BJP questions West Bengal circular on dining halls in Muslim-majority schools

first_img The Chief Minister on Friday clarified that the circular was not meant to divide students in any way. “The idea is to pool in funds from different departments so that the scheme ( mid-day meal) can be effectively implemented. It was not supposed to divide students in any way,” Ms. Banerjee said. She said that dining halls constructed with funds from the Minority Department will serve all students, irrespective of their religion or community.“It’s a technical matter, nothing more,” she said, adding that the plan for constructing dining halls was only for schools that did not have the facility and where students have to eat outside.After the Chief Minister’s response, the Department of Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education issued a press release issuing further clarification on the matter.“For schools with substantial SC/ST students, such critical gap funding is provided by the Backward Classes Welfare Department. However, the assets/facilities created from such pooled funds are open to all, i.e. used by all students/ beneficiaries irrespective of which community they belong to,” the press statement said.The statement also added that for implementing the mid-day meal scheme and to create the related infrastructure, the State Government “pools funds from the budgets of various education-related departments while also ensuring that the facilities so created are used by all students, without any discrimination whatsoever”. A circular issued by West Bengal’s Minority Affairs department on the construction of dining halls in state-run schools that have more than 70% Muslim students has triggered a political controversy in the State, with the Bharatiya Janata Party calling it “discrimination”.Trinamool Congress chairperson and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was quick to defend the circular, saying that it was not aimed at “dividing students in any way” but only to pool in funds from different departments to create infrastructure for running mid-day meal programme in schools.Controversy over the circular erupted with State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, tweeted the order and questioned the same. “Why this discrimination between the students on the basis of religion? Is there some other mala fide motive behind this segregation? Another conspiracy,” Mr. Ghosh said. The circular, dated June 25, called for names of schools which had more than 70% minority students for construction of dining halls for mid-day meals.1.1 The West Bengal Government has issued a circular whereby it has directed the school authorities where 70 % or more students are from the Muslim community to reserve a dining hall with seating arrangements for them.— Dilip Ghosh (@DilipGhoshBJP) June 27, 2019last_img read more

Arwind Santos squeezes in basketball before Good Friday procession

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines— Before fulfilling his annual Good Friday tradition, Arwind Santos made sure to sweat a little to keep in shape for the continuation of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Sunday. View comments In an Instagram post, Santos was seen throwing down a few dunks at a local basketball court before joining the procession for Good Friday.“Kahit sa araw ng Biyernes Santos bago mag-prusisyon, sige parin ang paghahanda para sa susunod na laban para sa aking mahal na pamilya at mahal kong team,” said Santos said in the caption.READ: ‘Pabasa’ and ‘prusisyon’: Petron’s Santos not slowing down this Holy weekWith Game 3 of the best-of-seven series between San Miguel and Phoenix scheduled for Easter Sunday, the players only have time for a quick break during the Holy Week.The Beermen, who are seeking a fifth straight All-Filipino crown, are looking to get a pivotal 3-0 lead against the Fuel Masters when the action resumes at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Out of sync so far in playoffs, Thunder’s Paul George looking to find rhythm SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

Salah and Van Dijk back in full Liverpool training after injury scares

first_imgMohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk are expected to be fit for Liverpool’s visit to Huddersfield Town on Saturday despite missing recent internationals through injury.The influential duo completed full training sessions at Melwood on Wednesday and, barring any late setbacks, will be included in Jürgen Klopp’s plans against David Wagner’s winless side. Share on Twitter Share via Email Liverpool Topics Read more news Mohamed Salah Salah missed Egypt’s fixture with Swaziland on Tuesday having been substituted with a muscle problem against the same opponents last Friday, and Van Dijk was rested from the Netherlands’ friendly draw with Belgium in midweek.Van Dijk played and scored for Ronald Koeman’s side in their Nations League win against Germany but was omitted against Belgium as a precaution against a continuing rib problem. Sadio Mané, who sustained a thumb injury with Senegal, and James Milner, who hurt a hamstring against Manchester City before the international break, are both doubtful for the trip to Huddersfield.Naby Keïta, who injured a thigh playing for Guinea, is still being assessed and could be out for a fortnight. Huddersfield Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook The 10 most improved players in the Premier League this season Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Wärtsilä ReLiquefaction Plants Ordered for New LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä has won a deal to supply its re-liquefaction plants to three liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, currently under construction.One of the vessels in question is being built at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard for the international owner and operator Gaslog. The other two are for Norway-based Knutsen and are being built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) yard. The ships were ordered in April, May and June 2017, respectively.The re-liquefaction plant ordered for these vessels features Wärtsilä’s latest mixed refrigerant (MR) technology, an energy efficient solution for smaller liquefaction applications. The new installation will have a capacity of 1.5 – 2.5 tons/hour (t/h). The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery commencing February 2018.“We are proud of the success of Wärtsilä’s advanced re-liquefaction plants based on MR technology, and this success is reflected in these latest orders,” Timo Koponen, Vice President, Flow & Gas Solutions at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said.last_img read more