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Smriti Irani fake certificate controversy: Congress demands resignation

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New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani for allegedly fudging facts regarding her educational qualifications.

“It is apparent that the country’s Education Minister is lying about her own education. What will happen to the future of millions and millions of the children of this country?”, asked Congres’ spokesman R.S. Surjewala.

“Irani has no moral or constitutional or legal right to continue in her post even for a day. Either she should resign or she should be sacked by the Prime Minister,” he added.

The Congress reaction came after a Delhi court took note of a complaint accusing the minister of allegedly misrepresenting facts regarding her educational qualifications.

Taking a jibe at the Narendra Modi government, Surjewala said it was most unfortunate that the degrees of both the Education Ministers of the country were under question.

Minister of State, Ram Shankar Katheria, also, faces charges of holding a fake degree.

“How does the Modi government propose to run education when educational degrees of Education Ministers are under question?” he asked.

“Delhi University comes within the purview of the HRD ministry. She definitely, as Education Minister, will influence the course of investigation. So, she has no moral, legal or constitutional right to continue in her post even for a day,” he said.

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HRD Ministry to Ban word ‘SEX’ from Sex Education at School level to avoid offending People

The HRD Ministry has asked to avoid the use of the words 'sex' and 'sexual' in the document for the Sex Education Programme

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October 26, 2016: The Narendra Modi Government has decided to discard the usage of the word ‘sex’ from the sex education programme at the school level and HRD (Human Resource Development) Ministry has forced a panel of experts to condense it into one sentence. They said, that words like ‘sex’ or ‘sexual’ could not be allowed and the section had to be condensed into just one sentence.”

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HRD has also asked to abandon the use of words such as ‘sex’ and ‘sexual’ in the document for framing the policy on sex education for the students and said that the mention of the word ‘sex’ in the document might offend people, mentioned mensxp.com report.

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According to the Telegraph, when Smriti Irani had headed the HRD Ministry, the original draft which was given out in May used the word ‘sex’ twice.

Later it was reported that the expert panel has been asked to reduce the recommendations on adolescent education and asked not to use phrases like “sexual health needs,” as the word ‘sex’ is a taboo in India and instead of taking a step ahead and working forward to eradicate this, to the surprise, the government says, the mention of this word in the document might not be liked by people and offend them.

On the other side, experts have requested and urged upon a more explicit form of education where sex is talked about freely which will help solve the existing issues in this part of our lives.

According to the reports, the half a page in the draft earlier mainly advocated more thorough and explained lessons against unprotected sex but the Ministry raised objections on this as well during the last round of discussions.

– prepared by Chesta Ahuja, NewsGram.  Twitter: @ahuja_chesta

 

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Fear Of Economic Volatility Raises as RBI Governor Decides To Resign

There has been widespread speculation that Rajan quit because of what some termed as “discouraging signals” from the government.

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  • India is now the world’s fastest-growing major economy
  • Raghuram Rajan helped stabilize India’s currency when the rupee was plunging and inflation was raging
  • Praising Rajan’s contribution, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expressed confidence his successor will be a “good person”

The Indian Central Bank governor’s decision not to seek a second term in office has raised concerns the country could face a loss in investor confidence and economic volatility. The widely-respected economist, Raghuram Rajan, is credited with making an important contribution to India’s economic turnaround after a choppy phase.In a signal of uncertainty looming ahead of his departure in September, the rupee fell to a one-month low Monday.

Rajan’s departure: not a big surprise

Rajan’s weekend announcement to quit came after weeks of speculation on whether the government will renew his tenure as head of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). In a letter to his staff, Rajan said he had been open to staying on to see through the reforms he had begun, but that “on due reflection and after consultation with the government,” he was returning to his “ultimate home in the realm of ideas.”

Widely feted as one of the world’s best Central Bank governors, the former International Monetary Bank economist helped stabilize India’s currency when the rupee was plunging and inflation was raging. As growth momentum returned, the country regained credibility among international investors, who had turned their back on emerging economies.

India’s economy is soaring

While countries like Brazil and Russia continue to face hard times, India is now the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sought to calm investors Monday telling a television network “the country’s economy is driven by strong fundamental factors.” Praising Rajan’s contribution, he expressed confidence his successor will be a “good person.”

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks to RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan during a convocation ceremony for students at a university in Mumbai on January 9, 2015 Image Source: NDTV Profit

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Symbol of stability

The head of emerging market economics at JP Morgan, Jahangir Aziz, stressed that Rajan was a symbol of stability for many investors. “They have invested on the fact that India has managed to put together a reasonably strong story of macro-economic stability. Many of them associate that in part to the Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan.”

Aziz said investors will watch to see whom the government appoints as Rajan’s successor and would like to see continuity in policies. “The need of the hour is to calm down market nerves,” he says.

There has been widespread speculation that Rajan quit because of what some termed as “discouraging signals” from the government.

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There was criticism of Rajan

Rajan was not without his critics, who said his refusal to slash interest rates, and a clean-up of bad loans he was pushing at state-owned banks, were choking private investment. The most vocal attack came from a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Subramaniam Swamy, who raised eyebrows with his comment that Rajan was “mentally not fully Indian” and complained that he had not acted to ease the heavy debt burden of many Indian companies.

Although India’s economy is growing at over 7 percent and has overtaken China as the world’s fastest growing economy, Rajan has repeatedly cautioned that India’s economic recovery still rests on fragile foundations.

Economist Rajiv Kumar at New Delhi’s Center for Policy Research said fears about the impact of Rajan’s exit could be overblown and pointed out that stock markets did not tank Monday as many had feared. “It’s institutions that matter, and the RBI has known to be a very competent institution with huge inherent strengths,” says Kumar.

Meanwhile, the government ushered in more economic reforms Monday, announcing sweeping changes to rules on foreign direct investment by opening up its defense and civil aviation sectors to complete outside ownership, and loosening some restrictions on the pharmaceutical and retail sectors.(Source :VOA)

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Tulsi Gabbard resigns from DNC post to endorse Bernie Sanders

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Washington: Tulsi Gabbard was the first Hindu to be selected for the United States Congress. Her resignation comes before Super Tuesday which will be very important in the US Presidential elections later this year.

Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman, Tulsi Gabbard, resigned from her post on Sunday to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, following months of rising tensions within the group.

Gabbard, one of five vice chairs, and her committee colleagues have butted heads over a thin debate schedule in the months leading to Democratic voting contests for the party’s nomination, with Gabbard calling for the group to add more debates to the calendar.

Sanders, a US senator from Vermont, is competing with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination to run for president on Nov. 8. Critics have said the scheduling of the debates has favored Clinton, who is better known than Sanders and is favored to win the nominating contest.

Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement accepting Gabbard’s resignation, calling her a friend and praising the active-duty veteran for her service in the armed forces.

“Congresswoman Gabbard is a role model who embodies the American ideal that anyone can dream big and make a difference,” Wasserman said in the statement.

“She is also a colleague in Congress and a friend, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside her when our Party unites behind whoever emerges as our nominee.”