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740 Tribal Students Dead, National Human Rights Commission sends notice to Maharashtra Government

The issue came to the fore after the death of a 12-year-old tribal girl in Palghar district on October 7 due to fever and complications related to malnutrition

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October 18, 2016: Taking serious cognizance of the deaths of 740 tribal students in residential schools in 10 years, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) demanded an explanation on the issue from the Maharashtra government here on Tuesday.

The issue came to the fore after the death of a 12-year-old tribal girl in Palghar district on October 7 due to fever and complications related to malnutrition.

Later, another 10 students of a school in the district were admitted to hospitals for malnutrition-related health problems, most of them belonging to very poor tribal families.

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Noting that “the schools lack health services and basic amenities,” the NHRC said as per norms the students should be screened at least twice a year but government agencies are not following it (the norms).

“The school authorities, as their lawful guardians, are responsible for their welfare, safety and health care needs. The negligence on the part of the Department of Tribal Development and the school authorities is a violation of Right to Life, Dignity and Equality of the students,” the NHRC said in its notice to the state Chief Secretary.

Maharashtra has around 552 residential schools for tribal students run by the Tribal Development Department.

Several posts in these schools are lying vacant and budgetary provisions are not being utilised, as a result of which many students have died due to dengue, malaria, food poisoning, drowning, snake bites and suicides in the past.

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Incidentally, mid-September, Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao had directed three cabinet ministers — Pankaja Munde, Vishnu Savra and Deepak Sawant — to visit the affected tribal areas of Palghar and other parts of the state.

He had asked them to initiate urgent remedial measures to tackle the problems of malnutrition and other health issues in these tribal areas.

Later, Tribal Development Minister Vishnu Savra faced the ire of the tribals when he visited one of the worst-hit hamlets in Jawahar sub-district.

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When the angry locals informed him that over 600 children have died and what has he done for them, Savra had retorted: “So what? The government is doing its work, implementing schemes.”

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Furious with his reply, the villagers asked him to ‘get out’ after which Savra said that if he was not required, he would not come there. (IANS)

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Maharashtra Government Questions High Court on Categorizing ‘Dahi Handi’ as Adventure Sport

The government has given permission to the minors above the age of eleven years to take part in the celebrations but they have to submit a letter from their parents

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  • Division-bench including Justices Sadhana Jadhav and R M Savant and raised the issue while hearing the petition seeking an action against the leader of BJP- Ashish Shelar
  • The government has given permission to the minors above the age of eleven years to take part in the celebrations but they have to submit a letter from their parents

Mumbai, Jul 17, 2017: The Maharashtra government was asked by the High Court of Bombay to explain the grounds for categorizing the celebration of ‘Dahi Handi’ as one of the adventure sports in 2015 and giving permissions minors to take part in the celebrations.

According to the PTI report, division-bench including Justices Sadhana Jadhav and R M Savant and raised the issue while hearing the petition seeking an action against the leader of BJP, Ashish Shelar and the rest for dire situations and the restrictions laid down by the High Court for the celebrations of Dahi Handi festival on the year 2015.

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Along with Shelar, the petition was also seeking severe action against the former youth wing president of BJP in Mumbai- Ganesh Pandey, PTI has reported.

Reportedly, the petitioner said to the bench that post laying down of the restrictions in the order by the High Court on 2015, the state government declared in 11th August on the same year declaring ‘Dahi Handi’ festival as an adventure-sport.
In that order, the High Court had stated that the human pyramids that are formed during the celebration, must not exceed 20 feet minors will not be permitted to take part in the formation of the pyramids.

The government has given permission to the minors above the age of eleven years to take part in the celebrations but they have to submit a letter from their parents. The bench has ordered the government to respond to the questions and postponed the issue for further hearing on 4th August, PTI has reported.

It was also noted by the court that the political leaders such as- Shelar, the head of the Dahi Handi Samiti that was set up by the state-government in the year 2015, should stay away from organizing or participating in such celebrations where the orders from the court are being flouted.

The Samiti was set up post an order from the High Court and the mandate of it was to actualize the guidelines of the court during the celebrations of ‘Dahi Handi’, Press Trust of India has reported.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram with PTI inputs. Twitter: @ElaanaC

 


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Fake Caste Certificates Invalid for Employment, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India has passed the judgement against the fake certificates making them invalid. The decision will, however, be applied from now onwards

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  • The Indian Supreme Court has ruled against the validity of Fake Caste Certificates in jobs and admissions
  • The decision, however, will be applied now onwards and has no retrospective effects
  • Chief Justice J. S. Khehar and Justice D. Y. Chandrachud were members of the bench ruling on the case

July 06, 2017: Fake Caste Certificates that up until now were used to secure reserved seats in Jobs and Education are not going to be valid after a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of India.

The Supreme Court did not agree with the Bombay High Court who delivered the verdict that persons who have served for a long period of time but with fake caste certificates may be allowed to continue the service, mentioned PTI.

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Although possessing no retrospective effects, the decision will be applicable from now onwards. The verdict came as a number of petitions to the Supreme Court were flooding in. Even Maharashtra government filed a petition against the verdict of the Bombay High Court.

Only last month the Central government announced its decision to dismiss any employee who had secured a job through fake certificates. Subsequently, it had asked all its departments to collect information from various organizations and find discrepancies.

It was also revealed that 1,296 cases of employment through fake certificates were registered under Department of Financial Services.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393