05032019-ATR-01.qxd 3/5/2019 12:11 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE 580 LIQUOR BOXES SEIZED, MAN ARRESTED Manufactured in Himachal, the seized liquor boxes were meant for sale in Arunachal Pradesh. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 PAGE 3 NOW, KANGANA RANAUT SLAMS RANBIR KAPOOR JENNIFER TO HOST NACH BALIYE 9? Kangana Ranaut has slammed Ranbir Kapoor for not taking a stand on country’s politics and other issues. MAX 22°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:31 PM Jennifer Winget was ranked 14th in a poll conducted by a magazine on the top TV personalities of 2018. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:52 AM TUESDAY | 5 MARCH 2019 | AMRITSAR INBRIEF Two held for shooting friend TWO HELD WITH STOLEN BIKES Tribune News Service Tarn Taran: The Patti Sadar police arrested two persons with stolen bikes from Ghariala village on Sunday evening. ASI Gurcharan Singh, investigating officer, said the accused were identified as Gurmel Singh of Talwandi Sobha Singh and Saraj Singh of Ghariala village. Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC have been slapped . The accused have been sent to judicial custody in Patti jail, he added. OC HEROIN SEIZED Tarn Taran: A police party of the local CIA staff has arrested Harjinder Singh of Shakri village, 25 km from here, with 90 gm of heroin. The Sarhali police booked the accused under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act, informed SubInspector (SI) Bhupinder Singh, who headed the police party. The SI said the accused was arrested from Thathian Mahantan village on Sunday. OC Members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee protest on rail tracks near Jandiala in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Debt waiver: Farmers lay seige to rail tracks Kisan Sangharsh Committee accuses govt of not giving farmers adequate dues for crops Manmeet Singh Gill TENDERS FLOATED Amritsar: The Amritsar Improvement Trust has floated tenders for 17 development projects worth Rs 7 crore in the holy city. Most of the work is related to pavement of streets and roads in the areas. The proposed work also includes street from the airport road to Palah Sahib Gurdwara. Other significant work is construction of a Dharmshala in Gwal Mandi. Superintending Engineer of the AIT said the work would be completed in stipulated time after the tendering process. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.65 DIESEL ~66.95 PAGE 4 Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 4 Farmer activists staged a protest on the Amritsar-Delhi rail track at Devi Das Pura village on the fourth consecutive day of their protest near Mannawala here on Monday. Addressing the protesters, Kisan Sangharsh Committee president Satnam Singh Pannu said farmers were being harassed and humiliated by banks and other financial institutes for their failure to repay loans. “Even as the state government, under Capt Amarinder Singh, has announced loan waiver, farmers are being humiliated. Financial institutes are issuing auction notices and even arrest war- rants are being issued to harass the farmers under duress. Farmers’ land is being taken over by financial institutions,” he said. Pannu said farmers were not being paid adequate dues of their crops and are being forced to live a miserable life. “An amount of Rs 400 crore is pending as dues towards the sale of sugarcane even as the farmers are being forced to pay interest on loans taken by them. If farmers get their money in time, they can repay loans on time,” said Pannu. The protesting farmers also demanded return of the blank cheques taken from them at the time of issuing loans. They also demanded an interest of 15 per cent be paid on dues of Mahashivratri fervour grips city sugarcane farmers. The committee further demanded that the land culti- state. The protesters have also demanded reduction in electricity prices and free power for scheduled castes for up to 200 units of consumption per household. Missing boy found; no clue of abductor yet Tribune News Service Devotees line up at a temple on the occasion of Shivratri in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR vators should be given permanent ownership rights over agricultural land in the Amritsar, March 4 The police have arrested two persons for allegedly shooting a man two days ago. The health condition of the victim, Rahul, is still critical. The accused have been identified as Inderjit Singh (prime accused) of Sardar Avenue and his friend Rajinder Kumar of Ganda Singh Wala. The incident took place at the residence of Rajinder Kumar. Investigating officer Sukhpal Singh confirmed the development. He said the doctors had declared the victim unfit for recording statement. The doctors said Rahul’s condition was critical. The Sadar police received inputs that Inderjit Singh and his friend Rahul, both drug addicts, went to the residence of Rajinder Kumar in Ganda Singh Wala where they had a brawl. It soon took an ugly turn when Inderjit took out a countrymade pistol and fired at Rahul, who sustained a bullet injury on his thigh. Later, they took him to a private hospital for treatment. Initially, they tried to misguide the police, claiming that an unknown person fired at him following a dispute on the Amritsar-Attari bypass road. During investigation, the police found their claims fishy. Later, the cops established that it was Inderjit who fired at Rahul after an altercation at the residence of Rajinder Kumar. A case under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them. Amritsar, March 4 Six days after four-year-old Damanpreet Singh went missing from the Golden Temple complex, he was found abandoned at Jalandhar bus stand on Sunday evening. He was reunited with his family here on Monday. Nevertheless, the police are still clueless about the woman who kidnapped her. The incident was captured in the CCTV cameras installed at the complex. Bhagwan Singh, SHO, Galliara police station, said the police had circulated images of the boy along with the CCTV footage of the incident among the police stations across the state. He said the bus stand police station of Jalandhar called him on Sunday and informed about the boy. He said immediately a team was sent to Jalandhar and he was brought back. He said efforts were on to identify the woman who abducted the boy from the holy shrine. The police have registered an abduction case against the unknown woman. Simarjit Kaur, mother of the victim, said that she hailed from Kayampur village in Ajnala and had three children. Damanpreet was her youngest son. Following a dispute with her in-laws, she along with her children had come to her parents around six months back. According to her, around three days before the boy’s abduction, she had a fight with her parents and had come to the Golden Temple. Her husband, who plies a rickshaw, also came to her at the Golden Temple. For two days, they remained there and performed seva where she met the woman, who befriended her and her children. On February 26, when Simarjit Kaur went to a shop nearby, the accused took the boy away. She said they tried to search for her son and the woman, but failed to find them. Later, they approached the police which registered a case. The kid has beenreunited with his mother. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 4 As thousands of devotees thronged Lord Shiva temples to pay obeisance on the occasion of Mahashivratri, several religious organisations organised langar of food, fruits and snacks on Monday. Langars, laced with bhang, which is also offered during prayers of Lord Shiva on Mahashivratri, were also organised. Long queues were witnessed in Shiva temples since wee hours. Devotees were heard chanting ‘Om Namah Shivay’ and raising slogans of ‘Har Har Mahadev’. Keeping the celebrations eco-friendly, the temples were mostly decorated with flowers and LED lights, later in the evening diyas and candles were lit. Food and fruits were distributed through community 70 schools to have wall paintings Tribune News Service kitchens among people in several areas of the city. Temples, especially the oldest Shivalya Virbhan and Bhaiya Da Shivalya, saw serpentine queues of devotees right since dawn. Lavish langar stalls were hosted by vol- unteers of Amarnath Sewa Mandal at several places. Some even started serving langar from midnight, including dishes like poorilongi, chana bhatura, kulfa and phirni, that went on throughout the day. Amritsar, March 4 A city–based NGO, Sunshine Youth Club, has resolved to cover 70 schools of the state under its wall painting project. The team will be colouring walls with help of professional painters and artists.The NGO has named its project — Colour - The Core. The walls will have inspirational quotes and display of school syllabus. Of the 70 schools to be covered, 15 are in Amritsar district. “This will take approximately eight months. We received c m y b calls from many schools. The institutions were finally after talking to their staff. The schools will also contribute,” said Arshdeep Singh, founder of the club. NGO Sunshine Youth Club is a youth driven organisation looking after creating awareness on drug abuse problems in schools, painting walls and also ensuring infrastructural upgrade, with a special focus on books, stationery and furniture. Earlier too, the organisation had painted schools in the district but now are going pan-state with this initiative. ‘Badals, Capt 2 sides of same coin’ Our Correspondent TEACHERS’ VOICE BEING MUFFLED, SAYS SEKHWAN Tarn Taran, March 4 Lok Sabha MP and SAD (Taksali) president Ranjit Singh Brahmpura on Monday termed Badals and Capt Amarinder Singh two sides of the same coin. He said their policies were anti-state. Brahmpura addressed a gathering in Nauragaband village, eight km from here, after inaugurating the link road leading to the village gurdwara. Ranjit Singh further said that the SAD leadership, led by Badals and Bikram Singh Majathia, had committed a blunder by pardoning Dera Saccha Sauda chief Ram Amritsar: Jathedar Sewa Singh Sekhwan, general secretary and chief spokesman of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali), lambasted the state government, led by Capt Amarinder Singh, over its education policy. In a press statement, he said, “The state government is endangering the education by not solving the issues of teachers. The Chief Minister is trying to silence the teachers’ voice by registering FIRs and transferring them. The government should resolve the issues by communicating well with teachers. Other issues, like job regularisation, financial assistance, payment of DA installments and implementation of the pay commission’s report, must be redressed.” TNS Rahim Singh for their “personal interest” for which they would have to pay a heavy price in the coming Lok Sabha elections. He said the SAD and the Congress had looted and exploited the state. He said that the Congress govern- ment in the state had lost faith as it “failed” to fulfill the promises made to people. Brahmpura was accompanied by General JJ Singh (retd) who has been announced party candidate for the Lok Sabha constituency of Khadur Sahib.
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