12012019-ATR-01.qxd 1/11/2019 11:19 PM Page 1 SATURDAY | 12 JANUARY 2019 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Overcrowded autos Nagar kirtan held Bordering on truth Overcrowded autorickshaws and buses carrying students is a common sight in the city. P2 Nagar kirtan organised in remembrance of Guru Gobind Singh in city. P2 From a sweet girl-next-door, Yami Gautam is playing an intelligence officer in Uri. P3 FORECAST THUNDERSTORM | MAX 18°C MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C MIN 7°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5.46 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.31 AM Litter at oath ceremony; people fume Randhawa calls upon panchayat leaders to rise above party politics and work for development Gangsters’ aides held with firearms Tribune News Service Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 11 As many as 860 sarpanches, 5,628 panches, nine panchayat samiti and 25 zila parishad members took oath in presence of Cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Friday. After the ceremony, the venue wore a shabby look as the crowd had left a considerable litter in Ranjit Avenue, much to the chagrin of local residents. Residents of the posh locality, who hit out at the organisers and the participants for showing scant regard to cleanliness and hygiene, said the organisers should have made arrangements to clean the area. Meanwhile, Randhawa called upon the elected women leaders to perform their duties with distinction. He also urged others to provide women leaders a conducive working environment. He called upon elected village heads to rise above party politics and work for the overall development of their villages. He exhorted them to ensure delivery of services like Atta-Dal to needy, medical care to patients besides ensuring education of children in their villages. He directed the rural police head to ensure that every SHO must have contact numbers of sarpaches so that they could get reliable inputs. He informed that in order to strengthen the cooperative movement, the government would invest Rs 100 crore to upgrade Milk Plant Verka. In his address, Deputy Commissioner KS Sangha Cabinet Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria administers oath to panchayats’ office-bearers; and (right) litter in Ranjit Avenue after one such ceremony. GURBAXPURI/VISHAL Traffic snarls in Tarn Taran Gurbaxpuri Cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa administers oath to newly elected panchayat leaders. TRIBUNE PHOTO said that 159 plagrounds and 50 parks were set up under the MNREGA. Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) Santokh Singh Bhalaipur, Tarsem Singh DC, Sunil Dutti and senior Congress leader Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lalli Majithia also addressed the gathering. Tarn Taran, January 11 The oath taking ceremony in Tarn Taran’s sports stadium resulted in a commuting inconvenience as most of the participants had parked their vehicles on the road. After the function, traffic snarls were witnessed for hours. Meanwhile, Revenue, Water Resources and Mining Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria administered the oath of office to 566 sarpanches, 3,845 panches, 20 zila parishad and 160 block samiti members at the sports stadium Posing as hurt bird to show their pain Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 11 Dressed as a bird entangled in a kite-flying plastic string (manja in local parlance) coated with blood, one of the volunteers, Riya Kapoor, 17, held a sign that read ‘Cut out glass-coated manja, not wings’. Her point? That glass-coated cotton and other manja is responsible for the injuries and deaths of humans and thousands of birds. Thus its use should be avoided to ensure that Lohri and Makar Sankranti are safe and fun for all. On Friday afternoon, voluteers of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) dressed themselves as bleeding birds, one of the worst sufferers during the kite flying season in our country, to warn people against using harmful sharp strings. The campaign was carried out in Heritage Street near Jallianwala Bagh. “The glass-coated plastic thread hurts and kills both humans and birds,” says PETA India’s representative Radhika Suryavanshi, who led the campaign in the city. “We urge everyone to say no to manja to ensure that Lohri and Makar Sankranti remain joyous for all, birds included.” “Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir Bird Hospital in Delhi treated 500 birds, who were injured around Independence Day celebrations in 2016. In 2018, forest officials rescued more than 4,000 birds in just two days of kite flying during Dressed as an injured bird, an activist urges people to shun the use of glass-coated string for flying kites in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR the Uttarayan festival. A bird rescuer in Ahmedabad estimates that 2,000 birds – including pigeons and endangered species such as vultures – are injured every year during the city’s Uttarayan festival and that 500 of them succumb to their injuries. Over 100 birds died during Makar Sankranti in Hyderabad in 2015,” says Radhika. Riya Kapoor, a student of Ibadat School for special children, suffers from intellectual disability. She actively works for social campaigns. Her compatriot Ankita, 30, too, was one of the volunteers. Thread seized, 7 nabbed Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 11 Tightening the noose around the synthetic string users and sellers, the city police nabbed seven persons on Friday. Those arrested were identified as Pranav Arora of Katra Karam Singh, Yadwinder Singh of Verka, Manpreet Singh of Naraingarh in Chheharta, Narinder Singh of Chowk Moni, Prince of Gillwali Gate, Ajay of Chowk Passian and Pawan Kumar. As per the police, Parnav and Yadwinder were held with five spools each while Manpreet and Narinder were arrested with 10 and three rolls, respectively. Similarly, Prince, Ajay and Pawan were nabbed with five, 13 and 18 rolls of synthetic string, respectively. They were released on bail later. DCP Amrik Singh Pawar said there was a complete ban on using the Chinese string which is dangerous for birds and human. He said the people should desist from using the same. c m y b 566 sarpanches, 3,845 panches, 20 zila parishad and 160 block samiti members take oath in Tarn Taran. He said Capt Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government was working scrupulously for the all round development of the rural areas. He said the elected members must work towards eliminating drug abuse. Giving details about the state government’s anti-encroachment campaign, he said panchayats’ income had gone up NRI booked for dowry demand Amritsar, January 11 The women police have booked an Australia-based NRI youth and his parents for allegedly harassing his wife for dowry. Those booked were identified as Hiteshpal Singh (NRI), his father Kuldeep Singh, a property dealer, and his wife Bhupinder Kaur, both residents of Baba Budha Ji Colony. No arrest has been made so far. The victim, Mandeep Kaur, stated to the police that she was married to Hiteshpal in January 2018 and her family spent a lot of money on different programms “as demanded by her in-laws”. However, a few days after the marriage, her in-laws allegedly harassed her while complaining that she had brought insufficient dowry. In her complaint submitted to the police in August last year, she alleged that two months after the marriage, Hiteshpal returned to Australia without informing her with the help of his parents. A few days later, they also forced her out of the house. She also alleged that Hiteshpal made a video of their intimate moments without her knowledge and threatened to upload it on internet in case she filed a complaint against them. A case under Section 498-A of the IPC has been registered following a probe conducted by the women police station. The police authorities said that further investigation was under way. — TNS approximately to Rs 40 crore after getting 1,400 acres of land free from encroachers. Tarn Taran MLA Dr Dharambir Agnihotri, Patti MLA Harminder Singh Gill, Khemkarn MLA Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, Baba Bakala MLA Santokh Singh Bhaliapur, Deputy Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal, IG (Border Range) Surinderpal Singh Parmar and SSP Darshan Singh Mann were also present. However, Ramajit Singh Sikki, MLA from Khadur Sahib, was conspicuous by his absence. Amritsar, January 11 CIA staff nabbed two “aides” of gangsters and notorious criminals who used to provide ammunition to them. They were identified as Lovejit Singh (21) and Simranjit Singh (25), both residents of Pandori Golan village, Tarn Taran. The police also seized two .32 bore pistols, two magazines, 80 live cartridges and a car from their possession. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered against them. As per details, the accused were in contact with gangsters through social networking mobile applications and websites. Vavinder Mahajan, in charge of the CIA staff, revealed that acting on specific inputs, a team laid a checkpoint near Chamrang road area where an I-20 car, coming from Jahajgarh side, was signalled to stop. After taking a halt, one of the occupants alighted and tried to flee but was overpowered by the police team. Another accused, who was driving the car, managed to speed away taking advantage of the darkness. The arrested man was later identified as Lovejit Singh. The police recovered a .32 bore country made pistol with 40 rounds of pistols and 40 rounds of revolver. His interrogation led to the identification of the second accused as Simarjit Singh, who was nabbed by the police team with the car on Thursday. They were produced in the court and taken on police remand for further interrogation. “We will try to ascertain their links. They had connections with gangsters. We are also investigating about their suppliers and clients,” he said. Owners booked over pet attacks Amritsar, January 11 Infuriated over the owners of a pet dog that has a “history” of attacking passersby, a resident of Green Avenue has lodged a police complaint. A case has been registered against Vijay Kalra and Rashid Kalra but they haven’t been arrested. Complainant Sumit Chopra said that the accused had a pet of German Shepherd breed which they kept mostly unchained. He said the dog had a number of times attacked older persons and children in the street. Around a fortnight ago, it attacked a child, who was rescued by the people nearby, he said, adding that area residents had asked them to keep the dog chained, but to no avail. The dog has become a nuisance in the area, according to the complainant. The police have slapped Section 289 of the Indian Penal Code. Further investigation is under progress. — TNS
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