08022019-JTR-01.qxd 2/8/2019 12:30 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 CITY YOUTHS DEVELOP LEARNING APP Two youths from the city shine in the ‘Startup India Punjab Yatra’ by bagging the first position. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF FOUR HELD FOR SNATCHING Phagwara: The police arrested four persons, identified as Ravi Kumar, Davinder Kumar, Raman and Sukhjit for snatchings on Wednesday. Station House Officer, Phagwara (City) Jatinderjit Singh said the arrested accused had confessed to their involvement in around a dozen cases of snatching. Several more disclosures are expected during the interrogation of the accused, the SHO said. OC SPORTS MEET AT VILLAGE Phillaur: Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, general secretary, Punjab Congress, applauded the efforts of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sports Club, Barapind, for organising an annual sports meet for young sportspersons of the area. A large number of sportsmen from the village participated in various events and recently, two youngsters won gold medals at Khelo India Youth Games 2019, Pune. The main goal of the mission is to provide clean drinking water, improve air quality, ensure growing and consuming unadulterated food and food products and to improve the physical and mental health of the people of the state. He announced a development grant of Rs 7.45 Lakh for the village panchayat. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~75.34 DIESEL ~65.45 WHAT’S ON JALANDHAR SCIBRATION 2019: The Celebration of Science and Innovation at Kanya Maha Vidyalaya,10:30 am LECTURE: Lecture by IIT Roorkee Professor on ‘Biofuels and enzyme production’ at Dr BR Ambedkar NIT; 9 am to 11 am SCIENCE CONGRESS: Day 2 of Punjab Science Congress; DAVIET, 10 am PAGE 3 MOUNI ROY FINDS HER PRECIOUS ONE! FINAL SEASON FOR MODERN FAMILY After her debut film, Gold, the actress would be seen in the mega adventure, Brahmastra. MAX 19°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:14 PM The 20th Century Fox Television series, Modern Family, has been an anchor of ABC’s primetime schedule. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:15 AM Travel agent arrested post Swaraj tweet Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 7 After Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Thursday tweeted that she had spoken to the Chief Minister of Punjab about apprehending the accused travel agents, the Kapurthala police arrested Komaldeep of Jandiala. Bholath DSP Davinder Singh said the accused would now be interrogated. He said the search was on to nab the other travel agents. In the tweet, the minister has mentioned that she had got to know about the youths stuck in Armenia. “The Indian Ambassador in Armenia has reached them The Kapurthala youths who are stuck in Armenia. TRIBUNE PHOTO and is providing all help and assistance,” she tweeted. The youths stuck in Arme- nia are Harmanjeet from Nadala, Jatinder Pal Singh, Shamsher Singh and Pinky, ~4,000 cr to be released after GoGs feedback: Lt Gen Shergill Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, February 7 Lt Gen TS Shergill, Senior Adviser to the Chief Minister, on Thursday said taking note of the public interest issues as well as grievances reported by the Guardians of Governance (GoGs) from the ground level, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had given a nod to release Rs 4000 crore to carry out development activities in villages. “The funds would be a part of the special grant to be released for different constituencies,” he said while presiding over a meeting of the district administration and the GoGs here on Thursday. Lauding the efforts being put in by the GoGs in bringing up the public interest issues, public grievances and problems being faced by the people in their respective areas of jurisdiction, Shergill said the GoGs had kept the glorious legacy of the Indian Defence Forces intact while performing the duty as Guardians of Governance. Maintaining that the GoG project, aimed at bringing in transparency in the implementation of various development and welfare schemes, had yielded positive results beyond expectation, Shergill said as many as 5 lakh grievances and public interest issues were reported by the GoGs and most of the grievances/issues had been resolved. Presently, 4,000 GoGs are working in the state and as many as 1,500 more GoGs would be recruited soon, he added. Deputy Commissioner Vinay Bublani said the district administration, with the help of the GoGs, had succeeded in bagging second place in the state by bringing down 50 per cent decrease in stubble burning incidents. Besides, the district administration has also been making optimum utilisation of the feedback of the GoGs in combating the problems like drug abuse and female foeticide. Col Chuhar Singh, district head of GoGs, said as many as 23,434 issues had been reported by the GoGs up to January this year, of which 18,802 had been resolved, thus registering 94.95 per cent success rate in solving the public problems. Besides, the GoGs had been creating awareness among the masses regarding different programme such as Tandarust Punjab, planting 550 trees in each and every village to commemorate the 550 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and Ghar Ghar Rozgar scheme. all in their late 20s. Of them Jatinder Pal Singh is from Majitha and the other three are from Kapurthala district. Notably, four youths stuck there in Armenia had uploaded a video on social media in which they had requested Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann to help them. In the video, the youths had said they were being harassed and had not eaten for the past few days. The Kapurthala police had registered three FIRs against five travel agents and had registered cases under Section 420 (cheating) and 13 of the Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act 2012 for duping the youths. FRIDAY | 8 FEBRUARY 2019 | JALANDHAR Distressed family members go through hell in India Father discontinued his treatment to send son abroad Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Youths stuck in Armenia: Minister says had spoken to CM PAGE 4 Jalandhar, February 7 Whoever goes abroad and gets stuck because of travel agents have a sad stories back in their homes too. One such case is of Harmanjeet’s family. His father discontinued his own treatment, mortgaged ornaments and all he had just to send his son aboard. But now he feels that had he not done all this for his son, he would have been here with him today. This is the tragedy of Sukhdev Singh (60), retired naik from the Army and father of Harmanjeet, one of the youths from Kapurthala, who is stuck in Armenia. Sukhdev, while talking to Jalandhar Tribune, said he had been bed-ridden for the past two years. He cannot even move but looking at the expenses on the treatment, he decided to stop it and instead save money in order to save future of Harmanjeet and his three daughters. Harmanjeet would work as carpenter here before he moved Armenia two months ago. His father said, “I wanted him to work and earn properly. I wanted to make him independent and become stable until I am alive, but everything has finished.” A few days later Harmanjeet went there. He called up his father to tell that they have been duped as there was no work and he, along with others, were being tortured. “He told me that they were not even given anything to eat and their money was also taken away,” the distressed father said. Sharing his ordeal, Sukhdev said he would lose everything if his son wouldn’t return. Harmanjeet’s wife said they had got their two daughters admitted to a private school just because they were sure that her husband would now earn well. “But we did not know that another tragedy was awaiting us,” his wife said. She has been married to Harmanjeet for the past nine years. “We do not have any source of income. My father-in-law is also not well. We just want my husband to come back and do work here,” she said. Soaked in showers Commuters make their way during the rain in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH 720 cases of illicit liquor seized, 1 held Kaypee opting out, aspirants make a beeline for Cong ticket from Hoshiarpur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 7 During a special drive launched against narcotic smugglers and anti-social elements by the district rural police, a success was achieved when SI Satpal of the CIA Staff-I, Jalandhar (Rural), along with a police party and SI Jatinder Kumar, SHO, Phillaur police station, arrested a person and seized a truck containing 720 cases of illicit liquor, which was meant for sale in Arunachal Pradesh. While addressing a press conference, Jalandhar (Rural) SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said on Wednesday around 9 pm, SI Satpal and SI Jatinder Kumar had laid a naka at Sutlej bridge, Phillaur. A truck bearing registration number PB-03-R-5243, which was being driven by Balwant Singh (around 50 years) son of Gurdev Singh, resident of Nathu Chak village, Patti police station, Tarn Taran, was apprehended. The search of the truck led to recovery of 720 cases of As Mohinder Kaypee opts for Jalandhar, 2 MLAs, 3 ex-ministers join race Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi Officials of the Jalandhar Rural police with the accused in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH illicit liquor. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act and 420 of the IPC was registered the Phillaur police station against the accused. The accused will be produced in the court from where his police remand will be sought to conduct further investigation. ASI Gurvinder Singh and Shiv Kumar, in-charge CIA2, along with a police party, set up a naka at Kangniwal canal bridge and arrested three persons. A case under Sections 457, 380, 379, 411 and 482 of the IPC was registered against the accused at the Patara police station, Jalandhar (Rural). A probe into the matter is being conducted and more revelations are to be expected. The things seized are three LEDs, two motorcycles, an LPG cylinder and other household articles. c m y b Hoshiarpur, February 7 The Lok Sabha (reserved) constituency of Hoshiarpur is turning out to be a favourite for the Congress ticket aspirants. Since the previous candidate Mohinder Singh Kaypee does not appear to be interested in contesting from Hoshiarpur, the aspirants have started bidding for their claim from Hoshiarpur. In three days, six stakeholders have filed their nomination for the Congress ticket. The latest among them is Sham Churasi MLA Pawan Adia and ex-minister Joginder Mann. Both are leaders of the Valmiki community and filed their claims today. Ex-minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur applied for the Congress candidature from Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur parliamentary constituencies. Phillaur, who was the Jail Minister in the previous SAD-BJP government, had recently got a major relief from the Supreme Court. The apex court has put a stay in the trial case that was going on against Phillaur in the infamous Bhola drug racket in the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) special court in Mohali. His supporters claim he can attract the floating votes towards the Congress, considering his four decades long political career. Starting his political career in 1977, when he won the assembly elections from Phillaur constituency, he was elected an MLA six times. Interestingly, Phillaur has also presented his stake for the Jalandhar seat simultaneously. Former Union Minister of State and former MP from Hoshiarpur Santosh Chaudhary had earlier filed her nomination yesterday. Her supporters claim that the party had to face defeat in the Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha constituency in 2014 for ignoring her and giving ticket to an outsider. She had previously been an MP from the constituency and has a family legacy over the constituency as her father-inlaw Chaudhary Sunder Singh had represented it earlier. Her husband had also represented the Sham Churasi Assembly constituency which was earlier a part of Phillaur constituency and was later added to Hoshiarpur. If the party decides not to give her ticket, Santosh Chaudhary, who is 76 years old now, could be in a cleft. To tackle the situation probably, her daughter Namita has also filed for the Congress ticket today in Chandigarh. Another strong contender for the Congress ticket from Hoshiarpur is the sitting MLA of Chabbewal constituency and chairman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee’s SC cell, Dr Raj Kumar. He had had also filed his claim for the party ticket from Hoshiarpur constituency a day before. Dr Raj Kumar had been the chairman of PPCC’s SC cell for long. He was appointed to the post when Partap Singh Bajwa was the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Two PPCC presidents have changed since but his post is intact. His supporters claim that having represented the community not only in Doaba but in the state, besides a clean image and the advantage of being a local candidate, his for the candidature appears to be strong. Meanwhile, Mohinder Singh Kaypee, who was the previous candidate, does not seem to be interested in contesting from Hoshiarpur. He is said to be aspiring for the Jalandhar seat and has filed for the party ticket from there.
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