09032018-JTR-01.qxd 3/9/2018 12:45 AM Page 1 FRIDAY | 9 MARCH 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Punjab Police games Voice of the heart The image makeover The 56th Punjab Police games kicked off at the Punjab Armed Police Complex on Thursday. P2 Punjabi singer Sunanda comes across as a girl-next door, with, of course, a mellifluous voice. P3 Sonal Vengurlekar recently shed her desi look and adopted a glamorous avatar. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 29°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C MIN 10°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.26 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.39 AM Concern on rising violence against women Jalandhar, March 8 Activists here today vowed to give their support to the cause of ending violence against women in almost all spheres of life on the occasion of International Women’s Day. They were speaking at a panel discussion organised by the PG Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Doaba College. An interaction was held on the condition of women in today’s era, their empowerment, status in the Police Department, transgender issues, atrocities against females and the role of youth in reporting incidents of violence. Dr Harshinder Kaur, an advocate of the Indian Women Empowerment, while presenting her views, narrated various cases of sexual harassment, exploitation and physical assault that women face from young age till they get old. Even after so many cases being reported, no concrete steps were taken in order to give justice to the victims. The world needed to address the issue and amendments in the law were needed as everyday, every hour, the nation was being shamed with acts of violence against women happening unabashedly, she added. “The time had come for 15 shanties of migrant labourers gutted Police officers and jawans celebrate International Women’s Day at KMV Kanya Maha Vidyalaya in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH both men and women to do their bit to stop the oppression and subjugation that menstruating and violenceafflicted women and girls face due to the patriarchal structures and mindset, and bring together all gender-sensitive people in a common celebration of the human spirit,” she asserted. She also asked the students present to pledge that they would say no to dowry and would participate in the cam- paign actively to end dowry issue in the country. Gurmeet Singh, DCP , Investigation, another panelist for the day, said, “The number of women personnel in the Punjab Police is increasing manifold and the police are becoming more sensitive towards the problems encountered by women these days. He emphasised on the need of women to report incidents and seeking help from women helpline numbers available.” Deepak Rana, an activist of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, while addressing the students, said, “I am working consistently through NGO Shan to make these people acceptable in society and in also solving their problems. I had always stood against sexual harassment and stand for gender equality, asking students to say no to sex determination test and also report the same if they ever come across such evil.” Ritika, a transgender, who was present at the event, said she was working to sensitise her community about the problems they faced and wanted acceptance in society. Meenu Sharma from the NGO Tiranga also expressed her views on the occasion, saying so far she had educated 9,400 girls in computer, beauty parlour and stitching courses and narrated suc- cess stories of various abandoned girls. An interactive session of panelists with students was also held where students shared their feelings of being judged on their appearance rather than talent. Dr Simran Sidhu, head of the department, acted as the moderator. The dignitaries were accorded a warm welcome by principal Dr Naresh Kumar Dhiman, Dr Simran Sidhu, faculty and 160 students. SDM among 4 hurt in road accident Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, March 8 Around 15 shanties of migrant labourers were burnt to ashes this afternoon in Dhattan village near Tanda. Fifteen families of migrant labourers were working in the fields, sowing sugarcane. In the evening, they came to know that fire had broken out in the cluster of their shanties. They reached there and tried to extinguish the fire but the flames were uncontrollable and everything in the shanties turned to ashes. Household goods, utensils, cash etc were lying in shanties, said the labourers. Sarpanch Satal Singh has urged the local administration to provide compensation to the victims. Our Correspondent PROMOTING HYGIENE: On International Women’s Day, rural women being given sanitary pads to create awareness among them in Kartarpur on Thursday . A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Dasuya(Hoshiarpur), March 8 Four persons, including the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Dasuya, were injured in a road accident that took place 7 km from here this evening. SDM Himanshu Agrawal got minor injuries in the mishap and was discharged after treatment. Ramesh Kumar, gunman Satpal Singh and mining officer Omkar Singh were seriously injured in the mishap and were undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital here. The police have registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 338 of the IPC against the truck driver who is at large. SDM Dasuya Himanshu Agarwal also has the charge of Mukerian. Today, he was going to check 3 cases of illegal mining registered The official vehicle of the SDM, Dasuya, that collided with a truck on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO crushers along with a mining officer. When he reached near the Badla turn, their vehicle went out of control after being hit by the side of the truck coming from the front and it collided with the vehicle coming from the rear coming. Hoshiarpur, March 8 The District Police have filed three cases against three persons for allegedly doing illegal mining and arrested two of them and seized three trolleys loaded with sand from them. According to information, the Bullowal police station filed a case against Amarjeet Singh, a resident of Behabowal Chhaniya, for illegal mining and arrested and seized a sand-loaded trolley from him. The Chabbewal police arrested Mandeep Singh, alias Minu, a resident of Kamowal village, by registering a case against him for illegal mining and seized a sand-laden trolley from him. During a raid by the police near Tanuli village, an accused fled from the place, leaving behind a trolley full of sand. The police took possession of the trolley and brought it to the police station. The police have taken action against the accused on the complaint of the District Mining Officer Avtar Singh in the above three cases. — OC TV app started for school education by poet Surjit Patar Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 8 Poet Surjit Patar, along with Professor Suhkpal Aujla of the TV School Foundation, launched a TV School App here today which shall be lending lessons to students of classes 9th to 12th at a marginal cost. Started as a TV School venture, which lends six-hour telecasts on the cable TV, the foundation has been lending lessons to students on TV, but from today, branched out as a mobile app venture. Speaking to the media at the Punjab Press Club here today, Professor Aujla said, “The TV School Foundation was started last September and we began lending les- sons to students from poorer sections of society who can’t afford education. He said the primary aim of the Punjab TV Foundation was lending basic education to students. They said we want to free students from the web of tuitions in the state. They said the channel run by the name of TV School had been started, which aimed at ending the rich-poor, urban-rural divide in the education system in the state, which was hampering the development of students.” In the first phase, students from the 9th to 12th standards are being given lessons in English, physics, chemistry and mathematics in both the English and Punjabi medi- Poet Surjit Patar, along with other activists, at the launch of TV School App in Jalandhar on Thursday. um. The IELTS classes have also been started for students wishing to study abroad. To provide special expertise to students of the state, a spe- cial period is being held daily in which Punjabi is being taught. In the second phase of the TV school students will be giv, en lessons about making c m y b sound career choices about conditions for admissions to various institutions and barring this, they shall be prepared for examinations meant to apply for jobs in the Army, banks, public sector establishments and government jobs. The channel will make information regarding government facilities like SC/BC, postmatric scholarships, minority scholarships available. The primary aim of the organisation is to develop students as accomplished citizens, happy and politically aware. They said the TV School App and channel was started by the foundation to convert the energy of students of the state into intellectual advancement. ‘Gap between education and culture should be bridged’ Speaking on the occasion, poet Surjit Patar, while responding to queries on the prevailing violent discourse in music industry, following which the police also had to hold meetings with singers to seek their solidarity on the issue, said, “There were times when leading Punjabi singers have dished out songs based on poetry. We have seen the era when literary songs were being sung with panache. But now the ratio has changed. Many times, meetings have happened at the government level. But everyone has said they can’t do anything about it. When so many songs of the same kind are being sung, how many can be prevented? Anyone recording a song is independent. We had also made an arts council to bring together intellectuals writers and poets. Presently, if the police are making some positive efforts, by calling in singers, we welcome the initiative.” When questioned if the literary voices in the state, faced with violence and gangster discourse in the music industry, were getting passive in the state, Patar said, “The loud voices today are of television and films. Also, there is theatre. Earlier, theatre was being held in the state. Now the literary voices are being relegated to books. So, somewhere it is true that literary voices are getting stifled. We think if we join schools and colleges with art – and gap between education and culture is bridged – there might still be a way.”
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