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Be the master in field of your choice: Karan Johar

Famous personalities related to art, craft, education and film industry shared the stage for making school education entertaining and knowledgeable and to teach children how to fight challenges in life. Several celebs including Karan Johar and film critic Komal Nahta discussed about child’s overall development at the School Education Excellence Summit organised at Amargarh Resort on the occasion of completion of 40 years of Central Academy Institute.Karan Johar said that parents should give freedom to their kids to choose career of their choice. “There are many career options at present as compared to the past. I topped in BCom but I decided to make a career in the film industry,” Johar said. He added that instead of taking education as a burden, if children will study diligently and with positive thinking then no one can stop them from getting success. “You should try to become master in whatever field you choose today. Efficiency is a must in this era of competition,” he pointed out.Dr Jogeshwar Goswami, HRD Ministry’s ERIC member Dr Rashmi Chari, Theatre Expert Dr Bashavaraj, astt director of National Skills Development Agency, Neha Sharma also shared their experiences.

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Indian Air Force gets two more women fighter pilots

Flying Officers Pratibha and Shivangi Singh were commissioned in the Fighter Stream of Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force today. With this, the number of women fighter pilots in Indian Air Force has gone up to five.These two officers were among the 15 women officers who joined the elite cadre of Air Force Officers at the Combined Graduation Parade of Pilots and Ground Duty Officers held at Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal near Hyderabad today.The event marked the momentous occasion of passing out of 105 Flight Cadets as Flying Officers of the Indian Air Force. The occasion also marked the passing out of 200th Pilot’s course of Indian Air Force officers, a long way forward since the humble beginning of the training of Indian trainees at Royal Air Force College, Cranwell in Oct 1931.Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had recently said that India’s first three women fighter pilots — Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh – will fly the MIG-21 Bison fighter planes to begin with.The trio were commissioned as Flying Officers in July 2016 after the Fighter Stream was opened for women on an experimental basis and are likely to fly fighter jets soon after completing a strenuous training programme. These three women fighter pilots are likely to be posted together once they start flying fighter jets.Flying Officers Pratibha and Shivangi SinghThe Combined Graduation Parade marks the culmination of rigorous training schedule of one year and heralds the entry of another generation of officers in the Indian Air Force. The Flight Cadets undergo professional and advanced training at various institutions besides Air Force Academy, viz., Air Force Stations Hakimpet, Begumpet, Yelahanka, and Air Force Administrative College (Coimbatore) as per their specialisation and finally pass-out together from the portals of the majestic “Sekhon” Block of Air Force Academy.The Parade, in its full grandeur marked with impeccably turned-out cadets and their perfectly synchronized drill movements demonstrating conviction and commitment, was witnessed by a large gathering of military and civil dignitaries along with proud family members and friends of the graduating Flight Cadets. Congratulating the passing-out cadets, the Chief of the Naval Staff said, “It is a matter of great honour to review the Combined Graduation Parade of flight cadets and witness these fine men and women joining the Indian Air Force as future Military leaders and Aviators”. He emphasised in his address, the importance of core values of a military leader i.e. integrity, courage, honesty, and selfless service to the nation. He reminded that there can be nothing more satisfying than participating in the defence of one’s nation. He exhorted the young officers to carry forward the espoused legacy and the core values of Indian Air Force namely, ‘Mission, Integrity and Excellence’, in every walk of life. The newly commissioned officers were administered oath by the Commandant of the Academy. The grand Graduation Parade culminated with a well synchronized display by the PC-7 MK II (the aircraft currently used in AFA to train greenhorn pilots), Kiran, Hawk aircraft and the Sarang Helicopter team and breathtaking aerobatics by the full-member Suryakiran Formation Aerobatic team, enthralling the audience.

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Kurla students help rebuild tribal school near Karjat

More than 170 students from Vivekanand English High School in Kurla, a Vivekanand Education Society (VES) affiliate, helped to rebuild the dilapidated building of Academy of Developmental Science, a school for tribal children in Kashele village near Karjat, as a part of a community integration initiative. The class 9 and 10 students, aged 14 to 15, voluntarily contributed their efforts to rebuild the school from scratch.Quick learners, the students observed construction workers and soon picked up building skills themselves following which they contributed to every aspect of the school’s rebuilding process — right from laying the bricks to painting the school building. They had the help of 10 staff members from their school who accompanied the students to the village.The school redevelopment program was held in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, an international NGO engaged in several social upliftment projects for underprivileged sections of society.Dr Asha Binukumar, principal, Vivekanand English High School, said, “We need to sensitise children towards the plight of their fellow citizens, especially the downtrodden sections of society. Schools should encourage students to participate in community development projects like this which will make them appreciate the value and dignity of labour. Through willing participation in such programmes, children not only imbibe empathy but also grow as model citizens”.Vaishnavi Bidoo, one of the participating students, said, “We first observed the construction workers then we started helping them.We painted the walls as well as built the school’s compound wall.”Students and staff from the school were awarded with international certificates, valid in 80 countries, for their contribution to community service.

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University of Mumbai Law academy not functioning well: Parents

Parents of several students studying under the University of Mumbai’s Law Academy have written to the varsity officials, state government and the office of the Prime Minister raising concerns over the poor functioning of the academy.In the letter, parents have raised concerns like lack of a permanent Director and teaching staff, poor condition of classrooms, lack of a designated library and the absence of a separate Board of Studies.”The university is charging Rs 50,000 annually. Despite this, some of the basic requirements are not provided such as a library as prescribed by the Bar Council. The institute has no permanent director at the moment and is running on an ad-hoc basis. Despite several requests, neither the university nor the state government officials are looking into the issue. We are now forced to do a gherao-and-fast-unto-death if we get no response,” said Bhushan Virkar, a parent.Dr Devanand Shinde, acting V-C, MU, said the varsity is trying to resolve the issue. “We have taken a few good decisions in this regard which will be communicated soon,” he said.
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Indian Navy gets its first woman pilot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, a woman has been inducted as a pilot in the Indian Navy. Shubhangi Swaroop, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.Three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S from Kerala, also created history by becoming the country’s first women officers at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) branch of the NavySwaroop, the daughter of a Naval commander is the first Naval woman pilot even though the Navy’s Aviation branch has had women officers operating as air traffic control officers and as ‘observers’ in the aircraft who are responsible for communication and weapons.After their Naval Orientation course, all the four in their early 20s, had passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy at a glittering function here yesterday attended by Naval chief Admiral Sunil LanbaAll the four will be undergoing subsequent professional training in their respective chosen branches before being employed on duty, Southern Naval spokesperson Commander Sreedhar Warrier said.Swaroop will be trained at the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad which trains pilots of the Army, Navy and the Air Force.Swaroop has followed the footsteps Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh who were commissioned as Flying Officers in the Indian Air Force last year in July becoming the first women fighter pilots in the country.Three other women cadets Rashi Raina, Shivangi Singh and Pratibha are currently undergoing the first stage of training to be fighter pilots.The Indian armed forces have begun opening new roles for women that had been dominated by men for decades.In a big step towards addressing gender biases in the armed forces, the Army also recently decided to induct women into military police.Currently women are recruited for selected roles in medical, education, legal, signals and engineering wings, and only as officers.The decision could be the first step before including women for combat duties in the Army.

Shubhangi Swaroop becomes Indian Navy’s first woman pilot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, a woman has been inducted as a pilot in the Indian Navy.Shubhangi Swaroop, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.Three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S from Kerala, also created history by becoming the country’s first women officers at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) branch of the Navy.After their Naval Orientation course, all the four in their early 20s, had passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy at a glittering function here yesterday attended by Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.For Shubhangi, who is the daughter of a Naval commander, its a dream come true on being selected as a pilot.Though Shubhangi is the first Naval woman pilot, the Navy’s Aviation branch has had women officers operating as air traffic control officers and as ‘observers’ in the aircraft who are responsible for communication and weapons, Southern Naval spokesperson Commander Sreedhar Warrier told PTI.The NAI branch is responsible for auditing and assessing the state of weapons and ammunition of the Navy.All the four will be undergoing subsequent professional training in their respective chosen branches before being employed on duty, Commander Warrier said.Shubhangi will be trained at the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad which trains pilots of the Army, Navy and the Air Force, he said.

Encroachers take over heritage mosques, bar visitors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Qasai Wala Gumbad, the only Tughlaq-era mosque with a hemispherical dome, on Muradabad Pahadi in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar is a heavily encroached heritage structure. It is a unique construction mainly because two mosques – one a Tughlaq-era mosque and other a Lodi-era mosque – stand adjacent to each other .Deep inside a park, few meters away from the Vasant Vihar Club, exist the two mosques. A huge gate, guarded by young kids, and a long pavement takes one towards the two marvelous white structures. One of these mosques is now used as a madrasah, known as Abdul Mannan Academy, where over 100 kids stay and study.The two beautiful structures are encroached and nobody is allowed inside the main gate, except on Thursdays when people visit the Dargah, which is just next to the two mosques. Few people visit Dargah of Syed Murad Ali Baba Shah here on Thursdays for prayers. There is very limited access to the mosques as the structures are under the control of a religious organisation, that does not allow outsiders here, not even students’ parents.When DNA visited the heritage structures, several questions were asked at the gate and the reporter was strictly asked to not take any pictures and leave within five minutes.”We do not even let in parents of over 100 madrasah students. The Archaeological Department is eyeing our mosque and a case is going on. This is our land,”says Mohammad Feroze, caretaker of one of the structures.Because of the encroachment, many Delhiites, even the historians, and locals living in the area are unaware of one of the Capitals’s beautiful heritage.”I have always been fascinated with these two mosques and visited on a Thursday when many local women go to the dargah. But the caretakers inside recognised me as an outsider with my camera, and asked me to leave that very moment,”said Vikramjit Singh Rooprai, Heritage activist.”These structures have so much potential due to their dual history and location, the government should do something about opening them to the public,”he adds.Inside the premises exists Delhi’s largest Baoli, or step-well, which has been taken over by the mosque authorities. Visits to either the mosque or the step-well are prohibited. The step-well is crumbling, struggling to retain its identity due to the neglect.”Also, these structures are under the flight path i.e. close to a runway and planes pass over these mosques, an area like this should be accessible to security and police, if it is not to the public,” adds Rooprai.

9,565 persons get NBW ahead of polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>State police have served non-bailable warrants against more than 9,500 persons facing trial in various criminal cases as part of a special drive launched for the arrest of wanted and proclaimed offenders ahead of the polls.A release by the additional DGP and State Level Nodal Officer for force deployment, Mohan Jha stated local police have traced and served NBWs against 9,565 persons with an aim to curb criminal activities and create a conducive atmosphere for conduct of free and fair elections.It said preventive action has been initiated against 29,000 people under the Criminal Procedure Code, and various other laws. “There are 56,406 licensed arms in the state for self protection, which are to be deposited during the electoral process. Of these, 24,268 arms have already been deposited. The commissioners of police and district collectors have been instructed to constitute city / district level screening committees to screen the applications from licensees seeing exemptions,” it said.The release further said Police and District Election Officers have formed 540 flying squads, set up 90 border check-posts, and 500 check-posts at entry-exit points on inter-district borders and strategic locations to restrict movement of liquor, drugs, illegal arms, and to arrest wanted offenders.According to the release, the Karai Police Academy is imparting role-based training to police officers to deal with general law and order management, election expenditure monitoring, polling station security, quick reaction teams, among others in view of the elections.”A short training programme is also being conducted for home guards and Gram Rakshak Dal to assist local police. Arrangements are also being made for postal ballot of all police personnel, home guards and others who are going to be deployed for poll duty,” the release added.

BTech student ends life in Noida hostel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old B Tech student allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room in Noida, Sector 57, on Sunday night. According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Rupanshu Srivastav, a second-year student at the Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Academy of Technical Education, Sector 62.Srivastav was found hanging by the ceiling fan in his hostel room. Police did not recover any suicide note from the spot. “We got a call from the hostel in-charge. We reached the hostel and broke down his room’s door to find him hanging by the fan. The body has been sent for post-mortem,” said Anil Pratap Singh, Station House Officer, Sector 58 police station.According to Srivastav’s friends in the hostel, he did not appear for his exam on October 28. “We had an exam on Saturday but he did not come. His roommate left for home after the exam, and he was alone after that,” Vipin, a friend, said. He added that he last saw Srivastav on the night of October 28, in the dining room.”He had dinner with us, after which he went to his room. He didn’t come out the entire day on Sunday. I wanted something from his room, so I knocked on the door but he did not respond for a long time. I peeped from the window and saw him hanging by the fan. Then I immediately raised an alarm,” Vipin said.Vijay Srivastav, the deceased’s father, said: “He didn’t have many friends and was generally silent. He never shared anything with us. The news has shocked us. He had come home for Diwali and seemed happy. But, he had not been speaking to us properly for the last two days. We do not know what led him to take this extreme step.”According to the police, Srivastav hailed from Raebareli. The family has refused to file any complaint in the case and have taken the body to their hometown.

Next five years crucial for resolving challenges related to terrorism and communalism: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noting that India is not “unaffected” by global terrorism, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the country’s intelligence and security agencies have so far foiled all nefarious plans of terror group ISIS.The next five years would be crucial for resolving challenges related to terrorism and communalism, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, the northeast and the left-wing extremism- affected areas, he said while addressing IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (NPA) here.The graduating cadets should take a vow to eradicate such problems, Singh said. “Today, the world is engulfed by the fear of terrorism and radicalisation. Outfits such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda are killing innocent people across the globe and there is a threat from nuclear arms. People are facing issues of cyber attacks. These organisations are continuously coming out with newer ideas,” the Union minister said.”ISIS has been successful in spreading its network in some parts of the world. ISIS-related networks are using newer ways (to spread their network). Our country is not unaffected by these developments. Our neighbouring country is harbouring and aiding terrorism which has become an additional challenge,” Singh said.”But our intelligence and security agencies have thwarted and succeeded against all attempts by such forces (to carry out terrorist attacks or other kinds of disruption),” he said. Singh said, “ISIS modules were busted in our country and those associated with it were arrested, foiling all their plans. Compared to other countries, a very small number has been impacted due to ISIS’s radical ideology, thanks to our strong social and rich cultural values. The credit goes to our countrymen.”He also flagged the menace of fake news and attempts to spread radical ideology through the Internet. The government has notched up certain gains against terrorism and the left-wing extremism in recent times, and there is a need to maintain this momentum, the Union minister said. The Centre recently allocated Rs 25,000 crore for modernisation of police force, Singh noted.He advised the IPS probationers to follow four principles — hard work, honesty, positive attitude and judicious decision-making — in their career. Singh also announced a grant of Rs 5 crore for the NPA Welfare Society on this occasion. As many as 136 probationers, including 14 from other countries, graduated from the academy today after undergoing training for 45 weeks.

Breaking stereotypes, youth turn to music in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On a lazy Sunday morning, a group of youngsters are reciting sargam inside a well-laid out room in a congested locality in the Srinagar outskirts. Unmindful of the situation outside, the boys and girls are trying their hands on harmonium and guitar to make the atmosphere lively.For the last one year, this room in the double story house in Bemina is a home for a makeshift musical academy. For famous singer Irfan Nabi who is band of well known IBM band, it was a conscious decision to convert his home into a musical academy to teach music to youngsters in the present situation.”The situation outside is very bad. We can’t take building on rent. Also, people in several localities object to music and they do not give rooms on rent for this purpose. But I was adamant to teach the youngsters music and therefore decided to spare one room of our house for this purpose. Here no one objects to what we do,” said Irfan.Music is still not viewed favorably in the conservative society of Kashmir. However, more and more youngsters are breaking the social stereotypes to give it a try. That is why from students to professionals, from boys to girls, Irfan Nabi’s Mizrab (Music Academy) is breaking new ground in the valley.More than 70 boys and girls are enrolled in Mizrab, which is run by Irfan Nabi and Bilal Ahmad in Srinagar city. And some of the students hail from the sensitive old city of Srinagar.”So many of them are from the old city. They have to face a lot of problems. We have classes on Fridays and Sundays. We are unable to have full quorum because every time something happens and people can’t come, particularly on Fridays. But, they are all music lovers,” said Irfan.For Hanan Fayaz, an engineering student of sensitive old city, music has been a passion since childhood. And to hone his skills he has been coming to this academy despite being a student of engineering.”I have not faced any problem. My family, friends and people in my locality have supported me. Yes, if the situation is not good my teacher drops me home in his own car. We are here for music and we want to learn it come what may,” he said.It is not only the boys who are learning music, even girls too are not shying away to break the stereotypes. “I am a teacher by profession and I have passion for music too. I feel safe and secure here because it is like my home,” said Manjeet Kaur, a student at Mizrab.

‘Don’t form an alliance,’ Beijing tells New Delhi, Tokyo as Shinzo Abe concludes India trip

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concludes his second India trip, China has issued a message for both India and Japan.In a veiled comment at the visit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “We advocate that regional countries should stand for dialogue without confrontation and work for partnership instead of alliance.”The comment by Beijing came as New Delhi and Tokyo sought to firm up their close ties during Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe’s visit to India.India and Japan inked 15 agreements to further broad-base their strategic partnership and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China is increasing its assertiveness.Hua, however, declined to comment on specific issue like Japan’s plans to sell US-2 amphibious aircraft to India, saying she would like to wait till a detailed readout from the two countries following a meeting between Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Japan’s plans to sell the amphibious aircraft to India raised eyebrows here as this is first such move by Tokyo to sell defence equipment to any country. China is also concerned about Japan getting the first bullet train project in India between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.China too is vying for high speed rail projects in India, specially the New Delhi-Chennai corridor.China and Japan also have a longstanding dispute over islands in the East China Sea. Chinese ties with Japan have also been strained by what Beijing see as Japanese leaders’ reluctance to atone for the country s wartime past.Hua said China will “stay open and welcome normal development of relations between the countries in the region”, as long as they are conducive to peace and stability in the region.”We hope that relations will be conducive to regional peace and stability and can play a constructive role in this regard,” she said.Commenting on Abe’s visit to India, Chinese think-tanks expressed concern over the “Freedom Corridor”, as well as several joint infrastructure projects being launched by India and Japan together in different countries as strategic move by the two countries to counterbalance China’s ambitious multi- billion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).The Indo-Japanese initiative, called the ‘Freedom Corridor’, stretching from Asia-Pacific to Africa, aims at stabilising the region.”The Freedom Corridor, designed to serve as a counterbalance to China’s BRI is expected to figure prominently in talks between Abe and Modi,” Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences told state-run Global Times today.However, the Japanese-Indian initiative is just a beginning. It is unlikely to reach the same level as the BRI, Chu Yin, an associate professor at the University of International Relations said.The Chinese analysts also referred to report that India and Japan were embarking on multiple infrastructure projects across Africa, Iran, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia in what could be viewed as pushback against China’s unilateral infrastructure initiatives connecting it with Europe and Africa.India boycotted the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) held this year due to its sovereignty concerns over the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.”Though India objects to CPEC, India’s real reason is that it doesn’t want to see China’s influence in South Asia and refuses to open its domestic market to China,” Ye Hailin, director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ National Institute of International Strategy, said.Also the Global Times tabloid, in an editorial titled ‘India-Japan intimacy no threat to China’ said “in a changing world, the India-Japan intimacy is more like a contrivance”.It said Japan is unlikely to challenge China as it has strong bilateral trade relations with Beijing.”Under the international relations logic of the 21st century, closer India-Japan ties won’t pose grave threats to China because many of their emotional moves to console each other won’t produce any real effects in challenging China,” it said.

Assam CM Sarbanada Sonowal asks Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to help govt rehabilitate surrendered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal has expressed his government’s intention of entering into an agreement with Art of Living Foundation for meaningful and purposeful rehabilitation of the surrendered militants in Assam.Interacting with Art of Living Foundation founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the city this evening, Sonowal hailed the organisation s educational and humanitarian movement and Ravi Shankar’s efforts in motivating militants to shun the path of violence and come to the mainstream of society.He requested the spiritual guru to help the state government with his expertise in rehabilitating the surrendered militants in the state.Sonowal also requested Ravi Shankar for conducting course in all the 31 prisons in Assam besides the 10 prisons where the Art of Living Foundation conducts courses in the state.The Chief Minister also pitched for a tie-up with Art of Living for starting a Sports Academy in the state and sought Ravi Shankar s help in this regard, besides requesting his help in the state government s endeavour for maintaining a sustainable legacy of quality human life.Hailing the Chief Minister’s Team Assam approach to expedite development in the state, Ravi Shankar also expressed hope that the new dispensation in the state under Sonowal s leadership would do exceedingly well in expediting the growth trajectory of the state taking all sections of the people on board.Ravi Shankar advised the government machinery a set a vision for the state and to achieve that vision he advocated for extensive use coordination, commitment and communication.He also appealed to everybody to maintain a disease-free health, as a sound health determines peace and wellness of human being.

Drop-dead beautiful: Japan undertakers tested on how to dress a corpse

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 23-year-old undertaker won a contest at Japan’s biggest funeral expo on Thursday that tested ancient skills in the ritual dressing of the dead. “I practised every day to prepare for this competition,” said a smiling Rino Terai after her win over three other finalists. “I took videos and made improvements by asking myself, does this look beautiful? Am I treating the deceased kindly?” Japan’s Shinto religion believes that the soul is impure shortly after death and the process of dressing a body – usually in front of close relatives only – purifies the deceased spirit before it is sent off to the “other world”. Japan’s ageing society has increased demand for undertakers with special skills, said Kimura Kouki, head of the Okuribito Academy. “There are about 2,000 undertakers whose expertise is in dressing the deceased, but their skills vary a lot,” he said. “I wanted this competition to be a way to spur undertakers to improve their skills.” The four contestants dressed live human volunteers laying on mattresses arranged on a stage. They were observed by three judges as funeral music gently played in the background. The four were judged on the grace of their movements and their ability to dress the body without revealing too much bare skin. “The movement of their hands were really beautiful,” Akane Matsuda said after watching the competition.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Good news for exhibitors as JKK to get a makeover, soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The art center of the state, Jawahar Kala Kendra is all set for a facelift as two galleries, Parijat 1 and 2 will be revamped in the month of October. Prior to this, the center had also opened its museum galleries and had refurbished the printmaking studios. Vijay Sharma, the in-charge of booking galleries informed DNA that both the galleries will remain closed for the entire month of October. “We have closed bookings for October as at that time, the galleries will get renovated. We are accepting the bookings for other months including November,” said Vijay.The major set back in the galleries were the open windows which will not be there after the renovation. “The galleries will be renovated to look like actual museum galleries, though the size of the galleries will remain the same. The galleries will be white washed and there will be no windows. Air conditioners will also be installed there,” informed RP Sharma, engineer.The art centre has taken this decision at the right time because the exhibitors are facing a hard time showcasing their work there. A recent exhibitor and senior artist from Gujarat, Mahendra Kadia, whose exhibition is being sponsored by Gujarat Lalit Kala Academy feel disheartened seeing the condition of the galleries. “This is the first and the last time I’m doing any exhibition here. When I was here to fill the form, people here didn’t show me the gallery. I was asked not to use any tapes, stickers or anything on the wall,” said Kadia.

I’m relieved that officer with best credentials is taking over: Manoj Bhatt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Monday brought with it a change of guard for the men in Khaki as Director General of Police Manoj Bhatt hung his boots giving way to a his junior to take the place as head of the state police force.On the last day of service, Bhatt was given the ceremonial honour, that is accorded to the retired DGP as early in the morning Bhatt was taken to the Rajasthan Police Academy.Around 8.30 AM, Bhatt reached the RPA at the head of a motorcycle scout of four along with the risala scout with their pedigreed horses and well knit uniforms.At the RPA, Bhatt was welcomed by senior officials of the state police following which Bhatt proceeded to take the final salute in official capacity from various battalions of state police. Addressing the gathering after the march past and formal function Bhatt said, “Throughout my 36 years of service, I received immense support from everyone in the force. The state police has had a glorious history and i am sure the coming generation of officials will strive to achieve more.”Bhatt spoke to DNA and observed about his retirement and Ajit Singh being made the new DGP, “It has been a great time and I am relieved that a fellow police officer with best credentials for this post is taking over. He has been a friend since school days and what better could it be that he is taking over,” adding further, “I will now devote time to family. A visit to my hometown of Udaipur is also due for past sometime. It will take sometime to get used to the new life post retirement.”

‘Yoga guru’ held for alleged molestation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A self-styled yoga guru was held by the RAK Marg police for alleged molestation after at least five women approached the police against him. The ‘guru’, identified as Shivram Raut of Shiom Tirth Yog Academy in Wadala, has been accused of molesting a complainant thrice at her Sewree home.According to the police, a complaint was registered by the victim last Wednesday against Raut for allegedly molesting and inappropriately touching her at her residence on the pretext of teaching her yoga. The police said Raut was running yoga classes for the past ten years at a civic school in Sewree every Sunday. The victim and her husband had been attending Raut’s yoga classes since 2010.In her complaint, the victim alleged that Raut would never visit any client’s home to teach yoga, but in November 2016, he visited her home on the pretext of teaching her new asanas. The victim alleged that Raut then touched her inappropriately, while also asking her to provide sexual favours in return for salvation. From November till April, Raut molested the victim at her home several times, she alleged.The victim initially did not inform anyone, but when Raut continued to harass her, she narrated her ordeal to her husband and they approached the police to register the complaint Raut, police said.”I had audio-recorded conversations between Raut and my wife when he made vulgar statements while talking to her. He has done the same with other women,” the victim’s husband told DNA.”The accused works for the Mumbai Port Trust, and runs yoga classes on Sunday and Saturday. After registering the case, we recorded the statements of five more women who said that the accused would pass vulgar comments while teaching yoga, and would get intimate with them during the classes. We arrested him on Saturday and he was produced in court on Sunday. He was granted bail,” said Bhagwat Bansod, Senior Police Inspector of RAK Marg Police Station.Victim’s husband had also complained Deputy Commissioner (Education) F/South ward regarding the sexual exploitation being done by Raut. Following which Assistant commissioner F/South ward has sent notice to the Yog Academy, asking to close their activities at the civic school.

Policeman suffers cardiac arrest during promotion test, dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police officer today died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a promotion test at the Rajasthan Police Academy here. Hemant Koli (38), a sub inspector posted at Udaipur, attended a two-month course for promotion to the rank of inspector. The course completed on Tuesday and a final test was being conducted by the board today when the incident occurred, RPA Director Rajiv Dasot told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Consumer panel denies aviation student full fee refund

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The apex consumer commission has refused to grant relief to an aviation student, who sought a fee refund citing shortage of flying hours, saying that his approach towards his training was casual. The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) allowed the appeal of Touchwood Aviation Academy in the Chhattisgarh capital Raipur and said it was clear that the student suffered the loss at his own peril. In its order passed recently, the NCDRC refused the refund of the entire fee of Rs 4.6 lakh to the student after noting that he had voluntarily stopped the flying training. It, however, granted him a refund of Rs 78,200, according to the terms and condition put up on the institute’s website. “The other students completed 50 hours of flying training within six months. Therefore, we cannot hold the institute responsible or deficiency in their services. “In our view, the institute arrived correctly (at the amount of refund) as the complainant was eligible to get refund of Rs 78,200 only. We set aside the orders of both the fora below,” the apex consumer bench headed by presiding member B C Gupta said. The institute had approached the NCDRC against the state commission and district forum orders directing the academy to pay Rs 3,67,000 and Rs 2,40,000, respectively. According to the complaint filed by Chhattisgarh resident Vishal Shadangi, he took admission in the Academy on August 29, 2007 and deposited a registration fee of Rs 35,000 and the course fee of Rs 4.6 lakh for a private pilot licence. He alleged that the institute failed to provide him actual flying hours to complete the course. This was mandatory for him to get a licence. The chief flight instructor also left the job, prompting him to leave the institute in December 2007, Shadangi said in his complaint.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala CM pledges support to films on downtrodden, depressed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala government would encourage film directors who support the cause of downtrodden and depressed, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today said. He stated this while inaugurating the 10th edition of International documentary and short film festival here. Vijayan also said the government had constituted a three-member committee to look into the problems faced by women in film industry. A total of 210 films would be screened during the five-day long festival. State Minister for Culture and law A K Balan were among those present on the inauguration of the festival, organised by Kerala Chalachitra Academy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Memorial service held for Sukhoi pilot Divesh Pankaj at his Paschim Vihar home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 20 days have passed and the parents of Squadron Leader Divesh Pankaj are still to come to terms with the fact that their bright, brave son is no more. The 35-year-old was one of the two pilots aboard the Sukhoi-30 fighter jet that went missing on May 23, soon after taking off from the Tezpur Indian Airforce base. A memorial service was held for the soldier at his Paschim Vihar residence on Sunday.“Our mother was in Tezpur when he went missing,” Chetan Pankaj, Divesh’s younger brother, said. Chetan performed the last rites. “That one week when the forces were searching for him was the most difficult time for us. We just prayed and tried to remain hopeful but one day, the Commanding Officer came to give us the bad news,” he added.Tragically, the mortal remains of Pankaj and Flying Officer Achudev could not be retrieved from the site, 60 km from the base, near the Assam-Arunachal border. The plane had gone missing 40 minutes after it flew out for routine training. The pilots could not eject in time.A rescue team comprising eight Army and four Airforce commanders searched for four days before they spotted the plane’s wreckage, a charred shoe with Divyesh’s remains, and Achudev’s wallet on May 26.Both cremations were conducted without the bodies. “The court of inquiry team showed us his shoe packed in a plastic sheet. That is all that is left of him and we cannot keep it,” Chetan said.Divesh joined the National Defence Academy (NDA) in July, 2000. After three years of training, he went on to join the Airforce Academy. He was commissioned as a Flying Officer in 2004 and would have been commissioned a Wing Commander on June 12.Major Ajay Baloda, who last spoke to Divesh three days before he went missing, said: “I had known him since the first day of NDA. We remained in touch ever since. Thanks to social media, we had become closer in the last one year. He was always positive and wanted to live life to the fullest.”This is the eighth Sukhoi-30 crash since 2009.

Centre has agreed in ‘principle’ to set up NEVA in HP: Naqvi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said the Centre had agreed in “principle” to establish the National E-Vidhan Academy (NEVA) in Himachal Pradesh for conducting training sessions for legislators and parliamentarians. The assurance by the Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs came after Speaker B B L Butail requested him for the academy during a meeting here. “The Government of India has agreed in principle for establishing NeVA at Tapovan in Dharamshala for conducting training and seminars for MPs, MLAs and officers from across the country,” Naqvi said. The academy will also help the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in adopting the e-Vidhan model, he said, assuring that he will look into the matter personally to speedup the process. This is the second meeting between the minister and speaker. They had met on the issue in Delhi on June 22 last year. Director of Information Technology Dharmesh Sharma in a presentation highlighted the milestones and current status of the e-Vidhan System in Himachal Pradesh, a release said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Week-long contest for amateur musicians debuts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From amateur bands jamming in their garages or hostel rooms to professional artists trying to make it big, all roads now lead to the Capital, where Indian Band League (IBL), a week-long competition, has made its debut this year.The contest, which will conclude on June 7, has been conceptualised by Delhi-based Musical Dreams Academy, and the main aim is to provide platform to hidden talent and upcoming artistes.Bands from across the country are participating in IBL. The winners will be selected in two categories — People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice. Shortlisted 10 bands will slug it out in the final leg, when they will have perform songs originally composed by them. The style can vary from sufi, rock, fusion, to choir and contemporary.The IBL videos of participating bands will be uploaded on YouTube, and the competition will be live till June 7. The band with maximum number of views will be declared the winner. For the Jury Award, panel of judges will include singers Harish Moyal, Gurdeep Mehndi, and Priyanka Negi.Speaking about the event, Founder Meeta Nagpal said: “We wanted to promote new talent in an innovative way, and felt that this would be an ideal platform to reach out to the upcoming bands. This event will let their music be heard without the restrictions of time and place. This is not a competition but a way of sharing and popularising independent music and applauding it beyond the jam rooms.”

Ker govt plans civil service coaching centres in all districts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala government is planning to open coaching centres to prepare civil service aspirants for preliminary examination in all districts. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here that a state-run centre here is imparting coaching for the main examination and interview while centres in Palakkad, Kozhikode and Ponnani are offering training for the preliminary examination. Congratulating the Keralites who cleared the prestigious examination this year, he said as many as 115 students undergone training at the state Civil Service Academy here and 51 of them were qualified. J Athul and Anu Vivek, who were among those who cleared the examination this year, visited Chief Minister at his office here earlier in the day, a release said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Punjab has highest number of arms license holders in country:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab has the highest number of arms license holders in the country which is the reason that checking of valid and illicit firearms within the state is a priority, Inspector General of Police, (Crime), Shashi Prabha said here today. “Punjab has the highest number of arms license holders in the country. Being a border state and having faced black days of terrorism, checking licit and illicit firearms within the state of Punjab, becomes a priority area for the state government,” the IPS officer said. She was addressing a technical workshop at the Police Academy in Phillaur today. She said that according to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs there should be a Unique Identification Number (UIN) for every arms licensee in the NDAL-ALIS (National Database of Arms License – Arms License Issuance) system developed by National Informatics Center (NIC) with an aim to check proliferation and misuse of arms and ammunition. Such proliferation is a serious challenge to the internal security of the country and providing the proposed UIN would create a dynamic central database of the arms licenses issued across the country, she said. Keeping in view these objectives, workshops of the licensing authorities and district police chiefs are being conducted to apprise them of the technical aspects of the provisions of the Arms Act, 1959 and the Arms Rules, 2016 to meet the objectives, an official statement released here said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SL Navy Chief to review INA passing out parade on May 27

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sri Lankan Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne will review the passing out parade of the cadets of Spring Term 2017 of Indian Naval Academy(INA), at Ezhimala in Kannur district on May 27. This is the first time that a foreign Naval Chief will be the reviewing officer at the Passing out Parade of INA, signifying the warm and friendly ties between India and Srilanka, an INA release said here today. Naval cooperation between India and Sri Lanka has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide range of issues including operational interactions through bilateral exercises, port calls, capability building and capacity augmentation initiatives. The Admiral has done his Sub Lieutenant Technical Course, specialisation course in Anti Submarine Warfare and National Defence College Course in India. He had been the Defence Adviser at the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi from November 2000 to April 2004, it said. As many as 338 cadets from four courses, namely 92nd Indian Naval Academy Course (B.Tech), 92nd Indian Naval Academy Course (M.Sc), 23rd Naval Orientation Course (Extended) and 24th Naval Orientation Course (Regular), will pass out on successful completion of their training, the release said. They include 25 female cadets, of whom 19 would join the Indian Navy and the other six the Indian Coast Guard. Two International cadets, one from Tanzania and other from Benin would also pass out on successful completion of their training. As part of the events connected with POP, cadets of 92nd INAC will be awarded their B.Tech degree by Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, Anil D Sahasrabudhe during the Convocation ceremony on May 26. INA’s four year B.Tech degree course is accredited by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and conducted under the aegis of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PDP leader Manhas appointed as vice-president of JKAACL

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior PDP legislator Zafar Iqbal Manhas was today appointed as the vice-president of J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) – a post that had remained vacant for 36 years. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is also the president of the academy, approved Manhas’ nomination. A former secretary of the academy, Manhas has held several positions at state-level including as secretary of State Autonomy Committee, member of Autonomy Committee and secretary of J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Pahari Speaking People.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Final call on common engineering test after success of NEET exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The common engineering test, on the lines of common medical test — National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), may not be implemented from the next year, as the government first wants to see the outcome of NEET and then take a call on conducting one for engineering students.The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had recently cleared the proposal of having a common engineering entrance exam for admission to various engineering colleges across the county. Earlier the test was supposed to start from next year, however, the government now wants to wait till July before taking a final call.There is already a common medical test—NEET, which took off in a full-fledged way from this year. “We want to first see how the admissions happen on merit basis through NEET. If that process goes on smoothly, we will take a call on starting the common engineering test. The final call will only be taken after July this year,” said Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister. “And it is not only the completion of exams and results that I want to see but also up to the admission. I want to see if people are getting admission based on their merit,”he added.The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which oversees aspects related to technical education in the country, had discussed at a meeting early this year a proposal for having a single entrance test for engineering colleges for undergraduate courses.The HRD ministry had told AICTE that the proposal is in line with the government’s policy and it could incorporate suitable regulations to enable the holding of such a test.The decision had been taken to maintain the standards of engineering education. India has more than 3,300 approved engineering colleges affiliated to universities, with an annual intake of an estimated 1.6 million students.Admission to Indian Institutes of Engineering (IITs) will however continue to happen on the basis of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) only.JEE SCORES STILL COUNTS FOR IITThe All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which oversees aspects related to technical education in the country, had discussed at a meeting early this year a proposal for having a single entrance test for engineering colleges for undergraduate courses. Admission to Indian Institutes of Engineering (IITs) will however continue to happen on the basis of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) only.

‘His path will inspire people’: Outrage and grief at India Gate over killing of army officer Ummer Fayaz

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The India Gate saw outpouring of grief and outrage over the abduction and killing of 22-year-old Kashmiri army officer Ummer Fayaz by militants. Hundreds of army veterans, students and tourists took out a candle light march in his memory, with many voicing their demand for the death of the young lieutenant to be “avenged”. “His killing is condemnable. Each and every part of the society should condemn the incident and it should not be accepted at any cost. Stability should return to the valley. The path Fayaz chose should inspire the people,” former Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor said. The march, that went around the India Gate circle, saw people raising slogans hailing his “sacrifice”. ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ rented the air along with cries condemning Pakistan and militant groups in the valley.
ALSO READ Zakir Musa, who threatened to behead Hurriyat leaders, quits terror outfit Hizbul MujhaideenMany tourists who flocked the area also spontaneously joined the march in the evening.The alumni association of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, where Fayaz studied before joining the Pune-based National Defence Academy, were among the marchers, along with members of the 124 infantry battalion of the Territorial Army.
ALSO READ Officer Ummer Fayaz murdered: J-K police puts up posters of killers, offers reward”If Kashmiris want to go with Pakistan, let them go. I am sure Kashmir will be left with nothing within a few months. And if Pakistan does not abide by the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case then the Indian Army should be given a chance to retaliate,” Captain (retd) Ravi Verma said.He was referring to the Hague-based ICJ staying the execution of the 46-year-old Indian, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “spying”. Lieutenant Fayaz, from the troubled region of Kulgam district, was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifles and had applied for leave to attend a cousin’s wedding.He was on leave when he was picked up from his house at Harmein in Kulgam, 60 kilometres from Srinagar, on Tuesday. The body of the young officer was later found three kilometres from his house.Fayaz, who studied at Navodaya Vidyalaya, a branch of government schools for gifted students, at Ashmuquam in South Kashmir, joined the Army after being commissioned in December last year. He belonged to the 129th batch of cadets from the prestigious Pune-based National Defence Academy. This was for the first time that he had taken leave after joining the Army, a senior official said. He was supposed to have returned to his unit in the Akhnoor area of Jammu on May 25.

Maharashtra NEET aspirants cry foul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the West Bengal government alleged that the paper for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) aspirants in Bengali was different from that of their counterparts appearing the exam in English, several candidates writing the paper in Marathi have now come up with similar complaints.Several students from Maharashtra have pointed out stark differences between the English version of the paper and the bilingual one — English-Marathi. The difference, as per students, was not only in the questions but also with respect to their difficulty level.”I opted for a bilingual paper at NEET. It was difficult as compared to that of the last year. Later, I was shocked to find that my classmates found the paper easy. After seeing their paper, I realised that almost 85% questions did not match those in mine,” said an aspirant from Andheri.Students also said while they expected that there would be multiple sets of question papers (which means that the sequence of questions is different but the questions remain the same), they did not expect an altogether different paper across languages. “NEET is supposed to be a centralised exam; while the arrangement of questions can be different, having different papers altogether is unfair for students,” said Sudha Shenoy, parent of an aspirant.Students said that the set code of the paper was not uniform and there were different sets of questions as per the paper code. “Candidates who opted for English-Hindi had the code ‘TARA’ on their paper, while those opting for English-Marathi had ‘PITA’ on theirs. Both these papers barely had any similarity,” said an aspirant.A CBSE official said that the board might have given different sets to ensure that there is no leak. “Students need not worry as the difficulty level remains the same,” said the official.Language mattersStarting this year, the CBSE has started conducting the NEET exam in 10 different languages. Regional languages like Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Odia and Kannada were also added to the list apart from the already existing Hindi and English. Some students are now demanding a re-exam citing that the CBSE is expected to maintain a uniform standard for setting papers.

Check hpbose.org for Himachal Pradesh Class 10 results

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Girls secured the top two positions in the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) class 10 exams, the results of which were declared today.You can check the results by logging on to hpbose.org or hpresults.nic.in. Isha Chouhan of Minerva Academy in Ghumarwin in Bilaspur District topped the exam with 694/700 marks (99.14%), while Riya Chouhan of IVN Public School in Nahan got the second spot with 693/700 marks (99%). Nikhil Rana stood at the third position with 692/700 marks (98.86%).Chairman, HPOBSE, Balbir Tegta said the top 10 positions were held by 33 students with the last one securing 97.71% marks. A total of 1,15,317 students had appeared for the exam conducted by the board in March this year, he said, adding 76,855 students cleared it while 16,564 were placed under compartment.The overall pass percentage of the class 10 exams this year stood at 67.57%, Tegta said. It was 66.88% last year.

AICTE to revamp syllabus for technical courses across India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To increase employability after technical courses, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi is planning to completely revamp syllabus of technical courses across colleges in the country.This was stated by Dr MP Poonia, vice chairman, AICTE during a meeting with the delegation of All India Federation of Self Financing Colleges Association (AIFSFTI).The new syllabus with addition of new subjects to bring uniformity in the curriculum in technical institutions throughout the nation, will come into effect from July 1, he further said, adding that the new syllabus for engineering courses will be highly technical and job oriented.He also mentioned that the syllabus will be industry linked, which would also make spending two months per year in an industry, mandatory for students. “The AICTE is tying up with CII and Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to give industrial exposure to the students,”Poonia stated.The AICTE also plans to lay emphasis on training teachers, following which programmes have been designed specially to serve the purpose. The AICTE has roped in Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) for a three-month training programme for teachers after M. Tech.

UP school asks pupils to sport the Yogi cut

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A school in Uttar Pradesh has asked its students from classes 1 to 12 to get a haircut similar to that of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and has also warned against keeping a beard as the school is not a ‘madrasa where people offer namaz’.The matter came to light after the CBSE-affiliated school, Rishabh Academy Co-Educational in Meerut, barred students from entering the school premises because they didn’t have the proper haircut, attracting the wrath of parents.The miffed parents alleged that the school had warned students they would not be allowed to attend school till they got the ‘Yogi ‘haircut’.According to media reports, since the school is run by a Jain trust, non-vegetarian food — which includes eggs — is strictly prohibited. To this effect, surprise checks are conducted to see if students are defying the rules.The management, however, denied the allegations and said its secretary, Ranjeet Jain, had merely asked students to be properly dressed and sport a ‘decent’ haircut while attending school.’I asked the students to get Yogi-like haircuts, when they were unable to understand what we wanted. We basically want very short haircuts, of the kind the Army gives its soldiers. I had asked the students to get a ‘Fauji cut’. Also, they have been warned against keeping beards,” said Ranjeet Jain, Secretary, Rishabh Academy.The school reportedly has also enforced gender segregation, making boys and girls sit in separate classrooms in order to prevent ‘love jihad’. — With inputs from agencies

Girls constitute only 26% of total students at engg colleges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Female students constitute only 26 per cent of total students in engineering colleges across India, public and private colleges put together. While this number has been at a constant for the last two years, there is a decline in the numbers over the last four year.A day after the Joint Admission Board of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) approved supernumerary quota for women students, DNA analysed gender-wise enrollment of women in engineering colleges in the country over the last four years.The analysis shows that women’s participation in engineering colleges has been on a constant decline. Women students made a mere 26 per cent of the overall engineering students in the country in 2015-16 and 2014-15. The number was slightly better in 2013-14 at 27 per cent. While in 2012-13, the percentage was 34 per cent, it has constantly declined over the last four years.The data has been sourced from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which has thousands of public and private engineering institutions under it.The situation in IITs, which are around 19 in number is also similar. As per some surveys in the past, the number of women students in IITs has been around 26-24 per cent. This is the reason that government has decided to crate a supernumerary quota in these institutions for women.Explaining how this quota will work, a senior HRD Ministry official said, “Only if the enrolment of women to a course is low, will the supernumerary quota come in place. This is to balance the gender ratio in courses.”Officials believe that the low number of women students in engineering courses is because of the lesser availability of streams. Most of the science students either stick to conventional streams like computers or electronics while pursuing engineering or go for a career in medicine.“Female students opting for engineering stream go to computer and electrical engineering. There are few female students who pursue streams like civil and mechanical, because of the job profile that comes along with it. It would be more challenging for them to work on construction sites,” said a senior official at AICTE.

Edu institutes plan to start peer mentoring

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after 24-year-old Arjun Bhardwaj uploaded a live video on Facebook before jumping to death, discussions on the need for a peer support system and monitoring signs of depression from social media activity are doing the rounds.While structural steps like having a professional counsellor on board in educational institutions is the most obvious remedial measure to tackle depression amongst teenagers; educationists and parents have expressed the need to have stronger peer support systems that can help spot the symptoms of depression on the basis of one’s social media activity.”The suicide is extremely shocking considering that even the youth’s parents could not read the signs even as they spoke to him minutes before he jumped off the hotel room. While we have a trained counsellors in colleges, students sometimes find it difficult to reach for help due to the taboo and the fear of being judged by someone not their age. From the upcoming academic year, we have decided to have a peer mentoring system wherein the senior students would be in constant touch with the juniors to try and address their issues. These mentors would be trained by mental health professionals, and students would find it easier to take their issues to someone their age,” said Rajpal Hande, Principal, Mithibai College.Parents said that with children being glued to social networking sites these days, there is a need to look at their social media activity to pick up early symptoms of depression. “Most children these days express themselves very openly on social media — something that fails to happen with parents and elders. The statuses they update, photos they upload etc. determine what they are thinking and what mood they are in. While parents should not constantly monitor, they should have an idea about their child’s social media activity,” said Ruhi Kamra, a parent from Mumbai.Adrija Sen, founder of ‘the circle’, a peer forum started in Wilson College, Mumbai two years ago, said that peer groups play a very important role in tackling issues that teenagers face. “Students open up to their peers more easily and can discuss any issue under the sun with them. Having peer meetings helps them release their anxieties,” added Sen.Helpline numbersAasra – 91-22-27546669; E-mail – [email protected]; Address – 104, Sunrise Arcade Plot No. 100 Sector 16, Koparkhairane, Navi Mumbai 400709Sumaitri – 011-23389090; E-mail- [email protected]; Sumaitri Aradhana Hostel Complex No. 1 Bhagwan Das Lane, Bhagwan Das Road, New Delhi

Left leaning parties ‘poisoning’ youth BJP on Jadavpur University protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after ?azaadi? slogans were raised by the students of Kolkata’s Jadavpur University as a mark of protest against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday accused the Left leaning parties of poisoning the minds of the youth. ?I hold all the political parties that have affiliation to these students groups for not guiding them properly. And these Left leaning parties are actually left with a rump in the Parliament; the people have rejected them all over the country. And if they continue with their pernicious attempts in poisoning the minds of the youth, these Left leaning parties will completely disappear. This is clearly an act, which is not in the national interest,? BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao told ANI. ?These parties and their student organisations are clearly indulging in acts of anti-nationalism and we will expose them,? he added. Expressing similar views, another BJP leader Satyapal Singh called for a through probe to ascertain as to what compelled these youth to stage such protests. ?We should find out the way as to what gives them so much courage to do so and proper investigation must be done to get to the roots of this,? he added. Calls for ?azaadi? were heard for the second time this year at the Jadavpur University campus yesterday where the students reportedly put up banners against the RSS. A video, which went viral, showed the students purportedly shouting slogans for ?azaadi? of Jammu and Kashmir, Nagaland and Mizoram. The sloganeering reportedly took place outside the Academy of Fine Arts on Sunday. In the video, the students can be seen holding placards that call Yogi Adityanath the ?new Trump?. Slogans of ?azaadi?, ?Halla Bol? and ?RSS door hatao? can also be heard.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Life isn’t just about getting a degree: Sudha Murthy speaks about India’s education system

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Educationist, celebrated author, and Infosys chairperson Sudha Murthy speaks to Laveena Francis about India’s education systemWhat are the lessons you learnt as a teacher?The first thing is that you should make children love you first, and then they will love your subject. If you’re not smiling, if you’re extremely punishing, or if you never bring confidence in them, then they won’t like your subject as well. Secondly, you need to have a lot of patience in class. Not all students have the same pace while studying, somebody may be a slow learner. You should always remember you’re paid for the last candidate and not the first candidate. These are the two important learnings that I found as a teacher.If you were to be part of a committee to design a school syllabus, what are the elements you would include, and exclude?I would like to include History in a proper way. It’s not just about the wars, it’s also about how people lived. We have to tell facts without hiding anything. We have to accept whatever has happened in the past. The quality of acceptance that happened in the past should be known to children.I would also want to include yoga, because yoga is a good exercise for both physical and mental health. And of course, a sport. Any sport which the child likes. Playing at least one sport should be made compulsory.Stitching, drawing, and yoga are a must, as they help in the later part of life.Usually stitching is associated with females. But it’s not like that. Boys also stitch very well. Manish Malhotra and Rohit Bahl are one of the best fashion designers. Stitching is nothing to do with men or women. It’s a kind of creativity, according to me. And excludes the excessive use of computers.Do you think community service should be made compulsory in the education system so that children learn it from the very beginning?Community service shouldn’t be a lip service. Children should go to a village and see the lifestyle of villages. It should not happen that they are sitting at home and talking about helping. They should go out and see how others suffer, and then they will learn sensitivity from the have-nots.How do we instil sensitivity towards humanity and the environment among students?One needs to explain it. It’s the duty of both teachers and parents. I used to exercise with my students. Apart from teaching Computer Science, once in a while I used to take them out to an orphanage and tell them to see how people live and then count their blessings.The race for marks has stripped the joy of learning. Students are result-oriented and barely focused on the process.It would be very wrong for me to comment because I really don’t have any responsibility of children now. So I can afford to sit and talk.As a mother, I did not bother about marks. I would tell them, ‘children look, do not worry much about the marks, learn to love the subjects and it will remain with you’. Of course, it’s a mad rat race now. It takes a toll on the students, parents and teachers. Life is not just about getting a degree. There are so many ways one can live, but we never bother about that. We generally want our children to be either engineers or doctors. And now, computer engineers. Not all are meant for that. I feel good education and the art of learning new things is more important. I think children should have the love for knowledge more than the love for marks. They should have a love and thirst for knowledge.What kind of ambiance would you suggest parents create in their homes for their children to learn and grow?Parents should sit with their children. Studies should be made interesting. Explain everything to them in a simpler way. Buy less for children. Don’t buy them things before they even know they need it. Children should look forward to buying new things. Parents have to undergo 10-12 years with them; it’s like going to school. And don’t compare. Don’t say, look at the neighbour’s son, he does so well, or look at your cousins. Don’t do that. A child is like a bud, every flower has its own beauty, so please allow them to bloom.The importance of pursuing offbeat courses such as art, music, animal training etc.They should pursue something, only if they like it. I see so many RJs, they are all engineers, they are passionate about music, but parents say, ‘first you become an engineer, start earning, and then we’ll see’. So, if you have a passion, follow the passion.Your advice to students and teachers.Normally, I don’t give any advice because it is not my nature. I always say make life meaningful. Make life colourful. Make it enjoyable. Don’t make it like a curse. Make your work enjoyable. You should look forward to going to school or college.Teachers should have patience and should be smiling. Don’t punish or use harsh words, after all, they are children. And don’t be judgmental.

Protest by Jadavpur University students is publicity stunt–BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Asserting that the slogans raised by the students of Kolkata?s Jadavpur University demanding freedom from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is ?shocking?, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said the incident is nothing but a mere ?publicity stunt?. “The protest against the RSS is nothing but a mere publicity stunt. It is strange to see everything but studies taking place in such universities across the country,? said BJP MP Roopa Ganguly, condemning the protest. Ganguly also urged students to gain recognition in the ‘right light’, rather than through these protests. ?The youth should start working and earn for themselves,? she told ANI. The students of the University were seen holding placards which read: “Yogi is the new Trump…Brahminical version of white supremacy” and they raised slogans like “Azaadi”, “Halla Bol” and “RSS door hatao”. The Azaadi slogans were raised by the students in front of the Academy of Fine Arts where an international seminar on persecution of minority Hindu Buddhist Christians in Bangladesh is going on. “This protest is against the RSS’ conducting of seminar on the issue of minorities in Bangladesh. We think the same RSS which has been the reason for the deaths of thousands in Godhra, in Muzaffarnagar cannot address the minority issue. We doubt their credibility; rather we think they are here to evoke communal sentiments and pitting one against the other. So we are protesting here,” Debopriyo Som, a student and United Students Democratic Front (USDF) member told ANI. Posters calling for ‘azaadi’ for Kashmir, Manipur and Nagaland were put up at Jadavpur University (JU) earlier in February only to be torn down by ABVP activists, who allegedly vandalised the university complex on Wednesday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch: Azaadi slogans raised against RSS by Jadavpur University students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Once against Azaadi slogans were echoed by the students of Kolkata’s Jadavpur University on Sunday as a mark of protest against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).The students of the University were seen holding placards which read: “Yogi is the new Trump…Brahminical version of white supremacy? and they raised slogans like ‘Azadi’, ‘Halla Bol’ and ‘RSS door hatao’. The Azaadi slogans were raised by the students in front of the Academy of Fine Arts where an international seminar on persecution of minority Hindu Buddhist Christians in Bangladesh is going on.”This protest is against the RSS’ conducting of seminar on the issue of minorities in Bangladesh. We think the same RSS which has been the reason for the deaths of thousands in Godhra, in Muzaffarnagar cannot address the minority issue. We doubt their credibility, rather we think they are here to evoke communal sentiments and pitting one against the other. So we are protesting here,”Debopriyo Som, a student and United Students Democratic Front (USDF) member told ANI.Posters calling for ‘azadi’ for Kashmir, Manipur and Nagaland were put up at Jadavpur University (JU) earlier in February only to be torn down by ABVP activists, who allegedly vandalised the university complex on Wednesday. The posters had been signed by a group called ‘RADICAL[ and described by both the Jadavpur University Students Union (JUSU) and VC as a ‘fringe’ group allegedly responsible for raising ‘pro-Afzal’ slogans at a rally.”Hume kya chahiye ? Azadi. Kashmir ki Azadi. Manipur ki Azadi. Nagaland ki Azadi (We demand freedom. Kashmir’s freedom. Manipur’s freedom. Nagaland[s freedom),” one of the posters said. Some members of the group had said that they had raised slogans in favour of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during the protest the recent arrest of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

No system to monitor private publishers: Upendra Kushwaha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central government has once again stressed upon the usage of National Council of Education and Research Training (NCERT) books in schools claiming that they do not have any mechanism to monitor the content that private publishers are coming up with.On Monday, Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD), Upendra Kushwaha, said in response to a written question in Lok Sabha, “There is no mechanism to evaluate the quality of textbooks of private publishers. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has no mandate to prescribe or recommend the textbooks of private publishers in its affiliated schools.””The government is very firm on promoting NCERT textbooks in CBSE schools,” he added.According to officials in the HRD Ministry, government wants more NCERT books to be prescribed in schools so that all schools can have a uniform syllabus and cases like the one where a Class 4 Environmental Science textbook taught students to “kill a kitten” as part of an experiment can be avoided. The issue had caught attention of the government and public after it went viral on social media. “NCERT books are published by a team of professors who have an expertise on subjects and that brings in more perspective. Whereas private publisher books are usually written by a single person, limiting the perspective,” an official from NCERT said.NO BAN ON ANYTHING IN BHUThere is ‘no ban on anything’ in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the government told the Lok Sabha on Monday after the issue of alleged restrictions was raised in the House. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar made the assertion after a member said that girl students of the BHU were facing restrictions and discrimination. Replying to other questions related to education, Javadekar acknowledged that Indian educational institutions do not rank high globally. “There is scope for improving the ranking internationally,” he said.

New dental colleges to come up at 11 campuses across Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three-and-a-half decades after the last government dental college and hospital was established, the Maharashtra government is planning to start such institutions in state-run medical colleges.Senior officials from the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) said they were considering new government dental colleges at the premises of 11 medical colleges in Pune, Dhule, Ambejogai (Beed), Latur, Nanded, Yavatmal, Akola, Chandrapur, Gondia, Miraj and Kolhapur.A dental college has also been proposed at the Greenfield medical hub at Jalgaon, which will offer courses in medicine, dentistry, ayurveda, homeopathy, nursing and paramedics. With each dental college likely to have 100 seats, these facilities may have an intake of 1,200 seats for the Bachelors in Dentistry (BDS) course.”The plan, which is at the primary stage, includes starting dental colleges in government medical colleges. In the first phase, we are planning to cover BJ Medical College in Pune, Chandrapur Medical College and the Jalgaon medical hub,” the official said, adding that each college would need a Rs 125 crore investment in five years.Maharashtra has 38 dental colleges of which just four, including three run by the state government and one by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) — are in the public sector with the rest being private unaided institutions and deemed universities.Though these dental colleges have 3,500 seats for BDS, the intake in government and civic-run institutions is just 260. This includes 100 seats in the Government Dental College and Hospital in Mumbai, 50 each at Nagpur and Aurangabad and 60 at the BMC-run Nair Hospital dental college. The number of post-graduate seats in Maharashtra is 300.The official said according to the Dental Council of India’s (DCI) norms, it was essential for new dental colleges to be located in proximity to a government medical college (for training students in medicine and surgery).Dr Mansingh Pawar, Dean, Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai, who is a member of the DCI, said they planned to commission these colleges in phases with one each being established initially in the six revenue divisions.However, DMER and health department official admitted that there was an oversupply of dentists in metros with few professionals choosing to work in rural areas.A DMER official said that while dental colleges, especially those in the private sector, saw vacant seats due to students preferring medicine over dentistry, this problem was less acute in government-run institutions. Public sector dental hospitals will reduce pressures on existing government-run institutions. For instance, the Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai, handles around 2,000 patients daily.

Parents petition govt to retain old engg CET pattern

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parents of engineering aspirants across the state have petitioned the authorities at the Centre and Maharashtra government to retain the old entrance exam pattern for undergraduate engineering admissions in the state. Parents said that the state’s sudden decision to conduct an entrance on the lines of Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for engineering courses in Maharashtra has created a lot of pressure for students who had already started preparing as per the old pattern.Around 80 parents from the state have been writing to the authorities urging that the new scheme be implemented from 2019 so that students who have already started preparing for next year’s entrance do not suffer. “The state has suddenly announced that the difficulty level of the engineering entrance would be on the lines of JEE where students would not only have to prepare tougher concepts but would also have to prepare for Class 11 syllabus along with that of Class 12, which was not a part of the state CET,” said Gauri Chaudhari, a parent from Mumbai.Parents said that despite writing to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry and several officials at the state, there is no response from them. “It is a matter of concern that even after the announcement has been made, there is no clarity about the exam structure and the marking criteria. Till date, students are unaware of what the exact pattern would be and are thus left in a lurch. The authorities can at least give some clarity about the paper pattern if not postpone it till 2019,” said Sakshi Mulye, another parent from the city.Parents said that they are planning to move court but are afraid that it would lead to a lot of chaos. “While the Directorate of Technical Education is yet to come up with a set of guidelines, officials said that they will be up soon. “The state has already notified about the change in pattern through a government resolution (GR). Details about the exact pattern and marking scheme would be up soon,” said an official.

International boundaries with Pak, Bangladesh to be sealed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India is planning to seal the international boundaries with Pakistan and Bangladesh soon. ?India is planning to seal the international boundaries with Pakistan and Bangladesh as soon as possible. This could be India?s major step against terrorism and the problem of refugees,? he said in his address at the passing out parade of the Border Security Force Assistant Commandants at the BSF Academy in Tekanpur, Madhya Pradesh. Singh further said that the border with Pakistan would be sealed by 2018, adding this decision has been taken in the wake of the increase in infiltration attempts. “The project will be periodically monitored by the Home Secretary at the Central-level, the BSF from the security forces’ perspective and the Chief Secretaries at the state-level,? Singh said, adding that the government would apply technological solutions for sealing the border in difficult terrains. Lauding the BSF personnel, the Home Minister stated that the force has changed the rules of engagement at international borders which have made it a known entity in the neighbouring countries. ?The BSF has changed rules of engagement at international borders. Now, the BSF is a known entity even in neighbouring countries,? Singh said. Singh also spoke about the planning for an effective grievances redressal mechanism in the forces which will be implemented soon. ?We are planning for an effective grievances redressal mechanism in the forces. The forces are coming forward with such mechanism,? said Singh. After the passing out parade, the Home Minister signed the visitors? book at the BSF academy. He also visited the national training centre for dogs at the BSF Academy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Drop courses with few takers: Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to offer more market-friendly courses to engineering aspirants, the central government has asked technical institutions including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to shut courses that are not getting a good response.According to government’s own data, around 400 private technical institutions were shut down in the last three years because they were not getting sufficient number of students, and also, those who passed out from those institutions were not employable.Taking a review of the situation, the Ministry decided to overhaul the engineering education system. It has now on its own, appealed to centrally funded technical institutions to close down the branches and courses that have seen less admissions in the past three years.The Ministry has also said if the institutions want to introduce new courses and disciplines; they should do so after analysing market opportunity, employability and requirement of higher education.“All Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), which are participating in joint counseling sessions have been asked to review the position of vacant seats in the last three years and to revise the number of seats in each discipline after considering employment opportunities, national requirements, available infrastructure and scope for future,” Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State for HRD, told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.“CFTIs may also consider closure of some disciplines or keep them in abeyance for a few years after following the due process,” he said.Various disciplines of engineering courses are available under Chemical, Software, Civil and Electronics engineering across various colleges in India. An analysis of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) shows that most number of students enrol for mechanical engineering, followed by computer science, electronics and civil engineering. Branches like chemical and textile engineering get few takers.The central government has taken a similar route with school education also. It recently asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to shut down vocational courses that have very few takers. The board has recently issued a circular with which they have discontinued 34 of its vocational courses.MAKING THE CUTSteps taken by government to overhaul engineering educationAsking institutes to close down branches that are not getting many takers.
Making internships mandatory for students to get their engineering degree.
Introducing a single-window entrance system on the lines of NEET for all engineering colleges.
Making sure that the new courses that are started in college are market-friendly.

‘Internship must to get engg degree’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Internships for engineering students will now become a mandatory part of their course in all colleges across the country, and without the experience of internship students will not be given their degrees. The step has been taken to increase the employability of engineering students as recent surveys have shown that only around 35 per cent of students who pass out from various engineering institutions in India are employable.At present too engineering students are required to do internships, but according to the government data, only five per cent of colleges actually give chance to its students. The government is now working on a plan by which all students in engineering colleges will have to do mandatory internships. They are also going to write letters to industries including corporates and small scale industries, wherever internships are possible to give opportunities to students. The plan that will start from the coming academic year, will be made a part of the curriculum in the next three years by when government will have a structure that they follow for internships.The decision was taken in a recently held meeting of officials from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and officials from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).Confirming the development, Anil Sahastrabuddhe, Chairman AICTE said, “At present also engineering institutes get internships for its students but only five per cent of them. We want all the institutions to facilitate internships so that students can become employable once they gain industry exposure. This is the reason that we are making internships mandatory.”“We will ask the placement teams of engineering colleges to facilitate internships for the students. From our part, we will write to the industries,” he added. Students will also be required to complete an industry linked course compulsorily as a part of their course to graduate.AICTE will soon send a circular in this regard to all institutions that are affiliated to it. The government has been concerned about the lack of quality in technical education in the country and has been taking various steps to improve the situation like introducing a common entrance. In a recently held interaction with the media, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had also expressed concern over the deteriorating quality of technical education in the country.In the last three years around 400 engineering colleges have been shut, because they were not getting any students and the students who passed out from these institutions were not getting emloyment anywhere, Javadekar had told the media.

From the junior’s desk

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Quirky headlines, fierce opinions, and stunning page designs would be one way to describe this year’s DNA Junior Editor. In yet another successful run, the team back at DNA is proud to see a spike in the number of students participating. Now in its second year, the competition saw participation from over 500 schools and a whopping 18,000 entries from Thane, Mumbai, and Navi Mumbai. This speaks of progress compared to the previous year’s participation of 450 schools and 15,000 entries. This year, students from Class 5 to Class 10 were encouraged to write on subjects which made it to the headlines, from both the city and the world. This was followed by a fusion of news and opinion pieces. ‘Write and report on the things that you like and don’t like about your city’ — read one such instruction. This encouraged the children to give their opinion while reporting on his/her areas of interest on the eight-page tabloid.Registrations for the competition, which opened on December 7, 2016 went on up to December 22, 2016, and January 13, 2017 was the last date for submission. A team from DNA often visited schools, briefing students and authorities on the concept of the competition during assembly hours. As entries came in, they were segregated into batches of three — Classes 5 and 6, Classes 7 and 8, and Classes 9 and 10. Three hundred and sixty of the best papers were chosen, from the many thousands, by a team who found it difficult to choose from such a vast repertoire. In the second round, three journalists from the features team at DNA were assigned a batch of 120 entries, each assessing the entries thoroughly on the basis of content, language, presentation and the effort put in, to produce 20 from each batch. In the team were, Laveena Francis, assigned to Classes 5 and 6, Ranjana Maria, assigned to Classes 7 and 8, and Avril-Ann Braganza assigned to Classes 9 and 10.The prizes are pretty impressive as the ones who made it to first place won a laptop, second place winners were up for an electronic tablet, and the third place winners took home a cellphone each. In addition to this, 45 panel choice winners were awarded Fastrack Sports Watches and the 15 top winners from the three batches were invited to the DNA office in Mumbai to assist in creating a real-time newspaper.With more than a week of consistent reading, a jury of three members were invited to finally decide on the finalists. Adam Korakiwala, founder of start-up application mGuru, children’s author Lubaina Bandukwala, and the well-known Dolly Thakore were the jury members for this year’s DNA Junior Editor.Referring to the initiative as a ‘cool’ one, Adam Korakiwala, who chose the finalists from Class 5 and 6 says, “The students were original in their methods, many of them used infographics and illustrations to complement the articles. This raised the bar for the process of selection of winners.” What impressed Lubaina Bandukwala is that students in Class 7 and 8 are able to conceptualise and put together a publication. She says, “It’s wonderful to have such a platform that allows children to write on current affairs. The whole process of writing helps them apply their mind while they do something constructive. This also helps them develop a taste for news.” While most were all praise for the initiative, Dolly Thakore pointed out a learning outcome after she read the papers from Class 9 and 10. According to her, “Our education system has been often accused of not being analytical, but after reading the essays, I definitely see a change. Students do have an analytical mind being developed, which is indeed a very heartening experience for me.”The Presenting Sponsor of Junior Editor 2016 was FIITJEE.Below are the list of winners for DNA Junior Editor 2016Category 5-6:1st place: Vallari Sharma, Class 6, School: Villa Theresa High School, Peddar Road2nd place: Priya Dalraj Thakur, Class 6, School: Sri Ma Vidyalaya, ThaneCategory 7-81st place: Shantanu Jayawant Kolte, Class 8, School: Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane2nd place: Shreya Bhadoria, Class 7, School: Lok Puram Public School, ThaneCategory 9-101st place: Hritika Ajay Nair, Class 9, School: Sri Ma Vidyalaya, Thane2nd place: Sheetal P Shriyan, Class 9, School: Ryan International School, NerulThe voice of Jr. EditorsPriya Dalraj Thakur, Class 6Winner: 2nd Place”This is the first time I have participated in the Junior Editor competition and it has been an exciting experience. My first step to preparing for the issue was research, I read up on news both in the online and the print space. My elder sister assisted me with the kind of news I should write about. I think Junior Editor as an exercise has definitely put my creativity to the test.”Shantanu Jayawant Kolte, Class 8Winner: 1st Place”I see Junior Editor as a very different competition, unlike others which give you strict guidelines, here I had the freedom to experiment with the ideas I had. It took me two full days to complete the issue. I remember that I was already running late and it was two days to the deadline. I sat up till two in the morning to complete the issue. It was rushed but worth the effort. I did not expect to win a prize, but when I got the call from DNA it was exam time and the moment my mother told me about my achievement, my excitement knew no boundaries and could not concentrate on my studies for the next few hours.”Varun Naik, Class 7Winner: 3rd Place”I have been getting the DNA newspaper home for a very long time now, and presently I enjoy reading the Teens section and the stories the page has to offer. I have participated in the Junior Editor competition last year in the 6th Standard. The last time it was rushed and I did not have enough time to do it, but this time I took three days to complete it. Some of the fun facts about Junior Editor is that you get to write like a journalist would on topics that are very interesting. To be specific I found the movie section very very cool.”Shreya Bhadoria, Class 7Winner: 2nd Place”It took me four days to complete the issue. After the school announced the competition I was very excited and immodesty enrolled. Deciding to take up the challenge, surprisingly I received a lot of help from my teachers who helped me with online links to read. I have always had the love for reading the papers and have kept myself updated, but one specific topic that I like was on how to save money. I think it’s helpful to understand money and how to handle it. Overall it has been an amazing experience.”Hrithika Ajay Nair, Class 9Winner: 1st Place”I first participated in Junior Editor last year and I won second place. Seeing me win there was an instant spike in the number of students participating this year. I did not have any hope of winning as all those who participated were equally talented and smart. I was completely elated when I was told that this year I bagged the first prize. I think the competition definitely encourages students to read the papers and keep themselves updated when it comes to news. I specifically liked the front page where I got a chance to give new headlines to each story. The experience of being an editor for a few days helped me understand the responsibility of news selection in the real world.”

Karna bud proposes max admission fee of Rs 200 in theatres

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: A maximum ceiling of Rs 200 in admission fee at cinema theatres in Karnataka, including multiplexes, was today proposed in the state budget presented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the assembly today. It also proposed to make it mandatory for multiplexes to screen Kannada and regional cinema during the prime time. The proposals in the 2017-18 budget follow recommendations by the 14-member committee, headed by filmmaker and Chairman of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy S V Rajendra Singh Babu, s constituted to draft a policy for promotion of Kannada cinema. “It is proposed to implement uniform admission fee policy in all cinema theatres, including multiplexes in the State, by prescribing Rs 200 as maximum admission fee,” Siddaramaiah said in his budget speech in the Assembly. “Exhibiting Kannada and regional language films in one screen of multiplex cinemas of the state in prime time between 1.30 PM to 7.30 PM will be made compulsory,” he added. There were demands from various stakeholders of the film industry to the government, urging it to cap multiplex entry fee at Rs 120 on the lines of neighbouring Tamil Nadu. The Chief Minister also proposed that the amount given to charitable fund established for medical benefits to workers, technicians and artistes of the film industry be enhanced from Rs one crore to Rs 10 crore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Boarded out, disabled cadets cry for attention

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shubham Gupta, 25, joined the National Defence Academy in 2010 to train to become a Grade 1 officer when he was just nineteen. Two years later, during the advanced stage of his training, he was wounded, which rendered him completely disabled. He was then boarded out of service, as he was unable to conduct himself without an attendant.”My son sustained injuries because he was doing what he was ordered to do,” says Anupama Gupta, his mother. “He is left crippled with no graduation, no option to continue his education, zero medical cover and none of the camaraderie that he so fiercely believed in.”Young boys who choose to serve in the armed forces after clearing UPSC exams and SSB interviews, but get injured during their training and are deemed unfit to continue, are unceremoniously boarded out of academies.Like Shubham, there are over 300 cadets, who since 1985, have been boarded out of different military academies on medical grounds.”Whether a cadet is boarded out on his first day or just a day before his commissioning, sees the same fate,” says Ankur Chaturvedi, son of an Army officer, who was boarded out of Academy in 1996, in his 6th term, on grounds of 20 per cent disability. Ankur has started a petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking justice for Shubham. Ankur is determined to fight for the cadets boarded out on medical grounds, with an option to complete their degree, get ex-serviceman status and ECHS coverage.Shubham is authorised to get his treatment from the Military Hospital in Bhatinda, where he lives with his parents. But the Bhatinda Military Hospital does not have neurology or urology departments, required for his treatment. He cannot be referred to other hospitals.”It is interesting to note that a civil service trainee, if injured on duty, is not left out. He will be posted in a capacity where his skill can be utilised,” says Samanth S, who was from 73 NAC, Naval Academy, INS Mandovi and was boarded out in 2007, due to common peroneal nerve injury, attributable to military service. “Officer cadets boarded out of academies, get only a small Ex-gratia amount, not ECHS (medical protection plan for defence pensioner or family), and are not absorbed by any government organisation, State or Central, like NCC, MoD, in officer grades, despite these organisations having enough resettlement options to absorb them.””Around two years back, our defence minister had announced the formation of a committee to look into the matter. The committee never got implemented,” says Chaturvedi, who is determined to make a difference to the lives of affected cadets.

1 killed, 16 injured as under-construction building collapses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A labourer was killed and 16 other workers were injured when an under-construction building of a police training academy collapsed in Bhopal district. The third floor of the building of Central Academy of Police Training, the construction of which was going on for last three months at Kanhasaiya locality on the city outskirts, collapsed suddenly late last evening during beam laying work. The two floors below it also came crashing down, trapping the labourers working there under the debris, Superintendent of Police, Bhopal (south), Siddharth Bahuguna said. A labourer, identified as Matlu Koda (35), was seriously injured in the mishap. He died on way to hospital, the SP said. Sixteen other labourers, including three women, were pulled out of the debris and admitted in hospital for treatment of their injuries, he said. The SP said that a case will be registered against the company involved in the building’s construction. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed grief over the incident. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the deceased labourer. He also promised an assistance of Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured persons and Rs 25,000 to those who suffered minor injuries, a state Public Relations officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ruling CPI(M) to compile history of Left movement in Ker

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ruling CPI(M) in Kerala will compile the comprehensive history of the Communist movement from its incipient days to the present day in the state. The mammoth project is aimed at documenting the origin of the Marxist movement, and the party’s evolution and growth in the state where the first Communist government in the country came to power. The party leadership has given directions to its various committees from the state to the grassroot-level to take the lead in collecting information and material for the initiative. CPI(M) state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said the party’s objective is not a pure academic study, but the compilation of the party history with the support of people by collecting inputs from them. “Besides party documents and the information about its leaders and their contributions, the records at the National Archives and those with the state Archives will also be made used for the project,” he said. Along with official documents, local records of various struggles led by CPI(M) and its class and mass organisations, memories and recollections of participants or their descendants in it and the local lore would also be tapped for the initiative. The history is proposed to be written in five volumes, covering all aspects from the socio-economic and political processes leading to the formation of the Communist party in the state and various mass movements led by the Party including Punnapra-Vayalar, Kayyur and Karivallur uprisings. The formation of Kerala state and the first Communist ministry and ideological struggles that led to formation of CPI(M), the United Front governments and role played by CPI(M) in the Indian political and economic context would also be among the subjects to be covered in various volumes. “The five-volume work is envisaged as a comprehensive social history of modern Kerala,” the Marxist leader said. A committee, with party veteran and former Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan as president and Kodiyeri Balakrishnan as convener, has been formed to execute the project. District-wise committees for material collection was also formed. Symposiums, being held in various districts as part of the exercise, would be completed by this month end, he said. The first volume is proposed to be brought out this November on the centenary of the October Revolution, he said. CPI(M) also plans to diversify the activities of the EMS Academy here, a study and research centre owned by the party, and turn it as a centre for academic pursuits. As part of the plans, the academy would soon start a one year study course titled ‘Contemporary India: Issues and Possibilities’ from next month, the leader added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: Live updates on Oscars 2017, UP elections Phase 5; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>LIVE Oscars 2017: Mahershala Ali wins for ‘Moonlight’, Viola Davis for ‘FencesCatch live updates of the Academy Awards here. Read more.UP Elections 2017 Live: Voting begins in 51 assembly seats for Phase 5; 608 candidates in frayFollow live updates: All eyes on Amethi as voting begins for 5th phase. Read more. Gujarat ATS arrests 2 men with Islamic State links; brothers were planning ‘lone-wolf’ attack The brothers were allegedly planning a ‘lone-wolf’ attack on Chotila temple. Read more. Nokia relaunches 3310, three new Android smartphones at MWC 2017: All specifications, features and moreFour new Nokia smartphones have been unveiled at Mobile World Congress! Read more.Egyptian-born French Holocaust scholar nearly deported from USHenry Rousso, a historian who specialises on the Holocaust and the Nazi occupation of France, wrote on Twitter, “I have been detained 10 hours at Houston International Airport about to be deported.” Read more.

No intention to arrest former Law Academy principal: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala government today informed the high court it has no intention of arresting Lekshmi Nair, former principal of Kerala Law Academy Law College, on a complaint that she insulted a Dalit student in public view. The court directed the police to file a report on the progress of the probe into the case. Earlier, on the basis of a complaint by the student, Nair was booked under the Scheduled Castes and The Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act), 1989. Nair approached the high court seeking to quash the case registered against her, arguing that no offence is made out against her. Meanwhile, in another case, chairman of Nehru Group of Institutions, P Krishnadas, today approached the high court with an anticipatory bail application. While adjourning the application for hearing views of police, the court directed that he should not be arrested till the next date of consideration of the application. Krishnadas moved anticipatory bail application after the Special Investigation Team, which is probing the death of an engineering student at his institution named him as the first accused in the investigation report submitted to the Vadakkachery chief judicial magistrate’s court early this week.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Officials of Kashmir’s Tagore Hall receive threat calls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cultural activities have come to a halt at Kashmir Valley’s lone performing stage for art and culture — Tagore Hall — after its officials received threat calls. “The officials have received some calls about the (cultural) activities being carried out at Tagore Hall in Srinagar. I do not have the full details of it yet,” Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Cultural and Languages Aziz Hajini told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala Law academy row: 73-year-old man dies during clash between cops, students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 73-year-old man watching the stir by students in front of a private law college died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday, with opposition Congress and BJP blaming the ‘police action’ against the agitators for the death.The deceased, identified as Muhammed Abdul Jabbar from nearby Mannakad, was passing by when police used water cannons at the students, who allegedly pelted stones at them.The students have been on strike for the past 27 days to protest against alleged harassment of the management.There were also a tense situation in front of Kerala Law Academy at nearby Peroorkada when police forcibly brought down a ABVP activist from a tree, which he climbed and threatened to commit suicide. Jabbar collapsed on the road and was immediately rushed to a private hospital where he was declared brought dead. Hospital sources said that he died of cardiac arrest.Meanwhile, Opposition leader in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala and KPCC President VM Sudheeran blamed police for the death of Jabbar and demanded a probe into the matter.BJP also raised a similar demand and alleged that Jabbar’s death was due to the arrogant attitude of the LDF government, which had refused to solve the 27 day long students stir in the academy.The Law Academy is in the eye of a storm over alleged irregularities in providing internal marks and harassment of students by Lekshmi Nair, daughter of college Director N Narayanan Nair, a close relative of a former CPI(M) MLA.The students belonging to ABVP, KSU and AISF, under a joint action council had launched the strike. Though SFI, the students wing of pro-CPI-M, also joined the strike, it later called off the stir after the management agreed to keep away Lekshmi Nair from the post of principal.

Opposition asks Kerala Guv to intervene in Law Academy issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the students’ agitation demanding the resignation of Kerala Law Academy Law College Principal entered the 27th day, the Congress-led UDF Opposition today sought the intervention of state Governor to resolve the issue. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala submitted a petition to Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam in this regard today. In the petition, he pointed out that it was improper to allow Lekshmi Nair, the Principal of the Kerala Law Academy Law College, to continue in office in the light of the inquiry ordered into her degrees and the FIR lodged against her under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The Governor has forwarded the petition to Chief Minister Pinaryi Vijayan for immediate appropriate consideration and necessary action. The petition has also been forwarded to the Vice Chancellor, University of Kerala for appropriate consideration, a release Governor’s office said. Talking to reporters here after submitting the petition, Chennithala attacked the government on the issue and said Chief Minister was trying to prolong the agitation. “The approach of Chief Minister to suppress the agitation does not befit his position,” Chennithala added. Meanwhile, an ABVP activist today climbed atop a tree in front of the College and threatened to commit suicide. He demanded the arrest of Lekshmi Nair and impounding of her passport. Later, he was brought down by police after holding talks with him. The fast by Congress MLA K Muraleedharan and BJP state secretary V V Rajesh, in support of the students’ protest, continued in front of the Academy. A meeting convened on Saturday by the State Education Minister C Raveendranath to end the agitation failed to break the impasse as students stuck to their main demand of Nair’s resignation, while the management maintained that she has been kept away from the post for next five years. The Law Academy is in the eye of a storm over alleged irregularities in providing internal marks and harassment of students by Lekshmi Nair, daughter of college Director N Narayanan Nair, a close relative of a former CPI(M) MLA. The students belonging to ABVP, KSU and AISF, under a joint action council had launced the strike. Though SFI, students wing of pro-CPI-M, also joined the strike, it later called off the stir after management agreed to keep away Lekshmi Nair from the post of principal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Political violence: Ker BJP delegation to meet Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A three-member delegation of BJP leaders from Kerala will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tomorrow to apprise him of political violence allegedly sponsored by the ruling CPI(M) in the state, and will seek Centre’s intervention on the issue. The delegation would include BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, national executive member V Muraleedharan and senior leader P K Krishnadas. The decision to meet the union minister was taken during a core committee meeting of party leaders held here today. “Political violence has reached its pinnacle in Kerala. CPI(M) is spreading violence through primitive methods. State-sponsored violence is happening in Kerala,” Rajasekharan alleged. “A three-member delegation will meet union minister Rajnath Singh seeking the Centre’s intervention on the matter,” he said. On the ongoing students’ strike in Kerala Law Academy Law College here, he said the core committee meeting decided to intensify the protest against “exploitation in all self-financing institutions” in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Law college facing students stir announces indefinite closure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to avoid any confrontation with students who resolved to intensify their 26-day long stir, the management of a private law college here today announced its indefinite closure from tomorrow. Reversing the decision to resume classes from tomorrow, the authorities of Kerala Law Academy College said police, citing intelligence inputs, informed them about possible trouble. “There is intelligence report of trouble and in view of that, the management has decided to close down the institution indefinitely from tomorrow , a spokesperson of the academy said. The management had earlier decided to resume classes from tomorrow. The college is in the eye of a storm over alleged irregularities in providing internal marks and harassment of students by Lekshmi Nair daughter of Academy Director N Narayanan Nair, a close relative of a former CPI(M) MLA. The issue also led to fissures in the CPI-M led ruling LDF with key partner CPI openly coming out in support of students agitation. SFI, students wing of pro-CPI-M, had withdrawn from the stir last week after management agreed to keep away Lekshmi Nair from the post of Principal. A meeting convened yesterday by State Education Minister C Raveendhranath to end the agitation had failed to break the impasse as students stuck to their main demand of resignation of the Principal Lekshmi Nair and the management maintained that she had been kept away from the post for next five years. Significantly though the students belonging to ABVP, KSU and AISF, under a joint action council launched the strike, Congress and BJP have now openly joined the agitation. Though students started the agitation levelling allegations of harassment, nepotism, mismanagement, and misuse of power, another serious issue with regard to the mis-utilisation of about 12 acres of land assigned to the academy surfaced later, prompting the government to order a probe into the matter. Former KPCC President K Muraleedharan, MLA, on a fast for the past four days in front of the Academy here, said the government should intervene and avoid a tense situation. Senior Congress Working Committee member and former defence minister A K Antony visited Muraleedharan and expressed hope that students agitation would end in success. BJP State Secretary V V Rajesh, who was also on a fast in front of the college, said their agitation was not only against the institution, but a fight against private educational managements who harass students. He said BJP would continue the strike till demands of students were met. BJP is also demanding cancellation of affiliation of the college. Spilling more trouble for the Principal, Kerala Pulayar Mahaha Sabha, an outfit of backward community, has called for her arrest over alleged harassment of Dalit students. The Sabha leaders said that they would take out a march to the academy tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong MLA begins indefinite fast on Kerala Law Academy issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 23-day long strike by students of a private law college here took a new turn today with senior Congress leader K Muraleedharan beginning an indefinite fast in front of it, saying only the resignation of its principal was acceptable as a solution to end the stir. “Nothing short of the resignation of Kerala Law Academy Principal Lekshmi Nair is acceptable as a solution to end the stir,” he said. The former KPCC President also criticised the talks held by the management with representatives of Students Federation of India, a pro-CPI(M) outfit and working out an agreement to resolve the issue. In a face saving formula worked out on January 31 with a section of striking students belonging to SFI, the academy had said it had removed Nair, against whom an FIR had been registered for a non-bailable offence and various allegations had been raised. The government had the same day ordered a probe into utilisation of land assigned to the institution after CPI(M) veteran V S Achuthandanan had supported the stir and demanded that land alloted to the college be taken back, saying it was being utilised for purposes other than education. The college is in the eye of a storm over alleged irregularities in providing internal marks and harassment of students by Lekshmi Nair, daughter of college Chairman N Narayanan Nair, a close relative of a former CPI(M) MLA. Though the students belonging to ABVP, KSU and AISF had launched the strike demanding among others removal of Nair, various other issues, including land utilisation, had been raised later. Meanwhile, party national executive member V Muraleedharan who had been on an indefinite fast over the issue for the past few days was shifted to hospital last night after his condition worsened. BJP state secretary V V Rajesh replaced him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP march turns violent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A march taken out by BJP activists demanding resignation and arrest of Lekshmi Nair, Principal of Kerala Law Academy law college amid controversy over alleged harassment of students, today allegedly turned violent leading to police lathicharge. The trouble started when the march reached in front of the Academy at nearby Perookada and the activists started squatting on the road and some of them tried to break the police barricade, police said. Police used water cannon and lathis to chase away the agitators who hurled stones at the personnel, they said. Media persons and press photographers were among those injured in stone pelting.A camera of a news photograher was also damaged. BJP National Executive member V Muraleedharan is on an indefinite fast in front of the Academy for the past few days demanding action against Lekshmi Nair. Students of the Academy were also on the agitational path for the past 22 days demanding resignation of the principal of the college, a private institution. Meanwhile, a dawn-to-dusk hartal called by BJP in the district today to protest police lathicharge on party activists yesterday, passed off without any untoward incident. Shops and business establishmnets remained closed. Vehicles also kept off the roads.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

KLA: Principal removed, students to continue stir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a face saving formula worked out with a section of striking students belonging to the Students Federation of India, Kerala Law Academy Law College, today said it has removed the Principal, against whom an FIR had been registered for a non-bailable offence and various allegations had been raised. The development comes as a huge blow to the college Principal Lekshmi Nair, also a popular television cookery show host in the CPI(M)-supported Malayalam television channel, Kairali, as she had refused to budge even an inch to any of the demands of the students. Though SFI, an outfit of the ruling CPI(M), has called off its stir, a major section of students, belonging to outfits of other political parties said they would further intensify the agitation until the Principal puts in her papers. The 21-day old combined strike by students, was primarily to seek Principal’s resignation, for allegedly fudging attendance and internal marks, forcing some of them to work in a canteen run by her in the campus and addressing students by their caste names. Yesterday, Police had registered a case against the principal under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities act. In further troubles for the private college management, Education Minister Prof C Ravindranath today instructed the Higher Education Principal Secretary to direct the Kerala university to take stern action against the institution as its functioning had become ‘inappropriate’ as per the University Rules and Regulations. The direction was issued after considering the reports of the Sub committees appointed to look into the alleged irregularities in giving internal marks, conducting examinations and lapses in course regulations. The government has also ordered a probe into the utilisation of land assigned to the Academy at Peroorkada. BJP national executive member, V Muraleedharan, who is continuing with his fasting stir in front of the Academy, alleged that the agreement, reached between the management and SFI, was “preplanned”. Announcing the decision of the management, Academy Director N Narayanan Nair, father of Lekshmi Nair, told reporters that she was removed from the post and Vice Principal had been given the additional charge of principal. The student’s stir took a political turn as Narayanan Nair is the brother of former CPI(M) MLA Koliyakkod Krishnan Nair. Meanwhile, police used water cannon and lathi charge to chase away BJP activists, who blocked traffic near the campus demanding the principal’s resignation. Many BJP workers, including its senior leader K Surendran were injured. As a mark of protest, the saffron party has called for a hartal in Thiruvananthapuram district tomorrow. Meanwhile, in a related development, Kerala High Court refused a plea of Lekshmi Nair seeking direction to the police to remove the pandal erected by the agitating students in front of the institution.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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