02042018-JTR-01.qxd 4/2/2018 1:17 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 2 APRIL 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Chaos galore Love daaru songs? Get set, laugh! A huge traffic jam is common from NH-1 Ramamandi to PAP in Jalandhar. Punjab Sabhyachaar Commission monitoring objectionable content in Punjabi songs is welcome. P3 Comedy may be a new genre for her but Barkha is ready to take the audience by storm. P4 FORECAST P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 33°C MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.42 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.09 AM Dist admn holds flag march in city Dalit workers on mass leave, admn on tenterhooks Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Flag marches being held in city over the issue of nationwide bandh call over the Supreme Court orders regarding the SC/ST Act. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 1 In the wake of the Bharat bandh call tomorrow, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma and Commissioner of Police (CP) Praveen Kumar Sinha led a flag march of paramilitary forces, Rapid Action Force and the Punjab Police in the sensitive areas of the city on Sunday. Interacting with people during a flag march in the inner areas of the city, both officers said the situation was normal in the district and a strict eye was being kept on the entire situation in the wake of Bharat Bandh call tomorrow. They said the situation was entirely under control in Jalandhar and the civil and police administration were duty-bound to maintain peace and amity in the district. They said no anti-social element would be allowed to dis- turb the peace in the district. They also called upon people not to panic and get swayed by any kind of rumours. They warned rumour mongers that any sort of attempt to mislead people and create tension in society would be dealt with a heavy hand. They said around 5,000 security personnel had been deputed in the entire district, including companies of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) of the para military forces. Both officers asked people to contact the officers of Police and Civil administration for any sort of enquiry. Meanwhile, led by the Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of Police, the flag march of the police covered the entire city, starting from Nakodar Chowk, Sri Guru Ravidass Chowk, Veer Babrik Chowk, Basti Area, Kapurthala Chowk, Rama Mandi and others. Prominent among those present during the flag march were Additional Deputy Commissioners Dr Bhupinder Pal Singh and Jasbir Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police Gurmeet Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Mandeep Singh and KS Heer, Assistant Commissioners of Police HS Bhalla, Satinder Chaddha, Naveen Verma besides other officers of the civil and police administration. Meanwhile, members of the Gazetted and Non-Gazetted SC/BC Employees Welfare Federation Punjab and Dr Ambedkar Mission Club Punjab held a protest march against the proposed revision in the SC/ST Act from Alaska Chowk to the Hind Samachar Group. The protesters indulged in sloganeering against the state and Central governments to seek the stopping of interference in the bill, promotions and reservations, starting of unemployment allowance. At the end of the protest march, they burnt an effigy of the state government. The Megh Jagriti Foundation also held a press conference, expressing its solidarity with Bharat bandh on April 2. ‘Rasbhari mocktales’ draws applause Artistes in the play ‘Rasbhari Mocktales’ orgnaised by the YUVAA theatre group at KL Saigal Hall in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 2 In its fifth-time, a refurbished presentation of Anton Chehkov’s selected tales, titled “Rasbhari Mocktales,” the Yuvaa Theatre Group, on Saturday, presented its dramatised presentation of tales from the Russian master. Weaving in some lighthearted fables from the author, Yuvaa presented a canvas of various small incidences picked up from the everyday lives of different men and women – which have been penned by a famous Russian author. Staged at the Saigal Memorial Hall in Jalandhar on Saturday, the play featured the story of the woman who wouldn’t relent to a bank manager telling her the bank could do anything about her husband’s neurological disorder, a father ensuring his young son’s first ‘sex-education’ encounter, a man propagating happiness - turning out not-so-happy when he realises he left his wife on the right train himself climbing the wrong one, a poor woman’s priceless gift of gratitude to her doctor and a Casanova’s wooing of his woman. While it is heartening to see literary theatrical tributes on the Jalandhar stage, where YUVAA needs to reinvent itself is finding ingenuity in its presentation. While the cheery sing song at the beginning of the play and the potent presences of its seasoned actors – ensure for the audience that a YUVAA act is never your run Continued on page 2 c m y b Parties lend support to bandh Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 1 While no political party has announced its own formal gatherings or dharnas as part of the Bharat Bandh call being observed tomorrow, the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have expressed their support for the bandh, stating that all their members shall be free to join the dharna if they so wish. While Congress Member of Parliament (MP) Santokh Chaudhary held a press conference here on Sunday, formally expressing his solidarity towards the Dalit cause, various city councillors held a meeting with former cabinet minister and senior Congress leader Avtar Henry, expressing Continued on page 2 Jalandhar, April 1 The city is expected to witness a complete bandh on Monday as Dalit activists from across the region have extended their support to the country-wide bandh on April 2, in protest against the recent Supreme Court judgment on diluting of arrests under the SC\T Act (1989). Since Doaba being a major hub for Dalit population, the bandh is expected to witness the maximum effect here in the region. Almost 35 Dalit organisations of political parties, Balmiki communities, Mohalla samities and even Ambedkar sabhas have announced their support for the bandh. Market associations, industries and transport unions too have extended their support for the countrywide protest. All educational institutions will remain closed and mobile Internet services will be suspended in Punjab on April 2 in view of the bandh called by several Dalit organisations against the dilution of SC/ST Atrocities Act. In view of the bandh call, the Punjab Government has decided to suspend the services of public transport across the state on Monday, an official spokesperson said here. The PRTC, Punjab Roadways and PunBus buses would not ply and the services of these buses would remain suspended tomorrow, he said. The state government also ordered the suspension of services on mobile internet (2G/3G,4G/DCMA), besides all SMS services and dongle services provided on mobile networks except voice calls from 5 pm today until 11 pm Some statistics ■ Dalit population in India: 16.6 % ■ Dalit population in Punjab: 31.9% ■ Dalit population in rural Punjab: 73.3 % ■ Maximum population in Punjab ■ Districts with maximum Dalit population 42.51% ■ Muktsar: 42.31 % ■ Ferozepur: 42.17 % ■ Nawashahr: tomorrow. The order to suspend mobile internet services has been taken to prevent the spread of misinformation, rumours through social media platforms and to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order in Punjab. According to the BSP leader Balwinder Singh, the bandh, though observed at a major level, will be held peacefully across the state. With political parties also have their extending their support, it is expected to remain peaceful tomorrow. The state govt has also asked the Army authorities to be on standby and ready to deal with any eventuality. The call for the strike was given on March 22, soon after the Supreme Court’s verdict came in. The Dalit employees in the district administration to municipal corporations have responded to the call for striking work April 2 and even students, shop owners and others, including nonDalit people, have been appealed to join the bandh. Doaba a hub for dalit population, Punjab has the highest percentage of Dalits in the country as they comprise more than 31 per cent of the population and so are important votebank in the state. With over 40 per cent Dalit votes comprising Ravidassia and Valmiki community in the Doaba region, the nine constituencies of Jalandhar district have been the game changer for political parties in any election. The four reserve Assembly constituencies of Jalandhar namely Jalandhar (West), Kartarpur, Adampur and Phillaur have got the highest concentration of Ravidassia and Valmiki votes. Among the reserve constituencies, Jalandhar (West) is one such segment, where Bhagat community of dalits is equivalent to the other key castes of the Ravidassia community followed by Valmikis. Admn holds crucial meetings ahead of bandh Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar today said that the district civil and police administration would make wellcoordinated efforts to ensure that law and order was maintained in the district during Bharat Bandh on Monday. Interacting with officials here at meetings to review arrangements for law and order today, they said every effort would be made to maintain law and order, peace and amity in the district. They said the police officials and Executive Magistrates should keep a strict vigil over the entire situation and ensure that law and order was upheld at every cost. They also told the officers/officials to ensure Continued on page 2
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