04012022-JTR-01.qxd 1/3/2022 11:55 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE CONG REBELS PICK SHINDA AS MC CHIEF, WITHDRAW RESIGNATIONS Eight rebel councillors of Talwara MC got one more councillor added to their faction & agreed to install him as chief. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF NEW RPO SAT PAL ASSUMES OFFICE Jalandhar: New Regional Passport Officer (RPO) Sat Pal on Monday assumed office at Jalandhar office. After taking charge, Sat Pal said new initiatives would be taken to ensure good, responsive and transparent administration. He also said that the Regional Passport Office caters to needs of applicants from Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Kapurthala, Pathankot, Moga, Gurdaspur, districts and police district Batala adding that every effort would be made to facilitate the people from these districts. He reiterated his commitment to according top priority to issues of people visiting his office through timebound redressal of their applications. Sat Pal said people could contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or could contact on 01812242114 or 0181-2242115 for their works. TNS 20 BOOKED FOR FIRING IN TANDA Hoshiarpur: Tanda police have registered a case against 20 persons for allegedly opening fire during a football match in Khu Khun village. Avtar Singh, a resident of Chakk Mehra village, had lodged a complaint with the police that he had gone with his friends to participate in a football tournament in Khun Khun village. According to him, when the match was about to end, Lavi, a player of Jhingad Kalan’s team, started quarrelling with his team players. During this time, at the behest of the accused, Lali, Mani, Jassi and Manpeeta, many residents of Jhigad Kalan, came to the ground with 15 of their companions and started quarrelling with them. He alleged that gunshots were fired by the accused. Thereafter, the accused attacked them with weapons. On the basis of the said complaint, the police have booked registering a case against 20 accused under Sections 307, 323, 148, 149, 25,27,54,59 of the IPC. OC YOUTH DIES IN ROAD ACCIDENT Hoshiarpur: A youth was killed in a road accident on Sunday. Bullowal police have registered a case and started further investigation. Varinder Singh, a resident of Ambala Jattan village, told the police that he was going to Phambiyan village, along with his brother Harpal Singh, to meet his inlaws. When he reached near Khadiala Sainian village, a canter hit them. His brother was seriously injured in the accident and was admitted to Government Hospital, Hoshiarpur, but he died during the treatment. OC ROBBERS TARGET 2 PETROL PUMPS Garhshankar: On Sunday night, three youths in a car opened fire on the guards of the petrol pump of Garhshankar and looted ~2,000. The Garhshankar police reached the spot and started the search for the robbers. Rohit Kumar, a resident of Dehra Lakh, Aurangabad, UP told the police that he works at Jagdish filling station. On Sunday, at around 7.30 pm, a white-coloured Etios car, with three persons on board the vehicle, demanded money from him. He said they snatched ~2,000 from him. The Garhshankar police have registered a case. OC PAGE 2 PAGE 3 SHEFALI SHAH CALLS HER HUMAN CHARACTER A PANDORA’S BOX Shefali Shah, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming medical thriller, had her share of challenges. MAX 17°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 6°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:37 PM CAUSE & EFFECT: PRANITAA DOING HER BIT FOR SOCIETY PAGE 4 Pranitaa Pandit’s Prasara has been working towards the welfare of abandoned kids and senior citizens. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:27 AM TUESDAY | 4 JANUARY 2022 | JALANDHAR Lockdown-like situation outside Pargat’s house Dashmesh Avenue residents at the receiving end, say entire area has become a hotspot of politics Avneet Kaur WHAT PROTESTERS SAY Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 3 Residents residing in Dashmesh Avenue are at the receiving end as the locality has turned into a protesting ground ever since MLA Pargat Singh was given cabinet berth and education portfolio. In the past few months, various protests have taken place outside his residence here at Dashmesh Avenue resulting in barricading the entire area, specifically the main road leading to the locality. Although the situation was normal in other streets of the colony, street No. 3 was blocked from both sides with barricades. At one side of the street, ETT teachers were holding ‘pucca’ dharna, while on the other side, members of the Government College Guest Faculty Assistant Professors’ Association had put up their tents and trolleys. Meanwhile, the entire street wears a deserted look with res- ■ “It’s been 26 days that we 180 ETT Security depolyed in front of Pargat Singh’s house during the teachers’ protest in Jalandhar. FILE idents resorting to staying indoors. Even though the police claimed that they open barricades whenever locals have to cross, the area residents said they are forced to park their cars in an empty plot outside the street where vehicles of protesters have been parked. “Every other day there is a protest, the entire area has become a hotspot of politics and we common people are the main sufferers,” said Sandeep Bakshi, who lives in the same locality. He said there used to be political activities earlier too when Pargat Singh was not a minister, but protests, police barricading and among other activities have intensified teachers have been protesting here. Only 17 teachers are from Jalandhar, while the rest from Gurdaspur, Patiala, Amritsar and other districts of the state. We ourselves are facing a lot of problems as we have to travel 3 km to use washrooms and take a bath,” said Kamal Thakur, president of ETT Teachers Association, requesting the Teachers prepare food in tents outside the minister’s residence. state government to pay heed to their demands. He also said the teachers ‘NO PROTESTS IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS PLEASE’ were protesting peacefully and even ■ Both entries to Dashmesh Avenue street 3 have been barricaded with locals have lent their support to them. residents confined to their homes ■ Dashmesh Avenue street 3 has turned ■ If there’s a rally or huge protest march, residents say that entire area into a protesting ground and both gets blocked restricting commuters movement entries to the street have been blocked ■ Protests and political activities in residential areas and on roads must by police barricades restricting the be banned as these cause huge inconvenience to residents, locals said movement of locals. since he became a minister. Another resident said in November when the members of the Unemployed Physical Training Instructor (PTI) Teachers barged into the minister’s residence and a scuffle took place between the police personnel and teachers, the entire area was sealed restricting commuters’ movement. “These teachers sometimes take out ‘jaago’, beat dhols and raise slogans disturbing the entire locality but who cares. Pargat Singh himself stays in Chandigarh for most of the time and here we residents have been bearing the brunt,” he added. He further said that the situation was no less than a lockdown as they can’t let their kids stay out nor can they invite guests to their homes. Meanwhile, the protesting ETT teachers and guest faculty professors said they have asked the police to remove the barricades as they have decided to protest peacefully. The police said barricades have been placed to ensure security of the minister’s res- idence besides those residing in the area as in the past some protestors have stormed into the minister’s residence, which caused a huge inconvenience to his aged and ailing parents. Despite repeated attempts to contact Education Minister Pargat Singh for two consecutive days, he was unavailable for comments. City boy is premier of TUXIS Tepid response to vax drive for teens Youth Parliament of Alberta On Day 1, only 837 youngsters turn up to get dose at 4 centres Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 3 Simran Ghotra, a city-based student and a long-time member of the TUXIS Youth Parliament of Alberta, has been named its premier for 2022. He was the deputy premier for 2021, his father Satwinder Singh said. Divulging details about this youth parliament, his father said: “The TUXIS Youth Parliament of Alberta is the oldest youth parliament in Canada. The main objective of this Parliament is to impart leadership training to the youth.” He said in the last week of December each year, all its members sit in the Alberta Assembly and present bills on various issues. “This whole week-long process goes on like a real assembly. The age limit for becoming a member of the TUXIS Simran Ghotra has a long experience as a volunteer and is also an active member of the TUXIS Youth Parliament of Alberta. He has also received an honour of Most Supportive Member award for 2021 Youth Parliament Alberta is 15 to 21 years,” he added. “Simran will now make sure to bring the issues being discussed at the TUXIS Youth Parliament of Alberta to the Government of Alberta so that the government should know what the youth has opinion on different issues”. He further added that alongside Simran, Sarah Clark was elected as the leader of opposition, Carson Flett as the deputy premier, and Seham Ahmed as the deputy leader of opposition. While Simran Ghotra has a long experience as a volunteer, he is also an active member of the TUXIS Youth Parliament of Alberta. He has also received an honour of Most Supportive Member award for 2021. He is presently pursuing his university graduation in Alberta. Jalandhar, January 3 On the first day of the vaccination drive for the 15-18 age group in the district, only a small number of youngsters appeared at the health centres here on Monday. Only 837 individuals in age group of 15 to 18 turned up on the first day of their vaccination drive. The health centres where these drives took place wore almost a deserted look with very few youngsters turning up and staff remaining largely free. Amid the ongoing strike by nursing staff and a host of construction projects at the Civil Hospital, infrastructure has taken a back seat. Staff issued doses till 2 pm after which the drive was suspended immediately. A dingy corner at the ESI Hospital served as the vaccination site for the young beneficiaries. Three girls who turned up at the hospital at 2.30 pm A teenager poses with a doctor after being administered the dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH were told that the drive was closed and they were asked to come the next day. Riddhi (16), a school student, said, “The government has asked everyone to take the first vaccine dose by January 15. Covaxin or Covishield, we are not worried about that. It is better to get vaccinated.” Manya (17), a student, said, “We were expecting to see a doctor, but since she had left we will come back later. I haven’t even talked to friends about the vaccine yet. I just want to get jabbed for my own good and primarily because it will allow me to travel freely in the country and the state after January 15.” Unlike the Civil Hospital where a rush of adult people for vaccination could be seen till 3 pm and brawls and heated exchanges with constant entreaties to security personnel to arrange their turn before others in the queue marked the entire day, the ESI Hospital was a picture of traquillity. In the entire day, only 51 youngsters turned up at the hospital. DIO Dr Rakesh Chopra said, “It was a decent first day response to the vaccine drive for the 15-18 age group. It turnout will get better in the coming days. We expect vaccination number to go up. As far as the rush at the Civil Hospital is concerned, the nursing school was earlier reserved as site for giving jabs but is closed due to ongoing exams.” This LLB dropout sells paranthasby roadside to lead a life of dignity Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 3 It has been 12 long years since Neha (30) got separated from her husband and decided to live on her own and raise her then three-year-old daughter. She said she was advised to stay with her husband for the sake of her child despite the fact he left her for another woman. But she says she chose her happiness and dignity over an unsatisfying relationship. She said it was a tough decision for her as being a single parent poses some practical challenges, especially when it comes to juggling parenting responsibilities with career. “I wanted to be a lawyer since I was in class X, but being born in a poor and rural family, I was forced to get married at the age of 16,” she said. “I then thought this was the end of my career and dreams, but to my surprise my husband allowed me to complete SMASHING STEREOTYPES I was advised to stay with husband for the sake of my child, but I chose happiness and dignity over an unsatisfying relationship, says Neha PSWC chief honours Neha, Kanta Punjab State Women Commission Chairperson Manisha Gulati on Monday visited two city-based women food hawkers, who have been running food stalls to feed their families. Gulati visited their food stall and handed her over an appreciation letter from the commission. She also assured them of best possible help from the commission with respect to ensuring best education to their kids besides asking administration to help them by allotting a permanent booth in the city. She lauded Neha’s efforts for not losing hope in desperate times as it is really hard for a single parent, especially a woman to survive. Meanwhile, Kanta Chauchan, 33, a resident of Partap Nagar who is running a small food outlet near bus stand, told Gulati that earlier she was working as a bike-taxi rider before losing her job to Covid-19 pandemic. Now she is, with the help of some local women, running this parantha stall to feed her family. After learning Kanta was a bike-taxi rider, Gulati took a ride with her in her two wheeler bike-taxi. my studies. It was in 2006, I completed my +2 and in 2007 my daughter was born. It was when my daughter turned two, I got to know my husband was having an extramar- ital affair. It was then I decided not to succumb to family pressure and rather choose to live independently,” she added. “Even though my family or in-laws refused to support c m y b me, I had given a good life to my daughter and I will make sure she fulfils all her dreams,” said Neha, a resident of Gopal Nagar here, who got emotional while talk- ing to The Tribune. Divulging more details about her struggle, she said she worked in a telecom company for over seven or eight years while pursuing her graduation in distance education. She said it was in 2016, she took admission in LLB but as she lost her job due to Covid pandemic, she quit the degree and started this stall by the roadside. “It was my circumstances, not a decision to sell paranthas by the roadside. I have to do something for a living instead of simply sitting home and trying for another job,” she said. She said she started this parantha stall on a table around eight months ago but soon she was able to purchase a food cart. “On Tuesday and Friday, I get good number of customers as on these two days, the number of operations and surgeries are high in the nearby hospital. So drivers and other people visit me to buy food,” she said while adding that from arranging her cart, to chopping to washing utensils, she manages everything on her own. Talking about her future plans, she says, “Once I get a good job, I’ll again take admission in LLB. I want to be a lawyer, so that I can fight for women’s rights and help every woman like me to bring a change in society.”
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