30122017-ATR-01.qxd 12/29/2017 11:48 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 30 DECEMBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Illegal hoardings Power of young verses A new beginning DC Kamaldeep Singh Sangha has directed officials to remove illegal hoardings from city areas. P2 Youth brigade brings an all-new flavour to the age-old art of poetry. P3 TV actors share their New Year plans, the craziest thing that they did in 2017 and their resolutions for 2018… P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5.36 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.30 AM Clerk suspended for ‘embezzlement’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 MC Commissioner Sonali Giri has suspended a woman clerk for embezzlement of provident funds while discharging her official duties. The clerk has been identified as Jaspreet Kaur. Commissioner said that Jaspreet confessed that she took Rs 63 lakh from the PF fund. The probe committee constituted on provident fund embezzlement case has submitted its report to the commissioner yesterday. Jaspreet and three other officials were found guilty in the probe. The commissioner has also written to the department concerned for taking further action on the accuseds. After reports of embezzlement, a committee comprising of joint commissioner Sourabh Arora, Parduman Singh, superintending engineer, DCFF Mannu Sharma , and superintendent Ashish Kumar was constituted by the commissioner. After the audit of last two year’s PF the committee found that Jaspreet Kaur withdrew the money from the PF accounts Two more held in doc couple robbery case Tribune News Service MC Commissioner Sonali Giri and then deposited again. Giri, said, “She has confessed in front of me that she got Rs 63 lakh from the PF I . have suspended her and gave instructions for further investigation. Three other employees would face departmental proceedings in this case. During the preliminary investigation the calculated amount is Rs 63 lakh but the investigation is going on and final figure will come out soon.” The committee has audited accounts for the last two years as Jaspreet Kaur was appointed in PF department two years back. Sources say the amount can be more than one crore and some other clerks and employees can be transferred in coming days. Amritsar, December 29 The city police have arrested two more accused in connection with a robbery case involving a doctor couple. It also recovered the robbed jewellery from their possession. Those arrested were identified as Surjit Singh, alias Sonu, a resident of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, and his brother Sarabjit Singh, alias Chhabba. They are cousins of the prime suspect Gobind Sher Gill and his sister Navjot Kaur. Navjot was a helper at the Singhania Hospital. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) JS Walia said the accused were brought on a three-day police remand and further investigations were underway in the case. Dr OP Singhania and his wife Dr Maya were looted by three armed persons in the wee hours on December 24 when the couple was having Jurisdiction issue leaves residents puzzled POLICE STATIONS Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 The sensational incident of robbing of doctor couple from inside Sultanwind gate has again underlined the peculiar problem of jurisdiction of police stations. Though three police stations — Division B, Sultanwind and Kotwali — are located near Dr OP Singhania’s residence, he preferred to lodge an FIR at Division C police station, which is nearly 2 km away from his house. Interestingly, the Division B and Sultanwind police stations were nearer from his residence-cum-hospital than Division C police station. The victim couple waited for the Division C police station to reach for lodging an FIR and for further necessary action. The faulty demarcation of jurisdiction of police stations often takes a toll on the victims. The police officers often refuse to register an FIR citing the reason that the area A view of the Lawrence Road police station in Amritsar on Friday. does not fall within its local territorial jurisdiction. A police official preferring not to be named said the jurisdiction of a police stations are fixed according to the convenience of political leaders rather than keeping the convenience of the residents in mind. “During the previous SAD-BJP government, the jurisdiction of police stations were set as per the constituency of an MLA. This led to a lot of confusion even among the cops,” he said. As per Section 13 (1) of the Punjab Police Act, 2007 the police department should also keep in the mind the distance to be covered by the inhabitants to reach the police station besides other things. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and order) Amrik Singh Powar said the problem arises when the building of the police station is in some other area rather than in its jurisdiction or when a road divides a locality. He said the Punjab Government has ordered to reset the jurisdiction as per the convenience of the people and not as per the will of the politicians. ADCP JS Walia (centre) shows the robbed jewellery from Dr OP Singhania that was recovered from two robbers in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR tea. The accused had decamped with around Rs 1 lakh in cash and diamond and gold jewellery worth Rs 20 lakh from the spot after tying the couple. During the preliminary probe, the police was suspected the involvement of an insider in the incident. During investigations, the police got a CCTV footage after the watchman of the hospital told the former that three youths with covered faces had also came there two days before the incident. As they had arrived at around 2am, they were denied entry by him due to security reasons. In the CCTV footage, the police managed to trace a youth whose face got uncovered at that time. The police later zeroed in on Navjot Kaur, alias Jyoti, after they interrogated staff present in the hospital during the incident and kept an eye on them. The ADCP said the robbers entered the hospital at around 11 pm on Saturday when there was some rush on the hospital premises. Navjot helped them hide in Room No. 15 of the hospital. The accused did not leave immediately after the crime. Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 In the age of digitization and instant messaging service, the tradition of wishing loved ones through greeting cards has not lost its charm. The effort to select a perfect card to convey one’s sentiments and write a personalised message for the receiver is still in trend. A number of cards could be seen adorning the shelves of various gift shops in the city. The demand arises particularly during festive and special occasions such as Diwali, Holi, and New Year. This year, too, people are express- ing their wishes through colourful cards available in various sizes and styles. One can pick cards ranging from Rs 30 and going up to Rs 180 while a card to express one’s love to beloved ones ranges from Rs 70 up to a whooping Rs 2,000. There is a card for each occasion. Jawahar Monga, owner of Kiss and Love, a gift shop, said, “The trend of sending personal cards has increased over the years. People like to buy cards for the sake of memories. Naturally, there is an increase in the demand on special occasions, but these cards are in demand throughout the year.” There is a little Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 The teaching fraternity in the city has hailed the move of education department to install CCTV cameras in at least 200 examination centers prone to cheating. The Punjab School education board has identified such centres. The cameras shall be installed at the centres for board examination of X and XII. The department has taken the action after identifying the examinations centers. The CCTV cameras shall be monitored by special teams. Hailing the move, a government teacher Anil Kumar, said, “This move is surely going to help in the long run. The students taking examination shall be more careful for their activities as they will be monitored. These exams are very important for students.” Reacting on this, another government teacher in the city Sarabjit Singh said, “Cheating itself has decreased over the years. The mechanisms that the department is following have already been a success. I see this move as a mere addition to them.” Ashwini Awasthi, leader of Democratic teachers union said, “We welcome the move. These cameras shall be of great help to conduct a fair examination. However, I feel instead of selective centers, all schools should have CCTV cameras. Mangal Singh Tanda, leader of the government teachers’ union, welcomed the move and has asked the government to reconsider their move to interchange centres of CBSE with PSEB ones. He said, “The department is considering interchanging of centres of examination of students appearing in PSEB board examination. It is practically not possible as students in villages live in farflung areas. They won’t be able to reach centres other than their schools. This is not a comfortable move.” SNIPPETS Tribune News Service Amritsar: Special Task Force arrested Deepak, son of Sanjay Kumar of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar on Friday for allegedly possessing 15gm of heroin. Parveen Kumar, investigating officer said a case under NDPS act had been registered and the accused was brought on police remand. The source of contraband was being ascertained. TNS Amritsar, December 29 Even after the tall promises by state government, the appropriate public transport seems to be a distant dream in the city. After nine months of Captain’s Government, the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project is yet to streamline. Several congress leaders including Minister for Local Bodies Navjot Singh Sidhu and MLA Sunil Dutti had promised to re-examine the BRTS project. Finance Minster Manpreet Singh Badal and Navjot Singh Sidhu along with other MLAs had conducted a meeting to discuss BRTS in May this year. Even after the decision to streamline the project there is no development in this regard. The metro buses running under BRTS projects are plying without passengers. The route of BRTS is still incomplete. Despite the demand of passengers, the operating company did not decrease the fares. The residents, who have been waiting for a comfort- People buy greeting cards at a shop in Amritsar on Friday. impact of greeting cards in corporate sector, Monga added, “While, the trend of Installation of CCTV cameras welcomed Effective public transport, distant dream in city personalized cards has been on rise, there is a decline in cards from the corporate sec- c m y b Heroin confiscated Synthetic string seized Division D police have arrested Gurjit Singh alias Monu of Bazaar Borian wala in Katra Karam Singh area for allegedly selling synthetic string or Chinese dor used for kite flying. He was later released on bail. TNS Pensioners day The Guru Nanak Dev University Pensioner Association on Friday observed pensioners day. A number of pensioners attended the programme. The pensioners discussed their issues. TNS A metro bus on a BRTS track in Amritsar on Friday. able public transport in the city for years are upset due to the attitude of government. Kuljit Singh, a resident said, “The congress leaders made tall claims before the elections that they will make the BRTS project viable. If Sukhbir Singh Badal made mistake to start BRTS project then government has to re-examine the feasibility of the project. If the project is not feasible then it should be replaced with appropriate transport system.” Manpreet Kaur, a student of Government Medical College said, “There is no public transport on many roads in the city. The residents have no other option but to hire the auto rickshaws.” Rohit, another resident said, “In the absence of city bus, the hundreds of auto rickshaws are being run illegally on the city roads. The government should provide the public transport for the residents.” Wishing people through greeting cards in vogue still Divya Sharma PSEB EXAM CENTRES tor for special occasions. Earlier, people used to purchase a bundle of cards all together.” Even though, there are plenty of innovative digital platforms such as instant messaging service, digital ecards and many more, there are many who like to keep it traditional. Vipul Kapoor, a youngster said, “There are four members in my family. I have especially bought four cards for each one of them. This is a way of making them feel special as they enter 2018.” However, there is a section which feels that the idea of wishing friends and relatives through paper cards is yet to stay no matter what. Rajiv Bharti, owner of shop Bharti Gift and Greet feels there has been a change with time in business but people who love buying cards have stuck with the concept. He said, “With time changes always come but there is a certain loyalty among card buyers. This loyalty has not been affected. People who love buying card have always bought one.” “I remember I would post greeting cards to my relatives along with a hand written letter on special occasions. It was such a delight. I am really fond of cards,” said Krishan Kumar, a senior citizen while recalling his old days. Jallianwala Bagh centenary in 2019 Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 29 On the demand of Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik, the Union Ministry of Culture, has notified to celebrate the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre at Jallianwala Bagh at national level. Malik said a master plan is in pipeline to revamp the historic Bagh. He said the event that had transformed the entire freedom struggle needs special treatment. He informed that the ministry recently notified the master plan for overall revamping and development of the historic Jallianwala Bagh. He assured that the work would be finished before the centenary celebration, proposed to be held in 2019. The massacre of Jallianwala Bagh would be shown through 4-D audio, along with a spectacular show of light and sound. Reading material of the massacre would be made available to the visitors at the memorial. An air conditioned gallery would also be established for the visitors. He stated that all these steps would serve to perpetuate the memory of the massacre among the people. The light and sound show with a voice-over by legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan will be the main attraction of the show. The 52minute light and sound show was discontinued after the system had developed some technical problems some months after its installation. It is hoped that it would also be revived under the proposed plan. It has been proposed to rectify all the snags that had developed during an 18minute documentary, which was shown through a projector in a 50-seater hall at the historic Bagh.
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