08032021-JTR-01.qxd 3/7/2021 11:25 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE AVOID GATHERINGS, WEAR MASKS, LIFE IS TOO PRECIOUS TO LOSE PAGE 2 Residents drive their point home as second wave emerges, ask govt to stop skirting issue and do the needful. FORECAST SCATTERED RAIN PAGE 3 GOT HITCHED! NIDHI DUTTA MARRIES FILMMAKER BINOY GONI SHARES FIRST LOOK OF HIS MUSIC VIDEO WITH GIRLFRIEND While the pictures of the newly wed are not out yet, we got our hands on Nidhi’s pre-wedding ceremonies. MAX 29°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 13°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:30 PM PAGE 4 Lovebirds Aly Goni and Jasmin Bhasin, who are back from a vacation, have now collaborated for a music video. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:45 AM MONDAY | 8 MARCH 2021 | JALANDHAR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY TODAY When ‘superwomen’ took control of farm protests DAUGHTERS OF SOIL From just housewives to being at the helm of affairs, each woman at Delhi borders has a story to tell Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 7 “On the dark night of January 26, power and water supply was snapped at Tikri. With no bathrooms, women made every attempt to hold their bladders for as long as they can. I have colleagues who were menstruating badly and had developed infections. We eventually found bathrooms kilometres away in a liquor factory. We tried to avoid drinking water, afraid of the fact that we had no washrooms around,” says Jagroop Kaur. What made them stay at the protest site for so long despite such hardships? ‘Hond di larai naalon eh larai bahut choti hai’ (this fight is much smaller than the fight for existence). The spirit of Mai Bhago and Gulaab Kaur aids us. Without lands and grains, women shall be the worst sufferers. We can suffer, but not leave our fellowmen behind,” she added. Just back from Singhu after months, eight to nine women of Meerpur Lakha village, clad in yellow dupatta, have formed an all-women society in their village. They plan a huge gathering of women to support the farm laws on International Women’s Day. Women of the Hariana village, in Faridkot, also recently formed a nine-member allwomen committee – an initiative of the elderly women. From Jalandhar district alone, two buses full of women shall head to Tikri under the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha on Monday to back the farmers’ agitation. While hundreds of women silently bore the impact of the snapped power and water at the borders of Delhi after January 26 – the protests have fueled a profound spirit of revolution and emancipation among the women of Punjab. Huge gatherings have been planned at Singhu, Tikri and all across the state to assert women’s voice tomorrow. On 29 January, a jatha of women – five days without a washroom due to snapped electricity and water supply after the January 26 fiasco – marched across Tikri to boost the morale of protesters, their rallying cry was, “ Asi Mai Bhago Dian Vaarsan, Asi Raani Jhansi Dian Vaarsan.” Manjit Kaur (40), from the Meerpur Lakha village, 13 km from Banga, who stayed at REALLY THE BETTER HALF The protests have altered the social structures. Men at the protests are extremely respectful to women. A teacher friend who has been cooking langar said during protests he understood the value of the work his wife did at home. Younger men here one day asked us to take the stage at Tikri, saying ‘ajj langar asi paka lange tusi stage sambho. ❝ ❞ Jagroop Kaur (37), FARIDKOT RESIDENT GOODBYE FEUDAL MINDSET The protests have also ushered in a woman’s revolution where women prepare for a larger role in future when they go back homes. It has ushered a social, cultural and psychological revolution. Punjab is stepping out of the medieval, feudal system and women are going to be majorly impacted by this. They are leading the change – demanding their own space, dignity and freedom. ❝ ❞ Activist Nodeep Kaur’s sister Harveer (with open hair) with women protesters at Tikri border. Singhu for over 15 days (her second visit), says, “ Aurat vaste vi mard de modhe naal modha jor ke larna zaroori hai. It is the elderly women who have fueled the revolution among kids. Eight to nine women of the village formed a committee and now are exhorting the young to join. Kids follow their mothers. It’s not easy to leave homes. There is no one to tend to crops, no one to cook food. Both my husband and I went there. But the protests have freed women more. They have made wats app groups to talk about their issues. On 10th more village women shall head to Singhu.” Faridkot resident Jagroop Kaur (37), who along with her husband owns 16 acres of land, stayed at the protests with her 10-year-old son from November 27 to February 1, said, “Farm protests have Amolak Singh, CONVENOR OF THE PUNJAB LOK SABHYACHARAK MANCH altered the social structures. Men at the protests are extremely respectful to women. A teacher friend who has been cooking langar said during protests he understood the value of the work his wife did at home. Younger men one day asked us to take the stage at Tikri, saying ‘ajj langar asi paka lange tusi stage sambho.’ (Today we men will cook langar you take the stage). Women who did- n’t visit anywhere in village except ‘sauhre’ and ‘peke’ (maternal home, in-laws home) are making friends, sharing stories, finding freedom. Women are undergoing an alternate revolution.” Harveer Kaur, sister of activist Nodeep Kaur, who stayed put at the protest site for a long time, said, “The impact of the Kisan Andolan is lasting on us. It is going to alter our futures. My parents are both Mom to 80 forsaken girls, she’s everyone’s favourite Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 7 So kyon manda aakhiye jitt jamme raajan (Why call her inferior? From her, the kings are born), says a painting gifted to Parkash Kaur, who runs ‘Unique Home’ in the city for 80 abandoned girls. Celebrating Women’s Day in a unique way, a city-based artist Kimi Juneja today made a portrait of her which was presented to her at her home on the Nakodar road. Kimi says she was always impressed with the work done by Parkash Kaur and was happy over the fact that she has been selected to receive her Padma Shri award next month, “This painting is my small contribution towards a big cause that she has undertaken. I only intended to express it to her on the occasion of labourer activists. They had been asking us to be careful during protests. But after Nodeep’s arrest, my mother now backs us fervently. The Kirti Kisan Union is also making women wings. After the protests, women want to sign up for a larger stake in the day to day events and important decisions of the village.” Amolak Singh, Convenor of the Punjab Lok Sabhyacharak manch and member Desh Extending helping hand to the hapless Tribune News Service UNIQUE CELEBRATIONS AT UNIQUE HOME: Parkash Kaur plays with girls in Jalandhar; and (above) artist Kimi Juneja presents a painting of Parkash Kaur to her in Jalandhar. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Women’s Day today that she stands out globally for the great initiative that she has undertaken in life.” The painting depicts the Padam Shri nominee sitting with two toddlers in her arms. It also carries Guru Nanak Dev’s popular verses on women empowerment from Gurbani, ‘So kyon manda aakhiye jitt jamme raajan (Why call her inferior? From her, the kings are born)’. Says Kimi, “I managed to get Parkash Kaur’s photograph from someone but there was a small issue. It had her face bent downwards. So, I got another picture of hers and painted her face from it. Juxtaposing a face from another picture and mixing two photographs required a lot of measurements on the grid so as to ensure that the proportion of the body and the face go correctly. But it somehow clicked and came out well.” Bhagat Yadgaar Committee, said, “The protests have also ushered in a woman’s revolution where women prepare for a larger role in future when they go back homes. It has ushered a social, cultural and psychological revolution. Punjab is stepping out of the medieval, feudal value system and women are going to be majorly impacted by this. They are leading the change – demanding their own space, dignity and freedom. Women are now bound to chart their own course rather than being restricted to the one defined by men. More and more women joining the protests are also joining it independently rather than just for following their husbands.” Joginder Kaur from Tarn Taran, who has been at Singhu for the past over two months, says, “Zameen jandi hai tan sabh ton zyada bibiyan nu fark paina. Ghar ja ke ki karange je zameenan gaiyan. Asi baithe aan ik muth ho ke. Razamandi naal shanti naal. (if lands go, women will be worst affected. What will we do at home if our lands are gone. We sit here together, peacefully.)” Jalandhar, March 7 “If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation,” goes an age-old saying. This stands completely true in the case of Manju Kalra (68), a citybased academician. Having served as an educator for over 47 years, she believes “Education is educaring”. A teacher should focus on the overall growth of students. Education comprises both mental and societal growth, she says. Owing to her contribution in the field of education and the entrepreneurial journey, that she embarked last year, she has been awarded with ‘Alpha Fearless Women Award 2021’ on the occasion of Interna- tional Women’s Day. The award is conferred upon women who make a difference in the lives of other women socially and economically and serve as a mentor and role model to lift and inspire other women and young girls. Elite Women Around the World (EWEA), a USA-based organisation announces the award every year, for which nominations are received from around the world. After making her contribution in the field of education, she has established Mink Organics in the city. Apart from providing health and organic food to the residents, she is also giving employment to the women from villages. “It was my son-in-law’s idea to open an continued on page 2 Sr BJP leader’s body found on rail tracks 22 more students test +ve, total 203 in dist so far Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 7 As many as 22 more school students tested positive in Jalandhar district on Sunday. With this, the number of cases among pupils reached 203 in the last three days. A total of 141 new cases were reported today, thus taking the district tally to 22,541. In total, 29 fresh cases were reported from schools/colleges today (22 school students, five teachers and two students from the PIMS). Five students from the PIMS tested positive earlier as well. Schools where cases surfaced include Government Girls School, Phillaur; Government School, Lamma Pind; Government School, Bhargo Camp; Government School, Abadpura; Government School, Basti Sheikh; Floret School, Kala Jalandhar, March 7 Senior BJP leader Shiv Dayal Chugh’s body was found lying on railway tracks at Jalandhar Cantt on Sunday. Chugh was the district BJP chief from 2003 to 2007 and remained a councillor. Senior BJP leader KD Bhandari said, “It is an unfortunate incident. Shiv Dyal Chugh was a very honest and passionate BJP worker. The saffron party’s performance in 2007 was due to his earnest efforts.” SHO Dharminder Kalyan said Chugh’s body was found at Jalandhar Cantt railway station around 6.50 am today. The SHO said, “Begumpura Express ran over him. After receiving the information, the railway police personnel Shiv Dayal Chugh reached the spot. As per driver of the train, Chugh was crossing a railway track when the incident took place.” While the body was taken into possession, Sub-Inspector Ashok Kumar said the identity of the deceased could not be ascertained till late evening. A case under Section 174 of the CrPC has been registered. Tribune News Service Sanghian; Government School, Kot Badal Khan; Government School, Tajpur; Meritorious School, Government School, PAP; and Government School, Kanha Dhesian. Teachers of private schools in Deep Nagar and Lidhran had also contracted virus. New cases reported at the government schools today were as follows – Phillaur (16), Bhargo Camp (1), Basti Seikh (1) and Tajpur (4). Two students tested positive at the PIMS and five teachers at SH Convent School, Lidhran. Parent-teacher meet today The PTMs were called off at five government schools where most cases were reported. At other schools, the PTMs will be held. There are 1, 60,000 students enrolled in the government schools. There was no word on the c m y b HELPLINE ■ Helpline number of Ambu- lance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 177 22,256 3 719 49 20,696 841 PTMs in the government schools at Lamma Pind, Bhargo Camp, Abadpura, Kot Badal Khan and Tajpur. DEO Harinder Pal said: “The PTMs will be called off at all high-risk schools. There are some schools whose reports have not reached us. The PTM won’t be held physically in schools where cases are being regularly.” ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Dist Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ The PTMs have been called off at the government schools in Phillaur, Bhogpur, Basti Sheikh, Kanha Dhesian and meritorious school. Testing takes a back seat? There are apprehensions that schools as well as the Health Department have reduced testing. While rapid testing was held from February end to March first week in the district, sources said the testing slowed down over the weekend. There were no instructions to conduct tests at hotspots on Monday. At a school in Phillaur, 842 (roughly 800 students and 42 teachers) were tested from whom 96 students and four teachers came out positive. However, even as the school has 1,300 students, no new testing camp has been scheduled. Principal Sushila Kumari said: “We were busy with preparations for the PTM, but it was called off today evening. So far, there are no new instructions for holding testing camps. The SMO has assured us of testing all the students and teachers.” Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said: “Testing of students is taking place as per the protocol. Remaining students at affected schools will also be tested.” Meanwhile, to encourage eligible beneficiaries to come forward for the Covid-19 vaccination, ADC (Development) Vishesh Sarangal got his senior citizen parents — 67-year-old father JR Sarangal, and 63-yearold mother Santosh Kumari — vaccinated on Sunday. 125 cases in Hoshiarpur With 125 new positive cases reported in Hoshiarpur district, the number of Covid positive patients rose to 9,467 while the death toll due to Covid remained 380 as no death was reported on Sunday. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said 1,556 new samples with suspected flu-like symptoms were taken. The number of active cases in the district is 691 while the number of recovered patients is 8,396. — OC
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