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CONGRESS BHAWAN
Deadline over, MC yet to get shops evicted
Jalandhar, October 12
Even as the extended deadline of four months given to the District Congress Committee (DCC) to get its 12 illegal shops evicted from the premises of Congress Bhawan expired two days ago, the Municipal Corporation (MC) officials are yet to act in the matter.

Industrialists flay imposition of advance tax
Jalandhar, October 12
A number of city industrialists, under the aegis of the Jalandhar Chamber of Industries and Commerce, have expressed their strong resentment against imposing advance tax, property tax and huge fee for regularising their buildings and plots.

sale of banned drugs
City chemist had premises in Karnal also
Jalandhar, October 12
Unearthing a major racket of sale of banned and restricted drugs, the Patiala police yesterday arrested a city-based wholesale chemist for his alleged role in the supply of synthetic drugs.


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In safe hands
Visitors look at defence equipment to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the Indian Air Force at the Adampur Air Force base on Saturday
Visitors look at defence equipment to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the Indian Air Force at the Adampur Air Force base on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Malkiat Singh

Three cows found dead at Bulandpur gaushala
Jalandhar, October 12
Three cows were found dead at the Bulandpur gaushala here yesterday.

Ist IWA team in city for Ghadar centenary function
Jalandhar, October 12
In view of the upcoming Ghadar centenary celebrations to be held at the local Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall from October 28 to November 1, the first delegation of the IWA (Great Britain) reached the hall here today.

Mixed reaction to decrease in chain snatching incidents
Jalandhar, October 12
Several citizens have expressed different views over decrease in chain-snatching incidents in the city in past one and a half month as compared to corresponding period in previous year.
Under wraps
Effigies of demon king Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkaran being covered with tarpaulin to protect them from rain ahead of Dasehra in Jalandhar on Saturday
Effigies of demon king Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkaran being covered with tarpaulin to protect them from rain ahead of Dasehra in Jalandhar on Saturday. Photo: Sarabjit Singh

Kanjak Pujan held at Civil Surgeon’s office
Jalandhar, October 12
Around 101 little girls (kanjaks) were worshipped at district civil surgeon office on Ashthami to spread awareness among general public against female foeticide.

Wildlife photo exhibition draws crowds
Jalandhar, October 12
An exhibition was organised at the Lovely Professional University (LPU), near here, displaying the work of renowned international photographer, Thakur Dalip Singh.

From Schools and colleges
Table-tennis tournament
Cambridge International School, Phagwara, won the Kapurthala District Table Tennis (Under-17) Tournament organised by Punjab School Games Department at Baby Model School, Kapurthala, recently. Winners of five zones of Kapurthala district participated in the tournament.
BUDDING TALENT
Students of Government College, Hoshiarpur, display their paintings during an exhibition at Virsa Vihar in Jalandhar on Saturday
Students of Government College, Hoshiarpur, display their paintings during an exhibition at Virsa Vihar in Jalandhar on Saturday. Photo: Sarabjit Singh

Pak women team to cross over today
Jalandhar, October 12
Pakistan’s women hockey team will finally cross the Wagah border tomorrow for the first time after partition to participate in the 30th Indian Oil Surjit Hockey tournament, in progress here at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, Burlton Park. Aamna Meer of Lahore will lead the Punjab-XI (Pakistan) women team in the tournament.

Army School sports meet concludes
Jalandhar, October 12
Army Public School, Jalandhar Cantt, organised the XXI Sports Meet from October 9 to 11. The hoisting of the school flag, the oath-taking ceremony and a concatenation of athletic events were witnessed at the opening of the meet on October 9.

 

Devotees perform Kanjak Pujan at Devi Talab Mandir in Jalandhar on Saturday. It was the eighth day of Navratras, the day of Maa Gauri, which is celebrated by worshipping young girls

Worshipping the goddess

Devotees perform Kanjak Pujan at Devi Talab Mandir in Jalandhar on Saturday. It was the eighth day of Navratras, the day of Maa Gauri, which is celebrated by worshipping young girls. Photo: Sarabjit Singh

 





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CONGRESS BHAWAN
Deadline over, MC yet to get shops evicted
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 12
Even as the extended deadline of four months given to the District Congress Committee (DCC) to get its 12 illegal shops evicted from the premises of Congress Bhawan expired two days ago, the Municipal Corporation (MC) officials are yet to act in the matter.

Nearly half of the dozen-odd shopkeepers have already put their shutters down, while as many remaining are still continuing their business.

Former MC Commissioner Vinay Bublani had on June 10 passed orders on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, giving a three-month time period to the Congress Bhawan authorities to get the corrective measures done for building violations on their own or face action.

Serious violations, including construction in houseline, raising of shops, illegal opening made in the plot towards the PUDA market at the rear of the plot and excess coverage at the rear had been pointed out by the former Commissioner.

The DCC had moved the district courts, seeking a stay on the orders of the MC Commissioner, but its plea got dismissed. DCC chief Arun Walia said the action coming against them was merely a political vendetta which must end. He threatened that all party workers would oppose any move by the MC to pull down the construction.

MC Commissioner Manpreet Singh Chhatwal could not be contacted on the issue despite repeated attempts.

Bublani had got the site measurement done on May 21, 2013, wherein it was found that 10 out of 12 shops had been constructed in houseline on the north-west side of the plot and two shops at the rear of the plot opening towards the PUDA market on the north-east side.

He has mentioned in his order, “As per the site plan, there is houseline of 18 feet on the front side and 15 feet running alongside the north-west side of the plot along road. There also is no opening permissible towards the rear of the plot ie north east. Shops in houseline as well as opening towards the PUDA land are in total violation of the scheme plan as well as the schedule of clauses of the scheme and same is non-compoundable. There also in an unauthorised change in the use of land”. The MC had even issued a show-cause notice on May 25 to the DCC under Section 269 (1) of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976.

TIMELINE

1973-74: Allotment of 1 kanal 8 marla and 40 sq yard in the Rajinder Nagar scheme of the Jalandhar Improvement Trust to Congress Bhawan on a reserve price of Rs 16,915. 94. No record of handing over of possession of site available

October 5, 1982: Proposed plan had been submitted by DCC to MC

November 3, 1982: Plan submitted to JIT with application for issuing NOC which is still pending

January 11, 2012: RTI activist Manit Malhotra asked as to whether a building plan for the same had been approved. He said he had made two representations this year

August 23, 2012: Plea put up in Punjab and Haryana Court and order passed the same day, asking JIT chairman to provide information on the matter in three months. Subsequently, JIT gave a representation, saying information be sought from the MC, as it no longer was their subject matter. It was stated that files had moved to corporation following the handing over of the scheme. Contempt petitions against two former DCs, who then held charge as JIT chairmen, still pending

May 21, 2013: Congress Bhawan site measured by the town planning branch of the MC

May 25, 2013: Show-cause notice issued to the DCC by MC Commissioner

June 10, 2013: MC Commissioner passes order, declaring Congress Bhawan shops illegal, gives three to four months time to correct violations

June 12, 2013: DCC seeks stay in district courts, plea rejected

October 10, 2013: Deadline for shopkeepers to evict shops over

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Industrialists flay imposition of advance tax

Jalandhar, October 12
A number of city industrialists, under the aegis of the Jalandhar Chamber of Industries and Commerce, have expressed their strong resentment against imposing advance tax, property tax and huge fee for regularising their buildings and plots.

Flaying the Parkash Singh Badal-led SAD-BJP government, chamber chairman Narinder Singh Sehgal and its general secretary Charanjit Singh Maingi said the state government was totally ignoring urbanities and industrialists as it had been imposing several taxes on them one by one since it again came to power last year.

Demanding the withdrawal of these taxes, Sehgal and Manigi said the government should hold a talk with them to provide relief to them, otherwise no industrialist and trader would vote for them in the coming elections, "as they had already committed an unpardonable mistake by re-electing them in the last Assembly elections".

The chamber representatives said if they were not provided any relief at the earliest, they would be left with no option but to launch an agitation against the Badal government. — TNS

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sale of banned drugs
City chemist had premises in Karnal also
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 12
Unearthing a major racket of sale of banned and restricted drugs, the Patiala police yesterday arrested a city-based wholesale chemist for his alleged role in the supply of synthetic drugs.

The police arrested Kamalraj Chawla of Pratham Medicos at Dilkhusha Market. The chemist is said to have been operating the network from his another premises at Karnal. The police has also made a recovery of 90 kg of diphenoxilate hydrochloride, 65 kg codeine phosphate, 25 kg different drug phosphates, 7 lakh capsules and 6,600 cough syrup bottles, most of which are drugs often misused.

SSP Patiala Hardyal Singh Mann said the police had recovered a major haul of restricted and narcotic drugs recently at the Shambhu barrier. “We started investigation into it and arrested a Delhi-based person. He then told us that the main supplies were coming from Karnal. We raided the place and seized certain documents, showing his Jalandhar connection as well. So we also got a raid conducted at his shop here and arrested the man,” he said.

The police said five big wholesalers had been arrested in the case and taken on a three-day remand.

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Three cows found dead at Bulandpur gaushala
Gaushala management, Municipal Corporation not aware of cattle deaths
Aparna Banerjee
Tribune News Service
A dead cow at Bulandpur gaushala in Jalandhar
A dead cow at Bulandpur gaushala in Jalandhar. Tribune photograph

Jalandhar, October 12
Three cows were found dead at the Bulandpur gaushala here yesterday.

While the final deadline provided to the Pinjra Pol Gaushala Management Committee to improve the conditions at both city gaushalas had been set as December 6 by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, things have gone from bad to worse inside the gaushalas, with no solution seemingly in sight to rescue the hapless animals from their pathetic conditions.

While members of the management (and medics) continue to be conspicuous by their absence at the cowsheds, what is surprising is that the efforts of the municipal corporation (MC), which displayed initial encouraging enthusiasm to restore the state of affairs, also seem to be slowly dying down.

While the latest HC ruling has entrusted the MC’s supervisory committee to ensure fair working at the gaushala, the court has also sought a fresh report from the MC on the issue by December 6.

Deepak Jyoti, one of the petitioners responsible for the petition which saw the HC intervening in the matter to bring justice to the animals, said, “Only a handful of cow-lovers are left to visit the place. The labourers haven’t been increased, the kar sewa merely lasted a day or two and animals have begun dying again. Like earlier, the burly animals nudge the weaker or smaller ones to a side even as officials and management people remain unaffected.”

Notably, some of the people who had earlier volunteered to provide help to the cows have also stepped back. One of the volunteers, who had promised to ensure the shifting of 80 to 90 cows to his own establishment to ease pressure on the gaushala, has not fulfilled the promise.

Moreover, the apathy inside the gaushala continues.

A calf, which was no more being fed by its mother, was taken into an open shed by workers due to which its leg broke.

“No one has bothered to check its wounds or bandage it. It lies on its side with the wound and until it is taken to the PFA establishment at the police lines, no medic would touch it. In the past month, five to six cows have been taken to the PFA animal shelter. The presently wounded ones shall also be taken there only because doctors are hardly visiting the place and aren’t doing their job,” he added.

While the only alternative to the management is the MC, the fact is that the MC also remains unaffected by the rising number of cattle deaths and the disorganised state of the gaushalas.

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Ist IWA team in city for Ghadar centenary function
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 12
In view of the upcoming Ghadar centenary celebrations to be held at the local Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall from October 28 to November 1, the first delegation of the IWA (Great Britain) reached the hall here today.

IWA Central Committee and Birmingham Assistant Secretary Harbhajan Dardi, president, IWA, Seera Johal, and president of the Shaheed Udham Singh Welfare Trust, Kulbir Singh Sanghera were part of the delegation.

Headed by IWA leader Avtar Johal, more than two dozen families from the UK shall be coming to India to participate in the Ghadar centenary celebrations.

The IWA has been pivotal in extending monetary help to the yadgaar committee in the release of ‘Ghadar Di Goonj’ poetry collection and audio cassette ‘Ghadri Goonjan’.

The delegation was welcomed at the Yadgaar Hall by committee general secretary Raghubir Kaur, Ghadar Shatbdi Committee co-coordinator Gurmeet, member of Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Committee Harbir Kaur, Devraj Naiyar, Seetal Singh Sangha and Comrade Ranjit Singh among others.

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Mixed reaction to decrease in chain snatching incidents
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 12
Several citizens have expressed different views over decrease in chain-snatching incidents in the city in past one and a half month as compared to corresponding period in previous year.

In a story carried in The Tribune on Tuesday, it was stated that only 12 snatching incidents took place from August 23 to October 6 whereas as many as 36 such cases occurred during the same period in 2012.

Reacting to decline in snatching cases, former president of district bar association (DBA) advocate Raj Kumar Bhalla said “In my opinion, there is a need to do proper investigation in cases related to snatchings as well as the NDPS Act. Police never investigate about the source from which the drugs are procured for sale. Moreover, the police also not investigate to whom the snatched chains are being sold. If this chain will be investigated the main smuggler and dealer will be nabbed and the crime can be reduced. Similarly, the goldsmith who used to receive the stolen chain should also be nabbed so that the snatcher cannot sell the jewellery easily”.

Expressing his views on police working, a resident of Windsor Park, Mukul Handoo, said, “The policemen on duty gossip in groups on every crossings of the city. They only harass soft targets, whereas, serious violators go scot free. They need professional training for respecting a common man, for which they are not trained. They should have intelligence network to counter snatchers but they waste time in challaning persons driving vehicles without fastening seat belts and wearing helmets whereas we do not have basic road infrastructure to even reach the speed where helmets and seat belts prove effective”.

Meanwhile, advocate Rajinder Bhatia termed the decrease in snatching incidents from 36 to 12 as good for citizens.

A Model Town resident Amarjit Singh Anand expressed hope that the snatching graph would keep coming down to nil.

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Kanjak Pujan held at Civil Surgeon’s office
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 12
Around 101 little girls (kanjaks) were worshipped at district civil surgeon office on Ashthami to spread awareness among general public against female foeticide.

Kanjak Pujan was done at civil surgeon Dr RL Bassan’s office on Saturday on the direction of the Punjab Health Department.

Kanjaks from various parts of the city were brought to Dr Bassan’s office on Saturday morning. They were also provided fruits and sweets as a mark of respect for them.

Expressing concern over decreasing sex ratio, Dr Bassan said, “Girls are not inferior to boys in any context. So, the society should respect them and should avoid indulging in female foeticide for the betterment of our country”.

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Wildlife photo exhibition draws crowds
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 12
An exhibition was organised at the Lovely Professional University (LPU), near here, displaying the work of renowned international photographer, Thakur Dalip Singh.

The four-day exhibition showcasing 80 photographs of Singh, who is also associated with the Bhatar Sanrakshan Samiti, was well received by the wildlife lovers and students.

The exhibition featured photographs on a wide range of subjects like natural scenes, religious abodes, historical monuments, sparkling flowers, hustle and bustle of life and many more. The best part of display was the photographs of wildlife for which Singh is particularly famous.

Ashok Mittal, Chancellor of the university, said the university strived to expose its students to the finest of the exponents of various genres of arts and the works of Singh, who is a legend in himself, is one of the finest examples of the same.

Gurmit Singh, coordinator of the programme, said, “India has a treasure of artists in various fields of fine and performing arts. Notwithstanding that, there is limited visibility of their work owing to a few pedestals from which the same can be displayed to a large audience.”

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From Schools and colleges
Table-tennis tournament

Cambridge International School, Phagwara, won the Kapurthala District Table Tennis (Under-17) Tournament organised by Punjab School Games Department at Baby Model School, Kapurthala, recently. Winners of five zones of Kapurthala district participated in the tournament. Cambridge International School, Phagwara, defeated Sri Guru Har Rai Public School, Kapurthala, in the final match to clinch the trophy. After winning the tournament, Cambridge School has qualified to represent Kapurt\ala in the state-level tournament to be organised later this month. Students who represented Cambridge School were Shubham Gogna- Class X, Rohan Gulati- Class X, Prabhas Kumar- Class X and Aman Saini- Class IX. Principal of the school Jorawar Singh congratulated and appreciated the hard work of the participating students and their coach Sanjay in a special assembly organised in the school to felicitate the winners.

Orientation programme

Kanya Maha Vidyalaya’s Post Graduate Department of Computer Science and Applications organised an orientation programme on “cyber security and its related issues” for the students. Parul Khanna, president, Third Eye (a registered Ethical Hackers Society), was the guest speaker. Khanna is the member of cyber crime investigation team of India Defence Services. He sensitised students on the secure ways to work with internet and how careful and intelligent should be the usage of social networking sites. He gave a practical demonstration on hacking tools and also enlightened the students with the industry’s demand of network security professionals in the near future.

Empowerment of women

Kindergarten students of Cambridge International School presented enactments in the school auditorium today. The students of 3 to 6 years of age presented the themes -walk of hope, rising of women through various enactments. Role plays, video presentations, dance dramas and musical rhythms reflected the role of women in society and how each girl has to be given courage to believe in herself and her dreams. Geetanjali Khosla, organising secretary of Dr Satya Paul Khosla Charitable Trust, Jalandhar, graced the occasion.

Athletic meet

As many as 20 students of DISP School, Dhilwan, took part in Sahodaya Athletics competition held at Sainik School, Kapurthala, in which 16 schools affiliated to CBSE of Kapurthala district participated. DISP students achieved a gold medal, two silver medals and eight bronze medals. In 100m, Palakdeep Kaur achieved a gold medal and Manjinder Singh and Kirandeep Kaur got two silver medals. In relay 4 x 100, Taranpreet Kaur, Palakdeep Kaur, Nimrat Bajaj and Harleen Kaur achieved one bronze medal. Three bronze medals were won by Kirandeep Kaur, one bronze medal was grabbed by Sukhmanpreet Singh and one bronze medal was bagged by Taranvir. Director of chain of DIPS Institutions Lakhwinder Kaur and principal Shanti Kumar Sharma congratulated the participants.

Session on positive living

An interactive session on positive vision for better human living was organised in HMV College hostel by Jai Sachchidanand Sangh. Principal Dr Rekha Kalia Bhardwaj gave floral welcome to the guests. The session was conducted by Dada Bhagwan’s Aptputras Swami Bhartanand, Swami Nimeshanand and Swami Kantianand. They taught students how to control their mind and avoid wasting time in useless thoughts. Swami Bharatanand enlightened the students about the meaning of “Sat Chit Anand”. They recited mantras which would enable a person to fight negative thoughts. The session ended with “Param Viney” and distribution of holy books titled ‘Sanatan Sukh’. Chief warden C K Bhatia and hostel staff was also present on the occasion. — TNS

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Pak women team to cross over today
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, October 12
Pakistan’s women hockey team will finally cross the Wagah border tomorrow for the first time after partition to participate in the 30th Indian Oil Surjit Hockey tournament, in progress here at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, Burlton Park. Aamna Meer of Lahore will lead the Punjab-XI (Pakistan) women team in the tournament.

The team will arrive at Wagah Border (Attari) by road on October 13. It will play three test series with Punjab-XI (India) on October 14, 15 and 17.

Mohammad Usman, Olympian and former captain of Pakistan hockey team and chief coach of the Pakistan women hockey team will accompany the team as chief-de-mission whereas Khadija Usman will be the deputy chief-de-mission of the contingent.

The other members and officials of the Pakistan team will be Syeda Yasmin, Ishrat Abbas, Zakia Nawaz, Aamna Meer, Asma Ashraf, Aqsa Ashraf, Aqsa Mumtaaz, Hina Kanwal (vice-captain), Mayira Sabir, Ambreen Arshad, Nafeesa Anwar, Ayesha Bashir, Afshan Naureen, Iqbal Javed Iqbal, Mariam Mansha (all players), Sonia Khan (coach), Muhammad Parvaiz (assistant coach) and Shaman Rashid Bhut (manager).

Results


A match in progress between Indian Overseas Bank (in white) and Army Eleven during the 30th Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament in Jalandhar on Saturday
A match in progress between Indian Overseas Bank (in white) and Army Eleven during the 30th Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament in Jalandhar on Saturday. Photo: Sarabjit Singh

Army XI, Delhi, beat Indian Overseas Bank 5-2 and Punjab National Bank, Delhi, beat Border Security Force 3-1 to earn three full points from their first outing in the 30th Servo Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament, quarterfinal league stage today.

In Pool C, Army XI and Indian Overseas Bank displayed good hockey. In the early minutes of the game the olive greens took the possession and took the lead in the 6th minute of the game through the stick of Siraju (1-0). In the 7th minute of the play, men in green struck once again as Binoy Bhengra scored the goal (2-0). In the 23rd minute, Indian Overseas Bank reduced the margin by a field goal scored by Vinod Rayer (1-2). At Lemon break, Army XI was leading by 2-1.

In the second half, Indian Overseas Bank players mounted pressure on the Army team, but they were not able to convert the two chances in the 40th and the 45th minute of the play into their favour. In the 48th minute of the play, Army’s Anup Topno, S Arumugam in the 55th minute and Milan Muthappa in the 60th minute scored the goals (5-1). In the 61st minute Vinod Rayer of Indian Overseas Bank was able to reduce the margin from a field goal (2-5).

The second match played in Pool B was between Punjab National Bank (PNB), Delhi, and BSF Jalandhar. In the 12th minute of the play, PNB took the lead. Jatinder scored the goal from top of the striking circle (1-0). In the 19th minute, BSF’s Ranjit Singh scored an equaliser (1-1). In the 34th minute of the play, PNB’s Inder scored the game from reverse stick (2-1). At half time, PNB was leading by 2-1.

In the second half, BSF tried its best to equalise but was not able to do so. In the 51st minute of the play, PNB’s Jatinder scored from penalty corner (3-1).

Sunday’s fixtures

  • Bharat Petroleum, Mumbai, v/s Punjab State Power Corporation, Patiala - 4:15 PM
  • Indian Oil, Mumbai, v/s Punjab Police, Jalandhar - 6:00 PM

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Army School sports meet concludes

Jalandhar, October 12
Army Public School, Jalandhar Cantt, organised the XXI Sports Meet from October 9 to 11. The hoisting of the school flag, the oath-taking ceremony and a concatenation of athletic events were witnessed at the opening of the meet on October 9.

At the concluding ceremony on October 11, chief guest Beena Raj Kumar, Brig VP Singh and Col (retd) JS Nirmal, additional director AWES HQ 11 Corps, were given a warm welcome by AK Jain, the principal of the school.

Students of various houses competed with each other in various track and field events. Athletic events and choreographed dances left the audience enchanted. Brig VP Singh took salute from students of the march past. Students were awarded for their grit and perseverance. The chief guest, in her address, complimented the students and the staff for putting up a successful show. — TNS

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