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National Sports Museum to be established in New Delhi

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is going to establish National Sports Museum, first of its kind, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The decision was taken three months back and after a series of meetings and his personal visits to several locations in the capital, the current venue for museum was finalized by the Sports Minister Shri Vijay Goel himself.

Shri Vijay Goel said, the Museum will showcase the India’s achievements in sports and also focus on the traditional sports within the country. He said, the aim of the Museum is to popularise the sports as a way of life within the country. Accordingly, the proposed Museum would go beyond the classical approach of a collection of memorabilia to become an interactive venue of interest for all age groups. In addition, Shri Goel said, it will display achievements of the Indian greats in sports and also act as an educational hub and offer opportunity for the young to delve into some sporting activity.

Shri Vijay Goel has appealed to all past and present sports persons and members of public to contribute any memorabilia held by them for permanent display in the National Sports Museum. He said such contribution will be recognized and acknowledged.

Shri Goel said that it is proposed that the Museum will have audio-visual display of rules and legacy events pertaining to various sports as part of education for the budding sportspersons, a well-equipped library of sports and physical fitness, painting gallery and amphitheater for screening of legacy matches/ contests/games is also planned.

He said, the Museum will also have a cafeteria, an activity zone, a souvenir/pro shop and a play area. It is proposed that the activities planned in various segments will include sporting activities, sports related computer games and kiosks selling sports memorabilia and sports equipment.

Shri Vijay Goel said the first phase for establishing the museum will commence soon as the idea has been transformed from concept to museum model stage by the experts.

Global Crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 50.56 per bbl on 22.08.2017

The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was US$ 50.56 per barrel (bbl) on 22.08.2017. This was lower than the price of US$ 50.97 per bbl on previous publishing day of 21.08.2017.

In rupee terms, the price of Indian Basket decreased to Rs. 3241.28 per bbl on 22.08.2017 as compared to Rs. 3263.64 per bbl on 21.08.2017. Rupee closed weaker at Rs. 64.11 per US$ on 22.08.2017 as compared to Rs. 64.03 per US$ on 21.08.2017. The table below gives details in this regard:

Particulars Unit Price on August 22, 2017 Previous trading day i.e. (21.08.2017)
Crude Oil (Indian Basket) ($/bbl)          50.56               (50.97)
(Rs/bbl)        3241.28          (3263.64)
Exchange Rate (Rs/$)          64.11             (64.03)



RG/SA Daily Crude Oil Price       

Terminal 2 of Delhi’s IGI Airport to be Operational From October

New Delhi, August 23: In view of the growing footfall at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, GMR Group-led Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) on Tuesday announced that it will expand the passenger handling capacity of two operational terminals which is believed to handle up to 119 million passengers. To make way for the T1 expansion project that starts next year in March, DIAL has asked airlines operating from T1 to partially shift their operations to T2 from October. DIAL also said that it would also recommission operations at terminal-2 and build a new runway by 2021. If you are planning to travel to Delhi or via Delhi to some other place, be ready for some confusion at your terminal as operations will see a shift from this October.

As of now, Delhi’s IGI has two operational terminals- T1 and T3. Operations at T2 were stopped in 2010. Out of the two, operations at T1 are beyond its capacity while T3 is also congested due to an increase in number of flights. The expansion activities are part of the master plan, which would be implemented in three phases starting from 2018-2021 period. This means that the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) will get a new integrated terminal like T3 by 2021, under the facility’s next phase of planned expansion. If reports are to be believed, the expansion will start next year and the airport will be expanded in three phases- phase 3A (2018-21), 3B (2021-25) and Phase 4 (2026 onwards).

Bawana bypoll: Voting begins on sluggish note

New Delhi, Aug 23 (PTI) Polling for the high-stakes Bawana bypoll in Delhi began at a slow pace, with a little over 5 per cent votes being cast in the first hour.

Voting began at 8 AM for the election, in which the BJP, the AAP and the Congress are locked in a triangular contest.

“EVM issues were faced at a couple of booths in the morning, but they were all fixed. Voting is going smoothly and about 5 per cent votes have been cast till 9 AM,” a senior polling official said.

Over 2.94 lakh electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in the bypoll in which EVMs equipped with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) are being used at all polling stations.

The Assembly seat that falls in the north-west Delhi area is reserved for the SC category.

Eight candidates are in the fray in the election that is being carried out through 379 polling stations. The counting will take place on August 28.

BTech and bust: Why Indians rush to be engineers when there are no jobs

Six lakh information technology professionals are expected to lose their jobs over the next two three years, according to a forecast by a leading head hunter. Studies suggest that almost half of those who graduate from the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) take their skills to work in financial markets and consulting.

Has the great engineering dream died?

The answer, experts say, depends on what the 1.5 million engineers graduating every year dream of.

Conversations with students, faculty members and higher education experts suggest students don’t always sign up for engineering courses just to become engineers and to start designing new engines for cars, extending the lifetime of a battery, building the next big software giant or taking part in the “Digital India” programme. Most of them simply want a job – any job, and given a choice, a job with the government.

When the news of IT sector layoffs reached Rohtak, Dharampal Dahiya, 19, didn’t care. He has finished his second year in civil engineering and has been preparing for competitive examinations to get a government job. That is all he wants. And so do most of his classmates.

Dahiya travels 30 km everyday from his village Sisana in Sonepat to Matu Ram Institute of Engineering and Management, a private college in Rohtak. His father, a farmer, didn’t want him to follow in his footsteps, for agriculture is no longer a profitable occupation. His parents enrolled him in an engineering college, as friends and relatives suggested a BTech will ensure a “stable career”.

Sandeep Malik’s story is not very different. The 26-year-old from Rohtak finished his BTech in 2013 and became the first engineer in his family. “I couldn’t clear the National Defence Academy exam after Class 12. With my BTech background, I can possibly get a technical entry in the defence sector.” Like Dahiya, Malik took up engineering primarily to get a government job.

Their aspirations mirror that of India’s youth at large: the latest CSDS-KAS Youth Study, released in April 2017, found that 65% of Indian youth would prefer a government job; just 7% wished for a job in the private sector. The lure of a government job is obvious: job security, allowances and better pay at the entry level.

But how valuable is an engineering degree for a government job?

In retrospection, Malik says “not much”, as he explains the economics: “Engineering education costs around Rs 60,000 per year; a BA costs Rs 4,000-10,000. So you are spending four years, and around Rs 2.4 lakhs to get a BTech degree. BA is significantly cheaper and saves you a whole year, meaning additional time for preparation.”

Dahiya and Malik went to one of the thousands of private colleges that have sprung up in the country to fulfil the demand of engineering education. 3,288 engineering colleges exist under the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), more than double from the 1,511 colleges ten years ago.

On the other extreme, lie the IITs, the best that the country has to offer. But apart from the coveted civil services examinations, government jobs hardly figure on the list an IIT undergraduate.

Means to an end

Engineers graduate every year in India as opposed to 95,000 in the United States 40%

Days After Utkal Tragedy, Kaifiyat Express Gets Derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya, 74 Injured

Lucknow, Aug 23: 74 persons were left injured on Wednesday morning as 10 coaches and the engine of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express got derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh. As per the latest information, a relief train and the NDRF have reached the accident spot and the rescue operation has been concluded. Notably, this is the second rail accident in the state in four days.

Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar has been quoted as saying by ANIthat the rescue operation is over. He confirmed that 74 passengers have received minor injuries out of which four are critical and two have been referred to Etawah and two to Saifai. He also said that eight coaches of the train number got derailed out of which one overturned while claiming that no casualties have been reported as of yet. (ALSO READ: 23 Dead as 14 Coaches of Utkal Exp Derails in UP)

The rail traffic on Auraiya-Delhi-Howrah route has been affected due to the derailment of Kaifiyat Express in Auraiya. Over 40 trains have reportedly been cancelled or diverted.