11042018-JTR-01.qxd 4/11/2018 1:00 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 11 APRIL 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Smiles amid chaos Punjabi network grows Bijlani gets trolled Students going to govt schools which remained open during the bandh call in Jalandhar. P2 More and more Punjabi movies are available on digital platforms. P3 Recently, television’s popular actor Arjun Bijlani posted his picture with Shilpa Shinde. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 28°C MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 18°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.48 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.58 AM Bandh call evokes no response in city All roads, shops, chowks remain completely open; not a single protester seen Jalandhar, April 10 The buzz that was around on social media last week regarding members of the general category community getting together for protesting over the reservation issue completely fizzled out in Jalandhar on Tuesday. Not even a single protester came out in Jalandhar to get the shops shut. There were no marches, no rallies, no placards and no bikers to be seen anywhere. All roads, chowks remained completely open. The impact of the social media messages was so loud on the minds of the people that they perhaps did not even bother to go by the statement issued by Punjab DGP Suresh Arora last evening, saying that today will be a normal day and people should not panic. Still, parents of school kids were the ones who remained most worried and kept sharing all wrongly circulated messages in their groups, which further led to confusion and panic. As school transport contractors in some schools chose not to render their services for the day and parents too expressed their apprehensions, most schools had to It was business as usual in Jalandhar markets despite the bandh call given by various organisations on Tuesday. SARABJIT SINGH The interior view of a train that had very little occupancy at Jalandhar City railway station during the Bharat Bandh on Tuesday. keep off to avoid inconvenience. The result was that almost all schools wasted the day without much of a reason. Asked about the confusion and why the administration did not issue an advisory, DC Varinder K Sharma said, “I received so many calls, including educational institutes, and I clarified to them that there was no likelihood of a bandh in Jalandhar and that they could easily keep their campuses open. I even Now,aPunjabifilmtomockatnoteban Cast and crew of upcoming Punjabi movie “ Golak Bugni Bank te Batua” at a press conference in Jalandhar on Tuesday. SARABJIT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 10 Last year according to a social media survey, demonetisation was the most-talked about issue. Everywhere funny memes depicting images of Narendra Modi and his Cabinet were tweeted and shared. The sufferings of people at bank queues had also become a major issue of the year. To add more spice to the Modi’s allegedly impromptu decision, a film called ‘Golak Bugni Bank te Batua’ under the banner of Rythm Boyz entertainment and Hayre Omjee ❝ We are happy and enthusiastic about making a film which is actually very close to hard reality and truth of society with an important message. ❞ KARAJ GILL AND TALWINDER HAYRE, PRODUCERS studios is here to tickle the funny bone of cinegoers. A full comedy talkie based on the repercussions of demonetisation is all set to give a fun shot to the audience. It’s a packet full of love, comedy and drama, said the team of the film that was in town on Tuesday. The director of the film Kshitij Chaudhury said, “The demonstration had affected every individual of society, rich or poor. The title of the film also indicates how it had badly hit the golak (piggy bank) and batua (wallet) of the common man. Therefore, the movie is sending out a message that money can’t buy happiness and love is having a satirical twist of demonstration and writers have also written the dialogues by taking reference from the people’s inconvenience during the whole demonstration phase. Actors Amrinder Gill, Harish Verma, Simi Chahal, BN Sharma, Anita Devgan, Jaswinder Bhalla and Gurshabad were accompanied by the director. Lead actor Harish Verma said, “It is an unusual script. The character is quite close to real life and this will be another platform for me to show my real self.” The producers Karaj Gill and Talwinder Hayre said, “We are happy and enthusiastic about making a film which is actually very close to hard reality and truth of society with an important message.” SuryaEnclaveresidentsdemandremovalofrailway shed Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 10 The Surya Enclave Extension Welfare Society on Tuesday demanded the shifting of goods shed of city railway station to Suranussi station to provide a second entry to the city railway station from their colony side. ML Sehgal, president of the society said as the majority of goods were arriving at the shed located in Suranassi railway sta- tion, the shed at the city railway station had become almost abandoned. “It has almost become nonoperational. If the railway authorities remove or shift this shed to some other place, it will prove to be beneficial for the residents living in our area. We can get a direct entry into the railway station,” said Sehgal. The members of the society has urged the district administration to include the proposal into the smart city project. c m y b specifically told them that ahead of the April 2 bandh, several bodies had submitted their memorandum with us that they would support bandh, but this time there was not even a single visitor, saying that he would protest on the day. Still, people were so much carried away by social media reports. They did not even bother to believe in the Punjab DGP’s message circulated everywhere last evening.” — TNS Hoshiarpur remains peaceful Hoshiarpur, April 10 In Hoshiarpur district, the Bharat Bandh remained completely successful in towns and rural-suburban areas especially in Kandi area while in Hoshiarpur city there was no impact seen except that a few people kept their shops closed expressing their individual support to agitation against caste-based reservation. Although protest marches were held at different places but there were no protesters seen roaming around the roads forcing or threatening people to close shops. While the district headquarters did not get any special effect of the shutdown, routine life was badly affected in rest of the district. On Tuesday, the entire Kandi area, including Talwara, Hajipur, Datarpur and surrounding areas were completely successful. During this, the anti-reservation organisation in the Talwara took out the march and handed over the memorandum to the Tehsildar in the name of the Prime Minister. The bus stand also remained deserted. A group of people tried to engage with the youth who were making anti-reserva- Most markets at Talwara (in Hoshiarpur dist ) remained closed due to the bandh call given for Tuesday. MALKIAT SINGH tion march in Garhdiwala but due to the sensitivity of the demonstrators and police alert, the matter escaped spoiling. In Dasuya, antireservation march was held and the effigy of reservation was burnt. During this, it was decided that if anybody including any organisation or community tried to hold Bharat Bandh against the Supreme Court’s decision on SC/ST Act April 14, it will not be participated and any attempt to forcibly shut down the shops, will be opposed. On the other hand, in Datarpur the bandh had a complete effect and normal life came to a halt and the same sit- uation was there also in Hajipur. In Mahilpur, there was not much effect of bandh, while Saila Khurd was completely closed. Similarly, the shutdown in Garhshankar was completely successful. Even doctors and chemists did not even open their own shops. A drug store was kept open only with mutual consent to deal with emergency. Interestingly, neither of the reservation opponents tried to forcibly shut shops and markets, nor did the leaders of the antireservation organisation were seen threatening to close the markets, despite this people voluntarily kept the shops closed all day. — OC
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