14052017-JTR-01.qxd 5/14/2017 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 14 MAY 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Maa Tujhe Salaam Against all odds Keep calm and love your mom! Three mothers, despite many odds, went all out to ensure a comfortable and smooth life for their children. P2 We salute courageous women who complemented the valour of their martyr husbands in the battlefield of life. P3 TV stars celebrate Mother’s Day while reminiscing down the memory lane they once walked as children... P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 31°C | YESTERDAY MAX 43°C MIN 18°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.16 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.28 AM PSEB CLASS XII RESULT Rajni Kumari tops in district A fight against circumstances Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 13 Jalandhar girl Rajni Kumari, a student of meritorious school in Jalandhar, has topped the district in the results of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) class XII exams, which were declared today. Merit school student Sumandeep Kaur has bagged the second position and Diya of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Phillaur, along with merit school students Anju Kumari and Rajwinder Kaur as well as KMV Collegiate Secondary School student Garima Tuli have jointly bagged the third position in the district. While Rajni stood 10th in the state merit list (with 440/450 marks, 97.78 per cent), Sumandeep stood 20th on the state merit list with 430/450 marks (95.56 per cent) and Diya, Anju, Rajwinder and Garima stood third, bagging the 22nd position, getting 428 marks (95.11 per cent). With Jalandhar girls way ahead of boys in the merit tally of the 29 district positions, only seven have been bagged Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Rajni Kumari, who has topped in the district Sumandeep Kaur, who stood second in district, along with her father and brother, at the meritorious school in Jalandhar. Fact file remaining positions, barely two have been bagged by government schools in the district, while the remaining six have been bagged by students from private or aided schools in Jalandhar. Of the two merit positions from government schools, one has been bagged by Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Phillaur, and another by Nehru Garden Girls Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar. Of private/aided school positions have been bagged by KMV Collegiate Senior Secondary School (three positions), HMV Collegiate Senior Secondary School (1), Devi Girls all the way – only seven boys in district merit list of 29. Private schools reduced to six on merit list, while meritorious school students bag 21 merit spots. Only two government school students make it to merit list . by boys, while the rest have all been bagged by girls. Notably, in total as many as 29 students from the district have bagged positions in the PSEB class XII exams which were declared today. While 21 of these positions have been bagged by students from the meritorious school, Jalandhar, of the eight Sahai SD Senior Secondary School (1) and Cant Board Senior Secondary School. Of the 29 positions, students from Jalandhar have bagged the state ranks 10th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th. While the merit school Jalandhar saw only eight district positions and private schools in Jalandhar had taken away all the top spots, this year the trend has been reversed with the private tally reduced to six and government schools to merely two. The merit school Jalandhar also leads the state merit schools with most amount of merit spots. Jalandhar, May 13 The story of Rajni Kumari, a resident of Talwara in Hoshiarpur, is one of courage and a fight both by her and her parents against circumstances which have always threatened to come in way of her studies. Having pursued class X from Plahar village Government High School, Rajni fought on for her education, with her father Bas Dev, a bus driver, struggling to afford her education. Her mother Suman Kumari has been saving knick knacks to ensure their daughter never faced a problem while studying. Rajini quipped, “It is only after coming back to my village that I realised what hardships my parents underwent to make sure my education didn’t suffer.” A teary-eyed Suman Kumari, said, “My daughter wants to study at a university in Chandigarh, but we don’t have the money to afford her education. When she was at the school, we would always be in a dilemma when she asked for something. She would want us to come the very next day and sometime, we didn’t even have the money to ensure she got what she wanted. Sometimes, we wouldn’t even have the money for transportation. Many times there would be no balance in our phone either. But still somehow we managed. I am very proud and happy for her today.” While Rajni wants to be chemistry lecturer, her mother said unless they get help from someone, they can’t afford her further education. “We don’t have the money to fund her entire future education. Roz es gal te ghar vich kalesh painda hai (everyday there is a fight at home on the issue). She wants to study. I don’t know what to do,” Kumari added. Principal merit school, Massa Singh, said, “Rajni has been as sterling student. She was always on time and among the most punctual students.” Firemen extinguish flames emanating from a cellotape factory on Hoshiarpur Road in Jalandhar on Saturday. Goods worth crores of rupees were destroyed in the blaze. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH A tale of two courageous daughters Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service HIGH FLIERS: Aluru Seelin Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), gives degree to a DAVIET student at the annual convocation in Jalandhar on Saturday. Jalandhar, May 13 It’s a happy day for Balvir Singh, the father of Sumandeep Kaur (16) who has stood second in the district in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class XII examination. In a state where only 54 per cent of the boys were able to Poor man carrying father’s body home on cart Red Cross provides ~ 7,000 as aid Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 13 After reports of a labourer carrying home the body of his father on a cart as he was unable to pay up the ambulance charges appeared in the media, the administration lent a helping hand to him by providing Rs 7,000 to him from the Red Cross Society for his funeral. Since the Civil Hospital authorities have been claiming that they had been providing ambulance only for patients and not bodies, Sarabjeet, a labourer from Krishna Nagar, did not have money to pay for Rs 400 to a private ambulance. “I did not have any money to pay up and a relative brought a cart on which I took home the body,” he had said. As the news got flashed, the administration came to his help. Secretary, Red Cross, Paramjeet Singh, said, “We have paid Rs 7,000 to him as he did not even have money for the funeral.” Tehsildar Kirandeep Bhullar, who too reached out to the poor man, said, “Sarabjeet said he wanted to keep his father’s body for a day, so we helped him get the other essentials needed too from the Red Cross.” Sarabjeet, a labourer, carrying the body of his father in cart in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH c m y b pass this PSEB exam, a look at the dilemma of Balvir Singh might offer some insight. As he wiped tears off his eyes embracing his daughter, the proud daily wage labourer recalled the pain he had undergone to ensure his children’s education. While Sumandeep bagged the 20th position in the state, it wasn’t as easy for Balvir to educate her two brothers. Her brother also stood with the duo at the school today, happy at his sister’s success. “I used to call their teachers and ask them to use whatever means they wanted, but to at least get my boys to school. We saw a lot of financial hardships as well. But I feel very proud today. The hard work has paid off,” Balvir Singh said. Sumandeep, who pursued the commerce stream and originally hails from Athaula village, is keen on becoming a journalist. While she was formerly at Government Senior Secondary School, Athaula, where the meritorious school principal Massa Singh also formerly served as principal, Massa Singh said, “She and another girl Pooja were bril- liant. She was the first girl from the school to get 80 per cent marks. Since then I knew they would go far. So I brought them here.” Govt teacher’s daughter aims to fight child labour Nancy Bhadiar (17), who bagged 94.67 per cent marks and the 24th position in the continued on page 2
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