Tightening the noose around the private schools violating norms by setting abolished criteria for the nursery admissions, the Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) has started examining the regulations set by such schools.The admission process in the entry-level classes at 1,700 private unaided recognised Delhi schools kicked off on Wednesday. While most of the schools are giving heavy weightage to the ‘neighborhood’ criteria — children residing within the 0-3 km radius, arbitrary regulations issued by several schools are giving nightmares to parents seeking seats for their wards.”We have been receiving complaints against several private schools. We have already started examining the criteria set by these schools and are in the process of sending showcause notices to them,” said Atishi Marlena, Advisor to Education Minister Manish Sisodia.In blatant violation of the DoE guidelines, while some schools, including Mahavir Senior Model School on GT-Karnal Road, are granting extra points to “vegetarian”, “non-smoker” and “teetotaler” parents, some like the Apeejay School in Sheikh Sarai are preferring children/grandchildren of former school promoters or office bearers.Some schools, including St Michael’s Junior School in Prasad Nagar and Vidya Bal Bhawan School in Shakarpur are even violating the Right to Education (RTE) Act guidelines by calling parents and their wards for”interaction”. In another violation of the DoE norms, Abhinav Public School in Pitampura and Sachdeva Public School in Rohini have asked parents to give details of their monthly income, educational and professional qualification in the forms.”Some schools have issued absurd admission criteria which are nowhere mentioned in the DoE’s circular issued on December 19. DoE’s intervention only can stop them from following these unreasonable criteria,” said Ritika Singh, a parent seeking admission for her 3-year-old daughter.Meanwhile, experts have welcomed the government’s decision to intervene.”Schools are not only violating the DoE’s norms but also the RTE guidelines. It is good that the DoE has started looking into the matter,” said Sumit Vohra, founder of www.admissionsnursery.com.VIOLATIONIn blatant violation of the DoE guidelines, some schools, including Mahavir Senior Model School on GT-Karnal Road, are granting extra points to “vegetarian”, “non-smoker” and “teetotaler” parents. Some other schools like the Apeejay School in Sheikh Sarai are preferring children/grandchildren of former school promoters or office bearers.
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In the run-up to the Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh, both the BJP and the Congress geared up for a tight wrestle. Helicopters were whizzing past the skies above, and hoardings on every bend invited people to cast their votes — either in favour of the lotus symbol or the hand.In the middle of all of this, an old Maruti 800 fitted with a loudspeaker would do the rounds everyday. It urged voters to cast their ballot in favour of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) instead. On Monday, as the results came out, the party made a comeback of sorts by winning Theog after a gap of 24 years by a margin of nearly 2,000 votes.Theog was held for eight terms by Vidya Stokes, whose application was rejected by the Election Commission after she failed to complete formalities and because the Congress had two candidates. The party fielded Deepak Rahour, known to be close to Rahul Gandhi, instead. The BJP candidate, veteran Rakesh Verma, lost by 1,983 votes.Around the town, in Theog and in nearby Shimla, the CPI (M)’s Rakesh Singha is fondly known as ‘comrade’. As part of the state’s CITU unit, Singha has stood against injustice meted out to the the society’s vulnerable — taxi unions, labour wagers, and also worked for the upliftment of Dalits in a state where untouchability is high.When news of the gruesome gang rape of a minor girl in Kotkhai spred, it was Singha and his supporters who demonstrated for over a week in Theog. Neelam Sarek of the BJP, who was part of the protesters that demanded a CBI probe into the case, said that he stirred the issue to ensure it gained momentum.“He was one of the first to have reached the girl’s house and mobilised the initial support,” says Sarek. Locals in Theog and neighbouring Kotkhai say that this had helped in the victory.After workers at the Wangtoo Karcham hydroelectric project in Kinnaur faced issues with wages, he stood for them and was even attacked for that. Sanjeev Thakur of Mountain Taxi Drivers says that any time the taxi unions needed him, Singha was there. For Singha, electoral issues are based on liberal policy.THE PREDECESSORTheog was held for eight terms by Vidya Stokes, whose application was rejected by the EC after she failed to complete formalities, and because the Congress had two candidates.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kasarwadavali police — probing the alleged suicide case of 35 year old contractor from Thane — have learnt that the victim was suffering huge losses in the contracts involved with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The victim had also allegedly taken a loan to land a contract with the civic body.According to police, Sanket Jadhav, a resident of Paanchpakhadi in Thane West, on Sunday evening was travelling in his white car when he allegedly pumped three bullets into the chest. The police found a suicide note beside the body and the licensed revolver inside the car. The suicide note written in Marathi was addressed to his wife, Vidya. Jadhav had apologised to her and also informed that no one is to be blamed for the extreme step.”Jadhav in a recent past had suffered huge losses and was trying to recover from the loss in business. Moreover, Jadhav had also taken a loan from the market and was unable to repay it. The contract which he wanted desperately was given to another firm which pushed him to further depression,” said a Kasarwadavali police officer.Sunil Lokhande, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone V, said, “A case of accidental death was registered in this regard. The primary investigations revealed that the victim ended life due to financial reasons. We have not ruled out any foul play in this incident and are probing the case.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi India, August 24 (ANI-NewsVoir): Under the leadership of Sadguru, Isha Outreach started ?Rally for Rivers? campaign to preserve the rivers of the country. Adarsh Credit Co-operative Society is also supporting Isha Foundation’s Rally for Rivers campaign. Under the charitable arm of Adarsh Credit, Adarsh Charitable Foundation has always been working on supporting various projects on water conservation and collaboration with “Rally for Rivers” campaign is an extension of our water conservation objectives. In the field of water conservation, Adarsh Credit has removed huge quantity of dirt by desilting of Lakherao and Dudhiya Lake in Sirohi, Rajasthan since last 2 years. This has led to increase in the water capacity of both the lakes and now more water is available for the residents of Sirohi. The local residents of Sirohi have praised the efforts of Adarsh Credit for water conservation initiatives in these lakes. Adarsh Credit has also undertaken various water harvesting initiatives which has led to increase in the groundwater levels. Installation of water harvesting has been completed in 13 building of Sirohi. The locations are: Trauma Center, Janana Hospital, Dharmashala, Dhareshwar Vav, CMHO Building, Tankria school building, Idgah School, New Building school, Goverment College, Government old school building, Sushila Devi Prakashraj Modi Balika Adarsh Vidya Mandir, Bus Stand, Adarsh Vidya Mandir Pavilion and Baghikhana. Water harvesting has been done on 1 lakh square feet of area which has led to increase of 50 lakh liters of water in the ground levels. For providing clean, fluoride-free mineral water at a minimum price, a plan to setup 40-water ATM’s is being implemented in Sirohi. After the implementation of this plan , one ltr of cold water would be available at Rs. 1 and 20 liters of mineral water would be priced at Rs. 5 for the public. So far, Water ATM machines have been installed in Police Line, District Collector Office, Bus Stand and Adarsh Nagar in Sirohi. Geologists have suggested that rivers which have fed us for thousands of years are shrinking dangerously. The perennial rivers have become seasonal. Ganga and Indus are among the 10 largest and oldest rivers in the world. Water pollution and shrinkage of downstream area are dangerous signs. By 2030, we will have only 50 percent water which will be challenge for our own survival. These situations are extremely worrying. “The protection of environment and rivers should be our major social responsibility. We are also working on scientific methods to increase the level of ground water and the results have been very encouraging. Our support to the “Rally for Rivers” is part of our corporate social responsibility, and we are committed to support this cause,” said Rahul Modi, MD, Adarsh Credit Co-operative Society Ltd. (ANI-NewsVoir) Ends SN NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A pregnant woman in Saharanpur was allegedly asked to leave from a hospital here in the middle of the night by the staff, following which she gave birth to a boy in an e-rickshaw, the police said today. Munawar, who was in labour, was admitted the district woman’s hospital on the night of August 14 but was later asked to leave without being examined, SP Saharanpur (Rural) Vidya Sagar Mishra said. While her husband was taking her in an e-rickshaw to another hospital, she gave birth to the boy in the vehicle. She was admitted to a private hospital later, he said. Munawar’s husband lodged a complaint with the police and demanded action against the hospital, Mishra said. A case was lodged in Janapuri Police Station. The matter was being probed, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person has been arrested here for allegedly posting a purported video on Shabbirpur village violence on social media, police said today. The arrested man, identified as Shabbirpur resident Sachin, is the second accused in the case, they said. The other accused, Akash, has already been arrested, Additional Superintendent of Police Vidya Sagar Mishra said. On May 5, a Dalit group in Shabbirpur village had objected to a procession of Thakurs to mark the birth anniversary of Rajput king Maharana Pratap, triggering violence, in which one person was killed and over 15 were injured. Meanwhile, he said, Badgaon police today recovered a 315 bore pistol from a mango orchard on Malhipur road here. The search was conducted on directions from Sudhir, who is accused in the killing of the Ashish during the violence in Shabbirppur. After the weapon was recovered, Sudhir was produced in the court which sent him to jail, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress corporator Meena Warpudkar was today elected Mayor of Parbhani. Syed Sami Sahabjan, also of the Congress, was elected Deputy Mayor. The Congress has 31 members in the 65-member Parbhani Municipal Corporation. However, Warpudkar bagged 40 votes, whereas her rival Alia Anjum had to be satisfied with just 18. Five corporators of Shiv Sena and one of NCP did not vote. In the deputy mayoral election, Sahabjan bagged 32 votes and his rival Vidya Patil of BJP 8. District magistrate P Shivshankar acted as returning officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While rapes and sexual assaults on tribal girls in state-run boarding schools continue to make headlines, a committee of legislators has detected major lacunae in the functioning of these institutions.The report of the committee, which was tabled in the state legislature on Thursday, noted that students studying in these tribal schools were not given adequate food, sanitary napkins, bedding, hot water for bathing during winters and good-quality soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste. The institutions also lacked proper security.After the rape of tribal schoolgirls in government-run ashramshalas (residential schools) at Pandhurna in Wardha and Raigad, tribal development minister Vishnu Savra had set up a committee of women legislators under Vidya Thakur, the minister of state for women, child and rural development, in December 2015.It has suggested that CCTV cameras be installed in the ashramshalas, self-defence training be provided to girls by the police, experienced security staff be deployed, and a toll-free complaint number be started.The committee visited ashramshalas including the government-aided residential school at Pala in Buldhana, where the rape of minor tribal girls had come to light last year, and noted that the hall which was being used by the students for sleeping and dining lacked adequate security, fans and the windows did not have grills.”The boxes in which these girls keep their luggage does not have locks. The girls have to get hot water for bathing from outside. The solar water heating system for hot water is non-functional. The girls do not get soaps, oil and other necessary things for bathing. The toothbrushes, tooth powder, soap, oil given to students is of local brands and poor quality. The girls did not have rugs to cover themselves and it came to light that the bedding given to boys and girls was spoilt. The girls staying in the ashramshala and hostel were not given sanitary napkins…. they were not given adequate food (and this is also of) poor quality,” the report said.SUGGESTIONS BY THE COMMITTEEThe tribal development department must fill all vacancies of lady superintendents
Lady counsellors should be appointed for sensitising students and teachers
Fast-track courts to conduct hearings in cases of sexual assault on girls in ashramshalas
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The woman, who abducted the three-day-old baby from the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, had acted as a pregnant woman for three months inspired by Vidya Balan’s ‘Kahaani’, according to an initial probe by the police. The arrested woman, Chinmayee Bej, residing with her daughter and husband in the same Bagmari area where the baby’s family resided, claimed that it was her baby whom she had given birth to yesterday, a Kolkata Police officer said. Later, she admitted that she had stolen the baby boy on the pretext of giving him vaccination. The police officer said, “The woman admitted to the crime. During grilling she said she had a miscarriage earlier after which she struck upon the idea of acting as a pregnant woman because she was deperate to have a boy.” The police said it was not ruling out the angle of enmity between the two families either. Besides investigating whether Chinmayee got the help of a relative working at the hospital, the police is also looking into if the husband-wife duo had any connection with a child trafficking racket. Meanwhile, a local court today sent the couple to nine days’ police custody.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>City police today arrested an `RTI activist’ for sending abusive and threatening text messages to several political leaders in Maharashtra. Deepakkumar Pyarelal Gupta (42), the accused, was arrested at Jalgaon in north Maharashtra this morning, said inspector Mahadeo Nimbalkar of Vile Parle police station here. NCP leader and MLC Vidya Chavan had filed a complaint at the Vile Parle police station after getting an abusive text message on February 21. The unidentified sender also threatened to shoot her dead. Shiv Sena spokesperson and MLC Neelam Gorhe too filed a complaint with Pune police that she had received a threatening text message. Police zeroed in on the accused by tracing the location of the mobile phone from which the messages were sent. Gupta, who works at a saree shop in Jalgaon, was also an RTI activist, police said, adding that he confessed to have sent the same text message to over a dozen political leaders, including a minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Women Organisation Ranaragini appealed to the Goa State Commission for Women on Tuesday to remove all contraceptive advertisements on Kadamba buses and other public places featuring actress Sunny Leone to save women from embarrassment. The Womens? Organisation, Ranaragini, an affiliate of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, has petitioned the Goa State Women’s Commission on the issue. It said that the objectifying of the feminine gender was proving embarrassing to women. The commission has issued notice in connection with the matter. ?A different message is conveyed and this is a very ugly scene,” the petition signed by Neha Govekar, of the organisation. ?We have received complaints about this from many women. We, hereby, kindly request you to remove these pictures,” the petition said. “We would like to bring to your kind notice the use of women’s pictures in contraceptive advertisements at public places. It has been observed that there is use of women’s picture in contraceptive ads at public places like the Kadamba Transport Corporation buses and elsewhere,” the petition said. Goa State Women Commission Chairperson Vidya Shet Tanavade said a notice has been issued to all parties concerned.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)