05112020-JTR-01.qxd 11/4/2020 10:47 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE READ LITERATURE TO IGNITE YOUR CREATIVE POTENTIAL: EDU SECY PAGE 2 Different contests planned in govt schools from pre-primary to Class XII till Nov 7 under Vidhayak Muqabale. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF WOMEN ROBBED OF GOLD AT GUNPOINT PAGE 3 KANGANA RANAUT RESPONDS TO CASE FILED BY JAVED AKHTAR SOURABH GETS CANDID ABOUT HIS JOURNEY IN TELLY WORLD Javed Akhtar had recently filed a complaint seeking action against Kangana Ranaut for defamation. MAX 31°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 12°C Sourabh Raaj Jain has acted in some of the most popular fiction shows on television over the years. SUNSET THURSDAY 5:35 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:47 AM THURSDAY | 5 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Smooth ride on cards…but for how long? Repair work begins; quality of material being used, however, remains a major concern among residents THE TRIBUNE IMPACT AFTER BEFORE ROADS READY FOR TRAFFIC Rajneesh Dogra, Corporation Engineer (B&R), said roads that were ready for traffic after recarpeting are Model House, Ghai Nagar to Kala Sanghian Road, Master Tara Singh Nagar Road, stretch opposite Kamal Palace, Ladhewali to Chohakan Road, Nangal Shama to Chugitti Bypass Road, Guru Nanak Pura Railway Crossing to Ladowali Road, BSF Chowk to PAP Chowk and Guru Gobind Singh Avenue Road. In addition, concrete has been laid on the Ladowali-Railway Station road (in pic left), Garha-Jalandhar Cantt Road, Focal Point among others and only levelling was left, he said. Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Hoshiarpur: After last evening’s loot incident at Khudda, two armed robbers looted gold ornaments weighing 44 gm from a woman and her daughter-inlaw at gunpoint near Manak village on Wednesday. Lakhvir Kaur (40), wife of Gurdeep Singh and her mother-in-law Gurdev Kaur (70), wife of Didar Singh, both residents of Manak village, were going to Hajipur to take medicines. They were returning home after taking medicines from Hajipur at around 12.30 pm on Wednesday. As soon as they took a turn from Hajipur road to their village, two robbers came out of the sugarcane fields and started beating them. Lakhvir Kaur said the suspects robbed them at gunpoint and threatened to shoot them. The accused took a gold bangle weighing 30 grams, a gold chain weighing 10 gm from her and a gold ring of 4 gm from Gurdev Kaur. An investigation is under way. OC Jalandhar, November 4 The civic authorities have finally swung into action after The Tribune’ s repeated coverage of the poor condition of roads in these columns. The Tribune has been running a campaign for over a fortnight to highlight the poor condition of roads in the district, after which repairs on most of the roads have started. Repeated complaints about the miserable condition of roads to the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities were made by residents in the past, but to no avail. They said it was difficult to commute on pothole-ridden stretches. Many a time, vigilant residents have taken it upon themselves to highlight the pathetic condition of roads on social media platforms pointing out the deplorable condition of different stretches, where travelling was nothing short of a nightmare. The MC officials, on Wednesday, however, informed that the construc- Ladowali-Railway Station Road in a pathetic condition. RESIDENTSPEAK that even though the roads get repaired, the poor quality of material and concrete comes off within a few months, especially when it rains. Mohit Rubal, complaints. Being one of the prominent and posh areas of the city, one can’t expect it to have damaged roads. It always remained an ordeal to cross roads, especially during the monsoon season. Apart from filling the potholes, the authorities should maintain these routinely. A CITY RESIDENT Archit Manocha, A RESIDENT OF GREEN MODEL TOWN ❞ tion work on almost all busy roads had been initiated and on some of the roads, potholes ❞ have already been covered. Rajneesh Dogra, Corporation Engineer (B&R), said: 1 arrested for impersonating as Addl Secy ~7.50L fine imposed on consumer, ~8L penalty on firm Our Correspondent Jalandhar, November 4 In a major breakthrough, the enforcement wing of PSPCL busted a racket of meter reading concealment in Hoshiarpur city. A team led by Senior Executive Engineer, Hoshiarpur, zeroed in on a suspicious commercial connection that was being billed on minimum charges for the past five years. Subsequently, a tab was being kept on the consumer and it was later established that the meter reader was arbitrarily generating bills on zero consumption without reporting the actual status of the meter to the department. This was being done in connivance with the consumer. The consumer also managed to damage the meter display in 2018 and meter readers of outsourced company reported the meter status misappropriately. The meter of the consumer was brought into the state-of-the-art meter testing facility of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) in Hoshiarpur and the enforcement officer was able to retrieve the past data of the meter from its memory called the ‘black box’. PSPCL has already installed intelligent meters for recording consumer readings. The last recorded reading of the consumer in 2018 was found to be 65,000 units, while he, in connivance with the meter readers, has been billed only for 150 units till date. The consumer has been charged ~7.50 lakh for concealed reading and a penalty of ~8 lakh has been imposed on meter reading outsourced company Sterling Transformers. The responsibility of erring officials of the outsourced company as well as the PSPCL would be fixed in this case and stern action would be taken, said Rajit Sharma, Deputy Chief Engineer, Enforcement, Jalandhar. He said the enforcement wing was also implementing latest software, tools and techniques for data handling and processing, including real-time data analysis of automated meter readings, on the directions of CMD, PSPCL, A Venu Parsad. Garhshankar, November 4 The police have arrested a person for allegedly cheating people by impersonating as an IAS officer posted as Additional Secretary, Punjab. A special police party arrested the accused from a hotel in Solan (Himachal Pradesh) here on Wednesday. Addressing mediapersons here, ASP Tushar Gupta and Mahilpur SHO Satinder Singh said Manveer Singh, a resident of Paddi Sura Singh, in his complaint to the police stated that the accused, identified as Hardeep Kumar, a resident of Binjon village, called him from various phone numbers and introduced himself as an IAS officer and sometimes as continued on page 2 Markets to remain open during chakka jam Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 4 Even as the farmer organisations have announced to hold chakka jam tomorrow from 11.30 am to 4 pm, the city markets will remain open throughout the day. The market associations have said that they have been conveyed by the farmer associations to continue to operate as they do not want them to suffer any losses during the ongoing festive season. Police officials, too, said chakka jam would be confined only to the highways and there would not be any inconvenience to residents moving around for their work within the city. Leaders of the Sikh Talmel Committee and the Bharatiya Kisan Union held a meeting at Ali Puli Mohalla here where Mandeep Singh, PROTEST TO REMAIN CONFINED TO HIGHWAYS The market associations have said that they have been conveyed by the farmer associations to continue to operate as they do not want them to suffer any losses during the ongoing festive season. Police officials, too, said chakka jam would be confined only to the highways and there would not be any inconvenience to residents moving around for their work within the city. president of the district committee of BKU, announced that the farmers did not want to cause any losses to traders and shopkeepers owing to the protest and that they should continue to operate like a routine tomorrow. Sikh Talmel Committee members, including Tejinder Singh and Harpal Singh Chadha, said traders would support the farmers by their representation during the dharna at PAP Chowk and were thankful to the farmers for allowing them to keep their shops open tomorrow. Kamal Chauhan and Jatinder Pal Singh, members of the Jalandhar Two-Wheeler Dealers’ Association, said they would support the farmers tomorrow but would keep the markets open. The central point of the farmers’ chakka jam would be the PAP Chowk which connects Jalandhar to Ludhiana, Amritsar, Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr and Chandigarh. The entire police force in Jalandhar has been deployed to ensure that commuters are not harassed and that they are able to follow the diverted routes so as to reach their destinations. Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Bhullar said, “The farmers have specified that the markets can remain open. So, there is a great sense of relief in the shopkeepers and market associations. The main thrust area of the city police will be the PAP Chowk and our teams have already been deployed to continued on page 2 c m y b OFFICIALSPEAK At present, the contractors are recarpeting only busy roads and the ones near residential areas will be repaired in a phased manner. While the construction at the Patel Chowk-Mahiran Gate Road began during the lockdown, the construction work in subsequent lanes has also started. The road leading to the railway station from Domoria Overbridge has also been kept open for traffic. Likewise, we have planned to cover a large number of roads by the end of this year. Rajneesh Dogra, CORPORATION ENGINEER (B&R) ❝ has ❝In many cases, it ❝It’s good that the MCour has been observed eventually paid heed to Meter-reading concealment racket busted in Hoshiarpur Tribune News Service PAGE 4 PAP CHOWK TO BSF ROAD “At present, the contractors are recarpeting only busy roads and the ones near resi- PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH dential areas will be repaired in a phased manner. While the construction at the Patel ❞ Chowk-Mahiran Gate Road began during the lockdown, the construction work in sub- sequent lanes has also started. The road leading to the continued on page 2
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