School fret as Maha education dept calls for competency tests in April

Competency tests to assess students first language and math skills will be conducted in April for Class 1 to 8 by the state’s education department. While the department has made the test mandatory for all the boards, which it wants to be part of year-end exams, schools have complained that they go on a summer break in April and some of the CBSE, ICSE schools begin classes for the new academic year during that period. These tests are part of the Pragat Shaikshanik (Progressive in Education) Maharashtra initiative started in…

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Reliance Jio Effect: BSNL Halves Unlimited Calls Rental for Landlines to Rs. 49 a Month for New Subscribers

State-run telecom operator BSNL on Monday halved the monthly rental for unlimited calling from landline to any network on Sundays and night hours to Rs. 49 from Rs. 99. “To attract new customers to experience wireline services, BSNL launched a very cost effective and affordable promotional landline voice plan ‘Experience LL 49’,” BSNL said in a statement. Under this plan, a fixed monthly charge of Rs. 49 is applicable for the first six months and after that, the customer shall be charged as per the general plan of the respective…

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BSNL Rs. 149 Plan for New Customers Offers 30 Minutes of Free Calls Per Day and 300MB Data

State-owned telecom operator BSNL on Monday came out with a prepaid scheme under which new subscribers can make 30 minutes of free voice calls – local and STD – daily to any other network for a month, for Rs. 149. BSNL customers will also have an option to get similar free unlimited calls for three months by paying lumpsum amount of Rs. 439, BSNL said in a statement. In addition to the free calls, customers will get 300MB of mobile data as part of the BSNL Rs. 439 offer and Rs. 149…

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Merkel calls EU summit a critical moment

– German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the European Union as being in a critical situation as EU ministers met Friday, without the United Kingdom, for a special summit. “We have to show with our actions that we can get better,” she said, noting a need for improvements in border security, the unified fight against terrorism and cooperation in defense and in job growth. Heads of state and foreign ministers of 27 countries met in Bratislava, Slovakia, with the prime topic the future of the EU after a vote by Britain…

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