Friday, June 3, 2011

Tying caste tag around school kids sparks protest

Posted on: 03 Jun 2011

Kottayam: The alleged action of a private school in tying up tags specifying caste and other details of newly enrolled first standard students today sparked protests, prompting the Kerala government to seek a report. Activists of CPI-M student wing SFI organised a march to St Anes High School at Muttuchira near Kaduthuruthi town demanding action against the school authorities. The incident came to light following complaints from parents of some children who suffered the 'humiliation' when the school reopened yesterday. The parents, in their complaint to the District Educational Officer (DEO), alleged that the cards specifying the caste were tied around as many as 82 students and a group photo was taken. They also complained that the school authorities tried to hush up the matter holding that the photograph of the children with the tag carrying the details were taken for convenience of collecting data for preparation of identity cards. The district collector said an inquiry will be ordered into the incident and action would be initiated against school authorities. .
Teenager sells kidney to buy iPad 2

A teenager in China's Anhui province has sold his right kidney to buy an iPad 2. His mother, who knew nothing of his plans, now hopes to hunt down the criminals who disabled him, a media report said.

Seventeen-year-old Xiao Zheng had been dreaming of a new iPad 2 for a while, but the price was beyond his means.

Zheng found an agent ready to buy his kidney and travelled to Hunan province in central China to undergo surgery in a local hospital. With the 22,000 yen ($3,900) he was paid, Zheng bought a new iPad 2 and iPhone and then returned home, according to a report on the Dongfang TV channel Thursday.

iPAD 2'Xiao Zheng returned home with a computer and a new Apple phone. We do not have the money for such expensive gadgets. At first, he did not want to tell me where he got that much money from. Later he confessed he had sold his right kidney to buy these things,' his mother told the channel.

After she learned the truth, Zheng's mother travelled with her son back to the hospital, only to discover that the operating theater had been rented out for commercial use to a businessman from Fujian province. Several attempts to reach the agents failed, as their phones were switched off.

Zheng's health is deteriorating day by day, and his mother said she hopes she will be able to find the criminals who disabled her son.IANS


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