27112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/27/2017 12:45 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 27 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Horticulture dept Good health at your fingertips Smiriti had a great fall The Horticulture department has produced 11,000 bottles of Oyster (Dhingri) mushroom seeds. P2 Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar debunks some unfortunate and common health myths. P3 Known for choosing powerful and challenging roles, Smiriti Kalra has been receiving rave reviews. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 25°C MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.09°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5.21 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7.00 AM Shot in the arm Deadlock remains over seat sharing WAR OF WARDS Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service A doctor participates in the shot put game at a sports meet organised by the Indian Medical Association in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Jalandhar, November 27 The core election group of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiromani Akali dal (SAD) held their first coordination meeting today at Circuit House to discuss the seat sharing and other issues ahead of the forthcoming civic elections of the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ). The BJP leaders included District President Ramesh Sharma, Punjab Vice President Rakesh Rathore, Pradesh Secretary Anil Sacchar, Spokesperson Dewan Amit Arora, Former cabinet minister Manoranjan Kalia, Former MLA K D Bhandari and District Joint Secretary Ajay Joshi and Raman Pabbi. Meanwhile, the SAD core group had former MLA Ajit Singh Kohar, Bibi Jagir Kaur, former MLA Sarabjit Makkar, Baljit Singh Neelamahal, Kulwant Singh With municipal elections round the corner, a joint meeting of the BJP and Akali Dal in progress in Jalandhar on Sunday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Absence of leaders ■ The BJP leaders even questioned SAD leaders for the absence of local leaders in the core group. As SAD is yet to form the district unit after the embarrassing defeat in the recently held assembly elections, none except former MLA Sarabjit Singh Makkar was present at the meeting today. ■ According to sources, the BJP also raised the issue of the lack of coordination during the assembly elections with the SAD. During that Poppy husk seized MONITORING OF CLAIMS AND OBJECTIONS FOR REVISION OF ELECTORAL ROLLS Phagwara: The Dosanjh Kalan police arrested a woman at a check-post for allegedly peddling drugs. The accused was identified as Manjit Kaur of Kali village and 1 kg of poppy husk was recovered from her. OC Tribune News Service time, SAD’s district president Gurcharan Singh Channi was called the Chandigarh to look after the party’s event at the state level, leaving behind a void which coste dearly to both parties. ■ With a tussle going on between Channi and Makkar over the post of SAD’s district president at Jalandhar, Channi boycotted the party, but Makkar made his presence felt along with senior party leaders. His presence is also seen as a signal of being SAD’s next district president. Blood donation Phagwara: Thirty two youths donated blood at a blood donation camp organised by the Hindustan Welfare Blood Donors Club at the blood bank here on Sunday, said club executive member Anurag Mankhand. OC Surprise checks at polling booths Jalandhar, November 26 Commissioner, Jalandhar Division-cum-Election Roll Observer, Raj Kamal Chaudhary, today conducted a surprise check at various polling booths to monitor the work of receiving claims and objections for the revision of electoral rolls at special camps organised by the district administration. A team of officials, led by Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, conducted a sur- prise check at polling booths at Government School and Janta School, Jandu Singha, Government School Chuharwali, office of the Municipal Committee, Adampur, Government School, Khurdpur, among other places. Chaudhary observed the working of BLOs entrusted with the work to register voters on the special day. He also had detailed interaction with people arriving at polling booths for getting them registered as voters and asked them about the ongoing process. The Commissioner said the main aim of the check was to ensure that all BLOs were doing their duties diligently so that people did not face any sort of problem. He said the motive of organising these camps was to facilitate people, adding that the BLOs were receiving the claims and objections today for the revision of the electoral rolls in an error-free manner during these camps. Chaudhary said the special camps had been organ- Mannan and Paramjit Singh Raipur. Interestingly, none except Makkar from the district unit was part of the core election group which will coordinate, with BJP during the soon to be held municipal elections at Jalandhar. In the first-ever meeting, huge outburst was reported amongst the leaders of the alliance group that ran state government for over 10 years in Punjab. While the BJP strongly condemned the ‘Ghar Waapsi’ of SAD leader Kuldeep Oberoi and his wife Arwinder Kaur Oberoi from Aam Aadmi party (AAP), they also slammed former Senior Deputy Mayor Kamaljit Bhatia for opposing Mayor Sunil Jyoti throughout the five-year tenure. Taking a strong note of Bhatia and Pravesh Tangri, BJP’s district president Ramesh Sharma slammed them for declaring themselves as candidates from their respective wards even before the formation of the core election groups by both the parties. The BJP leaders had even warned the SAD leaders of the ever-rising unrest of party workers against the SAD as they were already opposing the political alliance before the assembly elections. Also, the SAD-BJP leaders had a deadlock over the seat sharing model as both of them wanted a increased share to their kitty. While citing the failure of BJP MLAs of retaining their seats in the recently held assembly elections, Akali Dal had proposed a seat sharing at the old ratio of 65:35, where BJP will contest from 52 seats, while the SAD will contest from 28 seats. On the contrary, the BJP , citing its major vote bank in urban area, had demanded an increase in its share from 52 to 64 seats in the newly formed delimitation wards. Finding no way out, BJP District President Sharma has forwarded the case to the party high command. Winter must ised at all polling stations across the district. The Commissioner said under the special summary revision of photo electoral rolls for Lok Sabha/Vidhan Sabha Assembly segments for the left-out eligible voters, the BLOs had already started door-to-door surveys from November 15, adding that the survey would be completed by the end of the month. He said besides registering themselves with the officials concerned, the new Continued on page 2 A groundnut vendor in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH 450 teams to undertake survey Crusader spreads message against gender bias MGSVY Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 26 More than 450 teams have been constituted in the district for completing the survey for Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojna (MGSVY) in all villages of the district. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma said here today that the committee, comprising officials of the state government along with villagers, would undertake village level door-to-door survey for the identification of the beneficiaries of this ambitious scheme. He said the 450 committees would complete the sur- vey in all 900 villages of the district and submit the report to the district administration by the end of the next month. Sharma said the basic purpose of the survey was to ensure that the needy get the benefits of the schemes of the government. The Deputy Commissioner said the scheme was a step forward towards ensuring inclusive development and providing equitable access for the socio-economic development of the deserving people. Debt-ridden farmers, families with woman as head of family, the families who have lost their only bread earner, families with members suffering from serious ailments like cancer, families of Army martyrs, kin of freedom fighters, homeless families, school dropout children, families with specially abled children, distressed old people, drug addicts, families in problem due to natural disasters, unemployed youth above 18 years, children with malnutrition, sanitary workers, orphaned children, transgenders, acid attack victims, families living in slums and others are eligible for the scheme. For availing the scheme, the income of the family must not be above Rs 60,000 annually and the family should not possess more than 2.5 acre of land. Also, the beneficiaries must be the residents of the state. Happy lot Students of Ivy World School celebrate the fifth annual founders Day in Jalandhar on Sunday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 26 Peacenik, activist and a potent voice against gender discrimination in the country, Rakesh Kumar Singh (44), who has been traversing the length and breadth of the country on a cycle to spread awareness on the issue, today stopped over at Jalandhar. Reaching out to listeners and passers-by on a public address system, he stops over at highways, dhabas, colleges addressing motley groups of curious listeners on everything that is wrong about gender bias. His trigger for taking up the cause – a chance encounter with acid attack victims, who lost their faces following this crime – mostly from near and dear ones. In Jalandhar until tomorrow, the corporate manager-turned activist, set out from his place of work at Chepak Press Club in Chennai, on March 15, 2014, to travel the country, decoding the dynamics of gender discrimination in various states. He originally belongs to Tariyani, Chapra (Bihar). It all started with a filmmaker whom he met in Delhi, who was making a film on acid attack victims. While Rakesh Kumar has been across states and UTs like Pudducherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharash- c m y b Cyclist Rakesh Kumar on a countrywide wide tour to spread awareness regarding gender discrimination in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH tra, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, among other states, he plans to end his journey in December 2018. While he plans to author a book about his expedition and insights, he also plans to hold a Global Festival for Gender Freedom where people from the grassroots level shall speak on their experiences. “They didn’t have faces, their faces were gone. The lives of these victims left a lasting imprint on my mind. As it emerged, most of these women had been attacked by jilted lovers or husbands. I thought how can a loved one, who earlier promised them the moon, do that to a woman’s face. Their homes were destroyed and they didn’t have much to look forward to. I was greatly moved by the incident and thought I wanted to do something on it,” Kumar said. This incident happened in October 2012, while already having quit his lucrative job as manager, corporate relations, where he used to get Rs 90,000, to author a book. After the Delhi encounter, the seed of the idea to traverse the country speaking on gender discrimination, took root in his mind. On March 2014, he started off. While his venturing out was met with much ridicule from friends, some of whom told him he had lost it, collecting some money to make the initial start, he now makes do with donations and contributions from people he meets, which are graciously deposited into a bag, which hangs by the side of his cycle. “To some a certain image about India sticks. It’s a myth that the country has hostility. I have never been attacked or slapped through all my travels. All that people have given me is kindness. Our country has many good and kind people, those who say otherwise, don’t know it enough,” he said. Speaking about other myths he busted along the way, Kumar said, “I used to have feeling about Bihar. And felt guilty about my state as we were looked down upon as migrants at most places. I also used to think Bihar had a huge dowry problem. But by the time I reached Kerala, the myth was busted. It emerged that Kerala was the dowry capital of the country and people told me they has been asked for as much as 40 to 50 tola gold on their daughter’s weddings.” Also as I moved across, I realised people in many top places are actually from Bihar, bureaucrats, politicians, intellectuals, so that sense of guilt and smallness is gone. He also has interesting takes on Haryana and Punjab. Speaking about the perpetually veiled women he encountered in Haryana he said, “Men’s clothing has changed, they wear anything and their clothes can be western as well. But women are supposed to wear only sarees. There are women who are always wearing a veil and they see the sun not with their eyes, but always in the colour of their sarees. Isn’t that one of the most telling visions of patriarchy?” Speaking on Punjab, in terms tweaked gender ratio, Kumar said, “Punjab is one of the worst-off states in terms of gender ratio. Just yesterday at a school in Dayalpur in Kapurthala, I asked some students what happens when a girl child is born in their home and they said everyone is sad. And I said what about when a boy is born, and they said everyone celebrates. These are school children who told me this.”
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