After missing a string of deadlines, the results of the final year polytechnic diploma exam of the Board of Technical Education, Uttar Pradesh (BTEUP) was announced on Friday, ending the uncertainty in the minds of more than 2 lakh students. Like previous years, girls outperformed boys in the exam this year too.  

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    The pass percentage of girls this year is pegged at 73%, compared to the 55% of boys who managed to clear the exams. A total of nearly 15,000 girls appeared in the exam while more than 1.77 lakh boys took the exam, said SN Singh, secretary, board of technical education.
    The result was declared on July 28 after the authorities missed several consecutive deadline of announcement of results. The results were first scheduled to be out on June 25, and then rescheduled multiple times to June 30, July 6 and July 13. 
    The board conceded that the delays were due to their failure to complete the evaluatioin work on time. Singh told HT that next time it will be declared on time. “There were certain technical issues that has delayed the process of preparing final year result,’ he said.
    The BTEUP conducts examinations for students enrolled with polytechnic colleges across Uttar Pradesh in various disciplines like Electrical, Electronics, Civil, Mechanical, Automobile, Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT).

Train rape victim trashes Trivedi’s safety pitch

  • Joydeep Thakur, Hindustan Times, Katwa (Burdwan)
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  • Updated: Mar 15, 2012 01:22 IST

Rape cases across India are on the rise with even erstwhile safe metros such as Bangalore and Kolkata reporting violent crimes against women. Raj K Raj/HT Photo

Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi might have won accolades by making safety a priority in the railway budget. But in a remote corner of Bengal, his assurances seem to have come a bit late.

On Wednesday, as Trivedi was presenting his budget in Parliament, a 30-year-old woman from Burdwan’s Ambal village was at the Katwa jail, identifying a gang of train robbers who had raped her.

On February 25, the woman was dragged down from a train and raped when she resisted the robbers. Her 11-year-old daughter, who was accompanying her, was held at gunpoint.

“It is easy to speak of safety sitting in an air-conditioned room surrounded by armed guards,” the woman said. “Let the minister come to a remote village like Ambal and board a train in the evening. He would understand what passengers go through.”

Since the incident, the women in the family have not left home after sundown. The young girls have stopped going to school. And train travel is out of the question.

“Forget the safety aspect, ministers should first learn to be sensitive to citizens who have voted them to power,” she said.

The allusion was to West Bengal CM and Trivedi’s party chief Mamata Banerjee, who had claimed there had been no rape and the victim had lodged a fake complaint.

Asked whether they had watched the railway budget on television, the woman smiled. “Our chores are more important, we are not interested in promises any more,” she said.


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