Thursday, July 18, 2013

Air India in cockpit trouble, again


Most newspapers have reported on their front pages the horrific death of schoolchildren in Bihar. "Poison theory floats as Bihar midday meal kills 27 kids". Under that headline, The Times of India reports that the midday meal tragedy worsened with fatalities rising to 27 and suspicion mounting that the last meal eaten by the children may have been accidentally contaminated or as Bihar's Education Minister claimed, deliberately poisoned. The Pioneer says that the school flouted the tasting norms which say that the food prepared has to be tasted by two to three adults including at least one teacher before it is served to children.

The Indian Express reports that school boards and the IITs had calculated the top 20 percentile of students in different ways and this may have affected the admission prospects of a number of students in the joint entrance examination 2013.

The involvement of a juvenile in the December 16 gang rape and murder was an aberration rather than the rule observed the Supreme Court and dismissed petitions seeking lowering of the juvenile age from 18 to 16 years, reports Hindustan Times.

"Clean up Yamuna bank or pay from pocket". Under that headline, The Indian Express writes that the National Green Tribunal has ordered government agencies in the National Capital Territory to prepare a beautification plan or else pay exemplary costs from the salaries of the respective officers.

Under the caption, "Air India in cockpit trouble, again", Hindustan Times writes that a south Indian actress was allowed to travel in the cockpit by the pilots on a Bangalore-Hyderabad flight.

The country's first all women bank, Bharatiya Mahila Bank is eyeing to open 33,400 customer accounts through 39 branches across the country in the first year, reports The Indian Express.

And finally, The Times of India reports that to bring in gender equality and provide equal educational opportunities to women students, Calicut University has decided to grant long term maternity leave to women students.

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