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DSEK helpline gets overwhelming response from students

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Srinagar, Nov 07: The recently launched helpline of Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) is proving quite beneficial for the student community in coordinating the arrangements required for the smooth conduct of examination, a statement by DSEK said.

DSEK set up the helpline on  November 4, 2018, to open a direct channel of communication with all stakeholders particularly students and till now more than 1000 SMS, 1600 WhatsApp messages and 700 voice calls have been received and individually responded by the helpline operators, the statement added.

“Students have been sharing their grievances and issues on the helpline and redressal is being ensured by the officers concerned immediately after the grievances are forwarded to them,” the DSEK said.

 

It said grievances with regard to heating, lighting and seating arrangements were registered at various examination centres particularly in private schools during the last couple of days. Some students and parents also complained about the unfair means at some specific examination centres.

Taking immediate notice of the grievances and complaints, Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr G. N. Itoo along with other officers of the department acted tough against the erring staff and directed for their immediate replacement as well.


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Hajj pilgrims directed to deposit insurance premium, transport charges

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Srinagar, June 18: The Executive Officer, State Hajj Committee (SHC) Tuesday informed that all the selected Hajj pilgrims shall deposit the State Hajj dues including mandatory insurance premium, transport charges from Hajj House to Airport and other handling charges to be incurred by SHC.

Giving break-up of the dues to be paid, the official handout issued from the office of SHC read that pilgrims who do not want to avail the boarding facility at Hajj House Srinagar shall pay Rs 750 per pilgrim, while as the pilgrims who want to avail the boarding facility at Hajj House, Srinagar shall pay Rs 1000 per pilgrim which include Rs 250 as boarding charges for one night. Besides, pilgrims travelling from Delhi Embarkation Point shall have to pay Rs 150 per pilgrim as insurance premium. It is further informed that those Hajj pilgrims who have opted Delhi Embarkation Point for their departure shall have to deposit only Rs 150 per pilgrim.

The Hajj pilgrims of Jammu division who have opted Srinagar Embarkation point and Hajj pilgrims of Ladakh division shall have to deposit additional charges on account of boarding for their stay at Hajj House, Srinagar.

 

The concerned pilgrims are required to deposit the receipt of the amount at the office of respective deputy commissioners at the time of collection of passports and other travel documents.

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I&B Ministry cautions channels over portrayal of children in dance reality shows

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New Delhi, June 18: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in an indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows or other such programmes.

The I&B Ministry has noticed that several dance-based reality TV shows portray young children performing dance moves originally done by adults in movies and other popular modes of entertainment.

“These moves are often suggestive and age-inappropriate. Such acts may also have distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age,” an official statement said.

 

All private satellite TV channels are expected to abide by the provisions contained in Programme and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and rules framed, the I&B Ministry advisory to the channels read.

According to the rules, no programme should be carried on TV which denigrates children, and programmes meant for children should not contain any bad language or explicit scenes of violence, it said.

The ministry has accordingly issued an advisory to all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in an indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows or other such programmes. The channels have been further advised to exercise maximum restraint, sensitivity and caution while showing such reality shows and programmes, the statement said.

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About 150 landline phones, broadband connections disrupted in Srinagar

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Srinagar, June 18: About 150 landline telephone and broadband connections of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) are down since June 16 evening in the uptown Srinagar badly affecting professionals, including doctors, media persons and students.

Responding to the question, BSNL official said that some miscreants have damaged the main cable between Sanant Nagar telephone exchange to different parts of the uptown, particularly Natipora, Budshah Nagar and Azad Basti.

‘We are looking to locate the area where the damage has been caused,’ they said, adding that it may take some time to restore the telephone and broadband lines.

 
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