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Sex education is not a right: SC

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has said sex education in schools cannot be brought under the ambit of fundamental rights by making it a part of right to education.

The bench gave the ruling while dealing with a PIL that suggested making sex education in schools compulsory, to help check incidents of rape.

The PIL, filed by an NGO in 2003, had expressed concern over the safety and security of women in the capital due to the increasing instances of rape. It had offered various suggestions, including making sex education compulsory in schools.

While agreeing with its suggestions, the court said it was satisfied with the efforts and steps enumerated by the Delhi government in its affidavit.

Inland glut tells on cards

Tiruchirapalli (PTI): The postal department has stocked inland letters worth Rs 7 crore in the Tamil Nadu circle, fuelling fears that post-cards may not be available in the state till the huge stock is depleted, sources said.

The inland letters, printed in huge quantity by the authorised Indian Security Printers and stocked at the stamp depots, could get damaged, the sources added.

There was no supply of post-cards from the Nasik security press as well. Even the Meghdoot post-cards, sponsored by advertisers, were not available in rural areas, which depend mostly on post-cards for communication.

Ayodhya ban

Ayodhya (PTI): A court has banned the use of loudspeakers by temples, mosques, gurdwaras and others in Ayodhya.

A civil court passed the order on Saturday on a petition moved by mahant Ghanshyam Das and others seeking a ban on the use of loudspeakers on the ground of sound pollution.

Gunfire panic

Jammu (PTI): Panic gripped the railway station here on Sunday as the gun of a policeman went off accidentally, official sources said. However, there were no casualties as all four rounds fired went through the roof, the sources added. Later, announcements were made that it was an accident.

Absent officials

Srinagar (PTI): As many as 14 officials of the Jammu and Kashmir education department have been suspended on the charge of remaining absent from duties, an official spokesman said on Sunday.Ch.Ranbir Singh, lone surviving member of the Constituent Assembly, will be felicitated on his 92nd birthday by 2000 freedom fighters. Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi would attend.

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Ch.Ranbir Singh, lone surviving member of the Constituent Assembly, will be felicitated on his 92nd birthday by 2000 freedom fighters. Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi would attend.


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