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Class 12 paper in UP Board exams leaked on WhatsApp

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Agra, March 1 (IANS) The mathematics and biology question papers of the Uttar Pradesh class 12 Board exam were allegedly shared on a WhatsApp group an hour after the examinations began on Thursday.

The District Inspector of Schools (DIOS), Agra, Dinesh Kumar, has lodged a complaint with the police in Agra’s Fatehpur Sikri.

The principal of Atar Singh Inter College, Rajhauli, in Kiraoli in Fathepur Sikri, his son, who works as a computer operator at the institute, and others have been named in the complaint, the FIR said.

It is alleged that the question papers were posted on the WhatsApp group “All Principals Agra” by the principal’s son.

Joint Director of Secondary Education Department and Observer for the exams, Mukesh Agrawal, said, “We have formed a committee after the incident, and accordingly directed the officials concerned to take necessary steps in this regard. Legal action will be taken against those who have done this act.”

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The question papers were shared an hour after the exam began in the second shift, officials said.

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Army organises two medical camps for displaced people in Manipur

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Kolkata, June 12 (IANS) Army on Wednesday said that it has organised two medical camps for the displaced people in Manipur.

An official of the Army’s Eastern Command said that the medical camps were organised for both displaced members of the Meitei and Kuki Zo communities.

“The first camp was organised on Tuesday at the Lamlai Relief Camp. The theme was ‘Wellness Begins at Home’. The aim was to provide essential healthcare services to local residents as well as the internally displaced people, ensuring their access to quality medical care,” an army official said.

He said that the second camp was organised at S Kawtlian in the Churachandpur district on Wednesday to commemorate International Albinism Awareness Day.

“The turnout at the Lamlai camp was 1,378, including 386 women, 163 children and 307 elderly people from nearby areas,” the official said.

He said that these camps also featured valuable contributions from civilian doctors, including a medical specialist from PHC Heingang, a surgical specialist from PHC Sawombung and a lady gynaecologist from CHC Sagolmang.

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“The community’s response was overwhelmingly positive. Essential medicines and digital medical equipment were also distributed to the needy at this camp. The Army also provided thermometers, glucometers, blood pressure machines, walkers, walking sticks, lumbar belts, knee caps, adult diapers and sanitary pads to the people. The Army had also provided a pick-up and drop bus service for the elderly from nearby villages,” the official said.

He said that the camp at S Kawtlian on Wednesday was also a joint effort by Army doctors and medical and surgical specialists from Churachandpur District Hospital.

“The camp witnessed an overwhelming turnout of 257 individuals of all ages, including 87 children and 110 women. Comprehensive basic healthcare checkups were conducted and assistance was provided to those in need,” the official added.

In addition to the medical checkups, the camp also featured a medicine counter to provide essential medications post-checkup. The awareness lecture delivered by the medical officer from the Army focused on albinism, healthcare measures and crucial topics such as hygiene, preventive healthcare and balanced nutrition. CPR techniques and lifesaving skills were also displayed.

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“The Indian Army remains committed to support and assist the people affected by the ongoing crisis,” the official said.

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Akhilesh, Awadhesh Prasad resign from UP Assembly seats

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Lucknow, June 12 (IANS) Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday formally forwarded his resignation from the Karhal Assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh to Speaker Satish Mahana.

Akhilesh Yadav, who won the recent Lok Sabha elections from UP’s Kannauj, also held the Karhal assembly seat.

In the Lok Sabha polls, Akhilesh secured his family’s stronghold Kannauj by garnering 6,42,292 votes, surpassing the incumbent BJP MP Subrat Pathak by a margin exceeding 1 lakh votes.

Samajwadi Party MLA Awadhesh Prasad also tendered his resignation from the Assembly after being elected as a Lok Sabha MP from Faizabad.

In the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party clinched 37 seats, while the BJP won 33 seats. The Congress won six seats, two seats went to the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), while the Azad Samaj Party (Kanshi Ram) and Apna Dal (Soneylal) bagged one seat each.

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India most-represented nation in Times Higher Education Impact Ranking 2024

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) India is the world’s number one best-represented nation in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024, said Phil Baty, the British magazine’s Chief Global Affairs Officer, on Wednesday.

In a post on X, Baty shared the development and also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for leading this successful internationalisation drive.

“India is the world’s number one best-represented nation in the @timeshighered Impact Rankings 2024. Over 100 universities are ranked, up from just 13 in 2019, thanks to the remarkably successful internationalisation drive spearheaded by @narendramodi,” he wrote.

There were a total of 2,152 institutions ranked from 125 countries, and the nation with the most participation was India with 105 institutions.

This year’s results showed that some university systems are emerging as leaders when it comes to particular Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Meanwhile, President of QS University Rankings Nunzio Quacquarelli has praised India for leading all G20 countries in the QS subject rankings performance growth this year.

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In the latest subject rankings, Indian higher education institutions have improved their rankings in the STEM subjects, Biological Sciences, and Business Studies.

As mentioned in the report, the NEP largely drove the positive changes in higher education in the country.

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BJP resolves to regain lost ground in UP through by elections

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Lucknow, June 12 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh has decided to regain lost ground by winning the 10 assembly seats where by-elections are to be held in the coming months.

These seats are those that will be vacated due to the resignations of those legislators who have been elected to the Lok Sabha in the just concluded elections.

The seats that will fall vacant are Karhal in Mainpuri (Akhilesh Yadav), Awadhesh Prasad (Ayodhya), Lalji Varma (Ambedkar Nagar), Zia-ur-Rehman Barq (Moradabad). All these seats are held by the Samajwadi Party.

The seats where by-elections will be held and are presently held by BJP include Anoop Valmiki (Aligarh), Atul Garg (Ghaziabad), Parveen Patel (Phulpur) and Vinod Kumar Bind (Mirzapur).

By-elections will also be held in the Meerapur assembly seat since the MLA from here, Chandan Chauhan has been elected to Lok Sabha on RLD symbol.

UP minister Jitin Prasada, who won from the Pilibhit seat, was a member of the Legislative Council and he has sent his resignation. By-elections will also be held for his seat in the Upper House.

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The sword is also dangling on the heads of six SP MLAs who cross-voted in the Rajya Sabha elections earlier this year in February.

They include Manoj Pandey (Raebareli), Rakesh Pandey (Ambedkar Nagar), Abhay Singh (Faizabad), Rakesh Pratap Singh (Amethi), Vinod Chaturvedi (Jalaun), Puja Pal (Kaushambhi),

The Samajwadi Party which recorded a win with 37 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, is in no mood to forgive these rebel MLAs. SP President Akhilesh Yadav has made it clear that action will be initiated against them ‘soon’.

If the SP moves disqualification petition against these rebel MLAs and the Speaker disqualifies them, by-elections will be held on their six seats as well.

A senior BJP functionary told IANS on Wednesday, “We have already started preparing for by-elections without wasting any time. We have learnt lessons from the Lok Sabha polls and we will make sure that we win back the seats in the by-elections. The process of shortlisting candidates is already about to begin.”

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The Samajwadi spokesman, on the other hand, said, that the voters had already taught the rebel MLAs a lesson and the SP had won in their respective constituencies.

“The by-elections will further consolidate the INDIA bloc position in the UP assembly,” he said.

–IANS

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Chandrababu Naidu’s remarkable comeback to become CM for fourth time

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Amaravati, June 12 (IANS) It was an emotional moment for Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo Nara Chandrababu Naidu as he took oath as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh here on Wednesday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several Union ministers and thousands of people.

The 74-year-old became Chief Minister for the fourth time but this was something he would always cherish.

He was so hurt over the humiliation he faced in the state Assembly in November 2021 that he had vowed to return only after winning the election and becoming the Chief Minister.

Alleging that the MLAs of YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) humiliated him by making personal remarks about his wife Bhuvaneswari, Naidu broke down at a news conference on November 19, 2021.

Leading the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to a landslide victory in the recent polls, he fulfilled his pledge.

The seasoned politician battled many challenges in the last five years. The biggest challenge came in September last year when he was arrested for alleged irregularities in Andhra Pradesh Skill Development Corporation during his previous term as the Chief Minister (2014-19).

For the first time in his 45-year-long political career, Naidu was sent to jail in a corruption case.

While he was in judicial custody, CID booked more cases as the YSRCP government led by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was seen to be allegedly vindictive.

After spending 52 days in Rajahmundry Jail, he stepped out on bail on October 31.

“In my entire political career, I neither did wrong nor did I allow anyone to do anything wrong,” he declared.

Seven months later, he scripted an unprecedented victory in alliance with the Jana Sena and the BJP.

Naidu not only virtually decimated YSRCP to return to power but also emerged a kingmaker at the Centre after a gap of more than two decades.

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With 16 MPs, TDP emerged as the second biggest party in the NDA after the BJP, and its support became crucial for the Modi government 3.0.

With the cash-strapped state desperately in need of the Centre’s help to rebuild itself and develop its state capital, Naidu remained loyal to the NDA despite the INDIA bloc’s attempts to woo him.

With his political career at a pinnacle, and with Naidu being keen to anoint his son Nara Lokesh as his political successor, the TDP chief preferred to have a strong bonding with the NDA.

This was reflected in Naidu inviting PM Modi and his ministers to the swearing-in.

Naidu knows that the Centre’s support is important for him to complete his unfinished dream project of building Amaravati as the state capital and to put the state economy back on the rails.

The regional satrap served as the Chief Minister of united Andhra Pradesh from 1995 to 2004 for two terms and was also the first Chief Minister of bifurcated Andhra Pradesh from 2014 to 2019.

Tech-savvy Naidu, who also came to be called as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for his pro-business approach, served as Chief Minister for 14 years.

In between his terms as CM, he was also the Leader of Opposition for 15 years.

Hailing from Naravaripalli in Chittoor District of Rayalaseema region, Naidu started his political career from his student years in Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, where he did MA in Economics.

He began his political career with the Congress party.

In 1978, he became MLA at the age of 28. He was elected from Chandragiri constituency in Chittoor District and became a Minister at the age of 30.

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He served as the Minister for Cinematography, Technical Education, Irrigation and Archives during T. Anjaiah’s government between 1980 and 1983.

In 1981, he married Bhuvaneswari, daughter of then Telugu superstar NT Rama Rao, who founded the Telugu Desam Party in 1982 and ended the virtual monopoly of the Congress party in Andhra Pradesh politics.

Naidu contested again from Chnadrgiri on a Congress ticket in 1983.

The TDP won a huge mandate by bagging a whopping 201 seats in the 294-member Assembly.

Naidu later joined the TDP and became a close aide of his father-in-law NTR.

He consolidated his position in the party as its General Secretary.

In 1994, when the TDP returned to power with a landslide majority, Naidu was elected from Kuppam and since then he has been representing this constituency.

Unhappy over the alleged interference of NTR’s second wife Lakshmi Parvathi in the administration and party affairs, Naidu led a revolt against his father-in-law in 1995 to become the Chief Minister.

Following NTR’s death a few months after the revolt, Naidu inherited his political legacy and took full control of the party.

Termed as the poster boy of new economic reforms, he placed Hyderabad on the world IT map by bringing software major Microsoft and many multinationals to the city.

Cyberabad, the IT cluster housing global giants, was his brainchild.

He also mastered the skill of doing business with any formation at the Centre, irrespective of its ideology.

His role in national politics began in 1996 as the convenor of United Front when he brought together regional parties to prop up the government of a third alternative.

In 1999 he aligned with the BJP. Riding the Vajpayee wave, he not only retained power in Andhra Pradesh but also became a kingmaker at the Centre by extending outside support to the NDA government.

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After losing power to Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy in 2004 following a record nine-year stint as the Chief Minister, Naidu admitted his priorities were lopsided which led to the neglect of agriculture.

The TDP supremo failed to make a comeback in 2009 as the Congress retained power.

The emergence of Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in 2014 offered Naidu a chance to revive his political fortunes.

He not only joined the NDA but by campaigning with Narendra Modi and supported by Pawan Kalyan, he succeeded in storming to power in the bifurcated Andhra Pradesh.

However, as a leader who always enjoyed the role of kingmaker, Naidu was uncomfortable in the new dispensation where PM Modi had absolute majority.

He embarked on the grandiose plan of developing Amaravati as a world-class city and the state capital but the support from the Centre for the Rs.1 lakh crore project was not forthcoming.

As YSRCP started targeting him for his compromise over Special Category Status (SCS), Naidu pulled out of the NDA in 2018.

From a great admirer of PM Modi, Naidu turned his worst critic and even joined hands with the Congress, his and his party’s sworn enemy of 35 years.

He even joined hands with the Congress in Telangana Assembly elections of 2018 but the experiment ended in a disaster with the Congress-led People’s Alliance biting the dust.

This was perhaps the biggest political misadventure of Naidu as alliance with a party blamed for division of Andhra Pradesh did not go down well with the people.

Allegations of corruption and casteism also dented Naidu’s image and ultimately led to his worst-ever poll defeat in 2019.

–IANS

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