Ministers under fire as student loan interest hits 6.3%

Ministers under fire as student loan interest hits 6.3%

The rate rise affects students who started after 2012. Photograph: Alamy Ministers are facing renewed criticism over university funding after an increase in student loan borrowing costs using a “flawed” measure of inflation. The interest rate on loans for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will rise by up to 6.3% from September, up from the current 6.1% for anyone who started studying after 2012. The change is a consequence of the increase in the retail price index (RPI) for last month to 3.3% from 3.1% in March a…

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Sydney University under fire for vet scholarship giving preference to males

Sydney University under fire for vet scholarship giving preference to males

The University of Sydney is under fire for a new scholarship of nearly $30,000 that gives preference to male applicants, with the head of the scholarships office likening it to grants that “discriminate” against students who are not Aboriginal. The Prof Marsh Edwards AO scholarship, offered for the first time this year, is available to students enrolled in the postgraduate doctor of veterinary medicine degree at the University of Sydney. The successful applicant will receive $6,750 a year for four years. The release states that “preference will be given to…

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After Devastating Fire, Union Springs Academy Plans Classes Monday

After Devastating Fire, Union Springs Academy Plans Classes Monday

Classes are expected to resume Monday morning for the 48 students at Union Springs Academy in central New York state, after a Sabbath afternoon, December 3, fire rendered the school’s administration building — which houses classrooms, a gymnasium and offices — “uninhabitable.” No one was reported injured and all students at the 95-year-old Seventh-day Adventist boarding academy have been accounted for, officials said. Sign welcoming visitors to Union Springs Academy in central New York State. (USA photo via Facebook) “I’ll just say our spirits are pretty good. The [Union Springs…

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School building destroyed in fire in Kashmir

School building destroyed in fire in Kashmir

A school building was gutted in a fire in Bandipora district of Kashmir, taking the number of schools damaged during the ongoing unrest in the Valley to 32, police said on Saturday. “A fire broke out in old building of Government High School (which housed a primary school) at Saidnara in Bandipora district last night,” a police official said. He said fire tenders were rushed to the spot but could not save the building from being destroyed. Police said it has taken cognisance of the incident and started investigation to…

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Step up fire safety measures, govt tells technical institutes

Step up fire safety measures, govt tells technical institutes

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the devastating fire in the SUM Hospital, the Odisha government has decided to strengthen fire safety measures in all technical education institutes and skill development centres in the state. In a letter to the Vice Chancellors of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) and Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), Director, Technical Education & Training, Director, Employment & State Employment Mission, Director, Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) and Vice Chairman, State Council for Technical Education & Vocational Training (SCTE&VT) on October 31 this…

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Kashmir: Three schools set on fire, police suspect handiwork of miscreants

Kashmir: Three schools set on fire, police suspect handiwork of miscreants

Srinagar: Three school buildings were set ablaze by unknown persons in Kashmir over the past 24 hours, setting alarm bells ringing among authorities who have decided to step up security around educational institutions. A Government school was set ablaze by unknown persons in the wee hours of Tuesday in Noorbagh area of the city but the blaze was put out by fire tenders, a police official said. He said the school building suffered damage in the fire and the firefighting operation. In another incident, miscreants tried to burn down Government…

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One killed, two injured in Japan park blasts: fire dept

One killed, two injured in Japan park blasts: fire dept

One person was killed and at least two injured by two near-simultaneous blasts in a Japanese park on Sunday, the local fire department said. The explosions occurred at a park in Utsunomiya, some 100 kilometres north of Tokyo, shortly after 11:30 am (0230 GMT), a fire department spokesman said. It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts. “One person was found dead,” the fire department spokesman told AFP, without elaborating further. Public broadcaster NHK said a body badly damaged in the blast was found at a bicycle parking space…

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Clashes, artillery fire hit Aleppo after truce expires

Clashes, artillery fire hit Aleppo after truce expires

Heavy clashes erupted between regime and rebel forces in Syria’s divided city of Aleppo after a “humanitarian” ceasefire announced by government ally Russia expired before the UN could evacuate wounded civilians from rebel-held areas. Moscow had extended the unilateral “humanitarian pause” into a third day until 1600 GMT Saturday but announced no further renewal, as fierce fighting broke in several areas along the front line dividing the city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Three people were wounded by shelling of the rebel-held Salaheddin and Al-Mashhad districts, they said,…

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Pakistan: trading fire with India after ‘unprovoked’ attack

Pakistan: trading fire with India after ‘unprovoked’ attack

Pakistan’s military has accused India of another “unprovoked” attack in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and says it is returning fire. In a statement, the military said Wednesday Pakistani and Indian troops continue to trade fire in various parts of Kashmir. It is unclear if either side has suffered casualties. The exchange of fire started shortly after Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in parliament to discuss a Sept. 28 attack that killed two Pakistani soldiers, which India described as a “surgical strike” against militants. Sharif told lawmakers that…

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