English medium primary school students in UP don’t want to switch over to Hindi after Class 5

Students enrolled in government-run English medium primary schools say they do not want to switch over to Hindi as a medium when they begin lessons in upper primary school after finishing Class 5. Their demand to convert some of the upper primary schools from Hindi to English medium is growing louder with every passing day. Kajal Kumari, a student of English medium primary school Gejha in Gautam Buddh Nagar said, “Switching back to Hindi will not be easy. I request the authorities to please do something so that we may…

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Amroha custodial death: Victim’s family sold jewellery for cops’ bribe

Family members of 30-year old dalit Balkishan Jatav, who died in police custody in Amroha district of west UP on Wednesday, alleged they had to sell their jewellery to pay the bribe demanded by policemen for Balkishan’s release. “When I reached Dhanaura police station on Monday, I was asked to pay a bribe of ₹ 5 lakh and was threatened that if the money was not given, Balkishan would be charged under serious sections of the IPC and sent to prison. They also told me that they would release Balkishan…

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Why are more boys than girls born every single year?

Every year, there are always more baby boys than girls born in England and Wales. Fact. Why? Since records began in 1838, the cries of babies born every year have been predominately male. In not one year, stretching back to the start of Queen Victoria’s reign, have girls outnumbered boys at birth. In 2017, in England and Wales, for example, there were 348,071 live male births and 331,035 live female births – a difference of roughly 17,000. And that higher tally of males compared to females born each year is…

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Following UAE, Bahrain set to reopen diplomatic mission in Syria

Arab states are preparing to restore their presence in Syria after years of absence following the outbreak of a foreign-sponsored conflict more than seven years ago, with Bahrain being the next in the line of countries to reopen its embassy in Damascus. Diplomatic sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency that Bahrain’s mission in the Syrian capital would resume its activities next week. Bahrain decided to shut down its embassy in Damascus and to withdraw all diplomats and staff on March 15, 2012.…

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Egyptian soccer star threatens to quit Liverpool over Israeli player

An Egyptian soccer super-star playing for British football club Liverpool, Mohamed Salah has threatened to leave the premier league club over an Israeli player joining the team. Salah threatened to quit Liverpool if Moanes Dabour joined the team, media reported on Wednesday. According to the report, Salah said that he will leave Liverpool should Dabour be signed. The Egyptian footballer in the past refused to shake hands with Zionist footballers. Salah has had a very good debut season in Liverpool history, helping the club reach the Champions League final. He also represented his…

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US Wall Street stocks plunge

Wall Street was back in sell-off mode early Thursday, with the Dow falling two percent amid worries over slowing economic growth that have dented sentiment for most of December. A day after notching its biggest-ever point gain, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost about 475 points, or 2.1 percent, to 22,404.34 near 1525 GMT. The broad-based S&P 500 slid 2.0 percent to 2,419.47, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index tumbled 2.2 percent to 6,413.10. Stocks opened lower but fell further after the Conference Board reported that consumer confidence fell sharply…

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Russian nukes far better than US nuclear peers: Missile designer

A weapons designer has rated Russian nuclear missiles as being better than those owned by the United States. The Russian nuclear forces are ahead of US ones by some 10 to 15 years, according to Yury Solomonov, general designer of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT) which designs Russian Yars, Topol and Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).. “They will not be able to catch up quickly with the ideas that we have already implemented, although it is not difficult in the modern world to implement them and start production,” media quoted Solomonov telling Argumenty…

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