QBullet: Yakub’s 2001 Statement, Vyapam Whistleblowers and More

Here’s a look at the news and views across the papers this morning.

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Read below Yakub Memon’s statement in Tada court. (Photo Courtesy: pixgood.com)

1. I Came Back To Clear My Name, Remove Stigma: Yakub

Statements Yakub Memon had given on July 7, 2001, in the TADA court during his trial, have been taken into consideration by the court to appreciate the “truthfulness or otherwise of the case of the prosecution”.

I had very high hopes and respect for the authorities before whom I had surrendered in the month of July, 1994. But the same were belied and I feel betrayed. Yet I have not lost faith in truth and justice. I have immense faith in the Constitution of India ... I was never arrested on August 5, 1994 as falsely shown by the CBI officer...

Read the full report here.

2. Vyapam Whistleblowers Pay Price For Being Right

Whistleblowers of Madhya Pradesh’s infamous Vyapam scam are under relentless pressure to back down in a scam that even threatens the career of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The scandal, in which thousands of people got jobs or entry into medical schools from systematic rigging of exams by organised gangs as well as people close to Chouhan, has got murkier with the mysterious deaths of at least 40 people linked to the fraud.

Read the full report here.

3. Apprenticeship Could Be Real Key to Skill India’s Success

It is estimated that by 2022, India’s working age population will reach 600 million. That kind of human resources can have immense impact on economic growth. But most of it likely could be of little use other than to be employed in less productive, bottom-of-the-rung, manual jobs.

India’s workforce is among the world’s least skilled – only 3.5% of India’s workforce has skills of any sort, while the comparable number for China is 47%, Germany 74%, Japan 80% and South Korea a stupendous 96%.

Read the full piece here.

4. Adoptions Set To Be Faster, Easier and Cleaner

New guidelines on adoption processes will cut down red-tape, treat non-resident Indians on par with Indian citizens and provide pre-adoption foster care – among others.

A prospective parent can register online through the child adoption resource information and guidance system and check for children legally available for adoption according to age, language and other criteria.

Read the full report here.

5. Nitish, Kejriwal Bond Over AAP’s Purvanchali Vote Base

Upcoming Bihar elections may have prompted CM Nitish Kumar to make repeated visits to and express full support for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, say sources.

For Nitish Kumar, another factor could be driving him to pursue Kejriwal – a 40-lakh strong purvanchali population in Delhi with strong ties back home.

Read the full piece here.

6. 49% of Children Out of School are SC/STs, 25% are Muslims: Survey

Around 60 lakh children between ages six and 13 remain unschooled, reveals a union government-backed survey.

In all, around 3% of the total 20.4 crore school-going children in the country are deprived of their right to education.

Read the full report here.

7. A Department of State

The fundamental disagreement in the clash of the titans, Amartya Sen and Pratap Bhanu Mehta, appears to centre on the question of whether political interference in universities today is more egregious than in the past.

Read Niraja Gopal Jayal’s full opinion piece here.

8. Winds of Change in West Asia

The Iran nuclear deal can only be judged against the options available. Therefore, the Joint Comprehensive Plan is the best deal possible for ushering in non-proliferation, regional balance, stability and ensuring stronger India-Iran relations.

Read Rakesh Sood’s opinion piece here.

9. Album of the Unborn, Couples’ New Fad

Expecting mothers in Mumbai are asking for foetal ultrasound scans so that they can keep the images of their unborn as a memory.

Preserving the foetal ultrasound scan, taking the first foot imprints of the child and turning it into a family album is a fad in western countries.

Read the full report here.

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