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Making Std XI exams tougher will not help

Educationists have slammed state education department’s efforts to make Class XI exams tougher for students to prepare them for national-level competitive entrance exams like JEE and NEET. The opposition comes in the wake of the state board’s recent decision to change the paper pattern for Class XI to make the exams tougher. DNA had earlier reported about the state’s decision to conduct the Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) for engineering and medical courses on a par with the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) starting 2018. Following this, the state board started a preparation portal for competitive exams. And finally, the board changed the paper pattern for Class XI. Some changes included making it compulsory for students to solve all questions without being given options, not following syllabus weightage, and so on. Anil Deshmukh, general secretary of the Maharashtra Junior College Teachers Federation, said the move is causing more harm than good. “The new paper pattern has no logic. It does not follow basic things like sticking to chapter weightage. So a large number of students are failing in Class XI. If this continues, students would appear privately and stop coming to colleges,” he said. Subhash Joshi of Science Parivar, a coaching institute, said, “The government has to understand not all students sit for entrance exams. Also, any such revision requires a revision in syllabus too.”

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Ryan student murder: Ruling will set example, says father of victim

The victim’s father, Barun Thakur, called the ruling a first major milestone in a long struggle for justice.”We had approached the court appealing that the accused should be treated as an adult, keeping in mind the nature of the crime. My 7-year-old son did not deserve such a brutal end. In fact, no child shall face such a fate. The accused in such cases shall be dealt with utmost harshness,” Thakur said.He also said that the board’s decision will set an example in the society that such crimes will not be tolerated. “We have crossed the first milestone in our long journey to get my son justice. This positive result has left all of us hopeful,” he added.”Even if 5 per cent of such elements fear such a treatment by court, it will bring change in the society,” the father said.”We request that carelessness on the school’s part should also be looked at and action taken against authorities concerned. The battle is way too long,” he said.The 16-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School, accused of killing 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur on the campus, will be treated as an adult and undergo a regular court trial, the Juvenile Justice Board ruled on Wednesday.The Class 2 student was found with his throat slit on September 8. The Haryana police first arrested a school bus conductor for the crime before the CBI took over the case and arrested the juvenile, saying he wanted to have exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed by killing his schoolmate. His father has alleged that the boy was tortured to confess.

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Ryan student murder | Juvenile accused will now be tried as an adult

The Class XI student who was arrested for the murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur inside Gurugram’s Ryan International School, will now be tried as an adult.As per reports, the Juvenile Justice Board in Gurugram transferred the case to a district and sessions’ court. The hearing for the case will begin on December 22.Confirmin the incident, Sushil Tekriwal, lawyer of Pradyuman’s family, said, “The convict will be considered as an adult.”Pradyuman’s father Varun hailed the decision. “I thank the judiciary for the decision. We always knew that the journey is long but we will go till the end to get justice for my child and all other children who might be vulnerable,” he said.The cold-blooded murder case of the seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur took a new dimension after a Class 11 student of the school was arrested by the CBI. Earlier, a bus conductor was arrested for his alleged role in the case. He was subsequently released on bail. The accused reportedly said he committed the crime to postpone examinations.Also readRyan school murder: Juvenile accused to be defended by Rajesh and Nupur Talwars’ lawyerAfter facing flak from all quarters, the Haryana Police accepted that omissions took place on their part during the probe. The cops also admitted that they didn’t watch the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage carefully.The initial eight seconds of the footage shows the now accused teenager calling Pradyuman to thewashroom. The team members, however, remained silent on exactly how they made this grave error.Also readRyan school murder: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar walks free from Bhondsi jailPradyuman, a class II student of the school, was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8.The weapon used in the crime has been seized.”We have come to the conclusion on the basis of CCTV, forensic evidence and scientific evidence. The student has been apprehended. He remains our prime suspect,” the spokesperson said.

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Coaching class owners oppose proposed regulation bill

Coaching class owners from across the state have opposed the recent draft provisions of the Maharashtra Private Coaching Class Regulation Bill, 2018 which the government plans to table in the assembly soon.On Sunday, DNA had reported about the draft bill as per which the state government committee shall fix and regulate fees of coaching classes. Some other provisions in the bill state that the classes would have to part with 5 per cent of their total income to the government and keep seats reserved for underprivileged children.The Maharashtra Class Owners Association (MCOA), the biggest body of class owners in the state, will submit a representation to the government on Tuesday opposing the draft bill. “Classes are already paying 18 per cent GST and income tax to the state. Asking for more money in the absence of any support is unjust,” said Sachin Karnavat, President, MCOA.Narendra Bambwani, former president, MCOA said, “Coaching classes run on competitive markets and students’ needs. At the most, the government should monitor their quality.”Jagdish Walavalkar, a coaching class owner and member of the committee that prepared the draft bill, said that the government has not incorporated some of the key suggestions made by the committee. “We had proposed setting up a council which would have class owners, parents and government representatives instead of a complete state body. This was not included. We shall add a rejoinder to the draft with all such suggestions,” he added.OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE DRAFT BILLState government will govern the coaching classes, fix and regulate their fees. Classes will accept fees only via cheque. Classes will have to appoint ‘capable teachers’ instead of merely relying on educational qualifications. Only classes that have five or less than five students can be considered as home tuition. Class owners to reserve 5 per cent seats for poor students.

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Speak up Delhi: Dropout rate a serious issue in civic-run schools

A recent report released on the condition of public schooling in the national capital, once again raised the alarm on the “deteriorating condition” of the school run by the Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs).”The estimated dropout percentage in schools run by the North MCD is 6.1 per cent, South MCD is 6 per cent in the academic year 2016-17,” the report titled ‘State of Public (School) Education in Delhi 2017’ released by the NGO Praja Foundation on Thursday. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), however, has not provided any information on the number of dropouts in their schools.On average, from the three Municipal Corporations, in the last three years (2014-15 to 2016-17), the EDMC has witnessed the maximum dropout followed by North Delhi Municipal Corporation. Highest drop of 30 per cent being reported in Class 1, between 2010 to 2017.The data was compiled on the basis of RTI received from 640 schools of MCD. These schools offer education from Class 1 to Class 5. Afterwards, students move to government-run schools.The report also highlighted the status of teacher quality in these schools with 55 per cent of MCD schools show a medium level of teacher quality. “On an average, teachers from 55% MCD schools reported to have a medium level of teaching quality based on the various parameters under SSEF whereas 34% reported to have a high quality of teaching,” it said.In a bid to provide inclusive education under the right to Education Act, 2009, a ramp for differentially-abled is mandatory in every school under RTE norms. However, in the academic 2016- 17, 21% of the NDMC schools, 8% of SDMC and 15% of EDMC schools did not have ramps for the differently-abled students.Officials at the corporations, however cite “lack of resources” as the reason behind all these discrepancies. “We are always short of resources. We don’t even have money to spend on basic infrastructure,” a senior education official at the corporation said.However, the Praja report said that “there is no constraint on available resources”.”In terms of the infrastructure available, teacher quality and budget allocation, there is no constraint on available resources. The corporation is faring well on the student teacher ratio, the quality of teacher is above average and the budget estimate being set by the state government at 49,740 rupees per child,” it said.CRUNCHING FIGURES18,860The number of students who dropped out from New Delhi Municipal Corporation schools in the academic year 2016-1715,787The number of students who opted out from the schools run by South Delhi Municipal Corporation for the academic year 2016-17.BUDGET ESTIMATE (2016-17)NDMC: Rs 15,505 lakhSDMC Rs 12,360 lakhEDMC: 14,075 lakhEXPERT SPEAK“We have well-trained teachers who are being selected through an entrance exam conducted Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board. In terms of dropout rate, there are two reasons behind it is including regular relocation of slum clusters and the primary classes started by the Delhi government schools. People prefer to send their children in one school rather than changing their schools after Class 5”Tilak Raj Kataria, standing committee chairman North MCDVOICESI don’t believe in the quality of education in government schools. Around 15 years back when I had to choose school for my children, I opted for private school. And any parent would do the same as everybody wants to give best education to their child. Primary education makes the base of a student and it should be very strong for a better future which is not possible in public schools.Ritu Jain, HousewifeThe quality of government schools is getting better as compared to previous years. When I took admission in school, my parents did not even consider the option of public schools. Society taboo was a major reason behind it. Nobody wants to say that I have studied in public schools. But now the conditions are improving and I feel the next generation will have a more positive perspective for public schools.Aditya Jain, Engineering studentI took admission in government school when private schools rejected me for admission as I was from Bihar. I have done my higher education from there and it was the time when Aam Admi Party was promising (as their election agenda) that bribe taker will go through the rough ways. The irony is I had to give bribe on the very day when AAP won the elections.Aaryan Chand Prakash, StudentIf I would have this option of making choice between public and private schools, I would definitely choose the later one. Many reasons can be listed to justify my choice. For instance, teachers are kept busy with other activities like election duties, function preparations that leaves no time with them to teach students. Education quality is not up to the standards of tough competitions.Kavita Gupta, HousewifeI definitely will not choose public schools for my daughter. Government is lacking in many aspects for making the education system better and cheaper. There is no infrastructure in government schools, the toilets are not proper and also less efficient staff. When the basic needs are not fulfilled the quality education is a far sight. Also the class which is mostly associated with public schools is low and thus prevent the overall growth of the children.Razia Malik, Housewife

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Bihar board to have week-long student helpline to tackle Class X and Class XII exam blues

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has arranged a tele-counselling facility for its Class X and XII examinees, where students can clarify their queries by consulting experts in different subjects. The service will commence from December 15 for a week till December 21. “Five telephone numbers will be issued, on which students from across the state can call and ask their queries. Experts will be available to answer their problems from 11am to 2pm. There will be new experts every day,” said BSEB chairman Anand Kishor.Students can put forth their questions related to syllabus, examination patterns, and how to answer questions. “The BSEB has changed the pattern of question paper for the 2018 exams to include about 50% objective questions. This may be a cause of confusion among the students, and the Board is giving them an opportunity to clear any doubts,” he added. The idea to include objective questions has been made to improve the pass percentage of students, which stood at around 50% in 2017.The Board has also decided to provide dummy OMR sheets to the examinees for answering the objective questions. “The OMR sheet along with the cover page, will give them a practice of how to fill it in the main exams as not many students, especially those in other districts, are well versed with OMR sheets. Every institution will be provided as per the number of examinees and students can even make Xerox copies for practice,” Kishor said and added that this was the first instance in the country when dummy OMR sheets were provided to students for practice.This year, around 7.68 lakh students have registered for the Class XII exams while 13.75 lakh students have registered for the Class X Board exams of 2018. This is a significant dip from 2017, when 12.5 lakh students had written the Class XII or Intermediate Exams and 17.2 lakh students had appeared for the Class X or Matriculation exams of the BSEB.The decrease is being attributed to the poor results in 2017 when around 50% of the examinees failed due to various exam reforms introduced by the BSEB, after it faced controversies of mass-scale cheating and topper scam in the previous years.

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Social Science textbooks in 4 states not following guidelines: research

Social Science textbooks in some states are not following the guidelines laid under National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 which say that “textbooks should not present any such thing that hurts the sentiments of any community or tribe”, a research by an organisation working on education revealed.Centre for Educational Research and Training scanned National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka to come to this conclusion.Quoting an example from Gujarat textbook from Class 6, the research says, “Ancient Indian history is portrayed to begin with Vedic era carrying the ‘description’ of Aryan society. The book stratifies the social sphere in four categories: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaish and Shudra. It is mentioned that those engaged in ‘low level’ or baser work were called Shudra.” This is given in Chapter 2, page 9 of the Class 6 book of history.”Why do you need to tell students that Shudras are at the lower level, these kind of things set up a wrong image in mind of young children. In the same book, in another chapter Harshavardhana’s ‘routine life’ finds a mention where he is described as doing administrative activities, social welfare activities and religious activities. He is said to have erected many temples and ‘Maths’, and restricted killing of animals. At the end, the chapter describes social life alleging that people followed ‘Hindutva’,” said Touseef Ahmed from CERT who worked on the research.”The National Curriculum Framework 2005 clearly mentions that the curriculum should not have anything that hurts the sentiments of a particular tribe or community, then why are the textbooks still teaching students in this way. We have given a representation on the same to Ministry of Human Resource Development to have a look at the examples and get them changed,” he added.
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School expels rape victim in Maharashtra’s Latur to maintaining ‘dignity’ of institution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A rape victim on Monday was expelled from a school in Maharashtra’s Latur district in the name of maintaining dignity of the institution.The 15-year-old victim, a Class 11 student, had allegedly been raped by an army man on the pretext of marriage.The victim, on Monday, said, “My school has suspended my admission saying their reputation can be tarnished if I continue to study here.”Meanwhile, the victim’s uncle alleged that when they went to a police station to lodge an FIR, the police demanded Rs. 50,000 bribe to lodge their complaint.Later, the victim approached Latur’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Shivaji Rathor and hence the FIR was registered on Sunday.A medical examination of the victim has been conducted and a case under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered in this regard.

Tamil Nadu: Four female students commit suicide after being scolded in school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four girl students of a government higher secondary school in Tamil Nadu ended their lives by jumping into a well in a suicide pact after being allegedly chided by teachers for not being attentive in class, police said.The Class XI students of Panapakkam Government Higher Secondary School at the nearby Arakkonam town jumped into a farm well at Nangamangalam village on Friday.Fire and Rescue Services personnel fished out the bodies and sent them for autopsy to a government hospital last night.”Based on the preliminary inquiry, the headmistress and class teacher have been suspended,” a district education official told reporters here today.The reason for the girls’ suicide is yet to be ascertained, a top district police official said.
ALSO READ Chennai: Violence breaks out at Sathyabama University after student commits suicide”Four teams of police personnel are questioning the class students, teachers, and others and only after the conclusion of the enquiry would the cause of the suicide be known,” he said.The official said no suicide note had been recovered.
ALSO READ IIM Lucknow student commits suicideHe said a preliminary enquiry revealed that 11 students were chided by teachers for not being attentive in class and were asked to bring their parents on November 24.”Yesterday, out of the 11 students, seven apologised and assured the teachers that they will be attentive. The other four students ended their lives,” he told PTI.The seven girls who tendered apology too had not brought their parents, he added.Of the four girls who committed suicide, two came to school in the morning and left the premises immediately.They later joined the other two and all of them went to the farm in their bicycles.”Local people, including a cowherd, saw the girls going to the farm well,” he said.Villagers alerted police and local officials after they spotted the abandoned bicycles near the farm well.Senior police officials and a district official placed wreaths on the bodies.

Hyderabad: School principal arrested for molesting student

Updated: Nov 24, 2017, 11:02 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rachakonda police here today arrested the principal of a school for allegedly molesting a Class IX student.The alleged incident took place last month. As per the complaint, K Mahapatra, the principal, was drunk when he called the girl to his cabin and tried to kiss her. He let her go after she started protesting, but not before making her promise that she wouldn’t tell anyone about the incident, police said. Though the incident happened last month, the girl’s mother filed the complaint today, police said.

Save country from nationalist forces: Gandhinagar Archbishop Thomas Macwan writes to Christians

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Gandhinagar has written a letter urging members of the Christian community to save the country from “nationalist forces” as he said the “democratic fabric” of the country was at stake, amidst growing “sense of insecurity” among minorities.Indirectly targeting the ruling BJP in the state, Archbishop Thomas Macwan appealed to the minority community to help elect those candidates, who respect every human being without discrimination, to the state Assembly. He said the nationalist forces were “on the verge of taking over the country”, which is why the Gujarat elections could make a difference. In an official communique dated November 21, Macwan appealed to the Christians to organise prayer services in parishes and convents “so that we may have such people elected to the Gujarat Assembly, who would remain faithful to the Indian Constitution and respect every human being without any sort of discrimination”.”The democratic fabric of the country is at stake amidst growing sense of insecurity among the minorities, Other Backward Class (OBC), Backward Class, poor, etc,” he said. “The results of this election are significant and will have its repercussion and reverberation throughout our beloved nation. It will influence the future course of our country. “We are aware that the secular and democratic fabric of our country is at stake. Human rights are being violated. The constitutional rights are being trampled. Not a single day goes without an attack on our churches, church personnel, faithful or institutions,” he said.”The recitation of the Holy Rosary at individual, community, family and parish levels will be of great help. Encourage your faithful to pray the Rosary,” he said. In the letter, the Archbishop has also cited examples of how such prayers saved Europe during the victory at Lepanto (referring to the battle of 1571 in which Holy League of Venetian and Spanish empires defeated Ottoman Empire in the Gulf of Patras), and how “protecting hand of our beloved Mother Mary defeated communist governments and dictators in a number of countries”.

Ryan student murder case: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar granted bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A civil court in Gurgaon on Tuesday granted a bail to bus conductor Ashok Kumar, an accused in the murder of Ryan International School student Pradyuman Thakur.On the morning of September 8, Pradyuman was found dead in a toilet of the school with his throat slit, within an hour of his father leaving him at the school.The court observed that CBI did not submit any evidence against conductor Ashok and granted a bail with a bond of Rs 50,000.The Gurgaon police had arrested Kumar, pinning the blame for the crime on him.Kumar’s lawyer Mohit Verma had filed the bail plea after the CBI had on November 8 arrested a Class 11 student of the school in connection with the killing.Verma had said that they had brought to the notice of the court that the CBI has no proof against Kumar. He also said the CBI itself had claimed that the juvenile had confessed to his crime and the motive had also been established by the agency.However, opposing the bail plea, the CBI counsel had said the agency had not reached a stage in its probe where Kumar could be declared innocent.

Honour killing: Man strangles teen daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a suspected case of honour killing, a man allegedly killed his 18-year-old daughter in the Challera village of Sector 44, Noida, on Friday night. Later, the accused, identified as Bijendra Chauhan, 47, called the police and informed them about the incident.According to the police, Chauhan allegedly strangled his daughter with a dupatta. The victim was a student of Class XII of the Moolchand Chandan Public School, Sector 44. She lived with her father, brother Himanshu, who is pursuing MBA, and his wife. The couple was also in the house when the incident took place.”We got a call at around 10.30 pm. Chauhan informed us that he had killed his daughter inside their home. The police reached the spot and arrested him. The victim had strangulation marks on her neck. We have recovered a dupatta from the spot,” said Avnish Dixit, Station House Officer, Sector 39 police station, Gautam Budh Nagar.The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival.According to a senior police officer, Chauhan told them that he had been warning her to stop away from a boy and focus on her studies.”The man said he often found her talking on the phone and never listened to him. Her mother had passed away in 2016. Chauhan suspected the girl of having a relationship with someone from another caste. On Friday night, she was talking to someone on the phone when he approached her. An argument broke out between the two and he lost his temper,” a senior police officer said.The police have sent the body for post-mortem and reports are awaited. Chauhan under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

11,000 students of govt-run hostels to get free cycles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 11,000 students staying in government-run hostels will get bicycles to attend schools in remote areas across the state. The scheme is being launched by the social justice and empowerment department which looks after management and administration of the hostels.“Those students who walk more than 2km to attend schools will get bicycle at free of cost. We have sought list from the hostels of such students. Soon the distribution of cycles will get started and more than 11,000 students lodged in 233 hostels will be beneficiaries,” said a senior official unfolding the details of the scheme.He claimed that company contracted has given word to supply the bicycle in one month, and thereby distribution process will commence by December, just after Raje government celebrates its fourth anniversary on December 13.The department’s fresh scheme is a replica of the education department which is currently handing over bicycles to girl students. Nearly three lakh bicycles are to be distributedamong Class 9 girl students in the state. However, the scheme got mired into controversy as orange coloured bicycles were distributed, which Congress called ‘saffronisation of education’.The social justice department, though, wishes to avert any controversy and has decided not to specify colour of the bicycles. “In our tender no code for colour has been specified for the bicycles. We have just quoted price,” clarified the official, adding that both boys and girls will get bicycles.Notably, the department has set up hostels across the state for students belonging to poor sections of society. In a recent development, the department has proposed to establish hostel facilities for students of Economically Backward Class (EBC). In the initial phase, 16 such hostels have been planned across the state. Distibution in decemberThe company contracted has given word to supply the bicycle in one month, and thereby distribution process will commence by December, just after Raje government celebrates its fourth anniversary on December 13.The department’s fresh scheme is a replica of the education department which is currently handing over bicycles to girl students.

Rajasthan assembly receives 19,000 applications for dozen Class IV jobs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is a mad scramble for jobs at the Rajasthan state assembly. A dozen jobs for class four positions have been announced by the assembly administration and over 19,000 had applied for the same. The maximum education qualification for this job profile is completed Class 8, but around 18,000 applicants, who have been shortlisted for the interview are graduates and post graduates. A telling statement indeed on the craze for government jobs.Around 1,500 applicants have been called for interview per post. The assembly staff has made elaborate arrangements to accommodate these applicants. The interviews will be held in three different rooms over two shifts. The shifts will be from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm. They will continue till November 28.Out of the twelve posts, four are for general category and the remaining eight are reserved. The applicants are running from pillar to post trying to arrange recommendations to add weight to their applications. A minister, an MP or an MLA is the favoured choice.According to sources in the Assembly that did not wish to be named, “The job asked for educational qualification of class eight and most of the applicants who have applied are BA, BCom, BSc, even MA and MCom candidates have applied.”Added another source, “There are many applicants who are already in private jobs and earning salaries ranging from 20,000 to 30,000 and they have applied for this job where they will get around 18,000 to 20,000 in hand.” “We asked many of they why they want to leave jobs and become peons and they told us they want the life long security and annual increments that come with the job.”But if one goes to the simple maths of the time that has been scheduled for the interview; 400 candidates will be interviewed in each room per day. The time scheduled is seven hours which is 420 minutes. This leaves every candidate with less than a minute’s time to be interviewed.

BEST’s gift to kids: Pay more for season passes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an ironic blow to students on Children’s Day, the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) buses’ daily commute just got more expensive, as the undertaking approved a proposal on Tuesday to increase fares of daily and season passes of students. The hikes range between 16 to 66 percent. On Tuesday, the BEST Committee approved the proposal that hikes monthly bus passes for students up to Class 5 from Rs 150 to Rs 200, quarterly from Rs 450 to Rs 600 and six-monthly from Rs 750 to Rs 1000. These fares were earlier for students in Class 6 to 10, which too, has been increased to Rs 250, Rs 750 and Rs 1,250 respectively.Sources in the BEST said that as per their rough estimates, they give subsidies of Rs 41.7 crore to school and college students. This amount stood at Rs 20.13 crore in 2015-16, and over the last two years, the number of students using this provision has gone up. The BEST officials said that this is part of rationalising and cost cutting measures taken up by them to reduce losses. The BEST Undertaking’s 3,700 bus fleet is used to transport 30 lakh people daily. “These are cost reduction measures that are needed to bring down losses,” said Surendra Bagde, General Manager, BEST Undertaking.On Tuesday, the BEST Committee also passed a proposal for fare hike in long-distance fares and bus passes. It scrapped the proposal of getting buses on wet-lease basis, wherein the Undertaking would have reduced cost by Rs 260 crore annually. However, this would have meant that they would get 100 buses from private operators while the BEST would use their drivers and conductors. They would not be involved in maintenance of these buses, and hiring them would have cost Rs 37 per km. This is taking into account buses which ply for a maximum of 180 km a day.The BEST is also mulling rationalising their bus routes. It operates 504 bus routes daily, of which 150 routes fall under Grade C – they generate only 40 paise for every rupee spent per kilometre.Subsidies speakThey give subsidies of Rs 41.7 crore to school and college students. It also gives subsidies to freedom fighters, physically challenged, senior citizens, press to the tune of Rs 45.34 crore It also passed hike for long-distance fares and bus passes

NCR schools open in a haze, parents worried

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While pollution levels remained hazardous on Monday, schools in the national capital reopened, leaving parents anxious about the health of their children.Schools in NCR towns will, however, re-open on Tuesday. Those in Gurugram and Ghaziabad will start two hours late to keep children from the toxic haze. Schools in Noida will not tweak their schedule. Outdoor activities and sports events will, however, remain suspended in all NCR schools.A group of parents wrote to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to voice their concern. “The Delhi government should have shut classes, at least for primary students. I’m really worried about the health of my 7-year-old daughter,” said Shramistha Saini, mother of a Class 2 student at Ahlcon International School.”We can’t force small children to wear masks. I make my 8-year-old son wear a mask but he throws it away. It’s better for him to stay at home,” said Anjana Singh, mother of a Class 7 student.”Primary school children should not get exposed to this smog. The government should order schools to suspend at least primary classes for three more days or the schools themselves should take this initiative,” said Sumit Vohra, founder, admissionsnursery.com.School authorities said that shutting classes is not the answer to the problem. Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road, said, “These are just knee-jerk reactions. The government has to look at workable solutions to deal with a problem of this level. Even delaying timings won’t help, as children are used to a body clock.”A principal of a Delhi government school said, “It is difficult to wrap up the syllabus if schools are shut several times. Also, some schools have half-yearly tests going on. Shutting classes will affect the overall schedule as well as the students’ study patterns.””Children should wear masks whenever they go out. While it is not a foolproof method to avoid pollutants, it certainly helps in prevention. Also, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C should be consumed to combat the ill effects of Delhi’s smog. Immune system boosting herbs like neem, tulsi and haldi also help,” said Dr Mukesh Goel of Apollo Hospital in Delhi.

State edu dept to soon issue guidelines for safety of students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a recent spate of incidents across the country has left parents worried about the safety of their children at school, the Maharashtra state education department is yet to come out with a set of guidelines on the safety of children in school. The matter of children’s safety at school escalated after a Class 2 student was found murdered at Ryan International School in Gurugram. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was quick to issue a guideline after this incident.Nandkumar, the principal secretary of the state school education department, said, “Many organisations and NGO’s are sending their suggestions, advice, and concepts to the state school education department on the safety of children. We soon plan to hold a meeting with experts to come out with guidelines for state board schools across the state. The date has not yet been decided but it will happen for sure.”Recently, in Mumbai, a trustee of an Andheri international school was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl inside the school premises.Arundhati Chavan, President of the United Forum Parent Teachers Association, said, “Like CBSE, the state education department should also introduce guidelines for our schools and also monitor schools closely as many parents are concerned about their child’s safety.”Jayant Jain, President of Forum for Fairness in Education, said, “The schools should make arrangements for the safety of students without any notice. Many instances have occurred in the past with children. Despite sending kids to international or reputed schools parents are worried.”HORRIFIC INCIDENTSThe matter of children’s safety at school escalated after a Class 2 student was found murdered at Ryan International School in Gurugram. Recently, a trustee of an Andheri international school was held for sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl inside school premises.

JBCN school students to organise anti-bullying week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The students of JBCN International school have planned to organise an anti-bullying week from November 13 to November 17. As part of the event, students will get an opportunity to meet victims and experts who will talk about the difference between teasing and bullying, and the need to create awareness.The school also plans to keep a box on the school premises for students to drop in notes about the challenges they face, which will be looked after by the enrichment cell (counselling department).Pinky Dalal, founder of the JBCN International School said, “It is important to sensitise learners about bullying so we decided to have an anti-bullying week in school. This year’s theme is “All Different All Equal”. Through various workshops and interventions our aim is to empower learners to be confident and accepting. The initiative is being led by our student council and facilitated by our school teaching community. The idea is to make learners conscious, teach them to be responsible for their choices and to learn to respect and accept each other.”The session on November 13 will focus on creating awareness about ‘What is bullying, and the difference between teasing and bullying. On November 15, there will be various sessions about the types of bullying, places and situations in which bullying may take place. Students will get a chance to meet and talk to victims of bullying, and teachers, family, friends who can intervene. On November 16, students will get lessons on the impact of bullying. On November 17, there will be an exhibit about spreading awareness, which will include posters and slogans on anti-bullying. There will also be a display board with handprints and every student will take an anti-bullying pledge.The counselling department has planned different activities for Classes 1 to 10. The area of focus for different classes are as follows – Class 1-5: class bullying, Class 6-8: social bullying and Class 9-10: cyberbullying.THE ORIGINAnti-Bullying Week is an annual UK event held in the third week of November.It aims to raise awareness about bullying among children and young adults, and highlight ways of preventing and responding to it.

To counter exam controversy, Bihar board to introduce 50% objective questions in 2018 boards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mired in controversy for the last three years, the Bihar Schools Examination Board (BSEB) has decided to change the pattern of its examination, by including more objective questions in the papers to be held in 2018 board exams.The Board has also uploaded the changed pattern on its website on Friday evening, to provide adequate time to the students and teachers to prepare accordingly for the exams. “We have changed the pattern to include 50% objective questions in the theory papers,” said BSEB chairman Anand Kishor and added that multiple-choice questions will have to be answered on OMR sheets.Kishor said the Sent-up exams for the students will be held on the same pattern. The BSEB has said it will also upload model question papers for preparation of students on its website, by November 15.The Board had witnessed extremely disappointing results with over 7.94 lakh of the 12.6 lakh, or 64% students, failing in Class XII and 8.56 of 17.23 lakh, or 49.68% students failing in Class X exams in 2017. It was said to be the result of the multiple exam and evaluation reforms introduced by the BSEB after the topper scam and mass-cheating in Class X exams came to light.Educationists claim that objective questions are not just scoring but also easier to evaluate using OMR sheets. “There was provision of objective questions till a few years ago and the BSEB faced protests from students when it was scrapped, because it used to be scoring and saved time for answering long questions,” said a Patna-based government school teacher.

No action against duping sarpanch’s

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two years ago, Rajasthan became the first State in the country to fix a minimum educational qualification for contesting elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions. However, a large number of people managed to contest elections and many even won by using ‘fake’ certificate. Though complaints were filed against them even after crossing half the term, the government has not taken any action against them.As per rule 80 of Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act 1994, the election can be challenged only before a district judge. The Panchayati Raj department can take action against an elected representative only after the competent court has framed the charges. There are many cases in which the court had framed charges but the department seemed reluctant to act against the elected representative.The amendment to article 19 of Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act 1994 made it mandatory for a candidate to pass Class VIII for the post of sarpanch — except in tribal reserved areas, where the minimum qualification is Class V — and Class X for Zila Parishad or Panchayat Samiti elections.Since a large number of candidates used fake mark sheets, elections were held again at many places resulting in unnecessary expenditure of taxpayers’ money as well as stalling development in the villages.FACT FILEMass level irregularities in Panchayati Raj electionsSarpanchs used fake mark sheet to contest electionMaximum complaints against sarpanch634 out of 686 complaints against the sarpanchHalf the term is over but action in only a few cases

Ryan School murder: CBI says 16-year-old confessed to crime, accused taken to ‘certain place’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Class 11 student of Ryan International School, apprehended by the CBI for allegedly killing a seven-year-old student, has confessed to his crime in front of his father and an independent witness, the agency has claimed before a juvenile court here.To corroborate the 16-year-old student’s statement, CBI sleuths took him to a “certain place” on Thursday, the first day of his three-day remand.A special crime team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is questioning him, remained tight-lipped about the exercise, saying it could affect the probe.The juvenile court in Gurgaon on Wednesday sent the student to three days’ CBI custody. He is being kept at the Sewa Kutir, a child welfare home, at Kingsway Camp, from where he was brought to the CBI headquarters in Delhi at 10.45 in the morning.The CBI has been directed by the court to carry on questioning for seven hours between 10 in the morning to five in the evening during the custody period.The agency said that his custodial interrogation was needed to ascertain if there were other people involved in the crime.The confession of the student has little meaning as of now as such statements need to be recorded before a court under Section 164 of the CrPC. The agency said his statement was yet to be recorded under CrPC Section 164.CBI sources said the agency is still investigating the case and that admission of crime is just the beginning of a process of collecting corroborative forensic and legally tenable evidence.The agency also wants the teenager to identify the shop from where he had purchased the knife used to slit throat of Pradhuman, a Class 2 student, on September 8, the agency told the court.The CBI said the interrogation was needed to reconstruct the scene of crime, to unearth conspiracy, if any, and to collect any other evidence related to the case.”He has admitted his involvement in committing the murder of…In ground floor boys washroom of Ryan International School…In presence of his father…, independent witness, welfare officer of the CBI, etc.,” the note said.In a sensational twist to the case, the agency announced on Wednesday that it had apprehended a senior student of Ryan International School on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Pradhuman rejecting the Gurugram police’s theory that the killing was the handiwork of school bus conductor Ashok Kumar.The CBI has said that there was no evidence against Kumar so far.According to the agency, the Class 11 student, believed to be weak in his studies, allegedly slit Pradhuman’s throat to get the school to declare a holiday in order to defer a scheduled parent-teacher meeting (PTM) and an examination.The agency did not find any evidence of sexual assault, a CBI spokesperson had yesterday.The CBI was able to piece together elements of the crime by analysing CCTV footage, scientific and forensic examination, analysis of the crime scene and by questioning students, teachers and staff members of the school.Based on CCTV footage and crime scene analysis, the agency examined all potential suspects and witnesses. The list included 125 teachers and students, sources said.​

Ryan school murder case: DNA had questioned shoddy probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A forensic team that had visited the spot where seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was killed in Gurugram’s Ryan International School, had found a knife from a commode in the toilet. This was after the police had claimed that they had already recovered a blood-soaked knife from Ashok Kumar, the bus conductor who was arrested for the murder.This two-weapon theory had blown the lid off the Gurugram police’s botched-up probe, which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has now rejected. The agency has claimed that the knife found in the commode was the one actually used for the crime.The police had claimed that the knife they recovered was a part of the bus tool kit. The bus driver, however, maintained that there was no knife in the box.On September 11, in a report titled ‘Key questions remain unanswered; Victim’s kin allege evidence tampering’, DNA had highlighted the loopholes in the police probe. The report had questioned how could a bus conductor drag a child to the washroom, sexually assault him, and then kill him within a span of 10 minutes.According to the CBI, a Class XI student of the same school killed Pradyuman, while rejecting the police theory that the conductor sexually assaulted the child before slitting his throat.Sources said the school teachers had noticed the suspect bringing a knife to school four days before the murder, but the Gurugram Police did not give any importance to this crucial bit of information.”We would not comment on the role of the Haryana Police. We followed our line of investigation. Now, the court will decide,” a CBI spokesperson said.The crucial CCTV footage, in which the Class XI student was seen near the toilet minutes before the murder, was also ignored by the cops. “The CCTV footage shows the suspected student pushing Pradyuman towards the washroom,” a CBI source said.The agency also found out that the student was the first to inform the gardener about the incident. “After scientific analysis of the crime scene and CCTV footage, and questioning of several people, we zeroed down to the Class XI student as our prime suspect,” a senior CBI officer said.Pradyuman’s father Varun Thakur said the family always suspected that the case was being mishandled and the bus conductor was arrested in a hurry. “We had been telling the police to question other people but they were focused on the bus conductor, who was seen coming out of the washroom before Pradyuman came out with his throat slit,” he said. As per the Haryana Police, the footage from a security camera outside the bathroom showed the victim crawling out of the bathroom before collapsing next to a wall. It also showed Ashok entering the bathroom and exiting it, before the boy crawled out.In another cellphone video shot after the crime, the school’s junior section in-charge Anju Dudeja was seen saying that she and acting principal Neerja Batra asked the conductor to pick up Pradyuman, the cops had said. The conductor had then carried Pradyuman to the car. Gardener Harpal had said that Kumar did not have any blood stains on his clothes when he arrived at the scene.

Ryan School murder: Class XI student sent to 3-day CBI custody, Pradyuman’s family demands capital punishment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, the Class XI student arrested in connection with the murder of Pradyuman was sent to 3-day CBI remand by a Gurugram court. He will be questioned by the CBI in presence of a member of the Juvenile Justice Board.Meanwhile, reacting to the news Pradyuman’s family’s lawyer demanded strict punishment and said that he should be tried as an adult and hanged. While according to the Juvenile Justice Act 2000, individuals under 18 can’t be given capital punishment, minors between the age of 16 and 18, can be tried as adults for heinous crimes.He also said that they believed it was a larger conspiracy and the CBI should file a charge-sheet soon. He added the CBI hadn’t given a clean chit to the Pinto family yet.In the latest development to the Pradyuman murder case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday trashed the probe by the Gurugram police and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor arrested with the charges of murder and sexual assault in connection with the case.The CBI has ruled out the sexual assault theory in the case. “No sexual assault theory came out during our investigation,” stated the CBI.The cold-blooded murder case of the seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur took a new dimension after a Class 11 student of the school was arrested by the CBI on Tuesday night. An official statement by the agency reads: “CBI has apprehended a child in conflict with law, a student of senior class at Ryan International School, Gurugram in an ongoing case relating to the murder of the seven-year-old boy.”It said, “Initial investigation revealed the child in conflict of law wanted to have the examination and parent teacher meeting in school postponed.”CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal told ANI, “The arrest was made after a thorough investigation was conducted based on scientific evidences, including inspection of the scene of crime, forensic analysis, analysis of CCTV and call records.”Pradyuman, a class II student of the school, was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8.The weapon used in the crime has been seized.”We have come to the conclusion on the basis of CCTV, forensic evidence and scientific evidence. The student has been apprehended. He remains our prime suspect,” the spokesperson said.The juvenile student, who is about 16 years old, was apprehended late last night and his parents were kept in the loop all through, the agency said.Police in Gurgaon had arrested school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, for the crime the same day. With inputs from agencies

Congress lost trust of people, BJP govt will earn it back: Prem Kumar Dhumal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>What is the BJP’s biggest poll offering in the state?The benefits of “jaan, maan aur sammaan”. In the last five years, the Congress eroded people’s belief and lost its credibility owing to its misrule and rampant corruption. We promise to win that belief back. We will have something for everyone. We will ensure women are safe here, bring development back on track, create more jobs, build better health facilities, and restore pension for those above 70 years. In the tourism sector, the backbone of the state economy, we plan new destinations, better infrastructure, and the development of the “char dham” circuit, connecting all temples.The Congress’ manifesto, released after the BJP’s, seems to have an edge…It is a fraud manifesto — full of false promises. In 2003, the Congress in its manifesto said that one member in every family will get a job. It later said that those without jobs will get social security cards. But unemployment is still a huge worry. In 2003, and again in 2012, they said that Class X students will get Rs 10,000, while those above Class XII will get Rs 15,000. I spoke to students in Rampur, none of whom received any stipend. The hydro-electric projects the Congress has been promising aren’t complete. These are false assurances.The state is reeling under a debt of Rs 28,000 crore. What are the BJP’s plans?We plan to generate an income of Rs 600 crore every year through hydel projects. We will create 70,000 jobs that will boost the economy to an extent. In a state like Himachal Pradesh, there is not much scope to send money back to the Centre, but we will do our best. In one of the rallies on Thursday, PM Modi said that he will ask cold drink companies to ensure that at least 5 per cent of the compositions are made of fruit pulp or juice. This will be very beneficial for the state’s agrarian economy.There has been some unhappiness within the party over ticket distribution…In every Vidhan Sabha constituency, a party usually has 50-100 prominent workers. The party is bound by certain factors — especially winnability. There is bound to be discontentment among a section of the people, but the party is supreme.Talking of discontentment, the GST has been a major grouse among the voters…In Parliament, when the GST was eventually brought in, P Chidambaram reminded us all that it was the Congress in 2010 which took the initiative. The “one nation, one market, one tax” scheme will be a boon for small traders by lowering price rise. It will expand the GDP by 1.5-2 per cent. We introduced a system for traders to pay the tax quarterly and rest easy on other days. The GST council had given an option for the state government to increase the tax exemption limit to Rs 20 lakh per annum, but the Congress government here maintained it at Rs 10 lakh. If the BJP comes to power, we will hike it to Rs 20 lakh to offer relief to traders here.

Madhya Pradesh: ABVP, NSUI claim victory in first student union polls since 2011-12

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RSS-affiliated ABVP and the Congress-backed NSUI have claimed victory in the student union elections held today in government colleges across the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, after a gap of nearly six years.The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) also claimed its maiden win in the elections.The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) alleged that its candidates and supporters were beaten up at several places and that the poll was “rigged” in favour of the ABVP.However, the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) said the polls were conducted in a peaceful manner.”ABVP has registered victories in colleges in all districts. Parishad won in 90 per cent places (colleges) in these elections,” ABVP organisation secretary, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Prafull Akaant, said.He said the ABVP registered victories at several colleges including in Jhabua, Khandwa, Barwani, Indore, and in Barkatullah University in Bhopal.In Madhya Pradesh, direct elections were discontinued on campus after clashes took place among student groups. The elections resumed in 2005, but on the basis of merit only. The last student elections were held in colleges in 2011-12.”Holding student union elections peacefully is a reply to the people who were expressing apprehension of violence in these polls,” the ABVP leader said.NSUI’s state president Vipin Wankhede said they have won in “60 per cent” of the colleges.”Candidates of NSUI registered victory in 60 per cent colleges of the state including those in Dewas, Singrauli, Harda and several other districts,” he said.Wankhede alleged that NSUI candidates and supporters were beaten up by activists of ABVP at some places.He alleged that NSUI members have emerged victorious in elections at the Barkatullah University in Bhopal, “but the administration declared results in favour of the ABVP”.CYSS convener Nishant Gangwani said his organisation registered victory at 86 posts of Class Representative (CR) and four posts of (college) presidents among others.”We won the elections in Katni district, the home turf of state Cabinet minister Sanjay Pathak, and at Churhat Assembly constituency of the Opposition Leader Ajay Singh,” Gangwani claimed.The process to conduct the elections started from October 23 and the results were announced today.In these polls, the students elect CR of each class.These CRs then contest for student council of their respective colleges. The council comprises president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary who are directly elected by students. These representatives of students then elect the university councils.

Yogi Adityanath begins madrasa education reforms with NCERT books, Muslim community welcomes move

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After making sweeping changes into the UP board, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to change syllabus of over 19,000 madrasas in Uttar Pradesh by introducing NCERT books in their curriculum.Treading cautiously on the contentious issue, the Yogi Adityanath government has, however, decided not to replace the existing syllabus but introduce the NCERT books in addition to that and make it compulsory so that Muslim students from Class 1 to 12 can compete with their counterparts in CBSE schools. The aim is to modernize and improve the standard of education in madrasas where students don’t get proper exposure to subjects like science and English. Most of them end up learning Urdu, Arabi, Persian, Quran, Islamic theology and religious laws but lack knowledge in other subjects.Announcing modernisation of madrasas and change in their syllabus, the Deputy Chief Minister and State Education Minister Dr Dinesh Sharma said that these changes will not only help madrasa students increase their knowledge but develop their personality also. “The change in madrasa syllabus will bring parity with other educational institutions in the state and increase job prospects for Muslim students,” he said. The Yogi government had allocated Rs 1700 crore for minority welfare in its maiden budget for 2017-18. Out of this, Rs 394 crore were earmarked for modernization of madrasas. With the go ahead from the Yogi Adityanath government, the Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Board has ordered for the Urdu translation of NCERT text books books in Mathematics, Science, Computer, Social Science, History, civic science and Geography.The Board Registrar Rahul Gupta said that the new syllabus with NCERT books in Urdu would be implemented from the next session and subjects like Maths, Science, Computer, History and Geography would be made mandatory for the students from Class VIII to XII. He pointed that the standard of education in madrasa was so low that even after doing Graduation majority of the students were unable to find a proper job. Gupta said that the Board was also mulling over publishing their religious textbooks as they are hard to find in open market.“We will also provide special training to madrasa teachers on these NCERT text books so that they teach students with better skills,” added Gupta. At present, there are about 19,143 madrasa across Uttar Pradesh in which about 18 lakh Muslim students are studying. Earlier, the State government had ordered for registration of all madrasas with the Board in Uttar Pradesh so to streamline the functioning of madrasas.Significantly, the Yogi Adityanath government’s move has been welcomed by the Muslim clerics. Imam of Idgah and a prominent Sunni Cleric Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali said that Muslim community welcomes the move to teach Muslim students NCERT books in madrasas. “This will help Muslim students to acquire knowledge about other subjects in addition to learning Islamic studies. The need of the hours is to impart such education to Muslim students in madrasas that it enhances their job prospects,” reacted Maulana Rashid.

Railway police nab man for molesting minor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Government Railway Police (GRP) made headway in a molestation case and arrested a 25-year-old man from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) on Wednesday. This comes four days after a minor girl jumped out of a moving local train for fear of being molested inside a ladies compartment by an unknown person near the CSMT. The accused has been identified as Ashraf Ali Shaikh.”We scanned the CCTV footage of the incident and identified the accused. A manhunt was launched, and we received a tip off that the accused was going to arrive at CSMT on Wednesday, following which the trap was laid and he was nabbed,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Samadhan Pawar of the GRP.”Shaikh admitted to his involvement in the incident but his motive behind entering the ladies compartment was yet to be ascertained,” the DCP said.According to the police, on Sunday, the Class 8 student boarded a Kalyan-bound train at CSMT to return home after attending tuition. As the train started running, a man entered the compartment and didn’t disembark when the girl pointed out that he had gotten into the wrong compartment. When he did not alight and started moving menacingly towards her, she jumped out of the train and sustained injuries. After being treated, a case of molestation was registered at the CSMT GRP station

Kerala: Allegedly harassed by teacher, class 10 girl jumps from school building, dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 15-year-old girl who jumped from the third floor of her school building in Kollam district of Kerala, succumbed to her injuries on Monday.According to reports, the Class 10 student Gauri took an extreme step on Friday after she was allegedly harassed by her teachers.The girl had been on ventilator support at Thiruvananthapuram Ananthapuri hospital and her condition had become critical.Gauri was a student at Trinity Lyceum school at Thanagassery in Kollam, and was allegedly chided by her teachers after she had a fight with her sister’s classmate, reported TheNewsMinute.She had reportedly objected to a punishment given to her sister.The report said that some of the teachers had taken disciplinary action against Gaur’s sister after she spoke during class and she was made to sit with boys as she repeated the mistake.A case was charged against two teachers at the school. The investigation is on.

Girl falls into silo, burns to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 12-year old girl met a tragic end after she was engulfed in a hot silo while searching for cow dung in order to perform Govardhan Puja at her village in Noida’s sector- 63 area. The bitumen-concrete mixing plant has a mixture of various materials and the girl was trying to reach the other side to pick up cow dung when she fell in the hot mixture, and was charred to death.According to the police, the victim has been identified as 12 year-old Kritika Mishra, a resident of Chhajarsi and a Class 8 student in a private school in the neighbourhood.Narrating the ordeal, Himanshu Mishra, who had accompanied Kritika told DNA, “I went along with Kritika to fetch cow dung. While returning we were walking on a mound alongside the plant, when she accidentally slipped into the silo containing molten tar,” he said.An alarmed Himanshu immediately ran to inform Kritika’s family. “I was preparing for the puja, when Himanshu came running and informed us that Kritika had slipped into a hot silo. We immediately rushed to the spot to rescue her, but by then she was completely charred to death. We tried to enter the silo using a ladder, but the temperature in the silo was too high for anyone to enter it. Finally the body was recovered using a JCB machine,” said Alka Mishra, the deceased’s mother.“I work as a maid but I always dreamed of making her a teacher. She was a bright student. I had been saving money for her education all the time. Now, she is no more and the house would not be the same without her,” she said.After the accident, locals held a demonstration at the plant and alleged that the bitumen-concrete hot-mix plant was being illegally operated in the area, and is a source of noise and air pollution in the locality.COMMON MAN PAYS THE PRICEAccording to locals, despite a ban put into place, by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in August 2015, prohibiting use of hot mix plants, which are being operated without proper environmental protection, these plants continue to operate in Noida.
With the authorities turning a blind eye to them, the common man is the once always paying the price.

Telangana: 14-year-old schoolgirl dies after collapsing with heavy schoolbag, parents blame school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 14-year-old girl from Telangana collapsed inside her school premises on Monday, suffered an injury on her forehead. According to a report in The NewsMinute, she suffered the incident at around 8:45 AM, and was carrying a heavy bag weighing several kilograms.The incident occurred at Kautilya High School in Kareemabad while the Class 9 student was carrying her bag up a flight of stairs.A school official told reporters: “The girl collapsed right outside her classroom, after she climbed the stairs. Immediately we took her to the in-house physician, who checked her pulse and said that her blood pressure was dropping. Following this, we rushed her to the MGM Hospital.””We immediately rushed her to the hospital, but the doctors declared her brought dead,” he added.Her parents however blamed the school management for their daughter’s death and said: “She did not have any prior health problems or any such thing. The school delayed in providing her treatment, which resulted in her death.” Some media reports quoted school principal K Sridhar stating that she was suffering from dehydration.A complaint was filed by the father at Mills Colony Police Station, and case has been registered under Section 174 of the CrPC.

Man held for raping 7-year-old child

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man allegedly sexually assaulted a colleague’s seven-year-old daughter in northeast Delhi on Thursday. The accused, who had fled to Meerut, was nabbed following a raid on the same day.Police said the accused was not only closely acquainted with the child’s family but even visited their home often. Mother of the child told DNA: “I had asked my daughter to go to a local store to collect money from a shopkeeper. When she returned, she was in a lot of pain. When I asked her, she revealed the incident to me.””She said when she reached the shop, the accused spotted her and tempted her with candy, before taking her to an abandoned spot. He then raped her and fled from the spot. We had good relations with him. Our daughter often went out with him. We never expected such an act from him. We know him for the last two years,” she added.After the incident, the accused told the girl to not reveal the incident to anyone and threatened her with dire consequences.According to the police, the child was taken for a medical examination and a local NGO was brought in to counsel her. The child’s mother reported the incident at the Nand Nagari police station. The victim studies in Class III at a government school.On the basis of the complaint, the police traced the accused in Meerut. “During interrogation, he confessed to the crime. He also revealed that he used the Loni route to escape to Meerut. He has been produced before a court and sent to jail,” an investigating officer said.

Mira Rd school lets siblings take exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the DNA reported that two students of Cosmopolitan High School were not being allowed to appear for their exams after a row with their parent, the authorities have now written to the education officer stating that the two siblings – Ayesha and Asif Shaikh – will be allowed to write their exams.”On the special request of the parents and the education officer, we have allowed Ayesha Shaikh of Class IV and Asif Shaikh of Class II to give the exam,” states the letter dated October 7, in which the school has given a timetable for the exam. School officials have, however, asked for a ‘letter of apology’ from the parent “as instructed by the school management”.Reshma Sayyed, a representative of the school, said it has made provisions to ensure that the two students can appear for their exams.”We have given them a timetable and shall also allow them to write all the papers they have missed. We would, however, like if the parent gives an apology about bringing such bad reputation to the school,” added Sayyed.Nishad Sheikh, the mother of Ayesha and Asif, had alleged that the school was not allowing her two kids to attend classes from September and had also barred them from the exams.Shaikh, in her complaint to the state education department, had alleged that the school had been using pressure tactics after she led a protest against a decision to hike fees in this academic year.”The school has sent a timetable after all the complaints. Even now, they want me to apologise. We will move the child rights commission over the issue,” she added.ROW WITH PARENTNishad Sheikh, mother of Ayesha and Asif, alleged that Cosmopolitan school had been using pressure tactics after she led a protest against a decision to hike fees this year

Delhi stares at another crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>East Delhi is staring at yet another sanitation crisis, with over 16,000 workers threatening to go on an indefinite strike from October 11, over non-payment of pending salaries and arrears.”Hundreds of sanitation workers attached to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) will stop lifting garbage and cleaning the streets from October 11, as they want three months’ salary and pending arrears, besides regularisation of staffers,” said Mukesh Vaidya, President of the All Municipal Corporation Sanitation Supervisors’ Union.He further said: “We are fed up with the excuses given by the EDMC officials every month. It has been three months and we have not received salary. We don’t know how to run our homes.””Those who were made permanent in 2003 and 2004 have not received their arrears yet. Also, half of the workers have not got their last year’s Diwali bonus. How unfair is that?” he rued.The strike will be supported by the employees’ unions represented by sanitation workers as well as Class IV and III employees.Sanitation workers of EDMC have gone on two such strikes — in October, 2015, and January, 2016. At those times, extremely unhygienic conditions prevailed in the area due to a huge amount of undisposed filth on the streets. Angry protesters also dumped garbage at busy crossings, leading to traffic jams. The strike was resolved after the Delhi High Court intervened and directed the municipal authorities to ensure lifting of garbage.

Centre to merge school education schemes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central government plans to improve the reach of education at the school level for children from Classes 1 to 10 by merging two of their schemes meant to guarantee universal education.The Ministry of Human Resource Development plans to merge Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) — two similar schemes of the government for education to be universalised. Currently, while SSA is applicable from Class 1 till Class 8, RMSA is only for Class 9 and 10 only.A meeting to deliberate on possibilities of merger of these two schemes was held in the ministry last week and a group of secretaries working on it will submit its report in the coming days. “During the discussion, it was agreed upon by everyone that it will be a good idea to merge these two schemes as they have similar mandate. We are now working on how to work on the merger and will come up with a detailed report soon,” a senior official in the ministry of HRD said.He added that the plan to merge these schemes was proposed because it was found that there was a lot of non-utilisation of funds. Both SSA and RMSA gets different budget. The separate schemes were created because the Right to Education did not extend upto Class 10 and the government needed a plan to bring children to school after Class 8.”We saw that funds in these schemes were not being utilised properly. If a state has taken care of its primary education and does not need to spend so much for children up to class 8, they should be able to use the same fund for the older children. However, under the current mandate it was not being possible. Hence, we have decided to merge them,” the official added.

In ‘path breaking’ initiative, 5 acid attack victims, transgender join Delhi HC staff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five acid attack victims and a transgender on Wednesday joined their jobs in the Delhi High Court, which, in a unique gesture, gave them employment after their plight was brought to the notice of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal.A source close to Justice Mittal’s office said this was a ‘path-breaking initiative’ by the High Court, which could be an example for other institutions in the country to follow.Confirming the decision, a senior member of the high court administration said “this is the first of its kind when such a decision has been taken. All the six, who joined today, have been given clerical jobs as per their qualification.” The judicial officer, who did not wish to be named, said “we have taken this step, not only to give them a job, but to give value to these people”.He said the decision was taken after the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) sent a proposal earlier this month to explore job opportunities for these victims while highlighting their plight.Pursuant to this, Justice Gita Mittal had interacted with the six persons before proceeding to offer them jobs at the High Court on contractual basis.”All of them had faced discrimination and failed to get jobs due to their physical condition, which had prompted the DSLSA and the High Court to intervene,” the official said.All the six, while sharing the commonality of being outcasts in the society, told PTI that they were extremely happy with the high court’s decision as they had approached various government bodies for jobs, but to no avail.Narrating their woes, Babli (29), the transgender, said she was forced to leave her home due to her gender which was not acceptable even to her family members. “No one gave me a job because of my gender,” she said.Nasreen Jahan (38), who has passed 10th standard, has to look after her two daughters as a single parent as she is a divorcee. She was allegedly attacked by her erstwhile husband six months into their divorce.Another acid attack victim Sapna (25), who recently passed her Class XII exam, was allegedly attacked by a relative who wanted to marry her even after she refused.With a graduation degree in her hand, Kamar Jahan (27) is clearly the most qualified among the lot. Jahan got married in 2009, but her husband left her and remarried. She was allegedly attacked by her husband’s second wife and her relatives.24-year-old Shobha is the youngest among the group and she has passed the 10th standard. She calls herself lucky after having bagged the job in the high court.Mamta (29), who has studied till class eight, too felt the same. She said normally acid attack survivors have to face discrimination when it came to getting a job.

Mumbai: Six-year-old boy collapses while playing in school, dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 6-year-old boy studying in Chandivali’s Pawar Public School died shortly after he collapsed in the school premises on Thursday morning. Swarang Dalvi, a Class 1 student, was playing with his friends during the short break at around 10.10 am when he collapsed. After school officials were alerted by the child’s fellow classmates, he was taken to the medical room in the school where the doctor reportedly suggested that the child be taken to the hospital as he was not responding. School officials rushed him to the nearby Hiranandani hospital where he was declared dead. School officials said that the incident was shocking for them as the child had no medical history and looked fine that day. “We are really shocked and saddened by what has happened. He was playing with the children outside their second floor classroom when he fell on the floor. We took him to the hospital immediately.” said Dr Madhura Phadke, Principal of the school.

‘Won’t give in without a fight,’ says Kolkata boy suffering blood cancer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vishal Sharma, the 17-year-old, Class XII student of Khalsa English High School of south Kolkata’s Bhowanipore area is a typical average student of the class who would likes to avoid homework, shirks studies but dreams to make it big in life.Life has, however, dealt him a jolting blow when, as he was preparing for his forthcoming qualifying test for his board exams, he has been detected with acute leukemia, in simple terms, blood cancer.“He had fever for sometime and had to be admitted to a local hospital where they said that they suspected something serious and got him transferred to Medical College and Hospital. After running a number of tests I was told that my son is suffering from blood cancer,” Vishal’s father Rajendra Sharma said.Hailing from the lower middle class and working as a car mechanic, the news was like a bolt from the blue for Rajendra Sharma.“When I first heard the news, my senses got numb. His mother was crying incessantly because of the term ‘cancer’. Doctors said that the disease is curable and he will have to undergo a prolonged treatment process. Tata Medical Centre where he is undergoing treatment has given me a rough estimate of Rs 6 lakh. With a monthly earning of Rs 3,000 I am at my wits end how to sustain treatment. There had been friends, family members and even his school teachers who have come forward for help but those have been far from the required expense,” Rajendra Sharma told the DNA.The teenager has, however, faced the fact in a brave manner. Talking to the DNA, he said he did not want to lose a year.“I had always dreamt of getting our family out of the penury we live in after I secure a respectable job. I know for that I need to complete my studies. Doctors have asked me to stay home for the next six months but I intend to take my board exams. I get tired very soon but I am trying to study for whatever time I can get. Friends and teachers have been helping me a lot. My friends are giving me all the notes from the class. The sudden news of my ailment had definitely shaken me initially but by no means do I intend to give in without a fight. I have taken it as an ailment which I have contracted and need to get well,” he said.His family comprises his parents and an elder sister, who is a first year B Com student of a college in north Kolkata.At present, Vishal has to visit the hospital three times a week. According to his father, doctors have said that during the first six months of the treatment there might be a sudden deterioration in health and he might have to be brought to the hospital in 15 minutes’ notice.“Especially during pujas it will be difficult to bring him from Bhawanipore to this place so fast. So we are arranging for an inexpensive rented apartment near the hospital temporarily during this time,” Rajendra added.

West Bengal: Constable arrested for raping minor girl inside police station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A West Bengal police constable has been arrested on charges of raping a minor girl inside the police barrack.58-year-old Haridas Roy, who is just two years away from his retirement, had allegedly raped a minor on September 6, within the barracks.Dinhata MLA Udayan Guha said that the victim, a 11-year-old student of Class IV, had been quiet about the incident for some days. Later she revealed it to her mother and a police report was filed. On September 16, Roy was arrested. He was produced at the court the next day and had been remanded in judicial custody for 15 days.The victim would help her mother in running an eatery that was frequently visited by the police officers. On September 6, she went to deliver bread and vegetables to the police station when she was forced into a room and raped, police said.“Her mother first confronted the constable concerned who threatened them with dire consequences if they tried to talk about it. Later she discussed the matter with her daughter’s teachers and with their help filed a complaint at the police station,” said an official of the police station.District superintendent of police Anoop Jaiswal said that an investigation was immediately initiated as the complaint was filed.

Ryan school murder: Three, including bus conductor, remanded in judicial custody till September 29

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ashok Kumar, the main accused in the murder of seven-year-old Pradhyuman Thakur, along with Ryan International Group’s Northern Zone head, and the school’s HR head have been remanded in judicial custody till September 29, it has been reported. Along with Kumar, the Haryana police last Monday arrested J Thomas, HR head, and Francis Thomas, regional head of the Ryan group of institutions. They were booked under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act.The police had the same day of Pradhymnan’s murder, arrested a bus conductor of the school after the Class II student was spotted outside a school toilet, crawling and bleeding profusely before he died.The acting principal of the school, Neerja Batra, has already been suspended. The services of a private agency that provided security to the school have also been suspended.The brutal murder in Gurugram had sparked angry protests by the victim’s father, other guardians and locals who shouted slogans and vandalised school property. The police had to resort to lathicharge even then to control the mob fury and arrested five protesters who were later let off.

Urdu slowly dying in Delhi govt schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tasneem Khan (name changed), MA in Social Science, is a busy woman these days. She has been studying Urdu books, so as to teach students at the Government Boys Senior Secondary School (GBSSS) in south Delhi. Being the only teacher in her school with some knowledge of the language, she has been given the additional charge of teaching students from Class 6-8.”How can we expect students to develop an interest in the language, without providing them with a skilled teacher,” rued Khan, who had last studied Urdu during her school days.Commenting on the issue, Atishi Marlena, Advisor to Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia, said, “The process of hiring Urdu and Punjabi teachers for Delhi government schools has begun. The matter has been handed over to the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB). We have made it mandatory for every government school to have a post for these two languages.”For the last five years, in the absence of teachers, the GBSSS has been arranging faculty for the discipline from other sources. “We have sent multiple requests to the Directorate of Education (DoE) to hire an Urdu teacher for our school but to no avail. We were left with no option but to assign a teacher who was acquainted with the language,” the school principal said, requesting anonymity.And this is not a one-off case.Nearly 100 Delhi government schools are facing the same problem. “For around 1,700,000 students in 1,024 government schools across 12 districts, there are only 269 Urdu teachers, of whom only nine have a post-graduate degree. In comparison, there are 1,895 Sanskrit teachers,” reply to an RTI application filed by DNA revealed.Government schools offer Urdu as an option under the three-language formula, along with Sanskrit and Punjabi, even as classes are held in only 30 per cent of the schools because of the “lack of demand”.According to the National Education Policy, however, a school has to provide a teacher for a subject, in case more than six students opt for it. “Nearly 83,000 Class 6 students in government schools opted for Urdu last year. That means there is only one teacher available for nearly 309 students,” a senior DoE official said. However, the Urdu Academy has objected these claims.In December 2016, AAP had announced to hire 610 permanent Urdu teachers but the plan is yet to see the light of the day.What is Three Language formula?Under the National Education Policy, students in Hindi-speaking states should learn a modern Indian language (22 languages under the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution) — apart from Hindi and English. In non-Hindi-speaking states, they should learn Hindi along with the regional language and English. The formula is applicable till Class 8.

Ryan school death: Gurgaon police arrests school gardener

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gurgaon police has arrested the Ryan International School gardener and key witness in the murder case of seven-year-old school boy and is likely to make more arrests in connection with the case, a senior SIT officer said.The Gurgaon Police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) detained the gardener on Wednesday.”The SIT does not want to leave out a single piece of evidence which can be important and work as a key breakthrough for us to solve this case. With three days left for submission of charge sheet in court, we have got possible positive leads against the accused school bus conductor Ashok Kumar,” a senior SIT officer told PTI.SIT teams on Wednesday searched the school here for clues to the crime while a CBSE panel also inspected the premises to examine loopholes in security arrangements.Besides Harpal Singh, the SIT has questioned 17 persons including section inchage-Anju Dudeja, suspended acting principal-Neerja Batra, former principal Rakhi Verma, bus driver Saurabh Raghav, bus contractor Harkesh Pradhan and eight security guards.The officer said questioning of all suspects who are on the police radar whether it is the suspended school principal, senior management officials, or staff members, is being conducted.”Some more arrests are likely to be made,” he said.The Class II boy was found with his throat slit in the washroom of the school on Friday last.

Ryan murder: Child had seen accused masturbating, say cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The seven-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School, who was found murdered on Friday, had apparently seen the accused, school bus conductor Ashok Kumar, masturbating inside the school toilet, police said on Monday.Two others students, including one from Class II-B, told the police in their statement that they saw Kumar inside the toilet just seconds before the homicide. They later identified him as well. The two had gone in to change their Karate uniform.Meanwhile, police sources said they have recreated the scene of crime with the help of forensic experts and the statements of witnesses and accused. Investigating officers privy to the probe told DNA when the boy saw the accused, he pulled out a knife, and stabbed the child near his right ear and then tore his throat apart.”When the conductor walked into the washroom, two students of primary section, whose statements have been recorded in front of a magistrate, were changing their uniform. The students then walked out of the toilet. This was when the victim went in. When the child pushed open a door, he saw the accused masturbating. Shocked, he tried to run but the sexually charged conductor held him and tried to sexually assault him,” a senior police officer said.The seven-year-old then tried to raise an alarm. Kumar then shut his mouth with his right hand and took out the knife with the left hand. He stabbed the child near his right ear and then tore his throat open.”Since the child’s back was towards the accused, not much of the blood spilled on his clothes. Kumar then ran out to a water cooler, and washed his hands, knife, and clothes,” the officer said.A gardener, who was the one to raise an alarm about the murder, saw the child crawling near the gate of the washroom and alerted the senior authorities. “The gardener’s statement has also been recorded. He said he had seen the conductor walking out of the washroom,” the police said.Police also consulted a team of medical experts to ascertain whether it was possible for a child with such grievous injuries to walk up to the entrance of the toilet. “Experts suggested that the child had crawled 12-15 steps after being stabbed,” officers said.ALL WITHIN 4 MINUTES7.56 am The conductor walks into the washroom, two students of primary section, changing karate uniforms saw him
7.58 am Victim walks inside the washroom and pushed an unbolted door where he finds the conductor masturbating
7.58 am The sexually charged conductor, held the boy and tried sexually assaulting him, when the minor shouted for help
7.59 am Terrified of being caught, the man pulls out a knife and stabs the child near right ear, then slits his throat
8 am The accused runs out to a water cooler and washes hands, knife and clothes, This is when he is spotted by a gardener who also saw Pradyumn crawling near the washroom’s entrance and raised an alarm

Cops direct E Delhi school to join probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a five-year-old child was sexually assaulted inside the Tagore Public School in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area, the Delhi Police have asked the school authorities to join the investigation. Also, the child’s statement has been recorded under Section 164 of the CrPc.The Delhi Police are also investigating whether the school was following the safety guidelines. It seems there were no CCTV cameras installed in the passage where the accused took the child. She is yet to recover completely.Meanwhile, the child’s father said that at the time of the incident, extra classes were being held and there were not many staffers inside the school. “The accused took her inside the store room and no one even noticed it. Where were the teachers and the security staffers? Now my daughter is refusing to go to school. We had shifted her to this school just six months ago,” he said.”We went by the brand name of the school and enrolled our daughter. She is in a state of shock and is being counselled,” her mother said. The parents also alleged that the class teacher reached the hospital and tried to convince them to not reveal the school’s name. On Saturday afternoon, a school staffer allegedly raped the Class I student in a store room. The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident. The report has to be submitted within three days.CASE SO FARThe child’s statement has been recorded under Section 164 of the CrPc.
Parents allege a teacher tried to get them to not reveal the school’s name.

Ryan student death | SC issues notice to Centre, Haryana govt on father’s plea seeking CBI probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Centre on a plea seeking a CBI probe into the killing of a seven-year-old student in Gurugram’s Ryan International School.The plea was filed by victim’s father Varun Thakur demanding a parallel CBI enquiry as the school has severe administrative loopholes.Victim’s lawyer sought CBI investigation into the case and added that a tribunal or authority to hear such types of cases.Meanwhile, Haryana cops told the court that school tampered with the evidence.After the protest turned violent on Sunday, police arrested staff members of the school. Ryan International Group’s northern zone head Francis Thomas and branch (Bhondsi) coordinator were arrested last night.The Haryana Police have also arrived in Mumbai to question the owner of the Ryan International Group at the head office.Ryan International School’s CEO Ryan Pinto and his parents, who are its founders, have approached the Bombay High Court seeking anticipatory bail in connection.The bail pleas were filed following the arrest of two top officials of the Ryan International School.The management of the school has decided to keep all campuses of the school in the city closed till Tuesday.A Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to look into the case pointed out serious security lapses in the school. The SIT averred that the school did not have any separate toilets for staff like drivers and conductors while adding that the administration even did not get their employees identification verified.The state government directed the Gurgaon Police to book the owner of Ryan International School Albert Pinto under section 75 Juvenile Justice (care and punishment act) Act 15 for punishment for cruelty to child meted out by the custodian in the charge sheet to be submitted in the court within 7 days.The police said the Class II student was allegedly killed by a bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, who also tried to sexually abuse him. The accused was arrested hours after the gruesome murder and has been remanded in police custody for three days by the Gurgaon Civil Court.Ryan International School, meanwhile, issued a statement, saying it is “cooperating to our fullest” with the police investigations and hoped that the guilty would be given the severest punishment as per the law.

Ryan student death: Liquor shop outside school set on fire; cops lathicharge mob as protest turns violent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The protest over the killing of a seven-year-old student in Gurgaon’s Ryan International School turned violent on Sunday as agitated parents and locals demanded action against the management.The Class 2 student was found with his throat slit in a washroom in the school building on Saturday morning.Angry parents and locals gathered outside the school premises and protested demanding a CBI probe into the gruesome murder while expressing dissatisfaction over the investigation being carried out by the Gurgaon Police.The police lathi-charged to disperse the angry protesters. Locals also set ablaze a liquor shop close to the school.”Not satisfied with the ongoing investigation, bus conductor being framed. School Management must take responsibility for students’ safety, said victim’s mother Jyoti.”We demand CBI investigation, we want justice for Pradyuman,” said a parent of a child studying at school.The police said the Class II student was allegedly killed by a bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, who also tried to sexually abuse him. The accused was arrested hours after the gruesome murder and has been remanded in police custody for three days by the Gurgaon Civil Court.The acting principal has also been suspended.Meanwhile, the CBSE has formed a two-member fact finding committee to probe the killing. The move by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) comes following outrage among parents.

School director Ryan Pinto should be behind bars, says mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sitting on a wooden diwan surrounded by all her relatives, the anger of Jyoti Thakur — whose seven-year-old child was brutally murdered inside the school — can be felt in her tone. She did not drop a tear and controlled her emotions but made sure she made her point heard.”The Director (Ryan) Pinto should be behind the bars else he will eat up the future of all the children. This nation will be left without the future (kids),” said Jyoti. According to the parents, the principal, director and the teachers must be punished for the lapse on their part. Other parents who had come to their residence to pay condolences also echoed the same message against the school management.”For Pinto it is a money minting business and nothing else. The children are also scared to go to the school,” said the parent of a Class 6 girl.Located on the outskirts of Gurugram, the Ryan International School has no boundary wall on one side for the last few months. Close to the broken wall is a operational wine and beer shop. With only four security guards, and a liquor shop, the locals allege that the stretch between the two is unsafe.”Drunk drivers and conductors are often seen sitting on the roads and playing cards. How can a road close to a school be so unsafe? Why there was no police vigil so far,” said a angry parent.Parents protesting outside the school alleged that the employees have been using the washroom for the kids for quite a long time. “As I spoke to my child, he told me that these conductors, sweepers and driver have always been using the same washroom where these kids also go. How can this be possible? Why did no one keep a check on it earlier,” said Aditi Singh, another parent.

Ryan student’s murder: Haryana Police promise chargesheet within 7 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A seven-year-old boy who was found with his throat slit and lying in a pool of blood in a washroom of Ryan International School was allegedly killed by a bus conductor who also tried to sexually abuse the minor, the police said.Speaking about the horrific murder of Class 2 student of Ryan International School, Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar assured a chargesheet into the student’s death in seven days, adding that a three-member panel would vet school safety. A bus conductor has been taken into custody and the police said the conductor confessed to killing the seven-year-old.The conductor’s family has however denied the allegations claiming he is being framed.
ALSO READ Ryan school murder: Incident is a warning to teachers to be more attentive, Prakash JavadekarMeanwhile, CM Khattar said that the principal of the institution has been suspended, and lapses will be acted against. The Haryana CM was quoted saying by ANI: “Sad incident & heinous crime. Administration has nabbed suspect; directed authorities to complete formalities within 7 days. Once we get report, if facts are not clear we are ready for any kind of probe.”Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said the incident should serve as a warning to academic fraternity.
ALSO READ Ryan school student death: Principal suspended amid protests, accused sent to 3 day police remand‘The school teachers need to be more attentive, this is kind of a warning. The investigation is going on. Police has reached the accused and I believe that justice will be served soon,’ said Javadekar.He also called on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to keep an eye on schools running under its supervision.
ALSO READ Ryan student murder: Mother says ‘put principal in jail’; CBSE appoints two-member fact-finding committee Prakash Javadekar said the government has asked for a report on the incident and his ministry will take necessary steps after going through it.‘Parents leave their kids in buses and leave, but there are so many students in school, we need to think about their safety as well and that’s why I have asked a team that will go when the reports come to us and what remedies could be implemented. This is not just a CBSE issue, but is the question on the children’s safety,’ Javadekar said.Meanwhile, the mother of the victim said that principal should be jailed. She said: “Principal was indifferent when she came to hospital, put her in jail. I want to know what happened to my child, I want CBI.”Meanwhile, the school authorities, represented by Acting Principal Neerja Batra, while condemning the incident, assured that security measures will be reviewed immediately and all necessary improvements would be made.‘Following the tragic incident at our school yesterday, the school authorities have seriously taken up the review of the security measures at the school. All necessary improvements and measures are being audited and reinforced with the help of experts. We are also seeking advice from the Police department to guide us in this regard,’ the official notice of the school said.‘While, we are all in great shock and grief at the loss of life of our beloved student Pradhyuman Thakur, we are taking these steps simultaneously to ensure vigorous safety measures in place for all our students and staff. We are closely working with the investigating authorities so that we could be guided further with their expertise,’ it further noted.With inputs from PTI and ANI

Predator slits throat of kid at top Gurgaon school, bus conductor arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A seven-year-old boy was brutally killed inside Ryan International School in Gurugram on Friday morning by a school bus conductor who slit his throat after trying to sexually assault him, sparking widespread shock and outrage both against the horrific crime and the institution’s criminal negligence and utter security failure.The Class II student was spotted outside a toilet, crawling and bleeding profusely — with his entire throat slit and even his right ear cut into two — before he died. The police arrested the conductor, Ashok (42), a resident of village Ghamroj. A knife was also recovered from the crime scene.The brutal murder sparked angry protests by the victim’s father, other guardians and locals who shouted slogans and vandalised school property, flinging furniture around and shattering glass doors.The police had to resort to lathicharge to control the mob fury and arrested five protesters who were later let off.The bus conductor, working for the school for the past eight months, allegedly confessed to having tried to sexually assault the boy on Thursday as well. He was the one who picked up the child and took him inside a van to be taken to a hospital, the police said. The victim’s uncle, Pradeep Thakur, alleged that even drivers and conductors used toilets meant for students.”We will first complete the main investigation and check the accused’s previous crimes, if any, and then probe the school’s culpability. ,” said Simardeep, officiating Commissioner of Police, Gurugram. He added that the accused man had gone to the washroom to wash the knife and on seeing the child tried to assault him. When he resisted and screamed he slit the throat.The police also detained around a dozen people, including drivers, conductors — allegedly hired from an agency not verified by the police — and school staff members for questioning.Protests escalated as the initial FIR mentioned no responsibility of the school for the child’s murder. The FIR had been registered against unknown persons. There were angry protests even at the mortuary of the Gurugram Civil Hospital that soon moved to the office of the Police Commissioner.Two CCTV cameras are installed in the lobby where the washroom is located next to Class 1B. The child studied in Class 2A, situated on the same floor. The police took control of CCTV footage. Investigating officers said that the child went straight to the washroom and not to his class after the assembly.Father Varun Kumar Thakur said he dropped his son and daughter (11) to school at 7:55 am and left for his residence in Shyamkunj area. “When I reached home around 8:10 am, my wife Sushma informed me that she had received a call from the school that their son had been found bleeding, and that I should speak to Anju Dudeja Madam,” said the father, who works as a quality manager for a private company in Delhi.He added that after talking to the teacher, the duo left home but was soon informed to reach Badshahpur Hospital. The two were then told by the teacher to reach Artemis Hospitals. The child had been declared dead on arrival. The mother fainted and has been quiet since then. “When we send our children to school, it’s primarily their responsibility. I demand action against the person who has killed my son and also against the school authorities,” said the father.School Principal Neerja Batra said surprise checks are done but since there was an exam on Friday, students were dispersed immediately after the assembly. “He did not reach the classroom and was found outside the washroom bleeding profusely. He was breathing and was rushed to the first aid centre where we provided him oxygen and soon rushed him to Artemis Hospitals where he was declared brought dead,” said Batra.7:55 am Father drops son, daughter to school8:00 am Police receives a call from school about the murder 8:10 am He reaches home, wife informs him about a call from school that their son had been found bleedingDuo leaves for school but is told midway to reach hospital where the 7-year-old had been declared brought deadSchool bus conductor, who is also suspected to have tried to sexually assault the Class II student, arrested

Blue Whale Challenge: Another death in Uttar Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Yet another Blue whale game-related death has been reported from Uttar Pradesh. A 13-year-old student of Class VIII student of Lucknow committed suicide by hanging on Thursday. Family members and police have suspected it to be a Blue Whale game-related death.According to Indiranagar police, Aditya Vardhan Singh (13) hanged self in his room on Thursday afternoon after playing some online game on her mother’s mobile. Aditya was staying with his mother Aruna in B Block of Indiranaar Lucknow.His mother Aruna told that Aditya had no mobile but for the past many days he was using her mobile to play some online game. Native of Hardoi district, Aditya’s father is a farmer and he was their only child.
ALSO READ Blue Whale Challenge: How Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp can stop the menace“Aditya had to appear in examination on Friday. He was good in studies. We had not given him any mobile so that his studies were not affected. For past many days, he has been using my mobile for two to three hours on the pretext of checking some study material on Google. We never knew that he was playing some online game which could drive him to take such an extreme step,” his mother told media.After coming back to school on Thursday afternoon, Aditya took his mother’s mobile and went to rooftop. Later, he shut himself in his room on the first floor and hanged himself from the fan. On the request of the family members, police did not register any case.
ALSO READ Shivraj Singh Chouhan calls to ban Blue Whale Challenge; blames western culture for such trendsEarlier, another 13-year-old boy had hanged self in Hamirpur district after being driven by the Blue Whale game to commit suicide. This is the second Blue Whale game-related death reported from Uttar Pradesh.Despite ban, the police and authorities in Uttar Pradesh are failing to check youngsters playing game and driven to take such extreme step. Two days ago, a young boy was saved by his family members in Bareilly when he was about to hang self. Later, the boy admitted that he was playing Blue Whale Game online on his mobile and had reached the last stage.

Noida teen loses hearing after ‘slap bet’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking case of social media craze among teenagers, a video has surfaced in which a Class X student of Pathways School, Noida is seen slapping another student in order to record and put it on Snapchat.The incident reportedly took place on Monday at around 2 pm at the school campus.In the video, the victim is seen in distress and tries to cover his face as the fellow student slapped him mercilessly. The duo are surrounded by some other students but they did not interfere. The student who is recording the clipping on mobile phone is seen continuously directing them how to give a perfect shot in one go. The victim is seen bleeding from his left ear at the end of the video.The matter came to light when the student’s parents complained to the school management stating that this has caused intense mental, physical and emotional trauma to their son. The victim’s mother received the video from the parent of a fellow student.The family alleged that the school authorities neither provided emergency medical aid to the student nor informed them. The family, however, has not filed any police complaint as of now.The school authority, however, claimed that it was not a case of bullying or ragging. “It was an unfortunate incident but not a bullying incident. It was an outcome of a consensual peer ‘slap bet’ episode that a few Pathways School Noida students had between themselves. The school had been swift in responding to the situation and has taken appropriate action with involvement of parents of the students involved,” said Dr Shalini Advani, director of Pathways School Noida.The incident surfaced days after a 17-year-old student was rescued halfway through the Blue Whale Challenge in Delhi’s Dwarka area. He was admitted to a hospital with severe self-inflicted injuries on his hands and face.PARENTS’ GROUSEMatter came to light when student’s parents complained to the school management
It is alleged the school authorities did not provide emergency medical aid
The incident comes after a student, 17, was rescued from Blue Whale challenge

In a first, NCERT develops curriculum for pre-schools, likely to be followed by 2018-19

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pre-schools in the country will now be able to follow a well-designed, fixed curriculum for teaching 3 to 6-years-old children, as the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has developed a curriculum for pre-schools to help prepare children for Class 1.This is for the first time that a government agency will be giving a fixed curriculum for pre-schools, which otherwise do not have any fixed curriculum. The elementary education department of NCERT has been working on developing a curriculum in five centres — Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Mysore, Ajmer and Delhi.”Our pre-school centres had been researching on developing a curriculum for pre-schools, and we are hoping to implement it by 2018-19 academic session. We will provide the curriculum to all private schools across the country,” a senior official at NCERT said.”Most pre-schools do not follow a fixed curriculum, some start with teaching alphabets and numbers to students while others only teach them to sing rhymes and play games. This new curriculum has been designed keeping in mind the cognitive and emotional level of children,” he added.The NCERT curriculum will have more of activity and less of cramming up alphabets and numbers; an exercise the experts at NCERT say will be helpful for the psychological development of the child.The curriculum spans over two years, which could either be used for Nursery and lower KG or upper KG and lower KG — which is basically aimed at preparing children for Class 1.So far, government schools used to admit children beginning from Class 1 but they are also working on a plan to link Anganwadis to schools to start their own pre-schools. Some states like Telangana and Rajasthan already have pre-schools, but the ministry of human resource development alongwith ministry of women and child development is working on a pan-India plan.Ministry of Women and Child Development has developed National Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) policy for children from 3-6 years of age. The policy encompasses elements of care, health, nutrition, play and early learning within a protective and enabling environment. As per the policy, there should be an age and developmentally appropriate, child-centric curriculum translated in mother tongue/local vernacular.

Dalit fighter against NEET ends life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>S Anitha, a Dalit girl from Tamil Nadu’s Ariyalur district, who had unsuccessfully approached the Supreme Court (SC) to oppose the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in the MBBS course, was found dead in her home on Friday.Anitha, who had scored 98 per cent in Class XII exams, was found hanging in her home by her brother on Friday. Police said she took the extreme step while her father and brothers were out for work.”Neighbours and relatives told us that she was under severe depression after the SC rejected the state’s plea against NEET-based admission,” a police officer said.Daughter of a labourer, Anitha had scored a high cut-off of 199.75 out of 200 for engineering and 196.75 for medicine. But she aspired to be a doctor and even rejected offers to join the Madras Institute of Technology for Aeronautical Engineering and Veterinary College and Research Institute at Orathanadu for Bachelor in Veterinary Science. She, however, scored only 86 out of 700 marks in the CBSE-based NEET exam. “I had no idea about the NEET syllabus. I had hoped the admission for the medical course will be based only on Class XII marks as the state government was repeatedly assuring to get exemption from the Centre. When I appeared for NEET, I found the question paper very difficult as most questions were out of the syllabus,” she had told a television channel. She had also said that she had no means to take coaching for NEET exam.Since 2007, Tamil Nadu had been admitting students in the MBBS course solely on the basis of Class XII marks. Though the Central government introduced NEET last year, the Tamil Nadu government had sought an exemption and the Legislative Assembly had passed amendments to continue the existing practice in medical college admissions for this academic year as well.On August 13, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Centre would exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET for a year, but the Centre changed its stand in the SC.Then on August 23, through the example of Tamil Nadu, the SC made it amply clear that all states will have to adhere to the rules regarding the common medical entrance exam. The Apex Court stated that students in Tamil Nadu will have to follow the NEET–based route for counselling and subsequent admission to medical colleges.Anitha’s suicide led to strong criticism from the Opposition parties and educationists against the Edappadi K Palanisami-led government for its indecision on NEET and for giving false hope to state board students. Soon after news of Anitha’s death spread, spontaneous protests by students and political activists across the state, including in Chennai, Tiruvarur, and Tiruchi, were reported. Chief Minister Palanisami then announced a financial aid of Rs 7lakh to Anitha’s family and urged students to not take extreme steps.

Centre to set criteria for PSU, bank posts on ‘creamy layer’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has evolved criteria to identify posts in the PSUs, public sector banks and financial institutions comparable with those in the government to exclude the ‘creamy layer’ for the purpose of granting reservation benefits to the OBC employees.A proposal to this effect was examined and approved by a panel of ministers and sent to the Union Cabinet for its final nod, a senior government official said.The same panel had recently cleared the proposal to raise the ‘creamy layer’ ceiling for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category to Rs 8 lakh per annum from the existing Rs 6 lakh for central government jobs.The need to draw up the criteria arose as there was lack of clarity in the comparable posts in the state-run undertakings and the government.The exercise to draw up the set of criteria was undertaken almost 23 years after a 1993 office order of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) providing for 27 per cent quota for the OBCs in government vacancies and laying down categories under the creamy layer.This order merely stated that the criterion enumerated for Group A and Group B posts in government will apply to officers “holding equivalent and comparable posts” in the PSUs, banks and financial institutions.”A vigorous exercise was carried out following which the criteria have been drawn up for equivalence of posts in PSUs, government banks and insurance organisations among others with those in the government.”The proposal was for enhancement of the income ceiling for exclusion of creamy layer and has been approved by the panel of ministers and sent to the Union Cabinet,” the official said.He said the move was aimed at ensuring parity between the posts in the state-run financial institutions with those in the government for the purpose of granting quota benefits to those eligible.”There were discrepancies in granting benefits to the OBC employees of such organisations and some were getting undue benefits in the absence of a comparative chart of posts across government and PSUs,” he said.Under the 1993 memorandum issued by the DoPT, certain categories are listed under the creamy layer.While categories like constitutional posts, Group A/Class I and Group B/Class II were clearly mentioned in it, there was no clarity in regard to the employees of PSUs, banks and insurance organisations.The order further stated that pending the evaluation of posts on equivalence or comparable basis in these institutions, the criteria of income test would apply to the officers there.

Gujarat school wants Blake’s poem replaced by Tagore’s

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahmedabad-based Udgam School for Children has proposed that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) replace a William Blake poem in a Class 8 English textbook with that of one by Rabindranath Tagore.According to the school located in Thaltej, Blake’s ‘The School Boy’, printed in the class 8 textbook of the National Council of Educational, Research and Training (NCERT), puts the school in bad light.The school sent an e-mail in this regard to the board on Wednesday. The correspondence by Sujata Tandon, Principal, Udgam school, stated: “It is to bring to your kind notice that English NCERT book of Class 8, has a poem named The School Boy in Unit V by William Blake on page number 84-85. I would like the panel of experts to review the poem as it is not having high praise for the schools. I would like to substitute it by some other poem on school.I have attached one for your consideration by an Indian author.”Confirming the same, Manan Choksi, the executive director of the school, said, “Blake’s poem focuses on the downsides of formal learning and shows how going to school on a summer day takes away the joy. The boy in this poem is more interested in escaping his classroom. When CBSE is taking a step forward and asking for suggestions, schools, according to me, should not restrict to pointing out syntax errors but semantic errors as well.”

Kolkata schools to begin awareness campaign against Blue Whale game

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Class IX student of Don Bosco School, Park Circus in south Kolkata, reportedly influenced by the online suicide game Blue Whale had gone missing for several hours last week. He was following an instruction of the game, sources said. “He said he was at a certain stage of the game where he had been asked to stay away from family for some hours,” said a source from the school who did not want to be named. The boy was evetually found in central Kolkata by his family.Sources said that of late, he had been absent-minded in class. School Principal Bikash Mondal, however, said. “The child had had some problem at home. We found out later that he had gone to meet some old friends,” Mondal said. He admitted that Blue Whale menace was a formidable one. “We will be doing an awareness programme for students and tell them about the perils of Blue Whale,” he said.Other schools are following suit. Mukta Nain, Principal, Birla High (Boys) said that they have been talking to students during assembly. “This game has been taking over the minds of students. After exams are over, we intend to conduct an awareness programme,” she told DNA. Principal of St Sebastian School said: “We will invite cyber experts to hold a workshop for students of Classes IX to XII.”

Rajasthan grants quota to Jats in two districts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to douse fire of the quota stir called by Jat leaders, the state government has granted reservation to the community living in Bharatpur and Dhaulpur under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category.Issuing a notification in 1999 the central government included Jats in the OBC list and in the subsequent year the community was clubbed in it the state. The notification was challenged before the Rajasthan high court, which in 2015, quashed the quota to Jats belonging to Bharatpur and Dholpur districts. The court stated that no survey was done before granting reservation to Jats, and directed the government to set up a commission to review the status of OBC community in Bharatpur and Dholpur.Jat leaders threatened the stir across the state on August 23. The social justice and empowerment ACS JC Monahti issued a notification in this context on Wednesday.Like other districts, Jats will also get reservation in jobs and education institutions.The notification states that in continence of cabinet decision, Jats of the two districts are immediately incorporated in the authorised list of OBC category at no 54.

Schoolgirl strangulated to death in park

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A class 12 student was allegedly strangulated to death by a man at a park in north-west Delhi’s Rohini area as he did not approve her talking to her other male friends, the police said today. The incident was reported yesterday. The accused, Sarthak Kapoor (18), was not in favour of the girl talking to her other friends, they said. He used to often visit her school and fight with her friends, too, the police said. The 17-year-old girl was a bright student and had secured 10 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in Class 10. The accused was the victim’s senior at school. He passed out this year, they said. Yesterday, Kapoor picked up the girl from her coaching institute at Rohini’s Sector 17 as he wanted to “talk to her”, the police said. He took her to a lane near a housing society where they had a scuffle over some issue and he strangulated her, they said, adding that the accused panicked and fled the spot. When the girl did not return home, her father called up her friends, but could not trace his daughter. He also tried to reach Kapoor, but he did not respond, the police said. They said that he then reached the accused’s residence and asked him whether he was aware about his the girl’s whereabouts. Kapoor pretended to look for her by asking help from her other friends. However, the police grew suspicious and questioned him about the girl’s whereabouts, they said. Initially, he hesitated, but later confessed to killing the girl, the police claimed, adding that he has been arrested. He also took the police to the spot where he had strangulated her, they said. The victim’s father told the police that Kapoor would often harass the girl, and even though she tried to maintain distance from him, he would keep on approaching her. Kapoor is pursuing Bachelor in Computer Application (BCA) from an institute in Rohini.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gurjars say mahapanchayat to be held on August 18

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the eve of their talks with the Rajasthan government scheduled for Thursday, the Gurjar community has declared a mahapanchayat to be held on August 18. They have also announced that if talks are not successful, they will organise an an agitation once again. The government, however, hopes that the talks would go in a positive direction.Himmat SIngh Gurjar spokesperson of Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, while informing that the mahapanchayat has been called in Gazipur, Dausa, on August 18, and, would address the situation of the demand of reservation.Gurjar said that several rounds of meetings have been held, but not yeilding any result. “We want reservation under OBC, that too within 50 per cent. We also want a re-classification of the OBC reservation to give us 5 per cent quota,” he said. The state has a quota of 21 per cent for OBC, the Gurjars are demanding the quota be increased to 26 and they get 5 per cent of this. At the same time, they do not want the complete reservation to go beyond 50 per cent, as this has been the reason for the court striking it down. The gurjars have been given reservation under SBC (Special Backward Class), but they want to be classified as OBC. This has made the issue tricky for the government. And seeing the elections scheduled next year, the government is in no mood to face another agitation by the Gurjars.

Kerala: Teen commits suicide to allegedly complete ‘Blue Whale’ challenge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parents of a sixteen-year-old boy who committed suicide on July 26, raised doubts that it was due to the Blue Whale Challenge game that their son ended his life.Manoj, a native of Vilappilsala in Trivandrum committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence.on Tuesday, the Class 11 student’s mother informed the police that she suspected her son committed suicide as he was playing the Blue Whale Challenge.According to reports, the boy’s mother told a media channel that her son had downloaded the game in November last year.”He said in the last stage of the game, one should either commit suicide or murder someone. I got scared after hearing it and asked my son not to play the game. My son had once hurt himself using a compass and jumped into a river though he did not know how to swim. He was later rescued. Before he took the extreme step, my son had deleted the game from his mobile phone.”
ALSO READ Centre asks online giants to delete Blue Whale linksKerala Police had registered a case of unnatural death then and concluded it to be a personal problem.Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology took a strict measure against the deadly online game, Blue whale Challenge and asked social media giants like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately remove all the links relating to the game.
ALSO READ Blue Whale Challenge: Govt asks Google, Facebook and others to remove links to online suicide game immediately”Instances of children committing suicide while Blue Whale Challenge have been reported in India…You are hereby requested to ensure that any such link of this deadly game in its own name or similar game is immediately removed from your platform,” stated the ministry, in a letter, to the internet majors.Taking the cognizance of the recent deaths in Mumbai and West Bengal, the ministry said the proponent of Blue Whale Challenge should be reported to law enforcement agencies.On August 14, a series of tweets were put out by Ministry of Child and Development stating that Maneka Gandhi has taken up the matter with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.On August 12, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had urged the Centre to take immediate steps to ban the Blue Whale Challenge in the country “to save precious lives”.The deadly online ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ game, however, is reportedly a suicide game that challenges players for over 50 days, wherein demanding them to complete tasks given by an anonymous controller.

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