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1,410 schools with single teacher may be merged

1,410 schools with single teacher may be merged

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

SHIMLA: There is uncertainty over the fate of 1,410 single-teacher government schools, which are being run in violation of the provisions of the Right to Education Act.

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Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, April 22

There is uncertainty over the fate of 1,410 single-teacher government schools, which are being run in violation of the provisions of the Right to Education Act.

Though the issue of merger of these schools with only one teacher or very less enrolment remains a politically contentious issue, the process of identifying such schools which could be merged is underway. The Education Department has identified 1,410 such schools being run by a single teacher.

“The task before us is to identify the schools which do not conform to the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act,” said Arun Sharma, Secretary, Education. The decision to merge these schools with nearby schools will be taken by the Cabinet once the department submits its final report.

Sources in the department have revealed that there are instances where a school has 30 students and eight teachers, while in a school in Baddi, where children of industrial workers study, the strength is 354 but only one teacher has been posted. Officials admit that there are several instances where science and mathematics teachers, who are in shortage, are posted in the Education Directorate or in the Secretariat here. The enrolment drive in over 15,000 schools, including 10,754 primary schools all over the state, got over on April 19. The enrolment in these schools stands at 8.29 lakh while the number of students in 2,767 private schools is 2.67 lakh.

The lure of sending one’s child to a private school is worrisome. Despite no proper infrastructure like play fields, laboratories and libraries, parents are keen to enroll their children in private schools. Moreover, the staff in government schools is far qualified than private teachers.

SCnorms: Parents to shell out more for school bus

SCnorms: Parents to shell out more for school bus

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

DHARAMSALA: The Cabinet has decided to implement the Supreme Court guidelines for school buses. The decision comes in the wake of the Nurpur bus accident in which 24 schoolchildren were killed.

Mining persists in Khaniara despite SC orders

Mining persists in Khaniara despite SC orders

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

DHARAMSALA: Despite the Supreme Court banning mining and the state government claiming to have tightened the noose around the mafia, the activity is still on in the slate mines of Khaniara village, 7 km from Dharamsala.

Church restoration project may be shelved

Church restoration project may be shelved

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

SHIMLA: The ambitious project of the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation to restore and conserve two landmark heritage structures, the Christ Church and the Catholic Church, faces the threat of being shelved with there being divisions among the Christian community over the management of the exhaustive work.

Kotkhai rape accused brought to Shimla

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

SHIMLA: Even as the suspense over the identity of the single arrest made so far in the case of rape and murder of a Kotkhai minor continues, the CBI on Sunday brought the accused here from Delhi.

200 posts of doctor to be filled soon: CM

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday said the endeavour of his regime was to lay emphasis on strengthening the existing institutions instead of opening the new ones.

Call to promote places around Queen of Hills

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

SHIMLA: Stakeholders in the tourism industry have demanded the state government to conduct roadshows for promotion of sightseeing places in and around Shimla to prolong the stay of visitors.

Use of plastic waste for roads back

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

SOLAN: In a bid to manage plastic waste in the state, its use in the construction of roads is being revived. Since the issue also figures in the state government’s vision document, a meeting convened by officials of the Urban Development Department decided to ensure its effective implementation.

Pong oustees to move apex court

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

NURPUR: The Pong Dam Oustees’ Samiti has announced to move the Supreme Court to seek justice for those beneficiaries who are yet to get land (murrabas) in Rajasthan.

3,236 cases settled in Lok Adalats

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

SHIMLA: A total of 3,236 cases involving award of Rs 18.

CM seeks Rs 300 cr for tourism

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday requested Union Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons to approve three schemes worth Rs 300 crore for promoting religious and eco-adventure tourism.

Work on Chamba auditorium delayed

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

CHAMBA: The work to construct a multipurpose indoor auditorium at Rajpura, about 8 km from here, has been hanging fire since the laying of foundation stone last year.

Acute staff shortage hits PWD work in Shimla

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

SHIMLA: An acute shortage of staff is hampering working at the Public Works Department (PWD), which is often under criticism for a delay in the completion of works.

Digitisation to improve efficiency, says CM

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday said going digital would help various departments deliver better and transparent services.

Thakur Ved Ram award for 11

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

KULLU: The Thakur Ved Ram National Award 2017-18 was conferred on 11 eminent personalities. The ceremony was held to commemorate the 98th birth anniversary of the founder of one of the Asia’s famous handloom co-operative societies — Bhuttico — on Saturday.

Action if water tank found dirty, warns minister

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

CHAMBA: “It is the responsibility of house owners to keep their water tanks clean and the IPH Department, after making an inspection, will submit its report,” Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh said while chairing a meeting convened to tackle the drought-like situation here on Saturday.

Cong to prepare data bank of 500 workers

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

SHIMLA: With an eye on the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress will prepare a data bank of a dedicated brigade of 500 party workers in each of the 68 Assembly segments.

Workshop on biodiversity

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

KULLU: The Himachal Pradesh State Biodiversity Board organised a one-day training workshop on the implementation of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Rules 2004 at Government Degree College here on Sunday.

Himachal Diary

BJP, Cong on same page?

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

Though Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his ministerial colleagues harp on the new BJP regime’s commitment towards zero tolerance on corruption, the conduct of some ministers seems to be contrary to this.

Award for INTACH convener

Award for INTACH convener

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

NURPUR: The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Delhi, has conferred the Research Scholarship Award on Maalvika Pathania, state convener, INTACH, for her research work on monuments and temples of Chamba.

158 units of blood donated

158 units of blood donated

23 Apr 2018 | 12:51 AM

nA total of 158 units of blood were collected at a camp organised by Sant Nirankari Mission in Shimla on Sunday.

4 die in Kinnaur mishap

22 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

SHIMLA: Four persons were killed and three injured when an HRTC bus fell into the Spiti river near Hango village in Kinnaur. The bus (HP 25 1658) was on its way from Reckong Peo to Hango Chuling when the mishap took place.

Man killed in Una mishap

22 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

UNA: Fifty-five-year-old resident of Guler in Kangra district died in a road accident at Dhussara village, about 10 km from Una, on Saturday.

DCs transferred

22 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

SHIMLA: In a minor administrative reshuffle, the government on Saturday ordered the transfer and postings of five IAS officers, including DCs of Una and Hamirpur.

4 school kids hurt in mishap

22 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

UNA: Four students of a private school at Basal village, about 7 km from Una, were injured in an accident involving two buses belonging to the same school on Saturday.

Sanitary napkin vending machines in 2 Una schools

Sanitary napkin vending machines in 2 Una schools

22 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

UNA: The Una district administration has taken a unique initiative to provide sanitary napkins through vending machines in schools. Two vending machines were installed on Saturday in Santokhgarh and Taka government schools on an experiment basis.

Kotkhai case: Cops’ remand extended

22 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

SHIMLA: The CBI court on Saturday extended the judicial custody of nine police officers, including Inspector General of Police Zahur Zaidi, SP DW Negi and DSP Manoj Joshi, till April 25.

Newlywed dies mysteriously

22 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

UNA: A 25-year-old newly wed woman on Saturday reportedly died under mysterious circumstances at her in-laws house in Sanoli village of Una district.

Two killed in Chopal accident

22 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

SHIMLA: Two persons were killed on the spot while two others sustained injuries when the car (UA07L-6478) they were travelling in met with an accident and fell into a gorge near the Dayandli nullah, about 3 km from Nerva in Chopal, late last night.

Chief Secy’s wife in race for post he vacates in Sept

Chief Secy’s wife in race for post he vacates in Sept

22 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

SHIMLA: Though Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry will retire in September, the race for the next Chief Secretary has begun. The frontrunner for the post of Chief Secretary is Upma Chawdhry, wife of Vineet Chawdhry, who is serving as Director of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy at Mussoorie. She is the seniormost in the 1983 batch.

Raining worries for orchardists as April snow could impact crop

Raining worries for orchardists as April snow could impact crop

21 Apr 2018 | 2:18 PM

CHANDIGARH: Unseasonal snow in higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh has increased worries for the orchardists who are now staring at a damage to their crop.

Man dies in factory mishap

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

SOLAN: Indradev (54), an employee of Ambuja Cement Limited’s (ACL) Darlaghat plant, was brutally killed after being entangled in the conveyor belt carrying raw material from the mine area at Kashlog.

SJVNL to generate 9,200 MU

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

SHIMLA: Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Power in New Delhi on Friday for generation of 9,200 million units (MU) this year.

Govt to review NH progress, says CM

Govt to review NH progress, says CM

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday said the state government would review the progress of all four-lane projects being executed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) every three months so as to ensure that these were completed within the stipulated time period.

Nurpur resident hurt in power surge

Nurpur resident hurt in power surge

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

NURPUR: Power fluctuation damaged electrical appliances in at least six houses at Palli village in Khatiyar gram panchayat of Fatehupur on Thursday.

Zila Parishad’s quarterly meeting a damp squib

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

SOLAN: The quarterly meeting of the Zila Parishad convened here on Thursday under the supervision of its chairman failed to be productive as out of the 77 agenda items pertaining to various departments as many as 54 items remained unanswered.

6 villages identified for Gram Swaraj Yojana

6 villages identified for Gram Swaraj Yojana

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

UNA: Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur distributed LPG connections to 82 women under the Ujjwala Yojana in Khanpur village of Una district on Friday.

Free LPG connections for BPL families

Free LPG connections for BPL families

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

SOLAN: Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda on Friday said as many as 3.

Tibetan opera fest begins at McLeodganj

Tibetan opera fest begins at McLeodganj

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

DHARAMSALA: Strong winds and showers in Dhauladhar mountain ranges marked the beginning of the 23rd Tibetan Opera Festival known as Shoton (Yogurt) festival at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) in McLeodganj on Friday.

48-yr-old man hit by trolley, dies

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

KANGRA: A 48-year-old man was killed when a trolley hit him at Jirbala village in Kangra on Friday.

MCI inspects Hamirpur medical college

MCI inspects Hamirpur medical college

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

HAMIRPUR: Despite repeated instructions from Medical Council of India (MCI) authorities Dr Radhakrishanan Medical College and Hospital (DRMCH) has failed to fulfil the requirements to begin classes at the college.

Now, file applications under RTI Act online

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

SHIMLA: Himachal will become the first state in the country to start the online submission of queries and replies under the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005, by launching a portal on Saturday on the occasion of Civil Service Day.

Hill states need separate transport policy: Minister

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

SHIMLA: Transport Minister Govind Singh Thakur on Friday stressed the need for a separate transport policy for hill states.

College in pvt residence: Dept for Vigilance probe

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

SHIMLA: The Education Department has recommended a Vigilance inquiry into the complaint pertaining to the opening of Government Degree College, Dhami, Shimla (Rural), in a private residence allegedly built on encroached land.

Tobacco sale: Hearing on April 24

21 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

SHIMLA: The High Court has taken suo moto cognisance of the illegal sale of tobacco products in the state.

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