11022021-JTR-01.qxd 2/10/2021 11:12 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE MINIMAL PARTICIPATION ON FIRST DAY OF SPORTS TRIALS PAGE 2 Reason: Pandemic. Last year, too, not much participation was seen. No trials were conducted in 2019. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF IRA SHARES A NEW VIDEO ON HER FIGHT WITH DEPRESSION Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 10 The heart of Indians residing abroad have always been longing for the betterment of their motherland. While working and earning, they often remember the shores they have come from and to fulfill the desire of seeing their people and the place of origin in better shape, they can go to any extent, even part with the hard-earned money for which they have to leave for foreign lands. For long, non-resident Indians have been contributing for the construction of religious places. In almost every village one can see beautifully constructed gurdwaras, temples, deras but the charity has further branched out and NRI’s have started contributing to other sectors also. In Haripur village, NRIs have been instrumental in setting up of sewage treatment plant, a dispensary, gyms, a well-maintained park and what not. It is no more a village, where the residents would face problems of overflowing 40 days on, victim’s family awaits justice Despite claims, cops yet to arrest accused Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 10 It’s been 40 days, but the accused behind the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl is still at large. Despite several claims of conducting raids, the police are yet to arrest him. For over a month, Manoj Kumar (name changed), the father of the victim, has been knocking the doors of the police station every day to get justice for his daughter. The victim’s body was found strangled to death in the district after being raped on January 3, last month. “Since that day, we haven’t been able to sleep. With each passing day, restlessness to see the accused behind the bars intensifies. I lost my job because of this, as I keep frequenting the police station. Despite that, we only want the accused to be arrested as early as possible,” teary-eyed Kumar said. The minor girl went missing from Hazara village in Patara district police station on January 2 evening. Her body was recovered the next day from a sugarcane field at Johal-Bolina area in Rama Mandi, Hoshiarpur Road. The cops said the victim was found brutally murdered in the fields. Investigations revealed ❝My wife still hasn’t of been able to come out trauma. She goes to bed hungry most of the time. The incident has taken a huge toll on her health. I have three more daughters and she is worried about them. We haven’t lost hope, but we want Santosh to be punished. As a neighbour, he betrayed our trust. Victim’s father ❞ that she was killed by Santosh, a 25-year-old migrant labourer, who abducted the girl before strangling her to death after raping her. The deceased was the eldest among the four siblings and her mother is still unable to forget the nightmare. Manoj, while on his way to the police station, said: “My wife still hasn’t been able to come out of trauma. She goes to bed hungry most of the time. The incident has taken a huge toll on her health. I have three more daughters and she is worried about them. We haven’t lost hope, but we want Santosh to be punished. As a neighbour, he betrayed our trust.” To afford two-square meals, Manoj works three days a SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:12 AM THURSDAY | 11 FEBRUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR ...meet Jagtar Singh, an NRI, who has been playing a part in gracing his village for long now felt the need ❝Wedispensary fortothe build a people of village and did so in 1983. Then in 2017, we constructed a sewerage treatment plant. Our dream is to see the village grow and people should live here without facing any problems. I, along with Joga Singh, and other NRIs are fully committed to our birthplace. Jagtar Singh, ❞ Joga Singh (left) with Jagtar Singh standing at a beautiful park developed by them with the help of other NRIs; and a sewage treatment plant set up in Haripur village. RAPE, MURDER OF 7-YEAR-OLD Ajay Joshi SUNSET THURSDAY 6:11 PM week as a daily-wage labourer. Meanwhile, SHO, Patara police station, Rashpal Singh Siddhu, said cops are on their toes to nab the accused. After failing to locate his whereabouts in Jalandhar, two police parties were sent to his native place at Katihar district in Bihar, but to no avail. We have been trying to nab him. The girl was reportedly alone in her house, when the accused, who was residing in her neighbourhood, abducted her on the pretext on buying chocolates for her. Later, around 5.30 pm, when the victim’s parents, both migrant labourers, arrived, their daughter was missing. Victim’s friend told them that she had gone with Santosh. Subsequently, when they asked Santosh about her, he said he dropped the minor home after an hour. Meanwhile, Santosh also went underground which compelled the victim’s parents to report the incident to the police. After this, a search operation was launched and the minor’s body was recovered on January 3. Following the statements of the victim’s parents, he has been booked under Sections 302 and 376 of the IPC and the POCSO Act. The post-mortem report of the girl also confirmed physical abuse and murder. sewerage emanating foul smell all day long, and would pass through a filthy pond. Today, two ponds paired with the surroundings of a beautiful park and walkway enamours residents. While one is used to preserve treated PAGE 4 Ex-Bigg Boss contestant Digangana Suryavanshi has won an award for the ‘Best Influencer on Digital Media’. It is ‘shore’ love! DIASPORA TALES Hoshiarpur: The Garhshankar police have arrested two persons and seized intoxicating injections, a pistol and two live cartridges from them. According to the information, the police recovered a 7.65 mm pistol, two live cartridges and 28 injections after searching a car passing through Banga Chowk. The police have arrested two accused Manjinder Singh, alias Sunny, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district; and Amninder Singh, alias Soni of Mazari, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. After registering a case under the NDPS Act, the police produced both of them before the court and obtained police remand for two days. OC DIGANGANA BAGS ‘BEST DIGITAL MEDIA INFLUENCER AWARD’ Aamir Khan and Reena Dutta’s daughter Ira Khan has been sharing her videos on battling depression. MAX 24°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C | MIN 8°C 2 ARRESTED WITH PISTOL, INJECTIONS PAGE 3 water, other stores rainwater. Jagtar Singh, an NRI who has been living here in the village these days, shared that they have been helping the village under ‘Haripur Vikas Committee’, especially formed to contribute to the village. Jagtar is the vice-chairman of the committee, while his counterpart, NRI Joga Singh, who is in Canada, is the chairman. He lists out the chronology of works. “We felt the need to build a dispensary for the people of village and did so in Joga Singh, VICE-CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN OF HARIPUR VIKAS COMMITTEE 1983. Then in 2017, we constructed a sewerage treatment plant.” To ensure that village’s youth don’t get pulled towards wrongdoings, three gyms, including an indoor gym, have also been raised. Jagtar said there were more plans in the kitty for the village. “Our dream is to see the village grow and people should live here without facing any problems. I, along with Joga Singh, and other NRIs are fully committed to our birthplace,” he said. Roads connecting rly station barricaded till March 10 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 10 Three major roads connecting the city railway station have been shut for the public for the next one month. Reason: The construction work to lay new sewerage line and recarpetting of roads started on Wednesday. However, owing to this, railway passengers and commuters will face a tough time at the station. The main routes leading towards the railway station are Damoria Overbridge Road, Railway Colony Road and Mandi Fanton Ganj Road. As all three entrance roads to the railway station have been barricaded, traffic snarls are expected on the alternate routes for the next four-five weeks. The new construction process is expected to give a facelift to the railway station. As per the officials, the blueprint of the project and its implementation has been covered under the Smart City Mission. An MC official said a budget worth ~6 crore has been assigned for the project and it would be completed under the supervision of railway engineers. With this, the diversion of traffic for a month will remain a tough task for the traffic police. After the diversion of traffic routes, vehicular rush is expected to increase in areas, including Bhagat Singh Road, Kishanpura Road, Mohalla Govindgarh, Gurunanakpur Crossing, Adda Hoshiarpur and Quila Mohalla, among others. Vehicles moving to the rail- includes ❝The projectroads broadening of connecting the railway station. Though the station building would remain the same, the green cover outside it will increase and there will be a proper space for parking. The movement of heavy vehicles will also be curbed after the construction. An estimated time of nine months has been kept for the construction work. ❞ Rajesh Agarwal, DRM FEROZEPUR Tough time ahead for railway passengers and commuters NO THOROUGHFARE Passengers have a tough time crossing the under-construction road outside the city railway station; and the railway station entrance road dug up for construction work. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH way station from Adda Hoshiarpur and Mandi Fanton Ganj Road will now have to use the same road from Bhagat Singh Chowk to Kishanpura Road. Meanwhile, DRM Ferozepur, Rajesh Agarwal, said: “The project includes broadening of roads connecting the railway station. Though the station building would remain the same, the green cover outside it will increase and there will be a proper space for parking. The movement of heavy vehicles will also be curbed after the construction. An estimated time of nine months has been kept for the construction work.” The workers present on the site said due to illegal parking and continuous movement of vehicles, it was difficult to proceed with the construction. Business may take a hit The construction work will take a huge toll on the business of existing parking operators and taxi service operators. As the auto-rickshaw stand has also been demolished, auto-rickshaw drivers said till the construction was completed, the footfall of pas- sengers would be minimal, making a direct impact on their earning. The nearby hotel and guest house owners also anticipated that they wouldn’t get sufficient visitors for a month. Considering the delayed construction of the road from Mahiran Gate to the railway station, shopkeepers nearby appealed to the authorities to complete the project on time. MC Commissioner takes stock of BMC flyover MC House to take up unipole issue Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 10 A day after a crack was witnessed at the BMC flyover; MC Commissioner Karnesh Sharma reached the spot along with other officials. It is pertinent to mention that its defects liability period had already got over long time back. MC Commissioner Karnesh Sharma said everything was discussed by senior officials and the company that built this bridge was also informed regarding the same. continued on page 2 ‘FIRM TO SUBMIT REPORT IN 2-3 DAYS’ Parvez, a technical expert from SP Singla and Company, which constructed the bridge for the Jalandhar Improvement Trust in 2011 for ~20 crore, visited the site on Wednesday. Commissioner Karnesh Kumar said the company official told him that the crack largely appeared on the approach road and the bridge seemed safe. He said: “I will get a detailed report from the company in two-three days. After that, we will plan for remedial measures.” The MC Commissioner said, “We will get all the bridges inspected.” We have received complaints regarding DAV flyover, Chogitti flyover and Lyallpur Khalsa College flyover. EXPERTSPEAK BMC Chowk flyover’s defect liability period already got over a long time back. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Dr Rajiv Kumar, assistant professor, Civil Engineering (NIT), Jalandhar, said, "The exact reason behind the crack can be known after visiting the spot. The pattern and shape of the crack are quite an indication. The crack is longitudinal, around seven inches wide and 100- ft long. There can be many reasons for the crack to appear on the bridge. It can be due to settlement of the earth, expansion of concrete and position of joints between layers. c m y b Meeting on Feb 19; advt panel chief alleges graft, submits report Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 10 The alleged scam in allotting tenders and installing unipoles across the city in violation of the advertisement bylaws is the only agenda finalised for the General House Meeting scheduled for February 19. Advertisement ad hoc committee chairperson Neerja Jain and the panel members have submitted a written report, highlighting violations in the installation of the THE RULE BOOK SAYS… ■ Unipoles have been installed at intersections such as PAP Chowk, Amardas Chowk etc., but as per the rules, no unipole or hoarding can be installed within 30 metre (90 ft) of any roundabout or road intersection ■ Any two unipoles should be 75 metre (210 ft) apart, but at many locations these have been installed just parallel to each other in violation of the bylaws poles. Jain, at recently held meetings with the Mayor, had pointed out major flaws, including dereliction of duty by staff members, in the process and urged the Mayor to fix the alleged anomalies. She said no meetings and requests were yielding any result, which was why they had submitted all details in writing. In the report, she mentioned that during investigation it was found that senior officials were involved in the entire malpractice and the guilty should be punished.
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