07JK01A.qxd 11/6/2013 10:28 PM Page 1 AS THE DRAMA UNFOLDS thursday | november 7 | 2013 | Jammu JAMMU TRIBUNE PROTEST: VETERINARIANS RUE LACK OF JOBS Þ PAGE 2 Expect the perfect entertainment package and breathtaking action as Sherlock, Chosen and So You Think You Can Dance season 10 does all that it can to blow your mind! Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER CLOUDY SPORTS: J-K TO HOST NATIONAL FENCING MEET ÞPAGE 2 19°C MAXIMUM 12°C MINIMUM Rahul's visit leaves commuters high and dry ■ Traffic routes diverted in Jammu; Tawi Bridge closed for six hours; residents forced to walk to destinations Residents were forced to walk to their destinations due to traffic restrictions; and (right) an overcrowded bus plies on a road amid heavy deployment of traffic police in Jammu on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: INDERJEET SINGH Amit Khajuria Tribune News Service Jammu, November 6 Traffic restrictions imposed due to the visit of All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice-president Rahul Gandhi today posed inconvenience to the common man. The Jewel Chowk area, including the Tawi Bridge, was closed for hours together. Routes of buses were also changed. One lane of the bridge, which goes towards the Jewel Chowk and MA Stadi- wonder these have been ❝ I becausewhy(Rahul kinds of restrictionsthe Gandhi imposed. Just he Gandhi) belongs to family? He is just an MP. How can the administration harass the common man in the name of security? I had an important meeting with a client. I had to postpone it as I am stuck here for more than 30 minutes❞ — SUNIL SHARMA, A LOCAL RESIDENT um, was closed by the traffic police as Rahul was at the stadium. Many commuters were seen moving on foot as vehicles were stranded on this lane. All the buses coming to Jammu were diverted to Narwal via the by-pass road and were not allowed to enter the city till the AICC vice-president was here. The matadors, which move via the Jewel chowk, were diverted via the fly-over. Sunil Sharma, a com- JMC extends last date for licence renewal to Feb 4 Jammu, November 6 The Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has extended the last date for renewing trading licences under the new Food Safety Act to February 4, 2014. Despite warnings, a majority of the traders have failed to comply with the rules of the new Act, which lays strict norms for preparing and serving eatables to consumers. Officials said keeping in view the health of people, the municipal corporation was organising awareness camps in various markets to urge people associated with food business to maintain cleanliness. However, he said no strict action was being taken against violators. Food business operators include small retailers, roadside vendors, hawkers, stall holders, cottage industries related to food busi- NEW FOOD SAFETY ACT ness, meat/mutton/poultry business operators with the slaughtering capacity of two large animals or 10 small animals or 50 poultry birds per day. All food business operators have been directed to renew their existing licenses, registration granted under the repealed Food Act/Order under the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006, and the Food Safety & Standards (Licensing & Regulation of Food Business) Regulations, 2011, by February 4 next year. Moreover, workers coming in direct contact with food as part of their job have to get a “fitness for work” certificate, following concern expressed by NGOs and government agencies that people were getting low-quality and unhygienic food in the city. Municipal corporation health officer Dr Vinod Sharma said routine inspections were being conducted in the city and samples were being lifted. “Several samples were lifted today from Peer Mitha, Mast Garh and other areas. We check whether eateries are maintaining hygiene standards but educating food operators about the Food Safety Act is also necessary,” Dr Sharma said. The health officer said it had been decided to put a ban on the issuance or renewal of the licence if the operators fail to produce the fitness for work certificate. He said this was to ensure that food sellers, regardless of the safety precautions they take at work, undergo a mandatory medical examination for ratifying their physical fitness to pursue their trade. — TNS muter said, "I wonder why these kinds of restrictions have been imposed. Just because he belongs to the Gandhi family? He is just an MP. How can the administration harass the common man in the name of security?" "I had an important meeting with a client. I had to postpone it as I am stuck here for more than 30 minutes," he added. There was a heavy deployment of traffic policemen to smoothen the movement of the Gandhi scion in here. However, there was no check on the violation of traffic rules in the city. Commercial vehicles were overloaded and three persons were seen riding on many two-wheelers. Shabir Ahmed, who was seen walking with two bags on his shoulders near the Jewel Chowk, said, "I had to go to the bus stand but the matador left me on the bridge due to the rally of Rahul Gandhi at MA Stadi- um today. The visits of VIPs poses problems for the general public." Senior Superintendent of Police, Traffic, Manmohan Singh said, "As Rahul Gandhi comes under the SPG category, we have diverted some traffic routes, but the traffic was moving smoothly in the city." "The diversion of traffic was for six hours, from 9 am to 3 pm. After 3pm, all the routes were restored." he added. Cop shoots self to death Our Correspondent Batote, November 6 A CRPF constable on duty at a company headquarters shot himself dead with his service gun at Chanderkot this morning. CRPF sources said Rashpal Singh (31), son of Punjab Singh, of Chaksajjan village in Kathua shot himself with his service gun (INSAS) while he was on sentry duty at about 6 am at Bhoom in Chanderkot today. He had pulled the trigger after pointing the gun under his chin. “He was recently transferred here in the F-Compa- ny of the CRPF, 84 Battalion, and reportedly showed no signs of depression or abnormal behaviour. He was blessed with a son ten days ago but unlike his other colleagues as per tradition here, he didn’t reveal it to any of his colleagues by distributing sweets during a roll call etc,” said a CRPF officer of 84 Battalion. “To ascertain the reason behind his death under mysterious circumstances, besides the police (Chanderkot) inquiry, a departmental inquiry has also been initiated,” he said. After a post-mortem examination, his body was sent to his native village. Bus driver, conductor held on molestation charge Our Correspondent Rajouri, November 6 The driver and conductor of a mini-bus were arrested on the charges of molesting a woman in the Kangdi area of Sundarbani in Rajouri district today. "Rajinder Kumar Sharma and Banti Sharma, the driver and the conductor, respectively, allegedly passed lewd comments and outraged the modesty of a woman travelling in their mini-bus," the police said. The woman was on her way to meet her relatives a few kilometres away from Sundarbani, they said. The police said the woman was the only passenger in the mini-bus when the incident happened. Station House Officer, Sudnarbani, Davidner Singh Katoch said the duo was booked on the complaint of the woman. The first information report had been registered under Section 354 of the RPC and both the accused had been arrested, he said. 20 days on, damaged traffic light pole yet to be repaired Tribune News Service Jammu, November 6 It seems the authorities are waiting for a tragedy to happen before taking any action with regard to a damaged traffic light pole, which stands precariously at an angle after being hit by a vehicle, near Janipur police station here. The pole was damaged in an accident 20 days ago but is yet to repaired and poses a great risk to commuters moving nearby. The pole at the Roop Nagar Chowk was hit by an unknown vehicle at night and since then, it stands inclined over more than a 4-feet area of the road. The pole might fall anytime. Moreover, it can lead to an accident at night due to little lighting in the area. "It was broken around 20 days ago, but the authorities seem to be in a slumber. Are they waiting for a The pole at the Roop Nagar Chowk was hit by an unknown vehicle at night and since then, it stands inclined over more than a 4-feet area of the road. The pole might fall anytime. Moreover, it can lead to an accident at night due to little lighting in the area A damaged traffic light pole at the Roop Nagar Chowk poses risk to commuters in Jammu. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH tragedy to occur?" said Sahil Mahajan, a shopkeeper at Roop Nagar. "There is no lighting here, which is why during night hours, commuters cannot see this broken pole. Many bikers have already been injured due to this pole. If they cannot repair it, they should remove it," he added. Manmohan Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Traffic, said, "I visited that place and have informed the agency concerned to repair it. It will be done soon." Players irked over poor maintenance of MA Stadium Movie team interacts with audience Tribune News Service fountains, ❝ Non-functionallack of broken benches, Jammu, November 6 The tall claims of the authorities about providing necessary facilities and improvement of stadiums for its sportspersons were dashed to the ground with players expressing resentment over the poor condition of MA Stadium here. "Non-functional fountains, broken benches, lack of infrastructure is all that the J&K State Sports Council has for its budding sportspersons. It seems that the autonomous sports body is in a slumber over the pathetic condition of the main coaching centre," said a player on the condition of anonymity. "The main stadium, where players of various infrastructure is all that the J&K State Sports Council has for its budding sportspersons. It seems that the autonomous sports body is in a slumber over the pathetic condition of the main coaching centre❞ — A SPORTSPERSON A view of the unkempt MA Stadium in Jammu. TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANAND SHARMA disciplines attend practice sessions, needs immediate attention of the authorities for its renovation. Though the Sports Council has the required staff to maintain the stadium, it hardly utilises them," he claimed. "There is grass growing all over the sitting stairs, where we used to relax during our practice sessions. In fact, we had requested the authorities concerned to clean it but they hardly care," said another player. "There is no proper place for parents of the players to sit in the stadium. It seems that there is nobody to take care of Jammu's main sports venue, which has hosted many national tournaments," said Karun Singh, a player's parent. "The state government has very high expectations from its players but they also need to provide the necessary infrastructural facilities to them for their training," a player said. Sources said the manager of both indoor and outdoor stadiums are getting a meagre amount for the maintenance of the stadium, which is adversely affecting its functioning. A senior official of the department admitted that there was a need to create adequate infrastructure for players of the state. "Some important decisions have been taken recently by the authorities to improve the playing conditions and stadiums and we are hopeful that they will be executed," he said. Tribune News Service Jammu, November 6 The team of "Yeh Meri Kahani Hai - Damini" today visited The Movie Time, the erstwhile Indira cinema here and interacted with people who watched the movie released on November 3. The team, including the movie's director, Shahid Kazmi, and its producer Parvinder Pal Singh, interacted with viewers to gauge their reactions. Viewers expressed their pleasure after meet the actors of the movie. Kazmi said, "The entire team was overwhelmed with the response we got form the audience in Jammu and hope that more people will watch the movie." Parvinder Pal Singh appealed to the state government to make the movie The team of ‘Yeh Meri Kahani Hai - Damini’ interacts with movie viewers in Jammu on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH tax-free. "Since this movie is based on a social issue, it is our request to the government to make the movie tax-free. A number of schools are willing to show it to students." Others who accompanied the duo were Sonam Manhas, Arjun Manhas, Raja Sarfraz, Shammi Malhotra, JR Sagar, Lalita Tapsvi and Vansheen Suri. "The music department was headed by Shubdeep Singh in collaboration with Ashu Kumar, Vineet Singh and Jaganjot Singh," Parvinder said, adding that the movie also had the special appearance of Actor Raghubir Yadav.
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