08032019-JTR-01.qxd 3/8/2019 1:32 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE NAWANSHAHR IMA ELECTS ALL WOMEN OFFICE-BEARERS PAGE 2 Nawanshahr Indian Medical Association has elected all women doctors as its office-bearers. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INSPIRING TALES OF COURAGE AND DETERMINATION PAGE 3 RANBIR AND ALIA TO SETTLE DOWN IN NYC Celebrating International Women's Day, EPIC channel has created a riveting programme line-up. MAX 24°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:30 PM PAGE 4 This year, both Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have their hands full with professional commitments. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:46 AM FRIDAY | 8 MARCH 2019 | JALANDHAR Rurka Kalan go-getters script change At 60, she looks after 3 male Young girls employed at football club set example for women folk in rural hinterland Bedridden husband, two special children depend solely on the courageous woman INT’L WOMEN’S DAY Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 7 The mother of 22-year-old Harpreet (one of the three sisters belonging to a peasant family at the Bir Bansian village) was divorced by her father as she could not give birth to a son. Harpreet, whose education was stopped after Class XII as neither of her parents could afford it nor they wanted her to study, is now charting a success story at the Rurka Kalan village. Harpreet is among the 40 young girls employed at the Youth Football Club (YFC), Rurka Kalan, who have become the poster girls for women empowerment in the hitherto conservative rural hinterland of the region. The village girls employed with the club, which comprises of foreign-returned educators, footballers, activists and hygiene enthusiasts, have set an example ushering in a movement for the women folk of their respective villages to step out of their houses and lead the change. Starting off as a football club, the YFC now runs educational and exchange programmes across schools and countries with its motley army of women staff ushering in a sea change in villages. Thanks to them, the villages, the playgrounds of which barred women from entering them till five years ago, has now ample chirpy women coaching and teaching in shorts and chic jerseys. Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Elated members of the Youth Football Club at Rurka Kalan village in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH THE TRANSFORMATION Starting off as a football club, the YFC now runs educational and exchange programmes across schools and countries with its motley army of women staff ushering in a sea change in villages. Thanks to the girls, villages, playgrounds of which barred women from entering them till five years ago, has now ample chirpy women coaching and teaching in shorts and chic jerseys. The girls, who spread awareness on issues ranging from sports education to menstrual hygiene, also plan to celebrate International Women’s Day with panache on March 8. The girls, who spread awareness on issues ranging from sports education to menstrual hygiene, also plan to celebrate International Women’s Day with panache on March 8. A cake-cutting ceremony followed by an awareness programme has been the ritual for many years. Primarily working as project managers, training and marketing officers and youth mentors, the girls work for 30 schools spread across Rurka Kalan and neighbouring villages running the YFC’s ‘various modules, including ‘Goals for Girls’ and sports development. Many of them have already been to Japan, Russia, France, Germany and some having charmed their entire village with their recent TV appearance for the FIFA World Cup 2018. Baljinder Kaur, who was part of the team which went to Russia in 2018, says, “My parents were initially sceptical about letting me work or allowing me to go out of the house. I was supposed to get married at 23 and confined to home but the YFC has changed things. Neighbours still murmur that I carry a purse or wear jeans but ever since my parents saw me on TV they have been on cloud nine.” Ravina (26), Navjot (24), Sonia, Pallavi and Lovepreet brought similar changes in their families and villages. Jaspreet (28), who is among the earliest youth mentors of the village and a Rurka Kalan resident who has been to Japan, Germany, France, Russia, Nepal and Myanmar, said she would also be visiting the 2022 FIFA World Cup at Qatar. She said: “It is liberating to come from conservative families and be able to walk freely, come home late and be taken seriously. People who earlier laughed now want their girls to be like us.” Gurmangal Dass, who started the club 18 years ago, has been the agent of a huge transformation. He said: “Over 60 per cent of our staff comprises women and about 2,000 girls in and out of schools are engaged in various programmes being run by us. Five years ago, even the football teams did not have any girls and now, we have three separate teams for various age categories.” A tale of pain, survival against challenges Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 7 On Women’s Day, The Tribune brings you the story of Vandana Dhillon (26), Anjana Dhillon (25) and Surinder Kaur (50), who are real heroes. Surinder Kaur lost her son a few years ago and her husband around two months ago. While the lower part of her elder daughter Vandana’s body is disabled, Anjana works the whole day to earn for their family. Vandana was only two when she had suffered high fever and her lower limb and arm stopped working. The situation only worsened with time and such was the condition WHAT’S ON JALANDHAR MEETING: Meeting of Travel Agents Association of India; Hotel President; 7 pm RUN: India’s largest nationwide run to be flagged off by Mayor Jagdish Raja; Company Bagh; 10:30 am CONVENTION: RMPI and Janwadi Istri Sabha to hold convention; Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall; 1 pm to 3 pm FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.10 DIESEL ~66.39 members of her family Vandana Dhillon with her mother Surinder Kaur at their residence in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH that the doctors had asked Vandana’s mother to stop hoping that she ever would live for long. But she survived. She underwent various surgeries and completed her Class V when she was 15. Then again, there was a gap of 11 years, in which due to her condition and family problems, Vandana could not study. But the zeal to study and become independent gave Vandana wings and she came in contact with Madhav Sewa Society, an NGO being run by Vivek Joshi, that helped her to study and it was last year that Vandana completed her matric in the first division. And now, she is preparing herself hard for Class XII. The younger sibling, Anjana, was not at home when The Tribune visited their residence at Rama Mandi. When asked, her mother said Anjana works in a clock showroom and she goes at 9 in the morn- ing and returns at 9 pm. “It is only because of her that our life is running, she is the sole breadwinner of our family,” her mother said, her eyes wailing up. Vandana said she would like to complete her Class XII as soon as possible so that she becomes independent. Her mother Surinder Kaur, who was visibly upset, said now, her daughters were like her sons and she just wants that they both rise and shine in their lives. “I cannot cry daily, I just do not want them to feel low because of me,” she said. While Vandana, who was wearing a self-stitched dress, said confidently, “I wont let my family suffer anymore.” Want evidence? Go fight on border: Minister Sampla says those seeking proof of Balakot air strikes misleading others Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 7 “Those seeking proof of the Balakot air strikes should go to the border and stand with the forces. Don’t ask for evidence from us, get it yourself.” This was stated by Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla regarding those raising questions on the number of casualties in Pakistan after the Balakot air strikes by the IAF . Days after several senior leaders of the BJP advised those questioning the lack of evidence in the Balakot strikes to go to the border, Sampla also reiterated the same sentiments while speaking to the media here today. He was presiding over the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the New Civil Enclave at the Adampur Airport. Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu digitally laid the foundation stone of the project. Speaking on the occasion, Sampla said: “Jinne saboot mangde hai, ohna sareyan nu pehlan border te jaa ke khara hona chaida. Faujian de naal khara ho ke dekhana chahida hai. O etthon saboot na mangan, sannu sare saboot aap bhejan. Gallan karniyan bahut saukhiyan – border te khara hona hi bara kamm hai. Eh gallan kar ke sirf loka nu gumrah kar rahe hai (Those seeking evidence should go to the border and stand with the forces. They should not seek evidence but go and gather it themselves. It’s easy to talk but standing on the border is a difficult task. These people are just misleading others).” Sampla said: “They ask for proof from those due to whom they walk free. This is shameful.” Reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s allegations on the Rafael deal, Sampla replied, “Rahul is raking up the issue since he has failed. He took it up in the Parliament also and was given a befitting reply both by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. c m y b If he still doesn’t understand, he is missing his brain.” Speaking on files of the Rafael case going missing, he said that was a matter of the defence ministry. I don’t interfere in that. Sampla said the upgraded airport would benefit industrialists, NRIs and other sections of the society in a big way. Senior Adviser, Civil Aviation, Punjab, Col RPS Mahal, MLA Pawan Kumar Teenu, former Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Iqbal Singh, Divisional Commissioner Jalandhar B Purusartha, DC Varinder Kumar Sharma SDM Sanjiv Sharma and Director of Adampur Airport Kewal Krishan were among those others present. Jalandhar, March 7 It is 3 in the afternoon and this 60 years old stands outside her home, gazing at the vacant street with her sad eyes. It appears that she has come outside to search for a little happiness. Her gaze suddenly gets interrupted on seeing an outsider and she goes back. This is the tale of a brave woman who, at the age of 60, is looking after three male members of her family, all bedridden. Inside the home, in the balcony are her two bedridden sons, who are physically and mentally challenged. Inside the bedroom is her husband, who suffered brain hemorrhage around two years ago. He also doesn’t seem to be in his senses. But even if the male members in her family are dependent on her, she stands still and her sadness suddenly vanishes and she becomes active. “I have to be strong for them, I cannot be low-spirited or mournful in front of them. With her children and husband, Sapna Thakur becomes active. She suddenly checks if both her children and husband want anything. Along with Thakur is her daughter Sonu (42) who is married but she lives near the house so that she could help her mother in nurturing them. Thakur, while telling her story, says that both her children were born like this. “You can well imagine the pain I go through. To see young boys in this condition is suffocating,” she says in a low-pitched voice and looks at her husband to make sure that he was listening. Surviving on pension and petty works “But the situation worsened when my husband fell ill and we lost our sweet shop, which he ran for years,” she adds. “I want to work for them but I cannot even go outside. How can I go anywhere when all of them are in this condition,?” Thakur asks. She said she, along with her younger son, was entitled for pension which she had started getting. Besides, Sonu is into tiffin service business due to which she earns less but still helps her family. Due to her poor economic condition, Thakur says, the treatment of the trio had also been stopped. Telling about her routine, Thakur apprises that she wakes up early in the morning and then her whole day passes in looking after them. She cleanses them. Every work is done by her. The mother also makes the children eat and drink and then puts them to sleep too. Help comes from outside too Thakur says whenever someone gets to know about their condition, they help them with ration and other things of their use. “I do not know what will happen next but till the time I have energy and life, I am going to dedicate it for them,” she signs off. Sapna Thakur, along with her daughter, helps her ailing family members at their home in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH
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