25122018-JTR-01.qxd 12/25/2018 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 25 DECEMBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE 5-D theatre to come up The true portrait ‘I’d like to face my fears’ A series of new projects, including 5-D theatre,is likely to be set up at Science City. P2 Think royalty and you can only envisage riches, majestic palaces and the roving glad eye. P3 Mohit Malhotra, who is a part of the show Daayan, says he would love to test his limits. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 19°C MIN 3°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C MIN 3°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.30 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.24 AM Bottles of liquor seized, one arrested Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 24 The police have seized bottles of liquor during raids on Mehatpur and Dosanjh Kalan villages here. SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said the liquor was believed to have been stored for distribution during the panchayat elections. At Dosanjh Kalan village that falls under the Gorya police station, the bottles of liquor were recovered from a shed inside the building of MS Happy Building Material. The police have registered a case in this regard. The owner of the establishment, Hardeep Singh, alias Happy, is at large. At Mehatpur, 100 bottles of liquor were recovered from the home of Veer Singh, a resident of Vehra, and 50 bottles were recovered from Gurnam Singh (45), resident of Vehra. The suspects have been booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act. Gurnam has been arrested while Veer Singh is on the run. Teachers told to visit other schools during winter holidays Our Correspondent Jalandhar, December 24 The Secretary, School Education, Krishan Kumar, has asked teachers and education officials to visit other schools in their areas during the winter holidays and learn attractive teachinglearning methods. The Secretary has also asked teachers to read books to enhance their knowledge. Besides, he asked them to explore education websites and YouTube on the Internet to collect information regarding bringing quality improvement in schools as well in their style of teaching. Interacting with teachers in Mohali, Krishan Kumar said every day, he had been getting photos of revamped schools, which showed that teachers were working very hard, diligently and honestly to change the face and definition of government schools. He said during the winter vacations, many teachers had been assigned duties in the panchayati election and they The Secretary has also asked teachers to learn attractive teachinglearning methods would visit different schools. They must meet villagers of that school and apprised them of changes being made by the Education Department, he added. He added that during the holidays, teacher should also work towards building good relation with villagers. “Teachers should hold discussions on good work of their schools and value of education. They should also make videos of the discussions and share these on social sites. The move will help take good aspects of government schools to every street. With this, parents will be encouraged to send their wards to government schools,” he added. The Secretary said he was expecting that all teachers of government schools would utilise their holidays in the best possible way. 1,782 kids enrolled in govt schools in district Jalandhar, December 24 As many as 1,782 kids have been enrolled in government schools during the pre-primary admissioncum-enrolment drive initiated by the Education Department in the district. Children above three years of age are to be enrolled in nursery, LKG and UKG classes in elementary government schools. Secretary, School Education, Krishan Kumar also participated in the drive to spread awareness among the people about the role of government schools in educating children. He said a total of 31,542 kids had been enrolled in government school in the state till date. He added that the figure was quite impressive, indicating towards a good start of the drive. Varindervir Singh, district coordinator, ‘Parho ❞ VARINDERVIR SINGH, district coordinator, ‘Parho Punjab, Parhao Punjab’ Punjab, Parhao Punjab’, said, “We will carry out the drive again from January 1. Teachers, along with a team of ‘Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab’, have been making efforts to create awareness among the masses for admissions. They have also been laying stress on the need for study. All of us are trying our best to encourage more and more kids for taking admission to gov- ernment schools.” Last year, a total of 12,000 kids were enrolled. He said they were expecting that the figure would cross the 15,000mark this time. Varindervir said, “The interesting part about the enrollment drive is that not only teachers, students are being encouraged to be part of the drive. They are accompanying teachers while their visits to different villages. Over 500 licence holders yet to deposit firearms Hoshiarpur, December 24 As many as 1,075 candidates are contesting the panchayat elections for the posts of sarpanch in the district. A total of 329 sarpanches have been elected unopposed. Divulging information, Deputy Commissioner Isha Kalia said the elections would be held in all 1,405 gram panchayats. The DC said 8,041 panches would be elected on December 30. She said for the posts of sarpanch, as many as 4,446 nomination papers were received and of these, nine papers were rejected. She said a total of 1,381 papers were withdrawn. For the posts of panches, as many as 12,809 nomination papers were received and of these, 73 papers were rejected and 1,519 withdrawn, she said. According to the DC, no nomination papers were received for the posts of panch in 144 villeges and 4,750 panches have been elected unopposed. — OC PANCHAYAT Students are presenting their subject knowledge, informing people about the ways how they are taught. They are also throwing light on development of their schools in the recent time.” He said parents were helping teachers to apprise villagers of the enrollment drive and initiatives taken by the Education Department. Security guards at banks get exemption POLLS Exemptions have mainly been given to security guards at banks and members of the National Rifle Association. Jewellery shop owners have been asked to submit applications for keeping their firearms. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 24 With just a few days to go for the panchayat elections in the state, a sizeable number of arm license holders have deposited their weapons with the police. SP (Rural) Gurmeet Singh Khingra said of the 7,634 arm licence holders, 7,057 have deposited their weapons. He said those who did not deposit their weapons mostly include NRIs, jewellers and defence personals. Khingra said some of the NRIs were not in the country so it was expected that they would submit their weapons when they return before the . polling day. Keeping in view security during the elections, officials said all arm license holders had been asked to deposit their weapons at the earliest. The SP added that the firearms could be deposited with the local police station or gun houses. SSP (Rural) Navjot Singh Mahal said, “Around 92 per cent of the weapons have been deposited with the police. For remaining weapons, committees will be set up in two to three days. The panels will either give them permission to keep their weapons or will ask them to deposit these if arm holders fail to give any valid reason.” “Except for those who keep their weapons for sports or security purposes, all licence holders have been asked to surrender their weapons as per the rules and regulations,” Mahal added. Exemptions have mainly been given to security guards at banks and members of the National Rifle Association. Jewellery shop owners have been asked to submit applications for keeping their firearms. “Unlike other districts, the Doaba region is considered to be peaceful. But, we cannot take any chance during the panchayat elections,” the SSP said. Spike in arrival of winged guests, strays at shelter home One-legged heron, brown headed barbet, green budgerigars find way to People for Animals shelter Tribune News Service young artistes to enthrall the audience with their talent. The DC said more than 200 young artistes had registered themselves for the ‘pratiyogita’ and it showed that the gala event had managed to keep the flame of traditional music alive among the younger generation. The event organised by the Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Mahasabha witnesses the participation of talented classical, vocal, percussion and non-percussion musicians from across the country every year. — TNS Secretary, School Education, Krishan Kumar, along with teachers, participates in the enrolment drive. TRIBUNE PHOTO 1. Teachers, along with a team of ‘Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab’, have been making efforts to create awareness among the masses for admissions. They have also been laying stress on the need for study. Jalandhar, December 24 According to a report submitted by the Horticulture Department on Monday regarding the quantity of old potatoes, the crop in all 609 cold storages across the state has been emptied out as it was rotting. Pawanjot Singh, an official of the Horticulture Department, said after the report was presented, it was found that through this year's glut, potato farmers suffered a loss of around ~2,000 to ~3,000 crores. He said, “In the Doaba belt, 4-5 lakh old potatoes are still stored in cold storages. These will eventually be destroyed. Farmers are left with no option but to create space for the fresh crop.” Billa Josan, who owns a cold storage, said with just one month left for the next seed crop, the old crop was being hastily removed from storages. “A sack of 50 kg potatoes is being sold for ~5-10 to vendors or cattle owners,” he added. Paramjit Singh, nodal officer for the potato crop, Punjab said the storage cost of ~100 for one sack of the old crop was putting more burden on farmers, so it was necessary to remove all potato bags from cold storages. 329 sarpanches elected unopposed Aparna Banerji Jalandhar, December 24 DC Varinder Kumar Sharma and JM Balamurugan, Secretary to the Punjab Governor, on Monday inaugurated the Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Pratiyogita. It is being organised before the 143rd Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan, which is dedicated to classical music. This year, it will be held from December 28 to 30. The DC, along with Balamurugan, who was the special guest, lauded the role of the organising committee for giving chances to Tribune News Service out the ❝We will carryJanuary drive again from Avneet Kaur A church decked up with colourful lights on Christmas eve in the Cantonment area in Jalandhar on Monday. SARABJIT SINGH Students perform on the first day of Harivallabh Sangeet Pratiyogita in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Ajay Joshi Education Dept launches admission-cum-enrolment drive Merry Christmas Harivallabh Sangeet Pratiyogita inaugurated Rotten potatoes emptied out of cold storages: Report Jalandhar, December 24 While a dip in mercury brings with it a blanket of smog in the region, the winter has resulted in a marked increase in the arrival of stray animals and birds being reported at animal shelters — primary among which are a substantial number of Indian birds and a dramatic increase in injured or stray cows. As many as 14 to 15 birds have been reported in the past two months at the People for Animals (PFA) shelter at the Police Lines in Jalandhar. Of these, while five to six are eagles and pigeons/sparrows commonly found in the city areas, the rest are birds of other varieties. The injured or stranded bird visitors to the PFA shelter include a brownheaded barbet, an eastern barn owl and a heron. At least two green parakeets (budgerigars) have also landed at the home of the Wlidlife Warden, taking care of the facility. One of the Budgerigars straying into his home is being kept in a mosquito net for lack of cage at his home. Apart from these, the region’s common birds pigeons and sparrows— are also increasingly being reported at the shelter. Barring birds, here is also an increased frequency of cattle being reported at the facility. In December alone, 13 to 15 cows, buffalo and calf have been reported at the centre. Except for these, over 30 to 50 dogs and an injured monkey have also landed at the shelter. Honorary Wildlife Warden Chander Bhushan, who looks after the facility, said, “There has certainly been an unprecedented rise in birds being reported at c m y b an unprecedented rise in birds ❝There has certainly been While two parakeets walked being reported at the shelter. into my home, one was released and another is being nurtured. At the shelter, a heron with one leg, two eagles, a brown-headed barbet and several pigeons and sparrows have been received. CHANDER BHUSHAN, Honorary Wildlife Warden ❞ Around 15 birds have been reported in the past two months at the People for Animals (PFA) shelter at the Police Lines. TRIBUNE PHOTO the shelter. While two parakeets walked into my home, one was released and another is being nurtured.At the shelter, a heron with one leg, two eagles, a brown-headed barbet and several pigeons and sparrows have been received. Dehydration or straying as well as injuries are the common reasons why such birds are being received. While all through the year, mainly only sparrows, pigeon or eagles are coming to us, many other kinds of birds are also being reported in the winter.” “An unprecedented number of cows are also being reported at the centre. Of these, a majority are found collapsed on the streets, some of them are also injured while the others have been abandoned after ailments. While over a dozen cattle were brought to us in December alone, many of these were also treated on the streets by our workers since we can’t take them in due to shortage of space. At least 30 to 50 dogs are also being reported at the facility every month. However, this is the average reportage of dogs at the shelter every month due to a huge stray population,” Bhushan said.
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