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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Rajya Sabha passes the Indian Institute of Information Technology (Public Private Partnership) Bill 2017

Rajya Sabha passes the Indian Institute of Information Technology (Public Private Partnership) Bill 2017

The current scheme:

  1. Funding is Centre: State: Industry Partner in the ratio of 50:35:15 (for NER, 57.5:35:7.5). State Government, in addition, provides land.
  2. The approved project cost of each IIT-PPP is Rs 128 crore to be shared among the Centre, State and industry partner(s) in the above ratio. In addition, Rs 10 crore to be provided by the central government for recurring expenditure.

Current Status of IIITs-PPP

  1. Total 15 started so far and covered by the Bill:
  2. 5 (five) in 2013-14 at Kota, Chittoor, Guwahati, Vadodara, Tiruchirapalli.
  3. 3 (three) in 2014-15 – Sonepat, Kalyani, Una
  4. 4 (four) in 2015-16 – Lucknow, Senapati, Dharwad, Kottayam
  5. 3 (three) in 2016-17 – Nagpur, Pune, Ranchi
  6. 3 (three) to start in 2017-18 – Bhopal, Surat, Bhagalpur

 

Consultation Process:

  1. Inter-ministerial, including Finance and Law
  2. Draft Bill was uploaded on website and comments were invited.
  3. Draft Bill was also circulated earlier to State Governments and Institutes and comments were invited till 30th December 2016
  4. Intensive consultation with all stakeholders (concerned State Governments, industry partners, Chairpersons and Directors of the Institutes) on 23rd December 2016

 

Some important provisions of the Bill:

  1. Role of Industry Partner(s) [S. 11(6)]
  2. Expected to contribute towards research labs and projects, internship, faculty chairs etc. from time to time.
  3. Depute industry professionals as adjunct faculty
  4. Students to do research projects with Industry professionals as mentors.
  5. Faculty to have sabbaticals for short period with industry.
  6. Internship, job opportunities for students of IIITs
  7. Sponsor PhDs. For employees of Industry.
  8. To provide inputs on course curriculum
  9. Board of Governors (Section 14)
  10. The Board of Governors shall be the principal policy making and executive body (In case of centrally funded IIITs/ IITs/ NITs, important policy decisions are taken by the IIIT Council).
  11. All members, other than the Chairperson and nominees of Central / State Govt. and Industry Partners, shall be appointed by the Board (unlike centrally funded IIITs in which IIIT Council nominates 4 members to the BoG).
  12. he Chairperson shall be nominated by the Visitor.
  13. The BoG has the power to grant degrees, diplomas, fellowships and scholarships.
  14. BoG has to put in place policies to make the institute self-sustaining in 5 (five) years.
  15. The Board has the power to conduct enquiry against the Director (S. 23).
  16. Appointment of Director (S. 23)
  17. The process of appointment of Director is initiated by the Board itself.
  18. Chairperson of BoG is also the Chairperson of the Search-cum-Selection Committee (ScSC) (In Central Government funded IIITs, chairperson of ScSC is separately nominated by the the Minister of HRD).
  19. Representatives of private partner, State / Central Govt in ScSC.
  20. Visitor is the approving authority.
  21. Coordination Forum (S. 38)

 

Punjab launches flagship ‘care companion programme’ scheme

  1. Brahm Mohindra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab has inugarates the one of the flagship scheme that is the “Care Companion Programme” (CCP) that is for the better improvement of the patient outcomes through better family engagement and education.
  2. The Minister has said that this Care Companion Program will firstly apllied at the local hospitals like the Maternal & Child Health that is thr group of the six state, hospitals in Punjab (Amritsar, Patiala, Jalandhar, SBS Nagar, Sangrur, TarnTaran) and it can be taklen at the point of the vadditional public health facilities in the state in the near future. Noora Health will be the Technical Partners to implement the program in the State.
  3. Brahm Mohindra also said that the al the nursing staff of the hospital will be trained well by the engage and teach patients and caregivers in the wards. Families will learn high-impact health skills for taking care of the new-born baby and post-partum mother, specifically, baby hygiene, thermal care, breastfeeding, and maternal nutrition.

KEYS:

  1. Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, is the heart of India’s Sikh community
  2. The city of Amritsar, founded in the 1570s by Sikh Guru Ram Das, is the site of Harmandir Sahib, the holiest gurdwara (Sikh place of worship)
  3. Known in English as the Golden Temple, and surrounded by the Pool of Nectar, it’s a major pilgrimage site
  4. Also in Amritsar is Durgiana Temple, a Hindu shrine famed for its engraved silver doors
  5. Land area: 50,362 km²
  6. Capital: Chandigarh
  7. Population: 27.98 million (2012)
  8. Points of interest: Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, ChattBir Zoo, MORE
  9. Colleges and Universities: Guru Nanak Dev Universit

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

The Latest: Tillerson says US won’t accept nuclear N. Korea

The Latest: Tillerson says US won't accept nuclear N. Korea

  1. S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the Washington will never get tied with the nuclear-armed North Korea, and calls on China and Russia to and that is for the growth of the regional and global stability posed by Pyongyang’s missiles.
  2. He says: “All nations should take a strong public stance against North Korea by maintaining and strengthening U.N. sanctions to ensure North Korea will face consequences for its relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.”
  3. Tillerson also says Russia and China are “the principal economic enablers of North Korea’s nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development program” and bear “unique and special responsibility for this growing threat to regional and global stability.”
  4. He says Washington “will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea nor abandon our commitment to our allies and partners in the region.”

KEYS:

  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC.
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. Dialing code: +1
  6. President: Donald Trump
  7. Population: 323.1 million (2016)
  8. States: California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Alaska,

                          

BANKING & FINANCE

NPCI receives final nod from RBI to function as Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit

NPCI receives final nod from RBI to function as Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit

  1. On Friday, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has announced that the Reserve Bank of India has given the permission to him for the Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit (BBPCU), handling more than 45 crore utility bills ranging from electricity, telecom, water to gas.
  2. “There is a specific direction from the RBI. Nearly 45 crore bills which comprises electricity, telecom, DTH, water and gas are permitted under BBPS. This initiative will provide a major push to digital payments as it is a big step forward in formalising the bill payment system in the country,” said A P Hota, MD & CEO, NPCI.
  3. “The real impact would be visible only when SBI joins,” added Mr. Hota.
  4. “The likelihood of meeting the target of generating 25 billion digital transactions during the current financial year depends critically on the power sector gets on-boarded on BBPS system,” added Hota.

KEYS:

  1. National Payments Corporation of India is the umbrella organisation for all retail payment systems in India, which aims to allow all Indian citizens to have unrestricted access to e-payment services
  2. Headquarters: Mumbai
  3. Founded: 2008
  4. Type of business: Section 8 Company
  5. Number of employees: 700
  6. Key person: M. Balachandran

Science and Technology

Scientists develop new software that can crate 3D models from 2D photographs

Scientists develop new software that can crate 3D models from 2D photographs

  1. Scientists, that is one of the Indian origin scientist have developed the artificial software that can change the 3D models from two dimensional photographs, an advance that could allow future robots to navigate in the real world.
  2. “The “magical” capability of AI deep learning is that it is able to learn abstractly,” said Karthik Ramani, professor at Purdue University in the US.
  3. “If you show it hundreds of thousands of shapes of something such as a car, if you then show it a 2D image of a car, it can reconstruct that model in 3D,” Ramani said. “It can even take two 2D images and create a 3D shape between the two, which we call ‘hallucination’,” he said.
  4. “You can imagine a movie camera that is taking pictures in 2D, but in the virtual reality world everything is appearing magically in 3D. Inch-by-inch we are going there, and in the next five years something like this is going to happen” Ramani said

SPORTS

Mike Moustakas clubs his 30th homer as Royals top Red Sox for ninth straight win

Mike Moustakas clubs his 30th homer as Royals top Red Sox for ninth straight win

  1. For the lend of the most of the run in the score the baseball player has been must have to gain the proten for the energy and the strenghth. For the barell iof the many of the hand coordination of the 95-mph fastball. For the launch of the leg and the hand of the nation that is the baseball 400 feet. Enough experience and acumen to solve the best pitchers in the world.
  2. “I just got my hands through the zone,” Moustakas said.
  3. “Moose came up big there,” said Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas.
  4. “I always feel good about Moose in that situation,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
  5. “Everybody is clicking at the same time,” Moustakas said. “This is a second-half team. We’re pretty dangerous when it comes down to it.”

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Tsering Wange bags India Travel Award

Tsering Wange bags India Travel Award

  1. MD of Himalayan Holidays Tsering Wange, he is the also at the post of the President of Arunachal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association he has get the most honorable awards for the India Travel Award in Guwahati on July 26.
  2. The trophy & the citation has been given to his by the R Sudhan, Special Secretary Tourism, Manipur & Arni Sapkal, Gladrag Mrs India 2017.
  3. Director of Indian Travel Awards Sanjeet has get the congrates him and in the term of him he said that he is one of the tourism pioneers from North East who has been promoting tourism and adventure sports for the past two decades.

OBITUARY

Marty Sklar, pioneering imagineer who channeled Walt Disney, dies at 83

Marty Sklar, pioneering imagineer who channeled Walt Disney, dies at 83

  1. Marty Sklar, the most imaginary and the most of the creative man of the Disney Imagineer who has work for the making of the Walt Disney on the development of Disney theme parks has died at the age of 83 in the Hollywood Hills home.
  2. “I was frightened. Here I was 21 years old, had never worked professionally,” Sklar recalled in a 2002 interview with The Times. “He had time for even the smallest detail, like my newspaper.”
  3. “Walt and he seemed to think alike,” said Dave Smith, Disney’s former chief archivist, who began at the company in 1970. “Marty really understood Walt more than a lot of people.”
  4. “He never said, ‘Walt wouldn’t have liked this,’ or ‘This is what Walt would have done,’ but we just knew that is what he was thinking when he gave advice,” said Jim Cora, the former chairman of Disneyland International.
  5. “It actually affected me more than when my father died,” Sklar told The Times. “I finally realized I never had to think like my father, but in order to write for Walt Disney I had to try to think like Walt Disney and use words that he used. It got so deeply into that, it had a tremendous effect on me.”

KEYS:

  1. Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer.
  2. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.
  3. Born: 5 December 1901, Hermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  4. Died: 15 December 1966, Burbank, California, United States
  5. Spouse: Lillian Disney (m. 1925–1966)
  6. Awards: Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated)

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

Martyrdom Day of Shahid Udham Singh

Martyrdom Day of Shahid Udham Singh

  1. Udham Singh was the India’s best revolutionary man and he has also known for the killing by the shoot to the Sir Michael O’Dwyer, who was the former Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab in British India, on 13 March 1940.
  2. The killing of this shooting has been done for taking of the revenge of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919. Udham Singh is best and one of the best revolutionary man of the Indian independence movement.
  3. He is also known by the most of the man that is the Shaheed-i-Azam Sardar Udham Singh. There is the district that is the (Udham Singh Nagar) of Uttarakhand was named after him in October 1995 by Mayawati government.

 

 

 

 

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