01022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/1/2018 1:02 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 1 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Education awards Meet the Gatka girls Mind your budget LPU launched ‘Transforming Education Awards’ at the residence of ex-President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi. P2 Some wear traditional Bana, others track pants. But one thing binds Gatka girls — they pack a mean punch. P3 As Finance Minister is all set to present Union Budget 2018-19, telly actors share their expectations... P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 8°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.09 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.20 AM A rare show Swachh Survekshan: Two-member team arrives today to conduct survey Tribune News Service Various phases of a rare Super Blue Blood Moon seen over the skies of Jalandhar on Wednesday night. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Ban order revives debate on effects of insecticides Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 31 Discussions over ill-effects of insecticides, fertilisers and pesticides might not be a new issue, but a new order released by the Punjab Government has revived the concern over the matter. The government has finally woken up from its slumber and has decided to ban as many as 20 insecticides in Punjab, with immediate effect. The insecticides that have been banned have severe effects on the health of people and environment. The decision has been taken after a registration committee, Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) and Punjab State Farmers’ Commission (PFSC) apprised the government of the harmful effects of insecticides on environment and human beings. The order reads, “It has been brought to the notice of the state government by Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, and the Punjab State Farmers’ Commission (PFSC) that 20 insecticides which have harmful effects on human beings, environment and economic viability, are being sold in the market. The order added that keeping in view the recommendations, the sale of insecticides should be discontinued in the state immediately. The orders were released on January 30 and the department has been directed to review all licences given for these insecticides and further Insecticides that are banned The insecticides that have been banned are phosphamidon, tricholorophon, dicofol, methomyl, thiophanate methyl, endosulfan, bifenthrin, carbosulfan, chlorfenapyr, dazomet, diflubenzuron, fenitothion, metaldehude, kasugamycin, ethofenprox, phorate, triazophos, alachlor and monocrotophos. not to issue any licence for these insecticides from February 1. The insecticides that have been banned are phosphamidon, tricholorophon, dicofol, methomyl, thiophanate methyl, endosulfan, bifenthrin, carbosulfan, chlorfenapyr, dazomet, diflubenzuron, fenitothion, metaldehude, kasugamycin, ethofenprox, phorate, triazophos, alachlor and monocrotophos. Agriculture officials said the gestation period of these insecticides was longer than other insecticides. “They can be found in the soil even after years, and create various health issues, which is why these insecticides have been banned,” said an official. Dr Ranjot Singh Bains, Agriculture development officer, Rashtriya Krishi Bima Yojana (RKBY), said the government had taken an appreciable step to ban these insecticides which could pose a great threat. “These insecticides have severe effects on the food chain and banning these will ultimately promise food safety to the humans,” said the officer. Kamaljit Hayer, a farmer who has been associated with the Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM), said the decision had come very late. It should have been taken much earlier as these affect a person’s health adversely. “In other countries, the insecticides have already been banned and we hope that this decision will be implemented properly in India,” said Hayer who has been doing organic farming for the past five years. Jalandhar, January 31 The ‘Swachh Survekshan2018’ will be held from February 1 to 3 in the city. A twomember team from Karvy will visit the city tomorrow to conduct the survey. Dr Srikrishan, Assistant Health Officer, Municipal Corporation, said the team would check office documents and conduct a ground-level survey. Continued on page 2 Direct observation: Major concerns Is the area clean? Are public toilets gender-friendly? Is the commercial area clean? On-site composting/waste transfer stations Cleanliness at railway station Litter bins at railway station No open defecation spot on the railway track-either side of 500 metres before or after the platform Cleanliness at bus stand Litter bins at bus stand Public toilet at bus stand 50 marks 70 marks 50 marks 50 marks 70 marks 70 marks 90 marks 70 marks 70 marks 90 marks NRI found dead in hotel room Victim came to India on Friday Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 31 A 76-year-old UK-based NRI was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a hotel room here on Wednesday night. The deceased has been identified as Kuldip Singh, a resident of Hazara village, who had come to India on January 26. Divulging details, area SHO Balbir Singh said the victim had come along with his wife but left her in Delhi at a relative’s place for treatment. He alone came to get the annual contract money for his agriculture land. “On investigation, we found that the NRI used to come to Jalandhar every six months and used to stay in the same hotel. He was not well and was suffering from diabetes for the past many years,” said the SHO. On the fateful day also, he returned from his village at around 6:30 pm and came to his hotel room and ordered dinner. He asked the room service boy to The deceased has been identified as Kuldip Singh of Hazara village, who had come to India on January 26. Divulging details, area SHO Balbir Singh said the victim had come along with his wife but left her in Delhi at a relative’s place for treatment. He came to get the annual contract money for his agricultural land. UK pounds. They also recovered gold jewellery belonging to the NRI. The police had also retrieved the CCTV footage of the past few days from the hotel as evidence in the case. The police inspect the hotel room where UK-based NRI Kuldip Singh (inset) was found dead in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH come after 30 minutes but when the latter returned, he saw him lying unconscious on the bed. The hotel authorities later informed the police who took him to the local Civil hospital for medical examination. Doctors Slough MP leads campaign for Sikh war memorial in London Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January31 Leading a campaign for the launch of the London National Sikh War Memorial, Slough MP Tanmanjit Dhesi has pledged an amount of £375,000. The campaign is being organised under the auspices of the National Sikh War Memorial Trust, a charity instituted in 2017 for the purpose of finally delivering on this longstanding community aspiration. Dhesi, who hails from Raipur village in Jalandhar and is the nephew of SGPC member Paramjit Singh Raipur, said: “The memorial will commemorate Sikh soldiers who exhibited extraordinary bravery and sacrifices in the service of Great Britain, during both World Wars. Though Sikhs made up only 2 per cent of the population of British India, they formed 20 per cent of the British Indian Army during the I World War, and hundreds of thousands of Sikh soldiers saw active service during the two major wars and other conflicts. Over 83,000 turbaned Sikh soldiers laid down their lives and more than 1,00,000 were injured during the world wars.” declared him brought dead. As his wife was mentally upset, the police informed his elder son Baljit Singh, who is residing in the UK. He will reach India on Thursday. The victim’s wife is still not aware about the death of her husband. Power supply of Sewa Kendras disconnected connected due to non-payment of electricity bills of Rs 95,000 and Rs 88,000, respectively, which were lying pending for the past six months. These kendras were being run with the help of generator sets since January 25. — OC Phagwara: The PSPCL authorities have disconnected power connections of two Sewa Kendras set up near the local water tank and at the Grain Market in Goraya recently. The power supply was dis- UK pounds, gold jewellery found from room The police after taking her body to the Civil Hospital searched his room and found over 6,000 Besides, the police have also took his mobile phone in their possession and have sought call details of the past few days. The area SHO said the investigating team has even conducted forensic investigation of the room and has taken the sample of the food last served to the NRI with it to send the same for forensic examination. NDC study group in city A study group of 58th National Defence College held deliberations with the officers of the district administration regarding the social, political and economic scenario of the state in general and the district in particular. P2 Faith beckons Continued on page 2 Statue in France, NRI’s tribute to WW I Sikh heroes Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 31 It was a routine visit by France-based NRI Ramesh Chander Vohra (69) of Chandigarh to the war memorial at Neuve Chapelle a few years ago, when he came to know about the historic contribution of the Sikh soldiers, who lost their lives on the Western Front during the World War I and have no known graves. He was equally disappointed to learn that not much was written about the contribution of these unsung heroes many of whom were not even identified till date. From there began his journey to visit over 83 cemeteries all across France to identify The statue that will be installed in France in the memory of Sikh soldiers, who lost their lives during the World War I and have no known graves. TRIBUNE PHOTO the graves of over 5,000 soldiers. Speaking to The Tribune during his visit to Jalandhar, Vohra said a majority of these soldiers were Sikhs. “It was a matter of pride when I was told by many people that their ancestors used to respect the Indian soldiers a lot because they fought against Germany under extreme conditions,” said Vohra, adding that some of them had even fought barefoot for many days. Vohra, president of the Interfaith Shaheedi Association (IFSC), is now in the process to install a statue of Indian soldiers adjacent to the Indian monument of NeuveChapelle on the centurion anniversary of the Armistice Day on November 11. The brass statue, measuring 12 m by 3.8 m and weighing 11 tonne, is being made at an estimated cost of Rs 1.5 crore in Haridwar. Vohra has also written a book “Unsung Indian Heroes of World War-I’ narrating his journey to over 80 cemeteries to locate the unidentified Indian soldiers. c m y b NEUVE-CHAPELLE BATTLE The British Government had declared a war on Germany on August 4, 1914. Units of the Indian Expeditionary Force began arriving in France in September and by late October, they were involved in heavy fighting on the Messines Ridge in Belgium. The Indian Corps, comprising 3rd (Lahore) and 7th (Meerut) divisions, fought in some of the bloodiest battles in the first year of the war. At Neuve Chapelle, from March 10-13, 1915, Indian soldiers made up half of the attacking force and despite suffering heavy casualties, succeeded in capturing important sections of the German line. It was reported that over 4,500 Indian soldiers, a majority of them Sikhs, got killed in a single night here. Devotees throng Satguru Ravidass Dham to pay obeisance on his birth anniversary in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH P2
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