16052018-JTR-01.qxd 5/16/2018 1:02 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 16 MAY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Special bond Oh boy! Good going Parents of students celebrate Mother's Day with the staff of Police DAV School at PAP in Jalandhar. P2 Boyfriend jeans might not be a classic but they find favour with celebs and retail giants. P3 Actress Nathalie Emmanuel is the new brand ambassador of fitness brand Reebok. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 17°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.47 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.59 AM Hunt on for manual scavengers for rehabilitation Rachna Khaira Fact file Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 15 Following the directions of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to conduct a nationwide survey to identify manual scavengers for rehabilitation, the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ) has begun to look for the sanitation workers who used to do manual scavenging in the city. As per the socio economic census 2011 and also a recent report placed in the Lok Sabha, there are around 90 manual scavengers working in Punjab. According to Assistant health officer Dr Srikrishan, though there were workers According to Assistant health officer Dr Srikrishan, though there were workers who used to do manual scavenging in 2013 in the city, after the enactment of the Manual Scavengers Act, the practice was abolished. “During that time, manual scavenging was there but confined to only the cantonment area and not in the city,” said Dr Sri Krishan. who used to do manual scavenging in 2013 in the city, after the enactment of the Manual Scavengers Act, the practice was abolished. Observer, district officials visit Shahkot Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 15 The General Observer for Elections, Ravi Kant Jain, along with Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, visited the Shahkot Assembly segment to take stock of arrangements at the ground level on Tuesday. During a review meeting with local officials, the Observer, Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police had detailed parleys with the Sub-Divisional Magistrate Jasjit Singh and other officials regarding the coming byelection for the Shahkot Assembly segment. They scrutinised the entire arrangements for the bypoll and told the officials to ensure its strict compliance. They had detailed discussions regarding the vulnerability mapping of the entire Assembly segment. The officials said six static surveillance teams and three flying squad teams had been constituted to keep a strict vigil on the law and order situation in the segment. The officials said the identification of sensitive and hyper- 12 in fray for byelection Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 15 After the withdrawal of the nomination papers for the byelection of Shahkot Assembly constituency, now there are 12 candidates in the fray. Returning Officer Jagjit Singh said, “An Independent candidate Gurmit Singh had withdrawn his papers yesterday. The candidates in contest are : Hardev Singh of Indian National Congress, Naib Singh of Shiromani Akali Dal, Rattan Singh of Aam Aadmi Party, Satnam Singh of Bahujan Samaj Party (Ambedkar), Satpal Singh Rashtriya Janta congress, Sulakhan Singh of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjit singh Mann, Paramjot of Democratic Bhartiya Samaj Party, Kashmir Singh, Naib Singh, Manohar Lal, Malkeet Singh and Rajesh Kumar (Independents). The Election Commission allotted election symbols to the candidates. sensitive booths was already being done and adequate security arrangements would be made for these areas. They also said that the officials must ensure strict enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct during the bypoll. They said any violation of the Code of Conduct should be dealt with sternly. They said that preventive action must be taken against miscreants or any anti-social elements, if any, during the poll. They said strict vigil must be kept over such elements in the Assembly segment to ensure peaceful and transparent poll. The Observer, Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police told all officials to take confidence-building measures in these identified vulnerable areas for free and fair polls. Later the Observer, Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police interacted with the static surveillance team and flying squad team in Shahkot. Prominent amongst others present on the occasion included Additional Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police Balwinder Iqbal Singh Kahlon, Dilbagh Singh and Mukesh, besides others. “During that time, manual scavenging was there but confined to only the cantonment area and not in the city,” said Dr Sri Krishan. Jalandhar, May 15 District Election Officercum-Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma said as per the direction of the ECI, a holiday has been declared on the day of voting (May 28) for the Shahkot Assembly constituency bypoll under the Negotiable Instrument Act 1881. He said every person employed in any business trade, industrial undertaking or any other establishment and entitled to vote in elections to the Legislative Assembly of a state would be granted a holiday within the jurisdiction of Jalandhar district. He said no deduction or abatement of the wages of any such person shall be made on account of the holiday having been granted. Sharma further said all the electors who are employees of establishments and Overwhelming stink The Census 2011 says there are over 2.6 million dry latrines in the country. There are over 13 lakh toilets where human excreta is flushed in open drains, nearly 8 lakh dry latrines where human excreta is cleaned manually. And 73% of these are in rural and 27% in urban areas. An RTI query reveals that in Punjab, where about 32% of the population is of Dalits, 20 persons have died cleaning sewers in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala and Barnala in the last decade. In 1993, manual scavenging was banned. The 2013 Manual Scavengers Act sought to reinforce the ban by prohibiting manual scavenging in all forms. Ominous for ecology Junior engineer held taking bribe of ~8,000 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 15 The Vigilance Bureau (VB) on Tuesday arrested a junior engineer (JE) of the PSPCL and his agent for accepting a bribe of Rs 8,000. VB officials of the Jalandhar range said JE Jaswinder Kumar, posted at the PSPCL sub-division, Mukandpur, SBS Nagar, and his accomplice Joga Nand were arrested on the complaint of Pawanjeet Singh Sidhu of Gunachor village in SBS Nagar district. The complainant approached the VB in which it was mentioned that the JE was demanding Rs 10,000 for the installation of the domestic power connection and the deal was struck for Rs 8,000. After verifying this information, the Vigilance team laid a trap and the accused JE and his accomplice were arrested on the spot while accepting the bribe from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses. A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused at the Vigilance Bureau police MC workers throw garbage collected from various picking points on a road stretch from the Ladowali road to Gurunanakpura, in Jalandhar. The garbage is frequently set on fire later by the workers, causing huge damage to the environment. A huge fire and smoke are seen in the picture above in the Burlton Park area due to the burning of garbage at the place. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH Holiday on May 28 due to poll Tribune News Service According to official information, 31 sewer men have died in the state while cleaning sewers since 1993. The fact is that many more per- sons have lost their lives while cleaning sewers manually. Whenever any sewer man dies, the authorities concerned assure workers that they would take necessary steps, but nothing is done in this regard. As per the rehabilitation programme launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, any person who had done manual scavenging in the past will be given a one-time rehabilitation grant of Rs 40,000. Those who want to benefit from the programme can approach the MC office on any working day. shops, including those which work on a shift basis, shall be granted a paid holiday on the day of poll in the constituency where the elections were to be held. He also clarified that in the cases where a person was ordinarily a resident of the constituency and registered as an elector, may be serving/employed in an industrial undertaking or an establishment located outside the constituency having a general/bye-election, even those electors including casual workers outside the constituency concerned would be entitled to the benefit of a paid holiday extended under the Section 135B (1) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. The day wage/casual workers are also entitled for a holiday and wages on poll day as provided in Section 135B of the R.P. Act, 1951. station here and further investigations were under progress. Naib tehsildar held for graft Jalandhar: A team of the Vigilance Department nabbed a naib tehsildar, posted in Banga, along with an agent while they were accepting a bribe of Rs 17,500 from a property dealer as commission on account of a registered deal. The accused naib tehsildar was identified as Dharminder Kumar and agent as Gagandeep Singh. The complainant Sohan Singh Kalsi from Phagwara, who is a property dealer, said the naib tehsildar, in connivance with agent Gagandeep, had been demanding 1 per cent commission as bribe for every registry. Daljinder Singh Dhillon, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Vigilance Bureau, Jalandhar range, said Kalsi lodged a complaint with them that the accused were demanding commission on every registry. “After receiving the complaint from Kalsi, the Vigilance team caught both accused persons,” he said. Dry day for 48 hours before Shahkot bypoll Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 15 The ECI has announced dry day during the 48 hours, ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of the poll with respect to the polling day for the Shahkot bypoll, scheduled to be held on May 28. District Election Officer Varinder Kumar Sharma said the period of dry day had been declared and notified under the relevant state laws as is appropriate during the 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of poll with respect to polling day. This would also include the date of re-poll, if any. The period from 6.00 pm on May 26 to 6.00 pm on May 28 and the whole day of May 31, result day, would be the dry days in the polling area of the Shahkot Assembly constituency and 3 kms adjoining are of the respective constituency as per the directions of the Election Commission of India, he said. He said no liquor shops, Making inroads in South hotels, restaurants, clubs and other establishment selling/serving liquor shall be permitted to sell/serve liquor to anyone whosoever on the days. He also made it clear that non-proprietary clubs, star hotels, restaurants and hotels run by anyone even if they are issued different cate- Food joint damaged in fire on 66 Feet Road Tribune News Service Former minister Manoranjan Kalia, along with leaders and workers of the BJP, celebrates the party election results of Karnatka in Jalandhar on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH c m y b gories of licenses for possession of any supply of liquor should also not be permitted to serve liquor on these days. The storage of liquor by individuals shall be curtailed during the above period and the restrictions provided in the excise low on the storage of liquor in unlicensed premises shall be vigorously enforced. Jalandhar, May 15 Fire engulfed a fast food joint situated on the 66 feet road opposite Curo Mall in the city on Tuesday. Though no loss of life was reported in the incident, the fire caused huge damage to the property. Shop owner Ranbir Singh said the incident took place when the shop was opened at around 12 noon. Suddenly, the staff working inside the shop witnessed smoke coming out of the kitchen and immediately switched off the gas stoves. They later rushed outside the outlet and informed the fire services about the incident. Within minutes, a fire tender rushed to the spot and doused the flames. According to Ranbir Singh, the fire damaged the entire furniture of the food joint.
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