01032019-ATR-01.qxd 2/28/2019 11:44 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE HEAD CONSTABLE DIES IN ACCIDENTAL FIRE While heading towards Police Lines, the cop’s rifle fell down and went off accidentally, resulting in his death. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF DRUG ADDICT SETS WIFE ABLAZE Tarn Taran: A man has been accused of setting his wife ablaze in Thathian Khurd village, 35 km from here. The victim, Simaranjit Kaur (32), has sustained severe burn injuries. She has been hospitalised in Bhikhiwind. The police said she is critical. ASI Karamjit Kaur, investigating officer, said the accused, Ranjit Singh, was an addict. He had strained relations with his wife. He sprinkled petrol on his wife to set her on fire on Tuesday, the ASI said. The upper portion of the body of the victim has been burnt, she added. The Harike police have registered a case under Section 307 of the IPC against Ranjit Singh. OC PURSE SNATCHED Phagwara: Two unidentified motorcyclists snatched a purse containing Rs 5,200 and a mobile phone from a woman, Harpreet, a resident of Kultham village, near Joshian Mohalla, here on Thursday. The miscreants managed to flee after committing the crime. The police have registered a case in this regard. It is the third such incident in the area in 3 days. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.16 DIESEL ~66.37 PAGE 2 DON’T UNDERSTAND PAKISTAN’S AGENDA, SAYS JAVED AKHTAR PAGE 3 Javed Akhtar says he does not understand the Pakistan’s agenda of sponsoring terror activities in India. MAX 21°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 5°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:28 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:57 AM Number of students down 18% after crackdown on copying ❝After the strictness last year, students from other Tribune News Service Tarn Taran, February 28 The number of students, appearing for Class XII Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) exams, has increased by over 4 per cent as compared to those of last year, the number in Tarn Taran district has decreased by 18 per cent. The border district has acquired notoriety for being the most copying-friendly district in the state in the past few years. The number of students appearing for PSEB Class XII exams from the district this year is 17,803. Last year, 21,734 students had preferred Tarn Taran schools. On the contrary, the number of students taking the exam in the state has increased to 3,13,202 this year from 3,00,417 last year. The PSEB exams are starting from March 1. After the School Education Department took special measures to curb cheating, the district ended up ranking lowest in pass percentage with only 33 per cent of the total appearing students districts have not preferred Tarn Taran schools for examination. We will conduct exams in the similar way this year. Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed near the examination centres ❞ Pradeep Sabarwal, DC, TARN TARAN Tarn Taran Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Sabarwal addresses PSEB invigilators on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO managing to pass the exams. Later, an investigation by the district administration and education officials revealed that students from districts as far as Abohar preferred to take exams in Tarn Taran schools. The lure of getting higher percentage of marks also made many studious students prefer schools here. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pradeep Sabarwal said, “After the strictness last year, students from other districts have not preferred schools here. We will conduct exams in the similar way this year. Section 144 of the CrPc has been imposed near the examination centres.” Sabarwal said that all senior officials of the district administration, including him, would be out in the fields so that invigilators can perform their duty without any fear. Last year, parents of the students had confronted School Education Secretary Krishan Kumar and other officials as they had tried to curb the cheating practice which had been going on unabatedly for decades. “The results this year will be better than that of the last year. The students will work hard if they come to know that they will not get any help,” he added. FRIDAY | 1 MARCH 2019 | AMRITSAR Awareness drive on cirrhosis 2 liquor shops sealed Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 28 Health officials, in association with a group of medicos, GI Rendezvous, announced initiation of a programme to create awareness regarding chronic liver diseases. Sharing the plans at a press conference here on Thursday, Civil Surgeon Dr Hardeep Singh Ghai said partnership with the professional healthcare givers would be make the government’s efforts to ensure public health more effective. Talking about the disease, he discussed the increasing load of chronic liver disease (cirrhosis) which can affect people with viral hepatitis and long standing uncontrolled diabetes. He attributed the problem to rising alcohol consumption and use of over the counter drugs as well as recreational drugs. Dr Gurbilas P Singh from the team said that they would organise an annual academic international update for general surgeons and physicians at Government Medical College here on March 2 and 3. Noted gastroenterologists Dr Amitabh Jerath, Dr Jagtesh Sidhu, Dr Vikas Gupta and Dr Ravinder Singh are also part of the team. Amritsar, February 28 The estate wing of hte Municipal Corporation (MC) has sealed two liquor kiosks which did not deposit use and occupational charges of MC land in the city. Estate officials said they sealed a liquor vend opposite Gol Bag near the railway station and another one near Sadar police station at GT Road. Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 28 Deputy Commissioner (DC) Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon, along with Amritsar rural SSP Parampal Singh, visited border areas on Thursday. They visited Ajnala and Attari belt to assess the security situation and the arrangements made regarding the visit of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to Amritsar. He also visited Attari railway station following the cancellation of Samjhauta Express from Pakistan. The passengers were sent to Pakistan through Attari Wagah land route. SSP Parampal Singh said an interaction with the locals took place and their doubts regarding the sensitive situation prevailing between India and Pakistan were addressed. They interacted with the residents who said that they didn’t want war with the neighbouring nation but if it was thrust upon them, they would stand by the Army. “Nobody wants war. In the Four arrested with heroin Jalandhar, February 28 The Nawanshahr police arrested four smugglers and recovered 300 gm of heroin and 7 kg of poppy husk on Thursday. The suspects have been identified as Harpreet, alias Happy, Parminder Kumar, Inderjit and Akashdeep. Harpreet, Parminder and Inderjit were arrested with 300 gm of heroin while travelling in a white car. The police grew suspicious following which were stopped. Akashdeep was caught with 7 kg of poppy husk. All of them have been booked. — TNS Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 28 The Ajnala police have booked around seven persons for brutally assaulting a student in Ajnala here on February 22. A case was registered on Wednesday after the victim’s family members lodged a complaint following failed attempts to make both the groups reach a compromise. Among those booked are Navjit Sing, Kanwarpal Singh, Rajan, Mani all residents of Ajnala. Three of the accused are yet to be identified. Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Raipur Kalan village, and a relative of the injured, stated to the police that his nephew Gurjinder Singh, a Class X student, used to go to his tuition classes in Ajnala town daily. On February 22, when he reached near Gurdwara Kirtan Darbar, the accused travelling in a car attacked him with sharp weapons. He was critically injured and rushed to a private hospital in Amritsar. He said One of the kiosk owners immediately deposited Rs 2.88 lakh and open the kiosk. Estate Officer Sushant Bhatia said, “We have collected Rs 18 lakh from several liquor shops from the use of land and occupational charges in the past one month. All the liquor shops under the MC jurisdiction have to pay these charges as per the Municipal Act.” MC employees seal a liquor shop on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO DC, SSP take stock of border areas Seven booked for murder bid Check arrangements made for Capt Amarinder Singh’s visit to border areas PAGE 4 Priyanka Chopra with Nick Jonas came to attend roka ceremony of her younger brother Siddharth Chopra. Tarn Taran no more preferred centre for Class XII examinees Manmeet Singh Gill ANOTHER WEDDING FOR CHOPRA HOUSE several people in Ajnala intervened and tried to make both the group strike a compromise, but failed. The police have now registered a case under Sections 307, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code. No arrest has been made so far as the accused are on the run. Manjinder Singh, investigating officer, said both the groups had an old dispute. He said raids were on at the possible hideouts of the suspects to arrest them as they have been absconding since the incident. Health staff told to remain in city Amritsar, February 28 The Health Department has asked its employees in the district not to leave the station and keep their mobile phones on round the clock. The instructions have been issued in the wake of the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan. Civil Surgeon Dr Hardeep Singh Ghai said preparations had been made to deal with any emergencylike situation. “We have asked the staff not to leave their stations as they might be needed in case of an emergency,” he added. — TNS Museum on SG Thakar Singh soon Neha Saini Tribune News Service SSP Parampal Singh (left) and Deputy Commissioner Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon distribute fruit among kids in a border village in Amritsar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO past too, we had to move out of our residences. We do not want it again,” residents told the officials. However, in case of any hostile action by the neighbouring country, they would help the Army to thwart their nefarious designs, they added Congress leader alleges wheat scam under Atta-Dal scheme Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 28 A social worker and local Congress leader Jaswant Singh on Thursday complained to the food and civil supplies office that beneficiaries of Atta-Dal scheme were getting 3 to 4 kg less wheat in every sack. The wheat bags issued by the government weigh 30 kg each. Complainant Jaswant Singh stated that the beneficiaries in Kot Khala were getting 26 or 27 kg wheat in every bag. He termed it a major scam of the department officials. “Not only in Kot Khalsa, this issue is being reported from other areas as well. I have investigated the matter on my own and found that the truck loaded with wheat weighed eight quintal less than the required weight. I don’t know at which level the embezzlement has been committed. I have complained to senior officials and demanded an inquiry into it,” said Jaswant Singh. When contacted, Assistant Food and Civil Supplies Officer Arshdeep Singh said, “We received a complaint today. I will investigate it on top priority tomorrow. If we find that beneficiaries have got less wheat, we will provide them their remaining share.” Some of the beneficiaries in Kot Khalsa complained that the department did not register all of their family members online. They say that despite having registration card, depot managers are denying them wheat only because of non-registration online.” c m y b Amritsar, February 28 He was the state artist for more than 10 princely states at the time when India was under British Raj. His first commercial work got him Rs 500 when he was only 18 year old. But SG Thakar Singh, a celebrated artist from Amritsar, found his calling in promoting art besides creating masterpieces. Founder president of Indian Academy of Fine Arts, which runs the SG Thakar Singh Art Gallery in the city, the Padam Shree artist has aimed for making Amritsar a hub of art. “He used to take keen interest in teaching art as hobby classes at the time to youngsters. As a kid himself, my father used to draw on earthen walls in his native village of Verka by using coal. He had the knack of using colours and composition in a way that infused life into his paintings, just like a true artist,” said Paramjit Singh, son of SG Thakar Singh. Paramjit Singh, who still resides in the ancestral home of the artist at Cooper Road, said that he plans to preserve his father’s legacy by dedi- Paramjit Singh, son of Padma Shree awardee SG Thakar Singh, at his residence. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR cating a museum to his name. “A lot of his personal belongings, including his paint brushes, blocks, palatte, wooden table on which he used to draw and over 30 of his original paintings are with us. It’s been a challenge over the years to preserve and take care of his paintings. With a space dedicated to his art work, his legacy will find visibility and due recognition as it should.” The family also has a lot of handwritten letters by the artist, his correspondences with popular patrons including Jawaharlal Nehru, Rabindranath Tagore and Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. “We have displayed his prominent works, including his most celebrated and prized art work — After The Bath — at our home,” said Paramjit, who is an architect by profession. He says that his father’s legacy is the heritage of not just Amritsar, but the country. He was awarded Padam Shree. His works have been compared to artists like Raja Ravi Verma by art historians. During his lifetime, he must have made over 10,000 art works, most of which adorn the heritage palaces and buildings across the country. A museum would be a tribute to his legacy, he added.
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