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Result ‘discrepancies’ leave many 10th class students, parents frustrated

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Srinagar, Jan 31: Hundreds of students and their parents have been left virtually frustrated by State Board of School Education owning to “discrepancies” in the 10th class results declared by the J&KBOSE earlier this month.
After going through “turbulent times”, a number of students, who were earlier shown to have qualified with lesser grade or even failed in the 10th class, have been declared to have qualified with better grades on getting Xerox copies of the answer sheets, provided ten days after the results by the JKBOSE.
One of the students, Arusha Naseer (8161246), who was shown to have got E2 grade in Hindi paper with overall remarks of “qualified but to improve” on getting Xerox copy has distinction with 417 out of 500 marks.
Arusha Naseer had results of A1 (10 grade) in mathematics and science while she had grade 9 and 7 in social science and English.
“I was at a loss to comprehend how she could get E2 grade in Hindi and better marks in other subjects,” Arusha’s mother and teacher Gazala Syed Naseer told GNS. Subsequently, she said: “we decided to get Xerox copy and reevaluate the (Hindi) paper.”
“When we reached the BOSE office, there was sea of people with grievance similar to ours. After waiting for few hours in a queue, we were first told that our daughter was absent as per records and once we confronted BOSE official how she is shown E2 grade in marks sheet, they advised us to get Xerox copies,” she said, adding, “we applied and got the Xerox after 10 days. We cannot describe how we spent all these days. It was frustrating.” Arusha, she says, now has distinction as her grade in Hindi is a better one.
“We firmly think that this was a not mistake but a deliberate attempt by the BOSE to keep discrepancies in the result to get revenue out of Xerox and revaluation process,” she said. “Honestly speaking, when we thought of applying for the Xerox and revaluation, we thought we were only few but there were sea of people,” she said and urged the BOSE to respect the sentiments of students and the parents.
“It is painful for student and parents to undergo through such turbulent times. Metric certificate is very valid. I request Board authorities not to make business out of it and not rush through the results and make people suffer. Let them take fifteen days more to declare results,” she added. A number of other students and parents shared same details.
BOSE Chairperson Veena Pandita denied mass scale discrepancies even though she assured that a committee would be constituted to look into it.
She also rejected claims by parents that BOSE was doing business on account of Xerox and revaluation process.
“Now you have brought it into my notice I will look into it. We cannot out rightly reject a few errors which would be due to decoding or computer error,” I will also constitute a committee to look into all the discrepancies”, she said.
Asked about the allegations by parents that the BOSE has turned Xerox and evaluation process a business, she said: “the money goes into the govt exchequer. I out rightly reject such claims. (GNS)


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Vijay Kumar appointed senior security adviser in home ministry

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New Delhi, December 6: Former adviser to the Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, K Vijay Kumar, has been appointed as a senior security adviser in the Union Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah, an official order said.

The 1975-batch officer of the Indian Police Service will “advise the ministry on security-related matters of Union Territory of J-K and Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected states,” the order said.The appointment order issued by the Union Home Ministry on December 3 stated that 67-year-old Kumar would be in the position for a period of one year from the date of his taking charge.

Kumar has served as the Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Director of the National Police Academy in Hyderabad and his most talked-about stint was as the chief of the Tamil Nadu police special task force that killed forest brigand Veerappan in 2004.After his retirement from service and as DG, CRPF, in 2012, Kumar was appointed senior security adviser (LWE) in the Home Ministry then headed by Rajnath Singh.

 
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Centre plans to build 11 new airports in J&K, 2 in Ladakh

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New Delhi, Dec 5: As many as 11 airports in Jammu and Kashmir, and two in Ladakh have been put up for bidding under the fourth round of the regional air connectivity scheme, according to a release.

So far, 688 routes have been awarded to various air operators under the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) that seeks to connect unserved as well as underserved destinations and also make flying more affordable.

The civil aviation ministry announced the fourth round of UDAN bidding on Tuesday and the focus is on North East Region, hilly states, J&K and Ladakh.

 

Under UDAN 4.0, the ministry has put on offer bids for 11 unserved airports in J&K and 2 underserved airports in Ladakh region, as per the official release issued on Thursday.

The 11 airports in J&K are Akhnur, Chamb, Chushal, Fukche, Gurex, Jhangar, Miran Sahib, Panzgam, Poonch, Rajouri and Udhampur.

The two aerodromes in Ladakh are at Kargil and Thoise.

“The objective is to establish strong air connectivity and to boost the tourism sector,” the release said.

J&K and Ladakh are now union territories.

For UDAN 4.0, initial proposals can be submitted till January 1, 2020, and counter proposals till January 13.

The declaration of selected airline operator and issue of letter of award (LoA) would be done on January 31, 2020.

Among other incentives, the ministry would be extending additional viability gap funding of around 25 per cent to the participating airlines under UDAN 4.0.

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Post offices in JK fully functional: Prasad

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New Delhi, Dec 5: The total number of post offices in Kashmir is 698 and all are currently functional, the Minister of Communications and electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said on Thursday.

Replying to a query in Rajya Sabha, Prasad said there was no suspension of postal services in Kashmir post August 5.

“However, to regulate the inward mail traffic and electronic money orders, the Department of Posts temporarily suspended booking and transmission of Speed Post, Registered Post and Parcels from August 5 to August 18 and booking of electronic money orders to Kashmir from August 13 to August 27 August, on account of operational reasons, the minister said.

 

Department of Posts resumed inward mail services to Kashmir from the rest of country from August 19 and electronic money orders from August 28.

He also said that the government took various steps for functioning of the Post Offices to service courts and other institutions. Both wings of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir that is Jammu wing and Srinagar Wing and all the District Courts in Jammu, Kashmir regions have been functioning normally before and after August 5.

He said that mail vehicle schedules of Kashmir have been rescheduled to forward mail bags to all the post offices during early hours of the day to avoid any damage or loss to mail vehicles, mail bags and staff. This enabled delivery of mail in all delivery areas.

The minister stressed concerned authorities have been requested to activate mobile and landline numbers of Post offices and Postmasters to provide basic postal services.

Special mail arrangements have been made with Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation, to carry mail bags from August 18 onwards from Jammu to Srinagar.

“Monitoring of daily operations of post offices through daily reports from all the postal divisions was made and basic postal operations have been ensured for public. Pay and allowances to staff of Kashmir working in the Department of Posts are being paid regularly,” the minister said.

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