16032019-ATR-01.qxd 3/16/2019 12:07 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE SONI INSPECTS SCHOOLS AS PSEB CLASS X EXAMS START School Education Minister OP Soni, accompanied by DEO Salvinder Singh Samra, inspects exam centres. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 BAND VAAJE: YOU CAN LAUGH YOUR HEART OUT PAGE 3 ACTRESS SONAM BAJWA WANTED TO BE MISS INDIA Band Vaaje is the story of a Birmingham-based bachelor who has trouble finding a girl. MAX 26°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:39 PM PAGE 4 Actress Sonam Bajwa recently shared some interesting secrets on MX Player’s chat show, Famously Filmfare. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:39 AM SATURDAY | 16 MARCH 2019 | AMRITSAR Three robberies rattle city In sync Money exchanger robbed of ~60K, woman of purse, mobile PK Jaiswar FIVE SNATCHERS ARRESTED Tribune News Service Students perform bhangra during a cultural contest — Jashan 2019 — at the GNDU in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR INBRIEF 7 HURT IN SCHOOL BUS MISHAP Tarn Taran: As many as six school students and a bus driver were injured when a “speeding” truck hit the bus head on near Bharowal village on the Tarn Taran-Goindwal Sahib road on Friday. ASI Balraj Singh from Goindwal Sahib police station said the injured students were given first aid before being discharged from a nearby hospital. The police said the school bus was going towards a school in Bharowal when the truck (PB05N9421) hit it. The truck has been impounded. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.88 DIESEL ~66.79 Amritsar, March 15 Three unidentified armed robbers looted Rs 60,000 from a money exchanger on the Majitha road here late on Thursday evening. Ironically, the shop is located at a stone’s throw away from Majitha road police station. The robbers had covered their faces and were equipped with pistols. Rajiv Bhatia, the complainant, alleged that the accused barged into his shop — Satguru Enterprises — and pointed a pistol at him. They demanded cash from the cash counter. Fearful on seeing the armed robbers, he gave Rs 60,000 to them. He stated that the accused also took away mobile phones from his employee and customers. Later, they fled towards Diamond Avenue on a black The Amritsar rural police arrested five snatchers in two incidents. They have been identified as Buta Singh, Rohit Singh and Gurjant Singh, all residents of Chatiwind village, Ranjit Singh and Gurpreet Singh of Chabba village. Two separate cases under Section 379-B of the IPC have been registered against them on the statements of Raj of Bhinder Colony and Harman Singh of Varpal. The accused had snatched mobile phones from the victims. They are being interrogated and the police expect to get more information from them. Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle. The entire incident was captured in a CCTV camera. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B (2) and 34 of the IPC. DCP Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar said further investigation was under way and the accused would be arrested soon. Meanwhile, unknown bikeborne persons snatched a woman’s purse at Hall Gate. The victim, Sonia, works at a Samsung outlet from where she was returning. She was on her scooter. Sonia stated to the police that two bikers pushed her scooter near a branch of Union Bank on the Batala road due to which she fell. They snatched her bag containing Rs 6,000, a mobile phone and some documents. She read the bike registration number (PB02AW7142). The Sadar police have registered a case under Sections 379-B (2) and 34 of the IPC against unknown persons. In another incident, THE CASES ■ Three unidentified armed robbers looted Rs 60,000 from a money exchanger on the Majitha road. ■ Unknown bike-borne persons snatched a woman’s purse containing Rs 6,000, a mobile phone and some documents. ■ Bikers snatch purse (~4,000) from Harkawaljit Kaur in Basant Avenue. motorcycle-borne persons snatched purse from a woman, Harkawaljit Kaur, when she, along with her son, was returning home from a school in Basant Avenue. She was on foot. The accused snatched her purse containing Rs 4,000 and two mobile phones besides some documents. The police have registered a case in this regard. Minor mishap involving metro bus Oppn tears into Congress over attack on AAP leader ❝ Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 15 A metro bus, being run under the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), met with an accident outside the railway station with a car here on Friday. The mishap wasn’t severe as no one was injured. Also the mishap didn’t inflict much damage on vehicles. Another accident was witnessed on Mall Road on Thursday. Metro bus drivers say that private vehicle owners continue to violate the traffic rules and not ready to provide space to the metro buses. “Cars often enter the BRTS corridor. Commuters, mostly, are not ready to give preference to metro buses at traffic As per international rules, pedestrians have the first right on the road. The public transport is the second preference and then private vehicles. We will try to educate residents about the idea of ‘Metro First’. ❞ Inderjit Singh Chawla, CEO, BRTS The BRTS bus that met with an accident outside the railway station on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR signals. Their ignorance has been causing accidents,” said a driver. Inderjit Singh Chawla, CEO, BRTS, said, “The metro bus needs preference on the road. As per international rules, pedestrians have the first right on the road. The public transport is the second preference and then private vehicles. We will try to educate the residents about the idea of ‘Metro First’. Otherwise, the drivers can’t avoid such accidents.” Leader of the Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema and other leaders at a press conference in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR 76-yr-old wins medals in athletics Sonic boom creates panic among people Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 15 The age-old proverb — age is just a number — fits aptly on 76-year-old Ajit Singh Randhawa. At this age, most of the people make a retreat from active life, but Randhawa’s example is the antithesis. A retired government schoolteacher, Randhawa has recently won three gold medals in the National Master Games, organised by the Masters Games Federation, in Dehradun. After his retirement in 1996, Singh decided to devote his life to fitness intensively. “I have always been passionate about sports. I used to play Ajit Singh Randhawa football, but now I am passionate about running,” says Ajit. He has been actively taking part in multiple sports event for the last 22 years. Earlier, he used to play football. Deriving inspiration from Fauja Singh and Maan Kaur, he wants youngsters to adopt a healthy lifestyle and leave drugs. “People of my age are curious. They want to know the secret of my fitness. I continue to derive inspiration from Fauja Singh and Maan Kaur,” he added. Singh runs 60 minutes in the morning. He advocates for policies and programmes to promote healthy eating and physical activity. “My only aim of participating in such events is to ensure that youngsters are motivated to adopt games, leave drugs,” he stresses. Amritsar, March 15 Panic gripped the holy city after residents heard a sonic boom and explosion at around 1.30 am here on Friday. Police officials denied explosion. They pointed out that the sound may be of passing of Air Force fighter jets. At many places, people came out of their houses to get to know what had happened. Police teams were despatched to different parts of the city to know about it. DCP (Law and order) Bhupinder Singh said the police teams found nothing as the police had verified from all quarters. He urged the people not to panic and remain calm. “We sought information from all departments regarding the blast, but nothing was found,” he said. The social media was abuzz with the news of some explosion at night while the panicked people were asking others whether or not they heard the sound. Window glasses of many houses suffered cracks due to the thunderous sound. “Initially, we panicked keeping in view the tension prevalent between the two neighbouring nations,” said Ashwani Arora, a local resident. — TNS Creativity on display at FICCI FLO exhibition Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 15 The FICCI FLO culminated its year-round activities and project Pankh, in collaboration with NGO Missiondeep, with a gala show and fashion exhibition on Friday. The celebrity guest for the show was popular fashion curator and designer Pernia Qureshi, who also conducted a special session with the girls of Missiondeep and FLO members. Pernia, who is a credited with bringing global fashion brands to India under her label Pernia’s Pop Up and also introducing online marketing for designer brands, expressed her excitement to be a part of such campaigns. “Fashion when given a meaning can really help to reach out to many. It was good to see some talent being honed through such endeavors,” she said. Pernia also conducted a personal session with FLO members, sharing business and branding tips with young women entrepreneurs of city. “Project Pankh, our one year skill training program with Missiondeep girls, led by our panel of FICCI FLO mentors, culminated today as well. Girls from underprivileged families were supported in their education as well as skill development under the guidance of our mentors. The response for their creations in the exhibition today spoke volumes about the success of our project,” said Arushi Verma, who will be the chairperson for the FICCI FLO Amritsar chapter. “The sales by project Pankh will be used in making smart classrooms at Missiondeep. The art will be put at the art galleries in Delhi,” said Arushi. Chairperson Gowri Bansal shared that more such projects would be undertaken by FICCI FLO in the coming years as well. “It give us immense joy to exhibit and place our project Pankh students and c m y b their artistic and creative outcomes on the same platform as country’s most renowned fashion entrepreneur Pernia Quershi. Imparting wings of skills to these underprivileged 200 girls have been our prime focus this year and we and happy we have come out victorious.” Fashion curator and designer Pernia Qureshi (seated, centre) with members of the FICCI FLO in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 15 Harpal Singh Cheema, Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, has expressed concern over “deteriorating” law and order after murderous attempt on an AAP leader in Tarn Taran on Thursday. Serving a 48-hour ultimatum, Cheema said that if the culprits were not arrested within the stipulated period, AAP would chalk out further course of action to pressurise the state government and the police. He said the Congress-led state government was solely responsible for the sorry state of affairs. He demanded that CM Capt Amarinder Singh must give up his portfolio of Home Affairs as he failed in containing crime in the state. He said goons were on the loose and there was a “complete lawlessness as girls were scared to even step out of their homes.” He further said that the murderous attack on party’s Patiala (Rural) president Chetan Singh Jouremajra in Taran Tarn, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital, by certain armed miscreants was enough to prove the point. Earlier, he visited him at the hospital. Those who accompanied Cheema included party’s Amritsar Lok Sabha candidate Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal, Amritsar (Urban) president Ashok Talwar, women state wing co-president Jeevan Jot Kaur, Jasvir Singh Sursingh- wala and others. It may be recalled that Jouremajra was attacked by armed youths on Thursday in the bustling Patti bazaar while saving a girl from being kidnapped. The miscreants shot at him from a close range, leaving him grievously injured. The victim later told the police that had the person (Chetan Singh) not appeared on the scene, the goons would have succeeded in their mission to kidnap her. Why criminals are allowed to walk free with arms and ammunition even as the Model Code of Conduct is already in force? he questioned. The Badal-Captain bonhomie has augured well for land, liquor and drug mafia, he said.
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