After missing a string of deadlines, the results of the final year polytechnic diploma exam of the Board of Technical Education, Uttar Pradesh (BTEUP) was announced on Friday, ending the uncertainty in the minds of more than 2 lakh students. Like previous years, girls outperformed boys in the exam this year too.  

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    The pass percentage of girls this year is pegged at 73%, compared to the 55% of boys who managed to clear the exams. A total of nearly 15,000 girls appeared in the exam while more than 1.77 lakh boys took the exam, said SN Singh, secretary, board of technical education.
     
    The result was declared on July 28 after the authorities missed several consecutive deadline of announcement of results. The results were first scheduled to be out on June 25, and then rescheduled multiple times to June 30, July 6 and July 13. 
     
    The board conceded that the delays were due to their failure to complete the evaluatioin work on time. Singh told HT that next time it will be declared on time. “There were certain technical issues that has delayed the process of preparing final year result,’ he said.
     
    The BTEUP conducts examinations for students enrolled with polytechnic colleges across Uttar Pradesh in various disciplines like Electrical, Electronics, Civil, Mechanical, Automobile, Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT).

Norwegian woman jailed for 'reporting rape' can leave Dubai

  • AFP, Oslo
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  • Updated: Jul 22, 2013 18:49 IST

Norwegian interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, who reported being raped, is seen at the Norwegian Seamen's Center in Dubai. (Reuters Photo)


The Norwegian woman sentenced to jail after reporting being raped by a co-worker in the United Arab Emirates is free to leave the country, Norway's foreign minister said Monday.

"Marte (Dalelv) is released! Thanks to everyone who signed up to help," Espen Barth Eide wrote on Twitter.

A spokeswoman for the Norwegian foreign ministry said that Dalelv had been pardoned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

"She hasn't been deported, she has been pardoned. She can remain in Dubai if she wishes. Her passport has been returned to her," foreign ministry spokeswoman Ragnhild Imerslund said.

"She will travel home shortly," she added.

Dalelv, 24, risked 16 months in jail after being convicted last week by a Dubai court of extramarital sex, perjury and consuming alcohol without a licence.

She was detained when reporting being raped to police in the United Arab Emirates in March, 2013.

Dalelv was released four days later with the assistance of Norwegian diplomats and has been staying at the Norwegian Seamen's Church in Dubai for the past several months.

"I am very nervous and tense. But I hope for the best and I take one day at a time. I just have to get through this," she said on Friday.

 

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