24092018-JTR-01.qxd 9/24/2018 1:35 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 24 SEPTEMBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Padho Punjab campaign Kick the butt Katie Price checks into rehab Students of govt schools now study their syllabus through different fun activities. The latest furore over smoking scenes in Manmarziyaan, added yet another dimension to the debate. P3 TV personality Katie Price has checked into rehab to get treated for her post-traumatic stress disorder. P4 FORECAST P2 RAIN | MAX 25.0°C MIN 21.0°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.22 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.17 AM Father, son killed in roof collapse at poultry farm Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, September 23 Heavy rainfall led to collapse of the roof of a room on Saturday night, which resulted in the death of father and son. Both were sleeping in the room, when the roof fell on them. The deceased have been identified as Mohan Mahato (35) and Garjesh Mahato (13) of Chuharpur village in Nawanshahr. Mahato’s wife Sheela (33) and another son Khemraj sustained serious injuries and were admitted to the Civil Hospital where they were undergoing treatment. Both were stated to be out of danger. The police rushed to the spot and rescued mother and son. Mahato was a native of Bihar and working as a labourer at a poultry farm. Collapsed roof of the room at Chuharpur village in Nawanshahr. TRIBUNE PHOTO As per the information, the family was residing in a room located on the premises of the poultry farm for the past few years. The incident hap- pened at around 1 am when the roof of the room in which Mahato and his son were sleeping collapsed due to incessant rain. The police said a postmortem of the deceased would be conducted under the proceedings of Section 174 of the CrPC. Flood alert sounded as Sutlej in spate Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 23 In wake of the incessant rainfall in the hilly areas and the state for the last two days, Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma today reviewed the arrangements to tackle any sort of flood like situation. All the staff has been advised to stay at the district headquarters during this time. Appealing to the people living in the low lying areas along the Sutlej river in the district to move to safer places, the DC said, “Water level in Sutlej has risen due to rainfall in Himachal Pradesh. It can pose a danger to low lying areas along the river. Due to this safe evacuation of people and cattle is necessary.” Notably, the 100-km stretch along the Sutlej river has around 30 to 35 villages, which are largely occupied by the pastoral population and villagers or temporary Gujjar settlements. Speaking to The Tribune Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma discusses arrangements to tackle any flood-like situation with officials in Jalandhar on Sunday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH the DC said, “So far, there is no need to panic in any area of the district. Only a word of caution has been issued to those residing along the 100km embankment of the Sutlej river. These include pastoral residents or Gujjars who graze their cattle.” “Villagers have been advised to move all their cattle or any temporary settlements on the stretch to safer places. As Bhakra Dam is currently stable there is no need for an alarm in the area. However, we are watching the weather closely. The rain in the coming days will have an impact on the weather conditions,” he added. The district administration was keeping a close watch on the entire situation said Sharma while adding that they were already geared up to face any unforeseen eventuality arising out of the prevailing circumstances. The DC has also asked the Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) of Phillaur, Nakodar and Shahkot to be on high alert and issue necessary instructions to their staff to tackle any sort of emergency efficaciously. “The district administration has already made adequate arrangements to meet any sort of situation in wake of the heavy rain warning. The contingency plan has been prepared by every department. We are fully equipped to deal with any kind of emergency,” said the DC. Zero for AAP in Doaba region Nawanshahr results Teachers sit on hunger strike declared late in night outside Congress MLA’s office PANCHAYATI RAJ ELECTIONS Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 23 The Aam Admi Party (AAP) has been washed out across the Doaba region in the panchayat elections held in the state on Wednesday, whose results were declared yesterday. Although the AAP contested on 42 panchayat samiti seats (PS), five zila parishad (ZP) seats and 37 block samiti (BS) seats in Doaba, not a single candidate of the party could win in the region. The party fielded five candidates for the ZP (four in Hoshiarpur, one in Jalandhar) and 37 for the BS (27 in Hoshiarpur, one in Jalandhar, four in Kapurthala and five in Nanwanshar) in the PS elections. While in Jalandhar, AAP contested on one BS seat of Mehatpur and one ZP seat of Shankar, but lost on both. In Kapurthala, there were seats where the party wrapped up a miniscule number of votes. The AAP candidate contesting from the Muhablipur BS in Kapurthala received only one vote in one of the villages of the block samiti - the Gazipur village. In Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi the party fielded candidates from two block samitis each (Muhablipur and Mehijitpur in Kapurthala and Dhuddianwali and Khalu in Sultanour Lodhi), but lost on all the four seats. “We initially planned to field 17 candidates, but officials kept them making rounds for clearance of certificates, including small formalities like Chulha tax and no-dues certificates. After several days, some candidates backed out themselves. So, out of the 17 only one was left in the fray,” said Sajjan Singh Cheema, AAP leader from Sultanpur Lodhi. “In some villages, like those under the Mohablipur block samiti the party had at least 10 campaigners, but votes were polled by only one. We don’t know what happened,” he added. Jalandhar district president and teams from the city also campaigned for the party candidates. While the district president visited the candidate at Shankar, party volunteers of the Khaira group, including Sukhpal Khaira himself, refrained from campaigning. AAP Jalandhar rural president Sarwan Singh Hayer’s resignation from the party and joining the Khaira camp also cost AAP dear in the elections. “Hayer’s breaking away from the party certainly had an impact on the poll. It affected morale, but local members and the district team fully backed volunteers,” said Dr Sanjeev Sharma, an AAP leader. Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, September 23 The results of panchayat samiti and zila parishad elections declared on Saturday were delayed in the Nawanshahr constituency. The results were out at around 12.30 am. The delay forced candidates in the fray to stay up till late in the night as they anxiously waited for the final outcome of elections. In Jalandhar, the results were delared at 8.30 pm despite the fact that the city had more blocks than Nawanshahr. Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Amit Singh, who was also the Returning Officer of the Nawanshahr constituency, said there were many rounds of counting. “Also the Assistant Returning Officers (AROs) were doing everything cau- were many ❝Therecounting. Also rounds of the Assistant Returning Officers were doing everything cautiously. Otherwise there was no issue. ❞ AMIT SINGH, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) tiously. Otherwise there was no issue,” he added. Out of the 85 panchayat samiti zones in Nawanshahr, the Congress won on 61 seats while the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) bagged 16 and the remaining eight seats were secured by the Independent candidates. Out of 10 zila parishad seats in Nawanshahr, nine were won by the Congress, two by Shiromani Akali Dal and one by an Independent candidate. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 23 Activists of the 5,178 Teachers Union sat on a hunger strike outside the office of the Congress MLA, Bawa Henry, here today. As per the action plan devised by the union’s state committee, all teachers of Jalandhar under the body participated in the hunger strike outside the legislator’s office. They also took out a protest march in city streets. Speaking on the occasion, district president of the Teachers Union Rahul Kumar said 5,178 teachers were qualified and eligible for jobs in the Education Department. They had passed the first TET test conducted by the state government hence were appointed on the existing posts of the Education Department on November 2014, he added. Teachers on a hunger strike outside the office of Congress leader Bawa Henry in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH They were appointed on monthly salary of Rs 6,000 for a three year period on contractual basis and were supposed to be regularised from the 2017 onwards, he said. But even after three years and 10 months their services had not been regualrised, he added. Activists demanded regularisation on full scales from November 2017 onwards. District secretary of the union, Narinder Kaur, said teachers should be provided all financial benefits and regularisation letters be issued to them at the earliest. Meanwhile, teachers warned that they would intensify their agitation if the government did not pay heed to their demands. Downpour wreaks havoc on Sodal Mela Drive to clean statues launched Vendors run out of business as devotee footfall decreases considerably Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 23 Ram Lal (65) comes out of his make-shift stall covered with a tarpaulin, looks at the sky, and goes back inside disappointed. He has been doing this since morning. He has to secure products, which he has brought to sell in the Sodal Mela. The only source of his income has been washed away with the heavy rains inundating the entire city during the last two days. Ram Lal lives with his six family members, including his wife, son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren in the stall. Today, he is just prayed to the God to stop drizzling which has not shattered only his but other vendors’ hope too, who wait for the whole year to earn few bucks by selling wares at the Sodal Mela. They come from far off places to sell things at the fair. While talking to The Tribune, Ram Lal, who has come from Rajasthan, looks Devotees wade through a flooded street to reach Sodal Temple in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH at the deserted road, which was full of hustle bustle during previous years. “Ek gareeb ke sath isse badi na inssafi nahee ho sakti. Kaise paalunga pure pariwar ko. Barish ne sab tehas nehas kar dia hai. (What more injustice can a poor person like me bear? How am I going to feed my family when no one is coming to buy anything? Rains have destroyed everything),” he said while his wife tried to keep him calm and give strength by telling that everything would be alright. Around 2,000 vendors, who have come from different cities, are suffering due to the inclement weather. Rain has played dampener for the Sodal Mela, which has witnessed loss in footfall due to inundation. The weather may have left them devastated, but a few devotees are still coming braving heavy rain to pay obeisance at the Sodal Mandir. The rides are vacant. There is no one to see ‘Maut ka kuan’. Every vendor is only waiting for at least one customer to come c m y b to them. With no sounds of drums or bands the mela has gone silent this year. Another vendor Shivraj (50) came here three days ago from Ludhiana. Ask him how much has he earned this year in the Sodal Mela, he replies with a smile on his face, which shows great pain, “Kya kamaenge. Kudrat ki koi narazgi lagti hai humse. (What will we earn? Nature seems to be upset with us).” As one of the passerby, who was going to pay obeisance at the Sodal Mandir, took shelter under the tarpaulin while waiting for the rain to stop, Shivraj asked him to buy something, but the latter refused and started walking towards the temple. With all hopes dashed Shivraj starts gathering everything with a fake grin. “Pata nahee kya hoga. Kuch kehne ko nahee hai mere pass. Aaj vapis chala jaaunga (I don’t know what will happen. I have nothing to say. I will go back today),” he said. Our Correspondent Jalandhar, September 23 The campaign for cleaning public statues installed at public place under Swachhta Pakhwada was organised by the cadets of 1 Punjab Air Squadron NCC Jalandhar. As many as 48 cadets of DAV College participated in this campaign today. The cadets cleaned the statue of Swami Vivekananda, installed at the Workshop Chowk in Jalandhar. Along with this, all the cadets also promised to keep statues installed at public places clean and safe. The Swachhta Pakhawada operation was carried out under the directions of the Commanding Officer of 1 Punjab Air Squadron, Wing Commander SK Sharma. While encouraging all cadets, Dr SK Arora, Principal, DAV College, said, “The DAV institutions have adhered to the 15 golden rules of Swami Vivekananda.” NCC cadets clean a statue of Swami Vivekananda at Workshop Chowk in Jalandhar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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