10012021-JTR-01.qxd 1/9/2021 11:08 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 NOBEL LAUREATE Dr HAR GOBIND KHORANA REMEMBERED Around 300 students and teachers attend webinar celebrating the birth anniversary of the nobel laureate. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 3 I AM NOT FOR SALE, SAYS D-DAY ACTOR ARJUN RAMPAL ALL FOR STRONG CHARACTERS, BELIEVES HEMANG KAVI As Arjun completes 20 yrs in cinema, the actor talks about how he never felt the need to market himself. MAX 17°C | MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 6°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5:42 PM PAGE 4 Currently seen in Teri Laadli Main, Kavi hopes that the show is successful in delivering a powerful message. SUNRISE MONDAY 7:27 AM SUNDAY | 10 JANUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR Tractor march — A ‘trailer’ THE LAW OF NATURE of what lies ahead GO! WAY TO Ridiculed for being a dwarf, Ruby now stands tall as a lawyer STORIES THAT INSPIRE Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Ajay Joshi Jalandhar, January 9 Commuters were at the receiving end on Saturday after a tractor rally was taken out on the city roads to lend support to farmers protesting against the contentious agriculture laws. With rows of tractors, jeeps and cars taking over roads and highways, farmers continued to raise slogans against the Modi government. Flaunting banners of ‘Kisan Union Ekta’, ‘No Farmers, No Food, No Future’ and ‘Repeal black laws’, as many as 3,000 farmers and youth took out the rally as a massive show of strength and unity. A convoy of over 350 tractors and 300 other vehicles travelled for 25 km covering areas including Model Town, GTB Nagar, Guru Nanak Mission Chowk, Skylark Chowk, Nakodar Chowk, Kapurthala Chowk, BMC Chowk, bus stand, BSF Chowk and PAP . The police were also deployed to ensure that the rally remains peaceful. Gurshant Singh Sidhu, who not only participated in the rally, but was also one of the organising members, said they started their tractor rally on Saturday to further intensify the ongoing protest against the three farm laws. “It was just a trailer of the Republic Day tractor march. We want to show the government that apart from farmers Tribune News Service INBRIEF MANOJ ARORA IS DPC CHAIRMAN Jalandhar: An aide to Chairman of the Punjab Technical Education Board and exJalandhar MP Mahinder Singh Kaypee, Congress leader Manoj Arora today took over as the Chairman of District Planning Committee, Jalandhar. His joining was at his office housed in the district administrative complex was celebrated with a lot of fanfare. Besides, Kaypee, he was accompanied by Lok Sabha MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh, MLAs Sushil Rinku, Rajinder Beri, Chairman Punjab Water Resources Management Corporation Jagbir Singh Brar and others. Manoj Arora’s wife Aruna Arora is MC councillor for the past three terms. He had switched over to SAD but returned to the Congress soon. On his joining new post, he said effective implementation of the pro-people policies of the government will be his top priority. He said the services of this office will be duly used for ensuring the benefits of these schemes to the weaker and underprivileged sections of society. Jagbir Singh Brar and others also thanked the Punjab Government for giving new responsibility to Arora. They said Arora had a vast experience as a leader of the youth Congress for a long stint. They expressed hope that with his large administrative and political experience, Arora will be helpful in providing succour to the needy and acting as a bridge between district administration and people for their day-to-day administrative works. TNS A convoy of over 350 tractors and 300 other vehicles covered 25 km. TRIBUNE PHOTO SIKH GROUPS TO HOLD RALLY IN ITALY Condemning the adamant attitude of the Centre over the three farm laws, the Alliance of Sikh Organisations (a group of 35 organisations) on Saturday announced to intensify their protest and take it to international level. The organisations said farmers were spending nights on roads in winter season, but the Centre was not willing to accept their demands. On a call given by Italy-based NGO against injustice ‘Movement against Atrocities and Repression’, members of the Alliance of Sikh organisations informed to hold a rally in Rome. They said considering the Covid guidelines, around 100 people will participate in the rally, which will be organised in front of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations on January 15. Sukhdev Singh Phagwara, spokesperson, said efforts were being made to highlight the issue to gain attention of the UN. “The alliance has decided to hold a massive farmers’ rally on January 15 in Italy. A memorandum will be submitted to the authorities concerned.” TNS on the outskirts of Delhi, a sea of supporters from across the state will also enter Delhi on January 26. We are warning the government to withdraw the controversial laws as it’s just the ‘rehearsal’ of the main show,” he said. Karanveer Singh, one of the protesters who was riding a tractor, said: “It seems like the Prime Minister cannot see us or hear us despite having so much strength. He has forgotten that we are the ones who have voted him to power. Through the tractor rally we would like to tell the government that it is better to take back the laws.” Accompanying him, Gurpreet Singh, a farmer from Lohian Khas village, said: “This tractor rally was just a preparation to the main parade. Through today’s rally, we were successful in exhibiting our preparation and strength to the government and gave them an idea of how the rally on Republic Day will look like. We are an extremely peaceful lot and we have no intention of getting into face-offs with any person or authority of any kind.” Meanwhile, around 300-400 people, carrying mashaals and candles in their hands, took out a mashaal march in the city as well. Organised by NGO V4U (The Helping Hand) and Trade Union Council, Jalandhar, the march started from Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall and concluded at Model Town. Jalandhar, January 9 Picked on mercilessly as a kid, she started hating school. Skipping classes most of the time and secluding herself, her teenage years withered away in depression. That was also the time it dawned upon her that it wasn’t her fault after all. Born a dwarf, she realised how mentally strong she is. Now 24, Harwinder Kaur, alias Ruby, stands tall as a lawyer who pledges to fight for differentlyabled for free, as she can “feel the pain”. “The scornful looks and words of ridicule forced me to doubt my capabilities as a child. Today, I am just 3 ft 11 inches tall, but now I see respect in the once-scornful eyes and the sly remarks have been turned into compliments. I feel proud of myself,” Ruby says. She said her life had been one of a struggle but still went on not only to study law but also to win hearts. “I am currently practising law under District Bar Association vice-president Jagpal Singh Dhupar and want to pursue my career in judiciary,” she adds. A resident of Armaan Nagar in Rama Mandi here, Ruby said she came to know about her disability as a 10-year-old. All members in her family are of average height. “I was in Class IV when I noticed my body was not growing normally. With this came a lot of teasing and bullying. By the time I reached senior secondary classes, I started skipping school and spent most of my days at home. But when I decided to face the world and took admission at the KCL Institute of Laws, life changed for the better. The things I missed in school, I experienced at college,” the law aspirant says. Accepting herself the way she was and words of ridicule forced ❝The scornful looksas a child. Today, I am just 3 ftme to doubt my capabilities 11 inches tall, but now I see respect in the once-scornful eyes and the sly remarks have been turned into compliments. I feel proud of myself. Harwinder Kaur (Ruby), A LAWYER ❞ instilled positivity and motivated her to fulfill all the dreams she had conjured. “Earlier, I wanted to be an air hostess but that was not possible, so I chose to study law and become a voice of the disabled,” Ruby says, adding, “People with insecurities and inferior- ity complexes now look up to me and appreciate my confidence.” Daughter of an ASI, she believes in hard work, resilience and positive attitude as the key to success. With 50,000 followers on Instagram, she is already popular as a social media star. No death; 16 test Arora gives ~2.37 cr for girls’ hostel, library positive in district Says both projects will be completed by March 31 Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 9 With 16 more cases, total number of Covid positive cases in the district on Saturday reached 20,145. The number of deceased persons in Jalandhar remained 650. The active cases in the district are 234 and 19,261 people have been discharged, while 136 people are under home isolation in the district. In Kapurthala district three persons tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday. 1 dies, 13 test positive in Hoshiarpur district The district reported one more Covid-19 fatality on Saturday, taking the death toll to 320, while 13 new cases pushed the infection tally to 7,853. The deceased has been identified as a 75-year-old woman of Gobindpur village, under Chakkowal health block, who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar. With the receipt of 1,391 new samples from the people with suspected flu-like symptoms, the total number of samples taken so far in the JAL ROUND-UP Samples collected 5,00,642 Negative 4,59,902 Positive 20,145 Active 234 Deceased 650 Discharged 19,261 Sample inappropriate 4,437 Results awaited 303 Home isolated 136 district till date has become 2,51,638. According to the reports received from the lab, 2,41,834 samples are negative, while 7,853 samples are awaiting reports and 184 samples are invalid. The number of active cases is 90, while the number of patients who have recovered is 7,443. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said that out of Saturday’s 13 patients found positive in the district, there are 7 positive patients in Hoshiarpur city and the rest of them are from various other health blocks in the district. — OC Hoshiarpur, January 9 Industries and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora handed over a cheque for ~2.37 crore for the ongoing construction of girls hostel and library in local government college and said that both the projects would be completed soon thus ensuring requisite facilities for students pursuing higher education. Handing over cheque to principal and other staff members of the college, Arora said that construction of these projects would be accomplished by March 31, 2021 with total cost of nearly ~6.60 crore. He said that after earlier two instalments of funds to the tune of ~1 crore and ~50 lakh, the state government has now provided another instalment of ~2.37 crore. He said the remaining funds would also be ensured when needed in future, said the minister adding that the girls’ hostel would be constructed at a cost of ~4.19 crore and library, with ultra-modern facilities, at a cost of ~2.41 crore. Elaborating the endeavours of the Punjab Government to further strengthen the infrastructure in higher education institutes, the minister said that the state was developing 12 new government colleges and the construction of buildings in eight colleges was under progress. The minister said for the girls hostel and library in government college, the state had already provided funds of ~1 crore and ~50 lakh respectively. He said the girls’ hostel would provide accommodation to over 100 girl students. Those present included in charge Principal Dr Avinash Kaur, retd principal Dr Paramjit Singh, retd principal Satnam Singh, Bharti Sethi, Dr Rajesh Kumar, Dr Jaswinder Kaur, Dr Jasveera Minhas and Parvinder Kaur. Food wing staff collects desi ghee, sweetmeat samples Tribune News Service Kapurthala, January 9 The food wing, Kapurthala, on Saturday inspected food business operators, including jaggery manufacturers, sweet shops, retail outlets and other establishments. Officials took nine samples, including gulab jamun, desi ghee, jaggery, mustard oil, honey, groundnuts, sesame seeds and energy drink. The samples were sent sent to the State Food Laboratory, Kharar, for analysis under the Food Safety and c m y b Standards Act 2006. Dr Harjot Pal Singh, Assistant Commissioner, Food Wing, Kapurthala, said, “No colour or chemical can be added to jaggery. Manufacturers have been directed to keep prepared gur/shakkar properly covered and maintain proper hygienic conditions.” He said, “There is a provision of minimum six months imprisonment for samples declared ‘unsafe’ and cases are tried in criminal court. Samples declared ‘substandard’ or ‘misbranded’ or other violations are tried in civil court and invite a penalty upto ~3 lakh.” He said food business operators working without a valid Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) licence have been directed to obtain it at the earliest, as operating any food business without a licence invites a penalty upto ~5 lakh and imprisonment upto six months. Food businessmen are also directed to observe necessary precautions with regards to Covid-19. He said they demand cooperation from business operators to ensure safe, pure and healthy food for masses. Industries and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora hands over a cheque for ~2.37 crore for girls’ hostel and a library at Government College, Hoshiarpur. TRIBUNE PHOTO 32 CCTVs, repair & paint of swings at Nikku Park in a month: DC Jalandhar, January 9 Executing his plans to give new look to the Nikku Park for boosting footfall especially of children here, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori ordered the high-power committee managing the park to complete the works of installing 32 CCTV cameras, repairing and painting of swings within a month. On December 29, the DC had announced to give ~5 lakh for the complete facelift of the park to the high-powered committee during his visit. Presiding over a meeting with the officials on Saturday again on the matter, Thori directed the officials to ensure timely completion of all these works as it is a valuable asset for the city and its people. Thori said swings, including bungee jumping, breakdance, bull ride, frog ride and others would be repaired for which the high-power committee has already invited the private company. He said the work of installing 32 CCTV cameras, painting of the boundary wall and other structures inside the park, floodlights, new grass cutting machines and renovation of the washrooms would also be carried out simultaneously.— TNS
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