15112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/15/2017 12:58 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 15 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE ‘Provide consular access’ Spice Girls of Punjabi music! Take two Jagtar Singh Dhindsa, the Indianorigin Mayor of Whatford in UK on Tuesday slammed Punjab Police. P2 Punjabi female singers are getting as many people on the dance floor as their male counterparts. P3 &TV is all set to launch a unique fiction offering- Meri Hanikarak Biwi. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 21°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23°C MIN 11°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 17.25 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.50 AM Pre-primary classes start sans help from Edu Dept Relief at last Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Late-night showers on Tuesday provided relief to city residents . TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Launch of online land registration put off ADAMPUR Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 14 The much-hyped launch of online property registration project, which was to be formally launched in Adampur sub-tehsil, has been put off. The programme is likely to be rescheduled for next week. While Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was to launch the project and Financial Commissioner Revenue (FCR) Vini Mahajan was scheduled to visit here, the programme was cancelled at the eleventh hour. The entire administrative staff had been making rounds to Adampur for the past few days to check arrangements for the two major programmes – visit of the FCR tomorrow and that of President of India at the Adampur Airforce station a day after. Trial runs were being held for the past few days. An advance team of the FCR office too had been here for checking works in the revenue department of the city, where too she was expected tomorrow. Private bus operators oppose hike in ‘adda’ fee Our Correspondent Jalandhar, November 14 The hike in “adda” fees, charged from buses carrying passengers as they exit the bus stand here, irked private operators who raised a hue and cry over the matter and stopped bus services for at least an hour this morning. As per the orders received by the DC from the state government, it was directed that the “adda” fees of minibuses was to be increased from Rs 25 to Rs 40. Similarly, other buses were to be charged Rs 80 instead of Rs 50. The overnight parking fee was also increased from Rs 50 to Rs 80. The orders for the revised fees were passed by the District Commissioner to the Punjab Roadways authorities on November 10. A meeting of the General Manager (Roadways) and the DC was held today in this regard where it had been finalised that the “adda” fees per trip of the bus would remain the same and had to be paid by the bus operators. However, the hike did not go well with private bus operators, who accused the bus stand authorities of not A policeman talks to private bus operaters at the Jalandhar busstand on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH New fee structure As per the revised list, the fees to be charged from mini-buses is Rs 47 (including 18 per cent GST), while other buses will be charged Rs 95 (including 18 per cent GST). The revised overnight parking charges are Rs 80. . providing them adequate facilities. They termed the hike as “exorbitant and unacceptable”. As per the revised list, the fees to be charged from mini-buses was Rs 47, while other buses were to be charged Rs 95, including 18 per cent GST. The revised overnight parking charges stood at Rs 40 for mini-buses and Rs 80 for other buses. “We have started collecting the fees as per the revised prices and everything was going well till around 9 in the morning, when a section of private transporters raised a hue and cry over the increase in the fees and staged a protest for the same,” he added. GM (Roadways) Parmeet Singh Minhas said, “The orders with the revised list of adda fees have been passed by the DC to the roadways and have to be followed. It is since long that the adda fees for per trip of the bus is being charged. It was just to disturb the daily routine that some private operators staged the protest.” PAP flyover work troubles commuters Slow progress, construction firm fails to provide proper service roads Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, November 14 The construction of two flyovers each at Rama Mandi and PAP Chowk that will be joined under the sixlane Jalandhar-Panipat Expressway project has become a nightmare for commuters due to its slow progress and the alleged failure on part of the construction company to provide proper service roads to commuters. The people who used to commute daily on the road face regular traffic jams due to which they fail to reach their destination on time. Since all issues pertaining to permissions were Work in progress at the PAP chowk flyover. resolved, the work has been resumed recently. It was initiated to ease traffic on this portion of the national highway. However, the work is moving at a snail’s pace. The company has failed to maintain a proper service road. As a result, the project leads to huge bottlenecks in the area as most of the time the road remains jammed. Motorists face difficulties while commuting through the stretch. Even warning signboards are missing in between the stretch. As per the information, the major reason for the delay in the work was the construction of an elevat- ed road between Chachoki village and the bus stand at Phagwara on the NH-1, which delayed the work for many years. Interestingly, the construction work on the six-laning of the Jalandhar-Panipat highway began in May 2009, which was scheduled to be completed in 30 months. Project manager NHAI KV Rao said, “The service road has been provided, the 8m stretch has now increased to 16m to overcome traffic problem only. Proper services to the commuters are being given. Being a highway, it already receives a lot of traffic and the construction work is not to be blamed.” c m y b Jalandhar, November 14 “Swagat pre-primary jamatan” (welcome, preprimary classes) was written on the blackboard of most schools. It was the first day for new students in government schools as the pre-primary classes began today. However, desks, teachers and not even a single penny has been provided by the education department, leave aside rooms. An otherwise appreciable step by the government to start pre-primary classes in the schools began today with the schools spending money from their own pockets. The students already studying in primary schools were amazed to see new faces on the campus. Most of the schools were abuzz with the noise of small children who were seen playing with new toys that some of the schools had managed to buy for them. A visit to some of the schools revealed the helplessness of the education department as in small places, the students were made to study and the whole scene indicated that the classes had begun without any preparation or help given to the schools. On a visit to a government primary school in Kabir Nagar, around eight A teacher takes pre-primary classes in a government school in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH new students were found blowing up balloons and studying too. A teacher was teaching them by making dots on their notebooks and then making them write alphabets on them. The school had arranged for a thick mat for the students to make them sit comfortably and the room of the head teacher had been converted into that of a pre-primary class. Head teacher Davinder Kumar said the school has made sure that the students do not face any problems. “But since they are small and new, we have to deal with them accordingly. We will follow the instructions Special drive against child labour launched Tribune News Service Fact file Jalandhar, November 14 Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma today launched a special awareness campaign under National Child Labour project to make the people aware about the menace of child labour. Launching the posters of the campaign, the Deputy Commissioner said the main aim of the campaign was to wipe out this curse from the district. He said under the project serious efforts were being made by the district administration to ensure that the exploitation of children through child labour was checked at every cost. He said the district administration had been making all efforts to make sure that students were not forced to do work. The Deputy Commissioner said the administration was running 27 schools where children were imparted primary education free of cost. He said besides education, these schools were carrying out various activities for the overall personality development of these children. Various activities would be now carried out by the administration in the Child Labour Week to be observed by the administration. He said the provisions of the Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 were being implemented strongly to ensure the well-being of Under the project, serious efforts were being made by the district administration to ensure that the exploitation of children through child labour was checked at every cost. . children. He said the recent amendments in the Act had made the provision of stringent punishment for the offenders. Also, Section 3 of the Act now debars any child below the age of 14 from working in any hazardous or nonhazardous institution, adding that as per Section 3 (a) any adolescent (14-18 years) may work in non-hazardous institution but they could not be forced to work for more than five hours. The violation of these provisions could lead to punishment of six months to two years of imprisonment and fine of Rs 20,000-Rs 50,000. Also, if the parents of any child force him to work, they too could be penalised for it. Meanwhile, the DC lauded the NGO and the SAS foundation for taking keen part in this awareness drive. He said such endeavours on part of the NGOs would be instrumental in making this campaign a mass movement. On this occasion, project director of the National Child Labour Project Sukhjinder Singh and president of the SAS Foundation Ramanpreet Kaur were also present. given by the department properly,” he said. The school has 205 students studying and apart from the two rooms, the teachers also take classes in the minuscule entrance hall. A check on Government Primary School, Gandhi Camp, revealed that only one student had taken admission in pre-primary classes. The teachers said the issue with the Anganwari workers was that it was difficult to get the students. Also, the education department had promised to give a fund of Rs 1,000 to each school to get necessary things like mats, posters, charts, stationery etc but no funds have come to the teachers so far. Some of the teachers, who hail from the rural areas, said in some of the schools, the students have come but everything else is just a formality. District Education Officer (DEO) Rampal said he had gone to a few schools to check the situation. When asked what provisions have been made by the education department, he said the teachers have been instructed to make every arrangement. The teachers, on the other hand, said the department has not provided any help so far. SNIPPETS 14 shopkeepers fined ~ 89,000 Nawanshahr: Fourteen shopkeepers in Nawanshahr were fined Rs Rs 89,000 by Additional Deputy Commissioner (General)-cumAdjudicating Officer (Food Safety) Ranjit Kaur for selling substandard food items. Shopkeepers of grocery stores, sweet shops, restaurants, an ice cream factory, dairies, milkmen etc were selling substandard food items like refined oil, milk, cheese etc in the district. A fine amounting to Rs 50,000 was imposed on ‘More’ store, situated on Old Court Road, Nawanshahr, for selling substandard cinnamon. Manoj Khosla, Assistant Commissioner (Food), said the raids had regularly been conducted by the food safety team comprising food safety officers Sangeeta Sehdev and Rakhi Vinayak in the district. Earlier, fines amounting to Rs 4, 72,200 had been imposed on the erring shopkeepers. As many as 208 such cases are pending in the court of the ADC, the Assistant Commissioner added. 3 held with fake police ID cards Jalandhar: The city police on Tuesday arrested three persons and recovered fake police identity cards from their possession in the Rama Mandi area. Area SHO Kulwant Singh Heer said the accused were identified as Kulwinder Singh, Gurjeet Singh of Wariana village and Gurpinder Singh, a resident of Chuharwali village. Heer added that the police had also recovered some live cartridges along with fake identity cards of the Punjab Police. “It seemed they were planning to hit some government installation by posing as cops.We are investigating the case,” said Heer. One held for drug peddling Phagwara: The Phagwara police have arrested a drug peddler, identified as Narinder Kumar alias Dara of village Atholi and recovered 13 grams of heroin from his possession. The accused was nabbed at a check-point near the local Urban Estate this morning. Gold ‘kada’ snatched Phagwara: Four unidentified robbers, including three women, snatched a gold ‘kada’ from one Joginder Kumar in Dharamkot locality here today. The incident took place in broad daylight today. The victim was taking a stroll in the locality at the time of the incident. According to him, a car stopped and a woman inside it asked her an address. As he was about to say it, the women clasped his hand, snatched the gold ‘kada’ and fled in the car. OCThe police have registered a case in this connection. INSIDE e-learning module launched Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights on Tuesday launched a programme, ‘Satark Main, Surakshit Main’ to mark the Children’s Day in collaboration with an NGO, ‘Save the children’. P2
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