29092018-JTR-01.qxd 9/29/2018 1:33 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 29 SEPTEMBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE BSF sports meet ends Dengue larvae detected A starry affair Five-day BSF Inter-Frontier and Inter-Command Volleyball Cluster2018 concludes. P2 Joint team of Health Dept and MC spots 54 dengue larvae cases in various localities of city. P2 Alia, Deepika to be first guests on Koffee With Karan season 6. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 31°C MIN 22.2°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.47 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.59 AM Chemists observe total bandh Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 28 On a call of the All India Organisation of Chemsists and Druggists (AIOCD), an apex body of association of chemists and distributors across the country, chemists in Jalandhar observed a total bandh in protest against the continued online sale of medicines. They have demanded to the government to stop the same on several occasions, but to no avail. The association, having about 8.5 lakh members all across the country, has 24,000 chemists as its members in the state. District units submitted memorandums to Civil Surgeons to be further submitted to the Union Health Minister and the Chief Minister. While the first leg of the state-level protests on the issue had been started days within the banning of the sale of syringes without prescriptions at chemist shops, the chemists had also opposed crackdowns against chemists initiated under the Tandarust Punjab mission recently. During the bandh today, only emergency services remained functional while all chemist shops remained closed in the district. In its memorandum to the govern- A wholesale chemist market wears a deserted look during a protest against the online sale of medicines, in Jalandhar on Friday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Only emergency services functional During the bandh on Friday, only emergency services remained functional while all chemist shops remained closed in the district. Chemists have said allowing sale of medicines through Internet would not only paralyse current distribution chain of 8.50 lakh medicine dealers but would also prove dangerous to the health of the public at large. ment, the association complained: “While some people are engaged in selling of medicines through e-portals using mobile apps directly to patients and consumers, it violates the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act (1940) (Rules 1945).” The chemists have said allowing sale of medicines through Internet would not only paralyse current distri- bution chain of 8.50 lakh medicine dealers supplying to 125 crore population but would also prove dangerous to the health of the public at large. The memorandum has been forwarded to JP Nadda, Union Health Minister, and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Druggists took out protest march Phagwara: All chemists of USE OF SUB-STANDARD MATERIAL IN ROAD CONSTRUCTION Action sought against erring contractors Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 28 Taking cognizance of the current state of city roads, vice-chairman of the RTI cell, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, Sanjay Sehgal, demanded to take action against contractors and officials, under whose supervision the roads were constructed by using substandard material in the past three years (2015-2018). Revealing the RTI findings about the poor quality material used to construct the roads, he said the dilapidated condition of roads with potholes clearly states that sub-stan- dard material was used by the contractors, Bhushan Churra and Company and Satish Aggarwal and Company. Inaddition, the work was not done as per the Public Works Department’s specifications. He also alleged that within these three years, the Municipal Corporation (MC) had laid many roads worth crores of rupees under the PWD, Local Bodies and Discretionary funds, but within six months, all roads got totally damaged. Meanwhile, no public notice board has been displayed on the site mentioning the amount of work, specifications, name and contact number of contractor. The Congress leader, while showing the RTI report, also alleged that apparently there was a big nexus between contractor Bhushan Churra and Company, Satish Aggarwal and Company and MC Engineers (B&R) who were misusing the government funds and carrying out frauds every year. The thickness of the premix carpet that was to be used for construction, was never as per the tender specifications. Therefore, it was a theft of public material such as bitumen and concrete by the contractors in connivance with the retired Superintendent Engineer (B&R), Kulwinder Singh, and MC engineers (B&R). It was also said that all officials concerned should be charged for dereliction and negligence of duty, as they are responsible for unsatisfactory work done by the contractor. An FIR should also be lodged against the contractor for theft of material, cheating and criminal conspiracy to grab public funds. Most of the roads give in within days of construction due to the use of sub-standard material. Hence, FIR should be lodged against the errant contractors for failing to maintain the quality of roads and using substandard material, putting the lives of people in danger. Phagwara also observed a one-day strike in protest against the online sale of medicines. They were demanding a ban on the online sale of medicines. “The online pharmacy can affect their businesses. Such blatant sale of medicines online, without any check, was a matter of grave concern,” said Rakesh Aggarwal, president, District Chemists Association. “The online sale of medicines will lead to a rise in drug addiction cases,” he added. “Who will check what kind of medicine is being sold? Through online sale, habit-forming drugs will be delivered at the doorstep of customers without any check. It will make a mockery of the government’s drive against the drug addiction and drug peddling,” said Aggarwal. “Online medicine companies are not adhering to the norms laid by the government. There has been reports that they did not maintain the mandatory cold chain of life-saving medicines.” The chemists also took out a march and submitted a memorandum to Swapandeep Kaur, naib tehsildar, Phagwara. 36-year-old man ends his life Jalandhar, September 28 A 36-year-old man committed suicide here on Thursday night after his engagement broke off. The deceased, a resident of Dilbag Nagar, here, consumed some poisonous substance when family members of the girl refused to solemnised the marriage. He was in depression. The man was working with a private bank as a marketing manager. SHO Gagandeep Singh said the man was forcing the girl’s family for the marriage and when they refused, he committed suicide. The body was handed over to the deceased’s family after conducting the autopsy. — TNS Role of Army highlighted A girl poses with a rocket launcher; and (below) looks through the barrel during an event where arms were on display in Jalandhar on Friday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Two-day event marks 2nd anniversary of surgical strikes Our Correspondent Jalandhar, September 28 To commemorate the second anniversary of the surgical strikes, a two-day programme was celebrated here today at three places to spread awareness among the youth and the masses regarding what the Army had been doing on the borders and how people are living peacefully. The two-day programme has been organised by the Ministry of Outreach Bureau, under the aegis of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in collaboration with the Army. The event was organised at three places — at Curo High Street Mall inaugurated by Lt Gen Dushyant Singh, Commander, 11 Corps of the Army; at MBD Neopolis, in association with the Sikh Light Infantry; and at Jawahar Park, Mall Road, Jalandhar Cantt. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Jalandhar, Jitendra Jorwal, and Commanding Officer Col Prashant Aggarwal, along with other senior officers of the Corps, attended the programmes. The Vajra Corps carried out day-long activities such as pipe and jazz band display Bhagat Singh’s warning on Dalit identity rings true Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 28 While Bhagat Singh’s (yellow or red) coloured, turbaned portraits ride on the backs of hundreds of vehicles of the state and myriad yellow-turbaned youths dotted the streets of Khatkar Kalan on his birth anniversary today, scholars rue that the brushing away of his proDalit, socialist, atheist ideology in popular social and political discourse might be a political conspiracy. Ninety years ago (in 1928), a sixteen-year-old Bhagat Singh had alerted the Dalits of a dangerous scenario – asking them not to be used for religious gains by any religious faction, beware of the bureaucracy and fight for their own independent identity. While a sizeable share of Dalits in power within the Indian politics have not been able to do much to alleviate the crisis of the Dalit identity, as can be seen in predicaments that the majority of the poor Dalit population and their sympathisers (read: urban naxals) suffer in the country. In Punjab, where a host of Dalits (farmers, labourers, workers) remain embattled with the government; the exhortations of Punjab’s most popular freedom-movement ideologue on this dilemma remain buried within the narrow political discourse on him. Further reading into influences which shaped the opinions of the young Bhagat Singh, scholars at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall also give major credit to Katherine Mayo’s book ‘Mother India’, a scathing criticism of India’s treatment to Dalits, which caused an outrage in the country in 1927. Fiercely criticised by many Indians (Gandhi termed it as a drain inspectors’ report), Bhagat Singh had backed the book. Eminent historian and an authority on Bhagat Singh, Prof Chaman Lal says: “A clichéd identity of Bhagat Singh has been propagated and thrust onto the people’s minds. While his yellow-turbaned, Sikh identity has permeated people’s Excerpts from ‘Achoot Da Sawaal’ Bhagat Singh in ‘Achoot Da Sawaal’, an article published in Kirti Magazine (1928) says: “The Land Alienation Act (banning transfer of land to non-agricultural communities, defined as per caste) does not permit you to buy land even if you manage the necessary amount of cost. The way you are being oppressed had prompted Miss Mayo of the USA to label you “less than Man”. As a matter of fact, without your own efforts, you shall not be able to move ahead. “Those who would be free must themselves strike the first blow”. It must be kept in mind that every one belonging to the privileged class, strives to enjoy his own rights, but would try his utmost to keep oppressing those below him, and keeping the underprivileged under the heel. Thus, might is held to be right. Waste no time and unite to stand on your own feet and challenge the existing order of society. Let it then be seen as to who dares to deny your due. Do not be at mercy of others and have no illusions about them.” The cover page of the 1928 edition of the 'Kirti' magazine for which Bhagat Singh wrote his article 'Achoot Da Sawaal’. minds, his identiy as an atheist and thinker hasn’t found way in public discourse, which is dangerous. Unfortunately, the distortion is not just restricted to Dalits but also from the government. There is a miniscule faction of enlightened Dalits who talk about it but the majority isn’t actually interested in his opinions. In ideology and atheism, Periyar and Bhagat Singh are quite close in perception. They have both asserted atheism. This aspect is completely missing from the popular discourse.” Prof Chaman Lal got Periyar’s editorial on Bhagat Singh translated to English and with his efforts, Dr BR Ambedkar’s editorial on Bhagat Singh, published in a Marathi newspaper in 1931, was also translated (by c m y b eminent Dalit scholar Dr Anand Teltumde) to English in 21014. Historian and a member of the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Committee, Chiranji Lal Kangniwal says: “While many in India were outraged by Katherin Mayo’s book, Bhagat Singh busted the hypocrisy of his own countrymen in the selectivity with which they treated the Dalits – vital as a vote bank but expendable when it came to giving them their rights. Kather- ine Mayo and Babu Mangu Ram were key influences for Bhagat Singh in the shaping of his opinions on the Dalits. Bhagat’s fervour is also reflected in his personal interaction with Dalits – case in point being Goga, the Dalit who cleaned his jail cell and whom he referred as his “Bebe” (mother) in jail. He exhorted Dalits and called them to empower themselves to be treated as equals.” As a youth icon The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Naujawan Sabha, the Punjab and Haryana-based youth outfit, propagates the ideals of the freedom fighter in fighting against drugs, unemployment and saffronisation of education. It currently has over 25,000 youths as members in Punjab alone. Shamsher Singh Batala, general secretary of the sabha said: “There is no doubt that there is a systematic erasure of cultural wisdom and understanding in the state which affects the youth. Very Continued on page 2 and video presentations. Weapons and other equipment such as rocket launchers and AK-47 were also displayed, which were the major attraction for youngsters. A video was also showcased at the MBD Mall, highlighting why the Army was among the toughest job. Besides, at Curo Mall, a photo exhibition on the topics ‘Sankalp se Siddhi’, the struggle of the Indian Independence, youth power for the development of the country, women’s empowerment, healthy India and Government’s commitment for social justice was also held. Lt Gen Dushyant Singh said: “Through such events, a message is passed on to society that progress can only be made if boundaries of a country are safe.” He said, “Such programmes increased the close interaction with the public and the young generation get inspiration to join the Army, adding that the country was safe and secure till the Army is present.” A special ‘selfie corner’, where small weapons were installed, was the major attraction. A youth, Kamaldeep Singh, donning an Army t-shirt said: “Its being a great honour to be present here today and learning about various equipment as well as life of Army personnel.” An information desk was set-up to motivate the youth to join the Army. People of all age groups, a large number of NCC cadets and schoolchildren visited the venue. Deputy Director of Regional Outreach Bureau Anuj Chandak, Field Outreach Bureau’s Deputy Director Pritam Singh and Assistant Director Sapna, besides other officials, were among those others present. Chitti Bein spills over, admn makes relief efforts Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 28 Farmers of villages, falling along Chitti Bein, are a harried lot as the water from the rivulet has spilled over into their fields and damaged the nearly ripened paddy crop. There is a breach at several points in the Bein, including near Chaheru village, near Phagwara, and Nakodar. Many houses falling along the banks of the rivulet, too, have damaged as knee-deep water has got stranded since yesterday evening. Extending a helping hand to more than 100 families, living on the banks of Chitti Bein at Kang Sabu village, who were facing problems due to rising water level in it, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma today handed over packets of ration to them. The DC, accompanied by Sub-Divisional Magistrate Rajiv Verma, visited the bank of the river inhabited by needy families, who were facing a crisis due to the rise in the water level in the Bein. He said the sudden increase in the water level was due to the excess water released at Satluj village. The DC asked officials of the Drainage Department to ensure that the water recedes fast. The DC asked the officials to check the bridges over the downstream of the Bein for ensuring that there was no blockage in the flow of the water. He said unwanted weeds, if any, must be removed from the Bein, so that people do not face any problem. Sharma asked the officers/ officials to ensure regular patrolling over the Bein. He handed over packets of ration to the families living along with the Bein.The district administration was duty-bound to ensure help to any resident of Jalandhar,” he added. Each packet handed over by the Deputy Commissioner containes 10 kg of wheat flour, one kg each of chana dal, lentils, black grams, cooking oil, sugar and salt, besides 250gm each of turmeric and tea.
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