Maintaining that the order passed by the single judge was “totally wrong”, “erroneous” and “against the law”, the Delhi government sought a stay on Thursday on the operation of the interim order

Delhi Nursery admissions

Delhi Nursery admissions

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The Delhi High Court today, February 17 allowed 298 private unaided schools to go ahead with the nursery admission process but said that it will be subject to the final outcome of the city government’s appeal on the issue.


A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, which was hearing the Delhi government’s appeal against a single judge’s interim order that had stayed its nursery admission directive on the neighbourhood criterion, said that the entire process to admit children will be subject to the final outcome of the matter.

“Having regard to the fact that the admission process is already been in operation, it would not be proper to stop it.

“We, however, make it clear that whatever steps have been taken by the parties will be subject to the final outcome of the appeal that is pending,” the bench said.

“We will examine the issue. Meanwhile, a copy of the petition be served on the respondents (including two school associations and the parents),” the bench said and fixed the matter for further consideration on February 22.

It also sought the response of the two school associations and the parents on the Delhi government’s appeal in the case.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Directorate of Education (DoE), submitted that in the absence of the neighbourhood criterion, schools will accept admission in an arbitrary and opaque manner, and even justify charging exorbitant fees from the parents.

Maintaining that the order passed by the single judge was “totally wrong”, “erroneous” and “against the law”, the Delhi government sought a stay on the operation of the interim order.

In two directives on December 19, 2016 and January 7, the Delhi government had made it compulsory for the 298 private schools built on Delhi Development Authority land to admit children for nursery who live in that neighbourbood or stay within a certain distance from the school.

Ordering an interim stay of the January 7 notification till the final disposal of the pleas challenging the Delhi government’s order, Justice Manmohan had earlier said that “a student’s educational fate can’t be relegated to only his/her position on a map” and had termed the criterion as “arbitrary and discriminatory”.

The school groups had alleged that the Delhi government had “discriminated” among schools as the neighbourhood criteria had been applied against only 298 schools and not been made mandatory for 1,400 other schools in the city.


Sebi allows foreign investors to buy shares via primary markets

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NEW DELHI: Markets regulator Sebi has allowed foreign investors to acquire shares through primary markets in depositories and clearing corporations.

Prior to this, foreign investors could acquire shares of depositories and clearing corporations only through secondary market.

The move comes at a time when Central Depository Services Limited (CDSL) is preparing to launch its initial public offering.

As per norms, total foreign holding in depositories and clearing corporations is capped at 49 per cent.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has now amended Stock Exchanges and Clearing Corporations regulations as well as Depositories and Participants norms, to drop a provision that required purchase of shares by foreign investors within 49 per cent limit only through secondary markets.

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Jet app allows you to share flights with celebrities

JetSmarter app allows passengers to book private jets on demand

JetSmarter, widely considered the Uber for jets, is going the extra mile to help users get closer to their favorite celebrities.

The private transportation start-up, which is part of a disruptive clutch of companies trying to make private jets more affordable, now offers a function to notify members when certain celebrities will be on a flight — allowing them to hitch a ride. Thus far, JetSmarter’s clientele include celebrities who fly private, yet aren’t megastars like Tom Cruise or Sean “Jay-Z” Carter, who each own their own private planes.

“Passengers and celebs will get a lot of networking value,” Sergey Petrossov, JetSmarter’s founder and CEO told CNBC. “Friendships and business relationships are created daily between our passengers.”

JetSmarter is hoping that flying private isn’t intended for just the elite. In fact, a passenger who flies often enough might actually save money, the company contends. In addition to offering bookings for entire jets, JetSmarter’s most popular platform is a subscription service by which members pay $9,000, annually giving them access to unlimited, free deals on one-way flights offered exclusively through JetSmarter.

Actors Emily Ratajkowski, Jamie Foxx and entrepreneur Daymon John have recently been among those boldface names who got to share a jet with fans. JetSmarter users get a notification saying which leg of a flight they’re booked on, and inviting passengers to book as well. According to JetSmarter, John, who is a judge on “Shark Tank,” recently used the service to fly to Cuba for an event related to President Barack Obama’s visit.

Ed Mermelstein, a real estate attorney, has been part of the service for several months. He recently shared a jet with Foxx from White Plains to Atlanta. “He was great, and very personable, talking with passengers throughout the flight,” Mermelstein told CNBC. “You never know who you will meet, and I now look forward to flying.”


Despite the risks that come with overzealous fans that may seek out personal interactions with a celebrity, Silicon Valley is buying into JetSmarter’s concept. The company has raised more than $50 million in venture financing for its niche services, JetSmarter told CNBC, and has just recently expanded its routes into Europe.

Petrossov, 27, said his vision started after he began flying private in 2009 after selling a technology company. At the time, he felt like the private jet industry was very archaic: “It’s brick and mortar process of picking up the phone, waiting hours and speaking to numerous different people in order to charter a jet was outdated and inconvenient.”

Petrossov said his typical user is anyone from entrepreneurs growing their business, to real estate brokers traveling from city to city or country to country making deals. Travelers include a mix of both business and pleasure fliers. By matching users with private jets, Petrossov ultimately thinks he’s matching supply with demand.

“The average private jet flies roughly 250 hours per year, but optimal utilization is around 1,200 hours per year,” Petrossov said. “We believe that the market could get three to four times bigger with our efficient utilization models.”


watchOS 2.2 beta allows multiple Apple Watches to pair with one iPhone

The new iOS 9.3 beta for developers isn’t the only thing Apple is releasing today. The company has also made the watchOS 2.2 beta available for developers. This latest iteration of the software running inside the Apple Watch comes with one big new feature.

You can now pair multiple Apple Watches with one iPhone. This is only possible if all of those wearables are running the watchOS 2.2 beta release, and if that iPhone has the iOS 9.3 beta installed.

The watchOS 2.2 beta also brings with it a new Nearby menu, which you can find in the Glances section of the Maps app. Nearby will show you sub-categories like Food, Drinks, Shopping, Travel, and Health, letting you choose which one you’re interested in. Meanwhile, Glances will run searches and show you quick directions when you need them.

With watchOS 2.2, developers can create more detailed workout summaries in their apps. This means you may see things such as “active energy burned” or the amount of time spent exercising listed inside your favorite fitness apps.

Unlike for iOS, Apple doesn’t currently have a public beta program for watchOS, so you’ll only get these new features on your watch when the software is finalized. That’s probably going to take (at least) a few weeks.

[“source -pcworld”]