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Same exam & result dates for all boards?

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Mumbai: In a first, all education boards in the country, under the ministry of human resource development, will find ways to introduce common practices, including exam schedules and declaration of results.

With most students competing in national-level exams, four committees will work towards creating a level-playing field for all. The committees will look into common core syllabus, question paper patterns, teacher training and exam schedules, and tackling unfair means. The boards have also decided to declare results by May 31 so no student loses out on a chance for admission at national institutes.

Ministry officials met members of the Council of Boards of School Education, a body of over 55 education boards, on October 28. The committees consist of chairmen of various boards and members of the National Council of Educational Research and Training. They will meet and submit their report before December 31.

“We could look into ways to have a common curriculum across boards so that all students are on common ground when they compete in national-level tests,” said YSK Sheshu Kumar, joint secretary, MHRD and in-charge chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education.

The committee will also explore ways to develop common subject codes and roll number patterns.

One committee will work out ways for common question paper patterns across boards. A common question paper pattern will ensure equal weightage is given to various components in exams to avoid inflation of marks. Currently, some boards follow a common question paper design for maths and science. The committee on teacher training will look at best ways for capacity building. “There is a need to exchange information on what can be done to tackle unfair means during exams,” said Gangadhar Mhamane, chairperson, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education.

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Man who rammed car into NRI, cabs was drunk: Medical report

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MUMBAI: A 30-year-old motorist who knocked down an NRI and then rammed his car into three parked taxis near a mall in Lower Parel early on Saturday, was drunk at the time of accident, confirmed a medical report.

The injured NRI, Lucas Davis (24), has been admitted to Breach Candy Hospital. A final medical report of the accused, Anoop Pandey, is awaited.

The NM Joshi Marg police arrested Pandey (30) after they received a call informing them of the accident that took place around 5.30am. A few months ago, a lawyer, Janhavi Gadkar, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and killing two persons on the Eastern Freeway.

The police said that Pandey, a resident of Denmark Tower in Dadar, was returning home after work when the accident took place on Senapati Bapat Marg. He was reportedly speeding and hit Davis, who was crossing the road. Pandey then went on to ram his car into the taxis. Fortunately, there was no one in the taxis.

The accused has been booked under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code along with sections 134 (a) (b) and 185 (drink and drive) of Motor Vehicle Act. The police have seized the car. “The initial medical report suggests that he was drunk at the time of the accident. We are awaiting the final report to establish whether the alcohol limit in the blood was under or above the permissible limit,” said a senior police officer. If the report indicates presence of alcohol more than the permissible limit, Pandey will be booked for drunken driving too.

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Konkan Railway begins doubling tracks

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Mumbai: Konkan Railway on Sunday launched a project for doubling and electrification between Roha and Veer. The bhoomi pujan was done by Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu at Kolad, near Roha.

The stretch in the first phase of doubling will comprise of 47km at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore.

“It will be completed in three years,” said KR general manager (administration) and chief PRO Siddheshwar Telugu. “This will be a Diwali gift for our commuters as doubling of tracks will help augment services and improve train punctuality.”

At present, if there is a rail accident, the line gets blocked completely.

KR may electrify the entire 736km route to save costs and preserve the environment, sources added.

There are also plans to start a Rajdhani from Goa to the national capital, sources added.

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