16052018-ATR-01.qxd 5/16/2018 12:26 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 16 MAY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE BBK DAV lift sports trophy Oh boy! Good going BBK DAV College for Women lift GNDU Overall General Sports C’ship trophy for seventh time. P2 Boyfriend jeans might not be a classic but they find favour with celebs and retail giants. P3 Actress Nathalie Emmanuel is the new brand ambassador of fitness brand Reebok. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 38°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.20 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.34 AM Anganwadi workers protest outside OP Soni’s residence Seek hike in allowance, salary on pattern of Haryana counterparts Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 15 Anganwadi workers on Tuesday staged a protest in front of School Education Minister OP Soni’s residence here. The protestors were stopped outside the residence by the police. They called off their protest after getting an assurance of a meeting with the minister. Sarbhjit Kaur, an anganwadi worker, said, “We had asked the government to resolve our issues by May 14. As nothing was done in this regard, we decided to protest in front of the minister’s residence.” The anganwadi workers are demanding an increase in their allowance and salaries on the pattern of their counterparts in Haryana. The workers demanded that pre-nursery classes should be shifted to their centres. The minister has assured them of a meeting at 4 pm on Wednesday to discuss their issues. Paramjit Kaur, Neel Kamal Ajanala and others took part in the protest. Anganwadi workers being stopped by putting up barricades in front of OP Soni’s residence; and (below) a large number of police personnel deployed in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 15 The police have booked an unidentified person in connection with the death of a man, whose body was found from Kotali Sakan village on May 4. The deceased has been identified as Nishan Singh (32), a resident of Kotali Sakan. Deceased’s wife Harjit Kaur told the police that on May 3, her husband had gone to Othian village with Sarabjit Singh, who works at their residence, for some work. She said Sarbajit returned alone in the evening. On being asked about Nishan, resolve our issues by May 14. As nothing was done in this regard by the government, we decided to stage a protest in front of the Cabinet minister’s residence. ❞ SARBHJIT KAUR, an anganwadi worker Sarbjit told her that he would come after some time. Harjit tried to call up Nishan on his phone, but he did not respond to her calls. The family members looked for Nishan whole night. In the next morning, the body of Nishan found from his fields and there were injury marks on the body. The police had initiated proceeding under Section 174 of the CrPc. It has come to light in the portmortem report that Nishan was murdered. Following the report, the police have registered a case under Sections 302 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in this regard. Trader among over 50 booked for attacking MC staff Amritsar, May 15 More than 50 persons, including a shopkeeper, were booked for attacking a team of the civic body’s town planning wing at the IDH market here on Monday. During the attack, the glass of a ditch machine was also damaged. The only accused, who has been identified, is Yogesh Kumar, the owner of shop number 21 at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Market extension near IDH Market, while the ❝We had asked to state government SNIPPETS Youth’s death: One booked by cops on murder charge Drive turns violent more than 50 accused are yet to be identified. The police said they accompanied Yogesh to stop MC officials from performing their duty. On the direction of the MC Commissioner, Sonali Giri, a team led by Assistant Town Planner (ATP) Jagdev Singh and Inspector Manish Arora had gone to remove an illegal portion of a shop being constructed at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Market. The accused gathered and resisted the MC’s move. Heated arguments turned ugly when the shopkeepers reportedly abused the officials and attacked them with bricks. The ATP stated in his complaint that the accused had broken the glass of the ditch machine and snatched his mobile phone. Officials of the town planning wing informed the senior officials about the incident. Thereafter, they reached the spot. A case under Sections 353,186, 427, 149 and 506 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. The MC officials alleged that the police did not take action on the spot and registered the case after a long delay. Meanwhile, local political leaders also came forward in support of shopkeepers and tried to make a compromise. MC union members said the police were reluctant to register the case due to the intervention of local political leaders. — TNS Sidhu’s acquittal in road rage case was expected: Residents 6 held with habit-forming tablets Amritsar: The police have arrested six persons with more than 5,000 habit-forming capsules and tablets from separate places. The Mattewal police nabbed Dharminder Singh, alias Happy, of Saidolehal village with 2,110 capsules and 2,080 tablets. The Khalchian police arrested Surinderpal Singh, alias Gora, with 225 tablets. Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Harar Kalan village, was arrested with 250 habit-foaming tablets. Paramjit Singh, alias Billa, of Loharka village was held with 50 tablets while Parkash Singh, alias Pasha, was arrested with 195 capsules and Dalbir Singh of Harsha Chinna village with 380 capsules. Cases under the NDPS Act have been registered at various police stations. TNS Amritsar, May 15 The Supreme Court’s decision in which it acquitted Navjot Singh Sidhu in a 1988 road rage case has come as a breather for the former Amritsar MP, who is now a Cabinet minister. The apex reversed the Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict holding Sidhu guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder with a sentence of threeyear imprisonment. While the Sidhu clan is busy celebrating his acquittal, city residents too somewhat believe that the decision was expected. Maninder Dawar said, “Like other most powerful personalities in the country, Sidhu has also got relief from going to the prison for a crime he had committed 30 years ago. Though he upholds that the act of aggression was not intentional, the act had resulted in the death of a man. Whether it was politics over the matter or the long gap between the case and its final verdict, his acquittal was expected.” Sahil Saini, a student, said it was expected as the 30 years are enough long for any case to be turned in the favour of the accused. Many people are celebrating his acquittal saying that he has served for the betterment of people of the city as an MP and now as a minister.” Prabhjot Sandhu said, “His image of a peoplefriendly person and prodevelopment political leader had earned him lot of blessings and well wishers. So, it is a good news for the city and its people as Sidhu has worked relentlessly for the betterment of Amritsar. Consider it a payback that his good deeds have finally paid off.” Maninder Dawar Prabhjot Sandhu Sahil Saini Tribune News Service Civic body removes vends Amritsar: During the ongoing anti-encroachment drive, officials of the estate wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) removed illegal vends in the Mall road area, Chowk Bijli, Karion Market, Chowk Farid, Ram Talai Road area and Golden Avenue main road area here on Tuesday. A team led by Kewal Sajjan Singh and Paramjit Singh seized more than 100 vends. TNS Students shine in ICSE exams A man throws stones at a JCB machine as the authorities remove encroachments from Railway Colony in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR 70K kids vaccinated for measles, rubella in 15 days Class X students of Model Study School in a jubilant mood in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar: Students of Model Study School performed well in the Class X ICSE exams, the results of which were declared on Tuesday. A total of nine students scored above 90 per cent while 32 students secured above 80 per cent marks. Parjot (94%), Harshdeep Singh (92.8%), Sameer Sharma (92.6%), Kartik Kumar (92.4%), Muskaan (91.6%), Anu (91.4%), Prabhleen Kaur (90.8%), Ankit (89.8%) and Ajaypal Singh (89.6%) have emerged as school toppers. TNS Waqf Board chairman ‘manhandled’ Ludhiana: Punjab Waqf Board Chairman Junaid Raza Khan was allegedly manhandled by some persons at Islamia School in the Basti Jodhewal area here on May 12. A case in this regard has been registered against four persons — Hafiz Tehsin, Mohd Jamil and two unknown persons. Chairman’s gunman Shingara Khan told the police that on May 12, the chairman was participating in a function at Islamia School and the accused started arguing with him and later, manhandled the Chairman. He said the assailants also roughed him up. A close aide of the Waqf Board Chairman said that assailants were members of an opponent group and wanted to create tension at the school function. — TNS Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 15 As many as 70,000 children have been vaccinated for measles and rubella during a campaign launched by the district Health Department in the first 15 days. The campaign formally launched on May 1 has a target of 6.5 lakh children in the age-group of nine months to 15 years. Initially, the department had planned to complete the campaign in 45 days. But due to some rumours, the campaign got a cold response from many parents as they were reluctant to get their children vaccinated. Civil Surgeon Dr Hardeep Singh Ghai said, “Now, the situation has improved and we have managed to dispel the romours and clear the situation and ❝Now, thedispel thehas improvedclearwe have managed to rumours and the doubts of the parents. Now, we are getting calls from parents and teachers for sending our teams to their respective schools. As it is not a time-bound vaccination campaign, we will continue it till the maximum number of children are vaccinated. ❞ DR HARDEEP SINGH GHAI, Civil Surgeon doubts of the parents. Now, we are getting calls for sending our teams to their respective schools from parents and teachers.” Dr Ghai said as it was not a time-bound vaccination campaign, they would continue it till the maximum children are vaccinated. After covering all schools, the department has also planned a mob-up campaign in which teams will revisit the schools and give injections to children, who somehow were not vaccinated during the first visit. “We have also held a meeting with all councillors and after the mop-up campaign, camps will be organised in all 85 wards and blocks,” said Dr Ghai. The Civil Surgeon added that the vaccination drive will be shifted to residential areas after the schools are closed for summer holidays. Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s supporters celebrate after the Supreme Court acquitted him in a road rage case, in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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