10102021-JTR-01.qxd 10/9/2021 11:36 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE JDA MULLS AUCTIONING VACANT LAND OF OLD DC, SSP OFFICE PAGE 2 Sources reveal that the department has decided to keep a reserve price of about ~30 crore per acre. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF TWO KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENTS Hoshiarpur: Two persons died in various road accidents in the district in the last 24 hours. The police have registered the case at the concerned stations. According to the information, Malkit Singh of Kotli Bawa Das village lodged a complaint with the Bullowal police. He said his son Raghveer Singh was a carpenter. Raghveer had gone for work on his bike, when an unidentified vehicle hit him on the way, due to which he died on the spot. Registering the case, the police have started the probe. In another case, Gaurav of New Colony, Mukerian, told the police that when his brother Sagar Minhas reached near his college located on GT Road, a tractor trailer passing by hit him, due to which his brother died on the spot. The police have registered a case against the unidentified tractor-trailer driver. OC SMUGGLER HELD UNDER NDPS ACT Hoshiarpur: The Dasuya police have arrested a smuggler during a naka in the area and recovered 25 gram narcotics powder from him. The accused has been identified as Mohammad Rafi of Jiya Sahota village. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. OC HP POLL: KHANNA STAR CAMPAIGNER Hoshiarpur: BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh has appointed Himachal Pradesh in-charge and former Punjab Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna as the star campaigner for the Himachal elections. In view of the upcoming Himachal elections, BJP’s National General Secretary Arun Singh sent a letter to the Election Commission of India by sending names of leaders of Himachal Pradesh selected as star campaigners for the upcoming elections of Mandi, Fatehpur, Arki and Jabal Kotkhai assembly constituencies. It is worth mentioning that along with Khanna, CM Himachal Jai Ram Thakur and other prominent leaders are also included in the list sent by Arun Singh. OC JALLIANWALA BAGH: STIR ON OCT 22 NOW Jalandhar: The Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Committee will hold a protest in Amritsar against the recent changes made at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on October 22. Earlier, the committee had decided to hold the march on October 20, but postponed the event in the view of Valmiki Jayanti. Members of the panel said they would hold a protest from Bhandari Bridge to Jallianwala Bagh on October 22. Members said the decision was taken after detailed discussions with various groups. A meeting was held at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall on the issue. General secretary of the panel Gurmeet Singh and cultural convenor Amolak Singh said, “Repeated appeals to the President, the Prime Minister, the Jallianwala Bagh Trust and the administration, proved futile.” TNS HANSAL MEHTA TAKES A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE PAGE 3 ‘STAY FOCUSED, WORK WITH CONVICTION AND HONESTY’ Mehta and Pratik Gandhi celebrate first anniversary of hit series, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. MAX 34°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:01 PM PAGE 4 Actress Vaishnavi Macdonald, who is a part of Zee TV's show Meet, talks about her role of a mother. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:27 AM SUNDAY | 10 OCTOBER 2021 | JALANDHAR Slipper thrown at Sukhbir’s convoy, SSP says no clue who did it Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 9 Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal had to face a massive protest from farmers during his visit to Jalandhar in connection with a rally jointly organised with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Pathankot Road here. Hundreds of farmers participated in the protest. One of the protesters at Kishangarh Chowk even threw a slipper at the SAD chief’s convoy that was passing through. Satinder Singh, SSP Jaland, har Rural, said: “There were reportedly about 500 farmers at the site. We have so far not been able to trace the culprits. No such video has emerged which can give us a clue.” Farmers had gathered to express resentment with the SAD over its decision to go ahead with a massive rally and for making election announcements, especially when farmers had just been killed in Lakhimpur Kheri Farmers said they had gathered to express their resentment with the SAD over its decision to go ahead with a massive rally and for making election announcements especially when farmers had just been killed in Lakhimpur Kheri. “SAD should have at least waited for this issue to get resolved. Our community has come to express anger ❝ SAD should have at least waited for this issue to get resolved. Our community has come to express anger here. Jaspal Singh, A MEMBER OF BHARATIYA KISAN UNION (RAJEWAL) ❞ farmers ❝There were reportedly about 500the culpritat the site. We have not been able to trace so far. No such video has emerged which can give us a clue. Satinder Singh, SSP, JALANDHAR RURAL ❞ here,” said Jaspal Singh, a member of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal). Farmers, who were raising slogans of Kirti Kisan Union, had even got placards especially designed for the event. One placard read “Akali Dal pehlan haq vich, ajj virodh vich kyon?” (why was Akali Dal in favour of the Farm Act earlier and now opposing it?). There were several placards asking political leaders to shun electioneering till the issue was resolved. One placard read “Votan baad vich, pehlan kisan-mazdoor de sangharsh di jitt zaroori” (priority should be given to strengthening farmers’ protest, electioneering can follow suit). Chief spokesperson of BKU (Rajewal) Kashmir Singh said: “We have already told the political parties that they must shun politics till the elections are announced as every Punjabi’s priority should be to strengthen the farmer morcha in Delhi. But political leaders are going ahead with their own vested agenda, which we were trying to oppose today.” Not all placards carried messages over farm issues, as there was another placard that questioned the SAD leadership over withdrawing blasphemy case against Sirsa Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. Sukhbir Badal said he had been urging farmers to shift their focus against the BJP and not indulge in protests against those who already had been supporting their morcha. ADMISSIONS OPEN | 93978-93978 SAVE TIME AND MONEY Choose Canada Credit Transfer Program I Saved `30 Lacs & Reached CANADA -Arvind Saini, BCIS University of Fraser Valley Jalandhar-Delhi G.T. Road, NH-1, Mehtan, Phagwara, Pb. pays Balers come in handy in Domino’s tradethe price for ‘unfair practice’ managing crop residue Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 9 In a bid to discourage the practice of burning paddy straw and disposing of paddy stubble ethically, Seechewalbased Vatavaran Bachao Sewa Society is proving a boon for environmentally conscious farmers who, ironically, don’t have the money to fulfill their ecological calling. Led by environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal, the society has helped hundreds of farmers in disposing of stubble without burning it. A Shaktiman Round Baler bales its way through a field at Sultanpur Lodhi yielding out neat round stacks of straw where once there was unruly crop stubble. With diesel prices climbing to Rs 96 this year, the neat round bales are a dream come true for a marginal farmer who does not want to burn his stubble, but doesn’t have the money to afford either a mulcher or a baler. Since 2016, Seechewal’s Harpal Singh and Prabhpreet Singh have been lending their balers machines for free to poor and marginal farmers who don’t want to burn crop stubble. While until last year the society had three balers, the demand is such that they No stubble burnt at Seechewal village Members of the Vatavaran Bachao Sewa Society with environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal at a farm. have just bought a new one. Now they have three. Harpal Singh, one of the progressive farmers of Seechewal, is among the five farmers of his tehsil who hasn’t burnt crop stubble since 2014. Led by this vision, in 2016, he started lending help to other farmers. In 2019 the society helped clear stubble from 1,200 acres of farm land. In 2020 (last year) they helped bale crops in 1,600 acres and this year the target is 2,000 to 2,200 acres. Out of this, 200 acres worth of stubble has already been baled. Harpal Singh says, “Rich farmers have mulchers and equipment. We only help poor farmers who cannot afford the machines. The results of balers are astounding. It promotes fertility and better yields for farm and soil. We started in 2016 and the demand has only increased. “We have tied 200 acres of stubble in bales and are getting calls from more farmers daily. We have already cleared stubble from fields of 30 to 35 farmers and 100 more are listed. Sant Seechewal’s message is that no one should set fire to their crops in Seechewal. But in Sultanpur Lodhi people continue to do so,” Harpal said. The stacks collected are sold to a biogas plant at Beer village in Nakodar and some of it goes to Zeera. Yet more is sent to gaushalas in Sultanpur Lodhi and serves as fod- Dist reports 4 new +ve cases Jalandhar, October 9 Four new Covid cases were reported in the district on Saturday taking the tally to 63,338 cases. In Jalandhar, with no new Covid death, the toll remains at 1,495. As many as 61,819 people have recovered from Covid in the district, while the number of active cases is 28. Of the 16,88,649 samples collected in the district so far, 15,55,189 samples have tested negative. The results of as many as 1,109 tests are still awaited. There are 14 people in home isolation in the district at present. 1 case, no death in K’thala One Covid case was reported in Kapurthala on Saturday COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 4 63,338 0 1,495 61,819 28 taking the tally to 17,838. No death was reported. 2 test +ve in Hoshiarpur The district reported one new case of Covid-19, taking the tally to 30,788 cases. However, no death due to the infection was recorded. The death toll stood at 982. There are 12 active cases in the district while 29,794 patients have recovered. — TNS/ OC c m y b der for cattle. Environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal said, “We have three balers which we provide to marginal farmers. Not burning paddy stubble brings a breath of fresh air to the region. The burning of stubble in Doaba has decreased. Those who still burn it, lose essential minerals in the soil, the bacteria and healthy microbes die, the yield is also adversely affected. Even as fodder, this collected stubble is very healthy and nutritious. We have been running this service for four years. We have also been warning of dangers of burning stubble on social media platforms and TV.” Input costs dramatically increase Harpal Singh says, “After much struggle, the Doaba balers have been able to get the plant to agree to the price of one quintal of stubble bales at Rs 160 per qtl. Our expenditure for the same one qtl is Rs 185. Diesel prices were at Rs 96 this year, last year they were Rs 74. The price of the string with which we tie the bale has also increased. Last year they were Rs 174 this year they are Rs 197 (with bill) and Rs 184 (without bill). Input costs are dramatically rising.” Jalandhar, October 9 There seems to be no end to the practice of charging for carry bags. In Jalandhar, too, charging ~12 for a carry bag cost Domino’s dearly. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, in its recent order, has directed Domino’s to pay ~2,500 to consumer. Along with this, the Model Town located store of Domino’s was asked to return the cost of the paper carry bag. In its decision, the forum also made several comments regarding the arbitrariness of such big stores. Advocate Jatinder Arora (51), a resident of Chhoti Baradari Part1, had bought food items from Domino’s in April 2019. He had filed a complaint at the commission on January 20 last year. The total bill of the eatables was ~243.40. Apart from this, Domino’s also charged ~12 separately for the paper bag. When the complainant resisted to pay and protested against the unfair practice, the employee sitting at the cash counter misbehaved with him and threatened him of dire consequences if he takes any action. When the commission took out the notice in this regard, Domino’s, filing the counter statement, cited the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011, Had charged ~12 for a carry bag from a customer after which it was directed to pay ~2,500 as fine TO COMPLY WITHIN 45 DAYS The commission counsel consisting president Kuljit Singh and member Jyotsna held that the cost of the carry bag was included in the profit of the product. In such a situation, charging a separate price was an unfair trade practice. Subsequently, the commission directed Domino's to refund ~12 for the carry bag, ~500 as compensation for harassment, ~1000 as litigation expenses and also to deposit ~1,000 in the Consumer Legal Aid account of this commission. Further, the compliance of this order should be made by Domino's within 45 days. through which it was claimed that they were not compelled to provide free carry bags to a customer. According to the rules, no carry bag shall be made available free of cost by retailers to consumers and the municipal authority concerned shall determine the minimum price of carry bags depending upon their quality and size, which covers their material and waste management costs to encourage their re-use, so as to minimise plastic waste generation. However, they could not produce any record in this regard. Domino’s officials confessed that they had recovered ~12 for the carry bag. They said it depends on the customer whether to take the bag or not. The workers gave the carry bag only after taking the consent of the customer. But the commission counsel consisting president Kuljit Singh and member Jyotsna did not agree with this argument and said large stores such as Domino’s do not allow customers to bring their own carry bags. They know that if this is not the case, then customers would not easily agree to take carry bags for them. The commission held that the cost of the carry bag was included in the profit of the product. In such a situation, charging a separate price is an unfair trade practice. Subsequently, the commission directed Domino’s to refund ~12 for the carry bag, ~500 as compensation for harassment, ~1000 as litigation expenses and also to deposit ~1,000 in the Consumer Legal Aid account of this commission. Further, the compliance of this order should be made by Domino’s within 45 days.
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