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Leaders play politics, people angry
MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla and DC KS Sangha meet people at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Friday. Photo: Sunil Kumar
in tears, in mourning

Leaders play politics, people angry

20 Oct 2018 | 1:34 AM

AMRITSAR: The train accident, leading to the death of 57 persons — including children and women — has angered people. They criticised politicians for playing politics over the tragedy.

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PK Jaiswar
Tribune News Service 
Amritsar, October 19 

The train accident, leading to the death of 57 persons — including children and women — has angered people. They criticised politicians for playing politics over the tragedy.

Their grouse was that instead of extending a helping hand to the victims, the politicians were busy issuing statements against their rivals, especially the Sidhus. 

Former Congress leader Mandeep Manna spoke on a loudspeaker, asking the police to register a case against Navjot Kaur Sidhu, the chief guest at the Dashera celebrations, and Mithu Madan, the organiser of the programme.

Union Minister Vijay Sampla, BJP vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna, former minister Manoranjan Kalia and CM's former media adviser Vineet Joshi expressed shock over the incident.

People are angry Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who beat a hasty retreat after the accident. They questioned the "callous" working of the district administration. 

They are questioning the administration and police for the lapse. Did organisers take permission from the district administration? If yes, did the administration deploy sufficient number of police personnel to prevent people from standing or squatting on the railway track? And, did the police fail in their duty from preventing people from standing on the railway track?

Helpline numbers 

The administration has issued a helpline number, 0183-2421050, to enquire about mishap victims. Those who want to donate blood have been called at the Civil Hospital and Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. The helpline numbers for donating blood are 0183-2223171 and 2564485.  

Free medical aid

The SGPC swung into action and sent its team to assist in the rescue operation at Jaura Phatak near Golden Avenue. SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal announced that the injured would get free medical aid at Sri Guru Ram Dass Charitable Hospital in Vallah.

Most victims yet to be identified

20 Oct 2018 | 1:34 AM

AMRITSAR: Amritsar Deputy Commissioner confirmed that 57 persons died in the tragic rail accident at Jora Phatak here on Friday.

Six trains cancelled after rail tragedy

20 Oct 2018 | 1:34 AM

AMRITSAR: As the fallout of the horrific accident during the Dasehra festivital in which nearly 57 persons were killed and 70 were injured here on Friday, the Railways have cancelled six trains.

People from all walks of life extend helping hand

People from all walks of life extend helping hand

20 Oct 2018 | 1:34 AM

AMRITSAR: As soon as the news of the railway tragedy came, people from all walks of life reached hospitals to provide relief to victims.

Dasehra celebrated with religious fervour

Dasehra celebrated with religious fervour

20 Oct 2018 | 1:34 AM

AMRITSAR: People from all walks of life celebrated Dasehra and burnt effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarana and Meghnad here on Friday.

Nine booked for running sealed marriage palaces

20 Oct 2018 | 1:34 AM

AMRITSAR: The police have booked nine persons for allegedly running sealed marriage palaces in the city.

‘Rape victim’ alleges threats from suspect’s kin

20 Oct 2018 | 1:34 AM

AMRITSAR: An employee of the civic body, who has accused Municipal Town Planner Narinder Sharma of sexually exploiting her by promising marriage, on Friday alleged threats from the accused’s family and friends.

Schoolteacher bitten by stray dogs

20 Oct 2018 | 1:34 AM

AMRITSAR: A schoolteacher was bitten on her leg by two stray dogs in New Kangra Colony here on Thursday.

CBSE to hold Heritage India Quiz

20 Oct 2018 | 1:34 AM

AMRITSAR: The CBSE will hold a Heritage India Quiz for its affiliated schools in a phased manner from November.

One booked for stealing truck

20 Oct 2018 | 1:34 AM

TARN TARAN: The police have booked a person for allegedly stealing a truck.

Dairy training course

20 Oct 2018 | 1:34 AM

AMRITSAR: The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development and Dairy Development Board will hold a two-week training programme for farmers beginning October 22.

IIM’s platform for budding entrepreneurs

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: To boost the morale of students and young aspiring entrepreneurs towards self-employment, the IIM, Amritsar, has come up with a Centre of Entrepreneurship.

DAV, Shri Ram students celebrate Dasehra in city

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: Keeping the festive spirit alive, city schools celebrated the festival of Dasehra.

GNDU, Internshala sign MoU for creating jobs

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: Guru Nanak Dev University and Internshala, Gurugram, have entered an agreement for bringing out more opportunities for students.

World Food Day celebrated

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: The Guru Nanak Dev University’s department of food science and technology, in collaboration with AFST(I), Mysuru, celebrated the World Food Day here on Wednesday.

Martyred policemen remembered

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: The traffic police organised a road march in continuance with the observance of police martyrs memorial week.

Seminar on job opportunities in Air Force

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: A seminar to apprise students of job avenues in the Indian Air Force (IAF) was held on the campus of Guru Nanak Dev University here on Wednesday.

Potholed road irks commuters

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: The deplorable condition of the Putlighar-Islamabad road (near Fatak No.

Sikhya Sudhar teams asked to inform before visiting schools

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: The Education Department has asked Sikhya Sudhar teams to make regular visit of schools with prior notice.

Farmers block rail traffic for 3 hrs

Farmers block rail traffic for 3 hrs

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

TARN TARAN: Farmers, under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, on Thursday protested at the Patti railways station, 25 km from here, and blocked trains for three hours.

Kiosks turning into luxury eateries, MC in slumber

Kiosks turning into luxury eateries, MC in slumber

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: The estate office of the Municipal Corporation (MC) removes articles lying outside the roadside vends to justify its anti-encroachment drive in the city, but new kiosks keep on cropping up and the existing ones continue to be converted into permanent shops and luxury eateries as the civic body looks the other way.

2K cops to guard city

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: The police have made elaborate arrangements keeping in view of the festival of Dasehra on Friday.

Police claim vital clue

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: The Amritsar rural police claimed to have found vital clues in connection with Wednesday’s robbery incident in which a scrap dealer, Rakesh Chopra, of Medical Enclave was robbed of Rs 1.5 lakh by three armed persons in Jandiala Guru. The robbers had decamped with a bag containing the cash and a laptop.

‘SAD can’t contest SGPC polls’

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: Office-bearers of the Socialist Party India on Thursday said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) couldn’t contest the elections of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) due to a Constitutional hitch.

Action sought against murder victim’s wife

Action sought against murder victim’s wife

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

TARN TARAN: Relatives of 47-year-old Harjit Singh Jeeta of Dilawalpur village, who was found murdered under mysterious circumstances by the roadside in Jamarai village, staged a protest in front of the District Administrative Complex (DAC) here on Thursday.

80 dengue cases so far

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: The Health Department has reported a total of 80 dengue cases in the district so far.

In the business of preserving festive tradition

In the business of preserving festive tradition

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: Come Dasehra and the artists in the business of making effigies are the busiest lot in the city.

Sanitation issues crop up as health officials inspect Kesar Da Dhaba

Sanitation issues crop up as health officials inspect Kesar Da Dhaba

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: Health officials conducted a surprise inspection at the famous Kesar Da Dhaba in the walled city here on Thursday.

Claiming SSP acquaintance, jeweller extorts Rs 29 lakh

19 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

AMRITSAR: The police have arrested a person for allegedly extorting lakhs of rupees from a trader by threatening to get him implicated in a murder case.

Pathankot Diary

Mayor, legislator’s rivalry puts development on back burner

18 Oct 2018 | 1:11 AM

The cities which do not have a stable political climate do not expand. And the cities which do not expand often die.

Police clueless about robbers

18 Oct 2018 | 1:11 AM

AMRITSAR: Even after a month, the city police are clueless about the robbery at a jewellery shop.

Encroachments removed

Encroachments removed

18 Oct 2018 | 1:11 AM

AMRITSAR: The MC removed encroachments from various roads in the city here on Wednesday.

Dental check-up camp

18 Oct 2018 | 1:11 AM

AMRITSAR: A dental fortnight being observed by the Health Department to create awareness about dental hygiene and problems concluded here on Wednesday.

Fundraising for documentary on Guru in US

18 Oct 2018 | 1:11 AM

BATHINDA: The Washington-based National Sikh Campaign (NSC) has launched an initiative, ‘Guru Nanak 550 Campaign’, in which a documentary on Guru Nanak will be made and broadcast on TV stations across America.

Procurement delay charge baseless: Govt

18 Oct 2018 | 1:11 AM

AMRITSAR: Farmers have accused officials of the government procurement agencies of benefitting private players by not making purchase under the minimum support price (MSP).

Traders irked over govt’s policy on e-way bill

18 Oct 2018 | 1:11 AM

AMRITSAR: Traders are irked at the state government for once again reducing the exemption limit for generating e-way bill for 11 varieties of goods from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 50,000 for intra-state movement.

‘Efforts on for Kartarpur Sahib corridor’

18 Oct 2018 | 1:11 AM

AMRITSAR: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in response to a city resident’s letter, has asserted that the Union Government was seized of the matter for opening a passage to Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

Teenager ‘raped’ in Khara, four booked

18 Oct 2018 | 1:11 AM

TARN TARAN: Four persons, including three members of a family of Khara village, 25 km from here, have been booked by the Sarhali police for allegedly abducting and raping a teenage girl of the same village.

Spotting traffic violations, DC gets 20 challaned

Spotting traffic violations, DC gets 20 challaned

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AMRITSAR: Coming across rampant violation of traffic norms on the national highway, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kamaldeep Singh Sangha on Wednesday called police officials to the spot and made them issue challans to around 20 persons for driving on wrong track.

Abducted man found killed

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TARN TARAN: A 47-year- old man, identified as Harjit Singh Jeeta of Dilawalpur village, 35 km from here, was found murdered under mysterious circumstances by the roadside in Jamarai village on Wednesday.

Punjabi films content-driven

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AMRITSAR: The Punjabi cinema is undergoing a refreshing change towards some content-driven films and new lead pairs being introduced for the audience.

Official booked for ‘sexual assault’ on building inspector

Official booked for ‘sexual assault’ on building inspector

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AMRITSAR: A case of rape was registered against Municipal Town Planner (MTP) Narinder Sharma on the complaint of a building inspector here on Wednesday.

MC accused of favouring firm for HRIDAY project

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AMRITSAR:The AAP district unit has accused Municipal Corporation (MC) officials of unduly favouring a private builder in executing the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) project by “twisting” the norms.

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