15112021-JTR-01.qxd 11/14/2021 11:38 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE DON’T LET TEACHERS BECOME VICTIMS OF POLL GIMMICKS PAGE 2 Need to fill-up the posts immediately to meet staff crunch in all government schools in the state, say residents. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF FOOD & NUTRITION SHOW ORGANISED Jalandhar: Pushpa Gujral Science City in collaboration with Punjab Agri Export Corporation Ltd. organised a food and nutrition Show to bring awareness on healthy eating habits. Mohammad Tayyab, IAS, Special Secretary, Department of Finance, was the Chief Guest at the occasion. He said creating awareness amongst consumers about the benefits of eating healthy and the science behind safe foods would lead to optimum utilisation of resources as well as cultivation and production of better quality food products. Dr Neelima Jerath, DirectorGeneral, Science City, said food, health and nutrition were an indispensable part of life. TNS FATHER INNOCENT, SAYS KHAIRA’S SON Jalandhar: Following the arrest of the former leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Khaira his son Advocate Mehtab Khaira on Sunday termed the ED proceedings as ‘unconstitutional’ and said his father was targeted as per a conspiracy in view of the elections due in the state. He made these statements during a Congress workers meet at the Kahira’s ancestral village Ramgarh, held to express solidarity on Khaira’s arrest. Mehtab also said his father’s name was not in the Fazilka NDPS case or challan. He said no recovery has been made from him either. TNS NINE FRESH COVID CASES IN DOABA Jalandhar: Seven fresh Covid cases were reported on Sunday in the Jalandhar district. With this the total tally of Covid cases has reached 63,443 cases. No new Covid death was reported in Jalandhar today. With one new case in Kapurthala, the Covid tally has reached 17,862. In Hoshiarpur, CMO Parminder Kaur said the reports of 747 samples were received on Sunday, out of which one new positive patient of Covid-19 has been reported. So far, the total number of positive patients reported in the district is 30,861. TNS 2 MOBILES SEIZED FROM JAIL INMATES Hoshiarpur: The City police have booked two inmates of the Central Jail on the complaint of Assistant Superintendent (Jail) Satnam Singh. The jail administration during a special checking at 10:40 pm on November 12 had recovered a mobile phone from an inmate, Sanjay Yadav of Sunder Basti, Patiala, when he was talking to someone over phone in bathroom. Also, another mobile was recovered from inmate Jasmeet Singh of Bullowal. Both the accused have been booked under Section 52A of the Prisons Act. OC HUSBAND BOOKED IN DOWRY CASE Hoshiarpur: The Mehtiana police have booked Avtar Singh, a resident of Ajnoha, for reportedly harassing his wife for dowry. His wife Sonia had complained to the SSP on September 16 that she was being harassed by her husband to bring more dowry. The complaint was inquired by DSP (PBI) and on the basis of inquiry report, the Mehtiana police have booked the accused Avtar Singh under Sections 406, and 498-A of the IPC. OC NO REGRETS: SONU SOOD ON NOT RECEIVING PADMA SHRI PAGE 3 ASHNOOR KAUR TO MAKE WEB DEBUT WITH PARI HUN MAIN Fans of Sonu are quite disappointed when his name went missing from the list of Padma awardees this year. MAX 27°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:29 PM PAGE 4 Known as Mini in Sony TV’s Patiala Babes, Ashnoor will be seen playing the lead role in her debut web series. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:56 AM MONDAY | 15 NOVEMBER 2021 | JALANDHAR Cases of abandoned infants see dip this year, only 1 so far PANGHURA SCHEMEIn 2018, this number was three in dist Aparna Banerji ■ Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 14 The cases related to abandonment of infants have taken a dip during the pandemic in the district. The authorities concerned said eased regulations have also brought about a change. Jalandhar district has two children homes where infants can be kept under Panghura (cradle) scheme. These unique homes are run by Parkash Kaur and Nari Niketan. Barring the infants kept in cradles, only one case of baby boy abandonment has been reported in Phillaur in 2021 so far. In July, a six-month-old baby boy was found abandoned near a dump at Landhara village in Phillaur. Wrapped in a blue cloth, the newborn was found drenched in rain by a local. The baby was rushed to a hospital where he breathed his last at 4 pm. At least three babies were abandoned in Jalandhar in 2018. On July 10, 2018, a baby was abadoned at Rurka Khurd village, on September 2, 2018, a baby was abandoned at a Shahkot hospital toilet and on September 23, 2018, a baby was dropped in bushes at Kalia Colony. Unique Home activist Ghanshyam said a baby girl’s body was found abandoned in Panghura in July. Nari Niketan received two cases, where- CASE FILE ■ On February 8, 2017, an A file photo of children of Unique Home in Jalandhar. INFANTS ILLEGALLY PUT UP FOR ADOPTION? ■ Sources said, “In many cases infants are privately or illegally put up for adoption. During the pandemic, there was less vigilantism by passersby. In majority of the previously abandoned cases, passersby picked up babies and gave them to the authorities concerned. In many cases abandoned babies do not reach the designated shelter homes where they can be legally put up for adoption through due process. Lack of government-run shelter homes is also a concern.” in the infants were kept in the Panghura. Navita Joshi, CEO, Nari Niketan, said several cases were also reported where babies were brought in. Ghanshyam said: “Two infants were handed over and not dropped in cradles in July and August. In one case, a baby was found abandoned in a plastic bucket in Hoshiarpur was brought to the Unique Home. In the second case, the Pathankot police had brought a baby who was about to be sold off by his own father and was nabbed minutes after the deal was struck.” District Programme Officer Gurminder Singh Randhawa infant was found wrapped in a polythene bag in Vijay Nagar of Jalandhar. ■ In January 2015, a baby was dropped outside a garbage dump at Khalsa School in Nakodar. ■ In March 2015, a woman handed over her child to the Jalandhar Childline. ■ In March 2014, an infant girl was abandoned at the Jalandhar Cantonment railway station. ■ In February 2014, a fivemonth-old infant was abandoned by a man after the baby’s mother died. ■ On December 4, 2012, eight and 2-month-old disabled babies were handed over to Jalandhar Childline, which sent them to Mother Teresa Home. ■ On December 6, 2012, a 1-year-old child was found abandoned at the Jalandhar railway station. said: “There has been increased awareness among people on the issue. One can surrender a baby and cannot be criminalised. People can surrender their babies to us and we route them to the local shelter homes. This is one of the reasons that the cases have gone down.” TEACHING TRAFFIC RULES Punjab Transport Minister Raja Warring talks to commuters to raise awareness on road safety measures and traffic rules in Jalandhar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO No Challan Day: Raja Warring launches road safety campaign Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 14 On the occasion of Children’s Day, Transport Minister Raja Warring on Sunday, launched a road safety campaign in the city. Underscoring the urgent need to ensure implementation of road safety protocols, Warring appealed residents to take ‘Sadak surakhya mera farz’ pledge to save lives. Denying any tussle between Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu, the transport minister said the Congress would win majority of seats in the 2022 Assembly poll. He said a SIT would be formed to investigate the loss of revenue to the tune of Rs 6,688 crore in the roadways during the tenure of Capt Amarinder Singh and SAD-BJP . Warring accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of not allowing Punjab roadways buses to enter Delhi airport. “Let us make the state safest for children through road safety,” he said, while making an appeal to citizens to adopt traffic compliance into their day-to-day behaviour. Launching the statewide road safety campaign ‘NoChallan Day’, Warring expressed deep concern over high rate of road fatalities in the state and directed the department to ensure strictest implementation of low and safe speed limits within school zones. Administering the road safety pledge to violators at BMC Chowk, the minister urged them to obey traffic rules and gave them helmets. “Punjab loses 10-12 precious lives everyday in road accidents. It will be highly regrettable if we do not act to ensure safe road environment for our kids. It starts with you and me at home and schools to make our children vigilant about traffic rules,” he said. Randhawa appointed Colourful start to youth fest at Dasuya Adviser Pb NRI Affairs Our Correspondent Jalandhar, November 14 Karan Randhawa, an NRI coordinator for Australia, has been appointed adviser for the Punjab NRI Affairs Department. In an appointment letter issued by Kirpa Shanker Saroj, Special Chief Secretary, NRI Affairs Department, it was stated that Karan Randhawa had been appointed as the Adviser. The decision was taken after approval from NRI Affairs Minister Pargat Singh. In a statement, Karan Randhawa thanked Pargat Singh for giving this opportunity and said he would work with dedication for the task assigned. “There are a few initiatives, which I have already suggested. I will work with the government to implement these initiatives. NRIs all over the world are willing to contribute for the welfare of the state. For that, I will insist that the government should address their concerns on a priority basis,” Randhawa added. “In a recent Invest Punjab Summit, we have already seen that one of the highest investments was by UK-based NRI. So, I will urge the government to work out on a plan to attract more foreign investments,” said Randhawa. — TNS Dasuya, November 14 The four-day Panjab University Zonal Heritage and Youth Festival of Zone B of Hoshiarpur district kickstarted on the campus of JC DAV College, Dasuya, on Sunday. The theme for the festival this year is “Love and Respect Nature”. As many as 800 students from 13 colleges of the district are participating in 67 different items, including music and dance and other cultural, literary, heritage and Fine Arts items. The festival was inaugurated by Pratap Singh Bajwa, Member, Rajya Sabha from Gurdaspur. Bajwa said competitions in such youth festivals develop creativity skills and enhance the true potential of the stu- A group of students participate in a singing competition during the PU Zonal Youth Festival at Dasuya on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO dents by providing them am opportunity to showcase these talents in various activities. He also maintained that these events are playing a vital role in transmitting the cultural and her- itage legacy to the new generations in Punjab. Himself an alumni of the DAV, Bajwa appreciated the efforts of the DAV in nation building. Taking into consideration the blended mode of education in post-pandemic period, he announced a financial aid to the college for smart classrooms. Arun Dogra, MLA, Dasuya, and other leaders of the region were also present on this occasion. Prof Nirmal Jaura, Director, Youth Welfare Department, Panjab University, Chandigarh, congratulated the college authorities and staff to host this function this year. He highlighted the role of educational institutions in transferring dreams into reality. Dr Amardeep Gupta, convener of the festival and principal of JC DAV College, welcomed the guests and wished all for a healthy competition during the next four days of festival. Prof Nivedika, organising secretary, acquainted the audience with the schedule of events on different days. Prof Bhogal bestowed with Lifetime Achievement Award Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 14 The nonagenarian litterateur Professor Piara Singh Bhogal was bestowed with “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Punjabi Virsa Trust and the Punjabi Lekhak Sabha on Sunday, for his outstanding contribution to Punjabi literature. Prof Bhogal is an eminent Punjabi writer, critic and columnist. Prof Jaswant Singh Gandam and Gurmit Palahi presented the award to Prof Bhogal at his residence in Jalandhar. Punjab Press Club Jalandhar chief Satnam Singh Manak and Punjab Arts Council secretary Dr Lakhvinder Singh Johal were also pres- Prof Piara Singh Bhogal was bestowed with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in Jalandhar on Sunday. ent on the occasion. Manak made a special mention of Prof Bhogal’s memorable association with the Punjabi Jagriti Manch, a body wedded to Punjab, Punjabi and Pun- c m y b jabiat. Prof Gandam and Palahi said they started writing after getting encourage- ment from Prof Bhogal. Samjho asi ehna di ungal phar ke likhna sikhiya (We learnt the nitty-gritty of writing from him,” said Palahi. Prof Bhogal said he took to writing around 70 years ago. “I was hardly 23-year-old when my first two books hit the stands,” he said. Prof Bhogal said,” I have so far written around 60 books, including six novels, five short stories, four plays, 10 books of criticism, an autobiography, besides some translations. I rate my recent novel ‘Nari’ as the best of all other novels while my book ‘Punjabi Sahit Da Ityihas’, whose four editions have been published so far, is virtually a magnum opus. I have also written 400 articles for Punjabi newspapers. For almost a decade, I regularly wrote political columns for Ajit and Punjabi Tribune.” “Literature mirrors life as well shows mirror to it,” he quipped. He added: “For writing, you have to read good literature. I still read daily for one hour despite crossing the age of 90.” He said Punjabi literature is rich, but Punjabis lack book culture. Maintaining that books are enduring friends, Prof Bhogal pleaded for bridging gap between publishers and readers by developing a mechanism for distribution of books to readers in order to inculcate reading habit among Punjabis. Murder case of 22-year-old youth cracked, two arrested Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, November 14 The police have nabbed two youngsters involved in the murder of a 22-year-old youth who had gone missing on November 10 and later his body was recovered from Bhangi Choe on November 12. The deceased has been identified as Aryan Hans, a resident of Hari Nagar. Those nabbed have been identified as Dalveer Singh, a resident of Mohalla Kali Kambali, and Manminder Singh, a resident of Basi Maruf village. Hoshiarpur Senior Superintendent of Police Kulwant Singh Heer said family members of Aryan said he had gone out on his two-wheeler on November 10, but did not return. The SSP said the body of the deceased was recovered from Bhangi Choe on November 12 and there were marks of injuries inflicted with sharpedged weapons on the body. The SSP said Manminder and Aryan went towards Bhangi Choe on November 10 and Dalveer also accompanied them on his two-wheeler. He said the trio had a scuffle and Manminder stabbed Aryan on his neck with a knife. Later, Dalveer smashed stone on Aryan’s head and fled from the spot, said the SSP .
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