02112022-JTR-01.qxd 11/2/2022 12:13 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE MUSICAL PLAY STEALS SHOW ON FINAL DAY OF GHADRI MELA ‘Ghadar da paigam: Jaari rakhna sangram’, a musical play, drew crowd at the Ghadri mela on Tuesday. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Hoshiarpur woman held ‘hostage’ in Muscat Hoshiarpur, November 1 A local woman who managed to reach Muscat in search of greener pastures finds herself stuck with a trafficker. On the complaint of the victim's family, the Chabbewal police have booked a couple who allegedly sent her abroad. Pakhar Singh, a resident of Harmoye village at Mehtiana, has lodged a complaint with the police that his wife, Kamaljit Kaur, used to do sewing work in Patti village. One Deepika, who was the victim's customer, told his wife that her husband Rajesh Kumar sent women to Mus- TELLS HUSBAND 25 MORE HELD CAPTIVE, BEING PHYSICALLY ABUSED; TWO BOOKED cat, where they got good jobs. Trusting her, he gave Rs 30,000 to the accused in May to send his wife to Muscat. On reaching there, a person named Mohammed Faiz took his wife to some place. His wife informed him over phone that the accused already has about 25 women, who had been taken hostage in a room and they are being physically abused. Pakhar requested Mohd Faiz to send his wife back. However, the accused allegedly demanded Rs 2.80 lakh in lieu. Pakhar has told the police that he hasn’t been able to talk to his wife for the past few days. He has expressed apprehension that the said accused has snatched his wife's phone. The complainant had alleged that accused Deepika and her husband Rajesh were in collusion with the accused. The accused have kept his wife hostage illegally and Rs 2.80 lakh is being demanded from them to send her back home. — OC PAGE 2 BAPPI LAHIRI’S JIMMY, JIMMY IS A PROTEST SONG IN CHINA PAGE 3 Bappi Lahiri’s hit song Jimmy, Jimmy has become a new anthem in China to protest Covid lockdowns MAX 31°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:35 PM KASHIKA KAPOOR WILL BE SEEN IN THE VIBE HUNTER Series has been officially released on Voot and the MX Player’s YouTube page. It is directed by Vikram Rai SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:37 AM WEDNESDAY | 2 NOVEMBER 2022 | JALANDHAR Phagwara gets mother & child care hospital CM Mann inaugurates the facility, asks medical staff to impart quality healthcare Our Correspondent Phagwara, November 1 Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday reiterated the firm commitment of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to ensure the wellbeing of everyone by according top priority to quality healthcare services. The Chief Minister, who inaugurated the mother and child care hospital here at the local sub-divisional hospital, Phagwara, envisioned that the newly constructed facility would act as a catalyst to impart quality healthcare to pregnant women and newborns. He said the move was aimed at ensuring people got quality health services in these hospitals. Mann said more such hospitals would be constructed across the state in the coming days. The Chief Minister further QUALITY INFRA, MORE STAFF IN OFFING efforts ❝Concertedequip are being made to government hospitals with ultramodern facilities. A massive recruitment drive has also been initiated to fill all vacant posts in the Health Department. The sole aim is to provide quality care in the state itself. Bhagwant Mann, CHIEF MINISTER the ultramodern, state-ofthe-art facilities. Likewise, he said, a massive recruit- Audio of ‘money for surgery’ goes viral, doctor suspended Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, November 1 A surgeon posted at Civil Hospital, Dasuya, has been suspended after an audio clip of him purportedly demanding money from a woman for surgery went viral. In the audio clip, Dr Ranjit Singh could be allegedly heard demanding Rs 3,000 from a patient’s relatives after the operation. Kamalpreet Kaur, who recorded the audio clip, said that she had met Dr Ranjit to get her elder sister operated for gall bladder stones. The doctor reportedly said the Health ❞ CM Bhagwant Mann at the newly inaugurated hospital in Phagwara on Tuesday. said concerted efforts were being made to equip the government hospitals with 3-MEMBER PANEL TO LOOK INTO ALLEGATION Department did not provide complete equipment to perform the operation, so money had to be taken from the patient. She alleged that the doctor demanded Rs 3,000 from her. Dasuya Civil Hospital ASMO Kulwinder Singh said: “After receiving the complaint, Dr Ranjit was transferred. A three-member committee has been formed, and action will be taken on the basis of its report.” Meanwhile, the Punjab Government immediately swung into action when the matter of the viral audio came to its notice. On the instructions of the Health Minister, the said doctor has been suspended with immediate effect. According to the information given by the spokesperson of the Punjab Government in this regard, the said doctor had been suspended due to the allegation of dereliction of duty. ment drive had been embarked upon to fill all vacant posts in the Health Wanted in many cases, 3 POs held Jalandhar, November 1 The city police have arrested three proclaimed offenders (POs) wanted in different cases. The accused have been identified as Tinku of New Saraj Ganj in Bhargo Camp, Sandeep Kumar, alias Vicky, a resident of Ganesh Nagar, Basti Nau, and Pankaj Kumar of Mohalla Kesari Bagh, near Kapurthala city. Both Tinku and Vicky were wanted in a liquor smuggling case registered against them at the Bhargo Camp police station. They had been absconding for more than two years. While Pankaj was wanted in a case registered against him at the Bhargo Camp police station in August 2020. — TNS Department. Mann said the sole purpose of the initiatives was to ensure that peo- ple got the best healthcare facilities in the state itself. The Chief Minister asked the medical and para-medical staff present on the occasion to discharge their duty with utmost dedication and sincerity. He stressed the state government would leave no stone unturned to spruce up government healthcare infrastructure across the state for providing state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic services to people. The Chief Minister also inspected the operation theatre, immunisation ward, OPD and other sections in the hospital. He also visited various wards and interacted with the patients to take their feedback about the state of affairs in the hospital. Mann also had detailed interaction with doctors and paramedical staff about the facilities at the hospital. Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 1 The public park at Guru Nanakpura near the Chogitti bypass remains in a dilapidated state. The residents have complained that despite repeated requests and complaints regarding the inconvenience they face owing to the burning of garbage in the area and the poor condition of the park, the Municipal Corporation has done nothing to resolve the issue. “The benches and footpaths in the park have been lying in a poor condition. There are naked electric wires hanging in the area, which poses a seri- WILL LOOK INTO THE MATTER: MAYOR ous risk to the residents; but who cares?” rued Kamal Sharma, a resident. He said he had filed a complaint in this regard with the MC, but to no avail. “It seems the MC has turned a blind eye to the residents’ concerns. In violation of the NGT directions, slum residents burn dry leaves and garbage in the area every day. And yet, no action has been taken. The toxic smoke emanating from the garbage-burning is taking a toll on our health,” he added. Another resident, Sruchi Mishra, stressed that there was a time when the park was a good spot for the residents to relax in. “However, it has been lying in a dilapidated condition due to poor upkeep,” she said. “The area residents have repeatedly asked the slum residents not to burn garbage in the area but they do not listen,” she added. The residents also pointed out how the government swings into action each time a farmer is found burning stubble, but they do not act against those burning garbage in the open. sMayor Jagdish Raja has said that he would look into the matter. Jalandhar, November 1 Jalandhar Municipal Corporation Commissioner Devinder Singh held a meeting with officials of the building branch on the MC premises today. The commissioner reportedly discussed concerns regarding some illegally constructed buildings with the officials. PLAN TO HOLD SPECIAL DRIVE AGAINST VIOLATIONS SOON The B&R officials were asked to initiate action against the violators. The building officials demolished come illegally constructed buildings on the Ladowali road. The officials warned that action would be taken over the illegal construction of several other buildings in the days to come. Another meeting was held today regarding the construction of the town hall building. Several officials and the architect looking after the project, Julie Khanna, were present in the meeting. No work order has been issued for the project yet as the Jalandhar civic body has c m y b A team of the Municipal Corporation demolishes illegal shops in Jalandhar. FILEPHOTO been awaiting a no objection certificate (NOC) from the Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC), the officials told the commissioner. Devinder told the officials that an NOC would be obtained this week, following which, a work order would be issued. Notably, the MC Commissioner has been receiving criticism ever since he took charge four months ago. He has even been accused by many of not performing his duties as several projects have been hanging fire. Jalandhar, November 1 Within four months, the city has got the new MC Commissioner. Abhijeet Kaplish, an IAS officer of 2005 batch will take the charge by replacing the current Commissioner, Devinder Singh, who had taken over from Deepshikha Sharma four months ago. ABHIJEET KAPLISH TO REPLACE DEVINDER SINGH After Singh’s appointment, the councillors were hopeful of some progress in the LED project scam and they had also expected that several other works that were in a limbo would start again. But to their surprise, nothing of that sort happened. Councillor Jagdish Samrai had expressed hope that something would happen after Singh had joined. But he was the first one to criticise him over no progress. — TNS Participants take part in “jhande di rasam”, a flag-hoisting ceremony, on the concluding day of Mela Gadri Babeyan Da at Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Tribune News Service Park at Guru Nanakpura in bad shape; residents rue MC apathy In just 4 months, city gets another MC Commissioner ‘Jhande di rasam’ Act against illegally constructed structures, MC officials directed A broken bench and a damaged electric pole at Guru Nanakpura park. PAGE 4 F&CC meet on Nov 4 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 1 A meeting of the civic body’s Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) will be held on November 4. One of the main decision that would be taken in the meeting is approval to deploy operators looking after five tubewells in various areas. Notably, there are around 400 tubewells in five zones in the city. A tender had been floated months ago regarding the deployment of operator, but as per the information some councillors had opposed it. Now it would be interesting to see whether the proposal will get approval in the meeting or not. No approval means another wait for two or three months till thenext tender. Already the contractors have not been working because of no payment by the MC. Also, some tubewells were also not operational in the city. INBRIEF ONE HELD WITH 5 GM OF HEROIN Jalandhar: The rural police on Tuesday nabbed one person and recovered 5 gm of heroin from his possession. The accused has been identified as Balwinder Kumar, a resident of Mubarakpur Sheikhe, Maqsudan. Senior police officials said a team led by Senior Inspector Jaspal Singh of the Patara police station were conducting a routine check near the Kangdiwal flyover, when they spotted Balwinder riding a bike. Reportedly, on seeing the police, he wheeled his bike around. He also dropped a packet on the road. The police officers turned suspicious. Sensing that something was off about him, they got hold of him. TNS CAMPAIGN AT CENTRAL JAIL Hoshiarpur: Aparajita Joshi, CJM-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Hoshiarpur, visited the Central Jail in Hoshiarpur on Tuesday. She launched the campaign ‘Haq Hamara Bhi To Hai @75’ by NALSA. With the help of eight panels of advocates and paralegal volunteers, the cards of the convicts and prisoners lodged in the jail will be filled. The information will then be sent to the Punjab State Legal Services, Authority, SAS. OC
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