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SC for MBBS, BDS entrance through NEET

Written By Kvartha People on Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 10:17 PM

The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the decks for holding of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), a single common entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses, in two phases for the academic year 2016-17 in which around 6.5 lakh candidates are likely to appear.

The apex court approved the schedule put before it by the Centre, CBSE and the Medical Medical Council of India (MCI) for treating All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) fixed for May 1 as NEET-I and those who have not applied for AIPMT will be given opportunity to appear in NEET-II on July 24 and the combined result would be declared on August 17 so that the admission process can be completed by September 30.
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With launch of seventh navigation satellite, India a step away from 'GPS club'

Sriharikota: India on Thursday afternoon successfully put into orbit its seventh and final navigation satellite — IRNSS-1G — with its own rocket in copy-book style.

With this, India successfully completed putting into orbit all the seven navigation satellites to complete the system in the sky.

Exactly at 12.50 pm, the PSLV rocket standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 320 tonnes tore into the afternoon skies with fierce orange flames at its tail.

At the rocket mission control room, scientists were glued to their computer screens watching the rocket escaping the earth's gravitational pull.

Just over 20 minutes into the flight, the PSLV rocket ejected its sole passenger — IRNSS-1F — at an altitude of 488.9 km.

Soon after this, the satellite's solar panels were deployed.
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Paris climate agreement: Delegates from 35 countries in solidarity

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, April 22, 2016 | 10:00 PM

Delegates from 35 countries gathered together in the national capital on Friday in support for climate change solutions which are to be catalyzed with the Paris Agreement to be signed at United Nations General Assembly in New York.

"This Earth Day, Paharpur Business Centre (PBC); The Climate Reality Project- India Chapter (NPO founded by Al Gore, Former Vice President of USA); and Earth Day Network joined hands and brought together over 35 countries for tree plantation ceremony in commendation with the signing of the Paris Agreement," an official statement said.

"This Earth Day marks a historical movement in the wake of environmental protection across the globe. Over 155 Countries are assembling in New York to sign the toughest and the most important commitment for survival.

"The agreement contains a range of measures that are meant to counteract the damage climate change is causing the planet.The delegates included Ambassadors, High Commissioners and other Diplomats besides school children, heads and senior officials of the different corporate houses, chambers of commerce and government sectors," the statement further added.

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Xi now commander in chief of China's armed forces

Written By Kvartha People on Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 10:00 PM

BEIJING: Chinese president Xi Jinping appeared in military fatigue at a military facility in Beijing on Wednesday after acquiring the title of commander in chief of the armed forces, the official Xinhua reported on Thursday.

He also ordered creation of a joint military command to prepare the forces for future wars, driven by information technology as well as risks posed in the conflict over islands in the South China Sea.

"The current situation requires battle command to be highly strategic, coordinated, timely, professional and accurate," Xi told military officers at the joint battle command center of the Central Military Commission.

The president asked officers to change their mindset in order to innovate and tackle difficulties. They should strive to make a success of a joint battle command system that was "absolutely loyal, resourceful in fighting, efficient in commanding and courageous and capable of winning wars," he said.

As general secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi already commands the highest power status in the country. The addition of a military title would make little difference to his position but send out signals about the importance of the military in the eyes of the present government.

Military analysts said coordination among different segments of the military has been regarded as a weak point in the Chinese war machine, and Xi has now set out to change the situation by taking over the joint command himself.
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Delhi: AAP, BJP do politics over landfill fire

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Accused by the ruling AAP of purposefully setting fire to a landfill, the BJP on Thursday hit back at the AAP government saying that its odd-even scheme has failed and thus they are doing politics to "mislead people".

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s remarks came after senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Dilip Pandey accused it of setting the Bhalswa landfill on fire to sabotage the city government's flagship odd-even scheme by causing air pollution.

"Their odd-even scheme has failed as people have rejected it. Hence to hide their failure they are doing politics and misleading people," the BJP's North MCD Mayor Ravinder Gupta told IANS.

"They (AAP) have gone mad and they should understand that BJP does not indulge in any such activities," Gupta said.

"The habit of doing senseless things lies with the AAP and their Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal," the mayor said, adding, "My appeal to the AAP leaders is that they should visit any psychiatrist and get themselves treated. They should spare the people of Delhi from senseless schemes like odd-even."

Gupta said that landfill sites emanate methane gas and it was the reason for the fire. This he said is the case not only with the Bhalswa landfill, that caught fire on Thursday, but with other landfills sites too.

"When garbage is collected then methane gas is formed which comes out and reacts with the plastic and catches fire," the mayor explained.

Earlier, AAP leader Pandey took to twitter and posted: "The BJP is stooping to the lowest in Delhi to fail odd-even. MCD burning dump yards, creating health hazard. BJP pollutes Delhi."
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Shaktiman, Uttarakhand Police's brave horse dies after brutally hit by BJP MP

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | 9:51 PM

Dehradun: Shaktiman – the horse of Uttarakhand Police that had a leg amputated after being allegedly assaulted by a politician – died on Wednesday.

It was injured during a BJP protest in Dehradun.

A couple of days ago, reports had stated that Shaktiman was recovering well and had started walking after a prosthetic leg was arranged for and fixed by Jamie Vaughan, an American animal lover who lives in Paro, Bhutan and runs an animal shelter there.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat expressed condolence over Shaktiman's death and said, "I am shocked, can't express my feeling in words, we all thought Shaktimaan was recovering well."

Meanwhile, blaming the Congress government in the state, BJP leader Ajay Bhatt said, "An innocent animal died because of the state govt’s mistake and no proper treatment was given to it."

Contradicting Bhatt's claims, doctor who was attending Shaktiman said, "We are very sad. Everybody did everything possible, what happened today is sad."

"It was unexpected as Shaktimaan was recovering well. A brave horse has died and we must respect it," said Dr Khambatta.

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Wipro Plans Big Bets On Digital Services To Double Revenue

Bengaluru: The new boss of Indian IT services firm Wipro Ltd is betting on digital and automation services to stem a decline in market share and double revenue over the next four years.

Abidali Neemuchwala, who took over the reins at India's third-largest software services exporter in February, told a post-earnings press conference that the company plans to boost revenue to $15 billion by fiscal 2020, from $7.7 billion in the 2015-16 financial year.

The revival plan, first outlined in an internal company memo in February, comes as Wipro grapples with shrinking margins and falling profits.

The Bengaluru-based company has lagged larger domestic rivals Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in switching to high-margin digital services as tight competition has pressured fees for routine IT services.

Neemuchwala said initiatives to improve digital sales would include merging the company's consulting business with its digital services business and setting up new training schemes for employees.
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US Presidential polls 2016: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton tipped to win after suffering a series of losses

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | 8:54 PM

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday looked set for solidifying their presidential front-runner status after suffering a series of losses recently as polling began in the potentially game-changing New York state primary.

All the presidential hopefuls packed in back-to-back campaign stops, making final pitches before voters ahead of the crucial primary election. Democratic contenders Clinton and Bernie Sanders and their Republican rivals Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich toured across the state holding rallies and meeting voters yesterday, seeking to solidify their positions.

At stake are 291 Democratic delegates and 95 for Republicans. 68-year-old Clinton, the New York senator for eight years, is leading the delegate count with 1,307, while Sanders has 1,094 delegates. The one who clinches 2,383 delegates in all wins the party's nomination. Clinton is trying to end a seven state winning streak for 74-year-old Sanders in this primary. A total of 1,237 delegates are needed to sew up the Republican nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Trump, 69, leads in the total delegate count with 743, followed by Cruz with 543 and Kasich with 144. Trump, who has faced defeats at the hands of Cruz recently, is desperately trying to get enough delegates to avoid a contested convention this summer. For Trump, a win in New York would be his first since he won the Arizona Primary on March 22. A new NBC New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows Trump will garner 54 per cent of the Republican primary voters. Ohio Governor Kasich is expected to come in second, instead of Cruz. On the Democratic side, Clinton has a double-digit lead over her competitor Vermont Senator Sanders.

However, nationally, Republican presidential front-runner Trump has the support of a record 40 per cent Republican voters while Clinton is engaged in a tough contest with Sanders, according to a latest poll.

Trump has the support of 40 per cent of the Republican primary voters and is followed closely by Senator Cruz with 35 per cent and Ohio Governor John Kasich with 24 per cent, according to a latest opinion poll by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, in the Democratic party, Sanders (46.3 per cent) has all but eliminated Clinton's (47.7 per cent) primary polling lead, it said.

While Trump would need as many votes as possible, he will not be getting two from his own family.

Since only registered voters from participating parties may vote, Trump's children Eric and Ivanka Trump missed the deadline to register with a political party, making them ineligible to cast ballots for the billionaire businessman. Clinton sought support of the minorities and women doing her various stops across the city

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Back with a Bang: Nestle India relaunches vegetable atta noodles and oats variants of Maggi.

New Delhi: Looking to claw back its market share in instant noodles segment, Nestle India has relaunched vegetable atta noodles and oats variants of Maggi.

Besides, the company claimed that it has strengthened its leadership position in the category with more than 50 per cent market share after five months of the relaunch.

"With the latest relaunch, we are aiming to provide more choices to suit consumer preferences, driving greater volumes and building back our market share. I am happy that we have gained month-on-month and continue to lead noodles category with over 50 per cent market share," Nestle India Chairman and Managing Director Suresh Narayanan said.

The company has partnered e-commerce marketplace Snapdeal for an exclusive preview sale of a special kit for four packs each, Nestle India said in a statement.

At present, Maggi noodles is available in two variants -- Masala and Chicken. Nestle had relaunched Maggi in November after it went off the market for five months due to a ban by central food safety regulator FSSAI over alleged presence of lead beyond permissible limits.

Last week, its parent firm Nestle SA said India business is "recovering faster than anticipated" although the performance will continue to impact the company's showing in Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa (AOA) region.

(This story has not been edited by KVARTHA staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
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Sabarimala: Gender equality is a constitutional message, says SC

Written By Kvartha People on Monday, April 18, 2016 | 10:24 PM

The Supreme Court on Monday said that gender equality is a “constitutional message” and the Sabarimala temple management “cannot say that it [the ban] comes under their right to manage religious affairs.

The Bench, also comprising Justices V. Gopala Gowda and Kurian Joseph, reiterated that it would test the “so-called” customary practice under the provisions of the Constitution.

At the outset, senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for NGO ‘Happy to Bleed’, which is seeking women’s entry into the historic shrine in Kerala, said the law was meant for “removal of social ills” and constitutional principles would prevail over discriminatory customs and beliefs.

“The ban on entry of women cannot be said to be part of the right to manage a public religious places like temple,” she said and referred to various judgments to buttress her arguments.

The right to enter a public temple is available to all Hindus irrespective of gender, she said, adding that any custom, belief or even law could be termed “void” if they do not conform to the constitutional principles.
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Sushma Swaraj’s ‘Iran attire’ invites criticism

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s choice of attire when she met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday invited severe criticism on social media.

Twitter users posted scathing comments on her choice of dress - a pink sari with matching shawl that covered her from head to toe.

Some users compared Swaraj’s look with other women who have met Rouhani in the past. A combination picture tweeted by @padhalikha showing woman ministers of other countries meeting Rouhani went viral.

Another Twitter user @AAPkSaath posted picture of CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour interviewing Rouhani without a scarf.

Many questioned whether Swaraj was compelled to wear such a dress. “Mam i have never seen you covering head and self in such a fashion ever. What was compulsion?” @pbengani tweeted.

However others defended Swaraj saying these dress codes are inevitable during bilateral meets.

@Spexmp tweeted “There are some decorum maintain even in small offices its a bilateral relation lots of occasion they do.”

“Nothing wrong in respecting local culture. Many foreign leaders wear saree say Namaste” @smedia4 tweeted.

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