Stray hoofs leave cantt residents a harried lot
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 26
Notwithstanding the tall claims made by the Jalandhar Cantonment Board to make the cantonment a cattle-free zone, the residents here are facing the problem of stray cattle.

The wandering cattle are becoming a cause of accidents in the area. Whether it is Sadar Bazaar, Jindan Road, Nalwa Road or any other place, cattle menace is a big problem for the cantonment residents.

A majority of the residents of these localities claim that the traffic on roads often gets blocked because of the stray cattle and at times they enter the residential areas as well. “As all these areas have narrow lanes, it becomes all the more difficult to commute,” said Anita Sharma, a resident of cantonment.

Balwinder Singh, a cantonment resident, said, “Just a few days back I met with an accident due to stray cattle, which keep on roaming freely on the roads. In an attempt to save the animal I fell off my vehicle and fractured my left arm,” he said, adding that the situation became even more serious during night as there was no streetlight in majority of the areas.

Even the school students complain of the similar problem. Sakshi Mehta said, “We always drive carefully while going to school in the morning but most of the times the cattle come in front of the vehicles and block the road.

Moreover, the surroundings are littered as well. The cantonment board authorities should take some stern action soon.”

Besides traffic problem, stray cattle are a cause of worry for the cantonment sabzi mandi too. “The dairy owners usually leave their cattle to graze here and there and they enter the market premises thereby posing a great threat to the people and vendors,” said Manoj Pratap.

Nearly all councillors of the cantonment board had mentioned in their election manifestos of solving the problem of dairy farmers by providing land outside the cantonment limits.

At present there are 26 unauthorised dairies in the cantonment. The authorities concerned started a Rs 37-lakh self-finance scheme (SFS) project at Subana village for the dairy farmers but it failed to take off. Under the scheme the dairy owners were asked to deposit an amount of Rs 10,000 for buying plots in the village. The land meant for the purpose was hired on lease for 30 years.

However, the dairy farmers maintain that the land at Subana village is not suitable for the purpose.

Moreover, the village is far away. “We are ready to make a move but the cantonment board authorities should fulfil the necessary requirements of providing proper land,” said Parkash Singh, a dairy farmer.

The CEO of the cantonment oard, Sumitra Mishra said, "We are helpless as the dairy farmers are not assisting us in tackling the stray cattle problem. It has been over a year since they have stopped depositing the initial amount of Rs 10,000 for shifting them to Subana dairy and as a result the project has come to a halt for the time being".



A whopping 73,000 cases pending in dist
Vacant judge posts add to burden of backlog
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 26
Like most other parts of the country, the common saying that justice delayed is justice denied holds true for Jalandhar as over 73,000 cases have been lying pending in different district courts since long.

The huge backlog of cases was confirmed by district and sessions judge Gurdev Singh while talking to The Tribune on the sidelines of a press conference organised in the district courts complex on Tuesday on the proposed special lok adalat here on August 30.

Surprisingly, despite an enormous amount of cases lying pending, as many as eight sanctioned posts of judge are lying vacant in Jalandhar, the district and sessions judge said.

Of them, three posts of additional district and sessions judge and five of sub-judge are lying vacant in the district.

Vacant sanctioned posts of judges in subordinate courts are filled on the recommendation of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. But prior approval of the state government is necessary for filling the posts.

According to the information, the selection of judges in subordinate courts in Punjab was made by the Punjab Public Services Commission (PPSC) prior to the unearthing of an alleged recruitment scam a few years back.

Meanwhile, Gurdev Singh expressed the hope that Jalandhar might get a special NRI court soon.

He said the High Court had asked the Jalandhar district and sessions judge to furnish a list of total pending cases connected with NRIs which might be considered as an indication that the process for setting up of a special NRI court in Jalandhar was on.

During an NRI sammelan a few months back, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced that special courts would be set up in different districts of Punjab, especially those located in the Doaba region, for the benefit of NRIs.

Earlier, while talking to newsmen, district and sessions judge-cum-chairman of district legal services authority (DSLA) Gurdev Singh and civil judge (senior division)-cum-DSLA secretary Virinder Aggarwal said nearly 10,200 cases would be taken up for disposal in the special lok adalat in Jalandhar.

Of them, nearly 7,100 pending civil and criminal cases and over 3,100 pre-litigative cases of banks, cellular and telephone companies would be taken up for disposal in the lok adalat, they added. Special lok adalats are simultaneously being held at Nakodar, Phillaur, Nawanshahr and Balachaur on Saturday.

Gurdev Singh and Virinder Aggarwal said Punjab Legal Services Authority (PLSA) was holding a series of special lok adalats in the state and this proposed lok adalat on Saturday would be second in the series.

Aggarwal said special efforts would be made to dispose of traffic challan cases as well as security and mutation cases.

Gurdev Singh appealed to the people to come forward to avail the benefits of lok adalats as these adalats were an effort to resolve litigation and disputes through compromise and conciliation. Further no appeal to the decree of the lok adalat could be made and the decree is binding on the parties concerned, he added.



2,000 to attend NRI congress in Dec

Jalandhar August 26
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would inaugurate an NRI convention to be organised by the NRI Sabha, Punjab, here on December 12.

Sabha president Kamaljit Singh Hayre said here that as many as 2,000 prominent non-resident Indians were expected to attend the proposed convention, during which steps taken by the state government for the welfare of NRIs would be discussed and an agenda for the forthcoming steps to be taken by the state government and the sabha would also be finalised. He revealed that the proposed design of NRI Bhavan had been approved by the committee headed by the Jalandhar division commissioner and its construction would start very shortly.

Hayre appealed to the district unit presidents of the sabha to make efforts to get voluntary donations from the NRIs for funding the construction work and even decided to project their demands before the Punjab government. — PTI



Haryana poking nose in Sikh affairs: Atwal

Phagwara, August 26
Accusing the Haryana government of openly supporting the demand for a separate Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in the state, Lok Sabha deputy speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal on Monday said such a move could trigger another flashpoint in the country.

The Congress government in Haryana was “poking its nose unnecessarily in Sikh affairs” by siding with those who were raising the demand for a separate SGPC in the state, he told reporters here.

Terming this as an “uncalled for interference”, Atwal said such a move could trigger another flashpoint in the country.

In this context, he reminded the Bhupinder Hooda government of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir which was simmering over the Amarnath land transfer issue.

On the shrine land row, Atwal said concerned parties should sit together and solve the issue amicably.

Asked from which Lok Sabha seat he would contest the next general election after redrawing of constituencies, he said it was for the party to decide.

“I would have quit without batting an eyelid if my party had asked me to do so when the UPA government at the Centre sought a trust vote over the nuclear issue on July 22,” Atwal said.

To a question, he said in India, the presiding officer of a house remained a party man even after his elevation to the august office, Atwal said.

“One could be apolitical only if the office of the presiding officer was permanent like that in Britain,” he said. On Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee’s stand during the trust vote, he declined to comment. — PTI



MC staffers ‘destroy’ park landscaping
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 26
The dispute over holding a “jagran” on September 6 between two groups of the Residents Welfare Society at New Jawahar Nagar took a new turn today when municipal corporation employees destroyed the landscaped portion in the park.

Society adviser Charanjit Singh Maingi said on Tuesday afternoon around 30 municipal employees came to the park where the “jagran” was supposed to be held and destroyed landscape portion and uprooted ornamental plants.

He said the employees told them that they were simply following the orders of senior officials. “We were shocked to hear this because the MC officials who are responsible for encouraging plantation were destroying it in the park.” He added that the MC employees left the site as soon as society members got together. MC commissioner Vinay Bublani said he had asked joint commissioner Rahul Gupta to deal with the matter and the latter would call a meeting of the two groups on Wednesday. He added that the permission to hold the “jagran” had been granted before his joining.

Earlier, on August 9 society members had held a press conference and said they were not against religious functions but wanted a change in the venue of the “jagran”. They said the “jagran” could be held at any place like market area, a residence in the colony or Guru Gobind Singh Stadium but not in 
the park.



Game Over
Robbers nabbed, 13 bikes recovered
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, August 26
The police nabbed two more members, identified as Karamjeet Singh, alias Kanbha, and Bhinda Ahir, of an inter-district looters’ gang and recovered 13 motorcycles from them.

Giving further details, Phagwara DSP H.S. Khakh said the nine-member gang had been active in the Doaba region for the past some time and had lifted many vehicles in different areas of Kapurthala, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur.

He added that four of them had been caught earlier, while three were still absconding.



Alarming consequences of warming earth
Kapil Loomba

With wealth having become the main objective, the man has resorted to destruction of natural resources present in our biosphere. It is a pity that no one is caring for the critical situation.

Signals are being received from the melting glaciers and rising of level of oceans. The ice from the highest mountains will disappear in the next 15 years. The statistical data reveal that heat wave claimed 2,500 lives in India in May, 1998. America became the hottest place this year when the temperature crossed 100°F for 29 days. The Ganga and Brahmaputra deltas are the areas of thick populated biodiversity and due to extreme unbearable heat, it has become dangerous for Bangladesh to save its land from heating effects of earth and if water level in the ocean increases even beyond one metre, about 18 per cent of its land will go under water. The man is cutting trees and forests. It is true that the earth is hotter than the past eight years. The temperature has risen from 0.3°C to 0.6°C over the last century. Continuous combustion of fossil fuels have been releasing toxic gases like carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide. Now, the control of climatic change is no more static.

No doubt, we know that at the start of 18th century, after industrialisation, factories, power houses and motor vehicles are filling the atmosphere with hot and toxic gases, but solid proof of the agents making atmosphere too much hot is not available till yet. Afterwards, inter-governmental organisation on climatic change explored the solid evidence for continuous heating of earth’s atmosphere in the 21st century. The year 1998 was the hottest followed by 1997 and 2001.

It is feared that the polar ice will melt, low-land regions will sink in water and crop production graph will fall. After 50 years, if the ocean water level rises up to 3 feet, areas like the Maldives, Bangladesh, Florida and many densely populated regions will cease to exist. The health facilities will be affected and water will become salty. International organisation foresees 1°C to 3.5°C rise in the temperature up to 2100. A US survey agency has revealed that there will be decline in the quantity of wheat, rice and other food products (1.2-7.6 per cent) by 2060.

The earth’s temperature is continuously increasing with the entry of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, chlorofluorocarbons and aerosols. Combustion by fossil or by any other fuel, carbon dioxide will certainly be released as the major byproduct. Rapid industrialisation and urbanisation has decreased the number of trees which absorb carbon dioxide and other toxic gases. Chemical fertilisers are being used at a large scale. Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) being released from refrigerators, air-conditioners, room fresheners and aerosols in the body spray are playing a major role in this kind of destruction. Researchers of California University have warned that climatic change may convert water resources of America into desert and it may cause danger to the dwellers of south-west regions because there is about 50 per cent extinction of Meed Lake which will be only a dream by 2021. This lake supplies water to Los Angles, Los Vegas, Sen Diago and other south-western places. To prevent global warming and its effects, America has made an effort for the countries to be members of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defence Council.

It is true that for maintaining existence and mode of living, the man himself has to do something to cool down the intense heat of earth. The governments of many countries have implemented their actions like “Kyoto” in Japan to control the percentage of green house gases by 2012. Such an effort was made by Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal in Sultanpur Lodhi (Punjab) who cleaned the whole Kali Bein. But such actions are possible only if every person initiates his effort to check the harmful and unnecessary activities. Limited use of fossil fuels, growing of more and more trees, saving of water resources, direct use of solar energy, use of organic farming and so many such small initiatives may be helpful in preserving our environment.



Young World
Rajdeep is ‘Punjabi Mutiar’
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 26
Students of the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, held a cultural festival on the campus, where Rajdeep was adjudged “Punjabi Mutiar”. Besides, an installation ceremony of the central association for the present academic session was also held. Principal Kusum Verma elected the new office-bearers.

Award conferred

Dr Sarita Verma, principal of Banarsi Dass Arya Girls College, Jalandhar cantonment, has been conferred with the national environment awareness award by the Union minister for heavy industries and public enterprise. Dr Sarita was honoured during a seminar on “Environment protection: challenges and solution” in Delhi on August 22.

Krishna treat

Tiny tots of Jullundur Model Senior Secondary School celebrated Janmashtami on August 23 by dressing up as Lord Krishna.

Similarly, students of Innocent Hearts School celebrated Janmashtami by performing “dandia” and “rasleela”. Manav Sehyog School celebrated the festival with religious fervour by presenting skits on Sudama, Lord Krishana and Mirabai.

Students honoured

The Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, organised an award function titled “Shining stars 2008” on Monday to honour meritorious students of the institute. A special award was given to Parminder Kaur of BBA-III for representing Punjab in the Indo-China cultural exchange programme which was held at Beijing.

Talent hunt

A talent hunt was organised at the Prem Chand Markanda SD College for Women on August 21 and 22 where students participated in various events like dance, skit, flower arrangement, rangoli and declamation contests. The function was inaugurated by Punjab Technical University registrar Sarojini Gautam Sharda.

Yoga camp

A yoga and meditation camp was held at KMV College on August 23 in which 450 students and teachers participated. The camp was conducted by Swami Vishwang who emphasised on the need to lead a stress-free life with the help of yoga.

Eco workshop

The department of botany and biotechnology of HMV College organised a one-day workshop on “Down stream processing of water” on August 22.

Quiz contest

Biz-n-Buck, a commerce society of BD Arya Girls College, Jalandhar cantonment, in association with ICFAI organised a quiz contest on Monday.



Biz Buzz
First iPhone customer of city
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar: Local trader Gaurav Chatrath has become the first customer of iPhone in the city. Bharti Airtel has launched the much-anticipated iPhone 3G in India. The phone has an array of revolutionary features, including the 3G networking, built-in GPS for expanded location-based mobile services, besides software that includes support for microsoft exchange active sync and runs hundreds of third party applications available through the new App Store. It’s a delightful experience to launch the iconic phone for all the customers in Punjab, Sanjay Bahl, COO, Bharti Airtel, said.



LPU student shoots silver
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 26
Shubham Sareen, student of the Lovely Institute of Management, has won the silver medal in the recently concluded district shooting championship. The tourney, held at the Punjab Armed Police Shooting Range, was presided over by ADGP Rajan Gupta. The shooter won the second position in 10m air pistol in the men’s (junior) category. As many as 95 shooters, including 20 girls, took part in the event.



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