14062018-JTR-01.qxd 6/14/2018 1:06 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 14 JUNE 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Mangoes destroyed Rahman’s biography When Salman fell into manhole! Two quintals of unnaturally ripened mangoes were destroyed in the local fruit market. P2 Oscar-winning music maestro remains a largely obscure figure. P3 Salman Khan is back with Dus Ka Dum, a one-of-its-kind game show! P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 42°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C MIN 29°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.35 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.23 AM Judge who fined Brahm Mohindra removed Following a string of rulings against the powerful, Manju Rana’s removal was ordered Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 13 Following her tumultuous tenure as the chairperson of the Permanent Lok Adalat at Kapurthala, Judge Manju Rana was removed from her position last evening. Her removal came days after she slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on Brahm Mohindra, the Punjab Health Minister, for ignoring orders. Rana said she had an inkling this was coming but maintained that due process had not been followed in her removal and that she would challenge it in the High Court. While imposing a fine on Health Minister Brahm Mohindra in a case related to dengue as well as lack of infrastructure at the Kapurthala Civil Hospital, was among her recent decisions, the other rulings included those on the removal of controversial illegal structures on the national highway (which included her taking on some big corporate and private firms in the region), acting against the Kapurthala Nagar Council for failing to remove encroachments in the city, and summoning all council- Manju Rana, chairperson of the Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), Kapurthala. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH lors in Kapurthala for the dengue outbreak last year. Having worked earlier as the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Moga, for one-and-half-years, she became the chairperson of the Lok Adalat, Kapurthala. She had joined the judicial services in Punjab in 1991 as civil judge, junior division. Speaking to The Tribune, Rana said, “Action has been taken against me without following the due process of law. I was expecting a retaliation in view of my bold decisions, by those affected by the decisions. All I can say is that I had no personal motive in the crackdowns or rulings.” “I believe the order against me is not as per law since no time was given to me for an explanation. Without any inquiry, without any explanation being sought, or evidence recorded, or myself being held guilty in any inquiry, a single order has removed me from the position. I plan to make a representation to the High Court to reconsider my case.” Timeline of PLA chairperson’s action September 27, 2017: Taking cognisance of the spread of dengue in Kapurthala with the death of five persons in a month - Manju Rana, chairperson, Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), issued summons to Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sindhu, Secretary, Health, CMO, Kapurthala, and the president and executive officer of the local MC to appear in her court. October 5, 2017: Dr Rajiv Bhalla, Director, Punjab Health Services, appeared before the Permanent Lok Adalat (PLA) at Kapurthala on behalf of Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra and gave an undertaking to upgrade facilities for treating dengue in the district. November 10, 2017: The Permanent Lok Adalat summoned all Kapurthala councillors, asking them to sign an undertaking to keep their area free from litter and waterlogging. Around 15 of the 26 councillors appeared in the court on November 16, giving an undertaking to take stringent measures to curb dengue. February 7, 2018: A fine of Rs 5,000 was imposed on the Kapurthala Nagar Council Football fervour for its failure to remove encroachments from the Kotu Chowk dumping site. The Nagar Council was instructed to remove all encroachments on the dumping site by March 1 and submit a report in this regard. March 12, 2018: Rana launched a crackdown on buses stopping illegally in front of the Lovely Professional University on the Jalandhar-Phagwara highway. Over 50 buses were challaned in a five-hour long operation. The police also confiscated over two dozen vehicles parked illegally on the national highway. March 15, 2018: She summoned LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal to appear in person to respond to the complaints of students regarding overcharging and harassment on the university premises. She also directed the Kapurthala police to take appropriate action against advocate SK Adhikari, counsel of the Haveli restaurant, for alleged misbehaviour during removal of encroachments outside the restaurant. April 17, 2018: Rana barred the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) from collecting toll at the Ex-MLA’s bus staff manhandle contractor Tribune News Service Players of Youth Football Club (YFC) during a practice session ahead of the FIfA World Cup Russia 2018, at Rurka Kalan in Jalandhar. In an effort to provide the youth of the village with something meaningful to do and also to provide a platform to compete in football under the village’s banner, the Youth Football Club was formed in 2001. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Seechewal meets protesters over mill ‘pollution’ Our Correspondent Saila Khurd (Hoshiarpur), June 13 Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, noted environmentalist and a member of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), visited the town today to meet those raising their voice against the pollution allegedly being created by a local paper mill. He discussed the matter with MLA, Garhshankar, Jai Singh Rauri and other persons in different villages of the area. Lakhvir Singh Rana, advocate Ranjit Singh Kalsi, RTI activist Parvinder Singh Kittana and Manjinder Kumar Memorandum ■ Lakhvir Singh Rana, advocate Ranjit Singh Kalsi, RTI activist Parvinder Singh Kittana and Manjinder Kumar Painsara, who raised their voice against the pollution created by the mill, handed over a memorandum to Seechewal. They alleged that the paper mill had been contributing to air and water pollution. . Painsara, who raised their voice against the pollution created by the mill, handed over a memorandum to Seechewal. They alleged that the paper mill had been contributing to air and water pollution. Seechewal said applications from the farmers were received by the mill owners stating they need water for irrigation and that the mill owners were exploiting the farmers on the pretext of providing water for free irrigation by supplying only polluted water from the mill to them for the crops. “The people who use water from the factory for irrigation, sell their crop in the market and buy the same produce from elsewhere for their own use,” said RTI activist Kittna. He alleged that cases of hepatitis were increasing in the area. The residents of the area requested that a comprehensive scrutiny of the pollution should be done and it should be probed as to what the production capacity of the mill was earlier and how it has increased in the past 10-15 years. How much water was extracted from the mill had been extracted till now and what was the situation of the groundwater in the surrounding villages as of now were also factors that had to be taken into account. Residents of the area demanded that the mill owners be booked. Seechewal assured the residents that he would take up the matter in a meeting of the Punjab Pollution Control Board. c m y b Jalandhar, June 13 The staff of Piyar Bus Service, owned by the kin of ex-Congress MLA Jasbir Dimpa, reportedly manhandled the contractor of the bus stand at the PAP Chowk here this morning. Kulwinder Ghumman, who has received the contract for collection of adda fee at the bus stand, alleged, “The company had been operating its buses from the PAP Chowk instead of the bus stand. Ever since we got the contract for collecting the adda fee, we approached the company staff to pay us the amount but they have been consistently avoiding us. Since we have the rights to collect the adda fee from the bus operators from any point in Jalandhar, we asked the bus staff to make us the payment at the PAP Chowk itself. “At this, the company immediately called in some 30 armed men and attempted to manhandle us. We then put barricades in front of their two buses that had queued up there. The traffic police arrived. The manager of the company was called in from Beas and a compromise was reached. They assured to pay us the requisite fee from now onwards”. While Dimpa could not be contacted, the manager of Piyar bus company, Ravideep Singh said, “The matter has been sorted out. There were just one or two conductors who had been avoiding the payment. They have been told not to do this again.” Ladowal barrier near Phillaur. The court observed that the NHAI had been unable to control the flow of overloaded vehicles running at a speed of 100 to 120 kmph, even as 71 accidents had been reported in the area in the past five years and many victims had died. Her order read: “The road does not comply with safety provisions under the Control of National Highway, Land and Traffic Act, 2000... Accidents have increased day by day in an area of 10 km falling within the jurisdiction of Chaheru police station... Hence, the NHAI is stopped from charging toll at the barrier till the compliance of the order.” June 6, 2018: Rana slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 each on Health Minister Brahm Mohindra; Principal Secretary, Health, Satish Chandra; Director, Health Services, Dr Jaspal Kaur; and Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Mohhamad Tayyab for not appearing in court despite repeated summons issued to them in the last six months. June 12, 2018: State government removes Manju Rana as chairperson, Permanent Lok Adalat (PLA), Kapurthala. ~ 2.11 lakh looted Dasuya: Armed robbers looted Rs 2.11 lakh from a petrol pump in Pandori Araian village on Wednesday evening. The manager of the pump said 4 youths came on 2 bikes and looted cash worth Rs. 2.11 lakh at gunpoint. The police are investigating. — OC SNIPPETS Additional charge for DC, SDM Jalandhar: The Punjab government has given additional charge to Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, Varinder Kumar Sharma and SubDivisional Magistrate (SDM), Nakodar, Amrit Singh. A spokesperson for the district administration said that Sharma will officiate as the Divisional Commissioner of Jalandhar till Raj Kamal Chaudhary is on leave. Likewise, SDM Nakodar Amrit Singh has been given the additional charge of Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) till the current incumbent Dr Bhupinder Pal Singh is on leave. TNS Man beaten to death Jalandhar: A 60-year-old man was beaten to death at village Jago Sangha in Nurmehal over a land dispute. The accused are still at large. The police registered an FIR against Satinder Kaur, Sukhwinder Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Harmel Singh under section 302 of the IPC. The victim has been identified as Gurpal Singh. He was assaulted by the other party in which he suffered injuries and while he tried to escape, he fell and died on the spot. The incident happened late on Tuesday night. SHO Surjit Singh said a search was on to look for the accused. Nurmehal falls under the jurisdiction of Nakodar police where five murders have been reported in three days. Two cases of double murder had earlier been reported. On Sunday, at Addi village in Nakodar, a woman and her paramour were killed using sharp weapons. On Tuesday, another case was reported in which a father and son were murdered. Their mutilated bodies were later found. TNS
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