06102017-ATR-01.qxd 10/5/2017 11:55 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 6 OCTOBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Leaders pay tributes Poet’s house big draw Chubby no more... A state-level function was held to celebrate the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Valmiki. P2 Even six decades after the death of Dhani Ram Chatrik, visitors flock to his house. Actress Kanchi Singh has had an amazing transformation by losing eight kilos. P4 FORECAST P3 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 35°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.09 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.28 AM Spirit of joy NON-PAYMENT OF OPERATING COSTS Mechanical sweeping around Golden Temple comes to halt Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Students perfom giddha during the Zonal Youth Festival of Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Shubham’s father killed out of revenge, Simranjit booked ❝ PK Jaiswar We have booked Simranjit Singh and his unidentified accomplices in the case as preliminary investigations pointed out that the brutal murder of Baljinder Singh was an outcome of gang rivalry Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 5 Hours after the killing of Baljinder Singh alias Kalu, a suspended cop and the father of notorious gangster Shubham Singh, the police have booked Simranjit Singh alias Happy of Guru Ramdas Avenue and his unidentified accomplices in this connection. The police believed that Simranjit Singh shot Baljinder Singh dead in order to avenge the killing of his father Hardev Singh, a tavern owner. Hardev Singh and his servant were shot dead by Shubham Singh on July 25, 2016. Shubham Singh had a LAKHBIR SINGH, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police rivalry with Simranjit Singh. Shubham Singh had gone to Hardev Singh’s tavern to settle an old score with him. On reaching there, he opened fire at Hardev Singh and his worker, Raju. Hardev Singh died on the spot, but Raju succumbed to his injuries on August 6, 2016. The police had arrested Shubham and his two accomplices in August last year. Among others who were ❞ arrested for murder included Gaurav Singh alias Sawan of Friends Colony, Kapil Jaitley of Katra Kullu, Tinku Bangali and Amit Kumar alias Chabi. Shubham Singh had recently escaped from the police custody with the help of armed persons when he was being brought to Amritsar for a hearing from Kapurthala jail. Since then, he has been at large. “We have booked Simran- jit Singh and his unidentified accomplices in the case as preliminary investigations pointed out that the brutal murder of Baljinder Singh was an outcome of a gang rivalry,” said Lakhbir Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police. He said Simranjit Singh had been missing since the incident and raids were being conducted to arrest him. The postmortem of the body would be conducted tomorrow, he added. Kalu was booked on the charges of attempt to murder last year while several more cases were reportedly registered against him, said the Continued on page 3 5 state agencies start purchase of paddy Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 5 The five state-procurement agencies have purchased a total of 76,557 metric tonnes of paddy till today, as the central agency, the Food Corporation of India (FCI), is yet to start purchase. Till date, Pungrain has been the front-runner in making the purchase, as it bought a maximum of 7,757 metric tonnes even today. The district mandi officials stated that of the 39 grain markets in the districts, the produce has started arriving at 33 markets. However, the government agencies are active at only 19 grain markets, as at the rest of the markets, the varieties which are procured by the government agencies have not yet arrived. District Mandi Officer Swaran Singh said, “At these markets, so far, the farmers are either bringing basmati varieties or other paddy varieties, which are out of the Continued on page 3 SNIPPETS GNDU Zonal Youth Festival Amritsar:The Zonal Youth Festival of Educational Colleges of Guru Nanak Dev University concluded here on Thursday in Dasmesh Auditorium of the university. The affiliated educational colleges participated in this festival. The Guest of Honour was S. Jatinderpal Singh, Xen, Civil Lines, PSPCL, Hall Gate, Amritsar. Dr. Jagjit Kaur, Director, Youth Welfare, gave details of the achievements of the Youth Welfare Department. Khalsa College of Education, Ranjit Avenue, was the overall champion, DAV College of Education for Women was the runners-up and the third position was secured by MGN College of Education, Jalandhar. TNS Seven arrested for gambling With the arrival of the festive season, gambling has seen a rise in the city. The Division A police arrested seven persons on the charge of gambling on Wednesday evening. They were released on bail later on. Those accused are Manav Kumar, Maninder Singh, Ankush and Rohit Bhasin, all residents of Hussainpura, Vishal Kumar of Sundar Nagar, Navjot Singh of Tilak Nagar and Bhupinder Singh of Sharifpura area. The police seized Rs 21,590 from their possession. TNS c m y b Amritsar October 5 The company hired for mechanical sweeping on the Heritage Street and the roads that lead to Golden Temple has suspended work since October 1, as the Municipal Corporation (MC) did not pay their monthly charges. The MC did not pay money to the company since February this year. According to company officials, payment of Rs 6 crore is pending for these eight months. The MC had hired the company in August 2016 for mechanical sweeping of 109 km of roads. There are a total 17 roads and streets that lead to Golden Temple. The MC used to pay Rs 1.50 crore per month to the mechanical sweeping company. Following a financial crisis, the MC officials reduced the route from109 km to 55 km. Now, they have to pay Rs 60 lakh every month for mechanised cleaning. The company workers now clean only two roads, includ- Garbage heaps lies around Golden Temple, as the mechanical-sweeping company suspended work in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR ing the Heritage Street. The company cleans the Heritage Street several times a day and deploys employees for 24 hours for picking up of litter. They also wash the street twice a day to clean the marble tiles. Ironically, the MC is unable to pay even Rs 60 lakh per month. Manjinder Singh, manager of the company, said, “We have suspended the sweeping work as we are unable to meet our day-to-day expenses. More than 150 employees are working on the task. We can’t pay the operating cost of machines and salaries from our pocket. So we have suspended the work till the MC pays our dues. The MC has received the Rashtriya Swachh Bharat Puraskar under the Swachh Iconic Places (SIPs) on October 2. The holy shrine, Golden Temple, was earlier picked by the ministry under the list of iconic places under the Swachh Bharat Mission for maintaining clean surroundings. DC against sexual persecution of women at offices Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 5 Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha has ordered proper implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. He has said that the Act must be enforced if there are at least 10 women working in any organisation. The 2013 law is meant to protect and prevent women from facing any kind of sexual advancements, molestation and harassment. Under the law, a committee has to be formed, if any organisation is having at least 10 female employees and the committee is required to take action against the guilty. The Deputy Commissioner also held a meeting on sexual harassment, which involved a number of people who attended the meeting, including principals of various schools besides government officials. Sangha said, “In such a time and age, women must be aware of their rights and they must take action, if required. Moreover, all the institutions, be it government, non-government and other organisations, must ensure that there is a proper implementation of the law. ”
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