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New Year oath
For all those who haven’t read the papers, in the wee hours of Jan 1st 2008, 5 college boys from Mumbai rammed into a stationary truck at Savitribai Phule Women’s Hostel on Marine Drive. The Ford Ikon that one of the students was driving toppled which resulted in the death of four of them. In latest news, the incident has shaken up the students of Hinduja College to which two of the victims belonged. Not only have they decided to drive safely henceforth, they also want others to follow suit. On Sunday over 500 students from the college took an oath to this effect. They also participated in a car and bike rally as a mark of respect to the two students from their college who lost their lives in the accident. The rally was also attended by the college’s teachers and principal. Well, sometimes it takes extreme situations to learn a lesson.

Bhoot bhagaao
In most parts of the town, youngsters were celebrating New Year’s eve in pubs and discotheques. In Vangaon, near Dahanu, 100-odd tribal students of the Industrial Technical Institute (ITI) spent New Year’s Eve in a graveyard. That too for a very valid reason. The odd idea was aimed at dispelling myths about ghosts in the area. Titled, ‘Search for Ghosts, Enlightenment for the Mind’, the workshop aimed at bringing out the truth about tantriks who cheat blind believers. Now that is what true enlightenment is!

Yet another Exam goof-up
Mumbai University has asked for an explanation from examiners involved in the setting of first year LLB papers after students pointed out that a section carrying a weightage of 40 marks in Labour Law paper was allotted just five marks. The 40 marks are distributed in long answers, short answers and objectives. This time there was only short answer-based questions and a few objectives. The students from the Government Law College have submitted a written complaint with more than 50 signatures to the Controller of Examinations early this week. The Law department in the university has issued a show-cause notice to the examiners.

Students also steal
A final-year student of Vartak College of Engineering in Vasai was arrested for allegedly stealing the digital camera and debit card of a girl studying in Narsee Monjee (NM) College, Vile Parle, Mumbai. The culprit confessed and was booked under theft by the police. Why go into intricacies? Unpleasant news anyways!

DU colleges violating rules
Even two years after the Right To Information (RTI) Act was enacted, Delhi University (DU) colleges are not complying with the rules pertaining to this law. None of the 86 colleges have put up any details, on the website or notice board, regarding the powers and duties of its officers and employees, budget allocated, particulars of plans, proposed expenditures etc. Well, too trivial for an excuse!

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