Temperature Lowers In Kashmir As Srinagar Sees Coldest Winter Night

Temperature Lowers In Kashmir As Srinagar Sees Coldest Winter Night

Temperature continued to fall in Kashmir on Tuesday as the minimum temperature settled several degrees below the freezing point at most places in the valley and Ladakh. Jammu and Kashmir capital Srinagar experienced the coldest night of this winter season with the temperature at minus 3.2 degrees Celsius on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

The temperature at night in Srinagar on Monday was minus 2.8 degrees Celsius.

An official of the Met department said other places across Kashmir and Ladakh region experienced sub-zero night temperatures on the same night. He added that there was a possibility of light rainfall at isolated places in Kashmir valley today.

Pahalgam health resort, which serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, registered a temperature of minus 5.5 degrees Celsius and was the coldest recorded place in Kashmir, he said.

The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded the minimum of minus 4 degrees Celsius, the Met official added.

The official said Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, while the mercury in the nearby Qazigund settled at minus 2.8 degrees.

The temperature in Kupwara, in north Kashmir, settled at minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, while Leh, in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 10.6 degrees Celsius and the nearby Kargil registered the minimum of minus 9.7 degrees Celsius, the official said.


No Minority, SC And ST Scholarship Notifications In Past 2 Years: Researchers

No Minority, SC And ST Scholarship Notifications In Past 2 Years: Researchers

The Ministry officials are saying the fellowship notifications will be released soon

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission or concerned ministries have not released the Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF) for minority students and the Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) — now renamed as National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students — in last two years, according to research scholars. Responding to this, a Minority Affairs Ministry official said the UGC had completed the selection process for 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years earlier as the rules renewal was expected and with the new guidelines, the commission is expected to release the 2018-2019 notification very soon.

“Selection process for two years was done in 2016-17 academic year. Later, the ministry had issued new guidelines for the selection process. Now, we have sent the minutes and guidelines to the UGC and a notification expected in two weeks,” said the official.

The official has also added the scholarship slots have been increased from 756 to 1,000 now.

A UGC official confirmed to NDTV that the process for the notifications for both MANF and National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students is in the pipeline and will be released anytime soon.

NDTV has contacted the Ministry of Social Justice, but could not elicit any response in this regard.

“In 2017, Ministry of Minority Affairs came up with a notification for using NET as criteria for Moulana Aazad National Fellowship. The UGC stopped notifying the call for application for the fellowship for the past 2 years as they do not know how to go about this new criteria suggested by Ministry,” a student activist from JNU told NDTV.

“For the past 2 years, 1500 scholarships have been lapsed and if this continues another 1000 scholarship will also get lapsed in this academic year,” he alleged.

“It’s very unfortunate that applications for research fellowships such as MANF, RJNF, and OBC Fellowship were not called for the last two years,” complained a minority student who is pursuing research studies.

The student also said that the only notification regarding these fellowships was about the new criteria to be followed while applying for them such as the requirement of NET for MANF.

“Finally, now after the passing of more than two years, UGC has recently called application for OBC Fellowship, but not for MNF nor for RJNF. I think it’s high time the matter should be brought into the public notice,” the student said.

The MANF scheme is open to candidates who belong to one of the Minority Community i.e. Muslim, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian to pursue higher studies such as regular and full time M.Phil/Ph.D. degrees in Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering and Technology.

The RGNF Scheme for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (now renamed as National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students) is formulated and funded by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The scheme is open to candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe who wish to pursue higher studies such as regular and full time M.Phil. and Ph.D degrees in Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering and Technology.

In RGNF, there are 1333 slots for Scheduled Caste and 667 slots for Scheduled Tribe candidates every year for all the subjects.

Lack of proper planning

According to an official who is charge of the scholarship disbursal from a partner bank, the main reason for delay in notification is because of the lack of proper planning by the UGC and respected ministries.

He also told NDTV that, in the case of RGNF, the name of the scheme was recently changed to National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students, but, after that, no communication has happened either from the UGC or from the Ministry.

The bank official has also said, according to the communication available with him, notifications for both MANF and National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students will be released very soon


UPTET 2018 Answer Key Anytime Soon

UPTET 2018 Answer Key Anytime Soon

UPTET 2018 Answer Key Expected Today

New Delhi: Official UPTET 2018 answer key is expected today. Candidates who took the exam on November 18, 2018 can download the answer key from the official website upbasiceduboard.gov.in anytime soon. So far the Board has not given any official update regarding the answer key date and time, however reports suggest that the answer keys can be expected today after 3pm. Since there is no official update from the Board, candidates are therefore suggested to check the official website of UPTET for timely updates. Candidates should follow the official website, only, to download the UPTET 2018 answer key.

As of now, the official website of UP Basic Education Board, is not responding. Candidates should wait for the website to load properly.

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Last year, the Board had released the UPTET answer key in two days after the completion of the Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test in October.

Soon after downloading the answer key, UPTET candidates can also raise objections online. The Board will allow candidates to challenge the preliminary answer key within a specified deadline. This will be a provisional answer key, and after considering the challenges raised by candidates the Board will release a final answer key for the exam.

The UPTET 2018 result can be expected in December.

More than 17 lakh candidates have appeared for the exam which was conducted on November 18 for the recruitment of teachers in Primary (both lower and upper) schools in the stat


UPSC Notifies Air Safety Officer, Scientist ‘B’ Recruitment

UPSC Notifies Air Safety Officer, Scientist 'B' Recruitment

UPSC Recruitment 2018 For Air Safety Officer, Scientist ‘B’ Posts

New Delhi: Candidates with Master’s degree in Chemistry and graduation degree in Aeronautical Engineering can apply for Scientist ‘B’ and Air Safety Officer posts, respectively. In a recent job notification, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has notified a total of 22 vacancies in both the posts. For Scientist ‘B’ post under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation candidates need to have three years of experience in the Chemical analysis of Water samples and interpretation of relevant data. No experience is required for Air Safety Officer post.

CDS (I) 2019 Registration Ends Next Week

Interested candidates should apply at the online registration portal of UPSC at upsconline.nic.in on or before December 13, 2018. Candidates should also print the submitted online application before December 14, 2018.

Vacancies Notified By UPSC

  • Air Safety Officer: 16 posts under Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Civil Aviation
  • Scientist ‘B’: 6 posts under Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
  • Deputy Director (Safety) (Mechanical): 1 post under Directorate General Factory Advice Service, & Labour Institute (DGFASLI), Ministry of Labour and Employment
  • Assistant Director of Operations: 37 posts under Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Civil Aviation

UPSC has also invited applications from experienced IT professionals for recruitment to Senior Developer and Software Designer posts. Candidates with knowledge or having experience of working in areas of Web application design and development, website development, mobile application development, Oracle Database, Linux & Windows platform and knowledge of Artificial Intelligence can apply.


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Hackers Tried To Ruin NASA Teen Contest. Months Later, They're Undeterred

Washington students Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Sharrieff have had a hectic few months.


The three District of Columbia high school seniors had a whirlwind of a summer. First, they had a private meeting with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Or was it Microsoft chief Satya Nadella?

They can’t quite remember. But they know they loved it all. Google sent them to Flint, Michigan, to distribute clean water. They traveled to Seattle to participate in a computer programming event, and to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. They received fan mail from Girl Scouts. They met black female scientists who offered career advice. Colleges called, swaying them to apply to their campuses. And Lester Holt featured them on “NBC Nightly News.”

Their story tread an all-too-familiar path in our epoch: from inspiring to dismaying and back to inspiring.

“A lot has transpired,” said Bria Snell, one of the high-schoolers.

Mikayla Sharrieff, India Skinner and Snell – all 17 years old and students at Banneker High – were finalists in a prestigious NASA high school competition. The trio were the only all-black, female team to make it that far.

But during the online voting portion of the competition, users on 4chan – an anonymous Internet forum where users are known to push hoaxes and spew racist and homophobic comments – tried to ensure the students wouldn’t win. They hacked the voting system, erasing votes, and told others not to support the teens because of the color of their skin.


Students Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Sharrieff, left to right, are applying to college.

A Washington Post article about the incident led politicians, business leaders and scientists to connect with the three students. For the NASA competition, they had developed a method to purify lead-contaminated water in school drinking fountains, and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser awarded them a $4,000 grant to further their invention.

Six months later, the teens – now seniors applying to college – say the encounter with racism left them undeterred. They still plan to be doctors and scientists and know that, as black females in these male-dominated fields, they almost certainly will encounter discrimination again as professionals.

“Looking back at it, in a way, I’m glad I experienced it at such a young age because I’ll know how to handle it when I encounter it again,” Sharrieff said. “I know I’ll hit more bumps in the road and, after experiencing this, I can speak up.”

The teens said the hacking wasn’t completely unexpected. When they posted about their competition on Twitter, some people criticized them. The anonymous posters used racial epithets, argued that the students’ project did not deserve to be a finalist and said the black community was voting for the teens only because of their race.

The students suspected that one of these people could take more drastic measures to thwart their chances. When they saw their vote count in the NASA competition plummet, their fears were confirmed.

“To be told we were at an advantage because of our skin, it was confusing,” Snell said. “Why can’t we just win because we worked hard? It seems they can’t see past the color of our skin.”

“If a panel of NASA judges could see something in our projects, why couldn’t the world see that?” Sharrieff asked.

After the attempted hacking of the competition was confirmed, Marissa Jennings – an African-American woman and their adviser in the competition – invited the teens to her office to try to unpack what happened but struggled to have the conversation.

“That was a moment I will never forget. Having to tell these 17-year-olds that something that they worked so hard for got stopped dead in its strides,” Jennings said. “At their best, they have to face the world telling them, no, you’re not the best.”

She said the students remained determined and decided they would set an example for girls of color across the country hoping to pursue careers in science. Each time they received an invitation to meet with people or participate in an event, they decided together whether they would attend.

The invitation to meet with DeVos generated the most discussion. The teens said they heard about the controversies surrounding the education secretary and feared she didn’t support young women who were interested in science and who attended the traditional public school system.

But they thought meeting with her was an important opportunity to advocate for science education. They said DeVos appeared genuinely interested in hearing their suggestions about how the country could encourage more female students to get excited about science. DeVos’s office did not respond to an inquiry about the meeting.

“We told her that within public schools, we need more programs for young girls” in science, technology and engineering, Sharrieff said. “We looked at this as an opportunity to say what we need for us and other girls who look like us but won’t have this opportunity.”

The teens are completing the first semester of their senior year at Banneker, a selective high school in the traditional public school system that serves mostly black students. They have applied to their top college choices, which include Spelman College, Northwestern University and Louisiana State University.

Anita Berger, the principal at Banneker, said she was proud of the students for remaining determined in the wake of the racism they encountered in the NASA competition. She said the student body was aware of what happened, and some teachers had discussions about it in their classrooms.

“It opened their eyes to the real adversity in the world,” she said. “It could have taken them down, but they didn’t fall.”


CDS (I) 2019 Registration Ends Next Week


CDS (I) 2019 Registration Ends Next Week

CDS Registration 2019 Update

New Delhi: Online registration for Combined Defence Services 2019 (CDS I) will end on November 26, 2018. Candidates who have not applied yet are suggested to apply at the earliest at upsconline.nic.in. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the exam on February 3, 2019. Meanwhile CDS II for this year is over. The exam was held at 41 centres nationwide. This year admission will be granted to 417 seats in Indian Military Academy Dehradun, Indian Naval Academy Ezhimala, Air Force Academy Hyderabad-(Pre-Flying) 32 Training Course, Officers’ Training Academy Chennai (Madras)- 111th SSC (Men) Course (NT) and Officers Training Academy Chennai-25th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course.

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While graduates are eligible to apply for the IMA and OTA , engineering graduates are eligible for Indian Naval Academy. Science graduates and those having bachelor of engineering qualification are eligible to apply for Air Force Academy. ‘Graduates with first choice as Army/ Navy/ Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB,’ reads the notice.


As Mann Ki Baat Turns 50, A Look Back At What PM Modi Spoke About Earlier

As Mann Ki Baat Turns 50, A Look Back At What PM Modi Spoke About Earlier

PM Narendra Modi’s monthly radio broadcast ‘Mann ki Baat’ completes 50 episodes today.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio broadcast ‘Mann ki Baat’, which completes 50 episodes on Sunday, saw him flagging several key issues, including education of the girl child, tackling exam stress, curbing pollution and drug menace, in his previous addresses.

In October 2014, in the very first episode, PM Modi urged citizens to use at least one khadi product, saying it would help poor weavers. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office issued on Friday said that after the episode was aired, the sale of khadi products went up by 120 per cent.

Taking cue from a listener, PM Modi dedicated the entire December 2014 episode to making India drug-free. He requested all those active on the social media to create a continuous online movement by using #DrugsFreeIndia hashtag.

The episode in January 2015, was the first ever joint radio address by an Indian Prime Minister and an American President.

PM Modi and then US President Barack Obama shared some personal stories and accounts and answered questions like “what makes you smile after a long day at work?” or “did you ever think you would reach the position you have reached today?”

PM Modi also discussed how exams should be celebrated as a festival. The PM followed it up with a book titled “Exam Warriors” which discussed how to deal with exam pressure as well as a community-driven initiative to make exams fun.

In May 2015, the PM talked extensively about June 21 being declared by the United Nations as the ‘International Yoga Day’.

In June 2015, the prime minister shared the account of a Haryana village sarpanch who launched #SelfieWithDaughter campaign and the hashtag soon became a social media rage with millions of posts from citizens from all walks of life — celebrities, national as well as global leaders, the statement said.



“Education Most Important Issue Faced By Muslim Community”: Hamid Ansari

'Education Most Important Issue Faced By Muslim Community': Hamid Ansari

Hamid Ansari suggested interaction with a wider community. (File)

New Delhi: 

Former Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said among the identified issues faced by the Muslim community, education has been the most important one.

“We have identified the issues (faced by the Muslims) a number of times. The issue is of identity and security, it is also of education. And I feel education is the most important issue,” Mr Ansari said during the 12th Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lecture On ‘Muslims of India: Past and Present’.

Education, according to him, “has been neglected by all segments of the community and it has only confined to a small section of the community”.

“Delhi has a large number of Sikhs and most of them were refugees. They have not only rehabilitated themselves but have also set up their religious institutions as well as their educational institutions. If a small community can do that, why can’t a much bigger community,” he asked.

He also said that, “190 million (of population) is not a minority except in terms of legal technicality”.

He also suggested that, “interacting on a continuous basis with the wider community of fellow citizens is the answer” to remove the mental barriers.

“It (the interaction) does not have to confine to our idioms and our manner of behaviour. If I interact with another person, I will do it on the level of equality not on saying my way is the only way.”

He also said this formula (of interaction) has worked in different parts of the world, and he does not see any reason why it will not work in the country.

The lecture, dedicated to Indian reformist-writer and social activist, was organised by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism.

Delivering the lecture, A.G. Noorani, Advocate, Supreme Court and Constitutional Expert, advised the Muslims to involve themselves in national issues.

He also said “denying the discrimination is to denying the truth”.


DU Professor Writes To Varsity’s VC To Grant Paid Maternity Leave To Ad-Hoc Teachers

DU Professor Writes To Varsity's VC To Grant Paid Maternity Leave To Ad-Hoc Teachers

DU Professor Writes To Varsity’s VC To Grant Paid Maternity Leave To Ad-Hoc Teachers

New Delhi: An executive council member of the Delhi University (DU) has written to the varsity’s Vice-Chancellor urging him to extend the benefits of paid maternity leave to ad-hoc and contractual teachers. Executive Council (EC) member and professor Rajesh Jha wrote to the DU VC after receiving a letter from the chairman of governing body of Aditi Mahavidyalaya.

The Governing Body of Aditi Mahavidyalaya had adopted a resolution in July for extending the benefits of paid maternity leave to ad-hoc teachers and contractual staff of the college, which is presently not available to them,Mr. Jha said. This GB resolution citing the relevant legal provisions had been submitted to VC for the necessary action, he added.

On November 20, the GB chairman wrote to Mr. Jha to get the matter passed by the Executive Council. Mr. Jha has now written to DU VC urging him to expedite the matter.

“Thousands of ad-hoc teachers have been suffering on account of ‘no-maternity-policy’ for non-permanent female employees. Many careers have been jeopardised because of this policy. In many cases, women employees had to report to work the very next day after child-birth,” he said.

Mr. Jha demanded “suitable statutory provisions” to extend the benefits of maternity leave to ad-hoc female teachers and contractual employees without any further delay.

He said even special meeting of the Academic and Executive Councils can be called to discuss the issue since there are thousands of women teachers working in the university who are suffering due to non-availability of paid maternity leaves.


On November 1, The Regulation Amendment Committee of the varsity had also recommended that ad-hoc teachers be given maternity leaves and the panel had said it would forward the recommendations to the Academic and Executive Councils of the university and after their approval, they would become an ordinance.


RRB ALP Result 2018: 5 Mistakes To Avoid After Result Is Declared

RRB ALP Result 2018: 5 Mistakes To Avoid After Result Is Declared

RRB Result 2018 For ALP, Technician Expected To Be Announced Soon

RRB ALP Result 2018: There is no official notice on the revised RRB results; officials, in response to the rumors of result declaration, chose to say that ‘it will take more time’. Railway job aspirants who could not make it to the first merit list of the RRB ALP result hope to qualify this time and on the other hand those who qualified are in dilemma if their candidature will be retained in the revised result. Candidates have been posting their concern on social media platforms tagging the Ministry, Railway Minister and the RRB zones.

36 Lakh Candidates Await RRB Revised Result; A Timeline Of Events

More than 36 lakh candidates are once again waiting for the first stage exam result for Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) and Technician post.

The result is expected anytime soon keeping in view the exam schedule and subsequently the time that is usually allowed to candidates for preparation.

Last time, RRBs had declared the result in the late evening of Friday.

RRBs have always urged candidates to follow the official websites for exam and result updates. It has been observed that many candidates, out of confusion and particularly when official websites fail to load properly, follow spam links for results.

Official Websites To Follow: RRB Ahmedabad , RRB Ajmer , RRB Allahabad , RRB Bangalore , RRB Bhopal , RRB Bhubaneshwar , RRB Bilaspur , RRB Chandigarh,  RRB Chennai , RRB Gorakhpur , RRB Guwahati , RRB Jammu , RRB Kolkata , RRB Malda , RRB Mumbai , RRB Muzaffarpur , RRB Patna , RRB Ranchi , RRB Secunderabad , RRB Siliguri , RRB Thiruvananthapuram.

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RRB ALP Result 2018: The score based on the revised results will be published on this page

Do not click on the links sent through emails. Taking advantage of the huge searches on RRB results, many emails are being sent to candidates. These official-look-alike emails usually lead to spam pages or malicious pages which can lead to a security breach.

RRBs do notify candidates about the result and other exam updates. Official mails and messages from the railways are sent as a notification; they usually do not have any ‘click on the link’ option.

Do not blindly believe the social media updates. Two days before there was a sudden surge in RRB result searches and it was because few pages had shared that the revised results are out. Candidates were in a fix as there was no link on the official websites.

For any result related queries contact the concerned authorities immediately. Every Board has a specific link on its website for handling the queries. Candidates should follow the official procedure of sending their grievances to the authorities.