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Ninth theft reported in week
Jalandhar January 10
Burglars continue to haunt the city residents as ninth burglary was reported within a week today. Despite the tall claims made by the police department, not even a single burglary case has been solved till date.

A fingerprint expert at the jewellery shop where a burglary took place in Jalandhar. Tribune Photo: Malkiat Singh

NH 703 cries for attention in Shahkot
Jalandhar, January 10
Commuters are having a tough ride on the dilapidated National Highway 703 in Shahkot. This stretch of the Jalandhar-Nakodar highway, which has not been given due care by the authorities concerned for the past five years, has virtually become a nightmare for the residents. Many a times, the residents held protest for recarpeting of the stretch, but to no avail.


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Galaxy of icons grace ‘Shaping Young Minds’ programme
Jalandhar, January 10
CT Group of Institutions in collaboration with the All-India Management Association (AIMA) and the Jalandhar Management Asociation (JMA) organised "Shaping Young Minds" programme at Sardarni Manjit Kaur Auditorium, CT Institutions, Shahpur.

300 vendors protest daily user charges
Jalandhar, January 10
Over 300 vendors at Maqsudan Mandi held a protest against new daily user charges. The vendors with a cart have been asked to pay up Rs 100 a day and those without a cart Rs 75 daily for using five-feet stretch. Even those selling produce in their own tempo are being asked to pay Rs 100 daily and those coming on trolley have been asked to pay Rs 300 a day.

Vendors of Maqsudan Mandi hold a protest against levying of user charges in Jalandhar on Friday. Tribune Photo: Malkiat Singh

Central jail warden nabbed with smack
Kapurthala January 10
The CIA of the city police have nabbed jail warden of Kapurthala Central Jail today and recovered narcotics from his possession. The jail warden was carrying the drugs to supply the same inside the jail. He has been identified as Kulbir Singh.


Braving the chill: Members of a band sit around fire as the day temperature remained low in Jalandhar on Friday. Tribune Photo: Sarabjit Singh

DC office employees end strike
Amritsar, January 10
Employees of the Deputy Commissioner office continued their pen-down strike in support of their demands for the third consecutive day today which badly affected the administrative works related to different wings of the office. Meanwhile, the three-day strike came to an end today.

Phagwara sans ADC, SDM
Phagwara, January 10
Posts of the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, chairman of the Improvement Trust and chairman of the Market Committee are lying vacant in Phagwara. Satish Kumar Singla, ADC, Phagwara, who had the charge of the ADC, SDM, chairman of the Improvement Trust and Market Committee retired on December 31, leaving all these posts vacant.

SSA teachers demand their regularisation
Jalandhar, January 10
With the AAP campaign gathering momentum in the region, the threats of the teachers' unions to the government have also begun to vary in shade. While they earlier said they would intensify protests, now they threaten they would vote for the AAP.

Ban on synthetic kite string
Jalandhar, January 10
Rahul S, Deputy Commissioner Police, Jalandhar, imposed a ban on the sale, use and storage of synthetic/plastic kite string in the areas under the jurisdiction of the Police Commissionerate, Jalandhar. These orders will remain in force for the next 60 days.

SSP seeks separate rural traffic wing
Jalandhar, January 10
The Jalandhar rural police have requested philanthropist SPS Oberoi to help them to construct separate traffic wing. The police raised this demand with the purpose to increase the efficiency of the traffic wing. SSP Jasprit Singh Sidhu had requested Oberoi yesterday when the latter visited the city to distribute reflectors to the rural police. The SSP reportedly told Oberoi that the rural police have no separate traffic wing due to which traffic police officials are forced run its affairs from the SSP office only. The Commissionerate of Police have its own traffic wing where all operations of filling challans and other traffic related issues were being carried out. — TNS

FCI staff holds protest
Jalandhar, January 10
Employees of the Food Corporation of India today held a protest outside the district headquarter in support of the long pending demands. Their demands primarily include implementation of the pension scheme, post retired medical scheme and assured career progressive scheme. Among other demands, the staff has also asked for the percentage based incentive, modified norms of storage and transit loss, appointment of transit insurance agents and expedited recruitment in the FCI. The staff has also alleged of being victimised on account of storage/transit loss. — TNS

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24 schools turn up for T20 cricket tournament
Jalandhar, January 10
Lovely Professional University is hosting the T-20 Invitational School Cricket Tournament-2014 to promote cricket at grassroots level in the country. As an Under-19 tournament, it is being held under the guidance of university cricket experts. The one-week tournament will be held upto January 15 and have 24 knockout matches. Nearly 360 young cricketers from 24 schools of Chandigarh and Punjab are participating in the tournament. The winner, first and second runners-up will be awarded cash prizes worth Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. — TNS

 





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Ninth theft reported in week
Thieves strike at jewellery shop, decamp with ornaments worth Rs 20 lakh
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar January 10
Burglars continue to haunt the city residents as ninth burglary was reported within a week today. Despite the tall claims made by the police department, not even a single burglary case has been solved till date.

This time, burglars struck at a jewellery shop near the Verka Milk Plant and decamped with gold, silver ornaments worth over Rs 20 lakh. Rajesh Chohan, owner of Muskan jewellers, said some passersby noticed broken shutter of his shop and informed him. After he reached the spot, he was shocked to see that miscreants after breaking the shutter also managed to open the safe where gold ornaments were kept.

Owner said, “Thieves decamped with ornaments worth over Rs 20 lakh.”

To tackle these incidents, the city police have launched night domination exercise and senior police officers of the ADCP rank can be seen patrolling the city. Despite such exercise, burglars are outsmarting the police.

On January 4, burglars had struck at four houses in the Quilla mohala locality. Similarly, a day before yesterday, thieves had also struck at four houses in the Ladewali locality. The police was already groping in the dark to solve aforesaid burglaries; now this burglary at a jewellery shop has put the police on its toes.

SHO of the police division number 1 Balbir Singh said, “The police have rounded a suspect in jewellery shop burglary and interrogation is under way.”

ADCP Naresh Dogra said the police was making serious efforts to solve the pending burglary cases.

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NH 703 cries for attention in Shahkot
Potholed, uncarpeted stretch an open invitation to mishaps
Nikhil Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service


The uncarpeted stretch of the National Highway 703 in Shahkot. A Tribune Photograph

Jalandhar, January 10
Commuters are having a tough ride on the dilapidated National Highway 703 in Shahkot. This stretch of the Jalandhar-Nakodar highway, which has not been given due care by the authorities concerned for the past five years, has virtually become a nightmare for the residents. Many a times, the residents held protest for recarpeting of the stretch, but to no avail.

It is pertinent to mention here that earlier Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had taken the notice of this dilapidated highway and in few days, the stretch was re-carpeted by the Public Works Department (PWD).However, due to the problem of water logging on the highway, the newly constructed road again developed potholes. Earlier, the SAD MLA of Shahkot had promised to press the PWD to repair the road, but nothing happened.

Gaurav Sama, a businessman who owns a shop on the highway, said,” Commuters face a tough time while driving on the road. As there is no arrangement of lights on the highway, cyclists always remain at the risk of accidents. "Yesterday night my bike skidded off due to potholes on the road and I sustained injuries on my leg."

Manish Wadhera, a shopkeeper, lambasted the area MLA for ignoring the plight of the residents. “Despite the fact that Shahkot residents voted Kohar to power, he hardly respect the sentiments of voters and has done nothing for the repair of the highway."

Anita Rani, a government employee, said," This stretch of the highway has been repaired by the PWD several times but due to waterlogging, the repair hardly lasted for long and the road developed potholes. Until a proper drainage channel is not developed, the problem will continue. Meanwhile, PWD JE Surinder Singh said tenders of worth 90 lakh for the re-carpeting of the road had already been passed and the re-carpeting work would soon start.

Area MLA Ajit Singh Kohar couldn't be contacted for comments.

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Galaxy of icons grace ‘Shaping Young Minds’ programme


Prabhu Chawla speaks during a programme at CT Group of Institutions in Shahpur on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Jalandhar, January 10
CT Group of Institutions in collaboration with the All-India Management Association (AIMA) and the Jalandhar Management Asociation (JMA) organised "Shaping Young Minds" programme at Sardarni Manjit Kaur Auditorium, CT Institutions, Shahpur. A galaxy of icons were present during the programme. Deepak Vohra, a special adviser to the PM of Republic of Guinea Bissau, Sanjay Grover, director, AIMA, Sanjeev Kapoor, a celebrity chef, Prabhu Chawla, editorial director, The New Indian Express Group, Prof Bibek Debroy, a renowned economistwere the guests at the event.

The programme encouraged discussions on the vital aspects of grooming and training students. More than 2,000 people, including students and faculty, were present on the occasion. The key speakers of the day shared their experiences and stories of successes and failures. They gave tips to the students to overcome the hardships of life and achieve the heights.

Prof Bibek Debroy said, “You can bring external change, if you first of all bring change in yourself. Your own experiences possess authenticity while the experiences of others contain a little value for you.”Deepak Vohra said, “You can change the world with the single-minded dedication. You should be committed to your principles.”

Prabhu Chawla, editorial director, The New Indian Express Group, said, “Think that you are the best, otherwise you can become the worst. One should always enjoy one’s life but one should never forget one’s duties.” — TNS

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300 vendors protest daily user charges
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 10
Over 300 vendors at Maqsudan Mandi held a protest against new daily user charges. The vendors with a cart have been asked to pay up Rs 100 a day and those without a cart Rs 75 daily for using five-feet stretch. Even those selling produce in their own tempo are being asked to pay Rs 100 daily and those coming on trolley have been asked to pay Rs 300 a day.

The vendors decided not to purchase any produce from wholesalers who had come to the mandi with trucks full of fruits and vegetables. The vendors raised slogans against the Mandi authorities. The mandi remained shut and buyers had to return empty handed.

Dr Manjit Singh Saroya, vice-president, District Congress Committee, who owns a shop in the mandi, said representatives of a Ludhiana-based company had come to the mandi yesterday and announced that they had been hired for the collection of daily user charges. He said the worst was that a poor labourer was being asked to pay ‘gooda fee’ of Rs 30, a shoe shiner Rs 10 a day and a tea vendor Rs 150 a day. He said such things would not be tolerated and the mandi would remain closed tomorrow in protest.

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Central jail warden nabbed with smack
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala January 10
The CIA of the city police have nabbed jail warden of Kapurthala Central Jail today and recovered narcotics from his possession. The jail warden was carrying the drugs to supply the same inside the jail. He has been identified as Kulbir Singh.

Jaswinder Pal Singh, in charge, CIA, said the police had got a tip-off that the jail warden was supplying drugs inside the jail and today he was carrying 5-gm smack for the delivery.

A raid was conducted on the jail premises and during the search operation 5-gm smack was recovered from the jail warden’s pocket.

The CIA chief said accused was to supply the drugs inside the jail.

On the revelations of the nabbed jail warden, the CIA has also nabbed Karamjit Singh of Balu Pind from Subanpur with 15-gm smac.

The police said Karamjit used to supply smack to the jail warden who further used to sell the same to the jail inmates.

The police said accused would be taken on police remand to break the further supply line. Investigation are under way and more arrests were likely

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DC office employees end strike
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 10
Employees of the Deputy Commissioner office continued their pen-down strike in support of their demands for the third consecutive day today which badly affected the administrative works related to different wings of the office. Meanwhile, the three-day strike came to an end today.

The general public were a harried lot with Saturday and Sunday being the regular holidays.

The Deputy Commissioner Office Employees Association had announced a three-day pen down strike while demanding for the recruitment of new staff sanctioned for the public works.

Asunil Kumar, president of the association said office would resume its work from Monday.

The association was protesting as the workload on existing employees had increased many fold during the recent times.

Generally, the public works remain pending for days due to which they had to face their criticism. Instead of addressing the problem of shortage of staff, the existing employees were accused of laxity and red-tape.

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Phagwara sans ADC, SDM
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, January 10
Posts of the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, chairman of the Improvement Trust and chairman of the Market Committee are lying vacant in Phagwara. Satish Kumar Singla, ADC, Phagwara, who had the charge of the ADC, SDM, chairman of the Improvement Trust and Market Committee retired on December 31, leaving all these posts vacant.

Parwinder Paul Singh, SDM, Phagwara, was relieved of his services on September 13 last year due to his alleged involvement in the infamous Ravi Sidhu scandal and the charge of the SDM was given to Singla.

The term of Phagwara Market Committee's chairman Sarwan Singh Kular expired in November 2012 and ADC Singla was given the charge of the office.

The chairman of the Phagwara Improvement Trust could not be appointed even after three years of the formation of the SAD-BJP government due to the ongoing in fight within the BJP and the charge of the chairman of the Improvement Trust was also given to the then ADC. Now, after the retirement of ADC Singla, no appointment has been made against these posts. Moreover, the residents have been forced to face inconvenience.

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SSA teachers demand their regularisation

Jalandhar, January 10
With the AAP campaign gathering momentum in the region, the threats of the teachers' unions to the government have also begun to vary in shade. While they earlier said they would intensify protests, now they threaten they would vote for the AAP.

Members of the SSA/RMSA/CSS staff unions today burnt effigy of the state government and blocked traffic at Lambra village for about half an hour. The staff members demanded that they should be regularised, since they have been working for the past six years. Daood Alam, president of the union, said: "We have been receiving assurances for the past many years. We overwork and get fewer holidays and still are not being regularisation. If the government continues to give us the cold shoulder, we will vote for the Aam Admi Party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections." Their other demands include implementation of the CSR rules, more holidays, removal of the condition of clearing tests to receive appointments and removal of cases lodged against teachers .—TNS

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Ban on synthetic kite string
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 10
Rahul S, Deputy Commissioner Police, Jalandhar, imposed a ban on the sale, use and storage of synthetic/plastic kite string in the areas under the jurisdiction of the Police Commissionerate, Jalandhar. These orders will remain in force for the next 60 days.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner said the string for flying kites was being made of synthetic/plastic rather than the conventional cotton string, which was far safer than it .

The string neither melts nor breaks. This string also cuts into hands and fingers when kids fly kites with it. It can cause greivous injury to commuters and may result in grievous accidents.

The string has also resulted in the deaths of birds in the past. The order was issued for the prevention of any such tragedy in future.

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