Daily Archive: October 11, 2017

Petrol pump dealers call off Friday’s strike

NEW DELHI: Petrol pump dealers today called off their proposed day-long strike on Friday after state-owned oil firms warned them of strict action, including cancelling their contracts.

Various associations of petrol pump dealers had called the 24-hour strike against new Marketing Discipline Guidelines which impose stringent penalties for short-selling, operating automated pumps in manual mode without authorisation, non- provision of clean toilet and not paying minimum wages to employees.

“The director marketing of the three oil companies had appealed to us not to go on strike and so we are withdrawing the strike on their appeal,” said Ajay Bansal, President of All India Petroleum Dealers Association.

Remove Word ‘Muslim’ From AMU, ‘Hindu’ From BHU, UGC Tells Government

New Delhi, Oct 9: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has reportedly suggested the government to remove word ‘Muslim’ from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and ‘Hindu’ from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to reflect their secular character. The suggestion to drop words ‘Muslim’ and ‘Hindu’ from AMU and BHU respectively is contained in an audit of AMU. The audit was made by a committee set by the UGC at the behest of Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry. The committee comprising IIT-Madras professor Shripad Karmalkar, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University V-C Kailash Sodani, Guwahati University professor Mazhar Asif and IIM-Bangalore professor Sankarshan Basu inspected the AMU before preparing the audit report.

The committee, which was formed to probe complaints of irregularities against 10 central universities, suggested that the AMU should either be called just ‘Aligarh University’ or be named after its founder, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, reported Indian Express. The same reason was given in its recommendation to amend the name of BHU. The AMU, being a centrally-funded university, is a secular institution. Hence, the word ‘Muslim’ should be removed, argued panel members, the report said.

Describing the AMU as ‘feudal’ in nature, the committee called for measures to uplift poor Muslims on campus. The committee’s report, however, did not comment on the institutions’ minority status as the matter is sub-judice. The committee also questioned the selection process of AMU’s vice-chancellor, suggesting that it should be tweaked to align it with the appointment procedure followed by other central universities.

The audit report asked AMU why a majority of faculty appointments are of its former students. recommended a five-year gap for all ex-students before they can be recruited as teachers in the university. It also said that the university’s tuition fee be increased to help raise more resources internally and wants the reduction in the alumni representation on different AMU bodies.

IBPS to Declare Results For IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam 2017 Today

New Delhi, October 9: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is likely to announce its results for IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam 2017 today. The institute conducted the examinations on 16th, 17th and 23rd and 24th  of September 2017. In its advertisement, the institute had advertised for 8,298 posts in regional rural banks.

How to check results:

  • Go to the website of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.
  • Click on the link of the status of online preliminary exam for CRP RRBs-VI office assistants displayed on the top of the page.
  • The website will show login page for the results.
  • Enter registration number and password
  • Enter the captcha
  • The result will be shown
  • Take the printout of result for future references

The candidates who cleared the exam will appear the for the main examinations. After clearing the mains examinations, the candidates will be allotted post in the regional rural banks. The reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Physically Handicapped will be applied as existing norms.

4,000 Seats Increased For JEE Advanced 2018

New Delhi, Oct 10: The Joint Admission Board (JAB) announced that the number of seats for eligible candidates for Joint Engineering Examination (JEE) Advanced 2018 is increased by 4,000. Thus, the number of seats for JEE Advanced 2018 exam has been increased from 2.20 lakh to 2.24 lakh.

The JEE Advanced 2018 will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Kanpur on May 20. Aspiring candidates can visit the official website jeeadv.ac.in for further notifications. The website mentions that “candidates should be among the top 2,24,000 (including all categories) by scoring positive marks in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) 2018”, reported The Indian Express.

By passing the JEE Advanced, students can get admissions into all IITs, NITs, IIITs and ISM Dhanbad. For students who want to take admission for various engineering courses across the nation will have to give JEE Main, conducted by CBSE. After clearing JEE Main, they will be eligible to sit for JEE Advanced.

This JEE Advanced 2018 exam will be computer-based and will consist of Paper 1 and Paper 2. Each paper will be given three hours for completion.

University of Birmingham to Start Three-Week Technical English Training Course For Indian Engineering Students

The University of Birmingham is set to start a three-week free online training in the English language for the engineering students across India. Birmingham’s new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is based on real first-year modules at the University, the University said in a press release.

The University’s Electrical Engineering: Sensing, Powering and Controlling aims to support the engineering students in mastering some of the technical terms concepts in Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.

“This is a great opportunity for students whose first language is not English to brush up their language skills and get to grips with the key terms and concepts associated with engineering. The course will be delivered in English to help students to gradually develop their language skills,” Jackson said.

The content will help to all the students who plan to study and admission in any engineering discipline. Developed by the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the three-week course will run from November 15.

A Day After Fare Hike, Delhi Metro May Slash Prices by Rs 5

New Delhi, October 11: A day after fares of Delhi Metro were hiked, it is likely to be reduced. The Urban Development Ministry is likely to reduce the fares in two slabs — 5-12 km and 12-21 km — by Rs 5 each, sources said on Wednesday.

The ministry is likely to ask the fare fixation committee (FCC) of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to consider the proposal, India Today reported. The DMRC may introduced new fare schemes for children and senior citizens, the sources added.

The second fare hike came into effect from October 10 wherein there has been an increase of Rs 10 for all travels beyond 5 km.

The maximum fare, for journeys beyond 32 km, is Rs 60. The revised fare structure is: up to 2 km — Rs 10, 2 to 5 km — Rs 20, 5 to 12 km — Rs 30, 12 to 21 km — Rs 40, 21 to 32 km — Rs 50 and for journeys beyond 32 km — Rs 60. Also read: Pay Rs 3,000 Crore For 5 Years to Avert Metro Fare Hike: Centre Tells AAP Govt

The smart card users continue to enjoy a 10 per cent discount on each ride. They also get an additional discount of 10 per cent while travelling during off-peak hours, that is from beginning of services till 8 AM, between 12 PM and 5 PM and from 9 PM to end of services.

The DMRC had been batting for a hike citing “losses” in view of loans and rise in input costs such as power tariff among others. Also read: Cong blasts AAP, BJP for ‘street fight’ over metro fare hike

The new fares are applicable across five corridors — Blue, Yellow, Red, Green and Violet — of the metro that crisscrosses the national capital, with the total network length currently standing at around 213 km.

When the Delhi Metro had started operations on December 25, 2002, the minimum fare was Rs 4 and maximum was Rs 8.

With inputs from PTI

Javadekar Announces Diwali Bonanza For Teachers

New Delhi, October 11: In a good news for teachers and equivalent academic staff in Universities, colleges and centrally funded technical institutions, the Narendra Modi Cabinet on Wednesday approved their revised pay scales following the implementation of recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. The decision will benefit 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in the 106 Universities, colleges which are funded by the University Grant Commission and Ministry of Human Resource Development.

“Teachers of all centrally funded deemed universities and 43 central universities to get benefit of 7th Pay Commission. 7.58 lakh teachers in universities to get benefits of 7th Pay Commission. We must attract talent into academics,” Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said. Also read: Modi Cabinet Approves 7th Central Pay Commission: All You Need to Know

The minister said that Associate and associate professors of 329 state universities and 12,912 colleges will get benefit of the 7th Pay Commission.

The revised pay package will cover teachers of 119 Centrally Funded Technical Institutions viz. IITs, IISc, IIMs, IISERs, IIITs, NITIE etc. The approved pay scales will be applicable from January 1, 2016 with a financial liability on the Centre of about Rs 9,800 crore.

The implementation of the pay revision will enhance the teachers’ pay in the range of Rs 10,400 and Rs 49,800 as against the extant entry pay due to the implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission for the pay of teachers. The revision would register an entry pay growth in the range of 22 per cent to 28 per cent.

In the case of state government funded institutions, the revised pay scales will require adoption by the respective state governments. The Centre will bear the additional burden of the states on account of revision of pay scales.