22112022-JTR-01.qxd 11/22/2022 12:01 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE THREE ARRESTED FOR MURDER ATTEMPT, ONE STILL AT LARGE PAGE 2 Three persons have been held for the murder of a Babu Labh Singh Nagar resident at a dhaba on November 14. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY SINGER TAYLOR SWIFT TAKES HOME SIX AMA TROPHIES PAGE 3 SHIVAM LIKELY TO MAKE COMEBACK ON SPLITSVILLA Singer Taylor Swift won all six trophies she was contending for at the American Music Awards. MAX 25°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:24 PM Shivam Sharma, who was seen in Splitsvilla 13 in 2021, is likely to make a comeback on the show this year. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:54 AM Rural medical services not in pink of health Severe shortage of specialists, nurses IOnly 73 medical officers against sanctioned posts of 133 Aakanksha N Bhardwaj AT CHC, SHAHKOT, NO MEDICAL OFFICER Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 21 Even as the AAP government is focused on improving the health infrastructure across the state, the harsh reality is there’s a severe shortage of staff at government medical centres. In Jalandhar alone, especially in rural areas, only 73 medical officers are available against the sanctioned 133 posts. The shortage of doctors is affecting the work in the community health centres (CHC) in rural areas. For instance, at CHC, Shahkot, there is a requirement of eight medical officers, but not even one is present. At CHC, Bilga, there is one medical officer when the requirement is of seven. Against the six sanctioned posts at CHC, Lohian, there is INBRIEF NAKODAR YOUTH DIES BY SUICIDE Phagwara: A 22-year-old youth died by suicide on Sunday. The investigating officer said the deceased had been identified as Eshu, a resident of Mohalla Ravi Dass Pura Nakodar. Sunita Devi, mother of the deceased, told the police that her son died by suicide. He was mentally upset. The IO said the police had started the proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC and handed over the body to the family after the autopsy. OC SCRAP DEALER, 8 THIEVES BOOKED Phagwara: The Lohian Khas police booked a scrap dealer and an eight-member gang of thieves for stealing motors. The investigating officer (IO) said the accused had been identified as Sikander, a scrap dealer, Aashi, Mohit, Khan, Neel, Nasib and Sanjay all residents of Lohian Khas. The IO said the accused were stealing motors from nearby villages and shops of the town and were selling the stolen items to a scrap dealer. A case under Sections 379 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against them. OC FOUR BOOKED ON ASSAULT CHARGE Phagwara: The Shahkot police booked four persons for assaulting a woman. The IO said the suspects had been identified as Jatinder Singh, a resident of Dhandowal village, his mother Surindar Kaur, his brother Preettu and his sister Davindar. Rekha, wife of Jatinder Kumar, complained to the police that her husband along with other members assaulted and injured her. The IO said a case under Sections 323, 325, 34 of the Indian Penal Code had been registered against the accused. OC COP BOOKED FOR FIRINGAT WEDDING Amritsar: The Amritsar rural police have booked a constable for allegedly indulging in celebratory firing in an inebriated state during a marriage function. The accused has been identified as Ranjodh singh, a telephone operator with the rural police. Majitha DSP Manmohan Singh said a video went viral where the constable was seen firing into the air during a marriage function. TNS ■ At Community Health Centre (CHC), Shahkot, there is a requirement of eight medical officers, but not even one is present. At CHC, Bilga, there is just one medical officer against the sanctioned posts of seven doctors. At CHC, Lohian, there is just one medical officer available ■ At Bara Pind, there are five medical officers against the 10 sanctioned posts. In Sub-Divisional Hospital, Nakodar, only nine are present against the requirement of 15. At SDH, Phillaur, there are six against the sanctioned posts of 17 << A doctor checks a toddler at the paediatrics clinic in Civil Hospital, Jalandhar. FILE PHOTO just one. At Bara Pind, there are five medical officers against the 10 sanctioned posts. In Sub-Divisional Hos- pital, Nakodar, only nine are present when the sanctioned posts are 15. At SDH, Phillaur, six medical officers are there against the sanctioned posts of 17. The shortage is putting pressure on the existing staff in the Health Department, with most medical officers’ serving several CHCs on deputation. Also, emergency services and OPDs are get- Nawanshahr, November 21 The Vigilance Bureau (VB) has arrested a retired Assistant Municipal Engineer, Ranbir Singh, who was accused in the case pertaining to the defective construction of a stadium and embezzlement of public funds at Banga. He has been remanded in one-day police custody by a court. The VB has now constituted teams to arrest the remaining two accused — contractor Rakwinder Kumar and retired junior engineer Vijay Kumar. Spokesperson for the VB said during the investigation of a complaint filed by Munish Bhardwaj, a technical team took samples from the stadium and sent them to the Institute of Irrigation and Research, Amritsar. The report revealed that the quantity of material used in the construction was less than the specified material. NORMS FLOUTED TO FAVOUR CONTRACTOR ■ An investigation by the Vigilance Bureau found that officials of the Municipal Council, Banga, ignored the specified instructions and colluded with a contractor for allotment of the stadium's construction work at ~87.45L ■ Also, technical aspects were ignored and the construction was done without checking the strength of the land and without preparing the designs. The accused paid ~39.74L to the said contractor when the work was incomplete He further said during the investigation, it also came to light that officials of the Municipal Council, Banga, ignored the specified instructions of the government and colluded with the contractor Rakhwinder Kumar for allotting the stadium’s construction at a cost of Rs 87.45 lakh. Apart from this, many important technical aspects were also ignored and the con- struction of said stadium was done without checking the strength of the land and without preparing the advance designs. Due to the poor quality of material, the boundary wall of stadium has prematurely damaged at many places and the stairs built for sitting in the stadium were also damaged, he said. The spokesperson further informed that without checking the work done the accused employees paid Rs 39,74,304 to the said contractor, while the construction work of the stadium was stopped. In view of the said lapses and negligence, the VB has registered a case against contractor Rakhwinder Kumar, former Assistant Municipal Engineer Ranbir Singh and ex-JE Vijay Kumar under section 13(1)A, 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and under section 409, 420, 120-B of IPC at VB Police Station, Jalandhar. ting adversely affected due to prevailing situation. Besides medical officers, there is inadequate strength of specialists, especially gynaecologists, too. There is 60 per cent shortage of staff nurses, impacting the postpartum care. The burden and workload is so high in the Civil Hospital that gynaecologists from the CHCs are called in for three days. Doctors say if there is an availability of the gynaecologists in the CHCs, they would at least identify high-risk pregnancies in advance and guide the expecting mothers in future. Last year, a total of 32,000 deliveries happened in private and government hospitals, of which more than 8,000 took place in the Civil Hospital. The figures clearly suggest the burden on gynaecologists present in the district. TUESDAY | 22 NOVEMBER 2022 | JALANDHAR Admn suspends 391 arms licences Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 21 Following the instructions of the Punjab Government to review arms licences, the district administration has launched a verification drive under which 391 licenses have been suspended. Urging licence holders to ensure their cooperation to civil and police officials, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Jaspreet Singh said the verification drive would remain in process. He said there were around 7,000 arms licences issued across the district of which, 391 licenses had been suspended ‘owing to various reasons’. The administration has issued a show cause notice to 438 arms licence holders for not getting their documents renewed on time. The DC said the next course SHOW-CAUSE NOTICE TO 438 ❝ The administration has issued a show-cause notice to 438 arms licence holders for not getting their documents renewed on time. The next course of action would be initiated after receiving their replies.. ❞ Jaspreet Singh, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER of action would be initiated after receiving their replies. The DC said on the directions of the state government a verification drive of arms licences was being conducted in the district. He appealed to the license holders to cooperate with the officials. Agniveer recruitment begins Banga MC ex-engineer held in defective stadium case Tribune News Service PAGE 4 Participants during a recuitment drive for the Army under the Angniveer scheme in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO P2 Uber driver robbed, carjacked at gunpoint Mohali through the company’s app on Sunday and robbed the driver of the vehicle on the way. The victim, Jaspreet Singh, a resident of Jhaspur village in Fatehgarh district, told the police that the accused booked the taxi for Kharar; but after reaching there, they asked him at gunpoint to drive towards Phagwara. When they reached near Phagwara, the accused snatched his two mobilephones and Rs 4,000 and threw him out from the taxi and fled the spot with the vehicle. A case under Section 379-B (2) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and Arms Act has been registered in this connection with the Phagwara police. Phagwara municipal Booze delivered late at function, wards’ delimitation Excise Commissioner fined ~20K still not complete Unknown caller defrauds man of ~4 lakh Our Correspondent Phagwara, November 21 In yet another case of a driver being robbed of his vehicle, four unidentified armed robbers booked an Uber taxi for Kharar from Tribune News Service FORCED TO BUY FROM PARTICULAR COMPANY Ashok Kaura JUNE DEADLINE MISSED Phagwara, November 21 Though the term of the Phagwara Municipal Corporation headed by Mayor Arun Khosla expired on March 10, 2020, there are still no signs of any election yet. The Phagwara MC is among a few civic bodies which are being administrated by bureaucrats as the state government could not arrange to conduct the polls even after years of the expiry of their terms, citing the incomplete delimitation of the wards as the reason. The delimitation process is underway in Phagwara too. In a letter dated June 1 to the commissioners of Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala and Phagwara MCs, the Director, Local Government, directed them to complete the delimitation of municipal wards within a In a letter dated June 1 to the commissioners of Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala and Phagwara MCs, the Director, Local Government, directed them to complete the delimitation of municipal wards within a week so that the elections could be conducted on time. It's November and the delimitation of wards hasn’t been complete yet. week so that the elections could be conducted on time. It’s now November and the delimitation of wards hasn’t been complete. The MC Commissioners had also been asked to collect population data of each block through a door-to-door drive. The department had further told the MC Commissioners to keep all record of population data (with the break-up) and registers of total population of each ward in safe custody. Jalandhar, November 21 Late delivery of booze to a consumer for a party for which he had duly taken permit from the Excise Department has cost the District Excise and Taxation Commissioner and a liquor company dearly. He has been asked to pay Rs 20,000 to the consumer as compensation and litigation expenses. Complainant Avneet Singh, a resident of Basti Sheikh, said he had been blessed with a baby boy in 2019 and hence he decided to celebrate the function of his son’s first Lohri in January 2020. The complainant booked a palace for the purpose for January 11 from 8 pm onwards. The family of the complainant decided to serve liquor to the guests and sought permit from the Excise and Taxation on January 7. The permit was c m y b ■ Complainant Avneet Singh had sought permit from the Excise and Taxation Department on January 7 to serve liquor at a function ■ The permit was issued without complete details and the complainant was forced to buy liquor from Jalandhar Wine ■ The company issued bill with a serial number but without mentioning VAT and taxes on it, which was unfair trade practice issued without complete details and the complainant was forced to buy liquor from Jalandhar Wine. The company issued bill with a serial number but without mentioning VAT and taxes on it. The said practice is clearly intentional and falls under the category of unfair trade practice and negligence service. Further, Jalandhar Wine forced the complainant to buy liquor from the liquor shop namely National Dhaba, ceasing his right to make the purchase from the shop of his choice. The delivery of the liquor was supposed to be made on the function night. The complainant alleged that he was forced to roam around from one shop to another shop for the liquor that night due to the act and conduct of company. He alleged that by the time he got the booze delivery, it had been very late and many of the guests had already left and the function got disturbed. The complainant said he faced loss of time, humiliation and loss of finance and sought Rs 1 lakh as compensation. A notice was issued to Jalandhar Wine as well as the DETC. Since no one appeared for the company, it was proceeded against exparte. There was just one appearance from the office of the DETC but he, too, failed to file a written statement for the past many dates and hence he, too, was proceeded against exparte. The forum noted that there is no such rule/law where a person can be compelled to purchase a liquor from a particular shop once he has paid excise tax. “Since the opposition parties have not come to contest the case, the version of the complainant remained unrebutted and un-challenged. The allegation of the complainant is supported by his own affidavit and supporting documents. After going through the documents and affidavit, the complaint is partly accepted and opposition parties are directed to pay Rs 20,000 as compensation including litigation expenses to the complainant for causing mental tension and harassment,” the forum decided. Our Correspondent Jalandhar, November 21 A man from Nawanshahr got duped of Rs 4 lakh when a miscreant posed as his relative from Canada and phoned him. As per the complained filed by the victim with the police, he received a call from an unknown number where the man introduced himself as Karan. POSES AS VICTIM’S RELATIVE FROM CANADA “I have a distant relative by the same name in Canada, because of which I thought that he was the same Karan. He told me that he wanted to come to India and had Rs 16 lakh which he would be transferring in my account and would take it back once he reached here. I gave him my account number. He asked me to help one of his friends ‘Harman’ who was in dire need of money because his mother continued on page 2
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