09022021-JTR-01.qxd 2/8/2021 10:57 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE NOT FARMERS, BUT CONGRESS OPPOSING BJP: PARTY CHIEF PAGE 2 ARJUN RAMPAL TO STAR WITH KONKONA SEN IN THE RAPIST State BJP chief Ashwani Sharma in Hoshiarpur said they will win elections with people's mandate. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 3 SHOWN THE DOOR: ARSHI GETS EVICTED FROM BIGG BOSS HOUSE The movie will see Arjun opposite Konkona , bringing them together for the second time after Meridian Lines. MAX 23°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23°C | MIN 7°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:09 PM PAGE 4 Arshi, who had entered the show as a challenger in December, got the least number of votes among those nominated. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:13 AM TUESDAY | 9 FEBRUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR Now, a 5-yr-old is victim of banned Chinese kite string Eagle rescued by Preet Nagar resident Pihu is 3rd sufferer in a span of 1 week Animal Protection Tribune News Service Foundation ❝Today, it was my Jalandhar, February 8 Jalandhar, February 8 The Animal Protection Foundation on Monday rescued an eagle stuck in Chinese string. In the past two years, 10 to 15 animals have been found trapped in the banned string. Foundation president Yuvi Singh said, “The eagle was rescued by some boys from Jalandhar Cantt who handed it over to us. After administering first-aid to it, we left the bird of prey at a local animal shelter. We have found several eagles, pigeons, dogs and recently a cat wrapped in Chinese strings. “The string is not only fatal for birds and animals but has caused serious injuries to them. To save the speechless birds, we should stop the use of the banned string. We have found eagles trapped in Chinese string hanging loose from poles and animals immobilised on streets due to it.” He said, “We urge government officials to look into the matter and ban the sale and purchase of the Chinese string.” NGO members said though they had organised an awareness camp in Model Town area about the dangerous effects of Chinese string, cases of injuries to birds and animals due to it had only increased. Many individuals and birds suffered injuries caused by Chinese string. The NGO expressed concerns that despite a Supreme Court ban, Chinese string was easily available in the market. — TNS As the 5-year-old Pihu’s mother sits out in open taking the little girl in her lap, she peeps through her bandaged forehead and eyes and tells her mom, “I do not want to gaze at the sky. Now, I hate watching those colourful kites. Their patterns no longer amuse me.” The cute filly is the latest victim of the Chinese kite strings. A resident of Preet Nagar, she along with her parents was on a scooter on Sunday, when the manjha cut through her face inflicting serious injuries. Even though at least three children have received grievous injuries due to the use of banned Chinese kite strings, the district administration and the city police are yet to wake up from the slumber and nab the traders involved in its indiscriminate sales. After 11-year-old Ankur had sustained nearly 90 per cent burn injuries due to an electric shock after his kite’s string got entangled with an overhead high-tension wire in Jhansi Nagar last Tuesday and his friend ,too, got injured, Pihu is the third victim to get injured in a span of just one week. Standing in front while her father was at the wheel, a kite string slashed across her face. Before she could raise an alarm and the scooter could be stopped, the damage was daughter. Tomorrow, it can be another child and can be fatal too. So, why are the governments, MLAs, councillors, civil and police administration not waking up? Why can't they implement a proper ban? Why these strings are so openly available in the Rakesh and Sonia with their daughter Pihu, who got injured due to a kite string in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH markets and the police not even We have been conducting keeping a check? raids daily, confiscating Chinese Why is everyone so string rolls and lodging FIRs indifferent to this against the traders indulging in the menace? sales of the banned item. Rakesh, ❝ ❞ VICTIM PIHU’S FATHER ❞ Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, POLICE COMMISSIONER already done by then. Her father Rakesh said he saw blood gushing from her forehead and the left side of her eyes. Hearing their screams, people from around the area immediately came to their help. “We took her to two hospitals, but it was Sunday and there was no staff. We could not get cotton pads…no medical aid for good 25 minutes. Then we rushed to Kamal Hospital where paediatrician Dr Anubhav Gupta immediately attended to her. Her wounds were sutured with 15 stitches on her face. She remained at the hospital and we finally got her home this afternoon.” Pihu’s mother, Sonia, alleges, “The use of Chinese strings is so rampant that everyone is using them despite being aware of its repercussions. I really thank God that the string passed just above her eyes and there has been no loss of vision. Doctor is telling us that her scars would heal up well.” Rakesh adds, “Today, it was my daughter. Tomorrow, it can be another child and can be fatal too. So, why are the governments, MLAs, councillors, civil and police administration not waking up? Why can’t they implement a proper ban? Why these strings are so openly available in the markets and the police not even keeping a check? Why is everyone so indifferent to this menace?” Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, however, maintains, “We have been conducting raids daily, confiscating Chinese string rolls and lodging FIRs against the traders indulging in the sales of the banned item.” Youths protest outside a travel agent’s office in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Foreign dreams dashed, youths protest outside travel agent’s office Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 8 Over a hundred youngsters along with their family members held a protest outside the office of an immigration company at PPR Mall on Monday alleging fraud. The protesters alleged that the owner of the firm duped them on the pretext of sending them abroad. People from various districts, including Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana and Phagwara among others gathered outside A to Z Immigration firm alleging fraud worth crores. Those aspiring to go abroad said the company promised them to provide visas for Malaysia, Singapore, Qatar, Dubai and even England. While the immigration firm is lying shut for the past few weeks, protesters, demanding the arrest of the owner, was approached by the company during the lockdown ❝Isubsequently, I paid the expenses for my documents. and But after receiving the money, the company only made fake promises and didn’t tell me about the status of my documents. Mandeep Singh, A PROTESTER WHO CAME FROM KAPURTHALA ❞ said after taking the money in lakhs, the company neither prepared their documents nor returned the money. They instead issued them fake paper visas. Kuldeep Kumar, a resident of Preet Nagar, said he had given ~1.5 lakh to the travel agent of the company to receive work visa of Singapore. However, after taking the money, the agent did not call him. Similarly, the parents of the youth said the agent demanded ~2 lakh as the token amount and it varied depending upon the country they applied for. Mandeep Singh, who had come from Kapurthala, said he was approached by the company during the lockdown and subsequently, he paid the expenses for his documents, but after receiving the money, the company only made fake promises and didn’t tell him about the status of his documents. The division number 7 police reached the spot and assured the protesters of necessary action. ASI Surjit Singh (IO) said they have registered a case against the company for duping people on the pretext of sending them abroad, adding that the owner and the staff were absconding. Former mayor alleges PSU seeks release of Nodeep, action against cops corruption in civic body Tribune News Service To urge Union Minister to appoint nodal officer to intervene Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 8 Former Mayor Sunil Jyoti on Monday alleged that there was rampant corruption in the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar. He alleged that Smart City Mission funds were being used for the MC’s works but no single project had come up under the Mission. He said he would take up the matter with Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. He said, “There were several works that were to be done under the Smart City Mission, but it seems that the MC is shut and a front has been opened in the form of the Mission. Every work — be it purchase of sweeping machines, jetting machines or machines for the Fire Brigade — is being done with Smart City Mission funds. Nothing is happening according to the vision of the smart city.” He claimed that no work was done under the Area Based Development (ABD) model. “Not even a single penny has been spent under ABD till date,” the former mayor alleged. “Most of the main roads are in bad shape. There seems to be corruption in the MC. Those running the corporation hardly bother about checking whether Ex-Mayor Sunil Jyoti addresses a press conference in Jalandhar. ❝There were several works thatitwere to be done MC under the Smart City Mission, but seems that the is shut and a front has been opened in the form of the Mission. Every work — be it purchase of sweeping machines, jetting machines or machines for the Fire Brigade — is being done with the Smart City Mission funds. Nothing is happening according to the vision of the smart city. Sunil Jyoti, FORMER MAYOR ❞ the funds are being used for right purpose. Just because the funds are coming from the Central Government, it does not mean that the money should be wasted,” he said. Jyoti said there were two models under the Smart City project — the Pan City project and the ABD model. The purpose of both models had not been accomplished. “There would be total development under the ABD while under the Pan City project, transportation and social security should have been taken care of,” he said, adding that he would be meeting Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and would urge him to appoint a nodal officer to look into it. Jalandhar, February 8 Women activists of the Punjab Students’ Union on Monday spoke in favour of Nodeep Kaur, an activist and member of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan, who was arrested on January 12. She is in detention ever since. The Punjab Students’ Union demanded the immediate release of Nodeep Kaur. Condemning her detainment and alleged torture by the Haryana Police, PSU activists demanded the dismissal of the police officials responsible. Activists of the Punjab Students’ Union protest against the arrest of labour activist Nodeep Kaur (inset) at Lyallpur Khalsa College. Now, get 56 more services RTA Secy challans through Sewa Kendras 60 private buses Notably, the demand to release Nodeep Kaur has grown into a robust online campaign, where various celebrities and prominent activists and organisations have demanded her release. She has also become the poster girl for labour rights in the midst of farm agitation. The Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan has also been actively supporting the farmers’ agitation. PSU district president Varjeet Kaur and general secretary Ramandeep Kaur, while speaking at Lyallpur Khalsa College Jalandhar, said the police and the BJP government in Haryana vio- 23 test +ve in dist Tribune News Service DIST ROUND-UP Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 8 Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Monday reviewed the preparations for the state-level virtual launch of 56 additional citizen services through Sewa Kendras. CM Capt Amarinder Singh will launch the services from Chandigarh on Tuesday. Presiding over the meeting, the DC said the government was committed towards according topmost priority to ensuring public services to citizens in a hassle-free manner. He said the Sewa Kendras had been acting as a facilitating agency for people c m y b coming for their routine administrative works. He said these new 56 additional citizen services through Sewa Kendras will facilitate people. He asked officials to ensure elaborate arrangements for the virtual launch, excluding the areas where model code of conduct is being enforced due to elections in six municipal councils and two nagar panchayats. The DC said the officers had been assigned duties regarding the function and any sort of callousness is unwarranted. Assistant Commissioner Hardeep Singh, DEO Secondary Harinder Pal Singh, District Technical Coordinator Hatinder Malhotra, Gurpreet Jalandhar, February 8 The Secretary, Regional Transport Authority, on Monday issued challans to the owners of nearly 60 buses plying illegally to the national capital. It came to the fore that most such buses were starting from Jalandhar or Amritsar and were taking advantage of the fact that fewer Punjab Roadways buses were plying to Delhi due to the ongoing farmers’ agitation. Since the railways had also limited their services due to the protests, private operators from Jalandhar were also plying buses to UP and Bihar without any legal permit. lated human rights. They said she was a victim like other activists, who were constantly being targeted and arrested for speaking the truth. They said Kaur had spoken for the rights of labourers. They said despite the activist having undergone so much injustice, those responsible for jailing her walk free and haven’t been punished. They demanded that the officers responsible for jailing her be dismissed. They also demanded that the case registered against her be dismissed and she be released immediately. Jalandhar, February 8 With 23 people testing for the virus on Monday, the Covid19 tally reached 20,848 in the district. With four deaths in the district on Monday, the death toll rose to 683. There are 238 active cases in the district so far and as many as 19,927 persons have been discharged, while as many as 154 people are still under home isolation in Jalandhar currently. Meanwhile, Kapurthala district saw 11 persons testing positive for Covid-19. Three die, 8 test positive in Hoshiarpur With eight new positive patients, the district tally Samples collected 5,78,935 Negative 5,37,033 Positive 20,848 Active 238 Deceased 683 Discharged 19,927 Sample inappropriate 6,781 Results awaited 127 Home isolated 154 reached 8,124 on Monday. With three more deaths, the toll reached 342. There are 82 active cases, while the number of patients who have recovered is 7,728. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said of Monday's patients, two are of Hoshiarpur city and six from the rest of the district. — OC
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