06082018-JTR-01.qxd 8/6/2018 1:16 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 6 AUGUST 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Malhar Utsav Life is clearly beautiful! Eisha rubbishes rumours Shri Baba Harivallabh Committee has organised seasonal Malhar Utsav for classical music lovers. P2 Sonali Bendre was seen celebrating Friendship Day with her friends from B-town. P3 Actor Eisha Singh is one of the most talented actors of Indian television. P4 FORECAST RAIN LIKELY | MAX 29°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.20 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.48 AM Curbing supply chain still a challenge Despite crackdown on drug menace, no action against manufacturers yet Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 3 Ever since the Tandarust Punjab mission was started in the state nearly a month ago, there have been as many as 40 inspections of chemists in the city – and in seizures made at several stores, medicines or habit-forming drugs worth Rs 8,50,000 have been seized in the district. Following these inspections, there have been four arrests of chemists/shop owners during which at least four shops/medical stores have been sealed in the city. Interestingly, while the drive has seen a crackdown on two manufacturers in Amritsar, in response to the question on what is being done to bust the supply chain (manufacturers who are providing these drugs) in the city - the department has a ready response, ‘factories/manufacturers are all situated outside the city and, hence, can’t be busted by the department due to the jurisdiction issue. The action in Jalandhar so far includes - joint oper- Action taken ■ 40 inspections, 10 suspensions of licences ■ 20 show-cause notices ■ Four arrests of chemists ■ Medicines worth Rs 8,50,000 seized in district of which drugs worth over Rs 7,00,000 seized in only three days ■ 1,28,896 intoxicant tablets, 2,500 intoxicant injections, 157 bottles (syrup etc) and 29,000 capsules seized in the 3-day raids ■ Department says manufacturers are based out of town, hence action can’t be taken. ■ Raids in future will be in liaison with Central teams, says ZLA . ations of the Health and Police departments in mid-July wherein four persons were arrested in three days after drugs worth over Rs 7,00,000 were seized in various raids and crackdowns on persons selling illegal drugs in the city. The four were booked under various sections of the NDPS Camaraderie Act. The total seizures in these raids included 1,28,896 intoxicant tablets, 2,500 intoxicant injections, 157 bottles (syrup etc.) and 29,000 capsules. All these raids saw chemists been nabbed but the department has not revealed so far from where such a huge supply was coming from. As per department sources, the modus operandi of the majority of the retailers/wholesalers remains that they keep billed medicines at their shops while stack unbilled medicines at warehouses, stores or their houses. Notably, as per department sources, the drugs which rein highest on the seizures are Alprax and Tremadol, as well as the notorious syrup, Codeine – all of which remain favourites with the addicts in the region after ‘chitta’. In both crackdowns of the drug department, which are part of the drive, a common pattern is the nabbing of retailers/sellers/peddlers or small-time shopkeepers. But none of the manufac- turer has been nabbed so far. The department says the sale of these drugs to retailers/wholesalers on the submission of genuine bills was still legal and can’t be prohibited. Zonal Licensing Authority (ZLA) Karun Sachdev said: “There have been about 12 suspensions so far during the drive and 20 show-cause notices have been issued to erring chemists. None of the units which are producing these drugs are located in Jalandhar. So we can’t act against someone outside our jurisdiction. We have instructions from the state to look into the supply chain of these drugs in coming raids. Manufacturers are selling the drugs on the basis of genuine bills. The department can’t say which of these chemists are selling these on legally and which are giving them away to addicts.” However, he said nailing the supply chain was a concern with the department for which future inspections would be conducted in liaison with the Centre. Girls tie friendship bands to each other in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH P2 Jalandhar, August 5 In an awareness rally that was organised by Saman Adhikaar Party leaders here on Sunday, women from across the district took a jibe at BJP-led Central Government’s ‘Make In India’ initiative. They held a demonstration holding banners with messages such as, ‘Vaada kia tha Make in India ka, bana dia Rape In India’. Young women activists also highlighted the issue through slogans like ‘with the ‘Beti Bachao,Beti Padhao’ campaign, the government should also take an initiative for ‘Saving Girls, Saving lives’. People raised slogans against rape and molestation and other atrocities on women across the country during the rally. The rally was taken out on foot from Workshop Chowk, covering Patel Chowk, Basti Adda, Jyoti Chowk and ending at Company Bag Chowk. Kavita Guglani, women district president of the party, said: “The party has also been demanding death sentence for convicts in such cases within a month.” She said it had been noticed that rape incidents had also been occurring frequently in the district. Hence, fast-track courts should devise provisions of granting stricter punishments to accused within a month. Continued on page 2 Pak writer Rashid walks down city’s memory lane Left Jalandhar during Partition Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 5 “Ho koyal kuke hook uthaye Yaadon ki bandook chalaye, Baagon mein jhoolon ke mausam Vaapas aaye re.. Ghar aaja pardesi tera des bulaaye re..” This post on twitter seems to have revived the old memories of wellknown travel writer Salman Rashid from Pakistan whose family left its ancestral home situated on Railway Road in Jalandhar during the Partition. “Rullao gay kya buddhay ko,” came the prompt reply from Rashid in reply to the post tweeted by one of the twitteratis. “….Only I, who was born four-and-a-half years after the Partition, still root for it. For me, Jalandhar and the house on Railway Road are still home,’ tweeted the author of ‘A Time of Madness,’ a memoir of the IndiaPakistan partition. His grandfather, Dr Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 5 A day after five persons, who were operating a blood bank being run by an NGO, Rakht Vahini, at Gulab Devi Hospital, here, were booked, the police have arrested all accused and remanded them to police custody. In view of the glaring discrepancies at the blood bank, the Zonal Licensing Authority (ZLA) has also issued an advisory to all blood banks and hospitals in the district not to use blood bags and units which have been received by them within the past two days. The accused will be presented in a local court on Monday. The five persons arrested include Dr Harjeet Singh, BTO, under whose name the license for the bank had been procured, Bhupinder Singh, technical adviser and technicians Ved Prakash, Dinesh Kumar and Babloo. Incidentally, while the Phagwara-based NGO, The Hindustan Welfare Blood Donors Club, which is the key complainant in the case, had also submitted a complaint against the proprietor of Rahkt Vahini, which is based in Tohana village of Fatehabad in Haryana, the police have interestingly The health authorities have issued an advisory to district hospitals not to use blood received within two days. FILE PHOTO not nabbed – not even named in the FIR – the proprietor. ACP (central) DS Butter said: “We have nabbed five persons and further investigations are on as per the details provided by the Drug Department and revelations of the nabbed accused. We are also on the lookout for the proprietor.” If the vigilant Phagwarabased NGO would not have highlighted the glaring irregularities at the blood bank, the authorities could not have come to know about the same. An activist of Hindustan Welfare Blood Donors Club said: “At least 33 units of blood were given out from the bank on the day when the Health Department unearthed the scam. Of these, 18 were placed on record while no records were found for the 15. And this is just the details of a single day. Many of the blood units at the bank were also found to be dumped in almirahs, dustbin and elsewhere, probably fearing a backlash as these were not labelled nor their donors identified.” The Zonal Licensing Authority had seized 44 blood units from the bank – from which two or more blood donors were provided blood. The units were also found to have improper labelling and vital details such as the expiry date of the blood, the date the donor was bled and other details were missing. While the cancellation of the license of the bank has been recommended to the Joint Commissioner, Drugs, the blood units collected at the bank have also been sent for testing. Activists protest crime Youth booked for rape bid on 3-yr-old against women Tribune News Service Rachna Khaira Day after raid at hospital blood bank, five accused arrested Well-known Pakistan travel writer Salman Rashid’s family left its ancestral home situated on Railway Road in Jalandhar during the Partition. His grandfather Dr Badaruddin, two aunts and a few other relatives lived in their ancestral house in the city when the Partition gobbled up the city. They were never heard of again. The tweet Salman Rashid “….Only I, who was born four-and-a-half years after the Partition, still root for it (Jalandhar). For me, the city and the house on Railway Road are still home,’ tweeted Salman Rashid, the author of ‘A Time of Madness,’ a memoir of the India-Pakistan partition. In his book, Rashid gave a detailed encounter of his journey undertaken with a grainy photograph of his old home from Lahore to Jalandhar in 2008 and then again in 2010. Badaruddin, two aunts and a few other relatives lived in their ancestral house in the city when the Partition gobbled up the city. They were never heard of again. In his book, Rashid gave a detailed encounter of his journey undertaken with a grainy photograph of his old home from Lahore to Jalandhar in 2008 and then again in 2010. He wrote about his encounter with old family friends and also some ‘heart-wrenching facts about his family’s servant Eidu whose two-year-old son was tossed to death by rioters from the terrace to the courtyard on the ground floor! The celebrated author also gathered up courage to come face to face with the son of the man who led the mob to kill five members of his family and seven of Eidu’s family. While the rioter’s son tendered an apology from heart, Rashid even forgave him for the catastrophe! “Saab ji lagta hai apke 600-year-old Hindu genes activate ho gaye hai (it seems like your 600-yearold Hindu ancestral genes got activated),” asked another twitterati. “Arey yar, woh to kabhi marray he nahi they. Lekin such yeh hai kay dharam say zyada dharti ki khainch hai. Dharti dharti (Oh friend, They were never dead. But more than religion, It is the land that attracts me…Land land…),” tweeted Rashid. c m y b The writer has also raised concern over the extinction of the Punjabi language in Pakistan’s Punjab. “On my last visit to Indian Punjab, I saw most Punjabis still speaking their mother tongue. Here (in Pakistan) rich kids think Punjabi is the language of servants. Recent census and all rich Punjabis mentioned Urdu as their language,” Rashid tweeted. The writer wrote that the younger generation in Pakistan is ashamed of their mother tongue. “They think the language is low-class and ‘paindu’(rural). They don’t learn it. When I speak Punjabi to salespersons in big stores, they are shocked. They respond in Urdu, I keep to Punjabi,” said Rashid. He has also asked his friends to learn ‘Potohari’, the “beautiful, Jalandhar Doabi dialect from him. Nawanshahr, August 5 A rape attempt was made on a three-year-old in Rahon here on Saturday. The accused have been identified as Buta Ram (25). The police said the accused, who is a neighbour of the victim, is still at large. Victim’s father is a daily wage labourer. As per information, the girl was playing outside her home in the evening. After some time, her mother looked for her daughter but could not find her. “When she was looking for her, victim’s cries were heard from accused’s home, where she saw that he was trying to rape her,” the police said, adding that the girl was completely fine. A case under sections of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act has been registered against the accused. The police said the accused had fled from the spot after getting caught in the act. The search was on to nab him. — TNS
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