02052018-JTR-01.qxd 5/2/2018 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 2 MAY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Protest against factory What a show! Work-out theory Residents of various villages of the area are protesting against the Coca-Cola factory in Hoshiarpur. P2 No sale of eatable items above MRP will be allowed in cinema halls from now on. P3 Fitness is of prime importance for actors. Some of them share tips on how to keep fit in highly competitive telly industry. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 39°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:02 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.38 AM Celebrations amid code violation College girls perform giddha to celebrate the first domestic civil flight in Adampur on Tuesday; Even though the ECI has imposed the poll code in thedistrict, both Congress and BJP committed violation by putting up signages in the entire route to Adampur airport in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH Despite disability, Heera stands tall HEERA SINGH SANDHU Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 1 “Although he has clinched many trophies, this gold medal is nonetheless his first winning medal, and I am the most delighted woman on the earth right now,” said Ravinder Kaur, wife of Heera Singh Sandhu. Heera has made the whole nation and the region proud by winning gold medal at WFF Mortal Battle that was held in Singapore recently. Ninety percent physically challenged Singh participated in the physically challenged weightlifting category and claimed a victory there. Ravinder Kaur, who is a computer teacher at a government school in Ferozepur district said, finally her husband’s immense hard work and dedication paid off. Expressing her joy, she said, when she first met Heera in 2008, she got highly impressed and immediately decided to marry him and now she feels proud of her decision. While narrating his journey on international platforms, Heera said, “I had a very low self-steem and was doubtful of my capabilities but my wife’s continuous moral support and motivation never made me feel like a disabled person and helped me conquer the world.” Although my uncle Kulvir Singh, who was himself a wrestler once, made me strong enough to develop the will power to get into body building, but due to the non-functional legs, I still was dependent on others for my training. Moreover, in 2012, when the North India Body building competition was held at Rajasthan, Heera was titled as Mr North India and received Desh Seva Ratna Award and Excellence award in 2018. Other than that he also has to his credit many national and state awards. He recalled his achievements, “I have got the gold medal in Punjab Paralympic Powerlifting Championship in 2007 and gold medal in Punjab State Ameteur Body Building Association in 2005. However, what depresses the family is the apathetic attitude of the state government. The long awaited promise of providing him a job has still not been fulfilled by the government. Laddi’s ‘sting video’ row fails to die down Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 1 Three days after a “sting video” surfaced reportedly showing a deal related to mining contractors of Shahkot being settled by Congress leader Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia, the latter, on Tuesday, took refuge by putting ahead contractors in the matter. Laddi is the Congress ticket-seeker from Shahkot, where bypoll is scheduled for May 28. While there was a message this morning that Laddi will address the media, it were the contractor partners of Kaimwala village, including Surjit Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Charanjit Singh and one Manjit Singh, who were reportedly sent across to clarify his side of the story. None of them, however, could give a satisfactory and convincing reply to the queries put forth by the media. Asked what kind of deal was being struck as it came in the video, Surjit Singh, the main contractor who even figured prominently in the clip, said, “There was no deal as such with Laddi. If you have seen the video well, you can clearly make out that he has not himself asked for any money. He was simply helping resolve an issue between us and the labourers.” On being quizzed as to how the deal with the labourers could be of Rs 8 lakh, Surjit Mining contractors at a press conference in Jalandhar on Tuesday; and (right) Jasvir Singh, who owns 6-acre land in mining khud ,at Kaimwala village in Shahkot, interacting with media in Jalandhar on Monday. MALKIAT SINGH said, “We have about 100-125 labourers working on site manually on a daily basis. They had not been paid for 2.5 months when the video was shot. So the amount had become huge. They had been asking for more money as wages which we did not want to pay and Laddi helped us reach a compromise.” Asked as to how could the resolving of the issue of labourers be so big for them that there was a discussion of exchanging sweets, there was no convincing reply. “It had become such a big tension for us that it called for exchanging of sweets,” came the reply. One question over which there remained a long pause and even the tutored contractors could not respond for long was, “What was so crucial at the meeting that Laddi said that discussions get leaked and only one person should come?” Thinking after a while, Surjit came up with a ridiculous reply, “If we take labour from one village and the matter gets leaked, the panchayat of neighbouring village also gets after us for employing people from there.” Over the yesterday’s complaint of land owner of Kaimwala village Jasvir Singh that he was not being paid returns for his 6-acre land being used for mining khud, the contractors said, “He has already been adjusted. He uses his four tippers who make three rounds daily and he is earning quite well.” An NRI from Germany, hailing from Kotli Kamboj village in Shahkot, Surjit said he had taken 7 acres of legal khud in the village for Rs 68.6 lakh in the auction. “I came back from Germany in 2013. This year, I thought of investing in mining. Now I realise that it indeed is not a business I should have indulged in. Especially after this video, we are now sceptical that our government approval could be withdrawn and our business could be adversely affected, so we had to come to put our side of story too.” The contractors questioned the timing of the leaking of the video made on November 29. “You can very well understand how and why it was leaked now,” they apparently had only one valid point. Laddi, who is close to MLAs Rana Gurjeet Singh and Ramanjit Sikki, is a relative of MLA Pargat Singh and is also the nephew of former Rajasthan Governor Darbara Singh. He has categorically denied all allegations and said that it was all a malicious campaign designed by his rivals within the party who cannot see him getting ticket again. What Laddi’s rivals say A local Congress leader point- ed out, “We all know about the detrimental effect of the sting videos in the recent Gurdaspur Lok Sabha polls. These are so damaging that a 1000 clarifications even cannot save the party from the dent on its image.” Another party leader even pointed out that when Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had formed a committee of ministers comprising Navjot Sidhu, Manpreet Badal and Tript Rajinder Bajwa to check illegal mining, the trio had made a trip to Andhra Pradesh and Tripura, but had so far failed to check it in Shahkot, which is perhaps the most affected area. 53 students of Meritorious School crack JEE (Mains) Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, May 1 The residential Meritorious School opened by the government has been proving to be a boon for the students as 53 students of the city-based Meritorious School have cleared the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) main exam. The students are now preparing for the JEE advanced. Principal Ramandeep Singh of Meritorious School while giving information about the recently declared results said, “53 students of the School under General, SC and OBC category qualified for the JEE mains. He also congratulated the students for their success and motivated them to work hard for the next exam.” Expressing happiness over the achievement, he also congratulated the staff members and the families of the students. He informed, “Out of 53 students, 24 boys and 29 girls cracked the exam.” He further added that, “A total number of 284 students of non-medical stream had appeared in the exam, out of which 53 have successfully qualified. He also said, even in the recently declared results of Class XII of PSEB c m y b Students of Meritorious School in Jalandhar. three students of the school made it to top 10. We are hoping for the same response from the students in the JEE advanced too,” he added. 11 students of Innocent Heart cleared the exam Aditya Goyal, Muskaan, Lovish, Ankur Khosla, Damanpreet Singh, Rohit Oberoi, Ritish, Gurmannat, Nikhil Rattan, Aslesha and Utkarsh of Innocent Heart School cleared the JEE mains making their alma meter and parents proud. The students while expressing their joy said that, “Hard work alone leads to success in the exams.” On this achievement of the students, Principal, Dheeraj Banati congratulated the students and their parents and encouraged them to continue to work with dedication in order to reach the pinnacle of success. Cambridge School topper Yuvraj receives cash prize from School. Yuvraj Gagneja, a Cambridge student who added another feather to his cap and brought pride to his alma mater and was awarded a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh from the school for his remarkable achievement. Yuvraj has set a new bench mark by achieving All India Rank of 155 in JEE –Mains. Principal Cambridge School said his hard work, diligence and perseverance has paid off and elevated him to be the topper not just in the city but also in the District, in the prestigious JEE-Mains conducted by CBSE. We congratulate him for his success. Siddharth Sharma, Jitaksh Kapoor, Dhrubb Gupta and Ravneet Singh of Cambridge have also cracked the JEE-Mains.
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