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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Kokrajhar to attend Bodo-accord celebrations

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in Assam’s Kokrajhar to attend celebrations marking the recently-signed Bodo peace accord.

Modi’s Indian Air Force chopper arrived at a makeshift helipad from Guwahati at around 12.45 p.m.

He was welcomed by hundreds of Bodo girls who performed the traditional ‘Bagurumba’ dance.

Modi will address a celebratory rally at Jangkritai Fwtar, about 216 km from Guwahati, which will be attended by lakhs of people who started gathering at the venue since early Friday morning.

The state government earlier said it was expecting around four to five lakh people from the four Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) – Kokrajhar, Udalguri, Chirang and Baksa – and other regions.

Kokrajhar has been decked up ahead of Modi’s trip with banners, festoons and big hoardings seemingly omnipresent to “thank” him for the peace accord.

“Conveying sincere thanks on behalf of the people of Assam for your efforts to bring lasting peace through historic Bodo Peace Accord,” said hoardings put up by the state government.

On Thursday night, 70,000 earthen lamps were lit to enhance the celebratory mood. The Prime Minister shared the visual on his Instagram handle.

On January 27, the Centre and the Assam government inked a peace agreement with representatives of Bodo organisations, attempting to put an end to the decades-old Bodo insurgency based on the demand for carving out a separate state.

The tripartite agreement announced by Union Home Minister Amit Shah provides for the economic and political development of Bodos without affecting the territorial integrity of Assam.

The accord is the third Bodo peace agreement to be signed since 1993. The demand for a separate Bodoland is almost five decades old.

As part of the accord, altogether 1,615 cadres of the three factions of separatist organisation National Democratic Front of Bodoland laid down their arms before Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal last week. They deposited 178 arms and 4,893 pieces of ammunition.

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PM Narendra Modi congratulates successful students as Class 12 results out

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday declared the class 12 results of 13,04,561 students across the country. Out of a total of 13,04,561 students, 12,96,318 have passed the exams. Of these 70,004 students are those who have secured more than 95 per cent marks.

Congratulating all students who successfully passed their Class XII CBSE examinations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Congratulations to all my young friends who have successfully passed their Class XII CBSE exams. Best wishes for a bright, happy and healthy future.”

In the class 12 board results released by the CBSE on Friday, 1,50,152 students have secured 90 to 95 per cent marks. There are 70,004 students who have secured more than 95 per cent marks. Significantly, the number of students securing 95 per cent or more marks has almost doubled this year. At the same time, the number of students securing 90 to 95 per cent marks is almost the same as last year.

A total of 99.37 per cent students have passed their class 12 exams this year. Among the passing percentage of students, 99.13 per cent are boys and 99.67 per cent girls. Giving information about the examination results, CBSE said the pass percentage of girls in class XII board results is 0.54 per cent more than that of boys.

In the CBSE class 12 results, 11.51 per cent students have secured 90 to 95 per cent marks, whereas 5.37 percent students have secured 95 per cent or more marks.

This time, the total number of registered students appearing for CBSE class 12 boards was 14,30,188. Of these, 13,69,745 students studied via regular (both government and private schools) mode and 60,443 as private students.

The results of 13,04,561 candidates have been declared on Friday out of 13,69,745 regular students. The results of the remaining 65,184 candidates will be declared by August 5. The exam results of these students are under process.

There may also be some delay in checking the results by students due to heavy traffic on the CBSE website. For avoiding this problem faced by students the board has suggested that students can download their results through Digilocker as well. Students can also download and get a print of their results.

At the same time, apart from the official website of CBSE, students can also check their class 12 results through the UMANG app. Students can also check their class 12 results through an SMS.

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SC gives no relief to former Maharashtra Home Minister, to hear plea Aug 3

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The Supreme Court on Friday did not grant any protection from arrest to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on his plea seeking protection from any “coercive action” in the money laundering case registered against him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

A bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar has scheduled the matter for hearing on August 3. “List this plea on August 3 along with connected cases, so that similar orders are passed in all cases with regard to no coercive action,” said the bench.

The ED had issued summons to Deshmukh, a Nationalist Congress Party leader, and his son Hrishikesh seeking their appearance. Deshmukh, who had skipped the previous summonses by the agency, had, in the plea to the top court, challenged these summonses and sought protection for both himself and his son.

Deshmukh has been accused of extortion from a bunch of Mumbai orchestra bars and money laundering, and the matter is being probed by the ED. It has been alleged that Rs 4.7 crore was collected as “extortion” from the orchestra bars by now-dismissed Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze allegedly on Deshmukh’s instructions. Later, this amount was transferred to Deshmukh’s Nagpur-based educational trust by his son, Hrishikesh. According to the allegation, the transaction was routed via two hawala operators and was showed as a “donation”.

The 71-year-old NCP leader is the president of the trust and his two sons, Salil and Hrishikesh, are trustees.

On May 11, a case was registered against the former minister and on June 25, the ED raided Deshmukh’s residences in Nagpur, Mumbai, and three other places. In April, the CBI had conducted raids at four premises of Deshmukh after registering an FIR against him in connection with the case.

Param Bir Singh, former Commissioner of Mumbai Police, in his letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, alleged that Deshmukh had indulged in “malpractices” and asked Waze to collect Rs 100 crore every month.

Earlier this week, the top court had adjourned the matter for a hearing on Friday and asked Deshmukh’s legal counsel to provide a copy of the plea to the ED and the Maharashtra government.

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Yogi Adityanath for 24X7 ambulance availability

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to ensure round the clock availability of ambulance services in all districts, in view of the impending third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Addressing a Covid evaluation meeting on Friday, the chief minister said, “Strict action will be taken against the guilty if any incident of sudden death due to unavailability of ambulance takes place. Under no circumstances, patient or their families should suffer.”

The official spokesman said that all district magistrates have been asked to keep a constant watch on the arrangements of ambulance operations in their respective districts.

The chief minister also asked the officials to improve the response time of the ambulances.

The ambulance staff should be trained to adopt a sensitive approach towards parents or guardians of children and the ambulances have been equipped with all life-saving equipment for the treatment of children so that they can be given first aid till they reach the hospital in view of any urgency.

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