07072017-JTR-01.qxd 7/7/2017 12:16 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 7 JULY 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Labour shortage Destiny’s child All that glitters is gold! Acute paucity of labour and heavy charges in this paddy season has hit farmers badly. P2 The rules of getting passport are easy but it takes a social worker to help orphans secure one... P3 The 10th edition of Zee television awards saw the who’s who of the fraternity walk the ‘gold’ carpet in style. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 34°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.29 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.27 AM RAINSTORM HITS JALANDHAR, SURROUNDING AREAS 120 villages face power failure PSPCL detects loss of over ~2 crore Tightening the noose around people indulging in power theft, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has detected a revenue loss of over Rs 2 crore in the PO arrested Commuters make their way through heavy rain in Jalandhar on Thursday night. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH from government departments, Rs 90 crore was to be recovered alone by the public health department. Government hospitals and dispensaries were to deposit over Rs 2.88 crore as arrears and the Municipal Corporation and urban local bodies were to give arrears around Rs 2.41 crore to the PSPCL. Peak load under control past two months in the city. Though it has recovered Rs 1.37 crore till Thursday, it is yet to recover the pending areas from the defaulters. Tiwana said the maximum power theft was reported from Nawanshahr and Kapurthala. While we recovered Rs 39.19 lakh from Kapurthala, we recovered Rs 44.51 lakh from Nawanshahr, said Tiwana. The PSPCL checked over 40,032 connections in the four districts of Jalandhar zone, including Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr. Out of this, over 242 cases of power theft and wrong metering were reported. Also, 3,364 were found to be having unauthorised extension of the load. While the PSPCL has detected over Rs 78.26 lakh due to power theft, it levied a fine of Rs 1.24 crore for the unauthorised extension of load. Public health department biggest defaulter While the PSPCL has to recover over Rs 107 crore Despite the installations of over hundreds of tube-wells in the last one year, the peak load is well under limit in the state. Last year, the peak load was reported to be over 11000 mw in July. This year, it had barely touched down 10,000 mw till Thursday. Tiwana said due to rainfall and decrease in temperatures, the peak load was reported low this year compared to last year. 14-yr-old boy recovered after three years Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 6 It was an emotional moment for Gurgaon-based Firoz Khan who was today reunited with his 14-year-old son Diljan, aka Bittu. Firoz, a resident of Gurgaon, informed The Tribune that his son had gone missing around three years ago from his house. The poor family made numerous attempts to search for their son, but to no avail. The family even sold many of its belongings and announced a reward of Rs 25,000 to anyone informing Youth jumps before train, dies Phagwara: A Jalandhar youth, identified as Hari Singh (29), reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a running train near Chaheru village, the police said on Thursday. The youth jumped before the Malwa Express coming from the Jalandhar side. The cause of the suicide was not known, he said. The body was handed over to the victim,s family after postmortem at the local Civil Hospital. OC Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 6 Around 120 villages in Nadala are likely to face power failure for the next two days as a heavy storm and rain last night uprooted over 100 trees and 14 transformers in the 10 km area. The storm was so intense that even some houses lost their roofs. PSPCL Chief Engineer Devinder Singh Tiwana said the 66 KV sub-station broke down completely due to the strong winds and would need at least two days to get repaired. “The storm was so strong that it uprooted over seven sets of power transformers and threw them over a distance of over 10m. While over 100 trees were found to be uprooted on the KartarpurNadala highway, we are facing problem in repairing the power station,” said Tiwana. The uprooting of transformers happened mainly because of the earth moved by local people to use it for construction business. “People remove earth near transformers, hence weakening their hold due to which they fell in the wind. We have written to the local authorities to prevent such illegal practices in future,” said Tiwana. SNIPPETS them about the whereabouts of their son. However, Diljan, who had run away from his home, was found by Babu Gujjar who began to use him as a domestic help at his Dera in Puara village. According to SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, villagers on seeing the child working there from the past few months informed the police about the boy and later rescued him from the dera. The police, meanwhile, got in touch with his parents in Gurgaon and handed him over to them today. The Satnampura police have arrested a proclaimed offender (PO), identified as Kulwinder Singh, of Bahui village under PS Kapurthala and recovered a sharp-edged weapon from his possession. The SHO concerned said the accused was wanted and declared a proclaimed offender by the Sadar Police, Fattudhinga police and the Sultanpur Lodhi police in several criminal cases. OC Lack of popularity mars Punbus service Even as the Punjab Roadways restarted the luxury bus service connecting Jalandhar to the Delhi airport, in June last year, the department has done little to make it popular among the masses. The service, which is being offered at half the price than another private company, has a huge viability in the NRI-dominated Doaba region. On parole, man jumps from Domoria overbridge, dies Police inquire about the incident from family members of Gaurav (below) who jumped from the Domoria overbridge in Jalandhar on Thursday morning. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Enclave police post took the body into their possession and got the postmortem done to start probe in the matter. Tribune News Service Policemen with 14-year-old Diljan, hailing from Gurgaon, who had been missing from his home since 2014 in Jalandhar on Thursday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Jalandhar, July 6 On parole, a man allegedly committed suicide after jumping from the Domoria overbridge here this morning. Gaurav was facing 10 years’ of jail in an NDPS case and was putting up with his family at Basti Danishmandan. He jumped from the bridge with the picture of his family in his hand. His brother Sanjeev said Gaurav was to return to jail Labourer killed in two days. “He had gone missing from the place since Tuesday and was upset over going back to jail,” he told the police. Cops from the Surya Passport services: Jalandhar office comes second in country The Regional Passport Office has issued 2,45,241 passports in six months this year Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 6 The Jalandhar Regional Passport Office (RPO) has yet again proved its efficiency as it has bagged the second position in the country for the year 2016-2017. The RPO has got an award under the “Passport Seva Puraskar” declared by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Harmanbir Singh Gill, Regional Passport Officer, had gone to Delhi to receive the award on June 24. Jalandhar has scored 9.75 out of 10 in the ‘A’ category, second highest in the country after Cochin (Score-9.85) which has stood first. The delivery of services by the RPO, Jalandhar, can be gauged from the fact that in six months, more than 2 lakh passports have been issued. Officials said in six months starting from January to July 5, as many as 2, 45,241 passports had been issued and officials here expecting that by the end of this year, the figure of the issuance of passports will reach close to 5 lakh. It is to be mentioned that there are three categories under the Passport Seva Puraskar i.e. A, B and C. Under Category A, the issuance of passport is above 3 lakh, in ‘B’ category, the figure is between 1.50-3 lakh and in ‘C’ category it is between 1-1.50 lakh. It is for the first time that the RPO, Jalandhar, has Fact file Category A B C Category of award First prize second Prize Third prize First prize Second prize Third prize First prize Second prize Third prize bagged the award under ‘A’ category as last year Jalandhar had won first prize in the ‘B’ category with 9.60 score and in the financial year of 2014-15, it had won the second position in the ‘B’ category. RPO Name Cochin Jalandhar Ahmedabad Trivandrum Malappuram Kozhikode and Madurai Coimbatore Amritsar Shimla Score 9.85 9.75 9.30 9.40 9.30 9.10 9.40 8.60 8.40 Various parameters that are set by the MEA, according to which the awards are given, are grievance handling, average print and distribution time, files granted on same day, per staff average productivity, and overall Passport c m y b Seva Kendra processing time etc. RPO, Jalandhar, at present, caters to nine districts — Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Nawanshahr, Moga, Pathankot, Batala, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar (Rural) and Jalandhar. Officials said the Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs), situated in Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar, had remained on top positions in the all-India ranking. Harmanbir Singh Gill said, “We are thankful to the MEA for giving us this award. We have been catering to nine districts of Punjab with the same manpower and resources and will continue to perform like this in the coming time.” A labourer, working on a tipper near Nakodar Chowk here, died of electrocution on Thursday. The victim was identified as Roshan Lal of Kot Sadiq. He had got onto the tipper to shovel the gravel down. During the process, the tipper came in contact with electricity wires which led to his death. FEEDBACK Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to jalandhar.feedback@ gmail.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Jalandhar Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Jalandhar Tribune' on the envelope and it should be signed and must contain the address and telephone number of the sender. The Regional Passport Office in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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