07042017-JTR-01.qxd 4/7/2017 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 7 APRIL 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE AGRICULTURE: RAIN, WIND DAMAGE WHEAT CROP Þ PAGE 2 PUBLIC SPEAKING: PHD CHAMBER HOLDS SEMINAR Þ PAGE 2 PARTLY CLOUDY 29°C MAXIMUM SHAMITA BAGS A WEB SERIES Shilpa Shetty’s sister Shamita Shetty will be joining actor Aparshakti Khurrana for a web series. PAGE 4 Þ 17°C MINIMUM Tragedy revisits PSTCL scrap yard Three labourers electrocuted while trying to lift oil drums; 1 dead, 2 critical Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 6 Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) suffered another jolt when three of its labourers were electrocuted today. While Sonu Singh (24), a resident of Seed farm Pakka in Abohar, died on the spot, the condition of the other two was stated to be critical. The incident happened at the same scrap yard where the fire incident had taken place two days ago. The labourers had gone there to lift the oil drums Sonu Singh, one of the victims saved in the incident. Sonu, along with the other two persons, was on a crane which was lifting highly inflammable transformer oil that was saved in the incident. The crane was lifting the drums to a truck to take these to other places. As soon as the crane reached under a low-hanging high-tension wire, the front arm of the crane touched the 11,000-volt high-tension wire, electrocuting all three labourers. While Sonu died on the spot, the other two were rushed to the local Civil Hospital. Fire breaks out at filling station Exposing the alleged negligence of a filling station located near KMV College here, an inverter kept inside its store room caught fire on Thursday. The fire safety system installed at the filling station failed to work and it was only when the police called the Fire Brigade that the fire was controlled. Eye witnesses said after the fire erupted in the store room, there was utter commotion at the fuel pump. Everyone started running away from the pump and the employees deployed at the filling station were found completely unaware on the use of the fire extinguishers Cynosure of all eyes ROAD MISHAP IN GORAYA Pregnant woman killed, husband, 2 daughters injured Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 6 The Punjab Government approved the agenda for the Jalandhar smart city project today. In a video conferencing held by Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh and attended by Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, Mayor Sunil Jyoti, Police Commissioner PK Sinha and Municipal Commissioner of the local civic body Gurpreet Singh Khehra, various decisions pertaining to the smart city project were taken. The major ones included appointment for the chairman of the meeting, Chief Executive Officer and other key managerial personnel of the company. Also, decisions were taken to fix the situation of the registered office of the company and to issue share certificates to first subscribers of the company. The company will also apply for the income tax permanent account number (PAN) and the registration under different authorities. The smart city company will also appoint practising company secretary as the secretarial consultant. Phagwara, April 6 A pregnant woman was killed and three others sustained serious injuries in a road mishap at the main chowk in Goraya this evening. Reports received here said Ludhiana resident Paramjit Singh, along with his pregnant wife Gurjit Kaur and two daughters Gurpreet Kaur (4) and Sukhpreet Kaur (7), was returning to Ludhiana on Splender bike, number PB10CM-5589, after meeting his sister in Banga, when a sary documents, including the fire safety certificate and the licence issued by the Explosives Department. He said that the company concerned had stopped oil supply to the filling station at present. The police said that even though there were seven fire extinguishers installed at the venue, none except one was found working. The police also recovered highly inflammable LPG cylinders from the venue. Cops later brought the matter to the notice of senior officials, including Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar. Five drug smugglers held; narcotics, illegal weapons recovered Miss Jalandhar Alisha Chauhan, first runners-up Saaz Malhotra (left) and second runners-up Khushbu (right) during the finale of a beauty pageant organised at CT Institution in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Agenda for Smart City project approved installed at the place. It was only after traffic cop Upinder Singh, who was passing nearby, saw the fire and along with his team, ran towards the store that the fire could be controlled. While doing this, one of the employees Amarjit Singh also received burn injuries on his hand. ACP Manpreet Dhillon said it seemed that the inverter caught fire after sparking and the mobile oil kept inside the store room caught fire instantly. He further said that he had written to the oil company to provide the neces- Ritz car PB-10DG-4989 hit their bike and they all fell. His wife died soon after the mishap, while the other three were admitted in a hospital here this evening. The Goraya Police impounded the car and arrested the car owner Khanna resident Rajesh Kumar. Maldivian student commits suicide A resident of Maldives, identified as Ahmed Balal and studying in BSc at Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, allegedly committed suicide by hang- ing himself from the ceiling of his paying guest room in the local Santokhpura Mohalla today. The cause for taking the extreme step could not be known, the police said. A suicide note, written in Maldivian language, was, however, found lying on the floor which was translated by experts, the police said. The Satnampura police have registered a case and kept the body of the student in hospital mortuary in wait of his family members who have been informed about the incident. Jalandhar, April 6 The CIA staff of the Jalandhar rural police today claimed to have busted a gang of drug smugglers by arresting five of its members. The police also claimed to have recovered 1.40 kg of intoxicant powder, 50 gm of heroin, two pistols, along with two live cartridges and three motorbikes from them. The accused were identified as Peter (30), a resident of Basti Peerdaad, Manpreet (25), alias Mani, a resident of Bashesharpur in Lambra, Satinder Kumar, alias Sonu (27), a resident of Gulab Devi Road, Nitish Kuamr, alias Nonu, (27), a resident of Niwan Suraj Ganj, and Ashwani Gogna, a resident of Basti Bawa Khel. Addressing media here today, SSP Jalandhar, Rural Police, said the accused used to smuggle the drugs from 2 snatchers arrested Jalandhar, April 6 The police today arrested two persons involved in snatching incidents in the city. The accused were identified as Saurav, alias Billi, a resident of Tagore Nagar, and Bindi, a resident of Mangu Basti. The police said the two had been snatching mobile phones and other items mainly from migrant workers. On receiving information about the two, the police arrested them near Guru Ravidas Chowk. The police recovered a motor cycyle, bearing number PB-08-BZ-6147, four gas cylinders, a small cylinder and six mobile phones from them. The police have registered a case. — TNS FUN TIME: Students of Innocent Hearts School enjoy at an adventure camp held in Jalandhar on Thursday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH c m y b The accused in police custody in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Delhi and sell in different parts of Jalandhar at double prices. They had been living in a flat at Randhawa Masandan village. He said they were on their way to sell the drugs in the Kartarpur and Kis- hangarh areas, when the police arrested them. The police have booked the accused under Sections 21 – 22/61/85 of the NDPS Act and 25/54/59 Arms Act at the Kartarpur police station. Peter used to smuggle drugs in connivance with Ludhianabased gang member Prince. The accused had been already booked for robbery and drug smuggling at various police stations. — TNS More rush, less facilities at de-addiction centres in state Demand for special centre for female addicts in Kapurthala Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 6 With the change of the state government and action having begun against drug traders, the number of patients turning out at the deaddiction centres across Punjab has suddenly shot up. This has forced the government hospitals and even private centres in the region to increase their infrastructure and staff to cope up with the increased needs. Dr Sandeep Bhola, psychiatrist, Navjeevan Kendra, Kapurthala, said, “There has certainly been a sudden jump in the number of patients, much more than we can handle with the available facilities. We have adjusted 25 beds in the 15-bed centre. Our new 30-bedded de-addiction centre in the hospital premises too has been getting more patients than the capacity. Now, we are mulling a plan so that the Community Health centres across the district are also able to admit patients in the day care and discharge them in the evening after administering them medicines and the required counselling. We are taking up the issue with the Deputy Commissioner by the evening.” The specialist added, “We also want more staff and infrastructure to ensure proper treatment of the patients. I have already been imparting Youths at a de-addiction centre being run at a hospital in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH three-month training to medical officers in this field. Further, since there is an increasing number of women addicts, we also want that one centre should be converted into an all-woman de-addiction centre where the patients, attending staff and doctors are all women so that there can be a comfort level for them. Many women addicts are not coming out for treatment for want of such a facility.” A similar problem prevails in Jalandhar where the number of indoor patients has jumped from 46 to 63 from January till now and the number of OPD cases has increased from 340 to 370 in the last month. Since midMarch, there has been a further spurt in the number of walk-ins. Doctors at the hospital have said that they were being forced to discharge the patients early as they had a provision of 20 beds only.” At Nawanshahr which has a high prevalence of deaddiction case, the patients have to depend largely on private facilities, including those at IVY Hospital or Guru Nanak Mission Hospital at Dhahan Kaleran. The 10-bedded Red Cross deaddiction centre has two psychiatrists coming just twice a week from Ludhiana. The new building of the Civil Hospital does not have any required provision for handling addiction cases. A de-addiction centre at Balachaur is devoid of any boundary wall and is yet to get doctors and a licence from the department to operate. Civil Surgeon Dr Rita Bhardwaj said, “We are getting the construction work of the Balachaur centre fast. We have also advertised for the posts of psychiatrist.”
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