UP doesn’t need ‘out­sider’ Com­pe­tency test in April to eat into kids’ sum­mer break Modi, say Priyanka, Rahul

CONG AT­TACK Achhe din prom­ise was like DDLJ, is now Sho­lay’s Gab­bar: Rahul

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Umesh Raghu­van­shi let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Puja Ped­nekar puja.ped­nekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com Sa­gar Ra­jput sa­gar.ra­jput@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi and his sis­ter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at­tacked Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Fri­day, with him ac­cus­ing the BJP leader of mak­ing empty prom­ises and her dub­bing him an out­sider to Ut­tar Pradesh.

At an elec­tion rally in the party strong­hold of Rae Bareli, Rahul in­voked two Bol­ly­wood movies — the 1995 ro­man­tic hit Dil­wale Dul­haniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ) and the 1975 block­buster Sho­lay — to high­light how Modi’s ten­ure had dev­as­tated the poor, espe­cially through the gov­ern­ment’s junk­ing of high-value ban­knotes last Novem­ber.

“Modi promised ev­ery­thing — a clean In­dia, happy women and farm­ers’ pros­per­ity. He promised achhe din like SRK in DDLJ. But after 2.5 years, it has be­come Sho­lay’s Gab­bar,” Rahul said, ap­par­ently liken­ing the iconic movie char­ac­ter’s loot­ing spree to the gov­ern­ment’s note re­call move.

This was the first time the Gand­his have cam­paigned to­gether for the Congress in this elec­tion sea­son.

They launched the party’s fight for assem­bly seg­ments in their mother So­nia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha con­stituency of Rae Bareli.

The Congress is fight­ing the UP polls in al­liance with the rul­ing Sa­ma­jwadi Party, and is up against the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party and the BJP, whose cam­paign has been led by Modi.

The duo tar­geted the PM – who called him­self UP’s adopted son on Thurs­day — with Priyanka say­ing the state didn’t need an “out­sider”. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra cam­paigns with Rahul at Rae Bareilly. This was her first ap­pear­ance in poll ral­lies this year.

Sum­mer va­ca­tions may start a tad later this year as the state’s ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment will hold com­pe­tency tests for classes 1 to 8 to as­sess their first lan­guage and math skills.

The tests have to be held as part of the year-en­der ex­ams, but schools said it is im­prac­ti­cal be­cause they wrap up their ex­ams by April and shut for the sum­mer break.

A must for all schools across boards and man­age­ment, the tests are part of the Pra­gat Shaik­shanik (Pro­gres­sive in Ed­u­ca­tion) Ma­ha­rash­tra ini­tia­tive started in 2015 by the depart­ment to raise the learn­ing lev­els of stu­dents and im­prove qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in schools. Schools are graded on the ba­sis of their per­for­mance in the tests.

Ac­cord­ing to a cir­cu­lar is­sued by the depart­ment, schools should not test stu­dents on math and first lan­guage sep­a­rately be­cause they will be cov­ered in the sum­ma­tive test. These tests will be counted as a part of the con­tin­u­ous com­pre­hen­sive eval­u­a­tion (CCE) pat­tern fol­lowed in schools.

The depart­ment will pro­vide com­mon ques­tion pa­pers to all schools for the two sub­jects. “So do not ask teach­ers to design other ques­tion pa­pers for it,” states the cir­cu­lar sent to all schools in Ma­ha­rash­tra.

The April test will be sum­ma­tive in na­ture, eval­u­at­ing stu­dents on what they have learnt in the sec­ond se­mes­ter. This is the third and fi­nal com­pe­tency test for this aca­demic year, 2016-17.

Fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Atul Kas­bekar was robbed of cash and valu­ables worth Rs9 lakh.

A case was reg­is­tered with the Bhoi­wada po­lice sta­tion fol­low­ing which a car­pen­ter, who worked in the build­ing, was ar­rested. This is the fourth rob­bery case since July last year, apart from two other at­tempted rob­beries, in the C wing of Ashok Tow­ers at Parel. The ar­rested car­pen­ter has con­fessed, the po­lice said. For­mer com­mis­sioner of Mum­bai po­lice D Shivanan­dan heads the so­ci­ety com­mit­tee at Ashok Tow­ers.

Kas­bekar reg­is­tered the case in the first week of February and the po­lice be­lieved some­one work­ing in the build­ing was com­mit­ting the crimes. A po­lice of­fi­cer from Bhoi­wada po­lice sta­tion said, “There are around 170 CCTV cam­eras in­side the premises, but we didn’t find any­one act­ing sus­pi­ciously. The se­cu­rity sys­tem is strict and bags are checked while en­ter­ing and leav­ing the build­ing. So we sus­pected some­one work­ing in the build­ing was com­mit­ting these crimes.”


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