Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh PokhrialNishank
has said that Central Government is providing support to the States and UTs
through SamagraShikshaYojana for implementing the various provisions of the
RTE Act, including opening or strengthening of schools.
In a written reply to a question in the LokSabha today, the
Minister also said that under erstwhile SarvaShikshaAbhiyan (SSA), till 2017-18
and SamagraShiksha effective from 2018-19, sanction has been given for 3.64 lakh
new elementary schools out of which States and UTs have reported the opening of
3.60 lakh schools.
He also said, under erstwhile RashtriyaMadhyamikShikshaAbhiyan (RMSA),
till 2017-18 and SamagraShiksha effective from 2018-19, 12994 new secondary
schools have been sanctioned, out of which States and UTs have reported the
opening of 12423 new schools, till 31st December last year.
MrPokhrial also said that proposals for opening of new
KendriyaVidyalayas are considered only when received in the prescribed proforma
from the District Administration through the State Government concerned.
The proposals received from various sponsoring authorities for
opening of new KendriyaVidyalayas also have to compete among other proposals
under the Challenge Method. He also said that there are 1,227 KendriyaVidyalayas
functioning in the country and three abroad.
The Government of India will provide 107.01 million Nepali
Rupees for three new school buildings in Nepal. The schools will be
constructed in Darchula, Dhanusha and Kapilvastu districts.
The Embassy of India and Nepal’s Ministry of Federal Affairs and
General Administration signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with Mahakali
Municipality, Darchula and MukhiyapattiMusharniya Rural Municipality, Dhanusha
in Kathmandu today for the construction of two new school buildings.
These schools will be built under the India-Nepal Development
Partnership program at a total estimated cost of 73.96 million Nepali Rupees.
The new infrastructure will be used by Shree Malikarjun Higher Secondary School
at Dhap in Darchula district and BaidyanathDevnarayan Public Higher Secondary
School at Tulsiyahi in Dhanusha district.
The Government of India will provide funds while construction
work, including a call for tender, the award of work and day to day supervision,
will be by Mahakali Municipality, Dharchula and MukhiyapattiMusharniya Rural
Elon Musk-led private space launch company SpaceX plans to
send three tourists to the International Space Station (ISS).The 10-day long
space voyage would take place sometime around the end of 2021, reported The
The tourists will be shot into orbit in a Crew Dragon space
capsule sitting atop a Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
The logistics of the trip would be managed by Axiom Space, a
Houston Based startup which recently signed up with SpaceX for the space tourism
Although private tourists have already spent time aboard the ISS,
this would be the first time that such a trip is being fully organised by
The Verge cited The New York Times, according to which, each of
the total three tickets cost 55 million dollars, and one seat has already been
According to The Verge, this is the second space tourism project
announced by SpaceX this year, as just last month the company unveiled that it
would be collaborating with Space Adventures to launch four private citizens on
a mission that would circumnavigate the Earth's orbit.