19032019-JTR-01.qxd 3/19/2019 1:54 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE INNO-TECH EXHIBITION BEGINS AT SCIENCE CITY PAGE 2 A two-day 'Inno-tech' exhibition held to showcase innovative projects and working models presented by students. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF HEROIN SEIZED, ONE HELD Phagwara: The police arrested Sunny Kumar, a resident of Bhagatpura locality, allegedly involved in drug peddling and seized two-gm heroin from his possession on Monday. A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985, has been registered in this regard. OC MAN HELD WITH INTOXICANTS Phagwara: The local police arrested a person, identified as Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Chachoki village, and seized10 intoxicating injections from him on Monday. The police have registered a case in this regard under the NDPS Act. OC WHAT’S ON JALANDHAR Annual Day: Pushpa Gujral Science City to celebrate its annual day and conclude ‘Inno-Tech’, 2019, a competition of science models; 11 am to 1 pm MAX 27°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:38 PM 18 complaints, most of which were regarding violations by leaders, received so far VIOLATION BY VILLAGE SARPANCH REPORTED POLLS 2019 Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 18 The district administration has started getting complaints via CVigil app that has been started by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the first time ahead of the Lok Sabha poll 2019 that is scheduled to be held on May 19 in the state. As per information, on Sunday, a complaint from a village was received in which the sarpanch of the village was distributing Atta-Dal forms, thus violating the Model Code of Conduct. A resident then lodged the As per information, on Sunday, a complaint from a village was received in which the sarpanch of the respective village was distributing Atta-Dal forms, thus violating the Model Code of Conduct. Later, a resident lodged the complaint on the app after which the complaint got resolved when the administration plunged into action and the practice was stopped. complaint on the app after which the complaint got resolved when the administration plunged into action and the practice was stopped. Notably, the C-Vigil app has been launched by the ECI to enable citizens to complain against violations of model code of conduct or any corrupt practices. As per information, all complaints registered on the android app would be resolved within 100 minutes. Any individual could upload a video clip or a picture regarding the violation of the poll code after downloading the app from Google play or Apple store on their cell phones. Till now, Friend’s brother held, four others booked on murder charge Tribune News Service FACT FILE Jalandhar, March 18 The body of a 17-year-old girl, who had been missing from her house since March 3, was found in a well at Umarpura village in Bilga here today. The girl was murdered by her friend Fuman Singh. The Kapurthala police have arrested Raj Kumar (26), brother of Fuman, and booked four others on the murder charge. The Kapurthala police said as per the statement of Raj Kumar, his brother Fuman (25) murdered the girl on the intervening night of March 2 and 3 following which he dumped her body in a well at Bilga. The police have booked Fuman, his mother Ranjit Kaur, sister-in-law and the deceased’s female friend on the basis of a complaint made by the girl’s parents The Kapurthala police said as per the statement of Raj Kumar, his brother Fuman (25) murdered the girl on the intervening night of March 2 and 3 following which he dumped her body in a well at Bilga. at the Sultanpur Lodhi police station on Sunday. The police said while Fuman also consumed some poisonous substance after killing the girl, he is at present in a critical condition and is receiving treatment at a private hospital in Jalandhar. While the girl hails from Sultanpur Lodhi, she was taking coaching at an IELTS centre in the town. Fuman is from Kabilpura village near Sultanpur Lodhi. The police have registered an FIR under Sections 363, 302, 366-A, 120-B and 201 of the IPC. Sultanpur Lodhi SHO Bikramjit Singh said, “Rajkumar has said Fuman told him that he killed the girl on the intervening night of March 2 and 3. The girl’s parents came to know on March 3 morning that she was missing from her home. Doctors have told us that Fuman is unconscious and unfit to be arrested now. His mother and the girl’s friend are currently absconding but the police are on a lookout for them. Further details will be out after Fuman’s recovery.” around 18 complaints have been received through C-Vigil app. Of these complaints, most were regarding the putting up of posters and pictures of leaders by parties and other violations by leaders and their parties. GPS to track movement of flying squad There is GPS also which would track the movement of the flying squad team (FST). Sources from the administration said when a complaint was lodged by a resident recently, FST members were asked to reach the spot. One of the members gave the reply that he would Finally, councillor Sehgal replies to Congress Jalandhar, March 18 Councillor Rohan Sehgal has finally sent the reply to the district congress president after a notice was sent to him after Sehgal had claimed to resign from his post of councillor. In his resignation, he has written that his ward was in a terrible condition and nothing was being happened despite his numerous requests. The district congress president said the question was asked about his resignation that why he had claimed earlier in media reports about his resignation but he has not replied to that question. The president said the reply had been sent to the party high command and the action would be taken accordingly. Sehgal had earlier said that he used to come at the attendance time of the sanitation workers, i.e. at 7 in the morning, and kept on waiting. “Also, two of the societies of my ward are suffering due to overflowing sewers for months. Even this problem is not solved yet,” Sehgal had said. — TNS Admn to keep strict vigil over paid news: DC Tribune News Service Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma visits the room of the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO included in the account of candidates. Sharma said the committee would keep a strict vigil over the news content in news channels as well as papers. Interacting with committee members, the Deputy Commissioner said all members must perform their duty diligently to check such news content. The committee would keep watch on poll-related news and features appearing in print and electronic media. The committee had been mandated for certification of advertisements, monitoring of news in print and electronic media, besides maintaining record of all election-related news of candidates in the fray. The Deputy Commissioner added that any violation of the model code of conduct by political parties would also be monitored. He asked the committee to perform its duty diligently for ensuring free, fair and transparent poll. c m y b reach the spot within five minutes, but the GPS location showed the location of the member far from the spot and it would have taken hours for the respective member to reach the spot. This is how officers keep the track and no one can escape the duty or tell a lie. “A district controlling centre has been set up for the app where the complaints get registered and from here the complaint goes to the nearest FST present. Also, AROs of the respective area will have 50 minutes to decide upon the complaints,” said one of the officers. As per information, if the complaint is big and in case there is a massive distribution of liquor taking place at some place, then there will be no time limit as the complaint from the AROs will be moved to the Excise Department and then the action will be taken accordingly. PAGE 4 Shruti Haasan was on MX Player’s chat show Famously Filmfare when she shared some interesting secrets. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:32 AM C-Vigil mobile application draws good response LOK SABHA WHEN SHRUTI HAASAN GOT CANDID AT A CHAT SHOW Kesari, the upcoming film based on the battle of Saragarhi, is a true test of the abilities of Akshay Kumar. Missing for over fortnight, 17-year-old girl’s body found Jalandhar, March 18 Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said on the guidelines of the Election Commission, the district administration would keep a strict vigil over paid news and advertisement content in the ensuing Lok Sabha poll. The Deputy Commissioner, accompanied by Additional Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh, visited the room of Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) and said the committee had been set up with a motive of keeping a strict vigil over the menace of paid news. He said the Election Commission had issued strict instructions to monitor advertisements, publicity of candidates and paid news by print and electronic media. Expenses on these channels would be PAGE 3 I ONLY KNOW HOW TO WORK HARD: AKSHAY KUMAR TUESDAY | 19 MARCH 2019 | JALANDHAR Sizeable number of firearms submitted by owners in dist Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 18 After the ‘Model code of conduct’ came into effect for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll, a sizeable number of firearms have been deposited by arm license holders in the jurisdiction of both rural police as well as the city police commissionerate. With around 6,600 firearms deposited by arm licence holders, the rural police are yet to receive the remaining 30 per cent of the weapons. Besides, 4,993 firearms of the 71,430 have been deposited with the city police so far. Keeping in view the security during the elections, officials said all arm license holders had been asked to deposit their weapons at the earliest. DCP Parambir Singh Parmar said police teams were informing firearm license holders regarding submitting their weapons before the elections. He said: “There are around 6,156 license holders in the city DEPOSIT WEAPONS AT THE EARLIEST: OFFICIALS With around 6,600 firearms deposited by arm licence holders, the rural police are yet to receive the remaining 30 per cent of the weapons. Besides, 4,993 firearms of the 71,430 have been deposited with the city police so far. Keeping in view the security during the elections, officials said all arm licence holders had been asked to deposit their weapons at the earliest. and area Station House Officers and their teams have been trying to reach each and every weapon holder, so that the weapons could be deposited before the scheduled time.” Also, the license holders could submit their weapons at police stations and gun houses concerned. However, exemptions have mainly been given to security guards at banks and members of the National Rifle Association. Jewellery shop owners and sportspersons have been asked to submit applications for keeping their firearms. A committee has also been formed under the district administration to issue applications to the sportspersons. SSP (Rural) Navjot Singh Mahal said 70 per cent firearms had been received by the rural police and around 2,000 weapons were left. For the speedy recovery of licensed firearms, several teams of police forces have been formed to ensure that every firearm was received, before elections, from the rural locations of the district. DSP Gurdev Singh of the Adampur region said of the 712 weapon holders in Adampur, 553 had been received so far. Of the 810 and 300 firearms in the Bhogpur and Patara, 693 and 267 firearms were deposited, respectively, in the police stations concerned. However, for other security purposes, petrol pumps owners, bank officials and a few others had not been summoned, he said. TOXIC EFFLUENTS IN STATE RIVERS No action so far, but river action plan pivotal in countering pollution Move on prosecution of erring local bodies officials imminent in March 20 meet: PPCB Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 18 While the NGT has displayed major dissatisfaction with the state government on curbing the flow of effluents in the state and penalisation of erring staff, an upcoming action plan in the state is slated to work on the cleaning of the surface water in the state. In its upcoming meeting on March 20, the new monitoring committee might also give the go-ahead for the prosecution of officers. Three action plans have been prepared for the state for the Sutlej, the Beas and the Ghaggar in the state to put into effect the flow of industrial effluents which are responsible for the flow of toxins into the state rivers. Significant part of the Beas tributaries flows through Jalandhar and Kapurthala – with the Holy Bein flowing through Sultanpur Lodhi. However, with the majority of the STPs (treating these toxin-ridden water wastes) still non-functional and NGT directions being made since 2015 and several monitoring committees failing in implementing these directives – what remains to be seen is whether these new monitoring committees might be able to pull of a feat which the entire state government has failed to implement in the past over a decade. While the last order of the NGT on the state waters notes dissatisfactory work in ridding the waters of pollutants and total inaction by the state in ensuring the paying of Rs 50 crore fine slapped on the state after the Beas molasses spill last year, the recommendations of the NGT remain unheeded as yet. Clockwise from top: A view of the Sutlej getting contaminated by Buddha Nullah, near Balipur Kalan in Ludhiana; effluents from leather complex treatment plant being discharged into Kala Sanghian drain in Jalandhar; and waste from the Pholariwal drain polluting the Jamsher drain in Jalandhar. FILE PHOTOS None of the officer slumbering during the molasses spill have also been penalised yet. The NGT had also deputed Justice Pritam Singh (retd) as head of the monitoring committee in its order passed on February 28. Officials say they were waiting for the go-ahead of local bodies to implicate the guilty official. (CPCB).” The NGT noted: “The Tribunal has also directed recovery of compensation from regulatory bodies themselves for their failure and also furnishing of performance guarantees, conducting performance audit of the regulatory bodies and review their manning by suitable persons since the existing mechanism is far from satisfactory.” NGT observations on state waters OffcialSpeak “During testing of samples, water quality have been found to be toxic inter alia with chromium, nickel and zinc. Various study reports have been published in journals. River Sutlej also finds mention in the identified polluted river stretches based on the data compiled by the Central Pollution Control Board Coordinator of the Beas Action Plan in the state Environmental Engineer Harbir Singh said: “Our task in the coming days is to stop pollutants from all treatment plants falling into the river. We have been asked to stop it. The Beas enters Punjab from Talwara where the water is of B quality but when it crosses Mukerian and Pathankot, it becomes C quality. After dilution, it wavers between B or C. The target we have got from the CPCB is to maintain its B Quality. Biologial pollutant F Coli (fecal coliform) is the greatest threat to cleanliness of the river. F Coli is over 800 in the river while the B quality value is 500.” Speaking about penalisation of officials responsible for polluting the Bein, Singh said: “Action has started. A meeting has been proposed on Wednesday for the new monitoring committee. Prosecution has been approved by the board of violators of various treatment plants. Officials only have to take permission from the local government. We are currently waiting for these permissions.”
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