14092021-ATR-01.qxd 9/13/2021 11:41 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE WHAT STARTED AS B&B VENTURE ENDED UP IN A GREENSCAPE While the pandemic put a halt to Brij Sajdeh’s business plans shortly, she kept busy grooming her greens. FORECAST RAIN OR THUNDERSHOWERS PAGE 2 BRITNEY SPEARS & SAM ASGHARI ARE ENGAGED NOW, OFFICIALLY PAGE 3 In a video, Britney is seen waving her hand with the massive diamond ring in front of the camera with a slight grin. MAX 33°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 21°C WOMAN ENDS LIFE, THREE BOOKED SUNSET TUESDAY 6:37 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:14 AM Set up in 1952, it has 46 of the total 56 faculty posts vacant ❝The government has recently restructured the Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 13 It may seem unbelievable and shocking, but it is true. Government Dental College, which has produced dentists of national and international repute, is running the show with less than 17 per cent of the sanctioned faculty posts. The college, set up in 1952, at present has 46 of the total 56 faculty posts vacant. With only 10 teachers available, the college has over 250 BDS and MDS students enrolled with it. Further, it has a dental hospital, which had a daily OPD of around 200 patients prior to the pandemic. In the absence of the required faculty, interns and MDS students run the hospital. Of the 10 posts of professor at the college, only one is filled. Dr Jeevan Lata, the sole professor at the college, is also the principal. When contacted, she said: “The gov- Harmeet Kaur (file) Tarn Taran: A woman committed suicide at her inlaw’s house on Sunday. The vicitm has been identified as Harmeet Kaur (23), who got married 14 months ago, to Ravinder Singh Ravi of Sarai Amanat Khan village. Those booked include Ravinder Singh Ravi, father-in-law Chainchal Singh and sister-inlaw Prabhjit kaur. Darshan Singh, father of the victim, told the Sarai Amanat Khan police that his daughter was tortured by her in-laws for bringing insufficient dowry. The accused have been booked under Sections 304-B and 34 of the IPC. The post-mortem was conducted at the Civil Hospital on Monday. OC YOUTH DIES IN ROAD MISHAP 6 CELL PHONES SEIZED FROM JAIL Amritsar: The Amritsar Central Jail authorities have confiscated as many as six mobile phones from six prisoners during a search operation launched on Sunday. The jail authorities seized three smart phones and three keypad phones from the accused, who were booked by the police under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisons Act by the Islamabad police. Those booked were identified as Rajinder Singh, alias Mithu Ganja, of Jandiala Guru; Karanbir Singh of Ghumanpura village in Gharinda; Sunny Masih of Pokhar village in Gurdaspur; Gurpreet Singh, alias Raja, of Jandiala Guru; Daljit Singh of Pahra village in Gurdaspur and Kala Singh of Bhikhiwind in Tarn Taran. Balbir Singh, Assistant Superintendent of Jail, said while checking room number 6 of barrack number 6, VIVO smart phones were recovered from Rajinder Singh and Karanbir Singh, while another smart phone was seized from Sunny Masih. Gurpeet and Daljit Singh were found possessing keypad phones. Similarly, a keypad phone was confiscated from Kala Singh in the same room. The police said the accused would be arrested from jail to ascertain how they managed to sneak in the prohibited material inside high security jail. TNS ❞ As an ad ❝teachershoc measure, two from Patiala GDC visit every month. One of them will retire this year. For years, teaching and clinical duties have been affected due to the shortage. TUESDAY | 14 SEPTEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Two test +ve for Covid in district Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 13 The health authorities reported two positive cases in the district on Monday. With this, the total count of positive cases has increased to 47,264. The authorities reported recovery of one patient with which the total recovery count has increased to 45,663. The district has a total of 11 active cases. Meanwhile, a total of 22,209 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive on Monday. Of these, 16,456 received first dose, while 5,753 were administered second dose. Continued on page 2 ❞ An employee at Govt Dental Hospital the faculty shortage increased to almost 70 per cent. With no new recruitment during the past oneand-a-half decades and regular retirements, the college has now reached a situation, where it does not have enough teachers to hold regular classes. As an ad hoc measure to address the issue, the government has appointed two teachers from Patiala GDC, who visit for a few days every month. “One of these teachers will retire this year. For years, the teaching and clinical duties have been affected due to the shortage,” an employee said. COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 2 47,264 0 1,590 1 45,663 11 ~28L fraud: Jalandhar BJP legal cell chief held Jalandhar BJP legal cell chief Lakhan Gandhi, who was nabbed in a fraud case, comes out of the court in Amritsar on Monday. Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 13 The Division B police on Monday nabbed Jalandhar BJP legal cell chief Lakhan Gandhi in a ~28.44-lakh fraud case. The complainant, Charanjit Kaur, told the police that the accused cheated her of ~28.44 lakh on the pretext of cancelling an FIR, besides getting her son Lovepreet Singh released on bail. Lovepreet was booked by the Division B police on a charge of gang rape. Gandhi was produced before the court, which sent him to one-day police remand. A total of four persons were booked in the case. Besides Gandhi, the police had booked Nitin Khera, his mother Manju Khera, all residents of Basti Gujja in Jalandhar, and Amandeep Singh of Sultanwind Road. Division-B police station SHO Sarvan Singh said raids were on to nab the remaining three suspects. Amritsar Bar Association chief Vipin Dhand, who appeared before the court on behalf of Gandhi, pointed out that his client took only ~25,000 as fee and did not know about the remaining amount. Punbus staff squat Days after ‘cracking’ case, family alleges police inaction MEETS TOP COP on Bhandari RoB DOUBLE MURDER PK Jaiswar Members of the Punjab Roadways Punbus Contractual Workers’ Union protest at Bhandari Railway Overbridge in Amritsar on Monday. Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 13 Members of the Punjab Roadways Punbus Contractual Workers’ Union held a protest by squatting on the Bhandari Railway Overbridge here on Monday. The indefinite strike called by the union, seeking regularisation of contractual and outsourced staff workforce engaged by the Punbus and PRTC, entered the eighthday on Monday. Holding banners, they raised slogans against the Capt Amarinder Singh government for not Continued on page 2 ■ Sunil Arora, national president of Tribune News Service PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Amritsar: Hritik (25), a resident of Kot Khalsa area, died after a rashly driven car allegedly hit his bike when he was returning home from Khasa here late on Saturday evening. The accused, identified as Sukhbaz Singh of Bhuse village in Tarn Taran, was arrested and later released on bail. Sanjiv Kumar, father of the deceased, told the police that on Saturday night around 10pm, he was returning from Khasa when the car hit his bike near Cantonment gate number 5. He said he died on the spot. The police have registered a case under Section 304-A and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Further investigations were under way. TNS seats and after the rules are approved by the Cabinet, hopefully we will get more staff. Dr Jeevan Lata, PRINCIPAL ernment has recently restructured the seats and after the rules are approved by the Cabinet, hopefully we will get more staff.” It is not that the faculty shortage at the college is a recent phenomenon. In 2009, the college had almost 50 per cent of the faculty seats vacant. By 2013, PAGE 4 Having worked as a radio jockey, host and actor, Sahil Khattar has explored different mediums and he loves it. With minimal staff, clinical work takes a hit at dental college in city INBRIEF I LIKE IT ALL: SAHIL KHATTAR ON WORKING IN DIFFERENT MEDIUMS Hindu Satkar Committee, along with the family members of the deceased appeared before the Police Commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal on Monday ■ They alleged that the police did not register an FIR on the basis of the actual statement given at that time ■ They said the police did not incorporate the names of Tarunpreet Singh, Saurav and Joban in the FIR even as their names were given in the statement at that time Amritsar, September 13 Days after the police “solved” the double murder case by arresting three persons, the family members of the victims on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Police Commissioner accusing the police of inaction. They said the police station concerned did not record the actual statement given to it under some “pressure”. Two youths were shot dead outside a restaurant on Majitha Road following a fight during a birthday party on August 18. Nine days later (on August 27), the city police nabbed three suspects including Manpreet Singh, alias Mani Dhillon, and his brother Vikram Singh, both residents of Tarn Taran Road here, besides Manpreet Singh Manu of Sultanwind village. The police also recovered a licenced pistol along with four bullets from the possession of Mani Dhillon. The police had booked around 10 unidentified persons for the murder on the basis of a CCTV grab of the incident, which had gone viral on social media a day after the incident. Deceased Munish Sharma NAS preparatory exam commences offline Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 13 As per the department’s instructions to prepare students of government schools for the annual examinations and National Achievement Survey examinations, scheduled to be conducted in November, the September edition of the preparatory examination was conducted offline on Monday. Students of Class V and Class XII came for the exam in the morning shift and those of Class VI, VIII, IX and XI sat in the afternoon shift for the exam. Satinder Bir Singh, District Education Officer, Secondary, said 95 per cent attendance was recorded on the first day of the examination. The papers for all classes were based on multiple choice questions from the syllabus for the month of April to August. “The question papers of the subjects included in the date sheet issued by the depart- DEO, Elementary, Sushil Kumar Tuli (centre) checks on students while the preparatory exam for the National Achievement Survey is under way at a school in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ment was sent in a soft copy format by the head office, while the question papers of other subjects was prepared by the schools at their own level. In addition to this, the c m y b pattern of question papers for subjects of Class VIII and X, was completely based on the National Achievement Survey,” he said. Giving information about the examinations of primary students, Sushil Kumar Tuli, District Education Officer, Elementary, said the papers for Class III, IV and V included 20-20 multiple choice questions from the syllabus till August, while 10 multiple choice questions for welcome life and general knowledge examination were added. The September exams are being conducted as per the department’s efforts to prepare students for the NAS and improve results this year in the wake of pandemic-hit academic session. “Those students who missed taking the exams or were absent due to various reasons, will be given a chance to take the exam on a later date as decided by the department,” said Satinder Bir Singh. and his friend Vikramjit Singh were shot dead by the accused following a dispute over a minor altercation over rubbing cake on the face. Munish’s brother and complainant Pardeep Kumar had told the police that his brother along with Vikramjit Singh and Taranpreet Singh of Daburji village were going to a hotel located near the Ghala Mala Chowk on Majitha Road to attend a birthday party. He also invited him to come. Sunil Arora, national president of Hindu Satkar Committee, along with family members of the deceased appeared before the Police Commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal on Monday. They alleged that the police did not register an FIR on the basis of the actual statement given at that time. They said the police did not incorporate the names of Tarunpreet Singh, Saurav and Joban in the FIR even as their names were given in the statement at that time. Simran, brother of deceased Vikramjit Singh, said before his death, Vikramjit told him that he had named the above three persons as accused. They were held and later let off by the police under some “pressure”. They alleged that both Manish and Vikramjit were invited to the party under a conspiracy to avenge a dispute that had occurred around three months ago. Sunil Arora threatened to launch agitation in the case if the police failed to incorporate the names of the three suspects. Police Commissioner said investigations would be held to ascertain the facts. ALLOTMENT OF RESIDENTIAL PLOT IN RANJIT AVENUE 20 years on, AIT fails to recover dues Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 13 Even after 20 years, the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) has failed to recover the dues or take any action against the bidder who occupied a residential property after paying a small amount at Sector-C in Ranjit Avenue. According to record, the AIT allotted a residential plot of 250 sq yard under the Ajnala Road Scheme to successful bidder for ~4,600 per sq yd on August 29, 2001. The allotment letter was issued after getting 15 per cent of the total payment. The buyer was supposed to pay 10 per cent more after 30 days of the allotment letter, but he didn’t pay anything. Prabjot Singh, an RTI and ❝ The court had ordered to consider the case sympathetically and asked the buyer to pay dues in February 2011. The buyer paid 50 per cent of the pending amount of ~13.06 lakh in April 2011. Now, I have been writing letters to the Local Bodies Department and filling the applications under the RTI Act but no one is responding about the current status of the case. ❞ Prabjot Singh, RTI, SOCIAL ACTIVIST social activist, filed an application under the Right to Information Act and got details of the case in March 2010. Then, the AIT had asked the buyer to pay ~26.12 lakh pending amount on August 5, 2010. When he didn’t respond, the AIT passed a proposal to cancel the allotment and seize the deposited amount on November 25, 2010. Meanwhile, the buyer moved court against the decision. “The court had ordered to consider the case sympathetically and asked the buyer to pay dues in February 2011. The buyer paid 50 per cent of the pending amount i.e ~13.06 lakh in April 2011. Now, I have been writing letters to the Local Bodies Department and filling the applications under the RTI Continued on page 2
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