08022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/8/2018 1:06 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 8 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Immunised dog count low No means no Lara turns judge Ever since a new dog pond was inaugurated, only 35 stray canines have been immunised so far. P2 At the flash mob on PU campus, many stereotypes were challenged on Wednesday. P3 Lara Dutta has become a household name not just for acting, but also for the relationship goals. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 22°C MIN 07°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 07°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.03 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.10 AM Nagar Council fined for not removing encroachments Love is in the air Lok Adalat asks K’thala civic body to submit a report Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 7 A fine of Rs 5,000 has been imposed on the Kapurthala Nagar Council due to its failure in removing encroachments on the Kotu Chowk dumping site. The Nagar Council has been instructed to remove all encroachments on the dumping site by March 1 and submit a report in this regard to the court. Despite orders of the Lok Adalat, the Nagar Council had failed to remove the encroachments in the past. As a result, the fine has been imposed owing to non-compliance of orders. As the council still allegedly not complying with orders, the matter will be brought to the notice of the High Court for further action. Notably, Kotu Chowk is the second Non-compliance of orders ■ Despite orders of the Lok Adalat, the Nagar Council had failed to remove the encroachments in the past. As a result, the fine has been imposed owing to non-compliance of orders. ■ As the council is still allegedly not complying with the orders, the matter will be brought to the notice of the High Court for further action. Notably, Kotu Chowk is the second largest garbage dump that comes under the jurisdiction of the Kapurthala Nagar Council. It was closed a few months ago, following which all garbage which was supposed to be dumped at the spot, was thrown in front of the Peepal Vala Gurdwara. ■ Due to inconvenience, devotees coming to Peepal Vala Gurdwara had filed a case with the Lok Adalat to re-shift garbage to its original spot — Kotu Chowk. . largest garbage dump that comes under the jurisdiction of the Kapurthala Nagar Council. It was closed a few months ago following which, all garbage which was supposed to be dumped at the spot, was thrown in front of the Peepal Vala Gurdwara. Due to inconvenience, devotees coming to Peepal Vala Gurdwara had filed a SNIPPETS Woman held with intoxicants case with the Lok Adalat to re-shift garbage to its original spot – Kotu Chowk. Following the petition, Justice Manu Rana personally visited the spot and on December 7, it was ordered to demolish illegal kiosks and vends at Koti Chowk. But the Nagar Council failed to initiate action in this regard. The petitioners’ side advo- cated that for the past four months, the Nagar Council had been deliberately delaying action in the case. On which, Council’s official Kulbhushan Goyal sought a day’s time from the court on February 5 and asked for February 7 for the compliance of orders. But the council official did not turn up today and no report was presented. Taking cognisance of the non-compliance, Justice Manju Rana imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the Nagar Council Kapurthala. The Council has been asked to report the court after demolishing all encroachments on Kotu Chowk. The court has also asked the DC to get all encroachments on the town’s drains removed and to submit a report in this regard by March 1. A shopkeeper arranges flowers at his shop ahead of Valentine’s Day in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Bike-borne miscreants loot Dharna by teachers enters Day 3 ~7 lakh from commission agent NON-PAYMENT OF SALARIES Phagwara: The police on Wednesday arrested a woman with 16 gm of intoxicating powder and 70 banned capsules. The accused have been identified as Jaspreet Kaur, a resident of Ghurrka village. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the woman. OC Two arrested with drugs Phagwara: The police on Wednesday arrested two persons with gaanja in separate cases. Chun Chunn Kumar from Bihar was arrested near Mangal village with 5 kg of ganja while Shambhu Prashad, who is also from Bihar, was arrested from Bhogpur village with 3 kg of gaanja. Cases under the NDPS Act have been registered against the accused. OC Illicit liquor seized Phagwara: The police arrested two persons with 10 boxes of illicit liquor on Wednesday. The accused, identified as Vinay Kumar, alias Bunty, of Shaheed Baba Lal Singh Nagar; and Balwinder Singh, of Khurala Kingra village; were carrying five boxes each. Cases have been registered under the Excise Act. OC 358 colonies illegal in city Jalandhar: With the recent notification of the Punjab Revenue Department making no objection certificate (NOC) from the respective local body mandatory to get properties registered, the MC on Wednesday identified 358 illegal colonies. Most of these are located near Greater Kailash and Windsor Park. The complete list of illegal colonies can be checked on the MC website mcjalandhar.in. TNS Members of the Government School Teachers’ Union protest in Jalandhar on Wednesday. SARABJIT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 7 The dharna by members of the Government Teachers’ Union for not getting salaries for the past three months entered its third day outside the office of the DEO (Primary) here today. The members are also protesting against stalled promotions of head teachers and corruption. Teachers of the block East-2 and West-2 have been observing a hunger strike. General secretary of the union Ganesh Bhagat, secretary Rampal Hazara and additional secretary Vinod Bhatti are leading the dharna. While the teachers of the respective blocks haven’t received their salaries for the past three months, they said they did not have funds to spare for maintaining the upkeep of their homes. While the dharna is being held block wise, all 19 blocks of the Education Department in the district will be participating turn by turn. Teachers said they would continue to stage the dharna till their salaries were paid. Bike taxi service getting good response Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, February 7 The new online bike taxi service is getting a good response from city residents. Only 10 permits were issued for the service till October, but a number of such bikes can be seen plying on city roads these days. The records available with the district Transport Office say “Only 16 permits have been issued and a few registrations are under process”. On the contrary, Employment Bureau Officer Sanjeeda Beri, divulging the details of the current status of the youth employed under the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Rozgar Sirjan Yojna-Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar scheme, said, “A total of 70 bike drivers, 220 “autowalas” and 300 taxi drivers have been enrolled and are earning on a daily and monthly basis.” Earlier, the online cab service used to be the first choice of residents. These days, people are moving towards the bike taxi service due to traffic congestions in the city. “The problem of traffic congestion has increased with the passage of time. The public transport is not up to the mark so autos and cabs usually get stuck, but a bike taxi, however, manages to take you on the destination on time,” said Amitesh Singh, a resident. Officials at the office of the Secretary, Regional Transport Authority, said, “Six permits were issued in July while four in August. There was not much response earlier, but now a number of people are associated with Uber and Ola. They are directly being hired by these companies and working according to their plans on daily wages.” “After seeing one another making profits, many more residents have come for the enrollment. In the coming days, the service is expected to attract No women driver ■ The records available with the District Transport Office depict that no woman driver has been enrolled yet. The bike taxi service was introduced in June last year. Even after seven months, not a single woman driver has shown interest. In other states, the service is catching up among women in a better way. . Ola bikes in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO more people,” they added. Aman, a taxi biker, said, “We are getting good bookings for bike taxis and people are showing their interest in it. We charge reasonably. Even school and college students are making bookings as they feel it is a good way to reach on time.” “Young women avoid opting for a bike taxi so the service providers should hire some woman drivers,” said another taxi biker, adding that to make it popular among the masses, the government needs to advertise the scheme in rural as well as urban areas. “The service is now much popular as one can see OLA bikes on roads and even at the railway station. But there c m y b is no women driver yet. A few women use the bike taxi facility. Even for a distance of 5 km, they prefer mini cabs when, for the same distance, the fare of bike taxi is comparatively lower,” said Kulbir Singh, a resident, who uses the bike taxi frequently. “It is not only a convenient mode of transportation but also a new employment avenue. But it will be a winwin situation when women bikers will get enrolled and the females in the city start using the service,” he added. Hoshiarpur, February 7 Masked motorcycle-borne miscreants looted Rs 7 lakh from a commission agent of the local new fruits and vegetable market near Sai Baba temple on the Old Adamwal road here this evening. According to the information available, commission agent Vivek Sharma had gone to Himachal Pradesh to collect money from fruit shopkeepers. While returning, three masked men stopped their bike in front of his car near the temple. They smashed the windshield and window panes on the driver’s side with an iron rod. One of the robbers pulled the driver out of the car and drove away in the vehicle. The robber stopped the car on the bank of Bhangi Choe. Pointing the pistol at Vivek, he snatched the bag containing the money. Meanwhile, his associates BJYM leaders demand action against accused The broken windshield and window glass of the car from which robbers looted Rs 7 lakh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO also reached there and all of them escaped with the money. Vivek narrated the incident to the police after which they reached the spot and started a probe. After receiving the information, SSP J Elanchezhian also reached the spot. The SSP said a probe was on and the robbers would be arrested soon.— OC Victim’s car intercepted ■ Commission agent Vivek Sharma had gone to Himachal Pradesh to collect money from fruit shopkeepers. ■ While returning, three masked men stopped their bike in front of his car near the temple. They smashed the windshield and window panes on the driver’s side with an iron rod.. ‘School heads, suptds to be booked if cheating surfaces’ affiliation of those ❝The will be cancelled schools Tribune News Service CLASH AT SOFI VILLAGE Jalandhar, February 7 The clash between two communities at Sofi village near Jalandhar Cantonment is all set to acquire political colour with Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha leaders Ashu Sampla and Robin Sampla holding a dharna demanding action against the accused here today. On January 27, a clash took place when the Valmiki community protested against the removal of its flag from Government Anganwadi School. Stone were pelted and shops were vandalised. Ashu Sampla, who is the nephew of Union MoS Vijay Sampla, represents the Ravidassia community, has been demanding action against the miscreants who were booked under Section 307 of the IPC but are on the run. — TNS Jalandhar, February 7 After the Education Department warned schools of strict action if any cheating case is found, schools in the district are vigilant. While a majority of the cheating cases in the district are traditionally reported from open centres, the Education Department has ruled that action will be initiated against the principal as well as the superintendent of the centres if anyone is caught facilitating cheating this year. Secretary of the Education Department Krishan Kumar, who is also the Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, has instructed that no laxity shall be tolerated in conducting the Class X and XII exams. He said, “The initial tests of students shall be held in their respective schools. The examination by the Board when the matter of cheating will surface. FIRs will be lodged against the school head as well as the examination centre’s superintendent. ❞ KRISHAN KUMAR, Secretary, Education Department shall be held outside those schools, the strength of which is less than 20 students.” While reiterating his stand to take action against cheating, the Education Secretary said, “The affiliation of those schools will be cancelled by the Board when the matter of cheating will surface. FIRs will be lodged against the school head as well as the examination centre’s superintendent.”
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