02082017-JTR-01.qxd 8/2/2017 12:38 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 2 AUGUST 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Security to be increased Instant recognition I’m Back CCTV cameras to boost security at rly station, including platforms, entry and exit points. P2 A new breed of poets finds an outlet to showcase their creations on social media. Mohit Raina is all set to make a comeback on the small screen. P4 FORECAST P3 CLOUDY | MAX 30°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.17 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.41 AM FEE HIKE ROW IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN DOABA REGION 164 declared defaulters by judicial panel Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 1 Numerous protests outside schools, umpteen complaints, police intervention to calm down parents and even registration of cases regarding the fee issue in private schools have been observed in the state against the alleged private school mafia, with parents organising dharnas and approaching officials to get their problems solved. The government had then intervened in the matter and formed a fee committee for the private unaided schools of Punjab that was led by Justice Amardutt Committee. Parents from all over Punjab approached the committee with the hope that their problems would be addressed. Now, the Justice Amar- dutt Fee Committee has constituted the final report and has pointed out a total of 164 schools in the Doaba region where the fees increase was more than 15.5 per cent annually. The names of the defaulter schools have also been included in the 372-page report. The committee has made the report under various heads. Under the head, ‘Where fees increase is more than 15.5 per cent average, in Jalandhar district, a total of 60 schools are defaulters, of which, 23 are Central Board of School Education (CBSE)affiliated schools, seven are affiliated to the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and 30 are Punjab School Education Board Parents protest against fee hike in Jalandhar. A FILE PHOTO Justice Amardutt Committee report District CBSE Schools ICSE Jalandhar 23 7 Hoshiarpur 13 5 Kapurthala 17 1 SBS Nagar 0 0 PSEB 30 53 5 10 (PSEB) schools. Hoshiarpur has topped the list in the Doaba region with a total of 71 schools not abiding by the laws, of which 13 are CBSE schools, five ICSE and 53 PSEB schools. In Kapurthala, 17 CBSE, one ICSE and five PSEB schools have been found to be defaulters, whereas in SBS Nagar, 10 PSEB schools have been mentioned in the report. Under another head, the The Justice Amardutt Fee Committee has constituted the final report and has listed a total of 164 schools in the Doaba region where the fees increase was more than 15.5 per cent annually. The names of the defaulter schools have been included in the 372-page report committee has named the schools where the profit is more than 15 per cent and they are even directed to refund the fees. There are a total of 150 schools in Doaba that have been directed to Malware cripples broadband services in Chandigarh, suburbs Tribune News Service Vehicles make their way through the flooded Jalandhar-Amritsar National Highway during heavy rain in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Heavy rain inundates city Our coresspondent Jalandhar, August 1 Though heavy rainfall this morning brought relief to the residents by bringing down the mercury, the low-lying areas besides some posh localities were flooded with water on the roads throwing normal life out of gear for some hours. Since last night, the sky was overcast and the residents had no respite from humidity and high temperature. Suddenly, early in the morning, the city experienced a heavy downpour around 6 am, which continued for hours. Entry to all government buildings including the DC and SSP (Rural) office besides the GST Bhawan remained badly affected. Commuters going from the bus stand and railway station also faced inconvenience as the approach roads remained muddy and inundated. The heavy rain not only inundated the city roads, affecting residential and commercial areas but vehicles also broke down after developing snags on flooded roads. Some houses with a low plinth level were also flooded and the residents had a difficult time draining out water through the buckets. The Sodal road, Pathankot bypass, Rama Mandi road, Railway Road, Damoria flyover, Basti Bawa Khel, parts of Basti Peerdad and Basti Sheikh, Kapurthala Road, Ladowali Road, Nakodar Chowk and areas near the Cantonment like Deep Nagar and Golden Colony, among others, remained flooded with water. The commuters, especially women, had a tough time anticipating their way through waterlogged roads. A number of college-goers were seen stranded at the Pathankot bypass with their two-wheelers having broken down. Many of them continued on p2 Chandigarh, August 1 The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the lone state-owned telecommunications company, is grappling hard to fix the nationwide external virus attack on its broadband internet service for the past one week. Since July 25, the malware attack has snapped the internet service of over 6,000 subscribers, of which the BSNL claims to have restored the service to almost 3,000 in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula so far. However, hundreds of fresh complaints are pouring in on a daily basis. The tricity region has almost 45,000 BSNL broadband subscribers, according to official records. Advising its broadband users to change the default system password, BSNL claims: “Not all but only specific models of modems have been hit by the virus attack and a majority are of those subscribers who had not changed the default password “admin”. While the BSNL has claimed that “the situation BSNL is trying hard to tackle nationwide external virus attack on its broadband internet service . has been addressed to a great extent and the malware has not impacted the BSNL’s core network, billing or any other system”, the affected subscribers have alleged great harassment and inconvenience in getting the problem fixed. “We have been made to wait in long queues at BSNL centres, waiting for our turn to get our defunct modems reset,” complained a housewife, Aakriti. Another harassed subscriber Dilsher Singh, a trader, said: “This is not done. In the age of competition, who has the time for facing such hardships. Why don’t they (BSNL) send engineers to our place to fix the problem.” “We are suffering due to the insecure system of the BSNL and now we are asked to visit their office for getting our service restored,” rued a retired teacher, Sharda Sharma. continued on p2 City’s first campus community radio launched Second community radio in region Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 1 The PG Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Doaba College today launched Jalandhar’s first Campus Community Radio Radio Raabta at 90.8 Mhz. Launching it, Principal Dr Naresh Kumar Dhiman said, “The radio will cover a radius of 15 km, reaching the urban as well rural regions of Jalandhar district. It will relay programmes related to various communities, including housewives, labourers, farmers, students etc for two hours from 10 am to 12 noon. It has been established under the proposal of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. We will be sending our recordings to them for three months after which we are expecting a funding of Rs 7.5 Raabta will be the first campus radio but the second community radio in the region. Environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal is already running a community channel ‘Avtar’, the range of which is confined to Sultanpur Lodhi. Students of Doaba College during the launch of the community radio in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO lakh. By then, we also intend to broadcast it online.” Dr Simran Sidhu, head, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, said the department had established a separate radio studio, transmission room along with a tower with height of 30m under the guidance of Community Radio Facilitation Centre for the smooth functioning and transmission of the radio station. She further said that through this community radio, the students of the journalism department will get hands-on training in script writing, recording, giving voice-overs, audio editing and transmission etc. Dr Sidhu said with a view to determining awareness regarding community radio among people of rural and urban population of Jalandhar district, the department had recently conducted a survey. “Surprisingly, only 3 per cent of the respondents knew about community radio. Responding to the queries in c m y b the questionnaire, 73 per cent of the urban population and 62 per cent of the rural population strongly believed that community radio will definitely contribute to the development of society. A majority of the female respondents wished to participate in the programmes related to women’s rights, drug deaddiction, politics and education. The respondents also wanted government policies and schemes to be discussed in detail on community radio,” she said. Dr Sidhu said Community Radio Raabta was in fact of the people, for the people and by the people and would be run with the joint efforts of the community comprising people from all the walks of like. “Other than weather reports, there will be no news on the radio. continued on p2 refund the fees. In Jalandhar, as many as 65 schools, in Kapurthala 33, in Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar, a total of 46 and six schools have been told to refund the fees. In its report, the committee has said that more than 6-15 per cent surplus generated has been held illegal and has been held amount to profiteering and also the schools where profits have been made by the sale of books and uniform and refund have been ordered to the schools. Some other points that are written in the report are that the schools cannot compel the students to purchase books and uniform from a particular shop or school and it cannot ask for the admission fee from the already admitted students under admission/upgrade or any other name. WhatsApp helps find 3-yr-old boy Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 1 A three-year-old boy Vansh who had gone missing from his house at Gandhi Nagar under mysterious circumstances last evening was found at Gohir village near a dera in Nakodar this morning. His picture was made viral on the WhatsApp and the police had also alerted various areas. The SSP uploaded the photograph of the missing boy in the Whatsapp Police Group and forwarded it to all SHOs, with the direction to try their best to locate him. continued on p2 SNIPPETS Four gangsters arrested Phagwara: The Phillaur police have busted an inter-district gang of robbers and arrested its four members including Krishan Dev of Hussainpura, Lavodeep of Chuhharrpur, Arun Kumar @ Raju and Kundan Paswan of Ludhiana. Their fifth accomplice managed to escape. The police have seized three sharp-edged weapons, one stolen motor cycle, and two autorickshaws from their possession. OC One killed, 1 injured in accident One motorcyclist, identified as Uma Lal of Gulabgarh village, was killed while his friend Ramesh Lal, of Kot Rani village, sustained serious injuries when their bike was hit by a speeding car near Thakraki village on Monday. The injured was admitted to local civil hospital. The driver of the car managed to flee. The police have registered a case. OC House burgled The house of a trader, Harmit Singh, was reportedly burgled in local Urban Estate last night. The burglars entered the house after breaking the locks and decamped with Rs 20,000 in cash and 12 tolas of gold ornaments worth Rs 3.5 lack. The police have registered a case in this regard. OC Police start helpline for drug addicts P2
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