Institutes soon to get official ranking: Smriti Irani

Indian educational institutes will be accorded official ranking soon and a national framework is getting prepared for the purpose, Union HRD minister Smriti Irani made the announcement in Bhopal on Friday.

However, the minister did not elaborate if the framework will cover both government and private educational institutes.

She was addressing a gathering of students and teaching faculty at National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) at Shyamla Hills, where she launched a teachers' training hub and laid foundation stone of golden jubilee convention centre.

Telangana Becomes India's 29th State; KCR to be Sworn In as First Chief Minister

At midnight, India has got its 29th state in the form of Telangana, which has been carved out of Andhra Pradesh after decades of struggle. Grand celebrations have been going on in Hyderabad, which has turned pink, the colour of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi(TRS) - the party that has been at the forefront of the movement to create a Telangana state.

TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao will take oath at 8:15 am as Telangana's first chief minister, at the Raj Bhavan, possibly along with a 12 to 15 member cabinet.

The TRS won 62 of the 119 seats in the newly formed Telangana Assembly.

Indian gang-rape victim's father rejects compensation offer

Sohan Lal says he wants justice, not money, after government of Uttar Pradesh offered him £5,000 following death of his daughter.

The father of one of two teenagers whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in their village in northern India after they had been gang-raped has said he will refuse compensation offered by local authorities.