31072018-ATR-01.qxd 7/31/2018 12:31 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 31 JULY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Painting exhibition For that killer look Bye to small screen A total of 40 paintings of a Kolkata-based artist were on display at an exhibition. P2 Cosmetic procedures are no longer just an exclusive preserve of the stars. P3 Actress Digangana Suryavanshi has decided to say goodbye to television. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.29 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.46 AM Patients suffer as chemists observe bandh Pharmacists accuse police of harassment in the name of checking the sale of habit-forming drugs Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 30 Patients faced a tough time due to the bandh by the Punjab Chemists’ Association here on Monday. Accusing the police of harassment in the name of checking the sale of habitforming drugs, all private pharmacies remained closed in the city. The chemists demanded that the government should issue instructions to police officers to stop visiting their shops. They said with police’s action, they were portrayed in a bad light. Surinder Duggal, general secretary, Punjab Chemists’ Association, said, “Inspections and checking should be conducted by officials of the Health Department’s drug wing. The way police teams act and behave with chemists during raids often give an impression that the chemists were involved in wrong practices.” “We sell medicines and not drugs. We have assured the government of full support to its cause. We have never supported anyone who works illegally,” said Duggal, adding that such inspections should not be Chemists protest in front of the DC’s office; and (right) medical stores remained closed in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR conducted by the police if they don’t receive specific information. He said that government was responsible for inconvenience to patients as it had failed to address their grievances. Duggal added that they had given a notice for the protest in advance and during first two days, they had protested peacefully. The association has threatened to observe an indefinite strike from August 2 if the government fails to take corrective steps. Panic grips college after men open fire Our Correspondent Tarn Taran , July 30 Panic griped Sri Guru Arjun Dev Government College after a group of six armed men opened fire on the college premises on Monday. The student body elections are scheduled to be held in the coming days. However, no casualty was reported. The local police have initiated proceeding in this regard. In a letter to the district administration, principal Manjit Kaur has demanded security in the college complex. Pritam Singh, a Class IV employee of the college, said some armed men opened fire in the college and after sometime, they escaped from the spot in an SUV. “After 30 minutes, another group of armed men entered the college from the second gate. In the presence of policemen, they addressed the students gathered in the lawn. One of them nominated himself as president of a student body and fled away,” said Pritam. The principal said the accused were outsiders. Patients heaved a sigh of relief for some time due to the government-run pharmacies at Government Medical College and Civil Hospital. But these pharmacies also faced a shortage of medicines as well. No respite for patients in Pathankot, Gurdaspur Patients suffered as chemists of Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts also observed a one-day strike. Only Jan Aushadhi stores remained open on Monday. A large number of patients Court summons Bar association chief, secy Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 30 A local court has summoned Amritsar Bar Association president PK Saini and secretary Inderjit Singh Ari on August 20 on a complaint of lawyer Lakhwinder Singh Randhawa. In a press conference here on Monday, legal counsel for Randhawa advocate DM Zakhmi said, “Earlier, we had sought income and expenditure details of the Bar for a period of six years during which Saini was president.” SUSPENSION OF SIX UNION MEMBERS Teachers burn Edu Minister’s effigy Teachers protest in front of the DEO’s office in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Our Correspondent Tarn Taran , July 30 To protest the suspension of six union members, teachers of various government schools under the banner of the Sanjha Adhiapak Morcha, Punjab, burnt an effigy of the Education Minister here on Monday. Raising slogans against the minister, they also organised a rally on the occasion. Bakhshish Singh Jawanda and Nachattar Singh, members of the morcha, condemned the Education Minister’s decision to suspend six union leaders and said they were leading the agitation for the cause of the teaching fraternity. They also threatened to intensify their agitation if the minister failed to reinstate the services of the suspended teachers. were seen at these stores. In Gurdaspur, chemists submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Vipul Ujjwal, while Pathankot chemists also handed over a memorandum to the DC. Rajesh Mahajan, president of the Pathankot District Chemists’ Association, said the police were harassing them in the name of an anti-drug drive. He said regular raids were tarnishing the image of chemists following which their businesses were suffering. Meanwhile, teachers also staged a protest at the Kitchlu chowk in Amritsar on Monday. Mangal Singh, a union member, said, “I have received my suspension orders and it is an unfair move. The teachers are just raising their voice as it is our democratic right.” School Education Minister OP Soni had warned teachers against unnecessary protests. He said as Saini did not provide the documents, they had moved the court. Zakhmi said as per the procedure of the Bar association, the income and expenditure details were required to be displayed on the board, but it was not followed. Saini was president of the Bar association from 2010 to 2013. He was again elected as president in 2016. The Bar association has around 1,300 active members, who are required to renew their yearly subscription by paying a fee of around ~1,000. 8 booked for firing on man Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 30 Eight persons, including three unidentified, were booked on Monday for firing on a villager here on Sunday night. The accused have been identified as Suba Singh, Palwinder Singh, Lovely, Sona and Karajbir Singh, all residents of Malakpur village. Victim Ravinder Singh, a resident of the same village, told the police that he, along with his uncle, was standing in front of his house when a white Figo car came and stopped a few meters away from them. He said, “Suba came out of the car and shouted that I would be taught a lesson for assaulting Palwinder. Thereafter, alighting from the car, Palwinder fired on me. I had a narrow escape as I rushed inside the house and hid behind the wall. He fired two more gunshots, which hit the gate.” The complainant said Sona and Lovely also fired on him. Continued on page 2 Assn threatens indefinite strike ❝Inspections and checking should be ■ Members conducted by officials of the drug wing of the Health Department. The way police teams act and behave with chemists during raids often give an impression that the chemists were involved in wrong practices. of the Punjab Chemists Association have threatened to observe an indefinite strike from August 2 if the state government fails to take corrective steps. ■ Patients heaved a sigh of relief for some time due to the government-run pharmacies at Government Medical College and Civil Hospital in the city. ■ But these pharmacies also faced a shortage of medicines as well. ❞ SURINDER DUGGAL, general secretary, Punjab Chemists’ Association 1 kg of heroin seized, man held Amritsar, July 30 The local police have seized 1 kg of heroin, which was concealed in an iron bar of a tractor. The bar was hidden under the earth near a tube well across the barbed fencing. Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested a person, identified as Bikramjit Singh, alias Bikar, a resident of Kakkar Kalan village. He told the police about the heroin. His accomplice Deba, a mechanic, is yet to be arrested. Amritsar (Rural) SSP Parampal Singh said as per the investigation, the accused and his associate had been in the illegal trade for the past four years. He said around two and a half years ago, the accused had smuggled 3 kg of heroin, which was sold to a person for ~7 lakh. The SSP added that around eight months ago, the accused had found a polythene bag containing 500 gm of heroin from across the fence, which they sold in retail to their friends. Bikramjit told the police that Deba was in contact with a Pakistan-based smuggler and used to get drugs from him. The SSP said raids were on to arrest Deba, who was on the run. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused at the Lopoke police station. — TNS GND varsity staffer ‘attempts’ suicide Amritsar, July 30 An employee of the Bhai Lalo Construction Department of Guru Nanak Dev University reportedly tried to commit suicide on Saturday. Kawaljit works as painter in the maintenance section of the department. Accusing his seniors of harassment, he reportedly consumed a poisonous substance. Thereafter, as the news of his alleged suicide attempt came out, he was taken to a nearby hospital. Purushottam Lal, in charge of the Mahal Bypass police station, said, “After receiving the information, we reached the hospital to record the victim’s statement. But he was not in a position to record the statement. As of now, no complaint has been registered.”— TNS
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