24062022-JTR-01.qxd 6/23/2022 11:52 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE AMBARSARIYAS FINALLY GET A PLACE TO HANG OUT AT NIGHT The sleepy lanes that used to be silent and dark after the day’s business are reverberating with life now. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF THREE HELD WITH 100 GM OF HEROIN Hoshiarpur: Garhshankar police have arrested three persons and seized 100 gm of heroin and ~1-lakh drug money from their possession on Wednesday. The suspects have been identified as Satnam Singh and Avtar Singh, both residents of Road Mazara, and Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Ward No. 13, Garhshankar. The police said both vehicles of the suspects have been impounded. OC HOTEL VEERAT OWNER BOOKED Hoshiarpur: Dasuya police have registered a case against the owner of a hotel for storing liquor and beer in the hotel without a licence. Manpreet Kaur, an officer of the Excise Department, said during a raid on Hotel Veerat on GT Road, 66 bottles of liquor and 19 bottles of beer of various types were found and the hotel manager could not produce any document related to the licence of the beer bar. Hotel owner Kishan Dev Khosla has been booked. OC ROAD ACCIDENT VICTIM SUCCUMBS Hoshiarpur: A young man who was injured in a road accident on June 11 died during treatment at the PGI. Uspal Masih, a resident of Dadwa village in Gurdaspur district , has lodged a complaint with the police that his brother Iqbal Masih was coimng on bike. When he reached near Khanpur village of Mukerian, he was hit by a truck, he was admitted to PGI in injured condition where he died on Wednesday. The police have registered a case against truck driver Iqbal Ashraf, a resident of Kulgama district, J&K. OC PAGE 2 JESSICA PLAYED TRUMP’S SIS FOR FREE IN ARMAGEDDON TIME MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:35 PM Just 66 infections in May, but 102 reported this month so far No need to panic, ready with 1,500-bed facility: Civil Surgeon Aparna Banerji Jalandhar, June 23 A total of 102 Covid cases have been reported in the district in June so far. The figures are significantly high as compared to those reported in April and May. With four fresh cases reported on Thursday, the district tally has increased to 78,490. While the district saw 96 cases in April, 66 were reported in May. However, in June, 102 cases have already been reported. June also recorded the first Covid-related death in the district in the past three months. A person died of the virus on June 12, taking the district toll to 1,579. The last casualty reported in Jalandhar before this was on March 1. There has also been a significant rise in the number of daily cases this month. Fresh cases have been reported in double digits on several occasions. On June 13, 16 cases were reported, 14 cases were reported on June 21 and 10 were reported on June 22. However, May saw minus- FOUR CASES SURFACE IN DIST ON THURSDAY With four fresh cases of Covid reported in Jalandhar on Thursday, the tally in the district increased at 78,490. A total of 76,875 people have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 36 today. No deaths were reported in Jalandhar today and the toll remained constant at 1,579. TWO TEST POSITIVE IN KAPURTHALA Kapurthala district reported two fresh Covid cases on Thursday. The district tally has now increased to 23,927. Meanwhile, no new virusrelated death was reported in Kapurthala too. The district toll remained constant at 583. The new cases include a 44-yearold man and a 34-year-old man, both of Kapurthala city. An upsurge in number of infections reported in the district was earlier reported in January and February and since then the cases have been constantly declining. It is now in June that the cases have again started increasing cule single-day hike. Health authorities said there was no need for alarm as cases were in control. Arrangements such as a 1,500-bed Covid facility were in place to tackle any major outbreak. Notably, an upsurge in number of infections report- ed in the district was earlier reported in January and February and since then the cases have been constantly declining. It is now in June that the cases have again started increasing. Though there has been a spike in cases, the number of Phagwara: On a complaint filed by Rajni Bala, a resident of Gobindpura locality in Phagwara, the city police have registered a case under Sections 447 and 506 of the SC/ST Act against Manju Rani, a resident of Varinder Nagar, Phagwara. She has been booked on the charge of making a caste-based comment against the complainant. The victim was tenant of the accused. OC MC DEMOLISHES ILLEGAL COLONY Phagwara: A team of Phagwara Municipal Corporation on Thursday demolished an illegal under-construction colony in Kirti Nagar opposite Guru Nanak Avenue and a building in Manav Nagar. The MC Commissioner said the said colony and the building were being constructed without approval of the MC. The drive against illegal constructions under MC jurisdiction will continue till all encroachments are removed, said the Commissioner. OC SELLER OF PLASTIC BAGS CHALLANED Phagwara: The Phagwara MC Commissioner challaned a wholesaler and seized four quintals of plastic carry bags at Gurditta Chowk on Thursday. The Commissioner has appealed to the residents not to use plastic bags to save the environment. The Commissioner said the ban on the plastic bags was enforced 2016 and would be implemented seriously now. OC patients witnessing serious complications is luckily low. Despite 36 active cases in the district at present, none of these are Level 2 or 3 patients. Health authorities also said during contact tracing, the kin and contacts of those testing positive were rarely found to be Covid positive. Jalandhar Civil Surgeon Dr Raman Sharma said: “There is no need to panic. We have increased contact tracing and are also looking for cluster infections. But no clusters or hotspots have been found so far. The recent Covid-related death was also among patients of severe lung damage or hypertensive and diabetic elderly patients. Keeping in mind the rising cases, all those people who suffer from co-morbidities are advised to more cautious and adopt Covid-appropriate behavior. Even though there is no contingency, we are ready with backup plans to deal with any such situation. A 344-bed government facility and 1,169bed private facility, comprising Level 2 arrangements, is all set for any future need.” PAGE 4 If reports are to be believed, Charu is not happy in her relationship with Rajeev and says that he is not a good father. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:24 AM Covid raises its ugly head; June sees spurt in cases Tribune News Service CHARU ASOPA AND RAJEEV SEN ARE HEADING FOR SEPARATION? Actress Jessica Chastain turned down the fee for her surprise special role as former US President’s politician sister. FRIDAY | 24 JUNE 2022 | JALANDHAR DC: Issue challans to check mosquito breeding spots Says will take steps to control spread of dengue Tribune News Service SYMPTOMS Jalandhar, June 23 In order to prevent mosquito breeding and check the spread of dengue in the district, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori directed the Municipal Corporation, officials of the Health Department and Executive Officers of the Municipal Councils to initiate concerted efforts to contain the dengue outbreak. The DC also asked them to start issuing challans to those who fail to check breeding of dengue-causing mosquito larvae on the premises of their homes or buildings. Chairing a meeting with various departments, the DC said the administration would make all out efforts to control the spread of dengue in urban and rural areas. He said people must be educated about possible breeding grounds of mosquitoes, including water and flower pots, jars, tins, bottles, refrigerators, coolers, tyres, water containers and bird feeders. Thori said joint teams, comprising of MC, Health Department and others local civic bodies, must be constituted to hold door-to-door survey and check the places of larvae breeding. The DC further told them to The symptoms of the disease include high grade fever above 102°F, headache, pain in eyes, general body pains, vomiting, skin rashes, which must be monitored for 7 to 10 days by medical experts DOS DON’TS ■ Always keep overhead ■ Do not allow water to tanks properly covered ■ Drain out water from coolers and scrub these dry once a week ■ In case of fever, get your blood examined at the earliest ■ Take full treatment if infected undertake inspection of government offices to ensure that these places must not become breeding ground of mosquitoes. He also solicited wholehearted support of citizens to take suitable steps to prevent mosquito breeding in their homes. He said the district administration was firmly committed to tackling the menace to ensure good health of the residents. Thori said the spread of dengue could be contained through proper awareness and enforcement. Prominent amongst present on the occasion included ADCs Varinder Pal Singh Bajwa, Major Amit Sareen, SDMs Balbir Raj Singh, Lal Vishwas Bains, Randeep Singh Heer, Assistant Com- stagnate in and around your house ■ Do not throw discarded containers, tyres, pitchers and pots on the rooftop missioners Harjinder Jassal, Pankaj Bansal, Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Varinder Kaur Thind and others. Notably, currently there are nine dengue cases reported in the district. Surveillance of dengue is on across 33 hotpots in Jalandhar. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to counter dengue larvae breeding is continuously inundated streets or non-compliance of citizens in various areas. The teams often face resistance in several residential areas during challan drives. Earlier this year, security concerns were also raised regarding this. Additionally, lack of proper sewage disposal pipelines in many areas also is a cause of standing water in streets at some places. 3 injured as car turns turtle Gangster Soni held by Shirdi police after hitting divider near LPU Tribune News Service Mishap leads to huge traffic jam on highway Tribune News Service WOMAN BOOKED UNDER SC/ST ACT PAGE 3 Jalandhar, June 23 Three persons were injured when their car toppled near the Chaheru bridge here on Thursday. While the car was severely damaged, no loss of life has been reported. A huge traffic jam was also witnessed on the road while the victims were being rescued by do-gooders, who took out the trio stuck in the severely damaged car. ASI Satnam Singh said: “Three youths were coming from Jalandhar side in an Audi car. Their car climbed over a divider on the bridge near Lovely Professional University. The car toppled, falling sideways. The accident happened due to the youths’ error and there was Huge traffic jam on Jalandhar-Delhi National Highway after a car accident in front of LPU campus near Jalandhar on Thursday. no other vehicle involved in the accident. The youths were taken out of the car by passersby by breaking open the glass, as they were Two rob family of ~40K, ornaments at gunpoint Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 23 Highway robbers looted a family of ~40,000 and gold and diamond ornaments on the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway on Thursday. The victims were the kin of Congress councillor Sherry Chadha and were on a Punjab tour from Kolkata. Chadha said the incident occurred close to the CRPF Complex in Sarai Khas. "My sister and her in-laws were returning from the Golden Temple when a tyre of their car got punctured. While the driver had stopped the car to change the tyre, three youths riding a Yamaha bike came near the car and offered help. In return of help, they started seeking money from them," said Chadha. He said: "My relatives gave them ~200 but they started asking for more money. They then snatched the car keys and aimed a gun at them. They took cash and jewellery from the passengers." The Kartarpur police swung into action immediately after the incident. "One of the three accused in the crime has been identified on the basis of a CCTV footage procured from near the spot. We will soon be able to nab them," said the DSP . stuck inside. The three men had already been rescued by the time a police team reached. No loss of life has been reported.” Jalandhar, June 23 Puneet Soni, alias Pimpu, one of the main accused in the Gopal Nagar firing incident, was arrested by the Shirdi police on Wednesday evening. A team of the Jalandhar police has reportedly left for Shirdi to take the accused in their custody. Puneet along with members of the Pancham gang had opened fire on Himanshu Saundhi to take revenge against him for a college fight that happened way back in 2012. While gangster Pancham Noor and three of his accomplices were arrested by the city police in two different operations conducted in the past two months, Puneet and two other accused, Aman Sethi and Amritpal Singh, were absconding. “Puneet was earlier hiding in McLeodganj and then left for Shirdi in Maharashtra. He was THE CASE GOPAL NAGAR FIRING INCIDENT ARRESTS MADE SO FAR Himanshu of Gurdev Nagar had lodged a complaint with the city police that Puneet Soni, his two friends along with Pancham Noor and his gang members attempted to kill him on April 14 at Gopal Nagar locality. He was on his way to home, when Puneet along with others opened fire on him, but luckily he escaped unhurt. TWO STILL AT LARGE Puneet Soni staying there for the past 10 days, and when the hotel staff asked him to vacate the room, he asked them to extend his stay and was reluctant to clear the dues, following which, the Illegal hoardings: MC seeks FIR against 5 defaulterfirms Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 23 The Municipal Corporation Joint Commissioner has written to the Jalandhar Police Commissioner seeking action against five defaulter firms, who have put up ads at various places in the city without permission. The MC Joint Commissioner also demanded an FIR against them under the Defacement of Public Property Act. Of these, four are IELTS centres and one is a salon. In a letter addressed to the CP the , MC official has stated that during a survey by the advertise- c m y b ment wing of the corporation, it was found that five advertisers had put up their boards at private and government walls and poles against the rules. Also, it is in the violation of Section 123 of the Municipal Corporation Act-1976. The MC also requested to initiate an action against the defaulter firms and companies. Notices have also been sent to 20 others asking them to remove their ads from various areas. MC advertisement wing Superintendent Mandeep Singh said last year, nearly 1,000 ads were installed illegally at government and private properties and were removed The police have so far arrested gangster Pancham Noor, Amit Kalyan, Deepak Bhatti and Nikhil. Pancham was arrested by the city police from the outskirts of the city on May 28. Following a tip-off, his aides Amit and Deepak were arrested from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, whereas Nikhil was nabbed from Jalandhar on April 22. by the MC. As per information, in the financial year 2021-22, around 257 notices were issued to the defaulters by the MC. The corporation charges advertising fee of ~50 per square-ft from the firms. “The recovery, varying from ~2,000 to ~50,000, from the defaulter firms is done by the court,” he said. “Despite warnings, these firms had been putting up ads repeatedly without taking permission and thus an FIR has been sought against them. Apart from these, remaining 20, who have been sent notices, had installed ads without permission for the first time,” Singh said. Aman Sethi and Amritpal Singh, alias Mirza, who have been named in the FIR are still at large. The complainant, Himanshu, said Pancham and his aides were hired to carry out the incident, but the one who planned this attack and wanted to kill him were Puneet, Aman and Mirza. Meanwhile, police officials said with Puneet’ arrest, they were expecting to receive some inputs which would lead them to Amit and Mirza’s arrest. staff suspected some wrongdoing and alerted the police,” said a police official. After the Shirdi police took him into their custody, Puneet during questioning confessed that he was escaping jail. “He will be brought to Jalandhar in a day or two, and his accomplices Mirza and Aman Sethi too will be traced soon,” he said. MC House meets today over LED street lights Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 23 MC’s ‘special’ meeting on LED lights has already got postponed once and it is supposed to be held tomorrow. Councillor Jagdish Samrai, who has been vocal against the project, today said there was no need to hold the meeting without the presence of MC Commissioner who has been on leave. “We have already held so many meetings with the Mayor. We need CEO of the Smart City project to be present at the meeting and MC Commissioner Deepshikha Sharma is the CEO. She will be able to clear our doubts, otherwise, like previous held meetings, there will only be talks, but no results,” he said. Nirmal Singh Nimma, another councillor who has raised the issue, also said until now the answers to their questions were not given. “No proper answers have been given to us. We are still not prepared for the meeting. Even if Smart City officials provide us everything in detail right before the meeting, we wouldn’t have the time to read it properly,” he said adding that the councillors will meet tomorrow ahead of the meeting to talk over the issue. Mayor Jagdish Raja, however maintained that meeting will ‘definitely’ take place.
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