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MC meet boycott: Had raised issue earlier too, say officials

Say they shouldn’t be harassed during meetings20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

JALANDHAR:After officials of various branches of the Municipal Corporation such as operation and maintenance (O&M), building and roads (B&R) and town planning boycotted the General House meeting on Thursday and gave a memorandum to Commissioner Diprava Lakra stating that they felt insulted, they have also forwarded the letter to the Punjab Chief Secretary.

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Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 19

After officials of various branches of the Municipal Corporation such as operation and maintenance (O&M), building and roads (B&R) and town planning boycotted the General House meeting on Thursday and gave a memorandum to Commissioner Diprava Lakra stating that they felt insulted, they have also forwarded the letter to the Punjab Chief Secretary.

The officials on Friday said they had written about the issue to the Municipal Corporation Commissioner earlier too, but to no avail.

Ashwani Chaudhary, Superintending Engineer, B&R branch, said, “It is not right on the part of councillors to call us thieves. It is unacceptable that we get to listen to such words and are asked questions in such an insulting way.”

Kishor Kumar Bansal, Superintending Engineer, O&M branch, said they wanted to flag their grievance to the Commissioner that it was not right to harass them in the meeting.

Mayor Jagdish Raja said the boycott of the meeting by officials was an insult of the House.

After the officers had left the meeting, the Mayor had alleged that if they were running away from questions, it meant that they were wrong.

He had also said that if needed and if every councillor agreed, they would take up the matter with the CM.

Proposals that got cleared

The Mayor has given approval to the installation of waste-to-compost plants at four sites which had been facing flak but he also said it would be installed after having a word with the respective area’s residents.

The agenda read that there was no centralised waste processing plant because of which 500 tonnes of waste was getting dumped at a single site, Wariana, which was further leading to the mismanagement of waste.

To solve this problem, a proposal for source segregation of waste was put forward. It was mentioned that the project would be helpful in many ways. It would help in curbing diseases if the waste will be processed daily. There would also be no heaps of garbage in the city.

For this project, four locations have been chosen — Burlton Park at North Zone, Urban Estate Phase-II at Jalandhar Cantonment, Rama Mandi area at Central Zone. The location for Jalandhar West Zone is yet to be finalised.

Another proposal was passed in the House for residents of the Shiv Nagar locality for the opening of an alternative route near the railway under bridge (RUB) in Chandan Nagar.

The residents of the Shiv Nagar locality have been facing inconvenience as all the traffic coming from the bridge passes through the locality. Residents said it had led to a rise in accidents. 

Other proposals

  • Approval to the installation of waste-to-compost plants at four sites, which had been facing flak. According to the Mayor, it would be installed after having a word with the respective area's residents. 
  • Opening of an alternative route near the railway under bridge (RUB) in Chandan Nagar for residents of the Shiv Nagar locality. 

Refrain from harvesting paddy between 7 pm to 9 am: DC

20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

JALANDHAR:Deputy Commissioner (DC), Jalandhar, today exhorted farmers to refrain from harvesting paddy between 7 pm to 9 am for avoiding high moisture content in the crop which ultimately leads to delay in procurement of their produce.

DC exhorts farmers to apply for subsidy on wheat seed by Oct 25

20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

JALANDHAR:The Punjab Government will provide 7,500 quintal of wheat seed on subsidy to farmers of the city for the upcoming wheat season 2018-19.

Schools with energy clubs to adopt power-saving measures

20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

JALANDHAR:With an aim to make students learn about energy conservation, the Education Department has asked the District Education Officers (DEO) (secondary) to organise activities in schools where there is provision of energy clubs.

SIT questions 26 cops at Phagwara

20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

PHAGWARA:Two members of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) Arunpal Singh Inspector General (IG) (Crime) and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kapurthala Satinder Singh probing the Behabalkalan incident today arrived at Phagwara today and examined 26 police officials who were questioned in connection with the firing incident.

City lad bags Wildlife Photographer of Year award

City lad bags Wildlife Photographer of Year award

20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

JALANDHAR:City lad wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 award, a competition organised by the Britain’s Natural History Museum.

Extravaganza marks Dasehra festivities

Extravaganza marks Dasehra festivities

20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

JALANDHAR:Dasehra was celebrated with fervour in the city today.

Cong men burn effigies of PM

20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

JALANDHAR:Members of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Commitee marked the Dasehra celebrations here at Kapurthala Chowk by burning the effigies of Modi government.

BJP top bosses ask Bhandhari to iron out differences in local unit

20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

PHAGWARA:The BJP high command while taking serious note of the increasing factionalism at several places of the state, between Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla and BJP MLA Som Parkash, in Phagwara the BJP has assigned the task to bring Vijay Sampla and Som Parkash under one platform to former Punjab BJP president Rajinder Bhandhari.

California Eagles win kabaddi clash

20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

JALANDHAR:In the ongoing Global Kabaddi League, two matches were played today.

Two govt primary schools  in Nawanshahr go smart

Two govt primary schools in Nawanshahr go smart

20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

NAWANSHAHR:The government primary schools in Naura and Gosal, in Nawanshahr district, have undergone a drastic change under ‘Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab’ project.

Now, students can get scanned answer sheets using PTU portal

20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

JALANDHAR:Now, students studying in the affiliated colleges or campus of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University will no longer be required to seek evaluated answer sheets using the Right to Information Act (RTI).

campus notes

Garba, dandiya function

20 Oct 2018 | 1:27 AM

Jalandhar: A ‘Garba and Dandiya Raas’ dance party was organised at Nobel School.

Poster-making competition

19 Oct 2018 | 2:21 AM

Jalandhar: Jalandhar Independent Schools Sahodaya inter-school slogan writing and poster-making competition was hosted by Swami Sant Dass Public School, Phagwara.

PIMS union demands salary as per norms

19 Oct 2018 | 2:21 AM

JALANDHAR: A fresh row has erupted over the long time controversy between the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Employees Union/Association and state government.

Health Dept officials collect nine samples of milk products

Health Dept officials collect nine samples of milk products

19 Oct 2018 | 2:21 AM

PHAGWARA: A team of Food Administration, Kapurthala, headed by Dr Harjot Pal Singh, Assistant Commissioner, Food; along with Satnam Singh, Food Safety Officer; took nine samples of milk products from different areas of Phagwara and Kapurthala today.

New board of governors at PTUholds meeting

New board of governors at PTUholds meeting

19 Oct 2018 | 2:21 AM

JALANDHAR: The seventh board of governors (BoG) of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University (IKGPTU) held a meeting of officials of the varsity today.

BaLA project a hit among govt elementary schools

19 Oct 2018 | 2:21 AM

JALANDHAR: The Building as Learning Aid (BaLA) project, launched at the government elementary schools in the state, under ‘Parho Punjab, Parhao Punjab’project, is successfully running and is a hit among kids as they are reportedly making full use of the informatory material written on the walls of the classrooms and on the pillars of the buildings.

Permission for matric compartment exam

NIOS keeps specially abled students on tenterhooks

19 Oct 2018 | 2:21 AM

JALANDHAR: Due to the inordinate delay in granting permission by the National Institute Open Schooling (NIOS), differently abled students of the district appearing for exams privately, are facing roadblocks in appearing for their pivotal matric compartment exam.

SC wing of SAD to hold protest on October 22Post-Matric Scholarship

SC wing of SAD to hold protest on October 22

19 Oct 2018 | 2:21 AM

JALANDHAR: The SAD has decided to hold a protest in Jalandhar on the issue of SC Post-Matric Scholarship on October 22.

Gang of robbers busted, 4 arrested

Gang of robbers busted, 4 arrested

19 Oct 2018 | 2:20 AM

JALANDHAR: The police have arrested four persons of the Amrood Gang which has been carrying out robberies in the distsict and its periphery areas.

Over Rs 22 lakh seized from passenger

19 Oct 2018 | 2:21 AM

PHILLAUR: The Phillaur police, headed by DSP Amrik Singh Chahal, today nabbed a currency smuggler and recovered Indian currency notes worth Rs 22,45,900.

Teachers burn effigies of CM, FinMin in protest

19 Oct 2018 | 2:20 AM

JALANDHAR: Government School teachers under the banner of the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha protested at the PUDA ground, opposite the District Administrative Complex, here, today.

Two held for hijacking tipper

19 Oct 2018 | 2:20 AM

JALANDHAR: The district police today arrested two persons and recovered a tipper, 10 days after five unidentified persons took away the vehicle at gunpoint from the victim on the Mattewala bridge in Nawanshahr.

MC officials boycott House meeting

MC officials boycott House meeting

19 Oct 2018 | 2:20 AM

JALANDHAR: Questions asked to a building inspector during the MC General House meeting did not go well with officers of various branches, which resulted in a dramatic move as the latter boycotted the meeting which left councillors, the Mayor and others present shocked.

Wedding exhibition delights visitors

Wedding exhibition delights visitors

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

JALANDHAR: A two-day exhibition that was held in Club Cabana, Jalandhar by wedding designer Q Connect of Rituraj Khanna concluded on Wednesday.

5,000 examined at free dental check-up camps

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

JALANDHAR: The dental fortnight organised under ‘Tandarust Punjab Mission’,concluded today. It was commenced on October 3. As many as 5,000 patients were examined and 214 poor patients were given free dentures.

Lift paddy within 48 hours of purchase, DC orders

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

PHAGWARA: The Deputy Commissioner (DC), Jalandhar, Varinder Kumar Sharma, today said zero-tolerance policy would be adopted by the district administration if the lifting of paddy crop during the ongoing procurement season was not done within 48 hours.

LED project

Councillor approaches ED

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

JALANDHAR: Councillor Rohan Sehgal today approached Enforcement Directorate and gave detailed information on the alleged Rs 274 crore LED project.

Series of events mark Day 2 of youth festival

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

JALANDHAR: On the second day of the IK Gujral Punjab Technical University (IKG PTU) Zonal Youth Festival, bhangra, skit and mime performances by young talent enthralled the audience at the CT Group of Institutions, Shahpur Campus.

Haryana Lions beat Delhi Tigers 59-43

Haryana Lions beat Delhi Tigers 59-43

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

JALANDHAR: Haryana Lions beat Delhi tigers by 59-43 to register first victory in the Global Kabaddi League here at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Thieves decamp with cash, gold

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

PHAGWARA: Gold ornaments worth Rs 4.50 lakh and Rs 50,000 were found stolen from the house of Kewal Singh at nearby Miherru village on Tuesday evening.

RJ interacts with journalism students

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

JALANDHAR: The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Apeejay College of Fine Arts organised a guest lecture on ‘Radio script and production’.

Post acceptance, disputes arise among teacher unions

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

JALANDHAR: After the Education Department claimed that nearly 450 teachers have accepted Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s offer of regularisation of services at Rs 15,300 per month, on probation for three years, some internal disputes between Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha and different Teachers’ Union Manch has been reported.

ED registers case against Irrigation Dept contractor

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

JALANDHAR: The Enforcement Directorate, Jalandhar Zonal Office, has registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 against Gurinder Singh, contractor, government officers and others on the basis of offences committed by them.

Man held on charge of raping woman, keeping her captive

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

JALANDHAR: The Kapurthala police have arrested a man for raping a woman multiple times and also for keeping her captive for three days at a house.

Cabbie jumps before train, dies

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

PHAGWARA: Jhughar (24), a taxi driver from Bhoje Majra village, committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train at Chiherru village, last night.

Decks cleared for restarting stalled work on flyover

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

JALANDHAR: In a major relief for commuters moving through the city via the congested local PAP Chowk, decks have been cleared for restarting the work on the stalled PAP-Rama Mandi flyover project.

Rlys to run special train on Buddhist circuit

Rlys to run special train on Buddhist circuit

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

KAPURTHALA: Indian Railways plans to run special Buddhist circuit train by the end of December this year. This information was shared by Railway Board member Rajesh Agrawal during an inspection of the first lot of special rakes at the Rail Coach Factory here today.

Teachers at Adarsh School sans salaries for 4 months

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

NAWANSHAHR: Teachers of the FCS Adarsh Senior Secondary School, Nawangran, run under the PPP mode by the Gram Vikas Educational Society, Zora, have complained of working without salary for the past four months.

Man arrested for bid to loot bank

Man arrested for bid to loot bank

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

NAWANSHAHR: The police detained a man on suspicion after a loaded gun was found on the premises of a SBI branch in Balachaur here. As per the police, bank officials informed the police about a suspicious man after which the police detained him.

27-yr-old physically challenged raped

18 Oct 2018 | 2:09 AM

JALANDHAR: A 27-year-old physically challenged woman was raped on Tuesday night when she was returning home after watching Ramlila.

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