76% Ministers in Bihar tainted: ADR

first_imgA report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an NGO, says 22 of the 29 Ministers (76%) in the newly formed Nitish Kumar Cabinet face criminal charges. This is higher than the corresponding figure for his Cabinet during the previous “grand alliance” government with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), in which 19 of the 29 Ministers (69%) were tainted. The ADR report was based on the affidavits filed by the candidates to the Election Commission.Serious chargesOf the 22 Ministers, nine face serious criminal charges of murder, attempt to murder, dacoity, theft, fraud and atrocities against women. The report further says that 72% of the Ministers are millionaires, while nine had stated their educational qualifications to be between Class 8 and Class 12 pass.Citing this report, the RJD leader and erstwhile Bihar Deputy Chief Minister, Tejashwi Yadav, while addressing presspersons at his residence in Patna, hit out at Mr. Kumar. He wondered if Mr. Kumar’s conscience would now wake up and prod him to act against the tainted Ministers.Mr Kumar had on July 26 broken away from the “grand alliance”, citing corruption allegations against Mr. Yadav. Subsequently, a new alliance of the JD(U) and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance was sworn in.“Where is Mr. Kumar’s conscience? What kind of a conscience is it? Is it a conscience for the [CM’s] chair? Is it a conscience for Modi? What kind of conscience is this that falls asleep or wakes up as per its own convenience?” Mr Yadav said.“Would Mr. Kumar do development with this 76% tainted Cabinet?”Mr. Yadav also hoped that Mr. Kumar would ask the Prime Minister to disclose the names of political leaders that featured in the Panama papers. “PMs of two countries have already resigned due to the Panama leaks. Names of BJP leaders and their sons have come up in the Panama papers. I hope Nitish Kumar would demand of the Prime Minister that he make all these names public,” he said, adding that he would soon start a “Vishwasghat Yatra (‘Betrayal Rally’) from Champaran and covering all the districts of Bihar.last_img read more

One in 87 persons in Punjab dependent on drugs: survey

first_imgPunjab, which has been battling the menace of drugs, currently could have between 1 lakh to 2.7 lakh people that are dependent on opioids. In Chandigarh, between 1,385 to 7,000 could be using them. Findings from the study titled “Epidemiology of Substance Use and Dependence in the State of Punjab,” released by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Friday revealed that about one in 92 persons in Punjab had used ‘any’ illicit substance (drug) in the past 12 months, and more than one in 87 were currently dependent on them. “These estimates are likely to be higher in marginalised or other specific high-risk populations for instance — homeless people, prison population, other non-household population like truck drivers and college students in hostels,” said Dr. Ajit Avasthi, head of the psychiatry department, PGIMER.“The opioid dependent population is somewhere between 1 lakh to 2.7 lakh people in Punjab. These are huge figures, and indeed worrying. An urgent attention is required to address the problem,” said Dr. Avasthi. The findings of the study were based on household and rapid assessment surveys in both Punjab and Chandigarh. The aim of the household survey was to estimate the prevalence of substance use such as heroin, bhukhi (poppy husk) and opium, besides alcohol and tobacco. The objective of the rapid assessment survey was to estimate the size of the population using illicit drugs. Alcohol, tobacco tooThe study pointed out that approximately one in six persons were dependent on ‘any’ substance and contrary to expectation, substance use and dependence were more common in rural than urban areas. The single most common substance of use and dependence was alcohol followed by tobacco. There were more than 22 lakh alcohol dependent persons and nearly 16 lakhs tobacco dependent persons currently. The rapid assessment survey revealed that in Punjab natural opioids (opium and poppy husk) were the most common types in use while injection opioid use was the second most common form. “In injection opioids — heroin was the commonest type,” added the survey. In Chandigarh, meanwhile approximately one in 1,250 persons was using illicit opioids substances, according to the household survey while the rapid assessment survey pointed out that in Chandigarh the opioid dependent population was around 7,000. These are typically young males and injections (Buprenorphin/Heroin/Pentzocin) are the most common types in use. The PGIMER carried out this study over two years for the Indian Council of Medical Research with the help of the medical colleges in Patiala, Faridkot and Amritsar along with the Institute of Mental Health in Amritsar.last_img read more

BJP to project Cong. as anti-OBC in Gujarat

first_imgThe failure to secure the passage of the OBC Bill in the Rajya Sabha, which would give constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes, due to the Opposition’s success in getting an amendment cleared, will be one of the rallying points for the BJP to attack the Congress in Gujarat as being opposed to the community.Shah’s meetingBJP president Amit Shah will be addressing a big meeting of OBC communities (there are said to be at least 146 castes belonging to the OBC category across Gujarat) in Fagvel on September 18, an amplification of its campaign for the Assembly polls in the State due at the end of the year.The party is expecting a crowd of around 50,000 at the meeting, important in terms of countering any losses the party may face due to the Patidar agitation for reservation.Cow protectionThe Patel or Patidar community had traditionally voted with the BJP, and the agitation, since 2015, has meant that the party is looking to consolidate other sections of voters.Fagvel is also the site of a temple of Bhathiji Maharaj, a folk hero of the Rathore Kshatriya community, who, legend has it, sacrificed his life for cow protection. Significantly, the temple was also the site from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off his Gujarat Gaurav Yatra in 2002 as Chief Minister.last_img read more

Ekal Sansthan to open 60 schools in Himachal’s Lahaul-Spiti district

first_imgEkal Sansthan, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-inspired organisation that sets up one-teacher schools across the country with a focus on rural and tribal areas, will open 60 schools in Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh as part of its initiative to expand the network of such schools to all border areas. The district abuts China, and there have been reports of heightened Chinese activities across the international border close to it during the Doklam crisis in August.Thirty such schools have already come up, and the organisation will soon scale up the number to 60.“We are aiming at spreading these schools in vulnerable, border areas. We have also sought to spread our network in Punjab, Kashmir and near the Bangladesh border in Assam,” Manju Srivastava of Ekal Sansthan told The Hindu.She said the organisation is autonomous, but draws ideological inspiration from the RSS. The attempt to expand to border areas has three objectives. One, the idea is to connect border areas with the national “mainstream” through education. Second, the Ekal believes such an initiative will better organise border villages that are vulnerable. She added that imparting education and skills to children in border areas would better prepare them for a good life with opportunities for livelihood.Ms. Srivastava made a presentation on the initiatives of the Ekal Sansthan at a national workshop on school education organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development earlier this week. There are 58,227 Ekal Vidyalayas in the country now, imparting education to 15,35,965 children. They are spread over 58,000 villages in 22 States.last_img read more

Amchang eviction drive draws flak from activists

first_imgIn a large scale eviction drive in the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati in Assam, more than 400 families were evicted by police and Forest Department officials. The drive has generated severe discontent among the members of the Mishing tribe, which accused the State Government of resorting to “anti-people policies.”Local rights activists alleged that about 15 people were injured during the eviction drive as police resorted to large scale firing of rubber bullets and tear gas shells as well as baton charge. Commissioner of Police of Guwahati Hiren Chandra Nath denied the allegations. The eviction order was issued by Gauhati High Court during a suo motu public interest litigation in 2013.“Police and Forest Department officials evicted 408 families from the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati. Fifteen people were injured due to indiscriminate baton charge and rubber bullet firing by police and four are in a critical condition,” local rights activist Ashraful Hussain told The Hindu.“The protest was totally peaceful and it was police who resorted to excessive use of force. The Assam government is claiming that the eviction drive was being conducted for the sake of preservation of wildlife, but it is nothing but shameless oppression of the poor,” said Priti Raj Doley, a member of the Mishing tribe and a leader of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity.last_img read more

HC summons top police officers in road rage case

first_imgIn a road rage case that took the twist of threats to the victim’s life, the Rajasthan High Court has summoned Director-General of Police O.P. Galhotra and Jaipur Police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal to appear in the court and explain faults in investigation after the registration of the first case. The victim has alleged that the accused persons are close to some influential police officers.Following a complaint of the victim, Sanjay Gupta, who was thrashed by some occupants of a speeding SUV on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg here on December 21, 2017, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had returned the chargesheet filed by the police on February 7 with the direction for reinvestigation.Justice Mahendra Maheshwari at the High Court’s Jaipur Bench summoned over the weekend the two top police officers to appear in the court on July 26 on a writ petition moved by Mr. Gupta, 40, who was peeved by shoddy investigation by the police into the case. Mr. Gupta alleged that the officers at the police station concerned had kept him waiting, instead of getting him medically examined, and exerted pressure on him to enter into a compromise with the accused.Victim thrashedMr. Gupta, working with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation in Jaipur, was beaten by the occupants of the speeding car when he confronted them following the car’s sudden turn that unbalanced his two-wheeler. His spectacles broke and he bled from nose during the thrashing.The victim later came to know that the car’s occupants were well-connected with the police. “Satya Dutt, who is named in the FIR, is related to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Jaipur North) Satyendra Singh, who influenced other police officers,” Mr. Gupta alleged in his writ petition.Revised chargesheetWith the “extraneous considerations” hampering a free and fair investigation, the police filed a chargesheet against only one accused, Satish Kumar, without getting him identified by Mr. Gupta. After the CMM found the probe incomplete and returned the chargesheet, the revised chargesheet has been filed in the court following registration of a fresh case and seizure of the vehicle in question.The High Court has asked the two police officers to inform the court of the disciplinary or penal action taken against the first Investigating Officer for his lapse or negligence.last_img read more

Three girls‘thrashed’ by headmaster

first_imgThree girls of Class VIII were injured and hospitalised in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Friday after allegedly being beaten up by their headmaster for not sweeping the floor of their classroom.HospitalisedThe incident occurred at Mahasingh Nodal Upper Primary School in K. Nuagaon block. The injured students were admitted to Baliguda hospital.According to sources, the headmaster, Harish Chandra Sahoo, thrashed the three girls in a fit of rage. Two of the girls fainted in the classroom.last_img read more

BJP to corner Naveen govt. over ‘corruption’

first_imgThe BJP State unit on Monday announced a massive campaign to corner the Naveen Patnaik government on issues of alleged corruption and misrule. “We are going to stage demonstrations in front of every block office from October 27 to 30. Blocks have become centres of corruption. Development work is being ignored while the BJD leaders are busy collecting funds by misusing different schemes,” said State BJP chief Basant Panda at a press conference here.‘Only for BJD workers’ “In the name of its own State food security scheme, foodgrains are being distributed only among BJD workers and the government machinery is being misused,” he alleged. Mr. Panda also announced that a padayatra would be taken out in every village from November 1 to 30 against 19 years of the BJD government’s “misrule”. “The signature campaign being carried out by the party demanding implementation of the Ayushman Bharat scheme in Odisha has received a huge response. We will submit one crore signatures to the Governor very shortly,” the State BJP chief said. “The people of Odisha have understood the conspiracy of the government… they are being deprived of the benefits of the Ayushman Bharat scheme. The State government is not letting the people of Odisha take advantage of Central schemes,” he charged. Issues and strategies were discussed at the party’s extended State executive meeting here on Sunday.last_img read more

Now, Shiv Sena aims at lowest rung with poll handbook

first_imgPolitical parties in the State are making sure their ground-level staffers are primed for the forthcoming general elections. While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is micro-planning by appointing ‘panna-pramukhs’ across the State, the Shiv Sena’s new handbook for ‘gatpramukhs’, the lowest level in the organisational hierarchy, is doing the rounds. It spells out tasks designated to around 25,000 gatpramukhs across Maharashtra. Panna pramukhs, on the other hand, are workers who will come in contact with voters who are on the electoral list.The Shiv Sena has published a special handbook which details the work expected from a gatpramukh. This includes keeping tabs on the voter’s list; keeping a record of the voters who have migrated or are dead; keeping a record of voters who have traditionally voted for the Sena and those who tilt towards other parties; communicating the party programme, initiatives and schemes to voters in the area; maintaining a cordial relationship with voters, ensuring their problems are solved; taking a lead in finding a solution to possible quarrels, and maintaining a clean image. These individuals are also tasked with continuously informing ward presidents and deputies about issues in the area assigned to them. “One might find the concept of the panna-pramukh very interesting, but the Shiv Sena has been implementing it successfully for over two decades. The gatpramukh is the reason the Sena is directly connected to voters across wards in Mumbai,” said a senior Sena leader. As per the party’s organisational structure, a gatpramukh is the lowest-ranking official but one of its most important; he or she maintains contact with voters in 15 to 20 houses on a daily basis. Sensing that all parties, especially the BJP, are focusing on micro-planning, the Sena too is investing more in its gatpramukh.According to the Sena leader, the party has appointed over 25,000 gatpramukhs across the State. “Each one of them is tasked with 15 to 20 families. They will be involved in everything from maintaining cordial relationships with them to bringing them out to vote. This isn’t new for us. The system has been in place in a majority of 48 Lok Sabha constituencies.”last_img read more

Culling of birds begins in Puri district

first_imgThe Odisha government on Friday began culling of birds after confirmation of avian influenza outbreak in Krushnaprasad block of Puri district.Special teams went around Sanasahi, Maluda and Patharaganja in the block and looked for affected birds. As many as 400 birds in three poultry firms were culled and dumped in a pit on the first day.Bird culling would be undertaken within a one-km radius of the epicentre of bird flu. The State government also decided to take samples of migratory birds congregating in Chilika lake to ascertain if they were carriers of H5N1.last_img read more

Mirwaiz, Malik held in Srinagar to foil Army headquarters march

first_imgPolice arrested Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik on Monday in Srinagar to foil separatists’ march towards the Army headquarters to protest against the killing of seven civilians during the Pulwama operation on Saturday.Mr. Malik, who had gone underground, was detained by a team of policemen when the separatist and his supporters alighted near Srinagar’s Gaw Kadal area and started a march towards the Badamibagh area. The area houses the headquarters of the Army’s 15 Corps and is just seven km away from the spot. Mr. Malik and his supporters were wearing white dresses with a slogan: “Kill us all.”Mirwaiz condemnsIn a separate crackdown, the police arrested the Mirwaiz outside his residence at Srinagar’s Naseembagh. “It is preposterous to brand civilians as overground workers and terrorists. The Government of India has overplayed the terrorist, Pakistan proxy and instigators card. The world sees ever growing graph of atrocities and massacres of Kashmiris, who are only asking for a just and peaceful resolution of the dispute,” said the Mirwaiz.Syed Ali Geelani, chairman of a Hurriyat faction, was also placed under house arrest.In Jammu, Peoples Democratic Party leaders, including Yawar Mir, Firdous Tak and Aijaz Mir, held a demonstration inside the Civil Secretariat and demanded an “end to the bloodshed.”Roads sealedThe authorities sealed all the roads leading to the Army headquarters and imposed restrictions on the movement of people and vehicles in the old city and south Kashmir’s Pulwama, in the wake of the separatists’ call.The shutdown affected the life for third consecutive day on Monday in the Valley. Tension surged after three militants and seven civilians were left dead in the Army operation in Pulwama on Saturday.Police’s claimLocals alleged civilians were killed hours after the operation was called off and “were targeted deliberately during clashes.” The police said the “mob came dangerously close” to the security forces engaged in the operation near the encounter site. It was the highest civilian casualties near an encounter site this year.The State Human Rights Commission has asked the security agencies to submit “a factual report on Pulwama incident.”last_img read more

Aqua line Metro linking Noida and Greater Noida opens for public

first_imgThe much-awaited metro rail linking the twin-cities of Noida and Greater Noida in Gautam Buddh Nagar was opened for the public on Friday by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The rail corridor, also known as the Aqua Line, would run between Sector 71 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida. There are a total of 21 stations on the corridor — 15 of them in Noida and six in Greater Noida — spread over a distance of 29.7 km.“Today we dedicate the Noida Greater Noida metro rail to the people of the region. The Aqua Line, which has been completed in record time, will provide better connectivity to the region and prove to a milestone in development of the region,” Mr. Adityanath said. The final and mandatory safety inspection of the corridor was done in December 2018 by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) which gave its approval to the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) for launching commercial operations. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which operates the Delhi Metro, will assist the NMRC over the next one year in operating the Aqua Line. The Aqua line, which will have 19 rakes with four cars each, will halt on the Sector 76, 101, 81, NSEZ, Noida Sector 83, 137, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, and Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park II, Pari Chowk, Alpha 1, Delta 1, GNIDA Office and Depot metro stations. However, a major concern among the people has been that the interchange stations of the DMRC-operated Blue Line and the NMRC’s Aqua Line are not seamless. Commuters will have to get down at the Sector 52 metro station of the Blue Line, which will further get extended to the Noida Electronic City station, and reach the Noida Sector 51 station of the Aqua Line, covering a stretch of around 300 metres. Earlier, the NMRC had said a skywalk or a foot-over bridge to directly link the two stations was under consideration but there have been no talks about it lately. The NMRC had in December 2018 announced fares for the Aqua Line, with the minimum being Rs 9 and the maximum Rs 50. Commuters can buy QR-coded paper tickets or use the smart cards to get 10 per cent discount on fares, the officials said. The 49th battalion of the UP PAC has been entrusted with the responsibility of security on the Aqua Line, while some private security personnel will also be deployed.“The security personnel are being trained by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the Delhi Metro,” the NMRC had said.The trains are designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 kmph, clocking an average speed of 37.5 kmph. Seat reservation through different colours has been done in the coaches for ladies, senior citizens and differently-abled persons. A dedicated space has been provided for wheelchair in driving trailer cars at both the ends of the trains, according to officials. The Aqua Line, whose construction started in May 2015 and was completed in record time, was initially expected to be opened for public in November 2018, then December.last_img read more

Mann reappointed Punjab AAP chief

first_imgSangrur MP Bhagwant Mann was on Wednesday reappointed chief of the Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab unit.Mr. Mann had resigned from the post last year in protest against AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s apology to former Shiromani Akali Dal Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging his involvement in the rampant illegal drugs business in the State.Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and in-charge of party’s affairs in Punjab Manish Sisodia, who was also present on the occasion, said that health, employment, education and farmers’ concerns were the real issues and AAP was working to bring them into the national discourse.“People across the country see AAP as a movement and a party which is working towards elimination of corruption from politics. They [people] have high hopes from the party,” he said.Mr. Mann expressed his gratitude to the party for reposing its faith in him and accused Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the Badals of the Shiromani Akali Dal of being hand in glove with one another.“Capt. Amarinder had backed out on the poll promises that were made to the people ahead of the last Assembly elections. The people of Punjab are sick of the subsequent anti-people governments and see AAP as the only hope on the vast political horizon,” he said.Mr. Mann said that the Punjab AAP would reach out to the remotest village and every household across the State with the Delhi model of governance.last_img read more

Anuj Sharma appointed new Kolkata Police Commissioner

first_imgIn a major reshuffle in the IPS cadre in West Bengal, Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma was on Tuesday appointed as the new Kolkata Police Commissioner. Rajeev Kumar, who held the post of the city police chief, was transferred as Additional Director General, Criminal Investigation Department. The West Bengal government had earlier described it as a “routine reshuffle” as Mr. Kumar had served as the Kolkata Police Commissioner for more than three years. The change of the guard in Kolkata Police also came at the suggestions of the Election Commission of India. The EC had indicated at an earlier press conference in the city that senior officers working in one position for three years ought to be shifted out.Siddhi Nath Gupta has replaced Mr. Sharma as the new ADG (Law and Order).Speaking to journalists after assuming charge, Mr. Sharma assured them that all Kashmiris residing in Kolkata are safe and their security has been stepped up.“Kashmiris are safe in the city. We have already identified the pockets where they are staying. We have interacted with them and assured them of their safety and security,” he told media persons at the Lalbazar Police Headquarters. Mr. Sharma said the Kolkata police are already doing a very good job in serving the people of the city and there is a need for some “fine-tuning”.“Our focus area will be on bringing communities closer to the police and protecting women,” he said.last_img read more

Rajbhar to meet Shah over sub-quota issue

first_imgSuheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar, who had warned of parting ways with the National Democratic Alliance over the sub-quota demand, said on Friday the matter would be taken up with BJP president Amit Shah next week. Mr. Rajbhar, the Backward Class Minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh, has been vocal about implementing an expert group recommendation on subcategorisation of the 27% Other Backward Class reservation into three categories to benefit the most-backward castes. “A meeting with the BJP president Amit Shah has been fixed for March 4 (Monday) during which all issues, including the implementation of social justice committee recommendations will be taken up,” Mr. Rajbhar told reporters after a programme at Rasra in Ballia district. “The matter over continuation in the alliance with the BJP has not yet been resolved,” the SBSP leader said.Mr. Rajbhar had earlier threatened to part ways with the BJP if recommendations of the social justice committee were not implemented by February 24, but had later decided to defer a decision in view of the meeting with BJP leadership.Office allotment Besides the implementation of the recommendations, the SBSP chief has also been demanding an office for his party in Lucknow.last_img read more

Goa Lokayukta examining possibility of suo motu disproportionate assets complaint against CM

first_imgGoa Lokayukta Justice (retd.) P.K.Misra is examining if the documents submitted by activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues pertaining to the alleged disproportionate assets accumulated by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant could be taken as a suo motu complaint, sources in the Lokayukta Secretariat confirmed to The Hindu on Wednesday.Mr. Rodrigues on Monday had placed before the Lokayukta a copy of the documents obtained by him from the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act pertaining to the February 20, 2017 complaint filed by Sudip Tamhankar, a local RTI activist against then MLA Pramod Sawant. Mr. Sawant was the Chairman of the State-owned Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC), and the complaint alleged that he had acquired disproportionate assets, accusing him of cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy.Sources in the Lokayukta Secretariat on the condition of anonymity said that the complaint by Mr. Rodrigues is not in the appropriate form but just forwarded all the documents obtained by Mr. Tamhankar through RTI. As the said document cannot be taken as a complaint, the Lokayukta is examining the documents to see if it could be taken up as a suo motu case. Mr. Rodrigues, in his letter, drew the attention of the Lokayukta that a mere perusal of the noting sheets processing the complaint against Mr. Sawant demonstrates that the ACB — which has been hounding Opposition politicians — had on directions of the then Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar shielded Mr. Sawant from a probe.Former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on 16th June 2018, while he was ailing, gave his consent to close the complaint without conducting a probe.In that documented complaint, Mr. Sawant was accused of buying properties in the name of a partnership firm M/s Jay Ganesh Developers and Associates set up by him in 2014 as a front with Ranjit Rohidas Mangaonkar, Rupesh Narayan Thanekar, and Rajesh Manohar Shirodkar as the other three partners.In the complaint, the ACB was given details of 24 sale deeds executed within a span two years by Pramod Sawant’s partnership firm at the office of the Sub-Registrar in Bicholim in North Goa.Amongst the properties purchased by Pramod Sawant’s partnership firm was land measuring 16,480 sq.m. in Bordem at Bicholim for ₹1.31 crore and another 19,989 sq.m. also at Bordem for an amount of ₹1.23 crore.last_img read more

U.S. is often an outlier in global education

first_imgThe United States cut back on education spending after the Great Recession, whereas the government of the United Kingdom poured more money into its schools.Those two contrasting data points are part of a massive new analysis of the state of education around the world by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Released today, the group’s 2014 report, Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators, draws upon student test results, government spending, employment statistics, and other metrics to make the case for what OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría calls “the critical role that education and skills play in fostering social progress.”The United States remains the world leader in overall education spending, although the OECD report suggests that it’s getting a poor return on its investment in terms of what students learn. Even so, spending dropped by 3% in real terms for the 3 years after the global financial meltdown in 2008. Only five other countries chose to go that route. (Italy, Iceland, Hungary, and Estonia recorded double-digit declines, and Russia cut spending by 5%.) 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Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators center_img In contrast, public spending on education in the United Kingdom rose by 17% after the recession. Combined with a 3% drop in its GDP, the results put U.K. education spending in 2011 at 120% of its 2008 level—by far the strongest showing for any of the 34 countries in the OECD report.The 570-page report covers everything from how many 3-year-olds are attending preschool to how adults without a high school education are faring in the workplace. It’s no surprise that a country’s economic philosophy—be it socialist, free market, state capitalism, or some combination—is often reflected in the findings. Still, the data on education mobility—whether an adult child completed more education than his or her parents did—are sobering.Along with Germany, the United States sits in the bottom tier of countries when it comes to giving the next generation a leg up the skills ladder. Only 30% of U.S. adults no longer in school, and 25% in Germany, have surpassed their parents in the classroom. In Russia, Finland, and Korea, the percentage is nearly 60%. A similar sharp split exists for downward educational mobility: The U.S. and German percentages are nearly 20%, whereas for the other three countries they are less than 10%.last_img read more

Anti-immigration fears: Number of Indian students in Britain falls in 5 years

first_imgIndian students once flocked to the UK but the Brexit blight against immigrants has pulled the plug on the trend to the benefit of Canada and other countries.December 2017 statistics for international students from the UK Council for International Student Affairs showed Indian students to the country fell a whopping 44% in the last five years.Despite the blip of a 10% increase in visas to Indian students in the year ending September 2017 from a year ago, the declining numbers is still causing concern. The increase in 2017 to 14,081, was the first time the figures rose since 2010, when 60,000 Indian students got visas.  Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img read more