08062018-JTR-01.qxd 6/8/2018 12:53 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 8 JUNE 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Controversy over complex Talk English, walk English Love for art Police install barricades at parking complex to stop BJP workers from opening it for public. P2 English knowledge must to go abroad, but learning gives jitters to many. P3 Raashi Bawa says her character did not require much preparations... P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 39°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.23 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.19 AM Industrialistsatshare concerns with minister Demand basic amenities focal points, VAT refund and electricity at ~5 per unit Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 7 Industrialists of the region on Thursday shared their concerns and problems with Industries Minister Sunder Sham Arora, who was in the city to launch ‘Business First Portal’. During the event, the minister announced that clusters would be formed in the state. Some of the industrialists hailed the industrial policy while others expressed concerns over the implementation of the new announcements under the policy. The industrialists demanded basic amenities at focal points, VAT refund and electricity at Rs 5 per unit. They said besides raw materials, there was also need for a research and development centre in the region. “Now, industrialists are not ready to seek anything from the government. They know that the government will not provide anything,” said one of the senior industrialists, adding that the policies remain on papers. The industrialists said the young generation could not Industries Minister Sunder Sham Arora addresses industrialists in Jalandhar on Thursday. SARABJIT SINGH work in the manner they used to do. At least, the government should think of it, they added. Another industrialist said, “Our main issue is VAT refund and the government is not paying attention towards it. VAT refunds worth Rs 90 crore of Jalandhar is pending with the government.” He added that the industry was happy when electricity at Rs 5 per unit was announced for it, but a year had passed, they were paying Sexual harassment: 3 students booked Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 7 The Mahilpur police on Thursday registered a case against three students on a charge of sexual harassment of their two juniors. The victims are Class VII students of a local government school while the accused are Class IX students of the same school. SHO Neelam Kumari said a case under Sections 4 and 21 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, had been registered. She said the accused would be presented before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Friday. She said the complaint was initially filed by a single family, but later another family also came forward. The police have sent the victims to the Civil Hospital in Hoshiarpur for a medical test. Taking cognisance of the Rs 8.30 per unit. “Now, the electricity cost has gone up. Things have not changed with the formation of the new government. What is the use of it,” the businessmen rued. Ajay Mahajan from the Sports Goods Association said Jalandhar was known worldwide for its sports industry. He said Meerut was way behind them, but unfortunately due to government policies, the industry of Meerut had seen growth. “There is no research and development centre for the industry in Jalandhar. There used to be a centre, which was closed and the machinery was shifted to Meerut. There is a need for a research centre,” he said. Charanjit Singh Maingi, general secretary, Jalandhar Chamber of Industries and Commerce, laid stress on the need for the activate participation of the MSME facilitation council, which helps small scale industrialists get 100 per cent VAT refund by the end of this year. He said the entire VAT would be refunded by releasing an instalment of Rs 300 crore after every two months. Arora said the government would make all-out efforts to refund VAT to the industrialists, which had been lingering on for the past many years. Talking about ‘Business First Portal’, the minister said the online portal would prove to be helpful in regulatory clearances, fiscal approvals and real time tracking of applications on the common platform. Principal Secretary of Industries and Commerce Rakesh Kumar Verma and Director of Industries and Commerce DPS Kharbanda informed the industrialists that the state government had identified 22 industrial clusters for the development of common facility centers. They said reports of three clusters in Jalandhar — Auto Parts Cluster, Printing and Packaging Cluster and Surgical Instruments Cluster — had already been approved for their detailed study. Raising their voice Principal, teacher suspended ■ After getting the inquiry report, the Education Department suspended the school principal and teacher for their alleged negligence in taking action on the repeated complaints lodged by the victims. . incident, the Education Department had also initiated a departmental inquiry against school principal Reena Budhiraja and teacher Kulvinder Singh for their alleged negligence in taking action on the repeated complaints lodged by the victims. After getting the inquiry report, the department suspended the school principal and teacher. Earlier, Congress leader Nimisha Mehta met Minister of School Education OP Soni and had sought the suspension of the school principal and teacher with immediate effect. Congress workers and leaders protest against the fuel price hike in Jalandhar on Thursday. The Congress also staged protests in Phillaur, Hoshiarpur and Phagwara. PHOTO SARABJIT SINGH People cross a railway track in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH lines when the train approaches. Inspector Mukesh Kumar, RPF Ferozepur Division, , said though the RPF keep a check on various crossing points on a regular basis, sometimes it becomes tough to act against violators. People are also advised to Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 7 Tightening the noose around illegal travel agents, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and Police Commissioner Praveen Kumar Sinha on Thursday announced to initiate a drive to nab the illegal travel agents in the district. Chairing a meeting with travel agents at the District Administrative Complex here on Thursday, the DC and Police Commissioner said no travel agent would be allowed to work without a valid licence. They saud strict action would be taken against such erring travel agents. They said soon, an inspection would be conducted at the offices of all travel agents, who were working illegally in the district. They added that more than 225 cases had already been registered against illegal travel agents for duping residents in the district. The administration could not allow the illegal travel agents to ruin the lives of people. Over 760 travel agents had applied for the licence last year. As many as 388 travel agents were issued licences while 152 files were rejected. Around 180 applicants had remain vigilant at the railway crossings, he added. “Officials of the Railway Protection Force and the Government Railway Police have been deputed to keep a check on violations. Youngsters use headphones while crossing the railway tracks,” said a cop.— TNS c m y b not fulfilled their papers despite several reminders and notices. A total of 40 files were in the pipeline after the completion of documents. Directions have already been issued to officers to clear the pending files within a fortnight. They were also directed to work on Saturdays and Sundays to ensure speedy clearance of all pending files. Sharma said the district administration was committed to provide a congenial atmosphere to the legal travel agents so that they could carry on their work in the district. The DC added that the administration would not allow the fake travel agents to dupe the innocent people on the pretext of sending them abroad. Travel agents were directed to print their licence number on any sort of publicity material so that people could approach only the registered travel agents for travelling abroad. Sharma said the display boards should also bear their licence number of travel agents for the facilitation of public. ADC Jasbir Singh, Superintendent of Police Balkar Singh and Assistant Commissioner Dr Barjinder Singh Dhillon were present on the occasion. City man in Thailand police net for child prostitution Tribune News Service Unmanned railway level crossings pose a threat Jalandhar, June 7 Unmanned railway crossings pose a threat to the lives of people. Railway officials failed to find a solution to the problem. As per the figures provided by the Group Railway Police (GRP), a total of 102 persons have died in the Doaba region in the past five months. An official from the Ferozepur division said 65 cases were also registered for violating rules at unmanned crossings and 47 were also arrested. A guard at the Jinda railway crossing said due to the absence of any Railway Police Force (RPF) personnel, people don’t follow the rules and cross the railway their payments. He added that not a single meeting of the council was convened in the past one year so it should be either dismissed or revived. He took up the issue of widening a road and providing the facility of street lights at the Dhogri industrial park in the city. Around 10 industrial units are functioning in the park. Maingi said the government was planning to create a new industrial focal point and for it, an amount of Rs 100 crore was required, which was not feasible. He said with widening the road at a cost of Rs 3 crore, the city would get the new focal point. Narinder Saggu, Ashwini Victor and Sanjay Gupta also took up the problems being faced by focal points and Kartar farm in Jalandhar with the minister. Tushar Jain from the Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association said the Jandu Sanghian area near the airport could be developed into an industrial zone. After listening to the industrialists, the minister said the state government was committed to ensure Dist admn to act tough against illegal travel agents Jalandhar, June 7 The Thailand police have arrested a Jalandhar-origin hotelier for allegedly having paid sex with a 14-year-old girl procured from another 17-year-old procurer. According to Thailandbased media reports, Parmod Kumar was arrested from Jomtien Plaza Residence in Pattaya, Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri province. Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, Deputy Commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, addressed the media to announce a major breakthrough in the child prostitution racket running in Pattaya. According to sources, Parmod, a resident of Jalandhar, had gone to Thailand around 12 years ago where he ran a hotel on a contractual basis along with a Thai national. The Pattaya tourist police, which arrested Parmod, are now ascertaining his alleged role in the international child prostitution racket reported to be running in Thailand. The police have not revealed the nationality of the children who were found to be part of prostitution. As per reports, the police are reportedly conducting a thorough probe into the catch made by the Pattaya tourist police and may seek cooperation from the Punjab Police as well to ascertain the presence of the alleged network here as well. Meanwhile, Jalandhar Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha said the police had taken cognisance of the report and would act according to law. “We will seek information about the incident from the police officials concerned,” said Sinha.
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