02102017-ATR-01.qxd 10/1/2017 11:53 PM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 2 OCTOBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE American Gandhi in city Yayy! It’s bhangra today Margot’s creative streak Delegates from 25 countries organise harmony walk, pick garbage from roads. That’s the reaction that fitness trainers get from students when they announce a bhangra session. P3 Margot Robbie showed off her tattooing skills as she inked a crew member on TV show. P4 FORECAST P2 SUNNY | MAX 35°C MIN 21.1°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.14 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.25 AM NSUI leaders among 7 booked for dhaba firing Refused service at Pritam Dhaba for being drunk, 2 injured Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 1 The police have booked NSUI president and vicepresident of Guru Nanak Dev University for opening fire at a dhaba, leaving two persons injured, Friday night. The accused, Deep Sandhu and Parminder Singh Nijjar, president and vice-president, respectively, of NSUI at GNDU, were in an inebriated state, the police said. Five others, who accompanied them, too have been booked. Efforts are on to nab them, the police said. According to information, the accused turned up at Pritam Dhaba on Friday and sat at a portion reserved only for families. Dhaba employees refused to serve and asked them to leave. They returned half an hour later and opened fire. Two persons, identified as Pawan Kumar and Anil An injured Anil Dhawan under treatment at a private hospital in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Dhawan, sustained bullet injuries. They were admitted to a private hospital. Pawan, in his complaint to the police, said he worked as an accountant at the dhaba, opposite to the Amritsar railway station. “Around seven drunk persons came at 10.30 pm, entered the family hall and laid down on chairs. When the employees asked them to sit properly, they started arguing and used abusive language. The dhaba owner refused to serve them dinner and requested them to leave,” he said. At 11.50 pm, they returned in two cars and barged into the dhaba. They created a ruckus, beat up the employees and fired gunshots. Two bullets hit Anil Dhawan while one hit Pawan’s hand. They were taken to hospital, told Pawan. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Lakhbir Singh said the accused were on the run and raids were being conducted to nab them. Apart from Deep Sandhu and Parminder Singh Nijjar, the police have booked Harchand Singh and four unknown persons under Sections 307, 452, 148 and 149 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54 and 59 under the Arms Act. Youths fire in the air, 1 held Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 1 The rural police have arrested a youth for allegedly firing in the air and creating a panic on GT Road near Ranike Tpoint here last evening. The accused has been identified as Sukhdev Singh. His accomplices, including one Gurlal Singh of Ranike village, managed to flee. The police said the accused parked their cars and a Jeep alongside the road, climbed atop the vehicles and opened indiscriminate fire. They fled when a police team reached the spot. The police managed to nab only Sukhdev Singh. A .32 bore pistol with empty shell was recovered from his possession. Six more bullet shells of .32 bore revolver were found in the Jeep. Sukhdev told police that Gurlal Singh had brought other persons with him. Two cars and a Jeep were impounded. The police said raids were on to nab them. A case has been registered at Gharinda police station. A spurt in the incidents of firing has left the city residents panicked. Stern police action can deter the errants, said Gurdeep Randhawa, a resident. Restaurant fined for charging VAT unnecessarily It charged VAT on a water bottle whereas soda, soft drink and water bottles are tax free in Punjab Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 1 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed a restaurant to refund the money charged as VAT from a local resident besides paying Rs 2,000 as compensation and Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses. Ravinder Singh had filed a complaint against Temptation restaurant, located on circular road, stating that he along with a friend visited the place last year and ordered some food and a bottle of mineral water. He said the cost of the food was Rs 420 and after adding taxes, a bill for Rs 505 was issued. He said that the mineral bottle they had purchased was also taxed by 14.5 per cent for VAT. The complainant stated that as per the notification of the state government under the single stage taxation scheme, soda, soft drink and mineral water were declared tax free. He said that when he complained about it to the employees of the restaurant, they didn’t pay heed. The opposite party in its reply stated that they had not violated the Punjab VAT Act 2005. It was stated that taxes were charged as applicable. The forum said that 4 held with heroin Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, October 1 The police arrested four drug peddlers separately and seized 374 gm of heroin last evening. The recovered consignment is worth Rs 1.85 crore in the international market, the police said. According to information, the Harike police had set up a checkpoint at Booh Havelian village, 35 km from here, where an Alto car (DL-9CX8975) was signalled to stop. The cops searched the car and found Pargat Singh of Ghaduwala village possessing 255 gm heroin and his associate Sukhdev Singh Deba of Fatta Bora village (Ferozepur) 65 gm of heroin. Meanwhile, the Sadar police arrested Manpreet Singh of Thathi Khara of Pandori Gola village for possessing 50 gm of heroin. The Patti Sadar police seized four grams of heroin from Palwinder Singh of Sabhra village at a naka in the area. The accused have been booked under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. SNIPPETS Bike looted at gunpoint Amritsar: Three armed persons took away a motorcycle from a city resident, Harjit Singh, on Friday evening. He along with his friend Satnam Singh was going to meet another friend Karan at Tahli Wala Bazaar when three persons riding a bike forced them to stop. They took out a pistol and asked them to leave their bike. When Harjit refused, they fired two gunshots in the air to frighten them and took away the two-wheeler. The accused said the accused were later identified as Nikhil alias Bhadi of Majith Mandi area, Karan alias Masti of Bazaar Gujjaran and one Dodhi. A case under Sections 399 and 34 of the IPC has been registered. Raids are on to nab them. TNS Revolver stolen, man booked Tarn Taran: A resident of Marhana village, 30 km from here, has been booked for allegedly stealing a .32 bore licensed revolver of his neighbour. The accused has been identified as Gurpreet Singh Gopi. The complainant, 72-year-old Niranjan Singh, told police that one and a half year back he went to Kota Bundi (Rajasthan) to look after his land and the revolver was kept in his locked house here in the village. When he returned from Kota Bundi, he found his revolver missing from his almirah. He suspect that his neighbour Gurpreet Singh has stolen the firearm. Gopi has been booked under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC by the Harike police. TNS c m y b according to the notification of the state government dated February 21, 2014, the opposite party shouldn’t have charged VAT on mineral water. The forum asked the restaurant to refund the among charged as VAT on mineral water bottle and pay compensation and litigation expenses. Canada-Amritsar flight to start soon, says Aujla Major int’l flights were diverted to Delhi airport years ago Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 1 The long pending demand of a large number of NRIs and their relatives here for a direct flight between Amritsar and a Canadian city is likely to be fulfilled soon. Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla said Air Canada would soon begin flights after it inked a bilateral agreement for the same. Post 2012, all major international flights were diverted to the privately-run Delhi airport, causing a steep fall in the Amritsar airport’s revenue and international connectivity. Even its revenue from cargo and farm-fresh cargo also plummeted. The rise of Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport had started after it was elevated to an international airport in 2004 and about Rs 500 crore was invested for its development. However, subprime crisis in the USA and changing global economic scenario initially caused many airlines to pull out their flights from the city. Later, Air India withdrew many flights, citing some reasons and its staff strike. Air India had sprung a surprise by discontinuing its Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight, which was termed by many as the most successful flight in the annals of the national carrier’s history. The flight, which used to witness over 90 per cent occupancy, was withdrawn on October 31, 2010. The British Midland International (BMI) had pulled out its Amritsar-Almaty-London flight in October 2012. Before MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla addresses mediapersons regarding flight services in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR DAILY BENGALURU FLIGHT FROM OCT 29 Amritsar: A private airline is going to launch daily flight from Amritsar to Bengaluru from October 29. Speaking about the network expansion, Aditya Ghosh, president and director of IndiGo said, “With the increased flow of tourists and business traffic across these sectors, IndiGo is providing additional frequencies and a direct daily flight between Amritsar and Bengaluru. We are looking at providing affordable fares on these new routes for travellers. It is our constant endeavor to provide more flexibility of choice to our customers as IndiGo continues to offer them on time, hassle free and always affordable flying experience.” The company is also expanding operations in winter schedule with 18 flight frequencies. TNS this, Air India had suspended its Amritsar-Toronto flight due to the strike of pilots. Singapore Airlines had launched thrice a week Amritsar-Singapore flight on October 1, 2004. The service ran well for around five years before being discontinued in early 2009. Later, Jet Airways launched its Amritsar-London flight only to withdraw it after sometime. Consequently, the revenue from the export of perishable cargo at the airport had also come down drastically. For instance, the export of perishable goods like fresh vegetables and fruit, produced in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, to Europe came down to zero. Amritsar Vikas Manch patron r Charanjit Singh Gumtala said it was a welcome move that when Indian airlines were not coming forward with direct flights between Amritsar and Canada, the same gap could be filled by foreign airlines.
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