Friday, 31 July 2009

The 'paper' schools of Madhya Pradesh

At Biliya Primary School in Shajapur, there is a long single room where two teachers teach students between Standard I and V. "We have lined up Standard III students in one row. We dedicate half-an-hour to them. Then we move on to Standard II students. We allot 30 exclusive minutes to each standard," said Amita Joshi, a teacher at the school.

With schools like these, what will the 'Right to Education' bill achieve?

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Ensure places of worships not built on streets: SC to govt

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to ensure that no place of worship is constructed in public places.

The apex court asked Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to file an affidavit in this regard within four weeks.

Brilliant! Hope the centre implements this in true spirit.

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Thursday, 30 July 2009

Rich given NREGA job cards in Bihar

It can possibly happen only in Bihar. The names of rich including chartered accountant, government employees, shopkeeper of Public Distribution System and even dead have been allotted job cards and they have drawn money as wages under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in the state.

None other than the Bihar Rural Development Minister Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha admitted this in the state assembly in a reply to an Independent Member of Legislative Assembly Kishor Kumar Munna, who brought this to his notice.

Why is Bihar always in the news for all the wrong reasons?

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Sarah Palin's resignation letter - edited


Link via IndiaUncut

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Different punishment for male and female raggers?

Male students were fined Rs. 50,000 each, expelled from the hostel for 15 days, and barred from attending lectures for 15 days.

Female students were fined Rs. 50,000 each and expelled from the hostel (duration not known)

Female students had their scholarships withdrawn.
Males students had criminal cases filed against them.

The article says the male students were from BHU, while the female students were at IIT, Allahabad.

Is it too much to expect uniform punishment?

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Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Can you be greedy and good?: news

Harvard MBAs will now take an oath to uphold ethical principals! Will they now revoke the degrees of all the MBAs who passed out before?

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MP's have time to debate TV shows!

Today, we have a strange situation where some Members of Parliament, elected by some of us, are telling us what to watch and what not to.

These, by the way, belong to the same set of people many of whose colleagues are murderers, rapists, child-molesters and bribe-takers. These are the same people who belong to a club which, when it meets, engages in slanging and shouting. This doesn’t either help in nation-building or, for that matter, law-making.

Their ire is directed at a television reality show, Sach Ka Saamna on Star TV. The fact that in the Budget session, which should be discussing fiscal allocations and deficit management, MPs have both time and wisdom to rake this up as an issue, reflects how facetious politics has become. The fact that in today’s economic climate they are happier discussing late-night television shows than day-chilling facts about unemployment and hunger deaths is a proof of the seriousness with which they go about their business

I'm worried. They decide what shows should be beamed. They decide what sites stay on the Internet. They decide what dress we should wear. They decide what festivals we celebrate. Makes me wonder as yet another anniversary is approaching, 'Did my country really get independence that day in mid August, 62 years back?'.

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