03102017-ATR-01.qxd 10/2/2017 11:58 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 3 OCTOBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Paddy procurement Live it up, virtually Real Housewives of Atlanta Three government agencies have procured 421 metric tonnes of paddy so far. P2 There is something charming about getting live with your family ask these avid users of Facebook live feature. P3 Eva Marcille to join 10th season of Real Housewives of Atlanta. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 35°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 21.1°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.14 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.25 AM SNIPPETS Students’ poser to CM Amritsar: The National Students’ Federation has asked the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to clarify the step taken by the Panjab University authorities. The Syndicate of the university has reduced the pass marks for the Phd entrance test from 50 to 40 per cent for SC/ST students. The federation alleged that the move will benefit Punjab Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi because he had failed to get pass marks in the PhD entrance exam for political science. It has asked the CM to clarify his stand on this. TNS Three killed in road NRI robbed, cops reluctant to lodge FIR initially accident near Rayya Tribune News Service Two arrested with opium The police have arrested two persons for allegedly possessing opium and unaccounted cash. They were identified as Maninderpal Singh of Bazaar Gujjran and Ganesh Chand of Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Police authorities said they were arrested after they received a tip-off. It recovered 500 gm of opium, Rs 60,000 in Indian currency and a bike. The police have registered a case under Sections 18, 29, 61 and 85 under the NDPS Act against them while further investigations were under progress. TNS SGPC congratulates Jagmeet Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Kirpal Singh Badungar has congratulated Jagmeet Singh for being elected as the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), one of Canada’s three largest national political parties. Bandugar said Jagmeet Singh had made the entire community proud. He said the youngsters see Jagmeet Singh as a role model as he had proved that one could be a true follower of his religion and at the same time, he made a mark in the political setup of another country. TNS Car taken away at gun point Tarn Taran: Three unidentified Swift car-borne robbers took away a Verna car at gunpoint from near Kharideenke village on the ChabalAmritsar road on Sunday evening. The Chabal police have registered a case under Section 392 of the IPC and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act in this regard. Navjot Singh, a resident of Khairdeenke village, who is the owner of the Verna car, was going to Gurdwara Beer Baba Budha Sahib to pay obeisance when the robbers hit their car with his car. When Navjot confronted them, the robbers threatened him and fled the spot with his car. The Chabal area, especially the ChabalAmritsar road, has become a hotbed of criminal activities. Two days ago, an Amritsar-based businessman was looted. OC Mobile set recovered from jail The Patti Sub-Jail authorities have recovered a mobile set from jail inmate Sukhchain Singh, alias Chaina, of Rajoke village on Sunday. The Patti police have registered a case under Section 52-A of the Prison Act against the accused. The DSP Patti Sub-Jail told the police that the inmate was lodged in the jail under the NDPS Act. OC One held with stolen revolver The Harike police have arrested a person with a stolen .32 bore revolver and four live cartridges. The accused have been identified as Gurpreet Singh Gopi, a resident Marhana village, 30 kms from here. He is accused of stealing the revolver from the house of his neighbour Niranjan Singh, a resident of the same village. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the accused. Niranjan Singh told the police that one and a half years ago, he had gone to Kota Bundi (Rajasthan) to take a look at his land. When he returned, he saw that the revolver was missing from the almirah. The police had recovered the revolver from Gurpreet. OC Case against stubble burning Raghbir Singh, a farmer of Khabbe Dogran village, 10 km from here, has been booked for stubble burning. A case under Section 188 of the IPC has been registered against him. ASI Desraj Singh, who is investigating the case, said the farmer managed to flee the spot when the police raided his fields on Sunday. OC The overturned truck carrying oxygen cylinders, which hit a scooter and killed three persons in the Beas area in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Eyewitness account Amritsar, October 2 Killer roads snuffed out three more lives here today when a speeding tempo truck carrying oxygen cylinders collided with a scooter near Rayya. Among the victims was a four-year-old child, identified as Gurlal Singh. He along with his grandparents Bhupinder Singh (57) and Balwinder Kaur (53) of Rayya was going to consult a doctor. The grandparents also died on the spot. According to information, the victims were returning Eyewitnesses said the truck was at a high speed. The unknown driver of the vehicle lost control and rammed into the road divider. The truck jumped over the divider and fell on the scooter coming from the opposite side. The three victims died on the spot. . home after buying some goods when the indent took place. The tempo truck, carrying oxygen cylinders, was coming to Amritsar from Jalandhar. Eyewitnesses said the truck was at a high speed. MC gets Swachh Bharat award Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 2 The local Municipal Corporation has received the Rashtriya Swachh Bharat Puraskar under the Swachh Iconic Places (SIPs), an initiative of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The holy shrine, Golden Temple, was earlier picked by the ministry for the list of iconic places under the Swacch Bharat Mission. Municipal Corporation health officer Dr Raju Chauhan said, “The award was received by senior officials of the corporation today at an event in New Delhi.” Chauhan said a total of 100 iconic places in the country were earlier on the list. The MC stated the award was bestowed on the civic body for better cleanliness and hygiene around Golden Temple. Chauhan said Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited had also announced that it will spend Rs 10 crore to ensure cleanliness surrounding Golden Temple as part of its corporate social responsibility. The corporation also organised Swachh Bharat Campaigns on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti today at Company Bagh and Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. Led by Assistant Commissioner Alka Kalia, officials of the administration took an oath to work for improving the cleanliness and hygiene continued on p2 All-women Camel Safari expedition ends Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 2 The first all-women Camel Safari expedition comprising officers drawn from the Border Security Force and the Indian Air Force concluded at the Attari Joint Check Post here today. The Camel Safari was accorded a warm welcome at Attari. The expedition, dedicated to spread awareness about “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”, women empowerment and gender equality was flagged off on Independence Day from the Air Force station at Uttarlai in Barmer, Rajasthan. Around 10 women officers from the IAF and 16 personnel from the BSF were taking part in the expedition. The Safari entered Punjab through the Abohar sector of the BSF where it was given a rousing welcome on September 23. After passing through border areas and towns of Abohar, Ferozepur and the Amritsar sector, it ended up The unknown driver of the vehicle lost control and rammed into the road divider. It jumped over the divider and fell on the scooter coming from the opposite side. The three victims died on the spot. Police officials reached the spot and took the bodies into their custody and sent these for a postmortem examination. The police authorities said a case under Sections 304-A, 427 and 279, IPC, has been registered against the unknown driver. The cops said investigations were underway to identify the culprit and arrest him. Amritsar, October 2 Days after a tourist was seriously injured when a snatcher pulled her purse due to which she fell down from a rickshaw, an Australian NRI woman was robbed by some bike-borne persons. The incident occurred just outside Saragarhi Gurdwara when she was taking a selfie. Her purse contained 5,000 Australian dollars, 500 US dollars, Rs 10,000 in Indian currency besides a mobile and jewellery. On top of that, she had to wait for hours at the Kotwali police station before the registration of an FIR while cops were persuading her to file a theft or a missing property complaint. Gurjit Kaur, wife of Gurdeep Singh, who originally hailed from Mohali, has been residing in Australia for the past several years. She had come to meet her relatives at Mohali. Sparing some time, she came all the way to the holy city to pay obeisance at Golden Temple. Talking to the media, she said she had reached Darbar Sahib in the noon and after paying obeisance, she came Australia-based NRI Gurjit Kaur. TRIBUNE PHOTO Costly selfie The incident occurred just outside Saragarhi Gurdwara when Gurjit Kaur was taking a selfie. Her purse contained 5,000 Australian dollars, 500 US dollars, Rs 10,000 in Indian currency besides a mobile and jewellery. . out of the shrine and was clicking pictures on her mobile. She was taking pictures of the big screen at the Saragarhi parking near the Saragarhi shrine on the Her- In memory of Bapu Children hold national flags as they sing religious songs near a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 148th birth anniversary at Company Bagh in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR IMPLEMENTATION OF GST Congress holds silent protest on Gandhi Jayanti outside Jaitley’s residence Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Girl students performing giddha at a cultural programme organised to welcome all-women Camel Safari at the Attari Joint Check Post in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR covering a distance of around 315 km. A special programme was organised at the JCP Attari during the culmination of the expedition. Nirmal Milkha Singh, a former captain of Indian Women’s Volleyball team, graced the occasion while former Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla was also present during the programme. Arjuna awardee Heena Sidhu and Ronak Pandit, sports shooter, were also present. IG, BSF Punjab , Frontier, Mukul Goel, among other BSF officers was pres- ent during the ceremony. Girl students presented giddha while according a warm welcome to the participants of the women Camel Safari. BSF officials said the expedition was aimed to build a positive image of the force. c m y b itage Street when some unidentified youths snatched her purse. Though she raised the alarm, the accused managed to slip away due to heavy rush. This despite the fact that there are cops deputed at various entry points of the Heritage Street and near the shrine. She immediately went to the Kotwali police station to lodge an FIR. However, the police official there asked her to lodge a lost complaint rather than a snatching case. The cops said she would have to come to the city in case the accused was arrested and her belongings were recovered. Initially, they discouraged her from lodging an FIR. When the victim stood her ground, even then it took four hours for the police to register a case. While Kotwali SHO Rajwinder Kaur evaded queries, Police Commissioner SS Srivastava said a case had been registered regarding the incident. He said nobody had complained to him regarding any misbehaviour or harassment by the cops. He said he would get the matter investigated. He pointed out that it took some time to verify the incident. Amritsar, October 2 Protesting against the implementation of a “halfbaked” GST, Congress workers held a silent protest outside the residence of the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, today. Some of the agitators took off their shirts to emphasise their protest, held on Gandhi Jayanti. They raised slogans against the Narendra Modi government for its “habit” of hurriedly implementing policies without conducting a thorough study of their impact on people. A peaceful protest led by Sanjeev Rampal, secretary, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, in relation to the allegedly wrong implementation of demonetisa- Congress workers hold silent protest outside Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s residence in Amritsar on Monday. tion and the GST was held outside the 343, Green Avenue, residence of Arun Jaitley, who had bought it before the last general election, which he had lost to the Congress candidate, Capt Amarinder Singh. He said both the major economic policy decisions of the government had brought countless problems to traders, industrialists, workers and common people. He said many people had died because of the implementation of the demonetisation policy and no one cared to help them and their families, adding that wrong implementation of the GST caused huge unemployment, as a large number of small and micro industries perished in the massive economic changeover. Rampal said there was a huge increase in the prices of almost all commodities. Besides, the government was making a mockery of this by claiming that prices had been reduced. He claimed that 95 per cent of the companies were charging more than earlier, adding to the burden of common people. “Many factories were shut down or they reduced their production to less than half, leading to huge unemployment.” The agitators protested with black ribbons and homage was paid to the people who died due to implementation of demonitisation.
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