COIMBATORE WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 26, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 18 LATE CITY EDITION GOVT SCHOOL DROPOUT COUNT RISING ACROSS SEVERAL STATES More kids dropped out after Class VIII in 2016-17, as per the Unified District Information System for Education (U- DISE) WORRYING NUMBERS FROM 10 STATES NO-DETENTION POLICY TO BLAME? At least 10 states, including Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, saw a considerable rise in the percentage of students dropping out in secondary classes in 2016-17. In Bihar, 39.73% students dropped out, as compared to 25.90% in 2015-16, while in Jharkhand, 36.64% withdrew in 2016-17 — over 12% more than the previous year’s figure ■ ■ Poor access to education in rural areas and lack of interest are major factors why kids are dropping out, say education experts The no-detention policy till Class VIII could also be a reason, they add, explaining that kids who aren’t assessed properly at a P9 young age lose interest later, with poor scores in exams 19.89% INDIA’S SECONDARY SCHOOL DROPOUT RATE IN 2016-17; WAS 17% IN 2015-16 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Pregnant woman gets HIV via blood transfusion due to GH negligence ‘Will identify loose ends’ Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said, “Inquiry was held to identify where mistake took place. We will conduct probes to identify all loose ends.” J E YA L A K S H M I R A M A N U J A M @ Virudhunagar IN a shocking incident, blood from a HIV+ person was transfused to a 23-year-old pregnant woman at Sattur Government Hospital in early December. The incident came to light only when the blood donor voluntarily informed the lab technicians at the Sivakasi Government Hospital, where he had made the donation, after learning he was HIV +. The woman has since tested positive for HIV Health officials said the . services of a lab technician, a counselor and the blood bank’s medical officer were terminated. According to Joint Director of Health Services, Dr R Manoharan, Abirami (name changed), FACTOIDS 4.94 km Victims honoured as CPM calls for end to caste killings | P5 Length of doubledecker rail-cum-road Bogibeel bridge over the Brahmaputra who was eight months pregnant, came for a check up at the Sattur GH. Doctors told her she was anemic and needed a blood transfusion. The doctors brought one unit of ‘O’ positive blood from Sivakasi GH blood bank and transfused it to her on December 3. Dr K Senthil Raj, project director, State AIDS Control Society said Abirami started showing 5 days a week TinsukiaNaharlagun Intercity Express flagged off 10 hrs + Cut in travel time between Tinsukia in Assam to Naharlagun town of Arunachal Pradesh because of the bridge symptoms, such as chills, fever and diarrhea within a week of the transfusion. Dr Manoharan said in November, Murugan (name changed) had donated the blood at Sivakasi GH. As Murugan was planning to travel to a foreign country he underwent a medical , check-up in Madurai district where he learnt he was HIV+. Murugan informed the Sivakasi GH 21 yrs Taken to build the full bridge that was approved in 1997-98 Will play a vital role in defence equipment movement along the IndiaChina border in Arunachal a result of the blood transfusion. “Abirami is under medical observation. Pediatricians say chances of the infection passing on to her child are low,” Dr Manoharan said, adding that steps will be taken to provide jobs for Abirami and her husband. (With inputs from Sinduja Jane & Sushmitha Ramakrishnan in Chennai) Coming, BJP show at Ramlila Maidan Shah changes venue of National Council meet to dispel gloom within the party, parade its strength Appeals on the rise for exemption from plastic ban | P5 M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi At least 12 injured in attack on church near Kolhapur | P7 Govt hopeful Parliament will function from Thursday | P9 CONNECTING LIVES AND HOW RBI to release new `20 notes | P11 Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at people from the Bogibeel bridge, India’s longest rail-cumroad bridge, after inaugurating it in Dibrugarh on Tuesday | P7 The bridge will cut the distance between Assam and Arunachal to below 200 km from 700 km now, reducing travel time to five to six hours from 24 hours earlier - Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Bitcoin on highway to being legit A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi HOLDING cryptocurrency like Bitcoin is banned in India, but that could change, as the second interdisciplinary committee is in favour of legalising it, with harsh riders. “We have already had two meetings. There is a general consensus that cryptocurrency cannot be dismissed as completely illegal. It needs to be legalised with strong riders. Deliberations are on. We will have more clarity soon,” a senior official who attended the panel’s meetings told this paper. The committee has met twice JOY OF GIVING HOUSE THAT? VILLAGERS TURN SANTA How money is raised The houses are built with money raised from carolsinging blood bank of this on December 13. The lab technicians tested his blood and confir med he was HIV+, Dr Manoharan said, appreciating Murugan’s efforts. It is only then that the lab technicians learnt Murugan’s blood had been transfused to Abirami. The doctors brought Abirami to the Sattur GH and, after running tests, confirmed she was HIV+ as MLA Rajeshkumar (second R) hands over the key of the house to Maria Anthony, at Chentharai village on Tuesday | EXPRESS S R E E M AT H I M @ Nagercoil MARIA Anthony, his wife and daughter have spent every Christmas so far in their hut, hoping the tiny structure will withstand the elements. This Christmas, however, was different. On Tuesday when Christians celebrated the birth of Je, sus Christ, Anthony and his family received the gift of stability safety and security in the form of , a house, built with the donations and labour of the residents of their village, Chentharai, 30 km from Nagercoil, with MLA Rajeshkumar handing over the house to the family . The elderly man and his wife, who has a visual impairment, are supported by their 45-year-old daughter who works at a cashew processing factory The daughter, who did not want to be named, . said this was the first Christmas they celebrated with joy, and that they believed their lot in life would improve because of the house, gifted by their community . on the issue and is likely to submit its report to the finance ministry by February next. The government set up the first interdisciplinary committee led by special secre- tary D in e sh Sh ar ma (now retired) with members from CBDT, Ministry of Home Affairs, MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology), RBI, NITI Aayog and SBI in March 2017. Four months later, the committee recommended a total ban on cryptocurrency in India with immediate effect. Soon after, an RBI circular rendered cryptocurrency illegal. And the finance ministry on December 29, 2017 and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech on February 1, 2018 echoed the harsh line. However, various stakeholders challenged the RBI fiat in the Supreme Court. After conflicting opinions, the government set up the second inter-ministerial committee, led by Department of Economic Affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg. FOLLOWING the morale-wrecking defeat in three Hindi-speaking states in the recent elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party plans to use its upcoming National Council meeting to send the message that it may be down but is certainly not out. The January 9-10 meeting was to scheduled be held at the Indira Gandhi indoor stadium here. But at the instance of party chief Amit Shah, the venue has now been shifted to Ramlila Maidan in the Capital, so as to accommodate more party workers and turn the event into a show of strength. The decision to make it grand spectacle, a senior party functionary said, would serve three purposes: dispel the apparent gloom within the rank and file; send a message to those within that the Modi-Shah duo is still the party’s best bet; and convey to its political adversaries that the recent loss was only a blip. “Amit Shah cancelled the Indira Gandhi national indoor stadium as the venue and opted for the Ramlila ground. It is part of his strategy to boost the morale of the party workers, who have been considerably affected by the loss in the recent Assembly elections,” the senior leader said. While Shah is learnt to be working overtime to iron out the rough edges in the organisation after the poll rout, sources said plans are on to unveil new measures to 4,000 DELEGATES EXPECTED AT MEET About 4,000 delegates are expected to participate in the BJP National Council meeting, which will be held after more than two years. It will kick off the BJP campaign to retain power in the 2019 LS elections lift the image of the Modi government in rural areas, particularly among the farmers. “There’s a clear admission that the party has a daunting task in the run up to the 2019 polls in rural areas where the Congress has succeeded in making inroads at our expense. BJP-led state governments, too, have been asked to come up with measures to effectively address rural distress,” sources said. The thrust of these measures would be to provide tangible gains to the people within a short span of time. “Similar moves are being contemplated in the Prime Minister’s Office,” the sources said.
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