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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.

IANS

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BJP MLA’s brother booked for abusing J&K CM in rally

“A video had gone viral on social networking sites in which Rajinder Choudhary alias Bubby is heard hurling choicest invective against Mufti,” sources said.

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Jammu, May 21 : Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday registered a case against the brother of BJP MLA and former minister Choudhary Lal Singh for allegedly abusing Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during ‘Dogra Swabhiman’ rally organised on May 20 in Kathua district.

“A video had gone viral on social networking sites in which Rajinder Choudhary alias Bubby is heard hurling choicest invective against Mufti,” sources said.

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Mercury soars to 48 degrees in Maharashtra; rush at hill, sea resorts

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Mumbai, May 21: With the mercury rising above 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of Maharashtra and even 48 degrees at one place on Monday, people took for the cooler climes of hill stations or sea resorts to escape the heat.

Temperatures touched 48 degrees in Chandrapur, which became the hottest in the state, while many parts of Vidarbha like Gadchiroli was 47 degrees, Nagpur and Wardha were at 46 degrees, and Akola, Yavatmal and Amravati were 45 degrees.

Several other districts in Marathwada like Parbhani notched 45 degrees and Aurangabad, Nanded and Osmanabad recorded 42 degrees and many other parts of north and west Maharashtra, were in the 40-plus degrees range, according to India Meteorological Department data.

Mumbai and adjoining coastal belt districts were a sweltering 34-36 degrees with the high humidity making life miserable for the people.

Skymet Weather has attributed the high temperatures in most parts of the state due to the prevalence of dry and hot northwesterly winds sweeping over the region from the hotter areas of Sindh and Baluchistan.

However, it expects a brief respite from hot weather conditions in Vidarbha which are likely to be hit by rains and thundershowers over the next couple of days.

The hot weather had driven people to the cool climes of hill stations or sea resorts across the state with most places recording full bookings as the summer holiday season veers to and end within a fortnight.

According to a Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) official, most popular hill-stations like Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani (Satara), Matheran (Raigad), Jawhar (Palghar), Lonaval-Khandala (Pune), Amboli (Sindhudurg), Bhandardara (Ahmednagar), Chikhaldhara (Amravati), among others have recorded full turnout of tourists spelling boomtime for hoteliers and allied tourism services.

The weekdays are also going full in most places including sea resorts like Dahanu, Thane, Palghar, Alibag, Kihim, Murud-Janjira, Harnai, Ganpatipule and others on the Konkan region where tourists cool out in the Arabian Sea waters.

Meanwhile, according to weather officials, a a low-pressure area has built up over the south-west Arabian Sea with an upper air cyclonic circulation extending upto 3.6 kms above the sea-level.

This could concentrate into a depression in the next 48 hours with the likelihood of intensifying into a cyclonic moving towards west-north-west and towards northern Africa over the next three days.

Accordingly, warnings have been issued to fishermen against venturing out in the high seas over the next couple of days.

With the mercury rising above 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of Maharashtra and even 48 degrees at one place on Monday, people took for the cooler climes of hill stations or sea resorts to escape the heat.

Temperatures touched 48 degrees in Chandrapur, which became the hottest in the state, while many parts of Vidarbha like Gadchiroli was 47 degrees, Nagpur and Wardha were at 46 degrees, and Akola, Yavatmal and Amravati were 45 degrees.

Several other districts in Marathwada like Parbhani notched 45 degrees and Aurangabad, Nanded and Osmanabad recorded 42 degrees and many other parts of north and west Maharashtra, were in the 40-plus degrees range, according to India Meteorological Department data.

Mumbai and adjoining coastal belt districts were a sweltering 34-36 degrees with the high humidity making life miserable for the people.

Skymet Weather has attributed the high temperatures in most parts of the state due to the prevalence of dry and hot northwesterly winds sweeping over the region from the hotter areas of Sindh and Baluchistan.

However, it expects a brief respite from hot weather conditions in Vidarbha which are likely to be hit by rains and thundershowers over the next couple of days.

The hot weather had driven people to the cool climes of hill stations or sea resorts across the state with most places recording full bookings as the summer holiday season veers to and end within a fortnight.

According to a Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) official, most popular hill-stations like Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani (Satara), Matheran (Raigad), Jawhar (Palghar), Lonaval-Khandala (Pune), Amboli (Sindhudurg), Bhandardara (Ahmednagar), Chikhaldhara (Amravati), among others have recorded full turnout of tourists spelling boomtime for hoteliers and allied tourism services.

The weekdays are also going full in most places including sea resorts like Dahanu, Thane, Palghar, Alibag, Kihim, Murud-Janjira, Harnai, Ganpatipule and others on the Konkan region where tourists cool out in the Arabian Sea waters.

Meanwhile, according to weather officials, a a low-pressure area has built up over the south-west Arabian Sea with an upper air cyclonic circulation extending upto 3.6 kms above the sea-level.

This could concentrate into a depression in the next 48 hours with the likelihood of intensifying into a cyclonic moving towards west-north-west and towards northern Africa over the next three days.

Accordingly, warnings have been issued to fishermen against venturing out in the high seas over the next couple of days.

IANS

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Earthquake of magnitude 4.1 hit Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur

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New Delhi, May 21: An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 hit Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district at 4.21 p.m on Monday, reported news agency ANI.

No casualties have been reported so far.

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