Rajasthan village boy wins laurels with grit

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first_imgBy his sheer grit and determination, a poor teenage boy from a remote village in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan has won laurels by getting prizes and awards, thanks to his teachers’ guidance and an educational quality support programme honing his skills.High scoresFifteen-year-old Dharma Ram has excelled in both academics and extra-curricular activities, winning prizes in athletics, kabaddi and inter-school arts competitions, in addition to scoring high marks in his science subject. He is at present a student of Class X at the Government Senior Secondary school in Dhandhaniya Bhaila village.Financial hurdlesDharma started his education at the age of six years in his native Jati Bandhu village, when his family was struggling to make ends meet. His father was working at a stone quarry and mother was battling the last stage of cancer.During his early days in school, Dharma’s teachers sensed his thirst for knowledge and encouraged him to polish his talent. The young boy’s confidence and resolution grew with the passage of time. In addition to his keen interest in science, he emerged as an all-rounder student.Dharma lost his mother to cancer and his father quit his daily job at the mines due to failing health, while the family survived on occasional stints at the stone quarries. Despite such tough conditions, Dharma has excelled in academics and won several medals at the State-level science quiz competitions.Science teacher Dharma told The Hindu from Dhandhaniya Bhaila village that he aspires to be a science teacher. He is getting help from the Satya Bharti Quality Support Programme, which covers his school. His family comprising two brothers, a sister and father continues to face financial hurdles.Represents schoolThe young boy has recently won first prize in a State-level science exhibition organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. He was also sent to represent his school at a State-level science quiz competition, where he won the third prize and was encouraged to continue pursuing his aspirations in the field of science.School principal Lalit Kumar said Dharma, consistently a topper in his class, was preparing hard for his examinations due next month.last_img read more


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first_img State Rep.  Mary Whiteford announced the start of her summer reading program throughout the community, which encourages children to read over the summer months and win a chance to join Rep. Whiteford in Lansing for a day.“I encourage children to participate and read as many books as possible this summer,” Whiteford said. “This contest highlights the importance of early literacy and the many benefits that reading provides to our students.”The contest is open to any child in first through fifth grades.  Participants should complete a Rep. Whiteford Summer Reading Contest bookmark for every 10 books they read and drop it off at participating libraries before Friday, Sept. 1. Students may submit multiple entries.The winning bookmark will be chosen randomly and the lucky winner and their family will join Rep. Whiteford in Lansing as Rep for a Day this fall.  Bookmarks with contest rules are available on Rep. Whiteford’s website.Participating libraries include:Allegan Public Library, 331 Hubbard St. in Allegan;Salem Township Library, 3007 142nd in Burnips;Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, 137 E. Center St. in Douglas;Fennville District Library, 400 W. Main St. in Fennville;Hopkins Public Library, 118 E. Main St. in Hopkins;C. Wheeler Public Library, 1576 S. Main St. in Martin;Otsego District Public Library, 401 Dix St. in Otsego; andCharles A. Ransom District Library, 180 S. Sherwood Ave. in Plainwell.For more information on the contest, contact Rep. Whiteford’s Lansing office by phone at 517-373-0836 or email at MaryWhiteford@house.mi.gov. Categories: Whiteford News 22Jun Rep. Whiteford announces summer reading contest for local studentslast_img read more


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first_img The state House today approved a bill from Rep. Laura Cox to provide an additional $175 million for road repairs across Michigan as early as this summer.“We are taking action right now – ahead of schedule – to give our local communities as much time and help as possible as they prioritize road projects for this year,” said Cox, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee which approved the bill before the House floor vote. “Michigan’s roads are in rough shape, and this winter – with all its freezes and thaws – has made the situation worse. We have the funds available now to address one of the top priorities of residents across the state.”The additional money approved today is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment. The funding boost comes in addition to previous changes that provide more funding for road and bridge projects across Michigan.Cox, of Livonia, noted her bill includes more than $68 million specifically for counties and more than $38 million specifically for cities and villages throughout the state, in addition to state projects. Some of the estimated additional funds that would be provided by the bill in the Metro Detroit region include nearly $6.5 million for Wayne County, $7 million for Oakland County, $5.8 million for Detroit and $686,450 for Livonia.“We are taking extra care to ensure this money for local communities is spent directly on improving roads and not for anything else,” Cox said. “It is crucial that we do as much direct road repair work as possible with the money available.”As part of the statewide funding, the bill also includes up to $15 million for projects aimed at preparing for infrastructure needs of the future. These include next-generation vehicle technology and a transportation mobility pilot project.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.###For a list of estimated additional road funding amounts that would be received by local governments, visit these links: 21Feb Rep. Cox leads Michigan House approval of more money for urgent road repairs Cities and villages:http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/175M_Distribution_Estimates_for_CityVillage_613253_7.pdf Categories: Cox News,News Counties: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/175M_Distribution_Estimates_for_County_613252_7.pdflast_img read more


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first_imgTV 2 is making its channels available on Danish cable operator Stofa’s WebTV To Go multiscreen service.The broadcaster has signed a two year deal with Stofa to bring its channels to the platform until the end of 2013. They will be available on PCs, tablets and smartphones in Denmark free-of-charge until the end of the year. From next year, users will be charged an as yet undisclosed fee to access the channels.last_img


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first_imgFrance’s Ligue Nationale de Rugby has launched a consultation on the future of TV rights to the matches played by the country’s top rugby clubs.The organisation will hold meetings with broadcasters to discuss the future of the righs – currently held by Canal+ – on September 24-25. The discussions will reportedly cover the Top 14 top tier and Pro D2 second division games. The league is understood to believe that the rights are currently undervalued.last_img


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first_imgPaul HendriksZiggo’s chief technology officer Paul Hendriks is due to step down on September 1, after six years at the firm.Announcing the departure in its second quarter earnings announcement, the Dutch cable operator said that it will appoint Kamran Ziaee as chief information officer on an interim basis, and moving forward will have a different management board composition.Ziggo CEO René Obermann said that Zaiee has a “proven track record” and brings with him 16 years of experience in the cable and telecoms industry. He has previously worked as CTO at Sunrise in Switzerland for a year and as vice-president and CIO at Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia in Germany for nine years.“From the introduction of Ziggo, Paul Hendriks has played an important role in strategy and execution of technological choices since 2008. His valuable contribution has made Ziggo the innovative company it is today,” said Ziggo board chairman Andrew Sukawaty, thanking Hendriks for his contribution to the firm.In its Q2 results, Ziggo reported “solid revenue growth,” despite a 2.8% year-on-year decrease in digital pay TV revenues, which Ziggo attributed to a 34,000 decline in subscribers. However, Ziggo said that the TV losses were partly offset by an ARPU increase and an uptake in VOD.Overall Ziggo reported revenue of €405.1 million, up 3.4% year-on-year. Adjusted EBITDA was €225.8 million, up 2.2% year-on-year. However, it made a net loss of €29.5 million, which it put down to €130 million of “non-cash fair value losses on hedges” and €30 million amortisation of customer relationships.Ziggo said that Liberty Global’s planned takeover of the firm is expected to happen in Q4 and until then it will continue to run the company completely independently.last_img read more