04042018-ATR-01.qxd 4/4/2018 12:41 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 4 APRIL 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Health check-up Story that needs to be told Transformed Tanishaa A health check-up camp was jointly organised by prison staff at the Gurdaspur Central Jail. P2 ...so believes Punjabi actor Gippy Grewal about his upcoming film Subedar Joginder Singh. P3 The latest addition to the ‘fat-to-fit’ transformation list is actress Tanishaa Mukerji. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 30°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.51 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.16 AM Iraq killings: Kin want govt jobs to make ends meet Fear that not being highly qualified, they might not be considered for jobs one from ❝Noor state the Centre GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 3 Even as the Centre and the state government have announced compensations of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, respectively, to kin of 39 Indians killed in Iraq, family members said only a government job could bring stability in their lives. They fear that as they are not highly qualified, they might not be considered for government jobs. Some of them were also “offended” by the remarks made by Union Minister VK Singh that the compensation was not like “distributing biscuits” or “playing football” at a press conference held soon after he landed in Amritsar with the mortal remains. The kin also resented that the Union minister never bothered to visit them personally. “Instead of showing sympathy, he had remarked that since all 39 migrants had entered illegally, the government shared little responsibility. It was like he was not ready to accept that the deceased were Indians,” said a family member of one of the deceased, who did not wish to be named. Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had announced a job for the next of kin as per their qualifications, besides ex-gratia. A majority of the victims belong to the low income government approached us to certify the compensation. We just came to know about it through the media. After my father, I am the only one to look after my mother and younger sister. I have a part-time job in a factory as I have passed only Class XII. Lakhwinder Randhawa withdraws candidature ASR BAR ASSN Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 3 As Lakhwinder Singh Randhawa withdrew his candidature, the main contest for the post of the Amritsar' Bar Association president is now between incumbent president PK Saini and former president VK Dhand. Randhawa was being considered a strong candidate for the post. Lakhwinder Singh Randhawa and Lakhwinder Singh, who had filed nominations for the post of president, withdrew their nominations on Monday. Randhawa said he withdrew his candidature keeping in view the welfare and integrity of the Bar Association. However, insiders say it had made the contest tougher as the entire opposition was now united against incumbent president PK Saini. Returning Officer (RO) Navjeet Singh Turna said Sawinder Singh Baserke too withdrew his candidature for the post of vicepresident. The RO also rejected the nomination of Inderpreet Singh, a candidate for the post of joint secretary, as he did not fulfil the criterion on a minimum of three years of practice. ❞ AMANDEEP SINGH, son of Gurbinder Singh, who was killed in Iraq Wailing family members of Raju, who was killed in Iraq, from Chiwanda Devi Village in Amritsar. FILE PHOTO group and do petty jobs to make both ends meet. Gurpinder Kaur, sister of Manjinder Singh, has completed MA and BEd. She had qualified the teachers’ eligibility test twice, but she could not get a government job. She is married and lives with her family at Dauya. However for the past four years since Manjinder had been missing, she was the only one to look after her elder parents back home at Bhoewal village in Amritsar. “Though we show our gratitude towards the government for announcing compensation, the life ahead can be secured only if we have a regular source of income. It is yet to be seen when the state SNIPPETS Five booked for assault Tarn Taran: Five members of a family, including a woman, were booked for attacking and removing the turban of a villager at Kambo village, 25 km from here, on Monday. The accused have been identified as Sukhjinder Singh, Harpreet Kaur, Manpreet Singh, Sarwan Singh and Dharminder Singh. Victim Kulwant Singh Nambardar told the police that the accused attacked him when he had gone to their house for collecting departmental revenue. He said the accused removed his turban and threatened to kill him. A case under Sections 295, 353, 186, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC was registered against the accused. OC 1 booked for damaging toll plaza Tarn Taran: An under-construction toll plaza near Sheron was damaged after a truck rammed into its safety barrier. A case under Sections 279 and 427 of the IPC was registered against the truck driver, identified as Darshan Singh of Hanumangarh, Rajasthan. Shamsher Singh, an employee of the toll plaza told the police that the truck (RJ-07-8585) rammed onto the safety barrier of the plaza. OC Newly-wed girl commits suicide Tarn Taran: A 20-year-old girl, who was married three days ago, committed suicide at her parents’ house in Sanghar Kalan village, 25 km from here, on Monday evening. The parents cremated the body on Tuesday without informing the police. The girl had come to see her parents on Monday where she consumed some poisonous substance. Satpal Singh, DSP, Goindwal Sahib, said the matter was being investigated. OC 300 booked for staging protest, blocking traffic Amritsar: The police have booked around 300 persons for staging a protest on the national highway and other roads during the call for Bharat Bandh in the city on Monday. ASI Jaswinder Kumar from the Civil Lines police station said he, along with a police team, was present at Bhandari Bridge where more than 200 activists of various Dalit organisations came with weapons and raised slogans against the government. He said they did not have any permission to stage a protest and block traffic. A case under Sections 188, 283, 341, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC and Section 68 of the Punjab Police Act 2007 was registered against the agitators. The Jandiala police booked 50 persons for blocking traffic near a toll plaza on the National Highway1 while the Kathunagal police booked 30 persons for staging a protest and blocking the Amritsar-Pathankot highway at Abdal village. No arrest has been made so far. TNS government implements its statement . I hope that there is no technical glitch in offering me a job,” she said. Kapurthala-based Amandeep Singh, who lost his father Gurbinder Singh, believes that the announcements made by governments often end up as political gimmicks. “No one from the Centre or state government approached us to certify the compensation. We just came to know about it through the media. After my father, I am the only one to look after my mother and younger sister. I have a part-time job in a factory as I have passed only Class XII,” he added. Seema, wife of Sonu Masih, is also worried about her children. Hailing from Chawinda Devi, she said her husband had gone to Iraq with the hope of giving them a better life. “I do part time jobs to earn two square meals a day. I have studied till Class VIII. I am afraid whether I will be eligible to get a job. If I get it, the job will certainly help me upbringing my two sons (12 and 10-year-old),” she added. Sardara Singh of Jalal Usma village in Tarn Taran is a cancer patient. He lost his son Gurcharan Singh in Iraq. He had called back his another son Gurjit, who had gone to Bahrain some years ago. Gurjit is just matriculate. “I am bed-ridden. There are bleak chances if my son gets a regular job. He will help me bear my medical expenses,” he said. ‘Make law to stop protesters from blocking rail tracks’ Amritsar, April 3 The Railways incurred losses worth crores of rupees during Monday’s agitation. Vendors at the city railway station also suffered during Bharat Bandh. The protesters also blocked railway tracks, which affected the rail services. Residents advocated enactment of a legislation to debar any group from disrupting the rail traffic. NS Gabarhia, a former Railways employee, said it was painful to see the innocent passengers suffering due to the agitation. “The law and order situation goes for a toss in such circumstances. The rail passengers, who come from all parts of the country, remain at the receiving end,” he said. Gabarhia demanded a law to stop groups, irrespective of their affiliation to any religious, social or political organisations, from disrupting the movement of trains. He said a strict law with fear of severe punishment could prevent the practice of blocking rail tracks. A vendor, who did not wish to be named, at the railway station said they were forced to shut down their shops on Monday afternoon. In the melee, some people picked up packets of chips, biscuits, cold drinks and other eatables. Amrit Singh, officiating Railways Director, said, “It is difficult to give the exact figure of the losses incurred on such occasions, but it must be worth crores of rupees. During Bharat Bandh, several trains were either cancelled or delayed.”— TNS Demolished kiosks in the Ram Bagh area in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Civic body removes 10 ‘illegal’ kiosks in Ram Bagh, owners protest Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 31 Following the ongoing renovation work of the Ram Bagh deohri, the Municipal Corporation removed “illegal” kiosks that were constructed alongside the historical building. The building branch and estate department of the civic body is jointly conducting a drive to remove the kiosks. These were seen as permanent encroachments and occupants reportedly converted their kiosks into shops. According to MC officials, a total of 10 illegal kiosks had been removed. However, kiosk owners also staged a protest against the MC action. They also gheraoed a local police station for a few hours. Kiosks owners protest against officials of the Municipal Corporation in Amritsar on Tuesday. The kiosks owners said that the MC used to collect fee from them and they had no right to remove their kiosks. Jaswinder Singh, Estate Officer, said illegal kiosks and other encroachments would not be tolerated. Health Department employees demand DA arrears Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 3 Demanding the arrears of dearness allowance, members of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Officers’ Clerical Association staged a protest in front of the Civil Surgeon’s office here on Tuesday. Jagdish Thakur, state general secretary of the association, said gate rallies started on Tuesday would be taken out everyday till April 10. Employees will also wear black badges to work daily to protest against the state government. Thakur said the instalments of the dearness allowance for 2016 were still pending. “Instead of paying the dues, the government has imposed professional tax on residents. It is for the first time that the government is trying to extort from employees Members of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Officers’ Clerical Association stage a protest outside the Civil Surgeon’s office in Amritsar on Tuesday. VISHAL KUMAR instead of giving them their dues,” he said. Tejinder Singh Dhillon, president of the association, said there was resentment among the employees as the government had not implemented the Sixth Pay Commission report. Association leaders threatened to intensify their protest if the government failed to address their issues. Dhillon said the government might have to face the wrath of the government employees and their families in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
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