04072017-JTR-01.qxd 7/4/2017 12:33 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 4 JULY 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE ‘Star College Status’ Mission possible Drops of joy Doaba College, Jalandhar, has been awarded the Star College Status. Panjab University’s People’s Artist Forum criticises popular Punjabi songs and sensitises students. P3 Monsoon is here and it’s time to recollect some cherished moments. P4 FORECAST P2 RAINY | MAX 36°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.29 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.25 AM Ex-sarpanch booked for murdering wife, daughter The victim, second wife of former sarpanch of Mudda village, was seven-month pregnant Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 3 A former Congress sarpanch of Mudda village on the Nakodar Road has been arrested for allegedly poisoning his expectant wife and a daughter to death. The victim, Amandeep Kaur (27), was the second wife of Congress leader Onkar Singh and was seven-month pregnant. Six-year-old Jasmine, who too was poisoned, was from his first wedding. Jasmine was studying in a boarding school at Dalhousie and was here for her vacation. Amandeep’s father Swaran Singh said he had married SNIPPETS Man commits suicide his daughter in 2013. “While not a suicide but a murder.” Onkar wanted to get her foeDSP Dr Mukesh Kumar tus terminated, Amandeep said a case of murder had wanted to bear the been registered on child. He had got the complaint of the her foetus aborted victim’s father. “We during a previous have arrested the pregnancy too. The accused and are couple had fought interrogating him. over the issue earliHe has confessed er too, but a settlethat he had given ment was reached Amandeep Kaur an injectable poithrough panchayat. son to his wife and He said his elder daughter daughter,” he said. He ruled had got a call from Onkar that out any possibility of killing they were coming to Moga for her after the sex determinaa pregnancy test, but he was tion of the foetus. “It was in for a shock when he got a rather a case of marital discall from the police that his cord and the daughter, perdaughter had committed sui- haps, was a witness to the cide. He alleged that it was crime,” he said. Kin of the deceased Amandeep Kaur grieving at Nakodar on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH DYNAMIC DAILY PRICING OF CRUDE OIL Claiming big losses, oil dealers feel a harassed lot ❝ Rachna Khaira Phagwara: A post office employee here, identified as Tersem Lal, a resident of Madhopur village, reportedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a running train near the Chiherru railway station on the PhagwaraJalandhar rail section on Sunday. Stress was said to be the reason behind the extreme step, said Government Railway Police, which handed over the body to his family members after postmortem that was conducted at the local Civil Hospital. OC 30 kg poppy husk seized The Satnampura police have arrested Sunil Kumar, a resident of Kapurthala, for allegedly indulging in drug peddling. Cops recovered 30 kg of puppy husk from his possession. The accused was nabbed at a checkpoint near Ekta Resorts Hadiabad on the PhagwaraNakodar road. OC Journalist dead A young journalist of Phagwara, Chhavi Bhaskar, died after a prolonged illness at a hospital here on Monday morning. He is survived by his mother, wife and son. The last rites will be performed on July 5 at 11 am at the crematorium on the Banga road. Members of the Phagwara Press Club mourned the demise of Bhaskar. OC In Western countries, it is the oil marketing companies (OMCs) that keep a fixed margin of their dealers and bear the profit and losses on a daily basis. However, in India, the OMCs are yet to take a call on our fixed margin in an era of dynamic daily pricing. The dynamic pricing is driving many dealers into accumulated inventory losses, Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 3 With over hundred crores reportedly lost in a week due to the dynamic daily pricing of fuel introduced by oil marketing companies (OMCs) since June 16, oil dealers claim to have been hit hard in the state. Out of the 3,268 fuel outlets in Punjab, around 300 are in Jalandhar. Out of this, only 10 per cent of the oil dealers are running big outlets, while the remaining 90 per cent are running small-time outlets in various residential colonies. Incidentally, since the announcement of the daily dynamic pricing of fuel, the prices are coming down drastically, resulting in huge losses to be borne by the oil dealers. While petrol was sold at Rs 72.15 a litre on June 15, it was sold for Rs 68.05 a litre on Monday. Similarly, diesel, which was sold at Rs 56.26 a litre on June 15, was sold at Rs 53.72 a litre. According to Sukhmohan Singh Sehgal, president of the Jalandhar Petroleum dealers Association (JPDA), the move has broken the backbone of the oil dealers as they are suffering huge losses in a business based on volumetric sales. “We are suffering losses even before we get the delivery of the fuel. The oil depots open from 6 am to 10 pm and the prices of crude oil changes everyday at 6 pm. As ❞ — NITIN GOEL, secretary, JPDA Finding no respite, the oil dealers association has announced no sale day on July 5 and no sale and no purchase day on July 12 to lodge their protests. Consumers welcome dynamic pricing A young girl gets her scooter filled with petrol in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO : MALKIAT SINGH soon as the delivery vehicles leave the oil depot after 6 pm, it is we who are bearing the brunt by selling fuel at lower rates,” said Singh. Though the OMCs in India have introduced the Western concept of dynamic daily pricing of crude oil, they are yet to implement it in the true spirit. “In Western countries, it is the OMCs who keep a fixed margin of their dealers and bear the profit and losses on a daily basis. However, in India, the OMCs are yet to take a call on our fixed mar- gin in an era of dynamic daily pricing. The dynamic pricing is driving many dealers into accumulated inventory losses,” said Nitin Goel, secretary, JPDA. At present, an oil dealer gets a margin of Rs 2.50 on a litre of petrol and Rs 1.55 on a litre of diesel. However, with the change in oil pricing everyday, the dealers have not been able to make both ends meet for the past one week. They have now demanded immunity in their margin by the OMCs. “The OMCs seemed to have introduced the concept in a haste. There is no automation at a majority of the filling stations and no mechanism was adopted to save the oil dealers from the daily change in crude oil pricing. If the OMCs fail to take any action in the issue, around 35,000 oil dealers in India will soon die of hunger,” said Monty Sehgal, spokesperson, Petrol Pump dealers Association, Punjab. While urging the OMCs to provide immunity either through fixing the margin or through the stock protection, Sehgal said that oil dealers across India had suffered losses up to Rs 800 crore since the daily dynamic pricing was introduced in the country. Various oil dealer associations though met the executive directors of the three OMCs in New Delhi on June 28 and were assured by them to review their margin mechanism in the era of daily dynamic pricing, nothing seems to have done so far by them. As the prices of crude oil are showing a downward trend since the introduction of the dynamic daily pricing since June 16, the consumers seemed to be a happy lot till date. While interacting with The Tribune at various outlets, many watchful consumers though have liked the move and demanded more transparency in the system. According to Sameer, a BTech student, the oil dealers should display the pricing method of the fuel so as to provide better transparency to the consumers. “How do we assure that the increase or decrease in oil prices are according to the crude oil pricing in the international market?” said Sameer. Bulk sales decrease has dented dealers’ pocket The daily dynamic pricing has also reported decrease in bulk sales as due to the downward trend in the oil pricing, consumers are not filling their fuel tanks to the full. Though the petrol sales in the state have not been affected much, there has been a tremendous decrease in the sale of diesel in the state. Protest against moving oil browsers Oil dealers have also lodged strong protests against the permission to the sale of oil through moving oil browsers in the country. According to them, the browsers were given permission to sell oil without making any amendment in the Petroleum Act and it will be a health and security hazard to move a vehicle filled with explosive substance in the city without issuing any licence by the district authorities. Also, they felt that if moving browsers were allowed to do home delivery of oil to the consumers, who would visit the filling stations in that case? Demolition drive held at Cool Road, Naya Bazaar Travel agents booked Tribune News Service Our correspondent Jalandhar, July 3 The Municipal Corporation (MC) today carried out a major anti-encroachment drive in the Cool road and Naya Bazaar area and removed illegal structures outside the house of Congress leader Captain Harminder Singh and SAD district president Gurcharan Singh Channi. Teams led by senior officials visited the two spots early in the morning and carried out the drive. Around 30 structures were demolished on Cool Road and 90 in the Naya Bazaar area. The action was taken by the MC in compliance with the High Court which, while Residents argue with MC staff during the demolition of encroachments in Jalandhar on Monday. Jalandhar, July 3 On a complaint lodged by the Palahai Road resident, Surjit Singh, the Phagwara police have registered a case against Ludhiana residents Sukhwant Singh and his wife Rajni of Ludhiana on the charges of duping the complainant of Rs 9.5 lakh on the promise of sending Sumit, nephew of the complainant, abroad. The police said neither the booked couple sent Sumit abroad nor returned his money. responding to a writ petition, had directed officials to remove the encroachments at the earliest. The petition was filed by Move to appoint administrator raises eyebrows P2 two area shopkeepers Arun Bajaj and BS Johl, who while fighting for an area outside their shop, had approached the High Court. MC officials, as per the orders received from the High Court, approached to inspect the area and encroachments reported by the shopkeepers. c m y b A JCB machine in operation during the demolition drive. TRIBUNE PHOTOS:MALKIAT SINGH
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