26022019-JTR-01.qxd 2/26/2019 1:47 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE BOOST USE OF E-PROCESS, ATTORNEYS TOLD Vijay Singla, Director, Prosecution and Litigation, Punjab, advises attorneys to boost usage of e-process. FORECAST CLOUDY INBRIEF 4 BOOKED FOR BID TO KILL MAN Phillaur: Four unidentified armed assailants attempted to kill a man, Arjun Masih, nephew of former councillor Ranjit Masih, near Ambedkar Chowk in Phillaur late on Monday evening. Arjun escaped unhurt when the miscreants fired shots at him. He was going on a motorcycle when they stopped him and tried to kill him. The police have recovered an empty cartridge from the crime spot. A case has been registered. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~71.52 DIESEL ~65.76 WHAT’S ON JALANDHAR BONUS DISTRIBUTION: Bonus to be given to Milk Producers’ Cooperative Society by Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa; Verka Milk plant; 11 am Mystery shrouds labourer’s death Jalandhar, February 25 A migrant labourer was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the wee hours here today. The 18-year labourer, identified as Mazhar Ashraf, was working with a power factory near Wariana village and found dead on the premises of the factory. His friend Faizan said the deceased was feeling unwell at night and had received an attack around 5.30 am. He was taken to a private hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Mangat Ram, owner of the factory, said the victim was working with the factory for the past three years. SHO Jernail Singh said it seems like a natural death. Further probe would be initiated. Meanwhile, kin of the deceased and members of the labour community protested against factory owners and demanded compensation for hi family. Mohammad Akbar, general secretary, National Labour Congress, also demanded compensation for the victim. — TNS PAGE 2 PAGE 3 IT'S A BIG VICTORY FOR 'PERIOD' AT OSCARS Producer of ‘Period. End of Sentence’ Guneet Monga dubs the Oscar win as ‘huge, epic and crazy’. MAX 20°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C | MIN 7°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:23 PM ACTING NOT A PIECE OF CAKE, SAYS ACTRESS IRA SONE PAGE 4 Sone talks about the kind of shows she wants to do and what she would like to change in the industry. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:57 AM TUESDAY | 26 FEBRUARY 2019 | JALANDHAR Gadkari lays stone for road Factionalism in BJP comes to the fore at the function project on NH in Phagwara Ashok Kaura Phagwara, February 25 Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for an elevated structure and vehicular underpass (VUP) on the NH44 at Phagwara city in Kapurthala district today. The length of this six-lane project is 2.555 km and approximate cost is Rs 165 crore. The project will bring safety and convenience to local commuters. It will also reduce road accidents and pollution by easing road congestion. Addressing a gathering here, Nitin Gadkari said corruptionfree, transparent and good quality work was the focus of his ministry and to get contracts for any road, no one was required to come to Delhi as the whole system was online. He said at present, projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore were underway in the state, which includes Rs 60,000- crore road projects and Rs 40,000-crore irrigation projects. Gadkari said the government was emphasising on Union Minister Nitin Gadkari opens 'Kart Design Challenge-2019' at GNA University in Phagwara on Monday. MALKIAT SINGH PROJECTS WORTH ~1 LAKH CR UNDERWAY IN STATE Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said at present, projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore are underway in the state, which includes Rs 60,000-crore road projects and Rs 40,000-crore irrigation projects. He said the government is emphasising on cement concrete roads as the life span of these roads was longer. cement concrete roads as the life span of these roads was longer. Talking about the elevated structure and vehicular underpass in Phagwara, he said these were long-pending demands of people of the area, which had been fulfilled today. The work on the project would start in the next one month and completed in a year. Gadkari said till 2014, the length of national highways in the state was 1,739 km. This has increased to 3,778 km, till 2018. He said 21 big projects had been completed in the state between 2014 and February 2019, at a total cost of Rs 10,500 crore under which 1,250 km of the NH had been constructed. The minister said the work on 845-km NH was underway at a cost of Rs 13,400 crore and it would be completed by 2019-2020. He also announced that under Setu Bhartam Yojana, 10 railway overbridges would be constructed in Barnala, Nangal, Bathinda, Amritsar, Firozpur, Faridkot, Jalalabaad and Kotakapura. Union Minister of state for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla thanked the Union Minister for execution of different road and irrigation projects in the state. Punjab Public Works Department Minister Vijay Inder Singla also thanked the Union Minister for laying the foundation stone of the elevated road and said there were about six such points on this NH which might also be completed. Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik was also present. Earlier interacting with students at GNA University, Phagwara, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari emphasised on research in the area of biofuel. He said students were the future of the nation and their innovations would help the common man. Gadkari said the government was emphasising on Make in India campaign and everyone should take benefit from it. Ahead of poll, govt on stone-laying spree Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 25 Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the state and central governments have been on a foundation stone-laying or dole distribution spree. After Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today laid the foundation stone of an elevated road project in Phagwara, Punjab Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa will be here tomorrow to distribute bonus among farmers who are members of the Milk Producers’ Cooperative Society at Verka milk plant. Today, Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh began distribution of 10,000 bicycles among girl students of Class XI and XII. On February 28, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is slated to visit the city to lay the stone of a government girls’ college at Buta Mandi. An announcement regarding the same had been made by the CM during a function to celebrate the Ambedkar Jayanti in April last year. Making preparations for the Cm’s visit, Jalandhar West Congress MLA Sushil Rinku did not attend the last day of the ongoing Assembly session. Rinku said: “The college is coming up at a cost of Rs 10 crore on a three-acre land of fodder market. We intend to start admissions in the coming session on a makeshift campus, till the time the building gets ready.” Senior Deputy Mayor Surinder Kaur and councillor of the area too is upbeat about the project. “Residents of my area are a bit hesitant about sending their girls to far- Jalandhar likely to see contest between Atwal, Chaudhary Registration camps for workers of unorganised sector begin Tribune News Service LOK SABHA ELECTIONS Jalandhar, February 25 The Lok Sabha contest for the Jalandhar parliamentary seat is likely to be seen between SAD’s former Phillaur MP and former Vidhan Sabha speaker Charanjit Atwal (81) and sitting Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh (72). While Atwal is a Mazhabi Sikh, Chaudhary hails from the Ravidassia community that dominates the region. Atwal, who was earlier more keen on contesting from Fatehgarh Sahib, has turned towards Jalandhar ever since there has been a buzz that former AIG, Punjab Police, Harmohan Singh, is likely to get SAD ticket from Fatehgarh Sahib, from where Atwal had unsuccessfully contested in 2009. Atwal has reportedly started canvassing from Sunday onwards. He has been touring in Phillaur and the Goraya area, which were a While Charanjit Atwal is a Mazhabi Sikh, sitting Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh hails from the Ravidassia community that dominates the region. Atwal, who was earlier more keen on contesting from Fatehgarh Sahib, has turned towards Jalandhar ever since there has been a buzz that former AIG, Punjab Police, Harmohan Singh, is likely to get SAD ticket from Fatehgarh Sahib, from where Atwal had unsuccessfully contested in 2009. Jalandhar, February 25 The Labour Department has started organising registration camps under the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojna in the district. Assistant Labour Commissioner (ALC) Sukhjinder Singh said under this pension scheme, workers in the unorganised sector including street vendors, rickshaw-pullers and construction, domestic, agriculture, handloom and leather workers and ragpickers and others whose monthly income is less than Rs 15,000 can register themselves as beneficiaries of the scheme. He said the scheme would provide the beneficiaries with a monthly pension of Rs 3,000 from the age of 60 years on a contribution of Rs 55 to Rs 200 on the basis of their age. The ALC said officials from the ESI, PF Common Service , Centre and LIC were also participating in the camps. He said eligible persons could also register themselves at the 275 Common Service Centres operating in villages of the district. — TNS part of his erstwhile Phillaur Lok Sabha constituency in 2004-09. Phillaur and Goraya is also the areas where Jalandhar MP has given maximum doles in the fiveyear tenure to help his only son Vikramjit Chaudhary, who lost in the 2014 poll, despite now AICC president Rahul Gandhi’s rally. Atwal was present even at the programme of Union Minister Harsimrat Badal at Sangha Farms today. The SAD is said to be planning to field Atwal, despite the fact that the party had got a beating when it fielded Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans, a Valmiki. “While Hans tried to polarise the votes on the basis of caste, Atwal will not repeat the mistake and will take all castes together. The fact that he is a turbaned Sikh will also help,” party insiders believe. The SAD had last time fielded sitting MLA Pawan Tinu, who this time chose not to recontest. The party was also learnt to have been contemplating on roping in BSP’s last time contender Sukhwinder Kotli, an educated and active leader from the Ravidassia community. From the Congress side, former MP Mahinder Singh Kaypee and sitting MLA Sushil Rinku have been keen to contest. c m y b off colleges. The announcement of work for opening of the new college will give a boost to the area ahead of the elections,” she said. SAD spokesperson Pawan Tinu said: “The site was proposed to house an Adarsh School when our government was in power. The new government is planning a college but it must ensure that it does not go in private hands the way it is mulling to transfer ITIs of the state. If private players would jump in, the new institutes will be of no aid to the youth.” Divyangs protest in support of their demands during the visit of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari; and (right) police take away a protester in Phagwara on Monday. MALKIAT SINGH Our Correspondent Phagwara, February 25 Factionalism was witnessed in the BJP during a function when Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for an elevated structure and vehicular underpass (VUP) here today. Neither Phagwara MLA Som Parkash nor any of his loyalist participated in the function. Even picture of Parkash could not be seen on any of the posters of the event. Only BJP Mayor Arun Khosla attended the event and sat on the dais. Gadkari and Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla had to face a tough time when activists of Blind and Disabled Union started a protest and raised slogans against Sampla and the Union Government. Police personnel were seen using force to keep the protesters away. Gadkari laid the stone at the Hargobind Nagar ground here, which is 300 m away from the national highway where the elevated flyover is being constructed. He was such a hurry due to which state BJP president Shwait Malik could not address the audience. It was may be for the first time when the Congress and the BJP did not accuse or abuse each other. Sampla was seen addressing Punjab PWD Minister Vijay Inder Singla as Varinder Singla thrice. Many BJP leaders, including former BJP Ludhiana president Ravinder Arora and state BJP cashier Gurdev Sharma could not get seats during the event and returned due to undue chaos. Though the Phagwara police made tight security arrangements, the PWD Minister had to go in the car of an officer. SAD leaders Jarnail Singh Wahid, Sarwan Singh Kular, ADC Babita Kular, MC Commissioner Bakhtawar Singh were among those who were present. SUICIDE BY 27-YEAR-OLD GAZIPUR RESIDENT Wife remanded in judicial custody Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 25 Following the suicide of a Gazipur resident, Harkamaljit Singh, the police have arrested his wife Neeru Bhamra from Dasuha. In her statement given to the court, Neeru said she had not talked to Harkamaljit for the past two days. Meanwhile, Harkamaljit’s postmortem examination was conducted on Sunday and later, his body was handed over to his family. He was cremated on Sunday. Neeru was arrested by the police on the same day. While the Maqsudan police have claimed that there were eminent proofs against Neeru, the police were also looking into the call details of the accused as well as Harkamaljit. The victim had committed suicide on Friday, blaming his wife Neeru for torturing him mentally. The couple had got married only a month ago and the incident happened less than a week after their return from their honeymoon in Malaysia. Harkamaljit, who ran a paint shop at his village, hanged himself at his home on Friday. In his suicide note, the 27-yearold blamed his wife Neeru’s alleged extramarital affairs as the reason behind his death. Jarnail Singh, SHO of the Maqsudan police station, said: “Neeru has been remanded to police custody. The suicide not found from Harkamaljit is incriminating evidence that she was responsible for his suicide.”
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