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UK varsity rejects Indian-origin girl

London (PTI): Bristol University is in the eye of a storm over its admission policy and discrimination against students from independent schools.

It has refused admission to 18-year-old Sushila, daughter of a psychotherapist of Indian descent.

Sushila became one of 100 girls studying for their A levels (equivalent to SSC in India) and was rejected by Bristol, despite scoring 296 out of 300 in A/S level in English.

The only explanation for her rejection appears to be that she attends Westminster School, one of Britain’s most prestigious independent schools, which charges day pupils £12,000 per annum.

Sushila’s father, Trevor Phillips, a native of Guyana who is the new chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, said his daughter’s rejection had shocked family and friends.

“We are extremely surprised that she did not receive an offer. Though I have no disagreement with greater access, I would have hoped that universities and the government would have a slightly more sophisticated policy than simply ‘blacklisting’ independent schools,” he said.

Phillips said Bristol’s admission policy discriminates against many Black and Asian families who send their children to private school to escape racism within the state system.

17 pilgrims die in TN mishap

Chennai: At least 17 pilgrims from Kerala were killed and 12 seriously injured in a road accident on Sunday in Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu. They were returning from a visit to the Velankanni church, reports our special correspondent.

The accident took place on the Madurai-Tiruchirappalli segment of the national highway when their van collided head on with a state transport bus, police said. The van was going to Ernakulam and the bus to Tiruchirappalli.

Most of the deceased, including seven women and two children, were killed on the spot. The injured have been admitted to Dindigul Government Hospital.

The van was badly damaged and the bodies had to be extricated with great difficulty, sources said.

Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa has deputed transport minister R. Vishwanathan to supervise medical care and relief.

In another mishap at Kaveripakkam, seven persons were killed and 44 injured when a private bus collided with a truck, reports PTI.

Damages order on MTNL

New Delhi: A consumer forum has directed the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited to pay Rs 3,000 as compensation to a subscriber whose complaint was left unattended for a month.

The New Delhi District Consumer Redressal Forum also asked the company to pay 12 per cent interest on the compensation amount for causing mental agony and harassment to its subscriber.

A resident of Badarpur had complained that his telephone lay dead from September to October 18, 1998, and the MTNL had refused to pay appropriate rebate for the duration. The forum accepted the subscriber’s contention that he was entitled to a rebate for the period his telephone was non-functional.

Voters’ list row

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court has upheld a decision by election officials to delete the names of 12,000 people from the Delhi state voters’ list fearing they were Bangladesh nationals. Dismissing a petition by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties challenging the order by the Delhi Electoral Registration Officer, the court said: “No orders are required to be passed on the present petition.”

Indians jailed

Dubai (AFP): Three Indians and an UAE housewife have been jailed for raping and killing a 19-year-old student in the Emirate of Dubai, a newspaper reported.

Dy Speaker resigns

raipur (PTI): Deputy Speaker of Chhattisgarh Banwari Lal Agrawal gave in his resignation on Sunday. He blamed chief minister Ajit Jogi and the Congress Legislature Party for his inability to continue in office.

Tax sop for seniors

New Delhi (PTI): A day after announcing tax rebate for the residential properties in the name of women, the Delhi government extended the benefit to senior citizens on Sunday.

ISI spy ring busted

Ahmedabad (PTI): Police have made a breakthrough in the ISI ‘spy ring’ case with the arrest of an army personnel from Aurangabad district of Maharashtra and a Mumbai-based hawala trader.

Hampi, the seat of the medieval Vijaynagar empire, will be recreated using digital techniques to promote tourism and showcase Karnataka in all its splendour. Hampi has been declared a heritage site by the Unesco.


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