22022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/22/2018 1:17 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 22 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Mega job fair Talk out the anger Done with dieting The second edition of mega job fair, launched by the state government, kicks off. P2 There was a time when the teacher was God and the student held him in awe. P3 Camila Mendes is a vocal advocate for those who struggle with eating disorders. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 25°C MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C MIN 9°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.16 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.58 AM Crowd-puller Cong MLA Pargat issues gag order Asks mediapersons to leave Mayor’s office before Beas canal project meeting of the employees always remain bleak. Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan performs on the occasion of International Mother Language Day in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH SEE PAGE 2 Mystery shrouds J’khand man’s death Our Correspondent Fact file Phagwara, February 21 Bishram Prashad (34), a resident of Jharkhand, was found murdered with sharp-edged weapons in nearby Nangal Majha village today. The body of the victim was found lying in a pool of blood near the residence of Kuldip Singh, a local resident. Parminder Singh of Nangal Majha, who informed the police, said the deceased and his friend attended the marriage of The Sadar police have registered a case under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC against the unidentified person. The body of the deceased was handed over to his family members after autopsy, which was conducted at the local Civil Hospital. Kuldip Singh’s daughter on Tuesday night. Basanti, wife of the victim, said her husband had gone to attend a function last night but did not return. Lakhbir Singh, SHO (Sadar), said a quarrel between the deceased and his unknown friend after the function could be the cause behind the murder. A few bricks used for the crime were also seized from the spot. The Sadar police have registered a case under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC against the unidentified person. The body of the deceased was handed over to his family members after autopsy, which was conducted at the local Civil Hospital. Jalandhar, February 21 Despite a formal invitation sent to the media by the newly elected Mayor, Jagdish Raj Raja, to attend the crucial meeting of the Beas Canal Water Project (estimated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore in Jalandhar) today with a Netherlands-based consultant, Congress MLA Pargat Singh issued a gag order to the media to leave the conference hall even before the meeting could start. Stunned over the ‘loutish’ behaviour of the former captain of the Indian hockey team in front of foreign delegates, mediapersons lodged a protest and apprised him that he could not issue any such order against the invitation extended by the Mayor himself. To this, the MLA sat quietly but again after a few minutes, asked mediapersons to leave the hall. Perturbed, the mediapersons slammed him for keeping a crucial public interest under wraps from the public and left the meeting hall. The Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar, today kickstarted the surface water project in the city to provide fresh water from the Beas. The project is expected to decrease the dependency of people on the groundwater. With an estimated cost Rs 1,000 crore to be funded by the Asian Development Bank, a US-based consultant, Haasken, today introduced the project to Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja and Congress MLAs, including Two killed in road accidents in Hoshiarpur Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, February 21 Two persons were killed while three seriously injured in two separate road mishaps in Hoshiarpur last night. In the first accident, a car driver was killed while trying to save a herd of stray cattle as the vehicle hit a tree on the roadside on the bank of Kandi canal near Ajjowal village last night. A police officer, Satnam Singh, was driving the car along with the canal. The car collided with a roadside tree and all three occupants of the car — Satnam Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Rinku were seriously injured. The injured were brought to the local Civil Hospital for treatment where the doctors referred them to another hospital. Kuldeep (48), a resident of Sataur village died late night during treatment at a private hospital.The body was handed over to family members after autopsy today. Investigating officer ASI Vijay Kumar of Sadar police station, said the police had initiated proceedings under Section 174 of CrPC in the case. The deceased was working as a commission agent in the Prabhat Chowk area. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. In another mishap at Tanda Urmar’s Baincha village, a youth died and his cousin was seriously injured when an unidentified vehicle hit their bike last night. Jaspreet Singh of Baja Chakk village, along with his cousin (maternal aunt’s son) Paramjit Singh, a resident of Oharpur, had gone to attend a religious event in Kahri-Sahri village. The accident occurred at around 10 pm when both of them were returning home. Jaspreet died on the spot while Paramjit was seriously injured. He was undergoing treatment at the Tanda hospital. The Tanda police were investigating the matter. Pargat, Bawa enter tussle with staff Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja, Congress MLA Pargat Singh and other officials during a meeting at the MC office in Jalandhar on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Bawa Henry (North), Sushil Kumar Rinku (West), Pargat Singh (Cantonment) and Rajinder Beri (Central). The DPR will be prepared in seven months and consultants will check the feasibility of the project and also find out a convenient route for bringing the Beas water to the city. After the survey, the consultants will identify whether Miani or Dhilwan will be feasible to draw water from the Beas. A 15-member team would team arrive in the city soon which will also include hydrologist from Netherlands and two water treatment experts from Vietnam. In the following weeks, the consultants will hold meetings with various government departments, including forest, railways, sewerage, irrigation and also the Shah Consultants who have been outsourced by MC for AMRUT. Mayor remains silent Despite extending a formal invitation to the media to attend the conference, Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja overshadowed by the three MLAs preferred to remain silent over the uncouth action of Pargat Singh. While the other Congress MLAs Rajinder Beri and Bawa Henry did not intervene, Raja too could not gather courage to apprise the furious MLA that the media was in fact invited by him. MC employees hold protest Posing huge embarrassment for the Mayor and the Congress MLAs in front of the foreign delegates, over 200 employees of the MC office thronged the corridor outside the conference hall and raised slogans against the Congressled state government and the Mayor. The employees, the majority of whom are Class IV employees, slammed senior officials for withholding their monthly salary despite the passing of twenty days. While making a mockery of officials, Punjab Sanitation Workers Union president Chandan Grewal said while the officials were discussing a project worth Rs 1,000 crore in Jalandhar, they could not release a meagre Rs 15 crore as salary to the MC staff. “We do not have money to buy milk for our children and feed our families,” said Grewal. He added that it does not matter which party forms the government, the future It seemed like a bummer day for the Congress MLAs as they entered into yet another tussle with the MC staff this time. Perturbed over the humiliation faced in front of the foreign delegates and also a team that came from Delhi to assess the projects to be carried under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme, the Congress MLAs came out of the conference hall but were confronted by hundreds of employees who demanded the release of their monthly salary. The tussle grew further after a worker approached Pargat and asked him to intervene. To this, Pargat and other MLAs asked the employees to approach the Mayor but the employees said they will not allow them to leave the premises till they gave assurance to provide. Another Congress MLA Bawa Henry too asked the employees to leave the office immediately. Slamming the MLAs for their egoistic attitude, the workers union has threatened to intensify the protest further if their salaries were not released in the next two days. Pargat said the matter had already been discussed with Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal who had assured to release their salaries by Friday. Strike by staff keeps roadways buses off roads Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 21 Members of the Punjab Roadways’ Union observed a one-day strike here today. The Punjab Roadways today suffered losses of crores as all its buses were off road in the entire state. Two depots in Jalandhar alone have about 250 buses, none of them plied today. Private players had a field day today as all commuters depended on them. Government employees using passes or those habitual of non-stop long route public transport remained a harassed lot as the private buses kept halting all the way through. The members of the Punjab Roadways’ Union said they had lodged a protest over their demand to revert the government’s stand on converting the department into a corporation. “As many as 80 per cent employees are working on contract, the services of them should be regularised. Many regular employees have been awaiting their promotions since long,” said Surjit Singh, a union leader. A deserted Jalandhar bus stand during the strike by employees on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Hiring choppers for weddings a rage among couples Mashal march to boost admissions Avneet Kaur A costly affair Jalandhar, February 21 The ways of celebrating the moments of matrimonial bliss have been swiftly shifting from traditional ones to advanced ideas and concepts. Refusing to set limits in the weddings, be it the bride’s side or groom’s, everyone seem to be more resplendent than the other. Earlier, there was a craze among brides was to make a grand entry sitting on bonnet of Mahindra Thar while that still continues among a few. Now, a new craze has taken over couples, especially in NRI-dominated Doaba region weddings, where they make an entry by air, landing at the venue on a chopper. It has become a rage among people. Day by day Indian weddings are getting westernised and lavish. “A wedding these days is no longer restricted to bride’s outfit, wedding theme, decoration or food, instead the Gen-X would settle for noth- Harvinder, an employee of a city-based aviation service, said various companies offer various ranges depending upon the experience and facilities the couple and the family want. The service cost starts from Rs 70,000 per hour to Rs 5 lakh. A helicopter is booked for a minimum of two hours/day or for maximum five hours that includes the flight time used to position the aircraft from our base to the first venue and back to the base from the final venue. ing less than something that is classy, extraordinary, stylish and trendy. Everyone looks for something out of the box,” said Varneet Kaur, a wedding professional. Divulging details about chopper hiring in marriages, city-based Abraham Aviation Service said: “The craze to hire our services is taking up among youth both in urban and rural areas. Even we are receiving advance bookings from nearby villages and towns such as Phagwara, Nawanshahr and Nakodar. It would be wrong to say that only NRIs are interested in taking the chopper services as all bookings that we have made till now are of nonNRI families,” it said. “A written permission from the district administration, either DC, DM or SDM, is required to operate from the place that is not a licenced airport/helipad. Obtaining landing permission from the district administration is the responsibility of the client. However, we also assist the client in obtaining the same, if needed,” an offi- cial of the firm said. He said: “Some facilities such as plain hard surface of at least 30m diameter, proper helipad markings should be there for the same. Also, we provide chopper facilities like grand and unforgettable entry, flower dropping/showering over the marriage venue, local sightseeing opportunity and lot of time to click photographs.” “Nothing makes a wedding more epic than the bridal party or groom party surprising guests with an c m y b unusual activity, which is not generally seen in usual marriages,” said Kawaljeet Singh (28), a businessman who recently tied the knot. What actually the couples want was that their chattering circles should gossip about their function till long and every single detail of the wedding should be on visitor’s tips and that was possible only when you would have something different such as a chopper entry, he said. “Today’s wedding celebrations have become more elaborate, depending on the type of experience and memory the couples want. Residents in the region are making extraordinary efforts to make their occasions memorable,” said Harvinder Singh, an employee of another citybased aviation service. “Earlier, the trend was common among posh families but slowly and gradually the trend has become popular in the entire region,” he added. in government schools in dist Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 21 A first-of-its-kind unique mashal march was carried out here today to give a boost to students’ numbers in government schools of the district in the upcoming session. Envisioned under the Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab project by the state Education Department, the main motive of the march is to spread awareness among students of education and various facilities of the Education Department as well as to make them aware of the admission norms. Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, called upon academicians to zealously pursue the cause of spreading education in the district as he flagged off the march in the Ladowali Road area today. DEO (elementary) Rampal said: “While the Ludhiana team handed over the firelight to us yesterday, we traversed various areas today before finally reach- Academicians should play important role: DC Addressing the gathering before flagging off the mashal yatra, from the government girls school, Ladowali Road, Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said academicians and educationists should come forward and play an important role in disseminating the message of education in the district. ing the Lohian sub-division from where the Kapurthala team took over the firelight from us. Pamphlets were distributed on the way among students and awareness regarding the admission process was also given.” Starting from Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Ladowali Road, the march traversed across the BMC Chowk, Guru Ravidass Chowk, Wadala Chowk, Tajpur, Pratapura, Udhopur, Jagral, Jamsher, Jan- diala, Shankar, Nakodar, Pandori, heading to Shahkot, Pubhian, Kakarkalan and Lohian. Addressing the gathering before flagging off the mashal yatra, from the government girls school, Ladowali Road, the DC said the academicians and educationists should come forward and play an important role in disseminating the message of education in the district. The DC said this was a noble cause, which was the need of the hour, to ensure comprehensive development of every strata of society. Sharma said such events were important as it could make people aware about the need for having quality education, adding that children from underprivileged and weaker sections could be benefited from it. District education officer Darshan Singh, district guidance counsellor Surjit Lal, deputy district education officer Gurpreet Kaur were among those others present.
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