Dalits, tribals prefer loans for home than education

Dalits, tribals prefer loans for home than education

More Dalit and tribal families have been taking home loans over the past few years while the number of education loans has reduced, indicating a new pattern of investments among these communities. A note prepared by the department of financial services in the ministry of finance shows the amount disbursed in home loans in 2017-18 , Rs 2,849.36 crore, has gone up by nearly 50% compared to 2015-16, Rs 1,954.57 crore. Sources add that the rise coincides with the government’s renewed thrust on ‘Housing for all’ by 2022 and the…

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Home Secretary asked to expedite civil judge recruitment process

Home Secretary asked to expedite civil judge recruitment process

The Madras High Court Bench here on Thursday directed the State Home Secretary to expedite the process of amending the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Service (Cadre and Recruitment) Rules, 2007, and the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, as requested by the Registrar General of the High Court for filling up vacancies in lower judiciary in the State. A Division Bench of Justices A. Selvam and N. Authinathan issued the interim direction on a public interest litigation filed by advocate R. Silambaraj seeking a direction to the State government,…

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Delhi University’s Institute of Home Economics to offer Journalism Honours

Delhi University’s Institute of Home Economics to offer Journalism Honours

Delhi University’s Institute of Home Economics is all set to offer BA Journalism (Hons) course from the upcoming academic session. With this, the Institute of Home Economics becomes the only sixth college in the university to offer the course. Already, five colleges in the university — Lady Sri Ram College for Women, Kalindi College, Kamla Nehru College, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce and Maharaja Agrasen College — offer the undergraduate course. “We have already been teaching specialised courses in communication, radio, film production and print media and we have…

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Six surprising ways to challenge yourself creatively from home

Six surprising ways to challenge yourself creatively from home

So you’ve decided to become more creative. Congratulations. Now where do you start? Obviously, you could try the “Batman/Bruce Wayne” route, in which you disappear from your everyday life, scale a remote mountain and learn mystical arts for years before returning home a changed person. But, quite frankly, you’re still halfway through a broadband contract you can’t cancel, and you promised Jim you’d be at his wedding in April. So how do you go about doing it without the dramatic gestures? 1. Add by subtracting Sometimes having all the choice…

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EMIs on home, car, education loans to fall by at least half a per cent

EMIs on home, car, education loans to fall by at least half a per cent

Equated monthly installments (EMIs) on home, car, and education loans will fall by at least half a per cent with banks across the board reducing their lending rates. On Sunday, India’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), fired the first salvo by reducing its marginal cost-based lending rate (MCLR) by a whopping 0.9 per cent. With this, the bank has cut its benchmark rate by nearly 200 basis points from January 2015. Each basis point is equivalent to one-hundredth of a percentage. As the deluge of deposits post demonetisation…

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Suspect held over attack at French retired missionaries’ home

Suspect held over attack at French retired missionaries’ home

A former soldier, suspected of stabbing a woman to death in a retirement home for former missionaries, has been arrested in France. The suspect used to work at the home, near Montpellier, a source close to the investigation told AFP news agency. Prosecutor Christophe Barret said the motive was not clear but it was not linked to “Islamist terrorism”. France remains in a formal state of emergency since a wave of terrorist attacks last year. The suspect, 47, was arrested near his home, about 10 miles (15km) from Montferrier-sur-Lez, the…

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Home Office requested schools census data on nearly 2,500 children

Home Office requested schools census data on nearly 2,500 children

Home Office officials requested information from the national pupil database on nearly 2,500 children for immigration enforcement over 15 months, it has emerged. Peers are expected to challenge the collection, undertaken for the first time this year as part of the schools census, in a Lords debate on Monday, after Liberal Democrat education spokesman Michael Storey tabled a motion of regret over the policy. Human rights groups have urged parents to boycott the questions, amid fears that they would turn teachers into de facto border guards. Answers were not compulsory,…

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EC seeks report from Bengal home secretary over attempted bribery to BJP leader

EC seeks report from Bengal home secretary over attempted bribery to BJP leader

Election commission has asked for report from Bengal home secretary over the matter of attempted bribery to BJP leader Rahul Sinha by two policemen.   BJP’s former state President Rahul Sinha had alleged that two policemen had gone to bribe him on Monday. He is unhappy as the two policemen were not arrested by Kolkata Police. Sinha lodged a complaint with the chief electoral officer (CEO) on Tuesday, urging a probe by the CBI in the matter of attempting to bribe him.   Sinha has also demanded that Kolkata Police…

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