12052022-ATR-01.qxd 5/11/2022 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE THALASSAEMIA DAY: AWARENESS MARCH NEAR GOLDEN TEMPLE DCP Parminder Singh Bhandal flagged off an awareness march organised by SGRD University. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF FIRING LEADS TO PANIC IN CITY AREA PAGE 2 PAGE 3 BIG B, AKHTAR PAY HOMAGE TO PT SHIVKUMAR SHARMA HINA’S COUNTRY OF BLIND ALL SET FOR A POSTER LAUNCH The late musician, along with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, had delivered several iconic compositions for Big B. MAX 42°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 28°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:18 PM PAGE 4 Hina Khan, who made her debut on the Cannes red carpet in 2019, is now set to return to the festival. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:35 AM THURSDAY | 12 MAY 2022 | AMRITSAR Despite spending crores on Police crack ~5-lakh bank robbery case, two nabbed elevated road, chaos stays Tribune News Service Tarn Taran: The police have booked unidentified persons for firing at the residence of a local resident after five minutes of making a mobile call demanding a ransom of ~20 lakh. The incident created fear among residents of the town. The complainant, Shamsher Singh, a resident of the local Deep Avenue, received a mobile call from some unidentified person (+14372444989), a local resident on Monday night. The caller demanded a ransom of ~20 lakh and threatened to eliminate his family if he did not make the payment. Shamsher Singh informed the police that after five minutes of the mobile call some unidentified persons appeared near his residence and fired at his home which hit the gate of his residence. SubInspector Baljit Kaur said a case under Sections 387, 336, 506 and 34 of the IPC and sections of 245, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act had been registered on Tuesday. The police officer said the case would be resolved soon. OC INT’L NURSES DAY OBSERVED AT GMC Amritsar: To mark International Nurses Day, the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, an event was organised at Government Medical College here on Wednesday. The event which was organised by the nursing fraternity of the college witnessed participation of the faculty and students. The nursing association leaders paid tributes to Florence Nightingale and reiterated their commitment to work for the betterment of the patients with sincerity and honesty. TNS EX-ARMY CHIEF VISITS HOLY CITY Amritsar: General MM Naravane PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM (retd), former Chief of the Army Staff, along with his spouse Veena Naravane, came to the city on a two-day trip on Tuesday. During this first private trip post superannuation, the General paid obeisance at the Golden Temple, visited Jallianwala Bagh, Partition Museum and Punjab State War Hero’s Memorial & Museum. The former chief and his wife stayed at the Amritsar Cantonment and interacted with the General Officer Commanding and other officers of the Panther Division. TNS SURGE IN SALE OF VERKA PRODUCTS Amritsar: Verka has recorded a surge in sale of almost all dairy products during the last fiscal as compared to the previous fiscal. Rolling out a range of dairy products like toned milk, sweetened milk, ‘’ghee’’, ‘’lassi’’ (butter milk), ice-cream of different flavours, brand Verka is popular with people of all age groups. During 2021-2022, in the fresh milk and products segment, Verka registered an annual growth of 18.93 per cent in pouch milk sale. TNS The road was built to provide relief to commuters from traffic woes Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 11 Constructed at a cost of crores of rupees, the elevated road has failed to resolve traffic problems of the city. Built at a cost of ~350 crore, the elevated road is about 4.5 km as the crow flies. It was commissioned in March 2014. It connects the Bhandari Railway Overbridge up to the Mall in the city. Initially much-touted as a solution to the perpetual traffic mess along the stretch, it partially served the purpose. Traffic chaos continues to be the bane of the stretch underneath the elevated road. The elevated road was constructed to provide relief to commuters from the highly congested traffic on the GT road between the ISBT and Maqbool Chowk. However, after its completion, the Bhandari railway overbridge emerged as a big traffic bottleneck. After several experiments to ease traffic chaos on and around the Bhandari bridge, two-lane slip flyover was also later added to accommodate Traffic moves at a snail’s pace near the bus stand in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR the GT road-bound traffic. This year, the government opened the extension part of the ROB to provide more space to commuters. SB Singh, a resident of a locality on the same stretch, questioned the vision of the authorities in raising a mas- sive infrastructure without ensuring its full success. He held the planning in isolation as a reason for the present traffic mess. The ISBT falling en route was not taken into proper account. Hundreds of buses daily commute to and fro the ISBT. Bikramjit Singh, another resident, said the elevated road should have been built to cater to buses only. Ideally, both inbound and outbound buses should be made to utilise the elevated road to reach bypasses without driving on city roads. Amritsar, May 11 With the arrest of two suspects and recovery of the stolen money and weapon, the city police claimed to have busted the bank robbery of ~5.72 lakh committed at Central Bank of India, GT Road branch, here on Wednesday. The accused have been identified as Sarpargatjit Singh, alias Japan of Kandiala village, and Daljit Singh, alias Jeeta of Ajnala. The other two accused, identified as dismissed police personnel Charanjit Singh and Jermanjeet Singh, father and brother, respectively, of Sarpargatjit. Charanjit along with his two sons operated a gang of robbers. The police also recovered a .315 bore gun, a toy pistol (used in robbery) and ~2.44 lakh from the arrested persons. The police claimed that the Commissioner of Police had constituted separate teams to trace the robbers. With the technical investigation, the police nabbed the accused within six days. Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh said, “Four masked armed men robbed the Central Bank branch located opposite The Mall of The accused in the bank robbery case in custody of Amritsar police. Amritsar after making the staff hostage in broad daylight in Amritsar on May 6. The armed robbers took away around ~5.72 lakh from the bank branch in the city. I have constituted the teams and they worked hard to solve the case.” The key accused, Charnajit Singh, is a dismissed police officer and a habitual criminal. He is already facing four cases of theft, robbery and under the Arms Act. Both his sons are also facing several criminal cases. Sarpargatjit Singh has been fac- ing five cases and Jermenjeet Singh two in various police stations of the state. “The absconding accused would also be arrested soon. Our teams have been raiding their probable hideouts. We are expecting more recovery with their arrest. The investigation is going on,” said the Commissioner of Police. The Commissioner of Police stated that the bank branch targeted by the accused had deployed no armed security guard. As there was no other shop near the bank, they targeted it in broad daylight. Panel to probe sexual Metro buses remain off road in misconduct by teacher city, commuters worst sufferers Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 11 Acting on a complaint received against a government school teacher regarding sexual misconduct with students, District Education Officer (Secondary) Jugraj Singh has constituted a fivemember committee to hold an inquiry into the charges. The matter relates to a Punjabi subject teacher at a government middle school in Rayya block, who was accused of sexual misconduct and obscenity on the school premises. Several parents had written to the Block Education Officer, Rayya, who later conducted a probe into the matter. “The complaint was received by the Block incharge, school principal of The matter relates to a Punjabi subject teacher at a government middle school in Rayya block Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Rayya, who went to the middle school and talked to the parents and the affected students. The facts brought about by the students, parents and officials from the school have been reported and I have asked the committee to submit a conclusive report by Thursday evening. We would ensure a thorough investigation into the matter,” shared Jugraj Singh. The committee consists of two principals, the Rayya complex in charge, Block incharge and another member from the management of gov- ernment middle school, where the issue was reported. Meanwhile, Jugraj Singh said in case the accused teacher is found guilty, immediate action will be taken against him and the conclusive enquiry report will also be submitted to the Education Department. Meanwhile, one of the parents, who lodged the complaint, said several complaints were being reported by students regarding the conduct of the teacher. “We reported the matter to the school principal concerned and also wrote a formal complaint to higher officials. On the one hand, they say “Beti Padhao…”, but such incidents raise question over the safety of children and the accused must be severely punished.” Staff were protesting against delay in releasing their salaries Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 11 Commuters were an inconvenienced lot as Metro buses, one of the major modes of public transport, remained off roads till afternoon here on Wednesday. The reason being that the employees refused to operate the buses as their salaries were not disbursed on time. They stated that usually their salaries are credited into their accounts by the 10th of every month. As the employees learned that their salaries might be late by a week, they resorted to a protest. However, the matter was resolved by noon and services were resumed. Uncertainty of the public metro buses due to frequent protests by staff is a trouble for daily passengers in Amritsar. SUNIL KUMAR The bus service is a big hit with students and government and private employees. The buses can be seen fully packed with passengers in the mornings and evenings when employees and students have to reach their destinations. In case the Metro buses go off roads suddenly, com- muters have to face difficulties in reaching their destinations. "The bus stop is nearly 700 m from my home. Earlier, I used to reach Chhehharta by motorcycle. But for the last many months, I had been using the Metro service," said Balkaran, a resident of Batala Road. He said he only learnt about the employees' protest on reaching the Metro station. Earlier, the employees had held protests on the issue of regularisation of their services. During all these protests, the buses remained off the roads. The residents stated that the authorities concerned must ensure that such small hiccups do not occur and the service is not derailed. Outlets at rly station fined for discrepancies PPCC secy Teena‘raids’ two illegal mining sites Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 11 The Railway Passenger Service Committee (RPSC) fined some outlets and stalls for discrepancies in service during the inspection of the amenities at the railway station here on Wednesday. A six-member committee, led by Ramesh Ratan, chairman, also inspected the amenities at the Attari international railway station. During their annual inspection at the local railway station, they visited the passenger rest room, took stock of the condition of the toilets, checked the condition of taps at the water booths and checked their water flow. They suggested installation of more dustbins in the restroom. After noticing the granite around the base of an electric Tribune News Service Passenger amenities committee of the Railways during the inspection at Amritsar railway station. pillar broken, they asked for its immediate replacement. Besides, they inspected stalls selling various commodities, checked identity cards and uniforms of their c m y b employees, examined their medical certificates and continued on page 2 Pathankot, May 11 Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) secretary Teena Choudhury ‘raided’ two illegal mining sites in the Bhoa Assembly constituency. Incidentally, the seat is represented by Lal Chand Kataruchak, who has been quite vocal about illegal mining. In the run up to the Assembly poll, he had also held a dharna at one the sites. Workers of the mining contractor ran away when they saw Teena and her team coming towards them. She raided Manjiri and Ganjoo villages where sources say unauthorised digging of sand and PPCC secretary Teena Choudhury at an illegal mining site in Bhoa. gravel from riverbeds is a common sight. At both the places, she snatched the reg- isters and other records maintained by the contractors. continued on page 2
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