28122021-JTR-01.qxd 12/27/2021 11:33 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 NASA’S JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE ON A MISSION The large infrared telescope, will study "every phase" in the history of the Universe, including the Big Bang. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY FAREWELL 2021: ACTORS KEPT COURTING CONTROVERSIES PAGE 3 IS TV ACTOR DISHA VAKANI ON MATERNITY LEAVE AGAIN? From royal drama to drugs, tax and porn controversies, many celebs were caught on wrong foot in 2021. MAX 19°C | MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:33 PM PAGE 4 Disha Vakani, who plays Dayaben in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, is missing from the show. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:26 AM TUESDAY | 28 DECEMBER 2021 | JALANDHAR Teachers, nurses & farmers on the warpath (From right) College teachers raise slogans against the state government outside HMV College; members of the Joint Action Nurses Committee sit on a dharna; and activists of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee block a rail track in Jalandhar Cantt on on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 27 Continuing education bandh across the region on Monday, around 200 teachers of various colleges of Jalandhar district assembled outside HMV College under the banner of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union, to register their protest against anti-education policies of the state government. The growing support for the cause of teachers can be gauged from the fact that leaders of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, including Kulwant Singh Sandhu, participated in the dharna to show solidarity with the protesting teachers and extend support for implementation of the 7th UGC Pay Commission and scrapping the idea of de-linking the scales from the UGC. Speaking to mediapersons, Dr SS Bains, district general INBRIEF NAGAR COUNCIL CLERK SUSPENDED Nurmahal: Jalandhar Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) (Urban Development) has ordered the suspension of Nurmahal nagar council’s clerk. ADC Himanshu Jain in an official communication to the executive officer said he had visited Nurmahal some months ago and checked development works. Communication said during checking some shortcomings were detected and clerk Dinesh Kumar was directed to note these shortcomings and remove and send a compliance report. The ADC said he visited Nurmahal again and checked the nagar council office and found that the clerk did nothing to remove the shortcomings and even destroyed the list. The ADC directed the executive officer to suspend the clerk. TNS 8 NEW CASES IN JALANDHAR Jalandhar: Eight new Covid cases were reported in the district today. The district Covid tally in Jalandhar reached 63,599 with the new cases. As many as 62042 people have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar were 56 today. With no new death reported from Covid on Monday, the deceased’s tally in Jalandhar remained at 1,501. Of the 18,88,568 samples collected in the district, so far, 17,52,806 samples tested negative. TNS the ❝Any further delay in7th implementation of the UGC Pay Commission will seriously alienate the teachers and our students from the ruling party. ❞ Dr Sukhdev Randhawa, GENERAL SECRETARY, PCCTU secretary, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union, said Punjab was the only state in India, which has yet not implemented the UGC pay scales for college and university teachers. He also informed that the process of de-linking the pay-scales of teachers from the UGC would hit higher education very badly by draining out the financial assistance from the Centre for colleges and universities of Punjab, which would finally result in a costly education for students. Dr Sanjeev Dhawan, district chief, PCCTU, said the complete education candh would continue in the state and would be intensified further by spreading awareness among masses by organising protests in almost all the constituencies of the state, especially those represented by the Cabinet ministers. He said the teachers would assemble at Punjab Congress Bhawan in Chandigarh on December 28 and request PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu to accompany them to New Delhi and remind Rahul Gandhi of the promise he made in 2018 regarding the implementation of the 7th UGC pay scales. “If the Punjab Government does not fulfill the demands of the teachers, we will hold a massive protest outside the All India Congress Committee’s office in New Delhi on December 31,” he said. Jalandhar, December 27 Nurses under the banner of the Joint Action Nurses Committee, Punjab and Chandigarh, held a rally in the CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s constituency in Kharar and protested against the government. While there are as many as 200 members of the Nurses Committee, Punjab, and the UT in Jalandhar, over 100 nursing association members participated in the dharna in Kharar. They also blocked the Ropar-Chandigarh highway. Assured of a panel meeting by the CM, nurses continued their strike on the highway and will be staying at Kharar till they have a panel meeting tomorrow. In Jalandhar, the dharna has been going on since December 6 everyday outside the Civil Hospital. However, nurses laid siege to the CM’s constituency and held a dharna here today. Their prime demands include fixing of the typographical error of the 5th Pay Commission and pay commission to be implemented from 2006. They said payment of salaries of Rs 29,200 to newly recruited nurses on a new joining, is akin to duping them. Nurses’ pay grade is Rs 4,600 everywhere but the state government has relegated nurses pay grade to Rs 2,800. Similarly, new salaries on joining as per central guidelines amounted to Rs 44,900 but nurses’ salary in the state is Rs 29,200. Nurses who should fall in group B have been placed in group D salary slot by the government. The pay commission has also sought higher pay grades for nurses from the state government. They have also not fulfilled nurses’ demand to be paid allowances on the pattern of the Central government’s pattern. — TNS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 27 The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee blocked the railway tracks for eighth day on Monday. In protest against the state government’s failure to address their demands, farmers today burnt effigies of Union Agricultural Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, MP Gurpreet Aujla and and also of Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi against their recent statements. Farmers also indulged in sloganeering against the government. State organisational secretary Sukhwinder Singh Sabhra said like previous governments, the present state government had also failed to manage the system and in biting winter chill, farmers had to sit in the open to raise their voices. They said if the government ~5 of farmers who had ❝We demandthelakh for familiesstrict punishment for lost their lives in Delhi agitation, all the guilty in the Lakhimpur Kheri murder, guaranteed MSP for 23 crops and withdrawal of hefty increase in oil prices among others. ❞ Gurnam Singh Pandori, TREASURER, KISAN MAZDOOR SANGHARSH COMMITTEE doesn’t implement promises made in its election manifesto and the demands agreed upon during the struggle then their agitation will be intensified in the coming days. State treasurer Gurnam Singh Pandori said the government should fulfill the promises it made to farmers. He reiterated the farmers’ demands — Rs 5 lakh help for families of farmers who had lost their lives in the Delhi Andolan, a job for one member of their family and waiving of all their debt, strict punishment for all the guilty in the Lakhimpur Kheri murder and the prime culprit, Radio Ujala Punjab launched ECissuesratelistonpollexpenses at Kapurthala Central Jail Tribune News Service Inmates to act as radio jockeys |Songs to be played for 3 hrs Jalandhar, December 27 Every cup of tea which will be served to a visitor at an election rally by a candidate or his party would be accounted for at Rs 12 in the poll expenses once the model code of conduct gets into force. A sandwich would cost Rs 10 and a plastic chair Rs 9. Almost everything has been included in the rate list which has as many as 201 items. Other than the routine items used in campaigns, various publicity items too will be accounted for. A printed muffler will cost Rs 50, a T-shirt with printing will be added as Rs 165 poll expense, a standee will be tagged at Rs 130, a sticker for Rs 1, cloth banner for Rs 9 per feet, cutout for Rs 165 per feet, kite with printing for Rs 6, a printed cap for Rs 15 and so on. Decorative items have also been included as big garland has been priced at Rs 15 per piece and smaller one at Rs 10 per piece. Flower decoration on stage too finds a mention in the poll expense list with charges kept at Rs 2,200 for 20x20 sq feet area. Siropas and swords often gifted to senior leaders on the stages too have been included for Rs 90 and Rs 750, respectively. Rental charges for setting up offices and hiring of marriage palaces for rally have also been fixed. A party office in rural area will add up as Rs 5,500 cost per month and in urban area as Rs 11,000 per month. Even as local obligations for the parties during elections are common, the poll teams would keep on adding the rentals of marriage palaces at Rs 22000. A local singer’s cost per occasion has been fixed at Rs 30,000 and that of a renowned singer at Rs 2 lakh. Dhadi jatha will cost much less Rs 3,400 and dholi will lead to the addition of Rs 550 per day. Some of the items which have come to use since Covid days too have been added up. These include Rs 15 for spray bottle of 100 ml sanitiser, Rs 3 for a surgical mask, Rs 45 for N95 mask and Rs 35 for a face shield. removal of the serious dearth of fertilisers in farming, guaranteed MSP for 23 crops, withdrawal of hefty increases in oil prices, withdrawal of electricity bill 2020 and the Air Pollution Bill 2020, implementation of the Swaminathan Report, four times compensation and 30 per cent allowance to be given for lands coming under the newly constructed Jammu Katra Highway, stopping the sale of drugs, release of pending dues of sugarcane and basmati. Leaders warned that their struggle would continue as long as their demands remain unmet. Vikas Garg new VC of IKGPTU Tribune News Service Kapurthala, December 27 Vikas Garg on Monday took over the charge as the Vice Chancellor of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University (IKGPTU). Garg became the 16th VC of the IKGPTU. As per the order issued by Governor, the charge of the VC will be with the Principal Secretary of Technical Education and Industrial Training Department till the appointment of regular VC of the university. Following the notification, Garg has taken over the charge. Raj Kamal Chaudhari was recently transferred from the department. Police personnel host a radio show at the Central Jail in Kapurthala on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 27 In a unique initiative, the Prisons Department on Monday launched the “Radio Ujala Punjab”, at the Central Jail, Kapurthala. Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Praveen Kumar Sinha while inaugurating the project, said the department has launched Radio Ujala at six jails in the state. The entire system has been set up in association with the India Vision Foundation, which is a pioneer in conducting various reformatory projects in prisons. The ADGP said the radio would change the lives of inmates, besides bringing them to the mainstream. Radio Ujala would be run by inmates for three to four ❝We feel that providing inmates with conducive atmosphere and welfare opportunities inside the jail will help them stay away from the world of crime. ❞ Praveen Kumar Sinha, ADGP (PRISONS) hours daily. In Kapurthala, radio jockey Meghna and Lakhwinder Singh were the first one to showcase their hidden talen. The duo broadcasted devotional songs. Inmates who would like to work as radio jockeys would undergo training for three days organized by the India Vision Foundation. Sinha said, “The prime objective is to rehabilitate and correct anti-social elements. Prisoners face alien- ation and isolation from society. We feel that providing inmates with conducive atmosphere and welfare opportunities inside the jail will help them stay away from the world of crime.” He said in next the few days, the department would start the facility to provide recorded programmes by inmates to their families. Jail Superintendent Gurnam Lal and Superintendent of Police Jagjit Singh Saroa welcomed the ADGP on behalf of the Senior Superintendent of Police. DIG (Headquarters) Surinder Singh Saini, DIG (Headquarters) Amneet Kondal, Additional Jail Superintendent Hemant Sharma, Sudarshan Sharma, Vinay Gupta and Rajiv Gupta were also present. c m y b YUVAA Rang Utsavconcludes on a high note Jalandhar, December 27 The 7th edition of national theatre festival - YUVAA Rang Utsav which began in the city from November 28, came to a conclusion on December 26 with the staging of the play “All My Sons” at Saigal Memorial Hall in Jalandhar. All the SOPs were followed throughout the event, which showcased a vast variety of regional talent. Theatre groups from across West Bengal (Kolkata), Maharashtra (Mumbai), Rajasthan (Jaipur), Gujarat (Ahmedabad) and Punjab (Chandigarh and Jalandhar) regaled the city audience with their engaging tales. From Girish Karnad’s “Flowers” refurbished into the Artistes stage a play All My Sons in Jalandhar on Monday. Bengali adptation “Kusum Kusum”, to the stage being turned into a virtual scrapyard to tell a harrowing tale of poverty regarding Rajasthan’s lan- guishing Mirasis in the play “Bhawariya Kalet”; NSDians’ peppy outing in Mumbai based production “Shree and Blue” to the sombre, poetic literary world of legendary poet Amrita Pritam in the play “Agg Di Ik Baat Hai”, the Rang Utsav encompassed not just myriad cultures but also moods and themes. YUVAA’s very own productions “Chidiya Ghar” and “All My Sons” also put Jalandhar’s home bred productions on stage with the foremost theatre talent. The plays featured at the festival included - Kusum Kusum, (Kolkata); Mere Lok (Patiala); Shree and Blue (Mumbai); Chidiyaghar (Jalandhar); Darwin (Ahmedabad); Bhanwariya Kaalet (Jaipur); Agg Di Ik Baat Hai (Chandigarh); Shaheed Udham Singh (Chandigarh) and All My Sons (Jalandhar). — TNS
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