13022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/13/2018 12:49 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 13 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE National Deworming Day Song of success It’s so love-ly! Over 3 lakh students given Albendazole tablets in various city schools. P2 Achievements do not come easy. For these Punjabi artistes from humble backgrounds, it came with a lot of hard work. P3 The season of love is here with Valentine’s Day around the corner. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 20°C MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 11°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.09 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.05 AM SNIPPETS 1 held for attack on LPU student Phagwara: The police arrested one person allegedly involved in attack and snatching a laptop from a student of Lovely Professional University (LPU) on Monday, while his accomplice managed to escape. The police nabbed one accused, identified as Raju, a resident of Jagatpur village, while his accomplice Rajbir, a resident of the same village, managed to flee. The police seized a laptop, one ‘Datar’, and a motorcycle (PB08CW-3654) from Raju. These two armed motorcyclists had attacked and wounded Shah Nawaj, a BTech student of the LPU, near Hardasspur village, on February 8 and snatched his laptop when the victim was on his way to PG accommodation. When the victim resisted the attackers, they had attacked him with a knife. The victim was admitted to a hospital. The police had registered a case. OC Fraud cases On a complaint lodged by Ankur Jain, a resident of Khanna, the Satnampura police have registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC against Ragbir Singh of Mansa Devi Nagar, Hadiabad. He has been charged of duping the victim of Rs 80,000. Meanwhile, in a complaint lodged by AGM of the local sugar mills Umesh Sharma, the police have registered a case under Sections 860 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66 of the IT Act against M/S Sharma traders Mumbai. He has been charged of duping the sugar mills of Rs 18,32,250 on the pretext of sending 1,000 units of Coragen being used for sugarcane crops. OC 1 killed in mishap A motorcyclist, identified as Vikramjit Singh (25), a resident of Amritsar, was killed on Sunday as a cow hit his bike near Mehtan village on the national highway.The victim was on his way to Amritsar. He was rushed to the local Civil Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead, said the police. OC Man arrested with stolen material The police seized pipes of submersible pumps worth Rs 50,000 from Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Daddal Mohalla, and arrested him on Monday. The pipes were stolen from Gurdev Singh’s residence from Mehtan village on Sunday night. OC Divine impression END OF CCE EVALUATION GRADING SYSTEM Students, teachers a confused lot Avneet Kaur The change An artiste dressed up as Lord Shiva during a shobha yatra ahead of Shivratri in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Government teachers end dharna Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 12 The government Teachers Union Punjab ended its fortnight-long dharna and strike which began from February 5, here today after assurances from the District Education Officer (DEO), (primary) that their demands including release of pending salaries shall be met soon. A dharna and hunger strike was being held in the district from February 5 onwards for the release of primary teachers that had not been given for the past three months, to ensure promotions of head teachers and to prevent the alleged corruption in the department, DEO (primary) Rampal today gave a written assurance to the teach- ers regarding the stalled promotions of head teachers within three weeks. He also assured them that the pending salaries January shall also be released soon. Speaking on the issue of corruption in the department, he said if someone submits a written complaint against a clerk, strict action would be initiated against the latter. Meanwhile, the Leaders of Government Teachers Union, in the presence of the Punjab state advisor Karnail Singh Sandhu, decided to postpone the hunger strike and dharna for some time and suspended the dharna today. The teachers warned that if the DEO (primary) failed to fulfill promise, the union would intensify its path of struggle. Jalandhar, February 12 By ending the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) grading system, the CBSE has put Class X students and the teachers in a state of confusion. With the board exams commencing on March 5, teachers and principals of the schools believe that the decision will impact the pass percentage. Police DAV School Principal Rashmi Vij, said, “ The CCE was brought just because it was a better grading system and there used to be 100 per cent results, but now, results are likely to see some major changes. The decision to chuck out the CCE system is very abrupt, the teachers and students both are in stress thinking it should not affect students marks. Bringing in annual system at such a short notice has created havoc among students as they need to score passing marks in all compul- It is now necessary for students to secure 33 per cent marks out of 80 in every subject as part of external assessment and 33 per cent marks in every subject as part of the internal assessment. Earlier, under the CCE system, students were evaluated semester wise and not much preference was given to marks. sory subjects or else they will be left behind. However, the school is arranging extra classes for students, who are weak in certain subjects.” Also, there is the same amount of pressure on parents who are spending their nights and days with children, helping them out in their studies,” she added. Deepa Dogra, principal of Eklavya School, said: “Students are perplexed because they were used to the CCE system. Due to the changes in the evaluation system, the ratio between internal and external assessment has been changed completely. Students are in fear and ask the teachers if their answer would be a little dif- Mobile app to help state Big blow become greener Gurvinder Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 12 To encourage people of the state to grow more trees and plants, the state government is going to launch a mobile app that will facilitate people to get plants from government nurseries with ease. Through this app, it will be possible to check the nurseries near one’s location and also see the availability of the number of plant saplings and different varieties of plants. Besides, people will be able to book a limited number of plant saplings they want. Once the number is selected and booking done, the information will reach the forest guard or official concerned, and those saplings will be kept aside for the resident to come and pick up. This application is an extension of the mobile app ‘iHariyali’, which was launched around two years ago in Ludhiana. Then, plant saplings were booked and distributed for free through the app. Saurabh Gupta, Chief Conservator of Forests, said the app was a big step towards helping residents get the plants they wanted with ease. Through this, they would also be able to select the available plant species they wanted. It would encourage them to get more plants for their households as well. Vishal Chauhan, Divisonal Forest Officer, Nawanshahr, who was DFO in Ludhiana when the mobile app was launched in the district, said it was great that the app had been extended to benefit people in all districts of Punjab. He said the app, when used in Ludhiana, had helped residents get plants from nurseries. It would stand them in good stead, serving as a conduit for residents, Forest Department and nurseries. According to sources, the app would be launched on March 21 to commemorate Forest Day. Sources in the department said it was also planning to make a mobile app to curb damage to forests and prevent the violation of rules. The app would help people to report any damage to forests and violation of forest protection laws. It would be possible to post pictures or voice clips regarding violations to the state Forest Department through the app and they would receive information of the coordinates of the site of complaint, allowing the team to reach the spot and take immediate action, as per sources. When asked if it would be possible to report about damage to trees in areas falling in municipalities, an official said though the Forest Department would take action in areas falling under the department, in case of any complaints in municipalities, these would be forwarded to the municipal authorities concerned. ferent from others, will they lose marks?” Dogra further said, “The decision will boost rote learning and discourage creativity a student puts in his or her answers.” A student of Class X, Charanpreet Singh, said, “I and my friends daily discuss over phone how to attempt the paper or how would be the checking this time. Earlier, our school teachers use to check the answer sheet but now the system has changed. We are just hoping that all of us get good marks and clear all the subjects, I feel the CCE system was much better as it used to have many objective type questions which was less time consuming and easy to attempt.” PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH A tree that fell on a bike parked outside the SSP (Rural) office following strong winds and rain in Jalandhar on Monday. City-based professor makes it to Limca Book of Records Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February12 A city-based professor got his name featured in the Limca Book of Records in the field of human memory by making two records together. Kunwer Rajeev, an associate professor in the Department of Physics, DAV College, made the city proud by achieving the milestone of getting his name into the prestigious volume in the field of memory. He recalled the names of all 543 constituencies of India in a record time. His second record was to recall the exact atomic mass of all the 118 elements of the Periodic Table in less than four and a half minutes. Kunwer Rajeev, who has been teaching physics for almost three decades, developed his interest in memorising just around three years back, when he read a book called “Moon walking with Einstein”. It is about ancient memorising techniques used by Greeks and Egyptians to memorise their holy books. Kunwer said, “Learning and memorising is a scientific process and the human brain has a huge storage system. Before going through all the learning techniques and applying them, I had an ordinary mind of limited learning capability. After applying these methods, I developed the skill of learn- CLAIM TO FAME Kunwer Rajeev, an associate professor in the Department of Physics, DAV College, made the city proud by achieving the milestone of getting his name into the prestigious volume in the field of memory. He recalled the names of all 543 constituencies of India in a record time. His second record was to recall the exact atomic mass of all 118 elements of the Periodic Table in less than four and a half minutes ing and now I am able to memorise anything. I can remember the 1,150 contacts in my mobile phone on finger tips and also the complete data of 197 countries.” He can recall the date of birth of more than 1,200 Indian celebrities, day of the week for the last 650 years,16 types of information for all Indian states and Union Territories, names, population and exact area of all the countries of the world and so on. He claims to be the first Indian to recognise all 545 Lok Sabha MPs from their pictures and recall their names, date of birth, party, state, constituency and the ministers portfolios. You name the state and he recalls the party and constituencies of MPs. He further said, “Every human being is born with c m y b excellent memory, the only difference being that some have a trained memory and others have untrained one. Human brain has two Quintilian bits (two followed by eighteen zeros) of memory but still we are unable to remember things of our day today life. With this much brain capacity, an average human can memorise a complete set of encyclopedia, master three dozen languages and pursue graduation from nearly twelve different universities.” According to him, the best thing about these techniques is that it takes away the stress of learning and studying. He has also been conducting training session for stu- dents and professionals to improve the memory. His belief is that anybody from 9 to 90 years of age can have this kind of memory. He also says, no one is born with poor memory. After applying learning techniques anyone can sharpen his mind. Kunwer Rajeev who has also already made it into India Book of Records with three memory records to his credit, has a mission of spreading awareness about the significance of having a great memory. He has also done a few live radio and TV shows. For the benefit of students, he has started developing a website named www.thememorytrainer.com. Kunwer Rajeev shows his records in Jalandhar.TRIBUNE PHOTO
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