Here are the important news stories of the day
Nuns who protested against Bishop Franco Mulakkal asked to leave Kottayam convent
Nearly a week after the State government appointed a special prosecutor in the nun rape case, four of the five nuns who had protested against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, the accused, have once again been asked to leave the convent here.
Cabinet clears next gen I-T filing system; Infosys to implement ₹ 4,242 cr. project
IT major Infosys has been selected to implement the next generation system for processing income tax return filings, with the Union Cabinet sanctioning an estimated ₹ 4,241.97 crore for the project. The move will help in bringing down the income tax return (ITR) processing time to one day and hence speed up refunds.
Basic literacy, numeracy skills of rural Class VIII students in decline: ASER 2018
While there has been some improvement in the reading and arithmetic skills of lower primary students in rural India over the last decade, the skills of Class VIII students have actually seen a decline. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018, the results of a yearly survey that NGO Pratham has been carrying out since 2006, shows that more than half of Class VIII students cannot correctly solve a numerical division problem and more than a quarter of them cannot read a primary-level text.
SC declines urgent hearing on plea against appointment of Nageshwar Rao as CBI Interim Director
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused urgent hearing on a petition challenging the appointment of IPS officer M. Nageshwar Rao as interim CBI Director.
K.T. Rama Rao meets Jaganmohan Reddy for ‘Federal Front’
In a further step to strengthen the proposed Federal Front of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekara Rao, his son and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) working president K.T. Rama Rao met YSRCP president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy to invite him to join the Front, which is being promoted as an alternative platform for non-BJP and non-Congress groups.
BEST strike called-off as parties agree on a mediator
After entering the ninth day of their strike, the advocate appearing for Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Workers Union told the Bombay High Court on Wednesday that the strike can be called off.
EWS quota in all educational institutions from 2019-20 academic year: Prakash Javadekar
The 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections among the general category will be implemented across all colleges and universities, including private institutions, from the 2019-20 academic year, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has said.
China’s lunar probe sees first cotton seed sprout on Moon
A cotton seed carried to the Moon by China’s recent Chang’e-4 probe has sprouted, the first for any biological matter to grow on the Moon. Images sent back by the probe showed that a cotton sprout had grown well, though no other plant was found growing, the Xinhua news agency reported.
Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes
Facebook Inc told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months.
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