03102018-JTR-01.qxd 10/3/2018 1:37 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 3 OCTOBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Gandhi Jayanti celebrated Punjabi Network True fitness freak The civic body and the district administration organise a peace march walkathon and cyclothon. Rabby Tiwana launched the first-ever Punjabi web series. Three episodes down the line, the series has gone viral. P3 Ankita Sharma is back on the small screen with Sony SAB’s show. P4 FORECAST P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.11 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.23AM CCTV cameras lying defunct at Jalandhar railway station Authorities fail to learn lessons post-Maqsudan bomb blast Faulty cameras raise crime rates Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 2 After the Maqsudan bomb blast incident, the safety checks near bus stand, railway station and other public areas have been raised. However, no heed has been paid to the defunct CCTV cameras installed at the city railway station. The busy junction that records a footfall of over 50,000 people everyday, is a prime example of a major security lapse. With 16 CCTV cameras installed all over the station, it is easy to believe that the area is under strict surveillance, but most of the cameras are nonfunctional due to lack of monitoring and maintenance for the last three months. The control room made for monitoring the CCTV footage was found in a wrecked state and the LCD monitoring system has been gathering dust. The cops said the recent rains had worsened the plight of the room. Although Government Railway Police (GRP) officials claim that only seven cameras were defunct, the A non-functional CCTV camera at the railway station in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO cops deployed for security said, almost every camera was out of order. Few were working, but a short-circuit incident had made them defective. GRP Munshi Ashok Kumar said the cameras were installed last year, But the versions of some of the officials at the station who refused to mention their name revealed another story. They said, they didn’t see any CCTV installation work for the past more than a year. The cameras placed at multiple points were not functioning for quite a long time, they added. In- addition three metal detectors installed at two gates had not been working for the past 2-3 years. Owing to this, several criminal activities also remain untraced. Over 148 cases, including two rape cases, one murder, chain snatching, theft, harass- There have been no provisions for monitoring the CCTV footage. The LCD monitoring system has been gathering dust. Owing to this, several criminal activities also remain untraced. The police said the recent rains had worsened the plight of the room. DSP Surinder Kumar said proposals were made several times to the higher officials, but to no avail. The control room was in a poor state due to remaining payments of the contractors. ment and other petty crimes have been reported since the beginning of this year. DSP Surinder Kumar said proposals were made several times to the higher officials, but to no avail. The control room was in a poor state due to remaining payments of the contractors. “Also there has been no operator to repair the defunct CCTV cameras in the station,” Kumar added. A healthy remembrance Upset with poor working of government offices, people pin hopes on mega camp Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 2 Tired of visiting the government offices daily to get their work done, hundreds of people today thronged the mega camp that was organised by the district administration to provide citizen-centric services to people under Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojna on Tuesday, on the occasion of birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Under the scheme, camps are being organised to provide services at the door steps of the distressed families. Majority of them were oldage persons, who had come there to get their pension started, to get the blue cards made and to get their leaking roofs fixed. Tired of waiting in the queues, which they had been doing for long, people were hopeful of getting benefits under the newlylaunched yojana. “Until now, we had been approaching our sarpanches or going to offices on our own, only to submit the forms. After not getting any apt solution to our problems, today we have decided to come here,” said one of the visitors. One of the visitors, Amrik Singh, (80) who was unable to move without any support had come with his grandson. While talking to The Tribune, he said he had come there to get his pension started for which he had been running from pillar to Torn pages of Ramayana found People take part in the ‘Run for Fun’ race to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at the Air Force Station, Adampur, in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH SNIPPETS Illicit liquor seized Jalandhar: Two youths were nabbed for carrying illicit liquor by the the Special Operation Unit team of the district police here on Tuesday. As many as 50 cartons of liquor were sized from Ganesh Kumar and Mahadev Singh during the search operation at the Bhagat Singh Colony checkpoint. Ganesh, alias Bunty, a resident of Anand Nagar, was caught near the checkpoint, while he was carrying 20 cartons in an Alto car bearing number HR 51-AA-8675. The remaining cartons that he had brought from Chandigarh were kept in his room. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against both accused. TNS Remission for inmates in jail Jalandhar: To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a function was held at the Modern Jail, Kapurthala. To follow the ideals of peace and non-violence propounded by him, a lecture was delivered by Superintendent of Jail SP Khanna. A special remission was granted by the state government to certain category of prisoners, which also included inmate Puran Chand who was undergoing a sentence of 7 years under Section 304 (part 2) of the IPC. He will be released from the jail on October 5. TNS 2 held with poppy husk Jalandhar: The Rural Police on Tuesday arrested two drug smugglers and recovered 105-kg poppy husk and Rs 20,000 from them. The accused have been identified as Karamvir Singh (40) and Dalbir Singh (46). They used to buy drugs from Jammu and Kashmir and sell it here. The police have registered a case under the NDPS Act. TNS Jalandhar, October 2 A sacrilige incident came to the fore when reportedly unidentified miscreants tore the pages of the holy book Ramayana kept in a temple at Baghpur village on Monday night. Village sarpanch Manjinder Kaur informed the police about the incident, after which the police rushed to the spot. Police officials said they had registered a case under section 295-A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of (IPC).—TNS Elderly persons interact with officials at a mega camp organised by the district administration at Gakhal village in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH post, but to no avail. “I am going back with a hope that today my longawaited pension will be started,” he said. As the Cabinet Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot was giving job letters and MGNREGA cards to some beneficiaries at the function, many like Santo Devi from Gakhal village kept waiting in vain, as they did not receive any benefit. When asked, she replied, “Pichle kinne time toh chat tapakdi payi hai, main kalli aayi haan, ladka mera dihadi krda hai, je mere naal aa janda, taan khana ki si, (for last many months, the roofs are leaking, and to seek solution for this, I have come here alone. My son is a daily wage Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 2 As the fuel prices continue with their record-breaking run, the locals have began to feel the pinch of it. Showing no signs of respite, the fuel prices have beaten all records of the last four years. As the cost of 1 litre of petrol registered a sharp increase of Rs 89.27 and diesel reached Rs 74.98, the state-run gas agencies have also increased the prices of cooking gas cylinders. The prices of cooking gas cylinders have reached to an all time high of Rs 908 for non-subsidized cylinders. Inaddition, dhaba wallas and eatery junctions are also paying Rs1,400 for cylinders measuring 19 kg and Rs 1,250 for 14-kg cylinders. Commuters of the town are feeling the heat of the ‘inflat- ❝ The government has increased the price by more than Rs 50 per cylinder and it has become difficult to manage the household budget. Now, we have to shell out extra every month. AMANDEEP KAUR, , a resident ❞ ed’ bills and have criticised the Modi government for the hike in fuel prices. The hike in prices has come as a major blow to the people in spite of the regular fluctuation in petrol and diesel prices for months. The price of petrol touched a record high and diesel has climbed to its highest ever level of Rs 75. Owing to this, the transporters have also escalated their fares. The private buses have added Rs 20-30 in the existing fares of the nearby cities. The increased price levied by the school van and buses has c m y b affected their monthly expenditure. “The private schools in the city have begun to charge extra for additional kilometres,” said Gurkirpal Singh. Expressing their anger, commuters asked the government to bring down prices of petrol and also requested to reduce excise duty and use other measures. “The prices were already so high, and every fourth day, there is a hike but this time the price of petrol touching Rs 89.27 is totally unaffordable”, said a commuter Komal. submit the forms. After not getting any apt solution to our problems, today we have decided to come here. I am going back with a hope that today my long-awaited pension will be started in a few days VISITOR AT THE CAMP worker. Had he accompanied me, he would have lost a day’s income.” Some like Gurmukh Singh, a farmer, had little hopes from the camp. “My father says that if he starts getting pension, it will help us in running our families. We had earlier gone to offices, but never got any relief. This is also another gimmick to gain votes.” After the completion of the ❞ camp, DC Varinder Kumar Sharma said as many as 1,078 beneficiaries were issued bus passes, 1,587 were issued drinking water connections, 1,200 were issued job cards under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Around 144 were issued labour registration certificates and 156 youth were given job letters under the Ghar Ghar Rozgar Yojna. Helping poor fight against starvation Ajay Joshi Food drive Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 2 With the purpose of feeding the destitute and people living in slum areas, the Robin Hood Army (RHA) that works to create awareness regarding food wastage, has started its chain in Doaba region as well. With the vision of eliminating hunger and food wastage globally, the RHA was started back in August 2014 and after covering 80 cities across the globe, its first chapter started in Kapurthala on 7th September. As many as 50 volunteers or ‘Robins’ from the district have served more than 500 Public outcry as fuel price hike continues Ajay Joshi /Avneet Kaur ❝Until now, we hadtobeen approaching our to sarpanches or going offices on our own, only Accusing the government of its failure to reduce the prices, MLA Pawan Tinu said, before elections, the Congress leaders promised that they would do away with VAT. However, its negligence has lead to Punjab being among the top three states having the highest VAT of Rs 36 per litre of fuel. Marginal rise in price of subsidised and non-subsidised LPG While the price of cooking gas cylinders have gone up to Rs 908 in the district, the residents said it has disturbed their household budget. “The government has increased price by more than Rs 50 per cylinder and it has become difficult to manage the household budget. Now, we have to shell out extra every month,” said Amandeep Kaur, a resident of Aadharsh Nagar. A food drive by the Robin Hood Army includes collecting surplus food from various restaurant partners and then hitting the roads to feed the hungry. people until now after conducting four food drives. A food drive by the RHA includes collecting surplus food from various restaurant partners and then hitting the roads to feed the hungry. The spokesperson of the army said they were motivating kids residing in slum areas to join the school. Basic education classes were also conducted for them. Apart from distributing leftover food from restaurants, dhabas and hotels, they also organise a fresh food drive on every Sunday, in which the destitute are also fed fresh food. In addition, the volunteers also make sure that the food distributed is in good condition. No rotten or substandard food is accepted by the RHA team. The spokesperson for the RHA said the volunteers appealed to the residents to donate them food instead of donating them money. The RHA through social media platforms pitch in more volunteers to spread the cause in the society. Former PTU VC now back as chairman, Board of Governors Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 2 Former Vice Chancellor of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, an Emeritus Scientist and Chairman of Armaments Research Board New Delhi, Dr SK Salwan is back in IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, but now as the Chairman of the Board of Governors. He was VC here from 2003-08. A notification regarding his appointment was issued by Secretary Technical Education DK Tiwari yesterday. It is after more than three years that the post of Chairman of BOG has been filled up an eminent scientist as in August 2015, the then SADBJP government had made an amendment that Chief Secretary Punjab will be the Chairman of the varsity board. The amendment in the varsity Act was undone few months back by the Con- Dr SK Salwan gress government Dr Salwan is an expert in Strategic Defence and Defence Technologies. He has been the Advisor (Strategic Projects) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). He was appointed as Emeritus Scientist DRDO in 2003 by the President of India. Salwan has been founder member of the Integrate Guided Missiles Programme of Defence Research under the leadership of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
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