01112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/1/2017 12:31 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 1 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Get set go Together, they rock Comical lanes Students of DAV college participate in Half Marathon ‘Run for Unity’ in Jalandhar on Tuesday. P2 Red Brick House Band not only plays lilting music but also takes the cause of literature forward. P3 Actor Rajniesh Duggall has some interesting work coming up, including a film alongside actor Krushna Abhishek. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 27°C MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 14°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 17.34 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.38 AM PRE-PRIMARY CLASSES IN GOVT SCHOOLS Preparations lacking on ground Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 31 Even though the announcement made by the Education Department to start pre-primary classes for the first time in the government schools has come as a decision that is being seen as a change in government education in the state, the preparations made for the same are not visible despite classes supposed to start from November 14. The children in the age of 36 will be admitted in the nursery, lower kindergarten (LKG) and upper kindergarten (UKG). Even officials in the department are clueless about the scheme and they do not know how they are going to implement it. The teachers said in the absence of extra staff, how were they supposed to run new classes? “We do not understand, there is already severe shortage of teachers in the primary schools, and on top of it, they are asking us to admit new students. God knows how we are going to teach them too,” said a teacher from a government school in Nakodar. Another teacher from a government school in Mehatpur village said the teachers would have to take care of the small children who will be taking admission in the Govt committed to wipe out drug trade: Nimisha Mehta school. “There should be someone to take care of the children,” the teacher said. There is another issue that is keeping the department authorities confused. They said Anganwaris do not want to allow the small children to come to us, which is another problem. District education officer (DEO) Rampal said till now, nothing was clear. “We will act according to the government’s order,” he said. Benefits of pre-primary classes in govt schools On an average, a private school takes annual fees of around a lakh from pre-primary classes. Private Govt primary school students at Jalandhar. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH schools take money in the name of various charges, tuition fee, admission fee, prospectus fee, uniform charges, various funds, stationery, and much more, burning hole in pockets of middle-class families, and admission in the government schools will be a help for the parents who cannot afford high fees. Resentment Stuck in S Arabia, Nawanshahr resident sends another video Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, October 31 After Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, taking notice of news-reports of a woman-daughter duo stuck in Saudi Arabia and asking External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take urgent steps to take them out of the hell, the family of Onkar Singh (29), a resident of Malpur village in Nawanshahr district, is now also pinning its hopes on the minister to help them out. Onkar Singh and his friend Sunil Rana have urged the minister to bail them out of the situation. In the first video, he had sought help from AAP MP Bhagwant Mann to get him “out of hell” in Saudi Arabia. A new video was forwarded to his family around three days ago in which Onkar Singh’s friend is seen requesting Swaraj to take action as they would not be able to contact them again. ‘ We are unemployed for the past nine months and have no money,’ said Rana, with Onkar Singh sitting beside him. Onkar’s widowed mother Resham Kaur had approached the DC’s office seven days ago. “I want the government and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help a mother,” she had said. Onkar had left for Saudi Arabia five years ago to earn a living and help his family overcome financial problems. He had started earning well, but when he asked for leave to visit his family, his employer — the owner of a private company — refused. Around a year ago, his younger brother, Jaspreet, died. Onkar again sought leave, but failed to get it. Resham Kaur is now living with her widowed daughterin-law Kiranjit Kaur. Kiran said it was becoming difficult to live as Onkar Singh was the only bread winner of the family. Resham Kaur said the company had not paid her son for the past two years. “After the company denied him leave and stopped payment, my son filed a case in a labour court. Later, the company fired him and his friend (Rana),” she added. Video footage shown Nimisha Mehta at a press conference in Jalandhar. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 31 Congress spokesperson Nimisha Mehta today warned the “blacksheep” in the Punjab Police to “shun the habit of collecting money from drug mafia that it had allegedly developed during the SAD-BJP regime”. Nimisha today showed the video footage of an incident of Mahilpur dating October 27 night, wherein a gunman of SHO Mahilpur reportedly landed in the house of a woman Jasbir Kaur and asked her and her family to start selling intoxicants and pay them 50,000 monthly. As per the version of Jasbir Kaur, the SHO had personally met the woman and had been sending his gunman for constantly pressurising them to sell drugs and pay them a monthly amount. Citing details of the already reported incident, “On this night, as the gunman of the SHO landed in their house, he started abusing the family members. When they warned him of calling the higher authorities, he called the SHO, who came with a huge force to rescue his gunman. On seeing a battery of mediapersons, the policemen fled from the spot.” Next day on questioning by the press, the SHO said that a man was carrying a bag loaded with poppy husk and his gunman was following him and on seeing a policeman, these people dragged him into their house and beat him. Therefore, Jasbir Kaur and family have been booked.” Questioning the working of the police, the Congress spokesperson asked, “If a man with a sackful of poppy Arhtiya association postpones protest Nimisha showed video footage of an incident of Mahilpur dating October 27 night, wherein a gunman of SHO Mahilpur reportedly landed in the house of a woman Jasbir Kaur and asked her and her family to start selling intoxicants and pay them 50,000 monthly. As per the version of Jasbir Kaur, the SHO had personally met the woman and had been sending his gunman for constantly pressurising them to sell drugs and pay them a monthly amount. SHO Mahilpur Balwinder Singh, meanwhile, denied the allegations. husk entered the house of Jasbir Kaur and policeman had followed him, why did the police, which had reached the spot, not arrest the family members there and then for manhandling the cop? Why did the police fail to make any recovery when it had already reached the spot? Why did the policemen decide just to flee with their man rather than taking proper action when they could have drug recovery also? Why did the police not add any section of drug smuggling when they alleged that the family had got a bagful of poppy? What made the Mahilpur police run away on seeing mediapersons rather than taking action?” Nimisha Mehta said Capt Amarinder Singh, his government and entire Congress party were hellbent to oust drug business in Punjab, but the “blacksheep” in the Police Department were trying to push people into drug mafia for making money. She said she would soon meet the DGP over this issue to apprise him of the situation. Mehta said it’s better these policemen shunned these dirty practices or they would face dire consequences. SHO Mahilpur Balwinder Singh countered, saying, “The allegations against my gunman are baseless. Since the woman had stepped out of jail just a few days ago, my gunman was just trying to keep a close watch on her and her family when the incident occurred. We have booked the woman and her married daughters under Sections 353, 186, 341, 342 and 149 of the IPC.” PADDY LIFTING Tribune News Service Members of the Shiv Sena Samajwadi party hold a protest in Jalandhar over the recent killings of Hindu leaders in the state, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Jalandhar, October 31 After the intervention of IG Jalandhar Arpit Shukla today, the protest and dharna planned by the Arhtiya Association against paddy lifting at PAP Chowk tomorrow has been postponed. The announcement was made by Harjit Singh Kalra, chairman, and Kashmiri Lal, president Jalandhar, here after a meeting at the IGP office. State president Ravinder Singh Cheema, in a statement, said that the protest against the Punjab State Warehouse Corporation Jalandhar would continue over their alleged demand of Rs 2 lakh for a shortage of 130 quintals lifted from Mandi. “We still are adamant that the rate will be fixed on the amount of paddy lifted from mandi and not for any shortfall found later,” he said. Harnam Singh Arhtiya from Alawalpur Mandi in Jalandhar had on Sunday stopped the auction of paddy over the demand of Rs 2 lakh and a case was lodged against labourer, Arhtiya and farmer in charge of hindrance in government duty. A DATE WITH HISTORY ‘Mela Ghadari Babeyan da’ pays tributes to poets of bygone era People visit the book fair at the Mela Gadri Babeyan Da in Jalandhar on Tuesday; and (right) students participate in a painting competition on the occasion Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 31 To pay tributes to hundreds of Ghadari poets, both known and unknown in the pages of Indian history, the annual “Mela Ghadari Babeyan da’ this year has laid special emphasis on promoting the poetry of the Ghadarites which till date holds relevance in the current political and social scenario prevalent in the state. Amolak Singh, convener of the mela who has recently compiled “Kirti kavya”, a book that published the poems written by the Ghadarites from the year 1926 to 1940, said the most amazing part of the Ghadar history is that its lineage has laid special emphasis on poetry. “They were not actually poets, but common persons who were either working in the fields or laying railway or telephone lines for the British army or constructing roads in various parts of the British colonies. From publishing Ghadar paper to Kirti and also Lal Dhindora, all periodicals published by the Ghadarites have poetry as their main ingredient. We are just serving it to our present generation to make them aware about the passion and the unrest the people during that time had in their minds,” said Amolak. The mela this year too has c m y b displayed a huge variety of poetry books from the Ghadar era. The most interesting part of the fact is that a majority of these do not have the name of its originator, but has the name of “Ek Ghadari, Ek Majdoor, Ek Musafir” or even some have written on them “Agyaat”. According to a paper published by Professor Darshan S Tatla, Department of Punjab Historical Studies, Punjabi University, most of the Ghadar poetry is the work of Sikhs who had written in the folklore tradition. “They had not paid sufficient attention to the specific cultural and religious milieu of poets as its composers.” Some of the most popular books of Ghadar poetry Ghadar di Goonj (‘Echoes of revolution’) Ghadar Lehar di Kavita Ghadar Lehar di Vartak : [The Prose of the Ghadar Movement] Kirti kavya Some rare gems of Ghadar poetry The Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar hall at BMC Chowk has done the complete compilation of the Ghadar paper and Kirti newspaper that was published during that era. The Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Committee has also called some rare copies of the Phulwari periodical that too was published during that era. Quiz competitions on Russian Revolution PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH On the second day of the mela, a quiz competition pertaining to the Russian revolution was held at the Desh Bhagat Yaadgar hall. Over 33 teams from various schools took part in the first round of the competition. Later, the top five teams entered the final round. District Education and Training centre at Shekhupur won the first place followed by the Second Innings Foundation. The third place was won by Sant Heera Das Kanga Mahavidyalaya. In the painting competition, Latika of HMC College won the first place followed by Harpreet Kaur of SGGS Khalsa College. The third place was won by Amandeep Kaur of Heriyaan village. The Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Committee president Gurmeet Singh Dhada, general secretary Gurmeet Singh, cultural wing convener Amolak Singh too were present on the occasion. In the Kavi Darbar, poets recited poems pertaining to Dalit concerns, superstition, saffronisation of political arena etc. Flag-hoisting on Thursday The traditional flag-hoisting ceremony of the mela will be held tomorrow at 10 am. Later, various plays, songs and musical programmes will be held in the whole day and at night. Like always, this year the Flag-hoisting song is also written by Amolak Singh.
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