17072017-ATR-01.qxd 7/17/2017 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b monday | 17 July 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Residents angry The Black Prince New innings Commuters on the Majitha road from Gopal Nagar to SSSS Chowk are facing inconvenience. P2 Satinder Sartaaj believes he was destined to play the role of Maharaja Duleep Singh. P3 Puja Banerjee to play Ashish Chowdhary’s wife in Dev Anand. P4 FORECAST RAINY | MAX 34°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.36 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.38 AM Wholesale textile markets open in Walled City Traders admit losses due to strike but say Central Government unmoved by their protest Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 16 Even as the Federation of Textile Traders of Amritsar (FTTA) is yet to take a final call on the strike called to protest against the imposition of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on unstitched clothes, the wholesale textile markets in the Walled City opened today. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a wholesale textile trader said weeks have passed since the strike commenced. The imposition of GST on fabric was a policy decision of the Union government and the traders Shops reopened in the wholesale textile market in the Walled City area of Amritsar on Sunday. The strike was called to protest the imposition of GST. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Aujla thanks CM for allotting land for horticulture institute Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 16 Member of Parliament Gurjeet Singh Aujla thanked Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for allotment of land at Dhaul Kalan village in the district to set up the centrally sponsored Post Graduate Institute of Excellence in Horticulture. The Chief Minister’s office gave clearance to the longawaited institute, which is to be established by the Indian Council for Agriculture Research in collaboration with the state government. Aujla had raised the issue of the institute in the Lok Sabha during the budget session. He said the border state urgently required alternate crops for agriculture as the wheat-paddy cycle had ruined the fertile land and depleted groundwater. The government encourages farmers to opt for crop diversification but due to lack of such an institute, the goal has become unachievable. He said the horticulture institute would be of great help in enhancing farmers’ income. Apart from agricultural benefits, this institute will attract investments in various allied fields, generating job opportunities in the border district, the MP added. Along with the demand for horticulture institute, the Member of Parliament has been raising issues like more international and domestic flights from Amritsar, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility, establishment of software technology park, special economic zone and SAARC Hospital in the city. have been protesting against it, he added. He said the agitation was not likely to have much impact on the policy decision taken by the Central government. Another wholesale trader said the traders incurred losses to the tune of crores during the strike. He said that weekends record the maximum sale as retailers from rural and remote areas of the state come to procure goods in bulk. Once called the Manchester of India, the textile industry in the holy city is grappling with problems like rising cost and quality competitive mar- ket following global competition, rising cost of raw and changing dynamics of the manufacturing technology, traders said. FTTA president Jatinder Singh Moti Bhatia said there is no division of opinion about the agitation among the business community. He said most shops were opened to check any damage following the recent rains. He said the next course of action regarding the agitation will be decided by the GST Sangharsh Samiti, headed by Tara Chand Kast, tomorrow. A decision would be conveyed to the traders here accordingly. Colourful canopy Cops attacked by bootleggers, 1 held Tribune News Service City residents buy umbrellas in Amritsar on Sunday in the hope that rain gods would smile on the city. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar, July 16 A patrolling police party was attacked by alleged bootleggers in Chhapa Ram Singh area last evening. A head constable opened fire with his carbine to counter them. One of them identified as Jagbinder Singh, a resident of Chhapa Ram Singh, was arrested while his accomplices managed to escape. Assistant sub inspector Rashpal Singh said he, along with a police party, was patrolling at Chhapa Ram Singh village when they noticed an electricity bulb switched on inside a tubewell room. He said when they moved towards the room, they found around seven persons filling a plastic can with alcohol. Rashpal Singh said head constable Pargat Singh identified them. He said before they could get any further, accused Jag- SNIPPETS Five persons duped of ~21 lakh in immigration frauds 93 gm heroin seized, 3 held Tribune News Service Amritsar: The police have arrested three alleged drug peddlers in two cases. The CIA staff nabbed Gaurav Kumar at a naka and recovered 41 gm heroin from his possession. He was coming from Gujjapura area on a bike when the police intercepted his vehicle. His interrogation led to the The accused in police custody in Amritsar. arrest of two more alleged drug A TRIBUNE PHOTO peddlers identified Sitara Singh of Maqboolpura and Resham Singh. Gaurav told the police that he bought the contraband from Sitara Singh. The Maqboolpura police later arrested Sitara Singh and Resham Singh and recovered 52 gm heroin from their possession. The police said the accused had already served a sentence of five years and again took to illegal activities. TNS One booked on rape charge Amritsar: A married woman was allegedly raped by a resident of Kamaska village, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Lopoke police station. The woman also belongs to the same village. The incident occurred on the intervening night of July 13-14 though a case was registered on Saturday. She has stated that she could not raise an alarm as she got scared. The police have registered a case under Section 376 and 506 of the IPC while the accused identified as Dalwej Singh is yet to be arrested. She said the accused entered her house by scaling the boundary wall. As the accused had covered his face, she could not identify him at that time. The woman has stated that the accused covered her face with a piece of cloth and raped her. The accused left his mobile phone at the spot of crime. It is with the help of the mobile phone that the accused was identified, she added. The woman said she could not tell about the incident to anyone as she was scared at that time. She used to work at the house of the accused. She said the next day, the accused came to her house and asked for his cell phone. When she refused, the accused abused her and threatened of dire consequences, the woman has stated. Police officials said a case had been registered and raids were on to arrest the accused. TNS Amritsar, July 16 The dreams of settling abroad came crashing down for four persons working in a reputed hotel here after they were duped by two Singapore citizens. The accused have been identified as Arvinder Singh of Ganda Singh Wala and Amandeep Singh of the Sachkhand road area in Tarn Taran. Both of them now live in Singapore. They have been charged with cheating, criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Human Smuggling Act. Complainant Naveen Rana said he, along with his colleagues, Balmiki Kumar of Bihar, Manoj Kumar of Uttrakhand and Ajay Singh of Kangra were duped of Rs 9.20 lakh. All of them work in a reputed hotel located in the Hall Gate area. The police investigation revealed that the four were introduced to the two accused by Naveen Rana. All payments were made in the bank accounts of the accused from the victims’ bank accounts. Investigating officer Ritu Bala said a case under Sections 420 and 120-B PC and Section 13 of the Prevention of Human Smuggling Act (POHSA) had been registered against the accused. She said further investi- gations were under progress and efforts would be made to get the accused deported from Singapore. Five booked in immigration fraud In another case, the Division B police have booked five persons for cheating a city resident of Rs 12.93 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. Those booked include Kanwarpal Singh, Anwarpal Singh, their father Sucha Singh and mother Surinder Kaur, who belong to American Study and Career Programme being run in the Partap Nagar area and Principal Singh of Khajala village. They have been charged under Sections 420 and 120-B IPC and Section 13 of POHSA. No arrest has been made so far while further investigation is underway, said investigating officer Vijaypal Singh. SGPC president honours UPSC topper, his parents Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 16 Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (SGPC) president Kirpal Singh Bandugar presented a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to Anmol Sher Singh, who achieved second rank in the civil services examination. The SGPC chief also honoured his father Sarabjit Singh and other family members. Bandugar said the cash award for the city youth was announced after the UPSC had declared the final merit list. Encouraging words ■ It will encourage others to excel in their respective fields, Badungar added. . He said the SGPC had earlier passed a resolution that all Sikh youth excelling at national and international level would be honoured by it. It will encourage others to excel in their respective fields, he added. SGPC executive committee members Ram Singh, Balwinder Singh, Manjit Singh, Harjap Singh Sultanwind and others were also present on the occasion. c m y b SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar presents a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to Anmol Sher Singh in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Head constable opens fire ■ A patrolling police party was attacked by alleged bootleggers in Chhapa Ram Singh area on Saturday evening. A head constable opened fire with his carbine to counter them. . binder Singh fired at them with a pistol while others pelted the police team with stones. Head constable Pargat Singh fired in the air and in their feet from his carbine in self defence, said Rashpal Singh. A case under Sections 307, 323, 353, 186, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against the accused. Harjinder Singh, SHO at the Jandiala police station, said investigation was on to identify the remaining accused. Five snatchings in past 24 hours Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 16 Five snatching incidents were reported in the city in the past 24 hours. In three incidents, women were made targets. Sanjay Kapoor, a city resident, became a victim of snatching in the wee hours today when he was returning to home after dropping his son at Hall Gate. Kapoor said when he reached Kennedy Avenue, two armed persons came on a bike and snatched his wallet, mobile phone, a diamond and a gold ring. Another resident Kuldip Kaur became a target of snatchers when she, along with her daughter, was returning home. They reached near the government college when unidentified persons snatched her bag containing Rs 42,000, mobile phone, wrist watch and other important documents. Similarly, two unidentified persons snatched the purse of Harvinder Kaur near her house. The accused came from behind and ran away after snatching her purse having Rs 12,000, mobile phone and important documents. Continued on page 2
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