07112020-JTR-01.qxd 11/6/2020 11:36 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE WOMEN TECHNOLOGY PARK ROLLED OUT AT SCIENCE CITY A Women Technology Park was inaugurated at the Pushpa Gujral Science City in Kapurthala. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 PAGE 3 JHA REACTS TO KARNI SENA’S NOTICE TO BAN AASHRAM WINNER OF HIPI STAR HUNT TO BE CAST IN ZEE5 SHOWS Karni Sena recently sent a legal notice to Prakash Jha for their upcoming web series Aashram Chapter 2. MAX 31°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:34 PM HiPi, the short video platform for selfexpression and recognition, has unveiled an anthem for its ongoing initiative. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:49 AM SATURDAY | 7 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Just sarcastic comments & blame game at MC meet Case closed! Zero Hour continued for four hours; next meeting after Diwali Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Newly elected president of the Bar Association Gurmail Singh Lidhar along with other winners of his team celebrates in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH REPORT ON PAGE 2 Unable to return to NZ, 30 youth lodge protest Arrived in India prior to lockdown & are now stranded here Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 6 More than 30 youth from various parts of Punjab who had post-study work visa of New Zealand and had returned home before the lockdown due to Covid are in distress. The companies which had hired them are not calling them back to work leaving them in choppy waters as they have been in India for nearly eight months. Having spent ~18 to 25 lakh on their studying fee for over three years and now paying an average of ~30,000 monthly rentals from here for the safety of their belongings back in New Zealand, the youth said it had become really taxing for them. The youth, who had gathered at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall to lodge a protest holding placards, want the Indian External Affairs Ministry to take up their issue with their counterparts abroad. The agitating youngsters included those from Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Nawanshahr and Batala. Sandeep Kaur, a resident of Ludhiana, said it had been six years since she moved to Gisborne in New Zealand. “I did a course in business management in New Zealand after Boys and girls, who had returned from New Zealand in March owing to Covid, after a press conference in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO which I got a job at a restaurant. I had returned home for 20-25 days in March as the restaurants had got closed due to the lockdown but could not return. I have been contacting the NZ embassy for the past eight months for a return but to no avail,” she lamented. Sukhchain, who hails from Amritsar, said that he was working as a store assistant in NZ but his company hasn’t rang him up for work an he’s now stranded here in trouble. Arshdeep, also from Amritsar, said he was working as a bus driver for past four years. Their families had taken loans worth several lakhs which they were yet to return from their savings but joblessness had worsened their financial situation. Jyoti, who hails from Nawanshahr, said, “I came here in January as my marriage was fixed for March 4. I was to return in April after starting of visa processing work of my husband Parminder Pal Singh, who hails from Pandori Nijran village in Jalandhar. I have spent ~25 lakh on paying fee for various courses in NZ, including those in bakery, horticulture and then in early childhood education. I had got a three-year post-study visa when I returned for marriage. But a strange turn of events…and now we are both stuck up here.” Jalandhar, November 6 After a gap of eight months, the General House meeting of the Municipal Corporation was held at Regent Park Hotel here on Friday. It started with heated arguments, sarcastic comments and blame game among the councillors. The councillors of both the parties also indulged in a verbal spat. Right after mayor Jagdish Raja started sharing the works that have been done, Ward No.2 councillor and BJP head Sushil Kumar along with the other BJP councillors shouted that “you have told us in data that what works were done, but please show us proof on the ground. The roads are broken, sewerage system is in a shambles, illegal colonies are mushrooming, where is the work.” He also said: Ik paase tuhade kol paise di ghaat hai, dooji taraf hotel vich meeting krde ho. Naale social distancing kithe hai (On one hand, you say that the MC faces shortage of funds, then you organise a meeting in a hotel where there is no social distancing). Jalandhar shehar tuhaanu puch reha hai tusi kidda da Jalandhar banaya hai (The people of the city are asking you which type of development has been done here by you).” While Sushil was raising questions at high-pitched voice, the councillors of the Congress party took a jibe at him saying that bahut photo hogayiya tuhaadiya, hun baith jaao (So much for your photographs, now you sit down). The mayor maintained his calm and said no matter how much time you wasted, the meeting would definitely take place. “I know that there is a wish to stop the meeting, but I won’t let that happen. I will listen to everybody,” he said while asking the BJP councillors to take their seats and share the problems in a peaceful manner. Plaints against officials Most of the councillors who spoke during zero hour com- BJP councillors show photos of poor city roads during MC House meeting in Jalandhar on Friday. NO PROPER SEATING ARRANGEMENTS ■ The meeting was not even Mayor Jagdish Raja during the General House meeting. MALKIAT SINGH started officially and BJP councillors raised the issue of no proper seating arrangements for them. For several minutes, opposition head Sushil Kumar had a verbal spat with MC Commissioner Karnesh Sharma as to where Sushil and other councillors will sit. ■ The councillors belonging to the BJP-Akali alliance said they were already being meted out stepmotherly treatment in their wards and there were no chairs kept for them which was not acceptable. It was only after chairs were arranged that they sat and then started the proceedings. ■ It was expected that because of the pandemic, a small number of councillors would be present, the attendance however remained full. COUNCILLORS INDULGE IN VERBAL SPAT The councillors of both the parties also indulged in a verbal spat. Right after mayor Jagdish Raja started sharing the works that have been done, Ward No.2 councillor and BJP head Sushil Kumar along with the other BJP councillors shouted that plain about officials of different branches not working and listening to them. While they were raising their issues, the mayor was asking the official concerned to answer, to which a standard reply was that “will tell you in the next meeting”. Mayor Jagdish Raja too PAGE 4 “you have told us in data that what works were done, but please show us proof on the ground. The roads are broken, sewerage system is in a shambles, illegal colonies are mushrooming, where is the work.” showed disappointment with the officials and asked them not to come unprepared in the next meeting. He said if they did not give a satisfactory reply in the next meeting, a strict action would be taken. When councillor Des Raj Jassal raised an old issue regard- ing the information on house tax of a private hospital and whether the “naksha” of the same was passed or not, the officer concerned couldn’t reply, to which Jassal said angrily that even after eight months, the answer was not given. Continued on page 2 INBRIEF 1 booked for firing at Badal family’s office Hoshiarpur: The Model Town police have registered a case against Varinderjeet Singh Sabi, a resident of Bassi Jana, on a complaint by driver of the Rajdhani transport company, owned by the Badal family. Driver Major Singh in his complaint to the police said that he was talking on mobile phone standing outside the office of the transport company after parking his bus there at around 9.30 pm on November 3. He alleged that Sabi pulled out his revolver and threatened him to leave from there or else he would be shot. According to the complainant, Sabi then fired a shot towards the office door, which after breaking the office glass went into the wall through the chair lying inside the office. Subsequently, Sabi escaped from there hurling threats. After investigation, the police have registered a case against Sabi under Sections 336 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act. The police have recovered the bullet from the site. After getting information, SSP Navjot Mahal reached the spot. He said the police had started investigation in the case. OC COVID TESTING FACILITY AT PIMS Jalandhar: Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Friday inaugurated the Covid19 testing facility at Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to facilitate people with the latest RT-PCR testing facility at the local level. Giving details about the new testing facility, resident director of PIMS Amit Singh said that a fee of Rs1,600 fixed by the government would be charged for the testing and the sample collection facility from home would be started soon. He further added that the tasting machine in PIMS could test as many as 96 samples at a time, which would add to its testing capacity. He said, “The RT-PCR test is one of the mosteffective and accurate methods to detect virus transmission in a person just within four to six hours of harbouring the virus. On the occasion, Dr Rajiv Arora, viceprincipal, Dr Kailash Chand, head, microbiology department, and others were present. TNS Nivia’s basketball gets FIBA certification Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi flights from Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 6 . Coming as a proud moment for the sporting goods manufacturing industry of Jalandhar, Nivia Top Grip 3.0 basketball has got certification from FIBA, the International Basketball Federation. The company, already catering all kinds of equipment to many in the national and international market, has now got the certification after a long process of formalities, stringent laboratory and physical tests. The basketball features the iconic 8-panel deep channel design, with full ball pebbling for superior grip and 100 per cent nylon windings for consistence bounce, shape retention and durability, the company now boasts. Freewill Sports Pvt Ltd MD and chairman Rajesh Kharbanda said, “Getting the FIBA level-2 approval is a huge step for the Indian basketball. We are extremely proud to be able to provide affordable technology that Beating rivals from China & Malaysia, it is the 1st Indian company to get nod also meets strict global standards. The same standards will now be available to schools, universities, ama- teur teams all over the country to train for the competitions. It is great to be the first in the country to have this recognition from FIBA.” He added, “We were already manufacturing balls of the same standards but not having the FIBA certification sometimes used to come as a handicap when tenders called for international events carried this condition. The push to move in this direction came with a growing chant for ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’. The certification has helped us establish ourselves again as the market leader against rivals from Malaysia and China.” With focus on making elite level sports equipment accessible to the aspiring masses, this certification for Freewill Sports Pvt Ltd has become an important step in recognition of ‘Make in India’ efforts. Founded in 1932, FIBA is the apex governing body of World Basketball responsible for international competitions like FIBA World Cup and the Olympics basketball tournament. c m y b Adampur to resume from Nov 20 4.3-km approach road to airport to come up at ~39 crore Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 6 Member of Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary will soon apprise the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh about the need for a 4.3-km approach road of Adampur airport to be constructed at a cost of Rs 39 crore. While presiding over the maiden meeting of the Adampur Airport Authority, the MP said he would soon meet the Chief Minister for early completion of this pending project. Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori and Kewal Krishan, Director, Adampur airport, among others were also present. During discussion, it was informed that survey for this 4.3- km stretch had been done and requisite land would be acquired for the project. It was ALL EYES: MP Santokh Singh Choudhary visits Adampur airport approach road site in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO also informed that under this project direct road would lead to the airport via Mehtiana village, which would immensely benefit passengers. The MP directed the authorities concerned to ensure proper repair and maintenance of the connecting road. The Advisory Committee also decided to write the Airports Authority of India for throughout week flights to Delhi as there was six-day flight operations earlier, which reduced to three days a week. The MP said from November 20 flights for three major cities, including Mumbai, Jaipur and New Delhi, with daily flight to Mumbai, besides thrice a week for New Delhi and Jaipur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, will be operational. Meanwhile, Chaudhary also took stock of the ongoing project of new terminal being constructed at the airport. The officials informed the MP that this terminal would be completed by June. Chaudhary directed to accomplish the project within stipulated time frame. The terminal would come up at 6,000 square metres where 300 passengers could be seated, besides parking arrangement for 150 vehicles. The MP along with the Deputy Commissioner planted a sapling at the airport.
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