26112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/26/2017 1:07 AM Page 1 SUNDAY | 26 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Illegal parking My name is Bond After the break Illegal parking is eating away road space, leading to frequent traffic jams in the city. P2 The renowned author came calling to City Beautiful on the opening day of Chandigarh Literature Festival. P3 Bharti Singh is all set to co-host at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2017. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C MIN 08°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.47 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.59 AM Govt teachers feel a harried lot Say dist admn has given them BLO duty, magazine task and provision of food in anganwadi scheme Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service BSF man held for molesting daughters Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 25 The Jalandhar city police today arrested a BSF employee Shambhu Paswan of Guru Nanak Pura, posted as a head constable in Shillong and hailing from Bihar, for allegedly molesting his three daughters. The police said he had been arrested after his daughters accused him of molesting them. Paswan’s wife had died in the beginning of this month. ACP (Central) Satinder Chadha said the girls had also lodged their complaint with NGO “Bachpan Bachao”. Today, one of the girls met her principal too and after that, met the police and lodged a complaint against their father, the ACP said. The police said the girls, in their complaint, said that their father used to sexually molest them even when their mother was alive. A case under has been lodged under Sections 376, 354 and 384 of the IPC against the accused and a case has also been registered under the POSCO Act. dren’s magazine on the lines of the one released every year on November 25. Already burdened with the duties, the department informed them regarding this as late as Friday afternoon, telling them to come up with the magazine by November 25. A primary school teacher, who has been allocated the duty of the BLO in the district, said, “There are hordes of clerical tasks in the district. On top of these, we were told on less than a day’s notice to release the said, “The verification and collection of voter details is a very hefty task. We have been asked to ensure that all details are listed. These include 12 to 13 columns and big registers. While every BLO has about 300 homes to cater to, in one evening, after school, hardly two to three houses are being visited because each house claims a lot of time. On top of it, many voters are reluctant and sometimes they have to be coaxed and visited again and again to collect the information. This is getting an uphill task for us. Unless the department seriously considers giving us free days, this is going to be a very dif- ficult task to complete within the deadline.” The administration at places like Lambi, Hoshiarpur, Bholath, Kapurthala, among other districts and sub-divisions, had already relived teachers for half or full day for the duration of the BLO duties. While the BLOs had also met the DC some days ago, seeking relief in the work and allowing of full day or at least half day duties as has been allowed in certain districts, the district administration has only allowed teachers to start the duties after 1 pm in the afternoon, before which they have to attend school. 48-yr-old woman murdered, accused at large Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 25 A 48-year-old woman was allegedly murdered today at her house here today. As per the police, the woman’s son was sleeping on the terrace and she was in her room when she was attacked with sharp-edged weapons on her head and face. The woman was identified as Sharanjit Kaur. The police said after getting injured, she went to her son and was bleeding profusely where she collapsed. The police said the accused was at large and was in a relationship with Kaur’s daughter who is in Canada. The police said the accused had approached the family and had asked it to marry their daughter, to which Sharanjit had refused, which is why he allegedly took the step. The police said Sharanjit’s son said the accused used to threaten them. Meanwhile, the CCTV footage has captured the incident in which the accused is seen entering the house at 2.25 in the morning and leaving at 2.40 am. A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been lodged against the accused. No weapon has been recovered from the spot. Police talk to family members of Sharanjit Kaur (inset) after her murder in Jalandhar on Saturday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Jalandhar, November 25 In a shocking incident, the bodies of two unidentified youths were found in Bhogpur today at around 4 pm. The police said the youths, who were in their late 20s, had been shot in their head and neck and three bullets were found alongside their bodies. According to the police, the victims were strangulated at some other area and were brought to Bhogpur Cops at the crime site where they were gunned down. The hands and legs of the victims were tied when Harvinder Singh, owner of sugarcane fields, saw the bodies and informed the police, said SHO Bhogpur. DSP Bhogpur Gurwinder Singh said it seemed both were small waiters in some hotel. Ruling out the angle of involvement of gangsters, the DSP said it seemed that the murder happened due to some personal conflict. The police said the bodies had been sent to the Civil Hospital for postmortem and the pictures of the bodies had been circulated all over the Punjab police’s groups and had been pasted outside stations, gurdwaras, and schools so that the bodies would get identified at the earliest. SSP Rural, Gurpreet Singh , Bhullar, said the phone number of a contractor who supplies labour in hotels which would help them trace the murderers. He said a countrymade pistol might have been used in the murder. “We are working on it, once the body gets identified, the case will be solved,” he said. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 25 The city police today arrested two accused, Jaspal Singh, alias Shera, and Ravi, in an incident where a youth’s life was claimed over a minor incident. The deceased was identified as Ashok Kumar, alias Happy, who was attacked with swords and sharpedged weapons by some youths yesterday. He is reported to be an aide of gangster Bhana. The police, however, said that he might be in some connection with Bhana earlier, but no relation had been found so far. Gurmeet Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), said another accused had also ben identified and would be arrested soon. Three youths on a bike had hit Happy’s nephew who was standing at a juice corner. Happy, who was standing nearby, rushed to the place and slapped one of them. Perturbed over this, the youths allegedly threatened him with dire consequences. Later, they, along with their several friends, returned in the evening and attacked Happy with swords and sharp-edged weapons. Happy got seriously injured and was taken to a hospital immediately where he died of excessive bleeding. While installing huge hoardings, the family had claimed that he had stopped drug business in the area due to which had received threats to his life. They created uproar before his cremation and even refused to cremate the body, demanding the arrest of the accused. It was only after much assurance that the family finally agreed to cremate the body. Foot-tapping 2 unidentified bodies found in fields Tribune News Service The two accused in the Happy Kurder case in Jalandhar on Saturday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Jalandhar, November 25 Despite complaints to the district administration and requests for granting them full-day relief to ensure the smooth conduct of their duties, the over 1,000 BLOs of the district remain a harried lot, with additional duties having been piled on them. Even though teachers of government primary schools have been asked to attend to the newly started pre-primary classes, the Education Department added another task for them on Saturday. The teachers were asked to release a handwritten chil- children’s handwritten magazine. Couldn’t the department have granted a relief in the task this year? We attend to the pre-primary classes in the morning and also ensure food for the students as the anganwadi workers are on strike. I was personally held up in the completion of the magazine task until 12 am last night. Then in the day, we are supposed to go on the BLO duties after 1 pm. This is a tedious task with hefty registers and a lot of work. It is getting difficult for us to make sure we do these duties within the stipulated time frame.” Another city-based teacher Two arrested a day after youth’s death Students of Cambridge International School perform at a cultural event in Jalandhar on Saturday. They raised questions, shared concerns, asked industry officials to stop video of PM Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 25 It was not a normal meeting between officials of the industries department and industrialists, where generally the industry officials are seen giving demonstrations and explaining the plans, while the industrialists are mostly spectators. Instead, the industrialists were proactive today and putting questions to Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Punjab, Rakesh Verma, who had come during the Powerpoint presentation of the newly notified Industrial and Business Development Policy 2017. The highlight of the meeting was when officials started playing the video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, explaining the policy “Zero defect, zero effect” for the MSMEs. At this, the industrialists in unison asked the officials to stop Announcement made ■ New industrial policy of the state aims at firming up investment worth Rs 5 lakh crore in next five years Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Punjab, Rakesh Verma, addresses industrialists on the newly notified Industrial and Business Development policy 2017 in Jalandhar on Saturday. the video and said, “Asi nahee sunna chahunde PM nu, aap hi dass dao tusi policy bare, Ye jab bhi bolte hain, darr lagta hai,”, after which the video had to be stopped. The industrialists raised concerns and apprehensions over the possibility of the implementation of this “new” policy. They said there was no mention of how their VAT refunds would be back, or how to end Inspector Raj, raised freight issues and to improve the already existing units. They also said that Rs 5 per unit electricity for the industrialists was just an eyewash. Pritpal Singh from the rubber industry, who was the first one to start the questionnaire round, started by saying, “Bukhar jeda saada sau siga pehela, GST naal 104 ho gaya (We had a fever of 100 degree F which has now gone up to 104 c m y b ■ State government inks 25 MoUs worth Rs 336 crore ■ Rs 10 crore to be released for development of Focal Point, Jalandhar degree F after the implementation of the GST”. He said the upcoming generation does not want to work here as they are seeing the pathetic condition of the industries in Punjab. We have been arranging meetings with MLAs and various officials, but not get- ting out VAT refund which has been lying pending with the government for the last many years. “Eh policiya asi aape dekh laange, saada asal mudda VAT refund te solve karo,” he said. He said the issue of the GST was confusing too. “Saanu te pata hi nahee ki GST bare puchna kisnu hai, Rabb nu puchna hai k kinnu (We do not know who will solve our problem related to the GST, Do we need to ask God or someone else,” he said. Another industrialist said forget about the new industrial units, at least pay some heed to the already existing units, the state will automatically thrive. Every industrialist said no one wanted to remain here owing to a sombre picture of the industry in Punjab. “What should we say to our children who do not want to work with us anymore,” they asked. Another industrialist addressed his fellow industrialists as ‘Mere dukhi industrialists bhravo’ (My sad industrialists brothers)’ and said he had doubts if the incentives that had been mentioned in the policy would actually be given by the government. Narinder Saggu, a leading industrialist of the city, said the industrialists were the biggest factor in the change of the government in the state and now their concerns should definitely be looked into. Charanjit Singh Maingi, general secretary, Jalandhar Chamber of Industries and Commerce, pressed upon the need for the widening of the road and providing street-lights at the Dhogri industrial park in the city, as in that area, already 10-15 industrial units were operating. He said the government was planning to create a new industrial focal point that would require Rs 100 crore which was not feasible and with the widening of the road, at the cost of just Rs 3 crore, the city wouldget the new focal point. The session ended with Rakesh Verma assuring and requesting the industrialists to read the policy first and then send their suggestions.
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