04052018-ATR-01.qxd 5/3/2018 11:45 PM Page 1 FRIDAY | 4 MAY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Kids given injections Make(up) right move Calm & composed 14,000 kids administered injections as MR immunisation drive goes on. P2 Meet some of the region’s best known make-up artists. P3 Gaurav Sareen says he misses dal makhni and kulche of his hometown. FORECAST P4 THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 36°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.12 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.42 AM Rly employee found murdered Motive unclear as family says he had no enmity with anyone Tribune News Service Workers engaged in drying wheat a day after it was drenched by showers at the Bhagtanwala grain market on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Markfed takes note of tardy wheat lifting Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 3 Markfed Managing Director (MD) Rahul Tiwari has taken a serious note of the slow lifting of wheat from the mandis in the district. He has instructed the officials concerned to expedite the process. Addressing mediapersons here on Thursday, he informed that despite delay in lifting of wheat in the district, it has reached the 40 per cent mark and the district administration has assured that 90 per cent of procured wheat will be lifted within a week. The wheat lifting process is low due to the delay in the finalisation of transport contractors and pendency of some litigations in the district, he said. He also held dis- Markfed MD Rahul Tiwari inspects a grain market in Tarn Taran on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO cussions with the officials of procurement agencies, district police, civil administration and other stakeholders, such as farmers, arhatiyas and transporters. “Till date, 118.61 lakh metric tonnes of wheat have been procured in the state, which is approximately 99 per cent of the expected harvest for this wheat season. Out of this, approximately 80 lakh metric tonnes of wheat have already been lifted and approximately 38 lakh metric tonnes remain unlifted,” he said. He informed that 91 percent of the total payments due to the farmers and arhatiyas till date have been made. The MD said he has visited Naushehra Pannuan, Chabal and Tarn Taran mandis of the district and the process of procurement has been going on smoothly. He also held discussions with arhatiyas, who raised some local level issues regarding shortage of labour at unloading points for which he asked the administration to resolve the issue. He added that he would visit the district on May 9 and expect the lifting of the stock to end by then. Amritsar, May 3 Bua Masih, a railway employee, was found murdered at Pakharpura village, falling under Kathunangal police station, here late on Wednesday evening. He was returning home after completing his duty hours when the incident took place. The deceased, aged around 55 years, was a gangman posted at the Kathunangal railway station. His body was found in the fields nearby at around 7.30 pm. Several injury marks were there on Amritsar, May 3 A married woman, identified as Baljit Kaur (30), committed suicide by hanging herself in her room at Harsh Chhina Ucha Killa village, falling under Rajasansi police station, here on Wednesday. According to information, she was perturbed as her husband had allegedly forced her out of the house around three days ago. She was residing with her parents. On the complaint of the deceased’s father, Swarn Singh, the police have booked her husband Gurmej Singh of Teda Khurd village, Tarn Taran. Swarn Singh stated to the police that his daughter Baljit Kaur was married to Gurmej Singh around 12 years ago. He alleged that the accused was a drug addict who had been assaulting her to force her to bring money from her parents. He said the accused threw her out of his house three days ago. “Baljit was upset over this so she hanged herself at around 12 noon on Wednesday. We came to know about it after returning from work,” he said. Bikramjit Singh, investigating officer, said raids were being conducted to arrest Gurmej Singh, who had been on the run. A case under Section 306 of the IPC has been registered against him. Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 3 A youth allegedly raped a 20year-old girl, filmed the crime and later circulated the video through social media. Identified as Lovepreet Singh of Gehri Mandi village, the accused is on the run and the police are trying to trace him. ASI Karamjit Kaur, who is investigating the case, said the accused took the girl to Amritsar about one and a half year ago on some pretext where he allegedly served ofBar Association challenged Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 3 The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana High Court has admitted a petition filed by VK Dhand challenging the appointment of PK Saini as the new president of the Amritsar Bar Association (ABA). It has issued a notice to both the parties for May 10. The returning officer, advocate Navjit Singh Turna has also been made a party in the complaint. The Bar elections were held on April 6. In his complaint, Dhand has challenged the elections on the grounds that they The Bar Council of High Court issues notice to complainant VK Dhand as well as PK Saini for May 10. were not held as per the constitution of the ABA, under which a person cannot hold an office for more than two consecutive terms. The complainant further stated that at least 176 votes were enrolled on the last day but the enrolment fee was deposited several days later. Dhand also complained that charges had already been framed in a criminal SUKHDEV SINGH, investigating officer his body. The reason behind the murder hasn’t been ascertained yet. His family said he had no enmity with anyone. Initially, it was thought that he was killed by robbers for money as he had withdrawn Rs 34,000 from an ATM before being murdered. Later, the cash was found in his tiffin box. Deceased’s son Joginder, a resident of Talwandi Khu- Man ‘rapes’ girl, films crime; on the run Woman ends life Saini’s appointment as chief Tribune News Service we thought that he had been murdered by ❝Initially,Rs 34,000 that he had withdrawn from an robbers for ATM, but the cash was found in his tiffin box later. ❞ case, which was registered in 1994, against PK Saini in the infamous ‘kidney scam’ and is at final stage of adjudication. “The registration of the instant FIR amounts to moral turpitude, which makes the respondent number 2 (Saini) ineligible and disqualified to contest the election,” reads the complaint. He also stated that the returning officer proceeded with the election without disposing of the written objections and also not deciding about the “bogus” votes recorded in the election list. Saini and Navjit Singh Turna could not be contacted for their comments. her cold drink laced with sedatives and raped her. She said that he videographed the rape. According to the complainant, he repeatedly raped her for months by blackmailing her that he would make the video viral on Internet. She claimed that when she snapped her relationship with him, he put the video on the social media. The accused is said to be absconding. SSP Darshan Singh Mann said police parties were hunting for the accused. Couple booked for fraud Amritsar, May 3 The Ramdass police have booked two persons for allegedly duping a local resident of Rs 6 lakh on the pretext of sending his children abroad. Gurdial Singh said Vandana and her husband Pawan Kumar took Rs 6 lakh from him on October 4 last year for sending his son Sahibjit Singh and daughter Simarjit Kaur abroad. They neither kept their promise nor returned the money, he alleged. Ajnala DSP investigated the case and after taking the opinion of district attorney, a case under Sections 420, 120-B of the IPC and Section 13 of the Prevention of Human Smuggling Act was registered. — TNS man village, stated to the police that his father had left the house at around 7 am. He came to know about the cash withdrawal after he received messages from the bank concerned regarding the withdrawal of Rs 34,000. He said the marriage of his younger son was to take place soon so the cash was withdrawn in that connection. The family was waiting for him in the evening when the police informed them at around 7.30 pm regarding the murder. Sukhdev Singh, investigating officer, said, “Initially, we thought that he had been murdered by robbers for the money but the cash was found in his tiffin box later. The family has said that it has no enmity with anyone. An investigation is under progress to ascertain the reason behind the murder and the perpetrators of the crime.” A case under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC has been registered. SNIPPETS Accused in police custody on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Thieves, drug peddler held Amritsar: The Ramdass police have arrested a snatcher, Lovekesh Malhotra, of Jawahar Nagar, Batala Road. He had allegedly snatched a scooter and a purse from someone on Tuesday. The police have recovered the Activa scooter (PB-02-CB-0377), a mobile and Rs 4,000 in cash from him. Meanwhile, the police also arrested Chandan Kumar, alais Chandu, of Dhashmesh Nagar with a stolen bike without number plate on Wednesday. He was brought on police remand for further interrogation. More recoveries are likely to be made from him, the police said. Similarly, Parminder Singh, alias Labha, alias Kaka, of Fatehgarh Sahib, has been arrested with heroin. He resides at 40 Khuh in the city. TNS Kashmiris held with heroin Tarn Taran: A team of the Special Task Force (STF), led by SubInspector Ranjit Singh, arrested two Kashmiri men and seized 150 gm of heroin from their possession. Inspector Sukhwinder Singh said the accused had been identified as Abdul Kayoom Khuvaja and Latif Mughal, both of Kupwara district. He said the police would seek the accused’s remand to ascertain their links with smugglers from across the border. A case under Sections 21, 29, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against them. OC 3 held with stolen bikes Amritsar: The Chheharta police have arrested William Masih and Rinku Masih, both of Chak Aul village, in Ajnala with a stolen bike without number plate. Jasbir Singh of New Hargobindpura has also been caught with another stolen bike without number plate. Two separate cases have been registered against them. TNS MC’s financial health, basic amenities in focus: Mayor Woman duped of ~31 lakh Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu completes 100 days in office, talks about his achievements so far, priorities and future vision Tribune News Service Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service ❝ Amritsar, May 3 Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu completed 100 days in office on Thursday. Apart from making efforts to increase the revenue, he is one of those politicians, who make it a point to be available in his office daily. “Like a farmer has to visit his farm daily, the work of any organisation can not be done efficiently unless its head regularly visits the office,” he says. Like a farmer has to visit his farm daily, the work of any organisation can not be done efficiently unless its head visits the office regularly. KARAMJIT SINGH RINTU, Mayor What are your achievements? There had been a lot of mess in the functioning of the Municipal Corporation in the past 10 years. No one was answerable to the residents for a number of inconveniences and financial bankruptcy. We have revived the derailed system. Nothing can be achieved without a sound financial health so we have focused on increasing the revenue. We have floated tenders for the Citizen Facilitation Centre (CFC) to collect taxes and bills from the ben- eficiaries. The MC will provide unique identification numbers to every house and commercial establishment in the city. Moreover, the number of MC properties has been identified, which have been encroached upon by residents. We will get the same vacated and sold for revenue generation. What change has the MC witnessed? We have talked to the officials concerned of the solid waste management company and got their functioning streamlined. Earlier, they were charging Rs 1,350 for the collection of per tonne of garbage but now they charge Rs 1,050. The company collects 650 tonnes of garbage daily. It is a big saving. Secondly, with the surveillance and routine checking, the consumption of diesel at the auto workshop has been reduced by 50 per cent. Cracking down on illegal constructions, the MC has conducted demolition drive and freezed illegal constructions. What has been done for development of wards? Everyone is aware of the financial condition of the MC, but even then we have issued Rs 50 lakh for various development projects in all 85 wards. A grant of Rs 50 lakh has been sectioned for the desilting of sewerage before the monsoon. We have spent Rs 1.21 crore on the LED street light project. The birth and death registration wing has been made online. The new online complaint redressal system is about to be launched. Future challenges? The core responsibility of the MC House is to provide potable water, sewerage system, solid waste management, cleanliness and smooth flow of traffic. These are the challenges before the MC and efforts are being made in routine. We have constituted teams to free the footpaths from encroachers. Vendors will be shifted to the vending zones for the smooth traffic flow. What is in the pipeline? We want cleanliness, greenery and smooth traffic. Hindustan Petroleum will spend Rs 12 crore around the Golden Temple for segregation and management of garbage. Toilets are being installed. I will focus on cleanliness. I want to make the city safe and secure for the visitors and residents, especially for our daughters. Amritsar, May 3 The police have booked two persons for allegedly duping a local woman on pretext of getting her son recruited in a firm in Singapore and settle him in that country. The accused have been identified as Indermohan Singh of Uttar Pradesh and Dedar Singh of Sukhdev Vihar, New Delhi. They are said to have even prepared fake visa and documents to fleece her. She alleged that they took Rs 31 lakh for the same. Harjitpal Singh, investigating officer, said a case under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against the duo while further investigation was under way. The accused are yet to be arrested.
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