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Over 75 percent child rehab centres in India defunct

New Delhi : Over 75 percent of 11,652 child rehabilitation centres across 21 states of India are non-functional, the labour minister informed parliament on Monday.

"As per information received from various National Child Labour Project (NCPL), at present there are 2,876 special training centres functional," Minister Bandaru Dattatreya told the Lok Sabha.

The minister also stated that the government had issued a communication to all the concerned labour departments of state governments to assess the number of the child labourers.

1,200 vulnerable polling stations in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram : The Election Commission has identified around 1,200 vulnerable polling stations in Kerala, but expressed satisfaction over the way things were shaping up for the May 16 assembly elections.

There will be a total of 21,000 polling booths, of which 800 would be model polling stations, and 250 would be all-women manned polling booths.

The poll panel has deployed 47 general observers, 14 police observers and 40 expenditure observers for strict supervision and monitoring of the poll process.

Bihar Minister accuses MEA of delaying clearance for foreign trip

By TCN Staff Reporter

New Delhi: A delay in political clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs for travelling abroad left Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Finance Minister, Bihar, ruing a missed opportunity to interact with residents of Bihar and Jharkhad residing in Doha, Qatar and a chance to perform Umrah.

In J&K, Supreme Court's NEET order leaves students aspiring to be doctors in a quandary

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Jammu: The Supreme Court order of holding National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), a combined entrance test for admission to undergraduate medicine and dental courses has sent jitters across the aspiring medical students of J&K. The students were due to appear in the state-level entrance test for admission in state and private-run medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir.

JNU teachers to observe a day's hunger strike

New Delhi : The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) will observe a hunger strike on Tuesday against the university administration on various issues, including slapping fine on Kanahiya Kumar and rusticating three other students.

The JNUTA called a general body meeting on April 28 and decided to hold one-day hunger strike to protest "non-responsive attitude of the administration" on the current situation on the campus, the teachers association announced late Sunday in a statement.

`Threats of violence, political pressure among challenges to freedom of press in India'

By Prashant Sood

New Delhi : There are several challenges to the freedom of the press in India, including threats of violence from vested interests and pressure from political parties, experts have said, calling for greater involvement of civil society in cases pertaining to journalists.

Talking to IANS on the issues concerning the media in India on the eve of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the experts, including senior journalists, said that mediapersons also need to adapt to the new challenges by being more bold.

HC seeks DU response on inadequate hostels in campus

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the Delhi University to respond on a plea filed against the inadequate availability of hostels and absence of a standardised renting system around the North and South campuses.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked the counsel appearing for DU to take instructions on the issue from the university.

"Get instructions on the issues raised in the petition," said the bench posting the matter for July 18 when a similar plea would also come for hearing.

33 with criminal cases, 15 crorepatis in Bengal last phase polls

Kolkata : At least 33 candidates have criminal cases pending against them while 15 candidates are crorepatis of the 170 contestants in the fray in the sixth and last phase of the West Bengal assembly elections.

Twenty five constituencies spread across the twin districts of Cooch Behar and East Midnapore will go to the polls on May 5 in the last phase.

According to a report released by the West Bengal Election Watch, of the 33 candidates with criminal cases, 27 face serious charges including murder.

Iliyas Azmi resigns from 'one man party' AAP

New Delhi : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Iliyas Azmi resigned from the party on Monday stating that it has become a "one man" party.

Referring to AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Azmi said "the party has become Kejriwal's fiefdom".

The resignation comes after his name was not included in the PAC (Political Affairs Committee), the highest decision-making body of the party, at the National Council meeting held last week.

University of Delhi, a role model for other varsities: Vice President

New Delhi : Vice President Hamid Ansari here on Monday said the University of Delhi has maintained a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research and it has become a role model for other universities.

On the occasion of the University of Delhi's (DU) Foundation Day, the Vice President, who is also the chancellor of the university, in a statement said: “It gives me great pleasure to send my congratulations to the vice chancellor, faculty, staff and students on the joyous occasion of the 94th foundation day of the University of Delhi."