Class XII results: Rural students perform better; Is there a trend of studies in Haryana?
Students from rural areas in Haryana have performed better than their urban counterparts, while girls have outshone boys in the Class XII state education board examinations, results for which were declared.
Haryana School Education Board (HBSE) Chairman Jagbir Singh said: “This year’s pass percentage is 63.84 — a drop of one percentage point from previous year’s 64.5.”
The board chairman said 2,22,388 students had appeared in the senior secondary examination, of which 1,41,973 passed, 49,163 got compartments and 31,252 failed.
Girls again performed better than boys. Girls’ pass percentage was 72.38 — much higher than boys’ pass percentage of 57.1.
The pass percentage of rural areas was 64.75 whereas it was 62.04 in urban areas.
Singh said the pass percentage of government schools was 63.62 and that of private schools 64.06.
Hisar students Heena and Naveen are overall toppers in Class XII examinations.
Heena of Government Senior Secondary School, Patel Nagar, secured 98.2 per cent (491 marks out of 500) in the non-medical stream. Naveen of Holy Child Senior Secondary School, Surya Nagar, appeared for the examination in the medical stream.
Heena is the daughter of photo studio owner Prem Singh. She credits her success to her family and teachers. She aspires to be a computer engineer.
None of the students from her school had passed the Class XII examinations last year. Government Senior Secondary School principal Asha Bhyan said Heena’s success filled her with proud as the previous year’s result had been a setback for the school.
Mayawati to lead Third Front: Abhay; Does Abhay Chautala statement matter?
Leader of the Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala said the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) was making efforts to form a Third Front by roping in regional parties.
He said this during an INLD-BSP workers’ rally before kicking off a “jail bharo” campaign here. “Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati will lead the grand alliance. The INLD-BSP will rout the BJP and the Congress (in the Assembly elections),” the INLD leader said.
“In the 2014 parliamentary elections, people had voted for the BJP, hoping that it would provide an alternative to 10 years of poor governance by the Congress. But the BJP has failed to fulfil its pre-poll promises such as employment generation, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report and curbing black money,” he said.
In Haryana, Abhay said, the Manohar Lal Khattar government had failed to make progress in SYL canal construction, while an important irrigation project of Dadupur-Nalvi had been scrapped.
“Sanitation workers, guest teachers, ASHA workers and employees of other government departments are protesting against the anti-worker policies of the BJP government,” the Ellenabad MLA said.
On political developments in Karnataka, he said the BJP was following in the footsteps of the Congress by not allowing the alliance with more seats to form government.
“In 1982, Bhajan Lal was asked to form government in Haryana when the Congress leader had only 32 MLAs, whereas late Devi Lal had the support of 54 legislators,” he claimed.
State INLD president Ashok Arora said, “The BJP government is spending crores of rupees on image-building programmes such as ‘Rahgiri’, whereas welfare projects have been ignored.”
State BSP president Prakash Bharti said the party was committed to extend support to the INLD, and fight the BJP and Congress at the national level.
8-hour power supply sought for farmers; Whether the claims of government are being fulfilled?
Congress leader Satpal Kaushik has asked the state government to ensure an eight-hour uninterrupted power supply to the farm sector and clear the payment of sugarcane producers.
He said that the sugarcane crop spread in lakhs of acres in the state had started drying up as the farmers were not able to irrigate their fields due to inadequate supply of power.
“There is a need of irrigation in sugarcane crop at least once in a week in this hot weather conditions. But, farmers are not able to ensure irrigation of their crop even in two weeks due to inadequate supply of electricity,” said Kaushik.
Kaushik said that he met the Superintending Engineer, Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, Yamunanagar, on Friday and told him about the problem being faced by the sugarcane growers.
“The hot weather conditions are affecting the sugarcane crop spread in five lakh acre in the state as the farmers are not getting adequate power supply to irrigate their crop,” said Kaushik.
He said the sugar mills owed more than Rs 700 crore to sugarcane growers and the government should get their payment cleared.
Haryana staff selection boss suspended over omen poser; Is the government's decision right?
The Manohar Lal Khattar government suspended BB Bharti, Chairman of the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC), after a row over an objectionable question pertaining to Brahmins in an examination conducted by the board. Bharti had been handpicked by Khattar.
Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma made the announcement after several Brahmin MLAs, MPs and representatives of Brahmin organisations met Khattar and demanded strict action against those responsible for the faux pas.
“A high-level commission will investigate the issue of a question pertaining to Brahmins. Besides, it has also been decided to register an FIR against the Delhi-based company tasked with preparing the question paper, the paper-setter, and the publisher,” Sharma said, adding that Bharti would remain suspended till the inquiry ends.
Sharma said since the HSSC was an autonomous body, the inquiry would be conducted by a high-level officer, a retired or sitting High Court judge. “Advice of the Advocate General, Haryana, is being sought,” he asserted.
In the Junior Engineer (JE) examination conducted on April 10, one of the questions asked was: “Which one among the following is not a bad omen in Haryana — seeing an empty pot, a casket, a black Brahmin or a Brahmin girl?” The question, which was later recalled by the board, sparked statewide protests by the Brahmins.
Bharti has been in the thick of controversies over the past few months. During the budget session of the Assembly in March, the Opposition had demanded his sacking when an audio clip with Pehowa Municipal Committee Chairman Ashok Singla purportedly telling former state minister Balbir Saini (BJP) that he had paid Bharti’s son Rs 45 lakh for a job went viral. At the time, Khattar had rejected the demand, assuring the Vidhan Sabha of an “impartial” inquiry.
Last month, the Opposition again sought his removal when the CM’s flying squad unearthed a “cash-for-job” scam at the HSSC headquarters in Panchkula. The Opposition claimed the scam could not have been possible without the alleged connivance of senior functionaries. The INLD, meanwhile, has dema-nded Bharti’s dismissal.
State ahead of Bihar in crime, claims Cong MP; Is MP Deepender Hooda right?
Deepender Singh Hooda, Congress MP from Rohtak, alleged that there had been a spike in cases of crime and atrocities against women in the state. He said Haryana was ahead of Bihar in such cases and blamed the BJP for failing to maintain law and order situation in the state.
He was addressing a party rally at Kharkhoda in the district to prepare a ground for the ‘Jan Kranti Yatra’ scheduled to be undertaken by the former Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, on June 3 from Samalkha in Panipat district.
He blamed the BJP for dividing society in the name of caste, region, religion and language and said the development work had stopped in the state ever since the BJP came to power.
He claimed that the Congress would come to power in the state in the next Assembly elections.
He termed the political developments in Karnataka as ‘murder of democracy’ and a resolution to condemn it was passed in the rally.
He also supported the demands of the safai karamcharis and asked the government to accept their demands.
Congress MLAs from the district were also present in the rally.