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Support for English, not ‘regional’ hurdle-Basant Kumar Mohanty

-The Telegraph Teachers have backed a proposal to make aspiring civil servants’ English marks relevant to final selection but opposed suggested curbs to their freedom to write the other papers in their regional languages. The proposed reforms, notified by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on March 5 for introduction this year, are being held in abeyance by the Centre following an uproar in Parliament. An expert panel had recommended the changes, one...

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Kangaroo courts rise and thrive in India -Shobha John

-The Times of India Jitendra Choudhury will probably never forget March 2, 2013, the day he was hung from a tree for beating his wife. A kangaroo court in Bokaro held at the behest of JMM legislator Jagannath Mahto repoRTEdly meted out this medieval-style justice after his wife complained that he often got drunk and misbehaved with her. Primitive, powerful and potent, large swathes of India are still governed by kangaroo courts...

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Highest number of atrocities against dalits in UP: Punia-Bahadurjit Singh

-PunjabNewsline.com BUNGA SAHIB (Ropar): Uttar Pradesh have the highest number of cases relating to atrocities against dalits in the country, said National Scheduled Castes Commission chairman PL Punia while talking to media persons at village Bunga Sahib about 20 kilometres from Ropar today. Punia was at Bunga Sahib to unveil the statute of  BSP founder Kanshi Ram on his birth anniversary today. He said that  Uttar Pradesh had a large population and feudal...

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A hard-fought victory for women’s rights at UN-Narayan Lakshman

-The Hindu India, Islamic and Western nations came together at the U.N. on Friday to put in place a potentially far-reaching framework for combating violence against women, regardless of variations in religious, cultural or social norms across nations. Greeted by loud cheers and applause, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) announced the “historic” accord at the U.N. headquaRTErs in New York, winning particular praise for getting the multilateral membership of...

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Activists welcome hard-fought UN agreement on women's rights-Liz Ford

-The Guardian Negotiations end with agreement on ending violence against women at the Commission on the Status of Women, but civil society groups express concerns UN officials and activists expressed relief and delight over news that an agreement had been reached at this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Greeted with cheers, the agreed outcome document of the 57th CSW, which was announced on Friday evening, was hailed as an "important...

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