24122018-ATR-01.qxd 12/24/2018 12:00 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 24 DECEMBER 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Social media war Notes from Punjabi music New avatar Social media abuzz with discussions over sarpanches getting elected unopposed. P2 A look at the controversies that surrounded the Punjabi music industry in 2018. P3 Madhurima Tuli will be seen in all-new role taking the evil quotient a notch higher. P4 FORECAST DENSE FOG | MAX 20°C MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5.33 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7.28 AM Protest over rejection of nominations Tribune News Service The fog, which engulfed the region right early in the morning, continued to affect the rail, road and air traffic throughout the day on Sunday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Dense fog envelops region, cripples lives Vehicles crawl amid low visibility; fog affects schedule of trains, flights; it’s beneficial for wheat crop, say experts Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 23 Dense fog enveloped the region, making commuting a Herculean task amid low visibility, on Sunday. The situation remained the same throughout the day. The fog was so dense that the residents could not see sunlight throughout the day. The fog, which gripped the region right since early morning, troubled commuters not only in Amritsar but also in Tarn Taran. Even sunlight couldn’t bring respite. In villages, the candidates contesting panchayat elections took it as an advantage to reach out to voters, who normally leave for their work during day. “It was like a holiday for rural people as most of them postponed their works and thought it better to stay at home,” said a resident, Pinder Singh. However, the outskirts of the city, especially Attari road area, which has most of the marriage banquet halls, were abuzz with activities as most of the marriage functions are held on Sundays. As it was the first day of the dense fog, the Railways Patiala man booked for ~10K fraud Though the fog troubled the residents, it couldn’t deter the devotees (right) who turned up at the Golden Temple to pay obeisance in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR and airlines didn’t revise their schedules. A few trains were delayed due to low visibility. Railway officials said they had already adjusted their schedule in accordance with the weather. At least seven flights from Gunshot fired over property dispute Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 23 A property dispute turned ugly when a couple allegedly tried to forcibly occupy a property after damaging the locks. When the complainant, identified as Lovepreet Singh, alias Prince, reached the spot, the couple had a brawl and allegedly shot at him. The complainant had a narrow escape. The accused have been identified as Harjitpal Singh of Kot Khalsa. He was accompanied by his second wife for forcibly possessing the property here on Saturday. The police have registered a case under Sections 336,448, 511, 506, 34 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act. No arrest has been made so far as the matter is under investigation, said Lakhwinder Singh, Station House Officer, Kot KHalsa police station. Lovepreet stated to the Islamabad police that his father died in 2002. Harjitpal is his uncle. He, along with Amritsar, December 23 Activists of the Lok Insaaf Party and Leftists staged a protest outside the office of the Baba Bakala SDM, alleging “malpractices” of Congress workers during filing of papers for the panchayat elections. Lok Insaaf Party leader Charanjit Singh Bhinder alleged that Congress candidates and leaders had threatened the aspirants of other parties to leave the fight otherwise they would be implicated in false cases. “Congress leaders tore the nomination papers of other candidates. They manhandled and threatened them in broad daylight. The administration did not take any action. The nomination papers of a large number of candidates were rejected at the behest of Congress leaders,” alleged Bhinder. Akali leader Harpreet Kaur Wadala, Pishaura Singh Bhalipur and prominent political leaders of the area joined the demonstration and approached the election authorities, demanding action against the “errants”. his second wife, “fraudulently” got signatures of his mother and grandmother and sold the property. He said his mother had a residence and four shops in her name in Indira Colony. He said his servant used to take care of the house. He said he locked the house and went to Tarn Taran for some work. He said his servant phoned him to inform that the accused, accompanied by some persons, had broken the locks to occupy the property. Lovepreet said when he questioned his uncle, who was sitting in his car near the spot, he got angered and had a verbal duel. His wife Gurbarinder Kaur gave him a double barrel gun and the accused shot at him. According to the complainant, he crouched down to save himself. “When he was reloading his gun, I caught hold of him and raised the alarm following which people gathered at the spot and the accused fled away,” he added. The police said the matter was under investigation. Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport were delayed due to the fog effect. The delayed flights included Indigo’s 6E-47 from Dubai , which was delayed by one hour and 20 minutes. Air India’s AI-453 flight from Delhi got delayed by one hour and 48 minutes, 649 flight from Mumbai by one hour and 15 minutes, and its AI 118 from Birmingham registered a delay of three hours. SpiceJet-56 from Dubai was diverted to New Delhi. Meanwhile, agricultural experts have said that it is good for wheat as it will help in better tillering, which will help increase the crop yield later. Agriculture Development Officer SS Sandhu said the cold weather was beneficial for the wheat crop. The farmers should take care of vegetable nurseries as these might get damaged due to intense chill. He said that the cold wave might increase in the coming days so the farmers should take care of the fodder crops. “Light irrigation in morning hours to dispel the impact of cold wave can be very beneficial for fodder crops and vegetable nurseries,” he added. Tarn Taran, December 23 The city police have booked a Patiala man for defrauding a local resident. The accused has been identified as Kamalpreet Singh, who has been absconding. The police said the accused convinced Charanpreet Singh, a local resident, that he would give him a VIP mobile number for which the complainant transferred Rs 10,000 from his bank account around 10 months back. DSP Sucha Singh investigated the matter and registered a case under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code on Saturday. — OC Train tragedy victims’ families protest MC to hold camps over delay in Central compensation for tax collection Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 23 The families of the victims of tragic train accident at Jaura Fatak, which left 61 people killed, staged a protest near the mishap site on Sunday. They are feeling befooled as they have not received any compensation from the Central Government. Besides, they say that no action has been taken against the “people responsible for the accident”. The victim families have received compensation of Rs 5 lakh each. They complained that the compensation of Rs 2 lakh was yet to be credited to them. The victim families complained that even two months after the accident, the government had failed to pinpoint blame on any of the people responsible for the accident. Vijay Kumar, who lost his son, stated that he wanted the people responsible for the mishap be punished. Another Families of train mishap victims hold a protest at Jaura Fatak on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR resident, Avinash Kaur, who lost her husband, said she was facing it difficult to survive without him. “The only solace I expect is appropriate punishment to the guilty. The future of my children must be c m y b secured,” she said. The residents also questioned the sincerity of the government stating that even as the inquiry into the accident was complete and report had already been submitted to the government, no action was taken against anyone. “The inquiry must have held someone responsible. But we see that no body has been punished,” said another resident, Sandeep Kaur. Amritsar, December 23 With the last week beginning for paying property tax without penalty, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has started organising sub-zonal camps in the city. The last date for paying property tax sans panelty is December 31. The MC will organise camps for the north sub-zone 1 and south sub-zone 2 on December 24, central sub-zone 2 and west sub-zone-1 on December 26, south sub-zone 1 and east sub-zone 2 on December 27, east sub-zone 1 and central sub-zone 1 on December 28, south sub-zone 2 and west sub-zone 2 on December 29, north sub-zone 2 and west sub-zone 2 on December 31. It is worth mentioning here that the property tax wing has been far from target collection. To gear up the tax recovery, the MC is going to start sealing the commercial buildings from tomorrow to pressure defaulters into making payments. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu has is not ❝Developmentrevenue possible without collection. Property tax is a major source of revenue. KARMAJIT SINGH RINTU, Mayor ❞ instructed the zonal superintendents to seal the buildings of the defaulters. Mayor Karmajit Singh Rintu stated that the MC had focused on the collection of property tax, making several efforts to enhance the recovery. The civic body is organising zonal level tax collection camps. The residents can pay the tax without penalty till December 31. After that, they will have to pay 20 per cent penalty along with the tax. “Development is not possible without revenue collection. Property tax is a major source of revenue. Residents are cooperating with us,” the Mayor said. The MC has been conducting survey of commercial and residential buildings. From next year, MC employees will visit properties to collect tax.
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