17112020-JTR-01.qxd 11/16/2020 10:47 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE SCHOLARS DISCUSS WAYS TO LIBERATE SGPC FROM POLITICS PAGE 2 Sikh philosophers participated in a seminar Dasha te Disha to mark the occasion of the centenary of SGPC. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY SMITH, BTS ARE FAN FAVOURITES AT PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS PAGE 3 MITHUN SENDS BIRYANI FOR THE ANUPAMAA CAST & CREW Hollywood star Will Smith and K-pop stars BTS emerged as fan favourites at the E! People’s Choice Awards 2020. MAX 21°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:28 PM PAGE 4 The cast of Anupamaa were in for a big surprise as Mithun Chakraborty treated them to a sumptuous meal. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:58 AM TUESDAY | 17 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Holding & attending online classes with pre-school kids is not a game NEW MAKING IT COUNT We understand that N RMAL ❝brainfullythe 2 to 3-year-old the of Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 16 This year in April, while it was the time for many kids to step into playway schools for the beginning of their formal education, the pandemic confined them to home again. Their whole first year of education revolves around a daily dose of 45 minutes of a class, that too, with their mothers sitting along in front of a screen. The learning of all concepts, including colours, numbers, alphabets, five senses, identification of fruits, vegetables and flowers, etc all is being done through these classes made very interactive to keep children is developing and just needs to be triggered to make them learn things. Since we have a lot many educational toys in the school and there are colourful backgrounds to sit in, our teachers are taking these sessions from the school itself, ❞ Archie Sehgal, OWNER OF CYNOSURE INTERNATIONAL PREP SCHOOL. the tiny tots engaged. Of course, the mothers were also put to work; getting daily assignments and activities done with the child, before sending the videos of their activities back to the teachers. Teachers are using interactive tools to make learning interesting for the tiny tots. Archie Sehgal, owner of Cynosure International Prep School, says, “We are doing classes on Zoom since April 1 and we have not missed a day. All our video sessions have a lot of teacher-child connec- tion. There is a lot of brainstorming that is done before we plan the next day’s class.” Just ahead of Diwali, the teachers made the kids understand the concept of cleanliness. “Our teachers even enacted Ramlila to make the children get the concept of Dasehra. Now that the Guru Nanak gurpurab is arriving, children are being made to understand the concept of ‘kirat karo, vund chhako teh naam japo’. This way we keep on evolving our lesson plans and keep doing creative things,” she adds. The videos are also sent to help grasp the concepts better by watching it. Quite visibly, the schools are fully conscious of the fact that their education videos are being uploaded on social media as well. Earlier, it was only the parents who knew about the activities that a particular school was perform- ing but now the whole world could watch how they taught concepts. So, clearly much more efforts have to be made. The playschools have clearly cut down on the staff. In the past, a teacher was tending to classes for 15-20 kids, now they are catering to as many as 100 kids in one class. Gunjan, a mother of a 3-yearold and a college lecturer, shared her grouse, “Being a working parent, I had thought that my child would be out for some hours and I would be going to college in a more relaxed mode. But owing to Covid, his schooling could not start. Worse is that while I have my own online lectures to deliver, his teachers expect me to be around all the time.” However, a sigh of relief was heaved when the school assured that for working mothers like her there will be special evening sessions held. Attendance thin as colleges MP Santokh Chaudhary tests positive Lambra school sealed reopen for postgrad students after 3 teachers infected Tribune News Service Just 80 students out of 400 turn up at Lyallpur Khalsa College Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 16 Even as the state government had allowed colleges and universities to reopen from today onwards, some institutes opened only for postgraduate students. While Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology and Kanya Maha Vidyalaya had opened their campuses for postgraduate students, Lyallpur Khalsa College also joined the league. Today, 80-plus students doing postgraduation out of 400 turned up on the campus. Principal Dr Gurpinder S Samra said, “We called only day scholars for postgraduate classes. Those from outside who require a hostel accommodation have been asked to wait as of now and we will be delivering online classes for them on weekends. We told our students who turned up today to stick to the seats that they occupied today for coming days as well as inter-changing Lyallpur Khalsa College opened to a minimal strength of students on Monday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH will not be allowed. We ensured that they all kept wearing their masks throughout.” Regarding practical classes, he said, “We will start practical classes after a week’s time. We have already told our science and computer teachers to undergo Covid-19 tests before we are able to start practical work. Subsequently, even the students could be asked to take Covid tests.” The college today also start- ed the canteen services, but only for takeaway. “No sitting is allowed as of now,” said the staff. The college is yet to take a decision on starting regular classes for undergraduate students. “We want to start everything in a phase-wise manner. We want classes of postgraduate students to get streamlined first before calling in undergraduate students,” said Dr Samra. Jalandhar, November 16 Days after he led a tractor rally at Nakodar in favour of the protesting farmers, Jalandhar MP Santokh Chaudhary tested positive for the Covid-19 contagion on the day of Diwali. His family said he might have contracted the virus during the rally held to mobilise support for the farmers. The 74-yearold MP who had been active in , various events and shobha yatras, has been advised complete rest by doctors. He is under home quarantine. The tractor rally on November 10 saw the presence of AICC Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat, Congress leader Jagbir Brar, Shahkot MLA Hardev Singh Ladi Sherowalia and Chaudhary’s son Vikramjit Chaudhary, who is in-charge of the Phillaur Assembly constituency. The rest of the members of his family, including his wife, son and daughter-in-law, have not tested positive. “As I have tested positive for the Covid, I request everyone who has come in contact with me to get himself tested for the virus. Stay safe and take care,” Chaudhary tweeted this message from his Twitter handle on Diwali. Tribune News Service Santokh Chaudhary On Monday, Vikramjit Chaudhary said, “We think father may have contracted the virus during the tractor rally because he got ill for two days soon after it. He is resting but is expected to be up and about soon. His four doses, as per the medicine course recommended were also completed today.” Chaudhary’s family members have also gone into self-isolation. Meanwhile, Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari also tested positive for the Covid19 disease on Monday. He also took to Twitter to share this information. He said he got himself tested after running a mild fever. Jalandhar, November 16 Within a month of reopening of schools in the district, Government Senior Secondary School at Lambra was sealed after its three teachers tested positive. The teachers tested positive on November 13. While attendance has been thin in the government schools across the district ever since the schools reopened, at some schools where attendance picked up the number further dipped during the Diwali week. Notably, even though officials of the Education Department said all precautions were being taken in the schools and everyone was being tested before they entered them, the three teachers of a school testing positive raises concerns about the safety of students. DEO (Secondary) Harinder Pal said, “The Lambra school has been sanitised and sealed. Three of its teachers tested posi- Shape, size of every pot in his garden matches ‘mood’ of plant Jasjit Singh took to planting to keep his father’s memories alive; has more than 225 different pots GREEN FINGERS Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi Hoshiarpur, November 16 A teacher by profession, Jasjit Singh has a plant fetish. His affection with plants dates back to the times when his father was alive. It has been three years that he lost his father, who was also fond of growing plants. Jasjit took to planting and nourishing flowers at his home in Hoshiarpur Enclave on Dasuya road. Dedicating his passion to his father, he keeps on making several additions to his vast ‘Pot Garden’ every now and then. His love for plants is such that whole of the house is adorned with several varieties of plants not only in a small lawn of his house but also in pots of various shapes and sizes. A teacher by profession, Jasjit Singh has a plant fetish. The rooftop of the house has dozens of plants and there are more than 100 pots of several designs on various stands and racks dedicated for the purpose. Soon after coming from the school begins his tryst with the green world. He gets busy in taking care of his blooming buddies. It takes 23 hours every day for him to take care of them, water them, removing dry leaves and doing all sort of daily care. “This daily care is followed by a weekly-care programme dedicated to softening of soil, watering, weed removal, fertilising and planting the new ones,” told Jasjit. Jasjit has more than 225 different pots and they are not just the ordinary ones. “Every pot’s shape and size matches the ‘mood’ of plant. For cacti, the pots are grim, dull-coloured, showing the symbolising the serious mood of the succulent plant. For green leafy plants, the pots are dark coloured, large in size to match the plants that remain green for the whole year while the pots for the seasonal flowery plants are the ‘smiling ones’. Mischievous looking shapes of the planters express the joyous mood of the flowers,” said Jagjit in lighter vein. Jasjit has more than 30 different varieties of cacti, around 100 different flowery plants of more than 25 types, besides 12-13 varieties of different-coloured roses, yet hibiscus is his favourite one. “I have 9-10 different coloured hibiscus and they are my favourite because every colour depicts a different mood and fits to different situations. This adds hues to my life,” said Jasjit. c m y b tive on Friday. This is the first time that teachers of a secondary school have tested positive in the district. Only about 20 per cent of the students are turning up at schools. Mostly students from the science and commerce streams are attending schools while the majority of the students from other streams are staying away.” The DEO further said: “All students are being sent only with the consent of parents. Everyone is being tested before their entry to the school. An SDM has also been deputed to specially make sure that testing of staff and students takes place smoothly.” We are strictly abiding by all norms and precautions are being taken. Rain makes city weather clearer, colder Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 16 The temperature plummeted after the city received rain on Sunday evening. The cold winds swept the region throughout the day. Residents were seen plying on the city roads wearing jackets, pullovers and woollen caps. Even as the daytime temperature remained around 21 degrees Celsius, the minimum temperature fell to 11 degrees Celsius. The good part has been that smog, which engulfed the entire region due to farm fires and postDiwali pollution seemed to have settled with weather seemingly becoming clearer. As the residents have not seen a bright sun for the last one week, meteorologists predicted it to be sunny from tomorrow onwards and night temperature dipping to 8 degrees Celsius.
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