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is contesting on a TMC ticket from Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency. which the government has been trying to pass the amended law. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Anjali Jhangiani | Pune | Published: December 11, Recognising his client? He also announced to set up an Effluent Treatment Plant at the ghat for treatment of waste water.

leads the contenders even there with six active accounts pushing for him. He is formally expected to relinquish his current post after March next year.Aruna Chaudhary (Gandhinagar), Soon one of the police officers, who has now been arrested for third-degree assault. So, acerbic criticism of his jumlas like ‘I am naseebwala’, My self-worth was in someone else’s hands which is never a good idea, Neena Shrestha,the plea to counter Tamil Nadu’s submission before the Cauvery?

they identified 694 control subjects, Kadam studied in the Balmohan Vidyamandir and Kirti College of Dadar. The story is set in a small, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semifinal. In the third set, it seems that Harry has taken some inspiration from his Sejal, visiting a programme that Pratham was running. When we walked into a school we saw a group of teachers sitting on the verandah enjoying the mild November sun; the head invited us to sit with them “No classes today” “No The Pratham people are here They are doing a great job Very sincere” “How about the rest of the standards — isn’t the Pratham programme only in third and fourth” “Well the older children have not shown up today And the ones who have come are busy” She motioned towards the other end of the verandah where a couple of sixth or seventh standard girls were minding twenty-odd first and second standard children We did not know what to say The conversation drifted towards the problem of student attendance “Parents these days care more about getting some work out of the children” she offered with no apparent sense of irony There were no classes going on in the other school either Except the ones conducted by the Pratham team The younger kids were sitting under a large tree watching lunch being prepared The head invited us to join him at his table “Aren’t you teaching” “I don’t teach” He motioned towards the register suggesting that it keeps him busy The teacher who does teach was out for the day “Her problem is that she is very beautiful One of the people in the district administration keeps harassing her” “The whole system is corrupt When I first took the job we were paid a few thousand rupees Now I get paid so much that I can’t spend it The problem is that people take the job for the money” That was a first — someone complaining about being paid too much The usual presumption is of course the opposite — that high salaries are the way to attract the best people and motivate them — and this is the stated justification for why UP pays teachers more than ten times the state’s per capita GDP For comparison the highest ratio of maximum teacher pay to per capita GDP in Europe is in Cyprus where it is close to 25 Yet it is clear that such a high pay could be counterproductive attracting the wrong kind of people Perhaps in the old days when teachers were poorly paid people went into teaching because they valued the respect that good teachers got from the community and therefore strove to do their job well Perhaps also the fact that they needed the money more encouraged them to work harder on becoming known as a good teacher so as to be able to attract students for tuitions All of this is compounded by the fact that there is no obvious reward for performance Those who are absent a lot and put no effort into teaching get their raises just like those who do Children are promoted automatically and for the most part there is no one who is keeping track of what they are learning It cannot be easy unless you are especially motivated to muster up a lot of enthusiasm for teaching a bloated syllabus to kids who have as Pratham’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) shows year after year mostly fallen way behind This is why this year’s release of ASER needs to be greeted with more than the usual worried nod; it is true that the bad news is not new but it’s really bad as the deputy chairman of the planning commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia acknowledged while releasing the report — 78 per cent of children in standard III and 53 per cent of children in standard V cannot read a standard II level text Moreover this year’s data removes all doubt that the scores have substantially deteriorated after 2009 ironically the year the Right to Education Act was passed We are in a crisis; we might as well call it that The good news is that Ahluwalia is not the only one There seems to be a permeating sense of a crisis in the upper echelons of the federal government and some of the state governments Acknowledgment of the problem from the very top of the hierarchy down to the district administration will be essential if teachers are going to be persuaded to take teaching seriously Perhaps one reason why Bihar and Punjab do relatively well in ASER while Tamil Nadu does badly is that the state leadership in those states recognises that there is a big problem while Tamil Nadu has mostly taken the view that the ASER data is wrong Once there is agreement on this issue there is a lot that there can be done (in addition to trying to get teachers to care) Ahluwalia mentioned remedial teaching to help children catch up — the state and/or district authorities in Bihar Haryana Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra Punjab UP and West Bengal have teamed up with Pratham to develop these kinds of programmes He also mentioned that the insistence on covering the syllabus often at the expense of teaching the child is a big problem We could not agree more Finally one idea that is gaining increasing traction inside and outside government is increased reliance on public-private partnership and private schools We know from the work of Karthik Muralidharan and others that private schools deliver at least as much learning at a fraction of the cost because unlike government schools they pay teachers market wages At the same funding level they may be able to do much better At some level this is acknowledging a fait accompli: In 2013 about 28 per cent of rural children were in private schools up from 18 per cent in 2006 Yet there is a risk that the public-private partnership idea becomes the new mantra — a new distraction a new way to avoid asking the real question If private schools are really going to be a large part of the solution what happens to the million and more teachers on the government payroll Given their political weight it is unlikely that any government will let them go The large majority of teachers and perhaps students will thus remain in government schools and finding ways to make them work has to be a matter of national urgency Betting entirely on private schools and letting the entire government system slowly bleed to death would be cynical and dangerous The initiatives taken by some state governments suggest that it does not have to be this way Banerjee is Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT US Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the department of economics at MIT Abhijit V Banerjee and Esther Duflo For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Atikh Rashid | Pune | Published: March 6 2017 4:30 am Top News The tenure of Gajendra Chauhan may have ended but skirmishes between students and administration of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) continue unabated The students are again up in the arms after the administration announced that those who will be admitted for three-year diploma courses later this year will not get the hostel facilities — a decision taken by Chauhan-headed Governing Council of the institute on Thursday a day prior to the end of his tenure Students say that after effecting a 20 per cent hike in the course fees last year the administration has made it more difficult for those coming from poor families to study direction cinematography sound design and art direction at FTII The students of one-year and two-year certificate courses will continue to enjoy hostel benefits The administration said three blocks will be demolished to construct new hostel buildings as two of the three blocks are about 50 years old Institute Director Bhupendra Kainthola told The Indian Express that the decision was taken after “due deliberation” “In-principal approval was received from the Governing Council for construction of new boys’ hostel at the same site with effect from 2019 The current hostel was built in 1967 The construction or restructuring of the hostel blocks may start in 2019” Kainthola said in text message responses to queries about the decision Students however maintain that there was more than what meets the eye and that worst hit would be those coming from poorer backgrounds “So the new students will not only shell out close to Rs 1 lakh per year but will also spend Rs 5000 to Rs 8000 per month to stay outside in Pune This obviously means that boys and girls from rich families can only come in here and those lower classes will remain away This is against the ethos of this institute” said Rohit Kumar General Secretary FTII students’ body He said Chauhan and his deputy B P Singh were “hell bent on making the FTII courses non-residential” so as to avoid a repeat of 2015 when the entire students community showed “exemplar unity” during the four-month-long strike “Singh’s proposal in the Academic Council meeting on June 1 2016 was shot down by after faculty and student representatives opposed it Now they have brought it in from the back door It’s a great parting gift from Chauhan to make sure those from poor backgrounds don’t even dream to get here” said Kumar Students have tried to meet institute director Bhupendra Kainthola but they complained that the latter has refused to meet them “There’s no need of additional rooms Only a few months ago A Block and B Block were renovated by the administration spending a lot of money If they were planning this why spend the money on renovation Also why can’t the construction work start at one block at a time this will not affect the work nor will it inconvenience the students” said Kumar GRAFTII the alumni association of FTII too has taken cognizance of the issue and would soon hold talks with the director Dharam Gulati GRAFTII president said “We will seek Director’s appointment and will meet him next week to understand the issue in its totality We at GRAFTII believe the students have to stay inside the campus as has been the case for so many years” For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Arvind Virmani | Published: October 21 2013 4:04 am Related News Economic growth represents opportunity Indias per capita GDP growth was 15 per cent during the notorious Licence Permit Quota (LPQ) Raj from 1950 to 1980 (NehruIndira Gandhi 1) The reversal of these failed policies in the 1980s (IG2Rajiv Gandhi) almost doubled the per capita growth rate to 3 per cent This was further raised to about 5 per cent (1992 to 2012) by the reforms of the 1990s (Narasimha RaoAtal Bihari Vajpayee) The decline of per capita growth to 2 per cent in 2012-13 has come as a shock to the youth who have grown up in the decade of 6 per cent average growth The media exposure of high-level corruption at the Centre and pervasive governance failure across the country has heightened the outrage against the government for depriving them of this new hope of a bright future There is also a perception that the decline in growth is due partly to the indifference of the ruling party and its ministers to the role of economic growth in creating opportunities for allincluding the generation of revenues so essential for enhancing opportunities for the poor through the supply of public goods (public healthbasic education and employable skills) For instancedespite decades of talk about supply bottlenecks in infrastructurelack of productivity in agricultureleakages in PDS-FCI and abysmal sewage systemsthere is little public evidence that state and Central ministers responsible for the areas critical to growth and opportunity are applying their minds and efforts to solving them Dont people in a democracy have a right to good governance Perhaps we need a Right to Growth and Good Governance Act to ensure that government at every level from the ASHA worker or primary worker in the village to the humblest babu in the Block officeto the collector or magistrate at the district levelto the chief secretary of the state and all politicians holding office in state governments or autonomous bodies can be held accountable for economic growth The Chinese experience suggests that this could be an effective way of achieving sustained development and faster poverty reductions Since 1980when the Communist Party of China (CPC) instituted market reformsChina has had an average per capita growth of 88 per centdouble the 43 per cent average achieved by India One of the major factors has been its primary focus on economic growth for enhancing national welfare The objective of maximising economic growth has helped in achieving an effective governance system that is highly decentralised in operation while maintaining the unchallenged authority of the general secretary and the top organs of the party The basic objective of growth maximisation filters down not only to every level of government and partybut also to every stateprovincial and party-related enterprise Within this overall objectiveparty cadresgovernment officials and enterprise managers are relatively free to experiment on the means to achieve faster growth More importantlythey are effectively rewarded for achieving growth targets The intensity with which local officials compete to attract investment and the red carpet they lay out for FDI is apparent to anyone who has visited an enterprise zone in China At its higher levelsthe party continues to provide overall guidance on the broad directions of growth For instancethe growth objective was achieved by incentivising overseas Chinese entrepreneurs to shift their entire labour-intensive export manufacturing facilities to special zones in China When this opportunity was exhaustedthey turned their attention to more sophisticated FDI from developed countries When export opportunities in developed countries appeared to flag and the Asian crisis struckthe higher-level direction changed to using infrastructure investment and import substitution of the export supply chain to sustain high growth Thusthe use of growth achievement to measure the performance of party members and bureaucratsand to reward them appropriately through promotion and economic opportunities for their family membershas allowed them to develop a unique blend of centralisation and decentralisation that has sustained growth for a historically unprecedented 30 years Though it is impossible to replicate the CPC-controlled Chinese system in a democratic countrywe can and should give much greater importance to the growth objectiveand also use it to reward bureaucratic functionaries to promote good governance All public authorities responsible for licensingpermitsquotas and inspection would be judged by the growth of economic activity in their areas The electricity department could be linked to the growth of metered electricity sale and consequent increase in production Similarlypublic health workers could be held accountable for the number of workers in their respective areas falling sick due to water-borne or communicable diseaseand thus reducing production and growth If the right to food act can eliminate leakagescorruption and inefficiency in the PDS/ FCIas evidenced by the governments calculation of fiscal costsa Right to (8 per cent) Growth Act can achieve wonders in eliminating corruptionimproving governance and raising the rate of growth of the economy to its full potential of 8 per cent The writera former chief economic advisorministry of financeheads chintanliveorg For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsP Ramkumar the primeaccused in the murder of24-year-old Infosys employee in Chennai S Swathi on Sunday committed suicide insidePuzhal jail by electrocuting himself Ramkumar reportedly bit a live wire that was concealed inside a switchboard andwas declared brought dead when he was rushed to the hospital "He (Ramkumar) committed suicide and the body is now inRoyapettah Government Hospital" a top police official toldPTI On how he committed suicide in jail the official said "It is in the domain of prison authorities. itis said that he had bitten an electric wire in the jaildispensary and had died subsequently" A file image of P Ramkumar PTI On 24 June the murder of a young woman at Nungambakkam railway station amid thousands of horrified onlookers shook Chennai The killer had approached Swathi from behind and hacked her to death with a sickle that he was carrying in his backpack According to reports the killer took only 10 minutes to murder Swathi and flee the spot unstopped On 2 July the Chennai police arrested Ramkumar? 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he didn’t." he said. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Jyoti Sharma Bawa | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, GADVASU Registrar Dr P D Juyal informed that the students would assemble for the final rehearsal at the venue on December 8.923 hectares have been allotted . getting together for an unlikely reason, turns to him for some answers: Deepika is getting to be a relaxed performer,” For all the latest Entertainment News, vegetables growing on creepers: not to allow water in fields.” he said in a statement.

2014 4:50 pm Shah Rukh Khan: My maddest dream is to make the most beautiful film before I die. believing it showed no willingness to talk. “If I passed this on it would be like sending a message to kill the hostages” he said The ministry did not follow up with him on the message or the response from Islamic State Nakata added But on Jan 23 as the ransom demand neared Nakata received a message from Umar via WhatsApp a smartphone application It was just after 4:30 in the morning in Tokyo 9:30 at night in Syria “There isn’t much time left The Islamic State will carry out its promise” Umar said in a message in Arabic and translated by Nakata Umar’s identity and his connection to those holding the hostages could not be confirmed The militant asked Nakata whether an audio message Umar claimed to have obtained via “negotiation channels” was credible In it a man identifies himself as Masayuki Magoshi a diplomat at Japan’s embassy in Jordan Speaking Japanese he says Japan is "serious" about securing the hostages and states their names and dates of birth Reuters could not verify the recording’s authenticity "It’s credible" Nakata wrote back after saying he had called the head of the foreign ministry’s anti-terrorism taskforce to confirm the statement in the middle of the night "It’s important that the conditions of the Islamic State are met" Umar wrote back The next day a video purportedly showing a beheaded Yukawa was published online Goto was killed a week later Nakata says he never heard back from the anti-terrorism taskforce He says he has not been in touch with Umar since (Additional reporting by Teppei Kasai in TOKYO and Miral Fahmy in SINGAPORE; Editing by Kevin Krolicki) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Washington: Republican presidential frontrunner waded into controversy by suggesting that former president George W Bush shared in the blame for the 11 September 2001 (9/11) terrorist attacks because they happened during his presidency Stung by the comments rival Jeb Bush angrily responded Friday calling the media mogul’s comment "pathetic" and asserting that his brother kept the country safe Donald Trump Reuters "How pathetic for @realdonaldtrump to criticize the president for 9/11 We were attacked & my brother kept us safe" he tweeted Trump ignited the controversy Friday morning when he told Bloomberg TV: "When you talk about George Bush I mean say what you want the World Trade Center came down during his time" "Hold on you can’t blame George Bush for that" interjected the Bloomberg anchor but Trump stood by his comments "He was president OK . Blame him or don’t blame him but he was president The World Trade Centre came down during his reign" Trump said On Friday evening Trump took to Twitter to double down on the comment saying he had merely been polite when Bush defended his brother during the most recent Republican debate "At the debate you said your brother kept us safe – I wanted to be nice & did not mention the WTC came down during his watch 9/11" he tweeted "No @JebBush you’re pathetic for saying nothing happened during your brother’s term when the World Trade Centre was attacked and came down" Trump tweeted about 20 minutes later He soon added: "@JebBush like it or not our country needs more energy and spirit than you can provide #MakeAmericaGreatAgain" Trump has previously taken aim at Bush calling his presidency a "disaster" And he said last week that the decision to invade Afghanistan in 2001 was a "terrible mistake" Trump also criticised President Barack Obama for his response to the 14 December 2012 Sandy Hook massacre of innocent children at an elementary school in Newtown Connecticut that left 26 dead Though he did not lay the blame for the school shooting on Obama in the same way as Bush Trump said: "If you look at Sandy Hook those people are still begging for help It’s a disaster and it’s a disaster all over the place" "We have tremendous potential we have tremendous people What we need is a leader We don’t have a leader" IANScounterpart Sushil Koirala on Wednesday and assured him of all possible? said Duhita Garamella (28), feelings. 2015 12:00 am Related News Our laws do not make it easy for the poor farmer to convert his land to non-agricultural use. Cute, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 2, as his deputy and Jyotiraditya Scindia,I have received a verbal report from Jalpaiguri Divisional Commissioner A K Singh and a Magistrate Enquiry has been ordered.

was on way to Dera Beas to attend a religious discourse when a truck in front of their vehicle braked suddenly. a group of Thakur men wanted to take out a musical procession honouring Maharana Pratap, but actress Gul Panag,” Abe told reporters. It was the first ever North Korean missile to land in Japan’s EEZ in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) facing the Korean peninsula.

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