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Universities With Top NAAC Ratings To Provide Online Degree Courses

New Delhi: Higher education institutions with top National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) ratings will offer three-year degree programmes through open and distance learning (ODL) mode. 

These degrees will be treated at par with regular courses. 
This was resolved at the 65th meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) on higher education. The meeting also decided to make efforts to increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) to 30% in next five years.

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Rajnath Assails Cong Over Rahul's Speeches Abroad

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has taken an umbrage at the Congress over its president raising domestic issues at international fora, and said that it was one of the reasons behind its "fast deteriorating political graph".

In his inaugural address at the Delhi BJP's executive committee meeting, Singh said, "It is a sad situation and one reason behind the Congress's fast deteriorating political graph in the country." 

Congress president Rahul Gandhi during his USA trip last year and recent Bahrain visit had attacked the prime minister and the BJP, accusing them of doing "divisive" politics.

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Govt To Construct 14,460 Bunkers In Jammu Region Along Loc And IB

New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir government will construct 14,460 bunkers at a cost of Rs 415.73 crore, within three kms along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in the Jammu region.

In a written reply to a question from MLA Kamal Verma in the state Assembly, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the Union home ministry had conveyed its sanction for the construction of the bunkers in the border districts of Jammu region.

She said the state government would specify the building norms for all these areas, up to five kms from the border.

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Apex Court Seeks Docs Pertaining To Death Of Justice Loya From Maha Govt

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra government to give all documents pertaining to the death of Justice BH Loya to the petitioners seeking an independent probe into the circumstances of the death of the CBI special judge. 

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and MM Shantanagoudar passed the direction after the Maharashtra government submitted before the court documents, including Loya's postmortem report, in a sealed cover. The bench adjourned the hearing for after a week without specifying any dates.

Judge Loya had allegedly died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter. The judge was presiding over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

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Govt Ends Subsidy On Haj Air Travels, Opens Sea Route

New Delhi: There will be no subsidy for Haj from this year, minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Tuesday. Naqvi told reporters that despite the subsidy withdrawal, a record number of 1.75 lakh Muslims will undertake the pilgrimage this year from India

Naqvi also said that the Saudi Arabian government has in principle agreed to allow Haj journey from India by ships and officials of the two countries will sit together to finalise the modalities

"This is part of our policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement," Naqvi told reporters and cited a host of measures for the welfare of minorities