01042018-JTR-01.qxd 4/1/2018 12:33 AM Page 1 SUNDAY | 1 APRIL 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Bibliophile Bowled over April fool banaya City-based poet Neetu Vaid Sharma is all set to come up with her new book. P2 Navjot Singh Sidhu stole the show at trailer release of Punjabi film. P3 TV actors share their most interesting pranks. P4 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 17°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.47 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.59 AM FORECAST WOMEN EMPOWERMENT Cross Bow miles walkreachescity Founder and campaign champion for CrossBow Miles, Srishti Bakshi, who is covering the distance from Kanyakumari to Srinagar on foot, in Jalandhar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 31 Srishti Bakshi, founder and campaign champion for Cross Bow Miles, came to Jalandhar for a campaign on women empowerment stepped into the city with her team today. The activist has been walking across the country to generate awareness regarding empowering women. Srishti’s team has covered 3,295 km with focus on safety and empowerment through financial and digital literacy for women. The campaign involves an on-foot journey through India undertaken by Srishti, covering 3,800 kms from Kanyakumari to Srinagar, to make India safer and better for Indian women. Speaking on her journey, Srishti Bakshi said, “Our journey has been extremely insightful and has redefined our understanding of various issues faced by women across India. What we have gathered will be presented to policymakers in a white paper and to the masses in the form of a documentary.” She said through the journey the team “Cross Bow Miles” had found that issues are similar in the whole of India. She said, “There is a common thread of suffering across the country thatresults in domestic violence due to alcohol, dowry harassment and early marriages. Further, there are grave crimes like rapes, acid attacks and molestation and the team has met survivors who have become everyday heroes in their own right. Deep- seated misogyny often mutes women in India from using their voice to speak out. Interestingly, it has been observed that education and financial status have no bearing on violence against women and gender discrimination and home.” Through the walk, Srishti and her team conducted approximately 110 workshops. From the South to North India, states which have been on the route for her entire walk include Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana, with Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir as the remaining states to complete the journey. Srishti Bakshi is an Empower Women Champion for Change 2016-17. The campaign has so far resulted in Srishti engaging with over 50,000 people in the last 197 days, including students, teachers, district, collectors, activists and state police. With over 78 million steps clocked on the Cross Bow Miles app with over 3,295 km covered by Srishti on foot, the campaign has been unfolding a host of benefits to women and children across different causes. The UN Women’s Empower Women Initiative is dedicated to empowering women to achieve their full economic potential by inspiring both men and women to become advocates, change makers and leaders in their community. Admn asks people to exercise restraint APRIL 2 PROTEST Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 31 Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma, Commissioner of Police Praveen Kumar Sinha and Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar today exhorted the people in the district to exercise restraint and calm during the call of “Bharat bandh” on April 2. Interacting with various organisations in Jalandhar, Phillaur and Nakodar, the officers cautioned the people of the district to foil the nefarious designs of divisive forces who were hell bent to disturb the peace in the area during the protest. They said forces inimical to peace and prosperity might try to create an atmosphere of despair, uncertainty and hatred to pursue their personal agenda of opportunism, thereby creating a wedge between people through exploiting their religious sentiments. They warned the people not to be swayed by the propaganda unleashed by some antiPunjab elements, who were trying to mislead the people, especially on social media. They also said that the district civil and police administration would deal with such anti-social elements very strictly. They said the administration was keeping a strict vigil over any such attempt by the fissiparous forces to disturb peace in the district. They also urged the organisations who had called for the bandh to stage their protest in a peaceful manner without resorting to any sort of unlawful activity. CONGRESS LEADERS TOO COME TO FORE Commissioner of Police Praveen Kumar Sinha and MLA Sushil Rinku interact with various organisations of Jalandhar, Phillaur and Nakodar, exhorting people to exercise restraint and calm during the call of ‘Bharat Bandh’ on April 2. Jalandhar (West) MLA Sushil Kumar Rinku today attended the meeting of administration and organisations that have given the bandh call and said the state government had already taken an initiative by moving a resolution to condemn the move to dilute SC/ ST Atrocities Act. Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh has called a meeting regarding the issue at his place tomorrow morning. Dalit leader and PPCC secretary Dr Ram Lal Jassi also demanded that the status quo on the court orders related to the Act be restored and it be reverted to its original form at the earliest. He said a judiciary panel should be set up on the issue with socialminded judges. TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH Kapurthala The Kapurthala police carried out a flag march across the bazaars of the town on Saturday evening to send out a message to the protesters not to indulge in any violence. Two killed, one seriously hurt in road mishap Hoshiarpur, March 31 Two youths were killed in an accident after their bike was hit by an unknown vehicle last midnight on National Highway No. 3. The deceased were identified as Jaswinder Singh (22), son of Joginder Singh, and Kamaljeet Singh (27), son of Paramjeet Singh, both residents of Kotla Ghaunspur. Their third companion, Harvinder Singh, a resident of Adamwal, was seriously injured in the mishap. Cops of the Sadar police station reached the spot at around 2 am. ASI Vijay Kumar, who was investigating the matter, said on Friday, the three had gone to Manguwal on the bike for pipe-fitting work. On their return journey, while crossing Chauhal, an unidentified vehicle hit their bike. A case under Sections 279, 304-A, 337, 338 and 427 was registered against the unknown driver. The bodies were handed over to the kin after postmortem. — OC Protest over film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 31 Members of the Satkar Committee and various Sikh activists on Saturdayday held a protest over the upcoming film “Nanak Shah Fakir”. The members gathered outside Guru Nanak Mission Chowk this morning and marched towards the district administrative complex, raising slogans against the producer of the film Harinder Singh Sikka. The members held his pictures in their hands and alleged that he TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH had played truant with the Sikh community. Since the promo of the movie has been released with a proclamation, “With the support and blessings of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the protesters also chose to raise placards with the message, “SGPC has gone in wrong hands.” The movie, produced in 2015, has run into trouble with the SGPC, which says the picturisation of the Sikh guru in human form is against Sikhism. Satkar Committee and Sikh activists hold protest march against the screening of film Nanak Shah Faqir in Jalandhar on Saturday. c m y b
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