30122020-JTR-01.qxd 12/29/2020 10:27 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE DC VISITS NIKU PARK, ANNOUNCES ~5 LAKH FOR ITS FACELIFT PAGE 2 To make Niku Park attractive and boost footfall, the DC announced to give ~5 lakh for its complete facelift. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 3 FLASHBACK 2020: THEY LIT UP THE SCREEN & LEFT AN IMPACT As the year 2020 comes to a close, we look at the fresh faces who gave some powerful performances. MAX 15°C | MIN 2°C | YESTERDAY MAX 15°C | MIN 3°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:34 PM REALITY SERIES STAR NICK MCGLASHAN PASSES AWAY PAGE 4 No cause of death or further information has been released yet as his death is currently under investigation. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:26 AM WEDNESDAY | 30 DECEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Family yet to come to terms with 16-yr-old’s death ‘Best before date’ must, food business FARMERS’ STIR FALLOUTGurjinder fell from tractor-trailer while going to Delhi and got crushed under a vehicle operators told Ajay Joshi our win). We kept waiting for in-law also moved abroad. Tribune News Service Kapurthala, December 29 The food wing of Kapurthala inspected food business operators, including sweet shops, restaurants on early Tuesday morning. The drive was aimed at curbing adulteration in milk and milk products. The team intercepted milk-ferrying vehicles by setting up a naka. Nearly 15 samples were taken, including two of milk, desi ghee, mustard oil, vanaspati, cane sugar, rajmah, chana dal, rice grain, fat spread, cooked dal, rusk, biscuits and namkeen. These samples have been sent to the State Food Laboratory, Kharar, Mohali, for analysis. As per reports, legal action would be initiated against violators. It was also observed that some sweet shop owners were not displaying the ‘Best before date’, which is mandatory as per guidelines. Sweet shop owners were strictly directed to follow directions of the FSSAI regarding display of ‘Best before date’. In case of open sweets, they were told to display the ‘Best before date’ on the container tray being displayed to the customer. Food business operators were directed to observe necessary precautions with regard to Covid-19 outbreak. They were also directed to ensure hygiene of the premises, use good quality of raw materials, especially edible oil, and keep the prepared food covered to prevent contamination. Dr Harjot Pal Singh, Assistant Commissioner, Food, Kapurthala, sought cooperation from all. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 29 Gurjinder Singh, a resident of Thana village, in Garhshankar, Hoshiarpur, is probably the youngest of the casualties that took place during the farmers’ protest at Singhu and Tikri borders. Recalling the day when Gurjinder left for the protest, his wailing mother Kulwinder Kaur said: “My son was excited to join the protest. As his father is settled in America, he felt it was his responsibility in the family to make their presence felt in the agitation against the diktats imposed upon farmers without their consent. Now, we are left with nothing. When he left for the protest sites with his friends, he said, ‘ mummy, fatte chak ke aunde’ (will return after claiming him, but he never returned.” The 16-year-old school-going boy reportedly left for his heavenly abode on the night of December 15 after he fell from the tractor-trailer he was sitting in and was later crushed under the wheels of another vehicle while going to Delhi. Unable to come to terms with the death of her only son, Kulwinder has, however, appealed to conduct an inquiry into his accident, as both his expensive phones and the golden bracelet he was wearing were missing from his body and were still untraceable. A student of Class XI, Gurjinder often used to work in fields that his family has given on contract. He used to bring fodder for the cattle too! “It's been over 12 years since my husband left for America. Later, my brother- been over 12 ❝It'ssince my husband years Gurjinder was the only male member in the house. He used to take care of all responsibilities. His father and I still regret the day we allowed him to join the protest. He will now rest in peace only when the government fulfils the demands of farmers and revokes the farm laws,” Kulwinder said. The deceased, was scheduled to visit his father next month. He was living here with his mother, an elder sister and grandmother. Raj Balwinder Singh, sarpanch of the Sahungra village, Hoshiarpur, was the first one who was informed about Gurjinder’s accident. He said it was unfortunate that a young boy lost his life in the struggle. He was keen to know more about the laws and the protest, he said. left for America. Later, my brother-in-law also moved abroad. Gurjinder was the only male member in the house now. He used to take care of all responsibilities. His father and I still regret the day we allowed him to join the protest in Delhi. He will now rest in peace only when the government fulfils the demands of farmers and revokes the farm laws. Kulwinder Kaur, ❞ GURJINDER’S MOTHER A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SUPPORTER OF FARM STIR A teacher joins farmers, learns powerful life lessons Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 29 He doesn’t even belong to the farmer community but totally sympathies with the farmers. Kulwinder Singh, a teacher from Government School Mundi Cholian, is at the Singhu border, gleaning and learning many matters and affairs at the site. Since his arrival, which was on Monday night, Kulwinder has noticed one big thing, he says, “Chuttiya te lok baahar ghuman aande si, es vaar ohi lok kisan de support vich ethe aa rahe ne (people would vis- Kulwinder Singh (yellow turban), a teacher from Mundi Cholian, contributes ~51,000 for the farmers’ movement in Delhi. it various places amid this holiday season, but now scores are coming here to be with the farmers).” He’s planning to stay there till December 31. “It is such a surreal feeling here. I cannot express it in words. From children to elderly, aged above 85, are here and everyone has a smile on their face.” He also supported the movement by contributing ~51,000 from Democratic Front Union Jalandhar. “Above anything else is the emotional support to the farmers. I am meeting, talking to them...listening to their stories, understanding every bit of it. I have never witnessed such a peaceful protest. It is an altogether different world here,” he shared. For him, the farmers are on par with the soldiers, who don’t care about anything, and are adamant that they won’t move until the government repeals the laws. “You will see plethora of people coming here who don’t have any relation with the farming. But what makes them come here is the feeling of belonging to these warriors who are now here for a month and still staying patient and calm,” he added. “Insaaniyat dis rahi hai ethe (I can see humanity here in the people who are coming from far-flung areas),” the teacher shared. Cancel FIRs registered against us, say farmers Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 29 Members of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) gave a memorandum to Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner demanding that the FIRs being lodged against them during the ongoing protests be cancelled. The members said it had come to their notice that FIRs were being lodged against them for holding protests outside the residences of BJP leaders or during forcible closures of Reliance showrooms and snapping of power supply to Jio towers. The members wrote that their protest against the Centre in demand of repealing of new farm laws was at a critical stage now and farmers were united over the fact that they won’t let the Centre give undue benefits to the corporate houses. They said during their peaceful protests, they had decided to boycott all items of corporates including Jio mobile, SIM cards, Reliance Trends clothing and accessories etc. They sought cooperation of the administration in keeping the mobile towers of Jio and Reliance malls shut. Nawanshahr teachers do dist proud Ladhewali RoB expected to complete in 18 months Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, December 29 Kavita Sabharwal and Geetika, English teachers at Government Senior Secondary School for Boys, Rahon, and Government Senior Secondary School, Bazidpur, have brought laurels to the Nawanshahr district as both have made innovative contributions in the preparation of English manual and activity books for students of Classes VI, VII and VIII. The English manual and activity book, prepared under the aegis of ‘Parho Punjab, Parhao Punjab’, launched by the Education Department to bring in qualitative improvement in education, would be introduced in government schools in the ensuing academic session. It includes a wide range of innovative methods and activities to make teaching and learning of English language interesting, easy and effective to foster the basic skills of language learning among students. While Geetika has also contributed in Class IX workbook earlier, Kavita Sabharwal has been contributing towards preparation of English text books for classes III and IV. During Covid-19 pandemic, Kavita has so far delivered 53 lecturers on TV and 26 on radio for students of different classes. Besides, under the speaking skill activity launched by the department before setting up English Booster Clubs, as many Prepared English manual-cum-activity book for students of Classes VI, VII and VIII Geetika Kavita Sabharwal DONNING MANY HATS While Geetika has also contributed in Class IX workbook earlier, Kavita Sabharwal has been contributing towards the preparation of English text books for Classes III and IV. During Covid-19 pandemic, Kavita has so far delivered 53 lecturers on TV and 26 on radio for students of different classes. Besides, under the speaking skill activity launched by the department before setting up English Booster Clubs, as many as 31 audios in her voice were posted in social media pages of the department to hone speaking skills of students. She is an active member of the ‘word of the day’ team and is also contributing consistently towards daily slides, google quiz and pronunciation videos. OFFICIALSPEAK ❝ The contribution of both teachers in qualitative improvement in English teaching is commendable. They are real assets of the Education Department. Jagjit Singh & Amrik Singh, ❞ DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER (SE), & DEPUTY DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER (SE), RESPECTIVELY as 31 audios in her voice were posted in social media pages of the department to hone speaking skills of students. She is an active member of the ‘word of the day’ team and is also contributing consistently towards daily slides, google quiz and pronunciation videos. District Education Officer (SE), Jagjit Singh and Deputy District Education Officer (SE), Amrik Singh, lauded the contribution of both teachers in qualitative improvement in English teaching and said they were real assets of the Education Department. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 29 Minister of Public Works Department Vijay Inder Singla on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of railway overbridge (RoB) to be built across the JalandharPathankot level crossing on Chuggiti-Ladhewali Road. The project is pegged at ~23.5 crore and is expected to complete in 18 months. Accompanied by Member of Parliament Chaudhary Santokh Singh, MLAs Rajinder Beri, Sushil Kumar Rinku and Mayor Jagdish Raja, Singla said the work of 27 RoBs was underway in various parts of Punjab, 7 +VE IN HOSHIARPUR The Covid tally rose to 7,703 in Hoshiarpur district after seven persons tested positive out of the 722 reports received on Tuesday. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasvir Singh said with 1,227 new samples of people with suspected flu-like symptoms taken on Tuesday, total samples has reached 2,31,927 so far. According to lab reports, 2,23,655 samples were negative, while 2,166 reports were still awaited and 149 were invalid. No death was reported on Tuesday thus the toll remained 308. The number of active cases is 130, while the number of patients who have recovered is 7,265. Of the seven positive cases reported on Tuesday, Hoshiarpur city has four positive patients, while the remaining are from other health centres. OC c m y b PWD Minister Vijay Inder Singla and other Congress leaders during the foundation stone-laying ceremony of railway overbridge on Chuggiti-Ladhewali Road crossing in Jalandhar on Tuesday. which would give a huge relief to commuters. He said the Chuggiti-Ladhewali RoB will facilitate more than 1 lakh people, who live around Jalandhar-Pathankot and Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur roads. The minister lauded the efforts of MLA Rajinder Beri in pushing through the proposals of the work and to get no-objection certificates (NOCs) from departments concerned for starting the project at the earliest. Singla disclosed that the RoB would be 12 metre wide and 450 metre long. He said the tender of the work had been given to Associates Engineers, Maqsudan. continued on page 2 SSP ‘satisfied’ with cops’ performance Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, December 29 Catching hold of prime gangsters, hardcore criminals, curbing drug menace, keeping a close tab on terrorist activities and those related to referendum-2020 besides dealing with mafias with an iron hand will be the foremost priorities of the district police in 2021, said Senior Superintendent of Police Navjot Singh Mahal, while expressing satisfaction over the performance of district police during 2020 in maintaining law and order efficaciously. PRIORITIES IN 2021 To catch hold of gangsters, hardcore criminals, curb drug menace, keep a tab on terrorist activities besides dealing with mafias with an iron hand Listing some major achievements of the district police, Mahal said under ‘Mission Challan’ initiated on October 1 for speedy presentation of challans in the respective courts, 642 challans have been presented in courts so far. This includes the challan in the incident of rape and brutal murder of a 6-year old girl in Tanda area presented in less than 10 days. Under a special drive against liquor smuggling, 166 cases under the Excise Act were registered with the recovery of 2,520 litre of illicit liquor, 3,222 litre of smuggled liquor, 26,850 kg of lahan, 16litre beer and one working furnace. Two proclaimed offenders were also arrested. The district police solved the case of blind murders of a citybased advocate and his assistant in a car on the night of Diwali by arresting one out of four accused from Bulandshahar district in Uttar Pradesh. The Tanda police busted a gang indulged in making fake curfew passes and arrested nine person, who had already transported 71 migrant labourers to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar for ~3.5 lakh in April with the help of fake passes. Bank robberies in Giljian village and Bhagowal village were solved by recovering three country pistols along with eight live cartridges and ~3,78,500 cash among other things. In November, six gangsters were arrested and eight pistols, ammunition, cars and motorcycles were recovered. continued on page 2
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