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ASI apologises for mistake
Farmers get fellow released from police custody
Tarn Taran, December 24
Hundreds of farmers gheraoed a police party of Powercom police station, Verka, at the Amritsar bypass here today and got a farmer, who was mistakenly taken into custody by the police party, released. According to information, the farmer who was gotten released, has been identified as Daljit Singh of Bhaini Mattuan village, 18 km from here.

Smart health cards for BPL families from January
Amritsar, December 24
In order to implement the national health insurance scheme in Punjab, the Health and Family Welfare Department will make smart cards for the people living below the poverty line which would be valid for one year. Revealing this, Dr Hardip Singh Ghai, Deputy Medical Commissioner, Punjab Health System Corporation, said under the scheme, about five members of a BPL family could avail free treatment up to Rs 30,000 at various designated hospitals.


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BSNL honours oldest, highest bill-paying customers
Amritsar, December 24
Labh Singh, Senior General Manager, BSNL, honours the oldest customer in Amritsar on Friday The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Amritsar, honoured its oldest customer, highest bill-paying customer and a sales agent to observe the National Consumer Day here today. Labh Singh, Senior General Manager, BSNL, Amritsar, felicitated U.K Sharma, Manager, UCO Bank, for being the oldest customer since 1948, Rajnish Kumar for being the most successful sales agent and A.K Yadav, who represented Signal Panther Canteen, for being the highly bill paying customer.
Labh Singh, Senior General Manager, BSNL, honours the oldest customer in Amritsar on Friday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

5-member panels to be formed in villages to identify addicts
Admn would make arrangements to admit them in de-addiction centres
Tarn Taran, December 24
Five-member committees would be formed in all the villages to identify drug addicts for which the administration would make arrangements to admit them in de-addiction centres. It was disclosed here on Thursday in a district-level meeting of the Police Advisory Committee held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Khushi Ram.

Young World
Youth fest winners felicitated
Amritsar, December 24
The Department of Youth Welfare of Guru Nanak Dev University felicitated students who won the Overall Championship Trophy of the North-Zone Inter-University Youth Festival at a function held today.

Admirers remember Rafi on his birth anniversary
Amritsar: To mark the birth anniversary of legendary singer late Mohammad Rafi, a cultural programme ‘Rafi - Dila Da Hani’ was organised at his native village Kotla Sultan Singh near here today. Famous singers, including Dolly Guleria, Shankar Sahni, Tirlochan Singh, Kulbir Singh and others, enthralled the audience singing various numbers of Mohammad Rafi.

All decked up for X’mas

Saint Paul Church stands illuminated on the Christmas eve in Amritsar
Saint Paul Church stands illuminated on the Christmas eve in Amritsar. Photo: Vishal Kumar

30 docs take part in leprosy seminar
Amritsar, December 24
About 30 doctors from various government and non-government hospitals participated in the one-day seminar on leprosy, conducted by the District Leprosy Society here today.

Seminar on nanotechnology concludes
Amritsar , December 24
A two-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on “Application of nanoscience and nanotechnology” concluded at BBK DAV College for Women here today.

Police seminar turns out to be snack time for auto-drivers
The seminar-cum-workshop to make the auto-rickshaw drivers aware proved to be a futile exerciseAmritsar, December 24
The seminar-cum-workshop organised by the city police to make the auto-rickshaw drivers ferrying children from home to schools and vice-versa aware of traffic rules proved to be a futile exercise as a very few of them turned up to attend it.

The seminar-cum-workshop to make the auto-rickshaw drivers aware proved to be a futile exercise. Photo: Vishal Kumar

DC unhappy over poor response to DRI scheme
Amritsar, December 24
Expressing dissatisfaction over the response to the differential rate of interest (DRI) advances scheme, under which DRI Bank provides loan to extremely poor families at a meagre 4 per cent interest, Deputy Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu directed the bank authorities to take initiative and reach the target people themselves.


Students of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur College perform giddha during their annual function in Amritsar
Students of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur College perform giddha during their annual function in Amritsar on Friday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Dalit families await shagun
Tarn Taran, December 24
The Scheduled Caste (SC) families who arranged the marriages of their daughters one and half year back would have to wait for more time to get Rs 15,000, the amount under the state government-sponsored Shagun Scheme. Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) M.P. Singh, said this while presiding over the district-level Advisory Committee meeting of the SC and BC Department here today.

Yearender-Improvement Trust
Garnering finances for projects an uphill task
The trust is yet to recover Rs 35 crore from its residential and commercial beneficiaries who had turned defaulters
Amritsar, December 24
Even as the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) approved and initiated many ambitious development projects this year, garnering finances to materialise them proved to be a gigantic task.



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ASI apologises for mistake
Farmers get fellow released from police custody
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, December 24
Hundreds of farmers gheraoed a police party of Powercom police station, Verka, at the Amritsar bypass here today and got a farmer, who was mistakenly taken into custody by the police party, released.

According to information, the farmer who was gotten released, has been identified as Daljit Singh of Bhaini Mattuan village, 18 km from here.

Daljit Singh was mistakenly taken into custody by the Powercom police, Verka. Whereas, Kulwant Singh, another farmer of the same village, was to be arrested.

The Powercom authorities had imposed a fine of Rs 1.30 lakh on Kulwant Singh for not paying the bill. As he did not pay the fine, the Powercom issued arrest warrants against Kulwant Singh.

The police party in place of Kulwant Singh took Daljit into its custody. As soon as leaders of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee got the information in this regards they immediately gathered and moved towards the police party.

The farmers met the police party at the local Amritsar bypass and they gheraoed the police party and raised slogans against the police.

When Bhupinder Singh, ASI, in charge of the police party, came to known about the blunder, he apologised from the farmers and released Daljit Singh.

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Smart health cards for BPL families from January
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 24
In order to implement the national health insurance scheme in Punjab, the Health and Family Welfare Department will make smart cards for the people living below the poverty line which would be valid for one year.

Revealing this, Dr Hardip Singh Ghai, Deputy Medical Commissioner, Punjab Health System Corporation, said under the scheme, about five members of a BPL family could avail free treatment up to Rs 30,000 at various designated hospitals.

The department has selected seven government and about 40 private hospitals where the beneficiaries could approach for treatment.

During a district-level workshop organised here, Civil Surgeon Dr Chandanjit Singh Kondal pointed out that the process of formation of smart cards would commence from January 20 and would be completed within two months. He said every SMOs and paramedical staff had been asked to publicise the scheme.

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BSNL honours oldest, highest bill-paying customers
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 24
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Amritsar, honoured its oldest customer, highest bill-paying customer and a sales agent to observe the National Consumer Day here today.

Labh Singh, Senior General Manager, BSNL, Amritsar, felicitated U.K Sharma, Manager, UCO Bank, for being the oldest customer since 1948, Rajnish Kumar for being the most successful sales agent and A.K Yadav, who represented Signal Panther Canteen, for being the highly bill paying customer.

He said 40 more towers would be installed till March 2011. He said under the recently floated ‘Pyari Jodi’ scheme mobile SIM is given to landline customers free of cost with unlimited free calls from mobile to that landline.

He said in order to make the services people friendly, concepts of franchisee retailer network, Direct Sale Agent and BSNL shop were adopted.

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5-member panels to be formed in villages to identify addicts
Admn would make arrangements to admit them in de-addiction centres
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, December 24
Five-member committees would be formed in all the villages to identify drug addicts for which the administration would make arrangements to admit them in de-addiction centres. It was disclosed here on Thursday in a district-level meeting of the Police Advisory Committee held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Khushi Ram.

The DC said besides the sarpanch of the village concerned, one each member comprising head of the concerned village school, an ex-serviceman, lambardar and a social worker would be inducted in the committee.

The DC instructed the SHO of the police station concerned to inform DC besides the SSP, DTO, SDM, XEN and Civil Surgeon in case of accident to make proper arrangements for the victims.

The meetings of Education and Public Health departments were too held in which instructions were given to the authorities for proper functioning of the departments.

Besides the officials of the different departments and the nominated members participated in the meetings.

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Young World
Youth fest winners felicitated
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 24
The Department of Youth Welfare of Guru Nanak Dev University felicitated students who won the Overall Championship Trophy of the North-Zone Inter-University Youth Festival at a function held today.

Chief guest Vice-Chancellor Prof A.S. Brar distributed prizes among the students. He said the varsity was committed to promotion of Punjabi language and culture.

He asked students and teachers to promote Punjabi culture and always try to speak in Punjabi language when they were talking to their colleagues.

Christmas celebrated

DAV International, Ryan and Spring Dale schools celebrated Christmas on their premises today. The schools were decorated with colourful flags, strings and flowers. Dressed as Santa Clause, tiny tots were cynosure of all eyes.

National Consumer Day

Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary School observed National Consumer Day by organising a quiz on the subject and cartoon making and slogan writing contests.

Class X student Baljinder Kaur delivered a speech on the significance of consumer rights. A multimedia quiz saw four rounds of grilling competition.

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Admirers remember Rafi on his birth anniversary

Amritsar: To mark the birth anniversary of legendary singer late Mohammad Rafi, a cultural programme ‘Rafi - Dila Da Hani’ was organised at his native village Kotla Sultan Singh near here today. Famous singers, including Dolly Guleria, Shankar Sahni, Tirlochan Singh, Kulbir Singh and others, enthralled the audience singing various numbers of Mohammad Rafi.

The programme was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu. During the programme, the DC honoured the childhood friends of legendary singer. Kundan Singh (85), one of the friends, while recalling described him as very noble soul. He said before leaving for Lahore at that time he wrote his name on a mango tree for him. He said he used to follow and sing along with saints who used to visit the village. — TNS

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30 docs take part in leprosy seminar
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 24
About 30 doctors from various government and non-government hospitals participated in the one-day seminar on leprosy, conducted by the District Leprosy Society here today.

Dr Chandanjit Singh Kondal, Civil Surgeon, was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, he said Punjab had achieved the sub-elimination level due to various steps taken by the health authorities under the National Leprosy Eradication Programme and now there was need to focus on disability prevention and medical rehabilitation.

Dr Amarjit Singh Sachdeva, District Leprosy Officer, said the Leprosy Department had diagnosed about 79 patients in the current year, while six patients with disability from the district were sent to the RCS camp in Ludhiana last week to get their deformities cured.

He said other leprosy patients who were having anaesthetised soles are being given micro-cellulose rubber footwear to prevent any injury. “Contrary to the myths prevailing in the society, leprosy is fully curable with multi-drug therapy available at all government hospitals. In case of any complications the department can take the help of orthopaedic and ENT experts available with the government hospitals,” he said.

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Seminar on nanotechnology concludes
Tribune News Service

Amritsar , December 24
A two-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on “Application of nanoscience and nanotechnology” concluded at BBK DAV College for Women here today.

Dr M.S. Bakshi, Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, spoke on “Nanochemistry: Wonders of chemical synthesis and applications” in which he explained the basic concepts of nanotechnology and said atoms, especially of gold, are the building blocks to construct nanomaterials.

He said nanotechnology was being applied to provide a healthy and beautiful life.

The Dean, College Development Council, Dr M.S. Hundal, was the chief guest, while Dr Gurmeet Singh, Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, delivered the valedictory address.

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Police seminar turns out to be snack time for auto-drivers
P.K. Jaiswar
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 24
The seminar-cum-workshop organised by the city police to make the auto-rickshaw drivers ferrying children from home to schools and vice-versa aware of traffic rules proved to be a futile exercise as a very few of them turned up to attend it.

Though the officials claimed that more than 200 drivers from various schools took part in the workshop, majority of participants were from the Police Department. And whatever drivers arrived, they left the venue after having snacks and tea on the pretext of ferrying the children from schools to their homes.

While admitting this, S.P. Joshi, SP (Traffic), said, “We are now planning to reach the educational institutes by holding such seminars on their premises and involve teachers, students and of course drivers.”

He said at present there were more than 500 auto-rickshaw and van drivers associated with various schools in the city and majority of them even did not know about the different traffic signals, what to talk about following them.

“Lack of proper knowledge about traffic rules among the auto-rickshaw drivers is one of the basic reasons behind the road accidents, besides severe traffic congestions, especially outside school premises during opening and closing times of the educational institutes,” said Joshi.

He said they had written to the DTO a number of times to not to issue licences to such persons, but nothing had been done in this regard so far. All the departments concerned, such as District Transport Office, Municipal Corporation and district administration, had to enforce the law jointly in order to regulate the traffic and relieve the common man from often happening-chaos, he opined.

However, District Transport Officer Jasbir Singh, when contacted, said licences were issued only after verifying the documents submitted by the applicants. He added that there was a particular educational qualification of a driver for driving light or heavy vehicle and this aspect was also kept in mind before issuing a licence to him.

“During last meeting we had asked the heads of various educational institutions to keep a record of their drivers and submit it to the Police Department as it is their responsibility to ensure safe and secure travelling of the children,” said Joshi. They would also be hold accountable in future for any untoward incident, he added.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, A.S. Chahal said the idea behind organising the seminar-cum-workshop was to involve the school authorities, including staff members, teachers and students, besides auto-rickshaw drivers to inculcate into them the sense of observing traffic rules.

“Children are the future of a country and we want them to be more responsible citizens. We are contemplating to add traffic rules in the curriculum of the schools in this regard,” added Chahal.

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DC unhappy over poor response to DRI scheme
P.K. Jaiswar/TNS

Amritsar, December 24
Expressing dissatisfaction over the response to the differential rate of interest (DRI) advances scheme, under which DRI Bank provides loan to extremely poor families at a meagre 4 per cent interest, Deputy Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu directed the bank authorities to take initiative and reach the target people themselves.

“Being extremely poor and unaware of the government schemes, these people failed to approach DRI Bank. Therefore, it is imperative for the bank authorities to identify and approach them to meet the targets set for their respective branches,” said Pannu. He directed the officials of each bank to forward at least 10 cases per quarter per branch under DRI in order to meet the target.

The Deputy Commissioner was presiding over the district consultative committee meeting to review the progress of all banks and government agencies in Amritsar district.

Interacting with the officials, he observed that the Kisan Credit Card (KCC)holders, that include about 1.50 lakh farmers in the district, were ignorant of various insurance schemes available for them. He asked the bankers to spread awareness about the facility so that in case of the death of a KCC holder Rs 50,000 may be provided by the bank to the family in lieu of his insurance.

Pannu also asked them to specially focus on CD ration of the district, which was approximately 53 per cent. He pointed out that economic development of the district would be possible only when BPL (below poverty line) group was uplifted through micro-financing, self-help groups, Swai Gramin Rogzar Yojna and various other government-sponsored schemes.

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Dalit families await shagun
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, December 24
The Scheduled Caste (SC) families who arranged the marriages of their daughters one and half year back would have to wait for more time to get Rs 15,000, the amount under the state government-sponsored Shagun Scheme. Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) M.P. Singh, said this while presiding over the district-level Advisory Committee meeting of the SC and BC Department here today.

He said the state government had released the due amount of Rs 1.33 crore under the scheme to be given to the families who had applied till October, 2009.

The ADC also presided over a meeting of the Health Department in which he said the district administration had decided to make surprise checking of the anganwari centres to check the quality of the food being given to the children attending classes in the centres.

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Yearender-Improvement Trust
Garnering finances for projects an uphill task
The trust is yet to recover Rs 35 crore from its residential and commercial beneficiaries who had turned defaulters
Neeraj Bagga
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 24
Even as the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) approved and initiated many ambitious development projects this year, garnering finances to materialise them proved to be a gigantic task.

The trust is yet to recover Rs 35 crore from its residential and commercial beneficiaries who had turned defaulters.

Sanjiv Khanna, chairman, AIT, said efforts were being made to recover the dues. He said orders had been issued in favour of the trust to reclaim three plots in posh Ranjit Avenue area, where owners had not deposited the remaining 90 per cent cost of these plots, and added that these would be auctioned next year.

He said after assuming office he had got the audit done and came to know that Rs 1.75 crore were lying 
unrecovered for the past 10 years. He said out of them Rs 25 lakh were recovered so far.

Earlier, working of the trust was hit as it remained headless for the first half of this year. Khanna, a close aide of MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, was appointed as its chairman on July 7 this year.

Appointment of Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina as chairman AIT last year had annoyed Sidhu, who had reportedly vowed not to enter the city till Chhina was removed from the post. After about 90 days, Chhina had to step down from the post of chairman of the AIT on October 1, 2009.

The trust’s 97-acre Ranjit Avenue scheme fetched Rs 722 crore as earnest money after 18,447 applicants decided to vie for 337 plots.

With a view to pay back to the city, the AIT approved two Railway Overbridges (ROBs). An ROB would be constructed parallel to Bhandari Bridge this year and a team of RITES had carried out the feasibility study. Another ROB to be raised from Lohgarh to Beri Gate. Approval for a flyover at Sant Singh Sukha Singh Chowk was given this year.

The design for raising super deluxe flats in New Amritsar, located on Amritsar-Jalandhar GT road, was selected out of all India entries from 18 contestants.

On the other hand, 150 flats for lower, middle and higher income groups were approved to be raised in the Kabir Park locality, situated opposite the Guru Nanak Dev University. Permission for raising an auditorium in the Ranjit Avenue was received this year.

However, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar under Mall Mandi scheme, floated few years back, was yet to see construction of roads and other basic civic amenities. Khanna said Rs two crore has been sanctioned to finish pending development works in the scheme.

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