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Tiny Bytes: Pregnant women get reserved seats, min marks for entrance to be raised and more

Hi and Welcome to tiny Bytes. Today is Friday, the 22nd of December 2017. Here is a look at some of the week's news for little minds

Proposal to raise min marks in engineering entrance exam from 10 to 20

A proposal has been mooted in a top-level meeting to raise the minimum marks in engineering entrance exam from 10 to 20.

It was also proposed at a meeting for prospectus revision that no compensation should be levied from those who leave the college after the academic year commences. Read more

Pregnant women to get reserved seats in govt and private buses

The Kerala Motor Vehicles Act has been amended to include the provision for reservation of at least one seat for pregnant women on private as well as government buses. The action follows a directive from the Human Rights Commission.

As per the new amendment one seat from those reserved for women in buses will be spared for pregnant women. Read more

PM Modi visits Ockhi-hit Poonthura, Kerala seeks Rs 7340cr package

In a a high-level meeting, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan sought a special central assistance of Rs 7,340 crore for rehabilitation and rebuilding of cyclone affected coastal villages.

This package is besides the Rs 422 crore sought by the state under the National Disaster Relief Fund.

The prime minister assured the state government that the package would be considered sympathetically, an official release said later. Read more

Kerala Dolphins: Police to get new commando wing

Kerala police will get a new commando wing to undertake emergency rescue operations in the sea and lakes.

The new wing is being set up in the wake of setbacks in the Ockhi rescue operations. According to the project planned by coastal AIG Scaria George, selected personnel from the police force will be inducted into the commando wing. Read more

Indians top migration charts, 5 million in Gulf, 2 in US

India has topped the list of people living abroad at 17 million with about 5 million Indians residing in the Gulf region alone, according to a new UN report.

Mexico, Russia, China, Bangladesh, Syria, Pakistan and Ukraine also have large migrant populations living abroad, ranging from 6 to 11 million each, according to the 2017 International Migration Report released here.

In 2017, India was the largest country of origin of international migrants at 17 million, followed by Mexico at 13 million.

In his adopted village, Sachin reviews projects, tests cricketing skills of kids

A festive atmosphere prevailed in Donja village in this district when cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar arrived to a hero's welcome on a visit on Tuesday.

The Rajya Sabha member had come on his maiden trip to review the status of several project works in the village which he has 'adopted' under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) in November 2016. Donja is situated around 330 km from Mumbai. Read more

All railway stations to be 100 per cent LED lit by April 2018: Railways

In an eco-friendly measure to cut power consumption, the Indian Railways on Tuesday said it planned to make all stations cent per cent LED lit by March 31, 2018.

The railways said it was actively working to provide 100 per cent LED lighting for energy needs in railway staff colonies, stations and platforms. Read more

Election results: BJP wins Gujarat Assembly polls, tramples Congress in HP

The BJP fought off a strong challenge from Rahul Gandhi-led Congress to win the Gujarat assembly polls for the sixth straight time today, and also wrested power from the Congress in Himachal Pradesh with a close to two-thirds majority.

The twin victories tightened BJP's grip over the country's politics that saw Congress lose one more state with general elections only 18 months away.

Still, the euphoria in the BJP camp was tempered by the lower-than-expected margin of victory in Gujarat -- it took 99 seats in the 182-member assembly, down from 115 it won in 2012, and far lower than the 150-plus seats it had hoped for. Read more

India slams UNSC's inability to confront terrorism in Afghanistan

Supporters of terror organizations like Taliban, Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Taiba must be forced to stop and all safe havens must end, India has told the UN Security Council, expressing concern over the collapse of security situation in Afghanistan.

Terrorists continue to attack the most vulnerable, including the sick in hospitals, children in schools, devotees in mosques and even mourners at funerals. Terrorist groups have gained territory, deputy permanent representative of India to UN, Tanmaya Lal said during an open debate of the Security Council on Afghanistan. Read more

Trump passes tax law: America's richest get a tax cut of 14%

Washington: The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday to the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, sending a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

In sealing Trump's first major legislative victory since he took office in January, Republicans steamrolled opposition from Democrats to pass a bill that slashes taxes for corporations and the wealthy while giving mixed, temporary tax relief to middle-class Americans. Read more

Australia regain Ashes with Perth demolition

Australia thrashed England by an innings and 41 runs in the third test in Perth on Monday to reclaim the Ashes with two matches to spare and condemn Joe Root's team to a period of gloomy introspection.

Seamer Josh Hazlewood finished with a five-wicket haul as England were bowled out for 218 before tea at the WACA, four years after Alastair Cook's side meekly handed back the urn at the same venue, and with the same humiliating 3-0 scoreline. Read more

That's all for the week kids. Thankyou forl istening. I hope you watch out for Tiny Bytes next week too. Remember it's so important to know whats going on in the world around you

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