03092017-JTR-01.qxd 9/3/2017 12:38 AM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 3 SEPTEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Seeking celestial blessings National Flag damaged It’s all in the name Muslims pray on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha in Jalandhar on Saturday. P2 More than 25 national flags have either been damaged or blown away during the past 25 months. P2 Aaryaa Sharma reveals why she changed her name from Deepti to Aaryaa… P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 30.6°C MIN 23.3°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 6.52 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 6.08 AM Annual MC budget to be put up mid-year Last meeting of the civic body House on September 6 set to be a stormy affair Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 2 Exactly six months after the current financial year had started, it will be on September 6 that the Municipal Corporation (MC) of Jalandhar may finally be able to get approved its annual budget of Rs 537 crore at its House meeting. The MC could not pass the budget at its meeting, which had been convened on March 31, owing to ruckus on that day. After a report on this was sent to the state government, an amount of Rs 333 crore, which is an expenditure incurred on establishment, was cleared, while the sanction of the remaining amount which was to be used on development works had been stopped. The meeting had been held immediately after the Assembly elections and five newlyelected Congress MLAs had made it to the House that day taking on BJP Mayor Sunil Jyoti and then Commissioner GS Khehra on various issues. As the meeting got adjourned that day without budget approval, the Mayor, who felt much humiliated, chose not to hold meeting for six months despite tremendous pressure of the Congress MLAs, two of whom — Sushil Rinku and Rajinder Beri — have been councillors earlier. Since September 25 is the last day of the present House, it will certainly be the last meeting of the present Mayor Sunil Jyoti. With the MC elections not yet decided by the Local Bodies Department and the tenure of the Mayor about to end in another three weeks, the MC is set to remain functional under the Commissioner as an administrator after that. If all goes well, some development in the city, which includes road work worth Rs 14 crore, may finally happen. However, the track record of all Other points ■ New 2.25-acre landfill site to ■ A rebate of 15 per cent to be be purchased near Wariana for Rs 90 lakh per acre ■ MC plans to spend Rs 16.9 crore on rickshaws, compactors and other items required for the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission ■ Five smart bins, five smart trucks and other items to be purchased for Rs 7.13 crore ■ Solar plant to be installed atop MC’s administrative complex for Rs 1.09 crore for power saving given on property tax to those following Punjab Municipal Green Buildings Incentives Policy ■ Public toilets to be constructed near PAP Chowk, Hoshiarpur bypass and Pathankot bypass ■ Road from Workshop Chowk to Gazigulla to be made commercial. Also, right side of road from Kapurthala Chowk to Bagh Baharian to be allowed for commercial use last meetings of the MC has been very bad. Mikes had been flung and papers had been thrown around when it was the last meeting of former Congress Mayor Surinder Mahey in 2007. In 2012, when it was the last meeting of the then BJP Mayor Rakesh Rathour (who enjoyed the sobriquet of ‘Mr Clean’ and was known for having very good managerial skills of conducting the House in complete decorum despite odds), Congress councillors had raised slogans and staged a walk-out. For the same reason, it is being speculated that the last meeting of Sunil Jyoti, who faced defiance from councillors of his own alliance partner from the very beginning and whose almost every meeting remained marked with ruckus and melodrama, will surely be even more chaotic. Agenda Even as budget will remain the main agenda of the meeting, a supplementary agenda with 71 points was released today. Biomethane plant: The key points of the agenda include a plan on setting up a biomethane plant at the Maqsudan wholesale vegetable market at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore. The plant will be set up as per a proposal of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and will use biodecomposable waste for setting up an energy plant. An MC team had visited Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu to check a working plant there, which could help save power worth Rs 8 lakh annually. Biomining project: There is a proposal to set up a bio-mining plant at Wariana dump where garbage is spread in 14 acres of land with waste hillocks rising up to 40-50 feet high. The MC teams had visited Kumbakonam to see the land reclamation work done there and it hoped that after spending Rs 10.4 crore on this project, 4-5 acres of dumping site here could be reclaimed. Child rights panel for removal of Blue Whale challenge Tribune News Service TEACHERS’ DAY STATE AWARDS Kingpin of dreaded ‘Bhalu’ gang 12 entries sent from Jalandhar nabbed with five members Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 2 With the State Department of Education inviting entries for Teacher’s Day from the district, as many as 12 entries from Jalandhar have been sent from Jalandhar regarding the same. While four entries are from the renowned urban government school in the city, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Nehru Garden, alone, the rest are from Government Senior Secondary School, Mand, Government Senior Secondary School Nihaluwal, Devi Sahay SD High School Basti Nau, Government Senior Secondary School Gandhi Camp Jalandhar, Government Senior Secondary School Nawa Pind Donewal Turna, Government Senior Secondary School Kartarpur. Two entries are from Government Senior Secondary School Jamsher Khas. The District Education officer (S) Neelam Kumari said teams from the Education Department had also visited the said teachers at their school to verify their achievements and shortlist the finalists for the state list. Notably, while last year five teachers from Jalandhar had made it to the list of teachers to be awarded the State Award on Teacher’s Day, the department had, last year, formed a five-member committee comprising Principal Secretary, Education, G Vajralingam, Director-General School Education, Pardeep Aggarwal, DPI (Secondary), Balbir Singh Dhol, DPI (Elementary), Pankaj Sharma and Deputy Director Dr Ginni Duggal for the selection of the teaching fraternity for the state awards. The cash amount for state awardees had also been increased to Rs 25,000 from the previous Rs 10, 000 from last year. Jalandhar, September 2 The Jalandhar Commissionerate Police today nabbed six members of the dreaded ‘Bhalu’ gang that had allegedly committed various heinous crimes in the district. Commissioner of Police Praveen Kumar Sinha said notorious gangster Gursharan Singh, alias Bhalu, who was wanted by the police in around 15 serious cases, was arrested by the police after getting secret information. He said the district police had registered 13 cases against the gangster, including that of attempt to murder. He was involved in a series of crimes and had been declared a proclaimed offender (PO) in several cases. The other gang members were identified as Manmohan Singh, alias Manu, Harjeet Singh, alias Happy, Paramjot Singh, alias Bhau, Mohit Gup- The kingpin of the Bahlu gang raises his hand to get himself identified to press reporters at the Police Commissionerate press conference in Jalandhar on Saturday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH ta and Vishal Sharma. Regarding the modus operandi of the gangster, he used to extort money from people by spreading terror. He said his gang was involved in many heinous offences and once used to smash window panes of cars of city residents to create panic in their minds. The Commissioner said dur- ing the run-up to the Assembly polls, Bhalu and his accomplices had attacked their rival Pancham on Cool Road. He said that in this murderous attempt though Pancham had The devout survived, now Bhalu gang was again trying to eliminate him, for which it was continuously carrying out recces. The Commissioner said to nab the gangster, a special team was constituted and on getting information, it cordoned off an area at Subhana Chowk when it spotted a Honda City car coming from Subhana towards the city. When the police party asked the car to stop, Bhalu, who was driving the car, tried to flee from the spot. The police party chased the car and nabbed Bhalu and his accomplice Manmohan Singh, alias Manu Dhaba, besides recovering a pistol, two magazines and six cartridges from Bhalu and a pistol, a magazine and five cartridges from Manu Dhaba. During investigation, Bhalu and Manu Dhaba also named their other gang members who were actively involved with them, after which the police arrested them also. Jalandhar, September 2 With the Blue Whale challenge game making its way into the lives of children and youngsters falling prey to it and many reports of suicides coming while playing the game, the child rights commission has issued a letter in this regard to the Chief Secretary to make sure that such games should not be available for the students on Internet. The letter reads, “The Commission has taken a suo motu notice of the news in which 17-year-old student Abhishek from Ludhiana became victim of the Blue Whale challenge by committing suicide.” It further states that the Commission is shocked and concerned over reports of teenaged children being coaxed to take extreme steps of committing suicide by undertaking the Blue Whale challenge and is apprehensive about the vulnerability of more children falling prey to this game if preventive measures are not taken. The Commission has also marked this letter to the Principal Secretary to the Government of Punjab, Department of School Education and has told them to create awareness among teachers and parents of school children to keep a check on any unusual behaviour in them. Apart from this, a letter has also directed to the head ofthe BSNL, Punjab circle, for prompt action to take off the Blue Whale challenge. BLUE WHALE A reported suicide game (SOURCE: TWITTER) The principal who proved to be a shot in arm for his school School, Sodal Road. Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Muslims pray on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha at a mosque in Jalandhar on Saturday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH c m y b Jalandhar, September 2 When the government-aided schools are dying a slow death in many parts of the state, Devi Sahai SD Senior Secondary School stands firm in Basti Nau with full dignity. And the credit for this goes to Raj Kumar Sharma, 56, who changed the school’s fate completely when he joined it as its Principal in December 2001 and turned it around completely. When he joined the school, it had a strength of around 1,000 students. There was only the arts stream and it was not a co-ed school. Sharma, with his efforts, made it possible to start commerce and science streams here. He made the school coeducational which was earlier only for boys and now the Noble service Raj Kumar Sharma strength of the school is more than 1,900. Sharma, while explaining the journey, said while other schools in the area do not have the NCC, he made it sure that his school had this important discipline. Sharma had joined the teaching job in 1989 as a mathematics teacher in Devi Sahay SD Senior Secondary The principal has identified 81 students who have lost their father and special coaching is given to them by the principal himself. “Many mothers of students who had no father would often also come to us and complain that their wards were not serious,” he said, adding that he made it sure that he gave special attention to such students. Also, apart from giving them special coaching, the students are also given uniform free of cost and no fee is taken from them. Outstanding results The school always manages to get merit positions in class X and XII exams and stands out among other government and aided schools.
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