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  • New Education Policy By December End: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

    12.11.2017 | The union government will come out with the first draft of the new National Education Policy by this year end. According to Union Human Resources Development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar, the first draft of the new National Education Policy will come out by December end, he said on Sunday. The HRD ministry appointed a nine-member panel, headed by space scientist Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, to work on a New Education Policy (NEP) on June this year.The HRD ministry chose experts and educationists from wide-ranging backgrounds to be part of the panel that is expected to recast India's education policy. Besides Mr. Kasturirangan, who headed India's space agency ISRO, the panel includes former IAS officer and union tourism minister K J Alphonse Kanamthanam and Fields Medal winning mathematician Manjul Bhargava are members of the panel formed in June this year. Minister Alphonse had played a key role in helping Kerala's Kottayam and Ernakulam districts achieve 100 percent literacy.According to Press Trust of India, Ram Shanker Kureel, vice chancellor of the Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, who has wide experience in the field of agriculture sciences and management, is also part of the panel. Dr M K Shridhar, former member secretary of the Karnataka State Innovation Council, Dr T V Kattimani, an expert on language communication, Dr Mazhar Asif, professor of Persian at Guwahati University, and former director of education, Uttar Pradesh, Krishan Mohan Tripathi also bring a wealth of experience to the panel, the sources told PTI. Besides, the committee also comprises Vasudha Kamat, former vice chancellor of Mumbai's SNDT University.

  • Scholastic celebrates International Literacy Day

    08.09.2017 | Scholastic India, the countrys wing of the the global childrens publishing, educational and media company, is celebrating International Literacy Day to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.As a part of this initiative, the publishing house has tied up with a number of online and offline platforms to spread the joy of reading. As a result of one such partnership, popular parenting website “MyCity4Kids” will encourage parents to write about why reading is important. Similarly, “The Reading Raccoons,” the popular Facebook reading group for parents is inviting parents to post a picture of their children reading.Scholastic has also associated with “Books On The Delhi Metro,” a group of reading enthusiasts who drop books inside the Delhi metro for commuters to read and pass on. They will drop bestselling Scholastic books inside the Metro on September 8. On Twitter, the Scholastic India handle will donate to a foundation, “The Community Library Project” the total number of books equal to the number of retweets of its International Literacy Day message.“Access to books, and reading books of their choice every day, helps children grow into readers. This in turn can transform a child’s prospects for success. For International Literacy Day, we have tried to capture these aspects through various activities, hoping to encourage parents to participate in the process,” Neeraj Jain, Managing Director, Scholastic India said.Fifty one years ago, September 8 was officially proclaimed as International Literacy Day by UNESCO aimed at mobilising the international community to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.

  • Delhi government to set up Hindi Literature Discussion Clubs

    26.07.2017 | Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday directed government officials to set up Hindi Literature Clubs/Sabhas for the promotion of Hindi literature, a Delhi government official said.The official said that the move is aimed at encouraging the study of Hindi literature. "For discussion over Hindi literature the Deputy Chief Minister have come with a ptroposal to set up Hindi Literature Discussion Clubs/Sabhas. He is of the view that such discussions should come out of Lutyens' Delhi and should be done in the Mohallas as well," the officer, who is posted in Sisodia's office, told .The officer said that the Deputy Chief Minister is of the view that the society can be given right direction with the help of literature because literature keeps thinking right and unites the society.The official, however, did not divulge details related to the places where these clubs were to be set up.

  • 'Teachers must get minimum qualification by 2019'

    21.07.2017 | Inadequately qualified teachers, working after enactment of the Right to Education Act, were being given a "last chance" to acquire minimum qualifications by March 2019, said the government on Friday.Moving the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017, in the Lok Sabha, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedakar said teachers can get the prescribed qualification using the Swayam portal.Javadekar said there were about six lakh teachers with inadequate qualifications in the private sector alone.According to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which came into force on April 1, 2010, a teacher, who did not possess minimum qualifications, should acquire them in five years.The Act was enacted to provide free and compulsory education to all children between the age of six and 14 years.The central government has subsequently received requests from states for extension of the period to enable them complete the training process for in-service untrained teachers.Javadekar said the teachers should acquire minimum qualifications by March 2019. "This is the last chance."Teachers should register on the Swayam portal and they will also be provided hands-on experience by the respective state governments, he said.Swayam is a government-initiated programme designed to achieve access, equity and quality in education.

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  • New Education Policy By December End: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar
    New Education Policy By December End: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

    12.11.2017 |The union government will come out with the first draft of the new National Education Policy by this year end. According to Union Human Resources Development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar, the first draft of the new National Education Policy will come out by December end, he said on Sunday. The HRD ministry appointed a nine-member panel, headed by space scientist Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, to work on a New Education Policy (NEP) on June this year.The HRD ministry chose experts and educationists from wide-ranging backgrounds to be part of the panel that is expected to recast India's education policy. Besides Mr. Kasturirangan, who headed India's space agency ISRO, the panel includes former IAS officer and union tourism minister K J Alphonse Kanamthanam and Fields Medal winning mathematician Manjul Bhargava are members of the panel formed in June this year. Minister Alphonse had played a key role in helping Kerala's Kottayam and Ernakulam districts achieve 100 percent literacy.According to Press Trust of India, Ram Shanker Kureel, vice chancellor of the Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, who has wide experience in the field of agriculture sciences and management, is also part of the panel. Dr M K Shridhar, former member secretary of the Karnataka State Innovation Council, Dr T V Kattimani, an expert on language communication, Dr Mazhar Asif, professor of Persian at Guwahati University, and former director of education, Uttar Pradesh, Krishan Mohan Tripathi also bring a wealth of experience to the panel, the sources told PTI. Besides, the committee also comprises Vasudha Kamat, former vice chancellor of Mumbai's SNDT University.

  • Scholastic celebrates International Literacy Day
    Scholastic celebrates International Literacy Day

    08.09.2017 |Scholastic India, the countrys wing of the the global childrens publishing, educational and media company, is celebrating International Literacy Day to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.As a part of this initiative, the publishing house has tied up with a number of online and offline platforms to spread the joy of reading. As a result of one such partnership, popular parenting website “MyCity4Kids” will encourage parents to write about why reading is important. Similarly, “The Reading Raccoons,” the popular Facebook reading group for parents is inviting parents to post a picture of their children reading.Scholastic has also associated with “Books On The Delhi Metro,” a group of reading enthusiasts who drop books inside the Delhi metro for commuters to read and pass on. They will drop bestselling Scholastic books inside the Metro on September 8. On Twitter, the Scholastic India handle will donate to a foundation, “The Community Library Project” the total number of books equal to the number of retweets of its International Literacy Day message.“Access to books, and reading books of their choice every day, helps children grow into readers. This in turn can transform a child’s prospects for success. For International Literacy Day, we have tried to capture these aspects through various activities, hoping to encourage parents to participate in the process,” Neeraj Jain, Managing Director, Scholastic India said.Fifty one years ago, September 8 was officially proclaimed as International Literacy Day by UNESCO aimed at mobilising the international community to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.

  • Delhi government to set up Hindi Literature Discussion Clubs
    Delhi government to set up Hindi Literature Discussion Clubs

    26.07.2017 |Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday directed government officials to set up Hindi Literature Clubs/Sabhas for the promotion of Hindi literature, a Delhi government official said.The official said that the move is aimed at encouraging the study of Hindi literature. "For discussion over Hindi literature the Deputy Chief Minister have come with a ptroposal to set up Hindi Literature Discussion Clubs/Sabhas. He is of the view that such discussions should come out of Lutyens' Delhi and should be done in the Mohallas as well," the officer, who is posted in Sisodia's office, told .The officer said that the Deputy Chief Minister is of the view that the society can be given right direction with the help of literature because literature keeps thinking right and unites the society.The official, however, did not divulge details related to the places where these clubs were to be set up.

  • 'Teachers must get minimum qualification by 2019'
    'Teachers must get minimum qualification by 2019'

    21.07.2017 |Inadequately qualified teachers, working after enactment of the Right to Education Act, were being given a "last chance" to acquire minimum qualifications by March 2019, said the government on Friday.Moving the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017, in the Lok Sabha, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedakar said teachers can get the prescribed qualification using the Swayam portal.Javadekar said there were about six lakh teachers with inadequate qualifications in the private sector alone.According to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which came into force on April 1, 2010, a teacher, who did not possess minimum qualifications, should acquire them in five years.The Act was enacted to provide free and compulsory education to all children between the age of six and 14 years.The central government has subsequently received requests from states for extension of the period to enable them complete the training process for in-service untrained teachers.Javadekar said the teachers should acquire minimum qualifications by March 2019. "This is the last chance."Teachers should register on the Swayam portal and they will also be provided hands-on experience by the respective state governments, he said.Swayam is a government-initiated programme designed to achieve access, equity and quality in education.

  • British Library digitising rare printed Bengali books
    British Library digitising rare printed Bengali books

    16.07.2017 | The British Library, which is leading an international partnership to digitise rare material from its South Asian printed book collection, has scanned 1,000 old and rare printed Bengali books of the 19th century, according to project co-ordinators.As part of the 'Two Centuries of Indian Print' (TCIP) project, in total, 4,000 early printed Bengali books, amounting to more than 800,000 pages, will be digitised and made freely available online."So far we scanned 1,000 books. There are books literally from every discipline you could think of. There are treatises on sciences, education, religion, missionaries coming to India and translation of the Bible," Tom Derrick, Digital Curator, TCIP told  here at the Jadavpur University on the sidelines of a symposium exploring the history of print in South Asia. The TCIP pilot project is a partnership between the British Library, the School of Cultural Texts and Records (SCTR) of Jadavpur University, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, and the Library at SOAS University of London, involving collaborations with the National Library of India. It marks the start of a major programme to share the wealth of Indian printed books held by the British Library dating from 1713 to 1914.Another aspect to the project is applying OCR (optical character recognition) to transcribe the Bengali script. OCR is the recognition of printed or written text characters by a computer. "We are dealing with historical Bangla and the changes in the language, so the typography is unique. It is underserved by commercial OCR whose focus is more on Western patterns," explained Derrick. To overcome these challenges, the library is running a competition to find an optimal solution for automatically transcribing the Bengali books that have been digitised as part of the project. "So over 20 institutes worldwide have signed up," he said. According to Layli Uddin, project curator (Bengali) at the British Library, the approach is three-pronged: cataloguing, digitising and contextualising."We want to reach out to a wider audience, make the materials open and free to all, make it accessible to non-Bengali speaking audiences as well. Also to contextualise and that is where the Jadavpur University experts come in. They are helping identify what is unique and rare in BL's collectionsa printed materials which are not available elsewhere in the world," Uddin told . 

  • Bengal topper's name appears in JU merit list without applying
    Bengal topper's name appears in JU merit list without applying

    14.07.2017 | West Bengal Class 12 topper Archisman Panigrahi is in a unique predicament, his name tops the Jadavpur University merit list in four subjects without him ever applying to the varsity."I never applied to Jadavpur University but I came to know through a friend that my name figured in the top in the merit list for physics, chemistry, geology and mathematics. The marks and birthdate were not mine," the student said.He said he has informed the varsity authorities."I have written to the dean highlighting that I had not applied and I can see my name on the top," he said.According to varsity vice chancellor Suranjan Das the matter will be taken up with the cyber crime department of the police.

  • Saudi Arabia to introduce physical education in girls' schools
    Saudi Arabia to introduce physical education in girls' schools

    12.07.2017 | The Saudi Arabian minister of education decided on Tuesday to start a physical education program in girls' schools for the first time in Saudi Arabia, starting in the next school year.In a statement published by the Saudi press, Ahmed Al-Eissa said that the programme is designed according to the rules of sharia (Islamic law) and will be applied gradually according to the logistics of each school, until facilities in schools are prepared to accommodate such a programme.The ministerial decision also includes the formation of a committee to oversee the program and work with universities to prepare women specialists who will contribute to the introduction of the innovative plan.In the ultra-conservative country, these types of classes were banned until in 2013 the ministry of education announced that it was developing this program and training 9,000 physical education teachers.In recent months, local NGOs have pressured the authorities to start the program as soon as possible, as the rate of obesity among women has reached 62 percent.In Saudi Arabia, women cannot drive or travel outside the country without a family member or guardian, among other restrictions that greatly limit their participation in social life and in the public sphere.

  • Delhi University announces third cut-off list
    Delhi University announces third cut-off list

    07.07.2017 |Delhi University (DU) colleges have released their third cut-off list, making little to no change in the popular courses and closing down admissions for many.In the cut-off released on late Thursday evening, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) closed admission for its two courses (B.Com Honors and Economics Honors).Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College of South Campus re-opened the admissions for its Economics (Honors) course at 97.5 per cent. It had announced admission closed for this course in second cut-off.It kept the cut-off for psychology course high at 98 per cent, bringing it down by 0.25 per cent from previous cut-off list.Also, the high cut-off for its Journalism and Political Science course, at 97.5 and 97.25, was down by 0.25 per cent.Miranda College has closed admission for Economics (Honors).Hindu College also decided not to issue a third cut-off for B.Com (Honors), while keeping a same cut-off for Economics (Honors) at 97.25 per cent.Taking into account all three lists, Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa (SGTB) Khalsa College brought the steepest reduction in its cut-off for B. Sc (Electronics) course.Pegged at 99.66 per cent in the first list, it was brought down to 93.66 per cent, third time around.Students can seek admission according to the cut-off in respective colleges from Friday, till Monday.A fourth cut-off, if the colleges choose so, would be announced on July 13.

  • DU releases second cut-off with no drastic changes
    DU releases second cut-off with no drastic changes

    01.07.2017 |The Delhi University colleges have announced their second cut-offs for this admission season with the top colleges still trading in the above-90 realm for more popular courses.In the announcement made late Friday night, Hansraj and Hindu College lowered their Economic (Honours) cut-off to 97 and 97.25 per cent respectively, down from earlier 97.50 per cent.Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), releasing its second cut-off a little earlier than the rest, declared admission closed in its Economics (Honours) course.Reducing its cut-off by 0.25 per cent for B.com (Honours), it kept admission open in the course at 97.5 per cent.Economic (Honours) remained in high demand, with at least four colleges-- Miranda, Kirori Mal, Venkateswara, and Shri Guru Teg Bhadur (SGTB) Khalsa -- anchoring their cut-offs hardly any lower at 96.75 per cent.Throwing a surprise with a 99.66 per cent cut-off in B.Sc. (Electronics) course first time around, SGTB Khalsa brought it down sharply to 96 per cent in the second cut-off.Similar reduction was seen in its Political Science course, which was pegged at 99 per cent in first cut-off, which came down to 97.25 per cent.Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College's psychology course remained pricey at 98.25 per cent. It relented its journalism cut-off by 0.25 per cent and pegged it at 97.75.English and Political Science cut-off here remained still high at 97.5 per cent for both courses.It closed admissions for: Economics (Honours), History, Philosophy, Sociology, Maths, Statistics and B.Com (Honours).Hindu College closed admissions for B.A. (Programme), Political Science, Chemistry, Physics, Zoology, Botany and Statistics, among other courses.Earlier at 97 per cent, the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce reduced its cut-off to 96.5 per cent for the course of Journalism, similar to Kamla Nehru College's in the same course.The journalism cut-off for off-campus Maharaja Agrasen and Kalindi College settled at 93.5 and 94 per cent.Candidates who meet these cut-offs can seek admissions in colleges till July 4 with required documents.The third cut-off, in case the colleges decide, will be announced on July 6.

  • Oxford English Dictionary adds over 600 expressions
    Oxford English Dictionary adds over 600 expressions

    29.06.2017 |The Oxford English Dictionary has added over 600 new words, phrases and senses in its latest quarterly update."By the mid-20th century, 'woke' had been extended figuratively to refer to being 'aware' or 'well informed' in a political or cultural sense," the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) said in a statement.The use of "woke" by supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement -- an international activist movement that campaigns against violence and racism toward black people -- and in particular the phrase "stay woke", are thought to have introduced the word to a broader audience, especially on social media, "Post-truth" was the Oxford's 2016 word of the year. It was defined as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping political debate or public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief".Besides, over 50 new words and 30 new senses related to tennis were added. "Tennis mom" and "tennis dad", for example, are now used to describe parents who actively and enthusiastically support their child's participation in the sport.The dictionary has also got a new end. "Zyzzyva", a tropical weevil native to South America, is the new last in place of "zythum", a kind of malt beer brewed in ancient Egypt, which was the last alphabetic entry for a decade.Meanwhile, the word "thing" now has a new sense defined as "a genuine or established phenomenon or practice used in questions conveying surprise or incredulity, such as 'how can that be a thing?'," said the OED, adding that the usage has been traced back to an early episode of television series "The West Wing".In explanation of how a word qualifies for take-in, the OED said it "requires several independent examples of the word being used, and also evidence that the word has been in use for a reasonable amount of time."The OED will publish its next update in September. 

  • DU colleges release cut-off; highest 99.66% for Electronics
    DU colleges release cut-off; highest 99.66% for Electronics

    24.06.2017 |The Delhi University (DU) colleges announced their cut-offs on Friday with most of them concentrating around the 97 per cent tab for commerce courses, set earlier in the day by the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC).Hindu, Lady Shri Ram (LSR), and Kirorimal College set their cut-offs for Economics (Honors) at 97.5 per cent.Releasing its cut-off earlier than the rest, SRCC had pegged it just a little higher at 97.75 per cent, for the Economics (Honors) and B.Com (Honors).Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College threw a little surprise with a 98.25 per cent cut-off for Economics (Honors).It left behind others when it came to sciences with the highest 99.66 per cent cut-off for B.Sc. (Electronics). For B.A. (Honors) English, it set an enviable cut-off of 98.75 per cent, higher than the rest.Just like sciences, SGTB Khalsa raised the bar highest for arts as well with a 99 per cent cut-off for its B.A. (Political Science) course.LSR set its B.Com (Honors) cut-off on par with SRCC at 97.75 per cent.The coveted Miranda House came at an asking rate of 97 per cent for B. Sc. (Zoology) and 96.67 per cent for Maths and Physics.Hansraj College pegged its sciences cut-off at 97.33 and 97.75 per cent for Chemistry and Computer Science, its highest this year.Among colleges offering journalism course, LSR set the highest cut-off of 98 per cent, followed by Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC) with 97 per cent.Off campus colleges like Bharti College and Institute of Home Economics set their journalism cut-off at 96 per cent, followed by Maharaja Agrasen College, located in Mayur Vihar in east Delhi, at 95 per cent.Cut-offs for courses in Hindi and Sanskrit (Honors) hovered within an achievable 60-70 per cent for most colleges.

  • CBSE announces Class 10 results
    CBSE announces Class 10 results

    03.06.2017 |The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Saturday announced the Class 10 results for Allahabad, Chennai, Delhi, Dehradun and Thiruvananthapuram regions.The results can be checked on cbse.nic.in and cbseresults.nic.in. The board has also tied with search engine Bing to display the results. The results have come after a controversy over the moderation policy of the board. In April, the board had decided to scrap the moderation policy, which elicited a court intervention advising against the scrapping.

  • 70% science students, 76% arts students fail in Bihar Class 12
    70% science students, 76% arts students fail in Bihar Class 12

    31.05.2017 |Nearly 70 per cent of students who took the Class 12 Science stream exams of the Bihar School Examination Board failed, while 76 per cent students who took the Arts exam have failed -- thanks to strict measures against cheating, according to results announced on Tuesday.The only silver lining was that 73.76 per cent students appearing in Commerce stream exams passed.In the science stream, which saw only 30.11 per cent students pass, saw an average of 44.66 per cent marks scored.Last year, when the new rules against cheating were not in place, the state board exams saw 67.06 per cent science students pass, while the arts stream saw 80.87 per cent students pass.

  • 'No school bag' on Saturdays in UP government schools
    'No school bag' on Saturdays in UP government schools

    13.05.2017 |In a bid to take load off students, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has decided that Saturdays will be a "no bag day" in all government run primary and secondary schools, an official said.Students would engage in "joyful activities" and there would be efforts to enhance a positive relationship between the students and teachers on this day, the official said on Saturday. A go-ahead for this initiative was given by Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, who is also the Education Minister. Co-education would also be encourage in these institutions.The Education Department officials met on Friday and decided that the power of settling disputes in management committees would no longer rest with the Manager of the school but with the Registrar of such societies.Principal Secretary (Secondary Education) has been directed by Dinesh Sharma to repave a proposal within a week and send it to him for approval.A directive has also been issued not to put school teachers and the staff on census, election duties and also during natural calamities. The Bharatiya Janata Party government, soon after taking over the reins of the state had declared that it was committed to improve the education system.  

  • Girls outperform boys in TN state board exams
    Girls outperform boys in TN state board exams

    13.05.2017 |Girls once again outperformed boys in the plus-two state board exams, results declared by the Tamil Nadu government here on Friday showed.Out of the over 8.93 lakh students who appeared in the exams, the pass percentage of girls stood at 94.5 as against 89.3 per cent of boys.The overall pass percentage this year was 92.1, which was marginally higher than last year's figures.On Thursday, the School Education Department announced its decision to scrap the ranking system based on the marks scored to reduce the stress levels of students.According to the government, 1,171 students secured over 1,180 marks out a maximum of 1,200 marks.A total of 1,183 schools, including 292 government schools, notched up 100 per cent pass figures.Virdhunagar heads the districts with pass percentage of 97.85. The four districts that follow are are Ramanathapuram, Erode, Tuticorin and Namakkal.

  • MP board declares results of Classes 10, 12 exams
    MP board declares results of Classes 10, 12 exams

    12.05.2017 |The Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) here on Friday declared the results of exams held for Classes 10 and 12 in March.Many students from small towns in the state bagged top positions in subject-wise merit lists of the higher secondary exams (Class 10). A function was held at the official residence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and students who had excelled in board exams were honoured with medals.Education Minister Vijay Shah, Minister of State Deepak Joshi, MPBSE Chairman S.R. Mohanty were present on the occasion.As many as 7.12 lakh candidates appeared in the Class 10 exams and 11.56 lakh in the Class 12 exams. It is the first time that the results of both exams have been declared simultaneously.

  • Rampant cheating in Pakistan school exam
    Rampant cheating in Pakistan school exam

    10.05.2017 | Rampant cheating has been reported during the school leaving examinations in Pakistan's Karachi city, the media reported on Wednesday.Students used mobile phones as well as "notes" to copy at several exam centres, "Despite a crackdown on WhatsApp groups where solved papers are circulating, they continue to be accessed in certain exam centres," the report said.On Tuesday, desperate authorities imposed prohibitory orders to prevent groups from gathering at examination centres across Sindh province.This was aimed at preventing strangers from entering the centres and barring everyone from using or taking mobile phones inside the premises.But when Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Education Minister Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar visited several exam centres, they found smartphones with students and even an invigilator, Geo TV said.

  • Uttarakhand Board to announce Class 10, 12 results May-end
    Uttarakhand Board to announce Class 10, 12 results May-end

    03.05.2017 |The Uttarakhand Board of School Education is to announce the Class 10 and 12 examination results by the end of May, an official said on Wednesday.All the 20 evaluation centres of the board have completed checking of examination answer sheets and audit of the copies checked was underway, the official added.The high school and Intermediate examinations were held from March 17 and concluded on April 10. Evaluation of answer sheets began on April 17 and continued till May 2. An Uttarakhand Board of School Education official said the evaluation had been completed within the fixed timeline.

  • Focus on Muslim education than triple talaq, government told
    Focus on Muslim education than triple talaq, government told

    02.05.2017 |Instead of raking up the triple talaq issue, the government should focus more on education and other basic facilities to India's "under-privileged" communities, including Muslims, a woman leader of the Jamaat-e-Islamic Hind (JeIH) said on Tuesday.JeIH Secretary Atiya Siddiqua said a negative image of Muslims was being portrayed to show Muslim men as dominant and women as victims.Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement asking Muslim leaders not to politicise triple talaq, Siddiqua said it was the government which was unnecessarily blowing triple talaq and polygamy out of proportion."These practices have been in Islam since the beginning. Why was there no hue and cry (about it) so far? Why did this happen all of a sudden?" Siddiqua asked."The fact is that the practice of polygamy among Muslims is too low than other communities and the percentage of divorce is also least among Muslims."She asked the government not to interfere in Muslim religious matters and termed polygamy as a "divine law and boon for society" because it can give social and financial security to widows and uplift their status.She said the Jamaat had been conducting a pan-India awareness programme with Muslims over issues like marriage, divorce and inheritance. The 15-day awareness programme ends on May 7."During our visit to various slum areas (in Uttar Pradesh), Muslim women told us that the education of their children was their priority. It (triple talaq) is a non-issue. It is being politicised unnecessarily . "The government should take up issues like education and basic facilities... for underprivileged," Siddiqua said.She said Muslim clerics have also been advised to deliver Friday sermons related to Muslim personal laws and eliminate misconceptions about it.Shaista Rafat, in-charge of JeIH Delhi and Haryana women wing, said Islamic laws were "divine and they are for the good of people. Those who say these practices should be abolished are unaware about the Shariah laws."The BJP-led central government has been pushing for a ban on the practice of triple talaq -- verbally divorcing wife by uttering the word "talaq" thrice. The debate against the practice was fueled when a woman in Uttar Pradesh lodged a complaint against her husband who had allegedly threatened her with triple talaq after she delivered a girl child.The practice is not followed in at least 22 Muslim countries including Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

  • N. Korean university names detained US citizen
    N. Korean university names detained US citizen

    24.04.2017 |A US citizen, teaching at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) and detained here on Saturday, has been identified as Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim, a media report said on MondayThe Korean-American lecturer taught at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) for several weeks prior to his arrest, the varsity told the BBC on Sunday.The investigation into Kim was for matters "not connected in any way" to the university, PUST said.Kim was arrested just as he was about to leave Pyongyang on Saturday.North Korean authorities have not yet disclosed the reason for the arrest.According to South Korea's Yonhap news agency, Kim, who is in his late 50s, was involved in aid programmes and had been in North Korea to discuss relief activities.He reportedly taught at Yanbian University of Science and Technology in China, which is affiliated to PUST. Two other US citizens currently imprisoned by the North Korean regime are Kim Dong-chul, a sexagenarian of South Korean origin captured near the border with China, and Otto Frederick Warmbier, a student who allegedly tried to steal a propaganda poster while visiting as a tourist, Both were sentenced this year to 10 and 15 years of forced labour, respectively.

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