14112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/14/2017 12:42 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 14 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Smart City project Stage as playstation Trapped! The state government has finally approved a consultant for the purpose. P2 Theatre has been a strong tool for activists who lure children away from their playstations. P3 The recent track in the show Ek Deewaana Tha shows Sharanya trying to find out things from her past. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C MIN 10°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.26 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.49 AM Anganwadi workers fill pledge letters JAIL BHARO ANDOLAN Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 13 Members of the Anganwadi Workers Union Punjab (CITU) here today filled “Jail Bharo” pledge letters in huge numbers at a protest camp held outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner. Holding the protest under the district president Jasvir Kaur that children between the ages of three and six be retained at the anganwadi centres, as per the ECC policy - the union members demanded that the employment of anganwadi workers and helpers should be retained. Leaders said the state government was meting out a step-motherly treatment to the anganwadi workers and helpers and was robbing them of their livelihood. They said the state government’s approach towards the union was biased as for the past 52 days, over 54,000 women of the state were protesting in favour of these Anganwadi workers show the pledge letters filled by them for the Jail Bharo Andolan in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH demands, but the Chief Minister, leave alone seeking solutions to their demands, wasn’t even giving a patient hearing to their problems. They said in the 52 days of their protest, the CM had cancelled the meeting four times. They also said that the decisions taken by Cabinet minister Khatoon Razia Sultana, at a meeting with the union on November 8, were also not implemented by her due to which there was anger among the union members. The members said to intensify their agitation regarding these demands being repeatedly aired by the union, the members shall submit pledge letters regarding the “Jail Bharo Andolan”, which were then to be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner. Members said if the meeting with the Chief Minister, on November 14, proved inconsequential or was cancelled or their demands were not met, they would hold a “Jail Bharo Andolan” on November 15. They said the DC had been informed regarding the same beforehand so that the government might inform the jail authorities and food etc arrangements might be organised at jails in the district. They said the main demands of the union were the admission of children between three and six years at anganwadi centres, increase in the allowances of anganwadi union members, guarantee of pension and gratuity to them etc. They said the arrangement of clean drinking water at anganwadi centres, arrangements of electricity and toilets should also be done. The programme was addressed today by Sarabjit Kaur, Nirlep Kaur, Harmesh Kaur, Jasbir Kaur, among others. World Bank team Remembering Chacha Nehru visits villages Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 13 A high-level team of the World Bank today visited four villages in the district to review the ongoing projects for water supply under the World Bank-funded project being implemented by the state government. A team led by World Bank officer Harjot Kaur visited the Gehlar, Daultapur, Kotli Jameet Singh and Jethpur villages in the district and reviewed the working of the water supply schemes in these villages. She said the basic purpose of visiting the villages was to analyse and ensure that the schemes were being imple- mented in a proper manner. Harjot Kaur called upon the women to come forward and register their maximum participation in these projects, which were aimed at ensuring access to more reliable and better-quality water supply and sanitation facilities to the rural households. She said the project had also strengthened water quality monitoring methods and ensured proper distribution of potable drinking water by the gram panchayat water supply and sanitation committee. Harjot Kaur said such projects must be implemented in right earnest with a missionary zeal so that maximum number of people could be benefit from it. School children dressed up as Pt Jawaharlal Nehru to celebrate the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of the country inJalandhar on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH SNIPPETS One killed in road mishap Phagwara: Jaspreet Kaur, a resident of Haalta village, near Mehtiana, was killed on the spot, while her relative Surjit Kumar and her 12-yearold daughter, sustained injuries, when the bike they were riding on was hit by a speeding vehicle near Rawalpindi village, situated on Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road on Sunday evening. The victims were on their way to Mehtiana from Phagwara. Both injured were admitted to the Civil Hospital. The police have registered a case against an unknown driver, who managed to escape from the spot. OC Youth commits suicide Phagwara: A village youth, identified as Rahul of Miherru village reportedly committed suicide by allegedly consuming poison at his house in the village on Sunday. He was first admitted to a Phagwara hospital, but later taken to a Jalandhar hospital were he died. The police registered cases and handed over the bodies to their family members after conducting post-mortem examination. In another incident, a young woman, identified as Anjli, died after allegedly consuming a poisonous substance by mistake at her house on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road on Saturday night. OC Bring back Paramjit at govt expense: MP Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 13 Raising his voice in support of Paramjit Kaur of Bilga village in Jalandhar, who is stuck in Saudi Arabia, Jalandhar Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh has sent a communiqué to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, pressing her for quick help in the case. Forwarding a representation of Paramjit’s husband Malkiat Singh, Chaudhary said, “His wife is a victim of illegal and unauthorised travel agent who, with his fraudulent intentions, lured the victim and promised her a job in Saudi Arabia. Falling prey to the bad intentions of the travel agent, she settled to pay Rs 55,000 to him, out of which she paid Rs 25,000 in advance with the promise to pay balance Rs 30,000 after getting her first salary which was fixed at Rs 20,000 per month. But it is sad to inform that the travel agent sold Paramjit Kaur for Rs 3 lakh. The buyers are learnt to be torturing her brutally and not providing any eatables.” The MP further wrote, “The case is learnt to be in your knowledge via Twitter since November 3 wherein it was tweeted by you about her return home, but till date, no progress has been made. The person who abducted Paramjit Kaur has demanded Rs 5.40 lakh for her release. I have also talked to the victim personally who is reported to be under great stress due to torture. The husband of the victim is very poor and is not in a position to pay this amount, so she deserves all sympathies on extreme compassionate grounds.” Chaudhary has requested the Union Minister, “Kindly bring back Paramjit Kaur from Saudi Arabia on government expenses, it being a very genuine and deserving case.” UPPING ENGLISH STANDARDS IN GOVT SCHOOLS ALTERNATIVE TO STUBBLE BURNING Baseline English evaluation of students from today Farmers take to waste decomposer in fields Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 13 In a bid to better the English reading and comprehension skills of the students of government schools, the Education Department will hold the baseline evaluation of English skills of students from tomorrow. It is for the first time that such an exercise is being carried out in schools to upgrade English skills of government school students. The schools shall be sent Baseline Testing Evaluation Tools for the English language. Teachers of the sixth, seventh and eighth standard shall be given these tools and from November 14, the baseline testing in the English language will begin. The training regarding this has already been given at the district level. An assessment sheet is also being sent along with the evaluation tool in which all records regarding the base- It is for the first time that such an exercise is being carried out in schools to upgrade English skills of government school students. The schools shall be sent Baseline Testing Evaluation Tools for the English language. Teachers of the sixth, seventh and eighth standard shall be given these tools and from November 14, the baseline testing in the English language will begin line testing shall be filled. The kits being provided shall contain flash cards, picture identification cards, letters, two samples papers, reference words, sentences and stories to help assess the understanding of students in the language. The teachers shall be supposed to compile the sheet and send it to their respective BMs by November 20. The responsibility to get the baseline testing done of schools attached to them shall be of the complex in-charges. Teachers who get training is in the last phase shall send the assessments after five days. Chandrashekhar, district mentor, English, Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab, said, “We have often seen students struggling with words, letters and sentences. The tests and tolls kits shall basically aid the teachers in understanding the comprehension ability of students. We shall start with testing then on letter identification, then moving on to word story, sentence identification and story identification. While a five-day baseline testing session shall be held for students first, after that a foundation course shall also be held for the teachers of the district.” Fact file Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 13 When smog blanketing the region due to paddy burning is making headlines not only in Punjab but in the Capital too and also causing health problems, some farmers in Punjab are trying to adopt alternatives to avoid the burning of the stubble. The latest in this regard is the use of ‘waste decomposer’ in the fields. It has been prepared by the National Centre for Organic Farming, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. Being projected as an alternative to stubble burning by officials, the “waste decomposer” is a solution in a small bottle prepared with effective micro-organisms. It is available to farmers for Rs 20. Jagat Singh, assistant director of the centre, said many farmers in Punjab had started using “waste decomposer” in their fields. “We get feedback from the farmers which must be a motivation for other farmers too,” he said. He also said that the Kheti Virasat c m y b Officials at the National Centre for Organic Farming said the solution decomposed over 10,000 metric tonnes of biowaste in 30 days. It could also be used in foliar spray and via drip irrigation. The process is about in situ composting of the crop residue by spraying the preparation on the post-harvest stalks of crop plants in an acre and leaving it for a while. The solution can also be used for seed treatment. The officials further claimed that it could be used as a growth promoter, for soil conditioning and early germination to attain the maturity of the crop over time The sarpanch of Chak Bilga village uses waste decomposer solution in his fields in Nawanshahr. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Mission of Punjab, an NGO dedicated to promote organic farming, had taken many bottles from the centre. Officials from the centre were also circulating on social media videos of responses of Punjab’s farmers after the use of the solution. Balwant Singh Bains, sarpanch of Chak Bilga village of Nawanshahr, is using the “waste decomposer” in his fields. He said he was encouraging the farmers of the village to come forward and use the bottle in their fields. “The farmers have started responding and are using this to decompose the stubble too,” he said adding that the results will be available after a month. He said he was now waiting for its results. “I do not want to burn the paddy and that is why along with the farmers, I have gathered all the stubble and have sprayed the solution on it,” he said. Rajeev Kohli, director marketing, international relations, Kheti Virasat Mission, Punjab, said that the NGO had ordered more than 1,000 bottles from the centre and farmers had actually shown interest in the “waste decomposer”. “The initial response is positive and many farmers who are not connected with us directly have also been asking for ‘waste decomposer’ to avoid burning,” said Kohli. Officials at the centre said the solution decomposed over 10,000 metric tons of biowaste in 30 days. It could also be used in foliar spray and via drip irrigation. The process is about in-situ composting of the crop residue by spraying the preparation on the postharvest stalks of crop plants in one acre and leaving it for a while. The solution can also be used for seed treatment. The officials further claimed that it could be used as a growth promoter, for soil conditioning and early germination to attain the maturity of the crop over time.
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