02012018-JTR-01.qxd 1/2/2018 1:02 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 2 JANUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Welcoming 2018 Well, fitness first Passion for dance It was time to go gaga for New Year celebrations in clubs, hotels, restaurants and religious places. P2 Eight wellness trends to watch out for in 2018. P3 Actress Vindhya Tiwari to play the role of Koyal Kapoor in a comedy show. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.33 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.21 AM Winter view PLAN TO MINIMISE ROAD MISHAPS Foot over-bridges to be built in city areas Tribune News Service Dense fog welcomes the New Year in Jalandhar on Monday morning. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH 114 Bn of CRPF is RAF now Three killed in road mishap Our Correspondent The 114th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force, Jalandhar, has been formally converted into the Rapid Action Force and the force wore blue uniform for the first time during the rehearsal in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 1 With the orders of the Ministry of Home Affairs, 114 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) got converted into Rapid Action Force (RAF). The occasion was celebrated on the campus of 114 Bn at Lidhran Camp in Lidhran village. The celebrations commenced with flag hoisting by Rajesh Kumar Singh, Commandant. The personnel of 114 Bn wore the blue dress for the first time today. The programme was followed by the distribution of sweets and guidance given by the commandant. After the Guard of Honour, a demonstration was showcased, which included various drills that are used during riot-control and various rescue and relief missions. In the afternoon session, a Hoshiarpur, January 1 Three persons in a car were killed and another was injured when their car collided with another vehicle near Bassi Wazid village. The deceased included two women. Harjinder Singh of Neela Naloa village was going in his car along with his wife Kulwinder Kaur and Surinder Kaur when their car collided with another vehicle. The injured were taken to Bhunga Government Hospital where Surinder Kaur and Harjinder Singh died, while Kulwinder Kaur died at the Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur, on Monday. Another injured was being treated at a private speciality hospital in Hoshiarpur. The Hariana police are investigating the matter. Jalandhar, January 1 Bringing new hopes in the New Year, the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ) has proposed the construction of six foot overbridges in high accidentprone areas of the city. These include the road in front of HMV College, traffic signal in front of Apeejay College, Khalsa College, PAP Chowk, Guru Nanak Chowk. The newly constructed bridges will also have an escalator and a lift. Municipal Commissioner Dr Basant Garg said due to the increase in the population and number of vehicles in the city in the past few years, the construction of foot overbridges had become crucial. “Though we are yet to finalise the spots for the construction of the foot overbridges, we have received demands at various locations,” said Dr Garg. As National Highway 1-A and many state highways pass through the city, Jalandhar has reported a very high percentage of accidents for the past many years. With no foot over-bridge constructed on the National Highway 1-A AHEAD2018 Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 1 While a trail of unaddressed demands, un-regularised teachers and un-merged schools have left the department drained in previous years, this year is expected to be marked by stringency in exams and lesser holidays and fillip to the flagship Parho Punjab project. School mergers and pre-primary classes While the department had near the PAP and Verka milk plant, the number of fatal accidents is quite high. With no option left to cross the road safely, people living on both sides of these roads jump over the side grills and lose life while crossing the road among fast-moving vehicles. MC to outsource waste collection partially With no time left in Swachh Sarvekshan 2018 to be held in the city, the MCJ has made a plan to outsource over 50 per cent of the garbage collection to a private company. According to Dr Garg, the proposal has been approved by the state government. Under the plan, while 50 of the 500 metric tonnes of garbage generated every day from the city will be picked by a private company, the remaining will be picked by the MC employees. The major advantage of the outsourcing will be that the private contractor will also install 150 semi-underground dust bins in over 86 locations. Dr Garg said the tenders for the same would be floated around January 15 this year. Bio-methanation plant at Maqsudan Mandi The MC is also soon going to commence the installation of the bio-methanation plant in the fruit and vegetable wholesale market at Maqsudan. The plant will produce electricity from organic waste. The MCJ is planning to install the plant either inside the mandi complex or somewhere nearby. According to Dr Garg, a similar plant has been installed in Chandigarh as well where it is working successfully. MC roof to go solar The MCJ will soon have solar rooftop as the Punjab Government has approved the same recently. With this, the civic body is expected to cut short the monthly electricity bill to half. According to Dr Garg, the MC pays around Rs 1.25 lakh of electricity bill every month. With the solar power, besides cutting short the power bill, the move will also promote eco-friendly atmosphere around the office complex. Waste to energy plant at Wariana The MCJ has also placed advertisement in papers to buy around 8 to 10 acres of land near the Wariana dump to set up a waste to energy plant. Also, the civic body has sought approval from the state government to launch the bio-mining project at the Wariana dump. If granted approval, the dump will not only reduce 10 per cent of its present capacity, the waste processing plant will also prevent the further accumulation of the solid waste in the area. MC to replace water pumps of 600 tube-wells The MCJ is soon going to replace the water pumps of all 600 tube-wells in the city with star rating brands. With this, the civic body is planning to conserve energy further by 15 to 20 per cent. At present, the MCJ pays around Rs 2.5 lakh monthly electricity bills of tube-wells alone. Problem of plenty FEEDBACK friendly cricket match was played. The uniform colour of the 114 Bn has been changed into blue camouflage. The Rapid Action Force is also known as ‘Blue Dangri Force’ because of its peculiar dress colour and effective action and response. With the change in colour of the uniform and it’s flag, now the primary task of 114 Bn RAF is to respond to riot situations in no time. The Rapid Action Force is also known for its zero time response executions and movements to effectively control riot situations. “The battalion will also have the secondary task to act as the first responder for rescue and relief missions in case of natural or man-made disasters in surrounding regions that included Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir,” said the officials. Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to jalandhar.feedback@ gmail.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Jalandhar Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh - 160029. Potatoes thrown by farmers on Kala Sanghian Road near Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Parho Punjab fillip, stringency in exams expected LOOKING As National Highway 1-A and many state highways pass through the city, Jalandhar has reported a very high percentage of accidents for the past many years. With no foot over-bridge constructed on the National Highway 1-A near the PAP and Verka milk plant, the number of fatal accidents is quite high announced the closure (merger) of as many as 800 schools in the state last year and started pre-primary classes to make up for them, in Jalandhar as many as many as 35 to 40 schools in the district are being planned to be merged by the department in the coming year. While in the pre-primary classes started in the 955 primary schools so far, only 8,000 students have been reported, these too, are attending school only for one hour as the rest of the time they remain with anganwari centres. DEO (Sec) retires DEO Neelam Kumari, who served with the department for as many as months, retired on December 31st. While she joined in July, she was preceded by DEO Surinder Sahota and before that by DEO Harinder Pal who remained DEO until May. The new DEO is expected to join within a week. Plans to disburse books before academic session While the entire last year went by without the students of the education department getting any of the books from their syllabi due to these not being formally disbursed, the department now claims the government plans to disburse the books before the new academic session begins. The books shall be disbursed with the department by the end of this month. DEO (elementary), Rampal said, “We are planning to distribute the books before the beginning of the new session on March 31st. We are merely the distributing agency for the books and can only distribute them when we receive them.” Teachers without salaries on New Year While primary teachers of the education department are yet to receive their salaries since the month of November, DEO (elementary) Rampal said, “We can only disburse the salary as per the allotments of the state. The c m y b salaries for primary teachers shall be disbursed as and when they are received.” This armyman has donated blood 121 times Exam centres Tribune News Service A cleaner system can be expected to be in place for the New Year, as far as exams are concerned, since the department has said students shall not be allowed to appear for exams in centres which are formed in their own schools so that cheating is avoided. The practice of examination staff deputed at the same school helping their wards – from the same school – had caused much notoriety in the past. Meanwhile, more stringency is also expected during the examinations in general this year. Jalandhar, January 1 Having donated blood 121 times and platelets 93 times, Subedar Major Suresh Saini became a motivational figure for people to donate blood. In a blood donation camp organised by a Jalandhar-based NGO, The Blood Association (Team Baaj) Saini said, “Donating blood is one of the most supreme social causes through which one can contribute towards society.” This was the 50th huge blood donation camp organised by the NGO. The vice- president of the team, Amanjot singh said for the past three years, they have been organising blood donation camps on every first day of the year so as to inspire the people to begin new year by doing something meaningful for society. Various teams of ‘Association of Blood Donors’ societies of Punjab had reached Maqsudan chowk to be the part of the camp. The Blood Donation Camp not only focused on collecting blood for 25 children suffering from Thalassemia but also strived to clarify the misconceptions about blood donation. A total of 480 units of blood were collected in the camp. Also present at the camp was Dr Gurvinder Singh of a private hospital. Suffering from spinal cord injury and sitting on a wheelchair, he still donates blood once every three months. He was a great motivation drive at the camp and advised people to contribute towards donating blood. He also said people should drive safely to avoid meeting with any accident. It was better to donate the blood rather than drain it in accidents, he said.
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