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P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 42°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.20 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.21 AM Dowry: Man kills daughter-in-law Illegal travel agents on police radar Education Dept report suggests improvement in students’ performance Several places raided, 19 persons arrested; agents cry foul over police action the ‘Padho Punjab, Padhao ❝SettingofasidePunjab provisions the Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Avneet Kaur Deceased Anita (32) Jalandhar, May 30 A man on Tuesday evening allegedly gunned down his daughter-in-law for dowry at Thathiala Bet village of Balachaur subdivision. The accused has been identified as Rattan Singh. The police said the accused hatched a conspiracy with his wife Sulinder Kaur and murdered Anita (32) using his double barrel gun. The Balachaur police have arrested the accused and his wife. The deceased’s husband had gone to Italy around seven to eight months ago. Jaspal Singh, father of the victim, told the police that Anita’s in-laws used to harass her for dowry and beat her up frequently. The deceased’s father said he, along with his son, was at home when Anita called them up from her mother-in-law’s phone and narrated her ordeal. She told them that their inlaws beat her up, he added. “Anita had suspected that she might be killed as she had seen her father-in-law holding a gun. After coming to know about her death, we left for her house and found her lying in a pool of blood,” Jaspal added. Ajay Kumar, SHO of the Balachaur police station, said the accused had been arrested and a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC and Section 27 of the Arms Act had been registered. — TNS Jalandhar, May 30 According to a comparative analysis report of the baseline tests conducted in October-November 2017 and the endline test held in February-March 2018 by the Department of School Education, Punjab, 80 per cent students of Class VI to VIII have scored above 60 marks in three main subjects — English, mathematics and science. Under the ‘Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab’ project, the Department of School Education has conducted three separate baseline and endline tests of English, science and mathematics. In the endline test of English, the report suggested that 77 per cent of the students were able to read sentences, recognise words or write stories. Under the project, a team of 22 district mentors (DMs) and 217 block mentors (BMs) gave three-day training to teachers for teaching English and social science to students of Classes VI to VIII in government schools. As per the record provided by the monitoring agency, as many as 12,184 teachers from 6,276 schools were trained for the English subject in the state. The analysis results of the baseline and endline tests show that 37.28 per cent students improved their learning in mathematics and 58 per cent of them enhanced their knowledge in science. In the recently declared Class X Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Punjab’ project ■ Under the ‘Pardo Punjab, Padhao Punjab’ project, the Department of School Education has conducted three separate baseline and endline tests of English, science and mathematics. ■ In the endline test of English, the report suggested that 77 per cent of the students were able to read sentences, recognise words or write stories. ■ Under the project, a team of 22 district mentors (DMs) and 217 block mentors (BMs) gave three-day training to teachers for teaching English and social science to students of Classes VI to VIII in government schools. . results, the performance of students in science has been registered better than that of non-government schools. Of the total 2, 14, 805 students who appeared for the exams, a total of 1, 86, 841 cleared the exam. The pass percentage of government school students in science was 86.98 whereas the same of the non-government school was 85. Beside the baseline and endline tests, a number of pre-fair workshops, ganit melas, foundation course for 30 days in mathematics and science, orientation workshops for teachers, DMs and BMs were conducted by the Education Department under the project to raise the standard of education and impart quality education to students. Jalandhar, May 30 In a major crackdown on illegal travel agents in the district, the police on Wednesday conducted raids at 40 places in the city and arrested 19 agents for allegedly running their business without a valid licence. The raids though conducted in the bus stand area caused an uproar amongst travel agents, who cried foul and accused the police of misbehaving with the staff on their office premises in front of clients. Five teams headed by an SDM and ACP were constituted to tighten noose around the illegal travel agents. These teams were further monitored by SSP Sudarvizhi. Before the raids, a meeting of district administration officials was convened and it was chaired by Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma and Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha. The officials were told to arrest the travel agents who are operating their business in the city without a valid licence. According to ACP Sameer Verma, the accused were found running the business illegally. He said though the accused had applied for the licence under the Punjab Travel Professionals’ Regulation Act, 2014, they did not comply with the conditions and hence they could not get the licence. “Despite repeated warnings, they were running the business without a valid licence so they were arrested on Wednesday,” said Verma. A case under Sections Travel Professionals’ Regulation Act, 2014, the state government has enforced stringent rules, a majority of which cannot be followed. ❞ SUKANT NAIN TRIVEDI, president of the Association of Consultants for Overseas Studies Cops conduct a raid at a travel agent’s office; and (below) travel agents address the media in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH 406, 420, 120-B and 13 of the Punjab Travel Professionals’ Regulation Act, 2014, has been registered against the accused. Meanwhile crying foul, ‘Meagre’ hike in wages: Bankers up the ante SNIPPETS Services affected as bank employees observe strike, take out march Farm loan-waiver certificates issued Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 30 Protesting the Indian Bank Association’s (IBA) “meagre” offer of two per cent hike in wages, a large number of bank employees took out a march and observed a strike here on Wednesday. Banking services, including the process of clearing cheques and cash transactions worth around Rs 350 crore, in the city remained suspended on Wednesday due to the strike. The employees wore black badges as a mark of protest during the march. Bank employees and officials gathered in front of their branches and raised slogans against the government. Later, they formed area-wise groups and marched towards the SBI’s main branch. A huge procession was taken out in the city from the branch that culminated in a mass rally at PNB Chowk and Nehru Garden. More than 2,500 bank employees and officials joined the procession. Amrit Lal, convenor, United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), Jalandhar unit, said employees were protesting against a delay in resolving their demands, “casual” approach towards their wage revision and IBA’s “meagre” offer of two per cent hike. As many as 360 bank branches in the city and 850 branches in the district remained closed on Wednes- Jalandhar: Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjit Singh on Wednesday gave loan-waiver certificates, amounting to ~5.98 crore, to 614 farmers during an event. At Bholath, Khadoor Sahib MLA Ramanjit Sikki, along with SDM Barjinder Singh, distributed loan-waiver certificates, amounting to ~2.81 crore, among 279 farmers. In Phagwara subdivision, ADC Babita Kler handed over certificates, amounting to ~1.92 crore, to 302 farmers. The Sultanpur Lodhi MLA and SDM Charumita gave away loan-waiver certificates, worth ~9.69 crore, to 977 farmers. TNS Wine shop burgled Bank employees take part in a protest march; and (below) the main branch of the SBI wears a deserted look in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH day. The shutters of branches remained down because the managers and supervisory staff also observed the strike. Lal said the employees were demanding early wage revision settlement and an adequate increase in their salary and improvement in other service conditions. Members of various bank unions also addressed the employees and expressed their anger. They raised various issues and said they were suffering due to “antiemployee” policies of the government. He added that Vijay Mallya had taken away Rs 1,000 crore and Nirav Modi had run Phagwara: A wine shop situated near Urban Estate here was reportedly burgled on Tuesday night. Thieves entered the shop after breaking open the locks and took away 13 boxes and 169 bottles of various brands. They also took away ~6,000 from the shop. A case has been registered in this regard. OC Two booked in dowry case away with Rs 11,400 crore. Charanjit Singh, a member of the All-India Bank Officers’ Confederation, said the attitude of govern- ment towards their demands was not rational and if the attitude would remain the same, the agitation would be intensified. c m y b Phagwara: A man and his mother have been booked under the AntiDowry Act. The accused have been identified as Nitin and his mother Vinod Bala of Pinjore. Complainant Manjit Kaur of Phagwara told the police that her husband and mother-in-law used to torture her physically and mentally for dowry. A case has been registered against the accused. OC travel agents later addressed a press conference in the evening and accused the police of misbehaving with their staff. Speaking to the media, Sukant Nain Trivedi, president of the Association of Consultants for Overseas Studies, said setting aside the provisions of the Act, the Punjab Government had enforced stringent rules, a majority of which could not be followed. “While the Act categorises the travel agents in three different categories, to generate more revenue, the Punjab Government has further classified them into five more categories. While the original Act states that an agent should give a rent deed, if any, at the time of applying for a licence, the state government has made it mandatory through a recent circular,” claimed Trivedi. The Deputy Commissioner said the mounting cases of duping innocent people by unauthorised travel agents were bringing a bad name to the country across the globe. Refuting the charges levied by the agents, Sharma said action was taken on a merit basis and raids would continue in next two to three days. The Deputy Commissioner added that the names of these registered travel agents had been uploaded on the official website of the administration —www.jalandhar.nic.in. He said around the offices of 40 travel agents were inspected and a case was registered against 19 illegal travel agents.
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