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PM Modi, Rahul pay tribute to Indira Gandhi on birth anniversary



New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday paid tributes to Indira Gandhi, the country’s first and only female Prime Minister.

Modi said in a tweet: “Tributes to our former PM lndira Gandhi on her birth anniversary.”

Also in a tweet in Hindi, Rahul Gandhi said that his “beloved grandmother” was blessed with a strong, capable leadership and amazing management ability.

He said she was an “iron woman who played a key role in establishing India as a strong country”.

The Congress party also paid tributes to its late leader

“On her birth anniversary we pay homage to India’s first female Prime Minister, the Late Indira Gandhi. Her will and determination led our country to great heights. Her contributions to India’s national security, economy and foreign policy will always be cherished,” the party tweeted.

She was born on this day in 1917 to Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, and his wife Kamala Nehru, a freedom fighter.

Indira Gandhi served as Prime Minister from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984.


Passed class 12 exam by 50-year-old grandmother from Meghalaya,Now will pursue Bachelors’ degree.



Lakyntiew who got married in 1991 has now said she would pursue a Bachelors’s degree and take up Khasi as a major subject.

A 50-year-old grandmother has cleared the Meghalaya board’s 12th HSSLC exams. Lakyntiew Syiemlieh of Umsning Syiemlieh of Meghalaya, the mother of four children and grandmother of two, passed her Class 12 exams on Monday, after she had dropped out from the Laitumkhrah Presbyterian School in Shillong in 1988,

The Sentinel Assam reported that the single working mother never gave up on education and even enrolled as a student of Class X at a night school – the NIOS Umsning – and successfully cleared her exams.

Speaking to PTI, Lakyntiew said, “I stopped going to school because mathematics was too difficult for me to understand. I was offered a job to teach pre-school in 2008 and that was the beginning of my love for re-learning.”

According to the report, she was even applauded by the state education minister Lahkmen Rymbui for not allowing her age to act as a deterrent.

North East Now report stated that after she had cleared her XI examination from the Balawan College as a non-regular student, she decided to don the uniform and sit for the board exams from St Michael Higher Secondary School.

The News Mill quoted Lakyntiew as saying she was never taunted in school and was called mommy by her classmates. “I like jamming sessions! And enjoy my life with them as a senior most student,” she added.

Lakyntiew who got married in 1991 has now said she would pursue her Bachelors and take up Khasi as a major subject.

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