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Exams, dress code and the Apex Court

By Dr Kouser Fathima,

I was surprised to read about the Supreme Court’s refusal to interfere in the dress code diktat of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT). Many wondered as to why would the Supreme Court interfere in a trivial issue like this?

In the wake of increased cheating in examination with the help of new gadgets, the CBSE board had issued dress code where in long sleeves, shoes, headscarves, etc. were not allowed for the students taking up the examination.

Bihar to name college after Kalam

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said the Kishanganj Agriculture College will be named after former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

"The government has decided to rename the college as A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Agriculture College," Nitish Kumar told the media.

Nitish Kumar said Kalam was always concerned about Bihar's development, especially the rural areas. "Bihar was close to Kalam's heart."

Before leaving for Delhi to pay respect to Kalam, who passed away on Monday evening in Shillong, Nitish Kumar said Bihar and its people had high regards for him.

Delhi student scheme to be named after Kalam

New Delhi: The Delhi government announced on Tuesday that its scheme providing educational loan up to Rs.10 lakh will be named after former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

"This is our tribute to Abdul Kalam," a spokesman for the Aam Aadmi Party government told IANS.

Abdul Kalam died on Monday evening in Shillong after collapsing during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management.


New SC bench to hear Memon's plea

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India, Justice H.L. Dattu, will constitute a new bench on Wednesday that will hear 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blast convict Yakub Memon's plea seeking stay of his execution slated for July 30 and quashing of death warrant on the grounds that it was issued even before he could exhaust his legal remedies.

President, PM pay tributes to Kalam at airport

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid floral tributes to late former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam at the technical area of the IGI Airport here.

Among other leaders present at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport were Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

A special Indian Air Force (IAF) plane carrying Kalam's mortal remains here Delhi at around 12.30 p.m.


Rajya Sabha adjourned for two days over Kalam's death

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for two days on Tuesday as a mark of respect to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died in Meghalaya on Monday.

"The country has lost a true son of India. His contributions to the nation in his capacity as a man of technology, a teacher and a leader will be deeply cherished by a grateful nation," Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari said.


Cabinet condoles Kalam's death, says India lost a great son

New Delhi: The union cabinet on Tuesday expressed sorrow at the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and in a resolution passed at a special cabinet meeting said "in his passing away the country has lost a visionary scientist, a true nationalist and a great son".

The cabinet met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and extended its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family on behalf of the government and the entire nation.

Minorities Democratic Party demands Memon should not be hanged

By TCN News,

Nagpur: Minorities Democratic Party (MDP) has submitted a memorandum to the President and Governor through the Nagpur Collector demanding that Yakub Memon’s death sentence by hanging be converted into life imprisonment.

Memon, the lone death convict in the case pertaining to 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai is scheduled to be execute on Thursday, July 30 and the Supreme Court has on Tuesday referred to a larger bench the decision about his hanging.

Kalam's mortal reaches Delhi

New Delhi: An air force plane carrying mortal remains of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam landed here on Tuesday.

"IAF's C-130 J Super Hercules Aircraft carrying the mortal remains of Abdul Kalam arrives at Palam," defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted.

Kalam died in Shillong on Monday.

Supreme Court judges differ on Yakub's plea

New Delhi: Supreme Court judges Anil R. Dave and Kurien Joseph on Tuesday took differing stands on 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon's plea challenging his death penalty and urged the chief justice to set up "an appropriate bench" to hear the case.

Recounting the sequence of the court proceedings from 1993 till the curative petition was dismissed on July 21, 2015, Justice Dave dismissed Memon's plea.