HC dismisses Haryana guest teachers' plea on termination notice
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday dismissed an application filed by guest teachers who were put on notice for termination by the Haryana government on Friday.
The detailed order on the application is awaited. The application, filed on Monday, was heard on "an urgent basis" by the single-judge bench of justice Amit Rawal.
The petitioners had sought a clarification on the court order of May 11, wherein the state was directed to dispense with the services of 4,073 surplus guest teachers. In the HC order, it was also recorded that the teachers would be given 24 hours' notice prior to the termination order.
Friday's showcause notices to guest teachers were given to those working as social studies masters, mathematics masters and Hindi teachers in government schools. The notice was served following a May 11 undertaking given by the state government in the high court that it would do away with the services of surplus guest teachers in accordance with the law.
Grand plans come a cropper
*The accused have been identified as Sandeep Bahari and Vivek Gupta, owners of Lotus education society in Patiala, and Vineet Goyal of Bhai Gurudas education centre in Mansa
* More than 3,000 fake degrees were issued by the Patiala-based centre; over 500 such degrees were issued to Mansa students
* The police said Sandeep and Vivek had a plan to open a varsity in Nagaland but it couldn't materialise
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.