08072017-JTR-01.qxd 7/8/2017 12:57 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 8 JULY 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE NCC training Right in the act Karan makes film debut Shabhnam and Sunaina, cadets of the NCC, were honoured for their outstanding performance. P2 You can’t master acting all at once; it is craft that has to be nurtured properly, says actress Soni Kaur P3 Popular TV actor Karan Oberoi has turned producer. FORECAST P4 CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.29 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.27 AM MC engineers go on mass leave Stern action demanded against SE SUSPENSION ISSUE Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 7 In protest against the suspension of Superintending Engineer (SE) Kulvinder Singh at the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ), engineers today proceeded on a day’s mass leave. They included XENs, SEs, SDOs and engineers of the B&R Department and the O&M Department. Along with Singh, PK Goel of Amritsar, Pawan Sharma and Dharam Singh, Superintending Engineer of the Municipal Corporation of Ludhiana, were also suspended for the same reason. Due to this, the engineers of the above Corporations too went on a day’s mass leave to show their solidarity with the suspended officials. Singh, along with others, was suspended after a Vigilance team on inspection found that while awarding contracts, the SEs had violated the Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, wherein a house resolution was must for any work order above Rs 25,000. Also the team found that In protest against the suspension of SE Kulvinder Singh at the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ), engineers and other staff proceeded on a day’s mass leave in Jalandhar on Friday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH the Finance and Contract Committee’s approval was not taken for a majority of the works. The team also opined that guidelines of the CVC were violated, calling for a written detailed justification in such cases. Therefore, prima facie, it was made clear that 50 per cent of the tenders of Rs 100 crore were allotted on single bid, violating the MC laws, CVC guidelines and local government circulars. Looking at the scale of irregularities committed by the erring officials the superintending engineers of the respective corporations were suspended with immediate effect. The engineers had demanded that either the government should revert its order of the suspension of four SEs in the civic bodies or else they will lodge a statewide stir against the order. Mayor Sunil Jyoti claimed ambiguity in the order and said that it needed to be reviewed. “When the state government itself has approved single bidding tender through e-tendering process, why is it creating a ruckus over the issue? The decision seemed to be politically motivated and there is no truth in it,” said Jyoti. Sanjay Sehgal, senior vice chairman (RTI Cell), Punjab Congress Committee, has written to Punjab Lokpal and demanded a stern action against SE Kulvinder Singh. In a letter written to Punjab Lokpal, Sehgal said Kulwinder Singh had favoured Satish Aggarwal & Company, Aggarwal Construction Company, Suman Aggarwal & Company, Rakesh Aggarwal & Company for allotting him single tender. It cannot be denied that SE (B&R) Kulwinder Singh is the silent partner in all these firms. Sehgal has further written that Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had inspected 1,000 files of tenders during last one year of the SAD-BJP rule in the four Municipal Corporations of Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala. Sidhu addressed a press conference in Chandigarh on July 6, saying the Commissioners and SEs had continued on page 2 Man nabbed for killing wife Youth watching group clash killed in firing Had found her to be a eunuch after marriage Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 7 A 22-year-old youth Gurvir Singh died after being hit by a bullet while he was watching a land dispute at Fatehpur Bhrawan village, falling under the Lohian police station, last night. Manjinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, both sons of Jalandhar, July 7 The police today nabbed a person who, after killing his wife in May this year, had fled to New Delhi to evade arrest. The accused was identified as Narinder Chauhan, alias Happy, who got married to Shama 11 years ago. The police said Happy used to sell ladies’ suits in residential colonies and had fallen in love with Shama. After a courtship of a few months, both got married. However, immediately after the marriage, Happy came to know that Shama was a eunuch and, hence, left her and went to Delhi to stay with his mother. According to sources, she allegedly had sexual relations with many people. However, he could not tolerate this and reportedly planned to teach her a lesson. The police said Happy Sukhdev Singh, all residents of Fatehpur Bhrawan, had a land dispute with Pal Singh as Gurvir Singh and his mother were watching the heated arguments between the two groups. As tension between Manjinder Singh and Pal Singh heightened, the former allegedly fired with his dou- Raids on polythene units Tribune New Service The accused in police custody in Jalandhar on Friday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH finally came to Jalandhar in April this year and killed Shama and threw her body on roadside. The police began investi- gating the case since then and finally arrested Happy and his mother Sudesh Kumari from the New Delhi railway station. Jalandhar, July 7 A team of senior environmental engineers of the state raided plastic manufacturing industries today. During the raid on M/s Jai Bajrang Polypack and M/s MM Poly Industry, these were found manufacturing and storing plastic carry bags. About 600 kg of plastic carry bags were confiscated by the team from M/s Jai Bajrang Polypack and 700 kg plastic carry bags from M/s MM Poly industry. The Punjab Government, vide a notification, has directed completely ban on the manufacture, stock, distribution, recycling, sale or use of plastic carry bags in the jurisdiction of all the municipal corporations, municipal councils and nagar panchayats in the State of Punjab with effect from the April 1, 2016. 130 officials found absent in surprise checks Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 7 To ensure punctuality and discipline in the government offices, nine special teams, constituted by the Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar, Varinder Kumar Sharma, today simultaneously conducted surprise checking in offices across the district and found 130 officials absent from duty. Separate teams led by Deputy Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioners, Sub Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) and Assistant Commissioners conducted the checking simultaneously in various government offices in the district in the morning. Deputy Commissioner and Additional Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan conducted checks at the Civil DC Varinder Kumar Sharma talks to patients during a raid at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar on Friday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Hospital and Civil Surgeon office simultaneously in the morning. During the checking, 72 staff members were found absent. Similarly, during checking by Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Subash Chander two officials were found absent in office of Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner II, 11 were found absent in office of Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner I, one was found absent in office of Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner and two were found absent in office of Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (mobile wing). Another team led by Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) I Rajeev Verma held a surprise checking at the office of District Food and Civil Supply Officer during which eight officials were found absent. Similarly, in the office of Deputy Director, Food and Civil Supplies, two officials were found absent. During surprise check done by Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Phillaur Varinder Pal Singh Bajwa, five staff members were found absent in the office of Municipal Council, Goraya, one in office of Market Committee Goraya and three in office of Sub Tehsil Goraya. In Phillaur, three staff members were absent in the office of Municipal Council, Goraya, one in office of Market Committee Goraya and three in the office of Sub Tehsil, Goraya. In Phillaur, three staff members were absent in the office of Block Development and Panchayat Officer Phillaur and one was found absent in the CDPO c m y b office, Phillaur. No official was found absent during checking by SDM (Nakodar) Amrit Singh in her office and the tehsil office. The SDM (Shahkot) Navneet Kaur Bal conducted surprise check in the SMO office Shahkot and found two officials absent from the duty, whereas in the Executive Officer’s (EO) Office in Shahkot, one official was found absent. In the CDPO office, four officials were found absent and in thte office of Nagar Panchayat Lohia, two were found absent. Meanwhile, during check by Assistant Commissioner (General) Jai Inder Singh, no official was found absent in the Deputy Commissioner’s office, whereas one official was found absent in the Punjab Land Records Society. continued on page 2 ble-barrell gun at Pal Singh wherein Gurvir Singh got multiple bullet injuries. He was immediately rushed to hospital, but died on the way, while his mother Lakhwinder Kaur, who was also hit by bullets, was injured and admitted to the Civil Hospital, Jalandhar. continued on page 2 SNIPPETS Miscreants loot jewellery Phagwara: Two unidentified youths took away gold ornaments of 10 tolas from a jewellery shop at Bazar Bansan Wala here this afternoon. The victim shopkeeper Joginder Kumar said two motorcycle-borne youths came to his shop and asked him to give an ornament given to his shop for reworking. He told them that as his son was away to Himachal Pradesh, he would try to look for it, but the accused took away other valuable gold ornaments from the shop. The police have registered a case and studying CCTV footages captured near neighouring shops. OC Rape allegation Jalandhar: A woman working in an immigration consultant office near the bus stand here on Friday lodged a rape complaint against her employer and his friends. In a written complaint at the police station No.7, she alleged that her employer and his friends had raped her in the office and even made an MMS to blackmail her. The police confirmed the incident and said investigation had been initiated to probe the matter. TNS Farmers to hold rally for loan waiver Seven farmer unions today held a convention at the local Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall and demanded waiver of farm loans in the state. Activists of the unions said they would hold a rally in Barnala on August 22. P2
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