01JK01A.qxd 10/31/2013 10:38 PM Page 1 BARKHA ON BOARD friday | november 1 | 2013 | Jammu JAMMU TRIBUNE WORKERS’ STRIKE: WORK AT CHENANI-NASHRI TUNNEL SITE DISRUPTED Þ PAGE 2 SPORTS: NORTH ZONE CLIMBING C’SHIP FROM NOVEMBER 20 Þ PAGE 2 Saurabh Tewari's new show Rang Rasiya on Colors has Sanaya Irani and Ashish Sharma and now buzz is that Barkha Bisht Sengupta has been approached for a negative role in the show. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY 27°C MAXIMUM 15°C MINIMUM Palace Road to be closed from Nov 4 Tribune News Service Jammu, October 31 With the Durbar Move offices reopening in the winter capital city on November 4, the road outside the Civil Secretariat, connecting Dogra Hall road with the busy Ranbireshwar Temple rotary (also known as Palace Road), will be closed for the general public for next six months due to security reasons. The closure of road is set to compound the problems of commuters and pedestrians as they will now have to cover a long distance. For instance, the motorists heading towards Kachi Chawni from the DURBAR MOVE A pedestrian passes through the Palace Road which will be closed due to security reasons from November 4 in Jammu. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH Shalimar road will take the route behind the Civil Secretariat and cover an extra distance of almost 2km to reach their destination. Furthermore, the diver- sion will also add to traffic chaos as the authorities have also decided to allow only one-way traffic on the busy stretch between Parade and Ranbireshwar Temple rotary. No vehicle will be allowed to move towards Parade from Ranbireshwar Temple rotary from 8 am to 8 pm in the wake of heavy traffic movement on the stretch. “Yet again, we will have to face hardships in view of diversions across the city after the reopening of the Civil Secretariat and other offices here. After the closure of the Dogra Hall-Ranbireshwar Temple rotary road, we will be left with no option but to bear with the situation as the restriction will be made due to security reasons,” Arvind Kumar, a resident of Dogra Hall, who daily takes this route to reach his shop in the Kanak Mandi area, said. Sakshi Mahajan, a student who takes coaching of competitive exams in a tutorial near Dogra Hall, said, “There will be traffic chaos for next six months. I have to drive my scooty almost four to five kilometers extra to attend my classes regularly following the closure of the road. It has now become a regular feature and the authorities must find an alternate solution to the problem.” As reported earlier, the reopening of the Civil Secretariat and other offices will put additional burden of 25,000 vehicles, including that of VIPs, ministers and bureaucrats, on city roads. Commuters may face a harrowing time as the Traffic Police Department has been grappling with the shortage of manpower, although it had been arranging strength from its resources to regulate the chaotic traffic. Official sources claim that one traffic cop controls around 1,700 vehicles on Jammu roads with the department battling with staff crunch. Seven-yr-old killed, 28 injured in mishap Tribune News Service Jammu, October 31 A seven-year-old boy killed in a road accident and 28 others were injured when a SRTC bus in which they were traveling in skidded off the road and rolled down into the Pedu Nullah near Kathua this morning. Reports said the ill-fated SRTC Bus (JK02Y-0597) was on its way from Delhi to Billawar. When it reached near the Pedu Nullah at 9 am, under the jurisdiction of Basohli, the driver lost his control over the vehicle due to which it rolled down into a the nul- lah resulting in on the spot death of Rahul Kumar (7), son of Surinder Kumar of Ambo Ghat, Basohli. Out of the 28 injured, 18 were discharged from the Primary Health Centre, Manpu and 10 others were referred to the Kathua District Hospital, where the doctors referred the driver, Dharminder Singh of Chatha, Jammu, to the Government Medical College, Jammu. The body of the minor has been handed over to the family for last rites without the postmortem on the request of the family. HRD Ministry gets strict on corporal punishment ■ Issues letter to authorities to curb harassment, discrimination against students Vikas Sharma/TNS Jammu, October 31 The Ministry of HRD, Department of School Education and Literacy (S&EL), in its recently issued letter to the Deputy Commissioner of all regional offices of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and principals of all Jawarhar Navodaya Vidyalayas has mentioned that no physical punishment or mental harassment of any kind or discrimination based on gender, caste, region, disability etc should be permit- ted in vidyalayas. “Students should be informed that they have a right to speak against corporal punishment and bringing it to the notice of authorities concerned,” the letter said. Sources said the letter had been circulated in all the 14 JNVs established in the state. “For this, names, telephone number and e-mail address of officers of the regional offices and NVS (headquarters) should be prominently displayed on the notice board of the vidyalayas. Children must be given confidence to make complaint against any form of corporal punishment and not to accept punishment as a normal activity of the school,” the letter said. The ministry has suggested that a box should be provided, where children can drop the complaint, even if anonymous, in the school. The keys of the box should remain in the custody of the principal. This box should be opened at least once in a week in the presence of the members of the Vidyalaya Disciplinary Committee, as already constituted in each vidyalaya, to review the complaints and take action. “Any instance of corporal punishment, mental harassment or discrimination should be dealt with seriously in a time-bound manner. The complaint/grievance of students and parents should be considered on priority and it has to be ensured that no student or parent is harassed for making any compliant. All cases of corporal punishment of any kind by any staff member of the vidaylayas should be immediately reported to the regional office/NVS (headquarters), indicating the details of the incident,” the letter claimed. The guidelines added that all employees working in the vidyalayas should give an undertaking to the principal concerned that they would not take any action that would be construed as amounting to physical punishment, mental harassment or discrimination against any child. DECKED UP FOR FESTIVAL: A woman looks at decorative items in a market, buzzing with activities, as residents get busy shopping for Diwali in Jammu on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH
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