05032018-JTR-01.qxd 3/5/2018 12:43 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 5 MARCH 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Noble act Little hearts Feeling blessed A Canada-based NRI Kirpal Singh Sandhu had expressed his desire to donate his eyes before dying. P2 There are some kids who’d rather learn shabad kirtan than battle it out at reality shows. P3 Tarun Khanna, who is essaying the role of Mahadev in two TV shows, is thrilled to get such a unique opportunity. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 25°C MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C MIN 11°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.24 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.44 AM Model teachers WRITTEN RECORDS IN GOVT SCHOOLS NOT DONE AWAY WITH Not many takers for mid-day meal app Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Teachers of Sanskriti KMV School walk on the ramp during a programme ‘Meera se Manushi Tak’, marking the International Women’s Day in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH REPORT P2 FUNCTION TO DEDICATE SECOND PHASE OF JANG-E-AZADI MEMORIAL Detailed route plan released by the police Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 4 To regulate traffic in a better manner during the function to dedicate the second phase of the Jang-e-Azadi memorial by the state Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here on March 6, the Jalandhar Rural Police have issued the detailed route plan for the traffic. SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the traffic on the Kartarpur-Kishangarh road would be halted during the function and adequate diversions would be made at both The 2nd phase of Jang-e-Azadi Memorial in Kartarpur, Jalandhar. Kartarpur and Kishangarh. He said the movement of traffic would go smoothly on the National Highway No. 1, whereas the slip roads on both sides of the highway would be utilised for the movement of vehicles towards the Jang-eAzadi memorial. Elaborate arrangements for parking of vehicles during the function have been done to ensure the smooth regulation of traffic during the function. He said the provision of a separate parking lot had been made for ministers, dignitaries and other important people coming to participate in the event. Bhullar said the parking of the vehicles would be made inside the memorial complex only. The parking for buses coming from various parts of the district would be made in the grain market. He added that adequate police force would be deployed to man traffic in the city. Jalandhar, March 4 Even though government schools had been told to send a message regarding the midday meal consumption, rations used and student strength on a daily basis on the mid-day meal app, years after its implementation, the app seems to have fallen flat, with a few schools sending their mid day meal details on it to the government. With the total reportage – messages regarding mid-day meal reaching the government in the months of January and February – amounting to only 30 to 35 per cent, the government has now issued directions to schools to ensure the sending of messages on the app on a daily basis. With the MHRD taking a strict notice of the nonreportage of meal stats on the mid-day meal app, the department has also told schools not to send wrong meal details. While the app was started over a year ago, a majority of the schools in the district as well have been skipping sending the messages to the government. With the compulsory maintenance of the mid-day meal written registers and delays in the receipt of funds of the mid-day meals by schools, they say keeping up with the A mid-day meal in progress at a goverment school in Jalandhar. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH app is an uphill task. A district rural teacher said, “All accounts for the mid-day meal have to be compulsorily made in the register. No matter what the department said about doing away with the registers and account books, the visiting teams still demand the written records whenever they come for a visit. In fact, many times the persons coming in for midday meal checks don’t even tell us who they are and just demand the details of the mid-day meal. Since December, we have not received any funds for the mid-day meal. When we have to daily main- Missing youth’s body Teachers to protest against unkept promises found near Karnal Regular jobs, proper salaries among key demands Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Phagwara, March 4 Sonam Gupta (17), a resident of Baba Gadhia, Phagwara, who had been missing under mysterious circumstances since March 2 evening, was allegedly found murdered in bushes near Karnal this evening. Sources said the family of the deceased had informed the Phagwara police about the matter. The family was shocked when the Karnal police broke the news to it on phone. The Karnal police said the body was found in bushes and two bottles of kerosene and a bag were found lying near the body. It was assumed that the killers might have tried to burn the body after killing Sonam and throwing the body in bushes. A police party has been sent to Karnal to bring back the body. 1 held for drug peddling The police have arrested an alleged drugs peddler, identified as Raman Kumar, a resident of Ranipur Rajpootan village and recovered 22 intoxicant injection from his possession on Saturday. A case has been registered. Jalandhar, March 4 A meeting of the Government School teachers was held here during which issues likeSSA/ RMSA/Computer teachers/lab attendants/headmasters and teachers in the name of regularisation, introducing 75 per cent salary cuts was condemned. They said the government has turned back on the promises made by them while forming the government. They said the meagre Rs 400 given to students Woes of teachers The meagre Rs 400 given to students in the name of uniforms has not been provided so far in the entire year. The government has also failed to provide the requisite books to students, the government is also maintaining a silence on the scholarships to be disbursed among students. . in the name of uniforms had not been provided so far, in the entire year the government had also failed to provide the requisite books to students, the government was also maintaining a silence on the scholarships to be disbursed among students. Other issues which the employees raised during the meeting included medical reimbursements to employees, advance on GPF, pending instalments of DA, implementation of pay commission report, implementation of new pension scheme, next grade in ACP cases, timely salaries, paying of private and middle school electricity bills, paying of school grants etc., all demands remain unfulfilled. The union said it should start an intense stir against the government for failing to fulfil these basic requirements of the education department. State president Surinder Kumar, Somnath, Harkamal Singh Sandhu, Jaspal Sandhu, Jagjit Singh, Sohan Lal, Balwinder Kumar, Harjinder Singh, Surinder Pal among others were present in the meeting. Women seek more security on public transport Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, March 4 Everyday, every hour the nation is being shamed as acts of violence against women happen unabashedly despite checks put in place by the government. The question of women’s safety remains a big worry as the public transport system fails to provide safe commuting. On a visit to the city bus stand, this correspondent interacted with many passengers asking about the difficulties they face at the bus stand. A majority of women passengers, mostly girl students in the city, expressed their concerns on travelling in public transport and talked about their bad experiences while commuting in buses. A view of the Jalandhar bus stand. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Voicing concern over the rise in sexual harassment cases against women, many girls said, “With proper security measures not in place in buses and at bus stands, miscreants roaming around are all free to pass comments or touch women and, surprisingly, there is no one to check the menace.” Complaining about the safety aspect for women, 21-yearold Nancy said, “I was travelling to Amritsar to visit Golden Temple with my friends recently. The bus driver was constantly looking at me through the rear view mirror and making gestures at me.” Public transport is the easiest medium for everyday harassment as a girl usually does not react in a crowd due to the fear of embarrassment. I am sure like me, everyday many girls go through such incidents which go unreported. I suggest that the administration should install CCTV cameras inside private buses to ensure that no such incidents occur or go unreported, she added. Like Nancy, many girls voiced similar concerns and demanded the deployment of women cops in buses to check crime against women. Another girl Shivali said, “I usually commute through public transport as I live in a PG here and cannot afford my own conveyance. It’s frustrating to be subjected to c m y b unnecessary embarrassment and harassment during the one and a half hour of travel every week to Amritsar to my hometown because the police or the authorities concerned fail to check the culprits. One is left with no choice but to ignore such acts to avoid an altercation or abuse at the hands of eve teasers. But isn’t society and law failing to protect its daughters? she asked. The ADCP (Headquarters and Security) Gautam Singal said on the issue, “Ensuring women’s safety is our foremost duty, eve-teasing is not merely teasing. Rather it’s molestation which is a severe crime. We request women to deal with the issue bravely and speak out to the police in any of the circumstances as with PCR vehicles on patrol or helpline numbers. We assure quick assistance to the women on our part,” he added. He added, “The police will work actively to ensure the safety of women and also redress the complaints of girls of the lack of women cop at bus stands. I will convey this to the higher officials and the department would definitely work on it. Also, girls are free to call on my number available on the website of the Jalandhar police in case of emergency. Any woman travelling late at night and feeling uncomfortable or being stalked can use the helpline number and can make call on any number available on the Jalandhar Police Commissionerate site,” he added. tain a written record, how can we afford to send a record on the app as well? We would be more than willing to abide with the app if the department does away with written formalities. But so far that is not practical.” Another school in charge said, “Since December, we have not received any funds for the mid-day meal. But when teams come in for checks, our record is expected to be up to date. In fact, in the absence of funds, schools are forced to keep the midday meal afloat with their own pockets. The meal is constantly best with funding delays and a written record is a must for teams coming for checks. They certainly haven’t done away with registers as they previously asked. Maintaining records both on the registers and the app is a very tedious task.” Various unions had also issued releases in the end of the last year, asking for the pending funds of the mid-day meal to be cleared, failing which they had sought the meal be suspended. While the mid-day meal manager of the district also retired a year ago, elementary DEO Rampal could not be contacted. Motorcyclist killed Phagwara: One motorcyclist identified as Namandeep of Bhularai village was killed while a cyclist identified as Surjit Ram of Gulabgarh village sustained injuries in a collision between a bike and the cycle near Gulabgarh village last evening. The injured was admitted to the Civil Hospital. The police have registered a case in this regard. OC Youth run over by train Phagwara: An unidentified youth was run over by a running train near Phagwara railway station yesterday. Government railway police incharge Gurbhaij Singh said GRP have registered a case and kept the dead body in the mortuary of the Civil Hospital for identification after conducting a postmortem examination. OC Student commits suicide Phagwara: A class XII student identified as Ritika (17) reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling in her house in nearby Dameli village on Saturday evening. The police have registered a case and sent the dead body to the Civil Hospital for autopsy. According to the police, deep mental stress of exams was said to be the cause of suicide. OC One killed in accident Phagwara: One Mandi Gobind Garh resident Rajesh Kumar was killed on the spot while his friend Rohit Kumar sustained injuries when a car in which they were going from Mandi Gobindgarh to Jalandhar dashed against the divider of the national highway near Phagwara on Saturday evening. The accident occurred when the car driver lost his control of the vehicle. The police have registered a case and handed over the dead body of the deceased to his family members after carrying out autopsy in the Civil Hospital on Saturday OC. Booked for abducting girl Nakodar: On a complaint lodged by Sunita, a resident of Ravidasspura Colony Nakodar, the Nakodar police have booked a Malrri village resident, Rajan alias Lucky under Section 363 and 366 of the IPC on the charge of abducting her daughter on the pretext of marrying her. No arrest has been made so for in this regard.OC FEEDBACK 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. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Jalandhar Tribune' on the envelope and it should be signed and must contain the address and telephone number of the sender.
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