28122018-JTR-01.qxd 12/28/2018 1:24 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 28 DECEMBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Punjab’s Vijay bags title ‘Acting is my beloved’ Spying is fun for Vir Vijay from Punjab bags junior open title of 8th OGKFI National Karate Championship. P2 Veteran actor Dharmendra has this infectious energy that spreads all around. P3 Vir Das in 2017 announced his foray into producing and writing content. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 18.6°C MIN 2°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C MIN 2°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.32 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.25 AM MC to float e-tenders for 3,127 advt sites Fixes ~18.15 cr per annum reserve price for auction Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 27 The Jalandhar Municipal Corporation is set to float etenders for creating 3,127 sites across the city for putting up unipoles and other advertising media on design-build-operate-maintain-transfer basis for a period of seven years. The reserve price for the auction, which will be done as per the outdoor media policy, has been fixed at Rs 18.15 crore per annum. The 3,127 sites will include 108 small unipoles of 20’X10’ size, seven big unipoles of 30’X15’ size, 50 LED/LCD, 17 gantries, 16 over rooftop utilities, 56 garbage dump sites, 476 dustbins, 100 benches, 2,100 kiosks on unipoles, 150 flyover pillars and 47 bus queue shelters to be used for advertisement. The bidding is set to open on January 18. The MC hopes to collect earnest money to the tune of Rs 36.29 lakh in the project. As per one of the conditions, the company to be engaged for the work should have had at least Rs 5 crore turnover for each of the past three financial years and should have three years of experience in running the outdoor advertisement work. In March last year, 59 unipoles were allotted to Creative Designers company. Prior to that, Amritsarbased Durga Advertisers had been engaged by the MC for all outdoor advertisement work on BOT basis. Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had on his visit to Jalandhar over a year ago had said the outdoor advertisement work which was worth over hundred crores of rupees was being given out for peanuts and that a new advertisement policy would be rolled out. As per the latest claims of the government, the new policy would be out in two months or so. Missing hotelier found from Mathura ashram Tribune News Service Over 15-day drama kept police on toes Kapurthala, December 27 Ashok Pasricha, owner of popular Hotel Shiven, who had gone missing since December 10 night, was today traced and brought back from an ashram near Mathura by the Kapurthala police. The 60-year-old had gone into hiding in a dramatic manner. He had left the hotel on December 10 late evening for his home at Sheikhupur in his Wagon R car but did not reach home. His family informed the Kapurthala city police that remained on toes and kept tracking him for the past over 15 days. The hotelier’s hand-written suicide note too had been found in which he blamed some renowned businessmen from the city for harassing him over some monetary deals. The family kept pressuring the police to take action against the persons named in the note and book them under Section 306 of the The 60-year-old had gone into hiding in a dramatic manner. He had left the hotel on December 10 late evening for his home at Sheikhupur in his Wagon R car but did not reach home. His family informed the Kapurthala city police that remained on toes and kept tracking him for the past over 15 days. Soulful treat IPC. Nine days later, his car was shown to be found near the Sirhind canal giving Ashok Pasricha, an indication that he the hotelier could have jumped into waters to end his life. After which, the family further pressured the police for action. However, inquiry officers, including SHO Kapurthala city Sukhpal Singh, said he was doubtful in the whole episode from the Day One. “His brother had shared that he left his phone but had taken Rs 67,000 from him before going missing. There was no reason for him to take money before taking the plunge. When we got information about his car traced near canal, we did some search but were sceptical about the car being parked 3 km away. A person who intends to jump often parks the vehicle at a distance of 300 m only,” the SHO shared his reasons for not believing in theories that were being propounded by the family. The SHO said: “We were in touch with Pasricha’s friends, who told us that he would often say that he would leave all his businesses and settle in one of the peaceful locations and get into meditation. Being a Lord FIRST PROJECT UNDER SMART CITY MISSION Command & control centre to open tomorrow A participant performs during the Harivallabh Sangeet Pratiyogita in Jalandhar on Thursday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH P2 Jalandhar, December 27 Finally after a long wait, city residents will be able to see the first project coming up under the much-hyped Smart City Mission. A command and control communication centre, which will be linked to 1,200 CCTV cameras to be installed at various locations in the city, will be launched on Saturday at the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) headquarters here. Planned over a year ago, Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh will inaugurate the centre. Through the centre, the staff will communicate with other city systems such as early warning systems, emergency response forces, utilities (energy, water and sewage SCADA systems), transportation, city surveillance and citizen engagement platform. It will have convergence of all city applications through one portal. Cameras will be installed at all sensitive locations, including religious places, important intersections, market places, highways and main roads. The monitoring through cameras will be done from the centre at PAP Chowk. — TNS 7.84 lakh voters to decide candidates’ fate Tribune News Service 21 objections filed Jalandhar, December 27 As many as 7,84,456 voters will select sarpanches and panches for the 882 gram panchayats in the district, the polling for which would be held on Sunday. Deputy Commissionercum-District Election Officer, Jalandhar, Varinder Kumar Sharma, said for polling in these 882 gram panchayats, 1,198 booths had been set up. In the upcoming panchayat elections, a total number of 7,84,456 voters would decide the fate of candidates from various backgrounds. Sharma said of these voters, 4,08,300 were male, 3,76,150 voters were female and six belong to third gender. The Deputy Commissioner said 91 Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers had been appointed for conducting the polls in a smooth, transparent and peaceful manner. He said the voting would be held on December 30 from 8 am to 4 pm and the counting of votes would be held on the same day after the polling. “The district administra- While 12 applicants, whose nomination papers for panchayat polls had been rejected, appeared before the district administration, today nine more candidates turned up. ADC (Development) Jitendra Jorwal said the applicants had been directed to respective Returning Officers and that they would respond to the objections within 48 hours. He said three objections had come from Nakodar, two each from Shahkot and Adampur and the rest from the Phillaur, Jalandhar East and West blocks. As many as 154 papers had been rejected in Jalandhar, of which 26 were for sarpanch. SSP (Rural) Navjot Mahal holds a review meeting with police personnel in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO PANCHAYAT POLLS tion was duty-bound to hold these polls peacefully and in a transparent manner so that people could freely exercise their franchise,” said the DC, who also reiterated that the district administration had evolved a foolproof mechanism for keeping a strict vigil over law and order during the panchayat polls. He said adequate security arrangements would be made in the polling booths to ensure that elections were conducted in a hassle-free manner. “The polling and counting of votes would be ensured in a transparent manner and no one would be allowed to take the law in their hands. Every officer/official is duty-bound to ensure that the entire exercise is held as per the stipulated rules and norms,” he added. Ensure foolproof security arrangements, cops told Senior Superintendent of Jalandhar SSP (Rural) Navjot Singh Mahal today directed officers of the Police Depart- ment to ensure free, fair and peaceful conduct of the Panchayat elections. Presiding over a review meeting with the officers of the department here at his office today, the SSP said the rural police would ensure elaborate security arrangements for the elections. He directed the officers to look into all arrangements involved in the election process. The SSP asked them that anyone trying to disturb the peaceful conduct of the elections should be dealt sternly as per law. They were also told to c m y b ensure that a strict vigil was kept on anti-social elements with the help of police patrolling parties deployed across the district. The SSP also asked them to install special nakas/checkpoints under their jurisdiction for maintaining law and order. Superintendent of Police Balkar Singh, Gurmit Singh, Balwinder Iqbal Singh Kahlon, Surinder Kumar, Dilbagh Singh, Parimder Singh, AS Chahal, Digvijay Kapil, Lakhvir Singh were among those others present. Krishna follower, he would often take the name of places such as Vrindavan and Mathura in his friend circle. Hence, we had given his pictures to the police stations concerned at these locations and got a call from the Mathura police that they had found the man. Afterwards, our team went over and brought him to the city and handed him over to the family.” Asked if the police planned to take action against him for misleading them, the SHO said: “He currently seems to be under depression. Let him spend a few days with his family and settle back. We will then see what has to be done. As of now, we do not want to create more confusion in the entire episode.” Pasricha has a son, who is settled abroad, and a daughter. Kapurthala SSP Satinder Singh said: “It is too early to comment on the case. So far, we are pleased to hand him over to the family.” Closed parking lot at railway station annoys visitors Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 27 Parking woes have been increased considerably at the city railway station for the past few weeks. The entry gates of the fourwheeler parking lot have been sealed from the beginning of this month. Owing to this, commuters are facing inconvenience. After the designated car parking lot was closed, alternative parking space has not been allotted by the authorities concerned. Sandeep Singh, a resident of Basti Adda, said: “After struggling for over 20 minutes, I could not find a space to park my vehicle.” Sandeep, who had come to drop his relative, said wherever he tried to park his car, security guards asked him to park the vehicle elsewhere. A commuter said: “I vis- it Ludhiana three days in a week. I prefer to park the vehicle at my own risk, near a private hotel, due to lack of parking space.” SHO, Government Railway Police (GRP), Satpal Singh, said: “Due to the security concerns and without any identification measures, I didn’t allow residents and passengers to park their vehicles in the parking area and have put barricades around it.” “I have banned the parking of four-wheelers around the railway station beyond 10-15 minutes,” he added. Karamvir, a city resident said: “Despite having a designated parking lot, people have to park their vehicles in streets in constant fear was there that the vehicles might be towed away by traffic police personnel.” Continued on page 2 MP takes stock of preparations for Modi’s Gurdaspur rally Hoshiarpur, December 27 In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, demanding more seats for the BJP could be the personal choice of anybody but the party’s parliamentary board will decide how many seats would be contested in the state. State BJP president and MP Shwet Malik said this while addressing a press conference here this evening. He was replying to a query regarding BJP Punjab secretary and co-in-charge of Lok Sabha Subhash Sharma’s recent statement in which he had said the BJP would contest five seats in the state this time against the three. Former Minister Tikshan Sood, Punjab BJP general secretary Rakesh Rathore and secretary Jagtar Singh Saini were also present. Malik came here today to take stock of preparations for the Prime Minister’s ‘Thanksgiving Rally’ to be held in Gurdaspur on January 3. Responding to questions, Malik said during the Modi government’s regime at the Centre, farmers had been Continued on page 2
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