18112021-JTR-01.qxd 11/17/2021 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE CONTRACTUAL TEACHERS PROTEST OUTSIDE PARGAT’S RESIDENCE PAGE 2 Tense scenes were witnessed outside the residence of Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh yet again. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF DRUG MONEY SEIZED, 4 HELD Hoshiarpur: The district police have arrested four smugglers from different places and recovered huge quantity of intoxicants, besides drug money from one of them on Tuesday. The Bullowal police have arrested a smuggler from Fattowal village and seized 35 grams of intoxicating powder and drug money worth ~20,200 from him during a naka in the area. The accused has been identified as Vinod Kumar, alias Bodhi, a resident of Dhoot Khurd. In another case, Bullowal police arrested Karnail Singh, a resident of Nainowal Vaid village and recovered 35 grams of intoxicating powder from him. Similarly, the Chabbewal police arrested Ranjit Kumar, alias Jeeti, a resident of Gondpur and recovered 27 grams of intoxicating powder from him. The Dasuya police have arrested Bala Kooliyan village resident Kuldeep Kumar and seized 20 grams of intoxicating powder from him. separate cases under various sections of the NDPS Act have been registered against the accused. OC MAN KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT Hoshiarpur: A truck driver died in a road accident that took place on Tuesday. The Tanda police have registered a case against the accused. According to the information, Manoj Kumar, a resident of Kairon village in Gurdaspur district, told the police that his brother Shiv Nath Sharma was going from Pathankot to Ludhiana driving a truck. When he reached near Cholang, the truck collided with another truck parked on the wrong side on the road in an attempt to save a car, due to which his brother Shiv Nath Sharma died on the spot. The Tanda police have registered a case against the accused driver Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Ala City, Sangrur. OC GUNEET, RATNA JOIN BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH IN INDIA JUNIOR ATHLETICS MEET BEGINS Jalandhar: The two-day Open Junior Athletic Championship kicked off on Wednesday at the Sant Baba Bhag Singh University, Khaila, Jalandhar. As many as 250 athletes from the district participated in the championship. Sarabjit Singh, coach, said athletes participated in the under-20, under-19 and under-15 categories. Gurwinder Singh, who recently created a record in the 100-metre senior athletic games met the students to motivate them. TNS EKTA GETS CANDID, REVEALS HER BOLLYWOOD CRUSH As credible experts, Guneet & Ratna will offer their professional expertise to participants in the programme. MAX 25°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:27 PM PAGE 4 On Ranveer Singh’s show The Big Picture, Ekta Kapoor confessed that she had a big crush on the actor. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:58 AM THURSDAY | 18 NOVEMBER 2021 | JALANDHAR Backed by cops, Cong ‘rigs’ Cooperative Bank poll UNDEMOCRATIC Candidates backed by ruling party file nomination papers, but gates shut for others Tribune News Service WHY RULING PARTY CHOSE THIS PATH? Jalandhar, November 17 The ruling Congress today showed extreme high-handedness in the process of filing nomination papers for the elections to the Board of Directors of Jalandhar Central Cooperative Bank today. While the candidates backed by the party filed their nomination papers around 8 am, the bank was sealed thereafter not allowing the SAD-supported aspirants to file the papers. Police barricading was done on both the front and the back gates and no one was allowed to enter the gate during the time of filing papers, which was 10 am to 1 pm. Since only the papers of the Congress candidates had been accepted and well before the start of the scheduled time, they are now likely to be announced as unopposed in a day or so. The elections were otherwise slated to be held on November 24. The candidates said that a DSP-rank officer was deputed to ensure that no one could enter the bank premises. ■ The elections hold importance as the 100-year-old bank has huge deposits worth crores of rupees of NRIs. Insiders said the budget of the bank is huge and the financial powers of the director are much higher than the discretionary powers of even an MLA ■ There are nine zones under the bank for which nine posts of director were to be filled. Insiders said even though it could not be clear as yet but there are reports that at least three of the candidates, who could be declared unopposed, are related to Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder S Randhawa WHAT THE JOINT REGISTRAR OF BANK SAYS… Confirming the presence of heavy police outside the bank on Wednesday amid filing of nomination papers, Joint Registrar of the bank Gurpreet Singh said he was not present inside the bank Bank premises were sealed and when nominations were filed. “A Returning Officer had come from the police were deployed outside the bank in Jalandhar on Wednesday; Gurdaspur to conduct the elections. I do not have his contact. Only nominations were to be filed today, the announcement regarding and (above) SAD MLA Gurpartap the elected candidates would be made later,” Gurpreet Singh said. Wadala protests near the bank. They said they repeatedly called the officials of the bank asking them to get the gates opened but their calls went unattended. At this, Nakodar MLA and SAD district (rural) chief Gurpartap Wadala came in along with 150 workers and staged a dharna for over three hours, blaming the state government for playing a dirty game just a month ahead of the expected announcement of the Assembly polls. There are nine zones under the bank for which nine posts of director were to be filled. Insiders said that even though it could not be clear as yet but there are reports that at least three of the candidates, who could be declared unopposed are closely related to Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder S Randhawa. Son of Congress ex-district president Sukhwinder Lally, who is related to the minister, too is in fray. The minister’s maternal uncle’s grandson, too, is a candidate from City zone. Gurminder Kishanpur, who was to file papers from Adampur zone, said: “I reached here at 10.30 am to file the papers but the gates were locked and there was no way we could go inside and file papers. So, we kept waiting till 1:30 pm but no one was allowed inside. This is no democratic way of conducting elections. Had our papers been accepted and elections got conducted, the Congress was surely going to lose. Sensing defeat, they resorted to such tactics.” Jagroop Singh Sandhu, an ex-president of the cooperative society, said he had come to accompany Inderjit Singh Talwara, who was to be the Akali candidate from Kartarpur zone, but he was not allowed to even file the papers. “It was for the first time that we saw such a blatant misuse of government machinery in any elections in Doaba. While such kind of tactics has been common in Malwa and Majha, this was a completely new style of use of power for Doabites, he said. MLA Wadala said: “There already is a litigation pertaining to the cooperative society pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the hearing for which is scheduled for tomorrow. We will file a plea to get these elections cancelled”. Children roped in by admn to meet 100% vax target Improvement Trust to pay ~100-cr loan in 6 instalments Tribune News Service In divine reverence Jalandhar, November 17 The Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) has started repaying a loan of ~100 crore to the Punjab National Bank (PNB) and handed over a cheque for ~5 crore to the bank. Daljit Singh Ahluwalia, chairman, JIT, said ~100 crore would be given in six instalments spanning six months under the ‘one time settlement’ scheme. He said out of the first instalment of Rs 20 crore to be disbursed before December 15, an amount of Rs 5 crore had been paid to the bank, and the remaining Rs 15 crore would be paid soon. He further said, “Under the ‘one time settlement’ scheme, the remaining amount will be paid in five equal instalments as per the rules and guidelines of the bank.” The chairman said he had written to the authorised officer of the PNB in Jalandhar and asked him to cancel an eauction that was to be held yesterday for the recovery. Jalandhar, November 17 To ensure 100 per cent target of Covid-19 vaccination is achieved, an awareness rally was taken out in various blocks of Kapurthala by schoolchildren today. On the directions of Civil Surgeon Dr Gurinderbir Kaur and as per the ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign, rallies were taken out in various blocks. The Civil Surgeon said the campaign was being run from November 3 to November 30. She said the aim was to cover all 618 villages of the district. Dr Gurinder Bir Kaur said the purpose of including students in the campaign was to ensure all citizens became part of the drive. She said awareness teams of the state Health Department had been set to check the status of vaccination of people. The teams were holding door-to-door visits to clear people’s miscon- JUNK DEALER ASSAULTED Hoshiarpur: The Mahilpur police have named three accused, including a father and son duo, for allegedly assaulting a junk dealer by taking him hostage and snatching cash from him. Riyasat Ali said Harpreet Singh, alias Gora, a resident of Mahimdowal, his father Jagtar and another accused Babbu put him in a tempo and started beating him. According to him, the accused was accompanied by a woman who was posing as a retired police personnel. He said the accused allegedly snatched cash worth Rs 3,500 from him. The complainant said the accused shot a video while beating him and made it viral. A case has been registered against the accused under Sections 323, 341, 34, IPC. OC PAGE 3 Ushering in the 552nd Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak falling on November 19, the Sikh sangat in Jalandhar on Wednesday organised a nagar kirtan in the city. The Panj Piaras led the bedecked palanquin of Guru Granth Sahib in the procession, which started from gurdwara at Mohalla Gobindgarh around noon. It passed through various important intersections of the city including Milap Chowk, Phagwara Gate, Patel Chowk, Old Grain Market, Rainak Bazaar, Jyoti Chowk and PNB Chowk and culminated at Gurdwara Dewan Asthan in Central Town at 8.30 pm. The devotees offered parshad in the form of sweets, fruits, milk etc. all through the passage. Jathas recited shabad kirtan. Nihang jathas and children displayed their skills in martial arts. Various political leaders and MC councillors also participated in the programme. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH DISTRICT REPORTS THREE NEW CASES With three new Covid cases reported on Wednesday in Jalandhar, the total tally touched 63,446. No new death was reported and the number of fatalities remained 1,496. As many as 6,1918 people have recovered in the district, while the number of active cases is 32. Of 17,95,250 samples collected in the district, so far, 16,60,039 have tested negative. Results of as many as 1,244 samples is awaited. Meanwhile, no new case or death was reported in Kapurthala, and the total number of infected persons remained 17,863. ceptions about the vaccine. The Civil Surgeon appealed to people to cooperate with the health teams. At Fattu Dhinga also, a rally was taken out by schoolchildren under Senior Medical Officer Dr Rajiv Prashar. Tribune News Service Sukhbir’s programmes in Doaba getting marred by protests Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 17 If it were the farmers who tried to hinder the campaign of SAD chief Sukhbir Badal at Nawanshahr yesterday, today it were the Bahujan Samaj Party workers who led a protest ahead of his programme in Phillaur. Ever since Sukhbir has started campaigning, the farmers have been trying to gherao him at various locations. Last month, an angry protestor had even flung a slipper on his convoy, when he had come to pay obeisance at Devi Talab Mandir. Today’s protest by BSP workers was against the decision of giving Phillaur reserved seat to the SAD. The workers have been since long demanding that this seat should have been vested with the BSP , which was placed well here. The workers said they had decided to show black flags to Sukhbir and gherao BSP state president Jasvir S Garhi. Aware that the protestors would not let him pass, Garhi reportedly dropped his plan to join Sukhbir at the campaign programmes held in Phillaur constituency today. Yesterday during his campaign in Nawanshahr, Sukhbir had to face a volley of questions from the agitating farmers, who through the local administration had sought a public meeting with him at Chak Dana village. Farmers led by Kuldeep Singh Bajidpur, president, Doaba Kisan Union and member Samyukt Kisan BSP workers show black flags as SAD chief Sukhbir Badal reaches Phillaur. Morcha, had readied a questionnaire of 18 posers for Sukhbir which he had to answer publicly standing in c m y b front of them for about 34 minutes with both sides given a microphone. Sukhbir arrived 1.5 hours late behind the scheduled time of 10.30 am, which had already led to more anger. He answered only seven of the 18 questions, cross-questioned them back to their disliking and left in between with the farmers raising slogans, announcing to block his passage during his events today and threatening that he will be gheraoed repeatedly at all his venues. The first question asked to him was as to why he was holding political events despite an assurance by his representatives that these would be kept on hold till the Assembly polls are announced. Sukhbir told them that the farmers were stopping his way only while not disturbing the events of Congress and AAP . “Why don’t you also gherao Pun- jab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also the way you do it with me? I am here to answer all your queries on your request. Why don’t you ask them also to reply the same way?” Sukhbir put his query back. The farmers got a bit annoyed saying: “You have been called here to answer to our questions and not counter-question us. Still we will like to tell you that we have been gheraoing only MPs. We did that with Manish Tewari earlier”. The next poser was as to why the SAD remained aligned with BJP for three months even as it knew that the Farm Ordinances were being brought in. Sukhbir replied saying, “We broke our old alliance. We left the continued on page 2
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