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Cong MLA Pargat issues gag orderMayor Jagdish Raja, Congress MLA Pargat Singh and other officials during a meeting at the MC office in Jalandhar on Wednesday. A Tribune Photograph

Cong MLA Pargat issues gag order

Asks mediapersons to leave Mayor’s office before Beas canal project meeting22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

JALANDHAR: Despite a formal invitation sent to the media by the newly elected Mayor, Jagdish Raj Raja, to attend the crucial meeting of the Beas Canal Water Project (estimated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore in Jalandhar) today with a Netherlands-based consultant, Congress MLA Pargat Singh issued a gag order to the media to leave the conference hall even before the meeting could start.

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Rachna Khaira

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 21

Despite a formal invitation sent to the media by the newly elected Mayor, Jagdish Raj Raja, to attend the crucial meeting of the Beas Canal Water Project (estimated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore in Jalandhar) today with a Netherlands-based consultant, Congress MLA Pargat Singh issued a gag order to the media to leave the conference hall even before the meeting could start.

Stunned over the ‘loutish’ behaviour of the former captain of the Indian hockey team in front of foreign delegates, mediapersons lodged a protest and apprised him that he could not issue any such order against the invitation extended by the Mayor himself.

To this, the MLA sat quietly but again after a few minutes, asked mediapersons to leave the hall. Perturbed, the mediapersons slammed him for keeping a crucial public interest under wraps from the public and left the meeting hall.

The Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar, today kickstarted the surface water project in the city to provide fresh water from the Beas. The project is expected to decrease the dependency of people on the groundwater.

With an estimated cost Rs 1,000 crore to be funded by the Asian Development Bank, a US-based consultant, Haasken, today introduced the project to Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja and Congress MLAs, including Bawa Henry (North), Sushil Kumar Rinku (West), Pargat Singh (Cantonment) and Rajinder Beri (Central).

The DPR will be prepared in seven months and consultants will check the feasibility of the project and also find out a convenient route for bringing the Beas water to the city.

After the survey, the consultants will identify whether Miani or Dhilwan will be feasible to draw water from the Beas.

A 15-member team would team arrive in the city soon which will also include hydrologist from Netherlands and two water treatment experts from Vietnam.

In the following weeks, the consultants will hold meetings with various government departments, including forest, railways, sewerage, irrigation and also the Shah Consultants who have been outsourced by MC for AMRUT.

Mayor remains silent

Despite extending a formal invitation to the media to attend the conference, Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja overshadowed by the three MLAs preferred to remain silent over the uncouth action of Pargat Singh. While the other Congress MLAs Rajinder Beri and Bawa Henry did not intervene, Raja too could not gather courage to apprise the furious MLA that the media was in fact invited by him.

MC employees hold protest

Posing huge embarrassment for the Mayor and the Congress MLAs in front of the foreign delegates, over 200 employees of the MC office thronged the corridor outside the conference hall and raised slogans against the Congress-led state government and the Mayor. The employees, the majority of whom are Class IV employees, slammed senior officials for withholding their monthly salary despite the passing of twenty days.

While making a mockery of officials, Punjab Sanitation Workers Union president Chandan Grewal said while the officials were discussing a project worth Rs 1,000 crore in Jalandhar, they could not release a meagre Rs 15 crore as salary to the MC staff.

“We do not have money to buy milk for our children and feed our families,” said Grewal.

He added that it does not matter which party forms the government, the future of the employees always remain bleak.

Pargat, Bawa enter tussle with staff

It seemed like a bummer day for the Congress MLAs as they entered into yet another tussle with the MC staff this time. Perturbed over the humiliation faced in front of the foreign delegates and also a team that came from Delhi to assess the projects to be carried under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme, the Congress MLAs came out of the conference hall but were confronted by hundreds of employees who demanded the release of their monthly salary. The tussle grew further after a worker approached Pargat and asked him to intervene. To this, Pargat and other MLAs asked the employees to approach the Mayor but the employees said they will not allow them to leave the premises till they gave assurance to provide.

Another Congress MLA Bawa Henry too asked the employees to leave the office immediately. Slamming the MLAs for their egoistic attitude, the workers union has threatened to intensify the protest further if their salaries were not released in the next two days.

Pargat said the matter had already been discussed with Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal who had assured to release their salaries by Friday.

Mystery shrouds J’khand man’s death

22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

PHAGWARA: Bishram Prashad (34), a resident of Jharkhand, was found murdered with sharp-edged weapons in nearby Nangal Majha village today.

Two youths killed in accidents in Hoshiarpur

22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Two persons were killed while three seriously injured in two separate road mishaps in Hoshiarpur last night.

Hiring choppers for weddings a rage among couples

Hiring choppers for weddings a rage among couples

22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

JALANDHAR: The ways of celebrating the moments of matrimonial bliss have been swiftly shifting from traditional ones to advanced ideas and concepts.

Sharpen skills to compete at international level, says DCjob fair

Sharpen skills to compete at international level, says DC

22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

JALANDHAR: The second edition of mega job fair, launched by the state government, under ‘Ghar Ghar Naukri’ scheme, kicked off today from DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology (DAVIET).

Mashal march to boost admissions in government schools in dist

22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

JALANDHAR:A first-of-its-kind unique mashal march was carried out here today to give a boost to students’ numbers in government schools of the district in the upcoming session.

March marks Int’l  Mother Language Day

March marks Int’l Mother Language Day

22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

JALANDHAR: The Punjab Jagriti Manch and Sarbat Da Bhala Trust jointly held a march to mark the International Mother Language Day.

Two-day Basant Utsav from today

22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

JALANDHAR: Akashwani Jalandhar will organise a musical extravaganza ‘Basant Utsav 2018’ on February 22 and 23.

Docs’ appointments

PCMS assn decries govt decision

22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Terming the decision taken by the state government to recruit 306 doctors in Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) at the basic salary for three years as unfortunate, the Senior Retired PCMS Association has termed it against the interest of doctors and general public.

PSU to hold convention on struggle of Kashmiris

22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

JALANDHAR: Punjab Students Union (PSU) will hold a convention at the local Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall and a march in the district on February 28 in support of the right to autonomy of the Kashmiri people as well as against the labelling of struggle of the Kashmiris as terrorism.

Campus Notes

Maa Boli Diwas march

22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

Jalandhar: The NSS Unit of Innocent Hearts College of Education, Jalandhar, took part in ‘Komantri Maa Boli Divas’ march.

One booked for dowry

22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

PHAGWARA: On a complaint lodged by Monica, a resident of Palahai Gate locality, the police have registered a case under Sections 498-A and 406 of the IPC against her husband Harpreet Kumar, a resident of Rurrka Kalan village, near Goraya, on the charges of torturing her to bring Rs three lakh.

Techno-cultural fest from today

22 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Panjab University Swami Sarvanand Giri Regional Centre, Hoshiarpur, will organise ‘Techno-Cultural Fest, ANANT 2018’ with the theme ‘World of Fiction’ from February 22 to 24.

Briefly

House burgled

21 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

CASH:Phagwara: The house of Gurdip Singh Tuli was reportedly burgled in Bhagatpura locality on Monday night.

campus Notes

Blessing ceremony

21 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

Jalandhar:Management of Sanskriti KMV School, performed a ‘yajna’ to seek the blessings of the Almighty and bless the students of Class X and XII for the forthcoming board examination.

City youth qualifies for fitness c’ship in Oz

21 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: Mohit Sehdev (33), a resident of Ashok Nagar, has qualified for International Fitness Model Championship 'Kahma Classic' that is going to be held in Australia this month.

Club installs sanitary pad disposal machine

Club installs sanitary pad disposal machine

21 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: The city’s Inner Wheel Club has taken up the initiative of spreading awareness about menstrual hygiene among women and the underprivileged sections of the society.

Diversification must for sustainable farming: Expert

Diversification must for sustainable farming: Expert

21 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: The School of Agriculture at Lovely Professional University (LPU) organised a two-day national conference ‘SAFNS-2018’.

International Mother Language Day

‘Can Punjabi be a history’ as it skips towards south

21 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: ‘Har Punjabi Di Maa Boli Punjabi’ (Punjabi is the mother tongue of every Punjabi) is the slogan that will reverberate through the corridors of every house, school and colleges tomorrow as it is the occasion to celebrate ‘Punjabi Maa Boli Divas’.

Abolish sewa-paani culture in govt offices, NRIs urge DC

Abolish sewa-paani culture in govt offices, NRIs urge DC

21 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: The maiden special camp to redress the grievances of non-resident Indians (NRIs) caused embarrassment to officials of the district administration when many NRIs told them to abolish the “sewa-paani” culture in government departments.

Child rights panel to meet Khushi on Feb 22Cambridge school case

Child rights panel to meet Khushi on Feb 22

21 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: After the lodging of a first information report (FIR) against two boys of Cambridge International School, the Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights will visit the city on February 22 to meet the victim Khushi and her parents.

MC demolition drive in Meena Bazaar

MC demolition drive in Meena Bazaar

21 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: The Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ) here today carried out a demolition drive in Meena Bazaar and the Saidan Gate area under stiff opposition from the area shopkeepers.

Four killed, 4 hurt in three mishaps

Four killed, 4 hurt in three mishaps

20 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

PHAGWARA:Three persons, including a child, were killed and three women sustained serious injuries in two different road mishaps last night.

Businessman gets threat call

20 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR:A city businessman allegedly got a threat call from gangster Laurence Bishnoi who demanded Rs 10 lakh from the former to save his life.

Jobless youth ends his life

20 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

HOSHIARPUR:Paras Marwaha (20), a resident of the Marwaha locality here, reportedly died in the evening after swallowing some poisonous substance.

Barely week to go, no word from education board

20 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR:With barely a week to go for the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) board exams, set to start on February 28, the Education Department in the district is still groping in the dark about the list of the centres and the staff deputed for duties at various centres.

Hookah bars: Outfit demands closure, burns effigy of Health Dept

Hookah bars: Outfit demands closure, burns effigy of Health Dept

20 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR:Activists of the Shivsena Samajwadi held a protest outside the Municipal Corporation (MC) office here today against various “shady” hookah bars running in the district under the garb of restaurants.

Man ‘commits suicide’ over retiral dues

20 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

TANDA URMAR (HOSHIARPUR):Sucha Singh, a resident of Babak, who had retired from Cooperative Society, Ghorewaha, in 2015, allegedly committed suicide.

Priya video fine, but only flash in pan: Residents

20 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR:In 30 seconds, Priya Prakash Varrier achieved a thousand milestones to become an internet sensation overnight.

Public toilets in need of maintenance

Public toilets in need of maintenance

20 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR:Sooner or later the city is going to be a smart city and residents have high hopes that the city will also become a place where people would not find any inconvenience and everything would be placed nicely, no littered garbage, no sewerage problem, safe and secure city, proper roads and lighting, cleaner and greener surroundings and what not from the good list.

Parminder adjudged strongest man of Punjab

Parminder adjudged strongest man of Punjab

20 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR:Parminder Singh of Gurdaspur won the title of ‘Strongest man of Punjab’ at a state-level bench press championship organised by the Punjab Powerlifting Association in the city today.

Unaided institutions flay Social Welfare Department

20 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR:During a meeting of the Confederation of Punjab Unaided Institutions, Chairman Ashwani Sekhri, said for the last three years, no private college had received any amount under the Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme of the Central Government.

Implement seventh pay panel report, say KVS pensioners

Implement seventh pay panel report, say KVS pensioners

20 Feb 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR:Pensioners of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sagathan (KVS) held a meeting here to discuss the injustice being done to them by denying the benefits of the Seventh Pay Commission.

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