25092021-JTR-01.qxd 9/24/2021 11:38 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE DC VISITS TWO INDUSTRIAL UNITS IN CITY, DISCUSSES JOB VISTAS PAGE 2 To get feedback from industry for manpower requirements, the DC visited two industrial units in the city. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF CYCLIST SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES Kapurthala: An old man was seriously injured in a collision between a car and a bicycle near the Khojewal village, located on the Jalandhar Road, falling under the Wadala police post. The car driver informed the kin of the injured about the accident and took him to a private hospital in Jalandhar for treatment. After the first aid, doctors referred him to another hospital, where the victim died during treatment. The deceased has been identified as 65-yearold Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Mand, Jalandhar. Ajit Singh, brother of the deceased, said his brother had left the house for cycling. When he reached near Khojewal, a vehicle bearing registration number PB08BM5020, coming from Jalandhar, and driven by Vikas Sharma, a resident of Basti Sheikh, Jalandhar, hit him from behind. The victim lost his balance and fell. A case has been registered against the car driver. TNS HOCKEY TRIALS FOR GIRLS ON SEPT 27, 28 Jalandhar: The Sports Department of the state government will hold trials for women players for admission in the women’s wing of Surjit Hockey Academy for session 2021-22 from September 27. Gurpreet Singh, District Sports Officer, said if any player would not be able to appear for trials on the date, she would be able to give trials on the next day. Trials would be conducted at Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women from 8 am onwards. The participants have been asked to bring along their original birth certificates and attested copies of their sports achievements along with two passport-size photographs. TNS MLA VISITS BABA FARID SHRINE Jalandhar: Jalandhar Central MLA Rajinder Beri on Friday visited the historic site of Baba Sheikh Farid where he had stayed for 40 days and meditated. Beri was accompanied by Jabbar Khan, a member of the Building and Other Construction Welfare Board. He said the place had great historical importance and that he would try to get it notified with the Punjab Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department for its upkeep. TNS PAGE 3 REAL TO REEL: MEET KRISTEN STEWART AS PRINCESS DIANA CLASS APART: SHEFALI JARIWALA JOINS THE CAST OF CLASS 2020 The trailer of Spencer is finally out and Stewart's portrayal of Princess Diana looks extremely promising. MAX 32°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:20 PM PAGE 4 After earlier success, the show will be back with another season that will have intriguing stories, twists & drama. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:18 AM SATURDAY | 25 SEPTEMBER 2021 | JALANDHAR Channi’s assurance fails to break deadlock ROADWAYS STRIKEAgitators to gherao CM’s residence on October 12 | Passengers a harried lot Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 24 Even as Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi announced on Thursday that he would regularise drivers, employees of Punjab Roadways, Punbus and PRTC, chose not to budge and went ahead with their strike from 10 am to 12 noon today. The protesters closed the gates and did not let any government or private bus enter or leave the bus stand. Buses coming from outside halted at a flyover near the bus stand and passengers had to walk with their luggage. Preeti, a mother of two, who had come from Patiala, said, “Our bus stopped one km ahead of the bus stand. I failed to figure out where I was. There were no rickshaws around and I had to pick my luggage along with kids on the busy road.” Private bus operators, too, had to pick passengers from outside the bus stand, which led to chaos in the ❝Weofwill not budge till the words leaders translate into action. CM Charanjit Singh Channi has not said this for the first time. Even former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had been giving us assurances for over four years. ❞ Gurpreet Singh, A PROTESTER (From left) PRTC & Punbus workers stage a protest in Jalandhar on Friday; passengers had a tough time and have to walk on roads with luggage. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH area. The buses remained queued all around and passengers had to walk down a long distance to catch a bus to their destination. Even the traffic police personnel had to face a lot of difficulty in manning the traffic. Sangeeta, who was heading back to Phillaur, said, “It is becoming increasingly cumbersome to travel on bus these days. Even though my ride has become free because of the state government’s policy, frequent strikes by employees have made travel very chaotic.” Gurpreet Singh from the Punjab Roadways, Punbus and PRTC Contractual Employees Union, said: “We will not budge till the words of leaders translate into action. Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has not said this for the first time. Even ex-CM Capt Amarinder Singh had been giving us assurances for over four years. We are 8,000 drivers, conductors and office duty staff, who are awaiting to be regularised. The day the process gets started, we will end our strike.” After today’s protest, the bus stand will be shut once again in support of farmers who have announced ‘Bharat Bandh’ on September 27. On October 6, roadways employees have planned a gate rally. There would be threeday strike again from October 11 to 13. On October 12, some unions would be holding a protest outside the CM’s residence. Gate installed at ‘behest of Capt’s Hoardings get pics of new aide’ in Model Town opens, finally team after change of guard Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 24 An illegal gate installed in Model Town, which had become a bone of contention between residents and authorities, has been finally opened. The gate had been installed on a road near Geeta Mandir. While several colonies across the city have gated roads, but managements of all such areas ensure that they keep the gates open during the day and close them only at night for security reasons. But the gate near Geeta Mandir had become a sort of a temporary wall and used to remain locked 24X7. Residents and commuters, who had been protesting on social media, maintainend that it was illegal to raise any kind of obstruction on a public road for any sort of personal inconvenience. Irked residents had been blaming a hotelier, closely associated with ex-CM Capt Amarinder Singh, for the same alleging that his house was situated on this stretch Jalandhar, September 24 With Charanjit Singh Channi taking over as the new Chief Minister of Punjab, old hoardings bearing pictures of Capt Amarinder Singh are now getting replaced with that of new head of the state government. Since Channi visited Doaba for two consecutive days this week, including Jalandhar and Kapurthala, congratulatory messages for him can now be seen across almost all important intersections of roads. Channi had travelled by road to Kapurthala from Chandigarh as his chopper could not take off in time owing to bad weather yesterday. Even a day before, his chopper had landed near DAV University from where he travelled by road to Dera Sachkhand Ballan. All along his route, hoardings were put up by party workers in his support. Initially, most Doaba leaders other than MLAs Pargat Singh and Bawa Henry had largely supported Capt Amarinder Singh, but after A gate installed on a road adjoining Geeta Mandir has finally opened. TRIBUNE PHOTO and the blockade had been done on his insistence. Residents taking a jibe said within days of resignation of Capt Amarinder Singh, the gate has been opened. The issue had taken a political colour, especially after Jalandhar Cantt MLA Pargat Singh, in whose constituency the area falls, had written to Municipal Corporation Commissioner Karnesh Sharma asking him to get the gate opened for the convenience of residents. Residents had lodged numerous complaints on the matter with the Commissioner as well as Mayor Jagdish Raja, but both had been doing only lip service. The issue had been taken up residents on Facebook community page of Jalandhar ‘NoticeBoard – Jalandhar by Tinu Luthra’. They had been venting out their ire on this page earlier. The page has 93,600 followers. Sumit Arora, a resident, mentioned that the gate was just an example how the bureaucracy was fully controlled by politicians. Gurpreet Singh, another complainant, said, “As the ruler just changed, now they have got the guts to act and open the gate.” Pictures of new CM Charanjit Channi have started replacing those of Capt Amarinder Singh in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH the change in the government and on the orders of the party high command, almost all of them now stand with Channi. Almost all MLAs from Jalandhar and Kapurthala had shown up at a function held at the IKGPTU yesterday. Even Mayors of Jalandhar and Kapurthala Jagdish Raja and Kulwant Kaur, respectively, attended the function. Members of Parliament Chaudhary Santokh Singh from Jalandhar and Jasbir ASHA workers seek salary hike, write to PM Tribune News Service Dilpreet Singh celebrates his success with his family. TRIBUNE PHOTO PCS trainee cracks UPSC Jalandhar: Having cracked Punjab Civil Services (PCS) exam twice, city-based Dilpreet Singh on Friday cracked Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam and secured 237th rank. Dilpreet had cleared the PCS exam two years ago (12th position) and had been undertaking training as tehsildar. In June this year, he stood eighth and qualified for the executive post. Dilpreet hopes to get picked for the IPS or IRS. This was his third attempt. A resident of Kalia Colony, Dilpreet did his BTech in mechanical engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. His father, Manmohan Singh, is a Power Grid Corporation of India employee and his mother is a headmistress at Lidran Government School. His sister is serving as a doctor. His friends said, “Dilpreet’s UPSC exam date was just a few days ahead of his sister’s wedding. But he went into hibernation. Keeping the UPSC as his priority, he burst into celebration mode after appearing for exam. We are happy that his hard work has finally paid off.” — TNS Jalandhar, September 24 Members of the ASHA Workers and Facilitators’ Union submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, Ghanshyam Thori addressed to the Prime Minister in support of their demands here on Friday. One of their major demands was that they wanted a salary of Rs 24,000 per month on a regular basis. Their second major demand was restarting of Rs 2,500 as allowance they were receiving until last month for Covid-19. The other demands of the union included suspending a host of other works ASHA workers were being asked to do, apart from their primary duties, appointment of adequate ANMs to carry out duties, ASHA workers and volunteers’ monthly allowances be doubled, incentives for pulse polio duties be increased. ASHA workers hold a protest at the DC office in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH Rajwinder Bala, president of the ASHA Workers and Facilitators’ Union, said, “The ASHA workers get a c m y b mere Rs 1,500 in allowances per month and Rs 250 to Rs 100 as incentives for domestic and institutional deliver- ies, respectively. “This is very little and we can barely survive on it. On top of it, our Covid allowance of Rs 2,500 per month has also been stopped from this month onwards, even though we are continuing with all the duties assigned to us. There is too much pressure on us as we have lots of jobs to do related to pulse polio, deliveries and vaccination duties to attend, but we are getting a pittance in return. The government is totally dependent on us for providing healthcare services on the doorstep of the common populace.” General secretary Mashu said, “Previously, we were carrying out seven visits for maternal care. Now, the number of visits has been increased to 12 to take care of mother and child. While our work is piling up, our allowances are decreasing. We want the Covid allowance to be restarted. At a time when the inflation is spiralling, it has become difficult for us to make ends meet with meagre allowances.” Dimpa from Khadoor Sahib, who were staunch loyalist of Capt Amarinder Singh, too came along Channi yesterday. Clearly, with almost all Congress leader backing Channi now, the change in hoardings was set to come. Today, employees of the Punjab Roadways also removed old stickers on some buses bearing pictures of Capt Amarinder Singh. The Public Relations Department is yet to prepare new stickers for pasting on buses. 1 tests positive, no death in dist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 24 One new Covid case was reported in Jalandhar district today, taking the total district tally to 63,295 cases. No Covid death was reported in the district on Friday. The deceased tally remained 1,494. As many as 61,779 persons have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 22. Of the 16,53,679 samples collected in the district so far, 15,20,964 samples have tested negative. Results of as many as 420 tests are yet awaited. There are 13 people in home isolation in the district currently. All well in Kapurthala No case of Covid was reported positive in Kapurthala today as the Covid tally remained 17,825. No death from Covid was reported at Kapurthala today.
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