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HC refuses to stay action against private Delhi school

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New Delhi, June 9 : The Delhi High Court on Friday did not stay the Delhi government’s proposed action against a private school for not refunding excess fee.

A division bench of Justice Sunil Gaur and Justice C. Hari Shankar issued notice to the Directorate of Education seeking its response on plea of the school challenging the department’s May 29 notice to refund the excess fees and posted the matter for June 14.

The private school is one of 531 schools which, as per the high court-appointed Justice Anil Dev Singh committee, had charged excess fees on the pretext of implementing the 6th Pay Commission’s recommendations. The panel was set up in 2011 to review fees of private schools.

After examining 1,092 private schools, the panel had said that 531 among them had charged excess fee and recommended that it should be refunded with nine per cent interest.

The department, in its May 29 notice to several defaulting schools, said that their failure to refund the excess fees could lead to their de-recognition or taking over of its management as per the Delhi School Education Act and Rules of 1973.

The school has sought stay of the notice saying its representation on review of recommendation is yet to be decided by the department. The department however said neither it nor the panel can review its recommendation and the school ought to have come to court much earlier.

The department had issued notice to schools after the court had asked them to ensure compliance of the committee’s recommendations, while hearing a plea by NGO Abhibhavak Mahasangh, which had alleged that the DoE was not ensuring implementation of the recommendations of the committee.

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Bhopal: Fire breaks out in shopping complex, 100 shops gutted

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More than 100 shops gutted in the fire which broke out in a shopping complex in Bhopal’s Bairagarh, more than 20 fire tenders at the spot, cause of fire yet to be ascertained

However, Fire fighting operations are underway at the shopping complex.

Army vehicle and jawans have reached the shopping complex to join in the fire fighting operation. More than 20 fire tenders at the spot.

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Jammu records lowest temperature, severe cold wave lashes J&K

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Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 17: The minimum temperature in Jammu city dropped to a minus 5.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday thereby recording the season’s lowest temperature as a severe cold wave has lashed Jammu and Kashmir.

“The minimum temperature in Jammu city was 5.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday and Saturday. This is the lowest recorded in the city this season so far,” a MET department official said

The cold wave conditions are likely to continue in the state during the next 48 hours and the night temperatures are likely to drop further due to clear night sky.

“The minimum temperature was minus 3.7 degrees Celsius in Srinagar while it was minus 9.2 in Pahalgam and minus 7.5 in Gulmarg.

“Kargil was the coldest town in the state on Sunday as the minimum dropped to a minus 13.4 degrees Celsius which was followed by Leh where it dropped to minus 12.2 degrees Celsius.

“The minimum temperatures in Katra town was 7.2, in Batote 4.2, Bannihal 1.7, Bhaderwah minus 0.2 and in Udhampur it was 3.1 degrees Celsius,” the official added.

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Celebrations in Lucknow, Amethi as Rahul takes over as Congress chief

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Lucknow, Dec 16 : Celebrations broke out in the Uttar Pradesh capital and Amethi on Saturday as soon as Rahul Gandhi took over as the new president of the Congress.

Jubilant party workers danced to the thumping of dhols and burst firecrackers as news of the coronation of their “Rahul Bhaiyya” was telecast on television channels.

The centre of the celebrations in the state capital was the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) office at Mall Avenue where a large number of old timers, party loyalists, supporters and workers along with state office bearers had gathered since morning in anticipation of the Gandhi scion taking over the party reins.

Over 100 kg of sweets was also distributed. Legislator Aradhana Mishra, who took part in the celebrations, said this was a momentous occasion for the party as a young leader was now in charge of the party fortunes.

“Youth are the backbone of the country and it is a heartening moment for all of us that the power has now shifted to a young leader,” she said.

Several hoardings have come up in Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Rahul Gandhi, congratulating him on his elevation as the Congress boss. Party workers also took out small motorcycle rallies with Congress flags to mark the occasion.

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