28032019-JTR-01.qxd 3/28/2019 1:44 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE DIVINITY IS PREACHED THROUGH SMALL THINGS PAGE 2 Food makes up body and binds living beings to the earth. But don’t take food lightly. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF MAN HELD WITH POPPY HUSK Jalandhar: The joint team of the anti-narcotics cell and the Jalandhar Cantt police division seized 15 kg of poppy husk from a person at PAP Chowk. Cantt police division SHO Kulbir Singh said the suspect was held during a checking at the chowk. The suspect identified as Jasvinder Singh was taken into custody when the police team, including ASI Jasvir Singh and ASI Jaswant Singh raided his vehicle. The intoxicants were hidden in a plastic bag. The suspect was driving a truck (bearing registration No. PB08 BJ 8317). A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him. TNS Drug smuggler gets 10-yr RI Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, March 27 The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge SK Singla convicted an accused who was arrested along with 125 gm of narcotics powder at a police checkpoint in Hoshiarpur district four years ago. The court has sentenced him to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined him Rs 1 lakh. If he fails to pay the penalty, he will have to undergo additional one-year imprisonment. On April 14, 2015, on the basis of suspicion, the Tanda police had searched goods being carried by a youth at a checkpoint near Moonak Kalan village. During the search, the police had recovered 125 grm of intoxicant powder from him. The accused was identified as Gagandeep Singh, alias Guggu, a resident of Jahura village. The Tanda police had filed the case against the accused under the NDPS Act. ZEENAT AMAN TO OPEN UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL PAGE 3 The festival will mark its 21st anniversary with screening of films and discussions. MAX 32°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 13°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:44 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:20 AM Issues Apr 10 deadline for disposal of effluents; erring officials to face action Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service NGT monitoring team in Sultanpur Lodhi, Kapurthala, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH IMPLEMENTING SUTLEJ ACTION PLAN Committee members — head Justice Pritam Singh (retd) and former Punjab chief secretary Subodh Aggarwal — visited various tributaries of the Sutlej today. The visit is a part of the action being taken under the NGT team to implement the Sutlej Action Plan for the cleansing of the river. Only 30 MLD of the dirty water is being treated at the drain while the rest is flowing away into the drains within the city, causing heavy environmental pollution. Simultaneously, the untreated water from the STP working below capacity is mixing into the water of the Kala Sanghian as well as the Holy Kali Bein. While the team has been on a two-day visit to see river bodies of the region being dirtied by effluents, it visited Nawashahr yesterday. Along with members of the committee, environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal, who is also a member of the panel, Beautiful creations officials of the sewerage board, PPCB and other departments were among those present. While committee members have issued a deadline of April 10 for officials to set things in order for the cleansing of the drains, they have also warned that in case the officials concerned fail to abide by the instructions, strict action will be taken against erring persons. Notably, months after the National Green Tribunalrap to the state, the state is also yet to pay the Rs 50 crore fine to the tribunal for polluting waters of the Beas and the Sutlej. The committee also noted PAGE 4 Eighth and final season of popular series Game of Thrones, which airs on Star World in India, is few weeks away. NGT panel visits polluted Doaba water bodies Jalandhar, March 27 A week after the first meeting of the monitoring committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), members of the monitoring committee visited the Kala Sanghian drain and Kali Bein in Sultanpur Lodhi and pulled up officials of the sewerage board as well as the Local Bodies Department. Committee members have issued a deadline of April 10 to officials for the proper disposal of effluents and functioning of the sewerage treatment plant (STP) at Basti Peerdaad. Officials of the committee, appointed by the National Green Tribunal, while reviewing river bodies of the Sutlej here today took officials to task. Committee members – panel head Justice Pritam Singh (retd) and former Punjab chief secretary Subodh Aggarwal, visited various tributaries of the Sutlej today. The visit is a part of the action being taken under the NGT team to implement the Sutlej Action Plan for the cleansing of the river. Reprimanding officials of the sewerage board and the local bodies, the team members chided officers for allowing toxin-ridden water from drains to flow away free without being routed to drains. Notably, while industrial effluent-ridden water from Jalandhar, falling into the Kala Sanghian drain, are first supposed to be treated at the 50 MLD STP at Basti Peerdaad, this cleansing process is currently heavily comprised. A LOT OF DEATHS IN GAME OF THRONES that this fine is also supposed to be paid soon. While the first meeting of the committee took place on February 20, the committee had made a declaration that it would visit STPs on February 26 and also take samples of water, which had been notorious for being left arsenicladen and untreated despite various raps from the NGT. While the committee had — in the meeting — noted that only sequencing batch reactor (SBR) technology-based STPs in the state were compliant, the rest of the STPs had not been brought to order despite repeated directions on the same by the National Green Tribunal. Meanwhile, the committee had also ordered the closure of the Dera Bassi-based pharmaceutical company, which is dumping toxic chemicals to the ground, causing major water contamination threat in the state. THURSDAY | 28 MARCH 2019 | JALANDHAR Seasoned politician Atwal evades queries on Nakodar firing incident Tribune News Service BRINGING MODI AS PM MAIN POLL PLANK: ATWAL Jalandhar, March 27 Even as the families of four Sikh youths from Nakodar, who had been killed in police firing in 1986, have been alleging injustice at the hands of the Akali Dal, Lok Sabha candidate of the party from Jalandhar Charanjit Singh Atwal (82) today said he did not want to give reply on any of their allegations. Though a seasoned politician who has served twice as MP besides being the Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha and Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Atwal shirked away from answering almost all questions posed to him. In the first media interaction organised by the candidate today, the octogenarian chose not to give any direct reply related to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) “putting an extra financial burden” on the state by Being one of the seniormost leaders of the party which is already facing public wrath over the Bargari sacrilege and Behbal Kalan killing, Charanjit Singh Atwal was short of words to defend his party’s position in such matters. However, he vehemently raised the issue of Congress leaders’ “involvement” in 1984 riots. Atwal maintained that his main poll plank would be to bring Narendra Modi back as Prime Minister. LOK SABHA POLLS 2019 imposing Rs 31,000 cash credit on account of food grain procurement and increase of share of Punjab in the Postmatric Scholarship Scheme. Being one of the seniormost leaders of the party which is already facing public wrath over the Bargari sacrilege and Behbal Kalan killing, Atwal was short of words to defend his party’s position in such matters. However, he vehemently raised the issue of Congress leaders’ “involvement” in 1984 riots. Atwal maintained that his main poll plank would be to bring Narendra Modi back as Prime Minister. Atwal’s son and former MLA Inder Iqbal Atwal spoke at length about his innings as a lawyer and politician, his participation in international conferences, his refugee status after coming from Montgomery in Pakistan during Independence and his involvement in theatre and debates as a Panjab University student. SAD leader Charanjit S Atwal addresses the media in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Bholath powerlifter wins gold in international c’ship Our Correspondent Students showcase dresses created by them during an annual fashion show at Kanya Maha Vidyalaya in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Jalandhar, March 27 Ajay Gogna (26), a resident of Bholath, has brought laurels to the state by winning a gold medal at the 2019 Asian Pacific Classic and Equipped Powerlifting and Bench Press Championship held at Gold Coast, Australia, recently. He bagged the medal in the under 120+ weight category and the championship was organised by Australian Powerlifting Union Limited. As many as 12 countries, including Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Philippines and Japan participated Ajay Gogna at Gold Coast in Australia. TRIBUNE PHOTO in the championship. Ajay is a seven-time national champion in powerlifting. Also, last year he won the bronze medal at the Asian Bench press Championship held in Dubai and has won many district and state-level competitions too. Talking to The Tribune, Ajay said: “I was selected in the under 120+ weight category by the Indian Powerlifting Federation to represent the country in Australia. I feel blessed to have won a gold medal for the nation as it is like a dream come true. Since childhood I wanted to be a powerlifter and now my target is to register my name on the list of world’s best powerlifters and set new records. He said he was given the title of ‘strong man of Pun- jab’ by the Punjab Powerlifting Association as he has won many state-level championships. “I give tips on powerlifting to the youth of my village. I also motivate them to practise any sport of their choice on a daily basis,” he said. Talking about his future plans, Gogna said: “I have been selected for the World Classic and Equipped Bench Press Championship to be held in Tokyo, Japan, from May 18 to 25.” He said he was hoping to bag gold again for the nation in the world championship and make the city, nation and parents proud. Now, residents can report traffic violations on FB Landless labourers hold protest march Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, March 27 With an aim to making Jalandhar a better place to live in, the Jalandhar traffic police are making active use of its Facebook page to aware residents about traffic laws and to monitor unlawful activities going on in city. The traffic police have also asked residents to submit their traffic-related complaints and suggestions on the page. “Residents are free to click photographs of traffic rule violations, including wrong or illegal parking, use of pressure horn, illegal use of police siren or beacon and black film on car, and illegal encroachment and are requested to post it on the Facebook page along with the date, time and location of the incident. We assure you that necessary action will be taken against the guilty,” reads the recent post of the traffic police.” Talking to The Tribune, Ashwani Kumar, ADCP (traf- fic), said: “Social media is helping in bridging the gap between residents and officials. My team is actively handling complaints on Facebook and keeping a close tab on traffic violations across the city as check-posts have been installed at every prominent chowk.” He said people were cooperating by sending photographs of violations and giving practical suggestions that could be applied to improve the traffic congestion in the city. “Both police and residents had to work jointly to bring in a positive change,” ACP (traffic) said. Talking about recent actions taken by the police, Ashwani Kumar said: “Acting strictly on a resident’s complaint received via Facebook, the illegal U-turns near Lyallpur Khalsa College and Defence Colony were blocked. A team of the traffic police had also set up nakas near these points and we assure that necessary action will be taken against violators.” He also appealed that residents should avoid taking c m y b illegal U-turns to save a few seconds. These can lead to serious accidents and pose a threat to life and property. Informing about other steps taken by the traffic police, the ACP said: “On a regular basis we are organising camps, seminars and workshops for truck drivers, minors, women drivers, and auto-rickshaw drivers and others to make them aware of the rules to be followed on roads and how even a little carelessness on their part can take somebody’s life.” Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 27 As many as 300 landless labourers and daily wage workers from various villages of the district under the banner of the Pendu Mazdoor Union (PMU) held a protest march against the state government at the District Administrative Complex here. They claimed that no effort was made in providing residential plots to landless labourers by the administra- tion and employment under the MGNREGA had also been declined in the state. Referring to a copy of the letter issued last month by the government, union leader Kashmir Singh Ghugshor said the government had decided to provide residential plots to only 10 landless labourers in a village. However, there were many labourers who haven’t even given possession of residential plots as per the 1972 scheme. Similarly, proposal to provide grants for convert- ing only five temporary houses into permanent houses was not justified. “Moreover, contrary to the claims of the government to have provided residential plots to maximum number of small wage labourers in the state, as per the new survey of a professor at Patiala university, there are around 80 per cent labourers who either have temporary houses or are landless,” Ghugshor added. 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