30082022-JTR-01.qxd 8/30/2022 1:08 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE UNION SEEKS MSP, FINANCIAL AID FOR HP APPLE GROWERS PAGE 2 Mahila Kisan Union, an affiliate of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, has sought MSP for Himachal apple growers. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY SAJID KHAN’S 100% TO STAR BIG BOSS FAME SHEHNAAZ GILL MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 27°C INBRIEF 1 HELD WITH 20 KG OF POPPY HUSK Nurmahal: The Bilga police have arrested a drug peddler on the charge of selling poppy husk. Investigating officer Ajit Singh said that 20 kilograms of poppy husk were seized from the accused, who has been identified as Resham Singh of Burj Hassan. The IO said that a case has been registered under Sections15,61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. The motorcycle of the accused has been impounded. OC THREE BOOKED IN DOWRY CASE Nakodar: The Nakodar city police have booked three members of an in-laws' family in a dowry harassment case. Investigating officer Mandeep Singh said that the accused have been identified as Jagmilan Singh Momi, a resident of SAS Nagar, his father Surat Singh Momi, and his mother Jasvir Kaur. Kamaljit Kaur from Pasarrian complained to the senior superintendent of police, Jalandhar (Rural), that the accused had started harassing her after their marriage, demanding dowry from her. The IO said that a case has been registered under Sections 498-A, 406, and 120-B of the IPC against the accused, following an inquiry. OC MAN ARRESTED UNDER NDPS ACT this, the society sells fertilisers and pesticides to farmers and a total of six employees are working in different places in the society. Dhillon said after investigating the matter, it came to light that NRIs and residents of Karnana village got the FDRs worth crores of rupees in the name of the society. Then secretary Inderjit Dhir, who has also been the cashier earlier, embezzled crores of rupees by setting limits etc., on the said FDRs in collusion with then president Randhir Singh and the present cashier Harpreet Singh. The SSP said during the scrutiny of the records by the technical team from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020, the loans taken by the members of the society and deposits of the members amounted to over Rs 7 crore were found to have been embezzled. Giving the details of the scam, continued on page 2 Smuggler held with 1-kg heroin Jalandhar, August 29 The CIA staff-1 of the Jalandhar police today nabbed one person and recovered 1-kg heroin from his possession. The accused has been identified as Gagandeep Singh (34), a resident of Gangsar Jaitu in Faridkot. Sub-Inspector Ashok Kumar, in-charge CIA staff1, said they were on routine checking near Vikaspuri Mohalla, when they saw Gagandeep coming on foot from the other side of the road. He said on seeing the police, he tried to hide something and changed his route, following which police officers suspected something was wrong and immediately caught him for checking purposes. “During checking, 1 kg of heroin was recovered from his possession”, he said, adding that he is a habitual offender as a case under the NDPS Act and the Arms Act had already been registered against him in Hoshiarpur. “A fresh case under Section 21 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him at police station division number 8. Also after producing him in a local court, the police had taken him in remand to investigate from where he was procuring heroin, and who all are involved in this smuggling with him,” he said.— TNS The accused in police custody in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Actor Disha Parmar has rubbished the rumours about the show, Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 2, going off air. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:02 AM TUESDAY | 30 AUGUST 2022 | JALANDHAR AparnaBanerji Tribune News Service 5 held, 7 officials booked for embezzlement The acccused arrested by the Vigilance Bureau in Nawanshahr. SUNSET TUESDAY 6:54 PM Jalandhar, August29 The contingent of the 16 actual Arjuna awardees and sportspersons of the state handing a ‘mashal’ (baton) from hand to hand remained the highlight of the ‘Khedan Watan Punjab Dean’, which was declared open by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann here today. The special baton march by 16 Olympians and Arjuna Awardees saw the participation from Olympian Baljit Singh Dhillon and athlete Manjit Kaur, ace Paralympian Rajinder Singh Rahelu, hammer throw champion Damneet Singh Mann, Asian Games gold medalist kabaddi player Gurpreet Singh, boxer Harpreet Singh Happy, rower Swaran Singh Virk and shuttler Pranav Chopra among others. Initial hiccups After initial hiccups and delays, the mega sporting event was held with much fanfare and celebration. Festoons and poppers displays marked the event at regular intervals. Hundreds of students dressed in traditional costumes descended on Guru Gobind Singh Stadium to keep the spirits high. Theme song sung The Nooran sisters started the cultural programme. The theme song evoking the sporting spirit of the state was also sung by singers Ranjit Bawa and Amrit Mann at the event. National anthem skipped While the national anthem was a part of the schedule of events to be held during the ceremony, it wasn’t eventually sung at the event. Until the time when audience left the stadium after the CM’s speech (followed by a tug-of-war and a volleyball match), the national anthem was not sung. 10 booked on murder charge Nakodar, August 29 The Nakodar Sadar police have booked 10 persons on the charge of attempt to murder. IO Sukhwindar Singh said the accused had been identified. Rakesh Kumar of Rasulpur Kalan complained to the police that he was working at the Bhagwan Valmik temple with others on August 26 when the accused barged into the temple, and attacked him with sharp-edged weapons, with intent to kill him. He was seriously injured. A case has been registered. — OC School students perform during the opening ceremony of ‘Khedan Watan Punjab Dean’ in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH SOUVENIRS FOR GUESTS All dignitaries were given souvenirs at the end of the inaugural ceremony of the two-month-long mega sports event. The souvenirs included small jute bags with a logo of the event and key chains in the shape of rugby, cricket bat, hockey and boxing gloves. 7 PLAYERS ON LOGO The logo of the ‘Khedan Vatan Punjab Dean’, which was released on Monday, features seven prominent players — late Milkha Singh, athelete Manjit Kaur, Olympian shooter Abhinav Bindra, cricketer Yuvraj Singh, hockey players Balbir Singh and Gurjeet Kaur and para powerlifter Rajinder Singh Rahelu. The young and old players have both been included to strike a balance. Youngsters show their gatka skills during the event. ‘Winners to be covered under gradation policy’ Hoshiarpur, August 29 Stressing “Khedan Vatan Punjab Dean” will usher in a sports revolution in the state, Cabinet Minister Brahm Shankar Jimpa said this twomonth-long sports extravaganza would fulfil the aim of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to infuse sports enthusiasm in the youth of the state by weaning them off drugs. “Over five lakh budding players of the state will participate in the sports extravaganza and the Bhagwant Mann government has earmarked prizes worth Rs 6 crore for the winners, who will Girls attired in colourful dresses during the inaugural ceremony. be covered under the state’s gradation policy,” said Jimpa, adding the Bhagwant Mann government was fully committed to creating a sports atmosphere in the state. The block-level competitions will be held from September 1 to 7. The winners at the block level will compete Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 29 Even though the reports of dramatic increase in the rejection rate of study visa permits and bulk rejections by the Canadian government in recent days have triggered alarm bells in the state, the visa consultants say there is nothing to worry as of now. As per information, the rejection rate for students from Punjab and other states of India seeking study visas has risen to over 60 per cent, particularly for those looking to enroll in Canadian universities in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia (BC). There were also reports that the visas of even students with IELTS bands of 6.5 or 7, a decent academic record and a stable financial situation have also been rejected recently. Sumit Jain, a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and owner of Jain Overseas in Jalandhar, said: “At present, the Canadian government has a backlog of nearly 2.4 million immigration applications in different categories like study visa permits, PR applications, temporary res- Jalandhar, August 29 Having recently been awarded Prime Minister’s National Child Award, city-based boy Meedhansh Kumar Gupta has been honoured with the CSR award. The award is given to those people who have done good work in the field of social reform. The award was given to only 29 children across India and Meedhansh was the only one from Punjab. The award was received by Meedhansh for the social welfare, which he did by giving his technical support during the corona period. HUGE BACKLOG The Canadian government has a backlog of nearly 2.4 million immigration applications in different categories, including study visa. Until August 3, around 1,80,000 files had been pending for only study visas, of which 44 per cent belonged to India. APPLICATIONS NOW GETTING ACCEPTED A rate, and ❝tohigh pendencycurrentstaff crunchManyfair evaluation are blame for the situation. deserving students, who were earlier denied visa, reapplied and their applications have been accepted now. Sumit Jain, ICCRC MEMBER ❞ ident, etc. Until August 3, around 1,80,000 files had c m y b in the district-level competition from September 12 to 22. Subsequently, the winners will compete at the state level from October 10 to 21. Competitions in fencing, archery, shooting, rowing, gymnastics and chess will be held at the state-level apart from the district level games. Only table tennis, lawn tennis, badminton, volleyball and athletics competitions will be held for the age group of 41-50 and above 50. He said the sportsperson desirous to participate in these games can register up till August 30. — OC After Bal Puraskar, CSR award for city boy Dr Kiran Bedi felicitates Meedhansh Kumar Gupta. Meedhansh had created a portal for the improvement of people’s health. He also used web to promote vote awareness campaign among people for the selection of good government in Punjab, and for Mission Khushal Punjab, in which he had toured the whole of Punjab, and education campaign Mission Aatmanirbhar, in which he is giving free education to those children who are financially weak. In these three different categories, who received the award under Best Individual Social Contributor by Indian CSR Awards for his contribution to the campaigns related to good health, education and good government. The award programme was organised at Hyatt Hotel Guru- No need to worry about Canada’s high visa rejection rate: Consultants Garhshankar: The Garhshankar police arrested a man with 45 gm of intoxicating powder on Sunday night. A patrolling party, led by SI Kuldeep Singh, stopped a man on the basis of suspicion on the Birampur road in Garhshankar. The police party nabbed the man who allegedly tried to run away. On search, 45 gm of intoxicating powder was recovered from the envelope held in his hand. The police registered a case against the accused, identified as Amandeep, a resident of Boda village, under Sections 22, 61, and 85 of NDPS Act. OC PAGE 4 Punjab games get off to a flying start TRIBUNE PHOTO Jalandhar, August 29 The Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, has unearthed a scam to the tune of Rs 7 crore in Karnana Multipurpose Agricultural Service Society Limited, Karnana village, Nawanshahr, and registered a case against seven officials at the VB police station in Jalandhar. The bureau has also arrested five accused in the case. Jalandhar SSP Vigilance , Bureau, Diljinder Singh Dhillon said during the investigation into the accounts of the society, it had come to light that a scam to the tune of Rs 7,14,07,596.23 had been committed in connivance with employees of the cooperative society. There are about 1,000 account holders or members in the said society. This society has been running an Indian Oil petrol pump, tractor and agricultural implements to plough a large amount of agricultural land. Apart from BADE ACHHE LAGTE HAI 2 NOT GOING OFF AIR, SAYS DISHA Shehnaaz Gill, who rose to fame with reality show Bigg Boss 13, will be seen in Sajid Khan’s next film 100%. VB unearths ~7-crore scam in agri society Tribune News Service PAGE 3 been pending for only study visas, of which 44 per cent belonged to India.” He said a high pendency rate and the lack of fullytrained staff and fair evaluation are to blame for the current situation. “Many deserving students, who were earlier denied visa, had reapplied and their applications have been accepted. So clearly, whatever is happening is due to the huge backlog. We expect the situation to improve by the end of this year or by March 2023,” he added. Another, Bhavnoor Singh, Managing Director, Pyramid eService said nearly 2.5 lakh students applied for study visas for Canada in 2021. “In 2022, we were anticipating a similar number. However, the number of applicants has almost tripled this year,” he added. He said with such a high rate of pendency and fresh applications being filed in bulk, the situation has become tricky. “But students in Punjab need not worry, instead focus on achieving strong academic records and good bands in IELTS — the key factor Canadian authorities consider,” he added. Meanwhile, a Torontobased visa consultant, who wished not to be named said, continued on page 2 gram where Dr Kiran Bedi, who was the first woman to join the Indian Police Service, and Rajat Sharma, editor of a TV channel, were invited as chief guests. And from these two celebrities, various selected people present there were given the award, out of which Meedhansh also received this honour. Meedhansh’s parents Sandeep Kumar Gupta and Monika Gupta were also present to receive this award and Kiran Bedi and Rajat Sharma praised Meedhansh for doing social welfare and inspired him for working more for society. — TNS Minor raped in Tarn Taran Tarn Taran, August 29 A 12-year-old girl was raped by a person of her own village. The incident that occurred about two weeks ago was reported to the police on Sunday and a case has been registered. The victim's mother, in her statement to the police, said her daughter had gone to the village market on August 16 when the accused, Joban, lured her and took her to the nearby fields to commit the crime. The victim and her mother reported the matter to the police. A case under Sections 376 and 6 of the POCSO Act has been registered against the accused. — OC
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