30072018-JTR-01.qxd 7/30/2018 1:25 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 30 JULY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Gosal school sets example Jassie is a happy man Back in action Classroom in Govt Primary School, Gosal, has been converted into first-of-its-kind 'Khed Mahal'. P2 Punjabi singer-actor takes us through the process of acting in his Bollywood debut. P3 Shamita Shetty is currently stationed in Argentina to start shooting for reality show. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 33.9°C MIN 26.1°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.25 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.43 AM Four-laning work to complete by Oct JALANDHAR-BARNALA STRETCH Project to boost connectivity between state, Hry, other northern regions Tribune News Service Rs 3,100-crore project Jalandhar, July 29 The four-laning work of the Jalandhar-Barnala stretch, one of major road infrastructure project in the state, is set to be completed in October this year. It will boost the inter-state road connectivity between Punjab, Haryana and other regions of the North India. The 144.720-km project would reduce the travelling time for commuters travelling between Jalandhar and Moga, Barnala and other parts of the country. The Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, Varinder Kumar Sharma, said an estimated amount of Rs 3,100 crore (both civil and land acquisition cost) was being spent on the project, which started in September 2016 under the engineering, procurement and construc- The 144.720-km project would reduce the travelling time for commuters travelling between Jalandhar and Moga, Barnala and other parts of the country. Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said an estimated amount of Rs 3,100 crore (both civil and land acquisition cost) was being spent on the project, which started in September 2016 under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode. The four-laning work in progress on the Jalandhar-Barnala highway. tRIBUNE PHOTO tion (EPC) mode. The project was divided into four parts from the Lambra to Shahkot section with a total length of 33.28 km, including Nakodar, Malsian and Shahkot bypasses, at a cost of Rs 847.02 crore. The second part of project includes the four-laning of the Shahkot-Bughipura Chowk section (Moga) of the NH-703 at a cost of Rs 766.36 crore up to 32.45 km, having bypasses at Dharamkot and Jalalabad in Moga. From Moga to Tallewal section, a village in Barnala district, the road includes 38.65 km, at a cost of Rs 904.82 crore. In the last leg, the project will be of 29.64 km from Tallewal to Barnala sec- Save tiger tion (Barnala city), having a bypass at a cost of Rs 578.38 crore, he said. All three parts of the project will be monitored by the PWD (Building and Road), National Highway, Jalandhar division. In the first part, eight vehicular under bypasses have been constructed and seven are already being used by people. Sharma said the project was progressing at a fast pace and 90 per cent of the work from the Jalandhar-Tallewal section was completed. 3 days on, cops yet to make headway in Rama Mandi shootout case Tribune News Service The project, once completed, will give a huge push to the economic growth of the region with its connectivity with other parts of the state and the country. Gurmukh Singh, Executive Engineer PWD (Building and Road), National Highway, Jalandhar division, said the construction in a few parts of the project, including bridges over the Sutlej, Kali Bein and ROBs in Malsian was on. He added that major bypasses, including Nakodar, Malsian and Shahkot, would be ready by September 15. Jalandhar, July 29 Even after three days, the police are clueless about assailants in a shootout that took place in the Rama Mandi area. A youth was shot dead in the incident. As per sources, the police are conducting investigation on various theories. According to DCP Gurmeet Singh, the assailants have meticulously planned the murder. “They intentionally chose the place and time where the target could not carry any arms. Ajay was in a gym at that time and could not carry any weapon inside. He was shot dead even before he could reach his parked vehicle outside the gym. The assailants escaped after taking advantage of the commotion in the busy market area,” Singh said. When asked about the progress in the case, the DCP said the police had identified a few suspects and would soon be able to nab the assailants. Police officials at the crime spot. TRIBUNE PHOTO For 23-year-old Rajeshwari, it’s all about grit and determination Bags silver and bronze in Asian Dragon Boat Championship in China Students of the St Soldier Group of Institutions dress up as tigers to mark the International Tiger Day in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Jalandhar, July 29 Kumari Rajeshwari of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya here represented the Indian dragon boat team in the 5th Asian Dragon Boat (Water Sports) Championship held in China. In the championship, Rajeshwari won a silver and a bronze medal. At present studying in BA-II, Rajeshwari (23) hails from a small village in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. Daughter of a daily wage worker and a farmer, she started playing the sport in 2012 and in her first national championship in 2013, she clinched a gold medal in the solo event. Year after year she has been winning medals in national, state and university-level championship. PARHO PUNJAB PARHAO PUNJAB Project leads to ‘shortage’ of teachers at schools Substitutes for teachers provided, criticism unfounded, say officials Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 29 The criss-cross of teachers in the state – left by transfer and promotion of teachers under the recent transfer policy as well as inspection duties of teachers allocated under the Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab programme – has left schools grappling with what could be termed at best a ‘dearth’. While the programme, the highly ambitious project of the state government, is claimed to be a success in the district and a hit with students, on the ground level, teachers tell a different story. Contrary to the victory being claimed by the department under the project, based on a recent petition in the High Court by a Mohali-based teacher, the HC has issued summons to the Punjab Government, Education Secretary, DGSE and the SCERT after the teacher raised objections over the allocation of 1,500 As many as 76 teachers have been allocated the job of BMTs and CMTs under the Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab project in elementary education schools in Jalandhar. FILE PHOTO teachers under the project across the state to conduct checks at schools. There was also an uproar against the programme earlier in the year when notices were sent to about 100 teachers in Kapurthala district after they refused to comply with checks as part of the programme. While these teachers stay put at schools, the aforesaid action was one of the first signs of the discontent among teachers as part of the programme. However, as a flip side to the story – some trainers, say the teachers, who criticise the scheme, refuse to join the project themselves even when called. In Jalandhar, as many as 76 teachers have been allocated the job of block master trainers (BMTs) and cluster master trainers (CMTs) under the project in elementary education schools. In primary schools, as many as 19 teachers have been deputed as BMs. In Kapurthala, of the eight blocks in the district, as many as eight teachers have been deputed as BMTs (elementary education) and over 24 have been deputed as CMTs. The common grouse of the teachers regarding this army of teachers deputed to check the standard of education at government schools is that teachers have been deputed to conduct checks on them without ascertaining their qualifications and some of these teachers themselves come from schools which have poor results. Additionally, just like the recent promotions and transfers, the schools from where these teachers have been picked up have been left empty. A senior secondary teacher in the district said: “Posts such as science teachers and math masters at schools have been left vacant with the allocation of the block masters. Students are left without teachers so that their teachers can go and inspect schools. These teachers don’t have any special qualifications but are deputed over us to inspect us and c m y b authorised to act against us.” Teachers cite schools such as Government Senior Secondary School, Goraya, (science teacher), Goahavar (Maths teacher), and Government High School, Nagar, where teachers have been deputed for the project, leaving their positions at their schools vacant. District mentor of English, Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab project, Chandrashekhar, said: “We had openly asked many teachers if they wanted to be a part of the project but no one applied. People don’t want to work this hard. We have to go from school to school inspecting studies and the project is bearing good results. In schools where teachers have been withdrawn, sikhiya providers have been sent as substitutes in their place. The criticism to the project is unfounded.” The DEO, Elementary, Jalandhar, Rampal, said: “As far as the elementary education in Jalandhar is concerned, we have so far received no complaints regarding the project. Subsitutes have been provided wherever teachers have been picked for the project. It is going well and teachers are happily conducting their duties.” A jubilant Kumari Rajeshwari with her medals. TRIBUNE PHOTO As part of the national team, she is hoping to bring more medals. Before the Asian Dragon Boat Championship, she had also participated in many international tournaments. In 2017, she bagged a gold medal in World Games in France. Besides her coaches, she considers her father and an uncle as an immense source of inspiration. She said in the beginning, her father didn’t give her approval to play, but after her achievements and victories, he himself motivated her. Recalling one such incident, she said she wasn’t willing to leave her village and stay in big cities on her own, but her father motivated her to leave the village. After that, there was no looking back. Principal Ajay Sareen congratulated her for the achievement. He also congratulated her coach, Head, physical education department Sudarshan Kang and other members of the department. — TNS Anokhi Dukan helps poor get access to household items Started a month ago, A big help for us, says 16-year-old unique shop selling Sunita Singh, a 16-year-old girl, said: “Anokhi Dukan was be a big for us. Earlier, with the limited used donated items proving tonot affordhelpbuy regular household items, butmoney, we could to with the opening of this unusual shop, our family was not only runs successfully saving money but also getting access to all daily need items.” Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 29 The concept of Anokhi Dukan, which started in the city with a unique idea to provide a range of items, (though used or donated) to the downtrodden at an affordable range, has worked well. A month ago, the shop had opened up with a motto ‘It’s better to donate than accumulate’, encouraging welloff citizens not to stock extra clothes, crockery, furnishings, bed sheets, quilt covers, watches, toys, footwear, furniture, electrical goods, toiletries and other household items at their places and instead donate it so that it could be used and cherished by others. People from across the city are showing keen interest in donating their used stuff to Anokhi Dukan, which further sells the same to the underprivileged at a nominal cost, ranging from Rs 5 to Rs 100. Nidhi Kohli, co-founder of Aaghaaz, an NGO, under whose supervision Anokhi Dukan has been running successfully, said as a matter of routine over 70-80 items were sold and approximately Rs 1,000 were earned daily. Kohli said students studying in government schools visit the shop to buy books, stationery items and even school uniforms. Even people from lower middle-class families used to come to the shop and buy furniture from them, she said. Sunita Singh, a 16-year-old girl, said: “Anokhi Dukan was proving to be a great help for us. Earlier with the limited money, we could not afford to buy regular household items, but with the opening of this unusual shop, our family was not only saving money but also getting access to all daily need items.” Kamaljit, a daily wage worker, said: “I came to the shop at the insistence of my neighbour and after realising that every other item was available at a damn cheap rate here, we are considering ourselves fortunate enough to get all things under one roof.” Garima Gupta, a Model Town resident, also feels a sense of self-satisfaction. “I just did not dispose off my several used items as they were precious or I did not want to see them going to scrap. But, such items are being used for a good cause now. Til now, I have donated some clothes, utensils, books and other household items to the shop,” she said. Meanwhile, Kohli said she makes sure that one person could buy only three items at a time and twice a month. Also, the money earned would be used for building a recreation centre for povertystricken children.
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