27072018-JTR-01.qxd 7/27/2018 1:30 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 27 JULY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Kisan Adhikar Yatra For the bride of 2018 End zone 200 farmers from Doaba to organise a rally on July 28. P2 The biggest names in the fashion industry toss some latest options for the brides. Dalljiet Kaur, who plays the role of Karuna, will exit Star Plus’ show Qayamat Ki Raat. P4 FORECAST P3 THUNDERSTORM | MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.27 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.42 AM Lest we forget State-wide chemists’ strike on July 30 Transfer orders leave primary schools without teachers Our Correspondent Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Ceremony in honour of Kargil war heroes in progress at Jalandhar cantonment on Thursday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH. Song on epidemic of drug addiction in Punjab released SEE P2 Phagwara, July 26 Around 24,000 chemists of the state will go on one day statewide strike on July 30, in protest against undue harassment of the chemists by the civil and police administration. This was announced by the Chemists Association Punjab President GS Chawla, District Chairman VP Singh Arora and Phagwara Unit President Rakesh Aggarwal in a joint statement issued after a highlevel meeting of the association held here on Thursday. They said none of the chemists was selling puppy husk, ganja, charas, opium and smack, but the chemists are being harassed by the police daily. Rana tells Khaira to resign from MLA’s post, teach AAP a lesson Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service A song based on the increasing number of drug addicts in the state being released in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 26 Throwing light on the burning issue of addiction of chitta (heroin), a senior journalist, columnist and author Ashok Bhaura released his self-composed song “vilkda Punjab” here on Thursday. Currently residing in the US, he said, “The scourge of drugs has engulfed the youth, it is very important to channelise their energy.” He along with other members of the ‘Ikki International Entertainment Inc,’ an American channel, launched a YouTube channel called ‘Aajkal’to promote Punjabi culture and songs. Bhaura also said, the Punjabi songs are now-a-days losing their sheen. They are promoting only violence and are objectifying women. Through Aajkal channel, only the songs pertaining to the real Punjabi cultural would be presented and any youth could contribute to it. Meanwhile, the singer of the audio track, Bunny Baidwan narrated the lyrics of the song and said, “Chitte di mar pe gayi har passe yaar, chitta chat ke hi kha gya Punjab nu”, best describes the current situation. It’s saddening to see how the youth are losing their lives at the hands of drugs. The song was directed by Amolak Singh. Jalandhar, July 26 A school with a strength of 100 students in Jalandhar has been left totally without any teacher, owing to the state government’s recent move of transfers of teachers. Following the recent postings in the Education Department, the government primary schools in various blocks are sans teachers, which is quite contrary to the rationalisation policy, as per which, there should be at least one teacher against 30 students. Leading to a major crisis in various blocks, six schools in the Partabpura cluster have only one teacher and one of the schools, the Government Primary School Maur Jalandhar, July 26 With the ouster of Sukhpal Khaira, his arch rivals, while reiterating their allegations against Khaira, questioned the internal democracy of the Aam Admi Party (AAP). Meanwhile, Congress leader Rana Gurjit Singh said Khaira should resign from the post of MLA from Bholath and prove his mettle in the upcoming elections to prove his popularity among the people. Veteran Akali leader and former Bholath MLA Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “The insulting way in which the party ousted Khaira, shows the dictatorial policies of the AAP. After Mann and Chhotepur, now Khaira has been shown the door in an abrupt manner.” Speaking about Khaira, Kaur said, “Khaira’s activities have always been shady. He has been infamous for his indiscipline towards party. Even in the Vidhan Sabha, his conduct has been activities various ❝Khaira’s been shady. ❝There areagainst kinds have always of allegations He was also steeped in drug-related allegations, his controversial stance on the Sikh referendum issue has further muddied his image. His presence in Bholath has been rendered zero. Khaira. He has also been accused of taking money from party workers. I would like to advise him to resign from the post of the MLA. If he is as popular as he claims, people will vote him back. BIBI JAGIR KAUR, former Bholath MLA RANA GURJIT SINGH, Congress leader questionable. While he has already been steeped in drug-related allegations, his controversial stance on the Sikh referendum issue has further muddied his image. While he had convinced some gullible people to fol- low him in the region, his presence in Bholath has been rendered zero.” Congress leader and former cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh said, “There are various kinds of allegations which were doing the ❞ ❞ rounds regarding Sukhpal Khaira, while one is regarding drugs, the other is regarding the charges levelled by the AAP co-president Dr Balbir Singh that he was taking money from party workers. In addition to this, his stance on the Sikh referendum 2020 has also come under question. The people of Punjab would like to ask the AAP, for which of these has Khaira been ousted?” Khaira and Rana have been vocal critics of each other on many issues. Speaking on his ouster, Rana said, “The party has taken a very serious step against Khaira, clearly lending weight to the allegations levelled against him. This is a serious charge–I would like to advise Sukhpal Khaira to teach his party a lesson by resigning from the post of the MLA. If he is as popular as he claims, people will vote him back. This is the only option he has to redeem his image.” created a crisis-like situation, wherein ❝The govt haswithout teachers. It is accommodating students are left teachers as per its whims, without giving a thought to facilitating the students. Rather than posting the teachers elsewhere, isn’t the government first supposed to address the crisis of the block SOURCES IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT Sahib, does not have any. Both the teachers in this school have been posted out. While one of the teachers has been posted to a school in the city – the other one has been posted to Mansa. “The department was supposed to alleviate the problems in the education system, but it has only aggravated the issues. The government has created a crisis wherein stu- ❞ dents are left without teachers to teach. The government is accommodating then teachers as per its whims, without giving a thought to facilitating the students. The six other schools also have single teachers – rather than posting these teachers elsewhere, isn’t the government first supposed to address the crisis of the block?” said sources in the Education Department. Three arrested with one-kg heroin The three accused, including a woman, held with one kg of heroin in police net in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Tribune news service Jalandhar, July 26 The rural police arrested three persons including a couple among three with one kg of heroin. The accused have been identified as Kulvir Singh (30), Sandip Kaur (25) and Honey (24). SSP Navjot Mahal said, “Accused Kulvir Singh, along with his wife Sandip Kaur, and accomplice Honey are in the business of selling heroin for the past five years. They used to earn huge profit by smuggling consignments of heroin from Delhi.” The SSP said Kaur went to Singapore in the month of April and returned after remaining there for two months. Since then, she, along with her husband as well as Honey, was in the business of selling heroin. Honey is a make-up artist by profession and is employed in Noida. The police said already many cases were registered against the accused. Shun stigma, shame attached with Troubled waters drug addiction, DC urges people fake travel agents DRUG MENACE Tribune news service Jalandhar, July 26 Congress MLA Rajinder Beri, Commissioner of Police Praveen Kumar Sinha (CP) and Deputy Commissioner (DC) Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the people to wage a battle against the scourge of drugs till its last ounce was removed from the district. Continuing the mass interaction program under the Drug Abuse Prevention Officer (DAPO) scheme, the MLA, DC and CP on Thursday held a joint public interaction at the Ali Mohalla locality, the second most drug-affected area of the city after Qazi Mandi. During the programme, the officials asked people to support the mission of the state government, which aims at complete eradication of drugs from the district. They asked Officials take part in a meeting on the issue of drug menace at the Ali Mohalla in Jalandhar on Thursday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH the parents and kin of the drug addicts to shun the social stigma attached to this problem and come forward for the treatment of their dear ones. They also said drug addicts could be treated in detoxification centres being run at the local Civil Hospital and Nurmahal. They said besides these two centres, Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) centers were also operational in Jalandhar, Phillaur and Nakodar. They said that DAPO program aims at persuading the addicted youth to take proper treatment so that they could also lead a normal life like others and contribute immensely in socio-economic growth of the state. Police helpline to assist in cases of drug addiction, Phagwara: SSP Kapurthala, , Satinder Singh has appealed to the people to immediately report to the police any crime incident, including snatching. Police officers concerned have been instructed to register an FIR immediately in such cases. Commenting on drug abuse and fake travel agents, the SSP said two helplines have been set up to help the public redress their complaints. He said police assistance will be available in just 30 minutes and anyone can contact him on his helpline number 98150-54946 and 7527023101 for assistance in cases of drug addiction. The SSP said another helpline has been set up and any person going abroad can take assistance about fake or genuine travel agents by contacting DSP (D) Dr Mukesh on the helpline number 81465-51992. c m y b After the removal of the pontoon bridge, owing to monsoons, students and villagers face hardship crossing over to the other side via boats for their daily chores in Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala. TRIBUNE PHOTO :MALKIAT SINGH
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