08022019-ATR-01.qxd 2/8/2019 12:01 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE SMART CARDS FOR METRO BUS TRAVELLERS SOON Ticket staff overburdened as over 30,000 passengers travel by metro buses every day. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF PAPERS FILED FOR CKD POLLS Amritsar: Two fresh nomination papers have been filed for the upcoming CKD polls, slated for February 17. Meanwhile, two candidates withdrew their papers on Thursday. As per information, Amarjit Singh Bhatia submitted requisite documents for the post of honorary secretary and Sukhwinder Singh Walia for vice-president’s position. Jaswinder Singh Advocate and Dr Aridaman Singh Mahal withdrew their papers for honorary secretary and vicepresident position, respectively. TNS CITY BOY SHINES IN SKATING C’SHIP Amritsar: Taranjot Singh, a Class VII student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Bhikhiwind, has bagged two bronze and a gold at the Asrec Asia Open Roller Speed Skating Promotional Tournament in Pattaya, Thailand. The events were held on January 26 and 28. The event was organised by Asrec Asia and Skama, Thailand Co. Ltd. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.2 DIESEL ~66.5 WHAT’S ON AMRITSAR FILM PROMOTION: Actors Binnu Dhillon and Sargun Mehta to visit city to promote their upcoming film — Kala Shahh Kala. PAGE 2 JORDAN SANDHU BREAKS THE COLOUR CODE PAGE 3 The singer-actor, who will be seen in Kala Shah Kala, says the film highlights the world’s obsession with fair skin. MAX 6°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:11 PM FINAL SEASON FOR SHOW MODERN FAMILY The 20th Century Fox Television series, Modern Family, is said to wrap its run with season 11. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:18 AM FRIDAY | 8 FEBRUARY 2019 | AMRITSAR GMC strike: AIIMS Delhi docs for Mohindra’s intervention GMC MS’ removal sought for ‘objectionable’ comments on harassed doctors The emergency ward of the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital wears a deserted look as resident doctors (right) have been on strike for the past three days. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Ananya Panda Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 7 Expressing solidarity with their colleagues of the Government Medical College (GMC), Amritsar, over demand of safe working environment, resident doctors of AIIMS-Delhi have requested Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra to immediately intervene and take action against the GMC administration, which has been accused of “callous” attitude in dealing with “rising incidents of violence against on-duty doctors”. Resident doctors of the GMC, who are boycotting work following two separate incidents of “sexual harassment” faced by two lady residents on the campus on the intervening night of February 4-5, refused to settle with anything less than resignation of the hospital’s Medical Superintendent, Dr Surinder Pal. The striking GMC doctors said when the two lady doctors reported about the groping incidents by a security guard the same night to the medical superintendent, he allegedly blamed them saying “you’re responsible for your own dignity”— something that led to a hectic round of “failed” parleys between them and the administration since then. In response to his alleged irresponsible statements, Dr Pal told The Tribune, “It was just a statement made during a conversation and nothing directed against them. I have already apologised for any remark that hurt them. Within 20 minutes, the accused guard was arrested. Security guards have been replaced wherever there were complaints and 100 guards are currently manning the entire campus, including hostels, wards and emergencies. We have already got sanction for another 30 and the process is on for 35 more.” Dr Pal said steps have been taken to ensure light arrangements at the spot as well as places which are slightly deserted on the campus noting that it takes time, but they have remained adamant without giving even 24 hours. He hoped situation will be better tomorrow claiming that some senior residents had joined work on Thursday. AIIMS RDA president Dr Amarinder Singh Malhi told The Tribune, “It is so unfortunate to see how the MS has responded, making loose statements against doctors when they demand a safe campus. Last month, a junior resident doctor was manhandled at the GMC and the administration then assured of enhancing security when they went on strike. But these incidents continue.” Dr Amarinder said the RDA-AIIMS will write to Union Health Minister JP Nadda for provision of special security guards in all state medical colleges across the country. Protest as pregnant woman dies during surgery;medicbooked Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 7 The Amritsar rural police have booked a doctor of a private hospital in Rayya for “negligence” due to which a pregnant woman lost his life here on Wednesday evening. The case was registered after family members of the deceased staged a protest outside the hospital. Puran Singh, a resident of Patti Nangali Mehta Chowk, stated to the police that his wife Sonia (24) experienced labour pain so she was admitted to the Civil Hospital at Baba Bakala. He said doctors suggested for caesarean section so he took her to a private hospital in Rayya. He alleged after admitting the patient, Dr Gurbinder Singh went to his house and Amritsar, February 7 A local man has accused his estranged wife of harassing him. Interacting with mediapersons, Anmol Mahajan, who hails from Jaura Phatak and now resides in Mumbai, said he married the girl, who worked with Yash Raj Films, in 2017. She too is based in Mumbai. In May last year, he Tribune News Service Crops damaged in Tarn Taran Tribune News Services Amritsar, February 7 Bad weather in the region hit the air traffic at Shri Guru Ramdas Jee International Airport here on Thursday. An Indigo flight from Qatar was diverted to New Delhi. The arrival time of the flight was 2.45 pm. After a halt in New Delhi, it reached Amritsar at around 7.30 pm. A domestic flight for Srinagar was cancelled due to fresh snowfall in Kashmir. A high drama was witnessed at the airport as passengers had an argument with the airline staff as they asked them to arrange for their stay and return the money. MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla intervened and pacified the passengers. According to information, 13 international and local flights witnessed a delay due to weather. SAD workers, along with victims of the Jaura Phatak train mishap, hold a rally in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Rail mishap victims hold march Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 7 To show solidarity with the victims of October 19 train tragedy at Jaura Phatak, the urban unit of the SAD conducted a candle march on Thursday. The march that was conducted from Bhai Gurdas Hall to Jallianwala Bagh was largely attended by victims and their kin. The state government had given a compensation worth Head constable fired at over dispute; one arrested Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 7 Head Constable Baljit Singh had a narrow escape after a group of persons opened fire at him in Bhaini village, falling under Chheharta police station here, late on Wednesday evening. One of them has been arrested. According to the police, a personal enmity is said to be the reason behind the incident. Baljit Singh, deputed with former ADGP Parampal Singh Sidhu, escaped as a bullet hit his trouser belt. The police have registered a case against four persons. They were identified as Lakhbir Singh, alias Billa, Gur- preet Singh Gopi of Basarke, Amritpal Singh Baath of Mianpur Jhabal and Kulbir Singh, alias Sonu, of Bhaini village. Sonu has been arrested while others are at large. Baljit Singh mentioned in his police complaint that he, along with his relatives, went to attend a marriage function. While returning, he received a call from his uncle Amrik Singh’s son who told him that the accused were standing outside the residence of his another uncle, Tarlok Singh. According to him, when he parked his car outside the house of his uncle, Baath fired at him. A bullet hit his belt, thus he had a narrow escape. He c m y b filed for divorce due to marital discord amidst allegations that his wife had two previous marriages that he never knew about. His lawyer said, “He was an aspiring choreographer and wanted to make a career in Mumbai but the girl cheated him.” The woman was not available for her comments. — TNS Panghura receives girl J-K flight cancelled, one from Qatar diverted to Delhi, several flights delayed Passengers outside the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport due to flight delay in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR the nurses at the hospital started treating her. Her condition became critical soon. He along with his relative went to Dr Gurbinder’s house and urged him to come to the hospital. “But he did not come. After some time, I went to call him again following which he came and took her to operation theatre. During the surgery, Sonia, along with her child in the womb, died,” Puran Singh said. This led to a protest by the family members who alleged that it was due to the negligence of the doctor that Sonia and her baby died. The Beas police reached the spot and tried to pacify the agitators. Later, they registered a case against the doctor for “negligence”. The bodies were later handed over to the family members after postmortem examination. Man accuses estranged wife of harassment Bad weather disrupts air traffic schedule Tarn Taran, February 7 Hailstorm in the region left wheat crop of several farmers damaged on Thursday. Besides, vegetable and fodder crops were also damaged. According to reports, the severe form of hailstorm was witnessed at about 5 am and then between 8 am and 9 am. Villages of Patti subdivision are among the worst affected. Sukhwinder Singh Sabhra, leader of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, said farmers of Ghariala, Talwandi Sobha Singh, Talwandi Budh Singh, Jodh Singh Wala, Bhikhiwind, Dubli, Sabhra, Veeram, Pahuwind and other villages had suffered a big crop loss. He said that along with fodder crops, pea, mustard and potato too recorded a loss. Meanwhile, Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO) Harindepal Singh said the Agriculture Department hadn’t received information regarding hailstorm in any part of the district. — OC PAGE 4 alleged that another accused tried to run him over. ADCP Lakhbir Sigh said both the parties were relatives and had an old enmity. “It appears to be a sudden provocation but the exact cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained. Raids are being conducted to nab them,” he added. Rs 5 lakh to the next of the kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 each to the injured ones, besides providing them free medical treatment. Alleging indifferent attitude of the state government, the injured ones stated that the compensation given by the government was spent on their medical aid as they had been paying from their own pocket after getting discharged from hospitals. Talbir Singh Gill, in charge of the south constituency of the SAD, said, “The victims were deceived in the name of government jobs under the special rehabilitation policy which hasn’t been fulfilled till date.” SAD urban unit head Gurpartap Singh Tikka demanded action against the organiser of the event — Mithu Madan. Recently, an NRI had extended a helping hand to them by presenting them cheques worth Rs 25,000 each to the kin of the deceased. Amritsar, February 7 The Panghura welcomed another girl child, thus taking the total count of girls to 142. The infant was found inside the cradle on the evening of February 5. She was left by an unidentified person. The child is in good health. She was sent to Parvati Devi Hospital for a medical checkup. “The district administration facilitates proceedings for legal adoption of such children and secures their safe future by filtering only genuine families,” said Archana Naib, Tehsildar, who received the child. She will be sent to Swami Ganga Nand Bhooriwala Foundation Home where she will join other children for adoption process. The Red Cross Society has also created an online portal for families interested in adopting children at Panghura. “You have to register yourself at www.cara.nic.in. Applicants are scanned by our officials,” she said. The total count of children at Pangoora is 166 out of which 24 are male. 150-kg spurious khoya seized Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 7 Health authorities seized one and a half quintal of spurious khoya from a shop in Lohgarh Gate area on Thursday. They collected 28 samples of milk, cheese, curd, desi ghee and khoya from different dairies in Gwal Mandi and Chheharta. District Health Officer Lakhbir Singh Bhagowalia said health officials, after receiving a specific input, conducted surprise checks at the shop of Gulzari Lal in Lohgarh and seized around 150 kg of spurious or substandard khoya. He said officials seized 10 samples of milk, five of cheese, six of curd, three of desi ghee and four of khoya from Prince, Krishna and Guru dairies in Gwal Mandi, Dhillon and Kiran dairies in Chheharta. He said a cash prize worth Rs 11,000 would be given to informers for giving information regarding spurious milk products.
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