05042019-ATR-01.qxd 4/5/2019 12:09 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAEDIATRICIANS TO DON THE CLOAK OF TEACHERS PAGE 2 The Department of Paediatrics at the Civil Hospital has received accreditation for two DNB seats. FORECAST MOSTLY CLOUDY PAGE 3 WILL SMITH GROOVES TO RADHA ON SOTY2 SETS THANKS TO LEILA, HUMA HOOKED TO GYM The Hollywood star has ticked off Bollywood from his bucket list, says filmmaker Karan Johar. MAX 36°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:52 PM PAGE 4 Says she is addicted to the physical training that she began when she started shooting for the Netflix series Leila. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:14 AM FRIDAY | 5 APRIL 2019 | AMRITSAR Firing in Mohan Nagar, two youths injured Son of ASI among accused; 15 gunshots fired; old enmity stated to be the reason behind it Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 4 Two persons were injured after several youths fired indiscriminately at a shop in Mohan Nagar, Sultanwind road, here on Thursday. Among the accused is a son of an assistant sub-inspector (ASI). The injured have been identified as Rajat and Robin. One of them sustained injuries on his ribs and the other on his arm. An old enmity is stated to be the reason behind the incident. Eyewitnesses said around 15 gunshots were fired and stone pelting also occurred during the clash. The police also found empty shells from the spot. A victim informed the police they had gone to a shop belonging to his friend in the evening where the prime accused, son of an ASI, along with his accomplices, arrived and started firing. The accused have been identified as Tej, Kudda, Jagroop and Antar. Senior police officials, including Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) JS Walia and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jaspreet Singh A cop records statements of eyewitnesses. TRIBUNE PHOTO reached the spot for an investigation. Walia said the matter was under investigation and the process was on to register a case. He said an old enmity was the reason behind the incident. Nobody is allowed to take law into his hands. Whosoever is found guilty would be taken to task, he added. A youth shows injury marks on his ribs while another shows bullet shells on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Spain-made pistol, Construction of illegal hotels in full swing in defiance of High Court orders 171 cartridges seized Tribune News Service An under-construction hotel in Ghee Mandi in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 4 The construction work of almost 50 hotel buildings in the city has been going on in INBRIEF DEO GETS ADDITIONAL ROLE Tarn Taran: District Education Officer (Elementary) Kanwaljit Singh has been given the additional charge of the Secondary wing on the directions of Krishan Kumar, Secretary, School Education, Punjab. The post of DEO (S) has been vacant since March 31 after the retirement of Nirmal Singh.Meanwhile, Kanwaljit Singh called the school heads, teachers and parents to work towards ensuring exams free of copying. OC 3 DECLARED POs Tarn Taran: Three persons have been declared proclaimed offenders for their absence from court proceedings. They have been identified as Kuldip Kaur of Mohalla Nanaksar, Narain Singh of Talwandi Sobha Singh and Sahib Singh Saba of Ghariala. Section 174-A of the IPC has been slapped on them. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~73.20 DIESEL ~65.49 full swing in defiance of the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders. Officials of the Municipal Town Planning (MTP) wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) say that after amendment to the Walled City Act 2019, the MC has been accepting applications for regularisation of buildings, so they are not conducting any checking. Offi- Several takers for study of languages Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 4 A few schools in the city are teaching foreign languages to students, who are keen on learning new languages. There is a need for qualified teachers and experts for promotion of the language, say educationists. Such students are studying mainly French and German. The schools are taking steps, such as devising student-friendly curriculum, holding festivals, games and events to help children get hold of the language. Rupinder, Principal, Mount Litera Zee School, says, “We have been offering German to students for quite some time. They are not burdened. Instead, our teacher comes with innovative ideas to teach them the language.” According to Rupinder, parents and children love to learn any new language, “A child’s mind is receptive. They are ready to study new language. The school holds a special assembly in German and contests like poster-making events are also held.” Sangeeta Singh, Principal, Delhi Public School, says, “As children are already studying three languages, we focus on enhancing their verbal communication skills. Moreover, students are interested to learn verbal communication rather than reading and writing. We hold French festivals to promote the language. Finding a qualified staff is an issue.” Meanwhile, some of the schools have to discontinue the language due to lack of qualified staff. “French was taught in our school. Students were also interested but it was difficult to find a qualified teacher. Hence, it has been discontinued,” says Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School. Meanwhile, Shri Ram Ashram Public School is planning to introduce foreign languages, said Principal Vinodita Sankhyan. cials say that the owners of “illegal” hotels are allowed to alter their buildings as per the new Act so they are doing the construction work. Municipal Town Planner IPS Randhawa said, “Following the fresh amendment, we will collect applications for the regularisation of the illegal hotels till April 5. We have received around 200 applications till date. They are allowed to alter their buildings. On April 6, we will check all the illegal buildings and will seal or demolish those structures the owners of which will not apply for the regularisation.” The MC will file the status report on the next hearing which has been schedule on April 11. Sarbajit Singh Verka, petitioner in the case, said, “The court has already asked the MC that these amendments don’t have any connection with the illegal buildings. These buildings have been constructed in violation of the court orders issued on July 20, 2012. We have clicked photographs of the ongoing work on the illegal buildings and place on record in the court on April 11.” Three held for assaulting cop Amritsar, March 4 The rural police have seized a Spain-made pistol and 171 live cartridges which two motorcycle-borne persons threw into the Beas after being signalled to stop by the police at around 11.50 pm last night. The bikers managed to escape. Later, the police team found the bag, using search lights, which had fallen on the elephant grass of the river. “Had it fallen into the river, we couldn’t have recovered it,” said investigating officer Parambir Singh. He said that the pistol was made in Spain. The 171 live cartridges recovered from bag are of INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) rifle, used by the Army, while nine of them are of SLR (Self Loading Rifle). According to the police, 162 rounds were of KF 5.56 calibre and nine rounds were of 7.62 calibre. The police have registered a case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act in this connection. The accused are yet to be arrested. Parampal Singh, SSP , Amritsar rural, said, “We are taking the recovery of weapon and huge number of cartridges very seriously. We are trying to identify the suspects and the source of the weapon.” Four days ago, the rural police had confiscated a .32 bore pistol from Gurpal Singh of Rahimabad in Gurdaspur. Intoxicants seized, 2 held Phagwara, April 4 The police arrested two persons for drug peddling on Tuesday night. The accused have been identified as Pawan Kumar, a resident of Zandiala village, and Ram Lal of Behram village. According to police officials, they have seized 460 intoxicating tablets and 20 intoxicating injections from their possession. Phagwara SP Mandeep Singh said the accused were nabbed at a checkpoint in the town. Separate cases under the NDPS Act have been registered. — OC Gurjeet Singh Aujla with his family at the Golden Temple. VISHAL KUMAR Expecting another chance, says Aujla Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 4 Sitting MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla paid obeisance at the Golden Temple along with his family members after getting a ticket for contesting Parliamentary elections here on Thursday. He performed ‘seva’ at Jora Ghar for a few minutes. Interacting with mediapersons, Aujla stated that he prayed to the Almighty to give an opportunity to serve the holy city for one more term. “I have a dream to see Amritsar among the top cities of the country. I have made efforts in this direction, but more time and efforts are needed. I hope the residents will give me one more chance to serve the holy city,” he said. Councillors and Congress activists, led by MLA Sunil Dutti, congratulated Gurjeet Singh Aujla. Dutti urged the Congress workers to initiate election campaign in Aujla’s favour. “The people of Punjab know the reality of the Modi government. The BJP-led Central Government has ruined the economy of the country. The people have already decided to replace Narendra Modi with Rahul Gandhi,” added Sunil Dutti, MLA (North). Illegal use of Ram Bagh to train roller skaters Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 4 The city police have nabbed three youths for allegedly assaulting a head constable deputed at a checkpoint near the Celebration Mall on Batala road here late on Wednesday evening. They have been identified as Sukhraj Singh of Baba Jeewan Singh Colony, Vir Singh, alias Ghottu, and Ranjit Singh of Labour Colony. Head Constable Karam Singh, posted at Vijay Nagar police post, stated that he, along with a police team, was present at a checkpoint installed near Celebration Mall after a red alert was sounded in the city. He said the accused, travelling on a bike, were signalled to stop when they started arguing with him. He alleged that one of them caught hold of him from neck and tore his uniform. They were arrested by the police team on the spot and a case was registered under Sections 353, 332, 186 and 34 of the IPC against them. Amritsar, April 4 In the absence of proper infrastructure for roller skaters, a private coach is being accommodated to train young sportspersons at the historical Ram Bagh for several years. This is being done under the patronage of local politicians. As per the rules, the MC can’t sublet or give any of the parks on lease to some private player. Meeting the demand of skating rink, local politicians made the arrangements in Ram Bagh, which is illegal. Instead of providing proper infrastructure to the District Roller Skating Association for the sport, a former minister from the city allotted a portion of the park ground to a skating coach a few years ago. With the change of government in 2017, a local MLA asked the coach to continue his job. The skating coach has been charging Rs 500 from every child. As per the rule, the MC can’t collect the money, so the minister made an arrangement to pay back to the gar- c m y b Budding skaters at Ram Bagh in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR den. As per the arrangement, the coach has hired four sweepers, who keep the surrounding of the rink clean. Amit, skating coach, said, “There is no rink in the city for the budding sportspersons. This rink is insufficient but we are delivering good result. The government should provide infrastructure. In the absence of proper rink, we are using the Ram Bagh ground. A former minister has asked us to keep the area clean so we have deployed sweepers.” An MC official, seeking anonymity, said, “The matter is in the hands of politicians so we can’t comment.” It is worth mentioning here that several influential residents have made separate enclosers for playing cricket, volleyball and tennis in the garden.
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