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Delhi Govt approaches High Court to challenge court’s order on the nursery admissions

The court had questioned the Delhi government's decision to impose the neighborhood restriction to only those schools that are built on Delhi Development Authority land

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New Delhi, February 17, 2017: The AAP government on Thursday approached the DelhiHigh Court, challenging a single-judge order that stayed its nursery admissions notification compelling 298 private schools, built on public land, to adopt only neighborhood criteria.

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Filing an appeal before a division bench, Delhi government contended that the single judge was wrong and erroneous and sought setting aside of the February 14 order.

Justice Manmohan in his February 14 order said Delhigovernment’s January 7 notification was “arbitrary and discriminatory”.

The notification issued by the Department of Education of Delhi governmenthad made “distance” the primary criterion for admission of tiny tots.

The courthad questioned the Delhigovernment’s decision to impose the neighborhood restriction to only those schools that are built on DelhiDevelopment Authority land.

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The notification accorded priority to students living within a radius of one km from the school concerned. In case the seats remain vacant, those living within a distance of 3 km will get the chance for admission.

There are 1,400 private unaided schools in the capital, of which 298 are built on land allotted by the DDA.

The court’s judgment came on petitions filed by two school bodies — the Action Committee of Unaided Recognised Private Schools and Forum for Promotion of Quality Education along with a few parents to challenge the guidelines.

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Earlier, the high courtstayed the government’s nursery admission notification that made it mandatory for private unaided minority schools t o admit students, in the unreserved category, on the basis of neighborhood criteria. (IANS)

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Delhi High Court Directs Private Clinic to Continue with the Stem Cell Treatment

The clinic, which is administering the medicine, cannot function under the new rules until the licence is duly obtained

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In an interim relief, the Delhi High Court has directed a private clinic to continue with the stem cell treatment being provided to the patients till its further orders.

The court’s interim direction came while hearing various petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to put stem cell therapy in the category of new drugs.

The petitioners were being provided stem cell treatment in Nutech Mediworld Clinic in Green Park here.

A Division Bench of justices Anu Malhotra and Talwant Singh said that all details of treatment being provided to the petitioners by the clinic be placed on record with an affidavit.

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The court has sought the response of Centre and Indian Council of Medical Research to file reply on the petition and listed the matter for September 4 for further hearing.

The court has directed authorities concerned to examine whether the products being administered to the petitioners, prima facie, fall within the scope of the expression ‘new drugs’ as defined under Rule 2(1) (w) of New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules, 2019 and communicate the view to the petitioners and the said clinic.

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On account of the Centre’s fresh notification on ‘New Drugs and Clinical Rule 2019’, some medications used for the treatment would fall under the definition of ‘new drug’ and require approval from the authority concerned.

The clinic, which is administering the medicine, cannot function under the new rules until the licence is duly obtained. (IANS)