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Students from Kota bag four gold medals and two silver medals in IJSO

Students from Kota based institute have bagged four gold and two silver medals in 14th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) -2017 held in Netherlands from December 3 to 12, 2017. In IJSO-2016, 4 students of the same institute in Kota won the gold medal.International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is a major international academic competition held annually and the only international academic competition that covers physics, chemistry, and biology at the same time. The competition is known for its intricacy as it requires a wide knowledge range of knowledge in all three subjects.Director of the institute Brajesh Maheshwari said “About 300 meritorious students aged upto15 years, from 50 countries participated in IJSO-2017 wherein 6 students, all from our Institute represented India. Mudita Goyal, Akhil Jain, Subarno Nath Roy and KunalSamanta won gold medal whereas Niyati Mehta and Aadarshraj Sah bagged silver and brought glory to the nation, Maheshwari said. This is the first time that six students, all from a single Institute represented India in an International level competition and won gold and silver medals, he added.The aim of IJSO is to encourage the development of scientific knowledge within precocious and talented students, while allowing them to both cooperate and socialize with each other.The Junior Science Olympiad program is conducted in 5 stages. The first stage is National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS), followed by Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO) in which 36 students from all over the country are selected.The third stage is Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in junior science in which 6 students are selected for the final round, these 6 students represent India at International Level, the fourth stage is Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT).The final stage is International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) which consists of three tests, done on different days.

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Despite Centre’s skill dvpt push, ITI has few takers

At a time when the government is trying to boost skill development, the state government has continued admissions to courses that have seen a poor response at most government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) this year. In 2017-18 the state government continued to take admissions for several less popular courses like Cutting and Sewing, Craftsman(Food Production) and Fashion Technology in various ITIs which have seen between 0-10 admissions in most ITIs over the last 3 to 5 years.The admission statistics for 2017-18 across 400 government ITIs over the country have revealed that despite low takers for certain courses over a period of time in certain ITIs the state government has not scrapped these courses thus leading to a severe loss of resources for the sake of running these courses. For instance, at the Amravati ITI, the trade Craftsmen(Food Production) has got only one admission this year continuing the poor trend from 2015 and 16 wherein only 1 and zero students were admitted respectively. Similarly, Cutting and sewing have got between 0 to 5 students in Sangli, Solapur and Gadchiroli districts this year.”Some courses have almost no takers in certain ITIs year on year. Keeping such courses going means spending on machinery, teachers and other infrastructure for merely a handful of students. ” said a senior Directorate of Vocational Education and Training official on the condition of anonymity.

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OTA Chennai trains lady officers of Afghan army

In a first, Officers Training Academy, Chennai, is training a group of 20 lady officers of the Afghan army and air force to enhance their skills and help train cadets in Afghanistan.”Though training sessions have been held in the past to enhance the skills of officers in other areas, this is the first time lady Afghan officers are here for military training,” said Captain Samriti, who is acting as an interpreter of Pashto, the official language of Afghanistan, and the coordinator of the programme.In the 20-day rigorous training module, the officers will be acquainted with basic military orientation including physical training, tactics, communication skills, logistics and leadership. Apart from training them on how to use hand grenades, AK-47s, INSAS (Assault rifle), they also handled ambush situations in mountainous terrain in classroom simulation exercises.Major Sanjana JR, the instructor for the programme, said it is a capsule programme, which encompasses major features of a one-year training. The training would end on December 23, and the Afghan officers will depart the next day.The lady officers in the age group of 20 to 45 are determined to fight the repressive Taliban terrorists. Hasina Hakimi, a-21-year-old, said that women in her country were keen to fight the Taliban and all they need is the support. “Even today, Taliban want women to be locked inside their homes and impose all kind of repressive measures on them,” she said, speaking in fluent Hindi which she learned from watching Bollywood movies of Amitabh Bachan and Shah Rukh Khan.Dr Rebia Gharshin, who works as an anaesthetist in the army hospital of Afghan Army, said the hold of Taliban has diminished in the urban areas, but is still strong in the rural parts. She said she studied medicine after the Taliban were ousted from power.Unlike lady officers in the Indian Army, women in the Afghan army take part in combats.”Yes. Why not? We should be given a chance in the combat. If Afghan lady officers are serving their nation in the combat, so why not the Indian Army, one of the largest armies in the world, gives us a chance. There are officers who are now flying fighters and inducted as pilots in the Navy and the Air Force. So why not is Indian army taking us in?” Major Sanjana said when asked whether Indian Army should allow women officers in the combat role.On being allowed to take part in combat, Captain Samriti said the debate has been going on for ages. “It has been the wish of women officers to engage in combat to serve the nation,” she said, adding that even though they were directly not involved in the combat roles, they actively engaged in the supportive roles such as intelligence and signals supporting personnel involved in the combat.

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City builder Niranjan Hiranandani returns after 50 years

Remembering the days spent at Campion, Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, MD of Hiranandani group gave a speech at the event on the completion of 75 years of his school on Tuesday.Talking to DNA, Hiranandani said, “I finished my schooling and left Campion school in 1967 and have come to attend the platinum jubilee event after 50 years. I have tremendously fond memories of what I got educated in terms of how the school contributed to my character building. The school is consistently certified as the best school in the last five years. But I don’t think that’s the only thing that one looks at.The second part is that the people are taught to be good people and that unfortunately is not there in today’s education process and that’s what Campion brings to the table. I am taught what is good character, I am taught how should I have good leadership qualities. These character building qualities that the teachers inculcate make Campion what it is today. I think that is very critical in terms of education.”Recalling the time spent at school, Hiranandani further added, “I remember two stories of school days — when I was in secondary school and was walking one day in school premises, somebody came and hit my back very hard. I turned around to see if any boy was there and it was my Physical Training teacher. He said ‘Niranjan you are so tall and good, you should put your shoulders back and not walk with a hunch. Why are you walking with a hunch ?’.Even today whenever I hunch because I am tall, I remember my school teacher who taught me that I can’t walk without a hunch. So I stand erect today simply because I was not taught but educated.
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Himachal Pradesh: Army colonel arrested for allegedly raping his junior’s daughter

Updated: Nov 23, 2017, 09:17 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 56-year-old Army colonel was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping the daughter of a Lieutenant Colonel posted at the Army Training Command in Shimla, police said.The 21-year-old woman filed a complaint on Monday and the colonel was arrested after preliminary investigations, they said.Superintendent of Police Soumya Sambasivan has confirmed the complaint and the Colonel’s arrest, but refused to reveal his identity, according to news agency PTI.The woman has alleged that she was assaulted on Monday at the Colonel’s home.The statement of the woman was recorded and a medical examination has been carried out, the police say.The Colonel may be produced in court on Thursday.

Minister pats Raj for skills initiative

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister for petroleum and natural gas, and skill development and entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, who was in the city on Friday, appreciated Rajasthan for a healthy eco-system of skill development.He also added that there is a huge demand of workers from the state, not only in India, but also worldwide. Hence, the focus should be laid on promoting skill training in the indigenous trades of Rajasthan.“I have taken an overview of all the initiatives being taken by the Rajasthan Government in skill sector. Rajasthan has developed a good eco-system. Rajasthan is the country’s first state to develop two universities – one private and one government, for skill development,” Pradhan said.“I believe the system can be developed further if everyone contributes to it. It is our duty to develop a network of employment by training the youth and skill-oriented workers of the state in the near future,” he added.The minister also suggested for manpower mapping, recognition of prior learning, drivers training, and apprenticeship for enhancing the skill training programs.He also visited Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU), a private skill university established by the Government of Rajasthan which imparts skill education through Swiss Dual System of Training. “Really appreciate the venture of creating such an educational Skill university. Salute the vision of Dr Rajendra Joshi for creating such a world class skilling centre. Many more such institutes are needed to meet the skilling requirement of the nation,” Pradhan tweeted on Friday. While attending the 12th Biennial International Conference on “Energy through Synergy” organised by the Society of Petroleum Geophysicist, Pradhan further said that India is gearing up for claiming the title of a leading partner in Industrial Revolution 4.0. Role of Oil & Gas Sector will be critical in providing affordable energy to supplement the rapid Industrial Growth. “Benefits of innovations in this sector must also reach to the masses,” Pradhan said. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan asked geo-scientific community to reduce oil and gas import dependency by at least 10% and ensure energy accessibility as well as affordability for entire spectrum of people to fulfill the vision of prime minister Narendra Modi. Pradhan said the country ranks third in energy consumption in the world and with the efforts of scientists, exploration and production (E&P)industry is growing. Pradhan said the sector is a priority of the government and the time is ripe for ‘energy to synergy’.

Joint training doctrine for armed forces released; focus on synergy and integration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming to give a push and play a more robust role in diplomacy and enhancing civil-military interface, the armed forces have for the first time compiled a joint training doctrine to promote synergy in its functioning. Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba released ‘Joint Training Doctrine Indian Armed Forces – 2017’ on Tuesday.“It is for the first time in the history of the Armed Forces that such a keystone document has been promulgated. The document has been prepared in a ‘collegiate manner’ involving all the three Service Headquarters and flowing from its mother and capstone Doctrine namely, Joint Doctrine Indian Armed Forces -2017 released in April last,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.The doctrine aims integration amongst the three services—Army, Air Force and Navy along with other stakeholders leading to an enhanced efficiency and optimum utilisation of resources.Besides numerous advantages of the Doctrines, this document will also go a long way in ‘fostering initiative’ and ‘stimulating creativity’ for promoting ‘Integration’ between the three Services in times to come, the Defence Ministry said.The doctrine will serve as a ‘foundation’ and ‘knowledge base’ from which specific directives and strategies will be issued by the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee to the HQ IDS and Service HQs to consolidate proven concepts, structures, mechanisms, capacities, capabilities, etc, from time to time.Consequent to the consolidation of Joint Training, this maiden Doctrine will be further developed in due course as Doctrines are always ‘unfinished products’ being ‘Evolving in nature’, for ready reference as ‘Distilled wisdom’ and a ‘Referral document’ for the policy makers, armed forces personnel, academia, etc.Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt Gen Satish Dua were also present on the occasion.

Army will train B’desh forces to combat terror

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army will be training Bangladeshi forces in the first of its kind counter-terror and insurgency exercise to be held at the Danapur Cantonment near Patna, amid growing radicalisation and emerging terrorist groups in the neighbouring country that have a direct bearing on India’s security.The training is aimed at carrying out operations against terrorists and insurgents on the lines of those in Kashmir and India’s northeast.Starting Monday, the Army will hold the exercise with a Bangladeshi contingent till December 17. The joint exercise will have mutual benefits as both countries are facing similar threats including those from certain groups operating on both sides of the border.Indian intelligence agencies have warned in the past about a growing collaboration between Jamat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Islamic State to establish a Bangladeshi Caliphate and also target India. There have been warnings that JMB cadres active along the India-Bangladesh border could set up bases in eastern Indian states.JMB is a banned terror outfit in India that has cadres active here. It was responsible for the bomb blasts in Burdwan in 2014, a small town in West Bengal close to the Bangladesh border.”The shared threat to both countries and adding another facet to strategic cooperation prompted the two countries to state a training capsule prepared by the Indian Army based on our experiences in Kashmir and North East,” said Army sources.During the training, state-of-the art weapons and equipment for close-quarter battle, surveillance and tracking, explosives, IED detectors and communication equipment will be used. The Bangladesh team will train, plan and execute a series of well-developed operations for neutralising these threats.There will also be discussions to share counter-terror operation experiences that will be mutually beneficial.The training event will be attended by five officers and 25 other ranks of the Bangladesh Army. The Indian Army will be represented by five officers, eight Junior Commissioned Officers and 15 other jawans.”This training capsule is one of the major training events and defence cooperation endeavours between the two Armies and will be first of its kind being organized for the Bangladesh Army at Danapur Cantonment,” sources in the Army said.The Indian Army Training team will be headed by Colonel DD Swain, an experienced counter-insurgency expert having commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and operated in insurgency-affected areas of Assam and Manipur for a number of years.The Indian Army will also get an opportunity to absorb lessons from the series of highly successful counter terror operation carried out by the security forces of Bangladesh.The operating principles and tactics of both countries while dealing with insurgency and terrorism related incidents are also similar.

Railways’ new project to boost employee productivity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In light of constant bad publicity on account of derailments, accidents, poor services and inefficiency of its employees, the Indian Railway has decided to go in for an image makeover by increasing the productivity and efficiency of its employees.Under Project Saksham, over the next one year, all employees in each zone will be put through a week’s training in skills and knowledge relevant to their work area.In a recent letter to all the Zonal General Managers, Chairman Railway Board (CRB) Ashwani Lohani noted that there is a need to do a concentrated capsule of training for all employees in a short period of time to boost their efficiency.”Please ensure that such priority training need is quickly identified for each category of employees based on the need of your zone. Identification of training needs and formulation of planned training calender altijd be completed by December 31, 2017, ensuring that each employee is imparted training,” said Lohani.The training will be a five-day-on-the-job or classroom training in Rilway Training Centres, depending on the nature of their employment.Instructing the general managers to ensure that the reporting managers of all employees are actively involved in the training processes, Lohani has asked them to focus on “making a difference” on the job.”The training must be completed within 9 months,” wrote Lohani asking the general managers to personally monitor the completion of the plans and their progress by devising metrics to monitor the impact of the project Saksham.Project sakshamUnder Project Saksham, over the next one year, all employees of the Indian Railways in each zone will be put through a week’s training in skills and knowledge relevant to their area of work

Varanasi: 3 people, part of gang, arrested in Army recruitment scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested three people, who are part of a gang, in Varanasi. The three members were caught making fake marksheets, character certificates and other documents to Nepali youth for their recruitment into the Gorkha Regiment of the Indian Army.The arrested persons have been idengtified as Ajay Kumar Singh, Awadh Prakash and Nagehwar Majurya. They are all residents of Varanasi. The ATS have recovered laptops, fake seals of schools and colleges, blank mark-sheets and charater certificates.Earlier, the ATS had identified three Nepali youth getting training at 39 Gorkha Training Cetre in Varanasi. On verification, it was found tha they had used fake documents to get recruited into the Gorkha Regimeny. While two made a good escape the ATS had arrested one Nepali origin youth.During interrogation, the Nepali youth had disclosed the name of a person who had made available documents to them with a cost of Rs 1 lakh. “We had arrested the gang leader Chandra Bahadur Khatri. On his disclosures, we nabbed these three persons who were behind making the fake documents,” said Aseem Arun, the ATS Chief.“On the basis of the information provided by the arrested Nepali youth, we are tracing the other two and sought help from the Nepali Police on their whereabouts,” said Arun.ATS sources claimed that they informed the Union Home department and the External Affairs ministry about developments in the Army Recruitment scam which is a serious matter involving country’s security.Gorkha Rifles has a glorious past in the Army and it prefers recruiting youth from Hills including Nepalis. How Army recruiters failed to verify documents of these three Nepali youth is a matter of serious concern.

Govt to recruit 3500 PT, drawing teachers for state schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat government has announced that around 3500 teachers having specialisation in Physical Training(PT) and drawing will be recruited on contractual basis. The proposal put forward by education minister was passed during cabinet meeting held on Sunday. CM Vijay Rupani had called this meeting as government could not hold cabinet meeting in last two weeks.The deputy chief minister Nitin Patel said, “Gujarat government has decided to recruit 1,739 PT and drawing teachers each.They will serve in different government schools and their recruitment will be on contractual basis for five years with monthly emoluments of Rs. 9000. If their work is found satisfactory after the review, they will be made permanent.”The government also extended the time limit of offering allowance to farmers for foreign export or transportation of tomatoes and potatoes in other states from Gujarat. The government gives Re 1 per kg to farmers as transportation allowance. Earlier the term was to expire on October 31 which has been extended to December 31 now.”We observed that the farmers were hugely benefitted by this scheme but the production of potatoes and tomatoes has increased this year. Farmers have a huge stocks of tomatoes and potatoes and they had made representations before the government to extend the limit of this scheme. The government has agreed on their demands and the term is extended up to the year end,” added Patel.CM TO INAUGURATE CITY PROJECTS TODAYChief minister Vijay Rupani will inaugurate several public projects, including flagging off 40 new buses of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation, in Ahmedabad on Monday. The CM will dedicate different public amenities, prepared at an expense of Rs. 155 crore and prepare grounds for upcoming projects by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation at an expense of Rs. 49 crore. Rupani will also lay a foundation stone for projects of Rs. 181.33 crore to be made by Ahmedabad Urban Development Agency.

Over 5 lakh rural youths given skill training under govt scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union rural development ministry has provided skill training to over five lakh rural youths under its flagship skilling and placement initiative — Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, according to an official statement.The ministry organised an event, ‘Bharat ke Kaushalzaade , to honour beneficiaries of the scheme today.It was inaugurated by Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.”If India had adopted the skilling mission soon after it got Independence, the problem of unemployment would not have acquired such a dimension as it is today,” the statement quoted Tomar as saying.The event was organised to mark the third anniversary of the scheme, which focusses on building capacity of rural youths to address the needs of domestic and global skills requirements.Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana offers industry relevant skill training to candidates. The ministry also works closely with industry and leading corporates to strengthen the post-training employment scenario for its trainees.The ministry has been conducting skilling for self- employment through Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) with a total of 14.09 lakh candidates skilled and 9.70 lakh candidates settled till date, the statement added.

Hospitality event to be held at Jodhpur palace

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum (HPMF) will hold its 7th Convention and Awards in a two-day event at the Indana Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Scheduled between September 14-16, the event is themed around the “Seven Elements of the Universe”.“The synergy, coordinated efforts and the passion will lead to better environment in hospitality procurement. We will also work out a collective strategy to create better name for our fraternity. Training and development needs will be identified and a solid three-year plan of action will be created to implement the strategies for achieving 100per cent results,” said one of the key organisers.The HPMF is a consortium of purchasing managers from the hospitality industry representing star hotels, catering companies, stand-alone restaurant chains and airlines.For its seventh convention, the forum has over 1,400 members spread over 48 countries.

Blue Whale menace: Student suspected of playing deadly suicide game rescued

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A student of a Industrial Training Institute (ITI) was admitted to hospital for his alleged involvement with the deadly online Blue Whale Challenge game, police said on Tuesday.On getting information from the principal of the government-run institution about abnormal behaviour of the student, police yesterday got the 17-year-old student admitted to hospital, a police official said.There was no sign of any self inflicted injury in his body, though he appeared to have been depressed, he said. His family had been informed.The youth, who hailed from Jaleswar area in Balasore district, was staying in a private accommodation. Some of his friends observed sudden changes in his behaviour for a couple of days and informed the principal about it.

Salute Lieutenant Swati Mahadik! Shaurya Chakra winner’s widow joins Indian Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In her late 30s, the mother of two, set such a courageous example that would inspire generations to come.On Saturday, Swati Mahadik became an officer of the Indian Army at Officers Training Academy, Chennai.Lt Mahadik is wife of Colonel Santosh Mahadik, a decorated army commando, who died in a 2015 ambush in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara.Col Mahadik took seven bullets to save men under his command. He was awarded the Shaurya Chakra in 2016.It was at her husband’s cremation, Swati decided that she would join the army.Her sheer grit and determination changed even the authorities and then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar relaxed the age limit for her to sit for the SSB exam, an HT report said.After clearing the 5-tier tough test, Swati Mahadik sent her two children to boarding school and joined the Academy to realise her dream.On Saturday, at the passing out parade, Swati along with Nidhi Dubey, another martyr’s widow, became officers of the Indian Army.“Both have strived hard to become officers today after their husband passed away. Both of them have made all of us proud by completing the rigorous training and becoming an officer in the Indian Army,” the army said in a Facebook post.A jubilant Swati couldn’t hide her emotions and said, “His(Col Mahadik) first love was his uniform and his unit, so I just had to wear this.”

WCD Ministry launches app for maternity benefit programme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Friday announced that anganwadi centres across the country will serve as pre-schools, imparting education to children and looking at their health parameters. In a press conference, Gandhi also released training modules for anganwadi centres, guidelines for the maternity benefits programme, an e-module for Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) functionaries and activity books for children between the ages of three to six years.Gandhi announced an overhaul of the maternity benefits programme — the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana — while launching an online application under which the benefits will be monitored by the Centre on a real-time basis. The scheme, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May this year, brought down the beneficiaries from the first two children to the firstborn.”The nutritional parameters of the mother will be recorded by a state official on the app which will reflect immediately on the platform at the ministry headquarters. A state official will be responsible for greenlighting cash transfers periodically,” a ministry official explained.For anganwadi workers, Gandhi released two training modules — the Early Childhood Care and the Education Training Module — to provide the workers with an understanding of the curriculum and pedagogical approaches to stem malnutrition. A training module for the ICDS scheme, along with an e-training module was also released to ensure a better mechanism of the delivery of services. These modules were prepared by the ministry with help from UNICEF and Ambedkar University.Apart from that, the ministry also released a child assessment card that helps track nutritional development of the child and a pre-school educational kit that includes a recommended list of play and learning materials.

In a first, NCERT develops curriculum for pre-schools, likely to be followed by 2018-19

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pre-schools in the country will now be able to follow a well-designed, fixed curriculum for teaching 3 to 6-years-old children, as the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has developed a curriculum for pre-schools to help prepare children for Class 1.This is for the first time that a government agency will be giving a fixed curriculum for pre-schools, which otherwise do not have any fixed curriculum. The elementary education department of NCERT has been working on developing a curriculum in five centres — Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Mysore, Ajmer and Delhi.”Our pre-school centres had been researching on developing a curriculum for pre-schools, and we are hoping to implement it by 2018-19 academic session. We will provide the curriculum to all private schools across the country,” a senior official at NCERT said.”Most pre-schools do not follow a fixed curriculum, some start with teaching alphabets and numbers to students while others only teach them to sing rhymes and play games. This new curriculum has been designed keeping in mind the cognitive and emotional level of children,” he added.The NCERT curriculum will have more of activity and less of cramming up alphabets and numbers; an exercise the experts at NCERT say will be helpful for the psychological development of the child.The curriculum spans over two years, which could either be used for Nursery and lower KG or upper KG and lower KG — which is basically aimed at preparing children for Class 1.So far, government schools used to admit children beginning from Class 1 but they are also working on a plan to link Anganwadis to schools to start their own pre-schools. Some states like Telangana and Rajasthan already have pre-schools, but the ministry of human resource development alongwith ministry of women and child development is working on a pan-India plan.Ministry of Women and Child Development has developed National Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) policy for children from 3-6 years of age. The policy encompasses elements of care, health, nutrition, play and early learning within a protective and enabling environment. As per the policy, there should be an age and developmentally appropriate, child-centric curriculum translated in mother tongue/local vernacular.

Rajiv Kumar assumes charge as Financial Services Secretary

Updated: Sep 1, 2017, 10:06 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajiv Kumar, an IAS of 1984 batch, on Friday took charge as Financial Services Secretary.Kumar has widespread administrative experience spanning more than 30 years during which he handled key assignments, including administrative postings in his home state of Jharkhand, the finance ministry said in a statement.Prior to this, he was special secretary and establishment officer, Department of Personnel and Training.Kumar has also worked with the central government in various capacities. He was posted as joint secretary and then additional secretary, Department of Expenditure.

Centre to set criteria for PSU, bank posts on ‘creamy layer’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has evolved criteria to identify posts in the PSUs, public sector banks and financial institutions comparable with those in the government to exclude the ‘creamy layer’ for the purpose of granting reservation benefits to the OBC employees.A proposal to this effect was examined and approved by a panel of ministers and sent to the Union Cabinet for its final nod, a senior government official said.The same panel had recently cleared the proposal to raise the ‘creamy layer’ ceiling for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category to Rs 8 lakh per annum from the existing Rs 6 lakh for central government jobs.The need to draw up the criteria arose as there was lack of clarity in the comparable posts in the state-run undertakings and the government.The exercise to draw up the set of criteria was undertaken almost 23 years after a 1993 office order of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) providing for 27 per cent quota for the OBCs in government vacancies and laying down categories under the creamy layer.This order merely stated that the criterion enumerated for Group A and Group B posts in government will apply to officers “holding equivalent and comparable posts” in the PSUs, banks and financial institutions.”A vigorous exercise was carried out following which the criteria have been drawn up for equivalence of posts in PSUs, government banks and insurance organisations among others with those in the government.”The proposal was for enhancement of the income ceiling for exclusion of creamy layer and has been approved by the panel of ministers and sent to the Union Cabinet,” the official said.He said the move was aimed at ensuring parity between the posts in the state-run financial institutions with those in the government for the purpose of granting quota benefits to those eligible.”There were discrepancies in granting benefits to the OBC employees of such organisations and some were getting undue benefits in the absence of a comparative chart of posts across government and PSUs,” he said.Under the 1993 memorandum issued by the DoPT, certain categories are listed under the creamy layer.While categories like constitutional posts, Group A/Class I and Group B/Class II were clearly mentioned in it, there was no clarity in regard to the employees of PSUs, banks and insurance organisations.The order further stated that pending the evaluation of posts on equivalence or comparable basis in these institutions, the criteria of income test would apply to the officers there.

Guj EC trains returning officers ahead of assembly polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The State Election Commission has organised a four-day training at Gandhinagar for a group of returning officers to prepare them for the upcoming assembly polls, to be held later this year. The training, which culminates tomorrow, is being conducted as part of a certification programme, launched recently by the Election Commission of India. The first batch of 105 returning officers (ROs), from North Gujarat and Saurashtra-Kutch region, is being trained in election processes, including operating Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Train (VVPAT), among others, Chief Electoral Officer B B Swain said. The programme was formulated by the Election Commission ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections early this year. As part of the certification programme, 182 returning officers and 600 assistant returning officers will be provided four-day training in different batches. Training for assistant returning officers will be conducted next month, Swain said. A month after the training, evaluators from outside the state will take interview of the ROs to assess their election preparedness, after which they will be given certificates, he said. The Election Commission had recently told the Supreme Court that it will be able to conduct state assembly polls, using EVMs with paper trail, while hearing a petition, seeking direction for the use of VVPAT machines in election due later this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

42 boys from Jammu’s skill development centers make it to Indian Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As many as 42 boys from six skill-development centers of Jammu, run by the district administration in the border blocks, have been selected in the Indian Army. In the recruitment rally, which was organised by the Directorate of Military Recruitment in Akhnoor, 127 boys, who were trained for three months by the border centers, participated and 42 finally got selected. The centers, which are named as Centers for Border Youth Training and Empowerment (C-BYTE), were started in Arnia, Suchetgarh, Marh, Khour, Pargwal and Mandal blocks of the Jammu district in January 2016, under the skill development budget of the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) of the Union Home Ministry. Prior to this, 72 boys were selected into various forces from these centers and the current results take the total selections in the last one year to 114.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP ATS to train SWAT teams to handle high risk operations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to deal with “dangerous operations” and check terrorism and crime incidents more professionally, the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) will train Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) teams of district police. Asim Arun, IG, ATS, today said the five-week training programme will start here tomorrow. “Training will be imparted by the ATS to district SWAT teams. The training will be given in five phases to the police to deal with high risk operations, terrorists and criminals, using modern weapons, ensuring release of hostages and immobilising shooters,” He said SWAT teams will be apprised about “ways of raids, room entry and ways to search, arrest of accused and use of handcuffs”. They will be apprised of basic police tactics and special police tactics, fire arms tactics and physical training during the programme, he said, adding that at the end a written and physical test of police personnel will also be conducted. In the first phase, SWAT teams of Agra and Varanasi will be trained, other zones will be covered later.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Four IAS officers sent back to Bihar cadre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four IAS officers working with the central government were today sent back to their cadre state of Bihar. The development comes a fortnight after a new government, led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with the BJP’s support, was sworn-in in Bihar. Those repatriated to their cadres included senior bureaucrats Sunil Kumar Singh (1983 batch) and Subhas Sharma (1984 batch), an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said. Singh and Sharma are currently working as additional secretaries in the agriculture and farmers’ welfare ministry and the information and broadcasting ministry respectively, as per their official records. Besides them, Uday Singh Kumawat (1993 batch) and A N Safeena (1997 batch) have also been repatriated. As per the official records, Kumawat is the joint secretary in the department of revenue under the finance ministry and Safeena is the development commissioner of the Cochin Special Economic Zone.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Steps to revive prison bazaars being taken

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Steps are being taken to revive ‘Prison Bazaars’ in all the nine jails in Tamil Nadu, ADGP (Prisons) C Sailendra Babu said today. Though for various reasons, the Bazaar in Jails, including in the Central Jail in Coimabtore, were closed, plans are afoot to revive these for the benefit of inmates and the public, he told reporters. The official, who was here to review the functioning of the prisons and also as part of tree planting campaign, said the textile mills functioning in the prison here, were modernised and the inmates are supplying clothes for uniformed services like police and Fire and Rescue departments. With 6,000 of about 15,000 inmates in the prisons in the state pursuing education in various disciplines, the prisons, considered to be reformatory establishments, would turn out as classrooms in the near future, he said. Inmates are pursuing UG, PG and Ph.d programme under Open and Distance Learning, he said. An Industrial Training Institute was opened in Tiruchirapalli jail, where civil, mechanical, instrumentation and tailoring courses are being offered, which will help prisoners eke out their livelihood after they come out of jail. Started in 1872, the central prison here is home to 1,720 prisoners with separate enclosure for women. On reported use of cell phones in the prisons, the official said 283 cellphones were seized from inmates during last year and about 187 till now. The department has procured 12 jammers to install in various prisons, including two here, Sailendra Babu said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cop dies of heart-attack at Police Training Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 57-year-old Assistant Sub-Inspector today died of heart attack at Police Training Centre here, police said. PVV Prasad, an Assistant Sub-Inspector was under training at the Centre, for his promotion as a Sub-Inspector, Deputy Superintendent of Police Bhim Kumar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cop suspended for masturbating in front of colleague

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi police constable was suspended and a departmental enquiry ordered against him after a woman constable alleged that he masturbated in front of her.The woman also alleged the man made inappropriate gestures and touched her in an indecent way.The incident was reported from the Police Training College at Jharonda Kalan in outer Delhi.The incident came to light on Saturday when the woman constable approached senior police officers at the college and reported the matter to them.In her complaint, the woman told her seniors that the man had first inappropriately touched two other women officers at the time of dinner in the mess. She also said that the man was apparently under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.When threatened by the women that they would inform their seniors and complain against him, he left the mess. An hour later, he returned and masturbated in front of the complainant, a senior officer said.Police said that the accused cop is also posted at the police training college. After the woman officer complained, a team of senior officers arrived and an identification parade was conducted, during which the accused was caught.Questioning of the man revealed that after he was threatened by the two women in mess, he got agitated and returned to his room to consume liquor. He then took his clothes off and made lewd gestures at the complainant.The man has been suspended of his duties and a departmental enquiry has been initiated against him, a senior officer said.

Delete Tagore, Urdu words, sentence on Gujarat riots: RSS ideologue Dina Nath Batra to NCERT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS ideologue Dina Nath Batra wants the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to remove Tagore, Urdu words and a sentence on Gujarat riots, among other things from school textbooks.The RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, headed by Dina Nath Batra, made the recommendation to NCERT which had sought suggestions from the public on reviewing school textbooks, reported Indian Express.Dina Nath Batra, a former head of the RSS education wing Vidya Bharati, in a five-page letter to NCERT also attached pages from several textbooks, with the portions that it wants removed marked and underlined.Remove English, Urdu and Arabic words, the thoughts of Rabindranath Tagore, an apology tendered by former prime minister Manmohan Singh over the 1984 riots, and a sentence that “nearly 2,000 Muslims were killed in Gujarat in 2002,” the recommendations state.“Several things (in these books) are baseless, biased. There is an attempt to insult members of a community. There is also an appeasement… how can you inspire children by teaching them about riots?,” Atul Kothari, secretary of the Nyas and a veteran RSS Pracharak, told the daily.The report also said that the letter expressed objection to the fact that the Class XI political science textbook mentions the ‘massive majority of Congress in 1984’ but ‘does not present the 1977 election details.’

Dress code: Woman drops plan to join teaching course

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Muslim woman has dropped her plan to join a teacher training course at an institute in neighbouring Malappuram district after the institution told her that she could not attend classes wearing ‘Purdah’. Husna, decided not to pursue her BEd course at Jamia Nadwiya Teacher Training Institute run by Kerala Naduvathul Mujahideen (KNM), a Muslim organisation. “We decided that Husna will wear Purdah as it would be more comfortable and safer than sari and approached the authorities even though there is a stipulation in the institute that students should wear sari three days in a week” as uniform”, Husna’s husband P Harshad Muhammed said when contacted. Harshad said that he had written a letter to KNM pointing out that some other institutions run by Muslim organisations allowed students to attend classes wearing Purdah. But the authorities at the institute refused her plea stating that there was a dress code in the institution, he said. “In this circumstance, she has decided to drop the plan of joining the institute”, he said. When contacted, a senior official of the institution said rules could not be relaxed for an individual. “If we relax the rule for one person now, there will be such demands from others also”, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Suspected LeT terrorist from Uttar Pradesh nabbed at Mumbai airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A joint team of the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Mumbai Police on Monday nabbed a suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist from the Mumbai Airport.The arrested terrorist has been identified as Salim Khan. He is a resident of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh. Salim was trained at Lashkar’s Muzaffarabad Training Camp in Pak-occupied Kashmir. Salim used to finance local modules on behalf of Lashkar for espionage against Indian ArmyThe ATS was keeping a trail on him since his name was revealed by Aftaab Ali, who was arrested by the ATS few months ago from communally-sensitive Faizabad. He was nabbed when he was about to leave Mumbai, the ATS and Mumbai Police nabbed him.Aftaab was supplying information to the ISI. He was also in touch with officials of the Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi. During interrogation, Aftaab had admitted that Salim had transferred money into his accounts from Mumbai.

Varsity to focus on training and skills which have a global appeal: Dr Lalit K Panwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr Lalit K Panwar, while taking charge as the vice chancellor of the Government Skill University (RISU) run by government of Rajasthan, said that he will be focusing on skill training based on the demand by various manufacturers and industrial houses.“We will do demand-driven skill training here. We will ask all manufacturers and industrial houses about the kind of manpower that is required by them. We will then design the courses according to the different kind of manpower required by different industries. So that, skilled students get employment immediately,” he added.“We will give certificate, degrees, as well as diplomas, based on the curriculum opted by the student. The certifications will be on technical ITIs, polytechnics, and many more skills,” Panwar said. While talking about the kind of skills to be focused on, Panwar said, he will be focusing on skills with a global appeal.“We will apply thrust on new fields like solar energy, wind energy, and latest technique including non conventional energy. I will also focus on skills and trainings which have a global appeal. Whether is it IT, ITES, or related fields like nano-technology, solar or wind-based,” Panwar said.Adding to it, he also promised availability of quality employers for the skill-trained students.“I would like to commit that we are open to negotiate, talk, and sign MoU with global players, whether MNC or our national players. I will start with the top 10, like Infosys, HCL, and Genpact. I know most of them. Only thing is that I have to renew my contacts,” he said. He added that he has trained students to work in private organisations while working as the secretary of Employment and Training, government of Rajasthan.“Platforms required by the private training providers and industries which demand skill, are already with us. I will take the benefit of that experience to improve this,” Panwar added.

National rail academy for training in rail security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A national academy for training in railway security will soon be set up by the government keeping in mind the threat to the public transporter. Besides the railways will also speed up the creation of an advanced commando training facility for Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel. “Both these institutions will come up in Andhra Pradesh and we have identified land for the purpose,” said a senior Railway Ministry official. The National Academy of Railway Security, a first of its kind in the country, will come up on 33 cares of land in Vijaywada in Andhra, as a centre of excellence in providing training in rail-related security for railway security personnel of India (GRP/RPF) as well as abroad. Railways have also earmarked 244 acres of land for setting up a Commando Training Centre for RPF in Andhra for which work has already been started. In view of increased threat perception in the recent past, there is a need for in-house facility for commando training of RPF/RPSF personnel, he said. In fact, the proposal for setting up such commando training institute has been already approved by Parliament in 2015. Setting up of one Commando Training Centre has also been approved for RPF under works programme of railways. The matter is under process and eforts are being made for early setting up of Commando Training centre, he said. Railways have undertaken several measures to strengthen safety and security at rail premises. Currently, about 1300 trains on an average are escorted by Railway Protection Force in addition to 2,200 trains escorted by Government Railway Police of different states daily. A security helpline number 182 has been operational at all zonal railways to enable all rail passengers including women in distress to seek security-related assistance round-the-clock. RPF holds regular coordination meetings with State Police at all levels to ensure proper registration and investigation of crime by GRP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC junks ACI plea against eviction from Safadarjung Airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today dismissed a plea of the Aero Club of India (ACI) challenging its eviction from land belonging to the Safdarjung Airport here, saying it had already “overstayed” for four years. Justice Vibhu Bakhru denied any relief to ACI, the apex body of all Flying Clubs/Institutions engaged in Flying Training and Aero-Sports in the country, after the Airports Authority of India (AAI) submitted that it needed the land for its own use. “Your (ACI) license expired in 2013. You have overstayed for four years. They are right to ask you for eviction. What is your legal right to occupy the land,” the court asked. The ACI had claimed that AAI had acted in an arbitrary manner in cancelling the lease. Advocate Digvijay Rai, appearing for AAI, opposed the petition, saying that the licence for the 17,400 square feet land opposite Jor Bagh colony in South Delhi, located opposite the airport, was given to the ACI in 1983 for 30 years and it had expired in 2013. As the ACI did not agree to pay the revised fee for the license, the lease was cancelled, he said. The ACI had moved the high court against the eviction order passed by Eviction Officer on June 16 asking it to vacate the premises within 15 days. Its petition claimed that the eviction order was arbitrary, discriminatory, unconstitutional and erroneous in law as well as on facts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Panel to probe ST officers should have babus from community’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes has asked the DoPT to ensure any committee constituted to look into cases related to ST employees should have minimum of two members from the community. The commission has taken this decision to ensure “natural justice” to every ST employee. As per a communication the Commission sent to the Department of Personnel and Training, if ST officers are not available in the department or the ministry concerned, then the committee can take them from other departments. Article 338 of the Constitution empowers the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) to ensure proper service conditions to ST employees of the government. On several occasions, it was found that normal procedures for disciplinary action against ST employees were not followed, an official statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vijay Keshav Gokhale appointed economic relations secy in MEA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale was tonight appointed as the economic relations secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said. Gokhale, a 1981-batch officer of Indian Foreign Service (IFS), is at present India’s envoy to China. He was the High Commissioner of India to Malaysia from January 2010 to October 2013. From October 2013 to January 2016, Gokhale was the Ambassador of India to Germany.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Village heads need proper, time-bound training: Union minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar today emphasised on proper and time-bound training of village heads after their election and said the funds meant for this exercise should not be spent anywhere else. He said neither the Centre nor the states have requisite infrastructure to impart training to the large number of panchayat representatives on time. “The Centre and states don’t have infrastructure to provide training to the representatives of 2.55 lakh panchayats of the country. “In the present set up, a sarpanch is able to get training after completion of four years or more out of his/her five-year term. This doesn’t benefit the system,” the rural development and panchayati raj minister said. Tomar was addressing a conference of state panchayati raj ministers here. “Training should be imparted within first six months of a sarpanch’s election. Through this way, a panchayat can benefit from his/her training for the next four-and-a-half years. By the time a sarpanch gets training, his/her term gets over. The district administration should hold training programmes in association with educational institutes.” The Union minister lamented that at times, the funds meant for such training sessions are spent on other events. Tomar said there are 29 subjects (as per the 11th Schedule of the Constitution for Devolution to the Panchayati Raj Institutions), which village panchayats need to address. “Some panchayats are doing a good work but there may be some others which are addressing these 29 subjects only on papers. Fund allocation to panchayats is increasing but there is a need for capacity building,” he added. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was the chief guest at the concluding function, said he held 40 panchayats (meetings) at his residence and this helped him to chalk out several public-oriented schemes. Chouhan said suggestions given by the participants at the conference would be implemented in the state. He said Madhya Pradesh recorded a robust growth in the agriculture sector last fiscal. “Madhya Pradesh has recorded an agriculture growth rate of 25.92 per cent (in last fiscal) after clocking 20 per cent expansion every year since the past five years. This growth rate has created its own problems as farmers are not getting proper prices of their crops. We are working to address this issue,” said Chouhan. Panchayati Raj Ministers from Haryana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Assam and Andhra Pradesh participated in the conference. Addressing the event, Haryana Panchayat Minister Om Prakash Dhankar took a dig at the Congress prime ministers while speaking about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a flagship scheme of the Narendra Modi government. “We have never seen any picture of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi or more recently Manmohan Singh with a broom. But now we have a prime minister who wields the broom,” Dhankar added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Keep abreast with new tech to protect country: Prez Pranab Mukherjee to Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noting that technology was at the centre of the challenges faced by the world, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday urged young Army engineers to keep themselves abreast with new technology and “refine” it for the armed forces.Speaking at a convocation ceremony of the College of Military Engineering (CME) here, Mukherjee told the students that as engineers they should be prepared for a “dual role of good engineers and good soldiers”.”New challenges are there in domestic and international domains… Technology is at the centre of the challenges faced by the world today… (And) you must prepare to provide the technological knowhow (to ensure the security of the country),” he exhorted the students.He said the next challenge for the students would be to “refine technology for the armed forces”.”Building infrastructure in remote areas of the country is an enormous responsibility that rests on your shoulders,” he told the graduates.Seventy-one M.Tech and B.Tech students graduated from the premier technical and tactical training institution of the Indian Army, established in 1943.Earlier, Lt Gen D R Soni, General Officer Commanding- in-Chief (GOC-in-Chief) of Army Training Command (ARTRAC), said the armed forces had been engaged in low-intensity operations in Jammu and Kashmir, and added that proxy war remained a challenge.”We need to remain fully prepared for a full-scale war at all times in the present turbulent regional scenario. The Army must remain abreast with most advanced art and craft of warfare,” he said.The CME is one of the bedrocks of Indian armed forces and awards the degrees jointly with Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Noida DM asks farmers to use modern techniques of agriculture

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>District Magistrate B N Singh today appealed to farmers to use modern techniques of agriculture and informed them about various schemes of the Uttar Pradesh government. The state government has launched various schemes for farmers and they should use it to their benefit, he said at a agriculture mela at Dadri Tehsil. Dadri MLA Tejpal Nagar was the chief guest for the event. The district magistrate (DM) also conducted a surprise inspection of the collectorate and found the head clerk was not present. He was informed that the clerk had gone to the treasury. Singh directed officers to be present at office during public hearings as the state government had stressed on on speedy redressal of public grievances. He informed that the admission process for Industrial Training Institute Dadri and Gautam Buddha Nagar Institute had begun.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt cracks down on employees with fake caste certificates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a crackdown on appointments using forged scheduled or backward caste certificates, all central government departments have been asked to collect details from the organisations under them and initiate action. Employees who got jobs through such fake or forged caste certificates should be removed or dismissed in accordance with relevant service rules, the Centre has said. The move assumes significance as over 1,800 appointments, a majority of them in financial sectors like public sector banks and insurance companies, were allegedly secured through fake caste certificates, official data reveals. According to existing norms, if it is found that a government servant had furnished false information or produced a false certificate in order to secure appointment he should not be retained in service. “Thus when an appointing authority comes to know that an employee had submitted a false/fake caste certificate, it has to initiate action to remove or dismiss such an employee from service as per the provisions of relevant service rules,” the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in a recently issued directive. It has been decided to collect information from all departments about appointments made on the basis of fake or false caste certificates and the follow up action taken thereon, it said. “Therefore, all the ministries/departments are requested to collect information from all organisations under their administrative control about the cases where the candidates got/alleged to have got appointment against vacancies reserved for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes on the basis of false/fake caste certificate and send a consolidated report in this regard,” the directive said. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh had said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on March 29 that 1,832 appointments were allegedly secured on the basis of fake caste certificates. Of these, 276 had resulted in suspension or removal, 521 were entangled in litigations and disciplinary proceedings were pending in the remaining 1,035 cases, he said. A total of 1,296 cases of jobs secured allegedly through fake caste certificates were under the Department of Financial Services. As many as 157 such cases were in State Bank of India, 135 in Central Bank of India, 112 in Indian Overseas Bank, 103 in Syndicate Bank, and 41 each in New India Assurance and United India Assurance.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian, Japanese and U.S. maritime forces to participate in Malabar 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2017, in mid-summer 2017. Malabar 2017 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia Pacific. The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training off the eastern coast of India in the Bay of Bengal. Training will focus on high-end war fighting skill sets, subject matter expert and professional exchanges, combined carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, medical operations, damage control, special forces, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), helicopter operations, and visit board search and seizure (VBSS) operations. Indian, Japanese and U.S. maritime forces look forward to working together again to build upon and advance their working relationship to collectively provide security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. Each iteration of this exercise helps to increase the level of understanding between our Sailors and interoperability between our three navies.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Navy begins search ops for crew of Mexican Navy ship

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman cadet has reportedly fallen from a Mexican sail training ship 560 nautical miles west of Goa and the Indian Navy has launched a search and rescue operation to look for her. It has been reported that the woman cadet was not donning any life saving gear when she fell overboard at 2 PM yesterday. “The Indian Navy has launched a ‘Search and Rescue’ operation to look for a lady cadet who has reportedly fallen overboard from Mexican Sail Training Ship (STS) Cuauhtemoc, at 1400 hrs on June 11 in position about 560 NM west of Goa,” the Navy said in a statement. Boeing P8I aircraft was pressed into service last night as well as today as part of the operation. The Mexican ship was scheduled to visit Mumbai between June 21 26 and its last port of call was Port Said, Egypt. The ship’s next port of call was Singapore. Indian Navy ship Teg which was enroute to Mumbai from Port Louis, Mauritius has been diverted and is likely to arrive in the area tonight, Navy spokesperson Capt D K Sharma said. He said additionally, INS Mysore, with two helicopters onboard, has sailed from Mumbai today and is likely to arrive in the area later in the evening to look for the cadet.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Guj CM Rupani plays good Samaritan; helps accident victims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today aided four women who were injured in a road accident by getting them rushed them to a hospital in one of his convoy vehicles. Rupani, who was returning to Gandhinagar from here, stopped his convoy this afternoon after seeing that an auto-rickshaw had turned turtle near Koba circle, an official release said. After stopping his convoy, the chief minister rushed towards the auto and helped the four injured women to come out from the vehicle. He then alloted one of his convoy car for the injured and directed his security officer to take them to the Gandhinagar civil hospital and make all the necessary arrangements for their treatment, the release added. Rupani was returning to Gandhinagar after inaugurating the new building of Indian Red Cross Society’s Gujarat branch here. He also inaugurated Centre for Thalassaemia-Sickle Cell Prevention Control Research and Training Centre, said the release.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttar Pradesh: Army officer commits suicide in Saharanpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 45-year-old Army officer, who had been suffering from depression, allegedly committed suicide at his official residence, police said.Major Gurjeet Singh Bali, hailing from Jammu, was posted at the Remount Training School and Depot in Saharanpur in western Uttar Pradesh.Bali had been undergoing treatment for depression, police said.His body was found hanging in his room, police said, adding that it had been sent for post-mortem.

Visually impaired Pranjal Patil shines again in UPSC exam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite all the challenges that came her way, 29- year-old Pranjal Patil has achieved the feat of clearing the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam for the second time in a row with an impressive All India Rank (AIR) of 124.Patil, a visually-impaired student from Ulhasnagar had cleared the exam in 2016 with AIR of 773 and was allotted the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS). In July 2016, Patil got a letter from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) that she has been allotted a job in the IRAS and that the training would begin in December 2016. After receiving no response, Patil approached the DoPT, a central body that does the allocations for all the selected candidates and was told that the railways had sent an email stating that a fully blind candidate cannot join the service in their department. The DoPT later allotted her the Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service, considered to be a lower cadre than the railway. She joined training at Faridabad but did not give up and applied for the exam again, making it to the top cadre-IAS. “I was determined to get a better cadre than what was allotted to me and reappeared for the UPSC. I gave my best, which is reflected in my rank,” said Patil, adding that, “I am confident about getting IAS this time. This is an answer to all those who doubted my potential,” she says.

Finance Ministry allowed WiFi facility, but not us: DoPT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has alleged that the Home Ministry is not allowing use of Wi-Fi in its offices due to security reasons but the facility is being allowed for Finance Ministry offices in the same building.The issue was raised during a recent meeting chaired by newly-appointed Joint Secretary in the DoPT, Srinivas Ramaswamy Katikithala, to discuss modalities for the implementation of e-office or computerisation of office works.During the meet, Katikithala, a Gujarat-cadre IAS officer, enquired about availability of the Wi-Fi network facility in the offices of DoPT. It was submitted by an officer of National Informatics Centre (NIC) “that due to security reasons, Wi-Fi is not being allowed by MHA in this office”, as per the minutes of the meeting.However, it was also brought into notice that Ministry of Finance is allowed to use it in the same building, it said. The North Block has Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Personnel Ministry (that includes the DoPT) and Finance Ministry.The Joint Secretary has asked the authorities concerned in the Finance Ministry and in the NIC to duly examine the issue and discuss the modalities for facilitating the use of Wi-Fi or wireless network to use internet in the DoPT.

Decision on cow slaughter is unconstitutional Mamata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Training her guns on the Centre for banning the sale of cattle for slaughter across the country?s livestock markets, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday asserted that the decision was unconstitutional. ?We won?t accept the Centre?s decision. It is unconstitutional and we will challenge it legally. We are not bound to abide by the Centre?s new decision. This is a subject on the concurrent list. How can they bulldoze? Who are they to decide who will eat what and who will wear what?? Banerjee said at a press conference at the state secretariat here. Further lashing out at the Centre, Banerjee stated that the ban is a deliberate attempt to encroach on the state government?s powers. ?I would work towards building a consensus on the issue among the opposition parties around the country. As all secular parties are against this decision,? Banerjee said. The Chief Minister is not the only opposition to criticise the Centre?s decision. The Left Government in Kerala has already rejected the Union government?s move describing it as ?fascist?. Kerala Chief Minister Pinyari Vijayan yesterday said that the people in his state do not need a lesson on food habits from New Delhi or Nagpur. ?The state government will give all facilities to people to have food of their choice. There is no need for Keralites to learn it from anybody in New Delhi or Nagpur (headquarters of RSS),? Vijayan said. Last week Kerala agriculture minister V.S. Sunil Kumar said, ?We will not allow the (central) government to enforce fascist policies of the RSS and other fringe outfits. Let it issue many such notifications, we will not follow them?. Incidentally, Mamata has been criticising the Centre?s decision to ban cow slaughter for a number of months.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NCERT book aims to connect with north-east

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to sensitise students about north-east India, its history, culture and war heroes, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), for the first time, has come up with a comprehensive book.The talking point for this proposal came after a 20-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh, Nido Tania, was allegedly killed in a racial attack in 2014. After more such attacks, there was a discussion that these attacks are happening because people in other parts of the country are not sentitised about north-east India.The book, ‘North East India — People, History and Culture’, talks about the eight states — Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim in detail and for the first time the freedom fighters from the region have been written about in great detail.The book talks about important movements in history like the 1904 women’s struggle in Manipur against the British. North-east states have played an important role in the struggle for freedom, which don’t find a place in our history books. This book attempts to capture that too.The NCERT used to include information on north-east in its Social Science books but there was no such book where everything was explained at one place and in great detail. This is the reason that this book has been released.”There were incidents of discrimination with students from the north-east and it was felt that it is because of lack of information on the states and its people. Hence it was decided by the government that we should come up with comprehensive material of the northeastern part of India,” said Neeraja Rashmi, head, department of education in social sciences, NCERT.”We started working on this book last year and it took us around one year to come up with it. A team of eight people who were associated with the northeast region in some or the other way worked on this book,” Prof Rashmi, who worked on the book, added.”The other book in the series will be Women of North East India. The names of the women have not been decided so far, but it will be on women who are doing some good work in the region,” she added.The book is meant as a supplementary reading for students from Class 9 to 12, but is also suggested for teachers.

Govt to allow private publishers to supply books, but with riders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The private publishers are now going to give an undertaking to schools that they will not publish anything “objectionable”, “unparliamentary” or “inflammatory”. They have also given assurance to the government to make the prices of their products affordable.This step has been taken by the Association of School Book Publishers (ASBP), which is a body representing over 5,000 private publishers of school books in the country. Following incidents like the one where environmental science was being taught through a cat-killing experiment, and another one where a physical education book taught students that an ideal figure for females is 36-24-36, the government has become very strict with schools asking them to use only National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books.This has made the private publishers take cautionary measures to be at par with the NCERT syllabus. In a meeting of the association with Education Secretary Anil Swarup, on Wednesday, the former has in a written request, urged the ministry to allow the books of private publishers along with the NCERT books. They have also given an assurance to the government that they will urge publishers to make their content at par with the NCERT syllabus, and also make them affordable.The Secretary Education has also believed to have shown positive response. “In the wake of recent incidents of wrong things being published by private publishers, we are going to ask them to give an undertaking to us and the school which is buying their books that they will not publish anything objectionable, unparliamentarily and inflammatory in their books. Because of a few bad examples in the past if the government wants to completely ban private books, it will not be good for the future of children as well,” said Dinesh Goyal, President of ASBP.The association is also going to start a complaint mechanism by which parents, schools and common people can lodge a complaint against the content of a private publisher book. “A complaint mechanism will bring more transparency for us also,” added Goyal.PAST IMPERFECTAn Environment Science book taught students how to understand the importance of oxygen through a cat-killing experiment.
A physical education book taught students that the ideal shape for females is 36-24-36.
A Sociology book taught students that ugliness is the reason for dowry.

Be prepared for ‘uncalled threat’ Chief of Air Staff warns IAF officers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In an unprecedented move, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, the Chief of Air Staff, has written a personal letter to each officer in the Indian Air Force (IAF), asking the officers ?to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice?. ?In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice. Training needs to be focused towards this,? says the letter. The ?sub-conventional threat? is said to be a reference to the ?proxy war? by the Pakistan, which is reflected in the increasing number of terror attacks on military camps and the rising public unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. The mention in the letter of ?our present holdings? is an indication of the severe shortfall in the number of fighter squadrons with the IAF. The IAF is authorised 42 squadrons of fighter aircraft but its current holding is down to 33. A deal for 36 Rafale fighters, signed with France, and a decision to induct indigenous Tejas fighters will barely make up for the de-induction of the MIG series of fighters from the fleet. Asking officers to be ?combat effective professionals?, ACM Dhanoa writes that ?there is no choice but to stay abreast of new technological advancements both own as well as that of our adversaries. Only then will we come out with war-winning, out of the box solutions.? The letter also covered a range of issues from ?favouritism? in the force to ?sexual harassment?. The letter reminds officers that ?in the recent past, there have been instances and occasions where lack of professionalism has shown the IAF in poor light?. Indulging in uncharacteristic plain speak, the IAF chief writes that ?we have been witness to a few instances of ?favouritism? in selection of officers for prime assignments and promotions?. ?This is something we can ill afford,? the letter reads. Pointing out that ?officers holding responsible appointments tend to display ?Milk of Human Kindness? while dealing with those involved in wrongful practices?, the letter warns that ?abusive behaviour, resorting to physical intimidation and behaviour amounting to sexual harassment by seniors is not acceptable?. The letter has been posted and delivered to each of the nearly 12,000 officers of the force. This is the first time that an IAF chief has written a personal letter to all officers, although two Army chiefs ? Field Marshal (then General) K M Cariappa on May 1, 1950 and General K Sundarji on February 1, 1986 ? have penned similar missives. An IAF spokesperson, however, described the letter as ?internal communication? and refused to comment on its contents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC allows functioning of Amethi centre run by Rajiv Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court today directed the Uttar Pradesh government not to interfere in the functioning of a vocational training centre run by the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust in Amethi. This may be seen as a setback to Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani who had alleged that the land in Jais in Amethi where the centre is being run has been grabbed by the Trust. The Lucknow bench of the High Court issued the directions on a writ petition of a self-help group — Vikas Block Mahila Samuh. The division bench of justices SN Shukla and SK Singh directed the state government to file a response against the petition and fixed the second week of July for the next hearing. Irani, who had unsuccessfully contested from Amethi Lok Sabha seat against Rahul Gandhi in 2014, had alleged that the land in question was meant for a college and the district Sub- divisional magistrate had issued a notice to the Trust. Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala termed it as “a big victory for the women of Amethi” and said the order ensures that vocational training activity at the Jais centre in Amethi will carry on unabated and without interference from the state government. He said this order has effectively stalled the UP government’s efforts to close down the Jais Vocational Training Centre in Amethi at the behest of Smriti Irani and the BJP’s political manoeuvres. The petitioner had objected to a notice issued by Sub Divisional Magistrate, Tiloi, Amethi on April 22 in which he had asked the petitioner to state as to under which authority the centre was being run under the Rajiv Gandhi Women Development Programme at that place, which is a government land as recorded in revenue records. The petitioner’s counsel CB Pandey argued that although the land is recorded as government land, it is specified that the same would be used for vocational training. He said there was nothing illegal in case the petitioner carried out vocational training there. Considering that the place in question was earmarked for vocational training, the bench, in an interim direction, restrained the state authorities from disturbing the running of the Centre. “This is a part of a political witch-hunt initiated and carried out by Smriti Irani who has made many speeches and held several meetings with the district administration regarding this issue directing them to take coercive action. “Such efforts will only end up destroying the livelihood of lakhs of innocent women of Amethi and Uttar Pradesh who have over the years benefited from the training and expertise provided at the Centre,” Surjewala said. The Congress leader said the land for the centre was allotted by the government over three decades ago to Manuj Kalyan Kendra, a not-for-profit organisation, for vocational training purposes. The activities carried out at the centre are in fulfilment of the objects for which the land was allotted to Manuj Kalyan Kendra and at their request, he said. He added that the Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana “RGMVP” was providing the training for and on behalf of Manuj Kalyan Kendra (MKK). Surjewala said the MKK remains the allottee of the land of the training centre and RGMVP is merely a programme conducting the training. By repeatedly questioning RGMVP on the land, the UP government was deliberately trying to politicise the issue by sending notices to, manhandling and threatening women and physically visiting the premises asking threatening questions, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BSF jawan dies during field physical test in Udhampur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BSF jawan today died during final field physical efficiency test at the Subsidiary Training Center (STC) in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. “Today, at about 06:45 hours, constable Anil Kumar of 163 Battalion of BSF, who was undergoing Junior Leadership Course, died during field training test activity at the STC,” a senior BSF officer said. He said the Junior Leadership Course for promotion from the post of constable to that of head constable was going on at the STC for the last eight weeks and will end tomorrow. The final Field Physical Efficiency Test (FPET) of the said course started at 06:15 hours. The officer said, that before the start of 3.2-km run of FPET, the participating troops were asked of their well-being and there was no complain from any of them. He said that at 06:40 hours, when Kumar was just few meters short of the end point, he collapsed. He was put on oxygen by the doctors present there and evacuated to civil hospital in no time but was declared brought dead, he said. “The individual was medically fit and never complained during eight-week period of training,” the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IPS officers to lose promotion for failure to file property

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IPS officers who do not disclose their immovable property details will be denied promotion and other service benefits with the Home Ministry asking all state governments to seek explanation from each of them. In a recent communication, the ministry has asked chief secretaries, directors general of state police and chiefs of central police organisations to seek explanation from the officers belonging to the Indian Police Service, who have not yet filed the immovable property return for 2016. The last date for online filing immovable property return for 2016 was January 31, 2017. The government has directed the IPS officers to submit their IPR immediately as non-filing will invite denial of vigilance clearance which ultimately will put to a halt to promotion. A home ministry official said around 15 per cent of the existing strength of 3,894 IPS officers has not filed their IPR so far. The total sanctioned strength of the IPS is 4,802. The ministry is the cadre-controlling authority of the IPS. As per the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968, every member of the service shall submit IPR in a prescribed form by January 31 of every year in respect of the previous year ending December 31. The Department of Personnel and Training issued guidelines on October 29, 2007 on grant of vigilance clearance to the all-India service officers. This was subsequently amended on September 7, 2011, where it was clarified that vigilance clearance will be denied to an officer for failure to furnish IPR of the previous year latest by January 31 of the following year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP govt to work to double farmers’ income: Agri minister Shahi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Agriculture minister Surya Pratap Shahi said today that the state government would make efforts to double the income of the farmers while adding that an increased foodgrain production is also envisaged. “Without the development of the farmer, the development of the state and country will be a distant reality. The UP government will endeavour to double the income of the farmers. For this efforts will have to be made to reduce the input cost, while increasing the production,” Shahi said. He was addressing a seminar here on kharif crops. “Scientific farming techniques, availability of funds at right time, soil testing, use of organic manure and crop insurance will be made available to the farmers, so as to boost the agricultural production,” Shahi said. He said that as compared to previous year’s aim of 185.11 lakh metric tonnes foodgrain production, this year the target has been set at 194.62 lakh metric tonnes. This year, we are targeting 151.30 lakh metric tonnes of paddy, as compared to 143.96 lakh metric tonnes last year, Shahi said. He mentioned that 17.50 lakh packets of organic manure will be distributed to farmers in the state. Training will also be imparted to farmers, and benefits of various schemes will also be provided to them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maneka Gandhi to inaugurate workshop on sexual harassment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Maneka Gandhi will inaugurate a workshop here tomorrow for internal complaint committees (ICCs) on sexual harassment of government ministries and departments. The move comes after several women employees wrote to the Women and Child Development Ministry about delays in getting their complaints about sexual harassment resolved. “The workshop is being held for capacity building of chairpersons of ICCs to ensure its effective implementation,” an official statement said. Gandhi had also announced an online portal to enable women employees of the Central government to voice their grievances in this regard online. The project, however, was shelved. Around 60 participants are likely to attend the workshop tomorrow. These will be mostly Chairpersons of Internal Complaints Committees constituted in all Central government ministries/departments. The training program is being organised in collaboration with the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 mandates that all workplaces with more than 10 workers must constitute an internal complaints committee (ICC) for receiving complaints of sexual harassment. The Government of India has a total of 30.87 lakh employees. As per the Census of Central Government employees, 2011, women constitute 10.93 per cent of the total regular Central government employees.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NCERT to focus more on sex education for younger kids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Children from Classes 1 to 5 will be taught about child sexual abuse in detail through educational films and counsellors, as part of the National Council for Educational Research and Training’s (NCERT) revised syllabus curriculum.The NCERT, which is the central government agency that provides study material to schools, is currently reviewing its syllabus. It plans to include a revised version of sex education imparted to children in schools.“Once children grow up, they are more conscious of their surroundings and can take care of themselves but younger children are more vulnerable, hence we are pondering over making the curriculum for younger children stronger. They will be taught about child sexual abuse through educational films and characters with whom they can relate. They are already told what is good touch and bad touch, but we need to teach beyond this,” said a senior official at the NCERT.Komal, a film on child abuse, which explains sexual abuse in detail is likely to be made a part of the curriculum. The film begins with the story of a nine-year-old girl, who, like any other child of her age, is active in sports, studies and plays with her parents back home. It takes a turn when an overfriendly neighbour (of the girl’s father’s age) sexually abuses her and she becomes a recluse. The film shows how it is never a child’s fault if someone is misbehaving with them and tells them what they should do to protect themselves in such situations.The NCERT has developed a curriculum titled ‘Health and Physical Education’ for Classes 1 to 12, which has been prescribed to all schools. While most schools follow only the syllabus, some schools have also appointed well-trained counsellors for teenage children.

Deceased pilot was just an hour short of getting licence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trainee pilot Himani Kalyani was just an hour short of completing the mandated 200-hour flying to get a commercial pilot licence when her aircraft crashed, killing her and her instructor. The crash took place at 0940 hours after one of the engines of the aircraft, DA42, got stuck in a rope-way, barely 20 minutes of its take-off from the Birsi Airport in Gondia district of Maharashtra. Twenty-four-year-old Kalyani, from Karnal in Haryana, had completed 199 hours of flying training from the Gondia-based National Flying Training Institute (NFTI). She was on the final sortie on the multi-engine DA42 aircraft, which crashed into river Wainganga near Gondia. “Kalyani was all set to complete her flying training with today’s sortie. She was soon expected to join a private commercial airline as pilot,” a source said. Her instructor, Capt Ranjan Gupta, a retired wing commander of the Indian Air Force, was a senior flying instructor with around 4,000 hours of flying experience, they said. 45-year-old Gupta, a native of Kolkata, also died in the crash of the 4-seater twin-engine aircraft. He is survived by his wife and two children, a son and a daughter, both in school. A flying instructor at another training academy, who had known Gupta and worked with him, described him as “the best fauji I have ever known”. “He was very experienced and a great man. Don’t know how it happened,” the FI, who did not want to be named, said. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau, a wing of the Civil Aviation Ministry, has launched a probe into the accident, according to sources. The bureau is mandated to probe all serious incidents and accidents involving Indian planes. The trainer aircraft was flying at a height lower than the one permitted by the ATC, they said. “The ATC had permitted the aircraft to fly at around 4,000-5,000 feet but it was at a much lower altitude. The aircraft had apparently developed a snag and for this reason the pilot was perhaps attempting a safe landing. “However, in the process, one of its engines got stuck in a rope-way, which connects Deori village with Laoni ghat on the Wainganga river, resulting in the crash,” the official said. Meanwhile, a senior DGCA official said every year there are around 10-20 reports of incidents involving damage to the aircraft from flying clubs/academies. “These incidents include damage to component system (of the aircraft), sometimes accruing from ill-maintenance,” the official said, maintaining that casualties have been rarely reported over the last few years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Textbook row:CBSE files police complaint against pvt publisher

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has lodged a police complaint against a private publisher regarding a class 12 Physical Education textbook defining “36-24-36” as perfect female body shape. Noting that the content of the book is inappropriate and not in sync with the curriculum decided by the National Council of Research and Training (NCERT), the Board has also constituted a review committee. The book titled “Health and Physical Education” written by V K Sharma and published by Delhi-based New Saraswati House, is taught at various schools affiliated to CBSE. The CBSE, however, clarified that it “does not recommend any books by private publishers in its schools”. “Taking strong exception of the indecent depiction of women and misrepresenting the syllabus prescribed by CBSE for Class XII Physical Education Course, the board has registered an FIR under Section 6–Indecent representation of women (Prohibition) Act, 1986,” CBSE spokesperson said. “The board neither subscribes nor encourages irrelevant, sexist or derogatory references to any gender specially women. The schools should exercise extreme care while selecting books of private publishers. “The content must be scrutinized to preclude any objectionable content that hurts the feelings of any class, community, gender, religious group in society if prescribing books having such content, the school will have to take the responsibility of such content,” she added. According to DCP (East) Omvir Singh, an FIR has been registered at Preet Vihar police station against the author and publisher of the book. Police said that they have taken the books in their possession and will soon be calling the author and publisher of the book for questioning. Excerpts from the Physical Education textbook defining “36-24-36” as the “best body shape for females” created an outrage on social media with critics demanding that the text be withdrawn. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had condemned the definition as “sexist” and ordered action in this regard. The same day the publishers had announced that the “printing, selling and distribution of the book has been stopped with immediate effect”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BMC diploma programme on disaster management

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to roll out a one-year diploma programme in Disaster Management in Fire and Industrial Safety (DMFIS) to enable security guards to handle disasters like fires without waiting for specialist emergency services to arrive for rescue operations.The disaster management cell has already prepared the course details, and, if all goes to plan, the first batch of the programme will attend classes at the Mumbai University’s Kalina campus by June or July.The civic body believes that the training programme will make housing societies and industrial units more secure as their own security guards or other staff can react to disasters like fires or building collapses without wasting time.It has been observed that a delay in launching rescue operations leads to higher casualties. The presence of someone trained to handle such situations at the incident site could prove crucial during such emergencies.“We have noticed that when a fire breaks out or a building collapses, residents have to wait for the fire department or the disaster management team to reach the spot and start rescue operations. However, by the time the rescue team arrives, crucial time is lost and the chances of reducing casualties also go down,” said a senior official from the disaster management cell of the BMC.“The aim of the training programme is to start rescue operations within the golden hour, save more lives and minimise losses,” said the official.The target of the course are security guards as they guard housing societies and industrial units and can be the first responders to fire or disaster emergencies, without wasting time.With an intake of 40, the one-year programme will have classes on weekends, so that working people can also attend it.A presentation regarding the course is likely to be given to the civic chief and other senior officials next week. A senior official said, “We have already worked out the details of the course and the people to be targeted for the course.”The training programme will be open to all. The civic body will also try to arrange placement of successful candidates.

Navy Chief on goodwill visit to Malaysia to boost defence ties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, is on a five-day goodwill visit to Malaysia beginning today. The visit is intended to consolidate and enhance bilateral maritime relations between both sides and is expected to provide a major boost to defence relations between India and Malaysia. During his visit, Admiral Lanba will hold discussions with the Deputy Minister of Defence, Chief of Royal Malaysian Defence Forces along with the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force of Malaysia. The Indian and the Royal Malaysian navies cooperate with each other in terms of training, operational interactions as well as interacting at various multilateral forums like Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, MILAN and ADMM Plus (ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus). Warships from both navies visit each other?s ports to build ?Bridges of Friendship?. The Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) along with RMN corvette KD Lekir participated in the International Fleet Review-2016 at Visakhapatnam in February 2016. An inaugural Field Training Exercise is also scheduled between both navies in June this year, coinciding with the visit of Indian naval ships to Malaysia. The Admiral, in addition to holding important bilateral discussions with various dignitaries, will also visit major naval establishments of the Royal Malaysian Navy including the submarine base. He will also address the participant Officers and faculty of the prestigious Royal Malaysian Armed Forces Command and Staff College.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt proposes new RTI draft rules, seeks public opinion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has proposed a new set of rules for processing Right to Information applications, complaints and appeals and has sought suggestions from the public by April 15. The proposed rules, aimed at replacing RTI rules of 2012, have been placed by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on its website for comments from public. “The time given is too less. There is no official press release in this regard as well. How will people know that something like is placed on website for them to give opinion,” RTI activist Commodore (Retd) Lokesh Batra told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ITI graduates to get class X, XII equivalent certificates: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government proposes to set up a separate board for ITIs which will help them conduct exams and award certificates at par with those given to students clearing class X and XII examinations from Boards like CBSE. The proposal which has been accepted by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, is likely to benefit the over 2 million students graduating from over 13,000 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) every year.The move will also help students undertaking courses in ITIs to pursue regular courses in other schools and colleges. Union Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy informed the Lok Sabha during Question Hour that the proposed ITI Board will be on the lines of CBSE and ICSE.It will give a certificate which will be equivalent to class X and XII certificates issued by regular boards. Admitting that “there’s been a decline in the standards quality of ITIs”, Rudy said that in the coming days, the ITIs opening in the country will be at par with the quality of central schools like Kendriya Vidyalayas and other good quality training institutions.He pointed out that “23 lakh students used to pass out from ITIs but did not get the equivalent certificate of X or XII standard because no such provision was there earlier. Now we have decided that on the lines of CBSE and ICSE…There will be a Board for ITIs in the country which will give them a certificate equivalent with X and XII standard. The HRD Ministry has agreed to this,” Rudy said. According to senior officials in the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, once the proposal is formalised, the National Council for Vocational Training will be authorised to conduct academic examination and certification for class X and XII for the ITI students.Consequently, the UGC, CBSE, AICTE, NCERT, AIU (Association of Indian Universities) and state education Boards will be informed that the NCVT has been authorised to conduct academic examinations for ITI pass outs and award Xth and XIIth certificates which should be honoured by all educational institutions to provide further opportunities for higher studies.

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