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Govt claims belie ground reality
Controlling drug menace

Govt claims belie ground reality

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

JALANDHAR: Even as the state government has been making tall claims on having controlled the drug menace, the comparative data for years 2016 and 2017 of the number of addicts taking treatment at Model Drug De-Addiction Centre at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar does not indicate so.

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Ajay Joshi

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 22

Even as the state government has been making tall claims on having controlled the drug menace, the comparative data for years 2016 and 2017 of the number of addicts taking treatment at Model Drug De-Addiction Centre at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar does not indicate so.

There apparently seems not much of a difference in the number of patients coming for de-addiction and the situation remains more or less the same. While as many as 6,110 patients turned up for treatment at Jalandhar in 2017, the number was slightly up than in 2016, when 5,925 addicts took treatment.

Along with that in 2017, a total of 723 patients were admitted in the 50-bed centre due to extreme level cases, where as 680 patients were admitted in the year 2016. This is just the data of just one de-addiction centre in the city that has many private and other NGO-operated centres in the city.

Sub-Divisional in charge Dr Nirdosh Goel, who heads the De-Addiction Centre at the Civil Hospital, surprisingly said, “This is a shocking figure and the number of reported cases is much more than the cases registered for other diseases. It is high time this deep-rooted sale and consumption of drugs should be curbed immediately, otherwise it will create havoc in the city.”

And rural belt seems to be the widely consuming drugs than the urban belt. In addition, he added that a total of 94 patients came on 19th of this month and the number of patients who come for regular medication fluctuates between 80 and 100 daily. Last month also in December, 2017, 404 cases were registered and 53 patients were admitted in the de-addiction centre.

Jalandhar Rural SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, “Last year, the recovery of the amount of drugs has also been noted to have risen five times more than in the year 2016. Even the number of persons arrested for supplying drugs has increased five times.” The orders for conducting regular dope tests for jail inmates might as well reveal more shocking stories.

Central team checks mid-day meal

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

JALANDHAR: Expressing satisfaction over the quality of food being served to the students in Punjab during the mid-day meal, a team of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry said the food served in Punjab was better than that served in many other states in the country.

Under-stretches of city flyovers need cleaning

Under-stretches of city flyovers need cleaning

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

JALANDHAR: Looking around the city, especially under the stretches of the flyovers which are accumulated with piles of garbage, the mission of the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) for a Swachh City seems to be in doldrums and difficult to achieve as roads remain littered with plastic waste, fallen leaves, wrappers, empty bottles and animal excreta.

Tinu submits memo over closing of ITI

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

JALANDHAR: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA from Adampur Pawan Tinu today submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner over the closing of an ITI, set up two years ago by the previous government.

Champion needs financial help to replace artificial legs

Champion needs financial help to replace artificial legs

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

JALANDHAR: We all must have heard of Oscar Pistorious who became the first double-amputee to compete at both the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.

2 injured while flying kites

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

phagwara:Two boys sustained injuries while flying kites on Monday.

Young artists light up TV screen, make parents proud

Young artists light up TV screen, make parents proud

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

JALANDHAR: He finished his work before time and skipped the routine of driving his auto yesterday as it would make him reach home late and skip the most important event of his life.

‘Baat Niklegi Toh’ staged

‘Baat Niklegi Toh’ staged

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

JALANDHAR: Mahesh Bhatt, an ace film-maker, paid a visit to Lovely Professional University (LPU) today.

Link PF with Aadhaar, says PF Commissioner

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

JALANDHAR: Dheeraj Gupta, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, today appealed the employees to link their PF accounts with Aadhaar number and continue with their old Universal Account Number (UAN) even after switching over to a new employer.

DC office staff go on pen-down strike

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

PHAGWARA: On a call given by the Punjab DC Office Employees’ Union, the members of the district Kapurthala went on a two-day statewide pen-down strike today.

Officers review Republic Day rehearsal in city

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

JALANDHAR: Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Rajinder Singh and Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Jasbir Singh today reviewed the ongoing rehearsals for the Republic Day celebrations slated to take place on January 26.

Teachers demand release of salary

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

JALANDHAR: The Government Teachers union today held a dharna outside the District Education Office (DEO) and raised slogans against the working of the department.

Time leaves wrinkles on traditional spiritBasant Panchami

Time leaves wrinkles on traditional spirit

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

JALANDHAR: Dressed in various shades of yellow and organising kite flying competitions or visiting friends home for flying kites all seems to be an old practice or activity of the past.

Campus Notes

Saraswati Vandana marks Basant Panchami at Noble School

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

Jalandhar: The Nobel School celebrated ‘Basant Panchami’ on its premises on Monday.

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Proclaimed offender injured

23 Jan 2018 | 1:30 AM

Phagwara: Gurwinder Singh, a resident of Mansa Devi Nagar, who was declared a proclaimed offender under the NDPS Act got his legs fractured in an attempt to escape from cops who went to his house to nab him.

3 NRIs booked for dowry harassment

22 Jan 2018 | 1:42 AM

PHAGWARA:Three NRIs, including the husband of a woman, have been booked for allegedly harassing her for dowry, the police said here.

Protest by toll plaza workers

22 Jan 2018 | 1:42 AM

HOSHIARPUR: The Toll Plaza Lachowal Workers Union held a meeting with the toll plaza manager here to discuss their demands.

City girl Tamanna becomes Captain in AMC

22 Jan 2018 | 1:42 AM

HOSHIARPUR: City girl Dr Tamanna Kaushal of Tagore Nagar has made it to the Indian Army Medical Corps (AMC) as Captain in her first attempt.

AAP leader booked for hurting religious sentiments

22 Jan 2018 | 1:42 AM

PHILLAUR: The Phillaur police have registered a case under Section 295A and 298 of the IPC against Phillaur-based Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Rajinder Sandhu on the charge of hurting religious feelings of Hindu community by uploading objectionable audio and video on his Facebook ID which provoked the activists of different Hindu organisations and forced them to demonstrate against the AAP leader.

Pigeon show held in city

Pigeon show held in city

22 Jan 2018 | 1:42 AM

JALANDHAR: The Sher-E-Punjab Maharaj Ranjit Singh Club and the breed Show Club organised the 54th annual pigeon breed show in the city today.

ACP Jaspreet Singh to lead R-Day contingent

22 Jan 2018 | 1:42 AM

JALANDHAR: Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jaspreet Singh would lead the 16 contingents of paramilitary forces, Punjab Police, Home Guards, NCC, Scouts and Guides and others during the parade to commemorate the Republic Day function this year on January 26.

Pingla Ghar inmate gets another life as she gets married

Pingla Ghar inmate gets another life as she gets married

22 Jan 2018 | 1:42 AM

JALANDHAR: A 25-year old girl, who had come to Pingla Ghar two years ago when she was mentally unstable, got married today to Sunny of Talwara.

Annual conference of IMA held

22 Jan 2018 | 1:42 AM

HOSHIARPUR: PIMACON, the 70th Annual IMA Punjab State Conference was inaugurated here by Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister, Punjab.

City to get its Mayor on January 25

City to get its Mayor on January 25

22 Jan 2018 | 1:42 AM

JALANDHAR: The city is all set to get its new mayor on January 25 this year as the Divisional Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhary will preside over the oath-taking ceremony of new councillors at the Municipal Corporation office.

Yamunanagar incident: When ‘Guru-shishya’ relationship was killed

22 Jan 2018 | 1:42 AM

JALANDHAR: Sunday’s main story in every newspaper, on every news portal and TV shook the nation, which read that a Yamunanagar school principal had been shot dead by a Class XII boy.

Eklavya School boy selected for short film

21 Jan 2018 | 1:09 AM

JALANDHAR: Aarush Wadhawan, a student of Class IV, of Eklavya School, has reached the finale of a reality show ‘Kisme Kitna Hai Dum’ on DD Punjabi.

Banned, manja strings keep flying

21 Jan 2018 | 1:09 AM

JALANDHAR: Ahead of the Basant Panchmi the sale of glass-coated manja strings is going on unabated, despite the fact that several casualties and injuries have also been reported in the city.

Goods worth lakhs stolen from 3 shops

21 Jan 2018 | 1:09 AM

PHAGWARA: Three shops were burgled in the town in three separate incidents.

Four-day photography exhibition kicks off  in city

Four-day photography exhibition kicks off in city

21 Jan 2018 | 1:09 AM

JALANDHAR: Chandni Batra, an alumnus of Apeejay College of Fine Arts, started a four-day photography exhibition titled ‘Behind the Doors’ at Virsa Vihar here today.

Punjab gets award for IT performance

21 Jan 2018 | 1:09 AM

HOSHIARPUR: The state has got National Award owing to its outstanding performance in the IT sector during the Vidhan Sabha polls.

Camp for senior citizens from Jan 23

21 Jan 2018 | 1:09 AM

JALANDHAR: A three-day special assessment camp will be organised for senior citizens, living Below Poverty Line (BPL), by the district administration from January 23 to 25 at the local Red Cross Bhawan to distribute free aids to them.

Teachers seek regularisation of jobs

21 Jan 2018 | 1:09 AM

JALANDHAR: Teachers of the Shaheed Kiranjit Kaur Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS), Alternative and Innovative Educators (AIE) and Special Trainers (STR) will hold a protest on January 26.

Two arrested with car, LCD

21 Jan 2018 | 1:09 AM

JALANDHAR: The Jalandhar Rural police today arrested a gang and recovered a car, a Bolero camper and three LCD.

Decomposed body found

21 Jan 2018 | 1:09 AM

JALANDHAR: The decomposed body of a migrant woman was found from the quarters in Maqsudan today.

Flyover construction leads to traffic chaos

Flyover construction leads to traffic chaos

21 Jan 2018 | 1:09 AM

JALANDHAR: Ever since the construction of a flyover near the PAP chowk resumed in November last year, traffic jam at the PAP T-junction has become a problem.

No water for 15 days, people of six villages stage protest

No water for 15 days, people of six villages stage protest

21 Jan 2018 | 1:09 AM

GARHSHANKAR : The supply of drinking water in six villages, including Malakowal, Gaddiwal, Ratanpur, Jhonowal, Kanewal, Ratanpur and Maharaj Bhuriwale Degree College, has been inconsistent for nearly a fortnight.

Chief of Army staff visits Jalandhar Cantonment

Chief of Army staff visits Jalandhar Cantonment

21 Jan 2018 | 1:10 AM

JALANDHAR: General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff, visited the Jalandhar Cantonment today. He reviewed the security situation and the operational preparedness of the formations guarding the Western Theatre in the state of Punjab.

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