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Tamil Nadu, December 23, 2016: Every year, in Sikkarayapuram, the annual festival of the ancient Shiva temple brings joy to the students of the Government Primary School.

During the festival, the school remains closed. This is not due to some old age tradition; instead, it is because the educational institute is built on the same premises as the temple. The Headmistress of the school R. Rani, believes that the festival binds all the people living in the neighborhood. The school completes the syllabus a bit early so that children can be a part of the festival. Also, it ensures that festival celebration does not hamper the functioning of the school.

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Founded 26 years ago, the school is situated in Sikkarayapuram, one of the 42 villages of the Kundrathur Panchayat Union in the Kancheepuram district. Before the school was built by the elderly of the village, children had to walk six kilometres to attend the government school in Kundrathur.

According to The Hindu, the school is built on the premise of ancient Shiva temple, with lingam as its core deity. There were two reasons for selecting the temple for the school. One, the temple is situated on the Kundrathur Main road. The road connects the major neighborhoods including Poonamallee, Kundrathur, Porur and Mogalivakkam. Two, the temple was considered safe for the schoolchildren as devotees and residents from the neighborhood frequently visited the temple.

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Manogaran, former president of Sikkarayapuram Village Panchayat, said, “As the neighborhood does not have private schools, the state-run school up to middle level (class eight) provides basic education for our children in the locality. As the temple is located on the busy stretch, easy connectivity to the school is an advantage.”

Started in 1990, the school has around 70 students, with 50 percent girls. New classrooms were built recently. Most of the students are from the migrant families who work in the nearby units of quarries. A government school, up to class eight, is located on the same stretch, just a few hundred meters away from the primary school.

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For class ten and above, children have to travel to Kundrathur where higher level government schools are located. Temple authorities schedule the morning and evening prayers before and after the school hours. They make sure that students are not distracted by the sound of the puja. The temple does not even have a loudspeaker or temple bells to ensure that students are not disturbed while studying.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53


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Upcoming medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages

The new medical colleges being opened in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages.

The state government has issued an order naming four district hospitals that are being converted into medical colleges.

These district hospitals are in Bijnor, Fatehpur, Chandauli, and Siddharth Nagar.

The Bijnor medical college has been named after Mahatma Vidur, a philosopher during the Mahabharata era and uncle of the Pandavas and Kauravas.

The Chandauli medical college has been named after Baba Keenaram, said to be the founder of the Aghori sect.

The Siddharth Nagar district hospital will be called Madhav Prasad Tripathi Medical College after the BJP politician from the region. Tripathi, popularly known as Madhav Babu, was also the first Uttar Pradesh BJP chief. He was elected MP from Domariyaganj in 1977, besides being two times Jan Sangh MLA and also a member of the UP legislative council.

The Fatehpur hospital has been named Amar Shaheed Jodha Singh Ataiya Thakur Dariyawn Singh Medical College, after the freedom fighter of 1857.

It is said that he was among the first to use Guerrilla warfare against the British, as taught by freedom fighter Tatya Tope.

Meanwhile, according to official sources, the medical college in Deoria will be named after Maharishi Devraha Baba and the medical college of Ghazipur in the name of Maharishi Vishwamitra.

The medical college of Mirzapur will be in the name of Maa Vindhyavasini, the medical college of Pratapgarh in the name of Dr. Sonelal Patel and the medical college of Etah will be named after Veerangana Avantibai Lodhi. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Medical Colleges, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, India, Politics

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Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked India as the favourite to win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Inzamam feels that the Virat Kohli-led India have a greater chance of winning the trophy as the conditions in the Gulf nations are similar to the subcontinent, which makes India the most dangerous side in the event, according to Inzamam.

"In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win' It's all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.

He said more than the Indian batters, the bowlers have a lot of experience of playing in the conditions. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was played recently in UAE and most of the Indian bowlers did well in that leg.

Inzy heaped praises on the Men in Blue for the confident manner in which they chased the target against Australia on a challenging track without needing Kohli's batting prowess.

"India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so," he added.

Though he did not pick any favourite, Inzamam termed the India-Pakistan clash in the Super 12 on October 24 as the 'final before the final' and said the team winning it will go into the remaining matches high on morale,

"The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other, and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them," Inzamam added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Pakistan, Sports, ICC T20 World Cup, UAE.

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