12102021-JTR-01.qxd 10/11/2021 11:38 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE GREEN FINGERS: HER GARDEN IS A BONANZA OF BONSAIS Reena Gupta, a homemaker-turned entrepreneur from the city, is nurturing miniature beauties very meticulously. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 11 BOOKED FOR FIRING IN THE AIR Hoshiarpur: Mahilpur police on Sunday registered a case against 11 persons for firing into the air. The incident was the result of a dispute that arose the previous day (on Saturday) during a ‘jaago’ ceremony. According to information, Gurjinder Singh, a resident of Chakk Musa village, told the police that he had gone to attend the ‘jaago’ function organised for the wedding of his friend Saran Singh, a resident of Kalupur. During the event, he had a quarrel with Sukha and Bindu, residents of Dhada Khurd; Sukha, a resident of Khairad; Paramjit Singh, alias Bugga, and Jyoti, both residents of Bhagtupur; and about five-six other unidentified persons. Next day, they all came to his tubewell armed with weapons and started firing into the air and he ran away to save his life. The police have registered a case in this regard. OC THREE BOOKED ON FRAUD CHARGE Hoshiarpur: Hariana police on Sunday registered a case against three members of a family on the charge of grabbing money by making false deals. According to information, Vivek Gupta, a resident of Hari Nagar, told the police that Mandeep Singh, his brother Harjeet Singh, and mother Sewa Kaur, all residents of Sherpur village, had allegedly cheated him by grabbing his earnest money by making false deals. After registering a case, the police have started investigation. OC POWER CABLE STOLEN, 2 HELD Hoshiarpur: Bullowal police on Sunday night arrested two persons for stealing power cable from a tubewell. According to information, Harjeet Singh, a resident of Taragarh village, had lodged a complaint with the police that Jaspal Singh, alias Sonu, and Jagdish Singh, alias Geela, both residents of Rahimpur, allegedly stole power cable from his tubewell. The police have arrested both the accused. OC ONE HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Hoshiarpur: Mukerian police have arrested a person accused of smuggling 15,000 ml of illicit liquor from him. The accused, Lakhwinder Maish of Jandwal village, was arrested on Sunday night by a police party on patrol from near Jandwal when he was found coming out of sugarcane fields carrying a plastic sack. On search, the illicit liquor was recovered from the sack he was carrying. An FIR under the Excise Act has been registered against the accused. OC WAR VETERAN PASSES AWAY Hoshiarpur: Col Jujhar Singh Atwal, a decorated war veteran, passed away here on Sunday evening. Col Atwal served at sensitive Army postings, including Siachen glacier, the toughest battlefield of the country, Kupwara, Deolali, Meerut and the border areas of Punjab. A gunner with Rajputana rifles, this vocation impacted his hearing in the long run. His father Bakhshish Singh was Admiral in Indian Navy. Col Atwal battled a prolonged illness only to be defeated by death. He is survived by a son and daughter. OC PAGE 2 BIG B TERMINATES CONTRACT WITH A PAN MASALA BRAND PAGE 3 Amitabh Bachchan has terminated his contract on the request of a national anti-tobacco organisation. MAX 33°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:59 PM SAHIL SHROFF IS EVICTED FROM THE HOUSE OF BIGG BOSS Just like superstar host Salman Khan had warned, surviving the Bigg Boss jungle will be tough this season. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:29 AM Fire at illegal scrap godown reduces shanties into ashes Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 11 A massive fire, which broke at a scrap godown, reduced an entire slum area near PPR Mall into ashes here this afternoon. The incident was reported at around 2.30pm, following which fire tenders, policemen and MC officials rushed to the spot. The fire was initially reported at a junk warehouse in Jyoti Nagar, near Urban Estate Phase-1, which slowly spread to the nearby slums. As a result, 50-60 shanties were destroyed in the fire. Fire Brigade vehicles reached the spot as soon as the incident was reported. However, a delay of 45 minutes in bringing the water containers caused the fire to rapidly spread to nearby areas. Fortunately, no loss of life was reported. The slumdwellers managed to escape before the fire caught their shanties. Inspector Surjit Singh, SHO, Police Division 6, said the police teams immediately started the rescue operation. Since the godown was situated in a slum area, the incident caused panic among people living there. Eyewitnesses said around two LPG cylinders exploded in the area after catching the fire. As fire tenders did not reach the spot on time, it RESIDENTS: NO ACTION DESPITE COMPLAINTS ■ Members of the Rishi Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association said they had been bringing the matter of piling up of inflammable substances by jhuggi residents for a long time. Gajinder Singh Jaura, president of the association, said: “We have been lodging complaints with the DC and PPCB officials of Jalandhar for the past over three years warning them of a likely mishap, but to no avail.” Massive fire that broke out at a slum near PPR Mall in Jalandhar on Monday. The fire was initially reported at a junk warehouse near Urban Estate, Phase 1, which slowly spread to a nearby slum area. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH TUESDAY | 12 OCTOBER 2021 | JALANDHAR Of 245 food samples, 24 fail quality test Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 11 Teams of the Health Department are on their toes for the busiest festive season ever since the onset of the Covid last year. Of the 245 samples of food items collected this year, 24 have failed the quality test. This includes 19 food items, which were found substandard, one misbranded and four unsafe for consumption. In all, 75 and 72 samples were collected in August and September, respectively. This is the maximum number of samples collected this year. In October, 45 samples have alaready been collected. This number is likely to hit 100 by the month end. The festive rush and hectic market activity is marked by unprecedented footall at eateries. There has been dramatic increase in supply of food and eatables in the district ahead of Dussehra and Diwali. Tonnes of items destroyed took hours for the officials to bring the fire under control. This is the second such inci- dent reported this year in which slums were gutted in the fire. The first one was PAGE 4 reported in March near the Maqsudan bypass slums. Moreover, a similar incident was reported near the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, in June this year. Tonnes of food items have laready been destroyed by the Health Department. This include 275-kg substandard paneer in September and 50kg raw chicken at a leading mutipurpose food store in Garha, after a consumer complained of a lizard in his package. A dal sample of an outlet was also found to be unsafe. Meanwhile, 50 trucks heading to the city with food items were stopped and checked by the Health Department on the 325-kg substandard food items, including chicken and paneer, destroyed already ❝We havesamples from collected 45 the district in October this year. The department has a target of collecting 95 samples by month end, but we expect to cross the 100 mark easily. We have been checking vehicles on highways randomly. Shady units, which are set up 15 to 20 days ahead of the festive season, are also on our radar. People set up factories in abandoned and remote homes to produce spurious food items and vanish after sell these. ❞ Dr Arun Verma, DISTRICT HEALTH OFFICER INFORM HEALTH DEPT The Health Department has issued helpline 2224848 for anyone, who wants to pass on information, about spurious or substandard food to the health authorities. People can also email information at firstname.lastname@example.org GT road, near Phillaur, yesterday. Samples of food items were also collected from trucks. Sources in the Health Department said, “Many vehicles continued on page 2 AEO murder cracked, 1 held Farmers block NH-1 for two hours over Our Correspondent THE REASON BEHIND CRIME Hoshiarpur, October 11 With the arrest of the accused, the police on Monday claimed to have solved the case of the brutal murder of a 34-year-old man, posted as Agricultural Extension Officer (AEO) in the Agriculture Department in Mukerian. The crime was committed on late Saturday night. The victim’s bloodsoaked body was found from a deserted place late at night. Giving information related to the arrest, DSP Gurpreet Singh said a police party, led by SHO Karnail Singh, after getting information on the phone from the control room, Chandigarh, reached Kalamanjh Kothi in Ward No.1 and found a blood-soaked body lying there. There were marks of wounds and injuries of sharp-edged ■ During the investigation, it came out that the accused earlier worked at a medicine shop where Amandeep used to come in the evening. He had caught him stealing and got him expelled from the job. Later, he joined as a worker somewhere else, but Amandeep got him expelled from there too. Owing to his being expelled from two jobs, Ashutosh called him on Saturday on the pretext of a party and killed him with a sharp-edged weapon. weapons on the body. The deceased was identified as Amandeep Dadwal (34), son of Sukhdarshan Singh, a resident of Shastri Colony (Mukerian). After the identification of the body, a case was registered on the basis of the statement of the victim’s father against Ashutosh, a resident of Kalamanjh, Colonel di Kothi. The DSP said during the investigation, it came out that the accused earlier worked at a medicine shop where Amandeep used to come in the Kisan mahapanchayat at Mukerian toll plaza Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, October 11 The United Kisan Morcha organised a kisan mahapanchayat at the Harsa Mansar toll plaza in Mukerian here on Monday. Apart from Punjab, a large number of farmers from border villages of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir also participated in the mahapanchayat. Under the guidance of morcha leader Kulwant Singh Sandhu, a delegation of farmers from Himachal Pradesh, led by Rana Pratap Singh, discussed the farmers’ problems. One of the major prob- lems discussed was that farmers of border areas falling in Himachal were unable to sell their paddy in Punjab due to being refused entry by personnel of the Punjab Police at the checkpost. The farmers of the hill state also discussed this matter with Kulwant Singh Sandhu. Some farmers of Punjab, whose land also lies on the border of Himachal and Punjab, were also facing similar problems because the policemen of the Punjab Police, stationed at the borders, were not allowing the farmers of Punjab to harvest their paddy crop in the border areas falling in Himachal. evening. He had caught him stealing and got him expelled from the job. Later, he joined as a worker somewhere else, but Amandeep got him expelled from there too. Owing to his being expelled from two jobs, Ashutosh called him on Saturday on the pretext of a party and killed him with a sharpedged weapon. The police have recovered the ‘daatar’ (a sharp-edged weapon) used in the crime and the blooddrenched clothes of the accused which he was wearing at the time of the incident. 1 tests positive Jalandhar, October 11 One new Covid case was reported in Jalandhar today, taking the total district tally to 63,343 cases. With no new Covid death, the district deceased tally remained at 1,495 today. The number of active cases in Jalandhar is 21. Meanwhile, no Covid case was reported in Kapurthala today and the Covid tally remained 17,838. No death from Covid was reported at Kapurthala today either. 2 new cases in Hoshiarpur The district reported two new cases of Covid, taking the tally to 30,791 cases. However, no death was recorded today. The death toll stood at 982. There are 12 active cases in the district. — TNS/OC c m y b erratic power supply, commuters suffer Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 11 On the call of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal), hundreds of farmers from across the area gathered near Rama Mandi and blocked National Highway-1 for nearly two hours over the issue of erratic power supply. The farmers blocked the highway at 11 am by parking their tractor-trailers in the middle of the road and continued to protest till 1 pm. The farmers led by BKU (Rajewal) spokesperson Kashmir Singh said villages were getting only one to two hours of power supply. Holding both the state and the Centre governments responsible for power failure, they raised slogans against PM Narendra Modi as well as Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. “Portraying themselves to be common men, Channi and Transport Minister Amarinder S Raja Warring cannot win over people by way of photo opportunity while having meals at poor villager’s house or sweeping at one bus stand. They need to show their performance in terms of works of people welfare. So far, they have failed miserably in ensuring uninterrupted power supply and just putting blame on the Centre for not ensuring proper coal supplies,” said Mandeep Singh Samra, president of Jalandhar unit of BKU (Rajewal). The farmers ended their dharna after officials from the PSPCL reached the site and assured them of doing their best to provide them relief. The farmers also handed over a memorandum to the officials. Farmers block NH-1 near Rama Mandi Chowk to protest against PSPCL over erratic power supply in Jalandhar on Monday; and (right) harassed commuters walk on foot to reach their respective destinations. SARABJIT SINGH The blockade cause much inconvenience to the passengers who were travelling by buses at that time. The buses coming from Phagwara side towards Jalandhar or Amritsar halted near the dharna site after which the passengers had to walk down long distances carrying their luggage before they could catch an autorickshaw or any other public transport to reach the bus stand or other destinations. The dharna site was 2.5 km short of the bus stand. Satbir Kaur, who had come from Nawanshahr to Jalandhar with her daughter, said: “We did not know about the protest today. Had I been aware, I would have surely avoided coming during the protest hours. Our relatives kept waiting for us at the bus stand to pick us up while our bus stopped midway here. We thought that our bus would move after a while but it did not. We then started walking and informed them to pick us from near PAP Chowk.” Since the dharna site was between Rama Mandi and PAP Chowk, it affected the entire traffic going towards Jalandhar-Amritsar road and Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road, besides Jalandhar-Phagwara road. The commuters had to take longer, busier detours to reach their destination. The traffic remained affected past 3.30 pm.
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