Daily Archive: August 30, 2018

Heritage quiz for schools in Delhi-NCR

New Delhi, Aug 30 (PTI) In order to widen the scope of heritage education among students, the INTACH conducted ‘Heritage Quiz 2018’ for schools in Delhi-NCR.

The quiz, conducted by the Heritage Education and Communication Service division of INTACH in Delhi-NCR, was attended by 88 schools and nearly 245 students.

According to a statement, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)is conducting the Heritage Quiz 2018 for schools across the country.

It stated that in the Delhi-NCR quiz conducted on Monday, the winners of the ‘Delhi Finale Round’ were Mira Model School and Delhi Public School, Mathura Road and they qualified for the next round.

The winners were Cambridge School, Noida who would proceed to the National Finals.

The certificates and award books were handed out to all the winners who had qualified for both, the Delhi and the Delhi-NCR finales by INTACH Chairman, Maj. Gen. (Retd.) LK Gupta.

Delhi AAP MLA meets Hardik whose fast continues on day 6

Ahmedabad, Aug 30  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Delhi, Devinder Kumar Sehrawat, today met Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who has been on an indefinite hunger strike here over various issues for the last six days.

Hardik has been fasting at his residence here demanding reservation for his community and loan waiver for farmers.

Talking to reporters, Sehrawat said he met Hardik in his personal capacity as he himself belonged to the farming community and supported his farm loan waiver demand.

“Farmers are suffering the most in our country. In the European countries, farmers are considered as assets and given pension, while in India their income is less than that pension. They are totally neglected. I came here to extend my support to Hardik for taking up farmer’s cause,” the MLA said.

“Since I belong to the farming community, I came here in my personal capacity. Since most farmers are illiterate, they don’t know how to put across their point. That is why they are subjected to such injustice. In 2019 polls, farmers issues will remain at the core,” Sehrawat added.

In a statement, Hardik called for a “people’s revolution” as he alleged that the BJP government was suppressing the voices of people.

“Gujarat will experience a people’s revolution soon.

No one can suppress the voices of people. If someone tries to do that, the anger will explode. I am sure that this revolution will decimate this government,” Hardik said in a statement.

Irked by the large police deployment outside Hardik’s residence near the city, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had yesterday moved the Gujarat High Court seeking a direction to police to allow people to meet Hardik.

However, when the matter came up for hearing today, Justice R P Dholaria recused himself from the case. The matter is likely to be alloted to another judge and will come up for hearing tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a team of doctors from Sola Civil Hospital today conducted various tests on Hardik.

“Hardik is experiencing weakness due to the six-day long fast. Though the doctors wanted to conduct urine and blood tests at regular intervals, Hardik refused to let them do so,” said Namita Vadodariya, one of the doctors.

The 25-year-old quota spearhead had launched his hunger strike on August 25, the third anniversary of his mega pro-quota rally in Ahmedabad that had turned violent.

Source: PTI

Launch of National Mission on GeM

National Mission on Government e Marketplace (GeM) will be launched on 5th September 2018 to accelerate the adoption and use of GeM by major central Ministries, State Governments and their agencies. The aim of the National Mission is to promote inclusiveness, transparency and efficiency in public procurement and achieve cashless, contactless and paperless transaction. This will increase overall efficiency and lead to cost saving on government expenditure in procurement.

During the 6 weeks’ special drive beginning from 6th September up to 15th October 2018, the mission will be launched at state headquarters by Chief Ministers and will cover important sectors and flagship programmes, launch of IEC campaign along with training on usage of GeM for buyers and sellers, buyer registration drive to on board government agencies and vendor registration drive with special focus on MSMEs.

The GeM has completed two years and as on 26th of August 2018, it has crossed ₹ 10,800 crore in value terms and 6.96 lakh in volume of transactions through the platform.  More than 1.35 lakh sellers offer 4.43 lakh products on the GeM platform which has 26,500 organizations as buyers. While all States and Union Territories are buying through GeM, 25 States and UTs have already signed an MoU to make procurement through GeM mandatory. It has led to an overall average saving in cost of procurement to the tune of about 25%.

The GeM platform provides online, end to end solution for procurement of commonly used goods and services for all Central Government Departments and State Governments. Public Sector Units and affiliated bodies.

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Shri Arun Jaitley inaugurates new office building of CCI

Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs said that the function of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) is going to expand further as the size of our economy is becoming large. Shri Jaitley said this while inaugurating the new office of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) here today.

Shri Jaitley further said that India has potential to be among top three economies of the world in the next 10-20 years .  He said “ This year, by sheer size, we have overtaken France. Next year, we expect to overtake the size of the Britain’s economy and will become the 5th largest economy in the world.”  Other economies in the world is growing at much lesser rate and India has the potential to be among top three economies of the world in the next 10-20 years, Shri Jaitley added.

While speaking on the role of CCI in the fast growing Indian economy, Shri Jaitley said, India can already see the ripples of a consumption economy in India. The exponential growth taking place in several sectors will lead to large number of domestic and international players. That size of economy is going to expand and some will not comply with fair market regulation, indulge in cartelisation, have vertical or horizontal tie ups, abuse dominant position to impact prices or dilute competition. Therefore, the regulatory mechanism to regulate all the Mergers & Acquisitions would be required. These changes to be extremely large and the impact on markets is going to be very large.

Shri Jaitely focused on the growth potential of eastern region of India while speaking on the growth pattern pan-India, “Over the next 10-20 years, we still have a lot of avenues for pushing up our growth. India has seen growth more in the north, south and western parts of the country. The eastern side has to still grow faster. We are expecting to see growth there.”

Acting CCI Chairperson  Shri Sudhir Mital, Shri Injeti Sriniwas, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Members of the Commission, senior Government officials and advocates attended the inauguration ceremony.

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Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2017

The results of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2017 were declared vide Press Note dated 27.04.2018 recommending 990 candidates in order of merit for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and Central Services Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ against 1058 vacancies.

The Commission, in accordance with the Rule 16 (4) & (5) of the Civil Services Examination Rules, was also maintaining a Consolidated Reserve List in order of merit below the last recommended candidate under the respective categories.

As sought by the Department of Personnel & Training, the Commission has now recommended 66 candidates which include 48 General, 16 OBC, 01 SC and 01 ST, to fill up the remaining posts based on the Civil Services Examination, 2017. Particulars of these candidates are included herewith. The candidates so recommended will be intimated directly by the DOP&T.

The candidature of the candidate(s) bearing Roll Nos. 20592, 272877, 312781 & 630498 are Provisional.

The list of these 66 candidates is also available on the UPSC website i.e. http//www.upsc.gov.in.

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NCLT clears Vodafone-Idea merger: Sources

New Delhi: The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved the merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, sources told IANS on Thursday.

The clearance comes after the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) approved the merger last month.

Vodafone India and Aditya Birla Group-promoted Idea Cellular on March 20, 2017 announced their much-awaited amalgamation.

Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla will be the Non-Executive Chairman of the merged company, while the current Chief Operating Officer of Vodafone India, Balesh Sharma will become the Chief Executive.

Vodafone Idea is expected to have a subscriber base of over 400 million and become the country’s largest telecom operator.