17042018-JTR-01.qxd 4/17/2018 1:22 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 17 APRIL 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Punjabi Rang Utsav Watch out for more Home front Tale of a woman sacrificed at the altar of family’s honour in play ‘Eh Gallan Kade Fer Karange’. P2 Punjabi TV channels have not only survived but are growing with each passing day. P3 Mohit Malik missing his mom’s lassi in Mumbai. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 37°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.52 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.52 AM Jolt to Swachh Bharat mission in Jalandhar Exuding freshness Municipal Corporation unable to find space for toilets in markets Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Students of the Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women at a farewell party held on the college campus in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH. Man shoots at nephew Hoshiarpur: A minor wrangle took a bloody turn when a man in rage shot his own nephew outside the new grain market. In a critical condition, the injured was immediately brought to the Civil Hospital where after seeing his serious condition, he was referred to a specialty private hospital. As soon as the incident came to fore, the SSP J Elanchezhian, DSP City Sukhwinder Singh, Inspector Narinder Kumar and police party reached the spot and started investigating the incident. According to the information, Paramjeet Singh alias Pamma, a resident of Pandori Bibi, had a contract of parking in the local grain market and his nephew (sister’s son) Sukhwinder Singh (27), son of Joginder Singh, a resident of Gochar district in Ropar, also used to work with him earlier. Sukhvinder Singh had been working for a liquor contractor for some time now. It was said Sukhwinder Singh had come in the afternoon to the grain market. At around 3:30 pm, both Pamma and Sukhwinder had heated arguments over some issue and in rage Paramjeet Singh shot his nephew Sukhwinder Singh. Two bullets hit him in the thigh, one in the elbow and another on the side of the stomach. According to police, after the incident, Paramjit Singh alias Pamma escaped the spot. The SSP said the police was investigating the matter and soon the accused would be nabbed. 2 booked for 1.41 lakh fraud Hoshiarpur: The Chabbewal police have registered two cases and nominated two accused on the charge of cheating two persons of Rs 1.41 lakh on the promise of sending them abroad. Pradeep Singh, a resident of Baadia Khurd village, told the police that Harpreet Singh, alias Sunny, a resident of his village, and Avtar Singh, a resident of Jassowal village, took Rs 81,000 from him to send him abroad, but neither did they send him abroad nor returned his money. Manjeet Singh, a resident of Baadia Khurd, told the police that travel agent Harpreet Singh took Rs 61,000 from him. However after this, neither the accused sent him abroad nor returned his money. The two complaints were examined by the economic offences wing of the police. After the inquiry report, the police registered a case against both accused under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC. OC Big Bazaar penalised Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 16 In a yet another complaint of overcharging against Big Bazaar, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the company to pay Rs 5,000 penalty for charging Rs 60 extra from a customer Shamsher Singh Bhardwaj of Hoshiarpur. Singh had lodged a case against the manager, Big Bazaar. He alleged that on July 29, 2017, he visited the Big Bazaar store to purchase some domestic items. The price of a stationary kit with MRP of Rs 89 had a Big Bazaar selling price of Rs 59. He purchased two such kits. He said at the time of payment of the above mentioned bill, the complainant was in a hurry, due to which he did not properly check the bill and rather paid the entire amount as claimed by the store. He said when he reached home, he found that Big Bazaar had cheated him by charging Rs 89 per stationary kit, whereas the discount price mentioned was Rs 59. The Big Bazaar did not respond to the notices of the forum and no one appeared on its behalf. The case was thus proceeded against ex parte. The forum found that the invoice bill put the price of the stationary kit as Rs 89, whereas Big Bazaar selling price (offer price) was Rs 59 as printed on the wrapper of the packing material. Since the complainant purchased two kits, he had been charged an excess amount of Rs 60 above the printed price. The forum represented by President Karnail Singh and member Harvimal Dogra termed it a clear cut case of deficiency and unfair trade practice. They directed the company to pay Rs 5,000, which includes excess amount, compensation for harassment and mental agony and litigation expenses along with an interest of 9 per cent per annum from the date of filing the complaint till its realisation. Jalandhar, April 16 Giving a major jolt to the Swachh Bharat mission in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ) is unable to find any vacant space to construct public toilets in market areas. According to assistant health officer of the MCJ, Dr Srikrishan, the problem is severe in markets situated in the central town and basti areas. “There are not many vacant spaces available in these areas and even those which are available, cannot be utilised as people nearby have refused to get toilets constructed near their homes,” said Dr Srikrishan. Around 2,500 to 3,000 people are visiting Rainak Bazaar and Peer Botlaan Bazaar every day. However, there is not even a single toilet available inside the congested lanes even for women. “We have tried our best to convince people to allow us to construct toilets in these markets but they refused to do so near their homes. To obtain an open defecation free (ODF) status for the city, a public toilet should be constructed at every km, but in this scenario, it seemed to be a distant reality,” said Dr Sri Krishan. The bad condition of toilets situated near the Gandhi Nagar disposal dump in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Also, the situation seemed gloomy at petrol pumps. Not many are cooperating with the MCJ for catering to the common man. People too are reluctant to use these toilets due to their poor upkeep. The situation though is little better in the individual household latrines (IHL) category. Out of the 907, around 849 toilets were constructed so far. While the construction of over seven community toilets has begun, 27 public toilets too were constructed in the city. Another 40 public toilets too were under construction. MC to demolish toilets sans upkeep ■ While the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar is making efforts to attain the open defecation free (ODF) status for the city, it is planning to demolish a community toilet building in the Baldev Nagar area. ■ Area councillor Rajwinder Singh alleged that though these toilets were constructed long ago, these could not be used even once due to the coming up of an unauthorised dump ahead of its entrance. ■ “The toilets, around 15 in number, got damaged and need repair. However, instead of maintaining these, they have planned to demolish the structures,” said Singh, alleging that despite an assurance given by the area residents, the MCJ officials were adamant to demolish these and construct new ones in their place. ■ Dr Srikrishan, assistant health officer, said that the civic body was indeed planning to renovate toilets. “The toilets are too old and completely damaged. If it is feasible to renovate these, we can do the work under the Swachh Bharat Mission,” said Dr Krishan. Fighting fit Jets of the Indian Air Force streak past the Jalandhar sky, leaving behind a white trail on Monday . PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Channelise the energy of the youth in theatre, says Kewal Dhaliwal Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 16 NE of the things about Punjab is it saw 1947, then 1965 and 1971 wars and then 84. We have still not forgotten the pangs of those. Asi sochde han halle 47 vale ger ton nai nikle 84 vich fer vaddhe javange? (We think we haven’t healed from the wounds of 47 yet and will 84 sting us again?) These issues still crop up in theatre. The growth of theatre is also concomitant with the healing of our war wounds.” Veteran playwright Kewal Dhaliwal, who was in Jalandhar during the KL Saigal Punjabi Rang Utsav, shed light on the necessity of the political discourse in play, on how 84 impacted his theatrical journey and the need for theatre in the curriculum as well as the need for better, perfect and professional theatre in the state. “O Excerpts from an interview: You started you journey in Kewal Dhaliwal theatre with Bhai Manna Singh, is there change after him? Things have changed since then. We are quick to adopt other things and leave our own influences and absorb others. But a theatrical commitment which Gursharan Singh has given is unsurpassed in the Punjabi theatre. His theatre was for commitment, social relevance and change. It has deeply influenced Punjab. I started theatre in 1976, joining Gursharan Singh’s group in 1978 – for 10 years up till 1988. It was the peak of terrorism – a difficult period which taught us a lot. Due to the scare, even Punjabi singers took off their nameplates from outside their homes. Par os vele jekar koi jeenda si, jagda si, o theatre si (if something was living and awake in those trying times, it was theatre). And it is a historical fact that no HinduSikh riots happened during that time because of theatre. Theatre went to homes and villages. Despite threats, it didn’t stop. Gursharan Singh and Ajmer Aulakh and the Punjab Lok Sabhiyacharak Manch kept its momentum going. What were the threats and challenges playwrights faced in that era? We faced many threats. Many terrorists believed theatre groups were working against them. So, we were prevented from entering villages sometimes to protect us from attacks. But there were some young men, even among terrorists, who respected Gursharan Singh a lot. Oh jaande si Gal tan sacchi kehnda par kehnda sade khilaf hai. (they knew he talked the truth even if it was against them). We would go hanging behind buses carrying 20 kg satchels of props (since there were no buses after 5-6 pm), but while walking to villages - police would pick us, take us to thanas. This happened at Jharike village near Moga, in Amritsar as well. At a play staged in Anandpur Sahib, we were even lathi charged. In 1984, we were arrested in Bombay and kept at the Andheri police station for recording the song “ Lal Farere Ai Teri Kasam Is Khoon Ka Badla Hum Lenge” at a recording studio. Indira Gandhi had just been assassinated. The next morning, we were greeted at the studio by the police, since they got the idea that we were planning something. Rohini Hatangdi got us free – she told them we were antiterrorism people. There was this movement of anti-establishment theatre at that time? Hasn’t that momentum weakened now? c m y b The staging of political theatre is a big thing. Only committed people can pull it off. In the present scenario, there is certainly a dearth of political theatre. With the current Indian politics, political theatre is certainly required. However, it is missing. On the flip side, the amount of theatre happening in Punjab villages is phenomenal. About a 100 theatre groups are tirelessly working. The Red Arts Group has done 1,800 village plays a year. Many groups work in Majha and Malwa, but the village play momentum is yet to pick up in Doaba. You are an independent playwright and the president of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Does this dual role limit you from being critical of the powers that be? Since my background is with Gurshran Singh – like him, I can’t keep quiet. I make a noise on unaddressed issues during meetings. The young generation is going to the dogs. Campuses are becoming breeding grounds for gangsters. I believe if theatre is made a subject in colleges and universities, these children who are presently attacking each other with knives will get a medium to channelise their energies. They will become part of theatre. Of the 3-4 lakh theatre actors in the country doing theatre for 30,000 groups, you will find no addicts. In Punjab at least 10,000 people are dedicatedly pursuing theatre. More can be added if theatre is made part of the curriculum. What are the works you have undertaken under the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi? When I joined the Akademi, I had declared to take theatre across Punjab and not just Chandigarh. In the past four years, we have covered 400 villages, have held theatre festivals in many cities. We publish books and have made documentaries on the first woman on the Punjab stage Uma Ji as well as veteran Jatinder Kaur. We are making documentaries on the IPTA movement and Punjabi theatre history. Are you satisfied with the funding for theatre? Annually, there is no dedicated budget. Sometimes, we are allocated Rs 5 lakh after three months. Sometimes, 10 lakh. Independent funds should be given to the three academies of Punjab the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Punjab Sahit Akademi and the Lalit Kala Akademi. Funds are routed through the Punjba Arts Council presently. But at least Rs 1 crore annually should reach the academy annually. Ironically, while the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi gets Rs 90 lakh annually, for the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi, they have only Rs 15 lakh. There are 12,500 villages in Punjab which we have to work for. These funds are very meagre. You walked into the NSD with Punjabi theatre being looked down upon. Has it found its ground on the national scene? In the 80s, when I joined the NSD, many people said Punjab theatre isn’t on the level of the rest of the states. This was a ‘mehna’ (a taunt) for me. I thought I will bring it to that level. Technically, theatre is stronger than what it was 30 years ago. BN Shah and Ratan Thiyam told me I would not go back. But I did and also called them to a festival here. I can say today Punjabi theatre is better than many other states, but there is still a long way to go. The pessimistic and the business-minded can’t pursue theatre. I believe chasing perfection and professionalism will make Punjab theatre attain new heights. Your upcoming projects. I am fascinated with Waris Shah’s – Heer Ranjha and have done it three times in different styles – one from the perspective of Qaidon. This year, I want to attempt it in the Dastan Goi style with strong music. I am also working on a script involving Faiz Ahmed Faiz for which I have prepared script. We will do it in both the nations – India and Pakistan.
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