01032019-JTR-01.qxd 3/1/2019 1:52 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE DHARNA AGAINST COCA-COLA FACTORY CONTINUES PAGE 2 NGO continues its protest against Coca-Cola factory on the second day on Thursday. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY DON’T UNDERSTAND PAKISTAN’S AGENDA, SAYS JAVED AKHTAR PAGE 3 ANOTHER WEDDING FOR CHOPRA HOUSE Javed Akhtar says he does not understand the Pakistan’s agenda of sponsoring terror activities in India. MAX 21°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 6°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:25 PM Priyanka Chopra with Nick Jonas came to attend roka ceremony of her younger brother Siddharth Chopra. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:54 AM Rinku steals show in credit war Seen in full poll mode; both MLA, MP Chaudhary take claim for govt college project Deepkamal Kaur The friction between the two could be gauged from the fact that supporters of Sushil Rinku said people of his area were sent messages by the MP’s men last evening that the function had been cancelled. “We had to personally make calls since early morning today telling them that the programme stands and there has been no cancellation,” Rinku ’ s supporters alleged. They also alleged that Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s press conference regarding development projects for the city had been cancelled yesterday on a proposal by the MP just to put pressure on Rinku to cancel his programme too in the wake of tension along the Indo-Pak borders. But since Rinku’s requests prevailed on the CM, the latter came here last evening so that he could be available on time for the morning event today. Thus, the plan of the MP to cut his ticketclaiming MLA to size, however, could not work today, Rinku’s supporters alleged. Agitated over such reports, Rinku today chose to resort to show some naughtiness by distracting everyone during the MP’s speech. He kept showing a huge photograph to everyone, including the Chief Minister and the PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar to divert their attention from the MP . FRIDAY | 1 MARCH 2019 | JALANDHAR Finally, city gets govt degree college after 27 years Bitterness between two Tribune News Service PAGE 4 Jalandhar, February 28 A clear-cut credit war between Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh and Jalandhar West MLA Sushil Rinku was visible today during the laying of foundation stone of a girls’ college at Buta Mandi by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today. Ahead of the Lok Sabha poll wherein both Chaudhary and Rinku are applicants for the Congress ticket to Jalandhar seat, they chose to take their own claim on getting the project started. Rinku put up a huge show in the city by getting huge hoardings put up at all intersections and across main roads of the entire city. Even on the Nakodar road leading to the venue today, Rinku ’ s posters dominated over those of Chaudhary, which were lesser in number and smaller in size. In fact, Rinku was in full poll mode to draw mileage for the function as he put up kites bearing his picture with the Chief Minister. His followers were seen wearing T-shirts with his portrait. Further, he even got his masks printed which the youth wore in the rally held at the site. The youth in the entire pandal kept chanting slogans in his favour throughout the function. In his rather emphatic tone, he told the gathering that he was happy that he was able to get the “three-decade old INBRIEF PURSE SNATCHED Phagwara: Two motorcyclists snatched a purse containing Rs 5,200 in cash and a cell phone from a woman, Harpreet of Kultham village, on Thursday. OC FIRE AT OBC BANK Phagwara: Records and furniture of Oriental Bank of Commerce were reduced to ashes in a fire that broke out on Wednesday night. Short circuit was said to be the cause behind the fire.OC WHAT’S ON JALANDHAR MOOT COURT:RC Chopra Memorial Moot Court Contest; St Soldier Law College; 11 am FETE: Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women; 11 am CM Capt Amarinder Singh, Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh (extreme right) and MLA Sushil Rinku during the stone-laying ceremony of a degree college; and (below) a security person stands guard during the CM's visit to Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH SEE ALSO P2 SIDELIGHTS ■ All four claimants to Jalandhar LS seat – sitting MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh, Sushil Rinku, Mahinder Singh Kaypee and Sarwan Singh Phillaur – attended function on Thursday. ■ Anchoring the stage, Jalandhar DPRO Manvinder Singh eulogised CM, saying “Panian de rakhe, kisani te jawani de rakhe” (protector of waters, protector of farming and youth). ■ Rinku was in full poll mode with his supporters donning T-shirts and masks bearing his pictures. Kites with his pictures were also seen at spot. ■ Rinku sought implementation of 85th amendment in Constitution for promotions of SC/BC employees. He also put forth a demand for opening a good medical facility in Jalandhar. ■ Students of a government school were called in for foundation stone-laying. ■ Since it rained last night, chairs for visitors at demand” of residents to open a college in the area fulfilled. “My sisters, who are so poor that they do not even have slippers to wear, sat in the scorching heat here for 107 days, demanding opening of a government college,” Rinku said expressing his function were wet, making it uncomfortable for them to sit. ■ Painting on Dr Ambedkar gifted by MLA to CM was too huge that it covered them all in picture. It also became distraction for MP during his speech. delight that their dream had come true. As the next turn was that of Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh, he took his own claim for the same. “On the request of residents, it was I who called up Mandi Board Chairman Lal Singh and told him that people want the mandi area to be changed to a college site. I asked the Jalandhar DC to make a case so that we can pursue it with the Chief Minister. We even met Higher Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary to take up the case.” Jalandhar, February 28 The Mid Day Meal Society, Punjab, has taken notice of the fact that on February 18, of the 19,802 schools, 18,391 schools had sent information regarding the mid-day meal that is given to the students, while rest of the 1,411 schools in the state chose to skip sending the information to the society via a mobile application. The society in a letter to Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Several announcements Tribune News Service Jagdish Disha, president of the Sarva Samaj Sangharsh Committee, while earlier talking to The Tribune, had said after the announcement made in 1992 for the first time, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal promised to build a college in 1999 and thereafter, the same promise was repeated by Sukhbir Singh Badal in 2008. He said years had passed and announcements were made but nothing had been implemented. Besides a single polytechnic college, there was no other government college in Jalandhar, he added. The girls that protested at that time expressed happiness and said it was not for girls of a particular caste but for them who belonged to the economically weaker section. “It is tough to study in a private college due to high fees. We are here to fight for every girl who is about to complete her matriculation,” said Priya Mal, who is pursuing her graduation told The Tribune. Talking about the degree col- Jalandhar, February 28 It was two years ago in June, July and August that girls of Buta Mandi, Khurla Kingra and adjoining areas had got together and demanded the opening of a degree college in the Boota Mandi area that was initially promised in 1992 by the then Chief Minister Beant Singh. Such was the protest that it continued for a total of 107 days then in the area and also the girls went on a hunger strike. And it was not for the first time that the demand was raised. The college was initially promised in 1992. But even after the announcement, it took 27 years to complete the demand. The area got its college today when Chief Minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone of the college for girls. The girls had sat on the strike under the banner of the Sarva Samaj Sangharsh Committee. lege to be constructed at Boota Mandi here, the Chief Minister said today that it was a decadeold demand of the area, which was first raised in 1992. He said the college would be completed in one-and-a-half year at a cost of Rs 13 crore as the three-acre land needed for it had been transferred by the Mandi Board to the Higher Education Department. The CM said education was the most powerful agent for bringing about reconstruction of society on the principles of equality and social justice and the spread of higher education was the panacea for most social troubles. Boota Mandi was traditionally populated by socially and economically marginalised sections of society, who were denied opportunities of higher education for a long time. Captain Amarinder said the building would have an administrative block, arts & science block, zoology/botany lab and multipurpose hall for performing various cultural/educational activities and lush green grounds for sports. Drug dealer nabbed with opium, intoxicants Education Minister relents, CM to meet teachers on March 5 Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, February 28 The Model Town police have nabbed a drug dealer and recovered six stolen twowheelers, 13 mobile phones and Rs 12,000 in cash, besides 30 gm of opium and 136 gm of intoxicant powder from him. Bharat Masih, SHO, Model Town police station, said this while addressing mediapersons here this evening. He said a special naka was laid in the area on the orders of DSP Jagdish Kumar where the Model Town resident, Sanjeev Kumar, alias Sameer, alias Sunny, was nabbed from Purheeran. “During interrogation, the accused had confessed that he had purchased the narcotics powder from Dashmesh Nagar resident Joshil Kumar, alias Professor. Based on the information, taking immediate action, a team under the leadership of ASI Chanchal Singh was sent. It rounded up Joshil,” Masih said. The suspect in police custody in Hoshiarpur. TRIBUNE PHOTO In response to a question, he said after the interrogation of the suspects, six two-wheelers, 13 mobile phones, 30 gm of opium, 136 gm of intoxicant powder and Rs 12,000 in cash had been recovered from his house. “During the interrogation, the suspect told the police that when someone came to buy intoxicants without money, he, in exchange of drugs, used to take motorcycles, mobile phones and other expensive items from them. He said for purchasing the intoxicants, they used to steal motorcycles and mobile phones and other items. He used to give them the drugs after taking the items at cheap rates,” the SHO said. Four arrested with heroin, poppy husk Jalandhar: The Nawanshahr police today arrested four smugglers and recovered 300 g of heroin and 7 kg of poppy husk from their possession. The CIA staff of the district arrested four persons by organising nakas at different points. The suspects have been identified as Harpreet, alias Happy, Parminder Kumar, Inderjit and Akashdeep. The police said they stopped a white car coming from Gohlaro village in Nawanshahr after getting suspicious of presence of some intoxicant material in the car and arrested Harpreet, Parminder and Inderjit with 300 g of heroin. In another incident, the police arrested Akashdeep with 7 kg of poppy husk. Cases under Sections 21 and 29 of the NDPS Act, against Harpreet, Parminder and Inderjit and under Section 15 of the NDPS Act against Akashdeep have been registered. — TNS Edu Dept takes strict note of schools not sending information MID-DAY MEAL CM Capt Amarinder Singh, along with Sunil Jakhar and other Congress leaders, lays the foundation stone of a girls' college in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH DEOs has told them that a serious notice had been taken by the Education Department on why the data was not sent. Notably, government schools are told to send a message regarding the midday meal consumption, rations used and student strength on a daily basis on the mid-day meal app. Reports of the teachers not sending the reports properly had surfaced earlier too, but the department has now asked the DEOs to ask the reason why the work was not being done. However, earlier it was said with the compulsory maintenance of mid-day meal written registers and delays in receipt of funds of the mid-day meals by schools, keeping up with the app was an uphill task. The letter reads that school principals are answerable to the DEOs on why they failed to comply with the orders and if they still continue to do so then the officers are told to take departmental action against the principals. Concerned over the poor health of students in government schools across the state, the department earlier had asked the authorities to improve the quality of mid-day meal given to the students. It was also mentioned that nutritious food having jaggery and groundnuts should be served to the students. The letter released around two years ago had read, “It has come to the notice that students are suffering from c m y b anaemia, malnutrition and weak eyesight which is not only affecting their health but they are lacking in studies too. Hence, it is advised to all schools that they should add some nutritious food items in the midday meals.” Notably, the school head has been directed to maintain a register to record the details of the mid-day meal. In the district, over 1.15 students are given mid-day meals in schools. — TNS Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 28 In view of the tour of the border areas by CM Capt Amarinder Singh amid the present Indo-Pak scenario and the constitution of a five-member committee to review the controversial Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab project, the meeting of the Adhyapak Sangharsh Committee with the CM, slated for February 28, has been rescheduled to March 5. In the first sign of reduction of tension between teachers and the Education Department, the decision was taken after the teachers’ meeting with the Education Minister late last night, following which action was assured on some of their key demands, including a review of the Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab project and regularisation of protesting teachers. Notably, this the first thaw in the standoff between the teachers and the department ever since the intense boycott of the Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab tests started a few days ago which were marked by ghearos and returning of department teams by teachers across state schools. Key demands of teachers addressed by the minister include setting up of a five-member committee (three officials, two teach- KEY DEMANDS Key demands of teachers addressed by the Education Minister at a meeting include setting up of a five-member committee (three officials, two teachers) to review the Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab project, regularisation of the 5178 teachers; increase in salaries by Rs 1,500 for Sikhiya providers, AIE/EGS/STR/IEV teachers and bringing in a policy for their eventual regularisation. The Adhyapak Sangharsh Committee, which represents 1.5 lakh teachers across the state, constitutes about 50,000 teachers who work as volunteers on meagre salaries ranging from Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 per month. It also constitutes 8,886 SSA/RMSA teachers, who are peeved at being “forced” to choose regularisation of services on the condition of working at a hefty pay cut. ers) to review the project, regularisation of the 5178 teachers (regarding which an agenda would be passed in the March 1 Cabinet meet); increase in salaries by Rs 1,500 for Sikhiya providers, AIE/EGS/STR/IEV teachers and bringing in a policy for their eventual regualrisation, dismissal of all directions for “victimisation” of teachers (transfers, show-cause notices, punitive action, etc.) issued during the boycott of the project among other demands. Following the meeting, the committee has also postponed the rally slated to be held in Patiala on March 3. The Adhyapak Sangharsh Committee, which represents 1.5 lakh teachers across the state, constitutes about 50,000 teachers who work as volunteers on meagre salaries ranging from Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 per month. It also constitutes 8,886 SSA/RMSA teachers, who are peeved at being “forced” to choose regularisation of services on the condition of working at a hefty pay cut. Nishant, district head of the committee, said: “The government has displayed a positive response on some of the key demands aired by us. We are expecting some major demands to be addressed till the meeting on March 5. Some clearances are also expected in the Cabinet meeting on March 1, which will further set the course of our March 5 meeting.” “The boycott of the Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab project and adherence to our own date sheet will continue,” he said. “We also demand that the department should stop harassing many of teachers as per vendetta against whom pointed action has been directed on the behest of the department,” he said.
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