28072022-JTR-01.qxd 7/27/2022 11:58 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE OVER 50K SERVED IN 3 MONTHS BY 108 AMBULANCE SERVICE PAGE 2 LEAD SINGER OF SAFRI BOYZ BALWINDER SAFRI PASSES AWAY State-run 108 ambulance service has reportedly provided assistance to over 51,413 people from April to June. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY PAGE 3 The lovers of folk music were in for a rude shock as lead singer of Safri Boyz Balwinder passed away on Tuesday. MAX 33°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 28°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:26 PM PAGE 4 Shamita Shetty and Raqesh Bapat, who had entered Bigg Boss OTT house last year, have decided to part ways. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:41 AM Model Town residents protest dump in locality, want it shifted Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 27 Residents of several colonies adjoining the Model Town area, under the banner ‘Joint Action Committee’, today raised the long-pending issue of shifting of the garbage dump from their locality. They claimed they had been requesting the officials concerned to resolve the issue for years, but to no avail. Jaswinder Singh Raja, a member of the committee, said they were literally living in a hell. “Come to the place, and no one will be able to stand for even five minutes. An unbearable powerful stench emanates from the area all the time, and reptile, mosquitoes and other insects have made the situation worse,” he said. “No one can rob us of our right to live in clean and hygienic condition. We have not only taken up this matter with officials of the Municipal Corporation, but also with officials at the ACTORS SHAMITA SHETTY AND RAQESH BAPAT CALL IT QUITS WE’RE LITERALLY LIVING IN HELL We are literally living in a hell. An unbearable stench emanates from the area all the time. Reptiles, mosquitoes and other insects have made the situation worse. We have raised the issue at all levels, but to no avail. ❝ ❞ THURSDAY | 28 JULY 2022 | JALANDHAR Sports activities to resume in schools after two years Jalandhar, July 27 School sports activities will take place after a gap of two long years. The department used to organise block, district and state-level tournaments in schools, but the Covid-19 pandemic had put a stop on these. Now, the Education Department has released a circular informing about the sports activities to the district education officers of the state. In Jalandhar, the sports activities will start from the month of October. Under 14, 17 and 19 players will take part in the tournaments. The competitions are organised every year to identify talent in the schools. — TNS Members, JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE << Residents of five colonies in the Model Town area talk to mediapersons in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Dist reports 84 new Covid cases Tribune News Service state-level. We have written to the Chief Minister, but still nothing has happened,” members of the committee said. Col (Retd) Amrik Singh, President Kewal Vihar Cooperative Housing Maintenance Society said the garbage dump was located along the boundary of their housing complex and it had made the lives of the veteran soldiers and their families miserable. He added: “Residents of the colony were already subjected to health risk due to presence of cremation ground. The garbage dump along the boundary of our colony, too, is causing adverse affect to the surrounding environment. Flies are everywhere and there is no respite from foul smell. The dump also attracts stray cattle which litter the entire surroundings.” The members of the committee said if no action is taken now, they will form a wall by joining hands by standing outside the dump and would not allow anyone to throw the garbage. Jalandhar, July 27 The Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Jalandhar district with 84 new infections reported on Wednesday. With the fresh figure, the total caseload has reached 79,475 in the district. As many as 77,171 people have recovered from the virus in the district while the number of active cases stands at 358. Meanwhile, the Kapurthala district reported two new cases of Covid today. With this the total number of infections has reached 24,083. With no fresh fatality reported from anywhere, the death toll remained at 1,946 in Jalandhar and 593 in Kapurthala. Police crack sewadar’s 6 yrs on, project mired in controversies, scams murder case, arrest one Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 27 A day after the beheaded body of a dera sewadar was found at Semi village in Patara near Rama Mandi, the Jalandhar Rural police on Wednesday arrested one person on the charge of murder. Claiming to have cracked the murder case, the police said Jagdish Lal, a resident of the Semi village, who had been residing alone at a dera for the past several years, was killed over a property dispute. The accused has been identified as Daljit Singh, a resident of the same village. Superintendent of Police, Investigation, Sarabjit Bahia said Jagdish Lal had been doing sewa at the shrine at the Semi village since 2009, and had been living there alone. The complainant and deceased’s son Ajay Kumar informed the police that at 7 am on July 26, one Harvinder Singh called him to inform him that that his father had been found murdered. On the complaint, Inspector Arshdeep Kaur at the Patara police station registered a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. SMART CITY IN LIMBO-I Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service The rural police address mediapersons in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO PROPERTY DISPUTE REASON BEHIND CRIME During the questioning of the suspect, Daljit Singh, it came to light that he had a property dispute with the victim, Jagdish Lal. Daljit had been claiming right over the property where the victim had been staying. Sarabjit ❝ Bahia, SP, INVESTIGATION During investigation, Daljit Singh, a resident of Semi village who had been called in for questioning on suspicion, revealed that he wanted to take control of the dera. It came to the fore during questioning that Daljit also had a property dispute with Jagdish Lal. Daljit had been claiming right over the property where the deceased had ❞ been staying. Due to this ongoing feud over the property dispute, on the ill-fated day, Daljit attacked Jagdish on the head with a datar and inflicted serious on him, leading to his death. Upon his confession, Daljit has been arrested by the police. The police have also recovered the weapon used in the murder. Jalandhar, July 27 It was in September 2016 when Jalandhar found its name on the list released by the central government under the Smart City Mission. There was a lot of excitement among one and all about Jalandhar being developed as ‘Smart City’ as the city had somehow managed to secure a spot under the bigticket project. Six years down the line, all the praises and commendations are replaced by criticism and condemnation. Through the Smart City series, Jalandhar Tribune brings to you a lowdown on the projects that were to be implemented but could never be executed and other related issues that have stalled the progress. The Smart City project today has become synonymous with controversies. Be it the bio-mining project, surface water project, LED project or any other, not even a sin- Be it the bio-mining project, LED project or any other, not even one has been completed. MALKIAT SINGH NEVER GOT ANY AGENDA DON’T PASS THE BUCK GUILTY WON’T BE SPARED project, I was never given any agenda of any meeting nor any related file. I don’t attend any meeting now. The probe into the LED project has revealed a scam. Now, the MC Commissioner has to act. The previous government ruined the project. The Mayor is now highlighting the scam in the LED project, why he is not talking about the entire Smart City project. There is corruption at every stage. How can a Mayor not know anything? He, too, can take action. I have been raising the matter of corruption in the Smart City project at all levels. I have even raised the issue with the Local Bodies Minister. I am going to take it to the logical end. Those involved in the wrongdoings won’t be spared. Jagdish Raja, MAYOR Sunil Jyoti, EX-MAYOR gle project has got completed. Apart from this, the allegations of scam worth crores of rupees, involvement of Smart City officials in corruption, and no action by authorities have maligned the image of the Municipal Corporation. a ❝ Evenofthough I amCity member the Smart ❞ ❝ ❞ ❝ ❞ Raman Arora, MLA It appears as if neither Smart City officials nor MC office-bearers are concerned about the developments. The LED project is a classic example of this. Several MC House meetings have taken place, ministers (both state and union) have paid visit to the city, but Smart City officials so far have been conspicuous by their absence. Moreover, an official of the Smart City project, who was looking after the LED project and faced several allegations, resigned from his post a week ago. Still there is no action yet against any official. However, Jalandhar Central MLA Raman Gupta has said no one involved in any kind of corruption in the project would be spared, no matter whosoever he or she is. Even Union Minister for State for Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, who recently visited the city, promised to inquire into the discrepancies being reported in the Smart City project. Expressing his disappointment, Local Bodies Minister Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar, too, grilled officials involved with the project and sought a detailed report on the projects being executed. Nijjar was in Jalandhar again on Tuesday and and held a meeting with the Municipal Corporation Commissioner and Member of Legislatibve Assembly Raman Arora and followed up the case. Cops raid Nakodar house, nab 11 consuming heroin Power shutdown Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 27 Acting on a tip-off, the police carried out a raid at Mallian Khurd village in Nakodar and nabbed 11 persons allegedly consuming heroin and seized the drug and other related material used for its consumption. Uggi police station incharge Sukhvinderpal Singh said they received a tip-off that one Balwinder Singh, a resident of the village, was selling heroin to some people at his house. The people who were present at Balwinder’s house during the raid have been identified as Ranjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Baljit Singh, Manpreet Singh, Sandeep, Balwinder Singh, and Sajan Kumar, all residents of Uggi; Lovedeep Singh and Sarbjit Singh, both residents of Chuhar; and Amarjit Singh of Talwandi Salem. The police claimed all the aforesaid men were caught consuming heroin at the spot in Phagwara today during the raid. Police added that 3 gm of heroin along with the paraphrenilia required for consumption of thye drug was recovered from the spot. 10 polythene or papers soiled with heroin, 10 pipes and 10 match boxes were recovered by the police from the spot. A case under Sections 21 (A), 27, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was lodged at the Nakodar police station. A detailed investigation was in progress, the police said. Phagwara, July 27 The electricity supply will not be available in several localities of Phagwara from 11 am to 6 pm on Thursday. The supply will remain suspended due to urgent maintenance and repairing work on power lines in Satnampura, New Satnampura, Adarsh Nagar, Sugar Mill Colony, Teacher Colony, Gaba Colony, Mansa Devi Nagar, New Mansa Devi Suspects in the police net. >> c m y b Nagar, Doctors Colony, Dhyan Singh Colony, Raja Garden, Mehta Colony, Green Land Colony, Arora Colony , Kartar Estate and Hadiabad Bazar Area among others. Phagwara XEN Rajinder Singh said shifting of power lines to another location due to felling of trees by the Forest Department had forced to shut off supply in several localities. — OC
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