05032017-JTR-01.qxd 3/5/2017 1:30 AM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 5 MARCH 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE BIG FEAT: CITY STUDENT WINS SILVER AT WORLD SHOOTING MEET Þ PAGE 2 SPRING SEASON: PAINTING CONTEST MARKS CELEBRATIONS AT SCIENCE CITY Þ PAGE 2 ALL THAT BLING Designer Manali Pratap, who loves to dabble in Phulkari, believes the brides today are more open to experimentation PAGE 4 Þ CLOUDY 19°C MAXIMUM 06°C MINIMUM PSEB Class XII: 2 cheating cases reported so far Some of the observers deputed at their own centres in city; DEO terms it coincidence Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 4 While the district Education Department has been lauded for foolproof arrangements and security during the examinations this year, some irregularities have been reported at some of the centres. While the board had issued strict instructions that only independent observers will be deputed at examination centres, it has emerged that some of the observers deputed at the centres have been class teachers of the very students. While an English teacher of Government Senior Secondary School, Mand, was deputed at the Government Senior Secondary School, Hailer, where students of her own class appeared during the first English examination, another teacher working at Government Senior Secondary School, Goraya, was deputed as observer at There are as many as 14 open examination centres in Jalandhar district on which a special watch is being kept. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH their own centre, to keep watch on their own students. The third centre, where a teacher was tasked to be observer over his own students is Gohawar, where a teacher of Government Senior Secondary School, Atta, was deputed over students of his own school. Meanwhile, the Educa- tion Department maintained that checks were being conducted at various centres where teams of the department were visiting during every exam and the number of cheating cases is also considerably reduced due to strictness. While studies this year suffered first due to the poll, later thin-attendance was also reported at schools ahead of the examinations. Speaking on the shady centres in the district, DEO Harinder Pal said: “Observers have been deputed on a rotational basis and none of them have been attending to the same centre repeatedly. Observers were also deputed at big centres and of the many examinees, if some of them happened to be their own class students, that was purely by chance. All cares are being maintained to ensure there is no cheating at the centres.” As many as two cheating cases were also reported at two of the centres in the district, during the political science/physics examinations. Both cases were reported from Government High School Shankar, where students were caught with chits and were found copying from them during the examination. It was the team headed by DEO (Secondary) Harinder Pal, accompanied by District Science Supervisor Baljinder Singh, which caught the students. While teams headed by the DEO and flying squads have been visiting the centres, the DC will also visit various centres to review the arrangements. While as many as nine flying squads have been deputed across the district, there are as many as 14 open centres in the district on which a special watch is being kept. The open centres include Ladhewali, Kahlwan, Buta Mandi, Shankar, Nagar and Donewal Turna. While the English exam was conducted on the first day of the PSEB Class XII examinations (February 28), on Friday, the political science examination was conducted. The environment education exam conducted today. DGSE visits centres DGSE Pradeep Sabharwal today visited various centres in the district. While the DGSE visited two centres at GSSS, Nehru Garden, he visited another centre at Senior Model School, Ladowali Road. The DGSE expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made at the centres. HC Judge visits children homes Assembly poll: Dist admn gears up for vote counting Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 4 The district administration has begun gearing up for the counting of votes for the Assembly elections. While voting had taken place a month ago on February 4, the counting is scheduled for March 11. In the process, the administration has also set up a dummy counting centre at the Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women, where counting staff for each of the nine constituencies will get hands on training for counting on Monday for Administrative officials during a meeting in Jalandhar on Saturday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH two hours. A meeting in this regard held today ADC (D) Girish Dayalan said: “We had kept some extra EVM machines in the beginning for this purpose. NON-PAYMENT OF DUES Power supply to Nakodar snapped for over 2 hours Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 4 The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited had yesterday snapped connection of Nakodar tehsil as officials failed to make a payment of pending dues despite notices issued to them. YPS Bath, Deputy Chief Engineer, Kapurthala, under whose purview Nakodar falls, said: “An amount of Rs 1.09 lakh is due from the Nakodar tehsil which they did not pay up despite notices. As our staff member had gone there to hand over another notice, a verbal duel ensued between our staff and administrative officials. The power supply was cut for two-three hours, after which the SDM gave an assurance that the payment would be made by the next week. Hence, we restored the supply”. Bath said a similar action had been taken against the Kapurthala police recently. “We cut their supply too as they are yet to make a payment of Rs 28 lakh. Power connection was restored here too after SSP Alka Meena gave an assurance of clearing all dues in a week’s time,” he said. c m y b A proper mock exercise will be conducted on these machines on the campus. One similar exercise has been held earlier too.” The ADC said there would be 14 tables for each of the nine constituencies of Jalandhar at all counting centres on Kapurthala Road. “There will be a minimal distance between the EVM storage centre and the counting centre. There will be a micro-observer for each table, who would be deployed after randomisation to be carried out on the same day. Political parties have already been asked to appoint their counting agents and issue them duplicate authority letters bearing photographs, one of which will be with us and the other with the agent. The agents will be made to sit behind barbed wires, so that they cannot come near the EVMs. Duty magistrates will also be appointed to ensure law and order,” the ADC said. Dayalan said a control room would also be set up. “A communication plan has been devised and the entire process will be videographed.” Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Surya Kant interacts with a child at a children home in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTO Jalandhar, March 4 Senior Judge from Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Surya Kant today visited children homes and observation homes to check various arrangements provided to children lodged there. Justice Kant interacted with the children and expressed satisfaction over the maintenance of cleanliness. He minutely checked meals served to them and various provisions made to assess their health and fitness. There are about 120 children lodged in the children homes here. The Judge even assessed the working of the Child Welfare Committee. He visited the new building made for the Juvenile Justice Board. He was accompanied by District and Sessions Judge Raj Shekhar Atri, Deputy Commissioner KK Yadav and officials from the administration during the visit. — TNS
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