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SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:25 AM WEDNESDAY | 6 OCTOBER 2021 | JALANDHAR Shifting loyalties: Feelingisolated, Cash rewards for farmers shunning stubble burning those close to Capt quitting Cong Tribune News Service After Jagbir Brar, ex-Milkfed Chairman Capt Harminder Singh joins SAD Deepkamal Kaur Paying the price for being ex-CM loyalist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 5 Loyalists of ex-Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in Jalandhar have certainly started feeling isolated and insecure since the reins moved away from his hand. While ex-MLA Jagbir Brar was the first to realise this and quickly joined hands with the Akali Dal, who even announced him the candidate from Jalandhar Cantonment, it was ex-Jalandhar DCC (rural) chief and ex-Milkfed Chairman Capt Harminder Singh who quit the Congress today and went the SAD way. Capt Harminder (69), whose son Karanvir served as the OSD to Capt Amarinder Singh till his tenure as CM, was also today announced as the Akali candidate from Sultanpur Lodhi. His closeness with Capt Amarinder Singh was known in the Congress circuit as he also used to visit his place at Urban Estate here. Spelling out the reason for quitting Congress, he said: “We saw the way the Congress humiliated Capt Amarinder and forced him to resign. A leader of his stature did not deserve such kind of maltreatment. Ever since he left, we too had the feeling that if this could happen to a tall leader like him, no one will take care of us. The party is in utter turmoil at the moment and the leaders and workers are in complete confusion over its fate. Hence getting the offer to contest from Sultanpur Lodhi, I and my son left the Congress today to join Akali Dal.” Capt Harminder says that he was settled in Jalandhar because of his businesses, which his son Karanvir runs now, but his roots are from Naseerpur village of Sultanpur Lodhi. “I have always maintained my connection with the people there which INBRIEF 2 SNATCH MOBILE PHONE, BOOKED Jalandhar: Two persons snatched a mobile phone of a city-based BJP leader on Tuesday. Around 10.30 am, two motorcyle-borne snatchers snatched the mobile from Kishanlal Sharma, former head of BJP Cultural Cell. Sharma was heading towards Kishanpura on Sri Guru Ravidas Road on a twowheeler. The SHO reached the spot immediately and registered a case. Sharma said crime graph has increased in the city and masses have become helpless. He said a protest march in this regard would be organised at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Smriti Manch at 12 noon on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a case has been registered against two persons at Ram Mandi police station. TNS 2 FRESH CASES, 1 DEATH IN DIST Jalandhar: The district on Tuesday reported one fatality due to Covid and two positive cases. With this, the total number of positive cases have surged to 63,333 and the tally of active cases now stands at 35. EduYouth Foundation (Regd) in collaboration with Dr Vardhan Charitable Trust (Regd) organised a vaccination camp at Chhoti Baradari Jalandhar today. More than 300 doses of Covishield were administered to the city residents. All residents really appreciated the efforts of both NGOs. TNS ❝The Trust had a balance amount of ~70 lakh when I had joined. I worked hard and raised its kitty to ~6 crore. This should not have been the way to treat someone who was pushy. I was also in good terms with CM Charanjit Singh Channi, but I it seems that he is not getting his say in the party. I really wish that he does not remain a dummy CM, the chances of which are quite likely. Rana Randhawa, OUSTED Capt Harminder Singh (left), ex-Jalandhar DCC (rural) chief and ex-Milkfed Chairman, will contest as SAD candidate from Sultanpur Lodhi, while ex-MLA Jagbir Brar will be Akali candidate from Jalandhar Cantonment in the 2022 Assembly elections. FORMER AKALI MINISTER UPINDERJIT NOT HAPPY ■ The handing over of party ticket to Capt Harminder has not gone down well with ex-Akali minister Upinderjit Kaur, who had been seeking ticket for her niece’s husband Swaran Singh, a retired XEN from PSPCL ■ She had reportedly met Parkash Singh Badal two days back in the same context. She is even said to have clearly mentioned that she will not support a parachute candidate (hinting towards Capt Harminder) as she would only stand with a local candidate ■ There were at least six other local leaders in the fray other than Swaran Singh, who had all reportedly come together with Upinderjit Kaur on the issue will be of help now,” he said. Meanwhile, Congress MLA from Sultanpur Lodhi Navtej Cheema has started terming him an outsider. “Like his Aam Aadmi Party counterpart Sajjan Singh Cheema, even Capt Harminder is from Jalandhar. I will be the only local candidate who is available to people 24x7 and it certainly matters,” he said. Meanwhile, the change of leadership in the Congress continues to have an impact even in terms of appointments. While the party had changed two Improvement Trust Chairmen at Amritsar and Batala, who did not go along with PPCC chief Navjot Sidhu, another head rolled on Tuesday. Today was the turn of Rana Randhawa, who was the Chairman of Kartarpur Improvement Trust. He has been unceremoniously replaced by Vijay Bhushan Aggarwal, that too just three months ahead of the likely announcement of next elections. As a Congress leader, Randhawa had been eyeing Jalandhar Canton- ❞ CHAIRMAN OF KARTARPUR IMPROVEMENT TRUST ment seat represented by MLA Pargat Singh. He too was termed as a staunch Capt Amarinder Singh loyalist and had even got hoardings put in Cantt in his favour at the time when Pargat was waging a war for his ouster from the CM’s post. Interestingly, Aggarwal was a close aide of Randhawa during his stint as the Trust Chairman. Randhawa’s supporters alleged that Pargat alongwith Kartarpur MLA Surinder Chaudhary paved the way for his ouster. Jalandhar, October 5 Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Tuesday announced cash rewards at block level for panchayats, custom hiring centres and individual farmers resorting to stubble management practices. During an interaction with farmers at Bir Pind of Nakodar, the DC said the administration would facilitate panchayats with cash reward of Rs 50,000, custom hiring centres with Rs 20,000, and individual farmers with Rs 11,000 per development block for shunning stubble burning practices. The DC also visited the power generation plant of Green Planet Energy in Bir Pind, where electricity was being generated using stubble. The management apprised the DC that they needed as many as 75,000 tons of paddy straw per year, which could manage 30,000 acres of area through ex-situ techniques. Around 80 progressive farmers participated in the event where Thori appealed them to achieve the zero burning targets in Jalandhar district by managing crop residue effectively. The demonstration of baler machine was also performed by the experts during the event. The DC said due to the burning of paddy stubble, several major nutrients and other micro nutrients of soil were destroyed whereas the soil health improves drastically if the residue of straw was mixed in the soil. He added that the smog caused by stubble burning further aggravate the health conditions, especially for asthmatics. Use i-Khet to check machinery at 1,200 hiring centres Terming launching of i-Khet app a revolutionary step to assist farmers in crop residue management, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Tuesday appealed to all farmers to download this app to access the information about the availability of stubble management machinery in their nearby locations. Addressing the gathering of farmers during an awareness camp in Bir Pind, the DC said the real time information about availability of machinery across 1,200 customer hiring centres, including farmers’ groups and cooperative societies, was made online at this application. He added that farmers could access this information so that they don’t face any problem in procuring these machines. They could access the information of machines available within the radius of 5, 10 and 15 km of their location. As per the state government’s order, the crop residue management machines would be provided by these customer hiring centres free-of-cost to small and marginal farmers. He categorically mentioned that the CHCs were directed not to charge rent from such farmers and only fuel charges would be taken from them. On DC’s appeal, a large number of farmers present at the awareness camp downloaded the app on-the-spot besides assuring the administration they would adopt stubble management measures to protect environment. Pointing out further, Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Surinder Singh said the department was taking up a slew of initiatives to create awareness among farmers to shun stubble burning menace, including special awareness camps, campaign through mobile vans, wall paintings, field demonstrations and sensitisation of farmers through schools. Illegal travel agents AAP worker ‘hit’ by car during protest to be brought to book Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 5 Tightening the noose around illegal travel agents duping innocent people on the pretext of sending them abroad, the administration on Tuesday, made the District Employment and Business Bureau as a nodal agency for such complaints. The nodal agency would dispose of a complaint within a week. As soon as a case of cheating gets registered against any travel agent, the copy of the FIR would be uploaded on the website of the district administration https://jalandhar.nic.in. The District Employment and Business Bureau has been made the nodal agency by the state government through the Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act 2012/Punjab Travel Professional Regulation Act 2014 to register complaints against fraud related to foreign travel, foreign studies and employment. Yashwant Rai, Deputy Director, District Employment and Business Bureau, Jalandhar, said complaints can be lodged against registered and un-registered travel agents. He said a victim can submit written complaint with the District Employment and Business Bureau, Room No. 324, 3rd Floor, District Administrative Complex, Ladowali Road, on any working day along with his/her identity card. He said the District The district administration has made the District Employment and Business Bureau as a nodal agency for complaints against travel agents. The nodal agency will dispose of a complaint within a week Employment and Business Bureau would verify the complaint within a week. Besides if any travel agent without licence or expired licence or any un-registered agent comes to our notice, an FIR would be registered against the accused at the Police Commissionerate. Moreover, the copies of the FIR’s along with the information of travel agents would be immediately uploaded on the website of the district administration, so that others can be made aware about this. The Deputy Director said for more information, one can contact career counsellor of the District Employment and Business Bureau, Jasvir Singh on 89683-21674. Jalandhar, October 5 Protesting over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in Uttar Pradesh, which involved son’s of the Bharatiya Janata party’s leader, an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) worker got injured in a similar way during the protest near TV Tower in the city today. The incident occurred when the party workers were about to burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the spot. The AAP leadership had announced to hold protests in every Assembly constituency. A protest was being held for Jalandhar (West) when Bobby, a worker, was allegedly hit by a car from behind. SAD HOLDS CANDLELIGHT MARCH OVER KILLINGS IN LAKHIMPUR KHERI AAP workers hold a protest against the killings of farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH The AAP activists lodged a complaint with the police soon after the incident. They raised slogans demanding action against Sweety, who was behind the wheel. Sweety alleged that when he was nearing the protest, the AAP worker jumped on the bonnet of his car and the front windshield of the car got damaged. The co-passengers in the car alleged that the AAP worker was travelling on a two-wheeler and had stopped near the protest site. They said when they asked him to clear their way, he started fighting with them and broke the windshield of the car. Inspector Gurdev Singh, who is inquiring the matter said, “I am in the process of recording statements of both the sides. An FIR will be lodged after the due course of time.” 100-kg ganja seized, 3 held Tribune News Service Jalandhar: Workers of the Youth Akali Dal held a candle light march over the alleged killings of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri district of UP . Jalandhar president of YAD Tajinder Nijjar said the BJPled governments were trying to implement their agenda with force without caring for the democratic provisions in the country. He said the MoS Home Ajay Mishra must step down so that a fair inquiry could be conducted in the matter. The crushing of peaceful protesters in UP is a clear indication of how the BJP wanted to impose its agenda forcibly on the masses. — TNS c m y b Nawanshahr, October 5 Nawanshahr police seized drugs in a huge quantity from three Bihar-based smugglers here on Tuesday. A police team recovered one quintal of marijuana (ganja) from a Mahindra Pickup (PB-07-BW-5583) van at a naka. The team also recovered four mobile phones and drug money worth Rs 5 lakh from Phagwara by nabbing interstate smugglers — involved in operating a major drug smuggling and supplying network in the states of UP , Bihar, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh — after a long chase. Those arrested have been identified as Sajjan Kumar of Samastipur in Bihar, Makhan Paswan of Baisali in Bihar and Mintoo Kumar of Patna. A case under Sections 20, 25 and 29 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the Sadar police station in Banga. SSP Nawanshahr, Harmanbir Gill said the , culprits used to carry passengers in the vehicle, which was covered with a plastic sheet to conceal the contraband. He said more persons were likely to be apprehended by discovering forward and backward linkages. FIR against Deep Sidhu Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 5 The City Police Commissionerate on Tuesday registered an FIR against actor Deep Sidhu for hurting religious sentiments of the Valmiki and Ravidas communities. The case was registered following a complaint by Jassi Talhan, head of the Guru Ravidas Tiger Force. Deep Sidhu had allegedly used derogatory words against the Valmiki and Ravidas communities in a video. The video was posted by the actor on his Facebook profile and it went viral on social media. Jassi Talhan and other community members have demanded immediate arrest of Deep Sidhu. Based on the statements of the complainants, cops at the Baradari police station have started investigation after registering a case under Section 3 (1) SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the IT Act among other sections against Sidhu. Deep Sidhu gained prominence after Republic Day violence this year during ‘farmers’ protest’. Deep Siddhu was born and brought up in Muktar district.
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