Teacher enslaves girl for 10 years in Korba, failed 12th student graduates in MP
The Indian Railways is going green. The national carrier launched two more bio-diesel fuelled trains this month.
The Chennai-Mysore Shatabadi Express was flagged off at Bengaluru's City Railway Station on 14 December. It runs on diesel blended with bio-diesel.
The previous week, the Hubballi-Bengaluru Janshatabdi Express, which also runs on the same fuel, was launched from the Hubballi station.
The Sanathnagar station in Hyderabad, which falls under the South Central Railway, was the first station in the country to implement the eco-friendly measure on June 5 this year.
The drive for bio-diesel trains is among the measures announced by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in this year's budget to make the carrier eco-friendly.
Bio-diesel is created by blending non-edible Jatropha and Pongamia oil with regular diesel.
In the coming weeks, all 200-odd trains originating daily from Bengaluru's City Railway Station will use 5% bio-diesel, supplied by the Kolkata-based Emami Agrotech. The trains together consume about 100,000 litres of diesel a day. The measure is estimated to save the railways Rs 15,000 per train daily.
Korba city, Chhattisgarh, is in shock after the police booked a teacher for enslaving a girl for 10 years.
According to the police, the girl's grandmother had "given her" to Sushant Sarangi after her parents' death.
Sarangi, who lives in NTPC Residential Colony in Narmada Vihar, teaches at a private school in Jamnipali.
[twittable]The girl has been treated inhumanly. She was in a very bad condition: LN Jaiswal, child welfare dept[/twittable]
The girl has told the police that the teacher's family used to beat her and feed her only once a day.
Her plight came to light when the girl went to a neighbour's house to ask for food.
The neighbour informed the police, who raided the teachers house with the state's child welfare officials.
The girl, who is in a "severe malnourished condition", has been sent to a children's home. The police have registered a case against Sarangi.
"This is a serious matter. The girl has been treated in an inhuman manner. She was in a very bad condition. We are investigating the case," said LN Jaiswal, the chairman of the state's child welfare department.
A student who never passed his class 12 exam has "completed" his B.Com. Where else but in Madhya Pradesh, the land of the Vyapam scam.
According to the police in Raisen district, "the incident came to light in Mandideep town when RTI activist Wajid Khan grew suspicious" of St. Peter's Higher Secondary School".
Khan filed an RTI request with the MP Board of Secondary Education, asking for a list of students from the school who had passed 10+2 exam in 2011.
The list revealed that several students had failed the exam but were "issued fake mark sheets by the school's convenor Vijay Masih".
[twittable]Vijay Masih has been arrested twice for issuing fake mark sheets. But he still runs the school[/twittable]
Masih also allegedly issued transfer certificates to the students "in return for heavy amounts of money". One of them went on to "complete" his B.Com degree.
Masih has been arrested twice in the past over charges of issuing fake mark sheets. Yet, inexplicably, the state's education department did not cancel the affiliation of his school.
When asked why the department had failed to act against Masih, District Education Officer SP Tripathi said, "I am not aware of the case. I will order an inquiry. Appropriate action will be taken against the erring persons."