25092018-JTR-01.qxd 9/25/2018 1:35 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 25 SEPTEMBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Volleyball meet begins Cancer through the lens Kunti’s role Inter-Command Volleyball Cluster, 2018, begins. Event is being organised by BSF. P2 Surviving cancer is a tough ordeal. And when you are a celebrity, the task is even tougher. P3 Sayantani Ghosh to play the role of Kunti in Karn Sangini. P4 FORECAST MOSTLY SUNNY | MAX 31.°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.21 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.18 AM High alert after incessant rains Tribune News Service Two children among three dead in Kapurthala roof collapse incidents Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 24 In the wake of the rising water level in the rivers of state due to incessant rain, the district administration, led by Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, today swung into action to safeguard the life and property of people in case of a floodlike situation. On the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, all Sub Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) constantly kept a tab over the situation by regularly visiting the field. Sharma asked the officers to keep a regular check over flooding and to ensure that all sewerage treatment plants (STP) were working to their full capacity. He said all circle revenue officers should remain in field to tackle any sort of emergency. The Deputy Commissioner categorically said any laxity in this work would not be tolerated at any cost. He also directed the block development and panchayat officers (BDPOs) to be vigilant in villages. Sharma said arrangements must be made in such a manner that if pumping of water was required, then the BDPOs must get it done at the panchayat level. The Deputy Commissioner said the Drainage Department must ensure adequate number of JCB machines at their disposal for tackling any urgency. Sandbags should also be arranged in a large number to deal with the situation arising out of excess water. Sharma directed the SDMs to identify rehabilitation centres in areas which were affected by Roads submerged under water after rain in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Four get injuries high rain/floods. Meanwhile, on the directions of Deputy Commissioner, SubDivisional Magistrates Paramveer Singh, Varinder Pal Singh Bajwa and Rajeev Verma today visited different floodprone areas under their jurisdiction. The DC asked the officers to remain at the headquarters and ensure that announcements were made to make people aware. 13 relief centres set up in Nawanshahr Be prepared, Army, BSF told flow of water of Sarsa, Siswan and Savaan rivulets, the water level in the Sutlej had enhanced, which could pose danger to low-lying areas along the river in the district. He said the Army and the BSF authorities had been told about the situation and they had assured full sup- The Deputy Commissioner said the Army and Border Security Force (BSF) had also been kept on a high alert. The Deputy Commissioner, who visited a flood prone area in the Phillaur sub-division this evening, said due to the Nawanshahr: Following the red alert due to the incessant rains in the state, Deputy Commissioner Vinay Bublani and SSP Deepak Hilori on Monday visited the Dhussi bandh along the Sutlej to take stock of sensitive sites. Revenue officers were directed to coordinate with the Drainage Department to initiate immediate steps to plug sensitive points at the bandh. Earlier, while presiding over the emergency meeting of officials of the Police, Drainage, Rural Development, Revenue, Health, Animal Husbandry and Food and Civil Supplies departments, the DC ordered to set up as many as 13 relief centres immediately. Employees of the Revenue, Health, Animal Husbandry, Food and Civil Supplies departments have been deputed at the centres. port and cooperation to the district administration in case the need arises. He said he was personally in touch with higher-ups in the Army and the BSF to deal with any emergency situation. The Deputy Commissioner said due to excessive release of ~21 lakh looted from liquor contractor Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 24 A robbery incident of Rs 21.32 lakh was reported at Transport Nagar here late last night. As per information, six unidentified youths attacked a liquor contractor and his associate Raman Kumar while they were on their way to deposit the money collected by them in their office at Defence Colony. The victims were coming from Kartarpur when the incident happened around 10.45 pm. The accused had come in a SUV and Verna car. One of the robbers started firing at the victims and in no time his accomplices robbed them of their bag in which the cash was kept. Raman sustained a bullet injury on his ear. The contractor immediately rushed him to a nearby hospi- tal and after receiving the information, the Division No. 8 police reached the hospital. SHO Heena Gupta said: “Investigations are on to arrest the accused. One such incident was also reported in the previous month in Transport Nagar. Sewage-laced water enters govt school premises, exam cancelled Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 24 Amid heavy rainfall since the past two days, sewage-mixed water entered Government High School, Lidran, here, forcing the 170 students, who came this morning to appear for the mid-term examinations, to return home. There is a sewage pond in front of the school gates. Its level was raised due to the incessant rain. The water from the overflowing pond made way into the school. Water up to about 1.5 feet could be seen right in front of its gates this morning which kept on rising till this afternoon. Seeing the situation, the teachers apprised Education Department officials of the matter, who directed them to grant leave to all children and tell them that today’s examination would be held later. The examination of all government schools are being held as per the date sheet of the department. “While the exams were Jalandhar, September 24 Three people died in two mishaps in Kapurthala due to the incessant rains for the past two days. Two children died after the roof of a house fall on a family sleeping at their home in the Mohalla Mehtabgarh. Simran (7) and Hari (4) lost their lives in the accident. Children of a rickshaw puller, Inderjit, who along with his family, was sleeping in his home, when the roof collapsed in the wee hours today. Five members of the family were injured. The injured were admitted to the Local Civil Hospital. Meanwhile, on the Subhanpur Road in Kapurthala, a youth died at Boota village when the roof of his house fall on him. Government High School, Lidran, on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO held in other schools as per the schedule, our students could not take it today,” they said. All the teachers camped in the nearby house of an NRI and cleared queries of the students and their parents. They were also doing official work and waiting for the water level to recede. “The water level was continuously rising. We had asked village panchayat members to get the pond desilted which they had got done earlier but it again started overflowing after the recent rains,” they said. The teachers said they had been extra wary of the overflowing pond as they had laid bricks under the almirahs to keep their level up for safety of the records. “We do not keep any material in low-height racks as the school is prone to such incidents. With water level rising up further, it is likely that we may not be able to enter the school for the next one or two days”, said the teachers today. However, after the state government orders, all schools across the state have been ordered to be kept shut tomorrow. c m y b water from Ropar, safe evacuation of people and cattle from low-lying areas was necessary. The excessive water had been released from the swollen Sutlej and it was expected to touch Jalandhar in the night. The district administration was keeping a close watch on the entire situation, adding that they were already geared up to face any unforeseen eventuality arising out of the prevailing circumstances. He said the SDMs of Phillaur, Nakodar and Shahkot have been put on a high alert and they had been directed to coordinate and oversee the evacuation operations of people residing in lowlying areas. The SDMs had also been entrusted with the task to identify safer places in the district for movement of people. Phagwara: Four persons sustained injuries in three separate incidents of roof collapse at Bhanoki, Ranipur and Bhagatpura villages, in Phagwara, following continuous rainfall since Saturday. Two minor boys Jeyy and Azad were injured when the roof of the house suddenly collapsed in nearby Bhanoki village. Inderjit Kaur, mother of the injured said the condition of her sons were stable at the Civil Hospital. In the second incident, Jatinder Kaur and Bahadur Singh were injured when the roof of their room suddenly collapsed at Ranipur village. Former Minister Joginder Singh Maan and Tehsildar, Phagwara, Harkamal Singh Randhawa, rushed to the spot The roof of a house that collapsed in Kapurthala on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO and assured the families adequate compensation. In the third incident, family members of Krishan Dev escaped unhurt when the roof of their kitchen collapsed during rain in Bhagatpura village. Councillor Sarabjit Kaur and Tehsildar Harkamal Singh assured help to the family. Roofs of kutcha houses collapse Hoshiarpur: After three days of incessant rainfall, roofs of two kutcha houses collapsed in Mehndiwani villages. Numberdar Dilbagh Singh has appealed to the district administration to make temporary arrangements for residents of the houses who were rendered homeless and get their houses repaired. Roofs of houses of Raj Kumar and Pawan Kumar collapsed this morning. While villagers provided shelter to Pawan, Raj continues to stay in his temporary dwelling where tarpaulin sheet has replaced the roof. Dilbagh said he had taken the two men to government offices a number of times for construction of a permanent dwelling under the Indira Awaas Yojna but to no avail. Three more incidents reported in Nawanshahr Nawanshahr: A day after two deaths that occurred due to roof collapse in Nawanshahr, three more incidents of collapsing of roofs of the houses due to rains were reported on Monday. As per reports, three persons of Kariam village sustained injuries in the mishap. Compensation for father-son duo The Deputy Commissioner asked the Naib Tehsildar and Assistant Labour Commissioner to take action to ensure adequate compensation for the father and son who had died after collapsing of the roof of their house in Nawanshahr on Saturday. He said if it was not possible to provide compensation under the “Employment Compensation Act-1923”, then the case would be considered under the State Disaster Response Fund. Ambala health team visits Bhogpur scanning centre again, seizes records Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 24 While a team of health officials from Ambala has been raising grave concerns on the working of the health authorities in the city, a follow-up action on the Bhogpur-based scanning centre today – jointly carried out by health teams in Jalandhar and Ambala – also remained mired in controversy with the Ambala team alleging the procedure had been greatly compromised. Dr Arvinderjeet Singh MO, Ambala, who was part of the team from Ambala which visited the city today, said the first raid was compromised due to delayed action and serious lapses in the procedure conducted on September 11. He said it could be possible that the doctor would soon go scot-free. A report tabled by the the DC Office, Jalandhar, on Monday, found serious negligence on the part of Jalandhar Civil Surgeon (CS) Jaspreet Kaur and Family Planning Officer Gurmeet Kaur in the conduct of their duties, as per the PC and the PNDT Act. Ironically, despite an FIR being lodged against him at Ambala and a criminal case in Jalandhar, Dr HS Kang, who owns the scanning centre, was also present during the search and seizure action carried out at the centre. After a meeting of the district health authorities, the Jalandhar and Ambala health teams visited the Ambala health team in Jalandhar. A FILE PHOTO Bagha Scanning Centre at Bhogpur and opened the locks of the three rooms which had been found locked on September 11. Nine registers as well as a scanning machine were seized by the Ambala team. These have been taken to Ambala. While three rooms of the centre were unlocked today, the CS says one was closed, another had the scanning machine and a third had some routine medicines. The room also had the medicine ‘misoprostol’ (which is used to induce an abortion) which the Civil Surgeon said was normal. Ambala doc sees red Dr Arvinderjeet Singh said: “There is a sentiment within our team that we had to clean someone else’s house.” He alleged, “Right from the first day, I doubted the way the local authorities had cooperated with the Ambala team. Secondly, the duration of the sealing was long extended and the style of sealing was also compromised. It is highly possible that the whole episode was compromised. I am of the opinion that the doctor will go scot-free. The teams reached the centre with a considerable delay and the records were also not seized on the first day.” He said: “Though we have collected a machine from the centre, we doubt it might have been already compromised. The local authorities have also behaved in the same way today as on that day. They are still adamant that the steps taken by them were right.” While an FIR was lodged against the doctor in Ambala, sources said the doctor had secured bail. No violation, says Civil Surgeon On asked whether there was any violation at the centre, the Civil Surgeon Jaspreet Kaur Sekhon said, “None. Everything was in order and normal.” “We carried out an operation at the centre and examined records today. Nine registers of the centre and records of two patients were taken by the Harayna teams. They also took the scanning machine. Two scans conducted on that day and the rest of the record is being checked and a report will be prepared within a couple of days.” She said “There were no sex determination tests conducted at the centre as per the available records. As far as abortions are concerned, the said doctor is a MD gynae. He is certified to conduct abortions. He is registered as per his degree. There is no evidence of any shady activity. Everything is normal.” Action to be initiated against medical officer Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Satish Chandra said: “We have seen the report of the DC. Some serious allegations have been made against the Civil Surgeon and action will certainly be taken. She will be called in for questioning. But the formal decision will be taken by the Health Minister within a few days.” Health Minister Brahm Mohindra could not be contacted despite repeated efforts. On the lack of arrest of the doctor despite his presence at the centre, the Additional Chief Secretary said, “The doctor will be eventually caught.” Continued on page 2
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