The Morning Wrap: Rajasthan To Scrub 'Foreign Writers' Off School Syllabus; This Village In MP Is 100% Illiterate

21/10/2015 8:18 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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(FILES) In this photograph taken on March 1, 2012 Indian school children prepare for their Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) senior school certificate examinations for Class XII standard, by looking at their textbooks in the last moments before entering an examination hall in New Delhi. The World Bank on oCTOBER 5, 2012 offered 500 million US dollars loan to support secondary education in India with an aim to improve the prevailing education standards and making it accessible to more children.- AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN/FILES (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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That NRIs send huge tranches of money to relatives back home in India is well known. This July however, the Economic Times reported on Tuesday, there was an "inexplicable surge" in the reverse direction. Indians send nearly $124 million in that month--12 to 6 times more money than what's usual-- and under the head "maintenance of close relatives."

Keep an eye out for HuffPost India's 'Intolerance Digest.' Here we'll keep track of attacks on freedom, communal conflagration and related violence to provide a ready reckoner on whether India is indeed getting more intolerant.

Even as Nestle has said it is planning a big-bang relaunch of Maggi noodles ahead of Diwali, the Maharashtra government is gearing up to spoil the party.

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Rajasthan is set to eliminate a chapter on Nelson Mandela, and poems by Rudyard Kipling and William Wordsworth from its school textbooks in its plan to wipe 'foreign writers' off the curriculum.

Semaliya Pathore, a village in the foreign minister Sushma Swaraj's constituency and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's home district, and merely 60km from state capital, doesn't have a single literate.

Bharti Airtel has struck a deal to sell tower assets in seven of the 13 countries it operates in Africa. The $1.7-billion (Rs 11,000-crore) transaction will help the company pare its troublesome debt in the continent.

The Centre blamed the Bihar government Tuesday for failing to contain dal prices, a problem that has taken centre-stage in the assembly election.

How ISRO's commercial arm Antrixmessed up its case with Devas multimedia and may stand to lose a lot of money because of it.

The mob murder of a man in Dadri was “not a spontaneous act” but involved “some planning”, a member of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), which visited the spot as part of a fact-finding mission, has told The Indian Express.

Faced with the historic admission from his own court that the collegium system of judicial appointments was flawed, Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu on Tuesday broke his silence on the issue and told The Hindu that the judiciary was open to “consider” guidelines that may be framed by a Constitution Bench to improve the system.

The Union Home Ministry is concerned over the use of telecom services of Nepal by locals and security forces along the international borders in Uttarakhand, saying it may compromise the country’s security.

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Amitabh Bachchan, his wife Jaya and son Abhishek Bachchan, who collectively earn several crores annually, will be among the first beneficiaries of Uttar Pradesh's new pension scheme for winners of the Yash Bharti Samman. This assures a pension of Rs 50,000 per month in a state with a per capita annual income of Rs 40,000.

The Gujarat police has booked Patidar agitation leader, Hardik Patel, first under sedition, then for causing public unrest and now dacoity.

After Ravan in Agra's 400-year-old Ramlila was called

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Anupama Joshi, a retired wing commander from the first batch of women who joined the armed forces, says that "...being a solider is not about courage; it’s about sacrifice. Don’t try teaching that to a woman."

Ranabir Chakravarti warns that an obsession with Sanskrit as the sole portal to India's past is dangerous. "Cultural homogenisation through centre-staging Sanskrit will lead to an infructuous understanding of Indian culture, bereft of its plurality."

Srinivasan Ramani says that Obama, when compared to political stalwarts of the 20th century such as a Roosevelt, MK Gandhi or a Mao 'falls short.' "His qualities as a leader, especially as a speaker and a communicator, will be remembered forever. Perhaps, if he was born in another era and in different circumstances, he would have had the institutional wherewithal to be a statesman."

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