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CBSE Class 12 results announced, know them here

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday declared the results of Class 12 examinations and results of Class 10 examination on Thursday, May 5.

According to CBSE, top performing region is Trivandrum with pass percentage of 98.2 per cent, in Chennai region the pass percentage is 92.93 per cent and in Delhi region the pass percentage is 91.87 per cent.

The board declared that Hansika Shukla and Karishma Arora have topped the CBSE Class 12 exams scoring 499 marks each.

Three students share the second rank with a score of 498 out of 500: Gaurangi Chawala from Rishikesh, Aishwarya from Raebareli and Bhavya from Haryana’s Jind.

“The results are available on the board’s website and students can check it using their admit card IDs,” a senior official said.

The students can check the result through the official websites — cbse.nic.in, cbseresults.nic.in and results.nic.in.

How to check CBSE Class 10, Class 12 results 2019:

Step 1: Go to www.cbseresults.nic.in

Step 2: Click on the relevant result link of your stream

Step 3: Enter the required details, such as roll number, and hit ‘Submit’

Step 4: Your results will be displayed on your screen

Step 5: Download your results and take a printout for future reference

Students can access their results via SMS charged at 50 paise per SMS

Students can check their results on Google as well by searching “CBSE results”.

(Photo: Screengrab | Google)(Photo: Screengrab | Google)

Around 27 lakh students sat for the CBSE 10th and CBSE Class 12 exams held by CBSE in 2018.

Class 12th board exams began on February 15 and concluded on April 4 while Class 10 exam began on February 21 and concluded on March 29.

In the year 2018, the overall pass percentage of students who appeared in the Class 10th exam was 86.07 per cent and for the class 12th exam was 83 per cent.

 

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Asaduddin Owaisi rejects Shiv Sena’s call for ban on burqa

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Wednesday criticised the Shiv Sena for seeking a ban on burqa and stated that such a ban would violate people’s fundamental right.

Mr Owaisi said that politics over clothing is not the issue and the terrorism is a new religion on its own.

“What did the accused like Sadhiv Pragya Thakur and others in Malegaon and Ajmer blast wear? Why single out burqa?” he said, asking the EC to act against the Sena.

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Masood Azhar is global terrorist, what does it mean

On May 1, a decade-long battle culminated with the branding of Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations, amid the hotly contested general elections in India. Right after the announcement, India celebrated this huge diplomatic win.

Azhar’s designation as a global terrorist is viewed as another successful move by India to expose the ‘terror-heaven’ facet of Pakistan in front of the world. It is being foreseen that Azhar’s listing will force Pakistan to act against him and the JeM. This eventually means complete immobilisation of Azhar and closure of his terror company.

The recent official confirmation of Azhar’s presence in Pakistan solidifies India’s favour. In a recent interview to international television, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi confirmed that the mastermind behind a series of terror attack in India is in Pakistan.

“He is in Pakistan, according to my information. He is very unwell. He is unwell to the extent that he cannot leave his house because he is really unwell. That’s the information I have,” Qureshi said.

What does being designated a “global terrorist” mean?

The listing allows a series of bans that can be imposed on the designated terrorist under the United Nations. These are as follows:

Freeze Assets: With immediate effect, all member states of the UN are required to freeze funds, financial assets and other economic resources of the designated individuals or entities.

Travel Ban: The member states need to restrain the entry into or transit through their territories by the terrorist.

Arms Embargo: States will refrain from any direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of arms and related material. The states members need to ensure that their territories or by their nationals outside their territories, or their flag vessels or aircraft, are not being used for the purpose. This also includes blocking any military or arms-related technical advice, assistance, or training to the designated individual.

Chronology of major events leading to Azhar’s branding as ‘global terrorist’:

2009: India pushes the proposal to designate JeM chief as a global terrorist. China blocks the bid.

2016: India again moves the proposal with the backing of the P3 — the United States, the United Kingdom and France in the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Masood Azhar.

2017: The P3 nations move a similar proposal again. China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, blocks the proposal from being adopted.

February 27, 2019: The US, the UK and France move a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate Azhar as a global terrorist.

March 13, 2019: China puts a technical hold on the proposal scuttling yet another attempt to blacklist the JeM chief. The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

March 28, 2019: The US, supported by France and the UK, directly moves a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief.

April 3, 2019: China hits out at the US for threatening to use “all available resources” to designate the JeM chief as a “global terrorist”, saying Washington’s move was complicating the issue and not conducive to peace and stability in South Asia.

April 30, 2019: China says “some progress” has been achieved on designating Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN and hopes that the vexed issue will be “properly resolved”.

Does it mean we are a step closure in crippling a major terror figure?

The past, however, has a different narrative. On December 10, 2008, Hafiz Saeed, chief of Jammat–ud-Dawa (JuD) was banned by the United Nations Security Council following the ghastly 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed including international citizens. Despite the listing, Saeed still moves around freely in Pakistan.

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Cyclone ‘Fani’ intensifies further, moves towards Odisha coast: Met dept

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India Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed that cyclone ‘Fani’ intensified into severe cyclone at 5:30 pm on April 29 and it is to intensify further and move towards Odisha coast.

According to the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast, ‘Fani’ was located at 880 km south-east of Chennai as it continues to move North-West and is predicted to change its path to North-East from Wednesday.

It is expected to intensify into a “very severe cyclonic storm” by Tuesday. ‘Fani’ will continue to move northwest till May 1 and thereafter recurve northeastwards.

Union Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) here on Monday to take stock of the situation arising out of the cyclonic storm ‘Fani’.

Also in view of the impending cyclonic storm, Odisha government has directed the State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) to keep a close watch over the situation and has asked concerned departments to stay prepared to deal with any challenge.

On the other hand, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and BrahMos Aerospace have put on hold the test-fire of the air-launched version of a supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft.

While in Kerala, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea and along the coast.

“Heavy rainfall at isolated places with light to moderate rainfall at many places is forecasted in Kerala. Along and off-coast Kerala the wind speed would be 50 km on April 29 and 60 km on April 30. Hence, fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea. Central districts have a yellow alert that means be updated and watch for further warning,” said VK Mini, a scientist at IMD, Thiruvananthapuram

The Central government is keeping a close watch on the impact of the cyclonic storm on the states along the eastern coast.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and are coordinating with the state governments. The NCMC will meet again on Tuesday to take fresh stock of the situation.

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Last three phases of polls will determine scale of Oppn defeat: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that the scales have been tilted in favor of the ruling NDA in the first four phases of the general election, and the remaining three would determine the magnitude of its victory and the Opposition’s defeat.

Addressing an election rally here, Modi iterated that his government has always displayed its resolve in combating terror but cautioned that the menace was far from over as was evident from the recent bomb attacks in neighboring Sri Lanka.

“All those who are running factories of terror are in the cross heirs of this chowkidar,” Modi stated.

In a veiled dig at jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad, the prime minister said, “those doing the rounds of court to secure bail are scared of a strong government in New Delhi”.

He claimed that the Opposition parties “were not fighting for their victory, but to augment their diminished strength”.

“Beware, if they regain their strength, the days of lawlessness will return to Bihar, daughters would no longer be safe outside homes and people might have to stay indoors after dark,” he maintained.

Underscoring the pro-poor stance of his government, Modi said, “We did away with the lal batti (red beacon) but brought batti (light/electricity) to the house of every poor.”

Appealing to people to vote for the NDA in Bihar, comprising his BJP, the JD(U) and the LJP, he sought to remind the voters, “whichever of the three parties you vote for, your support will be for Modi.”

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We were servants of Italian government: Kangana Ranaut takes a dig at Congress

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Kangana Ranaut has recently taken a dig at the Indian National Congress. On Monday, the ‘Manikarnika’ actor cast her vote during the fourth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2019 in Mumbai. The outspoken persona claimed that Indians have been servants of the Italian government.

In an interaction with media, Kangana said, “This (polling day) is a very important day for us, it comes only once in five years. I feel India is gaining independence today in real sense. Earlier, Indians were slaves of British, Mughal and Italian governments. Please exercise your Swaraj (independence) and vote.”

Well, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi is originally from Italy. Therefore, Kangana’s statement was directly countering Congress. Currently, the national party is headed by Sonia’s son Rahul Gandhi.

“The political leaders used to chill in London and the country used to suffer from an array of issues like poverty, pollution, rapes etc. The situation in our country was worst when Congress was in power. Now that our time has come, we should vote in large numbers,” she added.

Kangana last featured in her maiden directorial venture ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’. The actor will next be seen opposite Rajkummar Rao in ‘Mental Hai Kya’.

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Before filing papers, PM to hold ‘never before, never after’ show in Varanasi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a roadshow in his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, on Thursday, a day before he is due to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections.

BJP president Amit Shah said, “The road show will begin from the Banaras Hindu University gate and will culminate at Dashashwamedh Ghat… At the ghat, Modi will participate in Ganga Arti.”

Another senior BJP leader said that this roadshow would be a “never before, never after” event.

Before filing his nomination papers at 11:30 am on April 26, PM Modi will visit the Baba Kaal Bhairav temple and offer prayers. He is also likely to offer prayers to Kashi Vishwanath temple before that.

National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders, including Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) politicians from Tamil Nadu will be present when PM Modi files his papers.

The Congress is yet to name its nominee for the seat.

Congress fields Ajay Rai from Varanasi, ends speculation on Priyanka

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The Congress on Thursday fielded Ajay Rai from Varanasi to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ending speculation on party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra fighting polls from the temple town in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress also fielded Madhusudan Tiwari from Gorakhpur against BJP’s actor-turned politician Ravi Kishan.

Speculation on Priyanka Gandhi making her political debut from Varanasi was fuelled after Congress president Rahul Gandhi, to a question on whether he planned to field his sister against PM Modi, said last week, “I will leave you in suspense. Suspense is not always a bad thing.”

The Congress fielded Ajay Rai against Modi in 2014 as well.

He finished third in the contest, after Modi and Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal.

 

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For ‘mahamilavat’ national security may not be an issue but for me it is: PM in Bihar

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that his government is committed to uprooting terrorism from the country and ensured that it will soon take substantial steps to destroy the terror factories set up near the borders.

He also slammed the Opposition for allegedly stating that terrorism is not an issue in India.

“National security may not be an issue for those who do ‘mahamilavat’ but in new India, it is a big issue. In our neighbourhood, several terror factories are running. This is the new India, we will enter terror factories,” he said while addressing a rally in Bihar’s Darbhanga.

“They keep questioning that why Modi talks about terrorism. They believe that it is not an issue. You (audience) tell me — are nationalism and terrorism, not the issues? The Opposition does not have the understanding that you all have. More than 350 people were killed in a terror attack in Sri Lanka. Is that not an issue?,” the Prime Minister questioned.

In a veiled attack at CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar who is contesting from Bihar’s Begusarai, the Prime Minister stated that “some people have a problem with Bharat mata ki Jai and Vande Mataram. “Should such people lose their deposits or not? These are the same people who complain when I talk about Bharat.”

PM Modi further hit out at Opposition for questioning the outcome of Balakot air strike and for crying foul over EVM malfunction.

“After the third phase of Lok Sabha polls got over, people seeking evidence of India’s airstrike, have vanished. Now, they are abusing Modi and the EVMs. These people are cut off from the grass root level and which is why they are unable to sense the mood the country,” he said.

He also criticised the Congress for not fulfilling the promise it made to poor in 2004 and said, ” Congress has expertise in doing scams. In the year 2004, the Congress promised in its manifesto that by 2009, every house of India will have electricity. Did they succeeded in fulfilling that?,” he said in Darbhanga.

In his concluding statement, the Prime Minister urged the people to cast vote in favour of the NDA candidates saying, “Your one vote can eliminate the terrorism, please support Chowkidar this Lok Sabha elections. Your votes will go to Modi and Modi is the only one which can end terrorism.”

The voting for Lok Sabha in Darbhanga constituency will take place on April 29.The key candidates for this Lok Sabha seat are Gopal Jee Thakur of BJP and Abdul Bari Siddiqui of RJD. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

Supreme Court orders probe into ‘conspiracy’ against Chief Justice Gogoi

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The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed a former apex court judge, Justice A K Patnaik, to inquire into a lawyer alleging ‘conspiracy’ against the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi.

The top court also asked directors of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Intelligence Bureau and the Delhi Police to help in the probe.

The top court said Justice Patnaik would not go into the issue of sexual harassment charges against the CJI, which is being probed by an in-house committee of three judges.

Earlier in the day, lawyer Utsav Singh Bains, who has claimed that he was lured with money to frame Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in a sexual harassment case, handed an additional affidavit to the Supreme Court.

The affidavit was handed to the bench led by Justice Arun Mishra, comprising justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta.

In a first affidavit on Wednesday, Bains had claimed there was a larger conspiracy by “fixers” to frame the CJI.

On Thursday morning, the top court observed: “We are anguished with the way this institution is being treated… we will not survive if this will happen.”

The top court said there was a “systematic attack and systematic game to malign this institution”.

“Do rich and powerful people in the country think they can remote control Supreme Court,” the court asked.

It said four to five per cent lawyers were bringing a “bad name to this great institution”.

On a stronger note, the court said the day has come when “we rise and tell country’s rich and powerful that they can’t do it”. “The rich and powerful of this country are playing with fire and this must stop,” the apex court said on the lawyer’s claim of conspiracy against CJI.

Calling the charges “highly sensitive”, the court on Wednesday had met the chiefs of CBI, Intelligence Bureau and Delhi Police. The entire episode is “very disturbing” as it concerns the independence of the judiciary, the Bench observed.

The three-judge special bench said if fixers continue to work and manipulate the judiciary as claimed, neither this institution not any of them would survive.

The court had also made it clear that the process of verifying the authenticity of Bains’ claims would in no way hinder the in-house probe being conducted by a three-judge bench comprising justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana and Indira Banerjee.

Bains’ first affidavit had said “he was informed by reliable sources that certain fixers, who claim to be engaged in illegally managing judgements in exchange for cash are behind this plot as the Honourable CJI has taken decisive action to crack down on such fixers”.

The woman, who has brought the sexual harassment allegations against the CJI, is a 35-year-old dismissed Supreme Court staff. She expressed “fear and apprehensions” on Wednesday before the in-house committee, saying her character had been damaged even before the inquiry began.