06092022-JTR-01.qxd 9/6/2022 12:20 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 ‘KHEDAN VATAN PUNJAB DEAN’ PHASE-2 BEGINS IN 5 BLOCKS The second phase of the ‘Khedan Vatan Punjab Dean’ started in Hoshiarpur district on Monday. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 3 BREW ILLICIT LIQUOR, BOOKED Phagwara: The Lohian Khas police have booked three persons, including a fatherson duo, on the charge of brewing illicit liquor . SHO Sukhdev Singh said the accused had been identified as Mukhtir Singh of Dhan Ismailpur village, his son Gurpreet and Pipal Singh. Around 475-litre illicit liquor ,1,600 litre of lahan ,190 litre of hot lahan and utensils for brewing were recovered from the brewing site. The SHO said cases under the Excise Act had been registered against the accused. OC FOUR BOOKED UNDER SC/ST ACT Phillaur: The Nurmahal police have booked four persons on the charges of using castiest remarks, abusive language, and criminal intimidation. The accused have been identified as Amrit Pal, Jagga, Arwindar Singh and Karamjit Singh. Lovepreet Singh complained to the police that the accused armed with sharp weapons came to his mohalla and used castiest remarks against him and his family before his house and threatened him with dire consequences. He said the accused also ransacked the gate of Mohinder Pal, his neighbour. A case under Sections 294,427,506 and 34 of the IPC and the SC/ST Act has been registered against the accused. OC TWO HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Phagwara: The Nakodar Sadar police arrested Dharam Pal of Singh Purdona village with 50 bottles of illicit liquor on Sunday night. Meanwhile, the Bilga police arrested Hoshiar Singh of Burj Hassan with nine bottles of illicit liquor. OC PO ARRESTED AFTER 2 YEARS Nakodar: The Sadar police have arrested a proclaimed offender (PO) absconding for the last two years. The Investigating officer, Sanjivan Singh, said the accused had been identified as Balkar Singh, a resident of Shankar village, and wanted in a case of selling illicit liquor. OC PAGE 3 ACTRESS KANGANA RANAUT TAKES DIG AT MAHESH BHATT SHOME SHARES EXPERIENCE OF TEACHING THEATRE TO INMATES Actor Kangana Ranaut recently made a shocking revelation about the life of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. MAX 35°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:45 PM PAGE 4 Actress Tillotama Shome, who acted in Delhi Crime, has previously taught theatre to prisoners in the US. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 06:06 AM TUESDAY | 6 SEPTEMBER 2022 | JALANDHAR Expelled from Cong, Dy Mayor ~4-cr scam in Nawanshahr co-op society; 7 booked along with 3 others joins AAP Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 5 Days after Deputy Mayor of Jalandhar Harsimranjit Singh Bunty was expelled from the Congress party, he joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today. Speculations were rife since his expulsion from the Congress that he would join the AAP soon. However, he remained tightlipped about the same. Along with him, three Congress councillors have also joined the party ahead of local bodies elections scheduled for December this year. Sources said the move had weakened the grand old party’s hold in the Municipal Corporation. They added that more Congress councillors were reafy to join other parties. Three Congress councillors—Rohan Sehgal, Mintu Gujjar and Rajinder Kumar Mintoo— also joined the AAP at Chandigarh party head- MAJOR DEVELOPMENT AHEAD OF LOCAL BODIES POLL SCHEDULED IN DECEMBER The newly inducted city councillors with Aam Aadmi Party functionaries in Mohali. TRIBUNE PHOTO quarters. Councillor Rohan Sehgal was once considered closest to Jalandhar Cantt MLA Pargat Singh, but lately some unconfirmed reports of differences between them were making rounds. It is being said that other councillors are also trying to get into AAP Addressing the . media on the occasion, AAP’s Punjab in-charge Jarnail Singh said people of Punjab were impressed with the working of AAP in Delhi and Punjab. “AAP would reg- ister a unilateral victory in the municipal elections,” Singh said. Likewise, the leaders who joined the party said that they decided to join AAP after being impressed with Continued on page 2 Nawanshahr, September 5 The Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, has unearthed a multicrore scam in Kajla MultiPurpose Cooperative Society Limited at Kajla village, Nawanshahr, and registered a case against seven persons for committing fraud. Three accused have already been arrested by the bureau. An official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau (VB) said employees and elected representatives of the society had committed embezzlement of Rs 4,24,02,561. He further informed that secretaries Prem Singh and Bhupinder Singh (under suspension), former president Jaswinder Singh, vice-president Harvel Singh and former members Harjit Singh and Balkar Singh, both former members and residents of Kajla, along with former member Ram Pal of Paddi Matwali village, had committed the fraud. OVER 1.2K ACCOUNT HOLDERS IN SOCIETY ■ A Vigilance Bureau official said there were about 1,220 account holders or members in the cooperative society at Kajala village of Nawanshahr. ■ The society sells insecticides and pesticides to members or farmers. Many members have deposited FDRs worth crores of rupees in the society ■ “The role of other officials involved in the scam will also be probed and further investigation is underway,” the official said A case under Sections 408, 420, 465, 467, 468, 477-A and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code and 13(1)A and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the seven accused. Prem Singh, Bhupinder Singh and Harjit Singh have been arrested. Giving more details, the bureau official said there were about 1,220 account holders or members in Kajala Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society. The society sells insecticides and pesticides to members or farmers. Various members of the society have deposited FDRs worth crores of rupees in the society. As per the information, the role of other officials or employees involved in this scam would also be probed and further investigation is under progress. Recently, the Vigilance Bureau had unearthed a Rs 7 crore scam in the Multipurpose Agricultural Service Society Limited at Karnana village of Nawanshahr district. It lodged a case against seven officers or employees and arrested five persons. LSD: Kisan unions demand Amid dengue threat, no platelet kits financial aid for dairy farmers at Civil Hospital; patients troubled Jalandhar, September 5 Members of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, on Monday, carried out a march near the Circuit House in Jalandhar; and handed over a copy of memorandum of their demands to Aam Aadmi Party MLA Sheetal Angural. The farmers, led by the Doaba Kisan Sangharsh Committee president, Balwinder Singh Malhi Nangal, shared that they are demanding a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for every dairy animal that has died of the lumpy skin disease, and Rs 50,000 for every ailing animal. The leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Doaba), the BKU (Lakhowal), the Mahila Kisan Union and the Kul Hind Kisan Sabha also joined the farmers in their protest. The protesters had initially planned to hand over a copy of the memorandum to MLAs Raman Arora and Balkar Singh. But since Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service The farmers demand a relief of Rs 1 lakh for every dairy animal that has died of lumpy skin disease. TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH neither of them turned up, they chose to carry out a march in protest. They also called for the government to dole out an order for conducting a proper burial for the cattle dying of the lumpy skin disease. The farmers are also seeking government intervention for testing milk samples, flagging the practice of adulteration. AAP MLA Sheetal Angural spoke with the agitating farmers, and accepted a copy of the memorandum of demands. — TNS Jalandhar, September 5 With the unavailability of single-donor platelet (SDP) kits at the Civil Hospital here, patients are forced to visit the Jan Aushadhi Kendra at Babrik Chowk, which is 3 km away and usually a 45-minute drive from the hospital on a busy stretch. In most cases of emergencies, the process of donation of platelets gets inordinately delayed as patients get stuck in the crowded area of the city, especially during the night, to reach the centre. An amount of Rs 7,056 is being charged for a single kit at the centre. In addition, patients have to arrange their own donors. At private hospitals, patients are shelling Rs 15,000 to 17,000 for the procedure. Authorities said considering the low-platelet cases in WAITED FOR HOURS TO GET ONE ❝ A person donates platelets at Civil Hospital, Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH CAN’T KEEP THEM FOR FEW PATIENTS ❝ SDP kits will be made available at Civil Hospitals if there is a wave. The cost of a kit is too high and isn’t feasible to keep it at hospitals. Dr Raman Sharma, CIVIL SURGEON the dengue season, a request to make SDP kits available at the Civil Hospital had already been made. So far, 21 persons have donated platelets at the Civil Hospital and all of them had to get SDPs from the Jan ❞ Aushadhi Kendra. Gurcharan Singh from Nurmahal, whose daughter Amandeep had reduced platelets, said he had to wait half a day for platelets to be administered to her. Till I needed an SDP kit on Friday night, but the Civil Hospital didn’t have any. My daughter’s platelet count was at 15,000. The kit was arranged at 1 pm next day, by then her platelete count further dropped to 10,000. She is currently stable. Gurcharan, PATIENT’S FATHER ❞ then, her platelet count further reduced. Gurcharan said, “I needed the SDP kits on Friday night, but the Civil Hospital didn’t have any. It was 10 pm and Continued on page 2 Damaged Kapurthala roada nightmare for commuters Dug-up stretch in pitiable condition I No recarpeting or repair work done for two years Tribune News Service PAUCITY OF FUNDS WHY NO RECARPETING? Jalandhar, September 5 Travelling on Kapurthala road has become a harrowing experience for commuters, with the stretch lying in a pitiable condition here for the past nearly two years. Residents have held several protests and sent repeated reminders to the Municipal Corporation to draw officials’ attention to ther misery, but action has not yet been initiated to make the busy stretch conducive for daily commuters. Residents say the road was dug up about two years ago to lay pipes for a surface water project, and thereafter the work to lay sewerage pipes started. They add they never complained about the inconvenience they suffered owing to the dug-up road in the past as then the work to lay pipes was underway. “But now ■ Officials from the Building and dug ❝The road wasago toup about two years lay Roads Department of the Municipal Corporation say they are aware of the problems being faced by commuters and residents using the Kapurthala road ■ They say due to lack of funds the work to repair the road stopped midway. However, they promised the work would start within the next 15 days pipes for a surface water project, and thereafter the work to lay sewerage pipes started. But now when the work has been completed, why is the MC not starting the recarpeting work? Local residents ❞ when the work has been completed, why is the MC not starting the recarpeting work?” they say. They allege a number of accidents have taken place the road and now its condition on either side is so bad that it has made commuting a nightmare. Besides, the dust on the road further adds to commuters’ woes as they complain that visibility << Kapurthala road in a dilapidated condition. reduces to such an extent that they find it difficult to traverse the stretch. “Thousands of vehicles pass through this road on a daily basis. The most affected are the residents of New Hardev Nagar, Gupta Colony, Guru Nanak Nagar, Malik Nagar and Saraswati Vihar as the road leads to all these localities,” says Sukhjit Singh, a resident. He says residents under the banner of ‘Kapurthala Road Civil Society’ held a protest here about a week ago, and also wrote to the Chief Minister about the problems they are facing while commuting on the potholed road, but nothing happened. “Every time we talk to MC officials, they say that due to paucity of funds, the work has been c m y b delayed and it will start soon,” he adds. Ajay Kumar, a fruit vendor on the road said, “Due to the poor condition of the road, the customers aren’t stopping to buy fruits. Our sales have been badly hit, and we request Municipal Corporation authorities to repair the stretch as early as possible”. Municipal Corporation officials from the building and roads department said that they were aware about the problems being faced by commuters and residents but due to lack of funds the work to repair the road stopped midway. They claimed that within the next 15 days, the work will start. Meanwhile, Municipal Corporation Commissioner Devinder Singh couldn’t be contacted despite repeated attempts. A swing being installed for Sodal Mela in Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH Admn to now issue licences for swings Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 5 After the incident of a swing crash at a fair in Mohali last evening, the district administration has got vigilant over similar big rides being installed in Jalandhar in view of the forthcoming Sodal Mela here. Even though the three-day fair will start on Friday, the ride owners are already in the process of installing them here around the Sodal Temple. The Deputy Commissioner on Monday announced that no such rides would be allowed to operate without the requisite approval and inspection of the XENs from the departments, including the PWD. The XENs will check all these Continued on page 2
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