QAhmedabad: DPIL Promoter Withdraws Bail Plea From HC & More

1. DPIL Promoter Sumit Bhatnagar Withdraws Bail Plea From Gujarat High Court

Diamond Power Infrastructure Limited's (DPIL) promoter Sumit Bhatnagar, who is behind bars in connection with a Rs 2,654 crore bank fraud case, had to withdraw his bail plea from Gujarat High Court on Monday, 20 May, after the court clarified that it is not inclined to entertain his plea.

Sumit had moved the high court seeking a month-long bail to help his daughter, who is a special child, with her subject selection in class XI and her ongoing psychiatric treatment.

The court on 14 May admitted his plea and sought a response from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the bank fraud case. The counsel for CBI also submitted that there was no need to grant him bail, considering that the probe in the case is going on.

CBI had registered a criminal case in March 2018 against the Bhatnagar brothers, Amit and Sumit, and their father Suresh, all promoters of DPIL, for fraudulently availing credit facilities from a consortium of 11 banks since 2008, leaving an outstanding debt of Rs 2654.40 crore as on June 29, 2016.

(Source: DNA)

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2. Six Surat Hindu Mahasabha Men Held for Celebrating Godse Birthday

SIX Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha activists have been arrested for celebrating the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse at the Suryamukhi Hanuman temple in Limbayat area of Surat on Sunday, 19 May.

The event was allegedly organised by Hiren Sumra alias Hiren Mashru, a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha who is also a priest at the temple. About 15 youths are reported to have attended it.

The organisers had invited a cameraperson of a local television channel. They lit about 100 lamps and distributed sweets as part of the celebration. The television channel aired the event, and video clips were circulated on social media.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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3. Two Decades, 49 Workers Die in AMC's Gutters, Zero Action Taken

In the last two decades, 49 workers have died in sewers and manholes while working for civic body. In fact, since 1996, not even one person has been punished for such deaths.

There is also no record of the AMC carrying out investigation into what led to these 49 deaths, say activists. It should be noted that on Sunday four labourers were killed while doing maintenance work near the tank at the AMC's storm water pumping station. This however was not a case of death in sewer.

Purshottam Solanki of Manav Garima who has helped get compensation to at least 24 such victims said that despite so many deaths not much is being done to prevent such incidents.

"I had sought information about their death. They are either hired by the civic body or work on contract bases. As of 2019, 49 deaths have been registered but not even one person responsible for sending these men into places like manholes and gutters with safety gears have been punished," said Solanki.

(Source: DNA)

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4. Gujarat Govt Sets up Call Centre With Realtime Tech to Keep an Eye on Its School Teachers

This is one phone call that government school teachers across Gujarat cannot afford to miss. And once they answer, the voice at the other end will ask them a series of questions from a template about the location of their assignment for the day, the task, and who assigned it. If they are on leave, they will have to provide details, including the number of days and the approval authority.

This, in short, is the state government’s new “realtime technology enabled” surveillance plan to “keep an eye” on over 1.95 lakh school teachers after the new academic session starts on June 10.

The aim is to improve the quality of education by ensuring that teachers stick to their assigned tasks on a daily basis. Officials say the system was devised after various discussions and reports concluded that poor monitoring of teachers resulted in absenteeism and “non-seriousness”.

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. IIM-A Study: ‘Parents Lack Trust in Govt Schools, Place Faith in Tuition Teachers’

A survey by the Right to Education Resource Center (RTERC) of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) has found that disadvantaged households both in urban and rural areas had little trust in government schools, and preferred to put their children in private schools and enroll them in extra tuition classes, even if it meant they had to take loans to cover the expenses of education.

The research, conducted on foot by visiting the surveyed households, found that despite 35 per cent of household incomes being spent on education, parents expressed general dissatisfaction and helplessness about the schooling experience.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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