23112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/23/2017 12:40 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 23 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Rail traffic Child’s play All about looks Several trains are running way behind schedule, passengers inconvenienced. Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari shares how making films for kids needs a different mindset. P3 Asthaa Agrawal aka Prathana takes almost two hours to get dressed for her character. P4 FORECAST P2 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 22°C MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23°C MIN 06°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.26 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.03 AM Public-funded waste mgmt starts in Nawanshahr today Ward-level committees buy equipment; compost machine taken on 3-month trial About the project Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, November 22 Even as the municipal solid waste management issue has been hanging fire in Jalandhar, the scheme is set to start in Nawanshahr tomorrow, largely with public participation. The unique part of the project is that not even a single penny is being spent by the government and it is an entirely a public-funded project. The garbage lifting cycle carts and motor vehicles, which will be used for doorto-door lifting of waste, have come through donations. A compost manufacturing machine, too, has been taken on a three-month trial from a Jalandhar-based industrialist and tie-up has been done with scrap dealers for lifting the recyclable waste. Giving an impetus to the project is not the local Municipal Committee but the district administration. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sonali Giri said, “People here were very upset over the erratic lifting of waste since the waste management project earlier run by Jindal group for Jalandhar cluster (of which Nawanshahr was a ■ Garbage lifting cycle carts and motor vehicles, which will be used for door-to-door lifting of waste, received through donations. ■ A compost machine taken from an industrialist on a three-month trial. ■ Rotary Clubs help buy safety accessories like gloves, glasses, masks, boots and jackets. ■ Scrap dealers to lift the recyclable waste. ■ Ward-level committees educate people on segregation of organic and inorganic waste. . A waste processing machine at a garbage dump in Nawanshahr. TRIBUNE PHOTO part) got scrapped. I just gave a push to the project and things started unfolding on their own. I encouraged the formation of ward-level committees for making things systematic.” She said, “The committee representatives told me that they required carts for which tendering would have been a long process. So, I asked them to explore the possibility of public contribution and it worked. As of date, there are Car catches fire 19 wards in the Nawanshahr MC and we have 20 carts with us, in addition to other vehicles. We even initially thought of buying dustbins for wet and dry waste through the same mode. But the public representatives told us that since they already had bins at their place, there was no need to spend more of people’s money on this. We even took the help of Rotary Clubs for buying safety accessories like gloves, glasses, masks, boots Jalandhar, November 22 The high tension wires hanging low in Basti Bawa Khel continue to pose threat to the lives of people. Residents say they want a concrete solution to the longpending problem. “Despite repeated complaints to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), nothing has been done so far,” they say. The wires pass just a few feet above the roofs of a considerable number of houses, near balconies and shutters of shops. maintenance work in ❝We carry outThe issue of Basti Bawaroutineisto fixinthe dangling wires. Khel not my knowledge. The officials concerned will be directed to resolve the problem at the earliest. DAVINDER SINGH, Chief Engineer, PSPCL A resident said, “Our area has been neglected by the authorities concerned. No one listens to us. Even if we apprise them of our issues, they pass the buck to other officials. The dangling wires pose threat to people. These often get snapped due to the movement of heavy vehicles, putting Talwara, November 22 The traffic on the MukerianHajipur road remained stranded for long near Sandhwal village on Wednesday when a running car caught fire and burnt to ashes. Car driver Mandeep Singh, a resident of Murad Awana, said that he along with his family was coming from Dasuya to Hajipur in his car. It caught fire probably due to petrol leakage near Sandhwal village. Seeing the smoke emanating, they immediately alighted from the vehicle. The incidents brought the traffic to a halt on the road. Hajipur SHO Lomesh Sharma reached the spot after getting the information. — OC Rapist gets 7-year in jail A glimpse of tradition Hoshiarpur, Novembver 22 A rape convict was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment on Wednesday. The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Priya Sood also fined Varinder, the convict, Rs 1 lakh. If he fails to pay the fine, he will have to serve three more months in jail. The rape victim had complained that Varinder, a resident of Basant Vihar, got her phone number from someone about six years ago and started making phone calls. They developed friendship and the accused later raped her several times, promising to marry her, she had alleged. Later, when she pressed for marriage, the convict said he had to go abroad and would marry her after his return. Later, he got married to someone else, following which she filed a case against him. — OC Mayor accused of making changes in proposals illegally Ashok Kaura THE ISSUE Phagwara, November 22 The rift within the Phagwara BJP has surfaced once again with four BJP councillors, said to be from the Sampla faction, along with two BSP councillors siding with the Congress councillors to protest the “illegal” acts of Mayor Arun Khosla. Khosla is said to be from the faction of MLA Som Prakash. The other 12 BJP councillors stayed away from the campaign of the Congress councillors against the Mayor. As many as 22 councillors, including 13 of the Congress, two of the BSP three inde, pendents and four of the BJP have submitted a letter , to Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and Director, Local Bodies, KK Yadav against the “illegal and unruly” act of Phagwara MC Mayor Arun Khosla, accusing him of making changes in the proposals agreed upon at the general body meeting held on 22 councillors, including 13 of the Congress, two of the BSP, three independents and four of the BJP have accused Mayor Arun Khosla of making changes in the proposals agreed upon at the general body meeting held on August 9, thus forwarding only selected proposals in connivance with a few MC employees. SDM bereaved Phagwara, November 22 Raj Kumari (67), mother of Jyoti Bala, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Phagwara, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday. — OC August 9, thus forwarding only selected proposals in connivance with a few MC employees. They sought immediate intervention by the higher-ups. Block Congress committee (urban) president-cum-councillor Sanjeev Bugga and Munish Parbhakar, another Congress councillor, while giving details of the letter, said suitable action should be taken against the Mayor and the proposals of the MC’s August 9 meeting sent by the Mayor should be stayed. They expressed apprehension that the May- or would have forwarded changed proposals instead of those discussed at the MC meeting on November 17 in which unanimous resolution was passed to cancel the contract of a private contractor for publicity hoardings. The signatories include councillors MM Thapar,Vikki Sood, Om Parkash Bittu and Harjinder Kaur of the BJP; Purnima and Ramesh Kaul of the BSP; Davinder Sapra and Rupali Sapra (Independents) besides 13 councillors of the Congress, said Sanjeev Bugga. When contacted, the Mayor rubbished the allegations. “Nothing against the rules has been done,” he said. Meanwhile, BJP councillors Anurag Mankhand, a loyalist of the Som Prakash faction, too stood for the removal of illegal vendors from the Hargobind Nagar road and its Chaupati to deal with traffic chaos. The Congress has also been demanding the removal of encroachments. SNIPPETS Residents fume as dangling wires in Basti Bawa Khel pose threat Avneet Kaur The ill-fated car on Mukerian-Hajipur road. TRIBUNE PHOTO and jackets.” According to the DC, the ward committee members have educated people on keeping the organic and inorganic waste separate. They even intend to organise nukad nataks (plays) to spread a word on why it is important. The organic waste will be fed into a specially designed machine Xaper, owned by Ajay Palta of Palta Engineering Works, Focal Point, Jalandhar. This machine is with us for a three-month trial. The machine can further separate any concrete or metal pieces, even if going in the organic waste. So the compost getting ready will be much safer to use, she said. “As per the trials going on, we expect that the residual waste will be anywhere between 10-12 per cent of its volume now. We intend to have 100 honey-combed pits in the landfill site for aeration, of which we already have dug up 25. Hope things move in the right track from tomorrow on,” she added. Four BJP councillors side with Cong against Phagwara Mayor ❞ several lives in jeopardy. Residents want a concrete solution to the problem.” Another resident, Manpreet Singh, said, “We live under the constant threat of being electrocuted due to the web of low hanging wires in the market and residential areas.” Residents said PSPCL officials appeared to have been waiting for a fatal mishap to occur. “We are worried for our children who go to school. Dangling high-tension wires can trigger mishaps. We have written several times to the authorities concerned, but to no avail,” said Savitri Sharma, a housewife. When contacted, PSPCL Chief Engineer Davinder Singh said, “We carry out maintenance work in routine to fix the dangling wires. The issue of Basti Bawa Khel is not in my knowledge. The officials concerned will be directed to resolve the problem at the earliest.” Jalandhar, November 22 Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma undertook a special drive against child labour last week in which eight adolescent labourers were found working. Divulging the details, Assistant Labour Commissioner Sukhjinder Singh said two teams of the task force checked around 868 institu- tions, including shellers, brick kiln and houses. Sukhjinder said the drive was held from November 14 to 21 and strict action as per the stipulated norms was taken against the errants who had hired them. According to the Assistant Labour Commissioner, strenuous efforts were being made by the department for nabbing the people involved in the crime besides creating awareness on the issue. Dutta wins golf tourney c m y b Thief arrested Phagwara: The police have arrested a thief, identified as Gursewak Singh, a resident of Sadhawala village in Faridkot. Two stolen laptops and three mobile phones have been recovered, the police said. The accused was wanted in connection with several cases, the police said. OC One killed in road mishap Phillaur: A man was killed when a bus hit a motorcycle on the Phillaur-Noormahal road. The deceased has been identified as Paramjit Singh. His nephew Resham Singh riding pillion sustained severe injuries. Navneet Singh Bains, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Phillaur, said the bus driver fled the spot. Resham Singh was rushed to the DMC, Ludhiana. The police have registered a caseagainst the bus driver. OC Eight underage labourers detected Our Correspondent Students of Seth Hukam Chand School perform a cultural programme at a prize distribution function in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH A theft accused in police custody in Phagwara. TRIBUNE PHOTO Hoshiarpur: A golf tournament was organised at the Police Recruits Training Center, Jahan Khelan’s PRTC Golf Club. In the tournament, the title for the longest drive and the closest pin went to Gaurav while Manoj Dutta achieved the first place with best over all score. — OC Dignitaries release a book in Phagwara. TRIBUNE PHOTO Book of poems released Phagwara: Former minister Joginder Singh Maan and Phagwara SP Parminder Singh Bhandhal released the third poetry book — Charan Ganga — written by eminent Punjabi Poet Late Harbhajan Singh Ankhi on Wednesday. Harmanpreet Singh, USA-based NRI son of the deceased poet, made hard efforts to come up with the collection of his late father. Prof Jaswant Singh Gandam, Thakur Dass Chawla, Avtar Singh Pable, Taranjit Singh Kinra, Jasbir Chana, international football player Inder Singh (Arjun Awardee) and former Phagwara Municipal Committee president Malkiat Singh Ragbotra appreciated his efforts to bring the popular collection of the poems book based on human values. OC
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