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Ministry of Railways reforms recruitment process through induction of digital technology

Ministry of Railways reformed its recruitment process through induction of digital technology in a big way. This has brought transparency & efficiency.

Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) have conducted the world’s largest computer based test for about 92 lakh candidates. This examination was conducted in 351 cities across India, including remote areas like North East, Kashmir Valley, Lakshadweep & Andaman Islands.

Pursuing PM’s vision of Digital India, 2nd stage written test and 3rd stage Aptitude (Psycho) test for Assistant Station Masters and Typing Skill Test for Ministerial posts have also been conducted in Computer based manner for 45,989 candidates across India.

Computer based Test for Aptitude (Psycho) Test and Typing Skill Test is another major initiative as it has been attempted for the first time in history. Due to this land mark digital transformation, both these tests could be completed in one day each, whereas in conventional mode these would have taken about 2 months time. This has resulted in substantial saving of time and resources.

New smartphone app to detect fake products

London, July 07 : A smartphone app that can detect counterfeit goods – from medicines to car parts – with 100 per cent accuracy may be available to the consumers by next year, researchers say.

Every year, imports of counterfeited and pirated goods around the world cost nearly USD 0.5 trillion in lost revenue, researchers said.

Counterfeit medicines alone cost the industry over USD 200 billion every year. They are also dangerous to our health – around a third contain no active ingredients, resulting in a million deaths a year, they said.

Now, researchers at Lancaster University in the UK believe we are nearing a future without fakes, thanks to new quantum technology they have developed.

The technology will make counterfeiting impossible, they said.

“It is wonderful to be on the front line, using scientific discovery in such a positive way to wage war on a global epidemic such as counterfeiting, which ultimately costs both lives and livelihoods alike,” said Robert Young, Professor at Lancaster University.

The researchers have created unique atomic-scale ID’s based on the irregularities found in two-dimensional (2D) materials like graphene.

On an atomic scale, quantum physics amplifies these irregularities, making it possible to ‘fingerprint’ them in simple electronic devices and optical tags.

The new technology works via a smartphone app which can read whether a product is real or fake, and enable people to check the authenticity of a product through their smartphones.

The customer will be able to scan the optical tag on a product with a smartphone, which will match the 2D tag with the manufacturer’s database.

This has the potential to eradicate product counterfeiting and forgery of digital identities, two of the costliest crimes in the world today, researchers said.

This patented technology and the related application can be expected to be available to the public in the first half of 2018, and its potential to fit on any surface or any product allows the technology to be used worldwide, they said.

Revised MRP stickers on pre-July stocks allowed till 30 Sept: Ram Vilas Paswan

New Delhi: In a big relief to manufacturers with huge pre-July stock lying in the supply chain, the government on Friday clarified that putting stickers with revised prices on packages will not breach any rules, which was a major concern for businesses in the past few days.

Consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters here that the decision of the legal metrology division in the ministry has been communicated to all chief ministers and urged them to set up help lines to address consumer grievances during the transition to goods and service tax (GST).

“The sticker mentioning revised price shall not overwrite the original MRP,” Paswan said, adding that stickers are allowed till 30 September. Goods sold after that have to print prices with GST on packages, the minister explained.

Many companies in the last few days had expressed the concern that putting stickers with revised price will be against the legal metrology rules relating to packaged commodities, that is in force from 2011. “Stickers with revised prices will not breach any law. Businesses and traders have to pass on all benefits to consumers,” said Paswan.