18022019-ATR-01.qxd 2/18/2019 12:01 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE RESIDENTS SEE RED OVER SWINE MENACE IN CITY Pigs often scatter garbage, attack kids in streets; civic body official assures action within a week. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 PAGE 3 A LOOK AT THE MOST CHARITABLE CELEBRITIES While the world offers condolences on Pulwama attack, celebs come forward to support the families of slain soldiers. MAX 20°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:19 PM I FOLLOW THE LIVE-&-LET-LIVE PHILOSOPHY: KANIKA KAPOOR The renowned singer is in the news these days for being a coach on Star Plus’ The Voice. SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:09 AM MONDAY | 18 FEBRUARY 2019 | AMRITSAR INBRIEF Traders oppose cancellation of plot allotment TWO BOOKED IN FRAUD CASE Amritsar: Two Gurdaspur residents were booked by the city police on Saturday for allegedly duping a person with a promise of getting him a job with the Air Force. Complainant Jaswant Singh stated to the police that Manjit Singh and Reetu Bala, both residents of Dharamkot Randhawa in Gurdaspur, took Rs 3.35 lakh from him. He had lodged a complaing with the police in May 2017. Now, a case under Sections 420 and 120 of the IPC has been registered against them. Harbhinder Singh, investigating officer, said raids were on to nab the suspects. TNS 3 SNATCHERS IDENTIFIED Tarn Taran: Three motorcycleborne men snatched a mobile and Rs 2,800 in cash from a resident of Bhagwanpur village. With the help of the bike registration number (PB-46Z8299), the police have identified the accused. ASI Baldev Raj, investigating officer, said the victim, Amanpreet Singh, was going to his village when the bikers targeted him near Dialpur village. The accused have been identified as Jagjit Singh Jagga, Rachhpal Singh Bhallo and Varinder Kumar Vicki of Dialpur village who are at large. OC MELA ON FEB 20 Amritsar: In memory of freedom fighters, Mela Desh Bhagtan Da would be held at Khatrai Kala village on February 20. The organising committee held a meeting to review the preparations. Dilbagh Singh, orgniaser, said folk artistes, including Gill Hardeep, Inderjeet Nikku, Angrej Ali, Gurvinder Gill, Guru Randhawa and Jas Mann would perform at the fair. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.42 DIESEL ~66.45 PAGE 4 Kids with visual disability pay tributes to CRPF martyrs; and BJYM workers (right) hold a protest against Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu outside the Hall Gate in Amritsar on Sunday. SUNIL KUMAR Pulwama horror: Anger simmers across city BJYM members burn Sidhu’s effigy; protests organised by a number of organisations Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 17 Anger continuous to simmer among the city residents over the deadly terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama that snuffed out the lives of over 40 CRPF personnel three days ago. Since the attack, protests are being witnessed across the city. The protests continued in the city on Sunday as well with a number of organisations and individuals holding demonstrations. Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) held a protest against Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu outside the Hall Gate. Led by president of the district unit of the BJYM, Gautam Arora, they raised slogans against Sidhu and burnt his effigy. Arora said that when the entire nation was seething with anger against Pakistan after the martyrdom of its Ola penalised for deducting cab cancellation charges Tribune News Service THE CASE Amritsar, February 17 The district consumer disputes redressal forum has directed the Ola taxi service operator to refund Rs 50 that it deducted “illegally” from the Ola Money payment wallet of a local resident. The service provider has also been directed to pay a compensation to the tune of Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 as litigation expenses. Parbodh Chander Bali, a local RTI activist, had filed a complaint against Ola, stating that he had booked a cab in Chandigarh for the railway station from where he had to board a train for Amritsar in 2016. Bali stated that as the taxi took more time than what appeared on the booking message, he called the driver to know the status. The complainant stated that after sensing that the driver was not interested, he cancelled the earlier booking and made a fresh one. He said that at the time of payment, no message regarding booking cancellation charges were displayed. The complainant stated Ola deducts Rs 50 as cab cancellation charges from Ola Money wallet of a customer two years after the incident. District consumer disputes redressal forum directs it to refund the same and pay Rs 5,000 as compensation and litigation expenses. that even two years after that incident, he continued using the OLA service and was never asked to pay the cancellation charges. In February 2018, when he made an advance deposit of Rs 250 into his Ola Money wallet, he was charged Rs 50 as booking cancellation charges on the subsequent booking. The complainant sent an email to the opposite party against the deduction of Rs 50 and asked for refund which was refused. As the opposite party did not opt to appear, the forum proceeded ex-parte. The forum stated that the evidence produced by the complainant went unrebutted on record. In this way, the opposite party has impliedly admitted to the complainant’s accusations, it stated. brave 44 paramilitary soldiers in Pulwama, “the statement of Sidhu lacked patriotic feeling”. He said his statement displayed his love for his friend Imran Khan, Prime Minister Pakistan. He announced that his party members would protest against him whenever Sidhu returned to the city. It may be recalled that Sidhu had said on Friday, a day after a dastardly suicide attack in Pulwama, that nations could not be blamed for a handful of people. “There are good, bad and ugly people in our lives. Every place, institution and nation has them. The ugly needs to be punished, but individuals cannot be blamed for a dastardly act,” he had said. Visually challenged kids organised a candle march at the Institute of Blind. Activists of Hindu Suraksha Samiti, too, staged a protest. Famous kite maker Jagmohan Kanojia made kites carrying remarks against Pakistan’s policy on terrorism, which were later burnt amid chants of anti-Pakistan slogans. SIDHU’S HOSHIARPUR VISIT ON P2 Kite maker Jagmohan Kanojia, along with city residents, burns kites carrying slogans against the Pakistan's policy on terrorism. Another protest (left) by members of the Hindu Suraksha Samiti in the city on Sunday. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR/VISHAL KUMAR Two killed in road mishaps Youth shot at, seven booked said that when they reached near Rampura village turn on GT Road, a car hit Yaadwinder’s bike from the rear side. He sustained serious injuries and was rushed to a private hospital. During treatment, he died late on Saturday evening. The Chatiwind police have registered a case under Section 304-A and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code against the car driver, identified as Sukhdev Singh of Jagsherpur village, Tarn Taran. The accused is yet to be arrested. Similarly, Kartar Singh (55) lost his life when a car Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 17 Two persons died in separate road mishaps in the rural belt here on Saturday. Among the deceased is a 20year-old youth who was going to appear for a test for recruitment to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He has been identified as Yaadwinder Singh, a resident of Banwalipur Kaler, Tarn Taran. Rashpal Singh, his paternal uncle, stated to the police that he, along with Yaadwinder and his mother, were coming to Amritsar on separate bikes on Thursday. He hit his scooter on Friday evening. He along with his friend Pardeep Dhawan of Alka Vihar located on Majitha road was returning to Amritsar when the accused car driver hit his scooter near Pandori Waraich village. The unknown driver of the car fled away leaving the car behind. The Kamboh police have registered a case against the unidentified car driver under Sections 304-A, 279 and 427 of the Indian Penal Code. The victim’s family has urged police officials concerned to arrest the accused in order to bring him to justice. Amritsar, February 17 A youth, identified as Jaideep Singh (19) was shot at over an old enmity in Muradpura village here on Saturday. He was tying his buffaloes when the accused barged into his residence and fired a couple of gunshots at his legs. He was rushed a private hospital located at GT Road here. Amrik Kaur, mother of the victim, stated to the police that the accused were equipped with firearms. They fired a couple of shots at his legs leaving him injured critically. continued on page 2 Amritsar, February 17 The owners of vacant industrial plots at the Focal Point are against the move of the state government to cancel the allotment. They say that it will discourage the traders from investing in the state. Around three months ago, Industry and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora had announced that the state government would cancel the allotment of industrial plots lying vacant so that the same could be given to those interested in setting up units. The plot holders were issued notices and asked to reply within 30 days. Industrialist associations have written to Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation Limited (PSIECL) Managing Director Rajat Aggarwal, stating that they haven’t received information regarding the cancellation of allotment. Also their queries are not being answered. They rued that on the other hand the entire work at the PSIEC related to passing of maps and plot transfer had come to a standstill. FPIA president Darshan Singh Goraya called upon the state government to take a lenient view keeping in view the “discouraging” business scenario. “The decision related to cancellation of industrial plots will further discourage investors to establish units in the state. Even if the corporation plans to do so, a minimum compensation worth Rs 7,000 per square yard should be given to the owners of the plots,” he added. An industrialist, Raman Malhotra, said, “The trade scenario has been affected due to demonetisation and the GST.” Industrialists are also concerned over the non-availability of basic amenities such as proper sewerage, regular power supply and potable drinking water in industrial areas. — TNS Jail inmate escapes from court complex Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 17 A jail inmate escaped from the courts complex here on Saturday. He was brought to a court for hearing in connection with liquor smuggling case. He dodged the cops on the pretext of answering nature’s call. The police have registered a fresh case against the accused, Major Singh of Pandori Waraich village. Head Constable Gurnam Singh, deputed to guard him, has also been booked for dereliction of duty. ASI Tarlok Singh, in charge, Bal Kalan police post, said he, along with a police party, had gone to the courts complex to present him before a court in connection with a bootlegging case registered by Kamboh police station. He was in the custody of Gurnam Singh. He said Major Singh requested him to let him go to the washroom from where he slipped away. The courts complex police have registered a case under Sections 223 and 224 of the IPC against them. Raids are on at the suspected hideouts of the accused, the police said. Civic body declares Ranjit Avenue office polythene free Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 17 The Municipal Corporation (MC) has declared its head office at Ranjit Avenue as polythene free zone. The decision has been taken at a recent meeting presided over by MC Joint Commissioner Nitish Singla. As per the ban orders by the state government, no one can sell and use plastic bags. Ironically, MC employees have been using the same. Singla instructed the employees to start polythenefree city drive from home. He said that if any employee was found using plastic bag, he or she would be challaned under the Municipal Act. MC health officials have been instructed to start an intensive drive against the sale and use of the banned plastic products. “Plastic is a health hazard. The MC has been facing a c m y b serious issue to tackle it. Plastic bags are behind choking of the sewage lines. We have to impose the ban orders strictly, he added. It may be recalled that the state government had banned the use of polythene bags in February 2016. MC officials have been instructed to start an intensive drive against the sale and use of the banned plastic products. FILE PHOTO
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