Party spends drop; FB's political ad revenues drop

The cumulative spends on Google are in excess of Rs 27.4 crore. There have been 14,837 advertisements on Google platforms.

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Telangana: Teacher Gives Student ‘0’ Marks Instead of 99, Sacked

Hyderabad: This is the most glaring and classic example of the scale of goof-up in Telangana Board of Intermediate examinations with a student getting ‘0’ marks instead of ’99’in a subject.

Gajji Navya failed in Intermediate Second Year (12th standard) as she scored ‘0’ marks in Telugu paper. This student from Mancherial district (Hall ticket number 1933216764) scored 99 marks in Commerce, 96 in Civics, 95 in Economics and 68 in English.

She was shocked to see the results declared by the Telangana Board of Intermediate (BIE) on April 18. She could not believe when she saw ‘0’ in Telugu as she had scored 98 in Telugu paper in 11th standard and equally good marks in the remaining subjects.

With a leading Telugu daily highlighting her plight, the BIE swung into action and after checking her answer sheet revised the marks obtained in Telugu to 99. The incident caused huge embarrassment to the Board.

With 21 students committing suicide and many students like Navya coming out in open to vent their anger, the state government was forced to order re-verification of answer sheets of 3.28 lakh students who failed to obtain the pass marks. A total of 9.47 students had appeared in the exams for both First and Second Year in February-March.

After an inquiry into Navya’s case, BIE suspended a teacher and imposed fine on another. It announced that it has imposed Rs 5,000 fine against Uma Devi, a teacher of a private school who evaluated Telugu paper of Navya. She was also sacked by her school management.

BIE also suspended Vijay Kumar, a teacher of a tribal welfare school, who had served as a scrutinizer but failed to notice the blunder.

BIE announced the action against the two teachers late on Sunday, a day after a three-member committee submitted its report to the government, which admitted to the discrepancies.

However, the opposition parties and student groups are demanding action against the higher-ups in the Board and also the information technology company for the massive bungling.

They alleged that BIE was shielding those who committed serious blunders like giving single digit marks to many students who had done well in First Year exams and also marking many students as ‘absent’ though they had in fact appeared in the exams.

While free re-verification of answer scripts of all failed students was undertaken free of cost, thousands of students who passed the exams but not satisfied with the marks given also applied for re-valuation with the payment of prescribed fee.

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Telangana Intermediate Results 2019: Free of Cost Reevaluation For Failed Candidates, Directs KCR

New Delhi: As the number of student suicide shot up in Telangana owing to bad scores in intermediate exam, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao called an emergency meeting with the education officials and directed them to hold free of cost reevaluation and recounting for failed candidates, News18 reported.

Further, KCR also asked the officials to hold an “advanced supplementary examinations without scope for a year loss”, the news channel reported.

It must be noted that so far, a total of 20 suicides have been reported from the state so far.

Notably, a charge of Rs 600 was levied if any student opts for a reevaluation, and recounting of marks. Time and again, students, as well as parents, have raised their demand to conduct reevaluation free of cost.

In the wake of student suicide, KCR expressed his disappointment and said, “Intermediate education is not the entire life. Failing in examination does not amount to failing in life. Life is precious”, the report said.

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Azim Premji loosens purse strings further for philanthropy

With the latest action, the value of the philanthropic endowment corpus contributed by Premji is about $21 billion, which includes 67 per cent of the economic ownership of Wipro.

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PM's ambitious plan: 10K CNG pumps, 2 cr household connections

Modi said the push towards a gas-based economy where the share of environment-friendly fuel in the energy basket will be increased from 6.2 per cent to 15 per cent by 2030, will create lakhs of jobs and help meet India’s COP-21 commitment of cutting emission intensity by 33-35 per cent.

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Telangana Schools Body Starts Day-long Bandh, Private Schools to Remain Closed on Friday

Hyderabad: All private schools in Telangana will remain closed on Friday following the bandh call given by the Telangana Recognised School Management Association (TRSMA), said reports. The private school managements have been protesting the fact that for ETRs (extension of temporary registration), they have to submit fire, traffic and other NOCs (no objection certificates), said a report in The Times of India. They said the government cannot have different parameters for private and government schools. (Also read: EC Brings Model Code of Conduct Into Force in Telangana)

“If private schools have to submit NOCs from fire and traffic departments as well as Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation for safety purposes, the same should also be implemented for government schools. They can’t mandate something like this in the name of safety only for private schools. Also, these rules were formulated only a few years back, whereas many of these schools were established about 20-30 years ago. It is not fair to ask these schools to follow rules that are practically impossible to implement,” S Madhusudhan Reddy, president, TRSMA, Hyderabad, told the daily, adding that all the 10,000 private schools in the state were backing the bandh.

The managements of private schools said if the state wanted schools to get these NOCs, every year about 600 schools will be forced to remain closed, which will deprive the economically backward of the opportunity of an education. They added that the state couldn’t allocate the entire education budget only to students studying in government schools as it was their responsibility to provide free education to every student. “When 55% of students are studying in private schools, it doesn’t make any sense to allocate the entire budget only for students studying in government schools. Instead,
they should give Rs 30,000 to each student through direct beneficiary transfer (DBT) and let the students and their parents opt for a school of their choice,” said K Uma Maheswar Rao, general secretary, TRSMA, was quoted as saying.

The TRSMA also demanded health cards for teachers of private schools and that they be made beneficiaries of 2BHK scheme of the government. They said if the state failed to meet their demands, they would intensify their protest.

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With Modicare rollout, focus shifts to states

States are now gearing up to implement the scheme, integrating it with their own public health insurance plans and tying up the loose ends.

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Can Chhattisgarh maintain its lead under Ayushman Bharat?

In Chhattisgarh, 40 lakh BPL smart card holders under the state’s existing MSBY will be beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat.

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