24012019-ATR-01.qxd 1/24/2019 12:51 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE DOG STERILISATION DRIVE OF CIVIC BODY AT SNAIL’S PACE Amid lack of infrastructure, the firm, hired by the MC, has sterilised only 35 dogs in a month. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MAN ARRESTED WITH HEROIN Amritsar: The police have nabbed a drug peddler, identified as Rupinder Singh, alias Goldy, of Mandir Wali Gali, Mahaan village, for allegedly possessing 250 gm of heroin. He was travelling on a scooter when he was arrested at a checkpoint following a tip-off. The police are trying to ascertain whom did he got the drugs from. A local police sent him on police remand. Meanwhile, Chheharta police arrested Gurwinder Singh, alias Gindu, of Bharobhal village, who resides at Milap Avenue, and recovered 6 gm heroin. A case has been registered against him. TNS DENTAL FORTNIGHT FROM FEBRUARY 1 Amritsar: Health officials have announced to organise a dental fortnight from February 1 to create awareness on prevention and control of oral diseases. Deputy Director, Dental, Dr Sharanjit Kaur said the focus during the fortnight would be on schoolchildren and rural residents as they lack awareness on dental hygiene and care. She said needy people would be given free dentures during the camp. She added that dental patients would be given all services free of cost during the fortnight at the district hospital and subdivisional hospitals. TNS INTER-UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL RESULTS Amritsar: On the second day of North Zone Inter-University Football (Women) Championship, University of Delhi beat CSJMU University, Kanpur, 7-0. The University of Lucknow beat MJPR University Bareilly 3-0, Dr RMLA Faizabad beat GGSI University Delhi 3-0, and MDU Rohtak beat HNB Garhwal 5-0. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.93 DIESEL ~66.37 WHAT’S ON PAGE 2 PAGE 3 ‘RAP A CHILDHOOD PASSION, HAS ALWAYS EXCITED ME’ ENTERTAINMENT ALL THE WAY WITH COLOURS OF JOY Ranveer Singh, with his hip-hop avatar for Gully Boy, says he had an affinity towards the genre since his childhood. MAX 17°C | MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 5°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:04 PM PAGE 4 Viacom 18, with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and BBC Media Action, to create Hindi fiction Navrangi Re. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:28 AM THURSDAY | 24 JANUARY 2019 | AMRITSAR Woman, baby killed in fire Four suspected cases of Police wait for her parents from UP; bodies sent for autopsy FATAL TEA PREPARATION Sonam (22) was carrying sixmonth-old Kisna when she planned to make tea in her rented room in in Gali Kitte Wali, Kot Baba Deep Singh. No sooner did she light the gas stove, her synthetic clothes caught fire and before she could react, fire engulfed her body as well as the kid. Though neighbours rushed to help, suffocation and burn injuries had claimed their lives. Police officials at the spot for investigation in Amritsar on Wednesay. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 23 A migrant woman and her baby died after their clothes caught fire accidentally while she was about to prepare tea in Gali Kitte Wali in Kot Baba Deep Singh here SGPC baptises harassed boy Tarn Taran, January 23 The SGPC on Wednesday baptised 14-year-old Damanpreet Singh, who hails from a Dalit family in Dinewal village, Khadur Sahib. Popular as Mukh Mantri among locals, the boy was harassed recently by a group of villagers who had removed his religious symbols, accusing him of singing songs which didn’t suit a religion. The villagers, who did so, were present during the SGPC event. They also sought pardon for what they did. The SGPC has announced to build the house for the family. The boy’s father is labourer. He is a student of Government High School, Jahangir. Dinewal village has a population of 2,500, including 1700 votes. — OC on Wednesday. The deceased were identified as Sonam (22) and Kisna (6 month). According to information, the duo died on the spot due to severe burn injuries on face and suffocation. Police officials, including Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) JS Walia reached the spot for investigation. The bodies were sent for postmortem examination. He said further action would be taken after the arrival of woman’s parents from Uttar Pradesh. Giving details, Walia said the victim was going prepare tea while holding the child. It was when she lighted the gas stove, her synthetic clothes caught fire all of a sudden. Before she could react, fire engulfed her body as well as the infant. The six-month-old child sustained severe burn injuries. By the time neighbours reached the second floor of the house where they lived on rent, they had died. Her husband Mahesh Kumar works as a goldsmith in Guru Bazaar. Groom firing may be celebratory shot gone wrong, say police Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 23 With the family members of the groom, who sustained a bullet injury in the walled city area on Monday evening, hesitating to record statements, the police suspect that it may be a case of celebratory fire going wrong. ADCP JS Walia said, “Police officials repeatedly approached the family members of groom Rajiv Kumar, but they neither lodged any complaint nor came to record their statements.” Rajiv was on sitting on a mare and the baraat was going from Laxmansar Chowk to Pishori Hall in NOT WILLING TO RECORD STATEMENT Rajiv’s family is hesitant to record statement. He sustained a gunshot during his marriage. The police believe that someone from his kin or friends may have fired into the air during celebrations, hitting the victim unintentionally. Katra Karam Singh Chowk when three youth turned up and started firing gunshots into the air. All of a sudden, Rajiv started bleeding from chest and rushed to doctors. Though it turned out to be a minor injury, the incident led to panic among the family members and relatives. As the news spread, Divi- swine flu surface in city Reports of seven such patients awaited; 1 positive case Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 23 The Health Department recorded four fresh suspected cases of swine flu on Wednesday. The total count of suspected swine flu cases has risen to 12. Of the total, only one has been confirmed as positive while the samples of four have been declared negative. Dr Navdeep Kaur, nodal officer, swine flu control, said the test reports of seven patients were awaited. The patients, admitted to different hospitals, are being adminisered Tamiflu, a medicine for swine flu treatment. Officials said the private hospitals, through local chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA), had been asked to report the arrival of suspected swine flu patients ❝The symptoms of swine flu are usually like those of the seasonal flu as patients may suffer from headache, cough, fever, loss of appetite, aches, fatigue, running nose, sneezing, watery eyes, throat irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. ❞ Dr Hardeep Singh Ghai, CIVIL SURGEON immediately to the Health Department. The department has also issued an advisory to people asking them to take ample precautions. Officials said there was no need to panic as the department had kept a close watch on the situation and all arrangements to deal with the situation were in place. Civil Surgeon Dr Hardeep Singh Ghai said the symptoms of swine flu were usually like those of the seasonal flu as patients might suffer from headache, cough, fever, loss of appetite, aches, fatigue, run- ning nose, sneezing, watery eyes, throat irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. He said pneumonia may develop in chronic conditions. The civil surgeon said that people could also take precautions to prevent the disease by avoiding closeness with infected persons. Hands should be washed frequently using soap, and mouth, nose should be covered while coughing or sneezing. The department has also asked people to maintain a healthy diet, increase in water intake and have a sound sleep. Remembering the legend sion C SHO Ravi Sher Singh reached the spot for investigation. However, the family members desisted from lodging a police complaint. “Until and unless someone from the family or the victim lodges a complaint, we cannot register an FIR,” said Walia while adding that the police were investigating and trying to find CCTV footage or recording from the videographer at the marriage function. Nothing has been found till now. It appears that it was a celebratory fire by some relative or the friends of the groom. But nothing concrete can be said that the moment. Further probe is under way, the police added. AMRITSAR REHEARSALS: Full dress rehearsals at Guru Nanak Stadium for Republic Day. Doctor fired at in Beas, robbed of ~3K Tribune News Service WOMEN’S DAY: National Women’s Day at SR Government College for Women. District administration to honor women achievers. PROTEST: Protest at GNDU at 11 am by teaching faculty of varsity and affiliated colleges. Amritsar, January 23 A local resident was robbed and shot at by two persons at Sawan Singh Nagar in Beas here on Monday evening. Identified as Sarwan Singh, the victim said the robbers opened fire into the ground near his feet before threatening him into giv- ing them his purse containing Rs 3,000. Before fleeing, they shot him on left knee. Sarwan Singh stated to the police that at around 8.30 pm on Monday, he closed his clinic and was going to home nearby when two motorcycle-borne persons caught him from behind and pointed a pistol at his head. They demand- ed his purse. When he refused, they pushed him down and fired a gunshot near his feet. Feared over it, he handed over his purse containing Rs 3,000 to them. Before fleeing, they fired a shot on his knee. Injured, he raised the alarm following which his father Ajit Singh and brother came to the spot and rushed him to Baba Sawan Singh Charita- ble Hospital. Doctors referred him to Baba Bakala Civil Hospital from where he was shifted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar. The police have registered a case under Section 379-B (2) of the IPC and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act. Parampal Singh, SSP , Amritsar rural, said an investigation was under way to identify the suspects. Members of the All India Azad Hind Fauj Freedom Fighter Successors' Association remember Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the occasion of his 123rd birth anniversary in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Finally, inauguration of BRTS project on Jan 25 Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 23 After jumping several deadlines, the state government, finally, is set to inaugurate the much hyped BRTS project in the city on January 25. Minister for Local Governments, Navjot Singh Sidhu, will re-inaugurate the project. Earlier, it was inaugurated by former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal in October 2016, just before the Assembly elections. To get political advantage, Sukhbir did not wait for its completion and inaugurated it in a hurry, say political observers. Now, officials of the Punjab Public Works Department have claimed completion of the project. Before the Assembly elections, the Congress government had assured to complete the project within six months, but took two years. Punjab Metro Bus Service Society had been plying eight buses from the railway station to Attari bypass. The metro bus operating company has been conducting trial run for the last few days. Now, almost 23 buses are on road. The company will ply more than 90 buses on 31-km routes. PWD officials said the routes from the railway station to Attari bypass, railway station to Golden Gate via bus terminal and to Verka were ready for transportation. JS Sodhi, Executive Engineer, PWD, said, “Except for lifts at Rambagh, the work has been completed. The damaged grills are being repaired. The project has been handed over to Punjab Metro Bus Service Society.” According to information, the government will offer free travel for three months. Students and elderly can travel for free even after three months. Navjot Singh Sidhu may announce more facilities too during the inauguration. A bus ferries commuters on BRTS track in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR c m y b Man killed in mishap Amritsar, January 23 A local resident, identified as Harbans Singh Sethi, died in a road mishap when a “speedy” Innova car hit his four-wheeler near Holy City at Amritsar-Attari bypass road here on Tuesday evening. According to information, there were two girls and three boys in the Innova. The police also found liquor bottles in the vehicle. The police have registered a case of causing death by negligence against the driver of the Innova (PB-06-AK-8899) who is yet to be identified. The innova also overturned after the collision. Harbans Singh was rushed to a private hospital where he succumbed. According to information, the victim was going home on his car. He took a U-turn towards his locality when the mishap took place. The occupants of the car managed to come out of the vehicle and fled. The police have registered a case under Sections 304-A, 279, 427 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of his son Charandeep Singh, an architect. Ranjit Singh, investigating officer, said the car registration number suggested that it was from Gurdaspur. He said they were yet to identify the occupants of Innova. Investigation is at its preliminary stage. The accused will be identified and arrested soon, he added. — TNS
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