04012018-ATR-01.qxd 1/4/2018 12:13 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 4 JANUARY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Swacchta app Lady 007? Dalhousie diaries If 10,000 residents download the Centre’s mobile app, Amritsar will get 150 Swachh points. P2 Can you imagine a car chase and action that ends with a woman James Bond coming out of driver’s seat? P3 Devoleena, known for her role in Saath Nibhana Saathiya, celebrated her New Year in Dalhousie. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 16°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.40 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.31 AM Attempt to loot ~9 lakh fails Tribune News Service The under-construction elevated road near the golden entrance on the GT road in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Under-construction elevated road eclipses golden gate Golden gate cost ~8 crore and took years for construction ❝I will take up the matter of the elevated road with senior officials. In case they deem it fit, the case will be taken up with the National Highways Authority of India. ❞ Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 3 The under construction elevated road on the AmritsarJalandhar road has eclipsed the dome shaped golden gate at the entrance point of the city. It took many years along with an investment of about Rs 8 crore and a great deal of inconvenience to the commuters to raise the entrance gate here. People are questioning the planning of the administration as the entire efforts and investment to raise the golden gate would go waste. Retired Principal Kulwant Singh Ankhi said the flyover being built at Amritsar–Verka byepass (T-point) would partially eclipse the view of the golden gate for the commuters coming the Jalandhar HARPREET KAUR, Community Development Officer, Heritage & Tourism Promotion Board side. He said the aesthetic sense and its beautiful look would be marred. Former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had taken interest in the construction of the gate. Its dome shape resembles the goldplated dome of sacred Harmander Sahib, sanctum sanctorum of Golden Temple. However, now the scene to the most part of the charming gate will be blocked by the flyover that is under construction. Another city resident, Mohan Singh, pointed out that the width of one side of the Amritsar-Jandiala Guru road was almost double than SNIPPETS 4 held with stolen bikes Amritsar: The police have arrested four persons for vehicle lifting in three separate cases. The accused were identified as Jatinder Singh alias Ghoda of Guru Nanak Pura, Ajay alias Ganja and Ashu, both resident of Fakir Singh Colony, and Gurpreet Singh of Pandori Ran Singh located on the Chabal road here. Three bikes were seized. Three separate cases under Section 379 of the IPC were registered. TNS Admn for improved sex ratio The district administration has announced to initiate a special drive to improve sex ratio in favour of girl child in the age group of 0-6 years. ADC Ravinder Singh administration would paste paper stickers on vehicles. “he stickers would carry slogans and a message to save the girl child. These would be pasted on vehicles crossing through Kacheri Chowk, Majitha Road Chowk, Novelty Chowk and Company Bagh. TNS Dr Ghai is GIM director Dr RK Ghai has joined the Global Institute of Management (GIM) as director. He brings with him 25 years of experience in various management institutes. He earned his PhD degree in management and MBA from Barkatullah University, Bhopal. He has written a large number of research papers and six management books. In his address to the faculty, Dr Ghai outlined his vision and roadmap for the institute. TNS Action sought against leaders SGPC members have requested Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to take strict action against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Sadhu Singh (MP) and Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Leader of Opposition. In a communiqué to the Jathedar, SGPC members Bhagwant Singh Sialka, Harjap Singh Sultanwind, Mangwinder Singh Khapre Kheeri, Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhiyasi and Prof Sarachand Singh stated that in the Sikh literature, history and tradition, ‘Mard Agamara’ was only referred to the tenth Sikh Master, Guru Gobind Singh. “Sadhu Singh crossing his limits called Sukhpal Singh Khaira a Mard Agamara. Khaira did not even issue any rebuttal,” the letter reads. Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh assured them of appropriate action. TNS that of the other side. The point where the Daburji flyover ends, the road has been diverted almost 20 feet towards the Jadiala GuruAmritsar road. Had this diversion been avoided, the new flyover would have been constructed almost 20 feet towards the right side, thus leaving intact the visibility of the golden gate bridge. The Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM) alleged that it seemed that the engineers of the concerned agency did not visit the road at all and depended upon the images available on the internet in which the dome shaped gate might not have been available. Members of the AVM alleged that the engineers may have skipped the physical survey of the track upon which the flyover was planned. The Amritsar Vikas Manch sought that the government must relook at the design and remove the anomalies so that the look of the golden gate may not be affected. When contacted, Harpreet Kaur, Community Development Officer of the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB), said she would take up the matter of the elevated road with senior officials. In case they deem it fit, the case will be taken up with the National Highways Authority of India, she added. Repeated efforts to contact officials of the NHAI failed. Amritsar, January 3 Three unknown persons unsuccessfully tried to rob a cashier of Security India Private Ltd when he was going to a bank to deposit cash after collecting the same from clients here yesterday. The bike-borne accused intercepted him near HK Clarke hotel and threw chilly powder in his eyes, but the cashier did not let them snatch the bag. Nirmaljit Singh, the victim, told the police that the incident took place at around 4.30 pm yesterday. He had cash to the tune of Rs 9.57 lakh that was to be deposited with the Axis Bank at the court road. He said when he reached near HK Clark hotel, the accused stopped him and threw chilly powder in his eyes. When he raised the alarm, people started gathering, forcing the accused to flee. According to Nirmaljit, he can easily identify the robbers in case they are presented before him. The Civil Lines police have registered a case under Sections 379-B, 511 and 34 of the IPC. Such incidents are being reported on a large scale, leaving the residents fearful. Gangster opens fire, narrow escape for man Shubham has been on the run for months; suspects involvement of victim in his father’s murder PK Jaiswar tribune news service Amritsar, January 3 Shubham, a notorious gangster, allegedly shot at a local resident, Varun Kalia alias Chocho, at Majitha road area over an old enmity here yesterday evening. Chocho had a narrow escape. Initially, the police dithered about confirming the involvement of Shubham, but it later registered an attempt to murder case against him on the statement of Chocho. The complainant told police that he was going to the market near Gopal Mandir when two motorcycle-borne youth came and fired at him before fleeing. He said that he identified one of the youth as Shubham. Shubham suspected the involvement of Chocho in the murder of his father Baljinder Singh, a suspended cop, in the same locality months ago. Following Baljinder’s murder, Shubham had shot Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader Vipin Sharma on Bata- Being hunted by cops for long ■ Notorious gangster Shubham fired at Varun Kalia alias Chocho as he suspected the latter’s involvement in his father’s murder. ■ Shubham’s father Baljinder Singh, a suspended cop, was murdered a few months ago. ■ He is also wanted in the murder of Vipin Sharma, a Hindu leader. He suspected Vipin’s involvement, too, in his father’s murder. The police are hunting for him and other gangsters for months. . la road two months ago, causing a nationwide furore. The incident has raised many eyebrows towards the functioning of the police which have failed to arrest Shubham and his accomplices, including Saraj Singh Mintoo, who has been evading the arrest since Vipin Sharma’s murder. A special investigating team was formed after hue and cry was raised over his murder. The police had dispatched teams to other states after getting inputs about their presence. However, Shubham entered the city again and tried another murder to avenge his father’s murder. Additional Deputy Com- missioner of Police (ADCP) Lakhbir Singh said nakas had been installed to arrest the culprit who had been on the run. He said the police were making efforts to arrest them. Residents have been criticised the police for their failure to nab anti-social elements. “The police are limited to issuing statements for conducting investigations. Recently, a car was looted at gunpoint from Majitha road area. What is happening in the city? Where are the policemen and the politicians who make tall claims to improve the law and order? It is nothing but the failure of the police to nail the criminal elements,” said a city resident. CKD to hold elections after Chadha’s exit Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 3 The 116-year-old socio-religious organisation, Chief Khalsa Diwan, is all set to hold its election after the ignominious exit of Charanjit Singh Chadha. Its executive committee will hold a meeting on January 10 to pave the way for the next election. Its general house, which has over 500 members, will meet on January 21. As per the CKD constitution, it is mandatory to hold election The CKD Charitable Society had expelled its disgraced president Charanjit Singh Chadha and his son Inderpreet Singh Chadha (vice-president) on December 30 after a “sleazy” video showing the former head with a woman in a compromising position went viral. within 60 days after the post of president falls vacant. The enraged members of the CKD had forcefully made CKD vice-president Dhanraj Singh as officiating head. The CKD with an annual budget of over Rs 158 crore is operating about 50 schools, majority of them English medium, three colleges, two hospitals, an orphanage, an old age home, a gurdwara, a sarai (inn), Khalsa Parcharak Vidyala, a quarterly Punjabi magazine ‘Nirguniara’ and another Punjabi monthly ‘Khalsa Advocate’. The CKD Charitable Society had expelled its disgraced president Charanjit Singh Chadha and his son Inderpreet Singh Chadha (vice- president) on December 30 after a “sleazy” video showing the former head with a woman in a compromising position went viral. Then, the woman lodged a police complaint against Charanjit Chadha, accusing him of “compelling her to make physical relations”. She also added that Inderpreet threatened her on phone. Following this, a threemember Special Investigation Team was formed under ADCP (Crime) Harjit Singh Dhaliwal for probe. Dense fog derails normal life, schedule of trains Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 3 The delay and cancellation of several trains amid dense fog have left the passengers in the city inconvenienced. Besides, the fog also threw normal life out of gear. Amritsar–Delhi Shatabdi, Howrah Mail and Shaheed Express (also known as Flying Mail) were cancelled for the day. Tata Muri, Sachkhand, Howrah Express and many other trains were running behind schedule. A tourist, Harpreet Singh, who was waiting to get a train to Karnal, said he came here to pay obeisance at Golden temple with his family two days back. Then the weather was sunny with chillier nights. He said he arrived at the railway station well in time to catch the train. However, most of the trains were arriving late. This made the departure, too, late, causing prolonging of the journey. The fog has also troubled motorists as vehicles can be seen crawling on roads. Several minor and major mishaps are being reported. Residents too prefer to remain indoors. Most of the street vendors, mostly dealing with street food, are recording low sales. Three trains have been cancelled and the road traffic too has been hit amid low visibility as vehicles continue to crawl. Meanwhile, a car (below right) hit a roundabout near Rialto Cinema amid fog. Fortunately, the car occupants escaped unhurt. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR c m y b
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