10042019-ATR-01.qxd 4/10/2019 12:44 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE LS ELECTIONS: SONI, AUJLA MEET MC COUNCILLORS Education Minister Om Parkash Soni and Gurjeet Singh Aujla chaired a meeting of councillors ahead of polls. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF THREE BOOKED FOR FIRING Tarn Taran: Three residents of Balehar village falling under Bhikhiwind police station in the district were booked under the Arms Act on Monday for firing at Ranjit Singh, a fellow villager, for giving lift to the daughter of one of them. The police said that the assailants had been identified as Harpal Singh, Jagtar Singh and his son Binder Singh. The accused stopped Ranjit Singh while he was on his way back home two days ago and fired at him for giving lift to the daughter of Jagtar Singh. Ranjit Singh had a narrow escape. The trio are absconding. OC TWO SNATCHERS ARRESTED Amritsar: The city police nabbed two snatchers and recovered eight mobile phones from their possession here on Tuesday. The accused have been identified as Baljit Singh, alias Bablu, of Shaheed Udam Singh Nagar and Sanit Arora of Sultanwind Road. Gurwinder Singh, SHO, BDivision, said the accused had snatched mobile from Jasmeet Kaur , who lodged a complaint in this regard. During investigation, the police identified the accused and nabbed them. During search the police recovered eight mobile phones from their possession. The police are investigating the matter. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~73.25 DIESEL ~65.46 70,000 litres of lahan recovered Tarn Taran, April 9 The police in Chohla Sahib and Harike, in raids conducted at different places in the Mand area of Kirian and Marar villages, recovered 70,000 litres of lahan or illicit liquor. The lahan recovered was destroyed on the spot under the supervision of senior police officials. The district police have launched a special campaign against illicit liquor due to the coming Lok Sabha elections. Cases under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act have been registered in this regard. The police said four of the accused have been identified as Kuldip Singh, Daler Singh, Fuman Singh and Balwinder Singh of Kirian village. They were absconding. The raids were conducted by the Chohla Sahib police in Kirian village. — OC PAGE 2 TAYLOR SWIFT DONATES $113,000 TO FIGHT ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS PAGE 3 Singer Taylor Swift has donated $113,000 to fight anti-LGBTQ legislation in her home state of Tennessee. MAX 34°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:55 PM Manmeet Singh Gill SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:07 AM ❝ The quality test failure of a large number of samples shows that department employees are doing their duty with honesty and integrity. During the same period, we sealed 18 units which were found to be flouting the norms of hygiene and cleanliness and were using poor quality ingredients. Tribune News Service ❞ Dr Lakhbir Singh Bhagowalia, DISTRICT HEALTH OFFICER Health Department officials collect samples of milk and food products in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO tainly would prove to be a deterrent for food business selling poor quality items. Bhagowalia said 17 cases against food businesses whose samples were found MakeuseofECmobile apps, peopleurged Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 9 The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer has asked the people to make full use of the mobile applications launched by the Election Commission to participate in the process of strengthening the democracy. Elaborating further, the DC said the Suvidha app is a single window for candidates contesting the elections and political parties to seek permission for meetings, rallies and other political events. He said that on this mobile app, which can be used on Android operating systems, all requests are addressed within 24 hours. Talking about the CVigil app, he said people can file Flying high A student takes part in an annual athletics meet in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR their complaints about the flouting of the Model Code of Conduct and other complaints along with the video or picture of the incident directly to the commission. He said all such complaints, which are automatically time stamped and with the automatic location of the incident, are addressed within the shortest possible time. Voter Helpline is also a mobile-based application and helps the voters find their name, status of forms submitted online, online checking of the status of applications and complaints and contacting the officers related to the poll process. The deputy commissioner said further information could be accessed at the website www.nvsp.in or by calling at the toll-free number 1950. 4 Ludhiana MC officials shifted Ludhiana, April 9 Ahead of the polls, the Local Government Department has transferred four superintending engineers of the local Municipal Corporation. It was learnt that the transfers had been done with the Chief Electoral Officer’s consent. SE (B&R) Dharam Singh has been transferred to the main office of Department of Local Government in Chandigarh. SE Parveen Kumar Singla has been transferred to Moga and Teerath Kumar Bansal to Pathankot. Meanwhile, Executive Engineer Vijay Kumar has been transferred from Amritsar to Ludhiana MC.— TNS to be unsafe for human consumption have been filed in local courts. With increasing concerns over the quality of food, the health official said resi- Three booked on rape charge Tarn Taran, April 9 Three residents of Balehar village, 35 km from here, have been booked on a rape charge. The incident took place on Saturday while the case was registered on Monday. The accused have been identified as Ranjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Bhagwani. The victim, a domestic servant, in her complaint to the police said that she was on her way bac home when the accused stopped her and took to the residence of Bhagwani and Ranjit Singh, where they raped her. A case under Sections 376-D and 3/4 of the POSCO Act was registered against the accused. ASI Balwinder Kaur, incharge of the women cell, said the victim was medically examined at the local Civil Hospital and the report had confirmed rape. The accused are at large, the police said. — OC PAGE 4 TV actress Rubina Dilaik posted a photo in which she can be seen sitting with band-aid on her hands. 42% milk samples, 43% food items fail quality test Amritsar, April 9 Of the total 886 food samples collected by the district health department in nine months, from June 2018 to January this year, a total of 372 samples have failed the quality test. As per the data procured by the department, of the 515 samples collected of milk and milk products during the same period, a total of 223 have failed on quality parameters. With 42 per cent samples of milk products and 43 per cent samples of food items failing on quality tests, there are concerns for the quality of food being consumed by the local residents. However, District Health Officer Dr Lakhbir Singh Bhagowalia said the quality test failure of a large number of samples shows that the department employees are doing their duty with honesty and integrity. “During the same period, we sealed 18 units which were found to be flouting norms of hygiene, cleanliness and were using poor quality ingredients,” he said, adding that action would show the result in the coming months as it cer- TV ACTRESS RUBINA DILAIK TO UNDERGO SURGERY dents can do two things: “First, they should report any illegal activity related to food business, be it lack of cleanliness or use of substandard ingredients with the department. Secondly, they should buy products from trusted sellers and that too after reading the information given on the packets,” he said. The department also collected 14 samples of food items from shops, dairy and bakeries in Dhab Khatika area yesterday in the evening. Bhagowalia said test reports of samples collected in February and March are awaited from the food testing lab. WEDNESDAY | 10 APRIL 2019 | AMRITSAR Two held with 1.10 kg of heroin Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 9 The Special Task Force, Border Range, nabbed two drug smugglers and recovered 1.10 kg of heroin, a pistol, three cartridges and a car from their possession here today. The STF also nabbed an incumbent sarpanch with 350 habit-forming pills. Rachhpal Singh, Inspector General of Police, STF, Border Range, said that following a tip-off, the STF team established a check-post near Dalam village and intercepted a car. Following a search, they found 1.10 kg heroin, a .32 bore pistol and three cartridges. The accused have been identified as Sonu and Davinder Singh alias Bholu. The STF officials claimed that they are interrogating the accused to trace as to where The accused in custody of the STF in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR from they got the narcotics and to whom they were going to supply. The officials claimed that the accused are associated with major drug lords. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered in this regard. ASI Sarbjit Singh of the STF nabbed the sarpanch of Patwari nabbed taking ~20K bribe Amritsar, April 9 On the complaint of Lok Insaf Party activists, the Vigilance Bureau on Tuesday arrested a patwari red-handed while accepting a bribe of ~20,000 from a farmer of Baba Bakala. The accused has been identified as Ravinder Singh of patwar circle Daulo Nangal. Charandeep Singh Bhindar, district president of the Lok Insaf Party, said farmer Jaswant Singh wanted to get register his documents. Patwari Ravinder Singh demanded Rs 35,000 for this job. The deal was done for Rs 30,000. Jaswant Singh was giving ~20,000 to the patwari as advance when a Vigilance team led by DSP Jatinder Singh caught him. A case has been registered against the accused. — TNS Adaliwal village and his accomplice following a secret tip-off and recovered 350 habit-forming pills. The accused have been identified as Satwant Singh and Baldev Masih. STF officials claimed the accused were running a chemist shop and used to sell drugs to addicts. Theft at DC office in Ludhiana Ludhiana: The Mini-Secretariat, DC complex, was targeted by thieves on Tuesday. They decamped with several electronic goods. According to the complaint filed by the DC office, thieves had recently targeted departments in the DC complex from where they stole batteries, bathroom showers and some equipment, including the mobile phone of an employee of the DRA office. — TNS Waste mgmt company staff resume work Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 9 Employees of a solid waste management company on Tuesday resumed the work of lifting garbage. The solid waste management company employees had boycotted the work and suspended the lifting of garbage due to nonpayment of their salaries for the past three days. The city roads and streets were inundated with garbage piles which led to inconvenience of residents. Today evening the Municipal Corporation released Rs 62 lakh and company resumed work late evening. Taking strict note of strike by the company, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu stated that the MC had released Rs 7 crore to the company two months back. The suspension of work is not tolerable. We will talk to senior officials of the company at New Delhi. Garbage lies unattended on the Majitha road in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO The inconvenience to the residents is regretted, said Mayor. While, the collection points on roads and streets turned into garbage dumps in three days. The residents have been accusing private company as well as MC for not lifting of the garbage. Suspension of work to pressurise the company for salaries is not good idea of protest. The city has been hosting the century of Jallianwala Bagh. The people around the world are visiting the city. The company should not suspend work, said Raman Kumar, a resident. Earlier, the MC employees used to suspend the lifting of garbage, now the company is following the same. The MC should pay their dues on time to avoid such situation, Harjit Singh, another resident said. NIRF rankings 2018: GNDU ranks 81 in overall category Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 9 Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) has been ranked 81st in the overall ranking of educational institutions released by the National Institutional Ranking Framework(NIRF) released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Last year, it was ranked 86th. Among all universities of the country, GNDU stands at 55. The overall category includes IITs, IIMs, IISERs, colleges, private institutes, state and Central universities. c m y b A view of the Guru Nanak Dev University campus in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO The ranking of the varsity has improved from 59 in 2018 to 55 in 2019 in university category, while has jumped from 86th last year to 81st in 2019 in the overall ranking of the institutes. The MHRD sets parameters deciding the ranking of any institutions such as teaching, research, professional practices, graduation outcomes and perception. Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, credited this success to the hard work of the university’s teachers and students. He said without being complacent we would work even harder to improve our ranking and achieve global recognition. The university scored the lowest in perception compared to others.
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