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Need to concentrate on some states lagging behind in education: Prakash Javadekar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> There is a need to concentrate on states like UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, MP and Rajasthan which are lagging behind in the education sector when compared to the other states, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday. Inaugurating the 29th All India Urdu Book Fair at the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in the district, the Minister said “As far as education is concerned, statistics reveals that Muslim, Hindu and other community members progressed in states of Kerala, TN, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat while it was not so in other states. There is a dire need to pay attention to this.” He said that the present government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken up several measures to promote Urdu language and various steps have been taken in this direction.The minister, who praised Urdu as a lovely language and the script as nothing but an example of calligraphy, said the Urdu Academy and Council have come out with several publications. Even the Wikipedia has an assistance in Urdu which was not there previously. On standard of education in government schools and on issue of dropouts, the Minister said, “The government has decided to take several measures to ensure that the standard of education in the government schools in the country improves and the issue of dropouts is addressed.”He appreciated role played by various educational institutions, universities, research centres in addition to the NGOs in promoting Urdu language. He said plans are afoot to go in for online teaching of Urdu where every one can take education in their spare time. The Minister said the World Urdu Conference will be held in Delhi in March 2017. On the occasion, Javdekar gave slogan — ‘Sabko Siksha, Aachi Siksha’. “If the ‘Talim’ (teaching) improves everything improves and the country makes progress,” said Javdekar.

Sonia cooked up ‘Hindu terror business’ in 2011-12 and wanted to declare Emergency: Subramanian Swamy

Mounting a scathing attack on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, BJP MP Subramanian alleged that she wanted to declare a state of emergency in the country by “cooking up Hindu terror business” in the period 2011-12. Inaugurating a meeting to mark the 41st anniversary of the Emergency here, Swamy said no more emergency could be declared in the country because of the significant constitutional amendment passed by the Janata government which had come into power after the Emergency had been withdrawn in 1975. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In 2011-12, Sonia Gandhi was planning to declare a state of emergency in the country and she had cooked up this Hindu terror business,” he said. Swamy said he would soon release further details in this regard.BJP state president Kummanom Rajasekaran and other party leaders were present during the programme held at Gandhi Park.

Do not only be fair but seen to be fair: President tells Governors

President Pranab Mukherjee yet again asked Governors to act within the framework of the Constitution and “they must not only be fair but also be seen to be fair”.In his concluding remarks in the two-day conference of Governors on Wednesday, he said that they have been charged with an onerous responsibility–to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”It is, therefore, imperative that all their actions are within the framework of the Constitution and conform to the highest ideals enshrined in this living document,” Mukherjee said. He said as holders of high offices they must not only be fair but also be seen to be fair.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The President’s mention assumes significance amidst a raging controversy over the role of Governor J P Rajkhowa in Arunachal Pradesh that led to the imposition of central rule. Inaugurating the conference, he had yesterday said all those who hold Constitutional positions should maintain sanctity of the Constitution.”Governors, as the live-link between the centre and the states, can catalyse initiatives. Governors may take up smart solutions in their Raj Bhavans which can serve as technology demonstrators. They may also ask the universities to make use of the ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan’ for developing smart villages. Governors can also sensitise states and union territories about adopting a well-knit strategy to achieve the objectives of the Make-in-India programme,” Mukherjee asked.He said strong monitoring, rigorous follow-up, and validation of progress are essential for the success of the Swachh Bharat Mission.The President said the Governors of eastern states, specially the North Eastern states, should become active participants of the Government’s ‘Act East’ policy.Connectivity of the North Eastern states must be improved by strengthening the road and rail network. There is need for a progressive policy for industrial investment and promotion in the hilly and mountainous states, he said.The entire North-East and the Northern region of the country is highly vulnerable to seismic disturbances. The building codes and regulatory mechanisms for new construction have to be enforced strictly, Mukherjee said.”It needs to be ensured that disaster management procedures are in place and regular drills are conducted,” he said.The President said laudable initiatives taken by some Governors should be replicated in other states. As Chancellors or Visitors of universities at the state level, Governors can play a proactive role in driving quality higher education.”Governors could also examine the possibility of conducting in-residence programmes in Raj Bhavans on the lines of what is organised at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” he said.The in-residence programme is envisaged to encourage the creative and innovative potential of people by helping them stay in specifically-built houses inside the President’s Estate. Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed the concluding session of the conference which was attended by 23 Governors and two Lt Governors.Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, national Security Adviser Ajit Doval, among others also addressed the gathering.

Registering sex of foetus against ‘Beti Bachao’ campaign: IWPC

New Delhi: The Indian Women’s Press Corps on Tuesday expressed concern over Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi’s statement on registering sex of the foetus, saying it will go against the “Beti Bachao” campaign.

The Beti Bachao (Save Daughter) campaign is a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that promotes education and equal status for the girl child.

The IWPC, in a statement, expressed “concern and dismay over the reported proposal to make sex determination tests legal”.

“While the government too wants in all its earnestness to address the declining sex ratio and child sex ratio, any proposal to make sex determination tests legal will be counterproductive to the Beti Bachao campaign of the government and will not address the problem at all,” the statement said.

“It would give a licence and fillip to all those who believe in male child preference and to those who practice it medically and gain from it commercially,” it said.

The women journalists’ organisation said any move to alter the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act in this direction can only be regressive.

“We urge you to take measures to ensure compliance with the Act and to penalise those who conduct the tests and take advantage of the societal bias towards the male child. It is because there are unscrupulous practitioners in the medical community that the child sex ratio still does not show remarkable levels of improvement.”

Inaugurating the All India Regional Editors’ Conference in Jaipur on February 1, the minister said that in her view, a pregnant woman should be compulsorily told whether the foetus is a male or female. The fact should then be registered to enable tracking of deliveries.

The ministry, however, clarified on Tuesday and said some news reports about Gandhi’s remarks were “factually incorrect”.

“Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said there is an alternate point of view that if each pregnancy could be registered and the sex of the foetus made known to parents and if it happens to be a female, the delivery should be tracked and recorded.

“Such a system will help ensure that a foetus is not aborted only because it is a female,” said the statement issued on Tuesday.


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