India Event Diary – 27th August 2012, Monday
Southern India emerges as leading education loan provider
South India specifically including the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka accounts for 54 percent of total education loan of Rs.49,069 crore disbursed by the public sector banks all over India.
Tamil Nadu has topped the list, with highest disbursement of education loan at Rs 11,625 crore followed by most literate state Kerala with Rs 6,180 crore.
Related education bills delinked to prevent delay
In the wake of the unexpected delay in the passage of the Educational Tribunals Bill, 2010, it has been delinked from the Unfair Practices in Technical Education Institutions, Medical Educational institutions and Universities Bill, 2010. The Educational Tribunals Bill, 2010 seeks to establish educational tribunals at the national and state levels to adjudicate disputes at a faster pace for the educational institutions. It was passed by the Lok Sabha in 2010, but has been stuck in the Rajya Sabha since then due to lack of consensus. Whereas the second bill seeks to check the unfair practices in the education sector, like demanding donations etc. The two key related bills on reforms in higher education have been delinked so that they do not interfere with each other’s smooth passage, and no delay is caused in further processing.
Pakistani judicial commission to visit India second time
Pakistani judicial commission is likely to visit Mumbai for the second time for cross-examination of 26/11 terror attack case witnesses, so that they can gather more evidence against the seven accused including the LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
This visit might take place soon as the Pakistani court dealing with the 26/11 case had said that evidence collected by the commission during its first visit had no “evidentiary value” to punish those involved, consequently a second visit to India is inevitable to solve the case.
Air Patrolling for transmission lines
Now, the state-run Power Grid Corporations plan aerial patrolling of electricity transmission lines. Helicopters will be deployed for checking their safety and security in the eventuality of natural disasters or sabotages.
The decision has been taken in the wake of the power grid failures recentlly, as the power grid runs the five electricity grids in the country — Northern, Eastern, North Eastern, Southern and Western.
Violence again usurps in Assam
Fresh violence was spotted in Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts of Assam on Sunday, while two persons are reported to be injured, one person was killed.