25082021-JTR-01.qxd 8/24/2021 11:29 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE FOR HIM, GARDENING ADDS YEARS TO LIFE & LIFE TO YEARS PAGE 2 SS Bains has got incredible admiration for the greens from his parents who used to bring in plethora of plants. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF UNIQUE DISABILITY IDENTITY CARDS Chabbewal: A camp was organised by the Department of Social Security and Women and Child Development in the Chabbewal area to generate the Unique Disability Identity (UDID) cards for differentlyabled persons. To get registered for UDID, disability certificate, passport size photograph and scanned photo of Aadhaar card will be required. The government often releases such schemes for the welfare of people with disabilities so that their life can be made easier. oc TWO ARRESTED WITH SEDATIVES Garhshankar: The police arrested two drug smugglers and recovered 24 sedative injections and a stolen bike from them. A police party had laid a naka at the Banga Chowk in Garhshankar, on a tip-off that Sarabjit Singh of Moila Wahidpur village, and Amarjit Singh of Akalgarh village of Garhshankar, were indulged in the practice of selling sedatives and stolen bikes. The police arrested both the accused with a stolen bike and 24 sedative injections and registered a case against them. OC ASI INJURED IN ROAD MISHAP Hoshiarpur: An ASI with the Garhshankar traffic police was seriously injured after being hit by an unknown vehicle late on Tuesday evening. According to information, ASI Amrik Singh after returning from his duty was going back to his village, Pandori Ladha Singh, near Bist Doab canal. When he reached near Binjhon village, his bike was hit by an unidentified vehicle. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital and was referred to PGIChandigarh. The Mahilpur police is probing the case. oc POSTER CONTEST AT CHILDREN’S HOME Hoshiarpur: CJM-cum-District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Secretary Aparajita Joshi visited a children’s home here. On this occasion, a poster competition was organised among the inmates. Joshi said 16 children participated in the competition. The first prize was won by Sukhdeep Singh, second by Angrez Singh and third by Monu. oc ONE BOOKED ON ASSAULT CHARGE Hoshiarpur: The police have booked a person for allegedly assaulting and molesting a girl, who is doing a course at a salon here. The victim of Hardokhanpur village has lodged a complaint with the police and said she was doing a course at a salon near the Bus Stand. She said few days ago, a Tagore Nagar resident, Navi Khanna, assaulted and molested her. The police have registered a case. oc NARCOTICS SEIZED, THREE ARRESTED Hoshiarpur: The police have arrested three smugglers, including a woman, and seized narcotics from them. The police arrested Manjit Kaur of Bhungarni and seized 35-gm opium from her. Amandeep of Sikri was also arrested with 4-gm of heroin. The police also arrested Kashmir Singh with liquor bottles. Separate cases have been registered. oc PAGE 3 ISHA CHHABRA TO REPRESENT INDIA AT PERFECT LADY GALA Actress Isha Chhabra of MTV Forbidden Angels fame is all set to represent India at the Perfect Lady Gala 2021. MAX 35°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C CHATTER BOX: RESPECT IS THE NAME OF THE GAME, VIRTUALLY PAGE 4 With trolls watching over every post, the need for social media etiquette is stronger than ever, says Chaudhary. SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:00 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:59 AM WEDNESDAY | 25 AUGUST 2021 | JALANDHAR Dharna lifted, residents heave a sigh of relief 5-day protest on NH-1 has been the longest one so far in past nearly 2 decades Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 24 As the five-day road/rail blockade organised by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha over the issue of sugarcane prices ended today, the residents from across the region finally heaved a sigh of relief. “It was a tormentous experience, which no government should allow to let it repeat,” most residents have been fuming adding that if the state government was to agree to increase the sugarcane State Assured Price (SAP) to Rs 360 per quintal, it should have been done on first itself. “What was the point of ruining our lives for five days? While it was a fight between the farmers and the state government, it were the common people who bore the brunt. We had to daily waste money on more fuel and spend extra 45 minutes on travelling via the longer route,” say many daily commuters from Phagwara to Jalandhar, who have had to struggle daily to reach their work places. Doaba has seen protests of sugarcane farmers at the same site but most of the time, these used to end by the evening of the same day. Five-day protest on NH-1 has been the longest protest so far in the past nearly two decades. While those commuting by cars or bikes only had to bear with the problem of heavy traffic and bad roads, those whose train or bus jour- Farmers celebrate at the dharna site of Dhannowali in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO ROAD, RAIL SERVICES RESTORED ■ As the protest by farmers on Dhannowali railway track and on Jalandhar-Phagwara stretch came to an end, both the Railways and Roadways restarted their services on normal routes from late Tuesday evening. However, Railways suffered heavy losses due to this fiveday protest. The Railways has already refunded~53.65 lakh for 12,300 cancelled tickets. The refund was issued for the tickets booked between August 20-23. On Tuesday too, the Ferozepur railway division had to cancel 27 trains, divert 11 and short-terminated 11. ney ended abruptly midway at unknown locations and had to walk with their luggage at odd hours to find a cab or some other means of transport were the worst lot. Dist reports 8 fresh cases, no casualty Jalandhar, August 24 The district health authorities reported eight fresh Covid cases on Tuesday. With this, the total number of positive cases has increased to 63,208. The number of active cases in the district is 33 now. However, no new Covid-related death was reported in the district, with which the district toll remained at 1,491. 1 tests +ve in Nawanshahr Nawanshahr today reported a single fresh case today. Four patients from the district got discharged and the number of active cases now stands at seven. The district has seen 11,442 infections and 379 deaths. The positivity rate in Nawanshahr remains low at 0.06 per cent. 2 +ve cases in Hoshiarpur Kapurthala sees 2 cases The Kapurthala health authorities today reported two fresh Covid cases. One patient also recovered from the virus. With this, the district now has 10 active cases. Kapurthala has so far reported 17,796 cases. The positivity rate in the district at present is 0.21 per cent. Hoshiarpur: With two fresh Covid cases, the Hoshiarpur district tally increased to 30,702 on Tuesday. The district did not report any new Covid-related casualty today and the toll remained at 980. The number of active cases in the district is eight, while the number of recovered patients is 29,714. — TNS/OC The ending of the dharna has caused a major relief to the students, who were worried over the conduct of their fourth round of JEE (Main) slated from August 26 onwards. The main examination centre for the students in Jalandhar and around falls on the same stretch of road just along the site, which was blocked by the farmers for five days. Anju Marwaha, whose son is to appear for the examination on August 27, said: “We had planned to leave for the examination centre two hours prior to the scheduled time to keep a same margin of time. Thankfully, there should not be a problem now. I was praying for the issue to get resolved in today’s talks.” Even those running showrooms on the Jalandhar-Phagwara highway, who did not get any customers for the past five days, were feeling easy. “While the eateries like McDonalds and Burger King falling close to the dharna site still managed to do a good business, those running showrooms of automobiles, branded items etc were the major sufferers,” said the owner of an apparel store. The ending of the dharna also brought a huge respite for the transporters whose trucks got caught up in the stretch along the various connected highways, including those leading towards Ludhiana, Amritsar or Pathankot. “We had no issue with meals as we partook langar at the dharna site, but getting caught up midway like this for five days made us lose patience. We will finally push off after 10 pm today when the traffic all around gets cleared,” said Gopal Nath, a truck driver from Jammu. Farmers: People must know our side of story Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 24 “People only see that we hold dharnas, block roads and highways and they complain of having trouble in commuting. But nobody understands why we do so,” said farmers who were protesting in Jalandhar for meagre hike in sugarcane SAP . Davinder Singh, a farmer from Nawanshahr, said the private mills owe Rs 10 lakh to him and most of his works were stalled because of no money. “If you don’t receive a salary for even a month, you become uneasy. So, why can’t people think about what problems we go through? They should empathise with us to understand the ground realities,” he said. Another farmer, Kirpal Singh from Jalandhar, said farmers take loans from the lenders, arhtiyas and wait for their payments so that they could repay. “In such a condition, when our loaned money is also exhausted, who would help us again? I have also taken a loan of Rs 2 lakh and because of non-payment, I have not been able to pay the money back. I get calls from the lenders daily, but can’t do anything for it,” he said. He also shared that one of the farmers from Majha had to sell his 5 acres of land to repay the loan that he had taken from the lenders. “The situation is grave, one cannot understand,” he said. The cane growers in December 2018 also held a massive protest and the protesting sugarcane farmers had said that they were left with no option but to leave their families and hold dharnas. After the government had promised to give their dues, the farmers had lifted the protest, but had to wait for their payment for long. This time, too, the CM has assured that the pending amount would be given to the farmers in 15 days. This has certainly brought cheers for the farmers but there is a little suspicion too. continued on page 2 Gurdas Maan tenders apology 35-event badminton tourney begins Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 24 Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan posted an apology video on his social media handle today after his controversial video went viral wherein he is heard saying that the chief of a dera at Nakodar Sain Laddi Shah is from the descendants of third Sikh master Guru Amar Dass. Following the protests, Maan today released a video on his Instagram handle, apologising for his comments. He said he did not mean to hurt the religious sentiments of anyone and if that happened inadvertently, his apologies should be accepted. Maan said: “I only meant to say that the third Sikh Guru was from the Bhalla clan. Even Sain Laddi Shah was a Bhalla. I did not mean to draw any comparison.” Jalandhar, August 24 The Jalandhar District Badminton Championship, being organised by the Jalandhar Badminton Association at the Raizada Hansraj Badminton Stadium, kick-started on Tuesday morning. The championship was inaugurated by Jalandhar Central Congress MLA Rajinder Beri. During the event, MLA Beri met the players and also took stock of the works done by the interim committee. Lauding the personal efforts made by the members of the committee for the work done for the development of stadium and players in the stadium, he increased the amount of Rs 5 lakh as announced by him for sports canteen to Rs 10 lakh in the stadium. MLA Rajinder Beri at the opening of badminton tourney on Tuesday. Meanwhile, committee member Ritin Khanna said around 500 players would participate in 35 events, being held in the championship. He said the competi- tions were being organised for under-11 to 65-plus veteran players. As many as 64 matches of the pre-quarterfinal level were held today, which included 10 matches for U-15 boys singles, 15 matches for U-13 boys singles and 11 in U17 boys singles category. In U-17 girls singles, Prisha Kapoor beat Dhruvika. In another match in the same category, Manya Ralhan beat Ritika Sharma. Seven matches were also held in the veterans’ categories. He said attractive prizes of Rs 2.5 lakh would be given to the players. He said the final matches would be held on August 29, besides all players were being given free refreshments by the association and every player would be rewarded with prizes, trophies and certificates. In Hoshiarpur district, women at the helm of affairs Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi Hoshiarpur, August 24 Already holding a tag of being the most literate city of Punjab, Hoshiarpur has emerged as the leading district in the state as far as women empowerment is concerned. Many women officers are occupying key posts in the district. While civil administration of the district was already in the hands of woman IAS officer and Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait, now the responsibility of handling police administration, too, has been given to woman IPS officer Amneet Kondal. With the joining of Kondal as the SSP , the district has become a symbol of rising women power. It is noteworthy that Amarjot Bhatti is holding the post of District and Sessions Judge, while the post of Secretary of District Legal Services Authority-cum-CJM is also held by a woman judicial officer, Aparajita Joshi. Similarly, young IAS officer Aashika Hold key posts in civil administration, police & health depts and civic body LEADING FROM THE FRONT (From left) DC Apneet Riyait, SSP Amneet Kondal, MC Commissioner Aashika Jain, DLSA Secretary Aparajita Joshi and SMO Dr Swati. judiciary, police It's the girls of key posts ❝With women holding important posts insensitivity civil and women ❝heldan inspiring situation forWe are fromHoshiarpur that thestudied administration in the district, we hope that towards are by the women officers. Punjab and have issues and problems of women will increase and a lot more can be done for their betterment. This would inspire the younger generation, especially girls, that if they determine to do something, they can achieve anything. So, the girls should make their goals and try hard to achieve them. Apneet Riyait, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, HOSHIARPUR ❞ Jain is the Commissioner of the Hoshiarpur Municipal Corporation, while Rajneesh Kaur is posted as District Food and Supplies Controller. Women officers also hold c m y b here and we have succeeded in achieving our goals with our determination, so they too can do it. What's required is: fix the right target, have the strong determination to achieve it, and strive hard. If girls need any kind of guidance regarding the competition exams, they are always welcome. I am always ready to help them Amneet Kondal, SSP, HOSHIARPUR key posts of other important departments in the district. Dr Seema Garg is District Immu- ❞ nisation Officer under whose leadership more than 10 lakh Covid vaccines were adminis- tered in the district. Similarly, Dr Swati is rendering important services as the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) in the Civil Hospital. Also, Avinash Kaur is holding the post of District Language Officer. Apart from this, women officers holding other senior positions are also discharging their duties very well. Inderjit Kaur Nandan, winner of the National Award for the Empowerment of PwDs, says: “The selection of women on these crucial posts has proven that a woman with her hard work, insight, courage and determination can excel in every field and achieve remarkable achievements. Girls can set their goals and follow the path of success in life by making such officers their role models. Such officers are playing a major role in strengthening the social and economic status of women by their ability, skill, efficiency, capability, etc. They are an inspiration for today’s generation.” With the steps taken by women officers towards women continued on page 2
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