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Over 10,000 violations of Right to Education in Delhi

Just nine months after the Right to Education (RTE) Act was implemented in India, promising free and compulsory education to all children in the age group of 6-14, over 10,000 cases of violation have been registered by a child rights body in the capital.

Some children were denied admission to school, some were subjected to corporal punishment by the school authorities and yet others were denied the benefit of the economically weaker section (EWS) quota for poorer students in Delhi schools.

According to chairman of the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), the body has registered 10,500 cases of RTE Act violation since its implementation.

"As per the RTE Act, the DCPCR monitors its implementation in Delhi. We have registered cases which involve violations of at least 15 kinds, like screening tests before admissions, corporal punishment, admission denial, mental harassment and others," DCPCR Chairman told.

"Initially, we had taken suo motu cognisance of med…

Most migrant women in Delhi work in unorganised sector: Survey

A large number of migrant women in Delhi work in the unorganised sector, including as domestic help, construction and vegetable sellers, an Assocham survey said.

It added about 70 per cent migrant women belong to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

"...(they are here) in search of job opportunities and better education for their wards," Assocham Secretary General said.

Home Minister P Chidambaram recently sought to blame migrants to Delhi for crimes like rape, a statement that came under attack from political leaders, following which he withdrew it.

Later, the Home Minister issued a clarification saying he did not refer to any state or region or language or race or religion and was conscious that every one who came to work in Delhi was, in a sense, a migrant, including himself.

SC orders DDA to rebuild night shelters for all homeless

The Supreme Court Thursday directed all states and union territories to ensure that no night shelter was demolished amid the biting winter cold and slammed the Delhi Development Authority for demolishing two such facilities in New Delhi.

Rebuking DDA for demolishing two of the 64 shelters built by the Delhi government last year on the court's instructions, a bench of justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma ordered that they be rebuilt within three days.

The bench issued the orders, taking suo motu cognisance of the news reports on demolition of two night shelters by DDA at Nehru Place and Kalkaji, forcing destitutes to brave the biting winter chill in the open.

The apex court said that as a welfare state it was the duty of the government to ensure that not a single citizen across the country sleeps under the open sky in such "intense" winter.

"We are greatly anguished, disappointed and astonished as to how could the authorities be so insensitive, impervious and callo…

Poor response to MCD survey to detect out-of-school children

The MCD, which had deployed its teachers to undertake a door-to-door survey in the city this week to detect out-of-school children, is not satisfied with the response it got from the people during the exercise.

The civic body got poor response from the citizens during the survey in resettlement colonies, slum clusters and rural areas and the data gathered will not be enough, officials said.

The MCD is now planning to write to the HRD Ministry so that the exercise can be undertaken afresh, they said.

The MCD's 14,000 teachers had conducted the survey for two days in weekend in 181 municipal wards.

Municipal teachers of 91 of the total 272 wards had conducted a similar door-to-door survey under 'Education for All' campaign in March, Chairman of MCD Education Committee said.

During the survey, teachers tried to find out whether there is any child between the age of 6 and 14 years who is not going to any school, besides the education and economic condition of the family and about p…

MCD survey to detect out-of-school children in Delhi

Aiming to implement the concept of 'education for all', MCD will deploy its teachers to undertake a door-to-door survey in the national capital from Sunday to detect out-of-school children.

The civic body said its 14,000 teachers will conduct the survey on December 11 and 12 in 181 municipal wards.

Municipal teachers of 91 of the total 272 wards had conducted a similar door-to-door survey under MCD's 'Education for All' campaign in March, Chairman of MCD Education Committee.

During the survey, teachers will find out whether there is any child between the age of 6 and 14 years who is not going to any school, besides the education and economic condition of the family and about physically or mentally challenged children, if any, in the family.

Principals, school inspectors, assistant and deputy education officers have also been deputed to monitor the work of survey, Nagpal said and appealed to citizens to cooperate and provide the accurate information.

"The survey is …

India's leadership unknown to much of world: survey

As New Delhi seeks to cement its place as a world leader with its bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, a survey released said that the Indian leadership is not much known in the world.

Nearly half of the world's residents surveyed (44 per cent) don't know enough about the country's leadership to have an opinion, and the rest are mixed.

Across 110 countries surveyed in 2009, a median of 22 per cent approve and a median of 27 per cent disapprove, the Gallup, a public opinion research group, said in a statement.

More than half of people in the former Soviet Union, the Americas, and Europe don't have an opinion about India's leadership, it said adding that this may be understandable given their proximity to the country, but many in Asia also don't have an opinion.

Overall, residents in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa region are more likely to express opinions about India's leadership, it said.

Gallup said outside of some of i…

30,331 prisoners lodged in Bihar jails

Altogether 30,331 prisoners were lodged in 55 central and district jails in Bihar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister said.

Replying to a question, he said the total number of prisoners lodged in 55 central and district jails in the state stood at 30,331.

The jails were almost filled to capacity as there was space for 33,937 inmates in the jails.

There were eight central jails, 31 districts jails and 16 sub-jails in the state, he said, adding that there were several jails under-construction at present and once these projects were completed, the lodging capacity would rise to 46,116, the parliamentary affairs minister said.

He also added, a total of 52,343 criminals have been convicted in the state since 2006.

India has 5.07 crore diabetes patients in 20-79 age group

India has 5.07 crore diabetes patients in the age group of 20-79 years besides 1.14 children affected by it, according to a report prepared by International Diabetes Federation.

The exact data regarding persons suffering from diabetes in India is not known, however, as per the International Diabetes Federation report published in 2009, it is estimated that there are about 507 lakh cases in the age group of 20-79 years and 1.14 lakh cases of Type-I diabetes among children.

Type-1 diabetes or juvenile diabetes is a form of diabetes mellitus that results from autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. Type-1 diabetes is fatal unless treated with insulin.

Type-II diabetes results from insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to use insulin properly, sometimes combined with an absolute insulin deficiency.

Another type of diabetes is gestational diabetes when pregnant women, who have never had diabetes before, have a high blood glucose level during pregna…