24082021-JTR-01.qxd 8/23/2021 11:34 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE COME, WITNESS A BYGONE ERA ON CANVAS AT THAKAR GALLERY PAGE 2 Tribune takes you to SG Thakar Gallery, which houses paintings of not just Thakar but of other contemporaries. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF STATE-LEVEL MEGA JOB FAIR IN SEPT Kapurthala: With an aim to provide the employment opportunities to the youth as well as to facilitate them for setting up the own units, the Punjab Government will organise the mega state-level job fair in Kapurthala district on September 23. Selected candidates from the state will get appointment letters during this job fair. The Kapurthala district administration has started the preparations for this mega event as ADC G Aditya Uppal and ADC (D) SP Angra have presided over a meeting of officials from various departments. They both asked the officials to submit the availability of vacancies at various commercial and industrial units till August 27 so that the interviews can be arranged for the applicants. They added that the district would also organise four job fairs next month — on September 9, 14, 16 and 17. TNS ~19.56L FINE FOR POWER THEFTS Jalandhar: After conducting a raid and checking nearly 1,498 connections in the city, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on Saturday issued Rs 19.56lakh penalty to defaulters. The PSPCL Jalandhar Distribution Circle Deputy Chief Engineer said during the checking, 30 violations were detected and a penalty of ~19.56 lakh was imposed. “The PSPCL has also appealed to all consumers to help it control the menace of power theft by providing it with the info about the defaulters. Anyone can give feedback about it on WhatsApp no. 96461-75770. The PSPCL assures its consumers that their identity won’t be disclosed,” said the official. TNS ROADWAYS STAFF FORM NEW PANEL Jalandhar: A state-level meeting of the Punjab Roadways Ministerial Staff was organised at the district roadways depot-1 office on Monday. Organised under the chairman of Gurcharan Singh Dugga, staff of 13 roadways depot from across the state participated in the meeting. Apart from withdrawing the old State Roadways Committee, the members formed a new committee and appointed its members, which include state president Gurjit Singh Gill, senior vice-president Gurkirpal Singh, vice-president Harmandeep , joint secretary Angrej Singh, general secretary Gurtej Singh, legal adviser Harwinder Singh, propoganda secretary Sukhwinder Singh and cashier Amarjot Singh. TNS COMPUTER COURSE AT SAINIK INSTITUTE Hoshiarpur: District Defence Services Welfare Officer Colonel (retd) Dalwinder Singh said the Sainik Institute of Management and Technology was starting a short-term computer course. He said in this course, basic knowledge of computer and Internet would be imparted to the students. Children of exservicemen, paramilitary, SC, economically weaker sections, dependants of soldiers and civilians will be given training under the course. He said for admission, candidates should contact the District Sainik Welfare Office with their original certificates from Tuesday to Thursday between 10 am to 3 pm. OC ACTOR RANVEER SINGH HOSTS BIRTHDAY LUNCH FOR HIS MOM PAGE 3 Ranveer Singh made his mother Anju Bhavnani’s birthday special as he hosted lunch with Deepika Padukone. MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:01 PM JAY SONI, RAJ SINGH ARORA TO BE SEEN IN WEB SERIES PRATIKSHA PAGE 4 ULLU is back again with a story revolving around aspirations of a small-town girl, who makes it big in the tinsel world. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:59 AM TUESDAY | 24 AUGUST 2021 | JALANDHAR Alternate routes posing big trouble for commuters FARMERS’ PROTEST Dhina village stretch, Deep Nagar road add tothe woes of travellers Candidates miss Deepkamal Kaur HOSHIARPUR ROUTE TO ASR ALSO CONGESTED Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 23 The commuters shuttling between Jalandhar and Phagwara since the farmers’ protest at Dhanowali for the past four days are a harassed lot, especially those following the Dhina village stretch or the main Deep Nagar road. Both roads, which can be used to reach Jalandhar via Cantonment, are completely tattered. The rainfall since yesterday has made both the stretches completely muddy and marshy making the drive risky. While the main Deep Nagar road has not been relaid for the past many years, work of laying sewerage pipes is on at Dhina village ahead of Sansarpur, owing to which half of the road is lying dug up to create underground septic tanks. A government official posted in Jalandhar said: “I was coming to work from Nawanshahr this morning and chose Dhina route instead of Deep Nagar route. But to my horror, it was worse. There was bumper to bumper traffic and muck due to yesterday’s rain flying all ■ During the ongoing farmers' Poor condition of alternate roads is troubling commuters travelling from Jalandhar to other towns. around. There were no sign boards or danger signals installed around the deep trenches dug up for laying sewerage. Covering just 2km distance was a hell for me. Reaching office, I immediately sounded the city police and asked the officials concerned to protest, the commuters travelling to Jalandhar to holy city Amritsar from Chandigarh are preferring to use the Hoshiarpur route, but this passage, too, is besieged with various difficulties. This route is additionally 35 km longer than the normal direct route via Nawanshahr and Phagwara ■ The congestion on the HoshiarpurJalandhar highway has become so much that the traffic movement remains halted for long. The stretch across Adampur is the most affected as a flyover is under-construction and only a narrow passage is available for the to-and-fro movement. The commuters keep on honking the horns out of frustration, but this only aggravates the situation. dous time. A barely 20 minutes of distance became a nightmare for our family as everyone remained tense and was up the whole night.” While the farmers had yesterday announced that the service lane along the main dharna site had been kept open, the commuters said the barricades kept by the Punjab Police along all flyovers on the stretch between Jalandhar and Phagwara prevented them from closing in near the dharna site. “It was so annoying to see the barricades being installed on all flyovers for no reason. While the stretch from atop the flyovers could be covered in one to 1.5 minutes, the same distance was being covered via the congested service lanes in 10-15 minutes. The only reason I could figure out of keeping the flyovers closed was to encourage the commuters to start taking alternate routes available on the left and right sides of the service lane so as to reduce the traffic flow towards Jalandhar,” said Arshdeep Singh, a city-based businessman. SSC exam due to traffic jam Jalandhar, August 23 At least seven to eight students were unable to appear for their Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exam this morning due to traffic jam on the Jalandhar-Phagwara highway, owing to the farmers’ protest here. Students said the staff didn’t let them enter the centre despite a delay of only few minutes in reaching the venue. While the exam was to take place at a mall on the highway, they remained stuck in traffic for hours and were not allowed entry once they reached. Meanwhile, ASI Gurwinder Singh who was present on the spot, said: “The reporting time was from 10.30 to 11.30 am. and the gates were closed at 11.30 am. The staff did everything while abiding by the rules. There is an exam tomorrow as well. We have asked the candidates to write to the SSC and let them appear for the exam on Tuesday.” — TNS Gurdas Maan lands in fresh controversy Jalandhar, August 23 Popular Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan landed in a new controversy as members of the Satkar Committee lodged a police complaint after his video went viral wherein he is heard saying that the chief of a dera and Nakodar Sain Laddi Shah is from the descendants of third Sikh guru Guru Amar Dass. Earlier, the committee members lodged a complaint with Nakodar police and later in the evening with the SSP , Jalandhar. The committee demanded a case be lodged against the singer or else they would lodge a demonstration on the issue across Punjab. The members raised slogans against the singer outside the SSP office and threatened to even gherao the SSP office if the officials did not take action against Maan. The singer had reportedly made the statement during an ongoing mela at Nakodar. The members of the committee alleged that the speech of Maan could be a part of his pre-planned strategy and aimed at hurting the sentiments of the Sikh. — TNS ticket for last evening but the train arrival time got put off by four hours. I immediately rushed to the ISBT. The bus halted at Phagwara bus stand in the wee hours today. I asked my father in Jalandhar to pick me by his car. He started from home via Sansarpur- District reports four new cases Members of the Satkar Committee in the Jalandhar SSP’s office. at least dissuade the people from using this route as an alternate passage”. Sachin Sharma, a citybased youth who had gone to Delhi to appear for a job interview and returned today, also shared his experience of using this route, “I had a train Graffiti no more adding to city’s beauty Jalandhar, August 23 The district today reported four fresh Covid cases taking the total tally to 63,200. One of these belongs to another district. No Covid-related death was reported in the district on Monday. The district toll remained at 1,491. A total of 61,682 persons have recovered from Covid in the district, while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 27. Kapurthala sees one case Kapurthala district on Monday reported one fresh case and no new Covid-related casualty. The district tally has increased to 17,795. The person who tested positive for the virus today has been identified as a 40-year-old person from Kapurthala. 3 test +ve in Hoshiarpur With three fresh Covid cases, the Hoshiarpur district tally increased to 30,700 on Monday. The district did not report any casualty today. The number of active cases in the district is nine, while the number of recovered patients is 29,711. — TNS/OC Dhina route. His car broke on the way and he got stuck up there. I managed a taxi from Phagwara to reach him and it took me 40 minutes to reach him from Phagwara. We finally tied up the car with the taxi and reached home at 5 am today. It was such a horren- DIRTY PICTURE Illegal banners cover these pieces of art Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 23 Done very tastefully to enhance the beauty of the city’s best intersections, the graffiti work in the city is being covered by illegal banners put up by various political and social groups in the city. The worst affected are the pillars of the BMC Chowk flyover, all of which also carry a message for the residents. A painted graffiti depicting two messages of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ and ‘Conserving nature’ which was put up by the administration through the Jalandhar Welfare Council, too, is lying covered with a congratulatory message for Navjot Singh Sidhu upon his appointment as the PPCC chief. Likewise, the graffiti on the other side of the pillar which carries the caricatures of the popular musicians and singers from Jalandhar has also been covered by another congratulatory hoarding of appointment of vice-chair- MC sleeps as illegal banners deface city’s graffiti. SARABJIT SINGH Rousing welcome greets hockey stars at RCF Tribune News Service Kapurthala, August 23 Three women hockey players of Rail Coach Factory — Olympian Navjot Kaur, Lalresiami and Reena Khokhar — who represented India at Tokyo Olympics, and goalkeeper Krishan Pathak, who was raised and trained at RCF and was a part of the bronze medal winning men’s hockey team, were given a rousing welcome on their return to RCF today. On reaching RCF they were garland, ed at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Stadium by principal chief mechanical engineer and RCF Sports Association president RK Mangla, principal chief engineer and association vice-president SC Meena, chief project manager and association honorary general secretary Nitin Choudhary, and other officials of the RCF Sports Association. RCF General Manager Ravinder Gupta met the three women players at his office and honoured them. Hockey players who represented India at Tokyo Olympics being welcomed at the RCF. Navjot and Lalresiami were promoted as gazetted officers. Each player shared their experiences at the Tokyo Olympics. Congratulating them, Gupta said their performance in the Olympics was no less than a gold medal and he hoped that the players would work hard to give the team a gold medal in the upcoming Hockey World Cup and many more players c m y b from the RCF will represent India in the coming international fixtures. The Tokyo Olympic star players were welcomed on their way to the hockey stadium by the players of men’s hockey, football, athletics, basketball and wrestling teams. All three women hockey players are regular members of the RCF and Indian Railways team. Navjot has played 180 matches for Indian team so far while Lalresiami has played 72 matches with the national team and Reena Khokhar has played 45 matches. Reena was with the team as a standby. Krishna Pathak, who was born in Kapurthala, lives with his uncle, who works in RCF He received . training in goalkeeping from Yogita Bali, a senior goal keeper of the RCF . Pathak was a part of the Indian junior hockey team that won the Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup in 2016, since then has been a regular member of the Indian team and has played 50 matches with the Indian team. person of the Khatri-Arora Welfare Board. The city residents have raised strong objection to the MC’s inaction over such illegal banners and hoardings, especially those covering the graffiti. “What is the whole idea of putting up the graffiti when such banners are to be allowed to be put up over them and cover them completely? The graffiti had been put up with a purpose to dissuade people from indulging in the defacement of the walls of the pillars of the flyover and also to beautify the city’s intersections and send across good messages to anyone entering the city through these areas. But the MC by not acting against such wrong doers has defeated the whole purpose,” said Sahib Singh, a collegiate. Deputy Mayor Harsimranjit Singh Banti said he would ask the teams of the MC to remove all such banners and hoardings from around the BMC Chowk. “This issue is coming to us repeatedly. We need to act upon it properly”, he said. Green cover boost: 16,000 saplings to be planted today Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 23 The district administration will observe Van Mahotsav on Tuesday by planting 16,140 saplings. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said while the Chief Minister would launch the mega plantation drive during state-level events, similar drives would be started in the districts simultaneously. He added that the Forest Department had selected 30 locations in the district, where over 16,000 saplings would be planted in a single day. These places include Muthada Kalan village, Phillaur city, Goraya, Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, Phillaur Civil Hospital, Phillaur DAV Public School, Noormahal Police Station, Noormahal city, KV-II, KV- III, Jodhe village, Eidgah, Phase 1 Urban Estate and Dhina, CRPF campus, 91 Sub-Area in Cantt, ITBP various schools , and parks in the city, PAP Ground, area opposite Jalandhar DAV College, NIT campus, Adampur, Bhogpur and Birpind Sidhwa station. The DC said the drive would be carried out with the help of local NGOs and government establishments. Divisional Forest Officer Vikram Kundra said under the drive, trees of native species such as shisham, arjuna, drek, neem, kadam, ornamental species, flowering plants and others would be planted. The DFO said the main thrust of the drive was to make younger generations an active partner of the campaign for planting more trees.
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