29092018-ATR-01.qxd 9/28/2018 11:22 PM Page 1 SATURDAY | 29 SEPTEMBER 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Dearth of facilities So predictable A starry affair A shortage of staff and equipment at ESI Hospital leaves patients in the lurch. P2 Peppermint, a gender equality exercise, allows Garner to show her advantage over male counterpoints. P3 Alia, Deepika to be first guests on Koffee With Karan season 6. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 32°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6.19 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6.23 AM Man held for robbery, murder bid Stir against e-pharmacies Tried strangling an elderly and slit her throat before robbery Tribune News Service Members of the Punjab Chemists' Association during a protest against the online sale of medicines in Amritsar on Friday. The nationwide demonstration was called by the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists as it contends that e-pharmacy encourages misuse of drugs. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR SNIPPETS Local teacher to participate in international science festival Amritsar: Pankaj Kumar Sharma, a science teacher at Government Middle School, Bhoewali, Amritsar, has been selected to take part in the fourth international science festival in Lucknow from October 5 to 8. Nearly 500 students from kindergarten (KG) to postgradation level are taking part in the festival. Sharma has been nominated by Vigyan Prasar, NCERT, and Vijnana Bharti. Pankaj Kumar Sharma said, “It is a matter of pride. It will be a learning experience.” TNS Snatchers identified Tarn Taran: Amarjit Singh of Bhullar and his associate Ravisher Singh of Pandori Gola village have been booked for snatching a woman’s purse four days ago. The victim, Devinder Kaur, was riding pillion to her husband Rajdip Singh on a motorcycle when the accused snatched her purse. Rajdip managed to jot down the registration number (PB-46U-4789) of the bike. The police were informed, following which the case was registered. Sections 379-B and 34 of the IPC have been slapped. OC Five-day yoga camp begins Amritsar: Bharatiya Yog Sansthan has initiated a free yoga camp to help people tackle acidity and gastric problems at Kashmir Avenue Centre. It will conclude on October 2. Satish Mahajan and Bikram Singh, members of the organisation, threw light on such medical problems and their implications. They also informed about different yoga exercises and postures for treatment. TNS Car looted at gunpoint Sidhu talks of scam, but takes no action: SAD Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 28 The urban unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has raised objection on Navjot Singh Sidhu’s claim regarding “scams” of Rs 250 crore in the Municipal Corporation (MC) and the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT). SAD leaders have challenged Sidhu to show any action taken report instead of repeating his claims on every platform. During his Jalandhar visit on Thursday, Sidhu had said that no audit of the Local Bodies Department accounts had been carried out since 2003. He also claimed that the audit firm unearthed irregularities worth Rs 225 crore in Amritsar. Surinder Singh Sultanwind of the SAD alleged that Sidhu was misleading the people on the audit during previous years. The MC and the AIT have their auditors. Not even a single bill can pass without the approval of auditor. Moreover, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) audits all the government departments, he said. Sultawind asked that if Sidhu had really unearthed the scam, why he did not he file an FIR against any officer or employee? “If there was some scam, the culprits should be exposed. The government should recover the embezzled money from them. But Sidhu did not take any action. The audit firm has completed its audit several months ago,” he said. The SAD leader also questioned the procedure to hire the private audit company by the minister. “Sidhu has hired a private agency for audit. He did not follow the rules and regulations for that. The agency has been hired through a single tender. The government will pay Rs 3 crore to it. Sidhu should answer why is he paying this much to the company?” he asked. Meanwhile, MC Commissioner Sonali Giri stated that the forensic audit team did not find any particular embezzlement case in which funds were misappropriated. The report is about the misuse of leased properties and encroachments. The MC’s own report differs from private audit report. An RTI activist, Parmod Bali, also raised objection over the hefty payment to the firm. “I have filed an RTI to get information about the details of the contract. More than one month has elapsed but I haven’t got any response,” he added. Concept-based cinema gets thumbs up Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 28 Two unknown persons took away an Innova car from a city resident at gunpoint from Block C, Ranjit Avenue, here on Thursday evening. Complainant Jatin Khanna stated to the police that he, along with his fiancée, had gone to Block C market of Ranjit Avenue for some work. He alighted from the vehicle and went to take medicines from a chemist shop while Vandita, his fiancée, kept sitting in the car (PB-02-DH-4408). He said that an unknown person entered the vehicle from the driver’s seat side and pointed a pistol at Vandita, threatening her to get out. He warned her that she would be shot in case she resisted. She alighted and, meanwhile, another person sat in the car. They fled away towards the Amritsar-Attari bypass road. Sukhinder Singh, Station House Officer (SHO) of the Ranjit Avenue police station, said a case under Section 379B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 25, 27, 54 59 of the Arms Act was registered against them. Amritsar, September 28 The police have arrested a person in connection with the murderous attack on an elderly woman in Tirath Nagar locality of Verka. He has been identified as Tarsem Singh of Verka. He had barged into the house of victim Amarjit Kaur (85) on September 15, assaulted her with an intention of killing her before taking away gold ornaments, including a pair of earrings, a ring and a nose pin. The incident came to light when she came out of her house and raised the alarm. Her neighbours rushed her to a private hospital. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) JS Walia said the police Students with actor Mathew (fourth from left) at the film festival in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 28 The Day 2 of the Bioscope Global Film Festival being held at the Guru Nanak Dev University was a mix of unique flavours from across the world. From the celebrated Swedish short film ‘The Shadows Await’, which captures the subject of rights of immigrants, to the highlyappreciated Iranian short film ‘The Last Embrace’ that deals with the issue of smartphones replacing human relationships, the films screened presented concepts that broke stereotypes and brought out some lesser talked about subjects to the fore. The foreign language films screened included French independent film Teenagers, Portugese film Alfaiao, award winning Iranian short films Forouzan and The Last Embrace among others. In the Indian cinema category, biographical docudrama ‘Admitted’ by Ojaswaee Sharma stole the show as it highlighted the journey of transwoman Dhananjay Chauhan. Iranian short film ‘The Last embrace’, directed by Saman Hosseinpour, was also received well as it narrated the story of a young girl, who wants to show her drawing to her family. Since each member is busy on his/her smartphone, the girl goes to her ailing grandfather, who dies without anyone noticing, only after embracing her for the last time. Another short film ‘The Shadows Await’ from Sweden too brought out the problems being faced by immigrants across the world through a sensitive portrayal. A story of a little girl, who sneeks out of her home at night to play and read a com- c m y b ic with her friend, who is facing deportation, the film garnered applause from the audience, mostly students. ‘Admitted’, the story of Dhananjay Chauhan, the first transgender who took admission in Panjab University and paved the way for others to follow, too was celebrated for its concept. Made by Chandigarh-based filmmaker Ojaswaee Sharma, the feature film talked about the rights of transgenders and the need to accept them as part of society. If the inaugural day of the festival celebrated feature films, mostly regional cinema, Day 2 belonged to the short films. ‘The kind of concepts and content screened were amazing and refreshing. Some of these films made so much sense as they highlight the problems being faced by global citizens,” said Ayush Bhardwaj, a student of theatre. Punjabi short films Maa and Ik Taara Hor also managed to get a packed house of audience. Meanwhile, some of the filmmakers, including Bobby Vats, from the Hindi short film Color of the Shadow, and makers of Hindi/English short film Tashi interacted with students. Accused Tarsem Singh in police custody in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO rob her. Verka SHO Neeraj Kumar said Amarjit Kaur had been living alone after her son’s death. Her married daughter also died owing to some ailment around a year ago. He said the victim’s son-in-law got himself remarried. On September 15, the accused entered the house and tried to strangulate Amarjit Kaur with her dupatta. When she tried to raise the alarm, he dragged her to the kitchen where he slit her throat with a knife. After the victim regained consciousness, she informed the police that the accused decamped with her jewellery. Tarsem used to live at the rear side of historic gurdwara in Verka. The police have recovered the jewellery from him. Further investigation is under way, the police said. zeroed in on Tarsem Singh during investigation as he used to visit the house when his elder brother Baldev Singh resided on rent. Baldev had left the house several months ago. Tarsem knew that the woman lived alone. He was living in penury therefore decided to Police team attacked Woman shoots self Amritsar, September 28 A police team was allegedly attacked by drug peddlers in Pandori village here on Thursday evening. The rural police have registered a case against Daljit Singh, Balbir Singh, Resham Singh and four unknown persons. ASI Sukhdev Singh stated that he was on patrol duty near Pandori village when they received a tip-off that the accused, Daljit Singh, had been selling drugs at his residence. He said he, along with a police party, raided the house where the accused was present. The accused had a brawl and allegedly tore the uniforms of two cops, including ASI Sukhdev Singh, before fleeing. — TNS Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 28 Baljit Kaur (51), a resident of New Golden Avenue, ended her life by shooting herself from the licensed weapon of her husband on Friday. No family member was present at home at the time of the incident. According to information, Tilak Raj Singh works as goldsmith at Sultanwind road. He had procured the weapon for safety. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) JS Walia said, “As per the family members, the victim was diabetic and depressed. She was under treatment. She also suffered with some mental ailment which the family came to know about recently.” On Thursday, Tilak Raj went to his work while his two sons were out of station for some work. Baljit Kaur was alone at home. She shot herself on the second floor of her house at around 10 pm. People heard the gunshot and gathered outside the house. They informed Tilak Raj Singh who rushed back and found her dead in a pool of blood. According to the ADCP the , body was handed over to the family members after a postmortem examination. He said the case was registered under criminal procedure code for the time being and further investigation was under way.
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