09062018-ATR-01.qxd 6/8/2018 11:27 PM Page 1 SATURDAY | 9 JUNE 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Stagnant sewage Colour of love Great couple Stagnant sewage enters vacant plots at New Focal Point industrial area, irks residents. P2 Laal Ishq, & TV’s upcoming show, promises some passionate tales. P3 Actress Megha Chakraborty reveals the admires Virat and Anushka. P4 FORECAST THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 38°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C MIN 31°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.35 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.25 AM 28 challans issued for pressure horns MC nod to 61 proposals worth ~100 cr Opposition councillors stage walkout alleging they didn’t get copies of agenda in advance Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service A team of PPCB officials and traffic police issues challan to a truck driver in Amritsar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 8 A team of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) along with traffic police issued challans to 28 persons for having their vehicles installed with pressure horns on Friday. PPCB officials said the drive was conducted as part of the Healthy Punjab campaign. The team checked trucks, buses and Bullet motorcycles. PPCB engineers Kamaljit Singh and Sukhdev Singh said owners of vehicles found with pressure horns were challaned. Kamaljit Singh said, “Youngsters have got their motorcycles, especially Bullet Enfield, modified to let them produce a loud noise, including that of gun shots, which is against the rules. The objective of the drive was to check noise pollution as it caused many problems for humans and animals.” PPCB officials said the drive would continue in city. MR drive: Over four lakh kids immunised Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 8 A total of 4,22,302 children have been immunised in the ongoing MR campaign by the District Health Department. After a review meeting with health officials regarding the progress of the campaign, Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said 70 percent of the total 6.5 lakh targeted children had been immunised till date by the department. The campaign, which started on May 1, aims at immunising children in the age group of nine months and 15 years against measles and rubella. The DC also asked the education officials to ensure participation of schoolteachers in motivating parents about the immunisation drive. Though summer vacations have begun in schools, teachers must ensure that children in their schools are immunised, he added. Civil Surgeon Dr Hardeep Singh Ghai said different teams of the department were engaged in door-to-door visits so that a maximum of the children are vaccinated. He said due to the summer vacations at schools, they have also set up booths in various localities, where parents can get their children immunised. “We are hopeful to achieve 100% target. The apprehensions have been resolved and parents are willing to participate in the drive,” said Dr Ghai. Amritsar, June 8 The General House of meeting of the Municipal Corporation (MC) passed 61 proposals in no time on Friday afternoon. Even the councillors did not read the proposals before giving their consent. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu claimed that the proposals worth Rs 100 crore for development works had been given a green signal. The MC had distributed the agenda of six proposals on Wednesday. Last night, the index of the agenda, including 61 supplementary proposals, was sent to the councillors through WhatsApp. The councillors of the Opposition alliance staged a walk out from the House in protest as the MC did not provide them with copies of the agenda before attending the meeting. BJP councillor Jarnail Singh Dhot said, “The mayor is befooling us. The copies of 61-proposal agenda were distributed a few minutes before the meeting. How one can read and react on the agenda on the spot? As per the rule, the copies of agenda should be distributed among the councillors 48 hours before the meeting. They did not recognise a single demand of the SAD BJP councillors in the agenda.” Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said the meeting was about to be postponed as the agenda was not ready but MC Commissioner assured that the agenda would be ready, thus facilitating the meeting. Officials worked hard to complete the agenda. “Development works worth Rs 100 crore were proposed. It takes time to prepare the items. It is sad that the Opposition is opposing the development.” The meeting started with a tribute to deceased councillor Gurdeep Pehalwan. The House presented a supplementary agenda to provide an MC job to Gurdeep’s daughter. A job for the son of Sufi singer Pyare Lal Wadali was also proposed. Both the proposals were passed. Now, these will be sent to the government for approval. SAD councillors demanded a job for the family of Municipal Town Planner Iqbalpreet Singh Randhawa responds to the allegations, levelled by councillor Mahesh Khanna (right), regarding violation of building bylaws; and SAD-BJP councillors (below) walk out from the MC General House meeting in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR deceased councillor Dalbir Kaur. Senior Deputy Mayor Raman Kumar Bakshi demanded pension for the councillors. The meeting turned stormy when councillor Mahesh Khanna alleged that Municipal Town Planner Iqbalpreet Singh Randhawa had violated the bylaws by depositing the compounding fee received from a building owner near the Army Gun House. He raised several questions on the integrity of MTP and Senior MC officials. A heated argument was witnessed between Mahesh Khanna and MC Commissioner Sonali Giri. MTP Iqbalpreet Singh Randhawa was called to respond to the allegations of the councillor. Mahesh Khanna demanded suspension of Randhawa. Intervening in the matter, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu announced to conduct an inquiry. “We will take appropriate action if the MTP is found guilty. If the allegations of the councillor proved false, he will have to apologise,” said Rintu. Deputy Mayor Yunis raised the issue of encroachments on the MC land. Councillor Jatinder Sonia said there was a need to break the “nexus” between MC officials and parking mafia in the city. She also demanded cleanliness on the Heritage Street near Golden Temple. A large number of councillors were upset due to non-availability of streetlights in their wards. Councillors fume over water woes A large number of councillors raised the issue of shortage of potable water. Several tube wells are lying defunct. Rajani Sharma of ward 83 complained that Baba Deep Singh Colony was deprived of potable water. Sandhya Sikka claimed that due to depletion of water table, tube well pumps had stopped working in her ward. Sunny Kundra of ward 66 claimed that residents of Atta Mandi and Shivpuri were not getting water supply for the last 15 days. Pardeep Sharma of ward 64 also complained about the scarcity of water. ‘Shift garbage dump’ Amritsar: Members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged a protest at the MC office, demanding shifting of the Bhagtanwala garbage dump, on Friday. The protest was held during the General House meeting of the MC. AAP district president Suresh Sharma said the Congress government had made it a point in its pre-poll promises but it failed to shift the dump. The AAP said that the dump must be shifted from Bhagtanwala without delay to save the health of residents. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said the government was concerned about the the residents of Bhagtanwala. Several efforts are being made to address the issue, he added. TNS Deputy Mayor Yunis alleged that a blacklisted contractor had been installing bore wells and those pumps stop work- ing soon. Mayor Karmajit Singh Rintu assured that a committee would be constituted for the verification of tube wells. As many as 125 new tube wells would be installed to meet the demand of potable water, he added. ‘Generate revenue’ Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said everyone was aware of MC’s financial condition and wanted development works, but no one offered his services to increase the revenue. Councillors can motivate residents in their wards to pay taxes, bills and fee,” he said. Satnam Singh, councillor, ward 34, suggested the Mayor to take action over illegal colony in his area to collect revenue. Differently abled to be taught driving Jatha leaves for Pak SNIPPETS Tribune News Service Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 8 Anita Sharma (36), Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Management-Amritsar, is all set to teach car driving to differently abled and elderly women in the city. Being differently abled herself, Sharma is looking forward to make people with physically disability independent at her car driving school — Drive on my own. Sharma, who hails from Jaipur, has been suffering from polio since she was six months old. “I was administered polio drops during fever. As a result, the drops reacted. I have 64% disability in my legs,” says Sharma. However, it did not deter her spirit and she went on to pursue a fellow programme in management –Indore. “Since, I started driving, I felt a sense of Independence. I could go on my own. Earlier, Anita Sharma informs about the modification of a car in accordance with the needs of differently-abled people in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR any of my family members had to accompany me. I have also trained some people. Now, I want to do it at a big level. I have been driving since 2009,” she says. Cars are converted in according to the level of dis- ability. A lever is attached near the car steering. The lever controls the movement of brakes and accelerator. “Under the system, the driver gets control of the vehicle in their hands. They can control brake, accelerator and clutch by using their hands. I shall be informing people also about the ways to get their cars modified, helping them meet the people concerned. Moreover, I want to focus on elderly female residents as trainers generally feel irritated while training them,” remarks Anita. The workshop shall be run from June 20 to 30 near the Indian Institute of Management-Amritsar, but there shall be certain charges. She adds, “There are certain charges for service as I want people with disabilities to feel that being differently abled does not make them a subject to any kind of charity. All of them must feel pride in themselves. Moreover, the money earned shall be used disturb free wheelchairs.” Sharma shall be also spreading awareness about the process of applying for driving licence and modification of cars. Amritsar, June 8 An 84-member Sikh pilgrim group crossed over to Pakistan through Attari-Wagah rail route to observe the martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev on Friday. As per the Nanakshahi Calendar, followed by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC), the day falls on June 16. Pakistan, however, has issued visas to Sikh pilgrims being sent by other organisations such as the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) and the Bhai Mardana Yadgari Society, Ferozepur. However, much to the disappointment of some of the applicants, who had applied through the SGPC, the visas got rejected. The SGPC had sent 81 applications for visa formalities to the Pakistan embassy. For the sake of just one day, the SGPC was not obliged by the Pakistan authorities. The SGPC wanted visa between June 9 and 18 that commensurate the occasion as per the amended version of Nanakshahi Calendar, whereas Pakistan was adamant to grant visas between June 8 and 17. Nonetheless, out of 84 members, 69 went under the banner of Bhai Mardana Society whereas 31 were sponsored by SAD (Delhi). Harpal Singh Bhullar, spokesperson of Bhai Mardana Society, said, “Special trains were arranged by the Pakistan authorities. The jatha left at around 1.10 pm.” He said the jatha would pay obeisance at Gurdwara Panja Sahib and would leave for Gurdwara Nankana Sahib post ‘akhand path’ bhog ceremony. After visiting Gurdwara Sacha Sauda, they will reach Gurdwara Dera Sahib, followed by Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib before returning on June 17. Eloped woman found dead Amritsar: A woman of Batala, who had eloped with a boy of Ajnala a few days ago, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on Thursday night. The deceased had left her house 18 days ago and was said to be residing with Avtar Singh, a resident of Ajnala. According to information, they had solemnised marriage. Her parents had lodged a complaint with the Ajnala police regarding it. They received a call from a gurdwara priest (granthi), who informed that the body was kept at the Civil Hospital, Ajnala. Ajnala SHO Paramveer Singh said Avtar Singh and the woman had been in a relationship and got married a few days ago. The victim’s parents alleged that Avtar Singh had murdered her. The police have registered a case against Avtar Singh. The body was sent for postmortem. The police said the matter was under investigation and the exact cause of death would be revealed soon. TNS Two lads join hockey camp Tarn Taran: Haspreet Singh and Prabhjot Singh from the Baba Uttam Singh National Hockey Academy, Khadur Sahib, have been selected for the national camp of junior hockey team. The academy is being run by Baba Sewa Singh, an international environmentalist. Academy director Sandeep Singh Randhwa said five players of the academy were already in the national team. Baba Sewa Singh congratulated the players for their success. He said they should work hard to serve the country on the international level. The players of the academy were given free boarding, lodging and other facilities at the academy headquarters at Khadur Sahib, 25 km from here. OC
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