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Civic body employees snap power supply in protest
MC employees hold a protest in Jalandhar. Tribune Photo

Civic body employees snap power supply in protest

Seek reinstatement of suspended staff as strike enters fourth day19 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

JALANDHAR: Despite receiving monthly salaries, Municipal corporation employees continued their strike on the fourth day and demanded to reinstate suspended employees facing a Vigilance probe.

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Rachna Khaira

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 18

Despite receiving monthly salaries, Municipal corporation employees continued their strike on the fourth day and demanded to reinstate suspended employees facing a Vigilance probe. The employees had demanded that the suspended employees should be placed in Jalandhar and all investigations against them should be closed with immediate effect.

“Since the new government took over around one-and-a-half-year ago, we were never paid salaries on time. Also, the government keeps harassing staff employees, including officers, by repeatedly announcing their transfers and suspensions even before probe. We have now demanded to reinstate the nine employees suspended by the Local Bodies Minister without holding any probe,” said Chandan Grewal, president of the MC Sanitation Employees Union.

To show their anger, the employees even switched off the electricity supply of the MC building and did not even allow anyone to switch on the power. They also refused to handover the keys of the generator room to police officials who went to them for reconciliation at the behest of the Mayor.

The entire MC office wore a deserted look due to locked rooms. However, city Mayor Jagdish Raja and some visitors dared to remain in the office till late afternoon without the power supply.

While speaking to The Tribune, Raja said though he was trying to increase revenue sources within the MC to end dependency of salary on the local government, there was a dire need to boost up the recovery of arrears.

“I have taken up the matter with the Municipal Commissioner and urged him to lay responsibility on officials for fails to meet their recovery target. This will help us to attain economic independence,” he said.

Vigilance ends probe into illegal buildings

Following a meeting of Jalandhar MP Santokh Chaudhary and Congress MLAs with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh recently, the Vigilance Department has held up further probe into the illegal building case.

While confirming this to The Tribune, Daljinder Singh Dhillon, SSP (Vigilance), Jalandhar, said the department was at present focusing on buildings which were already inspected by the technical team. “First, we will wait for reports of the buildings inspected earlier and then we may further continue the probe,” said Dhillon.

However, when asked as to whether the department will initiate a probe against the nine suspended officers, he refused and said the officials were already facing a departmental action.

2 youths seriously hurt as car rams into bus

2 youths seriously hurt as car rams into bus

19 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

JALANDHAR: Two youths were seriously injured after a car they were travelling in rammed into a bus going ahead of the four-wheeler on the Phagwara-Jalandhar road here on Wednesday.

Man gets seven-year RI in rape case

19 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Additional District and Sessions Judge Priya Sood sentenced a man to seven-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) on the charge of raping a girl.

City girl bags silver in special int’l chess meet

City girl bags silver in special int’l chess meet

19 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

JALANDHAR: Winning laurels to the city again, Mallika Handa has secured a silver medal in the International Chess Committee of the Deaf (ICCD) worldwide World Deaf Blitz Chess Championship held from July 6 to 17 at Manchester in the UK.

Miscreants attack 2 bike-borne youths

Miscreants attack 2 bike-borne youths

19 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

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19 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

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Govt apathy: Road leading to Rainak Market in a dilapidated state

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19 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

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ORS packets distributed to control diarrhoea

19 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

JALANDHAR: Initiated with an aim to keep the children healthy under the “Tandarust Punjab Mission”, the Health Department has so far distributed oral rehydration solution (ORS) packets among 20,151 children under its Intensified “Diarrhoea Control Fortnight Programme”.

Larvae detected at 14 places

19 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

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Congress councillor seeks review of LED lights project

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19 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

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One killed in accident

19 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

Phagwara: Sarwan Kumar, a resident of Model Town, who was riding a motorcycle, was killed on the spot and a couple Varinder Kumar and Reena, on an Activa sustained serious injuries in a collision between the bike and Activa near the crematorium on the Phagwara-Banga Road on Tuesday evening.

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Two held for murdering friend

18 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

Phagwara: The Zandiala Manzki police have claimed to crack a case of murder of Sucha Singh with the arrest of Pawan and Amarjit, who were friends of the deceased, on Monday.

Punbus staff continue strike

Punbus staff continue strike

18 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR:Private bus operators had a field day as several Punbus buses remained off road for the second day due to a strike called by the Punjab Roadways Punbus Contractor Workers Union.

Shifting of birs to Mithapur village takes political colour

Shifting of birs to Mithapur village takes political colour

18 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR:The shifting of four birs of Guru Granth Sahib from a gurdwara at Kalgidhar Avenue to Mithapur village on Monday evening reportedly by the father of Congress MLA from Jalandhar Cantonment Pargat Singh has taken a political turn.

Salary for MC staff: Local Bodies Dept releases Rs 13 cr

18 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

Jalandhar: Following a continuous strike for over three days by the staff of the Municipal Corporation against the delay in payment of their salaries, the Punjab Local Bodies Department released Rs 13 crore on Tuesday.

Padho Punjab Padhao Punjab

Understanding maths not difficult anymore

18 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR:Maths will no longer be boring for Class IX and X as the subject will be taught through various activities.

Nominated for PCS post, DRO demoted as naib tehsildar

18 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR: Coming as a major jolt for District Revenue Officer (DRO) Paramjit S Sahota, who had already been nominated for the post of PCS officer, he has been demoted by his department two ranks backwards.

Termination a conspiracy by officials, claims DCPO

Termination a conspiracy by officials, claims DCPO

18 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR: While District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Gurpreet Sodhi was relieved from the services ‘permanently’ following a complaint filed by Jalandhar Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha, the official has termed his sudden ‘termination’ a conspiracy by some officials of his department.

13 addict youths from Qazi Mandi taken for treatment

13 addict youths from Qazi Mandi taken for treatment

18 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR: As many as 13 drug addicts from the most notorious zone of the city – Qazi Mandi — were taken to the district de-addiction centre here on Tuesday.

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Cong leader passes away

17 Jul 2018 | 2:11 AM

PHAGWARA: Veteran Congress leader and councillor Gurbchan Singh Walia (74), opposition leader in Municipal Corporation, Phagwara, expired due to cardiac arrest on Monday evening.

DC launches website, says it is more user-friendly

17 Jul 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: Varinder Kumar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Jalandhar, on Monday launched a revamped and user-friendly website of district administration (jalandhar.nic.in), based on S3Wass (Scalable and Sugamya Website as a service framework) platform, which would be available in two languages English and Punjabi.

32 food samples collected

32 food samples collected

17 Jul 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: A food safety mobile van, which especially came to the city to conduct quality checks on the food items being consumed by the people of the city visited the Model Town, Guru Amardas Chowk and Bhargo Camp areas on Monday.

Dengue larvae: 22 challans issued in Kapurthala city

Dengue larvae: 22 challans issued in Kapurthala city

17 Jul 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: As many as 22 challans were issued in various areas on Monday after teams of the Health Department in Kapurthala detected dengue larvae breeding in various residential areas of the city.

Chowki in-charge sent to Police Lines

Chowki in-charge sent to Police Lines

17 Jul 2018 | 2:11 AM

TANDA URMAR, (HOSHIARPUR): The Adda Saran chowki in-charge was sent to police lines after he was accused of beating an old man from Bainchan village in front of his son and others in the chowki.

4 birs found missing from gurdwara

17 Jul 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: Four birs of Guru Granth Sahib were found missing at a gurdwara of Kalgidhar Avenue here on the 66-feet road on Sunday evening.

Child Protection Officer relieved after six plaints

17 Jul 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: The Directorate of Social Security, Women and Child Development, has issued orders to relieve the District Child Protection Officer following six formal complaints over his conduct.

Bars opening after 11 pm to face the music

17 Jul 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: To take action against pubs and bars opening after 11 pm, and to maintain law and order, Police Commissioner (CP) Praveen Kumar Sinha has arranged to deploy police personnel outside pubs and bars.

Drunk youth loses control over SUV, dies

Drunk youth loses control over SUV, dies

17 Jul 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: A 26-year-old man died as the Toyota Fortuner vehicle in which he was travelling in went out of control on the Jalandhar-Pathankot road and hit a road divider late on Sunday night.

Kapurthala teachers denied leave, write to Punjab DGSE

17 Jul 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: Teachers in Kapurthala have written to the DGSE, Punjab, after being denied leave by the state government.

Two arrested for murder

Two arrested for murder

17 Jul 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: The city police on Monday arrested two accused in the murder case of Sukhjeet Singh of Jandiala village. The accused have been identified as Amarjeet and Pawan Kumar and the police have recovered two sharp-edged weapons with the help of which the crime was committed.

Expedite construction of toilets, MC official told

Expedite construction of toilets, MC official told

17 Jul 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: Lok Sabha member from Jalandhar Chaudhary Santokh Singh on Monday reprimanded the health officer of the Municipal Corporation for the slow pace of work for constructing public toilets in the city.

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