SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 31 MARCH 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |`3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P9 WEATHER Clear sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 34 and 18 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.66% Min. 20% Max: 36.2°C (+4) SUN RISES 06:12 hrs MOON RISES 18.34 hrs Min: 20.0°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:38 hrs MOON SETS 06:50 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Sachin Tendulkar sanctioned over Rs 40 lakh from the MPLAD funds for construction of a school building in Kupwara district of north Kashmir. Thanking him, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted: “Even off the field he continues to inspire us.’’ Dalit hacked to death: A Dalit youth in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat has been hacked to death for riding a horse in a village dominated by upper caste people. The body of Pradip Rathore, 21, was recovered with multiple injuries and a fractured skull from a bush near the village on Thursday night. The killing comes just a week after the Supreme Court ruled that complaints of atrocities against P5 SC/ST should be dealt with caution. Gratuity law: The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018, passed by Parliament during the current session, has been brought into force on 29 March, 2018, a government announcement said. The amended law makes the payment of gratuity to workers in the private sector tax-free up to Rs 20 lakh. The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 applies to estabP7 lishments employing 10 or more persons. ‘US TO PULL OUT OF SYRIA VERY SOON’ NITISH GETS INVITE TO JOIN GA AGAIN ‘UPS AND DOWNS PART OF LIFE’ P10 ‘Prisoners can’t be kept like animals’ PTI SC/ST Act: Govt to file review plea AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH Prisoners “cannot be kept in jail like animals”, a shocked Supreme Court said after it was informed that many of the over 1,300 prisons across the country were overcrowded, even to the extent of more than 600 per cent. “What's the point in talking about prison reforms when we cannot keep them in jail. We should release them, if you cannot keep them properly,” the top court said, lambasting state governments and union territories (UTs) for “complete lack of commitment” to fix this “extremely unfortunate” situation. A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also warned the Directors General of Police (Prisons) of all states and UTs of contempt notice for non-compliance of its earlier orders with regard to submitting a plan of action to deal with the issue of overcrowding prisons. “It is unfortunate that the prisons are overcrowded. Prisoners also have human rights and they cannot be kept in jails like animals,” it said. The court said it was informed by amicus curiae that there were a large number of jails where “overcrowding is well above 150 per cent and in one case it is as high as 609 per cent.” “This is extremely unfortunate and clearly suggests the complete lack of commitment of the state governments and the Union Territories to the human rights of prisoners and also indicates the failure of the Under Trial Review Committees to take their responsibilities seriously,” it said. While some jail inmates have got bail but cannot be released as they cannot furnish sureties, some others were imprisoned for petty offences under which they should have got bail long ago, the apex court said. Union Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot Friday appealed to organisations and individuals opposing the Supreme Court's judgment on the SC/ST Act to withdraw their protests in the wake of the government's decision to file a review petition challenging the verdict. In a tweet, Gehlot said the government has decided to file a review petition before the apex court next week challenging its order banning automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of Dalits and tribals under the SCs/ STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act which protects the marginalised communities against discrimination and atrocities. Top law officers are brainstorming with officials of the Ministry of Social Justice to prepare a credible review plea. "The review will be filed by Wednesday as by then, the grounds for the review will be ready," a senior functionary said. US attack kills 4 Indians in Afghanistan SNS T’PURAM, 30 MARCH Four Keralites who joined the Islamic State (IS) have reportedly been killed in a drone attack by the US in an IS stronghold in Afghanistan, said Kerala DGP Loknath Behera on Friday quoting unofficial reports from the NIA. As per reports, those killed in the attack were Padna natives - Shihas, his wife Ajmala, their child and Thrikkaripur native Muhammad Mansad. Ajmala was pregnant when she, along with the others, was reported missing from Kerala in 2016. The deceased were part of the group of Keralites led by one Abdul Rashid Abdulla which left for Syria from Kasaragod to join the IS. The NIA probe has found that Abdulla had motivated a number of youths from Kasaragod to leave India along with their families to join the IS. He organised orientation classes at Kasaragod and other places in support of the terrorist organisation. An NIA court in Kochi last Saturday sentenced Yasmeen Md Zahid, a Bihar native, to seven years' imprisonment in the IS recruitment case. P12 SUPPORT GROWS FOR DISGRACED AUSSIE SKIPPER P16 Eco re-exam on 25 April, e maths re-test likely in July t Amid CBSE leak outrage, govt says maths re-exam would be held only in NCR, Haryana STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH A mid countrywide public outrage over the leaks of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) papers, the Centre on Friday decided to conduct the re-exam of Class 12 economics on 25 April across India, while the Class 10 mathematics re-exam, if required, would be conducted only for Delhi-NCR and Haryana in July. The leaks of these economics and maths papers ahead of their exams on 26 March and 28 March respectively had led to the CBSE's 28 March announcement that it will conduct their reexams. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, in a series of tweets, said, "In the larger interest of academics & students the sensitive govt has taken a decision not to have nationwide retest in Maths for class 10th.The test will be held in Delhi, Haryana after final inputs from police and that too if needed it will be held in July." Javadekar added that "In the interest of students of 12th class so that they will not be hampered in their future career their economics retest will happen on 25th April. So now no confusion. All the best". Briefing reporters, the HRD Secretary, School Education, Anil Swarup said that the decision to hold the Class 12 economics exam was taken immediately as these students have to appear in competitive exams and take college admissions. "No decision can be perfect but with the given information we had and in this limited time, there was no better alternative," Swarup added. He said the initial probe into the leak of Class 10 maths paper revealed that it was limited to DelhiNCR and Haryana. He said this re-exam might be conducted in July, adding that the gover nment would decide it within 15 days. Ruling out the possibility of a leak overseas, Swarup clarified that there would be no retest for schools outside India. He also said the exams could not have been stopped in the first place as the information about the leaks came too late for such action. Asked about allegations that other papers were also leaked, Swarup said in those cases, the leaks have not been verified. He said a department enquiry has also been underway to find out how the papers got leaked, adding the ministry would make the system foolproof so that no such leaks happen in future. Over 16 lakh students had reportedly taken the Class 10 maths exam while about four lakh students are believed to have appeared for the Class 12 economics test. A large number of affected students and their parents have hit the streets in different parts of the national capital, and even in some other states, to protest against the CBSE paper leaks and the reexams. Stepping up its probe into these leaks, Delhi Police's Crime Branch, which has questioned 45 people ~ including the administrators of 10WhatsApp groups, a coaching centre's owner, 18 students and several tutors ~ so far, has written to Google for details of the e-mail address from where the CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal was sent a mail on the Class 10 maths paper being leaked on 27 March, police officials said. Delhi Police has asked Google to share details of the ID from which the CBSE chief was sent this email containing images of 12 pages of handwritten question papers, which were posted on WhatsApp groups. There has been, however, no breakthrough in ascertaining the point of origin of the alleged leaks of the two question papers. The police had onThursday also interacted with the CBSE controller of examination to understand the process of conducting exams. Delhi Police has registered two separate FIRs on CBSE's complaints to probe the leaks in the two papers, even as its Crime Branch has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe these leaks which triggered disappointment, anger and anguish among tens of thousands of students, parents and teachers across the TURN TO PAGE 6 country. Parents group to move HC NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH Amid widespread outrage over the CBSE question paper leaks, the All India Parents Association Friday said it would file a petition in the Delhi High Court on Monday seeking a court-monitored probe into the matter."The leaks have rocked the confidence of parents and students. Question is now being raised over the examination system being followed," the association's president Ashok PTI Agarwal said. Vineet Joshi first NTA chief NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH The government on Friday appointed senior bureaucrat Vineet Joshi as the Director General of the National Testing Agency (NTA), which will conduct the entrance examinations for higher educational institutions organised by the CBSE, AICTE and other bodies. Joshi, a 1992-batch IAS officer of the Manipur cadre, was appointed to the post for five years, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training said. FM Jaitley had, in his budget speech of 2017-18, announced the setting up of the PTI NTA.
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