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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Rajya Sabha takes up bill to include disabled in RTE

Tuesday - Apr 24, 2012, 03:52pm (GMT+5.5)
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New Delhi - A bill to include children with disabilities in the ambit of the Right to Education (RTE) was taken up by the Rajya Sabha Tuesday.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2010, adds children with disability in the definition of "disadvantaged groups" and will now be a part of the 25 percent reservation offered to these groups.

The bill also gives children suffering from autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities the benefit of choosing to study from home.

"They will also have the right to home based education. Parents will have the option to assure home-based education for these children. But it should not become an instrument for schools not wanting to take these kids in classrooms. It should just remain an option for parents," Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal informed the Rajya Sabha.

Extending support on the bill, BJP member Kaptan Singh Solanki said the amendment had made the bill complete.

"This provision should have been there since the beginning. I believe this legislation is now complete. Hence, we the opposition support and welcome it," Solanki said.

The Right to Education act makes it the state's responsibility to educate all children between ages 6-14.





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