02042019-ATR-01.qxd 4/2/2019 12:08 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE STUDENT ENROLMENT DRIVE BEGINS IN GOVT SCHOOLS The drive ‘Each One Bring One’ is aimed at attracting students for admissions. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF PROF BEHL GETS NEW GNDU ROLE Amritsar: Prof Sarbjot Singh Behl of the department of architecture and former Dean, Students Welfare of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), has taken over the charge of Dean, Academic Affairs, of the university. He has a teaching experience of more than 31 years. He joined the university in 1987 and has been a professor since 2000. Meanwhile, Prof Hardeep Singh has joined as Dean, Students Welfare, Prof Manoj Kumar as in-charge of examinations, Mohan Kumar as Deputy Director, UGC Human Resource Development Centre, and Anish Kumar Dua has joined as Director, Capacity Enhancement Programme, and Prof Bikramjeet Singh Bajwa as Dean, Alumni Association. Prof Kamaljit Singh, former Dean Academic Affairs; Prof KS Kahlon, Registrar, among others were present. TNS LIQUOR SEIZED Phagwara: The police arrested a person and seized 12 bottles of illicit liquor from him in Babeli village, Phagwara, on Monday. He has been identified as Charanjit Singh. The police said he bought liquor from Chandigarh and sold it in the village at a higher price. The police have registered a case under the Excise Act. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~73.26 DIESEL ~65.5 PAGE 2 JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ SAYS DIFFICULT TO DO SEQUELS PAGE 3 Jacqueline Fernandez says doing sequels is not easy as they come with huge responsibilities. MAX 33°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:50 PM Day after mishap, BRTS driver held for drug intake Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 1 The students found the Class X social science exam of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) out of syllabus on Monday. The problem was with the map question of the paper’s history section across the three sets. The error has been conveyed to higher officials of the PSEB. Ashwani Awasthi, a social PAGE 4 Amitabh Bachchan has ruled TV since 2000 with KBC. Now, he has started with preparations for KBC 11. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:17 AM TUESDAY | 2 APRIL 2019 | AMRITSAR AAP’s Dhaliwal joins stir by sacked SGPC employees Demands reinstatement; protest going on since March 28 Dope test positive; the accident had left two persons injured PK Jaiswar THE CASE Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 1 Jaspal Singh, the driver of the BRTS bus, which hit the car of Durgiana Temple Management Committee president Ramesh Chander Sharma on Sunday, has been arrested as he was under the influence of drugs when the mishap took place, the police said on Monday. The mishap left Sharma, along with his driver Ram Lal, injured. Investigating officer Rajesh Kumar, Assistant Sub-Inspector, Civil Lines police station, said the driver resorted to rash driving after an argument with Ram Lal, the car driver. The probe suggests that the bus driver used to consume intoxicants. The police got the bus driver’s dope test conducted which turned out to be positive. Therefore the police have added relevant sections of the NDPS Act to the FIR registered against him. The impact of the collision was such that a major portion of the car, after being hit from he rear side, got thrust into another BRTS bus ahead. The bus driver, Jaspal Singh, ■ A car, in which Durgiana Temple Durgiana Temple Management Committee president Ramesh Chander Sharma and his driver had to be admitted to the Civil Hospital after Sunday’s mishap. FILE PHOTO fled after the mishap only to be caught later. Ramesh Chander Sharma stated to the police that he was going to the Durgiana Temple in his car when the BRTS bus brushed past his vehicle near the railway station. This led to an argument between Jaspal Singh and Ram Lal. Sharma said the bus driver used abusive and threatening language. He appeared to be under the influence of drugs. A few minutes later, they proceeded towards Management Committee president Ramesh Chander Sharma, along with his driver, was travelling, was hit from the rear by a BRTS bus on Sunday. ■ Sharma and his driver Ram Lal sustained injuries. ■ Before the mishap, bus driver Jaspal Singh and Ram Lal had an argument when the bus brushed past latter’s car. A little later, the same bus hit the car. ■ The police got Jaspal’s dope test conducted which turned out to be positive, so he has been arrested and relevant sections have been slapped on him. ❝ The bus driver resorted to rash driving after an argument with Ram Lal, the car driver. The probe suggests that the bus driver used to consume intoxicants. Relevant sections under the NDPS Act have been added to the FIR registered against him. ❞ Rajesh Kumar, ASSISTANT SUB-INSPECTOR, CIVIL LINES POLICE STATION the temple, but near Queenz road the same bus hit their car from the rear. Another car was also hit by the same bus. Initially, a case under Sections 279, 337, 427 and 506 of the IPC was registered against bus driver Jaspal Singh. Later, relevant sections under the NDPS Act were added.The police finding raises a question mark over the recruitment of drivers by the BRTS management. Glitch in PSEB’s Class X social science exam Divya Sharma BOLLYWOOD STAR AMITABH BACHCHAN SET FOR KBC 11 science teacher at a government school, said, “The map question concerned was not in accordance with the syllabus. The students were asked to solve a map which is a part of the Class IX course, not Class X.” According to Awasthi, the sections of political science and economics had a few questions from those chapters which have been cancelled by the board. ❝Yes, the students faced issues in map and a few questions. The questions other than the map were choice-based. I have brought the matter to the notice of Punjab School Education Board officials. ❞ Salwinder Singh Samra, DEO, SECONDARY “The map was supposed to be of the Punjab before 1947, whereas it was related to post1947 era,” he added. Deepika Gupta, social science teacher at Ajit Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School, said, “The map was out of syllabus. Some of the questions were beyond understanding of the students. My students gave their best to attempt the paper.” District Education Officer (DEO), Secondary, Salwinder Singh Samra said, “Yes, the students faced issues in map and a few questions. The questions other than the map were choice-based. I have brought the matter to the notice of Punjab School Education Board officials.” The Democratic Teachers’ Union has demanded grace marks for the students. Students too hoped that they would get grace marks for the PSEB’s error. AAP Lok Sabha candidate KS Dhaliwal, along with those protesting against the SGPC for expelling 523 employees in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service SGPC FOR MORE TIME Amritsar, April 1 Showing solidarity with 523 employees, who were expelled by the SGPC last year, KS Dhaliwal, AAP candidate for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, took part in their protest on Monday. Dhaliwal is also the in-charge of the party’s Majha zone. He demanded reinstatement of the sacked employees, who have been holding a chain hunger strike for indefinite period outside the Shiromani Committee’s office here since March 28. Agitators, holding placards, called upon the Shiromani Committee to reinstate them at the earliest. Dhaliwal listened to their grievances. They told him that most of them were drawing Rs 6,000 per month salary when they were shown the door. An agitator, Sukhmandar Singh, from Bathinda said, “It is for the third time we are holding a sit-in outside the Shiromani Committee’s office, situated inside the The SGPC has requested the agitating employees to call off their strike. SGPC Chief Secretary Roop Singh demanded more time till April 30 to resolve the issue. Golden Temple complex. Every time we called off our agitation believing in the assurance given by the SGPC that our cases are under consideration.” Jarnail Singh of Tarn Taran said such an attitude would not work this time. So, now we have decided to hold the protest for an indefinite period. Some of them have even approached the judiciary, he added. Jagdish Singh, another protester, said, “Sacking of over 500 employees is a politically motivated decision. Otherwise, how was it possible that not a single of them was on merit?” He said the agitation would grow with the participation of their family members in case the SGPC did not relent. The protesting sacked employees said their delegations met SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal umpteen times who merely gave assurance to resolve the issue, but it never materialised. Meanwhile, the SGPC on Monday requested the agitating employees to call off their strike. Committee members and officials held a marathon meeting which started at 11 am and concluded at 4 pm. SGPC Chief Secretary Roop Singh demanded more time till April 30 from them. In addition, SGPC officials and members went to the protesting sacked employees to convince them to lift their protest. The SGPC has already constituted a sub-committee to resolve the matter. As many as 523 employees were hired during the tenure of the then Shiromani Committee president Kirpal Singh Badungar. A majority of these SGPC employees were employed on non-teaching posts in Sikh body’s educational institutes. Alliances won’t last long: Harinder Khalsa Pays obeisance at the Golden Temple for the first time after joining the BJP Tribune News Service Singer-actor Shibani Kashyap (fourth from right), acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi (third from right) and fashion designer Mahika Mirpuri (second from right), along with DC Shivdular Singh Dhillon, at an event in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Noted women activists honoured Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 1 Marking two years of its foundation, NGO Phulkari – Women of Amritsar honoured three women achievers for their work in the field of women empowerment. Singer-actor Shibani Kashyap, acid attack survivor and activist Reshma Qureshi and fashion designer Mahika Mirpuri were given special honour awards for their success in their chosen fields and also giving back to society in meaningful ways. In her address, Reshma Qureshi once again stressed on joining hands to implement a complete ban on the sale of acid. Qureshi is ambassador of the #EndAcidSale cam- paign that won major accolades at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. “It is imperative that there is a complete ban on the sale of acid to stop acid attacks,” she said. continued on page 2 c m y b Amritsar, April 1 Fatehgarh Sahib MP Harinder Singh Khalsa, former AAP leader who recently joined the BJP has said that , AAP has not been able to join hands with any of the political parties in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi due to mutual distrust. He was in the city to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple for the first time after joining the saffron fold. Moreover, he said, the alliances, formed for the elections, wouldn’t last long as “the people were well aware of the same.” About his relations with AAP leader Bhagwant Mann, he said, “I am not ready to talk about Mann as he is a man with sincere demeanour while I am very comical.” He said he had won the Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha seat due to individual work and contribution of his team. He added that the AAP was not then born in the state. He said, subsequently the AAP gained foothold riding on the wave. BJP leaders and workers welcome Fatehgarh Sahib MP Harinder Singh Khalsa at the BJP office in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Upon his joining the saffron party, he said he had analysed the political situation in the country for nearly five years. “I inferred that the country is economically, diplomatically, including defence, secured in the hands of the BJP he said. ,” According to Khalsa, Union Minister of State Hardeep Singh Puri was his 1974 Indian Foreign Service batch mate and he had the opportunity to work with late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and late Jaswant Singh. He said Vajpayee was instrumental in making him member of the National SC/ST Commission. Commenting on his BJP candidature in the upcoming Lok Sabha seats, he said he joined the party as a ‘karyakarta’ (activist) and didn’t have any political ambition. He added that it all depended upon the party and would carry out its orders.
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