Schools told to give 15 pc seats to poor, staff children
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday ordered all unaided recognised private schools in the city, functioning on government land taken on lease at special rates, to reserve 10 per cent seats for poor students, and another five per cent for wards of school staff.
The rule will apply from 2008-09. The schools must also provide free education to these children, a division bench of justices T.S. Thakur and S.N. Aggarwal said in an interim order. Schools which do not comply with the order would be de-recognised and their land leases would be cancelled.
The order came on a petition of the Action Committee of Unaided Private Schools, challenging a related government order of January 2007. The government had asked all these 241 schools to allot 20 per cent free seats. But the schools had said they would be forced to raise fees and pass on the burden to other students if they implemented the rule.
Usha Ram of National Progressive Schools’ Conference, welcomed the order: “By reducing the ceiling from 20 to 10 per cent the court has avoided a fee hike.”
Lawyer Ashok Aggarwal, on whose plea the government had ordered 20 per cent free seats, said he would move the Supreme Court for more seats for poor students.
Bengaluru police on Tuesday filed a 770-page charge sheet before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in an acid attack case that happened in the city in late April, news agency ANI reported Wednesday. As many as 92 witnesses have been mentioned in the charge sheet. The accused, Nagesh Babu, had been pursuing the victim for around seven years, during which he proposed marriage several times despite the victim's firm refusals.
Former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, who was arrested on July 23 in an alleged job scam case, has been reading compilations of the works of writer-activist Mahasweta Devia and sermons of 19th-century saint Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in his solitary cell at Kolkata's historic Presidency Jail now designated as a correctional home. Officials said Chatterjee has also requested a few other books on politics, economics, and law.
Delhi's air quality was in the satisfactory category on Wednesday morning as partly overcast weather was expected with a minimum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and the maximum 37 degrees Celsius. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the hourly air quality index was 98 at 7am. On Sunday, the average 24-hour AQI was 112 in the moderate category with PM2.5 and PM 10 being the significant pollutants.
With speculation in some quarters about overhaul in Karnataka BJP, including replacement of the Chief Minister, once again coming to the fore, Opposition Congress on Tuesday took a dig at Basavaraj Bommai by calling Bommai a "Puppet CM" even as some ruling party leaders ruled out the possibility of a leadership-change.
Two drug addicts were arrested and four minor boys detained in connection with the killing of a food delivery man in Madhya Pradesh's Indore, police said on Tuesday. The motive of the accused was to rob the food and money from the victim, Sunil Verma (20), was carrying on the July 29 night, a police officer said. The incident had occurred under the limits of Banganga police station.