GENERAL

‘Smiley’ emojis in formal workplace e-mails could create frowns : University study

A smiley face emoji and similar emoticons included in work-related e-mails may not create a positive impression and could even undermine information sharing, according to a new study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). “Our findings provide first-time evidence that, contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence,” ...

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Soon Railway Stations, Trains to be Disabled-Friendly

In order to provide better accessibility to Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), short term facilities, as detailed below, have been planned at all stations, beginning with ‘A-1’, ‘A’ and ‘B’ category stations:- • Standard ramp for barrier free entry • Earmarking at least two parking lots • Non-slippery walk-way from parking lot to building • Signages of appropriate visibility • At ...

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Modi Ponders Make in India Initiative

Defence sector being a User driven sector, Defence Forces are actively involved in various policies & procedures related to procurement, indigenous design, development & manufacture of defence equipment, co-development & co-production with foreign OEMs, thus contributing towards ‘Make in India’ . Some of the major areas, where defence personnel are involved, are listed below: ‘Make Procedure’: ‘Make’ procedure as given ...

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Are your messages secure?

Researchers at Brigham Young University have learned that most users of popular messaging apps Facebook Messenger, What’sApp and Viber are leaving themselves exposed to fraud or other hacking because they don’t know about or aren’t using important security options. “We wanted to understand how typical users are protecting their privacy,” said BYU computer science Ph.D. student Elham Vaziripour, who led ...

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Attitudes on human genome editing vary, but reach consensus on holding talks

An international team of scientists announced they had successfully edited the DNA of human embryos. As people process the political, moral and regulatory issues of the technology — which nudges us closer to nonfiction than science fiction — researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Temple University show the time is now to involve the American public in discussions about ...

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World Bank Provides Aid for cleaning of Ganga River

World Bank has sanctioned a loan of US $ 1 billion for funding Institutional Development and for construction of priority infrastructure projects for municipal waste water treatment and solid waste treatment on the main stem of Ganga in the five Ganga basin states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Government of India has withdrawn a cumulative amount ...

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Drainage from Nallahs into Ganga River Still on

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its order dated 19th October, 2016 in OA No.200 of 2014 in the matter of M.C. Mehta vs Union of India had directed a joint inspection team to visit the area falling in Segment ‘B’ of Phase-I (Haridwar to Kanpur) and identify the number of drains joining river Ganga or its tributaries and make ...

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Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY) to be Launched

The Government of India has decided to launch a new sub-scheme named “Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY)” as part of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM). The Self Help Groups under DAY-NRLM will operate road transport service in backward areas. This will help to provide safe, affordable and community monitored rural transport services to connect remote ...

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Conversion of State Highways to NH in Telangana

State roads totalling a length of  879 km have been declared as new National Highways in Telangana during the last three years. The details of amount sanctioned for development of NHs entrusted with State Government of Telangana during the last three years are as follows:- (Amount in Rs. Crore) 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 720.75 203.05 2731.96   In addition, one work of 99 km ...

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Appointment of Lokpal

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 came into force w.e.f. 16.01.2014. The Government initiated the process for appointment by convening the Selection Committee meeting on 03.02.2014. The Selection Committee under section 4(1) of the Act, also constituted an eight Member Search Committee on 21.02.2014 in terms of section 4(3) of the Act. Two members of the Search Committee declined the ...

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Vacancies in OBC category

A statement showing the status of details of backlog OBC vacancies, vacancies filled up and yet to be filled in 10 major Departments/Ministries is as follows:     Ministry/Department   Other Backward Classes Vacancies Filled up Yet to be filled Posts 718 234 484 Defence Production 164 149 15 Financial Services 14455 13030 1425 Atomic Energy 1444 802 642 Defence ...

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National Eligibility Test

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Department of Higher Education vide letter dated 15.05.2017 had asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to continue to conduct the UGC-NET examination as per the existing schedule. University Grants Commission (UGC) has intimated that a total of 11,16,526 number of candidates had appeared for the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) ...

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Construction of Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor

The 2nd meeting of Council of Trade Development and Promotion (CTDP) was held in New Delhi on 05.01.2017. Commerce & Industry Ministers of eight States who are Members of the Council, representatives of other 16 States and Heads of Trade Bodies like FIEO/ FICCI/ CII participated in the meeting. During the course of the meeting, a reference about Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial ...

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PM condoles the demise of former Union Minister, Shri Sanwar Lal Jat

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of MP and former Union Minister, Shri Sanwar Lal Jat. “Anguished by the demise of MP and former Union Minister, Shri Sanwar Lal Jat. This is a big loss for the BJP & the nation. My condolences. Shri Sanwar Lal Jat worked extensively for wellbeing of villages and farmers. My ...

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Managers can help prevent employees from working while sick

A new study indicates that managerial support can help prevent employees who work extremely hard out of an obsessive drive (‘workaholics’) from forcing themselves to attend work when feeling sick. Such support from managers can also help address work-family conflict in workaholics. Increasing the awareness of supervisors of the harmful consequences and costs associated with showing up to work while ...

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Scientists develop improved, potentially safer Zika vaccine

The worldwide Zika threat first emerged in 2015, infecting millions as it swept across the Americas. It struck great fear in pregnant women, as babies born with severe brain birth defects quickly overburdened hospitals and public health care systems. In response, there has been a flurry of heroic scientific efforts to stop Zika. Whole governments, academic labs and pharmaceutical companies ...

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Consumer Protection Act

The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 provides a consumer the right to be informed about the quality, quantity, potency, purity, standard and price of goods or services. In so far as drugs are concerned, the manufacture, sell and distribution of drugs is regulated under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules, 1945. The said Rules require various statutory details on ...

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Schemes to make education loan as easy loans

All Scheduled Commercial Banks provide Education Loan to students. Simple interest is charged during the study period and up to commencement of repayment. Accrued interest is added to the principal amount borrowed while fixing EMI (Equated Monthly Instalment) for repayment. The Schemes launched by the Government to provide interest subsidy to the students include: (i) Central Scheme to provide Interest ...

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Action plan for new generation of youths

The Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel said in the Rajya Sabha today that for unleashing the creative power and commitment of the new generation of youth, the Government has introduced the National Youth Policy, 2014 (NYP-2014). The vision of the Policy is “To empower youth of the country to achieve their full potential, ...

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