28092021-JTR-01.qxd 9/27/2021 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE GIRL CADETS OF FIRST BATCH VISIT SAINIK SCHOOL KAPURTHALA The school celebrated the Daughters' Day in a unique way by inviting first batch of 10 girls for a campus tour. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF THREE BOOKED FOR THEFT AT NRI’S HOME Garhshankar: Three persons have been booked by the police for theft at the house of a NRI. The complainant, Gurdial Singh, a resident of Kittna, told the police that he is the caretaker of the house owned by Jaspal Singh, who lives in Manila. On Sunday, he found that the locks at the second floor were broken and the luggage was scattered. On checking, an LCD, an airconditioner and other items kept inside were found stolen. On the statement of Gurdial Singh, the police have registered a case against Harjinder Singh alias Sabi, Ajay Kumar and Paramjit Singh, all residents of the Kittna police station under relevant sections of the IPC. OC MUV HITS DIVIDER, TWO INJURED Talwara: A multi-utility vehicle (Bolero) crashed into a divider near Sabzi Mandi Chowk. As a result, the MUV turned turtle and out of the four occupants, two suffered injuries while two had a narrow escape. The MUV was heading towards Hajipur from Old Talwara when it suddenly rammed into the divider. Two of the car occupants fled after the accident while their injured accomplices were admitted to the BBMB Hospital in Talwara, where doctors referred them to the Mukerian Civil Hospital. Police officials said they have marked the probe in the matter. OC 35 CASES SOLVED AT ‘BIJLI PANCHAYAT’ Jalandhar: As per the instructions of A Venu Parsad, a ‘bijli panchayat’ or power camp was held at the Chabbewal under the Mahilpur division, Hoshiarpur circle. The camp was organised to resolve the complaints, problems regarding billing, concession and supply complaints of the PSPCL consumers of the Chabbewal area. As many as 80 complaints from 20 villages were received in the camp and 35 complaints were resolved on the spot. Instructions were issued to resolve 55 complaints within next week. Engineer Dania addressed the staff after the camp. TNS TWO HUMAN SKELETONS FOUND Talwara (Hoshiarpur): The Talwara police have found two human skeletons from the forest falling under NathuwalRakdi on Monday. Surinder Kumar, husband of sarpanch of Dalwali Kalan, told the police that forest guard Pawan Kumar, in-charge of Nathuwal beat, informed the sarpanch that two human skeletons along with a pair of shoes and slippers were found. SHO Ajmer Singh Chahal said on the basis of the statement of Surinder, a case has been registered against an unknown person. OC DRUGS, LIQUOR SEIZED; 2 HELD Hoshiarpur: The district police have arrested two smugglers and seized narcotics and smuggled liquor from them. The accused Pankaj, alias Goldie, was nabbed from near the cremation ground of Haveli village last night and 33 gram of heroin was seized from him. He has been booked under the NDPS Act. The City police station have arrested Vikas and seized 11,250 ml of smuggled liquor from him. He has been booked under the Excise Act. OC PAGE 2 RANBIR, ALIA BHATT SCOUTING WEDDING VENUE IN JODHPUR? PAGE 3 Fans of actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have been waiting for the couple to tie the knot since long. MAX 35°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:16 PM ASEES & RENUKA MAKE IT TO THE TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD PAGE 4 Asees Kaur and Renuka, who recently released their version of the hit single 52 Gaj Ka Daman, are on cloud nine. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:19 AM TUESDAY | 28 SEPTEMBER 2021 | JALANDHAR SHOPS CLOSED, ROAD & RAIL SERVICES HIT TOTAL SHUTDOWNNational, state highways blocked; traffic cops remain on toes to divert commuters ted outside the bank to get it closed. Shutters of few malls and shopping stores were also pulled down by farmers. Amarjot Singh, a farmer said, “We carried a tractor march across the city to demand solidarity from locals.” Tribune Reporters Jalandhar, September 27 “Eh tan sirf trailer hai. Je saddiyan mangan nhi manniyan gayian tan aan wale dina ch hor vi vadda protest hoyega. (This is just a trailer of what lies ahead. If our demands are not fulfilled, there will be a bigger protest in the coming days),” said farmers addressing the gathering during Bharat bandh near PAP Chowk today. The national and state highways at seven major locations were blocked in the district. Farmers blocked the national highway near Bath Castle, Lohian T-Point and ShahkotMalasian, Adampur T-Point in Mallia village, Bhogpur, Nakodar-Jalandhar bypass, Pratappura-Lambra stretch on Nakodar road and Mehatpur toll plaza. The road from Haveli to Jalandhar Cantonment had also been closed. Jalandhar-Ferozepur rail operation was completely cut off. Farmers closed Dakoha railway gate by putting up a tractor-trailer. They also sat on Cheheru railway track. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal), district chief, Mandeep Singh Samra, said around six farmer outfits, including, BKU (Doaba), BKU (Rajewal), BKU (Ughrahan), Kisan Sangharsh Morcha and Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, participated in the Bharat bandh. The traffic police had to remain on their toes to divert commuters from highways and direct them to alternative routes. Traffic coming from Amritsar was diverted towards Hoshiarpur to join to NH-1, people coming from Ludhiana were diverted towards Cantt road to enter the city using Model Town road and people heading to Hoshiarpur were diverted via Chuggitti. Only emergency services— ambulances, medical services and students—were allowed to cross barricades installed by farmers. The bandh initially had a mixed response in the district. To force the shutdown between 6 am-4 pm, farmers took out motorcycle and tractor rallies and forced banks, malls and shops to follow the bandh call. Over 2,000 cops on roads To ensure safety of commuters and avert any untoward incident, around 2,000 cops from both the city and rural police remained present throughout the day on the roads and protest sites. The traffic police personnel also came on roads to channelise the peaceful movement of traffic. Normalcy returned after 4 pm and shopkeepers opened their shops. Chakka jam in Kapurthala (From top) National highway, city bus stand and a market wear a deserted look on Monday. SARABJIT SINGH Buses remain off road The bandh gave a tough time to inter-state and inter-district commuters. Only a few private buses operating via alternate routes were plying as most buses remained off the roads and the bus stand wore a deserted look. The trans- porters suffered huge financial losses due to the bandh. Bank forcibly shut At around 12.30 pm, a group of farmers entered inside the Model Town branch of Punjab National Bank to force the bank officials to close the bank. After a minor argument with agitators, the officials preferred to adhere to the bandh guidelines. Similarly, a group of farmers also assembled outside the main branch of State Bank of India amid presence of heavy police force. Farmers squat- Complete bandh and chakka jam was observed in the district as farmers’ organisations, fighting against the Centre agri laws had given a call for Bharat bandh today. The farmers had started pitching their tents on KapurthalaJalandhar highway from 6 am. Only ambulances and health services were exempted. Farm leaders Harpreet Singh and Manpreet Singh said the United Kisan Morcha ensured peaceful bandh in Kapurthala city. At 9 am, farmers also held a protest outside Gurdwara Sahib Dhudianwal to get the agricultural laws repealed. After this, they staged a sit-in against the Central Government at DC Chowk in Kapurthala. Apart from this, farmers demonstrated at six places in the district. A protest march was also taken out in different markets of the city. Praveen Kumar, General Manager, Pepsu, said buses did not ply today and the roadways incurred a loss of around ~8 lakh. The bus service, however, resumed after 4 pm. The Kapurthala SSP said 1,000 police personnel were deployed in the district in view of the security. PCR, traffic police, women police, in-charge of police stations were also posted at different intersections. Civil Hospital SMO Dr Sandeep Dhawan said hospital services remained functional as usual. Chemist shops also remained open. SEE ALSO PAGE 2 Farmers raise slogans while blocking a train on the Jalandhar-Delhi railway track in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Rail passengers left to fend for themselves Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 27 Considering the bandh, the Indian Railways had cancelled, short-terminated and diverted around 50 trains, including, New Delhi-Amritsar Sachkhand Express, Delhi-Pathankot Express, Chandigarh-Amritsar Intercity and Nangal Dam-Amritsar special train. While the railways had made apt arrangements for stranded passengers, those who had to Passengers wait for their trains at the Jalandhar railway station. Surjit Hockey’s 38th A martyr who dreamt of egalitarian India edition from Oct 23 His essayAchoot Da Sawaal placed humanity way above religious identity Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 27 The 38th edition of the prestigious Surjit Hockey Tournament will start from October 23. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, who is also the president of the Surjit Hockey Society, said, “The tournament is organised every year by society to keep alive the name of ex-Olympian Surjit Singh Randhawa, who had lost his life in a fatal car accident near Jalandhar in 1984”. Thori further said that the 38th edition of the tournament would be played on leaguecum-knockout basis. “This year, all 12 teams have been seeded directly into quarter finals league stage and are divided into four pools with three teams each. The top four teams from each pool will qualify for the semifinals, scheduled to be held on October 30 and no gate entry money will be charged from the spectators who will come to witness the game of hockey. The tournament will be played at Army AstroTurf Hockey Ground, Katoch Stadium, Jalandhar Cantonment, as the work to replace the old astroturf at Surjit Hockey stadium is being carried out and is likely to be completed in November” According to Punjab Cabinet Minister and Olympian Pargat Singh, who is also working president of the society, the winner team will get cash prize of Rs 5 lakh sponsored by the renowned sports promoter and NRI Amolak Singh Gakhal, CMD of Gakhal Group of USA, whereas the runners up team will win a cash award of Rs 2.5 lakh, which is sponsored by Baba Tarlok Singh Satsang Ghar, Kahna Dhesian (Jalandhar). As in the past, the best player of the tournament will get Mohinder Singh Tut Memorial Award continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 27 Enclosed within the 1929 edition of the Kirti Magazine issue was one of Bhagat Singh’s iconic essay Achoot Da Sawaal or ‘Question of Untouchability’, penned by a 16-year-old him. It was a scathing critique on the age-old discrimination meted out to the oppressed and a vigorous exhortation to Dalits to arise! “So called untouchables, the real sustainers of life, awake and reflect over your past,” he mentioned. Bhagat Singh’s call for Dalit consciousness and simultaneous exhortation against fundamentalism rings true even in the present times. Achoot Da Sawaal also bears an important reference to the Ad Dharam Movement of Punjab, led by Doababased ideologue and Dalit pioneer Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia, born in Hoshiarpur. With the help of c m y b BHAGAT SINGH’S BIRTH ANNIVERSARY TODAY Shaheed Bhagat Singh Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia “The upper castes should also realise that their own status in life cannot change for the better as long as they persist in considering these people as inferiors, calling them menials, and keeping them under their heels. It is argued, they are unclean. The harsh truth is that they are poor; remove their poverty and they shall be clean. Don't we find that the poor even among the upper castes are no less unclean?” — Bhagat Singh, Achoot Da Sawaal, Kirti magazine, 1929 Seth Kishan Das (a wealthy merchant of Boota Mandi) the headquarters of the Ad Dharm Mandal were established at Jalandhar. In ‘Achoot Da Sawal’ Bhagat Singh wrote... “When they (untouchables) discovered that the Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs were raking profits due to them (untouchables), they gave a thought to re-organising on reach their destinations early looked for alternatives. Karanvir Singh (32), an Ambala-based man, who had to attend an important event in Amritsar, said, while there were no buses and trains, he approached taxi operators, who in return demanded ~3,500-3,800 for dropping him through diverted routes. Similarly, migrants sitting outside railway station said, they were not aware about the bandh. After finding their continued on page 2 their own. No one is certain whether they are doing so as a result of official prompting or at their own but once this line of thinking takes roots, this trend will be fully backed up by official quarters. “Ad Dharam Mandal” and the like are the end result of this trend...The answer is quite obvious; above all, it needs to be settled for good, that all humans are equal without distinctions of birth or vocation.” Scholars today say Bhagat Singh’s constant exhortations on Dalits along with the Ad Dharam Movement have had a major impact on the Dalit consciousness in the state, the references to these however, are only found in academic circles and scholarly works while no prominent reminders are found in the mainstream political discourse. Expertspeak Prof Raunki Ram, Political Science professor at Panjab University and an expert on continued on page 2 No licence for cracker sale this year: DC Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 27 In view of the orders issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, no licence would be issued this year to store or sell firecrackers in the district, said Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ghanshyam Thori. In an order issued today, the DC said as per the High Court orders 20 per cent licences were to be issued of the total licences issued in the year 2016. He added that in that year only two licenses were issued by the administration of which 20 per cent constitutes 0.4. Thus, no licence would be issued this year in the district. However, he clarified that the decision has been taken for the areas falling outside the MC limit because the city area comes under the jurisdiction of the Commissionerate of Police, which would take the decision for the explosive licence for their area accordingly.
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