Teachers boycott evaluation work; Is it justified to oppose teachers?
The Haryana College Teachers’ Association (HCTA) and the Haryana Government College Teachers’ Association (HGCTA) have announced to boycott evaluation of answer sheets of undergraduate classes.
They also protested earlier against the alleged unprecedented delay in declaration of results by the Kurukshetra University.
The university authorities claimed that the move would further impact declaration of results of various classes.
Narender Chahar, HGCTA president, charged the KU administration of promoting education mafia and adopting anti-teacher policies.
After a dharna at the KU campus, the teachers held a protest march on the campus.
Meanwhile, V-C Prof KC Sharma said the examination was part of the teachers’ duty and they could not refuse it.
He said the principals had assured him of time-bound checking of answer sheets.
“The KU administration is ready for a dialogue, but the associations are not cooperating in introducing and sustaining the education reforms. Early this year, digitisation enabled the KU in declaring results in time,” he said. He said as per the new policy, the teachers would undertake examination duty at their respective colleges to ensure optimum use of manpower.
Also, a centre supervisor would be appointed at each college for better monitoring of anti-copying mechanism, he said. He said the associations had on Friday submitted him a request to postpone the exams scheduled for May 22 as the college teachers’ associations had planned a protest in support of their demand of higher wages.
Top court dismisses plea seeking independent probe into Sridevi's death; Is the death of Sri Devi a mystery?
New Delhi :
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking an independent probe into the death of Bollywood actor Sridevi in Dubai.
A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud dismissed the plea filed by one Sunil Singh who sought an independent investigation into the death of the actor.
The petitioner, Sunil Singh, told the top court that there were insurance policies in her name, which would be payable only if she died in the UAE.
Even senior counsel Vikas Singh raised questions on how could a 5.7 foot tall person drown in a 5.1 foot bathtub.
Vikas sought that all documents related to the 54-year-old actress' death -- medical and investigation -- carried out by the Dubai Police be brought to India. He requested that the matter be investigated by an independent agency.
Vikas told the court that the late actress had passed away under suspicious circumstances.
Sunil Singh moved the apex court after the Delhi High Court had on March 9 refused to entertain his PIL to probe her death, saying authorities in India and Dubai had already looked into the incident.
Sridevi, 54, died on February 24 in a Dubai hotel bathroom. The autopsy report called it an "accidental drowning" in the bathtub.
Khaps demand lok adalat status; Is the demand of Khap Panchayat right?
A delegation of the case councils met Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at the Raj Bhawan here on Thursday to seek the status of lok adalats for khaps.
Tekram Kandela, national convener of the Sarvjatiya Sarv Khap Panchayat, said a ban had also been sought on marriages within the same gotra.
Kandela said a delegation would soon meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the issue of amendments to the Hindu Marriage Act.
The delegation comprised Subhash Badsikiri of Dhull khap, master Chanderpal of Narwal khap and Vinod Shahpur of Kandela khap.
Any attempt by khap panchayats to end a marriage between consenting adults has been declared illegal by the Supreme Court. However, Kandela said due to its wide social acceptance, khaps could play a vital role in resolving issues, including the division of property or land and petty disputes through a dialogue.
He said the Governor was apprised of various social initiatives, including women empowerment, drive against female foeticide and supporting inter-caste marriages, taken in the last decade.
“Marriages within the gotra of a sub-caste are considered inbreeding. We want an end to this practice. We have also sought a provision to prohibit marriages of young couple within the same and adjoining villages,” he added.
“Khap panchayats are a tradition in the rural areas of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan, but these are misunderstood by various sections of society. Khaps neither issue diktats nor support harassment to anyone,” he said.
Girls-only parents seek govt job reservation for daughters; Is it a good step for daughters?
Parents who only have daughters have sought 1 per cent special quota in state government jobs for the girl child and full fee waiver in medical, engineering and other professional courses.
In a representation to the state government, the parents have demanded institution of special scholarships for the girl child, especially for courses in higher education.
They have demanded that the retirement age of parents who only have daughters should be raised to 65 years so that they can continue to provide better opportunities of higher education to their daughters.
To empower the girl child, they want the maximum age limit for applying for government jobs for girls to be raised to 45 years as it will not put any extra burden on the state exchequer.
Parents associated with the WhatsApp group “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” created by those having only daughters, have apprised Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki about the issues through a memorandum. They will soon meet Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar with a memorandum of demands.
Expressing satisfaction over the increase in sex ratio from 871 in 2014 to 931 in 2017, the parents have asserted that certain incentives given to the girl child in Haryana will go a long way in empowerment of the girl child.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” programme nationwide from Panipat on January 22, 2015.
Since then, the Haryana Government had consistently been supporting the campaign, which was reflected in improvement in sex ratio across the state.
Close on the heels of government efforts, a number of parents like Satish Mehra and BL Dhiman had taken the initiative on social media, which was catching up each passing day.
Farmers want mustard purchase till May 30; Should the government accept the legitimate demand of the farmers?
With the state government stopping its procurement of mustard on Thursday, the All-India Kisan Sabha demanded that purchase should continue till May 30.
It said only 10 to 20 per cent of the produce had been procured. “Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar should keep his word that every grain of mustard will be purchased on the MSP of Rs 4,000 per quintal,” sabha pradhan Master Sher Singh said.
He said huge quantities of yield was lying unsold in grain markets of Bhiwani town, Tosham, Siwani, Bahal, Jui, Dighawa, Loharu, Badhra and Charkhi Dadri. “The procurement was slow. The farmers waited for days for their turn to sell mustard.”
“As per Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar, about 10 lakh MT of mustard was produced in the state this year. The Centre had a target of purchasing only two lakh MT, while the state government’s target was 50,000 MT. So, the government procurement was not more than 25 per cent,” he said.
The farmers’ leader said terms and conditions imposed by the state government was responsible for the non-procurement of a majority of the produce.
“The district authorities had fixed days for every village. About 30 per cent of villages in the district did not get an opportunity to sell their produce,” he said, adding the strict conditions had forced several farmers to sell their produce to arhtiyas below the MSP.
CLP Leader threatens stir
Congress leader Kiran Choudhry threatened to launch an agitation if the district authorities failed to start lifting of wheat from grain markets. After visiting the grain market in Bhiwani on Thursday, she said laxity of authorities coupled with rain and hailstorm had caused losses to farmers.
Farmers block road in Rewari
Rewari : Farmers blocked the Rewari-Bawal road in the district for more than two hours in protest against non-procurement of mustard. They lifted the blockade after the district authorities assured them of immediate resumption of procurement. “The farmers got infuriated when Hafed refused to purchase their crop,” the sources said. The farmers said Hafed stopped the procurement as soon as they reached the purchase centre.