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Stone pelting goes down, but terror incident increase in Kashmir

The number of stone-pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have come down to less than half, as compared to last year, till November 2017 even though terror related incidents increased.The total number of stone-pelting incidents have decreased from 2,808 in 2016 to 1,198 till November this year, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.”The incidents of stone-pelting against security forces in the state of Jammu and Kashmir are reported to be 2,808 during the year 2016 and 1,198 till November this year,” Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said while replying to a written question in the Rajya Sabha.The number of terror incidents this year was recorded at 337 till December 14 this year — the highest since 2011. The number was 332 last year. There was an increase in violence in the conflict-hit state since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani in July 2016.Security forces have killed 210 terrorists this year, going well beyond last year’s 150.Ahir said that an adequate number of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) personnel were deployed in Jammu and Kashmir to assist the state government in maintaining public order.”It is not considered appropriate to disclose the level of deployment of the security forces,” Ahir said, replying to another question in this regard.

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Drop in chikungunya, dengue cases as compared to last year

With a nip in temperature, the number of vector-borne diseases in the city has seen a decline. Interestingly, compared to 2016, December saw a substantial drop in number of cases particularly for chikungunya and dengue. Against 162 cases in December 2016, the city recorded just three cases for chikungunya this month while for dengue, the number of cases was 37 against 119 last year for the same period.The AMC in a release said that there has been 44% drop in chikungunya cases while for dengue it was 3.14% if the yearly data for these diseases is compared. Overall yearly malaria cases also saw a decline of 12.24% compared to last year. The department had also collected 29,736 serum samples so far till December 23, 2017 against 40,590 last year. Water-borne diseases saw a slight increase particularly for jaundice. Against 149 cases of jaundice recorded in December last year, this year the month has so far recorded 174 cases. Two cholera cases were reported in December this year from Jamalpur and Vejalpur ward.As for cases of diarrhoea, the number increased from 459 in last december to 473 this year. Overall, 2017 saw 300 more cases of diarrhoea being registered compared to last year.WHAT AMC DIDAs part of its efforts to control outbreak of disease, the civic body has so far in the year distributed 49,1905 chlorine tablets, carried out 29,934 tests for cholera and sent 2695 water samples for testing.

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318 killed in Kashmir in 2017: govt in Parliament

There have been 318 killings in Jammu and Kashmir this year as frequent encounters took place to deal with the increasing cycle of violence.Security forces got success in killing 203 terrorists — the highest in the last four years. The number of civilians killed in terror-related violence in the same period was also the highest, the government informed Parliament on Tuesday.Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that 203 terrorists were killed in the state this year till December 10, as compared to 150 in calendar year 2016, 108 in 2015, and 110 in 2014.Talking about the number of civilians killed, Ahir said that 37 of them were killed till December 10 this year, 15 were killed in calendar year 2016, 17 in 2015, and 28 in 2014.Terror-related incidents also peaked at 335 as compared to 322 in 2016, 208 in 2015, and 222 in 2014.Replying to a question on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Ahir said necessary directions were issued from time to time after reviewing the security situation of the state.According to the data provided by the minister, 75 security personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir till December 10 this year, 82 were killed in 2016, 39 in 2015, and 47 in 2014.”In order to prevent the activities of terrorists, numerous steps have been taken, including strengthening of the operational grid with an enhanced human intelligence and use of technical intelligence grid,” he added.Replying to another question, Ahir said the trend of violence in the states affected by Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) declined since 2014.”In the current year (till November 30), LWE violence has decreased by 17.4 per cent, from 984 (incidents) to 813, as compared to the corresponding period in 2016,” he said.Replying to another question about the situation in the north-east, Ahir said the overall security situation in the region had registered a substantial improvement in 2016, in terms of reduction in the numbers of violent incidents and security forces’ casualties.”In 2017, there has been a further improvement in the security situation in the region as the number of insurgency incidents has come down to 276 in the first 11 months of the year,” he said.

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75 security personnel and 203 terrorists killed in J&K in 2017: Govt

As many as 318 people, including 203 terrorists and 75 security personnel, were killed in terror-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir this year, the Lok Sabha was informed today.In the North-East, 97 people, including 51 insurgents and 12 security personnel, were killed in insurgency-related incidents, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said during Question Hour. Up to December 14 this year, 337 terror incidents were reported in Jammu and Kashmir in which 40 civilians, 75 security personnel and 203 terrorists were killed and 321 persons injured. Ninety-one terrorists were also arrested.Referring to incidents in the areas affected by left wing extremism, Ahir said up to November 30 this year, 813 incidents took place leading to the death of 170 civilians, 75 security personnel and 111 left wing extremists. One hundred and forty five people were also injured. He said 1712 left wing extremists were also arrested.Also readJammu and Kashmir | 2 terrorists gunned down, encounter still on in ShopianWhile there have been two attacks each in 2014 and 2015 on defence establishments, six attacks took place in 2016. This year upto December 10, one defence establishment came under attack.

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Vector-borne disease season ends, but 45 cases reported last week

The season for vector-borne diseases has come to an end, with a municipal report on Monday saying that only 45 dengue cases were reported last week, taking the total number of people affected by the disease this year in the national capital to 9,214.The numbers of malaria and chikungunya cases recorded this year, till December 16, stood at 1,140 and 933 respectively, the report said. The total number of people affected by dengue in Delhi this year, till December 9, was 9,169.Of the 9,214 dengue cases this year, 4,704 patients were from Delhi, while 4,510 had come to the city from other states for treatment, the report said. Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between mid-July and November-end but this period may stretch up to mid-December.This year, however, the disease had spread much earlier. The mosquito-borne tropical disease had claimed its first victim in the city this year on August 1, when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndromes at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH).Three more deaths were reported in October by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates the data for the entire city.The civic body, however, is yet to acknowledge two fatalities due to dengue at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital and the death of a boy at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital.

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ZEE-JLF to feature over 400 speakers

The countdown to the next edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) to be held on January 25-29, 2018 began with a preview held in the national Capital on Tuesday. The event was marked with a vigorous debate on the subject “Populism is the greatest threat to democracy” with JD(U) spokesperson Pavan Varma, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, academician Rakshanda Jamil, lawyer Akhil Sibal, and journalist Pragnya Tiwari participating in it.Varma spoke about how, in a democracy, populism was a deterrent to good governance because parties make promises only to win polls. He added that this breeds cynicism among people, making them feel like ‘sab to chor hai’. Agreeing with Varma, Tharoor said populism led to de-legitimisation of pluralism, or minority points of view that did not agree with the majority opinion.The organisers on Tuesday released a list of further 177 authors who will be present at this year’s festival, bringing up the total number of speakers to over 400. Dominic Dromgoole, former artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, Burmese human rights activist Ma Thida; Philip Norman, the author of Beatles biography are some of the speakers.This is the third tranche of announcements over the past two weeks. The ZEE-JLF line-up includes well-known names such as Helen Fielding, writer of the popular Bridget Jones’ Dairy series; academy award winning scriptwriter Tom Stoppard; Amy Tan, author of the bestselling Joy Luck Club; acclaimed travel Pico Iyer; and Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje.About the programming this year, “Poetry will be special focus this year – there will be around 35 poets from all across the world and India,” says festival director Sanjoy K Roy. “And we have around 25 Harvard professors, from particle physics, literature, history – an instant pop-up university,” says festival co-curator William Dalrymple.The festival will also, this year, inaugurate a new venue adjacent to the Diggi Palace in what used to be the car park. “This is where all the popular sessions, Bollywood, cricket, Shashi Tharoor (with a laugh) with audiences of 10,000 will be housed,” says Dalrymple. Another new venture is a literary prize named after French philosopher Romain Rolland which will be given by the French government to the best book translated from French into an Indian language.STAR-STUDDEDZEE-JLF organisers released a list of 177 more authors who will be present at the festival. The total number of speakers for this year has reached over 400.

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Rs 200 crore loss as saffron production dips sharply

Persistent dry spell in Kashmir valley has led a 80 per cent drop in the production of saffron causing Rs 200 crore financial loss to the farmers.Official figures reveal that saffron production in 2017 was 3.5 metric tonnes against 17 metric tonnes in 2016. Estimates worked out by the Agriculture department peg the financial loss at over Rs 200 crore.”On an average, our saffron production is 17 metric tonnes. This year there is a 80 per cent drop in production. One kilogramme saffron sells at Rs 1.6 lakh, and by that estimate we have suffered roughly Rs 200 crore loss,” said Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, director of department of agriculture, Kashmir.Experts say increased temperature and no rainfall during sprouting period are the main reasons for crop failure this year.”It requires rainfall in September. In addition, temperatures should also be moderate. Moisture in corn helps sprouting. We had no rainfall, which resulted in crest formation,” Andrabi said.Touted as world’s most expensive spice, saffron is used in multiple ways in multiple industries — ranging from medicine, beauty, colour, food, among others. Kashmiri saffron kahwa (tea) is a delicacy which is served on special occasions signifying the importance of the guests. It is used in beauty products and has a high medicinal value.Around 3,715 hectares of land is used for saffron cultivation in Jammu and Kashmir. Pampore in the Pulwama district of south Kashmir tops the list with 3,200 hectares under saffron cultivation. It is followed by Budgam and Srinagar with 328 and 165 hectares respectively under the saffron cultivation.”Production is almost nil and farmers are ruined. We have suffered huge financial losses this year. Government should come up with a scheme to help the farmers in distress. We have no other source of income,” said GM Pampori, president J&K Saffron Growers and Dealers Association.”Our worry is now about the mother corn. You need good water regime for multiplication of corn for next year’s crops. If the dry spell continues for another month, it will have catastrophic effect on future crops,” said Andrabi.SUDDEN DIPOfficial data reveals that saffron production in 2017 was 3.5 metric tonnes against 17 metric tonnes in 2016. Experts blame increased temperature and lack of rain in the Valley are the primary reasons behind failure of the crop this year.

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Eid Milad un Nabi less noisier this year

This year Eid e Milad un Nabi celebrations were less noisier as compared to last year as per findings by Awaaz Foundation, an NGO that has been spearheading its fights against noise pollution and creating awareness about it. As per the decibels (dB) recorded, the highest noise level was of 105.2 dB,as compared to 111.5 dB of last year. While this year the highest decibels were close to Dockyard Road, last year the highest figure was close to J J Hospital. The figure, however, was higher than the permissible decibel levels. In residential areas, the permissible noise level is up to 55 dB before 10 pm and 45 dB after 10 pm. Commercial areas have a permissible level of 65 dB from 6 am to 10 pm and 55 dB from 10 pm to 6 am. At no place was the noise levels within the permissible limits.“In a number of cases people had loudspeakers mounted on the truck. However, it was a positive sign that noise pollution was less this year,” said Sumaira Abdulali, convenor of Awaaz Foundatiion. Noise pollution was also due to honking. At Mohammed Ali Road, numerous motorcycles continuously used the their horns measuring upto 95dB, driving recklessly through roads blocked with pedestrian traffic.
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Delhi tops list in crimes against kids

In Delhi, 20 children witnessed a crime in a day and as many as 10 juveniles were apprehended daily, on an average, in 2016. The fact was revealed in a data released by the National Crime Records Bureau on Thursday which also stated that Delhi recorded the highest number of crimes against children among metropolitan cities.The total number of crimes against children in 2016 was 1,06,958, which is 13.6 per cent more than in the year 2015, which saw 94,172 cases. Statistics reveal that children are increasingly becoming victims of traffickers and sexual predators across the Capital as the total number of cases of crime against children was 7,392 in the year 2016 which includes the 1,392 cases of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.Around 5,770 kids were kidnapped and abducted in the year 2016 and 79 juveniles were the victims of human trafficking. Reports also suggested that Delhi had the highest number of cases of juveniles in conflict with the law at 35.6 per cent (2,368 cases out of 6,645).Delhi also had the highest number of cases pending trial from 2016 at is 6,329.The Capital also witnessed apprehension of 3,808 children for their involvement in different crimes. A sudden rise in the murders committed by the youngsters was also recorded in Delhi 2016.
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Shoppers make a beeline as traders drop prices

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With two days to go before the India International Trade Fair (IITF) concludes on Tuesday, visitors are making hay as traders are selling their merchandise at reduced prices. While a lot of participants rue that the GST hit their profits this year, discounted prices have added to the joy of shoppers at the 37th IITF.From Korean blankets, marble figurines, Turkish carpets to goods made from camel leather, the IITF has products to offer for every budget. While Chhattisgarh is attracting buyers with its native Dhokra art, which uses brass as the main element to make sculptures; the artifacts in the form of animals, religious figures and lamps showcasing a beautiful marriage between tribal simplicity and finesse, are flying off the shelves. The artifacts have a nominal starting price of Rs 250.From brass door handles, decorative items for walls and home decor, the stall at Saras market is drawing buyers in hordes. The visitors are also buying mugs, slippers and lamps made from bamboo, being sold for anything between Rs 100 to Rs 500, depending on the intricacy of work done on the merchandise. Talking to DNA, Saryu Bansal, a visitor said,”Though on the last days, most of the top quality products are already off the shelves, I have been lucky to have found some great deals on home decor and clothes this year. One can get a good deal if one has the right bargaining skills.”Products made from camel leather, bearing art stamp and craft of Madhya Pradesh are also popular among the shoppers here. These are priced between Rs 50 to Rs 5000 and range from beautifully crafted figures of animal, settees in shape of tortoise etc costing Rs 1,200, small animals at Rs 150 to other decorative items at Rs 250. The shoppers are also enchanted with the wall clocks, photo frames, wall hangings, jewellery boxes, pen stands etc, made from traditional cone ceramic art.Businessmen, however, are unhappy with their sales this year at the IITF, citing the GST as the main reason. Reeling under losses for the second year in a row, they rue that it was demonetisation which impacted their business last year.Radhika Choudhary, an artist from Indore, who was selling cone art decor products at the IITF, claimed that her sale was reduced to half this year because people were not willing to pay the tax. The lesser number of visitors this year since India Trade Promotion Organisation put a cap of 60,000 on them, also took the sheen away from the IITF. The number of participants also came down to half, at around 3,000 this year as opposed to over 6,000 stalls in previous years.

Hey Delhi, International Trade Fair is on! Watch out for these 5 types of visitors at Pragati Maidan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you are living in Delhi-NCR, chances are either you are planning to or have already visited the India International Trade Fair, currently going on in Pragati Maidan.The 37th Trade Fair, which was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on November 14, has seen lesser footfall compared to the previous years.The single biggest reason is lack of open space. Until last year, the Trade Fair used to be organised in over 100,000 square meters of open space. But with ongoing construction work, the space has been reduced and there are fewer exhibitors this year.Most people are saying ‘pehle wali baat nahi hai (it’s not like earlier times).’Love it or hate it, Delhi has still not given up on this lavish fair.So while many would tell you what’s hot and what’s not this year, we decided to give a different side of the Trade Fair.Here’s our list of types of visitors that we saw in Trade Fair on Monday:The veterans: As the name suggest, they ALWAYS visit the Trade Fair. They are those who carry ghar ka khana, chatai or newspapers and water bottles. They know which stalls to go, the best discounts offered and just how to beat rush. They never fall for old gimmick, remember each pavilion by heart. Talk to them and you would hear, ‘arre, pahele kya baat thi…bahut variety thi (There used to be great time, lots of variety).’ Yes, to be honest, that is true indeed. There was a time when there was an entire hall dedicated to toys, yes loads of toys! The freeloaders: They are pain for all exhibitors, especially those dealing in food items. They never shy from ‘bhaisaab, try karana’. Be it gajjak, latest pasta, shampoo sachets or even pamphlet of a dishwasher, they just want everything. This year, we saw some queuing up for free balloons!The trend-setters: If you spot every second visitor buying one particular item, it is because of them. They set the trend. Be it fake flowers, buying crockery by kilo (yes, that happens) or new beauty product, just see around. The haters: Why there are so many people, why everyone is in same state pavilion as me, why the food is so bad, why toilets are not clean, why they are playing this music…you get the drift, right? These are the people who simply hate anything and everything. Till last year, this group kept on saying ki ‘yaar, kitna chalna padta hai’ and this year they are ruing over lack of open space! You just can’t keep them happy!The harassed lot: You will spot many outside the entry gates of Pragati Maidan. They didn’t realise that tickets are available online only. Though you can buy tickets at metro stations, but don’t dare getting down at Pragati Maidan and think, ‘ok, I’m here, let me buy tickets first,’ cause they don’t sell tickets there, duh! Classic example is the family who travelled all the way from Rohini only to realise they can’t buy tickets here. Oops, last heard, the husband sheepishly suggested…’chidiyaghar hi ghoom lete hain (let’s go to zoo)’.Also at Trade Fair:Aadhaar and Income Tax and GST stalls: Biggest crowd-puller this year are the government stalls.Crockery by kilo: You want a new dinner set? Or a pair of new storage jars? Just check out these stalls (I got some cool stuff in hall number 12).Super SARAS: The best stall, ever! Don’t want to buy that overpriced ethnic dupatta at neighbourhood mall? Just check out these amazing stalls at SARAS and have a blast. From weavers of Assam to Punjab’s Phulkari, you will get it all.The CRPF band: Alas, there’s no defence pavilion now. But you still have CRPF gallery and BSF stall. Plus, if you are there at right time, you can check the awesome performance of the CRPF band.No state pavilions: Remember the beautiful Kerala state pavilion or one from Gujarat….they all have been razed to ground. All state exhibitors are showcasing their products in state hangars instead.

Videos of glorified militants stage a comeback in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After brief hiatus, militants have again unleashed a psychological warfare on the social media in the strife-torn Kashmir.Fresh videos of militants have flooded Facebook and other social networking sites to romanticize militancy and to lure gullible youth to join their ranks beside outwit the security forces and garner public support.A new video of militants dressed in pheran (traditional Kashmiri loose long gown used by people in winters to keep themselves warm) and Pathan caps have gone viral on the social media. Shot in undisclosed dense forest area, the gun-wielding militants are seeing patrolling and raising their index finger (symbolizing oneness of Allah).Sources said the video seems to be fresh given the attire of the militants as Kashmir is witnessing sub-zero temperatures. In another video, two militant commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba are seen wrestling in a room while a commentary runs in the background about the friendly bout. Wearing olive green army fatigues, the two commanders are seen trying to pin down each other in a well laid out room.Sources said security agencies have started an investigation to find out the veracity of the videos that have been posted on the social media sites. “We are looking into the matter. It will be premature to comment unless we know where and when was the video shot”, said a police officer.The fresh videos have been posted at a time when security forces have gone all out against the militants killing more than 182 since January this year. The videos have surfaced after months of hiatus as the militant top brass had issued directions to their cadres to avoid using mobile phones. However, after suffering reverses, the militants have again started posting videos seemingly to show their presence and raise the morale of their cadres.“It is a psychological warfare. Militants are trying to show their presence because they have been hit hard by the forces in the last few months”, said another security force officer.Sources said around 70 security force men have lost their lives in the line of duty this year so far. This year so far, sources said 70 new ultras have been able to infiltrate into Kashmir. Last year estimated net infiltration (number of militants who managed to sneak in) was 112 compared to 33 in 2015. Similarly, estimated net infiltration was 65 in 2014 compared to 97 in 2013.

90% dip in stone-pelting incidents: J&K DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Call it National Investigation Agency (NIA) or demonetization effect, stone pelting has dropped by 90 percent in the restive Kashmir valley this year.Data available reveal there were over 2,000 incidents of stone pelting last year which has dipped to 700 till August-end this year. Over 1,000 CRPF men were injured in stone pelting last year. This year, 720 stone-pelting incidents were reported from different parts of Kashmir till August-end, in which 331 CRPF men were injured. The figures exclude thousands of policemen injured in the stone-pelting in Kashmir in the last two years.“Stone pelting incidents have roughly dropped by 90 percent this year. Earlier, there were 50 incidents of stone pelting reported daily and now there is not even one incident in a week or 10 days”, Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir told DNA.The DGP said credit goes to the people of Kashmir. “You tell me hasn’t situation improved? Credit goes to people”, he said.Sources said demonetization and NIA raids have hit the stone-pelting syndicate and militants hard in Kashmir. Sources said the militants require huge money to pay their cadres, buying logistics, including smartphones, SIM cards and paying for transport and other facilities.Figures reveal that around 12 banks have been looted since demonetization was announced in November last year.NIA raids in the terror funding cases too have dealt a blow to stone pelting because fund flow has suddenly stopped, which has hit the morale of the separatists. “Every transaction is now under watch and every possible financier under surveillance. This has hit the morale of the stone throwers and their backers in the Valley”, said an officer.

Ban on horses takes the shine off Pushkar mela

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The internationally known Pushkar Fair, one of the biggest events in the world for cattle trade, ended up on a disappointing note this year. The number of cattle participated and traded in the fair reduced by half as against last year.The sharp drop in the trade has been attributed to the ban on trading of horses at the market following a spurt in cases of Glanders diseases this time.According to a report released by the Animal Husbandry Department, 4,200 animals of different species reached the market this time. The number was 8,700 last year.Cattle trade related figures have also seen a huge drop this time. Last year, 2,558 cattle in the fair were traded and total business of worth Rs 7.06 crore was done. This time, 827 cattle were sold for Rs.1.72 crore.Behind the less number of cattle arrival in the fair and decline in trade, the department believes that the figures on horses have not been captured this time.”The negative impact of horse infectious disease has been observed on the fair this year. Due to a spurt of Glanders disease, arrival and trade of horses in the fair was banned. The ban has left its effect on the trade figures,” Subhendu Dixit, senior veterinary officer told DNA.This year, the most expensive animal was a buffalo that was sold at Rs 70,000, while the most expensive camel has been sold for Rs 51,000.BUSINESS HAMPEREDYear Cattle arrived Cattle traded Turnover2017 4,200 827 Rs 1.72 crore2016 8,700 2,558 Rs 7.06 crore

How home-grown terror in Kashmir is next big challenge for India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From the early 90s till until sometime now, local Kashmir youth were seen crossing the border to get training in the terror camps located in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).But the picture has change now. That trend appears to be on a decline with security agencies now realising that most of the home-grown terrorists in Kashmir are no longer risking going across the border. Instead, they are getting all the wherewithal to become terrorists in the Valley itself.Sources have told WION that despite a major offensive by the Indian Army against terrorists this year, the number of locally recruited terrorists has increased. Estimates suggest that close to 90 local Kashmiris took to arms and became terrorists this year itself.Though no terror training camps have yet been unearthed in Kashmir, security agencies are of the view that foreign terrorists infiltrating into India from across the border are setting up hideouts which could be used a training grounds for these local Kashmiri men.Security agencies admit it’s a worrying trend, one that will need better handling.There has been a surge in the number of terrorists who have been killed this in the Kashmir Valley this year as compared to the last. While the year 2016 saw 130 terrorists being gunned down, the numbers have already crossed 170 this year.Sources in the defence establishment say that roughly 250-odd terrorists are present and active in North Kashmir while around 40 are believed to be active in South Kashmir. Of these, 60 per cent are locals terrorists while 40 per cent are the ones who have infiltrated from Pakistan.As Indian defence forces continue to fight the proxy war initiated by Pakistan, it is the presence and growth of this home-grown terror network in Kashmir that is being seen as the next big challenge.

Waiting for Pidi to react: Twitter on India jumping 30 places in World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has jumped 30 places to rank 100th in the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ ranking, helped by a slew of reforms in taxation, licensing, investor protection and bankruptcy resolution.The ranking comes as a shot in the arm for the Narendra Modi government amid dissenting voices in certain quarters about implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as well as demonetisation.In its annual report ‘Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs’, the World Bank said that India’s ranking reflects nearly half of the 37 reforms, adopted since 2003, implemented in the last four years.The ranking, however, does not take into account business environment post implementation of GST, which weaved the country of 1.3 billion into one market with one tax and removed inter-state barriers for trade.India, which was ranked 130th among the 190 nations, is “one of the top 10 improvers in this year’s assessment, having implemented reforms in 8 out of 10 ‘doing business’ indicators,” it said. This is the first time India has broken into top 100 nations.India is the only large country this year to have achieved such a significant shift.The parameters that witnessed improvement in 2016-17 were India making it faster for start business, reduction in procedures and time required to obtain building permit, easier access to credit, protecting minority investors, ease of paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and making resolving insolvency easier, the World Bank said.But it still lags in areas such as starting a business, enforcing contracts and dealing with construction permits. It takes 30 days now to register a new business, down from 127 days 15 years ago, but “the number of procedures is still cumbersome for local entrepreneurs who still need to go through 12 procedures”, it said.”This is a major major jump,” Rita Ramalho, Acting Director for World Bank’s Global Indicators Group, told PTI in Washington, attributing the climb of 30 places to the series of reforms undertake by the Modi government since 2014.The GST, which was implemented from July 1, will get reflected only in next year’s ‘ease of doing business’ report.”GST reforms have not been counted this year. It would come into play for the report next year,” Ramalho said, adding that demonetisation was not covered.India was ranked 130th for last two years. In 2014, it managed to get 142nd spot.According to the World Bank, New Zealand is the easiest place on the planet to do business, followed by Singapore, Denmark, South Korea and Hong Kong. The US and the UK are ranked 6th and 7th on the list.Among BRICS countries, Russia tops the list with 35th position, followed by China which has retained its ranking at the 78th place for the second consecutive year.The biggest surprise of this year, the authors of the report said, is India, which jumped 30 spots in one year by improving its score by 4.71 to 60.76 points.”India has improved a lot (this year), but there’s still room for improvement, So, I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as a nice place to do business yet, but definitely is in the right direction to become a nice place. It is much easier than it was two years ago,” Ramalho said.Santiago Croci Downes, Acting Manager, Doing Business Unit at World Bank, said that in the 15 years’ history of this annual report, there have been only five countries like Georgia and Rwanda which made a massive jump in one year. But none of them were as big an economy as India.Noting that India made a very big effort in the past two years, the World Bank said the results now reflect those initiatives.”This is a continuous effort of two or three years.But there’s still a long way to go,” she said. India used to be in the bottom quarter of the distribution, now it’s in the middle which is a big improvement.”It (India) is still a place where there is room for improvement in making the life of entrepreneurs, less bureaucratic, making transactions simpler and more efficient and less costly. So, there’s still significant room for improvement. But it was a very significant change and even not just in relative but also in absolute terms,” she said.For entrepreneurs in India, doing business is simpler now, she argued.Referring to the series of reforms being carried out by India, Downs said there is a willingness to improve the private sector and prioritise these.”If you’re asking me would India be 50 next year, I would say that’s very very unlikely. But if you could tell me you would be 50 in five years, I will say may be,” she said.There are a few areas where there is much room for improvement such as enforcing contracts, which on an average in India is 1,445 days, besides the court system in India is very slow, she said.”That’s one of the areas where India really lags behind compared to other countries,” she said, adding that easing property registration and property transactions is another area where things are not very efficient. With inputs from PTI

Trade fair to focus on startups this year, showcase Modi govt’s schemes for youths

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In line with its last year’s focus on Central government schemes, the India International Trade Fair (IITF) will have indigenous start-ups as its main theme this year as well. The 14-day event, which starts on November 14 and will be held at Pragati Maidan, introduce visitors to various development schemes taken up by the government across the country.Titled ‘Startup India and Standup India’, the theme will specially put the youths in the spotlight, highlighting policy, schemes, and programmes started by the Centre for them in the last three years. The Indian Trade Promotion Organisation, which organises IITF every year, is currently setting up a special pavilion in Hall 18, where development work undertaken in different states of the country will be showcased. According to senior ITPO officials, the idea is to connect those visiting the trade fair with the welfare work done for them. Government agencies will find a special spot in this year’s fair.This year, for the 37th edition of IITF, Vietnam would be the partner country while Kyrgyzstan would be the focus nation. Jharkhand would play the role of partner state. Officials said India hopes to improve diplomatic and trade ties with the focus and partner nations, which is the main reason behind choosing them for their respective roles.In 2016, the IITF exhibited one of the most ambitious projects of the Modi government — Digital India. The partner country was South Korea and focus country was Belarus. Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand were partner states in the event that saw participation of more than 150 companies from around 27 nations.Meanwhile, Pragati Maidan is being redeveloped as Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC), at a cost of whopping Rs 2,254 crore. The organisation has set June, 2019, as the deadline for the state-of-the-art convention centre, work for which started in July this year. This has also taken away the sheen from IITF, which will be held in an area reduced to half this year. As opposed to the 1 lakh sq metres of space allotted to IITF every year, participants will have to make do with 50,000 sq metres this time.

City had noisier Diwali this year, Marine Drive was the loudest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city saw a noisier Diwali this year as compared to 2016, according to an NGO that raises awareness about noise pollution. This year, noise levels touched 117.8 maximum decibel (dB), rising from last year’s 113.5 dB.The figure was, however, lower than that of 2015, when the highest recording showed noise levels of 123 dB. Like last year, this year too, the maximum noise level was recorded at Marine Drive — a popular spot for the festive activity.The noisiest crackers were burst between 10 pm to 1 am, when the deadline for cracker bursting is 10 pm. “There is no formal relaxation on bursting crackers post 10 pm, like there is on the use of loud speakers during festivals period,” said Sumaira Abdulali, convenor of Awaaz Foundation, which has been spearheading the fight against noise pollution. She added, “The highest noise-level was recorded just minutes before midnight.”In residential areas, the permissible noise level is up to 55 dB before 10 pm and 45 dB after 10 pm. Commercial areas have a permissible level of 65 dB from 6 am to 10 pm and 55 dB from 10 pm to 6 am. At no place was the noise levels within the permissible limits.”When the Chief Minister said that citizens should not burst crackers, he should have told them to burst them before 10 pm,” says Abdulali, adding, “Across the city, people seemed to have burst crackers after 10 pm and it was consistently over 100 dB in areas such as Marine Drive.”Even last year, the highest noise levels were recording within this time period.Firecrackers were not burst in the run up to the festival and on the day of the festival less crackers were burst but noise and timing was a concern,” says Abdulali. She added that most on-ground police officers seemed clueless about the deadline they have to enforce. “They did not seem to know about it and their seniors did not tell what time it should all stop,” she says.The activist said a number of crackers with high decibel levels, which were detected during the test carried out before Diwali, were not burst during the festival. “We tested around 26 of them, like the atom bomb, and possibly, they were not available in market,” said Abdulali. “However, others, like the anar, that made lot of noise, were available. It is the Pollution Control and Explosives department’s job to check before they are sold in the market. One cannot expect an NGO to create awareness that explosives are bad for health. That should be done by government.” She added that the government should appeal to children to not burst crackers as they are not mature enough o understand the consequences this will have on the environment. “The Chief Minister should announce such things,” she said.

Noise pollution: Mumbai sees noisier Diwali this year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai saw noisier Diwali this year as compared to last year. This year the maximum decibel (dB) level that it touched when people celebrated the festival by bursting crackers was 117.8 dB as compared to 113.5 decibels last year. What was worse is that most crackers were burst between 10 pm to 1 am. In 2015, the highest recording was 123 dB but like all years, air pollution was still a worry said, activist. Like last year, this year too the maximum noise level was recorded at Marine Drive where a number of people come to burst crackers. There is no relaxation on bursting crackers post 10 pm like the use of loud speakers even during the festival period. The highest noise level was recorded just minutes before midnight.In residential areas, the noise level permissible is up to 55 dB before 10 pm and 45 dB after 10 pm. Commercial areas have a permissible level of 65 dB from 6 am to 10 pm and 55 dB from 10 pm to 6 am. “When the chief minister said that citizens should not burst crackers, he should have told them to burst them before 10 pm. Across the city, people seemed to have burst crackers after 10 pm and it was consistently over 100 dB in areas like Marine Drive where a number of people come to burst them,” said Sumaira Abdulali, convenor of Awaaz Foundation, which has been spearheading a fight against noise pollution. The noise levels were high around the same time last year. Ambdulali said that there were lesser people bursting crackers, some were of the opinion that the continuity of noise pollution was more. At no place in the city was the noise level within the permissible levels. Though the trend of no crackers being burst in the run-up to the festival and on the day of the festival remained low, noise and timing was a concern. Abdulali said that most officers seemed to be clueless when asked about the deadline their seniors had asked to implement. “They did not seem to know about it,” said Abdulali. The activist said that the noise levels were also less because a number of crackers that had high decibel levels were detected during the test. “A number of them were detected during the test. Though we tested around 26, and atom bombs–a form of firecracker that makes a lot of noise– were not used, there were others like traditional Anar (cracker having a floral burst when lit) that made noise. It is the pollution control and explosives department’s job to check before they are sold in the market. One cannot expect an NGO to create awareness that explosives are bad for health. That should be done by the government. The government should be appealing to children to not burst crackers. Children are not mature to understand for the rest of life that there will be air pollution. The chief minister should announce such things,” said Abdulali.

City sees 300% rise in new affordable housing: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The affordable housing segment in Mumbai saw a rise of 300 per cent in new launches this year. Compared to 2,454 units of affordable housing launches last year between January to September, the number of affordable units (measuring 30 square metres) launched has crossed the 10,000 mark in the same period this year. This has been revealed in a report of Cushman & Wakefield, an international property consultant.The report covers the top eight cities of India, and according to the report, the affordable housing sector has recorded a surge of 27 per cent in new units launched (year-on-year basis).The report attributed this surge to announcements by the government to incentivise affordable housing through industry status, and says many developers have shown an interest in developing such projects.However, according to the report, overall residential unit launches recorded a decline of 33 per cent, and was at approximately 60,000 units in the first three quarters of 2017 (January to September).The report further claimed that all cities, except for Mumbai, saw a decline in new launches, mostly due to the introduction of Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA) and GST implementation.The affordable housing segment demonstrated the strongest growth amongst all new launches. It grew at a record of 27 per cent in the new units launched in eight cities.More than 26,000 new units have been launched in 2017 so far. Of the total new launches in affordable units, 40 per cent were in Mumbai (10,500 units), followed by Kolkata and Pune. All other categories have seen a decline with high-end (66%) and luxury (84%) segments witnessing a significant drop in new launches.Mumbai saw a 300 per cent increase in launches of affordable units compared to that of the same period last year.Anshul Jain, managing director India, Cushman & Wakefield, said, “Affordable housing is an attractive proposition both for developers and consumers as demand is huge and largely unmet. The high focus of central government has resulted in availability of more funding options for developers such as FDI and debt financing from national financial institutions at highly competitive rates. But there are challenges for affordable housing projects in Tier 1 cities, where land costs and availability within established locations is very difficult.”RECORD SURGECompared to 2,454 units launched between Jan-Sept last year, number of affordable units (measuring 30 sq m) launched has crossed the 10,000 mark in the same period this year

Swachhta: AMC to compete with 4,040 urban centres

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the first competition for Swachhta Sarvekshan was announced in 2016, 75 urban cities across the country participated. The second edition saw Ahmedabad at 14th rank and this year too it retains the same position. It went on to win the 14th rank, competing with almost 500 urban and rural cities and towns.Now, the third edition will include 4,041 towns and cities under one competition with a revised methodology, the central government said.500 cities will have an all-India ranking with a population of more than one lakh. This will also include states and union territory capitals.The remaining 3,541 cities with less than one lakh population will have state and zonal rankings.The cities will be ranked based on 71 sanitation-related parameters with different weightage. The cumulative marks will be 4,000. The 2017 survey had total 2,000 marks.Negative marking has been introduced this time to ensure cities do not make false claims about improvement in sanitation infrastructure.If claims of a city government on any parameter are found to be incorrect by independent assessors, it will get zero marks for that parameter. Also, it will attract a 33 per cent negative marking on the total obtained marks.”This year we are going to introduce some changes in sanitation management,” said Mukesh Gadhvi, deputy municipal commissioner.There are some changes in the assessment weightage with the introduction of citizen feedback. “This year, there is 35 per cent weightage of citizen feedback instead of previous year’s 30 per cent.Similarly, the weightage of direct observation has also been increased to 30 per cent from 25 per cent in the previous survey,” said Dr Bhavin Solanki, in-charge medical officer of health, AMC.”A new element of innovation has been introduced this year with 5 per cent weightage in the total ranking points,” added Dr Solanki.The Survekshan is set to begin in January 2018 and the results will be announced in March.RANKING CRITERIAAll-India ranking500 cities population over one lakh. (includes states and union territory capitals)State & zonal rankings3,541 cities: population of less than one lakh

NID to give Vaishnodevi a facelift

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After making sustainable products using demonetised notes, National Institute of Design is now working on giving a facelift to Vaishnodevi, the famous shrine in the northern India, which is thronged by millions of pilgrims throughout the year.The Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, formed in 1986, which undertakes various developmental activities to make the yatra more comfortable, has sought help from NID to enhance the experience of a pilgrim, starting from signanes, facilities, crowd management.Professor Pravinsinh Solanki, who is spearheading the project along with his team has already readied them.”To understand the issues that people face every day while going uphill, I visited the shrine nearly four times this year. We are not just looking at signages but also focussing on those people who cannot read in any language. So visually they should be able to guide and help themselves. Another important aspect is that lot of people get lost while on their yatra. So we are planning to make colourful patches on the entire route and place boards which will educate pilgrims from both sides.”Among other aspects, our design includes crowd management, weather conditions, transportation, curbing the monkey menace, numbering the steps, two sided graphics, etc and souvenirs. We have a student from animation department at NID helping with visuals and a film and video student to make a short film for devotees.”Later, there will be interventions to improve on lockers, facilitate a better blanket availing option, etc.Pradyumna Vyas, Director, NID said, “Lakhs visit Vaishno Devi shrine round the year. Our endeavour is to make their journey more comfortable, rich and less cumbersome though design intervention. NID will be helping the shrine authorities in the entire totality.”

Malaria and Chikungunya show a downward trend but dengue on rise

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 288 fresh cases of dengue were reported by various Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) in the Capital, last week till September 23, taking the total count of people affected by the disease to 3,109. The number includes 1,465 Delhi residents and 1,644 people from neighbouring states.Besides, the total number of cases of malaria and chikungunya reported till September 23 were 47 and 32, respectively.While the number of chikungunya cases has been relatively less this year — 315 compared to last year’s 2,522 — malaria has been showing a slight increase.Last year, 335 cases of malaria were reported by September 23, whereas it has already touched 457 this year. Similarly, 1,692 dengue cases were reported by this time last year, while this year’s figure is 1,465.”This year has been a little better than the last year, in terms of the number of cases of vector-borne diseases,” said Dr SP Byotra, Head of Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.”While we still see 8-10 cases of these diseases in a week, the number of critical cases requiring admission or platelet transfusion or showing signs of shock are few,” he added.The next few days will give a clearer picture regarding the vector-borne diseases as the city recently witnessed late rainfall.Number talkWhile the number of chikungunya cases has been relatively less this year — 315 compared to last year’s 2,522 — malaria has been showing a slight increaseLast year, 335 cases of malaria were reported by Sept 23, whereas it has already touched 457 this year

City’s first ‘old modern’ police station marks 100 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gamdevi police station in south Mumbai is celebrating its centenary this year. The police station is the first “old modern police station” of Mumbai built in the year 1917 during the British Raj as a part of the Bombay town planning scheme 1915.To mark the station’s hundredth anniversary, the police officers are collecting its background information, photos, memories, and documents related to the station. “We are gathering all information regarding the history about the police station,” said a senior police officer.According to historians, the police station was the most modern station of its time. The police station was a crucial one as all the important areas including Nepean Sea Road, Lamington Road and today’s Raj Bhavan fell under its jurisdiction till the late 1980s, after which the Malabar Hill police station was established and took over one-third of the jurisdiction.Police historian Deepak Rao says, “Gamdevi was the most modern structure of that era in the city. There was even a compound and garden in front of the police station until 1975.”A few senior police officers who are now retired say, “In the 60s, it used to be a matter of prestige for police officers to be posted at this station. Not just because of its structure but also because of its status in terms of jurisdiction and presence of VVIPs.”They say several changes have been made to the police station over time.

Govt to de-seal liquor shops along Capital’s highways

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the Supreme Court’s (SC) clarification, the Delhi government has ordered de-sealing of liquor shops and bars along highways in municipal areas across the capital. Directing the officers, the Excise Department has asked them to de-seal such establishments located within 500 metres of highways in municipal areas.According to the new development, all the liquor shops, bars and restaurants serving alcohol, which were sealed following the apex court’s order, will be reopened in the three municipal areas which cover most parts of the city. The SC had in December last year banned the sale of liquor within 500 metres of state and national highways across the nation from April 1 this year. However, in July, it gave a go ahead to Chandigarh administration’s notification denotifying some highways to allow sale of liquor from vends within 500 metres of the roads.In April this year, the Excise Department constituted a panel to seal liquor shops and bars falling within the 500- metre radius from highways. “In view of the court’s directions, the in-charge along with the team, is directed to de-seal liquor stores (falling in municipal areas) which were sealed in compliance of the Supreme Court order dated December 15, 2016 and March 31, 2017,” the department said in its order.A senior government official, who did not wish to be named, said the department will de-seal all the liquor shops and bars along highways in municipal areas.

Swine flu cases rise 14-fold in a yr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With over 10,000 cases of H1N1 infection reported in less than a month, Swine Flu has exploded in India this year.According to the Union Health Ministry data, 25,864 cases of H1N1 were reported across the country till August 27 this year, a massive increase of over 14 times, in comparison to only 1,786 cases in 2016. While 265 persons succumbed to H1N1 last year, as many as four times the number of those who died this year.In the state, with four more people succumbing on Tuesday, the death toll from the flu rose to 377 since January.Officials also said that 133 new cases were reported in the state on Tuesday, even as 124 patients were discharged during the day. “Since last week, 1,316 people have been discharged from hospital,” they said.A state government release said that the daily cases have fallen from over 200 to below 140 as a result of house-to-house surveillance.In Mumbai, Priyanka Mehta (name changed), 26, succumbed to the deadly virus at the BYL Nair Medical College last week. She was diagnosed with H1N1 on August 23, after blood reports from the Metropolis Laboratories came positive. She had been suffering from flu-like symptoms for four days before that. She was administered the Oseltamivir drug after a delay of eight hours and couldn’t survive.The highest number of cases (4,456) and deaths (467) were reported from Maharashtra, followed by Gujarat — 4,431 cases and 329 deaths. Rajasthan saw the third-largest number of deaths at 80 and recorded 847 cases. Kerala followed close on heels with 75 deaths and 1,384 cases. Turn to P4Other affected states include Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka, and Delhi.”Patients with cough, cold, fever, body ache, running nose, and watery eyes should immediately be started on a course of Oseltamivir. The drug is best effective within 48 hours of setting in of the symptoms. The treatment should be started pre-emptively, without waiting for the test results to arrive,” said Dr Om Shrivastava, Mumbai-based infectious diseases consultant.The experts are also concerned because the H1N1 numbers generally spike during winters but this year, the rise is being seen in August itself.”To see such startling figures in August clearly needs some introspection. Delay in diagnosis and treatment is fatal. While two-thirds of the patients who succumbed had other problems such as diabetes or malfunctioning thyroid, one-third had no related co-morbidities,”Dr Shrivastava said.A Health Ministry official clarified that the virus naturally mutates over time. “Every few years, there is an antigenic shift, and a different virus emerges,” he said. An antigenic shift involves mutations in virus that lead to a vaccine mismatch.Meanwhile, doctors have suggested that people should take the trivalent influenza vaccine, which protects against Influenza Type A, B and H1N1.

Only 15% of DDA housing forms find takers till now

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In 60 days, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) got only 22,000 applications from home buyers for it’s 2017 housing scheme.Of these, only 8,000 are for LIG houses, which comprise more than 11,000 of the 12,000 houses on offer. The scheme has been a flop so far.It offers more than 12,000 flats across all income categories and was launched on June 30 with August 11 being the last date. However, with a meagre 15% forms being sold till mid-August, the last date was extended to 11 September.Each forms costs the urban body Rs 30. Even if four lakh forms are left unsold, it will cause a loss of over Rs 1 crore to the body.”We have over 11,000 LIG flats, but we have received only 8,000 applications for these. We are waiting for the last phase , as people tend to submit applications in the last few days,” said a senior official.According to sources, the DDA expecting the scheme to do well since it was coming three years after the last housing scheme in 2014, had got five lakh forms printed in the first phase itself.The DDA is offering over 12,000 houses in the scheme, of which around 11,000 are LIG flats which were returned in the 2014 scheme for being too small in size.In a bid to have more buyers apply for the scheme, the DDA last month also relaxed the forfeiture clause.According to officials, the forfeiture clause in this year’s scheme had made banks wary of giving loans on the registration money. The banks’ refusal to finance the registration amount has turned away many buyers.In a meeting held in July, banks had urged the housing authority to remove the clause of 25% registration fee being forfeited.The DDA had this year put a new clause of 25% registration fee being confiscated if houses are returned after the draw of lots in order to make sure that buyers don’t surrender the houses and that only “serious buyers” come forward for the scheme.

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: 13 more babies die in BRD Hospital; 2017 death toll goes to 1,317

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The spate of deaths continued in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital here with 13 more children dying in the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 1,317 so far this year.As many as 13 children, 10 in NICU and three in general paediatric ward died in the past 24 hours, the newly-appointed principal of the college Dr PK Singh said today.No death was reported in the encephalitis ward during this period, Dr Singh said, adding that 53 new cases were admitted in the hospital.This year there have been a total of 1,317 deaths in the hospital so far.According to hospital records, in January 152 children died, in February 122, March 159, April 123, May 139, June 137, July 128 and August 325, besides in September 32 children have died so far

India swine flu death toll rises above 1,000 this year

The number of deaths recorded over eight months of this year is four times the equivalent for 2016.

Center plans to link schools across states

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The central government is now working on a plan to link all schools, teachers and students across the states in the country on a single data mapping system to frame better policies.U-DISE (Unified District Information System for Education) is the database where all schools are mapped. There are currently 1.5 million schools that are mapped on the system. The schools are given an 11-digit number that gives them an identification code and helps the government keep a track on the number of schools in the country. However, despite earlier instructions from the ministry of human resource development to all states to link their schools to U-DISE many schools have not done so.The government is now making it mandatory for all schools to get the U-DISE number, making it the only official system of tracking number at the school education level in the country.”U-DISE is a mine of data that we have and we want to make good use of it. We have instructed all government agencies to only refer to U-DISE for data. Schools that are currently not under the system have also been asked to get registered. In fact, untrained teachers who are supposed to get trained by the year 2019 are also supposed to be a part, only of schools that have a U-DISE number,” said a senior official in HRD ministry.Further, there is a plan to link all students and teachers on the U-DISE system using their Aadhar numbers. The government has currently asked all states to link students through their Aadhar numbers but only 60 percent of students were linked till July this year. Looking at the dismal rate of Aadhar linkage, the deadline has been extended to September this year by which government hopes to achieve 100 percent linkage rate.”Once we are able to link all three elements – schools, teachers and students – together, we can use the data for various policy making. Officials in the department of statistics are currently studying the data that is available currently on U-DISE to understand how it can be used for policy formation,” the official added.Other than keeping a track of the number of children availing mid-dal meal and other government related schemes, the government wants to use this data to keep a track of students who drop out of the school mid-way. A large number of students drop-out after Class 8, but more drop out after Class 10.The other plan is to keep a track of the ghost teachers through their Aadhar numbers that will be linked on the U-DISE portal. Once schools teachers complete their training by the year 2019, only those who are trained will be eligible for teaching.

Forensic Science applications at GFSU doubles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The number of applications for admissions to various courses in Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) has doubled this year. As against last year, when the university had received only 900 applications, this year, 2,000 applications have been received.The master’s degree programme, Forensic Science, has received the highest applications which are 716 for just 60 seats followed by Digital forensic, which received 642 applications for 45 seats.Talking about the same, CD Jadeja, Registrar, GFSU said, “There are two reasons for the trend. One is that the awareness towards forensic science has increased immensely. Secondly, there is a huge demand for forensic experts in the country and abroad because of increase in crimes rates. The nature of cases worldwide are also getting complexed day by day and the only solution to such cases is forensic science. There is a huge scope of employment in this field these days.”Giving a glimpse of the industry, Jadeja said, “This year, we have introduced two courses, MA in criminology and PG Diploma in Toxicology. Toxicology deals with the analysis of the noxious effect of drugs and industrial chemicals. Since there was an increase in such cases and demand for such experts, we introduced a course on the same.”

India sees over 15% growth in foreign tourist arrivals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has registered a growth of over 15 per cent in foreign tourist arrivals from January to July this year, with many opting for e-visa facility, the tourism ministry said in a statement. The highest number of tourists arrived from Bangladesh (20.12 per cent), followed by the US (16.26 per cent), the UK (10.88 per cent) and France (3.01 per cent), said the statement which was released yesterday. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) from January to July, 2017, were 56.74 lakh, recording a growth of 15.7 per cent as compared to 49.03 lakh in the corresponding period last year, it said. A total of 7.88 lakh foreign tourists arrived in India in July, an increase of 7.4 per cent as compared to the same month last year, it said. The ministry said foreign tourists, who arrived on e-visa, also substantially increased in July. A total of 1.19 lakh tourists came on e-visa last month as compared to 0.68 lakh in July 2016, registering a growth of 73.3 per cent. From January to July this year, a total of 8.36 lakh tourists arrived on e-visa as compared to 5.40 lakh during the corresponding period last year, recording a growth of 54.7 per cent, the statement said. The UK’s share was highest among the tourists availing e-visa facility at 12.9 per cent, followed by the US (12 per cent), the UAE (7.2 per cent), France (6.4 per cent), Oman (6.1 per cent) and China (5.4 per cent).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Girgaon Dahi Handi organisers plan a plastic-free move

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This year, Girgaon-based Dahi Handi organisers have decided to spread the message of making Mumbai plastic-free.As part of an annual tradition, the organisers, who invite various Dahi Handi pathaks to form human pyramids, try to spread a new social message each year.Prathamesh Sakpal, one of the organisers at Kranti Nagar in Girgaon, said, “We wanted to highlight an environmental issue this year. We will be spreading awareness among citizens on cleanliness and the need to avoid plastic bags and disposable plastic cutlery. It will be a year-long initiative. We will be able to spread the message in various localities since Govinda pathaks from various parts of the city will be coming to form the human pyramid and attempt feats.”The organisers have also devised a tagline – ‘plastic mukt, paryavaran yukt’.Sakpal said, “We have already started the campaign on social media and various activities will be conducted by the organisation all through the year. For the last five years, we have taken up different social causes each year.”The pathaks in the city will be celebrating the Janmashtami festival in the traditional way at midnight.Like every year, one of the Govinda pathaks in Mangalwadi, Girgaon area, will celebrate the festival by breaking the first earthen pot (handi) at 12 am.Darshan Surve, a resident of Mangalwadi, said, “We celebrate in a traditional way with everybody coming together. We start the preparation a week in advance.”

Govindas assured Rs 10 lakh insurance after HC decision

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dahi Handi pathaks on Monday welcomed the Bombay High Court decision not to impose restrictions on the height of human pyramids during the Dahi Handi festival, and the state government’s stand that it would abide by the statutory provisions laid down under the Child and Adolescent (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, which prevents children below the age of 14 from being employed, including in Dahi Handi.”We are satisfied with the decision from the High Court,” said Arun Patil, coach of Sarvajanik Govinda Pathak in Mazgaon.”Safety measures will be our top priority while forming the human pyramids. We will be reminding organisers to arrange for cushioned mats and other safety measures while the pathaks form the pyramids. Even if we wanted the Govindas minimum age limit to be 12, we are satisfied and happily accept the 14-year age limit for minor Govindas,” said Patil.From this year, all Govindas will receive an insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh as compared to the Rs 2.5 lakh they received till last year.Geeta Zagade, secretary of Dahihandi Utsav Samanvay Samiti (DUSS), said, “The opposing parties have been giving out many case studies where the Govindas were injured and hospitalised. To reduce the burden on Govindas in the case of emergency, and for them to get a benefit from the insurance cover, we have increased the insurance amount from this year. This will help them get financial help if needed.”Till last year, injured Govindas received Rs 25,000, and in cases of serious injuries or deaths, Rs 2.5 lakh was granted as financial aid. This year, Govindas who receive minor injuries will be getting Rs 50,000.”The insurance process has already started. From this year, the Govindas will receive Rs 10 lakh insurance cover. We are happy with the judgement passed and will ensure all the rules are followed,” said Sandip Dhawale, coach of Jogeshwari-based Jai Jawan Govinda Pathak.

BMC begins work for better monsoon roads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to save itself from embarrassment, the civic body has already started prepping for next year’s monsoon. The Roads Department of the BMC has decided to start road repair works soon after this year’s monsoon concludes.The department has already issued a work order for around 744 roads while tenders will be floated for 420 roads in October 2017.In addition, the civic body will also take up 325 project road works for which a tender will be floated in October 2017. A senior official from the department informed that a work order has already been issued for 744 roads in the city.According to an official, the work for these 744 roads should be completed by May 31, 2018, just in time before the next year’s monsoon.This year, road works had come to a standstill due to unavailability of stone chips, one of the main materials required to carry out road works. In order to avoid a similar situation, “Around Rs 2,000 crore road work will be carried out till May 2018,” said a senior official.

Kashmiri farmers satisfied with bumper plum crop production

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Good spells of rain and moderate temperature have yielded a bumper plum crop for Kashmir Valley farmers as compared to last year. Kashmir is popular for its fruits and dry-fruits. Apples, pears, cherries, grapes, pomegranates, mulberry, peaches, apricots, walnuts , almonds and mouth watering plums that require a moderate climate including light rainfall and bright sunshine. Farmers are busy harvesting the fruit, which are mostly grown in the Bhagati Kanipora area of Budgam district and in Zakura in Gulabbag district. ?This year we have a bumper production of plums. This year the rain was also adequate and the quality of the fruits is therefore very good,? plum dealer Abdul Hameed said. The harvesting of any type of fruit crop also generates employment among the poor. No doubt that the sizes of the plums are little bit smaller as compare to last year but production is good and rates are also high which results growers will earn satisfactory amount this year. Plums are available in the market for two months only (July and August) as of its short shelf life. In order to increase its shelf life and sell it in the markets unhurriedly, Plum dealers directly shift the fruits to the Lassipora stores soon after plucked off from the plants.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Speak up | Steps towards women safety show positive results: Delhi Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Post Decmber 16 gangrape, women security in Delhi has always been under scanner. If Delhi Police’s statistics are to be believed, it shows that there are been decline in rape cases up to June 15, this year.The data up to June 15 this year, suggests that 930 cases of rape were registered while molestation cases went up to 1,537. However, if compared, the numbers are lesser than recorded last year within the same period.Last year, till June 15, 1,018 cases of rape were recorded with 2,020 cases of molestations. Delhi Police claims to have forced a decline in cases of crime against women be it rape, molestation, dowry deaths or cruelty by husband and in-laws. However, the cases of kidnapping have seen a sharp rise from 1,609 reported last year to 1,690 this year.The trend also shows decline in cases of abduction of women which dipped from 251 in 2016 to 141 this year. Cases of dowry deaths also declined from 76 to 62 this year, the data reads.Senior police officers claim that the dip in crime against women has been achieved through special drives and focus on targeting the miscreants who indulge in such crimes. “A woman friendly approach and deployment of women officers has also helped in letting the woman step forward to report such crimes, which earlier went unreported,” said Jitendra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police.CCTV INSTALLATIONTaking steps to ensure safety of women in Delhi, the Delhi Cabinet in June had approved the installation of CCTV cameras in more than 6,000 Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses from the Nirbhaya fund at an estimated cost of Rs 140 crore. The move aimed to ensure safety of women in the state-run buses.
The Delhi Transport Department has submitted a proposal to authorise the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) call tenders and sign the agreement for installation of CCTV cameras in 6350 DTC and cluster buses. The project will be funded by the Center’s Ministry of Women and Child Development. HIMMAT APPThe app can be downloaded from play store and is free of cost
User needs to register in app after downloading from store to get registration key(OTP)
The app has a SOS button, which, if pressed in time of distress, the users location is transmitted to Delhi Police control room ​Whenever a women is assaulted or attacked it is we (women) who are questioned for leaving the home alone or travelling late. Why men are not questioned punished for the heinous crime they do. It is easy to point fingers at women but I feel even men be taught how to behave when women are around. —Kasish Nigam, studentI feel that safety of women’s onus lies on the government. They need to take steps that help curb crime against them. Also, I feel it is not just Delhi where women feel unsafe or are raped, all across India men misbhave with women, which show that we need to teach them (boys) how to respect each person’s space and give proper gender lessons.—Priyanka Mukherjee, media professional​I don’t feel safe travelling in post 8pm in Delhi. I cannot party around in Delhi, NCR regions till I don’t have a male companion to tag along with. I am sure that If I am alone anyone can abduct me or harm me. During the December 16 rape case, the victim was accompanied by a male friend still she was attack, I feel that people have no fear to police, which is why the crime against women is always on rise. —Sonal Gupta, professionalWomen safety is not up to the mark in the Capital city. Even though police says CCTVs are installed I feel that the legal course is unfair on the victim. Many a times we hear that the accused is set free as his crime can’t be proved. Also self defence classes must be held every month in government run organisation and private firms should nsure women related cases are held with utmost urgency.—Dibyendu Chaudhury, studentWomen safety is a tricky topic. I feel we women have to be self sufficient to tackle safety issues. On the other hand we should tackle this issue at the root cause and sensitise men to not objectify women.—Akriti Kumar, studentEXPERT SPEAKSafety of women has been Delhi Police’s top priority, and we have worked hard to bring down the crime rate against women. This has been possible following a number of initiatives which also include introduction of mobile applications like Himmat. Further we have also strengthened our helpline 1096, where people can register complaint against stalkers. We have also conducted self-defence classes to schoolchildren.Madhur Verma, DCP CrimeIt’s sad that Delhi is one of the most unsafe cities for women. Even though I head the Delhi Commission for Women, I fear going out late in the night, and even if I have to, my family is extremely worried till I return home safe. It is a long road till the city will be considered to be safe for women, till then we have to live with is rude fact. But we can’t sit over the issue, all the authorities involved have to take serious steps.Swati Maliwal – DCW chief

Over 2L pilgrims have visited Amarnath shrine so far:Officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than two lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath in the south Kashmir Himalayas so far this year, officials said here today. On the 18th day of the annual pilgrimage today, 7,214 yatris paid obeisance at the cave shrine, said an official spokesman. He added that a total of 2,02,705 pilgrims so far had the ‘darshan’ of the ice-lingam of Lord Shiva at the cave shrine, situated at a height of 3,880 metres, since the beginning of the 40-day pilgrimage this year, which would conclude on August 7.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India alarm over rising tiger deaths

Wildlife activists accuse Indian authorities of secrecy around steadily rising tiger deaths.

DU admissions: Colleges release first cut-offs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi University colleges on Friday released their first cut-off lists for admissions to various undergraduate courses. There was a considerable drop in the cut-offs of most courses, including English (Honours), B Com (H) and Economics (H), from last year.Surprisingly, the cut-off Humanities was slightly higher than Commerce and Science with the highest for Political Science (Honours) at SGTB Khalsa College at 99 per cent followed by Psychology (Honours) at Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College at 98.5 per cent. SGTB Khalsa again recorded the highest in Science and Commerce courses for BSc ( Electronics) at 99.6 per cent and BCom (Honours) at 98 per cent.According to University officials, the poor results of state boards, including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, led to the drop in cut-offs this year. “This year, the university has kept in mind the students of state boards who don’t score as much as those from CBSE,” a senior official said.Explaining the surge in the Humanities cut-off, he said, “This was predictable as most of the top scorers across the boards are from Humanities.”The cut-off for Economics (H) and B.Com (H) at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) settled at 97.75 per cent. This was slightly lower for both the subjects from last year which was 98 and 98.25 percent respectively.According to SRCC principal R P Rustagi, the cut-offs have been announced based on the number of applications received for these courses.”This year, we announced the cut-offs after carefully examining the data provided by the university. Unlike last year, this year we will close the admissions in first two-three lists,” he said. Last year, the college had released four lists with the last cut-off list being at around 97.25 percent.Similarly cut-offs at Ramjas College also dropped for most subjects. For admission to B Com (H) and Economics (H) students will require more than 97.5 per cent. Both the subjects witnessed a drop of 1.75 percent and 1 per cent respectively from last year.The cut-off for Chemistry (H) went down by 2 per cent in Ramjas from last year’s 98 per cent to 96 per cent. “This year, we tried to set a very realistic cut-off, as last year we could not admit many students in the first cut-off list,” said Ramjas Principal PC Tulsian.The trend of cut-offs becoming lower continued at Hans Raj College as well, where most subjects either remained at the same percentage as last year or saw a dip of 0.25-1 percent.The admission process for the first cut-off list will begin on Saturday and will continue till June 28. This year, DU received around 2.2 lakh applications for about 56,000 seats in its 63 colleges.Earlier, the first cut-off was to release on June 20, but the university deferred it by four days due to some technical glitches on its admission portal.Though the university had announced six cut-off lists in 2016, as of now, dates for only five have been announced. The second, third, fourth and fifth cut-offs will be announced on July 1, 7, 13, and 18 respectively.Students who will qualify as per the cut-off can report to the respective college for document verification and approval of admission from Saturday. The timings for morning college will be 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and for evening college will be 4 pm to 7 pm. After approval of admission, a candidate can login to the university’s admission portal to make an admission fee payment.ARTS PIPS SCIENCEThere has been a drop in the cut-offs for English (H), B Com (H) and Economics (H).
The cut-off list for Humanities was slightly higher than Commerce and Science.

How real are CBSE scores?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Whether it was Sarthak Aggarwal, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 topper in 2015, or Raksha Gopal, the current topper, both of whom scored 99.6 per cent, the marks was based on their performance without any effect of the Board’s ‘moderation policy’.Over 63,000 students have scored more than 90 per cent in the CBSE Class 12 board examinations this year, but only 10,100 of them, including the toppers, who scored above 95 per cent are the ‘real scorers’, says the board.As per the CBSE’s marks moderation policy, students who have scored below 95 per cent got their marks increased to 95 per cent to create a balance. Up to 10 per cent marks have been increased across the board.”As per the fifth rule of the Examination By-Laws, the Board needs to create a near pass parity in the marks each year with respect to the previous year. For example, if students scored 90 marks in Mathematics last year, and this year the marks have come down to 80, 10 extra marks will be given to the students to equate the marks,” said a senior official in CBSE.This creates a discrepancy in the process which led the board to reconsider its evaluation process. The board on Tuesday announced that they will form two committees to look into this.In a meeting of all boards including the CBSE and state boards in April, it was decided that the boards will do away with the policy of moderation from this year. CBSE, however, had to continue it following a Delhi high Court order….& ANALYSISIf CBSE’s ‘moderation policy’ continues, it will blur the line between students who score and those who don’t.
It is time to take a strong stand and do away with this faulty rule to ensure a fair evaluation process.

RTI query reveals 30-55% MU results declared after deadline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A response to an RTI query by activist Anil Galgali has revealed that 30-55 per cent results under the University of Mumbai for the year 2016 came after the stipulated 45-day deadline. Galgali had sought information about the details of results declared between 2016-17 and the number of days within which the university declared the respective results. In the first half of 2016, the university had conducted 422 exams of which results of close to 30 per cent exams were declared within the 45-day time frame as mandated by the Maharashtra Public Universities Act. However, the delay got worse in the second half of the semester in which over 54 per cent results were declared after the deadline. The university failed to give details for the first half of 2017 as none of the results for the year had been declared owing to a delay in the newly introduced on-screen evaluation process. “It is worth mentioning that we are in the month of June and not a single result has been declared. For graduate level exams, a period of more than 45 days has already elapsed. All the students are anxiously awaiting results and a large number of them plan to take up higher studies, which is at stake with the delay in the results” said Galgali. The university has cited reasons such as large number of students enrolled under it, delay in conducting exams due to Diwali vacations and unresponsiveness of colleges and faculty members towards the evaluation work in a letter addressed to the Chancellor in April 2017, the RTI further revealed.

CBSE Class 10th Result 2017: Check cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in for CBSE 10th (X) Results 2017 to be declared today on June 3

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The long wait is over. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will announce the examination results of the Senior Secondary Examination (Class 10th) today, Saturday on June 3. The CBSE will host its result on the internet and with technical support of National Informatics Centre (NIC), Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Government of India.Apart from this, the result will be available on all the official website of the CBSE.This year the CBSE Class 10 exam was held between March 9 to April 10. Results in all 10 regions will be announced simultaneously.In 2016, 14,91,293 appeared for Class X examination, out of which 96.21% students cleared 10th examination with flying colours. The counsellors will sit with students to understand their preferences, and explain the scope of each stream.16,67,573​ students appeared for the exam conducted earlier in the year.How to check CBSE 10th Results:1. Log on to either of the official websites: cbse.nic.in, cbseresults.nic.in. 2. Click on the tab highlighted “CBSE X Board Results 2017 (All Regions)”3. Keep information like roll number handy to access CBSE Board Result 20174. Take a printout of the result for future reference.Candidates are advised to collect the official mark sheets from their respective institutes.Topping this year’s CBSE Class XII results on May 28, Raksha Gopal, a student of Amity International School scored 99.6 percent and became all India topper.The CBSE, earlier this month, decided to not to move the Supreme Court to challenge the Delhi High Court instructions stating that evaluation for the class 10 exams this year should be done as per the grace marks policy.Aiming to check high cut-offs in colleges, the CBSE had scrapped the moderation policy under which grace marks are given to the students in exams for difficult questions.In a reply to plea filed by parents and some students, the Delhi High Court earlier instructed the board to follow its ‘moderation policy’.Under the moderation policy, students are awarded up to 15 percent extra marks in certain papers if the questions are deemed to be difficult.Details about Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)The Central Board of Secondary Education was reconstituted in the year 1962 with the main objectives “to serve the educational institutions more effectively, to be responsive to the educational needs of those students whose parents were employed in the central government and had frequently transferable jobs.”As a result of the reconstitution, the erstwhile ‘Delhi Board of Secondary Education’ was merged with the Central Board and thus all the educational institutions recognised by the Delhi Board also became a part of the Central Board. Subsequently, all the schools located in the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Andaman and Nicobar Island, Arunachal Pradesh, the state of Sikkim, and now Jharkhand, Uttaranchal and Chhattisgarh have also got affiliation with the Board.

Fake toppers cast shadow on Bihar results, 63% fail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A year after the Intermediate Examination topper scam brought nationwide disrepute to Bihar, the examination and evaluation “reforms” implemented by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) have reflected in the Class 12 exams results in which more than 7.94 lakh of the 12.6 lakh, or 63 per cent students who wrote the exam, have failed. This is a sharp decline from 2016, when 67.06 per cent of examinees had passed in science and 56.73 per cent in arts stream. The pass percentage of commerce stream declined to 73.76 per cent as against 80.87 per cent last year.Declaring the Intermediate exam 2017 results, Principal Secretary of Bihar Education Department, R K Mahajan, said, “This year, the BSEB had done extensive preparations to stop use of all types of unfair means in the exams as well as tampering with the evaluation process. The low pass percentage is probably the result of the stringent measures adopted by the Board. We will, nonetheless, analyse the results and take corrective measures, if needed.”According to the BSEB, while only 30.11 per cent students have been able to pass in the science stream, the pass percentage of arts stream stood at 37.13 per cent.A total of 12,61,793 students had taken the Intermediate exam this year. Of these, 7,04,868 were boys and 5,56,925 girls. If considered stream-wise, 4,49,280 of the 6,46,231 science students (69.52 per cent), 3,30,338 of the 5,33,915 arts (61.87 per cent), and 15,004 of the 60,022 commerce students (25 per cent), have failed in the exam this year.The BSEB was in the eye of the storm last year, when its Intermediate arts and commerce “toppers” had given ridiculous answers to basic questions from their streams in a post-exam TV interview. Following an investigation, a nexus of school administrators, BSEB officials and the education mafia, granting top positions for large amounts of money, was exposed. The then BSEB Chairman, Lalkeshwar Prasad, and Director of one the “topper-type” colleges, Bachha Rai, are still in jail, apart from several others in the case.Having learnt its lesson, the BSEB this time reviewed the performance of all toppers by a special committee, before declaring the results. In fact, breaking from the tradition, Mahajan and BSEB Chairman Anand Kishor themselves dialled the toppers and congratulated them on their good results during the press meet on Tuesday.With 86.2 per cent, Khushbu Kumari of Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya, Jamui topped in the science stream, while Ganesh Kumar of RNSJN Utkramit Madhya Vidyalaya, Samastipur topped in the arts stream with 82.6 per cent. Priyanshu Jaiswal of College of Commerce, Patna, topped in the commerce stream with 81.6 per cent. The toppers will be rewarded with cash prizes, a laptop and an ebook reader by the BSEB.This year, the BSEB had taken the help of technology for conducting free and fair examination and evaluation, wherein the students had filled the forms online, the answersheets were barcoded to maintain secrecy and strict security arrangements like CCTV cameras had been put in place.8L OF 12L FLUNKBihar Board Class 12 exam results show that over 7.94 lakh of the 12.6 lakh or 63% students have failed
This is a sharp decline from 2016, when 67.06 % had passed in science and 56.73% in arts stream.

12th Result 2017 CBSE Board: Cbseresults.nic.in & Cbse.nic.in CBSE Class 12th XII Result 2017 is likely to be declared today on May 28 anytime…

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The long wait for CBSE students is over. According to news agency PTI, the CBSE Class XII results will be announced on May 28. The Class XII exam results will be declared on the official result websites. This year the CBSE Class 12 exam was held between March 9 to April 29 this year. Results in all 10 regions will be announced simultaneously. A total of 10lakh candidates form 10,678 schools registered for CBSE class XII exams this year.How to check CBSE Class 12th Results 20171. Log on to either of the official websites: cbse.nic.in, cbseresults.nic.in2. Click on the tab highlighted “Senior School Certificate Examinations (Class 12) Results 2017 (All Regions)”3. Keep information like roll number handy to access CBSE 12th Result4. Take a printout of the result for future reference.In a major relief to students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will not move the SC to challenge the Delhi High Court instructions stating that evaluation for the class 10 and 12 board exams this year should be done as per the grace marks policy.Aiming to check high cut-offs in colleges, the CBSE had scrapped the moderation policy under which grace marks are given to the students in exams for difficult questions.Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar, who presided over the meeting, said that proper marks should be given based on credit and added that schools should not work on giving the highest marks but the correct marks.”It was decided that proper marks should be given on credit and schools should not work on giving highest marks but the right marks. Grace marks is a suggestion. It is a good consensus let us see how it works. Marks should be exact and fair marks should not be raised because there is competition,” he said.In a reply to plea filed by parents and some students, the Delhi High Court earlier instructed the board to follow its ‘moderation policy’.Under the moderation policy, students are awarded up to 15 percent extra marks in certain papers if the questions are deemed to be difficult.The Delhi HC on Tuesday asked CBSE not to scrap its marks-moderation policy from this year as the policy was put in place after the exams were over. The court said: “Rules cannot be changed after the game has begun”. A final decision on the next step by CBSE is likely to be announced by Friday only. However, in the middle of all this, the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has assured students that results will be declared on time.Details about Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)The Central Board of Secondary Education was reconstituted in the year 1962 with the main objectives “to serve the educational institutions more effectively, to be responsive to the educational needs of those students whose parents were employed in the central government and had frequently transferable jobs.”As a result of the reconstitution, the erstwhile ‘Delhi Board of Secondary Education’ was merged with the Central Board and thus all the educational institutions recognized by the Delhi Board also became a part of the Central Board. Subsequently, all the schools located in the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Andaman and Nicobar Island, Arunachal Pradesh, the state of Sikkim , and now Jharkhand, Uttaranchal and Chhattisgarh have also got affiliation with the Board.With inputs from agencies

As farming flourishes, Modi eyes doubling farmers’ income by 2022

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> There are many areas in the country where the debt-ridden farmers continue to commit suicides. Though the Opposition parties target Modi government over the issue, but the Centre maintains that the dilapidated condition of the farmers was ?handiwork? of previous governments and it was not possible to change the fortunes of the farmers overnight. However, after assuming the power in 2014, Modi government started implementing its policies for the agriculture sector. Modi came up with some unique steps, like- soil health card, low-cost organic farming, national agricultural market, horticulture development, agroforestry, bee keeping, dairy, fish and egg production. Prime Minister’s Fasal Bima Yojana has the lowest premium and covers various risks. The agriculture ministry made district-wise contingency action plans and increasing the relief funds for the farmers affected by drought and hailstorm. The government also focused on agricultural education, research and extension. After three years, it seems that the Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government?s initiatives to boost the farming sector have started bearing fruits. Enthused by the positive results, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare is working to double farmers? income by 2022, a goal set by the Prime Minister Modi. The Ministry of Agriculture records show that the annual growth rate of agriculture and allied sectors have been 4.4 per cent this year and the food grain production during the year 2016-17 has broken all the previous records. According to 3rd advance estimate for 2016-17, the total food grain production is estimated to be 273.38 million tonnes which is 8.67 per cent higher than that of the year 2015-16. For pulses, the production during 2016-17 is expected to be 22.40 million tonnes which will be a record production till date and is higher than that of the year 2015-16 by 37 per cent. As on 16.05.2017, 725 lakh soil health cards have been distributed to the farmers. Under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, a record coverage of 8 lakh 40 thousand hectares has been brought under micro irrigation during the year 2016-17. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh says that this result is the outcome of the increased fund allotment for the agriculture sector by Modi government and the proper utilisation of funds by the agriculture ministry. As per the agriculture ministry, during the year 2011-12 budgetary allocation was Rs.24, 526 crore and the amount spent was just Rs.23, 290 crore. Similarly, in the year 2012-13 budgetary allocation was Rs.28, 284 crore and the amount spent was Rs.24, 630 crore. In the year 2013-14, the budgetary allocation was Rs.30, 224 crore and the amount spent was Rs.25, 896. ?On the other hand, under Modi government, the agriculture ministry is spending more than the budgetary allocation for the welfare of the farmers. For instance, in the year 2016-17, the budgetary allocation was Rs.45,035 crore, but it was increased to Rs. 57,503 crore in the revised budget.? Keeping the welfare of the agriculture sector and farmers in mind, Modi government is increasing the budget every year. For example, the total budget for the welfare of the agriculture sector during the UPA government?s four years – 2010-11 to 2013-14 – was Rs.1,04,337 crore, while the present government has allocated Rs.1,64,415 crore during the period of 2014-15 to 2017-18, which is 57.58 percent more. Here is the Comparison of UPA (2011-14) and Modi Governments? three year rule (2014-17) in Agri Sector: *. Under the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme, six crore farmers got insurance for the Kharif season during three years of 2011-14. Among them, there were only 77 lakh non-loanee farmers. While in 2014-17, 9 crore 47 lakh farmers were insured for the Kharif season, of which 2 crore 61 lakh are non-loanee farmers. *The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has increased the number of non- loanee farmers by 238.96%. And in the last three years, the number of non-loanee farmers increased by 128.50% in Rabi Crops compared to the preceding three years. * Milk production was 398.01 million tonnes during the years 2011-14 which increased to 465.5 million tonnes during the year 2014-17. The three year growth rate has been 16.9%. * Egg production was 210.93 billion during the years 2011-14 which increased to 248.73 billion during the year 2014-17. The three year growth rate has been 17.92%. *. Fish production was 272.88 lakh tonnes during the years 2011-14 which increased to 327.74 lakh tonnes during the year 2014-17. The three year growth rate has been 20.1%. *. 223 Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) were formed during 2011-14, whereas 383 FPOs were formed during 2014-17. *. During 2007-14, 6.7 lakh Joint Liability Groups (JLGs) were constituted with an assistance of Rs 6,630 crore whereas during just three years of 2014-17, 15.85 lakh JLGs have been constituted with an assistance of Rs. 16,268 crore. *. Rs. 5.94 crore was spent on bee keeping during 2011-14. Whereas, Rs. 18.14 crore was spent on bee keeping during 2014-17. This is an increase of 205 per cent. *. States were sanctioned Rs. 33,580 crore from State Disaster Relief Fund during 5 years of UPA government. Whereas, Modi Government has allocated Rs. 61,620 crore for 5 years. *. During 2011-12 to 2013-14 i.e. 3 years of UPA Government, states were granted Rs. 9,099 crore from National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). Whereas, during 2014-15 to 2016-17 i.e. 3 years of Modi Government, states have been granted Rs. 29,194 crore from NDRF. Assistance for Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry is under consideration.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nearly 37k people ‘challaned’ for overspeeding in Delhi:police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Traffic police authorities have fined nearly 37,000 motorists in the national capital for overspeeding — one of the major casues of road accidents in the country — besides issuing over 7.1 lakh ‘challans’ for helmet-related rule violations this year. Issues of road safety have been brought to the fore by a few recent cases, including the tragic episode involving a moving car which plunged off a flyover in west Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh area, killing four college students. Traffic police authorities feel that many accidents could be avoided if people also adhered to other traffic regulations, besides driving vehicles at legally-permitted speeds. “As many as 36,961 commuters were issued challans for overspeeding this year till May 15 this year. Besides, 7,12,343 people were fined in the same period for not wearing helmets,” a senior Delhi Trafic Police official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Final call on common engineering test after success of NEET exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The common engineering test, on the lines of common medical test — National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), may not be implemented from the next year, as the government first wants to see the outcome of NEET and then take a call on conducting one for engineering students.The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had recently cleared the proposal of having a common engineering entrance exam for admission to various engineering colleges across the county. Earlier the test was supposed to start from next year, however, the government now wants to wait till July before taking a final call.There is already a common medical test—NEET, which took off in a full-fledged way from this year. “We want to first see how the admissions happen on merit basis through NEET. If that process goes on smoothly, we will take a call on starting the common engineering test. The final call will only be taken after July this year,” said Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister. “And it is not only the completion of exams and results that I want to see but also up to the admission. I want to see if people are getting admission based on their merit,”he added.The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which oversees aspects related to technical education in the country, had discussed at a meeting early this year a proposal for having a single entrance test for engineering colleges for undergraduate courses.The HRD ministry had told AICTE that the proposal is in line with the government’s policy and it could incorporate suitable regulations to enable the holding of such a test.The decision had been taken to maintain the standards of engineering education. India has more than 3,300 approved engineering colleges affiliated to universities, with an annual intake of an estimated 1.6 million students.Admission to Indian Institutes of Engineering (IITs) will however continue to happen on the basis of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) only.JEE SCORES STILL COUNTS FOR IITThe All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which oversees aspects related to technical education in the country, had discussed at a meeting early this year a proposal for having a single entrance test for engineering colleges for undergraduate courses. Admission to Indian Institutes of Engineering (IITs) will however continue to happen on the basis of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) only.

Monsoon likely to be ‘normal’ this year, predicts IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The monsoon this year could be ‘normal’ and bring 100 per cent rainfall instead of 96 per cent as predicted earlier, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.The prospects of the monsoon have brightened because of the reduction in the likelihood of El-Nino, IMD Director General K J Ramesh said. Ramesh said the recent development on El-Nino indicates that the monsoon could be normal this year and it could reach 100 per cent of the long period average (LPA). El Nino is a phenomenon associated with warming of Pacific waters. In its initial forecast, the IMD had said that the monsoon could be 96 per cent of the LPA which is “near normal”.”Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology too downgraded the occurence of El-Nino this year. We hope that prospects of monsoon could improve slightly,” Ramesh said. However, he denied the possibility that monsoon would be above normal this year. Anything between 96 and 104 per cent of the LPA is considered as “normal”. Anything under 96 per cent is considered as “below normal” and 104-110 per cent of the LPA as “above normal”.Last year, the IMD had made an initial forecast of “above normal” rainfall, but it belied its prediction and the season ended with normal precipitation.At that time, the southern peninsula had registered deficient rainfall and several parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala reeled under drought-like situation. Ministry of Earth Sciences Secretary Madhavan Nair Rajeevan said the climatological models indicate that the situation predicted in April could improve slightly. “There are modest chances of occurence of El Nino. However, we need to see the data of May after which will come up with the second forecast in the first week of June,” he said.

Apathy sullies Mumbai’s Swachh rating

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai plummeted from 10th position to 29th this year in the nationwide ‘Swachh Sarvekshan’ cleanest city rankings of the Union Ministry of Urban Development, having notched up 1,535 out of a possible 2,000 points. Lack of participation by citizens was one of the areas where Mumbai failed to match even the national average. The national average is 301 points in this parameter, while Mumbai scored a low of 299 out of total 600 marks. The rankings are based on cleanliness and other aspects of urban sanitation. The city scored better in five out of six parameters than the national average, but failed to make its place in the top 10 with a greater number of cities participating in the survey this year. Last year, a total 73 cities had participated in the survey. This year, of 500 cities included in the survey, 434 cities or towns with populations of more than 1 lakh participated. The rankings were made public on Thursday in New Delhi by the Ministry of Urban Development.Mumbai’s adjoining city Thane was ranked 116 in the survey. Mira Bhayandar was placed at the 130th position, Vasai Virar at the 139th position and Kalyan-Dombivali at 234th. However, neighbouring city Navi Mumbai scored 457, which is the highest in Maharashtra. Navi Mumbai has been ranked 8th with 1,705 marks. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials argue that a rise in the number of participating cities with smaller populations could be the reason. “There was no separate category for mega cities with a population of over 50 lakh or above, and it was very difficult to compete with cities having small population,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner and incharge of Swach Bharat Abhiyan of BMC. He added that Mumbai is still number one among the mega cities. “However, there is no such category this year,” he added.In comparison to last year, Mumbai scored one more mark in the survey. Dighavkar said, “There has not been much change if we see the total score of last two years, as we have scored 1 more mark this year.” Last year, Mumbai had scored 1,534 marks.However, Dighavkar admitted that the BMC seemed to have failed in creating awareness among people. “We had put up banners, run short movies in theatres, roped in actor Salman Khan as brand ambassador and held street plays to create awareness among residents. Unfortunately, with a population of 1.25 crore, hardly 5,000 residents gave their feedback,” said Dighavkar. Citizens had to respond to a set of six questions, giving their perception of sanitation situation and changes they have noticed in cities they live in.Despite declaring the city ‘open defection free’, installing mobile toilets and constructing public toilets, poor demand for individual toilets in households also mattered in the ranking. Dighavkar said, “We will stress on these aspects next year, and we hope to make it back into the top ten.”In the Municipal Solid Waste category that includes sweeping, segregation, collection and transportation of waste, Mumbai scored 166 out of 200 marks while the national average was just 47. On this front, Pimpri Chinchwad scored 180, maximum in the state, while the national highest is also 180 marks. In the `open defecation free’ category, Mumbai scored 215 of 300, while Pune scored 260, the highest in Maharashtra. The national average is just 103. Navi Mumbai, the adjoining city scored 250 in open defecation free category.

25 Jharkhand farmers to be brought under PM fasal bima yojana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jharkhand Agriculture Minister Randhir Singh today said that 25 lakh farmers would be covered under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana this year. “We have already issued directions to all the districts to achieve the target as the first month of the budget have already been completed,” Singh said at a press conference here after a review meeting He said that the government was serious about doubling the farm production to improve the economic condition of farmers. The minister said that the government has set a target of issuing soil health cards to 5,76,510 farmers this year, of which 2,54,236 have already been issued. The remaining 3.22 lakh such cards would be distributed before the beginning of cultivation of kharif crops, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Temple auctions 9 lemons for over Rs 60,000

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to a custom at Balathandayuthapani temple in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu, lemons put on the spear of presiding deity Muruga were reportedly auctioned for more than Rs 60,000.During the 11-day Panguni Uthiram Festival, a lemon is put every day on the spear for nine days and then auctioned at the end of the festival. This year the nine lemons collectively gave the temple Rs 68,000. Residents believe that possessing these lemons brings prosperity and helps childless couples become parents. This year’s first lemon was reportedly sold for Rs 27,000 to a couple.The ones used on the second and the third day yielded Rs 6,000 each while the one on fourth day was sold for Rs 5,800.

Chandigarh sees 22 pc jump in revenue from liquor vends

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UT Chandigarh managed to register 22 per cent growth in revenue collection from the auction of 53 liquor vends, despite the ban on liquor shops within 500 meters of highways. One liquor shop was auctioned at the highest ever price of Rs nine crore. Against the reserve price of Rs 139 crore from the auction of 53 liquor vends, the UT Chandigarh excise and taxation department got bids to the tune of Rs 170 crore, an official of the department said here today. “We have seen 22 per cent growth in revenue collection from the auction of 53 liquor vends,” the official said. The department also saw highest ever revenue bid of Rs nine crore for auction of a liquor shop located in sector 42 here, followed by Rs seven crore bid for a vend in sector 44. “Under the single unit system, the liquor vend in sector 42 was auctioned at highest ever price of Rs nine crore,” he said. In the wake of Supreme court order, there will be 77 liquor vends in the city for the year 2017-18. As many as 22 liquor vends were shut down which were within the 500 meters of the highways, the official said. The department has pegged the revenue of Rs 202 crore from the auction of 77 liquor shops for the year 2017-18. “The decision for the auction of remaining liquor shops will be taken soon,” he further said. UT Chandigarh excise and taxation department has also raised the liquor quota by 10 per cent. “The quota for the Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) has been raised to 74.25 lakh proof litres and for country liquor at 8.25 lakh PL,” the official said. He said efforts have also been made to keep the price of low-alchohol drinks like beer and wine low.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

714 traffic violators prosecuted every hour in 2017: Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 714 traffic violators have been prosecuted every hour this year till now, more than double the last year’s figure. According to Delhi Traffic Police statistics, 304 people were prosecuted last year in the same time period. Senior officers feel that the high number of prosecutions has brought a substantial decrease in the number of fatal accidents in the national capital. “In 2017, on an average, we have issued around 17,158 challans every day from the period between January 1 and March 28. During the same period last year, we had issued 7,312 challans,” said a senior traffic police officer. “714 traffic violators have been prosecuted every hour this year till now, more than double the last year’s figure,” he added. The common offences for which Delhiites are challaned include jumping red lights, overspeeding, riding without helmet and drunken driving. The number of fatal accidents has also seen a decline this year, as the numbers suggest, he said. “Between January 1 and March 28 this year, the national capital saw 284 fatal accidents as opposed to 412 in the last year during the same time frame. “Even the non fatal accidents saw a dip from 412 last year to 287 this year between January 1 and March 28,” he added. The officer feels that the high level of prosecutions acts as a deterrent for road users. “When people are crossing traffic signals and they see other drivers being challaned, they realise the importance of following traffic rules. Seeing traffic cops on the ground instills a sense of discipline among the drivers,” said the officer. The traffic police has stepped up deployment at vulnerable spots and during the night, there is increased deployment around areas that are frequented by partygoers in order to ensure that people don’t drink and drive or drive rashly, he said. Last year, the number of road accidents saw a decline from the previous year. In 2016, there were 1,548 accidents in the national capital as opposed to 1,582 in 2015.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tulip garden to enliven Kashmir Valley this year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 1.5 million tulips are in full bloom in the Asia’s biggest Tulip garden which will be thrown open to the public on Saturday. The Tulip Garden is being opened against the backdrop of the last summer’s unrest that sounded death knell to the tourism sector, which suffered Rs 3000 crore loss.This year, however, the government is hoping for a good flow of tourists to make up for the loss. “Situation was very bad and both tourism and our department have tried to highlight it (Tulip Garden). The response is good. Inshallah (God willing) tourist flow is there”, M Hussain Mir, Director Floriculture, Gardens and Parks, Kashmir, told DNA.Spread over 600 kanals (20 kanals form one hectare) of land, the tulip cultivation has been done on 200 kanals of the garden area.Located at the foothills of the Zabarwan hills on the banks of Dal Lake, the Tulip garden is the biggest draw for the tourists visiting Kashmir.“Last year 1.5 to 1.75 lakh tourists visited the Tulip garden. We earned Rs 58 lakh revenue last year. This year we expect to host more than three lakh tourists”, said Mir.More than 15 lakh tulips of 48 varieties are embellishing the garden this year. “All tulip varieties in the garden are imported. There is no indigenous variety in the garden. We have a wild tulip variety which does not last long. On experimentation basis we will plant this variety next year,” he said.Grandeur, serenity and colourful tulip beds, beautiful Zabarwan mountain range overlooking the garden and world famous Dal Lake at its base mesmerizes tourists and marks the spring beauty of the ValleyThe icing on the cake this year is the Tulip festival to be held inside garden from April 1. “The festival will showcase our tourism, culture and heritage. There will be around 15 stalls of different departments in the garden. Tourism, handicrafts, central silk board and others will display their products to attract the people”, Mir said.The highlight of the festival is the folk musical programmes to enliven tourists. “Folk music programmes will be organised for 15 days. We are also in talks with some schools so that a painting competition is held during the festival. The government is also contemplating holding international level Urdu poetry recitation,” said Mir.

Applications for Maharashtra CET goes up by 30,000

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A total of 3.85 lakh students have registered for the Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test (MH CET) for admissions to engineering and pharmacy courses in the state the registration closed on Thursday evening. The number of applicants eligible for engineering seats went up from 2.62 lakh in 2016 to 2.90 lakh this year, with an overall increase of 30,000 students.Till Thursday 5 pm, the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) had received a total of 3,85,000 applications for admissions to engineering and pharmacy courses across the state. While 2.90 lakh students have applied for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (PCM), and Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology (PCMB), who are all eligible for engineering courses, around 94,000 students have opted for PCB alone, who are pharmacy aspirants.”This year, there has been an increase in the number of applicants for engineering admissions. This is a positive sign as the demand seems to have picked up again after a brief period of low applications in the last couple of years. If majority of the students secure their seats in the colleges allotted, lesser seats would be vacant this year,” said Dayanand Meshram, Joint Director, DTE. Close to 50 per cent seats across engineering colleges were vacant last year. “The increasing number of aspirants might not necessarily translate into admissions as a large number of JEE aspirants also look at the CET as a back up,” said the principal of an engineering college in the city.Last year, a total of 4.09 lakh students had applied for medical, pharmacy and engineering courses. However, with the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) being made mandatory now, medical aspirants would not appear for the CET. The DTE is yet to announce the total number of seats up for grabs in 2017. Last year, close to 1.38 lakh seats were available for engineering alone.” The final number of seats for 2017 would only be known after all the colleges surrender their seats by April,” added Meshram.While 40 per cent of the total aspirants who have registered for the exam are girls, nine students have registered in the transgender category. This year, along with the inclusion of the third gender category, the DTE has made several changes in the exam structure and admission process of CET. This includes making the forms simpler and user friendly, and changing the exam timetable to suit the requirements of all the students.The examination would be conducted on May 11, 2017.

Haryana’s revenue deficit down at 0.9 pc: Finance Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana government today said it has been successful in bringing down the revenue deficit from 1.9 per cent during previous Congress regime to 0.94 per cent in the state budget for the year 2017-18. Making the statement in the state assembly, Finance Minister Abhimanyu added that the state government has set a target to further reduce the deficit to zero per cent by 2019. Replying to the discussion on budget estimates for the year 2017-18 during the ongoing budget session, Abhimanyu said the suggestions received by the government from members of state assembly and other stakeholders would also be considered while framing the future development policies and programmes. “The budget of over Rs one lakh crore presented by the state government is aimed at the welfare of all sections of the society including farmers, labourers, traders, employees, women and youth,” he said. Referring to the “strong financial health” of the present state government, the Finance Minister said various statements were being issued by the opposition parties on the fiscal health of the government suggesting the fiscal and revenue deficit have increased. “The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state which was 5.7 per cent in the year 2014-15 has first increased to 8.7 per cent last year and GDP of 9 per cent is projected for the year 2017-18,” he said. He said the growth rate of per capita income has been projected as 7.2 per cent whereas it was four per cent in the year 2014-15. Hhe said when the BJP government took over reins of Haryana in October 2014 “the agriculture growth rate stood at minus two per cent, but now after two years it has increased with positive growth of seven per cent and the 11 per cent people engaged in agriculture and allied sector were getting the benefit of this increased growth rate of agriculture”. The Finance Minister further said Haryana was among the best states of the country having better financial management. “It has not crossed the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) limit of 25 per cent. The government has taken over the debt of Rs 25,950 crore of power distribution companies. This has resulted in annual savings of Rs 3,000 crore to DISCOMS as interest,” he added. He said the total revenue receipts of GDP including tax and non tax was 9.33 per cent in the year 2014-15 whereas it has been projected as 11.12 per cent in 2017-18. Abhimanyu said the total return rate (TRR), which was 17 per cent in the year 2014-15 has been reduced to 14.3 per cent. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Referring to the growth rate of total loan, Abhimanyu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>said it has been projected at 20.7 per cent in 2017-18 whereas it was 21 per cent in 2011 and 20.9 per cent in 2011-12. “Similarly, it was 25.5 per cent in 2013-14 and 24.5 per cent in 2014-15,17.9 per cent in 2015-16 and 17.6 per cent in 2016-17,” he said. He said the capital expenditure has been increased to 14,900 crore this year, whereas it was Rs 7,400 crore during the previous Congress government’s regime. Efforts would be made to take capital expenditure to Rs 20,000 crore, he said, adding that it would be ensured that 88.2 per cent of the new loan, to be taken by the government during 2017-18, is utilised in capital expenditure. The minister said that the Revenue Deficit could have been reduced to zero in the year 2012. He said it was Rs 3,875 crore in the year 2013-14 which increased to Rs 8,319 crore in 2014-15 with an increase of 114 per cent. This figure was reduced to Rs 7,787 crore in the year 2015-16, Rs 7266 crore in 2016-17 and it is projected at Rs 5,816 crore in 2017-18, he said. While referring to the fiscal deficit, he said it was 8,314 crore in the year 2013-14 which increased to Rs 12,580 crore in 2014-15. He said the present government has brought fiscal deficit in the range of 2.61 per cent. Abhimanyu said the per capita growth rate which was 7.36 per cent in the year 2014-15 has increased to 11.23 per cent in 2017-18. Similarly, the per capita debt has been reduced to 15.46 per cent in 2017-18 whereas it was 15.63 per cent in 2016-17, 17.35 per cent in 2013-14 and 20.66 per cent in 2012-13. Stating that the financial system has been strengthened as a result of demonetization, the Finance Minister said VAT collection has increased by 16.7 per cent as compared to the collection made in November last year. He said the budget of agriculture and allied sector for the year 2017-18 has been increased to 31.13 per cent from 29.98 per cent in 2016-17. Similarly, the outlay of rural development sector has been increased to 4.85 per cent in 2017-18 from 3.50 per cent in 2016-17, he told the state assembly in his reply.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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India-US to strengthen training programmes under Anti-Terrorism Assistance pact

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and the US are set to further strengthen their bilateral security ties under the Trump administration with the two countries deciding to continue exchange programmes on hostage crisis, terror crime scene probe and cybercrime. A delegation of officials from the US met their counterparts in the Home Ministry last week and discussed ways to streamline the training programmes being conducted under the Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) pact.Indian police officers will undergo training programmes in the US training institutes on negotiations in hostage situations, terror crime scene investigations, besides on two new courses relating to cyber crime and maritime security.India and the US are working towards strengthening bilateral ties on security front, including training programmes. The US will be introducing two new courses for Indian police officers this year, a Home Ministry official said. Indian police officers currently can opt for six training programmes under the ATA pact.These courses have been an integral part of the bilateral cooperation on internal security between the two countries. India is a key strategic partner of the US in its war on terror and with groups like ISIS using Internet to reach out to potential recruits in India, the ATA courses are seen as extremely relevant, the official said.Currently the ATA courses include among others, investigating the dark web (IDW), hostage negotiation training, terrorist crime scene investigation. Around 120-150 police officers from Central police organisations and state police forces visit the US every year for training in these courses under the ATA. The number may go up to 200 this year with introduction of two new courses.

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