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Children of single mothers can finally get passports made, but what took this long?

By Ila Ananya

“Madam, you haven’t filled in the father’s name in your daughter’s form.”

“We are not together, she doesn’t need it.”

“Oh. You must just add his name and get his permission then.”

“She has never seen him; there’s no reason for his name to be on her passport.”

“Madam, naam hi toh hai. Father ke naam aur permission ke bina kya hoga? Kuch nahin. (Madam, it’s just a name. What can happen without the father’s name and permission? Nothing.)”

My aunt’s friend had this conversation with the man at the passport office in Bangalore 10 years ago. She got married when she was 20, and now she’s 33. When her daughter turned three, they decided to go to London. But the trip never happened because passport officers demanded that her daughter have her father’s name on her passport — after they got his permission to issue it to her in the first place — a man she had never seen or heard from.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

My aunt’s friend hadn’t known the man very well when married him. Everyone told her parents he was a nice guy — good business, so he will be a good husband, they said — and the first few times they met, he seemed alright. But when she got pregnant a year into the marriage, he told her he was in love with another woman and left. He never returned.

Now, 10 years after she tried to get her daughter a passport without her father’s name (she still doesn’t have one), the Ministry of External Affairs has finally passed new rules meant to ease the application process. The new rules state that the name of only one parent is enough, especially if the applicant requests that only one name be used. When I told her about it, my aunt’s friend only mumbled, “That took a while.”

These new passport rules come a few months after the Delhi High Court had ruled that single mothers can apply for passports for their children without the father’s signature. There’s no such demand regarding the mother’s signature from single fathers — it’s only for the ladies.

Ever since the court’s ruling, I’ve received two petition emails from change.org — both from single mothers trying to get their children’s passports without their father’s name on it. Priyanka Gupta’s petition came in October: Her ex-husband had abandoned them when she had a baby girl. The second petition came earlier this month: Juveria Patni said she is the single mother of a 10-year-old boy. She’d been married to an abusive man whom she managed to leave three months into her pregnancy — the same man who then filed for custody of the son in a long-drawn court case that lasted six years. When she applied for a passport for her son, the officers demanded that she first get permission from the father.

In each of these cases, there has been no standard demand from the passport offices. Some women are asked to get permission from their ex-husbands, others are simply asked to fill in names even when they don’t want to. Some have been told that the system just won’t accept forms without the father’s name. Either way, they are all expected to establish contact with men who have abused them, men who have disappeared, or just men they have divorced — to get “permission” — as though, so far, they haven’t been responsible for themselves or their children.

This isn’t even as surprising as it is ridiculous. When I was headed to Hong Kong last year, I was asked by the officer at Bangalore Airport Immigration about travelling alone. “Akeli ladki? (A girl alone?)” he asked me. In my head I saw Kareena Kapoor’s face from Jab We Met when the station officer tells her, “Akeli ladki khuli tijori ki tarah hoti hai (A girl alone is like an open vault)” — and this was followed by a statement that I didn’t pay much attention to then, “Father ko toh pata hai na? (You father knows about this, right?)”

My colleague told me about a woman she knew who didn’t get a visa to Chile because she needed a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from her husband. Of course, this isn’t an official demand and isn’t written on any website, but travel agents ask for NOCs because, apparently, men are responsible for their wives just like my father must know exactly where I, even as an adult, am travelling to. “No, it’s only for the ladies,” the women say they are told when they question this.

It isn’t only visas and passports. In Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian film A Separation, Razieh comes to work at Nader’s house, telling him that her husband, who has just lost his job and is in a lot of debt, doesn’t know she is working there. I thought of this moment when I read an extremely disturbing piece of news: An unnamed app that helps provide domestic workers with jobs and sends a text message to their husbands every time they go to work in another house, so that they know where they are at every moment. It’s like brothers, fathers, boyfriends always want to know where the women they know are. Because “Safety ke liye important hota hai (It’s important for safety),” as my friend’s boyfriend tells her. How hard is that to understand?

The passport officer had told my aunt’s friend, “What can happen without the father’s name and permission? Nothing.”

What, then, does it mean that single mothers can now easily apply for passports for their children without being forced to bring permission letters? Women are constantly told that they need permission to do things, to go someplace, to work somewhere — never mind that they’ve been raising a child on their own or that they’re earning their own money (a thought that’s just so unbelievable for visa agents, apparently).

It wasn’t enough when women said they should make these decisions, it wasn’t even enough when the Delhi high court ruled in their favour. Now, after all this time, perhaps this will be enough.

First Published On : Dec 24, 2016 21:14 IST

ICSE, ICS Examination 2017 time table declared

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination has declared the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Board Examination, and Indian School Certificate (ISC) Board Examination timetable for 2017.The ICSE Grade 10 examination will begin on February 27, 2017 and end on March 31, 2017.While, the ISC Class 12 board examination will begin on February 6 (with its practical examination) and get over on April 5, 2017.Most of the ICSE schools will begin their prelim examinations from this month to prepare students for the board examination.Last year the 10th class board examination began on February 29, 2016, it went on till March 31, 2016.Candidates can check a proper schedule of the examinaton on the CISCE site. Here’s the ICSE and ISC link for the time table. Best of Luck!

Shilpa Shetty thinks George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a children’s book, Twitterati reacts

George Orwell’s Animal Farm based on a dystopian society and the Russian Revolution of 1917 is a social commentary on the Stalinist era in Soviet Union. But actress Shilpa Shetty’s interpretation of it left the Twitterati in splits.

File photo of Shilpa Shetty. Reuters

File photo of Shilpa Shetty. Reuters

As the Council of School Certificate Examination (CISCE) decided to include the Harry Potter series in the English literature syllabus for junior and middle school students, starting from 2017-18, the actress was asked about her views on famous books being a part of the ICSE syllabus by a newspaper.

To which she said, “I think having books like the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter as part of the syllabus is a great move because it cultivates imagination and creativity at a young age. I think books like Little Women would also encourage respect towards women at a young age. Even Animal Farm should be included as it will teach the little ones to love and care for animals.”

Following this gaffe, social media was abound with witticisms and jokes with #ShilpaShettyReviews going viral.

Firstpost has some as well:

The Kite Runner is a actually a self-help book about Vasant Panchmi.

Hamlet is about a village far far away.

The Odyssey by Homer is about an Odissi dancer and the show that Shilpa Shetty won in 2007, Big Brother, is a lesson on brotherliness.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Nov 28, 2016 18:30 IST

Mumbai housing cooperative society backtracks, won’t stop Muslim family from buying flat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The housing cooperative which had tried to stop a Muslim family from buying a flat has will no try longer to so, on Saturday. This comes after an FIR was filed against eleven members of a cooperative housing society in neighbouring Vasai, after a Muslim family was allegedly denied a flat there. The FIR was lodged at the Manikpur police station late this evening. A majority of the members of Happy Jivan Co-operative Society allegedly opposed sale of a flat by its owner to a Muslim family, a police official said. A meeting was held on September 4 and a resolution opposing the proposed sale was passed. The members told K Patel, the flat owner, that he was free to sell the flat to someone within the community but not to a Muslim person. Following this, Patel approached the police, alleging that the society had refused the No Objection Certificate for the sale.

Come back to India: Sushma Swaraj appeals to laid-off Indian workers in Saudi Arabia

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday appealed to the Indian workers, who have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia, to file their claims for unpaid dues with their employers and come back home soon and said the government will bear the cost of their return.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. PTIExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. PTI

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. PTI

“Indian workers in Saudi Arabia – please file your claims and return home. We will bring you back free of charge.

“When Saudi Government settles with the Companies which have closed down, your dues will also be paid,” Swaraj said in a series of tweets.

She said that settlement of claims will take time and that there was no point in waiting in Saudi Arabia indefinitely.

Earlier this month Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh Singh had rushed to Saudi Arabia after large number of Indian workers sought Indian government’s intervention in taking up their difficulties with the Saudi authorities.

He had also gone to Saudi Arabia last week to resolve the matter.

The Saudi government, then, had agreed to swiftly resolve plight of the laid-off Indian workers including providing them free passage to return to India and clearing their unpaid dues.

Thousands of Indian workers have lost their jobs due to slowdown in Saudi economy, triggered by low oil prices and cut in spending by the government.

The Indian government had requested the Saudi authorities to give the unemployed Indian workers exit visas without NoC (No-Objection Certificate) from employers and also urged it to clear the dues of workers who have not been paid for months, whenever they settle the accounts with the companies concerned.

As per rules, no foreign employee can leave the country without NoC by the employers.

The Saudi government also agreed to allow transfer of Indian employees, who have lost their jobs, to any other company within Saudi Arabia.

As per rules, foreign employees cannot change jobs with permission of the company where they were employed.

We will bring you back free of charge: Sushma Swaraj to laid-off Indians in Saudi Arabia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj appealed to the Indian workers, who have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia, to file their claims for unpaid dues with their employers and come back home soon and said the government will bear the cost of their return. “Indian workers in Saudi Arabia – please file your claims and return home. We will bring you back free of charge. “When Saudi Government settles with the Companies which have closed down, your dues will also be paid,” Swaraj said in a series of tweets. She said that settlement of claims will take time and that there was no point in waiting in Saudi Arabia indefinitely. Earlier this month Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh Singh had rushed to Saudi Arabia after large number of Indian workers sought Indian government’s intervention in taking up their difficulties with the Saudi authorities.He had also gone to Saudi Arabia last week to resolve the matter. The Saudi government, then, had agreed to swiftly resolve plight of the laid-off Indian workers including providing them free passage to return to India and clearing their unpaid dues. Thousands of Indian workers have lost their jobs due to slowdown in Saudi economy, triggered by low oil prices and cut in spending by the government. The Indian government had requested the Saudi authorities to give the unemployed Indian workers exit visas without NoC (No-Objection Certificate) from employers and also urged it to clear the dues of workers who have not been paid for months, whenever they settle the accounts with the companies concerned.As per rules, no foreign employee can leave the country without NoC by the employers. The Saudi government also agreed to allow transfer of Indian employees, who have lost their jobs, to any other company within Saudi Arabia. As per rules, foreign employees cannot change jobs with permission of the company where they were employed.

Gloria, you should’ve waited. You’ve passed!

Had Gloria Menezes waited for 10 more days, her parents would not have lost their only child. The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) student from Holy Cross School, Kurla, ended her life on June 20, unable to withstand the humiliation she had to suffer.On June 6, when SSC results were posted online, Gloria was happy: she had secured first class with 61.8% marks. But the results showed that she had failed in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) paper.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gloria was convinced that it would be a mistake. She told her mother she was confident of passing the exam and applied for the photocopies of her answer sheets to the Mumbai Division Board.In the meantime, WhatsApp messages in the area blamed Gloria for ‘bringing disrepute’ to her school, which lost out on securing 100% victory.On Thursday, when her parents got the photocopies, they found that Gloria had cleared the ICT exams, scoring 25 marks out of 50.According to Gloria’s parents, the WhatsApp message started spreading on the day the SSC results were declared. Gloria applied for the photocopies of her answer sheets on June 8. She did not hear from the Board till June 20, the day she committed suicide.Gretta, mother of Gloria, said: “We went to the Board to get the photocopies of her ICT answer sheets today (Thursday). We were shocked to see that she had passed the exam as the school told us that she secured 9 marks out of 10 in her practical exam. Don’t know whom to blame. We have lost our child due to this silly mistake..”Duttatray Jagtap, Chairman, Mumbai Division Board, said: “We will need to check whether she actually got passing marks in ICT or whether it was the school at fault for not sending her practical exam marks. We cannot comment anything right now.”According to Gloria’s father George, “When we asked the Board, officials said that the school might not have sent the practical marks to the Board. The board officials asked us to bring it in writing from the school that they had submitted the practical examination marks to them. Now, we want the police to act.”Paramjit Singh Dahiya, DCP-Zone V, had this to say. “I am not familiar with the case. But if the parents want the police to investigate, we will surely help them. They can record their statements.””Who spread the message against my daughter,” asks George. Even if the police find the culprits, it will be too late for George and Gretta. What they have lost is their only daughter.The ICT examICT is a graded subject with 50 marks. Of this, written exam accounts for 40 marks and practicals 10 marks. If a student gets grade ‘D’, he/she is declared failed, no matter how good the scores are in other subjects. As many as 9,720 students from Mumbai had failed to clear this exam this year despite scoring well in other subjects.

Derek O’Brien’s father and former Lok Sabha member Neil O’Brien passes away

On Friday, TMC MP and national spokesperson tweeted that his father Neil O’ Brien had passed away. He had been admitted to a Kolkata hospital. Derek O’Brien wrote on Twitter: “Saddest tweet I’ve ever written. Dad Neil O’Brien gone. Passed at home, Kolkata, quiz pioneer, ex ICSE chief, AI community icon, educationist. When the Great Questioner in the Sky asks u that Final Question even a quiz legend does not have an answer. Neil 0’Brien my dad. My champion.” <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A former member of Lok Sabha, Neil O’Brien was also a three-time nominated Anglo-Indian MLA in West Bengal and an educationist. He was the chairman of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and managing director of Oxford University Press, India. As a leader of the Anglo-Indian community, he was the president-in-chief of All-India Anglo-Indian Association and headed the Frank Anthony group of schools.

Check sebaonline.org, resultsassam.nic.in for Assam SEBA HSLC Results 2016 to be declared today on May 31 at 11 AM

The Assam SEBA HSLC Exam 2016 will be announced by the Assam Board on May 31. The results will be announced at 11 am in their official websites.Students have to visit the official websites to check their results. How to check your result:1. Visit the websites: sebaonline.org and resultsassam.nic.in<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Click on ‘Assam HSLC Result 2016’3. Enter your roll number, name and other credentials4. Click ‘Submit’5. Your result will be flashed on the screen6. Now, download your scores and take a print out for future reference.About Assam Board:The Secondary Education Board Assam (SEBA) is only one Board of Secondary Education that offers and Developed Secondary Education in the Assam. It conducts the High School Living Certificate (HSLC) Examination every year in Assam state. The SEBA had conducted HSLC Exams between 18th February to 09th March 2016.Good luck!

Check sebaonline.org and resultsassam.nic.in for Assam SEBA HSLC Results 2016 to be declared today on May 31

The Assam Board is going to declare SEBA HSLC Exam 2016 results on May 31. Students have to visit the official websites to check their results. About Assam Board:The Secondary Education Board Assam (SEBA) is only one Board of Secondary Education that offers and Developed Secondary Education in the Assam. It conducts the High School Living Certificate (HSLC) Examination every year in Assam state. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The SEBA had conducted HSLC Exams between 18th February to 09th March 2016.How to check your result:1. Visit the websites: sebaonline.org and resultsassam.nic.in2. Click on ‘Assam HSLC Result 2016’3. Enter your roll number, name and other credentials4. Click ‘Submit’5. Your result will be flashed on the screen6. Now, download your scores and take a print out for future reference.Good luck!

Assam SEBA HSLC Results 2016 to be declared tomorrow on May 31 @sebaonline.org and resultassam.nic.in

The Assam SEBA HSLC Exam 2016 will be announced by the Assam Board on May 31. Students have to visit the official websites to check their results. How to check your result:1. Visit the websites: sebaonline.org and resultsassam.nic.in<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Click on ‘Assam HSLC Result 2016’3. Enter your roll number, name and other credentials4. Click ‘Submit’5. Your result will be flashed on the screen6. Now, download your scores and take a print out for future reference.About Assam Board:The Secondary Education Board Assam (SEBA) is only one Board of Secondary Education that offers and Developed Secondary Education in the Assam. It conducts the High School Living Certificate (HSLC) Examination every year in Assam state. The SEBA had conducted HSLC Examsbetween 18th February to 09th March 2016.

Changing surname does not change caste of person: Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court has provided relief to a medical graduate who was denied admission in a post-graduate course in the Scheduled Tribe category despite possessing valid caste certificate on the ground that he had changed his surname.The petitioner contended that though he had a Caste Validity Certificate and belonged to Scheduled Tribe, his claim to post graduate admission was not being considered on the ground that he has changed his surname.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”If the surname is changed, that does not change caste of a person. It is specific contention of the petitioner that the change in his surname is duly notified in the Government Gazette,” observed the court.”By way of ad-interim relief, we direct the respondents to consider the claim of petitioner from reserved category if the petitioner possesses validity certificate and a Government Notification notifying the change in his name,” the court said.The vacation bench of justices Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi and B R Gavai, in their order on May 23, asked the government pleader to communicate the order passed by the high Court to the college authority concerned.The petitioner, Shantunu Hari Bhardwaj, submitted that after completion of his MBBS Degree, he had sought admission to Post Graduate Course under the reserved quota for ST community. However, he was denied admission by the respondents arbitrarily and illegally.The petitioner submitted that his caste and sub-caste is Hindu-Tokre Koli which falls under the category of Scheduled Tribes as per the Schedule annexed to Constitution of India.It was contended that his original surname is ‘Sapkale’.However, he and his brother have changed their surname from Sapkale to ‘Bhardwaj’ from the year 1999 by effect of an official publication in Maharashtra Government Gazette, dated May 20, 1999.The petitioner submitted that after the said official change in his surname as ‘Bhardwaj’, he had applied to the Education Officer for changing his surname from Sapkale to ‘Bhardwaj’ by an application dated August 29, 1999.The Education Officer by his order dated January 20, 2000, changed his surname from Sapkale to Bhardwaj in all school records.The petitioner submitted that he had passed MBBS course in December, 2014 from Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Deemed University at Loni in Ahmednagar district. In the said certificate as well as mark list, his surname appears as ‘Bhardwaj’.He said that after passing his MBBS degree course, he had applied for admission to Post Graduate Course with the State Common Entrance Test Cell in accordance with the admission rules for the course in 2016.The petitioner said he had appeared for Common Entrance Test and secured 167 marks out of 300. In the Hall Ticket and Mark List for the exam, his surname appeared as ‘Bhardwaj’.In the selection list for admission to the PG Course for 2016, his name appeared with ‘Bhardwaj’ surname and he was directed to take admission in the course at Dr Punjabrao Bauchand Deshmuk Memorial Medical College, Amravati.The petitioner informed the court that he had completed all the formalities required for his admission to PG Course as per the select list, however, the college authorities denied him admission in a letter dated April 20, 2016, on the ground that his name appearing in Caste Validity Certificate is different from what had appeared in the select list.Being aggrieved, he moved the Bombay High Court which has now directed the college authorities to consider his claim for admission.

Madras HC asks Tamil Nadu govt to teach Tamil at nominal cost

Observing that conducting world Tamil conferences spending crores of rupees and terming Tamil as a classical language would not serve any purpose unless it is passed on to the next generation, the Madras High Court has directed Tamil Development Department to start correspondence course to teach Tamil at a nominal cost.A division bench, comprising Justice V Ramasubramanian (now transferred to Hyderabad) and Justice N Kirubakaran, gave the direction recently on a plea by one R Lakshminarayan seeking a direction to the government to take steps to teach Tamil language through correspondence course to non-Tamils. The bench also directed the Department to sanction Rs 37,36,300, or more if required, to start the course. The bench suggested government interact with various Tamil organisations active in various parts of the world and make arrangements to teach Tamil in those countries so that the language would be passed on to the next generation.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that in Ontario, Canada, the month of January has been declared as “Tamil Heritage Month”, the bench said approximately one per cent of the world’s population speaks Tamil, the petitioner submitted. Stating that Sri Lankan Tamils settled in various countries, including the U S, Netherlands and France, are evincing keen interest to teach Tamil to their children, the bench said adding however that in Tamil Nadu, Tamil is not passed on to the next generation.The petitioner submitted that the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development is offering Hindi Certificate and Diploma Correspondence Course at a nominal cost for all Indians whose mother tongue is not Hindi as well as to foreigners and Non-Resident Indians. The bench also suggested that the state should come forward to fund translation of Tamil literature in other languages and great literature of other languages to Tamil.The bench also said the state government should fund and promote Tamil language by awarding scholarships to scholars and for their research work and for books.

Mbose.in Meghalaya Class 12 Arts Results 2016 | Check megresults.nic.in for MBOSE to declare Class XII Results 2016 today at 10 am

Meghalaya students take note! The Meghalaya Board is going to declare the Class 12 Arts Stream results today i.e on May 25, 2016 at 10 am.The MBOSE Board will announce the results on their official website.All you have to do is visit the website and check your score.Steps to check your result:1. Visit the websites: megresults.nic.in, mbose.in<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Click on ‘Class XII 2016 Results’3. Select stream4. Enter your roll number, name and other credentials5. Click ‘Submit’6. Your result will be displayed on the screen7. Download your score and take a print out for future referenceNote: Students can also attain their results via SMS.All you have to do is follow the procedure mentioned below and send the SMS to 56263Example: MBOSE12A Roll Number to 56263About the MBOSE Board:The Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) was established in 1973 and is responsible for conducting the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) as well as the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate(HSSLC) exam in the state. All the best, students!

Check mahahsscboard.maharashtra.gov.in & mahresult.nic.in for Maharashtra Board Class 12 HSC results to be declared today on May 25, 2016

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) will on today declare the results of Higher Secondary Certificate Examination (HSC) or Class 12.The board will declare the results for all streams including Science, Arts and Commerce on the official site of the board at 11:00 am.All you have to do is visit the official websites and check your scores.How to check your result:1. Visit websites: mahahsscboard.maharashtra.gov.in or mahresult.nic.in<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Click on ‘HSC Examination Result 2016’3. Now, enter your roll number, name and other credentials required4. Click ‘Submit’5. Your scores will be displayed on the screen6. Now, download the sheet and take a print out for future reference.About the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary EducationNearly 14 lakh students had appeared for the exam across the state. Exams were conducted from February 18, 2016 till March 28, 2016.The MBSHSE board was established in the year of 1996 and works under the MBSHSE board was established in the year of 1996 and works under the Maharashtra state government. There are many private and government schools are affiliated under this board. The main head quarter of this board is situated in Pune.Pune.We wish all the students good luck.

Mpresults.nic.in & mpbse.nic.in MPBSE HSSC Class12th XII Exam Result 2016 Madhya Pradesh (MP) Board Bhopal declared

The wait of students who appeared for class 12 exams under Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) is over. As per prior announcement, Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) has declared the results for MPBSE Class 12th Results 2016 at 4PM . Nearly 8 lakh students who appeared for the MP HSSC Board exams can access their result by logging on to the official websites. MPBSE HSSC Results 2016 has been published in less than one and half months today and it is no mean feat. The exam conducted by MPBSE was held between March 1-April 5, 2016.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About MPBSE board: The MPBSE (Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education) is a state government body responsible for determining the policy-related, administrative, cognitive, and intellectual direction of Madhya Pradesh’s higher educational system. The Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education was established in 1965. It’s primary job is to conduct class 10 and class 12 exams.The Board was founded for the promotion and development of Secondary education in Madhya Pradesh.Its main job is to prepare the academic curriculum and conduct examinations for state level High School Certificate (HSC or Class 10) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC or Class 12). Here’s how you can check MPBSE 12th Results 2016You have to log on to Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education’s official websites mpbse.nic.in and mpresults.nic.in.Check the results page and click on results. You have to provide roll number, date of birth and other relevant information. Keep a printout of the result for future referenceThe schools will be providing the marksheets and certificates later. In 2015, the overall pass percentage for Madhya Pradesh Board Class 12th Result was 66.90%. It was better than in 2014, so it is expected that this year pass percentage will improve further. The girls on an average fared better than boys. It will be interesting the trend this year in MPBSE Bhopal Results. Neemuch district had the highest pass percentage. Sidhi had the least. All the best to the students!!

Mpbse.nic.in & mpresults.nic.in 12th HSSC Results 2016: MP Board Bhopal, MPBSE HSSC 12th XII class exam results 2016 Madhya Pradesh Board to be…

The wait of students who appeared for class 12 exams from schools affiliated to Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) is almost over. The Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) will announce the results for MPBSE Class 12th Results 2016 at 4PM on Thursday, May 12th. Students have to access the official websites to check their results. The MPBSE will be releasing MPBSE HSSC Results 2016 today and it is a commendable job to publish the results so fast. The exam conducted by MPBSE was held between March 1-April 5, 2016.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About MPBSE board: The Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education was established 51 years back in 1965. It has been conducting class 10 and class 12 exams since then.The Board was founded for the promotion and development of Secondary education in Madhya Pradesh.Its main job is to prepare the academic curriculum and conduct examinations for state level High School Certificate (HSC or Class 10) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC or Class 12).Here’s how you can check MPBSE 12th Results 2016Log on to Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education’s official websites mpbse.nic.in and mpresults.nic.in.Click on the Results page.Keep your roll number and other details handy to access the result.Keep a printout of the result for future referenceThe schools will get official marksheet in few weeks time. In 2015, the overall pass percentage for Madhya Pradesh Board Class 12th Result had been 63.98%. Last year nearly 8 lakh students gave the exams and girls on an average fared better than boys. It will be interesting the trend this year in MPBSE Bhopal Results.We wish all the students best of luck.

BSEAP SSC Results 2016: Bseap.org AP Class 10th X Matric exam results 2016 Andhra Pradesh Board to be announced today on manabadi.co.in

The results for Class X exams under the Board of Secondary Education of Andhra Pradesh (BSEAP) SSC will be announced today. Students who appeared for the exams will be able to receive their results at 11 am on May 10. Steps to check your results:1) Students need to log on to any one of the websites mentioned below2) Enter your roll number and date of birth in the correct fields<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>3) Click on submitImportant: Take a print out of your result for temporary use. Valid and original maksheets by the board would be made available at the students’ respective schools.About the Board:Situated in the capital of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, the BSEAP conducts SSC/OSSC exams twice a year, and the vocational SSC once a year.The BSEAP Board adopted the Absolute Grading System as followed by CBSE in 2015 which will continue this year as well.In addition to SSC exam board also conducts following minor exams -1st Year D. Ed Public Examinations2nd year D. Ed Public ExaminationsPre Primary Teacher Training Certificate ( PPTTC) ExaminationsCertificate in Library Sciences (C.Li.Sc) ExaminationsHead Masters Accounts TestTelugu Pandit Training ExaminationsUrdu Pandit Training ExaminationsHindi Pandit Training ExaminationsSanskrit Entrance ExaminationProfessional Advancement Test for TeachersNational Talent Search ExaminationsTechnical TTC ExaminationTechnical Certificate Course ExaminationNational Means Cum Merit Scholarship Examinations. Over 6 lakh students appeared for the exams this year which were held between March 24,2016 and April 4, 2016. Students can check their results on these websites: www.bseap.org and www.manabadi.co.in

Meghalaya Board Tura HSSLC Class 12th exam results 2016 declared; Check megresults.nic.in & mbose.in

And the wait is finally over. The Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) has declared the MBOSE 12th Results on their official website.All those students who were eagerly waiting for results can now visit the official site to check results.This year, the MBOSE Board is announcing the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) Results 2016 for the Science, Commerce and Vocational Streams all together.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All you need to do is visit the official website and check your results.Steps to check your result:1. Visit mbose.in or megresults.nic.in2. Click on ‘Results’3. Fill out necessary details like your roll number, name, date of birth.4. Click ‘Submit’5. There it is. Your result will be flashed on the screen.6. Now, take a printout for future reference.About MBOSE Board:The Meghalaya Board of School of Education (MBOSE) was set up in the state of Meghalaya as per the Meghalaya Board of School Education Act, 1973.MBOSE has been responsible for conducting Secondary School Leaving Certificate(SSLC) as well as the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate(HSSLC) Exam in the state.All the best!

Here’s how Maharashtra students fared in ICSE, ISC exams 2016

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) on Friday declared results for both class XII, which saw a pass percentage of 96.46, and class X with 98.5%.The board managed to declare the results two weeks earlier than previous years. Reason being that the council for the first time used Live Ink Character Recognition (LICR) technology, which helped in fast compilation of results.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) Examination, 2015, showed a marginal increase in pass percentages over the previous year’s results.Also Read: ICSE, ISC 2016 results declared: Girls outshine boys once againWhile class X registered a slight increase of 0.01%, class XII showed a 0.18% increase as compared to previous year’s result.Here is detailed statistics of how students from Maharashtra fared in this years’ exams:No. of schoolsICSE:179ISC: 40No. of ICSE candidates: 16,399No. of boys: 9,078 (55.36%)No. of girls: 7,321 (44.64%)No. of ISC candidates: 2,435 (ISC)No. of boys: 1140(46.82%)No. of girls: 1295(53.18%)Pass percentagesICSE: 99.77Girls outshine boys once againGirls (pass percentage of 99.88%) have done better than boys (99.68%) in ICSEGirls (pass percentage 99.23%) have also done better than boys (97.54%) in ISCThe ICSE exam was conducted in 63 written subjects, of which 22 are Indian languages and 13 are foreign languages, with one classical language.The ISC exam has been conducted in 50 written subjects, of which 15 are Indian languages, six are foreign languages and one is a classical language.

ICSE and ISC Result 2016: How you can check your results via SMS

All students who have appeared for all Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) & Indian School Certificate (ISC) examination 2016 conducted by Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will be able to view their results at 3 pm today on May 6, 2016.The exam results will be up on the official website of the board as given here<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However candidates may also check their ISCE and ISC results for 2016 by following the steps to get via SMS.Follow these steps to check ICSE class 10th results and ISC class 12th result by SMS:1. For ICSE result send the message “ICSE 9999999” ( where 999999 is your 7 digit ID number) to 09248082883.2. For ISC Results send “ISC 9999999” (where 9999999 is your 7 digit ID number) to 09248082883.
ALSO READ Check cisce.org ICSE Results 2016: CISCE Board Class 10th X Result 2016 today at 3 PM3. Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will respond with subject wise marks.Example: RAVI KUMAR ENG-92, HIN-90, HCG-93, MAT-95, SCI-92, CTA-99, SUPW-A, PCA.
ALSO READ ICSE, ISC results will be declared on May 6, two weeks earlier than usual​Please note this will be available only after the ISCE and ISC results are declared on the CISCE website.Some quick information:The ICSE class 10th examination was conducted by CISCE between February 29 and March 31, 2016. 1,58,833 students sat for in 2016 which incudes 70,624 girls and 88,209 boys.Last year results showed that 98.54% girls did bette than boys in ICSE. The results were declared on May 18, 2015 while this year the result will be almost 2 weeks earlier. Last year 98.49% students had cleared the exams.The ISC class 12th examinations took place between February 8 and April 8, 2016. 71,141 students appeared for it and the number of boys were greater than the number of girls i.e. 38,659 boys & 32,482 girls. In 2015, of those appeared 96.38% students passed the ISC and here too girls outperformed boys.What is in store for this year? We will find out at 3 p.m. today.

ICSE, ISC results brought forward by two weeks, to be announced on May 6

Results date for Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) Class 10 and 12 has been brought forward by two weeks than the usual date. Students can expect the results to come out at 3 pm on May 6.The Council For The Indian School Certificate Examination conducts exams for Class 10, 12, and the Certificate in Vocational Education.How to check the results – 1. Visit Council’s website<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Click on ‘Results 2016’3. To access ICSE 2016 Exam Results, click on the link ‘ICSE’ and to access ISC 2016 Exam Results click on the link ‘ISC’4. Enter the correct Unique ID provided by the council along with the CAPTCHA on the screen displayed in front of you. 5. Follow the instructions that now appear on your screen to view your results.To know how to receive the results through SMS Click Here.Students will have to visit the council website www.cisce.org for their results. The 2016 projections for Class 10 expect 98.67% candidates will clear the examinations. the pass percentage for boys and girls shall reach 97.55 and 98.50 respectively.

ICSE, ISC results will be declared on May 6, two weeks earlier than usual

Results for Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) Class 10 and Class 12 will be declared on May 6. The results this time are being announced two weeks prior to the usual date. Results are expected to come out at 3 pm on May 6.How to check your results:1) Students need to log into CAREERS portal of the Council website. Students will have to use the Principal’s login ID and password<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2) Click on the tile ‘Examination System’3) Click on ICSE from the Menu Bar for ICSE 2016 results or click on ‘ISC’ for ISC 2016 examination results. 4) Click on ‘Reports’5) Click on ‘Result Tabulation’ to View the school’s result tabulation6) You may also click on ‘Comparison Table’ to View/Print the same. Students can also receive their results via SMS. Steps to be followed:For ICSE 2016:Student needs to type his/her seven-digit unique ID in this manner: ICSE XXXXXXXISC 2016:Type: ISC XXXXXXX (seven-digit Unique ID)Send the text message to : 09248082883In case of any doubt, students can contact 022-67226106 or mail at [email protected] Ink Character Recognition (LICR) developed by Orion India Systems Pvt Ltd. has helped the Council staff of ICSE to declare the results sooner that usual. The LICR Solution captures and digitises marks and transfer the captured data to the Council’s cloud based servers, thus significantly reducing the time required for the compilation of results. This system also automatically totals the marks awarded by the Examiners hence eliminating any possibility of manual totalling and manual rubric application errors. ICSE happens to be the first Examination Board in the world to have introduced this system. Students will have to visit the council website www.cisce.org for their results.

Telangana TS SSC Result 2016: Bsetelangana.org 10th Class SSC Telangana Board Result 2016 is likely to be declared soon on manabadi.co.in

The Board Secondary Education in Telangana is likely to announce results for Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) exam soon. The exam result date is likely to be declared on May 5. Six lakh students have given the exam. Follow the instructions give below to check the results1. Click on official website of the board – bsetelangana.org<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Click on the section “Results”3. It will take you to the results page4. Fill in the details like roll number, name, mobile number, and email ID.5. Click on submit6. Take the print out of the results copy for future reference.Best wishes to all the students!

Keralaresults.nic.in SSLC Results 2016: Kerala Board, DHSE Class 10th exam result 2016 to be declared soon

The long wait of the candidates will be over very soon. The Kerala 10th standard exams results for the academic year 2015-16 SSCL ( Secondary School Leaving Certificate) is going to be declared in an hour. The exam results have been advanced. As per information received, the result for DHSE Kerala Pareeksha Bhavan Board will be announced at 11 am on the official website. Students have to keep their application number handy to view the result. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About Kerala Board:The number of students appearing for Kerala State Education Board exam has been steadily increasing over the years. This year over 5,00,000 students from schools affiliated to the KSEB appeared for the sat for the 10th standard exam.In the last 5 years the number of students sitting for the Kerala State Education Board Conduct the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) and THSLC examination has steadily gone up. The girls have fared consistently better than the boys too in the last few years. Follow these steps to check your result: 1. Go to keralaresults.nic.in, keralapareekshabhavan.nic.in, or results.kerala.nic.in2. Click on check result3. Enter your details such as name and application number.4. Your results will be flashed on the screen.5. Take print out of the result for future reference. All the best to the candidates for the results.

Check www.bseodisha.nic.in, www.orissaresults.nic.in for Odisha Class 12 HSC examination results to be declared tomorrow

The Board of Secondary Education, Odisha, on Monday announced that results of the annual High School Certificate (HSC) examinations will be published on April 27.As many as 6,01,348 students appeared for the HSC examinations held at 2,882 centres across the state from February 22 to March 4. Odisha’s mass education minister Debi Prasad Mishra and department secretary Ranjana Chopra would be present at the office of the BSE in Cuttack during publication of the annual HSC examination, Board president D P Nanda said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nanda said the matriculation results would be available online on two websites – www.bseodisha.nic.in and www.indiaresult.com at 10 AM.Students can also check their results on www.orissaresults.nic.in, www.as.ori.nic.in/chseorissaBesides, students can also know their results through SMS to ORI10 space Roll Number and send it to 58888. Best of luck to all the candidates.

Maharashtra state board: Check www.ivgs.ac.in for results of first online test for SSC students

The Maharashtra education department will declare results for the online aptitude test, conducted for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) students for the first time this year, on Monday at 1pm. The results will be available on www.ivgs.ac.in.Nearly 15,75,253 students from across Maharashtra appeared for the aptitude test conducted by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE). In order to help the students be free for their board examination in March, the state board asked the schools to conduct the online aptitude between February 8 and 25.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This was the first time that such a test was held to help the students choose a stream for further education. Apart from the state board, the education department also assigned two NGOs – Career Analysis and Profiling Pvt Ltd (CAP) and Friends Union For Energising Lives (FUEL) – the work to conduct these tests in some districts.A hard copy of the aptitude test results will be given to the students along with their board examination results. The students will also get career guidance information. To know more about different institutions, curriculum, admission process and so on, students can log on to www.mahacareermitra.in. From May 3 onwards, students can also call on helpline number 8275100001.

58 unclaimed bodies lying in state-run mortuaries in Goa: Deputy CM Francis D’Souza

State-run morgues in Goa have 58 unclaimed bodies which are yet to be disposed of as their identity could not be ascertained, state Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza informed the Legislative Assembly here.”There are a total of 58 unidentified bodies at Goa Medical College (GMC), TB Hospital in Margao, North Goa District Hospital, Mapusa, and Sub District Hospital in Ponda,” D’Souza, who also holds Health portfolio, told the ongoing assembly session.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a written reply tabled by St Cruz constituency legislator Atanasio Monserratte, D’Souza has said the bodies are of those people with no claimants. They are brought to GMC hospital by Police or 108 ambulances (emergency ambulance service) in an unconscious state.”The people are found at bus stand, road side with limited or no information. Hence, whatever limited information that is available with GMC authorities is sent to the Police.”Within the limited information, it becomes difficult to verify name and address and in confirming of that there are relatives..in time bound manner. It causes delay in issue of No Objection Certificate for disposal,” he said.”The disposal of dead bodies at Sub District Hospital is under process while those at TB Hospital and North Goa district hospital, Mapusa, are recently referred to police stations concerned,” D’Souza said.He apprised that mortuary at the T B hospital is fully functional. Another morgue at Hospicio Hospital in Margao is not operational and is under process of being scrapped.Currently, only post morterm facility is available there. A new mortuary is proposed in New South Goa district hospital, which is under construction.

Assam: Over 600 answer Class X state board answer scripts destroyed in fire

About 600 answer scripts of the Class X matriculation exam conducted by the Secondary Education Board of Assam (SEBA) were destroyed in a fire at a school in Jorhat town, prompting the government to order a CID probe into the matter. The incident has evoked statewide protests by student organisations, matric examinees and their parents and the public at large even as SEBA said the affected students may be required to write the test again in only one subject within this month.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Results of the Board exams would be declared as per schedule for awarding of the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC), it added. As irate crowds gheraoed the SEBA office in Guwahati and took out processions and burnt effigies in protest, a senior Jorhat district official said the fire which was discovered this morning was the handiwork of miscreants. The incident occurred in a school in the upper Assam town of Jorhat, SEBA said.Sankardev Seminary School had received 459 packets of answer scripts for safe-keeping and 98 of those were destroyed in the fire, it said. Officials are trying to ascertain from which examination centres these answer scripts were collected.The affected answer scripts are of the subjects of English, General Mathematics, Assamese MIL, elective papers of Sanskrit, Additional Maths, Geography and Computer Science.SEBA said that its Examination Committee today decided that the affected examinees may need to take the test again in only one subject within this month.For those not willing to sit for a retest, the average of the marks obtained in the five other major subjects will be taken as the score in the affected script, it said.Meanwhile, describing the incident as an act of sabotage, Jorhat district Deputy Commissioner Solanki Vishal Vasant said the fire was started by miscreants via a sky window near the table on which the scripts were kept.He said the room in which the answer scripts were kept was a “safe one” and ruled out suggestions that a short circuit having caused the fire. A CID inquiry has been ordered into the incident, Vasant said.Members of the influential All Assam Students Union (AASU) led a gherao of the SEBA head office demanding that it immediately take a call on whether retests would be held for the affected students.The protesters slammed the officials concerned for their “slackness” and demanded action against anybody found responsible for lapses in the case.

Disabled students left with no time to apply for adult writers

In what could be termed as a major lapse on the part of the state education department, close to 1,200 students appearing under the handicapped category for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations will have to sit for their exams without an adult writer even though they have a legal right to avail of one. The reason? An inordinate delay by the state education department in issuing the notification in this regard.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The notification, which should have been issued in January, was issued only this Monday. As a result, only around 50 of the 1,220 students concerned were able to file their nominations to avail of an adult writer for the all-important exams.Duttatray Jagtap, chairman, Mumbai Divisional Board, said, “Although the government resolution (GR) on the concession regarding adult writers was passed in the second week of January, the guidelines on how to avail of them came this Monday. That could be the reason behind such a low number of applications for adult writers. Once awareness about this concession slowly spreads, the impact will be visible from next year.”This year, while the number of students in the handicapped category has decreased, the number of students with special needs applying for adult writers is also low, according to the Mumbai Divisional Board’s statistics.After the GR on the concession regarding adult writers was passed on January 8, the Bombay High Court on January 13 directed an expert committee headed by Dr Harish Shetty to examine the resolution and come up with recommendations regarding the same by February 1. This direction followed an objection by some experts about students with special needs being provided with adult writers. The state education department held a meeting on the issue and finally, on Monday, came up with guidelines regarding students with special needs availing of adult writers as well.This year, under the handicapped category for students appearing for their HSC exams, there are eight autistic students, 600 with learning disabilities, 65 slow learners, 39 cerebral palsy patients, 11 spastic students, 176 who suffer from orthopaedic ailments, 112 blind people, 174 with hearing and speech impairments and 35 in the ‘others’ category, according to the Mumbai Divisional Board. The number of differently-abled students totalled 1,736 last year. This year, it’s come down to 1,220 students.

dna Must Reads: From blast in Turkey to Freedom 251 launch fiasco and more

Here is a round-up of the top news of the day.1. Turkey: Explosion in Ankara kills 5, injures 10An explosion was heard in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Wednesday. The explosion killed 5 people and injured 10, Ankara’s Governor told CNN Turk.The explosion occurred near military buildings in central Ankara, the private broadcaster reported. Dogan news agency reported that the explosion was an attack on a shuttle carrying military personnel. Read more<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. The Freedom 251 launch fiasco: What the hell is going on?There’s been much hubbub on the net off-late, surrounding the launch of the cheapest smartphone in India, and indeed the world, the Freedom 251. Launched today by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar at an event in New Delhi, the new smartphone from recently formed Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd was touted to absolutely wreck the industry on release. And that’s when more details started trickling in. Read more3. Sania Mirza non-committal about mixed doubles partner for Rio OlympicsIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza on Wednesday said it is too early to take a call on who she would partner in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympic Games. Read more4. Most wanted man spotted again: ISIS chief Baghdadi image ‘surfaces’ after 18 monthsFresh footage of ISIS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has surfaced, apparently showing the reclusive terror leader making a rare public appearance and talking to children at a mosque in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. Read more 5. Maharashtra HSC exam: Here is a checklist with helpline numbers for studentsWith just a day to go for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) board examination, Mumbai divisional board released helpline numbers and some do’s and don’ts for students before appearing for the examination starting tomorrow. Read more

Maharashtra HSC exam: Here is a checklist with helpline numbers for students

With just a day to go for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) board examination, Mumbai divisional board released helpline numbers and some do’s and don’ts for students before appearing for the examination starting tomorrow.This year, the number of HSC students appearing for the state board examination is 3,20,077 whereas the number of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) students appearing the board examination is more compared to the HSC students — a total of 3,74,799.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The number of centres where HSC board examinations will be conducted are 518 while the number of squads remain almost the same as compared to the last year, comprising education officers and inspectors.
ALSO READ HSC exam: Mumbai divisional board releases helpline numbers for distressed studentsHere are guidelines to help students:1. Students are expected to reach examination centre at least one hour before the exam starts and keeping Mumbai traffic in mind, you better start early from your house to make it on time. No candidate shall be admitted to the examination hall if he arrives at the place of the examination late by more than half an hour after the time fixed for the starting of the paper.2. You should not forget to carry your admission card to the examination hall. A candidate failing to produce such an admission card shall be liable to be refused admission to the examination hall.3. You admission ticket must be signed and attested by the head of the secondary school. If for any reason the candidate fails to produce such admission card, then the conductor will allow him/her to appear for the exam only after satisfying himself about the candidate’s identity. 4. In case, where the candidate’s signature, if taken in the examination hall, does not tally with that on the admission card, the candidate shall be liable to be refused permission to appear for the examination.5. No candidate suffering from any infectious or contagious disease shall be admitted to an examination hall. If any such case comes to the notice of the conductor of the examination, he will make separate arrangement for his seating.6. Always get extra pens, refills and essential stationary to the examination hall and do not carry your mobile phones.Here are the helpline numbers for studentsMumbai Divisional Board helpline numbers022-27893756022-27881075Helpline numbers for students from across the state (between 8am and 8pm)9922453235985024638997636674169422053391989014418598227139959960760114989005451899236881919766666094Good luck to all those appearing for the exams tomorrow.

Maharashtra govt does away with police nod for eateries, permit rooms

Those wanting to start eateries, bar/ liquor shops (permit rooms), lodging rooms or hold live concerts or construct swimming pools in public places can breathe easy now.Hereon, they will not be required to get a police clearance.Home department sources confirmed that chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered the implementation of this rule with immediate effect.Henceforth, for opening an eatery, the entrepreneur will only have to seek permission from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the food and drugs department. For swimming pools also, only BMC nod is required.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Similarly, for a liquor shop, the only authority to be approached for would be the excise department.The department, however, will take a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the police. In case of concerts, the organisers need to seek the permission of only the land-owning authority where the concert is held.”The idea is to simplify procedures, better ease of doing business and do away with duplication of approvals. It’s a major decision which will help entrepreneurs and the common man in a big way,” principal secretary (home), Vijay Satbir Singh, told dna.Sources claimed that hundreds of complaints against the police department on non-issuance of NOCs on time and seeking money for licences have been pending with the home department.Adarsh Shetty, president of AHAR (Association of Hotels and Restaurant), welcomed the move: “It’s a very bold move that will ease doing business in a big way. We have been following it up for over 10 years. All chief ministers agreed with us in principle but no one had the guts to move forward,” he said.Flooded with complaints, in December 2014, then Mumbai police chief Rakesh Maria had ordered the hotel branch of the city police not to turn down requests for licences on frivolous grounds, like not having independent parking place.”The are a number of complaints from AHAR and individual hotel owners that their requests are being turned down by the hotel branch. Even if some establishments are planned in malls, the police would reject licence on grounds of not having independent parking place for customers,” said a senior police officer.Such rejections are unreasonable as the BMC approves malls after considering all aspects of the BMC Act and Development Control Rules, which includes parking facility assessment.The decision was taken in the backdrop of the chief minister’s ease-of-doing business initiative, wherein every department was asked to do its bit for making the initiative successful.It will cut down corruption and harassment as the role of multiple authorities will be eliminated.Sources said that there was resistance from the police department against the new rule, citing law and order issues.