03012018-JTR-01.qxd 1/3/2018 12:46 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 3 JANUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Tax blues Stalking point Gillian to quit The X-Files GST Mitras will help small and marginal dealers solve the problems related to GST. P2 At a talent hunt show, Priyanka Chopra recently said she loves to be ‘stalked’ on social media. P3 Gillian Anderson has confirmed that she would exit The X-Files after season 11. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 16°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.34 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.21 AM School timings changed due to fog Tribune News Service Doctors of the Civil Hospital hold a protest in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Doctors observe black day in Jalandhar Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 2 A strike was observed today by the doctors of the Civil Hospital against the new NMC Bill. They stopped working after 12 at noon. Only emergency cases were being considered by them. Around 50 doctors from the hospital took part in the strike. Dr Raman Gupta, an ENT specialist, said they were against this new Bill. They were demanding a rollback of the Bill as it was not acceptable to them. The doctors said this would push up the cost of medical education, while the standard of medical education would decline. “We have expressed solidarity with IMA students’ wing regarding their concern for NMC for which we decided to observe the day as black day,” Accident victims’ bodies cremated after two days Jalandhar, January 2 The bodies of four persons who had died in an accident near Tajpur village on December 31 were cremated today after getting financial help from the district administration. Since the families were very poor, they did not have money to cremate the bodies. It was only after media highlighted the issue that the district administration swung into action and got these cremated today. The deceased also included a twoyear-old child. According to Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma, the family did not approach the officials earlier for any help. “After the accident, the bodies were taken to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem, following which these were handed over to their families. Even then, no one informed us that they did not have money to cremate them,” said Sharma. It was only after media highlighted the issue that the administration released Rs 4,000 for each body through the District Red Cross Society and got these cremated. He added that he had directed the Civil Surgeon to provide free of cost treatment and medicines to the five people injured in the mishap and also directed the District Programme Officer to provide some scholarship programme to the children injured in the accident. The mishap took place on the New Year eve when an overloaded auto-rickshaw collided head-on with a milk tanker . — TNS the doctors said. The strike was also observed in Nawanshahr where doctors suspended the work today. Phagwara: On a nationwide call given by Indian Medical Association, the doctors of Phagwara, Goraya, Banga, Nawanshahr, Noormahal, Nakodar, Phillaur, Bilga and Barrapind, practicing allopathy, observed a ‘Black Day’ and observed twelve-hour strike today against the ‘National Medical Commission’ (NMC) Bill tabled in the Lok Sabha. Only emergency services were available, while normal working was witnessed at the Civil Hospitals. In Phagwara, doctors assembled at Hargobind Nagar and hold a meeting. Dr SPS Sooch, former state president, IMA, alleged that the “NMC Bill” would hit the doctors hard and the standards of “healthcare”. He said the Bill would have provisions to allow the Ayurvedic and Homeopathy doctors to practice allopathy after a six-month course, thus bringing them at par with the MBBS doctors. As per the new provisions of the Bill the MBBS doctors would have to clear another exam to get the licence, he added. Sooch said the Bill would create a governmentnominated body, called NMC. It will replace democraticallyelected Medical Council of India, he added. He said the states would have negligible say in the functioning of this regulatory body, while health was a state subject and the needs of the states were different from each other. continued on page 2 Jalandhar, January 2 In view of dense fog engulfing the region, the school timing of Jalandhar and Kapurthala schools have been changed, while in Nawanshahr district, the schools will remain closed from January 3 to January 6. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma today ordered that the timings of all the government aided and private schools in the district would be changed to 10:30 am in the morning, while in Kapurthala district, the time is 10 in the morning. In the orders issued here today, the DC, exercising powers under section 144 of the CRPC, 1973 has said these orders would be in force till further notice. Expressing concern over the fog along with the advent of the winter season, Sharma said this could cause a huge damage to the health of the children. He, however, clarified that the school management has the option of fixing the timings of the schools. The DC said in order to ensure the safety and security of the schoolgoing students, the order was necessary. He said due to fog some mishaps have been reported in the state as a result of which utmost care needs to be exercised adding that the decision has been taken to ensure the security of the children and school staff. He also asked the Commissioners of Police, Senior Superintendent of Police (Rural) and all officers of the district administration along with Vehicles move at a snail’s pace near Jalandhar on Tuesday. 3 killed,12 injured due to dense fog TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Phagwara, January 2 Thick fog engulfed the region putting the life out of gear on the third consecutive day today. Road and railway services were affected due to the fog. All main and link roads were under the blanket of thick fog and hundred of vehicles were seen plying at a slow pace, with headlights on. Most of the trains were running one to ten hours behind schedule. Several accidents were also District Education Officers (Elementary and Secondary) to ensure the strict compliance of these orders. In Nawanshahr, DC Amit Kumar said the decision to close of the schools has been taken to avoid untoward incidents that happen in dense fog. Kapurthala DC, Mohammad Tayyab has ordered the schools to open at 10 in the morning. Vehicles pile up, trains run behind schedule reported on different roads, including national highway, due to the poor visibility. Neha, a resident of Gobindpura, who was riding a bicycle, was killed on the spot, when a speeding car hit her near Chachoki village on the national highway today morning. Around twelve commuters sustained injuries in multiple pile- up of around 15 vehicles, near Phillaur, on the national highway. Around ten vehicles were badly damaged in the pile-up. Two motorcyclists, Navtoj Singh and Davinder Singh, were killed on the spot when the bike they were riding on, collided with a school bus, near Kala-Sanghian village this morning. Ad-hoc committee I-T Dept searches Call to regulate auto-rickshaws to run affairs ofDBA firm’s lockers RISING NUMBER AND RESULTANT POLLUTION Jalandhar, January 2 An ad-hoc committee has been formed to run the affairs of the District Bar Association (DBA) as the tenure of the present executive committee elected for the year 2016-17 ended on December 22 and the elections for the new committee are to be held on April 6. A meeting of the General House of the DBA, Jalandhar, presided over by Baldev Prakash, president, DBA, was held today. At the meeting, the decision for the formation of an ad-hoc committee to run the affairs of the DBA was taken. The members expressed picked the following members for the ad-hoc committee which include advocates Baldev Prakash Ralh, Aabha Naagar, Sanjiv Bansal, Karampal Singh Gill, Narinder Singh, Ranjit Singh Bhogal and Pramod Prashar. The ad-hoc committee has been given full powers to run the affairs of the DBA and to take decisions which are in the DBA’s interests. The signing powers regarding money matters have been vested in BP Ralh and Aabha Naagar. — TNS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 2 Following searches conducted in nearly 15 locations of the Bath and Uppal group last week, the Income Tax Department today searched the company’s locker at the Capital Small Finance Bank in the city. Confirming this, a senior official said the department had seized documents pertaining to the property purchased by the group. “We have taken the documents into our possession and will scruntinize these to find The department had raided over 15 locations of the Bath and Uppal group which had diversified into various businesses, including real estate and hospitality any anomaly,” said the official. The department had raided over 15 locations of the group who had diversified into various businesses, including real estate and hospitality. The official said the searches brought forth the fact that the group was doing underbilling of events held at their marriage palaces. Auto-rickshaws in the city near the Jalandhar bus stand. DC office staff go on pen-down strike Jalandhar, January 2 The clerical staff of the office of the Deputy Commissioner today announced to start an indefinite pen-down strike over the issue of issuing of NOCs to senior assistants transferred here from other districts. Led by Naresh Kumar, president of the Punjab State District (D) Offices Employees Association, the members gave a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner before going on strike. The members have written, “There are defined ways of filling vacancies on the post. As per the state government rules, the method of appointment by transfer is to be resorted only under special circumstances when no suitable candidate is available for appointment by The Punjab State DC Office Employees Association members in Jalandhar on Tuesday. MALKIAT SINGH direct method or by promotion. The transfer is to be made from identical posts only.” They further rued, “Whenever it is decided to fill any vacancy by transfer, the vacancy should be circulated among all relevant departments of the state government, giving full particulars regarding qualifications, experience etc required for appointment to the post.” They alleged that the rules were not being followed and c m y b that the NOC was issued to a senior assistant on January 1 despite the fact that the issue had been raised in time. The members declared that their strike would go on till the NOC was cancelled. Jalandhar, January 2 Jalandhar Vikas Manch, an NGO has today issued a memorandum to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh over an increasing number of autorickshaws plying in the city. The members have pointed out that the unregulated number of autos is not only causing high pollution level in the city but also have become a reason for rising number of accidents.Advocate RK Bhalla President, Jalandhar Vikas Manch said, “Now-a-days autorickshaw terror is being felt by the public because the number of auto-rickshaws which are running on roads are much more than required. Hence, the traffic in the city has increased and these autorickshaw drivers are violating the traffic laws resulting in accidents. Moreover, these auto-rickshaws are being driv- en on diesel and old engines create so much smoke that it becomes injurious to the health of the residents.” The memorandum also mentioned that the auto- rickshaw drivers are breaking traffic laws and the guidelines framed by the Supreme Court of India. “In the race to get more passengers, these auto-rickshaw drivers stop at any point as per their wish, resulting in obstruction in the smooth running of traffic. The passenger auto-rickshaws are meant to carry two passengers but it has been seen that these auto-rickshaw drivers are carrying about 8-10 passengers very often. Overloading of schoolchildren is a common sight. There are restrictions on carrying of more school children than the cited capacity, after which the auto-rickshaw drivers have increased the fee for carrying the school children on the ground that it had become more costly for them to carry the children but with the passage of time and even after the increase in fee, the autodrivers have again started carrying much more children than required”, Manch chief has pointed out. Through the memorandum, Bhalla also requested traffic police to check the licence permit of the auto-rickshaws as many autos are running without authorised licence. Due to strong union, whenever there is any dispute between a commuter and an autorickshaw driver, they began to misbehave. A number of such incidents are being seen daily in the city.Bhalla has demanded an inquiry into the matter. — TNS
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