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Sreedhanya Suresh first tribal woman from Kerala to crack UPSC civil services exam

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Sreedhanya Suresh, 25, has become the first woman from Kerala’s tribal community to crack the Civil Services examination.

In her third attempt, she secured the 410th rank to clear the exam.

“I am really excited and happy. When I eventually become an IAS officer, my emphasis would be to improve the education level of the tribal people,” said Suresh.

The record-breaker is the daughter of Suresh and Kamala, who belong to the Kurichiya tribe.
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“Our happiness is sky high… We stretched to the maximum to ensure that she studies well. We ensured that nothing becomes a barrier for her studies and now her hard work has been rewarded,” said Kamala even as her home was full of well wishers who came to celebrate her daughter’s success.

On Thursday, the hilly district was agog as Congress President Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination from Wayanad for the Lok Sabha elections, but since the Union Public Service Commission announced the results on Friday evening, Suresh has hogged the limelight and become their hero.

On Saturday, Gandhi took note of this achievement and tweeted: “Sreedhanya Suresh from Wayanad is the first tribal girl from Kerala to be selected for the civil service. Sreedhanya’s hard work and dedication have helped make her dream come true. I congratulate Sreedhanya and her family and wish her great success in her chosen career.”

Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also congratulated her and wished her the best in her future endeavours.

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Two suspended after law paper leak in Lucknow varsity

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Lucknow: Two Lucknow University law teachers were suspended after six audio clips went viral in which two male voices can be heard leaking questions of the LL.B semester III examination.

The examination has been cancelled post the incident.

The crackdown followed just hours after the audio clips went viral in which two male voices can be heard leaking questions to a woman, ahead of the examination.

The voices are suspected to be of two law faculty members and the female voice is being allegedly attributed to the chairperson of a medical college, who is also enrolled as a student of LL. B third semester.

Later on Wednesday night, an FIR was registered at Hasanganj police station against three persons.

Lucknow University police outpost in charge, Abhay Kumar Singh, said, “Richa Mishra and Ashok Kumar have been named in the FIR and the third accused is still unidentified. We are yet to match the voice in the audio clips. We have launched a probe after registering a case under Uttar Pradesh Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 1998.”

The incident has snowballed into a huge controversy for Lucknow University which is celebrating its centenary year.

Officiating Vice-Chancellor S K Shukla told reporters at a hurriedly convened press conference that several question papers of the third semester exam conducted in the first week of December had been leaked.

Shukla announced that two teachers were suspended because prima facie evidence (audio clip) points to their involvement.

“After hearing audio clips, it is clear that questions of several papers of LL.B semester III were leaked, compromising the sanctity of the exam process. Fresh dates of the exam will be announced later,” he said.

A two-member committee comprising Prof (retired) SK Dwiwedi and former controller of examinations Prof (retired) Chaman Mehrotra has been formed to probe the paper leak.

Shukla said that he would request the state government to order a CB-CID probe.

He said that a fine of Rs 5 lakh has been imposed on the LU-affiliated private law college and it has been blacklisted as an examination centre. “We also sought CCTV footage and DVR tapes from the college, but nothing was found due to a glitch in cameras,” said Shukla.

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