05042018-JTR-01.qxd 4/5/2018 1:17 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 5 APRIL 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Punjabi movie promoted Manch of believers Meet Ankit, the shayar Two days ahead of its release, the star cast of the Gippy Grewalstarrer visits the city. P2 Rangmanch offers a helping hand to those suffering in silent pain. P3 Ankit Raj, the flamboyant star on Sony TV’s Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai, is mesmerising audiences. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 35°C MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.43 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.07 AM Sports teachers to be trained in karate GNDU V-C accused days, ❝Theseshouldgirl students have Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 4 After providing training in martial arts (karate) to girl students of Class IX and X at government schools in the state for many years, the state government is now all set to give all female physical education teachers training in the same. Thereafter, these teachers will give training to girl students of Classes VI to XII at government schools. For the past some years, girl students of Class IX and X at government high and senior secondary schools are getting training in self-defence — karate and martial arts — along with studies. Female physical educa- the ability of defending themselves. The move will be very beneficial for all of them. Now, a large number of students will be able to get training in self-defence. ❞ A PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER ILLUSTRATION: SANDEEP JOSHI tion lecturers, PTIs, DPEs and other teachers aged up to 50 years working at government schools will receive training to further train the girl students. The teachers will be trained batch-wise — 10 days per batch — in Chandi- Two injured in firing at Gautam Nagar Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, April 4 A group of youngsters opened fire at two persons in Gautam Nagar on the Hoshiarpur-Una road on Tuesday night. The reason behind the incident is said to be an old rivalry. According to residents of the area, they heard 10 to 12 rounds of fire. Amritpal Singh, aka JB, and his brother-in-law Honey were injured in the incident. They received injuries in the leg and thigh. After getting the information, the police reached the spot and blocked the area. The injured were admitted to the Civil Hospital here. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) J Elanchezhian also reached the spot and sought information about the incident from police officers. Amritpal Singh, a resident of Subhash Nagar, told the police that he was going somewhere in a car with his brother-in-law Honey. “On the way, a speeding car flashing lights stopped in front of our vehicle near Gautam Nagar. Some youngsters came out of the car and opened fire at us. They fired around 12 rounds. Thereafter, the ❝I was goinga car with somewhere in my brother-in-law Honey. On the way, a speeding car flashing lights stopped in front of our vehicle near Gautam Nagar. Some youngsters came out of the car and opened fire at us. They fired around 12 rounds. Thereafter, the assailants escaped from the spot ❞ AMRITPAL SINGH, victim attackers escaped from the spot,” he said. Amritpal added, “I am a witness in a murder case and Binni Gujjar, who is lodged in a Ludhiana jail, had asked me earlier to turn hostile. As the verdict in case will come soon, Binni has orchestrated the attack through his aides.” Jagdish Raj Atri, Station House Officer (SHO) of the City police station, said on the basis of Amritpal’s complaint, a case under Sections 307, 427, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections under the Arms Act had been registered against Robin, Saurabh Jindal, Sukhi, Sampat and other unknown persons. garh during training sessions, which will be held from April 9 to 25. All arrangements for their meal and accommodation will also be made in Chandigarh. A physical education teacher said it was a great move. “These days, girl students should have the ability of defending themselves. The move will be very beneficial for all girl students. Now, a large number of students will be able to get training in selfdefence.” of sexual harassment Amritsar, April 4 A professor of the Music Department at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDH) has accused Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh Sandhu of sexual harassment. She has filed a complaint to the Chancellor, Governor VP Singh Bandore, CM Capt Amarinder Singh and Police Commissioner, Amritsar, SS Srivastava. It is worth mentioning here that she was removed as the head of the department a few months ago owing to students’ complaints. She said, “The issue dates back to 2011. I did not like his behaviour towards me. I had also complained to authorities in 2013 and was assured of action.” In her complaint, she alleged that the VC victimised her as she thwarted his “advances”. “I let the matter die down after he moved for his higher assignment. After returning as the Vice-Chancellor last year, he started levelling false allegations against me,” she added. GNDU spokesperson and Director, Public Relations, Praveen Puri, said, “The allegations against the VC are false. An inquiry against her has been going on in the university as students had complained against her. There is no truth in her complaint.” Police Commissioner SS Srivastava could not be contacted for comments.— TNS SC/ST Act: Maha panchayat by labour union tomorrow Chief Minister to attend state-level function on Ambedkar Jayanti Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 4 Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on Wednesday said the district administration would organise a state-level function to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar here on April 14. He said the function would be presided over by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. The event will be held at the auditorium of the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology here. Chairing a preliminary meeting to review the arrangements for this mega event at the district administrative complex here, the DC said the function would be organised in an unsurpassed manner to give a befitting tribute to the chief architect of the Constitution. Sharma asked the officials to make proper arrangements for traffic management, parking of vehicles, security and other facilities during the function. He told the Police Department to put in place a mechanism for stepping up security arrangements, besides monitoring the parking and traffic plan in an apt manner. The authorities were told to ensure proper cleanliness of the roads leading to the ven- Jalandhar, April 4 Activists of the Pendu Mazdoor Union, Punjab, will hold a maha panchayat on April 6 at Dana Mandi in Kartarpur to protest “diluting” the SC/ST Act. Their other demands are ensuring residential plots to the needy; a portion of panchayat land for the Dalits and rest of the land for the poor peasants; ownership of allotted land to the Dalits, employment under MGNREGA, pending arrears and waiving electricity bills of homes irrespective of caste and creed. Labourers and peasants are expected to take part in the panchayat in large numbers. On the occasion, president of the union Tarsem Peter and president of the Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Committee Mukesh Malaud will address the gathering. Kashmir Singh Ghugshore, state leader of the union, said, “The RSS and BJP are working to convert the country into a Hindu nation. Communists, Ambedkarites, minorities, Dalits, intellectuals, journalists and others are being targeted as they are raising BSP leaders address a press conference in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH their voices against the establishment.” He said to do away with meager benefits being received by the Dalits in the country and make them vulnerable to attacks, the government was “looking to end” the SC/ST Act and reservation in the country. Ghugshore added that despite laws having been made for the Dalits and backward classes in the county, labourers and peasants were not getting land, residential plots and other facilities. The union also flayed the action against Dalit activists during Bharat Bandh on April 2. They also condemned the cases registered against various union activists, including Balwinder Jaloor, Gurpreet Kheri and Surjan Jhaneri, in the state. BSP puts onus on Centre Demanding status quo on the SC/ST Act ahead of Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14, the BSP on Wednesday said the Centre must do the needful in this regard. Addressing a press conference, BSP state in charge Megh Raj and president Rachhpal Raju said they would have to intensify their stir. They accused the Centre of not putting up its case in the apex court in a right way. The BSP leaders on Wednesday welcomed Lal Singh Solhani and his wife Balwant Kaur, who represented the Kranti Dal from Ferozepur, in the party. Tribune News Service DC holds meeting with officials ■ The event will be held at the auditorium of the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology. ■ Chairing a meeting to review the arrangements for this mega event at the District Administrative Complex, the DC said the function would be organised in an unsurpassed manner to give a befitting tribute to the chief architect of the Constitution. . ue. They were directed to install welcome gates and set up temporary urinal and mobile toilets. Additional Deputy Commissioners Dr Bhupinder Pal Singh and Jasbir Singh; District Revenue Officer PS Sahota; Deputy Commissioner of Police Gurmit Singh; Superintendent of Police RS Cheema; Sub-Divisional Magistrates Paramvir Singh, Varinder Pal Singh Bajwa and Rajiv Verma; Assistant Commissioner of Police HS Bhalla; Assistant Commissioner Dr Deepak Bhatia, District Mandi Officer Varinder Khera; Assistant Director Youth Services Capt IS Dhami; District Guidance Counsellor Surjit Lal; and Revenue Officers Harminder Singh, KS Bhullar, Manohar Lal and Gurpreet Singh were present in the meeting. Pre-primary classes in govt Golden tree-at schools fail to attract children Only five students per school have taken admission in this academic session Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, April 4 The government’s ambitious scheme of enrolling pre-primary classes in government schools has failed to garner the desired result in the new academic session. As per information, hardly five children per school have taken admission till date. The scheme was initiated in November last year and under it, 6,000 students were enrolled in 955 government primary schools in the district, seven students per primary school. However, the figures paint a sorry picture as the number of students, who have taken admission in the new session, is even less. It has been four months since the pre-primary classes started in government schools, but the schools are facing several problems such as a shortage of teachers. A teacher posted at a school situated in the rural area said, “Primary schools are facing a shortage of teachers. There is only a single teacher in a majority of these schools. We are already handling five classes and now, additional three classes have been given us without reviewing the situation at the grassroots level. The situation at schools does not allow teachers to take additional burden.” The syllabus of children is another hurdle. “Without realising that the kids, who have just taken admission to schools, don’t know how to hold pencils are burdened with syllabus. It is even more than that of the private schools,” he added. Some teachers told The Tribune that they had not received adequate funds for their schools. They said only Rs 1,000 had been received so far and besides other works, they had been running the mid-day meal scheme on their own. Sources in the Education Department said in Government Elementary School, Maqsuda, the numbers of children enrolled under the scheme was four while in Government Elementary School, Seenpura, only three children took admission. The teachers at the school complained of poor infrastructure and lack of funds. They said, “If the situation remains the same, the day is not far when the pre-primary pilot project would fail.” Varinder Veer Singh, coordinator, District Padho Punjab Scheme, said, “The admission process has just started. The government is making all out efforts to advertise the pre-primary scheme. We are expecting more children would take admissions in the coming days. Steps will be taken to provide infrastructure and other facilities to students.” c m y b With the onset of summer, dry leaves form a carpet on the service lane of a road in Jalandhar on Wednesday. SARABJIT SINGH
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