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Gurugram: 187 private school buses challaned over safety measures

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Gurugram, April 13 (IANS) Following the directives of Commissioner of Gurugram Police Vikas Arora, the Gurugram Traffic Police and Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Department conducted a special inspection of school buses across the district on Saturday to ensure compliance with traffic regulations.

A total of 187 buses of private schools including Rotary Public School and Yaduvanshi Public School were fined for violating Surakshit School Vahan Policy norms.

DCP Traffic, Virender Vij said during the checking drive, 5 teams of a total of 45 people including 03 traffic Assistant Police Commissioners, 05 traffic Inspectors and zonal officers were formed and deployed at the identified places, through which the documents related to school buses like RC, insurance, and pollution.

Uniforms of all drivers/conductors including PERMIT, driver’s driving license etc, medical first-aid kit, and fire prevention cylinder were also checked.

During this campaign, the police teams advised bus drivers against using mobile phones while driving and refraining from consuming intoxicants while driving, as such actions could lead to accidents.

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Telangana government’s new emblem move kicks up row, BRS to launch protest

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Hyderabad, May 30 (IANS) In the run-up to the 10th Formation Day celebrations of Telangana, a row has erupted over the state government’s move to adopt a new state emblem, with the main Opposition Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) threatening to launch a movement.

On state formation day on June 2, the Congress government plans to unveil the new emblem as it says that the present emblem carrying Kakatiya Kala Thoranam (welcome arch of the Kakatiyas) and Charminar reflect feudalism and autocratic rule and CM Reddy wants the new emblem to reflect the decades-long struggle for Telangana state.

CM Reddy and Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka have given final touches to the new emblem being designed by artist Rudra Rajesham.

CM Reddy has also roped in Oscar-winning music composer MM Keeravani to compose music for the state song which will also be released on June 2.

The government adopted Ande Sri’s ‘Jaya Jaya He Telangana’ as the state anthem.

CM Reddy is scheduled to hold a meeting with leaders of all political parties to brief them on the new logo and state song.

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However, the BRS is likely to stay away from the meeting and the party has threatened to launch a movement if the government changes the emblem.

Day after BRS leaders led by former MP B. Vinod Kumar staged a protest at Kakatiya Thoranam in Warangal, party Working President KT Rama Rao planned a similar demonstration at Charminar on Thursday.

However, the government refused to give permission for the protest.

“World over, Charminar has been the icon/symbol of Hyderabad for centuries. When one thinks of Hyderabad, they cannot but think of Charminar which has all the qualities of a UNESCO world heritage site. Now the Congress Government wants to remove the iconic Charminar from the state logo citing frivolous reasons. What a shame,” Rama Rao posted on X.

He also stated that the protest at Kakatiya Kala Thoranam was just the beginning and BRS would proceed legally. He questioned the government’s decision saying people have not given power to Congress to change the emblem.

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“Kakatiya Kala Thoranam and Charminar are not the signs of imperialism. They are symbols of development, people’s welfare and historical and archaeological significance of the region,” he said.

He also argued that a change of state emblem would require the approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Vinod Kumar also appealed to AICC leader Sonia Gandhi to ask CM Reddy to desist from it as this would set a bad precedent.

The BRS leader also accused CM Reddy of trying to destroy the history of Telangana saying he was a strong votary of a combined state.

“He was for Samaikya Andhra Pradesh. He never raised the Jai Telangana slogan either during the statehood movement or after the state’s formation,” the BRS leader said.

Disagreeing with Revanth Reddy that Kakatiya Kala Thoranam is a symbol of imperialism, he explained that Kakatiya rulers were from the backward communities of the society and they built ‘thrikuta’ temples and constructed tanks and lakes including the chain-link tank system for meeting the drinking water and irrigation needs.

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He pointed out that this system is serving its purpose even 800 years after their rule.

Vinod Kumar said the Chief Minister should focus on fulfilling the long list of pre-poll promises instead of unproductive actions such as changing the state emblem.

The new emblem will replace the one adopted in 2014 when Telangana came into being as the 29th state.

The Congress government, which came to power in December 2023, decided to replace the existing emblem which depicts Kakatiya Kala Thoranam and Charminar, the symbols of Kakatiya and Qutb Shahi dynasties.

Change of emblem was one of the key decisions taken by the Congress government, reversing the decisions of the previous BRS government. It replaced ‘TS’ with ‘TG’ as the state abbreviation. The earlier BRS government had adopted ‘TS’ as the abbreviation.

The new government also decided to change Telangana Talli statue to reflect the sentiments of Telangana people.

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One killed, 12 injured in J&K road accident

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Srinagar, May 30 (IANS) One person was killed and 12 others injured in a road accident in J&K’s Pampore area.

Officials said that a vehicle carrying passengers went out of the driver’s control at Drangbal near Pampore town on Srinagar-Jammu highway and turned turtle.

“Thirteen people were injured in this accident. One of them identified as Ram Nath Kumar from Bihar succumbed to critical injuries while the other 12 injured passengers were admitted to hospital for treatment,” said officials.

The injured were identified as Ranjeet Ram, Kumar Kotwal, Gayasha, Bengali Kushwa, Ramakanth Shaw, Mohammad Samsheer and Hari Kumar all from Bihar, Neeta Yadav and Tara Chand from Pune, Abinov Mishra from Uttar Pradesh, Shabir Dar from Banihal, Mohammad Ali and Inayat Ali from Kargil district of Ladakh union territory.

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Rajkot fire probe: 1 IAS, 3 IPS officers to be questioned today

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Rajkot, May 30 (IANS) Ahead of the Union Home Minister’s visit, the investigation into the fire at Gamezone, which claimed 28 lives, has intensified. One IAS and three IPS officers on duty in Rajkot City at the time of the tragedy will be questioned on Thursday in the case.

The state police chief has summoned these officers to Gandhinagar, where the state CID Crime and the Chief Fire Officer of Rajkot Fire Brigade have also been called for questioning, officials shared.

Transferred IAS officer Anand Patel and IPS officers Raju Bhargava, Vidhi Chaudhary, and Sudhirkumar Desai will face questioning today.

State DGP Vikas Sahay will lead the enquiry which may include issues related to Gamezone’s approvals and safety measures.

Chief Fire Officer of Rajkot Fire Brigade, IV Kher’s questioning is expected to revolve around the Fire NOC and other safety compliances at Gamezone.

Rajkot fire probe: 1 IAS, 3 IPS officers to be questioned today, is scheduled to visit Rajkot on May 31 to hold a review meeting with officials regarding the blaze.

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He will seek detailed information on the negligence that led to the tragedy and identify those responsible.

During his visit, HM Shah is also expected to meet with the families of the deceased.

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AI learning in Kerala schools begins with this academic year

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Thiruvananthapuram, May 30 (IANS) Kerala has decided to include Artificial Intelligence (AI) in school textbooks and as a result, over four lakh students in Class Seven will study the nuances of AI in the new academic year beginning next month.

It is the first time in the country that all students in a class are getting an opportunity to learn AI uniformly.

Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE), the technology arm of Department of General Education, will make available all the essential software for this in the laptops deployed in schools.

One of the activities in the ‘Computer Vision’ chapter will involve students creating their own AI programme that can recognise human facial expressions.

This programme will be able to identify up to seven different emotions on a person’s face.

Apart from Class Seven, the new Academic Year will see new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) textbooks for Classes One, Three and Five in Malayalam, English, Tamil, and Kannada mediums.

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The curriculum framework emphasises the development of children’s critical thinking, analytical skills, and problem-solving abilities, which are essential for their holistic development.

In this context, special emphasis has been placed on the development of logical thinking and programming skills in the ICT textbooks for the primary level.

The ‘PictoBlox’ package, along with ‘Scratch’ software that teaches visual programming, is introduced in the textbooks to enable students to practice programming, AI, robotics and similar things.

The new ICT textbooks for Classes One and Three include FOSS (Free and Open-Source Software) based educational applications such as GCompris, eduActiv8, OmniTux, and TuxPaint which cover drawing, reading, language learning, numeracy, operations, and rhythm.

In addition to these, applications developed by KITE such as Traffic Signal through which children learn about traffic rules, and Waste Challenges which teaches waste disposal through gaming mode are also included in the ICT textbook.

Further, language labs are also featured in the new textbooks.

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K. Anvar Sadath who is the Chairman of ICT Textbook Committee and also the CEO of KITE said the that new ICT textbooks present practical ICT activities that nurture life skills while also helping in the study of other subjects and providing guidance on cyber safety and fake news identification.

“KITE commenced the AI training for 80,000 secondary school teachers from May onwards and so far 20,120 teachers have completed the training and the remaining also will be trained,” said Sadath.

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Will cooperate in probe, says Shashi Tharoor on aide's detention in gold smuggling case

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New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday said that he will be cooperating in the probe involving his aide in a case of gold smuggling.

The aide was reportedly detained from the IGI Airport here by the Customs Department for allegedly trying to smuggle in gold estimated to be valued at over Rs 35.22 lakh.

In a post on X, Tharoor said that he was in Dharamshala for campaigning and was shocked to hear about the incident.

While seeking to make his case clear, he said the aide was an old and ill part-time employee.

“I was shocked to hear of an incident involving a former member of my staff who has been rendering part-time service to me in terms of airport facilitation assistance. He is a 72 year old retiree undergoing frequent dialysis and was retained on a part-time basis on compassionate grounds,” he said.

“I do not condone any alleged wrongdoing and fully support the authorities in their efforts to take any necessary action as may be required to investigate the matter. The law must take its own course,” the Congress leader added.

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Meanwhile, the Customs Department in a statement said that based on suspicion, officers at IGI Airport have booked a case of smuggling of gold against an Indian national who arrived at the Airport from Bangkok by flight TG-323 on Wednesday.

–IANS

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