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“Break Over, But Viral Fever May Keep Some From School”

“Break Over, But Viral Fever May Keep Some From School”

Most city schools will re-open next week after summer vacations, but a large number of children are down with viral fever and stomach ailments due to the hot and humid weather.

Going by the number of school-going patients at their chambers, doctors felt that the first week of school might see a lot of absentees. They hoped this will reduce once the rains start and the temperature, along with humidity, climbs down.

Parents of sick children are worried because most schools in the city follow a system of organizing examsgrades on the first day after vacation. Parents told TOI that while on the one hand it is harsh on a sick child to go to school despite being indisposed, on the other hand, missing a grade reflects negatively on a child’s term performance.

Parents are being advised to monitor their child’s water intake. “We are seeing a large number of kids with viral fever, heat strokes and stomach ailments due to bacterial infection. While tolerance levels have to be up and children should learn to cope with heat to increase their immunity , parents should ensure that the children drink enough water,” said senior paediatrician Apurba Ghosh.

Doctors also warned against cold drinks and glucose water.”Cold drinks do not count as liquid intake. They ultimately cause dehydration. Even glucose water is no supplement for water,” said paediatrician Ritabrata Kundu.

Many mothers said that schools should re-think their de cision of opening on Monday and should wait till the rains start and the mercury climbs down. “For the small kids, schools might want to start and finish early and restrict outdoor playtime,” said Swati Balar, whose son is in Class II of La Martiniere for Boys.

Schools said they preferred to wait and watch the situation for the first couple of days.

East-West Metro station work begins at Esplanade

Jayanta Gupta | TNN | Jun 11, 2017, 07.29AM IST

The station at Esplanade will be unique — the point of intersection of the three Metro corridors.

KOLKATA: The construction of the Esplanade station of East-West Metrocommenced on Saturday after a green signal from railway minister Suresh Prabhu who was at Howrah to inaugurate several projects for Bengal. The station at Esplanade will be unique, with an interchange with the existing North-South Metro corridor and the proposed one for the JokaBBD Bag link.

The E-W Metro tracks will pass below the existing North-South ones and will be laid 26.23m below ground level. The existing tracks of the Kavi Subhash-Noapara link are 11.73m below ground level. The proposed tracks for the Joka-BBD Bag stretch will also be 11.73m below the ground.

Among those present with Prabhu were Metro Railway general manager Vishwesh Chaubey , who is also the chairman of Kolkata Metro Railways Corporation Ltd (KMRCL). S N Agrawal, general manager, South Eastern Railway and Satish Kumar, additional GM, Eastern Railway and managing director, KMRCL, were also present.

“The station will be of unique design, with a threelevel passenger concourse in addition to the platform level.The depth of the diaphragm wall will be 37m from ground level. The approximate cost of building the station will be Rs 274.05 crore and the total `footprint area’ -the portion used by commuters -will be nearly 10,560sqm. The underground tunnel from Esplanade will proceed towards Sealdah via Subodh Mullick Square, where a ventilation shaft is being set up,” a senior Metro official said.

Work for phase-I of the E-W Metro between Salt Lake Sector-V and Phoolbagan is proceeding according to schedule and is likely to be commissioned by June, 2018.The stretch was originally planned from Sector-V to Sealdah, but construction of the station at Sealdah will have to wait till the Tunnel Boring Machine from Esplanade reaches there.

Work on phase-II between Howrah Maidan and Esplanade is also proceeding and efforts are on to sort out problems concerning the tunnel under Brabourne Road.

During the day , Prabhu also released a collection by Metro Railway named `Impressions On Print’, as well as brochures by ER and SER.The railway minister also highlighted how the speed of implementation of projects has gone up by more than twice in the last three years.

Minister: Focus on railway finances

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said.”We are trying to change the situation in the railways which was caught in a vicious circle.We are focusing on investments to improve its financial status and turn it into an efficient service provider.The railways has prepared an investment plan of more than Rs 8 lakh crore. Nearly Rs 3.75 lakh crore of capital expenditure has been finalized to develop infrastructure.”

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West Bengal decision to form school panel evokes mixed reaction

Somdatta Basu | TNN | 11 hours ago

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KOLKATA: The state government’s decision to form the self-regulatory commission evoked mixed reactions from private schools. While some of them feel that the decision to introduce separate bands of fee structure may affect the quality of education, some others welcomed the decision to monitor complaints of corporal punishment.

“Will the commission take into account only the amenities provided and infrastructure before finalizing a fee structure? Because there are other areas of expenditure as well that need to be taken into consideration. Human resource is one such very important aspect. Quality of education will suffer if schools are regulated on watertight benchmarks,” said Rita Chatterjee, principal of Apeejay School.

She, however, was happy that the state has decided to interfere in cases related to corporal punishment.”There are schools that still could not completely put a ban on mental harassment or corporal punishment on students,” she said. But she is apprehensive in matters related to curbing administrative and financial functioning of schools.

Another principal of a prominent CISCE school in south Kolkata felt the good aspects of private schools will get restricted with interference from outside. “The reputation of schools will be marred if the commission members suddenly make a visit to selected schools. The members of the commission will have to be cautious so that it does not become another licence-raj system,” he said.

An academic advisor of an ICSE chain of schools pointed out that it will be unfair to call for time-to-time audit reports. “We already submit our expenses and other audit report with the trust that runs the schools. Why should we submit the reports again to the commission?” he questioned.

The minority schools have decided to wait and watch.”We already submit our tax returns with the IT depart ment. If necessary , the commission should seek those documents from them. Moreover, as members of the committee, the bishop and the archbishop can look into the affairs of other schools. Minority-run schools are already given exemption under article 30 of the Constitution. We can run independently without any interference from outside. We will place the government order before the board and let them take a decision on,” said an official of the Church of North India.

A government order will be passed soon by the school education department where the newly appointed selfregulatory commission is likely to roll out a standard fee structure, dividing the schools into four or five categories. The proposed fee structure will not aim at uniformity – given schools offer different infrastructure, facilities, academic facilities, reputation and performance – but will be clubbed in various clusters.

Minority schools will also fall under the commission’s ambit. The terms of reference have already been sent to chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

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Break over, but viral fever may keep some from school

TNN | 12 hours ago

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KOLKATA: Most city schools will re-open next week after summer vacations, but a large number of children are down with viral fever and stomach ailments due to the hot and humid weather.

Going by the number of school-going patients at their chambers, doctors felt that the first week of school might see a lot of absentees. They hoped this will reduce once the rains start and the temperature, along with humidity, climbs down.

Parents of sick children are worried because most schools in the city follow a system of organizing examsgrades on the first day after vacation. Parents told TOI that while on the one hand it is harsh on a sick child to go to school despite being indisposed, on the other hand, missing a grade reflects negatively on a child’s term performance.

Parents are being advised to monitor their child’s water intake. “We are seeing a large number of kids with viral fever, heat strokes and stomach ailments due to bacterial infection. While tolerance levels have to be up and children should learn to cope with heat to increase their immunity , parents should ensure that the children drink enough water,” said senior paediatrician Apurba Ghosh.

Doctors also warned against cold drinks and glucose water.”Cold drinks do not count as liquid intake. They ultimately cause dehydration. Even glucose water is no supplement for water,” said paediatrician Ritabrata Kundu.

Many mothers said that schools should re-think their de cision of opening on Monday and should wait till the rains start and the mercury climbs down. “For the small kids, schools might want to start and finish early and restrict outdoor playtime,” said Swati Balar, whose son is in Class II of La Martiniere for Boys.

Schools said they preferred to wait and watch the situation for the first couple of days.

The Met office is keeping a watch on a low pressure system over central Bay of Bengal that will play a crucial role in bringing in the monsoon flow into parts of south Bengal.”Conditions are conducive for the monsoon to enter south Bengal any time in the next couple of days,” said Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, deputy director general of meteorology at RMC.On Saturday, parts of Kolkata witnessed rain. The Met office expects more pre-monsoon showers in the near future.

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