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Angry Villagers Pelt Stones at School after Rape of Class 12 Girl by Teachers
Jaipur, Sep 19: Angry villagers on Tuesday pelted stones at a school in Rajasthan's Sikar district as news spread of the rape of a Class 12 girl by the school's director and a teacher.The school's director, Jagdish Prasad, and a teacher, Jagat Singh Gujjar, have been detained for raping the 18-year-old student, police said."We have detained Jagdish and Jagat and are interrogating them," Kushal Singh, Circle Officer, Neem Ka Thana, told IANS on phone.Around 100-150 angry villagers gathered outside the Janta Bal Niketan, a co-educational school, in a village near Ajitgarh in Sikar in the morning and pelted stones, breaking some of the windows."The school had to be closed," said Moolaram, Assistant Sub Inspector, Ajitgarh police station."There is general anger in the village. We never expected this kind of thing in our area. We are demanding that the school's registration be cancelled," said Ajit Singh, a local, on phone.There are around 400 students in Janta...




Ryan School's Reopening Will Erase All Evidence: Pradhuman's Father
New Delhi, Sep 18: As the Ryan International School in Gurugram reopened on Monday, Varun Chandra Thakur, the father of a seven-year-old who was found dead in the washroom of the school, says that reopening the school will erase all evidence about the case.He said there was a possibility of evidence tampering with the re-opening of the school.On September 8, Pradhuman Thakur of Class 2 was found with his throat slit in the washroom of the school in the Bhondsi on the Sohna road. A bus driver, Ashok Kumar has been arrested in connestion with the case."Pradhuman's father on Sunday expressed the concern that the reopening of the school will erase all the evidences related to the case. This will also have direct consequences on the CBI's investigation," Thakur's lawyer Susheel Tekriwala told IANS."Due to this the school should remain close till the investigations are not completed," he added. Pradhuman's father has moved the Supreme Court over his son's murder, dem...




Pradhuman's Murder: CBSE Issues Showcause Notice to Ryan school
New Delhi, Sep 16: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Saturday issued a show cause notice to Ryan International School in connection with the murder of seven-year-old Pradhuman Thakur in the school premises.The board has given two weeks time to the school to respond to the notice."The two-member committee report on Ryan International School has been received by the board and being examined in the light of prescribed guidelines and violations thereof."A show cause notice to the school has been served to be responded within a fortnight. Next action will be taken accordingly," a CBSE official said.The CBSE had set up a committee to investigate the murder of the Class 2 student who was found dead on Friday by a school staffer in the washroom with his throat slit. (IANS)




Ryan School: Khattar Announces CBI Probe In Pradhuman Murder
Gurugram/Chandigarh, Sep 15: Yielding to the demand of the family of seven-year-old Pradhuman Thakur, who was found murdered in Gurugram's Ryan International School, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said the CBI will probe the brutal murder.He also announced the government was taking over the administration of Ryan International School in Gurugram where Pradhuman studied.Briefing the media after visiting Pradhuman's distraught family in Gurugram, Khattar, who himself turned emotional at the meeting, said: "The investigation into the murder, being done by the Haryana Police, will now be done by the CBI. The case is being handed over to the CBI for investigation."He said that a formal letter for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe will be sent on Friday itself or Saturday and the agency asked to complete the probe as soon as possible.Khattar said that the school will be taken over by the district administration of Gurugram for three months and the ...




Ryan School Murder: High Court Rejects Trustees' Bail Plea
Mumbai, Sep 14: The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed the anticipatory transit bail plea of the trustees of Ryan International Schools but granted a conditional interim stay on their arrest till 5 p.m. on Friday.The trustees -- Augustine F. Pinto, his wife Grace and their son Ryan -- have been ordered by Justice A.S. Gadkari to deposit their passports with the Mumbai police by 9 p.m. on Thursday, failing which the interim protection would not be given.The interim protection against arrest has been granted to the trustees to enable them to approach an appropriate judicial authority in Haryana in the case pertaining to the murder of a seven-year-old student, Pradhyuman B. Thakur, in Ryan International School in Gurugram.Fearing arrest by Haryana Police, the Pintos -- who are trustees of St. Xaviers Education Trust -- had filed anticipatory transit bail application before the Bombay High Court on Monday.(IANS)  




Majority Wants School Authorities Charged for Crimes on Campus: Survey
New Delhi, Sep 13: The recent news of crimes against children in schools have sent chills down the spines of numerous parents and they have said that school authorities should be charged for crimes on the premises.A 7-year-old was murdered at Ryan International in Gurugram on Friday. A 5-year-old student was allegedly raped in the premises of Tagore Public School in Shahdara's Gandhinagar area by one of the messengers on Saturday.Many more scary incidents involving children are being reported from different parts of the country.Many parents in various circles on citizen engagement platform LocalCircles have said that they are concerned about the safety and security situation in their children's schools and that there is virtually no security check for the support staff.A set of polls conducted by LocalCircles revealed that 88 per cent citizens feel that for crimes against children in school premises, school management and promoters should be charged for criminal negligence.Out of the 8...




Liquor Shops Near Delhi Schools To Be Shut
New Delhi, Sep 13: Liquor shops near city schools, found to be degrading the atmosphere of the educational institutions, will be shut down, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said here on Tuesday.Information about liquor shops spoiling the environment around schools has been sought from all Delhi schools, Sisodia tweeted."Despite regulation if liquor shops are found spoiling the environment around any school, it (liquor shop) will be closed down," he said in a separate tweet.(IANS)




Gurugram's Ryan School Murder Victim Not Sexually Assaulted: Report
Gurugram, Sep 12: The post-mortem report of seven-year-old Pradhuman found murdered at a Gurugram school has ruled out sexual assault even as the parent of another schoolchild claimed the crime scene was tampered with even though he had cautioned otherwise."There were no physical injury marks on the body. Body samples were sent for forensic analysis, which established that he was not sexually assaulted," senior forensic expert Deepak Mathur, who conducted the autopsy, told IANS.Pradhuman was found dead with his throat slit in the washroom of Ryan International school in Bhondsi area on Sohna Road near here on September 8. His father has since moved the Supreme Court for a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the case.Subhash Garg, father of another school student, said he was present on the campus when the body was found.Garg said he rushed along with others to the crime spot after hearing the screams of the staff and students. He said accused bus conductor Ashok Kumar,...




SC Issues Notice to Centre, Others in Ryan Student's Murder
New Delhi, Sep 11: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre, CBI and Haryana government on a plea by the father of a seven-year old studnet of Ryan International School in Gurugram who was found murdered in the washroom last week.Slain Pradhuman's father Varun Chandra Thakur had moved the apex court seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the death of his son on September 8.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud also issued notice to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thakur's plea seeking framing of guidelines for the safety of the students in the schools.Thakur also sought the setting up of a Committee to inquire into the lapse leading to the death of the child. He wanted to ensure that schools were made accountable in cases related to safety of children.A bus conductor has been arrested and has confessed to the crime, police said. Th...




Ryan School Management, Owner Booked in Student's Murder
Pradeep Singh, Gurugram, Sep 10: Haryana Education Minister Rambilas Sharma on Sunday said the management of Ryan International School, Gurugram, and owner have been booked under the Juvenile Act over the brutal murder of a seven-year-old student inside the school washroom on Friday.Minister Sharma said that it was the responsibility of the school management to keep students safe inside the school premises, but they failed to do so.He said the school management was responsible for the murder of the Class 2 student so the management and owner have been booked under Section 75 of the Juvenile Act.Sharma said that police had already arrested a school bus conductor Ashok Kumar for brutally killing the child and the weapon (knife) used for killing was also recovered by police."Police will file a charge sheet in the fast-track court within a week. If parents of the killed student are not satisfied with it, the state government will be ready to conduct an investigation through any agency...




SC Bans All Anti-NEET Protests in Tamil Nadu
New Delhi, Sep 8: The Supreme Court on Friday banned all anti-NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) protests in Tamil Nadu and directed the state government to ensure that no agitation takes place against the common entrance tests for admission to medical colleges.The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, while issuing notice to the Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu, said the state administration should ensure that no agitation takes place in relation to NEET that has been upheld by the constitution bench of the top court.The court directed the Advocate General of Tamil Nadu to be present in the court on the next date of hearing on September 18 to assist the court in the matter.The court order came on a PIL moved by top court lawyer G.S. Mani seeking the court's intervention in the matter.Seventeen-year-old Dalit student S. Anitha committed suicide in Tamil Nadu on September 1 as she could not score high marks in the NEET to secur...




Teachers Are The Best Category of Nation Builders: President Kovind
New Delhi, Sep 5: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday said teachers are the "best category" of nation builders but noted there is a dip in the standard of education because teachers are running away from their responsibility.After meeting teachers who received awards on the occasion of Teachers Day, he said: "You are the best category of nation builders. India is a diverse nation... bringing all children to the mainstream is the responsibility of teachers."Kovind however said that there is a dip in the standard of education because "teachers are running away from their responsibility".He also called on teachers to try to understand the family and financial background of students so that they can bring all students to the same level."Without understanding the background of every student, uniformity cannot be brought," he said in his speech in Hindi.Pointing out that many teachers gave extra tuition to those who paid for it, he said it was like &q...




TN Girl Who Fought Against NEET Commits Suicide
Chennai, Sep 1: Nineteen-year-old Anita, who fought against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in Supreme Court, on Friday committed suicide allegedly for not getting admission in a medical college, said police, citing her family.Anita, who had scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in the plus two exams under the Tamil Nadu state board, was however not able to score high marks in the NEET to secure a medical seat, and committed suicide as she was not able to get a medical seat, her relatives said.Hailing from a village in Ariyalur district, around 300 km from here, she was the daughter of a daily labourer.In a statement issued here, former Union Minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss blamed the central and the state governments for the tragedy.Expressing his condolences to Anita's parents, he said the state government headed by Chief Minister K.Palaniswami and the central government should accept responsibility for her death as they had initially assured that Tamil Nadu wil...




CBI to Probe Assam Student Leader Lafikul Islam's Murder Case
Guwahati, Aug 28: The Central government has handed over the investigation in the murder of a minority students' leader in Assam to the CBI as the state had sought, it was announced on Monday.Union Development of North Eastern Region Minister Jitendra Singh, who is also the Minister of State in the PMO, informed Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal of the decision over phone on Monday, an official statement said.All Bodoland Minority Students' Union (ABMSU) President Lafikul Islam was killed by unidentified miscreants at Titaguri market in Kokrajhar district on August 1.The Assam government has already constituted a Special Investigative Team, headed by Inspector General of Police Anurag Tankha, to inquire into the brutal murder and provided ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased leader.The state had earlier recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the brutal killing of the students' leader.(IANS)




JNU Student Complains of Molestation, Attempted Gang Rape in Faridabad
New Delhi/Faridabad, Aug 18: A JNU student was molested and her six male friends assaulted for at least two hours after a group of over half-a-dozen hoodlums held them hostage at a lake in Asola sanctuary in Surajkund area of Faridabad, police said on Thursday.The crime took place on August 14 evening when the 27-year-old student along with her friends had gone there on a fun trip.Vasant Kunj (North) police, which registered the Zero FIR on August 15, on Thursday transferred the case to Faridabad police through Surajkund police station.The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student said she and six of her friends, including one from Delhi University, had gone to Bharadwaj Lake.Around 8.30 p.m. that day, the group decided to return to Delhi. While she rode a motorcycle with two of her friends, the other four started to walk down towards the taxi waiting for them outside the sanctuary."While me and my two friends were driving towards the main road, two inebriated men carrying bamboos...




Why Modi Govt. Wants to Withdraw Minority Status of Jamia Millia, Ask Students
They wonder if the BJP government's move is part of its pet slogan ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas'  Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Aug 15: Since the BJP-led central government has indicated to withdraw its existing support to the minority status of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), students of the university are looking at the government move as an attempt to keep Muslims away from higher education. Students are also asking if the BJP government's move is part of its pet slogan ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas'.   Last week, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had hinted that it would file a fresh affidavit in the Delhi High Court where a case of university's minority status is pending that granting minority status to JMI by National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) in February 2011 was legally incorrect. As JMI is a central university, its religious minority status should be withdrawn.   While talking to IndiaTomorrow.ne...




Allow Opposition to Criticize, Hamid Ansari's Farewell Advice to Govt.
New Delhi, Aug 10: Vice President Hamid Ansari on Thursday in his farewell speech reminded the Rajya Sabha of former President and eminent educationist Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's words about the rights and duties of the opposition, and urged the House to uphold those ideals."It (Rajya Sabha) has upheld democracy's sacred creed that discussion, instead of being a stumbling block in the way of action, is, in fact, an indispensable preliminary to wise action," Ansari said after members paid him glowing tributes.""Deviation from the golden rule contributes neither to diligent policymaking nor to our claim to be a mature democracy based on rule of law," he said, adding that in this context he would like to recall the words of "the most distinguished of my predecessors, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan".Ansari then quoted Radhakrishnan who had said: "A democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to minorities. A democracy is likely to degenerate ...




I have Lost Faith in CBI: Najeeb's Mother
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Aug 9: A day after Delhi High Court slammed the CBI for not filing a fresh report regarding the investigation of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad, his mother Fatima Nafees dubbed CBI for not investigating the case as it was hoped while protesting outside its headquarter on Wednesday here in New Delhi. “It has been 10 months and nothing happened. Investigation has become a joke. I had demanded CBI probe into the case as I had much hope with CBI but it has lost my faith. It has submitted same report to the court yesterday which it had submitted on last hearing. CBI has no value for justice,” Nafees said to the media outrageously.    “If such a condition in a case of JNU than nothing can be said for the cases of other institutions. If Najeeb was the son of a big political leader, he would have been searched a long ago,” she said. She was accompanied with many students of Jawaharlal Nehru University who called a ...




SC Refuses to Make Yoga Compulsory in Schools
New Delhi, Aug 8: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said yoga cannot be imposed on anyone.A bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur said it can't decide what is to be taught in schools and that the government can take a decision on the issue.The court dismissed pleas seeking direction to make yoga compulsory in schools for students from classes 1 to 8.The court order came on two PILs filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a lawyer, and Delhi BJP spokesperson and advocate J.C. Seth seeking introduction of yoga in schools and making mandatory yoga classes for school students across the country.Upadhyay sought direction to the Human Resource Development Ministry, the National Council of Educational Research and Training, the National Council for Teacher Education and the Central Board of Secondary Education to "provide standard textbooks on yoga and health education for students of Class 1 to 8".(IANS)




IGNOU to Set Up 5,000 Digital Learning Centres
Shillong, Aug 5: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is mulling to create 5,000 digital learning centres under the control of its regional directors, Vice-Chancellor, Ravindra Kumar said on Saturday.He said the Central government has created communication networks including broadband facilities to 10 lakh villages across India where learners in remote areas can also access to digital learning.Kumar reviewed educational programmes to be undertaken in the northeastern states through the distance learning varsity's newly-set-up North East Council of IGNOU Regional Centres (NECIRC)."The advantage is that, this broadband connectivity will be a passage for us, and all digital materials will run on this broadband connectivity where our learners located in remote areas will also get access," he told journalists here.The Vice Chancellor said IGNOU had signed an MoU with the National e-governance division of the Ninistry of Information Technology to provide the entire e-gove...




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