08092022-JTR-01.qxd 9/8/2022 12:14 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE GUV PUROHIT VISITS VAJRA CORPS, FELICITATES VEER NARIS PAGE 2 Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday visited Vajra Corps and felicitated veterans and Veer Naris. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 1 BOOKED FOR ILLEGAL MINING Phagwara: The Lohian khas police have booked a villager on the charge of illegal sand mining. Mining Inspector Ajay Kumar complained to the police that the accused was carrying sand in his tractor trolley and was intercepted at a naka, but could not produce any document. Investigating Officer Balwindar Singh said a case has been registered against the accused under the Punjab Mining Act and Section 379 of the IPC. OC ONE OF ROBBERS’ GANG ARRESTED Phagwara: The Lohian khas police have arrested an active member of a gang of robbers, which was busted two months ago. Station House Officer Sukhdev Singh said the accused has been identified as Rohit, a resident of Mandala. A case has been registered under the Arms Act and Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC. Some gang members were arrested in July, while some other members are still absconding. Efforts to nab them are underway. OC FOUR HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Phagwara: The city police arrested four illicit liquor traders, and recovered 7.5 lakh ml of country-made illicit liquor from their possession yesterday. Investigating Officer Sukhwinder Singh said the arrested accused have been identified as Gurwinder Singh, Manga, Amarjit and Kuwant Singh, all residents of Boot. The accused were nabbed when they were waiting for customers to sell them 1,000 bottles, containing 7.5 lakh ml of illicit liquor, near the Urban Estate Phagwara Gate. A case has been registered against the arrested accused under the Excise Act. OC MAN DIES AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR Phagwara: A motorcyclist died on the spot when a speeding car hit his bike near Mauli, last night. The deceased has been identified as Joginder Singh, a resident of Takhar. The police have registered a case under Sections 279, 304A and 427 of the IPC against the car driver who managed to flee the spot. The police have sent the body of the deceased to Civil Hospital for post-mortem. OC JUSTIN BIEBER SUSPENDS REST OF JUSTICE WORLD TOUR PAGE 3 JUHI CHAWLA’S DEBUT OTT SERIES TO RELEASE ON SEPT 22 Justin Bieber has announced that he is suspending the rest of his Justice World Tour, citing health issues. MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:43 PM PAGE 4 Actor Juhi Chawla’s digital debut series Hush Hush will premiere on Prime Video on September 22. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:07 AM THURSDAY | 8 SEPTEMBER 2022 | JALANDHAR Told to pay ~250-400 for school games, teachers raise objection MP: Ensure adequate blood at Civil Hospital Union condemns move I No such instruction, says DEO, Elementary Jalandhar, September 7 A day after Jalandhar Tribune highlighted the case of Nirmal, a patient’s attendant, who had to carry an open bag of clotted blood to be administered to his wife, for a day, MP Santokh Chaudhary visited the blood bank, the Female Medical Ward, the Dengue Ward and various other units at the Civil Hospital today. The Civil Surgeon, accompanying the MP assured that , the Jan Aushadhi Kendra at the hospital will be made functional in 15 to 20 days. After the shortage of blood at the blood bank at the Civil Hospital was highlighted in the columns of this newspaper, the MP specifically enquired the blood’s availability. He said he would write to the state government regarding this issue. Chaudhary flagged the issue of blood shortage and the unavailability of medicines. He also spoke to the Chairman of the Punjab Health System Corporation during his visit at the hospital. The MP was accompanied by Mayor Jagdish Raja, Congress leader Rajinder Beri, DCC urban chief Balraj Thakur, among others. Aparna Banerji NO SPORTS FUNDS RELEASED FOR YEARS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 7 Primary teachers across the district are being asked to pay Rs 200 to Rs 300 for the BlockLevel Primary School Games being held in the district. While on one hand, the government claims to be promoting sports in government schools, on the other, teachers are being asked to cough up the money for the events from their own pockets. Outraged, the Government Teachers’ Union even issued a formal condemnation stating, “The Government Teachers’ Union condemns the charging of money from teachers’ own pockets for the centre and block-level games. If the government has to hold sports tournaments, it must first release funds for such games.” Teachers in various blocks claimed their centre head teachers (CHTs) had verbally directed them to pay between Rs 200 and Rs 400. A teacher from the Nakodar2 block said, “After a meeting on the issue, our CHTs have asked us to pay for the games. We received instruc- primary schools, there ❝Inbeen no sports funds have for years. Our CHTs have asked us to pay for the games. Across blocks, teachers have paid for the games. I have paid ~250 in my block. In other blocks, they may have shelled out more. Nakodar-2 block teacher ❞ A kho-kho match in progress at the Block-Level Primary School Games in Mithapur. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH tions regarding this yesterday. Across blocks, teachers have personally paid for the games. I have paid Rs 250 in my block, in other blocks they might have shelled out more. In primary schools, there have been no sports funds for years. No PTEs and DPEs either.” Ahead of every games, we are asked to pay the money. With the fervour around ‘Khedan Vatan Punjab Dean’, we thought things might be different this time. Alas, it’s not.” Another teachers from the Phillaur block said, “Our school teachers have each been asked to pay Rs 250 tomorrow. CHTs have asked us to do so. Similar money has been charged at Phiilaur, Nakodar and Goraya among other blocks. We have heard in some blocks 2 allottees win cases against JIT Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 7 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, addressing two similar complaints of allottees of the Indrapuram Master Gurbanta Singh Enclave, has ordered the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) to either provide the possession of the flat with promised facilities within three months or refund the principal amount paid by them with 9 per cent interest and compensation which amounts to nearly Rs 10 lakh each to both allottees. In their complaints, Sanjeev Kumar and Neelam Mahajan said they had paid over Rs 4 lakh each for the flats at Master Gurbanta Singh Enclave under the 13.97-acre Indra Puram Scheme. They said they were COMMISSION’S ORDER The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered the Jalandhar Improvement Trust to give the possession of flats to two allottees of the Indrapuram Master Gurbanta Singh Enclave in three months or refund ~10 lakh each to them given the possessions of their respective flats without any facilities, not even electricity connection. They claimed that even at present there is no proper electricity, roads, streetlights and water and sewerage connections at the complex, therefore, they approached the District Commission to seek justice in the case. A notice of the complaint was sent to the JIT by the Commission. However, the counsel of the JIT maintained that the complainants after verifying the construction work and among other things, took the physical possession of the flats in question, therefore, the complaints were liable to be dismissed. After verifying the facts of both parties, the president of the commission, in its judgment, said the partial possession was handed over to the complainants without the development work and amenities as per the conditions laid down in the allotment letter. Continued on Page 2 teachers are paying between Rs 350 to 400.” Karnail Phillaur, leader of the GTU said: “For school games, we are paying from our pockets. From September, students’ exams will begin. BLO duties have also been assigned to us ahead of the elections.” Notably, the primary games will be held at the centre, block, tehsil and then district levels. Cur- rently, the block-level primary games are underway. DEO Elementary, Gursharan Singh, however, said: “No such instructions have been issued from our office.” On being asked about the funding for the games, he said the government was releasing the funds, but he would look into any such instructions being issued by any other department. THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Responsibility doubles INQUIRY ORDERED Medical Superintendent Dr Rajiv Sharma said: “An inquiry has been marked on the issue of open bag of blood being carried by a patient’s attendant at the Civil Hospital. SMO Dr Surjit has been asked to submit a report in three to four days. Dr Rajiv Sharma, Medical Superintendent, said, “An enquiry has been marked on the issue of blood being carried by a patient’s attendant at the Civil Hospital. SMO Dr Surjit has been asked to submit a report in the coming three to four days.” The MP said, “I have raised the issue of the non-availability of blood at the blood bank and SDP kits at the hospital. I also visited the dengue and thalassaemia units. The staff informed me that while blood units were being adequately arranged, the storage of SDP kits was being arranged as per the requirements – and currently there are very few patients with SDP requirements. I have asked the staff that both SDP kits and blood units are adequately available at the hospital. Some other issues were also flagged – like a shortage of nursing staff, a delay in the payment of salaries, etc. I will be writing to the state government about it.” continued on Page 2 Anti-plastic drive ahead of Sodal Mela Punjab Police recruits with their children celebrate after the passing-out parade of Batch No. 176 in the PAP complex, Jalandhar Cantt, on Wednesday. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH. See Page 2 Jalandhar, September 7 To mark International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation today initiated a plastic-free campaign on the eve of Sodal Mela. Er Sandeep Bahl from the PPCB and MC Joint Commissioner Shikha Bhagat made the devotees and local shop owners aware that they should not sell, distribute or use any banned single-use plastic items. At the mela, a joint stall has been put up by the MC and PPCB to spread awareness on plastic. The devotees have been requested to carry a cloth bag with them during the fair. — TNS Budding players win against all odds in game of life Children of daily wagers, single parent shine in several block-level sporting events Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Model House residents thrash a liquor contractor. TRIBUNE PHOTO Angry protesters beat up liquor contractor Jalandhar, September 7 A clash broke out between protesting residents and a liquor contractor in the presence of the Excise Officials at Model House on Wednesday. The excise officials had gone there for the opening of liquor vend, which residents were reportedly opposing. The residents also staged a dharna outside the liquor vend and demanded the liquor contractor and excise officials to get it shifted to some other area. The talks between the protesters and excise officials were going on smoothly, but in the meantime, some persons who were with the liquor contractor Continued on Page 2 Jalandhar, September 7 Even though they don’t have access to proper training, facilities, or good diet, several budding players, sons and daughters of daily wagers have proved that no problem in their lives can deter them from attaining their goals. They play barefoot, and win, and don’t even care if they will get hurt. Such heartwarming scenes are being witnessed during the blocklevel primary school games being held at Mithapur and other blocks. Notably, the primary government schools do not have physical education teachers despite the fact that governments always raise the matter of encouraging sports from primary level. Girls run barefoot during the school games at Mithapur in Jalandhar on Monday; and winners of various competitions. SARABJIT SINGH Several games, including athletics, kho kho, gymnastics, skipping, yoga, kabaddi, etc., are being played during the games. Parents of 10year-old Manish are daily wagers. He won first prize in wrestling (25 kg), and 100-m c m y b race. “Manish is as fast as the wind. We are sure he can win any race,” claim those who have witnessed Manish play at the venue. He is a student of Government Primary School (GPS) Kang Sabu. “I have been practicing for the past one week,” says Manish. When asked what he wants to become when he grows up, Manish just smiles and replies: “Khed nu agge laike jana hai.” Honey, 10, lost his father recently. His mother is a dai- ly wager too. He won the first position in yoga. He has been learning yoga for the past one year. Kabaddi position holder Sukhdev has the same story. He has no father while his mother works as house help. Sabowal Gudiya, 9, a stu- dent of Government Primary School (GPS) also stood first in the 100-m race. In the family of six, her mother is the lone earner. “I have four sisters and a mother. She works as a domestic help. I have lost my father,” she says. 10-year-old Ajit won the first prize in skipping. His father works as a factory worker while his mother is a daily wager. “I have been playing for the past three years,” he says. All these players share that their parents ever stopped them from playing. Anuradha Arora, in charge of Government Primary School, Kang Sabu stresses the students belonged to economically weaker sections. “We identify them and then train them so that they achieve big in their lives,” she says.
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