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Haryana minister asks officials to install solar plants in all govt, private colleges

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Chandigarh, June 11 (IANS) Haryana Education Minister Seema Trikha on Tuesday directed officials to install solar systems in all government and private colleges across the state.

The initiative aims to reduce electricity expenses and contribute to environmental conservation.

In addition, she instructed the publication of a monthly magazine of the Higher Education Department, highlighting special achievements of colleges, universities, and students.

The directions were issued by the minister during a meeting of the Higher Education Department in Panchkula.

Presiding over the meeting, she also discussed in detail with officials about the problems being faced by them.

She suggested that akin to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, where he discusses two-three topics and commends achievements in those domains, a similar approach could be adopted in each publication by the Higher Education Department.

Proposing that colleges and universities be assessed based on their accomplishments, she suggested for showcasing exemplary instances in the magazine, fostering improvement and instigating healthy competition.

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Expressing concern over escalating global warming, Trikha urged officials to encourage college and university students to participate in tree plantation drives and water conservation efforts.

She said the youth should formulate a plan for planting saplings in the vicinity of their institution, snap a photo with the planted tree, and share it on social media. She expressed happiness that the NSS unit is promoting tree plantation.

The minister further said that certain plant species have higher water absorption rates, while some plants can grow in less water. In such a situation, the youth should get saplings planted in their respective areas only after consulting the Forest Department.

–IANS

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20 girl students fall ill after eating meal in hostel in Tripura

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Agartala, June 20 (IANS) At least 20 students of a government-run Girls’ Higher Secondary School fell ill after allegedly consuming meal at a hostel in Tripura.

The students were hospitalised after they complained of severe stomachache and chest pain, officials said.

A teacher of the Bodhjung Girls’ Higher Secondary School here said that the girls suddenly fell ill during the school’s prayer session and they were immediately taken to Government-run Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital.

“All the 20 girl students are currently under observation in the hospital,” doctors said, adding that their condition is now stable.

Doctors said that they are now examining their health condition and symptoms to determine the exact cause of their illness.

Initial investigations suggest that food poisoning in the students’ hostel might be the cause.

All the affected students are from the tribal community residing in a hostel at Indranagar on the outskirts of the city.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha, who also holds the Health and Education portfolios, has ordered a probe into the incident.

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In a post on the X, the Chief Minister said, “I have come to know about the incident of students of Bodhjung Girls School falling ill, and the government is taking the matter very seriously.”

GB Hospital authorities have already been instructed to ensure the treatment of sick students with the highest priority.

Besides, the officers in charge of administration have been directed to investigate the whole matter.

–IANS

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Assam Skill University to be fully functional in 2025: Sarma

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Guwahati, June 20 (IANS) The Assam Skill University (ASU) which is the first-of-its-kind in the northeastern region, will become fully functional from next year, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Thursday.

Spread over 83 acres of land in Mangaldoi in Darrang District, the university will cater over 10,000 students and will focus on developing a skilled workforce to meet the requirements of investors in the state.

Sarma told reporters in Mangaldoi, “I have a discussion with various stakeholders of the skill university and classes will begin from the permanent campus of the institute from 2025. Meanwhile, classes on streams like Data Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will begin from July in the temporary campus situated in Guwahati.

“However, solar power, welding, electrification — these curriculums must be taught in the laboratories and once the permanent campus is ready by next year, we shall start these courses as well.”

He also said that already 22 faculties were recruited for the Assam Skill University and the state government will begin the appointment process for 50 more faculties in a short while.

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“Nine different streams will be taught in the institute that will include study to meet daily requirements in the society for future technologies,” the Chief Minister added.

The foundation stone of Assam Skill University was laid by former Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in February 2021 and the deadline for completing the project was 2026.

The Assam government is investing Rs. 1000 crore to build this university.

The institute will be equipped with solar energy, rainwater harvesting plants making it a green campus.

Earlier, Sarma asserted that the workforce generated by Assam Skill University will compel the major industrialists to invest in Assam and the state will eventually become one of the most favourable destinations for key industry players.

–IANS

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Major political developments will take place in K’taka soon: BJP MP Bommai

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Davanagere, (Karnataka) June 20 (IANS) Significant political developments will take place in Karnataka in days to come, said former Chief Minister and BJP MP, Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday.

Speaking to the media, Bommai launched a scathing attack and alleged that even Congress MLAs had turned against party leaders.

“The legislators are too ashamed to face the people, as there are no funds for the MLAs. The administration has deteriorated, officials are not listening to the government, and it has reached a point where one might question whether there is any government in the state at all,” Bommai claimed.

“There is truth in BJP MP Govind Karjol’s statement regarding dissatisfaction among state Congress MLAs. Govind Karjol is a senior leader in the BJP, with many years of political experience and a seasoned politician. He speaks with complete information,” Bommai alleged.

Earlier, participating in a massive protest rally from the BJP’s office to the AC office in Davanagere city, Bommai charged that the state Congress has burdened the poor and common people with price hikes.

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“They have lost the moral authority to govern by increasing the prices of petrol, diesel, and other essentials. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should resign,” he said.

He criticised the state government, claiming that for the past year, it has been adopting anti-poor and anti-common people policies.

He accused the government of driving the state into economic bankruptcy and pushing Karnataka back by 10 years.

“To win votes, the government has burdened the poor in the name of guarantees, imposing a debt burden of Rs 1.05 lakh crore on the people of the state. Initially, they increased motor tax, liquor prices, and stamp duties. Now, they have hiked petrol and diesel prices. This government has no moral right to govern the state,” he asserted.

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Pay Commission for staff of aided educational institutions in Punjab: Cheema

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Chandigarh, June 20 (IANS) Punjab Finance Minister, Harpal Singh Cheema, on Thursday said the government has given in-principle approval regarding the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission for employees of aided educational institutions.

Cheema in a statement said the decision would benefit the employees of aided schools and colleges under the Departments of School Education, Technical Education and Industrial Training, non-teaching staff of these institutes under the Higher Education Department, and also retirees of aided schools.

“The Administrative Departments have been directed to issue notifications for implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission of the employees of aided institutions and retirees of aided schools,” he said.

The Administrative Departments will examine the financial statements of the last three years of all the aided schools and colleges so as to correctly assess the deficit analysis and to send a detailed proposal giving financial implications.

“After considering the Administrative Departments’ proposal, the Finance Department will give financial sanction to these institutions,” said the Finance Minister.

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He emphasised the government’s commitment to improve education in the state.

“The education sector will not face any dearth of funds,” said the Finance Minister, adding, “We’ve witnessed a revolution in education these past two years, and we’ll continue taking steps to ensure quality education for future generations.”

–IANS

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Atiq Ahmad's sister-in-law's house demolished in Prayagraj

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Prayagraj, June 20 (IANS) The Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) on Thursday demolished the house of Zainab Fatima, who is the wife of gangster Atiq Ahmed’s brother Ashraf.

“This building was constructed under the name Zeeshan Fatima. This is constructed on Waqf land. They could not prove their ownership. Hence, the order to demolish it was passed,” said PDA Zonal Officer N. Hashmi.

Last week, the Prayagraj police compiled records of illegal properties of five members of slain gangster Atiq Ahmad’s gang across the state, officials said.

The Bareilly police have already listed the properties of two brothers-in-law of slain gangster Ashraf — Saddam and Zaid Master. Both are history-sheeters at the Puramufti police station.

Ashraf was also killed along with Atiq Ahmad in April last year.

The Bareilly police have already slapped the Gangster Act against Saddam, currently lodged at Budaun jail, and Zaid Master will be booked under the same too.

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Deputy Commissioner of Police (City), Deepak Bhuker, said that police had been compiling details of illegal and benami properties of five more gang members of slain Atiq Ahmad’s gang.

–IANS

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