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CBSE approves compulsory Class X board exams

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New Delhi, Dec 21: In a major decision, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday approved a proposal to reintroduce compulsory Class X board examination from the 2017-18 academic year.

It was decided that apart from English and Hindi, students may also have to study another Indian language, according to reports.

The move was taken during a meeting of the CBSE governing body, sources said, adding that the first exam will be conducted in 2018.

However, the decision will be conveyed to the government for its approval.

According to sources, in the Class X board exams, 80 percent weightage will be given to the marks scored in the examinations while 20 percent weightage will be given to school-based evaluation, India Today said.

The Class X board examination for CBSE schools was made optional from 2011 under the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system mandated by the Right to Education Act.

Earlier, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced making the CBSE board exams compulsory from the academic session 2017-18.

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Fitch cuts India’s 2019-20 GDP forecast to 6.8%

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Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Fitch Ratings on Friday cut India’s GDP growth rate projection for the next financial year to 6.8 per cent, from its previous estimate of 7 per cent, on account of weaker-than-expected growth momentum.

The US rating agency said it has also changed outlook on the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy review, projecting another interest rate cut of 25 basis points (bps) in 2019 owing to inflation staying below the target and easier global monetary conditions.

“While we have cut our growth forecasts for the next fiscal year on weaker-than-expected momentum, we still see Indian GDP growth to hold up reasonably well, at 6.8 per cent, followed by 7.1 per cent in FY21.” the Fitch report said.

Noting that weaker momentum has been mainly domestically driven, Fitch said credit availability has tightened in areas heavily dependent on non-bank financial company (NBFC) credit such as automobiles and two-wheelers, where sales have dropped.

On the banking sector, the Fitch report noted that credit to the private sector increased in recent months, filling the void left by NBFCs facing a liquidity crisis.

“Further capital injections and a looser regulatory stance of the RBI have eased (though not removed) the state banks’ capital constraints, while the central bank has raised the limit on collateral-free loans that banks can make to farmers (by 60 per cent), helping prevent a decline in bank lending,” the report said.

“The RBI has adopted a more dovish monetary policy stance and cut interest rates by 25 bps at its February 2019 meeting, a move supported by steadily decelerating headline inflation.”

On the fiscal side, the budget for financial year 2019-10 plans to increase cash transfers for farmers, the rating agency said.

“Our benign oil price outlook and our expectations of accelerating food prices in the coming months should support rural households’ income and consumption,” it added.

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Indian government boycotts Pakistan National Day

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New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) India will not send any official representative to the Pakistan National Day event at the Pakistan High Commission here on Friday in protest against the invitation extended to Hurriyat leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, informed sources said.

The invitation to the separatists indicated that Pakistan was again meddling in India’s internal affairs and hence the time was not conducive to send an official representative to the event, the sources said.

Diplomatic ties between India and Pakistan have been strained due to heightened tension between the two countries since the February 14 Pulwama suicide bombing for which Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility.

Pakistan National Day is observed every year on March 23 though the Pakistan High Commission decided to organise the event this year a day earlier.

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Seven killed in Jammu and Kashmir gunfights

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Srinagar, March 22 (IANS) Six militants and a 12-year-old boy were killed on Friday in three separate gunfights in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Two militants and a the boy, who was taken hostage, were killed in an encounter in Bandipora district’s Mir Mohalla area.

“One Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander is among the two militant victims,” the police said.

In Shopian district’s Imam Sahib area, the security forces killed two militants following a gunfight.

In another gun battle in Sopore’s Warpora area, two militants were killed in the same site of an encounter on Thursday where two policemen were injured.

The police said the gunfight in Bandipora has ended but the two others were still going on.

All educational institutions in Sopore were closed and mobile Internet services suspended as a precautionary measure.

On Thursday, three militants were killed while seven security men and three civilians injured in three different gun battles in the Kashmir Valley.

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