Daily Archive: June 13, 2018
Cabinet approves proposal for withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 pending in Rajya Sabha
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 pending in the Rajya Sabha.
The Nalanda University was established on the basis of a Joint Press Statement at the 4th East Asia Summit held in Thailand in October, 2009, which supported its establishment as a non-state, non-profit, secular and self-governing international institution. Subsequently, the Nalanda University Act, 2010 was passed by the Parliament and came into effect from 25thNovember 2010.
The present proposal is for moving a motion in Rajya Sabha withdrawing the Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 introduced in Rajya Sabha on August 26, 2013 to amend certain existing provisions of the Nalanda University Act, 2010 and add some new provisions.
The Governing Board of Nalanda University has since been constituted as per section 7 of Nalanda University Act, 2010 with effect from 21.11.2016 with, the approval of Hon’ble President of India. The Amendment Bill will need to be discussed with the current Governing Board of Nalanda University before a final decision could be taken on going ahead with the proposed amendments. Further, the current Governing Board may also look into the entire Nalanda University Act, 2010 afresh and suggest amendments/additions wherever necessary.
Teaching in the University was inaugurated by Smt.SushmaSwaraj, External Affairs Minister in September 2014. Hon’ble President of India is the Visitor of the University, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, the Chancellor and Professor Sunaina Singh, is the Vice Chancellor. At present, the University has 116 students in three schools of studies namely School of Historical Studies, School of Ecology and Environment Studies and School of Buddhist Studies. This includes 35 international students from 21 foreign countries.
New Delhi: Gold prices rose by Rs150 to Rs31,950 per 10 grams on Wednesday amid fresh demand from local jewellers despite weakness in global gold prices, reported PTI. Moreover, a depreciating rupee against the US dollar, which makes gold imports costlier, supported domestic gold prices. Silver prices, however, edged down by Rs10 to Rs41,550 on selling pressure, added the report. Global gold prices fell to a one-week low in the previous session, as investors waited for clues on the pace of future interest rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve when its policy meeting concludes later in the day.
Global spot gold was little changed at $1,295.02 on Wednesday per ounce at 12.05pm after it touched a one-week low of $1,292.60 in the previous session. US gold futures for August delivery were 0.1% lower at $1,298.50 per ounce.
In Delhi, gold of 99.9% and 99.5% purity advanced by Rs150 each to Rs31,950 and Rs31,800 per 10 grams, respectively.
Gold prices had fallen by Rs250 in the last two days.
A fire broke out in a high-rise building in south Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon. No casualties are reported.
The fire broke out on the 33rd floor of Beaumonde Towers, a residential complex in Prabhadevi.
Around 90 residents were evacuated from the building in which Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone owns an apartment.
Deepika was not inside the building when the blaze started, according to fire department officials.
‘Our staff and fire brigade is on the spot for assistance. They are trying their best to douse the fire and provide necessary help to people there,’ Mumbai Police posted on Twitter.
According to officials, the fire was seen around 2:10pm on the uppermost floors of the building. Soon, thick black clouds of smoke were billowing out.
Six fire engines and five water tankers are at the spot.
This is the third major fire to have broken out in Mumbai in the past week.