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Parents move Supreme Court on school fees, guidelines on online education

The parents also urged the court to issue directions that schools should charge only tuition fee until schools begin to function normally.

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New Delhi, July 1 : A group of parents from different states has moved the Supreme Court to seek directions to the Centre and state governments to direct all private unaided/aided schools to not charge fees for April-July or till commencement of physical classes.

The petitioners also sought directions to the Centre and state governments to direct schools to only charge proportionate fee based on actual expenditure on online classes till the commencement of normal classes.

The parents also urged the court to issue directions that schools should charge only tuition fee until schools begin to function normally.

The plea said that since the students may get exposed to hazards associated with online education, there is a need for uniform and safer guidelines across the country in this regard.

“It is imperative to note that the doctrine of ‘parens patriae’ is applicable to the common people of the State who are indisputably the victims of this calamity and the Central and state governments being the guardians of its residents must assume the role of parents and take all necessary steps to protect the rights and interests of its citizens,” said the plea.

The petitioners also sought total waiver of fees for students whose parents lost their jobs, sources of income, faced reduction in salaries due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown between March and July.

“It is not possible for each and every parent to supervise or provide an absolute attention to the behaviour of the students who would get access to the electronic devices with an Internet facility, they may be subjected to crimes like cyber-bullying, sexual exploitation, extortion etc, a consideration of the same also ought to be taken into account,” they averred.

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Doctor dies by suicide at AIIMS Delhi hostel, fifth such death at hospital in 2 months

In the last two months, AIIMS-Delhi has registered five deaths by suicide – three by patients and two by doctors.

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Asecond-year medical student has died by suicide at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. The student, identified as Vikas, jumped off the roof of hostel number 19 at around 6 pm.

The police, in a statement, said that they received a call about a person jumping off the hostel roof at about 6 pm. “Upon reaching the spot, the injured person was promptly moved to the trauma centre and was given treatment. He was declared dead during treatment.”

The police identified the deceased as Vikas – a 22-year-old medical student from the 2018 batch. Vikas was a permanent resident of Bangalore.

According to the police, the doctor was earlier admitted to a psychiatry ward as a patient as he was experiencing some mental health issues.

The police also revealed that Vikas on duty on Monday and had taken a one-hour leave from the ward. During this break, he allegedly came to the hostel and jumped off the roof. Further inquiry is underway.

This is the fifth case of death by suicide at India’s premier medical institute since June 5.

On July 17, a 32-year-old man was found dead in the bathroom of the hospital’s emergency wing. A resident of Satna in Madhya Pradesh, he had come to the hospital for a follow up on his intestinal surgery conducted last year.

On July 10, a 25-year-old junior doctor had died by suicide at AIIMS-Delhi by jumping off the 10th floor of the hospital building. According to sources, the doctor was suffering from depression.

On July 6, a 37-year-old journalist, who was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at AIIMS Delhi, had died after he jumped off the fourth floor of the hospital.

A month before that, on June 5, a 22-year-old man was found hanging from the railing of the second-floor staircase at AIIMS-Delhi. He was suspected to be suffering from depression.

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Yogi invokes NSA against Peace Party leader Dr Ayub

He was arrested from Gorakhpur on August 1, for issuing an advertisement with derogatory content in a newspaper.

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LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has invoked the National Security Act (NSA) against Dr Ayub, president of the Peace Party.

Ayub will not get bail for at least 12 months.

He was arrested from Gorakhpur on August 1, for issuing an advertisement with derogatory content in a newspaper. A complaint against him had been registered at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow.

Ayub, who is the founder of the Peace Party and was elected to the Vidhan Sabha in 2012, is now in Lucknow jail.

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Jitin Prasada urges Yogi to restore Parshuram Jayanti holiday

Parshuram Jayanti had earlier been declared a public holiday but when the Yogi government came to power, the holiday was cancelled.

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Former Union minister and senior UP Congress leader Jitin Prasada has written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, urging him to declare a holiday on Parshuram Jayanti.

Parshuram Jayanti had earlier been declared a public holiday but when the Yogi government came to power, the holiday was cancelled.
In April 2017, the chief minister had cancelled 15 public holidays, including Parshuram Jayanti. The government also cancelled the birth and death anniversaries of several eminent people.

In his letter, Jitin Prasada, who has been leading a campaign against atrocities on the Brahmin community, said that Parshuram is revered as the Lord of Justice and is also seen as the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

He said that Parshuram is held in high esteem by the Brahmin community. Prasada has urged the chief minister to restore the holiday on Parshuram Jayanti.

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