06022023-JTR-01.qxd 2/6/2023 12:10 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar tribune CIVIL HOSPITAL TO BE MADE SUPER-SPECIALTY CENTRE SHAH RUKH KHAN ALL PRAISE FOR TEAM JAWAN SUMBUL KHAN BIDS ADIEU TO BIGG BOSS HOUSE The Health Minister has said Jalandhar Civil Hospital would be converted into a super-specialty hospital. P2 Actor Shah Rukh Khan will next be seen in Jawan, collaborating with South Indian actors. P3 This Weekend Ka Vaar was hosted by Karan Johar, and Sumbul Touqeer Khan stood evicted. P4 » » » FORECAST CLEAR SKY MAX 24°C | MIN 9°C YESTERDAY MAX 24°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET MONDAY 6.03 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:0P AM MONDAY | 6 FEBRUARY 2023 | JALANDHAR Now, get sand at cheaper rate in Nawanshahr district Will be available at ~5.50 a cubic foot at pithead of mine Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, February 5 In order to provide sand to the public at a cheaper rate, the district administration has made two sand sites at Khoja and Burj Tehal Dass villages operational. The sand here would be loaded onto trolleys manually and the use of mechanical methods, such as JCB, etc., won’t be allowed on these sand quarries, which are part of the 16 sand sites across the state. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Rajeev Verma said the sand mines made operational today in the district would function from 7 am to 5 pm up to March 31. After that the timing would be changed from 6 am to 7 pm. The labour for loading may be arranged by the vehicle owner on its own. He said the sand slip of Rs 954 was issued to the first trolley of INBRIEF PHAGWARA LIQUOR SMUGGLER HELD Phagwara: The Phagwara police arrested a liquor smuggler and recovered 9,180 ml of illicit liquor from his possession last night. The accused was identified as Harpreet Singh, a resident of village Khotrra. A case under the Excise Act has been registered. OC THREE ROB MAN OF BIKE, CELLPHONE Phagwara: Three unidentified motorcycle-borne robbers snatched a mobile phone and motorbike of Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Mahal Gate, Goraya, last night. The victim was returning home when the robbers struck near village Gohawar and snatched his mobile by pointing sharp-edged weapons at him. The robbers managed to flee. The Goraya police have registered a case. oc WOMAN DRUG PEDDLER NABBED Phagwara: The Nakodar city police have arrested a woman drug peddler on a charge of selling poppy husk. SHO Sukhdev Singh said 20 kg of poppy husk was recovered from the accused, Kulwindar Kaur, a resident of Pandori Khas village. The SHO said a case under Section 15(b), 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused and her husband who managed to flee leaving behind a motorcycle on which he was traveling with his wife with the contraband. OC 3 POs BOOKED ON COURT ORDERS Phillaur: The Bilga police have booked three proclaimed offenders (POs) on a charge of not appearing in the court. SHO Mohindar Pal said the Phillaur judicial magistrate had ordered that the accused — Dharmindar Singh, Jagdeep Kumar and Sukhdev Singh — were proclaimed offenders in cases registered against them, and should be booked under Section 174-A. OC TWO MINING SITES AT KHOJA, BURJ TEHAL DASS VILLAGES MADE OPERATIONAL Additional Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Verma makes one of the two sites operational by loading sand onto a trolley in Nawanshahr. Kulwinder Singh from the Khoja site, which doesn’t include the charges of labour. He said there were clear instructions from the Punjab Government that sand extraction would not be allowed across the district except the authorised and earmarked sand quarries in the district. He said the police had been strictly instructed to keep full vigil on these authorised quarries and no one would be allowed sand extraction after the specified time. He said the fixed price of sand is Rs 5.50 a cubic foot at the pithead of mine (excluding 5 per cent GST). AAP leader Lalit Mohan Pathak said this would bring great relief to the people who would get sand at a cheap price for building houses and other construction works. “The major benefit will go to those workers, who will get employment at these pit heads for loading sand,” he said. DSP Ranjit Singh said the sand-carrying trolley should have double tyres for safety. It should be well covered and should not cause trouble to passersby. After 12 years, Improvement Trust finally clears PNB’s loan Tribune News Service OTHER TRUSTS PITCH IN Jalandhar, February 5 The Jalandhar Improvement Trust has freed several properties, including Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, from the Punjab National Bank loan it had taken in 2017 to develop its Surya Enclave Extension scheme. While the JIT had taken a loan of Rs 150 crore, it had dues close to Rs 167 crore owing to the delay in payment. The PNB had even announced the scheme to be a non-performing asset (NPA) and was set to auction the stadium to avail its recovery, but the state government somehow intervened and managed to prevent its sale. During the previous Congress government, an amount of Rs 11 crore ~112 ~100 ~5 ~3 ~2 cr paid to bank as one-time settlement cr procured earlier from Ludhiana & Amritsar Trusts cr provided by Ludhiana Trust cr came from Rajpura Trust cr each from Kartarpur Trust & own Trust had been paid to the bank. About two months ago, the government managed to avail a loan of Rs 50 crore each from the Improvement Trusts in Ludhiana and Amritsar. A onetime settlement plan was worked out with the bank wherein an amount of Rs 112 crore was decided for the final settlement. After a payment of Rs 100 crore, the remaining Rs 12 crore, too, has been paid by the JIT, after which it stands clear of all bank loans now. Of the Rs 12 crore payment that it has made now, it has paid only Rs 2 crore from its own while the remaining Rs 5 crore has come from Ludhiana Trust, Rs 3 crore from Rajpura Trust and Rs 2 crore from the Kartarpur Trust. JIT Chairman Jagtar S Sanghera said: “Now that all our properties are free, we will be able to sell them, develop them or make some constructions. We will be able to do auctions and sell off some plots. From the income that we would get, we should be able to pay back our loans to the four Trusts which had pitched in for our financial help.” Devotees pay obeisance at Shri Guru Ravidas Dham on the occasion of Guru Ravidas Jayanti in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Markets, roads chock-a-block with devotees on Guru Ravidas Jayanti Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 5 After a massive shobha yatra to mark the 646th Parkash Purab of Shri Guru Ravidas was taken out across the city on Saturday, the Nakodar Road and the Buta Mandi area remained closed for a second day today to mark the the Guru’s birth anniversary. Hundreds of devotees flocked the yatra route yesterday as the tableaux moved at a snail’s pace all day to mark the birth anniversary of the Guru. While the stretch remained closed until the wee hours, barricades stay put for a second day today as devotees paid obeisance at the Guru Ravidass Dham at Buta Mandi and celebrated at the fair being held to mark the occasion. Nakodar Road and Buta Mandi stretches were abuzz with visitors who thronged scores of vends and kiosks on either side, swings and rides. Kirtan Darbars and congregations were also held at various places on these two days and will continue until Monday. Barricades cordning off Health Minister Dr Balbir Singh at Dera Sachkhand Ballan in Jalandhar and MP Manish Tewari pays obeisance at Taposthali Guru Ravidas in Khuralgarh Sahib on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS the key Buta Mandi stretch from the rest of the city remained on the roads today. Barricades across the Nakodar Road, Buta Mandi, Ravidass Chowk and Nakodar Chowk areas prohibited the entry of vehciles across these stretches. Diversions were created through the Basti areas, PAP Chowk, Katarpur Road, Mithapur Road, Cool Road among other areas. As the rush of the heavily attended shobha yatra and repeated bottlenecks caused traffic snarl-ups, especially during the rush hour traffic in these areas, the stretches were relatively peaceful today. On Saturday, a large procession had started from rural areas and congregated at the Guru Ravidass Dham at Buta Mandi in the morning, from where the yatra headed to the Shri Guru Ravidass Chowk, Dr. BR Ambedkar Chowk (also called the Nakodar Chowk), Bhagwan Valmiki Chowk, Shri Ram Chowk, Nehru Garden Chowk, Luv Kush Chowk, Phagwara Gate, Bhagat Singh Chowk, Mai Heeran Chowk, Patel Chowk, then came back to Ambedkar Chowk and to the Shri Guru Ravidass Dham from where the yatra started. While Covid had cast its shadow on all things for the past two years, the fervour of the yatra was heightened this year as devotees came from far and wide to pay obeisance at the Shri Guru Ravidas Dham on the occasion. Continued on Page 2 Postal staff under lens 2 more of snatchers’ gang held In a first, Janta Darbar in drug smuggling case over water problems Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, February 5 A day after Nawanshahr police claimed to have arrested an accused involved in opium smuggling through postal services, the police are not only on a lookout for the main accused, Bhupinder Singh, but are also looking into the role of the Postal Department’s saff. The police said he was part of a gang involved in an international supply network. The police had arrested Barjinder Singh working with the Postal Department. He had allegedly sent two parcels, containing 450 gm of opium each, through postal service from the Kahma post office to Canada and Italy at the behest of Bhupinder, who had deposited Rs 60,000 in his bank account for that. The police said it was for the first time he (Barjinder) had supplied opium. The police are now checking RAIDS ON TO NAB MAIN ACCUSED BHUPINDER bank accounts of Barjinder and are also investigating if the main accused had hired other postmen earlier too for this activity. “Everything will get cleared in a day or two,” police personnel said. ‘Origin of drugs is also being looked into and police are investigating where the opium came from,” another police official said. SSP Bhagirath Singh Meena on Saturday had told SubInspector Satnam Singh of the Sadar police station had received a tip-off about Bhupinder Singh of Bainsa village supplying opium in foreign countries through postal services with the help of Barjinder Kumar of Ladhana Ucha village of Banga, who works at the Postal Department in Nawanshahr. An FIR has been registered under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act against the accused. Jalandhar, February 5 Days after two members of a snatchers’ gang were arrested, two more accused have been nabbed by the Jalandhar police. Gurpreet Singh Gopi and Tarandeep Singh, both residents of Nangal Shama in Patara, are aides of recently arrested snatcher Amarjit Singh, resident of Jaitewali. He was arrested with a motorbike and a datar several days ago. BEHIND 22 INCIDENTS OF SNATCHING, THEFT Amarjit had been arrested with another man, Bunty, after a raid at his house. Bunty along with his brother had been buying the stolen phones snatched by Amarjit’s gang. Apart from the recoveries made earlier, the police seized a number of stolen motorbikes, smartphones, etc. from the GopiTarandeep duo. While the police had traced about a dozen, snatchings, loots, rob- c m y b Our Correspondent ONLINE PROCESS The accused with the stolen goods in the custody of Jalandhar police. beries and thefts to the gang, after Gopi and Taradeep’s arrest, the ambit of the criminal activities carried out by the gang has even widened further with 22 snatchings recorded yet. More seizures of stolen goods were also made by the police. The number of snatchings carried out by the gang continues to increase with each fresh arrest. The stolen goods recovered with the duo’s arrest include three motorcycles, one scooter, six mobile phones, five keypad phones, one digital camera, two camera stands (including umbrellas), three camera batteries, one battery charger, three videography lights and three purses. On February 3, the following goods were recovered from the accused: five motorcycles, 14 mobile phones, one fake pistol, 10 purses, three gas cylinders, eight ATM cards, three pan cards, nine Aadhaar cards, three RCs and seven driving licences. Continued on Page 2 Hoshiarpur, February 5 The Punjab Government will hold a first-of-its-kind online Janta Darbar (Department of the Water Supply and Sanitation) tomorrow (February 6). If the residents of villages in the state are facing any problem regarding the supply of clean water and sanitation or they can file a complaint online. In the Janta Darbar, grievances would be heard by the Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Bram Shanker Jimpa. All senior officers would be present. Bram Shanker Jimpa said that as per the instructions of CM Bhagwant Mann, the first state-level online Janta Darbar will be organised on February 6 from 11.30 am to 2 pm. He said the Janta Darbar would be organised every 15 days so that government services can be provided to the people at their doorsteps ■ Residents can lodge a complaint online. Apart from this, they can also be connected through WebExMeeting number 2642 015 6498 (Password: 1234). ■ Those who want to convey their grievances before the minister should register in advance so that the complaint can be properly resolved after analysing it before the meeting ■ An advance complaint can be lodged on the toll-free number 1800-180-2468 or email@example.com or dwss.punjab.gov.in as promised. The guidelines have been issued to all headquarters or district officers and employees. The residents will wait in their virtual waiting room and come one by one on priority basis. Efforts will be made to resolve the complaints on the spot. Only after resolving the first one will the next complaint be heard.
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