25012022-JTR-01.qxd 1/25/2022 12:07 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE FULL DRESS REHEARSAL HELD AT GURU GOBIND SINGH STADIUM Ahead of the 73rd R-Day celebrations, a full dress rehearsal was carried out at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 HARRY POTTER STAR ISAACS WAVERS ON JK ROWLING ROW PAGE 3 Actor Jason Isaacs addressed the controversy swirling around JK Rowling in an interview published recently. MAX 14°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 14°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:55 PM GEHRAIYAAN TRACK DOOBEY IS ABOUT FALLING IN LOVE PAGE 4 Doobey, a track picturised on actors Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi, has been unveiled. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:23 AM TUESDAY | 25 JANUARY 2022 | JALANDHAR No cakewalk for AAP candidate knocks Voters not happy with hishat-trick hopeful Pargat this time performance,say he failed to keep his promises court door to get justice Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service Alleges Rana Gurjeet used wrong language against her 3 months ago and SHO did not take any action Tribune News Service Kapurthala, January 24 Former Additional Sessions Judge and Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Kapurthala Assembly seat, Manju Rana, has lodged a complaint against minister Rana Gurjeet Singh in the court of the Kapurthala Judicial Magistrate over the alleged use of wrong language against her three months ago. Manju Rana’s lawyers Suket Gupta and Manit Malhotra today filed a complaint in the court of Jasvir Singh after which the court has put February 1 as the next date of hearing. The court has also called the status report from the Kapurthala City Police Station on the complaint lodged on November 9 last. The complaint has been lodged under Section 156 (3) of the CrPC for calling the report on the status of the complaint filed by the complainant and for directions to the SHO, PS City, Kapurtha- INBRIEF TWO ARRESTED FOR GAMBLING Jalandhar: Division Number-8 police nabbed two persons for gambling and recovered cash from them. The accused have been identified as Dalip Paswan and Prakash Urao, both residents of Hargobind Nagar, Jalandhar, here. The police said they had received information that some people were gambling behind the petrol pump at Focal Point. Following which, they raided the place and arrested the accused. The duo had been booked under the Gambling Act and further proceedings had been started. TNS ONE HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Jalandhar: The police arrested a person with three boxes of liquor during a checking near the Ghas Mandi area. A team of the CIA Staff had received a tip-off that one of the liquor smugglers will be crossing the area with around 10-15 boxes of illicit liquor. The police arrested the accused, Himanshu (20). After the interrogation, the police conducted a raid at his residence in Ghas Mandi and seized 12 more boxes of liquor having 12 bottles each. A case under Section 61/1/14 of the Excise Act has been registered. TNS FATHER-SON DUO HELD FOR FIRING Nakodar: The police have arrested a father-son duo on the charge of attempt to murder in the firing incident that took place during a SAD rally recently. The investigating officer said the accused have been identified as Gurjant Singh, a resident of Mallian Kalan village, and his son Arbindar Singh. The IO said the accused and their accomplices had opened fire at Sarabjit alias Sodhi Bath, a resident of Khiva village. A case under Sections 307, 506, 427, 148 and 149, IPC, and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered against the accused. OC Manju Rana, AAP candidate from Kapurthala Assembly seat. la, to register FIR under Section 354A, IPC, and other relevant provisions in accordance with law. Manju Rana, who is also former presiding chairman of Permanent Lok Adalat, has said that on the day of Dasehra, she along with other party members were serving water to public. At that time, Rana Gurjeet Singh, who had also come to attend Dasehra stopped his car near her and called her through her team members. When she received the message, she went near the car of the minister and offered him a glass of water. She has alleged that Rana Gurjeet Singh refused to accept water and instead passed remarks to her with allegedly a bad intention and said ‘Madam, tuhade palle ki hai’. Manju Rana had alleged: “The minister said this with an intention of outraging her modesty. The act of accused of speaking/uttering these words in a manner totally disrespectful towards a women and retired judicial woman officer in the presence of others members and public was cruel. The minister is liable to be condemned and he is liable to by punished after registration of a criminal case. I got totally perplexed and shamed in presence of public and party members because of the remarks and actions amounting to criminal assault as he also raised his hands to support his remarks in the public. The accused by his action of spoken words and assault violated continued on page 2 Jalandhar, January 24 It is not going to be a cakewalk for Congress candidate and sitting MLA Pargat Singh to make a hat-trick from Jalandhar Cantonment constituency as many promises made in the 2017 manifesto still remain unfulfilled. The voters in the constituency say MLA Pargat promised that good governance would be his priority and several development works will begin once he was elected to power, but even after five years nothing has been done. “The Congress miserably failed to keep its core promises even that of smartphones and after more than four years, they had put the entire blame on former CM Captain Amarinder Singh,” said Gurbachan Singh, a resident of Jamsher village. He said most of the villages in the constituency were crying for attention, at some places garbage dumps have become an eye sore while at other places poor road infrastructure, clogged sewer etc are troubling residents. “I and my entire family and even a large number of residents of the village voted for Pargat thinking he’s an hon- Stray cattle on Jalandhar Cantt roads; and (right) poor condition of roads in the constituency make voters of the area unhappy. SARABJIT SINGH est man, but now we have realised all politicians are the same. They pamper us during election time, but forget us later,” Singh added while pointing out the heaps of garbage in the area and poor roads. Gurleen Kaur, a +2 passed out, who had applied for a Canada visa, said: “There are no jobs here. Every time the politicians make huge promises of jobs, but the reality is that most of the jobs remain only on paper. It’s better if one settles abroad if he/she is looking for a better future,” she said. Meanwhile, a visit to various villages of the constituency, including Pholriwal, Sofi Pind, Khursropur, Dheena, Jamsher, and a few wards of JALANDHAR CANTT: A CONG STRONGHOLD ■ A stronghold of the Congress, the party has won from the seat five times since 1980. In 2012, sitting MLA Pargat Singh won by 6,798 votes on SAD ticket, while in 2017, he again won by a whopping margin of 29,124 votes on Congress ticket defeating SAD's Sarabjit Makkar. If Pargat Singh manages to make it this time, he would make history in Jalandhar Cantt for being elected three times in a row. Jalandhar Sadar Bazaar showed Pargat’s promises against good governance and development are yet to be achieved. Besides, there was no adequate infrastructure at many schools and hospitals in the villages and waste management remains a major issue for the residents. Jagbir Brar, the SAD-BSP candidate from the con- stituency, said: “Despite the fact that constituency is known for its rich contribution to sports as it has produced over 300 hockey players, including 14 Olympians, the youth in the villages are deprived of sports facilities, including stadiums and other infrastructure”. Further taking a dig at Pargat, Brar said the sports min- ister failed to visit the area in the last four years, and now with elections on mind, he has recently laid the foundation stones of several projects without bothering about the modalities. Meanwhile, Pargat Singh said he has full confidence in the voters of the constituency, who with their mandate will make him winner for the third time in a row. He said a lot of work has been done and the majority of the promises have been fulfilled, but due to Covid and then his ministerial responsibilities, a few of the projects were delayed, which will be completed once the Congress government is formed again. PM honours city boy with Bal Puraskar 4 die, 496 new cases in Jal Meedhansh Kumar Gupta is only awardee from the state Dist sees 9 deaths in 2 days, 32 in Jan so far Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 24 City-based boy Meedhansh Kumar Gupta on Monday received ‘Rashtriya Bal Puraskar’ from Punjab out of total 29 awardees across the nation during a virtual conference chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Meedhansh was selected among 29 children from across the country under the innovation category. Ahead of the Republic Day, the Prime Minister had conducted a virtual conference and interacted with the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP) awardees. Each awardee of the PMRBP was given a medal, a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a digital certificate. The cash prize was transferred to the respective accounts of winners. The Prime Minister emphasised that such youngsters Meedhansh with his parents and DC Ghanshyam Thori in Jalandhar. could bring positive and necessary transformation in society, which is need of the hour. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshaym Thori and Additional Deputy Commissioner (Urban Development) Aashika Jain also congratulated Meedhansh on his rare achievement. While interacting with the Prime Minister from local District Administrative Com- plex here, Meedhansh said he started to show his potential at the age of 5 years and his first achievement was recorded as a national record into India Book of Records when he was nine as a youngest website developer where he developed his first professional website 21stjune.com and launched on International Yoga Day. His contribution during the pandemic was also quite appreciable. Within days before imposition of Janta Curfew on March 22, 2020, Meedhansh launched the portal www.coronafreeworld.com where he collected all the disease related information on one platform and also started medical helpline service. Also, Meedhansh participated in a state-level corona prevention project named Mission Fateh, which was launched by former CM Capt Amarinder Singh and developed the entire IT portal www.missionfateh.com along with various awareness videos as per the guidelines issued by the Punjab Government. For this work, he was given an appreciation certificate by the Punjab Government. The students were selected on the basis of their achievements in six categories —innovation, social service, scholastic, sports, art & culture and bravery. CONSTITUENCY WATCH: SULTANPUR LODHI I CAPT HARMINDER SINGH Party: Shiromani Akali Dal Age: 69 years Qualification: Class X Background: He joined the Army right after his schooling and served from 1972-77. Though settled in Jalandhar, he hails from Nasirpur village of Sultanpur Lodhi. In Congress, he was DCC Jalandhar Rural chief and later became Chairman of Milkfed Punjab. A leader from Kamboj community that dominates the area, he joined SAD two months ago. Priorities: 1. To improve law and order, build trust in masses over police functioning 2. To improve medical facilities 3. To set up new college Jalandhar, January 24 As many as 496 new cases of Covid were reported from Jalandhar today. With the fresh cases, the Covid tally in Jalandhar zoomed to 74,643 cases. As many as 68,621 people have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar have reached 4,489 today. Of the 19,74,107 samples collected in the district, so far, 18,20,877 samples have tested negative. Along with rapid rise in Covid cases, there has been a dramatic spike in deaths also. As many as 32 people have died due to Covid in the month of January. While the district deceased tally was 1,501 on January 1, it has reached to 1,533 today. There has been an especially steep rise in deaths for the past two days. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 496 74,643 4 1533 68,621 4,489 While five people died yesterday, four more lives have been claimed by the virus today, a total of nine deaths in just two days. 292 cases in Kapurthala The district reported 292 new cases of Covid today. The district tally reached 22,557 today. Meanwhile, Kapurthla also reported three new deaths for the first time after other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Distt Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ the longest interval today. The total deceased tally in Kapurthala has reached 559. Meanwhile, Nawanshahr DC Vishesh Sarangal on Monday said the district administration has initiated a house-to-house survey through ANMs, ASHA and anganwadi workers to ensure every entitled persons gets both doses of Covid-19 vaccine in the district. BY DEEPKAMAL KAUR N the coming Assembly election, Sultanpur Lodhi has perhaps become a very hot seat ever since Punjab minister Rana Gurjeet Singh announced that his son Inder Partap Singh would contest from here against the sitting MLA and official candidate Navtej Cheema. Considered a Panthic seat, the alleged NAVTEJ CHEEMA Party: Congress Age: 47 years Qualification: Graduate Background: He is a two-time MLA having won in 2012 and 2017. He had lost in 2007. His father Gurmail Singh also contested from this constituency twice. He lost in in 1985 and but managed to win in 1992. He hails from Bussowal village in Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district. He follows Namdhari sect. Priorities: 1. To complete smart city work 2. To get Pind Baba Nanak Da project started 3. To get a hospital and a degree college in Sultanpur Lodhi Tribune News Service improper use of hundreds of crores of rupees by the state government here ahead of the 550th Guru Nanak Parkash Purb, too, has become a issue here. Allegations and counter-allegations between the minister and MLA have become a routine in these elections even as six candidates are already in fray from here: SAJJAN SINGH CHEEMA Party: Aam Aadmi Party Age: 64 Qualification: Graduate Background: He took retirement from Punjab Police to join the AAP and contested poll in 2017 from this seat unsuccessfully. He moved to SAD in April 2019 and rejoined AAP again in June 2021. He has been the captain of the Indian basketball team and is an Arjuna awardee. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award. Priorities: 1. To put an end to lawlessness 2. To get temporary river bandhs repaired annually 3. To start sugar mill in mand area c m y b JUGRAJPAL SINGH SHAHI Party: SAD (Sanyukt) Age: 58 Qualification: MA (Punjabi) Background: He has served as Youth Akali Dal president for 21 years and its spokesperson for seven years. He then moved to the Congress. He has been the secretary of Punjab Mandi Board from 2018-21 in Sultanpur Lodhi. He hails from Nurpur village of Sultanpur Lodhi and joined SAD (Sanyukt) last week. Priorities: 1. To bring in a PG-level govt college 2. To set up a multi-specialty hospital 3. To raise level of govt schools with provision of regular staff RANA INDER PARTAP SINGH Party: Independent Age: 41 years Qualification: MBA Background: He is the elder son of minister Rana Gurjeet Singh. He is MD, Rana Sugar Ltd. He has been supporting his father in elections since 2002. He has faced an ED inquiry into alleged FEMA case in January 2018. But he has not been summoned ever since. This is his first electoral contest. Priorities: 1. To make the farmers entrepreneurs 2. To set up a wholesale vegetable mandi 3. To start CSR projects in health by inviting visiting docs Rana Gurjeet levels drug allegations against Henry Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 24 Raking up a fresh controversy ahead of the coming Assembly poll, Punjab minister Rana Gurjeet Singh has levelled the charges of promoting drugs in the state against former minister Avtar Henry. The latter’s son Bawa Henry is contesting elections from Jalandhar North seat. Rana, who has been Jalandhar MP in 2004-09 and has not been in good terms with Henry ever since, has said: “Drug pedalling started in Punjab from the constituency of Avtar Henry. It was he who promoted the supplies in Qazi Mandi area. He also gave patronage to gangsters to wield around power.” Avtar Henry retorted to the Avtar Henry has asked Rana not to play divisive politics. allegations saying: “Qazi Mandi does not fall in my constituency. It is a part of Jalandhar Central seat. So, how am I to blame for this? I just wish that Rana works for the party’s collective victory. He will not be able to become a minister if he works for the defeat of other MLAs. He must understand this.”
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