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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.

UN tribunal rejected provisional measures sought by Italy: India on marines case

New Delhi: India on Monday asserted that the UN tribunal has rejected the two provisional measures sought by Italy in the marines case, including return of one of the marines despite the European country’s strong appeal for it.

SC asked India to suspend trials against the Italian marines. AP

SC asked India to suspend trials against the Italian marines. AP

The Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry also said India will abide by the tribunal’s decisions, including the present one on provisional measures.

“We have just received the order from the International Tribunal on the Law of the Seas in the Enrica Lexie incident in which Italy had approached the Tribunal for two provisional measures…

“While we are studying the judgement in detail, it is clear that the Tribunal did not consider the two provisional measures sought by Italy to be appropriate as that would have pre-judged the merits of the case and would not have equally preserved the rights of both parties until the constitution of the Annex VII Tribunal under UNCLOS, which will decide the issue of jurisdiction,” the External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson said.

The Tribunal has instead prescribed a provisional measure in which both Italy and India should suspend all court proceedings and shall refrain from initiating new ones which might aggravate or extend the dispute submitted to Annex VII Tribunal or prejudice its decision on jurisdiction, he said.

“As a State Party to UNCLOS and as a responsible member of the international community that has consistently stood by its international obligations, India will continue to abide by the Tribunal’s decisions, including the present one on Provisional Measures,” the spokesperson said.

The two marines, who were on board ship ‘Enrica Lexie’, are accused of killing two Indian fishermen on 15 February, 2012 off the Kerala coast.

PTI

Supreme Court upholds quota for bank workers during promotions

Ravi Jadhav
dna
In a significant judgment, the supreme court has ruled that SC and ST employees in public sector banks are entitled to reservation in the promotion of officer grade and directed banks to provide quota for these employees in the Promotion from Management Grade Scale-I (Scale-I) upto Scale VI officers. What happens if there aren’t SC/ST applicants?While disposing of a batch of petitions on the issue, the court, however, clarified that promotion in the officers cadre cannot be given on the ground of non-adequate representation of SC/ST employees. What dis Central Bank want?The court rejected the Central Bank of India ‘s argument that there is no rule of reservation for promotion in the Class A (Class-I) to the posts having basic salary of more than Rs 5,700 and their promotion should be based on the standard of performance.According the bank, the rule of reservation is followed for promotions from clerical grade to the lowest rank in the officer Grade (scale-I) but for above scale only a concession for promotion is provided for officers belonging to SC/ST category,but there is no mandatory provision of reservation. What prompted SC ruling?A bench of justices Chelamenswar and AK Sikri has allowed the pleas of SC and ST bank employees while relying on an office memorandum of the Department of Public Enterprises issued on November 8, 2004 under which, the salary limit has been revised from Rs 5,700 to Rs 18,300 as per the 5th Central Pay Commission and in the case of Public Sector Undertakings like banks the limit is fixed at Rs 20,800.”…..The said pay ceiling is achieved in the appellant Banks only when an officer reaches Scale-VII. As a result, the policy of no reservation in the matter of promotion is applicable only from Scale-VII and above. It, therefore, clearly follows that insofar as promotion from Scale-I to Scale-II, Scale-II to Scale-III, Scale-III to Scale-IV, Scale-IV to Scale-V, Scale-V to Scale-VI are concerned, reservation is to be provided. The appellant Banks, therefore, cannot take umbrage under the Memorandum (1997) and deny reservation in favour of SC/ST employees while carrying out promotions upto to Scale-VI,” the bench said. What worries banks?The bench rejected the bank’s contention that grant of reservation in promotion from Scale-I level onwards would affect efficiency and the officers belonging to SC/ST have been promoted only on the basis of their own merit/performance.