13112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/13/2017 1:06 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 13 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Two-day workshop Pitch perfect Nehru’s religion A two-day workshop on various science phenomena and electronic concepts concludes. ‘Power Couple’ Anushka-Virat up style quotient at Indian Sports Honours. Nehru rejected the ‘supposed supernatural communion’ achieved by mystics... P4 FORECAST P2 P3 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 26°C MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5.26 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.48 AM SNIPPETS Suicide by youth Phagwara: Ajay Kumar (26) of Apra village allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling at a brick-klin at Mehatpur village on Saturday. The deceased was working at the kiln in Mehatpur. The police have registered a case. OC NRI’s house burgled The house of an NRI Sanjay Sharma was reportedly burgled in Hadiabad sub-town of Phagwara on Saturday night. The burglars entered the house after breaking locks and took away gold ornaments, laptop, microwave and Rs 10,000. The police have registered a case. OC Man run over by train, dies A person was killed after being run over by a train near the Goraya railway station on Saturday. The GRP has registered a case and sent the body to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination. The deceased is yet to be identified. oc SIX-LANING OF NATIONAL HIGHWAY-1A State govt to delink from project No need to acquire land as the acquiring agency and owner are the same, says DC Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 12 The Punjab Government is all set to delink itself from the long-pending controversy of the land acquisition process of the six-laning of the Panipat-Jalandhar National Highway 1A. After so many years of tussle with the army authorities, it has now realised that as the acquiring agency National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the owner (Ministry of Defence) being the same (Central Government), no acquisition was, in fact, required in the case. The Land Acquisition Collector (LAC) overlooked the fact and continued to work on the modalities for over 10 years to provide equal value of land to the Army in lieu of the land acquired by the NHAI for the project. The Army authorities even took commitment of the then Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in a The incomplete Ramamandi flyover under the six-lane project on the Jalandhar-Phagwara highway. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH military-civil liasoning meeting to hand over the equal value of the land given to the NHAI. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma said there was no need to acquire the land as the acquiring agency and the owner of the land were the same. In this case, it was the Central Government (both Ministry of Sur- face Transport and Ministry of Defence being organs of the Union Government). “It was rather incumbent on the Departments of Surface Transport and Defence to work out the modalities or transfer of funds at the Central Government level. The state officials were to only act as revenue authorities to fix the price for the said Crowd-puller transfer,” added Sharma. He further said that since now it was clear that the state government was not involved and it could not be made a pre-condition to handover of the land by the Army, the onus for the equal value of land could not be shifted to the state government by any logic. Surprisingly, due to the fact overlooked by the then SDM 1 appointed as the Competent Authority of Land Acquisition (CALA), the project got delayed by over six years and the Punjab and Haryana High Court even had to intervene in the matter, asking the Local Military Authorities (LMA) to hand over the land to the NHAI. Under the project that commenced in 2008, the NHAI sought land from the Army to complete the six-laning project in Jalandhar area. Around 10.63 acres of defence land was handed over to NHAI in the year 2012 for the expansion of the Jalandhar-Panipat Section NH-1. The actual cost of the land worked out to be Rs 190.69 crore by the board of officers at the time of the handing over of the subject land, but after much negotiation that took several years, the NHAI later deposited Rs 98 crore (Rs 102 crore with interest) with the CALA, appointed by the Government of India under the provisions of the NH Act 1956 through Gazette Notification. However, the Army refused to take the money and, instead, insisted upon the return of the equal value of the land area measuring 400 acres at some other station in Punjab. Even though the money is now lying deposited with the CALA, the state cannot buy land on behalf of the Army. For this, it has asked the army authorities to send a formal requisition along with an undertaking that any enhancement of the cost of the acquisition would be borne by them. “Presently, CALA is just a custodian of the money that belongs to the Army and cannot make any purchase on its behalf. If the Army wants the money, it can withdraw it anytime from CALA. However, if it wants a land in lieu to the one transferred to the NHAI, it has to identify it and send us a formal requisition for the same,” said Sharma. Survey to start in Nawanshahr nawanshahr November 12 the survey of identifying youngsters, completing 18 years on January 1, 2018, will be held from November 15 up to November 30 by the district administration. Deputy Commissioner of Nawanshahr Sonali Giri said their voter IDs would be made after the survey was finished.The state Election Commission had also provided online facility too through www.nvsp.in. Electoral officers would make votes on November 18 and November 26 on their booths. The District Education Officer was advised to ask the students studying in the government schools to make their voter Id cards. TNS FEEDBACK 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 Smog: School timings changed in dist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 12 In view of the smog engulfing the region, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma has ordered that all government, government-aided and private schools in the district would be functional from at 10 am. In the orders issued here today, the Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate, exercising powers under Section 144 of the CrPC, 1973, said these orders would be in force till further orders. Expressing concern over smog along with the advent of winter season, Sharma said this could cause a huge damage to the health of the children. He, however, said that the school manage- Renowned Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann performs in Jalandhar on Saturday night. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Health Dept fails to take action against laboratory in city Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 12 Despite several alleged false reports and the wrong use of syringes on many patients’ arms due to unqualified technicians at a local lab, the Health Department has failed to nab the lab staff and take any action against them. Complaints in the matter have already been made to the Civil Surgeon as well as the Deputy Commissiner Jalandhar. A formal protest on the issue was also held by activists of the Shiv Sena outside the Civil Surgeon’s office. Jarnail Singh, president of the district unit of the Shiv Sena, said, “A shady lab has continuously been duping patients in the city for the past many months. Three months ago, we had complained to the Civil Surgeon on the issue. While various patients had got false reports, showing ■ Complaints in the matter have already been made to the Civil Surgeon as well as the Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar ■ Jarnail Singh, a local leader, said, “A shady lab has continuously been duping patients in the city for the past many months. Three months ago, we had complained to the Civil Surgeon on the issue. While various patients had got false reports, showing dramatically increased platelet counts due to the faulty administering of syringes on them, their hands had also developed marks.” dramatically increased platelet counts due to the faulty administering of syringes on them, their hands had also developed marks. The technician is under-qualified to handle the cases of the laboratory. The formal records of the lab name another personnel who works as a service provider at a Hoshiarpur lab.” Jarnail Singh said while the facts were acknowledged by the health authorities, and mentioned in the complaint sent by the Shiv Sena to the Civil Surgeon, the formal report issued in the matter by the Civil Surgeon’s office is merely letting the technician go scotfree as a caretaker and the peon of the lab. While Singh said a number of labs in other areas were also working in a similar shady manner, the lack of action in the issue had caused the illegal labs in the district to be emboldened. The laboratory in question is situated in Gurunankpura. Other labs like these are operating with impunity in areas like Chugitti, Lamma Pind and Rama Mandi. Civil Surgeon Dr Raghubir Sigh Randhawa could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. mishaps had been reported in the state due to which utmost care needed to be exercised, adding that the decision had been taken to ensure the security of the children and school staff. The Commissioner of Police, Senior Superinten- ments would have the option of fixing the closing time of the schools. The DC said in order to ensure the safety and security of the school-going students this order was necessitated. He said due to the smog, some In sync dent of Police (Rural) and all officers of the district administration, along with district education officers (elementary and secondary), were asked to ensure the strict compliance of the orders from tomorrow. Another woman alleges torture in Saudi Arabia, seeks help Our Correspondent TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH ALLEGED FALSE REPORTS AND WRONG USE OF SYRINGES Students going to school in fog in Jalandhar. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH Students perform a cultural programme at Innocent Hearts School in Jalandhar. Phagwara, November 12 A few days after Gurbaksh Kaur and her daughter Reena Rani were rescued from Saudi Arabia and brought to India, a Jalandhar woman has urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to rescue her. Sonia, a resident of Atti village near Goraya, has urged Swaraj to rescue her from captivity in Saudi Arabia. Sonia, wife of Lal Chand, went to the Gulf country to work as a domestic help. A mother of two, she has urged through the social media to the Centre, Punjab government and AAP MP Bhagwant Mann to save her from her employer, who has been allegedly torturing her at his house for the past several months. Municipal Corporation poll likely on December 14 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 12 The elections for the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ) are likely to be held on December 14. This time, the city has been divided into 80 wards according to the new delimitation plan announced by the Local Bodies Department. Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma is expected to notify it c m y b by next week. The “war of wards” this time is expected to be a tough challenge, both for the BJP-Akali coalition and also for the ruling Congress party in the state. The AAP is yet to begin its action in the run-up to the municipal elections. While the no love lost relationship between the BJP and Akali councillors in the last general house was known to everyone, especially due to the never- ending tiff between ExMayor Sunil Jyoti of BJP and Senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Bhatia of SAD, theCongress too has unable to control the ever-widening factionalism amongst its own area MLAs. As three of the four Congress MLAs, including Bawa henry, Rajinder Beri and Sushil Rinku, are new, they could not do much wonders as they are yet to get the administrative grip in their hands. Also, with the Congress in power, things are getting messier for these newly appointed MLAs as they are finding it difficult to accommodate all contenders in the 80 wards. The workers who were promised a ticket in the municipal elections are now running behind the Congress MLAs who are now finding it difficult to accommodate everyone. Three of the wards have even reported more than 12 contenders from the same party. The scenario is also hinting towards a high increase in the number of independent candidates, majorly from the Congress party. Meanwhile, the BJP today announced to had constituted 10 committees and have deputed 16 senior leaders to oversee the new delimitation plan and to ensure the inclusion of every single voter in each of their respective wards.
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