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Bandh throws life out of gear
Jalandhar, August 4
Normal life was badly-affected in the city of Jalandhar and its surrounding areas as a result of the Punjab bandh called by various Balmiki and Mazbhi Sikh organisations with the support of the SC Morcha of the BJP and the Congress.

Police personnel take a round of the streets during the bandh in Jalandhar on Friday. Police personnel take a round of the streets during the bandh in Jalandhar on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Consumer Forum issues notice to MRF manager
Kapurthala, August 4
Taking serious note of the noncompliance of its orders, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Jalandhar, has issued a showcause notice to MRF’s district manager to appear before the forum in person on August 7.


 

PTU likely to set up college at Khadoor Sahib
Jalandhar, August 4
The Punjab Technical University is likely to set up a regional centre in the form of a college of engineering and architecture at Khadoor Sahib soon.

‘Child labour in state on the rise’
Jalandhar, August 4
The Centre’s ban on child labour from October 10 is likely to affect the livelihood of child labourers in Punjab that is witness a surge in their numbers.

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Bandh throws life out of gear
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 4
Normal life was badly-affected in the city of Jalandhar and its surrounding areas as a result of the Punjab bandh called by various Balmiki and Mazbhi Sikh organisations with the support of the SC Morcha of the BJP and the Congress.

The bandh affected the working of business establishments, schools, petrol pumps, banks and even government offices.

Due to heavy police deployment, the city wore the look of a cantonment.

During the bandh, members of the Balmiki and Mazbhi Sikh Reservation Bachao Morcha demanded restoration of an arrangement for 12.5 per cent reservation for the Balmiki and Mazbhi Sikh community in government jobs and educational institutions.

They also sought a “clear-cut” demarcation of equal reservation quota benefits among members of the Adi Dharm Samaj, Balmiki and Mazbhi Sikhs.

Most of the private hospitals too remained closed in due to the bandh.

People faced difficulties as traffic was diverted at certain places, including the Milap Chowk.

Most of businessmen kept their shutters down as a preventive measure against the possibility of any untoward incident by groups of protesting youngsters, who ensured their presence in the main markets and on the main roads despite heavy police deployment. They also forced the people to close down their establishments at certain places.

Working at the Civil Hospital, Municipal Corporation and government offices, including the ones situated in the District Administrative Complex (DAC) was also affected, as the main gates of the offices remained closed after orders from respective authorities. But the officials were reportedly present inside the buildings. Both government and private schools in the city remained closed amidst prevalence of confusion amongst the students and their parents.

Commuters had their share of difficulties too, as local buses and auto-rickshaws remained off the roads.

The protesters also burnt effigies of Punjab Local Bodies Minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh and Jalandhar Mayor Surinder Mahey in the Kot locality in the Basti area of the city, where the bandh was said to be “successful”.

A group of protesters, led by Vijay Hans, G. K. Sondhi, Subhash Sondhi, Deepak Telu, Mohan Lal Zakhmi, Som Nath Hans, Uma Sondhi and Vimla Sabhrawal, reached the administrative complex and raised anti-government slogans for its alleged failure in defending the reservation case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

A near total bandh was observed in the Sports Market, railway station area, Ladowali Road, Jyoti Chowk, Model Town Market, Jalandhar Cantonment, Kartarpur township, Nakodar, Adampur and Goraya.

A complete bandh was also observed in Phagwara, Phillaur, Banga and the surrounding areas.

Main roads including the national highway were also blocked by the protestors at various places.

Protest rallies were also organised, which were addressed by various Balmiki leaders.

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Consumer Forum issues notice to MRF manager
Dharmendra Joshi

Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, August 4
Taking serious note of the noncompliance of its orders, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Jalandhar, has issued a showcause notice to MRF’s district manager to appear before the forum in person on August 7.

The notice was issued under Section 27 of Consumer Protection Act, 1986. President of the forum, Mr M.M. Bhalla, members Mr Surinder Mittal and Ms Rakesh Kumari issued the direction on an application filed by a Kapurthala resident, Mr Brij Mohan, under Sections 25 and 27 of the CPA (Execution) 1986.

Working as a section engineer with the Rail Coach Factory (RCF), the complainant happens to be the Punjab press secretary and organising secretary of Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat.

The forum has asked the respondent to explain why the orders passed by it on April 4 were not complied with.

In its orders, the forum had asked MRF Limited to pay Rs 5,000 as costs and compensation with in a period of one month from the receipt of the orders.

The complainant, who appeared in person, filed his initial complaint on July 18, 2005, in which he stated that the rear left tyre of his Maruti car had burst on June 12, 2003. He had purchased the tyre from Chadda Tyres, Shastri Market, Jalandhar, on December 28, 1999.

At this, Mr Mohan contacted the MRF district manager and Chadda Tyres and apprised them of the incident by showing the defective tyre.

Following which, he was assured a prompt redressal, but nothing was done on the ground.

In its order, the forum observed that “the case of the complainant is proved that tyre had burst due to some manufacturing defect and the complaint was not properly attended to”.

When the respondent failed to comply with the orders of the forum, the complainant filed the application for execution the orders on July 28.

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PTU likely to set up college at Khadoor Sahib
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 4
The Punjab Technical University is likely to set up a regional centre in the form of a college of engineering and architecture at Khadoor Sahib soon.

The proposal will be taken up at the meeting of Board of Governors to be held at Chandigarh on August 9.

The members are likely to discuss the budget, feasibility and technical issues related to the proposal.

An announcement in this regard was earlier made by the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, during a public rally held to mark setting up of Tarn Taran as a separate district on June 16.

The Chief Minister had said that an engineering college would be set up at the place. But now the university officials propose to develop the college as its regional centre.

Confirming this to The Tribune, Dr M.S. Grewal, PTU registrar, said the decision on the plans, budget allocation, funds and the share from the state government would be discussed by the board members.

Other points to be discussed during the meeting include those related to the status of the construction of the PTU building on the Kapurthala Road.

The registrar said the building had come up to the plinth level and frontal office was nearly ready. He said the PTU administration was likely to shift to the new complex by November.

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‘Child labour in state on the rise’
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 4
The Centre’s ban on child labour from October 10 is likely to affect the livelihood of child labourers in Punjab that is witness a surge in their numbers.

Dispelling fears of various social organisations running as many as 27 schools for the upliftment of such young labourers in the district, Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner A. Venu Parsad today assured them that the district administration would make efforts to secure admission for the students in private and government institutions.

As many as 1,176 students are studying in these schools run by the Sports Goods Foundation of India, INTUC, Jalandhar, Rotary Clubs, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Lions Club, Crowns Jalandhar and Rashtriya Khet Mazdoor Union.

“New statistics indicate that there are nearly three crore children working as labourers in the country. The phenomena is increasing in Punjab,” Mr Parsad said.

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