'No school admission without proper birth certificate'
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it mandatory for all government, public and private schools to admit only children with proper birth certificates.
It has also ruled that an individual cannot seek to correct his/her date of birth "after expiry of three years of attaining majority". The decision would be applicable in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
A division bench of justice Hemant Gupta and justice Lisa Gill said: "We do hope that the schools within the jurisdiction of this court insist upon birth certificate issued from the registrar of births and deaths at the time of admission to the schools so that such date of birth (DOB) is correctly reflected in the matriculation certificate."
"If it's not being followed, all schools, government, public and/or private, shall not grant admission to the child unless he produces his birth certificate from the registrar of births and deaths. Thus, the date of birth in the school record leading to matriculation certificate would be in sync with the date of birth from the records of the registrar of births and deaths," the bench observed.
The high court clarified that the certificate issued by the registrar of births and deaths carried a statutory presumption of correctness.
"But if, in the face of such certificate, another date of birth is given while seeking admission in a school, the principles of estoppel will be applicable," it said.
One of the petitioners, Ambika Kaul, had sought correction of date of birth in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) certificate on the basis of an entry made in a register maintained by the registrar of births and deaths.
The court said that the date of birth written in the CBSE certificate was at variance with the one in the registrar's record.
Earlier, the petitioners' plea for correction was turned by a single bench by observing that there was no scope of changing the DOB once it was put in the school records.
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.