05102018-JTR-01.qxd 10/5/2018 1:24 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 5 OCTOBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Flyover project The touch of life A date with curry! Work on the 3.20-km PAP-Rama Mandi flyover will be completed in six months. P2 From under a two per cent chance of contracting breast cancer, I went up to 30 after mammography. P3 Lifestyle channel LF has embarked on an adventure to trail evolution of India’s most loved dish — the curry. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 31.1°C MIN 18.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 20°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.08 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.24 AM ‘Lacklustre’ show puts Mayor in the dock Faces flak from not only Opposition but also his own party leaders for no works in city Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 4 Making a completely lacklustre start, having no command over administrative set up and showing poor decisionmaking skills on most accounts, Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja’s first nine months in office have only spelled doom for the city. So much so that Congress Jalandhar Central MLA Rajinder Beri, who was instrumental in pushing his case for the top post in the MC, is also now reportedly feeling somewhat let down. Having held the post as the Leader of Opposition for 10 years in the MC House, city residents had high hopes from Raja, but he somehow has not been able to perform up to their expectations. With Lok Sabha elections approaching, poor civic amenities are set to be a major issue against the ruling Congress in the state. With nil development work and the city rather regressing in terms of civic works, even former BJP Mayor Sunil Jyoti, who has himself remained under fire for poor development, is ridiculing Raja for not being able to take the stride of Municipal Corporation in his own hands. “Raja has been an utter failure and has completely surrendered to MLAs. He has been unable to understand the management and administration of the MC. Be it roads, streetlights, sanitation or any other Health Dept to cancel registration of Bhogpur scanning centre Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Several roads in the city are in a dilapidated state; and (right) garbage heaps lie unattended on the roadside as bins remain closed on the Tanda road in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH Residents lose hope Jagdish Raja, Mayor Surinder Kaur, Sr Dy Mayor department, Raja’s failure can be seen in all of them,” he said. As the situation is going from bad to worse, the councillors have been lamenting that since MC officials were not getting works done in his area, they were now forced to spend money from their own pocket for getting various works done. SAD councillor Baljinder Kaur Lubana of Ward No. 5 has said: “I kept running around for a small work such as rewinding of a motor of a tubewell but finally chose to spend Rs 15,000 on my own to give relief to hundreds of Sunil Jyoti, former Mayor Sushil Rinku, Cong MLA people in my area.” Opposition councillors are also taking a jibe against Raja as his favourite issue as the Leader of Opposition was non-functional streetlights. “Now, there are at least 7,000 streetlight posts which are not working and the entire city remains in dark”, BJP councillor Subhash Sharma alleged. He added that since the day Local Bodies Minister Navjot Sidhu suspended Town Planning Department officials, the bribe Residents had high hopes from Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja, but he somehow has not been able to perform up to their expectations. With Lok Sabha elections approaching, poor civic amenities are set to be a major issue against the ruling Congress in the state. amount being charged by department employees has rather doubled. “The posts of Senior Town Planner and Municipal Town Planner are lying vacant. They have not yet made the work of approval of building plans online. No one is in fact listening to the Mayor. There is no advertisement policy and the entire city is covered by unipoles. No one knows where these funds are going. There has been no alternative plan after road sweeping machines stopped working,” Sharma said. Not just those in the Opposition, even his own party MLAs on whom he remains dependant are not sparing Raja. Jalandhar (West) MLA Sushil Rinku is upset over the sanctioned works of Rs 10 crore for each constituency under the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) held up since August last year. “The works are lying half done but nothing is moving with either the MC or the Jalandhar Improvement Trust despite all clearances and payments available. I had even apprised the Chief Minister of the matter recently”, he rued. Congress’ Senior Deputy Mayor Surinder Kaur too expresses her helplessness. “My job is only to assist the Mayor. It is difficult for Raja to carry out any development when there are no recoveries. I have suggested him to hold camps in all colonies for more collection of property tax and water bills, so that we have more funds for development,” she said. But Raja has been claiming that there could not be any development in the city due to the unfavourable weather conditions in the past few months. “You will see roads being recarpeted in the next few weeks. Work has already begun on Cool Road. I got the dog sterilisation project started. Even the project on cattle shed will be started soon at Shahkot”, he said. However, former mayor Jyoti trashed all his claims by saying: “Dog pound project was taken up in my tenure. I got Rs 70 lakh spent on it. It is just that he got a chance to inaugurate it. The cattle shed project not belongs to the MC. The state government gave the land and cow cess collected by the state will be used there.” Jalandhar, October 4 The Health Department has decided to cancel the registration of the Bagha Hospital being run in Bhogpur, the scanning centre of which is in the eye of the storm over illegal sex determination tests. A decision regarding the same was taken during a meeting of the District Appropriate Authority on the PC and PNDT Act held here today. Chaired by the Civil Surgeon, with District Attorney Satpal and Programme Officer Narinder Singh being its members, the committee decided to cancel the registration of the Bhogpur centre. While another centre run by the same owner in Jalandhar, on the Pathankot Road, had been sealed by the health authorities. The decision regarding the cancellation of registration of the second centre has been kept pending. Notably, in the recent search and raids held by joint teams of Jalandhar and Amabla health authorities, the scanning machine of the Bhogpur centre as well as nine registers recovered from the centre were seized. Civil Surgeon Jaspreet Kaur Sekhon said: “We had previously launched a crim- Second centre sealed Another centre run by the same owner in the city has been sealed by the health authorities. The decision regarding its cancellation has been kept pending. inal complaint against a centre in the court of the CJM and the second centre had also been sealed. Orders regarding the same will be issued to the centre soon. The doctor was present during the meeting and has been questioned by us. Criminal proceedings will also be duly followed up. An order will be issued regarding the cancellation of the registration on Friday.” While being quizzed by the committee, the doctor said the Jalandhar centre had been opened in 2002 and the Bhogpur centre in 2016. Earlier being convicted for previous sex determination tests at the same centre (Bhogpur), the doctor said he sought fresh permission to operate his machine in 2016. He has claimed that he had various outstanding loans, which are yet to be paid. The committee which quizzed him said he could also not gave a satisfactory reply regarding his absence on the first day of the raid at the centre in Bhogpur. Kalia’s supporters seek BJYM state chief’s resignation Sex determination tests unchecked, no convictions after 2012 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 4 An apparent rift between Union MoS Vijay Sampla and state BJP president Shwait Malik remained a point of discussion in the party circles during a ‘padyatra’ organised on Tuesday, another controversy has rocked the event. A video of the ‘yatra’ emerged last evening which showed Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) state chief Sunny Sharma taking off a sacred robe, presented to former minister Manoranjan Kalia, from around his neck and putting it around former Mayor Rakesh Rathour. Sharma was the presi- dent of the Sports Cell before being given the new appointment in Malik’s team. He is Rathour’s strong man. Kalia allegedly has never shared a good relatioship with Rathour. Kalia’s supporters, including Rajat Mahendru and Ashish Chopra, have taken up the matter seri- ously and begun demanding Sharma’s resignation. They reached the residence of Kalia this morning and expressed concern over the issue, calling it a shameful incident. When asked about the matter, Kalia said: “There was so much rush in markets that I did not get to know of what happened at that time. I checked out the video and found it in a bad taste.” Sunny Sharma said: “I took out the robe from Kalia ji after seeking his permission. I did not present it to Rathour. Instead, I offered it to our organising general secretary Dinesh Kumar since he did not have one.” However, Kalia’s supporters have termed it as a lie. Now, a movie on Sepoy Harbhajan Singh Deepkamal Kaur 1.4 crore views in two weeks Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 4 Almost 12 years since the Indian Army stopped the tradition of ceremoniously bringing back the ‘soul’ of dead Sepoy Harbhajan Singh for a leave to his native Koke village in Kapurthala from near Doklam on the IndiaChina border, where he was posted, a recent short film, ‘Plus Minus’, has again revived its memories. The film has been recently released by Delhi-based celebrated YouTuber and actor Bhuvan Bam on his channel BB Ki Vines. The co-star in the 18-minute film is popular actress Divya Dutta. The film has already touched 1.4 crore views in two weeks. The Army followed the tradition of bringing back the uniform of the Sepoy for 38 years even after his death via Dibrugarh Express every year on September 13. Army men from his 23 Punjab Regiment used to be specially deployed for leaving his uniform and bringing it back to the regiment after The short film, ‘Plus Minus’, has been recently released by Delhi-based celebrated YouTuber and actor Bhuvan Bam on his channel BB Ki Vines. The co-star in the 18-minute film is popular actress Divya Dutta. The film has already touched 1.4 crore views in two weeks. A TV grab of the short film, ‘Plus Minus’. TRIBUNE PHOTO a two-month leave. The jawans believed that even after his death, he continued to guide them in their dreams. Hence, they started worshipping him in a temple close to the Nathula Pass near Sikkim. The photo opportunity and an annual news feature which all local media used to carry earlier got stopped when the Army had to discontinue the practice. The tradition stopped following a petition filed by Subedar Piara Singh, an ex-serviceman from Raipur Rasulpur village near here. As the film is now doing rounds on the social media, the petitioner is no more. His son Amrik Singh shared that his dad passed away about four years ago. “Had he seen the film that propagates the superstition, he would have surely reacted strongly to it again. He fought against the disbelief that was being spread by the Army, which eventually had to do away with the practice after 2006,” he said. Having retired in 1970 after serving the 1st Sikh Light Infantry Battalion, Subedar Piara Singh had moved a local court against the Defence Ministry and Commanding Officer of 23 Punjab, asking them to controvert on the matter and ensure that such “superstitions” were not advertised in the future. He had contended that he read that Jawan Harbhajan Singh of 23 Punjab deployed on the Indo-China border died on duty on October 4, 1968, but was still believed to be alive in the form of a ghost and seeking all amenities of a living person, including pay and allowances, annual leave and promotions. The ex-serviceman pointed out that such stories leads to a conclusion that Army believes in “live martyr” Baba Harbhajan Singh. He also sought to know how an Honorary Subedar Major c m y b could be promoted as Honorary Captain. The Commanding Officer of the Regiment had then replied, “The unit was deployed in Sikkim under 164 Mountain Brigade 27 Mountain Division from October 1967 to December 1970. He said Sepoy Harbhajan Singh was serving the unit during the period. On October 4, 1968, when he was on patrol, he slipped and fell in a fast-flowing stream. His body was washed away by the fast current along with weapon and found subsequently after a search. The Sepoy was unmarried.” He was then 22. The CO had to clarify that the unit was not aware of granting any rank to the dead soldier or any financial assistance to the next of kin as it showed nowhere on records. Later, the practice got stopped. PC-PNDT ACT PART-I Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 4 From 2012 til now, not a single doctor in the district has been convicted under the PCPNDT Act for carrying out sex determination tests or illegal abortions though several practitioners in the city as well as rural areas are doing a brisk business while carrying out the same. The complaint against the Bagha Scanning Centre at Bhogpur was made by the district health authorities after a whopping gap of six years. While there are 256 scanning centres running in the district, many of the illegally run scanning centres are escaping from the health authorities though the number of infant birth and death records don’t add up. This is despite the fact that district stats show marginal improvement in the malefemale gender ratio to 917 in 2018-19 from 916 last year. The working of the district health authorities on the PCPNDT Act has been under question – by teams from Ambala as well as the state health authorities – ever since raids at a scanning centre at Bhogpur, allegedly carrying out sex determination tests went haywire. Interestingly, signboards of the recently raided centre openly claimed that abortions were conducted and decoy patient, in her statement, said she was advised an abortion. Since 2002 until now, action has been initiated by the health authorities barely against eight doctors under Fact file While there are 256 scanning centres running in the district, many of the illegally run scanning centres are escaping from the health authorities as the number of infant birth and death records don’t add up. This is despite the fact that district stats show marginal improvement in the male-female gender ratio to 917 in 2018-19 from 916 in last year. the Act, of whom only one was convicted in a proper manner. While four of the doctors were convicted by the lower court itself, of them three were convicted but were acquitted after appealing in a higher court. Only one of these doctors served prison term. Criminal complaints under the PCPNDT Act filed against two of the doctors were put up by the health authorities in 2002, one in 2003, one in 2003, two in 2008 and two in 2012. A doctor of the second centre, run by the same owner, which was raided in Bhogpur by the joint JalandharAmbala teams on September 11, was convicted in another case in 2007 but was acquitted after he made an appeal. The previous case against the centre, run by the same owner, was made against Harjit Kaur (MD, Gynae), Bagha Hospital, Pathankot road, on June 15, 2007, for carrying out sex determination tests. A case was lodged under Sections 5, 6, 29, 30, 23 and 25 of the PCPNDT Act against the doctor. Previously, criminal complaints have been filed against scanning centres in 2002 in Phillaur (for carrying out sex determination tests) and Mehatpur (unregistered centre and unqualified person conducting scanning). The second raid in 2002 was the only one in which a person was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. In 2003, a complaint was filed under the Act against a centre in Jalandhar, near the railway station, which was providing medicines for conception of a male child; in 2007, against the Bagha Hospital; and in 2008, against hospitals at Shahkot and Mehatpur (for carrying out scans by unqualified persons) and also against an infertility centre at Jalandhar for misguiding an NRI patient by promising her a male child through IVF treatment. In 2012, cases were lodged against maternity homes in Gujral Nagar, Jalandhar, and a maternity home, Bhai Ditt Singh Nagar, for carrying out sex determination tests. Civil Surgeon Jaspreet Kaur Sekhon said: “We are planning to take strict action against doctors indulging in such activities. We are also planning inspections, seminars and action against all centres which are indulging in such activities. While I can’t speak on the action taken before my tenure, but we are working to identify any doctors carrying out shady scans. It’s a non-bailable offence and any doctor being caught means they have to lose their livelihood.”
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