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Four Class X Students Just Fall Short of One Mark to Clean Sweep

New Delhi:  The Central Board of Secondary Education declared class X result on Tuesday in which four students have fallen just one mark short of a clean sweep. They all belonged to smaller towns and cities.They topped the first compulsory board exams for Class X students conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in nine years.

Prakhar Mittal of Delhi Public School, Gurugram; RimzhimAgarwal of RP Public School, Bijnor (UP); NandiniGarg of Scottish International School, Shamli (UP); and Sreelakshmi G of Bhavan’sVidyalaya, Kochi (Kerala) each scored 499 marks out of 500. Seven students finished joint second with 498 marks and 14 students joint third with 497, the CBSE said.

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Finance Portfolio Becomes Bone Of Contention Between JD (S) And Congress

New Delhi: With finance portfolio being the major bone of contention between the Congress and JD (S),the tussle between the ruling coalition partners in Karnataka continues over portfolio allocation on Monday. However, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamyclaimed that the issue would be resolved by Tuesday.

During a three-hour meeting at GhulamNabi Azad’s residence in New Delhi, Kumaraswamy reportedly told Congress leaders that it has been the convention in coalition governments in Karnataka to allow the junior partner to keep the finance portfolio. When Congress leaders argued on why it had the right to stake claim to the key portfolio, the CM sought time, saying he would consult JD(S) chief HD DeveGowda.

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After Getting Reports From Observers, ECI To Take A Call On Repolling Today

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India(ECI) has announced that it would take a call on the extent of re-polling on Tuesday after receiving reports from its observers. As per convention, if polling is disrupted for over two hours, it is taken as a valid reason to order a re-poll in that particular polling booth.Malfunctioning VVPATs (paper trail counts) marred parliamentary and assembly bypolls on Monday, forcing the Election Commission to use over 1,200 reserve machines.

An EC fact-sheet said the percentage of VVPATs that had to be replaced was 20.8% in Kairana, 19.2% in Bhandara-Gondiya, 13.2% in Palghar assembly, 12.4% in Maheshtala assembly and 11% in Shahkot assembly. Across all four parliamentary seats and nine assembly seats where bypolls were held on Monday, 11.6% VVPATs had to be replaced, even as the percentage of EVMs replaced was less than 1%. BJP and the opposition demanded repolling in several booths.

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Police Tell The Court, Sunanda Had Mailed Her Wish to Die To Her Husband

New Delhi: The police told a special court on Monday that SunandaPushkar had written to her husband ShashiTharoor around nine days before she had died in a mysterious circumstance in a luxury hotel room in Delhi. She wrote: “I have no will to live...all I pray for is death.”

“The deceased used to write poems. On January 8, 2014, she said —‘I don’t care about the test. I have no will to live. All I pray for is death’—in an e-mail to the accused,” additional public prosecutor Atul Kumar Shrivastava told additional chief metropolitan magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal.

The hearing happened in the special court designated to hear matters pertaining to MPs and MLAs after the filing of chargesheet on May 14. Shrivastava asked the court to take cognisance of the chargesheet and summon Tharoor, who has been charged for abetment to suicide and domestic cruelty.

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Pranab Mukherjee To Address Workers Of The RSS In Nagpur

New Delhi: An invitation was extended to Former president Pranab Mukherjee to address the RSS’s third-year camp for members studying to qualify as pracharaks, which the former President has accepted. Mukherjee will address members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at its headquarters in Nagpur on June 7.

According to a senior functionary of the RSS and an official from Mukherjee’s office, “He will go to Nagpur to attend the event. He will spend two days in Nagpur and return on June 8.”