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News in Short - 01-September-2019

Sarah Cohen, oldest member of Kochi's Jewish community dies

Date: 01 September 2019 Tags: Obituaries
  • Sarah Cohen, the oldest member of the once sizeable Jewish community, passed away aged 96. 
  • She was the oldest and one of the last remaining Jewish persons living in Mattancherry Jewish colony, that was once thickly populated by the community ever since an expelled group from Iberia (Spain) came to Kochi more than 500 years ago.

Delhi government extends free JEE, NEET coaching for need based students

Date: 01 September 2019 Tags: Education
  • Delhi government has announced to start a free-of-cost support to train government school students for NEET and JEE entrance exams.
  • Career Launcher, India's leading test-preparation organisation and  has been hired to provide free entrance coaching in schools.
  • Students will get 130 hours of training, spanning all the four key subjects - physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics
  • The online test series is specially designed to give the students a real experience of the exam.

Tripura to sell mustard oil and tea in ration shops

Date: 01 September 2019 Tags: Society
  • After introducing lentil pulses in fair price shops, Tripura’s government recently announced it would sell tea and mustard oil in ration shops at subsidised rates to strengthen the Public Distribution System (PDS).
  • PDS strengthening has instantly got focus in Tripura since 67 per cent of the state’s 37 lakh population are ‘poor’ and they view subsidised food products as a major relief from inflation.

Pakistan observes ‘Kashmir hour'

Date: 01 September 2019 Tags: India & World
  • Pakistan had observed “Kashmir Hour” to express “solidarity” with the Kashmiri people after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Art 370 of Indian constitution.
  • Education institutions, government and private offices, banks, traders, lawyers and military authorities are taking part in the events which is aimed to create public rhetoric.
  • Traffic signals across Pakistan turned red during the half-hour demonstration and only ambulances were to be allowed to move. All trains were also asked to halt for at least a minute so that railway workers could take part in the event.

Himachal Pradesh passes bill against forced conversion

Date: 01 September 2019 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • The Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed a bill called ‘the Himachal Pradesh freedom of religion Bill 2019’ against conversion in the state.
  • The new Bill proposes stringent punishments which can be up to seven years in jail compared to the three years under the existing law.
  • The Bill prohibits conversion by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, inducement, marriage or any fraudulent means. Any marriage for the sole purpose of conversion will also be declared null and void under Section 5 of the Bill.