The Hindu Important Articles 03 April 2018
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9 dead as Dalit protests over SC/ST Act rock north India
Army called out in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh, where five were killed
At least nine persons were killed and hundreds injured on Monday in violence across several States during a nationwide bandh against the alleged dilution of The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Six persons were killed in Madhya Pradesh, two in Uttar Pradesh and one in Rajasthan as Dalit groups staged violent protests across north India against a Supreme Court judgment they claimed weakened protections available to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.
The Supreme Court had ruled on March 20 that the anti-atrocities law had become an instrument to blackmail innocent citizens and had issued a slew of guidelines against arbitrary arrests.
Deeply pained: Rajnath
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was “deeply pained” by the loss of lives and reiterated that the Centre was committed to ensuring the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.
“Six people — three in Gwalior district, two in Bhind district, and one person in Morena district — were killed during the violence,” Madhya Pradesh IG (Law and Order) Makarand Deoskar said.
According to Mr. Deoskar, the casualties occurred during fights between the bandh supporters and its opponents and not due to police firing.
Curfew was clamped in Gwalior and Morena districts, while the Army was called out in Morena, a senior police officer said.
Six of those killed in M.P. were identified as Rakesh Jatav, Deepak Jatav and Vimal Bodh (Gwalior district), Akash Jatav and Mahavir Singh (Bhind district) and youth leader Rahul Pathak (Morena district).
In U.P., one person was killed in Muzaffarnagar and another in Meerut.
Pawan Kumar, 25, was killed in police firing at Khairthal in Rajasthan’s Alwar district as protesters blocked rail and road traffic, vandalised property and clashed with the police and shopkeepers in many towns. He died when the police opened fire to break up a mob, allegedly stoning the police station at Khairthal and torching vehicles.
In Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, one person, identified as Ambrish, died of a bullet injury, while three shopkeepers, Rahul, Mahesh and Satish, received bullet injuries in Hapur.
Another “unknown person” was found with “grievous head injuries” in Hapur, the police said. A mob also torched buses on the Delhi-Dehradun highway.
In major cities and towns, hundreds of protesters came out on the streets to block highways and roads while at many places, protesters forced shopkeepers to down shutters.
In Ahmedabad and a few other places, the local police had to fire tear gas shells to disperse swelling mobs, which were going berserk vandalising shops and blocking roads.
In Maharashtra’s Nagpur, a city bus was damaged, two trains were stopped and traffic was disrupted in Dalit areas.
In some parts of central Nagpur, protesters pushed against barricades and clashed with the police. The Central government and the Supreme Court were wholly responsible for the violence during the nationwide shutdown called by Dalit groups, Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) president Prakash Ambedkar said on Monday.
Many Dalit groups protested in Hyderabad against the SC verdict. Protests were held in all the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh.
(With PTI inputs)
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CBSE fights leaks with ‘encrypted question papers
Facing flak over paper leaks, the Central Board of Secondary Education on Monday put in place a system of “encrypted” question papers, which are supposed to be printed by the schools.
With just one dummy run, the system was implemented on Monday and it faced multiple glitches.
The CBSE sent a confidential note to all examination centres in Delhi on Saturday, which carried a set of 10 instructions to be followed to introduce the new system.
“CBSE has devised a mechanism of providing encrypted question paper at the examination centres just before the commencement of examination,” the note read.
The instructions issued by the Board to the centres included identifying a safe and secure room for installation of computers and printers and ensuring high-speed internet connection.
All computer teachers/staff were supposed to report to the examination centre by 7:30 a.m. on all exam days to handle downloading and printing of the encrypted question papers.
“On exam day, the question paper will be available on the CBSE website. The same user ID and password as used for registration can be used. After downloading the zip file of the question paper, the centres have to use the password provided by the regional office minutes before and extract it,” the note read.
The schools were also directed to send details of the number of printers, computers installed, name of the computer staff or teacher in charge by 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Board had directed the schools which do not have the required facilities to hire the same, and centre superintendents to personally supervise the arrangements and ensure adequate security arrangements.
With limited time to understand and implement the “leak-proof” system, schools on Monday struggled and the exam was delayed at a few centres. However, students were compensated for the lost time.
Source:- The Hindu