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CBSE Board 12th topper Hansika Shukla stayed away from social media, focused on each subject

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Hansika Shukla, who has topped the Class 12 CBSE board exams, says she couldn’t believe it when her mother called her up to congratulate her for having topped the exams in the country.

In an interview to ABP news, Hansika, a student of DPS Ghaziabad, says that she was at home when the results were announced.

“My father called me from his office, but I couldn’t take his call. Then my mother called and congratulated me and told me that I had topped the exams. I couldn’t believe it,” she told ABP news.

While Hansika’s mother is an associate professor at a college in Ghaziabad, her father works as a secretary in the Rajya Sabha.

Hansika, who scored an absolute 100 on 100 in History, Political Science, Psychology and Hindustani vocals, has only one regret: scoring 99 in English.

Hansika said that she had not taken any tuition during her preparation for the board exams and that her score was completely on the basis of her self-study only.

She now wants to pursue Bachelors in Psychology and then go on to join the Indian Foreign Services.

“Psychology is my passion and I want to follow it. As far as career is concerned, I want to join the Indian foreign services as I am fascinated with the dynamics of foreign affairs,” she said.

Hansika’s teacher Abhilasha said that the she was a very hard working child and the results didn’t surprise her. “She has performed meticulously in the internals as well. She is a very disciplined child. We expected her to be topper,” said Hansika’s teacher Abhilasha,.

When asked about her choice of subjects, she said that she believes that History, Political Science and Psychology form the core of classical humanities. As far as music – her fifth subject – is concerned, she says that she always had an interest in music but somehow lost touch in class 4, but she took it up again later.

“I was always interested in History. History and political science always go hand in hand,” she says, adding that she had just wanted to study the subjects and had never thought about exams.

When asked about how active she was on social media, Hansika said that she wasn’t very active on social media and whenever she got bored while studying, she would, instead, prefer to listen to music.

“I listen to classical music and a little bit of Bollywood and English songs to relax at times,” she said.

“I am a sports enthusiast. At times, I would watch sports videos like those of badminton, gymnastics etc. I would also go out for some time to play a little. But I left that in the last two-three months before the exams,” she says.

As far as food is concerned, she says that junk food makes very little of her diet. “I love paneer, almost always wanted some variant of it. My mom would make it for me,” she says.

She says her parents always kept her motivated and focused. “My parents constant support enabled me to achieve this,” she says, adding that they always told her that she had the potential.

“My mom is strict, and always kept me focused. My father isn’t that strict, but he kept me positively motivated and would always tell me to keep up with the notes in the classroom,” she says.

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Sushma Swaraj congratulates PM Narendra Modi on ‘big win’ in Lok Sabha elections

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Senior BJP leader and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thanked the people on the BJP’s “big victory” in the Lok Sabha polls.

Riding on a massive Modi wave sweeping through most parts of India, the BJP was set to return to power as it led in 295 seats while the Congress trailed far behind with 50, according to trends released Thursday by the Election Commission for all 542 seats that went to polls.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi — Many Congratulations for securing such a big victory for the BJP. I am thankful to the people,” Swaraj tweeted.

With its allies, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance could win 343 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. In the last election, the NDA had 336 seats while BJP accounted for 282.

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Lok Sabha election results: 2019 is more like 1977 and 1980 than 2014 elections

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has firmly established itself as the dominant pole of Indian politics in the 2019 general elections.

If the current trends hold , the 2019 verdict will have a close resemblance to the results of the 1977 and 1980 elections in terms of the dominance of one political party in India. Data scarped from the Election Commission of India (ECI) website shows that at 11:03 am, around 19% of the total votes had been counted in the country. The BJP is leading in 288 parliamentary constituencies (PCs) with a vote share of around 40%, nine percentage points more than what it had in 2014.

No political party in India has had such a high level of vote share after the 1984 elections, which were held in an extremely polarised environment months after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. The Congress had a vote share of 48.1% and it won 415 PCs in the 1984 elections.

The 2019 results, if the current trends hold, will be closer to what the Janata Party and the Congress achieved in the 1977 and 1980 elections. In 1980, the Congress won 353 PCs with an all-India vote share of 42.7%. In 1977, it was the Janata Party which got 295 PCs with a vote share of 41.3%.

The 2019 verdict, or what it looks like as of now, also has some regional exceptions to the overall trend, like in 1977 and 1980. Even though the Janata Party swept the northern region of the country in 1977, the Congress performed really well in Andhra Pradesh (41 out of 42 PCs) and Karnataka (26 out of 28 PCs). Similarly in 1980, the Congress could win only 4 PCs in West Bengal despite winning the majority of seats in almost all major states.

As of now, the BJP and its partners in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) are either leading or making major advances in all major states except Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, which are voting clearly for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam (DMK) led alliance and YSR Congress Party respectively.

The Congress, despite adding around four percentage points to its 2019 vote share has not been able to make any significant gains in terms of seats. Also, the party has suffered major reverses in the Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where it defeated the BJP in the 2018 assembly elections.

After the 2014 elections, when the BJP crossed the half way mark in the Lok Sabha with just 31% vote share, lack of opposition unity was seen as a key factor behind the party’s victory. With the BJP all set to cross the 40% vote share mark, the opposition will have to reinvent its chemistry with the electorate rather than just arithmetic.

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Supreme Court dismisses new petition on verifying all votes with VVPAT, says ‘let country elect its government’

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a new petition that sought matching of all voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips with electronic voting machines (EVMs) during the counting of votes on May 23.

Calling the petition a “nuisance”, the court said, “We won’t entertain such a plea over and over again. Can’t come in the way of people electing their representatives. Let country elect its government.”

A vacation bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra refused to entertain the plea filed by a Chennai-based organisation ‘Tech for All’ saying that a larger bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had already dealt with the matter and passed an order, news agency PTI reported.

The apex court had on May 7 dismissed a review plea filed by 21 Opposition leaders led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu seeking that random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs be increased to 50 per cent.

The top court had on April 8 directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs from one to five polling booths per assembly segment in Lok Sabha polls, saying it would provide greater satisfaction not just to political parties but also to the entire electorate.

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