31122017-JTR-01.qxd 12/31/2017 12:18 AM Page 1 SUNDAY | 31 DECEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Raen Basera Sound of independence Aneri glams up To avail free lodging facility at the night shelters in the city, ID proof is mandatory. P2 Chandigarh’s indie musicians released singles and EPs on alternate social media platforms. P3 The actress known for her simple style is seen in an all-new avatar. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 20°C MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 7°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 5.34 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 7.26 AM NGT order on closure upsets tannery owners Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 30 The order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding the closure of 19 tanneries for allegedly discharging pollutants, including heavy metals, into drains has upset leather goods manufacturers in the district, that too in the peak season of their production. Though none of the 19 units against whom the orders have come have been closed so far, the owners said they were planning to challenge these orders in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in which the matter pertaining to pollution in the leather complex is already being heard and monitored through a committee headed by Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner. Hira Lal Verma, whose tannery is among the 19 for which closure orders have been issued, said, “We won’t A leather unit in Jalandhar. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH comply with these orders as there are different are parameters for the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP)run industries. These orders have created a state of panic among us and our customers are also scared now. The orders have come like a dictatorship by the NGT and it had taken wrong samples for checking.” Leather factory owners said they had also formed a committee to look into the matter and challenge the orders in the High Court. Parveen Kumar, who has been made the head of the committee and is handling the case of these industries, said, “There is no evidence as to as to whether the complainant Darshan Singh even exists. And for the pre-treatment of the industrial wastes, there is no law under the Water Protection Act.” Another industry representative Amandeep Sandhu said, “We fail to understand as to why the NGT has interfered in this matter when the case is already being heard for over two years in the High Court. The decision seems to have been taken hastily.” Ajay Sharma, who also works in the same industry, said, “We have got individual consent from the PPCB for the free treatment of industrial waste. So, it does not come under any Environment Act. The NGT should first regulate its order, as all the primary and secondary treatment of their industrial waste comes under the CETP guidelines, which is further regulated by the Central Leather Research Institute under the Government of India.” Three members of robbers’ gang held Auto-rickshaw drivers hold a dharna in front of Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh’s house in Jalandhar on Saturday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO Auto-rickshaw drivers observe strike in city, commuters suffer Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 30 Auto-rickshaw drivers remained on strike here today against the issuing of permit at higher amount from them, so as to be eligible to commute on the city routes. They held a demonstration near Maqsudan Chowk and Workshop Chowk. These are two locations where people board autos in a large number. “Earlier, we had to pay Rs 2,000 per month, now according to new norms, Rs 3,000 are being charged from us”, they alleged. Many auto drivers claimed that the traffic police was asking them to switch over to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to ply their autos. Hoshiarpur, December 30 The Garhshankar police last night arrested three members of a robbers’ gang near Wahidpur. Two of the gang members are undergraduate students. Inspector Balwinder Singh, ASI Desaraj, Avtar Singh and Satwinder Singh, acting on information, arrested Jaskaran Singh, alias Kari, a resident of Moranwali, Parminder Singh, alias Sunni, a resident of Ema Mangat, and Gurpreet Singh, alias Gopi, a resident of Moranwali. Sharp-edged weapons, Rs Booked for violence MLAs, councillors want CM to appoint Mayor Phagwara: The police on Saturday registered a case against Rajiv Ghai, Jaskaran Singh, Baljit Singh, Ankush Bedi, Poonam Bedi and Ashu Bedi under Sections 323/325/148/149 of the IPC in connection with a violent group clash that occurred here on Friday. In another case, the police booked Harjinder Singh and his accomplices under Sections 324/506/148/149 of the IPC on charges of attacking Sonu of the local Palahai Gate here on Friday. No arrest had been made so for. OC Tribune News Service Our Correspondent 2 trains cancelled Phagwara: The Northern Railway on Saturday cancelled two passengers trains, 72151 UP and 72154 DN, running between Jalandhar and Nawanshahr. The trains were cancelled for a day only due to the urgent maintenance of the tracks between Banga and Nawanshahr. OC Jalandhar, December 30 Congress MLAs from the city and nearly 60 of the 66 party councillors who won the Municipal Corporation elections recently here today passed a resolution, authorising Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to nominate the Mayor for Jalandhar. The meeting was organised by the president of the DCC (Urban) Daljit Singh Ahluwalia at Circuit House this evening. The MLAs, including Bawa Henry, Rajinder Beri, Pargat Singh and Sushil Rinku, and councillors signed a resolution wherein they asked the CM to use his discretion even for the appointment of the Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor and chairmen of the committees of the MC, Jalandhar. 15,700 and 12 mobiles were recovered from them. The gang was active around the Garhshankar-Nawanshahr area and was involved in around 15 robberies. The accused have two cases already filed against them in Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar district and three in Hoshiarpur district. Now, a fresh case has been registered against the accused in the police station. They had looted cash and mobile phone from a man in Malupota in Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar village, injuring him seriously, which resulted in his death later. However, there are few CNG fuel stations in the city, said Davinder Singh, an auto driver. Daily commuters suffered a lot as they had to walk to reach their destinations, New councillors, along with MLAs, after a meeting in connection with Mayor’s elections in Jalandhar on Saturday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Henry said, “We all felt that the CM can himself make a good choice and appoint a competent person on the job.” The MLAs said they were not sure as to when the decision would be announced or the first House meeting would be called. “But now that the res- olution has been moved, it certainly would happen soon,” they said. Avneet Kaur New Year gifts on display at a shop in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH ings, coffee mugs and pens that have pictures of friends or family engraved on these or name engraved on pens are finding many takers. These gift galleries are in demand and are doing good business. “People love cherishing the moments spent together. Most of the people usually buy greeting cards, even I had bought around 20 cards that I am going to distribute among my colleagues and had bought one personalised greeting that have pictures of me and my best friend with sweet message printed on it for the memories we shared in 2017,” said Abhay, an employee in a private organisation here. Meanwhile, a number of c m y b city hotels are hosting parties, restaurants are giving attractive offers for wining and dining. Different outlets are giving discounts on various products. Almost every shop and branded showroom has come up with exciting deals, offering discounts up to 50 per cent. Rama Sinha, a resident of Mota Singh Nagar, said, “I have just bought a personalised coffee mug for my sister, as she is very fond of coffee. There could not be anything better than gifting her coffee mug having our best picture placed on it, as on seeing the mug, she can cherish our bond as well enjoy coffee.” Another localite, Harleen Kaur, a student, said, “I have to attend a New Year party on January 1. I have already taken an appointment from my beautician, purchased a new dress for myself and bought so many gifts for my friends and relatives. This year I am going with cards and chocolates for the friends, while I had bought a Parker pen for my father and elder brother,” she added. orders to deny the permit to autos from entering the city. They can operate in the local areas only if they use the CNG, rather than using petrol or diesel, he added. MEMORIALS RELATED TO SC COMMUNITY Demand to complete work Tribune News Service New Year fervour grips city, personalised gifts in demand Jalandhar, December 30 With just a day to go for 2018, the city is in grip of New Year fervour. Hotels, markets, bakeries and other shops in the city have been lit beautifully to welcome 2018. Large crowds of residents are visible in markets, buying gifts for one another to mark the beginning of the New Year. Shops in markets, alongside roads and streets have been selling greetings, mugs and goodies. Gift galleries selling personalised greet- especially since the local bus service of the MC, too, was not operational from nearly two years. One of the traffic police officers said there are court Jalandhar, December 30 The National Scheduled Castes Alliance, a socio-political organisation for the development and uplift of the Scheduled Castes community, today appreciated the sanction of Rs 100 crore for the development of religious and heritage memorials in Punjab. The president of the alliance, Paramjit Singh Kainth, praised the efforts to develop and maintain the memorials of importance in Punjab’s socio-religious culture. Memorials like Fatehgarh Sahib, Chamkaur Sahib, Khatkar Kalan etc are part of the initiative. Kainth said, “Such efforts are worth praising, but something that has been constantly ignored by the government is that many such memorials of importance for the Scheduled Castes community have been left unfinished or not maintained regularly by the state government. A memorial like Minar-e-Begumpura at Khuralgarh Sahib has been lying unfinished by the state government. This place has a great importance for the community as Guru Ravidass visited the place. Although the foundation stone was laid down in 2016, the memorial has been completely ignored by the government.” He said, “We appreciate every effort of the government for the development works. The memorial at Khuralgarh Sahib, started by the According to Paramjit Singh Kainth, memorial like Minare-Begumpura at Khuralgarh Sahib has been lying unfinished by the state government. This place has a great importance for the community as Guru Ravidass visited the place initiative of the previous government, has been sidelined completely by the current Capt Amarinder-led Congress government. This memorial has a great value to the Scheduled Castes community and it is a matter of prestige for the community.” The government has been apprehensive about the SC issues in the state of late, but this attitude of the government is not one that will be in the best interest of the state. The SC community comprises approx 40 per cent population of the state and the government has been ignorant and careless addressing the issues of such a large group, Kainth said. “MLAs and MPs of the community have been careless in their actions also and they are not doing anything to protect the interests and issues relating to the community. The state government has still not even elected the chairman and members of the State Scheduled Castes Commission and also recent cases of assault, rape, murder of people relating to the community are yet to be solved and injustice is being met out to the victims.”
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