06032017-TTC-01.qxd 3/6/2017 1:22 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, march 6, 2017 late city edition chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 64 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd SikhshotatinUS‘hatecrime’ Tribute to braveheart Assailant yells ‘go back to your country’; third incident in 10 days Constable Mazoor Ahmed Naik (inset) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police died in an encounter while trying to flush out militants holed up in a house at Tral in Pulwama district on Sunday. The 33-year-old, who was soon to be a father, died in his second attempt after miraculously escaping a volley of fire from hiding militants the first time round. Two of the militants were also killed. PTI P11 NewYork, March 5 A 39-year-old Sikh man was injured when a masked gunman opened fire at him in front of his house in US’ Washington state after telling him “go back to your own country”. This is the third incident involving Indian victims in the past 10 days. The Sikh man, identified as US national Deep Rai, was working on his vehicle outside his home in Kent on Friday when a stranger, described as a white male, walked up to him. Kent police said an argument broke out between the two, with Rai claiming the suspect made statements like “go back to your own country”. The unidentified man then shot him in the arm. In a series of tweets, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said: “I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai... I have spoken to RECENT ATTACKS ■ February 22: Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, killed when US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani, yelling ‘get out of my country’ ■ March 2: Indian-origin convenience store owner Harnish Patel, 43, of Lancaster in South Carolina found dead with gunshot wounds in his yard. Police, Kent police chief Ken Thomas (R) however, say his Indian ethnicity may not be a factor briefs media. COURTESY: TWITTER INDIAN-AMERICAN FOUND DEAD IN NEW JERSEY New York: A 29-year-old Indian-American man was found dead in the US state of New Jersey, an incident which the family has described as a “personal issue”. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the Indian Consulate here “has spoken to the father of the deceased in Massachusetts. He says this is a personal family tragedy”. More details were not immediately known. PTI Sardar Harpal Singh, father of the victim... He is out of danger and is recovering in a private hospital.” MaryKay L Carlson, Charge d’Affaires, American Embassy in New Delhi, said she was “saddened” by the shooting. “Wishes for quick and full recovery. As @POTUS said we condemn ‘hate and evil in all its forms’,” she tweeted. The victim described the shooter as a six-foot-tall white man, wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face. Kent police chief Ken Thomas said while the Sikh man sustained “non lifethreatening injuries”, they were treating this as a “very serious incident”. Rai is able to talk, an Indian government official said. The official said the government was ready to offer all possible assistance to him. Authorities are investigating the shooting as a suspected hate crime, according to the Seattle Times. India’s Consulate in San Francisco is in touch with local authorities who are ascertaining the nature of the crime. The National Sikh Campaign, a rights group, said “the community must get organised and proactively fight hate by reaching out to our fellow Americans”. — Agencies BJPmakesitprestigebattleinVaranasi Seeking reforms, farmers from 20 states join hands RBI Guv gets threat mail, sender arrested in Nagpur SpiceJet flight diverted due to foul smell in cockpit Campaigning for final phase of UP Assembly elections ends today Kurukshetra: Farmer leaders from 20 states on Sunday resolved to bring their organisations under one umbrella front to press the Centre for reforms. At a meeting held at Jat Dharamshala under the aegis of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh here, they asked the government to implement the core recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee ensuring profitable pricing of crops. They decided to launch a protest on January 23 in support of their demands. TNS Mumbai: A 37-year-old man has been arrested from Nagpur for allegedly sending a threat mail to Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel asking him to quit the job, the police said on Sunday. Patel received the email on February 23 in which the sender threatened to harm Patel and his family if he did not quit, a police official said. The sender was traced to Nagpur. A team from the Mumbai Police’s cyber cell arrested Vaibhav Baddalwar on Friday. PTI New Delhi: A SpiceJet flight from Bengaluru was on Sunday diverted to Hyderabad due to an “extremely pungent” smell in the cockpit emanating from the front lavatory of the aircraft. There were 184 passengers and four infants on board the Boeing 737 plane when the pilot decided to make an unscheduled landing at the Hyderabad airport. At Hyderabad, the lavatory and cockpit were cleaned before the flight took off for Delhi after almost an hour. PTI Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Lucknow, March 5 With Prime Minister Narendra Modi camping in his parliamentary constituency and BJP president Amit Shah and 17 Cabinet Ministers in and out of Varanasi these past few days, campaigning for the final phase of polling (March 8) has reached its peak in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP clearly has made it a matter of prestige in Varanasi. During the past two days, Modi has held two roadshows in the town. After the Congress complaint to the Election Commission on the first one being held without permission, the BJP clarified it was not a roadshow but a spontaneous gathering of people. Shatrughan Sinha, BJP MP criticised the PM’s , show as mere “taam-jhaam (razzle-dazzle)”, claiming it betrayed his nervousness. Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party president Upendra Kushwaha too criticised the roadshow. “I want to tell my friends in the BJP that it is not appropriate for a PM to hold a roadshow,” he said. The “do or die” campaign for the final phase of UP elections, covering 40 Assembly seats in seven districts, comes to a close tomorrow. The saffron party, which is locked in a tight electoral battle with the SP-Congress ❝ The PrimetoMinister is a thug, who lied the people to form government at the Centre. Beware of him. Mulayam Singh Yadav, SP LEADER alliance and the Mayawatiled BSP hopes that a good , performance in the eastern parts of the state will take it past the majority mark in the 403-member state Assembly. Mayawati, who is eyeing the Muslim voters in eastern Uttar Pradesh, has also made whirlwind tours of various constituencies in the run-up to the final phase. The three Naxal-affected districts of Sonebhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli, along with the Assembly segments in the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, will be in focus. As many as 1.41 crore voters will exercise franchise in the final phase for which 535 candidates are in the fray. related reports page 7 Indus water talks with Pak on March 20 Bill shock for Punjab’s gaushalas LAHORE: India and Pakistan will hold parleys on various aspects of Indus Waters Treaty in Lahore on March 2021. The meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission will take place nearly six months after New Delhi suspended talks in view of the Uri terror attack by Pakistan-based outfits. The meeting is being held as the treaty makes it mandatory to hold talks at least once in a fiscal. India’s Indus water commissioner and MEA officials will be part of Indian delegation. — PTI Chandigarh, March 5 Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has begun disconnecting power connections to 366 private gaushalas which were earlier given free power. On the directions of the Punjab Government, the power utility had stopped collecting charges from these gaushalas with effect from April 1 last year. Keemti Bhagat, chairman, Punjab Gau Sewa Commission, said he had information that power connections to not only unregistered gaushalas AGENDA FOR PUNJAB Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Tribune News Service OPED PAGE 9 but also those eligible under the state’s free power scheme were being disconnected. “I have received panic calls from Moga, Ropar, Bathinda, Ferozepur,” he said. Rahul Sharma, who man- Liquor to cost more in Haryana from April Geetanjali Gayatri By the end of this week, Punjab will hopefully have a new government. Over the next few weeks, The Tribune will be featuring opinions and arguments from experts in key areas of governance. 366 private gaushalas were promised free electricity Chandigarh, March 5 With VAT, excise and licence fee up in Haryana, tipplers will have to shell out more for liquor from April. While the cost of country-made liquor (CL) has been hiked from Rs 120 to Rs 130 per bottle, the new excise policy has effected an increase of Rs 70 to Rs 200 in the prices of various brands of IMFL. Beer will be dearer by Rs 5 a bottle on an average. Unveiling the excise policy for 2017-18 here today, Excise and Taxation Minister Capt Abhimanyu said the hike was likely to add over Rs 500 crore to the state’s revenue kitty. The bar licence fee has been increased by 20 per cent. The duty on the supply of liquor under the CSD supply scheme has also been increased, though it continues to be lower than that in Punjab. For the first time, he said, the state had decided to auction wholesale licence for the supply of imported foreign liquor, which was likely to fetch additional revenue of around Rs 50 crore. “The excise duty on CL has been increased from Rs 20 per proof litre (PL) to Rs 28 per PL. The duty on IMFL (ranging from Rs 40 to Rs 70 per PL in four categories) has been hiked from Rs 45 per PL continued on page 7 ages the Vishwa Hindu Shakti Cattle Pound in Moga, too said that power supply to the gaushala had been snapped. Worse, these private gaushalas are being sent power bills with retrospective effect (April 1, 2016). Some have been asked to deposit about Rs 1 lakh. As per the terms and conditions for free power to gaushalas, the state government was to foot an annual bill of Rs 4.57 crore. But in July last, the Finance Department refused to spare any budget for the same and the PSPCL begun sending bills to all gaushalas. continued on page 7 SBI to bring back penalty for low balance New Delhi, March 5 After a gap of five years, the State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to reintroduce penalty on non-maintenance of minimum balance in accounts from April 1, and revised charges on other services, including ATMs. The bank will permit savings bank account holders to deposit cash three times a month free of charges and levy Rs 50 plus service tax on every transaction beyond that. In case of current account, the levy could go as high as Rs 20,000. Failure to maintain monthly average balance in accounts will draw penalty of up to Rs 100 plus service tax depending upon the location of the branch. — PTI Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune.
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