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Amidst reports of stalling, official says drive to continue

18 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

JALANDHAR: While the past two days – ever since Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu initiated the drive against illegal buildings in the district – have seen a number of demolitions of major structures amidst protests and murmurs (within and without the Congress), the major action under the drive, slated to be continued on Monday, remain steeped in ambiguity as senior MC functionaries in Jalandhar on Sunday claimed the demolitions were being stalled.

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Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 17

While the past two days – ever since Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu initiated the drive against illegal buildings in the district – have seen a number of demolitions of major structures amidst protests and murmurs (within and without the Congress), the major action under the drive, slated to be continued on Monday, remain steeped in ambiguity as senior MC functionaries in Jalandhar on Sunday claimed the demolitions were being stalled.

Director, Local Bodies of the state, Karnesh Sharma, however, has stated the drive continues and it would be business as usual at the MCJ on Monday. Mayor Jagdish Raja said, “There are instructions to stall the drive. From tomorrow, the demolitions are going to be stalled, while the other MC action shall continue.”

Sources in the corporation said there had been instructions from the department that the demolitions were to be stalled from Monday onwards. And instead of demolitions, the sealing of buildings shall be held. Officials in teams, which had conducted the demolitions on Saturday, said they had been told to wait until Monday morning, from whence further instructions on the issue shall be given to them.

The MC Commissioner had, on Saturday, stated that the demolitions and proceedings by the MC were going. Sources in the MC said there had been instructions from the top for MC officials to go slow on the drive and to seal illegal buildings rather than demolish these. While the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation had on Saturday stated that the demolition proceedings would continue as usual, Sidhu’s action had also come under heavy criticism from the opposition as well as well as Congress’ own MLAs, with MLA Sushil Rinku even climbing atop a JCB machine to stall the drive.

Meanwhile, unrelenting on his stance, Rinku said he would continue to oppose the demolition whenever it continues.

SAD leader Pawan Tinu also held a press meet condemning Sidhu’s action today, terming these as detrimental to people.

Karnesh Sharma, Director, Local Bodies, said, “There are no instructions to stall the drive. These would continue as usual. We shall seal the buildings meant to be sealed and demolish the ones meant to be razed.” Sharma denied that the government was under any pressure to stall the drive.

Speaking on the proceedings to lodge FIRs against the suspended officials, Sharma said, “The proceedings are on and files were being prepared. The MC officials in Jalandhar have already made several complaints to the Police Commissioner. With the completion of the proceedings, the final FIR shall also be filed.”

Commissioner, MC, Jalandhar, Basant Garg, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Meanwhile, in Kapurthala on Sunday to monitor the repair of heritage buildings in the district, the Local Bodies and Tourism Minister reiterated that the government would continue its stand against illegal colonisers and builders and the drive shall continue.

4 acres of paddy ploughed by dept

18 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

JALANDHAR: Continuing its action against erring farmers who were sowing paddy by violating the directions of the Punjab Government, the Agriculture Department on Sunday ploughed 4 acres of paddy sown in the district under the “Tandarust Punjab” mission to check the depleting water table.

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18 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

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18 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

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HOSHIARPUR: A 22-year-old youth of Arya Nagar, Mukul Mankotia alias Appli, son of Arun Kumar committed suicide here on being troubled by the accused who were involved in stealing gold from his house.

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JALANDHAR: The craze of going abroad among students in Punjab is widely known.

Ponds of 26 villages to be spruced up under MGNREGA

18 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

NAWANSHAHR: Mission Tandarust Punjab is proving beneficial for 26 villages of Nawanshahr district.

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18 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

JALANDHAR: Akanksha Gulati, 21, of Kanya Maha Vidyalaya (KMV), who was cadet in the II Punjab Girls Battalion of the NCC, carved a niche for herself by qualifying the Combined Defense Service (CDS) exam in one-go, in which a total eight lakh students had appeared.

Man arrested with intoxicants

17 Jun 2018 | 2:25 AM

JALANDHAR: The police on Saturday seized 230 intoxicating capsules and 300 intoxicating tablets from Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Muradpur village in Hoshiarpur district, and arrested him near the Rihana-Jattan bus stand on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road.

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JALANDHAR: A three-day free shooting camp organised by Colonelz Sharp Shooterz Academy for children concluded on Saturday.

Video streaming services more popular than TV among youth

17 Jun 2018 | 2:25 AM

JALANDHAR: In today’s era, video streaming services have taken over television, especially among the youth.

Centre may go for early Lok Sabha polls: Sidhu

17 Jun 2018 | 2:25 AM

PHAGWARA: Navjot Singh Sidhu, Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums of Punjab has said the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre is likely to go for early Lok Sabha and Assembly elections of the state simultaneously excluding Punjab.

Link roads in dist to get a makeover at Rs120 crore

17 Jun 2018 | 2:25 AM

JALANDHAR: The state government has decided to give a facelift to the link road infrastructure by spending nearly Rs 120 crore for widening, strengthening and upgradation of around 1,300 km of link roads in Jalandhar district.

Dad plays sheet anchor as son overcomes disability

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17 Jun 2018 | 2:25 AM

JALANDHAR: Seventy-year-old Subhash Joshi constantly worries about his health, not for himself, but for his son affected by cerebral palsy.

Mayor slams Sidhu’s move, says charity begins at home

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17 Jun 2018 | 2:25 AM

JALANDHAR: Severely criticising the move of the Local Bodies Minister Navjot Sidhu, Mayor Jagdish Raja today said that the minister should have ideally started the demolition drive from his own constituency in Amritsar.

Demolition drive steamrolls amid protests by residents

Demolition drive steamrolls amid protests by residents

17 Jun 2018 | 2:25 AM

JALANDHAR: A day after the Municipal Corporation started the process to remove illegal constructions from various areas of the city amidst fierce opposition from within the party – notably Congress MLA Sushil Rinku - the MC continued the process of demolition of shops in the district.

Dengue larvae found at DAC Complex, office of CP

16 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

Jalandhar: Dengue larvae was found in a water cooler and water storage tank of the District Administrative Complex (DAC) on Friday during the ongoing drive under the ‘Tandarust Punjab Mission’ in the district.

Arhtiyas, farmers hold sit-in to oppose e-bidding

16 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Protesting the decision of online bidding of grains, the arhtis, farmers and labourers jointly held a peaceful sit-in at the office of the market committee.

Complete flyover work by June 30, says Sampla

16 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

Phagwara: Vijay Sampla, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, has instructed the officials concerned to complete the construction work of Kartarpur-Dhilwan-Subhanpur flyover by June 30.

Briefly

Two held with illicit liquor

16 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

MOBILE: Nawanshahr: The Banga police seized 25 boxes of liquor from Karandeep Singh and Rahul on Frday and arrested them.

No headway in five murders in Nakodar

16 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: Nakodar has witnessed five murders in the past week, but the police have failed to make any headway.

Weather gets dustier; people suffer, pollution board issues advisory

Weather gets dustier; people suffer, pollution board issues advisory

16 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: For the last two days, the dust-laden storms have engulfed the region. People could be seen wearing masks while commuting, to guard themselves from the dust.

Aussie prof guides students in innovation, product design

Aussie prof guides students in innovation, product design

16 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Professor Christopher Berndt from Swinburne University of Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, IRIS, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, visited the University Institute of Engg and Technology (UIET), Panjab University Swami Sarvanand Giri Regional Centre at Hoshiarpur.

Amid Cong-BJP sparring, Sidhu inaugurates parking complex

16 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

PHAGWARA: The residents here including shopkeepers who were awaiting the inauguration of the parking complex were a happy lot as the Multi-Storey parking complex on the Phagwara—Banga Road was inaugurated on Friday evening by Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.

After Sidhu’s swoop, Cong a divided house

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16 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: The swoop by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Sidhu over illegal colonies and buildings in Jalandhar on Thursday and action taken against the Town Planning staff of the Municipal Corporation (MC) has certainly shaken people of the city.

Sports goods worth lakhs gutted in factory

16 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: Goods worth Rs 5-6 lakh were gutted when a fire factory in the industrial area caught fire this morning.

After court orders on DC residence auction, 5 officials suspended

16 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: Having faced embarrassment after orders of a local court to put his official residence on sale to pay off acquisition award to a farmer, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Jalandhar, Varinder Kumar Sharma, today suspended five officials of the district administration for their negligence in the case.

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