15072017-ATR-01.qxd 7/15/2017 12:43 AM Page 1 c m y b saturday | 15 July 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Kirtan darbar on July 23 IIFAntastic On wings of creativity The Chief Khalsa Diwan Charitable Society will organise a kirtan darbar on July 23. P2 At the 18th edition of the Indian Film Academy Awards in New York, Bollywood stars are all geared up to entertain the audience. P3 The queen of Indian television Ekta Kapoor is now ready to take centerstage with a new show Kundali Bhagya on Zee TV. P4 FORECAST RAINY | MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.29 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.30 AM KILLINGS OF AMARNATH YATRA PILGRIMS Partial bandh on call of right-wing Hindu groups In the evening, the majority of shops resumed business Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 14 A partial bandh was today observed in the city on the call of various right-wing Hindu groups and others to protest against the killings of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims. Most of the trade and industrial units in the city remained closed. Commercial hubs of the city, including wholesale textile markets like Katra Ahluwalia, Shastri market, Tahli Wala Bazaar, Pratap Bazaar and nearby streets were closed. Similarly, stationery items’ market Mai Sewa Wala Bazaar, gold and silver ornaments market, Guru Bazar, Bhandiyan Wala Bazaar, Chaurasti Attari, Batti Hatta were closed. Grain markets like Daal mandi, Mishri bazaar, Swank mandi, Wadi Dhab, Dhab Wasti Ram, Lachchmansar chowk and surrounding areas were completely closed. Besides commercial establishments in the rest of the city, filling stations were also closed in the day and were opened in the evening. Consequently, vendors at the railway station and the ISBT besides rickshaw pullers, auto-rickshaws, taxi operators, tour and travel business had a lean day. Hotel occupancy also 3 booked for attacking PSPCL team at village Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 14 The rural police have booked three persons for allegedly preventing government employees from discharging their duties and physically assaulting them. Though the incident occurred on June 27, a case was registered only yesterday. Those booked were identified as Lakhwinder Singh, his brother Sukhwinder Singh and Rajbir Singh of Hetampura, falling under the Lopoke police station here. Rashpal Singh, an employee of the PSPCL, stated to the police that he along with Junior Engineer Hardev Singh and Subdivi- sional Officer had gone to Hetampura village where the accused had taken illegal power supply by way of a ‘ kundi’ connection. He alleged that as they went to their house, the accused started hurling abuses at them and attacked them. They were armed with sticks and sharp-edged weapons. He said they manhandled him and threatened to kill his children. Agyapal Singh, investigating officer, said following a preliminary probe, a case under Sections 353, 186, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the culprits. He said no arrest had been made so far, as the accused were on the run. SNIPPETS Activists of various radical Hindu organisations raise slogans during a Punjab bandh call; and (below) policemen try to pacify the activists outside the Khairuddin Mosque in Amritsar on Friday. VISHAL KUMAR went down. Groups of youths even on motorcycles could be seen raising slogans and asking people to close their establishments. Members of the saffron outfits, who gave the call for the strike, visited many educational institutes yesterday itself, urging its managements to close down their institutes. Many schools were also closed. Many groups of protesting youths were also holding sharp-edged weapons. Police personnel, including women staff, were present in large numbers at various intersections. At many roads, barricades were also installed. Meanwhile, in the evening, the majority of shops resumed operation and started selling goods and essential commodities to people. Traffic also reappeared on the roads in large numbers. Many employees found 2 held with heroin absent on inspection Amritsar, July 14 On the directions of the Capt Amarinder Singh government, officials of the district administration carried out inspections of offices, schools and a hospital and found many employees absent from duty. Additional Deputy Commissioner Ravinder Singh said he found two food inspectors absent. He directed officials of the District Transport Office to provide more ceiling fans and help desks for the convenience of public. All absent staff members were issued showcause notices. SDM-2 Rajesh Sharma vis- ited various offices and found eight employees of Soil Conservation, one staff member each in horticulture and tubewell corporation absent. SDM-1 Nitish Singla found six employees of the tehsildar’s office, one from Sadar Kanungo and two staff members of Sewa Kendars absent. SDM, Ajnala, Rajat Oberoi did not find any employee in the government dispensary. SDM, Baba Bakala, Tejdeep Singh found two employees in the Assistant Registrar’s office, seven employees of the BDPO and 13 employees of the Market Committee absent from duty. Organic products get boost SAD, Cong workers clash at Pandori Waraich village with doorstep delivery Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 14 Expanding the midweek and the weekend organic farmer markets’ services to facilitate consumers, the free- home delivery service by Dilbir Foundation that first conceived the idea, is promoting natural products from doorstep to doorstep. The 24/7 service is not only delivering direct farm-fresh produce from regional and local farmers, but also processed natural products using that organic produce. The list includes green coffee, natural soaps, cleansers, mosquito repellents, jams, herbs, spices and even sus- tainable cloth bags and glass bottles. The idea is to promote not just farm produce but also food processing among organic farmers as well by creating a demand for such natural products. Covering all areas inside the city limits, the service has connected farmers from Kapurthala, Tarn Tarn, Chandigarh, Landran, Amritsar, Jalandhar, etc to consumers in the city. Since its beginning last month, the service has been getting orders consistently and more farmers from other states, too, are sending their products to the market. One of the managers of the service, Aman, said they do not keep the food products Missing Hemkund Sahib pilgrims untracked so far Amritsar, July 14 There is no clue about the whereabouts of the missing Hemkund Sahib pilgrims while the Uttarakhand Government has launched a search operation to locate them. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha in a press note issued here today. He said Tejvir Singh, Principal Secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was in touch with the authorities concerned of the Uttarak- hand Government while the district administration was also in constant touch with the authorities there. As many as eight pilgrims including two US-based NRIs had gone missing while returning from Hemkund Sahib. They had left for the pilgrimage on July 1 and had paid obeisance at the shrine on July 6. They were returning to the city when they mysteriously disappeared. Though the police and the administration there had continued on page 2 stocked, but acquire the required amount from farmers thrice a week. “We have kept the order numbers limited per day in order to provide fresh produce, not stocked or canned, to consumers.” The farmers, who have delved into the food processing industry through organic produce, too, have been roped in to provide a variety of items on the list. Even unseasonal varieties of crops and fruits are secured from different organic farms and made available, though in limited stock. So far, the delivery charges have been exempted, as it’s a voluntary service started by Dilbir Foundation. Woman robbed of ~ 55,000, jewellery Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 14 Unidentified robbers decamped with Rs 55,000 and 250 gm of gold jewellery after tying a married woman in Uthian village here today. She was alone at her home while her mother-in-law had gone to a gurdwara to pay obeisance in the morning. Gurmit Kaur, the victim’s mother-in-law, stated to the police that she along with her daughter-in-law Nobaljit Kaur continued on page 2 Amritsar, July 14 As many as 15 persons belonging to the SAD and the Congress were booked in a cross case, following a clash last evening. Five persons sustained sharp-weapon and burn injuries when acid was thrown on them during the clash. The injured were taken to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. No arrest has been made so far. Rashpal Singh, a SAD leader, stated that he was sitting at his dairy in Pandori Waraich village when Sukhbir Singh, alias Sukha, abused and threatened him of dire consequences over the phone. He threatened that SAD youth workers had committed atrocities during their 10-year-rule and now it was their turn to teach him a lesson. Rashpal Singh said he informed the Bal Kalan police chowki about this and they came to the spot. In the presence of the police, Sukha along with his accomplices reached there and attacked them. He said Sukha was holding a bottle containing acid which he poured on him while his accomplices injured him with sharp-edged weapons. He alleged that the accused also poured acid on his brother Baljinder Singh and assaulted his cousin Bachitar Singh. His father, Sarwan Singh, raised the c m y b Amritsar: The Division C police have arrested Balwinder Singh alias Sonu of Mandir Wala Bazaar and Lovepreet Singh of Teja Singh Wala village in Tarn Taran for allegedly possessing 25 gm of heroin. Police investigations revealed that Balwinder Singh's real name was Gurbinder Singh, who used to live in the Patti area in Tarn Taran district. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against him at the Patti police station. He was declared a proclaimed offender by the court. He was living in Amritsar with new name. The accused were brought on police remand and further investigations are under progress. TNS Newdisteduofficersannounced The Education Department on Friday announced new education authorities of the district. Sukhwinder Singh has been announced as new district education officer, (elementary) and Sunita Kiran has been appointed as District education officer, (senior secondary). Both these officials as per the orders have been asked to join their duties on July 15 Sukhwinder Singh has been transferred from city-based Government in Service and Training centre, while Sunita Kiran has been moved from Distt. Institute of Education and Training Sheikhupur, Kapurthala. Both of them were principals of these institutes. TNS Van Mahotsav held at ITI According to the directions issued by the Punjab Government and the Forest Department, a Van Mahotsav was inaugurated at the Dayanand ITI, Ranjit Avenue here. The forest festival aims at engaging students of the ITI and other residents in a plantation drive on the premises of the institute and outside as well. Plant species of medicinal and herbal value along with the varieties that grow fast and survive through all weathers were made available to people for plantation. The plantation drive was begun by MLA, Amritsar Central, OP Soni. The Forest Department has already announced a target of 1 lakh trees to be planted during this year within the district. TNS 3 held for carrying fake visas during migration check Injured Rashpal Singh undergoes treatment at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Accused yet to be arrested Five persons sustained sharpweapon and burn injuries when acid was thrown on them during the clash. The injured were taken to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. No arrest has been made so far. . alarm, following which they fled the scene. Sarwan Singh admitted them to hospital. He alleged that the accused also threatened him in the hospital and damaged their cars parked at the hospital. Besides Sukhbir Singh, the police booked his brother Bikramjit Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Genda, Raghu, Nari, Harwinder Singh and Rajbir Singh, all residents of Pandori Waraich village. Bikramjit Singh, on the other hand, alleged that it was Rashpal Singh and his accomplices who attacked him. He said he had helped Rashpal Singh to get a loan from a commission agent. He said now he had refused to pay back to him while the commission agent was pressurising him to return the money. He said Rashpal was dilly dallying in the matter whenever he asked him to return the money. He said he along with others were passing from outside Rashpal’s dairy when he attacked and fired at his car. He said Rashpal used acid in his dairy and it was he and his accomplices who threw acid on them. He said he and Rajbir sustained serious burn injuries in the incident. Randhir Singh, investigating officer, said a cross case under Sections 307, 326-A, 323, 324, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code had been registered at the Kamboh police station. He said further investigations were under progress while no arrest had been made so far. Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 14 Three persons were arrested by immigration officials at Sri Guru Ramdas Jee International Airport here for carrying fake visas during immigration check. Two of them arrived at the airport from Malaysia with fake visas of Canada while one was about to fly for Dubai on a fake visa. In the first case, immigration official Jagdeep Singh at the airport found that the fake visas of Canada were stamped on the passport of Gurwinder Kaur of Nangal and Nitish Raja of Chainpur village near Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir) during immigration check. Immigration officials handed over the accused to the police. ASI Baj Singh, investigating officer, stated that a travel agent from Jalandhar sent the accused to Malaysia and promised that she will further arrange the visa for Canada. The travel agent arranged fake visas for them, but they did not give money to the 2 accused arrive from Malaysia Two of the accused arrived at the airport from Malaysia with fake visas of Canada while one was about to fly for Dubai on a fake visa. . agent. Today, when they returned, the immigration officials arrested them with the fake visas. The police has arrested a female agent and registered separate cases under Sections 420/120-B, IPC, in this regard. Meanwhile, in another case, immigration official Rajnish Sharma found that Ravinder Kumar, a resident of New Baba Deep Singh colony, Chheharta, did not have proper visa documents. The accused was about to travel from Amritsar to Dubai. Some relatives of the accused sent him an online visa, but the details did not match with the passport during the immigration check, said ASI Salwinder Singh at the airport police station.
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