02022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/2/2018 12:42 AM Page 1 FRIDAY | 2 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Introduction of E-way bill Drug in party circuits Happy ending The e-way bill has got introduced for the first time, leaving traders and dealers in a waiting mode. P2 Although not many own it up, party drugs are slowly and steadily spreading their evil tentacles in tricity P3 Mandy Moore is all set to walk down the aisle with musician Taylor Goldsmith! P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23°C MIN 9°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.13 AM JDA allottees cry foul in city Noble gesture Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service The free bus service started by the Bhuriwale sect for patients of the Kandi area in Nawanshahr to PGI, Chandigarh. STORY P2 Shots fired in brawl; one injured Tribune News Service 24 of 4 families rescued from bonded labour Our Correspondent Jalandhar, February 1 Deepak Tailu, a worker of the BJP was today shot at near , Ali Mohalla following a brawl with Akali leader Subash Sondhi and his accomplice Raju Khosla. The police arrested the two following a complaint lodged by Deepak’s relative Vipin Sabbarwal. Though Tailu was admitted to a private hospital, his condition was stated to be out of danger. The police are yet to recover the weapon used in the crime. ACP Satinder Chaddha said Vipin and Subash used to work together, but later got separated after the latter Continued on page 2 Hoshiarpur, February 1 As many as 24 persons, including women and children, of four labourer families were got freed from alleged bonded labour by NGO Volunteers for Social Justice from Manjhi village of Hoshiarpur. Two of these families are from Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh, while two others are from Badaun. The programme manager of the organisation Reena Panigrahi said the people were reportedly brought to work on kiln on September 1, 2015. The labour jamadar Charan Singh had given them Rs 5,000, Rs 6,000 and Rs 7,000 , respectively, as advance amount. Since then, these people were working on a brick-kiln. The 24 people belonging to these four families were made to work on the kiln and were not allowed to go out of the kiln. They did not get any salary for the work done. On demanding money, the kiln owner used to make excuses and used to say that he would pay only half of the money to them. In this way, these people, who were suffering for two years, came to know about the organisation Volunteers for Welfare of Social Justice. They approached the organisation and pleaded with it to be released. At this, the team based on the organisation’s director Jai Singh, legal assistant Yogesh Prasad and other members reached here and contacted the district administration. After this, the tehsildar Arvind Verma and the labour officer Navdeep Singh along with SHO Dilbagh Singh with the members of this team raided the kiln and freed them from there. Until the time this news was written, all workers and their kin were present in the Tehsil Complex. Reena said after the issuance of the relief certificates, they would be sent to their respective native places in UP . Jalandhar, February 1 As the Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) organised its first complaint redress camp today, it received many complaints from residents here. The camp, organised as per the directions of the Punjab Chief Minister, sought to redress complaints of allottees of various properties of the JDA. The major issue on which there were many complaints related to the Old Jail site. Many allottees were demanding quick redress and active mechanism to be adopted to offer possession to them for the plots they had bought through the auction. Harpreet Singh, president of the PUDA Sports Enclave Welfare Society, said, “We were told after the auction that the possession of the land will be stipulated within one year after the allotment, but it’s been one year and nine months and we haven’t been offered the possession of the land even though the government has fetched more than 60 per cent of the total cost.” The authorities are claiming that the cost letter issued to them is the possession letter, whereas the land is not in a position to be possessed. A complaint redress camp being held at the PUDA complex in Jalandhar on Thursday. Also, the development work that was promised to be done within a year is incomplete. Meanwhile, some of the allottees have bought land between Rs 1 crore and even 1.5 crore at prime locations and are still without any intimation from the government on their status, Singh added. Additional Chief Administrator-cum-Estate Officer, Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA), Jai Inder Singh, said, “We are fully committed towards the redress of all grievances of the allottees and all development work will be completed shortly”. He said a meeting with all the authorities regarding the possession of the land would Ex-manager, field officer sent to jail Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, February 1 The city police today nabbed a former manager and former field officer of Punjab Agriculture Development Bank in a five-year-old case of a scam amounting to crores of rupees. Cops nabbed former manager Balvir Singh Sandhra and former field officer Sandeep Singh Sodhi. The two accused, who were arrested, were sent to jail after being produced in court. On December 24, 2012, a case was registered against Balvir Singh Sandhara and Sandip Singh to the bank.The said officials had allegedly misused their posts and misappropriated crores of rupees of not positive for MSME and taxpayers in general. Some provisions have not been highlighted by the FM in his speech but are finding a place in the bill which are a big cause of concern. Further, in case a taxpayer is not able to file his return of income by the due date, he will lose the benefit of all deductions. On the other hand the provisions have been made tougher and choking for taxpayers and professionals also. Our forum feels that this Budget is an attempt to please the poor at the cost of middle class and tax payers. UNION BUDGET 2018-19 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 1 The budget passed today has saddened the businessmen who had actually thought that something substantial will be done for the industrialists this time. After the implementation of the policies like demonetisation and GST, we were really expecting some relief but to no avail. The exemption limit in income tax has also not been increased by the government which has upset the middle class. I think there is much hype about this year’s Budget. There is nothing for the common man, and on the top of it, the government has announced to open new institutions. I genuinely feel that there is a need to first revamp the whole existing education sector. The institutions that PUNEET OBEROI, general secretary, Income Tax and GST Consultants Forum People watch the Budget on TVs at a shop in Jalandhar on Thursday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH are already there must be first looked after. DEEPA YADAV, Teacher The Budget is a complete failure for the farmers. We were expecting some relief from the government. The farmers were expecting loan waiver which is the need of the hour, but nothing of that sought has been done. JASWINDER SANGHA, Potato farmer The Union Budget 2018 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is admirable in its outlook towards advancing significant reliefs to the citizens at large. Advancing relief in form of various deductions to senior citizens over incomes, falling in nature of interest on deposits with banks including cooperative banks and Post Offices to the extent of Rs 50,000 is praiseworthy. But at the same time, withdrawing concession on allowances such as transport and medical reimbursement in respect of salaried class and imposing capital gain liability on equity oriented shares/units of mutual funds c m y b be laid completely.” In addition, complaints regarding encroachments were also filed. Residents of Canal Colony on Kapurthala Road claimed that a mazaar established there was creating nuisance and further occupying their areas, for which the JDA assured them of the solution to their problems shortly. Jai Inder Singh said the first day of the camp today received 18 complaints for all residential welfare societies and land acquisition issues. Solutions to the eight problems were provided on the spot and the remaining 10 were promised to be resolved within 15 days, he said. PADB LOAN SCAM WORTH CRORES Budget a mere eyewash, say local residents RAVINDER DHIR, president, Sports Forum be conducted soon. However, responding to these assurances, allottees said in unison, “The JDA always makes these fake promises and nothing is obtained in response.” Ankur, one of the allottees and a resident of Satnagar, said, “The late possession has shattered all our plans. We are losing on the interest money to be paid.” Jitender of Gopal Nagar asked, “Why aren’t the authorities providing a concrete solution to our grievances? The whole development work is lying pending, roads are still in the construction stage, sewerage and electrical connections are yet to listed on stock exchange can certainly be construed as testing for those vouching higher income from stock markets. The cess on the Income Tax has also been enhanced from the present 3 per cent to 4 per cent under the garb of ‘health and education cess’. JATINDER BHATIA, CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT The Budget proposals are The Budget is income boosting and generator of millions of new jobs for youth of India. The Budget also introduces massive medical insurance schemes, which cover extended families and senior citizens too. I personally feel that Budget-2018 unfolds government’s aim to boost investments in rural development, education, healthcare and social sectors. This is indeed a welcoming step. RAMESH MITTAL, Lovely Group Chairman the bank. Balveer Sandhara was accused that he had misappropriated Rs. 3 crore, 97 lakhs 26 thousand by taking loans by fraudulent means and Sandeep Singh Sodhi had of Rs. 3 crore, 18 lakhs, 47 thousand and another Gurmail Singh had done a fraud of 2 crore, 61 lakhs 2 thousand rupees. District manager Ravinder Pathania said with the help of the police, Sandeep Sodhi was rounded up from New Tagore Nagar and Balvir Singh from Sandhara. The team had gone to arrest Gurmail Singh, but he escaped from the spot. The manager said that the other accused would also be arrested soon. Two held for assaulting NRI Our Correspondent Phagwara, February 1 The Goraya police claimed to have solved a case of attacking and injuring Makhan Singh, a Canadabased NRI, on January 26, in nearby Kotli-Khakhian village, and arrested two ‘contract-killers’ identified as Kulwant Singh, a resident of Mehatpur village, and Rajinder Kumar, alias Raju, of Hoshiarpur, under Sections 307 and 120-B of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. Kanwalpreet Singh Chahal, Deputy Superintendent of the Police, Phillaur, said their four accomplices, Arun Kumar and Suraj Nath, both residents of Bajwara in Hoshiarpur district, Satta and Billa, both residents of Nakodar, were still at large. The DSP said the accused shot at and injured Makhan Singh, after taking a “supari” of Rs 2.5 lakh from Jaswinder Kaur, a Vancouver-based NRI, and divorcee of the victim, to eliminate him who escaped and sustained bullet injuries. “The police have recovered a Skoda car (PB-08AY-5000) and Rs 30,000 from the accused,” added Chahal. Divulgng the details, the DSP said Kulwant Singh had disclosed that he made a deal for Rs 2.5 lakh with Jaswinder Kaur, who sent him Rs 1.5 lakh as advance. He gave Rs 50,000 to Arun and Suraj and Rs 50,000 to Satta and Bhola while he himself kept the remaining amount. The police have booked Jaswinder Kaur under Section 120-B of the IPC, he added. The accused in police custody in Jalandhar. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH
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