Daily Archive: September 6, 2017

Microplastic found in tap water across world, study shows New Delhi affected

Microplastic has penetrated tap water in countries across the world, with a study showing that 82% of the samples surveyed in New Delhi are contaminated with particles smaller than five millimeters in size.

The investigation by Orb Media , which collected samples from more than a dozen countries, said microplastics have been shown to absorb toxic chemicals linked to illnesses, and then release them when consumed by fish and mammals.

“Scientists say these microscopic fibers might originate in the everyday abrasion of clothes, upholstery, and carpets. They could reach your household tap by contaminating local water sources, or treatment and distribution systems. But no one knows, and no specific procedures yet exist for filtering or containing them,” the investigation, based on the final report published on May 16 , said.

Governments across the globe don’t have any standards on safe threshold for plastic in water and food, according to the report. “The first studies into the health effects of microscopic plastics on humans are only just now beginning,” it said.

The US has the highest contamination rate of 94%, according to the study . Lebanon and India have the next highest rates of microplastic. European countries including France, Germany and the UK have the lowest contamination rate of 72%.

In India, more than 130 million people live in areas where groundwater supplies are contaminated,according to the World Resources Institute . More than 20 million people live in areas where supplies contain at least three pollutants exceeding safe limits, its analysis shows.

Adventure Scientists, a nonprofit based in the US, says microplastic poses a significant environmental risk when it enters our waterways. Microplastics have several sources — they’re laundered from nylon clothing, they wash down the drain with many cosmetics and toothpastes, and they weather from debris like bottles and bags, it says.

300 Govt Schools to be Run on PPP Mode: Rajasthan Minister

Jaipur, Sep 5: The Rajasthan Cabinet today decided that 300 secondary and senior-secondary government schools in the state would be run on public-private partnership (PPP) model from the next academic session. State Rural Development Minister Rajendra Rathore said in order to improve the quality of education, out of 9,895 secondary and senior-secondary schools in the state, 300 would be run on PPP mode on a pilot basis.

He, however, clarified that the scheme will not include Adarsh schools and those located in cities and district headquarters.

There would be no extra burden on parents and students, and facilities such as mid-day meals will continue, Rathore said, adding teachers working in those schools will be incorporated in other government schools.

#ABVP Releases Manifesto Ahead of DUSU Elections; Promises Security, Admission Reforms

New Delhi, Sep 5 (PTI) Ahead of next week’s DUSU polls, the RSS-affiliated ABVP today released its manifesto promising security for girl students, admission reforms, and better hostel facilities. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) released its manifesto that promises to make girl students feel secure inside the campus by conducting self-defence training camps, police booths, women police staff, a mobile app and regular police patrolling.

“To make girl students more self-confident we would organise self defence training in various colleges and university campus. We would try for the provision of a police booth near every hostel/college and make sure that there are female police staffs are present at every booth,” it said.

It also promised a fight for reforms in the admission process, logical fee structure, affiliating every college to DUSU, gender sensitisation, improving hostel facilities, and transportation, among others.

The right-wing students body also said it would demand insurance for students upto Rs 5 lakhs with a premium of Rs 1 per day.

To solve issues on campus, the ABVP said it would form a governing body – with one student representative from every college – to meet from time to time to ensure the smooth functioning of the administration and discuss issues.

SSC CGL 2017: Tier 1 Result to be Declared on Oct 31

New Delhi, Sep 5: The results of Staff Selection Commission (SSC) CGL 2017 Tier 1 exam will be declared on October 31, 2017, at ssc.nic.in, and the answer keys will be released on September 18. The SSC CGL exam was conducted from August 5 to August 23 and the candidates who had appeared in the examination can visit the website and check the answer keys and their results at ssc.nic.in.

A total of 15,43,962 candidates had appeared in the SSC CGL examination 2017. The students who clear the Tier 1 exam will go to the next level, Tier 2. The final list will be prepared on the basis of SSC criteria and SSC CGL Tier-2 result.

Steps to check SSC CGL Tier 1 Result 2017 on October 31

  1. Visit the official website of SSC at ssc.nic.in
  2. Click on the ‘Declaration of Result of Combined Graduate Level (Tier-I) Examination, 2017′
  3. A PDF containing the list of qualifying candidates will open.
  4. Students can search for their names.
  5. Save the PDF for future.

Computer-based exam, SSC CGL Tier-1 had 100 questions of total 200 marks. The paper was divided into A, B, C and D parts with 25 questions each. Part A consists of general intelligence and reasoning, part B on general awareness, part C on quantitative aptitude and part D on English comprehension. Answer keys will be released on September 18.

Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2017 (Tier-I) was conducted to fill up the non-technical Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ non-gazetted posts in various government departments and ministries.

IBPS CWE Clerks VII 2017 Notification Out

New Delhi, Sep 6: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the notification for clerk exams through the Common Recruitment Process (CWE Clerk VII) at ibps.in. Aspirants can visit the official website of IBPS and apply for 7884 jobs for bank clerks. The registration for the recruitment will begin on September 12 and will end on October 10.

The notification reads: “Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join any of the Participating Organisations listed at (A) as a Clerk or in a similar post in that cadre, is required to register for the Common Recruitment Process (CWE Clerks VII).”


Eligibility: Candidate should be an Indian national or a subject of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan or a Tibetan Refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam can also apply.


Registration date: September 12

Last date to apply: October 10

Payment of Application Fees: September 12 to October 3

Pre exam training call letter: November 2017

Pre exam training: November 13 to 18

Preliminary exam call letter: November 2017

Preliminary exam: December 2, 3, 9 and 10

Exam result: December 2017

Main exam call letter: January 2018

Main online exam: January 21, 2018

Provisional allotment: April 2018

Age Limit: Candidates must fall in the age bracket of minimum 20 years to maximum 28 years as on September 1, 2017.

Qualification: The candidate must have a graduation degree in any discipline from a university recognised by the Government of India or any equivalent qualification.

The candidate should have working knowledge in computers.

The candidate should have English as one of the subjects at class 10, class 12 or gratuation.

Caution red meat lovers! High consumption of meat and poultry can increase diabetes risk

Do you love meat? Then beware. The new study has confirmed that high consumption of lamb, beef, pork and poultry can increase the risk of diabetes. Researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) in Singapore found out that higher intake of red meat and poultry can increase the risk of developing…

How Delhi Police busted human trafficking racket using forged passports

The deportation of two people who were trying to sneak into Canada on forged passports has helped the Delhi Police bust a major human trafficking racket run out of various airports across the country.

A married couple who allegedly sent people abroad on passports issued to their children, among others, has been identified as the brains behind the racket. Police said a number of routes passing through international destinations such as Incheon (South Korea), Muscat (Oman), London (UK) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) were utilised to ensure that the operation wasn’t busted. The racketeers would charge Rs 30 lakh per passenger, and accompany them on the journey.

The matter came to light on May 29, when the deportees – a man and a woman – were sent back by the United Kingdom immigration authorities while they were en route to Canada through London. Though a case was registered by Mumbai police soon afterwards, a probe revealed that the passports were used to illegally transport people on at least four previous occasions.

Investigators have already begun zeroing in on airport personnel who may have colluded with the racketeers. “In Delhi, we identified two immigration officials who allowed impersonators to travel on these passports. We also cross-checked images from the server with those on the passports. They did not match on many occasions,” a Delhi Police officer said.

IITs, IISc slip on global ranking: Why there are only 30 Indian universities in top 1000

No Indian university or institution of higher education figures in the global top 100, but the latest rankings released on Tuesday show that the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), which was in the 201-250 band last year, has slipped into the 251-300 band.

In the Times Higher Education’s 14th annual edition of its World University Rankings – which ranks the top 1,000 universities from 77 countries – performance of Indian centres of learning has deteriorated, with its share of universities falling from 31 to 30 in the top 1,000.

“IISc has fallen largely due to drops in its research influence score and research income. The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Indian Institute of Technology Madras have also dropped by at least one band,” it said.

Globally, the University of Oxford retains first place, the University of Cambridge climbs two places to second, overtaking California Institute of Technology and Stanford University, both joint third. While the United States continues to dominate the rankings, Chinese universities are rapidly climbing year-on-year.

Beef will continue to be consumed in Kerala, says BJP minister KJ Alphons

NEW DELHI: On the first day in his new office as tourism minister, bureaucrat-turned-politician Alphons Kannanthanam touched upon the controversial issue of beef, saying it would continue to be consumed in Kerala.

Talking to PTI, the 1979 Kerala cadre IAS officer said that the BJP had never said that beef cannot be eaten.

“As Goa chief minister, Manohar Parrikar has said that beef will be consumed in the state. Similarly, it will be consumed in Kerala,” he said.

“The BJP does not mandate that beef cannot be eaten. We don’t dictate food habits in any place. It is for the people to decide,” he said.

Kannanthanam said if a BJP-ruled state like Goa was eating beef, there should be no problem in Kerela.

He later told a TV channel that he act could be a bridge between the Christian community and the BJP.

Addressing some of the concerns that were raised by the Christian community about the BJP in the past, Kannanthanam said it was mere propaganda.