14JK01A.qxd 11/13/2013 10:32 PM Page 1 LOVING THE WHOLE ACT thursday | november 14 | 2013 | Jammu JAMMU TRIBUNE DEMAND: AGRO TECHNOCRATS SEEK REVIEW OF DECISION ON REGULARISATION ÞPAGE 2 INFRASTRUCTURE: CIVIL INSTITUTE INAUGURATED IN REASI ÞPAGE 2 Encroachments removed ■ JMC cracks the whip on violators in Raghunath Bazaar Tribune News Service Jammu, November 13 The Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) today removed encroachments from many areas of the city, especially Raghunath Bazaar. A team of the Enforcement Wing led by the Chief Enforcement Officer removed encroachments at the Raghunath Market and its surrounding areas. Illegal kiosks were also seized during the drive. Four truckloads of material, including grinding machines, electrical items, gas "bhatties", blankets, garments, bundles of PVC pipes, weighing scales, loudspeakers, microphone stands, counters and wooden platforms were seized. The team also warned shopkeepers against keeping their goods in temporary structures on footpaths. The drive was conducted with the help of police. The Raghunath Bazaar and surrounding markets are about 150 years old and were established around the famous Raghunath temple constructed by the erstwhile Dogra rulers. Till Partition of the country, it was a major commercial hub of the state for traders from as far as Lahore, Sialkote and Muzaraffrabad. JMC employees remove encroachments at the Raghunath Bazaar in Jammu on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: ANAND SHARMA Newcomer Roop Durgapal, who plays the role of Saanchi in Balika Vadhu, has made her mark in the role of a confused yet manipulative girl, who falls for Jagya and is eventully dumped by him. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY 23°C MAXIMUM 8°C MINIMUM Problem yet to be addressed in Rajinder Bazaar ■ In the absence of regular monitoring, anti-encroachment drives prove futile Amir Karim Tantray Tribune News Service Jammu, November 13 While the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) removed encroachments in Raghunath Bazaar today, the menace is yet to be addressed in Rajinder Bazaar here. Traders have encroached upon the footpath by stacking their goods on it forcing commuters to walk on the road instead of the footpath. The menace is not only posing inconvenience to pedestrians, it is also exposing them to risk considering heavy flow of traffic on the road, especially during peak hours. With pedestrians on the road, vehicles, too, are left with little space to ply on leading to slow movement of traffic. Moreover, all these encroachments lead to fights between shopkeepers themselves for want of more space. Two shopkeepers of the market quarrelled on the issue this afternoon and it was only after the police intervened that the matter was solved. “Most of the traders in Rajinder Bazaar have encroached upon the footpath, which is meant for pedestrians. These shopkeepers display their goods outside their shops to attract customers, which leads to various problems,” said Ishtiaq Ahmad, a shopkeeper of A view of encroachments at the Rajinder Bazaar in the old city of Jammu. TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANAND SHARMA the Shaheedi Chowk area. Rajinder Bazaar separates from the Residency Road at Shaheedi Chowk and links to the Talab Khatinkan area where Jamia Masjid is located. One side of this road is linked to Kanak Mandi, which makes this area important in terms of trading. Due to narrow lanes, movement through this market has been a problem for a long time ❝ We conduct anti-encroachment drives and even penalise traders. However, as soon as we leave, they stack up their goods outside their shops again❞ — SATISH KHAJURIA, CHIEF ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, JMC but now with encroachments galore, the situation has worsened. In the absence of continuous monitoring by the civic body, their antiencroachment drives, too, prove futile. “We conduct antiencroachment drives and even penalise traders. However, as soon as we leave, they stack up their goods outside their shops again,” said Satish Khajuria, chief enforcement officer, JMC. He said his team would remove the encroachments again. Ensure ban on corporal punishments, schools told Jammu DC inaugurates Jan Vikas Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, November 13 The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued detailed instructions to principals of all the schools to ensure that no child is subjected to corporal punishment. This zerotolerance policy towards corporal punishment has already been adopted by Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. The CBSE letter circulated in all its schools stated that there was no scope for corporal punishments in a learning environment. It stated that teachers should adopt healthy strategies instead to make a learner realise his mistake, if any. "Schools need to adopt methods by which a learner develops a sense of confidence and self-dependence,” the letter read. “As per the provisions of the Right To Education (RTE) Act, 2009, corporal punishment may be identified as physical punishment, mental harassment or discrimination. As you are already aware, corporal punishment to students and insulting them by referring to their parentage, caste etc by staff has been strictly prohibited in all the schools,” it stated. needs to more sensitive ❝ Everybodyneed to be realise that children areatmosphere. It isthan adults. They provided with a caring necessary to ensure that they are not subjected to violence or hurt in any way. The responsibility to safeguard children lies with schoolteachers and the school administration at all levels❞ — CBSE LETTER TO SCHOOLS Sources said despite frequent instructions issued in the past, cases of corporal punishments to students of CBSE-affiliated schools frequently came up, in which teachers justified their act as an immediate response to indiscipline by students. Sources said taking serious note of the issue, the CBSE had sent a letter to all the principals to ensure that such incidents do not occur in future. “Everybody needs to realise that children are more sensitive than adults. They need to be provided with a caring atmosphere. It is necessary to ensure that they are not subjected to violence or hurt in any way. The responsibility to safeguard children lies with schoolteachers and the school administra- tion at all levels,” the letter claimed. The schools have also been asked to ensure that children belonging to weaker sections or disadvantaged groups are not discriminated against with regard to sports, mid day meals or other facilities in schools such as toilets and drinking water. The letter suggested that confidence to complain against any such discrimination or corporal punishment should be instilled in children. The CBSE letter said a box to put in complaint letters, even if anonymous, should be put up in schools. Aushadhi store in Udhampur Tribune News Service Udhampur, November 13 The Health Department opened a subsidised chemist shop, Generic Drug Store or Jan Aushadhi centre, inside the District Hospital complex here today. The store is first-of-itskind in Jammu province and was inaugurated by Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Shantmanu Sharma. It will cater to the needs of the common masses and sell 103 types of drugs, including life sav- The store, which is a firstof-its-kind in Jammu province, was inaugurated by Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Shantmanu Sharma. It will cater to the medical needs of the common man by selling 103 types of drugs, including life-saving and cancer drugs, at 70 to 80 per cent less price. ing and cancer drugs at 70 to 80 per cent less price. “I purchased a cough syrup and ten tablets of Paracetamol. I paid Rs 15 for the syrup. It is too cheap as the same drug would have cost me around Rs 80 in the market,” said the Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Yasha Mudgal who was the first customer at the Jan Aushadhi shop. “The Union Health Ministry, in collaboration with the State Health Department and Red Cross societies across the state, would launch such Jan Aushadhi stores where everybody can purchase medicines at a cheaper rate,” the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, said. Haphazard growth sounds Calm on LoC boosts agricultural activities death knell for birds, animals Darshan Bharti Sumit Hakhoo Tribune News Service Jammu, November 13 Unplanned construction of housing colonies and destruction of green cover has sounded a death knell for various species of birds and animals in Jammu in past two decades. Environmentalists rue that city is fast become a "concrete jungle" to accommodate people, which is likely to have a long-term effect on ecology. In residential colonies such as Sunjawan, Bhatindi, Sidhra, Roop Nagar, Bantalab, Upper Janipur, Udeywala, Muthi, Patoli-Paloura and the surrounding areas of Gandhi Nagar and Trikuta Nagar, there was a thick green cover with sparrows, parrots, rabbits and vultures, but experts say they have slowly disappeared. There was a time when wild parrots could be seen often but now we seldom have slowly ❝ Green patches the scene to disappeared from make way for a concrete jungle. The problem is that the administration has failed to formulate any policy to save environment and there has been rapid expansion of habitation❞ — BUSHAN PARIMOO, ENVIRONMENTALIST spot them. Same has happened to other species of birds. Some say they have disappeared due to cell phone towers but urbanisation is also a reason. In surrounding areas of the city, "neel gai" and jackals roamed about freely in the Bahu Rakh, Ramnagar forests and in the Kot Bhalwal area, but now they, too, have vanished. Most of the residential colonies have come up in violation of the Big Landed Estates (Abolition) Act/Agrarian Reforms Act, which restrict the use of forest land for human settlement. "Green patches have slowly disappeared from the scene to make way for a concrete jungle. The problem is that the administration has failed to formulate any policy to save environment and there has been rapid expansion of habitation," said Bushan Parimoo, an environmentalist. "Trees absorb pollutants and their destruction affects the ecology. We have seen a rapid rise in temperatures during the past two decades as concrete retains heat," said a former weather scientist at SKUAST-Jammu, Dr MK Khushu. Environmentalists say the lack of coordination between the Pollution Control Board (PCB) and the traffic police has also led to delay in action against vehicles flouting pollution norms in the city. Poonch, November 13 Farmers residing near the Line of Control (LoC) have resumed agricultural activities in the wake of calm on the border for the past 12 days. Agriculturists, who have been hit badly by Pakistani firing for the past six months, have started harvesting, ploughing and preparing land for the next crop. "We have faced a lot of hardships during the past six months. Firing by Pakistan not only kept us away from agricultural activities but also compelled us either remain inside our houses ormove to far safer places," said Ghulam Hussain, a resident of the Shahpur sector. "The continuous firing from the Pakistani side has compelled most of us to quit work on our fields. Some of us, who took risk, produced meagre grains." he said. Farmers carry out agricultural activities near the Line of Control in Poonch. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH "Peace on the LoC for the past about two weeks has brought cheer and the clear sky has boosted our morale to complete agricultural activities on time. If there is more delay, winter rains may cause huge loss to the harvested maize," said Jagan Nath of Jhullas. "The prevailing situation on the LoC is good for people of both the countries. We appeal to the Indian and Pakistani leadership to respect the ceasefire for the welfare of people living along the LoC," said Fazal Hussain, a resident of Gulpur.
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