28122018-ATR-01.qxd 12/27/2018 11:50 PM Page 1 FRIDAY | 28 DECEMBER 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Water wastage ‘Acting is my beloved’ Spying is fun for Vir Traders' personal water tanks at Nehru Shopping Complex keep on overflowing. P2 Veteran actor Dharmendra has this infectious energy that spreads all around. P3 Vir Das in 2017 announced his foray into producing and writing content. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 18°C MIN 1°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C MIN 1°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.35 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.29 AM Dairy owner caught making synthetic milk, unit sealed 300-litre milk destroyed, ingredient samples sent for lab tests Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 27 In a major success, the food wing of the Health Department caught a dairy owner red-handed while making synthetic milk during a raid at his shop at Makhu road in Harike, Tarn Taran, here on Thursday. The team also destroyed around 300 litre of synthetic milk found at Tarsem Dairy being run by Tarsem Singh. Officials said Tarsem Singh used to manufacture around 1,500 litre of milk daily and supplied it to retail shops as far as Ludhiana. The team also recovered ingredients used for making synthetic milk, which included maltose powder, refined oil and BR (a wax-like product) from the shop. 21 objections in Jalandhar Jalandhar, December 27 After 12 applicants, whose nomination papers for panchayat polls were rejected, appeared before the district administration, nine more candidates turned up on Thursday. ADC (Development) Jitendra Jorwal said the applicants had been directed to contact the respective returning officers and they would respond within 48 hours. He said three objections had come from Nakodar, two each from Shahkot and Adampur and the rest from Phillaur, Jalandhar East and West blocks. As many as 154 papers had been rejected in Jalandhar, of which 26 were for sarpanch. — TNS Health staff seal a dairy unit on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO District Health Officer Dr Lakhbir Singh Bhagowalia, who led the surprise check, said, “As explained by Tarsem later, he used water, maltose powder, BR, refined oil and a little quantity of natural milk to make the product.” He said the officials seized 200 kg of maltose powder with Maltodex written on the bags, five kg of BR and four litre of refined oil from the shop. The synthetic milk was destroyed later. Bhagowalia said they collected six samples of synthetic milk, one sample each of ingredients and sent the same to a food testing lab for checking. The dairy shop has been sealed for now. The department will take further action upon receiving the test reports. Acting on the information provided by Tarsem regarding his customers, the health officials also conducted surprise checks at Baldev Dairy and the residence of one Sahib Singh of Harike. They are said to have been main buyers of synthetic milk. Bhagowalia said they have taken samples of milk from both the places and informed the higher-ups about the case. Snatching bids at medical college worry students Roads wear deserted look during late evening hours Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 27 An unknown miscreant tried to snatch a medical student’s mobile phone on the premises of Government Medical College (GMC) here on Wednesday evening. She was returning to her hostel after finishing off her duty at the college’s clinical institute, Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. The attempt was foiled due to her alertness. This was the second such incident reported from the college in past two weeks. As the roads on the premises wear almost a deserted look during late evening hours due to intense cold, it has become easier for miscreants to target lone students. Students complained that there were no cameras on the road from the hospital to hostels. “The availability of cameras will be a deterrent to crim- Drug money seized from peddlers Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 27 A day after the seizure of 300gm heroin and Rs 3.50 lakh of drug money from two drug traffickers here, the police seized another Rs 1.70 lakh of drug money from their possession. ADCP JS Walia said Subegh Singh and Ajaypal Singh of Jandiala Guru had a couple of drug peddling cases registered against them. Ajaypal was booked by the Tarn Taran police around a month ago in connection with recovery of 500-gm heroin. He was absconding. Similarly, six more cases of drug peddling were registered against him at different police stations. Subeg Singh was also wanted in five such cases. Walia said the accused were brought on a two-day police remand. “We are trying to ascertain their links in order to break the whole nexus. He said the police were also looking into the source of contraband. We are also hoping for more recoveries in the case,” he added. Students want CCTV cameras at the GMC. TRIBUNE PHOTO inals as the possibility of them being identified will keep them at bay,” said a student. Students said the campus should be made secure as they often had to walk alone to their duty point and return to hostels. Meanwhile, college authorities said every effort was being made to ensure the safety of students, employees as well as attendants and patient. “Being a public institution, we Teachers face financial crunch Ludhiana, December 27 A delegation of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) teachers met Parshant Goel, Director General, School Education, regarding their pending salaries. Didar Singh Mudki, president, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) Teachers Union, and Dr Amritpal Singh Sidhu, president, Adarsh Model Schools Union, said the Punjab government has cut salary of 8,886 teachers by 65 per cent -75 per cent in the name of regularisation of their services. They said this ‘shameful’ act of the state government was highly undemocratic and unethical. “The decision of the state government has left teachers in financial crunch. It is impossible for teachers to accept cut in their salary. As a result, the affected teachers are doing agitation for the last 3 months,”the duo added. They further said the govt has passed the notification regarding cut in the salary by ignoring near about half a dozen documents favouring the regularisation of these teachers. — TNS c m y b Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 27 Unknown persons have stolen oil from two power transformers, causing losses worth thousands of rupees to the PSPCL. Assistant executive engineer (technical) of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), Islamabad subdivision, stated to the police that Junior Engineer Jagtar Singh informed him that oil had been stolen from two transformers of 300 KVA and 200 KVA, containing 200 litre and 210 litre, respectively, on Wednesday night . Due to this, the PSPCL incurred a loss of Rs 24,600. Both the transformers are located near Vohra Nill, Khuh Bhalla feeder. The police have registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC in this connection. It is worth mentioning here that with the dense fog enveloping the region, such activities, especially in the rural belt, have witnessed a significant rise. CBSE’s innovation challenge Tribune News Service The accused in police custody on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR cannot restrict the entry even during night but guards are alert and have been asked to keep an eye on suspicious elements,” said an official. Medical Superintendent Dr Surinder Paul said ample efforts would be made to ensure the safety of people during late evening hours. He said that the hospital staff and interns were working tirelessly and it was hospital’s duty to ensure their safety. Oil stolen from transformer Amritsar, December 27 The Central Board of School Education (CBSE) has asked the school heads to motivate students to participate in the ‘Ideate for India - Creative solutions using technology’, an online national challenge. The challenge has been launched by the National egovernance division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and IT, in collaboration with Intel India. The students from Classes VI to XII can take part in the challenge in junior and senior categories. Under the challenge, the students will be given a unique platform and opportunity to provide innovative solution. The students have to focus on 11 themes, such as healthcare, education services, digital services, environment, women safety and tourism, traffic, infrastructure, agriculture, social welfare and disability among others. The participants have to create online videos, telling about the problem of their choice. The shortlisted participants will go in phase two, followed by selection of students for the third phase. The students will also get mentoring from experts, hands on working session on basic electronics, robotics, 3D printing during the challenge. One can register self at www.digital.gov.in and last date of participation is January 5.
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