No fewer than 19 students in India’s Telangana state are thought to have committed suicide, after failing school final examinations, officials and news reports said on Thursday.
Parents and students have been protesting across the state since the results of the Intermediate Examination for students of the two senior most grades were announced on April 18. Out of the 974,000 students, who appeared for the Intermediate Exam, a total of 328,000 failed, Telenga Chief Minister, Chandrasekhar Rao, said in a statement.
He has set up a three-member panel to probe conduct and assessment of answer papers. “There have been a spate of suicides which, on preliminary investigations, are linked to the examination results,’’ Senior Police Official, Shika Goel, said. The number of students, who appeared for the exam and had committed suicide since the results were announced, clocked 19 on Thursday with two more deaths, the Times of India newspaper reported. Rao held a meeting with senior officials of the education and related departments late on Wednesday and announced a free-of-cost re-evaluation of answer papers.
He appealed to the students to be courageous and not to commit suicide.
“Though one fails in the examination, there will be plenty of opportunities,’’ Rao said. Activists say there is intense pressure on students, especially in the southern Indian states, to secure high marks in board examinations and entrance tests to engineering and medical colleges. “Counselling should be made mandatory before the examinations and after results are declared,’’ Rajendra Prasad, Chief Coordinator of the Hyderabad-based non-profit MV Foundation, said.
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office, on Thursday arrested 32 suspected Internet fraudsters, aka Yahoo Boys.
The suspects, aged between 15 and 39 years, were reportedly arrested on Liberty Estate, in the Laderin area of Abeokuta, Ogun State, during an early morning sting operation carried out by men of the commission.
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As mass protests rock other Arab countries, a snap referendum in Egypt has gone against the grain and cemented President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s rule for years to come.
The three-day ballot saw constitutional changes sail through that allow the former military chief to stay in power until 2030, boost his control over the judiciary and give the army even greater influence in political life.
Amid criticism that Sisi has silenced opposition and cracked down on freedoms, officials said more than 88 percent of ballots cast were for “yes”.
Continue reading Egypt’s Referendum Could let President Sisi rule up to 2030
A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday blocked a Trump administration cutoff of U.S. subsidies for poor women obtaining birth control from Planned Parenthood and other clinics that offer abortion services or information to patients, according to the state attorney general.
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Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege called Tuesday for justice for victims of sexual violence in conflict zones, as the UN Security Council approved a watered-down resolution largely stripped of substance by the United States and Russia.
The vote on the German-drafted resolution was held after intense last minute negotiations and additional changes in wording. Thirteen countries voted in favour while Russia and China abstained.
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AccuWeather has warned of new cyclone in the southern Indian Ocean that may hit parts of Mozambique and Tanzania later this week.The tropical storm will be named Kenneth and contains sustained winds of 63-87 km/h (39-54 mph).
According to Meteo France, the French national meteorological service, Kenneth underwent additional strengthening on Tuesday, and has been rated a moderate tropical storm. But a moderate tropical storm is equal to a tropical storm in the Atlantic and East Pacific oceans.“Further strengthening is possible into Thursday as the storm approaches the southern coast of Tanzania and northern coast of Mozambique,” AccuWeather says.
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On Tuesday, Myanmar’s Supreme Court rejected the appeals of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters reporters who have been jailed in the country since December 2017, accused of disseminating state secrets pertinent to national security.
The landmark case in which the journalists were sentenced to seven years behind bars last September has become a symbol of Myanmar’s crumbling press freedoms.
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A junior solicitor has been handed a six-month suspension after a small cannabis farm was found in her home.
Michelle Davis escaped being struck off by a disciplinary tribunal after the panel accepted that the drugs weren’t hers.
Davis, 37 this year, qualified as a solicitor in 2012. At the time of the drug bust she worked for Adnan Hanif Solicitors in Nelson, Lancashire.
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The Nigerian Communications Commission has declared the registration of 95.7 million Subscriber Identity Module cards invalid because of improper capture of fingerprints and faces.
Thus, the telecommunications regulatory agency may soon send the owners of the SIM cards back to registration centres where their details would be properly captured.
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Then went out the news (true or false) of inclusion of Hon Justice Oyewole, a serving justice of the Nigerian Court of Appeal and an indigene of Osun State, Nigeria, in the Election Appeal Tribunal to hear and determine the appeal arising from the 2019 Governorship Election Petition in Osun State.
Then, I remembered an arm of the twin pillars of natural justice applies here: nemo judex in causa sua (one ought to not be a judge in one`s own case). Then I decided to refer to the following cases of interest and leave lawyers to ruminate over the same.
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