Home Secretary asked to expedite civil judge recruitment process

Home Secretary asked to expedite civil judge recruitment process

The Madras High Court Bench here on Thursday directed the State Home Secretary to expedite the process of amending the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Service (Cadre and Recruitment) Rules, 2007, and the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, as requested by the Registrar General of the High Court for filling up vacancies in lower judiciary in the State. A Division Bench of Justices A. Selvam and N. Authinathan issued the interim direction on a public interest litigation filed by advocate R. Silambaraj seeking a direction to the State government,…

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How to keep bears out of schools, explained for Trump’s ed secretary

How to keep bears out of schools, explained for Trump’s ed secretary

If you weren’t watching the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee’s confirmation hearing for secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos — and the Trump administration-in-waiting sure hopes you weren’t — you missed one of the more disastrous confirmation hearings in recent memory. [New Republic / Graham Vyse] DeVos flubbed questions that were not supposed to be gotcha questions. Asked where she stood on a basic question in education policy — whether students should be tested for proficiency (hitting benchmarks) or for growth (improvement over time) — she … revealed…

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Trump names Gen James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as defence secretary

Trump names Gen James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as defence secretary

US President-elect Donald Trump has named Gen James Mattis, a former marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as his defence secretary. “He’s our best,” Mr Trump said, as he announced his pick in a speech in Ohio. Gen Mattis, who is known as “Mad Dog”, was an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s Middle East policy, particularly on Iran. He has referred to Iran as “the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East”. Who is the ‘warrior monk’ and what are his views? Trump…

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HC raps School Education Secretary for ‘narrating stories’ in counter affidavit

HC raps School Education Secretary for ‘narrating stories’ in counter affidavit

The Madras High Court Bench here on Friday came down heavily upon School Education Secretary D. Sabitha “for narrating stories” in a counter affidavit filed in response to two public interest litigation petitions seeking toilets and other sanitary facilities in government schools without coming forward with concrete time-bound proposals for improving the amenities. Passing interim orders on the petitions, a Division Bench of Justices S. Nagamuthu and M.V. Muralidaran said: “We are not at all satisfied with the counter affidavit filed by the Principal Secretary to School Education Department. It…

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EC seeks report from Bengal home secretary over attempted bribery to BJP leader

EC seeks report from Bengal home secretary over attempted bribery to BJP leader

Election commission has asked for report from Bengal home secretary over the matter of attempted bribery to BJP leader Rahul Sinha by two policemen.   BJP’s former state President Rahul Sinha had alleged that two policemen had gone to bribe him on Monday. He is unhappy as the two policemen were not arrested by Kolkata Police. Sinha lodged a complaint with the chief electoral officer (CEO) on Tuesday, urging a probe by the CBI in the matter of attempting to bribe him.   Sinha has also demanded that Kolkata Police…

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