Kolkata: The West Bengal CID, on Thursday, ruled out any foul play in the “mysterious” disappearance of Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) question papers, claiming it actually “happened by accident”.
According to Inspector General, CID, Vineet Kumar Goyal, the packet of the question paper fell from the bus that carried them and was picked up by a truck driver.
Following inputs from eyewitness Abdul Quasim, CID sleuths tracked down the truck driver and his helper who had picked up the packet of the question papers.
“The truck driver admitted that his helper picked up the packet but after seeing that only papers were inside he threw them away,” Goyal told media persons.
“We interrogated the driver several times and could not establish any criminal intent,” he added.
Originally scheduled for August 30, the TET examination conducted by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education (WBBPE), was rescheduled first to October 4 and subsequently to October 11 after a bunch of question papers “mysteriously disappeared” while being transported to Hooghly district.
The state education minister, on August 28, announced about the disappearance of the question papers and rescheduling of the exam.
Besides directing WBBPE to initiate legal action against the postal department, the state government handed the probe to the CID.
The disappearance of the question papers led to a political slugfest with the ruling Trinamool Congress blaming the postal department which was entrusted to transport the papers, while the opposition Left Front and the Bharatiya Janata Party called it a “scam” and alleged Trinamool’s involvement.
While the Left Front demanded a judicial probe into the matter alleging the Trinamool was involved, student and youth wings of the Left parties on Tuesday took out a march to the Raj Bhavan and submitted a memorandum to Governor KN Tripathi seeking his intervention.
Agartala, April 5, 2017: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Wednesday assured of all-out efforts to protect the interests of more than 10,000 teachers affected by the Supreme Court verdict regarding termination of their jobs.
He also assured that his government will approach the Centre on the issue.
“We follow Supreme Court orders… (but) we cannot wash away the future of 10,323 teachers. We will take all steps to protect their interests,” Sarkar told reporters here.
He was speaking after chairing a meeting of the Council of Ministers that reviewed the March 29 apex court order.
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Dubbing the Supreme Court order — which upheld the Tripura High Court order in the case — as “unexpected”, the Chief Minister said : “The Cabinet decided that the state is committed to ensuring there is no disruption in educational endeavours and educational institutions function smoothly….”
Accompanied by Education and Law Minister Tapan Chakraborty and Information Minister Bhanulal Saha, Sarkar said his government will approach the Human Resource Development Ministry for relaxation in age and other criteria under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, for the affected teachers.
“The Council of Ministers reviewed the Supreme Court judgement and decided to comply with the court directions,” Sarkar said.
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The Chief Minister said that making selections through the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) is a big challenge for all states since the set eligibility criteria are tough for aspirants.
The Supreme Court on March 29 upheld the Tripura High Court order to terminate the jobs of 10,323 teachers, but allowed them to continue till December 31.
The court asked the state government to frame a new Employment Policy by April 30.
Quoting the apex court’s order, the Chief Minister said his government had been directed to initiate fresh recruitment by May 31 and complete it by December 31.
It was just another Monday morning. As the clock struck 8, I kissed my one-year-old daughter, waved goodbye to my wife and set out to drive to work. Luckily for me, there wasn’t much traffic today. But as soon as I reached the highway, another car zoomed past me. The driver probably had to get to work early for a meeting with his boss. There was a “Baby-on-board” sticker at the back of the car which brought a smile to my face as thoughts went back to my daughter and the first time she called me “da-da.”
However, my thoughts were interrupted with loud horns and screeching of tires. The truck on the 2nd lane had suddenly swerved right and would have hit the car if the driver had not applied the brakes at the right time. Seeing what unfolded in front of my eyes in a matter of seconds shocked me. Soon a series of questions popped up in my mind – the answers to which were not so pleasant. Questions like – What if the driver of the car had not slammed the breaks which would have otherwise led to an accident? What about his baby? Even worse, what if it was me a little ahead who had met with the accident? Would my wife be able to take care of our one-year-old daughter on her own?
In every four minutes, one person dies in a road accident in India, according to the NGO “Indians for Road Safety”. As per the data released by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, more than 1.45 lakh people lost their lives on Indian roads in 2015. Incidences of careless driving and uncertain terrains have made roads risky for a common man. Of course, under any such circumstances, the death of a loved one is a harrowing experience but with deep sorrow, the family will also need to deal with a financial crisis.
Here, the accidental death benefit rider proves beneficial for the family. A certain sum of money is paid over and above of basic sum assured to the nominee if the policyholder dies in an accident. For instance, Raj has bought a term insurance of Rs 50 lakhs and an additional accidental death benefit rider of the same amount. Now if Raj dies a natural death within the policy tenure, his nominee would be entitled to get Rs 50 lakhs. But if Raj dies in an accident, the nominee would get total Rs 1 crore.
Let’s understand what it entails.
Why should you buy the accidental death benefit rider?
How often do we see a family suffers financially because the breadwinner met with an accident? The jeopardy of permanent loss of income is devastating for the family. Therefore, it is highly recommended to buy an accidental death benefit rider so that in an event of death, the nominee gets an additional amount apart from the basic sum assured.
Further, this rider offers extra protection at a nominal premium rate. For instance, a 26-years old needs to pay Rs 7191 to get a life cover of Rs 1 crore under ICICI Pru iProtect Smart Plan. By paying an extra amount of Rs 472/month, he can enjoy triple benefits— terminal illness benefit + waiver of premium on disability + accidental death benefit. In this way, he can give triple protection to his family.
Moreover, this rider is eligible for tax benefits under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act and it can be attached to any policy, be it term plan or unit-linked plans.
Key Features of the Accidental Death Benefit Rider
Most of the insurers offer accidental death benefit riders with the following features:
Flexibility to choose premium mode as per own convenience—Single, Limited, and Regular Pay
Comprehensive protection till the end of the term of the main policy
Option to choose the rider either at inception or policy anniversary
What does it include?
For the purpose of payout, any accidental death caused by an external, unforeseen and violent force is covered under this rider. Also, such injury shall cause the death of the policyholder, generally within 90-180 days of the occurrence of the accident.
There are certain events which are not covered by accidental death benefit rider, and these are:
Attempted suicide or self-inflicted injuries
Engaging in aerial flights
Death of the life assured with criminal intent
Death due to participation in war or engaging in hazardous sports
The only thing certain about life is its uncertainty. We don’t know where life will take us, who will cross our way, and which direction we will be heading. But still, it doesn’t mean we should sit idle and let our destiny decide the next course of action.
Accidents bring along dire consequences and prove to be fatal for a family. It is true that we can’t control the uncertainty of life, but nothing can stand in the way of someone who is prepared to fight against all odds. So let’s become the master of our destiny and protect our family against any hurdles and surprises which this journey, called life, has in store for us.
Dharmveer Yadav met with a terrible accident 7 years ago, after which he was assumed to be dead
He returned home to the astonishment of his family and even his army unit
He says he met with another minor mishap which brought back his memory
In a very filmy twist, an army man, thought to have died nearly 7 years ago due to an car accident, re-appeared before his family in Alwar, Rajasthan, as a heartening surprise for everyone.
Dharmveer Yadav went missing on 27 November, 2009, in hilly Dehradun after a terrible car accident. The forces decided he had passed away after intense searches, and started providing a pension to the family from 2012.
However, as fate would have it, Yadav faced another minor accident with a motorbike nearly a week ago in Haridwar, which miraculously brought back his memory. With the Rs. 500 that the motorcyclist gave him, Yadav then caught a bus back to Behror, his hometown.
Initially, Dharmveer’s father did not recognize him at the door. “After second or third knock, I realised that I was not dreaming and rushed to the door. I went numb after seeing my son who for us was dead. I could not even utter a word. My elder son and his wife also came and brought Dharmveer and me into the room. No one could believe that he had returned,” Kailash, also an ex-serviceman told DNA.
Alwar district Soldier Welfare Officer RP Yadav said he informed about Dharmveer’s return to his army unit. The unit will decide on what further steps need to be taken. Dharmveer says after the first accident, he was helped by locals, but he remembers nothing.
Yadav’s whole family, including his wife and two daughters are on cloud 9 after their father returned home after such a long period of time. “It is a filmy story which I and my family have lived,” the elated father told DNA.
-prepared by Saurabh Bodas, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @saurabhbodas96