09012023-JTR-01.qxd 1/9/2023 12:11 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar tribune NEED TO TAKE PREVENTIVE STEPS TO CHECK COVID SPREAD ARYAN PIC WITH PAK ACTOR SPARKS DATING RUMOURS ANKIT RELEASES HIS SONG BANDA TERA AASHIQ HO GAYA State needs to remain prepared for any eventuality by keeping health infra fully operational: Residents P2 While one cannot confirm rumours, he sure is gearing up for his directorial debut with Red Chillies. P3 The song depicts a cute love story shot in serene locations of Thailand. It is Ankit’s first song of 2023. P4 » » FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 16°C | MIN 9°C YESTERDAY MAX 13°C | MIN 6°C SUNSET MONDAY 5.41 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:27 AM » MONDAY | 9 JANUARY 2023 | JALANDHAR INBRIEF VILLAGER BOOKED FOR ASSAULT Phagwara: The Nurmahal police have booked a villager on the charge of assaulting a 67-year-old man. Investigating Officer (IO) Amrik Singh said that the accused has been identified as Balihar Singh, a resident of Jaggo Sangha. Makhan Singh, a resident of Uppal Jagir village, complained to the police that the accused assaulted and injured and threatened him on December 31. The IO said that a case under Sections 452,323,427 and 506 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. OC MAN INJURES VILLAGER, HELD Jalandhar: The Bilga police have arrested a man on the charge of assaulting a villager. Investigating Officer (IO) Anwar Masih said the accused has been identified as Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Burj Hassan village. Satnam Singh, a resident of the same village, complained to the police that the accused waylaid and attacked him with clubs and bricks and injured him on January 5 and also threatened him by pointing at him a pistollike weapon. The IO said a case under Sections 323,341,506 and 34 of the IPC and provisions of the Arms Act was registered against the accused, his wife and two sons. OC Residents suffer due to choked sewers Gandhi Camp, Kabir Nagar residents forced to live in unhygienic conditions Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 8 Residents of Gandhi Camp, Kabir Nagar and other areas falling under Ward No 69 have been bearing the brunt of the civic body’s apathy. The streets here are flooded with sewage for the past several weeks and the filthy water has entered the houses but nothing is being done to dispel the problem. The residents say the condition of the streets at present is such that they can’t even step out of their houses. “The problem is not new and all authorities concerned, including the MC officials, councillors of these areas and MLA North, are aware of the issue,” said Sunil, a resident. He said the colony is one of the oldest in the city and majority of the inhabitants here belong to poor families, who do not know how to file complaints or approach MC officials. Thus, the area is often ignored by the MC. “The sewerage is not cleaned on a regular basis due to which the choking problem arises very often”, he added. Another resident, Kabir Singh, said, “The foul smell has spread all over making it difficult to even sit in the house. We had complained about it to the area councillor but as some of the localities here at Gandhi Camp National Minorities Commission head Iqbal Singh Lalpura meets Latifpura residents in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Rehabilitate displaced families, says Lalpura DEMOLITION AT LATIFPURA Overflowing sewage at the Gandhi Camp area in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH COUNCILLORS INDULGE IN BLAME GAME NECESSARY STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN We had complained the problem to the area councillor but as some of the localities here at Gandhi Camp fall under Ward 69, both councillors keep blaming each other for the problem instead of getting it resolved. — Kabir Singh, A RESIDENT I am aware of the problem and necessary steps are being taken to resolve the problem. The major problem is in Ward 69. I have asked the councillor concerned to get the desilting done. — Anjali Bhagat, COUNCILLOR, WARD 65 fall under Ward 69, both councillors keep blaming each other for the problem instead of getting it resolved,” he added. He said the MC employees come to clean sewers but the problem occurs again after a short period. “The problem will only be solved after concerned officials of the sewerage board will visit the area to place here as the twowheelers often skid on the murky waters. When contacted, Anjali Bhagat, Councillor, Ward 65, said, “I am aware of the problem and necessary steps are being taken to get the problem resolved”. She said the major problem of overflowing sewage is in Ward 69 and she had asked ❝ ❞ check the sewer lines. Temporary desilting will not serve the purpose,” he added. Meanwhile, the residents also said the unhygienic condition prevailing in the locality owing to overflowing sewage has taken a toll on their health and they are prone to water-borne diseases. Besides, many accidents have also taken ❝ ❞ Bid to loot ATM at Nakodar Murder bid accused held Phagwara, January 8 Unidentified miscreants made an unsuccessful attempt to loot money from an unguarded ATM at the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) branch situated on Shankar Road near the bus stand on Saturday night. Bank officer Vandana Arora along with staff reached the spot and informed the police. Nakodar Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Harjinder Singh reached the spot and began an The damaged ATM in Nakodar. investigation. The DSP said that the ATM and CCTV cameras were ransacked. He said the incident was recorded on CCTV cameras installed outside and the footage is being examined. A fingerprint team also reached the spot. The DSP said that a case has been registered in this connection. The incident of looting has created a sense of insecurity among the residents and put a question mark on the efficiency of police patrolling. It may be mentioned that in a separate incident a few days ago, miscreants had stolen silver ornaments from a Jain temple in Nakodar. — OC Our Correspondent Phagwara, January 8 The Nakodar Sadar police arrested a man on the charge of assaulting a police officer. The Investigating Officer (IO) Jasvir Singh said that the accused has been identified as Gurpreet Singh alias Gopra, a resident of Chuharr village. Assistant sub-inspector Rajindar Singh posted at Uggi police post complained that he along with a police party went to Chuharr village on SAW MANY UPS & DOWNS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 8 He is 82 but clearly defies his age. Not because he is physically fit or has dyed beard. But because he is living his life to the fullest, enjoying his passions and trying to achieve every desire that he has yearned for. Dr Gurnam was an ordinary government school teacher till he retired from Government Senior Secondary School, Sidhwan Dona, in 1998. But today, he is not just an educationist but also, a poet, lyricist, composer, singer, author and a homeopath. Recently, he also went back to the classroom as a regular student of MA music from Apeejay College of Fine Arts. He has completed this third Master’s degree, already being an MA in English and Political Science. At an age when most elderly complain of forgetfulness, Dr Gurnam managed to memorise his syllabus well and proudly says, “I Dr Gurnam has penned songs which he has dedicated to his father, whom he never saw since he got martyred in the World War II, his mother who raised him and his siblings on her own, his wife who is no more, his daughter who is settled abroad and also his son, whom he lost in 2018 FITNESS FREAK ❝ Dr Gurnam with his book A flame of fragrance in Jalandhar. I practice yoga for two hours in the morning. I have made it a regular practice to go for a walk for two hours in the evening. This keeps me fit. — Dr Gurnam scored 90.5 per cent marks in the examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University. I also remember all my 63 songs by heart and need not keep the lyrics in front of me while I sing.” Hailing from Saidowal village of Kapurthala, Dr Gurnam says he starting composing songs in 1996. He has already come up with a album. In fact, Dr Gurnam has penned songs which he has dedicated to his father, whom he never saw since he got martyred in the World War II, his mother who raised him and his siblings on her own, his wife who is no more, his daughter who is settled abroad and also his son, whom he lost in book of his book titled “A flame of fragrance”. About four years ago, he had also organised his musical concert “Aab-e-Hayat” wherein he and renowned Punjabi singer Ranjana sang songs in duet. He recently got his new song “Punjabiyat” recorded at a studio in Chandigarh, which will be given the shape of a video Dhiyan di lohri for assaulting police officer January 7 to check on the accused who has been named in a case of attempt to murder. The complainant said that when they reached the house of the accused, he came outside and started a fight with the police team and tried to snatch his mobile phone which fell on the ground and was damaged. The accused fled and was nabbed later. The IO said a case under Sections 353,186 and 427 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. At 82, this retd teacher dons cap of student, lyricist, singer Deepkamal Kaur the councillor concerned to get the desilting done. “I will also ask the officials of the health wing to organise an awareness camp here as people often throw clothes, mud, bottles etc in the drains due to which sewer lines get blocked. Just two days back on Friday, I got the desilting done but the sewerage got blocked again,” she added. Jalandhar, January 8 Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities Iqbal Singh Lalpura today visited Latifpura and the displaced families of the colony. Later speaking to media persons, Lalpura said, “I had issued a notice to the state government the very moment I got to know of the incident. A notice was sent to the Chief Secretary, Punjab, and a report sought. But the report has not been received yet. So it will not be right for me to make a decision or declaration before I know the whole matter.” During his visit to Latifpura, Lalpura was accomanied by BJP leaders Manoranjan Kalia, Sarabjit Makkar and Sushil Sharma, among others. Questioned on the timing — abrupt displacement of people in the winter chill — Lalpura said, “It is extremely cold weather. These are also the months of the Sahibzadas’ martyrdom. It is clear that alternate arrangements for the stay of these people should have been made before the demolition. Whether legal or illegal, their stay should first have been ensured.” Questioned on the responsibility of the Jalandhar district administration and the MC for the incident, Lalpura added, “In an official set-up, the government is answerable, not the person. The DC and the Improvement Trust have their own responsibilities. Overall, the Chief Secretary and the state government are responsible. A notice has already been issued to the Chief Secretary. After my return tomorrow, I will also fix a time for hearing.” Lalpura further said the first priority now should be the rehabilitation of the displaced families after which responsibility for the action should be fixed. — TNS ❞ c m y b 2018. “It was the most devastating time for me but after an initial jolt, I decided to face this tragedy also very boldly. I did not organise any religious programme after his demise. Instead I composed a song on him and sang it to a gathering that we organised for his remembrance Tu vida ho gya, dil te udasi chha gyi,” his eyes turned moist. Despite the loneliness in his life, he has maintained a regimented life. “I practice yoga for almost two hours in the morning. I have made it a regular practice to go for a walk for two hours in the evening. This keeps me fit,” he tells. Dr Agiapal Singh Randhawa, who has served in Doordarshan and now runs his own production house L’aurel Media Presentation in Model Town, says that he has featured Dr Gurnam in his video documentary which is set to be telecast on DD Punjabi on Sunday at 6 pm in a programme “Chhahte-Raah”. Union Minister of State Som Parkash and his wife Anita Som Parkash celebrated 1100 Dhiyan Di Lohri in Phagwara on Sunday. BJP leaders Sunil Jakhar, KD Bhandhari; Minority Commission head Iqbal Singh Layalpura, MP Ashok Mittal, among others were present. In Jal, Covid cases start trickling in Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 8 After remaining dormant for months in the district, Covid cases have started surfacing in the past few days. In the past two months, only two or three cases were reported from Jalandhar. However, from January 2023, the per day reportage of Covid cases has risen. In the first eight days of January, six cases have been reported so far. While one case was reported on January 1 and January 6, each, four cases have been reported in the past two days. Two cases of Covid were reported on January 7 and two Covid cases were reported today. The number of active cas- es in the district stands at five. In total, 81,161 cases have been reported in the district so far. With the cases of new variants on rise in China and several other countries, the Health Department also recently conducted a review meeting and preparation for the Covid scenario was also updated. However, the number of Covid cases being reported is still miniscule in Jalandhar and the region. PO arrested Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 8 The city police have arrested a proclaimed offender (PO) wanted in a liquor smuggling case. The accused has been identified as Sumeer Sabharwal, a resident of Bansa Wali Gali, Rama Mandi in Jalandhar. According to the police, Sumeer was wanted in a case registered against him under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act at the Rama Mandi police station in 2020. He had been absconding for more than two years. The police officials said a local court on November 18, 2022 had declared Sumeer as PO and police since then had been looking out for him. They said following a tipoff, Sumeer was arrested from his residence at Rama Mandi on Saturday.
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