Monthly Archives: November 2017

Public Engagements Will Help Shape Future ofStudent Assessment


Toronto –Beginning in November,Ontario students, parents, teachers and education partners,have an opportunity for the first time in 20 years to help transform the way student success is assessed and reported. While we have one of the best education systems in the world, we must continue to pursue excellence and adapt to a rapidly changing world.

That’s why the Ministry of Education’scommitment to refreshOntario’scurriculum will better capture a broader and more diverse student experience.Asix month independent review of assessment and reporting will be conducted,led by Dr. Carol Campbell and the Premier’s six Education Advisors. A series of online and public consultations will guidethe modernization of student assessment and reporting tools and strategies.

“These engagements will give voice to many students, parents and experts across the province,” says Dr. Campbell.“We hope to stimulate constructive discussions around how we can make assessments more culturally relevant and reflect the diversity of Ontario communities, and support equitable opportunities and outcomes for students.”

Theengagements will inform recommendations onthe future of assessment and reporting practices in Ontario, including ways to make the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) more culturally relevant and better reflect student well-being and equity.

Discussions with parents, trustees, school board and school leaders, teachers, students and community groups will take place from November 22 to December 12, 2017.
In-person engagement sessions will take place in: Ottawa, Barrie, Sudbury, Windsor, Hamilton, Toronto and Thunder Bay. Advisors will also speak with individuals from the Francophone and Indigenous communities, to understand their diverse experiences and perspectives.

Written submissions can be sent to:Education Assessment Secretariat. Mowat Block, 12th floor. 900 Bay St. Queen’s Park, Toronto ON   M7A 1L2.

For more information, meeting dates, or to participate in consultations online,

Can beat anyone if I am fit, says Mary Kom

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New Delhi, Nov 9 (IANS) Having won gold at the Asian Championships after returning to her favourite 48 kilogram category, star Indian boxer M.C Mary Kom asserted that she can defeat any opponent as long as she is fit.

“If I am fit, nobody can touch me. Nobody can beat me easily. As long as I am training hard and my body is fit, I can beat anyone, bring it on,” the five-time world champion told the media here on Thursday.

Farhan urges sexual harassment victims to open up


Mumbai, Nov 8 (IANS) Multi-talented Bollywood celebrity Farhan Akhtar, who is vocal in his support for gender equality, says there is no point in targeting only the film industry for perpetuating sexual harassment as it exists everywhere. However, he urged the victims to come out and talk about it openly.

Farhan, along with film director Feroz Abbas Khan and Poonam Muttreja of the Population Foundation of India (PFI) were here together on Wednesday as a part of the social campaign ‘Bas Ab Bahut Ho Gaya’ that is organising a concert titled ‘Lalkar’ to address the issue of sexual violence against women.

At a time when several women in Hollywood have come forward to voice their experience with sexual harassment in the field, Bollywood has been fairly quiet about it. People have spoken about the casting couch and some women celebrities joined the #MeToo campaign, but not many men have spoken out and women, especially budding actors, who may have even faced it, fear taking names.

Himachal polls see 74% turnout, highest in four decades


Shimla, Nov 9 (IANS) A record over 74 per cent, highest in four decades, of Himachal Pradesh’s 50.25 lakh electorate on Thursday exercised their franchise in the assembly elections where the ruling Congress and the BJP were locked in a straight contest.

“The percentage is expected to go up further. This is the highest poll percentage recorded by the hill state in assembly polls,” Dilip Sharma, Director General, Election Commission, told reporters in New Delhi.

Election officials said the polling was peaceful and no major untoward incident was reported from the 68 seats.

Odd-even scheme to be back in Delhi next week


New Delhi, Nov 9 (IANS) With the national capital facing an environmental emergency as pollution levels worsened, the Delhi government has decided to implement the third phase of the odd-even traffic rule from November 13 to 17, state Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said on Thursday.

“Air pollution in Delhi has crossed the ‘severe’ level. That’s why we are bringing back the odd-even plan,” Gahlot told media persons here.

He said the modalities of the scheme would be the same as earlier, with similar timings and exemptions: private vehicles with odd registration numbers would be allowed on odd dates and those with even numbers on even dates between 8 a.m and 8 p.m, and there would be no restrictions on weekends and public holidays.

“We don’t have a lot of time left to design the whole programme, hence we are going ahead with the rules that were imposed in the previous two phases,” he said.

The first phase of the odd-even rule was implemented by the Delhi government from January 1 to 15 and the second phase from April 15 to 30 last year.

The rule would not apply to the CNG and electric cars, two-wheelers and the cars driven by women with a male companion not above 12.

Vehicles for medical emergencies, occupied or driven by people with disabilities, VVIPs and enforcement cars would also be allowed to run on all days.

Gahlot cited increasing public transport facilities as one of the ways to help the public during the upcoming five-day traffic rationing scheme.

“DTC will hire 500 buses from private vendors at the previous rates. We have also requested the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to push the feeder bus service,” he said.

Gahlot informed that Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) stickers for cars would be available 2 p.m onwards from Friday at 22 CNG stations across Delhi and urged the people to cooperate in the implementation of the scheme.

“I appeal to the people, all agencies and the police to cooperate in these hours of crisis,” he said.

The Supreme Court-appointed environment body Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) and the Delhi Lt. Governor on Wednesday instructed the Delhi government to stay prepared to roll out the odd-even car rationing scheme, with air pollution levels reaching alarming levels.

Emirates Airline posts $452mn profit


Dubai, Nov 9 (IANS) The world’s biggest long-haul carrier, Emirates Airline, on Thursday said it has posted a profit of $452 million, an 111 per cent increase, in its first six months of fiscal 2017-18.

The Dubai government-controlled airline attributed the increase to the easing of the US dollar and “enhancement of efficiency”, reports Xinhua news agency.

About 29.2 million passengers were carried from April to September, a 4 per cent increase. Emirates is the top client of the Airbus A380 Superjumbo.