17112022-JTR-01.qxd 11/17/2022 12:33 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 DRUGS MEANT FOR KAPURTHALA JAIL INMATES SEIZED, ONE HELD A man was arrested with heroin and “ice” that was meant to be supplied to convicts lodged in Kapurthala jail. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY BEYONCE LEADS GRAMMY NOMINATIONS WITH 9 NODS PAGE 3 THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS TO PREMIERE ON DECEMBER 8 Nominations for the Grammy Awards have been announced, and singer Beyonce is leading with nine nods. MAX 26°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C | MIN 13°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:26 PM PAGE 4 Netflix announced that its upcoming documentary The Elephant Whisperers will premiere on December 8. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:50 AM THURSDAY | 17 NOVEMBER 2022 | JALANDHAR Now, Jalandhar Heights residents up in arms against garbage dump Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 16 There seems to be no solution in sight to the garbage dumping issue in the city. On the one hand, the Municipal Corporation is struggling to find space where garbage collected from different residential localities could be dumped; on the other, residents continue to oppose setting up of dumping of waste close or near to their localities. Earlier, it was the residents of Model Town and Urban Estate Phase II, who opposed the dumping of garbage near the cremation ground and a vacant plot, respectively, now its Jalandhar Heights I residents, who have opened a banner of revolt against MC over dumping of solid waste at STP Pholriwal. , Residents staged a protest today in front of their housing society, demanding lifting of garbage dumped at the STP They said they were . already demanding shifting of the STP as the entire area around has been developed and thousands of residents were living nearby. However, adding to their woes, the MC had now also started dump- INBRIEF 2 AGENTS BOOKED FOR ~33L FRAUD Hoshiarpur: The district police have booked two travel agents of alleged fraud of ~33 lakh. Mandeep Singh, a resident of Mahilanwali village, complained to the Sadar police station that a travel agent, Saurabh, a resident of his village, allegedly took ~21 lakh from him on the pretext of sending him to the UK. But he neither sent him abroad nor returned his money. In another case, Balwinder Kaur, a resident of Tala village, has lodged a complaint with the Tanda police. She told the police that Hardeep Singh, a resident of Jalandhar, took ~12 lakh from her on the pretext of sending her abroad. However, he, too, neither sent him abroad nor returned the amount. OC Jalandhar Heights I residents protest the dumping of garbage at the STP in Pholriwal on Wednesday. IT POSES SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES FINDING NEW SITE NEEDS TIME let up a dumping ❝We won'tas itthe MC setserious health ❝We are working on finding a the ground here will pose suitable place somewhere outside problems. Setting up a dumping ground close to residential localities is against the government rules. ❞ city, where a permanent dump could be set up. But finding a new site will certainly take some time. Major General Arun Khanna (retd), JALANDHAR HEIGHTS CA Jagdish Raja, MAYOR ing garbage there. Sukhdev Singh, MD, AGI Infra Ltd, and Major General (retd) Arun Khanna, chief administrator, Jalandhar Heights, said: “We won’t let the MC to set up a dumping ground here as it will pose serious health problems to residents. Setting up a dumping ground close to residential localities is against the government rules. We will take up the matter with ❞ the higher authorities.” Dr Abhinav, a resident, said: “The process of compacting landfill waste generates methane gas, which is 21 times more hazardous than carbon dioxide, highly inflam- Licence must for liquor vends, eateries Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 16 District Health Officer Dr Reema Gogia has urged all the food business operators in the district to obtain food safety licence as per the guidelines issued by the Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), Punjab, Dr Abhinav Trikha. She said it was mandatory for liquor shops, chemists (selling food supplements) and eateries to get a food safety licence from the DISTRICT HEALTH OFFICER Dr REEMA GOGIA WARNS OF STRICT ACTION Health Department and put it on display at their outlets. Dr Reema said an inspec- tion drive would soon be carried out to ascertain whether all the food business operators had taken the licence and stern action would be initiated against the violators. The District Health Officer mentioned that so far, as many as 60 liquor vends and over 100 medical shops have got themselves registered with the department and urged the remaining operators to register their business. Giving more information regarding the guidelines, Dr Reema said that shops MAN BOOKED ON RAPE CHARGE Phagwara: The Nakodar Sadar police have booked a person on the charge of rape. The investigating officer (IO), Janak Raj, said the accused had been identified as Satnam Singh of Mohalla Baghiar Pura, Nakodar. The victim complained to the police that the accused promised to marry her and establish a physical relationship. The IO said a case under sections 376 and 417 of the IPC had been registered against the accused. No arrest has been made yet and raids are being carried out to nab him. OC with annual business below Rs12 lakh must register their business under the FSSAI rules while those above Rs 12 lakh were required to obtain food safety licence, failing which a penalty of Rs 5 lakh or imprisonment up to six months or both could be imposed as per the provisions of the Act. She urged all the food business operators to strictly adhere to the norms of the Food Safety Act and serve clean, pure and hygienic food products. Adampur residents have been hit hard due to the pending work on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road. MALKIAT SINGH Highway to nowhere! Work on Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur stretch stuck for 6 yrs Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 16 The four-laning work of the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur section of the national highway, which was scheduled to be completed in October 2019, hasn’t made any headway to date. The land acquisition for the project, which started way back in 2016, has not yet been completed. The inordinate delay has inconvenienced commuters on the under-construction road for the past more than five years. The worst affected are the residents of Adampur. The residents here have held dharna several times on the road to draw the attention of the Centre and the state towards the pending project, which even the contractors have now abandoned after disputes with the PWD. On Wednesday, Adampur former SAD MLA Pawan Tinu met Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, and apprised him of the problems being faced by the people in this regard. The situation has reached such a passe that even Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari wrote to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann recently, asking him to personally intervene SAD leader Pawan Tinu (C) and others with a memorandum to the Jalandhar DC regarding the Adampur flyover on Wednesday. OF SCAM & STALLED LAND ACQUISTION ■ On February 29, 2016, the Centre sanctioned the four-laning of Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur stretch and kept the date of completion October 22, 2019. However, a major acquisition scam of ~59 crore hit the work ■ Of 57.65 hectares, (16 hectares in Jalandhar and 41.65 hectares in Hoshiarpur), only 16 hecatres in Jalandhar has been made available ■ Hoshiarpur land is still awaited despite deposition of funds by the Centre into the account of Land Acquisition Officer in April 2016 UNHAPPY GADKARI WRITES TO CM MANN Despite rigorous follow-up of my ministry officials, no affirmative action has been taken by the state officials. This has resulted in contractual disputes and delay in development of the National Highway, causing extreme hardship to road users. Nitin Gadkari, UNION MINISTER ❝ into the matter and direct the officials concerned to hand over the land so that the remaining work could be completed at the earliest. Gadkari also requested Hoshiarpur doctors suspend strike after meeting with SP THREE BOOKED ON CHEATING CHARGE Phagwara: On a complaint lodged Amrik Singh, the Nakodar Sadar police booked three members of a family on the charge of duping the complainant of Rs 35 lakh on the pretext of sending his son abroad. The investigating officer said a case under section 406, 420, and 34 of the IPC had been registered against the accused after an inquiry. OC mable and exposes the people living around to the risk of an explosion.” He added the landfill sites emitted poisonous gases, such as hydrogen sulphide, which severely impacts respiratory organs and can cause lung cancer. Besides, dumping sites also released many other toxins that contaminated water, air and soil; therefore, the MC should shift it on the outskirts or somewhere else where there was no residential or commercial property, he said. Mayor Jagdish Raja, meanwhile, said the MC has to dump the garbage somewhere, and they have adequate space at STP Pholriw, al. He said owing to protests over the dumping issue, the garbage was piling up on roads and vacant plots. “Either the residents take the responsibility and at least segregate the waste at their homes, or they should let the MC do its job. We understand nobody likes to live near a garbage dump, but we have no other option. Moreover, we are also working on finding a suitable place outside the city, where a permanent dump could be set up, but it will take some time”, he added. Medicare Act added to FIR IWill arrest accused in 5 days: Cops Farmers squat on the road in front of a sugar mill in Mukerian on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Sugar mill still not functional, farmers protest at Mukerian Mukerian (Hoshiarpur), Nov16 A chakka jam was held in Mukerian by farmers on the call of given by the farm unions. Farmer leaders said months had passed since peaceful protests took place at several places, but the government didn’t respond favourably. “We are being compelled to come on the streets and struggle. Had the government been serious about the farmers and their concerns, it would have issued notifica- tion immediately by implementing the demands raised in the meetings with them,” they added. Farmer leaders further said despite promising to start the private sugar mills on November 5, the government hadn’t done anything yet. “That is why sugarcane growers and all farmers of Punjab are sitting on the streets indefinitely. Besides, it has come to our notice that till now the DAP fertiliser that has come in the cooperative societies is only 40 to 45 percent of the requirement. Several cooperatives which need 3,000 bags have been given merely 600,” they added. BKU (Sirsa) president Baldev Singh Sirsa; Gabba Sangharsh Samiti president Sukhpal Singh Daffar; BKU (Azad) chief Amarjeet Singh Rada; BKU (Majha) co-president Satnam Singh Zafarwal; BKU (Khosa) general secretary Gurinder Singh Bhangu and several other leaders were present on the occasion. — OC c m y b Hoshiarpur, November 16 Doctors and health workers in Hoshiarpur today suspended their strike for five days after the district police assured them of arresting in a few days the persons accused of misbehaving with the medical staff at the Civil Hospital. CM Mann to direct the PWD to ensure that the stretch will be maintained in a traffic-worthy condition to avoid inconvenience to road users. Patwari fails to maintain record, faces suspension Jalandhar, November 16 District Collector-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, Vishesh Sarangal has issued orders to suspend Revenue Patwari of Patwar Halqa Chuharpur Lovepreet singh under Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision for dereliction of duty and gross negligence in maintaining the revenue record. DERELICTION OF DUTY WON’T BE TOLERATED: DC WILL GO ON INDEFINITE STRIKE IF PROMISE NOT KEPT: DOCTORS The decision was taken after a delegation of doctors under the leadership of SMO (incharge) Dr Swati met Superintendent of Police Manpreet Singh Dhillon. Dr Swati said that the SP promised that the accused would be arrested in five days. The delegation served an ultimatum to the police that if they failed to arrest the accused within the period, an indefinite strike will be started from Monday (November 21). It said the health services would continue as usual in the district ❞ Medical staff hold a sit-in at the Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur, on Wednesday. The healthcare services will resume from Thursday. from tomorrow. Following the meeting, the police have charged the accused in the case under Section 3 and 4 of the Punjab Protection of Medicare Service Personnel and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damages to Property) Act 2008. Meanwhile, before the delegation met the police, the strike by the medical staff entered Day 3. Patients who reached the Civil Hospital had to face the hardships for the third consecutive day. Barring emergency services, no other health services were available. Three days ago, Dr Swati and another SMO, Dr Sunil Bhagat, were allegedly illtreated and verbally abused by the accused at the hospital. The doctors called the strike to protest the incident. — OC Lovepreet has been suspended from government service with immediate effect under Section 4 of the Punjab Punishment and Appeal Rules, 1970 as during the suspension, the headquarter of the employee concerned has been fixed at Tehsil Bholath. Sarangal said dereliction of duty by government officials/employees would not be tolerated in any case. Besides that, the SDM Sultanpur Lodhi has been asked to give the additional charge of Patwar halqa to concerned another Revenue Patwari. — TNS
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