03072018-JTR-01.qxd 7/3/2018 1:25 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 3 JULY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Chuggiti road an eyesore A foot into hall of fame A family bond Lack of garbage bins, refuse scattered on the Chuggitti bypass road presents a sorry picture. P2 Messi and Ronaldo exit the 2018 FIFA World Cup but youngsters from Chandigarh root for Mbappé and Modric. P3 TV host Chrissy Teigen takes her six-week son for protest march. P4 FORECAST LIKELY RAIN | MAX 32°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.36 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.28 AM Vigilance sleuths raid MC office Scrutinise records of 93 buildings; erring officials, architects likely to face music Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 2 Carrying forward the action against illegal buildings launched by Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu two weeks ago, the Vigilance team on Monday raided the office of the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ). A team comprising officials of the Vigilance Department at Jalandhar arrived at the office around 11 am and spent over six hours at the MC office and scrutinised records pertaining to the 93 commercial buildings identified by the Punjab Local Bodies Minister as illegal. Vigilance officials during a raid at the Municipal Corporation office in Jalandhar on Monday. Scrutiny to take a few days, says SSP (Vigilance) PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH While the SSP (Vigilance), Diljinder Singh Dhillon, refused to reveal much information pertaining to the raid, he said the team had been assigned the task to conduct scrutiny from various aspects and it might take a few days. “The officials were asked to carry out the investigation from various aspects as viola- tions appear to be highly sensitive and glaring in nature. We will be able to reveal anything only after we complete our investigation,” said Dhillon, adding that though the team did not confiscate any official records, it has asked Joint Commissioner Shikha Bhagat to provide copies of the records pertaining to the 93 buildings. It was on June 14 when Sidhu, along with his best known aide and Congress MLA from Jalandhar Cantt Pargat Singh, met at Haveli and embarked on a whirlwind tour of the city to visit over 12 illegal buildings, including under-construction unauthorised colonies. He identified over 35 illegal buildings and even held a press meet at an illegal property site. The next morning, Congress MLAs held protests and MLA Sushil Rinku even obstructed the MC work by sitting on a JCB earth-moving machine and prevented it to demolish illegal buildings in his area. Following this, Congress MLAs, along with city Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja, met Monsoon calling Sidhu and urged him to take a lenient view of building violations and provide a chance to review the buildings. Agreeing to their demand, Sidhu asked the Mayor to prepare a comprehensive report and to take action at the local level. He also asked him to send the final report within the next 20 days. The Mayor, who was unable to prepare the report with the staff crunch-hit Building Department, roped in the entire manpower of the B&R Department and even visited the buildings personally on Sunday. However, following the delay in sending the report in the stipulated 20 days’ time, a team from the Vigilance Department on Monday raided the MC office this morning. As per highly placed sources, the Local Bodies Minister is expected to take an exemplary action against the building violators and also conniving officials. Also, the department may blacklist architects who will be found to have got building plans approved for commercial buildings constructed illegally in the city. Armed robbers target house in posh Model Town area Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 2 Armed robbers injured a youth and looted his house near Geeta Mandir in the posh Model Town area this morning. While both his parents had left for work, 25-year-old Amanjot was alone at home. “A bell rang and there was a woman beggar. She asked for alms. My son showed benevolence and offered her a Rs 100 note. He forgot to lock the main gate and was moving inside when two men too barged in and hit him with a rod on his head. As my son lay bleeding, they roamed about in the house for one hour, collecting every precious item that they could, including a silver crockery set and a diamond set,” said Manjit Kaur, who works as a superintendent in a government office. Injure youth; loot valuables; take away ATM card at gunpoint and withdraw cash CCTV camera footage collected The police have already collected several CCTV camera footage and is in the process of verifying the robbers. The miscreants had come in an i20 car which they parked outside Geeta Mandir. However, they did a recce of the crime and ATM transaction on foot. They took a rickshaw to leave the area. Later, they came to pick the car. “Since they could not find much cash, they came to my son and asked about cash. When he said it was not there in the house, they took out a Man commits suicide in Phagwara Phagwara, July 2 Rahul Singh, a resident of Onkar Nagar, reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling of his house on Sunday night. Stress was said to be the cause behind taking the extreme Jalandhar, July 2 Owing to the continuous rain in the past three-four days, the city recorded its best-ever air quality index (AQI) of 55 on Monday morning. The AQI went up marginally to 20 by the evening. Air quality is measured by the level of the main pollutant in the air — particulate material 2.5 or PM 2.5 particles that measure less than 2.5 microns. An AQI of under 100 is considered to be in the “good category”, which means the air pollution poses little or no risk. While, AQI between 51- Girls choose umbrellas at a roadside vend in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Police trap goes haywire, informer shot at by target Jalandhar, July 2 A serious tragedy was averted on Monday after a trap laid down by the city police led to the injury of the informer. While informing more, Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha informed that the city police on Monday arrested Mukesh Kumar from the Model House area with some intoxicants. He named another drug supplier Sonu and offered to get him nabbed with the police support. Following this, the police laid the trap and asked him to call Sonu to Kishanpura. Meanwhile, Mukesh, accompanied by two policemen, also reached the spot in a private car. While Sonu came on an Activa scooter. However, as soon as he reached the spot, he got suspicious and identified one of the policeman who was accompanying Mukesh in plain clothes. Sonu, who was in possession of a pistol, immediately fired at one of the police officials but the shot was missed. Feeling perturbed, he later fired at Mukesh, who was standing nearby, injuring him seriously. According to area SHO Vijay Kanwar Bal, Sonu after firing two gunshots, escaped in a auto-rickshaw. He pointed pistol at the auto-rickshaw driver and asked him to drive the vehicle at a high speed. The police chased him till Qazi Mandi but failed to nab him as he escaped through the narrow lanes of the mandi area. Later, the police recovered another pistol, 38 cartridges, 143 intoxicant capsules, 96 injections and two magazines from his scooter. The police have lodged an FIR in the case. Owing to the continuous rain in the past three-four days, the city recorded its best-ever AQI of 55 on Monday morning. FILE PHOTO 100 is satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 is poor, and 301-400 is very poor, while 401 and above is severe. Two more accused held in Bhogpur murder case Jalandhar, July 2 The Jalandhar rural police on Monday arrested two more accused in the Bhogpur murder case in which a person was beaten to death and another was severely injured. They have been identified as Mandip Singh and Rishav. Earlier, the police had arrested three persons in the case while two are still absconding. On July 29, the mastermind in the case, Mandip, had entered the house of Jashan Kumar and attacked him and his friend Manpreet Singh with sharpedged weapons. Manpreet was killed in the attack. Jashan, who was seriously injured, was admitted to the Civil Hospital. The police, two days ago, had arrested the three accused, Mandip Singh, Gulshan Kumar and Anu Kumar, all residents of Hoshiarpur. A Bolero car had also been seized from them. — TNS Nomad couple from Czech Republic reaches city on bicycles Exploring world on bicycles since 2002, duo visited city fourth time; travelled to over 32 nations in 16 yrs Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 2 Meet Katya (41) and Mirko (46), the two nomads, who crossed paths in 1998 in Israel, have been travelling together since 2002. They were exploring the world on bicycles since then. The couple who reached Jalandhar on Monday were on their fourth trip to the sports city. They have so far travelled to over 32 countries in the past 16 years. While telling about their journey, the Czech Republic nationals said they started the journey on a small island called Koh Tao in Thailand and stayed in Asia for six years moving between Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, step. The body was handed over to his family after autopsy on Monday. Acase has been registered — OC City records its best-ever air quality index Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service gun and put it on his forehead. At this, my son took out his ATM. At gunpoint, they asked him the pin and locked him inside the house, leaving him bleeding,” she said. “Later, my son somehow managed to contact the neighbours who informed us about the incident. We took him to a hospital and before we could get the card blocked, the robbers had already used the same and withdrawn Rs 1 lakh in cash,” she said. The police at Division No. 6 have already collected several CCTV footages and is in the process of verifying the robbers. The miscreants had come in an i20 car which they parked outside Geeta Mandir. However, they did the recce of the crime and ATM transaction on foot. They took a rickshaw to leave the area. Later, they came to pick the car. Laos, China, Mongolia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. “In 2007, we returned to our home in Europe to visit family and friends. Again in 2008, we were on the world tour and travelled to nations such as Slovenia crossing Croatia, Bosnia, Monte Negro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Sinai (Egypt) and Israel,” said Mirko, adding that they even visited Sinai, Jordan and Syria. “We entered Kurdish part of Meet Katya and Mirko in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Turkey, cycled through Gruzia, c m y b Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbek- istan, China, Laos and back to Thailand. Since then, we were moving between Thailand and China. Recently, we made a journey from Thailand through the magical Myanmar to North-East India,” said Katya. When asked what they do for a living, Katya said: “We manufacture hand-made jewellery on order to support ourselves and make the same from all natural material which we gather and sell while travelling on the road.” Continued on page 2 It’s the lowest recorded AQI until now. However, in the past the AQI of the city has been 150-180 and even above. “As it was raining continuously for the past threefour days, accompanied by extremely fast winds, this does not allow any emission to accumulate in the air and convert into pollution. Even if the rain has stopped now, the AQI will fluctuate between 5090 for at least a week”, said Punjab Pollution Control Board Chairman KS Pannu. People should also contribute towards keeping the air quality good. They should not unnecessarily pollute the air by burning garbage and letting the hazardous smoke go into the air as it could cause health issues, he added. Industrialists give thumbs down to new tax regime GST@1 Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 2 It has been a year since the goods and services tax (GST) was implemented in the country. The announcement for the same was made on July 1 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Even after an year, most of the traders, manufacturers, microscale industrialists are far from accepting it as the “most perfect single-tax system”. Industrialists ran from pillar to post to get the GST scrapped, but to no avail. However, they have not stopped their efforts as they have been raising their demands till now. In the past one year, traders and manufacturers belonging to every industry, be it sports, rubber, footwear, manufacturing, industry and others, feared complications attached to the GST. The main problem that arose with its implementation was the increase in the tax slab on many products. If earlier the value added tax (VAT) on the products was 5-6 per cent, it now increased to 12-18 per cent, which has ultimately affected the sales. One of the sports goods manufacturers said: “Earlier, if the customer was paying Rs 106 for a product, now, he will have to shell out Rs 118 for the same. Hence, ultimately there will be a decrease in the sales. In some of the sectors, the difference between GST rates on raw materials and finished products is proving to be a major bone of contention for the micro and small-scale industrialists. Ravinder Dhir, an industrialist and president, Punjab Khel Udyog Sangh, who reach out to leaders and put forward demands of the industry, along with other industrialists, met MP Santokh Chaudhary and raised issues faced by them.
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