30012019-ATR-01.qxd 1/30/2019 12:36 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE GNDU RESEARCH SCHOLARS SEEK HIKE IN FELLOWSHIP PAGE 2 Demanding a hike in their fellowship, research scholars of GNDU stage a protest against the UGC and MHRD FORECAST CLOUDY INBRIEF BATHINDA MAN HELD AT AIRPORT Amritsar: A man was arrested with fake stamps on his passport at the Shri Guru Ramdas Jee International airport here on Monday. The accused has been identified as Surjit Singh, a resident of Mansa Kalan village of Bathinda. Immigration officials said the accused came from Malaysia to Amritsar in Malindo Air flight no. OD-271 and while checking, it was found that the stamps on the passport were fake. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered at the Airport police station. TNS REAL MEETS REEL: FILM ON JASSI SIDHU ‘HONOUR’ KILLING SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:02 PM Local vendors up in arms over project of street-vending zones Amritsar, January 29 The implementation of the project of street-vending zones seems to be a distant dream for the civic body as vendors on Tuesday opposed the move. SAD and BJP leaders also joined the vendors to protest the MC’s decision. Mahesh Verma, a member of the Rehri Farhi Union associated with the SAD, said, “Auto-rickshaws are responsible for traffic jams not us. The MC is charging ❝ The MC is charging ~1,500 from every vendor, which is a violation of the Supreme Court guidelines. There are 16,000 vendors in the city and the MC has been collecting huge money from them. ❞ Mahesh Verma, A MEMBER OF THE REHRI FARHI UNION ~1,500 from every vendor, which is a violation of the Supreme Court guidelines. There are 16,000 vendors in the city and the MC has been collecting huge money from them.” BJP leader Rajesh Honey also joined the protest and accused Navjot Singh Sidhu of ruining poor vendors. Meanwhile, Estate Officer Sushant Bhatia visited the spot and invited members of the Rehri Farhi Union for a meeting with senior officials. On Wednesday, representatives of vendors will meet MC Commissioner Sonali Giri. RLY STATION GETS MEDICAL ROOM Amritsar: The Northern Railway in association with a private hospital has opened a room dedicated to first aid services at the railway station for passengers. Railway officials said the room has been opened with the support of Amandeep Hospital. Dr Avtar Singh, director of the hospital, said they felt blessed after opining a room which would cater to the emergency medical needs of passengers. He said all first aid services would be available round the clock. Additional Divisional Railways Manager NK Verma said this was the most precious gift that the Railways could give to passengers. He said first aid was very important at the time of need and if given timely, it could save the precious life. TNS BOY SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES Amritsar: Thirteen-year-old Manpreet Singh, who was seriously injured in a road accident on the Tarn TaranAmritsar road near Gohalwar village, 15 km from here on the Republic Day, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. The police have registered a case under Sections 304-A, 279 and 427 of the IPC against the driver of a four-wheeler allegedly responsible for the accident. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.85 Vendors protest outside the bus stand in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR National award for district Health Dept Agriculture Dept holds review meeting Tribune News Service Officials of the food wing of the district Health Department with a certificate of honour in New Delhi. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service DIESEL ~66.37 Amritsar, January 29 The food wing of the Health Department was DIVYANKA TRIPATHI HITS BACK AT TROLLER ON INSTAGRAM Dream Reality movies announce their next venture based on Jassi Sidhu honour killing case MAX 16°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C | MIN 6°C Tribune News Services PAGE 3 honoured by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare during an event in New Delhi on Tuesday. Continued on page 2 Amritsar, January 29 A review meeting of the Agriculture Production Committee chaired by Additional Deputy Commissioner Himanshu Aggarwal was held here on Tuesday. Officials said the department had collected 188 samples of pesticides, 199 of fertilisers and 28,040 of soil. Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Dalbir Singh Chinna said a total of 449 samples of seeds had been collected from various shops. Continued on page 2 Govt schools told to set up book bank Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 29 The Punjab School Education Board has asked all government schools in the state to maintain a book bank for the session 20192020. The government schools have been told to make sure that books are retained from students moving to the next class. School heads have also been instructed that the demand for books should be sent to the board after looking at the book bank. The Punjab School Education Board wants to save money, promote a healthy environment and encourage students to upkeep books through the bank. Ashwani, a teacher at a government school, said, “The move is a good initiative. All books will have to be deposited with the school for the students by the students.” c m y b PAGE 4 An Instagram account user recently targeted the TV star for wearing a rip-off version of the iconic Bengal Tiger belt SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:24 AM WEDNESDAY | 30 JANUARY 2019 | AMRITSAR No smooth ride for Metro bus service on Day 1 in city Buses stuck in jam due to movement of vehicles in BRTS corridor Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Services Amritsar, January 29 After Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu flagged off the metro bus service under the project of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on Monday, it faced several hiccups in terms of its implementation on Tuesday. One of the major obstacles in the service was the movement of other vehicles in the BRTS corridor. The buses were seen stuck in traffic jams, affecting its frequency. On a few occasions, passengers have to wait for 10 to 20 minutes to board buses on terminals due to long jams on the corridor. Traffic police personnel were not present to stop other vehicles from using the corridor in BRTS lanes. Besides vehicles of police officers and government officers, mini-buses, school buses and motorcycles were seen creating a mess in the BRTS corridors. Bus drivers were facing inconvenience as commuters entered the BRTS lane and they could be seen arguing and misbehaving with them. The staff of the metro bus service demanded police checks in the BRTS lanes for issuing challans to the violators. Haphazardly parking and encroachments by shopkeepers on various roads are also proving a hurdle in the movement of metro buses. The staff want removal of encroachments from the MC for a better service. Dal Khalsa founder bereaved Amritsar: Manjeet Kaur, wife of Dal Khalsa founder Gajinder Singh,passed away in Germany two days ago. She breathed her last at a hospital where she was admitted due to multiple health problems. — TNS Commuters use the BRTS lane in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR ❝ The state government should affix boards on the bus terminals displaying that the journey is free. Thereafter, people will come to know about the initiative and they will start preferring the bus service than autorickshaws. SERVICE FLAGGED OFF ON MONDY ■ Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Naresh Johar, A PASSENGER ❞ Sidhu flagged off the metro bus service under the project of Bus Rapid Transit System on Monday ■ Traffic police personnel were not present to stop other vehicles from using the corridor in BRTS lanes. Besides vehicles of police officers and government officers, mini buses, school buses and motorcycles were seen creating a mess in the BRTS corridors A bus normally takes 27 minutes from Novelty Chowk to Guru Nanak Dev University and it is a better option than boarding autorickshaws, but the bus can’t be an alternative to two-wheelers. The route is limited and ill-planned. However, there is a possibil- ity to make it viable if the stretch is organised in a proper manner. On the first day after its re-inauguration, the response of public was better as compared to the past, but as per expectations. As the government announced free ride for three months, it was being expected that buses would witness a good response. Naresh Johar, a passenger, said, “The government should affix boards on the bus terminals displaying that the journey is free. Thereafter, people will come to know about the initiative and they will start preferring the bus service than auto-rickshaws.” Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina said, “Navjot Singh Sidhu has re-inaugurated the projects which were executed by the previous SAD-BJP government in the state. He is making multiple announcements of projects without reconciling the Congress government’s financial condition to fund and bring up those projects.”
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