A 19-year-old girl, a high achiever in board exams, was abducted and allegedly gang-raped by three men belonging to her native village here. One of the accused is an army constable, said the family.The incident took place on September 12 when the teenaged girl, a B.Sc (I) student at a government college, went to neighbouring Mahendergarh district with her father for a coaching class.Recalling the incident, the girl’s father, a Physical Training Instructor at a private school, said the trio was following them from their village in a car and two motorcycles and accosted the girl when she got down from the bus at Kinana bus stop around 8 a.m. “The accused inquired her about her coaching and then offered her a drink laced with sedatives. She passed out and the trio then took her to her native village and raped her at a tubewell in the fields,” said the father.He alleged that one of the accused also called his friends who also raped the girl. “The girl identified the three men. There were around 7-8 more boys from the village involved in the crime,” he alleged.One of the trio then took the victim back to the bus stand, where she was abducted, and called her family over phone to inform that she was not well. Her mother and brother then went to pick her up from the bus stand.Besides being good at academics, the girl also played Kabbadi and Baseball at state level, the family claimed.Accusing the police of laxity, the victim’s family alleged that the Rewari Police took around 24 hours to transfer the Zero FIR registered by them to their Mahendergarh counterparts allowing the accused enough time to escape. The police, however, denied the allegations.The father claimed that one of the accused even came to their house on Thursday morning and threatened him. The fellow villagers accompanying the victim’s family alleged that the said accused was earlier involved in 4-5 rape cases in the village, but victims’ belonged to poor families and did not report the matter.Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Rewari, Sudersan Panwar, said the teenager was stable but depressed. He said that her medical condition would be reviewed late at night.Mahendergarh Superintendent of Police, Vinod Kumar said that several teams were constituted to arrest the accused who were on the run.
Ban on single-use plastic came into effect in all urban areas of Odisha on Wednesday on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Manufacture, sale, trade, import, storage, transportation and distribution of single-use plastics are prohibited as per a notification issued by Odisha Forest and Environment Department on September 30, an official said. The ban is imposed on polythene carry bags of any shape, thickness and size (excluding compostable), Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet/Pete) bottles of less than 200 ml capacity, he said. The vendors will not be allowed to use polythene sheets of less than 50-micron thickness for storing, transporting, dispensing or packaging of any article or commodity.
Virat Kohli had reserved a special treat for his home fans in Delhi as he reached a major landmark in the ongoing third Test against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.Kohli breached the 5000-run barrier in the longest format on Day 1 of the Test match in his 105th innings and became the joint 14th-quickest to reach the landmark.Kohli is the 11th Indian batsman to complete 5000 runs in Test cricket and the fourth quickest among Indians to achieve the feat. Cheteshwar Pujara is the next Indian batsman in line to reach the 5000-run mark.Former captain Sunil Gavaskar is the quickest Indian to score 5000 runs as he did it in 95 innings followed by Virender Sehwag (99) and Sachin Tendulkar (103).Quickest to 5000 Test runs for Indiainns95 Sunil Gavaskar98 Virender Sehwag103 Sachin Tendulkar105 Virat Kohli#IndvSL- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 2, 2017Before the start of the third Test, Kohli needed just 25 runs to achieve the feat and he got there with a splendid cover drive off Suranga Lakmal which went for a boundary as India reached 134/2 in the 31st over after opting to bat first.5000 and counting… #KingKohli @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/Mn2uRCzad7- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017Kohli is in the middle of a phenomenal run ever since he took over the Test captaincy from MS Dhoni in early 2015.The 2016-17 home season saw Kohli scoring 1503 runs in 17 Tests at an average of 70.75 with eight centuries and a record four double hundreds in consecutive series.He started with a 200 against West Indies and then scored 211 against New Zealand back in October last year to surpass Gavaskar and hold the record for the most double centuries by an Indian captain.advertisementBut that was just the start of his dominance at home as he continued his form against England with a classy 235 and then took Bangladesh bowlers to the cleaners for a relatively quick-fire 204.Kohli has continued his record-breaking run this year as well. He is also the first captain to smash 10 international hundreds in a calendar year which includes four Test hundreds and six one-day international tons. The 29-year-old also has nine fifties across formats this year.In Nagpur, Kohli also slammed his fifth double hundred in the previous match against Sri Lanka in Nagpur to equal Brian Lara’s record of five double tons by a captain in Test cricket. He joined former South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Rahul Dravid in 12th spot in the list of most double hundreds by batsmen.The list is headed by the legendary Don Bradman (12), followed by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (11) and Lara (9).This year, the 29-year-old Kohli also became the eighth batsman to score 50 international hundreds and if India manage to beat Sri Lanka in this match then Kohli will equal Ricky Ponting’s record of 9 successive series wins as captain.Sri Lanka had held on for a draw in the rain-curtailed first Test at Kolkata before going down by an innings and 239 runs in the second match at Nagpur to hand India a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says employment and promotion in the teaching profession must be on the basis of the value that persons can add to the tasks to which they are assigned and not necessarily on their years of service.Rev. Thwaites, who was speaking at the inaugural Research Day at St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College in Kingston, on October 3, assured the trainee teachers that there is a place in the profession for them, particularly for those who excel and have a love for teaching, but a new approach has to be taken.“We have an overflow of teachers for the next two years, but the process of attrition that is underway will mean that by the time many of you graduate, there will be a need for a large number of good teachers. But, we have to think about how we are going to approach enrollment and promotion within the teaching profession,” he said.Meanwhile, the Minister lauded the teacher training institutions for the important role they are playing in the development of the nation.“The teachers’ colleges, unfortunately, have for some time now been the Cinderella of the education system. We haven’t paid enough attention, as a nation, to the extraordinary seminal role and training that takes place right here….What goes on here is of significance to the entire nation and you should see yourselves as critical actors in the process of personal as well as national development,” he said.Looking at the theme of the Research Day, ‘Education for Development: Promoting and Engaging Change Through Research’, Rev. Thwaites pointed out that there is a misnomer in the popular culture that thinks that education is measured simply by the number of CSEC subjects or GSAT passes that is obtained. He said education is a much broader composite of skills. “Yes the successes in the academic subjects are extremely important, but it is much more than that,” he said.The Minister pointed out that the world of work requires a balance of skills now that is quite different from what it was a few years ago and reiterated that the policy of the Ministry going forward is that every high school student, starting in 2016/17, must take the examinations to receive a high school diploma, in addition to having a marketable skill when they graduate.“This is new territory. I am asking that in this and in future research days that you assist us in ensuring that the requisite groundwork, the necessary research has been done, so that we have a broader view of education,” Rev. Thwaites said.In her welcome remarks, Principal, Dr. Gwendolyn Melhado, said the institution’s first Research Day is: “a day when we acknowledge, emphasise, and bring to active awareness the importance of research and its practice to our academic programmes and delivery formats.”Dr. Melhado pointed out that in education, research is critical to scholarly writing, a practice that the college is now demanding of its students and will continue to demand, noting that here at St. Josephs, “we seek to expose our students to various methods of research as they seek to become effective teachers.”Among the research topics up for discussion during the day were: ‘Improving Reading Comprehension Through the use of Computer-Aided Instruction Among Third Graders’; ‘Teachers’ Perception of Selected Attributes of Language Arts in the Revised Primary Curriculum and their Reported use of the Curriculum Guide’; ‘The Jamaica Debt Crisis: Implications for the Development of Human Capital’; ‘Marcus Garvey and the Issue of Values and Attitudes in the Jamaican Society’; and ‘The Relationship Between Fatherless Households and Post Secondary Aspirations of Boys at a Selected High School in Jamaica’.The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) was one of several partners with the college in staging the day’s activities. Others included Victoria Mutual Building Society; The Jamaica Red Cross; HEART Trust/NTA; and Ian Randle Publishers. The Minister pointed out that the world of work requires a balance of skills. The policy of the Ministry going forward is that every high school student must take the examinations to receive a high school diploma. Story Highlights Rev. Thwaites assured the trainee teachers that there is a place in the profession for them.