DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2022, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES WORLD UK GOVT APPROVES EXTRADITION OF ASSANGE TO U.S.; HE PLANS TO APPEAL PAGE 16 There’s strong possibility of J&K polls by the end of this year: Rajnath ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, JUNE 17 IN THE first indication of a timeline for Assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Fridaythatthereisa“strongpossibility” of starting the electoral process by “the end of this year”. In August 2019, the State of J&K lost its special status following the abrogation of Article 370 and was downgraded to a Union Territory — the State’s bifurcation led to the creation of a separate UT of Ladakh. Speakingatafunctionorganised to mark 200 years of the coronation of Maharaja Gulab Singh, the first Dogra ruler of the princely State of J&K, Singh said, “Mujhe lagta hai ki is saal ke ant tak ho sakta hai ki chunavi prakriyabhiprarambhho.Iskiprabal sambhavna hai (I think the electoralexercisemayalsocommence by the end of this year. There is a strong possibility).” Referringtotherecentlyconcluded delimitation exercise, he CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 `7.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 NOTIFICATION WITHIN TWO DAYS: ARMY CHIEF EXPRESS INVESTIGATION - PART 1 As protests rage, Services ready From Emergency to to start Agnipath recruitment Gujarat riots, lessons of past deleted from textbooks of future Age relaxation shows Govt cares for youth: Rajnath EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 AS AUTHORITIES grappled with protests against the short-term Agnipath recruitment scheme for the armed forces, the three services announced Friday that they were all set to start the recruitment process. The Indian Army said a notificationwillbeissuedinthenext two days while the Indian Air Force said the recruitment process will start June 24. The Indian Navy too said the process will begin very soon. The announcements came a day after the government announced a one-time age relaxation for candidates this year, raising the upper age limit from 21 to 23 years. On Friday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the “relaxation of age indicates that the governmentcaresforouryouth”. He said the Department of Military Affairs, Ministry of Defence and the services “are committedtocommencetherecruitment process at the earliest” and “we invite the youth of our country to join the Indian Armed Forces and serve the nation through Agnipath.” Welcoming the age relaxation decision, Army chief General Manoj Pande said the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 6 A train set on fire during protests at Danapur railway station near Patna on Friday. PTI Secunderabad protester killed in police firing, more trains torched in Bihar, UP EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 AS VIOLENT protests against the Agnipath recruitment scheme continued acrossthecountry for theseconddayonFriday,ayouth BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY from Telangana became the first casualty, killed in police firing in Secunderabad. Besides Telangana, the protests were most violent in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh, where protesters set ablaze a train, buses and a police outpost, and NDA-ruled Bihar, where the houses of state BJP president Dr Sanjay Jaiswal and Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi were targeted and several coaches of at least 14 trains were set on fire. Protests were also reported CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Why age relaxation can also become a problem KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 MOVING TO allay concerns and dial down anger on the streets over the short-term Agnipath recruitment scheme for the armed forces, the government announced a one-time relaxation in the upper age limit for entrants this year, raising it from 21 to 23 years, saying there had been no recruitment in the last two years. But this one-time waiver can also become a problem. Recruitmentdatashowsthat the intake of 46,000 recruits this CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Express matched NCERT’s revisions with content in 21 history, political science and sociology textbooks for Classes 6 to 12 — found sweeping changes RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 DELETING REFERENCES to the 2002Gujaratriots,droppingpassagesthatdealtwithEmergency’s draconian impact on people and institutions, removing chapters on protests and social movements, including those spearheaded by the Narmada Bachao Andolan, Dalit Panthers and Bharatiya Kisan Union. These are some of the most sweeping changes in social science school textbookssincetheNDAgovernment came to power in 2014. These changes result from a textbook “rationalisation” exercise undertaken by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) six months ago for all subjects. It don’t bother for scars any more. To get blemish free skin use NO SCARS. It helps to reduce and remove, scars and marks. RA ALOE VE GUJARAT RIOTS: References dropped from Class 12 textbooks Face h Was EMERGENCY: Chapter slashed, references removed in Class 12 comesaheadof theproposedrevamp of the national school curriculum (National Curriculum Framework or NCF), which will see a further revision in NCERT textbooks. TheIndianExpressscrutinised 21 current history, political scienceandsociologytextbooksfor Classes6to12andmatchedtheir content with tables circulated TOMORROW: SPACE CUT FOR DALIT DISCRIMINATION within NCERT on the proposed changes.Whilethetextbookswill not be reprinted due to shortage of time,thechangeswillbecommunicated to schools formally. This is the third textbook review since 2014. The first one took place in 2017, in which the NCERT made 1,334 changes, including additions, corrections and data updates, in 182 textbooks. The second review was initiated in 2019 at the then Education Minister Prakash Javadekar’s behest to reduce the burden on students. 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