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Delhi schools to shut down during odd-even scheme trial


DoE has directed all government schools and un-aided/ recognised private schools, to declare holidays during the period.

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Delhi government has ordered shutting down of schools in the national capital for 15 days from January 1 during the trial period of odd-even vehicle formula and would run the school buses under the DTC fleet.”To make the new Scheme functional with least disturbance to our children and also to augment public transport during the ‘Odd Even Scheme’ days, the government has decided to declare holidays for all schools from January 1 to 15 and also to procure the services of school buses for the requirement of DTC at notified rates,” an official notification by Directorate of Education (DoE) said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This order may result in some deviation to the number of school days prescribed in the Right to Education Act, but the government is of the opinion that we can be flexible about the number of days in the interest of health and well being of our children for all times to come,” it added.DoE has directed all government schools and un-aided/ recognised private schools, to declare holidays during the period.”It further, ordered that all the un-aided recognised private schools shall provide their fleet of buses to be kept at the disposal of Delhi Transport Corporation for which it has separately notified nodal officers at Depot as well as Zonal levels,” the communication sent to schools read.”Respective Deputy Directors of education should act as nodal officers to co-ordinate procurement of transport buses from unaided recognised schools falling within their jurisdiction for the aforesaid period,” it added.Interestingly, DoE had on November 27 issued a circular already declaring holidays for government and private schools from December 25 to January 15 for primary classes and from December 31 to January 15 for students of classes of 6th to 12th.According to the circular, as per the past practice, remedial classes will be held within the school premises for all the students of class 12 of all streams during Winter Break from December 31 to January 12.”The schools will remain closed for winter break, from 25th December 2015 to 15th January, 2016 for primary classes and from 31st December 2015 to 15th January 2016 for students of classes 6th-12th,” circular, issued by Additional D E (School) Sunita S Kaushik, had stated.

BMC delay gets you free parking in South Mumbai

The civic body’s failure to renew contracts of operators in time has come as a boon to the motorists

For once, delay by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials has benefited citizens. You can now enjoy free parking at some of South Mumbai’s busiest pay-and-park sites, courtesy the BMC. With the BMC failing to renew contracts of pay-and-park operators, contracts of over half-a-dozen such prime parking lots have expired. The BMC has decided that till the contracts are renewed, motorists won’t be charged any money at these parking lots. This means that contractors can’t charge motorists for parking their vehicles in those parking lots till the BMC allots new contracts. According to civic officials, the BMC’s A ward comprises of busy commercial areas like Colaba, Crawford Market, Fort, CST and Cuffe Parade, where several parking lot contracts have expired.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> There are 47 pay-and-park sites in South Mumbai. “Of these, contracts of seven have expired already. 11 others will expire by the end of the year or early next year. There was a delay since we were trying to re-calibrate the contract terms. We wanted to see how many vehicles are parked since the number has increased from the time of the last contract,” said a senior civic official. The BMC, which has 92 parking lots in the city, had planned to start a web-based parking system that will offer pay-and-park facility with computerised receipts. However, the plan failed to take off. These 92 parking lots are spread across 1.18-lakh sq.mtrs. “It is true that the contracts have expired at some locations. We are inviting tenders soon. Fresh contracts will be allotted in the next fortnight. At locations where no agency has been appointed, contractors can’t charge any money,” said Chandrashekar Chore, assistant municipal commissioner, A Ward. The police too have asked residents to not pay any parking charges till new contracts are allotted. According to BMC officials, contract for the busiest pay-and-park sites like ones near Crawford Market, Colaba, outside the JJ School of Art, Eros cinema, LIC building in Churchgate, Flora Fountain and Horniman Circle have expired. “The BMC must install boards outside parking lots where contracts have expired. Contractors are still charging money and they should be booked. The BMC’s plan to have web-based parking has failed and they are letting contractors dupe citizens by over-charging them and giving hand-written receipts,” said Makrand Narwekar, citizen corporator from Colaba. “Till the time new contractors are appointed, no parking charges can be levied,” SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner told dna. Enjoy free parking at Crawford Market, Colaba, JJ School of Art, Eros Cinema, outside LIC building in Churchgate, Flora Fountain and Horniman Circle.

Check out for Class 10 and Class 12 Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE) 2015 results

The results of HBSE (Board of School Education, Haryana) results in 2015 were announced on Thursday. Results of Class 10th (Senior Examination) and Class 12th (Senior Secondary Examination) can be checked on the website or Here’s a comprehensive step-by-step guide for students to check their results: 1) Visit or indiaresults.com2) Clock on ‘Senior Secondary Examination Result Oct 2015, for Class 12 results and ‘Secondary Examination Result Oct 2015’ for HBSE class 10 result3) Enter your roll number, and check your results. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>You can also call on the toll free number 1800 180 4171 or Whatsapp on 8571867627. The Board of School Education Haryana (HBSE), Bhiwani came into existence in 1969. It started with a staff of 100 officials allocated from Punjab University and conducted the first examination of matriculation level (10th Class) in 1970. The Board adopted 10+2 pattern of education and conducted XII class examination under the new scheme with effect from 1987. Presently, it has the strength of more than 800 officials/officers and is examining 10 lakh + (one million +) candidates in examinations conducted by the Board. The Board of School Education Haryana has introduced the semester system of education from academic year 2006-2007, and claims to be the first Board in India to do so.

How 10-year-old Ishita Katyal became the speaker at TEDYouth conference

When asked about future plans, while it is confusing for even adults to answer, 10-year-old Ishita Katyal is confident – she wants to be an author and a motivational speaker. Studying in 5th standard at Vibgyor School in Pune, Ishita was the youngest speaker at the TEDYouth conference held in New York on November 14 this year, where she spoke on the topic ‘What do you want to be now’ for four minutes. Slated to talk at the TEDxGateway in Mumbai on December 5, iamin caught up with this brilliant young girl.
Her journey to TEDYouth ConferenceIt all started in 2013 when Ishita attended a TEDx Pune event with her mother and she heard speakers talk on motivational and current topics. “I got inspired listening to the speakers at the conference and I wanted to organise my own TEDx event. My parents and my family encouraged me to do so,” said Ishita. After clearing two interviews on Skype conducted by TED members, the young girl was selected to be the youngest organiser of TEDxYouth events in Asia-Pacific region.After this, Ishita organised a TEDxYouth at Balewadi event at her school which highlighted on how to make lives simpler through the use of technology.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Selection of topicAlthough quite young, Ishita was always intrigued when she was asked who she wants to be in future. “It is a generic question which is asked to children right from the age of 4-5. I wanted to talk on this because it is a question that everyone should consider, from a younger age. I am sure most of the kids of my age would be asked of the same,” she added.The applaud she received at the TEDYouth conference for her speech was effective enough to prove that a child too could also make a considerable impact on audiences.Future endeavoursAn avid book reader, Ishita has already authored a book titled Simran’s Diary, a story of a girl named Simran and her daily life adventures. “I want to write more books. Also, I want to be a motivational speaker and talk on inspiring topics like how to fulfil your dreams. I want to speak in more events in future,” she added.Ishita says that it is her parents and family who inspire her to follow her dreams without any pressures. “We are happy that she is so confident of her life goals. We want her to get maximum exposure so that even in future she may try a new field and do what she wants to,” said Nancy Katyal, Ishita’s mother.(Ishita Katyal will be speaking at the TEDxGateway, Mumbai, on December 5, 2015, at NCPA.)
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Imagine status of woman if Sharad Yadav had drafted Constitution: Smriti Irani

“I think it is paradoxical that today Sharadji, a very senior parliamentarian, yet again told me ‘sit down, sit down.

Taking a dig at senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday wondered what would have been the position of women had such politicians been part of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution. Referring to a comment by Yadav, the Minister said “I think it is paradoxical that today Sharadji, a very senior parliamentarian, yet again told me ‘sit down, sit down.Imagine if such a politician was a part of the Drafting Committee. “Participating in the debate on commitment to the Constitution in Rajya Sabha, she said as a woman in India, she celebrate the fact that women in many nations across the world had to struggle to get their right to vote. Irani said she got it because my Constitution gave it so at the birth of this very nation as a Republic in 1950. “But imagine, as the Leader of the House said today, what kind of restrictions such a senior parliamentarian would have imposed on a woman like me while this was being drafted. Would I have been told ‘You have dark complexion, so you don’t have right to vote?’ Would I have been told ‘you have short hair, you have no right to vote?'<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I see that some are disturbed by what I say. But apart from the social realities that were counted in this very House today, this also is a realty we must embrace, for the victims of such realty do not reside only outside this House, but we have witnessed this in this very House” she said. Irani further said that in September, 1949, B R Ambedkar sponsored Sanskrit as the official language of the Indian Union and supporting him, amongst many, was a gentleman called Naziruddin Ahmed. She further said a correspondent went to Babasaheb and said, “Why is Sanskrit?” and he replied “What’s wrong with Sanskrit?”. “It is ironical that six-and-a-half decades later, I too get posed that question and I have a similar response. But, this is the very evidence and the essence of a thriving Constitution which allows debates to permeate over decades till such time a consensus emerges,” the Minister said. On the notification for celebrating Constitution Day in schools, Irani said said on August 26, 2015 there was a notification, which indicates to another notification dated May 30, which included in it the need to increase awareness about the Constitution among citizens, particularly, children on the November 26. She said there has been a debate that November 26 was the day when the draft was adopted, but it was actualised in January, 1950. “But, as Indians, we cannot ignore the fact that this is the rock on which we sought to build the political salvation of our country…,” the Minister said. She further said In 1999, Justice J S Verma worked with a group of Indians to operationalise how fundamental duties are to be seen in the education sector. “…he said, presentation of the values inherent in each clause of Article 51A through anecdotal talks at morning assemblies in schools should be organised. “This, Sir, is the notification, which was subsequently given to the Central Board of Secondary Education, which said, amongst the events for the day, the School Head may address the students briefly about the significance of celebrating this day, and, also recite the Preamble to the Constitution,” Irani added. The Minister informed the House that in all CBSE schools yesterday, children flocked the morning assemblies to take oath to preserve the very values enshrined in the Constitution to celebrate the journey of this Constitution and the future it envisions for these children.

Returning an award will not solve any problem: Kareena Kapoor Khan

Kareena Kapoor Khan has disapproved of the trend of writers and filmmakers returning their awards to protest “growing intolerance in the country” and advised them to instead address the issues bothering them.

“Returning an award would not solve any problem. We should learn to address the issue (of intolerance) rather that getting it upon ourselves. It is not a personal issue, it is the issue of entire nation,” she said in a press meet today.

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The Bajrangi Bhaijaan star said she was inspired by the firm stand taken by youths on issues facing the country. “I haven’t returned any awards. But whatever is going on (in the country), the retaliation of youths (over different issues) that is what really inspired me,” the 35-year-old said when asked to comment on filmmakers returning awards to protest “rising intolerance” under the present Government.

Kareena was in Raipur to take part in a series of programmes based on children organised by Unicef, School Education and Women and Child Development Departments of Chhattisgarh Government. The popular star is Unicef India’s “celebrity advocate” for education. She also appreciated the efforts of Unicef and State Government to promote education among children, especially those residing in the remote areas of Chhattisgarh.

Earlier, addressing a programme held to mark the culmination of Child Right Convention Week, Kareena stressed on improving the standard of education and simultaneously increasing enrolment of students in schools. “Though enrolment of students in schools has increased significantly, quality education is still an issue of concern. Ensuring quality education to every child is one of the major challenges before us.”

Quality education and advanced learning techniques in a school can collectively ensure progress of a child to attain a better future, she added. Kareena also advocated for facilities like separate toilets for girls in schools, availability of clean drinking water for students and improving access to schools.

On the occasion, Chief Minister Raman Singh launched a mobile mobile-cum web-based application `CG Edutrack’ jointly developed by Unicef and School Education Department.

The application will help in monitoring the presence of teachers and students in Government-run schools.


Check for JK Bose 10th class Bi-annual (Kashmir Division) Result 2015

Candidates need to keep their roll number handy.

Long wait of candidates are finally over. Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JK Bose) has released the result for 10th Class Bi-annual results of Kashmir Division.The exam results have been declared on Wednesday. The Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education also known as JKSBSE or JK SBOSE conducts the exam for students in the state. It conducts class 10, class 12 exam and also for some certification courses. It was founded way back in 1975. Candidates need to log on to the website . They will need their roll number to access the result. The result can be saved for further reference. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Tamil Nadu rains: Educational institutions shut today, circular issued to all schools on safety measures

Chennai saw between 12cm and 17 cm of rainfall on Sunday, according to the Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam stations respectively.

Chennai and many parts of Tamil Nadu have been inundated with continuous rainfall for the last 24 hours. Chennai saw between 12cm and 17 cm of rainfall on Sunday, according to the Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam stations respectively. Tiruttani received 5 cm of rainfall while Vellore and Cuddalore received 4 cm each.The Regional Meteorological Department in Chennai states that more rain is foreseen over the next few days. SB Thampi, Deputy Director General of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai, told The New Indian Express, “The next four days is going to bring heavier showers than the weekend.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>School, colleges shut A holiday has been announced for schools and colleges in Chennai on November 16. The University of Madras and Anna University have rescheduled all exams that were to be held on Monday. Anna University has also postponed the November 16 and 18 exams to be held in their departments and affiliated colleges.Similarly, the Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University has postponed all its November 16 exams while SRM University has declared November 16 as a holiday. Vellore Institute of Technology has also announced a holiday. Annamalai University has given its students a holiday till November 18 and exams have been cancelled till November 23. Education Department issues safety norms for studentsA circular has been sent by Dr S Kannappan, director of school education, to everyone on what precautions schools need to take at this point.Schools have been asked to not allow students near compound walls and trees (if not stable) are to be removed from the campus. All electrical equipment and switches are to be checked for safty and not be operated by students. Damaged classrooms are to be kept locked. Schools and parents have also been asked not to allow children near water bodies and not venture out as they may be struck by lightning. The circular also highlights diseases like dengue and chikungunya and states that if any student has the symptoms of these diseases they must be taken to the doctor immediately.

JNU to introduce three new MA courses in art, film and theatre

“The Board of Studies of the School of Arts and Aesthetics had recommended for introduction of the three courses. The proposal was mooted in July and discussed and approved by the board before placing the same before the council,” Sopory said.

Jawaharlal Nehru University will introduce three Masters programmes in film and television, art history and theatre from the next academic session.”The university will be offering three new MA programmes from the next academic session. The courses will be MA in Art History and Visual Studies; MA in Film, Television and New Media Studies; and MA in Theatre and Performance Studies,” JNU’s Vice-Chancellor S K Sopory told PTI.The varsity’s Academic Council (AC) had given a go-ahead for introduction of these courses in its recent meeting.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Board of Studies of the School of Arts and Aesthetics had recommended for introduction of the three courses. The proposal was mooted in July and discussed and approved by the board before placing the same before the council,” Sopory said.”The preamble as well as the courses to be taught and credit requirements for the three programmes have been worked out,” he added.The AC, which is the decision-making body of the university, had in the meeting also taken note of a proposal to open ‘School of Indian Languages’ which will offer Masters programmes and research courses in Hindi, Urdu, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali and Odia languages.The proposal has now been forwarded to various departments of the university and the matter will be placed before the AC after their feedback has been received.The AC, however, rejected a proposal for introduction of short-term courses in ‘Indian Culture’ and ‘Yoga’ for “propagating spiritual and mythological traditions and establishing Indian values in the world”.

Modi inaugurates Ambedkar memorial, says he ‘lifted us all to a higher cause’

London: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated a memorial here dedicated to Dr B R Ambedkar over two months after India acquired the bungalow where the Dalit icon and the architect of India’s Constitution lived as a student in the 1920s.

Modi visited the house where Ambedkar lived in 1921-22 during his student days at London School of Economics (LSE) and said the Dalit icon’s message of equality and justice continues to resonate.

Maharashtra had acquired the three-storey 2,050 sq ft house at 10 King Henry’s Road, in northwest London, in August for an estimated cost of 3.2 million to 4 million pounds which the state government had borne.

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Modi, who was accompanied by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, paid floral tributes to Ambedkar’s bust at the house.

Modi was greeted at the new memorial, to be referred to as Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum, by Fadnavis and Rajkumar Badole, Maharashtra’s Minister of Social Justice and Special Assistance.

“There are some very special documents and letters related to Babasaheb on display, including some of his writings. My personal highlight is a letter he wrote in German to Bonn University. It just shows the wide intellect of the great man,” Fadnavis said.

“We hope this memorial will be an inspiration to young students and others from around the world,” he said.

The six-room memorial is still under renovation but one of the floors which Modi explored today will be open to the public until November 20. It will then shut for further repairs and renovations and is expected to be open again in the new year.

The main floor that had been hurriedly spruced up for Prime Minister Modi’s visit includes a selection of black and white photographs, Ambedkar’s famous quotes and a room dedicated to bound copies of his writings as well as a large wall painting of the preamble of the Indian Constitution.

“Plans for the memorial are still in discussion. We hope to also open it up for some Indian students who come to study at London School of Economics as an interim accommodation in due course. Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission in London will be taking care of it,” Badole said.

The building already has a memorial plaque dedicated to “Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Indian Crusader for Social Justice”.

“Ambedkar, whose 125th birth anniversary we are celebrating now, was not just an architect of India’s Constitution but our parliamentary democracy,” Modi had told MPs in his speech in the British Parliament earlier this week.

“He also stood for the upliftment of the weak, the oppressed and the excluded. And, he lifted us all to a higher cause in the service of humanity; to build a future of justice, equality, opportunity and dignity for all humans; and peace among people,” he had said.


Priyanka Gandhi visits Haryana village to watch daughter play basketball

Priyanka’s daughter Miraya is representing Gurgaon’s Shri Ram School at the state-level junior basketball competition going on at Takshshila International School here in which 21 teams are participating.

Priyanka Gandhi with husband Robert Vadra and daughter Miraya.
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday drove to Bhanbheva village in Haryana, some 150 km from Delhi, to see her daughter Miraya Vadra play basketball in a state-level match. Priyanka’s daughter Miraya is representing Gurgaon’s Shri Ram School at the state-level junior basketball competition going on at Takshshila International School here in which 21 teams are participating. Nobody among the organisers was aware that Priyanka’s daughter is participating in the competition. Local Congress leaders and security officials were not aware of Priyanka’s visit either.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Takshshila International School Chairman Kulbir Ahlawat said that Priyanka saw her daughter play the match for 40 minutes and he could notice her only when she was standing at the school gate. After the match, Priyanka and Miraya left for Delhi.

Court rejects reservation quota for Sanskriti School as elitist

The school has 60 per cent of seats reserved for the children of group-A officers, 10 per cent for general public, five per cent for staff and 25 per cent for children under the category of Economically Weaker Section (EWS).

Delhi’s elite Sanskriti School can no longer offer 60 per cent quota for the bureaucrats’ children, the Delhi High Court on Friday struck down the reservation for the kids of babus.The Court also directed the Centre to see whether the school — run in Chanakyapuri area by the wives of top government officers — can be made part of the existing Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan.The school has 60 per cent of seats reserved for the children of group-A officers, 10 per cent for general public, five per cent for staff and 25 per cent for children under the category of Economically Weaker Section (EWS).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Reserving seats for a particular branch of the Indian Services disadvantages children of persons engaged in other branches of the Indian Services,” a bench of justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Mukta Gupta said.”…The school which has been funded by public funds for its creation has not ‘narrowly tailored’ its means, because a 60 per cent quota creates a limited notion of diversity, and merely separates ‘Group-A Union Government officers’ from an otherwise similar category of students,” the court said adding that separate treatment of Group-A officers’ children violates both the spirit of equal protection under Article 14 and the spirit of equality of education under Article 21A of the Constitution.The court invoked a case involving segregation of white and African-American students in a school in the US and said “the very labelling of the school in question as a school for Group-A Union government officers along with the fact that the school reserves 60 per cent of its seats for (them), posits such children as ‘separate’ from other students.”In the Indian context, the court added, “where forging of a nation is at a greater stake, the circle of citizens has to be broadened and the children of whatever parentage to be made of one blood and educated to be one harmonious people.”The court rejected the argument placed by the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) association, which runs the school that the school was created to help officers with transferable jobs.The school was allotted the land at a premium of Rs1 with ground rent of Rs1 per annum. The Central government had also declared that various government agencies and ministries donated Rs15.945 crores to the society for setting up of the school.In 2006, the court took suo motu cognisance of the issue and had said that government resources should be made available firstly to the weaker sections of society.

Karnataka: Students quit school due to Dalit woman’s appointment as cook

The parents of the 18 students in the school have allowed them to study there on the condition that she not cook the mid-day meal that is served.

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She was appointed as the head cook at the Government Higher Primary School in Kagganahalli village in Kolar. However, Radhamma, a Scheduled Caste, is holding on to her job in the school because she agreed not to cook the food. A report in The Indian Express states that many students have left the school since she was appointed as head cook in the school. There were apparently 118 students but when she joined the school in February 2014, a 100 students left. The parents of the 18 students in the school have allowed them to study there on the condition that she not cook the mid-day meal that is served. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report quotes Mulbagal Block Education Officer N Devaraj as saying that they have decided to stop the mid-day meal scheme in the village as a result. He is quoted as saying, “Despite the efforts of elected representatives, IAS officers and others in the region, villagers refuse to send their children to the school. We cannot understand their behaviour.”The school headmaster has been quoted as saying that ‘village politics’ was the reason the school was in this situation. The students who have left the school have joined the government schools in the neighbouring villages. Meanwhile, Radhamma has stated to the daily that the students left the school only due to pressure from upper caste groups. The report quotes upper caste members who say they are angry at a Dalit women being appointed to cook the meals.

Telangana: 16-year-old boy rapes 10th standard girl

The girl has been sent to the Nalgonda Area Hospital for a medical examination.

In Nalgonda district, a 16-year-old boy raped a 10th standard girl with the help of his friend. A report in Deccan Chronicle states that the girl was returning home from the fields near her house when the incident happened. The police say that the boys are absconding.According to the report, the girl was living with her mother and grandmother and studying in the Government High School in Kandukur. Her mother and grandmother worked as agricultural labourers. On Sunday, the girl went to collect cotton in the field. Her grandmother was walking ahead of her on the way back home when the two boys stopped her. The police say that the two boys dragged her into the bushes and one raped her while the other held her down.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have registered a case under section 376 of IPC and POCSO act. The girl has been sent to the Nalgonda Area Hospital for a medical examination.

For 60 years this kachori wala has kept foodies hooked to Delhi’s famous street food

Chances are that you have already heard of them. But if you haven’t, this is where you get the most appetizing choley kachori in North Delhi.

The preparation is a lip smacking mixture of chickpeas mixed with sweet and sour chutney.

If you are a true Dilliwala, it is unlikely that you have not heard of Fateh Chand Kachori Waley, a street vendor tucked away in a bylane opposite to Raj Niwas Marg in Civil Lines in front of the Baptist Union of North India. The famous vendor is the undisputed seller of kachoris and mattar kulchas for almost 60 years! “From Delhi’s ex-chief minister Sheila Dikshit to Delhi’s current CM Arvind Kejriwal to Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Delhi LG Najeeb Jung and senior bureaucrats to the aam aadmi, we have sold kachoris to all,” said Brij Mohan, who is the grandson of Fateh Chand and takes care of the family business.Fateh Chand, their grandfather started selling kachoris and mattar kulchas in 1950s in the same spot that his grandsons are today. The two men manning the shop begin selling at 10.30 am everyday except Sundays. If you are a minute late over 2.00 pm, chances are you might have to come back to savour this mouthwatering Delhi style recipe. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The preparation is a lip smacking mixture of chickpeas mixed with sweet and sour chutney. The mixture is served with fried kachoris sprinkled with coriander and a concoction of Indian masalas and a squeeze of lime juice. They recently started the kulcha mattar roll which is the dense mattar choley serve wrapped in a kulcha like a tortilla.The vendors don’t have impressive utensils nor packaging, you get served in a duna (bowl made of leaves) with little stick spatula spoons. And yet people flock to the area from as far as Noida, even Gurgaon just for one plate of mattar kachori. “I used to live at Rajpur Road but after marriage I moved from here. I still come here to visit my parents and I have been coming to Fateh Chand for the last 35 years. I think it is the way he makes the mattra (chickpeas), they are very tasty and different from others,” said Benu a regular at the stand. When iamin asked what his secret ingredient is, Brij Mohan smiled and said, “It’s the way you boil the mattra, (chickpeas),” while adding, “The preparation starts at 4 am in the morning to keep it fresh.”“I was studying in Rukmini Devi School and I have been coming here since the last 10-12 years. I can’t miss his spectacular matter choley and kachori,” said Anshul, a student of IMT Ghaziabad, another avid foodie who comes often. “My husband is an MS patient. He doesn’t eat much today but he asks me to pack his favourite kachoris and kulchas from Fateh Chand. This is one of the things he enjoys the most,” said Neeta Makkar from Gujranwala, Model Town.The vendors have never thought of establishing shop. “We are afraid that we might not get the same kind of business elsewhere,” said Ashish. They are also facing plagiarism with many claiming they are a branch of the original Fateh Chand choley waley, they have even got a poster made stating they have no branch elsewhere. Brijmohan and Ashish feel their core customers are still the little kids who study in schools around the area. “We don’t insist the school children pay the cost of what they are eating. Even if they bring Rs 10 or Rs 20, we serve them,” said Brij Mohan. And it is this kind of special consideration that brings them back long after they have grown up and moved away.

Poetic justice for Common Man: Institution which had rejected Laxman to house his memorial

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government plans to erect a befitting memorial to the legendary cartoonist and creator of ‘The Common Man’, R.K. Laxman, on the campus of the Sir J.J. School of Arts here, a family member said here on Friday.

Ironically, this is the same institution which had rejected admission of the young Laxman in the late 1930s as his “drawings failed to conform to the high expectations” of the hallowed institution!

“Yes… with support of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Education Minister Vinod Tawde, the Maharashtra government has finalised the spot inside the Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art campus. It will be in a shaded location near the bungalow of another legend, the renowned writer and Nobel laureate, Rudyard Kipling,” Laxman’s daughter-in-law Usha Srinivas Laxman told IANS.

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Maharashtra plans to build a memorial for RK Laxman at the JJ School of Arts

“The memorial should not be just limited to a statue which nobody will notice…; plus it should be accessible to people from all over India and the world,” Usha said, affording a glimpse of her concept on the proposed monument.

She had already submitted her concept of the memorial which would be in the form of a full-fledged art museum encompassing the works of Laxman, besides offering opportunities for study or research to students, art lovers, thereby making it a world-class global tourist attraction.

“This could form the basis for all such similar memorials to Laxman in the country later. It is in the last stages of being finalised and we hope the government will make the announcement at an appropriate time,” Usha added.

This would fulfil son Srinivas’ request last Feburary to have a memorial for Laxman in Mumbai, which currently only has a statue of ‘The Common Man’ in Worli.

After all, though he was born in Karnataka, Mumbai was the place where he lived, worked and became a legend, starting with freelance contributions to publications like ‘Swarajya’ and ‘Swatantra’, and later the ‘The Hindu’ to accompany his brother R.K. Narayan’s famous short stories.

Laxman worked with the now defunct ‘Blitz’, then with the top newspaper of that era, ‘The Free Press Journal’ as a staff cartoonist, becoming a colleague of a lanky soft-spoken gent, Bal Thackeray, who later became a commanding political force in Maharashtra.

They remained dear friends for over 60 years till Thackeray’s death on November 17, 2012.

After his stint with FPJ, Laxman joined ‘The Times of India’, which proved to be the turning point in his career and made him a living legend.

“It was the vibrant and never-say-die spirit of the ordinary Mumbaikar that inspired the image of Laxman’s bespectacled creation – The Common Man. Always silent with a confused and bewildered expression at the antics of politicians, generally in his trademark checked-shirt with dhoti, and a tuft of hair clinging to the sides of his worry-marked pate,” Srinivas Laxman said of his father.

During lunch breaks, or on lean working days, Laxman and other senior editors of ToI would go for walks in the old, bustling Dalal Street (before the 29-storied BSE Building came up in 1980), Strand Book Stall, Jehangir Art Gallery, the Colaba Causeway, Flora Fountain, and other parts which comprised the central business district of Mumbai, Srinivas said, explaining how his father got inspired for his works which became historic creations.

At times, he would go and sit inside the campus of Sir J.J. School, watching the people and young artists there, and get inspiration for his own artistic masterpieces, Usha added.

The memorial was announced by Fadnavis after Laxman’s funeral in Pune, but the location was not specified, but now it is clear it will be inside the Sir J.J. School premises – strategically located close to the areas he lived, worked and immortalised over the years through his caricatures.

Kicking of the ‘Laxman Season’ virtually on his 94th birth anniversary, the Chief minister will inaugurate a website, on Saturday afternoon here.

It has been conceptualised, designed and executed by Laxman’s doting grand-daughter Rimanika and Tejas Taori, under the overall guidance of Usha Srinivas Laxman.

Besides, Usha added that Pune is also making plans for a memorial to Laxman, the details of which would be known subsequently.


Maha govt will make Deekshabhoomi a world-class monument: CM Devendra Fadnavis

He also said the state government would set up a Chair in London School of Economics for research in economics in memory of Ambedkar.

Fadnavis said the house in London, where Ambedkar stayed during his studies, will be dedicated to public .

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday announced to turn the historic Deekshabhoomi here, where Babasaheb Ambedkar embraced Buddhism, into a world-class monument. Addressing a gathering of followers of the late Dalit leader at Deekshabhoomi on the occasion of 59th Dhamma Chakra Pravarta day, Fadnavis called the managing committee of the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti to engage and involve global experts who have studied the philosophy of Ambedkar in preparing a master plan. “The state government will fund the entire project to make Deekshabhoomi a world attraction for international tourists,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister for Shipping and Transport, Nitin Gadkari presided over the function, while Maharashtra Minister for Social Justice Rajkumar Badole, Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Karnataka Minister for Social Justice H Anjaiyya, former Maharashtra Social Justice and District Guardian Minister Shivajirao Moghe, were present on the occasion. Fadnavis said the house in London, where Ambedkar stayed during his studies, will be dedicated to public on November 12 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also said the state government would set up a Chair in London School of Economics for research in economics in memory of Ambedkar. “An attractive memorial will come up on the land of Indu Mills in Mumbai, which was handed over by the Centre to the state government and bhoomipujan was performed recently,” he said.Fadnavis assured the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti to consider the proposal to acquire the adjacent land for the use of Deekshabhoomi. In his speech, Gadkari announced laying of 800 kms Buddhist circuit roads worth Rs 4,000 crore, which will link all the important places, where Lord Gautam Buddha lived, including Kapilvastu (near Nepal) to Kushinagar to Sarnath. “The work on proposed Buddhist circuit will commence within the next two months, which will enable the pilgrims from across the world to travel on the route in a more convenient way,” he said.It would be completed in next two years, he claimed. Anjaiyya announced a donation of Rs five crore from Karnataka government to Deekshabhoomi.

Principal of Mathura DPS booked for fraudulently giving job to relative

A case has been registered against the principal of Delhi Public School located, Refinery Nagar for allegedly giving his nephew a job through unfair means at the school, police said.

Principal of DPS, Refinery Nagar GP Pandey has denied the allegations calling it “baseless”

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A case has been registered against the principal of Delhi Public School located at Refinery Nagar in Mathura for allegedly giving his nephew a job through unfair means at the school, police said.The case was registered against principal GP Pandey under various IPC sections including 409 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), based on a complaint filed by Ramakant Chaunkar, a resident of Nadwai town in Bharatpur district.Chaunkar alleged that he could not appear in the interview for the post of messenger in the school in 2011 as the principal wrongly told him that the date for the interview had been postponed. He claimed that he later got to know that the principal’s nephew had been appointed to the post.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The case was registered following the intervention of a court. Refinery police station in-charge Chottelal Yadav confirmed registration of the case. Investigation into the matter is underway and action would be taken accordingly, Yadav said. When contacted, the principal denied the allegations. “It is baseless…,” Pandey said.

Eight-year-old writes to PM Modi over unfinished flyover; gets response from PMO

Bengaluru: Concerned over reaching school late due to traffic snarls caused by an under-construction flyover, an eight-year-old boy in Bengaluru wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose office directed the concerned department to look into the issue.

“The under-construction flyover is causing problems for the people in surrounding area and especially I reach school late. I decided to write a letter to the Prime Minister after my grandfather advised me to do so,” the boy, Abhinav, told reporters.

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The work on the flyover, which falls on the way to his school in Yeshwanthpur, causes delays due to traffic jams, said Abhinav, who stays in Doddabommasandra.

It takes him 45 minutes to travel a three km distance from home to school.

Asked why he wrote a letter to the Prime Minister rather than the municipal body, the boy said, “The Prime Minister can solve any problem and hence I wrote to him.”

To his delight, after two weeks, Abhinav received a response from the Prime Minister’s Office saying that the concerned department had been asked to look into the matter.

Abhinav is now hopeful that the problem would be solved soon and that he would not get late to the school.


Gujarat: Common man stands up to govt apathy, offers to sell body organs for rebuilding school

After repeated plea asking for funds to rebuild wall of a primary school went unanswered, head of management committee of a school in Panchmahal district has decided to take an extreme step.

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At a time when the government is pledging ambitious schemes to spruce primary education sector in the country, unfortunately the reality often is starkly different . After repeated plea asking for funds to rebuild wall of a primary school went unanswered, head of management committee of a school in Panchmahal district has decided to take an extreme step. He has offered to sell his kidney and eyes to raise funds, reports a leading daily. Gopal Patel, the person who has made such generous offer for his school was quoted by the daily as saying that he has met 28 functionaries, but to no avail. All of them said that there were no fund. Owing to lack of wall, dogs often enter the school premises and there is a real fear that kids might get attacked. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Patel says that he wants to do this donation for the sake of children in his village. Earlier he was not taken seriously by the administration, who he said mocked him as an ‘intellectual person’. Now with this story making headlines in the press, local authorities have finally responded to the problem. District Primary education office has asked to competent authorities to get funds for this school as a special case.

Kerala: Former state kabaddi player physically assaulted; made to eat faeces

He has been admitted to the Puttadi CHC hospital.

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Ravichandran, 18, a former state kabbadi player, was allegedly beaten up and forced to eat faeces by some people in Anakkara in Idukki district. He has been admitted to the Puttadi CHC hospital.According to The New Indian Express report, Ravichandran was attacked by five people and then forced to undress and made to eat faeces. The incident reportedly took place in the early hours of Saturday when he had gone out jogging and had urinated near a workshop.Ravichandran is the son of labourers and is working as a Kabaddi coach at the Anakkara Government School. He has been training for the past few weeks for the Army recruitment rally that is scheduled in Kottayam. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report states that he has alleged that there is caste bias by the police. The police have also filed a case against Ravichandran for urinating at the workshop premises. They have also registered a case against two people – Vijayan and John – from the workshop for attacking him.

Jaipur: Teacher cuts off girl student’s hair; kin hold protest

The teacher allegedly cut off girl’s hair for not combing it properly.

A teacher at an upper primary school in Jaipur allegedly cut off the hair of a girl student saying she had not combed it properly following which her parents on Monday held a protest over her action.According to police, the kin of the Std VII student staged a protest in front of the school demanding action against the teacher, who allegedly cut off the girl’s hair on Saturday. It was alleged that the teacher had thus penalised the girl student saying her hair was not properly combed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The protest was called off after the district education officer assured the kin of the girl of action against the teacher, the police said.

After Dadri lynching, Muslim students hop back to schools

Fear factor: After lynching incident only one Muslim student turns up for her class

School has 129 students including 32 Muslim students

As Bisara limps its way back to normalcy, teachers of the lower primary school located in the heart of the village await Muslim students who have not attended any classes since Mohamad Akhlaq was lynched by a mob on September 28.The school has classes up to class V and a total of 129 including 32 Muslims. Poonam Chauhan, a teacher here, was teaching the first standard when dna spoke to her. Her class has 5-6 Muslim students who too have remained absent so far.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, students not attending classes is not the only concern for the teachers of this school. Poonam told dna that after the killing of Akhlaq, the schools remained shut for the next few days giving students ample time to be at home.”The moment the children walked in they started discussing things which they must have been hearing at their homes. I literally had to let them play to take their mind off from what they were talking about,” she said. Poonam also told dna that she would be carefully observing behaviour of her students over the next few days and if she finds something distasteful or alarming, the children will be immediately counselled.”Children are innocent and impressionable. Hence I have decided to tread carefully from now on,”she said. “I hope the Muslim students return soon,” she added.Neesha Akhtar was among the five students who attended the classes on Friday for the first time in two weeks. Her teacher Kanchan, told dna that everything was normal in her class but the fact that there was still tension in the village could not be denied. Kanchan believes that the tense environment finds its way into all corners of the area, including the school.”No doubt parents and elders impact children in many ways but every child is different. For instance the fifth standard which I am teaching at the moment are more mature and they can feel the sensitive time that they are living in. Surprisingly they have shown great maturity,” Kanchan said.Sitting across her teacher was Neesha, busy giggling with another girl before being silenced by Kanchan. When asked if the other girl was her friend, Neesha responded, “She is Shalu, my best friend”.

Private bus operators likely to join truckers and transporters in nationwide strike

Private bus operators are also likely to join truckers and transporters in their nation-wide indefinite strike to press for their demands.


Private bus operators are also likely to join truckers and transporters in their nation-wide indefinite strike to press for their demands.”Our strike will enter Day 5 on Monday and there is a possibility of bus operators, too, joining us later this week. They may keep buses off roads starting from Tuesday or Wednesday, but we are not forcing them for it,” said Amrit Lal Madan from All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC).In Mumbai, private bus operators going on strike would also mean school buses, too, staying off the road. The School Bus Owners Association is likely to hold a meeting on Monday with school authorities and parents to discuss about the issue. They may join the strike from Wednesday onwards.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, a meeting is scheduled on Monday with Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways to end the stalemate. Some of the demands of truckers and transporters are paying an annual amount for toll instead of paying it at every toll point, increasing the restriction of heavy vehicles from 10 years to 15 years to ply in Delhi, among others.As per the estimates of AIMTC in the initial three days of the strike there has been a loss of about Rs 3,700 crore and the government has lost to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore by way of various taxes and levies.Luckily, supply of essential commodities are being allowed. “Gradually and voluntarily even transporters of essential goods are joining our agitation and if this continues very soon the supply of essential commodities to the public would be affected,” added Madan.

Poor farmer’s son kills himself over school fees, his video should shame us all

Hyderabad: As if deriding the self-proclaimed pro-poor credentials of the Telangana government, a 15-year-old schoolboy and son of a small farmer threw himself before a running train in Karimnagar district of Telangana after he was insulted by his teacher for not paying school fees.

Before killing himself, the boy, Santosh Reddy, made his dying declaration one that won’t be easily forgotten by recording his last message as a video on his mobile phone.

In the video addressed to his mother, Santosh, from Abbapur village of Dharmaram mandal, urged her not to wait for him and declared that he was “leaving”. He specifically mentioned that the teacher had asked him about the fee and kept many students outside the classroom over it. He was yet to pay up Rs 7,000 to the school. He was afraid of losing out the upcoming quarterly examination because of it.

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Santosh said that he considered all options and that he was aware of “everything”, meaning the financial situation of the family. He recalled, in the video, that the family had paid Rs 5,000 as fees recently. He mentioned that his teacher had beaten him up on 30 September. He declared twice in the video that he was dying.

He came home from school for lunch on Wednesday and left a small note about the ‘selfie video’ he had recorded for his mother and his father Srinivas Reddy, who is a poor farmer.

The boy’s body was spotted on Thursday night.

On finding the note, the stunned parents frantically searched their relatives’ houses and lodged a complaint with the Dharmaram police. The railway police at Peddapalli, some 50 km from Dharmaram, meanwhile, received a complaint about an unidentified body on the railway tracks. The details of the missing boy matched with the recovered body.

Santosh’s father Srinivas Reddy said on Friday that he had informed the school management that he would pay the remaining fees to the school as soon as possible and he had told his son the same even on Wednesday.

District Collector of Karimnagar Nitu Kumari Prasad has ordered an enquiry into the incident. The police inquired with the students, who also told the probe panel led by Regional Joint Director of Education Balaiah, District Educational Officer K Lalitha Devi and Mandal Education Officer Rajamallaiah that 11 of them were beaten by the teacher for failing to pay.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police N Malla Reddy said that the Dharmaram police has booked a case of abetting suicide against the school management. Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, Kadiyam Srihari, has asked DEO Lalitha Devi to initiate action against the institution.

The state, where more than 10 poor farmers are killing themselves daily, surprisingly continues to remain out of the media glare. The story of this boy should make the country take note.

dna Must Reads at 6 pm: Somnath Bharti, earthquake in Uttarakhand, India A win, and more

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Here are some of the top stories on at 6 pm:1) Somnath Bharti’s antics after arrest: AAP legislator Somnath Bharti has been send to 2-day police custody, but is demanding that he be provided with luxuries in jail.2) JP Duminy defends bowlers in spite of shock loss to India A: Senior South Africa all rounder JP Duminy on Tuesday defended their young bowling attack which failed to defend a decent total of 189 against an inexperienced India A in their warm-up game, saying their focus was assessment of conditions than result.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>3) Earthquake of 4.8 magnitude hits Uttarakhand: Mild tremors were felt in parts of Uttarakhand on Tuesday afternoon as an earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter Scale hit Pithoragarh district on India-Nepal border and adjoining areas.4) CBSE UGC-NET 2015 exam results declared on CBSE has also released final answer keys for Paper I, II and III on the official website of CBSE NET.5) School wall collapses in Govandi, 10-year-old child dead, 9 injured: The injured had been taken to Pt Madan Mohan Malviya Shatabdi hospital. Some of them have been sent home. Names of the affected have been released.

Gurgaon: No-car day finds mixed response

Virk said that the initiative, supported by several corporate houses, saw a mixed response. “Some were euphoric, while some lamented that while they left their cars at home, many more did not. This should be a citizen’s movement,” he said.

Police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk (centre) rides a bicycle to promote World Car Free day in Gurgaon on Tuesday
On Tuesday, as Gurgaon became the first city in the NCR to observe a car-free work day, the experiment elicited a mixed response from people, who welcomed the move but hoped for better alternative modes of travel.Gurgaon police chief Navdeep Singh Virk, said that the idea to have the event on World Car Free Day was to create more awareness about a global event. “Around the world, since the early 1990s cities are experimenting with carless travel. We thought that we could try that here, too, given that Gurgaon is always choc-a-bloc with traffic during peak hours,” said Virk. In India, Hyderabad was the first city to try car-free Thursdays. The initiative, launched in June this year, in Cyberabad, has seen results in the last few months.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Virk said that the initiative, supported by several corporate houses, saw a mixed response. “Some were euphoric, while some lamented that while they left their cars at home, many more did not. This should be a citizen’s movement,” he said.The Gurgaon police announced last week that on Tuesday, between 7am and 7pm, the road from Cyber Hub to the Golf Course, the road leading to Udyog Vihar, to Huda City Centre, and Subhas Chowk will remain closed for cars. To prepare for the car-free day, the Gurgaon police arranged for more than 400 buses to help people travel to work. Virk flagged off the day by cycling to work himself.Many travelled by the metro. Some took autos, some cycled. The Rapid Metro, to help bring in the initiative, increased the number of trips it usually makes. “Usually the metro runs every five minutes; today, we brought it down to once every three minutes,” said a Rapid Metro spokesperson, adding that they saw a sharp increase in the metro traffic on Tuesday.Several corporate houses welcomed the move, including DLF City, Nagarro Software Private Limited, and Dentsu, to name a few. Shri Ram School, too, asked parents and students to comply by not bringing cars to the school.Advertising professional Jharna Kakoti, 31, said that her office, located in Cyber Hub, sent a circular encouraging employees to use alternate modes of travel. “We saw a fairly huge difference on the roads. Many of my colleagues travelled by the metro,” said the Lajpat Nagar resident. “Some brought cars, and were stopped by the police. The police asked them to use the metro the next time.”Gurgaon’s flailing traffic problem has made headlines in the past. The city, where a host of corporate houses have offices, is known to have traffic that stretches kilometres. People who live there, or those who travel, complained that the city can have better public transport.Marketing executive Abinash Bhattacharjee, 32, said that around his office, many people flouted the rules. His office is situated at Huda City Centre. “I usually bring the car, but did not bring it to work today, because of the campaign. But, the roads were not free, the service lanes parallel to the main roads were full of traffic,” said Abinash.Management employee Bornalee Goswami, 28, said that the initiative found few takers. “There are not many alternative modes. Autos in Gurgaon charge a lot,” she said. “One cannot cycle all the way from South Delhi to work.”Virk said that the initiative need to be welcomed by people to continue. “We will see how people react to it, and will then decide on whether we will continue it periodically,” he said. Virk said that the initiative could be extended to other cities if the traffic cops know whom to target their campaign at. “Any place needs a homogenous group of people. We knew who our motorists were, and so it was easy,” he said.

Bengaluru: Schoolboy commits suicide after alleged harassment by school principal

The parents were reportedly offered Rs. 50,000 to not to file a complaint.

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15-year-old Vijay who was a student at St Paul’s English School in Yeshwanthpur took his own life due to alleged harassment by his school principal, the Bangalore Mirror reports. According to the report, in July, the school principal, Parvin Taj, had asked Vijay to fix her laptop as he had a flair for doing electrical work. When the laptop crashed, she reportedly harassed him saying he needed to pay Rs. 40,000 to cover the cost of the laptop. The report states that when he didn’t turn up with money she suspended him from school for 10 days. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vijay had not disclosed what had happened to his parents. He became depressed and ended up hanging himself on July 26 in his house. Vijay’s parents found out about the alleged harassment from his classmates.The report states that two days after the father had buried his son, he got a call to meet the local MLA. At MLA Munirathna’s house, the school principal was present and she admitted she was at fault. The parents were reportedly offered Rs. 50,000 to not to file a complaint. After two months of being under pressure, Vijay’s parents filed a complaint against the school principal on September 15 states the report. The principal is now absconding and police is trying to trace her. They have a registered a case of abetment to suicide under section 306 against her. Meanwhile, the MLA has denied the claims of offering money, the report adds.

Exposed: School teachers allegedly beat up students in Vrindavan school

A charitable trust in Vrindavan, North India, called ‘Shree Bindu Sewa Sansthan’, which runs a school completely free of cost for poor children, claims to have exposed the brutal happenings in another school in their town, the Indian Public School.

A charitable trust in Vrindavan called Shree Bindu Sewa Sansthan, which runs a school completely free of cost for poor children, claims to have exposed the brutal happenings in another school in their town, the Indian Public School. Swami Balendu, an atheist who heads the trust, has put up a video on You Tube that purportedly shows the violent treatment meted out to several students by teachers in the school. The ‘sting operation’ was reportedly done by a student in Swami Balendu’s ashram. As the school at the ashram only offers primary education, Balendu had to get him enrolled in a different school for further studies. But when the boy found that the atmosphere in the new school was one of fear due to the repeated and regular beatings by the teachers as well as the principal, he shared it with elders at the ashram. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Watch the video here:Even though corporal punishment is forbidden by law in India, many still believe it is necessary for discipline and parents are either reluctant or afraid to raise their voice against this crime.Swami Balendu, the director of the charity trust, also claims to have spoken to the Chairperson of Uttar Pradesh Commission for Protection of Child Rights, who, he says, has assured that strict action will be taken against the violators.Also Read: Meet Swami Balendu, an atheist guru with a non-religious ashram in Vrindavan

Odisha: Dalit students allegedly denied Ganesh puja rights, case registered

“We have registered a case. The incident is being investigated. Legal action would accordingly be initiated,” Kendrapara Superintendent of police Nitinjeet Singh said.

A case has been registered by police under Scheduled Caste and Tribe (Atrocity Prevention) Act, 1973 following complaint that dalit students were allegedly denied of their rights to offer prayer to Lord Ganesha in a government run school in Kendrapara district.Around 25 dalit children studying in Andara Upper Primary School under Pattamundai police station limits were allegedly disallowed to break coconut shells and offer prayer to Lord Ganesha while upper caste students were allowed to do so during Ganesha Chaturthi on Thursday.”We have registered a case. The incident is being investigated. Legal action would accordingly be initiated,” Kendrapara Superintendent of police Nitinjeet Singh said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A separate probe by Schools and Mass Education department has also been ordered into the incident, sources said.”The administration has taken serious view of the incident. Directives have been served on the School and Mass education department authorities to conduct an unbiased inquiry into the reported denial of puja rights to dalit children,” Kendrapara Collector Debraj Senapati said.Rabindra Nath Sethi, a rights activist, sought for immediate arrest of the perpetrators of the crime.Promotion of caste bias in government-run educational institutions is in bad taste, he said.District Education Officer Sangram Sahu said, “An inquiry has been ordered into alleged caste discrimination. On the basis of inquiry findings, due action will be taken against those found guilty.”

Mangaluru: Easy availability has increased drug abuse in youngsters

This town, which has one of the highest student populations, is now plagued by increasing drug abuse. The easy availability of drugs has fuelled the issue sates a report in The Hindu.

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This town, which has one of the highest student populations, is now plagued by increasing drug abuse. The easy availability of drugs has fuelled the issue sates a report in The Hindu. At a recently held workshop for teachers, experts told them to be more vigilant to drug abuse among students, adds the report. Rameela Shekar, a counsellor and the Dean of Post Graduate section of the School of Social Work, stated that preventing even 5% of students from taking drugs is effective. Substances, like whitener and cough syrup, are also increasingly used among students adds the report. Shekar added that teachers need to keep an eye out on students who have particular issues like poor marks and very few friends.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Drugs like brown sugar, heroin and ganja are quite common and teachers were told about these as well. Teachers play an important role in the development of children and if they were made aware of drug abuse, it would help them save children from becoming addicts.

Additional Advocate General shunted out by Mufti government over handling of beef ban case

Law department Secretary Mohammad Ashraf Mir said Sharma has been transferred from Home Department to Education Department and it was a “normal” procedure. “Yes, he (Sharma) has been transferred. But it is a normal administrative procedure,” Mir told PTI.

The controversy over beef ban in Jammu and Kashmir has intensified with Mufti government shunting out Additional Advocate General Vishal Sharma apparently for “failing to defend” its stand before the High Court which had directed strict enforcement of a 1932 law against beef sale.Law department Secretary Mohammad Ashraf Mir said Sharma has been transferred from Home Department to Education Department and it was a “normal” procedure. “Yes, he (Sharma) has been transferred. But it is a normal administrative procedure,” Mir told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources said the “Law Ministry yesterday ordered Sharma’s removal from Home Department and asked him to now to deal with cases of School Education and Rural Development departments in the High Court.”They said the Law Ministry has taken strong note of Sharma’s “total failure” in defending government’s position in the High Court during the hearing on a petition seeking enforcement of a ban on sale and consumption of beef in the state. However, Mir said Sharma’s transfer had “nothing to do” with the beef ban case.When contacted, Vishal Sharma said that he is yet to receive any communication from the government. Hearing the petition, Jammu and Kashmir High Court last week directed the police to ensure that there is no sale of beef anywhere in the state and that strict action is taken against those who violate the law in this regard. The sources claimed Sharma “had not informed the State Home Department as well as Divisional Commissioner Kashmir on filing of reply in the case”.The judgement evoked widespread criticism in the state, with religious and separatist groups terming it as a “direct interference in religious affairs of Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir”. The opposition National Conference has also asked the PDP-BJP government to bring necessary amendments in law to allow sale of beef and cow slaughter in the the state ahead of Eid later this month.Under section 298 A of Ranbir Penal Code 1932, killing or slaughtering of a cow or similar animal is a non-bailable offence which carries punishment of up to 10 years in imprisonment and fine. Under section 298B, possessing of meat of such an animal is a non-bailable offence punishable with imprisonment of one year and fine.

Odisha school headmaster suspended for holding Vajpayee condolence meeting

The incident occurred on Friday at Budakhunta UGME School in Oupada block in Odisha’s Balasore district.
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Odisha government on Monday suspended a school headmaster for conducting a condolence meeting for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee based on false information. The incident occurred on Friday at Budakhunta UGME School in Oupada block in Odisha’s Balasore district.The inquiry by district education officer revealed that the headmaster had been to a training programme in another place on that day and had allegedly telephoned a teacher of the school that Vajpayee has passed away. He had also asked his junior teachers to conduct condolence meeting in the honour of the former prime minister and the school was closed for a day, the official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Surendra Prasad Sankhua, Balasore district project co-ordinator for Sarva Siksh Abhiyan said the headmaster had been suspended on the order of the District Collector. The erring headmaster has apologised for the blunder.

Delhi government to give parents a say in running its schools

“At least 12 parents would be elected to each school’s managing committee which would be headed by the principal of the institution. The area legislator, a teacher representing the school’s teachers and an educationist would also be members of the committee,” a senior Delhi government official said.

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Seeking to enhance public participation in running its schools, the Delhi Government has decided to allow parents of wards studying in a particular school to contest elections to managing committees of that institution.The government has asked schools all over the city to send out invitations to parents for the elections to School Management Committees (SMC) where 12 parents will be elected for each school.”At least 12 parents would be elected to each school’s managing committee which would be headed by the principal of the institution. The area legislator, a teacher representing the school’s teachers and an educationist would also be members of the committee,” a senior Delhi government official said. “The parents elected to the committee will have the task of keeping an eye on the functioning of schools, monitoring the attendance of both teachers and students, analysing the progress of the students and suggesting changes in governance of a particular school,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The elections for parent Representatives in SMCs will be held on Monday and the results will be declared on September 16. Parents who wish to participate in the voting exercise have been asked to send an signed consent to the respective schools. “The invited group of parents will cast their vote by raising hands in classrooms in presence of a teacher.The SMCs are constituted every two years but there has been no representation of parents in the committees so far. Though there exists a provision for it under the Right to Education Law, 2009, it has not yet been implemented. “This provision for parents representation already exists in the Right to Education law since 2009 but it is for the first time that the city government has decided to implement the provision,” the official said.There are 924 government-run schools in the national capital and the government provides financial aid to another 221 schools. A total of 1,145 schools will elect their management committees this month. The last SMCs were elected in March 2013.The crucial committees will have the mandate to not only control schools run using public money but also to monitor a host of other functions that includes utilisation of funds. According to the mandate, the elected representatives are also supposed to motivate and help children in their belts and in the vicinity of schools to join school as per the Right to Education Act.

Hyderabad: Teacher beats 11-year-old boy unconscious

11-year-old Tanish Yadav was beaten up by his school teacher and lost consciousness in Hyderabad on Thursday evening. Yadav studies at Krishnaveni Talent School and was rushed to Golconda Hospital by the authorities.Yadav later regained consciousness and is now undergoing tests at Sri Sai Ram Hospital. Doctors who examined have stated he has no external injuries but has complained of back pain. His mother has stated to media that he is unable to walk because of the severe back pain. Yadav’s family has filed a police complaint. The police has begun investigation into the incident.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yadav was reportedly beaten on Wednesday by the same teacher. He was allegedly slapped with such force that the boy’s tooth broke. Local media reports that action is likely to be taken against the teacher and the incident investigated by the director of the Krishnaveni Talent School group.

Neighbours in Guwahati still remember Indrani Mukerjea as Pori

She added that Upen Bora, Pori’s father, helped the young couple get on their feet by funding an eatery, but that did not work too well. “After that, Pori left one day, leaving the children to be taken care of by the grandparents,” she added.

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Putting all speculations to rest, Sheena Bora’s father Siddharth Das appeared in front of the media in Kolkata, accepting that he was the biological father of both Sheena and Mikhail. Saying that Sheena’s death pained him, he wanted “those who have done this to be hanged”. He said that the children were born out of his relationship with Indrani between 1986 and 1989, and that they were never married. “I met Indrani while she was in college in Shillong, and we lived together for a few years. The last I saw her was in 1989, and I have not been in touch with her since,” he told reporters.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Neighbours and friends remembered Siddharth and Pori, as Indrani was known then. “After they came back from Shillong to Guwahati, Pori and Siddharth stayed in her father’s house in Sundarnagar. They would often go around town in a Kinetic bike with Sheena, who was around two years then,” said a neighbour, who said that Indrani grew up in front of her. She added that Upen Bora, Pori’s father, helped the young couple get on their feet by funding an eatery, but that did not work too well. “After that, Pori left one day, leaving the children to be taken care of by the grandparents,” she added. On Tuesday, covering his face with a handkerchief and a helmet to avoid letting out his identity as he is now settled in Kolkata with his wife and son, Siddharth said that he is willing to co-operate with investigations and that he is “100% ready” to undergo a DNA test to confirm his paternity claim. He told reporters that the reason why he did not raise the children was because the grandparents did not want him to. In fact, Upen Bora has confided the same to a close friend of Mikhail. “Koka (Assamese for grandfather) told me once when we were in Mikhail’s house that he did not approve of Siddharth, and that they preferred that the children live with them instead. Also, Siddharth did not have a stable job then,” said the friend, who was also Sheena’s classmate, and wanted to remain anonymous. While Siddharth may have told the media that he had met the children only once, friends of both Sheena and Mikhail said they have seen him at various times. “I think Siddharth also took care of them financially when the children were very young. And we saw them during PTA meetings a few times,” says Indrajit, Sheena’s former classmate. “I even met him once when I went to meet Sheena. We were in the seventh standard then.” Even the friend who requested anonymity said that one of Mikhail’s classmates met Siddharth while they were in the sixth standard. Teachers in Disneyland School, now named Sudarshan Public School, confirmed that Siddharth had come to the school. “He had attended PTA meetings when the children were very young. And when Indrani wanted to submit fresh birth certificates, where the grandparents were named the children’s parents, we were surprised. They said that it was to ensure that the children are not embarrassed,” said Madhuchanda Deb, vice-principal. On asked whether Indrani was capable of murdering Sheena, Siddharth said that “there is a chance” and that “she was money-minded”. “She always wanted a high society life, which I could not provide for,” he said. Siddharth said that Sheena’s birthday was February 11, 1987, and Mikhail was born on September 9, 1988. He said that he was barely in touch with Mikhail, but he spoke to Sheena. “We were on good terms, and we would talk. I last spoke to her when she was in the tenth standard, and she hid from me that she was in touch with her mother then,” said Siddharth. Siddharth’s wife, however, said that she had no idea of his past. “The first time I got to hear this was when my mother-in-law called us that day. I live a happy life with Siddharth, and we have a 17-year-old son, and I have nothing more to say,” she said.

India acquires BR Ambedkar’s house in London

A blue plaque commemorates the fact that Ambedkar lived there in 1921-22 when he was studying at London School of Economics (LSE)

Ending months of uncertainty, India on Thursday sealed the deal to acquire the ownership of a three- storey bungalow here, where Dalit icon and architect of Indian Constitution Dr B R Ambedkar lived as a student in the 1920s, and will be converted into an international memorial. Maharashtra’s Minister for social justice and special assistance Raj Kumar Badole exchanged contracts with regard to the 2,050 sq ft house at 10 King Henry’s Road, in northwest London, said Santosh Dass, President of the Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations UK.The state government had earlier announced its decision to acquire at Rs 31 crore the property, where a blue plaque commemorates the fact that Ambedkar lived there in 1921-22 when he was studying at London School of Economics (LSE), though exact amount for the deal was not announced today. The house will be “turned into an educational and cultural centre”, Dass said. “Generations of Indians in the UK and visitors studying, interested or inspired by Dr Ambedkar’s key roles in furthering social justice, human rights and equal treatment issues will be able to visit. “There is a lot of work to do on the house before it can be opened to visitors,” she added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Today’s deal came just three days after Badole said all related procedures will be over soon and the prime property will be handed over to the state government within the next 15 days, refuting reports that the owner of the bungalow might pull out of the deal. “This is a historical moment for us because it is not just a house but has the emotions of all Indians attached to it,” Badole, who visited London in April in connection with the house, had said.The six-bedroom house went up for sale through an estate agent last year.Ambedkar, who died in 1956 aged 65 was posthumously conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in 1990.

BBMP Elections 2015: Bangaloreans send out strong message to politicians, say ‘No Civic Amenities, No Vote’

Vidhya claims that she personally finds it extremely difficult to travel all the way from Rajarajeshwarinagar to her workplace because of the poor condition of the roads.

Vidhya Shree, 23, felt that it was about time residents realised the importance of their valuable vote. Image credit: Vidhya Shree

If you happen to pass by Rajarajeshwari Nagar, you might find commuters holding placards saying ‘No footpath, No votes’ or ‘No roads, No votes’. This is a part of the citizens’ initiative spearheaded by 23-year old, Vidhya Shree, who felt that it was about time residents realised the importance of their valuable vote.Frustrated, after commuting through bad roads for the last two years, the Rajarajeshwari Nagar resident decided to take matters into her own hands. She started talking to commuters at different spots and handed them placards stating that they will not vote unless the civic issues are sorted out first. She said, “I wanted to convey my message to both voters and candidates and so I spoke to people near Rajagopalnagar about the prime issues they face. I wanted these issues to come to the limelight ahead of the BBMP Council elections.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vidhya who works as an art teacher in Presidency School at BTM Layout, claims that she personally finds it extremely difficult to travel all the way from Rajarajeshwarinagar to her workplace because of the poor condition of the roads. “For the last two years no politician has ever bothered to pay heed to the numerous complaints we have made regarding the terrible state of roads in Rajarajeshwarinagar. It is only during the election campaigning that they come and make false promises to woo the voters,” she said.She believes her ultimate goal is to spread awareness among residents about their civic rights and stand up against the lackadaisical attitude of government officials. She has already printed out around hundred placards and will be handing them over to willing commuters and pedestrians in her locality to spread the word further.
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HTET 2015: Candidates can download admit card from Haryana Board of School Education website

The admit card will have the name of the place and centre where the candidate will appear for the test.

The Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE) had issued admit card for the candidates who are appearing for the Haryana Teacher Eligibility Test 2015.The exam is to be held on August 30 and 31, 2015. The admit cards are available for download on the websites, and The Board says that the admit cards they will not be sent to candidates via post.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The admit card will have the name of the place and centre where the candidate will appear for the test.Candidates must check the card for discrepancies in details and contact the Board’s Special Examination Branch in Bhiwani if there are any. Those who do not find their admit cards on the websites should also contact the Special Examination Branch.Candidates without the admit card will not be permitted to enter the exam centre.The test is conducted for those looking to teach in primary and secondary schools affiliated to the HBSE.

Students go on rampage at Pondicherry University, target teachers, protesters

Some students on Tuesday went on rampage in Pondicherry University ransacking several offices and departments, as well as attacking teachers and students. The victims also alleged harassment and police inaction.

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Some students on Tuesday went on rampage in Pondicherry University ransacking several offices and departments, as well as attacking teachers and students. The victims also alleged harassment and police inaction.According to Indian Express, the mob launched an attack on teachers and students including women who led the successful protest against former V-C Chandra Krishnamurthy, who was asked to go on leave by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) last week following a three-week long protest.The newspaper said that the police took a very long time to arrive at the scene. One of the female students who tried to protect a lady faculty was also manhandled and harassed by a group of men.Vehicles of some faculty members were also stoned. Laptops, air conditioners and furniture in some departments were also damaged.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Express claimed that all ladies hostel rooms in the campus were also locked from inside after protesting female students were targeted by the mob.Following protests by a section of students, the incumbent VC Chandra Krishnamoorthy was asked to go on leave on August 14 in response to a directive from the HRD Ministry.But PTI reports suggested that students had gone on rampage protesting the failure of the university to take action against those who had gheraoed Registrar in Charge S Panneerselvam on Monday, officials said.Panneerselvam was gheraoed on Monday for nearly six hours by a group of persons who demanded his resignation questioning him for his fixing a Dean as acting Vice-Chancellor when there were several senior incumbents.The Registrar in-charge was admitted to a private hospital here last night following chest pain he suffered allegedly during a gherao.Panneerselvam told PTI that he had filed a complaint with police identifying ten persons who had prevented him from discharging his duty on Monday and gheraoed him for nearly six hours.He said he fainted and developed chest pain as he was gheraoed for hours together. He claimed he had been getting SMSes from a number of persons asking him to quit the post of Registrar even when he was in hospital.Hospital sources said he had to remain in hospital for three more days.Panneerselvam said around 200 persons surrounded him demanding his resignation from the post of Registrar. The protesters questioned his fixing the Dean of School Education as acting vice chancellor as there were several senior incumbents, he said.Following the protest, he said, the decision was amended and Professor Anisha Basheer Ahmad Khan was appointed as acting VC and she was directed to take charge at 6 PM yesterday.Panneerselvam, who is Dean of Department of Humanities, was assigned the post of Registrar in-charge some three years ago. He said, he has been keeping the HRD Ministry apprised of the current developments.Police said cases had been registered against ten persons under various sections of IPC including those relating to wrongful assembly and wrongful confinement.

Why Twitter is celebrating ‘Kejriwal Day’ instead of ‘Independence Day’

As per AAP leader Kapil Mishra’s tweets, Arvind Kejriwal was at the stadium for a flag-hoisting ceremony.
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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal courted controversy on Saturday after a picture of school children doing a formation of his name in Chhatrasal Stadium for Independence Day celebration went viral on Twitter. The Twitter had a field day mocking Kejriwal over the issue re-christening Independence day as ‘Kejriwal Day’The image was shared by AAP leader by the party’s Delhi MLA Kapil Mishra. As per AAP leader Mishra’s tweets, Kejriwal was at the stadium for a flag-hoisting ceremony. The students at the stadium had formed the Delhi CM’s name using placards and handkerchief.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP was quick to raise its voice and called the incident a “misuse” of Independence Day celebrations, reports The HIndustan Times. Accusing the AAP government of using public funds for ‘self glorification’, they have demanded an apology from the AAP leader. Swaraj Abhiyan leader Prashant Bhushan who was ousted from AAP hit out at the Delhi for promoting itself through this act and the cintroversy on the government ads. Twitteratis likened Kejriwal to infamous historic and current ‘magalomaniac’ dictators. Not only was Kejriwal was poked fun of, his associate Ashutosh too was featured in the jokes.The AAP govt admitted that the students did the formation of his name at the event but denied that they had instructed the students or the schools to do so. They added that the students had also created words such as ‘Welcome’ and ‘Thank you’, reports The Hindustan Times.Delhi’s transport and labour minister Gopal Rai said that the government did not like the idea of such display of Kejriwal’s name at the event. He also said that the government found out having the chief ministers name displayed in that way. “We enquired about it and came to know that it’s a tradition. This has been happening which is not right,” Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said.The government also released pictures showing similar designs — one showing Najeeb Jung’s name and the other Sheila Dikshit’s — created on previous such occasions. “I think it is deliberate mischief. Last year school children had displayed LG’s name at I-day function. Before that name of CM was regularly displayed at I-day celebrations. School children displayed variety of placards, why selective targeting?” a government spokesperson said.Later, CM Kejriwal too tweeted about the issue saying that he did not about the practice and he would bring an end to it. With agency inputs

Three-year-old sexually assaulted at Bengaluru school, watchman arrested

Bengaluru: A three-year-old girl was sexually assaulted allegedly by the watchman at her school, with the incident triggering protests by parents of students who clashed with the police.

The man was arrested following a complaint filed by the parents of the victim, who identified him, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) N Satish Kumar said.

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“The victim’s mother had seen the watchman making her daughter sit on his lap, hugging her and offering chocolates,” he said.

“We have arrested the watchman of the school for allegedly sexually assaulting a three-year-old,” Kumar said.

He said the girl’s parents came to know about the incident when she complained of pain in her private parts after returning from school on Monday afternoon.

She was taken for medical examination at government-run Bowring Hospital on Monday evening and a case was registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), Kumar said.

Asked about the alleged lathicharge against protesting parents, Kumar said in fact some protestors beat up police. “We did not resort to lathicharge against the protestors. On the contrary, one of our Sub Inspectors and another policeman were beaten up,” he said.

The incident is a grim reminder of a series of sexual assaults on minor girls in upscale schools in the city last year, raising questions about safety of girls in schools.

Prompted by the recurring incidents, police had issued safety guidelines for schools, which in many cases have been found to be observed in the breach.

The sexual assaults on minor girls have also evoked public outrage.


DU’s dubious distinction: Only university with 6 undergraduate programmes

This is the third consecutive year that Delhi varsity has offered a different undergraduate programme to its students

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Two weeks into the new session at Delhi University, the clouds of confusion surrounding India’s premier higher education destination persist with undergraduate students divided into six different programmes and teachers and students equally bewildered at the many rapid changes in format. The latest has been the introduction of the choice based credit system (CBCS), which gives Delhi University the dubious distinction of being the only one in the country to offer undergraduate degrees under six different programmes. This is the third consecutive year that Delhi University has offered a different undergraduate programme to its students.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>So, as it stands now, first year students will be under CBCS, second year students are in the semester system and third year students are still bearing the brunt of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), which has now been scrapped. Add to this the students who entered college in 2009-10, before the introduction of the semester system when undergraduate examinations were conducted annually, but still need to clear their papers in the original format, the School of Open Learning (SOL) and the non-collegiate courses that continue to teach in the original three-year mode.This platter of undergraduate courses is not an effort at giving students diverse options but is the result of chaos and experiments carried out by the university and the human resource development ministry year after year.With 67 affiliated colleges and 3.5 lakh undergraduate students (including the SOL, the non-collegiate courses and all the professional courses being offered) in undergraduate programmes alone, the examination department which has been conducting examination for a new undergraduate pattern each year faces an uphill task. “There will have to be six different types of question papers, different examination schedules and separate examiners and then the declaration of results,” said a senior official of the examination department.With CBCS, he added, the department still did not know which colleges had opted for which paper. With the variation in the teaching pattern, subjects on offer and examination pattern each year, both students and faculty are equally at loss. The new academic session that started last month opened with confusion and lack of clarity for both teachers and students. “We have been admitted in CBSC. But we do not know how to choose courses. Even the teachers were not aware. We have been asked to wait for a few days,” said Vaibhavi Sharma, a first year student at Maitreyi College. With each batch studying under a different pattern of education with a different syllabus, each batch is isolated with little in common in terms of syllabus. “We cannot look up to our seniors for any kind of guidance. We are all studying in isolation,” added Vaishnavi Vats, a second year student at ARSD college.Confusion confoundedBefore introduction of the semester system in 2009-10, undergraduate examinations were conducted annually. Two years later in 2013, before the first batch of undergraduates under semester mode could pass out, the university introduced FYUP.The programme, aiming to implement a system similar to US universities, gave students the option of exiting after two years with a diploma degree, after three years with a graduation degree and after four years with an honours degree. FYUP had a controversial end with the BJP government scrapping it soon after it came to power in May 2014. Undergraduate students who were admitted under FYUP were put into a three year re-structured course. Under CBCS, implemented in the current academic session, all central universities now have the same syllabus developed by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The system has been introduced across central universities and allows students to choose papers from the buffet offered by various colleges.Losing jobsThe hurriedly implemented CBCS could lead to about 1,000 teachers losing their jobs. “The colleges are now aware about the number of students they are going to have for each paper. If students do not opt for a particular paper, the teachers teaching that paper will be left without work and will be shunted out. Ad-hoc and temporary teachers are looking at an uncertain future,” said Prof Rajesh Jha, of Rajdhani College. He is also the spokesperson of Academics for Action and Development (AAD), a teachers’ body at Delhi University.Delhi University has about 4,500 ad hoc teachers and many of them have already been shown the door. “I have been teaching in Delhi University for six years. But now I am told that my services are not required because there is not enough workload. CBCS has left me unemployed,” said Manisha, who was working as an assistant professor of chemistry with Keshav Mahavidyalaya. About 150 teachers in chemistry department alone have been left without a job.The AAD continues to demand rolling back of CBCS. Its members along with senior leaders from the Congress including Ajay Maken and Randeep Surjewala have extended support to the anti CBCS movement.

A world without exams

We could be headed to a tomorrow where the much feared exam system is edged out by adaptive learning technology that will allow students to learn at their own pace and also assess their progress. Gwyn D’Mello finds out more

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Exams are a big deal in India. Every year, like clockwork, our newspapers, websites and news channels will blow up with coverage, whether about toppers, pass and fail trends, paper leaks or even suicides. But software designers over the world, and some in India too, are looking at a way we can get rid of standardised testing. In the near future, your child might have two teachers — and only one of them will be human.Adaptive learning is not a new concept; it’s been around since at least 2011. But developments in the field have been slow, particularly because of technological limitations. Simply put, adaptive learning uses software to help students study. They’re given study material in the form of a video or a presentation interspersed with informal quizzing. This way, the software can gauge how well the student understands a certain topic, whether he or she is struggling in a particular area or subject, and even how that can be tackled before moving on to more challenging ideas or topics. This allows students to learn at their own pace, instead of being forcibly dragged along with the rest of the class. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The real question is whether adaptive learning is an efficient model for the future or just a passing fad. Avnita Bir, principal of Mumbai’s R.N. Podar School, says they’re currently beta testing an adaptive learning programme. But, no matter how smart the software, she believes it will be more efficient as a teaching aid than a replacement for teachers. “Machines may give us data, but a lot more is needed to teach a child… Human involvement is absolutely essential.” Dr Samir Dalwai, a developmental pediatrician with the New Horizons Foundation, is also of the view that adaptive learning can be beneficial in the right circumstances. Exam-time stress, for instance, is completely dependent on the child’s and the parents’ mindset. “Failure to progress at the same pace as everyone else doesn’t breed stress; that happens because of competitiveness,” he insists. He believes that adaptive learning systems will help motivate student since it’s the disconnect between the average class comprehension level and the student’s comprehension that discourages them.So what if we do away with exams altogether? Wouldn’t that help root out the negative strain of competitiveness and let students study in a rhythm they’re attuned to? While that is technically possible if adaptive learning is widely implemented, Avnita Bir says that she doesn’t see it happening soon. “We’ve got an exam-centric system that involves objective question assessments and the like. It will be at least another two years before we can hope to see exams done away with, as students progress with adaptive learning instead.”As far as data is concerned, the obvious question is how accurate is adaptive learning software? Lohit Sahu, the man behind R.N. Podar School’s software, is creator of the school’s new learning platform DEFY, has some answers. His team shoots educational videos in top-of-the-line film studios, and then has the children watch them at home. Between each section of the video, the students are asked multiple choice questions, which serve the dual purpose of letting the teacher know which students haven’t watched the video and also where each student is having difficulty.Sahu, who is also director of Phyzok, a company offering adaptive learning solutions, says DEFY can give the teacher specific details –which parts of the video each student watched, how many times they watched it, even going so far as to suggest a question for the struggling student that might help jog an interaction in class the next day. “Even parents are put at ease. With only exams as a testing system, parents would only know of their child’s difficulties at the end of the year, when it’s too late to change anything. Our software, however, offers an accurate prediction of the student’s expected exam score, based on their progress in class,” he explains.Phyzok is just one company offering adaptive learning solutions. So far, all its endeavours are “proof of concept” projects, including at schools in Mumbai, Delhi and a couple of rural Tier II and III schools. The company has been receiving only positive results from the experiment so far. And it’s not at all hard to implement. “It takes me about half an hour to add a school to our system,” Sahu says. “If we were to get the go ahead, I could have all the Tier II schools (over 100 of them) in the country using adaptive learning within three and a half years.” Your move, government.

Two school children killed and four injured after train engine hits van

The school van was carrying students of age 8 years to 10 years.

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Two school children were killed and four others injured when a train engine rammed into their van at an unmanned railway crossing in Jharkhand’s Lohardaga district on Thursday.The accident occurred when the van, carrying students aged 8 to 10 years to their school, was crossing the tracks at Mundo, Superintendent of Police Manoj Ratan Chouthe said.All injured were admitted to different hospitals.

Infographic: 60 lakh Indian children are out of school with 77% in rural areas

It has been six years since the Right to Education Act has been enacted and yet recent data shows that more than 60 lakh children in India are out of school.

Data from the ‘National Sample Survey of Estimation of Out-of-School Children in the Age 6-13 in India’ by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan for 2014 shows that around 3 percent of the 20.4 crore school-going children in India are deprived of the access to schools.

The survey took into account 99,929 households in 640 districts from across India, and focussed on the gender and community of unschooled children. While  77% of the children out of school are from rural areas, about 49% belong to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Interestingly, the survey shows that more boys weren’t in school as compared to girls.

For the complete highlights of the survey, take a look at our infographic:


Students, authorities fight at pre-medical test centres

Vandalism marked All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) re-examination on Saturday in at least three centres in Mumbai, with the authorities debarring several candidates as they reported late.The re-exam, which was necessitated after the apex court scrapped the June exam due to widespread malpractices, was held by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) under very tight security, with mobile jammers and metal detectors. It was conducted at 1,065 centres in 50 cities throughout the country and abroad.The centres were asked to strictly follow the rule book including the in-time. The exam is conducted for 15% seats under all India quota at state-level medical colleges.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 20 students, mostly girls from different parts of Maharashtra, were not allowed inside the exam hall by the Kendriya Vidyalaya 1. While candidates claimed they reached by 9:25 am, school authorities said they reached after 9:30 am. “Students at KV 2 exam centre were allowed till 9:40 am but my daughter and other candidates were shooed away despite several pleas,” said Arvind Kumar, one of the parents who was inconsolable.At least seven candidates who were allotted Arya Gurukul School, Kalyan, were not allowed to write the exam for reportedly coming after 9:30 am, the deadline given by the CBSE.Angry candidates argued with the staff and they destroyed the school’s security cabin. Both the parties approached the Kolsewadi police. While candidates accuse school authorities for high-handedness, school trustee Bharat Malik said: “We just followed the rule book.”DAV Public School, New Panvel, also saw 30 students missing the exam. Students claimed they got delayed because of the landslide in the Kasara ghat. They requested that they should be allowed to appear in the examination as they were only 15 minutes late. However, school authorities refused.Students and parents waited outside the school for almost two hours and kept requesting the authorities to allow their wards to write their examination. “We were not allowed to enter the school premises and the authorities did not even talk to us,” said Rajendra Patil, a parent from Aurangabad.As the matter was going out of control, a parent reportedly called the police. The police asked parents to leave school venue. Neither the school administration nor CBSE officials were available to comment. Emails sent to them also did not get any reply.CBSE, however, issued a press release. “The AIPMT today was conducted successfully without any untoward incident. As per the concerns shown by the Hon’ble Supreme Court for the re-conduct of the examination, CBSE has made all possible arrangements to ensure the fair conduct of examination. Candidates complied with the directions of the CBSE and reported on time. CBSE has made strict security arrangements. All the candidates were frisked prior to appearing in the examination. More than one lakh officials ensured the successful and fair conduct of the examination.” Over 25% candidates dropped out of the re-exam More than 25% candidates decided not to appear in the re-exam. Over 6,32,625 candidates were registered. But only 4,22,859 candidates downloaded the admit card. While CBSE officials claimed that attendance was less as most states have already finalised their admissions, experts say the reasons must be probed, especially since there are allegations of unfair practices.As per the CBSE website, around 46 students indulged in unfair means during the examination on June 3, following which the examination was cancelled. The SC then ordered a re-exam. All these candidates were permanently debarred from the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test.

AIPMT 2015: Nun banned from taking exam, Church calls incident ‘unfortunate’

The Principal told her that she was also a Christian and understood her plight, but as per CBSE guidelines, veil and Holy cross cannot be permitted inside the examination hall.

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A Keralite nun was denied permission to take the All India Pre Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT) here after she refused to remove her veil and Holy Cross as required under the CBSE’s new dress code.Sister Saiba, who was to take the test at the Jawahar Central School here this morning, said she sought permission to write the examination with her veil and cross. However, the school principal told her about the guidelines issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). She then requested for a separate room to write the examination without the veil and cross, but it was not accepted by the school authorities, she told media persons. “I requested that I may be given a separate room where I will remove the veil and cross and write the test, but that was not allowed,” she said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Principal told her that she was also a Christian and understood her plight, but as per CBSE guidelines, veil and Holy cross cannot be permitted inside the examination hall. Many students were seen removing head scarfs, earrings and all other articles banned before entering the hall at various examination centres in the state. They were allowed inside only after body frisking.
The Supreme Court had refused to entertain the pleas of an Islamic organisation that Muslim girl applicants be allowed to wear ‘hijab’ (scarf), a customary religious dress while appearing for the AIPMT.”Faith is something different from wearing some kind of cloth,” a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu stated, adding the AIPMT was being held again at its direction and some “reasonable restrictions” were needed. Kerala High Court had earlier granted conditional permission to two Muslim girls to appear for the test wearing hijab.In the backdrop of large-scale irregularities in the AIPMT held in May this year, the apex court had directed CBSE to conduct a second test following which CBSE imposed a strict dress code, banning jeweleries, hair pins, head scarf or veils, shoes, watches and all electronic devices.Reacting to the incident, Syro Malabar Church spokesperson Father Paul Thelekkat, said it was “unfortunate” that the nun was not permitted to write the test.”The Catholic church does not consider veil as the most important religious symbol of the Catholic faith. At the same time, we do not subscribe to the view of the Supreme court Chief Justice that 3-4 hours without veil does not make any difference. It does make and it is up to the citizen to take the decision”, he told PTI.

MP school book lists Pervez Musharraf as a ‘great personality’

The former military dictator, considered the architect of the 1999 Kargil War with India, features among “six great personalities” in one the lessons of the book, which also carries his picture.

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has been listed among ‘great personalities’ in a Class III book of a private school in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.The former military dictator, considered the architect of the 1999 Kargil War with India, features among “six great personalities” in one the lessons of the book, which also carries his picture. The District Bar Association (DBA) in Jabalpur has taken a strong objection to the lesson and complained to the district authorities in this regard, following which Christ Asha School at Awadhpuri here, has withdrawn the book.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The book written by Pankaj Jain and published by Gayatri Publication has put Musharraf’s picture among the portraits of six great personalities,” Amit Sahu and Vinay Mishra of the DBA said. “This is highly objectionable. Under the Musharraf regime in Pakistan, the Kargil War took place, in which many Indian soldiers lost their lives,” they said.It is a folly on the part of the state and central education departments that a lesson is being taught to children at this tender age, which shows Musharraf as a great personality, Sahu said adding, “This amounts to playing with the future of the children.” A DBA delegation has filed a petition to the District Magistrate (Collector) S N Rupla in this regard, in which they have sought action against the writer of the book as well as its publisher.The book, however, claims that its contents were in accordance with the syllabus of National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT). When contacted, the Collector told PTI that following the complaint, he has written a letter to the NCERT in Delhi, and state departments concerned two days back to look into the issue.”The departments concerned will take a call on it,” Rupla said. Principal of the school, Manorama Awasthi, said, “When the content of the book was brought to our notice, we immediately withdrew it.”

Bihar: Naxals kidnap school boy from hostel, release him later

The Maoists released the boy after four hours after making him walk in the jungles for three-four hours and told him to ask his school Principal and staff members to vacate the premises within 12 days or be prepared to face similar incidents of kidnapping of students.

Suspected Naxalites kidnapped a student from a reputed residential school in Maoist-hit Jamui district in the wee hours on Thursday.The Maoists released the boy after four hours after making him walk in the jungles for three-four hours and told him to ask his school Principal and staff members to vacate the premises within 12 days or be prepared to face similar incidents of kidnapping of students. Station House Officer of Simultala Police Station Arbind Kumar said that two suspected Maoists kidnapped the Class XI student from Netiyar Boys Hostel of the Simultala Residential School while he was sleeping around 2 AM.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They woke up another student sleeping by his side and told him that they were taking the boy along with them, the SHO said. A native of Bhojpur district, the kidnapped boy had secured eighth rank in the matriculation examination held by Bihar School Examination board results. The hostel does not have a boundary which made it easy for intruders to enter the hostel and took the boy brandishing arms, the SHO said.After making the kidnapped boy walk 3-4 km through the jungle, the kidnappers forced him to make a call to his parents about his abduction and also inform the school authority about it, the SHO added. When police was informed about the incident, the SHO and his team began a search following which the kidnappers released the boy near Teethi Chak village and escaped. The kidnapped boy is with the police.SHO Arbind Kumar said the boy told them that the kidnappers had asked him to tell the school Principal and staff members to vacate the premises within 12 days or be prepared to face similar incidents of kidnapping of students. A brain child of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Simultala Residential School came up in Simultala in Jhajha Block of Jamui District in 2010.

Maharashtra: 13-year-old killed by schoolmates for ‘staring at a girl’

This is the second such incident in last few days in Maharashtra where a student was killed in school premises.

A 13-year-old student was killed allegedly by his schoolmates inside their school premises in Ahmednagar district for “staring at a girl”, police said today. The deceased, Kiran Goraksh Sonawane, was a class VII student of the Nutan School at Rajapur in Sangamner tehsil. The school is managed by Pragatik Shikshan Sanstha.”Kiran’s head was smashed against a bench and later, against a tree in the school. The provocation was that he used to stare at a girl,” a police official from Sangamner city police station said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The incident took place on June 26, police said. After the assault he was admitted to a hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries on July 1. Initially, it was a case of accidental death but subsequently an FIR was registered yesterday,” police said.An FIR under section 302 (34) (murder) of the IPC has been lodged against three students whose names are known to the authorities and against “five to six” other students whose identity is yet to be ascertained, he said. No arrests have been made in this connection.Meanwhile, Kiran’s mother has alleged that her son was the victim of a “vendetta” killing. She also denied allegation that he used to stare at girls. “Kiran used to tell me that all girls are like my sisters,” she added.This is the second such incident in last few days in Maharashtra where a student was killed in school premises. On July 1, a class V student died in Jalgaon district of north Maharashtra, apparently after a ruckus involving other students inside their school premises. 11-year-old Kishore Raghu Chavan, student of the Jawahar Vidyalay at Girad, was rushed to the rural hospital at Pachora but passed away later.Asked what led to the student being rushed to the hospital, a police official had said the boy was involved in “danga masti” (ruckus) with other students.

DPS director thrashed to death by mob after 2 students found dead

Nalanda/Patna: The Director of a Delhi Public School (DPS) branch Devendra Prasad died on Sunday after being thrashed by a mob following recovery of the bodies of two students from a ditch in Bihar’s Nalanda district.

Angry mob thrashed DPS director to death. Twitter/ @ANI_news

Angry mob thrashed DPS director to death. Twitter/ @ANI_news

Prasad succumbed during treatment at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Nalanda’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Sidharth Mohan Jain told PTI.

A post-mortem was being carried out on the body to ascertain exact cause of the DPS official’s death, he said.

TV footage showed that the Director of DPS branch of school located near Nirpur village was mercilessly beaten up with lathis by a mob who held him responsible for the death of two students of the prestigious school.

Some in the crowd mercilessly beat up Prasad with lathis, while some of them kicked him as he lay on the ground with his face down, the officer said.

The badly battered DPS official was taken by a police team led by the DSP (Law and Order) Sanjay Kumar to Sadar hospital at Biharsharif where the attending doctors referred him to PMCH at Patna, the SP said.

He said strict action will be taken against the guilty persons.

An FIR was lodged against those people responsible for the assault on the DPS official, Jain said.

Earlier in the day, the bodies of two students, aged around 7-8 years, of the prestigious residential public school were recovered from a waterbody.

Charging the slain DPS official with being responsible for the death of two local students, identified as Ravi Kumar and Sagar Kumar, the villagers attacked the school torching two rooms with LPG cylinders, besides a couple of vehicles.

The mob also targeted some policemen who had arrived there to probe the death of two students and pelted stones on the cops, injuring six including Nalanda police station in-charge Sunil Kumar, the SP said.


Horror parents: US legalises gay marriage; India yet to acknowledge corrective rape in families

By Tarique Anwar and A Saye Sekhar

Delhi/Hyderabad: It was supposed to be a normal summer vacation for school boy Himadri. He was happy to be home among parents and friends. He didn’t mind when his parents asked him to spend time at a relative’s place in a distant village. Then the horror unfolded. He was sexually assaulted repeatedly at the relative’s place. The knowledge that his father had asked for it was worse than the mental and physical trauma he had to undergo after the experience.

Now better known as Dr Himadri Roy, Associate Professor at the School of Gender and Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, he said he was subjected to what is being called ‘corrective rape’ these days. “My father knew about my sexual behaviour but my mother was unaware of it. I was sent to the relatives place to get ‘cured’. When I returned, I described the ordeal before my mother. She supported and encouraged me to go ahead with my choice,” Roy told Firstpost.

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In India, he said, the practice of corrective rape is rampant, but surprisingly not discussed much. “When I discussed my experience with my friends I found most of them had suffered the same treatment in childhood. It is not much visible in India because the affected persons generally do not come forward. Either they run away from their homes or kill themselves. Victims also refrain from taking legal recourse because the perpetrators are their parents and the accused are often their cousins and sometimes even mothers,” he said.

A lesbian girl, who requested not to reveal his identity, revealed she was raped by one of her paternal cousins to ‘correct’ her sexual orientation.

“I belong to a conservative family of Kerala. When my parents told me that I would be married to my paternal cousin, I refused and told them I am not interested in men. At that time, I was 19. I was tortured and abused for a long time. One day, I was raped by my cousin and would-be husband when I was sleeping. It was done with the consent of my parents. I was beaten up by them when I resisted and cried. I was constantly pressured to marry him but when they failed in their effort, they used force to get me married to him. Left with no option, I fled home and am earning my living by working in a BPO in the national capital,” she told Firstpost.

Deepthi Tadanki, who has embarked on a movie project – Satyavati – dealing with the issue, said she has stumbled upon several such instances which actually triggered the idea of making a film on this delicate subject. Deepthi has highlighted this among other hard facts in a YouTube fundraiser video for crowdsourcing the necessary funds required to complete the movie.

This cruel form of ‘corrective rape’ has its moorings, as per the available records, in South Africa, where it was perpetrated by the family members of lesbians or gays. The goal is to punish the “abnormal” behaviour. An American researcher Clare Carter has photographed over 45 victims of ‘corrective rape’ in South Africa and chronicled their sordid stories since 2011, according to The Independent.

A transgender activist in Hyderabad, Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli, told Firstpost that at least 15 cases of corrective rape have come to the knowledge of those working with the LGBT communities in the last five years. The cases have seen the light of the day, just because the victims have sought the help of the community to rescue them from their homes and liberate from the torture.

Out of the 15, four cases were of lesbian women and not one of them is ready to report or litigate. The first one was actually seeking rescue. The remaining 11 were of trans-boys or trans-men (born with female body). The transgenders are usually gender-dysphoric and they have varying levels of dysphoria, according to Mogli. Gender-dysphoria, as explained by Mogli, is a condition where the mindset continues to reject the body – feminine mindset in male body and the other way round too.

Some of them hail from middleclass families and approached the LGBT communities seeking relief from post-traumatic stress disorder brought upon by repeated corrective rapes. “While such attempts of coercion can be handled in societies at the lower economic stratum, thanks to their unequivocal opposition to physical dominance,” Mogli said “survival strategies end where the middle class morality begins.” The victims/survivors of “corrective rape”, especially those belonging to middle class and upper middle class, are subjected to very high degree of emotional blackmail from family members, she added.
Ironically, none of the 15 has even tried to approach the police. They don’t trust the police. Mogli quotes instances wherein policemen “lustily chided” the victims asking if the latter were aware of rape or should “we commit one and demonstrate to you.”

Outspoken gender and sexuality rights activist Gunjan Sharma describes the theory of ‘corrective rape’ “ridiculous” and “repulsive”. She raises question on the need to straighten the sexual behaviour of a person. “What is the need to ‘cure’ homosexuals by applying an age-old theory of ‘corrective rape’ when homosexuality is not a disease?” she asked suggesting the society to respect the orientation of a person and give him due respect.

“To me, ‘corrective rape’ is a violent and repulsive idea. This traumatic event not only threatens the core of an individual, both in physical and psychological terms. Surviving the experience of being raped and denied any support and compassion for the situation they are being forced into, just about anyone would feel insecure and lose their self-confidence, which further gives rise to fear of persecutions and threats,” she told Firstpost.

Furthermore, she added, this abhorrent idea of a family member doing a ‘service’ to ‘cure’ the gay person in the family is revolting at so many levels. “It completely smacks of a misplaced sense of power and is just another ghastly idea of maintaining patriarchal paradigms,” felt Sharma.

Smriti Irani Degree row: BJP calls it a ‘typographical error’; Court orders next hearing on August 28

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Union Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday got a shocker from a Delhi Court as it took cognizance of a complaint accusing her of furnishing false information about her academic qualifications in affidavits she had filed before the Election Commission on different occasions.The court posted the matter for August 28 when the scribe, who has filed the complaint, will be given an opportunity to record his statement and submit evidence to support the allegations that the Human Resource Development Minister has given false information to the poll panel in the affidavits filed in 2004, 2011 and 2014. It has been alleged that in the three affidavits filed with the nominations for her candidature for Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha polls, she had purportedly given different details about her educational qualifications.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain, who decided to record pre-summoning evidence, ruled out technical objections like delay in filing the complaint now when the first affidavit was filed by Irani way back in 2004 when she had contested the Lok Sabha poll from Chandni Chowk constituency and the second affidavit when she had entered Rajya Sabha in 2011.The court, after recording the pre-summoning evidence, will decide whether there is enough material to go into the merits of the complaint against Irani, who under law, is not required at this stage to counter the allegations in the court.In its five-page order, the court held that the issue of delay in launching a criminal prosecution may be considered at the stage of arriving at a final decision and this might not be a ground for dismissing a complaint.”Keeping in view the date of filing of final affidavit, containing alleged false information by accused/respondent (Irani), i.e. April 16, 2014 and while affording the benefit of section 469(1)(b) CrPC to complainant, it is held that the complaint in question is filed by complainant within the stipulated period of limitation,” the court said.”While taking cognizance upon the complaint, the matter be now fixed for pre-summoning evidence,” it said.The complaint was filed by freelance writer Ahmer Khan, who has alleged that Irani in her affidavits filed before the Election Commission of India (ECI) had purportedly given different details about her educational qualifications.In its order, the court said “it is well settled that the question of delay in launching a criminal prosecution may be a circumstance to be taken into consideration while arriving at a final decision.”BJP instead blamed “typographical error” for the alleged false information on educational qualification submitted by HRD Minister Smriti Irani and rejected any comparison between her and AAP leader Jitender Singh Tomar who has been jailed in a fake degree case.”One should know the difference between a fake document and a typographical error. This case (relating to Irani) is not for fake documents,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said after oppositon parties demanded her resignation as a Delhi court took cognizance of a complaint filed against Irani for allegedly giving false information on her educational qualification.Congress and AAP drew a parallel with the case of Irani with that of Tomar who resigned as a minister in Delhi government after his arrest.”You cannot compare oranges and apples. In the case of Tomar, there is a police investigation which has proved beyond doubt that there is a criminal act of a fake degree, going ahead and contesting an election on it and then being the Law Minister,” another BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said.He said that in the case of Smriti Irani, the court has spoken about maintainability of the complaint, which is the first step of a legal process as to whether there is a ground in terms of jurisdiction. “It has neither any implication on conviction nor exoneration.”Patra said the court has only taken cognizance of the complaint and asked the person who has filed the complaint that “you have to give pre-summoning evidence as to why she should be summoned. Why hue and cry over something which has not gone to the level of verdict?”The court also observed that perusal of the provisions of Representation of People Act 1951, especially section 125 A, “it does not appear that returning officer has to take any step for initiating any criminal proceedings.”In the order, the magistrate dealt with two issues as to whether the complaint has been filed within the period of limitation as stipulated under the provision of CrPC and if cognisance of the complaint could be taken.As per Section 468 of CrPC, the period of limitation is one year for the offence under Section 125A of Representation of People Act dealing with penalty for filing false affidavit.The offence under Section 125A of the Act entails a jail term of upto six months or fine or both.In its order, the court noted that the complainant’s counsel had argued that final affidavit filed by Irani in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Amethi, was allegedly defective and not in tune with her previous affidavits furnished regarding her educational qualifications.The counsel had also argued that even if the date of filing of alleged false affidavit, April 16, 2014, was to be considered, then the complaint was clearly within the period of limitation as it was filed on April 13, 2015. The magistrate said that arguments advanced by the counsel regarding the issue of limitation “hold merit”.While pronouncing the order, the court said that the complainant had filed an affidavit before it on June 19 in which he has stated that no other complaint against Irani on this issue was filed by him in any other courts. The court had on June one reserved the order on the plea after hearing arguments on the aspect of limitation and whether cognizance of the complaint could be taken or not.Senior advocate K K Manan, appearing for Khan, had told the court that in her affidavit for April 2004 Lok Sabha polls, Irani had said that she completed her BA in 1996 from Delhi University (School of Correspondence) whereas in another affidavit of July 11, 2011 for contesting Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, she said her highest educational qualification was B.Com Part I from the School of Correspondence, DU.The complaint alleged that in the affidavit filed for nomination of April 16, 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Irani said she had completed Bachelor of Commerce Part-I from School of Open Learning, DU.”It is evident from the contents of the affidavits filed by Smriti Z Irani that at best only one of the depositions by her on oath in respect of her educational qualifications is correct,” the complaint alleged.”The aforesaid affidavits of Smriti Irani, apart from the ostensibly false and discrepant statements in respect of her educational qualifications, also appear to contain false/ discrepant statements in respect of immovable properties owned by her and other details set out by her,” it claimed.”The aforesaid facts and circumstances reveal commission of offences by accused under section 125A of Representation of People Act, 1951, besides any other offences that may attract other penal provisions as an outcome of an additional investigation,” the plea alleged.

International Yoga Day: Participating kids spent sleepless night in excitement

It had begun with an announcement at their respective schools that in order to be on time for the big day, the students would be spending the night prior to the event in the school premises. And that’s what some of the students who had come for the event had exactly done.

As thousands of Indians on Sunday celebrated the first-ever International Yoga Day at Rajpath in the national capital, there were many among the children participants who didn’t share the vigour and excitement possessed by an overwhelming majority here.It had begun with an announcement at their respective schools that in order to be on time for the big day, the students would be spending the night prior to the event in the school premises. And that’s what some of the students who had come for the event had exactly done.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”My batch-mates kept on making noise till three in the morning. That’s when our yoga teacher called us out to wake up and get ready. I didn’t get any sleep,” said 13-year-old Neeraj a student of Sarvodya Bal Vdyalaya in Timarpur, an area that lies at a distance of barely 15 kilometers from the venue.Neeraj’s yoga teacher SK Saini quickly comes to the rescue and signals some elder boys to give an idea of how excited the students were to participate the event. “He (Neeraj) is not well but he is excited just like everyone else to do yoga with our Prime Minister,” said 17-year-old Jatin. His friend Varun concurs but only to be interjected by a younger student.”We will be on television so don’t sleep,” he said to Neeraj. When asked which was their favourite posture, the group almost unanimously said Shavasan and then broke into laughter. Shavasan is a posture which allows the participant to take a brief nap. After spending the night at their school, the students were early morning taken to the venue in a bus.SBV in Laxmi Nagar, however, had asked the students to directly come from home and board the buses parked at their school premises. This too at three in the morning. “It’s good to wake up early. They (students) might be sleepy for now but as soon as the Modiji comes they will get into their yoga mode,” said Som Dutt Sharma moments before the Prime Minister was to arrive.At some distance from the students of SBV were doctors on duty, roaming and keeping a watch on the participants. “I had to report at two o clock,” said one wishing to remain anonymous. “It’s a Sunday,” he added. On being asked the possible medical emergencies that could take place during yoga, the doctor responded, “Activities can cause hyperglycaemia. Then ofcourse there is dehydration and strained muscle. The upside of such events is that people get more aware about their health but the downside is that most of the people here do not exercise and when they end up doing it almost immediately the body takes time to adjust.”The veil of sleep did finally lift with the arrival of the Prime Minister who would then go on to give a brief speech followed by a 35 minute yoga session. Later he also greeted the same children who moments before were falling asleep on their yoga mats. The children who then busied themselves greeting the PM seemed to to have brushed away qualms and lack of sleep, at least for another year.

Maharashtra joins 6 other states to include Yoga in school curriculum

Maharashtra also plans to establish a Yoga university to bring out standardised courses, on the lines of Gujarat, Karnataka and Odisha, which already have big yoga varsities.

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The International Day of Yoga has set the ball rolling for the revival of the ancient Indian physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline within the country with Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat on Sunday announcing their plans to include Yoga in school curricula. Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh had already introduced Yoga in their schools from this academic year.Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde and Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel on Sunday announced that they were planning to include Yoga lessons in school curricula. TDP-ruled Andhra Pradesh has announced a grant of Rs 25 crore for conduct of yoga events on a regular basis.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Government is planning to include yoga in school and college curriculum,” Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying in Bengaluru. He was talking at the Yoga day celebrations after performing nadi suddhi pranayama along with his cabinet colleagues.Interestingly, Karnataka is ruled by the Congress whose national leaders had been ridiculing the Narendra Modi government’s initiative to popularise yoga across the globe, calling it a “self-branding plan” of the PM. Several Muslim leaders had also opposed the Yoga day celebrations.Rajasthan has made surya namaskar too compulsory in schools, apart from Yoga. Chhattisgarh School Education department introduced an extra class in the curriculum of all government and private-run schools a day before the International Day of Yoga.States ruled by the BJP and its allies took the lead in organising mammoth yoga events and announcing various initiatives on Sunday.Andhra CM Chandra Babu Naidu compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his namesake Swami Vivekananda (born Narendra Nath Datta), by showing a way for the international community by focusing on India’s spiritual philosophy.The RSS too was batting for making Yoga compulsory in schools. In the latest issue of its mouthpiece, Organiser, it said: “Balanced lifestyle is no longer a style statement but a necessity and has to be mentally accepted and physically exercised across culture, class, gender and nationalities. The best way to make this possible is introducing yoga as part of curriculum.”Several schools across India especially those affiliated with CBSE and ICSE boards already offer yoga sessions to the kids in primary and secondary schools mainly due to its rising popularity and benefits. However, an inclusion of the exercise form in curricula would force all schools to follow it, says Prashant Redij, president of Maharashtra School Principals’ Association.In fact, yoga has already been implemented in some of the schools in UK and some other countries. Maharashtra had Vipassana in schools since 2011Getting Yoga into curriculum would not be easy in Maharashtra. The state in 2011 has introduced Vipassana in schools. “There already exists a GR dated October 5, 2011 which directs all schools to train class 5-10 children in Vipassana. Several teachers have been trained in the Buddhist meditation form though a very few schools follow it because of lack of support from the government and from parents,” said a principal. It would be interesting to see whether government would withdraw it or would accommodate yoga too in the fitness regime of the kids.

BSEB 10th Results 2015: Bihar School Education Board declares SSC exam results

The exams were held between 17th March and 24th March.

Bihar Board 10th Results 2015

Wait of students who appeared for Class 10 exam conducted by Bihar School Education Board (BSEB) is finally over. BSEB declared the results at 4 pm today.The exams were held between 17th March and 24th March.The announcement of the results of Class 10 got delayed this year due to a strike by the fixed-pay teachers across the state last month. Bihar School Examination Board functions under Governement of Bihar and it conducts exams for both, public and private, schools in Bihar. The Board conducts secondary and senior secondary school examinations twice a year. One being annual board examinations in the months of February-March and other being supplementary examination held in August-September of every year.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students will have to log on to the below mentioned website and enter their roll number and roll code.The students can downlaod the marksheets but valid and original ones will be provided by the board soon. The marksheets will be made available at the students’ repsective schools.Students will need to visit http://www. or http://www. to check their results. We wish good luck to all candidates!