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Scholarships for postgraduate students from India, Thailand and Vietnam

New Delhi: Postgraduate students from India, Thailand and Vietnam are invited to apply for a major new scholarship scheme offered by Birkbeck. An unlimited number of Merit Scholarships, worth £2,000 each, are available for students accepted onto one-year taught Master’s degrees starting this September at the College.

The new initiative has been launched to encourage more students from Asia and Southeast Asia to benefit from the world-class teaching and research at Birkbeck in London. Birkbeck will contribute £2,000 towards the tuition fees for successful applicants.

Birkbeck is ranked in the ‘top one per cent’ of universities worldwide, according to the Times Higher Education magazine’s 2012-13 World University Rankings. Nearly 5,000 students from more than 100 countries study postgraduate taught courses at Birkbeck in a wide variety of subjects, including the Arts, Business and Economics, Law, the Social Sciences and Science.

Jonah Duffin, Head of Marketing and Recruitment at Birkbeck, said: “We are pleased to launch these new scholarships, and really welcome international students. Birkbeck is increasingly popular with students from overseas for many reasons, including our prestigious University of London qualifications, and location in cosmopolitan London.”

A student’s perspective

Saloni Krishnan (pictured, right), from India, enjoyed her Master’s degree at Birkbeck so much that she decided to continue her studies at the College. Having gained an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, she is now working towards her PhD in Psychology. She said: “Birkbeck is right in the middle of London so you cannot only take advantage of Birkbeck’s own academics, who are obviously great, but also academics from all around London. That’s really fantastic.”

Eligibility criteria

Students from India, Thailand and Vietnam countries must satisfy the criteria below to apply for the Merit Scholarships:

India: Applicants must be Indian citizens with a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Indian university with a final grade of 80 per cent or above.

Thailand: Applicants must be Thai citizens with a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Thai university with a final GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Vietnam: Applicants must be Vietnamese citizens with a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Vietnamese university with a final GPA of 7.5 or higher.

Applicants should secure an unconditional offer to study on a Master’s degree from Birkbeck by 30 August 2013. Scholarships may not be held in conjunction with any other Birkbeck-funded/supported scholarship or where the fees are fully-funded by other sources.


The World's Most Innovative Projects in Education are now invited apply for the 2013 WISE Awards

Doha: WISE, the World Innovation Summit for Education, has today opened the submission period for the 2013 WISE Awards. By recognizing projects that are having a positive and tangible impact on education, the WISE Awards seek to highlight today’s most innovative initiatives in education from around the world. Finalists and winning projects of the WISE Awards demonstrate both real-world solutions to current educational challenges and serve as examples that can potentially be replicated in other parts of the world.
Applicants are requested to submit details of their projects on the WISE Awards website:, by March 31, 2013 (by 23.59 GMT). A shortlist of 12 finalists will be announced in June, after which a jury of international education experts will choose six winning projects.  Selected in September, they will be showcased at the 2013 WISE Summit in Doha, taking place October 29-31, 2013.
The WISE Awards winning projects will each receive $ 20,000 (US) and benefit from global visibility via the WISE network: a community of more than 9,000 education experts and practitioners from 152 countries.  In this way winning teams and finalists have the opportunity to promote their achievements and establish new partnerships that could lead to the growth and replication of projects in other educational contexts and regions of the world.
H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, PhD, Chairman of WISE, states:  “Through the WISE Awards, we are not only seeking out and honoring projects that solve real-world challenges to education, but we are ultimately creating a toolbox of best-practices in education.  Thanks to WISE’s diverse, global platform, we are able to showcase these projects for communities around the world to replicate.  In 2013, we are working to encourage more applications from the UK. We know that there are many exciting projects taking place and we want to recognize and share this work. There is a lot that the UK can teach the world.”
Applicants must demonstrate how their project has through education, made a positive contribution within a community or society. In addition to projects taking place in schools, previous submissions have included creative initiatives from the vocational, corporate and agricultural sectors. For example, The Smallholder Farmers Rural Radio, a winning project in 2010 from Nigeria, broadcasts radio programs on crop cultivation, livestock rearing and soil management 10 hours a day in the local Igbo language, reaching and educating small farmers; the Cristo Rey Network, an organization based in the USA and a winning project in 2012, facilitates work experience at local companies which provides both practical training and covers tuition fees for students from low-income families.

Shah Rukh Khan, Tata Tea join hands this Women's Day to put 'Women first'

New Delhi: Recent issues related to women inspires the actor to express his commitment with a small beginning and Tata Tea to awaken India once again with its new Jaago Re social campaign

Tata Tea, India’s socially-conscious brand, and Shah Rukh Khan, India’s biggest superstar, are coming together this Women’s Day to address India’s largest pertinent issue – people’s attitude towards women. Leveraging Tata Tea’s award-winning Jaago Re platform, Mr Khan will be seen in a short film making a commitment that will be the first of its kind in the history of 100 years of Indian cinema. The film, directed by India’s eminent film maker R Balki, will be launched on Friday, March 8, 2013.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Khan said, “For society to change, it is important for all of us to take small actions and bring in the larger change collectively. I have seen thought-provoking Jaago Re campaigns in the past and have admired their commitment. Through this association, I am happy to make a statement and express my views to inspire society at large.”

Elaborating on Tata group’s and Tata Global Beverages’(TGB) commitment for women, Sanjiv Sarin, regional president – South Asia, TGB, said, “Tata group has a rich heritage of being socially conscious and has taken several steps in the area of women’s rights and equalities. In TGB too, we have taken several initiatives. The ownership of the Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Company was handed over to the workers, and the majority of these workers were women who worked in these plantations. Today these women have moved from being workers of the plantation to part owners of the company.”

He further added, “Tata Tea has been running the Jaago Re campaign which takes the brand beyond its physical and functional benefits. In many ways, Jaago Re has spoken about things before they became big issues in the society such as voting and corruption. Jaago Re has been, for a long time, focusing on social awakening.”

On Tata Tea’s partnering with Mr Khan, Mr Sarin said, “We are excited about our partnership with India’s leading superstar. To spread a powerful social message like this one, a personality like Mr Khan, whose views resonate with our philosophy, was the best choice. Through this campaign, we want every individual in his own way to recognise the painful reality of our society which is its attitude towards women and change his actions. The power to actually make this change in societal attitudes towards women actually lies within.”


When I was born.............

When I was born, A Woman was there to hold me - My Mother ♥

As I grew up as a child, A woman was there to care & play with me - My Sister ♥

I went to school, A Woman was there to help me learn - My Teacher ♥

I became depressed when I lost, A Woman was there to offer a shoulder - My Girlfriend ♥

I needed compatibility, company & Love, A Woman was there for me - My Wife ♥

I became tough, A Woman was there to melt me - My Daughter ♥

When I will die, A Woman will be there to absorb me in - Motherland ♥

If you are a Man, value every Woman &
If you are a Woman, feel proud to be one

To Each And Every Single Woman Out There, You Rock Our World.. Love, Respect And Gratitude.. God bless.. Be Proud & Stay Awesome... Happy Women's Day!!!! ♥

Apple wins UK patent case

Apple won a UK lawsuit filed by Samsung as part of the two companies' global patent battle over technology used on mobile devices.

Judge Christopher Floyd in London invalidated the Korean company's patents for technology allowing phones to send and receive information over third-generation mobile networks.

Samsung argued at two separate trials last year that Cupertino, California-based Apple had infringed three patents.

The iPhone maker said the patents were invalid and, regardless, Samsung was required to license the technology under fair terms if it's vital for connecting to modern networks, according to court filings.

Samsung and Apple have each tallied victories in patent disputes fought over four continents since the iPad maker accused Asia's biggest electronics producer in April 2011 of ''slavishly copying'' its devices.

''It just marks another step in their global patent war,'' said Gary Moss, a lawyer at EIP Partnership who isn't involved in the case. ''Samsung doesn't seem to have had much luck so far.''

Nam Ki Yung, a spokesman at Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung, said in an email the company was disappointed by the UK ruling and would review the judgment before deciding whether to appeal.

''For decades, we have heavily invested in pioneering the development of technological innovations in the mobile industry,'' Samsung said in a statement. ''We will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.''

Apple spokesman Alan Hely declined to comment on today's ruling.

While Apple settled its lawsuits with HTC. in November, the company continues to wrestle with Samsung for dominance in the international mobile phone market.

At stake is market share in the mobile-device market that researcher Yankee Group expects to double to $US847 billion by 2016.

Samsung said this week it would ask for a further review of patent damages awarded to Apple following a US judge reducing by nearly half a $US1.05 billion award to the company, after determining the jury based its decision at trial on an incorrect legal theory.

Apple lost an October UK appeal ruling over whether Samsung's Galaxy tablets infringed the design of the iPad, upholding a decision by a lower court that found several of Samsung's tablets weren't ''cool'' enough to be confused with the iPad.

Man Murders Wife With Razor

A man has murdered his wife with a razor blade after prolonged domestic quarrels arising from financial difficulties, Kabul Police officials said Thursday.

"This heart-wrenching and tragic incident took place in Zone 7 of Kabul city. The people of the area informed us, and the police reached the area within a short time and arrested the man before he managed to escape," General Mohammad Zahir, chief of Kabul's Criminal Investigation Department, told TOLOnews.

The suspect said his alleged crime was rooted in domestic difficulties and poverty.

"I haven't had a good job. People harassed me, and my wife would send me to get food and groceries when I came home," said the man.

"So, I took her to the second floor and killed her with a razor blade."

A recent UN report said that a large number of cases of violence against women go ignored. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission recently reported a twofold increase in cases of violence against women in the country.[rawa]

Afghanistan’s legacy of child opium addiction

A report just released by the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan states that there were 2,754 civilian deaths and 4,805 civilian injuries in that country during 2012. Unmentioned is a serious side effect of the conflict: the high number of opium-addicted children in Afghanistan.

The number has increased systematically the past few years.

The situation is not limited to Afghanistan. Children are affected in Pakistan as well. In Karachi alone, there are tens of thousands of child addicts most of who receive no care or support. New and more effective policies are needed to address this situation.

A study conducted in Afghanistan showed that in 25 percent of homes where adult addicts lived there were signs of significant drug exposure in the children tested, some as young as 14 months. The children exhibited typical behavior for opium-heroin addicts: experiencing withdrawal when the drug was removed.

Not only were opium products found in indoor air samples, but the concentrations were extremely high.

This suggests that, as happens with secondhand cigarette smoke, contaminated indoor air and surfaces pose a serious risk to children’s health.

The extent of health problems in children as a result of such exposure is not known. What is known is that the number of adult drug users has increased from 920,000 in 2005 to over 1.5 million in 2010, according to Zalmai Afzali, spokesman for the Ministry of Counter-Narcotics in Afghanistan. A quarter of those users are thought to be women and children.
A study conducted in Afghanistan showed that in 25 percent of homes where adult addicts lived there were signs of significant drug exposure in the children tested, some as young as 14 months. The children exhibited typical behavior for opium-heroin addicts: experiencing withdrawal when the drug was removed.
What is known is that the number of adult drug users has increased from 920,000 in 2005 to over 1.5 million in 2010, according to Zalmai Afzali, spokesman for the Ministry of Counter-Narcotics in Afghanistan. A quarter of those users are thought to be women and children.
If current trends continue, Afghanistan could become the world’s top drug-using nation on a per capita basis.
The Japan Times, Mar. 1, 2013

If current trends continue, Afghanistan could become the world’s top drug-using nation on a per capita basis.

According to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), no other country in the world produces as much heroin, opium and hashish as Afghanistan, a sad distinction for a country already ravaged by war. Control efforts so far have concentrated on poppy eradication and interdiction to stem exports. Less attention has been paid to the rising domestic addiction problem among children.

Among the factors leading to increased levels of drug use in adults are the high unemployment rate throughout the country, social upheavals caused by the war and those that preceded it, and the return of refugees from Iran and Pakistan who became addicts while abroad. In both of those countries, the high number of opium-addicted children is also a serious problem, particularly among street children.

Although Iran’s government has opened several shelters for street children in Tehran, many more centers are needed to care for them.

According to some estimates, there are 35,000 to 50,000 children in that city who are forced by their parents or other adults to live and beg in the streets or to work in sweat shops for very low wages.

These children are subject to all kinds of abuse. Many of them end up in organized prostitution rings as part of the sex trade. Children are often transported to other countries where they are obliged to work as prostitutes, while others simply disappear.

In Karachi alone, where tens of thousands of children are addicted to hashish, children addicted to stronger drugs present other problems. The increasing number of street children has led to more street crime as children become involved in drug trafficking in the city.

Those who inject drugs face the additional risk of HIV-infection by sharing contaminated syringes. “Drug addiction and HIV/AIDS are, together, Afghanistan’s silent tsunami,” declared Tariq Suliman, director of Nejat’s rehabilitation center for the U.N. Office for Humanitarian Affairs.

The distinction between producing and consuming countries has now changed.

“Traditionally consuming countries become producers of synthetic drugs. In turn, producing countries become consumers. What remains is a shared international responsibility. No country should be left on its own this way,” said Jean-Luc Lemahieu, the UNODC country representative.

There are about 90 drug treatment centers dispersed throughout Afghanistan, but most are small, poorly staffed and underfunded. The United States and its allies have the resources to rapidly expand and adequately fund such treatment and rehab centers throughout the country.

The great number of opium-addicted children in Afghanistan is one of the darkest legacies of this ill-fated war.[Source: rawa]

Women's day: Over half of women say they enjoy same rights as men

ISLAMABAD: While research and studies launched on the eve of International Women’s Day present a grim picture of gender equality in Pakistan, more than half of women surveyed by Gallup believe they enjoy the same rights as men.

These interesting findings and many others about women were released in the Gallup Survey report issued on the eve of International Women Day.Conducted from Feb. 24 to March 2, 2013, the survey covers issues ranging from violence against women to colour preferences. In this survey, only women were asked different questions about vital issues.

The survey says around 51 per cent of women in Pakistan believe they are equal to men, while 47 per cent disagree. A majority of women (21 per cent) considered Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah as their role model, 20 per cent voted for Benazir Bhutto, 5 per cent preferred Noor Jahan, 1 percent chose Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan and Nusrat Bhutto, while 12 per cent said they had no role model.

Among prominent women who are alive, 10 per cent voted for Bilquis Edhi, Malala Yousafzai and Afia Siddiqui got 4 per cent votes, while 16 per cent said they had no ideal.In a question concerning the worst crimes against women, 39 per cent termed acid throwing, 24 considered domestic violence, 21 percent thought honour killing and 13 per cent said Vani was the worst crimes against women.

Twenty-seven per cent of women consider the birth of their child as the most important event in their lives whereas 26 per cent respondents said their wedding day was the best day they had.

Among the total number, 73 per cent of the respondents said women and students need separate transport services whereas 23 pc said there was no need for separate transport.A majority of women (32) believe lack of education is the biggest problem facing women, 21 per cent said physical abuse, while 18 per cent termed cultural practices the worst problem. For 14 per cent, lack of health facilities, for 7 per cent lack of employment whereas 6 per cent believed lack of balance between family life and employment was the biggest issue.

The question about responsibilities of men and women received interesting answers. Around 52 per cent agreed that taking care of children was the responsibility of women, 7 percent said men should take care of children whereas 40 per cent said it was the collective responsibility of parents.

About supporting the family, 58 per cent thought it was the responsibility of men, 19 per cent said women should support the family, whereas 23 per cent said they should both share the burden.

A majority (64 per cent) said women should do the household chores, 13 per cent voted against the notion and said men should be responsible for this work whereas 22 per cent said men and women should both take the responsibility.

Among the total respondents, 21 per cent said women were responsible for taking care of education and the upbringing of children, 28 per cent voted for men whereas 50 per cent said both were equally responsible.

Keeping in mind the past 100 years, 66 per cent said it was education that mainly improved the lives of women, 23 per cent said family planning and the same number considered employment as the basic reason for women development. Interestingly, 8 per termed Internet or social media access and 12 per cent said use of mobile phone had a major role to play in the improvement of a woman’s life.

Regarding child preference, 45 per cent said the total should be not more than three to four, 23 per cent preferred five to eight, 21 per cent said one to two, while 2 per cent said more than eight. Seven per cent who preferred none.

A majority (40 per cent) believed two boys was the right number for an ideal family, 23 per cent preferred one boy whereas 17 per cent voted for at least three boys. Four per cent of the respondents believed eight boys made an ideal family whereas 8 per cent said having a boy was not necessary for an ideal family.

Similarly, for a girl child, 37 per cent thought two girls were enough for an ideal family, while an equal number of respondents (37 per cent) said one girl was the right number for a perfect family. Around 10 per cent preferred three daughters whereas 11 per cent voted for the option ‘none.’ Only 1 per cent said more than four daughters made the right size.

Answers to question “In which of the following circumstances is divorce by a man justified?” also had interesting responses. Around 63 per cent believed it should happen only when a woman starts taking drugs, 41 per cent said when a woman becomes angry and argumentative, 37 per cent said when there was no love between the husband and wife whereas 36 said a husband had a solid reason to divorce his wife when she is unable to bear children.

When asked about colour preferences, 17 per cent termed red their favorite, 16 per cent said black while an equal number of respondents voted for pink. Around 16 per cent said they would prefer to wear pink on the most special day of their life.[Source: thenews]


Tantrik gets death for rape, murder of minor

Sri ganganagar. A court in Srigangangar on Thursday sentenced to death a self-proclaimed tantric for raping and murdering a 4-year-old girl and then burying her body inside his house. The special court of SC/ST atrocity cases termed the crime that took place about nine months ago as the rarest of the rare while handing out maximum punishment to the 48-year-old Kalu Khan.

An FIR had been lodged with Lalgarh police station in Sriganganagar district on May 4 last year against Khan, a resident of Ganeshgarh village, for rape and murder of the child. The convict, Kalu Khan, claimed to be a tantrik capable of curing people using his witchcraft.

According to the police investigation, Khan had abducted the four-year-old girl from his neighbouhood in Ganeshgarh village on May 3 last year.

The girl was returning home after playing at a relative's house when Khan lured her into his house on the pretext of offering her food. He then raped and strangulated her after which he buried her inside the house. When the girl did not return home the family members launched a search. Suspecting Khan, some villagers searched his house and dug up the floor. They found the body and lodged an FIR with the police.

President Conferred first ever Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony, 2012 on Sitar Maestro Late PT. Ravi Shankar

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee here today conferred the first ever Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony, 2012 on Sitar Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Since Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away on 11th December, 2012, the Award was presented to his wife, Smt. Sukanya Shankar. The International Award carries a prize money of Rs. 1 Crore (One Crore), shawl, plaque and a citation. The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Minister of Culture Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch, dignitaries and the family members of Pt. Ravi Shankar were present during the award ceremony.

The Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony has been instituted as a part of the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and an announcement to this effect was made by the then Finance Minister in his Budget Speech on 28th February, 2011. It is an International Award with prize money of Rs. 1 Crore for promoting values of Cultural Harmony. The Jury constituted for the selection of Tagore Award for the year 2012 under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of India selected Pandit Ravi Shankar, the Indian Sitar Maestro, to be the first recipient of the Tagore Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Cultural Harmony and Universal Values. The award was announced on 7th May 2012 during the closing ceremony of the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

Results of The Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2011; Declaration of Result of 89 Candidates from the reserved list

The results of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2011 were declared vide Press Note dated 04.05.2012 recommending 910 candidates in order of merit for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and Central Services Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ against 1001 vacancies.

The Commission, in accordance with the Rule 16 (4) & (5) of the Civil Services Examination Rules, was also maintaining a Consolidated Reserve List in order of merit below the last recommended candidate under the respective category.

As sought by the Department of Personnel & Training, the Commission has now recommended 89 candidates which include 74 General, 14 OBC and 01 SC, to fill up the remaining posts based on the Civil Services Examination, 2011.  A list of these candidates is enclosed. The candidates so recommended will be communicated with directly by the DOP&T.

The candidature of one candidate bearing Roll No. 257387 is provisional.

The list of these 89 candidates is also available on the UPSC website i.e. http//


Shameful: Woman gangraped by 4 men in moving car

New Delhi.A 25-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by four people in a moving car in east Delhi's Welcome area Monday night.
The incident came to light after the woman was found by a Police Control Room (PCR) van lying in an unconscious condition near a dustbin in east Delhi's New Jafrabad area Tuesday morning. The woman was taken to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital where her condition is stated to be out of danger.

Group of women protesting against the Decemeber 16 Delhi gangrape (Pic - AFP)
The woman told the police that she was in search of a job after she separated from her husband. A few days ago, she had asked one of the accused, Yashdev, to search a job for her.
"Yashdev called the woman to meet him in Jafrabad park Monday evening on pretext of offering her a job. When the woman arrived at the appointed place, three more people were already present in a car," the police officer said.
"The accused offered her a cold drink laced with some sedatives and raped her in the moving car. She had no idea where the accused had taken her because she became unconscious after having the cold drink," the officer said.
"A case regarding the incident has been registered and Yashdev has been arrested. A hunt is on to nab the other three accused," said a police officer.
The woman resides in east Delhi's Bhajanpura area in a rented accommodation.

Good News: Two special trains to Mumbai, Jaipur

NAGPUR: The railways have decided to run two summer specials between Jaipur-Secunderabad and Shalimar-LTT to clear rush of passengers. Both the trains will pass through Nagpur.

The train number 09736 Jaipur-Secunderabad will leave Jaipur at 9.10pm on March 9 (Saturday) and reach Secunderabad at 3.35am on Monday. The train will leave Nagpur at 4.50pm on March 10 (Sunday).

Similarly, train number 09735 Secunderabad-Jaipur will leave Secunderabad at 11.25pm on March 11 (Monday) and reach Jaipur at 6.15am on Wednesday. This train will reach Nagpur at 10.30am on March 12 (Tuesday).

The train will have stoppages at Durgapura, Bhanasthali Niwai, Savai Madhopur, Kota, Nagda, Ujjain, Shujalpur, Sehore, Bhopal, Itarsi, Nagpur, Ballarshah, Kagaznagar, Belampalli, Mancheriyal, Ramagundam and Kazipeth.

The train will have 18 coaches, including AC I, II and III tier, 10 sleeper class, 2 general second class and brake vans, informed Nagpur Central Railway.

Meanwhile, the South East Central Railway (SECR) spokesperson said a special between Shalimar and LTT will run on April 3, 10, 17 and 24 and on May 1, 8, 15 and 22, besides on June 5, 12, 19 and 26. The special train 08060 will start from Shalimar at 6am on every Wednesday and reach Nagpur at midnight. It will leave Nagpur at 12.25am.

Similarly, train number 08059 will leave LTT every Friday at 12.45am and reach Nagpur at 1.50pm the next day. The train will operate on April 5, 12, 19 and 26, and on May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, besides on June 7, 14, 21, and 28. The train will have 17 coaches, including 8 sleeper class coaches.

Royal Family of Jaipur keen to watch Dhulia's film

Tigmanshu Dhulia’s upcoming film Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns has definitely garnered eyeballs with one controversy after another. The latest buzz is that the royal family of Jaipur is now keen to watch the film before it hits the theatres following rumours that Mahi Gill’s character in the film is inspired from the real-life queen, the late Maharani Gayatri Devi.

A source says, “It came as no surprise as there were reports recently how Mahi’s character is based on the life of the Maharani. Since the film’s cast is due to visit Jaipur tomorrow, chances are that there could be a sneaky preview and a visit to the royal abode.”
Buzz is that the cast has even cancelled a few promotional activities that were lined up to take place in Jaipur, in order to accommodate the visit to the royals.
The source adds, “The makers do not want to take any chances. Since the film deals with royal families, they want to be safe rather than be sorry.”
All attempts to get in touch with the producers were in vain. 

BJP says PM Manmohan Singh 'day-dreaming'

New Delhi. Hitting back, the BJP on Thursday rubbished as "day dream" Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's hopes of retaining power in 2014 and said he is free to live under this "misconception".

Asked for his response to Singh's attack on BJP and its senior leader LK Advani, party spokesperson

In his reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address, Singh had said on Wednesday in the Lok Sabha that BJP had used the India Shining slogan in 2004 and fielded "Iron man" Advani "against the lamb that Manmohan Singh is".

He claimed the NDA lost in 2004 and 2009 and UPA will retain power in 2014 as well.

The combative stance of the soft-spoken PM had taken the BJP by surprise but the party dismissed his claim of handing down another defeat to the NDA in the next elections.

"We have not stopped him from day-dreaming. If he wants to live under a misconception, he can do so," Javadekar said.

Projecting Advani as an Ironman like Sardar Patel, BJP had run its election campaign in 2009 against Congress and Manmohan Singh on the planks of terrorism and strong leadership.

Singh had then punctured this campaign by raising the Kandahar hijack issue- in which the NDA government had swapped terrorists to free Indians held hostage in hijacked IC-814 plane.

Wipro-Microsoft launch AssureHealth platform

BANGALORE: Wipro Technologies, the global IT and outsourcing business of Wipro Limited, today announced the launch of the Wipro AssureHealth platform in partnership with Microsoft.

"This is primarily targeted at healthcare providers to deliver innovative solutions for remote fetal monitoring and cardiac care that will ensure high quality treatment at reduced costs, especially for chronic diseases", the Bangalore-headquartered company said in a statement.

The platform leverages Microsoft's cloud, mobility and analytics offerings to allow care providers to monitor patients regularly and precisely, it said.

This is done through hosted services and mobile apps that integrate medical devices, IT Infrastructure and 24/7 customer support, to deliver highly scalable solutions.

"The fetal monitoring service delivers accurate recordings of maternal, fetal heart rate and uterine activity from the expectant mother to the physician over his/her mobile device thereby enhancing the doctors ability to provide enhanced care to patients", Wipro said.

The fetal monitor is a small wearable wireless device that provides beltless monitoring of the mother and the baby in the womb. It accurately records maternal and fetal heart rate, and uterine activity, thereby providing information on fetal and maternal well-being, it was stated.

Know about The Hunger Project

The Hunger Project has been active in India since 1984 and currently works across eight states. The Hunger Project's approach of mobilizing people for self-reliant action, empowering women as key change agents and engaging with local government has culminated in one comprehensive strategy, the Panchayati Raj Campaign.
The 73rd Amendment to the Indian Constitution mandated that one-third of all seats in panchayats (village councils) be reserved for women, bringing more than one million women into elected office. The Hunger Project facilitates the leadership of these women leaders with key interventions in each year of their five year tenures.
Year One: Conduct Women Leadership Workshops (WLW) and follow-up needs-based workshops to strengthen skills of women leaders.
Year Two: Work with leaders to create bottom-up plans for villages to meet basic needs.
Year Three: Facilitate the formation of federations at district and state level to overcome bureaucratic obstacles.
Year Four: Focus on ensuring successful implementation of plans and policy changes.
Year Five: Carry out campaigns to encourage participation of women as voters and as candidates in the run-up to elections.
The Hunger Project, in partnership with about 50 local civil society organizations, has trained more than 78,000 elected women representatives. Examples of the interventions within this strategy include:

Empowering Women in Elections

To encourage voter participation among women and nominations of potential women leaders, The Hunger Project conducts intensive pre-election campaigns. SWEEP (Strengthening Women's Empowerment in Electoral Processes) campaigns include meetings, film screenings, street plays, door-to-door contacts, trainings and distribution of posters and pamphlets.

Federations for Advocacy and Mutual Empowerment

To empower women leaders and their communities, The Hunger Project supports the formation of federations among their elected leaders. In the states of Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan, women leaders are creating federations at the district and state levels to voice their concerns as a collective unit. Priority issues include 50 percent reservation of seats in local government for women, removal of two-child norm laws and increased transparency and support between levels of government.

Mobilizing the Media to Support Women Leaders

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Sikh Lavan Phere....

Lavan, or the four hymns of "Laav" are the essential part of the Sikh marriage ceremony, Anand Karaj. They are sung as the bride and groom make the four wedding rounds, walking around the Siri Guru Granth Sahib.

First Laav: Asserts that marriage is encouraged as the best state of life for a Sikh.

Second Laav: Conveys the awakening feelings of love a bride has when leaving her former life, and beginning a new life in partnership with her husband.

Third Laav: Declares the bride's detachment from the world and outside influences, while becoming more deeply devoted to her husband wishing only to live for him.

Fourth Laav: Describes a spiritual union of love and devotion where no feeling of separation is possible, imparting perfect joy, and contentment.

Upon completion of the fourth round, the bride and groom are considered to be man and wife.
[source:Indian Culture And Tradition]

Twitter trolls anger Shah Rukh Khan

Being on social media can be tricky. While celebrities do get to connect to their fans in a more personal way than before, it also entails to facing wrath from those who dislike your work. While most of Bollywood stars use Twitter as a platform to promote their films, some are more active and interact with their fans on a regular basis. Amongst the Khans- Shah Rukh has been the most active on Twitter and has often interacted with his fans. Salman, off late has come out and spoken on pertinent issues (like the Vishwaroopam controversy) and Aamir usually has been seen using Twitter only during his film's release. But recent developments somehow indicate that both Aamir and Shah Rukh have quit Twitter or at least taken a break.
After his controversial interview in Outlook magazine came out, Shah Rukh Khan faced criticism from all quarters for its religious undertones. But the actor was quick to issue a statement clearing his stand on the entire issue.
SRK's last tweet was on 9 January which said, "Sad,i read so much judgements, jingoism, religious intolerance on the net & i use to think,this platform wl change narrowmindedness,but no!(sic)"
According to media reports, the superstar is now thinking of managing his online presence through his media manager and will not be connecting directly with his fans. Due to the brickbats, abuses and trolls that have come along with the praises, the actor is said to be a bit disillusioned with the medium.
Meanwhile, Aamir Khan also seem to have taken a break from Twitter because of similar reasons. The actor apparently now has stopped checking Twitter altogether because of the trolls that are addressed to the actor. But much before Aamir and Shah Rukh, Imran Khan had stopped tweeting and eventually deleted his profile because the actor was often spammed by his followers who made fun of his acting abilities.
Although, both Aamir and SRK haven't deleted their profiles yet, but the trolls have made the actors distance themselves from the medium itself. Is it for good? Well, we will just have to wait and watch.[source" HT]

Ludhiana's air connectivity with Delhi to get boost

LUDHIANA: Low-cost airlines SpiceJet is set to boost the air connectivity between Ludhiana and the national capital with a daily flight starting from May this year.

The move is set to bring a much-needed relief to over 10,000 globe-trotting industrialists who scramble to find tickets on trains to New Delhi.

The development was confirmed by the Sahnewal Airport manager VP Jain in Ludhiana.

So far, just Air India operates a daily flight to New Delhi from Sahnewal.

"We have held several discussions with SpiceJet in the last few weeks. The private carrier told us that they will start operations this summer with one of their new planes," said Jain.

The Tamil Nadu-based airline, owned by the Sun group, had in December received three of the 15 Q400 NextGen turboprop aircrafts, taking the no-frill carrier's fleet size to 51.

The group had earlier said that these short-haul planes delivered by Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier will be used to enhance air connectivity to Tier-II and Tier-III cities.

Himachal Pradesh: Over 20 kg of Charas seized, one arrested

Nahan: More than 20 kg of charas worth about Rs 2 crore in international market were seized from a proclaimed offender, the police said on Friday. 
Inder Singh was arrested with 22.68 kg of charas from a house in Ghotari village under Rajgarh sub division, RL Bansal, deputy superintendent of police (Rajgarh), said.
Bansal said that Singh was earlier arrested by the Theog police of Shimla district in 2009 for committing offence punishable under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (ND&PS) Act and was convicted by a court and lodged in the Kanda Jail of Shimla district.
He was released on parole for three weeks in March 2011, but he did not return to jail on expiry of parole and was declared proclaimed offender. 
A case against Singh under ND&PS Act has been registered and investigations are on, the DSP said.

Stomach cancer 'spotted by breath test'

A quick and simple breath test can diagnose stomach cancer, study findings reveal.
Scientists from Israel and China found the test was 90% accurate at detecting and distinguishing cancers from other stomach complaints in 130 patients.
The British Journal of Cancer says the test could revolutionise and speed up the way this cancer is diagnosed.
About 7,000 UK people develop stomach cancer each year and most have an advanced stage of the disease.
Two-fifths of patients survive for at least a year, but only a fifth are still alive after five years, despite treatment.
Currently doctors diagnose stomach cancer by taking a biopsy of the stomach lining using a probe and a flexible camera passed via mouth and down the gullet.
The new test looks for chemical profiles in exhaled breath that are unique to patients with stomach cancer.
Volatile organic compounds Cancer appears to give off a signature smell of volatile organic compounds that can be detected using the right technical medical kit - and perhaps even dogs.
The science behind the test itself is not new - many researchers have been working on the possibility of breath tests for a number of cancers, including lung.

But the work by Prof Hossam Haick, of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, suggests it is a good way to spot stomach cancer.
In the study, 37 of the patients had stomach cancer, 32 had stomach ulcers and 61 had other stomach complaints.
As well as accurately distinguishing between these conditions 90% of the time, the breath test could tell the difference between early and late-stage stomach cancers.
The team are now running a bigger study in more patients to validate their test.
Kate Law, director of clinical research at Cancer Research UK, said: "The results of this latest study are promising - although large scale trials will now be needed to confirm these findings.
"Only one in five people are able to have surgery as part of their treatment as most stomach cancers are diagnosed at stages that are too advanced for surgery. Any test that could help diagnose stomach cancers earlier would make a difference to patients' long-term survival." [source: bbc news]

celebration: Elephant Festival Jaipur 2013 on 26th March

Elephant Festival Jaipur 2013: Festival is an annual event held every year at Jaipur the capital city of Rajasthan. Elephant Festival Jaipur 2013 is held on 26th March 2013. The Elephant Festival Jaipur is organised according to the Indian calendar on the full moon day of Phalgun Purnima (March), this day also coincides with day of Holika Dahan, just a day before Dulendhi, when the Indian festival of colour and joy Holi is celebrated all over India turning cities and towns into a riot of colour, fun and frolic. Groomed flawlessly, rows of elephants do a catwalk before an enthralled audience liked the best fashion models to make this festival an amazing one. The elephants move with poise in the pageant and finally participate in the spring festival of Holi. It is festival time with elephants, typically celebrated one day before Holi, the Indian festival of colors.
Staged at Chaugan Stadium, Jaipur, elephants put up a variety of programs and the arena is brought alive with musicians and dancers. The crowd, which includes sizable presences of foreign and Indian tourist, electrifies the atmosphere. The festival starts with an impressive procession of the majestic animals lovingly painted and tastefully attired with glittering ornaments and embroidered velvets. A ceremonial procession is recreated with caparisoned elephants, lancers on horses, chariots, camels, cannons and palanquins. All of the participants are female elephants. The mahouts (elephant keepers) take great care to decorate the elephants painting their trunks, foreheads, and feet with floral motifs and adorning them from tusk to tail with interesting trinkets. Elephants wear anklets and make music as they walk.
Elephant Festival Jaipur 2013 dates: 26th March 2013
Venue: Chaugan Stadium, Jaipur
Timings: 4 pm onwards
Entrance Fee: Nil 

Rajasthan to get Refinery in Barmer from HPCL

Rajasthan government and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) would sign an MoU on March 13 for setting up an oil refinery in the state. Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily would also remain present on the occasion, official sources. The decision to set up the refinery was taken today at the board meeting of HPCL in Delhi, following which Moily congratulated Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the sources said. The oil refinery was a long pending demand of the state and it will be the biggest investment in the district and accelerate economic development besides generating employment opportunities.
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) board of directors who met in New Delhi on Tuesday, gave their go ahead in setting up of refinery in the state. The refinery, which will produce around 9 million ton oil, will be set up at state’s Barmer district. HPCL will spend Rs. 37, 230 crores in setting up this refinery. The state government last month had given its nod in principal to provide a financial package of Rs 3,376 crore to set up the refinery. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who has been making constant efforts for early approval for the ambitious mega project is finally successful and a dream comes true for Rajasthan people.

Rajasthan Budget 2013-14 Highlights

 Rajasthan Budget 2013-2014 is presented today by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Hon. Ashok Gehlot in the Assembly of Rajasthan. He will present 4th Financial budget of Rajasthan in row. There are lots of expectations of Rajasthan people for Rajasthan Budget 2013-2014. This is last Budget by Rajasthan CM Mr. Ashok Gehlot before Assembly Election in December 2013 or January 2014. Rajasthan Budget 2013-2014 Highlights Live streaming will begins today from 11 AM onwards on For Live updates Bookmarks or Follow us on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.Rajasthan Budget 2012-2013 Highlights:
* Rajasthan Budget speech begins with "Shor-Sharaba" from BJP on irregularities in Mining allotment, CM Ashok gehlot begins budget speech 2013-14
* Ghanshyam Tiwadi admitted in hospital after health problem.
* Ashok gehlot begins his Last budget before election this year.
* All State departments are directed to fill vacant post as per retirements in FY2012-13
* Ashok gehlot asked Opposition party to maintain decorum of Budget session and agree for any inquiry.
* Congress allege BJP is afraid of Budget 2013-14.
* Leader of opposition can do inquiry, i am ready for any inquiry - Ashok Gehlot with 100% confidence.
* Rajasthan has finally get refinery, at-least cheers - Ashok gehlot.
* So Now finally begins Budget 2013-14 speech after BJP agree with assurance from speaker and CM Gehlot on inquiry.
* 650 Crore for Roads in Rural Areas for New roads, renovation. 
* 9500 Crore for 6000 KM roads in state.
* New Rajasthan state Wind energy policy 2012 will promote wind energy.
* We will promote Wind Energy, Solar energy in state and new projects are approved.
* Rajasthan Budget 2013-14 YOJNA = Rs. 40149 Crore.
* No hike in Electricity bills for BPL, Farmers.
* Debt restructuring of State Electricity Companies, 400 Sub-station of 33 KV.
* Roof Top power Generation scheme of Rs. 100 Crore in Jodhpur.
* Water to Jaisamand dam of Alwar from Rivers.
* Road widening of Baneshwar dham.
* 28 Under-bridge construction.
* 20000 New Hand pump, Drinking water to 3000 Villages. 
* 60 Crore for better usage of Chambal water in state.
* 404 Crore to Bikaner villages for various schemes.
* 621 Crore to Jodhpur disctricts.
* Beawar, Nasirabad and other villages will get Bisalpur dam water for drinking.
* Cancer and Kidney treatment aid of 1 Lakh for below 1 Lakh income, and Free to BPL families, scheme extened to private hospitals too.
* Free Health Check-up in Rajasthan from 15th August 2013.
* Medical staff 20000+, Doctors 8000 post, 64 Dentist post.
* 200 Janani Express, 100 more 108 ambulance with New Post of drivers.
* New Medical College in 15 places, 1 More Medical college in Jaipur
* 2000 Post for Free Medical check-up scheme of Rajasthan.
* 1000 post in General Health Centers.
* 609 PAC Centers.
* Rs. 300 Crore for Devnarayana Scheme.
* 1500 Para computer teachers in Madarasa Schools.
* Promotion to Inter-caste marriages in ST/STs.
* Scholarships for SC,ST, SBC, OBC Students.
* Two free Uniform to Aanganwadi childrens.
* 125 Days work in MGNREGA / NREGA in Budget 2013-14.
* More medicines in Mukhyamantri Nishulk pashu Yojana, Mobile Hospital on block level.
* Rs 1 / Kg. wheat in for BPL families instead of Rs. 2, Rs. 5/Kg. for APL families instead of Rs.8.
* Technical training to youth, 25 new ITI Colleges.
* 1000 Primary school to be upgraded.
* 20000 Third grade teachers Jobs in Rajasthan.
* 5000 Physical Education teachers in Rajasthan
* 1000 Urdu teachers, 1000 Urdu Lecturers in Rajasthan.
* 10000 Post of 2nd Grade Teachers in Rajasthan.
* Tablets to Class 8th Topper, Gulabchand Kataria opposes, how you decide topper when we are going for Grading systems in state.
* 15 New Colleges in Rajasthan.
* Library on Panchayat Samiti headquarters.
* Sports school in Jaipur.
* IIT in Kota soon.
* 5 Crore for Scince city in Jodhpur, Rs. 5 Lakh price to one scientist each year.
* Special emphasis on woman colleges.
* HPCL Board approved the refinery in Badmer
* 1020 Driver, 1000 Conductors Jobs in Rajasthan Roadways.
* Social Inverstment Act
* 782 Post in Mining Department of Rajasthan
* Ajmer Vikas Pradhikaran / Ajmer Development Authority (ADA) annouced.
* Rajasthan Habitet center annouced in Budget 2013-14.
* Pali, Barmer, chittorgarh, sikar to gets Nagar Sudhar Nyas  in Budget 2013-14.
* Udaipur Nagar Nigam annouced in Budget 2013-14.
* 3500 Technical, Administrative post in Rajasthan.
* Senior Citizen Tirth Yatra scheme launched for 25000, with 100% expenditure paid by Govt. of Rajasthan.
* 12000 Police constable Jobs in 2013 in Rajasthan.
* 15000 New homes in Rajasthan.
* Police training institute in Bharatpur.
* 1 Lakh aid for Kailash-Mansarovar yatra.
* 600 Post in Rajasthan Jails.
* 8 Up-Tehsil will be upgraded to Tehsil.
* 10 Crore to Bar-Counsil.
* 641 Post of Patwaris in Rajasthan.
* Airport in Kishangarh, Ajmer, free land will be provided to Airport Authority of India.
* Laptop for recognized Reporters.
* 50000+ Employees will get benefits of new promotion policies of Rajasthan Govt.
* IT Center in Dholpur.
* Tax hike to 65% from 50% on tobacco products.
* E-Payment facility in tax.
* Pay revision benefits to Rajasthan state govt. Employees.

Recruitment: RPF Recruitment 2013 – Constable Vacancies

RPF Recruitment 2013 – Constable Vacancies: Railway Protection Force (RPF) has issued notification for filling up of 19 Constable Vacancies in the Railway protection Force (RPF). Eligible Male candidates can apply in prescribed format within 30 days from the date of publication. For more details regarding age limit, educational qualifications, selection process and how to apply are given below…

RPF Vacancy details:
Total no. of posts: 19 posts
Name of the posts: Constable
Name of the Discipline:
1. Bass Drum: 01 post
2. Cymbal: 01 post
3. Euphonium: 02 posts
4. Alto Saxophone: 01 post
5. Trumpet: 03 posts
6. Piccolo: 01 post
7. Side Drum: 01 post
8. Brass Bass: 01 post
9. Sleigh Trombone: 02 posts
10. Tenore Saxophone: 01 post
11. Clarinet: 04 posts
12. Horn: 01 post

Age limit: Not be less than 18 years and not more than 27 years as on 30-01-2013 (Relaxation as per Govt rules).

Educational qualification: Candidate must have passed the matriculation or equivalent examination from recognized Board along with 2 years experience in playing any Musical Instrument.

Application Fee: Examination fee Rs 50/-  in the form of IPO drawn in favor of Financial Advisor cum Chief Accounts Officer, East Central Railway, Hajipur.

 How to Apply: Candidates have to apply in prescribed format as shown in the notification. Fill the application, affix photograph, attach copies of age, caste, educational and experience certificates must be sent along with 2 self addressed envelopes with Rs.50/- stamps, by super scribing the name of the post must be sent to Chief Security Commissioner/ RPF, East Central Railway, Hajipur within 30 days from the date of the publication.

Important Dates:
Last Date for Receipt of Filled in Applications: within 30 days from the date of this advertisement.
Last Date for Receipt of Filled in Applications for Far Flung Areas: within 37 days from the date of publication of this advertisement.

Good News: Akspiria waterproof tablet launch

Sony has revealed a tablet which is fully water and dust proof. There is no effect of water and dust on the tablet. This is the wonderful tablet in itself in the tablet world.

This is the same tablet having android Operating System.
Some of the Featuers listed

Most thickest tablet ever

Tablet thickness: 0.27 inches(6.9 mm)
Screen : 10.1 inches
Tablet Weight : 495 gm

Name : Akspiria Z Tablet

Sony Tablet is the most light tablet ever. This tablet is about to come from Sony company. Sony Akspiria Z tablet has been introduced in Japan. It will take time to come in the Tablet market. Sony will present this tablet in the Barcelona Mobile World Conference.

Rajasthan forest department recruitment exam answer key has been released

Jaipur.Rajasthan forest department recruitment exam answer key has been released. The Forest Department Division wise key has been released. Objections in this regard may be issued in three days. To answer Key web Link are:

1    01    DCF Udaipur (TSP)    []

2    01    DCF Udaipur (Non TSP)        []]

3    02    DCF Udaipur (North) (TSP)    [[

4    02    DCF Udaipur (North) (Non TSP)    []]

5    03    DCF Dungarpur (TSP)    [[]

6    04    DCF Banswara (TSP)     []
7    05    DCF Rajsamand (Non TSP)    [[]

8    06    DCF Chittorgarh (Non TSP)    [[]
9    07    DCF Pratapgarh (TSP)    [-[]

10    07    DCF Pratapgarh (Non TSP)    [[]

11    08    Regional Chief Conservator of Forests Jaipur    [[]

12    09    DCF Jaipur    [[]

13    10    DCF Alwar    []

14    11    DCF Sikar    []

15    12    DCF Jhunjhunu    []

16    13    DCF Dausa    []

17    14    DCF Kota    -    Not Available

18    15    DCF Baran    []

19    16    DCF Bundi    []

20    17    DCF Jhalawar    -    Not Available
21    18    DCF Ajmer    [-]

22    19    DCF Bhilwara    [-]

23    20    DCF Tonk    [-

24    21    DCF Karauli    [-]

25    22    DCF Dholpur    -    Not Available
26    23    DCF Bharatpur    05-Mar-2013    [

27    24    DCF Sawaimadhopur    [

28    26    DCF Bikaner    []

29    25    DCF IGNP St II Bikaner    [    [-]

30    27    DCF IGNP St I Chhatargarh    [-]

31    28    DCF Hanumangarh    []

32    29    DCF Sriganganagar    []
33    30    DCF Pali    -    Not Available
34    31    DCF Jalore    -    Not Available
35    32    DCF Barmer    -    Not Available
36    33    DCF Jodhpur    -    Not Available
37    34    DCF Sirohi    -    Not Available
38    35    DCF IGNP St II Jaisalmer    -    Not Available
39    36    DCF & Deputy Field Director Project Tiger Sariska Alwar    -    Not Available

40    37    Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden Bharatpur    []20Key.pdf

41    38    DCF & Deputy Field Director I Project Tiger Ranthambhore Sawaimadhopur    []

42    39    DCF & Deputy Field Director II Project Tiger Ranthambhore Karauli    [-]

43    40    DCF Wildlife Jodhpur    []

44    41    DCF Wildlife Jaisalmer    []

42    DCF Wildlife Mount Abu (TSP)    []

46    42    DCF Wildlife Mount Abu (Non TSP)    []

47    43    DCF Wildlife Bikaner    []

48    44    DCF Mukundra National Park Kota    -    Not Available
49    45    DCF Chambal Sanctuary, Sawaimadhopur    -    Not Available
50    46    DCF Wildlife Kota    -    Not Available

51    47    DCF Wildlife Chittorgarh (Non TSP)    []

52    47    DCF Wildlife Chittorgarh (TSP)    []

53    48    DCF Wildlife Udaipur (TSP)    []

54    49    DCF Wildlife Rajasamand    -

55    50    DCF Departmental Operations Division Jaipur    []

56    51    DCF Departmental Operations Division Bikaner    []

57    52    DCF Departmental Operations Division Suratgarh    []

58    53    DCF Departmental Operations Division Udaipur (TSP)    [-]

59    54    DCF Departmental Operations Division St II Bikaner    []
India's pride: 12-Year-Old Indian Girl Neha Ramu Has Higher IQ Than Einstein, Hawking 

A 12-year-old Indian-origin girl in UK has stunned everyone after she scored an incredible 162 on her IQ test - even higher than Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
Neha Ramu, daughter of an Indian doctor couple, achieved a score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test - the highest score possible for her age.
The score puts the tween in the top one per cent of brightest people in the UK and means she is more intelligent than physicist Hawking, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and scientist Albert Einstein, who are all thought to have an IQ of 160.
"Neha scored 162 on the Cattell IIIB test, putting her within the top one per cent of people in the country," a spokesman for British Mensa said.
Neha's parents lived in India before moving to Britain when their daughter was seven, 'The Telegraph' reported.
Neha had always performed well at school, but it was only when she took an entrance exam for her school, achieving a perfect score of 280/280, that they realised her potential.
She took the test for Mensa, a society for people with high IQs, two years later, and achieved the maximum possible score for someone aged under 18.
"At first I did not really realise what she was capable of as she wasn't being stretched at school and when she joined primary school in the UK in year three we didn't really
understand the system here," her mother Jayashree said.
"I am so proud of her. Although she's being doing well at these kind of tests for sometime now this is just marvellous. I can't express the feeling," she said.


Good News: Use of Banned Chemicals for Ripening Fruits

Clause 2.3.5 of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011, prohibits sale of fruits which have been artificially ripened by use of acetylene gas commonly known as carbide gas produced from Calcium Carbide. There is no provision of use of ripening hormones under the Food Safety and Standards Act/ Rules/ Regulations. However, the Ministry of Agriculture has recommended the use of ethylene gas in low concentration exogenously to trigger ripening of fruits.
There are certain reports suggesting the use of the chemicals like calcium carbide, ethylene and ethion for the use of early ripening of fruits. However, no scientific validated published information is available on the same.
Following the reports of use of the artificial coloring/ ripening agents in vegetables/ fruits, a Joint Committee for Research on Food Safety, was formulated in August, 2010 under Co-Chairmanship of the Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Director General, Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) to address the various issues relating to the safety of using ripening and coloring agents, and any other relevant issues in nutrition & food safety which emerge from time to time. The Committee has recommended further research studies to generate information/ data regarding the extent of use and effect of artificial ripening agents and other chemicals in fruits and vegetables.
Implementation of the Food Safety and Standards Act/ Rules/ Regulations rests with State/U.T. Governments. The Commissioners Food Safety/ Food (Health) Authority of States/ UTs who are responsible for implementation of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and its Rules/ Regulations in their States/ UTs, have been requested from time to time to keep a strict vigil on use of carbide gas and other hazardous chemicals for ripening of fruits and to take legal action for violation of the above provision of the Act/ Regulations. The State Governments have also been advised to educate the public through print and electronic media against consumption of such artificially ripened fruits and vegetables. State Governments have taken measures in this regard, such as ordering the Food Safety Officer (FSOs)/ Designated Officers (DOs) to keep watch on fruit markets, inspection of fruit market, fruit stalls/ godowns, taking samples of fruits, vegetables & milk, educating fruit vendors to refrain from using these chemicals, etc.
This information was given by Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare Shri Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Condition of Fort in Rajasthan

The Minister of Culture Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch has said that the conservation work of Jaisalmer fort in Rajasthan is attended regularly from the (resources) available with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and also by funds available under National Culture Fund (NCF). The conservation works taken up include repairs to lower fortification wall and to a few bastions at upper fortification wall.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Smt. Katoch said, the State Government has been informed about such threats. To address the sewerage and drainage problems of the fort, the State Government has taken up the essential work through Rajasthan Urban Sector Development Investment Programme (RUSDIP).

She said, conservation work of protected monuments in Rajasthan including Jaisalmer Fort is looked after by the Jaipur Circle of the ASI. In addition the State Government of Rajasthan has constituted an ‘Empowered Authority’ under the Chairmanship of District Collector, Jaisalmer to advise on various matters related to overall preservation of Jaisalmer Fort.

The Minister said, there are 3678 protected monuments of the ASI.  The total allocation for conservation of monuments of ASI for the current financial year is Rs.147.84 crores. The details of State-wise proposals under consideration for declaration as protected monument are given in Annexure.

MGNREGA wage rates revised to protect workers against inflation

The government has revised the wage rates of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) with effect from 1st of April 2013. The maximum wage of Rs 214 has been fixed for Haryana and a minimum of Rs 135 for North Eastern States. Rural Development Minister Sh Jairam Ramesh made a statement in both Houses of Parliament specifying the new wage rate.

The notification regarding revising MNREGA wage rates is linked to the Consumer Price Index for Agricultural Labour (CPIAL) from 1st April every year. In March 2011, after inter-ministerial consultations, the government had decided that the revision of MNREGA wage rates indexed to the CPIAL would be done annually. Thereafter, in July 2011, it was decided that this revision would become effective on April 1st each year. The decision to index MGNREGA wage rate to CPIAL was done to ensure that MGNREGA workers are protected against inflation.

Electronic Toll Collection to be Rolled Out on NHS Across Country by March Next Year

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways aims to rollout Electronic Toll Collection( ETC) across all the toll plazas on National Highways in the entire country by March 31, 2014.This was stated by Dr. CP Joshi, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways(MoRTH) here today while delivering the keynote address at a discussion organised on” India’s Highways-Next Gen Tolling and Corridor Management”

Electronic Toll Collection is a system enabling collection of toll payments electronically allowing for near-nonstop toll collection and traffic monitoring.ETC utilizes vehicles equipped with transponders(electronic tags),wireless communication, in-road/roadside sensors and a computerized system(hardware and software) for uniquely identifying each vehicle ,electronically collect toll, providing general vehicle/traffic monitoring and data collection.

Here is the text of Minister’s speech

“ I am confident that the daylong discussions would have sparked off ideas that have the potential of revolutionizing Tolling and Corridor Management on Indian Highways.

“The mission of Government of India has been to make quality highway network across the country and make the system transparent and responsive.

“In our bid to do so / I am glad to share that by the end of this financial year we would complete construction of nearly 3000 kilometers of National highways, / which is a record till date.

“Along with constructing highways we are also re working our systems to sync with times. To make the system transparent / we first introduced e-tendering, / followed it with pilot project to Electronically collect Toll.

“Now we have a vision to mark national highway network on maps / making it compatible to mobile devices / and even have apps for highway network.

“I will elaborate a bit on our endeavor to implement RFID based Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system across National Highways.

“The RFID technology shall expedite the clearing of traffic at toll plazas / and the need of carrying cash shall also be eliminated when Toll plazas shall be duly integrated with each other throughout India.

“We started a Pilot Project on ETC last year in April at Parwanoo on NH-5. /

“The pilot is being carried successfully and concessionaires have been requested to work out necessary modalities with the ETC solution providers / and Banks for setting up of Central Clearing House (CCH).

“A few more stretches have also been selected for ETC implementation. They are Mumbai - Ahmedabad, Chennai- Bangalore and Gurgaon – Jaipur – Beawar.

“I would like to assert that by March 31, 2014 we aim to implement ETC across all the toll plazas on our National Highways.

“For implementation of nationwide electronic toll collection we have recently constituted / Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL) / with equity partnership from NHAI (50%) Concessionaries (25%) and institutions (25%) .

“Government of India is also amending the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 for fitment of RFID tag on vehicles by the automobile manufacturers.

“I am happy that Feedback Brista Highways OMT Pvt. Limited (FBH) has organized this special session to discuss the issues that affect user comfort at the Toll Plazas and how we can develop an effective and efficient mechanism at Toll Plazas on National Highways.

“Our endeavor will be to develop policies and systems for happy user experience on Indian Highways / through better safety measures / and / lower waiting time at the Toll Plazas.

“We will be happy to partner with the Government of Portugal to develop a mechanism for better cooperation and collaboration in this regard.”

Why do people leave shoes outside temples, gurudwaras, mosques in India?

Since childhood this is taught to us one of the good habit which is purely scientific as all of us knows that is not to wear sandals inside the temple and in house and even for any religious ceremonies ...this is there in hindu temples, gurudwaras, mosque and other religious temples too as wearing shoes spread dust and many other microorganisms which might give rise to infections as many people visit temples and religious places and at homes there are kids who get infected very fast some old people as well as other members it goes

Chappals or Shoes are generally made up of rubber or leather or sometimes even animal skin is used to make shoes. All these things are considered impure and at the same time as you know, shoes and chappals are used everywhere hence they tend to get all the impurities like dirt, germs etc., which spoil the pure environment of the temple and is the source of negative energy.

The place of Worship is the most sacred place and hence in order to keep this negative energy out of the temple, foot-wears are not allowed inside religious places and temples.

This concept extends to interactions between individuals. Touching another person with your shoe or foot may be considered an insult. If done accidently an apology should be made by touching one’s right hand to the spot on the individual that was offended and then lightly using the same hand to touch your own left eye and then the right. Also one should never point their foot at another person nor spread their feet before an altar.
Normally the foot are main doors for our body to transmit outside good and bad into us.

If we are cleaning our foots before entering to the house after outside work, (we are believing)many diseases are invited. Similarly our bare footed legs will inspire much with the sanctity of temples. Another thing it is one way respect to God.

In this same spirit shoes should be taken off when entering a temple. It represents slipping off of the material world when one enters a spiritual realm.

They should be removed without using one’s hands. If unavoidable hands should be washed before the individual touches anything else within the structure. Temples usually have a place to leave shoes and in certain cold weather ones wooden shoes may be provided. These will be exchanged for one’s own shoes upon leaving.

The practice of removing shoes is carried over to most Hindu homes. If it isn’t obvious where you can leave your shoes one should ask. It is considered improper to carry them from room to room.

Foot-wears are considered to be unholy and temples are holy places which are full of positive vibrations.Therefore, before we enter temples we should not only remove your shoes or slippers but also wash our feet so that we don't spoil the holiness of those places.For example, we would have walked with the shoes or slipper before entering the temple and unknowingly we would have stamped on some dirt and carry it to religious places is not ethical.

Importantly, traditionally our forefathers had followed the rule of entering the temples bare-footed. So, definitely there must be some special reasons.

Temples are the place that contains pure vibrations. In olden days temples are constructed in such a way to create vibration. They enter our body through our foots.

Hindus believe that God is the supreme of the Universe and we all are here only because of his blessings, we need to behave in a good manner inside the temples.Going to the temple with a clean body. Legs and hands shall be cleaned at entering the temple.

The home is also like a temple.What we follow at temple should also be followed at home.

[source: Indian Culture And Tradition Facebook]


Shocked News: 99% NGOs "fraud" and "merely money making devices" : Delhi HC

The Delhi high court has called for toughening of licensing norms for NGOs observing that 99% of them are "fraud" and "merely money making devices". "Most private run so called philanthropic organizations do not understand their social responsibilities. 99% of the existing NGOs are fraud and simply moneymaking devices. Only one out of every hundred NGOs serve the purpose they are set up for", a bench headed by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog said.
"There is a need for toughening of licensing norms and legislature has to keep this in mind", the bench said.
The stinging remarks came while the court was hearing a petition filed by children homes Chatravas and Arya orphanage challenging government's refusal to grant them license under the Women and Children's Institutions (Licensing) Act, 1956 and insisting on registration under the Juvenile Justice Act.
The Delhi government and union women and child development ministry opposed the plea saying that all children homes in the country have to be registered under the JJ Act 2006 which subject them to supervision, monitoring and periodic inspections by child welfare committee of the government even if they have licenses under any other law.
Arguing for the homes, senior lawyer Maninder Singh said "an institution which has licence under the Women and Children's Institutions (Licensing) Act, 1956 did not require registration under the JJ Act.
"The JJ Act has its own field and does not override the women and children's institutions act. Moreover JJ Act is not applicable to independent private philanthropic institutions but for those run by government", argued Singh.
The stand of the centre was that a clear policy framework for the entire country has been laid out and Women and Children Institutions (Licensing) Act has no value as it stood repealed even since the JJ Act came into being in 2006. But Singh said the option should be licensing under Women and Children's Institutions (Licensing) Act or Orphanage and other charitable institutions Act even if the JJ Act was applicable in a state.


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