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Acid throwing episode
Mother worries about Seema’s scars, future

Jalandhar, September 11
Sitting besides the bed of her daughter in the burns ward of the Civil Hospital here, Ms Joginder Kaur is distraught and worried about her future. Two youth threw acid on her daughter Seema (23) on Thursday, burning her face and upper part of the body.
Ms Joginder Kaur attends to her daughter Seema at the burns ward of the Civil Hospital, Jalandhar Ms Joginder Kaur attends to her daughter Seema at the burns ward of the Civil Hospital, Jalandhar. — A Tribune photo

2 policemen suspended in brothel case
Kapurthala, September 11
CIA Inspector Gian Singh and his driver Constable Kuldip Singh were suspended from duty yesterday by the SSP, Mr Rajiv Ahir. The SP (D) reported that brothel kingpin had been giving the two a monthly bribe




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Rural health care in shambles
Jalandhar, September 11
Tall claims of the state government of assuring better health facilities in the villages by appointing service providers (as doctors) through the Zila Parishad have fallen flat for want of timely supply of medicines and inadequate infrastructure in rural dispensaries here.

Bomb hoax in cantt
Jalandhar, September 11
Jalandhar Cantonment had a bomb scare today morning after an abandoned bag was found lying in the high-alert Mall Road area close to the National Highway No 1. A passerby first saw the bag and alerted the jawans near the cantonment barricade. Bomb squads and Army dogs were taken to the site and operations started immediately.
Army personnel and policemen examine material found in an abandoned bag outside Jalandhar Cantoment on Monday. — A Tribune photo 
Army personnel and policemen examine material found in an abandoned bag outside Jalandhar Cantoment on Monday

One killed in stone pelting
Kapurthala, September 11
Local advocate Surjit Singh’s father, Karnail Singh (60), was killed in a stone-pelting episode outside his house at Jabbo Sudhar village in Sultanpur Lodhi sub-division. According to information, some youths pelted stones at Karnail Singh and his brothers on Sunday night. Karnail had asked them not to use foul language while passing through the residential areas of the village.

Govt to refund 75 pc VAT
Phagwara, September 11
The Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab, decided to refund 75 per cent value added tax (VAT) after being deposited by the exporters on the proper format, according to Mr Mukul Joshi, Financial Commissioner, Excise and Taxation.

Chicago address anniversary observed
Jalandhar, September 11
A function to celebrate Swami Vivekanand’s Chicago address anniversary was organised by the Citizens’ Welfare and Protection Council at Government Co-Educational Senior Secondary School here today.

Gang of motorcycle lifters busted
Jalandhar, September 11
The district police today claimed to have busted a gang of three motorcycle lifters who used to change the colour of the bikes, prepare fake documents and then sell them.

 

 

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Acid throwing episode
Mother worries about Seema’s scars, future
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 11
Sitting besides the bed of her daughter in the burns ward of the Civil Hospital here, Ms Joginder Kaur is distraught and worried about her future.
Two youth threw acid on her daughter Seema (23) on Thursday, burning her face and upper part of the body.

The incident has been traumatic for Seema, who is unable to speak. It has also been a shock for her mother, who said she had washed utensils to save money to educate her four daughters and a son, so that their future could be secure.

“Seema, my second eldest daughter, has been the most promising. While others did not pursue education after Plus Two, she completed her graduation. She even undertook computer training and was working with a computer centre in Model House, outside which the incident is said to have taken place”, Ms Joginder Kaur explained.

She, however, did not name any suspects. “I was not a witness. I do not know how it happened and who did it as I did not see it”, the mother said.

“Seema was carrying a mobile phone on which my number was stored. Someone who brought her here rang us and informed us about the incident.”

“Police officials keep on visiting the hospital everyday to take the statement of my daughter. But Seema has a problem in her throat and she has not been able to talk.”

“I am not worried about bringing the guilty to the book. My immediate concern is the well-being of my daughter. She has to live with those scars on her face throughout her life which is not going to be easy,” said a weeping Ms Joginder Kaur.

Seema’s mother is also concerned about arranging money.

“The medicines are expensive and we have been asked to purchase them ourselves.

“The treatment is going to be long and I am worried that my husband who is working as a labourer may not be able to bear the expenses.”

A house surgeon attending to Seema said that she was improving.

She said that the burns on her face were very deep, adding that a plastic surgeon in the hospital was being consulted about further course of treatment and he was yet to give his opinion.

Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, said the main accused had been identified but he was absconding.

He said that the motorbike on which he had come outside the computer centre had been seized. He hinted that it could be a love affair but he said Seema had not been able to answer all the queries. He added that the accused also had psychiatric problems as he had also reportedly attempted suicide last month.

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2 policemen suspended in brothel case
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, September 11
CIA Inspector Gian Singh and his driver Constable Kuldip Singh were suspended from duty yesterday by the SSP, Mr Rajiv Ahir.
The SP (D) reported that brothel kingpin had been giving the two a monthly bribe

Action has been recommended against two other policemen who had earlier been posted as City police station in charge.

The district police asked that appropriate action be taken against Mr Gurmej Singh, now posted as DSP with third commando at Mohali and Mr Manjit Singh, now posted as SI with Jalandhar police.

A departmental inquiry had been initiated against Mr Gian Singh and Mr Kuldip Singh.

The police took action against the erring policemen within a day after publication of news report in The Tribune on Saturday.

The alleged kingpin, Ms Balwinder Kaur alias Pinki, had said at a press conference earlier that she had been giving bribes to several policemen to run a brothel in her house for the past several years.

Ms Pinki later revealed that she had been giving Rs 5,000 each to the CIA Inspector and the erstwhile city police station in charges and Rs 4,000 to PCR men of her area every month.

Ms Pinki left the business after being caught by the police some time back.

She was forced to return to the unethical business as these policemen kept on demanding the ‘monthly’ bribe, she added.

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Rural health care in shambles
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 11
Tall claims of the state government of assuring better health facilities in the villages by appointing service providers (as doctors) through the Zila Parishad have fallen flat for want of timely supply of medicines and inadequate infrastructure in rural dispensaries here.

In a written complaint to the Zila Parishad office, the service providers have said medicines were not made available to them in time, owing to which patients to the subsidiary health centres had dropped considerably. The medicines arrive late at the principal health centres. The service providers have to go and collect them, leaving their dispensaries.

The service providers have also said the medicines were of poor quality and ineffective. Many vital generic medicines were not even included in the list and no paediatric or gynecological medicines, which were in maximum demand, were supplied.

The condition of dispensaries is even more pathetic. As per the complaint, sewage water clogs the premises of the dispensary at Bhoor Mandi all the time. A dispensary at Pandori Rajputan village has roofless toilets and broken windowpanes while the dispensary at Damunda has no water supply. There is no almirah to keep records, the service providers have rued.

The condition of Bir Pind health centre is no better as there are no toilets. Lassara village centre has leaking roofs, no fans or boundary wall. Padhiana village dispensary is also affected as there is no electricity connection there. The condition of Kohala, Beas Pind and Nagra villages is also said to be pathetic with no windowpanes, sewage clogging, no flooring and no distemper.

The service providers said it was difficult for them to discharge duties under such circumstances. A Bill regarding allocation of the promised sum of Rs 1 lakh for each subsidiary health centre had still not been passed by the Cabinet.

The rural service providers rue that the electricity bills of dispensaries had not been paid by the Health and Family Welfare Department, owing to which electricity supply had been disconnected to some centres. An amount of Rs 2.65 lakh is yet to be paid by the department to the PSEB for power supply at Dhaliwal village centre. Dues to the tune of Rs 47,000 are pending for a dispensary at Mansoorpur village.

The service providers have also said since 50 per cent of the fresh recruits were women, there should have been a provision for maternity and sickness leave. Their immediate concern was sanction of maternity leave for a service provider posted at Paddi Jagir village.

They lamented that the Health Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, had assured them of 60 per cent quota in MD or MS entrance examination in Punjab after three years of rural service but no notification to this effect had been passed as yet. The change of their designations from Service Providers to Medical Officers had also not been effected. Zila Parishad chief, Ch Surinder Singh could not be contacted. 

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Bomb hoax in cantt
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 11
Jalandhar Cantonment had a bomb scare today morning after an abandoned bag was found lying in the high-alert Mall Road area close to the National Highway No 1.
A passerby first saw the bag and alerted the jawans near the cantonment barricade. Bomb squads and Army dogs were taken to the site and operations started immediately. The bag had nearly 60 pieces of Laughing Buddha inside. A diary was also found in the bag.

When the police officials from Cantonment Police Station called up on the contact number in the diary, a woman from Meerut picked up the phone. She said her husband had lost a bag few days back and he only could give the details.

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One killed in stone pelting
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, September 11
Local advocate Surjit Singh’s father, Karnail Singh (60), was killed in a stone-pelting episode outside his house at Jabbo Sudhar village in Sultanpur Lodhi sub-division.
According to information, some youths pelted stones at Karnail Singh and his brothers on Sunday night. Karnail had asked them not to use foul language while passing through the residential areas of the village.

Karnail Singh received injuries and was rushed to the Civil Hospital Sultanpur Lodhi from where he was referred to the DMC Ludhiana. He succumbed to his injuries.

Subsequently, the police registered a case against Ninder, his brother Manga, Laadi, his brother Ajaib Singh and Balwani Singh of the same village under section 302 of the IPC for killing Karnail Singh.

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Govt to refund 75 pc VAT
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, September 11
The Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab, decided to refund 75 per cent value added tax (VAT) after being deposited by the exporters on the proper format, according to Mr Mukul Joshi, Financial Commissioner, Excise and Taxation.

A delegation of exporters led by Mr Gursharan Singh, president, Federation of Jalandhar Industrial and Traders Association; Mr Ashwani Kumar, deputy regional chairman, Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC); Mr A.S. Rajpal, general secretary, Small Hand Tools Manufacturers; and Mr A.K.Kohli, senior vice-president, Punjab Chamber of Small Exporters, met him here.

A notification in this has also been issued with the introduction of H-Form.

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Chicago address anniversary observed
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 11
A function to celebrate Swami Vivekanand’s Chicago address anniversary was organised by the Citizens’ Welfare and Protection Council at Government Co-Educational Senior Secondary School here today.

Prof Anoop Kumar Vatts, general secretary, spoke about the eloquent speech delivered by Swami Vivekanand at the International Religious Conference emphasising upon the rich cultural heritage of India. He left a message of universal brotherhood and non-violence to the international audience.

Lt-Col Manmohan Singh, Deputy Director, Sainik Welfare, encouraged students to follow the principle of ‘Arise, awake and stop not, till the goal is achieved’ given by Swami Vivekanand. Capt I.S. Dhami, Assistant Director, Youth Services, was also present on the occasion.

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Gang of motorcycle lifters busted

Jalandhar, September 11
The district police today claimed to have busted a gang of three motorcycle lifters who used to change the colour of the bikes, prepare fake documents and then sell them.

The SSP said Deepak Sood, resident of Mohalla Santokhgarh of Nakodar, Gurpreet Singh of Raipur village; Vijay Kumar of Ajit Nagar had been arrested under sections 379, 411, 420, 468 and 471 of the IPC.

The police also recovered a Pulsar bike PB-08-AK-0760 from Deepak and Splendor bike PB-08-AA-9007 from Gurpreet Singh.

An Enfield bike without a number plate was recovered from Vijay Kumar. A fake stamp machine has also been seized . — TNS

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