TN to add 50,000 acres for industrial land bank

CHENNAI: Facing shortage of space to setup industries, the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamilnadu Ltd (SIPCOT) is eyeing on adding 50,000 acres to its land bank including those in the peripheries of Chennai.

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Addressing the gathering on the occasion of a leadership session on “progressive Chennai: advancing success in an evolving market” organised by CREDAI Chennai and JLL here on Saturday, industries department secretary Vikram Kapur said that SIPCOT has allocated 20,000 acres of the available 24,000 acres of land to the industries. “Land has been biggest a constrain and most of the land provided through SIPCOT has already been occupied … We are continuously expanding our land bank and the target is to develop an additional land bank of 50,000 acres some of which will also come in Chennai and peri-urban area because this is where the real industrial activity is happening,” he said.

In a bid to spur industrial growth across the state, the government is developing two major corridors including the Chennai – Kanyakumari corridor. The proposed corridor will comprise of a first-of-its-kind nodes, which will have exclusive planning authorities and Special Purpose Vehicles to provide necessary infrastructure. “It is a new approach, where rather than industries running to various agencies, we will be creating a mechanism for all planning approvals such as masterplans and plan approvals will be given by a dedicated authority,” he said.

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Maharashtra government appoints committee to frame guidelines for improving new colleges and courses

In order to bring up new colleges, courses, additional divisions and satellite centres, an eight-member committee has been appointed by the state government.

Guidelines to be framed for improving new colleges and courses

Guidelines to be framed for improving new colleges and courses

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In order to bring up new colleges, courses, additional divisions and satellite centres, an eight-member committee has been appointed by the state government to frame clear and detailed guidelines and norms for the same. The new norms which this panel will form will be followed by the universities and department of higher and technical Education for approving new colleges and courses.

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As per an Indian Express report, Dr RS Mali, former Vice Chancellor of North Maharashtra University in Jangan will head the committee. It will study the old norms in detail before framing new guidelines.

It is expected to submit the draft to the state government by February 25.

The norms of sanctioning new colleges, courses, curriculums and additional divisions have been specified under section 81, 82 and 83 of Maharashtra Universities Act 1994. The same has been specified in the amended Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016.

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Need for an expert panel:

“Even though norms and guidelines about sanctioning new colleges existed in the old act as well as the new one, the state government wanted an expert panel to study these guidelines and make them stringent to raise the quality of education across the state. Approving new colleges will not be a simple affair anymore,” said principal of a well known college in Mumbai and one of the members of the committee.

Approval of new colleges has been hanging fire for quite a long time. Experts have often alleged that approval of colleges without proper scrutiny has been increasing the burden on universities.

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New rumor suggests both FullHD and QHD display options for the Xiaomi Mi 6

The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been frequenting the rumor mill for quite a few months now. Frankly, the immense fan interest has made it exceedingly hard to sort through all the alleged info on the device. Thus, you should take this new scoop, courtesy of a source on Weibo with the usual pinch of salt.

The poster claims that the Mi 6 will come in two distinct variants – one with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a FullHD panel, while the other will ramp storage up to 64GB and offer a QHD display. Different storage options sound perfectly reasonable and were observed on the Mi 5 as well, however, having different panel resolution versions under the same phone moniker is a bit more uncommon, although definitely not unheard of.

Going back to the Mi 5 analogy, Xiaomi might very well opt for a “Standard”, “Prime edition”, “Pro edition” tier system yet again. Only this time, resolution would change, instead of RAM. Speaking of memory, 4GB seems like a good prediction. The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 is said to rely on the same amount, paired with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chip, which the Mi 6 is believed to use as well.

While on the subject, another recent rumor hinted an a cheaper MediaTek Helio X30 version of the handset, as well. This could potentially put even more variety in the phone’s tier lineup.

Circling back to today’s leak, it also gives out some specifics on the Mi 6 camera setup. The flagship is said to use a Sony IMX386 sensor for its main 12MP shooter and borrow the Sony IMX268 8MP selfies setup from the Mi Note 2.

Speaking on which, the only real glimpse we currently have of the Mi 6 does portray it as a smaller Mi Note 2 in terms of design and general aesthetic. Frankly, the Mi 6 is still shrouded in a lot of mystery. So far, sources haven’t even been able to get its launch date right. As the story goes, it was originally planned for a February 6 unveiling, but was then postponed for April, to wait out Samsung’s alleged monopoly on Snapdragon 835 supplies.

We guess, we just have to wait for Xiaomi to weigh in on the matter with some Mi 6 detail at some point. The Chinese OEM won’t be attending MWC and also appears to be keeping busy with redmi designs and a new Mi Mix, so the wait is on.

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Bihar Intermediate Exam: 360 students expelled for cheating

Of the candidates barred from the rest of the examination, Nawada district accounted for the most (59), followed by Gaya (35) and Patna (19), the statement said.

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For using unfair means in the Intermediate examination, a total of 360 examinees, many of them girls, were expelled across the state on Thursday, the third day of the intermediate examination.

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5 arrested, many barred from the rest of examinations

Besides, five persons in Jehanabad, Nalanda, Gaya and Darbhanga districts were arrested for allegedly impersonating as candidates, a statement issued by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) that conducts the examination said here.

Of the candidates barred from the rest of the examination, Nawada district accounted for the most (59), followed by Gaya (35) and Patna (19), the statement said. In Nawada district around 32 girl examinees were caught cheating in centre number 2311 at Seth Sagar Mal Aggarwal Women college in the first sitting of Physics examination, the BSEB statement said.

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The Board ordered cancellation of first sitting of test at the said centre in Nawada, the statement added. Superintendent of the centre, Assistant Superintendent have been put under suspension and removed from exam duty. Along with them 17 invigilators of the Nawada centre have also been suspended and removed from exam duty.

The intermediate or state plus two examination had drawn nationwide condemnation last year after the toppers scam broke out in which Arts topper Ruby Roy had described her subject as “Prodikal science” in place of political science which, she had said, was related to cooking.

Like in the past two days, BSEB Chairman Anand Kishore tried to ensure cheating-free examination this time by spending the day making surprise visits to several centres where he himself frisked examinees.

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Mumbai: 25 per cent seats reserved for EWS in school admissions

Withstanding the technical glitches in the online application process which had deterred the admission process, the education department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to conduct the first round of seat allocation on February 28.

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As the admission for the economically weaker sections began in Mumbai on February 9, 2017, over 3,000 applications have been received so far.

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Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 25 per cent seats are reserved for the economically weaker sections.

Withstanding the technical glitches in the online application process which had deterred the admission process, the education department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to conduct the first round of seat allocation on February 28.

“We plan to hold the first round of lottery on February 28, three days after the last date of application,” said Prakash Charhate, deputy education officer, as reported in Hindustan Times.

Charhate further reiterated that first round of admission will be confirm in four days before the second round of seats allocation.

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  • Following this, several schools have decided Class 1 as their entry level
  • According to RTE Act, 25 per cent seats are reserved for the economically weaker section to promote free and compulsory education
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Google Assistant will soon be able to buy stuff for you on command

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Google Assistant already helps us organize our shopping lists and find out about things we’re interested in, but it stops short at actually letting us buy items. With a new feature rolling out to Pixel phones, it looks like that’s about to change.

A new option for setting up payment methods has appeared in the Assistant settings for Pixel users, bringing the anticipated feature one step closer to reality. First discovered deep in the beta version of the Google App back in January, it seems as though Google is ready to pull the trigger on voice-powered payments, a major step in Google Assistant’s fight against Alexa and Siri.

Head into the Settings menu of the Google Assistant screen on your Pixel phone and you’ll see the new option for Payments under the Google Account section. This feature is separate from Android Pay, so tapping it will guide you through a series of steps that lets you store credit or debit cards that can be accessed by Google Assistant. At the end of the process, you’ll see a Pay through your Assistant toggle that will need to be turned blue in order to activate the feature.

There isn’t much you can do with the feature after it’s set up, but presumably Google will announce support for third-party stores shortly. At the start of the set-up process, you’ll need to accept the terms and conditions for both Google Payments and Google Express, an online marketplace that links to a number of popular stores, such as Walgreens, Costco, and Toys R Us, so at the very least you’ll be able to buy things there. However, asking Google Assistant to shop for something on Google Express merely brings up a search results screen.

Since the feature is tied to your Google account and not the Pixel phone specifically, it’s likely it will work with all of the devices integrated with Assistant, including Google Home and Android Wear 2.0 watches.

Speak ‘n shop: Amazon Echo users have long been able to order things from Amazon without lifting a finger, and it appears as though Google is looking to do the same thing. Pigs will fly before it includes support for Amazon’s boundless marketplace, which will severely limit its usefulness, but building payments into Google Assistant is an important step in the virtual bot’s development. And while it’s surprising that the steps here don’t include a vocal passcode option to protect against unintended purchases by our chatty kids, it’s likely Google will implement some kind of safeguard for the Home speaker once the feature is officially announced.

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Sensex retreats for 2nd day, tanks 184 points

Sensex fell about 184 points on Wednesday to close at a two-week low. (Representative image)Sensex fell about 184 points on Wednesday to close at a two-week low. (Representative image)
MUMBAI: Benchmark sensextumbled about 184 points on Wednesday to close at a two-week low of 28,155.56 with auto, realty and pharma counters taking a big hit.

Disappointing corporate earnings continued to weigh on equities for the second straight session.

After opening lower, the BSE sensex bounced back briefly to hit a high of 28,382.32 on rebound in select stocks.

The sensex finally settled 183.75 points or 0.65 per cent lower at 28,155.56, its lowest closing since February 1 when it had closed at 28,141.64.

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The gauge had shed 12.31 points in the previous session.

The NSE Nifty ended 67.60 points or 0.77 per cent down at 8,724.70. Intra-day, it moved between 8,712.85 and 8,807.90

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Jet Airways launches pre-paid coupons for its domestic and international flights

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NEW DELHI: Jet Airways has launched travel coupon booklets which can be used across its network for both domestic and international flights. Called “global Jet pass”, the booklet of four coupons or tickets can be bought for Rs 50,000 for economy class and for over Rs 1 lakh for business class travel.

“This is the first time that pre-paid coupons have been launched for use on an airline’s domestic and international network. The coupons do not have any date change or cancellation fee. The USP of this product is that one can buy the coupons and then use them for travel even during peak season when fares are high. Also they are transferable so one can give the coupon to anyone else for travel too,” a Jet Airways official said.

Jet has divided its sectors into four zones for these coupons. Zone 1 includes all domestic flights; destinations in the subcontinent like Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka; Gulf and Bangkok. On these flights, a person needs to use one coupon each way.

Zone two is for longer international routes like Mumbai-Hong Kong and Delhi/Bangalore-Singapore. These sectors will require two coupons each way. Sector three, which will need three coupons for each way travel, includes Jet’s flights between India and its European points like London, Paris and Amsterdam. And finally zone 4 includes Jet’s flights from India to Toronto via Amsterdam.

“The coupon booklet have a validity of three months. At the time of buying, the flyer does not need to tell us which sectors he or she intends to fly to. These coupons have no date change or cancellation charge. The best part is that one can buy this booklet and plan travel in peak travel season without worrying about higher spot fares in those times,” the Jet official said.

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But what is the guarantee that a person will get a seat in peak travel periods on making a booking on these booklets? “The fare point of this booklet sits on the higher fare availability in our inventory. It is the sixth from bottom fare level. So at that level, there is a 90% chance people will get seats on the flights they want,” the official said.

At the coupon fare level, he said, the fare on Mumbai-Singapore would be Rs 72,000 and Rs 85-90,000 on London flights. “Mumbai-London at that fare level in business will be Rs 2.26 lakh for a return ticket. Here one will need six coupons costing Rs 1.5-1.7 lakh. The Jet pass is a good option for leisure travellers who want to decide later, closer to date of travel as they will have the flexibility to choose their destination. Corporates can insulate themselves from fare hikes in peak travel season,” the official said

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Prakash Javadekar: Fresh norms to be issued for CBSE schools to reduce school bag burden

At an event organised by the CBSE, Prakash Javadekar said that in order to reduce the burden of school bags on students, the ministry is working on fresh norms for CBSE schools.

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Fresh norms to be issued for CBSE schools

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At an event organised by the CBSE, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that in order to reduce the burden of school bags on students, the HRD ministry is working on fresh norms for CBSE schools. He also gave the Green Schools Awards, instituted by the Centre for Science and Environment, among others to a school in Punjab’s Moga, a Kendriya Vidyalaya from Hebbal in Karnataka, and a sports school from Sonipat, Haryana.

Children from various schools were present at the event.

“I am going to reduce the weight of school bags… Carrying heavy bags is not necessary. It will definitely happen. We are preparing norms for CBSE schools that bundles of books and notebooks do not have to be needlessly carried,” he said.

While CBSE has directed its schools that students upto class 2 should not bring school bags and the restricted the number of books carried till class 8, the HRD ministry is looking at these aspects to make the norms more effective, broad based as well as comprehensive, ministry officials said.

Other changes expected

Javadekar added that another change he plans to make is regarding project work assigned to school children. He said that most of the time parents have to pitch in to complete the projects assigned to their wards.

Referring to an instance in his family, Javadekar said he once saw his granddaughter working on project-work at home with the help of her mother. When asked what was happening, he was told that without the assistance of adults, the teacher would not mark a ‘star’ for the assignment.

“…But the real education is where the child learns even if he makes a mistake. The seniors can guide though…The parents too need to be educated,” he said.

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94,832 candidates apply for MBA entrance exam in Maharashtra

As the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) received as many as 94,832 applications, several experts have attributed the growth to its better job prospects.

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As MBA courses are becoming popular among students due to its job oriented programmes, over 94, 000 aspirants in Maharashtra have applied for MBA entrance exam.

As the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) received as many as 94,832 applications, several experts have attributed the growth to its better job prospects.

Aspirants opt for CET

Following the implementation of state-held Common Entrance Test (CET), a single window for MBA admission, the need of taking multiple entrance tests has been considerably eased .

Earlier, aspirants have to take multiple tests such as Association of Indian Management Schools Test for Management Admissions and Common Management Admission Test for admission to MBA courses in the state.

Moreover, several coaching classes providing preparatory courses to aspirants have seen many students opting for CET.

“We have seen more students applying for CET this year. More students want to study in Maharashtra colleges than in previous years,” said Prasanth Nair, TIME manager, according to Indian Express.

He however observed that even if there is an increased in number of application which may indicate a rise in demand, it did not indicate a change in the management sector.

“The demand for MBA courses was at its peak around 2011 and today’s demand is not even close to what it was back then,” said Nair.

Aspirants may race for seats

As the number of applicant rapidly increased, the competition too has become tougher. Although the availability of seats is not exactly figured, it is speculated that there could be around 25,000 seats across the state.

According to DTE’s Director Dayanand Meshram, every three students will be competing for one seat.

Unlike this year’s increased in number of application, over 10,000 seats had remained vacant in the last academic session. Considering the huge proportion of seats lying vacant in many institutes over the last few years, some institutes have applied to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for reduction of intake capacity.

“The apex body for professional courses is likely to grant the permission to reduce intake. A final seat count will be available by April 30 when the AICTE grants Extension of Affiliation to all colleges,” said Ramesh Unnikrishnan, AICTE Western Region Director.

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