17052018-ATR-01.qxd 5/16/2018 11:37 PM Page 1 THURSDAY | 17 MAY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Encroachments Tune of success Ekta in Twitter war Hundreds of houses in Block B Colony of the railway are under illegal occupation. P2 Jerry Silvester Vincent shares how he wanted his music to enhance and not overshadow film Asmad. P3 Producer Ekta Kapoor has landed herself into a Twitter war. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 39°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.21 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.32 AM 6 booked for Finally, swindler couple caught opening fire in Stole gold bangles from a jewellery store a few days ago Tarn Taran Our Correspondent Anganwadi workers protest outside the residence of Education Minister OP Soni in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Tarn Taran, May 16 As many as six persons of Rataul village, 10 km from here, have been booked in connection with a firing incident that took place four days ago. Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Satpal Singh, who heads the Duburji police post, said four of them — Harjit Singh Ghulla, Baljit Singh, Sawinder Singh and Gurjant Singh — had been identified. Complainant Sukhwinder Singh alleged that they fired at his house damaging the doors. They also threatened to kill him, he said. No one has been arrested. Sections 336, 427, 506, 148, 149 of the IPC, 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act have been slapped. Amritsar, May 16 The couple, who stole gold bangles from a jewellery store at the Mall road two days ago, has been arrested, finally. The accused — Rajiv Kumar of Bada Haripura and Sania of Dashmesh Nagar, Tarn Taran road, were identified with the help of a CCTV footage. Shivdarshan Singh, Station House Officer, Civil Lines police station, while briefing mediapersons on Wednesday, said the accused had stolen two gold bangles weighing over 35 gm worth Rs 1.33 lakh from the showroom. The police also recovered a stolen mobile phone from their possession. He said the duo had Anganwadi workers’ issues to be taken up with govt: Soni Woman abducted, spouse on cops’ radar Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 16 OP Soni, Minister for School Education, Environment and Freedom Fighters, on Wednesday met the protesting members of the All Punjab Anganwadi Mulajam Union, who had been protesting at his residence since Tuesday. Soni received a memorandum and assured them that their demands would be looked into. “We have been protesting for the past two months. No one pays heed to us. We were promised today as well that our demands will be considered but we will not be satisfied until they are met,” said Hargobind Kaur, president of the Anganwadi Workers’ Union. She said the protest would continue till May 19. “If our demands are not met, we will move to Shahkot and protest there,” she said. Along with the memorandum, the protesters also presented a letter, said to be written in blood, to OP Soni as a mark of their protest. “This is to symbolise how the government is exploiting us,” said Kaur. Meanwhile, Soni said that Accused employee of Jalandhar MC; no trace of Islamabad woman Tribune News Service Anganwadi workers inform OP Soni about their demands at a meeting. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR due to the code of conduct being in place, the government was unable to release any of its policies or decisions in any matter. He said he would take up the matter with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Anganwadi workers and helpers have been demanding remunerations on the pattern of Haryana, return of students between the age of three and six years to the anganwadi centres, who have been shifted to government elementary schools. Besides, there are certain issues that they want to be addressed. Soni said it would be his first agenda once the bypoll process ends. “Capt Amarinder Singh has kept health and education on the top of his agenda and any matter related to these departments attract get his attention,” he said while Orbit bus employee thrashed Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 16 Several persons equipped with firearms thrashed the ‘adda’ (station) incharge of Orbit Bus Service and snatched over Rs 53,000 on Tuesday evening. Gurwinder Singh, aka Raju, stated to the police that Gurkirat Singh, alias Lala, and Billa, both residents of Sangatpura village, along with five unknown persons attacked him at his Complainant Gurwinder Singh says he was attacked by Gurkirat Singh and Billa along with five others as the accused wanted to shunt him out of job office at the Interstate Bus Terminus. His subordinate Sukhjinder Singh was also present with him. He said they were counting the cash when the accused turned up all of a sudden and entered in a brawl. “They used abusive language and pointed a pistol at me. Later, they snatched the cash,” he said. According to Gurwinder, the accused wanted to get him shunted out of the job and get himself recruited at the same position .The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B, 323, 506, 148, 149 of the IPC and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act against the accused. No arrest has been made so far. addressing the members of the protesting union. The minister appealed to the protesters to lift their dharna and wait for a few days for the government’s intervention. The protesters said that they had been demonstrating for the past two months but the government appeared in no mood to pay heed to them. The protesters are still continuing with their dharna. 5 hurt in mishap Jalandhar: Nearly five people were injured after a bus and truck collided in Panchranga, Jalandhar, late on Wednesday evening. The bus that was going towards Bhogpur tried to overtake a vehicle when the mishap took place. Bhogpur SHO Surjit Singh said the injured were taken to different hospitals in Kala Bakra from where they were referred to Civil Hospital, Jalandhar. The statements of injured were being recorded, the police said. — TNS Car taken away from student at gunpoint Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 16 Several armed persons snatched a car from a student of Government Medical College here late on Tuesday evening. The victim, Shivam, along with his friends was returning home after having dinner in Ranjit Avenue when the incident took place. Shivam stated to the police that he along with his cousin Sumedh Luthra and friends Abhishek and Yogesh Sharma were returning in their white Honda City when a Baleno car hit their vehicle from the rear side near the power station in Ranjit Avenue at around 8.45 pm. The moment they alighted, three unknown persons entered his car while pointing a pistol at them. When they tried to stop them, one of the accused fired two shots in the air. According to Shivam, two mobile phones of his friends, his purse containing an identity card, Aadhaar card and his cousin’s purse containing cash Rs 3,000 and some documents were there in the car. The mobile phones were found abandoned on the Ajnala road. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Lakhbir Singh said they were scrutinising CCTV cameras located near the crime spot to get clues about the robbers. He said the victim had purchased the car around two months ago. He said further investigations were under way. A case under Section 379B (2) of the IPC and 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered against unknown persons. Amritsar, May 16 A woman was allegedly kidnapped by her husband and mother-in-law in Islamabad here late when she was returning home from her saloon in BK Dutt gate area on Monday evening. Identified as Riya (21), she had a marital dispute with her husband Rahul, a resident of Islamganj, in Jalandhar. The police have registered a case against Rahul and his mother Sonia. Riya is yet to be traced, the police said. Balwinder Kaur, mother of the victim, stated to the police that Riya and Rahul had a love marriage in July last year. Five months after the marriage, differences arose between the couple and she returned to her parents. A divorce case was filed in a local court. At around 9 pm on Monday, she along with her cousin was returning home from her brother’s saloon on a scooter. When she reached near Bolaria petrol pump, the accused along with three unknown persons in a car (PB-08BC-4035) intercepted them. They pushed Ashu (cousin) from the scooter and bundled Riya into the car and fled away. The family tried to locate her and even went to Rahul’s residence but in vain. Rahul works at the Municipal Corporation office in Jalandhar, said family members of the victim. Sushpal Singh, investigating officer, said they had raided the residence of the accused which was found locked. He said they were trying to contact the MC office besides raiding at other suspected places where the accused could have taken her. He said a case under Sections 363, 365 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against the accused. Accused in police custody in Amritsar on Wednesday. VISHAL KUMAR tried to steal gold jewellery in a similar fashion from Chandigarh but they were nabbed and later handed over to the police. They had come out on bail. He said they had committed around a dozen similar crimes in various districts. According to the SHO, the accused were produced in the court and brought on police remand for further interrogation. SNIPPETS Police, DAPOs hold meet Tarn Taran: The drug-addicts in the state wouldn’t face criminal cases and they would be treated on par with other patients by the police, said Balkar Singh Sidhu, IG, Special Task Force (STF), and IG Rampal while interacting with 40 of the registered Drug Abuse Prevention Officers (DAPOs) in the district on Wednesday. The meeting was held a day before Capt Amarinder Singh’s visit. The officials also took feedback from the DAPOs. The state governemnt would open 140 de-addiction centres, the officials said. OC Man booked for mining Amritsar: The Ajnala police booked a person for illegal mining in Ballarwal village on Tuesday. He has been identified as Gurnam Singh. The case was registered on the complaint of Parshotam Kumar, Mining Officer, Ajnala. He said that during his visit to Ballarwal village, he found an illegal sand quarry. After looking into the revenue records, he found that the land was registered in the name of Gurnam Singh. Section 21 (1) of the Mining Act has been slapped on him. TNS Two booked for encroachment Tarn Taran: The Patti Sadar police have booked two residents of Kairon village for allegedly encroaching upon a piece of land of a village school. Manjit Singh and Gurnam Singh were booked on the complaint of Gurpartap Singh, headmaster of the school. He said the accused tilled the school land to encroach it. OC Artistes for world record Jalandhar: The World Bhangra Association team is all geared up to break the Guinness World Record as bhangra dancers from all over the world will be performing at the same time on the same platform. The attempt to create a new record will be initiated on November 1 this year at Lovely Professional University. Previously, the Sant Nirankari Mission had unsuccessfully tried to create such a record on August 10, 2012 in West Midlands. TNS Straw burning: Ajnala villages show the way Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 16 In a scenario where most of the farmers pay no heed to the appeals to shun burning of crop residue, three villages in Ajnala, adopted under a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) project, have in entirety stopped the practice.The villages — Rajjian, Bhoewali and Kyampura — have been selected under the UNEP project themed ‘Climate and clean air coalition to reduce short lived climate pollutants’. The project, which is being managed by Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI), has adopted six villages in Punjab. The remaining three villages are in Sangrur.As most of the farmers prefer burning over alternative techniques, farmers at these villages have even made efforts that no fire from other villages spreads to their farms.Navdeep Singh Samra, project fellow for the three villages, said, “It has been seen that amid ban on burning, farmers hope that fire A farmer uses the machinery provided under the United Nations Environment Programme for management of crop residue in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO from other farmers’ fields spread to their farms and their purpose is solved without having the fear of being penalised. But here the farmers have made efforts to douse fire spreading from other villages too.” Samra said that the biggest challenge was to change the mindset of the farmers. These villages have been provided with machinery and technical help under the UNEP project. Project head Dr HS Dhaliwal said, “Apart from technical knowledge and machinery, we ran a series of awareness programmes in these villages. The walls in these villages have been painted with environment-friendly slogans. The efforts have been successful and we hope that farmers from other villages would emulate the efforts.” Agriculture Engineer Ranbir Singh Randhawa said, “Though a few farmers in a number of villages have stopped burning crop residue in the recent years, it is for the first time that three villages have stopped the practice entirely.” Randhawa said the machinery and motivation provided to farmers had been of immense help as most of the marginal farmers couldn’t purchase costly machinery. A change in the mindset of farmers is happening gradually with such efforts, he added.
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