07112022-JTR-01.qxd 11/6/2022 11:50 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE OPEN HOUSE: ENSURE THERE ARE NO BREEDING GROUNDS PAGE 2 Residents say violators of health guidelines on dengue and other diseases must be dealt with strictly. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF THREE BOOKED FOR ASSAULT Phagwara: The Nakodar Sadar police have booked three persons on the charge of assaulting a villager. Investigating Officer (IO) Jasvir Singh said the accused have been identified as Ajay Kumar, a resident of Bopa Rai Kalan village and his two unidentified accomplices. Sital Singh, a resident of the same village, complained to the police that the accused assaulted him on October 31, resulting in injuries to him. The IO said a case under Sections 323,324 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. OC MOTORCYCLES, SCOOTERS STOLEN Phagwara: Unidentified thieves barged into a vehicle showroom on Saturday night and decamped with motorcycles, scooters and other valuables. The showroom’s proprietor Mukesh Chopra complained to the police that the accused stole two motorcycles, two scooters, a laptop and documents from his showroom located on Shankar Road. Increasing incidents of thefts have created a sense of insecurity among the residents and put a question mark on the effectiveness of police patrolling. City SHO Bisman Singh said the police are investigating the matter. OC TWO BOOKED FOR SNATCHING Jalandhar: The Nurmahal police have booked two unidentified miscreants on the charge of snatching earrings from a woman. Investigating Officer (IO) Avtar Lal said that Saroj, wife of Jagdish Lal, a resident of Batura village complained to the police that two unidentified motorcycleborne accused snatched earrings (weight 10 grams) from her on the evening of November 4. The IO said that a case under Section 379-B and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the unidentified accused. OC PEDDLER HELD UNDER NDPS ACT Phagwara: The Nakodar city police have arrested a drug peddler on the charge of selling intoxicant tablets. The investigating officer (IO) Mandeep Singh said that 145 intoxicant tablets were recovered from the possession of the accused, identified as Ajay Kumar alias Ajay, a resident of Malrri village. The IO said that a case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. OC GANGSTER BOOKED FOR EXTORTION Phagwara: On a complaint lodged by a readymade garments dealer, the Nakodar city police have booked a gangster on the charge of extortion and criminal intimidation. The accused has been identified as Inda, the police said. The victim Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Adarsh Colony in Nakodar, complained to the police that the accused made a WhatsApp call to him on the morning of November 1 and introduced himself as a notorious gangster and demanded Rs 30 lakh in ransom and also threatened him with dire consequences if the money was not paid to him in time. The IO said that a case under Section 387 and 506 of the IPC has been registered against the accused and further investigations were on. — OC. SINGER-RAPPER AARON CARTER DIES IN CALIFORNIA AT 34 PAGE 3 SEEMA KAZI WILL BE APPEARING IN PALKON KI CHHAVN MEIN 2 Singer Aaron Carter, who had hit albums starting in his teen years, was found dead at his home in Southern California. MAX 28°C | MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 18°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:32 PM Actress Seema Kazi Urmila will be seen as Shikhar in Palkon Ki Chhavn Mein Season 2, on Dangal TV. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:41 AM MONDAY | 7 NOVEMBER 2022 | JALANDHAR 1,166 farm fires in Kapurthala, just 31 challans Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 6 As many as 1,166 stubbleburning cases have been reported in Kapurthala until today in the recent onslaught of farm fires reported in the region. Like Jalandhar, stubble-burning cases peaked in Kapurthala after Diwali. The holy town of Sultanpur Lodhi currently leads Kapurthala district in reportage of stubble fires. The Agriculture Department attributed this to the large size of the block. Notably, 1,18,000 hectares of farm land is under paddy cultivation in Kapurthala. So far, 31 challans have been issued to farmers for stubble-burning in Kapurthala. As many as 1,388 cases of stubble-burning were reported in Kapurthala at the same time last year, this year, 222 fewer cases have been reported. While residents reported field after field on fire in Sultanpur Lodhi and some other surrounding blocks until a few days ago, the number of per With 493 cases, Sultanpur Lodhi leads district in stubble-burning 1.18L HECTARES UNDER PADDY CULTIVATION IN DISTRICT 1,388 CASES REPORTED LAST YEAR SIGNIFICANT DROP IN CASES THIS YEAR Farmers are being provided with super seeders and balers. Many organisations are providing baling free of cost. Compared to the last year, the cases have significantly reduced this year. ❝ ❞ Balbir Chand, DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL OFFICER, KAPURTHALA day fires have marginally subsided in the past couple of days. Five farm fires were reported today, while no such incident was reported yesterday. The highest number of stubble fires has been reported at Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala, followed by Dhilwan and Nadala blocks. PAGE 4 As many as 493 stubble-burning cases have been reported at Sultanpur Lodhi. At Nadala, 273 stubble fires have been reported, while in Dhilwan 207. District Agricultural Officer, Kapurthala, Balbir Chand said: “There are more farm fires in Sultanpur Lodhi because it is the largest block. Micro-forest set up in Sultanpur Lodhi Nawanshahr, November 6 A Hoshiarpur resident, Jatinder Kumar, was recently duped of lakhs of rupees by a Nawanshahr resident, who had reportedly promised to send the former to Australia. Jatinder had been taking laboratory training from the accused, Ramesh Kumar. When Jatinder opened up to Ramesh about his desire to move abroad, Ramesh told him that he could help him move to Australia. The father of the victim, in his complaint to the police, said the accused had taken Rs 7,50,000 and a document, which he never returned. A case has been registered under Sections 406, 420 and 13 of the Punjab Travel Professional Regulation Act. — TNS Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, November 6 With a goal to help farmers in the management of paddy straw and bring down the stubble-burning incidents, the Punjab Government has decided to extend the period of sanctions issued to farmers for the purchase of equipment for stubble management on subsidy till November 20. Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Hans stated that the approval period of the machines, which was earlier due to end on November 7, has now been extended till November 20. Besides, the Deputy Commissioner said the new sanctions to purchase Baler machines would be valid for 21 days. He also appealed to the farmers to help join the fight against pollution by making the most of such government schemes. Hoshiarpur man duped of ~7 lakh “This pocket of forest habitat with 45 varieties of trees has the ability to sequester a lot of carbon dioxide and will be a great boon for Sultanpur Lodhi as these micro forests are super tiny, super powerful and more than just trees which help in building ecosystem services which include controlling air pollution, carbon sequestration, cooling air temperatures and providing aesthetic beauty to the urban landscape” Rajya Sabha MP Seechewal added. Besides, a documentary highlighting the significance of Gurdwara Ber Sahib (Sultanpur Lodhi) by Harpreet Sandhu was also released by Seechewal on the occasion. However, several activities are being carried out across blocks to prevent farm fires. CSE centres have provided super seeders and balers to farmers. Many organisations at Sultanpur Lodhi, Dhilwan and Nadala are also providing baling free of cost. Compared to last year, the cases have significantly reduced.” Punjab Pollution Control Board, Kapurthala, SDO, Ravdeep Singh said: “While the stubble-burning cases peaked after Diwali, there has been a significant reduction in cases in the past couple of days. Only five fires were reported today. We are also carrying out active awareness activities. Students are being asked to write slogans in their notebooks about the detriments of stubble-burning and getting it signed from their parents. Announcements are also being made at gurdwaras regarding ill-effects of stubble-burning. We hope this is an onwards trend and stubble fires decrease in the district in the coming days.” Buy subsidised stubble mgmt equipment till November 20 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 6 In order to preserve the beauty of nature in Sultanpur Lodhi, ‘Aaykar Aranya’— a number of micro-forests have been set up by the Income Tax Department, to mark the 553rd Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev. A small event was held for the same at the Nirmal Kuteya at Sultanpur Lodhi, which was graced by the presence of Parneet Singh Sachdev, the IRS Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax of the North West Region, Rajya Sabha MP Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, environ- MP Balbir Singh Seechewal releases a documentary film dedicated to the 553rd Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev in Sultanpur Lodhi. mentalist Harpreet Sandhu and a former additional Advocate General. Prof Dr Tanvir Sachdev, Principal, SCD Government College (Ludhiana) planted saplings in the micro-forest alongside MP Seechewal. Khel Udyog members in HP, campaign against AAP Jalandhar, November 6 “The AAP government must pay attention towards people of its own state rather than getting unnecessarily busy in the elections in Himachal Pradesh,” said Khel Udyog Sangh members, who are in the hill state to highlight the problems faced by the industry under the AAP regime. They are aiming to let people know that the AAP government has not done anything yet for Punjab’s industry. Members said it was unfortunate that the problems of Punjab’s people were not being listened to by leaders, but they were busy campaigning in other state. The Sangh has given an ultimatum till November 20 to the government. “If our demands are not met, we will start an agitation by taking support from every industrialist,” Sangh members rued. Members of Khel Udyog Sangh had recently met Finance Taxation Commissioner Ajoy Sharma and Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema. The industrialists have been demanding the implementation of onetime settlement (OTS) policy and an end to frequent raids being conducted by the GST Department in the name of 5 new Covid cases in dist Jalandhar, November 6 Five new cases of Covid were reported in Jalandhar today, taking the caseload to 81,141. As many as 79,145 people have recovered from Covid in the district, while the number of active cases in Jalandhar remains 12 to date. Besides, Kapurthala district reported no new case of Covid today. The total case in the district remains at 24,463. — TNS The burnt cars near Nangal Shama Chowk in Jalandhar. Man sets 2 cars on fire over family dispute Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 6 Two cars were set on fire on the roadside at Nangal Shama Chowk in the wee hours of Sunday. Locals in the area informed the police about the incident in the morning, following which, the cops of Rama Mandi police station reached the spot. As per police, a garage owner at Nangal Shama chowk had set the vehicles on fire owing to a family dispute. He said of the two cars set on fire, one belongs to the garage owner himself and the other one to his brother-in-law. The police officials said the family reached a compromise and resolved the dispute. They said as no official complaint was received, so no inquiry had been marked so far but the garage owner has been told to remove the burnt vehicles from the Chowk. City lad dons olive green, becomes fourth-generation soldier in family Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service Khel Udyog Sangh members in Himachal Pradesh. TRIBUNE PHOTO MEET DEMANDS OR FACE AGITATION Khel Udyog Sangh members have said if the government fails to implement the one-time settlement policy and stop frequent raids by GST Department officials by November 20, they will start an agitation by taking support from every industrialist in the district. inspections. The OTS was implemented for 2013-2014, and the traders have been demanding to include cases till 2018 under the scheme. The traders said the problem was only aggravating as they couldn’t deal with the cumbersome procedure of the tax. City traders had also handed over a memorandum to GST officials and requested them to stop conducting raids at industrial units. The memo- randum had read, “We are witnessing that an environment of disruption due to too much inspection is creating hindrance in genuine trade practices. We request you to please stop this so that it may not rebuild the environment of ‘Inspector Raj’ in the state.” Sangh convener Ravinder Dhir said “We have had enough with the government’s indifference, now it’s time to act,” he said. — TNS c m y b Jalandhar, November 6 It was a moment of joy and pride for city-based Col (retd) Amarpal Singh Nijjar as his son finally got commissioned into the Army. With this, Tirathpreet, has become the fourth generation of the Nijjar clan to be in the Army. His son Tirathpreet Singh Nijjar got commissioned into the 21 Garhwal Rifles (infantry) on October 29 from the Officers Training Academy, Chennai — the same institute, where Amarpal had trained as a cadet 35 years ago. Tirathpreet said, “Members of our family have had a glorious history of fighting in wars. The first to serve in the Army was my great grandfather Havildar Chuhur Singh, who was Tirathpreet Singh Nijjar with his family after the commissioning ceremony at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai. commissioned into the 1st Sikh Regiment, and fought World War II.” He added, “My grandfather Capt Atma Singh followed in his footsteps and joined the defence forces before the Independence. He was com- missioned into Signals Core of the Army, and got retired as the Captain in 1978. He fought the 1947 India-Pakistan war, the 1962 India-China war, and the 1965 and 1971 India-Pakistan wars.” Tirathpreet recalled, “The next in line was my father, Col Amarpal Singh Nijjar. He was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery in March 1986 and hung his boots in December 2020 as the Colonel at 91 Sub-Area in Jalandhar. He fought the 1987 India-Sri Lanka war and the 1999 India-Pakistan war.” He said that even his sister Gurpreet Nijjar is a squadron leader in the Air Force, and her husband is also in the Air Force. Dwelling on his inspiration behind his decision to join the Army, he said, “The real reason behind my career choice is my love for the Army uniform. And I like how a soldier leads a disciplined life.” He also credits his grandmother Parkash Kaur for inspiring him to join the Army. He completed his BTech in Computer Science and Engineering in 2020.
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