Thursday, 15 October 2020 () The BJP-led government in Assam has decided to crack down on the “emerging trend of marriages by deception”, usually involving a prospective groom lying about his religion to marry a Hindu girl, finance & health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday.
A meeting of Home Secretaries of Assam and Mizoram, over the present Assam-Mizoram border situation was held on October 21. Following the meeting, Assam Home Secretary, Gyanendra Dev Tripathi informed that Mizoram government agreed to withdraw forces from the state. "In view of the present situation, we requested Mizoram Govt to withdraw the forces in Assam side which they had deployed. Government of Mizoram has agreed to our request. So, the problem of deployment of forces has been resolved," said Gyanendra Dev Tripathi..
The Assam government to disband the madrassa board in the state. Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the decision has been taken based on certain research. Sarma added that the private madrassas will be regulated and not closed. "Madrassa education board will be closed in Assam based on research. During research, the students were asked about their aim in life. Most of them said they want to be doctors, engineers, professors, etc. Decision to put students on madrassas is mostly taken by parents. Madrassa students don't realise that their stream will limit career growth," he said. The state education minister added, "We spend 260 crore annually and so 610 Madrassas will be closed. Private madrassas can run but we are bringing some regulations."
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Assam government to disband the madrassa board in the state. Assam Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government has decided to close madrassa education in Assam based on certain definite research but private madrassas will be regulated and not closed. "No intention of closing private madrassas. We're bringing regulation for private madrassas, they've to introduce science-maths in curriculum, they've to register with state, constitutional mandate to be respected but can retain character of madrassa," he said.
After RJD Leader Tejashwi Yadav promised to provide 10 lakh jobs in the state in the very first cabinet meet, now BJP has launched a counter. The BJP in its manifesto has promised to provide 19 lakh jobs in the state. This comes days after Nitish Kumar recently questioned Tejashwi Yadav over his promise to provide 10 lakh jobs saying how he could possibly raise the money to pay for 10 lakh jobs. Jobs - or the lack of it has emerged as the main electoral issue in the state. Bihar will vote in three phases between 28th October and November. The result will declared on 10th of November.
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Protests were held by PoJK refugees in Jammu as India observed black day to mark Pakistan’s invasion of Jammu and Kashmir In 1947. The protesters slammed the Pakistan government and said that their land is being used by Pakistan & China for the CPEC. They also called on the international community to condemn Pakistan’s actions and sought action against Islamabad for the killing of 70,000 Hindus and Sikhs. Meanwhile, a symposium, ‘Memories Of 22 October 1947’ was also organised where J&K LG Manoh Sinha said that even after 73 years, the wounds are still fresh. Watch the full video for all the debates.
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Eros Now has stirred a massive controversy with raunchy social media posts around the Hindu festival of Navratri. The posts, which have now been taken down, have created a massive furore on social media with #BoycottErosNow becoming one of the top Twitter trends. Eros Now has now issued an apology and said that they did not intend to hurt anyone’s emotions. This comes close on the heels of Tanishq pulling down one of its advertisements after it faced anger on social media. In Focus today, Dilip Cherian, Prahlad Kakkar & Kaveree Bamzai speak on the issue of creative freedom and the line between witty & outright offensive.
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India is a country that carries in its abode, incredible stories of peace and brotherhood. Visuals of a Muslim celebrating Diwali and a Hindu observing Eid often make rounds on social media here. Celebrating this unity and togetherness between various communities along with promoting a healthy lifestyle, a cycle race was recently organized in Srinagar city of Jammu and Kashmir. Carrying the message of peace, brotherhood and happiness, around 500 youngsters in Srinagar pedalled their way on the banks on Dal Lake. Named as 'Pedal for Peace', the race was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Police and was first in more than a year following months of restrictions after the revocation of Article 370 in August 2019 and then COVID-19 induced lockdown from March this year, in the valley. Along with promoting the spirit of togetherness, the event also aimed to inculcate a healthy lifestyle among the youngsters as they are future of the nation as well as the 'Change makers'. The event included races for sub-junior boys and girls, junior boys and girls, senior men and women and veteran men. The Union territory's Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha was the chief guest during the event. He appeared all enthused to witness such a huge participation of youth and later distributed prizes among the winners at Police Golf Course in Srinagar. Events like 'Pedal for peace' not just play a crucial role in creating awareness about health but also help in strengthening the bond of oneness among people no matter which caste or community they belong to.