31102017-JTR-01.qxd 10/31/2017 1:00 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 31 OCTOBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Youth fest in Hoshiarpur These kids are booked Health is wealth Scintillating performances by teams of giddha and orchestra left the audience mesmerised. P2 Kids now love to spend their free time in the library. P3 Popular television personalities share their favourite health dishes. FORECAST P4 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 30°C MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C MIN 13°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.35 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.37 AM 1 killed in road mishap Phagwara: Teja Singh of Jakhar village near Ludhiana was killed on the spot when the autorickshaw in which he was going to Ludhiana from Nakodar was hit by a speeding bus near Jamalpur village on the Phagwara-Ludhiana road on Sunday night. The bus driver managed to flee from the spot after hitting the auto, the police said. The police have registered a case under Section 304-A against the unknown bus driver. OC Mobile shop burgled Phagwara: A mobile shop, Gopal Gift Center, was reportedly burgled at the local Kherra Road on Sunday night. The burglars entered the shop after demolishing the boundary wall and took away goods worth Rs 1.20 lakh, including 15 mobile phones. The police have registered a case. OC DELIMITATION PLAN Pvt schools, less staff a threat to govt schools BJP delegation meets MC Many schools facing merger say strength fell due to students shifting to pvt institutions Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 30 While the government’s sudden decision to close as many as 800 government primary schools across the state has caused much anger among teachers, a visit to these schools revealed a trail of teacher-less schools, and a vast exodus of students to private schools in the past some years, causing a crisis in government education. Collectively, the 54 schools in Jalandhar facing closure, merely have 84 posts of teachers. From as many as 72,383 students being admitted to government schools in the session 2014-15, in the session 2016-17, only about 64,257 students were admitted in the district. In all, there has been a reduction of 8,126 students in the district in the past few years. While in the session 201415, 72,383 students were admitted to government primary schools, in 2015-16, 67,215 students were admitted to government schools and in 2016-17, the admissions came down to 64,257. The 54 government pri- 3 arrested for drug smuggling Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 30 The Rural police today arrested three alleged notorious criminals and seized a car, 220 gm of heroin, a .32 bore revolver along with 10 live cartridges and two empty cartridges from their possession. SHO Lohian and DSP Shahkot received information that three occupants of a car were in possession of a huge quantity of heroin. When the police reached near Godra Peer, falling in the area of Shahkot, they spotted a car and signalled the driver to stop, upon which the three occupants opened fire at the police party. At this, the police also retaliated. Following this, one of the accused stopped his accomplice Jalandhar, October 30 The Shiormani Akali Dal (SAD), while challenging the Congress today, dared it to cancel contracts with electricity firms. Party leader Pawan Tinu, while talking to journalists here today, said the allegations by the Congress that the increase in electricity WOMAN-DAUGHTER STUCK IN SAUDI ARABIA Family meets MLA Simranjit Singh Bains Tribune News Service Two members of a gang of robbers in Jalandhar on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH from firing at the police. Consequently, their pistol went off and one of the accused, Amarveer Singh, got hit on his thigh. Constable Angrej Singh then seized a pistol of the accused. All three accused, identified as Amarveer Singh (29), Parabhjit Singh (46) and Navdeep Kohli (31), were arrested. Accused Amarveer Singh, who received bullet injuries, was immediately rushed to the Civil Hospital. ‘Cancel contracts with power cos to tackle rise in power bills’ Tribune News Service mary schools in Jalandhar, which are slated to be closed after the government’s decision to merge schools with less than 20 students, a dip of as many as 106 students has been seen in the past one year. While last year as many as 797 students were enrolled in these schools, this year 691 students were admitted to bills was due to the agreements between the Akali Dal and power firms were baseless. Tinu said Jakhar had formerly also made statements regarding power companies in which he had stated that after coming to power, he would get the matter investigated from the CBI or CAG. He said the Congress was in the government for the past seven months then why was an investigation on the issue not being sought? He said the Congress was not able to handle power, and was making various excuses on why it had not been able to deliver on its various promises. He said the Punjab Government does not have money to pay to its employees and it was announcing major grants for cities. these schools. With a serious dearth of teachers at these schools, the remaining schools are also set to lose students in the coming years, with private schools offering these a stiff competition. The cluster head school at Goraya, Government Primary School, Sargundi, lies in complete doldrums presently, having only 11 students. It is due to receive the students from the now announced-to-beclosed Chak Thothra Primary School which has only 11 students. At least four of the total nine schools under the Sargundi School – government primary schools Chak Thothra (12 students), Loharan (11), Surja (15) and Jand (16) – are set to be closed due Nawanshahr, October 30 The anxious family of Gurbaksh Kaur (43) and Reena Rani (23), who are stuck in Saudi Arabia after allegedly been duped by agents, today met Simranjit Singh Bains, MLA, Atam Nagar constituency, Ludhiana, and demanded help from him. The family has been approaching MLAs and has also made an appeal to Sushma Swaraj. Pakhar Ram, son of Kaur, said although a case had been registered against the agents, they were at large. “We have no choice but to go to MLAs to help us out of this situation,” he said. The Nawanshahr police had finally registered a case against the agents who had allegedly duped Gurbaksh Kaur (43) and Reena Rani (23) of Garhi Fateh Khan village by sending them to Saudi Arabia instead of Malaysia. While Kaur’s husband Gurmel Singh (50), who works as a labourer, who had lodged a police complaint around 15 days ago, said the police and leaders must come forward for their help External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has, meanwhile, taken notice of the case and has ordered to take action. because they alone would not be able to fight. The members have been demanding action against the agents. They said no one was listening to them. Both mother and daughter had sent videos to family, asking them to get them out of the hell. Angad Singh, MLA, has also written to the Minister of External Affairs (MEA), to intervene in the matter and rescue the womandaughter duo, and said he was also planning to meet the minister. “It is an important case, so I want to get it solved. Till now, we have not got any reply, but efforts will remain,” he said. Today, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, in a tweet to Sushma Swaraj, has requested her for urgent help for the duo. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has, meanwhile, taken notice of the case and has ordered to take action. Gulabi Kothi at K’thala to soon get renovated Tribune News Service The renovation work of the Darbar hall in Kapurthala is nearing completion. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Jalandhar, October 30 The ongoing renovation work of the Darbar hall is nearing completion, following which the district administration has planned to begin the renovation work of the Gulabi kothi. Talking to The Tribune, project director, Tourism Department, said the Darbar hall had been renovated with a budget of Rs 5 crore. “We are soon going to float tenders for the renovation of the Gulabi kothi, housing the Bhutiya Bangla, Gole Kothi and Buggi Khana. Also, we will renovate Shaalimar Bagh in the final c m y b phase of the heritage conservation project launched by the Toursim Department in Kapurthala last year,” said Mishra. The Darbar hall, which earlier housed the district administrative complex, was done by a team of expert artisans. The Darbar Hall building was started in 1882 AD (1938 Bikrami) and completed in 1889 AD (1945 Bikrami) during the time of his highness Maharaja Jagatjit Singh Bahadur of Kapurthala. The Tourism Department has sanctioned an additional Rs 10 crore to carry out the renovation work at Gulabi Kothi. to the government’s decision regarding the merger. Staff at all the schools said the primary reason for the schools to be closed is the exodus of students from government to private schools. While the Chak Thothar School only had two teachers and one of these also brought in on deputation just a year ago, the Sargundi school had two teachers and an education provider for 11 students. Sargundi school escaped the merger due to being the cluster head school. Sources at Sargundi school, said, “The school once had 100 students, and last year it has as many as 20 students. However, in enrolments made in March last year, the school’s strength dwindled.” A dearth of teachers also haunts schools like Haripur Khalsa (33 students one teacher), Bhaini (17 students one teacher). A teacher who conducted the survey regarding students said, “There is a growing trend in villages that students don’t want to walk to school. They want to travel in vans and buses and it is catching up like art race. Due to the lack of teachers, parents also eventually stop sending students to government schools.” DEO Jalandhar, Rampal, said, “We are doing our utmost to pep up government schools, but it is true that private schools are offering some tough competition. As far as the recruitment of teachers is concerned, that only the department can solve.” Commissioner Jalandhar, October 30 The district unit of the BJP , headed by its district president Ramesh Sharma, today met the Municipal Commissioner Dr Basant Garg and sought information pertaining to the new proposal of the delimitation of the wards. Highlighting major anomalies in the newly proposed plan of the Punjab Local Bodies Department, Sharma asked Dr Garg to cite the reason as to why the wards in the city were increased from 60 to 80 when there was no increase in the city area and also the municipal limits. “If the increase in population is the criteria for which the delimitation was planned, we have requested the MC Commissioner to provide us the latest population figures,” said Sharma. Women found unconscious at park Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 30 Five women were found unconscious at a park near the railway station here today. The police reached the spot and took them to the Civil Hospital for treatment. While one of them regained consciousness, the other four women are yet to come to their senses. The women told the police that all of them boarded a taxi from the Beas and came to Jalandhar. Later, they ate “Chole Bhature” from a street vendor and started falling Five Indore-based women who were found unconscious at the city railway station on Monday undergo treatment at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH unconscious immediately after consuming the food. The police have lodged a complaint in this regard and begun investigation into the matter.
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