05052019-ATR-01.qxd 5/5/2019 12:08 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE FIREARMS SEIZED FROM MURDER ACCUSED Four persons have been arrested for murdering Ashish of Mahal village on April 16. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 PAGE 3 BOLLYWOOD STAR'S OLD VIDEO GOES VIRAL As Akshay comments on his citizenship, an old video goes viral wherein he terms Toronto his home. MAX 39°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:13 PM PAGE 4 SOME FUN IN SAREES ON KHATRA KHATRA KHATRA Shivdasani, Limbachiyaa and Punit Pathak to dress up like female and gossip for a few minutes. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:41 AM SUNDAY | 5 MAY 2019 | AMRITSAR PPRC highlights Cong’s ‘unfulfilled’ promises Cong candidate Gurjeet Aujla rubbishes report, says saffron party yet to fulfill 125 promises Aujla terms saffron party’s manifesto a bundle of lies Tribune News Service BJP candidate for Amritsar Lok Sabha seat Hardeep Singh Puri (centre), along with BJP state chief Shwait Malik, addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Saturday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Tribune News Service THINK TANK'S RATING Amritsar, May 4 After releasing a review report titled ‘A Tale of Betrayal’ on Punjab Congress’ manifesto, the Public Policy Research Centre (PPRC) on Saturday challenged any political party to prove its findings wrong. The PPRC, a think tank of the BJP said to be modelled , on the pattern of political parties in western countries, was set up in Delhi in 2010. Sumeet Bhasin, Director, Public Policy Research Centre, flanked by BJP candidate for Amritsar Lok Sabha seat Hardeep Singh Puri and state BJP chief Shwait Malik, gave nine per cent rating to Capt Amarinder Singh-led state government on the basis of its 2017 manifesto, released prior to the Assembly elections. He informed that the PPRC reviewed manifestoes of Left The BJP think tank gives nine per cent rating to Capt Amarinder Singh-led state government on the basis of its 2017 manifesto, released prior to the Assembly elections. The report gives 98 per cent success rating to the BJP over its 2014 manifesto. INBRIEF BID TO ABDUCT TEENAGER Tarn Taran: As many as 10 persons have been booked for allegedly trying to abduct a teenage girl. The police said three of the accused, Akashdip Singh of Algon Khurd, Gurwinder Singh and Gurlal Singh Lali of Maddar Mathra Bhagi, had been identified. The victim mentioned in her police complaint that the accused, armed with dreaded weapons, entered her house on April 27 night and tried to abduct her. Villagers tried to make both parties reach a compromise, but the victim’s family didn’t relent. The accused are said to be absconding. The case was registered under Sections 354, 366-A, 511, 506, 452, 341, 148, 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and 7, 8 of the POCSO Act on Friday. The family of the complainant has sought immediate arrest of the accused. OC government in Kerala, TMC in West Bengal and several BJP’s governments. On the other hand, it gave 98 per cent success rating to the BJP over its 2014 manifesto. He said bringing black money of Indians from overseas bank accounts was mentioned in the manifesto and efforts were also put in that direction. Commenting on the distribution of Rs 15 lakh among every citizen of the country, he said it was actually an example to convey the magnanimity of the corruption. “For instance, in case the black money is brought back, it will be enough to deposit Rs 15 lakh of each Indian,” he said. He elaborated that Congress failed on 398 promises out of the total 438 promises made to the people. The report stated that the status of public healthcare infrastructure in state was utterly disappointed as only 27.1 per cent of the state population approached public healthcare facilities whereas the national-level figure is 44.9 per cent. It stated that in the Ease of Doing Business rankings, country rose from 142nd rank in 2015 to 77th rank in 2018 while the state fell from 16th rank to 20th rank in the corresponding period. Meanwhile, Congress leader Gurjeet Singh Aujla rubbished the findings of the PPRC. He released a document detailing 125 unfulfilled promises of the BJP . Amritsar, May 4 Terming the BJP manifesto a bundle of lies, Congress candidate Gurjeet Singh Aujla on Saturday alleged that at least 125 promises made by the saffron party before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections remained unfulfilled. He said the BJP was spreading lies. “The BJP has no vision. It is just trying to befool people. The Congress has vowed to make the country excel on economic and social parameters,” he said. Amritsar, May 4 To provide financial aid to the family members of the cops who died unnatural death during their service, the city police have created a relief fund. The local police have distributed Rs 80 lakh among families of 32 cops of different ranks since the launch of this scheme in June last year. Police Commissioner SS Srivastava, the brainchild ~80 lakh has been given to families of 32 cops since the launch of this scheme in June last year. behind the idea, informed that as per rank a certain amount is deducted from the salaries of the serving cops for the relief fund. He said the cops had given their consent for it and even class four employees had come forward for the same. He said the police gave a cheque for Rs 2.50 lakh at the bhog ceremony of the deceased cops. Not only this, if a cop needs money during emergency situation like hospitalisation for treatment, emergency fund to the tune of Rs 50,000 is also given to them. The step is being appreciated by the policemen and their family members. Actor Ravi Dubey, along with singers Shaan and Richa Sharma and composer Amaal Malik, in city to promote SaReGaMaPa Lil Champs on Saturday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Neha Saini Tribune News Service FUEL PRICES PETROL ~73.45 DIESEL ~66.03 2 booked for child marriage Tarn Taran, may4 Neelam Kaur and her son Balwinder Singh, both residents of Sultanwind road, Amritsar, have been booked for alleged marrying off the former’s underage daughter. The case has been registered on the complaint of Partap Singh, a relative of the accused. The complainant alleged that the daughter of Neelam Kaur was aged 16 years and six months at the time of her marriage. — TNS 14-year-old raped in Ballarwal village Amritsar, May 4 A 14-year-old girl has been allegedly raped by a youth in Ballarwal village. The victim’s family lodged a complaint with the Ajnala police on Friday. The accused, identified as Kulwinder Singh of Chananwali village, is yet to be arrested. The victim’s mother stated to the police that the girl went to the accused’s shop to purchase some items at around 8 pm when he pulled her inside his shop and committed the crime. According to the complainant, he threatened to kill her father in case she informed about it to someone. The girl also informed ACCUSED AT LARGE 14-year-old went to accused's shop when he pulled her inside and committed the crime. He also raped her 3 months ago, the victim has reported. that the accused had raped her around three months ago as well when she was out to answer the nature’s call. The police said raids were being conducted to nab the suspect. The girl’s medical examination is being conducted. Sections 376, 506 of the IPC and 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act have been slapped, the police added. — TNS Arhtiyas lock food controller at Patti market committee office ‘B-town depends on Punjabi music for hits’ BAJAJ IS SHRI RAM EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY CHIEF Amritsar: Balbir Bajaj and Satish Bansal have been elected president and honorary secretary, , respectively, of Shri Ram Educational Society. The society, formed in 1923, runs two institutions — Shri Ram Ashram Senior Secondary School and Shri Ram Ashram Public School. They were elected by the Trust members for five years. It will be Bajaj’s third consecutive term as president of the society. TNS judges of the Supreme Court had to organise a press conference,” he said. According to Aujla, instead of a manifesto, the “BJP should have come up with a mafinama (apology) for its failure to fulfill its promises”. He said that the only thing in which BJP had been successful was creating divisions among people on caste and religious basis. “It has adopted the policy of divide and rule to suit its political gains. This time on May 23, people will show that they reject the politics of hate,” he added. Congress leader Gurjeet Singh Aujla, along with Punjab Cabinet Minister OP Soni, during a rally in Amritsar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Fund created to help cops’ kin Tribune News Service Aujla said that the BJP hadn’t fulfilled its promise of providing two crore jobs and instead rendered “four crore people jobless” with its demonetisation policy. “The future generations will see that the demonetisation was the biggest scam ever done by any government in the world,” he said. The Congress leader said the BJP had weakened the constitutional bodies for political gains. “Institutions as courts, RBI, CBI and CVC have been weakened. It was for the first time in history that four Amritsar, May 4 Singer Shaan, Richa Sharma, composer Amaal Malik and actor Ravi Dubey of SaReGaMaPa Lil Champs were in Amritsar to interact with media. The panel of judges on the reality singing show got candid about talent scouting through reality shows, Punjabi songs trending in Bollywood and their common love for Amritsari c m y b ‘ kulchas’. “Your city visit is incomplete without tasting the famous kulchas. So the first thing we checked off our list was to gorge on kulchas,” said Shaan. Shaan, Richa and Amaal, judges of the kids’ reality show, are toruing different cities for live concerts to promote and send across the message that reality shows can be genuine.“I think the show has always managed to produce talent young singers in the past and it continues to do so,” said Shaan, who took a stand against any pressure for kids participating in reality shows. “I insisted that a counsellor should be there for not just kids who participate but also for their parents to ensure that the pressure to win at any cost is not there. The show is to scout talent and improvise them and not burden them to win on national TV,” he said. continued on page 2 Commission agents during a protest in Patti on Saturday. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI Arhtias Association, Punjab, are on an indefinite strike as they want the state government to ensure lifting of wheat without delay, release of payment for the purchased stock and issuance of bardana (gunny bags). The arhtias from the grain markets of the area, on the first day of their indefinite strike on Monday, staged a sit-in at the Patti mandi. They accused the higher officials of not giving ear to them. The DFSC went the Patti market committee office to pacify when the agitators locked him. The DFSC urged them to come inside the office to discuss their demands, but the latter denied and instead asked him to reach the dharna site. Mahanvir Singh Gill, district president of the Federation of Arhtias Association, said the DFSC reached at the dharna site and assured them that gunny bags would be provided by Monday and payment would be made till Tuesday. GNDU exams postponed scheduled to be held on May 5, have been postponed. Students have been advised to contact the principals, centre superintendents or the head of their departments for new schedule. — TNS Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 4 The agitating commission agents (arhtiyas) locked District Food Supply Controller (DFSC) Sukhjinder Singh in the office room of the Patti market committee during their protest against the nonlifting of wheat on Saturday. The DFSC had gone to pacify the protesters when he was confronted by the demonstrators. The arhtias, under the banner of Federation of Amritsar: Prof Manoj Kumar, in charge examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), has informed through a press release that due to the rehearsals for the Lok Sabha elections, the theory and practical exams,
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