07012019-JTR-01.qxd 1/7/2019 1:41 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 7 JANUARY 2019 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Bikes challaned Business wise Chit-chat with Himmanshoo PPCB and traffic police issue challans to bikes for using multi-tone horns. P2 Shashank Shah believes younger generation is passionate to contribute to India. P3 Himmanshoo Malhotra is back with the first episode of the second season of his chat show Share and Grow Spotlight. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 17°C MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5.39 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7.27 AM Distressed teachers prepare road map Minor girl with disability raped Our Correspondent Resent non-fulfilment of demands by government at state-level convention Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 6 Continuing their stir against the state Education Department, teachers under the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha today organised a state-level convention, at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall, here, to prepare a road map against the negligence of the government towards their demands. Around 1,000 teachers of various cadres were present in the convention to formulate steps against the government. Distressed over the delay by the state government in fulfilling the demands of SSA/RMSA teachers, state conveners of the morcha said, a letter, confirming the protest by the teachers, would be handed over to the District Commissioner and the Cabinet Minister on January 15. Members Teachers during a state-level convention in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH of the morcha said if the government did not take concrete steps to solve their issues in the coming days, they would conduct a statewide rally in Patiala on February 3. District-level convener Hardeep Basota said the announcement to protest came after the government failed to fulfill promises made by the Education Minister on December 1 after which the agitation was ended. The 5178 master cadre were promised to be regularised on January 1. However, six days have passed and neither the confirmation has been passed nor any letter has been issued by the Education Department. Moreover, the transfer and regular dismissals of teachers was still in practice. Convener Balkar Baltoha said teachers under the Shiksha Provider Scheme were promised to be given an increment of Rs 1,500 in their salaries. However, Protective gear nothing has been done in this regard. The decision to include the services of computer teachers in the Education Department was still pending, for the past seven months and SSA/RMSA teachers have not received their salaries but are continuing their duties. Also, for the past several months they were either being suspended or being victimised by the government. Hence, it’s high time that the government should taken action towards their longpending demands. The agitated morcha members said if the government did not take any concrete steps to address their issues, they would also join also the national-level strike of various departments against the Central Government on January 8 and 9. Phagwara, January 6 A mentally challenged girl, a minor and a resident of Muthada-Kalan village in Phillaur sub-division, allegedly kidnapped by two village youths and repeatedly raped over six months, was found in a semiunconscious condition before a shrine in Nakodar yesterday. The girl’s father, a rickshaw puller of Muthadda-kalan, was informed about the incident by some villagers who had gone to pay obeisance at the shrine in Nakodar. The girl was found abandoned there on Saturday. Phillaur DSP Amrik Singh Chahal said the girl has been admitted to the Civil Hospital for medical examination. The police have started a probe. Three held in fraud, snatching cases Two of the suspects in police custody in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Jalandhar, January 6 Taking action against snatchers and thieves in the city, the Police Division 5 here today arrested three miscreants. The suspects were identified as Saurav, a resident of Bhargo camp, Jatinder Kumar of New Model House and Atul, a resident of Bhargo camp. The suspects were nabbed near Babu Jagjeevan Chowk at a naka set up by Inspector Nirmal Singh. He said the suspects were involved in several snatching and fraud cases. All suspects had been booked under Sections 379, 349-B, 382, 411 and 34 of the IPC. Nine smartphones, two cars (one Indica and one Maruti), a motorcycle and an Activa scooter were recovered from the suspects after the investigation. — TNS ~2.08 lakh fine slapped on food outlets Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, January 6 The court of Amrit Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General)-cum-adjudicating officer, Nawanshahr, imposed a fine of Rs 2,08,000 in 27 cases on various food outlets, including cinema canteen, grocery stores, milk vendors, dairies, dhabas, food joints, sweet shops and manufacturers of banned flavoured tobacco for selling substandard, banned, expiry and misleading food items. Divulging details, Assistant Commissioner (Food), Nawanshahr, Manoj Girls wrap themselves in woollens as mercury dips further in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Khosla, said food safety teams had collected samples from various outlets which were declared substandard, misbranded, expiry, misleading, following which all cases were filed in the court. He said the court of ADC (G) has imposed a fine of Rs 80,000 on four partners of Luxman Das Sheetal Kumar Jain, Grain Market, Nawanshahr, for selling four different brands of flavoured tobacoo, which are banned by the Punjab Government, and the court has also ordered to destroy 198 packets of Cool Lip Filter Tobacoo, S4 Tobacoo, Black Label Tobacoo and M-1 Zarda, which were seized by the Food Safety Department during raid at the firm. Canteen of Surya Cinema, Nawanshahr, has been fined Rs 3,00,00 for selling and using sub-standard cold drink and refined oil. Manufacturer of S-4 Tobacoo Company Trimurti Fragrance and Flavour Private Limited, New Delhi, has been fined Rs 10,000 for manufacturing and selling flavoured tobacco, which is banned by the state government. Mohni Karyana Store, Kwality Dairy, Sloh road, Nawanshahr, have been fined Rs 10,000 each for selling substandard desi ghee and substandard milk and cheese, respectively. He said under the Tandarust Punjab mission, on the directions of Kahan Singh Pannu, Commissioner Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Punjab, the campaign against substandard/adulterated food articles would be continued in the coming days too so that Jalandhar could be made an adulteration-free district. Soft drink enthusiasts get Students eager to Experts share opinions about enough fizz to celebrate know about wood non-communicable diseases without trees Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 6 You might have always heard of ill-effects of cold drinks that you consume, but have you ever thought that a soft drink can also reduce stress or is beneficial to the health? Well, the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) has made it possible as it has developed an ‘herbal’ cold drink. This was shown during an exhibition at the Indian Science Congress being held at the LPU near here. The National Botanical Research Institute is under the Council of Scientific and Industrial research (CSIR). Hence, if you are obsessed with the cold drinks and if you are unable to avoid drinking them even after knowing their bad impacts on health, then an alternative has come. Avneet Kaur A scientist shows a bottle of the herbal cold drink during the Indian Science Congress at the LPU. TRIBUNE PHOTO Only natural ingredients The herbal cold drink, which is made from herbal ingredients, does not have any caffeine and bicarbonate source but instead it has antioxidants, protector for liver and helps in digestion too, as it has all natural products. Scientist Manoj Kumar from National Botanical Research Institute, said it does not have any pesticides or any source of toxic compounds. While explaining the differences, Kumar said: “It was purely made from natural things SCIENCE CONGRESS which improve one’s health whereas the cold drinks which we are already drinking degrade the health.” Also, he said since this herbal cold drink had antioxidants in it, it also reduces stress in the body. “Stress is the home for other diseases too. Hence, if one consume the herbal cold drink during the break, it will not have any side effects on the body but will eradicate stress,” the scientist said. He said this year the product would reach the market too and would be available at cheaper rates. Other products Besides the herbal cold drink, herbal toothpaste, herbal dye and other cosmetics were also available at the exhibition. Phagwara, January 6 Can wood be made without tree really? This was the question being asked from almost every student who visited the stall of the Central Building Research Institute (CBRl), Roorkee, which displayed the sample of wood made using natural fiber derived from agricultural waste such as husk and straws in combination with recycled plastics during an expo of the Indian Science Congress at the LPU here today. Students showed keen interest in knowing the technology behind this invention and asked various questions related to the availability of such wood in the market. Talking to The Tribune, Amit Prakash of the CBRI said: “Our technology for wood without trees is a step towards saving forests. Natural wood is replaced by manufacturing rice husk plastic wood, which can be shaped by conventional wood working tools.” Companies had manufactured door/window frames using this technology, developed by the CSIR-CBRI. The material has wood like surface appearance, having features of replacement to natural wood, meeting requirements of the National Building Code, he said. He said the best part of this c m y b Wood without tree wood was that it utilises agricultural wastes and save millions of trees which were cut for furniture. It has more strength and resistant to insects such as termites compared to natural wood, adding that the wood was also moisture resistant, as it gains just 2-3 per cent weight after it was immersed in water for three months and it is also carpenterfriendly. Another major attraction for students was the Clay Fly Ash Bricks which uses flyash, water and medium plastic soil as raw materials for casting the bricks useful for masonry construction. Amit Prakash said: “The clay fly ash brick weigh less than the red brick that is mostly used for construction. Even the fly ash brick is cheaper.” The students at the stall enjoyed learning about the environment-friendly bricks and wood, they said for the love of Mother Nature, one should make use of such bricks, woods for construction and wooden work at home to protect hundreds of trees cutting down daily. Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 6 Various experts shared their views during a plenary session on non-communicable diseases at the LPU during the 106th Science Congress at the LPU near here. Dr Prashant Mathur, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), communicated his thoughts on non-communicable diseases. He said challenging issues of health and development that have beset society at large continue to linger. However, the bull has to be taken by its horns to get free from the yoke of tobacco and alcohol consumption and diseases stemming from these vices. What is more, the conspicuous presence of affordable medicines would help to strike the evil at its roots. Arguably, the World Health Assembly has envisaged a three-pronged strategy to reduce the tobacco and alcohol consumption by 30 and 10 per cent, respectively, besides aiming 80 per cent availability of affordable medicines in the country. The noticeable feature of the session was the proposed STEMI model, with the collaboration of the ICMR, World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health, to check incidents of cardiac arrests. During a lecture of Dr JK Jena, Deputy Director General, Fisheries Science and Animal Science, ICAR, highlighted how Schoolchildren visit the Indian Science Congress at the LPU near Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH various innovative and scientific methods of breeding fish were rendering the desired results. He said there was a good potential for further development of fish breeding in inlandsaline areas of the state. Dr OP Yadav, Director, Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI), spoke at length about the green revolution in the 1960s and how it was instrumental in making the country self-sufficient in food production. He said: “We had a second green revolution of which we do not speak much, but the fact is that the food security bill in the country has been possible only due to the silent second green revolution.” Dr Ashok K Patra, Director, Indian Institute of Soil Science, highlighted the importance of soil health. He also gave interesting information that around 40 million people were depend- ent on urea without which the food production would go down considerably. Dr GK Rath, MD, head, National Cancer Institute, provided a deep insight into symptoms, diagnose and remedial measures to prepare for the potential dangers of cancer during the 106th Indian Science Congress. The plenary session on ‘Cutting Edge Technology for the welfare of Human Society’ was chaired by Prof KS Rangappa, University of Mysore. Prof Rangappa is the fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (London), National Academy of Science (India) and recipient of the Dr Raja Ramanna Award for scientists. The session started with a lecture by Dr Prasad DK Dhulipala from the USA on ‘Recombinant Enzymes for Hydrogen Sulfide Mitigation in Oil and Gas Industry’. see also page 2
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