07082017-JTR-01.qxd 8/7/2017 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 7 AUGUST 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Cutting of trees at park Solo & safe? Super woman Former MLA Manoranjan Kalia fumes over the ‘cutting’ of trees at a park. P2 The recent incident of a girl being stalked at night takes the sheen away from City Beautiful. P3 Princess Leia not only had a Ph.D, but she had earned it at 19. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.12 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.44 AM SNIPPETS Facebook ‘friend’ held for rape Phagwara: On a complaint lodged by a girl here, the Satnampura police have registered a case against a youth Mukesh Pandher on the charges of repeatedly raping her on the pretext of marrying her and duping her of lakhs of rupees. Cases were registered against the accused under Sections 376/420/576 of the Indian Penal Conde (IPC). The victim told the police that she came in contact with the man through social media, including Facebook and WhatsApp. The police arrested the accused on Saturday and are investigating the matter. OC DISMISSAL OF POLICY NOT TO FAIL GOVT SCHOOL STUDENTS TILL CLASS VIII Teaching fraternity lauds Centre’s decision Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 6 With the Central government giving a go-ahead to dismiss the decision not to fail students up to the eight standard in government schools, the move has sent a sigh of relief among schools and students across the state. With the policy not to fail students wreaking havoc in the quality of education at government schools ever since the RTE Act came into being, the implementation of the Centre move shall boost the quality of education in GST spoils party mood this Rakhi ‘Results going to see a change for the better’ “There are students who came to school and sat outside or turned up without books and proper uniform – all in the name of this decision for the past many years. The policy had greatly compromised on discipline in many of the schools. The bad results of the state boards were also a major fallout of this very decision, but the initiative from the Centre is very noble and once implemented, it will certainly bear fruit. The results of government schools are certainly going to see a change for the better. The policy not to fail students was working as a major impediment in hard work by students.” schools, teachers believe. A Jalandhar-based teacher said, “Ever since the RTE Act was implemented in 2011, the implementation of this policy has caused a lot of teachers to lose respect because students know no matter what they do, teachers won’t be able to strike out their names nor fail them. For many students, schools just became a place where they could just come and saunter around without bothering to pay any heed to studies. This same generation made it to the higher classes and because bulk of the students was bad in studies, the pressure to pass the students was upon teachers. But now with the reversal of the decision, this equation shall change and students will both have to attend the classes and work hard in studies. The fear that they might be failed shall act as a major driving force for them to study.” A teacher from a rural area of the district said, “There are students who came to school and sat outside or turned up with- out books and proper uniform – all in the name of this decision for the past many years. The policy had greatly compromised on discipline in many of the schools. The bad results of the state boards were a also major fallout of this very decision, but the initiative from the Centre is very noble and once implemented, it will certainly bear fruit. The results of government schools are certainly going to see a change for the better. The policy not to fail students was working as a major impediment in hard work by students.” Threads of love ‘Mithai’ prices rise due to 5 pc tax Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, August 6 The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has made many residents of the city upset as the rates of many traditional Indian “mithais” and chocolates have gone up. The delicious sweets and chocolates as well as chocolate-made “mithais” are reported to be consumed less during the Rakhi festival. There is a 5 per cent tax applicable on plain “rasmalai”, but one has to pay 18 per cent tax on buying “kesar rasmalai”. Moreover, the plain “barfi”, which cost between Rs 250 and Rs 300 earlier, is taxed at 5 per cent and now costs between Rs 300 and Rs 350. Customer at a “mithai” shop said, “Kaju or pista barfi attracts 18 per cent tax as shopkeepers are fixing the GST according to the rate of dry fruit and ingredients used. Some are even charging 20 per cent GST for silver-coated mithai.” The traditional sweets, as informed by shopkeepers, are attracting a 5 per cent GST, while chocolates are being taxed at the rate of 28 per cent. Although the government had recently clarified that the rate of tax on chocolate-made “mithai” will be the same as “mithai”, the complexity over the new tax regime still prevails in the market. Even the government also stated that the GST will be levied on the main product and not on Tax applied ■ Traditional Indian mithai: 5 per cent (chocolate-made mithai also included) ■ Desserts like custard, pies, puddings, cakes and pastries: 18 per cent ■ Chocolates: 28 per cent ingredients. Still, bewildered shopkeepers are charging tax at different rates on the same product. Inderjit Singh, a customer at a local sweet shop, said, “Earlier, “mithai” was taxfree, but now it attracts 5 per cent tax. The sweets and “mithais” which are enjoyed by every class should not be taxed. Giving sweets to each other on happy occasions and on festivals is a tradition which has been observed in India for decades. With the imposition of the 5 per cent tax, the government has only spoiled our festive mood.” In fact, the same response was received from many other residents who said, “This time it’s better to gift relatives biscuits and cakes as even shopkeepers are not clear about the new tax on the chocolate-made “mithai”, so they are charging 28 per cent GST on chocolate burfi or and special chocolate rolls.” Even tax is being levied on snacks like “samosa”, which was available at Rs 10. It now costs Rs 12. We do not understand what the government would achieve by taxing eatables,” he added. Three held for drug peddling Our correspondent Jalandhar, August 6 The Rural police arrested three men for allegedly peddling drugs. The accused, from whom 400 gm of opium was seized, were identi- fied as Mahinder Pal Verma, alias Happy (40), Ram Pal (40) and Ravinder Kumar Sharma (37). A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) was been registered against them. The accused in police custody in Jalandhar on Sunday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Residents of Jalandhar throng various markets to buy the sacred thread and sweets on Rakhi eve. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH (REPORT ON P2) Book shows way to nutritious vegetables, herbal garden Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 6 Nowadays, getting healthy and chemical-free food seems to be a challenge. Some NGOs and individuals every other day try to educate farmers on how to do organic farming, but it is not much expected from any government department to initiate steps in this direction. However, the Horticulture Department here has come up with an informative pamphlet/handbook titled, “Vegetable Nutrition and Herbal Garden” which has been written by Dr Sukhdip Singh Hundal, HDO-cum-state nodal officer of kitchen gardening, Punjab. The pamphlet has been widely appre- Small chunk of land sufficient for family The pamphlet explains that for a family of four persons, a year’s fresh vegetables can be grown on a plot of 75 square m or 3 marlas only. Around 450 kg of vegetables are normally required by a family in a year and 24 types of winter and summer vegetables plus 10 herbs can be easily produced on such a small chunk of land. This is what has been advised by Dr Sukhdip Singh. ciated by farmers and sections concerned of society. Due to excessive use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides /sprays by farmers to get maximum yield, consumers are worried about poisonous food, especially vegetables. To give answer to the question of how to get out of this situation and to get nutritious vegetables, the eightpage pamphlet has been prepared, giving details on how to produce vegetables in the c m y b kitchen garden and small land holdings. The pamphlet explains that for a family of four persons, a year’s fresh vegetables can be grown on a plot of 75 square m or 3 marlas only. Around 450 kg of vegetables are normally required by a family in a year and 24 types of winter and summer vegetables plus 10 herbs can be easily produced on such a small chunk of land. This is what has been advised by Dr Sukhdip Singh. Talking to Jalandhar Tribune, Singh said, “People would often come to me with a lot of queries and so the idea of getting the handbook published came. We want the information to be disseminated to the maximum number of people so that they could get benefit for the useful information,” he said. Till now, 8,000 copies have been released in the state, but looking at the popularity, we might more copies printed in the coming days. Hundal said he had not written a full-fledged book because there might not have been many takers then. “It is a practical book, people will get to know so much through it,” added Hundal.
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