The Union Cabinet has approved a project partially funded by the World Bank to carry out a reform agenda in the governance of school education.
The project, known as STARS (Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States), aims to improve data and assessment systems at the national level, as well as teaching and learning outcomes in six States, especially for early childhood and vocational education.
The project includes an emergency response component to help the government respond to disaster situations which lead to school closures and loss of learning, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Passengers not following protocols laid down for COVID-19, including wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and travelling after being diagnosed with the disease may have to pay fines and even face imprisonment.
Detailed guidelines have been issued by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) for travellers specially for the upcoming festive season.
Indulging in activities which may create unclean or unhygienic conditions or affect public health and safety at railway stations and in trains and not adhering to any of the guidelines issued by Railway administration for prevention of spread of coronavirus are also among the actions that are not allowed.
New Zealand’s oldest surviving Test cricketer and former captain John Reid has passed away at the age of 92.
Reid, regarded as one of the world’s best all-rounders during his heyday in the fifties and early sixties, captained New Zealand in 34 Tests including, most notably, the country’s first three victories.
A hard-hitting right batsman and a seam bowler, he played 58 Tests after making his debut as a 19-year-old in 1949, scoring 3428 runs at 33.28, while taking 85 wickets at 33.35.
He retired in 1965 and later became a New Zealand selector, manager, and an ICC match referee.