13052017-JTR-01.qxd 5/13/2017 1:11 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 13 MAY 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Protest enters 2nd day They fit into any age A big no The protest by employees of the PIMS entered its second day outside the institute today. P2 If you don’t believe age is just a number, check out these avid gym-goers. P3 Simon Cowell turns down American Idol reboot. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 41°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.15 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.32 AM SNIPPETS Notification on inclusion of 12 villages in MC limits issued State government ignores concerns of area residents Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Class IV employees stage a protest in Jalandhar on Friday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Protest against contractor Jalandhar: Protesting over the alleged injustice with safai karamcharis at the District Administrative Complex, members of the Safai Mazdur Union on Friday staged a protest in front of the office of the Assistant Commissioner. The safai karamcharis led by AAP leader Chandan Grewal went to the office of Assistant Commissioner Dr Ankur Mahendru and demanded action against the contractor, who has got the cleanliness work of the complex. They alleged that since the employees did not sign on a document, which was being asked them to sign, the contractor chose not to mark their attendance for a week. TNS Jalandhar, May 12 Ignoring the concerns raised by area residents, the Punjab Government has finally issued a notification for the inclusion of 12 villages in the Municipal Corporation (MC) limits. The villages include Sofi Pind, Rehmanpur, Aladinpur, Hallotaali, Alipur, Sansarpur, Dheena, Nangal Karar Khan, Khusropur, Subhana, Khambran and Pholriwal. However, the MC has invited objections from the area residents to be submitted within 30 days from the date of notification. Surprisingly, the first one to object to the notification was Mayor Sunil Jyoti who said that presently it was not feasible to include the villages as the MC was yet to recover from its financial crunch. “A majority of the projects under Swachh Bharat Campaign, City Development Project, AMRUT scheme, water and sewerage supply and GPRS mapping are already through and it would not be feasible to get additional development funds for these villages in near future, said Jyoti. A proposal pertaining to this was also mooted in 2013 in the general house of the MC and the MLA had asked the MC to review its current status. Following this, the MC teams were dispatched to these villages to conduct a survey on the population and other civic amenities to assess the viability to get these included in the municipal limits. According to Jyoti, the villages have a population of over 50,000 people and lack basic civic amenities. “However, including them in the municipal limit will not be a viable option as otherwise, the villages will lose their panchayat lands which in many places is giving huge returns of up to Rs 25 to 30 lakh per annum. Also, the villagers will lose job opportunity under MGNERGA and also the funds released through the Rural Development Fund (RDF),” said Jyoti. He added that with only 20 to 30 per cent of the population giving regular taxes in Travel agent booked for fraud Phagwara: The police have registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC against a travel agent on the complaint of Maninder Singh, a resident of Phagwara. The accused has been identified as Parwinder Kumar of Jalandhar. The complainant told the police that the accused duped him of Rs 6 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. But neither the accused send him abroad nor returned his money, the complainant said. The police are investigating the matter. OC Magisterial probe ordered into thalassaemia incident Woman dies in road mishap Tribune News Service Phagwara: A woman was killed and her husband injured in a road mishap near Boparai village in Goraya on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Manjit Kaur. The injured, Balbir Singh of Ladhrra village, was admitted to a private hospital in Goraya. The police have registered a case in this regard. The accident took place after a fourwheeler (PB-08cx-1254) and an Innova car (PB-09G-5371) collided with each other. The mishap was so severe that both vehicles got damaged badly. OC Inmates of Apahaj Ashram who were given cheques on Mother's Day in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Will allocate NAT machine from MPLAD funds, says MP Jalandhar, May 12 After a visit by Jalandhar Member of Parliament (MP) Santokh Chaudhary to the Civil Hospital here today to look into the matter of testing positive for Hepatitis C of 35 children/patients at the thalassaemia ward of the Jalandhar Civil Hospital, the Jalandhar DC Varinder Kumar has ordered a magisterial magisterial inquiry into the issue which shall be conducted by SDM-2 Varinderpal Singh Bajwa. DC Varinder Sharma said, “A probe has been ordered and all aspects of the mater shall be looked into. The report on the issue has been sought my me within a week.” Visiting the Civil Hospital here this morning, Chaud- MP Santokh Chaudhary meets thalassaemia patients at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALLKIAT SINGH Fact file Claiming more might be infected with HIV, HCV, HVsAg virus, NGO demands probe, compensation of Rs 5 lakh to affected parents. CH begins retests of patients, 16 samplings done hary interacted with the patients of the thalaessemia ward. Terming the incident unfortunate, Chaudhary said immediate retesting of all ‘Lost my son, don’t want more moms to face this trauma’ Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 12 Having lost her 18-year-old son Ajeet Singh who was hit by an overloaded tipper about five months ago, badly distraught Inderjeet Minhas does not want more mothers to lose their sons due to the negligence of the traffic police in handling the menace. On Mother’s Day, which falls on Sunday, which incidentally also coincides with the concluding day of UN Road Safety Week, she is planning to launch an NGO Ajeet Singh for Safe Roads (ASSR). Former Union minister Oscar Fernandes is likely to be part of the event wherein a rally will be taken out to spread awareness through three Es – Education, Engineering and Enforcement. Says Minhas, who is president of the NGO, “On December 24 last year, the day I lost my beloved son Ajeet, I was Minhas’ questions for caretakers of system ■ Why a tipper, supposed to Repersantative of NGO (ASSR) Ajeet Singh For Safe Roads hold a press conference regarding; and below accident victim Ajeet Singh in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH left completely devastated and shattered. My 6’-3” tall son, full of life, passed away in an accident trying to save a BSF jawan when a 65 tonne overloaded tipper fell on his Toyata Fortuner. He died due to no fault of his. A mountaineer, trekker and biker, Ajeet lived 80 years in his 18year life and left us with lots of lessons to learn.” She sobbed a bit as she went on, “I strongly believe carry 18 tonnes, was carrying 65 tonnes? ■ Why this monster was allowed on the road? ■ Why was it not stopped at the toll check when an extra fee of Rs 2,100 was collected for overloading and then allowed to proceed? ■ Why the tipper sides were allowed to be raised several feet more than permitted and who passed the vehicle? ■ Why IPC 304-A has been used against the driver and not against the owner? These are live bombs on our roads. These are worse than terrorists. Will we lose more children and young lives to wake up? that we did not lose Ajeet to a freak accident or to destiny, but to the failure of the corrupt system which is deeply embedded in our society like a malignant cancer.” continued on page 2 c m y b patients at the hospital should also be started. Speaking to mediapersons on the occasion, Chaudhary said, continued on page 2 the city was causing a huge problem to the MC to carry out consistent development work. A majority of the work either relies on the Central government grant or the aid provided by the state government. “In that situation, a majority of the work in these villages will take the backseat,” added Jyoti. Villagers too have apprehensions that once their areas go to the MC, they would be burdened with more taxes. The biggest reason to protest against the decision was the fact that they would have to do away with their milch cattle they have been rearing for years because as city residents, they would not be allowed to keep animals at their places. 2 of snatchers’ gang held Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 12 The rural police today arrested two persons in connection with nearly 15 robbery cases registered in Punjab. The accused were identified as Shambhu of Kapurthala and Raj Kumar of Rama Mandi. While Shambhu during investigation revealed that he, along with his team, had done lootings in many areas, including Kartarpur, Adampur, Bhogpur, Goraya and Phillaur, Raj Kumar revealed that he was recently released from the Kapurthala jail around 15 days ago and had begun to loot along with Shambhu. Along with their arrest, the police have claimed to have solved seven cases of various lootings which majorly included snatching of gold jewellery. The police recovered eight pairs of gold earrings, a gold chain, a motorcycle and a sharp-edged weapon from them. The police also recovered Rs 5 lakh drug money from Surinder Singh. Two arrested with 50 gm of heroin Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 12 The city police today arrested two persons with 50 gm of heroin along with a measuring apparatus. The accused were identified as Sanjeev Kumar, alias Sanjay, a resident of Nawanshahr, and Saddam Ansari, a resident of Ludhiana. The police have registered a case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. Sanjeev Kumar, along with his friend Bahadur Singh, Inderjeet Singh and Ranjeet Singh, had snatched an XUV vehicle from Vikas Sharma in the Model Town area on April 22. Though they had run away from the spot, they were stopped by a police party. The gang fired at them, following which the police retaliated. While Ranjeet Singh was caught, the other two ran away from the spot. A case pertaining to this was also lodged under Section 307 in Kartarpur. Out of the three, Bahadur Singh is the most dreaded criminal and a case under Section 302 was also lodged against him in Phag- The accused in police custody in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO wara. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in the case. Though he came out on parole, he did not return and a case under Section 33 of the good conduct of prisoner was lodged in Kapurthala. During interrogation, Sanjeev Kumar said it was Bahadur Singh who used to provide him heroin to further sell it to different people. Kumar had also said that he was in this profession for the past many years and had even sent his younger brother to Dubai from the money he had earned through this trade.
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