QChennai: Board Exams for Classes 5 & 8; Heavy Rains Bring Relief
Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai.
1. Board Exams for Classes 5 & 8 to Be Held: TN Edu Dept
Sources from the Tamil Nadu School Education Department have put to rest uncertainty on whether Board Exams will be held for Classes 5 and 8 in the state. Public exams for Classes 5 and 8 will indeed be held across Tamil Nadu schools, beginning this academic year (2019-2020), a highly placed source within the School Education Department confirmed.
This clarification comes after a few media reports on Wednesday claimed that board exams for Classes 5 and 8 will be conducted only after a period of 3 years. The RTE amendments effected by the Centre specifically prohibit schools from expelling students who fail their exams at the end of Classes 5 and 8, as education has been made compulsory for students until age 14.
(Source: The News Minute)
2. Night-Long Showers in Chennai Raise Concerns About Wet Season Ahead
The city’s wettest day of the year so far also led to waterlogging in several areas, exposing its unpreparedness to face the northeast monsoon next month. Slowing traffic during the early part of the day to a crawl, waterlogging took residents by surprise on Thursday morning. However, with the rain letting up by 8.30 a.m. in most areas, water drained by afternoon.
No doubt, the rain was heavy — thundershowers lashed the city from late on Wednesday, and the weather station at Nungambakkam recorded 10.4 cm of rainfall for a 24-hour period, ending 8.30 a.m. on Thursday.
(Source: The Hindu)
3. After Faulty Electric Post Kills Man, Survey Reveals 60 Such Broken Poles
A 42-year-old man lost his life to civic negligence on Tuesday when a faulty electric post came crashing down on him in Chennai’s Chitlapakkam. Two days later, even as the police and the State Electricity Minister attempt to wash their hands of the tragic accident, enraged residents of Chitlapakkam connected a survey in their neighbourhood for faulty EB posts. Their findings have confirmed sheer apathy displayed by civic authorities.
A local NGO called Chitlapakkam Rising has discovered at least 60 EB posts in the locality that are faulty – ranging from minor issues to heavy cracks and damage.
(Source: The News Minute)
4. Sangam Civilisation Older Than Thought, Says New Report
Six carbon samples collected from Keezhadi, the Sangam-era site, have been found to belong to 580 BC, according to accelerator mass spectrometry dating results from the Beta Analytic Lab in the US. This suggests that the urbanisation of Vaigai plains happened earlier than thought - around the 6th century BC.
The department recently got the results from the lab, which proved that the Keezhadi samples could be dated between the 6th century BC and 1st century AD. Recent scientific findings at Keezhadi also prove that the Tamil Brahmi script originated in the 6th century BC. “People were either literate or at least knew the art of writing as early as the 6th century BC,” an official said.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
5. Tamil Nadu Truckers Join Nationwide Strike Against New Motor Vehicles Act
Truckers in the Salem-Namakkal belt, who form the bulk of lorry and truck operators in Tamil Nadu on Thursday struck work in response to the nationwide call by commercial vehicles transport operators to protest the exorbitant fines and other penal provisions under the newly amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act enacted by the Central government.
Nearly four lakh of the 4.65 lakh truckers in Tamil Nadu were off the roads today as the joined the dawn-to-dusk protest, leading to stagnation of nearly Rs 100 crore worth goods which remain stranded due to the strike, said Mr C Dhanraj, treasurer of the Tamil Nadu Lorry Owners Federation treasurer, here today.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle)
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