13062018-ATR-01.qxd 6/12/2018 11:31 PM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 13 JUNE 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Paddy destroyed Not fair Show faces backlash Agriculture officials get paddy transplanted on one acre destroyed in Thandhe village. P2 With no Godfather, Taapsee Pannu created her own Bollywood mark. P3 Zindagi Ke Crossroads’ first episode sparks criticism. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 43°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.36 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.25 AM 15 fruit cartons destroyed amid surprise inspection Officials collect fruit samples to check artificial ripening agents Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 12 A joint team of health, horticulture and MC officials conducted surprise checks at fruit markets in the city and collected samples to ascertain the use of artificial fruit ripening agents, if any. The team also destroyed 15 cartons of mangoes which it felt were ripened using artificial agents. District Health Officer Dr Lakhbir Singh Bhagowalia said, “Calcium carbide is the most commonly used artificial ripening agent. It is known to have adverse effects on human beings.” The artificial ripening of fruits by fruit merchants is a common and old practice. Earlier too, the department had taken action on various occasions but in the absence of any stringent measures, such actions have failed to deter the errants. Health officials say the use of calcium carbide has been banned as it is a known carcinogenic substance. The use of other common agent ethylene is permissible only under limits. People can get to know the use of calcium carbide before buying fruits as such items mostly have a uniform colour. The naturally ripened fruits Officials conduct a surprise check at a fruit market in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO of fruits have been the food ❝Samples Kharar (SAS Nagar)sent tothe use oftesting laboratory in and if artificial agents is found, action will be taken against traders. ❞ Dr LAKHBIR SINGH BHAGOWALIA, District Health Officer are not uniform in colour but they are patchy. Dr Bhagowalia said efforts to check the use of artificial ripening agents had been expedited under the ‘Tandrust Punjab’ mission. Other officials involved in the raid included Tehsildar JP Salwan, Deputy Director, Horticulture, Baaj Singh, MC Health Officer Dr Raju Chowan and Food Safety Officers Ashwani Kumar and Jatinder Virk. Dr Baghowalia said sam- ples of fruits have been sent to the food testing laboratory in Kharar (SAS Nagar) and if the use of artificial agents is ascertained, action would be taken against traders. Officials also held a meeting with representatives of fruit traders and asked them to help in checking the use of banned chemicals. Health officials said the use of banned artificial agents is punishable under law with imprisonment of up to two years. SNIPPETS Consumed poison 3 Mobiles seized from undertrial weeks ago, minor dies Had been under Amritsar: The jail staff seized two mobile phones from an undertrial at the Central Jail, Amritsar, here on Monday. The accused has been identified as Jaideep Dhawan, a resident of Pawan Nagar, Batala Road. Joginder Singh, Assistant Superintendent, Central Jail, said the jail staff found him possessing two mobile phones along with two SIM cards. TNS Man booked for molestation Tarn Taran: Gurlal Singh, a shopkeeper of Lalu Ghuman village, 15 km from here, has been booked for allegedly molesting a teenager. Sub-Inspector (SI) Narinder Kaur, investigating officer, said the victim had gone to the shopkeeper at noon to buy something when the accused took her to a nearby house. As soon as the accused started molesting her, she raised the alarm and the accused ran away from the spot. He is absconding, the police said. OC Teenager raped Tarn Taran: Arshpreet Singh of Nagoke village, 30 km from here, has been booked under in connection with a rape case. The police said that the accused barged into the house of the victim on Monday night and raped her. The victim is a student of Class XI. The accused has been booked under Section 376 of the IPC and 4 of the POCSO Act 2012, the police said. OC Heroin seized, man held Tarn Taran: Ranjit Singh Rana of Patti, 25 km from here, has been arrested by a team of the local Narcotics Cell, led by ASI Paramjit Singh for possessing heroin. As much as 320 gm of heroin has been seized. The police said a case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him at the Patti City police station. The seized consignment is said to be worth Rs 1.6 crore in the international market, the police said. OC Depressed man ends life Tarn Taran: Sohan Singh (25) of Saido village, 35 km from here, said to be disturbed over his strained married life, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance on Monday. His wife Kanwaljit Kaur and and mother-in-law Gaggu of Naushehra Pannuan have been booked under Section 306 of the IPC by the Patti Sadar police. The case has been registered on the complaint of Balwinder Singh, father of the deceased. He said Sohan was disturbed as he was being harassed over minor issues. OC Train cancelled Amritsar: Passengers were a harried lot as the railways cancelled the Amritsar-Jaynagar Shaheed Express train (14674) on Tuesday. Railway officials announced that the train would not operate on June 14. Passengers, who had reserved tickets, were inconvenienced as they had to arrange for tickets in alternate trains apart from queuing-up to reimburse the price of ticket. TNS Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 12 A 16-year-old girl, who consumed poison on May 25, died at a hospital in Ajanla while undergoing treatment here on Tuesday. The poison was allegedly offered to her by a man, said to be her lover. As per the statement of the victim, she and a man from the same village had a love affair. She said that he had been “raping” her for the past two years with a promise to marry her. But he told her that he was no more interested in continuing the relationship with her. Acting on her statement, treatment since May 25, accused a man of raping her with a promise to marry her the police had booked Raju of Dhalla Rajputan village. Ajnala SHO Paramvir Singh said, “The girl was undergoing treatment at a local private hospital. Her health deteriorated on Tuesday following which she died. We have also added Section 306 of the IPC against the accused for abetment of suicide.” The accused is still absconding. The SHO said raids were being conducted to nab him. Civic body panel to look into hotel case Amritsar, June 12 The MC has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Joint Commissioner Sourabh Arora regarding compounding case of the buildings of Hotel 49 Golden Avenue and Army Gun House. The committee includes Joint Commissioner Sourabh Arora, ward 47 councillor Jatinder Kaur, ward 22 councillor Monica Sharma, Senior Town Planner Tejpreet Singh, Municipal Town Planner IPS Randhawa, the concerned assistant town planner of the area, a superintending engineer (O&M) and deputy comptroller. The committee will examine both the cases in detail to ascertain under which circumstances the compounding of these building was done. The report would be submitted to the Mayor by June 14. It is worth mentioning that during the recent MC House meeting, councillor Mahesh Khanna had accused Municipal Town Planner Iqbalpreet Singh Randhawa of violating building bylaws. He raised several questions on the integrity of the MTP and senior MC officials. A heated argument was witnessed between Mahesh Khanna and MC Commissioner Sonali Giri when Khanna demanded their lie detector test. Intervening in the matter, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu had announced to conduct an inquiry. — TNS Lok Sabha MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla (centre) interacts with visitors at the driving test centre where he got his licence renewed in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Regional transport office to have digital token system Also, waiting area for visitors, separate window for elderly Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 12 The regional transport office (RTO) will have the digital token system, waiting area for visitors and a separate window for elderly, said Member of Parliament (MP) Gurjeet Singh Aujla on Tuesday. He visited the driving test centre for the renewal of his driving licence. He inspected the entire premises and the service centre. He gave standing instructions to the management and the RTO to immediately start a digital token system so that ABOUT TOKEN SYSTEM With the introduction of the token system at the regional transport office, visitors will not be required to stand in long queues for hours for their turn. Besides, waiting hall will have drinking water facility. applicants might not have to stand in queues. He also instructed to arrange for a well-ventilated waiting area for the applicants with drinking water facility and a separate window for the elderly. Briefing about the visit, Aujla said he had gone to the centre to get his licence renewed but the applicants approached him with their issues. He said the test facility was close to the Army area so adding another floor to the complex was not possible. In spite of space limitation, the centre is trying to provide best possible services, he said. According to the Member of the Parliament, he issued certain instructions for the facilitation of the applicants which would bring some relief to the applicants. Pet registration fee now ~200 Officials at rice mill for probe Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 12 ADCP-cum-Director of Vigilance Bureau BK Uppal on Tuesday visited Jandiala Guru to investigate the usurping of crores of rupees by Veerumal Mulkhraj Jain Rice Mill. He met officials of victim firm. It is worth mentioning here that the mill owner is said to have embezzled 467 wagons of paddy besides failing to repay Rs 203 crore to Punjab National Bank. Uppal asked the officials that how did the bank passed cash credit limit of Rs 203 crore. Uppal stated that the Vigilance Bureau had been investigating the matter from all aspects and appropriate action would be taken against guiltily persons. — TNS Amritsar, June 12 To encourage residents to get their pets registered with the Municipal Corporation (MC), the health wing has reduced the registration fee from Rs 500 to Rs 200. Keeping in view the lukewarm response to the registration drive launched for pet dogs, the MC has decided to give respite to residents. Municipal Health Officer Dr Raju Chowan said, “Residents are reluctant to pay Rs 500 for a dog. So we have decreased the fee. Now, it will be compulsory for every pet owner to get his or her dog registered.” The MC has planned to The Civil Veterinary Hospital will charge ~200 instead of ~500 in accordance with the MC decision. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR spend the money collected from the registration of pets on sterilisation of stray dogs. “We will conduct sterilisation of dogs,” said Dr Raju Chowan. The drive for the registration of pet dogs was initiated in the city on July 8, 2017 at the Civil Veterinary Hospital at Hathi Gate. Few residents had come forward to get their dogs registered due to high fee. Special kids’ creativity gets a fillip at Pehal workshop Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 12 Grooving his heart out to a popular Bhojpuri song, Dimple, a special child at the Pehal Resource Centre is a sight of pure joy. She even pulls off some major dance moves. The 13-year-old, who suffers from intellectual disability, is a part of the inclusive theatre workshop at the centre, designed by Emmanual Singh, along with 33 other kids. It is the first such workshop which brings together over 10 children suffering from various intellectual and physical disabilities along with other kids. “The aim is to expose the children to mutual exchange of creativity and skill development through theatre. This is the first time Differently-abled children during a dance performance at a theatre workshop in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR we have held a theatre specific workshop for our children with disabilities and given the response, it’s encourag- ing for them,” said Dharminder Gill, coordinator, Pehal Resource Centre. Emmanual, a theatre artiste and director, who designed the workshop keeping in mind the inclusive nature, said the purpose of bringing together special children with others was to help them explore their potential. He said, “Most of the special kids are creatively very expressive, but hesitate to communicate with others. The workshop has speech and voice therapy based exercises which help them to voice their thoughts and interact freely with the normal kids.” Kushal, another special student, is one such example. “He was a shy and an introvert child. But within a week of the workshop, he has learnt to deliver dialogues and also helps out with stage layout every day,” informs Emmanuel. The idea, says Singh, is to make them learn by playing and just interacting with them. “They dance, work out, laugh and share jokes, hear and read poetry, while learning nuances of theatre and stage management. We have among other kids, 10 children from Jagdev Kalan village, who have got a chance to creatively experience things for the first time ever,” says Emmanuel. The month-long workshop has four hours of theatre and communication session, designed to develop cognitive as well as creative behaviour among kids. The message, says Emmnuel, is clear at the workshop, “I let their creativity, innovation out, irrespective of their limitations.”
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