06112021-JTR-01.qxd 11/5/2021 11:40 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE DIWALI CELEBRATED AT VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS WITH FERVOUR People clad in new attire, thronged temples and distributed sweets and savouries among friends & relatives. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 4 OF FAMILY BOOKED FOR ASSAULT Hoshiarpur: The Bullowal police have registered a case against four members of a family for assaulting a woman and stealing goods by forcibly entering the house. Surinder Kumari, a resident of Raipur village, said her brother-in-law Harpal Singh, along with his wife Kamlesh and sons Purohit and Vijay Kumar forcibly entered her house and assaulted her. After which her daughter got her admitted to the hospital, where she is under treatment. She alleged that the accused took away her TV and other valuables while leaving the house. After registering the case, the police have started further action. OC THREE BOOKED FOR DOWRY DEATH Hoshiarpur: The Dasuya police have registered a case of dowry death against a husband, mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Jaswant Singh, a resident of Badda Guda, Sirsa, Haryana, had lodged a complaint with the police in this regard. He told that his niece Sumandeep Kaur was married to Gurjinder Singh, a resident of Kotli Khurd. He told that after the marriage, her husband, mother-in-law Sukhjinder Kaur and sister-inlaw Lovepreet Kaur started harassing her for dowry. Seeing that the alleged demand for dowry was not being met, the accused allegedly poisoned her niece. The police said a case under section 304-B of the IPC has been registered. OC WOMAN KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT Hoshiarpur: A woman died in a road accident while her son and another woman got injured in the mishap. The Hariana police have registered a case against the accused driver, identified as Naveen Saini. Harvinder Singh, a resident of Bassi Maroof, told the police that his daughter-inlaw Harpreet Kaur was going to a school in Hariana with her son Tejveer Singh and relative Balveer Kaur when a tractor driver hit them. All three were admitted to a hospital where Harpreet Kaur died during treatment. OC 2 HELD WITH INTOXICANTS Hoshiarpur: The district police have arrested two smugglers from different places and recovered a huge quantity of intoxicants from them in the past 48 hours. The Model Town police arrested Somprakash, a resident of Pathial and Javed Ahmedani, a resident of Kupwara, and recovered 20 kg of poppy husk from him. While the Dasuya police have arrested Sunny, a Chhangla resident, and recovered 30 grams of intoxicating powder from him. Separate cases under the NDPS Act have been registered. OC 1 ARRESTED FOR SMUGGLING LIQUOR Hoshiarpur: The Hariana police have arrested a person and recovered 18,000 ml smuggled liquor from him. The accused Harsh Varma, a resident of Janauri village, was nabbed by a police party on Wednesday night near Atbarapur. The accused tried to flee seeing the police party. He has been booked under the Excise Act. OC PAGE 2 ANUSHKA TELLS US WHAT AN AMAZING MAN VIRAT KOHLI IS! PAGE 3 DIRECTOR HERUMB KHOT ON HOW TO MAKE A SHOW INTERESTING Anushka Sharma on Friday shared a heartfelt note to wish her husband and star cricketer on his 33rd birthday. MAX 30°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:34 PM PAGE 4 Herumb Khot says that the audiences love to see their favourite characters all dressed up in the festive spirit. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:48 AM SATURDAY | 6 NOVEMBER 2021 | JALANDHAR District’s AQI worsens Fire destroys goods at carton-making unit after Diwali celebrations Tribune News Service POLLUTION PANGSCases of stubble burning add to problem Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 5 With the quality of air already getting worse day by day in the district, bursting firecrackers on Diwali night added to air pollution. The air quality index (AQI) further slipped from unhealthy state to very unhealthy state post Diwali night. As per the information extracted from the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), the district stood at worst AQI position in the 0500 AQI mark. Since the wee hours of Friday, the AQI fluctuated between 345 and 350, a very poor category. With construction activities underway in almost every part of the city over the past few weeks, the air quality has dipped from the moderate to poor category. Besides, the AQI was 215 on Thursday, followed by 159 on Wednesday, 164 on Tuesday and 162 on Monday. Likewise, the air quality will remain in the unhealthy category for the next couple of days. Paddy straw burning along with vehicular pollution made it one of the most polluted Diwalis reported in recent years. Simultaneously, the air quality in the district also took a turn for the worse with haze enveloping the district on Thursday and Friday. Coupled with stubble burning cases, the AQI also deteri- HAZY VIEW The district stood at worst AQI position in the 0-500 AQI mark this Diwali. SARABJIT SINGH CRACKERS SOLD ILLEGALLY ■ Though the administration had announced a ban on the sale of crackers other than the designated spot, there was no monitoring on the illegal sale of crackers in crowded markets and residential localities. Local retailers not only sold crackers in streets but also sold the previous year's stock. However, despite tall claims, the police did not book any person selling crackers illegally. Senior police officials claimed that no FIR was registered for defying the cracker ban in the district orated last Diwali. Compared to quality index levels of 282 in 2019 Diwali, the air quality index last year reached 328. Tejinder Singh, zonal head of PPCB, said undoubtedly, the pollution levels increased during Diwali, but this year the figures were surprising. “The ‘very unhealthy’ mark (349) can cause respiratory illnesses after prolonged exposure. Hence it is also advisable to the residents suffering from breathing or respiratory problems to not come out on roads,” added Tejinder, who also suggested sprinkling of water on roads to restore the healthy air quality levels in the district. Cops, on duty on the night of Diwali, confirmed the violation of the time limit with residents bursting crackers all day and late into night much Pendu Mazdoor Union lights diyas in cremation ground past the permissible 8-10pm window fixed for bursting crackers. Even as cops at Burlton Park cracker market had announced to close the market at 8pm, crackers were sold past the fixed time slot. A huge rush was witnessed at Burlton Park around Diwali this year. People in large numbers converged on the park to burst firecrackers. On Friday night too, crackers were also burst in residential areas. Meanwhile, on Thursday, as many as 106 stubble burning cases were reported. This was the highest single-daily spike in the number of such cases. Around 965 cases of straw burning have, so far, been reported from September 15 to November 4. Jalandhar, November 5 A major fire broke out in a factory near Sain Das School here on Thursday night. It took over an hour for Fire Brigade personnel to control the fire. Though no loss of life was reported in the incident, the factory owner claimed that goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in the fire. Varinder Kumar, a Fire Brigade officer, said they had received the information at 9.45pm that a carton-manufacturing factory had caught fire that spread rapidly. Though the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, the Fire Brigade teams hinted at a short circuit as a reason behind the fire in the factory. Similarly, panic gripped a residential area of Qila Mohalla after a fire erupted in a house. As per the reports, the house caught fire due to the spark from a firecracker. Residents of the area said all valuable goods were damaged in the house. Monu Puri, a youth of the area, managed to douse the flames with the help of fire extinguishers and a physically disabled man, trapped in the house, was also rescued. According to information, there was a sudden chaos in the area early in the morning after some nearby residents spotted smoke and flames coming out from the house. A Fire Brigade team was rushed to the spot to control the fire. It took over an hour for Fire Brigade personnel to control the fire. FIREFIGHTING MECHANISM OF THE DISTRICT ■ Life Detectors, Victim Locators and Quick Response Vehicles were recently acquired by the Fire Department just days before Diwali towards the end of October. While a number of fire incidents in the district have regularly been reported in the congested bazaar areas of the city on Diwali due to the availability of crackers in all markets and areas, fire incidents on Diwali saw a decrease after the firecracker market was shifted Burlton Park. ■ Under the Rs 18.41-cr project to upgrade the firefighting mechanism of the district, equipment worth Rs 1.44 crore was handed over only on October 25 at an event held in the presence of Jalandhar MP Santokh Chaudhary, Mayor Jagdish Raja, MLA Rajinder Beri and others. Under the expansion of firefighting services, a part of the Smart City project in Jalandhar, new fire brigade stations would be made along the 120-feet road and the Leather Complex in Jalandhar Ahead of the festival of lights, the Fire Brigade had kept four mini fire tenders ready to enter narrow streets and localities. Besides, for the past nearly a week, the department had deployed a bigger vehicle each Let there be light Man shot dead over property dispute in broad daylight Members held a protest over not getting 5-marla plots Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 5 On Diwali night, members of the Pendu Mazdoor Union lit candles on chowks, panchayat land demanding 5-marla residential plots as promised to them by the state CM. Union members from Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Moga and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar’s 52 villages and two nagar panchayats lit diyas in protest as they were demanding five-marla plots as promised by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. Residents of Shor village in Kartarpur also lit diyas at the village shamshan ghat (cremation ground). On the occasion, the members, including peasants, labourers, landless Dalits, held a protest against the Channi government in the state. The prime issues on which they held the protest against the state government included demand for residential plots, requisite land rights, exemption of government, non-government and cooperative loans, home bill exemption, restoration of connections, which have been cut, stopping social injustice and restoration of blue cards. They also declared that a joint delegation of village and field labourers will head to the Vidhan Sabha on November 8 to demand their rights. On the occasion, union state president Tarsem Peter, general secretary Avtar Singh Rasoolpur and state press secretary Kashmir Singh Ghugshore said if Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ‘jumlebazz’, the state CM was a ‘dramebaaz’. They said rather than solving people’s problems, Channi was paying attention towards tokenism. They said giving 5-marla plots to needy families was a move which was being continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Devotees light candles at a gurdwara in Jalandhar on Thursday night.PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Without jobs, it was a ‘Black Diwali’ for protesting teachers Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 5 While everyone celebrated Diwali at their homes, indulging in the festive fervour, hundreds of unemployed teachers of the B.ED TET Pass Unemployed Teachers Union observed a Black Diwali, spending the day on the street in protest against the government for not releasing posts for their appointments into various teaching posts. Holding a huge protest outside the residence of Education and Sports Minister Pargat Singh, the teachers — who had planned to spend the night outside Pargat’s residence — finally moved to the protest site near a water tank near the Jalandhar bus stand late in the night after getting assurance from the minister who met them. With the coming elections and the fear that their demands will again be in a limbo once the code of conduct is implemented, teachers have been protesting atop tanks, outside the Education Minister’s residences (of the present and previous education ministers) for the past several months. Their protest intensified in Jalandhar from October 28 onwards when two of them climbed atop a tank and the rest held a fierce agitation outside the Cabinet minister’s house. Notably, two teachers of the union, Manish Fazilka Members of the BEd TET Pass Unemployed Teachers Union with state Education Minister Pargat Singh in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO and Jaswant Ghubaya have been atop a tank near the Jalandhar bus stand from October 28. Munish had been protesting from August c m y b at Burlton Park (where crackers were being sold), BMC Chowk, the entrance to the Focal Point and the city railway station (to also cater to Guru Gobind Singh Avenue) and PathankotLamma Pind Chowk.” 21 on a tank at Sangrur and then shifted to Jalandhar. On Diwali, protesting outside Education Minister Pargat Singh’s residence since evening, several union members were called inside for a talk at 9 pm, after which the minister himself came out to meet the teachers. Meeting the unemployed youth staging dharna near his Jalandhar residence, Pargat Singh said, “You too are like my sons and daughters. With you sitting on a dharna on the occasion of the festival, how can I celebrate Diwali.” Distributing sweets to the youth, Pargat Singh assured them that their demands will be resolved in a couple of days. He also said things had come to such a pass at present due to the wrong policies of the past. After meeting the minister, teachers went back to the water tank where they spent the night. Even today, teachers continued holding protest under the water tank - where they sit on rotational basis. Amandeep Sekha, senior vice president of the union said, “The minister has assured us that our problems will be resolved in a couple of days. The minister said detailed lists of posts will be summoned from the department and on the basis of these posts and retirements to take place until March 2022, further posts will be announced for appointment of teachers.” Sekha said the unemployed teachers had been assured of meeting CM Charanjit Singh continued on page 2 Jalandhar, November 5 A 35-year-old man was shot dead in broad daylight at Mehatpur village here on Friday morning. The incident was reported around 8.45am when some local residents spotted the victim’s body lying at an isolated place in the village. The victim was identified as Gurminder Singh (35), a resident of Shadihan locality. SHO, Mehatpur, SubInspector Sahil Chaudhary said Gurminder was murdered over a property dispute by the accused of the same village. The accused has been identified as Pritpal Singh, a resident of Seahlda locality, by the investigation teams. As per the evidence and statements of the family members, the teams have established that the victim was killed over a property dispute as he had an enmity with the accused. A case has been registered against him at Mehatpur police station. Pritpal has reportedly been absconding since the murder incident. The SHO further added that four rounds of bullets were pumped into the victim’s body — two were fired at the chest and one each in the abdomen and the right hand. The police have also recovered four bullet shells of 0.12 bore. Gurminder is survived by wife, mother and two children.
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