29JT01A.qxd 9/29/2012 12:44 AM Page 1 JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Back and happy! saturday | september 29 | 2012 | jalandhar IN RECOGNITION: DEPUTY CM HONOURS 164 EXPORTERS Þ PAGE 2 WEATHER SUNNY BONHOMIE: MAHENDRU HAILS JYOTI’S SELECTION AS MAYOR Þ PAGE 2 34° MAXIMUM ROAD SAFETY PROJECT EXTENDED Bipin Bhardwaj POSITIVE RESULTS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 28 Encouraged by the results of Road Safety-10 project in the city, World Health Organisation (WHO) has extended the project for a periof of four years. There has been a decline of about 40 per cent in the rate of deaths in road accidents since the WHO-sponsored project was launched in the city in August last year. The project was launched to curb drunken driving, over speeding and spreading awareness on traffic rules. ❙ There has been a decline of about 40 per cent in the rate of deaths in road accidents since the WHOsponsored project was launched in the city in August, 2011 ❙ The project was launched to curb drunken driving, over speeding and spreading awareness on traffic rules FAILURE ❙ The city police has failed to check motorists from over speeding in absence of laser cameras Diljinder Singh Dhillon, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (special cell), said 3,500 offenders were challaned for drunken driving under the project so far. The rate of deaths in road accidents in Jalandhar city has witnessed a sharp decline of about 35-40 per cent from last year figures, he said. Þ PAGE 3 The project, a brainchild of Michael R Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City and the world’s leading road safety philanthropist, is funded by his NGO. It was launched in 10 cities (where rate of deaths in road accidents was alarming) across the world including Jalandhar. The city police, the enforcing agency, however has failed to check motorists on overspending in absence of laser cameras. The speed radars have failed to serve the purpose and the drive against offenders indulging in overspeeding had to be suspended. 21° MINIMUM 10-ft-long python rescued Bipin Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 28 The police along with wildlife officials rescued a 10-feet-long Indian rock python from a drain in Basti Bawa Khel after a struggle of nearly three hours on Thursday night. Unaware of the reptile’s species, wildlife officials took the adult male python to their Maqsudanlocated office. Their curiosity to know the exact species and sex of the reptile ended this afternoon when Nikhil Sangar, honorary wildlife warden, who runs an NGO at ❙ The snake was rescued from a drain in Basti Bawa Khel on Thursday Nawanshahr, reached the office and briefed them about the creature. Scores of Basti Bawa Khel residents were surprised to find a 10-feet-long python in a drain on Thursday evening. Residents called the police and subsequently wildlife officials were also informed. Recovery of the Indian rock python in the densely populated area in the city and that, too, in a drain has raised suspicion on its presence as there is no natural habitat of the reptile in the surroundings. Divisional Forest Officer Vishal Chauhan said the python was sent to the Mohindra Chaudhary Zoological Park (Chhatbir Zoo) after medical examinations. When asked about the appearance of the python in the city area, Chauhan said the reptile might had been abandoned by some snake charmer in the drain. Villagers go up in arms as water-borne diseases hit Basant Nagar Our Correspondent Phagwara, September 28 Villagers have gone up in arms following the death of 17-year-old boy due to jaundice and several others falling ill to waterborne diseases in Basant Nagar village. Hundreds of residents of Basant Nagar, led by former minister Joginder Singh Maan and PPCC secretary Kusum Sharma, sat on a dharna before the SDM office for two hours. The protesters submitted a memorandum to him. After receiving the reports of the acute problem, Deputy Commissioner Kapurthala Alaknanda Dayal rushed to Phagwara and visited the affected localities. She met residents and gave them a patient hearing to the problems. Residents pointed out the apathy of departments concerned against a factory, which allegedly releases pol- DC Alaknanda Dayal listens to problems of residents in Basant Nagar Phagwara on Thursday. Photo: Ashok Kaura ❙ 17-year-old boy has died of jaundice and several others have fallen ill to water-borne diseases in Basant Nagar ❙ Hundreds of residents of Basant Nagar, led by former minister Joginder Singh Maan, stage a dharna before the SDM office ❙ Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Alaknanda Dayal rushed to Phagwara and visited the affected localities. She met residents and gave them a patient hearing to the problems ❙ She has also sought an explanation from the departments, including health, rural water supply, pollution board, and local bodies department luted chemicals that gets mixed with their drinking water. The DC assured them of early action. She also SDMs to be held responsible for unauthorised colonies Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 28 A recent order passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court fixing the responsibility of the SDMs concerned for mushrooming of illegal colonies is being taken as a big reprieve by the various civic body authorities. The officials of the Municipal Corporation and Jalandhar Development Authority had been long claiming that since it were the SDMs or tehsildars or patwaris who had the access to details regarding land records and ownerships with them, they should be held accountable. The JDA employees have been long claiming that even if they knew that some illegal colony was being carved out somewhere, they had to depend on the patwari to know the khasra or khewat numbers and names of the owners. Since such information was not taken on record from the patwari concerned, there have been at least two such instances in the recent past where in a wrong khasra number and land record detail was furnished to the JDA which resulted in dismissal of at least two such cases in the court. By the time, the officials realised the mistake, the coloniser was disappeared leaving the authorities helpless. Officials of the JDA have RAZING ORDERS ❙ The SDMs have been assigned the task to raze any new upcoming illegal colonies also been claiming that they have been spending as much as Rs 8,000 to erect a single board in an unauthorised colony alerting buyers not to purchase land there. Following the orders, the JDA officials have been quick enough to hand over their lists of illegal colonies to the SDMs concerned for a suitable action. The Municipal Corporation with its usual laidback attitude is still busy preparing reports even a week after the orders. In a meeting called by Deputy Commissioner Priyank Bharti last week, the SDMs have been assigned the task so as to ensure that any new upcoming illegal colonies be razed. The SDMs have also sought the support of the civic bodies’ inspectors and field staff for the purpose. The orders came after a decision taken by the court on a CWP 12231 of 2011 titled Ramesh Kumar vs Punjab government and others. ensured provision of clean drinking water, better sanitation and healthcare facilities to residents as soon as possi- ble. She has also sought an explanation from the departments, including health, rural water supply, pollution board, and local bodies department. SDM PP Singh said a fivemember committee comprising BDPO, XENs of Pollution Board, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Senior Medical Officer, Phagwara, and General Manager, Industries, would investigate the entire matter. Residents even showed the contaminated water filled in bottles. The DC also instructed officials to take fresh samples of contaminated water and sought early report of the results of the samples. She assured residents free medical treatment to the affected patients suffering from jaundice and other water-borne diseases. The DC said the pollution board had already served a notice to the factory owner and sought explanation by October 3. Naked wires hang from a streetlight pole outside the trauma ward in the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Dangling wires pose grave threat Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 28 With loose bare wires hanging from streetlight poles, the authorities perhaps have learnt no lessons even after the electrocution of photojournalist Akhilesh Kumar. Dangling wires from streetlight poles could be seen on dividers on Tehsil Complex road, Police Lines road, Sodal Road and Kapurthala Road. One such sight of negligence was seen outside the trauma ward of the Civil Hospital posing a risk to the lives of the patients, visitors and staff. Meanwhile, the state government has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of the kin of the deceased photojournalist. POLES OF DANGER ❙ Open wires in streetlight poles could be seen on dividers on Tehsil Complex road, Police Lines road, Sodal Road and Kapurthala Road Thousands march to celebrate Bhagat Singh's birthday Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 28 The 105th birthday of Shaheed Bhagat Singh was celebrated by hundreds of activists of the Sarv Bharat Naujawan Sabha and AllIndia Students Association by carrying out a march across the city. Chanting slogans of 'Inquilaab Zindabad’, ‘Smarajwaad (Capitalism) Murdabaad’, youths toured the city to the beat of the dhol and gathered at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall here this morning. Volunteers said understanding Bhagat Singh in the context of the times and threats he witnessed, comparing them to the presentday scenario is necessary to effect a positive change in society. Hundreds of volunteers dressed in red and sporting red flags marched across the city and used the occasion to raise their voice against the government policies favouring the big corporate houses and against the common people. On the occasion, Sarv Naujawan Sabha’s Pirthipal Singh Marimegha also announced a rally, which will be taken out on November 17, the Martyrdom Day of freedom fighter Kartar Singh Sarabha. All-India Students Federation chief Paramjit Dhaban also congratulated youths on the occasion. Interestingly, women outnumbered men during the congregation. (Left) Youths celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall; and people buy posters of the martyr in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH They try to follow in footsteps of the martyr Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 28 Punjab celebrates the legacy of the legendary Bhagat Singh. Youth sport his moustache; stick Bhagat stickers on the backs of their ‘tashni’ vehicles, sport slogans by him on their cars, scooters and autos; and gloat on the films that talk about him. But even as comrades, activists and intellectuals rightly point out that his ‘thoughts’ are what matter rather than a blind aping of what he looks like, The Tribune talks to a cross-section of people who have been inspired by the legendary freedom fighter. Paramjit Singh, a resident SPEAKING THEIR HEART OUT ❝ After I read about him in a Imagazineain 1982, my thoughts changed. became different person. I realised there was more to me than being a Sikh, or a Punjabi or a village guy. I had a larger family and I had to identify it. I began dayto-day experiments implementing Bhagat Singh’s ideals in myself and my life began to get better and better ❞ — PARAMJIT SINGH driven by ❝ My very life has been of Bhagat him. I believe the contribution to the Indian freedom movement is unparalleled. Since my teenage days, I and my friends used to gather together to deliberate on his contributions to the society ❞ from Khurla Kingra village, was spurred on to a life of love and reverence for Bha- — VARUN GUPTA gat after he read an article about him in magazine in 1982. “My thoughts changed. I became a different person. I realised there was more to me than being a Sikh, or a Punjabi or a village guy. I had a larger family and I had to identify it. I began day-to-day experiments implementing Bhagat Singh’s ideals in myself and my life began to get better and better,” says Singh. Paramjit, who pursues labour and farming as an occupation, is probably more well-read than many of the so-called well-heeled and well-read people around. “I read, I write and share what I read about the lofty ideals if the freedom fighters with others. What Bhagat wrote at such a small age (a reference to Bhagat Singh’s article – Main Nastik Kyun Haan – Why I Am An Atheist) still holds true even to the present scenario. He was one of the greatest thinkers of all time and I feel sad that he is usually portrayed just as a Sikh or an Arya Samaji or a larger than life freedom hero while his perspective and ideology are conveniently given a miss by the media,” he says. “By the white or black, Bhagat just didn’t want the country to be looted. That is a pertinent pint that people miss out on today,” Paramjit Singh quipped. Kunal Kohli, activist of a local group that gets its name from the freedom fighters, sports a Bhagat Continued on page 2
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