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Modi calls for a reading movement across India

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Kochi, June 17, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for a reading and library movement across the country that would not just make people literate but bring about social and economic change.

Speaking at the launch of P.N. Panicker National Reading Day here, Modi noted that as a pilot project of digital libraries the Panicker Foundation is working with 18 public libraries in Kerala in collaboration with the Indian Public Library Movement, Delhi.

“I would like to see such a reading and library movement in the entire country. The movement should not be limited to making people literate. It should try to achieve the real goal of bringing social and economic change. The foundation of good knowledge should be followed by a super structure of a better society,” he said.

The Prime Minister said from the time of the Upanishads, persons with knowledge have been respected through the ages.

“We are now in the information age. Even today, knowledge is the guiding light,” he said.

“I believe in ‘people’s power’ and see big hope in such committed social movements. They have the capacity to make a better society and nation,” he said.

“It is said that one literate woman can educate two families, and I can say one woman can educate two generations,” Modi said.

“Kerala has been a torchbearer and inspiration to the whole nation in the field of literacy,” he said, urging the youth to take a pledge of reading.

Modi said Panicker was the driving spirit behind the library network in Kerala through Kerala Grandhasala Sangham with 47 libraries.

Panicker is known as the Father of the Library Movement in Kerala. The activities of the Kerala Grandhasala Sanghom that he initiated triggered a popular cultural movement in Kerala which produced universal literacy in the state in the 1990s.

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Hemraj’s wife moves to Supreme Court,challenging acquittal of Arushi’s parents

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In Arushi-Hemraj Murder Case of 2008,  Hemraj’s wife has moved to  Supreme Court, challenging acquittal of  Arushi’s parents Rajesh &  Nupur Talwar.

The Allahabad high court on 12th October acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008, setting aside the 2013 verdict by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad.

The couple were awarded life sentence by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad on 26 November 2013, a day after their conviction.

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Cabinet approves bill to replace Medical Council of India

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New Delhi, Dec 15: A bill to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a national medical commission was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

“The MCI will be replaced, and a National Medical Commission bill has been brought. This is to correct the whole medical ecosystem,” he said.

The MCI is a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India. The bill seeks to replace the MCI with a new Commission.

According to government sources, the National Medical Commission Bill envisages a four-tier structure for the regulation of medical education, with a 20-member National Medical Commission at the top.

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New fellowship to promote research in Hindi

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New Delhi, Dec 15 : Researchers in Hindi can opt for an upcoming fellowship that will grant Rs 75,000 per month for a period of six to nine months. The research will ultimately culminate into a full-fledged book, which the organisers will help publish.

Titled “Gyanvriti,” the fellowship is being organised by the Dainik Jagran newspaper and is aimed at promoting research in original writing in Hindi, covering diverse subjects like History, Political Science, Social Science and Economics, among others.

“Gyanvritti will give opportunity to scholar to do research in in subjects like History, Political Science, Social Science, and Economics etc. Scholars can apply online for this fellowship program only. Applicants can send their entries by writing synopsis in a thousand words in related topics,” the organisers said in a statement.

The final decision will rest with the jury members: Professor S N Chaudhary from Barkatullah University and Shakti Sinha, director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, along with the editorial team of Dainik Jagran. The selection of the research fellow will be based on a 1000-word synopsis that the applicants are required to submit.

The selected scholar will then be required to present the progress report of research every three months before an expert panel of the organisers.

The copyright of the 200-page book resulting from this fellowship will rest with the author.

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