06082017-JTR-01.qxd 8/6/2017 12:47 AM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 6 AUGUST 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE 1,400 km duathlon Raking in moolah Mommy says NO! A test of grit in memory of martyrs to commemorate 18th anniversary of 1999 Kargil conflict P2 Shah Rukh Khan’s Jab Harry Met Sejal registered an opening day collection of ~15.25 crore. P3 Sara Ali Khan has been linked up with guys like Veer Pahariya and Harshvardhan Kapoor P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 31°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 16°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 6.47 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.58 AM PRESSURE OFF TEACHERS Dept tells officials to accord them due respect during inspections Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 5 Even though surprise inspections and routine checks – as anticipated – have increased under Education Secretary Krishan Kumar, in a first, the Education Department has written to all officials (DEOs, CEOs and DIET School principals) of the state, telling them to accord due respect to the teachers during visits and inspections in the schools. The letter has, meanwhile, sent waves of cheer among teachers. Thanks to the reputation enjoyed by the Education Secretary, teachers as well as the DEOs had already been feeling the heat after his appointment and many had also begun maintaining strictness in arriving at their schools. The letter, for once, takes the burden of the scare of inspections off the teachers regarding whose status, officials have been asked to maintain special care and concern. It tells them not to grill or test teachers in front of the students nor insult them, especially in front of the students. It also instructs them to inspect teachers – even in cases of specific inspections — in the presence of co-in charges and not in front of the class. SNIPPETS Poverty leads girl to suicide Phagwara: A teenaged girl, Manpreet Kaur (17), of nearby Chiherru village allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling at her house in the sub-division. Investigating officer Chiherru Daya Ram said poverty in the family was said to be the cause of the suicide. Manpreet was studying in Class XII and wanted to get higher education, but her father Lakhwinder Singh expressed his helplessness over this due to his poor financial position. The police registered a case and handed over the body to the family after autopsy done at the local Civil Hospital. OC Bank server room catches fire Jalandhar: Andhra Bank, situated on the Old GT road, caught fire on Saturday, but no casualty was reported. Rajendra Sharma, fire officer, said around 9.45 in the morning, when security personnel came to open the bank, they found smoke emanating from the server room. It was reported that short-circuit might have been the cause of the fire. It took only one fire tender to control the fire. We had also called the PSPCL officials on the spot, said Sharma. TNS Govt threatening teacher protesters, says DTF Jalandhar, August 5 In protest against the alleged threats being received by union members after a recent state rally, the Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) today announced that the union shall burn an effigy of the minister on August 18 in district-level dharnas and shall also hold a state-level rally on August 1. Addressing a press conference here today, the union members alleged that after a state-level rally held by the teachers at the education minister’s constituency Dinanagar, the union members had been receiving continuous threats. State president Bhupinder Singh Waraich, general secretary Devinder Singh Punia, among other activists, said that even after the passing of four months after the new session, there were 35 kinds of books which had not been received by students. Scholarships for students were also not reaching them in time. They also condemned the syllabus allocated to students terming it burdensome and aimed at encouraging nonscientific pursuits. Condemning the leave policy of the state government, they said a compulsory 15-day medical leave had been forced on to teachers, causing damage not just to teachers but to studies of students as well. They said there were no set annual rules for the transfers of teachers. They said teachers were forced to work on meagre wages and be being denied regularisation, the government was failing to keep its own promises made in the election manifesto. — TNS ‘Treat teachers fairly’ A letter of the Education Department states that the prime purpose of the school visit was the improvement of education and to check the level of learning among students. But it has been seen that during school visits, officials do not treat teachers fairly in keeping with the standards of respect to be shown to teachers in front of students. A district-based teacher, while lauding the decision, said, “Scare is caused among teachers whenever an official visits a school. Teachers are often insulted in front of students and rude, insensitive questions are also posed to them at times, which are not in keeping with the spirit of such visits. The letter takes load off the teachers and now they shall have something to bank upon in case an official misbehaves with them. The department has set a very good precedent, otherwise, the pressure of the visit was on teachers.” The letter states that the prime purpose of the school visit was the improvement of education and to check the level of learning among students. But it has been seen that during school vis- its, officials do not treat teachers fairly in keeping with the standards of respect to be shown to teachers in front of students. Officials at times quiz and grill teachers in an uncalled for manner. Out of anxiety caused by the visiting officials, a teacher isn’t, at times, able to answer their questions properly. A teacher has the understanding of his subject due to his ability, knowledge and experience. It further says: It is imperative to maintain respect for teachers in front of the students. It is important to talk to the teachers regarding the syllabus taught and level of education among the students, checking of copies and talking about results. But questions which imply that the teacher is being tested should not be posed to teachers. If a separate inspection is held for teachers, it should be done in the presence of the co-school in charge and not in presence of the class. It tells officials that an environment of fear and anxiety shouldn’t prevail during a school visit, but an atmosphere of ease should be encouraged while talking to the students. The letter also states that during the visit, the confidence of teachers and students should be reinforced by visiting teams. Draft suggestions given for new industrial policy Our Correspondent Jalandhar, August 5 City industrialists have drafted a feedback and suggestions regarding the new industrial policy for the state. The industrialists met Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on July 25 in which discussions over new industrial policy were held. The Jalandhar Chamber of Industry and Commerce has put forward its viewpoints to make amendments and and is of the opinion that this would benefit and deliver positive results to industrialists. In the city, more than 20,000 micro and small industrial units are engaged in around 17 types of industries. These are spread over 1,500 acres. According to industrialists, in the previous industrial policy 2013 (revised in 2015), the refund was supposed to be made as payback of 75 per cent of the VAT/CST. In the present scenario, the CST and VAT have been totally abolished and replaced by the GST. According to members, the new policy hasn’t made any clarification in the regard on how the refund will be made to the industry for which even a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed under the previous policy. “We demand from the Congress government to work in this regard and make the necessary clarifications required in the new industrial policy, as these small changes and clarifications in the policy might improve the present scenario and will help boost the industrial sector,” the members said. Charanjit Singh Maingi, secretary, Jalandhar Chamber of Industry and Commerce, while putting forward the suggestion for infrastructural facilities for declared industrial zone, said creating new focal points was a noble idea and we appreciate the government for that, but the government should also think about infrastructural development of the present Strong bond industrial zone under the approved master plan. He added that many industrialists in the city had purchased land in these industrial zones, but were unable to start new units because of lack of basic infrastructure. Amendments required in other issues Members demanded cheap power supply @Rs 5 per unit to the existing MSME units. Along with this, they also raised the issue of establishing a plywood park in 200 acres in Hoshiarpur district that would bring lots of investment and improve the situation of farmers, entrepreneurs and the government as well. Rural police bust gang of robbers Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 5 The Rural Police today arrested six members of a gang who had been committing robberies armed with lethal weapons. The accused were also into the smuggling of narcotics. The police recovered a pistol of.32 bore, three cartridges, an air pistol, 490 gm of intoxicant powder, a Xylo vehicle, 29 mobile phones, Rs 1,08,000 Indian currency, two cameras, three motorcycles, a baseball bat and an iron rod from their possession. The accused were identified as Daljit Singh, alias Shera (23), kingpin of the gang, Satwinder Singh, alias Prince (26), Moti (24) Sarabjit The accused in police custody on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Singh, alias Saba (19), Mukul (19), Sandip Singh (26). According to the police, the kingpin of the gang, along with Satwinder, had looted Rs 1.25 lakh near Khaira Majan village from an employee of Jan Laxmi Finance Company. Action sought against travel, immigration agents Tribune News Service Girls wearing traditional dresses tie friendship bands on each other on the eve of Friendship Day in Jalandhar on Saturday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Jalandhar, August 5 The North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has sought action against travel and immigration agents who are luring Punjabi youths with dreams of settling in the USA but are behind bars. In a communication to the Punjab Chief Minister, NAPA executive director Satnam Singh Chahal said here today that NAPA sought action against the travel and immigration agents who were luring youths with big dreams. Information received by NAPA in 2017, under the Freedom of Information Act, also revealed that several persons of the Indian origin were lodged in US jails and most of them were said to be from Punjab. Sharing his experience of helping Punjabi youths detained in US prisons, Chahal said sometimes the youths, detained in prisons in the US, had gone on hunger strike, seeking early resolution of their problem. It was very unfortunate that in an incident, a Punjabi youth Paramjit Singh committed suicide due to hardships there. NAPA later sent his body to his village in Punjab for cremation, he added. Asking for the intervention of the Director-General of the Punjab Police and the Punjab Government, the organisation sought the implementation of the Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Bill, 2010 (Amended in 2012 and 2016) to save Punjabi youths from fraudulent travel agents and the resultant humiliation and hardships faced abroad, apart from the sufferings caused to their families, Chahal said. Jalandhar youth makes it to national hockey team Arjuna awardee Harjeet Kaur, a woman from his neighbourhood inspired him to take to sports Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 5 It was not a national or international level hockey player who prompted the father of this new entrant to the national team to make his son join hockey classes, but a woman Harjeet Kaur from his neighbourhood whose performance in athletics came as an inspiration. Varun Kumar from Jalandhar has been selected in the Indian hockey team. Varun was also a part of the Junior Hockey World Cup team that won last year after a gap of 15 years. With this, Mithapur village in Jalandhar has once again made its name in the field of hockey as the captain of Indian cricket team Manpreet Singh (25) is also from Jalandhar along with Talwinder Singh (23), who also plays in the team. Shedding light on how Varun or his father developed interest, Brahma Nand, a driver by profession, said he was never into any sports, but Harjeet Kaur, an Arjuna awardee, was doing well in sports Varun Kumar was in Bengaluru and was moving to Holland and then to Belgium for the test matches. Speaking to Jalandhar Tribune over the phone, he said making it to the national team was something he had been wishing for long. because of which he thought of putting his son in sports. An euphoric Brahma Nand said that seeing his son’s name in the list of Indian hockey players was something that has given him great happiness. “I have faced a lot of difficulties while raising both my children,” he said. Ask his father about Varun’s future tourna- ments and he says that he doesn’t know much about that but was going to Belgium for now. “I only know that he is now a part of the Indian hockey team which is everything for me now,” he said, and added, “earlier, it was very difficult but eventually, with God’s grace, things are smooth now.” Varun Kumar was in Bengaluru today and was mov- c m y b ing to Holland and then to Belgium for the test matches. Speaking to Jalandhar Tribune over the phone, he said making it to the national team was something he had been wishing for long. “I started playing as a child and played with the aim of getting selected in a prestigious hockey team one day. Now that I have made it, I have become more responsible and wish to play for my country with dedication,” he said. Kuldeep Singh, who runs a centre at Mithapur where he trains the young boys who come with a dream to become hockey stars in future, said Varun had first come to him when he was around 8 years old and since then, the coach said that he knew he was going to be a star. “I gave him initial training for months and found he was quite a mature player for his age at that time. He would come on time and would play till late and never missed practice a single day,” he said, adding that all this is not expected of a child at that tender age. Hockey player Varun, along with his parents, at Mithapur in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH
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