Daily Archive: November 14, 2017

123 Deemed-to-be-universities Asked to Drop Word ‘University’ From Name by UGC

New Delhi, Nov 13: As many as 123 deemed-to-be-universities have been asked to drop the word ‘university’ from their names by the University Grant Commission. In a letter dated November 10, the UGC said the use of word ‘university’ by deemed-to-be-universities violates the Section 23 of the UGC Act. The letter cites the Supreme Court order dated November 3, 2017, which made the similar point.

“We must also put on record what we have observed during the course of the hearing and consideration of the present matters. It has come to our notice that many institutions which are conferred the status of Deemed to be Universities are using the word “University”, which in our view is opposed to the spirit of Section 23 of the UGC Act. The UGC shall take appropriate steps for stop such practice,” the Supreme Court stated in November.

The Section 23 of the UGC Act, 1956 says, “No institution, whether a corporate body or not, other than a University established or incorporated by or under a Central Act a Provincial Act or a State Act shall be entitled to have the word “University” associated with its name in any manner whatsoever.” The deemed-to-be-universities cannot use the word ‘university’ as a suffix to the institution name but can use Deemed to be University within parenthesis, said an NDTV report.

A deemed-to-be-university may submit a proposal with an alternative name (without using the word ‘University’) to the UGC or Human Resource and Development (HRD) ministry so that necessary amendment can be made by the Ministry of HRD.

Global Crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 62.01 per bbl on 13.11.2017

The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was US$ 62.01 per barrel (bbl) on 13.11.2017. This was lower than the price of US$ 62.66 per bbl on previous publishing day of 10.11.2017.

In rupee terms, the price of Indian Basket decreased to Rs 4056.90 per bbl on 13.11.2017 as compared to Rs. 4073.51 per bbl on 10.11.2017. Rupee closed stronger at Rs. 65.43 per US$ on 13.11.2017 as compared to 65.01 per US$ on 10.11.2017. The table below gives details in this regard:

Particulars Unit Price on November 13, 2017 (Previous trading day i.e. 10.11.2017)
Crude Oil (Indian Basket) ($/bbl)    62.01                         (62.66)
(Rs/bbl)   4056.90                   (4073.51)
Exchange Rate (Rs/$)    65.43                         (65.01)


AD/SA Daily Crude Oil Price

IMA in HC to postpone Delhi Half Marathon

New Delhi, Nov 14 Terming the air quality in the national capital as poor and unsafe, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) today urged the Delhi High Court to pass directions to postpone the Delhi Half Marathon.

Taking note of the present air pollution in the city and the urgency expressed by the IMA, a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sanjeev Sachdeva issued notice to the Delhi government, police, the pollution control panel DPCC and the organisers of the event and sought their reply by November 16, the next date of hearing.

The order came on a letter written by the IMA to Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seeking postponing of the marathon, scheduled to be held on November 19.

The letter was moved in the main PIL initiated by the high court to address air pollution problems of Delhi and in which it has been issuing directions from time to time.

The high court had on November 9 issued a slew of directions to improve air quality of Delhi.

Calling it an “emergency situation”, the high court had asked the government to consider the option of “cloud seeding” to induce rainfall artificially, as an immediate step to bring down the dust and particulate matter in the atmosphere.

It had directed the Delhi government to seriously consider a ban on further construction in the city to the extent possible and implementing the ‘odd-even’ vehicle usage scheme as a short term measure.

It had said that the fog here was a “deadly mixture of vehicular pollution, construction and road dust and stubble burning.”

Directions were also issued by the bench to the Delhi Traffic Police to ensure there is no vehicular congestion on the roads and provide masks to the personnel on duty.

The bench had also ordered the Union Environment Secretary to hold a meeting in the next three days of the chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to work out a joint short-term plan to bring down air pollution.

Source: PTI