Daily Archive: June 13, 2018

Cashless Ticketing through ‘Utsonmobile’ app developed by CRIS

Continuing towards digitalization and moving towards becoming a cashless economy, the initiative of faster and more techno-advanced transactions in Indian Railways is being taken up, the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) has developed a mobile based application ‘utsonmobile’. This application has the following features:

1. The ‘utsonmobile’ application enables booking and cancellation of unreserved tickets, issue and renewal of season and platform tickets, check and load R-wallet balance and helps maintain user profile management and booking history.

2. The ‘utsonmobile’ application is very handy, free and is available for both Android and Windows smart phone. Users can download this app from Google Play Store or Windows store free of cost.

3. First the passenger will get registered by providing his/her mobile number, name, city, default booking train type, class, ticket type, number of passenger and frequently travelling routes.

4. Upon successful registration, Railway Wallet (R-Wallet) will be created automatically with zero balance to the passenger. There will be no extra cost for creating R-Wallet.

5. The R-Wallet can be recharged either at any of the UTS counter or through recharge option available in the https://www.utsonmobile.indianrail.gov.in website.

6. In case internet connection of the mobile is not up, then ticket booking is not allowed.

7. No advance ticket booking is allowed. (i.e.) the journey date will always be current date.

8. Paperless Ticket: The passenger can travel without taking hardcopy of the ticket. Whenever Ticket Checking Staff asks for ticket, the passenger will use ‘Show Ticket’ option in the app.

· The smart phone should be GPS enabled to book paperless ticket.

· The paperless tickets are not allowed for cancellation.

· The journey should commence within one hour after booking paperless ticket.

· The Season ticket can be issued/renewed from mobile application and it will be valid from the next day of booking the ticket. No need of GPS for issue/renewal of Season Ticket.

· Platform Ticket can also be booked from mobile application.

· In case passenger is not able to show the ticket on mobile then it is considered as ticketless travel.

9.         Paper Ticket: The passenger can book ticket through the mobile app. On booking of ticket, he/she will get Booking ID along with other ticket details. The booking details will also be available in booking history. The booking ID will also be conveyed through an SMS.

· After booking Paper ticket, Passenger can go to the journey originating (source) station to take ticket print out from any of the ATVM there, by entering his/her registered mobile number and booking ID. The Journey is valid only with printed ticket.

· The  cancellation of Paper ticket is allowed either at the counter after printing the ticket or through the app before printing the ticket. However, in both the cases, cancellation fee is applicable.

· The  journey should commence within one hour after printing paper ticket in the kiosk.

10.       For detailed help, visit website “https://www.utsonmobile.indianrail.gov.in“.


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Cabinet approves proposal for withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 pending in Rajya Sabha

Posted On: 13 JUN 2018 6:11PM by PIB Delhi

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.




Cabinet approves ‘Three Year Action Plan of Agricultural Education Division & ICAR Institutes

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of the Three Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of the scheme for Agricultural Education Division and ICAR Institutes with an outlay of Rs.2225.46 crore[Rs. 2197.51 crore + Rs. 27.95 crore (State share) as salary component for AICRP-HS]for strengthening and developing higher agricultural education in India.  It comprises of:

  1. “Strengthening and Development of Higher Agricultural Education in India – Rs. Rs.2050.00 crore;
  2. ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) – Rs. 24.25 crore and
  3. ICAR – Central Institute of Women in Agriculture (CIWA) including All India Coordinated Research Project on Home Science (AICRP-HS) – Rs.151.21 crore.

The scheme is aimed to generate quality human resources from the institutions of higher agricultural education.It encompasses several new initiatives including, steps to attract talented students, reducing academic inbreeding and addressing faculty shortage.  It will also take care ofgreen initiatives, mitigating faculty shortage, international ranking, alumni involvement, promoting innovations, inspired teacher network, reducing inbreeding, academia interface, technology enabled learning, Post-doctoral Fellowships, Agriculture Education Portal, Scientific Social responsibility etc. for quality assurance ranking of the agricultural universities has been linked to the financial support under the scheme along with accreditation. Support for strengthening and modernization of infrastructure related to student and faculty amenities and capacity building of both faculty and students in cutting edge areas through Niche Area of Excellence programme will improve teaching and encouraging holistic development of the students.

This will lead to generation of competitive and confident human resource. In addition, research on gender issues in agriculture and allied fields, formulating gender-equitable agricultural, policies/programmes and gender-sensitive agricultural-sector responses will be undertaken by ICAR-CIWA and capacity building needs of the human resources and stakeholders of the entire National Agricultural Research & Education System (NARES) will be catered leading to enhancing of competencies and capacities of the stakeholders including farmers, young scientists, students and agri-industry in NARES by ICAR-NAARM.


  • The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) undertakes planning, development, coordination and quality assurance in higher agricultural education through partnership with 75 Agricultural Universities (AUs) established across the country. The human resource developed by Agricultural Universities has played a pivotal role in transforming agricultural scenario to achieve self-sufficiency.
  • The approach is multipronged, addressing the issues of competence enhancement, attracting and retaining talented youth to agriculture education and to improve the overall infrastructure in terms of student and faculty amenities pertaining to teaching and learning.
  • The National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) has played a key role in enhancing the capacities of individuals and institutions of National Agricultural Research and Education System (NARES) in agricultural research, education and technology management.
  • The Central Institute for Women in Agriculture has been providing a leadership role in empowering farm women as in the changing agricultural scenario the roles and responsibilities of women in agriculture are indispensable.




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Union Cabinet approves extension of tenure of Commission constituted to examine issue of sub-categorization within Other Backward Classes in the Central List till 31st July, 2018.

Union Cabinet approves extension of tenure of Commission constituted to examine issue of sub-categorization within Other Backward Classes in the Central List till 31st July, 2018.

#Gold prices rise by Rs150 today, silver edges down

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.

2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR launched at Rs 2.65 crore; most potent F-Type belts out 567bhp

Jaguar and Land Rover India has started accepting bookings for the Jaguar F-Type SVR which is its fastest production car ever. Developed by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), F-Type SVR offered in both coupe and convertible versions. Jaguar F-Type SVR coupe and convertible priced at Rs 2.65 crore Powered by 5.0-litre.

Fire breaks out at Beaumonde Towers in south Mumbai, Deepika Padukone among flat owners

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.