08052022-JTR-01.qxd 07-05-2022 23:33 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE COPS TOLD TO ADOPT ZERO TOLERANCE TOWARDS 3 Cs Top cop asks officers to focus on crime, corruption and criminals to make Jalandhar a safe city. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF YOUTH BOOKED FOR ABDUCTING TEEN Garhshankar: Garhshankar police have booked a youth, Davinder Singh of Haibowal, who lured away a minor girl on the pretext of getting married with her. The girl’s father said his daughter, who is 17-year-old, was working at a clinic. On May 5, the clinic operator called to inform that his daughter left the office with someone on a scooter and did not return. The complainant said he suspects that she was lured by Davinder Singh, on the pretext of marrying her. It is alleged that Davinder had also threatened him at his shop a few days ago. OC RTA SECY CHECKS PVT SCHOOL BUSES Hoshiarpur: The secretary, Regional Transport Authority, Sukhwinder Singh Brar, on Saturday checked the buses of Sri Harkrishan Public School, Hoshiarpur, under the Safe School Vahan Scheme. During the checking, it was found that the passing of many buses was not valid nor was the tax paid. After this, he held a meeting with the head of the school and the transport in-charge. During the meeting, he said the government and private school buses of the district should get the formalities completed from every side within two weeks. After that regular checking would be done by him. He said if any deficiency was found in any bus after it, strict action would be taken against it under the Safe School Vahan Scheme and the Motor Vehicles Act. OC SIX BOOKED FOR BEATING WOMAN Garhshankar: Garhshankar police have booked six persons, including two unidentified persons, for assaulting and abusing a woman. Saroj Rani, a resident of Moranwali, told the police that on May 5, her aunt Kulwinder Kaur, and Gurmeet Singh, son of Mani Singh, came to her house and started abusing her. After some time, his uncle Kuldeep Singh and Kulveer Singh came along with two more unidentified persons. They opened the gate and attacked her with sharp-edged weapons and grabbed her and tore her clothes. On the statement of Saroj Rani, the police have registered a case against Kulwinder Kaur, her husband Kuldeep Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Kulvir Singh and two unidentified persons under various sections. OC PAGE 2 B-TOWN CELEBS PICK THEIR FAVOURITE ON-SCREEN MAA Jalandhar, May 7 The district regulatory body for unaided educational institutions on Friday asked the owners/managing directors of all private schools to comply with the guidelines of the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Act. In the meeting held at the District Administration Complex, as many as 120 school owners/managing directors were called. The members of the body made school owners aware about various guidelines of Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Act and warned them of strict action if they fail to comply with the set guidelines and regulations. ADC Varinder Pal Singh Bajwa, the chairman of the MIKA SINGH ON THE SETS OF STAR PLUS’S SHOW ANUPAMAA This Mother's Day, celebrities pick their favourite maa, who have immortalised the character in films. MAX 39°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 20°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:15 PM To moms, with love A single parent fighting all odds to give her son a dignified life SUNRISE MONDAY 5:38 AM Tribune News Service Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, May 7 Coming out as a winner out of a failed marriage, Neeru Jassal (41), a computer teacher at a government school in Nawanshahr, had made sure that this bitter event did not affect the upbringing of her son. She says she had gone through the worst phase in her life, but never gave up as she wanted her son to lead a life of dignity. “I had serious health issues in the past. Even now, I am suffering with rheumatic heart disease and taking injections every month, but none of this has made me give in to failure,” she said. Neeru said being a part of the society that we live in, there are certain pre-conceived notions about single mothers. “Even if there is no fault of a woman, she is blamed for a failed marriage. I decided not to pay heed to such notions and do things that bring a smile on my son’s face,” she said. She said she is a teacher, writer and a singer. “I am working on writing my Neeru Jassal with her 12-year-old son Arpit Rai. autobiography, in which I plan to narrate my real-life instances, which I am sure will inspire many women like me. Besides, I had already sung a song on Baba Saheb, which was released recently.” On being a single mother and managing work-life balance, Neeru, a mother of a 12year-old son, said: “Single parenting does come with a lot of challenges. I am both a mother and father to my son. Besides, I also have the dual responsibility of being a teacher and household manager.” She said ups and downs are a part of everyone’s life. “But the true essence is in facing these and working towards making a difference in the lives of people who matter the most to us,” she said. Her love knows no bounds UNCONDITIONAL LOVE A woman labourer plays with her son on a hot Saturday afternoon. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Any school found violating the Act will be penalised & their affiliation can be cancelled on repeated violations regulatory body, asked school heads to follow the recent orders of Punjab CM and ensure no fee hike and that parents are not forced to buy books or uniforms from any special shop. Besides, they were asked to display the list of minimum three books/uniform shops in towns and 20 in cities and the same to be shared with the District Education Officer (DEO). He said such meetings would be organised on a regular basis now and the body would keep a check over schools functioning. He said any school found violating the Act would be imposed penalty and on repeated violation, their affiliation could also be cancelled. c m y b SUNDAY | 8 MAY 2022 | JALANDHAR Jalandhar Tribune highlights the painstaking efforts that a mother takes to raise her children and take care of her family despite all odds Aparna Banerji Jalandhar, May 7 Manzil mil hi jaegi, bhatakte huye hi sahi...Vo kya karenge log jo ghar se nikle hi nahi — The destination will be found even though I lose my way, what will those people do, who never ventured out. For the past seven years of ups and downs, this has been the guiding thought for ‘Mompreneur’ Mitali Garg, whose quaint little business has now gotten big enough to make waves in India and overseas. A ravishing mother of two, a fitness freak and lover of all things organic and cotton, Mitali is the quintessential entrepreneur with prowess in martial arts and fitness. Written down by many in the beginning of her career as a businesswoman, her success proved all naysayers wrong. Born and brought-up in Jalandhar and married in Jaipur, it was after the birth of her daughter Aadhya (now 9) that she took wings as an entrepreneur. One night she had a dream that she was a successful business woman and the next day she was off to the market to set up shop. ‘ Vastra By Mitali’ was born. It specialises in ethnic cotton wear, hand-blocked and vegetable dyed garments and now branching out to ‘juttis’ and ‘mojaris’. Having pursued her schooling from the St Joseph’s School in Jalandhar and graduation from HMV College, she went on to be a gold medallist in her MBA course of entreprenureship and leadership from Amity University in Noida. She is a black belt in judo and has some neat ‘moves’ reserved for those who act unreasonable. She started off with 70 to 80 kurtis from a Jaipur market seven years ago and today, her merchandise ranges across 6,000 varieties of garments and footwear and she has clientele spread across Jaipur, Surat, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, South Indian states as well as Dubai and Singapore. “The business bug was always there. The dream PAGE 4 Mika will make a special appearance as groom's friend in Anupamaa, promoting his dating reality show. This city-based ‘mompreneur’ is making waves worldwide Comply with Punjab Regulation of Fee Act, unaided schools told Tribune News Service PAGE 3 Mitali Garg with her daughter Aadhya and son Ahaan. almost spurred me into action. It gave me the conviction that I can be successful. I was married into a business family and had to quit my job after my wedding. Initially, relatives said they didn’t like me to pursue a business. They said we had enough money, what’s the need for a woman to work. Since I was determined, everyone then thought i’ll give it a shot for 23 months and then give up.” However, what started with a handful of clients, has now spread to thousands. Innovative as she is, during the pandemic, with most people staying home, she began modelling for her own garments too, which became her USP Such is her charm that . her clientele further grew. “Initially, since women mostly wore saris in Jaipur, I had no idea how well kurtis and pants will be received. But people’s response has been a pleasant surprise. I’m now shipping off consignments abroad,” she says. While juggling business after kids was another huge challenge, as her daughter Aadhya was a little over 1- year-old when she started, the birth of her son only prodded her on. “Many said ‘bacche chote hain, baad mein karna’ but I thought ‘later’ never arrives. People think children are an impediment to work. But for me they are actually inspirations. My daughter Aadhya (9) is my official photographer for all my shoots. And son Ahaan (5) a huge encouragement. They pack things with me, conduct my photoshoots and provide me with valuable advice,” she laughs. Off an on, Aadhya, too, poses for the kids wear. Her another constant support is her husband Ashish who has backed her in all her ventures. She has her own staff of five people and a busy business with clothes being couriered off to obscure corners of the country (and world) every day. What is her ultimate dream? “I’m thankful for the growth of my business, but I dream of having my own chain of stores across India someday. By God’s grace, I have come this far, there’s no reason why I can’t go further,” she quips. From prof to entrepreneur Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 7 Unexpected and unfortunate incidents are something that we just have to deal with in life no matter what, believes Harvinder Kaur (56), wife of social activist late Prof Lakhbir Singh, who dedicated his life to raise awareness about AIDS and cancer in the region. She has always been a very optimistic person and looked at every situation with a hope that she could make it work. Harvinder said she was a professor at a college in Phagwara, when she got married in 1992. “I continued with my job even after 10 years of my marriage and giving birth to my two sons. But yes, like every working mother, I, too, had problems in maintaining a work-life balance,” she said. She said at times, she thought of quitting the job, but then she realised it won’t be a wise decision. “I was worried over my sons’ upbringing and not being able to spend time with them, so I left my professor’s job and instead joined a school here close to my residence,” she said, adding that she also enrolled her sons in the same school to ensure they spend quality time together. “Everything was going on smoothly till 2006, we were living the best time of our lives and making plans for our future. But destiny had its own plans,” she said, adding that her life completely changed thereafter as her husband was then diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Harvinder said she was left shattered. “My elder son was 14 then, while the younger one was 9years-old. Once again a moment came where I had to choose between my work and family. My husband was undergoing cancer treat- Meet this mother of two, whose life changed after her husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma over my ❝I was worriedand not sons' upbringing being able to spend time with them, so I left my professor’s job and instead joined a school here close to my residence. I enrolled my sons in the same school to ensure we spend quality time together. Harvinder Kaur, A MOTHER OF ❞ TWO WHO IS NOW AN ENTREPRENEUER ment, so I left my job and decided to help him in his social work,” she said, adding that her husband had a very strong willpower, despite undergoing all radiotherapies and chemotherapies, he continued with his social work till his very last breath. “Besides, it was with his support and confidence that I turned into an entrepreneur at the age of 44. He asked me to open my own school, so that I can continue with my passion of teaching and manage the home and kids alongside,” she said. “When I opened the school, it started with just two classes — pre nursery and Class I, but now, it is up to Class X and has over 400 students,” she said. Harvinder said her husband passed away last year in 2021 after battling cancer for Continued on page 2 Harvinder Kaur while addressing an awareness seminar.
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