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No need for Aadhaar to write SSC exams

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HYDERABAD: The school education department on Monday delinked Aadhaar cards from the SSC exams to be held in March 2016. The department issued a notification stating that it is not mandatory for SSC students to acquire an Aadhaar card before the exams begin.

The notification, however, clarified that the department is seeking Aadhaar cards following directives from the Centre. The notification read – `The Government of India’s ministry of communication and IT, de par tment of electronics and IT has sought Aadhaar details of all children in the age group of 5 to 17 years.’ Following this, the school education department has established 10 UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) centres in each district, exclusively for students.

The department, on November 26, had issued a circular to all government and private schools stating that “the nominal rolls of SSC appearing candidates will not be accepted by the director of government examinations unless a certificate is enclosed stating that all candidates have been issued Aadhaar number”.

The move garnered a lot of criticism, especially from parents and school authorities, as there was hardly enough time to enroll for Aadhaar before the exams. Over 5 lakh students will appear for SSC next year.

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World AIDS day — Amitabh, Nagarjuna lend voice to videos on HIV

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HYDERABAD: An online library with animated versions of earning material voiced by 22 celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan and Nagarjuna, has been launched with the aim of aking HIV education to all stra a of society. The free multi-media content on HIV education was launched globally on Monday by NGO TeachAIDS on the eve of World Aids Day on December 1. Available n seven Indian languages – Assamese, English, Hindi, Kannada, Odia, Tamil and Telugu – the instructional video has 14 different versions with voices rendered by 22 celebrities for animated characters.

“The TeachAIDS multimedia material will be the first digital content that would be showcased to the rural folks under the Digital Telangana initia ive. Under this, we plan to set up around 8,750 kiosks in panchayats in a phased manner,” said Jayesh Ranjan, IT secretary . The Telugu version of the interactive multi-media content has been rendered by South actors, including Nagarjuna, Navdeep Pallapollu, Anushka Shetty and Swati. The Hindi version has the voices of Amitabh Bachchan, Imran Khan, Shabana Azmi and Shruti Haasan.

“We have tied up with the National Aids Control Organisation and the respective State Aids Control Organizations.Over the next two weeks, we are planning to distribute 1 lakh CDs of this educational content to schools and NGOs,” said Dr Piya Sorcar, founder of the NGO and a lecturer at Stanford University. The content is available under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anybody can download it from the NGO website.

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'Fund scam in GHMC, water board'

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HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) have siphoned away as much as Rs 131 crore, which was meant for construction of rain water harvesting pits in the city, the Lok Satta Party alleged on Monday .

“The GHMC and the wa ter board have been collecting money from citizens under the guise of constructing harvesting pits. Unfortunately, both the civic bodies combined have spent only Rs 6.82 crore out of the Rs 138 crore they collected,” said Sambi Reddy , general secretary of the party .

He added that a survey conducted by the party had revealed that most of the pits that were dug up were not operational. “There were four pits inspected in Anjaiah Nagar, Kukatpally , and only one was found operational.Of the five pits dug in Jubliee Hills, only one on Road No. 2 was functioning,” he said.

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