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Residents use BRTS lane as thoroughfare in cityCommuters use BRTS lanes, jeopardising their lives, in Amritsar on Thursday. Photo: Sunil Kumar

Residents use BRTS lane as thoroughfare in city

People utilise broken grills as shortcut for crossing roads20 Apr 2018 | 1:16 AM

AMRITSAR: Even as the police department has challaned several people for driving in the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) lane, constructed exclusively for plying BRTS buses, commuters continue to violate the rules with impunity.

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PK Jaiswar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 19

Even as the police department has challaned several people for driving in the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) lane, constructed exclusively for plying BRTS buses, commuters continue to violate the rules with impunity.

It often causes accidents as commuters including four-wheelers at high speed, especially at night. Just last evening two persons got injured after a bike hit a cycle near Putlighar area. The cyclist was crossing the BRTS lane after entering from a broken grill just opposite to a private hospital when the biker, allegedly at high speed, coming towards Putlighar side from Khalsa College side could not locate the cyclist due to absence of proper street lights and hit the cyclist. Both were admitted to nearby private hospital.

Meenakshi, a local resident, sharing his experience said a few days ago she along with her husband had a narrow escape while crossing the lane from near bus stoppage shelter near Ganga building in the evening when a speedy car came dangerously close to them.

The BRTS was yet to be fully operationalised even after its launch over a year ago. Only few buses are currently operational at the moment. In the meantime, the iron grills fixed on the either side of the lane were broken by unscrupulous elements. The residents told that at some places people or shopkeepers had deliberately broke the grill to make a way for crossing roads instead of using foot bridges.

DCP Amrik Singh Pawar, said recently, traffic wing has launched a drive to check traffic violations. Those driving in the BRTS lane have been challaned during the drive. He said people should understand that driving in the BRTS lane would only put their lives at risk and they should avoid doing it.

I would ask the traffic police to take stern action against those driving in the lane, he added.

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AMRITSAR: Workers of the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Thursday staged a protest outside the Hall gate area against the rape and murder incidents in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh that shook the entire nation and fuelled protest all over the country.

Unforeseen showers, hailstorm create panic among farmers

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20 Apr 2018 | 1:16 AM

AMRITSAR: Unexpected showers and hailstones on Thursday evening caused much disappointment to the farmers who were all set to harvest their ripened wheat crop. The showers, which lasted for almost 15 minutes, left the farmers worried as the rain can cause great damage to their standing crop resulting in loss of yield.

Flesh trade racket busted, 7 arrested

20 Apr 2018 | 1:16 AM

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20 Apr 2018 | 1:16 AM

TARN TARAN: A woman identified as Baljit Kaur and her paramour brother-in-law (husband’s brother) Jagjit Singh Jagga of Rattoke village have been booked under Section 302, 34 IPC in connection with the death of Baljit’s husband Varinder Singh, an army personnel, who died on November 19, 2016 under mysterious circumstances.

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AMRITSAR: The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Amritsar Chapter, organised a folk song and folk dance competition for school students on Wednesday at Cambridge International School, Loharka Road, Amritsar.

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20 Apr 2018 | 1:16 AM

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Prize distribution function heldBriefly

Prize distribution function held

20 Apr 2018 | 1:16 AM

Amritsar: The annual prize distribution and felicitation function was organised at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Mall road. Students were awarded stoles, trophies and cash prizes.

Snippets

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19 Apr 2018 | 1:49 AM

Amritsar: The Civil Lines police have booked the controversial Hindu leader, Sudhir Suri, for allegedly making objectionable remarks against a community through an audio message that has gone viral on social media. Suri, president of Shiv Sena Punjab, is yet to be arrested.

Senior Deputy Mayor against AITover allocation of kiosks in city

19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: Senior Deputy Mayor Raman Bakshi, in a letter to the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) chairman, has questioned the allocation of vends to Verka and Markfed in green belts at Ranjit Avenue and other parts of the city.

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19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: A New Zealand native among five persons has been booked by the Civil Lines police for allegedly defrauding a local resident of Rs 80 lakh.

Fee hike plan sparks protest against GNDU

Fee hike plan sparks protest against GNDU

19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: Students of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) and farmer activists of the Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI) staged a protest outside the campus over the proposed hike in hostel and tuition fee for students on Wednesday.

CWG bronze girl returns, gets rousing welcome

CWG bronze girl returns, gets rousing welcome

19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: Navjeet Kaur Dhillon of the city, who won a bronze medal in the discus throw event at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast, was given a rousing welcome by sports officials, sports lovers and her family members upon her arrival at Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport on Wednesday.

Argument with MC Commissioner results in fire official’s suspension

Argument with MC Commissioner results in fire official’s suspension

19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: A fire officer entered into an argument with MC Commissioner Sonali Giri during a mock drill at the Municipal Corporation’s Ranjit Avenue office that resulted in his suspension on Wednesday.

Cop suspended for corruption

19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: A cop has been suspended for allegedly tampering with records to destroy evidence to benefit a person, accused of robbery and criminal trespass last year.

Kora Kagaz: Helping out needy students realise their dreams

19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: Recycling discarded notebooks and distributing them among the underprivileged students, the Kora Kagaz initiative by Chennai-based youngster Pratik has managed to sensitise people towards environment while encouraging more kids from limited background to continue studies.

Cultural event at Khalsa College

Cultural event at Khalsa College

19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: The annual cultural programme of the girls hostel themed `Parvaaz-2018’ was organised at Khalsa College on Wednesday.

Police clueless in murder case

19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: Even after the passage of two days, the police are clueless about the identification of a deceased whose body was found from a drain in Azaibwali village on Monday morning.

Robot-assisted knee surgery performed

19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: Dr Avtar Singh, chief orthopedic surgeon at Amandeep Hospital, and Dr John H Velyvis, a renowned orthopedic surgeon from San Francisco, USA, claimed to have performed a successful joint replacement surgery on a 52-year-old patient using Robotics Surgical System, the latest robotic intervention in joint replacement.

Man tries to rape stepdaughter, arrested

19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: A man has been arrested for trying to rape his stepdaughter in Fatahpur.

GNDU holds technology fest

GNDU holds technology fest

19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: The Electronics Student Forum (ESF) of the Department of Electronics Technology of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) organised its tech fest themed TACHYON on Wednesday.

School holds session on cyberbullying

19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: While the country is yet to formulate specific laws to deal with it, the menace of cyberbullying falls under the purview of laws governing harassment and is punishable by law if one is found indulging in it, said experts at an interactive session organised at Spring Dale Senior School.

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19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

AMRITSAR: The state government has initiated steps for a complete ban on plastic carry bags but it is yet to take action to ban the thermocol products, equally environmental and health hazardous.

Crop procurement processbegins at 35 grain markets

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19 Apr 2018 | 1:46 AM

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SNIPPETS

Quack rapes woman

18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

DRUGS: Amritsar: A man was found murdered in a flood drain near Ajaibwali village in Kathunagal on Monday.

Two killed in road mishaps

18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

TARN TARAN: Two persons died in separate road accidents in the city on Tuesday.

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18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

AMRITSAR: Unidentified miscreants struck at Government Middle School, Faizpura, and decamped with valuables on Sunday night.

Special chance is financial burden on GNDU: Registrar

18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

AMRITSAR: Amidst controversy over the special chance being given by Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) to its students, the university has issued a clarification on the nature of the chance.

Jaggu Bhagwanpuria’s aide arrested with 7 kg of heroin

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18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

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Theft at mobile firm, police doubt story

18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

AMRITSAR: Three unidentified robbers took away mobile phones worth Rs 22 lakh from a firm outside New Amritsar on the GT road on Monday night.

Work on war footing to install truck scanners

Work on war footing to install truck scanners

18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

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GlobalLinker initiative of FIEO

18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

AMRITSAR: The Federation of Indian Exporters Organisation (FIEO) operationalised its GlobalLinker, a digital platform for MSME exporters to digitise their businesses, in the city from Tuesday.

PSEB English exam conducted

PSEB English exam conducted

18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

AMRITSAR: The cancelled exams of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) began in the city on Tuesday.

Sikh groups hold meeting

18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

AMRITSAR: Sikh Youth of Punjab, Sikh Youth Federation Bhindrawala and Jatha Sirlath Khalsa joined hands to expose the “political interference that played a vital role in giving the no objection certificate (NOC) to controversial film Nanak Shah Fakir”.

‘Airport loses revenue in absence of trade pact’

18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

AMRITSAR: Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport has been incurring losses as many airlines, especially international, are blocked from flying to the city for not having bilateral air agreements, said Sameep Singh, overseas secretary, Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM).

GNDU comes up with art gallery

18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

AMRITSAR: Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) has come up with a special art gallery in the building of Bhai Gurdass Library on the university campus.

Rape accused arrested

18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

AMRITSAR: The city police on Tuesday arrested Sikander (32), who has allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl in Hussainpura for months.

High-tension wires give residents sleepless nights

High-tension wires give residents sleepless nights

18 Apr 2018 | 1:06 AM

AMRITSAR: Despite mishaps, the government has nothing to remove the high-tension wires passing at a low altitude from New Dashmesh Nagar in Jodda Phatak.

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