01052018-JTR-01.qxd 5/1/2018 1:02 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 1 MAY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Park maintenance Advocating justice No intimacy, please! Activists take up the task of cleaning up Beant Singh Park . P2 Meet a few lawyers who have actually stood by truth. P3 Sweta Bhattacharya refused to get close to her co-actor Vishal Vashishtha on screen. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 39°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7:01 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.38 AM Fire Dept for upgrade of equipment equipped for rescue operations. There is a need for more fire-tenders and hydraulic ladders that can go up to a height of 150 feet Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 30 During the past 12 months, a total of 470 cases of fire incidents were registered in the district, including severe ones where causalities had occurred. Every month, more than 30 cases are reported in the central Fire Brigade Department of the city. With a big increase in the rate of fire incidents, the preparedness of the Fire Department as well as the availability of the desired number of fire tenders and fire safety equipment is in question. Sub-fire officer at the department, Rajinder Sharma, talked to The Tribune about the matter. Fire-fighting equipment and maintenance Although four new advanced fire extinguishing buses have been provided to the Fire Brigade Department (three in 2016 and one in 2017), with a water storage capacity of More staff needed New Fire Brigade buses in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH 4,500 litres, 2,000 litres of foam storage capacity, compounds for secure gas cylinders and the capability to extinguish fires of all kinds, there is still a need of at least six-eight more such buses. Rajinder Kumar Sahota, a senior fireman in the department, said, “The government has undoubtedly made our task easier by providing us new buses, but there was a need for advanced buses like automated jack-installed lifting buses that are placed in Mohali. Moreover, we have just one tanker for the whole district. At least, two tankers are required in case of an emergency. Apart from that, the upgrade of the existing buses is also needed. The department has buses running for the past 17 years, whereas a bus can be used only for 15 years. Rajinder Sharma said the deadline for reaching the fire spot from fire station was three minutes, but only due to insufficient buses, it takes half an hour or more than that for the rescue team to reach the spot of the mishap. Also, the city is now home to many multistoreyed buildings, but in case any untoward incident takes place, we are not fully There are just nine drivers for 12 buses and only 35 firemen (30 contractual and five regular). As per the guidelines, there should be 109 firemen in the district and four firemen in one Fire Brigade van. Sharma said the government had more or less solved the problem of less number of staff members by deploying extra workers who are provided two months’ rigorous training at the Sundera training centre in Derabassi. Last month, three of our rescue members were severely injured, hence we are waiting for our demand of fire suits and masks to be fulfilled. Fire-safety checks and certification Sub-fire officer in the department Rajinder Sharma said almost every institution, factory and industry had been provided fire-safety certificates. As per the fire-safety norms, the department’s team verifies whether the institution is fully equipped with each and every fire safety device. Then only, the certificate is issued to them. Currently, 60-70 percent commercial and public service institutions have been issued the certificate. When The Tribune visited some of the fire zone institutions, the owners said though they were equipped with all fire extinguishing incidents, these equipment were expensive, hence they were unable to refill or update these at times. Track record of fire probes, prosecution Though in the past, no serious case of fire has been reported, Sharma claimed that last month, the department union had complained continued on p2 Admn to keep vigil Proud moment over advt content SHAHKOT BYPOLL Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 30 Additional Deputy Commissioner Jasvir Singh on Monday said that on the guidelines of the Election Commission of India (ECI), the district administration would keep a strict vigil over the paid news and advertisement content in the bypoll for the Shahkot Assembly segment. Presiding over a meeting of the members of the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee here at his office, the Additional Deputy Commissioner said the commission had issued strict instructions to monitor the advertisements, publicity of candidates and paid news cases by channels owned by political parties and expenses on these channels should be included in the account of the candidates. He said for this, the administration had constituted this committee which would keep a strict vigil over the news content in news channels as well as papers. Jasvir Singh said all members must perform their duty diligently to check such news content. The officer said the committee would keep a watch on the poll-related news and features appearing in print and electronic media ahead of the bypoll. He said the committee would be responsible for the certification of the advertisements, monitoring of news in print and electronic media and keeping records of all election-related news of candidates in the fray. Jasvir Singh said the committee would help monitor whether the poll-related expenditure incurred by the candidates was properly accounted for. The Additional Deputy Commissioner further said that the committee members would verify the advertising contents sought to be published by political parties, the candidates or their supporters before releasing these to the media. Any violation of the model code of conduct by political parties would also be monitored, he added. Maiden flight to get water salute Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 30 Jalandhar is all set to welcome its first flight that will arrive at the domestic airport from Delhi at 4.40 pm on Tuesday. Though the implementation of the code of conduct due to the Shahkot bypoll is expected to mark the inauguration event without much pomp and show, the administration has made special efforts to make it a memorable day for the passengers who will arrive in the flight to Adampur. The Spice Jet airbus that will connect Jalandhar with the nationwide air network will be given a water salute. The water salute is an airport tradition to honour military veterans, foreign dignitaries and new airline service. Salutes typically involve two firefighting rigs Many schools yet to submit info E-PUNJAB PORTAL Yuvraj with his parents as he celebrates his 156th rank in the JEE Main exam. TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH See also P2 Chandigarh Tribune invites feedback from FEEDBACK spraying arcs of water over an arriving or departing flight. It is a sign of respect, honour and gratitude. To board the maiden flight along with Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla, renowned industrialists from Jalandhar, including members of the Doaba Airport Welfare Association (DAWA), have already reached Delhi. Later in the evening, they will attend a dinner hosted by Sampla. Tomorrow, the flight to Adampur will take off from Terminal 2 of the Delhi airport at 5.10 pm and will reach Adampur at around 6.20 pm. As the flight will have Sampla on board, no official from the district administration will be able to welcome the flight at the airport. DAWA and some social welfare organisations have organised a cultural programme with tradition dance performances at the venue. its readers on issues of public concern relating to Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to email@example.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh — 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Chandigarh Tribune' on the envelope and it should be signed and must contain the address and telephone number of the sender. It should not be more than 150 words. Jalandhar, April 30 Despite instructions from the Education Department to update all information regarding children studying in government, aided and private schools on the e-Punjab portal by April 30, many of the schools are yet to comply with the instructions. While instructions had been issued to update all information regarding children on the ePunjab portal from April 1, 2018, by April 24, a majority of the schools were observed to have failed to update their respective data. Many of the schools haven’t even started the work of the update of the schools’ information. The schools have been given until today to update all their respective data on the e-portal. The department has said the entire data regarding all children of government, aided, private schools be updated by April 30. Schools which fail to do so until April 30 shall be liable to action by the Education Department. DEO (Secondary), Jalandhar, Satnam Singh, said, “Information from a majority of the schools has arrived with us, but many are still yet to submit their respective information. About 30 to 25 schools haven’t submitted any information so far. They are expected to do so within a couple of days.” Schools have also been asked to ensure that all data regarding children is duly checked by the class in charges before it is updated on the portal. This is to prevent the upload of faulty information. Schools have also been asked to contact or send an email to the local MIS coordinator if there is any change in the name or information regarding a particular student so that they can disprove/unlock the portal. If a student has changed school, an SLC be generated and if the student changes school to another institution, the name should be struck off the records of the respective school. If the Aadhaar card of the child has not been made so far, a request should be made to apply for it. The instructions say all students’ names listed in a school’s attendance register must be mandatorily updated on the e-portal. City’s Hall of Fame: Mistaken identity of an Olympic gold medallist Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 30 Jalandhar is proud to be part of India’s golden Olympic hockey history reads the “Wall of Fame” painted in Tricolour at the busy BMC Chowk in the city. The six gold medals painted with hockey sticks on the wall display the illustrious history of the Indian hockey at the Olympics, and also the name of 12 Olympians hailing from the city were mentioned along with their respective year of participation. The missing links? Davinder Singh Garcha, whose name seems to have been forgotten from the minds of the people living in the city, known to be a sports hub in the country? Also, Charanjit Kumar whose name was found missing from the city’s The 1980 Moscow Olympics gold medal winning team of India. “Wall of Fame”! After a tumultuous period following the hockey debacle at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, India fielded a relatively young but talented side for the Moscow Games, where barring skipper Vasudevan Baskaran and goalkeeper Bir Bahadur Chhetri, the rest made their debut. The games, though, were marred by a US.-led boycott over the Russian presence in Afghanistan. Yet, it was not all smooth sailing for the Indians who drew 2-2 with both Poland and Spain in the league phase while trouncing a weak Tanzania 18-0, Cuba 13-0 and Russia 4-2 to qualify for the final. India had to work hard for the gold as Spain put up a fighting performance. Goals by Jalandhar boy Surinder Singh Sodhi (2), Mohd Shahid and MK Kaushik set up a 4-3 win for India. Though Surinder’s name did find a mention on the wall along with Gurmail Singh and Amarjit Singh, the names of Davinder Singh Garcha and Charanjit Kumar were found to be missing. Instead, the district administration painted the name of a Sangrur-based Olympian Rajinder Singh along with Jalandhar players. When contacted, Garcha, without expressing any shock, said that being an Olympic gold medalist; he could not walk into the district administration office to show his gold medal and request to paint his name on the wall. “This actually does not make any difference. I am an Olympic gold medalist and that will remain a fact. However, the sports city should remember its heroes,” said Garcha. continued on p2 c m y b An Olympian’s name missing from the honour list painted on the BMC Chowk in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH
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