Marginalised child: Will Nirmal, the daughter of a woman who irons clothes, get a chance to study in Delhi University?

It is 1:30 am as I sit down to type this. It took me 15 minutes to fill out the Delhi University Admission Form, which is an achievement considering that it took other people almost an hour. There’s a simple reason for this: most people prefer to fill the form in the morning or the evening with their parents peering over their shoulders telling them to “apply ECA Indian Music” for a prize they won in Class 4. Not me, though. I started working on the DU Admission Form at…

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Education Department unaware hundreds child sex offenders

The Department of Education has been unaware of a large number of child sex offenders attending schools in Western Australia. ‘Hundreds’ of children aged between 10 and 17 years have slipped under the radar of ministers, who called an urgent meeting to discuss the risk in March. According to documents obtained by WA Today, it is ‘likely there are offenders in schools unknown to the school or department administration and therefore no risk management or support is in place.’ Department of Education are reportedly unaware of ‘hundreds’ of child sex…

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Turkey explosion: Car bomb kills child in Sanliurfa province

A child was killed and at least 15 people injured in a large car bomb blast in a town in southern Turkey, a regional governor says. The explosion targeted a building housing judges and prosecutors in Viransehir, in Sanliurfa province, which borders Syria. Provincial governor Gungor Azim Tuna told the state news agency Anadolu that a child aged three had been killed. Turkish cities and towns have been hit by several attacks in the past year. In May last year, police in Viransehir, a mainly Kurdish and Arab town, shot…

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Modern lifestyle, fast food and pollution causing 40% child cancer rise

Doctors tackling rising cancer rates in children are ‘fighting a losing battle’ because of modern lifestyle factors like fast food and pollution, a Bristol professor fears. Growing numbers of young people are being diagnosed with cancer because of damage caused by environmental factors like junk food. The Children with Cancer UK charity studied official statistics to reveal 40 per cent more young people are being diagnosed with variations of the illness than 16 years ago, with 1,300 more cases every year than in 1998. A University of Bristol professor, Dr Denis…

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