31082017-JTR-01.qxd 8/31/2017 1:04 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 31 AUGUST 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Blind to reason Every word is a treasure Kit looks dashing... Dera Sacha Sauda has been mired in controversy but why have our blinkers on? P2 Building a personal library is a coveted dream for many, but only a few achieve it. P3 BBC network has unveiled the first look of Game of Thrones star Kit Harington. P4 FORECAST RAINY | MAX 31°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.44 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.04 AM Rana Gurjit accuses Khaira of trying to hog the limelight Dares Leader of Opposition to hold protest in Bholath AAP leader is habituated building castles in ❝Thejust for cheap publicity. Fortothe sake of publicity, the air Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 30 Irrigation and Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh today accused Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira of issuing irrational and baseless statements for the sake of hogging the limelight. Interacting with mediapersons here on the sidelines of a function, the minister said, “The AAP leader is habitual of building castles in the air just for cheap publicity. For the sake of publicity, Khaira had tried to outdo even the staunch Congressmen by openly showering praise on the Chief Minister during the bhog of Rajmata and now, he was demanding a CBI probe against him.” Rana said for the desire of getting a berth in the Cabi- Khaira had tried to outdo even the staunch Congressmen by openly showering praise on the Chief Minister during the bhog of the Rajmata and now, he was demanding a CBI probe against him RANA GURJIT SINGH, Irrigation and Power Minister net, the AAP leader had hosted dinner for Capt Amarinder Singh at his residence in the run-up to the 2012 Assembly poll. Reacting sharply on announcement made by Khaira to organise a protest to press for a probe by the CBI into the City Centre scam, Rana Gurjit Singh dared the AAP leader to hold a protest at Bholath (Khaira’s own constituency) to test his waters. He challenged Khaira to hold a SNIPPETS protest at Bholath. He said on the next day of his protest, the Congress would hold a rally at same place to show the real place of the AAP leader. The minister asked the AAP leader to remain grounded and said the Congress workers would not tolerate the ‘politics of threats’ being pursued by him. The minister added that Khaira neither had any ideology nor any commitment, adding that he could do any- ❞ thing for satiating his lust for power. He said, “Once Khaira and his family members were supporters of the Khalistan movement. Later, he joined the Congress but sought the ticket from the Akalis. Thereafter, he rejoined the Congress and after that he joined hands with the AAP The days . of the Leader of Opposition in the AAP are also numbered as he is a chronic turncoat, who will soon leave the party to join some new outfit.” Woman dies of suspected swine flu Job fairs are need of the hour to provide employment: Channi Tribune News Service Ashok kaura Jalandhar, August 30 A 28-year-old pregnant woman died here today. It is being suspected that she has died of swine flu. However, doctors at the Civil Hospital have denied any such confirmation. They said tests were not conducted and the actual case would be clear by tomorrow. The woman was admitted to a private hospital last week. It was reported that she was suffering from cold and cough. When her condition got worsened, she was taken to the Civil Hospital where she died after an hour. Phagwara, August 30 Punjab Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi today said mega job fairs were the need of hour to give jobs to the underprivileged youth of the state. Addressing the gathering during a mega job fair at Punjab Technical University, the minister said the job fair would provide a golden opportunity to every youth of the state to get jobs. He said in the first phase, the target of the state government was to provide jobs to the common youth of the state, who were hitherto denied jobs during the AkaliBJP regime. Channi said under this ambitious drive, as many as 900 industrial giants, who were visiting the state during these fairs, would provide jobs to 50,000 youngsters. He announced that the Chief Minister would hand over Fact file It is being suspected that she has died of swine flu. However, doctors at the Civil Hospital have denied any such confirmation. They said tests were not conducted and the actual case would be clear on Thursday. Queue at job fair Avneet Kaur Phagwara: Resentment prevailed among the Dalits after hearing the news of desecration of a statue of Dr BR Ambedeker at Bilga village on Tuesday. Members of the Dalit Sangharsh Committee and Dr Ambedker Naujawan Sabha have condemned the act and demanded immediate arrest of the accused. Jiwan Lal and Sucha Ram, members of the Action Committee, threatened to stage a stir if the accused were not arrested soon. OC National Sports Day observed Students stand in a queue for a job fair at Punjab Technical University in Kapurthala on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Abandoned by her own, she begins a new life with help of Nari Niketan Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Dilapidated road near bus stand poses threat to commuters Tribune News Service Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, August 30 It was a unique wedding and the Nari Niketan here was decked up as a bride today. Everything from the entry gate to the building was decorated. Inmates and attendants were dancing to the tunes of Punjabi songs and were enjoying the food. The only difference was the preparations and decorations, which were not done by any wedding planner. All work was done by the inmates of Nari Niketan. Children dancing to the tune of songs played on a small stereo. The presence of pakodas and other snacks were not less than a wedding feast for them. The happiness at the wedding function was real. It was a wedding ceremony of one of the inmates of Nari Niketan that had enlivened the whole atmosphere. Bride Priyanka (23), who is studying BBA from HMV College, was abandoned by her family and she came here in 2011. No one from her family had come to attend her wedding. Today, she did not want to talk about the bad moments that happened in the past as she Jalandhar, August 30 The road near the city bus stand is in a dilapidated condition and posing a threat to commuters. People have to wade through stagnant water on the road, posing a health hazard to children. Elderly persons are facing a tough time while crossing the uneven surface scattered with stones. At many times, vehicles get stuck on it. Potholes add to the woes of passengers and commuters. They receive injuries on some occasions due to the bad condition of the road. The B&R Department of the Municipal Corporation has not carried out repair work on the damage stretch. Drivers alleged that they faced a tough time while driving due to potholes. The stretch from BMC Chowk and Police Lines to the bus stand is like a rollercoaster ride for passengers. Nothing has been done to carry out the repair work on the road. “Apart from disrupting the smooth flow of traffic, it Continued on page 2 An inmate of Nari Niketan, Priyanka, who got married on Wednesday, poses for a photograph along with others in Jalandhar. Sarabjit Singh Unique wedding The only difference was the preparations and decorations, which were not done by any wedding planner. All work was done by the inmates of Nari Niketan. Children were dancing to the tune of songs played on a small stereo. said, “Aaj ke din puraani baatein yaad nahi krungi (I will not think of what happened to me in the past.” Donning a red bridal lehenga, she could not stop herself looking into the mirror again and again. On seeing their Priyanka Didi coming, children living at the Nari Niketan ran towards her and kept on looking her at in awe. They had also worn one of appointment letters to the 50,000 youths on September 5. The minister said the state government had been putting in efforts to provide maximum employment opportunities to the youths. He said as some youth were not interested in doing jobs and were desirous of opening their own ventures, so the state government would soon organise Rozgar Melas across the state to facilitate such youths. “Besides fulfilling our promise of ‘har ghar naukri’ through job fairs, we will open new vistas of self- their best dresses for the wedding and while having snacks, they said they would miss Priyanka didi very much. One of the former inmates, who also got married at the Nari Niketan and is now living her life happily, had also come to meet her friend. She said, “I also got married at the same place and today, I am here to meet her and wish her for the new innings.” Priyanka then performed the ceremony with Jaspal, the groom who belongs to Hoshiarpur. After completing the wedding ceremonial, she stood up and left to live her new life, leaving her friends and children teary-eyed. c m y b employment through Rozgar Melas so that the youngsters can live their life with dignity and pride,” added Channi. The Minister urged the students to work hard for achieving their goals. He said no task was impossible in life but determination and hard work were the key to success. The minister said the youth must dream big and make whole hearted efforts to achieve the aim. Earlier, welcoming the minister, former MP Mohinder Singh Kay Pee lauded him for taking an initiative to provide jobs to the youth. Passengers heave a sigh of relief as rail services restored Resentment prevails among Dalits Phagwara: The Department of Physical Education and Sports of GNA University organised kabaddi, football and badminton matches to observe National Sports Day on the campus on Tuesday. The staff and students of the university gathered on the university premises to observe the day. They took an oath to encourage others to take part in sports. Vice-Chancellor Dr Prem Kumar threw light on the contribution of Major Dhyan Chand to sports and motivated the students to mark a difference by participating in sports. He added that the best way to pay tributes to Major Dhyan Chand was to inculcate his qualities of discipline, hard work and determination to sportspersons. Dr Mohd Saleem Javed, deputy dean, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, said sports play a crucial role in developing mental as well as physical strength. OC Officials of Punjab Technical University honour Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Jalandhar, August 30 Four days after the violence erupted in Panchkula following the conviction of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief in a rape case, normalcy is returning to the city. With the resumption of the rail services, passengers have heaved a sigh of relief. However, around five trains remain suspended while other mail and passenger trains are running on their scheduled time. Railway officials said the situation was being assessed on a daily basis and the rail services had resumed in almost every region. A few long-route trains had also been affected due to floods in Bihar and Maharashtra and the Jan Nayak Express was still off track, said the officials. As the rail services were restored, many passengers can be seen making a beeline at railway ticket counters. "Finally, the wait for the trains has come to an end. Now, we will reach our home," said Sanjeev Kumar, a passenger from Delhi. Lovepreet Singh, a city resident, said, "A long wait for internet services and trains has finally come to an end. Passengers who travel daily were affected due to the unrest. We are happy that the services have been restored and normalcy is returning to the city." Continued on page 2 34TH SURJIT HOCKEY TOURNAMENT Sports lovers to miss Pakistan players this year Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 30 The 34th edition of Surjit Hockey Tournament will be held from October 23 to 30 at the Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium in Burlton Park here. It will be the first time when the Pakistan team has not been invited for the tournament. Besides, the team of Punjab Police will be represented by its newly recruited seven DSPs, three ASIs and two Sub-Inspectors. They have been recruited through the sports quota. Surinder Bhapa, public relations officer of the Surjit Hockey Society, said over 12 teams of men and six teams of women were expected to play this year. “This year, we have decided to exclude Pakistan players and technical experts from the tournament due to the ongoing tension between the two countries,” said Bhapa. Though the society had invited the Pakistan team last year, the tour was cancelled at the last minute after the Indian government refused to grant visa to them. To avoid any confusion in the later stage, the tournament organisers have not sent the invitation to the neighbour. However, Bhapa said earlier, The 34th edition of Surjit Hockey Tournament will be held from October 23 to 30 at the Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium in Burlton Park. FILE PHOTO the society was trying to invite some teams from the European countries but due to the ongoing Euro Hockey League, prominent teams had expressed their helplessness in participating in the tournament. “We are now trying to get in touch with the Malaysian team. We are hopeful of the participation of the team this time,” added Bhapa. The combination of fresh players is expected to revive the glorious days of Punjab Police in the Surjit Hockey tournament. This year, sports lovers may not be able to see the top Indian hockey players, including six from Jalandhar, in action as they may have to attend the training camp for the upcoming Asia Cup, which is scheduled in October. Meanwhile, with the change of guard in the Punjab politics, the society has now again pushed its demand for sponsor the prize money for the tournament to the state government. “In many states, including Madhya Pradesh, the state government supports the coveted Abdulla Cup by sponsoring its first prize of Rs 50 lakh, second prize of Rs 25 lakh and the third prize of Rs 15 lakh. Since the Surjit hockey tournament is the only hockey tournament that is being held continuously in Punjab for the past 33 years, it is the time that the state government should announce some dedicated funds for the tournament to support the national game,” said Bhapa. He added that the society would soon hold a meeting under the chairmanship of its new president and Jalandhar DC Varinder Sharma to discuss the arrangements for the tournament.
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