The Hindu Important Articles 15 April 2018
Modi takes Metro to Ambedkar memorial
Commuters on the Delhi Metro’s Yellow Line had Prime Minister Narendra Modi as their co-passenger on Friday evening.
Mr. Modi took the metro from Lok Kalyan Marg station to Vidhan Sabha metro station. On the eve of the birth anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Mr. Modi took the public transport to reach 26, Alipur Road, where he was scheduled to inaugurate the Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial.
“PM Modi travelled by the Yellow Line from 5.41 p.m. to 6.01 p.m. Tokens were used by the Prime Minister and accompanying officials” the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement.
DMRC officials added that trains ran on schedule during the PM’s 20-minute ride. “During his travel, services were running normally,” said the DMRC.
India, U.K. in talks over education
Major area of bilateral ties, says envoy
India and the United Kingdom (U.K.) were holding talks to seal an agreement on mutual recognition of educational qualifications, London’s envoy said here on Friday.
Speaking to a group of journalists, Sir Dominic Asquith said that education was a major area of bilateral cooperation between the two sides which was likely to feature in official discussions during the upcoming London visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“We have 14,000 masters students from India in the U.K. Students form an important part of bilateral ties. But the one-year masters degrees given by the UK universities are not recognised in India. So discussion is under way for an agreement to mutually recognise these degrees. This will open up more opportunities for the students and this also seems to be fair to the students,” Mr. Asquith said.
India’s non-recognition of the one-year masters programmes given by various British universities had been an issue between two sides as these courses are popular among Indian students.
One of the factors that had prevented India from recognising the one-year master courses was the fact that several less-reputed educational institutions were also found to be offering such courses, often jeopardising academic prospects of students. But Mr. Asquith assured that the government of Prime Minister Theresa May had undertaken steps to prevent Indian students from falling for such institutions. “We are taking steps against the bogus universities,” said Mr. Asquith.
Agreement with France
India last month signed an agreement on mutual recognition of educational degrees with France, during the visit of President Emmanuel Macron to Delhi. The British envoy observed that ongoing talks between London and Delhi were on the lines of the Indo-France one.
Educational cooperation would be one of the major issues on the table during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to London next week when he is scheduled to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister May’s team. While international issues like the attempted assassination of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter with nerve chemical agent were expected to be the talking points at the Commonwealth meeting, the bilateral issues like cybersecurity cooperation and data protection were also expected to be on top of the agenda.
9 get death for triple murder
Victims were buried alive in Odisha
Nine persons were awarded death sentence in a superstition-related triple murder case, by a sessions court at Gunupur in Odisha’s Rayagada district on Friday.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Subhendu Kumar Pati awarded death penalty to the nine convicts after examining 11 witnesses and other evidence of the prosecution. The murders were committed on September 9, 2016 at Kitung village under Talana panchayat of Gunupur block. The deceased were members of a single family of the village.
Speaking to The Hindu , public prosecutor Krushna Chandra Senapati said 10 persons, including a juvenile, were arrested in connection with the triple murder. The trial against the juvenile is still on.
‘Rarest of rare’
The court considered it to be the rarest of rare murder as the convicts had tortured and killed the victims in cold blood, said Mr. Senapati. Following some deaths and ailments in this remote village, the superstitious inhabitants of Kitung had blamed them on ‘sorcery’ by the victim family.
On the day of the crime, they had abducted and restrained four members of the family, including Asin Sabar (55), his wife Ambae Sabar (50), their two daughters Asamani Sabara (25) and Melita Sabar in a cowshed. Before Melita’s eyes, her parents and elder sister were tortured. Pesticide solution was injected into Asin, Ambae and Asamani. When they became unconscious, the assailants buried them alive in a pit inside the forest near Kitung. The next day they took out the bodies and burnt them using kerosene to destroy evidence.
Melita managed to reach Putasingh police station on September 16 to complain about the murder.