10082017-JTR-01.qxd 8/10/2017 1:32 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 10 AUGUST 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE I-Day rehearsal A 10-rupee note that meant life Heidi, Seal reunite The district administration starts preparations for the Independence Day function. P2 Raghbir Singh Reggie managed to cross over the border to India by paying a bribe of ~10 to a tongewala P3 Former supermodel Heidi Klum and her ex-husband, Seal, reunited on America's Got Talent. P4 FORECAST RAINY | MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.11 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.45 AM Opening of govt college: Girls on hunger strike Say it is for every girl who belongs to weak financial background Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 9 Girls from Buta Mandi, Khurla Kingra and adjoining areas have been demanding opening of a college in their area. To get their demand fulfilled, they have been observing a hunger strike for the past 100 days. Earlier, they were sitting at the site where the college was supposed to come up. The girls have been sitting at BR Ambedkar Chowk for the past six days. They want a college to be opened in the name of BR Ambedkar at Buta Mandi. According to them, a college was initially promised in 1992 by the then Chief Minister, Beant Singh. They have been sitting on the strike under the banner of the Sarva Samaj Sangharsh Committee. Jagdish Disha, president of the committee, said after the announcement, Parkash Singh Badal promised to build a college in 1999 and thereafter, the same promise was repeated by Sukhbir Singh Badal in 2008. He said years had passed and announcements were made but nothing had been imple- Name Adampur airport after Guru Ravidass: Cong Jalandhar, August 9 The Congress has demanded that the upcoming domestic airport at Adampur should be named after Guru Ravidass. The move is being seen as an attempt to appease the Ravidassia community in the region. Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary said he had met Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju on the issue. “I thanked the minister for giving air connectivity to the NRI-dominated Doaba region as flights from the airport to Delhi will start from September 26. I have requested him to name the airport after Guru Ravidass. It will be apt for the government to name the airport, where 45 per cent population is the follower of Guru Ravidass, after the guru”, he said. He added that the minister gave his assurance on the issue. “I gave him a copy of the recommendation with signatures of all MPs, MLAs and Dera Sant Sawan Dass”, Chaudhary said. He further added that he would meet the Chief Minister to get recommendation from the state government. He said the procedural requirements for the same would be expedited. Amardeep Lally, former leader of the Punjab Youth Congress, expressed dissenting views. “I am personally not for making such proposals. I saw politics on our proposal to name the Mohali airport after Bhagat Singh. The decision has not been taken yet and I feel that our move, which was otherwise wellintended, ultimately resulted in dishonour of the national figure. The matter remains lingering. We recently met Rajya Sabha MP Ambika Soni on the issue to press our demand again but nothing seems in sight.” — TNS SNIPPETS Teacher training workshop Girls during a hunger strike for a government college in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO very tough to take and study a ❝It iscollege because of admissionWe are hereinto fight private high fees. for every girl who is about to complete her matric. ❞ PRIYA MAL, who is pursuing her graduation mented. Apart from a single polytechnic college, there was no other government college in Jalandhar, he added. The girls said it was not for the girls of a particular religion or caste but it was for them who belonged to the weak financial background. “It is very tough to take admission and study in a private college because of high fees. We are here to fight for every girl who is about to complete her matric,” said Priya Mal, who is pursuing her graduation. “We have been observing a hunger strike but if the government does not listen to us, we have to adopt other ways so that our voices could be heard,” said the girls. “It is strange that many days have passed but no one has come to us,” Preeti, who has been coming to the protest site for the past three days. The Punjab Students Union has also come forward in the support of the girls. The union said it was important that the demand of the girls be met. Jalandhar: A one-day teacher training workshop in collaboration with My Good School was organised at Prita Lee Lesson Senior Secondary School recently. The workshop was conducted by Sandeep Dutt. Sandeep, during his interaction with teachers, encouraged them to provide students with the best possible education so as to contribute towards the re-construction of healthy and prosperous society. TNS World Breastfeeding Week Jalandhar: The Health Department organised a district-level workshop, “World Breastfeeding Week”, under the supervision of Civil Surgeon Dr Raghbir Singh Randhawa at the Punjab institute of Medical Sciences on Wednesday. While stressing on the significance of mother's milk, Dr Randhawa said on the one hand, mother's milk was very profitable for a child while on the other, breast feeding was also very good for retaining good health. TNS Santokh Singh Chaudhary with Ashok Gajapathi Raju. TRIBUNE PHOTO DC visits flood-prone Panel on rehabilitation of child beggars yet to see the light of day Child begging menace areas in district going on unabated Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service DC Varinder Kumar Sharma inspects flood-affected areas in Jalandhar district on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News service Jalandhar, August 9 Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma today visited flood-prone areas along the Satluj river that come under Phillaur and Shahkot sub-divisions. He reviewed the arrangements made by the district administration to deal with any flood-like situation. He said the district administration was fully vigilant to tackle any emergency situation in the floodprone areas of the district. The DC, accompanied by senior officers of the district administration, visited Kadiana, Sudhaara, Gadra Bhoda, Danewal and Baupur villages to assess the situation at the grassroots level in the wake of release of excess water. At Sudhaara village near Sanghol complex, the DC said a temporary embankment would be constructed to avoid any damage to the property of people. He asked officials of the Irrigation and Drainage Department to get the nec- essary nod for constructing a temporary embankment at a cost of Rs 48 lakh. After the villagers apprised him of the damage caused to their land due to an increase in the water level, Sharma asked the tehsildar concerned to submit a report in this regard so that affected families could get compensation. At Gadra Bhoda village, the DC asked officials of the Drainage Department to be vigilant to check any damage due to the increased water flow. The DC said the district administration had already made adequate arrangements to meet any situation in the wake of monsoon. He said the plan had been prepared and they were fully equipped to tackle any situation. Sharma said the evacuation plan, in the case of flood, had already been made and sensitive places along with safe places where the residents of floodprone areas would be shifted had been identified. Jalandhar, August 9 Though the Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights had asked the district administration to form a committee under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner for the rehabilitation of child beggars around one year ago, the administration is yet to form the committee. In the absence of any such committee, the child begging menace is going on unabated in the city. There is an increase in the number of child beggars in the city, hinting at the existence of a possible child trafficking network. Though the police claim that no case of child trafficking has been reported from the city so far, small children in the age group of two to seven years could be seen begging on city roads. ■ In the absence of any such committee, the child begging menace is going on unabated in the city. There is an increase in the number of child beggars in the city, hinting at the existence of a possible child trafficking network. ■ Though the police claim that no case of child trafficking has been reported from the city so far, small children in the age group of two to seven years could be seen begging on city roads. . A child sells balloons at the red light of Guru Nanak Mission Chowk in Jalandhar on Wednesday. SARABJIT SINGH While the civil authorities do not seem to be bothered about the implementation of guidelines issued by the Supreme Court to protect and rehabilitate the street children, the police, too, seem unconcerned about the menace, which is a clear violation of the Children’s Right to Life and Education and Prevention of the Child Labour’s Adding colours to festival Act. In Jalandhar alone, approximately 60 per cent of the beggars are children. Thought the state Child Rights Commission directed the district administration to form a committee under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner in July last year, the file pertaining to the case did not reach the DC office till date. It is being learnt that the department of Social welfare has lost the file twice. NGOs like Child Helpline and Pehal have been working for the child labour and child begging in the city. Representatives of these NGOs said organised gangs had been working behind child begging in the city. They said, “Children are being trafficked from Bihar, UP and Orissa to Punjab and other places. Sometimes the parents of minors give them to beggars on a small amount of Rs 10 to Rs 20.” Surinder Saini of Child Helpline said he had written to the Child Commission in New Delhi several times on the issue, but to no avail. “I have rescued children from begging many times. But in the absence of a rehabilitation programme, they are again forced to do the same practice. Some beggars are five to six-year-old. Stern laws are required to deal with this nexus”, said Saini. Tractor carrying SDM caught in swollen Beas Tribune News Service Students of Police DAV School give a cultural performance on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b Kapurthala, August 9 As officials of the administration today visited villages falling along the Beas in the Sultanpur Lodhi area to assess the situation, a tractor carrying SDM of Sultanpur Lodhi Dr Charumita lost its balance, got twisted and went deep into the sandy soil. Since there were two tractors that were being run parallel in the Baupur Mand area, the cops accompanying the SDM immediately came Continued on page 2 The tractor carrying SDM loses its balance. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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