12042018-JTR-01.qxd 4/12/2018 1:02 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 12 APRIL 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Road in shambles Men, go colourful Music to the ears The road leading to the grain market located in Ward No. 65 poses a threat to commuters. P2 Fifty shades of grey is no compliment if that defines a man’s wardrobe. P3 Actor Sehban Azim has recently featured in a music video with Barkha Bisht, titled Main Tenu Samjhawan. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 29°C MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C MIN 19°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.48 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.58 AM Two get 3.5 years in jail Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, April 11 The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Ranjit Kumar Jain on Wednesday convicted two persons of smuggling heroin. Besides three-and-halfyears imprisonment, a fine of Rs 10,000 each was imposed on them. If the penalty is not paid, Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Mandiyali, Mullanpur Dakha, Ludhiana; and Taranjit, alias Tarana, a resident of Khakhli, Haryana, will have to spend three more months in jail. The police had arrested them near Guditt Nagar Mohalla with 200 gm of heroin. They were coming on a bike. Suspicion, a police party, led by Sub Inspector Surinder, asked them to stop. After the recovery of heroin, a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was registered against both of them. Convicts were held with 200-gm heroin ■ The police had arrested Gurmeet Singh and Taranjit near Guditt Nagar Mohalla with 200 gm of heroin. They were coming on a bike. Suspicion, a police party, led by Sub Inspector Surinder, asked them to stop. Rain leaves farmers worried as wheat crop flattened CM to launch debt waiver scheme for poor on April 14 Cheques for up to ~50K to be distributed among beneficiaries Tribune News Service A farmer couple inspects the wheat crop at a village near Jalandhar on Wednesday. SARABJIT SINGH Our Correspondent Jalandhar, April 11 The unpredictable weather has left the farming community worried. The showers that lashed the region on Tuesday night and highvelocity winds have spelled troubles for thousands of farmers, whose wheat crop is nearing the harvesting stage. According to farmers, the wheat crop had got damaged due to the rain and winds on Tuesday night. Wheat growers, who have already harvested their crops and are waiting for the procurement process to start, also apprehended losses due to quantitative and qualitative degradation of the crop due to the rainy weather. Farmers fear that their crops would be damaged further if it rains in the coming days. Moreover, the harvesting of wheat crop has already been delayed due to the prolonged winter season. Though wheat procurement has started at many grain markets in the district, it is yet to pick up. Farmers said they had faced losses due to a delay in the procurement process at grain markets. Joginder Singh, farmer from Talhan village, said, “Standing crops have flattened due to high-velocity winds and are not fit for the harvester combines. I will get only 30 per cent of the produce. Overall 40 to 50 per cent of the crops had damaged as earlier, rain had blackened the grains.” Puran Singh, farmer from Jandiala, said, “The fullygrown wheat crop has flattened. Now, it will pose a difficulty in harvesting, besides decreasing yield as highvelocity winds can cause more damage. We are worried and hoping that weather will be clear till the harvesting otherwise, we have to bear more losses.” Though officials said rain had flattened crops in some areas where wheat was sown late after harvesting vegetable crops. The officials said they would conduct a survey and would ensure that farmers did not face any loss. Jalandhar, April 11 Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will launch a debt waiver scheme for weaker and underprivileged sections of society during a state-level function to mark the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar here on April 14. Divulging the details, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and Commissioner of Police Praveen Kumar Sinha said during the function, the CM would launch the scheme to waive the loans taken from the Punjab Scheduled Castes Land Development and Finance Corporation (PSCLDFC) and Punjab Backward Classes Land Development and Finance Corporation (PBCLDFC) up to Rs 50,000 each. They said the CM would hand over the cheques to the eligible beneficiaries. The DC and Police Commissioner reviewed the arrangements for the event here at DAVIET. They said the beneficiaries from the Doaba region would take part in the event. Arrangements for state-level event reviewed ■ Divulging the details, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and Commissioner of Police Praveen Kumar Sinha said during the function, the CM would launch the scheme to waive the loans taken from the Punjab Scheduled Castes Land Development and Finance Corporation (PSCLDFC) and Punjab Backward Classes Land Development and Finance Corporation (PBCLDFC) up to ~50,000 each. ■ They said the CM would hand over the cheques to the eligible beneficiaries. The DC and Police Commissioner reviewed the arrangements for the event here at DAVIET. They said the beneficiaries from the Doaba region would take part in the event. . “Under the scheme, the beneficiaries will get no dues certificates after repaying the balance amount, with interest, of Rs 50,000, which will be decided by the government. The cut-off date is March 31, 2017, for the calculation of interest or penal interest. The PSCLDFC gives loans to the poor Scheduled Castes people at nominal rate of interest while the PBCLDFC gives loans to the poor backward class people,” they added. The officers said the district administration was duty-bound to ensure that the mega event was observed in an unsurpassed manner. Meanwhile, the DC and Police Commissioner asked the officers of civil and police administration to ensure all arrangements in a perfect manner. The district civil and police administration on Wednesday also held a meeting with the Lok Sabha MP and MLAs from Jalandhar to finalise the arrangements for the statelevel function. During the meeting held at Circuit House, Lok Sabha MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh and MLAs — Pargat Singh, Bawa Henry, Sushil Kumar Rinku and Chaudhary Surinder Singh, former MLA Jagbir Singh Brar and Congress leader Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia — were apprised of all arrangements. The DC and Police Commissioner said CM Capt Amarinder Singh, along with Cabinet Ministers and other prominent leaders, would pay floral tributes to the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. They said the maximum participation of the people would be ensured for making the event a huge success. Additional Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police Gurmit Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Mandeep Singh, Sub-Divisional Magistrate Rajiv Verma, Assistant Commissioners of Police NS Mahal and Revenue Officer Gurpreet Singh were present on the occasion. Meanwhile, former Deputy CM and SAD president Sukhbir Badal on Wednesday asked party leaders to hold a function on Ambedkar Jayanti in the Shahkot constituency, where the bypoll are scheduled to be held, on April 14. Dr Ram Lal Jassi, general secretary, PPCC, said he would demand from the CM to announce a law university in the name of Dr BR Ambedkar on the day. K’thala teachers of pre-primary Degree of joy classes boycott workshop Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, April 11 The office of the District Education Officer (DEO), Kapurthala, has issued a letter to the schools falling in the district and asked them to ensure their participation in a workshop to be organised for the teachers of pre-primary classes. Teachers under the banner of the Sarkari School Sikhiya Bachao Manch, Punjab, in the state have decided to boycott the workshop. They are even boycotting every government work in the schools, excluding teaching. They had also stopped teams of the Education Department’s Block and Cluster Master Trainers from visiting their respective schools to review the project — ‘Parho Punjab, Parhao Punjab’. Notices have been issued to Kapurthala-based teachers for preventing the teams entering ❝Many teachers had prevented the teams fromentry their respective schools. In fact, they were denied across the state. Notices have been issued to only teachers of Kapurthala so far, where teams had visited on April 2. NISHANT KUMAR, a teacher ❞ from inspecting the work on the project on April 2, 3 and 4. Adamant on their stand, the teachers said they would continue to boycott the work and would gherao the Moti Mehal in Patiala on April 22. Demanding the regularisation of contractual employees’ services and do away with the seven-year transfer policy, the teachers under the manch had announced to boycott the ‘Parho Punjab, Parhao Punjab’ initiative from April 2 during a rally in front of the residence of Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary on April 1. Nishant Kumar, a teacher and a member of the manch, said, “Many teachers under the manch had prevented the teams from entering their respective schools. In fact, they were denied entry across the state. Notices have been issued to only teachers of Kapurthala so far, where teams had visited on April 2. On Tuesday, we received a notice in which we had been asked to attend the workshop. We have collectively decided to boycott it and had not sent our confirmation.” “We will continue to boycott the work, till our demands are fulfilled. We will organise a huge rally at the Moti Mehal in Patiala,” he added. Now, the Department has issued notices to other teachers. Students of the Army College of Nursing in a jubilant mood after receiving degrees in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH SNIPPETS Put up boards highlighting rights of special students, schools told Woman robbed of ~13K Aparna Banerji Phagwara: An unidentified motorcyclist snatched a purse containing Rs 13,000, Aadhaar card, voter card and other valuable documents from Amarjit Kaur, a resident of Takhran village, near the State Bank of India branch in Phillaur on Tuesday. She was returning home after withdrawing Rs 9,600 from the bank when the accused snatched the purse and managed to flee. A case has been registered. OC Intoxicating powder seized Phagwara: A man was arrested with 22 gm of intoxicating powder on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Amandeep Kumar. The Dosanjh Kalan police registered a case under the NDPS Act against the accused. OC Man commits suicide Phagwara: A person allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a running train near the Chiherru railway station on the Phagwara-Jalandhar rail section on Tuesday. The deceased is yet to be identified. The GRP have registered a case and kept the body in the mortuary. OC Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 11 Following the recent instructions of the High Court, the Education Department has asked all schools to put up boards highlighting the rights and privileges of differently abled students at the main gates. They have been given a two-week deadline to follow the instructions. Schools have also been asked to give free admissions to such students. Besides, education without discrimination, education be made available in the sign language, free helping material, provision of 15 additional minutes after every hour and facility of interpreters and writers to the students during PSEB exams are among the directions that have been issued to the schools. All associated, affiliated and adarsh schools in the state will install boards on their premises mentioning the rights of differently abled students in terms of the provisions of the Disabilities Act 2016. They will also have to put up the contact number of the persons who can be contacted in case of any problem faced by specially abled students. As per the Act, students with special abilities are supposed to be given admission and free education at schools nearest to them without any discrimination. The directions say specially abled students should be given free c m y b ❝ Rooms for disabled children in all schools are already present. But with the new instructions, the students’ needs and requirements will be taken care of strictly. All facilities mentioned in the letter will be provided to them. At the district-level, orders will be issued to all schools to implement the instructions from Thursday morning onwards. SATNAM SINGH, DEO books as per their need and arrangements for free helping material also be made available to them. The instructions further say the schools, which have the transport facility, should make transport arrangements for their special students. The facility of special toilet and potable water also be made available for the students. Besides, special scholarships be given to stu- ❞ dents with special abilities by the school or board. Students who want to participate in sports and extracurricular activities, as per their abilities, be allowed to participate without any discrimination. The Punjab School Education Board has provided various facilities to the special students during examinations, including special type of question paper, facility of a writer, freedom in choice of subject and exemption in the second and third language. Manish Aggarwal, a teacher at an aided school in the district, said, “The major advantage of these directions is that the students will not face any discrimination now. The provisions of the RTE Act and the Disabilities Act already regulated this, but these guidelines were not being implemented. We were also getting ramps and proper washrooms constructed. With the implementation of the Act, the guidelines will now be stringently followed. Besides, for the first time, formal declarations have also been made for the interpreters and writers for students, which weren’t previously there.” Disability activist Amarjit Singh Anad said, “Various regulations have been introduced from time to time for special students. These are certainly path-breaking, but all are needed to be implemented.” DEO Satnam Singh said, “Rooms for disabled children in all schools are already present. But with the new instructions, the students’ needs and requirements will be taken care of strictly. All facilities mentioned in the letter will be provided to them. The instructions are to be implemented within two weeks. At the district-level, orders will be issued to all schools, including government schools, to implement the instructions from Thursday morning onwards.”
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