06092021-JTR-01.qxd 9/5/2021 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE LEARN FROM MISTAKES OF THE PAST, TAKE PROACTIVE STEPS We must abide by Covid-appropriate behaviour and get vaccine on time instead of blaming govt, say residents. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP Jalandhar: With pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cummeans scholarship announced for minorities by the state government, applications have been invited from eligible students. Kapurthala DC Deepti Uppal said those willing to apply for new scholarship scheme could apply until November 15. She added that those applicants who have received scholarships during 2020-21 can apply for post-matric scholarship and merit-cummeans based scheme until November 30. She said as per the time table released by the Directorate of Social Justice, Punjab, the applications for scholarships announced by the Centre for six minorities (Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist, Parsi, Jain and Christian) could be sent be students via student national scholarship portal www.scholraships.gov.in. She also said the applicant should provide their current bank details for the scholarship. TNS DC: DISTRICT LEADS IN e-GIRDAWRI Jalandhar: Jalandhar has emerged as a leading district in e-girdawri of crops of last year’s Kharif season by making 56.26 per cent of Khasra-Girdawri online, highest in the state. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said a mammoth exercise was initiated for egirdawri under which entire Khasra-Girdawri records have to be made online in the district. He added that so far entries of 7,61,550 khasra numbers out of a total 13,53,542 have been made online. He said while taking a step further in the direction of digitisation, the state government had ordered egirdawari of crops for the kharif season of 2020. He said the district administration was working round-the-clock to ensure completion of the task within due timeline. TNS NEERAJ CHOPRA MARG AT LPU Jalandhar: Honouring Neeraj Chopra for winning Gold medal, Lovely Professional University (LPU) unveiled a special 87.58-m long ‘Neeraj Chopra Marg’— a pathway leading to University’s sports complex. The pathway was inaugurated by Chopra himself, when he visited the campus. The occasion was a grand ceremony of LPU’s 13 Olympic medal-winning students, including Neeraj Chopra, where he was also awarded with ~50 lakh and a ‘Gold Javelin’ for winning the only and first athletic gold for India at Tokyo Olympics. TNS BLOOD DONATION CAMP ORGANISED Jalandhar: A blood donation camp was organised by employees of BDC Blood Centre, Nawanshahr, as a mark of respect towards former President Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Mother Teresa. As many as 80 persons donated blood while Surinder Kumar, one of the oldest employees of the centre, donated blood for the 50th time on the occasion. Dr Ajay Bagga, former Civil Surgeon, Nawanshahr, and Dr Dyal Saroop, urged all healthy person between 18 to 65 years to donate blood. Blood donation helps in saving life of patients admitted in health facility for shortage of blood, they said. TNS PAGE 2 ACTRESS KRITI SANON SLAMS MEDIA FOR BEING INSENSITIVE PAGE 3 Many celebrities have lashed out at media for their insensitive behaviour during the funeral of Sidharth Shukla. MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:45 PM PREITY ZINTA UNVEILS POSTER OF VIKASH’S NEXT, NO MEANS NO PAGE 4 Releasing on November 5, the film is the first Indo-Polish sports thriller based on a story of women empowerment. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:06 AM MONDAY | 6 SEPTEMBER 2021 | JALANDHAR Feted for going above & beyond teaching Five felicitated in Nawanshahr Six teachers from district receive state honour His work on Educare earns him State Award Nawanshahr, September 5 As many as five teachers from Nawanshahr were conferred with State Award on Sunday. Minakshi Bhalla, Headmistress, Government High School, Rakkeran Dhahan; Pooja Sharma, Lecturer, Government Sr Sec School, Nawanshahr; Ashok Kumar, Block Primary Education Officer, Banga; Neeraj Kumari, Hindi Mistress, Government Middle School, Bhangal Khurd, and Baljinder Singh Virk from Government Primary School, Takarala, were honoured for their contribution. They were felicitated at the DC Office today. With Minakshi’s efforts, the school was upgraded to “smart school”. Pooja Sharma, a physically-challenged teacher, was awarded for her dedication during online education. Baljinder Singh Virk has also been honoured for putting in efforts to make his school as Smart School while Neeraj Kumari has been given young teacher award who has achieved a lot in less than 10 years of her service. — TNS Photo on page 2 Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 5 Six Jalandhar teachers were awarded with the State Award in a virtual-cumonline state-level Teachers Award distribution ceremony in which 80 state teachers were honoured by Education Minster Vijay Inder Singla. The six Jalandhar teachers include three senior secondary/upper primary teachers and three primary teachers. The teachers awarded from Senior Secondary Schools include — Kulwinder Singh Gakhal, a science teacher at Government Senior Secondary Smart School, Gakhal Dhaliwal; Chandrashekhar, an English teacher at Government Senior Secondary School, Ladowali Road. Those from the primary schools include Gurvinder Kaur from Government Primary School, Mustfapur; Kewal Singh from Government Primary School, Ida. Teachers who were honoured with State Award in Jalandhar. Admnistrative State Awards were awarded to Principal Bhupinder Singh of Government Senior Secondary School, Mand, and Gagandeep Singh Government Primary School, Basti Mithu. DEOs Secondary (Harinder Pal Singh) and elementary (Rampal Singh) were president to award teachrs who were honoured at the DC office today during the ongoing online ceremony. Know their contribution While Chandrashekhar has been awarded for developing the Educare App, Kulwinder Singh Gakhal has been felicitated for the service rendered to his school. The school’s strength during the pandemic increased from 479 two years ago to 600 at present. Gakhal has also been credited with trying to rope in the NRIs to give a fillip to his school. It was only due to his efforts that NRIs’ aid could be used to introduce basic amenities in the school, including printers, computers, labs, pumps and five smart rooms. The school has 24 to 25 rooms currently. Continued on page 2 Jalandhar, September 5 To ease the online study-athome burden of students during the pandemic, a bunch of teachers developed an app in early 2020. Used for online education across 10 states in the country with a whopping nearly 48,79,783 subscribers today, the app is actually a brainchild of a bunch of Jalandhar teachers looking to ease their pupils’ online study strain. The Educare App, developed by a group of Jalandhar teachers in early 2020, went viral within weeks. One of its founding members was awarded with the state award today for his contribution to education and for the improvement of students’ communication skills. Chandrshekhar, (40) one of the founding members of the app, who was awarded today, said, they had never imagined the response it garnered. It was around May 2020 that Chandrshekhar Handy to use, Educare app has now more than 48 lakh subscribers across 10 states the Educare app was developed. Burdened with a steady stream of videos and study material, they were asked to download it on their phones in the beginning of the pandemic. Many students found it difficult to cope with it initially. Chandrashekhar said, “Both the teachers and students found it difficult to handle the onslaught on their phones. There were repeated complaints of phone memories running out. So some of my colleagues and I got together to design an app for the children which comes handy and is easy to use. None of us are from the IT background. We had never imagined the kind of popularity the app would garner.” Within a week of starting it in their schools and then the Jalandhar district, the app already had 5 lakh subscribers. On July 11, 2020, nearly two months after its Jalandhar launch the app was adopted at the state level. The easy-to-use app has takers in 10 other states as well — UP Haryana, , Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir. It is available for all school students for free. The app is such that if a student misses an assignment, an online session etc. they can find everything on the app the next when they log in online. Continued on page 2 Potholed Maqsudan-DAV College Dera devotees block road poses big risk for commuters Jal-Nakodar highway POOR INFRA Back-breaking ride drives motorists up the wall Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 5 It’s been over three months that the Maqsudan Chowk — DAV College road has been lying in tatters, yet the civic authorities seem to be looking the other way. It has become difficult for the commuters to travel on the stretch riddled with huge potholes. Area residents say the Municipal Corporation (MC) has failed to take action despite several complaints. “Within days of the first shower of the monsoon, the poor quality concrete used to fill potholes on the road has come off and the condition has gone from bad to worse. Water-logging after rains only adds to the woes. Most of the times, we commute on the road with the fear of losing our balance,” said Arwind Kumar, a student, who often uses the stretch to visit his college. The fractured road clearly lays bare the fact that a poor Jalandhar, September 5 After members of the Satkar Committee, a Sikh organisation, blocked Jalandhar-Delhi Highway over the controversy related to Gurdas Maan, devotees of Dera Baba Murad Shah in Nakodar staged a dharna near Jagraon Bridge on JalandharNakodar Highway on Sunday. They demand that a case of inciting religious sentiments should be registered against Paramjit Singh Akali, who spoke abusively against Sai Laddi Shah of the dera. The police in large numbers reached the spot to pacify the dera supporters, who kept the road blocked for nearly two hours. While the agitators complained against Akali at the Nakodar police station earlier, no action was taken so far. Dera devotee Rohit Sahni told that the police had registered a case against Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan on August 26. “Even as Mann had apologised to Sikh organ- CONTROVERSY OVER GURDAS MAAN COMMENTS Devotees block the road for police action against Gurdas Maan. isations for his remarks. Despite that the police registered the case. After the incident, Paramjit Singh Akali spoke derogatory statements about Sai Laddi Shah due to which the sentiments of dera supporters have been hurt. That’s why we have staged a dharna today,” added Shani. Last week, on August 20, his video had gone viral wherein he was heard saying that the chief of a dera and Nakodar Sai Laddi Shah was from the descendants of Guru Amar Dass, third Sikh master. While, he had posted a video on the social media platform after offering apology over his remarks, the Sikh bodies not only demanded an FIR against him but also his arrest. The Nakodar police had registered a case against Maan under Section 295-A of the IPC for hurting religious sentiments of the Sikh community. His paintings reflect haunting memories of Partition 2 fresh cases, no death in dist Dilapidated Maqsudan-DAV College road gives a tough time to commuters. TRIBUNE PHOTO quality of concrete was being used to fill them up. The sand mixed with gravels has also given way. Even as one side of the road has been repaired and replaced with the cemented concrete, similar re-carpeting is needed on the damaged stretch too. The two essential cuts on the road, first to the Maqsudan bypass flyover and the other to Kartarpur, is home to many industrialists and the army personnel. Two army units, Sacred Heart Hospital and an ECHS hospital also fall on the same route near Maqsudan Chowk. The movement of heavy vehicles and defunct traffic light has made it miserable for the locals to navigate the road. “It is impossible to travel without hiccups on this stretch. Cars are often seen stuck and face damage too,” said Sukhwant Singh, a resident of Nandanpur area, who works at a bank. Area councillor Desh Raj Jassal said the road would be repaired in a few days. MC Commissioner, Karnesh Sharma also assured that the road would be re-carpeted shortly. Tribune News Service THUKRAL’S OTHER WORKS Jalandhar, September 5 Memories of Partition still haunt those who have witnessed it. It’s an opportunity for Jalandharites to know the truth of Partition through the paintings of an artist who has suffered it. In a painting exhibition at Virsa Vihar, the sentiments of those black days have been portrayed by Jalandhar-based artist Mohinder Thukral. The wounds of Partition are still fresh in his heart and the artist has painted the pain on the canvas beautifully. Thukral, who was born in Sialkot, still remembers the stab wounds on his grandfather’s back when he was attacked during Partition with sharp-edged weapons. He was the only one when Partition happened and he grew up listening to the tragedies his family members ■ Mohinder Thukral started making coloured sketches on rice grains in 1968. Not only this, he also wrote on horse's hair too. Thukral has kept all these things safely in a beautiful box. BMC Chowk, which is beautifully decorated with attractive paintings, is the magical work of Thukral’s hands ■ With the wording 'Welcome to the Sports City Jalandhar', there are symbolic patterns signifying games, including cricket and hockey. On the other side, there are portraits of prominent singers, including Hans Raj Hans, Master Saleem, KL Saigal, Nooran Sisters, Gurdas Maan and Surinder Kaur Mohinder Thukral shows a painting while holding his grandfather’s 100-year-old sword. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH had to face. Mohinder recalls how Partition had scattered the entire family. The exhibition depicts the sad and horrible stories of Partition, and the artist has made c m y b it alive by drawing his real-life experiences. The exhibition will conclude on September 15. On Sunday, there was a formal inauguration and renowned writer Des Raj Kali also launched his book named ‘ Wand (The Partition) based on the work of Thukral. Mohinder shares that the haunting memories have been troubling him for decades which he has highlighted in the form of paintings, because the situation in the nation is still the same. “The anger has been burning inside me for decades. I have highlighted them today in the form of paintings, because today we have brought the situation back to the same place. Violence has become part of our lives,” he said. Des Raj Kali said through the paintings, Mohinder has depicted the bone-chilling truth of the artist’s father and grandfather, which has been woven into the amazing drawings. This is the first time in Punjab that an artist has done such a concept-based work. This work of Thukral is commendable and also unique. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 5 Two new Covid cases were reported on Sunday from the district, taking the total district tally to 63,243 cases. No Covid death was reported today. As many as 61,721 people have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 28. All well in Kapurthala No case of Covid was reported positive in Kapurthala today as the Covid tally remained at 17,807. No death from Covid was reported at Kapurthala. No case in Nawanshahr No Covid case was registered from Nawanshahr on Sunday. The tally is 11,450 (3.76%) and there are seven active cases at present of which seven are under home isolation.
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