Continue with grace marks policy: HC to CBSE

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reportedly directed the Central Board of Secondary Education to follow its ‘moderation policy’ of giving grace marks to students for difficult questions. The policy was in place when the examination forms were submitted last year. Changing the policy after the exams for the year were held would have a drastic impact on the students, the petition filed by a parent and a lawyer reportedly said.

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Congress-Left to bring in no confidence against TMC govt

In West Bengal, the Congress and the Left will bring a no-confidence motion against the “corrupt” Trinamool Congress government in the upcoming assembly session, say reports. While the number of MLAs in Congress have decreased to 39 in the assembly after five MLAs switched to the ruling party, the Left Front has 31 MLAs. The TMC came to power by winning 211 seats.

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Uber driver keeps texting after dropping off woman customer

According to reports, a woman in Pune has shared her relative's experience with an Uber driver who kept texting her after dropping her off. Sharing a few screenshots of the WhatsApp conversation between the two on Facebook, the woman wrote, "If this isn't the beginning of harassment then what is?” Further, she added that Uber has apologised for the incident and resolved the issue. 

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Indian Army destroys Pakistani posts along LoC in Kashmir

In response to the recent infiltration bids from the Pakistan side of the Line of Control, the Indian Army on Tuesday destroyed Pakistani posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Naushera sector. "Punitive fire assaults are being undertaken...Indian Army proactively dominates LoC. We want peace and tranquility in J&K," an Army official said. Posts aiding infiltrators to India were destroyed in the operation, he added. 

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Actress Swara Bhaskar slams Paresh Rawal over his controversial tweet

Actress Swara Bhaskar on Tuesday slammed BJP lawmaker and actor Paresh Rawal over his tweet on author Arundhati Roy. "As a Parliamentarian, he openly threatened a woman and called for a brutal act of violence against her," Swara wrote on social media. Further, she added that Paresh took shamelessness and irresponsibility to another level. Notably, Rawal had earlier tweeted Arundhati should be tied to Army jeep instead of stone pelter.

 

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Manchester attack: BCCI writes to ICC over Champions Trophy security

Following the terror attack in Manchester that killed at least 22 people, the BCCI has reportedly written to ICC over security measures for its national players ahead of the Champions Trophy scheduled to begin at Oval on June 1. An ICC source reportedly said, “The ICC is concerned with what has happened in Manchester and will have a conference call later in the day with stakeholders joining from various places.”

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Congress and AAP win one seat each in by-poll

The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party on Monday won one seat each in the by-elections to two municipal wards in Delhi. According to the State Election Commission, Mukesh Goel of Congress won the by-poll to Sarai Pipal ward in North Delhi Municipal Corporation and AAP’s Reshma Maujpur ward of East Delhi Municipal Corporation. Notably, the by-elections to Sarai Pipal ward was held on May 21 while for Maujpur on May 14.

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Modi pitches for Asia-Africa growth corridor

PM Modi on Tuesday reportedly pitched for an “Asia-Africa growth corridor” supported by Japan and India. Stressing on stronger ties with Africa, Modi said the continent is a top priority for India.  The move comes days after China launched its ambitious OBOR (One Belt, One Road) initiative. Modi reportedly said, “Africa-India trade has multiplied in the last 15 years, it has doubled in the last five years to reach near 72 billion dollars in 2014-15.”

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BJP youth leader booked for abusing woman IAS officer on WhatsApp

Prakash Agrawal, a district leader of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, BJP’s youth wing, was booked for allegedly posting an “obscene” message against Raigarh's Collector Shammi Abidi, a woman IAS officer, on WhatsApp in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh. However, he reportedly posted another message apologising for his act. A police official reportedy said the accused has not yet been arrested.

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High Court asks for Smriti Irani's degree certificate

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reportedly asked for the education records of the Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani. The High Court has asked the Union Minister for her education details after a case was lodged accusing her of misrepresenting her education qualifications in the affidavit with the Election Commission. Notably, a trial court had earlier dismissed a similar case in October last year

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Pakistan asks for early hearing in Jadhav case

According to reports, Pakistan on Tuesday reportedly sought an early hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in the International Court of Justice. Pakistan has reportedly asked for an early trial because of the upcoming elections for ICJ judges. Notably, the election for ICJ judges is scheduled to happen in November.

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MP gets life sentence for killing Janata Dal MLA

According to reports, former RJD lawmaker Prabhunath Singh and his two brothers were sentenced to life imprisonment for killing the then Janata Dal MLA Ashok Singh in 1995. The prosecution reportedly asserted that Ashok Singh was killed at his residence with the use of bombs and indiscriminate firing. Notably, the three accused were found guilty by Hazaribagh District Court last week.

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UP govt says Aadhaar mandatory for taking board exams

The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday announced that Aadhaar Card would be made mandatory for students taking board exams in 2018. Reportedly, students will have to fill in their Aadhaar numbers at the time of board registration in class IX and XI. The move, aimed at curbing fraudulent admissions, is applicable to all government, government-aided and self-finance schools affiliated to the UP state board.

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Unemployment rate up after 3 years of BJP promising job creation

Despite the BJP had promised high priority to job creation and opportunities for entrepreneurship in the manifesto of 2014 general elections, India's unemployment rate has reportedly registered an increase since the BJP government began its term in May 2014. Reportedly, the unemployment rate in 2015-16 was 5% of the labour force, up from 4.9% in 2013-14.

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Union for IT employees, confirms FITE vice-president

Forum for Information Technology Employees vice-president Vasumathi has reportedly confirmed that the forum would undergo a formal registration to become the first union for IT employees in India. According to reports, Vasumathi added that they are expecting this to happen within next five months.Notably, FITE’s move comes after large scale layoffs were planned by Indian IT firms.

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Indian fighter jet goes missing

A Sukhoi-30MKI belonging to the Indian Air Force has reportedly gone missing on Tuesday afternoon. According to reports, the aircraft was on a routine training mission. Several reports indicate that the aircraft lost the radar and radio contact approximately 60 Km north of Tezpur, Assam. A search operation has been reportedly initiated.

 

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I know Chidambaram and Karti: Indrani Mukerjea

Indrani Mukerjea, main accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, has reportedly said that she knew former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram. Indrani, who was brought along with his husband Peter Mukerjea to Mumbai civil and sessions court for Murder trial on Monday, briefly spoke to reporters on the INX media case. She reportedly said, “I know Karti and Chidambaram. But the case I guess is about his investments and deals. I don’t know much about it and refute allegations.”

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Two minors gang raped by eight men in AP village

Two young girls were reportedly offered Rs 50,000 as compensation by the village elders after they were allegedly gang-raped by eight men in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The girls refused to take the money and filed a complaint at the police station. Notably, the accused include a mandal elected representative's son, a head constable's son and six others, all of whom are absconding.

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Bilaspur records 49.3 °C: Hottest day of season

According to Indian Meteorological Department, the city of Bilaspur recorded the highest maximum temperature of the season. Located in the heartland of Chhattisgarh, Bilaspur reeled 49.3 degree Celsius on Tuesday. Notably, this temperature is five degrees above the normal levels. According to reports, cutting of trees in the vicinity is said to be one of the biggest reasons for intense heat in the area.

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BJP clarifies why Yeddyurappa ate hotel food at Dalit's home

BJP has reportedly clarified on why it's Karnataka President BS Yeddyurappa ate hotel food during his visit to a Dalit's home. According to reports, BJP has shared a video of a family member whom Yeddyurappa visited. In the video, he reportedly says, "He came on May 19, ate breakfast, but there was a shortage of food..so we had to rush outside to refill the breakfast vessel".

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