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Free education among women-specific budget initiatives in Kashmir

Srinagar : The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday announced special budgetary initiatives for women that include school fee waiver up to Class 12, and reserved quota of industrial land for female entrepreneurs.

Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu said the women-specific initiatives were envisaged "in deference" to Mehbooba Mufti -- the first woman chief minister of the state.

African nationals stage protest against growing attacks

New Delhi : Several African students on Monday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar here against increasing attacks on them and demanded that the Indian government act swiftly to stop such incidents.

“We want the government's support as the incidents of attacks on people from African continent are increasing in the city. The Indian government needs to ensure safety of African nationals and act swiftly on such incidents,” said a protestor at Jantar Mantar.

There's a slice of Manipur around the world

By Iboyaima Laithangbam

Imphal : Umang Lai, the sylvan god of Manipur, is also present in Myanmar. And that's because several centuries ago many Manipuris were taken as prisoners of war by the Burmese. Since then, there's a little Manipur in Myanmar which is still thriving.

Nagpur cricketer Faiz Fazal to debut for India during the Zimbabwe tour

By TCN News,

The squad announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour has five uncapped names; amongst them is Faiz Fazal, a 30-year-old cricketer from Nagpur. He is a tall, upright and a classical left-handed opening batsman.

India’s tour of Zimbabwe will comprise three ODIs on June 11, 13 and 15 and three T20s which have been scheduled for June 18, 20 and 22. Last week, the BCCI selectors announced following squad for these matches to be played at Harare, Zimbabwe:

No fees for girls upto higher secondary level in state schools, says J&K government

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net

Srinagar: In a significant move which will benefit thousands of girls studying in state run schools in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government while presenting the annual financial budget announced fee waiver for all girl students studying up to the higher secondary level.

The initiative was announced by state finance minister, Haseeb Drabu while presenting the annual budget in state legislature.

पातालकोट : जहां ज़मीन के अन्दर से पनपता है भारत का भविष्य

जावेद अनीस

छिंदवाड़ा जिले के तामिया ब्लॉक में स्थित पातालकोट मानो धरती के गर्भ में समाया है. तकरीबन 89 वर्ग किलोमीटर क्षेत्र में फैली यह एक घाटी है जो सदियों तक बाहरी दुनिया के लिए अनजान और अछूती बनी रही. पातालकोट में 12 गांव समाये हुए हैं ये गांव हैं - गैलडुब्बा, कारेआम, रातेड़, घटलिंगा-गुढ़ीछत्री, घाना कोड़िया, चिमटीपुर, जड़-मांदल, घर्राकछार, खमारपुर, शेरपंचगेल, सुखाभंड-हरमुहुभंजलाम और मालती-डोमिनी.

More than 50 percent fail in Bihar's class 10 exams

Patna : Following strict measures against cheating, more than 50 percent of the students appearing in the class 10 exams conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board failed with the pass percentage only 44.66, according to the results announced on Sunday.

The pass percentage was expected to drastically fall this year due to strict measures against cheating, including CCTV cameras and prohibitory orders against 'unlawful assembly', in conducting the exams in last March. Last year, the pass percentage was 75.17 percent.

Women protest in Manipur to demand release of student activists

Imphal : Scores of women held protests here on Sunday to demand the unconditional release of five Kangleipak Students Association activists arrested on charge of seizing packets of adulterated salt and questioning two traders in this regard.

A KSA activist said police had failed to book a trader who was accused of adulteration a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, angry women protestors tried to storm Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh's office here on Sunday to demand the enactment of the three anti-migrant bills pending presidential assent.

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Manipur CM hits out at BJP government for 'causing instability'

Imphal : Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Sunday hit out at the BJP-led central government for "causing instability" in the northeastern state.

"Whenever the BJP comes to power at the Centre, there is always instability in Manipur," he said at an election meeting at Kwakeithel Moirang Purel in Imphal West district ahead of the June 2 municipal polls.

Goa needs to address malnutrition, water resources pollution: Governor

Panaji : Malnutrition and pollution of water resources are a problem which the state government needs to address at the earliest, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha said in her address to the state ahead of Statehood Day.

Sinha, appointed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an ambassador for the Swachh Bharat Mission, also said systematic disposal of garbage was an issue which the state government needed to look into.

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