Textbook states 36-24-36 best figure for females: CBSE files FIR against publisher

first_imgOn April12, social media went viral with an image of physical education class 12 textbook suggesting ’36’-’24’-’36’ is the best figure for females. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Saturday has filed an FIR against the publisher under Section 6 (indecent representation of women (Prohibition) Act 1986).  CBSE issued an official statement day after the news stating, “CBSE does not recommend books by any private publishers to the affiliate schools. Rule 15.1 (d) of the Affiliation-bye-laws of the Board clearly states that the school will follow the syllabus on the basis of curriculum prescribed by NCERT/CBSE and textbooks published by NCERT or CBSE as far as practicable.”After setting up a committee of experts and reviewing the contents of the book, the board said:The shape, size, figure have been inappropriately described which are not in consonance with the spirit of the syllabusThe author has written out of context, the textbook is not strictly as per the syllabus as being claimed by the publisher/authorThe publisher and the author have committed criminal misconduct by publishing and selling these books to the students in connivance with some schoolsIn the process, the publisher has caused wrongful loss of reputation, goodwill and credibility of CBSE.About ‘Health and Physical Education’ Book:The class 12 textbook titled ‘Health and Physical Education’ is authored by Dr. V.K. Sharma, Professor Department of Physical Education, DAV College, Cheeka (Kaithal) Haryana. The Book is published by New Saraswati House (India) Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi The book is designed to promote health and fitness amongst youth.The curriculum includes the following topics:advertisementSports and NutritionYoga and LifestylePhysiologyPsychologyTrainingBio-mechanicsSports etc.The Board neither subscribes nor encourages irrelevant, sexist or derogatory references to any gender specially women.Read: CBSE textbook case: ”36-24-36” perfect figure? Prakash Javadekar to take action Read: CBSE to do away with grace marks for class 12 board exams: HRD to take decision soon For more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at [email protected]last_img read more

Canada will meet climate targets despite emissions gap Environment minister

first_imgEDMONTON – Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada is committed to meeting its climate change targets despite a growing gap between promises and emissions projections.“We’re absolutely committed to meeting our target,” McKenna, who was in Edmonton this week for an international conference on cities and climate change, told The Canadian Press.“We’re all in.”In 2015, Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions were 722 megatonnes annually of carbon dioxide equivalent. The Paris climate accord commits the country to reducing that total to 517 megatonnes by 2030.In December, the government delivered a report to the United Nations outlining progress on reaching that target. The report acknowledged that both current and planned policies are likely to leave the country 66 megatonnes short of its target.That figure is 50 per cent higher than a similar report made to the UN 18 months ago.“It’s a good-news, bad-news story,” said McKenna.“Our economy is growing and our projections are based on our economic growth. It just means that we need to be doing more. There’s huge opportunities that we haven’t built into our target.”McKenna said Canada has plenty of time to catch up to where it’s supposed to be.“It’s a 2030 target,” she said. “We’ve said this is a transition and you don’t transition overnight.”Billions of dollars marked for public transportation in the last federal budgets will help, she said.New technologies for carbon-heavy industries such as cement manufacturing are expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions and aren’t yet figured into the projection. The federal government is also counting on reforestation to reduce Canada’s carbon footprint, because growing trees pull carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in forests.“We need to figure out the opportunities. We know that they’re huge.”Environment Canada officials have attributed the 22-megatonne increase between the two UN reports to a growing population and increased output from Canada’s oil and gas industry. The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, approved by the federal Liberals to take hydrocarbons from Alberta’s oilsands to the British Columbia coast, is widely expected to increase associated emissions.McKenna said that has been taken into account.“The approval of (the Kinder Morgan pipeline) was made in the context of our climate plan,” she said.The minister pointed out that Alberta has capped emissions from the oilsands and implemented a carbon tax. Ottawa will bring in its own climate levy, she said.“We’re doing a lot. There’s coherence across the board.”Keith Stewart, climate campaigner for Greenpeace, said McKenna’s reassurance ignores the facts.“The math simply doesn’t add up,” he said.“There’s still a big gap between what we’ve promised to do and what we are actually doing, and building new pipelines makes that gap bigger. If Canada really is ‘all in’ on climate action, then we have to stop building new fossil fuel megaprojects and invest in green energy solutions instead.”An Environment Canada official pointed out that a 22-megatonne change in the overall context of Canada’s total emissions could simply be the result of annual changes in the economy or in how things are measured.As well, cities and provinces haven’t yet outlined their plans for investments in transit or reforestation clearly enough for Ottawa to estimate their greenhouse gas impacts, the official said.— Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more