08052017-JTR-01.qxd 5/8/2017 12:55 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 8 MAY 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE History files Time for change Bold and Twisted Bibi Kartar Kaur, wife of Ghadarite Balwant Singh, sat worried at her home in Khurdpur village. P2 Allow yourself to create the change within you to be a happy person P3 TV actress Nia Sharma, who rose to fame for her role in the show Jamai Raja, has been in news lately. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 42°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.12 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.36 AM SNIPPETS Comprehensive policy for edu reforms soon: Minister Jalandhar: State Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary said the Punjab Government would soon implement a comprehensive policy for educational reforms with the aim of quality education in the government-run schools. The policy would include valuable suggestions from education experts, needs of students and their employment plans, role of teachers and syllabus as per modern requirements. She said there were great possibilities of reforms in the education sector and the Punjab Government would implement these possibilities. The minister was speaking at a Mother’s Day function at Lala Jagat Narayan in DAV Public School here today. Advocating the online functioning of the department to eliminate corruption at every level, the minister said the department had already initiated the process in this regard. In the next six months, all financial issues like the GPF, gratuity of teachers and grants would be treated only online. The minister also said that the new policy would give the much-needed facelift to the basic infrastructure in the schools. Prominent among those present on the occasion included DEO (S) Harinderpal Singh, DEO (P) Ram Pal and principal Anita Nand. TNS 3 held for duping ~14 lakh Phagwara: Three persons have booked here for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 14 lakh on the pretext of sending her abroad and getting her a job there. The accused were identified as Chander Mohan, his son Harish and Babu Lal, all from Onkar Nagar, the police said. They were booked under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of the IPC and Section 24 of the Immigration Act. Sham Badan Pandey, the complainant, told the police that the trio had promised to send his daughter-in-law Kanchan Tewari to the USA and get her a job there. He said they charged Rs 14 lakh from him for it, but failed to keep their promise. OC Fuel pilferage rampant in city areas Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 7 With no check by oil companies over the illegal sale of their product in the city, fuel theft has become rampant here in the past few months. While diesel is being sold at the rate of Rs 45 a litre, petrol is being sold at the rate of Rs 55 a litre. In a recent incident, the Rama mandi police arrested three persons on April 26 when they were caught stealing oil in the fields near the cantonment area. The police recovered cans of 50 litres capacity and also small funnels used for filling the cans. According to the Rama mandi officiating SHO Harnek Singh, the police had received information about the theft being carried out in a field. When the police raided the spot, they saw an oil tanker parked in a field adjoining the oil depot of an oil company and three persons taking oil from the tanker. “When we caught them, they had already transferred around 10 litres of petrol and 30 litres of diesel,” said Singh. He said that the accused, Sanjeev Kumar, Manjeet Kumar and Jalandhar, May 7 Members of the Mini-Bus Operators Association Punjab, at a meeting of their association, have demanded from state Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh that their suggestions should be taken into account for the new transport policy being formulated by the state government. The union leaders Surjit Singh Soeta, chairman Balwinder Singh Behla, general secretary Tarlok Singh, sen- Sunny who were arrested on the spot, revealed that earlier also, they used to steal oil from the tankers in connivance with oil company officials. All three accused are out on bail now. While the police are yet to take up the matter with the oil companies about the Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 7 As many as 7,000 city students appeared in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in the district which was held across 12 centres in Jalandhar today. The 12 centres were set up at Appejay School Police DAV School, Cambridge International School, Innocent Hearts School, Shiv Jyoti Public School, Army Public School, BSF School, CT Public School, Cambridge International School, Kendriya Vidyalaya 1 and Kendriya Vidyalaya 2. While 600 to 650 students were seated per centre, at all centres, candidates were scanned with metal detectors. While jewellery and wearing of shoes was not allowed for the exam (only Mini-bus operators seek a hearing with government ior vice-president Jarnail Singh Garhdiwal, treasurer Master Lakshman Singh, Harmeet Singh Mehraj and vice-president Bhupinder Singh Mann demanded that before the formulation of the new transport policy by the state government, the opinion of the union should be taken by the authorities. The union said before this also, the transport policies being made by the state governments had been dismissed by the High Court. Union office-bearers said for Continued on P2 Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha said oil pilferage was a serious matter as it could lead to some big disaster in the city. “I have directed my officials to prevent any such activity in their area and to talk to oil companies,” said Sinha. Sources also said that the Commissioner had already reprimanded the oil companies over the issue and had warned them to stop such activity with immediate effect theft being carried out in various areas that can lead to a serious disaster in the city in case a tanker blows up during pilferage, sources have claimed that the area near the cantt railway station had become the Mecca for these unscrupulous elements. Many a time in a day, tankers could be seen parked in narrow lanes near the cantt railway station and people carrying out the pilferage activity in the open. Are the oil companies aware about the ongoing theft? Yes, they are, but officials do not take action as they too are part of the illegal network going on in the city, alleged an oil dealer on condition of anonymity. He further revealed that every day, a majority of the oil dealers were getting oil supply which was almost short by 50 to 100 litres. “But we cannot report the matter to officials, as our oil supply gets hampered the very next day,” alleged an oil dealer. He further said that they do not have any option but to remain silent on the issue. Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha said oil pilferage was a serious matter as it could lead to some big disaster in the city. “I have directed my officials to prevent any such activity in their area and to talk to oil companies,” said Sinha. Sources also said that the Commissioner had already reprimanded the oil companies over the issue and had warned them to stop such activity with immediate effect. 7,000 take NEET amid tight checking at centres FORMULATION OF NEW TRANSPORT POLICY Tribune News Service Police warn oil companies slippers), students turning up with shoes were asked to take these off outside the centre. Students also took their pens inside the centre. While two invigilators were deputed per 24 students, in addition, invigilators, centre superintendents and observers sent in by the CBSE, were also deputed for duty. Various areas of the district also witnessed traffic congestion, while the exam was being conducted. City NEET coordinator, Dr Rashmi Vij, principal, Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar, said, “The exams were smoothly conducted across the district and 7,000 students appeared at 12 centres. As far as traffic is concerned, the police had been duly informed and the traffic police as well as security was deputed at all centres.” Aspirants for the MBBS course go through rigorous checking at different centres before the start of the NEET in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Playing with fire, literally Heavy phone traffic bogs down helpline No. 100 Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service A devotee carries his child while running on burning coals at the Maa Maariamma Mela event in Kazi Mandi area in Jalandhar on Sunday night. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH c m y b Jalandhar, May 7 If you happen to see some murder happening in your area or someone looting a house, do not dial police helpline No. 100. There might be the possibility that either your call would be put on a long hold for three to four minutes or even your phone got held up till the time the call was picked up from the other side. To verify this, Jalandhar Tribune called the helpline No. numerous times. First the call was made at 3.23 pm and it was put on hold by the automatic machine. Despite making repeated efforts to disconnect the call, the phone was held up and it was only after 3.26 pm that some operator picked up the call. Even after the call, the phone was again put on hold and it was only at 3.27 pm that the phone could get disconnected. ‘Technical upgrade needed’ ■ Cops revealed that they do not have the provision to trace the number if ever the phone gets disconnected before being picked by an operator and also they do not have the call back option in case the phone is being hung up by the caller suddenly. ■ ACP Police Control Room Rachpal Singh said the police were in the process to get more phone lines to bear the population load and also the upgradation of the old exchange system was in the pipeline . As a matter of fact, there is no provision of any call back option in the police control room. Three repeated blank calls were made from 7.37 to 7.42 from the same number and despite the phone being picked by the operator, no effort was made by the police control room to check the urgency on the other side. Surprisingly, the third call was hung intentionally by the operator as though considered as a bogey. The control room staff revealed that though the population of the city had increased manifold in the last few years, the 100 number was only working on five lines for over a decade. Due to the heavy traffic, the number is busy most of the time. Also, the staff revealed that they do not have the provision to trace the number if ever the phone gets disconnected before being picked by an operator and also they do not have the call back option in case the phone is being hung up by the caller suddenly. ACP Police Control Room Rachpal Singh said that the police were in the process to get more phone lines to bear the population load and also the upgradation of the old exchange system was in the pipeline.
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