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Residents protest against unhygienic conditions
Phagwara, September 8

Residents of local Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar held a demonstration and sat on day-long dharna before the Phagwara Nagar Council office today to protest against the poor arrangements of the disposal of dirty rainwater from the streets.

A street full of stagnant rainwater in ward No 10 of Phagwara has made the movement difficult for people besides the looming danger of outbreak of diseases.
A street full of stagnant rainwater in ward No 10 of Phagwara has made the movement difficult for people besides the looming danger of outbreak of diseases. — Tribune photo

Man kills son in fit of rage
Kapurthala, September 8
A man killed his newly married son in a fit of rage at their house in Mohablipur village of Sultanpur Lohdi sub-division of Kapurthala district today morning.



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LIC does it again, refuses information under RTI
Jalandhar, September 8
LIC officials are yet to learn lessons even after been recently reprimanded for denying information under the Right to Information Act and asking for handling charges.

Punjab to spend Rs 55 cr to feed poor kids
Jalandhar, September 8
The Punjab Government earmarked Rs 55.60 crore to provide nutritious food to poor children in rural areas aged between six months and six years during the current financial year.

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Residents protest against unhygienic conditions
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, September 8
Residents of local Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar held a demonstration and sat on day-long dharna before the Phagwara Nagar Council office today to protest against the poor arrangements of the disposal of dirty rainwater from the streets. Later the protesters submitted a detailed memorandum to the local Naib Tehsildar.

The town has reported many deaths due to gastroenteritis in the past few months in various outbreaks.

The protestors alleged that drinking water had been contaminated by sewerage water. The pipes providing water to the area were rusted and old.

It had led to spread of gastroenteritis and jaundice, besides viral fever in certain areas of the town.

Threat of another outbreak looms large as the streets are still filled with stagnating rainwater.

Meanwhile, teams of the Health Department visited ward No 10 and 11 of Bhagatpura locality and took six samples of drinking water.

The Senior Medical Officer said 1000 tablets of chlorine and 100 packets of ORS had been distributed among the residents of the area.

SDM visits affected areas

The SDM, Mr Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, along with officials of the Phagwara Nagar Council and Sewerage Board visited the affected areas of Rattanpura Mohalla, Tibbi, Bhagatpura and industrial area here to assess the situation.

The SDM gave instructions to clear the streets of the accumulated dirty water.

Two pump sets were working round the clock to drain out the water and the area would be cleared by tomorrow, he added.

He advised the residents of the affected areas to drink boiled water to prevent another outbreak.

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Man kills son in fit of rage
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, September 8
A man killed his newly married son in a fit of rage at their house in Mohablipur village of Sultanpur Lohdi sub-division of Kapurthala district today morning.

According to the DSP, the accused Swaran Singh was a drunkard and often quarrelled with his son Mukhtiar Singh (23).

According to the police, Swaran Singh had started to demolish roof of one of the rooms of the house today morning. When his son forbade him to do so, he started abusing him.

Swaran Singh lost his temper and attacked his son with a spade. Swaran Singh then fled from the spot

Mukhtiar received fatal injuries on the head. Mukhtiar was married to Rajbir Kaur two years back. Besides his wife, he is survived by one-year-old daughter Jasmine.

An FIR has been lodged against Swaran Singh on Rajbir’s statement.

The body was taken to the Civil Hospital for the post-mortem examination.

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LIC does it again, refuses information under RTI
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 8
LIC officials are yet to learn lessons even after been recently reprimanded for denying information under the Right to Information Act and asking for handling charges.

Two residents have been denied information under the Act again. The Senior Divisional Manager replied that “it was not possible to provide the desired information as it does not pertain to a subject that has implicit larger interest of the public.”

The two residents have been asked to file an appeal before the Zonal Manager and his address has been given in the reply letter. However, Section 19 (3) of the Act clearly states that “a second appeal against the decision shall lie within 90 days from the date on which the decision should have been made or was actually received with the Central Information Commission (CIC) or the State Information Commission (SIC).”

The two residents, Mr Balram Kumar Budhiraja and Mr Sushil Mahajan, are confused with the reply.

Earlier this week, the LIC was asked to make a compensation of Rs 50 to Mr Balmukand Rai for filing an appeal to the Commission and refunding Rs 50 collected illegally as handling charges.

The LIC Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), who is the Divisional Manager, had been asked to comply with the orders issued by the Information Commissioner, Prof M.M. Ansari, within 15 days.

He had also directed CMD, LIC (Headquarters) to organise training programmes for the staff as mandated under Section 25 of the RTI Act. He said this was necessary “so that the CPIOs and appellate authorities do not repeat such mistakes as committed by the officials in this case.” 

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Punjab to spend Rs 55 cr to feed poor kids
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 8
The Punjab Government earmarked Rs 55.60 crore to provide nutritious food to poor children in rural areas aged between six months and six years during the current financial year.

The Social Security Department also planned to set-up 2695 new aanganwadi centres in the state.

The food would be provided through the 14,000 aanganwadi centres.

Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, Minister for Social Security and Information Technology, Punjab, said this at a state-level function for the 25h National Nutrition Week at Red Cross Bhavan here today.

“Our main target is poor children whose parents cannot afford to provide them nutritious food. Children are the future of our country. Nutritious food is mandatory for all-around development and they it from day one.”

Mr Kaypee was accompanied by Mr A. Venu Parsad, Deputy Commissioner, and senior officials of the Social Security Department.

Mr. Kaypee said it was the duty of anganwadi officials to apprise people about the importance of nutritious food.

“Actually, the problem is that we have started following the Western food habits and this tendency is responsible for lack of attention towards nutrition. We can have nutritious food out of common, cheap and natural sources. All we need is the attention towards this important factor,” he said.

Mr Raj Kamal Chaudhary, Director, Social Security Department, Punjab said his department was striving hard to create awareness among people about importance of nutritious food. He highlighted various welfare schemes being implemented by the department.

The Deputy Commissioner said Rs 4.4 crore would be spent on nutritious food for lactating mothers in the district during the current financial year. “As many as 40,930 children are getting nutritious food in 1170 anganwadi centres of the district,” he added.

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