30112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/30/2017 12:25 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 30 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Orphan’s marriage Wait & watch In comeback mode... Inmates of Pingla Ghar jubilant as one of them, 21-yr-old Sweety, gets married. P2 Aarya Babbar and Bhani Singh share how the tinsel town is evolving with time. Actress Neha Saxena is back on the small screen after five years with &TV’s show Siddhi Vinayak. P4 FORECAST P3 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 25°C MIN 09°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C MIN 07°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.25 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.09 AM Traffic mess in Phagwara as encroachments galore Traders set up stalls on roads, leave little room for traffic Ashok Kaura Phagwara, November 29 Encroachments by shopkeepers and roadside vendors have resulted in a traffic mess in various parts of the city. Such is the situation that traffic snarls occur frequently throughout the day. Traders in some areas have displayed their articles for sale, covering a considerable portion of roads, thus leaving a little room for vehicles to pass through. Even pedestrians have a harrowing time in markets. Also a number of shopkeepers have allowed vendors to set up their stalls in front of their outlets. They charge the vendors heftily on a monthly basis for letting them do so. It exacerbates the problem. The civic body appears to have turned a blind eye towards the menace. Meanwhile, drivers of autorickshaws and buses, too, contribute in the traffic mess as they halt abruptly, especially near the Rest House Chowk and Hoshiarpur Road Chowk, to pick passengers. They have been seen arguing with one another a number of times for picking passengers in presence of cops without Traffic chaos in Phagwara market. TRIBUNE PHOTO bothering about the traffic jam they cause. Residents say that cops have been deputed in the places, like Hargobind Nagar Chowk, Gandhi Chowk, Railway Road, Goal Chowk and near bus stand, but they hardly regulate the traffic. Though arrangements have been made to regulate the traffic on the GT Road, these hardly make a difference. Though Superintendent of Police (SP) Parminder Singh Bhandhal along with a team of cops and MC officials removed encroachments from roads yesterday, the situation today was back to square one. Bhandhal held a meeting with shopkeepers and asked them to remove encroachments. Besides, the construction work near the bus stand and the incomplete flyover on the highway, too, disrupt the traffic. The flyover construction is hanging fire owing to some tussle between Phagwara MLA Som Prakash and Punjab BJP president Vijay Sampla, who is also the Union minister of state. Sampla wants a flyover on the highway whereas Prakash wants an overbridge to be constructed. When contacted, newlyappointed MC Commissioner Bakhtawar Singh said, “A campaign will be launched soon to remove the encroachments in the city.” He urged the traders and residents to remove the encroachments themselves, otherwise they would have to face the music. Man killed over property dispute SNIPPETS 9 tobacco shops challaned Jalandhar: As many as nine shopkeepers, "illegally" selling tobacco and tobacco products near Saidon Bhulana, Jalal Bhulana, Khera Mandir and other villages were issued challans on Wednesday. Fine worth Rs 1,800 was collected from the errants. The drive was held under the supervision of Civil Surgeon, Dr Harpreet Singh Kahlon and District Health Officer, Dr Kuljit Singh. The officials said smoking and tobacco consumption in public places was a crime, and no one would be allowed to violate the COPTA Act in the district. TNS Our Correspondent Wanted to start trade Hoshiarpur, November 29 A youth murdered a man, who had been in a live in relationship with his (youth’s) mother, over a property dispute in New Fatehgarh Tuesday night. He has been arrested. The deceased, Chaman Lal (50) of Bajwara, was living in a rented house for the past five months with Surjeet Kaur, mother of the accused Gurvinder Singh alias Ghudu, a resident of Rada. On Tuesday, he met his mother and sought his share from the 2 kanal 16 marla land as he wanted to do some business. Surjit Kaur assured him to do the same in a day or two. Later, Gurvinder turned up again and consumed liquor along with Chaman Lal. He again started talking about the property but Surjeet asked him to talk about it next day. Accused wanted his property share from mother as he wanted to start business. His mother had been in a live in relationship with victim. Initially, the accused attacked his mother, but murdered victim when he tried to intervene. ‘Smuggler’ held DC for no pendency of work in admn offices Phagwara, November 29 The Goraya police have arrested a “drug peddler”, identified as Gyan Chand, a resident of Samraddi village. Three kg of puppy husk was recovered from his possession. The accused was nabbed at a checkpoint, the police said. A case has been registered against him and further probe is on, the police added. — OC Liquor seized, man arrested Tribune News Service Phagwara, November 29 The police have arrested a person for allegedly possessing illicit liquor. The accused, identified as Shivam of Onkar Nagar, was driving his Bolero car when he was nabbed with four boxes of illicit liquor on Tuesday. The vehicle has been impounded. Further investigation into the case is on, the police said. Jalandhar, November 29 After the completion of the Assembly session today, the Punjab government has geared up to hold municipal elections in the state. While the government is yet to announce the election date, sources have claimed that the elections may be held on December 16. The state elections commission has also called a press conference tomorrow afternoon where it is expected to Hoshiarpur: The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Sandeep Kumar Singla has fined three persons Rs 6,500 each for illegal mining. The police had lodged an FIR on the complaint of a mining officer, Mulkh Raj, on January 7, 2015. He had complained that some people had been indulged in illegal mining on the riverbed of Beas in Taggad area. The mining officer had conducted a raid and found two tractor trolleys and a Tata 407 loaded with sand. A case was registered against Yunus Masih of Sahodian, Gurdaspur, Sukhjinder Singh and Charanjit Singh. OC Cyclist killed in mishap Phagwara: A cyclist was killed in a road mishap on the highway Tuesday evening. Identified as Satinder Singh of Mauli village, he died on the spot after being hit by an Activa scooter. The scooter was being driven by Narinder Singh, a resident of Pipa-Rangi, near Chachoki village. The police have registered a case. The body was sent to the Civil Hospital after a postmortem examination. OC Civic body poll likely on December 16 Our Correspondent Angered over this, Gurvinder hit her with a wooden stick. When Chaman Lal intervened, he attacked him, too, murdering him on the spot. Later, the police phoned Gurvinder and told him that Chamal Lal was fine and wanted to solve the dispute at the earliest. Gurvinder agreed, following which the police nabbed him from Rara village. Chaman Lal was married and had three sons. Surjeet Kaur too was married and had two sons and two daughters. They had been in a live in relationship for 10 years. 3 fined for illegal mining Rachna Khaira announce the election date. Sources have also claimed that the government is planning to hold the elections in two phases. While in the first phase, it is expected to hold the elections in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala, the polls in Ludhiana and other cities is expected in the second phase. Final voters list published Meanwhile, the district administration has published the final voters list. Also, the area MLAs have also geared up to woo the voters in their areas to strengthen their party candidates in various wards. Inauguration spree begins While MLA Sushil Kumar Rinku inaugurated the construction work of a road in Ganesh Nagar area along with ex-councillor Kamlesh Grover, which will be made with an estimated cost of Rs 6 lakhs, MLA Rajinder Beri too got the garbage dump removed from Rama Mandi area. Battled humiliation for being a transgender, she fights HIV now Beaten up by father, uncle for being too girly, transgender wants sex change AIDS DAY SPECIAL Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 29 “Rooh Jananiyan vali hai, bandeyan vale kamm kiven kariye” says 23-year-old Neena (name changed), as she bats a liner-laden eye lid. Wearing harem pants and a feminine kurta with a bun casually tied atop her head, she is every bit a woman – only the hint of a beard is a giveaway. A man trapped in the body of a woman, and a dancer, she has lit up many a stage with her act, but having tested HIV positive a little more than a year ago, this is the latest bitter addition to her precarious identity. But having been a fighter since she was a child, she decided she won’t give up on her dreams. A homosexual, having discovered her orientation early on, her life changed when she was barely 11. “My mother, beaten up by my father, and depressed, committed suicide. Me and my sisters were left with my father, who later didn’t let me study further as he couldn’t afford. I also began discovering girly feelings due to which my father constantly reprimanded me. I sat out of school, in parks, unable to study or go home. Then a friend, Simran (name changed), took me to a Jagannath Yatra. And my life changed,” a wide-eyed Neena says. “These decked up men, dressed up like Radha and Krishna, at the yatra caught my attention. They were called Thakur ji ki sakhis. I liked how they dressed. I asked them — Didi, aap transgender ho kya? Ye to hamari kumbh ke mele mein bichri behen hai, they said. Initially, I thought I’m not a eunuch, but eventually developed a kinship with them. I liked their ways, dresses and dance and eventually through them, met my guru who taught me dance and introduced me to earning my own livelihood,” she says. While back home, the friendship with the sakhis didn’t go down well as her father started beating her up and pocketed her proceeds from the dance performances – a meagre Rs 1,000 to 2,000. “Sick of it, I ran away to my grandmother’s home. There, the beating was resumed by my mama (uncle). At 13, I eventually ran away and started living with my guru. Now, I earn more than Rs 20,000 per month, some of which I send home to my sisters,” Neena adds. She currently has a partner, who too, she tacitly adds, exploited her for money. When asked on how she got HIV, she says, “I don’t know. I never had sex with my partner. I did get some tattoos. I suspect got it from there. Initially, I was very upset and weak. I would lie down and not eat for days. But then I got it tested and since then the clinic has been sustaining my health. I feel like a got a new lease of life,” she quips. Currently performing at jagrans, peer mazaars and fairs, she dream of getting a sex change surgery so that she could become a woman and marry a nice man. “I tried getting other jobs. But they asked me to do away with the girl act. That I can’t do,” she says. Neena currently aspires to do better in dance and is collecting money for the sex change surgery. c m y b Bhapa’s wife in fray Coming as much surprise to many, sports promoter and Surjit Hockey Society chief PRO Surinder Bhapa today fielded his wife Harsharan Kaur as a probable candidate of the Congress from Ward No. 31. According to sources, Congress MLA Pargat Singh is playing a crucial role in getting a ticket secured for Harsharan due to his close proximity with Bhapa. Pargat Singh is the secretary of Hockey Punjab. Four lakh MT paddy bought Hoshiarpur: The paddy procurement process is in full swing at all 62 procurement centres in the Hoshiarpur district. Till Tuesday, 4,11,575 MT of paddy had been arrived in the mandis that had been purchased by various government agencies and traders. Payments worth Rs 630.33 crore has been made, said ADC (G) Anupam Kaler. She said Pungrain had purchased 1,26,042 MT, Markfed 82,737 MT, Punsup 71,232 MT, Punjab Agro 40,112 MT, Punjab State Warehousing Corporation purchased 40,231 MT of paddy. — OC DC Varinder Kumar Sharma during a checking drive at an office in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 29 To ensure that the people have access to the district administration services in a smooth and hassle-free manner, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma today conducted checking in various offices at the District Administrative Complex. The DC, who spent more than two hours on the drive, asked the heads of the offices to ensure that people do not face any difficulty in getting their routine works done. Sharma said the inspection was a supportive supervision to functioning of the various departments. It was not aimed at fault finding but to remove shortcomings, if any, in the working of branches. The inspection started from the office of District Development and Panchayat Officer where Sharma directed the officials to maintain the registers in a proper manner. He also asked them to ensure that the entire record was preserved aptly through computerisation. Sharma also asked them to ensure that the files of the department were kept in an appropriate way. During the inspection in the office of sub-registrar-II, the DC checked the registers of catalogue, stamp duty, stock, deed and cash book among others. He asked the sub-registrar to ensure that there was no pendency. Sharma also checked the entire record and the land deeds done recently and asked the officials to ensure transparency and accountability in the system. He said that people must be benefited from the citizen centric decisions and services introduced by the state government. Later, the DC interacted with people present on the occasion and asked them about any sort of problem being faced by them. Sharma apprised them that in conso- nance with the orders of additional chief secretary-cumfinancial commissioner (revenue) as an alternative to witness by nambardar or the municipal councillor for property registration, any two witness could come forward provided they produce either of the documents, including Aadhar, PAN, voter card or passport. He said that this would give a big relief to public because earlier there was delay in registration of documents in case nambardars or councillors were out of station or not available due to any other contingency. Later, the Deputy Commissioner also inspected DRA (M and T), GP Fund, Special Land Acquisition Collector (SLAC), Election, Riot Victim and other branches. He said that besides clearing all the pendency, the departments must ensure that people do not face any sort of problem for getting their day-to-day administrative work done. MC poll: Cong men make beeline for ticket Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 29 With the MC polls round the corner, Congress workers today made a beeline seeking forms for applying for party ticket on Day 1. The MC area has been divided into 80 wards this time and as many as 350 applicants took forms from the Congress Bhawan. All sitting councillors took forms as Pawan Kumar and Nirmal Singh Nimma were among the first few to visit the bhawan. There was much enthusiasm among the women contenders, too, as District Mahila Congress president Jasleen Sethi was seen taking form along with sitting councillors Aruna Arora, Neerja Jain and Surinder Kaur. Neerja’s husband Arun Jain too is in the fray. Congress MLA Sushil Rinku’s wife Sunita Rinku has taken the form. The applicants have been asked to apply with ID proofs of two proposers from each booth. Officiating DCC president Daljit Singh Ahluwalia said, “Since voter lists were not available today, we have asked the applicants to apply with their voter number by Friday.”
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