JAC 10th result: Jharkhand board says matric pass percentage lowest since 2006, boys outdo girls

The Jharkhand matriculation, or class 10 results, declared on Tuesday witnessed the lowest pass percentage since 2006, with just 59.48% of over four lakh students clearing the exams this year. Of the 4,28,379 students who took the exam at 954 centres across the state, only 2,54,830 have passed, the Jharkhand Academic Council, which declared the JAC 10th result, said. “We will review the reasons of falling pass percentage,” JAC chairperson Arvind Prasad Singh said. Former education secretary AP Singh, who is currently on training, said, “Prima facie it seems strict…

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Pound has best day’s gain since 2008 after Brexit speech

The pound saw its best day’s gain in more than eight years against the dollar on Tuesday, helped by rising inflation and the Prime Minister Theresa May’s major speech on Brexit. Official figures showed inflation rose to 1.6%, a level that may usher in higher interest rates. That boosted sterling and Mrs May’s speech spurred on that rally. Its best move was against the dollar, against which it closed in London trade up almost 3% at $1.2392. Dealers said that rise, which was the best for the pound since October…

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Did Spending On Health And Education Fall Since 2014? Finally Some Answers

Two new studies are finally helping answer the question–did spending on social sectors like education and healthcare fall in the last two years? When Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the budget in 2015 and 2016, the Narendra Modi government was criticised for making cuts in spending on key social sectors including health and education. At first glance, this seemed to be true. Caveats: the numbers are from the Finance Ministry’s Indian Public Finance Statistics 2015-16 and so the 2014-15 and 2015-16 numbers are revised estimates and budget estimates respectively, and…

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