Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader and former MLA Marri Shashidhar Reddy Monday welcomed the Centre’s decision to drop the provision of mandatory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states in the revised draft education policy. “No doubt that the three language policy has been enunciated long back. But, it was almost given up. Recalling the long anti-Hindi agitation that was witnessed particularly in Tamil Nadu, now, for that to find a place in 2019 in draft education policy, was something which was not necessary,” he said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe knowledge of English gave a headstart to Indians in the IT sector, while the Chinese struggled to learn English, he said. If a student feels that a certain language would help him, he would choose it but no language should be imposed, he said. Organisations like the Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, which actively spread Hindi in the southern states, should be strengthened, Reddy, a former vice-chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), said. The Centre on Monday dropped the contentious provision of mandatory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states, as it issued a revised draft education policy amid outrage over its earlier suggestion. The DMK and other parties in Tamil Nadu had strongly opposed the three-language formula in the draft National Education Policy.
President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the relevant authorities to expedite investigations against those who are in custody under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for minor offences related to the Easter Sunday attack and release those who are innocent.President Sirisena gave these instructions when the National Security Council convened at the Presidential Secretariat, the President’s Office said today. Security arrangements and the prevailing situation in the country were discussed at a length during the meeting and the process to ensure national security was also reviewed. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and several other Ministers, the Secretary of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Commanders of the tri-forces, intelligence officers and the IGP were among those who were present at the Council meeting. (Colombo Gazette) The President emphasized the importance of continuing the current security arrangements that are in place at places of worship.