Cabinet meeting to consider hike in dearness allowance postponed to next week

The meeting of the Union Cabinet, which was scheduled to consider a 7 per cent hike in dearness
allowance to 80 lakh central government employees and pensioners, has been put off to next week.

"The Cabinet, CCEA (Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs) and CCI (Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure) meetings scheduled for Friday, have been postponed," an official announcement said.

Cabinet meetings usually take place on Thursdays, but they have been postponed apparently in view of the rapid political developments in the aftermath of the government's decision to hike diesel prices and operationalise its earlier move to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi- brand retail.

Increasing DA from 65 per cent to 72 per cent to provide relief to 50 lakh central government employees and 30 lakh pensioners was on the agenda of the meeting. It is now likely to be taken up next week.

Once approved, the hike in dearness allowance will be effective from July 1, 2012, and the employees would be entitled to arrears from that date.

The additional burden on exchequer on account of increase in DA would be around 5,000 crore for the eight-month period between July, 2012 and February, 2013. It will be Rs. 7,400 crore for the full financial year.

The government had last increased DA in March this year from 58 per cent to 65 per cent, which was effective from January 1, 2012.

The government periodically hikes the DA, which is linked to consumer price index for industrial workers.

The consumer price index (CPI) based on movement in retail prices, soared to 10.03 per cent in August, from 9.86 per cent in July.

7% DA hike likely for central govt employees


New Delhi: The central government is likely to hike dearness allowance from 65 percent to 72 percent, benefiting about 50 lakh of its employees and 30 lakh pensioners, on Friday.

"The proposal to increase dearness allowance (DA) by 7 percent of the basic pay is scheduled to come up for consideration of the Union Cabinet on Friday," a source said.

The hike, once approved, will be effective from July 1, 2012, and the employees would be entitled for arrears from this date.

The government had increased DA last in March this year from 58 percent to 65 percent, which was effective from January 1, 2012.

The government periodically hikes the DA, which is linked to consumer price index for industrial workers. The CPI is hovering around 10 percent.
Source - Zee News

Good experiment for working out right combination: Dhoni



Despite suffering a five-wicket loss to Pakistan in the World T20 warm-up match on Monday, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not complaining, and said that his side got the chance to test which combination would be the right one for the tournament proper, starting from Tuesday .

"It was a good test for the main tournament and it was a good game. We could test which combination would be the best for the tournament," Dhoni said after his side lost the practice match at the R Premadasa Stadium.

"We bowled well in the last few overs though I felt we gave too many runs with the new ball by our fast bowlers. But apart from that it was a good game for all of us," he added.

India had beaten Sri Lanka in an earlier warm-up match after the two practice games, and Dhoni indicated that his side would stick to the seven-batsmen-four-bowler combination in the tournament.

YouTube blocked in Pakistan for not removing anti-Islam film


YouTube blocked in Pakistan for not removing anti-Islam film

New Delhi: The Pakistan government has blocked popular video-sharing website YouTube for not removing a film made in the United States which mocks the Prophet Mohammad and has enraged the Islamic world. The website will remain suspended till the anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, is removed.

"Blasphemous content will not be accepted at any cost," Prime Minister Raza Parvez Ashraf's office said in a statement.

Attempts to access YouTube met with a message saying the website had been classed as containing "indecent material" and was blocked on the orders of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA).

According to a statement issued by the PTA, around 700 links of the anti-Islam film had already been blocked after several complaints were received. "Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has proactively blocked and vigorously preventing all access to anti-Islamic video placed on worldwide web via YouTube with the name of Innocence of Muslims," the statement said.

Rallies across Pakistan over the film intensified today, with thousands taking to the streets, burning US flags and an effigy of President Barack Obama.
About 800 people demonstrated in the north-western town of Warai, in Upper Dir district, setting fire to a magistrate's house and the local press club before a protester was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Another demonstrator died after being shot in the head during clashes with police near the US consulate in Karachi on Sunday.

This country is male make-up capital of the world



Seoul: Cho Won-hyuk stands in front of his bedroom mirror and spreads dollops of yellow-brown makeup over his forehead, nose, chin and cheeks until his skin is flawless. Then he goes to work with a black pencil, highlighting his eyebrows until they're thicker, bolder.

"Having a clean, neat face makes you look sophisticated and creates an image that you can handle yourself well," the 24-year-old college student said. "Your appearance matters, so when

I wear makeup on special occasions, it makes me more confident."

Cho's meticulous efforts to paint the perfect face are not unusual in South Korea. This socially conservative, male-dominated country, with a mandatory two-year military conscription for men, has become the male makeup capital of the world.

IT demand in an economic slowdown

N Chandrasekaran, CEO of TCS, has often pointed out to the folly of looking at GDP growth rate of a region to assess the demand for IT services. The IT investment decision of a specific company is driven by its own specific needs. For example, a company might be based in Europe, but might want to expand in other, more robust markets. The key is to talk to the customer.

Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-chairman of Infosys makes a similar point in an interview with Business Standard today. He says he expects the period of slow growth to last upto three years or even more. It’s strategy:

In the short term, we have to focus on specific deals and specific customers. And, whatever we are doing in the strategy side will take medium to long-term to fructify. We have gone through our 3.0 strategy and I am confident this is the right strategy in the medium to long term. We are investing into new markets. We are investing into building our client relationships. Recently, we have announced a position called ‘client partner’ to manage large accounts.

City sports today


Cricket: TNCA round-robin u-16 tournament, City-I vs. Districts-I (Murugappa), City-IV vs. Districts-II (CPT-IP, turf), first day, 9.30 a.m.; R.T. Parthsarathy trophy u-19, City vs. Combined Districts, day two, VB Nest, 9.30 a.m.
Football: TFA Shield All-India tournament, Indian Bank vs. President’s XI (4 p.m.), Pune FC vs. AG’s Office (6 p.m.), Nehru Stadium
Source - The Hindu

Apple: iPhone 5 pre-orders topped 2M in 24 hours

Apple on Monday said iPhone 5 preorders topped 2 million in 24 hours -- more than double the amount of preorders it had for the iPhone 4S.

The company said that because demand exceeds initial supply, some pre-orders will be delivered in October although most will be delivered this Friday.

Also on Monday AT&T, said it set a sales record for the iPhone 5, with customers ordering more of them than any previous iPhone model on the first day of preorders and over the weekend.

Already, there is a small group of people lining up outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in Manhattan in anticipation of being one of the first to snag a phone when it goes on sale at retailers on Friday.

Among them is Apple fan Jessica Mellow, 27, who says she has been camping out for iPhone 5 since Thursday. She is a veteran Apple camper, having logged more than two weeks waiting for the iPhone 4s. "If we just wanted the phone we could have ordered it online," she said on Monday. "It's more about camping out. It's a cool experience. Meeting new people. That's the best part."

Modi turns 62 today; to spend his day campaigning

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, who turns 62 on Monday, will keep himself busy campaigning for the upcoming polls in the state, BJP sources said. Modi will be visiting Rajkot for Vivekananda Youth Convention, where he will be addressing more than 14,000 youths in the morning, they said.
Modi will start his Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra from Ambaji in the afternoon, where BJP President Nitin Gadkari will also remain present.

On his last birthday, Modi had launched his Sadbhavna Mission fasts, after the Supreme Court-appointed SIT gave him a clean chit in the 2002 post-Godhra Gulbarg Society massacre case.

The Gujarat assembly polls are due to be held by the year end and Modi is seeking his fourth straight term.
Source - Hindustan Times

NITs for innovative approach to address faculty shortage issue

NEW DELHI: Facing faculty shortage, National Institutes of Technology (NITs) have decided to find out innovative approaches to address the issue. 

In a step towards realising the recommendations of the Ramaswami committee, NITs have also sought for greater interface with the industry, sources said. 

At the NIT council meeting chaired by human resource development minister Kapil Sibal, it was decided on greater interface with the industry to meet the future goals and aspirations of these premier institutes. 

While endorsing the Ramaswami committee recommendations last year, the NIT Council had deliberated upon on various policy issues plaguing the NIT system in relation to the appointment of faculty and non-faculty staff, and career advancement scheme in respect of teaching staff. 

It was decided that four-tier flexible system for faculty appointment, as existing in the IIT system, be introduced in NITs as well.
Source - Times of India

Degree VS Diploma

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It is being increasingly felt that both a degree and diploma should be given equal importance, writes Sonam Mathur

While society still holds a traditional degree in higher esteem over a diploma programme, times are changing and students have more options to choose from. Despite this conventional belief, some of the reputed institutes in the country, such as the IIMs and NID, are offering diploma programmes as well. According to Pradyumna Vyas, director,National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, "There is a social hierarchy when it comes to a degree vs diploma, which should be done away with. Both should be given equal weighting." He adds that NID is vying for the status of centre of excellence, which will allow it to offer more variety in different level courses for students.

But this does not imply a change in the curriculum, he adds that a diploma should not be undermined because a well-designed diploma curriculum plays a key factor in developing the skill-sets of an individual and is a value addition to one's qualification. Raj N Bakshi, director, The English and Foreign Languages University, Lucknow, says, "Whether a degree or a diploma, it's always the curriculum, course design and the quality of education provided by an institute that matters the most. There are several parameters to define quality education, among which the three that I feel are most important include the syllabus, faculty and a wellequipped library. There are many universities, which confer a degree but lack these essentials."

CAT abilities

With the countdown to the CAT 2012 examination reaching its final few weeks, students taking the examination need to ensure that their preparations are up to the mark. Here are a few lastminute tips for students:
Know what you know, know what you do not. My advice would be to individually audit your solving skills in each question category of the exam. While doing this, focus on how good your conceptual understanding is of each question. Also, try to find out how you solve questions within the given time. Make sure that you solve questions of each category of questions across all sections of the exam. The ability audit break-up should be based on the following indicators:

Quantitative aptitude:

Block 1 (Number systems and progressions ) Block 2 (Averages and alligations) Block 3 (Percentages, ratio and proportions , time and work, time, speed and distance) Block 4 (Geometry and mensuration ) Block 5 (Functions, inequalities , logs and quadratic equations) Block 6 (Permutations and combinations , probability, set theory)

Logical reasoning:

Break down the exam into various question types and evaluate your ability to solve each question type. English: Break the questions into the following question categories: i) Antonyms, synonyms, word usage , idioms and phrasal verbs based questions ii) Sentence level questions - fill in the blanks; facts, inferences and judgments iii) Paragraph level questions - critical reasoning, paragraph jumbles, close tests iv) Passage level questions - reading comprehension When you do this, the crucial question you need to ask yourself would be: 'Given 100 questions in say Block 1 in quantitative aptitude, how many would you be able to solve?' If your answer is: 90+: You not only know that question type/portion well, but also have a strong belief in your ability to solve these questions. The only suggestion I can give you would be to revise each question from the question category . 75-90 : You have a strong ability but it has not been converted to a strong belief. You might need to solve few more questions to fine tune your solving processes for the question type.

The writer is the author of books & preparatory aids on CAT introduced by Tata McGraw Hill Education
Source - Times Of India

Center for Environment Education organizes citizens' opinion poll on biodiversity

AHMEDABAD: To mark the World Wide Views Day on September 15, Center for Environment Education (CEE) organized citizens' meet in the city on issue related to biodiversity, the 2012 theme for the day. Similar meets were also organized in Delhi, Chennai and Bhubaneshwar on the same day.

"More than 110 participants from cross sections of society participated in the event and expressed their opinions on biodiversity. Participants included fishermen, farmers, pastoralists, naturopaths, housewives, auto drivers, doctors, slum dwellers and planners from institutes such as CEPT and NID. GEER Foundation director Bharat Pathak, and and CEE director Kartikeya Sarabhai were present in the session," said a CEE official. The official said results from the exercise will be collected, analyzed and presented at UN Convention on Biodiversity, COP-11 to be held at Hyderabad in October. Questions such as, what should come first - economic interest or establishing protected areas and should there be a treaty to conserve biodiversity of high sea, rights of the pastoralists and fringe workers were discussed.
Source - Times Of India

British Council launched a new English testing tool

NEW DELHI: British Council launched APTIS, a new global English test on Friday. Aptis is a global English assessment tool designed for organisations and institutions.

This is the first major international English test that integrates computer, telephone and pen and paper delivery to allow candidates to sit the test through one or more of channels; conducting it from many locations around the world through computers and face-to-face interactions.

Aptis has been built on a new interactive platform; a fully integrated test development, management, delivery, monitoring and reporting system, which offers results within 24 hours.

Candidates can also access Aptis from remote locations around the world even with limited internet connectivity, allowing many more organisations and individuals to develop relationships with the English language.

This is a business-to-business English assessment service available to organisations not individuals, and is the latest edition to the British Council's English and examinations portfolio of products, allowing the council to offer a complete solution for organisations' English development needs.

Mark Walker, director of exams at the British Council said: "Aptis will allow organisations to effectively and easily assess the English language levels that are relevant to their requirements."

Rob Lynes, director of the British Council in India said: "English has been at the heart of the British Council's cultural relations work since 1943. Our work in English creates opportunities for millions of people around the world through education, mobility and international engagement. We work across a wide range of English teaching, learning and assessment services, as well as with ministries of education to improve the English language teaching in education institutions around the world."

Aptis is a flexible and adaptable English test for adults, which can be used to assess ability in all four English skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). It can also be customised to test one or more specific skills, which allows organisations to test the skills relevant to their needs. The content of the test can be adapted to suit a specific domain, such as for teaching or travel and tourism, as well customised to suit specific cultural contexts and variants of English.

The innovative marking system of the language test is task-based rather than test-based. This means in one task several people in different locations around the world mark different items within the test, all through the online platform.

This new test complements existing language tests such as IELTS - the high-stakes test which the British Council jointly owns with Cambridge ESOL and IDP: IELTS Australia.

Gate Online Application Form 2013

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Gate 2013 Notification

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Date of commencement of online application: 1st Sep 2012
Last date of registration: 30th Sep 2012
Online examination: 20th Jan 2013
Offline examination: 10th Feb 2013
Date of announcement of result: 15th March 2013

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Mamata Banerjee likely to withdraw ministers from UPA: Sources to NDTV

Mamata Banerjee likely to withdraw ministers from UPA: Sources to NDTV
New Delhi/Kolkata: Sources have told NDTV that Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to withdraw her ministers from the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre over the introduction of Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail and hike in diesel prices. The Trinamool Congress is now likely to give only outside support to the ruling coalition, sources added. Ms Banerjee will hold a meeting with her party's top brass on Tuesday to take a final decision.

The Trinamool Congress has six ministers at the Centre and 19 members in Parliament.

Ms Banerjee has rejected the decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail, which would allow super-chains like WalMart to partner with a local company and sell directly to the Indian customer. She also wants the government to rollback a five-rupee increase in diesel prices and revoke the decision to limit to six the number of subsidized gas cylinders available to each household. The West Bengal Chief Minister had on Friday issued a 72-hour deadline to the government for the move to allow FDI in multi-brand retail to be rolled back. 

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