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IITs to formulate policy to attract and retain quality Indian and NRI faculty member

New Delhi/April 28
Soon, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are going formulate policy to attract and retain quality faculty members, Indian as well as Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).
“IITs will do year-round open advertisements, holding of selection committee meetings through video conferencing, invitation to alumni, scientists, faculty from India and abroad to reach out to potential candidates, advertisements in international journals to attract the attention of professionals abroad and introducing young faculty award,” said Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharur here today.
Tharoor said that Indian government has now decided to allow faculty working under the Central Government or Central Autonomous Bodies to join the newly set up Central Education Institutes on long-term deputation for a period of 10-years.
“IITs are also free to appoint Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) to permanent faculty position,” Tharoor said.
It is worth mentioning here that approximately 42 percent faculty positions in the IITs and almost half in NITs are lying vacant.
In order to ensure quality teaching and fulfill the requirement of 16 IITs and 30 NITs in India, these institutes have been allowed to engage faculty on contract and visiting faculty.
However, one of the main reasons that is leading to the shortage of faculty members in IITs is hike the minimum qualification for faculty recruitment in these institutes is a Ph.D degree and most of the students chose to work in corporate houses on lucrative package through placement after completing B.Tech/ M.Tech courses than to further pursue studies and opt for the teaching profession.

Guinness’ Book World record holder dies of heart attack while performing stunt

New Delhi/April 28
Guinness Book World record for traveling longest distance with hair tied to a wire, Sailendra Nath Roy today died of an heart attack while he was performing a stunt on Teesta River in Darjeeling district of West Bengal.
Roy was trying to cross the Teesta River through zipline that was tied to his hair on Coronation Bridge in Sevoke area near Siliguri in Darjeeling district. While trying to 600 feet at a height of 70 feet amid full public view, he suffered a severe heart attack and died.
“After covering some distance, suddenly Roy stopped his movements and it was after sometime that people noticed his condition and brought him down. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead,” said the police.
48 year-old brave heart stuntman, Roy was working as home guard with Siliguri police and he had was performed stunts all over India.
Roy was included in the Guinness World Record for covering a distance of 270 feet on a zip wire attached to a tuft of his hair at Neemrana Fort Palace in Alwar district in Rajasthan on March 1, 2011. He had performed the stunt at the Neemrana Fort, which is one of India’s oldest heritage resorts (1464 AD) and is home to India’s first aerial zip-line.
He had also pulled a toy train of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway with a chain attached to the tuft of his hair for 2.5 meters in Siliguri in September 21, 2012.

Chances of Sarbjit’s survival very slim

Lahore/ April 28
Pakistani doctors on Sunday said that there has been no improvement in the condition of Sarabjit Singh, currently in coma in hospital and that his chances of survival are “slim”.
More than 45 hours after Sarabjit was admitted to Jinnah Hospital with a severe head injury, there has been “no sign” of recovery or improvement in his condition, the doctors were quoted as saying by sources.
The doctors believe Sarabjit’s chances of survival are “slim” as he sustained injuries over a widespread area of his head that led to unconsciousness.
The doctors found a haematoma (a localised collection of blood outside vessels) larger than 3 cm, indicating that he was in need of surgical intervention.
Another source quoted doctors as saying that Sarabjit’s condition was measured as 5 on the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), which indicates the level of damage to a person’s central nervous system.
The lowest possible GCS score is 3 while the highest is 15. The GCS assesses level of consciousness after a profound head injury and Sarabjit’s reading indicated deep unconsciousness, making his treatment a major neurosurgical challenge for the medical board set up by authorities, the source said.
After the medical board examined Sarabjit again today, its members agreed it would not be possible to perform surgery on him at this stage.
A separate intensive care unit has been set up in Jinnah Hospital for Sarabjit because of security concerns.
People have been barred from approaching the unit and a large police contingent has been deployed there to guard him.
Sarabjit sustained several injuries, including a skull fracture, when six prisoners attacked him in Kot Lakhpat Jail on Friday afternoon.
He was hit on the head with bricks and his neck and torso cut with sharp weapons.
Sarabjit was convicted for alleged involvement in a string of bomb attacks in Punjab province that killed 14 people in 1990.

Most dashing centuries in T-20 Cricket matches

Chris Gayle T20 century off 30 balls against Pune Worriors in IPL match is the fastest by any batsmen in cricketing history
Mumbai/April 28
Ongoing IPL 2013 is witnessing some great dashing innings by batsmen and has witnessed some great batting performances in the past editions of cricketing extravaganza. But the century in 30 balls by Chris Gayle,fastest ever in any format in cricket history, has attracted attention across cricketing world.
On 23 April 2013, the dashing West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle smashed the most breathtaking knock in the history of T20 cricket during ongoing Pepsi IPL in India in a match between Royal Challengers Vs Pune Warriors in Bangalore.
In this match he scored 100 off just 30 balls against Pune warriors and smashed an unbeaten 175 runs off 66 balls. Gayle smashed 17 sixes and 13 fours during his innings which is the highest ever individual score in a T20 match.

Yusuf Pathan, the hard hitter from India scored his T20 century off 37 balls in a DLF IPL match against Mumbai Indians during 2009-2010. He was playing for Rajasthan Royals. This is the fourth fastest T20 century in T20 cricket history as of now.

Adam Gilchrist, the former Australian wicketkeeper and batsman scored T20 century just off 42 balls in Mumbai during 2007-2008 in a DLF IPL match against Mumbai.

Himachal gears-up to weed-out Lantana

Shimla/ April 28
Foreseeing the peril being caused to cultivable land and forest areas due to lantana particularly in the lower belts of Himachal, the Forest Department has decided to do away with the problem by resorting to planting fruit bearing and other eco-friendly species of plants on 5000 hectare of land being infested by Lantana.
This was informed by Himachal government spokesman here on Sunday.
Lantana, an exotic obnoxious weed, is infesting around 185000 hectare of forest land in hiwalik hills.
It is not only posing threat to the forest wealth but also reducing the productivity status of land thereby affecting livelihood of the people. The grave problem has sounded alarms to the concerned agencies of the state government to treat the area occupied by the wild species on priority.
He said in this fiscal year the department aims to clear lantana from 50 sq km and then go for treating the area with plantation of fast-growing native species like bamboo, khair and amla.
Lantana is not only posing threat to the forests but also reducing the productivity status of land thereby affecting livelihood of the people, the official said.
Forest officials said funds for removing the weed and subsequent re-greening drives have been arranged under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority of India (CAMPA) and the Green India Mission Fund of government of India.
“Even the locals are involved through MNREGA and participatory forest management committees,” said the officials.
For eradicating the lantana, the department is using the mechanical method. The weed is physically removed with tools like ‘monkey jack’.
Besides lantana, parthenium, ageratum and eupatorium are other forest weeds. “Of these, lantana is the prominent one in the state,” said an official.
He said at present government is stressing on awareness of the people on environmental services of the forests. Moreover, a target has been fixed to bring 20000 hectare of uncultivable land under afforestation, he added.
“The government has adopted the guidelines of New State Forest Policy-2005 to conserve the forest wealth of the state. The objective for 12th five year plan, 2012-17 is to increase the forest cover and compensatory afforestation and plantation through participation of local people based on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis, to assess the strengths and weakness of this vital sector,” he informed.
It clearly defines the strategies to tackle the problems arising in this sector, which has been made the base to eradicate the wild species, as Lantana.
He informed that a Working Group Committee has been constituted to recommend strategies for the 12th Plan to increase, conserve and protect forest wealth.
“Approximately, 80,000 hectares would be afforested during the next five years. Besides, forest department has decided to plant 45 lakhs medicinal plants throughout the state during this financial year,” he added.

TV journalist arrested for molesting and stalking girl in Haryana

Chandigarh/April 27
A local TV journalist was arrested police in Hissar district of Haryana on Friday for allegedly stalking and molesting a 22-year-old girl.
”In her complaint, the victim girl alleged that the accused, who works with leading Hindi TV News channel had allegedly molested her and stalked her for helping her in getting justice in a rape that she filed against one Vishal Phogat few months back,” said the police.
She had further alleged that the accused journalist had molested her and used to stalk her. He had allegedly demanded sexual favours from her for helping her in the rape case and had even threatened to defame her when she refused to conform to his demands.
A case has been registered in this regard at Hissar Police station against the accused TV scribe and he was produced in local court here that has released him on bail.

SAD targets UPA government on Chinese army intrusion and Sarabjit issue, calls it weakest government since Independence

Punjab government also announced state’s highest sports Maharaja Ranjit Singh awards to 67 outstanding players of different disciplines and doubled the prize money from Rs 1 lakh to 2 Lakh
Chandigarh/April 27
Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal today targeted Congress led UPA government on foreign policy and Indian government the weakest government after Independence that has compromised the nation’s security with even small countries like Maldives.
“Congress led UPA government was the most indecisive government even on the sensitive issues like Chinese intrusion and beating up of Indian national Sarabjit in Lahore Jail. This government was sleeping over reports of intrusion till Chinese entered and camped 19Kms inside the Indian Territory,” Badal said adding that the fact is no neighbor including a tiny Island like Maldives was scared of India these days as our indecisiveness was our hallmark.
Badal further alleged that Indian government to perform its legitimate duty to pursue the case of Sarabjit effectively and forcefully with Pakistan government. “When whole country and all state governments were supporting them on this issue he could not understand the lethargy of Union government on this critical issue,” Badal said.
He alleged that the centre has been performing its duty to safeguard the territorial sovereignty of the country. “A government that cannot protect its territory, must go at the earliest and when all parties are pressurizing Congress led UPA government to take strong and effective action against mechanization of China, why our Prime Minister was describing it just localized issue,” he said.
“India must display its might to regain its stature otherwise even countries like Maldives were not taking us seriously,” Badal said. The Deputy Chief Minister added that the incident of Sarabjit is most unfortunate and Government of India must send a high level team to probe the issue and get the truth.
Punjab government also announced state’s highest sports Maharaja Ranjit Singh awards to 67 outstanding players of different disciplines.
Sukhbir Badal added that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will confer these awards to 67 sports persons that include a prize money of Rs.2 lac, a trophy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh astride horse back in warrior dress, a Blazer with pocket, a Tie and a Scroll of Honour. The state government has also been doubled from Rs 1 lac to Rs 2 lac.

Gold prices continues upward trend

Delhi/ April 27
Gold prices continued upward trend with a hike of Rs 330 to be traded at Rs 27,600 per 10 grams in Mumbai bullion market on Friday owing to strong demand from stockists and traders coupled with heavy buying from consumers due to marriage season.
Silver prices also soared further by Rs 1,635 to Rs 46,950 per kg on increased offtake by industrial units and coin makers.
Silver prices also gained in futures market and the white metal’s prices further witnessed a hike of Rs 430 today after regaining Rs 45,000-level in futures trade yesterday
Gold prices in overseas markets, which normally set price trend on the domestic front, trading higher by USD 9.80 or 0.67 percent to USD 1,479 per ounce today as rising central banks and physical purchases countered tumbling assets in exchange-traded products.

Himachal Varsity’s Executive body cancels teachers’ long leave, suggests ban on student body elections

Shimla/April 27
The supreme decision making body of Himachal Pradesh University, Executive Council in a meeting held here on Saturday decided to cancel the long leave of two teachers,JB Nadda and Shashikant Dhiman. JB Nadda at present is the member of the Himachal Pradesh Educational Private Institution Regulatory Commission and Shashikant Dhiman is the vice chancellor of Himachal Pradesh Technical University at Hamirpur. JB Nadda is also brother of BJP’s General Secretary and former minister JP Nadda.
Both the teachers had got long leave sanctioned during the previous BJP regime for taking up other lucrative assignments. Officials said that the both have been given a time of 10 days to join their teaching jobs at HPU.
As per the university ordinance, there is a provision of long leave for teachers, but HPU authority has the right to cancel the long leave any time if necessity arises. Rules say that the long leave can be extended to a period of maximum five years. During this period, the job of the teacher is protected, but he is not allowed to withdraw his salary from the university.
Official sources said that the matter of gross irregularities in appointment of teachers and clerical posts was also echoed in EC meeting. EC member Chandshekhar raised this matter during the meeting and demanded probe by the vigilance. However no final decision could be taken and Vice Chancellor A.D,N Bajpai opposed this move.
EC members Bambar Thakur, Chandershekhar , Harish Janartha and some others took strong note of deteriorating academic atmosphere due to the strike and protests by student organizations. They suggested to ban elections if it was hampering the academic activities in the campus and other colleges of the state. They asked to ban protests of student organizations in the campus and said that the decision of Himachal High Court in this regard should be strictly implemented.
The EC members said that the demand of student’s organization regarding reduction in the price of B.Ed prospectus was not genuine as the neighbouring universities were charging a fee which was many times more as compare to HPU.
HPU EC also gave its approval to implement student’s charter from next academic session in the campus as well as colleges. Under the provisions of student’s charter students are to evaluate the performance of teachers.
EC approved the recommendation of the committee, headed by Director Higher Education Dinkar Burathoki. This committee was constituted with a purpose to start new professional courses like green house technology, software development, fashion technology and automobiles at college level.

Steep hike in power tariffs announced in Himachal

Shimla/April 27
Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC) on Saturday announced 16 per cent power hike in power tariffs for domestic consumers. Himachal has more than 18 lakh domestic consumers.
HPREC also announced a hike of 15 percent for the industrial consumers and 14 percent for the commercial consumers.
HPERC Executive Director, SK Joshi said that the revised tariffs will be applicable from April 1, this year.
According to new power tariffs domestic consumers will have to pay Rs. 1 per unit upto first 40 units. For next 40 to 125 units the domestic consumers will be charged Rs. 1.30 per unit. The old rates in this slab were Rs. 1.10 per unit. While for 126 to 250 units the power tariffs has been hiked from Rs. 2.20 to Rs. 2.70 per unit. For the units above 250 power tariffs have been hiked from Rs 3.25 to Rs. 3.95 per unit.
While for the commercial consumers will have to pay Rs 5.95 per unit as against the old rate of Rs. 5.21 per unit.
The regulator approved a total revenue expenditure of Rs 4609.09 Crore while projecting a revenue income of Rs 4626.62 with new tariff for the year.
Income of sale of power with revised tariffs includes the additional generation capacity to be commissioned in the year which has been projected at Rs 544.64 Crore.