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Hundreds of Bihar Class 12 students protest against being failed, demand re-checking

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Patna, June 3: Hundreds of Class 12 students in Bihar who have failed in their exams continued their protest for the fourth consecutive day in Patna on Saturday demanding re-checking of their answer sheets and action against top officials, police said.

More than eight lakh of the over 12 lakh students who appeared for the Class 12 exams conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), failed this year. The results were declared on Tuesday.

The angry students, led by the CPI-ML student wing AISA, staged a protest outside the Bihar Inter-Council office and reportedly damaged the windows of a bus besides blocking roads and pelting stones at the police, officials said.

“We want re-examination for all and action against the BSEB chairman,” a protesting student said.

The police resorted to baton-charge to disperse the protesters but failed as the slogan shouting students returned outside the Council office and continued their protest despite the scorching heat.

“Hundreds of students protested for the fourth day and raised slogans against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Bihar Education Minister Ashok Choudhary and BSEB chairman Anand Kishore over the poor results,” a police official said.

Similar protests also took place in Vaishali district on Saturday.

The students were led by the CPI student wing AISF and the RSS’ student wing ABVP during their protests on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

In a repeat of last year’s events, the BSEB on Friday cancelled the result of Class 12 topper in the Arts stream Ganesh Kumar and arrested him for committing forgery among other charges.

Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj, who interrogated Ganesh after he was produced in the local court on Saturday, told media he confessed that he had fudged his age to appear in the examination.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has assured that the failed students can apply online for re-evaluation or verification of their answer sheets and these results will be out within a month. He also promised the BSEB will hold compartmental exams soon.

The pass percentage of students of Science, Arts and Commerce streams was 35.24 percent this year as only 4,47,115 students passed of the total 12,40,168 students who appeared in the exams after the authorities implemented strict measures against cheating.

Last year, the total pass percentage was 62.19 percent. It stood at 87.45 percent in 2015, 88.04 percent in 2013 and 90.74 per cent in 2012.

A senior BSEB official said the drastic fall in pass percentage vindicated their strict efforts to conduct cheating-free examinations.

This year, CCTV cameras were installed at entrances of the examination halls and videography was conducted throughout the duration of the exam.

Use of all communication gadgets, including mobile phones, inside the examination halls was prohibited.

Mass cheating in board exams has been rampant in Bihar for years.

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Prisoner escaped from Delhi’s LNJP hospital after throwing chilli powder into eyes of Police

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New Delhi, Feb 19: A prisoner on Monday escaped from Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital after throwing chilli powder into eyes of Delhi Police personnel who had brought him there.

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Rs 1 cr heist at Shiva temple in Haryana

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Saketri Shiva Temple. (File Photo0

Chandigarh, Feb 19: Thieves took away jewellery and valuables worth nearly Rs 1 crore from a historic Shiva Temple in Haryana’s Panchkula district, police said on Monday.

The theft took place in Saketri on the intervening night of February 18-19. The entire theft was caught on CCTV.

“The thieves broke open locks of the temple and took away gold and silver jewellery and valuables,” a priest at the temple said.

The Haryana Police is investigating the matter.

The temple, located around 10 km from here, attracts hundreds of devotees daily. Thousands of people offered prayers at the temple on the occasion of Mahashivratri on February 13-14.

The temple had received lakhs of rupees in cash as offering which had been deposited in the bank only two days back, the priests told the police.

However, the valuables of the temple and offerings made after had remained in the temple complex.

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Bihar: Two bombs found in front of Gaya’s government school

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Patna, Feb 19: Two bombs were found in front of the main gate of a Government school in Gaya’s Paraiya on Monday. 

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