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Waste dumped in rivulet poses dengue threat
Pathankot, October 9
Despite the fact that dengue fear is stalking the entire nation, the Pathankot Municipal Council has not taken enough steps to prevent it from spreading.

The waste dumped in the Khadi rivulet in Pathankot. Photo: Jangi
The waste dumped in the Khadi rivulet in Pathankot.

Price rise plays havoc with festive season
Amritsar, October 9
As prices of essential commodities have gone up, common man is reeling under the impact of inflation. The Tribune today surveyed various markets to ascertain impact.




 



Trauma on eve of Karva Chauth 
Kapurthala, October 9
Like other “suhagins”, Anu (35) from Jallowkhana locality, near Lahori Gate, here was busy till this afternoon in preparing herself for Karva Chauth being observed tomorrow. She little knew that this time Karva Chauth would become black for her.

CM’s propaganda absurd, says BJP leader
Jalandhar, October 9
A former minister and BJP leader, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, said today that the Chief Minister had been making false propaganda about his achievements in the wake of the forthcoming Assembly elections.



Mr Manoranjan Kalia, BJP leader, addresses mediapersons in Jalandhar on Monday.
— Tribune photo byPawan Sharma

Mr Manoranjan Kalia, BJP leader, addresses mediapersons in Jalandhar

SAD, Cong playing friendly match: Mann
Phagwara, October 9
The SAD (Amritsar) national president, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today alleged that both the SAD and the Congress were playing a friendly match as Mr Parkash Singh Badal never raised any issue relating to public interests.

Suspend SSP, demands SAD
Nawanshahr, October 9
Activists of the SAD today staged a rally here, demanding the suspension of the SSP and CBI inquiry into the alleged involvement of police officials with drug traffickers as exposed by a news channel.

Shiv Sena activists hold protest
Hoshiarpur, October 9
Activists of the Shiv Sena youth wing (Hindustan), led by Mr Nirmal Chandla, staged a demonstration at the local railway station yesterday. They were demanding the registration of a case against those who were involved in setting ablaze effigies of gods at Rampura Phul.

Kanshi’s death condoled
Jalandhar, October 9
Various political parties and followers of the founder president of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Kanshi Ram, today expressed grief over his demise while showing their anger against Mayawati for allegedly confining him during his last days.

Five arrested, poppy husk seized
Hoshiarpur, October 9
Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, stated here last evening that five persons were arrested by Mahilpur on charges of smuggling poppy husk.

Tribune Impact
SP pays power bill, applies for connection

Jalandhar, October 9
The SP, who had defaulted on the payment of his electricity bills for more than a year, finally cleared the dues and applied for a new connection. He is residing in Baradari here.

Brick-kiln workers left in lurch
Phagwara, October 9
Over 35 brick-kiln workers were left in the lurch at the local railway station by the owner of a brick-kiln situated on the Banga-Nawanshahr road today.

 

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Waste dumped in rivulet poses dengue threat
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, October 9
Despite the fact that dengue fear is stalking the entire nation, the Pathankot Municipal Council has not taken enough steps to prevent it from spreading.

Unhygienic conditions are prevailing in and around the city as the waste has been dumped along roadsides. The most prevalent threat is to the people residing in Anandpur Rara and other localities located near the Khadi rivulet.

The reason is that the council is dumping the waste in the rivulet. Earlier, the waste was dumped near the Civil Hospital.

So much waste was dumped at the site that the people find it difficult to cross the area.

Recently residents organised protests against the dumping of waste in the area. Some of the residents even moved court against the dumping. For some time the council stopped dumping in the area. However, once again it has started dumping waste in the rivulet. The only difference this time is that the waste is being dumped a hundred metres away from the earlier spot.

The waste mixed with rivulet water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The council had procured 5 acres for dumping waste. However, no initiative has been taken so far to use the site for dumping and start the scientific management of the solid waste.

The council authorities, when contacted, said they had started fumigation in the area to prevent the spread of dengue.

However, till the huge quantity of waste lying near the residential localities was removed the threat of epidemics in the area cannot be ruled out.

GURDASPUR: The Municipal Council is dumping the waste on the Gurdaspur bypass. The waste dumped on the roadside is a source of nauseating smell and breeding ground for insects.

NAWANSHAHR: Only one suspected case of dengue has been reported in the district so far.

Raman Kumar (30), a resident of Rattewal village in Balachaur subdivision, has been referred to the PGI.

Dr Balbir Singh, Civil Surgeon, said today that special arrangements in various hospitals had been made for the treatment of dengue patients and for procuring blood platelets from Ludhiana.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Krishan Kumar, has directed the health department and local bodies to launch cleanliness and awareness drive to combat the disease.

Mr Bhushan Kumar, executive officer, and Mr Ripudaman Sharma, sanitary inspector, said fogging would start tomorrow. The Health Department and the Municipal Council have also launched a drive to educate the people about the prevention of dengue.

Residents living on the Arya Samaj road said the nullah passing alongside the Arya Samaj road, Ghas Mandi and Teachers’ Colony needed attention. 

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Price rise plays havoc with festive season
Tribune Reporters

Amritsar, October 9
As prices of essential commodities have gone up, common man is reeling under the impact of inflation. The Tribune today surveyed various markets in the region to ascertain the impact this festive season.

A study of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) said prices of eight essential commodities went up by 19 per cent on an average from July 2005 to August 2006.

While prices of pulses, coffee (33.3 per cent), tea (33.7 per cent), condiments(24.7 per cent) and spices (24.8 per cent) witnessed a sharp increase, other essentials like wheat, sugar, milk, eggs, fish and meat saw an upward movement in the range of 8.5 per cent, 7.6 per cent, 7.8 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively.

Prices of mehndi, fruits and other articles have increased. Om Prakash, a fruit seller in Amritsar, said the prices had shot up to 25 per cent for all fruits. It would continue till Divali and there was a possibility that the prices would rise more during the festival season.

“We are getting the fruits on higher prices and so we are bound to sell it on the proportionate rates. The apples and bananas, pomegranate, guava and grapes being in much demand have become expensive,” said Amrit Lall, another fruit seller at Hall Gate fruit Market.

HOSHIARPUR: The recent price hike of essential commodities has adversely affected the celebrations for Karva Chauth. Majority of housewives have not gone to the market, as a result there was no rush in bazaars today. Mr Babbi Kehar, a wholesale halwai, said due to increase in the rates of edible oils, sugar, milk, maida and gram flour, the halwais enhanced rates of all types of sweets as a result their sale had gone down about 25 per cent during the fseason.

Ms Manorma Mahindra, a former Principal of Government College, Pojewal, said sweets prepared from milk and cheese was being sold from Rs 110 to Rs 120 per kg. Similarly, sweets prepared from maida and gram flour were being sold from Rs 50 to Rs 70 per kg.

Rates of fruits had also gone up, restricting housewives in their exchange of gifts.

PATHANKOT: In spite of soaring prices of sweetmeats, people are enthusiastic. The people here are ready to buy sweetmeats from Jalandhar and Delhi as well as manufactured by local makers. Laddu motichur, rasgoolas, gulab jamuns were selling between Rs 38 to Rs 45 per kg.

One seller said rise in prices of essential commodities was responsible for the rise in sweetmeats prices. Absolute decrease in supply of milk had resulted into sharp increase in the prices of synthetic cheese and khoya even made from powered milk. The price has increased to Rs 120 from Rs 85 per kg.

People are paying up to Rs 200 per kg for quality sweets.

NAWANSHAHR: Rates of applying mehndi have almost been doubled by beauty parlours and mehandi designers due to Karva Chauth.

Mr Rakesh Nayyar, a bangle store owner, and Mr Kewal Arora, a sweet-shop and cloth shop owner, when contacted said the sale of various items is going on like last year. There is 10to 15 per cent hike in the prices this year. People generally do not care for such nominal hike in prices during the festival season, they said.

JALANDHAR: Sweets shop owners witnessed brisk business today at Jalandhar on the eve of Karva Chauth as no major price hike was observed in the city markets.

The sweet shop owners said volumes of the sales had increased with the arrival of festive season but there was no price hike in any kind of variety this season vis-a-visa last year.

Mr Ramesh Mittal of Lovely Sweets said the prices continued to be the same as they had been the last year. “We have not made any change in our price list this time”, he said adding that the cost of ingredients that he uses had not changed and his manufacturing cost was more or less the same.

Customers were seen queuing up in shops buying sweets and fenis, consumed by fasting women. Sale of ladoos and burfis was also at all-time high.

(With inputs from Manish Kumar Singhal, Ravinder Sud, Pramod Bharti, B.B. Dogra and Deepkamal Kaur)

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Trauma on eve of Karva Chauth 
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, October 9
Like other “suhagins”, Anu (35) from Jallowkhana locality, near Lahori Gate, here was busy till this afternoon in preparing herself for Karva Chauth being observed tomorrow. She little knew that this time Karva Chauth would become black for her.

Anu received bad news that her husband Dev Raj (40) was seriously injured in the blast taken place in a scrap at his junk-dealer shop at Guru Nanak Nagar.

She along with some of her relatives and neighbours rushed to the Civil Hospital, where her husband was taken for treatment. Dev Raj succumbed to his injures within a few minutes.

Anu burst into tears on learning that her husband was no more. She was inconsolable. Besides Anu, Dev Raj left behind two sons, Chahat (10) and Akhil (8).

Similarly Jaspal Singh (17) from Killewala locality, the worker at the junk-dealer shop who also died in the blast, was the only son of his parents.

A pall of gloom descended at Jallowkhana and Killewala localities over the unnatural deaths.

Jaspal’s uncle Natha Singh told The Tribune that he was coincidentally passing through Guru Nanak Nagar in his trolley a few minutes after the blast.

Natha Singh said he noticed that smoke was emerging from the shop. He thought that the shop had caught on fire but when he reached there Jaspal and Dev Raj were lying on the ground. They were taken to the hospital in the trolley, he added.

Jaspal’s father Maggar Singh was visibly shocked over his son’s death.

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CM’s propaganda absurd, says BJP leader
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 9
A former minister and BJP leader, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, said today that the Chief Minister had been making false propaganda about his achievements in the wake of the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Addressing mediapersons here today, Mr Kalia said he had gone through an advertisement published in newspapers on March 11 in which Capt Amarinder Singh had claimed about upgradation of 157 health institutes and hospitals with an aid of Rs 450 crore from the World Bank. He said to check its veracity, he procured information under the RTI Act from the Punjab Health Systems Corporation and found it to be incorrect.

The BJP leader said in fact the grant had been sought and sanctioned at the time of the previous government.

“A grant to the tune of Rs 439 crore was sanctioned on June 27, 1996, and its utilisation began later in 1997-98 for uplifting 154 dispensaries,” he said.

Giving photocopies of various documents, Mr Kalia said he had sought information under the RTI Act on March 17 and the reply came on April 28, which he said was vague. He said detailed information was sought again on May 5 and the reply came on September 28 that too after a complaint was lodged with the chairperson of the state information commission.

Mr Kalia further claimed that of the total amount sanctioned to civil works, medical equipment, vehicles, medicines and other supplies, Rs 345.47 crore was spent by the previous government and only 94.32 crore was spent by the present government.

He said it had been decided by his party that a PIL regarding false propaganda be filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

He also added that a complaint in this regard had been lodged with the Chief Election Commissioner, for disseminating false claims.

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SAD, Cong playing friendly match: Mann
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, October 9
The SAD (Amritsar) national president, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today alleged that both the SAD and the Congress were playing a friendly match as Mr Parkash Singh Badal never raised any issue relating to public interests.

Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Mann announced that his party would make poll alliances with like-minded parties, including Communists, to defeat both the Congress and the SAD-BJP alliance.

Mr Mann claimed that his party would soon be able to form third front, which would emerge as alternative of the Congress and the SAD-BJP.

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Suspend SSP, demands SAD
Our Correspondent

Nawanshahr, October 9
Activists of the SAD today staged a rally here, demanding the suspension of the SSP and CBI inquiry into the alleged involvement of police officials with drug traffickers as exposed by a news channel.

The SAD workers, led by Mr Manpreet Badal, took out a march from Gurdwara Singh Sabha and burnt the effigy of the SSP. They held a dharna in front of the SDM’s office.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Badal blamed the Chief Minister for giving “clean chit” to the SSP. He alleged that the Chief Minister and his coterie had earned crores in the Ludhiana City Centre scandal.

Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, a former minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, general secretary, SGPC, Mr Mohinder Singh Hussainpur, district SAD president, Mr Nand Lal, SAD MLA from Balachaur, Mr Mohan Lal, a former MLA, Mr Resham Singh Thiara, Mr Balbir Singh Dhillon, district youth SAD president, Mr Paramjit Singh Mirpur, Mr Jaswinder Singh Anokherwal, Mr Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, SGPC member, Mr Ajit Singh Sian, among others, addressed the dharna.

 

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Shiv Sena activists hold protest
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, October 9
Activists of the Shiv Sena youth wing (Hindustan), led by Mr Nirmal Chandla, staged a demonstration at the local railway station yesterday. They were demanding the registration of a case against those who were involved in setting ablaze effigies of gods at Rampura Phul.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Chandla and other speakers condemned the incident.

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Kanshi’s death condoled
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 9
Various political parties and followers of the founder president of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Kanshi Ram, today expressed grief over his demise while showing their anger against Mayawati for allegedly confining him during his last days.

A member of the Kanshi Ram Bachao Sangharsh Committee, Mr C.L. Chumber, said today that Ms Mayawati had confined him in New Delhi so that he did not emerge back as party head.

He added that no one was allowed to meet him in his last days.

Mr Gian Chand, president, Jan Morcha, said the void left with the death of Kanshi Ram would remain unfilled for a long time.

Dr Ram Lal Jassi, a senior Dalit leader, said Kanshi Ram was a great leader and champion of the rights of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, backward classes and minorities.

Members of the District Bar Association also observed a two-minute silence to pray for the peace of the departed soul, said Mr R.K. Bhalla, president of the association. 

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Five arrested, poppy husk seized
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, October 9
Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, stated here last evening that five persons were arrested by Mahilpur on charges of smuggling poppy husk.

The police seized 2.25 quintal poppy husk that was packed in five bags and 4.75 quintal poppy husk was packed in nine bags from a truck.

The SSP said the bags were hidden under apple boxes in the truck.

Meanwhile, on the complaint of Sarabjit Kaur of Nadalon village, the Mahilpur police has registered a case under Sections 498-A, 406 and 120-B of the IPC against her husband Parminder Singh and others on Saturday. She alleged that she was tortured for bringing insufficient dowry.

The Hariana police has also arrested a proclaimed offender Paramjit Singh of Bajwara village.

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Tribune Impact
SP pays power bill, applies for connection
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 9
The SP, who had defaulted on the payment of his electricity bills for more than a year, finally cleared the dues and applied for a new connection. He is residing in Baradari here.

A payment of Rs 19,900 was made to the PSEB, top officials in the board said. The SP, who did not have a meter at his residence, had been allegedly stealing power by using “kundi”.

The Tribune carried a news item highlighting the high-handedness of the officer in these columns on October 8.

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Brick-kiln workers left in lurch
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, October 9
Over 35 brick-kiln workers were left in the lurch at the local railway station by the owner of a brick-kiln situated on the Banga-Nawanshahr road today.

The workers, including women, are residents of Bihar and were working at the brick-kiln for the past 10 months but they were not paid even a single paisa.

However, they were provided food during this period.

Some of the workers said the owner had told them that they would be given their wages at the railway station.

However, instead of giving them their wages, he left the station after leaving them, they alleged.

The workers said they had no money even for getting tickets to go back to their native places.

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