NTA to conduct entrance examinations for higher education
The Minister of HRD ,ShriPrakashJavadekar has said that the National
Testing Agency (NTA) has started its work and will be conducting various
entrance examinations for higher educational Institutions from next academic
He said that the NTA will bring qualitative difference in the
examination process by its focus on research and scientific test design
using services of Experts, Researchers, Statisticians, Psychometricians,
Test Item Writers and Education Specialists.
He also informed that the examinations for all candidates will be
conducted in computer based mode only (Starting from next exam UGC-NET
exam). He further informed that these examinations will use highly secured
IT software and encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This
will ensure no leakages and other malpractices.
Punjab to make dope test mandatory to all staffs
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced on July 4 that
all government employees would have to take an annual test to confirm that
they are drug-free. The move will make Punjab the first State to conduct a
dope test, including on police personnel.
Mr. Singh ordered the tests, done free of cost, on all government
employees, applicable from recruitment through every stage of service.
In the last year alone, the State government arrested 18,977 drug
peddlers and treated over two lakh drug-dependent individuals. Over 3,900
convicts under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and 5,610
undertrials are in prison.
The operation has begun to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach who
will need to dive out of the flooded Thai cave where they have been trapped
for more than two weeks, with officials saying Sunday morning that “today is
Chiang Rai acting Gov. NarongsakOsatanakorn said 13 foreign and five
Thai divers were taking part in the rescue and two divers will accompany
each boy as they are gradually extracted. The operation began at 10 a.m. and
he said it would take at least 11 hours for the first person to be rescued.
The only way to bring them out of ThamLuang Nang Non in Chiang Rai
province is by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water
and strong currents, as well as oxygen-depleted air.
British cabinet passes Brexit Bill
This will see an EU-U.K. Free Trade Area and Britain remaining closely
aligned to the EU’s single market on agriculture and goods via a “common
rule book,” though the services sector will be excluded.
Britain is still set to leave the EU on March 29 next year. On Saturday,
the Prime Minister further elaborated her position that would include ending
free movement, ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, and
exiting the EU’s common agricultural and fisheries policies.
The agreement followed a summit at the Prime Minister’s country retreat,
Chequers, ahead of which tensions ran high, as members of the Cabinet
remained deadlocked over what Britain’s future negotiating strategy should
be to enable talks with EU leaders to continue and to allay concerns of
RBI cancels cooperative bank’s license
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said the licence of Alwar Urban
Co-operative Bank in Alwar, Rajasthan has been cancelled as it is not in a
position to pay its depositors in full as and when their claims accrue,
among other reasons.
The Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Rajasthan has also been
requested to issue an order for winding up the bank and appoint a liquidator
for the bank,” the RBI said in a statement
Postal department set to start insurance business
In a move which can be seen as part two of the government’s flagship Jan
DhanYojana for financial inclusion, the Department of Posts plans to build
on its life insurance offerings that would be spun off as a separate unit.
The schemes, Postal Life Insurance (PLI) and Rural Postal Life Insurance
(RPLI), were earlier available only for government sector employees.
The government expanded the scheme to include professionals such as
doctors, engineers, management consultants, chartered accountants,
architects, lawyers and bankers, and to employees of listed companies.
As on March 31, 2017, there were 46.8 lakh PLI and 146.8 lakh RPLI
policies taken across the country. The Minister added that the Life
Insurance Fund (AssestUnder Management) increased 2.5 times for the schemes
from ₹25,856 crore in March 2014 to ₹66,905crore in March 2018.
Dipika in Commonwelath games federation
Squash player DipikaPallikal has been appointed as Asia’s representative
in the prestigious Athletes Advisory Commission of the Commonwealth Games
The Indian Olympic Association/ CGA India had proposed the name of Dipika to
represent Asia in the CGFAAC.
The CGF Athletes Advisory Commission was proposed in August 2017 and had
reached out to all 71 member Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) to
nominate an athlete with the potential to serve the Athletes Commission.