17022019-JTR-01.qxd 2/17/2019 1:49 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE SAFETY KITS, TOOLS DISPLAYED AT EXHIBITION Variety of upgraded safety kits during Machma Expo at New Grain Market in Dana Mandi. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF MAN RUN OVER BY TRAIN Phagwara: An unidentified middle-aged man was run over by a train near the Chiherru railway station on the PhagwaraJalandhar rail section on Thursday. Gurbheij Singh, incharge, GRP, said the body had been kept in the mortuary for identification after the autopsy. It could not be ascertained if it was a case of suicide or an accidental death. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~75.73 DIESEL ~65.87 WHAT’S ON JALANDHAR CONTEST: Couple contest by Punjabi Folklore Academy; KL Saigal Memorial Hall EXPO: Exhibition of machine tools; New Grain Market; 10.30 am PAGE 2 KANGANA RANAUT CANCELS MANIKARNIKA’S SUCCESS PARTY MAX 21°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20.°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:15 PM Jalandhar, February 16 To resolve the problem of traffic congestion in the Model Town locality of the city, a multilevel car parking will be established on the 3.3-acre land under the Smart City project. A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting held at the residence of Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma which was also attended by MLA Pargat Singh, Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja and Smart City CEO VIshesh Sarangal. It was decided in the meeting that the whole project of the four-storey car parking, worth Rs 150 crore, would be completed WILL HAVE CAPACITY OF 750 CARS It was decided in a meeting held at the residence of Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma that the project of the four-storey car parking, worth Rs 150 crore, would be completed by December 2020 on the PPP mode under the build-operate-transfer basis. The censor-based car parking, to come up on land belonging to the MC and some portion of Nikku Park, would have a capacity of 750 cars. by December 2020 on the PPP mode under the builtoperate-transfer basis. The censor-based car parking, to come over at a land belonging to the Municipal Corporation and some portion of Nikku Park, would have a capacity of 750 cars. To put the project on a fast-track mode, Pargat Singh, Mayor Raja, and a team of senior officials, led by the Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Parambir Singh Parmar, along with the Smart City CEO visited the site today. The MLA said it was the dire need of the area to have such a facility as the market here remained choked due to the unavailability of an authorised PAGE 4 Amitabh Bachchan took to his Twitter account to announce the upcoming season of Kaun Banega Crorepati. SUNRISE MONDAY 7:07 AM Multilevel parking lot at Model Town soon Tribune News Service AMITABH BACHCHAN BACK AS HOST FOR KBC SEASON 11 Owing to Pulwama terror attack, Kangana Ranaut has cancelled Manikarnika’s success party. Sea of faith car parking. He said the project would be based on a censor-based technology and there would be reasonable parking charges. Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner said the parking facility would have two basements, adding two of its floors would be used for commercial purposes. He said boom barriers, digital display, sensors and CCTV cameras would also be provided in the building, making it a smart car park facility. Besides, it would also have a green area outside the building. Sharma said tenders for the project would be floated soon. SUNDAY | 17 FEBRUARY 2019 | JALANDHAR Visually challenged decry govt ‘apathy’ To hold massive protest on Feb 20 in Chandigarh Our Correspondent Jalandhar, February 16 Members of the Blind Person Association during a press conference organised here today announced to hold a massive protest on February 20 in Chandigarh against the state government for failing to fulfill their long-pending demands. President of the association Kuldeep Singh said they had been demanding for long that visually impaired persons in the state should be appointed to Group D posts as per the quota share. He alleged that the backlog of reserved posts in government jobs for them was not being filled and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, had not been implemented in the state. He said the government must implement the Act by HUNGER STRIKE ON MAR 31 IF DEMANDS NOT MET Protesters said they had warned the government that in case the Chief Minister did not call them to listen to their demands and resolve these by March 31, they would sit on a hunger strike and would hold protests across the state and the blame for any casualty during the protest would lie with the state government. March 31 or else the members of the association as well as visually impaired persons across the state would boycott the Congress in the upcoming general elections. Kuldeep said in many other states, the visually impaired were being offered government jobs and good wages, while in Punjab, the pleas of the visually impaired were being ignored. He said institutes for the visually impaired being run in the state were in a poor state due to paucity of funds, but the government was not willing to take these centres in its hands. Kuldeep said they had been raising their demands on various platforms but the government failed to act. Other members of the association and the visually impaired who work with various government departments demanded that their incentives should be increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000 and that monthly pension of Rs 750 should be increased to Rs 3,000. Besides, all visually impaired students appearing for the Class X and Class XII PSEB exams should not be charged any fees. They said they had warned the government that in case the Chief Minister did not call them to listen to their demands and resolve these by March 31, they would sit on a hunger strike and would hold protests across the state and the blame of any causality during the protest would be on the state government. SAD mocks Sidhu over pro-Pak remark 2 arrested in theft case Devotees converge at the Jalandhar railway station to witness the departure of Begumpura Express, a special train, to Varanasi, for Guru Ravidas birth anniversary celebrations on Saturday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Teachers turn to WhatsApp for Board vigil on students Groups on social media being used to get better results Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, February 16 Teachers at government schools are leaving no stone unturned to procure better academic results this time in Class X and XII examinations. A new initiative under the ‘ Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab’ project has been started by the teachers in the majority of the schools in Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Nawanshahr wherein active use of WhatsApp groups is being made to keep an eye over the study routine of the students. Calling WhatsApp a boon, if used wisely, Bandana Puri, principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Khothran, said: “Teachers have been asked to properly guide students during school and after school to achieve better results. Moreover, teachers are also making calls to students in the wee hours to wake them up and even students are free to call teachers till 11 in the night.” Puri said besides WhatsApp groups, extra classes have also been arranged by teachers for Class X and XII students. “After school hours, those students who have difficulty especially in maths or science subject stay back to attend extra classes and we had even made a list of weak students and special attention is being paid on them,” she added. Another teacher Harmanjot PAGE 3 SANDEEP JOSHI Kaur of Government Senior Secondary School here said: “There are 32 students in my class and 22 of them are using WhatsApp, while for the 10 who do not have smartphones, we make calls to them on their parents’ phone and ask them if they are facing any difficulty in any of the subject or are properly following the study routine.” Same response was received from teachers from Kapurthala and Nawanshahr who said: “To have better results for the state we are making sure that students are completely prepared in every subject, especially science and maths. Also, teachers have derived special learning plans for students to follow.” Varindervir Singh, District Coordinator, Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab’ project, said, on the instructions of Education Secretary Krishan Kumar, all teachers had been asked to come up with unique ideas to assist students and help them secure good marks. He said by making use of laptops and smartphones, teachers were helping students prepare notes and group studies were also being conducted so that students discuss their knowledge and issues with each other too. Varindervir said special workshops were held in which teachers were asked to prepare study material for the students that includes all important questions from samples papers as well other frequently asked questions. Besides, teachers are also making students aware of various education apps that could help them learn lessons in a more effective way, he added. Jalandhar, February 16 The SAD today held a protest against Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu over his pro-Pakistan statement yesterday on the Pulwama terror attack on CRPF personnel. SAD leaders pasted recent pictures of Sidhu hugging Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa while mentioning quotes with it that read: “Aivien nhi buj gya chirag kayi gharan da, gaddaran vich koi zaroor apna reha hovega” (lamp of many families did not just die out like that, there surely will be some traitors within). Kapurthala SAD president Ranjit Singh Khurana and YAD leader Gurminder Work on bridge begins at Sultanpur Lodhi Tribune News Service Kapurthala, February 16 The construction work of a bridge to connect 16 villages of the Mand area with Sultanpur Lodhi was started today in the presence of local MLA Navtej Singh Cheema. He said the bridge would facilitate residents, including farmers, school and college students, of these villages to travel easily to other parts of the state. Sultanpur Lodhi Congress MLA Navtej Singh Cheema said people of these villages were facing a lot of hardships during the rainy season as the authorities had to dismantle the pontoon bridge due to the rise in the water level of the river. Cheema said people from these remote villages were left with no option but to travel on boats to reach nearby towns or to return home. While Cheema is quite upbeat about the starting of the work, his rival from the Aam Aadmi Party Sajjan Singh Cheema has targeted him for not ensuring quality work. The latter posted a video on Facebook this morning, showing how poor quality bricks were being used for works in the holy town ahead of the religious programme. The MLA said: “Brick-kilns are shut for the past four months and wet bricks were wrongly procured. At the site where Sajjan made the video, I had already got the work to raise a wall along Dalla road stopped.” c m y b Tribune News Service SAD and YAD workers protest in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH Singh Kishanpur were among those present. AAP condemns Pulwama attack AAP activists held a candlelight march to offer tributes to the victims of the Pulwama terror attack here today. They said the Centre needs to ensure that such acts were not repeated. Meanwhile, activists of the Shiv Sena, Kapurthala, held a protest march at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk and burnt posters of the Pakistan PM and Pakistan army chief. — TNS Jalandhar, February 16 The Police Division 2 arrested two thieves involved in a theft case at a resident’s house in Aadarsh Nagar here. The accused have been identified as Harpreet Singh (25), a resident of Krishna Nagar, and Tavleen Singh, alias Smile, of Dhobhi Ghat. The incident took place on February 13 and the owner of the house, Kumar, registered a case that two unknown people had taken away all jew- ellery and cash from a locker in his house. During the investigation, the police got a tip-off that the suspects were spotted in the area. Hence, after a search, the police arrested both supects at a park in Aadarsh Nagar. Gold jewellery, Rs 20,000 in cash and some foreign currency were recovered from the two suspects and they had been booked under Sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), said ADCP (investigation) PS Bhandal.
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