19042019-JTR-01.qxd 4/19/2019 1:36 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE SOI ANNOUNCES NEW HALQA IN-CHARGES FOR DOABA ZONE PAGE 2 Students’ Organisation of India associated with the SAD announced its new halqa in-charges for Doaba. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF THREE BOOKED ON FRAUD CHARGE Phagwara: The police have booked three persons on a charge of fraud. The accused have been identified as Piara Sandhu of Kot Rani village, Gurminder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, both residents of Sarhala Ranua village. Complainant Ravinder Kumar, a resident of Behram village, told the police that the accused had committed fraud in a land deal. On his complaint, a case under Sections 420,465,467,468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered against the accused. No arrest has been made so far. OC TWO ARRESTED WITH INTOXICANTS Phagwara: The Goraya police on Wednesday night arrested two persons after 1,970 intoxicating capsules and tablets were recovered from them. The accused have been identified as Raj Kumar and his son Ajay Kumar, both residents of Barrapind village. Phillaur DSP Davinder Singh Attri said the accused were also involved in stealing luxurious cars which were being used in supplying drugs. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the father-son duo. OC THIEVES STRIKE AT HOUSE Phagwara: Thieves decamped with gold ornaments and ~15,000 from a house in Gabha Colony here on Wednesday night. Family members were not present in the house at the time of the incident. The thieves entered the house after breaking open the locks. They ransacked the house and took away the gold ornaments and cash worth around ~1.75 lakh. The police have registered a case in this regard. OC POWER SHUTDOWN PHAGWARA 1 pm to 5 pm: GT Road area, Urban Estate, Chachoki, Industrial Area, Railway Road area, Guru Nanakpura, Model Town, Nangal, Kherra, Pandhwa, Mauli, Nihalgarh, Thakraki, Bhanoki, Jagatpur Jattan, Gobindpura and Basant Nagar. WHAT’S ON JALANDHAR CONFERENCE: International Conference on ‘Rewriting Methodology: Media & Teaching of English in Modern Culture & Society’; Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidalaya; 10 am Jalandhar, April 18 The District Tobacco Control Cell of the Health Department conducted raids on wholesale shops, kiosks and retail outlets across the district. A team of the department was led by Dr Kamal Kishor, district nodal officer, Tobacco Control Cell, raided the shops at Bhagwan Valmiki GLORIOUS JOURNEY OF REKHA IN BOLLYWOOD From her stand on Pulwama to playing Indira Gandhi in an upcoming web series, she shares it all in Amritsar. MAX 32°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:58 PM PAGE 4 The third season of Colors’ Rising Star 3 has already started fulfilling dreams of aspiring singers. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:54 AM FRIDAY | 19 APRIL 2019 | JALANDHAR Social body supports inclusion of differently abled voters Mobile app to monitor activities on polling day Holds event to increase their participation in democratic process Jalandhar, April 18 Now, the poll staff will not have to stay on phone or send regular SMSs to give details about various activities on polling day to the CEO, Punjab. The Election Commission has developed a new mobile app — Poll Day Monitoring (PDM) — that will monitor the activities of the staff on the polling day and a day before. On May 18 — the day before voting, the departure and arrival of polling parties will be monitored through the app. On the day of polling, the information, which will be Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 18 Braille voter slips, pick-up and drop facilities, wheelchairs and special ramps for better accessibility to booths are some facilities that will be provided by the Election Commission to the voters with disabilities ahead of the elections. While 11,000 Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) have been registered as voters in Jalandhar so far under the Election Commission’s PwD app, the district administration will make several arrangements, including 2,000 wheelchairs, 400 voter guides and 400 Braille voter slips for visually impaired persons, for voters. To boost enrolment, an event — selfie point — for PwDs was held by the Chanan Association on Thursday. District icon for PwDs Vivek Joshi, singers Mandeep Mand, Simran and many RJs of the city specially came to get selfies clicked with voters. The last date of voters’ enrolment through the PwD app was Thursday. The number of PwD voters in the district, which was over 6,000 during the last elections, has reached 11,000 this year. Differently abled persons during an event in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ICONS FOR VOTERS ■ Vivek Joshi (38), a physically challenged youth from Jalandhar, had revived a national award in the self-employed category for his services to society in 2016. He had received the award from the then President, Pranab Mukherjee. Vivek has formed an NGO, Madhav Sewa Society, which has been providing free education to 61 students, including specially abled. ■ Jalandhar-based assistant professor Mona Goyal received the National Disability Award in Dcember 2018. She was awarded by President Ram Nath Kovind for showing indomitable courage in her field. She was among the three persons from the state who were chosen for the award. . ❝ A detailed plan has been made for providing all facilities to differently abeld voters. We have talked to the IMA, Red Cross and other NGOs for the provision of at least 2,000 wheelchairs for disabled persons. A total of 400 (10-page) Braille voter guides and 400 Braille voter slips have also been issued for voters. ❞ Varinder Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER , JALANDHAR Amarjit Singh Anand, president, Chanan Association, said, “Due several issues, including problems of accessibility, the enrolment and voting percentage of disabled voters has affected. But with the PwD app, a support system has been created. The disabled voters will be picked up from home. We have also created this selfie point as one of the attractions for voters.” Joshi said, “Many promises are made to disabled voters every time. This year, ramps, Braille voter slips, magnifying lenses and accessible toilets have been promised.” Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service given by the presiding officers through the app, include the number of agents of polling parties, starting of the mock poll, polling started or delayed, halted and resumed, the number of votes polled after every two hours, the number of persons standing in a queue after 6 pm, departure and arrival of polling parties at the counting centers and depositing EVMs. A senior official of the district administration said, “If the election process gets interrupted or halted, the reason will be given by the presiding officers. If there is any problem, the remarks will be added by the officer.” Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 18 The police on Thursday arrested a constable, posted at the PAP sports centre, for allegedly duping people posing as a travel agent. The accused has been identified as Vikramjit Singh, who was arrested from the railway station. The police also recovered 16 passports, 10 mobile phones and a Swift Car from the accused. A case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC and under the Punjab Travel Professionals Regulation (PAPA) Act 2012 has been registered against the accused. DCP (Investigation) Gurmeet Singh said, “During an investigation, the accused revealed that he has been working as a travel agent for The accused in police custody in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO the past two years. He informed the police that he had taken money from several residents in the region.” Vikramjit Singh had joined the Punjab Police in 2017 under a sports quota. Maninder Singh, a resident of Patiala, and Prabhdeep Singh, a resident of Gate, Railway Road and Mandi Fentonganj. He was accompanied by Health Inspector Kulwant Singh Tandi and Manjit Singh, a health official. Dr Kishor said for not following the Tobacco Control Act, challans worth ~1,700 were imposed on wholesalers, retailers and kiosk owners. On the occasion, the team also collected food samples and all retailers were directed to follow the COPTA Act. During the raid, all packets found without health warnings were destroyed. Officials said strict action would be taken against the violators in future. Dr Kishor said people were getting addicted to nicotine found in tobacco. He also got advertisements of tobacco removed from various places. Jalandhar, had filed a complaint with the police. In their complaint, Maninder said the accused duped him of ~4.5 lakh, while Prabhdeep said he was duped of ~14.5 lakh. The DCP said the accused used to flee away with victims’ money and passports. Jalandhar, April 18 Members of the Punjab Roadways Employees Sanjhi Action Committee on Thursday flayed the Transport Department for its proposal to merge Punbus with PRTC. Addressing a press conference, Mangat Khan, convener of the committee, said going against its election promise of ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’, the government was taking every possible action to take away jobs from those who were already working. “Earlier, the government closed thermal plants and now, it is privatising roadways. At present, the Transport Minister is holding meetings for privatisation of roadways, which will eventually take away jobs,” he added. Condemning the proposal, Jagdish Singh Chahal, general secretary, All India Transport Union Congress (AITU), Vandana, disabled waist down, to vote for first time Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 18 Vandana Dhillon (26) waited for eight years to get the right to cast her vote. She is disabled from the waist down and uses a wheelchair. She will exercise her franchise for the first time in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. On Thursday, she attended a function organised by the district administration for the Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). She said, “I am really happy. Earlier, when I used to see others going to cast their Vandana Dhillon (26). votes, I would feel upset because I did not have the right to vote. But, now I am elated,” said Vandana. Vandana was only two years old when she had suffered from high fever and her lower limb and arm stopped working. The situa- ❝Earlier, the government closed thermal plants and now, it is privatising roadways. At present, the Transport Minister is holding meetings for privatisation of roadways, which will eventually take away jobs, ❞ Mangat Khan, CONVENER, PUNJAB ROADWAYS EMPLOYEES SANJHI ACTION COMMITTEE said the government had already reduced the fleet of buses from 2,407 to 359. He said now, it was “hell bent” on ending its existence. Committee members said instead of implementing the Supreme Court and High Court guidelines, the Transport Minister had always acted against the rights of Punbus employees. Mangat said, “Due to the negligence of the Transport Minister, there is a monopoly of private buses in the state as officials have been partial towards preparing the time table for the buses.” Major demands of the committee members are abolishment of recruitment of outsourced employees, regular jobs for contractual employees, addition of new buses to the bus fleet, immediate action against corruption, disbursement of pension to the employees recruited after 2004 and roll back of punishment given to drivers under Section 304. The convener of the committee said, “If our demands are not met, a mass gate rally will be held on April 20 at all 18 depots in the state. Moreover, members will take out a flag march to the residence of the Transport Minister in Dinanagar.”— TNS Road accident claims life Tarn Taran, April 18 A 40-year-old resident of Jaura Fatak, Amritsar, was killed in a road accident near the Nagoke crossing (Khadoor Sahib), 30 km from here, on Thursday evening. The police said the deceased has been identified as Sajan Kumar. The accident occurred when a Bolero (PB46Y5244) hit the victim’s scooter. The car driver has been booked under Sections 304-A, 279 and 427 of the IPC by the Verowal police. He is said to be at large. — OC c m y b “The CEO, Punjab, has roped in a private company to get the software developed,” the officer said, adding that it will help maintain the direct link between the officers at the district level and the CEO. It is not available on play store as it is a closed app. Training in this regard will be given to the officers. The app will be installed in the mobile phones of the duty officers on the polling day. GPS services will also be available in the app. The movement of the officers on the polling day will be tracked. The idea of the app is to make the proceeding easy. Her 8-yr-long wait comes to an end Impersonating as travel Roadways staff flay proposal agent, cops held for fraud to merge Punbus with PRTC Health officials conduct raid on tobacco shops, kiosks Tribune News Service PAGE 3 VIDYA BALAN SAYS WILL LOVE TO DO A PUNJABI FILM tion worsened with the time and such was the condition that doctors had asked Vandana’s mother to stop hoping that she would live long. But she survived. Vandana understands that every vote has the power to bring a change in society. “Now, I will exercise the franchise. I want that the government must do something for the disabled so that they do not have to depend on others,” she added. Roads are in a dilapidated condition and my electronic wheelchair stopped working properly due to them. March spreads awareness on fire safety Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, April 18 A march on fire safety was taken out here on Thursday. The objective of the march was to make residents aware of precautions needed to prevent fire incidents and rescue techniques in case of a fire. The march, led by Station Fire Officer Sadiq Masih, started from the Municipal Corporation office and it was flagged off by MC Joint Commissioner Sandeep Tiwari. On the occasion, Tiwari said, “We should be aware of the reasons for fire incidents. The Fire Brigade Department is ready for round the clock public service, but the purpose of celebrating a fire safety week is to make people aware of the precautions required to prevent fire and steps to be taken in the case of a fire.” The Station Fire Officer said during the week, information regarding the prevention and control of fire through seminars and demos was being given in various institutions. On the occasion, SDO Harpreet Singh, Sub-Fire Officers Surinder Singh, Jaswant Singh, Vinod Kumar, Firemen Omkar Singh, Pawan Saini, Ishwar Kumar and Ravi Kumar were also present. OBJECTIVE Members of the Punjab Roadways Employees Sanjhi Action Committee address a press conference in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH The objective of the march was to make residents aware of precautions needed to prevent fire incidents and rescue techniques in case of a fire.
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