One held in bogus teacher scam
Kendrapara: Former district inspector of schools, S.K. Behari was arrested today for allegedly sponsoring names of bogus teachers from ‘ghost’ schools for a refreshers’ teaching training course. He was sent to jail after a local court rejected his bail plea. Earlier, the district administration had lodged FIRs against 30 “fake” teachers, who had got themselves enrolled in teachers’ refresher training course, from ‘ghost’ primary schools. The accused have been absconding. The government had suspended three officials of the schools and mass education department for their complicity in the scam.
Berhampur: Officials of the vigilance department have unearthed irregularities in purchase of equipment for the science laboratory of City High School, Berhampur for which former President of India Dr Abdul Kalam had sanctioned Rs 10-lakh during his visit to the school. Most of the money receipts of the firms who supplied equipment worth Rs 5.17-lakh are not authenticated. “We would lodge an FIR against the headmaster after verification of the laboratory,” said DPR Patnaik, vigilance inspector.
Dhenkanal: A couple, who married two years ago, committed suicide at Kamakhyanagar town. According to the inspector in-charge of Kahakhyanagar police station, Madhu Sudan Padhi, Santosh Patra (35) married to Rashmita Pradhan (30) of Bantol area of Angul district and were staying in the town for last few months. Santosh, who was from Talcher, used to work as a driver. He had earlier married Asani Patra of Kulad area of Angul district but later divorced her. He had two daughters from his first wife.
n Thursday, Santosh and Rasmita were on their way to Talcher when they had a fight. Suddenly, Santosh went aside and consumed poison. He was shifted to Kamakhyanagar hospital where he died on Thursday night. When Santosh was declared dead, Rasmita hanged herself from a roadside tree and died.
Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway on Friday conducted the first meeting of the fourth Zonal Rail Users' Consultative Committee (ZRUCC). Issues related to passenger amenities and public demands were discussed. General manager, East Coast Railway, Arvind Kumar Vohra, highlighted the latest steps taken by the railways for providing better services to passengers.