05062018-JTR-01.qxd 6/5/2018 12:54 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 5 JUNE 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Saving environment Everything ecoLOGICAL Shamin is back HMV has installed a waste paper recycling machine. P2 Restyle your wardrobe rather than throwing out perfectly good clothes into the landfills. P3 Actress Shamin Mannan is now making a comeback with a strong role. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 40°C MIN 30°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C MIN 29°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.23 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.19 AM Parul Beri gets rank 47 in NEET Ridham Mehndiratta stands 93rd in the country; Akshit Mittal gets 297 rank, Mahek 378 Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 4 City girl Parul Beri has brought honour to the state by bagging the 47th rank in the country. Parul Beri, daughter of Jalandhar-based doctors Dr Parveen Beri and Dr Seema Beri, pursued her Class XI and XII standard studies from Chandigarh, She did her Xth standard studies from St Joseph’s Convent School in Jalandhar. Speaking about her mantra for cracking the exams, Parul said she always kept it light. “I studied at a hostel and we have a group of friends who constantly kept in touch and helped each other. We were all very supportive of each other. I studied for five to six to 10 hours and constantly took breaks. At times, test results also affected me and I got depressed, but I tried my best not to stress out.” While she also kept in touch through WhatsApp groups wherein students called on teachers to clear doubts, she also consulted test papers and other literature concerning exams to keep her up to date. Her elder sister is pursuing MBBS course from the DMCH in Ludhiana, Parul aspires to become a neurologist. Following Parul Beri closely are Ridham Mehndiratta with the allIndia of 93, Akshit Mittal with 297th rank and Mahek with 378th rank. Ridham, a student of AIR AIR 47th 93rd Parul Beri, along with her mother, who got AIR 47th rank in the NEET exam in Jalandhar on Monday; Ridham Mehndiratta who stood 93rd. AIR AIR 297th 378th ALL DOCTORS: Akshit Mittal, along with his family members, who got the 297th rank; Mehak who got the 378th rank. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Apeejay School, Mahavir Marg, Jalandhar, got 96.2 per cent marks in Class XII exams. Speaking to The Tribune, he said, “I studied for five to six hours ahead of the exams to crack NEET. It feels nice to have hit a decent national rank.” While Ridham was taking coaching in chemistry and ‘Gaon Bandh’: Milk collectors find other ways of supply Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 4 Arhtiyas’ efforts to facilitate the arrival of vegetables and fruits in the mandi here on Monday had a marginal effect as farmers couldn’t sell their products much. Mandi board officials said the farmers had come to the mandi late in the night and held a protest outside the Maqsuda mandi. Rashpal Babbu, chairman, Fruit Mandi Arhti Association, said they had been suffering a huge loss due to the protest. The farmers were allegedly not letting any vehicles to go in and they also held a protest outside the gate, but police officials didn’t let them enter. Today also, the police remained for the whole day in the mandi to avoid any untoward situation. Milk collectors find new way Milk collectors are working late in the evening and early morning to supply milk products to homes. As the protest has entered its fourth day, the war between milk men and farmers has become a common sight. Till now, many reports from various parts of the city of throwing of milk were coming and now the milk collectors have found a new way to reach to the homes to supply the milk. Milk collectors now choose early morning hours and late night hours to distribute milk. People from rural and Continued on page 2 biology from different coaching centres, he will not be the first doctor in his household. His brother Dr Subodh Mehndiratta, Ridham said, has been a constant inspiration for him. While his father Rajkumar Mehndiratta is a businessman, his mother Sarita Arora is a housewife and his sister Richa Arora is pursuing engineering. Ridham said, “I am very thankful to my parents and teachers, who were a constant support for me during my studies. My brother also served as an inspiration for me during my studies.” Ridham’s teacher Dr Abhishek Mishra said he was proud of the achievements of Ridham. Akshit Mittal has bagged the 297th rank in the country. Akshit said he studied for 10 to 12 hours a day. He said, “I tried to maintain a balance between studies and other activities. I took regular breaks, pursued outdoor activities, exercised and played the piano during my study breaks to counter the stress and also went on excursions with my family.” While both his parents are doctors – father Dr Atul Mittal being a urologist and mother Dr Anu Mittal, an ophthalmologist, Atul said he was looking forward to pursuing urology as his chosen specialisation. His brother is also pursuing MBBS from the DMC Ludhiana. Akshit said he would consider himself lucky if he made it to a college in Delhi. Mahek, a student of Shiv Jyoti Public School, bagged the 378th rank, said “I studied for four to five hours a day, and have been studying as per a strict schedule. I thank my parents Ramkrishna and mother Sushila Yadav as well as my teachers for helping me through the ups and downs.” Fortuner looting case cracked, 1 held Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 4 The city police today cracked the Fortuner looting case by arresting an accused, reported to be the brother of a police officer posted in Ludhiana. The accused Gurpreet Singh Gopi was arrested late night after the police identified him while scrolling through the CCTV footage of nearby toll plazas. Gopi was seen driving his Swift car and was accompanying the other accused throughout the incident. According to Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha, the police had maintained the theory since the beginning that the loot was done by a gang based outside the city. The police began to check the CCTV footage of nearby toll plaza and saw a Swift car crossing along with the Fortuner ooted from the city. Though the police refused Karanbir, Yudvir Singh Yodha, Harsimran Happy whose photos were released by police. to divulge further details, sources claimed that the police later contacted the gangster’s family and took their help the trace Gopi. During preliminary interrogation, Gopi revealed that along with him, five others were also accused in the case. On the tip-offs provided by Gopi, the police are raiding various places in Ludhiana and Tarn Taran districts. It also released sketches of four accused wanted in the case to media in the evening. An accused in the Fortuner car theft case in police custody. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Wounds on skin will go, in hearts will remain, say firemen CITY’S BRAVEHEARTS Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 4 “Suddenly there was a huge blast and window panes came shattering down. I ran towards the fire tender to open the water vault, but before I could do anything, there was another explosion and we all found ourselves engulfed in a huge ball of fire. Before we could understand anything, fire scorched our skin and clothes. We kept on shouting for water and medical help, but no one came forward to our rescue,” said 22 years old Manjinder recounting his experience of March 20 Manjinder, who joined as a contractual worker with the Fire Department only last year, will never forget the fateful day of March 20 this year when he, along with his two more colleagues, got Injured firemen Vipin Kumar, Surinder Kumar and Manjinder Singh. TRIBUNE PHOTOS engulfed in fire. The bravehearts not only got permanent scars on their body, but also on their mind and hearts. “When no one turned up for our help, fearing another explosion, we began to rub our burnt up skin on the road to douse the flames amidst unbearable pain and anger,” said Manjinder. Do they carry first-aid boxes in the fire tenders or inform the ambulance services? “There is no such drill in the Fire Department. Leave aside first-aid boxes c m y b in the vehicles, the department does not provide any safety gear for the firemen who risk their life every day,” said Manjinder. Also, he did not forget the heroic act of driver Surinder Kumar who, too was engulfed in the fire. “Even though his body was covered in flames, he ran towards the vehicles and drove one of these to a safe place to prevent it from exploding in fire. He did not run away but came back to complete the rescue mission,” said Manjinder. Despite the heroic deed performed by the three firemen, nobody except a sports giant came to applaud their effort with a thank you note and a cash incentive of Rs 5,000 to Vipin Kumar. The government stakeholders, including the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ), the district administration and even local area residents whose lives and houses got saved due to the three bravehearts, did not even bother to offer any monetary help to any of them. Vipin Kumar sustained over 45 per cent burn injuries, Manjinder Kumar around 35 per cent and Surinder Kumar around 25 per cent in the incident. All that they could get from the government was medical expenses and also a trophy with an appreciation letter. Government again failed to provide any safety gear to firemen. Despite the constitution of a full-fledged Directorate of Fire Services in 2017, there has been no respite to the lives of hundreds of fire men working in various districts of Punjab. Even though the state government has purchased some new fire tenders to built up the fire infrastructure in many districts, nothing much was spent on improving the safety and security of the fire men. They are not even provided any insurance benefits. Looking at the apathy of the state government, while Manjinder Singh has already left the job, the other two are braving all odds to comply with the job requirements while recuperating from their burn injuries. According to Vipin Kumar, in the summer season, the problem increases manyfolds due to sweat and humidity. “It becomes difficult to wear uniform or to move in heat and sun but this is what I am doing for the last 18 years since the first day of my job,” said Kumar. Sub-fire Officer Rajinder Sharma said though the police had registered a case against the accused whose shop caught fire due to the alleged stocking of oil and other inflammable products, he was released later on bail. While the accused is back to his usual business, these firemen find no hope to lead a normal life like before.
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