05112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/5/2017 12:25 AM Page 1 SUNDAY | 5 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE PCOCA needed: DGP Verses on Feminism Niki goes for a strong role Suresh Arora, DGP, laid stress on the importance of the Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act (PCOCA). P2 Kaur Ratan, Ish Kaur and MC Manmeet have stormed the male bastion—that of rap singers. P3 Niki Walia’s big return to small screen after a decade with Star Plus’ show leaves the audience in awe. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C MIN 14°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 5.34 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.59 AM Fog: 14 injured in road accident Edu Dept’s orders for Mar exams Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Tanda Urmar (Hoshiarpur), November 4 At least 14 persons were injured in a road accident that occurred due to fog this morning on the MianiDasuya main road. The victims were on their way to Dera Baba Badbagh Singh in Himachal Pradesh from Putlighar Road, Amritsar. The accident took place as the driver of the Tempo traveller could not judge the road on a bridge on the Kali Bein and the Tempo traveller fell into the Bein. Local residents, who helped the victims come out of the Bein, carried them to the Dasuya and Tanda civil hospitals with the help of 108 Ambulance. The injured were identified as Mandeep Singh, son of Amarjit Singh, Sukhpreet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Harpreet Kaur, wife of Talwinder Singh, Arshpreet, daughter of Talwinder Singh, Talwinder Singh, son of Balwant Singh, Gurpreet Singh, son of Surinder Singh.Talwinder Singh said they had left this morning from Amritsar, boarding the tempo traveLler, for a visit to Dera Baba Badbhag Singh with his family members at 5 in the morning. Gurpreet Singh (22) was driving the vehicle. Jalandhar, November 4 The new guidelines by the Education Department regarding the deputation of observers from other districts have been received with a mixed response by teachers. In anticipation of the upcoming examinations in March 2018, the department has issued guidelines that none of the teachers deputed shall be from the same district where the exams are taking place. The guidelines also say that CCTV cameras shall be installed at sensitive centres and the ETT teachers will also be involved in the exam process. As per the recent instructions, every teacher shall have to conduct duties if deputed concerning the exams. If a teacher is unable to be on duty, at least an SMO-level medical certificate shall be sought from the teacher. The ETT teachers shall also be included as supervisors for the exams. Orders in brief ■ No teachers from local centres ■ No leaves unless approved by SMO-level officers ■ CCTV cameras for sensitive centres CCTV cameras shall be installed at sensitive centres While teachers have been told that the building notices and date-sheet schedules for the March 2018 examinations shall be sent to them as per the schedule, instructions to be seen.” Another district teacher, however, said, “While it seems implausible that the CCTV cameras might be set up by the upcoming supplementary test exams, it is unlikely that these might be set up by March either. The allocation, budgeting and the receipt of funds in such decisions usually takes years by which the project remains in a limbo. To make this a reality by March, the department will have to act quickly.” Appointment of IKGPTU VC in limbo P2 Holy dip Trains run behind schedule Avneet Kaur Devotees take a holy dip in the sarovar of Ber Sahib Gurdwara during Gurpurab at Sultanpur Lodhi on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Ushering in a theatre movement Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 4 From a motley group of seven to eight theatre aficionados attempting a humble rendition of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall in 2008, to a group which single-handedly arranged the staging of plays from across the nation — running to packed houses of a willing audience paying for their passes — the Yuvaa Theatre group in Jalandhar has charted a success story, which has proven to the sceptics and critics alike that in this age of social media, theatre can very much be a force to reckon with. While the group’s fourth successful Yuvaa Rang Utsav closed amidst roaring applause and a full house last week with the play Bicchu, the group has rendered theatre a movement in the city and managed a feat which until some years ago people scoffed at – made theatre ticket-able. Thanks to Yuvaa, the city now has an ever growing audience of people who actually go to the plays much like the movies – for an evening’s entertainment. While the group first started the experiment of charging for the plays during last year’s Yuvaa Rang Utsav with donation passes of Rs 50, the donation passes this year were put at Rs 100 with almost all plays running to packed houses and the demand exceeding supply in the first and last plays with many members of the audience making do by sitting on the floor due to a lack of seats. The city saw action from nationally acclaimed actors and artists like Smita Tambe (Dada Saheb Phalke Awardee), Vibha Chibber, Goutam Halder and Rajinder Sharma, among others, were among those invited to stage plays this year. At the presentation level, the group roped in artist have also been issued to ensure that the exams are conducted with the strict compliance of all these guidelines. A district-based teacher reacting to the guidelines said, “It is a great move to depute teachers from centres outside the district. It had to be made sure that the teachers were deputed without any personal affiliations or preferences, failing which cheating was becoming common at centres. However, the actual implementation of it at the ground level remains Artistes in a play to celebrate Mela Gadri Babeyan Da at Desh Bhagat Hall in Jalandhar. Flashback: While Yuvaa started with the staging of Hamlet in 2008, the group received critical acclaim with Court Martial and went national with Gulzaar’s Kharaashein which first put them on the national map. Their acclaimed feminist play Muzeum was performed before an audience of 3,500 peasants and labourers amidst roaring applause and sloganeering at Ludhiana. While Ankur has also had the honour of staging Muzeum at the Yale Cabaret, the group has also performed plays at the Punjab Artistes in the play ‘Bichhu’ to celebrate Yuvaa Rang Utsav 2017 at Natshala and the National School of Drama. KL Saigal Memorial Hall in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTOS front seats at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall, a lot of struggle was involved for the group to secure the kind of popularity that they now enjoy. Ankur Sharma, creative director and founder of the Yuvaa theatre in Jalandhar. Sunil Kapoor to put up paintings at the reception hall of the KL Saigal Memorial Hall as well as installations outside the auditorium to usher in audience amid a creative atmosphere. What’sApp and door-todoor campaigns While Yuvaa has been a witness to the days when theatre productions could merely manage to fill the first few Lead by actors Vishesh Arora, Shaina Batta, Chahat, Manpreet and Jeevan Dogra, the group has been regularly planning strategies on running campaigns to rope in an active audience. Through various stagings, the group has been keeping a tab on an audience base which has regularly been attending their plays. Now 1,000 persons strong, the group sends out WhatsApp and Facebook messages to these people before every screening, exhorting them to attend their plays. Group members also held door-to-door campaigns across various localities in cities, distributing pamphlets and brochures of their events, exhorting residents to attend their plays. Creative director and founder of Yuvaa, Professor Ankur Sharma said, “In the days when Yuvaa was set up, the audience was sparse. Eminent persons from the city attended the plays, we have all through been trying to strike a balance between the theatre of the masses and also laying stress on making sure that people actually pay to watch it. So, while on the one hand, we have been selling passes, on the other, we have been making sure that we carry on with street campaigns and plays. While four of us have stuck on to the beginning, we have in all a team of 25 to 30 people now.” c m y b Jalandhar, November 4 Several long-route trains are running behind schedule, causing inconvenience to passengers. If the Railways officials are to be believed, many trains are not maintaining their time-table either due to fog or operational reasons. Passengers have been facing harassment without any sign of improvement for the past over 15 days. Officials say half a dozen trains were rescheduled and many others were running late for the past many days due to operational constraints. Passengers on the Amritsar-Jalandhar-New Delhi section had to bear the brunt of erratic rail traffic as Intercity Express, Shatabdi Express and Shane-Punjab trains were also running behind schedule of 50 minutes to two hours. The 14649 Jaynagar-Amritsar Saryu-Yamuna Express and 14674 Amritsar-Jaynagar Shaheed Express were cancelled for a day before, while for today these were running behind the scheduled time. Six other trains — 15210 Amritsar-Saharsa Jansewa Express (19.25 hrs), 15212 Jan Nayak Express (18 hrs), 14673 JaynagarAmritsar Shaheed Express (2.45 hrs), 12054 Amritsar- Continued on page 2
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