri Mandi village were being held and the accused under the influence of liquor abused officials. Sukhwinder said the accused ransacked the office and damaged the computer and printer. A case under relevant sections has been registered against him. TNS “Inflation is increasing rapidly and the poor are unable to meet their expenses. The wages of workers are not increasing and purchasing power is shrinking every day,” he added. Three booked for setting shop on fire Dudala said the government was playing into the hands of business houses and maximum workers were not getting the benefit of its schemes. Meanwhile, members of the migratory workers’ wing of the SAD also staged a protest by holding equipment. Raising slogans against the government, the workers said jobs in the construction sector had diminished due to high prices of sand. Mahesh Verma, Majha in charge of the wing, said in the absence of any industry, the construction sector was a big source of employment generation for workers. He demanded that the government should look into the problems faced by the workers. Amritsar, May 1 For the civic body’s alleged failure to take action against mushrooming illegal construction in the city, especially around the Golden Temple and in congested areas, Advocate Sarabjit Singh Verka, who has moved court against “illegal” hotels in the walled city, has demanded an inquiry by the Vigilance Bureau (VB) against Municipal Corporation (MC) officials. He said the failure of officials had raised doubts on their integrity. “In an eyewash exercise, the MC sealed under-construction hotels last year. The hotel owners broke the seals and completed the construction work. Some of these hotels are now functional as Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has provided commercial electricity connections to them. The PSPCL City boy wins scholarship in theatre for third time Tribune News service Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 1 Three persons have been booked for allegedly setting a shop on fire. The accused have been identified as Vishav Nath, Sanjeev Kumar and Upninder, all residents of Bihar. On April 9, a fire had broken out in a shop in which two workers sustained burn injuries A case under Sections 307, 506, 427, 436 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against them. On April 9, a fire had broken out in a shop in which two workers sustained burn injuries. One of the victims, Vikas, is still getting treatment at a hospital in Amritsar. Deepak Sood, the owner of the shop, said with the help CCTV footage, it came to light that the accused had tried to burn Vikas alive and when he was pouring in kerosene oil in the tank, Vishav Nath put burning matchstick in it and the fire engulfed the shop. The accused ran away from the spot to save themselves. ASI Vipin Kumar, investigating officer, said the accused were on the run. Amritsar, May 1 At 13, he was the first young artiste from Punjab to bag the scholarship in the field of dramatics from the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), a programme supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Now 18, Armaanpreet has again managed to bag the prestigious national scholarship for the third time in a row in the field of theatre and drama. “It is an extensive programme designed to test not just your acting skills, but also your knowledge of world theatre and Indian theatre. Every year, 75 aspirants from across the country apply for it and I am really glad that I have managed to bag it for third consecutive time,” said the elated young theater artiste. Armaanpreet has been doing theatre in the city for the past six years and has been part of several Punjabi plays like “Qayeda” and “Agad Akhara”, an adaptation of Shakespeare's “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. He has been a part of Dastak theatre group led by Rajendra Singh and has worked closely on a project to revive the bhand and marasi community. Sequence of events ■ 2010: Advocate Sarabjit Singh Verka filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against construction of hotels around the Golden Temple. ■ 2012: The Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered that no building plan would be sectioned till further order. ■ 2014: The MC failed to stop constructions and the court had constituted a special committee to report the matter. ■ 2014 (August): The SIT had reported the court that 125 illegal hotels constructed after 2012 and chargesheeted 33 officials for “allowing” illegal construction during their tenures. ■ 2015: Verka filed a contempt of court case against the DC, MC Commissioner, MTP and member of the special committee. ■ 2016: The state government enacted the Amritsar Walled City (Recognition of Usage) Act and the MC sought applications to regularise the hotels. ■ 2017: On the inquiry report of BC Gupta, retired Sessions Judge, the Local Bodies Department dismissed a senior town planner, demoted three officials and imposed 50 per cent cut on the pensions of seven building branch officials. . provided almost 1,000 connections in the walled city despite the High Court’s orders that no building plan would be sectioned till further orders in 2012,” he said. Verka demanded that the civic body should get criminal cases registered against the hotel owners, who had broken the seals. “The PSPCL should withdraw the connections of illegal buildings. The involvement of MC officials should be probed by the state VB,” he added. Verka has claimed that more than 300 hotels have been constructed even after the orders of the High Court. Without conducting any survey, the MC observed that the number of illegal buildings in the walled city were more than 214. The same number of applications was filed for regularisation of buildings after the state government enacted the Walled City Act. The MC had rejected 11 applications during scrutiny. Of the total applicants, 46 were not filed on time. Recently, the MC rejected 56 more applications as these were not submitted with the required documents and plans of buildings. Advocate Verka said, “Politicians of the ruling party, hotel owners and MC officials are hand in glove. They have not disconnected the water and sewerage connections till date. How will the MC dare to demolish the buildings?” Senior officials of the MC’s town planning wing said for demolition of multi-storey Continued on page 2 Torn mattresses, shortage of beds add to patients’ woes GND HOSPITAL Tribune News Service Armaanpreet Singh “My interest is in exploring the folk art genres of India. For instance, the Punjabi theatre has folk forms that could work wonderfully at national or international stage. I have developed a newfound respect for the Punjabi culture during my study. The attitude towards traditions and culture is quite different in people from some states in south or east. They have made it a part of their lives, appreciating every aspect of their tradition. Unlike Punjab, where our folk artistes and traditions need desperate saving, some of the folk arts forms in street theatre have been appreciated internationally,” he said. A believer in biomechanics theory in theatre, Armaan said he wanted to be an actor, who could turn into anything on stage in an instant just like a machine. Amritsar, May 1 The mattresses provided to patients at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here point towards apathy and negligence as they are completely worn due to years of use. A visit to the hospital revealed that most of the coir mattresses are torn and pose a risk to the patients, especially newly born children and women patients who have under gone C-section surgeries. A faculty member at the hospital said, “Neat and clean beds are very essential to save patients from infections. Not to touch the mattresses, they use their own bed covers.” During the visit, it has also come to light that due to more crowd of patients, the hospital often allots a bed to two patients or ask them to arrange folding beds on their own. “Keeping in view the increased rush of patients, there is a need for more beds and infrastructure,” said Satnam Singh, a patient’s attendant. Besides beds, the condition of furniture at the hospital is also bad. Patients Torn mattresses at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR and their attendants are deprived of basic facilities such as drinking water and clean washrooms at the hospital. It has often been criticised for lack of cleanliness, but the condition has not improved. Earlier, local MP Gurjit Singh Aujla had also pointed out the poor condition of mattresses and a shortage of beds during one of his inspections at the hospital. However even after five months, the government has failed to provide the required items. An official of the hospital on condition of anonymity said, “The MP had written to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation in this regard. The MP has sought permission to provide beds and mattresses from his MPLAD fund.” He added that when senior officials of the government already knew the condition, there was not much for them to do. “The problem is genuine and it is out in the open,” said the official. Surinder Pal, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said they would look into the matter and it would be resolved at the earliest.
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