09112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/9/2017 1:34 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 9 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Police website not updated A lot of meaning The hygiene obsession The Kapurthala police seem to be lagging behind in terms of updating details. P2 Annie Zaidi says women writers still don’t command equal respect as their male counterparts. P3 &TV’s latest season of The Voice Kids is all set to take television reality shows by storm. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 25°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C MIN 12°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.33 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.51 AM Art at its best One killed, six injured in road accident Our Correspondent Students perform a cultural item at an inter-school contest in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Flights from domestic airport in Adampur get delayed SpiceJet stalls its plan to commence operations this year Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 8 Despite claims of Punjab BJP president and Union minister Vijay Sampla that SpiceJet would start booking tickets for flights between Adampur and Delhi from November 1, the flights at the newly commissioned domestic airport has further been delayed by a few months. Presently, the airlines company has stalled its plan to commence its operations this year as the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is yet to grant his approval for the flights. Though the airlines have claimed that it is ready to commence its operation in the region while calling it a ‘good market’, Sampla has said it has shelved its plan presently due to its tussle over operating the flights from the Terminal 2 allocated by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) at the Indira Gandhi International airport. “The airlines wanted to operate form the Terminal 1 while the AAI has asked it to operate the flights from the Terminal 2. The airlines is going to take up the matter with the AAI authorities at a meeting scheduled on Thursday,” said Sampla. Meanwhile, the minister has also started holding talks with the Ministry of Civil Aviation to allow Air India Express to commence its flights from Adampur. While there are presently six flights running between Delhi and Amritsar, none of the airlines operators have shown willingness to have a stopover at Adampur. While Jet Airways is operating three flights between Amritsar and Delhi, Air India is also operating a flight between the two cities. Among the international airlines, Air Canada and Air France are also operating two flights in the region. The small airstrip at the domestic airport in Adampur is not viable to allow big aircrafts for landing and take-off purposes. Mehtiana (Hoshiarpur), November 8 A person was killed and six others injured as the car they were travelling in collided with a tree on the Phagwara road here this morning. The mishap took place in front of the Maranaiyan powerhouse. The deceased has been identified as Gurpreet Singh. The victims belonged to the same family and they were returning to Kila Lal Singh village in Gurdaspur district from Shri Bhaini Sahib in Ludhiana. The victims were taken to the Civil Hospital with the help of locals and the police. Later, one of the injured was referred to the PGIMER, Chandigarh. As per the information, Amanpreet Singh, a resident of Kila Lal Singh village of Gurdaspur, had gone to Gurdwara Sri Bhaini Sahib with his family on Tuesday. He was accompanied his by wife Harjeet Kaur; two daughters Amar Kaur and Avneet Kaur; cousins Narinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh; and Kamaljeet Kaur. Victims belong to same family ■ The deceased has been identified as Gurpreet Singh. The victims belonged to the same family and they were returning to Kila Lal Singh village in Gurdaspur district from Shri Bhaini Sahib in Ludhiana. Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to jalandhar.feedback@ gmail.com Tribune News Service DC Varinder Sharma inspects a record room at his office in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Committee formed ■ Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said the committee formed under the supervision of Additional Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh would look into all aspects to ensure the utilisation and management of resources and space in the District Administrative Complex. ■ The DC added that Sub-Divisional Magistrates Paramveer Singh, Rajiv Verma and General Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner Dr Baljinder Singh Dhillon would be a part of the committee. . state government for its approval. Sharma said the district had valuable record from 1885, which needed to be maintained in a proper manner. He said the focus would be on duly preserving the Cong takes on Union govt, observes ‘Black Day’ MLAs, leaders hold protests in their constituencies Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 8 Congress MLAs and leaders today burnt effigies and observed the first anniversary of demonetisation as ‘Black Day’ in their respective constituencies. MLA Pargat Singh led a protest in Jalandhar Cantonment while Rajinder Beri in the Jalandhar Central constituency. Though Jalandhar West MLA Sushil Rinku was away, his wife Sunita Rinku remained at the forefront. In the Phillaur constituency, Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, who is the general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress, along with Congress workers, participated in a protest in Goraya. Chaudhary said, “I remembered those who lost their lives because they were not armed with qualifications or power to defend themselves from the Modi government’s demonetisation disaster.” He said the Congress stands with millions of honest Indians, whose lives and livelihoods were destroyed by the PM’s ‘thoughtless’ act. “The Indian economy met its ‘Titanical’ fate on this day last year. Demonisation failed in India and a report of the Congress workers take out a protest march in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Demonetisation was a big step to counter black money: Sampla ■ HOSHIARPUR: Local MP and Union Minister of State (MoS) Vijay Sampla on Wednesday said demonetisation was a historic decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to counter black money. He said earlier, no one had taken the initiative in such a big way. While addressing a press conference here, he said due to the Union government's efforts, Rs 15.28 lakh crore had come back and black money was seized. OC . RBI reveals that it is a monumental failure,” he added. Protest in Phagwara Congress workers observed the first anniversary of demonetisation as ‘Black Day’ in Phagwara today. Raising slogans of “India suffers”, the Congress workers took out a protest march in the town. Meanwhile, Phagwara BJP MLA Som Prakash said those had black money were only protesting. He said demonetisation had boosted the economy. Phagwara Mayor Arun Khosla said due to the efforts of the MLA, the Phagwara MC had received an amount of Rs 11.68 crore for the strengthening the road network. He said the civic had received Rs 34 crore for water supply and sewerage purposes. Police yet to ascertain SNIPPETS FEEDBACK Johal’s role: DGP (Intel) Goldbanglessnatched Administrative complex to get a facelift Jalandhar, November 8 For giving a facelift to the District Administrative Complex, Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma today formed a committee of officers to ensure the utilisation and management of resources and space in the complex. The DC, who took a round of the complex today, said there was a dire need for utilising the vacant space and resources in an apt manner to facilitate the people. He said the committee formed under the supervision of Additional Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh would look into all aspects in this regard. The DC added that SubDivisional Magistrates Paramveer Singh, Rajiv Verma and General Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner Dr Baljinder Singh Dhillon would be a part of the committee. Meanwhile, the DC also inspected record rooms in the complex. He said a proposal for upgrade the record rooms on scientific lines would be sent soon to the 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF DEMONETISATION record by putting in proper efforts. He also ordered repairs of roofs of record rooms to avoid any leakage. Sharma asked the officials to make sure that the work was completed at the earliest. During the inspection, the DC asked the officials to adopt the due procedure for weeding out the scrap in the complex. He also asked them to make a detailed plan for installing LED lights in the complex. c m y b Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 8 DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta today said though the preliminary investigations had proved that NRI Jagtar Singh Johal was a main conspirator, the police were yet to ascertain the extent of his role for funding the terror network in the state. “Though he had funded some people, we are yet to ascertain his role. We will be able to comment only after we are through with our investigations,” added DIG (Intelligence) Gupta. Though intelligence and investigative agencies in India were trying everything to identify the accused who were behind the killings that were taking place in regular intervals in the state for the past one year, it somehow sounds strange that Johal, claimed to be the main conspirator in the terror module by the Punjab Police, arrived in India to get married on October 18. Ludhiana-based RSS leader Ravinder Gosain was killed on October 17 and Johal got married on October 18. Though the police are finding clues to ascertain whether Johal was aware of the money, which he was sending through hawala, was to be used for buying weapons for the killings or he was just made a scapegoat for using hawala money to park his business profits. During the police investigation, it was revealed that Johal’s father runs a hotel business in England. Johal came in touch with some ❝ Though NRI Jagtar Singh Johal had funded some people, we are yet to ascertain his role. We will be able to comment only after we are through with our investigations ❞ Phagwara: Four unidentified persons, including three women, snatched gold bangles from a woman, identified as Swaran Sobti, in broad daylight in Model Town on Wednesday. The accused targeted the victim when she was walking on the road. The victim said a car stopped in front her and a woman sitting inside it asked about someone's address. The victim said before she could speak, the women snatched her gold bangles and fled the spot. The police have registered a case in this regard. OC DINKAR GUPTA, DGP (Intelligence) radical groups in the UK who got him introduced to Pakistan-based International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) chief Lakhbir Singh Rode, and Harmeet Singh, alias Happy, alias PHD. In June this year, the Punjab Police had busted an ISI-funded terror module by arresting three men trained and tasked by the ISI to launch communal attacks in India. In a statement issued later, the police said the module had direct links with the ISI-backed banned terror outfit as well. Though the Johal’s family is still residing in the UK, his grandmother Gejo was living at their ancestral home here. Gejo said her grandson Johal got married recently. “My grandson is innocent. He has got nothing to do with the killings as claimed by the police,” said Gejo. Meanwhile, the Jalandhar Police Commissionerate has started a thorough search to bust the more such terror modules being operated in the city. Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha said officials had been directed to identify such module and bust them to avoid further mushrooming of terror networks in the city. The mangled remains of a PRTC bus that collided with an oil tanker near Phagwara on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO 6 passengers injured in mishap Phagwara: As many six passengers were injured when a PRTC bus rammed into a stationary oil tanker on the national highway near Chiherru here on Wednesday in the morning. Bus driver Jagdev Singh said the mishap took place due to poor visibility caused by thick smog. The bus and the tanker were damaged in the mishap. Injured were admitted to various hospitals. OC Over 3.6 lakh metric tonnes of paddy purchased Hoshiarpur: The government has set up 62 centres in the district for paddy procurement. As of now, 3,61,772 metric tonnes of paddy have arrived at the centres. Of the total paddy that have arrived, 3,61,727 metric tonnes has been purchased by government procurement agencies and traders. Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujwal said Rs 507 crore had been paid to the commission agents. The DC said Pungrain had purchased 1,13,408 metric tonnes of paddy, Markfed 75,127 metric tonnes, Punsup 62,956 metric tonnes, Punjab Agro 32,422 metric tonnes, Punjab State Ware House Corporation 32,249 MT, FCI 44,281 MT and traders 1,284 metric tonnes. OC
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