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Delhi’s coldest October since 1962

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New Delhi, Oct 31 : The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday said that Delhi recorded the coldest month of October since 1962.

“In 2020, Delhi recorded the mean minimum temperature of 17.2 degrees Celsius in October, which is the lowest since 1962 when it was 16.9 degrees Celsius at Safdarjung monitoring station.”

The IMD scientist said that the dip is due to calm winds and absence of cloud cover over the capital city, adding that the minimum temperature will further plummet to 10 degrees Celsius on November 1.

The national capital had also logged the minimum temperature of 12.5 degrees Celsius, the lowest in 26 years in the month of October, on Thursday. The lowest-ever temperature was logged in 1937 at 9.4 degrees Celsius, Srivastava added.

According to the IMD, the capital city generally records a mean minimum temperature of 19.1 degrees Celsius in the month of October.

Besides this, the maximum and minimum temperature will hover around 31.4 and 13 degrees Celsius on Saturday. Wind speed will be 11.1 kmph. The sky will also remain clear.

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Punjab CM launches scholarship scheme for SC students

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday formally launched the recently announced Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Post Matric Scheduled Caste Scholarship Scheme, and also virtually laid the foundation stone of Rs 50 crore worth of projects at Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal in Amritsar to mark the Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti.

Participating in the Valmiki Jayanti celebrations here, the Chief Minister also inaugurated a new Ram Tirath ITI, while giving the go-ahead for the establishment of a skill development centre to prepare Dalit students for competitive exams

In addition, he announced an annual holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act in remembrance of the great personality, and said that Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar would organise an annual seminar on Bhagwan Valmiki on the eve of his birth anniversary every year.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister distributed Post Matric SC Scholarship Certificates to students and congratulated the Valmiki Samaj for various schemes launched by the Technical Education and other departments for the Dalit community in the state.

His government was committed to the welfare of the community, he added.

The Chief Minister said the state scholarship scheme would ensure that poor SC students get free higher education, which the government of India had unfairly deprived them of with its abrupt withdrawal of the Central aid of Rs 800 crore to the state.

The Dr B.R. Ambedkar Post Matric SC Scholarship, being launched without any financial contribution from the Centre, will provide 100 per cent fee waiver for the SC students to give them net savings of about Rs 550 crore, he said.

The scheme, which will benefit more than 3,00,000 poor SC students every year, will involve no upfront payment by these students to government and private educational institutions.

The institutes will provide free education to the SC students under the scheme against direct subsidy from the state government, the Chief Minister announced, adding the students will also get monthly stipend to buy books, uniforms, etc.

Giving details of the Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal projects, the Chief Minister said these include a panorama on Maharishi Valmiki (Rs 25-30 crore), facade lights (Rs 10.9 crore), filtration plant in the sarovar (Rs 4.75 crore), furniture (Rs 2 crore) and construction of a ‘parikrama’ (Rs 1.3 crore).

Virtually inaugurating the temporary campus of the ITI at Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal, popularly known as Ram Tirath, Amarinder Singh said the institute will contribute to generating more jobs for youngsters.

Around 90 trainees had so far been admitted to the institute, he announced, adding that the student strength will be raised to 240 by next year when the building will be renovated at a cost of Rs 1.82 crore and machinery worth Rs 3.5 crore will be procured.

The number of courses will also be increased from the current four to nine, he added.

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Educational institutions in Assam to reopen on Nov 2

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GUWAHATI: The Elementary, Secondary and Higher Education Department of the Assam Government has issued new standard operating procedure (SOP) for re-opening of Schools/Colleges/Engineering Colleges/Polytechnics/Private educational institutions as well as Govt. and private training and coaching institutes/universities in the State. The SOP will come into effect from 2nd November.

Attendance of students must not be enforced and shall be purely based on parental consent, states the Assam government in its latest guidelines.

As per the guidelines, in Upper Primary, Secondary and Senior Secondary schools, for students of class VI, VIII, X and XII, classes will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Classes VII, IX and XI, classes will be conducted on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Fixation of first batch and second batch of students will be done by the Head of the Institution, and institutions will prepare a daily routine chart for imparting, giving equal importance to all subjects.

The first batch of students will come at 08.00 AM and stay up to 12.00 Noon and the second batch of students will come at 12.30 PM and stay up to 03.30 PM.

As for midday meals, the first batch will have their midday meal from 11.30 AM to 12.00 noon, and the next batch from 12.30 PM to 01.00 PM. SMC/SMDC shall distribute food security allowance to the eligible absentee children as per entitlements/ norms following the guidelines of distribution of food security allowance.

Sanitization has to be done on every weekend (preferably on every Sunday).

Before the schools reopen, Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) of all Teachers/Cooks/ Staff members have to be done and thereafter periodic testing at an interval of 30 days from time to time.

Temperatures check of all students/teachers etc. shall be done every day through thermo scanner.

Whenever any single COVID-19 positive case is detected in the school premises and thereafter, the school should be opened the next day only for COVID 19 testing of all, and in case of multiple positive cases detected in the school premises, the institution will be closed for a period of 7 days.

School buses will carry 1/3 intake of the students in the bus.

In respect of those educational institutions which do not have potable water/drinking water facilities/stations, the school shall not be re-opened on 2nd November 2020 and the decision in this connection will be taken by the Deputy Commissioner of the District.

However, all hostel facilities in schools and colleges will remain suspended until further orders.

Online mode of education will continue for students who prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend schools/colleges.

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