11072018-JTR-01.qxd 7/11/2018 1:24 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 11 JULY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Farmers’ woes Clooney in hospital ‘Industry can be ruthless’ Farmers hold a protest and demanded waiver of their loans from government in city. P2 Hollywood star George Clooney was admitted to a hospital following a road accident. P3 Actress Neha Kaul talks about her days of struggle and what success means to her. P4 FORECAST RAIN LIKELY | MAX 33°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.32 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.32 AM Missionary’s descendants file plaint Allege ad-hoc panel trying to undertake illegal construction, repair of heritage church Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 10 Descendants of Christian missionary Golaknath Chatterjee, who brought Christianity to the region in 1800, have lodged a complaint with the city police, against the efforts to undertake the faulty and illegal construction and renovation of the roof of the 125-year-old building of the heritage church – the Golaknath Memorial Church - at the Mission Compound in Jalandhar. The church was built in 1895, in the memory of Chatterjee, who belonged to a Kolkatabased Brahmin family. He was tutored by Christian missionary Alexander Duff and is been known to attend meetings of Bengali reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy while he was a teenager in Bengal. Descendants of the missionary have alleged that the 125-year-old heritage building was in peril due to the faulty repair and renovation work the ad-hoc committee of the church has begun on it. The work might cause irreparable damage to the structure, which is a heritage building. The family submitted a complaint regarding the same at the Police Station Division No. 2 here. Vimal Golaknath, a third generation descendant of Chatterjee, said: “The church land ownership is still in the name of my great grandfather Golaknath Chatterjee and it’s a 125-yearold heritage building of unparalleled architecture in the region. The map of the church was brought in by my maternal grandfather, the son of Chatterjee, William Golaknath, specially from Jerusalem in 1800s, based on a church of a similar make there.” “The repair-construction plans of the ad-hoc commit- Will suspend work until consensus: SHO “We have received a complaint and the complainant family has stated that the heritage character of the building might be in danger due to the construction. We are sending a team to the spot and the work will be suspended until a consensus was received on the matter," said Manmohan Singh, SHO, Police Station No. 2. The repair work of the Golaknath Memorial Church in progress in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH tee shall imperil the vulnerable roof of the heritage structure, which, in turn, might cause damage to the building. Without intimating Chatterjee’s family, they have also started installing scaffolding and other things on the church roof. The committee is a temporary body meant to run the affairs of the church. It have no right to carry out illegal or authorised construction of the roof – that too with means not compatible with the antique make,” she alleged. Vimal’s sister Namita Golaknath said, “The roof of the building was built in 1895 We were asked for sexual favours for ~50: LGBTs Members of community attend a conference on their rights & concerns Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 10 “Though we are hoping to live a life with dignity, we are still asked to provide sexual favours for a mere Rs 50. Also, children as small as 13 years of age want to seek pleasure from us in the city,” said Deepak Rana, chairperson of Shaan Foundation, a state-level NGO looking after the concerns of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the state. He was addressing a statelevel conference, organised by Members of the LGBT community, along with dignitaries, during a conference in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO the NGO, to create awareness of concerns and rights of the LGBT community. With the recent rise in the number of attacks on member of the community and death of a transgender for a meagre Rs 50 by some youths in the city last week, over 100 members of the community on Tuesday attended the event at KL Sehgal Memorial Hall. Miss India (Punjab) Navpreet Kaur, who was also among the top five finalists of the Femina Miss India, moderated the panel discussion on the LGBT rights by renowned panelists. Among those who attended the seminar were renowned social rights activist Abhina Aher, a full-time staff member of the Indian HIV-AIDS Alliance responsible for a Continued on page 2 Trucker gets 2-year jail in accident case Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, July 10 Additional District and Sessions Judge RK Khullar’s court on Tuesday sentenced a truck driver to two-year imprisonment with a fine of Rs 2,000 in an accidental death case of a resident. If the penalty is not paid, the convict will have to undergo another month’s imprisonment. On November 14, 2011, a motorcyclist had died in a collision between a bike and a truck near Dasuya. The Dasuya police had filed a case against the accused truck driver Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Maqsudan village in Jalandhar district on the statement of the family of the deceased. Cop held with drugs, gold Jalandhar, July 10 The Basti Bawa Khel police have arrested Havildar Sukhdev Singh posted at the Police Lines here and recovered 4 gm of heroin, 10 tola gold and Rs 45,000 in cash from him. He was arrested from a house in the Sher Singh Colony where a youth, Kuldip Singh, was reportedly taking drugs. He was produced in a court on Tuesday that sent him to one-day remand. — TNS c m y b with tiles and wood. We have offered to carry out repairs of the church on our own, with our money, in a manner that will safeguard the vulnerable old-style roof. We also took opinion from experts and informed the committee in the recent meeting. But the committee members are bent upon doing it hurriedly. The committee, however, is putting up scaffolding and pipes and iron rods like done in buildings nowadays. It will damage the structure. We can’t let that happen.” Meanwhile, Pastor George Masih, a member of the ad-hoc committee, said: “We have had discussions with the family on the matter and also had a meeting on Monday in which they failed to turn up. The church needs immediate repairs. That is why we went ahead with the construction on Monday. As far as suspending the work is concerned, it is a decision only the committee can take.” Manmohan Singh, SHO, Police Station No. 2, said: “We have received a complaint and the family has stated that the heritage character of the building might be in danger due to the construction. We are sending persons to the spot and the construction will be suspended until a consensus was received on the matter.” Nigerian held with heroin Our Correspondent Phagwara, July 10 The police have arrested a Nigerian youth, Alex Junior Obomanu, with 8 gm of heroin on Tuesday night. The accused was nabbed at a checkpoint when he was coming on a motorcycle. The police have registered a case under the NDPS Act. The motorcycle of the accused has also been impounded. Controversy erupts over players’ age at dist badminton tourney Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 10 A controversy erupted on Tuesday over the age of a Haryana origin player at the district badminton tournament, at present in progress at the Raizada Hansraj Stadium here. Following a complaint filed by the parents of a Jalandharbased player, Tinku Bansal, who had won the U-17 single for boys on Monday, could not play three matches scheduled on Tuesday in the U-17 singles and doubles category and also in the doubles of the U-19 category. Interestingly, despite the medical examination conducted by the district badminton association at the Civil Hospital here on Tuesday confirmed his age between 15 to 17 years (the copy of which is available with The Tribune), he was not allowed to play his matches. Continued on page 2
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