Assam to appoint 877 teachers in colleges, schools in August

Assam government on Monday said it will appoint 877 teachers in schools and colleges across the state within next one week.

Assam government on Monday said it will appoint 877 teachers in schools and colleges across the state within next one week.

“We are going to appoint the teachers by August 7. Out of them, 105 teachers of five new colleges will receive appointment letters from the Chief Minister on August 4,” Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said at a press conference in Guwahati.

The new five government-run colleges has been set up in Behali, Dalgaon, Karimganj, Bongaigaon and Goalpara, he added.

Assam currently had only four government colleges — Cotton College, Diphu College, Haflong College and Kokrajhar College, of which Cotton has been transformed into an university.

“These will be model colleges and named after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. The classes will begin immediately in these.

“Construction work for another seven model colleges are going on. As per the new education policy, government will set up all future educational institutes wherever there is a necessity,” Sarma said.

In next year, three more colleges will be set up in Karbi Anglong, Cachar and Nagaon, he added.

Sarma further said government will hand over appointment letters to 626 Headmasters and 146 Assistant Headmasters in high schools across the state on August 7.

“This will address a long pending issue of running high schools without any permanent headmaster,” he added.

The minister informed that 124 retired teachers have been appointed as special inspectors in as many schools, where pass percentage in latest metric examination was below 10%.

 

Ozone pollution tied to cardiovascular health: Study

Exposure to ozone, a powerful greenhouse gas and a widespread air pollutant in many major cities, may cause cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke, according to a new study of Chinese adults.

Ozone is a pollutant formed through a chemical reaction that occurs when sunlight interacts with nitrogen oxides and other organic compounds that are generated by coal-burning, vehicle exhaust and some natural sources. It has long been associated with adverse health effects in children and adults, Xinhua reported on Monday.

“We know that ozone can damage the respiratory system, reduce lung function and cause asthma attacks,” said study author Junfeng Zhang, from Duke and Duke Kunshan University.

“Here, we wanted to learn whether ozone affects other aspects of human health, specifically the cardiovascular system.” Zhang and colleagues studied 89 healthy adults living in Changsha City of China for one year. They monitored indoor and outdoor ozone levels, along with other pollutants.

At four intervals, the study team took participant blood and urine samples and used a breathing test called spirometry to examine a set of factors that could contribute to cardiovascular and respiratory disease. The team examined inflammation and oxidative stress, arterial stiffness, blood pressure, clotting factors and lung function in participants.

They noted blood platelet activation, which is a risk factor for clotting, and an increase in blood pressure, suggesting a possible mechanism by which ozone may affect cardiovascular health. These effects were found with ozone exposure lower than that which affects respiratory health, and lower than current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air quality standards.

“This study shows that standards for safe ozone exposure should take into account its effect on cardiovascular disease risk,” said Zhang. These findings, by a team from Duke University, Tsinghua University, Duke Kunshan University and Peking University, were published Monday in the US journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

“This study provides mechanistic support to previously observed associations between low-level ozone exposure and cardiovascular disease outcomes,” the study concluded.

Freezing ovarian tissue may help reverse menopause

Freezing ovarian tissue may help reverse menopause
Freezing the ovarian tissue of younger women can help reverse menopause and restore natural fertility, allowing them to become mothers much later in life, say scientists.

The procedure, which involves removing and freezing the ovarian tissue and remains in the realm of experiment, yields positive outcomes for nearly four of 10 women who undergo it, the researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in the US discovered. “The procedure is superior to egg freezing as it can also reverse menopause and restore natural fertility,” said Kutluk Oktay, who performed the world’s first such procedure of this kind in 1999.

To assess the success rate of this procedure, the researchers examined data from 1999 to 2016. The procedure restored reproductive functions and reversed menopause, including menstruation, in nearly two out of three women (63.9%), and restored natural fertility in nearly 62.3%.

HC notice to CBSE rule saying teachers not to accompany kids in school buses

New Delhi The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to the city government and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on a plea challenging the board’s amended rule that teachers will not accompany students in school buses and not be allotted non-academic work.

A division bench of acting chief justice Gita Mittal and justice C Hari Shankar sought a response from the CBSE and Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) by November 6.

The plea filed by NGO Angika Development Society through advocate Arjun Harkauli challenged the CBSE’s October 2016 circular and sought its quashing.

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The CBSE, the country’s biggest school board, had asked private schools affiliated to it to ensure that their teachers are not saddled with non-teaching duties such as travelling with children in buses and managing canteens.

Harkauli argued that pursuant to the Supreme Court directives, the Delhi government had already formulated detailed directives that “teachers and bus monitors should accompany students in school buses and hence it is not the domain of the CBSE to issue any directives on this subject as it merely an examination board”.

The plea said that the administration of school and terms of service of teachers does not fall within the domain of the CBSE but under the authority of the administrator under the Delhi School Education Act.

“Similarly in the respective state the relevant state school education Act applies. The impugned circular suffers from the vice of ‘excessive legislation’ beyond the scope of its authority,” the plea added.

“In any event, even the government resolution that created the CBSE does not grant it powers to frame rules regarding administrative running of school, service conditions of teachers and safety of children.”

It added that teachers are the qualified persons to travel in buses for the safety of the students as children have inherent confidence and trust in a teachers.

“Parents feel confident when there is teacher in charge of a school bus, who can handle child psychology and well equipped to deal with emergencies and capable of effectively communicating with parents, school, local authorities, bus staff in case of an emergency,” the plea stated.

Priyanka Chopra stuns in a bronzed look during her second appearance at New York Fashion Week

Just a few days back, Deepika Padukone set New York Fashion Week ablaze with two unique appearances. The first one was of the xXx: Return of the Xander Cage actress in a beautiful Michael Kors trench dress and the second one was of her in a chic Ralph Lauren lace midi dress with fringes on the hem. But Padukone isn’t the only one grabbing eyeballs – the attention’s been shunting between her and Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and we are loving it!

Deepika Padukone in Michael Kors (L) and Ralph Lauren.

Recently, Chopra who’s already a big name out there and have provided us with strong red carpet appearances – be it the Emmys, Golden Globe Awards or the People’s Choice Awards – stunned all while attending the Marc Jacobs show in a beautiful shirt from the designer’s Spring 17 collection. She complemented it with a faux fur coat in blue.

 

But the real highlight of the evening was her bronzed look which was perfected by none other than the master himself, Sir John. For those who don’t know, he is the same artiste who got Beyonce ready for her performance at the Grammys 2017. He’s also spread his magic with other A-listers like Naomi Campbell, Chrissy Teigen and Serena Williams. We think Chopra looked really pretty with that matte lip shade and neat ponytail.

Prior to this, she was seen attending good friend Prabal Gurung’s show at New York Fashion Week in a black top elaborated with text and an asymmetric white thigh-high slit hem skirt studded with buttons from his Fall 2017 collection.