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Child rape cases shot up sharply in Ahmedabad, says NCRB

The city which is known to be one of the safest for children is turning out to be a place of nightmare. According to the data issued by National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), 196 cases were recorded under Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses(POCSO) Act were lodged in Ahmedabad in 2016.Of these, 139 cases were of minors being raped, 21 21 of them were reported to be sexually assaulted. Also, 7 cases of unnatural activities were reported against children were registered.For instance, one eight-year-old girl was molested by a 60-year-old doctor in his clinic in Isanpur area last Thursday. The incident took place when the girl went to his clinic alone. The doctor took her to an adjacent room, where he held her hand and zipped his pants down to flash his private parts.In 80 per cent of such cases, the accused turned out to someone known to the victims, which includes mostly relatives, neighbours, friends etc. Binal Patel, the city coordinator of Childline of an NGO that works to protect the rights of children, said that she has known a lot of cases where children are abused daily.The one who abuses the kids are mostly in acquaintance, she said.”It is often the relatives, friends of the family, neighbours or people in school whom the child is in touch with who abuse them,” said Patel, adding that in many cases the child is being abused over a period before s/he opens up to her/his parents.The trigger is often when parents discover the physical signs of sexual abuse or molestation,” said Patel. In many cases, the relatives even ignore the case because the incident involves members of the same of extended families, she said. “We know of a case in which an orphan girl was sexually abused by her uncle. But, her relatives asked her to stay mum,” she said.According to NCRB data, 481 cases of crime against children were reported in Ahmedabad in 2016. Of them, 196 cases were reported under POCSO Act, which is 40.74 per cent. While in 2015, 609 cases of crime against children were reported where 191 cases were of POCSO, 173 out of 437 cases were registered under POCSO Act in 2014.Cases in 2017 October 31: A 6-year-old boy was kidnapped and sodomised by a 21-year-old, who spotted the victim playing near his house. The crime took place in Odhav area of the city. Finally, the accused was caught redhanded by the victim’s uncle and was handed over to police.On September 14: Principal of a municipal English medium school, near Shankar Bhuvan, in Shahpur, was nabbed by Shahpur police for raping an eight-year-old student of his school. March 17: Two teenage sisters, both around 15 years old, were gang-raped by six in a running car in Dahod. The accused wanted to punish the family after the girl’s brother accused one of them of bootlegging.POCSO cases filed in Gujarat 2016 1408 cases1414 victims2015 1416 cases1424 victimsPOCSO cases lodged in Ahmedabad 2016 196 cases196 victims2015 191 cases191 victims2014 173 cases 173 victimsCrime chart of cases filed under POCSO Act in Ahmedabad Child Raped 139 cases139 victimsSexual Assualt 21 cases21 victimsOther POCSO cases35 cases 35 victims

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UP government releases 93 prisoners on Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 93rd birthday

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh today released 93 prisoners from various jails of the state on the 93rd birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.”It was decided to set free 93 prisoners convicted in different cases on the 93rd birthday of the former prime minister. These prisoners have completed their tenure in jail but could not be released due to non-payment of fine imposed on them,” Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar told PTI.To ensure that they walk free, the prisons department was asked to see if the fines could be paid by NGOs, trusts and others, after verifying their credentials.The names of convicts to be set free was picked up in a random manner from a list of 135 such prisoners who are not named or were serving imprisonment in another case, the official said.Former prime minister Vajpayee had represented Lucknow in the Lok Sabha five times — 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004.The BJP stalwart was the first and till now the only non-Congress leader who completed a full term as prime minister.He was also the first External Affairs Minister to deliver a speech in Hindi in the UN General Assembly in New York.

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Rescue centre for beached mammals awaits State’s nod

Maharashtra Mangrove Cell has written to the State Government to allot them a suitable piece of land near either Juhu or Versova beach for setting up Mumbai’s first rescue and medical aid center for turtles and other marine mammals found stranded on the beaches of Mumbai.Prashant Deshmukh, Range Forest Officer (RFO), Mangrove Cell said that as a majority of stranding of marine mammals happen on the Western coast it was decided to build a fully equipped marine rescue center in Mumbai where these mammals can be treated and released back in the sea.”We began scouting for a 1200 square meter plot and found two suitable locations at Juhu beach itself – one near the Shivaji statue and another near the garden close to the main entrance. We have also found a piece of land near Versova beach close to the Versova police beat chowky,” he said adding that the land at Versova belongs to Mumbai Maritime Board and they have even written to them for allotting the land. Juhu remains the first preference, though.Deshmukh shared that they have been regularly following it up with both the authorities and are hopeful that the land will be allotted by either January or early February. “Once we get the land it will only take a month for us to set up the centre,” he said.Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF) Mangrove Cell, N Vasudevan said, “The centre will have four tanks that can accommodate injured turtles and even a dolphin if required. There will be separate holding tanks especially for turtles and they can even be tested for their swimming abilities before releasing them in the sea in the bigger tanks. The center will also feature a fully equipped operation theatre with important equipments like X-ray machines and other facilities for carrying out treatment of injured marine mammals.”

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Yogi govt to free 93 prisoners on Vajpayee’s birthday tomorrow

The birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee tomorrow will bring cheers to 93 prisoners as the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to set them free.These convicts are lodged in different jails of Uttar Pradesh and their names were chosen from a list of prisoners who have completed their tenure in jail.”It has been decided to set free 93 prisoners convicted in different cases on the 93rd birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. These prisoners have completed their tenure in jail but could not be released due to non- payment of fine imposed on them,” Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said in an order issued here.He directed the prisons department to ensure the fine is paid by NGOs, trusts and others, after verifying their credentials.”The names of convicts to be set free have been picked up in a random manner from a list of 135 such prisoners who are not named or are serving imprisonment in another case,” a senior Home department officials said.Vajpayee had represented Lucknow in the Lok Sabha five times — 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004.His legacy was taken forward by BJP leaders Lalji Tondon and Rajnath Singh, who won Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and 2014.”Vajpayee is the first and the only non-Congress leader who completed his full term as prime minister. He means a lot not only in Lucknow seat which he served but for the entire state and in his regime a number of historic schemes were launched,” UP BJP spokesman Shalabh Mani Tripathi said.On the government decision to set the prisoners free, the BJP leader said, “It is a good decision and based on humanitarian approach. Releasing those who served their sentence by ensuring payment of their fine is a welcome step and shows the people-friendly approach of our government”.Born in 1924, Vajpayee had his baptism in politics during the Quit India movement in 1942.He was also the first External Affairs Minister to deliver a speech in Hindi in the UN Assembly in New York.

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Yogi Adityanath-led govt to set up cow protection panels in all UP districts

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to set up cow protection committees in all districts of the state.The ‘Gau Sanrakshan Samiti’ would be headed by the district magistrate and it would ensure that cow sheds in the region operate efficiently, said a statement issued by the state government here on Tuesday.”The committee will be headed by the district magistrate, while the superintendent of police and the district’s chief development officer will be its vice-chairmen. The chief veterinary officer will be its member secretary,” Principal Secretary (Animal Husbandry) Sudhir M Bobde said.Apart from this, to make the committees self-reliant various cow-related products such as biogas, compost, soaps, incense sticks, mosquito repellant coil, phenyl made from cow’s urine would be sold, he said.

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School reinstates teacher couple after sacking them

The Muslim Education Institute (MEI) has reinstated the teacher couple who were sacked for having an affair, which could have adverse impact on students.On their wedding day, Tariq Ahmad Bhat and Sumaya Bashir, both teachers at Muslim Education Institute (MEI), Pampore, were given marching orders over the phone. Ironically, the call was made hours before Tariq was set to leave to bring his bride home to Tral Township of south Kashmir on November 30.Taking cognizance of the arbitrary decision against the couple, Jammu and Kashmir government went into an overdrive and asked the MEI management to withdraw the termination order forthwith or face the consequences.”The expulsion order has been withdrawn by the school. Both the parties were present. They (school) also apologised. They said both teachers will come to the school. They will be given the same respect and honour. I have both orders –withdrawal and acceptance –before me”, said GM Dar, deputy commissioner of Pulwama.Principal of the School Tariq Ahmad said the teachers have been reinstated forthwith. “We told them join today. Since tomorrow is Sunday, they will resume their duties on Monday”, he said.On Friday, Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) had also taken suo moto notice of the reports and directed the director of school education Kashmir and principal of MEI to submit a report in this regard. The SHRC also asked the principal to be personally present in the Commission on December 18, the next date of the hearing in the case.”While taking cognizance chairperson of SHRC took serious note of it (news reports about sacking of teacher couple) and directed the director education Kashmir and Principal MEI to file report before the commission on Monday.Besides Principal of the Institute is directed to be present in person on the said date”, said the spokesman of SHRC

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Soon, ancient havelis, forts to be in commercial use

Ancient heritage havelis and forts can be used for commercial purpose now, with a rider of not altering their traditional look. The user will have to file affidavit for this. Soon, the state government will implement state heritage conservation and protection rules.Local self-government department has prepared draft of state heritage conservation and protection rules for conservation of heritage buildings, folk art, culture, dance and paintings. The proposal has been sent to LSG minister Srichand Kriplani’s approval.The BJP government had tabled Rajasthan heritage conservation bill in the state assembly two years ago. However, it faced opposition from its own ministers and MLAs who belonged to erstwhile royal families. They were not happy about government interference in conservation of private heritage buildings forcing the government to withdraw the bill.Now, the government has come up with state heritage conservation and protection rules, which unlike the bill does not have strong provisions regarding government interference.Notably, any heritage building can be used commercially, even if it is in non-commercial zone in the master plan.The owner of the building will have to give affidavit for not distorting the heritage look of the building. However, repair will be allowed, keeping the traditional look of the building intact. While the owner will get 25% rebate in urban development tax for conservation of building. All concessions entailed in tourism policy will be extended to heritage conservation projects. While the proposed state heritage council can enter an agreement with the building owner for heritage conservation, government will not be responsible for heritage conservation of private buildings. Also permission for commercial use will be withdrawn if the heritage look is distorted.Highlights of rules to beState heritage council to be constituted Principal Secretary LSG will head the council Council will categorise heritage on basis of aesthetics, history, culture, scientific, social and spirituality State heritage centre to be formed to give technical advice Heritage buildings will receive grades 1, 2 and 3 City heritage cell to be constituted in all cities headed by municipal body chairman Unified building bylaws to be issued for construction in heritage buildings and their vicinity Construction permission as per advice of council Conservation area to be notified in periphery of the building

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Yogi Cabinet approves UPCOCA to check organized crime

To give more powers to security forces in controlling crime, law and order in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government approved the UP Control of Organized Crime Act (UPCOCA) on the lines of MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act).A Bill in this regard was approved by the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet on Wednesday after six-month long deliberations over the provisions of the Act. The Bill will now be tabled at the winter session of the State Legislature, beginning Thursday, for promulgation of the Act. In another important decision, the Cabinet also approved to install bio-metric attendance systems at the Secretariat and other government offices and made bio-metric attendance mandatory for all government employees, including the IAS, IPS and PCS officers. “The State government has accorded top priority to control law and order. The Act is aimed at tightening further noose around criminals in Uttar Pradesh,” said Srikant Sharma, BJP government Spokesperson.The Bill was drafted after studying the provisions made in MCOCA. Stringent measures have been recommended in the bill against those involved in criminal activities, organized crime like running mafia gangs, mine mafia, land grabbing, kidnapping for ransom etc.The Bill provides to confiscate and attach properties acquired through illegal means of criminals and makes provisions for punishment from minimum three years to Capital punishment. It also provides a fine of Rs 5 to 25 lakhs. To break the nexus between the criminals and politicians, it envisages special power to the police. The bill also proposes o extend period of filing chargesheet from 90 days to 180 days.Provisions of UPCOCA could be slapped only after recommendation of the Commissioner or IG rank officials. The state government would also establish special force and UPCOA Courts to expedite such cases. The Principal Secretary Home will personally monitor cases under UPCOA.The Yogi Adityanath government has already launched a massive cfrackdown against criminals in the state. About 30 reward-carrying criminals have so far been shot dead by the police in encounters.“The UPCOCA will give much-required additional powers to the security forces to send criminals to jail and get them punishment in shortest time through the UPCOA Courts,” said a senior police official.The ruling BJP has majority in UP Assembly but ot would be interesting how the Bill is passed in the UP Council, the Upper House, dominated by the opposition Samajwadi Party which had opposed the Bill in 2007 when then Chief Mayawati had tried to introduce it.

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Non-bailable warrant against Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan

A court here today issued a non- bailable warrant (NBW) against M Natarajan, husband of deposed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, and three others in connection with a case of evasion of duty while importing a luxury car from the UK 23 years ago.The Eighth Additional Judge of the Principal Special Court for CBI cases, A Thiruneelaprasad, issued the NBW based on a November 17 Madras High Court order, upholding the trial court order sentencing the accused to two years in prison in the case.The counsel for the CBI approached the court, seeking issuance of NBW citing the recent Madras High Court order.Natarajan and three others were convicted for conspiracy, forgery, cheating and tax evasion and sentenced to two years in jail in the case by the court in 2010. All the accused appealed against the CBI court order.When the pleas came up before the high court on November 17, it had dismissed their petitions and directed the trial court to secure the accused and remand them in judicial custody to undergo the remaining period of the sentence, if any.The case relates to the import of a Toyota Lexus car in 1994, declaring it as a “used vehicle” and thereby allegedly evading tax to the tune of Rs 1.06 crore. The CBI and the Enforcement Directorate registered separate cases against Natarajan and three others after it was found that the documents presented by them were fabricated.According to the CBI, Natarajan, his nephew V Bhaskaran, Yogesh Balakrishnan and Sujaritha Sundararajan substituted the original sale invoice with a photocopy of an invoice fabricated by changing the vehicle’s manufacturing date to July 1993.They cleared the car under transfer of residence provision, and thereby caused a loss of Rs 1.06 crore to the exchequer by way of short levy, penalty and redemption fine, the CBI said.
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Kolkata sexual assault case: School principal finally removed after massive protest

After much outrage and protest from parents, authorities of GD Birla Centre for Education in Kolkata have removed the school principal for her inability to properly deal with a case of sexual assault inside the premises. A four-year old girl student was sexually assaulted by two male teachers last week. Principle Sharmila Nath initially tried to play down the entire incident said it was merely a ‘mischief’ by the teachers. Once, there was greater clarity, there was intense pressure on her to step down. However the school authorities didn’t immediately fire her. Finally after a marathon meeting, the authorities decided to send her for a long leave, reports Zee 24 Ghanta. School spokesperson Subhash Mohanti was quoted as saying, “The Principal has been sent on leave. She is not involved with us any longer. Once the legal process is over, a formal letter will be sent to her”. However, Mohanty also said that no one can be branded as guilty before it is proven. So there is a chance that Nath may be back in future in some other capacity. Earlier, the meeting witnessed hectic parleys with parents too divided about future course of action. One group wanted school to be reopened as soon as possible, others demanded resignation of the Principal before that. Finally, the authorities buckled under pressure and asked the Principal to go on a ‘long leave’. Also readKolkata child sexual assault: Soon schools need to declare infrastructure detailsOn Tuesday. the principal of the school, Sharmila Nath, who has courted a fresh controversy by revealing the victim’s name in contravention of the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, was summoned by the city police. A sweeper and two other non-teaching staff members of the premier school were also summoned for questioning, a senior Kolkata Police official said.The parents forum also wants principal to be arrested. “Since an FIR has already been filed against her and a probe initiated by the police, let the legal procedure be completed. We have full faith that action will be taken against her, in accordance with the law, soon.” West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) Chairperson Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti, who too attended the meeting, said the commission stood by the guardians’ demand on Tuesday. Also readKolkata rape: GD Birla school faces legal action after abrupt shutdown, rights body says fate of 7,000 students at stakeThe school authorities had, through a notice on Sunday, had informed the “parents and all concerned” that the junior and senior sections of the school would remain shut from Monday. In another notice, it had said the two physical training instructors, who were arrested on Saturday for allegedly sexually assaulting the child, were removed from service and promised full cooperation in the police probe. With PTI inputs
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Delhi High Court pulls up DDA, MCDs over land for Mohalla Clinics

The Delhi High Court on Monday admonished the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and other civic bodies for failing to provide land for the construction of Mohalla Clinics in the national Capital.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar warned the DDA of initiating contempt proceedings against its counsel for his failure to inform the court about the location of 245 sites proposed by the AAP government for Mohalla (locality) Clinics.“We had passed a specific direction on the last date of hearing to examine the feasibility of sorting out the difficulties with regard to the Mohalla Clinics on the proposed sites. It seems the authorities concerned are not proceeding in the matter,” the bench observed.The court directed the Principal Secretary of the Delhi government to convene a meeting with all bodies – DDA and all MCDs – to examine the feasibility of the land identified for these clinics. It also asked the agencies to submit a status report in this matter, thereby fixing the next date of hearing to January 5. During the proceedings, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) and Delhi Metro informed the court that they have identified 107 and around 20 sites respectively, for which no objection certificate has also been obtained from the authorities. Appearing for the AAP government, its counsel Sanjoy Ghosh informed the court that they have undertaken a massive exercise and identified possible sites where local clinics can be located.The court was hearing NGO Justice for All’s plea for direction to the authorities to allot adequate number of plots for construction of these clinics with permission to raise the appropriate temporary structures to run them. Advocate Khagesh B Jha, appearing for the petitioner had alleged that the LG has now approved the scheme of Mohalla Clinics but the multiplicity of agencies and difference of opinion among them has led to the scheme working at a slow pace.
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After claiming 25 lives in Kerala, Cyclone Ockhi to make landfall in Gujarat by Tuesday midnight

After leaving a trail of destruction in the southern coast, Cyclone Ockhi is expected to make landfall in coastal Gujarat tomorrow midnight with squally winds, which may cause heavy rains in several parts of the state during the next two days.An India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast said, “The severe cyclonic storm Ockhi is now laid centred about 850 km south-southwest of Surat and is likely to cross south Gujarat and adjoining North Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a deep depression by mid-night of December 5.” Following the IMD prediction, Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh today took stock of the administrative preparedness to deal with any eventuality.Revenue department’s Principal Secretary Pankaj Kumar told reporters in Gandhinagar that the authorities concerned in the coastal region of the state have been directed to take all precautionary measures.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Death toll in Kerala rises to 25, Centre assures all help Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams each have been deployed at Surat, Navsari, and Rajkot.The officer said the Army, Navy, and the Border Security Force (BSF) have been alerted in the view of the cyclone’s landfall.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Schools to remain closed on Tuesday, Mumbai University and all its affiliated colleges to remain open “According to the IMD forecast, Cyclone Ockhi would enter south Gujarat tomorrow midnight. This will the impact coastal areas from Umargam (in south Gujarat) till Gir Somnath district (in Saurashtra).”We have directed local civic officials as well as the collectors to remain prepared and take all necessary steps for the safety of the people,” Kumar said.The principal secretary said collectors of the coastal districts have been asked to ensure that fishermen do not venture into the sea as it will remain rough.”Those fishermen who have already gone into sea should return now. Many such fishermen are already on their way to the coast,” he said.Kumar said according to the IMD forecast, wind velocity would remain between 50 KMPH to 70 KMPH when the cyclone would make landfall.In view of the adverse weather conditions, the RoRo ferry service between Ghogha and Dahej across the Gulf of Khambhat has been suspended. The service, inaugurated recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would resume on December 6 subject if the weather conditions are suitable.According to the IMD, Gujarat is very likely to experience a wet spell during the next four days.”Heavy rainfall might occur in Valsad, Surat, Navsari, Bharuch, Dang, Tapi, Amreli, Gir-Sonath and Bhavnagar districts on December 5,” it said.In a port warning issued here, the MeT Centre said, “Sea condition would be rough. Fishermen (have been) advised not to venture into the sea till December 6. Hoist Distant Warning Signal Number 2 at all ports”.According to an official release, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held an urgent meeting with senior officials to take stock of the preparedness.During the meeting, he was apprised that as many as 50 boats from Kerala had drifted towards Gujarat’s Veraval coast due to the cyclone, it said.
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Kolkata rape: GD Birla school faces legal action after abrupt shutdown, rights body says fate of 7,000 students at stake

Days after the sexual assault of the 4-year-old at Kolkata’s prestigious GD Birla school sparked massive outrage, the West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights today said that the institution will face legal action over the abrupt shutdown.The development comes after the GD Birla Centre of Education on Sunday put up a notice outside its main entry that the school is going to be closed down for indefinite period.On Monday, Members of West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights visited the school even as the parents continued to protest for fourth consecutive day.Also readKolkata sexual assault case: School closed indefinitely, action demanded against Principal “Management can’t just shut the school like this. Child Rights’ commission is the nodal body for the implementation of Right to Education (RTE). There was a test which was supposed to start today. We will initiate legal action against them. We will talk to state education minister Partha Chatterjee as well,” said Ananya Chakraborty, chairperson of the commission.She also said that it was the question of 7,000 students of the school and it is the question of their future. She also said that the principal of the school should be arrested.Also read2 teachers held for assaulting 4-year-old in posh Kolkata school“We have written to the commissioner and joint commissioner of Kolkata Police saying that not only should the principal be arrested but she should be booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act,” she added.Chakraborty said that the commission which was like a civil court would sent summons to the school management and some of the guardians and would hear the case at the commission.Also readAfter Kolkata sexual assault of 4-year-old, Jharkhand principal booked for molesting seven-year-oldSoumitra Roy, another member of the commission who was also present there, said, “It is not about parents. Students should apprehending trouble, heavy police posting has been deployed in front of the school.Guardians too, said that they wanted school to reopen. “We never said that the school should be shut. There were examinations to begin today. Form filling for the board examinations was also on. Student should not suffer or be inconvenienced,” said mother of a Class IX student of the school.Victim’s father was also present at the school on Monday morning said that he was lucky to have his child back alive.“We have seen that in most of the cases, the victim is killed to eliminate evidence. We shudder to think what could have possibly happened. We are fortunate that at least my child is alive,” he said.
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2 teachers held for assaulting 4-year-old in posh Kolkata school

After a day-long protest by parents and guardians on Friday, two teachers of a school in south Kolkata have been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a four-year-old child. The two accused were charged with Sections 2 and 4 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act.The father of the kindergarten student said that his daughter, after returning from school on Thursday, had been crying incessantly in pain and there was blood in her urine. “We took her to our family doctor. As soon as the doctor saw it she said she suspected a foul play, and advised us to take her to the police station and file a complaint,” he said. He added that later they were informed that two school teachers had lured the child with chocolate, and took her to the toilet and assaulted her. “I am surprised that we spend lakhs of rupees to get our children admitted to a school like this,” the father said adding that he would not send his daughter to that school again.After filing a police complaint, she was taken to the state-run SSKM hospital where she was kept under treatment overnight. A four-member medical team conducted two medical tests on the child.Since Friday morning, parents and guardians had put up a protest outside the school demanding action against the offenders. The parents alleged that school authorities were trying to hush up the affair.The school Principal said, “I will say that security of our students is our top priority, and we will take adequate measures to ensure that. We will install CCTV cameras inside the school.”BJP and Youth Congress members put up a protest outside Jadavpur Police Station in the evening demanding immediate action.State education minister Partha Chatterjee condemned the incident and said, “The accused would receive strictest punishment.”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that police had taken required steps against offenders.Nabarun De, executive committee member of ICSE council said, “We condemn this strongly but I have heard that the incident had taken place at the Kindergarten section at an address which does not have an affiliation according to the records.” He also said that by the end of this month the council would come out with a safety manual which all the schools would have to abide by.Lawyer of the victim’s father, Priyanka Tibrewal said that they would file a case against the school alleging negligence. “We will file a writ petition to cancel the licence of the school and would also make the council a party because it is not possible that they didn’t know that a school was running without their affiliation,” she said.On November 3, 2014, a similar incident had happened at the same school when a six-year-old who was a participant in a cultural programme of the school was sexually assaulted by the driver and helper of a Volvo bus which was hired to ferry the students to the venue.Parents had put up an agitation at the school demanding installation of CCTV cameras within the school campus but it has still not been done.
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GD Somani to share neighbourhood with civic school

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Education department is set with its design plan to construct a two-storey school next to GD Somani Memorial School in Cuffe Parade.The civic body is now in process of obtaining clearances from the Coastal Regulatory Zone, the Defence and other concerned agencies before finalising the design plan.In 1985, the Somani Trust was given the 5736 sqm plot owned by the BMC, where the GD Somani school is currently located, to construct two school buildings of which one of the buildings constructed on the plot would be handed over to the BMC to run a municipal school. However, it never materialised, and the remaining area plot is now being used by GD Somani school for parking school buses.The local Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Arvind Sawant, however, alleges that the BMC school has not come up because of political pressures from the local Member of Legislative Assembly BJP’s Raj Purohit and his support for Somani trust.But the BMC was delayed in its plan to construct a municipal school in Cuffe Parade even after the 2011 Bombay High Court giving the BMC the go-ahead to construct the school building on the land.However, rejecting all allegations from the Shiv Sena, Purohit said, “A civic school should definitely come and there is no political pressure. It is just lack of willingness on the part of the BMC. If anyone approaches me, I will definitely help speed up the procedure to build a civic school there.”A senior civic official said, “I have sent the design plan of the two-storey school with including an auditorium. It is the BMC’s plot and a school will definitely come up there. It may take time to obtain required clearances but the school will be built.”However, DN Seymour, Principal of GD Somani school, said, “I only found out today that a civic school is proposed on the plot. The area has always been used to park school buses. I will talk to the trustee to find out more about the issue.”IN THE DARKWhen asked, DN Seymour, Principal of GD Somani school, said, “I only found out today that a civic school is proposed on the plot. The area has always been used to park school buses. I will talk to the trustee to find out more about the issue.”
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School minibus turns turtle, 12 students escape death

A man was injured when a mini school bus, Force Traveller, carrying around 12 students of Vishwa Bharti School in Sector 28, turned turtle near Golf Course Metro station in Noida on Wednesday morning.According to the police, the incident took place at around 7 am while it was heading towards the school to drop the children. Police said, the driver, a 31-year-old man identified as Matand, a resident of Mamura, was seriously injured and is undergoing treatment at a nearby private hospital.“With the help of the locals, we have come to know that the bus was moving towards the school side when an auto-rickshaw suddenly appeared in front of it. The driver, in his effort to prevent a head-on collision, lost control of the vehicle and turned the steering immediately to save the collision after which the bus turned turtle. The impact could have been even worse but all the children escaped unhurt,” said Layak Singh, Traffic Inspector, Gautam Buddha Nagar.Locals rescued the children and the teachers by breaking the windows of the bus and rushed them to a nearby hospital for first-aid.“This minibus was a private arrangement done by some parents. It had 12 children and two school teachers. Thankfully, only two children received minor injuries and the school’s medical officer attended to them promptly,” said Anjali Rajdhan, Principal of the school.
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Corruption charges against ‘hero’ doctor of Gorakhpur hosp dropped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almost three months after the Uttar Pradesh Police Special Task Force arrested him in the aftermath of the deaths of 33 children at the BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur on August 10-11, the police have dropped charges related to corruption and running a private practice against Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan. However, charges under Indian Penal Code sections pertaining to criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and attempt to commit culpable homicide are still pending against him.Dr Khan, who was in-charge of the encephalitis ward of the hospital where the deaths took place, had gained prominence after it emerged that in the midst of the tragedy, he went out of his way to save as many children as possible.As first reported by DNA, Dr Khan was hailed as hero after parents of several children and others said that had it not been for his efforts, including procuring oxygen cylinders from private hospitals, the number of deaths in the hospital would have been much more.However, in a twist, the doctor was removed from his post and also named one of the nine accused in the case.Sources today told DNA that after state government’s sanction, the Gorakhpur Police have filed charge sheet against former BRD Medical College Principal Dr Rajiv Mishra, including corruption and criminal conspiracy and Dr Kafeel Khan.Originally, as per the FIR filed on the orders of Director General, Medical Education, KK Gupta, Dr Khan had also been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Information Technology Act and the Indian Medical Council Act.The Investigative officer in the case, Abhishek Singh, said the police had not been able to find any material and substantive evidence during the course of investigation against Dr Khan to prove that he was involved in corruption, indulged in private practices or had violated any provisions of the IT Act.”Since no evidences were found against Dr Khan on these counts, we have dropped these charges against him,” Singh said.The police have submitted statements from 93 witnesses against Dr Mishra but could not find any evidence to prove corruption and private practice charges against Dr Khan.Meanwhile, FIRs are also likely to be filed against another former Principal of the BRD Medical College Dr KP Kushwaha and four others in connection with executing contract with oxygen supplier Pushpa Sales. During the course of investigation, it was found that Pushpa Sales was not manufacturing oxygen, but despite that, it was engaged to supply oxygen on higher price resulting in losses to state exchequer and violation of tendering process.”Instead of executing contract with Innox, the company which was producing oxygen, Pushpa Sales was given the oxygen supply contract. This raises doubts on role of five members of the committee which executed the contract,” the investigative officer told the court.The police are now probing the role played by tender committee members Dr Kushwaha, CMO Dr AR Singh, Medical Superintendent AK Srivastava, Chief Finance Officer Vinod and Financial Controller Neeraj Kumar.Dr Kushwaha, however, rubbished the police claims. “Tenders were floated three times but no company submitted quotation. Pushpa Sales was given the contract when no other company came forward to supply oxygen. The tender process has already been audited twice by experts and no irregularity was found,” he said.

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.

Padmavati row | Postpone movie release, it may create law and order situation, CM Yogi to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has requested the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to defer release of controversial Bollywood movie Padmavati on December 1 as it could vitiate the law and order situation in the state due to result declaration of local bodies polls and Barawafat.In a letter to the I & B Ministry and a copy to the CBFC, the Principal Secretary Home Arvind Kumar said that intelligence reports suggest that public anger was brewing over the distorted historical facts shown in the movie. “A few organization have already threatened to oppose the release of the film which may vitiate the law and order situation in the state,” pointed Kumar.Earlier, Yogi Adityanath government had assured security cover on the release of Padmavati in UP. But after the intelligence input, demand from party MP, MLA’s to ban the film in the state and fear of widespread protest, the state government changed its mind.The Principal Secretary Home said that it would be very difficult for the state to provide security cover for the release of the film as forces would be deployed to ensure peaceful counting votes for local bodies polls and passing of Barawafat. The controversial film is to be released on December 1 coinciding with counting votes in Uttar Pradesh followed by Barawafat.Arvind Kumar requested the I&B Ministry to apprise the censor board about these issues before giving certification to the film and allowing its release on December 1.“Movies based on facts with positive script motivate and influence the society to move on the right path. But movies with distorted historical facts, exaggeration, false and fictional scripts create vicious atmosphere in the nation and society. It develops social hatred and generate serious challenges for law and order,” he said .Kumar cited past incidents to prove state governments point. “There have been incidents which led to anarchy and threw law and order out of gear due to such movies,” he added.The Principal Secretary Home said that different social, cultural and other organizations have already staged protests against the launch of movie’s trailer on October 9 showing Ghoomar dance by Rani Padmavati and her love affair with Allauddin Khilji which are not mentioned in any history books. These organizations have demanded ban on the movie and warned large-scale violence if the movie was released in the same form, he added.“Following threat of widespread violent protest and in view of our prior commitments due to counting of votes and Barawafat, it is not in the interest of public interest to release the film on December 1 as it would be very difficult for the state to maintain law and order and establish peace,” pointed Kumar.

Rajasthan: After seven days of protests, doctors finally call off strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After seven days of protests, the Rajasthan doctors finally called off their strike on Sunday night. The strike ended after a detailed discussion between government officials and a four-member team from the Rajasthan Doctors’ Association (ARISDA).Earlier, the doctors went on strike with a 33-point demand. Both, the government and ARISDA came to a compromise and a draft was signed.The meeting started at the secretariat around 2 pm. In the meeting, health minister Kalicharan Saraf and officials, including ACS (Finance) DB Gupta, Principal Secretary (Home) Deepak Upreti, Principal Secretary (Health) Veenu Gupta, secretary (Medical Education) Anand Kumar and Secretary (Budget) Manju Rajpal were present.The meeting that went on for around nine hours, at one point appeared to have failed again. But around 11:15 pm, Saraf announced that agreement was signed. Soon after, ARISDA president Dr Ajay Chaudhary came out of the meeting room and said, “A positive agreement on 33 point demand has come out and right from the moment doctors will come back to their duties at hospitals.”“As per the agreement government promise to execute all our demands. The only demand, to run hospitals in single shift, will be referred to chief minister and she will take a call on it,” Dr Jagdish Modi, coordinator of ARISDA said.

Fatwa issued against Jharkhand Muslim yoga teacher, ‘won’t be scared’, says Rafia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Muslim clerics have reportedly issued ‘fatwa’ against a woman for practising yoga in Jharkhand.According to latest media reports, fatwa was issued against Rafia Naaz, who shot to limelight after she shared the stage with Patanjali founder and renowned yoga guru Ramdev at a recent event in Ranchi.“I have received a lot of threats, I am thankful to the state government for providing security.” Naaz was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.“I will not be scared and will continue with what I am doing,” she added.According to a Times Now report, Jharkhand Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar had raised the concern and requested Chief Minister Raghubar Das to provide security to the girl.A team of a male and female police constables has been posted outside the yoga teacher’s house.While Naaz stays defiant, her family is worried over the threats issued against her.Meanwhile, a Maulana has come into the support of Naaz.“Some people have made religion a joke, what is wrong if some woman teaches yoga? Protesting this is highly condemnable,” Shia cleric Maulana Saif Abbas told ANI on Thursday.

Still on a drip: Striking docs’ talks with Saraf now in ICU

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the much talked about parleys between the striking doctors and health minister Kalicharan Saraf began at 6.30 pm, the entire battery of media were glued to the spot. However, around 10.30 pm, Saraf, who had still held his calm addressed the media and said that government was not going to hold further talk with the doctors.After three-rounds of negotiation between the government and leaders of All Rajasthan In-Service Doctors Association (ARISDA), the body under which doctors are agitating it seemed that the talks had hit a stonewall. Saraf had plainly said the talks were over. As the minister’s byte was being made into headlines, the agitating doctors turned pro-active and were all over the electronic media.Within 15 minutes, they managed to get the administration back into the talk mode.In the meeting, on the government side, Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf, Principal Secretary (Health) Veenu Gupta and Anand Kumar, Secretary, Medical Education were present. On behalf of doctors, a twenty member delegation of ARISDA including its president. general secretary, mahamantri were present.“Government wants to find a solution but the doctors are reluctant,” said Saraf. “Most of the demands from their charters were accepted. But there were six demands which are related to the finance department which he could not endorse. I am not authorized to take a call on the finance issues, what more can I say,” Saraf asked.Saraf said there was light at the end of the tunnel but however things went awry due to a single word on the draft. “For their demands, involving financial burden, we used the word ‘Nistaran’, but they wanted it to be replaced by the word ‘kriyanvayan’,” said Saraf.Refusing any possibility of further talks, Saraf said that government will cope up with the situation by alternative arrangements at all government health facilities. “We cannot leave our people at their mercy. Alternative arrangements have already done at hospitals.” he said.Attributed this failure to agitating doctors, Saraf made an appeal to doctors that they should resume their duties and simultaneously gave an indication of strictness.“Doctors should consider the problems people are facing due to this agitation, I appeal them to resume their duties otherwise government will take strict measures according to the law,” said Saraf.After this announcement ARISDA president Dr Ajay Chaudhary said the talks haven’t failed and that the next level of dialogue would continue after some time. They managed to stop the minister for a while. But it didn’t work and Saraf with his officials left the Health Directorate.SARAF SPEAK“Doctors should consider the problems people are facing due to this agitation, I appeal them to resume their duties otherwise government will take strict measures according to the law“Government wants to find a solution but the doctors are reluctant”“I am not authorized to take a call on the finance issues, what more can I say”“We can’t leave our people at their mercy. Alternative arrangements have already done at hospitals”

Provide adequate security to students from Bihar, Nitish Kumar tells Manipur CM over NIT attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday telephoned his Manipur counterpart N Biren Singh to express concern over reported assault on students of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Imphal, many of whom hailed from the state.Kumar urged the Manipur CM to put a check on such incidents and ensure adequate security to students hailing from Bihar, an official release said here.The Chief Minister also asked his senior officers to coordinate with their counterparts in Manipur and look into the matter following which Director General of Police P K Thakur and Principal Secretary (Home) Amir Subhani spoke to their counterparts in the north-eastern state, the release added.Several students, many of them from Bihar, were reportedly injured yesterday when some locals barged into the NIT campus and beat them up.A report from Imphal said that heated arguments had taken place during a football match between locals and hostellers on Sunday last. In the wake of it some locals barged into campus yesterday and thrashed students, many of them from Bihar.The students have alleged that when the police was called, they sided with the locals and beat them up with batons and also took some of them into custody. ​

Madras HC asks Tamil Nadu govt to inspect all old-age homes periodically

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today directed the Tamil Nadu government to periodically inspect all old-age homes in the state and act in accordance with law to ensure compliance of rules by them and file a status report in two weeks.The court also ordered the government to make sure that senior citizens, who are residents of such homes, are not denied the basic amenities of a life of dignity.Treating a letter by a resident of an old-age home in Coimbatore as a PIL, the bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar issued notice to the Director of Social Welfare Department, Coimbatore District Collector, District Social Welfare officer and the Principal Secretary of Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme Department.The court then posted the matter to November 20.In his October 25 letter, Sangameswaran Krishnan stated that following assurances given by one Dhyanaprastha Foundation that a life of dignity, with food, 24 hours medical care, security, religious and recreational activities and company of persons of the same age group, he along with his wife and his mother-in-law moved into Pyramid complex senior citizens’ home after executing a long term lease of 20 years.The petitioner further said that he had to pay Rs 13 lakh by way of interest free security deposit.On a perusal of the letter, the bench said, “On a perusal of the letter and reading between the lines it appears that it is the grievance of the petitioner that the promoters have not kept their commitments… In contravention of government orders, they are not providing the residents with adequate nutritious food, medical care, etc., as promised.”After impleading Dynanaprastha Foundation as a respondent, the bench said, “Respondent authorities shall treat the letter of Sangameswaran Krishnan as a representation and shall inspect the Senior Citizen’s home in question to ascertain whether Rules, Regulations and Government Orders with regard to running of Senior Citizens home and /or old-age homes are being complied with.””All senior citizen’s homes/old ages home shall periodically be inspected and steps taken in accordance with law to ensure compliance with Rules, Regulations and Government Orders for running such homes,” it added.The court directed the government to file the status report within two weeks from the date of receipt of the copy of its order.

IAS officer Ashwani Kumar shifted to Puducherry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government’s one of the most controversial IAS officers, Ashwani Kumar, will now be looking after the administration of Puducherry. Kumar, who was the Principal Secretary of the Public Works Department (PWD) and Director of Vigilance in the AAP government has been transferred to the post of chief secretary in Puducherry.As part of the bureaucratic reshuffle, Puducherry’s Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar Parida and another senior officer G Narendra Kumar have been transferred to Delhi. However, both are yet to be given any charge. In the past, Parida, a 1986-batch IAS officer, and G Narendra Kumar have worked in the Delhi government when Sheila Dikshit was the chief minister.Kumar, a 1992-batch IAS officer, and the Arvind Kejriwal government have been at loggerheads on a range of issues, including de-silting of drains and PWD proposals among others.Recently, the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) had also blamed Kumar for the delay in the construction of Barapullah Phase 3. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had asked the commission for a report on the delay. The project, which was initially scheduled to be completed in October this year, has been hanging fire for the past two years due to the delay in acquisition of 8.5 acres of land in the Yamuna floodplains.The report, which was submitted to the CM on Tuesday, blames Kumar for the delay due to his “inability to take clear and firm decisions” regarding the acquisition of land. In the 14-page report, DDC vice-chairman Ashish Khetan has said the process got delayed since Kumar kept insisting that land acquisition under the NHAI Act should be explored.In June, Kejriwal had written to Chief Secretary M M Kutty, asking him to initiate the proceedings of”dereliction of duty” against Kumar over de-silting of drains. In response, the PWD secretary had hit back and said,”negativity and squabbling attitude” does not work in such a challenging task.A Delhi Assembly panel had also initiated “breach of privilege proceedings” against him, but he later got a stay from the high court.

Principal Home Secretary transferred to Arunachal Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal has passed the relieving order of Delhi Principal Home Secretary Satya Gopal. Gopal has been transferred to Arunachal Pradesh as chief secretary.The transfer of the senior bureaucrat comes around one-and-a-half months after he was appointed as the principal home secretary in the Delhi government. Previously, Gopal was the principal secretary in the Arunachal Pradesh government.“In pursuance of Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs’ order, the Lt Governor, Delhi, is pleased to relieve Satya Gopal, principal secretary (home), from this (Delhi) government to enable the officer to join the government of Arunachal Pradesh,” Delhi Services Department said in its order.The Union Home Ministry in its order said Gopal, 1988-batch IAS officer, had been appointed as the chief secretary of Arunachal Pradesh. Meanwhile, Delhi PWD’s Principal Secretary Ashwani Kumar has been appointed as a link officer for the post of the city’s principal home secretary till further orders, an official said.NEW POSTINGThe transfer of the senior bureaucrat comes around one-and-a-half months after he was appointed as the principal home secretary in the Delhi government. Previously, Gopal was principal secretary in Arunachal Pradesh.

Mall practice: Plugging on to the heritage of Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthali showroom situated on MI Road near Ajmeri Gate will soon get a makeover and will be developed as a tourism hub.Rajasthan small industries corporation (RAJSICO) has decided that the showroom will be on PPP mode for its maintenance and to bring a modern look to it.The idea is to develop book cafe, fast food outlet,currency exchange, ATM, exhibition centre etc in the showroom to facilitate the visiting domestic and foreign tourists.Giving the information, Principal secretary of the department,Subodh Agarwal informed that Rajasthali mall will become a commercial centre for state’s handicrafts and artisans, designers, handicraft sellers and exporters.Agarwal said that in the new look, Rajasthali mall will fulfill the expectations of the tourists and will also become the identity of Jaipur.Notably, there are plans to develop this place as a prime outlet for handicraft items and the 44 thousand square feet area is being developed towards this objective.In its current form too, it is a big hit amongst the tourists and locals of the city, as the connoisseurs of Rajasthani handicrafts make a point to visit the place in search of authentic handicrafts of Rajasthan. Apart from clothes and fabrics, the place is also known for its collection of marble, wood artifacts.It’s location at Ajmeri Gate adds to the advantage as it is a prime location.The store also houses section of famous designers of international repute selling their designed clothes.COMMERCIAL CENTREThe idea is to develop book cafe, fast food outlet,currency exchange, ATM, exhibition centre etc in the showroom to facilitate the visiting domestic and foreign tourists.
Principal secretary of the department, Subodh Agarwal informed that Rajasthali mall will become a commercial centre for state’s handicrafts and artisans, designers, handicraft sellers and exporters. There are plans to develop this place as a prime outlet for handicraft items and the 44 thousand square feet area is being developed towards this objective.

Neral college under scanner for flouting rules

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An engineering college in Neral has come under scanner after an NGO alleged that it flouted norms while gaining the approval of the All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE) and the affiliation of the University of Mumbai.In a letter submitted to the Department of Higher and Technical Education, Citizen’s Forum for Sanctity in Education, a non-profit body, has alleged that the Dilkap Research Institute of Engineering and Management Studies (DRIEMS) has violated some of the statutory norms of the AICTE to get its approval for the year 2016-17 and also used the same for getting affiliation to the University of Mumbai.”Some of the teachers approached us with complaints that the college does not pay their provident funds and delays their remuneration. After availing information through RTI we got to know that they have shown close to 40 bogus teachers on their payroll. Some other norms with respect to infrastructure are also flouted. We have demanded action against the college,” said Vaibhav Narawade, secretary of the forum. Atulya Patil, Principal, DRIEMS said that he was not aware of the issue. “I have recently joined as a principal and the allegations pertain to 2016-17,” he said.

New helpline for PHED complaints

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Complaints related to Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) will now be registered on state-level Chief Minister Helpline number 181 (toll free). Following this, the PHED call centre number 1800-180-6088 has been discontinued.Chief engineer, D Khan informed that for complaints related to PHED, a state-level call centre was started in the past. But after the start of the Chief Minister’s Helpline, this call centre was no longer needed.Hence, this call centre has been dicontinued since September 30. PHED has also started public hearing at chief engineer’s office for disposal of problems of consumers. Principal secretary, Rajat Kumar Mishra has directed the chief engineer to hold public hearing on every Wednesday from 3 to 4 pm at the PHED headquarters, ‘Jal Bhawan’ for disposal of complaints related to the department.During the public hearing, chief engineer will listen to the grievances of consumers and will also settle them with priority. If there is a government holiday on Wednesday, hearing will be held on the next working day.

Class 4 student allegedly beaten up by 2 teachers in Ludhiana’s Ryan International, police files case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A class 4 student of Ryan International, Ludhiana was allegedly beaten up by two teachers inside a classroom, news agency ANI reported on Thursday.According to Indian Express, Mansukh Singh, a 10-year-old boy, was thrashed by two teachers after a class fight.The photographs tweeted by ANI showed red marks on boy’s body. His parents alleged that the teacher beat up their son repeatedly on Wednesday and Thursday.A male and a female teacher are said to be behind the assault at school located in Ludhiana’s Jamalpur area.While the police has registered a case, the school principal maintains that the boy was not assaulted.“Child wasn’t even touched. He was suspended for a month yesterday on disciplinary grounds after he got into a brawl with another child,” Ryan Principal was quoted as saying by the ANI.However, Jaswinder Singh, victim’s father said, “I had complained about high tension wires around school. It’s result of that.”“We have received the complaint and we will take action immediately. We have also received the medical report,” a Jamalpur Police official said.This is the second time in less than a month that Ryan International has hit national headlines for wrong reason. On September 8, the Gurugram branch of the school witnessed a brutal murder of a class II student.Pradhyumn Thakur was found with his throat slit inside a toilet on the school campus. On Thursday, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had granted interim bail to the school founders till October 7.

Hand-foot-mouth disease forces closure of school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A city school has declared holidays for its pre-school children after a few were diagnosed with the hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Since this disease is airborne and affects only children below 8 years, as a precautionary step, Eklavya school has declared a 4-day holiday stop its spread.The school authorities had initially declared two days holiday but then extended it to four days.A parent requesting anonymity said, “The holiday has been declared till Friday but since Saturday is a Dushera holiday and Monday is Gandhi Jayanti, children will resume school on Tuesday.”In this disease, viral infection causes sores and rashes in the mouth, hands, and feet with fever. As this news spread, Udgam School for Children sent out circulars to their parents regarding communicable diseases. Manan Choksi, Executive Director, Udgam School for Children said, “We are looking at the rapid spread of various diseases in the city. As a result, we are asking parents to inform in case their child is suffering from any such disease.”The notice issued by the school said, “We need to ensure communicable diseases do not spread amongst children. There has been a little respite from swine flu. However, dengue menace is still on. Today the little-known disease ‘Hand Foot and Mouth Disease’ is spreading rapidly in Ahmedabad. In case you notice symptoms related to any such communicable diseases please do not send the child to school; inform the vice principal and if the possible mention in the leave note, so that we can take steps to curb its spread.”A parent of a class 6 student in Eklavya said, “This is a good step by the school.”Commenting on this, JG International School Principal Kavita Sharma said, “We have done a lot of sessions related to monsoon-related diseases including swine flu and various kinds of infections. Fortunately, there has been no such case as yet in our school. From past two weeks, we have been holding sessions on safety, good touch, bad touch, hygiene, etc.”Despite several calls to the Eklavya school authorities, no one responded.

Safdarjung Hosp in soup over designation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after the Safdarjung Hospital authorities were accused of appointing senior resident doctors without following the protocol, the hospital administration has now decided to appoint Dr NN Mathur as the Head of the ENT Department, even though he already holds the post of Principal at the Vardhman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC). The current ENT HOD, Dr Gul Motwani, is soon to retire.”Dr Mathur already holds a crucial position, which requires him to give his 100 per cent. Giving him another important responsibility will not only affect his work but will also take chances away from deserving candidates. Such discrepancies are being reported from Safdarjung quite often. This leads to mistrust,”said Dr Vivek Chauksey, President of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA).As per the Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines, Dean or Principal or Director of Medical College and Institution, who is the head of the Institute, and the Medical Superintendent, who is the head of affiliated teaching hospital, can be in charge of a unit but cannot be an HOD. They can, however, teach and practice in the department concerned.”This is very unfortunate that doctors are holding more than one administrative post. At the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Director handed over the post of HOD to the next person in line. That is how it should be done,”said Dr Vijay Gurjar, AIIMS, RDA.While both FORDA and AIIMS’ Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) have expressed their reservations regarding the decision, Safdarjung Medical Superintendent Dr AK Rai begs to differ.”Dr NN Mathur is not the Head of the Institution but the Head of Office. He looks after partial administration, only the academic part of it, and thus is eligible to hold this position. I, as the Medical Superintendent, head the hospital and the college. I was not very satisfied with the doctor next in line. I believe Dr Mathur would do a better 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.

Probe claims against CAT member

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court has directed the central government to look into allegations against a judicial member of the Central Administrative Tribunal-Ahmedabad (CAT-Ahmedabad).The first division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice Vipul Pancholi, through a common order on two petitions, has ordered the central government to examine the petitioners’ allegations against M Nagrajan of CAT-Ahmedabad within six weeks of the order and directed that if it finds substance in the allegations, it should report to the registrar general of the Principal Bench- CAT-Delhi and constitute an inquiry committee.Two petitioners — practicing advocate Sunita Chaturvedi and All India Radio employee Ravindra Parmar — had approached the High Court for protection.Advocate Sunita’s counsel KK Shah’s submission is that the judicial member was acting as judge and lawyer by changing an entire plea and then presiding on it. Therefore, matters that were before the division bench were being now being decided upon by him as a single bench judge.Counsel cited an example, “In one case against the Railways, instead of allowing or rejecting the petition, he directed the authority not to operate the Scheme for Guaranteed Employment of Safety Staff (LARSGEES).When the said order was challenged before the High Court, the latter passed stricture against the judicial member.”Meanwhile, AIR employee Ravindra Parmar’s allegation against the judicial member was that he was partial, autocratic and acts in a vengeful manner.His prayer was to constitute another bench and transfer his service matter before it. He was transferred 10 times by his AIR department, and that he had challeged the last transfer order before the court.During the course of hearing, the High Court had reprimanded the central government for not complying with its order. The court directed the central government to conduct an independent inquiry and submit a report before the court, instead it simply played role of messenger by submitting CAT deputy registrar’s report.CENTRE DIRECTIONDuring the course of hearing, the High Court had reprimanded the central government for not complying with its order. The court directed the central government to conduct an independent inquiry and submit a report before the court, instead it simply played role of messenger by submitting CAT deputy registrar’s report.

Principals speak about challenges students face

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Counselling can protect them from cyber-bullying: Dr DK Sinha, Principal of Jagran Public SchoolWhat do you do to connect with your students?My way of establishing a rapport with children is through the activities they participate in. In regular academics, I do not find much space to reach out to all individuals, but during assemblies, co-curricular activities and some major events, I do take out enough time to know them. I have a conviction that each educator should encourage children to learn from their mistakes and thus they should even celebrate their mistakes.How do you deal with students facing peer and study pressure? Also, how can it be tackled via recreational activities?Peer pressure and study pressure have their roots in the assessment system. Here, I am a bit critical about the present education system wherein a lot emphasis is still on marking or grading. I would propose the concept of profiling each student – it would enable us to understand each child along with his/her strengths and weaknesses. Peer pressure can be dealt with through well-defined sensitisation programmes which an institution can incorporate in its calendar. It may be a few activities that are monthly based, on any theme, which should relate to the problems of children; case study presentations in the assembly taken up by students themselves and also though the participation of children in more and more co-curricular activities.What can be done to educate students about cyber-bullying and cyber-crimes in a bid to protect them from things like the Blue Whale challenge?I would propose that in matters like cyber crimes and cyber bullying, children should be made aware through regular counselling and talk shows. The all-pervasive nature of this threat has made it dangerous and fatal. A close watch and monitoring of each student in and outside the classroom is the need of the hour. Taking some proactive measures will cut down the risk it involves. My duty is to protect them from tech pressures: AK Gautam, Principal of Kendriya VidyalayaHow do you connect with your students?I never want kids to see my office as the place they come to where they get in trouble but as a place where they can talk and grow. My goal as a principal is to ensure that I talk to kids and get to know them so that if they ever do end up in my office, I always try to establish a relationship with them. How do you deal with the students going through peer pressure and study pressure? Also, how can it be tackled through recreational activities?Coping with peer pressure is one of the toughest parts of growing up. Those pressures are most intense during a child’s middle and high school years. Being accepted by their peers is of paramount concern for students during these years as they strive to look, talk, and act like their classmates. In their desire to gain peer approval, teenagers typically feel pressure to engage in the same activities as their peers. Sometimes, they will succumb to that pressure against their better judgement. Children with low self-esteem are particularly vulnerable to peer pressure, and might lose their perspective about right and wrong. On the other hand, children with nurturing parents are more likely to resist peer-group values that differ from their family’s values.What can be done to educate students about cyber-bullying and cyber-crimes in a bid to protect them from things like the Blue Whale challenge?Cyber-bullying is increasing day by day as children are exposed to networking and social sites. Being a principal, my duty to protect my students from various negative technological pressures. So from time to time, we organise workshops such as a Cyber Ethics School and Community Programmes to make students aware. Regarding the Blue Whale challenge, I came to know that Blue Whale is not a downloadable game, application or software.

State govt mulls complete ban on plastic bags

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government has decided to ban plastic carry-bags all over the state after Gudi Padwa in 2018.Environment minister Ramdas Kadam announced it after a meeting at Mantralaya. Environment department Principal Secretary Satish Gawai, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board member-secretary PN Anbalagan and other officials were also present for the meet.After heavy rains flooded Mumbai on August 29, it was found that various sub-urban areas were filled with plastic waste. Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray had demanded a complete ban on plastic bags. He had tweeted about the menace and said that plastic largely blocked the flow in drains.BMC’s solid waste management department had informed that it had to remove around 1900 MT of excess garbage on August 30, the day after heavy rains. The garbage mainly comprised plastic bags.Kadam said that there will be meetings with senior officials at all municipal corporations and they will be asked to ban plastic bags in a phased manner all over the state. The minister informed that every district was being provided with stipulated funds for the Guardian Minister’s innovative schemes and his department would pursue the same for providing funding for use of eco-friendly bags instead of plastic bags.Kadam said that many non-governmental organisations had been asked to send their proposals for alternative bags so that plastic carry-bags can be banned. He said his department would provide subsidies for promoting cloth bags as an alternative. He said that women’s self-help groups would be provided with a subsidy so that cloth bags could be manufactured in higher volumes. Kadam said that his department would promote it through the All India Radio, Door Darshan as well as FM channels.Gawai said that the meeting was a preliminary one to explore the possibility for an alternative to plastic bags. He said although Gudi Padwa was a good six to seven months away, there would be a need to examine a possible amendment in the law.Plastic menaceAfter heavy rains flooded Mumbai on August 29, it was found that various sub-urban areas were filled with plastic waste. This waste clogs drains and interrupts flow of water, which leads to floods.

My son has been falsely framed: Accused’s father blames Ryan School of ‘misleading case’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The father of the accused in a murder case of a seven-year-old boy at Gurugram’s Ryan International School has cried foul over the charges and blamed the school authorities for trying to cover up the crime on Sunday. “My son has been falsely framed,” said the father of the accused.While pleading for his son’s innocence, the father alleged that the school authority has forced his son to accept the crime.”My son is being falsely framed. My son is innocent; people have forcefully made him accept this crime,” the father of the accused bus conductor told ANI.He further said that the owners of the school are misleading the case.”He did not say anything but started crying. The school authority has falsely framed charges against him,” said the father.The sister of accused bus conductor also blamed the school authorities for forcing his brother to accept the crime and said that the school principal has bribed the police to make false case.Earlier, wife of the accused Mamta Devi also cried foul over the charges.”If my husband had committed the crime, he would have fled from the spot rather than helping the school staff in rushing that poor kid to hospital,” Devi explained.In another development, the victim’s mother had also questioned the the link between the accused and her son.“My son did not even know the bus conductor as he never travelled in the school bus,we used to drop him and pick him,” Jyoti said.Meanwhile, the Gurugram Police lathi charged people protesting outside Ryan International School.The incident took place after the protesters set ablaze a liquor shop near the school in Gurugram.A Gurugram Court on Friday sent the accused involved in the murder of the seven-year old student of Ryan International School to three days of police remand.The accused was nabbed after the body of the class II student was found inside the toilet of the school, with his throat slit, on Friday.Meanwhile, the school authorities, represented by Acting Principal Neerja Batra, 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.Earlier, the principal of the Gurugram-based school was suspended, the lawyer of the victim’s parents said.

Chaos in schools on first day of baseline exams

This year, the baseline test is held in three subjects including First language, Mathematics, and Science between September 7 to 12 <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As baseline exams for students of Class 2-11 kick started on Thursday, several schools complained shortage of paper and thus photocopying them from other schools at the last minute.This year, the baseline test is held in three subjects including First language, Mathematics, and Science between September 7 to 12. After some instances of paper leaks in the past, the state education department asked schools to conduct the exams at the same time.Rajesh Pandya, Vice President, Teachers Democratic Forum (TDF) said that the baseline test was a complete chaos this year. While some schools faced a shortage of paper, the other schools asked teachers to evaluate papers on the same day. At a time when semester exams are approaching, these exams are stating no purpose” added Pandya.Nandkumar, Principal Secretary, School Education could not be reached for a comment.

Noida schools flout rules, grill nursery students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the Delhi government has tightened its grip over private schools and laid down strict rules for admissions to nursery, private schools in neighboring Noida are blatantly violating Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, by conducting interviews of students, as well as their parents, for admission.Admission tests and interviews are considered as tools for profiling children and their families, therefore, conducting such a process are prohibited. Section 13(1) of the RTE Act, provides that while admitting a child, no school or person shall subject the child or his/her parents to any ‘screening procedure,’while section 2(o) of the Act defines the term as the ‘method of selection for admission of a child, in preference over another, other than a random method.’However several parents, who had been denied nursery seats for their three-year-olds in prestigious schools in Noida, alleged that in contravention to the rules, children were asked asked to identify fruits, colours and flowers. They were also asked to recite poems during the “interaction.””My son was asked to identify geometrical shapes and colours during his interview at two private schools in Noida. Despite giving all the answers correctly, his name was not there in the list of selected candidates of both the schools,” said a parent, who did not wanted to be named.Some parents also alleged that schools have been asking “inappropriate” questions like their financial status, working hours and lifestyles.”I was asked about my working hours during the interview in Bal Bharti School. I was then told that I won’t be able to take care of my child’s studies as I work for long hours,” said another parent whose daughter was also denied admission in at least three schools.However, Asha Prabhakar, the Principal of Bal Bharti School, denied the allegations saying, “those who could not get admissions are levelling false allegations against the school. We have limited seats and can’t give admission to everyone.” She, however, did not deny the fact that interviews were being conducted.Explaining the reason behind these irregularities, Sumit Vohra who runs an admission portal, said, “In the absence of any regulatory body in Noida and Ghaziabad there is no fixed criteria of admission in these schools. There is no fixed age bar, calender and fee refund process. Every school is setting its own rules. Most of these school do profiling and screening of parents and children which is against the RTE Act.””There is an immediate need of a regulatory body to fix the admission norms here. Otherwise parents continue to suffer,” he added.

Rajasthan govt to set up squad to check private practice of govt doctors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan’s state health department will soon put in place more stringent measures to check the practice of doctors associated with government medical colleges conducting operations at private hospitals.State health minister Kalicharan Saraf on Wednesday issued directions to set up a three-member committee under the Divisional Commissioner in all the divisions of the state.The committee will include a professor-rank doctor, who will be nominated by the principal of respective medical college and two administrative officers deployed at the respective division. The team will operate like a flying squad and conduct surprise inspections at private hospitals.These directions have been issued in the wake of an uproar after a patient’s family in Jaipur alleged that SMS Hospital’s Dr GDS Kalra insisted that the patient be admitted in a private hospital for surgery.Taking an action in the matter, Dr Kalre has been removed from SMS Hospital, a government hospital, and put under Awaiting Posting Order (APO) with immediate effect. The action was taken after a three-member probe committee of Additional Principal of SMS College Dr Deepak Mathur, Pathology department head Dr Ajay Yadav and Dr Prakash Gupta submitted its report after investigating the matter.

CBI files DA case against former Haryana CM aide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a disproportionate assets case against Murari Lal Tayal, who was Principal Secretary to former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Tayal, an 1976 batch IAS officer, was Principal Secretary to the chief minister between March 2005 and October 2009.He was already under the CBI scanner in connection with a case of land allotment irregularities, has been booked along with his wife Savita, son Kartik and daughter Malvika — and a firm Kappac Pharma Limited.The FIR, registered under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal code, alleges that Tayal amassed assets worth Rs 10 crore between 2006 and 2014 which he could not explain from his known sources of income. The CBI FIR says that a separate investigation revealed that Tayal acquired huge assets in the form of movable and immovable properties.

Caught on camera: Minor student slapped forty times by Convent School teacher

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bizarre case of punishment in school, a convent school teacher in Lucknow slapped a seven-year-old minor student of Class 3 forty times in two minutes for not saying ‘yes ma’am’ during attendance calling. The teacher has been sacked from the school by the management based on a complaint filed by the parents.The teacher of St John Vianney School in Uthretia, Lucknow not only went on a slapping spree, but also banged the minor’s head on the blackboard when he failed to answer her call for marking attendance in the class on Wednesday. The incident was caught in the CCTV camera installed in the classroom.When Sunny (name changed) returned home with swollen face and bruises and narrated the ordeal to his mother, his parents rushed to the school to lodge a complaint against the teacher. When the school management took out the CCTV footage they were shocked to find the merciless thrashing.The CCTV footage clearly showed the teacher calling him and then slapping the kid mercilessly. It also showed how she banged his head into the blackboard making the kid fall. During the slapping episode, other students in the classroom were seen hiding their faces under the table.After seeing the footage, the school Principal Father Ronald Rodrigues sacked the teacher with immediate effect and constituted a committee for further action. “Slapping is banned in our school. We will initiate further action against the erring teacher after the committee report,” assured the Principal.Sunny is now scared of going to school again. Parents are seeking help from counselors and have also lodged a complaint at the SGPGI Police Station. “We have received a complaint against a achool teacher. We will register a case against the teacher after initial investigation is done,” said Brajesh Rai, the SHO.

Soon, a centre for monitoring cyber threats to govt PCs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After two global ransomware attacks, Maharashtra government is moving to ring-fence the cyber security infrastructure for machines on its network.In May 2016, around 150 computers in the state administrative headquarters of Mantralaya were infected by the ‘Locky’ ransomware. However, it’s systems escaped largely unscathed in this year’s Wannacry ransomware attack.The state government is now looking to strengthen its digital security infrastructure, as it moves towards a less-cash economy and digital delivery of government to citizen (G2C) services.”We are planning a (cyber security) threat monitoring system to cover machines on the state wide area network (SWAN) and other networks,” Vijay Kumar Gautam, Principal Secretary (Information Technology) told DNA. About 75,000 machines are part of the SWAN. The centre will be set up either in Mumbai or Pune by the Maharashtra State IT Corporation.”There are several hits on the system as computers access websites. The centre will identify doubtful hits based on the source or format. Analytics will be used to identify the pattern and check if there are anomalies or if it is benign. If there is something wrong, action will be taken. We will identify threats and initiate action in advance for prevention. This has become the need of the hour,” said Gautam.

Dog eats away parts of woman’s body in morgue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bizarre incident, stray dogs ate away several parts of the body of a woman that was kept in the morgue of the prestigious Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Lucknow on Saturday night. The mutilated body, with flesh strewn on the floor of the mortuary, was found on Sunday when the kin of the dead woman came to hospital to collect the body. Two security supervisors of the mortuary, a guard and a ward boy, were terminated from the hospital by the Principal Secretary Medical Health Prashant Kumar. An FIR charging medical negligence was lodged against the duo. Medical Health Minister Dr Siddharth Nath Singh has asked for a probe.The incident took place on Saturday after 40-year-old Pushpa Tiwari died of food poisoning at 6 pm and doctors had sent the body for an autopsy. However, it seems that the body was laid on the floor, instead of being put in the freezer. On most occasions, the gates of the mortuary remain unlocked, people in the hospital said. “I was shocked to see the body of my wife on Sunday morning. Her eyes and several parts of the body were missing. Pug marks of dogs in the pool of blood clearly indicated what had happened,” charged Vinod Kumar, deceased’s husband. Kumar alleged that one of the nurses had sought Rs 1000 from him for taking the body to the morgue. “I paid him Rs 300 for taking the body to the mortuary and another Rs 500 for keeping it in the freezer,” sobbed the husband.

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.”

Gorakhpur tragedy: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath orders FIRs against college principal, 5 others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered FIRs against the former Principal of BRD Medical College and five others in connection with the Gorakhpur tragedy.The Chief Minister has issued the order after high-level committee, headed by the Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar, submitted its report on Sunday. The Chief Secretary recommended action against those found guilty in connection with delay in payment to oxygen supplier.A senior police officer at the DGP office has confirmed that they have been directed to lodge cases against the suspended Principal of BRD Medical College Dr RK Mishra and five others at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow.The Chief Minister has also ordered removal of Additional Chief Secretary Medical Education Anita Bhatnagar Jain for ignoring reminders for timely payment of the oxygen supplier. She has been posted as Director General Training.It may be recalled that 31 children had died due to the shortage of oxygen on August 10 and 12 2017 after the company snapped supply of oxygen on August 9 2017.The former Principal Dr Mishra was suspended by the Medical Education Minister Ashutosh tendon on August 12 2017.The five-member magisterial inquiry, constituted by the Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela, had admitted oxygen breakdown and indicted Dr Mishra and five others in its report.

13 IAS officers shifted in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government today issued transfer and posting orders for 13 IAS officers, including nine additional chief secretaries (ACS) and three principal secretaries, a spokesman said. Navraj Sandhu, ACS of Development and Panchayats Department, has been posted as ACS, Co-operation Department, while Dheera Khandelwal has been posted as ACS, Environment Department, relieving Krishna Kumar Khandelwal of the charge, he said here. Sudeep Singh Dhillon, ACS, Transport Department, has been posted as ACS, Women and Child Development Department. Prashant Kumar Mahapatra has been appointed as ACS, Public Health Engineering Department, relieving Sanjeev Kaushal of the charge, the spokesman said. Mahapatra also has the charge of the Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department, relieving Rajni Sekhri Sibal, he said. S K Gulati, ACS, Forests and Wild Life Department, has been posted as ACS, Fisheries Department, and Siddhi Nath Roy has been posted as Principal Secretary, Forests and Wild Life Department, the spokesman said. Krishna Kumar Khandelwal, ACS, Sports and Youth Affairs, Environment and Swaran Jayanti Celebrations departments and Principal Executive Officer, Haryana Swaran Jayanti Celebrations, has been given additional charge of the School Education Department, he said. Pranab Kishore Das is ACS, Power Department, and relieves Anurag Rastogi of the charge, the spokesman said. Sibal, ACS, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department, and chairperson-cum-managing director, Haryana Minerals Ltd, New Delhi, has been posted as ACS, Science and Technology Department, he said. Roop Ram Jowel, ACS, Social Justice and Empowerment Department, has been posted as ACS, Transport Department, the spokesman said. Anurag Rastogi, Principal Secretary, Power and Irrigation Departments has been given additional charge of the Development and Panchayats vice Navraj Sandhu, he said. Ashok Khemka, Principal Secretary, Science and Technology Department, has been posted as Principal Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment, the spokesman said. V Umashankar, Additional Chief Executive Officer, Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, and Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Gurugram, would assist the District Administration, Sirsa, with immediate effect, in addition to his present duties, till further orders, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Work was being carrying out on tracks, probe on: Railways

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Investigators were today looking into what caused one of the deadliest train accidents in recent times as rescue operations continued, checking to see if there were people still trapped in the mangled coaches of the Utkal Express that derailed here yesterday. The railway ministry said 21 people were killed and 97 injured, 26 of them grievously, in the accident near Khatauli in western Uttar Pradesh. “Prime facie, it seems maintenance work was being carried out on the tracks. An investigation will reveal what caused the accident,” Mohammed Jamshed, Member (Traffic), Railway Board, told reporters in Delhi. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu directed the chairman of the Railway Board to fix responsibility on “prima facie evidence by the end of day” for the derailment. He had ordered an inquiry into the accident yesterday. The railways have deployed high-tech cranes and scores of workers to clear the tracks near Khatauli. Two 140-tonne cranes were being used from early morning today to clear derailed coaches, from which survivors had been rescued and bodies pulled out till late last night. Rescue operation by the National Disaster Response Force got over at around 3 AM. Thirteen coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express, on its way from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, jumped the rails yesterday, with one coach crashing into a house near the tracks. Minister Prabhu said he was monitoring the situation and that restoration of the tracks was his top priority. “Restoration is top priority. Seven coaches tackled. Also ensuring best possible medical care for the injured,” he tweeted today. A senior Uttar Pradesh official said 156 people were injured in the derailment. “A total of 156 people were injured in the Utkal Express train accident and among them many remain critical,” Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Principal Secretary (Information), UP government, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Conserve the environment to gift it to younger generation’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is a need for everyone to contribute their mite to conserve the environment, which is a gift to be passed on to the younger generation, NGT Principal bench Judge Dr Jawad Rahim said here today. “Everyone of us has the onus to contribute our little mite to leave less carbon footprints, save water and to keep air clean, to pass it on to coming generation,” the National Green Tribunal Judge said He was speaking at a national seminar on ‘Emerging Trends in Green Technologies’ at Avanashilingam University for Women here. Comparing nature to a bee hive, Dr Rahim that as long as one does not harm nature it remains benevolent to humankind. “Once we touch the beehive, all the bees attack us. In the same way if we conserve and respect Mother Nature, it gives it bounty to us.” Urging the students to innovate and excel in technical research, he stressed the importance of segregating waste and not allowing biodegradable waste out of homes He requested participants to switch over to LED lights to reduce global warming because of lesser heat release. Stating that the NGT was stringent on those who violate environmental laws, he said as far as Delhi is concerned, the national capital has poor air quality. He also spoke of how use of technology can help in saving the atmosphere and environment. Dr Rahim also gave practical solutions to reduce chromium, fecal matter and pollutants from water resources and urged participants to introspect and take steps to save water, electricity and energy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Portal launched for online registration of madrassas in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to check “irregularities in madrassas”, the Uttar Pradesh government today launched a portal of UP Madrassa Board for online registration of all such Islamic institutions. “There were a number of complaints of irregularities in madrassas and it was decided to make the registration online so that details of all madrassas, their management, teachers, etc are available online,” UP Waqf Minister Mohsin Raza told reporters here. This is a step towards digitisation which is on the priority of the Yogi Adityanath government, he said. The move will bring transparency as all the details of the madrassa will be available online, the minister said. “The madrassa education should also be modern like in other educational institutions. With modernisation, students of madrassas will be able to get technical education and they will get better job opportunities,” Minority Welfare cabinet minister Lakshmi Narain Chowdhury said at the programme where the portal was launched. There are over 19,000 recognised and 560 aided madrassas in the state, he said, adding that the new portal will help in improving the quality of madrassa education. Attacking the previous non-BJP governments, Chowdhury alleged that they used madrassa for “appeasement” and as vote banks and there was no record of teachers, students, payments, registrations and other schemes maintained by them. “Our government’s priority is to give better and job- oriented education to all youths so that doctors and engineers are produced from these madrassas,” he said. Asked later by mediapersons about action likely to be taken against madrassas where national anthem was not sung on Independence Day, he said such madrassas “lack patriotism” and action against them is justified. “Reports are coming from madrassas… We are looking into the matter,” he said but did not elaborate on action likely to be taken against such madrassas. MoS minority welfare Baldev Aulakh had earlier warned action against madrassas if they did not follow the order to them to unfurl the national flag and recite the national anthem as part of Independence Day celebrations. At the launch programme Principal Secretary of the department Monika Garg said, “The portal is an attempt to connect all madrassas to a unified ecosystem. It will not only help in improving quality of education, transparency and also check exploitation of teachers.” She said that affiliation of new madrassas and their aid will be done through this portal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bihar flood: Death toll rises to 98, health dept launches toll free number ‘104’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The flood situation in Bihar worsened on Thursday as the death toll mounted to 98 due to the deluge which has affected nearly 93 lakh people in 15 districts, forced postponement of examination and cancellation of trains.The toll due to the floods triggered by rains in Nepal and northern parts of the state was 72 yesterday, and 73.44 lakh people in 14 districts were hit. Saharsa was the latest district to be affected, officials said.Though the Met office has forecast possibility of rain in southern Bihar for one more week, there would be less rainfall in Nepal and northern parts of Bihar.The health department has launched a toll free number 104, officials said, adding hospitals have been directed to maintain a sufficient stock of anti-snake and anti-rabies injections.Araria district accounted for 20 deaths, followed by East Champaran (14), West Champaran (13), Madhepura (12), Sitamarhi (11), Kisanganj (8), Purnea (5), Madhubani (5), Darbhanga (4), Saharsa (3), Sheohar (2) and Supual (1), said Disaster Management Department Principal Secretary Pratyay Amrit.Amrit said 3.59 lakh people have been rescued to safer places. Out of them, 2.13 lakh were put up in 504 relief camps in different places while 1,112 community kitchens are feeding 3.19 lakh flood victims.Food packets are being airdropped in inundated areas while in places where flood waters have receded they are being supplied through panchayats.Amrit said 114 boats of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), 92 of SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) and 70 of the Army are deployed for relief and rescue related works.Principal Secretary (Health) R K Mahajan said ‘boat ambulances’ are also being operated by the administration.In case of shortage of doctors in primary health centres, administration would hire private doctors on payment, Mahajan added.Mahajan, also Principal Secretary of Education, said examination in Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, was scheduled to start tomorrow but it has been postponed.Principal Secretary, Road Construction, Amrit Lal Meena said 124 roads, including national highways, have been damaged in floods.Rural Works Department Principal Secretary Bipin Kumar said 222 hand pumps have been disinfected in Araria and 219 in Kisanganj so that citizens could get purified drinking water.Animal Husbandry Principal Secretary Vijaylakshmi said 50 ambulatory vans are working in flood-hit areas to attend to sick animals and 196 veterinary doctors have been deputed.Meanwhile, train services continued to be affected.An East Central Railways statement said 39 trains have been cancelled as water overtopped tracks. The cancelled trains included 12235 Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani, 12424 New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani till August 20.Many trains have been short-terminated.Vijay Sinha, Commandant of 9th battalion of NDRF, said the force’s personnel rescued 25 pregnant women, 55 animals and saved eight from drowning.The NDRF team yesterday facilitated the birth of a baby girl on its boat in Madhubani district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Principal heckled for hoisting tricolour with shoes on,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nizamabad police arrested 16 persons for allegedly obstructing the principal of a government college from hoisting the national flag on the Independence Day on August 15. They demanded that the principal remove his shoes before unfurling the tricolour. The arrested persons were later released. According to Armoor (Rural) police inspector Narashimha Swamy, the group of men allegedly gheraoed and heckled Mohammed Yaqeenuddin, the principal of the government Junior College in Ailapur village near Nizamabad, for hoisting the national flag with shoes on. When the principal was about to hoist the flag, a man objected and asked him to remove his shoes before unfurling the tricolour. However, the principal did not heed to his request and went ahead with the hoisting of the flag, which irked other people who then allegedly gheraoed and heckled him, he said. “The principal yesterday lodged a a complaint with us. We registered a case against 16 persons. They were arrested and later released on bail,” Swamy told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM promises help to flood-hit Assam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the flood situation in Assam deteriorating, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal today for the second time in as many days and said all possible support is being provided to the state. The prime minister said the central government has been closely and constantly monitoring the flood situation in Assam. “PM @narendramodi spoke to Assam CM @sarbanandsonwal yesterday & today regarding the flood situation in the state,” the PMO tweeted. “All possible support is being provided to Assam for overcoming the flood situation prevailing in parts of the state,” Modi said. The flood situation in Assam has deteriorated in Assam, with at least 99 people dying and 22.5 lakh being affected in 21 districts, according to officials. The Army has been called out for rescue operations in the state. Sonowal yesterday informed the prime minister about the devastation caused by the flood in middle and upper Assam and the disruption to vehicular movement on National Highway 37, the lifeline between the two areas, a state government spokesman had said yesterday. Principal Secretary to the prime minister Nripendra Mishra has asked Assam Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia to submit a report detailing the damage and devastation caused by the current wave of floods in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heavy rains in Nepal and Seemanchal cause floods in four Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Incessant rains in the last 72 hours in neighbouring Nepal, coupled with heavy rains in the last 24 hours in the Seemanchal area, have caused floods in Kishanganj, Purnea, Araria and Katihar districts of Bihar. An Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) release quoted Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as saying that due to rains in the catchment areas of Nepal and the Seemanchal districts, rivers like Mahananda and Kankai had swelled, causing floods in the four districts. It added that the most affected district was Kishanganj, where the flood waters had entered the town. “I have talked to the prime minister, Union home minister and defence minister over phone, apprised them of the flood situation in these districts and requested them to help the state deal with the situation. They have assured me of all possible help,” the release quoted Kumar as saying. The chief minister also demanded an additional deployment of 10 companies of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the state, besides deployment of the Indian Air Force’s helicopters to carry out relief-and-rescue operations, it added. Kumar, who is keeping a close tab on the situation in the flood-hit districts, held a high-level meeting today to assess the scenario, besides reviewing the state government’s preparedness and arrangements for the relief-and-rescue operations. After taking stock of the ground situation from Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and Disaster Management Department’s Principal Secretary Pratyaya Amrit, he directed the officials to carry out the relief-and-rescue operations on a war footing. The chief minister also asked the officials to seek the Army’s help, the release said. Kumar said the NDRF and SDRF teams, which were stationed in the state, had been dispatched to the affected areas to carry out the relief-and-rescue operations. The chief minister talked to the people’s representatives of the flood-hit districts and took feedback from them. He also asked the ministers in-charge of the districts to camp in their respective areas. Kumar issued necessary directions to officials to shift the flood-affected people to safer places. Briefing reporters, Chief Secretary Singh said the flood waters had entered seven relief camps, which were set up in Kishanganj district, and steps were being to taken to shift those who had taken shelter in these camps to safer places. Principal secretaries and secretaries had rushed to their respective districts in helicopters, he added. Amrit said parts of East and West Champaran and Sitamarhi districts were also affected due to heavy rains, but could not give any figure as regards how many people were affected. The flood waters had also entered the Narkatiaganj area of West Champaran district, said officials. As per the East Central Rail (ECR) chief public relations officer (CPRO), eight trains had been cancelled due to waterlogging at the Narkatiaganj yard.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MoS Health Kulaste hints of conspiracy behind Gorakhpur tragedy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Amid the ongoing furore over deaths of multitudes of children in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College’s hospital, Union Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare Faggan Singh Kulaste on Sunday hinted that there could be a conspiracy behind this tragedy. ?There may be a conspiracy behind this incident. It can be clearly observed from the comparison of the figures of children?s death before 9th and after that. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed a probe into this matter and it is his responsibility today. The reason behind the Gorakhpur incident needs to be studied vividly. It will take time to improve the condition of the healthcare sector in Uttar Pradesh,? he told ANI. The medical college’s principal, Rajiv Mishra, was, earlier in the day, suspended from his duties. The principal, however, later said that he resigned even as he owned up to the responsibility of the whole episode. He also said that the resgination was pre-planned. Contrary to this, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath yesterday outrightly blamed the principal for laxity in performing his duty. “The supplier wrote a letter to the Principal on August 1 which was sent to the DG Medical Education on August 4 and the money was released on August 5. The money was released on proper time. When the money released by the Medical Education administration has reached there, is it the mistake of the Minister or the Principal? It was the careless behaviour of Principal towards his duty,” Chief Minister Adityanath said, while addressing the media. According to data procurred from the BRD hospital, in five days – from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths occurred in the hospital. The procurred data also shows the number of oxygen cylinders sent for refilling each day, showing a clear shortage of liquid oxygen in the hospital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gorakhpur tragedy | Yogi Adityanath can’t manage his own constituency, how will he handle UP: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Uttar Pradesh Government for the ‘murder’ of over 70 children at BRD hospital, the Congress on Sunday noted that Gorakhpur Hospital tragedy clearly reflects the failure of the state government and demanded that Yogi Adityanath immediately resign as Chief Minister.Talking to the media here, UP Congress president Raj Babbar said, “This government is a murderer. These children have not died but killed. The more shameful about this case is the fact that it happened in Yogi Adityanath’s constituency. If he can’t take care of need of his constituency then how can he fulfill the responsibility of a state like Uttar Pradesh? He should immediately resign from his post.”Launched a scathing attack at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led- Government over Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, Babbar asked “What will you investigate as the latter has already gave verdict that the deaths were not due to lack of oxygen.”The Congress leader further attacked state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh over his remark that August witnesses a high number of deaths, and told ANI that “Such excuses coming from him is shameful and he should resign as well.”Meanwhile, tragedy continued to descend upon Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital, as another child succumbed to encephalitis today, taking the death toll over 70.11 children died on Saturday and until Friday the death toll stood at 60.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister JP Nadda visited ground zero today and took stock of the situation.Adityanath had said Saturday said that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered and a committee has been formed to look into the Gorakhpur tragedy.He further informed that “he has asked a team of top ministers to determine if the death of the children was actually due to a disruption in oxygen supply at the hospital and assured to “not spare anyone found guilty”.He also said, “We have suspended the principal of the BRD Medical College and taking him guilty for his actions and an investigation on him has already been ordered and is underway. Those found guilty won’t be spared.”Responding to the suspension of Medical College Principal, senior Congress Party leader and former health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad branded the move as ‘eyewash’, and demanded that an all-party delegation should look into the matter.”The administration was notified of the lack of oxygen. Local media reports also hinted at the possibility of a large tragedy in the hospital. It is shocking that nothing was done about it. Suspending the Principal after this and announcing an enquiry into the matter is just eyewash. There should be an all-party probe into this; the matter should not be submerged at any cost,” said Azad, while addressing a press conference here.According to data procured from the BRD hospital, in five days – from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths occurred in the hospital.

CM Adityanath blames BRD Medical College principal for laxity, says suspension justified

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Amid the ongoing controversy over the tragic death of more than 60 children in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College’s hospital in a span of six days, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday outrightly blamed the principal, Rajiv Mishra, for laxity in performing his duty. ?The supplier wrote a letter to the Principal on August 1 which was sent to the DG Medical Education on August 4 and the money was released on August 5. The money was released on proper time. When the money released by the Medical Education administration has reached there, is it the mistake of the Minister or the Principal? It was the careless behaviour of Principal towards his duty,? Chief Minister Adityanath said, while addressing the media. “We have constituted a committee to be led by the Chief Secretary to inquire the role of oxygen supplier in the tragedy,” he added. The suspended principal, however, earlier in the day, termed his resignation as pre-decided and clarified that payments were duly done to the oxygen supplying agencies. “I had already written my resignation earlier, owning up to all the deaths that happened at the BRD Hospital,” he told ANI. When asked about the allegations put forward by oxygen supply agencies about their due payments, he said, “This is a wrong allegation against me. The amount was released from the administration on August 5. The money released from there comes to directorate first and then to us. So the money came to us on 7th evening. The tokens were made on 8th. We had the Chief Minister’s visit on 9th, where he, along with other ministers, had a review meeting on encephalitis. On 10th, we sent the bills to the treasury and on 11th, the money went to the accounts of the gas agencies.” “The deaths were due to encephalitis, not due to lack of oxygen,” he added. “We are suspending BRD medical college principal with immediate effect for this negligent behaviour,” State Minister for Medical Education Ashutosh Tandon had said earlier in the day said, while addressing the media over the tragedy. According to data procurred from the BRD hospital, in five days – from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths occurred in the hospital. The procurred data also shows the number of oxygen cylinders sent for refilling each day, showing a clear shortage of liquid oxygen in the hospital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No death of children due to shortage of oxygen: CM Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tonight insisted that oxygen shortage did not lead to the death of 30 children in a government hospital in Gorakhpur, his home district. He told a hurriedly-convened press conference here that a committee led by the chief secretaty will probe the entire matter related to the tragic deaths. “It is a very emotional matter for me as I have been raising the issue of encephalitis since long,” he said, adding Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed concern. The government will take action on the report of the magisterial inquiry which will be received soon, Adityanath said, promising that no one will be allowed to go scot free and stern action will be taken against those responsible. On reports that oxygen shortage had caused the deaths, he said if it were the case, it would have been a “heinous act”. The chief minister said he had asked the officials during his August 9 meeting about the issues such as encephalitis, dengue, kala-azar, swine flu and chikunguniya besides what all they required. But, the matter relating to oxygen supply was not brought to his notice, he said. “In my personal interaction with officials, the principal of the BRD medical college and incharge of paediatric ward, I had asked if anything was required from the government but there was no discussion on oxygen,” Adityanath said. The chief minister addressed the press conference after holding an emergency meeting with senior officials and two senior ministeral colleagues he had sent to Gorakhpur earlier in the day to look into the matter. Adityanath was flanked by Union Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel, UP Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh and UP Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon. Blaming the principal of the college for the delay in payment to the gas supplier, he said, “I have been told that the principal left soon after the (August 9) meeting without informing the authorities and has been found prima facie reponsible. He has been suspened.” Referring to the letter of the oxygen vendor that supply will be stopped, the chief minsiter said funds were released from the government on August 5 itself and the principal should have made immediate payment. “It is wrong to say that the supplier wrote to everyone. He wrote to the principal, who in turn wrote to DG health and funds were released on August 5…When money was sent, whose folly is it — the minister’s or the principal’s that payment was not made,” the chief minister asked. His comment came in the backdrop of strident criticism of the minister by opposition parties which demanded his resignation. Anupriya said, “We are all very concerned over the deaths. The prime minister has especially sent me to Gorakhpur…He is very concerned.” She added that the principal “has been found at fault and has been suspended, UP government will send its report.” Health minister Singh gave a detailed account of the deaths, stressing that none of them had been caused due to disruption of oxygen supply. Though the minister admitted that the pressure of oxygen supply was low for two hours on August 11, he said no death was reported during that peroid. Tandon furnished details of the funds released for making payment to the supplier and blamed the principal for delay in clearing the dues. “Can any company stop the supply of life saving oxygen under any circumstances?” Tandon asked.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ‘monitoring Gorakhpur situation’, tweets PMO

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As anger mounts over Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, Prime Minister’s Office has tweeted that the PM is closely monitoring the situation.In two tweets that can be seen as word from Centre, the PMO said, “PM is constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur. He is in constant touch with authorities from the Central & UP Governments.”In another tweet, PMO said, “MoS Health Anupriya Patel & the Union Health Secretary will take stock of the situation from Gorakhpur.”The tweets concided with the press conference of UP health minister Sidharth Nath Singh, who insisted that there were no death due to lack of oxygen.“Children have not died due to disruption of gas supply,” Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.As part of the probe, the Yogi Adityanath government has also sacked the principal of the BRD medical college.“We are suspending BRD medical college principal with immediate effect for this negligent behaviour,” A Tandon, minister for medical education told reporters.“High level probe to take place, headed by Principal Secretary. Will wait for report, action will be taken,” Tandon added.

Odisha govt seeks cooperation of UNEP to promote organic

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Odisha government seeking cooperation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for promoting organic farming and other activities, the UN body today formed a joint committee to identify specific areas of collaboration between the two. The joint committee was formed under chairmanship of Satya S Tripahy, senior advisor of the 2030-Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Joint Committee would give a formal shape to the possible collaboration and would carry forward the negotiations between UNEP and Odisha government. From the state government side, it was decided to constitute the team under chairmanship of Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan with Principal Secretary Agriculture Monoj Ahuja and Principal Secretary Finance Tuhin Kanta Pandy as members. This was decided at a meeting between the UNEP team and the state government officials under chairmanship of chief secretary A P Padhi. A ten member delegation team of UNEP led by its Executive Director, Erik Solheim held elaborate discussions with senior officers of the state government on possible areas of collaboration. Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had sought the UNEP’s cooperation for resource conservation, reduce impact of climate change and promote organic farming in the state. The state government officials and the UNEP team members discussed on achieving sustainable development through application of green technology, scaling up of solar energy, organic farming, and traditional agricultural potential. The traditional horticultural products of Odisha like turmeric, ginger, and maize also figured in the discussion. The agriculture department mentioned that this year organic farming of millets has been introduced among 14,000 farmers in the State. “The experience of maize cultivation in Odisha under green revolution initiatives was shared in the meeting. It was pointed out that maize alone had around Rs 1000 crore of market worth,” said agriculture secretary Manoj Ahuja. Chief Secretary Padhi emphasised upon creating appropriate marketing mechanism for farmers so that they would take interest in production of the defined food grains and millets.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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