20 more kids die, Bihar encephalitis toll hits 93

Twenty more children succumbed to acute encephalitis syndrome in the last 24 hours, taking the toll in Muzaffarpur and other districts of Bihar to 93. “The government will leave no stone unturned to contain it at the earliest. All possible measures are being taken for the purpose,” Union health minister Harsh Vardhan told relatives of affected children.​

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PM Modi calls all-party meet on June 19

Making the announcement at the usual meeting of political parties called on the eve of the 17th Lok Sabha convening on Monday, PM Modi said Parliament should begin with “fresh zeal and new thinking”. Besides “One Nation, One Election”, the meeting would discuss celebration of 75 years of India’s Independence in 2022, parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said.

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Maldives may scrap ocean deal with China

An agreement China signed with the Maldives to build an observatory in the Indian Ocean is likely to be scrapped, as India’s relations with its maritime neighbour enter a purple patch following the exit of former Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen. Local government sources in Male told TOI that the agreement Yameen signed with China in 2017 is “not on the table”. ​

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A common entrance exam for all colleges?

The draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 has proposed common modular entrance examinations for college admissions to be conducted multiple times each year in various subjects, which could replace the entrance tests held by various varsities. The exams would test students on logic and quantitative reasoning as well as their specialised subjects.

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Yash Birla named ‘wilful defaulter’ by UCO Bank

Yashovardhan Birla has been declared a wilful defaulter by UCO Bank for non-repayment of Rs 67 crore by Birla Surya Limited – one of the companies in his group. Notifying him as a wilful defaulter, the bank said the company had a credit limit of Rs 100 crore, of which Rs 67 crore plus interest was due. The loan was classified as non-performing asset in 2013.

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