US co fined $275,000 for anti-Muslim behaviour

The Houston-based Halliburton, one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry with over 55,000 employees, has agreed to pay the amount and furnish significant relief to settle a national origin and religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the US Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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Delhi: MCD School Put Hindu, Muslim Students in Different Sections

New Delhi: A primary school in Wazirabad, Delhi, is alleged of segregating Hindu and Muslim students in different sections, said a daily on Wednesday. According to The Indian Express, the complaint was made by a section of teachers employed by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). (Also read: 36 Girls Drop Out of Bihar School Alleging Harassment)

The daily even accessed the attendance records of the North MCD Boys’ School, Wazirabad village, Gali Number 9, and found the information to be true. For instance, Class IA has 36 Hindus and IB has 36 Muslims and the pattern follow until Class V which is the senior-most class in an MCD school. According to the Right To Education Act, each section should have 30 students at the primary level.

When the daily accosted CB Singh Sehrawat, the teacher in charge of the school since the principal was tranferred, denied that this was done deliberately. “Reshuffling of sections is standard procedure which happens in all schools. This was a management decision to try and do the best we can to see that there is peace, discipline and a good learning environment in the school. Children fought sometimes.”

But were the fights based on religion? To this, he said, “Of course children this young don’t know about religion, but they squabble over things. Some children are vegetarian, so there may be differences, and so on. We need to look after the interests of all teachers and students.”

However, a source did tell the daily that such reshuffling began only once Sehrawat took over in July. The academic session began in April. “He initiated these changes and teachers were not consulted in the matter. When some teachers tried to bring it up with him, he told them that it was none of their concern and that they should do their assigned jobs,” the source said.

Some teachers then went to the MCD zonal office in Civil Lines to complain but they couldn’t do so in writing, for fear of being targeted. A senior official from the education department of the North Municipal Corporation of Delhi said, “We will definitely inquire about it. If the allegations are true, strict action will be taken.”

Meanwhile, parents of students studying at the school do not know. A mother of a Class IV student denied that such segregation was taking place until her son said, “There are no Hindu boys in my class. A good friend of mine is no longer in the same classroom.”

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Forget China, let us be Indonesia instead

‘While we may aspire to be a democratic if smaller version of China, we may only manage to become a larger, more accomplished Indonesia,’ says T N Ninan.

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