28052022-JTR-01.qxd 28-05-2022 00:04 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE IN A FIRST, NO GOVT SCHOOL STUDENT COMES FOR TRIALS It is for the first time that no student from a government school took part in the sports trials in the district. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF FOUR TRAVEL AGENTS BOOKED Shahkot: The Shahkot police have booked four travel agents on the charge of duping four residents of ~33 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad. Station House Officer (SHO) HS Maan said the accused have been identified as Pardeep Kumar, his wife Priyanka Sharma, daughter Priya Sharma and Kala, a resident of Chak Singh village under Dharam Kot police station in Moga. The SHO said three persons complained to the Jalandhar (rural) SSP that they had paid money to the accused for facilitating their migration abroad. However, they neither sent them abroad nor returned the money. Cases under Sections 406 (breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC have been registered against the accused. OC 108 AMBULANCE STAFF HONOURED Hoshiarpur: A special welfare programme was organised by 108 ambulance service on Friday at the office of Civil Surgeon under the chairmanship of Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Pawan Kumar in which two pharmacists and six ambulance drivers were honoured. Pharmacists Parminder Singh (Tanda), Navjot Singh (Dasuya) and ambulance drivers Gurpreet Singh (Hoshiarpur), Kulwinder Singh (Mahilpur) Satnam Singh ((Hoshiarpur) and Lakhwinder Singh (Mahilpur) were felicitated by Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Pawan Kumar and Deputy Medical Commissioner Dr Harbans Kaur by handing over letters of commendation for their outstanding performance and services. OC N’SHAHR ADC (G) TAKES CHARGE Nawanshahr: A 2012 batch PCS officer Rajiv Kumar Verma joined as the Additional Deputy Commissioner (G) of Nawanshahr on Friday. Verma was recently transferred from Jalandhar, where he was posted as the RTA Secretary. He had also served as the ADC of Phagwara and Pathankot and the PUDA ACA in Jalandhar in the past. He had started his career as a tehsildar. Assuming the charge, the ADC (G) said he would accord top priority to further implement the schemes of the government in an effective manner. TNS LAND FREED FROM ILLEGAL OCCUPANTS Hoshiarpur: The Forest Department, Hoshiarpur, got illegal occupation removed from seven acres of land in Bassi Purani villlage. Forest Range Officer Sanjeev Kumar said this government land of the Forest Department was occupied by the concerned persons for a long time. He said today where the possession of this land has been freed, the pillars have also been set up to mark the said land. OC 10-YEAR JAIL FOR RAPING MINOR Lohian: The Additional District and Sessions Judge Sarabjit Singh Dhaliwal has sentenced Aakash Deep, a resident of Jagrall village, under Jamsher Sadar Police Station to ten-year imprisonment for kidnapping and raping a minor girl. He was also slapped a fine of Rs`30,000. The Lohian Khas police had booked the accused on March 20, 2020. OC PAGE 2 CELEBS MOURN SUDDEN DEMISE OF GOODFELLAS ACTOR LIOTTA PAGE 3 News of his demise was confirmed by his publicist, who revealed that Ray Liotta passed away in his sleep. MAX 39°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:24 PM GATEWAY OF INDIA LIT UP FOR LAUNCH OF STRANGER THINGS 4 PAGE 4 In celebration of Stranger Things, rifts will start appearing on some of the most iconic monuments on the globe! SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:25 AM SATURDAY | 28 MAY 2022 | JALANDHAR Kapurthala museum artefacts to be shifted to Amritsar Govt fails to take care of heritage housed at Sainik School; INTACH officials term it an insensitive decision Tribune News Service Kapurthala, May 27 As the state government has miserably failed to take care of the pristine heritage of Kapurthala Heritage Museum housed in Sainik School, it has now been decided by the Department of Defence Services Welfare that the precious memorabilia be shifted to War Memorial in Amritsar. Over the last many years, the museum in the school building has not received any attention of the state government for maintenance and restoration purposes and hence its roofs and walls have been crumbling. A part of the roof of the museum has already fallen off and about 20 artefacts that had been kept in the building, THE LOOMING CRISIS IN FINANCES ■ As of date, the only source of income for Sainik School is by way of fee, which totals to an amount of Rs 6-7 crore per annum. Of this amount, ~6 crore goes annually as salary ■ The schools is spending ~3.25 crore on pension and other recurring expenses from its corpus, which is gradually shrinking, raising serious financial issues in running the school which is a part of the Jagatjit Palace, have got damaged as the state government has shown no concern. The school authorities are learnt to have taken up the matter with the state government a number of times seeking restoration of the damaged building and maintenance of the museum but not a penny has been doled out for the purpose. After the officials took up the matter once again with the state government recently, the department of DSW finally took a call to shift the museum items to Amritsar till the restoration work takes place in the Kapurthala Heritage Museum. But the decision has not gone down well with some activists and INTACH officials of the princely town. Dr Sukhdev Singh, Punjab State Convener, INTACH, Dr Sarabjit Singh Maan, convener of Kapurthala Chapter of INTACH and advocate Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia, co-convener, in a statement today said it was the most incorrect and insensitive decision to shift out the museum items belonging to Kapurthala to Amritsar. Dr Sukhdev Singh said: “We need to understand the character of these art works. How can these art works be placed in a war museum? The shifting can also damage the art works and the character of war museum.” Sainik School authorities are also learnt to have been pursuing with the state government to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Union Defence Ministry. Once this agreement will be signed, the state government will have to give a budgetary allocation to the school as per which it will have to dole out Rs 3.25 crore as annual pension benefits to the 84 retirees, besides a fixed approval for its maintenance. The government is learnt to have been delaying the MoA so as not to get a new liability on its head, but in the process it is facing a huge loss in terms of damage to the museum building and its priceless possessions. Novel way to defeat addiction in16 drug-hit villages of K’thala Sports activities are being organised to channelise energyof youth Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 27 With an aim to channelise the energy of youth and young children, especially in Kapurthala’s drug-affected villages, sports activities are being organised at ground level by the Police Department. A total of 16 hotspots in drugaffected villages and mohallas have been identified where youths are being trained every morning and evening. The villages and mohallas that have been identified in Kapurthala, Bholath, Sultanpur Lodhi and Phagwara subdivision are Boot, Badshahpur, Dainwind, Khukhrain, Behtabgarh, Shahrian, Ucha Dhodha, Nawan Pind Bhathe, Toti, Sancha, Latianwal, Chhana Sher Singh, Lakhan Khole, Doglawal, Hamira and the Kirpalpur Colony. Police personnel, who are also into sports, have been imparting training to kids and teens in these areas of the district. It has been a month since training is being given and the response in villages is quite good. Budding players are learning various techniques of volleyball, kho kho, bad- Police personnel, who are also into sports, have been imparting training to kids and teens in these areas of the district. minton, kabaddi, judo and cricket, apart from running and doing other physical activities. A tournament will also be held in the coming days so that the players take things seriously and develop a healthy competition spirit among them. ASI Ripudaman Sharma, an international hockey referee and international umpire manager, is looking after the entire project in every village and mohalla. Sharma claimed that 40-50 players were enrolled in every village. He said meetings were held with village panchayats and the sarpanches also agreed to the fact that children at an impressionable age needed something positive to divert their mind. “If a youngster will play and sweat it out, he will not have a minute to think about any negative thing or practice. After hours of practice, a player will get so tired that he would sleep at a reasonable hour and also adopt healthy meal. This is what we want,” said Sharma. Two-time Olympian Kapurthala SP Manjit Kaur said: “Sarpanches of the villages also showed interest and welcomed the initiative. We will be happy if these youths go forward and get selected for the Punjab Police,” she said. Kapurthala DC Vishesh Sarangal gives an appreciation letter to a farmer by visiting his field. ‘Jal da rakha, kal da rakha’ mission to give push to DSR Tribune News Service Kapurthala, May 27 In a unique initiative to encourage the farmers to adopt direct sowing of rice (DSR) to save water, the Kapurthala administration has launched a mission named ‘Jal da rakha, kal da rakha’ on Friday from Bamuwal, Lakhan Kalan and Khanpur villages under which 10 progressive farmers were awarded with appreciation letters by Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Sarangal at their fields. Calling the farmers, who adopt DSR as the torch-bearers, the DC exhorted the progressive farming community to come forward to save groundwater, the only natural resource in the state, by making it a social movement. The mission is based on five components: To honour the farmers, giving them saplings for greenery at their tubewells, respecting and thanking the farmers by students to secure their future and pasting of ‘Jal da rakha’ stickers on tractors etc. While visiting the fields of farmer Kulwant Singh, who adopted DSR on two acres, Sarangal himself pasted the stickers on his tractor besides facilitating 10 farmers at their homes. The DC also ordered the Agricultural and Farmer Welfare Department to provide the technical guidance for registration on portal so that all eligible farmers to get financial aid of Rs 1,500 per acre for direct sowing. It may be mentioned here that the depart- ment has also launched a helpline 88720-26513. Talking about the other aspects of this mission, the DC said the school students were also to be the part of this to thank the farmers who adopted DSR to save the groundwater for coming generations. Today, the students from Government School, Noorpur Lubana, and Randhir school visited the fields and gave five saplings each to farmers, which included mango also. Those 10 farmers who have received appreciation letters included Jaswinder Singh, Kulwant Singh, Kewal Singh, Kulwant Singh, Gurbaksh Singh, Sharnagat Singh, Parmjit Singh and Lakhwinder Singh. They all adopted DSR method on 36 acres of land. Farmers protest govt bid Ahead of monsoon, villagers want Sutlej banks to be to acquire their land fortified; seek bolstering Phillaur-Darewal stretch Jalandhar, May 27 Hundreds of farmers of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KSCM), Punjab, on Friday held a protest in support of land owners of Chak Bahmaniyan and Thammuwal villages. The protest was held under KSCM state organising secretary Sukhwinder Singh Sabhra and district president Salwinder Singh Jania . Farmers, labourers, women supporters, elderly persons and children in huge numbers reached the protest site to raise a voice against the taking over of the land of the villages. In view of the sensitivity of the situation, the administration refused to intervene in the matter. The dharna was being held to oppose the government’s bid to acquire land of the owners in the area. Speaking on the occasion, farmers said poor farmers had rendered barren land into fertile area by sheer hard work and sweat. They said they would not let injustice be done to farmers at any cost. They said their struggle would continue as long as farmers do not get complete rights over the land. They also sought time for a meeting with farm leaders from the CM so that the seriousness of the issue can be conveyed to him. Kuldeep Rai Talwandi Saghera, Satnam Singh Raiwal, Ranjit Singh Bal, Jagdish Pal Singh, among others, were present. — TNS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 27 With the rain lashing most districts of the state, including Jalandhar, recently, the district administration has started reviewing flood preparedness weeks ahead of the onset of the rains. However, when one takes a look at preparedness at the village ward level, it seems that no lessons have been learnt from the 2019 floods by the administration. When the bundh (embankment) in Jania village in the district developed a breach in August 2019, it not only cut off the connectivity of the village with the rest of the world but also inundated fields and destroyed crops and flooded homes. Even work on strengthening the bundh was also started. However, three years later, villagers are yet to see a “pucca” bundh as per their demand. c m y b A number of villages still face the same woes. Residents of these villages rue that the government has failed to strengthen bundhs and stop sand mining in their villages. Some of the villages residents of which express apprehensions of a flood include Pipli Miyani, Mandhala Channa (also hit by the 2019 floods), Gatta Mundi Kaso, Rajewal Rame, Chak Bahmaniyan, etc. The villagers say at some sites, numerous trucks collect sand every day. Embattling the Sutlej banks — from Phillaur to Darewal — has been a longpending demand of farmers. As we know, mining, in turn, renders the banks weak and susceptible to floods. Recently, the district administration handed over a cheque for ~1 lakh to environmentalist Seechewal for getting the area cleaned under the bridge. The Gidderpindi bridge was another one that faced a breach, causing the water to enter numerous villages in 2019. Tarsem Singh, a farmer from Jania village, said, “Off an on, at some stretches, Good Samaritans and at times villagers themselves worked together to strengthen the bundhs. At some stretches, trolleys full of sand have been dumped along bundhs to strengthen them. But it is still prone to a breach and the resultant flooding. Unless these are not fortified, the safety of the bundh cannot be guaranteed. It needs to be very strong to fend off water.” Ajaib Singh of Pipli village said, “There is one single bundh which goes down Phillaur all across to Darewal in Jalandhar, any anti-social activity on any part of this bundh renders the village susceptible to breaches during floods. A single breach in the bundh is enough to lead to flooding in many countless villages wherever the bundh is weak. The only feasible plan to protect these villages is to make sure that the bundh is strong enough to withstand the force of water.” Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Wednesday said works, costing ~4.96 crore, were being carried out under the 16 flood control projects.
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