04112020-JTR-01.qxd 11/3/2020 10:34 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PARKING LOTS DESERTED, COURTESY FARMERS’ STIR The outrage by farmer outfits has taken a toll on the income of parking lot owners outside the railway station. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 6 ARRESTED FOR MAKING FAKE IDs Jalandhar: The police on Tuesday arrested six persons for making fake IDs for criminal activities. The suspects were identified as Trilok Singh, Harbans Singh, Malvir Singh, Vijay Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Balwinder Kaur, all of Moga. The cops held them near Kamal Palace Chowk while they were crossing the area in a private vehicle. ASI Baljinder Singh had received a tip-off that they were coming to Jalandhar to deliver some documents. A checkpoint was set up. The cops said they used to make Aadhaar Card, driving licence among other documents to help other convicts in getting bail. Through forged documents, they helped them in remaining untraceable. A case under Sections 419, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC was registered. TNS TRADERS SEEK SETTLEMENT Jalandhar: Days after traders raised their voice during a meeting with Industries Minister Sunder Sham Arora, they hit at the government again on Monday saying that despite repeated assurances, no announcement was made, which was not acceptable. Notably, the Industries Minister had said that the Punjab Government was set to unveil a one-time settlement policy (OTS) within a few days for resolving the long-pending issue of C-forms and other issues raised by industrialists in the state. But to no avail. They said there was a lot of pressure and mental harassment at the hands of the Excise and Taxation Department as the latter was pressurising them for VAT assessment. TNS PAGE 2 TOUGH AS NAILS CELEBRATES AMERICA’S TOUGHEST CHAMPS PAGE 4 Premiering today, the show features everyday Americans competing with one another in epic challenges. MAX 30°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:36 PM TELEVISION HEARTTHROB SHOAIB ALI GETS A NEW LOOK PAGE 4 Shoaib is playing the notorious and powerful Ray in Baalveer Returns and will be seen in a super-villain look. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:46 AM WEDNESDAY | 4 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Pandemic fails to subdue Karwa Chauth revelry City markets abuzz with shoppers, long queues at mehndi stalls; salons and boutiques witness heavy rush Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, November 3 Even though the pandemic threat looms large overhead, it is festival time in India and one cannot be confined to their homes! Though a number of commercial activities were reduced in the markets owing to Covid-19 and residents were avoiding stepping out and buying anything except essential items, the situation now is no longer the same. Married women and girls were seen hitting the markets to purchase items to observe Karwa Chauth on Wednesday. Henna artists were seen sitting at every nook and corner of the city and even salons and boutiques witnessed a huge rush. Besides, heavy crowd was seen at sweetmeat shops as people purchased feniyan, matthi and other fast-related delicacies. Realising the importance of the day, traffic cops were seen urging women drivers to drive sensibly and park vehicles at designated parking lots. Most of the shopkeepers had put up makeshift tents and kept chairs outside their shops to ensure that women were able to apply henna on their hands. Outside popular salons and make-up studios, large LED screens were placed displaying the excitement of women for the fast and their preparations. Husbands were dedicatedly accompanying their wives to mehndi stalls asking designers to apply intricate designs on the hands of their better halves. Ramesh, a henna artist in Model Town area, said: “The patterns usually remain the A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MEHNDI ARTIST Only shades of grey rule his peak days A WHAT’S THE BUZZ LIKE ■ Many shopkeepers have put up makeshift tents and kept chairs outside to ensure that women are able to apply henna on their hands ■ Husbands were dedicatedly seen accompanying their wives to mehndi stalls asking designers to apply intricate designs on the hands of their better halves ■ Outside popular salons and makeup studios, large LED screens have been placed displaying the excitement of women for the fast and their preparations SPECIAL EVENTS TO MARK THE DAY As Karwa Chauth festival is no longer confined to bearing hunger pangs and performing age-old rituals, women would be seen taking part in various events. Shaina Kocchar, proprietor of Raunak Events, said this time she has planned an event named ‘Raunak-ae-Karwa’. “Planning an event was a bit difficult this time, as it had to be done while adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines, but the demand from women and the need to catch up with one another after a long time, made it all possible,” she said, adding: “From different exciting activities, including games and dances, there will be a comic show and an awareness programme for maintaining a good diet during the pandemic.” PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH same. It’s just that we add a little innovation to it every year. With the world getting advance each day, samples of more and more henna designs are asked for by women. I had a collection of over 3,000 designs in my mobile phone. Though the most sought after are Rajasthani, Arabian and floral patterns, some girls even like simple and sophisticat- ed patterns.” He said owing to Covid-19, some clients preferred calling henna artists to their homes. “I received calls from many salons that I work for asking me to visit clients at home to apply henna. However, I preferred having my own stall here and it seems I made the right decision,” he said. Even parlours were offering packages starting around ~900 to ~3,000. Messages were also being circulated on social media, in which salon owners were seen promoting Covid-19 precautions as their main highlight. “Karwa Chauth, apart from fasting for your husband’s long life, is about looking good and leaving no stone unturned for a wow look. Be it hair, accessories, trinkets, bindis, sindoor, jewellery, designer clothes or mehndi, everything has to look perfect. Every woman wants to get ready for her husband in the best possible way,” said Manveen Kaur, a resident of Urban Estate here, adding: “Though I was scared initially thinking how the situation would be close to Karwa Chauth, it seems we are now heading back to normal.” JAY Kumar, a trained mehndi artist from Mumbai, has never seen a fruitless season in his line of work before, especially at this time around. Take for instance, the festival of Karwa Chauth. The customers begin seeking the services of his likes as early as a day or two before. “This time, the number of customers has greatly reduced than last year,” he says. Ajay felt that it stems from the dwindling income of common people who are trying to save on unnecessary expenses. Hailing from Agra, he had chosen Amritsar to display his skills after a suggestion from his relatives. An artist will stay only at that place where his art is valued and handsomely paid. “So, we decided to come here about seven years ago. We specially procure mehndi from Rajasthan for its intrinsic qualities,” he shares. His brother Vinod accompanies him in the work ran from a rented shop. They had reopened only in This time around they have to work under changed circumstances owing to the prevailing pandemic September to a spiritless start. Before this, both had been living on savings for over five months during the lockdown period. “Though the profession of applying mehndi has become an year-round job, its peak season commences with the marriage season. So, four months duration, starting from October, can rightly be termed as the high time. In addition, this time around they have to work under changed circumstances owing to the prevailing pandemic. “As you can see I am wearing gloves and a face mask, besides keeping a sanitiser. Even then I specifically ask customers to keep some distance,” Ajay seems well wary of the lurking threat of virus. — Neeraj Bagga As the number of customers has fallen amid pandemic, Ajay Kumar is finding it hard to come to terms with reality. Now, licence must to burst crackers at marriage palaces New ROB, ramps at PAP junction soon C&D waste mgmt Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Hoshiarpur, November 3 Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait on Tuesday ordered that there would be no bursting of firecrackers at any wedding without getting prior licence from the authority concerned. Issuing detailed directions under Explosives Rules, 2008, the DC said each and every marriage palace should follow rules without any fail in the larger public interest. Riyait said every marriage palace should obtain a licence for fireworks and the owner of marriage palace will be responsible for the licence. She said there should be fixed open place for fireworks in palaces, which should at least be 30 metres away from the tent, main road and parking place. There should be no crossing of power lines above the place prescribed for bursting or firecrackers, the DC said, adding that water should be available at the site besides having requisite fire extinguishers near the spot. The permission should be granted by the District Magistrate only after obtaining a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Police and Fire Departments for the place where the firecrackers are to be set Hoshiarpur DC asks marriage palace owners to get NOC from Police, Fire Departments be ❝There shouldfor fixed open place fireworks in palaces, which should at least be 30 metres away from the tent, main road and parking place. There should be no crossing of power lines above the place prescribed for bursting of firecrackers. Water should be available at the site besides having requisite fire extinguishers near the spot. ❞ Apneet Riyait, HOSHIARPUR DC off by the owners of the marriage palace. Riyait said no laxity, in ensuring the compliance of explosives rules, would be tolerated at any cost. Project to cost ~32 crore | Is aimed at easing traffic flow at the busy point Jalandhar, November 3 Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said a mega project worth ~32 crore was initiated at the PAP junction here on Tuesday. The project, which is aimed at easing traffic flow at this busy point, will be completed by the end of June next year. The DC, who was visiting the project site, said it would facilitate hundreds of commuters to turn towards Amritsar from the BSF Chowk side. “At present, they have to go up to Rama Mandi Chowk for taking a U-turn for Amritsar. The project will fulfil a long-pending demand of city residents,” he said. Thori said a project worth ~32 crore had already been initiated to build a new railway overbridge (ROB) at the PAP railway crossing. Besides, a new ramp would be constructed to put commuters on the road leading to Amritsar. Another ramp would be constructed on the other side of the bridge on the Amritsar-Ludhiana highway, which would provide an easy access to those people who wanted to enter the city. Yashpal Sharma, project director, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), informed the DC that the modalities for the projects were at an advanced stage of completion and tenders were project key agenda NOV 6 HOUSE MEETING Tribune News Service Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori visits the PAP junction site in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO of commuters to turn Amritsar ❝It will facilitate hundreds have to go up to RamatowardsChowk forfrom theaBSF Chowk side. At present, they Mandi taking U-turn for Amritsar. The project will fulfil a long-pending demand of city residents. A project worth ~32 crore had already been initiated to build a new railway overbridge (ROB) at the PAP railway crossing. Besides, a new ramp would be constructed to put commuters on the road leading to Amritsar. Another ramp would be constructed on the other side of the bridge on the Amritsar-Ludhiana highway, which would provide an easy access to those people who wanted to enter the city. Ghanshyam Thori, JALANDHAR DC ❞ set to be floated by December. The work would be completed within six months of the issuance of work order, he added. The project director further added that by the end of June 2021, the project would be completed. The DC further said another project to beautify traffic junction at the PAP Chowk was underway which would cost c m y b around Rs 7 crore. Thori said to ensure the smooth flow of inbound and outbound traffic at PAP Chowk and minimise road accidents, a huge roundabout was coming up there. Besides, other beautification works were also being undertaken. He said various types of fully grown trees and plants were being planted at the roundabout which would give it an attractive look. The DC said a modular rainwater harvesting system was developed beneath the roundabout which was first of its kind in the state. It would improve underground water level in its surrounding areas. Others present were SDM Rahul Sindhu, SDM Jai Inder Singh and Assistant Commissioner Hardeep Singh. Jalandhar, November 3 After a gap of eight months, the General House meeting of the Municipal Corporation will be held at Regent Park here on November 6. Earlier, the meeting was to be held on March 3 but because of the pandemic, the same could not be held. It is for the first time that the meeting is going to be held outside the MCJ complex. There are several projects which could not see the light of day as no House meeting was held. Some important agendas will be discussed in the meeting this time. One of the key agendas to be proposed in the meeting is the construction and demolition (C&D) waste management project under the Smart City Mission. The total project cost approved by the Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC) is Rs 6.37 crore. Under the project, the MC will provide for the establishment of processing plants and for receiving, storing and segregation of C&D waste. The total area for C&D waste storage, processing and recycling is 3 acres. The electricity, water and sewerage connections will be provided by OTHER ISSUES TO BE RAISED ■ Another issue to be taken up is solid waste management plan for the ABD area under the Smart City Mission ■ Another important agenda to be discussed will be NOC for installation, operation and maintenance of automatic sanitary napkin vending machines and electric incinerators for five years at various locations in Jalandhar under the Smart City project. the MC, apart from carrying out the C&D waste collection and transportation to the processing site. Another agenda to be taken up will be a solid waste management plan for the ABD area under the Smart City Mission. Under the project, the collection, storage and transportation of waste has been planned to be done separately. The biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste would be collected and transported on a daily basis and the biodegradable would be transported to designated bio-composting sites for processing into manure which will be utilised. Apart from this, another important agenda to be discussed will be no-objection certificate (NOC) for installation, operation and continued on page 2
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