Global Crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 47.74 per bbl on 19.07.2017

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$ 47.74 per barrel (bbl) on 19.07.2017. This was higher than the price of US$ 47.36 per bbl on previous publishing day of 18.07.2017.
In rupee terms, the price of Indian Basket increased to Rs. 3070.82 per bbl on 19.07.2017 as compared to Rs. 3046.92 per bbl on 18.07.2017. Rupee closed stronger at Rs. 64.32 per US$ on 19.07.2017 as compared to Rs. 64.33 per US$ on 18.07.2017. The table below gives details in this regard:

First meeting of Integrated Monitoring and Advisory Council (IMAC) held on 19th July 2017

Petroleum Minister chairs meet of apex body on “Roadmap to achieve 10% reduction in import dependency in O&G by 2021-22”

Importance of concerted and coordinated efforts by all Ministries, stressed upon

Energy Conservation and efficiency, Oil demand substitution, tapping Bio-fuels, waste to wealth etc. highlighted at meeting
Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan chaired the first meeting of apex body for policy formulation and implementation of ‘Roadmap to achieve target of 10 % reduction in import dependency in oil and gas by 2021-22 under an institutional mechanism ‘Integrated Monitoring and Advisory Council’ (IMAC) which was held on 19th July, 2017. 

Inclusion of more holidays in national calendar

The Government has received proposal to make Patriots Day, observed on 13th August, and Ningol Chakkouba, which coincides with Bhai Duj, as restricted holidays and include them in the National Calendar. 
As per existing policy, the Central Government administrative offices observe 17 holidays in a year.  Out of these 17 holidays, 14 are pre-notified, compulsory holidays, which include three National holidays, namely, Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.  The remaining three holidays are required to be selected, by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee (CGEWCC), functioning in respective states, from another list of 12 occasions.  In addition, individual employees are allowed two restricted holidays in a year to be selected from a notified list of such Restricted Holidays.

Reservation for sportspersons in services

As per extant instructions, Ministries and Departments can recruit meritorious sportspersons to Group ‘C’ posts under the Government of India up to 5% of the vacancies in any year subject to the condition that these including all other reservations do not exceed 50% of the total number of vacancies proposed to be filled up by direct recruitment.
Consolidated instructions on incentives for sportspersons including recruitment under sports quota have been issued vide Department of Personnel and Training’s OM No 14034/01/2013-Estt.(D) dated 3rd October 2013. At present no proposal to increase the quota is under consideration of the Government.

Appointments under Central Staffing Scheme

The Central Staffing Scheme (CSS), which is in operation for decades, provides a systematic arrangement for selection and appointment of eligible officers from the participating services at the level of Deputy Secretary, Director, Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary and Secretary in the Central Government. The appointment of officers from the participating services at the Centre is an ongoing process, which includes shift/elevation of officers from one Ministry/Department to another, due to empanelment, on administrative grounds, etc. During the last three years, 798 IAS officers and 578 Non-IAS officers were appointed under the CSS. 21 officers of the All India Services from Jharkhand cadre have been appointed during this period under the CSS. 

Incubation Centres in Universities

15 Technology Business Incubators (TBI) have been approved by this Ministry in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology (DST) in the year 2016 across various Centrally Funded Technical Institutions with 100% funding from DST. The DST has also supported 93 Technology Business Incubators and Science & Technology Entrepreneurs Parks in various universities/institutions.

Re-Evaluation Policy of CBSE

There have been some variations in totaling of marks during verifications of marks/scrutiny which have been communicated to the students and revised marks statement issued.  This year total No. of 106981 cases of Verification of Marks has been received in all the 10 Regions of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The said variations are due to totaling of marks, unassessed portion, transfer of marks from inside the answer book to the main cover page.
The orders of the Hon’ble Court have been complied by the CBSE for scrutiny of the answer scripts. A notice in this regard has been issued by the CBSE dated 28.06.2017.

Review of Deemed University Status

Presently, Institutions Deemed to be Universities are regulated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as per the provisions of UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2016. As per the Regulations, there is a provision for mandatory intensive external review of every Deemed to be University once in every five years based on the criteria prescribed by the UGC from time to time. Only those Institutions Deemed to be Universities are not reviewed by the UGC which are accredited with highest grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) or all their eligible Courses are accredited with highest grade by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) for two continuous cycles. The review of such Institutions Deemed to be Universities can be done by the Institution itself through external peer review mechanism. 

Bhagavad Gita in School Education

Content related to ‘Bhagavad Gita’ is already included in National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT)’s Class XII Sanskrit text book, namely, Shashwati, Part-II (Chapter IV: Karma Gauravam) since 2007-08. The National Curriculum Framework-2005 brought out by NCERT states that to strengthen our cultural heritage and national identity, the curriculum should enable the younger generation to reinterpret and re-evaluate the part with reference to new priorities and emerging outlooks of a changing societal context. The document further states that the cultural diversity of this land should continue to be treasured as our special attribute.

Bridging Gender Gap in IITS

Out of 2264 female candidates who were allotted seats in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in 2016, 848 joined IITs. The admission process for the current year is not over. To improve female enrolment in the B.Tech. Programmes in IITs, a Committee under the chairmanship of Director, IIT-Mandi was constituted by the Joint Admission Board (JAB) to suggest suitable measures. The report of the Committee was considered by the IIT Council in its 51st meeting held on 28.04.2017 and decided to increase female enrolment from the current 8% to 14% in 2018-19, 17% in 2019-20 and 20% in 2020-21 by creating supernumerary seats.

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