20022021-JTR-01.qxd 2/19/2021 11:22 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE CROP RESIDUE MGMT: SMALL FARMERS STAY OUTSIDE FENCE PAGE 2 Keeping in mind the hazard posed by the stubble burning, a crop residue management scheme was launched. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY AMAZON PRIME ANNOUNCES SHAHID’S DIGITAL DEBUT PAGE 3 RAJEEV SIDDHARTHA ON BEING A PART OF TELEPLAY ADHE ADHURE Amazon Prime Video announced its upcoming yet-to-be-titled series featuring Shahid Kapoor in the lead. MAX 23°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C | MIN 10°C How to fly high in life Amandeep has taken aeromodelling as his hobby and turned it into a big time fortune SUNSET SATURDAY 6:18 PM One of the most significant plays in the history of Indian theatre, Adhe Adhure was published in 1968. SUNRISE SUNDAY 7:03 AM SATURDAY | 20 FEBRUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR Mayor agrees to cancel ‘shady’ unipole tender Councillors ask Raja to act against officials during House meet Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Aeromodeller Amandeep Kataria shows model aircraft made by him in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 19 Having got started as a hobby during his NCC days in DAV College, aeromodelling is now a full-fledged profession for Amandeep Kataria (36), based at Ekta Nagar along the 120-ft road here. Though Kataria graduated in Arts, his profession has more to do with the engineering work, for which he says that he never took any formal education. “I call it all ‘jugad’ (craft) and use of ‘Google baba’, of course after having taken an initial training from Aero Modelling Instructors (AMI) at NCC. Model aircraft, helicopters and drones designed and assembled by me are being purchased by some Army officers, students of LPU’s Aeromodelling Club and some enterprising youth of Ludhiana, Amritsar and Chandigarh. I SETTING TRENDS got most of the contacts during my stint as a volunteer AMI with the NCC here for about seven years,” he shares, proudly showing his collection at the workshop. Kataria shared how he does it all. “This work involves a lot of time, fine labour and money. In addition, several items have to be imported. The body of the model aircraft has to be readied from shafts of Ecuadorian balsawood, which has unique property of being superlight. After designing, the shafts have to be covered using colourful vinyl tapes or monocoating. The motors to be fitted inside have to be procured from Taiwan, Japan or the US as per requirement.” Things do not just end there. Various types of fuels like nitromethane or its mixture with methanol and castrol has to be readied for checking its functioning. There are only a few spaces in city wherein flight testing can be done. “I usually prefer going to Gakhal village just on the city’s periphery,” he said. Demonstrating the use of his various model aircraft, he showed that some more sophisticated ones can even carry a weight of 10 kg. “The range is huge depending on purpose. I customise the equipment as per the demand. Some people also want simple remotes, others want micro-flight controllers with proper panels for view and there are still others who want Digital First Person View (FPV) system as well for proper simulation. I have also catered to some orders for bomb-diffusing UAVs and assembled hexa drones continued on page 2 Jalandhar, February 19 The Jalandhar Municipal Corporation’s councillors irrespective of their political affiliations, pressurised Mayor Jagdish Raja, during a General House meet today to cancel a tender issued to a firm (Creative Designers) in 2015 for installing unipoles in the city. The meet was held at Red Cross Bhawan. As announced, MC officials remained absent from the meeting. Notably, discrepancies and alleged fraud in the entire process of installation of unipoles was highlighted. Chairman along with members of the Advertisement Adhoc Committee had been alleging involvement of officials and the contractor in the alleged fraud. During the meeting, the Mayor and MC Commissioner Karnesh Sharma after listening to the allegations of five members of the Advertisement Ad-hoc Committee said a month can be given to officials concerned to prove their point. Every councillor present in the House opposed the move and said officials concerned had already insulted the House by not attending the meeting, thus they should not be given one month to reply. Independent councillor Davinder Rony asked the Commissioner, Tusi afsara nu bachana chah rahe ho? (Are you trying to save officials?). Why are you asking for a month?” PAGE 4 Councillors demand cancellation of unipole tender during General House meeting in Jalandhar on Friday; and (below) Mayor Jagdish Raja and Senior Deputy Mayor Surinder Kaur during the meeting. ❝Absence of officialsnot right. concerned is definitely They should have defended themselves by taking part in the meeting. As they are not here, show-cause notices will be issued to them. Also, if all of you want the tender to be cancelled, I will cancel it. Jagdish Raja, MAYOR ❞ Leader of Opposition Sushil Sharma said despite being in Bharatiya Janata Party, they were with Congress’s councillors who had exposed the scam. “We are here for development of the city. We demand stern action against the erring officials,” he said. All councillors shouted in unison, Asi Jalandhar layi khade haan, bina kisi party baazi toh (We are together for our city, without any politics). After much persuasion, the Mayor said: “Absence of officials concerned is definitely not right. They should have defended themselves by taking part in the meeting. As they are not here, show-cause notices will be issued to them.” Raja said, “Also, if all of you want the tender to be cancelled, I will cancel it.” Kamal Mittal, proprietor, Creative Designers, denied the allegations levelled against the firm. “All allegations are baseless. We will take legal action against those who have maligned our name,” he said. Dist sees one death, 49 new Covid cases Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 19 The district on Friday witnessed 49 fresh cases of Covid19, pushing the tally to 21,156. The number of home isolations, which had witnessed a decrease recently, is also on the rise. With one more death due to the virus, the number of deceased persons due to Covid reached 692 in the district. The number of active cases rose to 283 in the district. As many as 20,181 persons have been discharged so far while as many as 178 persons are under home isolation in Jalandhar. Meanwhile, Kapurthala district reported 17 new cases of Covid-19. Two Covid deaths were also reported from the district. Of the two victims, one has been identified as 41year-old resident of Alamgir village who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar and the other is a 48-year-old resident of Ramgarh village in Phagwara who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar. Last dates of Covid vaccination extended Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Friday said the state government extended the last date of administering the first dose of vaccination for healthcare workers from February 19 to February 25. On the other hand, the deadline for the first dose of vaccination for frontline workers has also been continued on page 2 From inundated mess to a sight for sore eyes NRIs transform primary school into heaven; alphabets, solar system dot walls, ceilings DIASPORA TALES Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 19 Five years ago, rainwater used to enter classes at Government Primary School, Bhandal Himat. As a result, snakes, too, had a field day in the school and students had no other option than skipping classes. Seeing the plight of students, a couple of Non-Resident Indians came forward and turned the institute into a heaven. With assistance pouring in from abroad, scales tilted in such a manner that students quit private schools to get enrolled at one of the most sought after institute in the area. Alphabets, numerics and solar system dot beautifully painted walls and ceilings of the school. Portraits of Guru Gobind Singh, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rabindranath Tagore and Maharana Pratap, among others, help in igniting zeal among students. Even on the boundary wall – catchy motifs and quotes of freedom fighters welcome students. Schoolhead Munish Mohan said: “Five years ago, the scenario was quite different. Students couldn’t attend classes during monsoon. NRIs completely transformed the school. The new structure was raised and vitrified tiles were used for flooring. From 30 kids, we now have 75 stu- Portraits of Guru Gobind Singh, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rabindranath Tagore and Maharana Pratap, among others, help in igniting zeal among students. TRIBUNE PHOTOS and Sarabjit ❝Family of Surjitand raised theSingh took the initiative ground-level of the school by donating around ~30 lakh. Sukhwinder Kaur from Belgium donated ~4 lakh. We are also thankful to the Bhandal Himat Welfare Society, which donates generously. Munish Mohan, SCHOOLHEAD ❞ dents enrolled in the school. Even students from private schools prefer this institute. NRIs pooled in around Rs 40 lakh to give students a decent place to study.” He said: “Family of Surjit and Sarabjit Singh took the initiative and raised the ground-level of the school by donating around Rs 30 lakh. Sukhwinder Kaur from Belgium donated Rs 4 lakh. She always encourages us to work hard. We are also thankful to the Bhandal Himat Welfare Society, which donates generously.” Himat Bhandal and Himat Buta are two villages and NRIs have also contributed c m y b to give fillip to Primary School, Himat Buta. While the school’s level was raised, the idea to decorate walls was of staff members. The schoolhead came forward with monetary help to decorate walls and make it a student-friendly school. UK-based NRI Surjit Singh, his brother Sarabjit Singh, and Belgium-based Sukhwinder Kaur have always been at forefront when it comes to donation. The Bhandal Buta Welfare Society also pitches in with money from time to time for upkeep of infrastructure. A host of other NRIs, including Sohan Singh, Kulbir Singh, Surjit Singh Sidhu, Surinder Singh, Gurdev Chand, Lal Singh Lally, Jarvinder Singh, Simrandeep Singh and Harinder Singh, among others, also contributed to ensure that students do not face hardships. The NRIs contributed for renovation of gurdwara in the village. Sarabjit Singh said, “The village school was in a poor state. It bothered my UKbased brother Surjit Singh. Thus, he had been sending money for renovation of the school. It makes us very happy to see that it is one of the most sought after institute in the area now.” He said: “My brother studied till Class VIII at the village school. Despite settling abroad, he is deeply aware of the issues beings faced by villagers.” CHANDIGARH SCO: 1,2,3, SECTOR 17D, +91 172 - 478 4799 +91 172 - 473 4799 THE RAAS sale DELHI | CHANDIGARH | LONDON + 9 1 1 1 40708899 | + 9 1 9 81 0558000 | w w w. f rontier raas.co m
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).