School fret as Maha education dept calls for competency tests in April

Competency tests to assess students first language and math skills will be conducted in April for Class 1 to 8 by the state’s education department. While the department has made the test mandatory for all the boards, which it wants to be part of year-end exams, schools have complained that they go on a summer break in April and some of the CBSE, ICSE schools begin classes for the new academic year during that period. These tests are part of the Pragat Shaikshanik (Progressive in Education) Maharashtra initiative started in…

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Justice Dept. seeks custody of ‘pit bull-type dogs’ from alleged dogfighting ring

— The Department of Justice filed a civil forfeiture complaint to obtain six dogs involved in an alleged interstate dogfighting ring. The animals, described in a Justice Department statement as “six pit bull-type dogs,” were seized June 1 during a search of a Westville, N.J., home owned by Justin Love, 36. Love was arrested and charged with violating the Animal Welfare Act, a felony charge aimed at those who train dogs to fight. A conviction can bring up to five years imprisonment, and the law includes a provision by which…

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