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Govt to maintain status quo on medium of instruction

PANAJI: Allaying fears of change in medium of instruction in primary classes, the Education Minister, Mr Atanasio Monserrate on Thursday announced on the floor of the Goa legislative assembly that the government would retain the existing system of imparting primary education (Class I to IV) in mother tongue and upper primary (Class V to VIII) in English medium.

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Curbs soon on casinos: Ravi

PANAJI:  Coming out with an assurance that the government would formulate the regulatory rules for controlling operations on casinos within next two  months, the Home Minister, Mr Ravi Naik on Thursday said  the government will also ban entry of youth below 21 years in casinos.
“However, we will have to think about the entry of those under-21 youth in casinos that go there for the purpose of employment,” he added.

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Child sex ratio drops in India, also in Goa

NEW DELHI:  Indicating a continuing preference for boys in society, the child sex ratio in India has dropped to 914 females against 1,000 males -- the lowest since Independence -- in the provisional 2011 Census report released on Thursday.

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India’s population is 1.21 billion

NEW DELHI:  India’s population rose to 1.21 billion people over the last 10 years -- an increase by 181 million, according to the new Census released on Thursday, but significantly the growth is slower for the first time in nine decades.

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INDIA GEAR UP FOR LANKA CHALLENGE

BY SUDHAKAR SHANBHAG
All of India can breathe easy for a while after the Men in Blue won  the ‘Mother of All Cricket Battles’ against Pakistan on Wednesday night in Mohali. What a win it turned out to be for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Co, which put them into Saturday’s final in Mumbai.

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Shunglu attacks Kalmadi, Bhanot over CWG contracts

NEW DELHI: The Shunglu Committee has faulted the sacked chief of Commonwealth Games organising body, Mr Suresh Kalmadi and his aides over award of contracts saying there was “extreme concentration of powers at the top” and “conflict of interest” among the organising committee (OC) officials.

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India, Pakistan positive after discussing terror

NEW DELHI: India on Monday sought voice samples of the suspected Mumbai terror attack plotters in Pakistan as home secretaries of the two countries ended the first day of talks -- their first in more than two years -- on a positive note.

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PAC calls Tata, Anil Ambani and Radia

NEW DELHI:  Parliament’s public accounts committee has called leading industrialists, including Mr Ratan Tata and Mr Anil Ambani, and corporate lobbyist Ms Niira Radia to appear before the panel in connection with the 2G spectrum scam which it is probing.

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Tiger population rises to 1706

NEW DELHI: Reflecting a reversal of trend, the tiger population of the country has shown an increase from 1411 in 2006 to 1706 last year, with improvement significantly recorded in the reserves in Naxal-affected areas.

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