02032018-JTR-01.qxd 3/2/2018 12:41 AM Page 1 FRIDAY | 2 MARCH 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Best classical dancer Holi hai Riot of colour Jyotika Verma bagged the second position in the National Youth Festival. It is a lot of fun for some, while some dread it. Here’s how youngsters from tricity celebrate. P3 Tellywood actors talk about their Holi plans and share memories. P4 FORECAST P2 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 26°C MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C MIN 13°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.31 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.53 AM Smeared with love Governor felicitates NCC Group Commander Girls play with coloured powder to celebrate Holi in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH DC reviews preparations for memorial dedication function Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 1 Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma today gave the nod for constituting committees of senior officials to organise the function in which Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh would dedicate the second phase of Jang-e-Azadi memorial to the nation on March 6. Presiding over a meeting to finalise the arrangements for the mega event here at the memorial complex, the Deputy Commissioner said thrust would be laid on ensuring that thousands of people converging on the occasion do not face any problem. He also asked the officials to ensure that all arrangements for the event were made properly, so that it was a huge success. Sharma also warned that any laxity on the part of officials would not be tolerated. The DC directed making adequate arrangements for parking and regulation of traffic asking the police to prepare a meticulous route plan for the smooth and hassle-free movement of traffic during the event. Sharma said separate parking should be made for the ministers, dignitaries and others participating in the event. The Deputy Commissioner said buses coming from various parts of the district would be parked in the grain market and adequate arrangements would be made to provide food for the people arriving to attend the event. He also said no stone would be left unturned to make the gala event a huge success. Prominent among those present on the occasion were Director, Land Records, Vinay Bublani, Additional Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh, sub-divisional magistrates Paramvir Singh, Varinder Pal Singh Bajwa and Rajeev Verma, assistant commissioner Dr Baljinder Singh Dhillon, deputy superintendent of police Sarabjeet Singh Rai, AETC Hardeep Bhanwra and Assistant Director, Youth Services, Captain Inderjeet Singh Dhami, among others. Jalandhar, March 1 VP Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab, today felicitated Brigadier IMS Parmar, Group Commander, NCC, Jalandhar, for spearheading a training programme for the NCC cadets with dedication for the past many years. The function was held at the Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh. Brigadier Parmar also received an appreciation letter for his contribution towards the efforts which resulted in the Punjab Directorate of the NCC creating history by winning the Prime Minister’s Banner for the fourth time in a row this year at the Republic Day function in Delhi. Road repairs not on MC agenda New Municipal Corporation House will have its first meeting on March 5 Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 1 The newly-elected 80-member Municipal Corporation House will have its first meeting on March 5 for which a 33-point agenda was issued today. The agenda did not include even a single point on repair or recarpeting of roads, which is much-needed as even the main roads have started showing signs of wearing. The councillors are learnt to have been giving points related to road and other development works to the officials of the branches concerned since the past 15 days but none of these have been included in the first agenda. Main points ■ The agenda did not include even a single point on repair or recarpeting of roads. ■ Some points listed in the agenda include construction of ROB on Chugitti-Ladhewali main road at a cost of Rs 35 crore and setting up of community toilet blocks at 40 sites. ■ A plan for the development of the city under Centre’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme worth Rs 540 crore also tops the agenda . The first meeting will be a preliminary test for the new Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja, who has himself served as the Leader of Opposition for 10 years. He faces an uphill task in keeping his flock of 64 councillors together while maintaining a healthy relation with the Opposition. The SAD-BJP alliance is yet to pick its Leader of Taxation officer nabbed for taking bribe Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 1 The State Vigilance Bureau today nabbed State Taxation Officer-cum-Proper Officer red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 13,000. Disclosing this here, Daljinder S Dhillon, SSP, Vigilance Bureau, Jalandhar, said State Taxation Officer (STO) Gurjeet Singh, posted at ward number 2, Jalandhar-1, was nabbed red-handed. The complainant in the case was advocate Raju Ambedkar of Ram Vihar, Jalandhar. The complainant has approached the VB stating that the accused STO Gurjeet Singh was demanding Rs 20,000 for issuing the final assessment order of his firm and the deal was struck at Rs 13,000. After verifying his information, the Vigilance team laid a trap and the accused State Taxation Officer was arrested on the spot while accepting a bribe of Rs 13,000 from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses. Dhillon informed that a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused at the VB police station in Jalandhar and further investigation was in progress. Festivals hold no meaning as children fly the nest Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, March 1 Even as Holi remains a special occasion for countless families who celebrate the day at home with their near and dear ones, holding functions and events, there also exist families and parents on the other side for whom celebrations mean nothing but are just another occasion on which they miss their children a little more. Whenever 45-year-old Baljeet Kaur feels a longing for her son who is in Canada, she goes to the kitchen, cooks some of his favourite dishes and puts it in front of her web-camera fitted to the laptop to show what he has been missing. Though it is an unusual way of confronting loneliness, it works for her, and is a tip that she likes to pass on to many other parents who are left behind after their children have flown the nest, migrating to pursue a career in the West. “I felt very sad when my only son decided to Students of Apeejay College celebrate Holi with foreign delegates during the closing ceremony of International Design Week in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH migrate but it was necessary for his better future. Only the two of us, my husband and I are left here, while my daughter got married three years back,” she said, nodding at her husband, a retired businessman. “Cooking food for my son cheers me up, even if he is not here to eat it,” she added. Like Baljeet, there are many parents in the city who keep themselves busy in one or the other activity to escape the pain of loneliness and separation, at the same time praying in their hearts for their wards to return soon. As Jalandhar is a city in the Doaba region dominated by the NRIs, one can easily find an NRI in every house. However, no matter how successful the NRIs are in their global quest for a bet- “It has been possible due to the intense dedication and sincere effort by all ranks and cadets of the region,” Brigadier Parmar said. “I had always said and will continue to say that hard work is the key to success. I feel that the NCC cadets, if given the right exposure and guidance, can achieve wonders in life. I had always assured of giving cadets the right exposure and inspiring them to become Army personnel successfully,” Brigadier Parmar said. “In addition to the NCC camps, academic classes are also arranged for the cadets of the region,” the NCC Group Commander said. — TNS ter opportunity, their parents back in India are, in many cases, forced to suffer through the rest of their lives in neglect and abandonment, taking care of their empty mansions. Another parent, Narinder Singh, whose both sons are in the UK for the past 15 years, said, “We are happy that our sons are settled and earning well but there is always a feeling of something being missed badly. No festival, birthday or anniversary has a meaning unless you see your children celebrating it in front of your eyes. It’s Holi and today my friends and relatives visited me, but I have nothing to do with these festivals as my heart is out there with my children in the UK,” he added. “Thousands of students from the Doaba region emigrate every year for higher education, lucrative jobs and a better lifestyle. This is evident from the fact that 10 to 20 students go for consul- c m y b tations daily and to get details of the expenses they have to bear to travel abroad,” shared Kuldeep Singh, the manager of an immigration centre here. Kuldeep Singh said there are over 50 immigration consultation agencies dealing with the study visa of various countries and over 30 IELTS centres in the city. He said these were the approximate figures as the actual number could be more and informed that over 800 visas are being cleared by a single immigration company every year. Karanveer Singh, who is currently residing in Canada, speaking to Jalandhar Tribune over the phone, said, “As we inch closer to our goals, dreams become a reality, propelling us into the orbit of success. In this process, we leave behind all that we wished to escape in India, but at the same time, knowingly or unknowingly, we leave behind our biggest treasure, that is our parents.,” he added. Opposition, which will have to be finalised ahead of the meeting. Since this month also marks the end of the ongoing financial year, the MC will have to meet once again ahead of closing to finalise the budget for the year 2018-19. Some points listed in the agenda include the construction of an ROB on Chugitti-Ladhewali main road at a cost of Rs 35 crore and setting up of community toilet blocks at 40 sites including Dilkusha Market, Red Cross Market, near Model Town cremation ground, Luv Kush Chowk, Boota Mandi, Peer Bodla Bazaar, Gur Mandi Chowk, Chugitti Chowk, Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, Guru Nanak Library, Dayanand Chowk Garha, Johal Market, Khingra Gate and Kutcha Kot. An amount of Rs 10 lakh would also be spent on the installation of sanitary napkin dispensers. A plan for the development of the city under Centre’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme worth Rs 540 crore also tops the agenda. The plan which will have to be executed by next year includes the setting up of four foot overbridge and subways, paid parking facilities at nine locations, 33-km cycle lanes and 128 buses under the city bus service plan. The agenda also includes setting up of various new MC committees, including Town Vending Committee, Finance and Contracts Committee and Shelter Management Committee The other items include a proposal to purchase 8-10 acres of land for solid waste management at Wariana, purchase of rickshaws and bins for Municipal Solid Waste projects and purchase of Bolero jeeps for the Fire Brigade.
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