25112017-ATR-01.qxd 11/25/2017 1:02 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 25 NOVEMBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE GNDU foundation day Subtle elegance Young & vivacious Guru Nanak Dev University celebrated its 48th foundation day in Amritsar on Friday. P2 No longer does a bride have to be in either bold red and bright gold or at best, deep red and dull gold. P3 Chhavi Pandey, who is play the lead in Star Bharat’s new show Kaal Bhairav Rahasya, says it has been an exciting journey so far. P4 FORECAST SUNNYL | MAX 25.0°C MIN 09.0°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C MIN 9°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5.27 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.08 AM 3 travel agents booked for fraud Amritsar: The city police have booked three travel agents, including a woman, for immigration fraud in two separate cases here on Friday. In the first incident, the police have registered a case against Suresh Kumar, a resident of Khandwala, on the complaint of Santokh Singh, a resident of Chheharta. The complainant told the police that the accused cheated him of Rs 17 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad on study visa. A case under Section 420 of the IPC and Section 13 of the Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act has been registered against the accused. Similarly, on the complaint of Manjit Singh at the Cantonment police station, the police booked agent Ranjit Singh, his wife Lovejit Kaur, alias Bably of Moga, for immigration fraud. The accused duped Rs 10 lakh from Manjit Singh, Rs 8 lakh from Gurpreet Singh and Rs 8.50 lakh from Satpal Singh on the pretext of sending them abroad on fake visa. No arrest has been made so far. TNS Sarpanch booked The rural police booked the sarpanch of Jharru Nangal village for misappropriation of funds here on Friday. The accused has been identified as Gian Singh, a resident of Jharu Nangal. In his complaint, the District Development and Panchayat Officer stated that Gian Singh withdrew Rs 35,000 from the account of Panchayat secretary Balraj Singh by using fake signatures on the cheques. The police have registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC at the Khalchian Police Station. TNS 2 held under NDPS Act Tarn Taran: The Valtoha police have nabbed two persons for possessing heroin and habit-forming drugs. The police party led by ASI Lakhwinder Singh laid a naka near Ghariali Aradian village here on Thursday evening. The police party signaled three motorcyclists to stop at the naka. During search, the police recovered 10-gm heroin and 605 habit-forming drugs from Princepal Singh and Vikramjit Singh of Poohla village, while Lakhwinder Singh Kala of the same village managed to flee from the spot. OC DEPARTMENT’S DECISION TO IMPOSE PENALTY Retired Town Planning officials to move court Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 24 Reacting to the decision of the Local Bodies Department, in which Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has dismissed Senior Town Planner (STP) and imposed a penalty on pensions of officials, the retried STP MTP and ATPs , have decided to move court against the decision. Retired STP Shakti Sagar Bhatia, MTP Des Raj, ATPs Suresh Raj, Surjit Singh, Manohar Singh Bhatti and Ramesh Kumar addressed a press conference today and alleged that the decision is politically motivated and unjustified. The retired officials claimed that the department had already imposed a penalty in June 2015 equiva- ❝ The department imposed 10 per cent penalty on our pension after the inquiry in 2015. Now it is not justified to impose a further cut of 50 percent on our pension. The politicians made us scapegoats to hide their inefficacy. We have decided to move court against the decision of the department ❞ SURESH RAJ SHARMA, a retired ATP lent to 10 per cent of their pension. Retired STP Shakti Sagar Bhatia said, “Violation of building bylaws is still going on in the walled city and around Golden Temple. Who is responsible for this — the Xmas tidings minister or the officials? Following the inquiry by a retired judge, they have charge-sheeted 33 persons. Now with political interference, punishments to others have been exempted. Moreover, deferred penalties have been imposed in the same offence. We will challenge the decision in court”. The Department of Local Bodies has dismissed STP Hemant Batra, demoted ATPs Banke Bihari and Rajinder Sharma and building inspector Harjinder Singh one rank below their present post and penalty equivalent to 50 per cent pension for three years has been imposed on retired STP Shakti Sagar Bhatia, MTP Des Raj, ATPs Surjit Singh, Ramesh Chandra, Suresh Raj and Manohar Singh Bhatti and building inspector Michel yesterday. There were 33 officials, who dealt with issues regarding the ‘galiara’ project who were charge-sheeted for dereliction of duty and violation of the Municipal Corporation Act and Rules. Inquiry officer, former Additional District Judge BC Gupta, had submitted his report in January 2016. Advocate Sarbajit Singh Verka had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2010 against the illegal construction of hotels around Golden Temple. On the directions of the court, an SIT was constituted in 2012 which found that 125 buildings around Golden Temple were constructed illegally. Unidentified man found murdered Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 24 An unidentified person was found murdered at Bibeksar Road here this morning. During preliminary investigation, the city police found that the man was strangled to death. The cops suspect that he was murdered somewhere else and his body was dumped on the roadside at Bibeksar Road. Some passersby spotted the body near Guru Ramdas Senior Secondary School on Bibeksar Road. They informed the police and cops reached the spot. Panic gripped the area after the news of the murder spread. Ravi Sher Singh, Station House Officer, C- Division police station, said, “The man looks to be around 25 year old and belongs to an economically weak section. He has strangle marks on his neck. It is suspected that someone squeezed his throat with a cord. There is no injury Tribune News Service People take part in a Christmas cake-mixing ceremony at Himble Hotels in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar, November 24 The Postal Department has expanded its postal life insurance that was restricted to government and semi-government officials to all nongovernment professionals. Residents can now avail themselves of postal life insurance at the General Head Post office, Amritsar, and Post office,Tarn Tarn. People can come and get themselves covered by the postal life insurance. The facility was introduced in the British era in 1884 and was extended only to government officials. A view of the post office in Amritsar. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR The postal authorities stated that there were a number of policies for the applicants. One could take up policies depending on one’s age as well as the monetary situation of the individual. Anyone above the age of 18 Fake travel agent’s family members booked Ranji trophy: It is Fraudsters Pb vs Services today Our Correspondent Amritsar, November 24 Ahead of their four-day Ranji trophy fixture tomorrow, players of Punjab and Services here today at the Gandhi Cricket ground went through a practice-cum-acclimatisation session which was limited to morning hours. The probables for Punjab team are: Batsmen Raghu Sharma, Manan Vohra, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Jiwanjot Singh, Uday Kaul, Pargat Singh, Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh and Sharad Lumba. Bowlers are Manpreet Gony, Captain Harbhajan Singh, Siddarth Kaul, Barinder Sran, Sandeep Sharma, Shubek Gill and Vinay Choudhary. All rounders are Taruwar Kohli, Mayank Sidhana and Abhishek Sharma. Abhishek Gupta will be the Wicket keeper. Probables for visitors are batsmen Amit Pachhara, Captain Gahlaut Rahul Singh, Ravi Chauhan, Shamsher Yadav, Vikas Yadav, Nitin Tanwar, Navneet Singh, Rinku Singh, Khalid Ahmad Zahid, Vikash Mohan.Bowlers are Sachidanand Pandey, Rahul Chahar, Muzzaffaruddin Khalid, Diwesh Pathania, Raj Bahadur Pal, Suraj Yadav, Arun Bamal and Narender Kumar Singh. Vikas Hathwala is the only all rounder and Nakul Harpal Verma will Punjab Ranji player Manpreet Gony practises at the Gandhi cricket ground in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR belongs to an economically weak section. He has strangle marks on his neck. It is suspected that someone squeezed his throat with a cord. There is no injury on other body parts ❞ RAVI SHER SINGH, Station House Officer, C- Division police station on other body parts”. Police officials stated that they have flashed the message to all other police stations to identify the person. The body of the deceased has been sent for autopsy at the Civil Hospital. It would be kept there for the next 72 hours for identification. Meanwhile, the police has registered a case under Section 302, IPC, at the DivisionC police station and initiated an investigation. Benefit extended to non-govt professionals POSTAL LIFE INSURANCE Tribune News Service be ❝The man looks toand around 25 year old Tarn Taran, November 24 Three members of a fake travel agent’s family of Bhaini Mattuan village, 20 km from here, have been booked under Sections 420 and 120-B, IPC, by the Chabal police. The police said the accused include Gurjant Singh, his father Devinder Singh and mother Naridner Kaur. The case has been Jaswant Singh of Panjwar Khurd village. He said the accused lured his son Harpreet Singh about four years back saying that they would send him abroad and get him a job there and took an amount of Rs 6 lakh from him. registered on the complaint of Jaswant Singh of Panjwar Khurd village. He said the accused lured his son Harpreet Singh about four years back saying that they would send him abroad and get him a job there and took an amount of Rs 6 lakh from him. Jaswant Singh said about two years back, the accused Gurjant Singh called his son, Harpreet Singh, to Cyprus where he lost his son’s passport and other documents. He handed over his son to the police there. Harpreet Singh was sent to jail by the police in Cyprus, as a result he lost his mental balance due to the rough treatment meted out to him. The accused, Gurjant Singh, after handing over Harpreet Singh to the police in Cyprus came back to India. Jaswant Singh has been requesting the local police here to lodge a complaint against the accused for the past one and a half years. The case was registered late last evening. can apply for insurance. These policies are low on premium and offer a number of bonuses as compared to the others offered by other policy providers. The employees listed under the national stock exchange and the Bombay stock exchange can also be entitled to the insurance, apart from others. The residents need to carry a copy of their Aadhaar card, Pan card, two photographs, and a professional proof to avail themselves of the service. One can visit the post office from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday. Makhan Singh, Senior Superintendent, post office, Amritsar division, said, “We have expanded our clientele. The move shall benefit the maximum number of people under postal life insurance. People shall have positive gains. This service is pocket-friendly. Residents need to visit the post office.” Man dies in road accident Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 24 A 30-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a road accident this evening here. The deceased has been identified as Vishal Kumar, a resident of Jawahar Nagar Batala Road. According to police officials at the Lawrence Road police post, Vishal and his friend Karan were heading towards Novelty Chowk from SSSS Chowk. Vishal lost control over his speeding bike and hit a scooter. The motorcycle took a sharp turn and rammed into a trolley. Vishal got serious injuries. He was rushed to a nearby private hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Karan, who was riding pillion, got minor injuries. Sukhdev Singh, in charge of the Lawrence Road police post, said, “We have handed over the body to the family. They didn’t want to file a complaint, so we filed a case of accidental death”. Takhat-i-Akbari at Kalanaur suffers ASI negligence Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 24 Takht-i-Akbari, the coronation platform of Mughal emperor Jalal-ud-din Mohammad Akbar at Kalanaur town is in a dilapidated state and depicts the tale of negligence on the part of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Punjab Tourism Department. The monument has been declared to be of national importance under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act, 1958, but it seems that the departments concerned are least interested in the maintenance of the protected site. Takht-i-Akbari, the coronation platform of Mughal emperor Jalal-ud-din Mohammad Akbar at Kalanaur town. TRIBUNE PHOTO As per history, the coronation summary of 14-year-old Akbar was performed by Mughal military commander Bairam Khan at Kalanaur in c m y b 1556, soon after the death of his father, Humayun. It is said that when Akbar was coronated at Kalanaur, the town was spread widely and the place was close to the town, but now the platform is away from the main town and is in the fields. A narrow bumpy path on the Kalanaur-Gurdaspur road leads to the platform. There is no proper signage on the main road about the historical monument, so it is quite tough for tourists to find it easily. The algae on the walls and the platform is very much visible. No one has been deployed for the security of the protected monument. Varinder Kumar, a tourist from Delhi, said, “I came to Amritsar and even I have heard about this place. I feel very disappointed at the pathetic state of such an important monument. I have visited Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and another monument of Akbar and I feel they are well protected, but the place from where the kingship of Akbar commenced is crying for attention”, he added. Harpreet Singh, another tourist from Patiala, said the road was poor and vehicles could not move smoothly over it. He said the government should promote this place as a tourist destination and it would surely attract travellers. Even residents of Kalanaur town want that the government should promote the place to develop tourism in Punjab. Harminder Singh Panchi, a resident of Kalanaur, said, “Only a few people, most of them Army personnel or history students, visit the Takhti-Akbari. Actually, most of the local tourists are not aware about the importance of this place. The government should install the signage at Amritsar, so that the tourists visit this place”. Gursharan Singh, district tourism officer, said, “It is very rare when someone asks to visit Kalanaur. It is not mentioned on the signage boards installed by Tourism Department. Even there is no broachure to promote Takht-i-Akbari at Kalanaur. We will make efforts to promote this site too.”
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