06032018-JTR-01.qxd 3/6/2018 1:00 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 6 MARCH 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Women empowerment In great shape I am family person Kiran Thappar boxes her way to glory in district boxing competition. P2 The Shape of Water triumphs at Oscars amid call for inclusivity. P3 Swati Shah talks about going back to comedy after a decade. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 28°C MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C MIN 13°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.24 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.44 AM Unions make a beeline to meet elusive CM Ten unions hope to talk to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh during the Jang-e-Azadi function today Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 5 With Capt Amarinder Singh earning the reputation of one of the most elusive chief ministers (CMs) of the state, his high-profile event for the launch of the second phase of the Jang-e-Azadi Memorial tomorrow is expected to be an action-packed affair. With the CM finally making that rare appearance, as many as 10 unions of various cadres plan to meet him regarding their demands at the function going to be held at Kartarpur tomorrow. The unions which plan to meet the CM tomorrow include the Government Teachers Union, EGS/AIE/STR Union, Education Providers Union, Anaganwari Workers Union as well as the SSA/RMSA Union and the Pendu Mazdoor Union. Notably, the non-availability of the CM to peasant/labour/teacher groups has already been the key issue dominating many dharnas and protests staged recently against the government. A special dharna by the Contractual Employees Action Committee (an umbrella group of many contractual employees working in various departments) held by the union on February 17 had hilariously been named “Mukh Mantri Milao Inam Pao” (arrange our meet with the CM and get rewarded). The second phase of the Jang-e-Azadi memorial in Kartarpur, Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Unable to secure a meeting for 11 months, the union had announced novel rewards for anyone who would manage the “feat” — the employees had declared that anyone arranging their meeting with the CM would be rewarded 21 days’ daily labour by 21 employees. In case of their meeting being arranged with Sunil Jakhar, they would reward the person with 11 days’ daily labour by 11 employees. And announcing the special prize for anyone arranging their meeting with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, they said the persons would be rewarded 51 contractual employees, giving them their one-day salary. Meanwhile, another union – unable to meet the CM - had even written to Rahul Gandhi, the President of the Indian National Congress, to grant them a meeting instead since they were unable to get to the state CM. Members of the EGS/AIE/STR Union had written to Rahul Gandhi that after the Congress government had been formed in Punjab, no one was ready to even have a meeting with them. The letter stated, “We want to have a personal hearing with you to share our plight. Please arrange and oblige.” Harjinder Khaira, state vice-president of the Sikhiya Providers Union, said, “We have been a seeking a meeting with the CM for the past one year but have been unable to get one to hear our plight. The regularisation assurance was one of the key poll pegs of the Congress in the hope of which thousands of teachers batted for the party. Leave alone regularisation, we have not even received our salaries for the past four months. We are pinning our hopes on tomorrow to finally get the CM to listen to us.” You’re right FIRST MC GENERAL HOUSE MEETING Mayor Raja plays defensive Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 5 Wooing the opposition party councillors and not taking them head-on on corruption issues highlighted by him during the BJP-SAD tenure was what Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja did in the first house meeting chaired by him here on Monday. When the SAD-BJP alliance led by opposition leader Manjinder Chattha and Paramjit Singh Reru, asked him to order an inquiry into the Rs 14 crore patchwork scam alleged by him as opposition leader, Raja, who throughout played defensive, preferred to stay mum and said, “Let bygones be bygones.” “The inquiry should have been ordered during that time when I highlighted the issue. There is no point in doing it now when new roads have been laid,” said Raja later speaking to the media. Unlike the previous Mayor Sunil Jyoti, Raja, however, played diplomatic strokes repeatedly to woo opposition and gave them a patient hearing in the zero hour. When protested by his party councillors for not being given a chance to speak, Raja said he was already aware of their issues, but it should be the opposition first to voice their concerns. He even put many development projects on hold after these were objected by the opposition party councillors. These majorly included purchasing land for the MSW project at Wariana village, formation of F&CC and town vending committees and also the commercialisation of road from Hotel Kamal palace to district courts. BJP councillors shake hands with Congress Mayor Jagdish Raja after the first MC House meeting in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH In a huge respite to people living near the Chauggitti Ladhewaali road, a road over bridge (ROB) was approved today by the general house which will be constructed on the Jalandhar–Pathankot level crossing in the city. SAD-BJP councillors argue with the Mayor regarding stray dogs at the first MC House meeting in Jalandhar on Monday. MC at a glance Income: Income from GST: From property tax: From water supply: From building fee: From misc sources: ~245.62 crore ~166.24 cr. ~20.36 cr ~17.08 cr ~14.10 cr ~27.83 cr Opposition locks horns over MSW project Among the major issues was the purchase of over 8 to 10 acres of land to set up municipal solid waste plant at Wariana. To this, councillors from the west area lodged a huge protest and slammed the Municipal Commissioner’s decision to set up a plant at Wariana. Students of Class XII discuss their paper in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH “Why should the west constituency get all the garbage collected from the entire city? Targeting Congress MLA Pargat Singh, the councillors said when the permission was already granted to set up an MSW plant at Jamsher village, why should the civic body purchase another land and again initiate the process to take permission from multiple agencies which may take another five years? To this, Mayor kept the proposal in pending and assured that a committee will be formed to look into the matter. Ruckus over smart truck purchase In yet another controversy, the councillors raised questions over the purchase of smart trucks. The house proposed to buy over eight crane trucks and two hook specialised trucks. Each truck was to cost Rs 17 lakh. When asked about their use, Municipal Commissioner Basant Garg explained that these would be required to lift garbage from around 150 dustbins which will be placed under ground. However, when asked as to how many such dustbins Expenditure Salaries: Street-lights: Tubewells: Disposable pumps: Maintenance: B&R: Street-lights upkeep: O&M: Health: Balance: surface water from river Beas will be brought in the city for potable purposes. The project at an estimated cost of Rs 2000 crore, was already sanctioned by the Asian Development Bank whICH will fund the entire project. Along with this, the level crossing will be closed with the commissioning of the bridge. Commercialisation of Kamal Palace road put on hold Community toilets to be constructed at 40 places ~165.44 cr ~12.63 cr ~24.63 cr ~8.32 cr ~4.44 cr ~13.2 cr ~2.88 cr ~6.08 cr ~1.93 cr ~20 lakh were installed in the city, Dr Garg said these would be placed only after the purchase of these trucks. ‘Need to purchase rickshaws’ The opposition again enquired another proposal to buy over 600 rickshaws. The councillors slammed the earlier SAD-BJP regime and said despite purchasing machinery worth crores, no auction to sell the scrap was ever held by the civic body. However, Dr Garg said the purchase will be made with Rs 22 crore which came under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) and is lying unutilized till date. Relief to Ladhewaali residents In yet another step to boost the Swachh Bharat mission, the house today approved to build over 40 community toilets at selected places in the city. These toilets will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 4.19 crore. The prominent markets include Dilkushan market, under ROB at Rama mandi, Ladowaali road, Plaza Chowk, Peer Bodla Bazaar, Phagwara gate market, Boota Mandi, Model Town Shamshaan Ghat, Khingra gate and Attari Bazaar. ‘Distribute Huggies to North constituency’ On a lighter note, some councillors from the north constituency objected to the less number of toilet blocks proposed for the North constituency compared to other parts in the city. One of the councillors stated that with such a low number of toilets proposed for the area, the civic body will have to distribute ‘Huggies’ (diapers) to the area residents. House approved Surface Water Project The house also approved the cities development initiative project in Asia under which In a blow to the opposition, Mayor Raja put on hold the proposal to commercialise road from hotel Kamal Palace to the Court Complex. Some councillors objected that the commercialisation of this road will increase the traffic congestion further. To this, the Mayor put the proposal on hold and assured to form another committee to study the probability of the proposal. Mayor puts committees on hold In an effort to solve the conflict between Congress MLAs to include their people in various committees, Mayor Raja today held up the formation of committees. These include Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC), Shelter for Urban Homeless and Urban Shelter maintenance Committee and town vending committee. According to sources, a tough fight is going on between Congress MLAs to include their close aides in the F&CC committee responsible for the purchase of materials and award of contracts. Among the top runner is Harsharan Kaur ‘ Happy’, wife of sports promoter Surinder Bhapa, known to be the right hand of Congress MLA Pargat Singh. Two arrested with 10 quintals of poppy husk Tribune News Service The seized bags of poppy husk in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Jalandhar, March 5 The Rural police today arrested two persons with 10 quintals of poppy husk which was loaded in a truck. The accused have been identified as Gurjant Singh, alias Jand, and Nacchatar Singh, alias Kali. Gurpreet Bhullar SSP (Rural) said the accused used to buy poppy husk at cheaper rate from Madhya Pradesh and used to sell it in Jalandhar, Moga and Ludhiana. They were carrying over 1000 kg of poppy husk hidden under garlic bags inside a truck (PB 10 CG 5139) and were waiting for customers near Bajwa palace. On search, the police recovered 50 bags of poppy husk (each containing 20 kg) which is 1000 kg (10 quintals) and 192 garlic bags were recovered. Their third accomplice Gurpreet Singh is yet to be arrest- c m y b ed. Accused Gurjant Singh and Nachattar Singh revealed that they stole a Scorpio from another state and use a fake number plate (PB 08 AY 3658) on it to sell the poppy husk. The police have also recovered the car. Gurjant Singh and Nachattar Singh were selling the banned drugs since 10 years. Many cases had been registered against them at various police stations in the state, added the SSP . The accused in the Rural police custodyin Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).