16042017-JTR-01.qxd 4/16/2017 1:05 AM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 16 APRIL 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE BANK LOAN: FOUR BOOKED FOR GIVING FAKE IT RETURNS Þ PAGE 2 BACK ON KAPIL’S SHOW? Upasna may save show after kapilsunil spat. PAGE 4 Þ SUNNY DIFFERENT PITCH: CRICKETER ANDRE RUSSELL HAS PLANS TO ENTER BOLLYWOOD Þ PAGE 3 39°C MAXIMUM 21°C MINIMUM Health staff, MC to fight dengue jointly Health Dept to restart dry day campaign soon; meeting on comprehensive plan on April 24 Aparna Banerji 400 CASES REPORTED IN 2016 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 15 In continuation with its campaign to prevent dengue in the district, the Health Department will soon restart its dry day campaign – on the lines of the one carried out last year under which various establishments were raided and places conducive to the breeding of dengue larvae. The health authorities will be holding a meeting with members of the Local Bodies Department on April 20 in this regard to devise a comprehensive plan to tackle dengue in the district. While joint teams of the MC Sanitation Department and Health Department had raided private, public, residential as well as backward areas in the previous year to spread awareness about the disease and prevent the breeding of dengue larvae. While over 400 cases of dengue had been reported in the district until October last year, in 2015 a whopping 1,047 cases had been reported. In 2014, as many as 32 patients tested positive for dengue, in 2013, 112 and in 2012, 30 positive cases of dengue were reported in the district. Of the 1,047 dengue cases reported in 2016, 877 were from urban and 170 from rural areas. The health authorities have already begun carrying dengue surveys in Jalandhar district to identify vulnerable areas. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH Sources in the Health Department said senior officials from across the state were also expected to attend the meet. While over 400 cases of dengue had been reported in the district until October last year, in 2015 a whopping 1,047 cases had been reported. In 2014, as many as 32 patients tested positive for dengue, in 2013, 112 and in 2012, 30 positive cases of dengue were reported in the district. Of the 1,047 dengue cas- es reported in 2016, 877 were from urban and 170 from rural areas. As many as 30 sensitive areas had been identified in the district last year that included Shaeed Babu Labh Singh Nagar, Basti Bawa Khel, Maqsu- dan, Janta Colony, Surnanussi, Jindan Road, Model Town, Cheema Nagar, Basti Peer Daad, Ram Nagar, Jyoti Nagar, Urban Estate, Near Garha, Nakoda Road, Khambra, Khurla Kingra, among others. District IDSP in charge Dr Surinder Kumar said: “We have already begun carrying dengue surveys in the district to identify vulnerable areas. The meeting with the Local Bodies Department will be held on April 20 after Search for success which a more concrete action plan to carry out dry day raids will emerge. We are also seeking permission from the DC to hold a meeting on dengue prevention in the district. While we also raided a tyre establishment some days ago as per the drive, the future course of the action in this regard will be decided in conjunction with the local bodies after the April 20 meet. We are hoping to keep the dengue figures down to a minimal this year.” RURAL GRAIN MARKETS SANS SANITATION FACILITY In spite of the Swachh Bharat campaign, the pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that has been going on in full swing, most grain markets in the rural areas of the district have been laid without proper sanitation system. After the commencement of harvesting of the wheat crop, the grain markets witness an influx of farmers and migrant labourers in large numbers. Due to lack of facilities, they are forced to go for open defecation in the nearby fields. P2 PARK IN DISARRAY DUE TO SLOW PACE OF TUBE WELL CONSTRUCTION Residents submit memo to MC Commissioner Tribune News Service As many as 4,000 candidates appeared for tests for the posts of constable and head constable in the PAP Complex, Jalandhar, on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Deputy Mayor, husband quit AAP; to rejoin SAD Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 15 Taking a U-turn, Deputy Mayor Arwinder Kaur Oberoi and her husband Kuldeep Oberoi formally resigned from the membership of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today. Later while speaking to Jalandhar Tribune, Oberoi said the couple was deeply hurt on seeing the level of corruption done by Mayor Sunil Jyoti and despite appealing to senior BJP and SAD leaders, includ- ing Manoranjan Kalia and Bikram Singh Majithia, no action was taken in the matter. He, however, claimed that he had spoken to former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and showed interest in rejoin- ing the party, which was accepted by him. “We will join the SAD in a formal ceremony attended by Sukhbir himself,” Oberoi said. Meanwhile, BJP district president Ramesh Sharma has lodged a protest against the Oberoi couple rejoining the SAD. He said the couple was “opportunist” as it left the party ahead of the elections. “The couple should be stopped from joining the SAD,” Sharma said. It’s a complete U-turn in Phillaur A MONTH LATER Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 15 As you sow, so shall you reap and that’s exactly what is happening in the Phillaur constituency a month since the change of the government. It was the SAD halqa in charge Baldev Khaira, who in the past few months of the SAD-BJP tenure used to call the shots. The entire administrative and police machinery worked in his support as was signalled by the SAD president and then Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal. Without holding any constitutional post, it was Khaira and his wife who kept distributing bicycles and Atta Dal blue cards till the elections finally arrived. Then it was Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh’s son Vikramjit Chaudhary, who used to daily lodge complaints against Khaira to the administration. Almost a month since the elections, now residents of Phillaur have been seeing the situation and quipping, “What goes around comes around”. Things have taken a complete U-turn. Even as Baldev Khaira is now the MLA from the SAD, it is Congress leader Vikramjit Chaudhary, who has been assuming more power in the constituency. The halqa incharge signages put up by MLA Baldev Khaira him and his supporters in Phillaur, Goraya and other towns falling in the constituency are irking Khaira now. Even the fact when Vikramjit Chaudhary went to the grain market in Phillaur recently and the officials concerned accompanied him has made Khaira feel that his position has been undermined. Fumes Khaira, “I really wonder as to why officials, including the SDM and the tehsildar of Phillaur, were giving him so much importance that they accompanied him to mandi. I agree that his father is an MP and has the power to take officials along for any such surveys. But Vikramjit holds no position at all. Also, I really feel amused over the fact that all main spots in Phillaur, including the office of the Nagar Council and the police station have the signage bearing his picture and a caption mentioning him as ‘halqa in-charge’. When his party claims that it has abolished the halqa incharge system, how can such signages put up in the constituency? It clearly implies that Vikramjit is not ready to part with the system and is defying his party’s agenda.” Khaira laments that there are other issues too. “Blue card holders in my area are worried that their cards could c m y b be withdrawn”. Chaudhary junior retorts to this, “Their worry is reasonable. There are 35,591 blue card holders in the constituency. We are getting it all scrutinised. There are many blue card holders who have their sons settled in Canada, the US and the UK and are doing good.” The vendetta politics here is completely set in as the PPCC general secretary adds up, “Khaira should know that the halqa in-charge system has been abolished only for police sub-divisions and not for other works. As a runner up, I continue to be the caretaker of the constituency for my government. Khaira seems to have got shaken too early if he is giving all such reactions. He has forgotten the time when his wife without any authority used to distribute grains under the Atta Dal scheme.” Jalandhar, April 15 Harried due to the languid pace of work on a tube well at Maa Bharti Park in Jalandhar, residents of the Guru Gobind Singh Avenue today submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation. Led by Mahesh Gupta and Manish Aggarwal, residents said to provide better water supply in the avenue, work on the construction of a tube well had begun last year. They said while the work had started in October 2016, till now the park had been rendered into a wasteland. Residents said while the upkeep and maintenance of the park was being taken due care of by people living around it, the park had many trees and plants which made it conducive for elderly and children who were frequently using it for walks and to play. WORK STARTED IN OCT 2016 Residents said while work on the construction of a tube well at Maa Bharti Park had started in October 2016, till now the park had been rendered into a wasteland. They said ever since the work had been started, the park had been in a complete mess. They said while the track of the park had been broken due to the constant use of heavy machinery on its premises, it had also been riddled by potholes. Residents said while the upkeep and maintenance of the park was being taken due care of by people living around it, the park had many trees and plants which made it conducive for elderly and children who were frequently using it for walks and to play. Residents said ever since the tube well work had been started, it had been in a complete disarray. They said while the track of the park had been broken due to the constant use of heavy machinery on its premises, it had also been riddled by potholes. They said the gate and boundary wall of the park had also been damaged in the process. The residents said due to the slow pace of work, children and elderly were not able to use it. Residents demanded from the MC Commission- er today that the work in the park be completed at the earliest after which the boundary wall, gate and lights on the premises be repaired, failing which the park might turn into a quagmire in the monsoons. Residents also demanded action against the contractor for the slow pace of work. Residents Sangeeta Puri, Sahil Bhalla, Sunil Chugh, Gulazari Lal, Anil Soni, Shalin Goyal, Sangeeta Chopra, Bindu Aggrwal, Rishu among others, were present on the occasion. Shanties, goods burnt in fire Jalandhar, April 15 Shanties of labourers outside the gate of market committee, Sultanpur Lodhi, were gutted after a fire broke out in the area this afternoon. Several bags of grain, a motorcycle, ceiling fans and seven cycles were damaged in the fire. However the labourers and their families managed to save themselves from the fire. Timely action taken by local residents helped in saving around 15 other shanties in the locality. The reason for the fire has Fire personnel tries to douse the flames in Sultanpur Lodhi on Saturday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH yet to be ascertained. Sarita Devi and her husband Manoj Kumar said they were disappointed that they have lost 15 bags of grain in the fire. Later, Sultanpur Lodhi MLA Navtej Singh Cheema reached the spot to assess the damage caused by the fire. — TNS 13-yr-old migrant worker dies in mishap Jalandhar, April 15 A 13-year-old migrant worker today died in an accident on the Nakodar road here. The deceased was identified as Ajay Kumar, a resident of Tilak Nagar. As per his family, Ajay had recently came from his village in Uttar Pradesh in search of work and it was his first day on job in a furniture shop situated on Nakodar Chowk. While returning from work, his cycle was hit by a speeding truck, leaving him dead on the spot. The police have arrested the driver of the truck, Gurbat Singh. A case has been registered. — TNS
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