09012019-ATR-01.qxd 1/9/2019 12:23 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 9 JANUARY 2019 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Fencing c’ship ‘Yes, I have a problem’ It's never too late ever All India Inter-University Fencing (M&W) Championship inaugurated at Guru Nanak Dev University. P2 Instagram stories of celebrities are not just about glitz and glamour but about their depression too. P3 Shreyas Talpade all set to make his TV debut with My Name Ijj Lakhan on Sony SAB. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 18°C MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C MIN 4°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.43 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.31 AM School peon booked Ban on online sale of medicines sought for immoral behaviour Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 8 A peon of a government school in Kale village here has been booked on a charge of immoral behaviour. In a complaint lodged by the mother of the victim, a Class IV student, with the police, she said, “I went to the school around 4.15 pm on Monday to bring my daughter. I saw the peon offering a ‘bidi’ to my daughter. He was touching her inappropriately. I instantly raised the alarm,” said the victim’s mother. The mother said later, she came to know that the peon was under the influence of alcohol. After raising the alarm, he ran away, she added. As per the new timings for winters, schools are closed at 4 pm. The victim’s mother, who works as a domestic help, added that she got late by 15 minutes to pick her daughter. the school ❝I went topm on Monday around 4.15 Show-cause notice issued to BEEO 285 students appear for JEE (Main) to bring my daughter. I saw the peon offering a ‘bidi’ to her. He was touching her inappropriately. I instantly raised the alarm. Thereafter, he ran away. ❞ VICTIM’S MOTHER Sub-Inspector Sarwan Singh at the Chheharta police station said the peon had been identified as Sonu, who lived in a rented accommodation in a nearby building. The police officer said a case under Section 506 of the IPC and Section 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) had been registered against the suspect. Meanwhile, the district Education Department has issued instructions to all government, governmentaided and private schools to make sure that no child is left inside the premises after the school. “The instructions are for all schools in the district. The schools have to make sure that no child is left in the compound after school hours. The staff have to ensure supervision if the child stays back,” said Deputy DEO (Secondary) Harbhagwant Singh. Salwinder Singh Samra, DEO (SE), Amritsar, said keeping the safety and security of girl child on the school campus in mind, a committee must be constituted at the school level. A proper redressal and reporting mechanism must be followed to look after various issues pertaining to the girl child, he added.— TNS Pathankot, January 8 The Pathankot District Chemists’ Association (PDCA) gave a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Ramvir, urging him to take up the issue of imposing a ban on the online sale of medicines. Terming the practice “unethical”, Rajesh Mahajan, president, PDCA, said it was against the drug norms formed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940. During a nationwide protest on Tuesday, Mahajan said nearly 8.5 lakh chemists under the banner of All India Organistaion of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) expressed their resentment against the practice. “Wrong and doctored prescriptions by some mischievous persons can make Tarn Taran, January 8 Taking a serious note of the news item published in these columns on January 6 with the heading ‘Tarn Taran DC issues orders for shifting of education office from School building’, the District Education Officer (Elementary) has issued a show-cause notice to the Block Elementary Education Officer (BEEO), Block 1. habit-forming drugs available though these portals, which is a matter of concern. The administration needs to stop this trend. The DC has assured us that he will take up the issue with the Health Department,” he added. “Illegal or unethical online pharmacies sometimes send outdated, counterfeit medications or substitutes. There is no proper technical infrastructure in place to monitor the sale of online drugs. These pharmacies encourage self-medication, customers make illegal purchases of habitforming drugs, prescriptions are not verified online and patients buy drugs without original prescriptions,” said Mahajan. Policeman duped of ~11L Tarn Taran, January 8 A travel agent allegedly duped a Head Constable of the Punjab Police of ~11 lakh on the pretext of sending his son abroad. The travel agent has been identified as Atul Nand of Kapurthala. ASI Balbir Singh, investigation officer, said the accused lured the Head Constable to send his son abroad. Continued on page 2 DEO (E) asks officials concerned to vacate school building DEO (E) Kawaljit Singh in his notice has ordered to vacate the building of Government Elementary School, Chaunk Char Khamba, immediately. Besides, the DEO has also sought a report in this regard. The DEO in his letter issued on January 7 mentioned that “as many as five letters have been written to the BEEO office in the past one and a half year to shift the office to Noordi village, but the officer have not taken the instructions seriously”. The DC has also written in this regard. BEEO Veerjit Kaur had also asked the department to shift the office to the old BDPO office, which remained vacant for years, as she suffers 60% disability. Continued on page 2 Chemists submit memorandum to DC Members of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions take part in a rally during a nationwide strike in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUBE PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Trade unions go on two-day strike against govt policies Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 8 On a call by labour organisations, employees of various departments went on a twostrike on Tuesday. On the occasion, they also took out a rally on the Bhandari Railway Overbridge (ROB). Addressing the protesters, Vijay Mishra, president of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Punjab, said the NDA government was annulling the employment security law. He also accused the Centre of patronising the contractual employment system. “The BJP came in power after promising employment. On its contrary, it snatched the maximum number of jobs. Last time, the wages of industrial Members of the Anganwadi Mulazim Union raise slogans during a rally in Amristar on Tuesday. labourers in the state was revised nearly six years ago. A large number of brick kiln labourers are being rendered jobless in the name of a high draft scheme,” he added. Amarjit Singh Assal, secretary, AITUC, Punjab, said, “The minimum wages of skilled labourers must be fixed at ~18,000. Two per cent of the property tax must be diverted to the Welfare Board for domestic labourers.” The protesters demanded that the services of all contractual employees must be regularized. They also sought the status of government employees for anganwari, ASHAs and mid-day meal workers. Copper wire, material stolen from solar panels Students discuss the question paper after coming out of the examination hall in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Two Guru Nanak Dev University workers booked on charge of theft Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 8 As many as 285 students willing to get admission to architecture colleges appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main here on Tuesday. The exam was conducted by the National Testing Agency for the first time. Most of the students said the entrance examination was easy, but they found some of the sections such as drawing a bit difficult. Students from nearby districts took the exam in the ❝Out of the 375 285 enrolled students, took the examination. It will continue till January 12. Only one centre has been set up in the city. DR RAJESH KUMAR, principal, DAV College ❞ evening shift. Harsmirat said, “I found the drawing part a little difficult. The rest of the exam was easy.” “I faced some problems in attempting the drawing section,” said Harshit. “For me, aptitude was a difficult one as compared to the drawing section,” said Khusboo. “Out of the 375 enrolled students, 285 took the examination. It will continue till January 12. Only one centre has been set up in the city,” said Dr Rajesh Kumar, principal, DAV College. He has been appointed as the city coordinator to ensure that the examination is held in a fair way. The entrance examination for engineering colleges will be held on Wednesday. Amritsar, January 8 The Cantonment police have booked two workers of Guru Nanak Dev University for allegedly stealing copper wires and materials from solar panels of the recently installed solar power plant. Harmanpreet Singh, senior engineer of Delhi-based Ayur Power Company, told the police that a copper wire and other materials from solar panels installed on the roof tops of various university departments had been stolen. He said they had found these materials missing from the roof tops of the English Department, Chemistry Department, Sociology Department, Bio-technology Department and library. “We are assessing the exact quantum of loss and a detailed report will be submitted with the police,” he added. Harmanpreet said it seemed that two workers — Bakshish Singh and Billa Singh — who were working for them on the project were involved in the theft and they had the responsibility to ensure the safety of the equipment. Investigating officer Davin- der Kumar from the Cantonment police station said a case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC had been registered against Bakshish Singh and Billa Singh. He said the suspects are yet to be arrested. The ambitious project to have a solar energy plant on the university campus was completed recently. Solar panels were installed atop 18 roofs. These panels will be installed on the top of six more buildings in a month. The project was sanctioned after the university authorities approached the Solar Energy Corporation of India. The university was allocated a solar energy plant of 3 Mega Watt under the Union Government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). A Delhi-based firm is entrusted the task to look after the project for 25 years. In return, the university is targeting to get solar electricity at a subsidised rate of ~3.32 per unit. Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh Sandhu, said, “At present, only six buildings are left to be covered under the project and it will take a month. The project will help the institute save energy and power.” Drive spreads awareness about ban on sale of fruits with stickers Retd KV teachers protest, seek arrears Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 8 Gathered from various parts of the country, including Ambala, Bathinda, Ludhiana and Lucknow, more than 150 teachers, who retired after serving at various Kendriya Vidyalaya for a minimum of 30 years, protested near the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan’s Regional Office in Sector 31-A here on Tuesday. Voicing their agitation, members of the All-India Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan Teachers/Employees Welfare Society demanded pension arrears from January 1, 2016, to July 31, 2018, and fixed medical allowance of Rs 500 pending for 13 months (from July 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018). The members also demand- Amritsar, January 8 The district health department has launched a drive to create awareness about the ban imposed by the state government on the sale of vegetables and fruits with stickers. District Health Officer Dr Lakhbir Singh Bhagowalia said the government had banned the use of stickers because of their harmful effects of the adhesives used to paste them. He said they were asking shopkeepers not to sell fruits and vegetables with stickers. The department has also collected 24 samples of tea, Health officials inspect fruits and vegetables with stickers in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO sweets, karyana products and fruits with stickers. Bhagowalia said the samples were collected from shops near the Golden Tem- ple, bus stand and Ram Bagh areas. The District Health Officer said these had been sent for laboratory test. Tribune News Service c m y b Members of the All-India Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan Teachers/ Employees Welfare Society protest in Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO ed the issuance of the revised Pension Payment Order (PPO) as per the seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations, including the arrears of pay and gratuity for serving period to the employees who retired from January 1, 2016. Aged 80, the oldest protester, RS Gill, who retired from KV-Ambala Cantt, shared that the teachers had still not been covered under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). “The KVs had issued PPOs to banks and some of the employees who retired after the seventh CPC and allowances without making payment of enhanced commutation money. As such, the bank has started the recovery of the enhanced commutation money which has not yet been paid. There is a widespread resentment among the retired employees. It is requested to rectify the said PPOs immediately,” he said. Demanding arrears pension and fixed medical allowance (FMA), Triptender Bami (78), who retired from the city’s KV-31, said: “Currently, I get some Rs 32,000 as pension, but as per the sixth and seventh pay commission, and the revised PPO, I must get my medical allowance also. In short, I’m liable to get more than Rs 50,000 from the government. I have served this school for 33 years.” Asking for the implementation of Modified Assured Career Pro- gression Scheme (MACP) and CGHS, the protesters demanded to switch all retired employees, who were deceitfully forced to remain in the CPF by getting option filled after the cut-off date as per the DOPT (Department of Personnel and Training) circular, which was invalid /illegal with no legal sanctity declared by various court, CAT and High Courts. Prakash Aneja (60), who served at KV-High Grounds, said 450 outsider direct recruiters were switched from the CPF to the GPF (General Provident Fund) scheme. “Discrimination with remaining KVs promoted by seniority should be removed. In fact, I only got Rs 4 lakh as pension from the government after working for 30 years. The rest of the Rs 4 lakh was mine,” she lamented.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).