02012019-ATR-01.qxd 1/2/2019 12:12 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 2 JANUARY 2019 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Sale of woollens picks up Do you fit in? Honeymoon in Maldives Intensive cold leads to a spurt in the sale of woollen clothes, apparel wool and dry fruits. P2 Almost every third New Year resolution is about getting fit and following a strict fitness regimen. P3 Parul Chauhan got hitched to beau Chirag Thakkar at a private ceremony. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 18°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C MIN 6°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.38 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.30 AM For a prosperous year Narrow escape for youths in firing Both victims are members of organisation that launched an anti- drug campaign Tribune News Service A devotee offers prayers at the Golden Temple on New Year in Amritsar on Tuesday. VISHAL KUMAR DEO interacts with teachers, students Tribune News service Amritsar, January 1 DEO (Secondary) Salwinder Singh Samra on Tuesday inspected government schools in the district. The schools opened on Tuesday after winter vacations. On the first day, he inspected Government High School, Pandori Waraich; Government Senior Secondary School, Bal Kalan; Government Senior Secondary School, Nag Kalan; Government Senior Secondary School, Naushera; Govern- ment Senior Secondary School, Mall road; and Government High School, Ganda Singh Wala. The DEO also interacted with teachers. Besides, he also addressed students. The DEO said, “All students need to work hard. Teachers must take extra classes of students for preparing for the upcoming board examinations.” He also asked the teachers to work hard for students who have scored less marks in SA-1 examinations. Members of Sikhaya Sudhar team also accompanied the DEO. Amritsar, January 1 Several armed men fired at two youths, who are volunteers for an organisation that has launched an antidrug campaign, in Mardikalan village, falling under the Majitha police station, here on Monday. The victims have been identified as Sukhpreet Singh and Jagroop Singh, both residents of the same village. The police have booked four persons in this regard. The suspects have been identified as Jobanpreet Singh, Sikander Singh and Jaspal Singh, all residents of Mardikalan village, and Monty, a resident of Talwandi Ghumman village. ‘Was supporting suspects’ opponents’ ■ Sukhpreet, one of the victims, said the organisation had been fighting against the drug menace for the past six months and it had organised many awareness programmes in the village and adjoining areas. ■ He said the suspects were sheltering those who were involved in drug peddling. He said, “We were supporting their opponents in the panchayat polls, which did not go down well with them.” . the suspects. The Punjab ❝Raids are on to arresttolerance to drug abuse. If Police have adopted zero the suspects are involved in any illegal trade as alleged, they will be put behind bars soon. PARAMPAL SINGH, SSP Amritsar (rural) Sukhpreet said the organisation had been fighting against the drug menace for the past six months and it had organised many awareness programmes in the village and adjoining areas. Demand better security arrangements on duty Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 1 After getting assurance of proper security arrangements on the campus from the Health Secretary, junior and senior resident doctors at Government Medical College ended their strike on Monday evening. The doctors were protesting against an incident in which a junior resident doctor was allegedly manhandled by attendants of a patient three days ago. Meanwhile, Dr Amrit Pal, president, Resident Doctors’ Association, said they had been assured that Neeraj Bagga Amritsar, January 1 Industrialists are unaware of the place to deposit a professional tax collected from their employees. To shore up its dwindling finances, the state government had imposed a professional tax of ~200 per month on all employees having an annual income of ~2.5 lakh and more than that. It has been nine months since its inception and industrialists rue that no proper procedure has been introduced to deposit the tax. The tax is deducted by the the procedure laid ❝Despite followingof challan, no bankdown in the rules and generation is accepting the payment of the tax as they are not aware of the “head” in the government account under which the payment has to be credited. KAMAL DALMIA, industrialist ❞ employers from the salaries of their employees. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal had introduced the professional tax of ~200 per month, which has been imposed on those who get salaries and wages as per the Income Tax Act, 1961 and who are assessable under the He added that they had helped a number of youths to get rid of drugs and due to the efforts of the organisation, the village had seen a positive change. He said the organisation was working alarm, people gathered and they fled away from the spot,” said Sukhpreet. A case under Sections 307 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the suspects, who are on the run. SSP Amritsar (rural) Parampal Singh said raids were on to arrest the suspects. “The Punjab Police have adopted zero tolerance to drug abuse. If the suspects are involved in any illegal trade as alleged, they will be put behind bars soon,” he added. Papalpreet took to social media and wrote that “they would neither stop their campaign nor they would be intimidated by such tactics” Resident doctors end strike HealthDeptgetstwoambulances conditions would be improved within next seven days. He said if the authorities failed keep up their promise, the resident doctors might have to initiate their protest again. The association has also asked the hospital management to introduce a pass system for allowing attendants to accompany patients inside the hospital. In their charter of demands, resident doctors have demanded that only one attendant should be allowed with one patient. The doctors have also asked for trained security personnel from the police department instead of home guard security. Dr Amrit Pal said, “People have a wrong perception that the government is providing free medicines and other facilities. But sometimes these are not available and they think that the person on duty is indulging in some wrong practice. This leads to bad outcomes.” He said being the face of health services, they were held responsible even if they had no hand in decision making and ensuring availability of goods. Bizmen unaware of place to deposit professional tax Tribune News Service ❞ under the guidance of Papalpreet Singh, a Sikh youth activist. He said the suspects were sheltering those who were involved in drug peddling. He said, “We were supporting their opponents, which did not go down well with them.” “On Monday, I went to the market with my friend Jagroop to get a medicine. When we reached the street where the house of Jobanpreet is located, Monty signaled him. Thereafter, Jobanpreet took out his revolver and fired two shots at me. He fired another gunshot towards Jagroop. We ran away in order to save ourselves. The suspects, who had sharp weapons, followed us. When we raised the head income from business and/ or profession as per the Income Tax Act. The Focal Point Industries Association has shot off a communiqué to Vivek Puri, Secretary, Department of Legal and Legislative Affairs, to draw his attention on the issue. In its letter, it stated that in spite of publication of rules in September 2018, no proper procedure has been introduced for depositing the professional tax deducted by the employers from the salaries of employees since the introduction of the tax. Industrialist Kamal Dalmia said they had no other option but to deduct and accrue the amount with them. “Despite following the procedure laid down in the rules and generation of challan, no bank is accepting the payment of the tax as they are not aware of the “head” in the government account under which the payment has to be credited,” he said. He said the state government’s system was not accepting the online payment. Dalmia showed a copy of the challan generated from the website. He said State Bank of India and Punjab National Bank had refused to accept the payment. Entrepreneurs said the government must notify the name of banks which were authorised to accept the payment. They are worried that the government might impose a penalty along with interest for non-deposit of the tax. Local MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla (second from right) with officials at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 1 Local MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla dedicated two hi-tech ambulances to patients at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here on Tuesday. These ambulances have been provided under the MPLAD scheme. The MP said the ambulances were equipped with the latest equipment and its cost was around ~35 lakh. One of the two ambulances will be stationed at the Civil Hospital and shall be operated by the Civil Surgeon. Aujla added that he was also commissioning two hi-tech battery operated ride-on floor scrubbers and driers, which would be operational by the New X-ray room inaugurated ■ One of the two ambulances will be stationed at the Civil Hospital and shall be operated by the Civil Surgeon. MP Aujla said he was also commissioning two hi-tech battery operated ride-on floor scrubbers and driers, which would be operational by the end of January. ■ These scrubbers will resolve floor-cleaning issues. The MP also inaugurated a new X-ray room built at a cost of more than ~10 lakh under the MPLAD scheme. The room will house the machine provided by a private company. . end of January. These scrubbers will resolve the floor-cleaning issues. The MP also inaugurated a new X-ray room built at a cost of more than ~10 lakh under the MPLAD scheme. The room will house the machine provided by a private company. He said the hi-tech machine of ~2crore was capable of con- ducting X-ray scans in a short time and with more accuracy. He added that it was provided by Samsung, but the hospital had no funds for the room so he commissioned the project with his MPLAD funds. Speaking on the occasion, the MP said he would ensure that there was no shortage of X-ray, CT and MRI films. Health centre made operational at Naraingarh Police suspect involvement of kin KILLING OF CONG CANDIDATE’S RELATIVE sioner Dr Prabhdeep Kaur said Naraingarh UCHC was the first centre to become operational in the state, which had been sanctioned under the National Health Mission. Senior Deputy Mayor Raman Bakshi was the chief guest at the event. He promised to help the department by providing security guards and sanitation workers. He said the facility would be a boon for residents of the area. Dr Prabhdeep said starting the gynaecology theatre would be her priority and it would start functioning within next few days. The centre will also have a dental wing, X-ray facility and a diagnostic lab. Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 1 The Amritsar rural police are suspecting the involvement of a relative in the murder case of Tajinder Singh. Tajinder, who was the brother-in-law of Jasmer Singh, whose wife Davinder Kaur was the Congress candidate for the post of sarpanch in Khelahara village, was killed on December 29. Though the police have booked five persons on the statement of Jasmer, cops are not satisfied with his claims. Amritsar (rural) SSP Parampal Singh said the case was being investigated and the details of the investigations could not be shared at this moment. Jasmer Singh had told the Incident took place on December 29 ■ Tajinder, who was the brother- in-law of Jasmer Singh, whose wife Davinder Kaur was the Congress candidate for the post of sarpanch in Khelahara village, was killed on December 29. ■ Though the police have booked five persons on the statement of Jasmer, cops are not satisfied with his claims. . police that as farmers and labourers left for their fields early in the morning, he, along with Tajinder, started doing door-to-door campaign around 5 am on December 29. He said they were riding a bike and when they reached the main road, armed men attacked them from the rear side. Jasmer said as their bike fell down, he managed to run away from the spot, but the suspects attacked Tajinder, leaving him injured. He later succumbed to his injuries. He said the suspects belonging to the SAD were threatening him of dire consequences if my wife did not withdraw her nomination. Harjinder Singh, Jaspal Singh and Kuldeep Singh, all residents of the same village, along with two unidentified persons were booked under Sections 302, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC at the Jandiala police station. — TNS Amritsar, January 1 The district Health Department on Tuesday opened an urban community health centre (UCHC) in Naraingarh area near Chhehharta. The objective of the centre is to provide better health facilities to residents. The centre will have the OPD service with three specialists and two medical officers. Equipped with four operation theatres, the UCHC plans to introduce and upgrade services with the arrival of a machine under the National Health Mission. While attending an event at the centre, Civil Surgeon Dr Hardeep Singh Ghai and Deputy Medical Commis- c m y b The urban community health centre at Naraingarh in Amritsar. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR
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