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Bihar poll verdict has lessons for BJP, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

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BENGALURU: The resounding victory of the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) led by Nitish Kumar in Bihar has some pertinent lessons for major parties in Karnataka – the BJP, Congress and JD(S).

While the verdict is a wake-up call to the BJP to rein in its hotheads, it’s also a message to Siddaramaiah to put the brakes on his Ahinda (Kannada acronym for minorities, backward classes and dalits) agenda and focus on good governance and development.

“The outcome of the Bihar polls should be an eye-opener for the Congress that one needs to deliver good governance and have a clean image to make a comeback.The verdict also suggests that you can’t win elections with narrow social and caste engineering,” political analyst Sandeep Shastri said.

Some experts also say the mandate was against “intolerance” and “hatred”.”The verdict is loud and clear. The voter is not prepared to allow political leaders to maroon him in the islands of social and caste identities, just as he would reject the vendors of communal divisiveness.He would walk away from parties that remain indifferent to the demands of good governance and development,” said Harish Ramaswamy, a political analyst from north Karnataka.

The result also has some lessons for the JD(S). Ramaswamy says the party leaders need to review their poll strategies since most elections in India henceforth are likely to be fought between the BJP and the Mahagathbandhan.

“The Congress would now be keen to replicate the Mahagathbandhan experiment nationally to take on the BJP. Even Siddaramaiah would have no choice but to take the JD(S) and other minor parties along with him to fight future polls, including the 2018 assembly elections,” a senior Congress leader said. The defeats in Delhi and Bihar may have made the BJP realize that electorates in states vote differently in Lok Sabha and assembly polls. “That way, former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, who is lobbying to head the state unit of the party, may have a better chance for a comeback,” a senior BJP leader said.

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Driven by passion, these students make it to top

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BENGALURU: Single-minded pursuit and perseverance, that’s what keep toppers going and these achievers are no different. Srirama Prakhya, a Class 10 student of Primus Public School in the city, is the world topper in Chemistry and Physics in the Cambridge International IGCSE examinations held in June 2015. Not just that, he’s also the national topper in French.

“I focused on what I wanted to achieve. Chemistry has always been my favourite subject and I’m very happy with my performance. My goal is to make it to an IIT and then to an IIM. The ultimate goal would be to pursue MBA from Harvard University. I am thankful to my parents and teacher for their encouragement and support,” said Srirama.

That the boy made his school proud shows in his principal’s words. “I am proud and happy with his achievement,” said Anuradha Krishnan, principal, Primus Public School.

Several students from Inventure Academy too have come out with flying colours in the November 2014 and March-June 2015 Cambridge Examination series.

“I appeared for Math exams for Classes 11 and 12; I could pull it off because of my interest in the subject and my determination. I didn’t depend on tutorials.Instead, I learnt a lot from YouTube videos and other online education sites which are creative and innovative. I plan to take up theoretical physics and humanities,” said Sridhar Prabhu from Inventure Academy, who has topped in A level Mathematics and AS level Computing. Prabhu is a Class XI student.

A level History topper Anusha Ramji of Class 11was driven by her passion for the subject . “I didn’t have fixed study hours. I also pursued piano and design classes with equal passion and tried to keep stress at bay . I aspire a career in psychiatry ,” she said.

Language topper Niketa Nerurkar of BSc 1st year had a difficult task on hand. “I’m a regional-level table tennis player and had to keep a balance between studies and extracurricular activities.One cannot have a proper agenda for preparation when it comes to languages because anything and everything can be asked in the exam. I read a lot and kept myself updated on world affairs so that I have enough information. I aim to pursue neuropsychology .”

Academy principal Mallika Sen said the awards recognize the talent, dedication and commitment of both students and staff. “Our students have lived up to Inventure Academy’s philosophy of aiming for excellence in academics as well as holistic learning,” she added.

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Marks for ISC practicals shrink from 50% to 30%

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BENGALURU: In keeping with the requirements of many universities, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has revised for its Class XII students the ratio of marks for theory and practical components for some subjects. These are Computer Science, Fashion Designing, Physical Education, Indian Music (Hindustani), Indian Music (Carnatic) and Western Music, and the ratio has changed from 50:50 to 70:30.The new ratio that gives lower marks for practicals will kick in from ISC (Class XII) examination 2016 onwards. Also, the theory and practical components of the examination in these subjects will get three hours each.

All principals have been asked to inform candidates sitting for the ISC (Class XII) 2016 exam of the change. This year, 71,141 students from 909 schools affiliated to the council all over India will be sitting for the 12th board exams. ISC (XII) conducts written exam on 58 subjects: 15 Indian languages, 8 foreign languages and 3 classical languages.

For faster declaration of results, the council will introduce the Live Ink Character Recognition (LICR) solution tool in 2016. This technology is set to make evaluation of answer scripts and results errorfree. It will not only cut down the time taken in evaluation but also rid students of the inconvenience caused due to errors in their mark sheets.

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