23072018-JTR-01.qxd 7/23/2018 1:29 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 23 JULY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Teachers’ strike on July 27 On the centre stage Recreating Chaplin Government Teachers’ Union has threatened to protest on July 27 in support of their demands. P2 Lillete Dubey wants people to be open to possibilities at any stage of life. P3 The adorable Angoori Bhabhi will now be seen as the famous comical icon, Charlie Chaplin. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 33°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.30 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.39 AM Daring act Jalandhar puts up tough fight against Sialkot-made footballs Indian export grew by over 15 per cent in 2017-18 due to rise in demand Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Bikers show a stunt during a show in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Transporters’ strike hits supply of essentials Prices of veggies, fruits and other items likely to rise in coming days Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 22 The indefinite strike called by the All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) on Friday has affected the fruit and vegetable supply. Prices of eatables and other daily use items are expected to rise in the coming days. Jagjit Singh Kamboj, owner of Akal Transporters, said: “A hike of Rs 200 per quintal in the prices of vegetables such as potato, onion and tomato has already been fixed for the All truckers told to support stir Transporters even stopped heavy vehicles coming from other cities on highways and asked drivers to support them in their strike against the Central as well as state governments for their unfavourable tax structure for transporters. Only trucks and loaders carrying important goods were allowed to move while others were halted and requested to join the strike. coming two-three days.” He added that vendors at vegetable markets have started charging Rs 20-25 more for vegetables and fruits brought from other cities. Moreover, on the third day of the strike, members of the local unit of the AIMTC restrained tempo and truck drivers from trans- porting goods to other cities. Secretary at Maqsudan sabzi mandi Rupinder Minhas said though repercussions of the strike were not observed considerably but on Monday onwards, a hike in the prices of seasonal fruits coming from other cities would definitely be ascertained. “We were told that the supply of items brought from other cities has been curbed, hence there would be a shortage of vegetables and fruits such as onions and mangoes which are transported from Nasik and UP respectively,” , Minas said. Also, items supplied from the city to other cities had also been curbed, only those items which get spoiled in a day or two were allowed to move, that too in the night hours, said a supplier. Continued on page 2 ART centre sees spate of addicts after crackdown Police referrals up as three peddlers test positive for HIV Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 22 Two peddlers booked under the NDPS Act at the Lambra police station here tested positive for HIV. The duo, caught with six syringes and drugs, was among a group of four addicts – all of whom had Hepatitis C. Another peddler, booked in Pholariwal, also tested HIV positive. While at least three peddlers booked by the police have tested positive for HIV since the police crackdown, this, experts say, is just the tip of the iceberg. The number of patients at the antiretrovial therapy (ART) centre in the city has witnessed a steep rise. Many of them coming for the first time, are police referrals, a new phenomenon the centre is still coming to terms with. With just a medical officer, who has also the additional charge of the OST centre in city, the ART centre, which caters to entire Doaba, is grappling with a large number of patients. With 50 patients reported this month alone in the first fort- night (only 29 were reported in May), the July numbers have almost doubled from those in previous months (except May when 54 were reported). The centre, which has had 10,781 patients reported to it since 2006, has witnessed 505 patients this year and 20 deaths, six of them intravenous drug users (IDUs) already. The majority of the 505 patients are IDUs. While in 2016, 170 IDUs were reported at the centre and in 2017, the IDUs were 334, this year, 200 IDUs have already been reported. While over 20 peddlers booked under the NDPS Act were referred to the de-addiction centre for treatment, some of these are also tested positive for HIV Most of them were not . aware they were suffering from AIDS. Dr Swaijit Singh, medical officer and in-charge, ART centre said: “There has been a dramatic rise in the number of patients being reported at the centre. Clearly, the unavailability of drugs has had its repercussions on it. While this is for the first time we are witnessing such a proactive role of the police, we expect the numbers to rise in the days to come. At least three persons formally booked by the police also tested positive for HIV .” c m y b Jalandhar, July 22 Craze for football among people in India and other countries is on the rise due to the recently concluded FIFA World Cup. Though India had no stakes in one of the mostwatched tournaments across the world, its football exports grew by over 15 per cent to USD 10.33 million (about Rs 70.5 crore) in 2017-18 on account of the growing demand in markets of South America and Europe. While speaking to The Tribune, Rajesh Kharbada, Managing Director, Nivea Sports, said though India is far behind Pakistan and China in terms of export, the Indian football market was able to meet 100 per cent demand for local consumption. “While Pakistan and China are among the top football exporters in the world, Pakistan has not developed even a single local brand of its own for the local consumption,” said Kharbanda. He said the potential was Workers at a football-making unit in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH City, Meerut produce around 80% of footballs in country The government has claimed that around 60 countries from across the globe imported India-made footballs in the 2017-18 financial year. It also claimed that Jalandhar in Punjab and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh produce 75 to 80 per cent of the footballs in the country. much higher with the country’s craftsmen manufacturing footballs of global quality. Even other neighbouring countries such as Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Burma too are importing footballs from India. Why is India still behind Pakistan and China in Football exports? “Due to currency difference between India and Pakistan, Sialkot-made footballs despite being of superior quality was sold much cheaper as compared to India. Also, the labour cost is Chemists to observe bandh on July 30 Jalandhar, July 22 In keeping with the call they have already given regarding their opposition to the government crackdown against chemists in the state and against the rampant sale on drugs online, despite clampdowns on chemists, the Punjab Chemists Association has called for a oneday bandh on July 30. In a protest that will be held from July 25 onwards, as per the plan the chemists will put up posters at all chemist shops in visible places highlighting their issues regarding trade and the drug menace in all 22 districts of the state, including Jalandhar, on July 25. On July 26, they will hold a candle march at the district headquarters against drug abuse, on July 27, all chemist shops will remain open after 11 am. On July 28, they will hold rallies at important places in districts from 10 am to 12 noon. On July 30, the chemists will hold a total bandh across the state. They will demand action against the illegal sale of medicines through online e-pharmacies. — TNS almost half as compared to India. While the stitching cost of a hand-stitched football cost Rs 85 here in India, it cost between Rs 40 to 45 in Sialkot, Pakistan,” said Gaurav Mahajan, Director, Jonex Sports. The sports goods industry was founded in 1883 at Sialkot and sports equipment became the first Indian industrial product to be exported in 1885. After the independence, a portion of entrepreneurs and workers decided to shift from Sialkot to India. Initially migrants settled in Batala in Punjab, which was nearer to Sialkot and close to the mountain where the wood needed for sports items could be grown. Subsequently, according to a resettlement plan of the Central Government, entrepreneurs and workers settled in Jalandhar. While the Jalandhar industry is fast loosing the traditional skill of hand stitching the footballs due to the non-availability of traditional workers, Sialkot, due to the availability of cheap labour, has managed to keep the skill alive. WOMAN’S SUICIDE: KIN HOLD PROTEST AT POLICE STATION The case of suicide by a woman, Monika, who hanged herself from the ceiling on Saturday, took a new turn when over 50 persons, including her father Raj Kumar from Jalandhar and relatives, came to Phagwara and sat on a dharna in front of the city police station on Sunday. They alleged a foul play in the death of Monika and said she was killed by her in-laws under a conspiracy. PAGE 2
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