12112020-JTR-01.qxd 11/11/2020 10:38 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE TEACHERS PROTEST CENTRAL PAY SCALE FOR NEW TEACHERS PAGE 2 Govt Teachers’ Union protest against the letter released by the Edu Dept for implementation of Central pay scales. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 2 DIE OF COVID IN HOSHIARPUR, 19 +VE Hoshiarpur: The district reported two more Covid-19 fatalities on Wednesday, taking the toll to 226, while19 new cases pushed the infection count to 6,477. On Wednesday, 1,341 new samples of people with suspected flu-like symptoms were taken. With this, the total number of samples taken in the district till date has reached 1,71,665, of which 1,64, 618 were negative, while the reports of 1,749 samples were awaited and 133 were invalid. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasvir Singh said the number of active cases is 185, while the number of patients who have recovered is 6,066. The district reported two deaths on Wednesday, of which a 75-year-old resident of Piplawala died at Medical College Amritsar and a 65-yearold woman of Fatehgarh died at a private hospital in Hoshiarpur. OC BRIBERY: VB NABS ASI, INSPECTOR Hoshiarpur: The Vigilance Department has arrested an inspector, in charge of Economic Crimes Branch-2 and an ASI for allegedly accepting a bribe of ~25,000 for getting a compromise in a case. Sources said the Vigilance Department received a complaint that Inspector Manoj Kumar, in-charge Crime Branch-2, Hoshiarpur, and ASI Pawan Kumar have demanded ~25,000 to settle a case. After receiving the complaint, the Vigilance team arrested them. Confirming the arrest, District Police Chief SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said the operation was carried out jointly by the teams of Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar Vigilance Department. OC HARRY POTTER ACTOR RUPERT GRINT MAKES INSTAGRAM DEBUT PAGE 3 SUNANDA EXTENDS A HELPING HAND TO STREET VENDORS Harry Potter fans got an amazing surprise as Ron Weasley aka Rupert Grint made his Instagram debut. MAX 28°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:30 PM PAGE 4 To help them get back on their feet, Sunanda Sharma has extended a helping hand to a group of vendors. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:53 AM THURSDAY | 12 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Getting subsidy for solar panels a distant dream Residents accuse the PSPCL of levying fixed charges ❝We are just a reimbursing agency. The subsidy comes from the Government of India. As we have not Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 11 The city-based residents who had installed solar power panels on their rooftops said they were facing double whammy. On the one hand, the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has not given any subsidy to date, and on the other hand, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has started asking for fixed charges despite not consuming even a single unit of power other than from own solar panels, alleged irate residents. A retired government engi- got any payment from the Centre, we have not been able to reimburse it to the applicants. Supinder Singh, JOINT DIRECTOR, PEDA neer, Pawan Kumar Chadha, said he had installed 4 kilowatts (KW) solar plant on his rooftop. “For the last two years, I have been running around officials of the PEDA to give me subsidy, but to no avail. I have even contacted their head office. Adding to the woes, the PSPCL has started levying fixed charges, which they were not charging earlier,” he said. Chadha showed his bill in ❞ which he had been charged Rs 3,550. “It is as if I am being doubly taxed. I spent Rs 2.75 lakh on installing solar panels. I have been making every effort that my production matches my consumption except for the peak load months. Now, I regret using renewable source of energy and spending so much from my own pocket.” He said, “I approached PSPCL officials who showed me a copy of new orders of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission. As per the order, anyone like me who had a permanent domestic supply of 101 kWh to 300 kWh will have to pay Rs 6.59 per kWh as fixed charges. This is a grave injustice to us.” Rajinder Kumar, who has installed a solar panel on his rooftop at Tagore Nagar, said, “I spent Rs 3.15 lakh on installing a 5 kW solar panel around a year ago. Ever since, I have not been able to even apply for the subsidy as the PEDA’s website is non operational. There is no provision to apply it offline.” Gang of robbers busted, 5 held Arrest led to tracing of previously unsolved 14 cases of theft, robbery, stealing Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 11 The Police Commissionerate has been successful in arresting five members of an 11member robbers’ gang and recovered three pistols, bullets and stolen items from them. Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the accused have been identified as Nihal Singh of Gautam Nagar; Rohit Kumar, alias Makkar, of Bank Colony Kabir Vihar; Vicky of Raj Nagar; Jagpreet, alias Gopi, from Chuna Bhatti, Raj Nagar; and Rohit Sharma of Krishna Nagar. The police have recovered as many as three pistols, 10 live bullets, stolen and robbed items, silver ornaments, and The gang members in the custody of Jalandhar Police Commissionerate on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO MODUS OPERANDI Revealing the modus operandi of this gang, the CP said the accused had been indulging in many incidents of robbery, stealing and theft in the past, adding that they used to rob people at gunpoint besides ransacking shops and residential areas at night. He mentioned that one of the accused was an expert in breaking shutters of shops as earlier he had been working as a shutter mechanic. They used to target shops which didn’t have central lock in the shutter. Further, the accused had also imparted training of breaking shutters to other members of the gang. two-wheelers besides cash. He said the consecutive operations of the Police Commissionerate against gangsters would certainly deter criminals leading to crime control besides tracing some other cases too. The gang members were between 21 to 26 year old, the CP said. The police have registered a case against the accused under the Indian Penal Code. Bhullar said the arrest of all these accused has led towards the tracing of previously unsolved 14 cases of theft, robbery, and stealing, etc. He said the police were conducting raids at the hideouts of other members of the gang, and many more cases continued on page 2 A Jalandhar resident shows the solar panels installed on his rooftop. TRIBUNE PHOTO Victims protest, seek CBI probe Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 11 After demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into an infamous ‘Gold Kitty’ scam, victims of the alleged fraud, burnt effigies of the owners of Wiz Power outside PPR mall and criticised the police for not taking any action against the accused. The protesters raised slogans against the Jalandhar Police Commissioner for failing to nab the accused who had been identified as Ranjit Singh, alias Raja Singh, and his brother-in-law Gagandeep Singh. The scam had come to the fore in July after the company owners couldn’t be traced by people who had invested in their schemes. As many as 8,500 people were cheated by GOLD KITTY SCAM ❝All legal have been proceedings initiated and apart from issuing a challan. The properties of the accused have also been attached. ❞ Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, JALANDHAR POLICE COMMISSIONER the firm after its owners collected money on the pretext of gold kitty and the victims suffered losses in crores. The police had registered an FIR against four persons, including the two owners of the company for deceiving the victims. After registration of the case, both the accused had been on the run. The duo started the com- pany in 2015 and gradually trapped gullible people. With money of their clients, the accused built new luxury houses and bought vehicles. The accused had allegedly collected Rs 50 crore. They had opened their office with the name ‘Gold Kitty’ at PPR mall. Deepak Kumar, a victim, said, “I invested major part of my savings in Gold Kitty. Though legal action has been taken against the accused, we haven’t received our money. The police have presented a challan of ~7 crore 82 lakh, however, the actual amount was much more. We want the state government to handover the case to the CBI.” Sanjay Kumar, another victim, said, “I came in contact with the company through his wife and lost a good part of his savings.” There are still signs of life in her! Despite ban, sale of crackers goes on unabated Doctors had given up, but Mangla has defied all odds in combating Scleroderma GO! STORIES THAT INSPIRE Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Kapurthala, November 11 For nearly 12 years, Mangla Sahni has been battling lifethreatening disease Scleroderma. Even though there are many complex problems because of this autoimmune disease, she is still taking life head-on. It was during her graduation in 2008 that she got detected with it, but ever since, has completed her Masters, done M Phil staying at a Punjabi University hostel in Patiala for one and a half years and is now pursuing her PhD. Alongside, she has cleared her UGC-NET and is also serving as lecturer for past few years now. A lively girl since childhood, she has shed a lot of weight as the tissues in her body have shrivelled. Her otherwise fair glowing skin has developed black and white patches on the face. The fingers have gotten slightly deformed, while area around mouth has sunken. She needs a hand with her daily chores, even if the task is changing clothes or using a washroom. Living on a semi-fluid diet, she often gets bouts of vomiting due to acidity and low blood pressure is also a routine happening. The changes in Unaware of rules, retailers even selling last year’s stock, say no one stopping them ❝I went into depression after doctors told me seven WAY TO Jalandhar, November 11 While the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has been continuously advising people to shun burning crackers this Diwali and the administration limiting the number of firecracker shops in the district, the illegal sale of firecrackers goes on unabated in most of the residential colonies here. Unaware of the ban, local retailers are even selling last year’s stock comprising banned crackers. Notably, with a daily score of over 250 (in the Air Quality Index Chart), the district has already been included among the four districts in the state with poor quality score. Despite that, crackers being the major carriers of pollutants are being sold illegally by shopkeepers. After conducting a lucky draw on October 26, the officials of the administration had authorised only 20 dealers to sell firecrackers at Burlton Park cracker market. The illegal sale of crackers has started in the city without the permission of the district administration. Apparently, the police have failed to check the illegal sale of crackers. Shopkeepers have put up stalls and are selling firecrackers illegally outside their shops, putting the lives of people in danger. years ago that I might not live beyond six months. My health kept on deteriorating. People started commenting on my looks. Many would ask me if I have had an acid attack or a burn. Others would ask if I suffered from albinism and I would cry for hours. Mangla Sahni Mangla’s body were certainly shocking for both her and family initially. She recalls, “I endured depression after doctors told me seven years ago that I might not live beyond six months. My health kept on deteriorating. People started commenting on my looks. Many would ask me if I have had an acid attack or a burn. Others would ask if I suffered from albinism and I would cry for hours.” She developed inferiority complex and won’t venture out. But there have been friends and well-wishers, and family, who restored the positivity. “I began saying to myself that I am beautiful. I started dressing myself up and doing all the make-up and hair-do. I began enjoy- ❞ ing taking selfies and posting my pictures on the Facebook,” she adds. Close to end Sharing how it all started, she says, “My elder’s sister’s marriage was round the corner when I developed rashes on my skin. Since I was to wear a sleeveless dress, I wanted to get the rash treatment done. I myself approached a dermatologist and he asked me to call in my parents as he suspected something more precarious than a rash. It was in the midst of the marriage days that I got detected with the disease, not knowing back then about its repercussions and progressive nature.” She has had several near continued on page 2 Ajay Joshi 8 LICENCES ISSUED IN NAWANSHAHR Tribune News Service c m y b A cracker market at Burlton Park in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO WHAT ARE GREEN CRACKERS As per the environment experts, green crackers are sans barium salts or compounds of antimony, lithium, mercury, arsenic, lead or strontium chromate. They produce minimal toxicity and minimal fumes in the environment. While a number of chemicals used to make traditional crackers are copper, cadmium, lead, magnesium, zinc and sodium. These chemicals can cause several health issues such as irritation, asphyxia, metal fume fever, burns and respiratory problems. Besides, contrary to the NGT instructions that only green crackers will be put on sale, most of the crackers being sold in the market are not eco-friendly. When asked, shopkeepers said they were not aware about the NGT orders on crackers. However, through newspaper reports they got information that only limited number of cracker deal- ers were authorised to sell the same in the city. “I also had my stock from last Diwali, so I thought to sell it this year. Residents sometimes prefer purchasing crackers here instead of going to the market,” Gurkirpal, a shopkeeper, said. Other shopkeepers said they were selling firecrackers and nobody was stop- from ❝Apartno oneauthorised dealers, can sell firecrackers, especially in residential areas. A police team will be assigned to take action against the erring shopkeepers. Gurpreet ❞ Singh Bhullar, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ping them from doing so. In fact, during Dasehra also, retailers claimed to have sold crackers. Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, assured that strict action would be taken against those practicing this illegal activity. “Apart from authorised dealers, no one can sell firecrackers, especially In a public draw for the sale of crackers ahead of Diwali held on Tuesday, the district administration has issued eight licences in Nawanshahr. Deputy Commissioner Sheena Aggawal said the draw had been taken out in a very transparent manner. While four of the eight licences have been issued for sale in Nawanshahr subdivision, two licences each have been issued for Banga and Balachaur subdivisions. A total of 74 applications were received, of which 53 were from Nawanshahr, 12 from Banga and nine from Balachaur. For sales in Nawanshahr city area, the licence holders have been allotted space in Doaba Arya School, Rahon Road. For Banga, the licence holders will be able to sell crackers on Dasehra ground of Banga and for Balachaur, the sales would be allowed at Dasehra ground of Balachaur. — TNS in residential areas. A police team will be assigned to take action against the erring shopkeepers,” the CP said. The state government on Tuesday announced a twohour window for the use of green firecrackers on Diwali and Gurpurb across the state. The timings have reportedly been kept between 8pm 10pm.
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