EU court removes freeze on LTTE funds orders delisting

The European Union’s top court today removed the freeze on LTTE funds in EU countries and also ordered that the LTTE be removed from the EU’s terrorism list.The court said the EU had not produced any evidence to show that there was a risk of the Tamil Tigers carrying out attacks after its military defeat in 2009, the Reuters news agency reported. LTTE was added to the list in 2006. (Colombo Gazette) The EU terrorism list, created after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 and last updated in January, includes 13 individuals and 22 organizations, such as the Communist Party of the Philippines and Peru’s Maoist-inspired rebel group, Shining Path. “The Court of Justice therefore confirms the annulment of the continued freezing of the LTTE’s funds,” it said. read more

More than 100 Alevel entries classified as gender neutral as exam boards

A spokesman for OCR said: “This is an important area that we keep under constant review. All OCR’s results are ‘gender free’; a student’s gender does not appear on any results documentation, including their certificates.“When schools entered their students for our GCSE and A Level exams this summer, they have the option to put M, F or N (standing for none specified) for their candidates.” 150 A-level entries were classified as “gender neutral” this year, after two of the country’s leading exam boards allowed students to opt out of boys and girls classifications.This is the first time that Edexcel and OCR have revealed the number of exams sat by “non-binary” candidates since they bought in the changes.Last year Edexcel, which is owned by the education company Pearson, said that teenagers who do not identify with either gender are able to request that male and female flags are removed from their system.EdExcel has also axed gender categories completely from the documents that students receive on results day with their grades.“We have removed the gender flag altogether from the documents students receive from us, and we are giving students the option of removing the male/female flag on our qualifications systems by requesting this through their school or college,” a Pearson spokesman said. Compiling information about students’ gender enables exam boards to examine trends in results over time, such as whether boys or girls are dominating the top gradeshow many girls are taking STEM subjects compared to boys.However, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which represents the UK’s major exam boards, said that the introduction of a gender neutral option would not affect national trends since numbers would be too low to have an impact. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more