30092018-JTR-01.qxd 9/30/2018 1:15 AM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE CBSE notification lauded I have a story Designer turn Advisory notification issued by CBSE on creating cyber security applauded by school principals . P2 Here’s why Tanushree Dutta is not happy with Twinkle Khanna & Priyanka Chopra. P3 Rare scenario where an actor decides to turn costume designer for her on-screen look. FORECAST P4 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 30.6°C MIN 20.6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 6.15 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 6.21 AM Suicide victim’s kin allege police inaction Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 29 Seeking justice for his brother’s death, Mohit Bhatia, accompanied by his sister, today took the help of the media so that the perpetrators who allegedly compelled Anmol Bhatia (35) to commit suicide would be put behind bars. While talking to The Tribune, Bhatia, a resident of Bhagat Singh Colony, said: “When his brother was renovating his house at Patel Nagar for his tenants, he was continuously harassed by neighbours Madan Lal, Rajendra Sharma, Satish Sharma and Acchar Singh. He said the four had registered a complaint with the Municipal Corporation (MC) and accused Anmol of illegally repairing his house. After the MC put restrictions on the repair work, Anmol suffered huge losses and later, he committed suicide on July 4. Mohit said whenever they went to MC officials, they sent them back and rather asked him to request Madal Lal and his associates to permit Anmol to re-construct the house. He said the four accused have political backing due to which his brother was threatened and harassed. The sister of the deceased said their Patel Nagar property was the only source of income for the family, hence, after the complaints by the tenants, they decided to repair the house. However, the accused opposed the repair work. Subsequently, Anmol committed suicide and wrote the names of the four accused in the suicide note. The family had even met the state DGP in this regard but to no avail. Though an FIR has also been registered under Section 306 of the IPC, the accused were roaming freely in the colony and threatening them. On the other hand, the SHO, Police Division No. 1, where the FIR was lodged, said, the suicide note had been sent to the forensic lab for verification of Anmol’s handwriting and action would be taken only after the arrival of reports. Band together Women unsafe in Cong regime: NSCA A band of Army jawans performs during the second day of the surgical strike anniversary celebrations in Jalandhar on Saturday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH P2 Jalandhar, September 29 National Scheduled Castes Alliance (NSCA) president Paramjit Singh Kainth said the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government was a failure in safeguarding the rights and integrity of women in the state. Days after a Punjab woman received injuries after falling off a speeding police vehicle in Majitha area of Amritsar, a Dalit rights group today said women were unsafe in the state and demanded a full-time home minister in the state. He blamed the Home Ministry portfolio held by the CM for this trend of violence and oppression against women. — TNS Bhullar assumes charge as Police Commissioner Says key untraced cases to be solved on priority basis, assures to make city crime-free Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 29 Former Senior Superintendent of Police, (Jalandhar Rural), Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, assumed the charge of the Commissioner of Police (CP) here today. It’s his second chance after 14 years when he has been assigned the command of the district police. He said he was overwhelmed to assume the duty GS Bhullar in Jalandhar, adding that the city was his preferable place and he wants to make it crime-free. He said his foremost approach would be on the prevention and detection of crime. The city would be put under surveillance to restrict crime. Top priority would also be given to solve untraced cases and making the public dealing easier. CCTV cameras, which were not functioning at various locations, would be reviewed. Bhullar said: “The tasks which will be undertaken initially included solving the untraced cases such as Maqsudan bomb blast, murder of the mother of an Assistant Inspector General of Police and a looting incident in which employees of liquor traders were targeted.” “Adequate focus will be laid on good, responsive and transparent policing. The Police Control Room (PCR), will be made responsive to deal with any sort of urgency,” he added. The Commissioner of Police said new initiatives would be taken to ensure the well-being of the police and their families, adding that thrust would be laid on ensuring the security of senior citizens. He contested poll to change scenario, not future prospects The Tribune, in this series, analyses, explores and looks deep into the working of those councillors who have got elected for the first time. The effort is to reveal what they had thought before becoming the councillor and what remains to be done after completing over 200 days as a councillor of the MC. THE ISSUES Davinder Singh Rony, Ward No. 66. TRIBUNE PHOTO In Mohalla Karar Khan, residents have been facing the problem of contaminated drinking water for the past 15 years and are compelled to bring water for their daily needs from a gurdwara. Leaky old sewerage and water pipes have not been changed for years together. There are no requisite number of sanitation workers. year term is more than sufficient for improvement and welfare of the ward but after eight months of becoming a councillor, I am facing unknown realities that everyone starting from a safai karamchari to the Mayor is feeling helpless. I was thinking as if the corporation is waiting for us to do our pending works and to solve problems of the ward. But I came here to find that to get even a small work related to sewerage done is a tedious job and it can take years,” says Rony, who is a councillor from Ward No. 66. The councillor, who also owns a business, says that lack of funds, interference by vested interests is hampering revenue collection. “Age-old formalities and long procedures to get even small works done are the main irritants, which I have got to know after I got elected.” One of the major problems of the ward is of Mohalla Karar Khan where residents have been facing the problem of contaminated drinking water for the past 15 years and are compelled to bring water for their daily needs from a nearby gurdwara. Leaky old sewerage and FIRST HAND Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 29 Davinder Singh Rony (36), the only Independent councillor among 80 in the Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar, he ironically feels dependant on every person for getting works done for his ward. Rony’s win was special as he had given a drubbing to senior BJP leader Ramgopal Gupta, who has held the position of councillor for a number of times. He says he did not contest election to make politics his career or profession but to change the condition of his ward and the city. “I was of the view that a five- water pipes have not been changed for years together and officials and residents are unable to get out of the problem. According to the councillor, though the number of wards has been increased from 60 to 80, infrastructure and number of employees are the same and it has become unmanageable. SafaiKaramcharis who were assigned cleanliness of 60 wards are now managing 80 wards. Same is the position of employees of other departments and most importantly the funds, he said. The councillor says he does not know where would he be in the next few years as it all depends on the family’s requirement, but one thing is certain for him now, that what he had thought was completely different from the reality. “I had become councillor for people, but I myself have not been understanding the way in which works are being done,” says Rony. c m y b POST-MATRIC SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME Private colleges in crisis, ask govt to clear dues Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 29 With the government owing over Rs 80 crore to city colleges alone under the post-matric scholarship scheme, the largescale migration of state students abroad and pending dues under the scheme have pushed education to a dire crisis which, as per colleges, is only going to aggravate in the days to come. While many rural colleges, especially affiliated institutions, are already on the verge of closure, private colleges in the city have also beginning to feel the heat of the situation. Various protests held in the city are a potent reminder of the situation. The colleges that have faced protests regarding the issue within the past few months include HMV College, Doaba College and St Soldier Group of Institutions. As functionaries of the Principal’s Association Non-Government Affiliated Colleges, under GND University, Amritsar, in a press meet on the issue here today sought the government’s Principals of private colleges address the media in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Fact file ■ Collectively, govt owes over ~80 crore to city colleges. ■ ~8 crore to ~13 crore dues per college ■ 6K to 7K students eligible under scheme studying in district ■ Colleges in rural areas on verge of closure ■ Many colleges not paid teachers for four to 12 months ■ If dues not cleared, admissions may witness sharp decline . prompt help on the issue. Collectively, the government owes over Rs 80 crore post-matric scholarship scheme money to Jalandhar-based institutions. Dr Gurpinder Singh Samra, Principal, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, said: “The government owes Rs 13.5 crore to our college alone for the past 4.5 years. Every college has payments pending to the tune of Rs 8 crore to 13 crore from the government. Many of the weaker institutions are steadily inching towards the brink of closure. While many of these, especially in rural areas, have not paid their teachers for the past 12 months. In the city also, many colleges have not paid salaries to their teachers for the past six to eight months. The questions is how long will the government carry on like this.” Samra said at least four to five colleges were making calls to him daily, awaiting the pending money, hoping it would salvage their sinking institutions. With the Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot yesterday hinting that it would take until September 30 for the state government to clear the pending payments of the post-matric scholarship scheme, colleges said if the government did not release the money within a week, education situation would be in a deep crisis in the state. Decrease in admissions expected in dist While there are currently 6,000 to 7,000 eligible students under the post-matric scholarship scheme studying in GND university-affiliated institutions in the district, the colleges said there was expectedly a drastic decrease in the admissions of these students due to the non-payment of the scholarship dues. Samra said: “Our college has managed the number of students equivalent to the previous year but many other colleges might not be so lucky.”
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