Daily Archive: March 6, 2019

Misinformation Being Spread About Level-1 Results of Railway Recruitment Board

Misinformation Being Spread About Level-1 Results of Railway Recruitment Board

For Level 1 results, no new method of result preparation was introduced

As per Centralised Employment Notification, marks secured by candidates are subjected to normalization

On normalisation, marks secured by a candidate can become more than the total marks of the exam paper

This method of normalisation is being followed for nearly 19 years now, since 2000

RRBs had invited online applications against Centralized Employment Notification (CEN) No. 02/2018, published by RRBs on 10.02.2018, for a total 62,907 vacancies. Record number of 1,89,78,913 online applications were received. World’s largest Computer Based Test was successfully conducted on 51days from 17.09.2018 to 17.12.2018 in 152 shifts.The result of the above Computer Based Test was announced on 04.03.2019.

Para-7 under the Head “Important Instructions” of the Centralized Employment Notification(CEN) 02/2018, it has been stated that marks secured by the candidates would be subjected to normalization.

Now large number of candidates have represented on the result declared by RRBs and the method adopted for the same. For the above Computer Based Test no new method of preparation of result has been introduced.  The short listing of candidates has been done purely on candidate’s merit and by the following time tested method of normalization:-

Normalized Score for a candidate (Xn)

Xn=(S2/S1)*(X-Xav)+Yav, where

S2 Standard Deviation (SD) of the shift with the Highest Average Score taken as base for normalization
S1 Standard Deviation for the shift whose marks are to be normalized (to be scaled to S2)
X Raw score of the candidate
Xav Simple average of the Shift
Yav Average corresponding to shift with highest Average (taken as base for normalization)


All RRB examinations/Computer Based Test held since 2000 have followed this normalization method.

It is not uncommon that on normalization, marks secured by a candidate would go more than the total marks of the exam paper.  In the previous examinations of RRBs, there have been instances where normalized marks of candidates were more than the total marks. In CEN-02/2018 results there is nothing unusual because raw marks secured by the candidates are crucial indetermining their normalized marks.

The maximum normalized marks of any candidate in Level-1 (CEN-02/2018) Computer Based Test(CBT) is 126.13.  Any other marks higher than this, is pure concoction.

Before publication of results, all candidates were made privy to the Question Papers, Master Answer Key and their own evaluated answer sheet.  The ‘Objection tracker’ was accessible to candidates from 14th January 2019 to 20th January 2019.  During this 1.58 lakh candidates submitted their objections which were considered and reviewed.

It may be noted that in addition to 1.5 lakh jobs, Railways will also be recruiting 2.3 lakh more people over next two years. Taken together with the ongoing process, the total number will be a 4 lakh jobs by Indian Railways.


7th March 2019 to be celebrated as ‘JanaushadhiDiwas’ across India

7th March 2019 to be celebrated as ‘JanaushadhiDiwas’ across India

Over 5050 Janaushadhi stores functional across 652 districts in the country

Each block in the country to have a PMBJP Kendra by 2020: Shri Mansukh Mandaviya

“With the initiative of Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in the direction of making quality healthcare affordable for all, the Government has taken important steps to make affordable and quality generic medicines popular among the people through Pradhan MantriBhartiyaJanaushadhiPariyojana (PMBJP)”, said Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Road Transport & Highways, Shipping while addressing the media here today.

The Minister informed thatfor providing further impetus & creating awareness about use of generic medicines, it has been decided to celebrate 7th March 2019 as ‘JanaushadhiDiwas’ across India. Hon’ble Prime Minister will interact with owners of JanaushadhiKendras and beneficiaries of the scheme across the country through video conference at 1:00 pm on 7th March, 2019. Talking about the future course of development, Shri Mandaviya added that with this pace of progress, all blocks in the country would have atleast 1 PMBJP Kendra by 2020.

Citing Prime Minister’svision thatno poor person should die due to non-availability of good quality affordable medicines in the country, Shri Mandaviya said that with developments likemore and more doctors prescribing generic medicines and opening of over 5050Janaushadhistores across 652 districts, awareness and availability of high quality affordable generic medicines has increasedin the country. About 10-15 lakh people benefit from Janaushadhi medicines per day andthe market share of generic medicines has grownover three foldfrom 2% to 7%in last 3 years, the Minister added.

Shri Mandaviya said that health is one of the most important part of development and this Government has been incessantly working to ensure quality healthcare affordable for all, through schemes like Ayushman Bharat, PMBJP among others.The Janaushadhi medicines have played a big role in bringing down the out of pocket expenditure of patients suffering from life threatening diseases in India. The PMBJP scheme has led to total savings of approximately Rs.1000 crores for common citizens, as these medicines are cheaper by 50% to 90% of average market price.

Secretary, Pharmaceuticals, Shri J.P. Prakash in his opening remarks informed that as part of the celebrations of Janaushadhi Diwas tomorrow, programmeswould be organized at all PMBJP Kendras to increase the awareness about the scheme. These programmes would witness participation of doctors, health experts, NGOs and beneficiaries, which would help in spreading awareness about the scheme to common masses.

CEO, Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI), Shri Sachin Kumar Singh, said that the PMBJP is also providing a good source of self-employment with self-sustainable and regular earnings. Average sales per store per month has grown to Rs 1.50 lakhs (including OTC & other products) as per a survey conducted by the BPPI, which implements the scheme. Four big warehouses Delhi, Guwahati, Bengaluru, Chennai have been opened so as to ensure adequate availability of Janaushadhi medicines at all PMBJP kendras.

Shri Singh also displayed a wide range of affordable quality health products already launched under the PMBJP Scheme and available at PMBJP Kendras. This included Jan AushadhiSuvidhaOxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkins at Rs. 2.50 per piece; JanAushahiSwabhiman at Rs. 140 for a pack of 5 Adult Diapers;Jan AushahdiBachpan at Rs 20 only for a pack of 5 baby diapers; Jan Aushadhi Ankur pregnancy test kits at Rs 20; Jan AushadhiUrja Energy Drink at Rs. 35 for a300 gm pack, among others.



Govt issues model guidelines for Development & Regulation of Retirement Homes

Govt issues model guidelines for Development & Regulation of Retirement Homes

Elderly Friendly Design, Gas Leak Detection Systems, Power Back Up facilities in Corridors, Lobby, Lifts & Apartments.

Compliance with Green Building Principles & Use of Non-Polluting & Renewable Energy

24×7 Water & Electricity Supply, Hygiene, Indoor & Outdoor Recreation Facilities, Security & Housekeeping, Single Window Facilities & Helpdesk, Transportation Assistance, Yoga & Fitness Facilities, Care Giving Facilities, etc.

24×7 On-site Ambulance Service, Mandatory Tie up with nearest Hospitals & Pharmacy, Medical Emergency Room, Regular Medical Check-Up of Residents

Customised Services over & above Basic Common Services also prescribed

Retirement homes to be Friendly for differently Abledprovision of Lifts, Signage & Signalling systems mandatory

Sh Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State(I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs has informed that the model guidelines for development and Regulation of Retirement Homes which have been prepared by his Ministry prescribe an elderly friendly built environment, physical standards and specifications. Providing details of the guidelines he informed that the Model Guidelines address the special needs and protect the rights of senior citizens and retirees living in Retirement Homes who aspire to spend their retired life independently in a safe, secure and dignified environment.  The Guidelines provide option to senior citizens and family members, who are willing and can afford to purchase a living space for their parents. The guidelines states that:


  • Retirement Homes should be aligned with the Principles, Guidelines, Norms etc. as prescribed in ‘National Building Code’ (NBC), ‘Model Building Bye Laws’ and ‘Harmonized Guidelines and Space Standards for Barrier Free Built Environment for persons with Disability and Elderly Persons’.
  • Elderly friendly built environment like lifts with audio and visual signage and signalling systems, wheel chair accessibility, mandatory ramps, design of spaces to enable barrier free movement, anti-skid tiles in bathrooms and stairs, elderly friendly design of door-knobs, hand rails, furniture, etc., kitchens with gas leak detection systems, power back up facilities in corridors, lobby, lifts and apartments.
  • Compliance with Green Building Principles as provided in Model Building Bye Laws and use of non-polluting and renewable energy.
  • Provision of common basic services like 24X7 water and electricity supply, maintenance of proper hygiene, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, security and housekeeping, single window facilities and helpdesk, transportation assistance, yoga and fitness facilities, care giving facilities, etc.
  • Provision of basic medical, safety and security services like 24×7 on-site ambulance service, mandatory tie up with emergency facilities with the nearest hospitals and pharmacy, medical emergency room, regular medical check-up of residents, emergency alarm systems, trained and skilled security personnel, CCTV cameras in common areas, prior police verification of all the personnel deployed in the Retirement Homes.
  • Customised services over and above the basic common services like internal and external housekeeping, managing dining services, assistance with legal services, etc., if required by the residents has also been prescribed.


From approximately 7.6 crore in 2001, the number of senior citizens in India, has increased to 10.4 crore in 2011.  This number is expected to grow to 17.3 crore by 2025 and about 24 crores by 2050.  By the end of the century, senior citizens will constitute nearly 34 percent of the total population of the country.The salient features of these Model Guidelines are:


  • Keeping in view the requirement of independent lifestyle choice, these Guidelines provides that any person can buy such apartments but has to be solely used by a senior citizen.
  • Resident of Retirement Homes will be any person who is 60 years of age or above.
  • Promoter/ Developer can build and manage the Retirement Homes or engage a ‘Service Provider’ or ‘Retirement Home Operator’ for management of Retirement Homes.  Such Service Providers will be required to be registered with appropriate State Authorities.
  • building category under ‘Residential’ land use in respective Master/Zonal/Local Area Plans, determination of requirement of land as per demand survey, indicative size of dwelling unit ranging from 30 sq.mt to 60 sq.mt., Group Housing norms in hilly and plain areas with minimum plot sizes of 1,500 sq.mt and 3,000 sq.mt respectively, open space up to 65% of the site area, minimum 15 sq.mt. per 25 Dwelling Units (DUs) space standards for medical emergency room. Flexibility is given to States/UTs to modify the planning norms as per the local geographical and other related parameter.
  • To encourage participation of promoter/ developer and financial institutions to develop such projects enhanced Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is proposed.


Transparency in fund utilisation


  • Provision of a twofold mechanism in the form of refundable Interest Free Maintenance Security Deposit (IFMS) and Maintenance Charges. IFMS to be paid by the Allottee which is refundable within a maximum period of three months from the date of refund application. Maintenance Charges to be paid by the resident on lump-sum or monthly/ quarterly/ yearly instalments on mutually agreed terms.


Regulation of Retirement Homes


  • Retirement Home apartments can only be sold after registration under the respective Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) of the States/Union Territories. To protect the rights of the residents a list of ‘Basic Rights of the Allottee/Resident of a Retirement Home’ has been stipulated.
  • The Model Guidelines provides for disclosure of technical skill of the Service Provider at the time of executing the ‘Agreement to Sale’ in the form of a ‘Tri-Partite Agreement’ to be executed among the Developer, Service Provider /Retirement Home Operators and Allottee.
  • To ensure implementation of the Guidelines, a Task Force for constant dialogue with States/UTs and other stakeholders will be set by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).
  • Setting up of appropriate Monitoring Committees by the State/UT Authorities for timely implementation of all applicable laws, regulations, rules and guidelines governing the Retirement Homes, under the supervision of MoHUA.
  • The Model Guidelines will encourage inclusive growth wherein States/UTs are required to review and align their policies and regulations and institutionalise appropriate mechanisms on Retirement Homes.
  • The Model Guidelines will enable all States/UTs to align their policies and regulations in line with these Model Guidelines to ensure the protection of rights of the senior citizens and promote a dignified life after retirement.  The implementation of these Guidelines will boost investment in the Retirement Home segment, contribute in employment generation in service sector industries associated with Retirement Homes.

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Uttar Pradesh to get Highways Projects Worth Over Rs one Lakh Crore

Uttar Pradesh to get Highways Projects Worth Over Rs one Lakh Crore

Shri Rajnath Singh to Inaugurate and Lay Foundation Stones for 80 Projects Including Lucknow-Kanpur Expressway Tomorrow

Will Also Inaugurate/ Lay Foundation for Namami Gange Projects Worth Nearly Rs Two Thousand Crore in The State

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for National Highways projects worth Rs 1,10,154 crore in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow. He will also inaugurate/lay foundation stone for several works under Namami Gange programme worth over Rs 1969.57 crore there tomorrow. The Minister will be accompanied by Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.


The National Highways to be inaugurated include four-laning of Lucknow-Sultanpur section on NH-56, four-laning of Kursi Road–Ayodhya Road section of Lucknow ring road, four-laning of Ghaghra Bridge to Budhanpur section on NH-233, widening to two-lane with paved shoulders of Sonoli-Gorakhpur section on NH-29E, widening to two-lane with paved shoulders of Barabanki-Jarwal Road Junction on NH-28C, widening to two-lane with paved shoulders of Rudauli-Basti section on NH-233, widening to two-lane with paved shoulders of 55 kms section on NH-730A, widening to two-lane with paved shoulders of Pilibhit-Puranpur section on NH-730, widening to two-lane with paved shoulders of Puranpur-Khutar section on NH-730, and reconstruction and upgradation of Sisiya-Nanpara section on NH-730.


Shri Rajnath Singh will lay the foundation stone for construction of Lucknow-Kanpur Expressway. Other projects include construction of flyover at IIM crossing, construction of Ghazipur-Phephna-Majhighat road on NH-31A, construction of flyovers, bypasses, FOBs, underpasses for road safety on different highways, construction of four lane Mathura-Hathras-Badaun road on NH-530B, construction of four lane Aligarh-Kanpur road in five packages on NH-91, construction of four lane Unnao-Lalganj road on NH-232A, and widening to six lanes of Chakeri (Kanpur)-Prayagraj road on NH-2. He will also lay the foundation stone for construction of Amethi Bypass and widening and construction of important sections of highways in the State. Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for various projects will be initiated on the occasion.


The Minister will also inaugurate several projects under Namami Gange programme, including laying of sewerage network of 214.88 km in Prayagraj at a cost of Rs 260.86 crore, laying of sewerage network of 69 km including 2 STPs of 9MLD capacity in Garh Mukteshwar at a cost of Rs 46.51 crore, laying of sewerage network of 98.5 km and 13 MLD STP works in Kannauj at a cost of Rs 80.66 crore, and laying of sewerage network of 21.03 km and 4MLD STP in Bulandshahr at a cost of Rs 48.45 crore. In all these projects, sewerage will be collected from households and will be lifted to STPs directly.


Foundation stones will be laid for many projects on the main stem of river Ganga, Yamuna, Gomati, Ramganga and Kali. These include interception and diversion (I&D) of drains and 17 MLD STP in Mirzapur, I&D of drains and 17 MLD STP in Ghazipur, and I&D of drains and 35 MLD STPs in Farrukhabad on river Ganga with a total STP capacity of 73 MLD and project cost of Rs 419.36 crore. On Yamuna, the projects include I&D of drains and 21 MLD STP in Etawah and I&D of drains in Ferozabad with total STP Capacity of 21 MLD and project cost of Rs 191.68 crore. At Gomati, I&D of drains and 30 MLD STPs in Jaunpur, I&D of drains and 7 MLD STP in Sultanpur and I&D of drains and 40 MLD STP as well as rehabilitation of 42 MLD STP in Lucknow with total STP Capacity of 87 MLD and project cost of Rs 568.93 crore. Apart from these, foundation stones will bew laid for I&D of drains and 63 MLD STPs in Barelli along river Ramganga and I&D of drains and 15 MLD STP in Kasganj along river Kali.



Smt. Maneka Gandhi felicitates ‘Web Wonder Women’  

The Ministry of Women and Child Development hosted a felicitation event for Web Wonder Women, a campaign organised to celebrate the exceptional achievements of women, who have been driving social reforms via social media. As many as 30 women, who were selected after an extensive research process, were honoured by the Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in New Delhi, on 6th March, 2019.

Organised in collaboration with Twitter India and Breakthrough India, the event aimed to recognise the fortitude of Indian women stalwarts from across the globe who have used the power of social media to run positive campaigns to steer a change in society.

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“Women online, though niche, are a very powerful voice. #WebWonderWomen was a campaign to recognise, honour and encourage such voices that have in their own capacity driven a positive impact on social media platforms,” said Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development.

The WCD Minister, along with a panel of 10 judges, finalised the names of 30 women who have impacted and influenced society through social media. The women were selected from over 240 nominations received under the categories media, awareness, legal, health, governmental, food, environment, development, business and art.

On 8th March, the Ministry honours women who have contributed to society but have remained unsung with the Nari Shakti Puruskar, which is conferred by the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Along with these Puruskars, the Ministry  started a new system of recognising women who have broken the glass ceiling and ventured into unusual fields. In 2018, the Ministry hosted ‘First Ladies’, a first-of-its-kind Government initiative to felicitate exceptional women who were the first to set a milestone in their respective fields. In 2015, the Ministry had collaborated with Facebook to recognise ‘100 Women Achievers’ who have excelled in diverse sectors of public work. These women were hosted by His Excellency the President of India. Web Wonder Women’ is the third leg of the ‘Women Achievers’ campaign of the Ministry.

Click here for the Awardees’ profile.