Treatment plant wasting away
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Wariana (Jalandhar), July 12
Although it was set up to convert organic waste into organic fertilisers, yet the solid waste treatment plant at Wariana village in Jalandhar has itself become a victim of negligence.

The plant, set up by the Jalandhar municipal corporation, has come to a halt and its functioning lying disrupted for the past many days owing to collection of water inside the plant. And with the onset of monsoons and with no passage for water drainage, the plant poses more problems than solutions. The crisis is even more threatening as water is getting mixed up with piles of organic waste.

Along with foul smell, water mixed up with waste has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies and the risk of epidemic diseases can’t be ruled out.

The crisis leaves plant workers, rag pickers and farmers working in the fields around the plant open to such a grave risk There are several residential colonies, shops and vends within a stretch of 100 to 200 metre from the site which too have been affected.

Heaps of untreated, inorganic waste including plastic, glass, stones and ceramics lie all along the stretch of the road from the main gate to the plant site. R.K. Ghai, contractor of the plant, said he had repeatedly written to the MC officials to construct a drainage system at the site. He said tender worth Rs 25 lakh had been passed but the work has not been executed yet.

He said the organic waste had been piling up there for the last one and a half months but it could not be treated. Even as the area is least hygienic, new private colonies have started flourishing all around it. A prominent property dealer too has set up several colonies and flats all around the plant.

District epidemiologist Dr T.P. Singh said he would get the area checked for the safety of the residents.

Army personnel from Vajra Corps had once tried to convert the useless land into a garden but the idea fell flat as the MC officials just forgot to take further steps once the army tanks were out. These heaps are now covered with wild shrubs imparting even a dirtier look. S.C. Talwar, commissioner, did not take the call. 



Frenzy Begins
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 12
For Harry Potter’s desi fans it can’t get better than this. The next eight days will see Potter mania reach fever pitch across the country as two of the most eagerly-awaited works on boy wizard are all set for a release. Come July 13 and the fifth movie in the Potter series —- The Order of the Phoenix —- will hit theatres in India. And nearly a week after, on July 21, the last book on Hogwart’s most famous spell caster will be out. Understandably, the excitement is palpable among the fans, with city being no exception.

“It’s a dual treat. I have been waiting eagerly for this moment. I am absolutely thrilled,” says a Potter die-hard Anirudh, who plans to hit theatre right in the morning. The teen’s proud possession is
his collection of four Potter DVDs.

Manmeet (18), who has a crush on Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Potter, says she can’t wait to see her dreamboy. “I would love to see him in a full blown adolescence,” she says.

Gauging the viewer’s desperation, authorities at Sarb Multiplex, where the film will be running, have made special arrangements. “Advance booking is on and we’re expecting a full house. For the convenience of fans, we’ll run three shows, 11.00 am, 3:15 pm and 6 pm, of the movie. We don’t want anyone to miss out the fun,” quips general manager Anush.

But there are others for whom it’s the book which casts the real spell. “Potter has reached a cult phenomena status. It’s the best fiction I have ever read. Reading Harry Potter is altogether a different experience. Movies are not able to depict each and every aspect of the book. The dream world and wide imagination of J.K. Rowling is riveting,” says Abhijit, who has read all the six previous books and is eagerly awaiting the final chapter. However, the boy, who’s a Garden Colony resident, feels that the series should not be wrapped up.

Agrees his friend Varun. “I am crazy about Harry. I have been regularly surfing to know the climax of ‘Deathly Hallows’, the last installment of wizard saga,” he said. It’s not only the kids and teenagers who are going gaga over Potter. Says Icchpreet, a housewife, who is a regular reader of Rowling’s books. “I am looking forward to know the climax,” she says. However, she feels that it’s the right time for the series to come to an end. “There’s no point stretching it,” she adds.

SK Sharma, managing partner of Reader’s Paradise, a book shop in Model Town, said he’s receiving a large number of queries regarding the book. “The city has a sizeable number of Potter lovers and we won’t disappoint them. The book will be on shelves on July 2,” he added. 



Is section 376 being misused?
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, July 12
Jatinder Singh, alias Lovely, a resident of Feroze Sanghowal village, falling under Bholath police station, has been booked on the charge of raping a girl of the same village.

An FIR has been registered against Satpal, alias Kala, a resident of Satnampura, at Phagwara city police station for allegedly raping a girl of Gobindpura in Phagwara.

The similarity in these cases is that both boys were booked for allegedly raping those two girls who reportedly established sexual relations with them with consent and continued to do so for several months, the fact clearly stated in the FIRs lodged at the respective police stations on Tuesday.

At the same time, both complainants stated in the FIRs that the boys had made sexual relations with them on the promise of marrying them but later they refused to do so. While Satpal kept relations with the girl for seven years, Jatinder did so for five months, said police sources.

However, legal experts have a different view. Advocate K.K. Arora says a man cannot be booked under section 376 of the IPC for rape if a girl makes sexual relations with him with consent and even if he refuses to fulfil his promise of marrying her, provided the age of the girl is not below 16. Meanwhile, it has come to light that the Section 376 is used as pressure tactics in such type of cases. This section of rape is, in most cases, used to put pressure on the boy and his family to marry the particular girl. Even in these two cases, the FIRs of rape were not only registered against the boys, but also their several close relatives were booked.

When contacted, Kapurthala SSP Rakesh Agarwal said the FIRs had been registered on the complaints of the girls concerned. It would be clear only after investigation whether sexual relations were made with or without consent and accordingly challans would be presented in the court. None of the accused would be arrested till the completion of the investigation, he said, adding that the age of the girl was just 17 in the Bholath case and that was why even if she had consented to have affair with Jatinder, her consent was immaterial and the section was valid.

However, when told that according to legal experts the consent is immaterial if the girl is above the age of 16, he said that would be taken care of during investigation. He said Jatinder had already agreed to marry the girl concerned.



Tanker overturns, action sought against IOC men
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, July 12
Phagwara SDM Amritpal Singh has sent a detailed report on overturning of a tanker carrying 17.5 tonnes of LPG to the deputy commissioner of Kapurthala. The report has called for action against Indian Oil Company officials who reached the spot 12 hours late.

The tanker, which was on its way to Suchipind, overturned while trying to take a slight diversion moved over to the under-construction portions of an upcoming flyover near the Mehtan bypass on the national highway near Kanshi Nagar at around 2 am on July 9. The Indian Oil officials reached for transferring LPG into another tanker only at around 1.45 pm on Tuesday. A serious mishap was averted because there was no leakage of LPG. Talking to media persons here, the SDM said he had taken serious notice of the incident to prevent any such mishap in the future.

Traffic on the national highways remained disrupted for more than 17 hours and the traffic had to be diverted through different link roads because of the incident. Traffic on the GT Road between Phagwara and Jalandhar remained disrupted for four hours during shifting of LPG into another tanker. 



Coming up soon: Canadian school in Jalandhar

Phagwara/Hoshiarpur, July 12
St Soldier Educational Society has entered into collaboration with Grand Canadian Academy, British Columbia and soon would open first Canadian school in Jalandhar. Briefing the mediamen about the joint venture here today, Keith Gallinelli, Dave Majlaars, representatives of Grand Canadian Academy and Anil Chopra, chairman, St Soldier Educational Society, said it will be first Canadian schoolin India.

The Canadian academy is running four schools in China with a total strength of 400 students. Students enrolling with the institute would get graduate degree of Kingston University Canada, they said.

The Canadian representatives had visited several educational institutions of St Soldier Group. The study visa would be provided to all those students willing to go abroad for higher studies.

“This unique programme brings professional Canadian teachers to teach the Indian students and prepares them to graduate with a Canadian high school diploma. It enables students a smooth entry to universities in Canada, the US, UK and other commonwealth countries,” said Anil Chopra.

“Classes are taught in English by British Columbia government certified teachers, and students write the same examinations as Canadian high school students. All examinations are arranged by the BC Ministry of Education.”

“The programme is inspected by the Canadian government representatives every year to ensure maintenance of standards,” he said.



Young World
Khana Khazana to promote good eating habits
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 12
Khana Khazana, a three-day programme promoting good eating habits among children, was organised by Eklavya School here today. The event will see a large number of activities being undertaken by the students. On Thursday, kids took part in ‘Snakes and Ladders’ game which was moulded a bit to promote the programme message. The participants lost marks whenever the dice number made them step on picture exhibiting bad food habits. Similarly, when they stepped on healthy eating habits they got bonus points. The children dressed up in traditional attires of different states to the cultural diversity. The highlight of the day was ‘Baingan Ki Aaegi Baraat’, a musical programme where children dressed in fruits and vegetable costumes, swayed to the beats.

Toppers galore

Rajwinder, a student from Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara has brought laurels for the institution by securing 601 marks out of 800 in BSc first year (Economics). Bharti Vij of BCA-II from the same college has bagged 630 marks out of 800. Swati from BSc first year (computer science) has got 623 marks out of 800. Parminder of BA-III has a secure of 1,868 out of 2400. Heena Thapar from Lyallpur Khalsa College has stood third in BSc first year (Biotechnology) in Guru Nanak Dev University. Dr Arun Dev Sharma, head of the department, said three more students had achieved merit positions.

CAD conference

DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology organised a seminar on ‘Modernisation of engineering industry through CAD/CAM’ on Thursday. Students were made aware of the need of integration of CAD and CAM. Students were fascinated to see the designs on display. A quiz competition was also held wherein Shrey Gupta of mechanical engineering (IInd year) stood first. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr Ajit Singh Bhart, councillor and town mayor of Bicester Town Council, UK. Tony Singh, exporter from Taiwan, Gurpreet Singh, manager of CAD/CAM Mahindra Die Castings Pvt. Limited, Jatin Kalsi, managing director, Foursome IT, were guests 
of honour.

English seminar

A seminar on communicative skills in English was held at Swami Mohan Dass Model School. All staff members and senior students attended the event. Dr S.N. Rudra in her address laid emphasis on pronunciation and vocabulary building.



WWICS unveils new scheme

Jalandhar, July 12
WWICS, a Mohali-based immigration firm, has unveiled its new finance scheme for permanent residency programme here on Monday. Deputy general manager B.S. Jolly said, “The programme gives an easy option to businessmen and investors from India, having potential for capital investment, to reside in Canada.” 

He said the Indian investors would have to invest nearly 4 lakh Canadian dollars with Canadian government as interest-free deposit with a lock in period of five years and
secure hassle-free residency status there. 



Woman sets herself ablaze
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, July 12
Manjit Kaur of Maherru village committed suicide after setting herself ablaze on Tuesday night. The deceased’s brother Krishan Dass alleged that his sister was being mentally and physically tortured by her in-laws for more dowry for the past eight years. “Fed up with the atrocities, Manjit has left her husband Davinder Lal’s house and it was only after intervention of village elders we decided to give the family another chance. However, the harassment never stopped,” said Dass. A case has been registered. 



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