06112020-JTR-01.qxd 05-11-2020 22:23 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE AWARENESS CAN END GENDER DISCRIMINATION, SAYS EXPERT An awareness week was celebrated at fine arts college to make students aware of gender issues in society. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 PAGE 3 APURVA ON POONAM PANDEY AND MILIND SOMAN PICTURES PRE-WEDDING FESTIVITIES OF ADITYA BEGIN WITH ROKA National Award-winning film editor highlights the hypocrisy in Indian society over the idea of nudity. MAX 31°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:34 PM PAGE 4 Indian Idol host Aditya Narayan recently confessed about his relationship with Shweta Agarwal on social media. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:48 AM FRIDAY | 6 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Farmers’ stir gets massive response, commuters irked Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 5 Farmers, under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal), continued to hold agitation near the PAP Chowk here on Thursday. The nationwide call to hold protests against the three contentious farm laws implemented by the Centre brought traffic to a complete standstill in the district from 12 noon to 4 pm. The Phagwara-JalandharAmritsar national highway remained closed for traffic and heavy police force was deployed to thwart any untoward incident and divert vehicles. Numerous passengers got stranded at the bus stand and PAP Chowk. Commuters preferred to walk for several kilometres instead of waiting for auto-rickshaws or buses. Most troubled were the passengers who had come from other parts of the state. Mehmood Khan, who had come from Hoshiarpur to visit his relatives in Nakodar, said, “I was aware about the protest, but I thought I will make it before 11 am to Jalandhar, and will board a bus to Nakodar. However, the bus arrived around 11.30 am. Later, no bus left the bus stand.” Rashleen Kaur, a student, who had come from Amritsar, and was looking for a bus to reach Chandigarh, remained INBRIEF CELL PHONE, BEEDIS FOUND IN JAIL Hoshiarpur: The Central Jail administration has recovered a mobile phone, bundles of beedis, tobacco and some other articles from an envelope allegedly thrown in the jail from across the wall. According to information, Des Singh, assistant superintendent, posted at the Central Jail here, stated in his complaint that a prison employee, Gurjit Singh, was on his duty and when he reached near tower number two, he saw an envelope lying there. He informed the jail administration about it and when the said envelope was opened, a mobile phone, four packets of tobacco, three bundles of beedis, a head phone and two data cables were found from it. The city police have registered a case against unidentified persons in this regard. OC FIRE BEAKS OUT AT FOOTWEAR UNIT Jalandhar: A fire broke out at a footwear factory at Baldev Nagar in the Basti Danishmanda area. The incident was reported late on Wednesday. Raw material comprising rubber and plastic was stored in the factory situated in a residential colony. Residents claimed footwear, especially slippers, were manufactured here. The flames were first spotted in the terrace after a plastic material caught fire. ASI Kuldeep Singh said the fire broke out after a sky lantern dropped on the terrace. The plastic caught fire. There was no casualty, neither any loss of goods, but the fire spread on the terrace within minutes causing a commotion. The fire brigade reached and completely controlled the blaze in an hour. Reportedly, three fire tenders were deployed to extinguish the flames. TNS Leaders threaten to intensify protest |To hit roads in Delhi on November 26, 27 HIGHLIGHTS ■ The nationwide call to hold protests against the three contentious farm laws implemented by the Centre brought traffic to a complete standstill in the district from 12 noon to 4 pm. ■ The Phagwara-Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway remained closed for traffic and heavy police force was deployed to thwart any untoward incident and divert vehicles. ■ Passengers got stranded at the bus stand and PAP Chowk. ■ Commuters preferred to walk for several kilometres instead of waiting for auto-rickshaws or buses. ■ Most troubled were the passengers, who had come from other parts of the state. PEOPLESPEAK I was aware about the protest, but I thought I will make it before 11 am to Jalandhar, and will board a bus to Nakodar. However, the bus arrived around 11.30 am. Later, no bus left the bus stand. Mehmood ❝ ❞ Khan, WHO CAME TO VISIT HIS RELATIVES IN NAKODAR want farmers to ❝Weindon'tstate. We are fighting suffer the for their rights and want that farm issues should not be politicised. We will hit the road in New Delhi on November 26 and 27 along with other farm unions. (Clockwise from right) Farmer unions block the AmritsarLudhiana national highway at PAP in Jalandhar; JalandharFerozepur highway at Lohian; stranded passengers at the bus stand; and a man walks on foot in the absense of any transport due to the chakka jam. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH ❞ Mandeep Singh, CHIEF, BHARATIYA KISAN UNION (RAJEWAL) SWEET GESTURE Well aware of the situation in Punjab and dwindling farm rights, Trilok Singh Khalistani, a social worker from Kapurthala, supported farmers and labourers by serving food and sweets. “I reached here at 11 am and with the help of community members, we prepared langar for around 500 people at a nearby gurdwara and served it at the protest site. In the evening tea was also served to farmers,” he said. stranded till 4 pm. All national and state highways across the district were blocked by protesting farmers. The PAP Chowk intersection is crucial as traffic from Jalandhar towards Amritsar, Phagwara and Ludhiana passes from here. Despite repeated requests, protesters didn’t let the convoy of the Armed Forces to cross. Youths, includ- ing sportspersons, were high on spirit and ensured that the protest was successful. As internal roads of the city were not blocked, vehicles could be seen plying, but the Two murder 15-year-old for ransom in Balachaur Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, November 5 In a shocking incident in Balachaur, a 15-year-old boy (Tarunveer), was allegedly murdered by his neighbour for ransom. The accused have been identified as Jatinder and his accomplice Sachin Bhati. The accused committed crime in order to realise his foreign dreams as he didn’t had money for the same. Nawanshahr Senior Superintendent of Police Alka Meena said the accused wanted ~15 lakh to go abroad and thus he along with his friend planned to kidnap Tarunveer. As per information, Jatinder had called Sachin from Noida, and made arrangement for his stay in a dharamshala in Balachaur. The police said Jatinder knew the vicitm, who used to go out in the evening. On day one, the accused ❝The accused wanted ~15 lakh to go abroad and thus, he, along with his friend, planned to kidnap Tarunveer. Jatinder knew the victim. They took a car and asked Tarunveer to accompany them. When Tarunveer asked the accused where they were going, they offered him a cold drink laced with rat killer. The accused strangled him with a rope and threw the body. ❞ Alka Meena, NAWANSHAHR SSP and his accomplice saw Tarunveer with another boy, thus they dropped the idea to kidnap him. On day two, they took a car and brought a cold drink and rat killer. In the evening, the duo asked Tarunveer to accompany them in their vehicle. “As Tarunveer was neigh- bour of Jatinder, he sat with them. When Tarunveer asked the accused where they were going, the accused offered him a cold drink laced with a rat killer. The accused strangled him with a rope and threw the body,” said the SSP . The accused confessed during interrogation that they were about to call the vicitm’s family for ransom after murdering him. As Tarunveer did not return, his mother filed a complaint with the police. A case under Sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of of the IPC has been filed against the accused. The police said as many as 13 cases were registered against Sachin and five against Jatinder. overall traffic flow remained thin. Demanding immediate withdrawal of the three farm laws, Mandeep Singh, chief, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal), said, “We don’t want farmers to suffer in the state. We are fighting for their rights and want that farm issues should not be politicised.” Threatening to intensify their protest, Mandeep said they 1 dies, 28 test positive in Hoshiarpur Councillor’s son opens fire as spat turns ugly Hoshiarpur, November 5 With 28 new infections, the tally of positive patients has increased to 6,328 in the district. With the death of one patient, the district toll increased to 216. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasvir Singh said 1,304 new samples of people with suspected flulike symptoms were taken on Thursday, while 28 new cases were reported out of the 1,512 reports received on Thursday. The total number of samples taken so far in the district has reached 1,63,698, of which 1,57,122 were negative, while the report of 1,381 samples were awaited and 133 samples were invalid. He said the number of active cases was 209 in the district, while the number of patients who have recovered was 5,903. Of the 28 positive cases found on Thursday, five cases were related to the city. — OC Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 5 A minor argument between two groups took an ugly turn after one of the groups allegedly opened fire to threaten the other. The gunshot was reportedly fired by a councillor’s son. Panic gripped residents of Basti Bawa Khel here, when two bullets were allegedly fired after a heated argument between the councillor of Basti Peerdad area and area residents. However, no one was hurt, except a few injuries to some youth. The incident was reported around 11:30 am at Basti Peerdad area in Jalandhar West constituency over poor water supply in the area. Peeved over the unavailability of water connection in their homes, residents protested outside the residence of area councillor Lakhvir Singh Bajwa. The area falls under Ward would hit the road in New Delhi on November 26 and 27 along with other farm unions. Farmers had arrived on the highway at 12 noon and concluded the protest at 4 pm. Councillor’s son fired in the air after peeved residents were protesting over unavailability of water connection in their homes; no one hurt Number 76 and the residents of newly built colony were reportedly troubled due to the poor water supply. Despite complaining several times, continuous water supply was still a dream. As per the information provided by the Basti Bawa Khel police station, locals on Thursday gheraoed the house of the councillor and got engaged in a verbal spat with him. Things turned ugly, when Bakwa’s house was attacked and within minutes, a large number of people arrived and started fighting. Sunny, who was among the group questioning the councillor for unavailability of water, told the police that On Page 2 Centre trying to disrupt farming, say leaders ■ Agri laws will kill us, say farmers in Nawanshahr ■ Rahul Bajwa (the councillor’s son), interfered in their protest and threatened them with untoward action. SHO Basti Bawa Khel said, as per the statements of Sunny, Rahul had come with his licenced pistol and even hit him with the gun on his head and later shot two bullets in the air. After reaching the spot, the police confirmed about the gunshot. They however claimed that only one bullet was fired as only one bullet shell was recovered from the area. “Those who were injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital for their treatment and statements of both parties were taken. MLR has been registered and investigation will be done against whosoever was found guilty,” the SHO said. While Rahul maintained that he opened fire to save himself, his father Lakhvir Bajwa couldn’t be contacted despite repeated attempts. Nothing illuminating for potters this Diwali NEW N RMAL Tribune News Service A potter makes earthen lamps ahead of Diwali in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH c m y b Jalandhar, November 5 With Covid-19 taking the sheen off the festive season, very few people are coming out to buy diyas to decorate their houses. The sales have gone down severely as compared to the last year. Though the diya makers have been trying their best to make their diyas sell, nothing much has been achieved. The artisans rue this time, their orders got reduced by 50 per cent. Bhagwan Dass (61), a potter who lives in Kumhar Mandi near Sofi village in Jalandhar Cantonment shared that he had been into this work for the past 40 years, but had never seen any such a situation. “The festive season brings cheer to us, but the muted celebrations have taken a toll on us. We keep waiting for the festivals so that we could earn something, but this year has been different,” he shared. The diya makers shared that people were ordering diyas and they were making the same on order, but not the way they used to do in the previous years. “On normal days, we would start making diyas near Baisakhi in April, but this time, we started in July when there was a little relaxation in the lockdown. We also faced issues in getting the soil required to make diyas. There is an extended family of about 100 persons in Kumhar Mandi that remains extremely busy these days. Everyone, ranging form the 90-year-olds to the 25-year-olds and even school-going children, remain busy making dough of clay, churning out designer diyas, drying them, painting them and taking them to the shopkeepers for sale. Dinesh, a 25-year-old said their diyas go to other states too. “Even this time, we are receiving the orders, but not in the numbers we used to receive. There is nothing like before,” he said.
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