Labour Court sans any judge
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar, employees offload fresh and dry foliage to fill the pits and trenches dug up at the Model Town park. The pits were dug up earlier for the construction of a shopping complex
Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar, employees offload fresh and dry foliage to fill the pits and trenches dug up at the Model Town park. The pits were dug up earlier for the construction of a shopping complex. They were supposed to be filled up with earth taken from there but the authorities have taken a short cut to fill them with the least expensive and inapproprite matter available. Photo: S. S. Chopra

Over 2000 cases pertaining to labour disputes in the Doaba region remain unsettled. The reason: there has been no presiding officer here for the past six months.

As many as 1,824 cases are pending since Judge J.S. Khushdil was withdrawn on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court due to lack of proper infrastructure here. More than 300 cases that could not be disposed off by the Labour Commission too have been received by the office during the past six months, raising the number of pending cases.

No applications pertaining to industrial disputes have been received by the court and no fresh references have been entertained.

Labourers from Jalandhar, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala have visited the office at New Model Town here in the past six months with various complaints, but to no avail.

Various labour unions have lodged protests, but they have mainly gone unnoticed. Mr Harimuni Singh, president of a confederation of labour unions, said he, along with other representatives, had met the Secretary, Labour Department, to apprise him of the problem.

They were given an assurance of help in this regard, he added

Mr Harimuni Singh said many members of his union had been waiting for justice for the past six years and with no presiding officer the decisions were being delayed further.

He added that all efforts to present a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner and to hold rallies had proved futile.

It is learnt that the labour courts in Bathinda and Patiala too are not functioning.

The courts, however, are working in six other districts, including Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Ludhiana. Mr Inderjit Singh, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Jalandhar, could not be contacted.



Looking for his parents
Tribune News Service

It has been unending task for Sant Ram alias Harjinder Singh, who has moved from pillar to post to trace his parents. He was in the city to check the records available at the State Protective Home here.

Showing a copy of the record signed by Ms Poonam Arora, Superintendent at the home situated in Basti Gunja here, he said he had gathered information that he had been brought here as an infant from the State Aftercare Home in Amritsar along with his mother Sahi Shanti in 1976. The records revealed that his mother was almost 30 years old at the time, physically fit but was mentally unwell to work here.

Thereafter, Sant Ram said he was shifted to Gandhi Vanita Ashram here while his mother was sent to Pingla Ghar in 1979 so that she could take some treatment. “I am told that the women in ashram raised me till I was seven years old. Then I was shifted to Mahila Ashram High School, Ram Colony Camp in Hoshiarpur, where I studied till Class V”, he said showing his passing out certificate from there.

Sant Ram said while the staff of his school and the State Protective Home here had extended full co-operation, he had not got much response from the State Aftercare Home in Amritsar and Pingla Ghar here.

He showed a letter by the State Protective Home here requesting the Amritsar authorities to help him but he said the records still could not be traced.

Angry over the sequence of events, he had even written a letter to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Minister for Social Security, asking them to intervene. “I want to know under what circumstances my mother came to the State Aftercare Home and whether she is still alive. I am also curious to know about my father, my paternal and maternal grandparents,” he said turning emotional.

Recollecting faint memories, Sant Ram said, “I was playing outside the school there when a havildar of Ali Nangal village in Gurdaspur took me home.

He made me change my appearance by making me grow my hair. He called me Harjinder Singh or Raju in short. He made me work like a farm labourer and I kept on working for him for years. As I grew up, I realised that I should be paid for work. But he did not agree to pay me and I ultimately left his farm”.

“Soon I started living independently and took up jobs here and there. About 10 years back, I married a poor girl from Navipur Colony, Gurdaspur. My wife had been living with her mother and I too started living in their small house.

I have three children. I am raising my family by collecting milk from villages and selling it in the city every morning”, he said. 



Special trains for Vaishno Devi pilgrims
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

The Northern Railways has planned to run special trains from Delhi to Jammu Tawi and Udhampur during the navratras till Divali (October 21) due to the increase in the number of pilgrims to Vaishno Devi.

These trains will halt at Jalandhar Cantonment Railway Station for the convenience of the pilgrims.

Besides this, additional coaches would also be provided for passengers during the period.

Some of the special trains are:

The 403A New Delhi-Jammu Tawi AC Special train will depart from New Delhi at 9.30 pm on October 1, Oct 3, Oct 5, Oct 8, Oct 10, Oct 12, Oct 15, Oct 17, Oct 18, Oct 19, Oct 21, Oct 22, Oct 23, Oct 24, Oct 25, Oct 26, Oct 28, Oct 29 and Oct 30 to reach Jammu Tawi at 7 am the next day.

The 404A Jammu Tawi-New Delhi AC Special train will depart from Jammu Tawi at 7.45 pm on October 2, Oct 4, Oct 6, Oct 9, Oct 11, Oct 13, Oct 16, Oct 18, Oct 19, Oct 20, Oct 22, Oct 23, Oct 24, Oct 25, Oct 26, Oct 27, Oct 29, Oct 30 and Oct 31 to reach New Delhi at 6.45 am the next day.

Comprising one one AC, two AC II-tier, seven AC III-tier, besides a pantry car, the 403A/404A will halt at Panipat, Ambala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar Cantt and Chakki Bank stations in both directions.

The 2445A New Delhi-Udhampur Special train will depart from New Delhi at 9.30 pm on September 29, October 6, Oct 13, Oct 20 and Oct 27 to reach Udhampur at 8.20 am the next day.

The 2446A Udhampur-New Delhi Special train will depart from Udhampur at 6 pm on September 30, Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 21 and Oct 28to reach New Delhi at 6.45 am the next day.

Comprising one one AC, one AC II-tier, one AC III-tier, 11 second-class sleepers, four general second-class coaches, besides two luggage vans.

The 2445A/2446A New Delhi-Udhampur-New Delhi Special train will halt at Panipat, Ambala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar Cantt, Chakki Bank, Jammu Tawi and Ram Nagar stations in both directions.

The 0403 New Delhi-Jammu Tawi Special train will depart from New Delhi at 9.30 pm on October 2, Oct 4, Oct 7, Oct 9, Oct 11, Oct 14 and Oct 16 to reach Jammu Tawi at 6.45 am the next day.

The 0404 Jammu Tawi-New Delhi Special train will depart from Jammu Tawi at 7.45 pm on October 3, Oct 5, Oct 8, Oct 10, Oct 12, Oct 15 and Oct 17 to reach New Delhi at 6.45 am the next day.

Comprising one AC II-tier, one AC III-tier, eight second-class sleeper, two general second-class coaches, besides two luggage vans, the 403/404 will halt at the stations of Panipat, Ambala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar Cantt and Chakki Bank in both directions. 



Spice honour for 25 lucky winners
Tribune News Service

As a part of its promotion campaign, Spice Telecom honoured 25 lucky winners in the city as a part of the “Win a gold coin” promotion. Mr Mukul Khanna, assistant vice-president, said through the programme, the company was specially honouring subscribers who were paying bills on time.

Exhibition held

With festive season on, an exhibition of apparels, designer candles, gift items, crockery, artifacts and paintings was organised by Jaycees Club at Hotel Park Lane on Wednesday. The exhibition which was organised for a day only got an overwhelming response.

“Homes to heaven”, another exhibition was organised for four days at Hotel Shangrila.

Various items such as bed covers, cushions, pillows, polyfilled quilts, T-shirts, sweat shirts and track suits were put on sale. 



Students celebrate Bhagat Singh’s anniversary
Tribune News Service

The business club of the Department of Commerce, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, organised a declamation contest on patriotism. Twenty students from different departments of the college participated in the contest. Mankiran Kaur of BSc-II (non-medical) was declared first, followed by Anchal of MSc-I (physics). Third prize was shared by Ishwinder Kaur of B.Com and Ishdeep of B.Sc-II. Kanwaljit Singh of BA-III was declared the best speaker. Students of the commerce section also presented a theatrical performance on the life of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

Students of Sanskriti KMV School celebrated the birth anniversary of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh on Wednesday.

The students remembered the martyr with reverence and patriotic zeal. The environs of the school reverberated with “Mera rang de basanti chola”.

Students of Jalandhar Model School made a soulful rendition of patriotic songs and sang a traditional “ghori” which tugged at the heartstrings of the listeners. The whole atmosphere was charged with slogans of “Inqalab zindabad” and “Bhagat Singh amar rahe”.

Exhibition on tourism

Students of BSc (airlines, tourism and hospitality management) of Apeejay Institute of Management celebrated the World Tourism Day by holding an exhibition.

Under the umbrella theme ‘Tourism enriches’ as given by the World Tourism Organisation, the theme of the exhibition by the students was “Rashke-Jannat Hindustan”. Eight stalls put up by the students portrayed tourism potential in India and exhibited the way it enriched individuals, families, communities and the entire world.

The stalls featured eight parallel sub-themes – Mehak Punjab di; adventure sports; Kerala: God’s own country; Himachal Pradesh and Uttranchal; Hotels, airlines and travel agencies; Jammu and Kashmir; Goa; and fairs and festivals.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Balram Dogra, Director, Apeejay Institute of Management, said tourism was the world’s largest export earning sector and an important job creator, employing millions of people all around. In India, it had created rural opportunities, helping equalise economic opportunities throughout the nation.

Hindi humjoli

Eklavya School celebrated ‘Hindi Humjoli’, three-day celebrations to promote the language that concluded on Saturday. The school was beautifully decorated with charts, explaining various concepts in Hindi. All the students and teachers were asked to converse only in Hindi.

Ishita of class IV gave a speech, “Hindi sahitya-ek parichay”.

The students of middle section played a game based on synonyms. The students participated in a poetry-writing competition.

The first two lines – “Hindi Humjoli ki udi patang, le kar man mein nai umang” – were given to the children and they were asked to complete it in their own words. Badges were given to the children for participation.

Talent hunt

A talent hunt contest was organised at Guru Nanak Dev University College, Basti Nau. Contests were held for poetry, singing, declamation, skit, solo-dance, group dance, choreography, sketching and rangoli. Ritika, Navjeet, Preeti, Harsimran, Manpreet and Vanita won the first prizes in different contests.

Sahibdev of MCA and Ritika of MBA were declared Mr Talented and Ms Talented, respectively.

Mr D.P. Malik, Director, All India Radio, was the chief guest. Ms Vibhu Raj, Commandant, PAP, was the guest of honour.

Contest held

A hard selling contest was organised by the management and commerce forum of Apeejay College of Fine Arts. Studenst came up with the most unusual products to promote. They demonstrated equally innovative methods for marketing, selling and promoting these.

Some of the products sold included darkness creams and electric brooms. A badge ceremony was held.

Service week

Darshan Academy, Jalandhar, celebrated “Love and service” week to celebrate the birth anniversary of school’s founder. The students performed different activities such has helping the needy and the old.

The students went to Pingla Ghar and gave gifts to the inmates there.

Quiz contest

As many as 54 students from six schools of the district participated in a science and mathematics quiz competition organised at Parkashwati Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir on Sunday. Mr Naresh Malhotra, president, gave prizes to the top three teams.

An inter-house quiz contest was organised at Lawrence International School. Students from Classes VI to XII participated in the contest. Each team had four participants, two from middle and two from seniors.

Questions were based on general knowledge, current affairs, sports, mental ability and science. There was a rapid fire round and an audio-visual round. The team led by Harleen from Class IX, Amar from Class XII, Madhav from Class VIII and Abhishek from Class VII won the first prize.


A seminar on “Female foeticide” was organised by Trinity College. Dr Pinky and Dr Lucy from Sacred heart Hospital were the resource persons. They described it as a heinous crime.

Debate contest

Mendeleev Society of the Chemistry Department of Lyallpur Khalsa College organised a debate competition on “Chemistry – A boon or a curse for human race”. Eleven teams participated in the contest and gave their views by quoting various examples. The winners of the contest were Manveen, Amrita, Karan, Deepak, Mandeep and Bharat. The best speakers were Pankaj, Jasmin, Sonali and Sukhdeep.

Sports presidents

Dr Satish Kapoor, principal, Lyallpur Khalsa College, has been appointed as the president of the sports committee for men of Guru Nanak Dev University. Ms P.P. Sharma, principal, Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, has been taken as the president of the council for women in the varsity.


The final batch of students from Lyallpur Khalsa College came to the campus for a get together before joining their employers at different places. As many as 140 students of the college got into blue chip companies including like Wipro Technologies, IBM, and Dell in the campus placements.

Live demo

Brainobrain Kids’ Academy, Model Town, organised a live demonstration and prize distribution function at Guru Nanak Dev District Library. Eleven year old Lakshay Verma surprised the gathering by doing sums of multiplication, addition and subtraction in seconds. Ms Kamaljeet Saini, in charge, said the academy based in Chennai had 260 centres with 20,000 students all over the country. 



Blocked sewerage spells misery for residents
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Residents of New Sant Pura locality under ward No 10 of Kapurthala are living under hellish conditions for the past one month with sewage water over-flowing in gali No 2 and 3.

The sewage water has not only accumulated in the lanes but it has also entered some houses due to blocked pipes. Jasbir Kala, in whose houses the sewage water has entered, told Jalandhar Plus that the residents of the locality had brought the matter the notice of Municipal Council authorities repeatedly but to no avail. Kala further said his two children Suman and Karan were suffering from severe stomach pain due to the unhygienic conditions.

The stink in the area is intolerable.

Another resident Sukhdev Singh said not only the residents of New Sant Pura but adjacent localities were also suffering as they had to cross the sewage water to reach their destinations.

Worst-hit were students of Onkar Public School who had to cross the stretch to reach the school every day, he added.

Sukhdev Singh held two dairies located in the locality responsible for choking of the sewage. He expressed fear of an epidemic outbreak in the locality if nothing was done to solve the problem permanently.

When contacted, BJP Municipal Councillor Harjit Singh Jeeta of ward No 10 alleged intentionally neglection of the ward by the Council president Sudesh Agarwal, of the Congress.

Jeeta attributed the problem to sewer pipes being just 8 inches in size and lack of de-silting since the laying of the pipes had been laid.

The Councillor said he had tired to bring the matter to the notice of MC authorities. 
On the other hand, Sudesh Agarwal denied the allegations, claiming that all wards had been taken care of.

He said workers had been visiting the locality for past five days to clear the pipes to ensure proper flow of sewage water but they were unable to enter the manhole as cow dung had been dumped into it.

The workers were trying to find a solution. He had directed the staff concerned to disconnect the sewerage connections of the dairies located in this locality as they were responsible for choking of the sewerage, he added.



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