30122017-TTC-01.qxd 12/30/2017 1:17 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, december 30, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 255 | 24 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 14dieinMumbaipubfire Victims, most of them at rooftop birthday bash, asphyxiated ‘Secured price’ for veggie farmers now Sushil Manav Shiv Kumar Tribune News Service Congress MLA Asha Kumari (right) slaps a woman constable at the party office in Shimla on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO HP MLA slaps cop, she gives one back Shimla, December 29 In a showdown during Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the Himachal capital today, AICC secretary and Dalhousie MLA Asha Kumari slapped a woman police constable, who hit her back outside the party office. The incident, which was captured on camera and soon went viral, took place when Asha Kumari tried to gain access to the Congress Bhawan as Rahul arrived there to take stock of the party’s defeat in the elections. The MLA came face to face with the cop on duty as she tried to push her way through the crowd of party workers. She was stopped by the constable, resulting in a heated argument. Asha suddenly slapped the cop, who slapped her back. The MLA again tried to hit the constable. Onlookers, including former minister Dhani Ram Shandil, Not done Ashaji: Rahul Ashaji, what happened was very wrong. It is not the Congress culture to slap someone. Our party believes in ahimsa and love, not violence ❝ Rahul Gandhi, CONG CHIEF intervened. As Asha moved on, she was again stopped by two cops, before being allowed in. An FIR has been registered against her under Sections 353 (assault on public servant) and 332 (causing hurt) of the IPC. The constable, Rajwanti, is posted at Dhalli. The MLA regretted the incident, but said it happened due to mismanagement. “It is not in my nature to raise my hand. I’ve never done it to my children, let alone anyone else.” She alleged that the cop misbehaved and abused her. — TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 29 From tomorrow, Haryana will become the first state in the country to provide “secured price” of vegetable crops to its farmers. Under a scheme “Bhavantar Bharpai (Price Deficit Compensation)” being launched by the state government, farmers will be compensated to the extent of difference between their input costs and the amount Mumbai, December 29 Fourteen persons, including 11 women, were killed in a fire that broke out at “1 Above” pub in the Kamala Mills building, Lower Parel, shortly after midnight. The fire, in which 21 persons were also injured, started at the pub terrace after 12.30 am on Friday and spread to Mojo pub on the third floor, one level below, said a BMC official. The two gutted pubs are located in the Trade House Building in Kamala Mills compound, a popular night spot as well as commercial hub housing several offices, including TV channels. The massive blaze, that engulfed the entire building in 30 minutes, took several hours to be put out. Among the dead was Khushbu Bansali, who was celebrating her 29th birthday, and 10 other women. Her grandfather Babulal Mehta blamed the “irresponsible” hotel management and the civic authorities. “The hotel had put up a temporary structure supported by bamboo. There was no fire extinguishing facility,” he said. Patrons could not find the exit as the pub was dimly lit. Most of the dead, who had locked themselves inside the restaurant toilet, were suffocated. Several of the injured were trampled upon by pan- REVELRY TURNS TRAGIC Khushbu Bansali, hosting a party on her 29th birthday at the venue, was among the dead. BACK PAGE at which they have to sell their vegetables in the event of prices falling drastically. “For example, if the prices of potatoes fall to Re 1 per kg on any given day and the input cost of the farmer is Rs 4 per kg, the government will compensate him for this difference of Rs 3 per kg,” Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar, the brain behind this scheme, said. He said in the first phase, the government has included four continued on page 9 22 TEENS FROM REGION, ON RUGBY TOUR OF FRANCE, GO MISSING: CBI INSIDE Palestine envoy, Hafiz Indian-origin student at rally, India frowns shot in US, 1 injured A view from the street after a fire broke out in Kamala Mills building in Lower Parel. PTI icky customers. “Almost all died due to asphyxiation. None died due to flames, but due to fumes,” Dr Harish Pathak of KEM Hospital said. Dr Rajesh Dhere, who conducted the postmortems, said all victims would have been alive had they shut themselves in a room with proper ventilation. People took to the social media to state that Kamala Mills lacked a fire evacuation plan. MP Jaya Bachchan said the entire complex resembled a maze or a haunted house. CM Devendra Fadnavis said he had directed the BMC Commissioner to conduct an inquiry. (With PTI inputs) New Delhi: India on Friday took strong objection to reports of Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan sharing stage with terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed. Pakistan's local media carried pictures of the two at a rally in Rawalpindi. A worrisome development, given that India has stood by the two-State solution to the Palestinian conflict. New Delhi had recently voted against a US resolution in the UN, demanding the Trump Administration withdrew its decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem. P7 Washington: An Indian-origin student was shot dead during an attempted armed robbery in the US. Another Indian was injured in the attack. Arshad Vhora, 19, was shot dead on Thursday at a gas station in Dolton, Chicago. The police said two persons were shot during an armed robbery attempt at the convenience store. Vhora was filling in for his father, who was out of the country, relatives said. The second victim, Bakar Saieed, was critically wounded, the police said, adding the victims were related. PTI Today’s issue consists of 24 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends.
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