28062018-ATR-01.qxd 6/27/2018 11:29 PM Page 1 THURSDAY | 28 JUNE 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Irregularities? What a splash! Is Divyanka Tripathi jealous... Asst Prof moves High Court, writes to PMO over ‘irregular’ GNDU appointments. P2 Swimming while looking down at the world! Well, the concept of roof-top pools is the latest fad. P3 Among many television jodis, Divyanka and Vivek stand out for setting #couplegoals. P4 FORECAST THUDERSTORMS | MAX 27°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.40 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.28 AM SNIPPETS No headway in robbery case Amritsar: The police are yet to make any breakthrough in the ~25 lakh robbery case. The cash was looted from Kulwinder Singh, an employee of a cash management firm, on Monday. Baldev Singh, investigating officer, said the accused were yet to be identified. Though the police found CCTV footage of the incident, the accused had covered their faces, he said. Kulwinder works as a cash executive for a branch of Radiant Cash Management Service Pvt Ltd, located at Fatehgarh Churian road. He said he had collected cash from traders and was going to deposit the same when two men on a bike snatched his bag near Basant Avenue. One of the accused opened fire to intimidate him. The police had registered a case. TNS MC House meet Amritsar: The General House meeting of the Municipal Corporation is scheduled for Thursday. The proposal to provide jobs to the daughter of deceased councillor Gurdeep Pehalwan and son of Sufi singer Pyare Lal would be presented for approval. During the meeting on June 9, the House had discussed the matter of giving jobs to Pehlwan’s daughter and Pyare Lal’s son. TNS Khaira meets kin of victims of addiction Amritsar, June 27 Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, on Wednesday visited the house of Karan Passi and Harpreet Singh, who died after injecting themselves with drugs a few days ago in Chheharta. Khaira demanded from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to apology to the residents for his “failure” to eliminate drugs from the state. Senior party leaders and activists were also present there. — TNS 2 more snatching cases surface; victims injured Targeted by snatchers, women fall from their two-wheelers Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 27 Close on the heels of the recent snatching incident that claimed the life of an anganwadi teacher after she fell from her scooter, two more similar instances have been reported in the district. The victims in these cases fell from their two-wheelers and sustained injuries. A Jammu couple, who came to the city to meet their relatives, fell victim to snatchers when they were returning to their home after shopping late on Monday evening. Rajnish Kumar told the police that he along with his wife had gone to Shivala Colony to meet his in-laws. While returning home after shopping at 10.30 pm on a two-wheeler, two bike-borne men came from behind and snatched the purse of his wife Rohini, who was riding pillion, near SSSS Chowk. With the sudden pulling of purse, she fell on the road. Fall from scooter Police get vital clues Jammu woman, riding pillion to her husband, falls on road after bikers snatch her purse near SSS Chowk. Another woman on two-wheeler falls after snatchers target her in Ram Dewali Musalmana village. Rajnish also lost balance and fell on the road. They sustained injuriest. A complaint was lodged with the Civil Lines police in this connection. Her purse contained Rs 8,000 in cash and a mobile phone beside other valuables. A similar incident was reported in Ram Dewali Musalmana village falling under the Mattewal police station in the rural belt when two women fell from their scooter after being targeted by snatchers. Passers-by caught the snatchers. Paramjit Kaur, the victim, stated that she along with her aunt Gurmeet Kaur was returning after attending an event of their kin when the Paramjit Kaur who died recently while being targeted by snatchers in the city. motorcycle-borne persons snatched her purse while threatening them with a sharp-edge weapon. Amid the snatching attempt, the women fell from their scooter. Meanwhile, her son Resham Singh caught them with the help of passers-by. They have been identified as Harpreet Singh and Manpreet Singh, both residents of Purian Kalan village in Batala. The Mattewal police have registered a case under Sections 379-B (2) and 34 of the IPC. Amritsar: DCP Jagmohan Singh said the police had found some vital clues of the snatchers responsible for a woman’s death. Paramjit Kaur, an anganwadi teacher in Mallawali village, died when she fell from her scooter after youths snatched her purse near the Police Commissioner’s office on Monday evening. She was riding pillion to her daughter Kiranpreet Kaur who also sustained injuries. The duo was returning home after taking medicines as she was suffering from toothache. “We have got vital clues in the case. We expect to solve it in the near future,” the DCP added. The deceased had hung her purse on her shoulder when the bikeborne persons tried to snatch it near Rani Ka Bagh. Amid this, Kiranpreet lost her balance and they fell on the road. TNS Councillor seeks action over no record of his allegations in House proceedings Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 27 Councillor Mahesh Khanna, who has levelled allegations on MC Commissioner Sonali Giri and MTP Iqbalpreet Singh Randhawa during the last General House meeting, has been left fuming as his words were not filed in the proceedings of the House. The councillor claimed that it was against rules. He termed it as death of the democracy. He has written to Chief Min- Khanna had raised the issue of ‘irregular’ activities of the town planning wing but his allegations were not recorded in the General House proceedings ister Capt Amarinder Singh, seeking action against the officials concerned. He demanded suspension of the secretary of the MC’s agenda branch. Talking to The Tribune, Mahesh Khanna said, “I have raised the issue of illegal constructions in the MC House. The compounding of two hotels was against the rules. I suspect corrupt practices. I had demanded lie-detector test of the officials.” Khanna alleged that his words were not recorded in the proceeding of the House. “My allegations against the officials concerned should have been recorded as I am an elected representative. MC Commissioner Sonali Giri is the executive head of the MC. She is misusing her powers,” said Khanna. During the MC House meeting on June 9, councillor Mahesh Khanna had accused the Municipal Town Planner of violating the building bylaws. The civic body had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the MC Joint Commissioner to look into the compounding case of the buildings of Hotel 49 Golden Avenue and a hotel near the Army Gun House. Kartik, alias Ghoda, in police custody on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR One more held for aiding councillor’s murderers Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 27 The police have arrested one more person in the sensational murder of Congress councillor Gurdeep Singh Pehalwan. Identified as Kartik, alias Ghoda, he is a resident of Harijan Colony, located outside Gilwali Gate. DCP (Investigations) Jagmohan Singh said it was Kartik who informed about the location of the deceased to the gangsters. He conducted a recce of the movements of Gurdeep Pehalwan. On June 2, he informed the gangsters about the presence of Gurdeep at Gol Bagh Akhara following which the councillor was shot dead. A financier, Ravneet Singh, alias Sonu Mota, has already been arrested. Before his arrest, the police had brought notorious gangsters Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, Bhupinder Singh, alias Sonu Kangla, and Bobby Malhotra on production warrant from differ- Kartik of Harijan Colony accused of tracking movements of victim ent jails for interrogation as their names have figured in the FIR. Other suspects are Rajat Malhotra, alias Karan Masti, Angrej Singh, Arun Chhurimar and Amanpreet Singh Rinka. The DCP said they would also be arrested soon as police teams had been sent to different parts of the country to nab them. Gurdeep’s family had accused Mota of killing him. They had said that it was Sonu Mota who gave ‘supari’ (contract for murder) to notorious gangster Jaggu to get Pehalwan killed. Besides, the Bhagwanpuria gang had an enmity with Gurdeep as claimed in a Facebook post which had gone viral three days after the murder. Gurdeep was shot dead at Gol Bagh Akhara located at the railway road on June 2. The victim used to go there on a daily basis. Three armed gangsters had gunned him down while the onlookers had told the police that more accomplices were standing a few metres away from the ‘akhara’. Three days after the murder, a Facebook post claimed that he was killed to avenge the death of Sangam Malhotra, a gangster and accomplice of Bhagwanpuria who was shot dead in November 2014. The post suggested that the murder was allegedly the handiwork of Gurdeep. The post, which emerged from the Facebook account of Sangam Malhotra and Manak Kapurthala, claimed that Karan Masti, Arun Chhurimar, Rinka and Angrej had killed Pehalwan. The councillor was on the hit list of Bhagwanpuria and he had received threats from him in 2015. The police authorities have been probing to ascertain who was behind uploading of that Facebook post. The changed nature of modern picnic Residents recall picnics they went on in 90s Dinkle Popli A student takes a bicycle ride at the GNDU in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Trial of bicycle project at GNDU Tribune News Service Amritsar June 27 Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), said to have one of the largest green campuses in India, has provided bicycles on its campus to promote the message of envi- ronment conservation. Its trial has been initiated. It will be the university’s first-of-its-kind project. Dr Sandhu said, “To sensitise the next generation to preserving environment, fitness and healthy lifestyle, 300 smart bicycles will be available for the staff and the students at a nominal rent. Anyone can use these bicycles by downloading a mobile app.” Meanwhile, the university stated that it would remain closed on June 28 on account of Bhagat Kabir Jayanti. Amritsar, June 27 Hearing or reading the word ‘picnic’ makes one overcome with nostalgia. It makes people, especially those born in 90s or before, stroll down the memory lane and wonder what has made the once favourite recreational activity almost disappear in the current scenario. Talk to anyone about it, and hear him/her blaming the technology that has made youngsters confined to their rooms and venture out into the virtual world. Instead of enjoying in the lap of the nature, people are busy with their gadgets. Moreover, there are hardly any pocket-friendly picnic spots in the city. Many feel that there has been a change in the nature of picnic as well. The mall culture has replaced the shades of trees. “Earlier, picnic meant an excursion that lasted for probably a whole day. We used to cook and carry a cus- The scene was a bit different over a decade ago when people in large numbers used to throng the parks with their family members. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR tomary meal along. Children played various outdoor games. We also played with them and relived our childhood besides busting stress. It was one of the best ways to spend quality time with family and friends. Nowadays, parks and gardens visits are a thing of the past. Spots we used to visit are no more in good condition as these are abuzz with garbage heaps and stray animals feeding on them,” says Usha Malhotra, a 60-year old city resident. Sahil Sharma, a 40-year old businessman, says, “Picnic was a festivity for us. We used to get up early in the morning and get ready for the exciting day. In the present time, children do not find such things interesting. They love to go for a movie or a mall, which in no terms match the refreshment we used get on picnic.” Sanya Arora, a student of BBK DAV, says, “Though we go on picnics, it is not like that of 90s. In place of gardens, we visit pools and resorts to chill in the sultry summer noon.” Vimal Mahajan, teacher at Sacred Heart Senior Sec- ondary School, Amritsar, recalls the picnic scenario in the past 30 years. “Earlier, we used to take toddlers to local gardens for a day before every vacation. Little ones played various games, like hula hooping, kho-kho, dodgeball, tennis, etc. Playing ‘antakshari’ was like a ceremony, especially while travelling, wherein teachers as well as students took part. Such games helped children to become social and physically strong besides strengthening the teacherstudent bond.” According to her, children shared their homemade lunch that instilled the sense of sharing and caring for one another. The day was incomplete for children until they were handed a vanilla ice-cream cup. “But with the change in the manner of upbringing, children are more pampered which makes them homesick and introvert. Though kids go on picnics nowadays, such activities are confined to water parks or resorts. It indicates that they don’t go for the recreational purpose but for flaunting their lifestyle over social media,” she adds.
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